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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

New Moon eclipse at 9’21° Virgo - Thursday 1st September

This Autumn’s lunar eclipse takes place at 10:03am on Thursday 1st September (time accurate in the UK). This is a very intense configuration occurring at 9’21° Virgo, closely squaring Saturn at 10’04° Sagittarius and opposing Neptune at 10’39° Pisces.

In fact it is one of the most auspicious astrological events of the year; capitulating the background feature of Saturn square Neptune which has been causing confusion, chaos and political unrest in so many parts of the world recently.

This area of the mutable signs (which are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius & Pisces) has been under the spotlight considerably in recent times. Whilst Saturn glided over this point during mid-December 2015 it has remained static at the 10th degree of Sagittarius for the entire month of August, with Mars hanging around closely exacerbating and causing a rather frustrated and tense energy during the last two weeks.



Interestingly, when Mars turned retrograde earlier this year on 23rd April, it was also at this point of Sagittarius that it stationed and began it's apparent backward motion. There is an incredible emphasis being placed in this area of the sky and with an eclipse triggering all of the energy which has been so concentrated for the past 9 months; change is being forced indelibly upon us.

On a personal note, whilst I retain a rather blasé and yielding attitude to planetary motion on the whole, I am find this frenetic dance upon my personal Neptune placement, rather disconcerting and unsettling. Those of you who have any planets between 7-11 degrees of the mutable signs, will I’m sure be feeling a similar intensity (whether you are aware of a planetary placement here or not!) For those of you born close to either; 28th February, 30th May, 1st September or 1st December your Sun is in the mix and I’m sure you’ve had a suitably strange and complex year so far. I would love to say that this is now over, but the changes heralded by an eclipse can actually be felt a few months before and after the actual date of the event. In this case most notably so, due to the triggers being outer and slower moving planets.





It is difficult to know what to expect with an eclipse. I would tend to look at the area of the chart it falls in, and then where the affected planets interact with and which house(s) they rule. This will provide a great insight into where impacts will be felt and in the case of this eclipse the positions of Saturn-Mars in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces are very relevant to any investigative approaches also.

To look further into the chart of the eclipse itself, I see that we have 17° Libra Rising with the ruler; Venus sat covertly in the 12th house, but congenially close to Jupiter and Mercury, which turned retrograde at around 2pm on Tuesday 30th August (and will remain so until Thursday 22nd September). The 12th house placements here seem to add to suppressive tendencies which the Saturn-Mars conjunction has been bringing to us for the past 2-3 weeks already. It's a case of 'better the devil you know' as many of us will avoid risks, overt honesty and frankness in favour of saying nothing at all. This of course creates its own problems as, whilst it may seem as if nothing you can do/say/bring to the table is right at the moment, lack of expression doesn't actually change the energy permeating from you to those around you. Actions speak louder than words and in many cases, thoughts illustrate feelings more powerfully than when open communication is attempted.



There will be misunderstandings at this time, Mercury beginning its retrograde motion is making sure of that, if the placement of the other planets wasn't making this clear enough. What I can say is that what you think you create; and this counts for conscious and subconscious thought equally, so meditation and trying to find a deeper connection with ones true feelings is one of the only ways to surpass the issues that will come into play for many of us at this time.

Neptune itself is sat in the 5th house of the eclipse chart, along with Chiron and indicating that music, creativity, art and drama are where the most joy can be found. Be as a child, and if you can't manage that be around children. The innocence and beauty of life's simplicity can be appreciated most fully at this time. Animals may have a similar appeal, as their inability to be dishonest is equally alluring and refreshing.





Whilst I almost always encourage people to ignore the news and focus on their own lives, at this time deceit and subterfuge are going to be even more prevalent focuses than usual. Also people will be more sensitive to contamination both in the air and in the food chain, so try to keep overall health a priority to keep the immune system on top form. Finances will be a concern for some and community issues a focus. Perhaps there will be more of an emphasis on pulling together and looking out for one another, but with energy being low and wills being weak I think that imbalances will be more noticeable, rather than inroads being made into actually addressing them at this point.

