Astrology in Real Life
‘How to start astrology in 3 steps’ as a title came to me yesterday when life took a very curious turn. I had to issue the following as an apology inside my facebook group!
“Apologies! I posted our Thursday post this morning from my hotel room in Anglesey. I truly thought it was Thursday! The odd thing is that I set up the Wednesday one last night ready for this morning. Interesting that I went to sleep Tuesday and woke up this morning thinking it was Thursday.”
However I needed to look deeper and so turned to my ephemeris to find out what the planets were doing. And I found out that (amongst all of the planetary movements) Mars was exactly conjunct (next to) the Sun and Mercury with Venus just a few degrees away and a Neptune opposition – and all impacting my own ascendant. So illusions coming out of the woodwork. Life speeding up and, given we had just had a New Moon, the planets were definitely nudging me to get a move on with new ideas and broadcasts. Get on with it seemed to be rumbling throughout the Universe!
And, as I was pondering on all of this, I thought about how my own path had brought me to ‘here’.
How I started astrology
I make no secret that a very long time ago I had no time for astrology. My Leo Sun just didn’t seem to shine in the way that ‘it’ was ‘supposed’ to! I withdrew into a creativity that was imagination. And my childhood was very inward. Go forward a few years and I even joined an amateur dramatic society because apparently Leos like the stage … and I did costume design and make-up and prompt – anything behind the scenes and not on stage!
Later, and in my corporate career, I found I was very happy speaking to large audiences if I had a message to share. And from then on there was always a teaching or training role involved in any job I took on.
Eventually, and through a series of encounters, I had my birth chart drawn up and interpreted. What a light bulb moment. Suddenly I could see that the placing of my Sun in Leo absolutely shone when being creatively supporting others to go out into the world. And, the more I learnt about astrology, so the more and more sense it all made.
As my learning began I ate up courses and books and studied. I had already learnt Tarot and symbolism so moving into astrology became as natural for me as breathing. Very quickly, I began working as an astrologer.
Books + the experience of watching the planets = amazing astrological insights!
You see I must have worked with the charts of, probably, hundreds of people now. And followed the transiting planets (as they move around) for myself and many many people. That has led me to know so much … and, also, to know that there is so much more to learn! Huge excitement!!
How to start astrology in 3 steps
How to start astrology and to continue to use it in daily life?
- You already know your Sun (star) sign but can you find out your Moon sign? These days it’s quite easy to find out and you are looking for which sign of the zodiac the Moon was in at your birth.
- For our purposes of starting, and you will get so much information from this (!), the Sun is the outer world and the Moon your inner world. And so the signs of the zodiac relate to your outer and inner worlds. Worth while sitting and pondering and thinking about. Make notes of thoughts and insights that arise.
- And our third ‘task’ for you to do is to find out in which sign of the zodiac the Sun is right now and in which ‘phase’ the Moon is. Remember that the Sun changes Zodiac signs between the 21st and 23rd of the month and so a little investigative work is required to find this information out. As for the Moon – have we just had a New or Full moon perhaps?
Putting it all together
So now you have information about your Sun sign, your Moon sign, where the Sun is now and what the Moon is doing. And this is a basic building block for astrology.
Have a look at the zodiac and see how the Sun in the sky relates to your birth Sun. Is it in the sign of the zodiac opposite to yours for instance? Or next to. By thinking about it and also, as we are working with the outer world, watching what happens you can begin to uncover layers about your Sun sign that maybe you hadn’t realised were there.
And the phase of the Moon? Without complicating matters by going into the signs of the zodiac (although you can if you wish) and just by knowing if the energy is building from the New moon towards Full or decreasing from Full to New we can learn so much about our own inner landscape. Does a Full moon affect your sleep patterns? Are you more creative on a New Moon? Lots of great insights to be had!
And then you can go another step forwards and consider, for example, how a full moon when the Sun is in the sign of … well I’m sure you get the picture. This is finding our gold within and understanding ourselves on another level.
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With love, from Alison x
How do the planets and stars speak to each other?
