New Horoscopes column for 2015

zodiac wheelMy new horoscope column for Woh! magazine covers mid June to mid July and is out now.

This new monthly Irish publication is a glossy chat, fashion & trend style magazine and I’m writing the Horoscopes.

Currently the column is not exclusive to the magazine but this may change in the following months so to read the latest horoscopes it may be a case of making sure you manage to pick up a copy!

Mid month the whole magazine can be read online here for free!

Enjoy!

May Planet Update – Beltaine, Full Moon in Scorpio – Passions run high

Planets15thCThe month of May begins with the celebration of Beltaine, a cross quarter day and fire festival which marks the halfway point of the Sun’s journey between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Although most commonly associated with Mayday and the 1st May the actual mid point falls a few days later – on the 5th this year. Many of the traditional customs that have survived through the ages represent a form of cleansing and re-seeding in preparation for the bountiful summer months.

With the Sun in the earthy sign of Taurus at this time of year the connection with our physical body and natural environment is very strong. At full Moon there is a culmination or peak in energy and because the Moon is always in the opposite sign to the Sun at the Full Moon phase, so we also have all the intense associations of Scorpio involved. Passions of all kinds can run high and emotions can go deep as a whole range of material, physical and practical issues come to a head. Whether this manifests as a satisfactory completion or a critical climax it is likely to be quite an event because Jupiter, known for it’s ability to exaggerate whatever it touches, is hitting a hard angle at both the Sun and Moon from fixed fire sign Leo. This Moon phase could highlight issues of individual personal expression as a human right particularly when it concerns any subject that has been considered a social taboo.

We can expect to have our beliefs and level of openness to new ideas challenged over the next few weeks as Saturn, planet of limitation and restraint is now in it’s retrograde phase, moving back to re-enter Scorpio in mid June. The small but powerful planet Pluto in Capricorn also turned to retrograde during April and will be in reverse until late September. This gives us the impetus to go back over some important and fundamental areas of our life. Looking at the systems, structures and supports which are no longer valid or sustainable, with a view to re-building or completely transforming what isn’t working well is the theme once more.

As the action planet Mars moves into Gemini mid month and confronts Saturn there will be an increase in the tempo of communications and information exchanges but it could be just a lot of “hot air” without the required will to follow through on any positive action.

The New Moon in Taurus on the 18th will bring us back to considering our core values and possibly a desire to indulge in the simpler things of life. On the 19th Mercury, in it’s own sign of Gemini and natural representative for all communications, travel and exchanges, turns to go retrograde until the second week of June. The emphasis is firmly on reconsidering, re-negotiating, revising and re-writing documents, travel arrangements, deals and trading. This provides an opportunity to edit, proof read or check the “small print” before we sign on the dotted line or embark on something new.

When Venus, ruling planet of Taurus, now in Cancer moves into exact opposition to Pluto on 22nd you may experience some resistance to your desires if they are just about fulfilling your own needs. The chances are that as Venus moves on to oppose unpredictable Uranus in Aries on 25th there may be the recognition once again that even excitement and high tension can become tedious and the simpler things of life can bring a longer lasting satisfaction so a deeper sense of nourishment can be enjoyed.

June Astrology – Full Moon in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Cancer & Summer Solstice

This coming Sagittarius Full Moon on the 13th is not just for mythical four legged beasts to enjoy. The Moon is waxing to it’s full phase as we approach the culmination of the Sun’s northerly journey during the Solstice. The sign of Cancer, the natural home sign for the Moon, has extra significance this month and brings the Lunar energies to a peak.

The Solstice can be notedAstrolsunmoon astrologically as the moment the Sun passes into the first degree of the Zodiac sign of Cancer. (21st June at 10.52 UT) Representing the archetypal mother principal, Cancer is the sign of the nurturing feminine side of our nature. At the time of year when in the Northern hemisphere our crops and potential food sources are still vulnerable needing vigilant care to bring them to fruition, this sign oversees the process. The Cancerian nurturing theme can apply to all things that need tending, compassion and gentle attention to help them on towards fulfilling their potential, whether it’s children, plants, baby animals, relationships, projects, ideas or enterprises.

