Sunday, 1 December 2013


 by Leigh Oswald (London-based Astrologer and Teacher)

This is quite a powerful month in terms of outer planetary activity, which tends to affect us all.  The outer planets (Uranus Neptune and Pluto) are big picture movers and shakers globally, not just personally. It is the last half of the month that this activity is activated. Mars is often a trigger planet to such activity.

As the month moves towards Xmas, a potent cardinal (proactive) T square is formed: Mars opposes Uranus, with both these planets, in turn, square to a conjunction of the Sun, Pluto and Mercury. That is awesomely powerful and not a little uncomfortable and marks a very powerful end of the year and the beginning of a new one in a rather intense and uncomfortable way, even possibly a little explosively, both in our personal lives and geophysically and geopolitically. Basically therefore the last week of the month does not feel quite so serene as maybe one would wish.  Even Jupiter in Cancer is in on the act, creating a grand cross pattern, which suggests a contributing lack of restraint and even an arrogance of action on the world stage. 

Venus moves retrograde on the 21st in Sagittarius. When Venus moves retrograde, this is always a time when one should stop and take stock of one’s value systems, and it also a time when one needs to take stock of one’s affections. Retrograde planets make us reflect on the real meaning of things and review where we have got things wrong. It is also a time when we have to give more than we get back and a time when some soul-searching is necessary. As Venus rules not only love, but also money, it is possible that after the 21st some powerful economic issues/pathologies will manifest that force us all to look again at just what really matters. Venus will remain retrograde from the 21st until January 31st.

Uranus will be moving direct on the 17th having been retrograde since July 17th. When Uranus is direct, there is a feeling that we start to understand and see a speed-up of the necessity for change and it may well bring a sense that the populace may become more obviously united with any grievances that the collective holds; and more forceful in their desire to be heard.

The new Moon falls on the 2nd/3rd at 11°of Sagittarius and the full Moon falls on the 17th at 25° of Gemini. The new Moon always indicates a new start and augurs well for initiating activities, whereas the full Moon represents a closure. We sow on the new and we reap on the full.

Have a good holiday season, despite the not so benign influences at work; and use it as a time of deeper reflection on the bigger picture, as the planets suggest we really should.

ARIES March 21st - April 20th

This is a great month for travel and holidays. Indeed for many of you love life and travel go together, notably if born after April 10th with profounder influence coming after the 21st.

Excellent communications long-distance exist for all between the 5th and 24th and good academic inspiration is in the air too.

After the 5th, all born up to April 3rd have Mars in their solar 2nd house, suggesting that there may be some war drums in the air. People are no pushovers and you will have to be very careful that you get that fine balance between self-assertion and self-surrender with others.

Jupiter tempts all born April 5th to 10th to being a little OTT in behaviour and some moderation is wise. The good times roll but there can be excess and the season may encourage that, particularly on the domestic front, and over-generosity, can be later regretted.

Uranus is finalising his18 month effect on the Sun of those born March 28th to 30th. This every 84 year hit from Uranus has being playing havoc with your life, but has also awakened and enlightened you and kick-started you into a freer future. This journey is over by January and you should have a glimpse now of where it has taken you. You are not in the same place you were prior to June 2012, internally or externally. You are now freer and truer to self.

Pluto by contrast, is still challenging the energy of those born March 30th to April 2nd. This has been a protracted period of power struggles, possibly in terms of your career or professional standings, power struggles that have come from deep within yourself as you struggle to find the independence and transformation you crave, while others have been coercive and controlling which may have attracted the same behaviour in you. This is now a time for great consciousness and to ensure your motive for your own power and independence is wise and good. Avoid those who do not have good motives.

TAURUS April 21ST - May 20th

December is a period for Taureans to be very serious, intense, deep and philosophical about life. It involves a time when you have to contemplate the profounder issues of relationships and in some way give oneself away for others. Excellent communications can be achieved with those close before the 5th if born after May 14th. Finances are high profile after the 5th and before the 24th, and if born up to May 2nd,. After the 24th during Xmas, there is great deal of communication harmony, notably if born up to May 3rd and especially if away from home .

Many of you will also be feeling after the 21st especially, a sense of specialness about close relationships.

Much constructive energy and drive can be put into life before the 5th if born after May 16th as Mars is giving wise energy.

Jupiter is also favouring all born May 6th to 11th. He brings contentment, wisdom and generosity and good will.

There is however an overlap with those born May 7th to 12th who have Saturn opposing their Suns. Some oppression, some reality checks are in the air, but Jupiter is certainly taking the edge off and providing a cavalry effect.

Neptune is finalising his sensitising of the souls of all born April 25-26th, after nearly 2 years of influence. The arts /music /the sea have inspired and your ability to feel others pain has increased, bringing a softer heart and more creative and spiritual inspiration. Ego has diminished.

Pluto is bringing a particular sense of will, courage and insight for all born April 29th to May 3rd. This very rare transit is creating for some time to come, a sense of courage, higher wisdom and a sense of self-regeneration and reinvention in achieving what needs to be achieved, and long-distance issues particularly are empowering, as are metaphysical issues.

GEMINI May 21st - June 20th

This month is a powerful one for all relationship issues, the sign of Sagittarius being dominant, ruling your opposite sign of relationships. Indeed if born any time after June 11th, romance, joy, happiness, harmony and beauty are all very powerfully infused in your life, and after the 21st, your connection with others is deep and compassionate and is reciprocated.

Note that, all born after June 13th should use before the 5th to get things communicated well and effectively.

However, before the 5th if born after June 15th, there will be some disruption on the home front by those who may well be a little less than tolerant, and after the 5th if born up to June 4th, you may well be in predatory mode when it comes to romance.

Those born May 28th to 30th have Uranus finalising his visitation by sextile your Sun. for 18 months he has been encouraging you to grow, experiment, liberate, experience new people and ideas and philosophies, and this is now coming to fruition. Your consciousness is larger and your sense of unique authenticity is now stronger and liberated.

Neptune is bringing confusion or disaffection (probably in career) to a final conclusion now, if born May 23rd to 26th. Clarity appears very early next year. The message of this foggy journey becomes clear then and your heart is now more operative as an influence in your being, and probably for life.

The new Moon on the 2nd./3rd , encourages then those born around June 2nd to feel a sense of a new start re others., whilst if born around June 8th, the full Moon on the17th, may sense that you cannot then ignore a truth within your self, re another  and it will not be silenced.  Confronting this is more constructive than repressing it, provided you have a little self control.

CANCER June 21st - July 21st

Despite the season, you can’t ignore work this month. There’s a need to rationalise life in terms of organisation and structure, and for many of you, love life and profession can merge.

After the 24th if born to July 4th, you have a great ability to harmonise life through brilliant communications with loved ones.

However if born before July 5th you have from the 5th, a sense that others connected to home, family or who you share house space with, may be a little obstructive and you yourself may well have to be wary of being a bull, or shall we say crab, in a china shop.

However Jupiter is still in your sign, bringing his once every 12 year blessings now to all those born July 7th to 13th,This group are helped now in terms of health issues, luck, prosperity, inner or outer growth and a sense of well-being and generosity. But because Saturn is also affecting this same group in a positive way, there is also discipline and self-control thrown into the mix, enough to bring out the best in this combination of these planetary influences..

