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During a ritual many, many moons ago I was invited by the Gentle Folk to hold a cauldron. This cauldron held the area that they lived in, keeping it the animals and the humans living there safe.

That imagery has followed me since then, occasionally coming to mind when working with the energies of the Land.

The last few weeks saw a return visit to Carn Menyn, one of the outcrops on the Mynydd Preseli and a reinforcement of my connections with that magical place. In my dreams following that visit I watched the dragons dancing in the night skies above Wales.

carnmenyn

I was also made aware of the energy line connection between the stone at Callanish (Callanais) on the Isle of Lewis and the area of Wales that I now live in. This energy line runs parallel to the ‘Spine of Albion’ mentioned in the book of that name by Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare.

This line cuts through:

West of Lyme Regis
Taunton
Barry
West of Brecon
Anglesey
Isle of Man
West of Stranraer
Arran
Mull
Skye
Callanais (Lewis)

……. all places I have visited.

I have yet to discover more information about this energy line.

Uklines

Whilst being shown this line I was also reminded about the cauldron. The space that holds energy. The space that keeps energy safe.  The space in which new things can be gestated and born. The space where opposites blend to create union.

Looking at maps, the place I now live is due north of where we used to live in Devon. In Devon we were near the Michael line and on the big lunation triangle of Stonehenge. That was indeed a powerful have to hold a cauldron, but what of here?

If I think of the Vedic and Tibetan imagery of the spine and the energies alongside the spine, then the line I now live on could be one of those?

Then the penny drops………. If that was the case, then there would be another line to the east of and equidistant from the Spine of Albion.

Wow, I have lived on that line too…………………………..

Experience of disparate/opposite energies to balance………………………

As I reach out in meditation I perceive that the cauldron here is bigger, possibly as there are less people living in this part of Britain, certainly this is one of the least populated areas of Wales. The energies of the Unseen are stronger here and there are more of them. The Land is old, but still geologically active.

I am reminded of visits to the stones at Callanais, how the complex patterns are still not completely understood. Research has only scratched the surface of what our ancestors created there, let alone to really understand why they created the many stone circles. As an astrologer I was fascinated and had thought of each circle being linked to a visible planet, so the whole area being one huge astrological and astronomical calendar. Without living there and watching the passage of the planets from the site, that cannot be proved. It is thought that the circles were constructed at a time when crops could easily be grown that far north. Climate change? Is climate change cyclical too? The climate change we are seeing now, has it happened before? Was that when Callanais was created?

callanais

What opposites need to be in the cauldron now? What needs to be brought to balance now?

At a time when British Society has become very polarised, politics have gone crazy and grounded, humanitarian logic seems to have disappeared from our so-called leaders……….. what is being created in the greater scheme of things? Who or what is holding that cauldron?

 

Mmmm…………………………

 

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As we approach the second full Moon in July, social media is also awash with message of doom because Venus and Uranus are in retrograde motion, I feel the urge to put some alternate views ‘out there’!
‘Blue Moon’ is a term applied to a second Full Moon with a calendar month or more rarely, within a zodiac sign. Technically it is the term usually applied to the third Full Moon in a season. Whatever the definition, considering we have 13 Full Moons in a solar year, squishing them into patterns of twelve, three or four will always leave one spare. So ‘blue moon’ are likely at least once a year – in other words it is actually no ‘big deal’.

The term ‘retrograde’ when used for planets in astrology refers to the optical illusion created by the view of planets from the Earth.

This is how it happens:

The Sun is the yellow circle.retrogrademotion
The blue circles show the positions of the Earth as it rotates about the Sun.
The red circles show the positions of a planet as it too, rotates around the Sun, but at a different speed from the Earth. (Venus and Mercury placements would be between the Earth and the Sun, but the basic pattern is the same)
We consider other planets in our Solar System from the Earth’s point of view.
Views 1, 2 & 3 – normal view
View 4 – when the speed of the Earth compared to the planet has taken it to a position when the planet appears to have reversed it course, compared to View 3.
View 5 – as View 4
View 6 – the planet’s position appears to be moving forward again when viewed from the Earth.

