February Astromusings – Full Moon in Leo, Retrograde Mercury, New Moon in Pisces, Happy Birthday Pisceans – Shane Fitzsimmons – a standout Piscean

12 Pisces
Pisces the two fish
swim through
the unfathomable depths
Body and soul bound by
the silver cord
The soul struggles to
break free of its earthly bonds
to reunite with the Source
and bring Light to the World

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

No fairy tale relates the soul’s journey of Pisces more poignantly than Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’. She undergoes sacrifice, great physical pain and personal suffering in return for the attainment of an ideal. She surrenders her beautiful voice, severs her links with her loved ones, and endures unbearable physical pain with every step she takes in return for an immortal soul and the love of a mortal prince who is unattainable. Redeemed from her suffering, she spends the rest of her life in service to others. Both Pisces and its polar opposite sign, Virgo, symbolise service.

Happy birthday to all the Pisceans, who celebrate their birthdays between February 19 and March 20. Pisces, whose symbol is the two fish swimming in opposite directions, is one of the three water signs. Pisces is one of four mutable signs the others being Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius.

The constellation Pisces comprises the northern and the southern fish, joined together by a rope attached to each of their tails. The fish and the cord form a giant horizontal “V,” at the apex of which is Pisces’s brightest star, Al Rescha, an Arabic word meaning “the Cord” Esoterically the two fish symbolise the Body and the Soul held together by a band – the Sutratma of Eastern philosophy, the Silver Cord in the Bible. The journey of the two fish is symbolic of the journey of humanity toward evolution in consciousness as the soul tries to free itself from the bondage of the ego.

The Age of Pisces
The outgoing Age of Pisces was marked by the birth of Christ, and Christianity commemorates His crucifixion and resurrection, so Pisces is the archetype of the Saviour which represents great suffering and redemption. Pisces falls during Lent, the period of fasting which precedes Easter. During the 500 years before Jesus’ birth, many of the founders of today’s religions were born, including Buddha, Zoroaster, Lao-tse and Confucius. Jesus’ ministry not only laid the foundation for the 2000 year period now coming to a close but for a 26,000 year period referred to as ‘the Great Year’. The Piscean symbolism permeates Christianity. ‘Icthys’, the Greek name for Jesus, means fish. The twelve disciples of Jesus were from the ranks of fishermen. Jesus is said to have fed the multitudes with loaves and fishes. In the early days of Christianity in Rome, Christians, fearing persecution, would identify each other by drawing a picture of a fish in the sand or have a fish painted on the palm of their hand. The Age of Pisces has been marked by religious devotion and worship whereas the Age of Aquarius will focus on cultivating the Divine within humanity.

Neptune the Ruler of Pisces
Pisces’s ruling planet, Neptune, or Poseidon as he was known to the Greeks, ruled over his watery domain with his trident in his hand. In Greek mythology the universe was divided into three realms assigned to the three brothers. The heavens were assigned to Zeus-Jupiter, Hades-Pluto ruled over the Underworld, and Poseidon-Neptune ruled the oceans. The glyph for Neptune is a pictograph of the trident held in the hands of Poseidon. Neptune’s trident is his attribute of power reflecting the lunar crescent which links him to the realms of the instincts and watery depths of the unconscious.

Before the planet Neptune was discovered in 1846 Jupiter ruled Pisces. When each planet is discovered it indicates a new level of evolution in the consciousness of humanity. As mentioned in my previous article, Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, was discovered at the time of the French revolution and the American War of Independence, while the discovery of Neptune coincided with the spiritualist movement and the founding of the Theosophical Society. Neptune’s two moons, Oberon and Titania which bear the names of the King and Queen of the fairies in Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’ are symbolic of the dream-like, elusive quality of Pisces and its ruler, Neptune. We can gain an idea of the power of Neptune from the Tower card as depicted in Liz Greene’s Mythic Tarot in which Poseidon, portrayed with a fish’s tail, points his trident at the tower, causing lightning to strike it and cracks begin to appear in its edifice. Neptune rules spirituality and the arts. In its capacity as the planet of spirituality it teaches us non-attachment, because as soon as we identify with a thought, a possession, or a loved one, Neptune can dissolve it.

The Lesson of Neptune in the Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice
Neptune’s lesson of non-attachment is nowhere more powerfully evoked that in the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus and Eurydice, the newly weds, are very much in love, but instead of fulfilling their wedded bliss, Eurydice steps on a snake, is bitten and dies. The devastated bridegroom, Orpheus, who cannot accept his fate, sets out to retrieve his beloved. Orpheus is the typical Neptunian hero, a poet and musician whose songs and music uplift the spirits. With his music he charms the dog, Cerberus, that guards the Underworld, and persuades its inhabitants, Pluto and Persephone, to allow him to bring Eurydice back to the Upper world. They grant his wish on one condition – that he does not turn around and look at her until she has arrived in the upper world again but he cannot resist the temptation to gaze into the eyes of his beloved and she dissolves before his very eyes and with it his hopes for future happiness. There are always sacrifices and adjustments demanded by Neptune. The promise of happiness and fulfilment is often illusory. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus so requires a selfless love rather than self-gratification.

The Twelfth Labour of Hercules – The Capture of the Red Cattle of Geryon

In this the last of the twelve labours of Hercules the Teacher said to Hercules, ” Before the last gate now you stand, One labour yet remains before the circle is complete, and liberation is attained. He is told to proceed to Erytheia where great Illusion is enthroned where Geryon, the monster of three heads, three bodies and six hands, is lord and king. Unlawfully he holds a herd of dark red cattle. Hercules is told by his teacher that he must drive the herd from Erytheia to their Sacred City. He is warned to look out for Eurytion, the shepherd and his two headed dog Orthrus. His Teacher advises Hercules to invoke the aid of Helius which Hercules does, making offerings to Helius the god of fire in the sun. His offerings were rewarded with the gift of a golden chalice which provided safe protection for his journey across the tossing seas to Erytheia.

Hercules killed the double headed dog Orthrus which guarded the cattle but spared the life of the shepherd Eurytion. Hercules then proceeded to kill the monster Geryon. Hercules placed all the cattle in the golden cup in which he had sailed over to the island, took them to the Sacred City, and offered them in sacrifice to Athena, Goddess of Wisdom. The Teacher greeted Hercules with the words, “Welcome, O Son of God who is also a son of man. The jewel of immortality is yours. By these twelve labours have you overcome the human, and put on the divine. Home have you come, no more to leave. Upon the starry firmament your name shall be inscribed, a symbol to the struggling sons of men of their immortal destiny. The human labours ended your cosmic tasks begin. From out of the Council Chamber came a voice that said, “well done, O Son of God.”

Alice Bailey explains the symbolism of the red cattle as that of the lower desires which are guarded by the shepherd, which is the mind, the two headed dog representing the matter aspect and the psychic nature. The reason that Hercules spared the shepherd symbolising the mind as the mind can still be the shepherd of the cattle but the two headed dog the psychic-emotional nature and the matter aspect, Hercules killed, which means that they were deprived of any power. The keeper of the cattle, the form aspect was killed but the shepherd and the cattle were raised up in the golden cup which symbolised the Holy Grail. Bailey goes onto explain that Hercules the World Saviour has fulfilled his function of lifting up humanity.

The Constellation of Pisces
Alice Bailey explains that the sign of Pisces marks a triangular place in the heavens, a symbol of reality. The sign rules the feet hence the idea of treading the Path and attaining the goal has been the underlying spiritual revelation of the Piscean age. Pisces symbolises the death to the personality and also the death of the world saviour for it is the sign of crucifixion and marks the end of the zodiacal cycle.

The first constellation in Pisces is that curious cluster of stars called “The Band”, connecting the two fishes, one fish headed straight to the north and the other swimming on the horizon. The fish headed toward the north is the symbol of the aspirant to the mysteries while the fish on the horizon represents the average person.

The second constellation is Andromeda, the chained woman.  Alice Bailey alludes to three women among the constellations and explains their symbolism: There is Cassiopeia in Aries representing matter seated in her chair, dominant; Coma Berenice in Virgo who sacrificed her hair to be of service, representing the soul only beginning to assert itself. Andromeda the chained woman in Pisces represents matter harnessed.

The third constellation in Pisces is the King named Cepheus, the husband of Cassiopeia and the father of Andromeda. Bailey claims this suggests that “The King” represents the Spirit or Father aspect.

Alan Oken in his book ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’ has this to say about the constellation of Pisces: The waters of space obscure this constellation even more than they do in Aquarius however because of its very distinct shape it is easier to identify. Although it is one of the faintest of the twelve zodiacal asterisms it is one of the longest measuring about 41 degrees of celestial longitude. It is composed of the northern and southern fish joined together by a rope attached to each of their tails. the northern fish is the smaller of the two: it swims toward the constellation of Andromeda and the great nebula which lies within its boundaries. The southern fish swims under the great square of Pegasus the Flying Horse, and points its nose in the direction of Aquarius.

South of Al Rescha (also called “the Knot”) is Cetus the Whale, and east of the upper arm of the “V” is Aries.

Piscean Anatomy and Health
Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and if we take into account the Universal Law, ‘As Above So Below’ it follows that Pisces rules the feet, the last part of the body. Added to this is the fact that March, the month in which Pisces falls, is derived from the Latin word, ‘margo’, which means extremity, limit, edge, boundary, or attainment.

Metaphysically, Pisces is related to understanding, and good understanding is necessary before we can travel far mentally. Pisces is one of the most sensitive signs of the zodiac, often referred to as a psychic sponge so they need to protect their boundaries to avoid being overwhelmed by other people’s negative vibes. They need to have periodic retreats from the world to recharge their batteries.

Anatomically Pisces also rules the pineal gland, the lymphatic system, the aura and parts of the nervous system receptive to psychic impressions. An afflicted Neptune can lead to auto-immune disorders or conditions difficult to diagnose. In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’ Vanda Sawtell describes the role of the cell salt related to Pisces: “The Biochemic cell salt related to the sign Pisces is iron or Ferrum phos. Iron has an affinity for oxygen which together produce red blood. When iron is lacking the blood is pale and anaemic. Physiologically, iron which is related to Pisces, is in charge of the transport system of the body, just as our feet have charge of the transport of the body as a whole. Deficiencies of iron in the blood can cause inflammation or congestion, injuries and haemorrhages, dull throbbing headaches, insomnia, sore throat, lumbago, heart palpitations, emotional disturbances, colds and chills especially when feverish, rheumatism, fractures, cuts, sprains, bruises anaemia, depression, or listlessness.”

Pisceans can be prone to allergies caused by foods such as milk and dairy products. They need to include foods in their diet which keep their lymphatic system flowing, such as fish, a good source of protein, lemon, lime, cranberry and apple juice, leafy green salads and vegetables such as cabbage and celery, and grains such as brown rice, and potatoes and kumara. Exercises that encourage deep breathing such as yoga or pilates would also be beneficial. Neptune rules drugs and alcohol, therefore Pisceans or people with strong Neptune placements can be very prone to addictive behaviour.

Because of their compassionate natures they need to be discerning in whom they help and beware of a tendency toward martyrdom. The gemstone for Pisceans is aquamarine.  Bach flower essences that can relieve the Piscean tendency toward physical and mental exhaustion are hornbeam, and scleranthus for changeability, indecisiveness and moodiness. A homeopathic remedy indicated for heat exhaustion, headache, nausea and cramps, Veratrum album, would be beneficial for the  Piscean. Aromatherapy oils that would be a healing balm for the sensitive Piscean include sandalwood, jasmine, myrrh and ylang-ylang. The healing musical note for Pisces is B.

The Piscean Hall of Fame
Neptune rules the 12th house which deals with sacrifice, the unconscious mind, mysticism, imagination, illusion, intuition, confinements and past lives. For this reason people born under the sign of Pisces or having strong 12th house placements are often drawn to careers in the arts or spiritual endeavour. Anatomically Pisces rules the feet so it is not surprising to see that the famous ballet dancers, Nijinsky and Nureyev were Piscean. Pisceans exude an aura of glamour and a certain mystique which makes them well suited to the stage or screen.

Famous actors include Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Drew Barrymore, Leo McKern of Rumpole fame, Glenn Close, Liza Minnelli, Lynn Redgrave and Julie Walters.  Famous Piscean singers include Johnny Cash, Neil Sedaka and George Harrison. Piscean composers in the Hall of Fame include Chopin, Handel, Vivaldi, Ravel and Rossini. Piscean writers who have entranced their readers with their vivid imaginations include Kenneth Grahame, the author of The Wind in the Willows, the poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Dr Seuss whose stories have enchanted many children. Those Pisceans listed amongst the famous painters are Michelangelo, Botticelli and Renoir.
Pisceans who have contributed to the mystical realm include Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet, a very gifted healer and medium; the Dutch psychic, Gerard Croiset; the Indian mystic, Meher Baba; Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the Anthroposophical movement; and Roberto Assagioli, the visionary Italian psychiatrist who developed Psychosynthesis.



Shane Fitzsimmons address re NSW bushfiresShane Fitzsimmons with daughter of dead firefighterShane Fitzsimmons with son of dead firefighterShane Fitzsimmons with Charlotte O'Dwyer

One standout Piscean who has gained accolades during the 2019 – 2020 NSW bushfires is RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons born 22 February 1969, Sydney, (time unknown). In a recent interview with the SMH journalist, Deborah Snow entitled Lunch with RFS boss Shane Fitzsimmons: Tears on the darkest days, she reveals the story of man at the helm in charge of fighting the catastrophic NSW bushfires. She begins by describing Shane Fitzsimmons as a teenager tearaway:

“It’s hard to imagine Shane Fitzsimmons as a teenage tearaway. Yet growing up near Sydney’s northern beaches, where he attended Pittwater High, report card after report card would come back saying, “Shane is capable of so many things if he would just stick with it”, or “Just behave in class”, or “Don’t get distracted.” After completing year 12 and receiving many rejections for employment “the future New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner ended up as a motor mechanic, often working on the service desk.” Snow continues..”One day a former deputy principal brought her car in and spotted him at the counter. “Oh Shane! I’m so pleased to see you’ve got a job! I thought you would have been in jail by now.”

It’s a story he tells without a trace of embarrassment. (Candour appears to be a Fitzsimmons trait, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison discovered to his cost recently, when the RFS chief publicly chided the federal government for not giving him advance notice of the decision to roll out the army reserves.) Snow continues :”One wonders what his teacher would make of her wayward pupil now, observing him night after night on the TV news, flanked by the Premier, steering the state with apparent steely calm through the most destructive bushfire season NSW has seen.”

As fate would have it Shane married Lisa Simpson the daughter of the local council fire control officer Keith Simpson, who was also the employer at the time of Shane’s father George. Shane has had his share of suffering with his parents divorcing when he was in primary school because of family violence. Not long before Shane reconciled with his father tragedy struck on June 8, 2000, when a prescribed burn at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park went horribly wrong and Shane’s father, George perished, in the flames along with three other firefighters.

At the exceptionally early age of 19, Fitzsimmons was elected brigade captain. This created a dilemma back at headquarters because, technically, a captain had to be 21 before getting the keys to the local fire station. Rules were bent, and Fitzsimmons threw himself into every course the service could offer him, while continuing TAFE studies at night.

In 1994, ferocious blazes along the eastern seaboard prompted the government to put the old bush fire brigade system under review. Fitzsimmons, already on the radar as a standout volunteer, was brought into the management fold in September of that year and given a job in risk planning before moving into operations.

In 1997, the RFS was set up and Fitzsimmons, under the mentorship of then commissioner Phil Koperberg, became an assistant commissioner a year later at the age of 29. He took over the top job in 2007 and somewhere along the way acquired a masters in management from Macquarie University.

In answer to how he’s handled the enormous burden of responsibility that has rested on his shoulders these past weeks, with the safety of tens of thousands of people in his hands, Fitzsimmons said,

“What makes it work is the relationships we have got between heads of the agencies here in NSW,” he says. “They have never been better.

“Don’t get me wrong,” he adds. “The enormity of damage, despair and tragedy – you feel that personally, but somehow you have got to compartmentalise that because you have got a dynamic and unfolding situation that’s not going to go away.” During the “darkest moments” he has been on the phone to Lisa, in tears.

Those moments have included driving to the scene of the fatal fire truck accident that claimed the lives of two young fathers, RFS volunteers, in the days just before Christmas, and the unutterably sad task of calling on the bereaved families afterwards.

Then came the funerals during which Fitzsimmons, in full dress uniform, had to pin medals on the small children of those men. Such times take him back to his father George’s death, when Lauren, the older of his two daughters, was also just a tot.

The funerals are particularly hard, but he says: “I would never forgive myself for the day it got any easier. I think I would have lost a part of myself.”

Both Shane Fitzsimmons’ natal chart and numerology reflect his compassion, his desire to serve his community and his leadership skills enabling him to calmly steer the ship of the RFS in a crisis. As well as having his Sun in sensitive Pisces he also was born on number 22 day, which is a master number known as the Master Builder and the Practical Idealist. The number 22 is the number of the humanitarian and this is further emphasised in his numerology when adding the month February (2) and the year 1969 (7) which makes a total of 9 also a number denoting selfless service to humanity. The person born on the number 22 day is here to learn to remain calm and balanced in all situations of stress and ultimately achieve self mastery. Looking at Shane’s journey from teenage tearaway to a compassionate and calm leader as NSW RFS Commissioner he has fulfilled his karma this life time.

Neptune Transits
Every one of us experiences Neptune transits in our life. These transits can either enhance our sensitivity, intuition, compassion and creativity if they are positive transits, or if they are challenging transits can bring about confusion, deception, loss, sacrifice and suffering in our lives in order to teach us the lesson of non-attachment. Neptune’s cycle is approximately 160 years therefore it doesn’t complete a full circle and return to its natal place in the span of a lifetime. Neptune transits occur in the middle to late twenties around the time of the first Saturn Return, enabling us to aspire to our ideal of what we could be. A major Neptune transit occurs around the age of 42 coinciding with the Uranus opposition which represents the mid-life crisis and its subsequent search for meaning. In our mid fifties there is another Neptune transit which can enhance spiritual growth. The final major Neptune transit that we are likely to experience if we live into our eighties occurs in our mid eighties, around the same time as the Uranus Return which marks a time of reflection, not only of life and death but also of what lies beyond.

Overview for Pisces for 2020

Soulful Neptune continues it sojourn in its home sign of Pisces bringing spiritual upliftment and creative inspiration for all Pisceans. Neptune will be in your home sign of Pisces until January 2026 when it will change signs moving into Aries. Sometimes you may feel a bit lost or confused as if you have lost your moorings but your ruling planet Neptune is beckoning you to attune to your highest spiritual and creative potential. Chiron, the planet of the wounded healer, continues its sojourn through your finance sector. There is  preponderance of planets in your social sector highlighting that area of your life. Two eclipses occur in your career sector illuminating your career and goals.

Your career sector is highlighted by two eclipses – the first being a lunar appulse eclipse which occurs on 6 June 2020 and the second one a solar total eclipse occurs on 5 December 2020. Planetary visitors include Mercury and Venus and Mars. Feisty Mars gives a boost to your career and goals when it pays a visit to your career sector from 3 January to 16 February. Quicksilver Mercury pay a visit here from 2 – 20 December 2020 facilitating communication and networking in your career. Venus will grace your career sector with her presence from 16 December 2020 to 8 January 2021 bringing harmony here.

Work and Health
Quicksilver Mercury will pay a visit to your work and health sector from 5 – 20 August facilitating communication in your daily work. Gentle Venus will grace your work and health sector with her presence from 6 September to 2 October bringing harmony in your work place.

Cosmic visitors to your finance sector include, the planetoid Chiron, Mars, Mercury and Venus. Unpredictable Uranus has moved out of your finance sector and into your 3rd house of the immediate environment. Mars will make a prolonged visit to your finance sector from 28 June 2020 to 5 January 2021 giving you the impetus to organise your finances. Part of Mars’s time spent here will be in its retrograde phase from 10 September to 4 November which may test your patience, perseverance and stamina. Gentle Venus graces your finance sector with her presence from 8 February to 4 March bringing harmony here. Quicksilver Mercury will pay a visit here from 11 – 28 April enhancing your communications and commercial potential.

Home and Family
Your domestic sector will be highlighted by a lunar appulse eclipse on 30 November 2020. Cosmic visitors to your domestic sector include Mercury and Venus and Mars. Communicative Mercury will pay a visit to your domestic sector from 12 – 28 May giving you an opportunity to network with your family and have any conversations on family matters. Venus pays an extended visit gracing your domestic sector with her presence from 4 April to 7 August making this an ideal time for any family get togethers. Part of Venus’s time spent here will be in her retrograde phase. Venus stations retrograde on 13 May stationing direct again on 25 June. This retrograde phase brings to a head any dysfunctional relationships to be resolved by healing them or ending them if they are beyond repair. It is a time to nourish your soul and prioritise your own personal needs. When Venus goes direct again on 25 June new ties and commitments can be established again.

Creativity and Children
The karmic north node which charts your destiny is in Cancer in your children and creativity sector as well as two eclipses. Your creativity and children sector will be highlighted by a lunar appulse eclipse on 11 Jan 2020 and by a solar appulse eclipse on 21 June 2020. Cosmic visitors include Mercury and Venus. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit from Venus will be here from 4 – 28 July bringing harmonious relations with your children and enhancing your creativity.

Travel and Education
Quicksilver Mercury will pay two visits to your travel and education sector – the first being from 27 September to 3 November and then again from 11 November to 1 December facilitating communication here. Gentle Venus pays a visit here from 22 November to 15 December which would be an ideal time for a romantic getaway or pleasure cruise.

Friendships, Groups and Goals
Your social sector is highlighted by the karmic south node and lunar appulse eclipse which occurs on 5 July and is also heavily tenanted with planets – Jupiter, Mars, Pluto and Saturn. Powerful Pluto and serious Saturn continue to make their presence felt in your eleventh house of friends, groups and goals causing you to make radical changes in this area of your life. Added to the mix are lucky, expansive Jupiter and dynamic Mars making your social sector a veritable dynamo. Your power and influence will be felt in groups situations. You may act as a catalyst for change for your friends or there may even be some power struggles resulting in a friendship coming to an end. You may radically alter your goals including your life purpose as Pluto’s impact is felt here. Saturn’s presence here from 21 December 2017 to 17 December 2020 will enable you to consolidate your goals and cement your friendships and group affiliations. Dynamic Mars will pay a visit to your social sector from 16 February to 30 March adding oomph to your social life. Expansive Jupiter pays and extended visit to your social sector from 3 December 2019 to 19 December 2020 giving to opportunities to expand your social networks and affiliations to your benefit. 

During its retrograde phase from 22 March to 2 July serious Saturn will move out of your social sector into your spirituality sector. Quicksilver Mercury will pay a visit to your spirituality sector from 17 January to 16 March facilitating communication here.  It would be an ideal time to keep a journal to record your dreams. Gentle Venus will grace your spirituality sector with her presence from 21 December 2019 to 13 January 2020 making it an ideal time to commune with the beauties of nature or attend a health resort.

Full Moon in Leo
There will be a Full Moon at 20 degrees Leo 00 on Sunday 9 February at 3.33 pm AEDT Sydney time. Supermoons intensify the emotional vibrations and with the Full Moon trining Mars in Sagittarius  it will be an even more emotionally charged time. Leo is a fire sign that brings passion and pride while the Sun in the polar opposite sign of Aquarius is an air sign which represents detachment. Therefore, there is a need to balance the two diametrically opposed energies of the Leo passion and more detached Aquarian vibrations. Venus, Saturn and Pluto are all in the earth sign Capricorn bringing groundedness while Mercury and Neptune are all in water sign Pisces bringing heightened compassion and sensitivity.

mercuryRetrograde Mercury
The Trickster, Mercury stations retrograde at 12 degrees Pisces 53 on 17 February beginning his backwards dance in the sky until it stations direct on 10 March at 28 degrees Aquarius 12. This coincides with the Full Moon Supermoon. This retrograde phase could be a period of confusion and misunderstandings, delays missed appointments and transport strikes. Mercury rules all forms of communication – internet phone etc. so there could also be cyber attacks. This will be a particularly chaotic time with nebulous Neptune conjuncting Mercury during its retrograde phase. Therefore, you need to check all travel documents and times. It is not a good time to sign contracts. Your time is best spent in reviewing or reassessing issues congruent to where Mercury falls in your chart.

Already we are seeing signs of the Trickster’s antics. In the run up to the retrograde phase known as the shadow period of retrograde Mercury we witnessed the confusion in the results of the Iowa Democrat caucuses debacle held on 3 February when the new app failed on caucus night attributed to the Democrats’ using a new app without thoroughly testing its efficacy beforehand. According to a NY  Times article entitled We checked the Iowa Caucus Math. Here’s Where It Didn’t Add Up the journalists claim that about 10 percent appear to have a mistake in their results and some precincts bungled the complex rules for awarding delegates while some awarded delegates to candidates who didn’t earn them. And right on cue on Wednesday 19 February back home Jetstar baggage handlers and ground crew are set to go on a 24-hour strike over the Australian budget airline’s current employment proposal. The Transport Workers’ Union demands include more rest breaks, a guaranteed 12-hour break between shifts, guaranteed 30 hours per week and annual wage increases or four percent. Mercury rules short distance travel and commerce, trade and tourism all of which are being thrown into disarray by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus now known as Covid19.

New Moon in PIscesNew Moon in Pisces
The New Moon occurs at 4 degrees Pisces 28 on 24 February. This New Moon conjuncts Mercury and Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, is also in Pisces. The New Moon also sextiles Mars in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus which should help to ground this watery Moon. The huge line up of planets as well as the South Node in the earthy sign of Capricorn  – Mars, the asteroid Pallas Athena, Jupiter, Pluto Saturn, the asteroid Ceres will also contribute to this groundedness.

Pisces Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Pisces Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
Lunch with RFS boss Shane Fitzsimmons: Tears on the darkest days
by Deborah Snow


January Astromusings – Happy Birthday Aquarians! Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, Uranus Stations Direct, Saturn Pluto Conjunction, New Moon in Aquarius, Happy Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat!

11 Aquairius

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Aquarius the water carrier
pours forth the Waters of Life
that fountain of Light
which purifies the minds
of women and men
awakening in their hearts
the Divine seed of Love

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

The male and female water carriers pouring the waters of consciousness, an act which symbolises the equal contribution of masculine and feminine energies, the rational and intuitive, the union of which is vital for the psychic harmony and evolution of all planetary life in the Age of Aquarius.

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Aquarius
The Personality sounds his note: Let desire in form be ruler
The Soul proclaims: Water of Life, I am poured forth for thirsty men.

Rulers for Aquarius
Exoteric Ruler:
Uranus under the Seventh Ray of Ceremonial Law and Organisation
Esoteric Ruler: Jupiter under the Second Ray of Love Wisdom
Hierarchical Ruler: The Moon under the Fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict

Aquarians – The Age of Aquarius – Cycles of Uranus

Happy birthday to all the Aquarians whose birthdays fall between January 21 and February 18. Aquarius, known as the water bearer, is one of the three air signs often mistakenly thought be a water sign but Aquarius, the water bearer, is pouring the waters of consciousness for the evolution of all humanity as we enter the Age of Aquarius. Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus and its co ruler is Saturn also the ruler of Capricorn.

Uranus was discovered in 1781 which coincides with the French Revolution and the American War of Independence. Thus Aquarians are often seen as reformers or revolutionaries or non-conformists. Aquarians are renowned for their eccentricity like their ruling planet, Uranus, which travels in a freakish way – instead of spinning like a top like any other planet, Uranus rolls on its belly making it appear as if its five moons revolve backward. Uranus is named after Ouranus, the sky father in Greek mythology. Hence, Uranus symbolises lightning and can unleash a force more potent than anything previously known. While Uranus was transiting the sign of Capricorn, representing the establishment, the Berlin wall came down. In February 1962 there was a line-up of planets in Aquarius which could cause people born at this time to be either genii or ‘mad’ or at the very least downright eccentric!!

Aquarian Hall of Fame

Galileo Galilei

There is a saying, “ As the Aquarian thinks so the rest of the world will think in fifty years time.” Over seventy percent of people in the hall of fame have their sun or ascendant in Aquarius. When we look at the hall of fame of Aquarians we can see that this indeed is the case. Galileo was a famous Aquarian whose scientific theories threatened the religious thought of the day – he was so ahead of his time. Another famous Aquarian scientist, Charles Darwin, whose theories on evolution challenged the existing scientific and religious thought, caused a schism in the Christian church.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln’s revolutionary stand on slavery split the United States and Roosevelt’s radical new economic program was met with bitter opposition by the establishment.