However if born at the very end of June, Uranus is just coming to the end of a 18-month transit which has been very disruptive particularly re position and career. Uncertainty, desire for change, insecurity and unpredictability have all been in the air. It has been a roller coaster. This, you will be glad to know, is all coming to a close, and hopefully you will now have a glimpse of where the new chapter is taking you. Also, if born July 1st to 4th Pluto is still bringing others into your path who are challenging even coercive and you need to avoid the same behaviour in self. Recognise the dark in others and self and work with consciousness to reach the light on the other side.

Neptune if born June 23rd to 26th is inspiring you spiritually and from long distance sources.. . You are after this 2-year influence, now a more sensitive and spiritually inspired person  

LEO July 22nd - August 22nd

This is an appropriately celebratory month with much emphasis on love life and one’s offspring. Between the 5th and 24th communications with those in a romantic context and with one’s children, can be especially fruitful. Creatively it is also powerful and your unique qualities are to the fore and shining

However, importantly all born after August 13th, have Venus especially inspiring Cupid’s power. Love, affection, generosity and creative harmony are yours and after the 21st this becomes quite profound in its effects when Venus moves retrograde. In fact you may really understand then that there is a very special purposeful meaning to a relationship than you realised, with maybe a karmic connotation.

Some vital attention may well need to be expended on finances before the 5th. However after that date, if born up to August 6th your will and determination is indomitable. Also your intellect is shrewd, fair and effective when communicating. Siblings are positive connections too

However Saturn has his cold hand a little on the shoulders of those born August 9th to 14th. He is demanding his pound of flesh and making you focus on the necessary in life and to do with discipline and patience in terms of what has to be done. It will also remind you that you are not getting any younger and to look after the vessel in which you live.  Family may feel demanding, but they really may have your own welfare in mind.

Uranus is directly affecting those born July 31st to August 2nd, inspiring sudden travel and surprise intellectual insights and philosophical wisdom, and also giving you a yearning for a new freedom and a new authenticity. This has been true for well over a year and is now coming to a close. The time is right to rubber-stamp the enlightened journey.

VIRGO August 23rd - September 21st

Domesticity calls. Issues to do with real estate, family and home are very high on the agenda. If born after September 15th use the first five days to impress with communications and with making good decisions, and then up to the 24th family communications are powerful and meaningful.

After the 24th during the Christmas period, if born up to September 5th the party spirit flows and many of you will be in very self-indulgent mode all month, although after the 21st if born after September 13th there may be a pause for some of the more profound emotions of life.

Mars is in your sign before the 5th suggesting that in those first five days, for all born after September 18th there will be forces to be reckoned with. Your drive, will, ambition and assertiveness will almost be taking you by surprise and be aware that other people are no pushovers at that time, notably in matters relating to financial dealings.

For those born September 8th to 13th there is a special boost from the power of friendships this month. Social life and contacts prove especially valuable and this same group also have a great measured ability to make wise judgements.

If born September 2nd to 5th then Pluto is seriously powerful in relationship to love life, offspring issues and creative power. This is a very constructive time when a sense of transformation, regeneration and destiny is in the air. You have no choice but to take advantage of a new and self-reinventive power in this area of life.

Meanwhile Neptune is finishing his long 2 year haul of opposing the Suns of those born August 25th-28th. Others are elusive, and there is a very gradual dissolving of ties with others Beware others being slightly less that straight with you and also beware of the seductive power of wishful thinking re others.  However enjoy your extra empathy, which others love.

LIBRA September 22nd - October 23rd .

Take advantage of a powerful intellectual talent this month when you can combine heart with head effectively, notably if born after October 14th. There is much joy in the air

Up to the 5th, all born up to October 7th have Mars in your own sign, directly affecting you and implying a powerful will, energy and drive to achieve what you want to achieve, but as usual you can be an iron fist in a velvet glove and achieve without much opposition, although others’ power may well be obvious to you as well.

Those born October 9th to 14th need to be aware that Jupiter is encouraging a lack of moderation. A little bit of arrogance and complacency can be problematic but the good times do roll. Do not be over-confident at work either.

If born October 1st to 3rd be aware that others are creating a lack of security in your life and are behaving unpredictably. You cannot rely on the dependability of others. They are shaking up your life a little, and if you but knew it, it is ultimately for a good reason. Others are often ships in the night now, but exciting ones rather than permanent fixtures.   Uranus is simply bringing you a message that is designed to awaken you to different viewpoints and roads ahead.

Pluto is also creating quite a rare and serious challenge that can be empowering, to all born October 2nd to 5th. There is a desire to struggle against oppression, especially in a domestic environment. The struggle is within your self, but an agent outside yourself can trigger it. Buttons are being pressed tat can make you feel quite volcanic in temper.. Dig deep to discover the roots of this energy, be conscious and recognise that this is a drive to find your own power, and ensure it is for the greater good.

SCORPIO October 24th - November 21st

This is a time to keep an eye on finances, as Yuletide spending can carry you away. Generosity is strong, but keep perspective. There is certainly a strong feel-good factor when it comes to finances, notably if born after November 13th, although your value system may be a little challenged from the 21st., when you need to be aware of the downside of overvaluing money.

Before the 5th if born after November 18th Mars ensures that you are a power to be reckoned with, in a very constructive way when dealing with others and your wisdom is well directed.
After the 5th many of you may find that resentments build up, if sat on, can be poisonous. Do not seethe as it only exacerbates the problem

If born November 8th to 14th, Jupiter is promising exciting travel, if chosen. Long-distance issues provide wisdom and joy. Luck is around you as is benevolence. However this same group have Saturn sitting on their Sun, so Jupiter can acts as a cavalry effect. In fact all born November 9th to 14th are experiencing a strong sense of karma, responsibility, obligation and some reality checks that need to be faced. Some tiredness and a very serious tone in life needs honouring and respecting, also looking after the body and accepting difficult tasks.

Neptune is harmonising with the Suns now of those born October 25th-28th. This long running aspect is nearly over. It has inspired creativity, compassion and lowered the ego concerns and it has also opened up a stronger sense of the spiritual and an awareness of the intangible in life in a positive way.

Your ruler Pluto however is directly affecting those born November 2nd to 5th, empowering this group with forensic insight and communications that really get noted. Do not underestimate your determination and power, which need using wisely.

SAGITTARIUS November 22nd - December 21st

This is your month and with Venus and Mercury in your sign as well as the Sun, this really is a full-on period. Between the 5th and the 24th your communications and intellect are powerful and if born December 12th to 21st love life is very much a priority, although after the 21st you may feel the need for more profundity in that particular emotion.

Before the 5th, if born after December 17th have a care at work where things are not so calm, and you can be irritated and volatile, but after that date, all born up to December 5th have an equilibrium that is impressive when working with others.

