Monday, 1 May 2017

MAY 2017 GLOBAL ASTROLOGICAL OVERVIEW PLUS YOUR HOROSCOPE

This month is less crisis prone than last month, but we still live with the weight of uncertainty globally and a feeling of deferred crisis, which look like they may resurface dangerously in July, when the Sun once again, and additionally also Mars, will then entangle in dangerous aspects, i.e. both opposing Pluto and squaring Uranus.

Trump’s chart is very troubled from this coming early July to late October. A time of decisive, challenging events for his reputation and future is then flagged up. Saturn is conjunct his Moon and opposing his Sun during those months... It does not look an easy or happy period for him. Saturn is the lord of karma.

At least Saturn is this month trining Uranus and this does bring a feeling of the potential to build a bridge between the old and the new. There is a feeling that stability can be grasped because calm and control keeps impulsive acts at bay.

Mercury is direct again from May 3rd, allowing for forward movement and blocks being lifted, and also a sense of a new template being pursued after a few weeks of necessary rethink.

The Sun and Mercury both also positively trine Pluto this month, exact on the 9th and 31st respectively. This is regenerative and empowering and potentially makes for constructive and wise use of power and is productive of good communications, both personally and on the global stage.

Mars for most of the month however is squaring Neptune,( which continues in its own home sign of Pisces)  indicating deception / confusion /smoke and mirrors/delusion when in negative, square mood) being exact on the 11th. This creates a great sense of confusion and lack of clarity. There is feeling that with “fake news” everywhere and facts being challenged and the lack of honesty in media and from leaders, that there is uncertainty among many of what to believe. Either people are easily influenced and believe everything they hear or read in the media, in an unthinking way, or there is total cynicism about what is said or read. Dishonesty and even corruption has become an almost accepted part of much political discourse and action. With the increasing domination of money, power and indeed corporate power, in politics, and with populism, not necessarily based on objective facts, driven by the media; distortion and lack of transparency is rife.

There is a sense of a lack of true democracy now, as there is mistrust of elections and their genuine outcome, and because of the power of technology to have hidden influence over our lives, which is less than tangible, we are at the mercy of invisible powers that make us pawns in the game of larger often elusive agendas, that have little to do with the genuine desire to help and protect its populace. Much of this has been building since Pluto (power) moved into in Capricorn (establishment /money) in 2008 (till 2025).

With Neptune is Pisces now also, (since 2012), the art of confusion and deception has added to the sense of total uncertainty, illusion and ultimate disillusionment with systems and government.

For a significant no of the populace, seeming fairy tale outcomes in election, or referendum results, that seem to bring the promise of a universal healing, can turn into nightmares, as promises hit the dust, lies are uncovered and the real self seeking agendas of the powers that be, show themselves.

Turkey’s recent referendum result has been dogged by suspicion of coercion, on the altar of a desire for Erdogan to have the powers of dictatorship.  Turkey is believed to be a Virgo country and currently Mars in Pisces, till 2025, is opposing that sign.

Checks and balances in the political system in many countries are now sadly lacking.

The upside of Neptune in Pisces is that the generation of children who have this (born between February 2012 and April 2025) will have extra sensitivity, compassion, empathy and love of beauty and Nature. They will also have an especial love of and talent in music and the arts and the power of extra spiritual awareness will be manifest. At the risk of sounding like a Salvationist, a world that has become increasingly totally immersed in material values and focused seemingly exclusively on economic growth, at all costs, will certainly need the input of these souls.

 The Moon is full on the 10th in the 21st degree of Scorpio, exact at 21.4 GMT.
 This is a time of potentially eruptive energies, and the closing of chapters are indicated. We reap what is sown, and this is a time of reaping.

By contrast the Moon is new on the 25th at the 5th degree of Gemini, exact at 19.44 GMT. The new is launched and the hopeful is initiated under this influence. We sow on the new Moon.



 ARIES

 Before the 16th all born after the 13th will be in a positive mode of interaction with other people, with intelligence and wisdom and your desire to communicate is constructive, but do listen too

 After the 4th, when Mercury moves direct, things that have been put on hold in terms of progress or communication will be liberated.

 Venus, currently in your sign favours all born up to April 15th.  This is a time potentially for romance, love and harmony to be underlined.  Love of beauty, appreciation of arts and the affections are all-strong. Your personal charms and consideration of other people is also going to stand you in good stead. 

 Mars, your ruler, is currently in Gemini, favouring a desire to get your point across effectively and give intellectual, spiritual, physical and psychological courage to all born March 26th to April 15th.  Your efforts prove constructive. 

 Jupiter in your opposite sign is now favouring, as he did last November, those born April 2nd to 6th.  For this group the good times are rolling and travel is flagged up. It’s very positive around relationships, which are flourishing.  There are good people in your life, who are encouraging you to have a good time and enjoy yourself.  Just beware that you don’t project onto them too many expectations, or be lead into too much indulgence by the influence of others.

 Even Saturn is favourable to those born April 14th to 18th.  He is bringing maturity, a practical focus and patience and wisdom to this group.  Travel is likely to be for duty and obligational purposes.  Issues to do with law and study are serious and need attention in a very productive, constructive way.  Work done during this period will serve you well in the future.

 Uranus is in his once every 84 year yearly visit now, to those born April 14th to 17th; and indeed he will be with you, on and off, in this current mode for a year. Uranus is the planet of the unexpected and the unpredictable; the chaotic to some extent and also the awakener, the enlightener.  So, for this group, there will be a very powerful sense of restlessness, a desire for change and maybe a new humanitarian outlook on life.  Your uniqueness and individuality is strong, but there is a danger of rushing into something too quickly, just for the sake of the new, for the adrenalin and for the novelty.  Change is inevitable.  Embrace it, but don’t push the river; and remember there is a whole year of this energy ahead of you

Pluto is now squaring the Suns of those born around April 8th to 10th.  This has been since last month and indeed will haunt you until around January 2019.  This happens once every 124 years and is going to be a significant time.  When Pluto squares your Sun, it challenges you to learn to use power and to deal with power wisely, particularly in your profession and in your work.  Endings of chapters are also in the air, based on the fact that you need to find your true purpose, but endings always presage the new and you must see every ending as a beginning of a new destined chapter.  Do not be ruthless or impose your will upon others.  Keep squeaky clean and avoid people who are manipulative or dragging you down to a level that is not totally honest through their wheeling, dealing influence; and be conscious of all the stuff within yourself, which is deep and needs looking at, so that you can understand your motive, because Pluto can bring up quite dark issues, in quite an explosive manner. 

 TAURUS
 
 A month for shining; and from the 4th, when Mercury goes direct, the sense that you have had of being misunderstood and isolated, will start to desist, but it won’t be until the 16th, when Mercury moves into your sign when all born up to May 8th will feel released to express themselves fully and with effect. After the 16th, communication will be very important and progressive..

Venus, in your Solar 12th House currently will suggest that behind the scenes caring and nurturing in a rather a quiet way will be very appreciated by other people and Mars, now going through your Solar 2nd House, brings a drive to secure finances or improve them. 

Neptune is now sextiling the Suns of those born May 3rd to 6th.  This happens approximately every 42 years.  This makes all in this group more emotional, sensitive, and more appreciative of nature, beauty, aesthetics,. Being near the sea is healing and there is a great joy in listening to music and going to the movies.  Not because of any desire to escape, but because you need the imagination, artistic and creative side of you stimulated.  It makes you sensitive to other people’s pain and very constructive and intelligent at being supportive of other people.  The charitable and caring side of you is underlined, as is the spiritual side; and it will make you a much better rounded person. It nullifies the ego on the altar of a more existential understanding of life.  For those, already artistic, creative, empathetic and caring; this will underline those qualities to an admiral degree.  You will care about the planet. We need that.