Whilst the Moon is in the sign of Sagittarius for only just over two and a half days the planet Jupiter which rules Sagittarius is in the Moon’s sign, Cancer over a period of about a year. When two planets are in each others home ruling signs astrologers call it a mutual reception and the planets involved have an enhanced effect.

Just to add to the impact of the Full Moon mutual reception, the Planet Jupiter is at the equivalent zodiac degree as the Sun/Moon position and forms a challenging quincunx angle which suggests some personal adjustment is required to reach the promise of the planets involved.

Jupiter rules over Sagittarius and represents our spiritual aspirations and urge to expand, seek greater knowledge, expose ourselves to new experiences, find fulfilment and generally enjoy being alive. He is particularly comfortable (exhalted) in Cancer where this warm expansive energy can be directed into personally meaningful endeavours. The Moon is our mood, our sensitivity, a longing for something familiar and inner security – it is our emotional life, our soulful side. At Full Moon that yearning or need for “connection” becomes temporarily satisfied as whatever has been increasing becomes fulfilled. At New Moon that impulse towards satisfaction starts building in intensity again. In Sagittarius the Moon is seeking some higher knowledge, or greater possibility. It wants to go where it hasn’t been before. The Sun in the opposite sign of Gemini is emphasising connections of the mental kind. Putting thoughts together and forming relationships between ideas or information.

Although this combination is not likely to set off a major event it can put an increased focus on the spiritually meaningful dimension in our lives. This peaking energy pattern could supply the opportunity to reach for your “life-path goal” along with the required impulse to make whatever adjustments are needed to bring it into it’s full potential. At least it is likely to bring some new understanding that will put you more consciously on the path of your soul’s journey or towards a deeply personal ambition.

If you’re familiar with your personal birth chart you can see which area of life is likely to be affected by these planetary dynamics by finding where the Sun, Moon and Jupiter fall in your chart during the Full Moon or New Moon phase.

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Astrology of 2014 part one The Overview

For a detailed look at the year ahead through the seasons read part two

New Years day 2014 is an auspicious time to make your resolutions . The New Moon on the morning of 1st January is in the sign of Capricorn, the determined and renowned strategist, which couldn’t be better for setting out with clear intentions. Getting off on the right foot might be an essential move with some fairly challenging astrological dynamics to be negotiated in the coming months.

Astrological hotspots will be mean a particularly powerful year for some. If you were born during the first week of January, April, July or October or with significant personal planets in Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, particularly if those planets are at 11-15 degrees you can expect this to be a momentous year. For those born during July or the first two weeks of August, this year is the high point in a 12 year cycle so you can watch out for welcome opportunities and be prepared to make some serious headway.

2014 falls in the midst of a whole wave of planetary movements relevant to the massive change, upheaval, uncertainty and renewal that’s apparent around the globe. The major transits this year feature strong oppositions and square angles which bring conflict and confrontation between differing standpoints. On an outer level we’ll see this confrontational energy being manifest in every direction around the globe with war, extreme weather, anti- “something” protests, power struggles and opposition to just about everything.
The exciting news is that during this current epoch we have the opportunity for a very different experience.

By looking more closely at each of the planets playing a significant role we can build up a picture of the year ahead. There are some strong underlying themes that will be affecting us all during 2014.

When our attention is fully engaged by various quarrels, either watching it on the global news or as personal experiences in our work or family life, there’s no room for simple acts of care and respect. Eventually at least one of the opposing sides in a dispute will get weary of the constant battle. At that moment there is finally the opportunity for real change, but it usually requires total exhaustion from the prolonged stress of relentless conflict to bring it about. For the sake of peace and a relief from age old struggles there is finally an acknowledgment of the others right to hold a differing viewpoint. This year has the potential to set us firmly on a new path.