If born around November 30th to December 2nd, Uranus is on your side, inspiring and exciting you re romance and children’s issues and this influence is allowing you new freedom, as the future looks more interesting, notably after the 17th,

If born November 24th to 26th, beware that you are still uncertain in your goals and confusion is still very much around. Make no definitive decisions.  Ideals and wishful thinking and projecting onto others what you wish to see, can be a tricky and misleading tendency.  However selflessly helping those who really need help can be a natural instinct when under this influence, but beware lame ducks being totally dependent on you. Don’t be the martyr.

The New moon falls in your sign on the 2nd/3rd, which is directly focusing on those born around December 3/4th.For this group; this period heralds a sense of a really new start in terms of cementing relationships and for initiating exciting new beginnings.  You will be sowing new seeds. If born around December 17th-19th, the Full moon on the 17th, suggests that this will be a time when certain issues with others are ripe for eruption. The unconscious will not be quieted 

CAPRICORN December 22nd - January 19th

Before the 21st the Sun in Sagittarius suggests a time when you may want to hunker down and be a little private and escape the world. A bit of meditation is a positive thing, although before the 5th friends can be very understanding and communicative if born after January 14th.

Between the 5th and 24th communications in private and much private thinking can be progressive and empowering, and after the 24th if born up to January 3rd will be much more high profile with your communication skills and your mind will be sharp and affective.

Many of you will be reviewing much in love life in a very private way and good done for others behind-the-scenes with sensitivity, notably after the 21st, serves you well in  relationships.

Before the 5th all born after January 16th can experience successful long-distance dealings and courage is strong, and after the 5th you will have a certain amount of a sense of responsibility and drive in terms of career and status.

All born January 6th to 11th have Jupiter enhancing relationships, bringing good new people into your life, foreign connections, good news and there is a mutual advantage to be gained in all relationships, and your generosity and openness is strong. This will be combined with a mature sense of obligation, duty and reality.

Uranus, if born December 29th to 31st is creating a few waves. Domestically there is a little bit of unpredictability in the air and it is making you feel a little uneasy. You are restless and others around you are too. Hang loose and go with the flow. This is a time of an awakening and enlightening and a time to depart from outworn circumstances, but not on impulse.

Pluto is powerful now for those born the first two days of January. You are being anointed with fate and there may be endings and new beginnings. An acquaintance with your own potential is in the air.

AQUARIUS January 20th - February 18th

December is an incredibly sociable month for Aquarians, being the sign equating to your solar 11th house. Friends and collective projects play a powerful part, although after the 24th the season will demand a little more privacy. Love life and friendship can merge very successfully, particularly if born after February 9th, and after the 21st it may well be that love takes on a more profound note and when what really matters emerges.

After the 5th, travel may well be in the air for those born up to February 2nd, and at the very least constructive action and intelligent thought can empower your capacity to influence others. You feel on a mission and intelligent energy is constructive and inspiring. Academic pursuits are also favoured. Jupiter is in your solar 6th house now and this is suggestive of work and health being protected. Venus , after the 21st, will help you really find out what matters in friendship.

However if born February 5th to 10th, career and professional issues feel weighty and obligational, and authority figures may be heavy-duty. Saturn is bearing down on you and It is a time for reality checks and to face facts and do what is necessary, even if not easy. What you do now with courage, honesty and humility, can bring real progress in the future. Saturn brings rewards further down the line. No pain no gain.

If born around January 28th to 30th, Uranus your ruling planet is certainly inspiring you to think outside the box and to more strongly personify your innate Uranian maverick, futuristic and innovative side. You want more freedom and adventure and to assert yourself as uniquely you, in a way that gives you an edge of genius and real intuition. The alternative and the new, in terms of study, attract and you can be inspiring.

PISCES February 19th - March 20th

A busy time at work calls and you will be expected to shine. After the 5th communications in that area will be effective and powerful, but from the 24th when Mercury moves into your solar 11th house, party time, fun, leisure and family and happy communications get well underway, notably if born up to March 3rd.

For all born March 11th to 19th, Venus in your solar 10th house suggests that luck and romance can be linked, but beware sycophancy.

After the 21st when Venus moves retrograde, some meditation on the principles of affections and your professional standing will be in order.

If born after March 16th, before the 5th there is a distinct danger of crossing swords with those close to you. Irritation is in the air. After the 5th it is important to put constructive energy into complex financial issues.

Jupiter is on your side if born March 6th to 11th. This group are really in party mood appropriately for the season. It is also rich in romantic possibilities. It is also a time rich in positivity around offspring. However this same group also have Saturn bringing a sense of the serious, a need for a certain amount of austerity and a very grown-up, measured approach to life.

Neptune continues to surround those born February 20th to 23rd, bringing heightened sensitivity to the nth degree. In fact this is a time for celebrating huge creative skill that emanates from a very soulful source. Keep your sense of reality and don’t fall for being drawn towards cults and intense ideological conditioning, as you are potentially gullible.

Pluto for all those born February 28th to March 3rd is bringing a transformative strength, leadership skills and incisive intelligence to bear. This power is a gift.

Friday, 1 November 2013


 By Leigh Oswald (London-based Astrologer and Teacher)

Uranus and Pluto are once again squaring each other as they have been doing on and off since Spring 2011.This is indicative of the current social stresses and strains on our planet that have been growing significantly since the economic crisis of 2007/8. It very much impacts the States and England. With Jupiter in Cancer there is current protection for the USA, but next year things do get tougher.

Mercury moves direct on the 10th, having been retrograde since October 11th, and that would suggest that much that has been put on hold and many frustrations that have been in the air, particularly re economics, will feel more smooth-running and more resolved… although in fact it really is not. Mercury retrograde is a period essentially when things are put on hold to force us to rethink our goals, strategy, values and timing. It is much more than just an annoying frustration and delay. .

Jupiter in Cancer moves retrograde on the 7th, suggesting that value systems may shift and there may well be a more humanitarian sensitivity showing itself on the planet, but no doubt this will be relatively brief or ineffective, so long as we are told we are “in economic recovery,” which is the only goal we apparently are supposed to focus on and care about.

Neptune moves direct on the 13th putting focus on; and accelerating the need to develop more awareness on the importance of nature and its preservation and particularly the health of the oceans. Also Mars being in Virgo all month, which is the sign of purity, may accelerate consciousness of ecological and environmental issues. The divide between the general population, who in their collective unconscious now just know in their waters/gut (Neptune in Pisces) that the ongoing ruthless exploitation of and the destruction of the planet in the name of economic progress is plain wrong and can only lead to our own destruction, are in sharp contrast to the “consciousness” of big multinationals who care only about mega profits (Pluto in Capricorn), with no regard to our collective tomorrows.

All extremes are pathological, whether it be ruthless state controlled communism, or ruthless, big business controlled super capitalism, they are both forms of totalitarianism by a tiny minority, an oligarchy, which destroy democracy. The power of the average individual is increasingly undermined.

When Communism inevitably and rightly fell, the true concept of democratic socialism, or social democracy was tacitly (and conveniently) banished along with it, which gave the total green light to unregulated, globalised, neo capitalism being the only game left to play on the planet (Pluto in Sagittarius). This inevitably, with no holds barred, subsequently led to the abuse of economic power (Pluto in Capricorn) and the crash of 2008. The same forces/habits/, behaviour are still being pursued that led up to the crash, so another one will be repeated… and soon.

