Returning to astrology!

Hello,

After a break I’m back and hoping to post regularly.

I have opened up my readings, which you can find here. I am no longer doing written readings, but I am open to doing recordings, as well as in-person and Skype consultations.

I am also working on bringing back my podcast, with the help of some kind friends.

Hope UR all having a strong Aries season

☄️

A little update

I haven’t been super active here because I went overseas, and then I started studying Honours while working 24 hours a week, and all my astrology energy is going towards the few chart readings I’ve committed to doing. It’s been enriching to interpret charts in new different ways with people I don’t know at all, especially because it’s so easy to fit aspects to people you do know.

Because of my workload, I’ve put my prices up, though I am still open to bringing those prices down if someone is experiencing hardship and wants a reading to help them through it. The old prices will apply to anybody who contacted me before I changed my prices.

I am hopefully going to start doing podcasts again properly too, and helping people learn how to read their own charts… but I think I am learning to prioritise my time and understand I can’t do everything all at once. Boundaries and limitations! Being reliable is understanding how much you can’t do. A real Saturn vs. Jupiter lesson (something I might talk about in a podcast).

Wishing you all warmth and peace X

Mercury retrograde from Capricorn to Sagittarius, 2016-2017

Sidney_Hall_-_Urania's_Mirror_-_Capricornus.jpg

Uncanny Mercury retrograded around this time at the beginning of 2016, moving from the first few degrees of Aquarius on the 6th of January to station direct in conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn on the 26th. Now it begins on the 19th of December with the conjunction to Pluto and moves back into the last few degrees of Sagittarius on the 8th of January. Pluto moving through Capricorn has probably given the holiday season an extra dramatic edge since 2008, likely to bring up family and business dramas (capitalism dramas?) with the purpose of finally laying it all bare, at least incrementally. Throwing Mercury retrograde into the mix, Christmas could be chaotic this year, affecting electronic presents, transportation and short trips, event organising, income and money transferring, paperwork, or delivery services. As always, back everything up, try to get the bus or train early, double check times and dates, make sure everyone is on the same page, and read the fine print.

Capricorn season is when themes of family structure come up and Pluto is likely to be slowly corroding those structures, letting us build new ideas of kinship from the ground up. Ruled by Saturn, Capricorn is also shudderingly associated with the patriarch, the breadwinner. A Saturn transit has a similar feeling to being told to wait until your father comes home. Learning to respect limits is important, but as Pluto moves through Saturn’s first sign, we might begin to question the images of structured authority we’ve internalised so far. Christmas can highlight that shift as we do the work of creating different ideas of authority and belonging outside of nuclear families, blood ties, and patriarchal structures.

We also make New Years resolutions during Capricorn season as we become acutely aware of time and achievement, reflecting on all we have done and all we have yet to do. But this year’s Mercury retrograde does not favour new beginnings, so what do? Better to take time instead of deciding your resolutions on impulse and going all out on the 1st of Jan. Look at the habits you’ve already formed and see how those habits can be reinforced this year. Which mistakes do you want to grow from? How far have you come from the beginning of 2016? Mercury retrograde in Capricorn might soberly remind us that new beginnings are an illusion – working to accept and integrate the past is a vital part of being able to continue.

I went through a brief Eckhart Tolle phase this year (chalked up to my Pluto transits lol) but it can be helpful to see exactly how much of our idea of time is imagined. The past is only memories, the future only fantasies, both of which have tangible effects on the way we act (with experience from the past and knowledge of potential consequences in the future). But those imposed effects can only exist in the present, or as he calls it, the ‘Now’. It can be hard to move through a society rooted in a particular experience of time, as linear and foreboding, so it’s nice to sit sometimes and remember that the present is all that really exists. Capricorn is not always necessarily about linear progress. Capricorn is about collective, societal security, and the Capricorn symbol of the goat with the fish tail represents a security rooted in spirituality rather than success (which also explains the Capricorn sextile Pisces relationship). Mercury retrograde is one of the many ways astrology reminds us that growth is two steps forward, one step back — sometimes arduous, but possible.

Neptune stationing direct 19th of November

tumblr_noqr9ubQrW1twyshko1_500.gif

The retrogrades of the outer planets occur frequently, some staying in retrograde for months in a time each year. This is part of their transiting work in the chart, repeatedly moving over the same degree over a number of years and presenting the lessons for that particular point in waves. One step forward, two steps back.

Neptune has been in ruling sign Pisces since 2012 and will inch through the sign until 2025. It can be hard to put a finger on what Neptune actually does in the chart. Experiencing a transit may just feel like an inexplicable fogginess or unsteadiness. Neptune can symbolise illusion and thus the potential for disillusion. A Neptunian person (with a highly aspected Neptune or many Pisces placements) can be chameleonlike and reflective of their surroundings in a way that defies the idea of a static, cohesive identity. The concept of boundaries is incompatible with Neptunian energy, as it attempts to reconcile the material with the immaterial. It is always trying to transcend, for better or worse. Neptune energy gives us an extra layer of consciousness over the mundane realities of existence — it rules spiritual peak experiences, compassion and interconnectedness, nature in its complexity, the liminal, unknown and unspeakable.

