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Thursday, 19 October 2017

New Moon in Libra, Jupiter begins a year in Scorpio


The new moon today will occur at 8:12pm, UK time and falls at 26’35 Libra, which is almost precisely opposite Uranus; currently at 26’31 Aries.


The precept of a new Moon, is that it symbolises a new beginning, phase and cycle. Although we have one every 29.5 days, they fall in different areas of the sky, forming different inter-planetary aspects and hence, have an entirely different emphasis.


The basic principles of Libra are around love, harmony, balance, appeasement, compromise and justice. Ruled by Venus (and the only sign ruled by Venus under the single rulership system that I work to) it is worth noting the position of Venus in this chart is also in Libra. Venus is moving away from a conjunction with Mars which was active earlier in the month and towards a square to Juno in Capricorn.

Immediately this indicates signs of a shift as Venus – the love planet – transfers it’s allegiance from the passions and energetic frequencies of Mars; to a more constructive committed kind of allegiance, aka Juno. As an asteroid Juno is associated with the ideal partner; and where it falls in the natal chart shows more about what we need in order to form a long relationship, which can be quite different from what we actually think we desire! Juno in itself shows a level of truth and higher awareness that circumnavigates the psyche and our known consciousness. Add this to the current position of Juno, which is Capricorn and we have thoughts of commitment and stability bolted onto longevity and practicality, coming to the forefront of priorities around the time of this new Moon. The actual contact between Venus and Juno will occur on the 23rd October, so thoughts of this nature will be most notable from 21st to 25th October, although it is fair to consider them activated at the point of the new Moon itself.









Last week on Tuesday 10th October, Jupiter to moved into Scorpio for the first time in 12 years and it shall remain there until 8th November 2018. Jupiter always spends a year in each sign and blends its optimistic buoyance to the nature of the sign in question. Ruling, as it does, higher education, learning, humour, good fortune and the laws of attraction (i.e. like attracts like) it should be an interesting journey through Scorpio. We already have seen a hint of what to expect with the news emphasis upon the Harvey Weinstein scandals and whilst this began a little before Jupiter moved into the sign (of Scorpio) which rules sex, death, hidden truths and transformation, this is likely to mark the beginning of a year of similar discoveries. Jupiter will always ‘expand’ whatever it touches, for better or for worse, although one could argue that truth and exposure almost always turns out for the better and Jupiter is predominantly linked to very positive experiences.

For those born with Jupiter in Scorpio, this period heralds a new phase of luck, good fortune and the potential for increased financial achievement. Indeed, for those aged; 11-12, 23-24, 35-36, 47-48, 59-60, 71-72 and so on, this could be quite a fortuitous year. To learn more of the effects, it is important to consider the condition of Jupiter in the natal chart (the snapshot of the time you were born), but in general this is a good year to risk following your dreams. Wherever Jupiter strings it's Sagittarian style bow; optimism and ensuing success are sure to follow.

The new Moon falls in mentionable proximity to Jupiter in early Scorpio, although a little beyond the classic 4º orb that astrologers tend to regard as potent, at less than 6º from the Sun-Moon conjunct to Juipter, this will be the closest embellishment we will have this year. I, for one, will be making my new Moon wish with the benefic presence of Jupiter’s uplifting influence in mind.


To provide more background information about Jupiter in Scorpio, as Jupiter also rules research and academic furtherment; I would expect some scientific focus over the next year upon what happens when we die (spiritually and physically), more sex abuse allegations coming to light, some unprecedented endings and further proof of quantum energy forces and how much more reliant we are upon them than we realise.

To look further at the new Moon chart itself we have to again note how close the opposition to Uranus is, and how this itself will create a see-saw between the harmonious, peace-making tendencies of Libra, and the more warrior-like competitive nature of Aries. When Uranus is in the mix, expectations are rendered irrelevant and whilst this can be deemed a good thing overall, a certain level of insecurity and anxious uncontrolled energy fission will therefore become inevitable also.

Uranus is the planet which rules upheaval, revolution, electricity, sparks of illuminative genius and rules Aquarius. Without Uranus life becomes stagnant and dull, with too much Uranus things are exciting but can be cold and austere at the same time.



On this basis it is difficult to predict how this new Moon will manifest; although innocuous in nature in and of itself, the opposition to Uranus does increase the likelihood of unexpected events and occurrences. Here in the UK we have more storms predicted and no doubt they will be a little more vociferous than those which just passed, as the Sun’s opposition to Uranus at this point will still be fully activated.

