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New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer

Posted by on Jun 21, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Summer Solstice greetings! As the sun stands still at its zenith for three days, and we experience the longest days of the year in the northern hemisphere, we enter an important portal in the astrological calendar, the entry of the Sun in the cardinal water sign, Cancer. The intensity of this year’s solstice could not be more apparent as it coincides with a total solar eclipse over this weekend’s new moon in Cancer. We may well sense powerful seeds of change around us, and feel moved to respond to them, even while the way forward seems far from clear. That seems to be the terrain we are living in now. Mercury has, this week, joined the growing number of planets in retrograde motion, prompting us to step back, think again, question our beliefs, go deeper with our research, and with our contemplation of truth. I feel a budding, vulnerable impulse, within the uncertainty of it all, as I sit down to write this now. Let’s see what comes… The new moon solar eclipse occurs at 7.41am (UK time) on Sunday 21st June, with the Sun and Moon conjunct in the first degree of Cancer. Cancer is about roots, it is about tribe, it is about belonging. As a medicine for the soul, it resonates with a need that runs deep in us, like an underground stream which beckons us back to its source. It begs some form of retreat. It is an urge to turn back to the origins of things, to know where we come from, to know how things came to be the way they are. And this is as true at a personal level as it is when viewed politically and collectively. A new moon in Cancer is a time to reflect deeply on what really matters to us, beyond all the distractions and interruptions to the rhythms of life. What is it that really feeds your soul? And what if the true purpose of your life was to find your way home and help others to do the same? To return to the place of origin and see that place again with new eyes, perhaps? A solar eclipse brings a darkening and deepening of the soul’s longing. The power of the lunar energy, and its urge to remember, to protect, and to return overcomes the vitality of the solar life force that brings light to the present and seeks to make everything anew. At such a time, the presence of the past is palpable. Add into the mix the homing instinct of Cancer, the sign ruled by the Moon, and that need to connect with a true sense of belonging seems stronger than ever. It is not enough under this energy just to say ‘let’s face what is in front us and move on’, for what is happening has to be traced back to its roots in order for us to really connect with it. The Cancer energy compels us to pay attention to history, to how our national, cultural and spiritual identity is shaped by what has gone before. Essential issues of civil rights and personal freedoms that strike to the very core of our humanity are absolutely to the fore in our world right now, and we cannot satisfactorily separate the personal from the political. As a white male living pretty comfortably in an affluent European country, I benefit from countless privileges which, if I were to trace them back, I would have to acknowledge are established on the back of centuries of patriarchal control, slavery and injustice. I can’t change that fact,...

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New Moon in Gemini Insights

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Sun and Moon align today, 22nd May at 18.38pm in Gemini, the mutable air sign which reveals an image of two chattering twins, one mortal and one divine, absorbed in a an unceasing dialogue between the worlds. This Mercury-ruled sign opens up the domain of language, culture and perception. From the Geminian perspective the world is made of words and our perception of reality (and thus our beliefs), are both conditioned and created by the forms of language and culture within which we live. So it is worth contemplating the creative power of words, not merely in their capacity to describe the world the way it is (or the way we perceive it to be), but in terms of the conjuring power that language has to manifest into being the very essence of what they come to describe. Everything seems so confusing in the world right now. What on earth are we supposed to believe? We might naturally distrust politicians, but then what about the scientists and medics? Do we trust them more, or do we suspect that the ones in more authoritative position might be mere voicepieces for the pharmaceutical industry? And what about journalists? The media outlets seem so partial and partisan. And what about the tech billionaires, so evidently invested with global health? And not being medically trained ourselves, how do we judge who is right? Perhaps we question the ultimate validity of western, allopathic medicine and, if so, where does that put us? And how are we supposed to in response to what we believe to be true? You may think you know what’s going on, but then you encounter some devastating new revelation that shakes your belief, but then you realise it has been debunked. But debunked by who, and what is their agenda? And the end of all that, maybe some of us decide its easier and less of a brain-fuck just to accept the more mainstream view. Could it be that the covid pandemic has amplified our existing core perception of reality and reinforced, now with even more evidence, the perspective bias we already held before. Things that we cannot see, things that travel through invisibly through the air like this virus (and like Mercury himself!) tend to make us unsure, anxious, afraid or suspicious. They de-stabilise our reliance upon sense perception, and we are more likely to attach ourselves to beliefs that promise to make what is happening explainable or understandable. To stay in a position of ‘not-knowing’ is especially uncomfortable at a time like this. The poet John Keats once described the capacity of ‘negative capaibility’ as the ability to be with our uncertainties and doubts ‘without irritible reaching after fact and reason’. The medicine of Gemini reminds us that in a very important way, the truth is not ‘out there’, but in here; that it can only ever be partial, and partisan. When we hear or read something, our ability to interpret it is inevitably filtered through pre-figured patterns of thought and belief, which will inevitably prejudice our understanding, make the new information conform to the pre-figured pattern and serve as evidence for it. However open-minded we believe ourselves to be, such partiality is inevitable. Mercury carries a current, an electrical charge that awakens and excites our minds to ideas and concepts that promise to make sense of our experience. But he is a trickster out to persuade and convince us that this or that idea is right or true. Yet the minute we settle on the truth of an idea, the sprite-like God has moved on to...