 Pluto is very positive now, trining the Suns of those born May 9th to 11th; and this has been with you since March and will, on and off until early 2019 and only happens approximately every 124 years.  This is empowering.  Pluto, if you think about the word, has links with power (plutocracy/plutonium) and it brings a heightened ability to regenerate, transform and change yourself for the better in areas of higher wisdom, higher learning, through travel, through international dimensions and the power of belief in yourself and your destiny.  There has to be recognition that you are the agent and not the owner of the power, but events will happen in your life that bring you a greater sense of self-respect, understanding and insight; and the courage and determination to do what you know is necessary and right.  Enjoy and use wisely. 


GEMINI

 The ruling planet of your sign is Mercury and it moves direct on the 4th, when many of you will feel very relieved that certain issues that have been on hold or frustrating, which have forced you to stop and re-think, are now able to move forward.

 For all born after June 13th, before the 16th, friendships and working collaboratively with groups for a purpose will flourish, particularly after the 4th and after the 16th, there will be a period for many of your where there will be a need to withdraw a little to review and to indulge in private thinking, private study.

Venus, will for all born up to up to June 16th, bring a very sociable time this month.  Friends will stimulate you and help you enjoy life and working in a loving and supportive relationship with those like-minded people will have the same goals in mind, will give great satisfaction; and the power of affections and care and romance are in the air. 

 Mars is currently in your sign and this month he will directly impact the Suns of those born May 27th to June 20th.  For this group, there is determination, vigour, ambition, assertion, competitiveness and huge energetic desire to achieve goals.  This is all very effective, provided it is not over-assertive.  The impact of other people will be strong too and one has to possibly contend with people who are contentious towards you, but handled wisely, it can be a very productive cooperation with someone who is also determined to achieve.

 Jupiter is supportive now for those born June 3rd to 7th.  He brings a desire for enjoyment, a sense of adventure, travel, luck, growth, internally and externally.  This also enhances relationships, and brings new and positive ones into your life, particularly if it has an international aspect, and wisdom from others benefit you.  It is also good for activity re children and enjoyment of offspring.  It is also expansive to do with creative self-expression.

Saturn is a different story, as he now opposing, in his once every 30-year visitation, the opposing the Suns of those born June 15th to 20th.  For this group there a feeling of block, restriction and having to take on responsibilities, burdens and to be dutiful and obligational.  It brings a feeling of tiredness and one has to be patient and measured in how one goes about doings things.  Self-discipline is must and anybody who seems to be blocking your path or restricting you may be necessary as a Karmic school teacher, or you may feel somebody has become too burdensome in your life and there is no choice, but to walk away.  Lessons are to be learned, as Saturn is the Karmic schoolteacher and the benevolent despot. 

However, simultaneously, Uranus is in a good position to the Suns of those born June 15th to 19th.  This is going to complicate the Saturn effect This gives a desire for excitement, freedom, change and will be around for about a year, but currently, with Saturn, you may be frustrated that it can’t quite happen yet, but remember that when Saturn is gone, next month, there will be, for the coming year, a period of understanding, a new direction, a new freedom, a new liberty to express your true self; and to have humanitarian values growing.

Neptune, however, is currently bringing to those born June 3rd to 6th a quality that will be with you until early 2019, of a need to be absolutely sure of people and decisions in your life.  Check all the details. Deceptions to self and from others are likely. Check the credentials of others, particularly in career. It will also give you a divine discontent and a desire to do something different that suits your heart more, but don’t change track unless you’ve checked everybody and everything out.  Beware of escapism, over-indulgence and you will need more sleep than usual. 

The new Moon falls in your sign on the 25th, directing its energy at those born round May 26th. For these individuals, there is an opportunity to begin new projects and experience new beginnings with vigour, as your emotions/unconscious and rational mind power will be somehow at one.


 CANCER

 Before the 4th many of you may well feel that you are stuck and very little movement is forthcoming.  However, after then, because of good communications and good contacts, you can start to feel that you see a path opening up, particularly connected to career blocks. 

After the 16th, when Mercury moves into Taurus, for all born up to July 9th, communications with friends and in a leadership context and working collectively with others, can be inspiring; and again, negotiations can start to work well.   There will be the ability to use your charms effectively in your work, but don’t be sycophantic.  

Mars in Gemini is a little bit of a warning to you all to make sure that if you’re feeling cross, express is calmly as you feel it to the right person, at the right time, right place; otherwise there is a danger of you sitting on it and letting it seethe dangerously.

Jupiter is currently influencing those born July 4th to 8th to be rather self-indulgent or extravagant.  Good times are on the roll, but beware that a temptation to spend maybe too much money, or to over-reach is possible; and a little bit of over-confidence, that can be counter-productive; and over-indulging others can be a signature of this position. 

Uranus is now, and for the coming year, squaring the Suns of those born July 17th to 20th.  This will give restlessness and a sense of the unpredictable being thrown at you; curved balls, which you need to take in your stride.  This is a period of change.  It’s a sort of journey, rather than an arrival and you have to be very flexible.  It may well affect your working life.  It is inevitable that change is in the air. Accept it, but don’t rush into anything.  There is a year for this transition to happen.  Stop and count to ten before rushing into anything new or any decision because there is a good chance you may change your mind. 

Neptune is currently trining the Suns of those born July 3rd to 6th.  This is bringing real spiritual and creative inspiration, great empathy and sensitivity and brings inspiration specifically to higher study through some ideology and certainly from the arts.  Travel can be inspiring too.  This is going to be with you until early 2019. Your heart centre is truly open.

 Finally, Pluto is opposing the Suns of those born July 11th to 13th.  This is a long protracted transit that will be hovering till January 2019; and you have to be aware that other people may come into your life that are confrontational, manipulative, or coercive; and there is a risk of power struggles in any sort of relationship.  Be careful that you do not get embroiled in dark tactics; and if they do, you draw boundaries and walk away.  Endings of chapters connected to relationships are possible, particularly to do with romantic issues., but ultimately regenerative. Beware over-bearing people.  Be aware of your motives and if others are really not conscious of theirs, or if their motives are ruthless, walk way.
   

 LEO

 Your reputation will be important to you and you will want to shine and when Mercury moves direct from the 4th, this will help unblock any issues that have been held up since about the 9th April, particularly legal issues, or long distance issues.  There will be a sense then of forward movement. 

Before the 16th, all born after August 16th will be focussing strongly on long distance, travel and legal issues; and communications in those areas will be underlined.

 After the 16th, if born up to August 10th, it is important that in career and in terms of your reputation, you make certain there is not much room for misunderstanding and that you are clear and concise in your communications.  

 Venus will be, for all those born up to August 18th, a bonus for travel, for love life and it gives a power to the emotions and warmth.  It enhances your being.  It also gives some progress financially, particularly if this is connected to legal or overseas issues. 

Mars is also constructive for those born July 28th to August 20th.  Social life is boosted.  Your energy and drive to work in cooperation with others is strong.  You have intelligent energy and friends can be very supportive and effective in helping you though life. 

Jupiter too, for those born August 5th to 9th, boost benevolence in dealings; and also increases intelligence and wisdom and giving a sense of being quite protected and lucky in many areas of life.  Travel can be underlined; and inner growth is possible as well. 

 Even Saturn, brings to those August 17th to 21st a sense of responsibility, hard work, focus, discipline and patience and the shouldering of responsibilities in a way that enhances your reputation.  It gives solidity and loyalty and a sense of duty, both to offspring and in love life; and also in financial issues it gives shrewdness and a patience, which can pay off. 

 Uranus too is currently very supportive to the same group.  He is creating a sense of liberation from the past, from the old; giving opportunities for greater freedom, excitement and opportunities to display a more unique and individualistic side of self, particularly connected to new or interesting business relationships and a sense of liberation in complex financial issues.  Relationships take on a turn for the better because others influence you to become more aware and see a bigger picture, so enhancing a breaking out of any over-subjectivity, which Leos can sometimes, be prone to.  There will be a downgrading of the ego in a positive way, which gives greater wisdom and insight towards and stimulated by others. 


