Astrology Overview for WC 22nd August 2016

The Sun powers into Virgo on Tuesday, returning after an eleven months absence. He joins with the trio of Mercury Jupiter and Venus, bringing a tremendous Virgo dimension to bear in the heavens, and of course, as above, so below. So what does this mean?

The virtuous strand that was building up last week with the combination of Mercury and Jupiter is going to be emphasised even more. But the crucial thing with this week is that from Wednesday to Sunday Mercury, Venus and Jupiter are all going to be side-by-side or conjunct. In the first half of the week, Mercury and Jupiter continue their close alliance. This points towards some kind of good fortune, and it’s possible that we going to be reading about some health breakthroughs, possibly about new cure’s or radical approaches, that can improve the lot of some of the world’s citizens. But of course is what we do in our own lives that is the most important thing, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself drawn towards some kind of therapeutic treatment, such as a massage, chiropractic, or some other form of healing.

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The more informed we continue to become about diets and the micronutrients that are contained in various food sources is also going to be a smart thing to do. If you find yourself checking the label in the supermarket, good for you. With such a sedimentary lifestyle that many of us lead these days being more physically active can also be an outcome from this particular set of influences.

But Virgo is also the sign of service, and there is a world of difference between this and being servile, but if we can find a way to use our skill sets, or talents in order to help other people this would be a very fine thing to do. If you work in an industry which is service led and linked to health, food, distribution or providing tangible benefits, it could really flourish at this time.

However, the Sun does square up to a Gemini Quarter Moon on Thursday, suggesting what we shouldn’t do is try too hard to pack too much into this week, so there is a kind of irony here that is to be virtuous, but not try to be too virtuous.

All of this week also continues to see the conjunction between Saturn and Mars. This requires us to concentrate hard and narrow our range of activities onto the things that are really essential, but I think information and knowledge or anything to do with long-distance communications, travel and overseas involvements can all be very much the fore. However, just like last week, the complex influence of Neptune cannot be underestimated, so just be conscious of your own motives and those of anyone you get closely involved with.

Astrology Overview for WC 15th August 2016

The week begins with the Sun continuing in Leo. The big event of the week, however, comes on Thursday when there is a partial lunar Eclipse in the sign of Aquarius. This also blends in with the modern ruler of Aquarius, Uranus, suggesting that there can be some restlessness around relationships, social interactions and even friendships. Any desire on the part of any person to be more controlling about our personal space and freedom may become a burning issue from this.

From Tuesday the emphasis which is set to grow in Virgo, comes from a combination between Mercury and Jupiter . With Venus in this location too, this encourage us as to do things which are virtuous in some way, and enable us to grow our awareness to what we eat, and drink and become more conscious of personal physical fitness. When Jupiter and Mercury get-together it can help us to feel more optimistic, but it’s also important to stay focused on the details, something which Jupiter can be less inclined to encourage. Fortunately Mercury is the ruler of Virgo, and this can help to bring greater precision to bear.

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From Wednesday through to the end of the week. Saturn is joined in Sagittarius, by the storming energies of Mars . This is going to help to reinforce our desire to be expansive, or more go-getting and physical in our approach. If you have been feeling drained or down on vitality, or emotional energy, and especially since mid-May, it really wouldn’t be a surprise. This is due to the continuing enervating angle between Neptune and Saturn. Mars is going to stiffen Saturn’s resolve yet by the end of the week, it too is going to be affected by Neptune, and because Mars is the planet of desire, and in itself will be constrained by the energies of Saturn, all of this encourages us not to take shortcuts, and also to be conscious of what people tell us because information could prove to be unreliable at best and deceptive at worst.

Astrology Overview for WC 8th August 2016

The week begins with the recently relocated Venus and Mars clashing in their respective new homes. With both these planets controlling love and romance, a few sparks could fly. This and Mercury’s angle to the on-going T Square between Neptune and Saturn , can make for quite a tricky first half of the week.

