Astro Blog by Rob Tillett
It's a rare wind that blows no-one any good, so in this blog I present a brief insight into the planetary moves, for good or ill, outlined in detail on AstroScope Me. Since other things interest me from time to time, I'll also point to other curious topics as well. Now, read on...Goddess Wild Card
Suzanna Collins, a determined and delightful Capricorn with intuitive Scorpio rising, presents our Goddess Wild Card reading for each sign, revealing a novel slant on the month ahead. This monthly Goddess Wildcard is her reading of the Goddess cards as they relate to your Sun sign. See what the cards say about the energies surrounding your sign in the month ahead. Check out what is in store for you in our Goddess Wild for June!
Two Way Street??
Glorious Gemini, the sign of communication, gossip and a wicked sense of fun, is the third sign of the tropical zodiac. As we celebrate the ingress into Gemini, the mutable air sign on May 20, we are focused on exploring the deep and fascinating world of astrology and relationships. Gemini, the Twins, our featured Sign of the month has a lively, vivacious and witty approach to life. Gemini people love to enjoy life to the full, but they are always on the lookout for anything new and different.
Geminians are wonderfully exciting people, who are usually the life of the party. Geminians are mercurial and all too easily bored, but a charming and witty manner lets them get away with just about anything, short of murder! This said, they are really rather more interested in talking about it than in actually doing it, if the truth be known. Gemini loves to talk about it, so the way to the Geminian heart is through the head. Their inclination is to express their emotions in words, filtering their feelings through their intellect. Read about Gemini and all the other signs right here on our website: click here.
Monthly Scopes for June!
Suzanna Collins, Queen of the Nile and astrologer extraordinaire has once again produced our Monthly Horoscopes for the month of June. There is a lot happening on the cosmic front this month, including Jupiter direct in Libra, Mercury flying home to Gemini on the 6th accompanied by Venus the Love Goddess dancing into Cancer on the the same day. On the 4th, Mars rages into Cancer, where he will perform his irritating function for the ensuing six weeks. Suzanna gives us all the cosmic news! Now, check out her Monthly Horoscopes for June.
Tarotscopes for June, by Lili Rosace
The gorgeous Lili Rosace has once again given us her unique insight into what is in store over the month ahead. Lili is a marvellous reader of the cards, so her interpretations are always accurate. The Tarot is a mystical book, a set of archetypal symbols, clarifying the cosmic tendencies so that we may better understand ourselves and our roles in the world. Lili's Monthly Tarotscopes for June are a reading of the energy surrounding your Sun Sign over the month ahead, detailing your relationships, romance, career and overall outlook. Read and enjoy Lili's Tarotscopes for June.
Daily Horoscopes by Rob Tillett.
Things are powering forward here at AstroScope Me. I have posted my daily horoscopes for June and the Monthly Moonbeam from Suzanna Collins with all of the forecasts for the month. Lili's tarotscopes are online for the month. Sun and Mercury are in Gemini most of the month, leading into the Solstice on the 21st, while Mars drops out of Gemini and marches into Cancer early on. Click here for the dailies.
Follow Your Heart.
Follow your heart is, of course, a well-known injunction. But what does it really mean? And how do you do it? In this article, we discuss the essential empowerment process that underlies any ascending development – or progressive illumination – of human consciousness. Our Energy Doc, Stephen Kane is an authority on bio-energy with long experience in the field of relationships, human interaction and energy healing. Highly recommended by us at AstroScope Me. Now, read on... and Follow Your Heart.
The second Sunday in May (May 14, 2017) is Mother's Day, a day we traditionally set aside for honouring the role of the feminine in our lives. What better day could we pick for sending our healing prayers and energy to Mother Earth, the Great Mother that nurtures us all? The earliest known tributes to mothers date back to the annual spring festival the Ancient Greeks dedicated to the great goddess Rhea, wife of Cronus and mother of the Olympians. These celebrations were mirrored in the offerings ancient Romans made to the Great Mother Goddess, Cybele. Ceremonies in her honour began some 250 years before the birth of Christ, but the modern Mother's Day began in the US some 150 years ago and was designated a holiday in 1914. More on Mother's Day.
The merry month of May is nearly here! Did you know that across Europe in pagan times, May Day (May 1) was a festival of fertility complete with singing, dancing and orgiastic abandon? Also known as Beltaine (Bealtaine, the Irish name for May), these wild rites were meant to bring fertile blessings from the local spirits to the community for the coming year! Nowadays there's a political May Day and bank holiday. Guns and Roses.. Check out May Day.
Beltane: Festival of Fertility
Mike Nichols, a leading figure in the Pagan Movement, presents an alternative view of May Day, the wild, ancient festival of fertility and sexuality celebrated on May 1. Yes, Beltane rocks! A cross-quarter day and one of the grand ancient holidays, Mike outlines the history, customs and meaning of the holiday, originally named for the great Roman fertility goddess, Maia. One of the eight sacred days of the year, holidays such as May Day were communally celebrated during the "Age of Faith", reassigned from already established astrologically-based pagan festivities. Check out Beltane.
The Blazing Bull!
Taurus, the Bull, our featured Sign of the month is attractive and magnetic. Practical, reliable Taureans are great lovers of sensual pleasures, although they do tend to be rather stubborn, possessive and conservative. Firmly anchored in the material world, Taurus has a fine grasp of what is needed in order to lead the good life. Ruled by Venus, Taureans are often quite musical and artistic, and can make great singers! They have personal magnetism and are able to draw others into their circle, rather than actively seeking them out. In other words, while they are very fond of members of the opposite sex, they prefer to be courted. Read about Taurus and all the other signs right here on our website: click here.
The celebration of Easter, marking the holiest day in the Christian calendar, varies from year to year according to a complex formula, and in 2017 Easter Sunday falls on April 16. Easter is always set just after the Equinox (the formula is basically the first Sunday after the Full Moon following the Equinox), and is the central focus of Christianity. The Orthdox Churches usually use the old style Julian Calendar, while the rest of Christianity uses the Gregorian calendar. For this reason, the Easter date for the Catholic and Protestant Churches is often not the same for the Eastern Orthodox Churches, but this year the Orthodox Easter celebration occurs on April 16 too! This won't happen again until 2025. There are other factors at work as well, based on the timing of the Jewish Passover Feast. Remember this if you are travelling in Greece or Russia! Easter is the central focus of Christianity, but many ancient religions also celebrated the death and resurrection of their god. Much of the symbolism associated with these earlier stories has been incorporated into the Christian Festivity. Read more about Easter.
Above the Hype and Beyond the Spin.