 VIRGO

 This is an excellent month for travel and holidays, or any long distance ventures; and your ruling planet Mercury moves direct on the 4th, taking the brakes off the many things that you need to move on with, particularly if they have a legal or long distance context and financial issues can be successfully negotiated now, particularly before the 16th

After the 16th, all born up to September 10th will find that your communication skills and successes start to flourish, particularly if again it is connected to legal or long-distance projects and your thinking becomes much bigger picture and more philosophical in tone.  Generosity towards as well as from others will be underlined this month.

Mars however is not so kindly disposed for those born August 30th to September 21st. You will need to be on guard for anybody in your professional life, or in a position of authority who may well be quit contentious towards you.  You may well be irritated and impatient; and others also may be reciprocating this mood to you.  Clashes are likely and it is a very good idea not to waste time on bickering; and impatience needs to be kept in check.  Look before you leap, particularly in terms of your public standing. 

Saturn is also slightly challenging now for those born September 17th to 21st bringing some stress, possibly on the home or domestic front.  Duty and obligations to those who need you or who are having problems in a family context is possible; and some frustrations and tiredness is likely too.  Look after your body. Get rest, but acknowledge what has to be done with discipline and patience. Remember that deferred gratification is the name of the game. 

 Neptune is currently, and for a couple of years on and off, opposing the Suns of those born September 4th to 8th.  It is very important to get used to the fact that many of you during this time will be a little under par in terms of feeling not so effective as usual; feeling that things are not clear and the ground is a bit shaky under your feet, particularly vis a vis relationships. There will be times where you need to just “let go and let God” and trust the trade winds to get you where you are going, because you certainly are on a journey that’s rather nebulous and hard to define.  The ultimate goal of this journey with Neptune is redemption on some level.  Get rest, appreciate the beauties of nature, being near the sea would be helpful; the arts are particularly inspiring; and those of you who are creative will benefit enormously from this, but it does make you over-idealistic, seeing other people through rose coloured spectacles and you have to be very careful that you see them clearly and that you are not having any smoke and mirror effect in your relationships.  Don’t idolise people and don’ t be a martyr for them.  See them as they really are; and make no major decisions that can’t be undone. 

However, for all those born September 11th to 13th, have Pluto favouring you for approximately the next two years, which only happens once every 124 years and it is extremely constructive.  It brings a new sense of self re-invention to do with romance, creativity, possibly connected to offspring.  It allows you to believe in yourself, your destiny and to be regenerative and transformative in your image and some of that shyness and uncertainty is diminished.  The power of living life to the full and the power of love can be quite transformative over the next two years, as can creative skills. Enjoy.


LIBRA

This is not a month of superficiality.  It demands profundity and depth and a desire and a need to get involved with some of the more private issues that are important in your life, not least complex financial issues.
 
 Before the 16th, all born after October 17th, will find that communication with partners is very important and valuable.  What you say and what you hear is useful.  There will be much texting and emailing etc., although it won’t be until after the 4th May that you really get some good news that you need, when Mercury moves direct.
After the 16th, when Mercury moves into Taurus, communications about very complex financial issues are underlined.

 Venus, for all born up to October 18th, brings the potential for an extra warmth, love affection and romance; and good personal relationships, with much giving and receiving of support.

 Mars too, for all born between September 28th and October 22nd, will be benefiting you in a way that creates a powerful sense of ideological passion and the ability to convince people of viewpoints.  It’s very effective for academic pursuits and success and for teaching, but it also brings much successful energy put into travel, projects in other countries and legal issues.  Determination, ambition and effectiveness is strong. 

 Jupiter, still in your sign, is once again, as last November, blessing the Suns of those born October 6th to 10th.  For this group, there is a boost to confidence, happiness, growth, travel, and wisdom.  A feel-good factor.  Extravagance and luck is in the air.   Good times roll.  Growth can be inner as well as outer.
 
Even Saturn, for those born October 18th to 22nd is constructive.  He is bringing hard work for this group, but precision, discipline, patience and constructive thought are underlined.  Loyalty, duty and hard work is all part of the picture, but with a successful outcome; and a willingness to put in the effort.

 Uranus, however, is opposing the Suns also, interestingly, of this same group, which does mean that Saturn will be giving you a very strong grounding, but at the same time, there will be some conflict within because there is a feeling that there is some unpredictability in the air coming from other people, which forces you to be grounded.  Changes are in the ether, brought about and stimulated by a partner, or somebody who is creating unexpected energy, which can feel very disruptive.  You too may be feeling the realisation that change is somehow inevitable.  This will last for about a year and so be flexible. Accept the changes and even if you resent them, understand that in some strange way they will actually liberate you, but this month you will be stuck between the unpredictable within yourself and from others, but also with obligations and duties.     

 Pluto, is now directly affecting, and will be for the coming two years, those born October 12th to 14th.  This will feel like an inner battle, a struggle for independence, for freedom and to empower yourself and your uniqueness.  It can bring external power struggles, which are actually just a manifestation of the struggle that you are feeling within yourself.  Very important to be conscious of unresolved issued from your past, to not do knee-jerk responses, to recognise primeval forces within and try to understand them.  Sometimes when people have this, it is a very good time for some therapeutic work in order to understand what energies are currently scheduled for release, so that you can handle them wisely, consciously and therefore with success.  It is empowering, but there is also potential for destructive behaviour because of a kind of explosion of the need for emancipation of your power.  It will happen without your forcing the pace.


SCORPIO

In many respects it’s all about relationships this month.  The power of others to influence you and that is fine.  Sometimes Scorpios have to give their power away. 
From the 4th many of you will feel that there is the unravelling of problems so that you can finally feel that your communications and your actions are beginning to bear fruit, particularly in the work sphere.

 After the 16th, for all born up to November 10th, communications with partners, either business or personal, will be important and powerful and you need to listen to what they say.  They can be very fruitful.  Fortunately you are in a position in your working life to use your harmony and your charm to gain favour and you will be certainly at least very shrewd in financial dealings. 

 Neptune is a powerfully trining the Suns of those born November 5th to 8th.  This once every 84-year transit will be with you until around the end of February 2019 and it is to be savoured.  It brings a whole new sense of empathy, compassion, and sensitivity.  It is brilliant for those involved in the creative and aesthetic world. It is excellent for those of you who have a spiritual dimension, because all of those areas are totally emphasised and underlined and developed.  Because it is going through your Solar 5th house, it brings particular joy and connection and a sense of being in a soul mate relationship, either romantically or with one’s children.  It brings exquisite sensitivity to the nuances of other people.  You find that the boundaries between you and others are dissolved so that you can almost be telepathic.  It gives great appreciation for nature and the arts in the sense that being near the sea or having music around you constantly is a great healer.  It does downgrade the ego as well.  It gives a greater sense of what is really important in the world and not just important in you.  It is an inspiring transit and it softens and enlarges the heart.  Enjoy.

 Pluto, your power ruler, is also very significant now; and has been since March and will continue to be until at least the beginning of 2019, as he directly affects the Suns of those born November 11th to 13th.  For the group, the power of your insight, the power of your analysis, the power of your research abilities, the power of your ability to be able to see the truth and your imposing ability to communicate with profundity and breadth, which influences many, should not be underestimated.  Your mind is even more forensic and deep probing than usual.  The power of your language, your concepts, your understanding is potentially quite life changing and transformative in potential, but remember that humility is the best ally of power.

The full Moon is in your sign on the 10th and affects those born around the November 13th. For these people, there is a sense of eruptions from your unconscious, and subterranean tensions reveal truths that are maybe uncomfortable… This can possibly be a period that marks the endings of certain issues /relationships, if unhealthy energies have been brewing. 


