Aug 31

Venus in Virgo August 31st Week Ahead

Venus in Virgo: Week Ahead August 31st

Mercury and Venus Change Signs.

Virgo illustrated by Ciro Marchetti

Virgo illustrated by Ciro Marchetti

After the dramas of the last few weeks and the tension that built as Mars joined Saturn this week is a relatively easy one.

Two planets change sign this week.

Mercury moves from its home sign of Virgo into diplomatic Libra, and Venus goes into the sign of Virgo-The Goddess.

The body/mind relationship is also emphasized with Mercury and Venus in each others signs- a strong theme for the month ahead. Time for us the clean up our act. Ask Virgos for help-this is something they are really good at.  Diet, bodywork and clearing stuff is all highlighted.

Mercury in Libra

Mercury can aid diplomacy in Venus’s sign of Libra. Something that is sorely needed as we are building to the Eclipse season starting in October in the Libra/Aries axis, when relationships will be under stress.

Venus in Virgo

Venus is said to be debilitated in Virgo. However I interpret her in the sign of the Goddess as bringing her gifts of healing and health to those she loves.Venus rules money, so in theory those with this placement may not be wealthy.

However sex symbols Mick Jagger and Brigitte Bardot, top billing actress Julia Roberts and the millionaire Simon Cowell, all prove its no bad thing to have Venus in Virgo.

Virgo can sort the wheat from the chaff, so methodical activities such as knitting, filing, cleaning are all promoted while she travels through this sign until  29th September. Its also a great month to do a detox or go on a juice diet.

Declutter your office/home and Venus will approve!

Transits August 31st-Sept 7th

The best day is Wednesday as the Sun in Virgo makes a positive aspect to Pluto in Capricorn.

Then by Friday Jupiter is exactly inconjunct Pluto.

Watch out for deception on Saturday as Mercury is inconjunct Neptune-God of Illusion. I strongly recommend that you put off any transactions involving communications (mobile phone contract, tablets) as you may not have all the facts, and be tempted to buy something that looks good but is more than you can afford.

31st. Starting with Moon in Scorpio,  Moon joins Saturn at 20.10

1st Moon in Sagittarius 18.16

2nd Mercury enters Libra 6.37am

  • First quarter Waxing Moon in Sagittarius at 12.11

3rd Sun in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn 17.10 Embracing your true power

Moon into Capricorn 23.14

4th No major aspects

5th Jupiter inconjunct Pluto 11.23 Fire versus Earth- Letting Go of power struggles

  • Venus enters Virgo 18.06

6th Moon enters Aquarius 00.58

  • Mercury Libra inconjunct Neptune Pisces Letting go of illusion and fantasy, beware of being deceived.

7th No major aspects

Next Week

Mars moves into Sagittarius 13th Sept.
A Grand Fire Trine starts to form with Mars and Jupiter in Leo and Uranus in Aries.
Confidence, faith, inspiration, vision and pioneering courage, an upsurge of revitalising energy.


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Aug 25

Virgo New Moon-Calling All Angels

Calling all Angels~ Virgo New Moon opposite Neptune

Time to Move Forward: Mars conjuncts Saturn at the Virgo New Moon

At the Virgo New Moon we have many planetary combinations.

First to become exact just hours later is Mars joining Saturn , releasing stress and giving us the go ahead to move forward. Mars is strong in Scorpio but has been held back by Saturn. Its like driving a car with the brakes on.

Saturn likes discipline and effort and Mars is exalted in Saturn’s sign of Capricorn.

The Sun and Moon are the main players, and this week Neptune takes centre stage as the Sun moves to form an exact opposition on Friday 29th. This is a week to watch your dreams.

Neptune and the Royal Star of Persia

Pineal Gland: photo by Lennart Nielson

Pineal Gland: photo by Lennart Nielson

According to astrologer Stephanie Austin at a new moon the pineal gland is stimulated by a download of evolutionary energy. She calls the pineal gland our spiritual antenna. The pineal, our Third Eye, is associated with Neptune.

Neptune is our vision of perfection, our ideals. It’s where we are idealistic, imaginative and sympathetic. If Neptune is well placed in your chart you can be a channel, and have healing powers.

Negatively it’s self deception, hyper-sensitivity and vagueness. Neptune is associated with addiction, with patterns of sacrifice and martyrdom.

The fixed star Fomalhaut is opposite this New Moon at 2 degrees Pisces and close to Neptune at 6 degrees. It’s the star of ideals and dreams and one of the 4 Royal Stars of Persia, which are the Sentinels of the 4 directions.

Archangel Gabriel presides over the South and is the Divine Messenger. Wikipedia states that Gabriel’s mission is to announce mankind’s salvation.

Archangel Gabriel

Polyptych of the Resurrection Archangel Gabriel painted by Titan

Polyptych of the Resurrection- Archangel Gabriel painted by Titan

TRADITIONAL NAME God is my Strength and is the Archangel for Gemini

KEYWORDS Communication, Change, Wakefulness. HEAVENLY BODY Mercury

Gabriel provides a gateway and a bridge between the worlds.