Mercury is the planet of communication, and his retrograde phase marks a generally disorganised period that comes into play three or four times every year. The next big cosmic turnaround occurs between April 9 and May 3. Talented astrologer Marguerite Manning, author of Cosmic Karma: Understanding Your Contract With The Universe, focuses on our relationships at a karmic level and tells us that what happens to us is a part of our contract with the universe. Well, ain't that the truth! In this article, Marguerite argues that the Mercury retrograde period is a time for discovering hidden information, not just a phase of annoying inconveniences. So how do we move past the “run for cover” rhetoric of Mercury retrograde and make it work for us? By fighting fire with astrological fire and changing our perspective on what this influence does to us. Check out Mercury Retrograde: Above the Hype and Beyond the Spin!
April Fool's Day
April Fool's Day on April 1 is a festival of Venus! Having Fun and turning things upside down. It's a great day for fun and trickery (at least up to midday) but did you know the festival of the April Fool (April 1st) is celebrated throughout most of Europe and the former colonial outposts of European rule. It is an ancient festival, deriving from pre-historic times, which has been traditionally dedicated to Venus. The Fool is also the pivotal point in the Tarot pack, as the journey through the major arcana can be construed as the journey from folly to wisdom. And back again, as Bilbo Baggins might have said... Check out the April Fool.
Tarotscopes for April, by Lili Rosace.
The talented Lili Rosace has given us her unique insight into what is in store over the month ahead. Lili is a marvellous reader of the cards, and her interpretations are always accurate. The Tarot is a mystical book, a set of archetypal symbols, clarifying the cosmic tendencies so that we may better understand ourselves and our roles in the world. Lili's Monthly Tarotscopes for April are a reading of the energy surrounding your Sun Sign over the month ahead, detailing your relationships, romance, career and overall outlook. Read and enjoy Lili's Tarotscopes for April.
Horoscopes for April!
This month ahead is now on line, featuring horoscopes for you each day for all signs. It's a wicked month! Venus the Goddess is retrograde in Aries, dropping back to Pisces on the 3rd, then turning direct on the 15th and surfacing again in Aries on the 26th. Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus on the 9th, though we are already in the Mercury retro shadow phase, and the Cosmic Messenger reverses into Aries on the 20th, just after the Sun rolls into Taurus. The Moon's Nodes (The Dragon's Head and Tail) change signs, but between the 10th and the 28th a mighty karmic phase opens up as the Nodes prepare to jump ship on the 29th. Mars enters Gemini, springing forward into the sign of the Twins on the 21st. Phew. There are other major factors at work too, including Easter Sunday on the 16th, but read the forecasts to get the idea. Those of you who have been following this blog will remember that some time back in a Mercury retro phase we had a computer meltdown hereabouts of massive proportions. I had to resurrect an old model which just managed to do the job for over a year, but now my glamorous modern machine is back on the road, or should I say, on the farm. Apple admitted liability after denying us justice for many months, and replaced the motherboard! I did have to drive to Canberra twice though. Who would've thought? Check out the Horoscopes for April.
April Monthly Scopes!
Suzanna, Astrologer of the Nile, has composed our Monthly Horoscopes for April 2017. Astrology shows that the stars and planets are a map to our personalities and a guide to our place in the world. It explains how the world is regular and predictable (up to a point!). The stars incline us to take a certain direction, or to make a particular decison, but they do not compel us to act in any sort of helpless or robotic manner. Beyond the forces of the conditioned world, our behaviour is governed by our awareness, our intent -- and our stage of personal growth. An astrological forecast will place these trends into a context, with regard to our own personal destinies. Now, check out her Monthly Horoscopes for April.
The Raging Ram!
Aggressive Aries, the sign of eager self-assertion, leadership and pioneering action, is the first sign of the tropical zodiac. As we celebrate the ingress into fiery Aries, the cardinal fire sign, we are focused on exploring the deep and fascinating world of astrology and relationships. Aries, the Ram, our featured Sign of the month has a dynamic and lively personality. Aries people love to achieve and to break new ground, especially in relationships and sexuality. Born leaders, they are outgoing, yet often profoundly sensual. Ariens always need a challenge, for they are easily bored and need variety. Sometimes accused of always thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the hill, your Aries friends nevertheless make great comrades in arms and are serious fun! They make exciting and willing sexual partners, so long as you can keep them guessing. Read about Aries and all the other signs right here on our website: click here.
The Sunlight Spear
Mike Nichols, a leading figure in the Pagan Movement, presents an alternative view of Lady Day, arguing that this holiday (which formerly marked New Year's Day) is an organic and natural celebration of seasonal change at the Equinox, transplanted into the Christian calendar. It is the first of the four traditional quarter days, signalling the beginning of each quarter of the year and welcoming each of the four seasons. Mike says annunciation means an “announcement”. This is the day the archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was “in the family way”. Naturally, this had to be announced since Mary, being still a virgin, would have no other means of knowing it. Why did the church pick the vernal equinox for the commemoration of this event? Because it was necessary to have Mary conceive the child Jesus a full nine months before his birth at the winter solstice (i.e., Christmas, celebrated on the fixed calendar date of December 25). Mary’s pregnancy would take the natural nine months to complete, even if the conception was a bit unorthodox. Read more on The Sunlight Spear.
March 25 in the Christian Calendar celebrates the Annunciation of the Virgin, or Lady Day, a major Christian Feast set at the Equinox. It celebrates the immaculate conception of Jesus by the Blessed Virgin Mary, announced to her by the Archangel Gabriel. This is the first of the four traditional quarter days, signalling the beginning of each quarter of the year and welcoming each of the four seasons. The Equinox, an immensely significant cause for celebration since prehistoric times, was the natural choice for the conception of the Redeemer, being exactly nine months before the date chosen for the birth of Jesus at the solstice on December 25. The Christian Feast of Lady Day has roots in a pagan past and became a major holiday during the Catholic ascendancy, though it is no longer such an important holiday today, partly due to the growth of a skeptical secularism and partly because it no longer marks New Year's Day. Read more on Lady Day.
The Vernal Equinox is the time when the Sun reaches the balancing point in its path through the tropical zodiac. It marks the beginning of the new astrological year, as the Sun enters the first degree of Aries, the Ram. Although the Equinox is formally celebrated on March 21, it happens in 2017 on March 20 (10:30 UT – but the Equinox is a day and a night, a phase not a moment), marked in the Christian Calendar by the Festival of the Annunciation of the Virgin (Lady Day) on March 25. It marks the death of the old year and the rebirth of the new, celebrated since time immemorial on or around the spring equinox, which is why the death and resurrection of Jesus is celebrated at this time. In ancient pagan cultures, the resurrection of Persephone from her stretch in the Underworld with Aidoneus is also celebrated. The esoteric meaning of the descent into Hades is a code for the rebirth of the spirit after the ritual of initiation. This is what the Christian idea of the death to the world and being born anew really means. A major calendrical event, the Equinox is the focus of religious and social festivities in all cultures, and is the key to the timing of Easter. Read more on The Equinox.