Although the Sun continues its journey through the magnificent Leo, it’s sunny rays are also compromised by a square with the Quarter Moon in Scorpio on Wednesday. This can be stir up issues to do with control, possessiveness and jealousy in close ties, where as the Virgo/Sagittarius angles forged by Mercury and Venus and Mars and Saturn in turn, can see resentment around obligations and any constraints on our personal freedom.

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I think we are all going to have to garner as much patience as possible this week and show as much tolerance as we can muster too. The details of situations can be somewhat blurry, confidence and personal expression limited too.

Fortunately Saturn does end a five and a half month backward journey on Saturday, though continues its attritional right angle to Neptune, for many weeks to come. In general however Saturn going forwards and being fortified by the new location of Mars, will in time help us to take on obstacles with greater determination and drive.

Astrology Overview August 2016

August heralds the start of the Olympics in Rio, but you could say this month is as much carnivore as carnival, with Leo, the Sign of the big cat leading the procession. Along with plenty of street-food for thought from cerebral Planets in earthy Virgo too, meaning this August there appears to be much at stake or should I say ‘steak’? Along with a few mistakes in need of remedying this month, though, it is not a t-bone, but a planetary t-square giving us something to chew on this August!

For although ‘school’s out for summer’, there is definitely a sense that there is still some outstanding projects to complete as August opens, especially with a retrograding heavyweight Saturn combining with all Outer Planets, picking the bones over past matters in need of correction or erasing. So you could say the start of August finds us left not quite doing lines, but ‘lions’ with a large ruler, in more of a jungle book than an exercise one. As Leo, the Sign of the jungle ‘V.I.P’ takes charge from the beginning of August with the Sun, Venus and a New Moon in Leo on the 2nd too.

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On the bright side, the Sun ruled Sign of Leo is not only naturally suited to being in command, but positively revels in being centre-stage, as its mighty roar lets everyone know who is king of the jungle. However, Leos may rule the kingdom, literally shaking the ground beneath them, as recent earthquakes demonstrate, but deep-down these lion-hearts seek stability. As this jungle ‘V.I.P’ is no ‘king of the swingers’ but a Fixed Sign instead. So you could say, this month quite literally we move from a state of flux to continuous ‘lux’, as the Moon ruled variable Sign of Cancer influenced the majority of July’s events, but it is the Sun’s constant glow providing the central heating throughout August. As until the 22nd the Sun is in its palatial abode, at home in the luxurious Sign of Leo, which brings with it some sweltering weather conditions and a plethora of pleasurable pursuits. For the Sign of Leo is schooled in the art of enjoyment, favouring the playground over the classroom time after time.

Though, Leos are associated with royalty especially kings, but really their love of the limelight makes them more of a drama queen. So there are no surprises that August arrives with a dramatic entrance, as the 1st sees the Leo Sun at a critical degree in aspect to retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius, as simultaneously an exiting Scorpio Mars at a difficult degree clashes with Venus in Leo. Whilst, further pressure builds with the Leo New Moon the following day coinciding with Virgo Mercury at a crucial degree. This activity generally putting this fiery lion in ‘the line of fire’ even figuratively with gunfire or arson likely, along with clashes among foreign heads of State to ferocious flames, fevers and weather conditions or high spirited and even criminal elements. With Leo’s presence meaning youngsters or pastimes which tap into the child at heart instinct are targeted, as we may witness sexual exploitation of children hitting the headlines once again.

So it may not be over easy this August, but Leo knows how to see the sunny-side up, even over the Euro brexit, as steps are put in place to ‘break-fast like a king’! However, this month’s New Moon highlights frustrations over allocating shared monies with the UK, along with changes and restrictions in health and work sectors in France. Meanwhile, this New Moon stirs up fury over secrets concerning Rome and the Vatican, partnerships in China, shocks in Iraq and restorative measures in Russia. As well as, changes in North Korea, Israel and within the United Nations, alongside illuminating positive advancements for the U.S. This further supported by the 18th’s Full Moon in Aquarius, highlighting changing financial partnerships in the U.S and profits in Japan, but challenges in Mexico. However, this finalising Moon does bring some closure to humanitarian and brexit concerns. Whilst Egypt feels both ends of the Moon’s activity this month, particularly influencing the younger generation, as this month’s lunar visits swing between state and government vying against the will of the people.