Pluto in Capricorn 2008 – 2023

The small but powerful planet Pluto moved into Capricorn during 2008 and remains there until 2023. It takes Pluto about 245 years to return to a zodiac sign and during each of it’s previous visits to Capricorn we’ve seen the rise and fall of great nations. During these years we will witness the destruction and replacement of structures that have outlived their time and usefulness. A complete restructuring of economic systems, methods of government, and religious organisations will be instigated with ruthless pragmatism. Concepts of control and power will undergo radical transformation. Pluto is associated with deep and fundamental changes in our collective and personal psyche. Each of us holds a store of information on an unconscious level. This is made up of social, cultural, emotional and environmental conditioning, patterns of thought and behaviour laid down without any conscious knowledge. Pluto, working on the collective “unconscious” will bring these patterns into view as thoughts and beliefs played out as events in our daily lives. Here we can see them in action and choose to accept them as justifiable, or alternatively, question their validity, especially when these thoughts and beliefs are the cause of suffering to ourselves or others.

Uranus in Aries 2010 to 2019

Uranus, with it’s eccentric orbit is known to bring unexpected deviations and unpredictable outcomes. Transits can trigger the urge for individual freedom, bringing rebellion, revolution and reform. In the warrior sign of Aries, people are courageous and will stand-up or fight for what they believe to be right. Aries, as the first sign in the zodiac, represents the individual before there is any relationship to possessions, status or other people. Aries is about asserting the unattached and willful self. The archetypal Warrior cannot afford to pause for consideration of the consequences or outcomes of their actions. We’ve witnessed throughout the history of the world that when this is force is expressed as righteousness it often results in religious and political fanaticism or extremism.
Stressful planetary contacts to Uranus also trigger financial depressions and sudden stock markets crashes. Over these years we will see the abrupt downfall of governments and revolt against oppressive authority.
When Uranus was last in Aries during 1927 -1935 we not only saw a rise in fascism, world war and economic collapse but also many positive new ways of thinking, technical breakthroughs, inventions and a social reforms.

The energy of Uranus brings us out of our comfort zone, it can be an unpleasant jolt or a mind numbing shock but it’s always a wake up call! “Waking Up” has become the catch phrase of the decade and many people on the planet can now really feel the effect of this process as it rallies us to shake off any mental emotional or spiritual inertia. It can be experienced like slowly waking from a dream or being wrenched suddenly from a slumber. Whatever way it occurs, a new perception of reality is emerging on the planet. We are all being woken up to realise something about who or what we are and our true nature and relationship to this world and each other.

Uranus square Pluto 2012 to 2015

These mighty and powerful planets in this stressful combination are capable of implementing massive change. This compelling force is experienced individually through the events of daily life whilst it also affects the entire population of the world. Historically the square aspect between these planets has coincided with economic collapse and the most recent previous event was when Uranus was in Aries and Pluto was in Cancer during the 1930s, bringing both the Great Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe. We are likely to see some of the most challenging effects of this transit culminating in 2014 as the square aspect occurs during both April and December in combination with other potent planetary formations. This creates many “make or break” scenarios as we have to acknowledge that we can’t go back to how things were. Things brought out into the open in recent years cannot be ignored or understated simply for the sake of keeping a reassuring status quo. Having been shocked, awoken and enlightened to the true state of things, only the very determined can keep their heads buried in the comfort of familiar distractions. On the positive side, this aspect brings welcome regeneration and exciting breakthroughs. We can expect accelerated technological advances as well as radically new ways of thinking and mass shifts in consciousness to emerge over the next few years. Awareness can sometimes be unpleasant at first as we have to release the old understanding to adjust to a new perspective. But once the realisation has fully formed there is an uplifting sense of relief and freedom that comes into existence. This is especially possible during Pluto’s retrograde phase mid April to late September.

