This November new moon sets the scene for our month ahead and of nurture and nourish…
We are all still facing outer restrictions in some way or other and yet remember just how many times we, as humans, have been tested and re-covered. And this November new moon has all the possibilities and ‘newness’ for just that. It is so helpful right now to see Uranus retrograde in Taurus giving collective inspiration for re-viewing our way forward especially with finance I suspect!
I’m writing this as news of a vaccine is breaking and a feeling that we have that sense of hope and new vision brewing away.
Mercury in Scorpio … Mars in Aries (retrograde turning direct on the 14th) … Venus is in Libra (will enter Scorpio on the 21st) …
Your love letter:
What makes your heart sing? Is there something that you can do to bring a sense of beautiful peacefulness to your body … or your mind … or your soul?
Maybe a walk in nature followed by quiet dreaming time. Perhaps a home spa with gentle music. Or mad crazy dancing to some seriously loud music!
Writing, doodling, painting and using colour. Bring vibrancy into the home and your world. Move cushions, change the tea you drink or even just give permission to your eyes to watch the sky.
And let me know – I love to hear how you are enjoying moments right now.
And scroll down to the end of this email if you wish to get to something really joy-full from youtube!
Still not on social media! There are some people and groups that I miss however (!) the space, still-ness, quiet, time for email / letter / calls, quiet (did I say that already!) and … most of all … I feel a gentle balance returning to all of my energetic fields.
I may dip my toe into LinkedIn again very soon but not just yet.
And so my email list and website remains my main focus which is like a breathe of fresh air. And I’m tidying up my website and office in readiness for the new work to enter as we move closer to the Solstice gateway. More about that later as we truly are at a strong planetary shift time which continues into next year.
New Moon on Sunday in Scorpio (see the theme here!).
Here we go. Moon & Sun both at 23º Scorpio at 05:08 15th November GMT.
An intriguing new moon energy. Especially given (and I’m loving this) Venus is still in Libra and making a square to Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn all in Capricorn. Now some would say that the square brings in a challenge and I say that the challenge is necessary. Test out how to balance those Capricorn energies as we prepare for the Winter Solstice in December. Walk a labyrinth and let gentle love wash over your soul.
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Dorothy Dandridge with Fayard & Harold Nicholas (the Nicholas Brothers) performing “Chattanooga Choo Choo” in SUN VALLEY SERENADE (1941) dir. H. Bruce Humberstone …
thank you for reading and for being here alongside me on our journey together. I would love to hear from you – keep well, safe, warm, and go gently through this amazing New Moon energy.
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A new astrological chart is created when we make a significant move to another place geographically. A secret held within the astrology of your relocation chart waiting to be unlocked perhaps!
The first part of what I offer here is to say that ‘you remain the same’ after a change of location. The second part is to say ‘you may be aware of subtle differences, new impulses, different opportunities and maybe a change in language.’
The chart set up for your relocated situation does not replace your birth chart however it will offer you more to look at and consider. An extra chapter hidden away and waiting to be unlocked and read.
A change of permanent residence is a serious matter and significant. Therefore it follows that the astrology around it becomes a major influencer on the path being travelled.
Different parts of a birth chart will unlock and allow something new to emerge – a secret held within your relocation chart!
The birth of a human being on planet earth is a special and momentous occasion. That moment in time and space offers a road map and shows all of the potentials. Choices and chances. Opportunities and traits. How relationships are built. Deeply held purpose. And travel.
By watching a birth chart, and the patterns made to it by planetary energies, we see many things including the different types of travel that appeal. Sometimes travel geographically and then again there is travel within the mind. And always moving forwards, evolving and growing towards the best version of ourselves.
There is a very big difference in looking at the astrology of temporary travel to that of a more permanent change of residence.
Are the planets the same?