Well, Leo’s lion is renowned for its recognisable mane, but astrologically it fails to remain the main influence throughout August. This ‘perm’ Sign giving a ‘semi-wave’ goodbye, as from the 6th Venus progresses into Virgo alongside Mercury, Jupiter, the North Node and the 23rd’s Sun, meaning we move from the lion to the which? However, we may be wishing that some matters stayed locked away in that wardrobe, as the questioning Sign of Virgo combs through finer details. For attention will once again focus on treatment to rectify services for society’s needy and vulnerable, highlighting health and this sector. Although, any efforts may cause split ends, as Planets promote a ‘short, back and sides’ attitude. For tempers are short; a back up of past issues exists from retrograde Planets combined with Virgo’s North Node and planetary aspects arouse taking sides.

In sum, an overall ‘intensive condition’, with Mutable Planets creating a ‘three-way’ mirror, but no free way, as the reflection is not a pretty sight, as Virgo Planets jar against a retrograde Pisces Neptune and Sagittarius Saturn worsened by the 3rd seeing a malefic combination as Mars returns to Sagittarius. So emphasis once again shifts to uncontrollable elements from illness and weather to terrorist attacks and immigration, as nebulous Neptune obscures facts and solutions, especially around the 12th, due to critical degrees.

In conclusion then, August combines high and lowlights, but akin to a salon visit, the outcome may not be the picture we desire, needing some readjustment. As adapting and negotiating to benefit all are key this month, as a retrograde Capricorn Pluto and Aries Uranus at odds instigates unexpected problems, requiring flexibility. While, this month Portugal, Switzerland, Cyprus, Chad and Singapore are starred, along with Malaya, Armenia, the Ivory Coast, Belarus, Costa Rica and Guinea. Denmark meanwhile may experience shocks, as further violence is likely in France, Poland and Guatemala. Therefore, last month may have played out like Julius Caesar surrounded by enemies, but even though July has ceased, some themes persist. As with August’s Leo presence, there is an emphasis to be something of an Augustus, in charge of our own domain. However, with worrying Mutable Planets, this month it is advisable to be less of an emperor of ‘roam’, but one who thinks and waits, as this month is not all of a ‘roaming holiday’!

Astrology Overview for WC 1st August 2016

The week begins with the Sun and Venus still located in the vibrant and charismatic energies of Leo. This continues to be a fabulous opportunity to do so. Tuesday is also truly significant. This sees a New Moon in Leo forge an impressive angle to Saturn, the planet of structure.

With Saturn now in forward motion being a sister Fire sign to Leo, this New Moon is a chance to initiate new beginnings, but especially those that have been well thought through and planned. Saturn in Sagittarius is principally about knowledge, so if the knowledge is put together with the drive and enthusiasm of the Sun in Leo, he really is an awesome mix. What can come from this is new beginnings that actually stand the test of time.

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Furthermore, on Wednesday Mars rejoins the sign of Sagittarius. If this rings an astral bell, it is because Mars was located in this sign through March to the end of May this year. It’s just that from the middle of April, he slammed on the brakes and went into retrograde, and some of the more expansive and daring plans that some of us had may have gone through a period of review, or even undergone a complete revision. Now, along with the New Moon, it’s an opportunity to get right back on the front foot.

Yet this week is not going to be without its complications, because Mercury on Friday through Sunday, is going to be joining in with the right angle that’s been forged between Saturn and Neptune since mid-May. The usual crispness of decision-making, that Mercury in Virgo would bring, can be reduced by getting caught up in this squabble. In short, if you are entering any situation where you need to be factual, do treble check your information before asserting your position, for it’s possible that you have been misled or misunderstand an overall theme.

