Thursday, May 8, 2014

Cardinal Grand Cross - New Paradigm for the Age of Aquarius

There’s so much negative press about the Cardinal Cross, here’s some of the good news: With Uranus in Aries making challenging aspects to the other planets, we’re going to see BREAKTHROUGHS in every field. Medical Breakthroughs When Pluto went into Capricorn at the end of 2008, and Uranus went into Aries during the spring of 2011, this was the start of huge breakthroughs in medicine and in anti-aging research. More and more scientists are coming to an agreement that we can live to at least 150 years and be in GOOD HEALTH. Except for a very small minority, no one wants to age and die. Most of use would like to discover the secret of eternal youth, health and vitality. And now, with the advent of the Age of Aquarius, with our information age gathering momentum, this is becoming a possibility and by the middle of this century or sooner it will probably be a reality. There are scientists whose research is showing that we can maintain, renew and upgrade our physical bodies and enable them to live healthily for many more years and possibly even forever. Twenty years ago, this information would have been unheard of. It’s not quite mainstream yet, but I don’t think it’s far off. Only last year, Google started a company called Calico which is dedicated to solving the problems of aging. Stem cell therapy is becoming more and more popular, despite the fact that governments are aggressively regulating it. Who would have heard of saving your baby’s stem cells? This is becoming more and more widespread and what was once a prohibitive cost is gradually becoming more accessible to the majority. It’s not quite there yet, but it didn’t take long for the mobile phone to be so inexpensive that even people in the 3rd world have access to it. I have no doubt that within the space of maybe 5 or 10 years that this will be something offered to parents as a matter of course. For adults, it’s not too late either. There are stem cell banks opening up everywhere around the world. It’s still in the early stages, but what was once at least $100000 is now down to around $3000-10000 and I have no doubt that within a very short space of time, as the technology for stem cells advances further, and more positive results ensue, that this will become accessible to the vast majority. With Pluto in Capricorn involved in this grand cross, governments and the powers that be will not want to lose their control. So I am expecting that they will try to make it difficult for us to access our stem cells, they may place huge taxes on the technology, and somehow they will try to suppress our freedoms. This is where Uranus in Aries has to come in and lead the way. Uranus is all about the new. It rules astrology and anything that is not necessarily accepted by the masses. And you can certainly say that about astrology. Scientists are predicting that we can have no age related ill health. Elderly people will be able to contribute wealth rather than deplete it from our systems, they will be able to retrain for new careers and best of all they won’t be a burden on their children. Disability is going to be a thing of the past. No longer will people have to be confined to wheelchairs, to suffer blindness, deafness and many other afflictions. These will all be mastered as technology and medicine unite. The latest technologically made limbs are stronger, more flexible and durable than our actual body. Technology is making the way for all kinds of gadgets to be worn outside the body that will protect it from injury during exercise, and also enable us to do far more things than we can currently even dream of. Isn’t this exciting news? Financial and Economic Since the near-total collapse of the financial system in 2008, it’s evident that our economies and our financial structures need to urgently change. The greatest news is, that over time, an economy based on scarcity is giving way to an economy of abundance, changing the very nature of society. With the advent of 3-D printers, free online education and open-source software, this is going to change the world and how business is done. We are gradually moving away from the materialistic model of people wanting MORE, MORE, MORE….and it’s never enough, to a new economy where so many of the things that we want and need will be FREE. Let’s start with FREE ENERGY. Germany already produces 25% of its energy through solar and wind power. They have achieved this in just 7 years. The big electricity companies have gone out of business and they now hold less than 7% market share. This trend is set to continue in Germany and other countries are beginning to follow suit. Rapidly advancing technology and the huge reduction in costs are enabling people to create free resources using the power of the sun and the wind. This is going to continue. Climate change – the major threat With duality in our world, there is always another side to the situation that needs to be examined. We mustn’t underestimate the impact that climate change can and will have. With Neptune in Pisces we are already seeing flooding and major water catastrophes around the world. Remember that this is just the tip of the iceberg. There will be more hurricanes, tsunamis, sinkholes, roads just collapsing even while cars are driving on them (like the one in Maryland this week)………volcanoes erupting, more droughts and extremes in climate. As a result, our food and our water supplies are going to be at risk. So no matter how wonderful the technology is around us, without our basics, we are not going to survive. As an eternal optimist, I don’t envisage that the whole planet will be consumed with disasters, but there will be many places that may become uninhabitable. The advantage of our technology and my hope is that help and moving people to safer places can happen more quickly than ever before. Technology going EXPONENTIAL No one would have thought in 1989 with the launching of the World Wide Web that just 25 years later, the massive adoption of the internet, the pc, the tablet, the iphone and the imminent wearable technology would happen so quickly. Things that used to take years and generations to overcome and to change are happening within 5 years or less now. It’s tremendously exciting on the one hand, but also can be very frightening on the other. Let me explain why. As a result of this huge upsurge of technology that utterly changes our lives, we are moving towards an age of automation of many of the tasks that needed labour. More and more people are finding that they are not employable or the skills that they learned have been taken over by robots. There are factories now that are utterly automated. Google has its fleet of automated vehicles and it’s growing. Soon we will have vehicles that are run on solar energy or fuel cells and we won’t need oil and to destroy our world in order to transport ourselves and goods around the planet. The internet started with communications. This was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. What is the Age of Aquarius all about? Aquarius is all about social justice, equality, resources for all, not just the wealthy few. This is what is starting to change: Aquarius is an air sign – and it rules the air waves – how appropriate that our internet is run along invisible air waves. As an air sign, it specialises in communication, but it wants communication for everyone for the good of the whole. That’s the key difference between Aquarius and the other air signs. Gemini is interested in its environment, in learning, in sharing information. Libra is interested in sharing with a partner, while Aquarius wants to share with humanity as a whole. And this is the Age of Aquarius that is now happening. It’s now a SHARING community People directly engage with each other. This NEW TECH REVOLUTION – URANUS IN ARIES – IS AS IMPORTANT AS the founding of electricity The future is the end of work in the way we have known it. That’s the reason so many people are feeling lost, directionless, unsure which direction to go in. We are between paradigms: some are living in the old paradigm, a few have moved to the new one and the vast majority are somewhere in between the two. I predict that with AI, robotics, virtual retailing, workerless factories, driverless cars, where the notion of work and its place in our lives is going to be transformed. Here’s the exciting part: the AGE OF AQUARIUS is heralding SOCIAL NETWORKS, a CONNECTED and CARING WORLD. More and more people will work in culture, sports, arts, human community and thus bringing meaning into our world. It’s so exciting and inspiring!! We are on the CUSP OF AN ECONOMIC REVOLUTION With so many free resources, studies are showing that the majority want meaningful work. They want to have easy access to transportation and goods, but they don’t necessarily want to own everything. Instead of being money-motivated, their first priority is soul satisfaction. With Mars still in Libra, the unrest and the threat of war in the Ukraine and Russia is very real. In July of this year, Jupiter goes into Leo and will strengthen Uranus in Aries, the power of the people, but there will be more tension with its quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn. The powers that be will try more and more underhanded ways to control us, to dupe us, to rob us of our freedom. However, we the people have more power in our hands than we've ever had. We might not yet realise it because we are still being swamped with lies and nonsense from mainstream media. But many are awakening, and if you are reading this article, you are definitely ready for something new. This is a perfect time for us to come together, to find new ways of working together and to bring about a brighter and happier world.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Astrology of Edward Snowden and Obama