And how do they speak to me?
Picture the scene. A campsite somewhere in North Norfolk with a circle of tents set up. A campfire in the centre had been burning well and now was embers. Seats positioned around the fire ready for occupants to muse on how the planets and stars speak – well it was an astrology camp! Early morning dew on the ground. Sounds of people quietly waking up. Smell of coffee in the air.
The night before. The fire burning brightly. Drumming and chatter. A Virgo new Moon had been visible and we basked in the energy.
And so … back to the morning after the Virgo New Moon night before. A campsite waking up. Queuing for showers and this is when my story really begins.
“How do we talk about astrology more easily, how the planets and stars speak to each other”.
This was the question myself and a friend were pondering. We’d both been astrologers for more than 20 years and lived and breathed the stars. And we both knew just how useful this knowledge is for every day decisions and for making those life changes easily and, probably more crucially, living through change and being great at it. I’d worked with hundreds of people with their birth charts and taught and given talks on the subject. And it still fascinates me just how amazing this Universe of ours is! Back to that early morning …
OK. So we were not accompanied by the squirrel but we were in nature and it’s a great photo to remember that Autumn Virgo new moon …
The whole shower queue were interested in the New Moon and what it meant. Where was Virgo in each of their charts? And where did the New Moon show up in their lives. How to make good use of this ‘newness’. What does it mean … and is there more to the whole ‘planets in the sky’? By the time we’d all been through the showers we had converts and, I have no doubt, they will still be accessing their birth charts and the stars of the moment. Once you know … well … you know!
Our ancestors watched the sky for planetary, and star, movements. The light of the Sun and the Moon helped plans for travel and for planting. The wheel of the year turned and festivals honouring each season were held. To live with the earth and to watch the sky was as natural as our attention these days is to weather forecasts.
A brief version of the Cycle of the Moon!
A new Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon occupy the same place in the sky. The Moon only has light reflected from the Sun. And so, when they are together, the light is slight and a mere sliver. However the implications for us and for the energy are huge. New beginnings. Fresh start. Great energy now going to build (wax) as the Moon gains reflected sunlight on the journey towards fullness.
Over the next 28/29 days the Moon will travel through each sign of the zodiac. When it is directly opposite the Sun it will be at full ness of light. And, after Full Moon, the light begins to diminish and fade (wane). We see it as a cycle of energy building towards maximum and then lessening towards minimum. And, in the 3 nights before a new moon the energy/light of the moon is at it’s lowest – the dark of the moon. Then the small sliver of silver appears in the sky heralding the new! Beautiful.
In astrology we have terms for the various patterns that the stars and planets make to each other. And those patterns allow the planets and stars to speak to each other. The energies blend in some way or other. It may be a comfortable energy or it may be a challenge. No planet or star is ever operating in a lone way though. And that is the difference between looking at the chart as a whole and looking at individual parts of the chart.
If we apply what we know of the cycle of the Moon to other planets so we begin to hear what the planets and stars have to say to us.
A brief meander through astrological terms
You may hear these terms and, quite simply, this is what they mean.
Conjunct – stars or planets next to each other. This is the moment a seed is planted. The energies are well and truly blended together or melded.
Sextile – stars or planets at 60º from each other. The seed takes root and begins. The energies are close enough to each other to be ‘friendly’ and yet are beginning to show their separate colours.
Square – stars or planets at 90º from each other making a square aspect in the circle of the chart. Striving and working at making something happen and work well. Often there will be a challenge here as the energies want to be themselves again … however this is impossible as they are connected. Squares are interesting!
Trine – stars or planets at 120º from each other making a triangle in the circle of the chart. We enter the realm of aspiration and being motivated for growth and of the energies working together to inspire. Helpful.
Opposition – stars or planets opposite each other. Maximum light and awareness. Opportunities to watch the energies individually from the other point of view. Oppositions are great for understanding why and where we’re off to next!