Finally on Saturday this week, Venus arrives in Virgo. In this Zodiac sign, the planet of attraction is asked to be more of service. This is less about glamour than in Leo, a more about practicalities. If you are in a relationship where you live together, this aspect encourages a review of the domestic arrangements and who does or contributes what to the daily chores. Some flexibility your amendments, may actually bring you and yours – if you’re in such a tie, even closer together. For solo’s you may meet someone through your work over the next twenty eight days.

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The week begins with Mercury, angling up magnificently to the changeable energies of Uranus. This aspect goes on until Thursday and it’s a fab opportunity to add greater zest and verve to the way we think about things or communicate our ideas. If you are someone who relishes spontaneity, this influence is also going to really help. It would not be a surprise of some people had a lightbulb moment through this period of time. These brainwaves, if they are taken seriously, can be converted to something really imaginative and lasting. Then again, they could just be the opportunity to do something completely different, even random.

Tuesday however, sees a Quarter Moon in the sign of Taurus . The 2nd/5th House axis’s activated by this suggests we should be cautious about being overly generous with finance to anyone close, or splashing out on luxury items which are more discretionary rather than absolutely necessary. This will provide a backdrop for the rest of the week.

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Thursday and Friday however, sees Mercury clash with Mars. Although this is only a quick influence it’s one which can see people being a bit more jagged in the way they express a point of view. With both Mercury and Mars at this stage in fixed signs, is going to be important not to take entrenched positions, and retain a degree of flexibility and lightness in our approach.

Ironically on Friday Uranus goes into retrograde, for 5 1/2 months. This asks us to examine the balance between our dependence and independence around all key relationships during that period of time. Yet Venus comes into forge its own wonderful alliance with Uranus towards the back end of this week, and if your love life has become rather too predictable and samey, the encouragement here is to take a walk on the wild side, move out of your comfort zone and try to revitalise this key part of life. Someone new and rather challenging but exciting may also enter your orbit.

Finally on Sunday, Mercury returns to Virgo , one of the two signs that it guides. This homecoming is going to be particularly welcome. Why? Well it will help us to add greater structure and detail to any more creative strands that we generated as Mercury’s move through the exuberant sign of Leo and has combines earlier this week with Uranus, and before that with Venus. Yes it is a little bit more workaday here, but encourages us to look out for those finer points that are so important in making the bigger picture all come together as we wish.

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The week begins with Mercury and Venus continuing to combine in the sign of Leo . This is a very enterprising, and even glamorous combination, urging us to tap into our artistic and creative talents, and to use our self-expression shrewdly. Yet both are tethered to the more limiting energies of Saturn , which itself continues to square, in a rather enervating way, to the draining influence of Neptune. However, in this case, Mercury and Venus being anchored by Saturn can be an entirely positive thing, asking us to do our research well, to expand step-by-step with confidence, and any strand or relationship which moves forwards at this time has a very good chance of enduring for the long term.

This is also a week when the Sun continues its wonderful angle to Mars . This goes on until Thursday, so do make this work for you. Essentially this is going to convey a lot of executive ability to manage our homes resources and lives, but with a great deal of energy, drive and determination. If there is something that you’re wanting to revise, rebirth or reform this aspect will help in spades.

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However Tuesday’s Full Moon in the sign of Capricorn, just encourages us to stay conscious of balancing more emotional considerations with more practical ones and especially around achieving tangible results.

Still, as the Sun person into its home zone, of Leo on Friday for the first time in eleven months, this is something for us all to truly celebrate. Why? Well this is going to give generally much more neat physical vitality to us all. The Sun’s passage through cancer has obviously been helped hugely by its angle last week and this week to Thursday, to the go getting vibe of Mars, but the Sun in Leo really will see a fantastic amount of energy reverberating both within ourselves and around the world. The arts, sport, physical activities, and more expressive ones can all shine brightly over this next four week period.

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The week begins with the Sun, Mercury and Venus continuing in Cancer, and the expansive Jupiter maintaining its stunning angle to the transformational Pluto, where flair and inspiration are mixed with perspiration, there is so much to go for.

