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Harper the gatecrasher!

Welcome to my 5th Vlog of 2016! This week it took a little longer than expected as I had to do so many takes and at one point my video was gate-crashed by my sisters cat, Harper! Sadly she didn’t make the final cut but I’m sure she will be in future videos because the camera loves her!

I am getting better at planning my Vlogs and the positive feedback is really keeping me going when I feel like I’m not doing such a great job!

I keep getting lots of ideas about how I can make my Vlogs better but I am open to suggestion so please let me know if you have any suggestions for me or if there is a particular subject you would like covered. I have  lots of ideas myself, I just need to get things started really!

I have lots of plans for my videos so watch this space – I’m hoping to get them looking and sounding a little more professional soon. So this week’s video blog was a little improvised, even though I did quite a lot of preparation my notes weren’t up to the grade!  A lesson learned for next time.

Enjoy!

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New Moon 19 Aquarius

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NewMoon ooohNew Moon Wish Lists are a great way to get your current desires and motivations down on paper before handing them over to the seeding quality of the New Moon. It is also a fun practice and a useful habit to get into – a little like a monthly to do/bucket list or a cosmic ordering technique for the Law of Attraction.

The benefit of creating a New Moon Wish List is being able to keep track of your progress from month to month for as long as you keep creating wish lists. If you are someone who regularly writes journals like I do, you will have no problem integrating this practice into your routine. However, If you find yourself a little forgetful and in need of a reminder to create your list, you can use your phone to set a reminder and even make and keep the list stored on there, too. It can be saved in your online diaries, like Google Calendar, which can be accessed via your smart phone, or on a laptop/PC, keeping them stored for easy reference. I’ve written my New Moon Wish Lists on Post-Its, used envelopes, random notebooks and on the appropriate page of my diary – it does help to have everything written in the same location but there is no hard and fast rule.

Ideally your wishes will be personal and you can ask for things like an organised sock draw (did I really just suggest that?) or more focus at work. You could ask for world peace, or perhaps an end to cruelty in humanity, though the wish lists aren’t really designed for collective wishes. However, if your chart is being picked up by an outer planet transit or you are an Outer Planet Person (OPP) natally, by all means these intentions have a right to be expressed though your wish list. More »

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New Moon Capricorn

The Deep Desire For Change

On January 10th 2016 at 10:01am GMT, a New Moon occurs at 19° degrees Capricorn and is part of the first Mercury Retrograde of 2016. The New Moon in Capricorn underpins the long term effects of Mercury’s rather introspective Journey back to Hades, by personalising the experience and locking into your aspirations for the future. In Mythology, the New Moon is attributed to the goddess Persephone, who is kidnapped by Hades (Pluto) from her mother Demeter, and taken into the murky depths of the underworld by Hades where her innocence is taken from her. During this New Moon, Persephone does meet Hades (aka Pluto) as both the Sun and Moon are together at the same degree in Capricorn and in very close quarters to Pluto (aka Hades). During this time, Uranus in Aries challenges the New Moon and Pluto by creating friction from a 90° angle. This New Moon is the seeding process of adjustment and transformation. There may be a sudden shift in priorities, a realisation that something must change accompanied by the ‘knowing’ that these adjustments will up-root your stable foundations and require a complete reinvention of structure, boundaries and the traditions that you may have grown familiar, and comfortable with. Capricorn is not adverse to change and can manoeuvre the most arduous terrains. The difficulty with the change described in this New Moon is the need to strip down to the bare bones of what is essential to the evolution of the Sea Goat, and experience something that forces maturation. It may not appear immediately obvious, it may also not seem to be such an enormous overhaul, but the full extent of this New Moon’s implications will become more apparent as the light of the moon waxes up to full.

Persephone enjoyed her time in the underworld with Hades and decided that she would spend half the year with him and half the year with her mother. The joy and freedom she experienced when away from her mother kept her coming back for more, tying up with my recent post about Mercury Retrograde and toxic frienships. The early part of 2016 may be a trigger for the shedding of certain toxic relationships, granting the opportunity to grow. More »

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Lunar Beauty Astrological CalendarDespite my best efforts, I recently succumbed to the latest bug that had already claimed so many of my fellow Londoners this winter. A foggy, bunged-up, sniffling wreck, I couldn’t ‘Jedi mind-trick’ my way out of this one. Having felt so grotty over the past week, I decided to book myself a self-indulgent spa-date in January to cheer myself up and to have something to look forward to. Imagine my delight when arriving home later that evening to a delivery of Astrological Lunar Beauty Calendars from Kimberly at Star Sign Style!