Jupiter in Scorpio will continue to ensure that hidden truths are revealed and any corner cutting exercises are exposed and vilified. A situation which is increasingly possible in the modern technological world we live in. The downside of Scorpio is also the revengeful stagnant potential of the sign, we've all heard of Scorpios having a 'sting in their tail' and certainly these kinds of tendencies for retaliation or grudge holding may become more of a societal prevalence. Of course this also has it's upside however; as accommodating, hopeful sign of Libra has encouraged passivity and mass acceptance of some dreadful political and globally alarming situations. Perhaps the more upfront, strident influence of Scorpio will cause a more reactive and confrontative stance in areas which are important.



The most interesting point of this Jupiter in Scorpio cycle will be in January when it joins forces with Mars to connect up with the Sun-Pluto conjunction at that time (more about that closer to the time). As it is, we are currently moving out of a very heavy week; illustrated by Mars square Saturn and opposing Chiron. Saturn which is about structures, defenses and commerce has been metaphorically squaring up to Chiron; the wounded healer, which shows us the areas in our lives where we feel vulnerable, lacking and unworthy. These two niggling together, and having been triggered by responsive Mars, have illustrated the areas in which we are least happy with ourselves and our lives.

This isn't a major new Moon chart, but it does bridge a gap between a week which has been intrinsically insidious and a start to a more stridently expressive situation of Scorpio truths and more constructive activism.

Peace, truth and love to all~~~~♥

If you would like to know more about where Jupiter falls in your chart and how it's sojourn through Scorpio is likely to affect you, then sending your time, date and place of birth to me at: waxlobster@hotmail.com and I will advise you for a small fee, or perhaps even for free ♥

New Moon in Libra chart ~ Thursday 19th October 2017


Monday, 21 August 2017

Solar Eclipse at 28'52 Leo~~ 21st August 2017~~ 7:30pm (UK)

It's been a while since I wrote an article about what's going on in the sky.  Part of the discouragement for me was that I had very little to offer in the way of optimism and positivity.  I am of the school that if you don't have anything good to say, then don't say anything at all.

However, despite the political climate being dire and dismal (in the UK and US at least) this was always going to be the case during Plutos transit of Capricorn.  Since Pluto rules change, rebirth, death, sex, upheaval (and overall in principle~~ letting go) and it's moving through the sign which is most affiliated with oppression, rules & regulations, hierarchy, power and achievement (at any cost), it will demand a change in the way we live.  We can't really continue to believe in a system which was created centuries earlier, by a set up which has no relevance to modern society.  Even the most unthinking of the species are starting to realise that the information they receive via the media is untrustworthy.  A revolution of sorts is inevitable.



Pluto through Capricorn began in January 2008 and will complete in January 2024, we have some time yet and the good news is that when Pluto enters the liberal sign of Aquarius there will be focus on equality and justice for all.  There may be upheavals on the path to improvement but such is the nature of how humans do things; badly mostly...

So that's just a background to an ongoing theme but this post is to cover today's Solar Eclipse in Leo.  Eclipses always come in twos or threes (good 'path of the ecliptic' if you need to know more) and this one follows a Lunar Eclipse which occurred two weeks ago on 7th August at 15'25 Aquarius.  Aquarians you probably felt it?  I certainly did with it being right next to my natal Sun position.



The first thing to note with Eclipses is that they are physically draining.  It's inexplicable, but not dissimilar to the exhaustion one feels after walking along a windy beach.  In theory no extra energy has been expended, but in reality something seems to have zapped the usual energy resource.  If you've felt tired this weekend and today also, just try to allow yourself more sleep.  Change is occurring, Eclipses always bring about change and usual unexpectedly, although often in a way so subtle that it is only retrospectively we can gauge what occurred.

Wherever mid-Aquarius is in your chart you will already have felt the winds of change blowing through your life.  For those with their Sun position in the middle of Leo, Taurus and Scorpio it will have had an affect on your view of yourself, as that is what the Sun in a chart denotes (what people more commonly and inaccurately refer to as a 'star sign').

Today's eclipse occurs at 7:30pm UK time at the end of Leo at 28'52, edging into the final degree.  If your birthday is around this time you will feel it most, if you have any other planets at this point in Leo you will affected a lot also.  For those with their Sun at the end of Aquarius, Taurus and Scorpio, again you will feel this a lot in terms of yourself and your identity, but because it's at the end of the sign those who are born at the beginning of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius may also be impacted more personally.