SAGITTARIUS

Mercury finally moves direct on the 4th May suggesting that relationships become much easier to deal with and blocks and restrictions in life lift.

Before the 16th, all born after December 15th will also find that communications related to children and creative success and harmony with others, with greater understanding, is improved. 

Venus also, for all born up to December 17th is bringing the likelihood of a blossoming of romance.  Affections and warmth are underlined, but also offspring issues and creativity flourish. 

Mars however, is somewhat potentially confrontational in the charts of all born between November 29th and December 20th.  Mars, the god of war in your Solar 7th House is suggesting that others are challenging or combative.  They won’t take no for an answer.  You yourself will possibly be over-assertive in relationships attracting the same energy back.  Impatience and irritation really has to be avoided as much as possible, but impulsiveness is in the air in behaviour, so take care. 

Jupiter is favouring those born December 4th to 8th.  Sociability is strong.  Working with others is favoured, as is travel and generally lucky in love and life and travel.

Saturn, however, is a different story for those born December 16th to 20th.  Serous weighty responsibilities are now yours and negativity and a lack of confidence is a danger.  Look after your body.  Take care of your health, but necessary restrictions, limitations and disciplines and pay needed.  Step up to the plate and accept the reality checks and do what is necessary. 

However, Uranus comes to save the day for those born December 16th to 19th.  He brings the new, the unexpected, the restless, the desire for change, although Saturn does demand that you have to do what you have to before you can move on, but for the coming year Uranus will benefit this group enormously in terms of liberation; in love life, creativity and connected to all issues that have been oppressive. 

Neptune is indicating that those born December 4th to 8th, despite Jupiter’s enhancement, that for the coming year there is care needed to check out everything carefully, as smoke and mirrors are in the air.  You need rest and you are more vulnerable emotionally.  You’re in transition.  Let go a little and trust the trade winds.


CAPRICORN

This can be a fun filled month, but before the 16th, those born after January 15th need to be very careful they don’t have misunderstandings with others, particularly family.  Clarify all communications, but after the 4th things definitely improve in terms of communication progress.

After the 16th, all born after up to January 8th can really enjoy improved connections with others romantically and creative pursuits flourish. 

Beware most of you that this month can also bring an over-reaching and over-indulgence connected to family, home and particularly towards real estate. 

Jupiter also, if born January 3rd to 7th, can make one a little over-confident at work and possibly bite off more than one can chew, so have a care. 

Uranus is somewhat unsettling now if born January 15th to 18th and will be one and off for the coming year.  Lack of certainty on the home front and domestically and to do with property in the air; and even some changes that have not been anticipated.  Keep flexible and remember that this is a journey, rather than an arrival, but by the end of the year you will have seen just exactly what that journey was about and how liberating it ultimately is, but disruptions and changes connected to your roots are likely.

Positively, Neptune for the coming two years is bringing a much greater sweetness to the heart centre of those born January 4th to 7th.  Your heart will dominate your mind and your creative imagination will soar.  Empathy is strong and there will be a need to pursue some creative things, or at least enjoy more of the natural beauties of the world.  Music and the film world and the sea bring more joy than usual. 

Finally Pluto, in his very rare once every 248 year visitation is sitting right on the Suns of those born January 9th to 11th.  This powerful two year transit is underway and brings intense change into the life that can prove to be very transformative and regenerative and certainly gives a sense of destiny and empowerment.  The downside is that you have to beware of not dominating others through a desire for power.  Be very, very conscious of motives that are purely connected to self-gratification and the desire for gratuitous control.  Endings are possible, as are confrontations with self and/or others, which have great learning potential.


AQUARIUS

Mercury moving direct on the 4th will bring for may of you a greater sense of clarity of thought and information will arrive that will help you move forward in projects.  Indeed, before the 16th, Mercury in your sign will bring bonuses for all born after February 12th.  Thinking and communications will be clear and every effective.

After the 16th, if born up to February 6th, there is a slight need to stop and think to make sure that your communications are crystal clear and that you also totally understand the other person, particularly within family.

Venus is in your sign, bringing, for all born up to February 14th, greater chance of love, harmony and financial gain; and a feeling that your charms and your appearances are somehow enhanced. Your aesthetic sense is also much stronger than usual. 

Mars is very constructive too, if born January 26th to February 17th.  Creative energy is strong, as is romantic energy and you will be driven very hard to have good times, to enjoy yourself and your desire for fulfilment in life will not be negated.  Intelligent action is yours to help bring this fulfilment.

Jupiter is bringing a very strong enhancement of travel potential, if born February 1st to 5th.  Legal issues are also favoured.

Saturn is also very constructive now for those born February 13th to 17th in a way that demands discipline, hard work, which you’re happy to step up to the plate for; particularly in cooperation with people for projects that you are passionate about. 

Also, Uranus, your ruling planet for the same group, is allowing your intuition and your eureka moments to shine; and you’re given the freedom to show your uniqueness in a way that is very liberating; and that power will be with you for the coming year. This is an interesting journey of consciousness.


PISCES

From the 4th, when Mercury moves direct, many of you may find that financial blocks and restrictions and frustrations are lifted and some progress is in the air, possibly because of improved communications. 

From the 16th, if born up to March 8th, your mind is sharper and your ability to be understood and to receive good news is enhanced. 

Mars is less than cooperative now from Gemini, if born February 25th to March 19th.  This group needs to be aware that you may be a little like a bull in a china shop at home; and indeed domestic and family relationships may be fraught with irritations.  Quick temper and impatience is in the ether.  Stop before you speak, or indeed, act. Impulsiveness is your enemy now.

Saturn is not being overly kind to your energy as last February/March.  This is a period when work responsibilities may be onerous or stressful.  Lack of confidence can be the major problem, but you must know the difference between a genuine desire to walk away from something, versus a lack of belief in yourself.  Hard work and patience is needed and importantly, it is a time to look after your health, as you’re more vulnerable than usual to little viruses and tiredness.  Restrictions are in the air too.  The reality checks that this time brings to you may help you make some decisions/revisions. 

Neptune, your ruler, is so powerful now for those born March 3rd to 6th.  This once every 165-year transit, which lasts for several years, is just bringing your Pisces qualities out to the nth degree. Positively this is creative, empathetic, spiritual and visionary.  Negatively it is escapist, delusional and over-idealistic.  Do try and emphasise the former. Don’t be a victim of your sensitivity.  Use it for positive outcome.

Pluto is constructive and empowering for those born around March 9th to 11th.  This two-year transit will empower your ability to work for the greater good of others and in cooperation with others and to show your leadership

Saturday, 1 April 2017

APRIL 2017 ASTROLOGICAL OVERVIEW PLUS YOUR HOROSCOPE


This April 2017 is very retrograde in mood.

Mercury is retrograde from the 9th, till May 4th. Venus is still retrograde (from 4th March) till April 15th. Saturn turns retrograde on the 7th for some months and Jupiter is still retrograde; and Pluto turns retrograde on the 20th….And the significance is? 

 Well how many times have you heard recently in connection with global events, that “the world has gone mad”, or “no one knows what is going to happen”, or they “don’t understand what has happened”?  or “ politics and global attitudes have become so polarised “ That is all a comment on the macrocosm, and as we are a microcosmic reflection of the bigger picture, so too we are all individually sort of on hold and rather paralysed, or are being forced to rethink so much about our view of life, the world and ourselves and what we think and believe…and decisions socio-politically and individually are rather more dependent on future events that are more unknown, or unguessable, than we have been accustomed to, over the last 50 years or so.

So retrograde means just that. Stop, re-evaluate, watch and wait.  Those feelings are stirring globally and in the inner and outer lives of so many of us now.