Sensitive and Sociable
This month the Sun moves into tropical Pisces on the 18th of February and so Pisces, the Fishes, is our featured Sign of the month. The twelfth sign of the Zodiac, Pisces is ruled by fortunate Jupiter and new age astrologers have also assigned Neptune to this role, though traditional masters of the art do not. Dreamy Pisces is the exaltation of Venus, the goddess of love and artistic sensibility. It is a water sign, so Pisces people are creative, sensitive and deeper than they appear on the surface, although they can be emotionally vulnerable, clingy and rather melancholic. Other-wordly, ultra-sensitive and intuitive, they really need to be needed. Fantasy prone and alive in the world of their vivid imagination, Pisceans nevertheless suffer from fear of rejection and low self-esteem (although they hide this well in their efforts to create the ideal, loving environment for their loved ones). Read about Pisces and all the other signs right here on our website: click here.
Goddess Wild Card
Suzanna Collins, a wild, witchy woman if ever there was one, presents our Goddess Wild Card reading for each sign, revealing a fascinating slant on your month ahead. The monthly Goddess Wildcard is her reading of the Goddess cards as they relate to your Sun sign. The Goddess Cards can give insight into the tendencies revealed in the stars. These cards are a reliable forecasting tool, using archetypal symbols to understand ourselves and our roles in the world. They detail your energy. See what the cards say about the energies surrounding your sign in the month ahead. Check out what is in store for you in our Goddess Wild for February!
Since it's the time of the Chinese New Year, we thought that a visit to the Chinese Zodiac Animals would be fun! Richard Giles tells us that the Chinese Zodiac is based on the Lunar Year, while Western Astrology is based on the Solar Year, so the two do not exactly coincide. That's why there's a different new year for them! Do you know your Zodiac Animal? You'll find a free Zodiac Animal calculator in the article, too. The Zodiac Animals form the underlying basis of this ancient system, but bear in mind that there is much more to it than appears from the simple Animal Characters. Check out the Chinese Zodiac Animals, with a brief analysis of their meanings, plus the years in which they rule: Chinese Zodiac.
2017: Chinese New Year of the Rooster!
Happy New Year! The Chinese Year of the Rooster, also known as the Year of the Cock, is the biggest holiday in the world, and is also associated with the biggests human migration, as millions of Chinese people head home to spend the New Year's holiday with their families. Gosh! The Lunar New Year in 2017 is a Fire Year, beginning the new Zodiac animal cycle of the Fire Rooster. Chinese New Year is a festival that always begins two New Moons after Winter Solstice, with the Sun and Moon in Aquarius. This year begins a new zodiac animal cycle, the year of the honest and brash Fire Rooster. Chinese tradition employs both Solar and Lunar calendars and for the Solar calendar the year begins on the 4th of February, but the New Moon day of 28th January begins the Lunar New Year celebrations. Due to the size of their population, this calendar is probably the one most followed in the world, but the New Moon day of the 28th of January is when the dragons and fireworks come out into the streets of Chinatown—and the people party on! Click to read more on the coming Chinese Year of the Rooster.
Feng Shui Your House and Business in 2017
Richard Giles, astrologer and feng shui expert, reminds us that the Flying Star numbers change each year and that in order to maintain the best and most prosperous living environment, we need to adjust it to maximise the beneficial chi and minimise the antagonistic chi. The best way to do this is to have a consultation with a practitioner in your neighbourhood, but here are a few pointers, according to the energies of the Year of the Rooster. Read clues on how to Feng Shui Your House!
Oimelc, the Quickening
Neil Giles, our Celtic expert, tells us that the festival that follows Samhain in the Celtic calendar is Oimelc (pronounced Im-melg). At Oimelc (a.k.a. Imbolc or Candlemas), Brigid, the ancient Irish goddess of the hearth, fire, craft and poetry was invited to visit and bless each house for the coming season of spring and summer. Her blessings would quicken the life force, bringing creative power to the land and the hearth and to the minds, hearts and spirits of the people. Later, Oimelc became known as Brigantia, the festival of Brigid. Traditionally, women would gather at Brigantia and ascend into the skies on magical horses, brooms made of Rowan, Ash and Birch. They would fly to the mountain tops and join in circle to honour the Lady, Anu, Queen of the Heights whose ecstatic whirling dance brought the lightning and storms to cleanse the face of the earth and quicken the soil for the life to come in spring and summer. Click to read more about Oimelc.
Mike Nichols explains that February 2 marks the celebration of the ancient festival of Imbolc, at the cross-quarter day known in Christian times as Candlemas, or St Brigit's Day. The holiday is also called “Brigit’s Day”, in honor of the great Irish Goddess Brigit. At her shrine, the ancient Irish capitol of Kildare, a group of nineteen priestesses (no men allowed) kept a perpetual flame burning in her honor. She was considered a Goddess of fire, patroness of smithcraft, poetry, and healing (especially the healing touch of midwifery). This tripartite symbolism was occasionally expressed by saying that Brigit had two sisters, also named Brigit. (Incidentally, another form of the name Brigit is Bride, and it is thus she bestows her special patronage on any woman about to be married or handfasted, the woman being called “bride” in her honor.) Nowadays, it's also celebrated in New England as Groundhog Day! Click to read more about Imbolc.
Rob Tillett looks at the history and meaning of Candlemas (February 2) and how it ties in with the ancient pagan festival of Imbolc, or Oimelc, celebrating the cross-quarter day marking the first stirrings of spring. This day is also linked with the worship of Brigid, the primeval goddess, marked in the modern age by St Bride's Day, February 1. In the Christian Calendar, February 2 marks the presentation of the baby Jesus to the Temple, a rite of purification held 40 days after the festival of his birth (Dec. 25). This is Candlemas, a major Christian Feast, one of the "cross-quarter days", marking the mid-point between the solstice (Christmas) and the equinox (Easter). Click to read about Candlemas.
It's the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Rooster this month, just as passionate Mars marches home to fiery Aries (the Ram), so good wishes for us all. The Rooster Year begins at the New Moon on January 28th, but each month, week and day also has meaning. With this in mind here are my daily forecasts for Feb., so you can check out what is in store for you in my Daily Horoscopes for February.
Your Month Ahead in February
Suzanna Collins has given us her forecasts into the month ahead. And what detail! Predicting the future using the horoscope is one of the traditional uses of Astrology, and horoscopes are used by millions today, as a reliable guide and forecasting tool for future trends and tendencies. Mars enter Aries at the New Moon on January 28th marking the beginning of the Lunar New Year of the Rooster. And that's just for starters! Check out Suzanna's Monthly Horoscopes for February.
