• On the 10th of September, just one day after Jupiter enters the sign of Libra, there will be the 3rd and last of the Saturn-Neptune exact squares. For those of you wanting to know more about the square aspect between these two planets then please scroll down to where I have already discussed this aspect in previous articles (26th November 2015 and 17th June 2016) or contact me if you can't find them and I'll send them via email!!

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    The spotlight is on relationships, law and justice and harmony Jupiter, or Zeus as the ancient Greeks knew him, was the King of the Olympian gods. He was omniscient, knowing and seeing everything, as well as dispensing good and evil not only in the Heavens but also among the mortals on the Earth. Although married to a very jealous spouse (Hera) he had great difficulty keeping his private parts under his tunic and managed to have many extra-marital affairs with goddesses and mortals alike thus producing an incredible number of children who he always left to be raised by others. So we [...]

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    Planetary rulers of the astrological signs

    I thought this may be useful for any beginners out there to help them remember the planetary rulers of each sign, the slower planets: Uranus (Aquarius), Neptune (Pisces) and Pluto (Scorpio) are not included in this diagram since it come from an antique text of Arabian astrology.     Image taken from "L'arte dell'Astrologia" Al-Biruni...translated by Giuseppe Bezza (2005 edition) p 72 "Associazione Culturale Mimesis", Milan Italy

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    There will be a New Moon an annular Solar Eclipse at 9°21’ Virgo on the first of September. Solar Eclipses repeat close to the same degree and sign every 19 years and usually indicate major endings and new beginnings. The last Solar Eclipse at 9°39’ Virgo took place in 1997, although it belonged to the Saros cycle 18 North* whilst the present eclipse belongs to the Saros cycle 19 North*, what was going on in your life back then? Also, what is in need of change now on the house axis where Virgo-Pisces is to be found in your natal chart? It is an annular eclipse which means that a [...]

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    …..a good ride for Virgo??? Mercury starts his third retrograde period this year in the Earth signs and more precisely in his own sign of Virgo. He stops in his tracks at 29° 04’ on the 30th of August. Virgo is all about details and collecting information that can serve us now or at a future date, order, attention to health and diet and being helpful to others are also part of his characteristics. Mercury is at home in this sign so I’m thinking that this may not be too bad a retrograde for you Virgos out there. During a retrograde we internalize the planet’s features, so [...]

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    …the friendship Moon The Full Moon this month falls at 25°52’ of the sign of Aquarius, a Fixed, Air sign ruled by Saturn (traditional ruler) and Uranus (modern ruler). Full Moons are times of harvest and completion when things concerning the house in the natal chart with Aquarius on its cusp can’t possibly get any better nor any worse for that matter. Aquarius is the sign of friendship and group activity, it’s about being independent and inventive whilst being part of a larger group of like-minded people as we work towards a common goal. The Full Moon falls on the 11th-5th – [...]

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    Saturn will end its annual retrograde period on the 12th of August stationing direct at 9°46’ Sagittarius. During this retrograde you will indeed have had the opportunity to renegotiate and review any past activities or commitments that have been a source of frustration for you. Having had a chance to tie up loose ends and finish uncompleted tasks in the matters of the house it is transiting in as well as perhaps having said “NO” to others if this meant a big “YES” for you! Contemporary American astrologer, Noel Tyl, writes that the Saturn retrograde is a pause for [...]

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    …and it’s time to take that leap of faith After just over two months in the sign of Scorpio, which it rules together with Pluto, and perhaps a little worse for wear, at least from a psychological point of view, Mars takes on the clothes of the philosopher as he enters the optimistic, truth-loving sign of Sagittarius. Here he will be able to express his energy in a more open way and much less on the psychological battle field. On a global level we will still see his aptitude for fighting, this time for or against belief systems especially on foreign fronts through waging war in the[...]

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    …..and nit-picky and worrisome come to my mind One of my Italian colleagues reminded me that today Mercury has entered Virgo, one of the signs it rules and that it will remain there an unusually long time, well over the month that it habitually stays in one sign. It will in fact leave Virgo on the 7th of October this year. During that time it will also make the third of its annual retrograde periods which this year all take place in the Earth signs. I will be writing more in detail about this nearer the time. Mercury in Virgo is very analytical and rather sceptical and could also [...]

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    ….creativity, love, respect, discipline and dreams There will be a New Moon at 10°57’ Leo on the 2nd of August. New Moons are times when the Sun and Moon are conjoined in the same degree of the same sign and this causes the Moon to remain hidden from our view. It’s a moment to set intentions for the coming month regarding the matters of the house where it falls in our natal chart. New Moons can be seen as moments of “seeding”. The Moon in Leo finds itself on the 5-11th axis in the traditional zodiac wheel (Leo-Aquarius), so, me vs them, warm-hearted vs unemotional, [...]

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