|March 27th Full Moon
So, with imperfect (?) timing we came to Cyprus for a short break: to celebrate the Equinox and to give me space to make more corrections to my astro-trading book.
In reality I’ve spent time looking at charts for Cyprus and for the Euro, visited the Sanctuary of Apollon and Aphrodite’s Rock and experienced my first ‘Coptic Storm’ and learnt how the latter have been forecast over the last few thousands years. (It’s all to do with declination, lunar distance and phases and is quite fascinating).
Greatest impact though has been walking through ancient ruins and wondering how other civilisations coped with collapsing economies. Presently there is, of course, anger, confusion and a real sense of loss and bitterness.
The proffered ‘bail out’ is entirely in keeping with the chart for Cyprus. Jupiter passing over the Moon and Mars in Cyprus’ chart has brought understandable relief that banks will soon reopen though there are real worries as to the legal terms of the actions required by the IMF and ECB.
Even after Jupiter’s transit though, Cyprus is not out of the cosmic woods and neither is the Euro. Both charts are under severe pressure in line with the apparent right-angle between Uranus and Pluto that stays in operation until April 2015.
Amplifying this aspect are the cosmic rhythms brought into play by Mars. If events over the last year are anything to go by, then this recent Cyprus crisis will surely be followed by others in other parts of the Eurozone.
As I understand it, the present ‘deal’ is not quite finalised. If this doesn’t happen (and with the many cosmic forces at work over the next few days it’s entirely possible that this ‘deal’ will copllapse), then , coinciding with the last Coptic Storm for this season, April 25th to 28th could be another very messy period for the banks in this region and for the wider banking sector.
Overall, the finance ministers of the Eurozone will surely find their competence tested around the April lunar eclipse, then again between 20th and 26th May, in the last days of July, again in the first week of October, and in early and mid November. There is a very bumpy rode ahead still. It is even possible – and likely – that we will see a revised Eurozone defined on the last day of 2013.
Markets, gold and silver
Between this March Full Moon (a Coptic Storm date!) and the next Full Moon – which is also a lunar eclipse – there is a build up of planets in Cardinal signs. Where this has happened in the past markets have slumped. The process may have started and could gain momentum on Tuesday April 2nd, Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th.
Then there is Solar flux to consider – a measurement of solar energy – due to reach high levels in April. This excess energy has, in the past, coincided with war on Earth. The period April 7th to 10th looks particularly troublesome.
It would not be surprising if the price of precious metals were to move higher – particularly from the lunar eclipse on April 25th.
All in all, this promises to be an eventful few weeks. Those who are prone to action – and that’s mainly those born under the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn could make key decisions in these next four weeks: especially those with birthdays end of March-beginning of April, end June to early July, end September to beginning of October and end December to early January. What’s happening in the lives of these people will surely be deeply concerning to those more used to adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach and who may feel that taking action now is precipitous. As the saying goes ‘ the stars incline, the do not compel’.
Pisces, dreams and Hollywood
Last month I wrote about the large group of planets in Pisces that seemed to be fuelling a surge in creativity. I spent one whole week with nothing but Pisces and Virgo (Pisces’ opposite sign) clients. Some of the ideas presented were truly imaginative and have already brought reward. Those most affected are enjoying the presence of Neptune in Pisces moving over key areas of their charts. It is perhaps not so surprising to astrologers that those who have enjoyed great wealth have benefited from Neptune’s influence..
You may remember that Neptune entered Pisces just a year ago. Is it just coincidence that there is a trend in Hollywood to make movies of old, traditional fairy-tales. This trend seems to be making box-office success!
As always it’s down to turning dreams into reality – and that requires organisation and focus on the practicalities – perhaps more easily done after both the Sun and Mars move into Taurus on April 20th.
I hope to see some of you at a talk for the Lodge in London (June 2nd) and the NCGR conference in Philadelphia in August.
