Why 2018 Begins In The Middle Of January And Your Resolutions Need To Last 3 Years

Sun in Capricorn Season
21 December 2017 - 19 January 2018

 Image by Annette Keys/ Unsplash

Image by Annette Keys/ Unsplash

Got the New Year Blues?

Don't worry if you haven't quite pressed the reset button for the new year just yet.  Maybe you launched your resolutions but are no longer following them?

2018 started with an emotional release and a bang.  That's how it can feel when a new year co-incides with a Full Moon in Cancer, and Uranus stations direct after 5 months of retrograde, or backward, motion.

Magical Moons Switch It Up

A total lunar eclipse and Supermoon in 'watch me' Leo at the end of this month is the culmination of last August's attention-grabbing Leo total solar eclipse.  That's a whole other story.

This blog post is about the Capricorn new Moon on 17 January.  The days following this lunation is when your new year really begins.  

Capricorn Rules O.K.

The new Moon joins the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Pluto in disciplined, determined, eyes-on-the-prize Capricorn.  It'll be much easier to get - and to keep - going with your resolutions from then on.

As most of the planetary pile-up in Capricorn squares firecracker Uranus in Aries, something can turnaround your determination to succeed beyond the fears and doubts that usually hold you back.

Go For It 

Action planet Mars and 'give it a go' Jupiter are still close enough in laser-focused, fixed Scorpio that whatever you initiate at this new Moon, you're unlikely to be thrown off your course of action.  

Scorpio is Mars' natural turf.  Just go with your gut and - with a push from Jupiter and a shove from Uranus - then some.  There is a risk you may go too far.  Just as excited new year's eve partygoers do. 

Be Productive Not Reflective

There are no planets in Air at this new Moon.  This is not a time for analysis paralysis.  It's a big dollop of planets in practical, high-yielding Earth.  It's all about what you do, make, build.        

You still have time to organise your plan for what you want to achieve this year.  Besides, Mercury doesn't leave its retrograde shadow - the tail-end of a research and review period - until 10 January.

 Image by Astro Gold

Image by Astro Gold

plan ahead to December 2020

This year it's wise to make resolutions for the next 3 years, not just for 2018.  The new year more or less aligns with the start of Saturn's three year staycation in Capricorn until 16 December 2020.  

Every time Saturn enters a new zodiac sign it's time to start building in a new area of your life for the duration of his stay.  Now that Saturn is back in his home sign, it'll be easier to make sh*t happen.   

Saturn: A Planet With A Plan

While Saturn's happy to be home, he isn't exactly chilling out in his PJs and slippers.  He's got plans.  He's asking you to make plans in the Capricorn-ruled area of your life, as shown in your astrological chart.

What do you want to achieve?  What are your long-term goals?  How are you going to turn them into reality?  How ambitious are you?  Do your plans allow for your own, other people's and life's limits?      

Have an investment mindset 

In this first year, lay solid foundations for your structured, doable challenge to get to where you want to be. To produce whatever gives you deep satisfaction.  A sense of mastery.  Respect.  Your place in society.   

Begin and then just keep going.  And keep going.  Don't give up.  Ever.  Things worth being, doing, having take time to construct.  Be responsible for the fruits of your labour.  That is Saturn's message to you.

Hang In There

Take regular, small steps towards the consequences you want to materialise.  At times it will feel as if you are going nowhere.  Keep your eyes on the prize.  Persist.  Be patient.  Eventually you will arrive.      

Do the work and to do it well.  Even when you don't feel like it.  That is how you earn Saturn's prizes.  He will test your commitment, standards and integrity along they way.  Sloppy, half-baked efforts turn him off.

Go Slow And Steady

Learn to say 'no' to manage expectations and resources - especially your own.  Slow down to adjust and hone your plan as needed.  Focus on what brings you closer to your long-term goals and ditch the rest.

Saturn is indifferent to excuses and blaming others because you're understandably tired, bored or fed up. Expect obstacles, rejection and ennui.  Adults find a way to deal with them.  It's hard.  That's life.  Get real.  

Make Your Time On Planet Earth Count

Practical challenges are not what prevent us from reaping Saturn's rewards.  Our doubts and fears about not being enough get in the way.  Knowing we are limited is inescapable.  No wonder it hurts.

Cynicism hides feeling inadequate and mortal.  Saturn in Capricorn says keep on regardless.  Make a difference while you are here.  Be useful to your equally flawed and very capable fellow human beings. 

What Is Success For You?

The road to success is a long and winding one.  Are you pursuing your own version of success, or someone else's?  Saturn in Capricorn is time to define your own take on achievement.  Own it.

This month's Capricorn new Moon square innovative Arian Uranus enables - or requires - you to push past your inhibitions about what you think others expect of you.  Rise to the challenge you most want to meet.  