The planetary positions remain the same as they are fixed in the Universe for the ‘clock’ time under consideration. For example if Venus was at 18º of the sign of Taurus then that planet would still be in the same place and likewise if the Sun was in Gemini at 16º then it would still be at that position!
So what does change?
The Latitude & Longitude is determined by the geographical place. And so it follows that, when we make a significant move or journey, the mathematics around where our position or place changes. And then the chart drawn up will give us a new perspective of the Universe around us. We will view the stars and the planets from another angle as the angles of the chart will quite literally alter. Planets may now even appear in different houses – parts of the chart concerning character, career, where we fit in to the world etc. And this will bring chances to evolve and grow into a different pathway created for us.
In my own chart a change of Country shifted my chart to shine a very different light onto my path. My rising sign became Leo instead of Virgo and that gave me a different view of my path through the whole chart. I began to ask questions again and to re-visit the bigger questions of my relationship with the world from a different perspective. I looked for the secret held within my own relocation chart … Exciting! Especially as the ‘next step’ is to look at planetary movements and so future opportunities!
Would you like to know more about you?
Astrology gives us beautiful choices all uniquely designed for each one of us by the Universe. Free will and choices. The joy of looking at our birth chart is that it becomes our road map. Giving us the best potentials and energies with which to work.
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As always, with love from Alison x
The Wheel of the Year
By watching the Wheel of the Year we are acknowledging the ever changing seasons, with all the gifts they offer, and also a rhythm known through time by our ancestors and also those still to come. It is both logic and magic. It gives us time and balance. And connections …
I’m Alison & this is why I use the Wheel of the Year
December 2019 and we moved to a place that had been on the cards for us for many years. The actual house move had been fraught and filled with all of the twists and turns of a great thriller, and our move took place over three days, however the joy of realising those dreams was huge.
And I realised that, amongst many astrological aspects at the time, transiting Mercury was opposite my natal mid-heaven and inspirations and insights ensued!
And so we celebrated Winter Solstice, and the sun rising into Capricorn, in a new land and yet one that we recognised on a deep level.
Sun-rise on the morning of the Solstice.
The key to working with the Wheel of the Year is to fully appreciate the turning of that wheel. That every moment of every season has joyous intent for life moving forwards. Every festival honouring the turn of the seasons holds within it an appreciation of agriculture and of the stars. And also holds within it sustenance on every level – physical, emotional, spiritual and connections with others.
I invite you to watch the wheel of the Year as it turns and turns about.
This is written in the Northern Hemisphere and all is opposite for the Southern hemisphere … absolute balance of our planet!
Winter Solstice – around the 21st of December
The shortest day of the year and the longest night. A time for the earth to begin to waken. And yet it is the darkest and coldest time. Families indoors making do with whatever they stowed away before the weather turned.
This is a festival of the light with candles & fires burning to encourage the Sun to return. And a festival of love as those inside took care of each other and the animals.
Re-birth of the Sun as, astrologically, the Sun moves into Capricorn.
Imbolc – Beginning of February
The Sun is in Aquarius.
Snowdrop festival. The first lambs are born and the first spring growth appears.
A strong agricultural festival as our ancestors celebrate the return of crops growing and light returning – what a special time this is!
Spring Equinox – around the 21st of March
The Sun moves into Aries and the green year shows us Spring in all of her natural glory. Abundance begins.
Day and night are equal and light balanced. Equinox is balance.
Beltane – Beginning of May
The Sun is in Taurus and we celebrate the first day of Summer usually on May 1st. Flowers of different colours are picked and ribbons attached to trees ready for dancing.
Bees are occupied with spreading pollen and making honey.
Friends & Family.
The longest day of the year and the shortest night. The Sun moves into the sign of Cancer and the Sun is high in the sky.
This is another festival of the light with candles & fires burning to honour the Sun as it will begin to draw back in light.
A joy-full time of warmth and unity.
Lammas – Beginning of August
The Sun is in Leo and it is time to start properly the Harvest. Children are out of school to help and the weather is still warm and usually dry.