Mercury retrograde (from the 9th), is also a sign that much confusion, misunderstandings and yes, alternative facts / fake news and misinformation will be in the air, for us all… Communication difficulties and blocks to progress are also flagged up, as well as potential travel glitches.  Don’t take anything at face value… double check and if necessary rethink.

 Growing global inequality of material well-being has grown massively under Pluto’s (power) journey through Capricorn (money/establishment/turbo capitalism), since 2008. As Pluto started its ongoing angular clash with Uranus (rebellion) in Aries (self protective populace) in 2011, there has been a brewing so called “populist” social discontent among those who have been seriously neglected materially, and their righteous discontent with their assigned lot, has led to a cultural divide between themselves and the better off, so called liberal or metropolitan elite. This growing divide has now exploded into proactive anger, which has resulted in a more global binary extremism in political stances.

 Saturn (restriction/fear) in Sagittarius (no boundaries, freedom, open borders), since late 2015, has also additionally furthered an anti globalisation attitude, which has also underlined a more open anti immigration sentiment. Unfortunately the capitalisation of this populist anger, by powerful opportunists can be very counterproductive.

At the very end of the month, Mercury will conjunct Uranus, as he did in late March and that will occur again in the second week of May. Three chapters that will bring a jolt to many of us, as news and what is uttered by those on the world stage, has a shock factor, and the unpredictable is the only certainty. 

Neptune now moving through the mid decan (mid 10 degrees out of the 30, so therefore the Cancer decan) of Pisces, brings a greater need for sentimental nationalism (the good old days) and protectionism politically. 

Jupiter is now till late September, squaring Pluto, and this creates a rather egotistically driven and stubborn desire by many powerful players to push an ideological agenda through, regardless of collateral damage done in the process.

England’s chart is still in chaos as Uranus travels through the first house, and with Pluto hovering around Mercury in the chart, economic shocks are in the air in the coming year… as are power struggles of some consequence with other countries vis a vis agreements as to the status of our country on the globe, i.e. the whole EU issue.

 A very unpredictable time this month is around the 14th, when the Sun conjuncts Uranus, bringing much turmoil and shock and potential geophysical eruptions.

Also around the 28th/29th when Mercury conjuncts Uranus, there may be some unexpected events around technology and travel, and global news will have a shock factor attached. 

The Full Moon is on the 11th at 21 degrees of Libra and that can be a day of some eruptions and certain issues are brought to finalisation.

The New Moon is on the 26th at 6 degrees of Taurus and that can create a sense of initiation of the new.

ARIES

This is your birthday period, so is a time to shine and to be possibly even more assertive and determined than usual, which can be no bad thing provided you allow the other person a say. 
Because there is so much retrograde activity this month, you may also find, like many of us, that sometimes blockages and delays; and the need to stop and think can be frustrating. 

Mercury is retrograde from the 9th, and in Taurus till the 20th, which might mean that some of you might find that financial transactions and ideas are somehow not turning out as one hoped, but from the 20th when Mercury moves back into your sign, notably for those born after April 13th, much will need to be re-thought and patience will be your best virtue. 

Venus is also still retrograde in your sign and the first three days and the last two days of the month will, mean that especially for those born March 21st to 24th can find that those periods will be times when one really has to take a long hard look at one’s self. 

Mars until the 21st is in your Solar Second House, which would suggest a lot of energy and drive may be put into financial security and goals, but after the 21st, if born up to March 28th, you will have a particular talent for asserting yourself and expressing yourself in a way that gets clearly understood in a constructive and energetic way. 

Jupiter is continuing his journey throughout Libra; your opposite sign, and this month, once again, for those born April 4th to 10th, are feeling the impact.  This can be a very good and exciting time of sociability and very much feeling that other people bring expansion and growth in life.  There is only one downside of this and that is that you may imbue others with too much power or have to high an expectation from them.  Travel is very positively underlined, but try to be your own master.

Saturn, now also retrograde from the 6th, is however maintaining his stability in the lives of those born April 16th to 18th.  He is very much steadying the tiller, but also the very real likelihood of some obligation and duty in terms of travel, connected to family or work is underlined.  Constructive, mature, measured activity will bring success. 

Uranus is still continuing to bring some turbulence into the lives of those born April 12th to 16th.  This year long transit will force change.  It will awaken you and also bring out the maverick in you; and this is a time where impulse needs to be avoided, but consideration of what needs to be revolutionised is important; and whether you like it or not, change is in your life.  Be flexible and don’t push it.  The change may well be for the greater good of all and not just yourself. 

Pluto is now truly embarking on his two-year challenge to those born April 8th to 10th.  This is a time when one has to be very aware and careful of misuse of power from authority figures, particularly in the working context and indeed your own drive for power needs checked.  Be conscious of inner unresolved issued and any deep rooted self-protection can make you quite explosive during this time. This has have been bubbling for many years are erupting now and it is very important to be as conscious and calm as possible; and remember that your motive has to be for your growth and enlightenment and indeed for others.  This is not just a power play, but fulfilling your sense of destiny will seem important and is important.  If you really do not know who you are by now, then this transit will cause major changes in your life but you must have control on ambition and don’t let others overstep the mark.


TAURUS

There may be a need for some privacy this month and time for reflection and Mercury is retrograde in your sign, which means that before the 9th all born up to April 26th may feel that others are often misunderstanding your communications and frustrations can abound and some things may need to be deferred to next month. 

Venus, your ruler, is also still retrograde.  It is direct on the 15th.  Up until then, issues to do with love and friendship may be on hold or where an extra depth of consciousness and communication will be needed. 

Mars is in your sign until the 21st directly affecting all those born after May 5th.  For this group, there is ambition and drive; physically, spiritually, psychologically and mentally.  This can be very useful and positive but it can tip into over-assertiveness and stubbornness if one isn’t careful.  It can also manifest as other people being forces to be reckoned with. 

Saturn moving retrograde on the 6th, brings the possibility for a need from that date, to review your most intimate relationships and indeed the complexities of financial affairs in your life. 

Neptune is now very friendly to those born May 2nd to 5th; and will be so for another year.  Extra sensitivity and compassion is yours, as is empathy. Friends particularly will be beneficial in this connection.  You to them and them to you.  Creativity, music, the film world and increased psychic sensitivity are all underlined.  A love of nature and animals is increased and a hunger for a more idealistic world and connections with others will be strong.   Your sensitivity to the pain out there is extra strong.  Your heart centre is more vulnerable, but more beautiful. 

By contrast, those born May 9th to 11th now have Pluto trining their Sun’s in this once every 124-year angular relationship.  One’s sense of destiny and uniqueness is inspired and empowered and you have to step up to the plate and acknowledge this, but without ego.  Opportunities for self-actualisation may come from long distance issues or through study.  Your courage and your significant ability for self-regeneration and indeed the regeneration of others should not be underestimated, but as always, humility is an important part of Pluto’s empowerment. 
On the 26th the Moon is new at 6 degrees of your sign and those of you born round April 26th-27th will feel this.  A sense of a fresh start surrounds certain issues and a certain new optimimism prevails.


GEMINI

This is a sociable month for many of you and friends will be more significant in your life than usual.  Leadership abilities are strong and you will enjoy working with other people for the greater good, although later in the month you may need some alone time. 

Mercury, your ruler, retrograde from the 9th will bring from that date some sense of frustration so it is a good idea to get what needs to be got across to others and what needs to be achieved as much as possible before that date, otherwise you will find that after the 9th communications and communication equipment can be frustrating; and a feeling of some isolation in terms of your ideology and relationships with others is possible as well. In some cases one might have to wait for early next month for things to move forward again, but use this retrograde period to re-think strategy and ideas, not just get frustrated.