You Can Handle It

Prior to Saturn's arrival in Capricorn on 20 December 2017, he spent 3 years in Sagittarius.  As he squared image-maker Neptune, heartbreaking stories of people escaping horror across the globe filled the media.

We also witnessed incredible human endurance in the most dire situations.  Saturn knows how grim life can be.  He also demonstrates how people can miraculously cope with far more than we imagine possible.

play the long game

Working with Saturn cultivates an acceptance of life as it is, not the reality TV version.  He demands things are done properly and realistically.  Operate accordingly and be handsomely rewarded at the end of 2020.

That might feel like ages away.  The effort and wait are worth their weight in gold.  The inner sense of being truly present in the world is priceless.  Material wellbeing and wealth are also Saturnian gifts.

 Image by Kaidi Guo/ Unsplash

Image by Kaidi Guo/ Unsplash

the bigger picture

Once paradigm-shifting Uranus lands in earthbound Taurus this May, the firm ground that Saturn treads will feel much less stable.  It's a sensation we'll all get used to as we begin to re-envision our environment.

Pluto in Capricorn since 2008 has intensified all Capricorn activity and will do so for a few more years yet. When Saturn and Pluto meet in 2020, a whole new set of societal structures will begin to emerge globally.

start your trek to december 2020

Here's an outline, by sun sign, of the areas of life in which Saturn promises to honour you in exchange for your hard graft in his Earth realm.  Take a look at your ascendant or rising sign too if you know what it is.

If you are already trekking up your respective mountain(s), like the stoical Capricorn mountain goat, raise your game to maximise your prospects of reaching the peak.  Saturn favours excellence (not perfection).

where to build for success by sun sign/ rising sign

Aries  Your work, career, public image and reputation
Taurus  Your learning, start up or other horizon-expanding venture
Gemini  Your most trusted connections, wealth and investments
Cancer  Your committed partnerships, significant others and collaborators
Leo  Your daily routines, diet and exercise habits, lifestyle
Virgo  Your romantic and creative life, pleasure and recreation, children
Libra  Your home, family and roots, property, origins
Scorpio  Your local community, social life, friends, siblings
Sagittarius Your income, finances, products, output, sense of self-worth
Capricorn Your priorities, appearance, vitality, approach to life
Aquarius  Your self-care, time out, inner life, privacy
Pisces  Your group endeavours, teams, network, causes

get clear on your goals

Unsure about your goals?  Who do you respect most in this area?  What is it about them and/or what they do that you envy?  That is what you most need to work on creating for yourself.  Awkward but true.  

There will be times when you feel blocked, rejected and denied on the road to success.  It's part of the maturing process.  Saturn is testing how bad you really want it.  Stick with it and you'll both find out.

Your Sun in Capricorn Action

Saturn was last in Capricorn between 1988-1991.  What was happening for you at that time?  That's a clue as to how things might play out during his current 2017-2020 stay in Capricorn.

Is this the first time you are experiencing Saturn in Capricorn?  If so, you are having your Saturn return. Collect your first 'I'm an adult' badge and continue on Saturn's road to more maturity, wisdom and mastery.


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Way Too Big For Your Boots? Stormzy, Net Neutrality and Saturn’s Last Days In Sagittarius

Sun in Sagittarius Season
22 November – 20 December 2017

 Image by Oziel Gomez/ Unsplash

Image by Oziel Gomez/ Unsplash

The planet of delay, Saturn, is right at the end of Sagittarius.  No wonder my Sagittarius season blog post is a few weeks late.  It has been a struggle to know what to say. 

Still, I know I cannot give up on this piece.  Saturn requires you to stick to the job, however impossible it seems.  Patience and perseverance lead to good outcomes with Saturn.

Saturn Takes and Gives

Saturn grounds you in the real world.  His favoured currency is hard graft.  He smiles on integrity and quality.  His top rewards are mastery, respect and material wellbeing.   

Saturn places major obstacles in your path so you have to slog long and hard for what you most want to achieve.  Only then can you fully appreciate the fruits of your labour.

You Gotta Work For It

Earn it.  That is Saturn’s message.  He makes you grow up.  He rids you of the notion that the world owes you anything.  He teaches you to deal with life as it is.  He wants you to get real.

Saturn is the less shiny side of life.  He reminds you that you are a flawed human being with a finite lifespan.  Appreciating limits makes you value your short time on Planet Earth.   

Mister Melancholy

Wherever Saturn is in your birth chart by sign and house is where you feel ‘not enough’.  Everyone else seems to have it so much easier.  For you, there is only lack. 

Traditionally, Saturn is linked to melancholy.  In modern times, we have depression.  Acknowledging the pain of feeling ‘less than’ is a starting point for living with limits.

Do It Yourself

Saturn teaches you to take responsibility for building the missing piece of yourself.  The satisfaction you acquire as a result is your reward.  You feel real and whole again.