Tarotscopes for February, by Lili Rosace
It's almost February already and Time is foretold by the Tarot. The Tarot is a mystical book, a set of archetypal symbols, clarifying the cosmic tendencies so that we may better understand ourselves and our roles in the world. Lili Rosace is our beautiful Tarot Card Reader here at AstroScope Me, so you will appreciate her views on relationships, career and finances and soul as viewed through the lens of the Tarot. Wise Lili as usual brings a reading of the energy surrounding your Sun Sign over the month ahead, detailing your relationships, romance, career and overall outlook. Read and enjoy Lili's Tarotscopes for February.
Way of the Water-Bearer!
Aquarius, the sign of determined intellect, unorthodox relationships and brotherly love, is the eleventh sign of the tropical zodiac. As we celebrate the ingress into Aquarius on Jan. 19, we are focused on exploring the deep and fascinating world of astrology and relationships. Aquarius, the Water-Bearer, our featured Sign of the month has a thoughtful, intelligent approach, but loves to take things to the limit, especially along little-known pathways. Charming, exciting and unpredictable, yet somehow strangely detached from the proceedings, Aquarians are one of the zodiac's most eccentric personalities. They look for the unusual and challenging, while at the same time seeking romance, tenderness and understanding in their relationships. Aquarians love to experiment and often find themselves in steamy situations, yet they do seek stable long-term relationships and will commit themselves firmly to their loved ones. Read about Aquarius and all the other signs right here on our website.
Happy New Year!
Last year was a pretty rough one for the world, dear friends, but at least it's over! We look forward to a better year ahead and one in which a more spiritual influence will come to protect humanity (from itself...).
The painful struggle for freedom, security and the right to a peaceful future for our children will continue over the months and years to come, at least until we begin to understand that mindlessly reacting to planetary inluences is simply the response of the unawakened soul to the environmental influences affecting the collective unconscious.
The role of astrology in the awakening process is to sound a warning and to shed some light on otherwise unfathomable mysteries of human behaviour and natural phenomena. Astrology can be more than just fortune telling, for this spiritual science is one of the keys to the doors of perception and true consciousness.
Those of us who follow the path to perfect understanding, wisdom and love will find that an understanding of astrology helps to open these doors, illuminating the darkness with flashes of insight and the clear light of tolerance, compassion, growth in conciousness and its abundant fruit: true service.
May we all have a blessed New Year, full of health, happiness and prosperity, with an increased tolerance of others and an understanding of the issues we all need to confront as we grow in the Way of Life. Silver Eagle discusses a positive approach to the problems of the world in her article, Ringing in the New Year, where she discusses the power of belief and resolution. Check out Ringing in the New Year!
Annual Forecast 2017.
Happy New Year, my sweet creatures of light and dark! Hasn't 2016 passed in a flash! Time is truly speeding up, moving faster as human technology pushes the number of moments we can load into a day, let alone a year. One of the great things about astrology is that it points out the beginnings and endings of even the most horrendous circumstances (and the good ones too, of course). The stars and planets provide a map to our personalities, an insight into nature, and a guide to our place in the world. Asstrological forecasts place these trends into a context, with regard to our personal and collective destinies. As the celestials are lighting our way, our wise and beautiful Suzanna, Astrologer of the Nile, has provided her authentic insights into the year ahead for each sign. Our 2017 forecasts are now all on line, thanks to our Noble Scribe. Check out Suzanna's fabulous forecasts for your year ahead in 2017...
Chanukah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the evening of the 24th day of the Jewish month of Kislev (in the evening of Saturday, 24 December 2016, and ending in the evening of Sunday, 1 January 2017). It is probably one of the best known Jewish holidays, because of its proximity to Christmas. Many think of this holiday as the Jewish Christmas, adopting many of the Christmas customs, such as elaborate gift-giving and decoration. It is ironic that this holiday, which has its roots in a revolution against assimilation and the suppression of Jewish religion, has become the most assimilated, secular holiday on the Jewish calendar. Click to find out more about Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.
Yes, Merry Christmas folks! Christmas is a time of thanksgiving and joy, when the world celebrates the influx of divine life into the cosmic grid. The commemoration of the birth in Israel some two thousand years ago of Jesus Christ, the divine child, is also a general time of celebration for people all over the world, of all cultures and faiths. It has been so since prehistoric times, when all cultures celebrated the birth of the Sun as it emerged from the depths of the Solstice. Christmas is a time of feasting and gift-giving, celebrated by millions of people all over the world, so is ingrained into the cultural soul of our civilisation and consequently has proven impossible to erase. People have celebrated the birth of the Unconquerable Sun with gift-giving and feasting for thousands of years. Whether or not the contemporary commercialisation of this spiritually significant time is a good thing is entirely another matter and one which thoughtful people must decide for themselves. Rob Tillett explains the meaning of this festival and puts it into an astrological context. Read more on Christmas.
Colour of Christmas & the Father Christmas Image.
Richard Giles, astrologer and feng shui consultant, has been busy researching the origins of that grand icon of Christmas, Santa Claus (Father Christmas) and his reindeer-powered sleigh. The origins of Santa Claus go back much further than we think: to Saint Nicholas born Parara, Turkey in 270 CE. He died in 345 on December 6th. He was only named a saint in the 19th century. Nicholas was among the bishops who convened the Council of Nicaea in 325 and created the New Testament. He helped people by handing out food to the hungry, and is the patron saint of children. Richard tells us the origins of Father Christmas have a mixed and interesting history, even dating back to ancient pagan times, but especially in his transformation to the ruddy red Coca Cola symbol that first began in the 1920's, thanks to artist Haddon Sundblom! Read more on The Colour of Christmas.
Here Comes the Sun King!
The solstice is upon us, which is marked by the entry of the Sun into the sign of Capricorn, the sign of worldly achievement, spiritual birth and serious ambition. Conservative Capricorn is the tenth sign of the tropical zodiac. As we celebrate the ingress into Capricorn, we are focused on exploring the deep and fascinating world of astrology and relationships. Capricorn, the Sea-Goat, our featured Sign of the month has a cautious, yet determined personality, with a sense of the rightness and order of things which can be both frustrating and reassuring. Capricornian people, while both energetic and ambitious (especially in later life), have a strong sense of loyalty and dedication. Their passions are slow to ignite, but once burning, the blaze can light up the world! Capricorns seek stable long-term relationships, can be jealous and possessive, but give deeply of themselves to their loved ones. Read about Capricorn and all the other signs right here on our website: click here.