Venus is still retrograde until the 15th and early and late month it is friendships that may need subtler handling than usual and looking at yourself more carefully in relationship to others, but up to the 15th many of you will also need to review your relationship with colleagues and also to check just how much your own personality and talents are being utilised fully in your working life.  Review your role. 

Before the 21st, Mars in Taurus does suggest that you continue to be potentially quite quietly, privately angry or seething and feeling incapable of expressing it without unreasonable eruption.  Get out your anger at the right time; in the right place to the right person, otherwise it will be counter-productive. 

After the 21st, if born up to May 29th, you are blessed with strong energetic enthusiasm that will help you achieve a lot, provided it doesn’t slip into pushy assertiveness and beware other people who may also be very powerful influences on you in a way that you find a little intimidating. 

Jupiter is now at least protective and at best regenerative of the lives of those born June 5th to 11th.  Creative inspiration and talent is increased and encouraged with confidence. Living life to the full is attractive and romantic issues are underlined in a very happy way.  Travel also is very happy and linked to love life and children’s issues can be a source of pleasure too. 

However, by contrast, Saturn, moving retrograde on the 6th, will be currently challenging the lives of those born June 18th to 20th.  For this group there is a definite sense of somebody or something blocking your path.  Relationships are coming up for reality checks and hard work, maturity and focus on putting things right will be necessary for good relationships to survive and even improve.  Bad relationships may falter. 

Saturn is also a reality check to test whether the door you’re knocking on is the correct one and it is a time where one may have to have patience at the least and possibly a reconsideration of objectives.  Someone may be acting as a valid schoolteacher.  Have the humility to accept the lessons, if you consider honestly what their demands are.  Obligations and duties are strong. 

Uranus by contrast, for those born June 13th to 17th is bringing a boost to the energies and a desire for liberation and change; a new sense of humanitarian spirit is born and your ability to bring the new and the innovative into your life; and indeed for others, is indicated in a very intelligent, insightful way.  This transit will be strong for the coming year, so enjoy. This is no time for parochialism. 

However,  if born June 2nd to 5th, there is a sense of being over-idealistic or not seeing clearly when it comes to your professional status.  There is also a danger of putting other people on pedestals, or falling for some scheme or ideal that seems too good to be true, which in that case, it probably is.  Keep grounded and ask the advice of people whose judgement you respect. Positively this is a great time for pursuit of the arts and a more spiritual value system.  Empathy and compassion is strong but be careful you don’t waste energies on those who prey on your generosity.  Get plenty of rest and acknowledge your sensitivity and use it, and don’t let it drag you down; and try not to see yourself as either a hero or a victim. 


CANCER

You may be thrust into the limelight this month.  Take the stage gracefully.  With Mercury retrograde from the 9th, you may need to be extremely careful that your communications with co-workers and bosses are absolutely crystal clear, but there may be frustrations of ambition at work; and indeed another caution after the 9th, you may end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, when it comes to meetings with friends.  Check schedules and arrangements.

Venus, still retrograde, may bring some important lessons about your relationship with yourself and indeed with others through travel somehow.  It will be important that ego is downgraded on the altar of increased sensitivity. 

Before the 21st, if born after July 6th, much energy can be successfully expended into organising groups and pursuing the goals that you are chasing.  There is sensitive and intelligent action.  After the 21st, you may find that some frustrations get the better of you and it is important not to sit on anger, but to work it out calmly. 

If born July 6th to 13th, be aware that with Jupiter currently squaring your Sun, there is a tendency to over-reach, over-indulge, over-spend and be slightly over-confident.  Over-generosity might also be the case connected to family.

Uranus is also slightly disruptive now if born July 15th to 19th.  The unexpected is happening in your professional life.  Either you are restless or there are events that you can’t control.  For the coming year you may find that you will need to be flexible and go with the flow as change is inevitable, so embrace it, because ultimately it can be very liberating, even it at the time it take you out of your comfort zone. 

Very positively, all born July 3rd to 6th have Neptune blessing their lives now and for the coming year, with extra real inspiration, spiritually, creatively and empathetically.  Other countries can hold the key to some quite sublime experiences.  The world of music and the arts opens up and psychic powers get stronger and your very strong caring and empathetic side is amplified.  Being near the sea is also very healing.  Your intellect is tinged more with the power of the heart. 

However, if born July 11th to 13th, Pluto is now seriously in your life and will be on and off until the end of next year.  This opposition does mean that you have to be squeaky clean and aware of your motives when trying to achieve power and be aware that other people may come into your life who have got quite ruthless agendas.  Pluto oppositions can be significant and endings of chapters are in the air, but fate is very much part of the picture.  The only thing you are tested for is to understand that you will come into the orbit of power, your own or others, and will have to make sure that it is all used for the greater good and with consciousness and good motive; and walk away from situations or people who do not emanate the light but only the dark.  Power struggles can be very uncomfortable.  Positively, however, you can show what power your moral compass has.


LEO

The Sun, being in Aries for much of the month, does suggest a focus on long distance travel, or overseas communications at least, which can be quite positive, but because there is so much retrograde activity in rather a rare way, we all, will have to take some long hard reconsideration of ourselves, our goals, our aims, our ego and our value systems.  World events will demand this, so the macrocosm and the microcosm of lives will be very much reflected in each other, and your sign is no exception.

Mercury, retrograde from the 9th, will bring some potential after that date for misinformation, poor communication, frustration in work and in public obligation, so the best activity and decisions will be made before that date and even travel after the 20th may suffer from disruption, communication breakdown or re-scheduling; and legal issues may also be fraught with complications.  A re-thinking of direction will be important. 

Venus, also still retrograde until the 15th, suggests that up until then, a need to reconsider the relationship with one’s self and how one appears to the world  will be important; and a complete re-think of complex finances will be on the agenda with a view to thinking of others, rather than one’s self ; and issues that are not resolved early in the month can find resolution. 

Before the 21st Mars is not so friendly to all born after August 7th.  Your professional reputation and personal reputation is indeed challenged.  There is impatience and anger being directed at you or you are directing it at others; and you may feel that you have to defend your ego quite powerfully. 

However, after the 21st, if born up to July 30th, you will be in constructive mode then, able to negotiate well and there can be good cooperation and intelligent progress. 

Jupiter is also currently favouring those born August 7th to 14th.  He is giving intelligence in thought and speech and fairness of approach, which pleases others.  Expansion is in the air.  Slow but sure.

Saturn, retrograde from the 6th, is also acting as a stabilising influence if born August 19th to 21st.  He is forcing a serious attitude and responsible one towards those in private life and in a romantic capacity.  He is also bringing responsibilities and duties around children’s issues and hard work; and structure and discipline is needed in all creativity.  This is a serious and grown up time and obligations and duty predominate. 

Uranus, however, is really liberating and enlightening for those born August 15th to 19th.  Long distance issues are catalyst for change for the better and there is a need to be more uniquely true to self and a sense of awakening to new dimensions and an ability to look outside the box.  This helps take away some of the over-subjectivity that Leo can sometimes experience.  A journey of awakening is underway and will continue for the coming year.


VIRGO

Your ruler, Mercury is retrograde from the 9th, which would suggest for many of you that travel issues or study and academic issues become a little complex and you maybe suffer from a lack of plain sailing in these areas.  It will also be important after the 20th to have extra clarity when it comes to complex financial issues, including issues that are behind the scenes.

Venus, also retrograde until the 15th, does suggest that before that date many of you will find that relationships demand a much deeper analysis and insight and understanding.  Others’ needs may reflect back to you as a need to understand yourself and your own needs and in the second half of the month the benefits of this reflection will show.

Before the 21st, Mars is a very constructive energy for all born after September 7th.  For this group, the first three weeks of the month are excellent for energy put into travel or academic study.  Idealism is strong and you will be quite a bible thumper for your own personal beliefs, but constructive energy will be yours. 

