Monday, June 27, 2016

Charting a New Country - Brexit

This is the first of two posts on the British EU Referendum. 

Below you will find the chart for the British Referendum on the EU. It is drawn up from the time the ballots closed which was 10pm on the 24th of June 2016. This date and time can therefore be said to represent UK Independence day. This makes the chart far more significant than simply a tool for predicting events or even reflecting on them. It makes it the chart of a new country. Let's have a look at what this means.

Rather than go through the chart methodically I will bring up points of particular relevance first.

Pluto in Capricorn on the Ascendant:
This aspect indicates that the UK will never be seen in quite the same way by the rest of the world. For good or ill, old Saturn (representing the reality matrix we live and the Elite who use the world stage as a chess board) is uniting with the most powerful planet of death rebirth and transformation (Pluto) to overhaul and re-boot the game. On who's side of the board the pieces will now be playing in may become clear over the next couple of years. Certainly, things usually go in favour of the rich and powerful. For those who wish to scare Americans from voting for Trump and secure Hillary's passage into the White House may use the economic turmoil of Britain's exit from the EU as a cautionary tale.

Pluto Sextile Neptune and Square Uranus in the 2nd house:
Pluto, the ancient God Hades, lives underground. His reality is a subterranean one. He Rules Scorpio and the 8th house (creation, destruction, re-birth, deception and other peoples resources.) He also rules compulsion and the Lizard brain.
The sextile to Neptune who rules Pisces and the 12th house (self sabotage, the unconscious, hidden and secluded places, fantasy and delusions) give opportunity (as sextiles do) to agents whose specialty is to hoodwink, confuse and prey on peoples' irrational fears.
How many voters subsequently admitted they were ill informed at the ballot box? The second highest Google search on the day of the result was "What is the EU?" The third? "What does leaving the EU mean?" You couldn't make it up!
Indeed, sober news articles, suddenly bereft of sound-byte and pun began to publish informed articles highlighting the economic and legal consequences of the vote soon after it was announced, to the dismay of many of their readers.
The Square to Uranus (in Aries- planet of war- will and libido)  indicates the patriotism, and emotional rashness that drove the ultimate decision.

These two aspects take place in the 2nd house of values and security
Neptune brought fantasy images of a post war idyll where tea is served on perfectly manicured cricket grounds to the sound of "God Save the Queen." The values of a an England long past, still basking in her colonial glory are what many wish to return to.
Uranus in Aries impulsively acted on the premise of these dreams and visions. However, whether these dreams and visions will manifest into something more tangible as a result of the exit vote is uncertain.
Incidentally Chiron is right there in the second house too. Will England ever be able to maintain  a cohesive set of values?  Are the diverse visions for this little Island going to divide us and become a Chironic wound that never heals? Or can we re-imagine it's destiny a little humbler, wiser, gentler more inclusive and tolerant of diversity than ever before? These are the questions this placement presents and ones that we must begin to find answers to.

Mars conjuncting the MC: 
 The MC is how we express the vision of our roots which is governed by the IC, into the world. In a personal chart it often indicates a person's career or purpose.
Here we have the planet of war, conflict, ego, impulsiveness, libido and will in the sign of Scorpio (which as mentioned before is ruled by Pluto) This is a very intense and in some ways confrontational aspect. It will mean that our destiny as a sovereign state will come through much upheaval, transformation, conflict, and ultimately might rather than right. Taurus is on the IC which indicates that people will feel a stronger pull than ever toward security, the comforts of home, peace, beauty and the earth. Fears over the scarcity of these things could fuel outward shows of anger and dis-chord. These placements could be interpreted more positively if they were positively aspected. Under those conditions. Mars and Scorpio could indicate strength and healthy transformation, unfortunately the only aspects to Mars are negative. One of which is the square to the moon (mother, instincts, emotions, home) in the 1st house (ego, self, identity)
The moon is in Aquarius which is usually a humanitarian sign that likes to be tolerant and inclusive of diversity while always striving for transcendent unity, however I have noticed that Aquarius often acts differently in a moon sign, not negatively, just differently. Aquarius, we must remember is also ruled by Uranus which is a natural innovator and initiator of change, often through experimentation.
The moon in Aquarius can make someone a bit of a loner. They generally prize their individuality and won't compromise their unique perspective for anyone. Here the moon is activated by the 1st house of identity - being unique, standing alone defiantly is the instinctive response here. The moon squares mars which means this emotional response is reactive and aggressive. It feels that it's individuality, identity and autonomy is under threat and thus it must transform ( Scorpio on the IC and Pluto on the Ascendant) in order to reclaim it's purpose, represented by (the IC).