These energies struggle in modern Western society. The idea of the separate, rational self-interested individual, the degradation of nature (a source of Neptunian experience) and the violence of oppressive structures don’t give much room for Neptune to speak through in a way that heals. Neptune’s common association with escapism and addiction arise in these contexts where healing is made inaccessible. Suffering is not part of Neptune’s essence as a planet, but how it is forced to operate with logics of capitalism, white supremacy, colonialism, antiblackness, cishetero patriarchy and ableism.

Outer planets point to collective energies. At school and university, we may have been surrounded by people with the exact same Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto placements. While house and inner planet placements differ, these common placements can feel like a buzzing synchronicity, a push towards shared goals. People with personal aspects to these planets may bring out the collective focus in others, as their Sun or Moon conjuncts their outer planets in synastry.

As Neptune goes direct in your chart, you can imagine it lighting up, corresponding with Pisces placements and your natal Neptune, illuminating what these placements might be doing for you in the world, whether it is unconsciously trying to protect you from needless cruelty through escape, giving you moments of insight, or putting you in touch with groundlessness and limitlessness.

Some forms of suffering in the world are needless — the suffering that results from corporate greed, capitalist expansion, colonial exploitation. But Neptune also acts to remind us that we cannot seek a world completely without pain, and that moments of feeling wretched and vulnerable are the moments we can use to connect to others. We all experience loss, insecurity, fear and anxiety, as part of the condition of life and living. These feelings are hard. Compassion is not a balm to take the feelings away, but to accept those feelings in both ourselves and others. This acceptance is not something that can be achieved, put away and finished, but a continual practice of leaning into hard feelings. We come to terms with this pain as healing, as a point of reconnecting, again and again. Neptune may force us to sacrifice something to learn these lessons, where sacrifice can mean loss but also to make something sacred.

Other things that resonate with Neptune include cinema:

Screen Shot 2016-11-23 at 12.28.08 pm.png

As well as My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins, impressionist art, clubbing and group dancing, not wearing your glasses even when you need them, looking for your glasses when they’re on top of your head. Neptunian people are often heralded by graceful messiness and forgetfulness. Some Mercurial types are also forgetful but in a frenetic, distracted way, whereas Neptunians float through life, letting car keys and borrowed items of clothing slip through their fingers. Jupiterians do the same except they somehow find as much as they lose.

In many ways we are blessed to live through Neptune in Pisces, despite the struggle and confusion it might bring us. There might be a feeling of truth in the unsettled feelings, something that indicates that this is where you need to be, regardless of what you might wish.

 

Scorpio New Moon & Lemonade

tumblr_oczz80Kyj91s8esgpo5_1280.jpg

“Fasted for 60 days. Wore white. Abstained from mirrors. Abstained from sex. Slowly did not speak another word. And that time my hair I grew past my ankles. I slept on a mat on the floor. I swallowed a sword. I levitated. Into the basement, confessed my sins and was baptized in a river. Got on my knees and said, “Amen” and said, “I mean,” I whipped my own back and asked for dominion at your feet. I threw myself into a volcano, I drank the blood and drank the wine,  I sat alone in begged and bent at the waist for God. I crossed myself in thought, I saw the devil. I grew thickened skin on my feet. I bathed in bleach and plugged my menses with the pages from the holy book, but still inside me coiled deep was the need to know. Are you cheating on me?”

New moon and full moons occur six months apart in each sign. We had a full moon at 2º Scorpio on the 22nd of April. Both rulers Mars and Pluto had just begun their retrograde motions, in Sagittarius and Capricorn respectively.

On the 30th of October, the new moon will be at 7º Scorpio, conjunct Mercury and trine Neptune in Pisces. Mars has been direct for a while, moving through Capricorn and recently conjoining Pluto, also direct.

Beyoncé released Lemonade on the 22nd of April (the 23rd in different time zones). It was so unbelievably Plutonic, with themes of rage, obsession, exhaustion, ruin, regeneration, witchcraft, and collective power. Some might remember it as a passing event, but for those who were left reeling by Lemonade, this new moon is a step forward, pulling together all the ways your life has changed since then to set new intentions. How did those representations of emotional depths move you? Did you feel bared and vulnerable, but also connected to something larger than you, something that is slowly moving and transforming? Did it cause you to reflect on your relationships, on where you seek power, and when (if ever) you choose to forgive? Did it give rise to new desires for connection, validation, strength?