Do note that Eclipses can be felt up to 6 months before and up to 6 months after they occur.  So it may be that you have already experienced a great deal of personal changes in the run up to this.  Eclipses also create a ~~~ripple~~~ effect and so one small difference can begin to filter into other areas of your world, perhaps unwittingly and invisibly at first.  Pay attention, there may be more going on under the surface that you think.  Everything is connected, even something small such as a change in personnel at work for instance, can have a much bigger impact on your life over time than you realise...



The chart for the Eclipse features, Mars in Leo, loosely conjunct from 20'41 Leo and forming a neat trine to Saturn, still retrograde in Sagittarius.  Mars in Leo is bolshy, outspoken and loves to show off, those born with Mars in Leo are often the life and soul of the party and crave attention just a little more than most (a lot more!) but when Mars is moving through Leo we all feel a share of the upbeat gregariousness.  With the trine to Saturn overt behaviour is reigned in and so the playful and creativity of Leo, is metered to become a little more structured and productive.

The Eclipse is also trine Uranus which is at 28'23 Aries and has just begun its retrograde sojourn.  As Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, is the planet of change, upheaval, sparks of genius and connectivity, it implies that the changes brought about by this solar eclipse may be done so ~consciously~.

Where so frequently Eclipses can signify unexpected and sometimes quite unwanted upheaval it does appear that this solar eclipse is providing us with a more insightful and concerted potential.  What do you wish to change in your life?  Are you happy with how you are living?  Who you are (or aren't) living with?  Does your work represent your talents, or does it just pay the bills?  Have you grown into the kind of person you wish to be, or are you focussing your energy in areas which no longer serve you?

We can all improve ourselves, no matter how far we have come or how much we have worked, there is always more we can do to refine our lives.  Sometimes what we need to do improve, is to allow ourselves to loosen up and just live.  (Laughter really is the best medicine) or perhaps you have been wanting to take up meditation or yoga, something which improves overall health, and have been putting it off?



Solar Eclipses are still New Moons and are incredibly powerful for bringing about changes.  We can improve ourselves at any time but the point of understanding astrology is to utilise the cycles of life.  Decisions and plans begun on a new moon are far more likely to have a long-term positive effect upon us than at any other time.  A Solar Eclipse is the most powerful time to begin something important and beginning something can be as simple as recording, or forming a strong intention in a particular area.  Whatever it is you want to do to change you life can be done today.  Even if you want to move to another area, saving a picture of your ideal and using it as your screensaver or wallpaper will be the first step in forming that intention.

If you want to find love, then lighting some pink candles in the relationship area of your room and accompanying that with a positive meditation will help form the intention.  If you want to change careers, write down your perfect job, find images of how you imagine your workspace to look.  Keep the images.  We can create anything we wish for, timing does need to be on our side also, but when there is a Solar Eclipse time really IS on your side (yes it is!)



Interestingly, with Jupiter now in balanced Libra and moving forwards again, it is beginning to form an opposition to Uranus in Aries.  These two planets together are the most potent in terms of manifesting wishes and dreams.  They won't be in exact opposition until the end of September, so anything you do begin to create now has a very good chance of manifesting in 5 weeks' time.

The key with bringing the dreams into fruition is to keep whatever it is you have begun in your sights.  Spend 5 minutes a day visualising and feeling the joy that you will feel once you have attained your wish ~~as if it has already happened~~ 

Good luck with creating your dreams!

You are very welcome to contact me and share your stories, if you're not sure which direction you wish to head in at the moment then perhaps I can help you with that.  Brief readings to illuminate you mission / path / life focus can be provided for just £20; by email, skype or in person.

Love, joy and boiiiings to you all and wishing you a very magical manifestation month!!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Master of Illusion ~ the astrology of Johnny Depp ~ and being born in the 60s

I don’t tend to pay much attention to gossip, media or celebrity but this talk of Johnny Depp and how the public find it so difficult to believe he could have a violent temper is quite fascinating.

From an astrological point of view, I have no doubt whatsoever that he is not only explosive, but also has the capability to disengage from people completely at times. Since he has also admitted such, I don’t feel it is inappropriate to go into how this is backed up in his astrological chart.

I will begin by looking at the generational planets, which first illustrate an intensity commonplace to those born around during the 1960s. During this period Uranus and Pluto were transiting conjunct in Virgo, with this being exact on occasions between 1965 to 1967 and being within orb for most of the decade. As Uranus is the planet of revolution, humanitarian values and individuality and Pluto is about death, transformation and rebirth (like the phoenix from the ashes) these planets together create a potent combination.