The first bread and cakes are baked using newly harvested crops and the celebrations take place often on the first of August.
Autumn Equinox – around the 21st of September
A time of equal night and day in perfect balance. The Sun moves into Libra and nature begins to withdraw back into the earth.
Harvest is at highpoint as the crops need to be brought in safely before the weather turns and stored.
This is the time to honour and celebrate our gifts both actual and symbolically.
Samhain – usually celebrated on October 31st
The Sun is in Scorpio and these will be the last days when travel is easy. Families gather together.
October 31st and the veil between worlds is at the thinnest. A custom is to set an extra place for evening meal and this may be for someone who has passed or for a late-comer to the table.
Ancestors & families gather.
And then a new Winter Solstice …
The ever turning Wheel of the Year.
A rhythm for us to know and to remember that we are a part of nature and have a part to play in the dance of the seasons.
As always, with love, from Alison
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Summer Solstice – Celebration of beauty of the Sun
Retrograde planets are a fascinating mix of both real and not real! They appear, from our perspective here on planet Earth, to be stationary just before moving backwards.
Backwards as they appear! An illusion. Nothing that we see in our universe can really do anything much other than burn out, collapse or move forwards! In other words … there is always some form of activity with action taken. However, due to our Earth careering through space at a different speed to other planets and stars (plus our Earth has a wobble on its axis), occasionally it seems as if other planetary bodies are moving in ‘different to expected’ ways.
Our Universe is wonderful and beautiful and constantly achieves different patterns of energy available to us all at all moments. As each planetary body moves at a different speed, so the way that patterns are created are completely unique and never to be seen again. As you began to read this article the planets had arranged themselves in a certain pattern which already, now, is different and will never occur again! Think of the tide moving and the ocean creating different patterns in the sand with every wave.
All energy is there to be accessed and to give us more information as to our choices and potentials as we, ourselves, move forwards through life. And so it is useful to look at the difference in energy from a planet moving forwards in motion in a normal way to then what happens to that energy when we view the planet in a different way from our Earth. The subtle adjustment (and, to be fair, sometimes not so subtle!) gives us an opportunity to grow in a different way.
Mercury has much to offer us all when his orbit changes and he also then becomes the most mis-understood planet of all. During a retrograde Mercury it may well be that out tech issues become apparent and our washing machine breaks down. However those things would have happened in any case. A Mercury retrograde gives us the opportunity to check that things are working correctly.
Contracts arriving during a Saturn retrograde will require all the “i”s dotted and the “t”s crossed. Of course legal work will be around at any time but how useful it is to know that the planets are giving extra emphasis and clarity for just plain re-reading them through at certain times!
And there is one of the main “retrograde” keys within astrology!
During a retrograde energy it is useful in the way of any word beginning with ‘re-…’. So revisit, re-read, rewind, repair, rethink, recover and receive – and feel free to add your own!
During a Mercury retrograde, which aspected my own Sun & Uranus, I signed up for, and leaned so much from, a crystal healing course.
What will you do the next time you hear a planet is retrograde?
The Key to Time …
Time only moves forwards. We grow and evolve and choose how to live. And so …
And no apologies for asking you again!
What will you do the next time you hear a planet is retrograde?
What action will you be inspired to consider? And how will you receive the nudges from the Universe and respond?!
As always, with love, from Alison
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The Essential Guide to How the Planets Orbit … and why this is useful information to know!
The Universe creates a special pattern every moment by the way that the planets orbit our Sun. Our planet Earth takes around 365.3 days to orbit. The Moon takes around 27.3 days in its orbit around the Earth. Those 2 particular pieces of information are not only well known but give us our sense of time and rhythm of the weeks, months and years. For thousands of years (maybe longer), and now, we observe the changing months and seasons in relation to the position of us and the Sun. And the Moon’s cycles help us understand our night time skies and, amongst many other things, planting crops.
