Jupiter trine Neptune: Beyond beyondness…

The final episode in my mini-series of key planetary aspects for 2017…

Oh, I’m looking forward to this one. I’m looking forward to when Jupiter moves into Scorpio, but when Jupiter hooks up with Neptune? Both my chart rulers talking the same language? Oh yes, that’s what dreams are made of.

The thing I like best about this aspect is the idea of selfless generosity and inclusivity attached to it – the concept that there is room for everyone. I’m not just talking about people, races, cultures, colours, religion, love. I’m also talking about ideas and voices. Who’s to say that there’s not room for us all? There’s magic in this one.

Anyways, let’s break it down:

  • Jupiter is about faith, expansion, trust, abundance. Jupiter wants you to be “bigger” than you are – to expand past your existing boundaries.
  • Neptune is about the dissolution of boundaries, beyondness, selflessness, idealism, illusion, dreams. Neptune wants to dissolve the ego to lift you to something higher.
  • Trines are about ease and flow. Whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily. Obstacles will be removed. This doesn’t mean that it will be good or painless, just that whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily!

Ok, so putting it all together, what does it mean?

This is probably the most likely aspect to promote feelings of humanitarianism, spirituality, and sharing of any aspect we’ll see this year. It’s hopeful, it’s idealistic, and it’s inspiring in the true sense of the word.

The Timing?

This aspect will be exact on December 3, 2017 at 11 Scorpio/Pisces.

Who is impacted?

While Jupiter trine Neptune will form part of the astro weather forecast for all of us in that first week or so of December, the people most impacted will be:

  • Anyone whose Ascendant or Sun is ruled by Jupiter or Neptune – that means Pisces, or Sagittarius. More specifically:
  • Anyone with planets (especially personal planets) or chart points at between 9-13 Pisces, Scorpio or Cancer.

Not sure if this is you?

Duck back and check out the toolkit I published the other day for all the links you need.

The advice?

If there are any dangers associated with this aspect, they’re around trusting the wrong people, and a tendency to idealise a situation. As for personal goals and ambitions? Yeah, not the best aspect for that either, but you know what? This is all happening in December – there’ll be plenty of time for that sort of thing when 2018 comes around.

Next time: This concludes my mini-series on 2017 aspects. I could keep going and look at Jupiter into Scorpio and Saturn into Capricorn, and…but this will keep us going for now!

Don’t forget, if you want to stay on top of your daily forecasts, you can pick up a copy of the astro diary that I collaborated on, or you can bag yourself a copy of Sally Kirkman’s 2017 Horoscope

Something about accountability…

Saturday January 7, 2017

Moon into Taurus

Sun conjunct Pluto

I’ve always worked hard to be accountable to others, but haven’t worried so much about letting myself down. It’s the main reason I think that my track record on the personal goal front isn’t great. It’s a self-respect thing.

Anyways, accountability is also the theme of today’s Sun-Pluto conjunction. It’s also a timely reminder for the whole resolution and goal-setting fiesta that we do at this time of the year.

The thing is, when it comes to resolutions and personal goals, the only person who can set and create my outcomes is me. There’s no one above me setting my goals, there’s no one above me setting deadlines, there’s no one above me patting my head if I’ve been a good girl or threatening my job if I haven’t. It’s all mine. I own it. I own the goals, I own the outcomes. That’s accountability.

It’s not, however, control.

And that’s the fine line that we always must discuss when it comes to matters involving Pluto. Power and control.

You see, we have this temptation to take control, to force action, to accept situations that allow us to feel that we have some sort of power.

The concept that we are not in control, that we alone are not all powerful is a difficult one for the ego to accept. It’s why so many of us want to know the future- as if that will give us some control or power over it.

What can we do?

We can walk our talk, we can be accountable for our actions, we can act with integrity, and we can celebrate our achievements without waiting for someone else to provide the dancing girls and hallelujah chorus.

If you haven’t done so already, set your New Year intentions. Make them achievable, actionable, and schedule them in your calendar. Above all, make yourself accountable for both your actions and your results…while being fully aware that this is in no way about power and control. Instead, it’s about self-respect and personal integrity…and that, surely, is a goal worth aspiring to.

Saturn trine Uranus: Working towards sustainable change

Continuing my mini-series of key planetary aspects for 2017…

The problem with change is it can be disruptive and chaotic. All too often we wait until it’s absolutely too late and things are tough and we’re in pain before we do some tweaking. The result is then reactive and often catastrophic – when it absolutely doesn’t need to be.