Up until last week, only a small minority were aware of the US government’s intrusion into our privacy. With the breaking news from Edward Snowden a few days ago, now the world knows. This is the first time that that global media have revealed the extent to which the US government has been spying on all our communications.
The consequences of this are far-reaching.  Even if you are not doing anything wrong, you are being watched and recorded. You don’t have to have done anything wrong, you simply have to fall under suspicion from someone and they can go back in time and scrutinise anything you have ever done in the past and probably build a case against you if they really want to.
This article examines astrologically what the triggers were that led to this breaking news.
The square between Uranus and Pluto has been active since 2011. Uranus is all about freedom: freedom of speech, personal liberty. Pluto is all about big government, keeping the status quo, controlling its citizens and acting in secret. Mercury in Cancer triggered the existing square between Uranus and Pluto making up a T square in Cardinal signs which are signs of action. Mercury rules our communications, our speech, our emails, our phone calls – and this was brought out suddenly (Uranus) and showed a very dark and intrusive side to government (Pluto).
Edward was born on 21st June 1983. This is the summer solstice which is quite significant as it is the lightest day of the year, shining a light on dark places.
He has a great deal of Gemini in his chart, Sun, Mercury, Mars and the North Node. Sun and Mars are conjunct, denoting an activist. Someone who is ready to fight for his ideals.  He doesn’t particularly like the limelight as he has Moon in Scorpio and this would have been a huge decision for him to have undertaken.
Six out of the ten main planets are in Gemini and Sagittarius, the signs that rule learning, communication, technology, the law, justice and bringing things out into the open.  His Sun Mars conjunction is opposite Neptune indicating he is an idealist. And with no earth in the chart at all, he doesn’t feel limited by practical considerations, he is more motivated by his ideals and his beliefs.
As his Saturn return was happening in the fall of 2012, this is probably the breaking point at which he decided he couldn’t live with himself any longer by withholding this important information. This is probably when he decided that the truth had to come out.
Other significant aspects are that Edward’s Mars and Mercury in Gemini are in between the USA’s Uranus and Mars in Gemini, making him the perfect person to expose something radical, especially in the way that the US uses information.
Transiting Jupiter in Gemini has magnified these events. These actions against our personal liberty are not new, but what is different is that it now mainstream. People actually know about it on a much larger scale than ever before.
May 25th Eclipse in Sagittarius is quite significant. In Edward’s chart it opposed his Mercury i.e. freedom of speech and he is quoted to have said:  I don’t want to live in a world where everything I do is being recorded. Right now transiting Neptune is square to Edward’s Jupiter and Uranus which is potentially dangerous and could indicate self-sacrifice.
President Obama’s chart was also deeply impacted by May 25th Eclipse. It occurred opposite his Moon and the Moon in a President’s chart denotes the mood of the people. Right now, his Moon is square to transiting Neptune. This indicates, delusions, betrayals, lies, dishonesty. It could well be Obama’s final undoing.  With Saturn currently in Scorpio soon to conjunct his natal Neptune in Scorpio in the 9th house of law, everything will come out and he will not be able to hide the truth. All along he has been insisting on the government’s transparency, but it will be shown that the government was underhand that Obama has lied about it.
There is so much more to come out. As we near the June 21st summer solstice, expect more leaks, more deceptions, more cover-ups. Try to see the situation clearly in your own life. Where are you deceiving yourself? Who is pulling the wool over your eyes? What are you unwilling to look at? Try to force yourself to look at everything, even the unpleasant things. The more we are willing to examine what’s going on in our own lives, the better chance we have of creating a world which is more open and reaches a higher level of consciousness and awareness.  

