February's Eclipses

February 12, 2017
This year's eclipses may be few in number – each year always has two eclipse seasons, each with a minimum of one Solar and one Lunar eclipse – but with a significant amount of outer-planet involvement, both seasons promise to pack a punch. Leo – the Sun's own sign – is implicated twice this year, and with forbidding Saturn and unpredictable Uranus both in fire signs for much of the year (Saturn creeps into Capricorn just a few days before Christmas) the inflammatory potential of both seasons is huge.

The first season kicked off yesterday (February 11th) with a powerful Lunar eclipse in Leo, making a closely aligned Grand Trine with both Saturn and Uranus. Jupiter stationed on Spica at 23 Libra just a few days before – opposing Uranus and forming a highly unusual Kite aspect pattern, along with a Trine to the Sun. The eclipsed Full Moon reached perfection just after midnight over Bath, itself a Leo city. It will be interesting to see whether there are any local manifestations of this dark Leonine energy. Grand Trines usually herald positive energies, however the eclipse adds a splash of darkness to the mix and Lunar eclipses can often be more tricksy than Solar ones.




The last few years have been dominated by the ongoing Uranus/Pluto Square, symbolising the conflict between the power of old-guard plutocracies and angry revolutionary forces we have seen flaring up at different points across the globe. This is now separating – although still within orb until the middle of the year – and replaced by a Jupiter Uranus opposition in Libra/Aries. There's a lot of cardinality about – an assertive, forward-moving energy. Great Jupiter in equality-loving Libra squares up to the rash impulsiveness of an Arian Uranus – and one cannot but help think of Trump's current clash with the American judiciary over his contraversial travel ban.

This month's Solar eclipse on the 26th has an altogether different flavour. The Sun and Moon are tangled up with nebulous Neptune, while Uranus and Mars are in a tight conjunction on the Midheaven (in Bath as well as in London) opposite Jupiter. Pluto is involved making a separating T-Square, however it is Mars' involvement in an already heightened aspect pattern that makes this configuration particularly inflammatory.  Note that 21 degrees of a Cardinal sign is implicated again - this will be a recurring theme this year, so anyone with a planet or angle around this degree should be alert to what this might embody. 



The August Solar eclipse looks particularly potent - this will be the first Solar eclipse visible over a large swathe of North America for some time, and falling, as it does, on a certain Mr Trump's Ascendant, although I'm not one for making predictions, I wouldn't be surprised if we are all in for some interesting times!

But that's a whole other post. To be continued...

 

Donald Plays his Trump

March 6, 2016
By Jodey Collorick


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CHINA - AGAIN

January 7, 2016
China's economy appears to be in serious meltdown. Robert Peston pointed out that China's vast credit-fuelled economy was destined to implode almost two years ago, and this week the circuit breakers installed late last year to trigger a shutdown on the Chinese stock exchange if it starts to fall too quickly have been activated twice, prompting panic across global markets.

Interestingly, both Mercury and Jupiter station retrograde this week; Mercury at 1 degree of Aquarius - less than 30s of a...
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Eclipses – Tales of the Unexpected

September 26, 2015
Once again we are in the eclipse season, and this season feels particularly potent, falling as it does like a pair of brackets either side of the autumnal equinox, itself a pivotal point in the celestial year. Like the notorious Siths of the Star Wars series, eclipses come in ominous pairs... And like Siths, they are notoriously difficult to predict. 
Eclipses are really supercharged lunations; lunations with knobs on, if you like. They frequently carry a heightened sense of symbolism; a subve...
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Syrian Migrant Crisis

September 4, 2015
Lunations often echo the themes of our world powerfully. The unfolding human tragedy of the exodus from war-torn Syria was encapsulated this week in the heartbreaking image of the tiny body of a three-year-old Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach. He was discovered by a fisherman in the early hours of Wednesday morning, after the inflatable boat packed with refugees bound for the Greek island of Kos that he was in capsized. The themes of this tragedy are echoed in the symboli...
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China's Economy

August 27, 2015


With news that China's economy is in trouble, the currency devalued and the possibility of a rise in interest rates with the accompanying worry of the effects of this not only on the Chinese population but also in the global economy, it may be worth looking at what is going on astrologically. A nation's economy is represented by the 2nd House and its ruler – in this instance Saturn in prudent and risk-averse Virgo in the 9th. The planets in the 2nd are also of interest in questions of econo...
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Greece

July 3, 2015
As the Greek people go to the polls this weekend to decide whether to accept the terms of the latest offer from the EU, or to risk the possibility of financial ostracism from Europe, I thought it might be interesting to look the astrology. As in all political crises, the issues are complex and there is a long history: years of endemic corruption and financial mismanagement appear to have led to economic meltdown, but is it fair for the rest of Europe to pay the price? Equally, should the curr...
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Christopher Lee

June 13, 2015
 27/5/1922 –7/6/2015


Christopher Lee, who died last week was an incredibly prolific actor, with 244 film and TV credits to his name and a career that spanned seven decades. He often said he wanted to “go with his boots on,” and having completed his last film just last year, he was looking forward to more filming later this year at the age of 93. He is of course best known for his Hammer Horror portrayals of Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy – but perhaps surprisingly, there is no S...


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Charles Kennedy

June 6, 2015
Charles Kennedy was a rare kind of politician – a man of conviction and principle, a politician prepared to stand up for what he believed in, famously opposing the Iraq war in 2003, an almost lone voice cautioning against the Liberal Democrats going into coalition with the Tories in 2010, yet he never stooped to backbiting or sniping at his opponents. His warm Sagittarian generosity – even to those he disagreed with – reflect a Sagittarian Sun in wide conjunction with dignified Jupiter ...
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The astrology of 2014

January 15, 2014
This evening, we looked at the astrology for the coming twelve months, with a view to trying to get something of a handle on the sorts of planetary influences we might be facing, both globally and individually. The New Year's Day chart seemed like a good place to begin with, kicking off 2014 as it does with a potent, applying New Moon in Capricorn, forming a Cardinal Grand Cross with the Uranus/Pluto square we've been living with since 2010, a detrimented Mars in Libra and retrograde Jupiter ...
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