Sunday 18 November, 2018 – the week ahead

As I write this I’m in a hotel bar in Brisbane, a city about an hour south of where I live, and the capital of our state, Queensland. I’m catching up on some blogging work and sipping on a wine in celebration of the fact that my new novel is now live on Amazon. Yes, Happy Ever After is out now…and no, it has absolutely nothing to do with astrology, but if you are interested, you can get it here.

Ok, what else is happening? By the time this post goes out, I should have also updated my week in review – you’ll find it here.

The week in pictures

As for the skies?

The highlight of this week is a Full Moon on 23/11/18 at 0 Gemini 52′. Jupiter is in the mix for this and still full of exuberance at being home in Sagittarius. Anyways, I’ll pop something up closer to the time.

What else?

Mars squares of against Jupiter on Tuesday. Jupiter is a tad like one of the dogs we see down at the beach who tear up and down chasing balls with unflagging enthusiasm. ‘A walk? My absolute favourite thing in the world. A ball? My absolute favourite thing in the world.’

Everything is bright, new and full of possibility.

Mars, though, is in Pisces and a tad damp around the toes. he’s more interested in feeling his way. (Did anyone else start singing ‘You’re the one that I want’ from Grease then – or was it just me?)

In any case, there is energy to be used – but used wisely and safely. Although this would normally be a good time for leaping into something new, Mercury is retrograde, so bear that in mind and adjust accordingly. Take care not to let frustration lead you into needless conflict and if in doubt, either move through it productively via exercise or creatively.

The Sun moves into Sagittarius on Thursday. We all have Sagittarius somewhere in our chart. It’s this part of life where we’re encouraged to seek and grow through new experiences, where the good stuff really does lie beyond our comfort zone. It’s also where we need to have faith and believe that we can jump those fences and gallop off to the next one…and then jump that one too.

Finally, Neptune turns direct on November 25. I wrote this about Neptune direct a few years ago – and actually still quite like the analogy:

“Neptune’s effect is subtle, barely there- on the surface, anyway. Anyone who has been or is going through a Neptune transit knows that the impact can be huge. A little like how that cupcake looks like it could only have a teeny amount of calories in it- something that beautiful couldn’t possibly cause that much of a movement on the scales, could it?

Most of us have a dream, a vision of the future, an idea of how things could be. The very nature of that dream is often idealistic and couched in terms of if only. That’s ok- that’s what dreams are made of…

In fact, a recipe for a decent dream might look something like:

Take a pinch of illusion, a touch of delusion, a smidgeon of glamour, a dollop of idealism and mix it together with a good whack of fairy dust. Spoon into cupcake tins and bake for as long as it takes.

Sometimes we take our dreams out and turn them into goals.

Sometimes we forget to turn the oven on.

Often we just continue to, well, dream.

Over the last five months, Neptune has been retrograde – our dreams have been directed inwards, happily baking away.

But now the buzzer is going.

Will you be opening the oven door, and bringing your dreams out? Icing them, decorating them and consuming them? Or will you be leaving them to bake a little longer…”

On that note, have a great week!