There will be more political confusion over the next couple of weeks, as Mercury retrograde adds even more messiness to the minds of many.

The overall message of this eclipse is that old cliche of 'what you resist persists', there is no avoidance of truth. No amount of failing to speak out will actually change the reality of any situation. If I've learned anything in this life, it is that there is a shedding of intensity in speaking out. Sometimes expression of pain, or sorrow, or frustration, or anger majorly dissipates the feeling itself, where suppression of such adds further difficulty.




Take a risk, speak your mind, if something is important to you it is worth saying. I won't back any confrontation, major decision-making or life changes at this point, simply surrounding ourselves with good people and sharing how we really feel about our lives. Friendship is a great balm at this time and the eclipse meeting the north node in the house of friendship encourages us to trust and allow our hearts to open up to those who care the most about us.

This is a confusing time, a lot of what we see, believe, or feel around these next two weeks should be recognised as untrustworthy. Feelings will be intense, and not necessarily indicative of reality. On the other hand responsibilities may feel more like burdens than usual. Taking time out is essential and learning to take oneself less seriously will help. As Shakespeare once said, "all the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players", right now viewing ones life as a play or a movie will add a backstory that could be the most enjoyable perspective to take.

Wishing you all a beautiful, liberating, story-telling new moon eclipse on Thursday!!

Leo dried peas & love.

~~for those wishing to know how the eclipse is impacting your personal chart, contact me at waxlobster@hotmail.com. A brief reading where I hone in on this eclipse and its impact for you can be done for just £20.

Solar Eclipse chart ~ 1st September 2016 ~ 10:03am (UK time)


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Full Moon at 25° Aquarius ~ Thursday 18th August

The Full Moon will be exact at 10:26 on Thursday 18th August and although it falls slightly outside the astronomical guide of being termed a penumbral eclipse; it can be regarded as the first of this Autumn's eclipse season.

This is a lovely free-spirited full moon being in the rebellious and expressive sign of Aquarius and forming a soft and supportive sextile aspect to Uranus; the ruler of Aquarius which is currently moving retrograde at 24° Aries.




Fire and air signs will feel an uplift at this full Moon, whereas the more earthy and watery among us may not feel quite so comfortable with the unpredictable and creativity that the Aquarius energy brings.

In the UK chart we see this full Moon occurring in the; traditionally Leonine, creative 5th House, in close proximity to the erotic asteroid; Eros bringing the possibility of romance to those who have a planet around 25° Aquarius, or Leo, this equates to those born close 14th February and for Leos celebrating their birthday around this time.

It's certainly a perfect mid-Summer excuse to celebrate and fully enjoy a weekend with no worries or concerns (the Virgo new Moon in two weeks will provide plenty of opportunity for that!)



There is a more serious underlying tone to this chart though, as Mars creeps closer to Saturn in Sagittarius and asks us to take a moment to consider where and to whom we give most of our attention.  With Saturn falling in the 3rd House of this chart, the recent political dramas are not forgotten and the backdrop of celebration is that some of us need to let our hair down and be frivolous because of the stress around us.

As always I'd like to encourage people to be concerned less about the negative, drone of media, somberness that we have no power to alter, and to switch our attention to that which is within our personal domain.  I watch so many folk walking beneath metaphorical suitcases of other peoples' baggage and seemingly oblivious to the beauty and possibilities which are all around them.

You don't need to practice Buddhism to realise that happiness and gratitude and laughter can only e experienced in the moment.



Venus crossed the North Node a couple of days ago but in this chart is still pointing towards love and friendship being the key ingredients of life.  With Aquarius being the sign of friendship, the emphasis of enjoying life and surrounding oneself with lovely people in the process, is reiterated.

There is a meditative side to also, with Mercury linking up with jubilant Jupiter in the 12th House of secrets and dreams.  Predictive and prophetic dreams are very possible on the days surrounding this full Moon, so it's worth spending those few moment to wake up slowly and reflect on any messages which may have come through.