The Solstice – Time of Cosmic Rebirth
The Solstice is soon to be upon us, folks! It's the traditional time of merriment and gift-giving, but did you know that the word "Solstice" derives from the Latin Sol + systere, meaning "Sun" + "standing still"? At the December Solstice, the Sun halts over the Tropic of Capricorn (23°S26') for some three days at the end of his journey south, before recommencing his life-giving journey north. This, the longest night of the year (or shortest in the Southern Hemisphere), happens in 2016 at Yuletide on the eve of the 22nd of December (Dec. 21), for the measurement of days once began from sunset, rather than midnight. People across the world, in every culture, have assigned a great deal of meaning to this journey of the Sun; a broad spectrum of mythological, religious and social customs have accumulated around it. At the time of the Solstice (to be exact, just as the Solstice ended), people celebrated the birth of the Sun on December 25, now most widely celebrated as Christmas Day. The solsticial period lasts some three days, so when the Sun begins to rise earlier again, it has traditionally been cause for jubilation since prehistoric times. More on The Solstice.
Have a Cool Yule!
December 21 marks the celebration of the ancient festival of Yule at the Solstice. Yule is the pagan celebration of the birth of the Sun and the turning of the Wheel of the Year. The birth of the Sun has been celebrated since time immemorial on or just after the solstice, which is why the birth of Jesus is celebrated at this time (December 25). Ancient Rome recognised it in the day of the birth of the Invincible Sun, so the choice of this day for Christmas was a handy christianization of the established festival of Mithras, the Sun God and a number of other Solar Heroes. That is why John Calvin and other leaders of the Reformation abhorred it, why the Puritans refused to acknowledge it, much less celebrate it (to them, no day of the year could be more holy than the Sabbath), and why it was even made illegal in Boston! Ultimately, of course, the holiday is rooted deeply in the cycle of the year. It is the winter solstice that is being celebrated, seedtime of the year, the longest night and shortest day. It is the immediate precursor to the birthday of the new Sun King, the Son of God—by whatever name you choose to call him. On this darkest of nights, the Virgin Goddess becomes the Great Mother and once again gives birth. Read more on the ancient festival of Yule, the Wheel of the Year.
Mercury Retrograde: Above the Hype and Beyond the Spin. Mercury is the planet of communication, and his retrograde phase marks a generally disorganised period that comes into play three or four times every year. The next big cosmic turnaround occurs on December 19th. Talented astrologer Marguerite Manning, author of Cosmic Karma: Understanding Your Contract With The Universe, focuses on our relationships at a karmic level and tells us that what happens to us is a part of our contract with the universe. Well, ain't that the truth! In this new article, Marguerite argues that the Mercury retrograde period is a time for discovering hidden information, not just a phase of annoying inconveniences. So how do we move past the “run for cover” rhetoric of Mercury retrograde and make it work for us? By fighting fire with astrological fire and changing our perspective on what this influence does to us. Check out Mercury Retrograde: Above the Hype and Beyond the Spin!
Mars dives into Pisces.
Mars, the passionate warrior and Lord of War is also the cosmic significator of destruction, conquest, energy, will-power, fertility and renewal. Mars has been campaigning swiftly through unorthodox Aquarius since the beginning of November, but now the action gets a little steamy as the Warrior dives into Pisces on December 19th, just as Mercury turns retrograde conjunct Pluto in ambitious Capricorn. Hmm. Keep track of the details. It's a struggle for power! Mars is in a stressful semi-square (octile) aspect to the Cosmic Trickster as he turns tail. Too much haste or aggression can cause tempers to flare. Prepare for arguments with males, aggressive drivers, and frustration when trying to put ideas into action or implement new work methods. Check your work place for faulty wiring and possible fire hazards. Wrong directions, bad weather, and other physical obstacles can slow you down when traveling or interfere with the flow of information and other communications. Caution is needed to prevent possible burns or cuts, especially to your fingers and hands. In spite of all these potential problems, there is abundant and stimulating energy available. Even if initially aroused by anger or frustration, this energy can, with just a little effort, be rechanneled into positive accomplishments.
Mars is also conjunct the Dragon's Tail (Moon's South Node), so violence from the deep past at a karmic level is likely to arise. The Moon in Virgo opposes Mars and carries light across the Dragon's tail to the conjunction later in the day with Neptune, Sea Lord and master of deception. Stay out of war zones and keep a low profile. During this phase it's best that others should not observe your activities, either because these efforts actually concern secret matters or because you may get more done by working alone. You can explore and develop inner strengths, and gain a deeper understanding of your childhood conditioning, subconscious mind, fears, and dreams. Yet another potential is for increased involvement with the activities of charitable organizations, hospitals, prisons, and institutions that are concerned with minorities and the underprivileged. Stay away from drugs and alcohol. Check out Mars.
Geminid Meteor Display
The Geminids are a meteor shower in the constellation Gemini (with a radiant near the fixed star Castor), occurring in mid-December. At this time, planet Earth glides through a minefield of cosmic dust clouds associated not with a comet but with the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The asteroid takes about 1.4 years to orbit around the Sun. When Earth travels through the cloud we experience a Geminid meteor shower. The Geminids will peak on December 13 and 14 in 2016. Check out the Cosmic Meteor Show in December.
Time and tide wait for no man, and it is with some dismay that I find that it's almost December, the end of the year, and almost 11 months since I left Bowral. Life on the farm is proving pleasant in some ways, although farm work is not what I expected to have gotten up to at my time of life. Haha. The latest daily horoscope forecasts are on line for December, and here they are, right here on AstroScope Me. Happy Solstice! Merry Christmas! Happy Chanukah! etc etc. Check out what is in store for you via my Daily Horoscopes for December.
Your Month Ahead by Queen Suzanna
The noted astrologer and crafty connoisseur of the occult arts, Queen Suzanna Collins, has given us her splendid reading of the month ahead for each of the signs. Our gorgeous Astrologer of the Nile has been busy busy busy in recent times, writing our intriguing insights into the year ahead in 2017. Suzanna's Annual Forecasts for the year will be on line as soon as we can manage it. In the meantime, consult Suzanna's brilliant monthly forecasts for your sign and check out Queen Suzanna's Monthly Horoscopes for December.
December on the Cards
The Tarot is a mystical book, a set of archetypal symbols, clarifying the cosmic tendencies so that we may better understand ourselves and our roles in the world. Lili's Tarotscopes for December are on line now. Discover her reading of the energy surrounding your Sun Sign over the month ahead, detailing your relationships, romance, finances, career and overall outlook. What's on the cards for you? Gain mystical insight and a new slant on the future. Find the focus of your soul and being in Lili's Tarotscopes for December.
Sagittarius, the Archer!