Eagerly flicking straight to January, I was particularly excited to find that the date I’d booked my spa visit was the day after the New Moon in Capricorn when Luna herself will sextile Venus – a perfect opportunity for me to recharge my batteries and enjoy some real ‘me’ time! Intuitively I must have chosen January 11th for that exact reason, but it is always nice to see it echoed back from the stars.

Healing is a personal thing, and our individual lunar placement tells us the specific type of care we need to receive, and when it is best for us to receive it. Observing the daily motions of the transiting moon is a useful way to engage in a personal dialogue with your unconscious self and get in tune with your needs and true intentions of the moment.  Luna is a key player when electing the most effective times to undergo health and beauty routines, for example: When is the best time to wax your legs in order to encourage slower regrowth? When to cut your hair to ensure fuller, faster re-growth? Which phase of the moon encourages a safe detox and cleanse? Astrology can also be used to elect the most appropriate times to escape on holiday or to a spa, when a bath will be more effective than a massage, or when going out and letting your hair down is just what the doctor ordered.

Kimberly has worked painstakingly on this classy, loose leaf calendar to bring us optimum dates in 2016 for beautifying and indulging ourselves. With a stunning gold design embossed on the cover, the calendar exudes quality and style. With a couple of info pages for the budding Astrologer to learn about aspects discussed in the calendar and a card to write your own chart details, there is also a space on the calendar to make your own notes, make new moon intentions and observations – perfect for anyone that keeps a new moon wish list each month.

I have a handful of copies to give away for 5 lucky readers! To claim your Lunar Beauty ~ Astrological Calendar, ‘Like’ my Facebook page and fill out the contact form on this page with your full name, time (if you have it), place and date of birth and tell me how you like to relax and recharge. I will draw 5 names on Wednesday 16th December.

These stunning calendars make the perfect gift for Christmas and the New Year and are available from Star Sign StyleEtsy and The Astrology Shop in Covent Garden, for the bargain price of $15 (£10) including p&p.

*Give Away Closed*

 

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A Solar eclipse from Space - Lunar obstruction of the Sun

What a wonderful way to greet the spring equinox!  At 09:35 on 20th March 2015 the new moon at 29°27’ Pisces will also be a Total Solar Eclipse over parts on the UK and Ireland.  Not only is this spectacular celestial event at the final degree of the Zodiac, the moon will be at Perigee, making it a Super Moon (when the moon is its closest point to the Earth) causing the lunar body to appear 14% bigger than when it is at Apogee (furthest point).  This new moon is the beginning of a cycle so anyone with a planet in aspect to the point of the Eclipse at 29° Pisces will be having a subconscious seed sewn into their life experience.

Those celebrating their birthday tomorrow will have their natal Sun in conjunction with the new moon Solar Eclipse.  This will have an impact during the approaching 2¼ years.  It may be that your future seems a little unclear at the moment, but if you track this mutable Lunar Gestation Cycle, you will soon discover that the next 9, 18 and 27 month increments are particularly poignant to you, how you see yourself as an individual and what you envisage for your future.

Those born around the 21st June or the 21st December will be experiencing the New Moon at a 90° angle – or Square – to your natal Sun and so this Eclipse will potentially spark a challenge to force you out of your comfort zone and press forward with ideas and inspiration.  People with birthdays around the 22nd September will be experiencing the New Moon in opposition – 180° away from their natal Sun which will be experience in some way through the way you relate to others.  (The Solar Eclipse will still be picking up on your Sun if you are born up to 1 week either side of these dates and if you have any other planet at these points, they will be affected, too).

Keep your eyes peeled for 9 months time on December 18th 2015, when the transiting moon will be at first quarter in at 26° Pisces.  This is where challenges will present themselves that will really set the wheels of change in motion for the events of 9 months time. From that point when there will be a full moon (Sun-Moon opposition) at 24° Pisces.  This full moon also happens to be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse which will be visible from Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.  It is at this time, the unconscious seed that was sewn at the point of the new moon will be in full bloom and the fruits of this period and all your work toward this point will be out in the open for all to see.

This cycle draws to a close on June 17 2017 at 26° Pisces where this it reaches its last quarter – the winter of its life.  The winds of change will be blowing and new challenges will be revealing themselves in time for you to tie up loose ends, learn from the lessons you have had and deal with the issues that have arisen in preparation for the next Lunar Gestation Cycle.

Regardless of whether this spectacular Super New Moon Eclipse picks up on one of your personal planets, you should create a New Moon Wish List tonight listing up to 14 things – anything you like – that you want to bring in to fruition in the next 2 weeks.  If you keep doing this for every New moon, you can check your progress and observe Lunar Gestation Cycles that pick up on your personal degrees inhabited by planets in your natal chart.
My eclipse glasses

You can read more about how to use the Lunar Gestation Cycles in Dietrech Pessin’s book: Lunar Shadows III: The Predictive Power of Moon Phases and Eclipses

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