The definition of insanity, according to Einstein, is to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

All extremes of ideology have the seeds of their own destruction in built, bit unfortunately the damage they do in the meanwhile, can destroy so much and so many.

Pluto is nothing, if not but tenacious in its clinging onto power; and from Capricorn (establishment economic forces) there is a ruthless intransigence.

Unregulated, unfettered faceless market forces have largely little social or environmental conscience, and yet there is an equal and opposite force within the souls of many, that wish to reclaim the power of the individual to influence social and environmental justice. That is the big issue that the current long standing Uranus in Aries (power of the individual) square to Pluto in Capricorn  (corporate financial power) is reflecting. 

Neptune, so strong in its own home sign of Pisces, is also concomitantly operating on the collective unconscious in one of two ways. Either, for some, it operates as a force for collective escapism (Pisces), through alcohol /drugs/consumerism/partying etc, as a reaction to an overwhelming sense of powerlessness to redress what is wrong, (alongside a self protective denial) while alternatively, it can operate for others, as a spiritual force of deep awareness of our totally skewed value system and the passionate hunger for a revolutionary enlightenment and a shift of fundamental values.

The two frames of mind of course can coexist and alternate within an individual (or group).

We have a solar eclipse on the 3rd at 12° of Scorpio. A solar eclipse can only happen on a new Moon and it is, in traditional astrological understanding, when dark energies are allowed to escape from the Earth and the new can be reborn, which is hopeful.

The full Moon in Taurus on the 17th as with all full Moons indicates an eruption of stresses that need to be expressed, and it falls at 26° of Taurus.

Interestingly both Taurus and Scorpio are signs connected with money, as opposed to the established economic system as such, which is a Capricorn concern.

ARIES March 21st - April 20th

November is a time when you cannot be superficial, when you have to be more profound in your understanding and connect with other people on a deeper level, and if necessary help others, using the power of your resources, psychologically, spiritually or in whichever way, and this is particularly true in terms of communication depth. This will be most effective after the 10th when Mercury moves direct.

Before the 5th many of you may find if born after April 14th that travel and romance go hand in hand and a passion for learning is inspired and your charms enhance your working potential.

If born April 9th to12th, Jupiter is bringing an element of luxury and self-indulgence to enhance life, but moderation may well be needed and don’t be over-confident. Excessive spending on family and domestic issues may be a temptation.

Meanwhile Uranus is sitting fairly and squarely on the Suns of those born March 28th to 31st and Pluto is also directly affecting this same group. This is a massive combination of transits that truly only happens once in a lifetime. Life is a whirlwind of change and the unexpected. You are struggling with your own power, how to deal with it, what to do with it, where to go with it and others are aiding and abetting that struggle. All you know is that change has to come and it is being forced upon you in some way, both internally and externally. This is a necessary journey, although probably not in your script.

You are awakening to new truths, new understandings and realising that you have to be conscious, not impulsive, and accept that a new chapter has to be born, even though you have to go through challenges to get there. A healing and awakening is promised in the future This long haul that is nearly at an end. This journey, though testing, is empowering. You will be a much stronger person as a result, because you have had to face some devils in self and others, and you needed to do so, for your own evolutionary path.

TAURUS April 21ST - May 20th

When the Sun is in your 7th house as it is now, it’s all about other people and their power to influence your life. If born between May 1st and 14th many of you feel that others are at cross-purposes in communications before the 10th, so if you want to get heard, after then is best.

After the 5th when Venus is in Capricorn, all born up to May 13th can experience a combining of love and or creativity with travel. A feeling of well being and affection is in the air.

Also all born April 30th to May 19th have Mars supporting them, bringing an extra desire to live life to the full and you will not take no for an answer. Romantically you are proactive, and creatively and artistically this is a wonderfully energetic and productive time.

If born May 9th to 12th, Jupiter is on your side, bringing wisdom, optimism, positivity and generosity from others. A sense of inner wisdom prevails, which goes beyond academia.

Saturn is still in your opposite sign of Scorpio and is leaning quite hard on those born May 3rd to 9th. Others are oppressive or disappointing, and obligations and duties loom. It’s a time to try and not see the cup as half empty, but work hard to make it half full. You are seeing situations and people clearly beneficially now. Retain self-esteem and do what ‘s necessary.

Pluto is magnificent however if born April 29th to May 2nd. He is bringing a profundity of understanding and power to your elbow and a will to regenerate and long distance influences can be key to this. Intensity of study can lead to real insight.

Neptune is lending a real connection on a telepathic and empathetic level, with friends and leadership abilities are enhanced through psychic sensitivity to others. Pursue artistic urges

The solar eclipse of the 3rd will be felt by those born around the May1st to 3rd, as an event that can correlate with a significant new chapter in personal life, whilst the full Moon of the 17th suggests that if born May 16th –17th   you may need to confront some difficult facts re significant others.

GEMINI May 21st - June 20th

November is a time for focusing on rationalising work, office, organisation, routine and the well-being of colleagues which can be done successfully. It is also a very good time to ensure that your health is as maximised as possible. Saturn also still in your solar 6th house is exhorting you all to be conscious of health issues and to work steadily but consciously to look after the body and maximise its harmony and to be very organised and structured in the work environment. Wherever Saturn is we have an obligation to work hard.

When Mercury moves direct after the 10th you can be particularly successful and constructive in all these areas. Prior to that there can be some confusion and lack of conclusion.

Before the 5th Venus in your solar 7th house augurs well for all those born after June 15th. Love life is stimulated and affections are highlighted.

However Mars is in an uncomfortable angle to your sign in Virgo, directly affecting those born May 30th to June 19th. There seems to be some trouble on the home front. Family and those with whom one shares home space and real estate issues aren’t exactly serene. Your own impatience and irritation is also unhelpful. You are stressed and intolerant and this is catching. Be aware.

For all born May 23rd to 25th there is a feeling that Neptune is maintaining his ability to confuse when it comes to your goals professionally, and others are not necessarily as trustworthy as they seem, or at least there is the potential for misunderstandings. Don’t be too idealistic about what you can expect and keep grounded.

Uranus is currently bring real eureka moments and intuition and also opportunities for experiencing liberating new ideas, people and activities and a sense of new belief in self and your ideological passions, if born May 29th –June 1st.  New friends and contacts can be catalysts.

CANCER June 21st - July 21st

This is a month for creativity, romance and celebration of life, as the Sun passes through your solar 5th house. If born July 1st to 16th you may find that it is after the 10th when you really feel the fulfilment you seek in this area. Before that time communications in romance and with children can be a little complicated.

After the 5th when Venus moves into your opposite sign of Cancer, for all born up to July 15th there is definitely a feeling of the power of love and affection from others enhancing your life, and you are also very much reaching out to others with a reciprocating affection.

Mars is helpful now if born June 30th to July 20th. He is bringing power to your communications. You are ideologically passionate, and intelligent action and thought go hand-in-hand.

Jupiter in your sign is currently really powerfully positive for those born July 11th to 14th. He is bringing a once every 12-year sense of growth (inner or outer), travel, luck, happiness and radiance and optimism. Savour!