He is the first Archangel we meet as we journey upwards whether on the mystical journey or as we move out of our present incarnation at death.

He brings messages from heaven down to earth, declaring new inspirations for humanity – the birth of Jesus and the divine word in the Koran.

ln old frescoes Gabriel kneels before Mary holding up a finger, as if to say ‘Pay attention!’ and this is also the message he brings to us all.

Gabriel asks us to be wakeful and to listen to the voice of the divine deep within our own hearts.

Gabriel brings golden vibrations into the soul and we translate them sometimes as music, poetry and dance, sometimes as inspirational messages to open the hearts of our fellow human beings.

Not all of us expect to see our name in lights, but working with Gabriel will bring an inner light and you will shine like a star.

Whenever there is change in your life Gabriel will be there – he is a transitional archangel. He reminds us of the promises we made before we incarnated, and may surprise us with new visions. His messages come in many forms; do not always expect them as dramatic visions, they may well be small signs that you will miss unless you are attentive!


“Gabriel, Archangel and messenger of divine intelligence, I am open to guidance and ask you to provide me with the information l need for my spiritual journey.

I am travelling on a path that sometimes seems winding and complicated; please bring clarity and insight. I am willing to change in order to move forward.” Excerpt from ‘Living With Angels’ by Theolyn Cortens

Angels and the Movies

Last night one of my all time favourite movies was on TV -‘City of Angels’ starring Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan. After she dies the angel tells his best friend:-

The angel Seth (played by Nicholas Cage) : I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss of her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it.

The music in this film is stunning. Listen to ‘In The Arms of the Angel’ sung by Sarah Mclachlan

Sarah Mclachlan – In The Arms Of The Angel

Planetary Movements

All times are BST. The Moon travels through 3 signs- Virgo- Libra-Scorpio.

25th Sun in Virgo New Moon 15.12pm

  • Mercury sextile Mars 09.46
  • Venus trine Uranus 10.38
  • Mercury sextile Saturn 13.29
  • Mars joins Saturn at 20.20

26th Venus square Saturn 19.21 Commit to love

27th Venus square Mars 16.45,

  • Moon into Libra 22.54

28th No major aspects

29th Sun opposite Neptune 15.32  Divine Connection. Enchanted by an ideal? Channel your compassion into reaching out to others.

30th Saturday Moon into Scorpio 9.32.

  • Moon trine Neptune 21.41

31st Moon joins Saturn 20.10 (this happens once a month but can be an emotionally ‘down’ day)



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Aug 17

Wish Upon A Star- Venus joins Jupiter

Wish upon a Star: Venus joins Jupiter this week

August 18th Venus joins Jupiter in the zodiac sign of Leo.

This happens every year, however this year the two pair so close together they may appear as one.

“They will be so close together that it’s going to be quite a striking sight,” said Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy.

“Undoubtedly people could mistake them for a UFO, especially being so low down. They might appear to move around because of the distortion effect of the atmosphere.”

It will be the closest conjunction of Venus and Jupiter since 2000 but although the planets appear to be kissing-distance apart as seen from the Earth, they are separated by hundreds of millions of miles.

Venus and Jupiter pair up about once a year on average, but their conjunctions vary greatly in separation and visibility. Some are missed completely because they occur in daylight.

The next conjunction between the two planets is due to occur on 30 June next year, but will be less close.

During Monday’s conjunction, Venus will appear six times brighter than Jupiter even though its diameter is less than a tenth that of the larger planet, which measures 86,881 miles across.

That is because Venus is much closer to the Earth and also nearer the Sun, causing its clouds to be lit more intensely.

wish-upon-a-starWish Upon A Star

As Venus and Jupiter are the two benefic planets, it’s an extremely good day to ‘Wish upon a Star’- to ask for what you truly want in your life.

Then write it down. Our wishes are unable to manifest unless we put them into the world of form. Carry the list with you, or place it somewhere that you will be reminded.

Deepak Chopra calls this The Law of Intention and Desire. The ideal time to write your list would be after meditation. Once we have our list- I call it asking the angels what we want for Christmas- we can look at it before we go to sleep, and when we wake up.

I do practise this-albeit not to the letter- and it does work. Our minds are powerful, and I believe that we create our reality. This is a really powerful principle because it means if we don’t like our life we can change it.

Another opportunity to Wish Upon a star occurs on Saturday August 23rd when the Moon will join Jupiter at 14.46 BST. (This happens once a month, but  this time Venus will still be close by.)

 Sun into Virgo

The other major astrological event this week is the shift of the Sun from fiery Leo, into the earth sign of Virgo on Saturday at 5.45am. We will enter the dark side of the moon by then, a monthly cycle when we are meant to go within, to contemplate and meditate. More on this in next week’s video.

TIP: The energy of next week will start with the New Moon in Virgo, followed just hours later by Mars conjunct Saturn. Keep well rested over the Bank Holiday and build up your reserves of energy. Over doing it can really take its toll.