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Oprah Winfrey

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Another Aquarian whose impassioned speech for universal equality electrified the Golden Globes in 2018 is Oprah Winfrey which led to speculation of her taking a tilt at the presidency in 2020. In her speech Oprah made reference to the impact it had on her as a little girl watching Sidney Poitier whom she described the most elegant black man she had ever seen receive the Oscar for best actor at the 1964 Academy Awards. At that stage her mother cleaned other people’s houses for a living.

Oprah went on to pay tribute to two remarkable black women: “And there’s someone else: Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and a mother. She was just walking home from the church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP, where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case. And together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died 10 days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up.

Oprah’s conclusion was inspirational and had a prophetic ring to it. It was also sounded a note of optimism in keeping with her Sagittarius Moon and ascendant and : “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, “Me too” again. Thank you.”

Oprah Winfrey's natal chart

Rosa ParksRosa Parks, the civil rights activist to whom Oprah paid tribute in her Golden Globes speech is also an Aquarian born 4 February 1913 in Tusgekee, Alabama at 5.12 am. Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement, whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement” due to her sparking of the Montgomery bus boycott, leading to a 21/12/1956 Supreme Court order outlawing discriminatory practices on Montgomery buses. It was on 1 December 1955 that the soft-spoken 42-year old seamstress left work to catch the bus home. When the bus became loaded the driver told her to give her seat to a white man – and she refused – almost single-handedly starting the modern civil rights movement. She said, “I had been pushed as far as I could stand to be pushed. I had decided that I would have to know once and for all what rights I had as a human being and a citizen.” She displayed great courage in opposing the status quo in keeping with Mars on her ascendant.

Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery bus boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.


Rosa & Raymond Parks

She and her husband, Raymond Parks, also an Aquarian born 12 February 1903 organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People); and Martin Luther King Jnr, a new minister in town who gained national prominence in the civil rights movement.

Parks received national recognition, including the NAACP’s 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman and third non-US government official to lie in honour in the Capitol Rotunda. California and Missouri commemorate Rosa Parks Day on her birthday February 4, whilst Ohio and Oregon commemorate the occasion on the anniversary of the day she was arrested, December 1.

Rosa Parks's natal chart


Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer

Both Aquarians, Germaine Greer and Betty Friedan, challenged the tenets of patriarchy and pioneered the modern feminist movement. Enough said!

The Age of Aquarius

Most people would remember the words of the famous song from the musical, Hair, which was staged to much acclaim in the early 1970’s: “We are at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.” Some people were under misapprehension that the Age of Aquarius was something that occurred then and is now over but it was actually referring to the fact that we are on the cusp of Age of Aquarius, and the outgoing Age of Pisces which began around the time of the birth of Christ.

According to Dane Rudhyar in his book, ‘Astrological Timing of the Transition to the New Age’, during the incoming Age of Aquarius, calculated to be from the year 2060, there will be a return to the principles of the great spiritual teachers such as Jesus, Buddha, Pythagoras, Lao Tse and Confucius who represent the seed period of the Age of Pisces. Each Age has a seed period – at the turn of the 20th century there appeared Illuminati such as Helena Blavatsky who founded the Theosophical Society, and wrote books under the guidance of the Masters of Wisdom as did Alice Bailey who established an esoteric school and the International Goodwill Movement. Other great spiritual teachers dedicated to reviving the Ancient Wisdom teachings include the Indian sage, Krishnamurti, Rudolf Steiner who founded the Anthroposophical movement, and Roberto Assagioli who formulated Psychosynthesis, a transpersonal form of psychotherapy with branches worldwide that focusses on aligning the personality Self with the Higher Self.

The Eleventh Labour of Hercules

A clue to the role of the Aquarian and the meaning of the Age of Aquarius can be found in the esoteric teachings of Alice Bailey in her book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’. Each labour corresponds to the task to be undertaken by each of the twelve signs of the zodiac. The eleventh labour for Aquarius is to clean the dung out of the Augean stables which symbolises purging the planet of the all the excesses of the outgoing Age of Pisces i.e. materialism, dualism, emotionalism, religious fanaticism, glamour, lower psychism, to prepare humanity to embrace the Aquarian concepts of group consciousness, universal brotherhood, humanitarian endeavour, planetary awareness, the reunion of science and spirituality, and the equal representation of masculine and feminine energies.

Dane Rudhyar, prophesised that the Age of Aquarius would be an Age of androgyny. Each Age lasts approximately 2,000 years and we are in a transition period between the two Ages which is currently causing much stress and tension on the planet so it is vital that we evolve in consciousness by aligning our personality Self and Higher Self to cope with the accelerated changes in keeping with the Age of Aquarius which will be an age of synthesis.

The Ages proceed in the opposite direction to the zodiac because of what is called the precession of the equinoxes. Supporting this concept of purging or cleansing is the fact that the month that Aquarius falls in – February, derived from the Latin word, Februarius, means purification. The glyph for Aquarius, the two wavy lines represents the ankles, the serpent of wisdom, and the Egyptian hieroglyph for the Nile. The top line represents the feminine i.e. intuition and the bottom line represents the masculine and the rational. Aquarius also rules science, technology, telecommunications, electronics, telepathy and astrology, careers in which Aquarians are strongly represented.

Aquarian Health and Anatomy

Anatomically Aquarius rules the ankles, the calves, circulation, and electrical waves in the nervous system, the pituitary gland and the aura. The biochemic cell salt for Aquarius is Natrum Mur; or what is usually known as common salt. Vanda Sawtell, in her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, explains the function of Natrum Mur:  “Natrum Mur is found in every tissue and fluid in the body and this cell salt regulates the flow of fluid through the tissues. Therefore Natrum Mur is needed in all cases where there is a disturbance in the distribution of water, where the surface is either too dry or too moist which can cause colds, dryness of mouth, constipation, shingles, blisters, eczema, indigestion, anaemia, hay fever, cracking joints, restlessness and irritability. Lack of Natrum Mur may cause sleeplessness when too little fluid is present, and the brain tissues become dry, or it may cause a heavy tired, drowsy feeling if too much water is present in the brain tissues.”

Foods which stimulate the circulation of blood are beneficial for Aquarians. These include chilli, cayenne pepper. Red coloured foods such as beetroot, radishes, red peppers, strawberries would also be of benefit. Exercises such as Yoga, Pilates, and qigong which encourage regular breathing and purify the blood will enhance the Aquarian well-being. Bach flower remedies indicated for Aquarians are impatiens and patchouli water violet. Aromatherapy oils that would be soothing for the Aquarian include lavender, lemon verbena. Gemstones for Aquarians are Turquoise, Amazonite and Malachite. Tuning forks developed in Switzerland which sound a note corresponding to each of the planets audible to the human ear provide a means of healing with sound. The healing musical note for Aquarius is G.

 Overview for Aquarians for 2020
 The areas of karma and the unconscious are strongly highlighted with the presence of Ceres, Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter plus the karmic South Node currently in your 12th house of karma and the unconscious. Neptune is continuing its sojourn through your finance sector. Neptune’s presence in your solar second house of finances, possessions and values will encourage you to re-evaluate how you handle your finances and possessions. You may find that if you were always very organised with regards to your finances that Neptune will teach you to go with the flow rather than calculate every last dollar when doing your budget. Its lesson of non attachment may encourage you to donate to charities or use your finances in a more altruistic fashion. Chiron the wounded healer has moved out of your finance sector into your solar third house of communications, siblings and the immediate environment. Uranus, the planet of sudden change has crossed over into your solar 4th house of home and family while dynamic Mars moves through your your own sign, your solar second house of finances and your solar third house of communication and your immediate environment.

Celestial influences in your friendship sector in 2020 include two eclipses – the first is a lunar appulse eclipse which occurs on 6 June and the second is a solar total eclipse which occurs on 15 December 2020. Planetary visitors include Venus, Mercury and Mars. Dynamic Mars will be in your social sector from 3 January until 16 February activating this area of your life. Quicksilver Mercury  will pay a visit to your social sector from the 2 – 20 December promoting communications and networking in your social circle. Venus graces your social sector with her presence from 16 December 2020 to 8 January 2021 enhancing your social life.

Your career aspirations will be supported by the presence by Venus and Mercury. Venus will grace your career sector from 22 November  to 15 December 2020 bringing harmony and creativity to the fore. Quicksilver Mercury will visit your career sector from 11 November to 20 December facilitating communication and networking in your career.  Your work and health sector is highlighted by two eclipses the first being a lunar appulse eclipse which occurs on 11 January 2020 and the second is a solar total eclipse which occurs on 21 June.

Home and Family
Uranus, the disruptor, has just moved into your domestic sector which could bring changes in this area of your life. It could involve moving house, or older children flying the coop or even a new addition to the family. Whatever the changes Uranus brings you can expect the unexpected. Other celestial influences in your domestic sector in 2020 are Mercury andVenus. Venus brings harmony, beauty and a spirit of cooperation among family members from 5 March to 3 April. Mercury pays a visit to your domestic sector from 28 April to 11 May facilitating communications and networking with family members.

Children and Creativity
A lunar appulse eclipse occurs in your children and creativity sector on 21 June coinciding with the Summer Solstice. Venus, the planet of love, will grace your children and creativity sector with her presence from 10 June to 3 July promoting cordial relationships with your children and enhancing your creative inspiration. Mercury will visit your children and creativity sector from 22 May to 4 June promoting communication between you and your children and encourage your inner child.

A visit from Sun and Venus to your love sector will bring vitality and harmony to your intimate relationships and business partnerships. Venus will grace your relationship sector from 6 September to 2 October enhancing your relationships. Mercury pays a visit here from 5 – 20 August facilitating communications and networking in your most intimate relationships and business partnerships.

Both Venus and Mercury pay visits to your travel and education sector. Venus lights up your travel and adventure sector from 28 October to 21 November bringing opportunities for you to realise a long yearned for trip to some exotic location or a holiday romance. Since the 9th house also rules over travels of the mind you may undertake that longed for study course. Mercury activates your travel and study sector from  28 Oct to 11 November motivating your desire to explore new avenues of learning or travel.

The sector that receives by far the biggest impact is your spirituality sector with a line up of planets and the karmic South Node. With transformative Pluto, serious Saturn and nurturing Ceres in close alignment you can expect a deep inner transformation.  Added to this is a conjunction of truth seeking Jupiter with the karmic South Node. The 12th house is the house of seclusion and isolation making it an ideal time for a spiritual retreat. A preponderance of planets here intensifies the effect in this area of your life. Saturn’s presence here from 21 December until 17 December 2020 will encourage you to take this area of your life very seriously, especially with the added presence of transformative Pluto. You may delve into the area of psychotherapy, rebirthing, dream analysis or explore past lives. Jupiter’s presence here will encourage you to find meaning in the ineffable. The presence of Ceres, the Universal Mother, here will encourage you to nurture yourself by following a spiritual path.  However you choose to channel this energy it is likely to prove life changing. Quicksilver Mercury will visit your spirituality sector from 30 December 2019 to 17  January facilitating communication and networking in this area of your life.

Uranus Transits
Regardless of what sign we are born under we all experience Uranus transits, which like the Saturn transits represent a rite of passage. Uranus, along with the two other outer planets, Neptune and Pluto, are often referred to as the ‘Ambassadors of the Galaxy’ or transpersonal planets. Accordingly, when we have Uranus, Neptune or Pluto transits they involve collective issues not just personal ones. Unlike Pluto transits which build up to a climax causing transformation, Uranus transits are more cataclysmic, bringing sudden unexpected change of a liberating nature, jolting one into awareness.

We experience Uranus transits at age 14 which coincide with puberty and then again around age 20 which mark the end of adolescence and a drive toward autonomy and individuation. Another Uranus transit accompanies the first Saturn return around age 28 supporting the changes that need to be made at this time. A major Uranus transit occurs between 38 and 45 depending when one is born, which, along with the Pluto square to Pluto, heralds the midlife crisis. When this occurs it marks a time of disassembling the self and putting the self together again in a new form, and integrating the previously unrealised parts of the psyche into conscious awareness. Uranus transits occur again around 56 and then again in the early sixties and seventies coinciding with retirement and liberating the individual from the expectations of society. At age 84 one will experience the Uranus Return i.e. Uranus returns to the place where it was at the time of birth. This indicates that a major cycle of life is completed – symbolising a time of reviewing one’s life and preparing for the next phase.

Betty Friedan

It is interesting to note that the famous Aquarian feminist, Betty Friedan, died on her 85th birthday in February 2006, not long after her Uranus Return, having accomplished her mission for this life time.

Full Moon in Cancer 11 Jan 2020 fig 2Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Cancer 11 January 2020
The is a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse which occurs in 20 degrees Cancer 00 on 11 January at 6.21 am AEDT Sydney time. Not only does the Moon oppose the Sun, but also Mercury, Ceres, Saturn and Pluto, which are all within a couple of degrees of each other.
The Saturn-Pluto conjunction is virtually exact at this Full Moon, bringing major issues, long term survival, political and financial agendas to the forefront of consciousness. Where are we going? How do we get there and how do we survive during this major transition? Added to this, Uranus, the radical planet of sudden change and awakening a is within hours of its exact station, emphasising the need for an overhaul of old practices. At the same time expansive Jupiter joins the South Node, illuminating our personal truth from within. This is an awakening Full Moon that brings into sharp focus the really enormous global changes that are starting to impact all facets of life. Uranus is the planet that rules the collective so it’s up to us each individually to manage the transition to the new systems that will emerge and adapt as best we can. We could encounter difficulties with family members (Cancer) or with people in authority (Capricorn) at this Full Moon. Stress levels and emotions may be running at fever pitch. There is the potential for gross over

As Eclipses are one of the most powerful catalysts for influencing ‘the greater collective’ and Capricorn rules the Establishment, business and government systems of our planet we can expect major shakeups to current models. This dynamic is further emphasised with the line up of planets in Capricorn The word Eclipse comes from the Greek word “ekleipsis” meaning “to abandon, to leave, to vanish” – and that’s exactly what we may experience during a Lunar Eclipse – the desire to surrender and let go of parts of our self that limit our greater potential.

Bushfires near Nowra NSW

Bushfire near Nowra NSW

Australian Bush Fires – A Watershed Moment for the Nation and the World
All the eyes of the world were on Australia as 2019 drew to a close as our country was consumed by apocalyptic images of raging bush fires. Australia has been described as the ‘canary in the coalmine’ as people are waking up to the undeniable evidence of the effects of climate change. Climate activists such as Greta Thunberg and Sir David Attenborough have warned of the dire consequences for the world if we do not act urgently on climate change. As mentioned in my last blog post Australia has a Capricorn Sun and there is a line up of planets in Capricorn transiting across Australia’s chart including the karmic South Node hovering over Australia’s Saturn, the planet known as the Lord of Karma. With serious Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, being natally conjunct the Capricorn Sun in Australia’s chart Australians have tended to vote in more often than not a conservative government led by an authority figure as in Robert Menzies, Malcolm Fraser or John Howard. Moon in Taurus in Australia’s chart reflects the rich mineral resources, iron ore, coal etc but it could also signify Australia’s choice of gross materialism and cupidity of the government’s support of fossil fuels and the stranglehold the mining lobby has on our government rather than the ethical path of protecting our Earth Mother. Australia has been known as the ‘Lucky Country’ but its luck may be running out know if we do not change our ways. We are ranked the worst performing country as regards to climate change with Angus Taylor, our minister for environment, trying to fudge the figures at the recent climate conference in Madrid and arch conservative Liberal MP Craig Kelly denying climate change on UK television have made fools of themselves and by extension of the whole of Australia.

Greenpeace have teamed up with investigative journalist Michael West to lift the lid on the toxic stranglehold that Big Coal has on Australia’s political system. They couldn’t have possibly anticipated the scale of what they discovered: a secretive network behind coal’s dirty power that has infiltrated Australian federal government to its very core.
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It doesn’t have to be this way. Although the Australian Sun and Saturn in Capricorn may cause Australians to err on the side of caution (Morrison’s “quiet Australians”, there are other more positive aspects in our chart to be taken into consideration and that is the big line up of planets in future oriented, optimistic and adventurous Sagittarius – Chiron, Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus, Venus and the North Node. Esoterically, Alice Bailey in her book, The Labours of Hercules, relates the labour for Sagittarius in which Hercules has to quieten the Stymphalian birds. He achieves this by clashing two symbols together which frightens off the raucous birds. The implication here is that Sagittarius represents noise and raucousness.

Cobargo residents angry with Morrison 2

Morrison’s not so friendly reception from fire ravaged Cobargo residents 

Morrison brandishing coal in parliamentTherefore,  the coal brandishing Morrison is now experiencing his former ‘quiet Australians’, especially those directly affected by the bush fires (see picture above of Morrison trying to shake hand of reluctant woman and firefighter in Cobargo) becoming loud in their protests against his lack of empathy and delayed action on the bush fires and inaction on climate change. Scott Morrison’s Sun in Taurus closely aligns with Australia’s Moon in Taurus. His stubbornness and arrogance is well known as he repeatedly ignored requests in April, May and August 2018 to meet with former fire chiefs who wanted to warn him of the catastrophic fire season to come. When he was in the firing line for his trip to Hawaii while Australia burned and his slow response to grasp the gravity of the situation and act accordingly followed by a crude ad to promote the Liberal party transiting Mars in Sagittarius was opposing his natal Mars in Gemini. His tricky Mercury in Gemini opposite Australia’s Venus in Sagittarius representing truth was triggered by Mars on 19 January. He is not only gaslighting the Australian public but has also had no qualms about backgrounding against his fellow Liberals in the state government, alienating Andrew Constance and now trying to undermine state environment Minister Matt Kean who seems to be genuinely trying to act on climate change. In his Capricorn Newsletter Phillip Lindsay quotes the following assessment of Morrison’s horoscope (13 May 1968, Sydney, time unknown) from the Australian astrologer Varij Varidium:

” All that fixed sign emphasis correlates with his stubborn, dogmatic character qualities and policy positions. The man is not for moving from his refusal to meaningfully act on the climate emergency, and in general to deny reality. The challenging aspect to his Sun correlates with his delusion, deceptiveness and obfuscation, and his religious longing to be saved. Add in Jupiter, the planet of positivity and prosperity consciousness, faith and belief, in the sign of leadership, Leo, and we get his signature declarations,” I believe in miracles” and “how good is…” and his attraction to the prosperity gospel of Hillsong. Also his hubris, arrogance, and marketing ability to put a positive spin on things that is to say BS! His Mercury and Mars in Gemini also aids and abets this predilection and bestows verbal dexterity and aggression, and further ability to spin lie and deceive – though not depth or seriousness of thought.”Scott Morrison's natal chart

Now that we have had our huge wake up call reflected with Uranus, the great Awakener, stationing we can reset the button. Out of this crisis comes opportunity, especially if we harness the Sagittarian energy of optimism available in Australia’s chart. One example of this more forward thinking is more prominence being given to Indigenous fire fighting methods and books such as Ross Garnaut’s Superpower in which he sets out ways we can become world leaders on action for climate change. Other issues gaining the media’s attention include fire management by farmers by planting more fire resistant trees such as poplars and willows etc.  Conservative politicians such as Morrison have used the excuse that further action on climate change would badly affect the economy but with spiralling costs from the the devastation wrought by the bushfires it is now palpably evident that to not act is even more costly. With the losses to tourism and the terrible toxic smoke haze in our capital cities acting as a deterrent with deleterious effects to their health not only to tourists but also sports people from overseas to compete in tennis tournaments and cricket matches etc. It is estimated that one billion of animals have been lost in the bushfires along with millions of hectares of their habitat. The eyes of the world are on us with one protester at the Davos Summit dressed as a koala to highlight the catastrophic effects of climate change. It is up to us as a collective to keep the pressure on the politicians to stop mouthing platitudes such as “We’ll meet and beat our targets,” and instead commit to serious action.

Thirsty koala asking for waterInitiation by Fire
Esoterically speaking fires represent a purging and purification. When humans disrespect Mother Nature she strikes back with all her force not so much to punish us but to remind us who is really in charge. The Indigenous people understand these laws of nature. After the tragic loss of life when the volcano erupted on White Island in  NZ one of the Maori locals made the comment that the site needed a rest from all the human activity. Aboriginal-flag-half-mast-740x357Indigenous people here are now flying the Aboriginal flag at half mast grieving for the damage done to Country. They are setting the example that like them we need to be stewards of this country and all its precious flora and fauna. Everyone has seen the iconic image of the thirsty koala bailing up a cyclist asking for water which has gone viral around the world. It has been estimated that

People who witnessed the ferocious bush fires in Australia described them as fierce and furious if they were a raging entity. Indeed esoterically there are devas and elementals who act on behalf of nature to redress the imbalance caused by humanity. As I write this yet another funeral was held this time in Holbrook for the brave young fire fighter Samuel McPaul who died when a fire tornado tipped over his ten tonne fire tanker.

Mars transiting over all Sagittarius planets in Australia’s chart.

Mallacoota bushfire

4.000 people stranded in Mallacoota waiting to be rescued by the navy

Mars, the planet of war and conflict, was in its own sign of Scorpio adding to the intensity of the fires and the fear and suffering of those caught up in the bushfires. Mars moved into the fiery sign of Sagittarius on 3 January and will pass over all the Sagittarius planets, following on the heels of Jupiter’s recent passage. Hence, the fiery conflagration is likely to continue, and has been forecast by all the experts thus far. January-February is traditionally the bushfire season, accompanied by the highest temperatures. Sagittarius is also considered as the sign of orientation so with the continuation of fires during the summer months are likely to considerably alter the political landscape. Mars will conjunct North Node, then Venus, followed by Uranus, Jupiter, Mercury and finally Chiron on 14 Feb all in the sign of Sagittarius.New Moon in Aquarius 25 Jan 2020

New Moon in Aquarius – 25 January 2020
The New Moon in Aquarius occurs on 25 January at 0.20 am AEDT Sydney time. Our capacity to re-invent ourselves is tested at this Aquarius New Moon. Uranus, is both a rebel and a creative inventor and having stationed direct two weeks prior, it is the ideal
time for innovation and ingenuity. This New Moon in Aquarius squares Uranus in Taurus and fixed squares are always more challenging to manage, but breakthroughs are possible, even desirable. In contrast to this more challenging configuration is the conjunction of  Venus and Neptune in Pisces, which is the stuff of dreams and fairytale romance, though they form a mutable square with Mars in Sagittarius, so there will be plenty of options on the table for us to consider, bringing the potential for uncertainty or confusion. The New Moon also ushers in the Chinese New Year of the Metal Rat.

The Year of the Metal Rat

 2020 is the Year of the Rat according to Chinese zodiac. This is a Year of Metal Rat, starting from the 2020 Chinese New Year on Jan. 25 and lasting to 2021 Lunar New Year’s Eve on Feb. 11. The color of Metal in the Chinese Horoscope is connected to white or golden. Therefore, 2020 is also called the year of the White Rat or Golden Rat.
China Zodiac Animal - Rat

Rat is the first in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Rat include 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032…

The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.

The Rat is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) Zi (子) and the midnight hours. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.

In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.

Although the rat is not considered as the most favourable of creatures and is even used in a derogatory manner, it ranks first on the Chinese zodiac signs. It has characteristics of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.

Famous Rat personalities include Scarlett Johansson, Katy Perry, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, William Shakespeare, Cameron Diaz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gwyneth Paltrow, George Washington, Denise Richards, Prince Charles of Wales, Jude Law, Catherine I of Russia, Mata Hari,  Charlotte Bronte, Prince Harry Duke of Sussex

Scarlett Johansson image 2Katy Perry image 2JFKShakespeare smallerCameron DiazMozartGwyneth PaltrowGeorge Washington image 2Denise RichardsPrince CharlesJude LawCatherine I of RussiaMata HariCharlotte Bronte image 2Prince Harry image 3

Aquarius Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Aquarius Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
Insight Newsletter by Michele Finey
Capricorn Newsletter by Phillip Lindsay


December Astromusings, Blessings for the Winter/Summer Solstice! Happy Birthday Capricorns! Jupiter in Capricorn, Full Moon in Gemini, New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn

10 Capricorn
Capricorn the sea goat

emerges from the ocean
Sure footed she begins
her arduous climb
to the mountain top
Forsaking mere ambition
She kneels in humility
upon the rocky summit
and receives the vision
which unlocks the secrets
to the door of life

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

The card depicts Mother Hulda, an archetypal wise old woman from Teutonic folklore, who was popularised by the Grimm Brothers. A spinner and weaver, she symbolises the workings of fate and Mother Nature, rewarding diligence and humility, and punishing idleness and greed.

Summer/Winter Solstice
Blessings for the Summer Solstice, or Winter Solstice if you are reading this in the northern hemisphere. The Summer Solstice which occurs 22 December 2019 Sydney coincides with the Sun entering Capricorn at 3.19 pm Sydney time. The solstice occurs when the sun appears to reach its most northerly or southerly point, relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. Solstice literally means “sun stands still” – the sun appears to rise in the same place for three days as it rounds the curve of its cycle.

Solstice celebrationsThe solstice has been celebrated and revered in most world cultures since time immemorial, through ritual and ceremony, welcoming the rebirth of the Sun and invoking spiritual forces during the solstice “doorway”.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you all and happy birthday to all the Capricorns who celebrate their birthday from 22 December to 20 January.

Capricorns often receive a bad press with people dismissing them as ambitious, boring etc. In keeping with the analogy of the sure footed mountain goat climbing the mountain to reach the summit they are the achievers of the zodiac. One only has to look at people such as the media personality Ita Buttrose and politicians like the former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, to see how successful they can be.

The life of the iconic Ita inspired the popular tele movie Paper Giants, immortalised by Ita Butrrosethe actress Asher Keddie, which scored high viewer ratings. They are far from being dull, as colourful characters like Keating still make newsworthy material long after their political demise with people flocking to see the musical, ‘Keating’.

Their ruling planet is Saturn which rules the tenth house in the chart, governing career and public life. Their motto could be slow and steady wins the race. What is not so well known is that esoterically, Capricorn is the gateway into spiritual incarnation. Therefore, their ascent to the mountaintop not only symbolises their worldly success but also their spiritual attainment. Their birthday falls between December 22 and January 20, therefore heralding the advent of Christmas which coincides with the solstices – winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern hemisphere. The Sun is in Capricorn for one week in December and three in January. The word January is derived from Janus, an ancient Roman God, who is depicted in statues as having two faces, one of a young boy and the other of an old man, thus symbolising the past old year and the future new one.

The Constellation of Capricorn

In his book Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology Alan Oken states that Capricorn is the most inconspicuous constellation in the Zodiac. It is chiefly known for the nature of its brightest star which is actually a cluster of five suns called the Algedi. The entire constellation resembles a cocked hat or a flying bird much more than it does a goat. On the western tip (of the bird’s wings) is the cluster of five already referred to and on the eastern side is another relatively bright star called Deneb Algedi ( the tail of the goat).

The Sea-Goat will appear directly in the south when the Northern Cross (or Cygnus the Swan shines directly overhead in the early autumn sky. Deneb the Tail of the Swan) is a brilliant white star directly to the north of Deneb Algedi. Altair, the first-magnitude star in Aquila the Eagle, is also directly north of the Algedi in the western portion of the constellation.

Alan Oken points out that Capricorn contains two objects of astronomical interest. The first is a global cluster southwest of Deneb Algedi. The second phenomenon, called the Capricornids, consists of a shower of long, bright, slow moving meteors which occurs each year in late July.

The Goat’s position lies entirely below the celestial equator and is surrounded by Sagittarius on the west, Aquila on the northwest, Delphinus and Cygnus due north, Aquarius on the east, and the constellations of Microscopi and Pisces Austrinus on the south.

Alice Bailey adds her esoteric interpretation of the constellation of Capricorn. She refers to three constellations connected to Capricorn. One is called Sagitta the arrow but has no connection to the sign Sagittarius. In the sign of Sagittarius there is the archer whereby the achieving aspirant pierced the personality. In Capricorn the arrow comes from the cosmic source piercing the heart of the son of God , called the Christ, the nearest to us of the great world saviours, ” a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”. He was pierced by the arrow Sagitta, the cosmic arrow. Alice Bailey elaborates on this theme writing that the Hebrew name for this arrow means “the desolate one”, and the path that every disciple treads is necessarily a lonely one. The path of the initiate is more lonely still. The path of the world saviour is the most lonely of all.

Aquila, the eagle, is regarded as being as closely related to Capricorn as to Sagittarius. You have the bird of light (symbol of the highest aspect of man) manifesting as the soul (the second aspect) which has achieved.

In Delphinus Alice Bailey remarks about the interesting constellation that holds in it an amazing piece of symbolism. It is pictured in an ancient zodiac as a fish full of life leaping out of the water into the air and playing. That is the symbol of the son of god who, working under the law, takes form and lives in the water and the air and since he is no longer held by the physical law he can play with the forces of nature.