The thing is, there’s a heap of changes – revolutionary changes, evolutionary changes – that you can make without having to break something that’s working ok. It’s fine to make changes from within your – or to your – existing structures.

Let’s break it down:

  • Saturn is about reality, commitment, boundaries, discipline, structures, protective barriers. Saturn is the teacher that wants you to mature and become wiser, and well prepared for when Jupiter opportunities come your way.
  • Uranus is about sudden changes, the future, restlessness, individuality. Uranus wants you to be exactly who you are meant to be and not who you think you should be – or who other people happen to think that you should be.
  • Trines are about ease and flow. Whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily. Obstacles will be removed. This doesn’t mean that it will be good or painless, just that whatever is going to happen will happen quickly and relatively easily! Sounds good?

Ok, so putting it all together, what does it mean?

Saturn is about old, well-worn and dependable ways of doing things, and Uranus is future-focused and innovative. Normally these two concepts contradict each other – which is, of course, where trouble lies. Under the trine, however, the energies are balanced.

The same concept applies to the energy of each. Saturn tends to slow down energy, or constrict it, where Uranus is about short bursts of intense and spontaneous or unplanned activity. The trine balances this out too – meaning that disciplined focus and bursts of inspiration can coexist.

Whatever you do during this period, it should be working towards some type of long term and sustainable change.

The Timing?

This aspect was exact on Christmas Day. It will be again on 19/5/17 and 11/11/17.

Who is impacted?

While Saturn trine Uranus will form part of the astro weather forecast for all of us during May and November, the people most impacted will be:

  • Anyone whose Ascendant or Sun is ruled by Saturn or Uranus – that means Capricorn or Aquarius. More specifically:
  • In May: Saturn trine Uranus will be exact at 26 Sagittarius/Aries. Anyone with planets (especially personal planets) or chart points at between 24-28 Aries, Sagittarius, Leo will be able to reap the benefits.
  • In November: Saturn trine Uranus will be exact at 25 Sagittarius/Aries. Anyone with planets (especially personal planets) or chart points at between 23-27 Aries, Sagittarius, Leo will be able to reap the benefits..

Not sure if this is you?

Duck back and check out the toolkit I published the other day for all the links you need.

The advice?

The problem with a trine is when nothing happens and the energy is wasted. That can be fine with other planets, but when Saturn suggests that you should be doing something, it’s not really a suggestion, ok?

During times of relative stability it can be all too easy to settle into business as usual. The thing is, this aspect is asking you to make some changes, and to ignore that request is to leave yourself open to a tougher time when Saturn next makes a difficult aspect. Tweak what should be tweaked now. If you delay or put it off until it has to be tweaked, it won’t happen nearly as easily. Just saying.

Tomorrow: Jupiter sextile Saturn

Don’t forget, if you want to stay on top of your daily forecasts, you can pick up a copy of the astro diary that I collaborated on, or you can bag yourself a copy of Sally Kirkman’s 2017 Horoscope

Venus Retrograde- a survival guide…

Continuing my mini-series of key planetary aspects for 2017…

Venus turns retrograde every 2½ years. 2017 happens to be one of those years.

Venus is about love and relationships, but she’s also about pleasure – and the things that bring you pleasure. For this reason, she’s also about money and beauty. If you want to know more about Venus, check out this post in the Toolbox.

Where Venus is in your chart tells you a lot about your style – including your relationship style. Do you fall for the same type every time? Do you believe and believe and believe again until you can believe no more? Is the way you feel about yourself tied up in the way you relate to others? Do you have a “Mr Big” that you rush to repeat past mistakes with the minute you get that text?

Perhaps your relationships fail at the same point every time. Be honest, is this something that you are doing unconsciously? Perhaps as he pulls closer you pull away ever so slightly, but enough for him to think you are no longer interested.

Maybe the fear of having your heart broken again simply scares the crap out of you, so it is easier to run or find a reason to leave or an argument to provoke before that happens. Maybe you so desperately need to belong that you hold on tighter and tighter and tighter until he can no longer breathe…

During any retrograde, we go inward for a time to process what that particular planet has to teach us. In the case of Venus, this is largely around money, relationships, trust and self-esteem issues- and our patterns, perceptions and habits in relation to these issues.

Things that you do around Venus themes Every Single Time will come up in one way or another when Venus is retrograde. They may not be relationship patterns, but perhaps patterns in the way you treat yourself, spend your money, or trust others. But they will come up.