And now for you
An astrologer will look at the chart of the sky as a whole entity. However that doesn’t stop anyone standing under the Moon at night and marvelling at the amazing Universe with all the possibilities there for us as human beings. And, when you take that moment to stand under the sky, you open the possibility that the planets and stars will speak to you in a mixture of their language and yours!
How do the planets and stars speak to each other? By constantly moving around the Universe creating different patterns with each other and with us.
And how do they speak to me? By giving us all choices, information, light, maybe the odd challenge, opportunities to learn and grow.
We are humans living on the most astonishing and amazing planet in this incredible Universe we call home. If you would like to explore more about astrology please join the free Astrology and Tarot Facebook group here and I have a second free group committed to us exploring our true purpose and expressing it confidently and that is Walking your Talk – join here!
As always, with love, from Alison x
So what if you don’t feel big and bold and yet it’s Thursday and Jupiter day…? Often I hear people say that they don’t feel like their birth signs. Read here about why your Star sign is perfect for you
However we all are born into the same Universe and with our unique ‘map’ of the patterns that the stars made at that moment of our entrance into this world! And so we experience the planets in different ways but all have access to all of them. We honour Jupiter on a Thursday and enjoy his big and bold energy in our own ways.
Jupiter is that huge planet in the sky that takes around 12 years to orbit the Sun. One word for the energy is that of expansion and so is of great use to us where we need to enhance a project or to step our of our comfort zone.
Jupiter energy brings that big and bold ness to our work and ourselves. Jupiter brings in quantity and yet we are the sum of the whole pattern of the Universe and look to other planets (or aspects of our birth charts) for quality, attention to detail, focus and … well you get the picture!
By giving our Jupiterian big and bold energy an opportunity to be heard, so we begin to understand more of what makes us individuals and unique. You are a real, wonderful, complex, human being and we can all use Jupiter energy today, together with the pattern he is making in the sky, to honour our really-ness … our reality … our real self.
Be gentle and loving and big and bold.
As always, with love, from Alison
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Are you waiting?
Have you been waiting for something to occur? Have you been watching the sky for a glimmer of the Moon?
Usually on a Tuesday we focus on the Planet Mars – planet of action and drive and fire. However there’s a very spectacular event unfolding in our sky and so we welcome …
A New Moon
It appears as a sliver of silver light. Take a moment to imagine just how our ancestors felt watching the lunar cycle. There was a full moon and then the light dimmed at night. And eventually there was no more moonlight.
Would the Moon appear again?
And then it did.
There it was – that glimpse of light.
And today we have an added power moment of this New Moon being on an eclipse. And … At exactly the same time (8:16PM UK) Mars moves into Leo to get closer to Mercury. At the same moment. This is one amazing Universe that we live in.
The planets will give us clues as to what this means for us whether collectively or as our self. Insights will bubble and brew. New ideas appear. This is a time to imagine and bring new projects into form. This New Moon has extra punch for us.
If you are sensitive to the Moon this will have been a strange few days. You may not have been sleeping. Dreams may have been more intense or, if you often dream, none at all. I’ve had so many ideas that I’ve struggled to keep up with my own thoughts.
You may have been imagining and spending time in the inner world. And that is a good thing. Our imagination is what gives us our curiosity. It makes us human. That and love of course! Or maybe already making use of the Mars/Mercury energy available to us all and finding that your business, career or family requires you to be more active and even more visible.
So what will you do? How will you harness the energy and use it to explore your own horizons?
This is our first New Moon after the Solstice and it’s in Cancer. It’s an opportunity to balance the inner and outer. Over the next few weeks you will see the beginnings of real balance emerging. Balance in how we treat each other and in how we treat the world. The messages are there. The planets are building us up and getting us ready to make those changes. We truly are able to make a difference. And it will require a shift. A glorious shift and we each of us have our parts to play.
At the very least please make sure that you ground yourself and keep in touch with your reality. Touch base with your inner beliefs and values. Take a moment to stand outside and connect with the earth.
And go outside and look at the Moon. Our new Moon. And just take a moment to marvel at this amazing Universe in which we have our home. Do you think it was random?