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Up to the minute news about Money and Finance - FAQ's

Is my money safe in a bank?
With the recent Bail-in of large depositors funds in Cyprus, and the FDIC and Bank of England ratifying this for the US and the UK, you can be sure that this is just the beginning. If you have any money in a bank anywhere in the world, it could be taken from you. Don’t for one minute think that it’s confined to Cyprus because it isn’t. What it means is that your savings could be stolen by the bank or financial institution if it gets into financial problems. Because it seems so ridiculous after decades of banks paying us at times quite high interest rates on our savings, it’s a difficult adjustment to make initially to having virtually no interest over the last few years, to the banks swiping all our money and even legalising it! With the square between Uranus and Pluto ongoing for several more years, you can expect those in power to keep trying to steal what we have. We need to take responsibility for our finances and not depend on governments to take care of us.
For those that wake up to this, and who are not listening to the media who would have us believe that everything is going so well, there is still time to get your money out of the system and not to be a sitting duck for the banks to annihilate you. What should you do? Have at least six months cash to cover your expenses outside a bank. If you have to put it under your mattress or in a safe somewhere, then do it. Just make sure you don’t put it in a bank’s safety deposit box because in most countries you will find that the law is on the side of the bank, and if there is an emergency, they have the right to open your safety deposit box and to take whatever is in there. At best, they could freeze those assets and you may have to wait a very long time to get them back, if ever.
Are Credit Unions safer than banks?
Credit unions have specific structural differences from banks including depositors as voting members. As long as the credit union doesn’t need bailing out, then you should be safe. However, if there is a systemic failure and the whole banking system collapses, then it would be a miracle to keep the credit unions from going down too and using bail-ins with depositors funds.
Should I take out debt as interest rates are so low?
If you take out a mortgage, you need to be sure that you have at least six months payments outside of the banking system. If you can do that, and you feel pretty sure that your income will be able to finance that debt for many years to come, then it could be worth doing. But I would be very careful nonetheless and I would not take out a huge loan that could end up being a burden for you, especially if interest rates start to rise again. Remember too, that real estate is not a very liquid asset and you may not be able to sell it quickly if you do run into financial difficulties. It’s best to live according to your means and to have money set aside for lean times just in case.
Should I buy real estate? If you don’t have to take out a huge mortgage and if you are able to buy a property or some land for cash, then this is a good option that’s worth considering. The advantage with real estate is that it is a tangible asset and eventually it will go up in price. However, you may have to ride out some extreme volatility before you see a good return on your investment. If you are willing to hold on for 10 years, you should do very well.
Why are gold and silver at such a low price right now?
They are being manipulated heavily by the paper gold market which does not give a true indication of the real gold price. Eventually, the physical gold market will free itself from the paper gold market and at that point the price of gold will skyrocket. The more that people insist on taking delivery of their gold, the more quickly this will happen. How long this will take is unclear but I doubt it will go beyond 2016. If you are holding physical bullion, try not to be emotionally swayed by the volatility in the market and hold onto it, as it will be worth a great deal of money in the years to come. With Neptune in Pisces and all the water in the heavens for the next few years, there will be a great deal of fraud, betrayals and dishonesty. You may not be seeing things clearly, so don't be tempted just to go along with the flow. You may have to make changes every few months or even weeks as our world goes into greater volatility.
Do I need to be afraid of buying fake gold or silver?
There are some fake coins coming on to the market, especially silver ones from China. However, there are machines that are relatively inexpensive (less than USD$200.00) that you can buy that will tell you if the gold you have purchased is fake. Gold fake coins are far less prevalent and as long as you have bought your bullion from a reputable dealer or directly from the mint, you should be fine.
Where do I store my precious metals?
This is a question that I am asked all the time and it is not an easy question to answer. Here are my suggestions: Choose a storage place and put a small amount of gold in it and then try to take some of it out. If it’s not easy to get your gold out, then that is a definite warning sign.
Make sure you have allocated storage. i.e. gold bars or coins that belong to you specifically and not lumped together with all the assets of the depository.
Ask about the storage insurance policy of the depository you are considering. Does it insure you against the storage company, any employee, any consultant or associate stealing the gold via any method including accounting fraud. The next question is what member of the big four accounting firms reviews the accountant’s statement and signs off on it as accurate and audited as compliant with International GAPP (International General Accepted Accounting as compared to US or Canadian GAPP Procedures).
Don’t be complacent. No matter how reputable the depository is, keep trying to take out a small amount of bullion from time to time just to keep on top of the situation.
Try to store your gold in one or two or even three different depositories in different places or even in different countries.
You could also store some gold in your home, but that should not be a large amount, or no more than you are willing to let go of should someone threaten you with a gun.
What about internet bullion sites such as GoldMoney.com and BullionVault.com?
For many people these are very convenient and easy to use as you can trade 24/7 and you can take delivery of your metals if you so choose. However, once again, keep in mind that very few people take their gold out, so it is an unknown as to whether these companies actually own all the gold that they have in storage. The regulation of these internet sites is not as stringent as a depository, and they are deeply intertwined with the banking system. So if there is a freeze or shutdown of banks, then you may find that you cannot sell your gold nor can you access it. I would not recommend putting all your money into one of these sites. You might invest a small amount for flexibility, but not most of it due to your higher risk exposure.
What about confiscation? Is it likely to happen?
It’s very unlikely that governments will confiscate precious metals. This is because the situation is so different now than what it was back in April 1933. At that time, the financial system was linked to a gold standard and when Roosevelt wanted to do QE, he had to control the gold market and he needed the gold. He couldn’t create money without the gold backing him up. So the gold confiscation at that time was a QE tool. Today, governments don’t need to have the gold in order to do QE, as you can see. So it’s much more likely that there will be some sort of tax on your gains, maybe a Windfall Gains Tax. This is more the kind of thing that I am anticipating. With Pluto in Capricorn, governments will be trying to claw back as much money as they possibly can from the people, so we are going to have to become smarter than they are and work together to help one another.
How and when will all this turmoil in our financial world resolve?
Ultimately the debts and liabilities of various countries will have to be cancelled as there are not enough assets to pay off those debts. This will result eventually in a total restructuring of the system which I anticipate will not be done before Pluto goes out of Capricorn in 2023. It's quite likely that gold will be a part of a blend of currencies in the new system. Bank closures, Bail-Ins, manipulation of markets and of statistics, increased volatility, are all to be expected. I would imagine that we are in for very difficult and uncomfortable times for the next several years with a reset of the system happening before or around 2023. As long as you have protected yourself as best as you can and you haven’t panicked and sold your physical metals you will do very well.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Great EU Bank Robbery - is your bank going to steal your money?