Saturn or Kronos in Mythology

To understand the symbolism behind Capricorn we need to look at the mythology behind its ruler Saturn. Saturn has many different guises – he is sometimes depicted as Father Time or the Grim Reaper with his scythe or the Lord of Karma, the Taskmaster or the Devourer. His Greek name is Kronos from where the word, ‘chronology’, meaning time is derived. Kronos was the youngest of twelve Titans, born anthropomorphically of Ge – Gaia/Earth and Ouranos – Uranus/Sky. Kronos castrated his father Ouranus. Following this coup d’etat, Kronos married his sister Rhea who gave birth to four children whom he promptly swallowed, on hearing a prediction that he in turn would be overthrown by one of his children. Rhea tricks her husband by hiding the youngest child, Zeus, and giving Kronos a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes which he swallows instead, hence the reference to the Devourer.

When Zeus reaches manhood he liberates his siblings from their father’s body and after a 10 year battle Zeus in turn emerges triumphant just as his father before him had usurped power from his father, Ouranos. Therefore, Kronos or its Roman counterpart, Saturn, in our chart is associated with time, karma, the authority figure, the teacher, the father, discipline, restriction, separation, boundaries, the physical body, diligence, responsibility, guilt, depression and vulnerability. Alice Bailey in her book, The Labours of Hercules, illuminates us further on the role of Capricorn.

The Tenth Labour of Hercules

Hercules’ Teacher tells him that his tenth task is to rescue Prometheus from his terrible  suffering in Hell, that of being chained to a rock and having his liver pecked at by vultures; the punishment meted out to him for stealing the fire of the gods. His suffering made even more terrible by the fact that he cannot die, being immortal. Before he can rescue Prometheus he must slay Cerberus, the triple-headed dog that guards the Underworld.

Hercules begins his descent into Hades or Hell until he comes to the river Styx that the souls of the deceased must cross. So sombre is the visitor from the upper world that Charon, the ferryman, forgets to charge Hercules the customary fee. After an encounter with the ugly snake-haired Medusa he has an audience with Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, who asks him what a living mortal is doing in his realms. When Hercules tells Hades what his mission is, he informs him that first he must conquer Cerberus with his bare hands, a feat no one has yet performed. If he is successful, Hades tells him he may unbind the suffering Prometheus. Hercules succeeds in slaying the snarling Cerberus by grasping the central head in a vice like grip, and causing its strength to gradually subside. Having conquered the dreaded Cerberus, he then sets free Prometheus by breaking his chains.

Bailey explains the symbolism of the three heads of Cerberus. The three heads symbolise sensation, desire and good intentions. The central head which was grasped by Hercules was the most important one, since desire underlies all sensations. The third head is good intentions not carried out. The tail of Cerberus is made of serpents which Bailey states typifies all illusions that impede the progress of spiritual life.

Capricorn Health and Anatomy

Anatomically, Capricorn rules the skin, teeth, knees and skeleton, sometimes causing these to be vulnerable areas for Capricorns or those with a Capricorn ascendant or Saturn prominent in their charts. The book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, written by Vanda Sawtell links the biochemic salts to the twelve signs of the zodiac. She states that biochemistry is an ancient Sanskrit science which was rediscovered by Dr Schuessler in the nineteenth century.

The Biochemic cell salt allocated to Capricorn is Calcium Phosphate, the principle salt used in the bony framework of the body. The body requires more Calcium phosphate than any other mineral salt as it not only plays a vital role protecting bones and teeth but also assists in assimilation and digestion. Capricorns or indeed anyone with any of these deficiencies will benefit from taking this vital cell salt. Other illnesses associated with Capricorn or Saturn afflictions are stiffness of joints and muscles, chronic rheumatic complaints, arthritis, chills, colds, catarrh and flu, deafness and depression. It is also linked to the gall bladder, calcium metabolism and anti-peristaltic movement.

Capricorn is a cold sign so Capricorns would benefit from more heat producing foods such as curries, hot soups and other spices. Bach flower remedies include mimulus, rock water and red chestnut. Homeopathic remedies include Belladonna, Nux vomica and Natrium muriaticum. Aromatherapy oils which would be beneficial are cypress, honeysuckle, myrrh and patchouli. The healing musical note is F# (F sharp).

Capricorn Hall of Fame
Capricorns are born managers and administrators, being willing to work long and hard to achieve their goals. Since they are born under the sign which rules status, prestige and worldly acclaim they want more than just a job with a good income. They want recognition for their talents.

Capricorns are drawn to careers such as banking, accountancy and insurance, and politics. Like their fellow earth sign, Virgo, Capricorns have phenomenal organisational skills and self-discipline. Their ruler, Saturn, which represents tradition, inclines Capricorns toward careers in large corporations or established business or the civil service.

Saturn rules structures so it is not surprising that many Capricorns choose careers in real estate, property development, the building and construction industry or architecture. Rules and regulations belong to Saturn’s domain, making law, especially corporate law an attractive option for Capricorns. Success seems to come naturally to Capricorns, as is the case with the billionaire Howard Hughes, Conrad Hilton, and Aristotle Onassis.

With their natural Saturnian attributes the mantle of authority sits easily on their shoulders, as is the case with political leaders such as William Gladstone and David Lloyd George. However, when Saturnian energy is misused there can be an abuse of power such as with J Edgar Hoover’s witch-hunts of Communists or the scandal of “Watergate” which occurred under the watch of Capricornian President, Richard Nixon.

Nixon and the Watergate Scandal

Joan Baez

Music is also a natural Capricorn attribute with Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, Odetta and Marianne Faithful numbered among their ranks.

Capricorn has its share of spiritual proponents in Johannes Kepler, Kahlil Gibran, Alan Watts, Maharishi Makesh Yogi, Martin Luther King Jnr., and the saints Therese Lisieux, and Bernadette of Lourdes and Saint Mary of the Cross


Saint Mary of the Cross

Greta Thunberg Time Person of the YearGreta Thunberg Time Person of the Year
One Capricorn who has made constant headlines is the Swedish teenager who inspired a global movement to fight climate change, Greta Thunberg, has just been announced as Time Person of the Year for 2019.

The 16-year-old is the youngest person to be chosen by the magazine in a tradition that started in 1927. Speaking at a UN climate change summit in Madrid before the announcement, she urged world leaders to stop using “creative PR” to avoid real action. The next decade would define the planet’s future, she said. Last year, the teenager started an environmental strike by missing lessons most Fridays to protest outside the Swedish parliament building. It sparked a worldwide movement that became popular with the hashtag #FridaysForFuture. Since then, she has become a strong voice for action on climate change, inspiring millions of students to join protests around the world. Earlier this year, she was nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Time lauded the 16-year-old from Sweden for starting an environmental campaign in August 2018 that became a global movement, initially skipping school and camping in front of the Swedish Parliament to demand action.

“In the 16 months since, she has addressed heads of state at the UN, met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history,” the magazine said.

“Margaret Atwood compared her to Joan of Arc. After noticing a hundredfold increase in its usage, lexicographers at Collins Dictionary named Thunberg’s pioneering idea, climate strike, the word of the year.” But the reluctant celebrity, who has been chased by cameras and attracted large crowds at this week’s climate talks in Madrid, has urged the press to hear from other activists and indigenous young people instead.

Former US vice-president Al Gore, a longtime environmentalist, said the magazine made a “brilliant choice”. “Greta embodies the moral authority of the youth activist movement demanding that we act immediately to solve the climate crisis. She is an inspiration to me and to people across the world,” Mr Gore said. Speaking from the UN climate summit in Madrid, Ms Thunberg said she wanted to dedicate the award to all young activists.

“I was very surprised when I found out because it’s so … I could never have imagined anything like that happening. It’s so unexpected, so I am of course very grateful for that, very honoured,” she said. “But as I have said before, I should not be the one to be person of the year, it should be everyone in the Fridays for Future movement because what we have done, we have done together.”

Greta Thunberg's natal chartSometimes an actor walks on to the world stage who embodies an archetype quite distinctly.  With her babyface and the clarity of her ideas, Greta Thunberg currently embodies the archetype of the “wise child”. Capricorns are renowned for their wisdom as portrayed in the astrology greeting card above, the wisdom of the archetype  from Teutonic folklore embodied in Old Mother Hulde. Thunberg’s chart has a signature associated with “wise children” — those who are old before their time. This is the Moon in Capricorn. She was born on the day of the New Moon, and this is part of a strong stellium in Capricorn. The New Moon can give a person a kind of innocence, the kind necessary for courage — and a clarity of vision, but in Capricorn, this is never going to be a foolish innocence, but something wiser and deeper.

Her Sun is in a close conjunction with Chiron — the wounded healer — and without doubt she has taken on an enormous responsibility to try to heal the relationship between humans and Mother Nature. She has had her own challenges being on the autistic spectrum with aspergers as well as selective mutism. The other element of the Capricorn stellium is that stubborn Mercury Retrograde. You can guarantee her ideas are her own, reached through her own conclusions after extensive research — and therefore held most firmly.

Her Chiron and her Sun were right in the crosshairs of the brutal Uranus-Pluto square that dominated the years 2012-2015. She must have experienced a kind of transformative awakening at that time. At the age of 11, in 2012, she “became depressed and stopped speaking for a while”. She’d been hearing about climate change for three years, but no one seemed to be doing anything about it which caused her to fall into a deep depression.

It was only in 2018 around the time change agent Uranus squared her Mercury Retrograde. It was on 20 August 2018 that Thunberg decided not to go to school, but to protest outside the Swedish parliament instead. Mars Rx was exactly on that Mercury Rx — both at 28° Capricorn. She dug in her heels.By progression, her natal Mercury Rx makes a conjunction with her natal Chiron for the next four years. There’s a voice for the wounded earth. She has Mars conjunct Venus in Scorpio natally so is a passionate advocate for the cause of action for climate change.  Mars being the co-ruler of Scorpio is comfortable here.

Thunberg’s mission is simple: to make the grown-ups stop climate change. She’s doing this by refusing to carry on as if everything’s normal. Greta’s method is also simple: state the obvious: “You are stealing our future.”  With Saturn in Gemini, she’s a student of facts, an organiser of information. She’s one of  – the generation with Uranus and Neptune in the sign of Aquarius  – the true digital natives, of course, but also many of this generation have an easy grasp of science; for them, the idea of disputing climate change is just stupid, especially considering predictions so far have turned out to be horribly accurate. In her case, the goddess of wisdom, Pallas Athena, is also in Aquarius.

This latter is very interesting, as Pallas Athena can be visionary – a Joan of Arc, a Cassandra. She has taken it upon herself to speak for her generation — perfect for Pallas conjunct Uranus. She sees the pattern of the future unfolding. Her Pallas also makes a tight trine to Saturn in Gemini, and squares her Venus in Scorpio. That latter is another warrior aspect — a woman who wears armour.

Her blunt simple, language — Mercury Rx in Capricon quincunx Saturn in Gemini opp Pluto — is really powerful. With the North Node in Gemini, she is fulfilling her destiny as a spokesperson. It’s so interesting to see how important the voice is for Thunberg — from her selective mutism to voicing her thoughts on the world stage today, when she is meeting political leaders, addressing the UN, climate conferences across the globe. But this language is making the future seem real, it’s bringing the future more sharply into focus.  True to her Capricorn principles refusing to fly by plane contributing to pollution Greta sailed to the US and when the Climate Conference was moved from Chile to Spain she sailed all the way from America to Spain with an Australian couple who heeded her call for passage on board their boat. This may be a gift of that Aquarian generation.

It was on 20 August 2018 that Thunberg decided not to go to school, but to protest outside the Swedish parliament instead. Mars Rx was exactly on that Mercury Rx — both at 28° Capricorn. She dug in her heels. Saturn is currently taking its two year and a half year journey through Capricorn — a period of great personal growth for her. Today, Saturn also known as Father Time is at 20° Capricorn making a conjunction to the South Node. and Pluto at 22 degrees Capricorn is having its transformative effect on both her and the collective she has inspired worldwide. These two powerful astrological points will be together for a while and they are probably somewhere around Greta’s Moon. And that is her message: time is running out.

Overview for Capricorn for 2019 – 2020

Pluto continues its passage through your sign, Capricorn, bringing change and transformation in its wake. Saturn, your ruling planet, continues its passage through your sign, Capricorn. Uranus, the planet of sudden change, continues its passage through your domestic sector bringing the unpredictability in this area of your life. Lucky Jupiter has just moved into your sign and Chiron, the wounded healer, has just entered your domestic sector while Uranus has moved into your children and creativity sector.

Two planetary visitors will move through your career sector. Both quicksilver Mercury and Venus will move here on 15 September 2019. Mercury here will promote communications and networking with your colleagues. In 2020 Mercury pays two visits to your career sector. The first visit is from 6 – 27 September and then again from 29 October to 10 November. Gentle Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 29 October to 21 November bringing harmony in your work place.

Mercury and Venus will activate your finance sector. Mercury, the planet of commerce, pays two visits here, the first being from from 17 January to 3 February and the second visit from 5 – 16 March 2020. Venus, the planet of finance, will grace your finance sector with her presence from 21 November 2019 to 13 January 2020.

Travel and Higher Education
There are two planetary visitors that will be in your travel and higher education sector in 2020. Venus, the goddess of love and pleasure, visits your travel and education sector from 3 – 28 October making it an ideal time for that romantic getaway or pleasure cruise. Mercury’s presence here from 21 August to 5 September will facilitate your capacity for study and research.

Communication and Immediate Environment
Your communication and immediate environment sector is being activated by feisty Mars, nebulous Neptune. Dynamic Mars makes its presence felt here from 14 May to 28 June 2020. During this time you could find yourself embroiled in disputes with siblings or neighbours but once Mars makes its exit you should be able to tune into the gentler Neptunian energy which would enhance your intuitive and creative power.

Home and Family
Uranus, the co ruler of Capricorn and the planet of upheaval and sudden change has finally moved out of home and family sector and has entered your creativity and children sector. Feisty Mars will make its presence felt with a prolonged visit to your domestic sector from 29 June 2020 to 6 January 2021. Part of Mars’ passage here will be in its retrograde phase from 9 September to 14 November. Mars here could cause domestic disputes but if  this energy is channelled constructively it could imbue you with the energy to needed to make a difference on the home front. It would be an ideal time to move house or undertake renovations, especially when Venus graces your domestic sector with her presence from 8 February 5 March the urge to beautify your home will be strong. Venus will also inspire you to entertain and will promote harmonious family relations. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit to your domestic sector from 12 – 27 April 2020 encouraging communicating and networking with family members.

Romance, Children and Creativity
Uranus, the planet of sudden change has just entered your romance, creativity and children sector bring changes to this area of your life. Other cosmic visitors include Mercury and Venus.  Venus, the Goddess of Love, graces your children and romance sector with her presence from 6 March to 3 April bringing creative inspiration, fun and pleasure to the areas of romance and children. Mercury will pay a visit here from 28 April to 11 May. The normally serious Capricorn should be able to down tools and embrace the inner child and have some fun!

Your relationship, marriage and partnership sector is highlighted with the karmic north node and by two eclipses.  The first eclipse is a full moon lunar eclipse which occurs on 11 January and the second  is a New Moon solar eclipse which occurs on 21 June. Venus’s presence here from 8 August to 6 September  will enhance your love prospects. Mercury will pay a prolonged visit here from 29 May to 6 August encouraging communication with your children. This will facilitate communications within your intimate and business partnerships. Part of Mercury’s passage here will be in its retrograde phase from 18 June to 11 July which could cause misunderstandings in your intimate relationships and partnerships.

Venus lends her charm here from 22 November to 15 December 2020 allowing you to forge positive bonds with friends. Communication and networking is emphasised when Mercury pays a visit here from 11 November to 1 December encouraging socialising and expanding your social networks. You are bound to have a busy social calendar.

Your spirituality sector is highlighted by two eclipses – the first is lunar appulse eclipse occurring on 6 January and the second is solar total eclipse which occurs on 15 December 2020. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit here from 10 -29 December 2019 and from 2 – 20 December 2020 facilitating  communication in this area of your life. It would be an ideal time to keep a journal of your dreams and spiritual aspirations.

Jupiter enters Capricorn 3 December 2019
Jupiter enters Capricorn at 5.20 am on 3 December 2019 joining Pluto, Saturn and South Node

Full Moon in Gemini 12 December 2019
The day after the Sun enters Capricorn and the summer/winter solstice there is a Full Moon in Cancer.  With the Full Moon in the watery sign of Cancer emotions may come to the fore. It is important that we nurture ourselves at a time when many people are caught up in the pre-xmas rush. Cancer rules the hearth and home and so it is the ideal time to spend quality time with your family and loved ones.

New Moon in Capricorn 26 Dec 2019New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn
There will be a New Moon Solar Eclipse at 4 degrees Capricorn 07 at 4.12.59 pm on 26 December 2019. The sign of Capricorn could hardly be more potent right now. Apart
from the huge line up of outer planets there, the Sun and Moon will be aligned in a solar eclipse.This eclipse will trace a path across Asia, and in particular Indonesia. Saturn and Pluto will be within two degrees of their exact conjunction, which will culminate on 13 January 2020. The Sun and Moon will make a harmonious trine to Uranus, providing
an outlet from the limitations of the powerful Capricorn line up. While Saturn provides stability structure a Saturn Pluto conjunction can often denote hardship and harshness. Mars in Scorpio making a sextile to Saturn and Pluto will also be a mitigating factor providing relief from the heavy Capricorn energy.

Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn
We are feeling the effects of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn both on a personal and collective level. Capricorn which rules the 10th house on a mundane level represents the Establishment, government, status quo, stability, structures etc. but with Pluto which rules earthquakes and volcanoes in Capricorn we are feeling seismic shifts globally and now with Saturn, the ruling planet of Capricorn known as the Lord of karma we are beginning to reap what we have sown. In 2020 Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, will join Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Jupiter or Greek Zeus as king of the gods rules over law, philosophy, ideals and religious beliefs and when in contact with other planets has the effect of exaggerating the energies. Therefore, with these three in the mix plus the karmic South Node we can expect big changes in our institutions and our worldview. We can see the disintegration of the old world order with the Trump presidency and Brexit and the polarisation of political views in Europe and Australia.

Uprisings across the Globe against Government Corruption, Oppression and Rising Inequality

Demonstrations in Paris against pension changes

 Demonstration against French government’s pensions reform plans in Paris as part of a day of national strike and protests in France, December 5, 2019 

We have seen uprisings across the globe against government corruption, oppression and rising inequality.  Throughout the year we have seen the ‘gilet jaunes’ in France stage mass demonstrations against President Macron’s austerity measures and more recently the biggest strike and demonstration against Macron’s changes to the pension.
Hong Kong protest at airportHong Kong has been brought to a halt with demonstrations for six months making five demands of an implacable government led by Carrie Lam, a puppet of Beijing.
Demonstrations in LebanonIn Lebanon we have seen President Saad Hariri fall on his sword in response to mass protests against government corruption which caused harsh economic conditions.
Demonstration in BaghdadIn Iraq years of public discontent came to a head in October when demonstrations demanding an end to government corruption, foreign interference in Iraqi affairs, unemployment and a lack of basic facilities sparked Iraq’s largest protests in years. Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi last week announced his resignation following an intense day of bloodshed in which 50 people were killed and hundreds of others wounded in a crackdown by security forces in southern Iraq.
What started as a protest over a surprise increase in gasoline prices in Iran turned into widespread demonstrations met with a systematic repression that left at least 180 people dead.
Demonstrations in MaltaActivists stormed the building that houses the office of Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to demand his immediate resignation amid an investigation into the 2017 killing of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Muscat is not directly implicated in the investigation but has said he will resign on January 12 after an election for a new leader of his ruling Labour Party. Testimony by the self-confessed middleman in the murder plan has linked people in the prime minister’s inner circle to attempts at a cover-up.
Demonstrations in ChileProtesters clashed with police as thousands took to the streets of Chile’s capital Friday for a demonstration that marked 50 days since the outbreak of the country’s worst civil unrest in decades. Furious Chileans have for weeks been protesting social and economic inequality, and against an entrenched political elite that comes from a small number of the wealthiest families in the country, among other issues. The crisis is the worst in three decades of Chilean democracy and has led to 26 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries, according to the Organization of American States, with another 20,600 people detained. As with every Friday since protests began on October 18, thousands gathered at Plaza Italia in the center of Santiago to wave flags, sing and dance in a show of opposition President Sebastian Pinera’s conservative government.

Algerian protestsThousands of people have taken to the streets of the Algerian capital, Algiers, to protest against Thursday’s presidential election. They briefly overran a polling station. An attempt by police to disperse the crowd failed.Two more voting centres were stormed in the Kabylie region, east of the capital. The vote follows the ousting of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was forced to resign in April. He had been in power for two decades, but was ousted following anti-government demonstrations across the country. The protesters have continued to demand the sweeping away of Algeria’s entire political establishment, and they are boycotting the election. All five candidates standing were closely linked with the rule of ex-President Bouteflika.

For close to a year, thousands of Algerians have protested every Friday in Algiers and other cities across the country against any elections under the current government. They want all officials associated with the regime of ousted President Bouteflika to be removed from office, including interim President Abdelkader Bensalah and Prime Minister Nouredine Bedoui.“No election with the gangs”, “they must all be removed” protesters have chanted week after week, referring to the politicians and businessmen in the inner circle of the ousted president who they see as corrupt. They say new faces must be brought in to organise “real elections” in a country where the winner of presidential elections has always been easy to guess. Any election under the current government would be seen as a mere resuscitation of the old regime protesters have been fighting against.

Gantz &amp; Netanyahu

Political Rivals – Benny Gantz & Netanyahu

Netanyahu charged with bribery and fraud – Israel left in Limbo
Israel remains in political limbo. Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that Netanyahu can remain prime minister for the time being, rejecting a petition for his resignation. A second petition to the high court has yet to be ruled on. The rejected petition cited three reasons for his removal:1. He’s incompetent. 2. His indictment on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust obligates him to step down. 3. He’s been unable to form a new government, leaving Israel in political limbo. In the 63-page indictment, Netanyahu was accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of pounds in luxury gifts from billionaire friends and for trading valuable favours with Israeli media and telecoms moguls for positive news coverage.

Though Israeli law permits an indicted prime minister to remain in office unless convicted, the issue was never judicially ruled on in Israeli history. Its Supreme Court may have final say on it given serious wrongdoing Netanyahu is charged with, making him politically damaged goods. Polls show most Israelis want him to step down.

After neither he nor his political opponent, Gantz was able to form a coalition government, MKs had 21 days to nominate one of their own to try cobbling together what the two front-runners failed at. No nomination emerged when time elapsed, MKs passing legislation for a third election in 90 days before the body was dissolved.Is coalition rule likely to emerge from a third election or will stalemate continue? A Tuesday poll showed Blue and White expanded its one seat advantage over Likud to four — 37 to 33 seats. It’s a long time to March 2. Much can happen from now to then, including a possible Likud primary challenge from MK Gideon Sa’ar.

Stephen Lendman poses the question: Is he dead man walking politically and judicially or a survivor like throughout his political life? According to Haaretz editors, “the ‘magician’ is running out of rabbits to pull out of his hat, which is full of holes, and all that’s left are empty political stunts meant to create background noise that might make people forget that (he’s) charged with criminal offenses in three different cases,” adding: He should resign “from politics…for the benefit of the country (and to try) salvag(ing) what little remains of his own honor.” The fullness of time in the new year will tell how things turn out.

Indian protests against citizenship lawViolent Protests erupt in India over new Citizenship Law excluding Moslems from other Countries from Citizenship
Narendra Modi’s new citizenship laws excluding Moslem refugees and migrants from obtaining citizenship in India has resulted in nationwide protests with 23 dead and hundreds arrested. It is Modi’s biggest challenge since he came to power with Police being accused of using disproportionate force. Commentators have described it as a further whittling away of democracy and the worst kind of dog whistle politics where Moslems could be rendered stateless and end up in detention centres. Opponents say it is an attack on the secular democratic constitution and is divisive and discriminatory legislation. Lawyers of the High Court and Supreme Court joined the protests defying government bans on large assemblies.

Boris Johnson’s Mantra, “Let’s Get Brexit Done”, clinches UK election win for Tories
It seems the more simplistic the slogans are the more likely the party is to win the election. Aping Trump, his Gemini counterpart in US, with his slogan, “Make America great again,” and Morrison promising quiet Australians tax cuts and nothing more seems to satisfy the voting public enough to endorse them. Although Johnson won with a handsome majority breaking down the ‘red wall’ of hitherto staunch Labour party supporters in the north, he still has challenges ahead. With transiting Neptune squaring the UK Mercury in its 3rd house of communication Britons may find out they have been deluded by Johnson’s mesmerising mantras. Added to this the transiting karmic South Node on the UK’s Sun,  transiting Pluto and Saturn opposing the UK’s Moon which represents the people and transiting Uranus squaring UK’S Jupiter all augurs further challenges ahead for bumptious blustering Boris.  A resounding win by the SNP led by Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland has emboldened her to demand a second referendum for Scottish independence which Boris has resisted. There is also increasing conflict in Northern Ireland where there is dissatisfaction with Boris’s Brexit plan so it will not be smooth sailing and may eventually end up as the Disunited Kingdom. Watch this space.


Congress impeaches Trump CNNCongress Votes to Impeach President Trump
President Trump became the third president in American history to be impeached when members of Congress voted on Wednesday night to charge him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The vote on Article One, abuse of power, was 230-197, with one vote of present. All Republicans voted against the article, joined by two Democrats. The vote on Article Two, obstruction of Congress, was 229-198, with one vote of present. All Republicans voted against the article, joined by three Democrats. The House’s action tees up a Senate trial, likely early next month.

Protests against Morrison outside Kirribilli HouseMeanwhile at home the ‘land of sunburnt country and flooding plains’ in the words of our iconic Dorothea McKellar, Australia is facing its own deep challenges bearing witness to the effects of climate change and a severe and prolonged drought and catastrophic bush fires across the country. There is growing unease and anger as many Australians including retired fire chiefs, business people and the younger demographic despair as the Coalition government drags it heels on putting into action a plan for climate change and a national strategy to manage the extreme weather resulting in more fierce and unpredictable bushfires. The Prime Minister added fuel to the fire by sneaking out of the country to spend a holiday with his family in Hawaii while Australia and his home state of NSW faced a week of catastrophic fire conditions resulting in the tragic death of two volunteer fire fighters, young fathers. Only when this tragedy occurred did Morrison decide it was time to cut short his holiday and return to show some leadership.

Australia’s chart is revealing and with planets in Capricorn in the 10th house of the government putting the spotlight fairly and squarely on the leader. The transiting karmic South Node is hovering around Australia’s Saturn and Sun making Australia accountable at home and in the eyes of the international community, especially with the recent Climate Conference in Madrid where Australia was roundly criticised for trying to fudge the figures by using carryover credits from Kyoto becoming one of the outlier countries along with Brazil. Added to this is the fact that transiting Chiron the planet of wounding and healing is conjunct Australia’s ascendant and it certainly a time where Australians are facing deep pain struggling with the drought and unprecedented bush fires.Biwheel Oz chart Dec 2019

As seen from a few examples above many citizens around the world in the Middle East, in Asia, Europe, South America and in the US, are rising up against corrupt regimes where there is poverty and high unemployment demanding a more equitable society.

To end on a positive note the festive season is upon us, a time of goodwill. Let us hope that 2020 will be a good one where humanity can resolve some of the major conflicts with less polarisation and foster a spirit of peace and harmony finding consensus for the major challenges facing us namely climate change, poverty and increasing inequality.



Capricorn Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Capricorn Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
Insights Newsletter by Michele Finey
Greta Thunberg, One of the Wise Children – Oxford Astrologer


November Astromusings – Happy Birthday Sagittarians! Retrograde Mercury, Full Moon in Taurus, New Moon in Sagittarius, Neptune Stations Direct

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Sagittarius the archer

guides his fiery steed
man and horse fused into one
He perceives the vision
and aims his arrow high
that shaft of light
and races onwards towards his goal

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

The illustration in the astrology card depicts Arjuna, warrior and seeker of spiritual truth in the Indian epic song Bhagavad Gita, and Lord Krsna, his teacher. Krsna urges Arjuna to adopt a path of action freed from fear, reaction and inner conflict, offering a vision of the Self which is shining, limitless and untouched by sorrow.

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Sagittarius
The Personality sounds his note: Let food be sought.
The Soul sounds it clarion call: I see the goal, I reach the goal and then I see another.

Happy birthday to all the Sagittarians who celebrate their birthdays from 22 November to 21 December. Sagittarius is one of the four mutable signs, the others being Gemini, Virgo and Pisces. It forms the triplicity of fire signs along with Aries and Leo.

