Thursday, 30 August 2012


ONCE IN A BLUE MOON…… Friday 31 August, exact at 2.38pm BST, 9.38am EDT!

This Full Moon is a Blue Moon, which means that it is the second Full Moon in the same month. And not only is this one unusual but it is also powerful! Full Moons represent the culmination of the Moon cycle when whatever has been building emotionally comes to a head and we start to see the results of whatever energetic ball was set in motion during the New Moon two weeks before. On another level it is the end of a six month cycle that started with the Pisces New Moon on February 21st, which was an amazing time for looking within, healing old wounds and accepting ourselves and others in a truly compassionate and forgiving way. Now we get to see how far we have come since then. This is an incredibly active Full Moon because the Sun and Moon are forming a connection to every other planet, which means that many aspects of our lives will be affected.

When the Moon is at its fullest it sits directly opposite the Sun, asking that we find a balance between the energies of the signs which hold the Sun and Moon. This month the Moon is in sensitive, intuitive and empathetic Pisces while the Sun is in humble, organised, and health conscious Virgo, where he will be for the next month. Virgo season comes at the end of summer when kids and adults alike are going back to school and we are all starting to come up with healthy routines for ourselves, getting organised and ready to buckle down to some work now that play time is over! I know that I have caught the Virgo bug in the last week; I have changed my diet, started a dream journal (very Pisces!), and organised every aspect of my life and environment, and it has all felt quite effortless! August Leo time was a lot of fun, but now it is time to get back on track.

While Virgo analyses, organises and discriminates, coming up with practical plans and healthy routines, Pisces reminds us to keep an eye on the big picture and to make sure that we retain a sense of the magic in life, working towards goals which truly inspire our passion and joy. Pisces lets us know that we can make our dreams into reality with the power of positive thought - that our thoughts have the potential to manifest in our outer reality, for good or ill. Repeating affirmations out loud can attract the energy we wish for ourselves, while feeling bad about ourselves or thinking negatively can cause people to mirror our thoughts and send bad energy right back at us. We literally do “get what we give”. Pisces reminds us that we have all come from the same energy source so what happens to one happens to us all. She is the dreamer of dreams who understands the big picture while Virgo takes care of the nitty gritty details. Virgo and Pisces are known as the healing axis of the zodiac, as Virgo is humble, health conscious and likes to serve others while Pisces is intuitive, empathetic and compassionate, helping us to understand how the body and the spirit are connected. Combine the two and you have quite a “holistic” approach to health and overall well-being!

In the meantime all of the other planets are involved in this Moon in one way or another! It’s quite a party, that’s for sure! Pluto is forming a positive aspect to the Sun and Moon, asking us to fully release anything that no longer truly resonates with us, stepping into the truth of who we really are deep inside. He also allows us to take a long hard look at what is holding us back from realising our true potential, and it is only F.E.A.R – False Energies Appearing Real. It is time to slay the dragon, breaking down the blocks we have created to hold us back, for we are the creators of our own reality and as such we have absolute power to change it if we wish. Unpredictable Uranus is challenging the Sun, telling us to expect the unexpected and just ride the waves of change as they wash over us. Luckily fearless Mars in Scorpio thrives on a good challenge and he will help us to be emotionally brave and find the passion, motivation and drive to break down our blocks and barriers and move forward!

The Moon is sitting right on top of the spiritual conjunction between sensitive and empathetic Neptune and Chiron, the Wounded Healer. This provides us with a wonderful opportunity to bring our wounds to the surface and review them without the usual guilt or shame, understanding and forgiving ourselves and others in the spirit of true compassion and acceptance. If we truly accept and embrace who we are, warts and all, then we will feel a weight lift and life will begin to flow much more smoothly and joyously! We are the creators of our own reality and can choose whether we live in heaven or hell. It is all a question of attitude. Forgiveness and acceptance of ourselves and others is the key to a much happier existence!

Jupiter on the other hand is forming a challenging aspect to both the Sun and the Moon, and as he is the biggest planet in the Solar system he is quite likely to magnify or exaggerate the emotional energy of this Full Moon! Jupiter in currently in communicative Gemini, so it is possible that there might be a bit of Foot in Mouth Syndrome going around as well as a tendency to worry or feel slighted by real or imagined injustices. Serious Saturn is in the final throes of his long stay in the relationship-oriented sign of Libra and will be forming a challenging connection with Libra’s ruling planet, Venus. This could put a bit of a damp cloth over the whole affair, testing our intimate relationships and exposing their flaws and wounds so that they can be either healed or let go of once and for all. The spirit of the Moon could help us to understand how our relationships fit into the bigger picture of our lives, while Saturn brings a “make or break” quality to the table. Phew.