Neptune can be a real gift still, if born June 21st to 23rd.  He brings dreams and ideals that can be aspired to and empathy and compassion and a spiritual sensitivity that truly inspire and enhance you relations with life, the planet and others..

Meanwhile, if born June 29th to July 3rd Uranus and Pluto are making their presence felt hugely. This is a turbulent time with change, restlessness and unpredictable events and challenges from others all in the air. This evolution in your life is necessary for whatever reason. Be conscious, mature and try and understand the deeper meaning and accept that any endings of chapters that seem unavoidable are ultimately healing and empowering. .

LEO July 22nd – August` 22nd

Real estate and family and domestic issues are a focus this month and if born August 3rd to 16th, much communication may be necessary on that front, but before the 10th there can be misunderstandings and a definite feeling of dysfunction when it comes to getting heard. After that date, things ease, but delays and confusions may be in the air before.

Use the window before the 5th if born after August 17th for romantic opportunities and creative skill when Venus is compatible.

It is also important and has been for some time for your sign, to ensure that finances are thoroughly examined and practically rationalised, and this month, much energy can successfully be put into that very thing as Mars highlights your financial sector currently.

If born August 5th to 11th, Saturn is giving you a little bit of a test. Domestic issues are tough, family members are harsh schoolteachers; you are feeling tired and if you have avoided certain realities they are crowding in on you now. Work patiently, hard and with discipline to do what is necessary. You will be very glad of the better infrastructure you achieve later.

However if born July 31st to August 3rd, Uranus is very much inspiring you. He is bringing you a desire to take flight, travel to other lands, escape limitation, and make a new innovative start and to think outside the box. Your intuition is pretty sound and your sense of uniqueness needs honouring. Frustrations building for some time can now be released constructively through a new direction forged …and the timing feels just right. Broadening intellectual and metaphysical horizons are all part of the liberating journey Jupiter in your solar 12th house suggests that a very private guardian angel is protective. Reversals are to your advantage and enemies can become friends somehow.

VIRGO August 23rd - September 21st

Your mind is unusually sharp this month, particularly if born September 1st to 22nd but it won’t be until after the 10th when you really feel that your intellect gets heard and understood. It is also possible before the 10th, that communications, computers, vehicles; messages all just somehow let you down.

After the 5th if born up to September 15th, love life, leisure, enjoyment and the arts can all be very full on in your life and a sense of harmony with others is underlined.

Mars is in your sign this month, directly impacting all born September 1st to 20th. This implies an extra assertive energy that you possess and you will not be a shrinking violet and your normal self-effacement will be reduced. Competitive, compassionate drive is yours – handle it wisely and beware over assertiveness or even of rather full on energy from others.

Jupiter is also very much affecting those born September 11th to 14th bringing blessings from friends and from people from other cultures. Your social skills are underlined and generosity from others is significant. Protection is in the air. Romance is enhanced by luck and generosity.

However if you are born September 5th to 11th there is seriousness necessary in life currently. Careful thinking, academic study, grown-up discipline, austerity and integrity are all yours to benefit from.

Finally Neptune is still hanging around the Suns of those born August 25th to 27th. Smoke and mirrors and elements of deception still need to be carefully watched out for. Don’t be martyrs to others; your sensitivity can be taken advantage of. Use it rather than let it use you. Check the small print in all agreements and check others credentials. Get sleep and enjoy the healing power of music, film and being near the sea.

LIBRA September 22nd - October 23rd

Focusing on putting your house in order financially can be very productive. Thinking long and hard about money values and constructing your life with this in mind can be rewarding, but it may be after the 10th when you are able to see more clearly when Mercury moves direct. Before that time, finances could feel slightly confused and the cheque may not be in the post.

After the 5th many of you may feel very inclined to beautify your home, spending time in it and entertaining there, as that is where your heart and aesthetic sense is lying.

Before the 5th, many of you, especially if born after October 18th find yourself expressing yourself to others in a very harmonious way.

However because Mars is in your solar 12th house this month, it is important not to allow yourself to seethe with resentment. Passive aggression serves no one well. This is a time to say what you think and feel, calmly at the right time to the right person.

Be wary if born October 12th to 15th of being over-confident at work or with too high expectations and a general self-indulgence is in the air for this group.

If born October 1st to 4th others are bringing some chaos or unpredictability into your life. You cannot second-guess their actions and they are making you feel insecure, but in fact their purpose is to force you to kick-start yourself into a freer, better future. In the meantime, hang loose, stay flexible. Also, this same group have Pluto on their case and that will also include those born October 4th. Big changes are in the offing, including domestic shifts. Endings of chapters are in sight and just be aware that power struggles need handled with care, calm and wisdom and force you to grow in wisdom. Free your self from shackles with dignity and transform your self. Phoenixes want to rise.

SCORPIO October24th - November 21st

This is your solar return period (birthday) a time to shine, and if born November 2nd to 16th your intellect is sharp. Only after the 10th will the fruits of your mind manifest. Before then, communications are not fully grasped.

Money focus is very strong before the 5th and after that date, many of you will find, especially if born up to November 15th, that your heart joins your mind equalling extra charm.

Mars, your co-ruler benefits you if born November 1st to 20th. He enables intelligent cooperation with others, leadership skills, drive, energy and constructive courageous action..

For those born November 11th to 14th, Jupiter is very much smiling down on you, particularly enhanced travel and brings wisdom to bear and happiness and luck re increased understanding and learning. Long-distance news pleases.

Saturn in your sign, sits now right on the Suns of those born November 5th to 11th. For this group, life is serious and tough and you can no longer avoid some learning and reality checks. Austerity, self-discipline, hard work and maybe some karma need facing. No kicking this can down the road. You are forced to face facts and do what is necessary. Bite the bullet.

However for those born November 1st to 4th, your ruler Pluto is very much supporting you in his rare transit to your Sun. He is bringing a profundity and investigative insight into truths that serve you well, not only in wisdom and action, but also brings will power to achieve things.

Neptune brings ongoing romantic and creative idealism if born October 25th to 27th.

A solar eclipse falls in Scorpio on the 3rd at 11 degrees of Scorpio, affecting those born November 3rd to   5th. This is a time of new starts, new focus and new resolution. The full Moon falls on the 17th and will bring for those born around November17th an insight into some simmering energies at work in relationships that need confronting.

SAGITTARIUS November22nd - December21st

This is a time for some retreat and reflection, and maybe some visitation of the past would be in order. A need to commune with your soul, and communications with others may be rather secretive and private. However after the 10th you can think more clearly and have a little more sense of belonging to the world when Mercury moves direct and so others are beginning to read from the same hymn sheet as you.

Before the 5th all born after December 16th have Venus enhancing their lives. Love, harmony and creative abilities feel strong and after the 5th there is a sense of possibly more financial security.

However if born December 4th to 20th, Mars is creating a few stresses and strains work-wise. Others are irritating or coercive and disagreements are possible. It is important that you are not too assertive yourself, but you will need to stand up for what you believe in.

With Saturn in your 12th house now, many of you may find it hard to ask for help when there are problems. Overcome this feeling.