Passion is reinforced by Pluto's perfect trine to Venus and broadening the potential of romantic bonds being formed around this time to all.  This week is a great time to be out and meeting new people, or reigniting bonds which need a little new life and rejuvenation.  With Pluto exactly at the IC (home, hearth and family line) however there will be some surprises for some and changes for others.  Pluto only removes that which is no longer required, but it can often feel like a great wrench and loss primarily.  It would be naive for me to gloss over the potential for shocking events to occur at this time but with such supportive planets overall I'm hoping for a few good surprises and revelations which are more about love than loss.

Another side to Pluto is that of fate and karma; whilst these are words usually associated with Saturn, actually is the Pluto in our charts which predicts most of the life changing events.  When noting Pluto in an angular position; as in this chart, it is important to consider that this is a time where what is meant to be is more likely.  Astrologers have noted in the past that there is a 'soul mate' indication when Venus and Pluto link up together and this week could bring some very notable and life-changing encounters.  When Aquarius and Uranus take centre-stage we can always expect the unexpected.

If any readers do experience some life changing events this week I would love to hear from you. ♥

Blessings, celebrations and peace to all~~~~

~~if you'd like a little heads up on how you are likely to be affected by the forthcoming eclipse season you can contact me at: waxlobster@hotmail.com

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

New Moon at 21:44 at 10° Leo – What you resist persists


This new Moon, meeting up with the Sun in fiery Leo tilts the balance of planets into the fire signs. With the Moon making its impact; by joining up with the Sun, Venus continues her sojourn further into the sign at; 22° Leo. The timing of this new Moon, also coincides Mars’ recent return to Sagittarius – also on Tuesday 2nd August, after its long backwards dip into Scorpio. As mentioned in previous articles, Mars was retrograde from 18th April 2016 until 30th June 2016. It had reached 8° Sagittarius at the time of its retrograde and so will still be in the so called ‘shadow of the retrograde until it returns to that point on 22nd August. Still, with Mars back in Sagittarius, energies are higher and anything which has been moving slowly in your life over the last few months will start to gather momentum again.


Saturn is also in Sagittarius, interestingly sitting at 9° very close to the retrograde point for the whole of the month of August as it slows down, ready to turn to forward motion itself. If you have any planets around 8-9° Sagittarius, these are significantly highlighted, once again (just as they were in April). For those of you born around 30th November, that would be the position of your Sun at birth, so most likely this has been a very low energy year for you so far. Do look at what comes up in August in this case, you will learn far more from observing other areas of your life which come to the fore. There is no need to fight against what should be, if you’re tired then rest. Rather than be frustrated look at what IS working for you and embrace it.






In the new Moon chart Neptune sits angularly on the ascendant throwing quite a dampener on the usually energetic Sun-Moon conjunction in Leo. Confusion is the theme of this new Moon, this is not a time to begin something constructive or to make a wish. Neptune always brings a deeper, spiritual and emotional tint to whatever it connects. It is linked to confusion and deception, because we live in a world where facts and figures are valued more highly than creativity, but really Neptune is about all that is elevated and of a higher frequency.

There is a bit of a conflict of interest however, as the Sun-Moon in Leo fall in the detail oriented 6th House implying that facts and figures at this time may well be obfuscated and unavailable. As always, if flowing with the cycles choosing to allow a more creative approach to what is usually mundane will work incredibly well at this time.

I personally postponed the tidying and plant repotting that I need to do to coincide with the new moon and allow new energy to flow more freely around my space. Feng Shui is very important to procure new energy and allow change to occur, and this new Moon favours energetically enhancing ones’ personal space. Whilst many of the more constructive parts of our lives may not be easy to navigate at this time, there is a great deal of cleansing energy which can be worked with and utilized at this time.

A bit of a clean, a move around, to bring new kinds of energy into stagnant areas of your life will work well at this time. This isn’t a time for constructive thought and there won’t be a feeling of great action and celebration in the usual new Moon in Leo sense. Allow action to take place where it is needed, let go of anything which doesn’t seem to be flowing at this time and this can be a very positive new Moon.