Jupiter opposite Pluto 2013 -2014

This antagonistic aspect began during July-August 2013 and continues from December 2013 through to May 2014. Jupiter is generally known to be the “feel good” planet bringing us the “new and improved” version of whatever it connects with. These characteristic qualities are expressed through expansion. When Jupiter comes into a stressful angle with a difficult planet such as Pluto it can amplify or exaggerate deeply held beliefs and unconscious behaviour. National, political, religious, ideological differences are likely to be enforced. Cultural prejudices may escalate. Beliefs that previously seemed unquestionable may be completely undermined as they no longer stand up under close scrutiny. This time period brings several of the current astrological themes to a peak. Here is an opportunity to walk away from restricting ideologies, inherited social conventions or a world view which is no longer relevant. Jupiter as a benevolent guide is at it’s most honorable in the sign of Cancer and seeks to express greater truth, freedom and integrity. As we are touched by this energy dynamic it becomes apparent where in our lives any unconscious thoughts prevent those more liberating qualities being uppermost.

Jupiter square Uranus February – May

From mid February through to early May the massive planet Jupiter moves into an uncomfortable angle to erratic Uranus completing the line up for the impending Grand Cross in April. These are both future orientated planets neither of which are content with the status quo and have little regard for well made plans or time tested methods. Jupiter’s association with faith and beliefs stirred up by an offbeat Uranus in headstrong Aries, can produce an outburst of irrational concepts with a determination to defend them regardless of their lack of integrity. On the inner level this can bring timely insight into areas where we limit ourselves unnecessarily. For those who are ready to accept new possibilities, perspectives or a way of being, this can mean the beginning of living life without the need for control or reliance on external factors for their well being.

Mars Retrograde March – May

Once every two years Mars makes an apparent backward motion known as a retrograde. During this time the normal dynamic energy of action orientated Mars is impeded so we can’t expect things to run at the regular tempo. The usual character of Mars is to activate and to accelerate so during this phase it’s best not to initiate anything of significance as there isn’t the vitality required to keep the momentum going to fulfillment. There may be a sense of impatience or frustration as the forward thrusting energy slows down to a crawling pace. Those that do push ahead will be disappointed, whether in war, legal cases, political reforms or love affairs. The desired outcome never materialises. With Mars in the Cardinal sign of Libra the emphasis is on social situations between equals. This could be relationships between lovers as well as business partnerships or any area of life that demands co-operation, consideration, diplomacy and compromise. The retrograde period is best utilised for planning, negotiating arrangements and inward contemplation of any issues that may be highlighted during the intense Cardinal Cross in April.

The Grand Square and Cardinal Cross April 2014

April is an exceptionally busy month in the Astrologers calendar this year. It brings together all the major trends of the current era in one full blast. Just hours after Pluto turns retrograde on 14th the first Lunar eclipse of the year occurs on 15th with a Solar eclipse on 29th . On the 20th – 23rd, Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars form a cross in the cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. This is a culmination in a series of square patterns that started when Jupiter moved into Cancer during August 2013. With three planets already in place, events are triggered when the fourth planet moves to occupy the empty space in the cross formation. Mars as the timekeeper, fulfills this when all four planets will be at exactly 13-14 degrees of their signs. Personal or international events with the same theme will be highlighted again in mid December when Pluto and Uranus repeat the Square aspect once more.

Pluto in it’s retrograde motion during this formation puts the emphasis on inward reflection with a strong ability to transform and regenerate. With the harsh tension held in the square aspects, expect this pivotal period to bring crisis in some form. The true meaning of crisis is a turning point or juncture and this astrological dynamic brings us to a metaphorical and possibly, a literal crossroads.
Cardinal signs are especially powerful for initiating new ventures and pioneering ideas. This combination of astrological forces suggest a time when a radical change in our consciousness, perception and awareness occurs.

Beyond belief – What’s true for you in 2014

The perhaps strange and radical idea that we really don’t need to change anything, even ourselves, is one of the hot spiritual topics that will become a signature of this year. The change that is due to occur is in what we believe about the world, each other and ourselves. The actual changes that need to occur can then get on with it – soon we will be living our lives according to what actually is true, reality rather than an idea, and we will all be a lot happier as a result! This year brings us the opportunity to find out what’s real and what is simply a belief about what’s real.