Sagittarius, the sign of wide-ranging travel (both physical and mental), matters of the higher mind—and having a good time—is the ninth sign of the tropical zodiac. Sagittarius is our featured Sign of the month! Sagittarians have a dynamic personality, with a sense of personal freedom that can be both stimulating and challenging. Sagittarian people have a lively interest in exploring the distant reaches of the world, both innner and outer. They love to take chances and to travel, making them the great gamblers of the zodiac. Sagittarians, the high priests of the zodiac, will rise to any challenge, especially in the area of romance. The famous emblem for Sagittarius is the Archer, armed with the arrow of truth. Free and honest in their approach, they expect others to be likewise. The Sagittarian arrow shoots for the stars, holding the blazing light of truth in an arc that illuminates the world. Admirers should remember that their honesty can on occasions be brutally frank, especially when extolling the virtues of their actions, or recounting one of their more dubious exploits. Read about Sagittarius and all the other signs right here on our website: click here.
Leonid Meteor Display
The Leonids are a meteor shower in the constellation of Leo the Lion, occurring in mid-November. At this time, planet Earth glides through a minefield of cosmic dust clouds from the tail of Comet Tempel-Tuttle. As our Earth travels through the cloud we experience a Leonid meteor shower. The Leonids will peak on November 17 and November 18 in 2016, just after the Full Moon on the 16th. The waning gibbous moon means that the sky may not be dark enough to easily view the shower, but if you can get out of town, far enough away from the bright lights, you should be able to view at least some of the cosmic display. Check out the Cosmic Meteor Show in November.
November on the Cards, by Lili Rosace.
Once again the delightful Lili Rosace, high priestess of the mystical, has forecast the cosmic atmosphere for the month ahead for your sign (and all the others!). The Tarot is a mystical book, a set of archetypal symbols, clarifying the cosmic tendencies so that we may better understand ourselves and our roles in the world. Lili's Tarotscopes for November are on line now. Discover her reading of the energy surrounding your Sun Sign over the month ahead, detailing your relationships, romance, finances, career and overall outlook. What's on the cards for you? Gain mystical insight and a new slant on the future. Find the focus of your soul and being in Lili's Tarotscopes for November.
Halloween, the light-hearted modern festivity of ghosts and ghoulies, frights and feast, trick or treat, has much more serious (and scary!) origins in the ancient Celtic Feast of the Dead. All Saints' Day (November 1), also known as All Hallows' Day is followed by All Souls' Day (Nov 2), a christianized version of the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, the Feast of the Dead. The Christian theological basis for the feast is that the faithful on earth can aid the salvation of the departed souls by prayers, good deeds and especially by the sacrifice of the Mass, but the customs of Samhain are just a bit spookier! This festival has survived, due to its connection with the archetypal energies that it evokes and due to its more recent connection with the Christian festival of All Souls, which the Church has instituted as a substitute for this pagan celebration. Check out Halloween.
All Hallows' Eve.
October 31 is Samhain. All Hallows. All Hallows’ Eve. Hallow E’en. Halloween. The most magical night of the year. Exactly opposite Beltane on the wheel of the year, Halloween is Beltane’s dark twin. A night of glowing jack-o’-lanterns, bobbing for apples, tricks or treats, and dressing in costume. A night of ghost stories and séances, tarot card readings and scrying with mirrors. A night of power, when the veil that separates our world from the Otherworld is at its thinnest. Mike Nicholls explains that All Hallows' Eve is the eve of All Hallows’ Day (November 1). And for once, even popular tradition remembers that the eve is more important than the day itself, the traditional celebration focusing on October 31, beginning at sundown. More on All Hallows' Eve.
Samhain: Celtic Fire Festival.
If we are to walk the Celtic path, the festival of Samhain (pronounced So-wuhn) is a three day celebration that begins in the Northern Hemisphere with a gathering on the evening of October 31st. The Celts regarded night as the beginning of day and most festivals or celebrations would begin on what we would regard as the evening of the previous day. Samhain marks the last phase of the old year, its dying, and looks forward to the coming New Year. Samhain celebrated the mating of the Dagdha, the Irish All-father with the Morrigan. The Morrigan, amongst her other attributes, is best remembered as the Raven, bird of death wisdom and goddess of the battlefield, though she had other functions than this. And just as the god of bounty and life had intercourse with the goddess of death, so Samhain is a time when intercourse between the human world and the spirit world is paramount, for the gates between this world and the unseen are opened. More on Samhain.
Diwali, Festival of Lights.
The best-known of the Hindu festivals, Diwali is celebrated throughout India at the New Moon on the fifteenth day of the month Kartika, or Ashwin (october/november), as well as in Indian communities throughout the world. A moveable feast, Diwali happens on Sunday October 30, 2016 – though it is a five-day festivity. A harvest festival and a celebration of the Lunar New Year, Diwali has strong astrological energies, like similar festivals the world over. The worship of Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, and Ganesha, the divine remover of obstacles, is also celebrated throughout the country at this time. It signifies the renewal of life, so it is the done thing to wear new clothes on the day of the festival. It seems to have begun as a harvest festival, yet, as the beginning of the Lunar New Year, it also heralds the approach of winter and the start of a new sowing season. The name "Diwali" (from the sanskrit: deepãvali, meaning "a garland of lamps") is spot on for this festival, when every household is ablaze with light! It's like Christmas, the New Year and the Fourth of July all rolled up into one, with gambling and new clothes thrown in for good measure... Check out Diwali – and send a Diwali Greeting to friends and family.
Here's another shot of me and my heavy metal band of astro brothers during an ancient astrology conference and sacrificial feast. We had a great time in centuries BCE, not to mention during the renaissance, when we came back into vogue with a vengeance. Having been shunted into the background by the so-called "Enlightenment", we are once more here to help with the latest daily horoscope forecasts for November, right here on AstroScope Me. Happy Halloween! Check out what is in store for you via my Daily Horoscopes for November.
Your Month Ahead
Queen Suzanna Collins, our gorgeous Astrologer of the Nile has once more given us her insights into the month ahead. The forecast for the month ahead is always a great guide to upcoming energies and events. Suzanna marks out the tendencies for each sign. Read yours for fun and a forecast of the future. Check out Queen Suzanna's Monthly Horoscopes for November.
Scorpio sexuality is deep, intense and all-consuming. The Scorpion seeks transformation through the sexual experience, which they never undertake lightly. Ruled by Mars, the god of primitive action and (in modern astrology) Pluto the lord of the underworld, Scorpio mixes primal passion with a profound need to uncover the mysteries of life and death, including and especially sexual ones. Scorpio's emotions run deep and their faculty of intuition is remarkably accurate, so the Scorpion antennae can prick up and pick out a prospective partner at first sight. To learn more about Scorpio Sexuality (if you dare): click here.
The Way of the Scorpion!
Seductive Scorpio, the sign of intensity, sexuality and deep transformation, is the eighth sign of the tropical zodiac. As the Sun joins the Moon in a Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, accompanied by luscious Venus, we are focused on exploring the deep and fascinating world of astrology and relationships. Scorpio, the Scorpion, our featured Sign of the month has a magnetic personality, with a sense of personal power which can be both exciting and overwhelming (for gentler souls!). Scorpio people are intensely interested in discovering the deep truths about relationships, spiritual matters and themselves. They love to get to the bottom of things and make great detectives. There's no casual fooling around on the surface with a Scorpio! They want to get to the heart of the matter and soon become impatient with superficiality. Read about Scorpio and all the other signs right here on our website: click here.