Sun and Venus conjunct in 6th house:
The sun and Venus shine brightly together in cancer in the 6th house. They positively aspect both the moon and Neptune. Perhaps, we can realize a secure, mutually harmonious (Venus) future, but only if we are prepared to but our political wrangling aside and work together on the details. The 6th house is all about the details. It is connected to Mercury and Virgo so all the i's must be dotted and the t's crossed if we are to work our way through the legal tangle to a brighter, more stable future. the 6th house governs work, health and daily routines. It is the ideal we strive for. It is also how the support systems we create for others end up serving us as well.
This aspect is in opposition to that tight conjunction between the Ascendant and Pluto however which means that constant reorganization, underhand dealings and manipulation could usurp their higher purpose.

Jupiter in the eighth house conjunct North Node in Virgo: 
Whenever we magnify the traits of the sign or house Jupiter resides in we gain keys to His abundant fortune. This position strengthens the Plutonic elements of the chart, indicating that if handled correctly transformation may ultimately benefit the country as a whole. Being in Virgo higher ideals, hard work, strategy and minding the details is key to success. We must strive to disentangle ourselves from patriotically driven fantasies of past glory, symbolized by our south node and force ourselves to stand under the cold shower of reality in order to do this. We will have to downsize and our days of cultural and political colonialism are grinding to a halt. We will be far less active or influential on the world stage now as Jupiter squares Saturn in an intercepted Sagittarian ruled 11th house.

The most poignant image in the chart however, for me, is the Lion (Leo) who now stands alone in a wide and empty 7th house (the house of relationships). Transits and progressions will fill this house in time thought and who knows there may be another revolution (hopefully peaceful and unative this time) which might give us another chance to re-write our destiny both on the Terra-firma and in the Celestial Firmament. "As above, so below."

Pax Bonum to all, regardless of their political persuasion. I believe,  more than ever, that if we are to pass a peaceful and compassionate world onto our children and grandchildren we must begin meeting one another as human beings rather than ideologies.

Next post will be entitled "Charting a New Country- Brexit-  Where do we go from here."  
It will include a summery of how the chart will pan out in the coming months/years including transits and progressions.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

When Pluto Transits and some thoughts of Evolutionary Astrology

Oil painting by Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1625) of the goddess Thetis dipping her son Achilles in the River Styx which runs through Hades.

 Pluto has always had a powerful influence in my life. 
My Moon is conjunct Pluto. Saturn (ruler of my Sun sign) is conjunct by declination to Pluto. My South node is in Pisces in the 8th house and I have Scorpio on my IC conjunct Uranus.
Through my lifetime Pluto has transited my 3rd 4th and 5th house and is now transiting it's fourth Natal planet.

Pluto is sitting right on top of my natal Mercury right now while simultaneously squaring my Natal Moon/Pluto conjunction. Happy Days!
I can feel it. It feels like it is solidifying my Mercury. It feels leaden and heavy.

The energy of this transit is like an glacial pressure, slow moving but formidable. It is like there is a torrent of water falling but only a small hole in the rock for it to trickle out of.