Overall this Full Moon is a bit like a reset button, offering us a marvellous opportunity to see the proverbial wood for the trees and to blast through the blocks we have placed in front of ourselves in order to prevent our growth. Virgo season helps us focus on creating healthy and efficient systems and routines for ourselves, for if we organise ourselves, exercise and eat well then we think, feel and function so much better! You may find that this is all happening quite naturally anyway, which is the way it should be. It shouldn’t feel like a chore – we should do it because we genuinely want to feel better. There is so much change going around at the moment that it’s hard to keep up, but Pisces asks us to let go of any Virgo tendency to feel anxious or worry about what will happen next and simply surrender, going with the flow and accepting what is. Everything will happen just as it is supposed to, so acceptance is much better than resistance! This Full Moon may well provide some real insight into the bigger picture and how we fit into it, so it is important to remain open and receptive, and let our feelings flow. Pisces wouldn’t have it any other way!

Much love


Thursday, 16 August 2012


Friday 17 August, exact at 4.54pm BST, 11.54am EDT!

This New Moon brings with it amazing potential for manifesting dreams! The New Moon represents a very powerful moment in the lunar cycle when the Sun and Moon unite in the same sign, giving birth to the emotional tone of the month ahead. We are given the opportunity to look within and take stock of our lives, and contemplate what we really want for ourselves. It is a time for planting seeds and setting intentions which allow us to leave old patterns in the dark of the moon and create new ones in their place. As the sign of Leo is the ruler of creation, this is a particularly potent New Moon for creating and recreating ourselves! What are our hopes, dreams and passions, and how can we actually bring them into reality? What unique and special gifts do we have to offer? What is the true and authentic expression of who we are? What were we born to be?

The sign of Leo represents creativity, romance, warmth, loyalty, self-expression and confidence, and asks us to consider what makes us special and unique. Leo is the king or queen of the sandbox and encourages us to play and express ourselves, connecting with the innocence of our inner child and discovering what truly brings us joy. Leo’s ruler is the Sun which represents our spirit and is one of the most important parts of our birth charts, showing the central theme of our lives, where we are likely to shine brightest. This sign rules the “self” – self- expression, self-love, self-actualisation, self-confidence, self-consciousness and in the extreme, selfishness! As Leo also rules the heart, this Moon offers a perfect opportunity to really listen to our hearts, for whatever intentions we set must truly be heartfelt or there is no chance of them actually manifesting.

Over the past year or so many of our lives have changed so much as we have been forced to let go of old patterns, eliminating anything which isn’t serving our highest good whether that be relationships, jobs, living situations or unhealthy habits. Many of us have continually had to step out of our comfort zones in order to recreate ourselves and form lives which are a true reflection who we actually are. It has been intense couple of years, and at times very uncomfortable and painful, for while the old way of being may have been wrong for us it was at least familiar! By now most of us have some idea about the lessons we have been learning and some understanding of what we are striving for. This New Moon offers us an opportunity to have some fun, relax and play a little so that we have a chance to remember what truly makes us tick. It truly is a time to follow our bliss and see where it takes us, for if we do what brings us joy (Leo) and ignites our passion then we are closer to achieving our true potential as human beings.

This week has included a Mars/Saturn conjunction bringing the stuff lurking in the shadows of our psyches to the surface, and as the conjunction is in Libra it is likely to be our relationships which have borne the brunt of whatever has been suppressed. Venus in emotional Cancer has also been forming a tense T-square with soulful and intense Pluto and erratic and unpredictable Uranus, creating yet more tension and disruption in our intimate relationships.  It is quite likely that anything we may have been suppressing has been forced out into the open whether we like it or not! As Saturn is getting to the end of his stay in Libra where he has been testing the validity of our relationships, I can’t help thinking that this might be the final push to resolve relationship issues and make sure they are truly meeting our needs before he moves into intense and transformative Scorpio in October. Phew…. interesting times ahead, that’s for sure, as the Uranus and Pluto are also gearing up for their second exact square in September! What joy! All the more reason to take advantage of the playful nature of this New Moon!