Great EU Bank Robbery – is your bank going to steal your money? Not only are the banks giving most of us a paltry 0.25% - 1% interest on our savings if we’re lucky, they now seem to think it’s their divine right to steal our money in order to protect themselves from going under due to their greed and terrible financial decisions. How incredible is that? This is a wake-up call! Cyprus is proposing to penalise its savers with a one-off levy on their bank deposits because it wants to save its failing economy and banks. Seventeen Eurozone finance ministers locked themselves in a room and decided that every Cypriot saver – whether super-rich or dirt-poor – will, without any warning, see part of their hard-earned money confiscated. Yet only a few weeks ago, the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades explicitly promised in his election campaign, that savers would be protected. What’s even worse is that deposits under €100,000 are supposed to be protected by EU law, not raided by EU leaders. Here’s what they want to do: • Savers with under 100,000 euros deposited must pay 6.75% • Those with more than 100,000 in their accounts must pay 9.9% Innocent people are being condemned for the greed and mistakes of their banks. They trusted their banks to take care of their savings and without warning, the bank steals from 6.75% to 10% of people’s wealth overnight. Cyprus is a tiny country and may not have as much power as one of the bigger EU countries, but what if this happens in Spain or Italy as it could?? Can you imagine the uproar and the civil unrest? And they say that the levy is a one-off measure – but of course the government could change their minds about that next month. Many elderly Britons had transferred savings to Cyprus when they decided to retire there. Someone said “no one can understand how they can do this – isn’t it illegal? How can they just dock money from your account?” What are the next steps? The Cypriot parliament is voting on this deal today which is conveniently a Bank Holiday in Cyprus. The president is encouraging parliament to accept the bailout deal or face a complete collapse of the economy with a possible exit from the euro. It looks as though this will be a very close call. It's daylight robbery!! It was announced at the weekend when most banks are closed, and people were desperately queuing at ATM's to try to get some money of their money out. No one could have prepared for this....so I am advising you ALL wherever you live to beware of the banks. All banks are interconnected and your money is not necessarily safe in a bank. Make sure you have enough cash out of the bank. And invest the rest in gold and silver. Right now, the prices are quite low and in the future, because of the uncertainty in the world economy, the value of your bullion will increase greatly. But don’t buy it for that reason. Buy it because it gives you insurance: something that is outside of the control of governments. Don’t buy shares in gold and silver, but buy the actual coins and bars that you can hold in your hand. Don’t let anyone else take care of your bullion, keep it yourself. The positive outcome that could come from this is that we can start to work together outside of the system. By using barter and exchange we can swap products and services within our communities without having to be penalised by our tax systems. The taxation regimes of failing states and governments are going to get more and more invasive and controlling as time goes on. Let’s not allow the banks rip us off and let's try to prepare for the coming changes. The biggest question is the possible precedent this sets. What if other depositors in other larger, and more influential European countries start to withdraw their funds from the banks? EU leaders keep saying that this depositor tax will not be repeated in other countries, but of course they could change their minds about that overnight. What this means is that your money is not necessarily safe in any country in the world. All the banks are connected in one way or another, so don’t think that you can relax just because your country isn’t involved in this latest robbery. In the US, for example, don’t be lulled into thinking that the FDIC will continue to pay out if the bank you have your savings in fails. There is a possibility that this draconian action in Cyprus may not go ahead. However, the fact that it got so far and that authorities think that they have the right to steal from us should be a red flag and a wake-up call. Just because Cyprus is a small country, they may get away with it this time. Please don’t think that because stock markets have been booming all over the world in the last few months that the global financial crisis is over, it’s merely been delayed. There is still time to make protect yourself if you act swiftly and get your money out of the system.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturn in Scorpio: Global and Personal Predictions, 2012-2015 by Barbara Goldsmith On October 5th 2012, Saturn moves out of Libra and into Scorpio, where it will stay for the best part of the next three years until September 18th 2015. It has a brief period in Sagittarius for the first six months of 2015 before returning to Scorpio from June 16th until September 18th 2015.

What does Scorpio rule? It rules sex, death, the elderly, rebirth, debts, losses, taxes, investments, legacies, inheritances, stocks, bonds, joint finances, the police, security, surgeries, secrets, obsessions, psychotherapy and that which is unseen and hidden.

How will it affect us globally and on a personal level? This article covers some of the issues that I predict will be triggered around the world and I also give you the summaries for each Sun sign and how you can make best use of its energies. During Saturn’s transit of Libra we saw issues concerning the people, justice and fairness. There were uprisings in Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Libya, Greece…governments were overthrown and there were revisions to employment laws.

During Saturn in Scorpio, we’ll see a huge focus on taxes: how much to pay, who should pay it, what is fair and what is not. Governments will want to change the tax structures completely in the name of fairness but there are likely to be hidden agendas. Saturn in Scorpio tends to favour a conservative position, so it’s likely there will be more cuts to public services.

Scorpio rules sex so you can expect to see issues coming up around sex and sexuality. There will be more sex offenders out on the streets committing obscene acts, and because of the reduction of police numbers due to drastic cost cutting measures, there will not be enough supervision and follow up. We will have to find ways of protecting ourselves by looking after one another in smaller groups and in our communities. We will have to take much more responsibility for our lives and not rely on the government looking after us in the way many of us have grown accustomed. We’ll see changes in the laws for pornography and prostitution, more sex scandals and gender issues.