Symbolism of Sagittarius
Sagittarius is depicted as the immortal Centaur half man/half horse. It is therefore a dual sign as Centaur is endowed with the creative higher mental attributes of man as well the physical power of the horse to carry out and manifest Man’s ideas. It’s duality is also evident in the glyph of the arrow with sign divided by a line on the lower part of the shaft. This duality symbolises the battle between the higher aspirations of man versus the lower natures of our animal nature.

Sagittarius, the domain of Jupiter which rules over the higher mind represents travel both literally and metaphorically – his thoughts shoot out in all directions inspiring humanity with his  far-reaching vision and understanding. The glyph on the physical plane corresponds to the haunches, loins, thighs and the upper limbs. The head of the arrow depicts the fusion of the legs into one thrusting unit and the line of the bottom of the shaft represents the knees. Therefore, Sagittarius is the seat of locomotion in the body as it the action of both moving legs that propels him toward achieving his goal. This represents the single pointedness of Sagittarius who has the potential to transcend his dualism and become focused and achieve synthesis in fusing his duality into wholeness.

In the Northern hemisphere Sagittarius is the last sign to complete its cycle before the beginning of the new year. There it marks a period of long nights and short days with autumn taking its leave followed by the hibernation of the winter months. Sagittarius also marks a period of celebration with the winter solstice which brings thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years Day all under the auspices of the following sign of Capricorn.

The Constellation of Sagittarius

In his book Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology, Alan Oken elaborates on the constellation of Sagittarius. “The constellation which outlines the Archer-Centaur is composed of eight bright but otherwise undistinguished stars, divided into two subgroupings: the Milk dipper representing the Centaur’s body and the Bow. There is an additional frontal star called Al Naal – the point which is the head of the arrow. The Milk Dipper (Ursa Minor) which contains Polaris, the North Star. It is inverted and gets its name because its handle is placed in a star cloud of the Milky Way.

The Archer is eternally after the Scorpio with his arrow aimed directly at Antares, the great red heart of the Scorpion. Although the actual constellation is not spectacular from an astronomical point of view, the region in space in which this asterism is placed most certainly is. Within the Archer’s range is the huge Sagittarius stellar cloud, composed of million of suns. The constellation Sagittarius is unique in that it points toward the Galactic Centre. Sagittarius is easily found low in the southern sky of summer. It is bordered on the east by Capricorn, on the west by Scorpio, on the north by Aquila, the Eagle, and on the northwest by the Serpent.

Alice Bailey in her book, The Labours of Hercules, explains the esoteric symbolism of the constellations associated with Sagittarius. The three constellations Bailey alludes to are Lyra, Draco and Aquila. Lyra is the seven stringed harp upon which the aspirant learns to play and make music with his life. Ara is the altar upon which the aspirant places all, detaching himself so that he may more perfectly and fully serve. Draco is the serpent of wisdom, Summing up the role of Sagittarius, Bailey says: “Music in the life of harmony, sacrifices in the personality reactions and desires, and wisdom. And hovering over two other constellations: Aquila, spirit: and Cygnus, the soul.”

The Ninth Labour of Hercules – Killing the Stymphalian Birds

Hercules’ task in the ninth Labour is to get rid of the hideous, raucous, predatory birds of Stymphalus that are wreaking havoc in the marshes of Acadia. Three birds, on perceiving Hercules, swoop down upon him but Hercules holds his ground warding off their attacks with his heavy club. At first he tries to kill them with a quiverful of arrows but to no avail. Then he remembered the wise counsel given to him by his Teacher: “The flame that gleams beyond the mind reveals direction sure.” He gets rid of the man-eating birds dwelling in the marshes of Acadia by repeatedly clashing the cymbals given to him by Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Frightened by this terrible noise the birds arise out of the marshes and Hercules mounts onto his winged horse and shoots them with his arrows.

Bailey explains the esoteric symbolism of the myth. She states that Sagittarius is the sign preparatory to Capricorn and it is called in some ancient books “the sign of silence”. In ancient mysteries the newly admitted brother had to sit in silence, he was not allowed to walk or speak: he had to be, to work and to watch, because one cannot enter the spiritual kingdom, or climb the mountain of Capricorn, until there has been restraint of speech and control of thought. That is the lesson of Sagittarius: restraint of speech through control of thought.

Sagittarius is the little gate to Capricorn. There are two cosmic gates: Cancer, the gate into incarnation: Capricorn, the gate into the spiritual kingdom. Bailey says she likes to think of it as the little gate at the foot of the hill through which one passes before climbing the mountain and in passing through that little gate, we demonstrate our ability to rightly use the arrows of thought. That is the great test. Alice Bailey explains the esoteric symbolism behind the three man-eating birds and the marshes. The marshes are a symbol of the mind plus emotions. The birds that did the most harm were three in number. In one book they are enumerated: cruel gossip, talk of the self, selfish talk; and casting pearls before swine. Symbolically, the role of the Sagittarian is to get these birds out of the marshes where they can be seen and conquered.

Sagittarian Hall of Fame

Sagittarius rules the ninth house of the birth chart which has dominion over philosophy, religion, metaphysics, law, publishing, higher education, long distance travel and sport. Jupiter, its ruling planet, is the giant of our solar system, 318 times larger than our planet Earth. It also spins faster than any other planet.

Like the other fire signs Aries and Leo, Sagittarians are extroverts. Their role is to disseminate their knowledge and this they do with great enthusiasm, no matter what career they undertake. Sagittarius is known as “the sign of the prophet” Prophet and guru are larger than life labels that have been attached to some very famous Sagittarians. Nostradamus, the famous French seer, was one such Sagittarian whose famous quatrains predicted the future. Another prophet of the new millennium is Arthur C. Clarke whose 2001: A Space Odyssey captured the imagination of the collective. His 3001: The Final Odyssey actually takes place on one of the moons of Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius. Clarke took his writing very seriously, believing that science fiction writers performed an important role in predicting the future and raising the moral issues arising from the technological and space age.

Another very visionary and creatively gifted Sagittarian is Steven Spielberg who was inspired by the imagination of Walt Disney and is now acknowledged as much as his former childhood hero through such movies as ET.

Sai Baba

Another Sagittarian whose spiritual teachings and healings have inspired millions of seekers is Sai Baba. Sagittarians, with their natural predilection to think big, can become very successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists. One such famous Sagittarian is Andrew Carnegie who donated hundreds of millions of dollars amassed from his fortune made in steel to typical Jupiterian causes, such as libraries, education and peace. The renowned French philosopher, Voltaire, wrote ‘Candide’ which is a biting satire on optimism, one of the main Sagittarian traits. The Sagittarian, like the Centaur he represents, can be prone to bawdiness and boisterousness. These qualities are epitomised by the two show business icons, Billy

Bette Midler

Connelly and Bette Midler, whose larger than life jovial personalities have entertained millions with their downright bawdy and often outrageous jokes and antics. Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, Jimi Hendrix, Maria Callas, Edith Piaf, Joan Armatrading and Frank Sinatra demonstrate the typical Sagittarian ardour in their performances. Other notable Sagittarian celluloid heroes include Jane Fonda, Kim Basinger, John Malkovich, Kirk Douglas, Sir Ralph Richardson, and Kenneth Branagh. Sagittarians can also be attracted to a career in politics such as Sir Winston Churchill, Benjamin Disraeli, and locally Kim Beazley, Cheryl Kernot and Amanda Vanstone.

Bill BrysonOne typical Sagittarian is the author and travel writer, Bill Bryson. William McGuire “Bill” Bryson, OBE, FRS (born December 8, 1951 birth time unknown) is a best-selling American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and science. Born in America, he was a resident of Britain for most of his adult life before returning to the U.S. in 1995. In 2003 Bryson moved back to Britain, living in the old rectory of Wramplingham, Norfolk, and served as chancellor of Durham University from 2005 through 2011. Bryson shot to prominence in the United Kingdom with the publication of Notes from a Small Island (1995), an exploration of Britain, and its accompanying television series. He received widespread recognition again with the publication of A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003), a book widely acclaimed for its accessible communication of science.

Sagittarian Health and Anatomy

As well as ruling the hips and gluteal muscles, Sagittarius rules the sciatic nerve, iliac arteries and veins. It also has considerable influence over the liver, lungs and motor nerves. Structurally it rules the four vertebrae of the coccyx, the sacral bones and femur. Afflictions associated with this sign are rheumatism, sciatica, nervous disorders, hypersensitivity, heart and lung disease and eye disorders.

In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’ Vanda Sawtell, writes that the biochemic cell salt allocated to Sagittarius is Silica. Under the microscope the molecules of this cell salt are pointed and triangular like an arrow head, the symbol for Sagittarius. Silica has been called the lancet of biochemistry acting as Nature’s surgeon. Wherever there is pus to be discharged such as in boils, abscesses, carbuncles etc., this salt is indicated.

Silica has a very definite action upon the sweat glands of the skin, and is a remedy for perspiration of the feet; copious night sweats and insufficient perspiration. Other indications for this cell salt are red eyelids; caries of the bones; tonsillitis; ulceration of the throat; styes of the eyelids; cataracts; dullness of hearing with catarrh of the eustachian tubes. Silica gives the glossy finish to hair and nails. It is found in the connective tissues of the brain and nervous system, and lack of Silica causes inability to connect one’s thoughts, bad memory, and nervous disorders.  Individuals born under this sign need to guard against chest or lung troubles, being the polar opposite sign of Gemini which rules the chest and lungs, blood disorders, and poor digestion.

They are liable to suffer from nerve depletion from over-exhaustion. Bush walking and mountain climbing are ideal exercises for these free spirited individuals, enabling them to exercise their hips and thighs and promote deep breathing to strengthen any possible chest weakness. Being a hot and choleric sign they should avoid stimulants and intoxicating beverages. Their diet should include fruits that have cooling effect on their system such as citrus, berries and bananas. Grains such as oats, wheat and barley are beneficial for the nervous system of the highly-strung Sagittarian. Other suitable foods include asparagus, corn, endive, cucumber, red cabbage and apples. Aromatherapy oils that can be a balm for the highly active Sagittarian include bergamot, calendula, lemon balm, and rosemary.

 2019-2020 Overview for Sagittarians

Jupiter in Sagittarius
Jupiter, your ruling planet and the planet of good fortune, continues its journey through your sign until 3 December 2020 when it moves into the sign of Capricorn your 2nd solar house of finances. Jupiter rules travel, the higher mind, philosophy and law. It promotes a sense of adventure and opportunities for new experiences.

Romance, Creativity and Children
Chiron, the planetoid of wounding and healing, has just entered your 5th solar house. This sector rules romance, children and creativity so there will be opportunities to heal any wounds in this area of your life.

Relationships and Partnerships
There will be a Full Moon lunar eclipse in your seventh solar house ruling relationships and marriages on 30 November 2020. Mercury, the planet of communication pays a visit here from 12-28 May 2020 facilitating communication with your partner. Venus, the goddess of love, graces your partnership sector with her presence for a prolonged visit from 4 April to 7 August 2020  enhancing your powers of attraction and opportunities for romance. Part of Venus’s time here will be spent in retrograde motion from 13 May to 24 June 2020. This retrograde phase of Venus is an ideal time to review your relationships and your finances.

Your finance sector will be activated by a conjunction of Pluto Saturn, Jupiter and the karmic south node. Pluto, the lord of the Underworld’s, continuous its journey through your finance sector can push you out of your comfort zone and you may feel that making enough money is a matter of life and death as Pluto challenges your deepest primal fears. However, Pluto’s Greek counterpart Hades means wealth so it can also work in your favour, resulting in increased wealth. Whichever way the dice falls for you from rags to riches or vice versa you are sure to be re-evaluating your attitude to finances and possessions and in the process re-evaluating you self-worth. Saturn, the planet of restraint, continues its sojourn through your finance sector which would make budget restraint advisable. Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce, visits your finance sector from 30 December 2019 to 16 January 2020 making it an ideal period to do your book-keeping to stay informed of the current state of your finances. Your debt and tax sector will also be highlighted by the karmic North Node and two eclipses – the first eclipse is a Full Moon lunar eclipse which occurs on 11 Jan 2020 and the second one will be an annular solar eclipse on 30 November 2020

Home and Family
Neptune continue its sojourn through your domestic sector. Neptune, the planet of losses and sacrifices, continues its 14 year sojourn in your sector of home and family. You may find that you have to surrender some ideals regarding your home and family and formulate new ones. The fourth house also represents your core self so you may undergo a deep inner transformation and feel the need to withdraw to do some soul-searching. You may experience ‘divine discontent’ or confusion around issues to do with the family. You may have to sacrifice your time and energy to look after a sick loved one. There may be dissolution of the family through divorce or loss of a family member. However its presence is felt, Neptune will be teaching you the lesson of non-attachment with regard to your home and family. Other cosmic visitors to your domestic sector include as well as Mars, Mercury and Venus. Quicksilver Mercury pays two visits to your domestic sector, the first from from 4 February to 4 March 2020 and then again from 17 March to 11 April which will facilitate communication among family members and is also an excellent time to organise tradespeople to do repairs. Gentle Venus will grace your domestic sector with her presence from 14 January to 7 February to 2020 bringing harmony on the domestic front.

Travel and Education
Two other cosmic visitors will be Mercury and Venus. Mercury will pay visit here from 6-20 August 2020 facilitating communication in your travel and study zone. Gentle Venus will grace this sector with her presence from 7 September to 2 October 2020 making it an ideal time for a romantic getaway.

Relatives, Neighbours & Short Distance Travel
Your 3rd House of immediate environment and short distance travel will be activated by the presence of dynamic Mars from 31 March to 13 May 2020. Mars will imbue you with the energy to tackle any issues with siblings, relatives or neighbours. You could also be busy making short journeys. Quicksilver Mercury will pay a visit here from 17 January to 3 February 2020 facilitating communications and networking with siblings and neighbours. Gentle Venus will grace your 3rd house with her presence from 21 December 2019 to 13 January 2020 bringing harmony in this sphere of your life.

Friends and Groups
Mercury and Venus will visit your social sector. Mercury will pay a visit here from 6-27 September 2020 facilitating communication and networking. Venus’s presence here from 29 October to 21 November 2020 will add extra sparkle to your social life.

Full Moon in Taurus conjunct Vesta
The Full Moon in Taurus which occurs on 13 November at 19 degrees Taurus 52 is conjunct the asteroid Vesta, goddess of the hearth. Vesta (Greek Hestia) is the Latin word meaning focus. The hearth was and is the focal point of the home, the eternal flame that keeps burning, keeping us warm and safe. Vestal virgins in Rome were highly revered. The symbol of Vesta is a self-contained and pure image. Since Taurus is a sign of material security, home and hearth it will be important features of life in November.
Mercury is retrograde, opposing the Moon and Vesta, giving us extra ability to hone in on what we need to attend to, especially around the home. Details can be overlooked when Mercury is retrograde. What we need to do when Mercury is retrograde is slow down so we can ‘focus’ on what requires our attention. Patience is required.

Jupiter and Ceres are still close to one another and this aspect is known for its activism. Ceres in her role as Universal Mother whose symbol is a sheaf of wheat is passionate about the environment and Jupiter brings enthusiasm to her passion. This aspect has been active for a couple of months, including during Greta Thunberg’s powerful UN speech. It’s now waning, having made an exact conjunction on October 26. Taurus loves nature and as an earth sign, seeks to protect the land. This Full Moon is likely to see more environmental protests around the globe. The fixed earth sign Taurus is resilient and does not give up easily.

mercuryRetrograde Mercury – 1 – 21 November 2019
Mercury, the winged messenger of the gods and the planet of communication and short distance travel stations retrograde on 1 November at 27 Scorpio 28. This could cause all manner of confusion and delays in communication and travel. Therefore, it is important that you dot your Is and cross your Ts to avoid misunderstandings and missed appointments. Mercury will station direct again 21 November at 11 degrees Scorpio 35  normalising communications for the festive season.

New Moon in Sagittarius 27 Nov 2019New Moon in Sagittarius
The New Moon in Sagittarius occurs at 2.05 am on 27 November at 04 degrees 03 Sagittarius.  This expansive new moon brings a renewed sense of optimism and hope. It brings opportunities for broadening your horizons. Sagittarius is concerned with philosophy and the higher mind. This Jupiterian influence is especially predominant with Jupiter being conjunct the Galactic Centre at 27 degrees Sagittarius since early November. This rare event only occurs every 12 years. The Galactic Centre is a gateway to a higher consciousness. There have been two other planets that conjuncted the Galactic Centre that preceded Jupiter initiating this spiritual journey. Pluto the transformer was here in 2006/7 and Saturn that consolidates was here in late 2017.

On the same day of the New Moon Neptune stations direct. On 25 November Venus and Jupiter align at 28 degrees Sagittarius 12 adding brilliance to the evening sky while Mars and Uranus oppose each other. This former is a positive aspect, although it’s also prone to extravagance. It can denote a risk taking energy, but with the opposition of Mars and Uranus, an aspect that can be accident prone it is better to tread warily. Both planets make a challenging aspect to the Sun and Moon, so we may feel a bit out of sorts or uncoordinated. Accidents often happen when we are scattered and our attention is diverted. Given we have a risk taking, extravagant aspect and an accident prone aspect occurring simultaneously, we need to stay focussed. You need to remain conscious of what you are doing and plan your activities carefully.

Mars and Uranus are making challenging aspects to Chiron, so health may be impacted by accidents or over indulgence if these planets trigger planets in your natal chart.
Venus squares Chiron which could cause conflict in relationship that requires healing but the favourable Venus-Mars sextile will help create harmony, providing that we respect each other’s boundaries. This is a great aspect for communication, but as Venus is an evening star and Mars is in the morning sky, we may find we are at odds with our partners.


Sagittarius Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Sagittarius Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
Insight Newsletter by Michele Finey

October Astromusings – Happy Birthday Scorpios! Full Moon in Taurus, New Moon in Sagittarius, Retrograde Mercury

Scorpio, mistress of the Underworld
with penetrating mind and eye
guards all life’s mysteries.
She dies to be reborn
like the snake that sheds its skin
She walks the path twixt
       dark and light
And rises up to reach the Sun

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

The illustration depicts Kurukulla, Deity of Desire and meditative symbol of Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia, dances with one foot on the corpse of personified ego. Wearing her garland of freshly severed heads, she draws her bow symbolising transformation of passion into wisdom.

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Scorpio

The personality calls out: Maya flourish and deception

The Soul proclaims: Warrior I am and from the battle I emerge triumphant.

Happy birthday to all the Scorpios who celebrate their birthdays between October 24 and November 22. Scorpio is one of the four fixed signs, the others being Aquarius, Taurus and Leo. It forms the triplicity of water signs along with Cancer and Pisces.

Symbolism of Scorpio
Its ruling planet is Pluto, the god who rules over the Underworld and its co-ruler is Mars, the god of war. In the Northern hemisphere it marks the beginning of and the retreat of the animals into their hibernating caves. Scorpio has traditionally come to represent the harbinger of the dark and cold. Therefore, it symbolises regeneration when everything dies or goes to sleep until the advent of spring. It gives people a chance to balance their lives and to cultivate their inner beings. Scorpio, then, is the harbinger of the necessary sleep so that all of nature’s creations can be awakened afresh with greater strength. Scorpio rules the eighth house in the horoscope which has dominion over all the mysteries of life – sex, death and rebirth. The glyph for Scorpio, the letter m with the tail depicts the coils of the serpent, with its poisonous fangs ready to strike an adversary. It is also a symbol for the concentrated tension in the sexual organs of the male in the state of excitation.

The Constellation of Scorpio

In his book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, Alan Oken writes that Scorpio is among the largest of the twelve constellations and is one of the most easily distinguishable since it is composed of notably large and bright stars. The sign of the Scorpion is known for its secrecy and the constellation certainly corresponds to this characteristic. Only the tips of its foreclaws peer above the ecliptic. The rest of its magnificent body and long, arched tail remains “hidden” (though clearly visible) in the multitude of stars of the Milky Way. At the heart of the Scorpion is the giant red star Antares. It is as famous in the history of the cosmic family of stars as Scorpio itself, for in the days of ancient Egypt and Greece many temples were erected to coincide with its heavenly cycles. Antares is also at the approximate centre of the huge cloud Nebula in Scorpio.

Alice Bailey in her book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, describes Antares as one of the four royal stars, and as the reddest star in the heavens attributes its red colour to desire. There are some other constellations which Bailey says are of great interest. First there is Serpens, which symbolises the serpent of illusion, the serpent we meet in Genesis, which deluded Eve. The second is Ophiucus, the man who wrestles with the serpent. The ancient zodiac portrays the hands of this man. He seizes it with both hands and treads on its heart, which is the red star of desire. As he does this he looks towards the crown, in the constellation of Libra. Bailey explains the esoteric implications of this symbolism. The personality symbolised by Ophiucus, struggling with the serpent of illusion, with the crown held before him, towards which he aspires. The third constellation is called Hercules and portrays the aspirant looking not at the crown but at the eagle, Aquila, which symbolises the spirit aspect. He is occupied with that marvellous symbol of light emerging, which makes all victory possible.

The Eighth Labour of Hercules

In her book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey elucidates the test of Scorpio. Hercules’ teacher tells him that his task is to slay the loathsome nine headed monster, the Lernean Hydra, who dwells in the stagnant, putrid swamp of Lerna. His teacher gives Hercules one word of counsel to prepare him for this labour. He says, “We rise by kneeling; we conquer by surrendering; we gain by giving up.” At first Hercules tries destroying the hydra by severing its heads but each time he does this two more grow in its place and it grows stronger not weaker with each assault. Then Hercules remembers the words of his teacher, “we rise by kneeling.” Casting aside his club, Hercules kneels and grasping the hydra with his bare hands he holds it high above him exposing it to the rays of the sun and the touch of the wind. This action causes the monster to grow weaker and weaker until it withers and dies. This monster, which thrived in the perpetual cave of night could not survive, once exposed to the light. Hercules finds the hydra’s immortal head and buries it still hissing fiercely beneath a rock.

Bailey explains the symbolism behind this labour. The act of kneeling symbolises the need for humility by the disciple. The nine heads of the monster correspond to the nine personality traits that the hero has to overcome in the test for Scorpio in order to gain self mastery. She enumerates them; the first three heads are concerned with the appetite on the physical plane which are sex, physical comfort and money when used for selfish purposes; the second triune are concerned with desire on the astral plane and are fear, hate and ambition; the third triune are tests of the mind, on the mental plane, being pride, separativeness and cruelty. Bailey explains that by raising the monster to the light, Hercules seeks to bring his problem to a higher dimension and so is able to see his dilemma in the light of wisdom and eventually the tame the beast of his unconscious.

Scorpio Hall of Fame

Pluto, the ruling planet of Scorpio, is the planet associated with power. Therefore, it is not surprising to see many presidents and prime ministers born under this sign, including Theodore Roosevelt, Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Golda Meier, Charles de Gaulle, and Francois Mitterand. Just as Pluto in mythology wore a helmet to make him invisible, Scorpios are often associated with cloak and dagger activities such as were carried out in the anti communist witch-hunts by the Scorpio, Joseph McCarthy.

hillary-clinton-campaignsHillary Clinton, the former first lady, Democratic Senator and Secretary of State, beaten by Republican Donald Trump in the  hotly contested US presidential race is a Scorpio who celebrates her birthday on 26 October. As I wrote in my previous post both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have strong Mars. Even her bitter opponent Trump when put on the spot by the moderator in the second debate for the two presidential nominees begrudgingly admitted he admires Hillary’s fighting spirit. While Wikileaks leaks against her and her illness did lop off some of her hydran heads she grew some more and came back fighting in true Scorpionic style. Her detractors criticised her for her secrecy and for guarding her privacy but those qualities are the very essence of the Scorpionic nature. The US presidential elections were held on Tuesday 8 November 2016 during the month of Scorpio. It had all the elements of a do or die election as Trump and Clinton went head to head with no holds barred. The US will never be the same as the phenomena of Trump has exposed the ugly shadow of fear, anger, hate, and disillusionment of those people left behind after globalisation and the recent recession towards the ruling elite of US.

Hillary Clinton's Book What HappenedIn her book What Happened which sold 300, 000 copies in the first week Hillary Clinton gives a candid account of Trump’s campaign, his presidency so far, her primary battle with Bernie Sanders, the sexism she experienced on the campaign trail, and interference into the election by former FBI director James Comey and the Russian government. Truth is stranger than fiction!

With Scorpio’s dominion over the 8th house ruling other people’s money, many Scorpios are attracted to careers in banking and high finances. One very famous Scorpio who has amassed billions is Bill Gates, the founder of the computer software empire, Microsoft. He owes his success to the legendary powers of concentration of the Scorpio. Scorpio, ruling healing and transformation, attracts many healers, therapists, and psychologists. Not content with skimming over the surface of things their probing minds are perfectly suited for these professions. Its co ruler Mars which rules sharp implements such as knives and scalpels brings its share of surgeons. Their ability to ferret out the truth makes them good detectives. Other famous Scorpios who exude the famous Scorpionic magnetism and allure on stage and screen include Hedy Lamar, Diana Dors, Grace Kelly, Jodie Foster,

Demi Moore, Winona Ryder, Goldie Hawn, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Richard Burton, Kevin Kline, Rock Hudson, Burt Lancaster, Ethan Hawke, Tom Conti, Danny De Vito, and Richard Dreyfuss.

PrMarcia LangtonIndigenous woman, Professor Marcia Langton, is another prominent Scorpio recognised for her contributions to Australian political and cultural life.

Marcia Langton was born on 31 October 1951 in Brisbane birth time unknown and grew up in south-central QLD as descendant of the Him an and Bidjara nations. She embodies the Scorpio archetype rising like the Phoenix from the ashes. From humble beginnings growing up in camps, tents, mission houses, housing commission estates, shacks and shanties she has a PhD in anthropology and now holds the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Her achievements are too numerous to mention here. Her latest contribution is her book ‘Welcome to Country‘ which is a curated guidebook to indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. In her book Professor Langton offers fascinating insights into indigenous languages and customs, history, native title, art and dance, storytelling, and cultural awareness and etiquette for visitors. It also includes a directory of indigenous tourism experiences, organised by state or territory, covering galleries and festivals, national parks and museums. Along with her other work this demonstrates the Scorpio’s ability for in-depth research. Ken Wyatt the Minister for Indigenous Affairs has just announced that Professor Langton and Professor Tom Calma  will head up the co-design’s Senior Advisory Group to oversee the process of the Indigenous Voice to parliament and government..

She is a controversial figure as her frank and fearless opinions on indigenous issues don’t always match the orthodox positions. Scorpionic to the core she doesn’t suffer fools gladly. In fact in 2011 the Monthly magazine published an article entitled ‘Who’s afraid of Marcia Langton?’ Which featured on its front cover. It says of Marcia Langton, “she floats like a butterfly but stings like a bee and she terrifies people who have to face her 8n debate. Especially politicians.” The article continues,” She can shift from ex cathedral to street fighter mode in the blink of an eye………Langton was even scarier silent than in speech, a glowering matriarch, stony and immobile above a rapidly jiggling boot surveying the auditorium through hooded eyes of a predator bird.” Her natal chart absolutely embodies this description. Marcia Langton has a stellium – Sun, Moon and Mercury in Scorpio squared by Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio with the addition of Jupiter in feisty Mars ruled by Aries – a force to be reckoned with!


Scorpio Health and Anatomy

The parts of the body governed by Scorpio are the reproductive organs, the bladder, the pelvis of the kidneys, the prostrate, groins, rectum, and nasal bone and septum. In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell writes that the biochemic salt allocated to Scorpio is Calcium sulphate, better known as Plaster of Paris. This salt is a constituent of connective tissues, and is absolutely necessary to promote healing of all kinds. It is present in the bile, and helps destroy worn out red blood-corpuscles by extracting the water from them so that it may be used again by the body. Sulphur has always been recognised as the great purifier, and in combination with Calc. sulph. We have Nature’s great cleansing and healing agent. By the elimination of worn-out red corpuscles the blood is continually purified. Sawtell notes something remarkable about this salt i.e. Calc. sulph. coats all the vascular surfaces of the body, for these surfaces need to be protected from contact from certain fluids. By the wise provision of Mother Nature, Calc. sulph. is present in the fluids of the stomach, and it really forms a thin coating of Plaster of Paris which is not quickly affected by acid.

When this salt becomes deficient the lining of the stomach becomes irritated, causing an ulcerated stomach. All the surfaces of the body which contact moisture, such as eyeballs, nasal passages, mouth, throat, the passage-way into the stomach, the bladder, colon, etc., need the protection of this salt. When Calc. sulph. is lacking in the system we get faulty metabolism which results in boils, carbuncles, gumboils, skin eruptions, disorders of the pancreas and kidneys, chronic diarrhoea, catarrhs, constant discharge of pus from any part, and slow healing due to an unhealthy condition of connective tissue.