Sex, Death and Rebirth!
As the blazing Sun enters Scorpio at the end of October 2016, Sue Hopper, a Pisces, has written a wonderful article on the subject of Sex, Death and Rebirth—the essence of the Scorpion heart—which we first published some time back on this site. It's intense! Sue is a great writer and a fabulous astrologer, so it seems right to publish it once more here on AstroScope Me. Now, read more on the Sex, Death and Rebirth: the Mysteries of Scorpio.
October Daily Horoscopes!
Here's a pic of me and my heavy metal band of astro brothers during the ancient Babylonian era, when we had to work out what was happening in the heavens using just our keen eyesight and a bunch of cuneiform tablets. It's a lot easier now, using computers, let me tell you! So you can read the latest daily horoscope forecasts for October right here on AstroScope Me! Check out what is in store for you via my Horoscopes for October.
Scopes for October!
Queen Suzanna Collins, our gorgeous Astrologer of the Nile has once again given us her insights into the month ahead. Within the environment indicated by the stars, as shown in the horoscope, we have considerable freedom to move and make decisions, according to our character and circumstances. The stars incline us to take a certain direction, or to make a particular decison, but they do not compel us to act in any sort of helpless or robotic manner. Beyond the forces of the conditioned world, our behaviour is governed by our awareness, our intent – and our stage of personal growth. Check out her Monthly Horoscopes for October.
In the Cards for October, by Lili Rosace.
The Tarot is a mystical book, a set of archetypal symbols, clarifying the cosmic tendencies so that we may better understand ourselves and our roles in the world. Lili's Monthly Tarotscopes for October are on line now. Discover her reading of the energy surrounding your Sun Sign over the month ahead, detailing your relationships, romance, career and overall outlook. What's on the cards for you? Find the focus of your soul and being in Lili's Tarotscopes for October.
Michaelmas, the Christian Equinox Festival.
September's Equinox in much of Europe marks the traditional end of the harvest, when sickles and scythes slash and snip in the reaping of the grain. Astrologically, the Equinox marks the beginning of the sign Libra – the exaltation of Saturn, the grim reaper! On September 29th, Michaelmas (pron: "Mickle-mus") is the Christian Harvest Feast marking the Equinox, held in honour of St Michael the Archangel, one of the principal angels in the Christian heavenly host. Angels are believed to be divine beings who serve as messengers and representatives of God – though in Michael's case, he was also the chief general of the divine army responsible for expelling the Enemy, the rebellious archangel Lucifer and his gang of fallen angel followers from Heaven. Check out Michaelmas.
Libra the Fair.
Our lovely astrologer Sue Hopper is a Pisces, but she has a great appreciation for the Venus-ruled air sign of Libra. In this piece she says stylish, relationship-focused Libra is also cerebral, socially-oriented, and insists on balance and moderation. Libra represents the civilizing factor of society, symbolizing equilibrium and justice. And really, what could be more beautiful? To read more, click here
Delightful Libra, the sign of harmony, balance, justice and human relationships is the seventh sign of the tropical zodiac. At the Equinox, which always marks a new beginning and the turning point of the year, we celebrate the ingress into Libra, the cardinal air sign. Libra, the Scales, our featured Sign of the month is a sign of social charm, artistic appreciation and fashion sense, but one whose innate sense of fairness and balance often leads to a frustratingly long time to make those crucial decisions! The focal point of elegance and chic in the zodiac, Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and sensual delight. Librans seek relationship with an avid fascination. Libra lives for love — and style! So much in love with love, Librans sometimes fail to notice how many admirers they are holding on a string...
Charming Libra loves exploring every facet of relationship, being always on display and always on the lookout for Mr/Ms Right (even if already involved, love-loving Libra is ready to jump ship should something a little brighter appear on the horizon). Read about Libra and all the other signs, right here on our website: click here
Well, we are into September now, which is the month of the Equinox, the balancing point of the year. The Official Equinox is on the 21st, but this year the ingress into Libra occurs on September 22 at 14:22 UT, marked in the Christian Calendar by Michaelmas, the Feast of St Michael the Archangel, on September 29 (the Equinox is a phase not a moment). Those of us in northern climes are about to celebrate the harvest in one way or another as examined by Mike Nichols in Harvest Home (the pagan fest on Sep. 25) – even though the agricultural mythos is little more than a folk-memory for those who dwell in the switched-on mega-cities of the 21C. Those of us in the southern hemisphere are throwing out the woollies and preparing for the influx of spring! How's that for a mixture of metaphors...? Click for more on the The Equinox.
September 25 is known as Harvest Home, a celebration of the Autumn Equinox . Mike Nichols explains that this day, one of the four traditional "quarter days", is marked in the Christian Faith by the Feast of Michaelmas on September 29. It is the second of the three harvest festivals of the Pagan year: the first, Lammas on August 1 and the last, Samhain on October 31. Despite the bad publicity generated by Thomas Tryon’s novel, Harvest Home is the pleasantest of holidays. Admittedly, it does involve the concept of sacrifice, but one that is symbolic only. The sacrifice is that of the spirit of vegetation, John Barleycorn. Occurring one quarter of the year after Midsummer, Harvest Home represents mid-autumn, autumn’s height. It is also the autumnal equinox, one of the quarter days of the year, a Lesser Sabbat and a Low Holiday in modern Witchcraft. Click for more on Harvest Home.
Cooperation & Harmony Every year, Jupiter, Lord of Fortune, moves from one sign to the next, setting the stage of human consciousness for the ensuing year. September 2016 sees him emerging from the restrained habitat of Virgo to enter the well-balanced environment of charming Libra. Libra, the cardinal air sign, seeks aesthetic pleasure, balance in relationships and a harmonious environment. Relationships, fashion and the arts, the law and justice are stimulated, especially at the political, financial, and cultural or religious levels (these are the areas mainly governed by Jupiter). Rob Tillett, the founder of AstroScope Me, discusses the effects this new transit will have on the various signs of the zodiac. Check out Jupiter in Libra.
Monthly Scopes for September!
It's been a hectic time for the world recently, thanks to the seriously difficult aspects in the heavens. Nevertheless, Suzanna, our wise and witty country astrologer has managed to keep her head above water and is writing a series of interesting and insightful comments for each sign for the month ahead. Yours may be among them! Check out her Monthly Horoscopes for September.
Tarotscopes for September, by Lili Rosace.