Meanwhile, those born the first two days of December have Uranus inspiring romantically, creatively and re children’s issues. You really need to think of ways of liberating your energy now in innovative directions, so that it fits more authentically who you are.

If born around November 24th to 26th ensure that you are seeing people clearly and that you are not deceiving yourself, or that others are not weaving some smoke and mirrors around you. Keep grounded; avoid excessive indulgence and addictive behaviour. Check the small print. Neptune is still at work.

CAPRICORN December 22nd - January 19th

Social life and friendships matter a lot this month in terms of support given and enjoyment brought, notably if born between January 1st and 14th, and issues that are pertinent early October get revisited around the 9th and 10th.

Venus moves into your sign on the 5th auguring well for all born up to January 13th. You look good, feel good, you feel the warmth of other peoples’ affections and your aesthetic sensitivities are heightened. Cupid is also in the air and charms accented.

If born between December 31st and January 18th, Mars is also on your side, inspiring philosophical understanding, wisdom, constructive action and energy. It is also good for active travel that has a purpose and which can evoke passion.

Jupiter is very much favouring those born January 9th to 12th now. He is bringing indulgence, expansion and unusual optimism to your door, and other people are very much catalysts for this. Luxury and generosity, on offer from others, is in the air. Beware over expansion and too high expectations

Uranus however is still creating some turmoil in the lives of those born in the last few days of December. The unexpected is in the air and with Pluto also affecting this same group, including those born January 1st; there is a sense of a real change in life and in intensity. This is an evolutionary period of your soul. Endings of chapters and a sense of the new, which maybe slightly scary are all in the air, but destiny is at work. Rise to the occasion and acknowledge the need to claim your power, without abusing it..

Neptune is bringing a delicate flowering of the heart if born December 23rd –25th. Creative gifts flourish and you heart overcomes the power of pure ego and materialism, and won’t be denied.

AQUARIUS January 20th - February 18th

Focus on professional skills is important now and you have to shine even if reluctantly. Communications re work issues and negotiations ideally should take place after the 10th when Mercury smoothes the path. Before that time colleagues or associates just don’t seem too available and progress on career projects can be help up  (for good reasons that maybe invisible to you).

Before the 5th if born after February 13th social life can be pleasing, but after the 5th a little down time, alone time, privacy and behind-the-scenes empathy and compassion serve you well.

Many of you this month may be focusing on complex financial issues. Energy put into rationalising this and paying bills, taxes, sorting out insurances etc. will all serve you well.

If born February 1st to 7th issues can feel a little like climbing uphill – one step forward, two steps back. Anxiety and lack of confidence may surround efforts and thoughts. Look after the body, get sleep and know that what is demanded of you currently is what is necessary and real. The karmic schoolteacher, Saturn, is at work and he really is ultimately a friend in disguise as an uncomfortable despot

However if born the last two days of January, Uranus who is your ruling planet, is inspiring you to a greater need for freedom, authenticity, innovation and lateral thinking, gifts that belong to your sign anyway. There is a bit of a genius streak going on and you should trust your intuition. This once every 42-year transit by your ruling planet can kick-start you through some awakening experience or influence, into a better future where freedom and your uniqueness can be more greatly honoured.

PISCES February19th – March 20th

This is a great month for a trip away or for studying happily. The higher mind is enhanced but after the 10th may be the most successful and glitch-free time for these activities as then Mercury resumes normal motion, i.e. goes direct, and if born March 1st to 14th, your mind is in great shape and communications far afield are in the air.

After the 5th all born up to March 13th have a vibrant social life and friends come up trumps.

However Mars stalking your solar 7th house of relationships indicates that for all born between March 1st and 18th there is a danger that others will be confrontational or at least irritable, so be careful you don’t exacerbate this situation.

Jupiter is truly enhancing, if born March 9th to 12th. Harmony, luck and happiness surrounds creative ventures and romance and fertility is in the air. A sense of protection is around.

For those born March 3rd to 9th, hard constructive work is on the agenda and brings deferred gratification. This is a grown-up period.

Blessed are those born February 28th to March 2nd as Pluto is empowering them in a way that gives them leadership ability, influence over others, intelligent insight and the power of self-reinvention and determination. Exploit!
Neptune, your ruler is currently and rarely going through your sign and is directly affecting, (as he has for a few years) those born around Feb 21st/22nd. For this group there has been and continues to be, an immersion in Pisces archetypal qualities. Positively this truly inspires, both creatively and spiritually and also brings exquisite (almost painful) hypersensitivity to others and even to other dimensions. The danger is self-deception, projection, over idealism and being taken in by smoke and mirrors created by others.  Enjoy music, film, the arts, and exploit your compassion and empathy but avoid excessive escapism and keep it real..

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


 by Leigh Oswald (London-based Astrologer and Teacher)

 Libra is the sign of harmony and peace and therefore in theory that should be a focus on the world stage, but with Mercury in Scorpio all month and retrograde after the 21st intensity, harsh and sometimes quite vicious communications are in the ether, and after the 21st when Mercury is on walkabout, (retrograde) there is a real chance for breakdowns in communications which can have significant ramifications, particularly around the 29th and 30th when Mercury conjuncts Saturn.

 When Mercury is retrograde, although often frustrating with delays and complications, it is an opportunity to rethink goals and strategy and our values and it is a time when we have to realise that our timing is not necessarily as wise as the timing the universe has in mind for us.

Syria is probably a Scorpio country (some claim Aquarius rulership) so further focus on that benighted country is inevitable.

Mars now in Leo gives a rather bellicose feel, with over-confidence and a strutting of large egos on the world stage.

On the 3rd/4th when the Sun opposes Uranus, there is a sense of the left field and eruptions on the planet, when there can be geophysical, geopolitical and economic crisis and in fact it is very possible that there may be news of earthquakes or volcanic eruptions during that period. Uranus when in challenge from the Sun often equates with earthquake activity.

The financial stability of the planet also looks as though it takes a bit of a knock at the very beginning of the month and there is a lot of confusion and smoke and mirrors on the world stage around the 10th when Venus squares Neptune and on the 19th/20th, when Mars opposes Neptune. No one should be trusted, as seeming motive and words spoken can deceive.

Saturn squares Obama’s Sun in the last half of the month; hence he will be fighting his corner in a rather frustrated way. The USA will need to prepare itself for some economic chaos and stress, probably becoming obvious in 2014 and 2015 when both Pluto and Uranus start to challenge the US chart’s Sun in Cancer and Saturn in Libra.

Days of idealism and maybe some spiritual empathy that can manifest are around the 25th/26th when the Sun trines to Neptune and days of potential breakthrough, either technologically or in a humanitarian context are around the 16th/17th when Venus forms a trine with Uranus.

The new Moon this month falls on the 5th at 11° of Libra and the annular lunar eclipse falls on the 18th at 25° of Aries. A lunar eclipse can only fall on a full Moon just as a solar eclipse can only fall on a new Moon. A lunar eclipse tends to bring unexpected eruptions in peoples’ psyche and also collectively. The primitive, the child-like and the knee-jerk response are all underlined, and when in Aries, which is an assertive sign, there is quite a raw and primeval energy attached. Things come to a boil under the full Moon and things that are waiting to erupt do finally do so, and this is especially underlined during an eclipse.