Until next time,
Yours from the stars
February 2013 Full Moon
Sterling too has had a rough old week. This has happened at this point in the Mars cycle in the past. Perhaps sterling just doesn’t ‘do’ Pisces or Virgo. If that’s the case, then the build-up of planets in Pisces over the next few weeks suggests the currency will have a torrid time – especially around this Full Moon.
Some of you will know that Saturn has recently begun a retrograde phase. This lasts until early July. The actual degree at which the planet stationed is exactly opposite the degree held by Mars in the UK chart. This Mars is itself opposite Neptune and it may be that Saturn needs to pass the position of this planet (December 2013) before sterling rises once more.
The planets are continually on the move however and in late March the spotlight turns to Aries when all eyes will surely be turned once more to the Euro which is still caught in the grip of significant planetary attention. The next Full Moon (March 27th) could be a particularly trying period for this currency.
Given above average turbulence in the currency markets it wouldn’t be surprising if the gold price were soon to start another upward push – most likely in early April and head of the very difficult lunar eclipse on April 25th which could bring drama to several indices.
The UK housing market(s) has/have had my attention in recent days. And yes, I do think that there are plural markets at work. Different regions are reacting to the planetary pictures in quite different ways. Though it’s possible to see the cosmic clock at work here, the ‘second hand’ varies from one place to another. All that said, July- through early September 2013 will hopefully witness a ‘bottom’ for many regions though sadly some – and probably those in northern coastal regions - may need to wait until 2017 to really experience an upswing.
PISCES : As mentioned above, we now have several planets – including a retrograde Mercury – moving through this sign. I perhaps ought not to have been surprised that all my clients this week are born under that sign or have a significant number of planets in Pisces. Their stories are all different of course but one thing stands out: they are all, already, in super-creative mode. Of course their challenge is to turn ideas into reality. I am ever hopeful that the present sextile between Saturn and Pluto will anchor them. Of course, as is their nature, they all (my clients anyway) seem to think something will soon ‘turn up’ – which is not impossible for this sign which does indeed occasionally seem touched by magic.
I’d be very interested to hear more about this sign and how they are moving their plans toward the production line. The ‘problem’ with this sign is that they often think they’ve said something (given instructions) when they haven’t actually uttered a word. Perhaps they assume we all have their telepathic talents? Whatever I am confident that the seeds they sow now could turn into something very, very fine: that’s assuming, of course, that they can get their costings right! So far what I’ve noticed is that none have quite worked out pricing – either in financial or time terms.
All feedback welcome!
MERCURY RETROGADE: Many of you will also know that Mercury is now retrograde and some may be fearful of the difficulties this could bring. Actually, in Pisces, it’s not at all bad for clearing things out: space-clearing in other words. Since Mercury moved into Pisces (Feb 6th), I’ve been applying a three minute egg-timer rule: how much can I clear up and clear out in 3 mins. The results so far are excellent. Mercury stationed at 19 Pisces so I decided to up the time limit to 19 minutes. Given how much paper (and computer files) we’ve acquired over the years I might just get this done before the Equinox.
The big story from here though is that I have now closed the subscription service. There’s still some tidying up to do there but it really was a wise decision. There are now three chapters of the astro-trading book being proof-read that would never have seen the light of day otherwise. One of these chapters focuses entirely on the property clock and the variations between nations and regions. I can’t tell you how nice it is to get up each morning to write something that’s so interesting to research.
In giving up the newsletter I’m also paving the way to returning to teaching – my first love. I don’t yet know how this will work out but am confident that the cosmos has plans.
First stop though is to get the astro-trading book off my desk. 500 words already on the page this morning – a fair start to Full Moon Day.
Later I’m off to meet with another astro-trader and to discuss plans for a joint event later in the year.
I hope to see some of you at a talk for the Lodge in London (June 2nd) and the NCGR conference in Philadelphia in August. Canada dates aren’t quite ready to announce.