There are some other interesting points regarding Calc. sulph. and its relation to the sign Scorpio. Calc. sulph. or Plaster of Paris forms egg shells. It is the shells which keep the contents of eggs intact and preserved so that they may fulfil their function. Scorpio rules the procreative glands which create and preserve the procreative germ cells. These germ shells are really little eggs, and must have shells to protect them so that their contents may be preserved intact. The scientific name for these shells is casts, and when there is a deficiency of Calc. sulph. these human egg shells are not strong enough to hold their contents, which then turn to pus. Lack of Calc. sulph. can cause barrenness in females and impotence in males. In the female, the ova have not sufficient Calc. sulph. to complete their casts or shells, then the disintegrated contents form pus in the ovaries and ovarian tubes. In the male, pus from the disintegrated germ cells often collects in the prostate. Fistulas, tears or openings in the wall of the bowel, are also caused by a lack of Calc. sulph.

halloween-hero-1Halloween and All Saints Day
Not long after the Sun enters Scorpio there are the celebrations of Halloween and All Saints Day which both conjure up images of witches, hobgoblins, fairies and ghosts, all inhabitants of the Underworld.

2019-2020 Overview for Scorpio

Lucky Jupiter is moving through your finance sector. Uranus, the planet of sudden changes, is still moving through your relationship and marriage sector so there can be disruptions in this area of your life.

Lucky Jupiter moved into your finance sector on 9 November 2018 and will remain there until 2 December 2019. This can enhance your finances but you need to take care that you don’t squander your gains. Your finance sector will also be highlighted by a Lunar Full Moon eclipse on 6 June 2020.

Three planetary visitors activate your career sector. Feisty Mars will activate your career sector from 2 July to 18 August making you a veritable dynamo in the workplace. The only challenge is to ensure that you prosecute your goals with consideration for others. Gentle Venus will grace your career sector with her presence from 29 July to 21 August promoting harmony in the workplace.  Mercury visits here from 12 – 29 August promoting opportunities for communication and networking in the workplace.

Work and Health
Chiron, the wounded healer has just entered your work and health sector. Other planetary visitors to your work and health sector include Mercury and Venus. Mercury pays a visit from 12-27 April 2020 facilitating communications and networking in your daily work. Gentle Venus will grace your work and health sector with her presence from  8 Feb to 5 March 2020  bringing harmony in this sphere of your life.

Home & Family
Your domestic sector is highlighted by the presence of the karmic South Node and two eclipses. The first eclipse, solar partial eclipse occurs on 15 February and the second a lunar eclipse occurs on 27 July 2020. Mercury visits there first from 8-25 February 2020. facilitating communication with family members.

Creativity and Children
Neptune continues its 14 year sojourn in your children, creativity and romance sector giving you an opportunity to enhance your creativity and learn Neptune’s important lesson of surrender and non-attachment with regards your children and your romantic aspirations.  Neptune is in retrograde motion from 22 June until 27 November 2019 when it stations direct. Mercury pays two visits here, first from 4 Feb to 4 March and then again from 17 March to 11 April 2020 facilitating communications and networking in your daily work. Part of Mercury’s time here will be in retrograde motion from 17 Feb to 4 March. This is an ideal time to review or reassess work related issues. Gentle Venus will grace your work and health sector with her presence from 14 January to 7 February 2020 bringing harmony in this sphere of your life.

Venus graces your friendship sector with her presence from 3 – 28 October 2020 promoting harmony and cooperation within your friendships and group affiliations, especially with women friends or groups.  Mercury activates your social sector from 21 August to 5 September facilitating communication with friends and promoting your popularity.

Communications, Short Journeys and Siblings
There is strong focus on your communication and siblings sector with a Full Moon Lunar eclipse on 5 July 2020 as well as the close alignment of Pluto, Saturn and the karmic South Node here. Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues its sojourn in the third house, the domain of the immediate environment, siblings and relatives, short journeys and communications. There can be challenges in these areas of your life. Positively, it is an ideal time to do some in-depth study or research or you may discover some latent writing ability. Meditation or yoga would be an ideal way to eliminate obsessive thoughts. Serious Saturn entered your communication and immediate environment sector on 21 September 2017 and will remain there until 17 December 2020.

Travel and Study
Your travel and study sector is highlighted by the karmic North Node and two eclipses. The first  eclipse is a full Moon lunar eclipse which occurs on 11 January at 6.21 am. The second eclipse is a New Moon Solar eclipse which occurs on 21 June at 4.41 pm Sydney time. a solar partial eclipse on Both Mercury and Venus visit your travel and study sector. Mercury,  the planet of communication and short distance travel, pays an extended visit here from 29 May to 5 August 2020 facilitating communication and networking in these areas. Part of Mercury’s time here will be in its retrograde phase from 18 June to the 11 July. You need to check your travel plans during this retrograde phase as confusion and delays may abound.  Gentle Venus also graces your travel and study sector with her presence from 8 August to 6 September 2020 making it an ideal time to plan that special overseas trip as you will be yearning to explore wider horizons in that faraway exotic location and learn about foreign cultures.

Feisty Mars pays a visit to your spirituality sector from 5 October to 19 November 2019 imbuing you with energy to engage in spiritual pursuits. Gentle Venus  graces your spirituality sector with her presence from 29 October to 21 November 2020 bringing harmony and peace and a desire to relax and retreat. Mercury pays two visits to your spirituality sector. The first visit occurs from 6 – 27 September and then again after it turns direct from 29 October to 10 November 2020, arousing your curiosity with regard to spiritual topics. You may spend your time reading books on spiritual matters or tap into your intuition or keep a dream journal to understand your deepest motivations.

The Full Moon and New Moon – harbingers of change
We will feel the potency of October’s New and Full Moons which involve the change agents Pluto and Uranus in powerful alignment. This will set off a chain of disruption which will radically transform the political scene forcing change in many areas where change is long overdue.

Full Moon in Aries 13 October 2019
This Full Moon encapsulates the challenges we are facing at this time of our Earth’s history. Powerful Pluto makes an exact square to the Sun and the Moon, and Jupiter. the king of the gods, makes an exact sextile to the Sun and trine to the Moon. Pluto turns direct at the start of October, paving the way for its penetrating forces to gain momentum. Brexit chaos, Hong Kong riots, rebellion against corruption in Lebanon,  uprisings in Chile and Bolivia over poverty, fighting to maintain freedom of the press and protection for whistleblowers here and abroad, crazy USA, extreme weather events, scarcity of water, drought, immigration and the potential flood of climate refugees, plastic pollution etc. the world seems like it’s spinning out of control. World events are linked to the current cycle of the outer planets which will force us to make some much needed changes and to focus on our survival.

New Moon in Sagittarius 27 October 2019
Following on from the upheaval of the Full Moon on 13 October, we can expect further upsets. This dramatic Scorpio New Moon is opposed very closely by Uranus, the planet of rebellion and revolution for whom creative freedom and human rights are paramount. This position of Uranus takes it very close to the Earth, intensifying this vibe of non conformism. Uranus in Taurus is in full swing, advocating for innovation in manufacturing, renewables, environmental technologies and a range of sustainable measures. This seven year cycle urges us to renounce outmoded patterns, including monetary policy in particular the myth of the trickle down economics, to create a society that is more equitable. This tight opposition is calling us to take action on climate change and environmental degradation. New innovations and discoveries are being rolled out initiating a third industrial revolution.

This New Moon will bring creativity to the fore giving birth to advances in technology that will address many ongoing challenges facing us which will push us to think outside the box for new solutions. Impatient with inaction on the part of our governments, business and other concerned bodies will lead the way. At the same time Jupiter and the asteroid Ceres, the Universal Mother, will form a conjunction in Sagittarius that will cause concerns for the health of planet Earth to prevail. Ceres-Jupiter conjunctions advocate powerfully for the planet, conservation and speaking the truth.

Retrograde Mercury, the messenger of the gods will begin his backward dance in the sky on 1 November at 27 degrees Scorpio 38. Being in the sign of Scorpio,  it will generate very intense energy. It will station direct on 21 November at 11 degrees Scorpio 35. It is likely to cause all manner of disruptions with potential strikes, delays, confusion and misunderstandings.


Scorpio Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Scorpio Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
Insight Newsletter October by Michelle Finey



September Astromusings – Blessings for the Spring/Autumn Equinox! Happy Birthday Librans! Joshua Wong – a Libran Warrior for Democracy and Self Determination in Hong Kong, Full Moon in Pisces, New Moon Supermoon in Libra

7 Libra Card

The Egyptian Goddess Maat

I am the Goddess Maat
who weighs the hearts
of all mortals
on the scales of justice
as they pass through
the Hall of Judgment
where the gods decide
the fate of their souls

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

The illustration in the card for Libra by Sue Robertson depicts Maat, Egyptian Goddess of law, truth and justice, with the god Thoth, in form of a baboon who both played an important part in the judgement of the dead.

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Libra
The Personality calls out: Let choice be made.
The Soul proclaims: I choose the way which leads between the two great lines of force.

Happy birthday to all the Librans who celebrate their birthdays between September 23 and October 22. Libra is one of the four cardinal signs, the others being Capricorn, Aries and Cancer. It forms the triplicity of air signs along with Aquarius and Gemini. In the Northern hemisphere Libra represents the period of the autumnal equinox, and the vernal equinox in the Southern hemisphere, where the days and nights are equal. Thus Libra stands for equality.

In his book, Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology, Alan Oken explains the symbolism of the glyph. “ We can see from the glyph that it is the Sun sinking under the horizon, showing that night will dominate in the Northern hemisphere. The two lines of the glyph represent the duality of Libra. The top line represents the higher nature of Libra which is primarily governed by the higher powers of the mind: the completely objective state. This is the aspect of the Libran character which is impartial and not attached to matter. It is solely involved with the harmony of the ideas. The bottom line of the Libran glyph stands for matter and personal desire. Libra represents the struggle and the dualism of each human being; on the one hand he is striving toward the bliss of conscious reunion with Divinity, and the other hand he is working for mastery and power over the material sphere of personal desire. The essence of Libra is teaching man how to balance the two urges within himself with the condition of his earthly situation. Libra has rulership over the diaphragm, the portion of the human organism which divides the lower and upper halves of the body. In the glyph the lower line represents the waist proper while the upper line is the diaphragm and the navel.

Botticelli’s Venus

Being the sign of marriage and the dominion of Venus, Libra also has some influence upon the sexual organs, specifically in the connection of that area with the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract.

The Constellation of Libra

In his book Alan Oken’s CompleteAstrology Alan Oken states that Libra is the smallest of the constellations, measuring only 21 degrees in longitude along the ecliptic. The Scales consist basically of a trapezoid of four stars which includes the two best known of Libra’s stars: Zubenelgenubi (the Southern Scale) and Zubeneschmali (the Northern Scale). The first ‘Zuben’ is a yellow and light grey double star and the second has a pale green hue.

The Labours of Hercules
In her book, The Labours of Hercules, Alice Bailey reveals the esoteric symbolism behind the constellation. She refers to three constellations in Libra which she claims are all of special interest. First there is the Southern Cross that has never been seen in the Occident since the time of the Crucifixion, when it was seen at Jerusalem. She notes that the cross is now receding. Four bright stars make up this cross; four the number of matter aspect of man, the quarternary. The cross is receding, and this promise is in Libra, called the open door to Shamballa, the sign in which there is found “the narrow, razor-edged path” which leads man into the kingdom of the soul. The second constellation that Bailey mentions in relation to Libra is that of Lupus, the wolf. Down the ages the wolf’s head has been the symbol of the initiate. However, it is a dying wolf, and the wolf-nature that has devoured the soul nature until now is symbolised as dying out, for as man achieves balance, the activity and power of the wolf dies out. The third is the Corona, the crown which is the symbol based on the story of Ariadne, the mother aspect. Ariadne was given a crown of seven stars by Bacchus, symbol of the second aspect of divinity which glorifies matter by making it the expression of the divine mind.

 The Libran Hall of Fame
Librans, being ruled by Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, peace, harmony, justice and the arts are attracted to careers in beauty, fashion, interior design, the arts, entertainment, law, writing and public speaking. Their of love of balance and harmony draws them towards careers in diplomacy and peacemaking.

It was the Libran John Lennon who wrote the famous words “Give peace a chance.” It was the Libran Mohandas Gandhi who campaigned tirelessly against injustice and inequality through peaceful means. Their fair-mindedness makes them natural counsellors. Bob Geldof has demonstrated his Libran desire for justice in the causes he has espoused for Amnesty International and famine relief through Bandaid and Live Aid. Librans can also possess good entrepreneurial skills such as Anita Roddick who expanded her single shop into a global enterprise with hundreds of stores worldwide. Another Libran who has put her trademark Libran name on different commodities from optical glasses to beeswax candles and mineral water is Donna Karan.  Another Libran, Brigitte Bardot formerly known as the sex goddess of the sixties, now champions the cause of animals whom she sees as being treated cruelly by humans. The former British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, displayed both the ladylike qualities of Libra but could also be a formidable opponent with her martial Scorpio ascendant.

Susan Sarandon is another very charming Libran who  also campaigned against the Iraq War and other controversial causes. Olivia Newton John, another Libran who displays the Libran charm and beauty has run a successful enterprise, Koala Blue, and has supported causes such as of breast cancer prevention. The former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was often heard claiming the laws she passes must be ‘fair and balanced’ and is known for her Libran qualities as a skillful negotiator. Other Librans of note include Franz Liszt, Nietzsche, Graham Greene, George Gershwin, Julie Andrews, Oscar Wilde, Cliff Richard, Arthur Miller, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Ronnie Barker, Catherine Deneuve, Dawn French, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Joshua WongJoshua Wong Time Magazine 2

Joshua Wong – A Warrior for Democracy and Freedom in Hong Kong
One Libran who was propelled onto the global stage is Joshua Wong during the Umbrella Movement and in the more recent democracy protests in Hong Kong. Joshua Wong, aged 22, born on 13 Oct 1996 in Hong Kong (time unknown) has been since his early teens a most outspoken advocate for democracy in Hong Kong. He has been arrested several times after demonstrations and was listed by Fortune as one of the world’s greatest leaders in 2015 at the ripe age 19. Netflix has also made a documentary about him – Joshua:Teenager vs Superpower which traces his development from a young teenager to political activist with commentators praising his courage saying that his standing up to Beijing is analagous to the battle between David and Goliath.

Born with dyslexia, he was raised as a Protestant Christian. He became active in church and student protest groups and at age 14 formed the student alliance, Scholarism, to fight against the Hong Kong government’s plan to introduce National Education at the behest of Beijing. His successful mobilisation of students and other concerned citizens who feared Beijing’s further encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy resulted in a backdown by the chief executive, Cy Leung, who declared that National Education would no longer be mandatory. In 2015 he launched Demosisto party which successfully contested the elections for the Legislative Council.

He has the Sun, and most likely Moon in Libra, squaring Neptune in Capricorn, and sextiling Mars in Leo – promoting his idealism, a strong sense of justice, and good at publicising his cause even going on a hunger strike to keep his cause alive in the public domain. With Mercury and the North Node also in Libra opposing Saturn in self-reliant Aries square Jupiter in Capricorn – Jupiter has a socially aware drive which can produce enlightened spokesmen. His Mercury is also heavily aspected being trine Uranus, sextile Pluto as well as in the T Square to Jupiter and Saturn making him a very good spokesman for his cause of justice and self determination for Hong Kong.

Joshua Wong at US Congress

Joshua Wong at US Congress

His chart does collide with China’s with his influential Pluto falling in China’s 10th house  and his Mars in their 7th house conjunct their Mars Pluto making it a volatile mix. China’s Sun in Libra is conjunct his Mercury, North Node and opposition his Saturn –  not an easy fit with the Beijing government. He has recently ruffled Beijing’s feathers even more by leading a delegation to a hearing at the US  Congress to plead their cause.

Biwheel China &amp; Joshua WongHis prominent Jupiter falls in the 10th house of Hong Kong’s chart – 1 July 1997 12.00 am Hong Kong chart, making him an important beacon of hope for the country. He has displayed incredible courage in facing down the might of China is no small undertaking hence the title of the Netflix documentary, Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower.

 Libran Health and Anatomy
When the Sun enters Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac, it has completed half its cyclic journey through the twelve signs, and in Libra the half-way of balancing point is reached. This is very significant because the symbol of this sign is the scales or balance Vanda Sawtell in her book, Astrology and Biochemistry, says that the biochemic salt allocated to this sign is Natrum phos. or Sodium phosphate, and its function is to preserve the balance between acids and the normal fluids of the body.

The parts of the body governed by Libra are the loins, the lumbar region in general, particularly the kidneys. The Greek word for the kidneys is ‘nephros’, which was derived from a Hebrew word meaning to shake out or distil and filter it into the bladder ready for elimination. The word nephritis meaning inflammation of the kidneys is derived from this word. The alkalinity of the blood must be kept at a certain level to ensure health, thus acid in excess of the body’s requirements has to be eliminated by the kidneys. Therefore, the kidneys are continually balancing the acid/alkaline account of the human body. Conditions arising from an apparent excess of acid are nearly always due to a deficiency of this alkaline salt. Natrum phos. is indicated in all rheumatic disorders, gout, worms, flatulence, diabetes, kidney and bladder weaknesses, eczema, jaundice, and gall stones. A lack of proper balance of this alkaline cell salt in the gastric juices will cause ferments to rise which retard digestion so that the lining of the whole digestive tract becomes involved. This may cause gastric ulceration, dyspepsia, sour taste in the mouth, bilious disorders, diarrhea, etc.

2019 Overview for Libra
The karmic North Node and an eclipse fall in your career sector highlighting this area of your life. Your domestic sector is highlighted Pluto Saturn and the karmic South Node as well as two eclipses. in your domestic sector brings a serious note to these areas of your life. Erratic Uranus sector continues its sojourn through your debt and taxes sector bringing a certain unpredictability here. Neptune is still moving through your work and health sector so there may be sacrifices and adjustments required in this area.

The karmic north node and a solar total eclipse in your career sector highlighting this area of your life. Cosmic visitors activating your career sector are Mercury and Venus. Mercury pays a visit to your career sector from 5 – 27 June bringing opportunities for networking and communicating with your colleagues.Venus, your ruling planet, will grace your career sector from 4 – 28 July bringing harmony and cooperation in the workplace. There is also planetary activity in your 6th house of work and health with Neptune present here.

There are three planetary visitors to your finance sector  – Venus, Mercury and Mars. Venus graces your finance sector with her presence from 9 October until 1 November 2019. Mercury, the planet of communication and commerce, pays an extended visit to your finance sector from 4 October to 9 December stimulating communication, networking and financial transactions. Part of Mercury’s passage here will be in retrograde phase from 31 October to 19 November making it an ideal time to review your finances. This would be a good move, especially with erratic Uranus having moved into your debt and taxes sector which could cause upheavals in your finances. Feisty Mars pays a visit here from 20 November 2019 to 3 January 2020 giving you the impetus to deal with your financial issues.

Home and Family
Your domestic sector is being activated by transformative Pluto, Saturn, the karmic South Node as well as two eclipses. the planet of transformation. The first eclipse, a solar partial eclipse occurs on 6 January and the second is a lunar partial eclipse which occurs on 16 July. This potent combination will bring challenges to your family and domestic life impelling you to deconstruct your family structures. It gives you an opportunity to delve deeply into your psyche and hidden facts about your family may come to light. You may be challenged to your very core but from this experience you will become empowered and shed a lot of excess baggage.  The challenges that this brings may  cause you  to be pushed out of your comfort zone but it will provide you with an opportunity to transform yourself. Saturn’s presence here causes you to take your family responsibilities seriously.

Creativity & Children
Mercury and Venus are two planetary visitors to your creativity and children sector. Curious Mercury pays a visit here from 25 January to 10 February  inspiring your creative expression and  affording opportunities for discussion about children while liberating your inner child in the process. Venus graces your creativity sector with her presence from 2 – 26 March.

Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit to your travel sector first from 22 May to 4 June. Gentle Venus graces your travel sector with her presence from 10 June to 3 July making it an ideal time to have that romantic getaway at some exotic location.

The planetoid, Chiron, the wounded healer, continues its sojourn through your relationship and marriage sector bringing the potential to heal wounds in your relationships.

A solar total eclipse occurs on 21 January highlighting your social sector bringing issues to a head to be resolved. Sweet Venus will grace your social sector with her presence from 29 July to 21 August bringing harmony to your friendships and group affiliations. Quicksilver Mercury pays two visits to your social sector the first from 28 June to 19 July and the second from 12 – 29 August facilitating communication and networking.

Planetary visitors to your spirituality and karma sector include Venus and Mercury. Venus makes her presence felt here from 22 August to 14 September to causing you to focus on union with a higher force. Mercury pays a visit here from 30 August to 14 September giving you the inspiration to explore the mysteries of life whether through books or courses. It will be an ideal time to spend some time in seclusion perhaps spending time in a retreat taking up yoga or meditation or even exploring your past lives.

Spring Equinox 2019Spring/Autumn Equinox 22/23 September, Venus – Morning Star to Evening Star
September 23 marks the Spring Equinox in the Southern hemisphere and 22 September the Autumn Equinox in the Northern hemisphere.  On September 23 the Sun also enters the sign of Libra. When the Sun moves into Libra each September, it’s time to assess our commitments and the personal values that underpin them. This is especially true this Equinox as Venus, Libra’s ruling planet emerges from the dark to take up her place as the evening star. This transformation from morning star, to invisible star, to evening star takes us away from our personal needs and desires and helps us link with others. This is a giving and sharing phase of Venus; a time to engage with loved ones and community. The Equinox draws our attention to the passage of time and seasonal change. Spring is a time of renewal and in the northern hemisphere they celebrate the onset of spring by burning the witch which represents exorcising the cold dark months of winter. The equinox is a time of heightened vibration marking a powerful portal gateway into a higher consciousness.

Importantly, Jupiter squares Neptune for the final time this year on the 22 September. (First two hits were in January and June). This will prompt us to ask ourselves, “What do we believe in and what dreams should we follow now?” Some important decisions need to be made this quarter, with Saturn’s stationing direct on the 18th September tied to the South Node, and the Moon and North Node aligning in opposition to Saturn. Our personal preferences and commitments may need to change as we move into this quarter. Any imbalance between our personal and public priorities will be highlighted and adjustments may be needed going forward. Major decisions are often involved under the Libran umbrella, where fairness and equality are paramount. It’s time to hold our lives in the balance and weigh up the value of what we do. There’s always a significant shift in personal and collective values at this Equinox. Significantly, Vesta, goddess of the hearth, is within hours of her exact station. Being in Taurus, and trine the Sun, her ability to focus will help us to hone in on our chief priorities, facilitating the decision process.

Full Moon in Pisces
The Full Moon occurs at 21 degrees Pisces 05 at 2.32 pm on 14 September. The Piscean Moon merges with dreamy Neptune which enhances our creativity, intuition and compassion. It promotes understanding and the ability to communicate one–on-one which is enhanced by the sextile to Saturn, Pluto and the South Node. This combination also stimulates the creative imagination and stirs the unconscious providing insights into the deeper meaning and the motives behind our actions. This Full Moon also forms a T square with Mars in Virgo and Jupiter in Sagittarius. Being in mutable signs there is room for flexibility. There is a stellium in Virgo – Mercury, Venus, Sun and Mars making it a balancing act between the Piscean energy of imagination and compassion with the Virgoan characteristics of diligence, precision and perfection.

New Moon In Libra 29 Sep 2019New Moon Supermoon in Libra
There will be a New Moon Supermoon at 5 degrees Libra 20 at 4.26 am on 29 September. There is a stellium in Libra – Sun, Moon, Venus and Mercury focussing on the Libran qualities of balance, cooperation, fairness and relationships. Air signs prevail at this New
Moon, ushering in a more social agenda. Sun and Moon oppose Chiron so this is also an ideal time to focus on your health and wellbeing. Saturn and the South Node are very close now, requiring an adjustment to our fundamental urges and the way we do things.
Forging new pathways on a personal and collective level, will form part of this process. Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter are converging towards alignment in a few months’ time.

Libra Greeting Card illustrated by Sue Robertson
Libra Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
Insight Newsletter by Michele Finey
Joshua:Teenager vs Superpower – Netflix


August Astromusings -Happy Birthday Virgo!Two New Moon Supermoons, Full Moon in Aquarius, Jupiter stations direct & Uranus stations retrograde, Virgoan Mary Shelley’s Genius, Woodstock Revisited


Demeter & Persephone Illustrated by Sue Robertson


Who knows your secrets
Virgo, pure maiden

whose warm dark womb

protects and nurtures

the germ of wisdom
like a grain of wheat

until it ripens

and is brought to light

Mother principle, worshipped

as Eve, Isis, Demeter, Ceres
and Mary, Mother of Christ

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Happy Birthday to all the Virgoans who celebrate their birthdays between August 23 and September 23. Virgo rules the sixth house which has dominion over work and health and service to others. It is one of triplicity of Earth signs – along with Capricorn and Taurus. It is one of four mutable signs – the others being Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces. The ruler of Virgo is Mercury which is also the ruler of Gemini.

The sign Virgo is closely associated with harvests, especially those of wheat and corn. Virgo is the Virgin or maiden who is a source of fecundity, depicted carrying a sheaf of wheat or corn freshly plucked from the harvest; esoterically she represents the Virgin Mary pregnant with the Christ child. The Greeks celebrated Demeter, the goddess of the grain, and her daughter, Persephone, in the Eleusinian mysteries. The Romans worshipped her as Ceres, from where the word cereal is derived. There are also associations with Vesta the goddess who was the keeper of the hearth and protectress of the home and community. Her priestesses were known as the vestal virgins whose duty it was to tend the sacred flame that kept the city safe. There is a common misconception that virgin referred to her being prudish and chaste when it really means ‘one within herself’. The vestal virgins typified the true meaning of Virgo the virgin, leading self-contained, contemplative lives and were held in high regard in the community. The glyph for Virgo symbolises the coils of energy in the Virgin’s essence.


There are also biblical references to the Virgo archetype. In the Old Testament Ruth the Moabite is harvesting the fields of Boaz. In the Egyptian pantheon Isis is said to have dropped the wheat she was carrying across the heavens resulting in the Milky Way. As she travelled she was carrying her Divine Son, Horus in her arms. This image of Isis with her Divine child is a precursor to the Christian story of Mary and Jesus. The Great Sphinx has associations with both Leo and Virgo as, esoterically, it symbolises 0 degrees Virgo or 30 degrees Leo, for it has the body of a Lion and the head of a Maiden. The sphinx demonstrates its potency in that it has learned how to tame the animal passions of Leo through the mental precision and purposeful activity of Virgo.

Virgo Hall of Fame
Being the sign of health, work and service, Virgoans are drawn to careers in health such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, chiropractics, hygiene and nutrition. Their keen analytical mind attracts them to careers in education, psychology, psychiatry, counselling, writing, accounting, business management, and computer sciences. No matter what career they pursue they are always, very industrious, efficient, well organised, thrifty and productive.


Famous writers include the German writer and poet, Goethe, D.H. Lawrence, and Roald Dahl.


Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein

It is just over 2 centuries in 1818 since the Virgo, Mary Shelley wrote her groundbreaking Gothic novel, Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus inspired by her dream. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher, William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft. She was born on 30 August 1797 at 11.20 pm in London, England. Both her parents were famous in their own right. Mary was the daughter of two social reformers ahead of their time. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was a feminist and author of The Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) who died shortly after giving birth to her daughter. Her father, William Godwin, a radical philosopher, was a part of an English liberal movement who wrote the book, “Political Justice.” The young poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, was one of the young men who agreed with Godwin’s progressive views and who began to frequent his salon in 1813 where Mary and Percy met and fell in love. They eloped on 28 July 1814, fleeing to Switzerland by coach. After Percy’s wife committed suicide, Mary and Percy were married on 30 December 1816. Together they travelled to Geneva where they met Lord Byron who was travelling with his physician Doctor Polidori. They rented two villas near to each other.

On 8 July 1822, Percy drowned in a violent lake storm. After Percy’s death Mary moved back to London, where she processed her grief editing of Percy’s letters and poems. Her other works include “Castruccio,” Prince Of Lucca,” 1824 and “The Last Man,” 1826. Mary had a friendship in 1827 with a poet, Tom Moore, but she never remarried and died on 1 February 1851, London, England.