Since this transit I have found myself in a state of flux. On the one hand I feel a deep compulsion to work and to act, yet on the other hand I feel almost completely paralysed and inert. I feel both weighted down yet brimming full of ideas and inspirations that are clamouring for the light.

The Rape of Persephone by Simone Pignoni

Pluto is Symbolized by the Mythic Hades, Lord of the Underworld. The Story of Persephone and Demeter is well known and is often used when describing Pluto's effect on our lives.
Like Persephone, Pluto pulls us into the recesses of the dark earth, where like seeds beneath an icy Winter ground we slowly emerge in a new form into another Spring. Pluto is the catalyst, the transformer, the one who teaches us how the single ear of wheat must fall to the ground if it to ever reap a harvest.
 Yet there is a sense of lost innocence when Pluto makes contact. That ever lasting Spring of childhood, that vision or that perfect dream confronts the cold, bare, stark truths of life that stand brittle as naked Winter trees against the horizon.
In these places there is no fruit for months and the sun hides it's face.

The Sun represents our ego in astrology and during a Plutonian Winter our sense of who we are can be transformed. The things we use to scaffold our sense of identity (our work, our appearance, our education, our status, our reputation, the things we have acquired) can be dismantled until the only thing we have left to relate to the world is a humbler, softer, experiential, truer, self.


The Glyph of Pluto is a Sun inside a Chalice. Pluto is a crucible. It is those experiences which test us like silver in a fire. These experiences burn off the extraneous and the residual and leave us with the bare bones of who we are in the way Saint John of the Cross describes the Dark Night of the Soul.

Going through a Pluto transit is challenging. I am leaning into the lessons it wants to show me.

Mercury is the messenger of the Gods. He symbolizes communications of all kinds, ideas and thought processes. My Mercury is just out of bounds at 23:38 declination which can make my mental processes a little on the abstract side anyway but with the Pluto transit I am finding myself in rabbit holes of thoughts and ideas surrounding the deeper meanings of things.

On a positive note, I have rediscovered my passion for astrology. My thoughts are much more focused than usual. 

During my Mercury/Pluto mental sojourns I have been learning about the evolutionary aspect of Pluto. Pluto represents very much where we come from primordially. It is the ashes we feed from, are formed from and in which our physical remains will return to. By understanding our subconscious drives, compulsions, fears and desires we can communicate with the deepest most remote parts of ourselves. These parts of ourselves seem to trail out beyond this particular point in space and time, informing and invoking experiences that will help us grow in our present lifetime.

"Persephone" Dante Gabriel Rosetti

Pluto is the darkest, densest, remotest and coldest of all the planets in our solar system. It seems incredible that it should have such a significant effect on our personal planets. 

Yet it makes sense that Pluto is here to teach us humility. It teaches us about the fragile state of our humanity and our mortality until all we can do is let go and trust in a higher power. It shows us the futility of our own will in the face of nature. It reveals the meaninglessness of our well presented masks and personas and the exquisite beauty of our truth. It is brutally honest and yet just as we give up on our carefully constructed ideas and dreams it offers us a higher truth and something more tangible than our own personal designs and ambitions for ourselves. Through the endless chasing after our own goals and running from our own fears we exhaust our lower impulses. Once we see their futility we open our eyes to the real work, the true work we came here to accomplish; the work of our soul in service to our spirit and God.

"The Return of Persephone" Alfred Kingsley Lawrence

In Evolutionary Astrology, the counter point or polarity of Pluto is considered with great interest.
In traditional astrology the South node represents where we come from and where we can get stuck while the North node represents what we are growing towards. 
With Evolutionary astrology the nodes are equally important however Pluto and it's polarity point operate in a similar way.