This is a lifelong endeavour requiring your ongoing commitment in the face of inevitable setbacks and doubt.  Growing up is hard and boring.  Not doing it only exacerbates the pain.

Leave Your Ego at The Door

Saturn will knock you down a peg or two if you continue to behave like a child expecting others to be responsible for you when it is time for you to be responsible for yourself.

As BBC Music Artist of the Year 2017 Stormzy raps (with his dignified Saturn in Aquarius):

You're getting way too big for your boots
You're never too big for the boot
 Stormzy at the MTV EMAs 2017.  Image by Lia Toby/ WENN.com

Stormzy at the MTV EMAs 2017.  Image by Lia Toby/ WENN.com

Just Get On With It

People typically react to Saturn with fear, denial and avoidance.  And lots of moaning.  Who wants to have to deal with limits?  It is all good as long as you do the work as well.

Can you acknowledge where you hurt – instead of blaming your parents/boss/partner or whoever else you have given your authority away to?  If so, you are ready to rumble with Saturn.

The Long Road to Maturity

There are many times before and after the milestone Saturn returns every 30 odd years when you get tested on how grown up you really are.  It takes practice to truly mature.    

Life provides numerous opportunities to exercise responsibility as you head towards adulthood.  Do it right and Saturn rewards you handsomely.  Slackers get short shrift.

Saturn On Your Case

A forecast for your personal birth chart reveals when Saturn has his sights set on testing you, and in which areas of your life you can expect to experience his exacting standards.

After Saturn entered Sagittarius in December 2014, he spent Summer 2015 in Scorpio.  That was a time to (re)learn some very hard Scorpionic lessons about surviving excruciating loss.

A Worthwhile Investment

The duties and deadlines that Saturn imposes can be a real drag.  But, if you hang in there and pay your dues, the self-respect and mastery you eventually acquire are deeply fulfilling.

Wherever Saturn is in your birth chart, life is meant to be tough.  It seems as if all you hear is ‘no’.  If you listen more carefully, you will notice that what Saturn is really saying is ‘not yet’. 

Getting Real Feels So Good

You can only have the goodies after you have done what you need to do and done it well.  Saturn sets a high bar and expects you to meet it.  Shortcuts and sloppiness are not his bag.

It can take years to let go of resistance to Saturn’s relentless demands.  Once you rise to the challenge, you find your own authority and make peace with being human.  It feels great. 

Net Neutrality Alert

Right now, Saturn is at the final 29th crisis degree of Sagittarius: we are in denial about a global communication catastrophe.

The recent decision to weaken net neutrality has colossal implications for access to information the world over yet it has barely registered as a mainstream news story.

 Image by www.egyptinnovate.com

Image by www.egyptinnovate.com

There is more to come

This move was made on 14th December under Mercury retrograde.  More details on this story will emerge after Mercury clears its retrograde shadow on 10th January 2018.

By then, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Pluto will all be in Capricorn.  That is a much more pragmatic, serious vibe compared to pie in the sky, play it by ear Sagittarius.   

Getting more real than ever

Saturn in Sagittarius’ focus is on honing a vision for the future.  Once Saturn returns to Capricorn next Wednesday, attention switches to the brass tacks of making that vision real.

With Saturn on his home turf until December 2020 (and again in Aquarius until March 2023 after that), we are obliged to get more real than ever to reach our most precious goals.

your sun in sagittarius action

Reflect on the last month in which the Sun, Mercury and Saturn have all been travelling through Sagittarius.  In what ways are you starting to reap the rewards of taking more responsibility for yourself and for accepting the inevitable limits of being human?  


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Profile: Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond

 Baroness Hale of Richmond.  Image by The Guardian.

Baroness Hale of Richmond.  Image by The Guardian.

Baroness Hale is the United Kingdom’s most senior judge.  She was sworn in as the President of the Supreme Court last month and is the first woman to occupy the role.

This Yorkshirewoman’s path to this venerable position is littered with firsts.  She graduated top of her class at Cambridge University with the only starred first in law that year.

Baroness Hale was also the best-performing bar exams finalist in the year she became a barrister.  Her Mercury-Mars conjunction in Capricorn evidences her organised mind and mental stamina. 

She knows precisely which words to use and does so with gravitas.  What she says and what she does are aligned, and there is a plan behind behind both.

She was the first woman and youngest ever person to join the Law Commission in 1984, the statutory body responsible for promoting law reform. 

She has been instrumental in numerous major legislative reforms in areas including child protection, family matters and mental health.

Baroness Hale was the first academic to become a judge in the family division of the High Court.  In 2011, as a Supreme Court justice, her lead judgment ruled that domestic violence is not limited to physical violence.

As an Aquarian, she is ruled by both Saturn (societal law, tradition) and Uranus (game-changing innovation).  Baroness Hale’s brilliant legal career exquisitely blends both upholding and disrupting the status quo.