The current upheaval in the world largely exists because the majority of people on the planet, whether rich or poor, are in a state of inner turmoil, unhappy and, or, want to do something to change their condition.
Inner tension, lack of clarity, confusion and unhappiness occurs when we don’t like what we see or experience. We don’t like it, so we want to change it. Problems occur because that change usually means either changing someone else, or life circumstances, to fit with our own idea of how it should be. Most of us interpret life events and situations in-line with our personal, national or cultural world view, or to uphold what we “know” to be true. We are always looking for everyone, and life itself, to agree with us so we can know we are right and therefore safe. If what we see doesn’t fit with what we approve of or consider to be right, we dislike it and generally anything that opposes our belief is regarded as a threat. The current events of disruption, conflict, social breakdown, economic collapse, excessive controls, restriction of personal freedoms etc. will continue as long as there is someone, or the actions of a group of people, who believe themselves to be right, and by necessity, believe someone else to be wrong.

Becoming aware that being right doesn’t have to make others wrong, whilst realising that if we stop trying to change things to fit our personal idea of how things should be there’s a good chance things could actually all turn out alright without our interference. In doing this we have the chance to awaken to a new possibility and a new way of being in the world. This is potentially the most momentous shift in human consciousness to occur in aeons.

By fully utilising this year’s provocative planetary energy to confront ourselves, rather than everyone else, we can challenge personal beliefs, thoughts and desires to see if they represent what is really true for us each as an individual. Simply following habitual opinions, behaviours or attitudes handed down through social, cultural or political systems is no longer an option. This is a pivotal year which may demand some sincere personal inquiry. Each of us can choose how to move forward from here.

Part 2 – The Details

Summer Solstice 2009

June is the month of our midsummer Solstice with the longest days and shortest nights. The Sun moves into the sign of Cancer on the 21st whilst it lingers at its most northerly position for a few days before beginning its return path towards the Winter Solstice point.
This month also sees a lot of planetary jostling as several of the outer planets change their course and some major aspects are formed. June kicks off with both Venus then Mars making a favourable angle to Pluto. The dwarf planet must not be underestimated when assessing its astrological impact. With Pluto we can rightly use the expression “the truth will out”. Since early April and through to September it’s in retrograde motion which means much necessary delving back into the past to expose what has been kept hidden until now. With Venus, our personal values, and Mars, our desire to act, both backing up the call “to come clean” we are likely to see more disreputable revelations surrounding our institutions and authority figures. Saturn, also known to some as “Lord of Karma” can signify our past deeds catching up with us. In late May he started his forward motion for the first time this year which starts the process of reckoning and utilising what we have learnt over these difficult few months. With the Full Moon on the 7th in a challenging 90 degree angle with Saturn there could be a general feeling of doubt or insecurity as things come to a head and what might have been considered trustworthy in the past is now seen as rather dubious yet we are still unsure as to how we should go forward. Neptune, master of illusion, deception and idealism started its apparent backward motion at the end of May. Mighty Jupiter also turns retrograde on the 15th continuing the conjunction with Neptune (as discussed last month). This planetary retracing of steps occurs until autumn, allowing us more time to reflect on what’s being highlighted, particularly around those in powerful public positions, ensuring a more lasting and long term consequence from what arises now.
The Month plays out with Uranus the bringer of change, revolution and innovation starting its backwards motion, traveling once more into an opposition to steady Saturn, ongoing during the past year and into 2010. As we struggle to find a balance between constancy and chaos the tension can be felt on a personal level and observed globally as social/political events unfold. Traditions and established attitudes left unchallenged leads to entrenchment in outmoded values whilst ill considered radical reform or divergence can create instability and confusion. Such are the challenges currently faced by us as individuals and as nations.