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Aug 10

August Supermoon in Aquarius -Have you been playing small?

August SuperMoon 2014- Have you been playing small?

Use the Super Full Moon energy to trust in yourself

This is a challenging supermoon in Aquarius as it makes a square to Saturn in Scorpio. We are all being asked to push through resistance and be the heart centred star we came to be.

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term “supermoon” is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology*. Wikipedia

As Venus moves into Leo this week we have 5 planets in this fixed fire sign. Leo at its best is heart centred, noble and wants to play. Jupiter in Leo says its time to take a risk, to ‘big’ yourself up, to feel confident and trust in yourself.

My question is:-Have you been playing small?

angel trumpet

Blowing Your Own Trumpet

Blow Your Own Trumpet

This week I have been aware of how many of my clients underestimate how great they are- for fear of being grandiose.

This month is THE time to embrace the power of the Sun and blow your own trumpet.

Leo is the King, the leader with passion.

Mars in Scorpio, along with Saturn, is making a challenging aspect to this Full moon in Aquarius. Resistance to change is strong.

Prepare for the Mars/Saturn conjunction on August 25th by meditation and asking your Higher Mind to transform all your limiting beliefs around power and allow your natural power as a child of God to shine:-

  • “I’m not good enough”
  • “People won’t want to hear what I have to say”
  • “Power corrupts”
  • “I cant charge for spiritual work”

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This week

12th Venus enters Leo: Celebrate and love who you are. Feminine Leadership, your Queen of Hearts. Your true power comes from your heart.

13th Mercury square to Pluto: Be aware of secrets and propaganda- the agenda is not all it appears to be.

15th Mercury enters Virgo: Excellent for clearer communications, to discriminate and sort stuff out. Clear clutter!

16th Venus inconjunct Neptune : Possible disappointments in love



*The astrologer who first used this term is Richard Nolle.
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Aug 03

August 4th Week Ahead- Mercury in Leo

Mercury in Leo August 3rd Week Ahead

Mercury in Leo is the planet to watch this week.

Leo is the sign of royalty, and the shadow is the belief that – as the King  – everyone should bow down and worship him. Its pride, self inflation and the ego.

Mercury, the Messenger is now moving at top speed. It moves from 5 degrees Leo to 19 degrees Leo this week and makes 7 aspects, bringing each of the outer planets to our attention before meeting the Sun on Friday.

The events in the world will reflect this.

Last week on 1st August a cease fire was agreed in Gaza, only to be broken a few hours later. Mercury had just entered Leo and was squaring Mars. 5 hours later the agreement was broken, just as Mars made an exact square (to the minute) with Jupiter.

Mars is anger, the God of war, Jupiter religion. Both sides believe they have God/Truth on their side. Mercury in Leo is showing us that words and agreements have no meaning unless backed up by the selfless desire for peace.

How can we create a peaceful world?

I believe that the world is my mirror. Taking sides in this conflict – that one side is right, the other wrong is a lose/lose situation. What is it in our human psyche that we are so addicted to the drama of war? How can we, as individuals, create peace in the world?

The answer is that we integrate the 2 warring factions in our minds. And that we use the healing power of forgiveness.

This story springs to my mind:-.

wolvesThe Two Wolves

A Cherokee elder was teaching his grandchildren about life.

He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me… it is a terrible fight between two wolves.

One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, hatefulness, and lies.

The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, humbleness, kindness, friendship, generosity, faith, and truth.

This same fight is going on inside of you, and inside every other person, too.”

The children thought about it for a minute. Then one child asked his grandfather,

“Which wolf will win?”

The Cherokee elder replied…

“The one you feed.”

Transits of Mercury

Sunday 3rd Aug: Mercury square Mars in Scorpio

Monday 4th Aug: Mercury inconjunct Neptune in Pisces

Wed 6th Aug: Mercury inconjunct Pluto in Capricorn

Thursday 7th Aug: Mercury trine Neptune in Pisces

Friday 8th Aug: Mercury conjunct the Sun at 15 degrees Leo. Mercury enters the Throne Room of the King. Now- until it turns retrograde on 5th October -it will be the Scout. More information see

Saturday Aug 9th Mercury inconjunct Chiron in Pisces, square Saturn in Scorpio.

The inconjunct is a stressful aspect between planets in elements that don’t get on. (Its 150 degrees) It asks for release, for moving into a new situation and letting go. Healing is possible when Neptune or Chiron are involved, but it does involve us letting go of past hurts and changing our mind.

The question is: Would you rather be right or happy? Who do you need to forgive?

Other transits

4th: Sun inconjunct Pluto

5th: Saturn trine Chiron POSITIVE Major aspect-healing is possible

7th: Mars trine Neptune POSITIVE Take action to advance your dreams, to connect with the Divine

9th: Sun trine Uranus POSITIVE Conscious originality, innovation.  Then later in the day Sun inconjunct Chiron Let go of pride

10th: FULL MOON in Aquarius at 18 degrees


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