With her Sun co-ruled by and trine Uranus, breaking new ground comes easily to her.  This is especially so as both planets are in a grand Air trine with Neptune and Chiron in Libra. 

A grand trine depicts an innate talent for a particular kind of motivation.  Air is all about the life of the mind.   Abstract legal theory and ethics are Baroness Hale's natural terrain.

Social equality and welfare are topics often close to Uranian people’s hearts.  Saturn in Cancer square Neptune conjunct Chiron in Libra marks family and mental health law as this judge’s specialist areas. 

With her Aquarian Sun opposing Pluto in Leo, Baroness Hale stands for the wider social good against excessive entitlement. 

She knows all too well how uncompromising resistance to change can be when those who wield enormous power feel threatened themselves.

Her Sun-Pluto opposition converts her grand Air trine into a kite, underlining her high flyer status. 

Her Sun becomes the focal point of this powerful kite configuration, which is just as well as it opposes an out of bounds Pluto.  This is one tough judge. 

Brenda Hale natal chart.jpg

Transiting Chiron crossed her two exalted, or most favourably placed, planets at arguably the two pinnacles of her long list of exceptional achievements. 

Her natal Chiron resides in Libra so this could be seen as a rebalancing of feminine and masculine principles; the essence of Libra.

On becoming the first female Lord of Appeal and a life peer when she entered the House of Lords on 12th January 2004, transiting Chiron conjoined exalted Mars in Capricorn. 

Her lifelong journey to making things happen in accordance with her ideas of how things should be (Mercury conjunct Mars in Capricorn) reached culmination. 

Solar arc directed Uranus was also conjunct her natal Pluto, marking her arrival in a new league of power-brokers.

She remains a trailblazing, caring judge (Sun in Aquarius trine Uranus, co-ruled by Saturn in Cancer). 

As she said in a lecture soon afterwards, the gender and ethnicity of judges matters "because democracy matters".

On being appointed President of the Supreme Court on 5th September 2017, transiting Chiron was very close to her exalted Venus in Pisces[1].  Her very female presence can no longer be sidelined.   

Solar arc directed Jupiter opposed and solar arc directed Venus conjoined her natal Uranus: she continues to turn the legal establishment upside down by holding the highest legal position in the land as a woman. 

Shortly after becoming President, Baroness Hale reaffirmed her long-time support for ‘no fault’ divorce.  

Removing adultery and ‘unreasonable behaviour’ as grounds for divorce can contribute to minimising the acrimony that stains so many separations.  

It is enough to record that a marriage has ‘irretrievably broken down’ without having to allocate blame.  

She also advocates a year-long ‘cooling off’ period to give the couple time to sort out their financial and property affairs, and to make arrangements for taking care of any children.

While exceptionally bright in the narrow academic sense, this judge does not live entirely in her head. 

Venus in Pisces opposite Jupiter in Virgo demonstrate her deep compassion and a zeal for tidying up poorly functioning, messy situations. 

Earth, not Air, is Baroness Hale’s dominant elemental signature so her intellectual acuity (grand Air trine) is superseded by an awareness of what can work in ‘real’ life. 

Might these widely-supported divorce law reforms finally be enacted once Saturn in Capricorn (legal restructuring) joins Jupiter in Scorpio (healing shame)?  Possibly. 

For the foreseeable future, Baroness Hale and her fellow justices are going to be busy navigating the Supreme Court through and beyond Brexit. 

Resetting their court’s relationship with the European Court of Justice – the European Union’s Supreme Court – and redrawing their respective jurisdictions as part of the U.K.’s departure from the EU is no mean feat. 

How the U.K. Supreme Court handle this will impact the lives of millions of British citizens and many more besides for years to come, and will be closely scrutinised. 

Baroness Hale will lead on the role and status of our Supreme Court post-Brexit not just vis-a-vis the European Union but also in relation to the rest of the British establishment.

Against the backdrop of Pluto’s ongoing transit of Capricorn, the constitutional balance of power between the judiciary, the executive and parliament, as well as the media, will also remain in the spotlight.   

With first Pluto and then Saturn transiting Baroness Hale’s Mars by conjunction between January 2018 and December 2019, the Brexit process is going to fundamentally reconfigure what fires her up.

Initially, the situation might feel completely impossible (Pluto).  Ultimately, she could uncover a whole new source of strength (Mars invigorated by Pluto) to tackle the restructuring of the UK's legal relationship with the EU.  

Being born with a Sun-Pluto opposition, the Plutonic realm is one she is already familiar with.  She knows how dark power struggles can get.  She is no walkover.  

While an exalted Mars in Capricorn can overestimate what it can achieve, Baroness Hale's track record shows she has acted to maximum and very beneficial effect for herself and her society.

This is even though her Mars is disposed by a weak Saturn in detriment in Cancer which is further destabilised by its square to slippery Neptune-Chiron.  Her behaviour demonstrates empathy not weakness. 