Don’t be surprised if old relationships come back to haunt you during this period. You may physically bump into an ex or simply find yourself dreaming of and thinking of them. Let yourself go with that. What could have beens are normal and any meeting at this time just may be an opportunity for closure or clarity.

Venus retrograde, despite what you might have heard, doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Given that Venus is retrograde for about 6 weeks every couple of years, you’ve already survived a number of them in your lifetime. Anyways, here is my survival guide:

  • When buying, beware. Just as you’d check a contract during a Mercury period, do the same under a Venus retrograde. Venus is about your personal resources, so be careful not to sign yours away or commit your resources (and that includes those you can’t put a figure on) above that which you can afford.
  • Which brings me to the 2nd point: when buying, beware of over-commitment. This is not the time to be increasing your credit card. It is, however, a great time to review your personal spending.
  • When reviewing personal spending and credit contracts be realistic about your lifestyle needs and habits. Don’t think you’ll be happy to watch the paint dry and reality TV every night for the next 2 years so that you can buy that designer gear when you know damn well that to do so would be the end of life as you know it.
  • Before tearing off on a shopping spree, review your wardrobe requirements, realistically. Don’t buy that great dress that is still hideously expensive at 50% off if it doesn’t fit you right now (trust me on this one) even if you think it will look great when you have lost those last 15kgs. Your credit card will love you for it.
  • Venus retrograde is not a great time for cosmetic surgery- that’s all I’m going to say on that one! In fact, it’s not a great time to make any wholesale changes to your hair-style or colour either. Normal maintenance is absolutely ok.
  • Perhaps your Venus lesson is around your personal style. Maybe you have outgrown yours? Now could be the time to research what colours and shapes make you body and heart sing. If you really have no idea (and lets face it, many of us don’t), check out your local shopping centre or directory for shopper help or personal stylists- they aren’t just for celebrities and can save you a fortune in bad decisions. Just don’t buy up big until after the RX.
  • While you’re at it, why not clean out your wardrobe, your drawers, and donate, throw or recycle anything that is no longer fit for purpose. Get your sewing box out and put those buttons back on and fix the hems that have fallen down. Staples holding up the hem in your skirt are not a good look. I know.
  • A Venus retrograde period is not the time to start a new relationship- although if it does happen (as these things do) read the tips below. Nor is it necessarily the time to finish one. It is a great time to review the relationship you have and how that relationship makes you feel about yourself. How you feel during the retrograde may be very different to how you feel afterwards… Before jumping in and calling the whole thing off, step back and wait for the dust to settle once Venus is direct again.
  • This is a great time to renegotiate existing commitments or issues in existing relationships. And that’s a good thing.
  • Existing relationships may be tested, so apply the filter in need to avoid any miscommunication.
  • If a relationship is started when Venus is retrograde, it may have similar qualities to the natal Venus retrograde position – feelings and emotions may be felt, but may not be expressed easily. The relationship may feel insecure or misunderstood. It doesn’t mean it’s doomed, just that it could take longer to get going.
  • As for new relationships? Think like you would during Mercury retrograde – don’t rush in to commit yourself until you have been through all the fine print. This person may have come into your life in order to help you go within, maybe show you a new way to resolve an old problem…and could show you a whole lot of new and inventive ways of doing it! Enjoy it for what it is and what it brings you, just take care not to wind happy ever afters forever and ever into the story.
  • Don’t be surprised if a relationship that was hot hot hot goes off the boil slightly during the Rx period.

What else?

Venus themes intensify around the station. I read something somewhere (and apologies, but I can’t remember all the details, but it sounds pretty right) that if you fall in love at the station direct, it will be a pretty deep, meaningful and intense relationship. Magical almost. Apparently this time is ripe for coupe de foudre: love at first sight, a bolt of lightening. Just be sure that it’s worth it, and worthy of you…

The dates…

4/3/17 stations retrograde 13 Aries 9′

14/4/17 stations direct 26 Pisces 57′



Ruler: The Moon

Exalted: Jupiter

Detriment: Saturn

Fall: Mars

Polarity: Feminine/ Negative

Modality: Cardinal

Element: Water

Body Parts: Stomach, breasts, gall bladder, uterus- any of the containers or hollow organs in the body.

For the last few years, I’ve used my Nan as an example for my Cancer Sun posts.

Nan hasn’t been here for three years now. I still miss her. We all miss her. I wrote about it here and here.