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Insights into This Week’s Planetary Turnarounds

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Saturn & Jupiter Retrograde The theme of this week astrologically is retrograde motion, with Saturn (on Monday), Venus (yesterday) and Jupiter (tomorrow) all entering periods in their cycle where their apparent motion along the ecliptic / zodiac path is reversed. During retrograde periods a planet is going back over old ground, and so the archetype is more reflective and introspective in its expression. Right now all three planets are ‘stationed’, Saturn at 1˚ Aquarius, Jupiter at 27˚ Capricorn and Venus at 21˚ Gemini. Over the next five months, Saturn will return to Capricorn, where it will station at 25˚ Capricorn for the months of September and October as it turns direct again. This suggests an important review and reconsideration of the measures, structures and projects that have been put in place during recent months, and there is often hesitancy around what to do, as Saturn turns back. It is interesting and slightly ominous to reflect on the fact that several European countries chose Monday as the day to relax lockdown measures, and the message – in the UK at least – was somewhat less than convincing! From tomorrow, Jupiter will begin its own return to 17˚ Capricorn, where it will station for the month of September while it also turns direct. During Jupiter’s retrograde phase, we may find that certain of our aspirations and goals go through a process of adjustment or change; the things we thought we were essential to our growth and improvement may need re-assessing. The question may be “What really has meaning for me?” Venus Retrograde Venus has just begun a forty day period of retrograde motion. She spends lees time retrograde than any other planet (40 days out of every 584 days) and she offers us profound insights into the nature of love, beauty and relationship during this time. The Venus retrograde phase can tend make us more reflective and questioning of ourselves and how wwe relate to others. While it may seem to complicate matters of love and pleasure, it also prompts us to take a deeper look at who and what we love, and consider how we may have betrayed love in the past. We may gain insight into aspects of eros we have previously been blind to, or feel a strong urge to address issues we have been avoiding with a lover. With Venus retrograde in Gemini, we may feel it necessary to write to a former partner, re-enter a dialogue, make peace, or untangle a web of words or language patterns in which we may have become enmeshed. Or maybe a former lover with get in touch with us. In re-considering the consequences or implications of our connections with the people in our lives, we may even be able to transform our our idea of what love means to us, or re-evaluate our ideas around what we like, what gives us pleasure. Half-way through for retograde period (on 3rd June) Venus will make her ‘intimate’ conjunction with the Sun, which is when from an astronomical perspective, she ‘kisses the earth’, at the moment her closest approach to the earth. This kiss is one of five such climactic moments in her eight-year cycle during which she draws out a perfect five-petalled flower pattern in her ‘dance’ for the earth, marking out a double pentagram in her cycle of conjunctions with the Sun. Click here to read an article I’ve written about this…  ...

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Full Moon in Scorpio Insights

Posted by on May 7, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This full moon in Scorpio sees the Moon at 17˚ Scorpio in direct opposition with the Sun at 17˚ Taurus. It draws forth the tension and the potential alchemical union between body and soul, earth and water, sensation and feeling; between the embodied gratification of sensuous pleasure and the intense wanting of sexual and psychological desire. The deep instincts of this years’s Scorpio Moon could make themselves known through a ravenous hunger for re-connection. Scorpio’s role in the Zodiac is to reveal the uncomfortable truth that no-one really wants to face. And the bald truth here is that in this fertile and abundant season of Taurus, the most sensuous of all the signs, we are largely prevented from touching each other, from smelling each other, from interacting physically in all the ways that we know are essential to our health and wellbeing. We are restricted in our ability to experience each other through the senses, and thus to know each other through that irreducible medium of embodied intelligence. There is a price to pay for this loss, and Scorpio bears the debt. If this Scorpio full moon has a purpose, then perhaps it is to reveal the profound psychological consequences of physical distancing and to reconnect us to the necessary intensity of our wanting for connection. If we have allowed ourselves to become lazy or complacent in our acceptance of things as they are, if we have succombed to bland conformity, or are putting up with situations without feeling the hurt, then this Scorpio full moon may unsettle us. This is not an inducement to rebellion or wanton risk taking, but it should rally our feelings and provoke an emotional response from us. It could be that we really have founded a deep peace with the situation of our own lives, and if so that is a wonderful gift; the opportunity to retreat, spend time in the garden, listen to birdsong, be comforted by the knowledge that Gaia can breathe again. But even in such a case, Scorpio demands that we confront the truth, and the pain, of our soul’s longing. And the realm of the soul is never just an individual affair. The soul is an interconnected weave that binds us to the depth of the collective human experience, and when we are truly in touch with it, we are plucked like the strings of Orpheus’s lyre and the music cannot fail to move us. That longing is expressed in a trine aspect from the Moon to Neptune, through which we seek redemption and some form of cathartic release of emotional tension. It reminds us of the loss we feel and Neptune wants us to feel it all, even while, at the same time, we may long to escape the pain. Mercury, conjunct the Sun in Taurus, is applying his quicksilver mind to practical matters, trying to come up with ingenious ways of making ends meet, getting back to business and re-connecting with the natural world. The Sun and Mercury also aspect Neptune through the sextile aspect which offers the opportunity of transcendence and the possibility of relieving the full moon tension. Neptune can be a signature of avoidance too, and that may be a route that some of us choose. But still, the Scorpio moon needs to do its work, and eat away at our complacency and demands that we confront the rotten aspects of what is being served at our table. As a final offering, here are the mantras I use for Taurus and Scorpio, which might be worth reflecting on over the full moon. Many...