For a new moon ritual, I like to set a single theme related to the sign that I want to concentrate my energies towards. For Scorpio, that theme could be intimacy, psychological healing, spirituality, contact with birth or death, radical transformation, inner power, personal truth, or deconstructive work.

Here are some themes that could come up according to where 7º Scorpio falls in your chart. If you don’t know what signs your house cusps are in, you can do a natal chart calculation here.

1st house:
Interrogating your way of moving through the world. Transforming your image. Seeing how your social persona is related to your sense of power. Regaining initiative and drive. Bringing more of yourself out into your day-to-day life. Communicating your identity with all its complexity. Making your motives clear.

2nd house:
Building values that stick. Cracking open the foundations of your life to rebuild. Seeing where you invest your self-worth — taking back your self-worth from external things. Meeting your own needs.

3rd house:
Communicating your truth. Clearing your mind of emotional debris. Disrupting and deconstructing thought patterns. Appreciating depth of thought. Reconfiguring your relationship to learning and schooling — prioritising quality over quantity.

4th house:
Cultivating privacy and solitude. Healing psychological patterns and intergenerational wounds inherited from parents. Taking time to rest and emotionally recharge. Protecting your home from bad vibes. Understanding and finding purpose in your roots. Expressing your true self with those you trust. Steadying yourself by developing emotional strength. Finding power in your ancestry.

5th house:
Creativity as catharsis. Using play as psychological care. Giving voice to your inner child. Taking emotional risks with creative work. Allowing full range of emotional expression. Taking control of your idle impulses and channelling them into something meaningful. Subverting power relations in your art.

6th house:
Reconfiguring power in your work. Caring for health as warfare. Investigating the politics of health. Transforming your routine. Focusing and drawing meaning from the details of living. Giving importance to physical pain. Listening to your body.

7th house:
Deepening your partnerships. Becoming aware of psychological projections and breaking down black and white thinking in relationships. Understanding the reactions and perspectives of the other. Allowing other people’s personal truths to exist with your own in partnership.

8th house:
Deriving true satisfaction from intimacy. Connecting through sharing emotions. Learning the rhythms of give and take. Sharing your emotional and physical resources, and allowing others to share their resources with you. Getting in touch with spiritual sensitivity. Internalising your locus of control. Making peace with impermanence. Letting go.

9th house:
Broadening your view of power. Learning in depth about power operating in the world today, and teaching others what you have learnt. Valuing collective emotional and experiential knowledge. Forming relationships based on shared knowledge and experience. Educating yourself as resistance.

10th house:
Gifting your personal power to society. Protesting societal abuses of power. Detaching emotionally from public recognition and your reputation. Bringing the personal (the private) into the public. Emotionally investing in goals and growth.

11th house:
Forming powerful ties to the collective. Making room for voices to be heard. Facilitating social change through emotional connection. Transforming friendships. Experiencing intimacy in community. Giving others the freedom to express personal truth. Questioning and reconstructing collective identities.

12th house:
Coming to terms with your whole, secretive self. Unearthing buried emotions. Seeing who you become when you are truly alone. Integrating psychological experiences and possible wounds from living in institutions (schools, prison, hospitals). Accepting your own intensity. Radically validating your emotional experience. Being open to spiritual insight.

With these themes, you can create affirmations. Make sure to write the affirmations definitively and in the present tense, i.e. “I radically validate my emotional experience” rather than “I will radically validate my emotional experience.”

After you write them down, fold the paper up and rest knowing your intentions will come to fruition, to help you grow, over this next lunar cycle.

s.o. xx

 

Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn

tumblr_o9v6kdhEHK1slx6auo1_540.jpg

These next few days might highlight what Pluto in Capricorn was already slowly grinding down in your chart. Pluto is the planet of transformation; Capricorn is the slow climb. Mars is drive, vigour, energy, desire — placed in Capricorn, ruled by restrictive Saturn, Mars’ archetypal impulsiveness is curtailed. Mars in Capricorn is deliberate.

Mars could aid you to move towards Pluto and what it is trying to do in your chart. Feelings of frustration or blockage could be effectively worked through in this time. Look to the house to see what has been slowly and radically shifting for you in this time.  As you get in touch with your urges, work with the primal emotions that might come up, get physical and moving. Purpose is what gets Capricorn planets going — they feel wretched and depressed without it. Pluto in Capricorn is pragmatic radicalism and transformation, not going into the depths of the soul for its own sake like Scorpio might, but so you can get stuff done.

Pluto is realising your place in it all, both good and bad. Pluto is uncovering the psychological trips that mess with our path from intention to action. It shows us our vivid potential. Where there is power, there is resistance, and where the world imposes power structures on us, there is the intergenerational seed of primal, collective struggle that pushes back. Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn can show us this seed, and show us how it has been germinating slowly, perhaps unknowingly. Transformation requires letting go, and letting go requires acceptance, and Pluto pulls us into the fray of psychological messes to serve us what we need to come to grips with it all.