As always, with love, from Alison
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Magic around with the Moon in Virgo and opposite Neptune in Pisces.
There is Magic around us if we choose to see it. Looking at the chart we see that the Moon in an earth sign and Neptune in his element of a water sign! Dreamtime, imagination, emotions close to home and magic around – do you see it?.
Do we make our own magic or does magic happen?
This is probably a question that has been asked for millennia. We can imagine our ancestors sitting around fire and musing on magic along with daily gossip. If you were sitting around that fire right now what would you be talking about? Have you thought that it is because of conversations taking place we have the results of inventions and quests?
There was a time when the very act of creating fire was seen as magic and dowsing for a water source was seen as a necessary service and then as something magical. Water does not run under the earth’s surface in straight lines and so some way of divining / finding water was needed. Professional water dowsers are still employed to this day, although not to the extent as in much earlier times, but they still have information to offer!
Have you tried dowsing? Do give it a go as it’s great fun and remarkably accurate.
And what about the cycles?
Do you watch the Moon becoming Full and then moon light slowly disappearing? This was once seen as mysterious and the first sliver of a new Moon as a cause of celebration – eclipses were treated as the height of concern.
Would the Sun appear again?
It is magic to watch the cycle of the Sun as it goes through the seasons and through lengthening and shorter days. Do watch the amazing events as the Moon moves through her cycles because it gives us all a sense of where we are in the Universe by doing so..
Lightning, the Northern lights, pink sky mornings, moving pictures – all would have been seen as magic long ago and, well actually, maybe not so long ago! Our ancestors saw these events causing wonder and amazement – awe and achievement. I love to watch lightning in a thunder storm – do you?
Does magic exist?
Is asking whether magic has an existence OK as it seems almost … wrong!
Magic is magic. There will always be magic. One day the nature of our Universe will be explained in scientific language because we constantly update our knowledge and yet there will still be mysteries.
The Moon is in Virgo and opposite Neptune in Pisces.
Magic is around if we choose to use our imagination and there is the key for today, our Moon magic day. We have been given the gift of imagination and are able to use that to conjure up worlds and dreams. Our curiosity makes us use our imagination to solve questions and often we do. We all have curiosity and always have.
Is the earth flat? Will we fall off the edge if we sail into the distance?
What are you curious about?
And back to those explorers!
How brave of them to actually be curious enough to go and see what was beyond the horizon! What drove their curiosity to actually go and look and ask the questions?
Astrologically – what did drive their curiosity?
Was it a strong Aquarius aspect of wanting to enquire? Or Gemini asking questions and looking to connect? Leo wanting new forms of entertainment and to understand different cultures. Aries striving or Pisces questing for new beliefs. Every sign of the zodiac has it’s own angle for wanting to explore.
What are you curious about?
Curious enough to use your imagination and come up with different scenarios or solutions.
And then are you, would you be, brave enough to try?
Our little blue planet is round and beautifully held in place in the universe.
We have the Sun for warmth and life and we have water and food. Everything that we, as human beings, need is here for our continued existence. Including each other – don’t you think that is amazing?
Mercury is currently in the Sign of Cancer and, as you will know if you have been reading these articles over the last few days, Mercury is giving us all a wake up call message. Right now he is square to Chiron in Aries. Chiron the wounded healer who carries so much information for our evolution through healing. Yes there is much for us to be healing as far as the planet is concerned, however our current crisis is actually much closer to home.
There is an epidemic growing unhindered and unmeasured and it is loneliness. Please don’t forget we are social animals and need to have interactions with others. Mercury in Cancer, square to Chiron, is inviting us to care and chat. To have gorgeous, beautiful, short, caring, fun conversations and to reconnect with each other. To be magic with each other.
And there is the real magic.
That we are able to connect with each other and enjoy conversations. And love.
We are MAGIC – each and every one of us.
You are MAGIC!