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Uranus: Are you ready for the revolution?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Astrology of Our Times Online Seminar Series with John Wadsworth What’s going on with the planets right now? And how on earth should we respond to it? We are living in extraordinary times, which few of us could have predicted just a few months ago. Yet the remarkable planetary alignments of 2020 have long been preoccupying the forecasting minds of astrologers, and much has been said and written to the effect that the astrology of this year points to a dramatic watershed in the history of humanity. We are now living that reality. In this series of online seminars, I look at exactly what is going on with the planets right now, and how we can best respond to the energy in our own lives. Each week I introduce a different aspect of the astrology of our times, looking at the different planets involved and what this means for us collectively. Then, working with charts of participants, I will give examples of how the different planetary archetypes make their presence felt in an individual’s life, and how that person might best respond to its energy. Next Up… Fri 17th April: Week Three: Uranus: Are you ready for the revolution? Uranus is the revolutionary planet of change and upheaval that shakes us out of our complacency and its current passage through the sign of Taurus (2019 – 2026) is radically shaking up our economy, our values in relation to money and the whole idea of personal ownership. In this seminar we will explore the archetypal function of Uranus as innovator and awakener, the misfit who is always out of step with the cultural norm, the independent thinker who breaks with tradition, the one who radically affects the societal order. There will be an opportunity for participants to share their birth details so that we can consider different positions of both natal and transiting Uranus in people’s charts, and what this says about the the type of revolutionary impulse that is seeking to impress ourselves upon our lives. Click here to book… Fri 24th April: Week Four: Neptune: What if this is all an illusion? Click here to book… Fri 1st May: Week Five: Pluto: Can you face your own darkness? Click here to book… Fri 8th May: Week Six: Chiron: Can you accept your own woundedness? Click here to...

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The Astrology of Our Times – Online Seminar Series – Starts Fri 3rd April

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

The Astrology of Our Times Online Seminar Series with John Wadsworth What’s going on with the planets right now? And how on earth should we respond to it? We are living in extraordinary times, which few of us could have predicted just a few months ago. Yet the remarkable planetary alignments of 2020 have long been preoccupying the forecasting minds of astrologers, and much has been said and written to the effect that the astrology of this year points to a dramatic watershed in the history of humanity. We are now living that reality. On Friday I begin a new series of online astrology classes to look at exactly what is going on with the planets right now, and how we can best respond to the energy in our own lives. Each week I will introduce a different aspect of the astrology of our times, looking at the different planets involved and what this means for us collectively. Then, working with charts of participants, I will give examples of how the different planetary archetypes make their presence felt in an individual’s life, and how that person might best respond to its energy. We start this Friday with Jupiter, to coincide with the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction that occurs this weekend. Fri 3rd April: Week One: Jupiter: What’s the big picture here? This first seminar co-incides with the first of three powerful conjunctions that occur this year between Jupiter and Pluto. John will discuss the implications of these alignments; for society as a whole, for the spread of the coronavirus, and for the profound illumination that this situation promises. The seminar will be especially focussed on the archetypal qualities of Jupiter as a planet of expansion, inflation and amplification; a light bringer and optimist who inspires joy, insists upon growth and sheds light on the bigger picture. There will be an opportunity for participants to share their birth details so that we can consider different positions of both natal and transiting Jupiter in people’s charts, and what this says about what is growing, expanding and being illuminated in your own life. Click here to book… Fri 10th April Week Two: Saturn: So how much of this is my responsibility? From an astrological perspective, what we are experiencing in the world right now are repercussions of the earth shattering conjunction of Saturn and Pluto that occurred in January. This conjunction in Capricorn singles 2020 out as a year of accountability and reckoning, a year when the shadow of power and control makes itself manifest, and the free will of the individual is forced to yield to a deeper collective need for re-balancing. Saturn has recently entered the sign of Aquarius, where it will remain until the beginning of July, when it retrogrades back into Capricorn. In this seminar we will focus on Saturn’s shifting allegiance between Capricorn and Aquarius, both signs that it rules, and we will explore this planet’s archetypal functions around time and order, control and authority, karma and responsibility, boundaries and structure. There will be an opportunity for participants to share their birth details so that we can consider different positions of both natal and transiting Saturn in people’s charts, and what this says about the the type of responsibilities that your soul has chosen to take on in this lifetime. Click here to book… Fri 17th April: Week Three: Uranus: Are you ready for the revolution? Uranus is the revolutionary planet of change and upheaval that shakes us out of our complacency and its current passage through the sign of Taurus (2019 – 2026) is radically shaking up our...

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