During these upcoming transits, solar arc directed Mercury opposes her natal Neptune.  Her thinking may not be quite as clear and structured as it usually is.  Or, perhaps she will find she has to concede decisions. 

At the end of February 2018, progressed Mercury in Aries squares her natal Mercury.  She is likely to be involved in some pretty fierce debates at that time, both internal and with others. 

Things will start to settle for her once transiting Saturn reaches her Mars in March 2019 and restores some semblance of order.  It will be a totally new order.  That is the only way after a Pluto transit.   

Being a Cardinal-Mutable type with only the Sun in a Fixed sign (the angles’ modes are unknown in the absence of a birth time), she can initiate change and adapt to refreshed circumstances. 

What happens between now and the Saturn transit with transiting Pluto over her Mars will keep Baroness Hale more active than ever.  She is likely to be visiting territory she has not yet ventured to.

Her grand Air trine can support her with maintaining a detached, rational perspective on what promises to be a life-changing period for her and the country.  That is what lawyers excel at. 

And she is officially our most excellent judge.        

1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40679299
2. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/baroness-hale-president-of-the-supreme-court-backs-no-fault-divorce-qbwhv7fcc
3. http://www.grayfords.co.uk/baroness-hale-on-divorce/

[1] The exact three-hit transit of Chiron to Venus spans 15th March, 19th November and 29th December 2018. 

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Profile: Denise Coates, Billionaire Founder and CEO of Bet365

 Denise Coates CBE.  Image by trend-chaser.com.

Denise Coates CBE.  Image by trend-chaser.com.

Denise Coates is the UK’s highest paid boss.  Last year she took home £217m, easily surpassing Taylor Swift, 2016’s highest paid entertainer according to Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list.

In 2016, profits at her company Bet365.com rose 15% to £514m after punters gambled almost £47bn.  She bought the domain name on eBay for $25,000 in 2000 and launched the following year.

Denise foresaw - and crucially bet - that the future of the sports gambling business was online.  She decided to mortgage the bricks and mortar betting shops whose fortunes she had turned around after taking them over from her father. 

Her brother and closest advisor John recollects ‘she just kept saying: 'This is what we're going to do, this is what we're going to do'.  In Denise’s words, ‘we gambled everything on it.  We were the ultimate gamblers if you like’. 

 Chart by Astro Gold

Chart by Astro Gold

Denise’s prescience and appetite for risk is reflected in her action planet Mars in Sagittarius’ intuitive knowing in trine, or easy angle, to Saturn in Aries’ entrepreneurial mastery. 

Mars rules her Arian Saturn and is out of bounds: it is beyond the Sun's supervision.  Mars is travelling just beyond the ecliptic, the Sun’s apparent path.  Denise’s Mars does its own thing.

Her out of bounds Mars moves with extra fervour in adventurous Sagittarius, and gets its kicks from operating a boundary-expanding global business. 

Transiting Mars conjunct, or met, Denise’s Pluto (regenerative power) at 20° Virgo (service) when she received a CBE for her services to the community and business in the 1 January 2012 New Year’s Honours list.  She is the 'patron of the Potteries' as Bet365 is the largest private employer in her hometown.

While her Mars operates only marginally outside the standard band of degrees, Denise’s Moon is way out of range at almost +28° of declination (+/- 23°27' is the band).  It is not clear whether Denise has a Gemini or Cancer Moon (instinctual responses) in the absence of a birth time for her natal chart. 

A Gemini Moon would fit her love of numbers – she has a first-class degree in econometrics, or the application of statistical methods to economic data – and her negotiation and multi-tasking savvy.  She also runs the business as co-CEO with her brother John.  Gemini rules siblings. 

A dignified Cancer Moon would align with Denise’s very strong need for privacy, and for staying close to her family’s Stoke-on-Trent roots, which includes five children, four of whom are adopted.  Such a strong Moon would suggest exceptional intuition and a knack for trend-spotting. 

Either way, her Moon squares game-changing Uranus.  With Uranus in Virgo, her instinctual rule-breaking exudes understatement, as well as restating her out of bounds Moon’s very idiosyncratic tendencies.

This woman possesses enormous self-belief.  She was born with Venus (self-love) conjunct Jupiter (in spades) in Leo (heart vibes).  Venus boosts her confidence by ruling her Libran Sun.  Or as Denise puts it, ‘I’ve been bossy all my life’. 

Denise is also blessed by having Venus at 28° Leo conjunct royal star Regulus at 29° Leo.  Other Regulus beneficiaries with 29° Leo placements include Prince's Pluto-Midheaven conjunction (mega high impact public profile), Jeremy Corbyn’s Saturn (authority) and Donald Trump’s Ascendant (path through life). 

With a Sun-Saturn opposition, Denise has grafted for her achievements.  ‘You start a 24/7 business and you work 24/7…I've worked harder than you can possibly imagine.’ 