After the 21st, however, if born up to August 31st, competitive and rather assertive forces may be in the air, particularly in your professional capacity.  Irritation and impatience can be an ingredient in your communications and relationships at work. 

Saturn is now a potential challenge for those born September 19th to 21st.  Blocks, restrictions and tiredness is in the air for you.  Domestic or real estate and family issues can be problematic and you may feel it’s one step forward, two steps back.  You need to look after your health as tiredness and the march of time is taking its toll.  You may see the world as a bit as the cup half empty, rather than half full, but it is a time to stop and take stock and reconsider your goals and your methodology.  You cannot run away from the demands of Saturn and you have to step up to the plate and deal with problems.  You will be very glad you did.

Neptune is currently opposing the Suns, and will be for the coming twelve months, of those born September 4th to 6th.  For this group there is a tendency for others to be creating a little bit of smoke and mirrors around your life and for you seeing them not exactly clearly.  Double-check the credentials of everybody and everything.  Yes, it is true you may feel there are some genuine soul mates in your life, who can really share your spiritual and emotional needs and interests, but there is a danger of seeing others as heroes to worship, or victims to save.  Nobody is either.  This is a wonderful time for communing with nature and for being near the sea, but more sleep will be needed and avoid escapist behaviour that is purely self-indulgent and gratuitous. 

Pluto is however very empowering and regenerating in the lives of those born September 11th to 13th and will be for the coming two years.  Creatively and romantically this is a very powerful time of strength and courage, but always remember humility is Pluto’s best friend, whilst also accepting the baton of the destined increased power. 


LIBRA

Relationships play a very powerful role in your life this month.  The power of others should not be underestimated, but do not give your power away and from the 9th, when Mercury is retrograde, do ensure that all your communications, particularly around finances, are absolutely clear cut and understood.  Check the small prints of everything and indeed, after the 21st it is very possible that communications and arrangements with friends and others can get very confused.

Venus is also still retrograde until the 15th and the first half of the month will therefore continue to be one of a review of your working life and maybe health issues and indeed relationships, in terms of trying to understand your self before you can understand your relationship with others.  After the 15th there should be a greater sense of stability and more emotional intelligence. 

After the 21st, for all born up to September 30th, Mars will be bringing an impetus for successful energy and competitive dealings.  There will also be power in long distance contacts and agreements; and ideological stances will be strong and well expressed.  Energy is intelligent and well directed. 

Jupiter, still in your sign, is now targeting those born October 8th to 14th.  For this group there is a once every twelve-year boost to energy, growth and fulfilment. Luck is on your side, as well as extra confidence and intelligence and you may well be a focus of attention.  Enjoy. 

For those born October 20th to 22nd, Saturn is currently bringing strong, grounded focus and concentration in your thoughts and speech.  Maturity of outlook and wisdom and loyalty is very much appreciated by others and indeed by you, in terms of the outcome.  Hard work, discipline, loyalty and duty all pay off.

Uranus is now opposing the Suns of all those born October 16th to 20th.  This once every 84-year opposition will be with you for the coming year and will suggest a lot of disruption and change and unpredictability, brought to your door, possibly by other people.  They are messengers of a need for change, whether you like it or not and ultimately this is meant to be, in order to kick start you into a new, more emancipated role in life and to enable you to be true to yourself.  A need for greater freedom to express your true individuality is also important now and a partner may also be feeling this and indeed maybe a catalyst for the very change you both need.  Go with the flow and be flexible and don’t give into impulsive moves.  This is a journey, rather than an arrival.

Pluto, however, is quite challenging now to those born October 12th to 14th.  The need for change is strong and issues that have been bubbling for a long time are now erupting, as you claim a desire to be true to yourself and to be liberated from any perceived oppression.  Be careful that you make the changes quietly and modestly and without an over-bearing will.  Try to understand your deeper motivations and consciousness.  This can be a time where you evolve into your true potential, whilst avoiding upsetting too many apple carts and people.  Endings of chapters are inevitable now, so embrace them with grace. 
The Full Moon on the 11th at  21 degrees of your sign is directly affecting those born October 14th-16th. Issues that have been brewing beneath the surface are likely to reveal themselves, possibly quite explosively, and if something that has outlived its functionality, may well be considered at an end in some way.
 


SCORPIO

Focus may well be on every day activities and work and possibly health issues too, although later in the month relationships take precedence.  The strong amount of retrograde movement this month does suggest that some intense internalised thinking is necessary for you; and indeed for us all. 

After the 9th, when Mercury moves retrograde, it will be important for many of you, born early Scorpio, up to October 29th, to recognise the need to ensure that relationship communications, particularly with spouses and others are absolutely clear cut.  There is plenty of room for misunderstanding; and after the 21st the same goes for work colleagues and professional ventures.

Venus is still retrograde until the 15th which does suggest that for many of you in your romantic ventures, creative ventures or indeed with children, extra special sensitivity will be needed and it will be important that ego is very much downgraded on the altar of empathy, compassion and the ability to be in others’ shoes.  An internal dialogue will be necessary for many of you. 

Before the 21st, if born after November 7th, there will also be a distinct danger that others will contest or challenge you, particularly in close relationships.  You may have to step up to the plate to defend yourself.  Others will be no pushovers.  You yourself have to be careful about an over-competitive response.  Your use of power will be tested. 

Neptune is kindly disposed to those born November 4th to 7th now and will be for the coming year.  This is going to be a brilliant time for all those involved in the arts or creativity as your sensitive side is absolutely inspired and for those who aren’t involved in such activities, there will be a new appreciation of the world of the arts and music, and the film world in particular will figure.  It will also bring extra sensitivity that may be needed in romantic unions and this can very helpful as it downgrades the ego on the altar of genuine soul connection and goes way beyond just the sexual. It also can bring extra strong worthwhile connection with offspring.  A sort of psychic and spiritual inspiration is yours as well.  Being near the sea can also be very healing.  Nature itself offers balm to you over this coming year. Your sensitivity and compassion should not be wasted.

Also for those born November 11th to 13th, Pluto is currently in a very positive and constructive relationship to your Sun; and will be for the coming two years.  This will undoubtedly bring an insight and an understanding and an x-ray vision into situations and people and in understanding concepts.  Your communications and your writings will have power, truth, incisiveness and a great effect on others.  Your true Scorpionic healing potential, research ability and awareness of the truth will be accentuated.  Using this power for the greater good will significantly enhance your status in terms of gaining respect and admiration, rather than just status.  


SAGITTARIUS

This month is a very good time for enjoyment and for a celebration of life, love, creativity, but because Mercury is retrograde from the 9th through till the 3rd May, there may be some hiccups and delays and frustrations in terms of projects and goals.  You may well get angry.  Be patient and see how you can fine tune and improve situations before you move forward.

After the 20th, if born after December 15th, you will have opportunities for good communication, which will need to be particularly concise in order to move forward. 

Venus, retrograde until the 15th, does imply both early and late month a need for reconsideration of relationships with those one is romantically involved with and also in connection to one’s children’s lives.  After the 15th some resolutions will be valuable. 

After the 21st, when Mars moves into your opposite sign of Gemini, all born up to November 30th may be feeling some confrontation in relationships in all contexts.  Others will challenge you, which may well feel contentious.  You too may have little patience and be over-assertive.  Count to 10.  Irritations are likely. 

Jupiter is protective now and allows for growth if born December 6th to 13th.  Travel is in the air and hopes and wishes get a push forward positively; and there is more optimism and sense of at least protection. 