Scorpio rules the sexual organs, so there will be issues around fertility, cloning, creating life from the unseen and more “designer babies.”

Saturn in Scorpio may put corrupt people in a position of authority and as Saturn is in mutual reception with Pluto, which means that Saturn is in Pluto’s sign and Pluto is in Saturn’s sign, you can expect to see issues around the police force and how law and order is maintained. With the numbers of police being drastically cut back it will be once again up to us to police them before they police us.

There will be lots of desperate people out there who will look for short cuts in order to survive. When people have lost everything they take desperate measures because they feel they have nothing to lose. They will justify stealing and looting other peoples’ property. You can expect taxes to increase as governments desperately try to repay their escalating debts. Uranus rules the internet and Capricorn rules government and we’ll see governments trying to regulate and impose taxes and limit our freedoms on the internet.

During this transit it is likely that the global debt situation will escalate and grow exponentially. Banks and financial institutions will continue to have problems and the abuse of other peoples’ money will come to light. There will be a demand for accountability. There will be more fraud than ever before: extensive money laundering, insurance fraud, bank fraud, government fraud. There will be many fraud cases connected with insurance companies, bankruptcies and the inability to pay out in case of disaster. Premiums will continue to rise, there will be new schemes and the fall of some big names in the industry as well as some mergers. On a personal level, try to pay off any debts you have as soon as you possibly can and try not to run up big credit card bills that you are unable to pay off on a monthly basis. With the overlay of Pluto square to Uranus during this transit, we will see extremes in everything around us. There will be those who accumulate great wealth and those who lose everything. Financial tensions worldwide will deepen with the greater manipulation of the markets, debts ballooning out of control and QE to infinity confirmed.

We’ll see a flare up of anti-immigration sentiment as illegal refugees fleeing war-torn and impoverished nations flood into Europe seeking jobs and security. With many European economies already severely depressed with scarce employment opportunities, the asylum seekers will be blamed for increases in crime and drugs and for the social services, health and welfare systems that are already beyond bursting point.

It will become much more difficult to protect your privacy and you can expect new laws in this area to be introduced. There will be more invasive measures and it will be harder to protect your identity. Think very carefully before you give any personal information to anyone as it could have very serious consequences down the line.

Death and dying come under Scorpio’s domain and we will see changes in the laws concerning death: euthanasia, abortion, the abolishment or changes to the death penalty, care of the elderly, new anti-aging studies and products.

Scorpio rules psychotherapy, mental power, the ability to think deeply and to understand the mysteries of the world. This whole field will receive greater validation during Saturn’s transit in Scorpio and you will see many new ideas emerging in the form of books, seminars, workshops, trainings: how to create what you want in your life using your mind power.

Saturn’s effect on the Sun signs: Aries
It’s vital that you get your finances in order, pay off any debts if you have them and don’t run up credit card debt that you cannot afford to pay off at the end of the month. You may have issues to deal with around insurance, your banking habits, how you use money and how you see money and what you value in life may start to change. You may question your deepest beliefs especially if you feel you are not living a happy and fulfilling life. What do you need to change in order to feel passionate and motivated? How can you bring out your passions? Many of you don’t know what you are passionate about and you will need to do a great deal of delving. If you are aware of your passion(s), are you living them? Try to be fearless in making the changes that this Saturn transit will call from deep within you. You’ll be seeking greater intimacy in your relationships and you will need to be very careful about any joint ventures you get involved with. Make sure it is with a person or people you know you can trust.

Taurus
This transit of Saturn will shine a light on all of your relationships. How do you connect with other people? Do you feel valued in your relationships or do you feel taken for granted? What changes need to be made? You may find that some relationships will come to an end during this period and it is essential that you take with you the lessons you have learned from these relationships otherwise you will be in danger of repeating them. You will have an opportunity during this time to look at what is important to you on an emotional level and ensure that you get what you need in your relationships. It is vital that you don’t stay in a toxic relationship just out of fear that you will have to be alone. You may get involved with someone older than you or someone who is quite controlling. Make sure you take your time before committing to a new relationship. However, if you have been in a solid relationship for some time, this transit can bring marriage.

Gemini
This Saturn transit puts the focus on your health and your daily habits. You will have the opportunity to put into place better structures for keeping yourself fit and well. If you have not been listening to your body and if you have been eating lots of junk food on a regular basis, now is the time to correct that or you may find that there will be more serious consequences for your health down the line. If you have been meaning to join the gym, to go running, to walk each day, now is the time to do it. If you have been experiencing health challenges, this transit is likely to bring you excellent health professionals who will be able to help you resolve the issues you have been facing. There could also be changes in the workplace. You may lose your job but find that it is a blessing in disguise as it gives you the opportunity to start your own business. You’ll probably need to make some changes to your routines and to ensure that whatever you are doing you become more conscious of your behaviour so that you are not doing things on automatic pilot but really considering whether they support you or not. It’s a good time to declutter your life – your belongings, your body (flush out toxins), get rid of anything that is extraneous.

Cancer
It’s a wonderful time to start your own business during this transit. You will need to do the necessary research and ground work and you will also need to be patient, but if you are ready to put in the hard work required, then success can be yours. It’s especially important that you find what you are really passionate about and then make it into a business. It’s a good time for working on your creativity and for bringing dreams into reality. Don’t be afraid to take risks and to jump into the unknown. You have a tendency to play it safe and to want everything in neat little boxes but this impedes your spontaneity and creativity. You could take on more responsibilities either with your own children or with young people in general. You may find yourself getting into a serious relationship, just make sure it’s what you really want and that there is an equal balance of give and take.