July Moon Phase

This month the New Moon is at 12° Cancer on the 3rd July at 3:20 am with the next Full Moon at 26° Capricorn on the 18th July at 9:00 am

After what seems like a long haul, July should yield a bit more progress. Fiery Mars moving into level-headed Virgo on 1st July is a chance to strive for personal excellence. It is all too easy though, to expect that it’s others who should reach a high standard of behaviour. We are harsh critics when the warrior planet is under Virgo’s refined influence. Using the energy to focus on ourselves, significant personal progress can be made. New Moon is always the best time to clear out the old, detoxify, make plans and start anew. The Cancer Moon is in her home sign and represents the very foundations of our inner life. We may be drawn towards our roots and family. If there are outstanding issues from our past now is the time to do whatever is needed to move on. With gentle Venus challenged by generous Jupiter we might want to give a “whole lotta love” or equally be made painfully aware of where kindness and care is lacking in our lives. On the 9th July the Sun opposes Jupiter continuing the theme of enthusiasm and personal wishes. This can create a case of “a bridge too far”. Real needs and imagined desires can get mixed up so be aware that looking for easy gains and quick fixes can undermine morals. These next few days can feel tiresome as Mercury briefly opposes Pluto on 10th July. There are likely hidden agendas operating and it can seem like walking through a maze. Deep consideration and total honesty avoids serious problems. To add to the frustration, Mars, full of drive and passion meets up with sombre Saturn on the 10th. Ration your energy using only what you need to get the task done. Don’t let fear or insecurity be your motivation. There is an important lesson to be learned. Projects or ventures begun now can be long-term successes. The Full Moon in hard working Capricorn on the 18th shows us a glimpse of what we have begun to achieve. The beneficial aspect between Mars and Jupiter on 26th July proves that acceleration is now possible and an abundance of energy is available to drive new projects and new approaches. Necessary shifts will occur and the way will be cleared for greater things when we see the next New Moon eclipse of 1st August.

Moon Horoscope July

As we move into July we say goodbye to the year long Saturn opposition to Neptune, which has had us all struggling to resolve ambiguity and make rigid attitudes more flexible but we now find that Venus is caught up in the final throws. She forms a conjunction to Saturn over several weeks and this can be seen on the evening horizon after sunset (weather dependant of course!) Venus’s link to Saturn is prolonged by her going retrograde on July 27 until September 8. In all our relationships with others there might be an emphasis on the need for compromise and cooperation as we acknowledge the long term consequences and benefits of partnerships or alliances. If we continue to be inflexible or controlling we are likely to be left dealing with a stalemate or standoff. Also if we habitually resist accepting our responsibility to others due to a fear of being answerable for self-seeking deeds we might find that events during these next weeks makes the alternative become more desirable. As always with Saturn, it might not be an easy lesson to learn but it is always worth putting in the effort in the long term.
The New Moon in Cancer is the best time to do a little self reflection, taking care to have one’s own house in order and to take time to listen to our intuition and instincts. The natural rhythms of life, our roots, background, culture and family are all highlighted at this time and it is fertile ground for developing stronger ties and links with anyone or thing that provides nourishment, on all levels. From the exact time of the New Moon and whilst she is moving through the last few degrees of sensitive Cancer before she moves into fiery Leo at 3:45am July 15 she is ‘Void of Course’. This means that the Moon makes no aspects to other planets until her change of Zodiac sign. It is never advisable to start a new project or venture at this time as it is unlikely to come to fruition. So if you intend to take advantage of the New Moon energy to sow the seeds of your intentions its best to wait those few extra hours. The Full Moon which traditionally heralds the culmination of plans, projects or endeavours falls near the months end and the ancient festival of Lughnasa or Lughnassadh, which is a harvest festival, marking the end of the period of summer growth and the beginning of the autumn harvest and traditionally well worth a celebration.

The next New Moon is at 22° Cancer on the 14 July at 01:04 pm with the Full Moon on 30 July, 1:48am at 6° Aquarius.