Consider that during this period there were great changes in the western world, with the 1940s generations bringing forth the hippie movement with the backdrop of Uranus and Pluto demanding an ending from the old systems of values. These were the days when the term ‘teenager’ was derived and young adults demanded equality and freedom from the judgement of the past. Recreational drugs, the introduction of the pill and political activism all became game changers, as the Vietnam war began to create between the new wave of peace seekers.

This was an interesting time to be born and nothing which began during the mid-60s has ever reversed. Societal barriers had been broken forever, and popular culture was born.

A lot of these changes were initiated by the peace-loving, idealistic Neptune in Libra generation (born 1942 to 1957) whose peaceful focus continued through to the 1970s.

Johnny Depp was born back in 1963 when all these changes were beginning, along with technological advances symbolised by the meeting between Uranus and Pluto. Much of the generation with this conjunction in their natal chart have a need to make changes in the world around them on a regular basis. Just as the nature of this planetary combination brought societal changes, it has a similar type of effect in the personal charts of those born around this time.

For the most part this 60s generation are not peace-loving, easy going set of flower power kids that you’d hope (we had to wait for the Uranus in Libra generation to bring that back into the mainstream). No, this generation were angry, they didn’t want peace they wanted equality. This is the generation who invented punk, anti-establishment beliefs through aggression and were responsible for an increase in football violence. As they were coming to age, the post war financial boom was dissipated by a matching baby boom and conservatism and capitalism began to resurge in the UK. They had a reason to be angry and in the mid-70s when Saturn and Pluto squared up this reached boiling point.

There is also a desire for control and detailed analysis with this generation. This is the group that brought anorexia into the spotlight and when they came of age, made up a large portion of the forerunners of the internet. Their innovative talents brought us the modern world as we know it.

However, it is to be noted that those who were born with personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars) next to the Uranus-Pluto conjunction, whilst often the ones who have attained more prominent careers, they also have control issues.

The spanner in the works is that Chiron was opposite this conjunct for most of the period also, along with Saturn, hence where the need for change and control becomes something far more emotionally wounding and complex. A lot of the emotional based diseases became more prevalent as a result of this very difficult configuration.

Looking now at Depp’s chart in more detail, we see that Chiron isn’t close enough to be a prominent feature in his chart. This is hardly surprising as Chiron does tend to dissipate self confidence when it features in a particularly conflicted position. Depp does however have Mars conjunct Uranus and Pluto and immediately we would expect to see the kind of self-expression that is unpredictable, erratic, powerful and very easily roused. Mars conjunct Uranus alone will show an individual who is drawn to the unusual, and likes to break from convention, rarely concerned with public opinion. Bring Pluto into this picture though, and we have a more destructive and aggressive potential. This person will not back down, relent, or see anything other than their needs and wants once opposed. It is a classic, out of control type of anger where they ‘see red’ and erupt like a volcano.

It’s very difficult to control this kind of anger and it can’t be easy to live with. In Depp’s chart the Mars-Uranus conjunction falling in the first house, ruled my Leo would imply that he rarely feels remorse. This is possibly why he hasn’t chosen to address, or soften this influence.

What fascinates me the most about all this though, is that the public apparently have such a difficulty in believing the reports. Whilst I’m not one to stay in touch with the media, I’m aware that those who read celebrity gossip are not usually those with the most discerning minds. In this case however, the majority have allegedly decided to reject these reports in favour of their own opinions (if only the masses were more inclined towards such choices!!).

This sway is of course shown in the astrological chart too though. Where in any person’s chart the MC and 10th House show the career, in the case of somebody who is well known this house becomes very important indeed. You can gauge ‘how the world sees somebody’ by the condition of the 10th House (the ruler, aspects to it, planets housed here etc.). So it is no surprise that Depp has a Mercury-Venus conjunction here, in the strong, reliable, predictable sign of Taurus no less.

No matter the circumstances, the public will see somebody who is eloquent and charismatic (Mercury-Venus), stable and grounded (Taurus MC) with a measure of self-control and conscientiousness (Saturn square Mercury-Venus from the 7th House) that simply cannot co-exist alongside a more complex, uncontrollable temper!

It fascinates me that an expectation of anybody could be one-dimensional. Surely we can all identify with having a number of contrary elements to our characters? Or perhaps not, perhaps one of the reasons depression and suppressive illnesses are so prevalent in this modern age is that people do try to fit themselves into a single behavioural expression.

What do you think?