As always, with love, from Alison x
The Sun today
The Sun today offers you radiating light, warmth and heat & the regulating hours for our body clock of ‘day’. We need to look at the placement of the Sun in the sky for the moment you were born to see the point in the zodiac defining your star sign. You will, most likely, know your star sign but when we look at your astrology we see the whole picture because we need all of the planets and stars! They make a pattern with each other and a road map for our journey here on planet Earth. However back to the Sun today and that amazing lifegiving, fire centered, bright light in the sky.
We know that the Sun is a star in the sky, not a planet, and is constantly sending light and heat towards our Earth. And this amazing Universe of ours keeps everything in balance. For more detailed information about the Sun today from an astronomical point of view click here to go to NASA!
Over to you!
How will you radiate your stardom today? And how will you help others to radiate their stardom? The Sun as the centre of our Universe and our self as the centre of our own! Beam your sunlight outwards!
The answers to these two questions hold so much information for how your Star sign, the exact position of the Sun in the sky at your birth, flourishes and gives you the light to shine.
You are your own special Star!
As always, with love, from Alison
PS – reach out to someone today and chat. Mercury is in Cancer – show you care by talking.
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Enjoy and inspire
The chart for today shows us that the Sun is opposite Jupiter and Venus moving into Gemini – how will you enjoy the energy and enjoy and inspire yourself and others?
These are strange times indeed and we all have much to be aware of and to be wary of. And yet to find ways of enjoying ourselves too because, after all, that is a part of our being human! Planetary wise there’s a lot going on at the moment with much information and mis-information. We hear and see media ‘talk’ with so much appearing to be going on ‘under the surface’. There are many, many distractions for us all and it is easy for us to ;buy into’ being distracted!
We all love to be entertained and, of course, entertainment, from whichever direction, distracts us, fuels us, soothes us and inspires us. I should probably write an article all about how many directions we receive our information and entertainment from however, for now, how do you let yourself be taken away from reality for a while and enjoy and inspire?
Over the next few days especially I would ask you to ground yourself by asking:
Am I distracting myself?
How am I being distracted?
Is it possible that I am distracting others?
When am I inspired? Really and truly inspired?
And then the entry of Venus into Gemini will show up for all of us in ways that we are able to bring great joy to ourselves, each other and to the planet.
Yes – the message is as big as that.
Give yourself permission to enjoy and inspire and take on the responsibility for making the world, our world, a place of inspiration and joy.
I was inspired to write this piece on Saturday, Saturn’s day.
What will you do?
As always with love, from Alison
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How are you today? Venus in Taurus asks the Moon in Leo!
Friday is Venus day and so the day that we celebrate that planet of beauty, compassion, growth and abundance. And today we see Venus in Taurus and the Moon in Leo.
Venus in Taurus
The planet is at the end of the sign of Venus and is preparing to move into Gemini which will alter the energy. However she has not changed sign yet and is still giving us much to think about for time spent in our home, for our self and for each other. Venus in Taurus enjoys the things in life that we enjoy which is different for each of us as we all have our own unique concept of what ‘wealth’ is.
Moon in Leo
The Moon is in Leo and so we have an opportunity to enjoy ourselves. What makes you feel good? It is too easy to recommend ‘self care’ sometimes as what is caring to the self for one person may well be excruciatingly awkward for another! I usually ask ‘What makes you feel good?’ and then wait for the answer because that is what he planets expect!
We all know what recharges us or rebalances us and that is our own self care. Unique to our self. Venus in Taurus and Moon in Leo would quite naturally enjoy those experiences that allow our relaxation and that is, perhaps, a spa or a cream tea … OK maybe that’s just me! However you get the picture? It’s what will make you feel that you are treating your self.
How are you today? Venus in Taurus asks the Moon in Leo! The energy in the sky is there for us all to ask ourselves how we are and to then have fun, and enjoy, our own particular form of pampering.
As always, with love from Alison
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Will you speak from your heart today and know that your messages will be heard, listened to and seen! Especially as the planets are inviting us all to speak up and know that our voices will be loud enough to register.
Today is Jupiter day (as it’s Thursday) and Jupiter is in Sagittarius opposite the Sun in Gemini. When we look at the chart it is so interesting (well every chart is intriguing and this is no exception!) and today we see that the emphasis today is on communication.