Ari Moshe Wolf explains the concept of Evolutionary Astrology further:  

"The basic premise of this astrological paradigm is based on the understanding that each and every incarnation, each lifetime, is created as a result of the unresolved desires within the soul from previous lives. The evolutionary journey of the soul from life to life is a matter of gradually exhausting all desires until the only desire that remains is the desire to reunite with the Source; to look entirely  inside and seek the eternal Truth"

Pluto represents our subconscious desires and the instinctive roots of our present life form and the lessons we must learn the hard way. Pluto's polarity point (the opposite point in the chart to Natal Pluto) signifies the evolutionary purpose for the current life. It is that we we must learn and grow to embrace.

For example, my polarity point is Aries in the 9th house. This would mean that I should evolve past day to day cares and concerns (3rd house) and the relentless seeking to act as the harmonizing, Libra counter balance for everything around me and begin to go forth towards my own, independent spiritual growth. This is scary for me as I find my security in managing the scales in the confines of my ordinary routines and interactions with people. Having my moon here too means that maintaining harmony, balance and peace for myself, while also extending this out into my wider circle is integral to my emotional well being. I can often pick up on any issues and feel compelled to fix them for everyone. Yet maybe the only way I can truly heal and bring peace and harmony to the life around me is to be strong in myself and carve out my own spiritual path.
One of my favourite quotes is the ancient Orthodox saying:

 "One who finds the peace of God within him will heal a thousand around him without even knowing it" 

I think this speaks rather well to my Pluto polarity point.

"Finding of the Golden Bough" Turner


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Capricorn Misunderstood - The Mythalogical Sea Goat

Capricorn. The Sea Goat. One half in the waters, the other upon the mountain.

Where do you belong?

 Image by Jake Baddeley

Who are you?

You have been called the most boring sign of the Zodiac. You have been called materialistic and self seeking. You have been called overly serious and narrow sighted. Are these descriptions really true?

I believe Capricorn is the most misunderstood sign of the Zodiac. I am a Capricorn and I have found it hard to identify with many traditional understandings of this sign. In this post I will speak from my own experience ( I have three planets in Capricorn) and offer some insight into the Mythical narratives surrounding this most enigmatic of signs.

Capricorn is represented by the Sea Goat. It rises out of the water, the mysterious womb of life and takes it's first steps on land. But not just any land. Capricorn chooses the rocky and often lonely terrain of the mountain. Goats are marvelously adept to climbing aloft the crags and crevices of mountainsides of course.

Symbolically, the mountain is often associated with spiritual teaching, wisdom or insight. It was on Mount Sinai that Moses received the 10 commandments. It was on the Mount of Olives that Jesus preached his Beatific message. And again it was on the Mount where he was seen in his true, divine, transfigured state by the Apostles. Mountains are not exclusive to Christian spirituality though. Mount Kailash in Tibet is revered as the Mouth of the Holy Mother Ganges River which is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus. Mountains are held in spiritual esteem in Paganism as well.

Every sign can be expressed through a higher or lower vibration. At it's lower vibration Capricorn certainly can become career, greed and fear driven and that holy mountain can become a self aggrandizing career ladder. But we must remember that Capricorn has emerged from the element of water. Water still drips from his curled Sea Horse legs and echoes in his memory. Although an earth sign, the earth can seem a harsh and difficult place for Capricorn. Sometimes the materialism associated with the sign stems from a real fear of scarcity and need to sure footed on those heady mountain heights.


Higher vibrations of Capricorn reveal an old soul on a Spiritual quest. This quest makes the native confront the constant conflict between attaining material security and staying true to their inner truth.
Indeed, Capricorn is also referred to as the "Gateway of the Gods", in both Greek and Roman mythology.  This is the portal through which ascending souls free themselves from earthly trappings and pass into the life hereafter.
Higher vibrations of Capricorn have great integrity of purpose and like the Tortoise in the story of the Tortoise and the Hare they often win the race with slow, methodical, unnoticed steps. Indeed Capricorns of almost all Decans and types often feel the weight of the world on their shoulders and find they only start making real progress after their Saturn return at the age of approx 29.
Being ruled by Saturn known by the Ancient Greeks at Chronos the father of time Capricorns also usually age well.