The tightest aspect in Denise’s chart (subject to an accurate birth time showing otherwise) is Mercury in Libra sextile Jupiter in Leo.  At her best, Denise strategically weighs up the evidence to reach the right decisions drawing on her inner resolution.

Transiting Jupiter, planet of good luck, has showered good fortune on Denise’s Leo, Virgo and Libra planets spanning natal Jupiter to Mercury since her fourth Jupiter return at the end of July 2015.

To remain in Jupiter's favour, Denise would do well to demonstrate genuine compassion for those who have experienced the destructive side of gambling by the time Jupiter reaches her Neptune (addiction) at 22° Scorpio (hidden) in early October 2018.

In response to criticism for not doing enough so far, Bet365’s latest trading statement vows to ‘minimise gambling-related harm and to keep crime out of gambling’.  The company also says it intends to collaborate on research into responsible gambling and harm-minimisation interventions.

Jupiter will judge whether Denise does the right thing, morally and financially, and will unabashedly expose anything that does not smell right.  Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey are already encountering Jupiter in Scorpio’s judgement.

Questions about the right use of power by big business vis-à-vis the wider societies they inhabit have been in the frame since Pluto (raw power and wealth) entered Capricorn (the Establishment) in 2008. 

The Uranus-Pluto squares of 2012-15 heightened the tension between individuals and entrenched political, economic and social interests. 

Jupiter’s passage through Scorpio until early November 2018 intensifies this long-running examination of the exercise of serious power from a more overtly moral stance.  Denise Coates’ chart is just one (billionaire) window on this bigger picture. 

We can all contribute to a better society by reflecting on how we each use (and abuse?) our own power.  Jupiter in Scorpio sniffs out what we do not want to see because facing it means we have no option but to change our ways.

1. www.theguardian.com/business/2017/nov/12/bet365-chief-denise-coates-paid-217m-last-year
2. www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/11/13/bet365-chief-exec-denise-coates-becomes-uks-highest-paid-boss/
3. mountainastrologer.com/tma/over-the-top-stories-from-the-out-of-bounds

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What Do You Do When Your Survival Instinct Kicks In?

Sun in Scorpio Season
23 October – 21 November 2017

 Image by Lali Masiera/ Magdeleine

Image by Lali Masiera/ Magdeleine

The Sun's annual stay in Scorpio shines an extra bright light on our instinctual life as Jupiter's presence in Scorpio since 10 October 2017 questions the integrity with which we handle the animal part of our nature.

Jupiter's arrival in Scorpio marked the end of the silence protecting Harvey Weinstein.  Instead of getting caught in the sordid details of his abuse of power, ask what you do when you feel your survival is at stake.

Scorpio’s Shady Reputation

The rage, shame and reckoning the Weinstein story evokes all fall within the Scorpio realm.  Primal emotions are hard for so-called civilised society to stomach so they live underground.

Until they meet the light of the Sun.  Jupiter in Scorpio morally magnifies the Sun in Scorpio shining on violations of raw, natural power.  It is big news: Jupiter visits every zodiac sign only once every 12 years.

Don’t Fake It

What is the right thing to do when you feel extremely vulnerable?  Together, the Sun and Jupiter in Scorpio seek the absolute emotional truth.  Hiding from or denying your baser instincts will not work. 

Even if you have never sat on the Hollywood casting couch, you will have experienced feeling powerless. Whether the danger is real or not,  your survival instinct kicks in.  Do you hear it?  What happens for you?  

Can You Smell Your Gut Calling?

How attuned are you to your gut's call to action for survival?  If you are tuned in, you might experience an overwhelming urge to destroy the perceived threat.  You might want to run away.  Or just freeze.  

Perhaps you are such a ‘nice’, civilised person that you rely fully on your head and do not notice your body's call for self-preservation.  After all, we are not living in caves and jungles anymore.  Or are we?   

Responding and Reacting

Upon sensing your gut alarm, you have a choice.  You can react in blind knee-jerk fashion.  Or, you can pause to check and assess the danger.  Then you can respond, blending instinct with reason. 

Saturn’s 2012-2015 visit to Scorpio was a tough training in responding versus reacting.  Jupiter’s current year-long stay in Scorpio can help to heal any residual emotionally stuck reactions.

When the Tables are Turned

Imagine you have the upper hand in any given situation.  Do you by any chance resort to humiliating behaviour to maintain your feeling of being in charge?  It could be in tiny, subtle, even unspoken ways. 

Even the kindest, most ‘normal’ people can react destructively when their sense of being in control evaporates.  A firm ‘no’, (re)asserting a healthy boundary or taking time out might work just as well.   

Scorpio Equals Survival

Scorpio is ruled by the planets of survival.  On a personal level by night warrior Mars, and collectively, by Pluto, mythical lord of the underworld. 