Leo
This transit will focus your energies around your home and family. You may be looking for a new home as there is a likelihood of a move of location, especially for work. If you don’t move, you may find yourself doing renovations and renewing the place you are in. You may take on a mortgage or a long-term commitment. Make sure you have done all the calculations and you have prepared for any worst case scenarios. It is not advisable to take out hefty loans during this transit. There may be issues that come up in relation to your family that will have to be dealt with. Now is the time to face any unpleasantness and deal with it head on rather than avoiding it or hoping it may go away altogether. Do not make any promises you cannot keep and don’t overcommit yourself and take on too many responsibilities connected with your home and family. Your patience may be tested by someone older than you. People from your past may come back into your life in order for you to learn some powerful lessons.

Virgo
During this transit it is a great time to begin writing a book or to complete a book you have already started. Keep a journal as you will find that you have many inspired things to write about. It’s a great time to go back to school and to undertake a long-term training for a new career. Anything connected with learning and furthering your education is under favourable aspect. Going on short workshops, seminars and trainings could be also be very valuable to you. You may find yourself teaching others in an area in which you are already an expert. It’s a good time for business communications and especially anything connected with computers, the internet, marketing, advertising, and general promotion. You will have lessons to learn about the way in which you communicate. There could be issues arising with your siblings if you have any and you may end up taking on more responsibility for a sibling. This could also be a friend who feels like a brother or sister to you. You may get involved with helping your community or neighbourhood in a tangible and positive way.

Libra
Saturn finally moves out of your sign on 5th October 2012 and you will breathe a huge sigh of relief as things become much lighter for you. However, don’t allow yourself to relax completely as Saturn now moves into your second house of your values and your money. Having the money to do and have what you want will be how Saturn affects you. How you spend money and how you save money will come under sharp focus. You may need to make some significant changes during this period. The good thing about this cycle is that as long as you are willing to work, the money to meet your needs will be there for you. It doesn’t mean that you won’t be worried about money occasionally, but it is important that you keep your faith through any testing experiences you may undergo. If you are in a job that is not fulfilling for you it may come to an end and you will have the opportunity to find something that gives you more satisfaction and fulfillment.

Scorpio
Saturn will be in your sign for the next two and a half years giving you the opportunity to reinvent yourself completely. You may have already experienced several losses in your life and are feeling as though you are starting from scratch. You may change jobs, you may embark on a totally new career, old relationships drop away and you begin to make changes in your life that reorient you to a more authentic expression of you. It’s vital that you take complete responsibility for your own happiness. Look at the areas in your life where you have been unwilling to change and these are precisely the areas that will be affected by this transit. Try to be kind and gentle with yourself and see this transit as giving you the opportunity to get rid of the things in your life that have not been making you happy to make way for new things and people that will fulfill you and bring you greater joy.

Sagittarius
This transit will trigger a period of soul searching, of going within and finding out what really makes you tick. Anything that involves working with the mind, psychology, the subconscious, esoteric studies and the occult could be of great value to you at this time. Listen to your dreams and to your intuition more than you ever have before as they have messages that can help you move your life onto the next level. Remember than in another two and a half years’ time, Saturn will move into your sign, so you are in a preparation period for great changes to come. The more you can open up your psychic and intuitive abilities the easier this period will be for you. Think carefully about what your goals are for the next few years: what do you want to accomplish in your work, your career, your finances, your family and friends, your relationships in general, your life purpose. In other words, everything that is important to you will come into question and you will have the opportunity to change those things that are no longer working for you. It can be a painful process but it is much easier if you allow yourself to release the things that need to go and open up to receive new and different opportunities and challenges.

Capricorn
Your friendships will go through many changes during this period. It’s quite possible that a long friendship will come to an end. You may find that you don’t have as many common interests with your friends as you used to or you may just have too many other responsibilities and commitments to put enough energy into those relationships any more. Decide which ones, if any, hold long term potential and be prepared to discard the rest if necessary. It will be a time of reassessment of the kinds of people you want in your life, so don’t be afraid to be on your own for some time as the adjustments take place. You may join new groups or organisations that reflect new interests you may have. As a Capricorn, be careful about taking on too much responsibility within an organisation and don’t spread yourself too thin. Be clear about what you want to get out of joining or volunteering in an organisation. New friendships that come into your life at this time will demand more work than you might be used to giving. Think carefully about your dreams and wishes as the saying goes: “be careful what you wish for as you may really get it!” This transit is one in which your dreams can become reality.

Aquarius
This Saturn transit will affect your work, your career and your life path. Do you like the work you are doing? Would you like to change jobs or change the direction of your career. If you have been working very hard in your job or business for the last few years, then this will be a time of reaping the rewards of your hard work. You may achieve not only financial success but outward recognition of your achievements. If you have not been focused on a particular job or business then this is the time to start planting seeds for a new and more fulfilling career. It’s important that you keep up with the latest education, information and trends in your industry. You need to make sure that you don’t take on too many responsibilities and that you are able to do what you say you will otherwise there could be negative repercussions. This is a time to set new and meaningful goals in your life. Make sure that you are able to keep a happy balance between your work and your home life. There is a tendency at this time to be too focused on one or the other. Try to become aware when they are getting out of balance and make the necessary adjustments.

Pisces
During this transit of Saturn it is a good time to think about going back to school and start a new course of study, or you may consider furthering your education in an existing field. It’s a good time to learn a new language and to explore other cultures and countries to expand your horizons. If you would like to get a book published, now is the time to work on it as you can achieve great success during this transit. As Saturn travels through Scorpio your faith and your beliefs will be challenged. What do you believe in and why? Discover what makes you feel good and find empowering beliefs to support that. Travel will be a focus at this time and you may find yourself travelling for work or going on a long distance trip to a place you have never been to before. Try to open yourself up to new possibilities and take more risks. You may have to deal with legal issues and something that has been going on for a long time can be completed under this transit.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Is another major disaster on the cards?

Is another major disaster due? / on the cards?

March 22nd seems to be a key date when a major disaster could occur if history repeats itself.

