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Neptune, poetry, and August’s melancholy…

I have always loved August, that month where a particular coolness in the morning air on stepping out, a papery rustle tingeing the wind blowing through the trees, intimates that Summer is losing its hold upon the year, that Autumn is ascending…sensing this brings on a very particular mood, a mood dominated by the atmosphere of Neptune, that most poignant, sensitive and poetic of energies.

Step with me for a moment into Neptune’s world…

August is my birth month. There is a poised melancholy about it which fits my temperament well. From a very young age I have been very aware of the transience of Life: for all its challenge, turmoil, joy, grief and seemingly endless possibility, its manifold excitements, loves and pleasures, it is soon gone: a frail leaf drifting down to the river of Time which carries everything mortal to the great Universal Sea.

Whilst in a pleasingly melancholy August mood today, I dipped into a favourite inspirational book and found this gem, which I thought I’d share, from Katherine Mansfield…

Death of a Rose…

“…It is a sensation that can never be forgotten, to sit in solitude, in semi-darkness, and to watch the slow, sweet, shadowful death of a Rose.

Oh, to see the perfection of the perfumed petals being changed ever so slightly, as though a thin flame had kissed each with hot breath, and where the wounds bled the colour is savagely intense . . . I have before me such a Rose, in a thin, clear glass, and behind it a little spray of scarlet leaves. Yesterday it was beautiful with a certain serene, tearful, virginal beauty, it was strong and wholesome, and the scent was fresh and invigorating.

To-day it is heavy and languid . . . So now it dies . . . And I listen . . . for under each petal fold there lies the ghost of a dead melody, as frail and as full a as a ray of light upon a shadowed pool. Oh divine sweet Rose. Oh, exotic and elusive and deliciously vague Death..”.(i)

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Endnotes

(i)  Katherine Mansfield: The Death of a Rose (from The Virago Book of Spirituality, Edited by Sarah Anderson, published 1996,  p276 )

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Some thoughts on Twins: do you have an astrological one?

I’ve been feeling celebratory over here at Astrology: Questions and Answers in recent days. It has dawned on me that I’ve kept this blog going for four whole years!

It’s time to say a few “Thank you” – s: firstly of course to you, my lovely readers, who keep me going with your lively comments both on my actual posts and on my Astrology: Questions and Answers Facebook page.

Next, to Mary Plumb of the Mountain Astrologer blog who kindly invited me to be Guest blogger there on 18th February 2013. I decided to write about some of the most memorable questions I’ve been asked as an astrologer over the years, and was so pleased with the lively responses to that post that a seed was planted in my mind, from which  has sprouted this now well-established blog! Thanks, Mary!

And to Louise Vergette-Lynn of  the Exeter Astrology Group here in the UK, who was so encouraging a couple of years ago when my first rather faltering attempts to set up a Facebook Page promoting the blog made me feel like giving up. I didn’t – thanks to her….

So – to mark the occasion I thought I’d re-publish the very first post – on that topic of perennial interest, Twins. My writing on this topic has come very near the top of my stats list every single year. Here, I am talking not about blood twins, but astrological twins, and how via astrological symbolism we can see how we unconsciously ‘twin’ with those people who complement our own energies.

Twins

Twins

Linda’s Question: Submitted on 2013/06/27 at 5:43 pm

I’ve always found twins fascinating. What’s even more fascinating is the kind of relationship that develops between people who aren’t blood relatives of any sort, yet seem to be “cut from the same cloth”. We talk about being “simpatico” – has anyone ever done any studies on such people to see if there are similarities in their charts?

My Answer:

Well, most regular practitioners of astrology do this kind of research at least informally as part of both their work and their own lives.

For example, I used to wonder why most of my close friends and associates, work colleagues and bosses were Sun Virgos, Pisceans and Aquarians. Then I had my horoscope drawn up.

I found that a key axis in the horoscope, ie the Ascendant/Descendant which describes how you meet the world, the persona you present to that world, and key relationships you draw to you – was in the signs of Virgo and Pisces. Thus quite unconsciously I was drawing to me relationships with people whose solar energies symbolically complemented my own….

Furthermore, the sign opposite to Leo in the zodiac wheel is Aquarius, and you know the old saw about opposites attracting!

Anne W's Horoscope

Anne W’s Horoscope

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Time and again I have known marriage/relationship partnerships where one person is Sun Leo and the other Aquarius, or vice versa.  Or Sun Taurus and Sun Scorpio. Or Sun Capricorn and Sun Cancer. And so on, all round the opposite pairs in the Zodiac circle. I am married to an Aquarian, and his Aquarian brother also has a Sun Leo wife – so we are one small illustration of this!

Also, when I got around to drawing family horoscopes, I discovered my father and mother both had Virgo as their Ascending signs. My brother and sister both have the sign of Virgo strongly emphasised in their horoscopes. My husband has a Virgo Ascendant, as does my (Sun in Pisces) stepson, and my stepson’s stepfather, who used to be married to my sister (work that one out….)