However, things do change on Tuesday. Why? Well firstly there is a Quarter Moon in the fair-minded Libra , but it still clashes with the Sun in Cancer, and someone around you may not be in the best of places within themselves in the next week, and you may need to provide additional support. Then again, it’s possible that two people close to you will not get along so well, and you can find yourself trying to placate both parties.

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Tuesday does however see a wonderfully uplifting development as Venus glides into the star studded Leo. If you have felt more reflective of late, this really can spark something of a revival. In fact, by Thursday, Mercury joins up with Venus and the too co-operate until the end of the week, and create a great deal more sociability and desire to meet and greet.

However, the Sun is not done in the sign of Cancer, and forges to very contrasting aspects in the last half of the week. First up, and most importantly, he gets together with the potent energies of Mars , and if you are really clear and focused about what you want to achieve, you can put down some fundamental foundations with a spirited determination that can be absolutely awesome.

However, ironically, the Sun also clashes with Uranus in the second half of this week. This suggests that whatever you try to do, there may be more conservative or more radical energies or people around you, who think you should be doing something completely different to the path you have chosen.

Use the charming energies of Venus and Mercury to try to keep the dialogue bright and vibrant, and where necessary, introduce a little bit of fun and frivolity in order to sweeten a serious situation or message.

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The week begins with Independence Day on Monday, and a stunning New Moon in Cancer which links with Neptune in the most positive of ways. This really ask us to embrace our most sensitive sides and listen to our intuition. Imagination in an artistic or creative way can also be boosted by this, especially if you enjoy music, film or photography.

All this week also sees a fine link between Venus, most blessed in the sign of Cancer, and Mars located in its home zone of Scorpio. This can create some really sensual magic for those lucky enough to be in really close and loving relationships. By contrast Venus does Square Uranus and if you are in a long standing tie which has lost its mojo this aspect can push you and your partner to try and recreate any earlier magic, especially by breaking any patterns which have become too entrenched and predictable. In the most extreme scenario this can lead to a weak tie coming to a close, and perhaps even quite suddenly.

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Wednesday sees an exact conjunction or combust between the Sun and Mercury . This does have its down side insofar as Mercury in Cancer can be quite reactive, so do try to avoid jumping to conclusions. The upside is that this can trigger wonderful brainwaves and moments of inspiration. Mind, both planets enter a much more testing encounter in the second half of the week when they both oppose Pluto. You may encounter someone who is very dogmatic or belligerent, or tries to force their views upon you. If there has been any dissatisfaction bubbling away on the backburner this aspect can bring it to the fore in the most powerful of ways and a real battle of wills or an all out argument can follow.

Astrology Overview July 2016

Well, a good breakfast starts the day off, but you could say that a break-fast for good starts the month of July off. With the EU referendum vote favouring a Full English over the continental option, but it seems not everyone is ordering a toast to go with this! Instead, choosing the Full English means that there are still plenty of remains and a great deal of extra side orders to clear up too this month!

So as July begins, rather than a clean plate, it seems for many a case of trying to make something palatable out of June’s leftovers. Though, planetary wise this seems more achievable this month, especially with Mars, the Planet of action moving forward once again from the end of June, coinciding with day to day Mercury now joining a Cancer Sun and Venus. This combination aiding the Cancer crab to come out of its shell and deal with matters this month, after being rocked by the previous month’s shellshocks. However, this July, there is still a definite sense of treading on egg shells, as this sidestepping crustacean tries to negotiate its terrain. Although, you could say it seems more crab terrine than terrain this July, with no solid way forward as yet.

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Furthermore, with Cancer’s indirect approach, rather like a chess game, determining each player’s next move may prove difficult, particularly with Mercury, the Planet of movement and communications in the Sign of Cancer until the 13th. This made more arduous by the fact that the fluctuating Moon governs Cancer, creating quite literally ‘a state of flux’ in regards to the UK’s predicament. As the first half of July continues to see emotions riding high and changeable public sentiments, unaided by a still conflicted retrograde Capricorn Pluto and Aries Uranus. Therefore, Cancer’s hard shell may be necessary to withstand these variable conditions, as well as providing a degree of privacy too. So this month there will definitely be a sense that each country is not sure what the other is doing, as it is a Cardinal Sign rather than cards, keeping concerns close to chests.