Nan wasn’t your typical Cancer- well, not as far as the textbooks go, anyway…

Apparently typical Cancer’s don’t party hard, don’t wear silver lame and heels into their 90s and tend not to survive on diets of cigarettes and aspirin powders (you are never so old that you should stop dieting, Darling….)…although she did give up the ciggies in her late 80s- when she found out that they can kill you.

Typical Cancers are supposed to be moody, gloomy and grumpy.

Typical Cancers are supposed to be insecure, depressive, fearful, over protective, clinging and paranoid. I’ll stop there…you get the idea.

Not as fearless or dramatic as the Fire signs, not as social as the Air signs or as practical as Earth, and not as sorry and dreamy as Pisces or as dark and sexy as Scorpio, Cancer generally gets a bad rap.

But when I remember my Nan, I remember the quintessential Cancer.

The Mother who would do whatever it takes to ensure her children were fed, clothed, housed and safe. The Grandmother whose house is stuffed full of photos, trinkets and memories- all surfaces, all spare pieces of wall. The party animal, whose day would be made complete because everybody in the room is dear to her.

Nan would stand up to anybody who dared criticise any of her (beautiful) family- regardless of whether you were born into it or married into it.

Cancer is associated with the archetype of the Mother- and there is no doubt that Cancer has an innate ability to provide compassion, emotional and physical security and nutrition for their family- but this amazing talent to nurture and protect is extended beyond kids and family to whatever is important.

Not everyone with a Cancer Sun (or Moon) necessarily wants or has a family- many Cancer Suns are not even close to their family- but they all need something to look after and grow to be the best it can be. The “baby” may be a business venture, a job, a pet, a project or a partner.

It is often the case, however, that Cancer forgets to look after herself.  Cancer will provide a meal for others and go hungry if extra guests arrive. Cancer will bake up a storm, even if she is on a diet. Cancer will ensure her children are well clothed, even if it means she has to go without. Cancer will work extra jobs to pay for the best possible education for her children- to ensure her kids get a better start than she may have had.

Cancer nurtures the body and the soul, Cancer does more with less and Cancer will fight tenaciously when her “baby” is threatened. Only after everyone else is cared for and the job is complete, will Cancer consider her own needs.

The Moon rules Cancer. Not only is this responsible for their celebrated moodiness, but it also is why Cancer is one of the most sensitive and emotionally intuitive signs in the zodiac- If my Cancer friends tell me they feel something or someone is not right, I will trust them… implicitly. They feel it, therefore they know it.

Despite their pragmatic appearances, underneath the hard and mistrusting outer shell of every Crab is the soft underbelly of Cancer. Cancer might seem to be all business as usual and for your own good-ish, but underneath she cares deeply. If you care just as deeply, you’ll see that.

Where is Cancer in your chart? This is the area of life you will feel most ready to grow and nurture. It may also be an area that you feel is threatened and need to protect.

Feed it, clothe it, nurture it, educate it and send it out into the world in full awareness that when the bad stuff hits, your creation knows it can come back home for a meal and some compassion.

Happy Birthday Nan, we miss you.

Where is Cancer in your chart?

Houses 1-6

Houses 7-12

The Real Thing


Saturn retrograde until 2/8/15

It is often said that planets become more emphasised when they are retrograde ie appear to be going backwards from the perspective of us here on Earth. Personally, I find that simply terrifying when it comes to Saturn- although many of you won’t share that fear.

The reason their action is emphasised is because it is internalised. We therefore feel it more. And if you have planets or chart points at 4 Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces or Virgo- you will feel this one even more as Saturn has stationed retrograde at 4 Sagittarius for what has seemed like forever, but in reality has only been 3 weeks. His energy focused on this point for longer than usual…and Saturn never does anything by chance.

So, what can we expect from a Saturn retrograde? Well, more Saturn stuff of course, but with the prefix “re” inserted in front of the word eg re-structure, re-commit, re-focus, re-calibrate, re-trench.

Saturn rules the supports, structures, rules and responsibilities in our life. In theory, Saturn is the fun cop who says “no, it is time you went home young lady,” when every part of you is crying out to say yes. When Saturn is retrograde, he is sending you back to your room to think very carefully about what you are doing, goals you have started working towards and the commitments you have made. It is sort of like a planetary cooling off period when it is OK to re-assess and change direction or re-assess and say “no”. This is not the time to make new commitments or start new projects, but great to sort out just what you want out of existing goals. Re-prioritise.