Any set of family horoscopes has similar variations on key themes, where the planetary placements and the zodiac signs in which they fall symbolically tell a vivid story of interweaving energy patterns, both clashing, compulsive and harmonious – as in life lived out.

Furthermore, in nearly twenty years of teaching astrology classes to a very wide range of students ranging in occupation from bus drivers to consultant psychiatrists (who both turned up in the same class one year) I found over and over again that the planetary pattern of the horoscope which I always drew up for the date, time and place of the start of the class was reflected in striking ways in the horoscopes of the students who turned up.

One year stands out in my memory. I began the class when there was a line-up of several planets in the dark, intense and powerful sign of Scorpio. The class composition that year was like no other before or since: all ten of the students had a preponderance of planets in Scorpio and/or strong emphases on the planet Pluto, ruler of the sign Scorpio.

I enjoyed teaching the class , an intense and powerful bunch of people who absorbed every word I said ( I think….!) but said very little. It was exhausting though. Like teaching a black hole!

On a totally contrasting note, there was another year where the dominant energies of the horoscope for that class were much, much lighter and “buzzier”.

The sun and other planets (as I recall) were concentrated in the signs of Virgo and Libra, with the planet Mercury dominant. This symbolism was expressed in a hardworking, charming and co-operative, and highly communicative  group of students who were very easy to work with.

Two students from that group, Doreen and Sheilagh ( just in case they happen to read this – I know they will not mind being mentioned! ) had such similar horoscopes that I asked them to sit beside each other, commenting that they would find a great deal in common. Nearly a quarter of a century later, they are still very good friends…..astrological twins in spirit…..

I hope this gives you a flavour of what it is like observing, through the lens of astrological symbolism,  the shifting dance of interconnected energy comprising our small earthly world. AND –

 Do, please, share your stories!

Zodiac

Zodiac

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Mars opposes Pluto: feeling the burn…

Well, are you feeling it? I certainly am. 

My 10th House Mars return took place just after Mars entered Cancer on 5th June 2017, a few days after the most recent terrorist atrocity in London on 3rd June, and not long before the appalling fire disaster at Grenfell Tower in London on 14th June 2017. As I write, Mercury at 18 degrees Cancer  is exactly opposite Pluto at 18 degrees Capricorn. Mars opposes Pluto on Sunday 2nd July 2017.

I don’t know about you, but as I contemplate the UK’s Moon at 19 degrees of Cancer in the nation’s 10th House about to be exactly opposed by transiting Pluto through the UK’s 4th house, I am anticipating more burning, of a literal or a metaphorical kind, not just in the UK or the USA, but in other parts of the world. The Mars/Pluto combination is not called the War Monger for nothing…

A mood of public anger has been very evident in the UK recently and is growing, as Mercury, Mars and lastly the Sun travel through Cancer, amplified by Jupiter squaring them all in the middle degrees of Libra – and by the upcoming full moon on 9th July 2017 at 17 degrees Capricorn. Anger re our recent shambolic general election, terrorist attacks, and that terrible fire disaster, are the most recent flashpoints for UK citizens’ rage.

Crumbling institutions’ incapacity to meet the needs of the communities they are supposed to be serving is not just a local but a worldwide problem. How must many of our USA friends be feeling, for example, regarding the prospect of having their healthcare removed? Just have a look at Facebook and Twitter and you will find out.

I have been sharing in this public mood: not normally given to ranting about the state of the world in general or our national politics in particular, in recent days I have been doing just that. No doubt having been in London on the weekend of the most recent terror attack there has helped to wind up my anger.

But the other morning’s local news tipped me over into taking that anger onto Facebook, something I do not usually do. Some of you will know of our local successful Children’s Wood’s campaign –with international support, thanks! – to keep developers off one of the last bits of wild land in the city, well used by all sectors of our community including 22 local schools. That morning I found out that a local well-loved and well-used Scout Hall in Kelvindale near where we live is to be cleared at the end of the summer, along with tree-rich land next to it, to make way for developers.The community is fighting this. Good for them!!

childrens-wood-protest-1

childrens-wood-protest-1

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Pluto’s long transit of Capricorn from 2008-2024, aided by revolutionary Uranus in hot-tempered Aries,  is slowly doing its work of battering on the doors of all established structures and taking them down.  No wonder we are all feeling insecure, battered and bruised by the turmoil and disruption going on – which has hit so many of our fellow citizens across the world so brutally and with so much destruction.

As our sclerotic, archaic institutions are increasingly unable to cope with the modern world in which we are actually living, community power is becoming the way forward in so many areas of contemporary life.

In this, I have been getting a strong flavour of the upcoming Jupiter/Saturn conjunction, due to take place in 2020 at 0 degrees of Aquarius. Pluto heads into that community-oriented sign by 2024.The upcoming generations are busy laying the foundations for a new world order, centred on our world community thanks to the rise and dominance of the Internet.