However, the New Moon on the 4th may help to illuminate matters and herald in new beginnings, as it particularly emphasises business ability and the capability to go at it alone, but also quick tempered attacks, even the canine variety. Along with reinforcing adjustments between the UK and their partnerships, highlighting the UK people and presenting challenges to the French public. Whilst, this Moon also brings opposition to Australia’s head of State, as it undergoes elections this month, as well as financial upheaval in Egypt, shocks to Japanese partnerships and regression in Russia. Meanwhile, Canada receives surprise new ideas and falling on Independence Day in the US stars significant luck, accentuating personal wealth. This supported by other transiting Planets, specifically money Venus, residing in Cancer until the 14th.

For with Venus in Cancer, it means big bucks stay close to home, this no doubt being one of the driving forces in the EU vote, as under this Sign of the Crab, people voted to quit shelling out funds to the EU. So with the start of the month seeing the Sun, Mercury and Venus all co-joined in the compassionate Sign of Cancer, home in all its forms is highlighted, from living arrangements and care providers to general domestic affairs. While, the presence of everyday Mercury and fiscal Venus alongside the Sun, emphasises the importance of setting straight daily matters and finer details, along with the financial side of things. For you could say this month it is definitely a case of getting your own home in order, before attempting to deal with others. As the Sign of Cancer accentuates, as do not forget really the crab never leaves home, carrying it around on its back.

So with focus in general at home, away maybe somewhat overlooked this month, as war torn countries and migration see little positive advancement this month. With Jupiter at a critical degree as the month opens closely joined by the North Node also in Virgo, but a now retrograding Neptune in Pisces further hinders progress to an already stagnant Saturn in Sagittarius. This posing further implications for an already tense political climate, as rather than the crab the symbol of the lobster may be more apt this month, turning red when boiling, as lobbying gets heated. While, fever pitch is also on the pitches and courts, as the Olympics gear up, Wimbledon plays out and Euro 2016 draws to a close. As Iceland, spotlighted last month, does far better than previously expected, France and Germany are also in the frame this month.

However, containing this fever pitch may prove a problem this July too, as in Latin America; worries over the Zika virus persist. While, martial energy transiting France could bring further football violence and anger over shared interests too. As beyond sporting events, not everyone is being such a good sport, with Europe seeming to play hard ball over the UK leaving the EU. So this month, there are not only divisions in football. As opinion is divided, generally fuelling separation between people. Last month, this manifested in hate crimes, acts of terrorism and the breakdown of governments and political unity. This month, further activity is possible, especially when Leo Planets challenge Scorpio Mars, as from the 12th Venus enters Leo, Mercury shortly following until the 30th and the 22nd, the Sun. Positively, this brings pleasure and a focussing on sovereign powers, but negatively, safety is threatened in places of amusement, children may suffer and a shocking re-emergence of celebrity or power abuses, especially at July’s end, when we see Uranus retrograding also.

So July is not an over-easy month, as many scramble for position and the threat of poaching industries exists, but the 19th’s Full Moon offers a sunny-side up and a glimpse at how events might pan up. This lunar activity starring determination, patience and good executive powers, as everyday operations and capital settles, but taking a gamble at this time can also be beneficial. As changing ideas in the US are underlined, perhaps regarding elections. For New York receives a boost, Cuba further responsibilities and Palestinian people are affected. Whilst, Peru, Kiribati, Vietnam, Argentina, Iraq, Algeria, Albania, Maldives, Singapore and Armenia also hit the headlines, along with Switzerland, Belarus, Croatia, Nicaragua, Greece, Venezuela, Honduras, Pakistan and India. In sum, this July seems less about a Full English and more about preventing the fall of English and globally containing the buffet!