When Byron suggested the idea of writing ghost stories, inspiration was taken from a collection of German horror stories, translated under the title Fantasmagoriana.  Mary’s unconventional life up to the summer of 1816 (when she was still only 18), along with the company in which she found herself in June of that year – and even the unusual weather conditions at the time – all contributed to the book’s genesis. The vital spark that gave the novel life however was Lord Byron’s suggestion one evening at the Villa Diodati, as candlelight flickered within the house and lightning flashed across the surface of the lake outside, that those present should turn their hands to the writing of ghost stories.

A Year without Summer
Because the weather in June was particularly bad and denied the possibility of sailing journeys on the lake, the group spent their evenings discussing literary projects, talking late into the night as the rain fell outside. With thunder and lightning rolling down from the mountains and across the lake, the candlelit interior of the Villa Diodati became the home to discussions about galvanism and the principles of animation, with Polidori’s medical knowledge acting as a balance for Byron and Percy Shelley’s more speculative imaginings. As Mary recalled in the Preface to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein: ‘Many and long were the conversations between Lord Byron and Shelley to which I was a devout but nearly silent listener. During one of these, various philosophical doctrines were discussed, and among others the nature of the principle of life, and whether there was any probability of its ever being discovered communicated’. The contemporary interest in galvanism, anatomy and the spark of life, together with the thunder storms outside and the candlelight within, all took root in Mary’s imagination and found their way into her novel.


Villa Diodati

The late night talks at the Villa Diodati continued as the weather outside remained stormy, and it was following one of these conversations that Mary had the nightmare that gave rise to the central idea of Frankenstein. Mary recounted the nightmare in her 1831 preface to the book, giving a startling example of how the heightened consciousness of terror could be transformed into brilliant and inspirational creativity:

Night waned upon this talk, and even the witching hour had gone by before we retired to rest. When I placed my head on my pillow I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie. I saw – with shut eyes, but acute mental vision – I saw the pale student of the unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion …”

Mary-Shelley-novelMary Shelley's natal chartMary Shelley’s natal chart reveals a lot about her life and her gifts. She has a stellium in Virgo – Sun, Mars, Uranus and Mercury all which point to her to her intelligence, diligence, practicality and writing ability. However, there are other strong signatures in her chart that stand out and point to her genius. She has a Cancer ascendant which would endow her with great sensitivity and an openness to the Universe. Her Moon is in sign of Sagittarius promoting a love of travel, adventure and pursuits of the higher mind. As mentioned above her parents were both philosophers, philosophy is ruled by Sagittarius, so the young Mary grew up in an intellectual milieu participating in her father’s salons and political gatherings. Added to this her Moon at 27 degrees Sagittarius is conjunct the Galactic Centre enabling her to access a Higher Intelligence.

Her most prominent planet is Pluto in Aquarius at 29 degrees known as the anaretic degree conjuncting her Midheaven ensuring that she would have a prominent career becoming renowned for her revolutionary ideas and prophetic insights. Added to this Aquarian influence is her Sun conjunct Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius. Pluto opposes feisty Mars which would also explain the challenges she experienced in life – with the themes of death and rebirth prevailing in her own life as well as in her writing. Neptune the planet of losses and sacrifices as well as Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing, also indicate the loss of her children. She experienced a lot of grief in her own life losing her mother just after she was born, losing two children and undergoing a severe miscarriage and finally being widowed at the young age of 24 when her husband died in a drowning accident. The Pluto Mars aspect is not only expressed in the themes of death and rebirth but also man’s need for power over these issues and the need for men to feel like Gods. Her book, The Last Man, deals with plague and destruction, as well as carrying on while everyone around you dies.

Agatha Christie

Another Virgoan author whose keen powers of observation and attention to miniscule detail were put to good use in her murder mysteries is Agatha Christie, the creator of Poirot, Miss Marple and volumes of detective stories.

A Virgo who made great contributions to modern education is the Italian woman, Maria Montessori. In 1896 she was the first woman to graduate from medical school in Rome. She began her career teaching hygiene and then moved to the area of education, with the particular goal of providing education for the poor and needy children. Today we see the legacy of her work with Montessori schools established worldwide.

Another Virgo whose tireless labours brought her many accolades is Mother Teresa. The austere life that she and her sisters led is typical of the Virgoan nature. Virgoan entertainers include Buddy Holly and Patsy Cline. Virgoan actors include Peter Sellers, Lily Tomlin, Anne Bancroft, Sophia Loren, Claudia Schiffer, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Keanu Reeves, Jeremy Irons and Hugh Grant.

Virgo Health and Anatomy


Virgo rules the sixth house whose domain is work and health. The part of the body allocated to Virgo is the solar plexus and intestines. The solar plexus lies directly behind the stomach, and from it twelve different nerve ganglia branch off in all directions: that is how the solar or sun plexus gets its name. Each of the twelve divisions of the solar plexus allocates with one of the signs of the Zodiac, and hence with a certain part of the body. The plexus itself is a little Zodiac. It is sometimes called the lower brain. The solar plexus is the great receiving station of energy from the back brain, while the bowels complete the chemicalisation of the food products ready to be assimilated by the blood. Being connected by its nerve ganglia with all parts of the body, the solar plexus reflects the condition of the entire body. It is not surprising then, that the stomach and bowels are affected when a person is worried or upset, or when the brain is

fagged and weary. Virgoans are known as the ‘worriers of the Zodiac’ with a nervous stomach, making them prone to digestive problems, especially if they identify too much with their perfectionist or workaholic nature. Virgoans need to be able to switch off from their work and learn to relax. Meditation, yoga or martial arts are ideal pursuits to bring harmony and balance to the lives of these industrious, fastidious folk. In the book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell states the Biochemic cell salt for Virgo is Kali sulph., and its function is to manufacture and distribute oil. When the body is in health, little jets of steam are constantly escaping from the seven million pores of the skin. A deficiency of Kali sulph.molecules causes the oil in the tissues to thicken and clog these safety valves of the human machine, thus turning heat and secretions back upon the inner organs, lungs, pleura, membranes of the nasal passages, and all forms of catarrh.

Kali sulph. is also present in considerable quantities in the scalp and hair. When this salt is lacking we get dandruff or falling hair, skin eruptions secreting yellowish oily matter, or inactive dry scaling skim, gastro-duodenal catarrh, ringworm, anaemia, and bronchitis. It is an oxygen carrier to the epidermic and epithelial cells of the skin and membranes, and in this it works with Ferrum phos., which is the salt for Pisces, the polar opposite to Virgo. Vanda Sawtell extols the virtues of Kali sulph., claiming it is a wonderful salt; the oil which it manufactures provides a fuel, a solvent, a lubricant and purifier for the body, just as in a machine. Furthermore, she adds; In old age the human body is very low in oil, and hence looks dry and shrivelled. Skin, hair, intestinal tract, bones all require their full quota of oil. She alludes to the parable of the wise virgins who kept their lamps burning, and the cry of the foolish virgins, “ We have no oil!” Moreover, people deficient in this salt cannot stand a warm room as they feel suffocated and must get out into the cool air. Symptoms are usually worse in the afternoon. She recommends Kali sulph. be given in all children’s diseases where there has been a rash or scaling. It helps to form new skin, and in this it works with the Gemini salt, Kali mur.

Overview for Virgo for 2019
Unpredictable Uranus is still moving through your 9th house of travel and study causing potential upheaval here. Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, has moved into your domestic sector. Neptune continues it sojourn through your marriage and partnership sector while your children and creativity sector is highlighted by two eclipses as well as transformative Pluto, serious Saturn and the karmic South Node. Your social sector is highlighted by an eclipse and the karmic north node.

Gentle Venus will grace your finance sector with her presence from 29 October until the 21 November enhancing your finances. Mercury, the planet of commerce, from 15 September until 3 October facilitating communication and networking.

Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 10 June to 3 July bringing harmony. Mercury, your ruling planet, also pays a visit here from 22 May to 3 June enhancing your communicating and networking skills.

Home & Family
Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and expansion is moving through your domestic sector and will be there until 2 December. This could mean an addition to your family or extensions to your home. Mercury pays a visit to your domestic sector from 10 – 29 December promoting communication and networking with family members.

Creativity & Children
Your creativity and children sector is highlighted by 2 eclipses as well as the karmic South Node. The first eclipse is a solar partial eclipse which occurs on 6 January and the second is a lunar partial eclipse occurs on 16 July. Planetary visitors to your creativity sector include Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues its passage in your solar 5th house which could cause changes and transformation in the areas of children, romance and creativity. Positively, it can be an ideal time for Virgos to reinvent themselves creatively adding energy and drive to this area of your life causing you to be proactive in pursuing your goals re your children, creativity and romance. Saturn’s presence here until 17 December 2020 brings a serious tone to your dealing with your children and creativity while Jupiter will enter your creativity sector on 3 December remaining there until 2 December 2020. Feisty Mars will join Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter here from 17 February to 30 March boosting your energy  to deal with your responsibilities here.

Your relationship sector will be activated this year with the continued presence of Neptune. Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its 14 year passage in your relationship sector teaching you compassion and non-attachment. The lessons learned from Neptune are bitter-sweet but the potential for spiritual growth is manifold.  Other planetary visitors to your love sector are and Mercury and Venus. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit here from 11 February to 7 April highlighting communications with your partners whether intimate of business associates. Part of Mercury’s passage here will be in retrograde phase from 5 – 27 March. This could cause confusion or misunderstandings but is an ideal time to review your primary relationships or business partnerships. Sweet Venus graces your relationship sector with her presence from 27 March to 20 April bringing love and harmony to your relationships.

Your friendship sector is highlighted by a solar total eclipse here on 3 July and the karmic North Node. Both Mercury and Venus pay visits to your friendship sector. Mercury visits here from 5 – 27 June facilitating communication and networking. Venus graces your friendship sector from 4 – 28 July bringing harmony and conviviality to your social networks.

A total lunar eclipse on 21 January highlights your spirituality sector.  Mercury and Venus also visit your spirituality sector. Venus’s presence here from 29 July to 21 August t will bring harmony to your social networks. Mercury pays two visits here from 12 – 29 August facilitating communication on matters spiritual.

Retrograde Planets – Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
There are currently 4 retrograde planets – Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Saturn stationed retrograde on 30 April and will turn direct on 18 September. Uranus stations retrograde on 12 August. Neptune stationed retrograde on 22 June and will station direct on 27 November. Pluto stationed retrograde on 25 April and will station direct on 3 October. Retrograde planets give an opportunity to turn inwards – a time for introspection, for reflection and reassessing and re-evaluating situations in your life.

Jupiter will station direct on 11 August while Uranus, co-ruler of Aquarius, will station
retrograde the following day. Stationary planets are very potent and urge us to heed their message. A stationary Jupiter encourages us to take risks. It can also have a crusading tone. Many entertainers and evangelists have Jupiter stationary in their birth charts. A stationary Uranus can have a revolutionary tone. It too can be a risk-taker, Promethean in nature urging us to be future oriented. Since it’s turning retrograde, we may have to reassess some of our plans or projects before we can progress.

The fact that Jupiter and Uranus are both stationing just one day apart, but in different orientations, could result in some sudden changes, mishaps or false starts. Expect energy
levels to be high and a feeling of urgency may prevail.

New Moon Supermoon Solar Eclipse at 8 degrees Leo 37 on 1 August
August is the season of SuperMoons with the first New Moon Supermoon occurring at 8 degrees Leo 37 on 1 August at 1.11 pm and the second Supermoon occurring at 6 degrees Virgo 47 on 30 August at 9.57 am.

Full Moon in Aquarius 15 August 2019Full Moon in Aquarius – 15 August
There will be a Full Moon at 22 degrees Aquarius 24 on 15 August at 10.29 pm AEST Sydney time.  The Air sign, Aquarius rules the 11th house of ideas, inspiration, and ideals, plus friends, groups, and the larger collective. Therefore, this Full Moon is an ideal time for networking, sharing ideas, and making connections that expand your social circle. Team work leads to success, and think tanks bring interesting results.The full Moon is opposite the Sun, Venus, and Mars in the fire sign, Leo. This gives the impetus for creativity and to accomplish goals provided that you don’t give in to the tendency for Leo extravagance and love of luxury. 

Hong Kong protest at airportHong Kong Airport closed down by Hong Kong Demonstration
The Full Moon is a time when things come to a head in order to be resolved and we only have to look to the recent widespread demonstrations in Hong Kong to see that things have reached an impasse with neither the demonstrators for democracy nor the Hong Kong government prepared to budge. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, surrogate for mainland China has refused to actually use the words withdraw the contentious extradition bill which the demonstrators see as a slippery slope towards authoritarianism under Beijing rule. While the demonstrators are protesting against police brutality there have been ominous signs of reports that China is moving troops to the Hong Kong border reminiscent in many people’s minds of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Woodstock line-up music posterWoodstock poster

Woodstock Revisited Fifty Years On
For the babyboomers reading this it will no doubt bring back nostalgic memories. The Woodstock Music Festival began on August 15, 1969, as half a million people waited on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, for the three-day music festival to start. Billed as “An Aquarian Experience: 3 Days of Peace and Music,” the epic event would later be known simply as Woodstock and become synonymous with the counterculture movement of the 1960s.

As an estimated one million people descended on Woodstock, its organisers scrambled to add more facilities. Highways and local roads came to a standstill and many concert-goers simply abandoned their cars and trekked the rest of the way on foot. Eventually, about half a million people reached the venue. The Woodstock audience was diverse and a reflection of the rapidly-changing times. Some were hippies who felt alienated by a society steeped in materialism.

In 1969, the country was deep into the controversial Vietnam War, a conflict that many young people vehemently opposed. It was also the era of the civil rights movement, a period of great unrest and protest. In 1968 both Martin Luther King jnr. and Senator Robert Kennedy were assassinated. Woodstock was an opportunity for people to escape into music and spread a message of unity and peace.

Joan Baez

Joan Baez at Woodstock

Thirty-two musicians, a combination of local and world-famous talent, performed at Woodstock. Around 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, Richie Havens took the stage and played a 45-minute set. Havens was followed by an unscheduled blessing by yoga guru Sri Swami Satchidananda. Joan Baez famously played the end of her set in a torrential downpour. Day one wrapped up around 2:00 a.m. on August 16.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock

Jimi Hendrix was the last musician to perform at Woodstock. Rain delays prevented him from taking the stage until early Monday morning and by the time he went on, the crowd had thinned to around 25,000 people.

Woodstock natal chartSome charts for Woodstock have been cast for mid afternoon while others have been cast for 5.07 pm the exact moment the concert began with Richie Havens’ impromptu performance due to delays of other performers caused by traffic hold ups. What is interesting with the 5.07 pm chart is that Pluto is conjuncting the Moon in Virgo which would reflect the intense emotions engendered by the love fest of festival attendees. In addition it places the Sun, Mercury, South Node, Pluto and the Moon all in the 8th house ruled by Scorpio whose domain is sex and the mysteries of life. Freedom loving Jupiter and Uranus were conjunct in Libra in the 9th house ruled by Jupiter.  With Uranus in Libra signifying unconventional relationships defying traditional norms. Neptune, the planet ruling drugs and alcohol was in the sign of Scorpio in the 11th house ruling the collective and was squaring the Sun in Leo in the 8th house. There were psychedelic drugs and flower power with the prevailing theme of make love not war.

Woodstock is perhaps best described by Max Yasgur, the humble farmer who lent his land for the occasion. Addressing the audience on day three he said, “…You’ve proven something to the world…the important thing that you’ve proven to the world is that a half a million kids, and I call you kids because I have children who are older than you are, a half a million young people can get together and have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music and God bless you for it!”


Virgo Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Virgo Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein and the Villa Diodati by Greg Buzzwell
Woodstock History.com


July Astromusings, New Moon Solar Eclipse, Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, Mercury Stations Direct, Happy Birthday Leos!

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Proud Leo claims
the centre stage of life
Sun ruled sun blessed
Strong ardent loyal
Whose noble heart emits
the vital flame
of Love

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Leo
The Personality proclaims its keyword: I rule because I am
The Soul proclaims its keyword: I am that and that am I.

Happy birthday to all the Leos who celebrate their birthdays between July 23 and August 22. Leo rules the fifth house, which represents, creativity, children and romance. It is one of the three fire signs along with Aries and Sagittarius. It is one of the four fixed signs – the others being Aquarius, Taurus and Scorpio. The ruler of Leo is the Sun and marks the hottest astrological month in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the heat of Leo’s Sun which ripens the fruit produced during the period of Cancer. Like the sign Leo the heat is constant and intense. There are biblical references to Leo. In the Old Testament the tribe of Judah is ruled by Leo. There are many examples of the cat deity in the Egyptian pantheon. Egyptian King Necepsos claimed that at the Creation of the world, the Sun rose in Leo near the star of Denebola. According to Alan Oken in his book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, Pliny, the Roman philosopher relates that the Egyptians worshipped this constellation because the Nile rose when the Sun entered the stars.

Hathor, the daughter of the Sun god Ra, was a dual aspected goddess. As well as being the gentle celestial cow, she had a dark side as Sekhmet, the lion-headed goddess, who wreaked havoc and bloodshed on those who dared to dissent against her father’s rule. The two lion deities, ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’, are depicted as guarding the gate to the shadow world. The lion is the emblem of spiritual power and wisdom. It is a sacred symbol of Buddhism. Buddha is said to have had a pet lion which was endowed with miraculous powers, and when the Great Teacher’s death was upon him, he chose to lay down ‘on his right side after the manner of a lion.’ The imperial lion was a symbol of the power of Rome. The feeding of the Christians to the lions symbolised the might of Rome overcoming and devouring any enemy of the state. Richard the Lion Hearted of England was renowned for his ambition to recapture the holy land from the Muslims (by slaying as many of them as possible) under the newly baptised banner of the ‘Lion of Christ.’

The Constellation of Leo

Unlike the faint constellation of Cancer, Leo is a very bright and easily identifiable constellation, in keeping with Leo’s regal demeanour. It lies between Cancer in the West and Virgo in the East and is best seen, in the Northern Hemisphere, in the late winter and early spring. Leo’s body is rectangular which culminates in a triangle of the Lion’s hindquarters. He is often depicted in a crouching position, ready to pounce. His tail is extremely long and curved, the tip of which is the brightest star in the hind triangle, Denebola.The distinguishing feature of the lion is his mane, which resembles a huge inverted question mark or a giant sickle. The point of the question mark is the exceptionally bright star, Regulus, the heart of the lion. Regulus, meaning the little King, the Ruler or the Lawgiver, is one of the four royal stars.

The constellation Leo has in it ninety-five stars, two of them of the first magnitude. Its Egyptian name meant ‘a pouring out’, the Nile giving its full irrigation at that season. There are three constellations associated with Leo – Hydra, the serpent, Crater, the cup, and Corvus, the raven. In the zodiac of Denderah, Leo and the three attendant constellations are pictured as forming one great sign, for the lion is seen as treading on the serpent. Corvus, the raven, is perched on the lion’s shoulder, while below is a plumed female figure, holding out two cups, the cup of experience and of suffering.

The Leo Hall of Fame
Leos are attracted to positions of power like a moth to a flame. Leo has its share of dictators such as Napoleon, Benito Mussolini, Fidel Castro and Simon Bolivar.

Leo is well represented in the British royal family – the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, and the Princess Royal, Princess Anne were all born under the sign of Leo. Other Leos who hold or have held positions of power include Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzeneggar,  former Prime Minister John Howard, and the former treasurer, Peter Costello.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis with her love of fashion, luxury and power is the epitome of Leo.

Leos, being ruled by the fifth house of creativity, are attracted to the screen and stage, including Robert Mitcham, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Antonio Banderas,

Dustin Hoffman

JonathonRhys-Myers, Julian McMahon, Eric Bana, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez,

World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Enchanted" - Arrivals

Helen Mirren, Michelle Williams, Audrey Tatou, Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, Kim Cattrall, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, Sandra Bullock, Patrick Swayze, Roman Polanski and Mick Jagger.

Movie moguls are also well represented in the sign of Leo such as Cecil B. De Mille, Dino De Laurentis, Jack L. Warner, Alfred Hitchcock, and Samuel Goldwyn with the roaring MGM lion. Both T.E. Lawrence, ‘the uncrowned King of Arabia’, and Peter O’Toole who portrayed him are Leos.

Writers of note include Percy Bysshe Shelley and Alfred Lord Tennyson, Emily Bronte, and JK Rowling at Harry Potter premiereJK Rowling who is currently enjoying the limelight with the premiere of her latest Harry Potter play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Mme Helena Blavatsky and Dorothy Parker. Bindi Irwin the extroverted

Mme Blavatsky

daughter of the late Steve Irwin illustrates the Leo’s ease before the cameras. The renowned Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung,images Carl Jung who coined the word,’ individuation’, was a Leo.

Jacinda on Dubai building

Left The Burj Khalifa in Dubai was lit up with Jacinda Ardern’s image in praise of her response to the Christchurch attack.

One Leo who recently grabbed worldwide attention is the NZ PM, Jacinda Ardern, for her leadership role displaying compassion and inclusiveness in the tragic Christchurch massacre of Moslems while worshipping in their mosques. She was born 26 July 1980 1.59 PM (rectified birth time) in Hamilton, NZ. Her birth time was rectified by astrologer, Graham Ibell. She has the Sun in Leo in the 9th house of the Higher Mind and travel. This rectified birthtime also gives her a Leo Midheaven which conjuncts the royal star, Regulus adding to her charisma. Esoterically Leo rules the heart and she has Neptune, the planet of sacrifice and compassion, conjunct her idealistic Sagittarius ascendant. Both her Sagittarius ascendant and her 9th house Sun are ruled by Jupiter in her 10th house of career which is reflected in her spirituality, her extensive travel and living abroad equipping her for her leadership role.

Ardern was raised in the Mormon Faith, which she abandoned as a young adult as there were aspects of Mormonism that she could not reconcile with her changing views of the world and of life (Venus in Gemini opposite Neptune) – gay-rights was a stumbling block. She identified as an agnostic and re-directed her focus into politics graduating from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Communication Studies in politics and public relations. (Neptune square Saturn). Ideologically (Neptune), Ardern describes herself as a Social-Democrat (for the people, by the people), through Democratic means (Saturn-Uranus) and a progressive (Uranus).

After graduating from the University of Waikato in 2001, Ardern began her career working as a researcher in the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark. She later worked in the United Kingdom as a policy advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and, in 2008, she was elected President of the International Union of Socialist Youth. Ardern won elected office in 2008 as a list MP, a position she held for almost ten years until her election to the Mount Albert electorate in the 2017 by-election. Later that year, she was unanimously elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party following the resignation of Annette King.

Jacinda Ardern with baby at UN

Jacinda Ardern makes history taking baby Neve to the UN  General Assembly

When Jacinda Ardern assumed office in October 2017, she became New Zealand’s youngest leader in 150 years. Ardern gave birth to her daughter, Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, in June 2018. After six weeks of maternity leave, Ardern returned to work, with Gayford staying home to care for their daughter. When her daughter was three months old, Ardern brought her to the United Nations General Assembly in hopes of creating “a path for other women.”

“I want to normalise it,” she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour of the event. “If we want to make workplaces more open, we need to acknowledge logistical challenges … by being more open it might create a path for other women.”

With Sagittarius rising and the Sun in the 9th house of travel and the higher mind, knowledge gained by travelling the world exploring different systems and people was important for her development and for success in her profession. She spent time as a volunteer in a New York soup kitchen, in London was a senior policy adviser for Tony Blair, and in her capacity as President of the International Union of Socialist Youth, she visited several countries. What she saw and learnt prepared her for her soul work. (Neptune is the esoteric ruler of Leo, on the ascendant).

To quote from the article of Graham Ibell who rectified her natal chart:
When Jacinda Ardern was born, a double rainbow appeared in the sky, a great comet tore
across the heavens and the season miraculously changed from a bitter winter into a sweet spring. And now, 37 years later, the hour of our deliverance is at hand. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned,” as the Good Book prophesied. . 

In her article entitled Jacinda Ardern – an Esoteric Astrology Soul-Personality Profile, esoteric astrologer, Leoni Hodgson, writes: “With Sagittarius governing the ascendant, Ardern’s soul-purpose is to be one-pointed in her attempts to inspire people and direct them to a higher path in life. She is a “Director of men”.(Esoteric Astrology 333). Hodgson adds, “With Neptune sitting on the ascendant, we can surmise she feels a spiritual calling to bring about greater fairness and justice in the world (Neptune sextile Pluto in Libra, in the 11th house of politics). Her task is one of service.

With Jupiter in the 10th house, she is drawn to government as a means to help improve the living standards and wages/ income of the people she serves (Jupiter trine Moon in the 2nd house, and ruler of the 8th house of other people’s money). Hodgson further posits, If Ardern is an initiate, then her task is global. This means her work extends beyond the borders of New Zealand, and based on how she conducted herself in March in response to the Christchurch massacre and the world’s positive reaction to Ardern’s handling of the crisis in New Zealand; this is a real possibility.

Hodgson claims that New Zealand’s role in the world is to be a standard bearer for inclusive love and unity, an example of how to respond to crises intelligently, but also with inclusivity and understanding. Jacinda Ardern – because she was PM when the massacre occurred, has been directly responsible for sending this message out to the world, in its highest, most altruistic form. More than this, she has shaped that message because of her personal performance. (Venus in Gemini, conjunct New Zealand’s ascendant and natal Pluto). Her speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018, set the tone for her service-work. She called for, among other things, kindness and collectivism as an alternative to isolationism, protectionism, and racism. The previous PM of New Zealand, Helen Clark, calls Ardern the world’s anti-Trump, which brings into sharper focus, what Ardern’s role may be on the world stage at this time.

Jacinda Ardern leading by exampleNZ, Pioneers of Wellbeing Budget
One policy initiated by Jacinda Ardern is the the Wellbeing Budget. New Zealand’s first ‘wellbeing budget’ was delivered in May 2019 by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson. Even before it was delivered, the New York Times proclaimed it “the next big move by a New Zealand government seen by progressives around the world as a beacon in increasingly populist times”. The wellbeing budget is founded on the idea that financial prosperity alone is not a sufficient measure of the quality of life. Echoing a comment by Robert Kennedy in the 1960s, Grant Robertson noted the importance of looking beyond Gross Domestic Product as a measure of our wellbeing.

In his budget speech, Robertson said we must seek “to value and to measure all that makes life worthwhile in New Zealand”. The wellbeing budget was developed with reference to over 60 indicators highlighted within the New Zealand Treasury’s Living Standards Framework. The Finance Minister said no previous New Zealand government had used that level of evidence and statistical analysis as the foundation for a budget. While the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has long advocated such an approach, New Zealand is the first country in the world to have explicitly adopted a wellbeing budget.

Five Priorities for Wellbeing
New Zealand’s wellbeing approach required that any new spending in this budget must advance one of five government priorities:

  1. Improving mental health;
  2. Reducing child poverty;
  3. Addressing the inequalities faced by indigenous Māori and Pacific island people;
  4. Thriving in a digital age; and
  5. Transitioning to a low-emission, sustainable economy

Michael Mintrom, the author of this article on New Zealand’s wellbeing budget, concludes, “Politicians, media pundits, public intellectuals and policy analysts around the world will be watching the implementation of this policy innovation with interest. If these reforms can soon deliver better outcomes for those in greatest need, we can be certain other countries will emulate New Zealand’s budgetary change.”

Other ways in which Jacinda Ardern has been an exemplar of compassionate leadership is her reiteration of her offer to take 150 refugees from Manus which has so far fallen on deaf ears by our PM Scott Morrison.

Leo Health and Anatomy

Physiologically, Leo rules the heart. Vanda Sawtell in her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, states that the cell salt for Leo is Mag. phos. which acts upon the motor nerves. Through the sensory nerves we feel pain or sensation, and response to the sensation received through these nerves results in motion or action. It is no coincidence that the Sanskrit root for Magnesium is mag., which means to love, giving it Divine connotations. Mag. phos. is the great anti-pain salt, and is indicated in all cases of cramp and spasm, or where application of heat brings relief. Headaches, neuralgias, earache, spasmodic twitching of eyes or limbs, menstrual colic, convulsions, and all heart troubles are aided by this cell salt. Mag. phos. helps one to let go and relax. Vanda Sawtell claims that the best medicine for Leos is love, peace, and harmony. They need plenty of water, sleep, deep breathing, also recreation and entertainment. With their generous natures and broad outlook they are not suited to occupations requiring petty details. They are capable of rising to positions of trust and responsibility.

The colours for Leo are gold, yellows, royal blue and red. They also respond well to the regal purple which cools their fiery temperament. Leo rules metallic gold, the royal metal. The gemstones for Leo are yellow topaz and yellow sapphire. Healing aromas include basil, cinnamon, frankincense, juniper, neroIi and rosemary. Flowers and herbs include dahlia, yellow lily, red poppy, marigold and sunflower. Homeopathic remedy is chamomilla which is indicated for treatment of colds and fevers and easing digestion and tension. Bach flower essences recommended include vine for bossiness and inflexibility and chicory for possessiveness and attention seeking behaviour. The healing musical note for Leo is E.