On February 27th 2010 there was an 8.8 megaquake in Chile which shifted the earth on its axis by 3 and a half inches.

188 days later, on September 3rd 2010, there was a 7.1 earthquake in Christchurch, NZ.

189 days later on March 11th 2011, there was a 9.0 megaquake in Japan and this resulted in a shift of the earth’s axis of 10 inches and moved Japan’s coastline by 10 feet.

188 days later on September 15th 2011, there was a 7.3 earthquake in Fiji.

Is the trend going to follow that 189 days later there will be another major disaster? If so, some are predicting that this will occur on March 22nd 2012.

In Australia, since the beginning of 2011, there have been floods of biblical proportions. Only this week over 9000 people were evacuated from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales and the entire business district had to be evacuated in case the river burst its banks. Fortunately it did not, however, there is a huge clean-up to be done and the vast amount of water is making its way eastward and will affect more towns along the way.

Scientists are predicting that the asteroid 2012DA14 is perilously close to earth but that it probably will not hit the earth this year or next. However, who knows what effect it could have? Maybe it will affect our oceans, our tides, our electricity, our ozone layer? I think that the scientists don’t want to be alarmist and are keeping a great deal of information secret.

There are more and more inexplicable animal deaths, from birds to fish and the latest has been 400 dead grey seals off Cape Breton’s coastline.
Huge explosions on the sun's surface are sparking the biggest radiation and geomagnetic storm that Earth has experienced in five years, according to space weather experts. The storm, expected to hit Earth later today and last for around 24 to 48 hours, may disrupt power grids, GPS systems and satellites, and has already forced some airlines to change their routes around the polar regions.
The Prairie Island Nuclear Power Plant in Minnesota issued its second emergency notification of 2012 a couple of days ago. Officials at the nuclear plant reported an "unusual event" at 6:24 a.m. after there was a decrease in water levels inside the one of the reactors during a refueling outage. According to a press release there was no release of radioactive materials and there is no danger to the public or plant employees.

This comes almost exactly two months after the highest nuclear alert in Minnesota history was reported at Prairie Island after more than 500 gallons of chlorine bleach was spilled after a PVC pipe burst.

As usual the authorities are saying that everything is under control. But is it really or are they just trying to stop people from panicking?

With many nuclear reactors having been built on known fault lines, with fracking for gas also going on known fault lines, is it any wonder that the severity and number of disasters is increasing around the world?

In Japan, they have to test the vehicles before sending them overseas. When it rains the readings for radioactivity go up enormously and that’s on the west coast, far away from the nuclear disaster. With the debris from the disaster travelling on our oceans far and wide, with radioactivity levels being played down by the powers that be, it’s difficult to know where to run or where to hide. We are all being affected.

Everyone is noticing changing weather patterns. No matter where you live, there are unusual happenings. Here in New Zealand, the northern part of the North Island usually has the best weather and lovely hot long summers. This year, we had no summer at all and the rain and cloud has been almost incessant. In Australia, many parts haven’t had a summer either and the weather has been extremely wet, breaking many records and without the intense heat that those regions normally experience. In Canada, I have clients who are astonished that today in Ottawa, it is 12 degrees centigrade in March and raining when they usually have snow and extremely cold weather at this time of the year. They have had an extremely mild winter.

How many more times are we going to hear that this is a “once in a lifetime event” and very unlikely ever to occur again, only to see yet another disaster befall an area with another world-breaking record of torrential rains, tornadoes, earthquakes or any other kind of disaster.

All of these events are connected to the square aspect of Pluto to Uranus and this is increasing in intensity between now and 2015.

I have looked at the four charts for the megaquakes and disasters that have occurred and the recurring themes are Aries, Cardinal signs, Pluto and Uranus. And on March 22nd, we have a combination of a stellium of planets (three or more in one sign) in Aries: Sun conjunct Mercury, conjunct Uranus square to Pluto in Capricorn. These are very combustible aspects and could certainly indicate sudden weather changes, earthquakes and more unusual occurrences around the world.

It’s a risky business to come up with exact dates for events as there are always so many variables, however, I can say that with these aspects you should be prepared as well as you can for any eventuality. You may have to move at short notice, you may not have electricity or power, you may not have a telephone that works, you may not be able to get onto the internet, you may be without basic services. This is not about scaremongering, it’s about being prepared for survival on all levels. Try to connect up with others who are feeling as you are so that you don’t feel too isolated. These are challenging times and the more we can be self-sufficient not depending on the authorities for everything, the better our chances of survival.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Finding your true passion - Mars goes Retrograde - what does it mean for you?

Mars goes Retrograde from 24th January 2012 to 13th April 2012 at 3° - 23° Virgo
Time to reassess your goals, ambitions and desires.

Do you feel as though you are running around in lots of different directions and not getting much done?

Are you stuck in a job you hate?

Are you feeling directionless?

Chances are that during Mars retrograde, any frustrations you’ve been feeling in your work or your relationships will be highlighted and you won’t be able to ignore strong emotions of anger, fear and resentment any longer.

About every two years and two months, when Mars is closest to the earth, it goes retrograde. What does this mean?

Mars is all about your energy, your passion, your drive, your initiative. Wherever Mars is situated in your natal chart shows where you like to put your energy. For example, Mars is in my fourth house, so I enjoy putting energy into my business and I love working from home. I need a great deal of space or I can get into arguments with family and people close to me.

Some of you will have Mars retrograde natally. You probably come from a family in which no one knew how to express their anger. You may internalise your emotions, so that on the surface you appear calm, but inside you are boiling up with rage and resentments. Or you may use passive-aggressive behaviour to get your way rather than being honest and direct about what you are thinking and feeling. You will have to work very hard at learning how to express your anger and to feel safe with it. The house in which your Mars retrograde falls will show where you bottle up your emotions for days, months or even years, and then suddenly you explode and cut yourself off from the situation. You feel anger inside but don’t know how to release it.