Johnny Depp Chart


Monday, 12 December 2016

Full Moon at 22'25 Gemini ~Wed 14 December 2016 ~ 00:05

The final full moon of 2016, falls at 22'25 Gemini and re-enacts the Sun-Saturn conjunction which was exact on Saturday and would have been notable for a few days prior.

The weekend had a more sombre cast for those with a strong Sagittarius / Gemini influence in their charts, and a more grounding affect on many of us overall. When the Sun links up with Saturn a more practical, functioned, and work oriented approach will take precedence. On the other hand, for those who find this kind of down to earth approach less comfortable, a desire to escape any of the realities or confines of day to day life may become the focus.




It's all down to how oppressive the Saturn energy is in your life right now. Do you feel that you have stability and trust in the future? If so this full moon will be a great time to crystalise and look at how you would like to live 2017.

Perhaps there is more turmoil in your midst and this full moon is going to bring up some of the pain, fear, and worry that needs to be healed in you? Whenever Saturn is in the mix, you can be sure that life will be based almost entirely in the 'real world'. Even if you are prone to day dreaming and living in a more creative head space, this will be a less effective mechanism during the Sun-Saturn conjunction.

Jupiter has been in Libra now since August and has reached past halfway, ready to turn back at the beginning of February and brings its positive vibrations through the sign in reverse order, all over again. Libras born up unto around 16th October, will have had a dose of uplift from the planet of luck, exploration and manifestation and will re-live this opportunity in the coming months. Traditional horoscope writers who note that since this is the 7th House (of relationships / partnership) for Aries, that they would be likely to have had or be about to experience very harmonious personal relationships at this point. Whilst a real astrological reading is based upon the exact time and date (and location) of birth, Jupiter in the opposite sign is not one to overlook. In fact no matter your sign, whichever area of your chart houses Jupiter, will be the area in which success, happiness and even prosperity is more available to you at this time.



I mention Jupiter in such detail, as he is slowing down over the next few weeks, preparing to begin the backwards (retrograde) journey and can now finally imbue us with the joy that the Saturn-Neptune emphasis of 2016 so far has assuaged. This is the time the believe in your dreams and start to make waves in the direction you wish. Fortuitously the timing aligns well with mental preparation for the new year, which despite being an entirely man-made concept, is embedded into our psyches enough for use to use it to create meaningful 'new start'. There will be a new moon shortly before the new year but this 2 week cycle from full moon to new moon is an opportunity for us to dig deep, and acknowledge what it is in our lives we wish to embrace and that which we know we need to change. Perhaps entirely!



Mercury and Pluto linking up in Capricorn this week, give us the focus and depth to really search our wants, needs and motivations at this time. The year that has passed has been a tumultuous one for many and has taken us on a ride of twists, turns, and treacherous insights into the darker sides of human nature. It would be unrealistic not to note the disappointment that many of us have felt at the behaviours, choices and priorities which have made it seem that judgement and separation are more prevalent in people, than love and connectedness. I'm aware that it's an unhappy heart which chooses power / anger / control / destruction over love and therefore the only answer is to melt the cold hearts, and bring back the desire to trust, empathise and reach out to one another.

Live by example, live your truth. Jupiter is all about the earthly truths, and in the most appeasing and balanced sign of Libra, we are given the chance to take a look at our surroundings and try to truly understand the needs and vulnerabilities of those around us.

We're all doing the best we can after all and we all stumble around tripping up from time to time.



With Chiron in Pisces at a square to the full moon position and Sun-Saturn at this time soul searching will be a painful process. I know that avoidance is often the choice when the depths of despair lurk below the surface, but once the murky waters are freed, they flow away forever. There never is a good reason to carry old hurts, or issues. Life can be very beautiful with no baggage or expectations. The lesson of Chiron is in learning to speak the unspoken, connect on the level that only humans can. Chiron is named 'the wounded healer' with the symbol of a key. It stands for all the pains that we accumulate from childhood, that are related to the human condition. Interestingly, as Chiron's most functional sign is the communication sign; Gemini (where it is 'exalted') the best way to deal with these pains is to share them, discuss them, face the fear of judgement and repulsion and own them. These are the pains that animals don't have, as they don't clutter their minds with language and expectations. In turn this is where the purity of animals can be the greatest inspiration. Hence, if you are unable to connect to people when Chiron is in the mix, taking time to be with animals will undoubtedly be a very healing experience.

Peace and love to all~~~

{If you would like to know more about the position of Jupiter in your chart and how to make the most of it's position in Libra during the next 9 months, I will be offering 'Jupiter chart readings' until the end of January for just £20}