Until next time, wishing you a productive Mercury retrograde in Pisces with the final reminder that it could be all too easy to ‘lose’ things under this trend. Don’t be careless and do make back-ups.
Until next time,
Yours from the stars
Sent January 27th, 2013
Happy Full Moon!
It’s been quite a month: I made my trip to Florida where I met up with some truly inspirational astrologers and then on Friday, gave my webinar of financial astrology for ISAR with, happily, no technical challenges.
Now it’s back to monitoring the skies, meeting with clients and, please, please, finishing a chapter of the book that’s driven me crazy since Jupiter turned retrograde. I live in hope that after this week’s direct station, all will run smoothly.
At 08.00 GMT Wednesday 23rd January, David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK gave a long-awaited speech on the UK’s relationship with Europe. So, what do these charts say? All, and many more chart of different nations are midst the experience of a cosmic configuration never before experienced, but which all point to the kind of upheaval and rebirth that can only be achieved through restructure.
As Mr Cameron began his speech the Sun was rising: an Aquarian, forward-looking dawn. By the time Mr Cameron declared the promise of a referendum, it was the turn of the planet Mars – also in Aquarius – to arrive in prime position. This was no ordinary Mars either: presently it is positioned at the North Bending: at right-angles to the nodes. You can think of this as amplifying the effect. Mars is about being courageous, bold, brave and direct.
Though Mr Cameron uttered the words of this speech- a speech that had been written and rewritten several times and which itself had been postponed by some days – it does seem that he spoke for Mars and indeed was a mouthpiece for the other planets too.
If you are familiar with astrological vocabulary, then analysis of the phrases used by the Prime Minister– and the exact times at which these were uttered, shows a complete ‘at-one-ment’ with present-day cosmic activity.
Mr Cameron challenged (another Mars word) both his opponents, his own party, other leaders and the populace to address key issues. He made clear the need for open debate and his willingness to be part of that debate (he is a Libra!) and to press the case for membership of the new Europe he assumes will emerge when the new treaty is negotiated.
This is entirely in keeping with the planetary picture that exists between now and early 2015.
Today’s speech has taken place against a backdrop of a retrograde Jupiter which is still in loose Yod formation with both Saturn and Pluto – a pattern that doesn’t break until April. The eventual direction things will take will likely not be apparent until then. In keeping with the Gemini Moon of today’s chart, Mr Cameron demands that there be discussion. He didn’t say ‘in home and pubs as well as in debating chambers) – but perhaps he’d have gone on to that had his speech lasted just a few more minutes!
In one sense he has thrown down the gauntlet (angular Mars indeed). He has also told us which degree of the zodiac will be highlighted in the coming months.
We’ll start with the obvious: Saturn will be at right angles to today’s Mars position in 2014. This is where Mr Cameron’s really hard work begins.
Interestingly, Venus reaches this degree on Monday 18th February just as Saturn reaches a station. As with today, this alignment occurs within 24 hours of a lunar occultation of Jupiter (the last of a series). This mid-February date could see significant legal challenge.
President Obama’s re-inauguration took place last week too. Whether you take the ‘private signing’ last Sunday or Monday’s public oath, both Mars and Saturn were prominent. As with Cameron, Obama’s speech had both Mars and Saturn moments.
The US fiscal cliff may have been averted back in December, but that Yod formation is with us for some weeks yet: the period around the coming Equinox will surely be as nerve-wracking.
The big news though is that the Dow Jones reached a major high on Friday – totally in keeping with the Sun’s trine to Jupiter and sextile to Uranus.
This week Jupiter stations as the Sun squares Saturn. It seems likely that a negative will prevail – perhaps from Wednesday morning (GMT) and gaining momentum.
My attention is still on silver rather than gold presently. I’ll write more on this next time.
For now, wishing you well and hoping that your year has got off to as happy a start as mine did with my friends in Florida,
All good wishes