Re the Leo diet more vegetables and less meat is recommended to calm their fiery natures. They should avoid meats that are heating such as beef, turkey and lamb. Vegetables that contain iron such as spinach, kale and wheat grass are beneficial. Blue fruits such as grapes, berries are recommended. Nuts, raisins and lentils are also beneficial for the Leo diet.

Overview for Leo for 2019
There will be an eclipse in your sign of Leo –  a total lunar eclipse occurring on 21 January. Jupiter the planet of good fortune continues its sojourn through your children and creativity sector. Pluto, Saturn and the karmic South Node are occupying your work and health sector.

Unpredictable Uranus continues its sojourn through your career sector bringing opportunities for change and innovation in your career. You may be drawn to careers in astrology, healing, science or IT. Mercury’s presence here from 7 – 21 May facilitates communication and networking. Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 16 May to 9 June bringing harmony and cooperation with colleagues.

Work and Health
Your work and health sector will be highlighted by two eclipses – the first being a solar partial eclipse on 6 January and the second a lunar partial eclipse occurring on 17 July. Pluto, Saturn and the karmic South Node are occupying your work and health sector. Pluto, the planet of deep transformation, continues its passage in your work and health sector which can disrupt work routines and challenge your health. Therefore, it is important to maintain good health regimes, sufficient sleep, physical exercise and a healthy diet. With Pluto moving through this sector you should not take any illness at face value. Poor health at this time is Pluto’s way of alerting us that you need to redress the imbalance in your life. Pluto brings to conscious awareness what is grumbling beneath the surface. If you are stubbornly holding down a job that makes you discontented then Pluto’s role may cause you to lose your job so that you are forced to let go and seek more fulfilling work. You may find that the routine is punishing or that your colleagues are bullying you or scapegoating you. Whatever the circumstances you find yourself in, Pluto is demanding that you surrender and move on rather than hang onto a job that no longer serves any purpose in your life. Saturn, the Lord of Karma, will also be in your career sector until December 2020. This will bring hard work and responsibility in this area of your life. Part of Saturn’s passage here will be in its retrograde phase from 29 April to 18 September making it an ideal time to reconsider your plans or take extra to assess options before taking action.

Mercury, the ruler of commerce, will pay an extended visit to your finance sector from 11 February to 17 April. Part of its time here will be in its retrograde phase from 5 – 27 March, making it an ideal time to review your finances. Venus graces your finance sector with her presence from 27 March to 20 April.  Neptune, the planet of losses, continues its sojourn here making it imperative that you read all contracts carefully and keep your taxes up to date. Neptune’s lesson is one of non attachment so any attachments to the material world can be tenuous.

Gracious Venus and curious Mercury pay a visit to your relationship sector. Mercury’s presence here from 25 January to 10 February encourages communication and networking. Gentle Venus’s presence here from 2 – 26 March promotes love and harmony in your primary relationships.

Home and Family
Quicksilver Mercury pays an extended visit to your domestic sector from 4 October to 9 December making it an ideal time to communicate and network with family members and organise tradespeople. Part of Mercury’s time spent here will be in its retrograde phase from 31 October to 19 November. During the retrograde phase there may be misunderstandings amongst family members.  Venus will pay a visit to your domestic sector from 9 October to 1 November 2019 bringing harmony and cooperation on the home front and a desire to beautify your home.

Creativity and Children
Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, continues its sojourn through your creativity and children sector and will be there until 2 December 2019. There could be an addition to the family or you may be wanting to enlarge your home. The Sun radiates in your creativity sector from 23 November to 22 December adding impetus to your creative urges. You may take up a hobby or just indulge your inner child. However you choose to express this energy, pleasure, fun and luxury are the name of the game. Mercury’s presence there from 10 – 29 December 2019 facilitates communication and networking with children.

Travel and Study
Chiron, the wounded healer is occupying your travel and study sector. Venus’s presence here from 21 April to 10 May makes it a perfect time for that holiday romance. Quicksilver Mercury’s presence here from 18 April to 6 May facilitates communicating and networking.

Venus and Mercury activate your social sector. Mercury will pay a visit here from  22 May to 4 June giving you opportunities for networking and communicating with your social circle. Venus graces your social sector with her presence from 10 June to 3 July adding to your charm and charisma promoting harmonious connections with your friends and associates. Spending time with your women friends or espousing women’s issues will be a priority now.

Your spirituality sector is highlighted by a solar total eclipse on 3 July.  Mercury and Venus pay visits here in May and June,  making it an ideal time for introspection and to attend a spiritual retreat and record your dreams and musings in a journal.

July Eclipse Cycle
New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer 3 July,
The New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs at 10 Cancer 38 on 3 July at 5.16 am AEST Sydney time. The New Moon marks the beginning of an entire new cycle of activity. It is a time to sow seeds which will come to fruition at the Full Moon phase. Being in the sign of Cancer, the sign ruled by the Moon it will bring emotional intensity, especially with transiting Pluto opposing the New Moon. A mitigating factor will be that dreamy Neptune is making a nice trine to the New Moon.

Lunar partial eclipse 17 Jul 2019Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn 17 July
The Moon is conjunct Pluto, Saturn and the South Node in Capricorn, while the Sun conjuncts Venus and the North Node. There will be pressure to make choices which could have long term repercussions with the upcoming Pluto, Saturn South Node conjunction in January 2020 at 22 degrees Capricorn, close to the degree of this Full Moon/Eclipse. Previous Saturn Pluto conjunctions have been powerful agents of reform. In 1914 the conjunction in Cancer witnessed the outbreak of WWI acting as a catalyst for social change. In 1947 the conjunction in Leo witnessed the rise of new independent states and political affiliations after WWII. With the conjunction in Libra in 1982, the sign of relationship, a new paradigm emerged in relationships in the wake of AIDS. As we approach the exact alignment in January 2020, there is potential for a groundswell of change across wide sections of society. The last time that this conjunction occurred in the sign of Capricorn was in 1518 which ushered in the Reformation, challenging the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. This eclipse is a precursor of what to expect with the exact conjunction in January next year.

The squad

Four Democratic Congresswomen of colour subjected to Trump’s racist comments

Trump’s Remarks about 4 Congresswomen of Colour Condemned as Racist by the US House of Reps
During an eclipse cycle things come to a head and this eclipse cycle is no exception to the rule. Trump’s outburstburst against 4 women Democrats of colour known as the ‘squad’ has even shocked people who are used to his outbursts. A week ago, Trump wrote on Twitter that the four representatives should “go back” to their countries of origin if they are unhappy with the United States. His targets were Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Omar was born in Somalia and came to the United States with her family as a refugee. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen as a teenager. The other three were born in the United States. All have been sharply critical of Trump and his policies.

Trump cartoon on racismThe House of Representatives, controlled by Democrats, passed a resolution last week condemning Trump’s remarks as racist. Four Republican legislators and independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan joined every Democrat in supporting the resolution.

Trump attended a rally in North Carolina last Wednesday night at which his supporters chanted “send her back” after the president lashed out at Omar. Trump allowed the chanting to proceed and stood silently for a few seconds, then resumed his speech after the chanting died down. On Thursday, Trump said he was not happy with the “send her back” chant but on Friday he defended the North Carolina crowd as “incredible patriots.” On Saturday, Trump retweeted commentary from an ultraconservative British analyst who made extremely negative comments about Muslims. Commentators have predicted that Trump’s deliberate divisive strategy gives a preview of  how Trump will conduct his presidential campaign for re-election in 2020. Trump’s deliberate stoking of the fires of racism, bigotry and xenophobia could not be in starker contrast to Ardern’s leading with compassion and inclusivity.

Mercury Stations Direct
Mercury, the planet of communication, stations direct at 23 degrees Cancer 57 on 1 August. Everyone will no doubt be relieved when the trickster, Mercury completes his backwards dance in the heavens with communications and transport resuming their normal rhythm.


Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
The Mythic Tarot Book: A New Approach to the Tarot Cards by Juliet Sharman-Burke & Liz Greene
Celestial Insight July Newsletter by Michele Finey
Jacinda Ardern – an Esoteric Astrology Soul-Personality Profile by Leoni Hodgson
A Rectified Birth Time for Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand by Graham Ibell
New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget is a Major Policy Innovation by Michael Minstrom



Blessings for the Winter/Summer Solstice, Happy Birthday Cancerians!

4 Cancer

Moon mother,
yin maiden
smiling from your silver
empress throne
Spin dreams and silken fantasy
glide noiselessly on cloudless skies
holding ancient pearly wisdom
in your womb
Nurture gently your creation
Send fertile seed to earth like rain
pulling softly on the tides of
time and change
(c) Sue Robertson 1987


Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Cancer

The Personality asserts: Let isolation rule and yet the crowd exists.
The Soul sounds its note: I build a lighted house and therein dwell.

Cancer Ingress & the Winter/Summer Solstice

Happy Birthday to all the Cancerians who celebrate their birthdays between June 21 and July 22. The Cancer Ingress coincides with the Winter/Summer Solstice which occurs 21 June at 8.08 pm AEST Sydney time.

seasonsPeople around the world celebrate the day, which is also known as the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, with feasts, bonfires, picnics, and traditional songs and dances.

Solstices in Culture

Over the centuries, the June solstice has inspired countless festivals, midsummer celebrations and religious holidays.

stonehenge-june-solsticeOne of the world’s oldest evidence of the summer solstice’s importance in culture is Stonehenge in England, a megalithic structure which clearly marks the moment of the June solstice.

In the Southern Hemisphere, where the June solstice is known as the shortest day of the year, it marks the first day of astronomical winter, but the middle of winter in meteorological terms.

Winter Solstice chart 2019Winter Solstice Chart 2019
It is interesting to note that in the Sydney Winter Solstice chart there is an Aries ascendant with its ruler Mars conjunct the North Node and Mercury in opposition to powerful Pluto in the 10th house. There is a T square between Jupiter in Sagittarius, Venus in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces. The Venus-Jupiter opposition could cause self-indulgence adding to the escapist tendencies of the stationary Neptune.There are mitigating aspects with the Moon in Aquarius in the 10th house trining Venus in Gemini. This is an especially potent Solstice chart with Mercury and Mars opposing Saturn and Pluto which are all tied into the nodal axis. Neptune is within an hour of its exact station in this chart, which will cause us to focus on our visions, dreams and aspirations. Neptune also rules spirituality and creativity which gives free rein to the imagination.

This chart with the strong 4th house 10th house emphasis focuses on competing
commitments, home and family responsibilities versus career and what we really aspire to. These oppositions are in the cardinal signs of Cancer and Capricorn and the ascendant descendant axis are also in the cardinal signs of Aries and Libra. Cardinal signs like to take the initiative and make decisions. They are also signs of leadership, so cardinal conflicts tend to play out when we have over committed ourselves, or when our personal agendas conflict with those of others, or we have two competing options that we cannot prioritise in this case career versus home and family responsibilities. This chart does not have any oppositions in fixed signs, so the challenges inherent in this Ingress are more manageable than they otherwise.
would be.

Cancer is one of the three water signs along with Scorpio and Pisces. Water is the element which denotes emotions, feelings and sensitivity. Cancer is one of the 4 cardinal signs – the others being Aries, Libra and Capricorn. In the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice begins at 0 degrees Cancer while in the Southern Hemisphere it marks the winter solstice. For about three days the Sun remains at maximum latitudinal elevation, hence it is known as the Gate of the Northern Sun.

Esoterically, Cancer is known as the Gate into physical incarnation, and the glyph for Cancer is the two breasts, symbolising nurturing and motherhood. It is the sign of the Universal Mother and fertility, the sign which heralds the Northern summer with its pulsating life force coming to the fore. Cancer the crab not only symbolises nurturing but also tenacity, delineated by the crab’s claw. Originally in Babylon in 400 BC, the sign of Cancer was represented by the tortoise, and then in ancient Egypt in the Zodiac of Denderah it was replaced by the scarab the symbol of immortal life. The scarab meant ‘only begotten i.e. birth into incarnation. The month of June in ancient Egypt was called “meore” which again means rebirth

The Constellation of Cancer

Even the constellation of Cancer encompasses the theme of nurturing, with the constellation Praesaepe which means the manger or crib. In his book,’ Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, Alan Oken writes that modern astrologers refer to it as “the beehive” Cancer was called “the coffin” by the Hebrews and “the grave of Lazarus” or “the womb”. Cancer rises backwards in the sky eluding its adversaries. There is no bright star in Cancer, in keeping with its being a sign of hiding and retreat. Alice Bailey, in ‘The Labours of Hercules’ elaborates on the esoteric symbolism for the glyph for Cancer: The glyph for Cancer is composed of two “asses” tails and these again link up with the gospel story with the story of the manger. There are two asses connected with the birth of Jesus, the one which the Virgin rode to Bethlehem prior to the birth, and the other on which she rode to Egypt, after the birth. Close to the sign Cancer are two bright stars, one called Asellus Borealis or the northern ass, and the other, Asellus Australis, or the southern ass. There is also the third time, when Christ rode into Jerusalem during his brief moment of triumph on Palm Sunday.

Moon, the Ruler of Cancer
The Moon, the ruler of Cancer, along with the Sun is referred to as one of the ‘Lights’. The sun is known as the ‘Light of day’ and the Moon, the ‘Light of night. The Moon is representative of the feminine principle, Eros or relatedness and the yin. Primitive people attributed great powers to the Moon, believing that it could cause women’s pregnancy. It was a symbol of fertility, responsible for planting, fertility and pregnancy. The waxing moon was regarded as benign but the waning Moon was seen as destructive – something to be feared. In the mythology of most cultures the Moon was symbolic of the Great Mother Goddess, often portrayed with the symbol of the Moon.

In Egypt she was represented by Hathor with her horned crescent headdress; Hecate was portrayed as the three headed hound symbolising the three phases of the moon – Persephone, the maiden or New Moon, Demeter, the matron or Full Moon and Hecate, the dark Moon or crone. The Mother Goddess had a dual role as Opener and Closer of the Womb. In her light phase she was life-giver, but in her dark phase she was life destroyer, as was the role of grieving Demeter, the goddess of the grain, when she stopped all living things. The ancient Chinese revered Kwan Yin, ‘Lady of the Moon’, as the World Mother in her capacity as Goddess of Mercy and protectress of children.

Lunar Cycles and Conception
The Moon is associated with the pull of the ocean’s tides and with women’s menstrual cycles. In fact in many cultures and languages, the word for moon is synonymous with menstruation. The Moon’s phases are symbolic of the womb shedding its lining, and the snake shedding its skin. Many goddesses were portrayed with snakes accompanying them. The snake also symbolises the subterranean and phallic power associated with the goddess.

Eugene Jonas, the Czech psychiatrist, rediscovered the ancient secrets of how the moon affects a woman’s ability to conceive, the sex of a child, and the viability of the embryo.

In his study of the mentally ill, Dr Leonard Ravitz of Duke University, discovered marked changes coinciding with the phases of the Moon in both normal and mentally unstable people. The more disturbed the patients were the more the Moon affected them. This especially showed on the night of the Full Moon. Medical emergency staff have attested to the fact that their busiest night of the month always occurs on the Full Moon. Hence the word,’ lunatic’, referring to a crazy person affected by the Moon. Cancerians, being ruled by the Moon are often regarded as moody, their moods reflecting the fluctuating phases of the Moon and the ocean’s tides.

Dane Rudhyar, in his book, ‘The Lunation Cycle’, delineates the 8 moon phases, and depending under which phase we are born i.e. Full Moon, New Moon, etc. it describes our personality and destiny.

The Labour of Hercules – The Capture of the Doe or Hind

In the book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey relates the test for Cancer in the fourth labour of Hercules. Hercules’ teacher tells him that he has to capture the doe which belongs to Artemis, but Diana, the goddess of the woods, also lays claim to it. However, he is told that it belongs to neither of these deities but to the Lord and that he must rescue it and bear it to the holy shrine of Mycenae. Both goddesses foil Hercules’ attempts to capture the doe for a whole year. Finally he captures the elusive doe while it is sleeping close to a quiet pool, wearied from its flight. He bears it in his arms close to his heart.

On returning to his teacher and reporting that the labour is done, his teacher points him in the direction of the hill and there again is the doe. The teacher explains to his pupil that the test must be done again and again. The doe is very elusive and no sooner has Hercules glimpsed it, than it has disappeared again. Alice Bailey comments that this is one of the shortest stories but it is one of the most profound.

There is no success for the aspirant until he transmutes instinct into intuition just as intellect needs to be balanced with intuition. Cancer is the sign wherein the duality of form and of the soul is unified in the physical body. There is deep symbolism attached to each of the characters in this story. When Hercules carries the doe into the shrine, it is recognised by Apollo, the Sun god, as the spiritual intuition. A battle ensues amongst the three of them. For Diana, the huntress, the doe represents intellect, for Apollo it represents spiritual intuition and for Artemis it represents instinct. To sum up, intellect carried into the holy shrine by Hercules is transformed into intuition, which becomes aware of spiritual realities that neither intellect nor instinct can reveal to him. There is also some significance in the fact that Hercules bears the doe close to his heart, representing love and compassion, which are traits to be developed during the Cancerian phase.

Cancerian Hall of Fame
Being the nurturer of the zodiac, Cancerians are drawn to caring professions such as nursing, midwifery, teaching, social work and healing. Cancer, ruling food and beverages, is well represented in the hospitality industry as restaurateurs, chefs and waiters. They are also attracted to high finance, as well as making great performers in the arts, with their vivid imaginations and zany sense of humour. Nelson Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller symbolise the Cancerian’s money making ability.

Cancer has its share of much loved icons such as Diana, Princess of Wales, the people’s princess or in her own words, the ‘Queen of Hearts’, whose tragic untimely death caused a global outpouring of grief. Her son, Prince William who shares his mother’s good looks and charisma is born with both the Sun and Moon in sensitive Cancer.

Another much loved icon is the Dalai Lama whose Buddhist teachings espouse love and compassion. Cancer, ruling home and country has produced two outstanding patriots in Nelson Mandela and Xanana Gusmao.

Malala YousafzaiPerhaps the youngest example of a shining light of a Cancerian is the courageous young Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head and the neck by the Taliban for her championing education for girls. She received a standing ovation after addressing the United Nations on her 16th birthday 12 July 2013. President George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld also demonstrate the Cancerian tendency to march to the patriot’s drum as does their nemesis, Cindy Sheehan, the Cancerian grieving American Mum whose son died in the war in Iraq.


Dan Brown, the American whose controversial blockbuster book and movie, the Da Vinci Code, champions the feminine principle is also a Cancerian. Tom Hanks, the hero of the film is also a Cancerian. The lonely heart balladeer, Chris Isaak whose soulful songs have touched so many, is also a Cancerian. Other Cancerian celluloid heroes include Charles Laughton, Donald Sutherland, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Isabelle Adjani and

Meryl Streep. Comedians include Phyllis Diller, Red Skelton, Robin Williams, Terry Thomas, Mel Brooks and Dave Allen. Other famous Cancerians include Elizabeth Kubler Ross whose groundbreaking work on death and dying lifted the taboo on the subject of death. Cancerians whose vivid imagination has been expressed in prose include George Orwell, Herman Hesse, Marcel Proust, Saint Exupery, Franz Kafka, Ernest Hemingway, and Barbara Cartland, the Queen of the Romance Novel, and step-grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales. Musicians of note include Ringo Starr, Louis Armstrong, Edward Elgar and Oscar Hammerstein.

Julian AssangeAnother Cancerian who is featuring prominently in the news is the Australian born Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame.

A British court has set a date early next year for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face a US extradition attempt over his role in revealing classified government and military information.

Ben Brandon, a British lawyer representing the US Government, told a court hearing on Friday that the case “related to one of the largest compromises of confidential information in the history of the United States”.

US officials are seeking to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act, blaming him for directing WikiLeaks’ publication of a huge trove of secret documents that disclosed the names of people who provided confidential information to American and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot set a full extradition hearing for February 25, 2020. It is expected to last about five days. Assange asserts that he is a journalist with First Amendment protections and is fighting the extradition attempt.

He was too ill to attend a recent hearing and appeared at Friday’s hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court by video link from prison, during which he was quoted as saying “175 years of my life is effectively at stake”.

“It is important that people aren’t fooled into believing that WikiLeaks is anything but a publisher,” Assange said. “The US Government has tried to mislead the press.”

Assange also complained that he has not yet received the full US indictment against him because his lawyers are not allowed to give him documents and can only send him papers through the mail. Judge Arbuthnot said the paperwork only arrived Thursday and that “no one” has had a chance to fully read it.

The scenario Assange warned of for years is coming to pass

Assange’s lawyer, Mark Summers, said the case represents an “outrageous and full-frontal assault on journalistic rights”.

The 47-year-old Australian hacker is currently in Belmarsh Prison on the outskirts of London serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail in Britain. His supporters hail him as a hero for exposing what they describe as abuse of power by modern states and for championing free speech. He spent almost seven years holed up in cramped rooms at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he fled in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden where he was wanted for questioning over allegations of rape. He was evicted by Ecuador, dragged from the embassy on April 11 and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison.

Commentators have warned that this could have repercussions for journalists here in Australia and abroad as is evidenced in the recent AFP raids on the home of the newscorp journalist Annika Smethurst and the ABC offices. This act was condemned not only here in Australia but worldwide. This heavy arm of the law in both the Asssange case and in Australia are a manifestation of the tightening conjunction of Pluto Saturn and the karmic South Node in Capricorn.

Assange is a very polarising figure – his proponents ardently support him idealising him while his detractors demonise him giving his scapegoat status. This aspect of his personality is borne out in his natal chart.

Julian Assange's chartJulian was born 3 July 1971 in Townsville in Qld birth time unknown but his chart has been rectified by the astrologer called Lauren Delsack has that is she has calculated his birth time by taking into account the main events in his life. In an earlier post entitled Julian Assange Embodiment of the New World Order I wrote: He has the Sun in sensitive Cancer and Lauren’s chart time would put his Moon in Scorpio in the 12th house which fits with Julian’s secretive nature and at times he has been described as being paranoid but the Kafkaesque circumstances that he now finds himself in would contribute to his fear of persecution. Lauren’s rectified chart gives him an early Sagittarius ascendant which certainly fits in with his nomadic existence travelling the world with only his knapsack on his back and sleeping at airports or friends’ or supporters’ places. A Sagittarius ascendant would also describe his crusading zeal to change the status quo by revealing the truth about matters of concern to the people concealed by the Establishment representing the old world order. According to esoteric astrology Cancer rules mass consciousness so Julian Assange is fulfilling his mission this life time in informing the masses.

Other aspects of note in his natal chart include the tight square between his Sun and Uranus which encapsulates his non conformist and rebellious nature. However, there is another powerful archetypal combination in his chart that sheds further light on his role. He has Chiron conjunct the trans-Neptunian planet Eris. Chiron or the wounded healer was discovered on All Saints Day 1 November 1977. Because of Chiron’s mythological and astronomical role he is viewed as a maverick. When you add to the mix Eris, the biggest dwarf planet named after the goddess of strife and discord who threw the golden apple amidst the goddesses who were at the wedding you get quite a dynamic combination.

This Cancerian is not going to go gently into the night – he is going to continue challenging the Establishment to the bitter end! Whatever his fate may be, it is inextricably linked with that of Private Bradley Manning now known as Chelsea Manning, the American soldier, a Sagittarian, assigned as an intelligence analyst who was gaoled for passing onto Wikileaks the largest set of restricted documents ever leaked to the public. These documents included videos of a 2007 helicopter gun attack in Baghdad and the 2009 Granai airstrike in Afghanistan. Manning was then pardoned by the outgoing President Obama only to find that she was gaoled again under the Trump administration. She was then released but is in gaol again Both Julian Assange and Manning are acting as catalysts for transformation in the collective. They represent the Zeitgeist in challenging the Establishment’s maintaining power by withholding information vital to the masses.

chelsea-manning-julian-assange-400x276defiant Manning told Judge Anthony Trenga in a federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia, that she would “rather starve to death” than do what the state insisted and give testimony before the grand jury. Having already served 62 days in jail, 28 of which were spent in solitary confinement, she now faces up to 18 months more in custody.

Trenga further tightened the screws on the former army private by adding a financial penalty. If Manning continues to refuse testimony and remains in jail after 30 days, she will be fined $500 for every subsequent day behind bars. If she reaches 60 days, the figure will be raised to $1,000 a day.

The tussle over the grand jury is now shaping up into an epic battle of wills between Virginia prosecutors determined to force Manning to testify in what they hope will be an eventual trial of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, and the former intelligence analyst, who has proven herself to have a defiant streak. In a video recording she made on the day she was released from jail a week ago following the expiry of the first grand jury, she said: “I will never agree to testify before this or any other grand jury. The government knows I cannot be coerced.”

The grand jury in front of which Manning has been ordered to appear is presumed to relate to the criminal prosecution of Assange. Assange has been charged with conspiring with Manning to break into military computers to help her transmit a vast trove of US state secrets to the open information organization in 2010.

After Thursday’s court hearing, Manning’s lawyer, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, said“In 2010, Chelsea made a principled decision to let the world see the true nature of modern asymmetric warfare. It is telling that the United States has always been more concerned with the disclosure of those documents than with the damning substance of the disclosures.”

Cancerian Health and Anatomy
In her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, Vanda Sawtell notes that physiologically the fourth sign, Cancer, pertains to the breast, stomach and spleen, and governs expansion and contraction, elasticity and tenacity. It is a fluidic sign and all the organs which it rules are concerned with the secretion of fluids. 1. Mother’s milk (breast). 2. the chyle (digested food elements of the stomach) 3. the white corpuscles of the blood (spleen). Cancer is the most fertile of all the twelve signs. Cancer, being ruled by the Moon is concerned with growth and reproduction. However, the hidden power within this sign is that of Nature’s power to reproduce otherwise the body would not be able to recreate itself daily. It has to do with the ceaseless formation or birth of corpuscles within the spleen, and not with procreative germs which can only be accomplished in the testes and ovaries.

The biochemic salt related to this sign is Calcium fluoride, a hard substance possessing nevertheless a peculiar property of elasticity. Calc. fluor. is an important constituent of the enamel of the teeth, the finger nails, bones, crystalline lens of the eye, and in the elastic fibre of the muscular tissue. When this cell salt is deficient the skin becomes cracked, and fissures and splits tend to form. Prolapsed organs, varicose veins, hardening of the arteries or testicles, valvular heart troubles, haemorrhoids, receding gums, and loose teeth are all indications that the tissues have lost their elasticity. Cataracts, blurred vision, hard growths and osseous lumps are all evidence of a lack of this salt.

There is another interesting and important function of this salt which must not be overlooked. The brain has a fine membrane like a spider web covering it, called the Arachnoid, and Calc. fluor. is a constituent of this membrane. When the spider web-like filaments of this membrane are plentifully supplied with Calc. fluor. They are elastic, pliable and strong, and thoughts are easily connected, and we have the characteristic of Cancerians, a good memory, or a tenacious memory which is the ability to hold on to thoughts. When this cell salt is deficient, however, the tiny web-like filaments become flabby, like a worn out piece of elastic. Connection of thought becomes difficult, and so we get a poor memory or forgetfulness which is lack of mental elasticity. The individual becomes hesitant, finding difficulty in expressing themselves as though the words were actually held in leash by elastic threads which had become worn, and lost their power to contract.

The symbol of the crab for this sign is very aptly chosen, not only because of its tenacity, but because it is a crustacean, having a hard shell or crust. The word crustacean in Greek means crystal, having the power to crystallise or harden: it also means a hard coating or covering, a shell or horny substance. One can see how well the symbol fits the function of Calc. fluor. the cell salt allocated to Cancer.

Cancer rules the colours light blue, silver and white and their birthstone is ruby. They also respond to the energies of pearl and moonstone. The metal for Cancer is silver in keeping with the appearance of the Moon.

Healing aromas include chamomile, jasmine lily, myrrh, sandalwood and rose. The healing musical note for Cancer is E. With the Cancerian proneness to digestive problems, foods which ferment in the stomach such as refined breads, sugars, pastry and meats should be avoided at all costs. Fish is a better option for the sensitive Cancerian digestive system. Diet for Cancerians should include the cabbage group such as cabbage, kale, broccoli, mustard, greens, watercress and cauliflower. They should drink plenty of water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

Overview for Cancerians for 2019
Jupiter, the planet of good fortune is currently moving through your health and work sector. This will imbue you with optimism and will bring more opportunities for growth in the areas of work and health. Uranus, the planet of sudden change, continues its sojourn through your social sector while transformative Pluto and serious Saturn continue moving through your marriage and relationship sector. Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its sojourn through your travel and study sector while Chiron, the wounded healer, continues moving through your career sector. The karmic north node is also in your sign of Cancer and two eclipses occur in your first house the first being a solar partial eclipse occurring on 6 January and a solar eclipse on 3 July 2019.