The Views 3, 4 and 5 are labelled as ‘retrograde’.
However the planet itself has simply stayed in its normal orbit.
So what is the fuss about?
1. It is important to remember that astrologically any planet does not cause us problems. It is no point pointing the blame for incidents in our lives on energies outside of ourselves. In sensitive and aware people the movement of the planets can accurately reflect energy changes within the personality and sub-personalities. When these are not managed, through naiveté, stubbornness or lack of awareness, outer events will reflect them back to us.
2. Seeing the diagram of retrograde above, the pattern created by the apparent path of the planet creates a loop that takes its path closer to the Earth. Many astrologers see this as an idea that retrograde planets push energies inward, creating a withdrawal of the energy from conscious levels of awareness. This is maybe why people get anxious about retrograde motion….. there is less conscious control. However, there is still personal choice of how to deal with those energies within the self.
3. Retrograde has its uses. When a person has retrograde planets in the natal astrology chart it often indicates energies that are internalised and processed fully before they are expressed in the world. This could create introvert traits or skills that take time to develop.
4. When faster moving planets (Mercury, Venus and Mars) go retrograde they have a tendency to be reflected in the collective. It is well known that Mercury and its retrograde cycle affect the stock markets, which are volatile at the best of times.
5. The slower moving planets (Jupiter, Saturn) spend regular periods in the year in retrograde motion.
6. The outer planets (Neptune, Uranus and Pluto – Pluto to me is still very much a planet!) spend long periods of time in retrograde.
So, in conclusion, like ‘blue moons’, retrograde motion in planets is not to be feared or dreaded. It is an optical illusion that we can buy into or not. If we take note of retrogrades they can reflect back to us periods of time when certain energies internalise, giving us time to ponder, reassess and integrate.

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The solstice this December heralds the new moon at 0 degrees Capricorn on the 22nd at 0136 GMT/UT.
New Moon Dec2014
Most planets in this chart are below the horizon confirming the ongoing, unseen shifts in the collective unconscious. Anchored by no less than five planets in Capricorn (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Pluto and Venus) maybe this marks the true beginning of people starting to speak out against institutions that seek to control and inhibit. There is still shyness and reticence there but Pluto continues to lurk near the Sun-placements of many countries (1st January constitutions at 11 degrees Capricorn) suggesting its work continues to up-end and transform those who refuse, deny or are slow to transform.

Saturn at the anaretic degree(29) in Scorpio hints at continuing worry and dithering which new foundations should be put in place and which truths should be quashed or smothered from the view of the majority.

Mars in Aquarius hold out for freedom and truth for all but also reflects the need to fight to get it.

Neptune and Chiron in Pisces continue their dance of ‘smoke and mirrors’ and the need to see past what our attention is deliberately being drawn away from.
Jupiter – the only planet above the horizon, is in Leo, so shows that leadership is there but it might show how things should not be done rather that give a blazingly good example for all to follow.

Finally the Ascendant in Libra, Descendant in Aries conjunct Uranus, the esoteric ruler of Libra. Here comes the revolution! Libra cannot help but upset the status quo to help a new balance to emerge. Uranus in Aries will provide the energy and drive without the fear of what needs to be destroyed to protect the inner sense of cosmic order that Libra represents! You have been warned……….

“’We stand between the candle and the star, between the darkness and the light.’ You say the words, but your hearts are empty, your ears closed to the truth. You stand for nothing but your own petty interests. ‘Problems of others are not our concern.’ I do not blame you for standing silent in your shame. You, who knew what was coming, but refused to take up the burden of this war. If the warrior caste will not fight, then the rest of us will!” Delenn, Babylon 5

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It has been a while since I left a blog here, but I often say to my clients and students…’life happens’!

So it did for Simon and I. Earlier this year everything turned on its head in the space of a few days. It was the start of an emotional rollercoaster that began with the full Moon on Valentine’s Day and followed the New and Full Moons thereafter until the New Moon on the 26th July when we completed the purchase of our first house. By the Full Moon on the 10th August we had fully moved in – us, the cats and the trees!

We now find ourselves living in the Land of the Red Dragon – Wales – exactly 2 degrees of latitude due north of where we lived in Devon and 170 miles away, by road.