Scorpio is necessarily an extreme sign.  It is a matter of life and death.  Overreaction is understandable.  Still, how does that help you when your survival instinct has been triggered by, say, a traffic jam?

Is It Really ‘The End’?

Sometimes an ending really is on the horizon.  Having to say goodbye to a job, a relationship, a life can hurt like hell.  But Jupiter can can help you to learn to let go.  Accepting death is the first law of survival.   

Scorpio takes you to the edge to remind you that everything has to end sometime.  But, is it really over or just time to renew?  Jupiter in Scorpio opens up new emotional pathways until 7 November 2018.  

Your Sun in Scorpio Action

Pay attention next time your gut calls.  You are part animal.  We all are.

Breathe.  Calm down, assess the danger and consider your options.  Even if a split second is all you have.  

Honour your survival instinct.  In a genuine, life/death scenario, trust yourself and life to look after you. Taking time to respond - rather than reacting - as best you can is usually enough to stay safe and alive.

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Can You Pursue Harmony Over Hassle?

sun in libra season
22 September - 22 October 2017

 Image by Sarah Cervantes/ Unsplash

Image by Sarah Cervantes/ Unsplash

Natalie Reynolds, author of ‘We Have A Deal: How to Negotiate with Intelligence, Flexibility and Power’ speaks of the need for difference of 'thought, opinion, background, perspective, approach and style’ at the negotiation table.  

How fitting that she highlighted gender diversity as a critical factor for success on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, on the eve of the Sun's move into Libra: the zodiac sign of finding common ground.  

venus, mars and gender diversity

This is not about women against men (or the other way round).  Every person's astrological chart has a Venus and a Mars.  

How much can your Venus collaborate, make peace and unite?  How much can your Mars compete, challenge and take charge?  Both have a role in negotiations of all kinds.

My way or our way?

Compromise is a dirty word when you want everything your own way.  But how do you maintain relationships without give and take?  

While the Sun travels through Libra between 22 September and 22 October 2017, we all have a chance to practice being better partners in all areas of our lives.  Libra is ruled by Venus.  

make peace not war 

Make sure your partnerships cater for what each party wants.  Aim to restore balance when things go too far in either direction.  Be specific and diplomatic when 'calling out’ unacceptable behaviour.  

Shine like the Libran Sun by sustaining the relationship.  Not by tearing the other person to pieces.  

observe the ORDINARY

Venus is in daily life-oriented Virgo for all but the last week of the Sun’s time in Libra.  Pay extra attention to your everyday interactions.

Mars is also in Virgo so being thoughtfully assertive is the best way to get your own way.  

partnership power

Yesterday, I met a professional couple where the woman is the business brain and the man is the technical genius.  Libra rules all committed one-to-one pairings not just romantic ones. 

They share a strong work ethic, recognise each other’s complementary talents, and acknowledge they need each other.  In their words, ‘together we are greater than the sum of our parts’.

do you prefer to lead or follow?

Knowing and being honest with yourself about the the balance between your capacity to yield and your urge to dominate helps you to negotiate partnerships that fit you.

An astrological consultation reveals more about your personal preferences so that you can enjoy the kind of harmony that suits you.  And your partners might appreciate that too.  


Over the month ahead, try to be more Venus than Mars, whatever that means for you.  What do you notice about the harmony versus hassle factor? 

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Astrology As A Problem-Solving Conversation

The idea that the stars might somehow determine the course of our lives without any say on our part is an unsettling one.  It is also a common misconception about astrology.

This ancient subject can be immensely helpful for dealing with all kinds of challenges.

An astrological consultation is a problem-solving conversation with the aid of a chart. 

This exchange imaginatively and realistically opens up possibilities rather than laying down some kind of inescapable life sentence.

After all, why bother with astrology if all it does is tell you what is going to happen and there is nothing you can do about it?

It all starts with the chart

The basic idea of astrology is that the planets above us in the sky act as a great big mirror to life on earth.

An astrological chart is a symbolic map of the planets in time and space, at a particular moment in time.

The chart can provide a huge amount of extremely valuable information and insight about the chart owner and what is happening for them, at any given time.

Individuals, organisations, countries and events can all have their own charts.   

What aN astrological chart looks like

 Chart by Astro Gold

Chart by Astro Gold

Here is a simplified chart for when this blog post was published.  It is a snapshot of the planets as if you were looking up at the sky in London at noon on 27 March 2016.   

Do you see Venus?  She is right next to the arrow in area 9 on the inner circle. 

The other nine main astrological planets are also shown. 

All their planetary positions are astronomically correct because the chart has been calculated using an ephemeris, or planetary timetable. 

The planets are shown against the zodiac, an imaginary circle rooted in star constellations and their mythology. 

Imagination and science both have their place in astrology. 

Correspondence is the name of the game

Each of the ten core planets is a symbol for a basic theme in life.

Their arrangement in the chart says something about – without setting in stone – the character of the chart owner. 