However, if born December 18th to 20th, Saturn is sitting right on your Sun now in his every thirty-year visitation.  For this group, responsibilities and some oppressive circumstances and hard work are on your shoulders and one has to step up to the plate to deal with issues that can no longer be ignored.  Financial issues and security issues need attention and this is a very important time to take care, to get plenty of rest and to really look after your health.  This is a time of maturity and it will be needed, but also potentially a time of great progress if you bite bullets and get on with what needs to be done, even though you may feel tired or dispirited.  Reality checks are in the air.  This particular transit has been affecting you since early March and is not really over until about the 10th May, but what you achieve during this time, despite the stress, can be, when looked back upon, invaluable, although the final chapter of what you’re achieving will not show itself totally until the end of November/beginning of December this year. 

Positively, Uranus is inspiring for those born December 14th – 17th.  The world is opening up.  There is a desire to be uniquely true to self.  Creatively, romantically this is a time of awakening and enlightening and an ability to look outside the box and to be innovative; and your intuition is strong, as is your charisma.  Eureka moments are possibly in the air. 

If born December 4th to 6th, Neptune is hanging around squaring your Sun, as he will be until nearly next year.  For you, this basically means this is a period where one has to be as grounded and as truthful as possible, to check out people and situations for their reality and their truth and not to be over-idealistic or get carried away by temptations towards schemes that seems to offer the world, because they won’t. It is an excellent time for the arts, creativity, for enjoying nature and for the power of your heart and compassion, but don’t get take taken advantage of. 


CAPRICORN

Home and family life needs focus.  After the 9th, it is important for many of you to ensure that communications with family and loved ones are totally and utterly clear.  It is also important that you re-think some of your ideas and thoughts and plans when things aren’t as smooth as they could be.  It is a period for taking time out, rather than bashing your head against a brick wall and a time to re-consider many areas.

Notably, after the 21st, for those born up to January 14th, Venus, retrograde until the 15th,  is then allowing many of you to bring heart into harmony with the mind; and your charms can be very successful;  and looking at the subtleties of people and their needs can also be a very valuable exercise for relationships.  Notably, from the 15th, if born after January 16th, you will see the fruits of your extra-sensitivity and the results of your careful thought.

Mars, before the 21st, is very dynamically constructive for all born after January 5th.  This gives you courage; and also the energy and drive and constructive action needed connected to all matters romantic and social.  Your passions are energised, as are your desires and your need to enjoy yourself in the company of others; and romance can certainly be stimulated. 

Jupiter, for those born between January 5th and 11th, is squaring your Sun, which gives a tendency to be over-confident, over-reach and possibly be a little complacent when it comes to work.  It is also very important when Jupiter is squaring your Sun ,that one keeps realistic about what’s possible, particularly in the professional context. 

Uranus is a little tricky still if born January 13th to 17th.  He is quite simply creating some feeling of instability and insecurity, possibly in the home and domestic arena.  At the very least you will be feeling the need to change.  You feel restless, itchy, adrenalised and nervous.  It is a normal experience for this transit.  You have to be flexible, as change is in the air.  Be careful that you take it slowly and don’t’ push the river.  This is a journey, not an arrival.  What Uranus is doing, is forcing you to feel the need, which is essential now, for liberation from difficult circumstances; and to be more true to yourself. 
This journey will be with you until Spring 2018, but after it, you will understand that you really did need to go with the flow.

Neptune is very happily aligned to the Suns of those born January 2nd to 5th; and this will be around for about a year and does just exemplify your most sensitive side.  Your heart is open, you feel the pain of other people, you want to rescue, your ego is downgraded and your heart and your mind are as one, but in a way that is enhancing of your life and others.  The arts cannot be ignored, nor can your appreciation of the beauty of the natural world.  Music and the sea are healers. 

Finally, Pluto is sitting right on the Suns, in his once every 248 year visit, of those born January 9th to 11th; and he will be so doing on and off until the end of 2018.  All one can say about this is that absolutely it is a time of empowerment.  Power is something you have to grapple with in some context and you must be conscious and aware, because this is very profound and quite primeval.  It changes things.  It brings things to an end and it allows you to step up to the plate and know your true potential.  Do it with humility and always be conscious of motive and then you cannot go wrong.  This is quite a destined period in life and it can be intense , but magnificent, if you handle it well. 


AQUARIUS

This is a very good time for good, clear thinking and good communication.  However, because Mercury is retrograde from the 9th, much of what you wish to get across needs to be done before that date, if you want a guarantee of it’s safe understanding and arrival; and that is also true of communications with family and one needs to be particularly careful after the 21st if born after February 12th, as confusion is in the air. 

Venus, retrograde until the 15th, suggest that before that date dealings over finances in particular, need special attention and care and there even may be a slight shift in how you see the value of money.  After the 15th there is more black and white certainty about issues connected to love life and finances. 

Mars, before the 21st does suggest some impatience and lack of tolerance with others and indeed from others, if born after February 3rd; not least with family members and to do with domestic issues and real estate. 

After the 21st, if born up to January 28th, your communication skills and your courage and wise use of action and words are admirable, but also your creative and romantic drive is constructive. 

Jupiter is now blessing the lives of those born February 3rd to 9th.  He is bringing beneficial holidays, travel and dealings with long distance business projects and is also excellent for academic pursuits.  Your higher mind and consciousness and ideologies are also driving you well. 

Saturn is acting as a real focus for discipline and constructive action if born February 15th to 17th.  Much that you do behind the scenes and privately will be admirable.  No one will quite know just how much focus and discipline you are using, but it serves you in the long term very positively.  Focus and discipline is necessary, but productively so. 

Uranus, your ruler is also excellently positive now if born February 11th to 15th.  Your mind is super acute.  You’re incredibly perceptive, innovative and intuitive.  The new and the exciting and the maverick and the true Aquarian spirit of freedom is demonstrated in you now, but not only for self, but for the betterment of others.


PISCES

Although materialism isn’t Pisces’ greatest focus, it may well need to be more aware of this quality month, for various reasons and it’s also terribly important to keep your eye absolutely on the ball from the 9th and notably after the 20th, when finances can be a source of confusion.  Keep grounded as to other people and their agreements and your judgement.  In fact, in all communications after the 9th, there is a need to double check. Blocks and restrictions should not be a source of frustration, but a signal of a need to reconfigure your ideas and plans. 

Before the 21st, if born after March 5th, your mind is very proactive, constructive, positive, determined and logical; and you will like a good old debate. 

After the 21st however, if born up to February 26th, you may find that you are less constructive, more impatient, and more irritable, notably on the home and family front; and also in that same context, others may feel similarly so disposed towards you.  Don’t waste time on bickering. 

Saturn is now squaring the Suns of those born March 17th to 19th.  Tiredness and depression and maybe some negativity is circling you; possibly connected to career obligations or difficulties.  Get plenty of sleep, take time out for rest and don’t avoid the realities that need to be faced.  Work hard with patience.  This may be quite a long period until early May, where life feels far more like work than play, but be aware that this is a time of patience, fortitude and tenaciousness to see through what you need to.  Look after yourself and your body.

Neptune is absolutely giving the nth degree extra qualities of Pisces characteristics to those born March 3rd to 5th and will for the coming year.   For this group, you can enjoy all the positives and try and avoid the negatives of extreme Pisces consciousness.  Neptune, your ruler, is bringing tremendous hypersensitivity and psychic and spiritual abilities, which can be slightly unnerving.  You absorb everyone like a sponge.  You may even want to escape the hypersensitivity in some way, but make sure you use it for the greater good and not just for gratuitous indulgence.  Keep grounded, keep real.  Enjoy the arts, beauty and the compassion, but do not totally let go of your reality and your ego and double check the facts of everything and everybody.  Own this energy.  Do not let it own you. 

Finally, Pluto is very transformational now if born March 9th to 12th.  This every 124 year angular relationship brings you a great ability to have intelligent power and insight to make things happen for self, but more importantly for the greater good of others and your leadership skills are strong. You can be transformative in terms of your goals, be they for collective or personal progress.  Your destiny is calling.  Use it well.   Remember you are not the power; you are the agent to the power.