ARIES March 21st - April 20th

This is a month of relationship issues. You find that others are impacting your life strongly, but probably positively. It is also a time when issues of intimacy and deeper more tricky issues re others need to be explored, but get these dealt with before the 21st as afterwards, complex financial and sensitive issues between yourself and others can fall foul off difficult communication or misunderstanding. Communicate in person rather than by text or email. .

After the 7th, all born up till April 16th have Venus encouraging romance and creative skills being enjoyed far a field.

Before the 15th Mars in Leo is very empowering of those born after April 10th. He brings sexual charisma and courage and drive where romantic interests are concerned, but also great energy when it comes to creative feats. You feel rather invincible, pioneering and courageous.

If born April 6th to 11th a sense of self-indulgence is around. Good times roll and money flows maybe too freely. Jupiter invites OTT times (but enjoyable).

Meanwhile Uranus remains, since last April, a powerful, rare influence on those born March 29th to April 1st. It is changing and liberating, but making you restless, on the edge of your seat with a passion for freedom and change. This evolves in its own way, but meanwhile don’t be over-impulsive. Hang loose. Notably the 3rd and 4th are days to stay calm. Handle wisely.

For those born 29th –31st March, you feel a volcanic need to take control of your life and free yourself from manipulation. Power struggles ensue within and without and the need to look deep into the origins of these feelings and situations is important. Endings of certain chapters are in the air, which if handled wisely and consciously are empowering in the long term. Pluto is at work (every aprox. 124 years).

Meanwhile the eclipse on the 18th may bring for those born April15th –17th a sense of an eruptive confrontation with unconscious forces that need acknowledged, if uncomfortable.

TAURUS April 21ST - May 20th

A good time for focusing on a good health regime, diet and exercise etc, but also the power or relationships will not pass you by.

Before the 7th for all born after May 12th the power of romance and affections will reverberate in your life and kindness from others will not go amiss.

However after the 21st all born up to May 9th need to be very aware that communications made to significant others in any context can go a little belly-up, particularly re finances or indeed emotional issues, so try and use before the 21st for rubber-stamping deals.

Mars stresses your sign before the 15th, so warns all born after May 11th to tread carefully on the home front. Stubbornness and anger bubbles up. Clashes of will are in the air.

However after the 15th if born up to May 1st, dynamic, creative and romantic energy surfaces.

Jupiter is useful now for those born May 8th to 12th. He brings wisdom, intelligent communications and opportunities that can be grabbed for growth. Travel is also positively experienced in an educational and fulfilling way and your wisdom shines.

However Saturn still in your opposite sign is now opposing the energies of those born May 1st to 5th. Others are obstructive, difficult, demanding and only you can decide whether the demands are justified and worthwhile. It is also important not to allow oppression. Look after the body too. Hard work and self-discipline is needed now, in order to better secure yourself.

Pluto is very positive now for those born around the last day of April. He is bringing inspiration and a sense of destiny connected with long-distance issues and higher mind.  Your insight, depth and desire to focus strongly in order to empower yourself in whatever matters to you is strong and ultimately transformational. You have courage and influence now. Use it wisely.

Neptune is subtly but lovingly bringing extra emotional response to beauty and to others if born April 22-25th. This gentleness and empathy and extra spiritual sensitivity serve you well.

GEMINI May 21st - June 20th

This is a month for creative enjoyment and celebration of life. It is sociable, can be very romantic and the creative font bubbles. Before the 7th romance and work may combine, but after the 21st many colleagues will not be reading from the same hymn book as you, which can frustrate, so ensure that vital professional communications are finalised before the 21st.

After the 7th Venus moves to your solar 7th house, and all born up to June 18th will feel the call of romance and others will be affectionate and you reciprocate. Charms exude everywhere

Before the 15th with Mars in Leo your normal intellectual expertise and eclectic communications are seriously enhanced if born after June 11th. You will be assertive in your beliefs and your thinking and will deliver effectively.

However all May born Geminis may find that in the last 2 weeks family members and domestic issues may not run too smoothly and obstructive forces are in the air. You must try and be aware of not being a bull (or twins) in a china shop.

Jupiter is currently subtly protecting finances, even if work does feel a little like an uphill struggle currently.

Uranus is enhancing of the energies now of those born May 28th to June 1st. He is bringing an extra desire to be humanitarian, slightly maverick or even revolutionary in goals, which you pursue with others. Friends and people you meet are catalysts for awakening and enlightening now and bring new consciousness. You want change; intelligent innovation in life and you can be a catalyst for this for self and others.

Finally for those born May 23rd-26th, you still have Neptune on your case.. You must finally acknowledge the power of your heart and soul which now needs honouring as much as your pure rationality. Your work needs to reflect this.. Confusions and deceptions are in the air Remember, lies walk on only one leg; even the ones you tell yourself.

CANCER June 21st - July 21st

October is a time for nesting and enjoying home and family, and domestic issues are often quite celebratory. Before the 7th all born after July 14th have got Venus very much on their side and aesthetic abilities and romantic interests dominate.

However after the 21st if born up to July 12th there is a danger of definite miscommunications in a romantic or creative context. People turning up in the wrong place at the wrong time could ruin dates, and also communications with offspring can get skewed through lack of clarity. After the 21st it is all systems go for a very satisfying harmony re communications.

Much energy may be invested by many of you and successfully, so in financial security issues before the 15th.

Jupiter in your sign still is now very welcome for those born July 10th to 14th. He is sitting right on your Sun bringing real bonuses of bounty, optimism, luck, internal or external growth and a potential for great travel. He is also optimising health and work opportunities.

Even Saturn is working well for those born July 1st to 6th by affording a measured, sensible, mature attitude in relationships and creative issues, which assure later success.

Uranus is a little troublesome if born in the first two days of July, as is Pluto still. All is still in flux and as I constantly say, hang loose, go with the flow and don’t try and control too much. This is a long journey that will ultimately lead to a new, more liberated life, even if some power struggles have to be endured to get there, but be humble, contained, dignified and draw boundaries. Detach!

Neptune meanwhile is bringing dreams of escape to the sea, or a spiritual longing of some sort at the least he is bringing the gift of true empathy and compassion and the power of your heart knows no bounds. Music/film is a healing gift for you now. This is true for the next 6 months.

LEO July 22nd - August 22nd

Leos need to use this month if they can, to effectively clear up any misunderstandings and to sell their case by excellent clear communication, which may have to be focused on to avoid muisunderstanding. But importantly, in terms of family and domestic and real estate issues, progress is definitely going to be much more likely if pursued before the 21st. There is a great risk of miscommunication, failure of appreciation of detail, poor connections with others and even of total breakdown in relationship discourse after the 21st. This is temporary and can be ameliorated from November 10th

However before the 7th if born after August 15th, there can be some happy family connection, but beware of over-spending domestically or indeed over-indulgence generally. After the 7th, Venus in Sagittarius can expand romantic and creative drives happily, for all born up to August 19th. It can also bring some harmony and happiness notably re offspring.