With the Moon opposing Saturn & Pluto trining Venus we build up a picture of our words, actions and thoughts truly having meaning. be aware that, for the week ahead, emotions are likely to be very close to the surface and yet also we may feel as if this only applies to each of us individually! Speak from your heart today – especially as it is Jupiter day. Whatever you send out is expanded and made even more ‘so’! You have an amazing opportunity to send out great vibrations into the universe and to surround our planet with love. Imagine, just for a moment, how it would be if we all sent out channelled love. Just how amazing would this little blue planet be if it were surrounded completely with love and gentleness.
Speak from your heart and be heard, allow your heart to be heard and also remember to hear others.
Be gentle with yourself. Wear something purple today. And delight in the beauty of you, of others and of this amazing Universe in which we live.
As always, with love, from Alison
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Mercury moves into Cancer!
Do you speak to your neighbour questions Mercury as he moves into the caring sign of Cancer today which is already inhabited by the Moon (it’s ruler). This wonderful Mercury & Moon conjunction can be expected to highlight areas of compassion and thoughts of where we should, we really should, be doing more. Maybe the healing is required within the home or outside. Perhaps our compassion is required towards our self or towards each other … or even towards people who we don’t even know!
Or maybe Mercury Moon in Cancer brings us a message of loneliness.
We can look at the chart for today and see that the Moon is square to Chiron with another indicator of our messages of healing on a wider scale and wider times. Plus it also brings the worry to mind of that loneliness.
There is a growing epidemic around us every day and it is an epidemic becoming of epic proportions. Yes, there are the concerns of environment and, quite rightly so, we should be acting more to safeguard our planet. Indeed our oceans need our help. Nature requires our attention. However there is another concerning aspect to our life in the 21st Century.
It is quite incredible that, in this connected world in which we live, people are lonely. Loneliness is not age related nor anything else related. Loneliness is sweeping through our world neighbour by neighbour and we are not only losing the ability to recognise it but it is not a popular term to use. Who wants to admit that, with social networking promoting ‘friends’, they are feeling ‘alone’.
I ask you – do you speak to your neighbour?
It was not so long ago that I would wait for the bus to go to work. There were the same faces at the bus stop at that time of the morning. An odd bunch of people who, ordinarily, would not meet up and yet there we were. And we chatted. We got to know each other through the shared purpose of waiting for a bus. It was noted when someone was not there. Now no-one speaks. Look at a bus queue the next time you are near to one. Everyone will be on their phones and either reading or listening to music. No-one speaks.
Are you lonely? Do you feel that sense of being alone and not having anyone to speak to? Are you able to put yourself into those shoes for just a moment? And then magnify it to every day and week …
This is likely to be an emotional day. And yet also an uplifting day if we choose. Mercury messages are often factual and sometimes playful and then again witty or exactly what is needed to be said. We have the choice as to how we deal with Mercury and what we action from his communications! Bearing in mind the proximity to the Moon and those messages will be tinged with emotion and intuition. There will be a depth to our conversations today and a sense of taking those insights forward.
Mercury is a fast moving planet. The messages have a zing and then the planet moves on having asked us “Do you speak to your neighbour?”
And for you
Mercury moves into Cancer today and joins the Moon. There is always something felt at the moment when a planet (or star!) changes signs. Something happens or is seen and an essence of what that planetary aspect ‘is’ becomes apparent. Often it is subtle and yet, when we are aware, we see it unfold. I am often asked about when a planet is at the very end of a sign or at the beginning of another and whether this is ‘on the cusp’ and my answer is that a planetary body will either be in one sign of the zodiac or another with the energy changing accordingly.
We urgently need to home in on loneliness and start speaking. Would you smile at your neighbour sitting on the bus? How often do you ask how someone is and then listen to the answer?
A Mercury in Cancer offers us all the opportunity to consider our connections with each other. And the Moon brings in a gentle kind of love.
As always, with love, from Alison x
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