Higher vibrations of Capricorn feel a deep empathy for the underdog, the down trodden and the forgotten in society to the point of overly self identifying with the victim archetype.

Capricorns of all kinds often feel alone in a crowd giving them an aloof aura which has often been interpreted as snobbish. Though, in truth, their self esteem is usually quite fragile.

Capricorns of all kinds tend to keep their deepest feelings to themselves and always like to appear together and appropriate. This difficulty in showing vulnerability means they can find it hard to make friends quite as easily as other signs.

Capricorns are actually surprisingly sentimental and sensitive. If you do happen to get close enough to a Goat you will know what a revelation this can be. There is almost nothing that will pull the heartstrings more than a forlorn Capricorn!

Now these descriptions are the core of Capricorn but they can be modified by a person's Rising, Moon signs, aspects and/or other planetary influences. The Decan of the placement in Capricorn can also influence which elements are emphasized. However, it must be remembered that ultimately whether higher or lower vibrations of a sign are expressed comes down to the individual, where we are on the path and what lessons we still have to learn.

Higher Vibrations of Capricorn in a nutshell:
  • Climbing a spiritual ladder
  • Compassionate to the underdog 
  • Stable 
  • Sensitive 
  • The Wise Sage
  •  Patient and Gentle
 Lower Vibrations of Capricorn in a nutshell:
  •  Materialistic
  • Fearful and suspicious
  • Selfish ambition
  • Pessimistic
  •  Overly inward looking
  • Too self concious

Mythological Capricorn.

Despite its faintness, Capricornus has one of the oldest mythological associations, having been consistently represented as a Goat with a fishes tail since the Bronze Age. It was recorded in the Babylonian star catalogues as MULSUḪUR.MAŠ "The Goat-Fish" before 1000 BC. The constellation was a symbol of the god Ea and in the Bronze Age marked the winter solstice.

 Under its modern boundaries it is bordered by Aquila, Sagittarius, Microscopium, Piscis Austrinus and Aquarius. The constellation is located in an area of sky called the Sea or the Water, consisting of many water-related constellations such as Aquarius, Pisces and Eridanus.


The first day of Capricorn the 21st of December marks the Winter Solstice. It is watershed in temperate climes. After the Solstice the days begin to get longer and light re-illumines the wintry world. Capricorn can often feel like they are holding a small flame in the cold. They can be bringers of light if they lose their fear and focus on the real reason they have chosen to come here.

“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” 


The mythology of Capricorn begins in very ancient times when the Babylonian god, Ea ruled the waters beneath the earth.  He kept the Tigris and Euphrates rivers flowing, thus making it possible for life to exist on land.  Ea rose out of the Persian Gulf to teach his wisdom to the Sumerians.  He was a man cloaked in a cape of fish skin.  He was also referred to as the antelope of the undersea world.  And Mesopotamian art very often shows the goat and antelopes eating from the Tree of Life.

The Greeks accepted Capricorn as Amalthea, the goat-nymph, who nurtured the infant Zeus (Jupiter) on the island of Crete, where Rhea had hidden him from Cronus (Saturn).  Amalthea, half goat and half nymph, was the sister of the satyr, Pan, who was half goat and half human. As a reward for nurturing Zeus, she was placed in the heavens as the constellation Capricorn.

This video is helpful for understanding Capricorn on an Esoteric level.

And some fascinating insights from Evolutionary Astrologer Kim Marie on Capricorn Archetypes:

Transiting Jupiter Square Natal Venus

 "My dear brother , it is a really good thing to trust in god , but is also a good thing to tie your camel!”
Sufi Saying

Jupiter magnifies anything and everything it touches. It is about expansion, growth, vision, spiritual development, travel, expectation, adventure and new horizons. 

Venus is traditionally connected to themes involving relationships, love affairs, lust, charm, opportunity and money.

When working harmoniously these planets can bestow great benevolence, fortune, grace and warmth. However, when squared Jupiter can magnify some of Venus's lower vibrations.