Before the 15th all born after August 13th have Mars in their sign which gives them drive, assertiveness, physical, spiritual and psychological energy, but stubbornness and excessive pride can be counter-productive.

Saturn is a little troublesome now if born August 2nd to 6th; especially re family members who may be presenting you with some home truths and you have to face some logistical and practical challenges re real estate/home/family issues. You can’t kick this particular can down the road now. This is a time to face some personal Karma too, in some way.

Uranus still, and for the long haul, is in compatible to you Aries. Currently he is positively targeting those born August 1st-4th. . This influence remains till March next year and is a rare event. The purpose of Uranus is to awaken you to the new and the innovative and to liberate you from the old and outworn, both in terms of inner fears and outer circumstances. These circumstances may emanate from new thinking that is very much more outside your usual box and also from long distance sources. Intuition and super conscious awareness is being awakened. New awareness intellectually, spiritually and geographically are calling.

VIRGO August 23rd - September 21st

This is a time for enhancing personal security, notably around the 25th and 26th and late month, but do beware around the 3rd and 4th when others are unpredictable around money.

Before the 21st Mercury will be very effective for all born up to September 12th in terms of ease of communication, wisdom and in getting really heard. However after the 21st things get a little bit chaotic. Transport and technology may let you down, so double check.

Before the 7th all born after September 14th have the power of charm and the power of love on their side when with others. After the 7th much energy can be put into enhancing aesthetically your domestic environment, notably if born up to September 18th.

Before the 15th Mars in your solar 12th house is a warning to all of you to be aware of not repressing anger and not holding resentment. If you do, it will cause eruptions later. It is important to get any frustrations out calmly at right time, right place, and right person.

After the 15th Mars in your own sign, is a good period for all born up to September 3rd for ambition, drive and constructive energy used, and you will not be as self-effacing as usual

Jupiter provides a useful energy for intelligently betterment now if born September 10th to 14th. Friends can be helpful and vice versa, and networking prove fruitful. Benevolence is around.

Pluto continues to empower those born 1st to 3rd September, especially creatively and romantically, and Saturn is helping all born round 2nd to 7th to be grounded and mature in response to life. It is necessary.

Neptune is still haunting those born August 26th to 28th. He still bring confusion and smoke and mirrors around relationship issues. You are not necessarily seeing clearly but through rose-coloured spectacles, and there is a danger of other people misrepresenting themselves in some context, consciously or unconsciously. Check facts, small print and get others’ opinion, but for those involved in the creative world, it can be truly inspiring.

LIBRA September 22nd - October 23rd

This is your solar return month so it is a time in theory when one can take the stage a little. However strong planetary focus also on Scorpio this month, suggests that it is also a time when many of you will be working productively on financial security and reassessing value systems. Before the 21st is the best time to sort out financial conundrums and to organise them wisely, as after the 21st that cheque will not be in the post and there can be all sorts of smoke and mirrors re cash. However before the 7th Venus in Scorpio suggests money luck .

After the 7th all born up to October 20th have extra emotional wisdom connected to their communications with other people. It is also very positive for dealings with siblings.

Mars is very compatible now with all born after October 14th.  He brings good social functioning and effectiveness in every context. He also makes you pioneering and zealous in working hard for what you are passionate about. Intelligent energy is yours to use effectively.

Uranus however is creating some disruption still in the lives of those born around October 2nd to 5th, which may emanate from other people’s restlessness. They are catalysts for changing your life, even though it is uncomfortable, but you are being drawn to people from very different backgrounds and with different interests to what you have had before. They are all opening your eyes. Just know that whatever Uranus is bringing, even if disorienting, is ultimately a kick-start into a better future. This will be particularly strong around the 3rd and 4th.

Pluto meanwhile is challenging this same group to see that a certainty in life is change and is part of your life right now. You have to deal with a very profound understanding of needs and powers that you want to access within and this can cause some power struggles externally, reflecting some struggles internally. The new Moon falls on the 5th directly affects those born October 4th-6th. Initiate the new then, whereas if born October 18th-20th, on the eclipse of the 18th, there may well be some event that makes you wake up and smell the coffee.

SCORPIO October 24th – November 21st

When the Sun is in your solar 12th house as it is in October, it is a time for a bit of retreat, a communing with self, and a review perhaps of your past and even a reconnection with it.

Mercury is powerful in your sign all month and is most affecting those born up to November 12th. However Mercury’s move into retrograde motion on the 21st suggests that you should ensure that you can effectively get your communications clearly understood before then, as later there can be communication breakdown. Phone, Internet, mail, can cause problems

Venus in your sign up till the 7th brings increased magnetism for all born after November 14th. You are like a flame to a moth then, when it comes to romance, and affections are enhanced.

However Mars is squaring the Suns of this same group before the 15th, which suggests that you will also simultaneously have some war-like potential because of intransigence of stance, possibly in career and anger and frustration can be in the air. Someone has to compromise.

After the 15th if born up to November 3rd, your leadership skills and ability to coordinate others with intelligence is enhanced.

Blessed are those born November 10th to 14th as Jupiter is really encouraging travel and bringing great wisdom in consciousness. Protection and growth is around.

However Saturn, still in your sign of course, is now fixating on those born November 2nd to 7th. For this group it is important to look after the health and not take it for granted. It is a time of blocks and restrictions, but essentially hard, self-disciplined, austere work and patience is required. Reality checks abound, but have the humility to embrace them. Pluto, your ruler is still empowering those born November 1st –3rd, excellent insight is yours and the powers of your intelligent will to reinvent self is significant.

 Also Neptune is creating much extra emotional response from those born October 25th –28th. Idealism in romance and creative genius abounds.

SAGITTARIUS November 22nd - December 21st

 This can be a very sociable period for many of you and when you can really take part in collective goals successfully. After the 21st, as Mercury is in your solar 12th house, many of you will be feeling a little disorientated and alienated from others, and certainly it is important before the 21st to get important messages rubber stamped to clarify all information and not isolate yourself too much. After the 21st you may also feel a little more sociable.

After the 7th when Venus enters your sign, all born up to December 18th have a very romantic input and you are looking good, feeling good and your sociability grows. Extra charisma draws people to you and your charms enhance working life.

Before the 15th, Mars in Leo, a compatible fire sign to your own, is bringing greater drive, energy and confidence to all born after December 12th, particularly re long-distance projects, communications and in intellectual strength.

Uranus is undoubtedly still activating in a very positive way the energies of those born December 1st to 4th. You are eager for change, excitement, adventure, and innovation and for leaping into a new future, particularly creatively. Issues around the arts, sociability and offspring are likely to have an element of surprise and is liberating in some way. The maverick in you is strong but positively expressed. Intuition should not be ignored either. You are being more confident in the authentic you and being liberated from old fears.

Neptune however remains a smoke and mirror-bringing planet now if born November 24th –27th. Uncertainties, idealism, confusion and potential self deception is in the air..Make no definitive decisions till at least early next year, when the fog clears a bit This is also a time when you are vulnerable to seeing others as you want to see them, not necessarily clearly, as they are. Escapism and excessive self-indulgence will not help.