You won’t be comfortable with direct confrontation preferring to work alone or indirectly. For example, you would do well as a coach where you are encouraging other peoples’ energies and passions.

I had a client with Mars retrograde in Libra who found it too hard to fire any of her employees. She hired an aggressive guy who loved to fire people and that’s his job. So she put someone in between who could handle confrontations for her.
You might be accident prone so that when you stub your toe on a wall, or trap your finger in a door, you release your anger through a sudden jolt of physical pain.
You might have addictions such as drinking, smoking or gambling in order to suppress your anger. You may complain a lot rather than do anything constructive about your problems. You may also have a lot of angry people around you who are reflecting your inner frustrations that you are unable to express.

The good news is that you will not have Mars retrograde forever as all the planets progress during our lifetime. I had a client with Mars retrograde and several other retrograde planets in his chart. When Mars turned direct in his chart, he stopped gambling, he got involved in twelve-step recovery, he ended an unhealthy relationship and began studying for a new career! His whole life turned around.

If you have Mars retrograde in your second house you may have a sabotage pattern in relation to money. I had a client who worked very hard, saved all his money and then one day had an argument with his wife and on the spur of the moment took out all the money from his savings account and blew it on a new car. Then he had to start saving up all over again.

I’ve known clients with Mars retrograde in the fourth house who get along with family members for years and then suddenly have a huge argument and never speak to them ever again.
Mars retrograde in the seventh house finds it difficult to express anger or strong emotions in a close relationship. A seemingly small trigger can end a long-term relationship overnight.

If you have Mars retrograde in your natal chart, you will probably have to work very hard at learning how to express your emotions, especially your anger. You may also have to dig deeply inside of yourself to find out what your true passions are. You may be more involved with other people and supporting their passions rather than focusing on your own. When Mars goes direct in your chart, the whole process becomes much easier.

Now, let’s move onto this Mars retrograde coming up towards the end of January and how it will affect us all in one way or another.

While Mars is retrograde, it’s important to look more deeply at the things that you want. Your energy will slow down forcing you to take a closer look at your priorities and your actions. You might be going from one thing to another mindlessly without a true direction that’s deeply fulfilling to you. It’s an opportunity to ensure that you’re pursuing the goals that really matter to you. Become aware of your short-term and long-term goals. Use this three month period to find out what you truly want and why.

Maybe you’re in a job where you’re working very hard, earning money, but not enjoying what you are doing as you only intended to stay in that particular job for a very short time. During this Mars retrograde you might make plans for a new direction in your career which is going to be more gratifying for you.
Whatever your current situation, Mars retrograde gives you an opportunity to regroup and to plan a new course of action, especially in the areas of life that are highlighted by its house placement in your chart.

You may need to turn to a trusted person that you can confide in to talk things through. For example a therapist, counsellor, mentor, friend, family member. It can be very helpful to process and understand what is happening to you and this can be difficult to do in isolation. Don’t let your pride or guilt get in the way of reaching out for help and support if you are having a hard time.

It’s a good time to examine your knee-jerk reactions to situations and people. Try to find healthy ways in which you can deal with anger and fear. Don’t be impatient, you won’t be able to unravel everything all at once. Progress comes in small steps and often you take a couple of steps forward and one or two back until it integrates with the deepest part of your being.

Mars can bring out all kinds of emotions: your desires, sexuality, passions, ambitions, drives – especially those that have been suppressed or undeveloped. Circumstances and interactions with other people may trigger these impulses to the surface. Although this probably won’t be a comfortable experience, it is a wonderful opportunity to work with these areas in a new way so you can heal, release and integrate buried emotions and ambitions.

Mars energy can be dangerous, after all it’s a Fire sign and it rules wars, warriors and conflict. Just like a real fire, it can be harmful and can wreak havoc in a short space of time when it’s out of control. It’s important to handle Mars energy with respect and with safety mechanisms in place. When it’s used wisely it can fire up great achievements and successes. If the energy of Mars is released suddenly and without a degree of control, the results can be damaging and destructive. If you release suppressed emotions too quickly this can create even more problems in your life. When Mars is retrograde, you have access to all of its potential and danger in ways that you might not normally allow into your life. The consequences can be exciting, inspiring, scary, disturbing, destructive, freeing or overwhelming. However, there is great potential for healing and for removing the obstacles that stand in the way of you and your desires.

If you find yourself becoming accident-prone, this Mars retrograde will likely force you to slow down and to pay attention to what’s in front of you instead of rushing around with a hundred different things on your mind. You may find that your energy is drained and you will have to slow down, take a break, be gentle with yourself and give yourself time to recharge your batteries.

Mars rules knives, sharp instruments, surgeons and scalpels. It’s not the best time to have elective surgery during a Mars retrograde. Emergency medicine is another matter, and of course you must seek medical help and if necessary undergo surgery in an emergency, but if you can avoid choosing to have surgery at this time it will probably to your advantage.

Mars is the planetary ruler of both Aries and Scorpio. The Aries part of Mars is easier to deal with in that you can take direct action when dealing with emotions. For example you might work off your passion, anger, frustrations on a physical level by going to the gym, taking a walk or going for a jog, cleaning the house, having sex – not necessarily in that order!

However the Scorpio part of Mars deals with the much deeper emotions that may need to come out. This aspect of Mars seeks to transform and heal a problem by digging underneath the surface and getting rid of hidden toxins. It works much more on the level of the psyche and may bring about a healing crisis where things get worse before they get better. It can take time and hard work before you start to see the benefits so don’t automatically assume that worsening circumstances mean that you are doing something wrong.

Make the most of this retrograde by researching and plotting your course of action, but don’t take serious action steps until Mars goes direct again.