Category: astrology

East Meets West — A View From China
My fellow blogging astrologer, Mitch Lopate, moved to China in March to teach at a business school. I asked him to send us the occasional pithy little anecdote to show us how his Western astrology is being received over there. He writes: So I’ve been teaching freshman English Reading [...]
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Everyone Has A Story
Last Friday, I did a charity event, which meant I did a dozen readings back-to-back in a short space of time. I was worried that I’d end up being a kind of fairground fortune teller. Cross my palm with silver, etcetera. My worries turned out to be groundless. Although I’d lost my [...]
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On The BBC
I’ll be talking about the solstice, Gemini and Cancer and the romance of July 1 on BBC Radio Oxford this Friday around 3.30pm. You can listen again if you miss it live.  Here is the link to their website. I should be on the radio the first Friday of every month from now on, talking […]
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Out Of Bounds
My colleague Jessica Shephard wrote a short piece about Venus Out Of Bounds a few weeks ago which set me thinking. Out of bounds planets are not something that’s not much discussed by astrologers. We’re all too busy getting our minds around cute new asteroids, imaginary dark points [...]
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Books: Karmic Mates & Venus Signs
You could say that the promise of romance keeps astrologers in work. Getting your love right — and that might mean lifelong celibacy, a series of mad flings or a nice, cosy 40-year marriage — is one of the cornerstones of living the “good” life. And creating that good [...]
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Great Reading, Wrong Chart
I had a charming client today: a warm, chatty, red-head sporting a pair of riding boots. The reading was going swimmingly — accurate, useful, insightful. And then I found I had the wrong birth time. I don’t know an astrologer this hasn’t happened to, but it’s unsettling [...]
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Definitive Chart For ISIS
A few months ago I published a chart for ISIS which I’d picked up at the British Astrological Association Conference on the understanding that it had been drawn up by Professor Geoffrey Cornelius. A flurry of emails followed with some discussion whether it was the right chart. Things [...]
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A Bit Of Shakespeare And Some Bean
  “The heavens themselves, the planets and this centre Observe degree, priority and place, Insisture, course, proportion, season, form, Office and custom, in all line of order; And therefore is the glorious planet Sol In noble eminence enthroned and sphered Amidst the other; whose [...]
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St Nick
St Nicholas liked to leave coins in people’s shoes — apparently. It’s his saint’s day today, December 6, right in the middle of Sagittarius, the sign which is solely ruled by Jupiter, and it’s hard not to see a bit, OK quite a lot, of Jupiter, in the legend of St [...]
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Dragonfly Wings
From egg to naiad to dragonfly. All our stories have the same beginning and the same ending. We are born and we die. A dragonfly may spend five years as a naiad and just a few months as a pond-skimming, silk-shimmering dancer. How does a naiad feel when it loses its husk and finds that, after [...]
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New Moon and Jupiter in Leo
The New Moon tomorrow at the very start of Jupiter’s journey through the sign of the Lion is enormously potent. You may see yet more action geopolitically, because on the very same day Mars finally moves out of Libra and into his own sign of Scorpio. This could be quite dangerous, even [...]
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Do We Need Narcissus?
Narcissus (suddenly): “Have you ever been in love? I mean really in love?” You: “Well, obviously, I marr—“ Narcissus interrupts: “Me – I’m super sensitive so when someone like me falls in love, well it’s probably unusually intense. I mean I [...]
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10 (Fun) Things To Do While Jupiter’s In Leo
  It’s that time again. It’s been a long, lively 12 years since Jupiter, the planet named after the king of the gods himself, was in Leo, the sign of royalty, gold, the Sun, self-expression, glamour, drama and perhaps above all playfulness. It’s time to throw off that [...]
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Astrology of Now: Taken At The Flood
“There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.” — […]
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Seize The Day
Don’t ask to know what is forbidden, Leuconoë: what end the gods have assigned to you, or to me. Don’t mess with Babylonian numbers. Better to let happen what will happen. Jupiter may allot you many more winters — or perhaps this very one, which breaks the Tyrrhenian Sea on [...]
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11 Things To Do With Mars Retrograde in Libra
You still have until May 20 to use the energy of Mars, the planet of passion, retrograde in Libra, the sign of negotiation. This retrograde began on March 1, so we’ve had a few weeks to begin to see and feel how it works. Personally, I have noticed a surge in my vitality. I’m not [...]
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Mercury Retrograde Has Its Uses — Really
Now, if I could just get Wolverine to sort these people out… Mercury Retrograde, brought to you by the people who brought you the Mayan Prophecy, dun dun daah. Communications go crazy, your electrical goods grow teeth, your commute turns into the Normandy landings, the internet crashes [...]
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Creating Your Library: Astrology Books
The Green Dress. Elanor Colburn. “You must read this book,” said my friend G, handing me a skinny paperback. She was a full year older than me, an Aquarian, and at that age, a year really counted. Well, I haven’t seen G in decades, but that skinny paperback has travelled with [...]
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Local Astrology Events
This is Merton actually, but you get the picture My local astrology group has invited some excellent speakers to Oxford this year. Last Wednesday Barry Goddard of Astrotabletalk spoke to the group about Pluto. It was a pretty stimulating evening, much food for thought. Coming up are the [...]
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Astrologer Wins Top Literary Prize
Oh how we love Eleanor Catton, winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Her massive historical novel The Luminaries boggled the judges minds. How did she structure it? Using proper, grown up astrology. Twelve characters are based on the signs of the Zodiac, and seven on the [...]
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