The charming Lili Rosace has once again given us her unique insight into what is in store over the month ahead. The Tarot is a mystical book, a set of archetypal symbols, clarifying the cosmic tendencies so that we may better understand ourselves and our roles in the world. Lili's Monthly Tarotscopes for September are a reading of the energy surrounding your Sun Sign over the month ahead, detailing your relationships, romance, career and overall outlook. Read and enjoy Lili's Tarotscopes for September.
The Healing Power!
Healing Virgo, the sign of analysis, criticism, purity and fine discrimination, is the sixth sign of the tropical zodiac. As we celebrate the ingress into Virgo, we are focused on exploring the deep and fascinating world of astrology and relationships. Virgo, the Virgin, our featured Sign of the month, is loaded with taste and discrimination – and is not frightened to tell you about it, either! A cautious lover, Virgo's need for stability and refined enjoyment means that admirers should step carefully. Virgo, ruled by communicative Mercury, more than anything loves to chat and talk about it. However, once your favourite Virgo (male or female) has opened up to love, he or she is capable of great heights and depths. Just be sure to keep the environment tidy and the bathroom clean! May Virgo bring sexual healing to us all! Read about Virgo and all the other signs right here on our website: click here.
Lammas: First Fruits
August 1 marks the cross-quarter day known as Lammas, or in Ireland, Lughnassadh. It is one of the four traditional cross-quarter days, this time celebrating the first wheat harvest and signalling the end of summer in the Northern Climes. Mike Nichols, our authority on all things pagan, explains that its true astrological point is fifteen degrees of Leo (the avatar point), but that tradition has set August 1 as the day Lammas is typically celebrated. These cross-quarter days, or High Holidays, were communally celebrated during the "Age of Faith", having been reassigned by the Church from already established, astrologically-based pagan festivities. Read more on Lammas.
Astrologer and scholar Neil Giles tells us that Lughnassadh (pronounced Loo-nuh-suh) was celebrated by the ancient Celtic people with a fortnight of contests and games, of exhibitions of skill and strength. This festival (called Lammas in England) was known as the Games of Lugh and would begin on the eve of August 1st. Lugh was the Irish Sun God, also known as 'Samildanach' which means 'many-skilled'. Lughnassadh honoured his triumphal harvest, celebrating the riches and abundance given by the heat and light of summer. Lugh comes with the trappings of many traditional tales of the male sun hero. He was born of mixed race with his father of the magical Tuatha De Danaan and his mother of the giant Fomorians. He was raised in Eamhain Abhlach, the apple isle that is the Irish equivalent of Avalon. Lugh replaced the wounded king, Nuadha, to lead the Tuatha De Danaan in battle and defeat the Fomorian armies as led by his maternal grandfather, Balor of the Evil Eye. Read more on Lughnassadh.
Leo the Lion.
On July 22 the shining Sun strides into Leo, the sign of courage, determined pride and a sunny disposition. As we celebrate the ingress into Leo, the fixed fire sign, we are focused on exploring the deep and fascinating world of astrology and relationships. Leo, the Lion, our featured Sign of the month has enough personal charm and physical magnetism to make Lions and Lionesses the centre of everyone's attention – which of course is very much to their liking! As an ardent lover, Leo's enthusiasm and passion must be returned in equal measure, for the big cat may become bored and dissatisfied with a less-than-ardent partner. A weak partner invites Leo to completely dominate the scene, a situation which is less than ideal for both parties. Lions need to keep their egos under control, even when surrounded by admirers and sycophants. Read about Leo and all the other signs right here on our website: click here.
June 20/21 takes us under the reign of creative, nurturing Cancer, the sign of deep emotions, family feeling and a moody, moon-ruled mind. The cosmic aspects turn the focus onto the Cardinal Signs: Aries, Libra, Capricorn, and Cancer in particular. The New Moon in Cancer occurs on July 4. Happy 4th of July! The Full Moon in ambitious Capricorn, Cancer's Moon, occurs on July 19. Mars of course has been retrograde for months, but on June 29 (my birthday!) the passionate Warrior turns direct, so during July he will be crawling forward in Scorpio, the Scorpion. Intense Scorpio is the joy of Mars, so the better sides of this passionate cosmic force will begin to make themselves felt. Not before time! Stern Saturn is still retrograde in Sagittarius, so all is not completely OK in the cosmos, and the current aspects, including what remains of a Grand Cross between Jupiter in Virgo conjunct the Moon's North Node opposing Neptune in Pisces (conjunct the Moon's South Node) crossing retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius opposing Mercury in Gemini is still creating some havoc and communication difficulties, death, destruction and the like. Ugh. I'm looking forward to some improvements!
Cancer the Crab
Our featured Sign of the month has a sensual, caring and nurturesome approach to life. Cancerian people love to travel, but they are always deeply attached to home and family. Cancerians are very emotional, but they can seem to have a hard shell, which protects the tender inner world into which they can retire without any warning. Cancerians are moody, for they respond most readily to the phases of the Moon. They are adventurous and passionate lovers, but they have a strong sense of ownership, so flirts beware! Their inclination is to gather their friends and family about them and surround them with a thick, protective castle wall, for the Cancerian is naturally acquisitive and loves to build up wealth and security. Read about Cancer and all the other signs right here on our website: click here
St John the Baptist's Day.
Well it's the Solstice today, that great cosmic turning point, when the Sun prepares to begin his great trek northward. This point is marked by all religions and Christianity is no different, celebrating on St John the Baptist's Day, Jun 24. According to the Gospel of Luke, John the Baptist was the cousin of Jesus Christ. As the forerunner of the messiah, John is a very important saint. The Bible indicates that John was born six months before Jesus (Luke 1:26), so his birth celebrates the Summer Solstice, as the Sun begins to diminish in light. John understood that his role was to prepare the way for Christ, and then to step aside: "He must increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:30). The birth of Jesus is celebrated at Christmas in December—at the Winter Solstice, marking the birth of the Sun, as the Sun begins to grow in light. This is a clear reference to the astrological key that, when turned in the lock, opens the door to a deeper understanding of the nature of religion. Read more on St John the Baptist's Day.
Mars, our astrological "Why" chromosome.
Astrologically speaking, do you know what makes you tick? I mean really, when it comes to the universal energies being reflected in your natal chart (or as I like to refer to them, the individual cosmic clauses in your very own “contract with the universe”) do you know what single birth energy, all by itself, can get you to stand up and be counted all by yourself? Marguerite Manning argues that the position of Mars is critical because it is the driving force that empowers and ignites our lives. Mars will always dictate the manner in which we characteristically display courage, express anger and exhibit passion. It also predicts just how we are most likely to annoy others, ignite tempers and push a few provocative buttons along the wilful way. Mars, the traditional ruler of Scorpio and Aries, will be retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio for several months to come. Read more on Mars, our astrological "why" chromosome.
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