Pluto was last in Capricorn from 1762 to 1778, the time when the foundations of a world-wide economy predicated upon material exploitation of the planet’s natural resources including many of its people, were laid. That era’s days, the days of Big Oil etc, are numbered….Let’s hope that what replaces it is an era of fairer sharing of the Earth’s increasingly diminishing resources, more international co-operation…and less bloodshed.

In the meantime, back to our  currently especially energised, turbulent, stroppy, anger-charged personal lives. ( I’ve been having a trawl round comments on Facebook in recent days. This energy field has been burning up lots of us in various challenging ways.) Wherever in your horoscope Mercury, then Mars opposes Pluto at present and in the upcoming week, that pair of houses is where you will be ‘feeling the burn’.

Here is a live example: a friend of mine is making a train journey of several hours’ duration to come and visit us here in Glasgow. As I am writing this post, with Mercury exactly opposite Pluto today, she has just texted to say her train has been cancelled, and there is no word as yet re exactly how she and her fellow passengers are supposed to get here.

Do let me know how it goes with you – and try to channel that energy and anger as best you can in the week ahead.

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Moon’s Nodes, Midsummer, and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”…

I have noticed over the years that having natal horoscope planets, Angles or Nodes around 0-5 degrees of Cancer (Midsummer), Libra (Autumn Equinox) Capricorn (Midwinter) or Aries (Spring Equinox) tends to bring significant inner or outer events into the lives of clients, students, friends and family at those key times of the year. It certainly happens with me, with Mars at 1.5 Cancer in the tenth house of vocation/career.

It happened big time with Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, whose Asc was 2 degrees Cancer, square her Mercury at the end of Virgo. Scroll back exactly two hundred and one years to Midsummer 1816, when Mary was still only 18 years old, and experiencing her first Nodal Return. Resident with husband Percy Shelley, the charismatic, amoral and scandalous Lord Byron and various friends and family members, at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva, during a stormy night Byron challenged them all to write a ghost story…the rest, as they say, is history.

Mary went to bed that night and dreamed Frankenstein…

Inspired by Mary Shelley’s life, her Moon’s Nodes, and her authorship of Frankenstein, I wrote an article to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of that event for The Mountain Astrologer which they published last June. Here it is. I hope you enjoy this Midsummer tale!

Dreaming ‘Frankenstein’

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The Cycles of Saturn: Growing up time!

Today’s Neptune turned newly retrograde in Pisces, conjunct the Moon as I write, has brought an interesting wave of returns:  lovely feedback for my writing, some money due, an old favourite track “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” playing real good, loud and free in Kelvingrove Park, and my return to a favourite lunch haunt being livened by a gaggle of very drunk, very loud, very happy young women.

And here, with kind permission of  The Mountain Astrologer Magazine, is another recent article of mine – stepping aside from that Neptune wave: my exploration of those vital formative cycles of that planet who rewards honest self-examination and patient, realistic effort over time. A slow burner, but a giver of rewards truly worth having…

saturn

saturn

Cycles of Saturn: forging the Diamond Soul

As ever, your comments, observations and shared experiences are valuable – and welcome!

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Revisiting the Twelfth House…

Every so often, being a fully paid-up 12th House person, I have to take time out to re-charge my blogging batteries. So – I’ll be having a pause on my blog for a couple of weeks. However, to keep things ticking over meantime, and to keep you, my lovely readers, happy, I ‘ve decided to share a couple of my articles, with kind permission of  The Mountain Astrologer Magazine, where they have appeared in recent times.

The 12th House

The 12th House

The first one, rather appropriately, is on that most mysterious, elusive and oft-misunderstood and misrepresented place in space, the Twelfth House. I’ve called it ‘…an optimist’s take on Self -Undoing…’. You will shortly see why!

Enjoy the read by clicking on the link below (which resolutely refuses my attempts to colour it blue!!) – and do share your thoughts and experiences if you feel like doing so.

Contemplating the 12th House

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New Moon in Gemini – on its way !

I thought it might be fun – and a radical departure from my usual approach –  to take a lightning skim through the twelve houses of the horoscope, writing down the first thing that comes into my head regarding the tone of the month ahead for us all: here goes!

The Gemini New Moon, by the way, falls in my Tenth House…

Gemini, Gemini!

Gemini, Gemini!

First House

Please – just shut up…

Second House

Bank loan, here I come. What to spend it on? Books!!

Third House

Why do I have to have so many siblings?

Fourth House

Yes – just invite everyone for dinner

Fifth House

What – only one love affair?

Sixth House

Send help – I am locked in the library

More Gemini...

More Gemini…

Seventh House

You show me your novel, I’ll show you my six unfinished drafts…

Eighth House

Now that would be telling…

Ninth House

See you in Timbuktu!

Tenth House

I’ve only had four careers so far lol

Eleventh House

Sorry, membership already over-subscribed

Twelfth House

There are two sofas in this room, and I’m behind both of them!

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Zodiac

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