August is quite a static month as we wait for Mars to reach as far in Sagittarius and Saturn sits tight awaiting Mars to surge past on 24th August. After which things will begin moving so quickly it will be a very exciting an eventful Autumn.

Enjoy the rest, don’t fight the forces of nature and this can be a tranquil, uplifting and inspiring new Moon time.

If you’d like to know about where 8° Sagittarius falls in your chart, or perhaps to have a personal prediction for this exciting Summer ahead, then do contact me at: waxlobster@hotmail.com

Blessings and joy to you all~~~~~

Monday, 18 July 2016

Full Moon at 27° Capricorn ~ expect the unexpected


This full moon occurs at 3 minutes to midnight (almost the title of an Iron Maiden song!) and so in many ways it will be more in effect on Wednesday 20th July that on the Tuesday. Full moon energy always feels like a build up, crushendo of intensity which slowly dissipates after the point of exactness. Much like a tornado, we cannot gauge the 'damage', or full impact until after this point we can only try to hold onto what is most important to us and make sure that at least is safe.

Of course when we're dealing with the realm of the Moon; the ruler of our tides, gatekeeper of our emotions, it is not the physical world that we're usually referring to. On this occasion however, there does need to be an acknowledgement of the more solid and structural elements of life, as we are dealing with the sign of Capricorn which is almost entirely encompassed by such concerns. I should note, we all have Capricorn in our chart, and we all have the ruler of Capricorn; Saturn in a position which illustrates where in our lives we are most concerned with structure, predictability and assuaging fear of change. Saturn (Kronos in the Greek derivation) rules time and knows that if we put consistent and determined effort into something then eventually we will create something successful.



The Moon doesn't excel in Capricorn; the very nature being of an opposite disposition. However, as with the balance of nature, the Moon needs the structure of Capricorn at times. Together, whilst they vibrate at a different frequency, one could not exist without the other.

This full moon will bring up an emotional surge which may make us quite uncomfortable. Feelings will be brought to the surface, as with every full moon but in this case it will be about things we wish to keep either hidden or controlled.

With there being a strong square to the Ascendant-Uranus of this full moon chart, you can be sure that anything that you really do want to hide in your life, is very likely to be revealed. Uranus is the planet of change and chaos, he has no time for secrets and no mood for games. If it scares you it's even more valid than that which doesn't. Be careful what you wish for and that which you don't!



For those who follow politics this could be an interesting week, as obviously it is notoriously difficult to glean clear, concise information on a subject which is so swayed by the media channels. Revelations could slip out this week and as always the smallest changes often have the biggest long-term impacts.

There is an appeasing nature to this full moon chart also, Mercury is linked up with Venus in Leo, showing that there is great opportunity for appeasing conversations. Leo is known more for its charm and charisma than it's depths and as this conjunction links in to the ongoing and problematic Saturn-Neptune square (see previous article) any attempt at covert, cover-ups could cause conflicts and complicated associations. It's probably best to use the creativity of this conjunction to enjoy the arts, rather than trying to deal with any issues which may have come up during recent weeks.



The Mars sextile to the full moon from the house of partnerships reminds us that “actions speak louder than words” and sometimes an adventure, or a fun night out is the most the uplifting choice we can make.

It will be an interesting week and for me personally this full Moon falls exactly on my Venus, so I'm very aware that expecting the unexpected is the only way to approach the coming days.

If you'd like to know more about where this Moon falls in your chart, or perhaps have a few insights into any particular area of your life at the moment do get in contact: waxlobster@hotmail.com
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Blessings and joys~~~~

Thursday, 30 June 2016

New Moon in Cancer ~4th July 2016~ making amends

This New Moon occurs at 12:01pm here in the UK; almost exactly at midday and on the actual entitled 'moon day' – now referred to as 'Monday'.

Although this New Moon is not an eclipse, and doesn't have any additional astronomical significance it is an important one this year. It marks a psychological beginning to the 2016 Summer which seems to have, so far, been absent. In my experience, I've never known the start of Summer to feel so much like Winter; both in energy and in actual weather too.