The unfolding of their interrelated planetary cycles reflects the development patterns of that character, and the timing of those processes.

An astrological chart is a symbolic, not a literal, map.  The relationship between the chart and the chart owner is one of correspondence.  The connection is not causal.  

Neither the planets nor the chart 'make' the chart owner be or do anything.        

What the chart owner experiences is matched by what is shown in the chart, and vice versa.  This is happening on many different levels and in many different ways.


The symbolic way in which way charts work means there are many possible options for bringing the chart's symbols to life.

In other words, you are still responsible for your choices and responses.  There is considerable room for manoeuvre.    

Engaging with your chart enables you to see all of yourself and what is happening for you afresh and more clearly, including what may otherwise be hidden from view.

Discussing what your chart brings to light equips you to make better decisions as you become better informed about who you really are and the lie of the land.

In addition, astrology gives you the gift of timing.  Knowing about different periods of time and their qualities and duration means you can plan and act, or not, as most benefits you.

Taking A symbolic approach

The true value of astrology in problem-solving lies in its symbolic nature. 

A symbol has many layers.  It contains a variety of inexhaustible associated meanings, all somehow true to its essence.

A symbol is not the thing itself: it represents or stands in for something else.

What that ‘something else’ is, is what the client brings to the consultation.  That is, their story and the issues they want to address.  The astrologer brings the chart and their expertise.  

Prior to the consultation, the astrologer will spend time studying the chart to identify its most significant astrological symbols and patterns, taking into account the client's outline brief.  Some kind of forecast, usually for the year ahead, is also part of the groundwork.  

The astrologer comes to the consultation with a chart-based foundation to guide the discussion.  

Aha moments

The actual interpretation of the chart happens ‘live’ in conversation, in collaboration with the client.    

During the consultation, the astrologer is listening very carefully to the client in order to translate the symbols noted as abstract principles during preparation, into something real and relevant to the client's personal situation. 

What the client says and how they are gives the symbols a form and expression that has a meaning and application unique to them. 

Mixing symbols and real life circumstances in this way is what leads to a conversation that rings true for the client.  

Astrological dialogue enables you to find a new way through by uncovering a fresh perspective, greater clarity and invaluable timing guidance.

Take a look at your own chart

See what your own chart looks with this free chart calculation tool at www.astro.com.

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Why Astrology Can Give You Much More Than Your Horoscope

‘What’s your star sign?’  Most people know the answer to this question.  Many of them regularly read their horoscopes.  Some with hope, others with cynicism. 

But, there is a whole lot more to astrology besides horoscopes. 

Read on to discover its real power. 

 Image by MaFelipe/ Getty Images

Image by MaFelipe/ Getty Images

What is really going on

The sky is like a great big mirror reflecting what is really going on for and around you.  This is the basic idea of astrology. 

Astrology plugs you in to a much bigger picture of meaningful planetary cycles.  Observing these eternal planetary patterns provides invaluable insight and information. 

This can be enormously helpful when you get stuck and need help to find your way through.  Sometimes, your usual problem-solving routes and resources are not enough. 

There is more to astrology than you might think

An online or printed horoscope is inevitably a restricted view.  It is based on the position of the Sun on your date of birth in one of a dozen zodiac signs.  

By contrast, an astrological consultation offers more detail and nuance by taking your date, time and place of birth into account.

A consultation draws on a map of at least ten planets in twelve signs, in twelve areas.  Each planet is more specifically located within one of the thirty degrees which each sign comprises.  The planets are linked by a minimum of five basic connecting patterns, operating in multiple combinations.  Various forecasting techniques add motion and timing to the mix.

There is more to come on all these essential factors in the coming weeks.


A tiny glimpse of what astrology can reveal

Let us imagine you are an Aries.  In other words, the Sun was in the part of the sky called ‘Aries’ on the day you were born.

Today, 20 March, is the first day that the Sun is in Aries this year, and where it will remain until 19 April 2016.      

Your horoscope might describe you as an enterprising, ‘straight to the point’, go-getter.  That may be spot on.  Or, that description might not sound like you at all. 

After all, horoscopes are a generalized kind of astrology. 

If when you were born the Moon was in, say, the sign of Cancer, you are also emotionally sensitive and tend to respond indirectly. 

The kind of Aries you are is shaped by the Moon, plus the other nine planets, along with the other key factors flagged above, and yet to be explored.    

Look skyward

A private, one-on-one astrological consultation allows you to uncover a fuller reflection of the real you.  Seeing the whole of who you really are equips you to navigate your life experiences in much better ways.

Working with astrology in this way can be very rewarding.  The perspective, clarity and timing you gain goes far beyond the much more limited remit of horoscopes.   

Next time you feel unsure or lost, look up to the sky and remember that whatever is happening is part of a bigger story.  Astrology is a great map for understanding what that is so that you can choose the best road ahead.    

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