Saturn retrogrades give you time to sort your shit out, get rid of any frustrations and re-think the viability of any promises you have already made. It’s a little like having a building inspector come through and checks your foundations and support structures. Yep, I’ve been watching a lot of The Block on tv lately.

The area of life Saturn is retrograde in is emphasised and needs defining. If it is the 7th, relationships will need to be defined. If it’s the 1st, you will be wanting to define yourself- this is generally a nice skinny transit- if Saturn transits can ever be described as being nice, that is. If it is the 2nd, money issues and values will come to the forefront. With Saturn in Sagittarius in 2014, issues of faith and boundaries will be looked at intensely. Saturn will demand that you look with maturity at this part of your life.

Regardless of where this is happening in your chart, Saturn, with a natural association with the 10th house and the ruler of Capricorn, will see most of us trying to define, or re-define career goals.

The structures that are built during a Saturn retrograde will stand you in good stead once he starts to move forward again.

Check out what is in your chart on or around 4 Sagittarius and 28 Scorpio- this is your area of focus. This is 9th house for me so my focus is around faith, experience, travel (both physical and metaphorical), viewpoints, learning. During this retrograde, Saturn will oppose Venus, trine my Sun and station direct exactly trine my Ascendant…I have a pretty good idea of what it is that Saturn wants me to get real about.

In terms of aspects:

If you have a planet or chart point (such as Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant or IC) at 4 Sagittarius-28 Scorpio, Saturn will conjunct this planet/point during the retrograde period.
If you have a planet or chart point at 0-4 Gemini, or 28- 29 Taurus, Saturn will oppose this point during the retrograde period

If you have a planet or chart point at 0-4 Pisces or Virgo, or 28-29 Leo or Aquarius, Saturn will square this point during the retrograde
If you have a planet or chart point at 0-4 Leo or Aries, or 28-29 Pisces or Cancer, Saturn will trine this point during the retrograde
If you have a planet or chart point at 0-4 Aquarius or Libra, or 28-29 Capricorn or Virgo, Saturn will sextile this point during the retrograde

Burn Baby Burn

my home for the weekend

As I write, Venus is just hours from moving into Cancer, and, more importantly for you long suffering Mercurial types out there, Mercury is virtually stationary and will turn direct in just over a day.

This has been an interesting retrograde for many reasons- most of which can be found scattered throughout the London Olympics! It is, however, nearly over.

If we are looking for a theme of the week though, it would have to go to the applying conjunction between Mars and Saturn in Libra.

Mars is uncomfortable in Libra- his methods don’t normally involve relationships and compromises. Saturn, on the other hand, is exalted in this sign, so sort of like the favoured guest that you get all the good food in for and lay out all the fluffiest towels for.

Mars, amongst other duties, defends what is ours and what we want to be ours- our territories and boundaries, if you like. Saturn represents those boundaries. This is one of those times where you will get what you want only by following established structures and patterns. To do anything else will only lead to frustrations and irritation.

This won’t be exact until this time next week, but the pressure already feels as though it is building…As a transit, it is relatively short- lasting just a couple of days- but when Mars is involved, the potential for the “red mist” to descend over your eyes and create damage is unlimited. Bear that one in mind…

Maybe I’m already feeling the Mars/Saturn energy because the Moon is now in Aries and just finished the monthly plotting session that is the conjunction with Uranus. For some reason this aspect always reminds me of Dastardly Dan from Wacky Races…or is that just me?

Anyways, La Luna is now on her way to face off against Mars and then Saturn- more reasons why that energy is so “out there” at present.

Best advice? If you feel the steam building up, sweat it out…this will be more effective than waiting it out. The energy you burn may also push away some of the inherent frustration. If, however, you are idle, the tendency is to look for some other way to blow it off- that whole “I’m bored so I thought I’d start an argument” thing. Don’t look at me like that- we all do it!

Speaking of fire, the pics below are of a bonfire down at Eucumbene on the weekend.

Part of preparations for summer and the bushfire season each year is to burn off fuel- and this is the best time of year to do that in the Snowies. The ground is moist, the air is supremely cold, the surrounding fuel is generally wet and the potential for something to get out of control is minimal. Having said that, more than the usual amount of care obviously has to be taken. This particular fire was spectacular in its’ brevity before it ran out of fuel and was doused by sleet and overnight snow.

…which brings me back full circle to Aries Moon and Mars/Saturn! Controlled burn-offs to avert destruction. Love it.

Until next time…

If you want to read more about our weekend adventures of check out the pics, I’ll be posting over on www.andanyways.com in the next few days.