The week ahead…and a book sale…of sorts…

Book, stack, law.

So anyways, as I write this…or rather first start writing it- I suspect there will be plenty of interruptions along the way today, Venus is about to move into Virgo.

Venus doesn’t particularly like being in Virgo…more on that in a little bit.

As for the week that was?

The partition was the usual amount of chaos and busyness. On the home busyness front, I’ve been madly running through my new novel one last time before it goes off to the structural editor. Something still feels as though it’s not working, but I’ve pretty well done all that I can do with it.

As a result, there was no blogging… not even the Tuesday Toolbox. I did, however, manage to regurgitate a previous piece for the Cancer New Moon, get a newsletter out to subscribers, and knock out a quick vanity piece for and anyways on the type of restaurant that you save up for.

I shared that experience with a girlfriend who has been visiting from Wellington, New Zealand, for the weekend. A lot has happened this year, so we’ve had a lot to catch up on. The chatting has been helped on it’s way with a little too much food and drink.

Ok, to the skies. Venus is now in Virgo, and I’ll be having me a little clean-up over the next few weeks. I’m in the process of re-painting our house, and before I get to the study or the formal areas, there are book-shelves, CD cabinets, and a sideboard full of china that needs a good clean-out. And that’s before I start on the craft room with art supplies.

The books will be tough. I love my books. I have bookcases full of fiction, plus additional piles through the house. Despite selling some last year, I still have two full shelves full of astro and tarot books. Anything I haven’t opened in the last 12 months will be liberated…and that means most of them. I’m even (gulp) attacking the cookbooks.

What am I going to do with them all? I’ll be donating the art books to Miss 17’s art teacher. The fiction? I’m thinking a hospital or aged home…or charity bookfair, maybe. The thing is, it’s a hassle selling on ebay. The packing up and following up for just a few dollars does my head in. I really want people other than myself to benefit from this, but giving them away, usually comes accompanied with judgement and also becomes harder than it should be. Everyone has an opinion on what is an appropriate charity.

So, here’s the deal- over the next week, I’ll be popping up a list on the website of everything on offer- in regards to astro and tarot, that is. If you’re in Sydney and can pick up, that’s great, if not, I’ll charge postage and handling for within Australia only. It’s way too expensive to post elsewhere.

As for the cost? Nothing. All I ask is that you pay it forward in some way- whether that’s through a donation to your favourite charity, or a casserole to someone who needs it. Your choice, your karma.

What else?

The Sun and Mercury both move into Leo during the week. I’ll have some links up closer to the time about these two ingresses. In the meantime, get ready to get your bling on…although with Venus in Virgo, it could be a little tasteful and understated.

Tuesday and Wednesday are all about Saturn. But he’s in a relatively good mood- if you’ve been doing what you’re supposed to, of course. Trines to the Sun and Mercury are encouraging- and supporting- you to get real. Sure, it’s also about work, disciple, practicality and self control, but a little of those things never hurt anyone. Just leave the passive aggression where it belongs.

I’m a tad concerned because I have an appointment with the doctor on Tuesday afternoon to get the results from some long overdue blood tests. Given that this is in my 5th house, and Jupiter is transiting my 6th, let’s just say that I’m expecting that my propensity for living large could be curtailed a bit in the future. Oh well, it’s been fun.

The big news of the week is Venus going retrograde on Saturday. Now, the thing about Venus is her retrograde cycles tend to be repeated about every 8 years. Venus was last retrograde in early Virgo in July 2007. To get an idea what this one means for you, cast your mind back to what the major themes were in your life back then. Of course, things won’t be exactly the same (and I’m telling myself that with relief) as your transits and you are different now. It’s the themes I want you to have a think about.

In any case, I’ll pop a link up later in the week about dealing with this.

Also on Saturday, Mars squares off against Uranus. Given that I’m planning on painting again, I’m taking this as being a message to be careful up that ladder. The warnings for this one are around impulsive energy…and the urge to throw the baby out with the bathwater…so to speak. Harnessing this energy for creative good can have impressive outcomes.

Ok, had better get busy scheduling posts…until next time.


Oh, before I forget…I’m experimenting a little with the Facebook Gods at present, and not automatically linking posts to my Jo Tracey Astrology page. Aside from the fact that I’m rarely on Facebook, my stats are telling me that more of you see posts if I simply ask you to jump over onto the website without linking to the post. Confused? So am I.