The translation into English of our new address is – ‘The sacred house of Saint David, on the ridge by the wood near the Church of St Cadmarch’. We look out to the Hills of the Wild Horses to the south and the Welsh Mountains to the north. Beautiful!

Mostly settled in my new home, I am now turning my attention once more to the unseen energies of the Land.

Looking at the energies of the forthcoming New Moon and eclipse it is interesting to note that Mars hugs its biennial spot on the galactic centre (27-28 degrees Sagittarius). Hopefully this will bring wider understanding and a practical approach to the difficulties in the world at this time. This is an opportunity when a new balance could be found if people, both individually and collectively could act less selfishly.
There is still plenty to be uncovered/discovered and the truths that emerge eat away at the constructed beliefs that all are fed and many still do not question. The knack is to habitually look beyond what is obvious, to try to understand the processes that are in play.

This eclipse, at zero degrees Scorpio, is also conjunct Venus. A karmically laden eclipse if there ever was one! Venus in Scorpio needs a lot of effort to transform it from continuous lack of self-worth, deep resentment and jealousy into an insightful, powerful healing energy. Yet, at a quintile ( 72 degrees) from Pluto in Capricorn the spiritual drive is there to complete the change.

Samhain/Halloween may be less than two weeks away, but the transformation drive of the so-called ‘dark’ aspects of the Goddess are being reflected in this eclipse cycle. In her many guises she challenges us to change, to let go of what holds us back, to reassess where we are going and what we are doing. Time spent reflecting on these challenges in the next few days will be time well used!

(The solar eclipse will be visible in the north of the USA and the north Pacific)welsh dragon

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There have been two underlying astrological patterns for the past year that have dominated collective ways of thinking and behaving.

The first to operate was a grand water trine (planets is each of the 3 water signs of the zodiac within the same 6-8 degrees of each sign). This pattern started in July 2013 with Jupiter at 1 degree Cancer, Saturn at 4 degrees Scorpio and Neptune at 5 degrees Pisces. Grand Trines indicate fast or easy-moving energy between the planets and signs involved. Although trines are usually seen as benevolent aspects, this is not always a ‘good’ thing. Energy that flows very easily has little to check or balance it.

GrandTrine

This Grand Trine is also in water signs, adding to the easy flow and proving difficult to manage or control. Thus it has been in issues such as the child abuse scandals that have surface in the UK. The speed of unfoldment has made the situations difficult to manage and gain true perspective. The depth of the issue that had remained hidden for decades is reflected in Saturn’s placement in Scorpio and the inevitable need for justice to be seen to be done, if not actually done. Neptune in Pisces adds to the ‘smoke and mirrors’ effect where famous people managed to bypass systems that would have normally brought behaviour to the fore. Jupiter in Cancer indicating the expansion of awareness of caring and responsibility that had been taken for granted in the past. Throughout the world this Grand Trine has brought damaging and out-dated environmental, ecological and cultural behaviours and beliefs into the spotlight.
This Grand Trine finally dissolves just before the New Moon on the 27th June 2014.

Joining this Grand Water Trine in mid-December 2013 was a Grand Cardinal Cross. This pattern was created by four planets in signs with the same mode of function – in this case the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Uranus was in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer, Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn.

GrandCross

This pattern dissolved at the end of May 2014. Grand Crosses reflect inner tensions that trigger activities brought about to relieve or release the stress. This is especially so with the cardinal signs as they are initiators of activity or projects. Shared by the Grand water Trine, Jupiter in Cancer kick-started a new 12-year of growth, the last one of this type having started in 2001.

Uranus is Aries was always going to be a fascinating coupling to watch from an astrological viewpoint – the magician/disrupter meets the impatient, speed and danger-junkie! Wow …has this not disappointed! We have had events turning on a knife-edge, lives being torn-down and recreated and unexpected events shocking large numbers of people. In its esoteric function Uranus disrupts when the accepted balance or harmony is actually out-dated or a false conception. We can rest assured that the eventual outcome of its sometimes uncomfortable journey through Aries will leave us with more clarity and security.

Mars in Libra highlights Libra in its most warrior-like facet. Fighting for justice and truth but also picking the aggressive pathway as the quickest way to some sort of peace. This is not comfortable nor is it pleasant. Events in the world have been reflected in this placement – Ukraine and Iraq.