However … might it be useful to know about the other planetary orbits?
And how do the signs of the zodiac fit in with all of this?!
In astrology we talk about the signs of the zodiac and these are the names given to 12 constellations of stars that envelope our planet Earth. From Aries through to Pisces, the clusters of stars give us insights, points of reference in the sky and specific themes as we observe and note the passage of the Sun together with the planets appearing to move through each of those constellations. The energy of the Sun moving through the sign of Taurus will have a completely different flavour to the passage of the Moon through Leo … and this is where astrology gets exciting! Think of all of those potentials for ‘what if’s’ and ‘I wonder what’ or even ‘should I do this or do that?’!
Looking at maps
In a birth chart (map of the stars for the moment of arrival here on Earth) all of the signs of the zodiac are shown. And then the stars and planets are plotted and added in. From the date, time and place of birth we establish exactly what was happening in the sky above just at that moment of birth down on Earth. And, most amazingly of all, there will never, ever be another map identical to that one.
Mercury has an orbit of around 88 days which means that he travels around the whole zodiac about 3 times in one of our calendar years. Together with a Venus orbit of around 225 days and Mars at approx. 687 days (each year) these planetary phenomena are easy to watch and to apply their circuits to our birth charts.
The longer term orbits in years are: Jupiter 12 years; Saturn 29.5 years; Chiron 50 years. This is so very interesting as we see longer term influences unfold for us as these planets (and yes … Chiron is an asteroid but a VIP in asteroid lore!) as they offer their incredible energies to us at significant points in time. And in seeing how this dance of planetary bodies above us interacts with ourself down here on Earth adds so much information for our daily life and indeed our Soul’s evolution.
Shall we take just one of those planets for instance? Understanding a Saturn energetic influence is a key to our long term plans for career, how we work and our Soul Path. We consider where he is at a moment of birth and then (as a broad example) when he forms an opposition in the sky roughly 14-15 years on or indeed returns to the same placement approximately 28-30 years after birth. And of course a Saturn return can occur 3 times in a lifetime currently.
And then …
With Uranus taking 84 years to return to the place where it was at the moment of birth we see more people have their Uranus return than ever before. This can result in people in their 80s making quite life-changing decisions such as a move of house, major travelling or even going into a new business. In our life time we will not see people having their Pluto returns (a 248 year cycle!) or even opposition at age 124, however I have no doubt it will happen at some point. And think of the deep insights that could very well emerge.
You may like to read this article about exactly what a transit is and how the planets ‘talk to each other! Just click here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this short guide. Let me know and keep in touch!
As always, with love from Alison
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The Planet Mercury when retrograde has resources for us to use in a very different way to when the silver messenger is carrying out his duties in the more usual manner!
A Mercury retrograde is a very special moment in time. And it is worth remembering that nothing actually goes backwards in this Universe … Oh yes … and it is also worth remembering that we have choices of reactions!
And so here are a few ways that we can all super-charge our choices and maximise the potential for a Mercury retrograde!
- Nothing in our universe actually goes backwards. However, and due to certain astronomical movements, sometimes it appears to us as if a planetary body is moving in a different manner. A retrograde, a still or a jaw-dropping backwards motion. And the energy changes. It is different.
- When Mercury energy changes it is giving us space. Space to breathe into our thoughts.
- If we choose to use the energy it becomes a time to Pause, Reflect, Discard, Ponder and be ready to find new insights.
- We have opportunities to revisit our core values, messages and our deeply held purpose. To listen to our inner language.
- And also to remember those who have helped us along the way. As we evolve we take forwards wisdom from our ancestors as well as our own!
And one extra!
6. What to talk about? A Mercury retrograde will rather listen than talk. And will write from the heart of the matter. We all have value and we all have a purpose here to connect through our hearts and souls.
Continue to share your message and walk your pathway of evolution. And enjoy the space that a Mercury retrograde gives us.
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