During this time we may be seduced more easily by sparkly things. We can find ourselves taking the path of least resistance and letting go of some of our best laid plans. We may feel a little lackadaisical, heady and inspired to take on new and exciting challenges although we must ensure we are not promising more than we can deliver.

We will be drawn to connect with people that fascinate and inspire us. However, we should be mindful of becoming distracted by the lust of new encounters and thus ignoring the deeper work of nurturing long term commitments.

At this time we can feel excited and more socially courageous than usual however overindulgence such as impulsive buying, spending, eating or drinking can also be a theme. Benevolence is a positive attribute of this aspect, but we must be sure we are not pouring ourselves empty.

Venus can sometimes draw out some of the lower vibrations of Jupiter during this time. Relationships can feel a little stifling. Perhaps a lack of financial means, or relationship commitments feel restrictive. We want to be swept away on a romantic dream however, during this time it is important to find a balance between our own desires and the needs of those around us if we are to reap real benefit and true growth. Accept that giving can sometimes bring the greatest fulfillment of all and take time to indulge someone dear to you.

This being said you should equally make sure you give yourself the time you need to nurture your own personal growth whether that be spiritually, emotionally, work related or in terms of simply experiencing life to it's fullest to prevent any underlying resentment.

Let yourself be inspired, find beauty and relax when you can but don't forget to maintain the most important relationships and commitments in your life too.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Self Identifying Astrology {Finding a channel for healing in your chart}

“You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow flying over your head but don't let them build a nest in your hair”
Chinese Proverb

I first started learning about astrology at the age of 12. I remember feeling confused about my chart at the time. I didn’t feel anything like my chart. I didn’t feel it expressed who I was at my core. I now realize that we often grow into our charts and indeed chart interpretations go much deeper than the standard explanations found in many basic astrology books. 
Indeed, the mysteries of a natal chart can take many years of understanding patterns and intuitive knowing to fully comprehend.  

As a child our personalities merge with those around us. They are often defined in part by our family, community and home environment. In the early years we are still consolidating, or crystallizing into the form we are to become. We also live very much from our experiential, sensual, instinctive self, but as we grow, we become more multi dimensional. 

Certain elements of the chart will be magnified at different times in our lives too often depending on progressions and transits, but also house placement. For example the tenth house situated at the zenith of our chart right around the heat of noon will really come into it's own as we enter the "noonday" "Summer" of our lives and begin to build the foundations of a career and a life of our own.  

These extra facets add layers to our personality. As we grow we can more readily access certain parts of ourselves to fit the occasion by learning to work with the harder aspects in our charts such as the squares and oppositions and activating the easier aspects such as the trines and sextiles which allow energy to flow more freely.

We may also express different parts of our chart in different situations. This is a natural part of finding ourselves and our role in the world. Knowing out chart can help us harness the energies we need at different times and work through, or be compassionate toward those aspects of ourselves that are more difficult. In this way astrology need not be either prescriptive not deterministic but simply a tool for self knowledge and growth. I have found that astrology has helped me to be more compassionate to myself and others as I see how we all have our own particular issues to overcome and our own stories to live and learn from. 

Over identifying with a particular part of ourselves at the expense of another can become a problem. This can often be due to hard aspects repeating destructive patterns in our lives until we learn, grow and finally free ourselves from their karmic lesson.  These issues can be in areas of work, relationships or identity. 
By over identifying with only one aspect of ourselves (it may be your work life, or if you are a SAHM it could be motherhood, it could be the “party girl” or the “comedian,” or the “strong one” who carries everyone’s burdens) we can get stuck in a part of our chart long term till it stops serving us or allowing our some of those vital, inner parts of our nature to shine through. 