Pluto in Capricorn will be with us for some time yet, having heralded the financial downturn and banking crises when it entered Capricorn in 2008. It does not leave Capricorn until 2023/4. This placement represents the underlying energies. This is a fundamental need to change accepted structures, outdated consensuses – anything that creates a false base for behaviour, thinking and action.

This Grand Cardinal Cross had been operating on every level – personal through to collective. So as we come to the end of this orchestration of solar system patterns we need to take stock of where we are. Have we changed? Have we resisted change? Have we let go of out-dated and worn out feelings and ideas?

The Full Moon on the 13th June 2014 is our last chance to shed light on corners of our lives that have remained in the shadows. The New Moon on the 27th June 0810 GMT is the new start and that cannot be done with too much rubbish from the past in tow.

If you have been fearful of the changes on offer, maybe it is time to take a step into the unknown, into the void………………………………

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“Stand to face the light of the atomic blast of Pluto through the New Moon in Capricorn on New Year’s Day 2014.

To the ‘mud peoples’ and those who came from the stars as protectors of this planet…… now the time has come to shield each other and protect the Earth from those whose blind greed and callous disregard would seek to subjugate and destroy.

Know who you are…. Know each other. Create lines of communication and energy between you like a web of light and dark to balance and hold both personal and collective energies.

Remember that idealism without a dose of realism is an empty dream.

Seek out where you can make a difference without becoming a victim or a rescuer as these two both require someone to blame………remember too that people are just people, being human!

Time your actions carefully to make the maximum use of the energy and resources available.

Fix your own back yard. It is always easier to see the faults in someone else’s, judge what the resolution would be and fret when nothing appears to be done.

Above all, don’t sit idly by when your neighbourhood and its people are under threat or being manipulated. Even a tiny step, a wise world or a small, but appropriate action, can be the start of something big!”

GreyDragon

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We are now approaching the winter solstice 2013. This is one of two times each year when the astronomical position of the Sun, seen from the Earth, seems to ‘stand still’ for about 3 days.

EarthCycle

The solstice is only ten days before the New Year and will certainly give us a chance to take a breath from the rapid changes in 2013 before we hit 2014.

Listening to various economists over the last few weeks the bright, growing outlook that we are being told we have, it looks like a bit of Christmas wrapping paper around an empty box of chocolates.

Many western countries and the EU have their ‘birthdate’ set at the 1st January . This gives many important institutions with a natal Sun position of 10 degrees Capricorn. We find ourselves now with the transit or actual position of Pluto also at 10 degrees Capricorn. Pluto tends to make 3 ‘passes’ when it creates a transit with another planet or placement. This first pass of Pluto was in the last few weeks of January and the first 3 weeks of February in 2013. The second pass was during June and the first two weeks of July 2013, so we are now in the third pass. This is ‘last chance saloon’ for the fundamental changes that governments and financial institutions know they should make to sort out the banking mess that was created at the same time that Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008. Will they? With just under three weeks to go to the solstice, when Pluto also begins to move away from its 10 degree Capricorn placement for the last time, it all looks very doubtful to both the short and long-term.

It is very much the ‘same old, same old’.

The astrological chart for the Winter Solstice 2013 creates food for thought as we have an interesting pattern. There is a Grand Cross in the chart –linking the four signs, Cancer, Capricorn, Libra and Aries. The Cancer/Capricorn arm links the planet Jupiter with Pluto. This suggests the need for domestic security and growth (Jupiter) does not balance with the changes (Pluto) that are inevitable at some point in the future. (The Pluto changes have not been actioned at the appropriate times and will remain as an inevitable transformation at some point in the future). The Aries/Libra arm links Uranus with Mars. This creates an unpredictable (Uranus in Aries) and belligerent (Mars In Libra) combination where selfishness rules. The positive thing about this Grand Cross combination is that it does help to create action, but whether that action is considered is another matter.

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So have a rest over the solstice and then get out your earplugs to block the bullshit from politicians; keep some cash stashed in case the banks go under; think about growing your own food (even ‘sprouting’ seeds if you don’t have a garden); don’t believe the rubbish printed in the press or listen to the manipulation by other media.

Look after those you love!

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