The major contributory factor for this is that Mars turned retrograde on 18th April 2016 and has been going backwards (from the earth's perspective) until this morning- 12:36am on Thursday 30th June. When a planet is observed as retrograde (the earth's orbit is parallel and moving more quickly around the Sun) then the influence of that planet becomes introspective, backward and more complex. For Mars this occurs every 2 years and during this period your energy levels may be notable lower, your tolerance markedly limited and your progress not notable in any way at all.

With Mars gaining momentum for the first time in more than 3 months, this New Moon will feel like a heady influx of newness. Cancer is a very wholesome, family oriented sign and so there will be a focus towards unification with people closest to us. There is of course not a simplistic, overnight, light-hearted way to shed all of the tensions of recent months. That is a gradual process, the vibe of this New Moon is about recognition of barriers, chasms of negativity and with whom amends need to be made.




The rising sign for this chart shows Virgo (the same as for the last full moon interestingly enough – although with 9º variance) just like the full moon; which was the second in a month sagittarius, this re-visit to Virgo invites us to 'look again'. The strengths of Virgo is the dutiful, patient, conscientious and caring elements but of course the weakness is the ease in discriminate criticism and over-bearing righteousness. From my observations much of the latter has been observable present in society in recent weeks and so, I would postulate that the re-visit of Virgo rising asks us reconsider and perhaps look towards the positive traits of Virgo a little more.

Interestingly the ruler of Virgo (previously cited as Mercury) which is Chiron, is right at the Descendent at this chart – the area which depicts the 'other'. Chiron illustrates the inner world of Virgo and, indeed all of us, in wherever we experience Chiron in our charts and our psyches. Chiron is referred to as “the wounded healer” and represents that part of each of us which we feel is tainted, impure, weak or in some way subject to our own personal revoke. This is often experienced in such a personal way that we feel we need to hide, or cover up this so-called weakness. We find it difficult to accept and integrate this side of ourselves and so, often, when we are prodded or questioned in this area we become defensive, uncomfortable and turn our self-criticism outwardly.

The way to work positively with this part of ourselves is so simple however; it is only to recognise that everybody feels this way about some part of themselves. That if we speak of it, share our weaknesses, open up about our fears, others will do the same. Intrinsically all most people want is to feel part of something and close to others; so strangely enough whilst Chiron is what often gives us the urge to separate and protect ourselves, it is the key (the key being the symbol for Chiron) to that which connects us.

As Chiron falls at the connective 7th House/descendant of this new Moon chart we are reminded that we can heal any rifts by allowing ourselves to feel connected and to do this all we need to do is open up. The great thing about astrology is it gives us information about timings. It would easy to logistically 'know' that you need to build a bridge with another, but when a chart shows influences like this, we can be sure others will want to reach out too, or at the very least be far more responsive to such an advance than at any other time.




Now, in some cases difficult times illustrate where irreconcilable differences lurk and with Pluto opposing this New Moon, from the 4th House the inception of some big changes will be timed by this New Moon. Some people will have been trying to deal with issues that have become more and more complex during the last 3 or so months, to the point where it has become obvious change is the only option available. Remember that old cliché that “a break is as good as a rest” and that great decisions are made from a place of clarity, not despair.

For those of you who feel burned out by this incredibly intense Spring/early Summer so far do try to take some time out. It's not a time to make decisions, it's a time to catch up on sleep, reconnect with people you love, spend time with the purity of animals and ride through the Pluto opposition to this Sun-Moon. The truth will always surface with Pluto and so it's okay to stop thinking, take some time and wait for that to occur, naturally organically.




It's going to take Mars a while to build up speed and it also will take another month or so to leave the 'shadow of its retrograde cycle', until then things will unfold and sanity will resurface. Jupiter is still in Virgo; one of its least expressive signs and when it moves into Libra on 10th September we're all going to be feeling so much more upbeat and joyful.

The key is not to be rash with this period, but to take the time to reach out and reconnect to others and if you've got the opportunity; take some time out and switch off the mind. Things will right themselves…..slowly.

Focus on the love. As always. ♥

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