Week of 17th June 2013

By my read, this should be a fun week, a time to enjoy and play … a few days of light in between all the madness of late and the challenges of Mercury retrograde coming in a couple of weeks.  The Sun catches up with Jupiter on Thursday, think of this as a time of playfulness and growth, the mood will be energetic and optimistic … the only risk is over-indulgence!  About the same time Venus and Mercury get together, which suggests harmonious and gentle communications, a great time for conversations that require empathy and awareness.  And in the middle there’s a little aspect between Mars and Uranus that should be rather energetic and enthusiastic … and definitely not mundane!  I I reckon the people who organised the Happiness Conference (http://www.happinessanditscauses.com.au/) in Melbourne this week must have consulted with an astrologer to work out the date.  Nice timing.

26th May 2013

A relief of Geminis …

Well, if that was all a little intense, the next week should offer a bit of relief.  We are now surrounded by the playful energy of Gemini, with Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter already in the sign of the trickster and Mars moving there at the end of this week, making the energy much lighter.

Venus and Mercury are hanging out close to each other this week, and they join up with Jupiter over the next few days.  The best way to think of the energy that this conjunction will create is as affectionate communications that help us grow.  This should be an ideal time for talking out any of the deep and uncomfortable stuff that came up during the eclipses … a chance for conscious and caring communications, a time when we can both hear and express well.  Jupiter expands whatever it touches, so some will talk a lot!  Seriously, a lot!!!

Pluto and Uranus are still demanding that we evolve and the freedom that we experience in communications this week is an opportunity to invigorate that evolution.  The main caution of the week is that the Sun is still in a difficult aspect to Neptune, so there is an element of dreaminess that can turn to delusion if we don’t keep a check on it. Despite that, it is definitely a week for play … probably excessively so … enjoy!

20th May 2013

The season of eclipses …

We are in eclipse season … three eclipses in 30 days! The lunar eclipse late April started us off with the full moon in Scorpio, and then the solar eclipse in Taurus on 10th May.  The third eclipse in this cycle is another lunar eclipse at the full Moon on 25th May (and yes, a lunar eclipse always falls on a full Moon).

Generally, lunar eclipses are a time when there is a barrier between the active, assertive self (Sun) and the emotive, receptive self (Moon).

Next Saturday’s full Moon will see a culmination of whatever was started at the last new Moon (10th May) … whatever intentions we set in place then we can expect something to present next weekend.  Being an eclipse though, it’s possible that what comes up are the things that we allow to get in the way of getting what we want.  Especially the habitual, unconscious, egocentric stuff.  And with the Pluto-Uranus stuff that’s also going on this week … this really is a time to get real about where we’re stuck.

So, the best thing is to be doing whatever you do to tune into self … notice what is presenting and what limits you are creating for yourself.  The eclipse time is likely to be emotionally charged … notice what comes up, sit with it, but don’t rush to act or react … the epiphany and the clarity to communicate whatever it is, is likely to come to us later.  That’s the nature of an eclipse.

The tricky thing about this particular eclipse is that it has Neptune playing a part.  Neptune is the planet of fantasy and imagination, but its shadow side is illusion and deception.  So, while all these big shifts are happening, keep a tab on what’s real and what’s not … when Neptune is involved we can be a bit gullible to things that seem to sparkle, whether they are inside us or outside.  So, it’s also a week for whatever you do to stay grounded.  Again, clarity for action and reaction will come after the intensity of the weekend.

And keep in mind that everyone around you will be doing the same stuff. Enjoy the ride, be gentle!