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Saturn square Neptune in retrospect: dissolve the past, awaken to now

Welcome! Did you know you can subscribe to Insight Astrology for free, get weekly insights in your inbox and receive a free introductory ebook? Click here for full info.The Saturn square Neptune transit is coming to its end. Our landscapes, both inner and outer, have been changed, are still changing. And we are being asked every day to [read more...]

Mercury retrograde conjunct Jupiter: keep an open mind

A new Mercury retrograde cycle begins on 31 August, as the planet of intellect and communication separates from its conjunction to Venus and Jupiter. Mercury now heads back into its rulership of Virgo to join Jupiter for a second time on 1 September. However while the first conjunction lasted just one day, due to Mercury’s slow [read more...]

Mars in Sagittarius: may your aim be steady and true

Has anyone else been feeling the lighter, more outward going energy of Mars in Sagittarius? What a relief after his long stay in intensely introverted Scorpio! Mars entered the sign of the archer on 3 August, after shifting out of its retrograde cycle on 30 June. After traveling at a snail’s pace throughout July, Mars is finally [read more...]

Mars direct: shedding old skins

With Mars direct since June 29, after a 71 day retrograde from Sagittarius into Scorpio, we’re being called upon to answer an important question about our state of being and consciousness: have I let go of what is letting go of me or am I fighting to maintain conditions I really don’t want because it is established, known and [read more...]

Venus in Leo: dramatic femininity and confident self-expression

With Venus in Leo since 13 July you may be feeling the urge to express your feminine side more openly and dramatically than usual. You’re likely to feel more confident about your style and appearance, more extroverted and less self-conscious. This is no time for hiding your talents away. You’ll want to be seen and appreciated [read more...]

Cancer season: sow the seed but let the fruit take care of itself

It’s Cancer season, and with the Sun, Moon, Venus and Mercury all in the sign of the Mother there’s a strong energy of nurturing at work. However with Pluto opposing this stellium from Capricorn our attempts to nurture those we love can easily become fixated and controlling, especially if we haven’t done the work of [read more...]

From loving a Neptunian, to loving (and knowing) yourself

With Neptune being a most elusive and nebulous force among planets, you’d be excused for sometimes wishing your Neptunian partner came with instructions. Neptunian individuals (and, by this, I mean those whose chart is Neptune-ruled, or otherwise with several aspects from Neptune to personal planets) often have a hard time coming to [read more...]

Saturn Neptune square: everything will one day crumble

When I think about the Saturn Neptune square, the second contact of which will be exact on 17 June, I’m reminded of a quote from the poet W.B. Yeats: “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” We all put our faith in impermanent things: jobs, marriages, people, living situations. [read more...]

Venus in Gemini and a New Moon: our inner compass points to joy

The lessons of Venus in Gemini are heightened as the New Moon rises in Gemini on Saturday 4 June, closely conjunct to Venus. Take this time to set strong intentions and redefine how you think about love and relationships. With Venus in Gemini, and the New Moon rising right beside her, it’s time to ask ourselves: what does it mean [read more...]

Sun in Gemini: our thoughts and words are creative

With the Sun in Gemini from 21 May our powers of manifestation will be channeled more strongly than usual through our thoughts and words. This means there is never a better time to be conscious of how we are thinking and speaking about ourselves, others and the world. The power of thought and word in the process of creative manifestation [read more...]

Venus trine Jupiter: a rich harvest comes only after hard work

The first thing you’ll notice when you look at today’s chart isn’t Venus trine Jupiter. Most prominent in this chart is the simultaneous mutable grand-cross that is activated as the Moon triggers the long-standing t-square between Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, and the grand-trine in Earth created by the Sun as it passes [read more...]

Sun trine Jupiter: a ray of light in the darkness

I’m familiar with darkness. With my Sun, Moon and Venus in the 8th House all square to Pluto I even crave it at times. But like everyone sometimes I get lost in the dark and since Pluto went retrograde I’ve found myself firmly in the grip of fear. Those who’ve been experiencing a similar loss of bearings will be [read more...]

Pluto retrograde: confronting the shadow self

With Pluto retrograde from 17 April until 27 September we are given an opportunity to explore our darkness and confront the shadow self. Our shadow is all the parts of ourselves we disown. Our demons live in the shadows but, according to psychoanalyst Carl Jung, it is not just the negative aspects of our psyche that are buried here. Many [read more...]

Pluto and Mars retrograde: seek out what lies beneath

With both Pluto and Mars retrograde from 17 April two powerful engines of the self are turned inward. This brings the number of planets currently retrograde to four, along with Jupiter and Saturn, and marks a period where many people will be directing their efforts inward, consolidating matters that have been neglected and putting their [read more...]
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