The sun strong in my chart as Leo (who rules the sun) is on my ascendant. I have my Sun and Mars conjunct in Capricorn in the 6th house. It is an aspect of my chart which I never identified with as a young child. I much preferred my jollier 5th house aspects; however this conjunction really came into its own after I had my children. During that time I needed to be able to focus on the everyday routine elements of life, deal with the nitty, gritty details and learn how to organize which are all 6th house specialties. This all became especially pertinent when I began homeschooling. I was outnumbered and outmaneuvered but I had my 6th house sun and I could keep the basics ticking over while my Sagittarian Venus and Neptune wide conjunction did their magical, dreamy, adventurous thing, my earth mother Taurus mid-heaven felt quite accomplished and my fifth house Mercury blogged it all down at the end of the day. 

Over time I became used to this particular 6th house aspect and it became an integral part of my identity. I was finally identifying with and expressing this powerful aspect of my natal chart. As you can imagine the sun conjunct mars gave me an enormous amount of energy in this area. 

Yet, over the years I began to over identify with this aspect of myself. I would find it hard to switch off or cut myself some slack, I got too caught up in the details and failed to see the bigger picture, all lower vibrations of this position. I had a health crisis in early 2015 (6th house can be linked to health issues) and had to re-evaluate my sense of identity, my self worth, my belief system and my daily routine.
I realized had invested too much of myself into this area of my chart and I had become unbalanced (I have Moon/Pluto conjunct in Libra – ruled by the scales of balance) and needed a crisis (6th house) to overhaul and transform (Pluto) my life. 
 This came in the form of an illness called Labrynthitis which is actually linked to balance and is caused by an inflammation of the inner ear. And whaddya know, transiting Pluto was conjuncting my natal Mercury the planet of communications at the same time! There was no getting away from it, my lifestyle just had to change.  No more keeping ploughing on and pushing through. 

I realized that to find balance I needed to access the wisdom of my opposite house, my 12th house. The 12th house is often associated with negative imagery but I have felt much positive power from this house. (My daughter has a stellium in Pisces in the 12th but more on that in another post.) The 12th house is like the undertow of an unfathomable ocean. It pulls you into the depths, like a siren. It is a house you can drown in if not mindful of its nature, yet, conversely it is also the house in which you can find, acknowledge and express your deepest self.  One of the things connected with the twelfth house is seclusion; it is the house of hermits. During my recovery I had a deep, intuitive need to seclude myself. My focus shifted away from my daily work and towards the still point of my soul. I began to meditate throughout the day and developed some therapeutic breathing exercises. At this point I also had to accept that it was time for us to take an indefinite homeschooling break and by chance three places became available in our lovely local village school at just the right time, serendipity? Or was it written in the stars?  

I have Jupiter retrograde in Leo in my 12th  house. This part of my chart truly became a safe haven for me to complete some of the inner work I had been channeling for so long into external endeavors. I became balanced and a sense of renewed wholeness settled over me. 

I began to wonder whether we can indeed choose to channel certain energies in our chart. The element of fatalism in some schools of astrology has always made me feel a little claustrophobic. Of course I believe transits, progressions and the natal chart all carry their own imprints but just as importantly, I believe we can empower and self identify with certain aspects in our chart, especially during difficult times and with vision and focus, positively manifest their healing essences into our reality. We are not passively at the mercy of our stars and their aspects; we can focus on and energize any part of our chart that inspires us, mindful of the fact that whatever we focus on expands. I hope to write more about therapeutic and self healing astrology in the future.  

 I have never worked as a professional astrologer and do not want to detract from the years of learning that goes into their practice by pretending that I am. I am however fascinated by astrology in all its forms and traditions and have always been intensely beguiled by the stars and their relationship to us. 

I am also a believer in doing what works. Spiritual practices have to work to be of use.
“Man was not made for the Sabbath, the Sabbath was made for man.” 

We are to use these practices only in so far as they help, heal and aid us in our startlingly brief but unfathomably beautiful journey on this wonderful, messy, magical rainbow swirling sphere we have chosen to call home.