Powerful Pluto continues his passage through your relationship sector.  Therefore, you will find that you will be attracted to deep and meaningful relationships which will be deeply transformative. Light hearted dalliances are not for you. You will act as a catalyst for change for your partner and vice versa. Passion and intrigue will be the name of the game. It is important that you have deep and honest communication with your partner to avoid emotional manipulation and power struggles. Serious Saturn is also moving through your relationship and marriage sector bringing a sense of gravity and responsibility to your primary relationships. Both Pluto and Saturn are in retrograde motion directing the energy inwards. Your relationship sector is also highlighted by the karmic South Node and a lunar eclipse on 17 July bringing relationship and partnerships to the fore. There may be some unresolved issues from the past that need to dealt with or an imbalance in power that needs to be addressed.

Chiron, the wounded healer’s presence in your career could cause you to be drawn to careers in healing, counselling or mentoring. Other planetary visitors are Mercury and Venus. Mercury pays an extended visit from 18 April to 6 May promoting communication and networking in your career. Gentle Venus pays a visit here from 21 April to 15 May promoting harmony and creative inspiration in your career.

Health and Work
Jupiter. the planet of good fortune, moved into your health and work sector on 9 November 2018 and will be remain there until 2 December 2019. This should give you opportunities in your work. Quicksilver Mercury will be in your work and health sector from 1 November 2018 until 5 January 2019 promoting communications and networking in this area of your life. Part of Mercury’s passage here will be in retrograde motion from 17 November to the 5 December making it an ideal time to review and reassess issues pertaining to work and health.

Your finance sector is highlighted by a total lunar eclipse on 21 Jan 2019. Mercury and Venus also highlight your wealth and values sector. Mercury will pay a visit here from 12 – 29 August making it an ideal time for you to network and communicate about your finances. Venus will grace you with her presence in your finance sector from 29 July to 21 August enhancing your finances.

Home and Family
Venus, the goddess of love, brings harmony to the home and hearth when she pays a visit to your domestic sector from 15 September to 8 October. You may feel the urge to beautify your home as your home is your castle. Mercury’s visit here from 15 September to 3 October facilitates communication with your family and is an ideal time to do repairs and renovations.

Creativity, Children and Romance
Planetary visitors are Mercury and Venus. Gentle Venus will pay a visit to your creativity and romance sector from 9 October to 1 November bringing harmony to your relationships with your children and opportunities for enhanced creativity.  Mercury will pay a visit here from 4 October to the 9 December facilitating communication with your children as well as giving you an opportunity to get in touch with your inner child. Part of Mercury’s time here will be in retrograde motion from 31 October to 19 November making it an ideal time to review any issues in this area of your life.

Friendships, Groups and Goals
The change agent, Uranus, continues its sojourn through your social sector bringing a certain  air of unpredictability and excitement to your social networks. Mercury and Venus will highlight your friendship sector. Mercury’s presence here from 7-21 May will encourage networking and ensure a busy social calendar. Venus’s presence here from 16 May to 9 June will ensure harmony and pleasurable activities with your friends.

Travel and Higher Education
Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its passage through your 9th house of travel and study. You may be drawn to undertake a spiritual pilgrimage to some exotic foreign country that you have always yearned to visit or you may take up some creative or spiritual studies. Mercury and Venus also contribute their energy to your travel and adventure sector. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit to your adventure sector from 11 February to 17 April motivating you to do research or study. Part of Mercury’s time here will be in retrograde motion from 5-27 March. This could cause confusion or misunderstandings but positively it is an ideal time to review any issues in your career. Venus graces your travel and education with her presence from 27 March to 20 April bringing harmony and pleasure here. It would be an ideal time to have that pleasure cruise.

Cancer Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Cancer Poem by Sue Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
The Inner Planets by Howard Sasportas and Liz Greene


May Astromusings – Happy Birthday Geminis, Full Moon in Scorpio, The 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, Uranus factor in Australia’s shock election result

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Design by Sue Robertson

Have you ever met a Gemini?
There’s double trouble there
As there’s two rolled into one
He’s an artful dissembler
But he’s always lots of fun
There’s a sparkle in his eye
Betraying intelligence and wit
With his brilliant repartee
And his fondness for a jest
Every host should have one
To give his party zest

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Happy Birthday to all the Geminis who celebrate their birthdays between May 21 and June 20. Gemini is one of the three air signs along with Aquarius and Libra. Air is the element which refers to mental qualities. Gemini is one of the four mutable signs indicating the flexibility and changeable quality of Gemini. The others being Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Gemini is the Latin word for twins which indicates their dual nature. The Gemini can be of two minds or is sometimes believed to have two or more personalities.

In Alan Oken’s book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, he elaborates on the twin symbology. Among its many meanings, the glyph for Gemini symbolises the two pillars. In ancient times, the Twins were the guardians of the doorways and entrances. Pairs of gods can often be seen at the gates of Babylonian, Assyrian and Egyptian temples. They are often depicted as siblings. The Twin symbology also pervades Eastern mythology. In the ancient Indian epic the Mahabharata where there are two brothers, Sunda and Upsunda who are said to live together and are incapable of being slain by anyone unless they slay each other. In the Ramayana, Rama, the great Indian saint, also has a twin brother. Examples of twins also abound in the Old Testament but one myth about twins which is very significant is the Greek legend about Castor and Pollux because it links up with the constellation of Gemini of the same name.

The Significance of the Myth of Castor and Pollux

Castor and Pollux avenged the carrying off of their sister of Helen of Troy. Leda, the mother of Castor and Pollux, was seduced by Zeus/Jupiter, this time in the guise of a swan. From this union she gave birth to two eggs – from one came Helen and from the other came Castor and Pollux. There was some confusion and scandal about Castor’s real father, for he was mortal, while Pollux, on the other hand was an immortal, the true son of Zeus. Homer describes Castor as the tamer of horses, and Pollux is the immortal boxer, one who uses his hands and is fleet of foot, which typifies the Gemini. Castor is killed in battle, and Pollux, in great despair prays to his father to let him also die. Zeus responds by taking them both in the sky as the constellation of Castor and Pollux. Homer writes “They possess their life in turn, living one day and dying the next and they have gotten worship as gods”

The keynote for Gemini, esoterically, is: ‘I recognise my other self and in the waning of that self I grow and glow.’ Alice Bailey comments that it is an astronomical fact that the star, Castor, is waning in brilliancy, while Pollux, the immortal brother, is waxing in brightness and eclipsing his brother. Pollux represents the soul while his mortal brother represents the personality.

The Constellation of Gemini
Alice Bailey has the following to say about the constellation of Gemini: Gemini has in it two stars Castor and Pollux, the Twins. These personify two major groups of stars, the Seven Pleiades, and Seven Stars of the Great Bear, which are two constellations, in the north, around which our universe seems to revolve. She writes these two groups of stars the Pleiades and the Great Bear represent God, the macrocosm, whilst in Gemini, Castor and Pollux were regarded as symbols of man, the microcosm.
Alan Oken adds: The most notable asterisms are the two great stars which bear the names of the Twins, Castor and Pollux. Castor, befitting the nature of Gemini, is really two closely placed white stars which revolve around each other. This phenomenon is called as “binary system” by astronomers, as the two stars seem to revolve around a common centre of gravity. Pollux is somewhat brighter than his brother and is orange reddish in colour. These stars lie only four and half degrees from each other and between the  were long known as the sole representatives of the entire constellation. (They were called the “Mas-mas” or Twins by the ancient Assyrians.) In time the brothers grew and many more stars were added to complete their portraiture. The ecliptic divides the Twins at the middle; their heads (Castor and Pollux) are above and are posited between the left claw of the Crab and the whip of Auriga, the Charioteer. Their feet just touch the Milky Way, above the upraised arm of the great constellation of Orion, the Hunter. The Twins are usually depicted as bound together by each other’s arms.

MercuryMercury the Ruler of Gemini – Mercury/Hermes in Mythology
We can gain insight into the Geminian nature by studying the myths of Mercury and his alter ego Hermes. Howard Sasportas, in the book ‘The Inner Planets’, co written with Liz Greene illuminates one on the role of Mercury. Mercury was conceived of an illicit union between Zeus, the King of the gods, and a mere mortal called Maia so he was born out of deceit. As the story goes he was already into great mischief even when he was still a baby in his cradle. He stole his older brother Apollo’s cattle, and by leading them out backwards made it appear as if the cattle were going in the opposite direction. When his older brother accused him of stealing his cattle he acted as if butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. He also fashioned a lyre out of a tortoise. When he plays this instrument he charms Apollo out of his anger and he makes a deal with Apollo. In return for teaching him the lyre, Mercury must be allowed to share Apollo’s patronage of the cattle.

The resourceful bargaining qualities of the Gemini nature are mirrored in Mercury’s actions. Apollo agreed to this on the condition that his miscreant younger brother swore an oath. When Mercury complied Apollo made Mercury the patron of oaths and solemn pledges and he also bestowed upon him the gift of the caduceus, a magic wand with two snakes wrapped around it which becomes one of Hermes’ most famous symbol and is an emblem of the medical profession.

Mercury is Zeus’ personal messenger and is often used to rescue others from danger. He is also a magician and charms Cerberus, the ferocious three headed dog who guards the Underworld, so he can slip in and out of the Underworld unnoticed. He is a master of magic words and magic formulas in much the same way the Gemini can charm their way out of tricky situations with their gift of the gab. The derivation of the Greek word, ‘Hermes’, is he of the stone heap, a place where travellers would stop and talk, and eventually where commercial deals took place and magic and rituals were performed hence Mercury’s rulership over commerce, transport and short distance travel. Hermes was known as the god of crossroads, borders and transitions. There is also a figure in alchemy called Mercurius which represents both the transformer and the thing which needed to be transformed. To sum up then, the agility, versatility and ingenuity of Mercury, also known as quicksilver, is very evident in the Gemini individual.



Gemini Health and Anatomy
In the human body Gemini rules the bronchial tubes and lungs, the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. Kali mur., the Gemini Salt, is essential for the formation of fibrin. Every tissue and organ of the body, with the exception of bone, contains fibrin. Man’s whole garment of flesh is built upon the foundation of filaments or fibres. There is an infinitely fine network of these tiny fibres, all branching off from one another, forming the framework, as it were, upon which the tissues are built. This includes also the skin, glands and nerves. Symptoms arising from lack of Kali mur. are catarrh, congestion of bronchial tubes, swollen glands, mumps, sore throats, enlarged rheumatic joints, and swollen tonsils, all children’s diseases where there are exudations through the skin, such as measles, chicken pox, scarlet fever, etc., for these are all disturbances of the fibrin. All cases of a very white tongue and sluggish liver and constipation, and all congestion and swellings need Kali mur. Geminis live on their nervous energy and most of their illnesses are of a nervous character. Therefore, it is vital that they learn to switch off their busy minds and relax. Plenty of sleep and proper breathing exercises would be very beneficial for them.

Gemini rules the colour yellow and also they responds well to the healing orange ray. The birthstone for Gemini is agate, the multi coloured stone and the metal is Mercury in keeping with their quicksilver personality. A homeopathic remedy beneficial for Gemini is Byronia used in the treatment of colds, flu and headaches. Healing aromatherapy oils which will help to promote calm for the excessive nervous energy of the Gemini include bergamot, lavender, lemongrass and lily of the valley. The healing musical note for Gemini is A. Diet for Gemini should include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables especially orange coloured foods such as oranges, peaches apricots, pink grapefruit, etc. which help decongest the lungs and prevent mucous. Mucous forming dairy products and salt should be avoided. Carrot juices and legumes such as lentils are also beneficial.

Gemini Hall of Fame
Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, has dominion over communication, writing, teaching, and short distance travel. Geminis are attracted to careers which utilise their great mental skills, wit and eloquence such as teaching, lecturing, politics, music, media, journalism, advertising, public relations, publishing, astrology, technology, finance and sales.

Federico Garcia Lorca

Famous Gemini writers include Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming, Thomas Hardy, Anne Frank, Colleen McCullough, Judith Wright, Salman Rushdie, M Scott Peck, Patrick White. Poets of note include W.B Yeats, Walt Whitman, Federico Garcia Lorca, Alexander Pope, Alexander Pushkin. Queen Victoria who wrote two best selling memoirs Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands was a famous Gemini.

Kylie Minogue 2

Kylie Minogue 

Geminis who also express themselves through music and dance include Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, Isaac Albeniz, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, and Isadora Duncan. Singers include Dean Martin, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Prince, Kanye West, Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette, Judy Garland, and Kylie Minogue.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Geminis are not only agile mentally but also physically as this impressive line up of champion tennis players confirms – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf and Anna Kournikova.

Marilyn Monroe

The Gemini charisma translates well onto stage and screen with such show business icons as Sir Laurence Olivier, Bob Hope, Clint Eastwood, Errol

Flynn, Rudolph Valentino, Joan Collins, Marilyn Monroe, Michael J. Fox, Isabella Rossellini, Kristen Scott Thomas, Hugh Dancy, Geoffrey Palmer, Christopher Lee, and Johnny Depp.

Jacki Weaver

Jacki Weaver

Australian Gemini actors of note include Jason Donovan, Jacki Weaver, Frances O’Connor, Nicole Kidman, Anna Torv, Sophie Lowe, Pia Miranda and Gia Carides.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer

Geminis are also famous for their wit as expressed by the Gemini British comedian Russell Brand and American comic Amy Schumer

Media personalities include Elsa Maxwell, Hedda Hopper and Joan Rivers.

Politicians and political activists include John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Hubert Humphrey, Rudolph Giuliani, George Bush Senior, Benazir Bhutto, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Che Guevara. Another Gemini who has been in the spotlight in the last year is President Donald Trump. Richard Di Natale. the leader of the Australian Greens is also a

Richard Di Natale

Richard Di Natale

Gemini as is .Jeremy-Corbyn_victory_05a.1442322332197Jeremy Corbyn the Leader of the UK Labour Party.

The science of astrology has also attracted its share of Geminis including Lois M. Rodden, Grant Lewi, Alexander Ruperti and Francoise Gauquelin, the French woman statistician and psychologist, who along with her husband Michel, set out to disprove astrology but instead ended up being some of its strongest exponents.

Dava Sobel

The astronomer and best selling author Dava Sobel featuring prominently in the 2012 Sydney Writers’ Festival is also a Gemini.

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Remembering Queen Victoria on the 200th anniversary of her birth – May 24, 2019
One very famous Gemini is Queen Victoria. May 24 2019 will mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth.  There have been a plethora of telemovies, movies, documentaries and books on Queen Victoria which first aroused my interest, acting as a catalyst for me to research her life and reign to give a series of talks on her for three astrology associations and for articles for the FAA astrology journal. The more I researched, the more books and movies came my way. My synastry with Queen Victoria includes a nodal connection with my North Node conjuncting her Gemini stellium.

Queen Victoria was born in the hour before dawn in the northern springtime on 24 May at 4.15 am in Kensington Palace in London, UK. She became queen at the tender age of 18 years when she succeeded her Uncle, King William IV. When the diminutive Victoria first sat on the throne her feet didn’t reach the floor. She reigned for 63 years over quarter of the world’s population at the height of the British Empire at the time when women were powerless. Over this time she evolved from teenage queen to totem of the empire.

A Student of Urdu, Prolific Writer and Published Author
She was a triple Gemini, that is she was born with the Sun, Moon and ascendant in the duel sign of Gemini which like a chameleon enabled her to slip in and out of many different roles and take on seemingly different positions depending on with whom she was dealing whether members of her family. her prime ministers or other members of the royal household. It is not surprising to learn that having a stellium (cluster of planets) in Gemini, Victoria was a keen student in both her childhood and adult years.

Queen Victoria &amp; Abdul KarimIn fact it was only recently revealed in the book, Victoria and Abdul, and the later the movie of the same name, by the Indian author, Shrabani Basu, that Victoria’s Indian Moslem servant, Abdul Karim, taught her Urdu. The discovery by Shrabani Basu of thirteen volumes of Queen Victoria’s journals revealed how seriously Queen Victoria took her studies of Urdu. Basu also discovered the diaries of Karim which attested to his loyalty and devotion to his monarch which contradicted the the apocryphal stories circulated by the royal household. In letters from Victoria to Karim she signs herself as your loving mother. In this respect she was ahead of her time in her treatment of her Indian servants.

She was also a prolific writer, keeping a journal from age thirteen to almost the end of her life. As a child she wrote compositions and as an adult was a prolific letter writer corresponding with her ministers, and her family living abroad. She was a published author writing and illustrating Leaves from the Journal of our Life in the Highlands and the second edition, More Leaves from the Journal of our life in the Highlands, which were best sellers both at home and abroad.

A Deep interest in Spiritualism
The more I delved into Queen Victoria the more complex she became. As well as having the signature Gemini stellium, she also has a strongly tenanted 12th house ruled by the planet, Neptune. The planet, Neptune, which rules spirituality was discovered in 1846 bringing in its wake a deep interest in spiritualism and Queen Victoria was no exception. She has Saturn, Pluto, Chiron and Vesta all in the 12th house as well as a harmonious trine between her Venus and Neptune. The popular author, J.H Brennan, (Herbie) author of Faerie Wars, acknowledged in his book, Whisperers The Secret History of the Spirit World, that Victorian society in general from top to bottom, was equally obsessed with the spirit world. Brennan claimed that Victoria and Albert participated in seances and Victoria was impressed by the powers of psychics and mediums who were presented to her.

Queen Victoria &amp; family in mourning for Prince Albert

The Death of Prince Albert – ‘The Whole House seemed like Pompeii’ – Tennyson
After the untimely death of her beloved Albert, aged only 42, on 14 December 1861, as grieving widow, Victoria, turned to the poetry of her friend and neighbour, the poet laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson, for consolation. She took great comfort in Tennyson’s poem, In Memoriam which both she and Albert had greatly loved. Tennyson also dedicated the latest version of his Idylls of the King to Albert referencing him as Albert The Good. Recognising Tennyson’s strong mystical streak Victoria regarded him as a kindred spirit and felt comfortable sharing her grief of the sudden loss of a loved one – in Tennyson’s case his friend Arthur Hallam.

Queen Victoria with John BrownThe Role of John Brown in Queen Victoria’s Life – faithful servant, bodyguard, companion, lover, secret husband or medium?
Much has been written by historians and others about the true nature of the relationship between Queen Victoria and her servant, John Brown. Her relationship with Brown defied categories. One of the more contentious claims about John Brown’s role is made by JH Brennan in his book Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World. Brennan claims that it came to Victoria’s attention that a young thirteen year old medium called Robert James Lee was channelling the spirit of her late husband, Albert. After attending nine séances Victoria was so impressed with the veracity of his messages that she asked him to be the resident medium but Lee politely declined informing her that another medium had been chosen to keep the line of communication intact. This medium was ‘the boy who used to carry my (Albert’s) gun at Balmoral.’ (John Brown).

Historians have disputed this but according to Brennan, Victoria kept a detailed record of these séances and after Brown’s death in 1883 she wrote a monograph about him which she wanted to publish but her ministers were so disturbed by the prospect that they intervened persuading her to abandon the idea. Her private secretary destroyed all Brown’s private diaries but the massive cover-up operation was not as effective as it might have been. Years later King George VI happened on a detailed record of a John Brown séance that had somehow been overlooked. He read it with great interest and the story was eventually leaked to the press.

The Death of Queen Victoria –  “We all feel quite motherless.” – Henry James
At 6.30 pm on 22 January 1901 as transiting Pluto opposed transiting Uranus and on a progressed New Moon indicating that it was a momentous occasion, Queen Victoria passed away bringing to a close one era and ushering in a new one, the Edwardian era under her son and heir (Bertie), Edward VII. At the time of her death the progressed Moon was at 2 degrees Gemini conjuncting her Sun, Moon, Ceres and ascendant. The world shuddered at the news of Queen Victoria’s death. Thousands of telegrams flew to Osborne. In London actors walked off the stage mid performance. Traffic stopped and the New York Stock Exchange closed for the day. Throughout the Commonwealth people stopped and prayed. Queen Victoria had become an archetypal maternal deity cutting across cultures and religions. In India she was likened to the “Great Universal Mother” and in Persia she was described as “the good angel who saved us from destruction.”

 Overview for Gemini for 2019
Saturn, known as the Lord of Karma, is still moving through your joint finances sector so you need to take responsibility for your joint finances and taxes. Uranus, the planet of sudden change, has just moved into your spirituality sector which could add an unpredictability to this area of your life. Your ruling planet, Mercury, will pay a visit in Gemini from 30 May to 12 June facilitating communication and networking. The extended cycle of spiritual Neptune in your career sector encourages you to pursue your creative and spiritual aspirations.

Lucky Jupiter will be in your relationships and partnerships sector until 3 December 2020. Part of its time there will be in retrograde motion from 10 April 2019 to August 10 2019. Mercury, the messenger of the gods, will pay a visit to your relationship sector from 13 December 2018 to 5 January 2019 and then again from 10 – 29 December facilitating communications in your primary relationship.

Home and Family
Planetary visitors, Mercury and Venus will activate your domestic sector.  Mercury will  visit your domestic sector from 30 August 14 September facilitating communication with family members. Gentle Venus will grace your domestic sector with her presence from 22 August to 14 September bringing harmony on the home front.

Creativity, Children and Romance
The focus will be on your romance and children sector with visits from Venus and Mercury. Venus will grace your romance and creativity sector from 15 August to 8 October which should bring pleasurable romantic encounters, enhance your personal creativity and relationships with your children. Your ruler, quicksilver Mercury, pays a visit there from 15 September to 3 October affording you an opportunity to initiate conversations with your children and romantic partners while bringing a sense of fun to your relationships with children or affording you an opportunity to explore your inner child.

 Neptune, the planet of spirituality, continues its passage through your 10th house of career. This cycle will emphasise the spiritual and creative side of your career. Your interactions with your colleagues will be motivated by altruism and sensitivity. You may be drawn toward pursuing a spiritual or artistic career. You may even experience confusion about what career to pursue. Ultimately, Neptune may beckon you toward a career of selfless service.

Travel and Education
Your travel and education sector Quicksilver Mercury will be in your travel and education sector from 25 January to 10th February activating this area of study and travel making it an ideal time to undertake a study tour. Gentle Venus will grace this sector from 2 – 26 March making it an ideal time for a romantic getaway or pleasure cruise.

Your finance sector will be highlighted by a solar total eclipse on 2 July 2019. Dynamic Mars will also activate your finance sector from 17 May to 1 July Pluto, the planet of transformation, continues it sojourn through your debt and taxes sector which would act as a catalyst for you to transform this area. Also highlighting your debt and taxes sector is the karmic South Node, Saturn and two eclipses – the first being a solar partial eclipse on 6 January and a partial lunar eclipse on 17 July.

Friends, Groups and Goals
Chiron, the wounded healer, has moved into your eleventh house of friends groups and goals. Gentle Venus pays a visit to your social sector from 21 April to 15 May bringing harmony to your friendships and opportunities for pleasurable socialising. Mercury will pay a visit to your social sector from 18 April to 6 May facilitating communication and networking in your social circles.

Siblings, Neighbours and Communication
Your third house of siblings, neighbours and short distance travel is highlighted by total lunar eclipse on 21 Jan 2019.

The focus will be on  retreat and contemplation when your 12th house of spirituality, karma and seclusion is activated by a visit from Mercury from 7 – 21 May. Venus follows close on the heels of Mercury gracing your spirituality sector with her presence from 16 May to 9 June. You may be inspired to spend time in a retreat or health farm nourishing body, mind and soul. It is an ideal time to keep a dream journal exploring the realms of your unconscious yearnings or take up meditation, yoga or martial arts to find extra meaning in your life. It is a time to protect your boundaries so that you can recharge your batteries and feel rejuvenated. Uranus moved back into your spirituality sector on 6 March 2019.

New Moon in Taurus
The New Moon at 14 degrees Taurus 11 occurs on 5 May at 8.45 am AEST Sydney time. Taurus is one of the triplicity of earth signs representing our finances, material possessions and our security needs so there will be a focus on these issues, especially with the entry of Uranus in Taurus. The New Moon is a time for setting our intentions which culminates at the Full Moon.

Full Moon in Scorpio, transiting Uranus & Venus conjunct Australia’s chart
The Full Moon in Scorpio occurs on 19 May at 27 degrees Scorpio 39 at 7.11 am. Scorpio Full Moons have the potential to stir powerful emotions and this one is no exception. This Scorpio Moon forms a mutual reception with feisty Mars in Cancer, bringing the potential for some domestic drama and  family conflict. This mutual reception may stir feelings of anger, resentment, envy, jealousy or paranoia. People can become rather defensive under this combination. Mercury opposes the Moon which makes conflict resolution possible if we are able to communicate our feelings effectively. The other notable aspect in this chart is the very tight Venus-Uranus conjunction. This is a highly creative combination and with Venus in her own sign, this strengthens determination and staying power. This is a very creative Full Moon despite the closing aspect between Saturn and Pluto which continues to make a powerful impact globally. Political and systemic change, even revolutionary forces are associated with this narrowing aspect of Saturn Pluto and the South Node in Capricorn.

Uranus factor – Australia’s Trump – Brexit moment – shock election result
With the Australian Federal Election held on 18 May the day before this Full Moon plus transiting Venus Uranus conjuncting Australia’s Federation chart there was bound to be some last minute drama and upsets. The Moon represents emotions, women and the people so there were bound to be intense feelings aroused.

Hawke picThis certainly occurred with the death on election eve of Bob Hawke, one of Australia’s most loved Labor prime ministers. The nation and in particular the Labor party were in mourning. The hope was that the wall to wall coverage of Hawke’s achievements as a prime minister, in particular his and Paul Keating’s great economic management during their term of government would enhance Labor’s prospects of winning the election. However, Uranian energy is unpredictable.

Trump Morrison picUranus Factor – shock election result – Australia’s Trump – Brexit moment
The coalition won the federal election against all odds. Morrison ran a Trumpian presidential style campaign promoting individualism capturing the current Uranian energy. The other component of the Uranus Venus conjunction, namely Venus represents popularity and whatever advantages the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, had popularity was not one of them. Recognising a kindred spirit in Morrison, and both being salesmen, Trump was the first world leader to pick up the phone to congratulate Morrison saying he too had not expected to defeat his Democrat opponent, Hillary Clinton.  Australia has just had its Trump – Brexit moment where the pundits got it completely wrong.

steggallvabbott The other shock was the defeat of Tony Abbott by Zali Steggall, the Independent ex Olympic ski champion and barrister, in the blue ribbon Liberal seat of Warringah. Abbott, a Scorpio, declared he was in the fight of his life against Zali, an Aries, born 16 April 1974 in Manly, Sydney (no known birth time). They are both Mars ruled but Zali with her grass roots campaign prevailed. Zali has the Moon in future oriented Aquarius with Mars conjunct Saturn in Gemini trining Uranus, as well as a Jupiter Venus conjunction in compassionate Pisces. Transiting Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and expansion, is currently conjuncting her North Node or destiny point.

Uranus represents sudden change. It challenges the status quo and Uranus is going to hover over the ascendant of Australia’s Federation chart while squaring its Midheaven which will bring more challenges for the government through the coming months and in particular around the end of the year.  These turbulent times will continue in 2020, over the May June period. Another factor which heralds more headaches for the newly elected Morrison government will be the upcoming total Solar Eclipse on 3 July which will oppose Australia’s 9th house Sun ruling foreign affairs.

There is likely to be even more polarisiation between the regions and the city – now termed the quinoa curtain, and between the younger and older demographic in a bid for part of the nation’s pie rather than fostering unity with some commentators saying that Labor has dodged a bullet in losing the ‘unlosable’ election absolving them of blame when the coalition government who prides itself with being superior economic managers tries to grapple with the upcoming challenges. It may be a pyrrhic victory.

Already Dr Philip Lowe, the Governor of the Reserve Bank, has pre-empted interest rate cuts in June and then again in August. He made clear the RBA believes if unemployment is to become lower then it will need support from the federal and state governments, saying there were a range of options to help cut the jobless rate, low wages growth, a long period of weak growth in household income. “These include: further monetary easing; additional fiscal support, including through spending on infrastructure; and structural policies that support firms expanding, investing and employing people,” he said. Some commentators says Lowe’s intervention was tantamount to a warning of an impending economic emergency, expressing frustration that the RBA was having to do all the lifting instead of the Government pulling its weight otherwise it will threaten the government ‘surplus’. With the Chinese economy slowing and the continuing China US trade war we are sailing into uncharted waters.

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