The Sabian symbol for last month’s New Moon in Cancer was “A violent storm in a canyon filled with expensive homes”, whereas this one is “As the light breaks through the clouds, a perfect rainbow forms.” Yeah! It does seem to follow on nicely, and provides some respite from the emotional turbulence of last month’s Moon! As Leo rules gold, maybe this New Moon is an opportunity to find the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Relax, play, sing, dance, cavort and frolic over the next couple of days, and reconnect with your passion and joy! Bask in the sun like a lazy lion or meditate on a bonfire or candle flame, and imagine the Sun’s energy entering your heart and radiating outwards. Make an effort to push your shoulders back and open your heart centre and to communicate in a heartfelt way. This is the true essence of the Leo New Moon….getting in touch with the innocent honesty of our inner child for that is who we really are.


Much love


Wednesday, 1 August 2012


Exact at 4.28am BST, Thursday 2 August, exact at 11.28pm EDT, Wednesday 1 August!

Finally, a truly positive Full Moon! I am very happy to write about this Moon as it has so much positive, flowing energy connected to it, which is a welcome relief after the intensity of the past couple of months’ Moon cycles! Don’t get me wrong, the energy of the Uranus/Pluto square is still very present in the atmosphere, but this Moon does provide us with a little break from the emotional turbulence of the past couple of months. Full Moons represent a climax of emotional energy and are the most intense part of the Moon’s monthly cycle. Whatever intentions we set during the New Moon slowly blossom and grow throughout the month until the Full Moon, when they should begin to bear fruit. This past New Moon was particularly emotional as it was in the sign of Cancer which represents family and our emotional roots, and it certainly feels like since then things have got progressively lighter as the Moon has got brighter and brighter.

This Full Moon illuminates the opposing signs of Leo and Aquarius and asks us to find a good balance between the energy of each sign. The Sun is very happy in his own sign of Leo at the moment, helping us to connect with our hearts and the more playful side of ourselves and encouraging us to express who we truly are with courage and enthusiasm. Leo season is the time for playful creativity; a time to shine and cavort with our inner child, enjoying heartfelt interactions with our fellow men. I am sure that it is no coincidence that the Olympics has fallen during this time, as London certainly feels like one giant playground right now, not to mention the Olympians striving to achieve their hearts’ desires and be the very best that they can be. The tears that flow when they win or lose are testament to how much of their hearts and souls they have invested, and they are of course an inspiration to the whole world as we look on with awe and respect.

Aquarius on the other hand represents the essence of brotherly love and global vision, which of course is another aspect of the Olympics. It represents the spirit of camaraderie and friendship, and our need to belong to something larger than ourselves, whether it be a group of friends, a social network (Facebook and Twitter come to mind, especially as Aquarius also rules computers), a humanitarian cause, or the global community. Aquarius is the sign that comes up with a vision of how to make the world a better place. While Leo encourages us to find our own unique gifts and express them, Aquarius urges us not to keep them to ourselves but to spread the love and share them with the world.

As the overall astrological atmosphere recently has been asking/forcing us to step into our true power and align with our higher selves, with this Moon we are now being asked to connect with what we really feel passionate about and what truly brings us joy (Leo) and be brave enough live in a more heartfelt way. Now is not the time to do what we think we should do, it is the time to be authentic and do what means something to us.  Leo asks us to contemplate what natural and unique gifts we have while Aquarius wants us to share those gifts and help make the world a better place. Whatever our special gifts or talents are they always been an innate part of us, so if we were look back at ourselves at five years old we would see them very clearly. It seems like such a simple concept, the idea of following one’s bliss, but it makes perfect sense really because it should be easy and joyful to do what comes most naturally to us. A while ago I asked my beautiful and wise Reiki Master “How do I know whether I am on the right path?”, and she said “Well, a good start is to make sure you do what brings you joy”. Simple! I am in the process of actually putting it into practice, and it is harder than one would think!

The other planetary energies connected to this Full Moon will bring a good dose of optimism, passion and confidence, combined with the motivation and drive to help us follow our heart’s desires. Jovial Jupiter is playing a big part in the overall picture, bringing the opportunity for growth and expanding our horizons so that we can glimpse the bigger picture. Uranus’s influence brings the possibility of us stepping outside of our usual routines and thought patterns, making us more open to new and exciting and unexpected opportunities and experiences. Mercury is still retrograde in Leo, causing his usual communication and travel hiccups, but his overall message is to look within and speak from the heart, because when we do it resonates so much more. All but three of the planets are in fire and air signs for this Moon so there is communicative and dynamic energy abound! The lack of earth means that we might not feel very grounded however!

The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 11 degrees Aquarius is “During a silent hour, a man receives new inspiration which may change his life”.  The symbol for the Sun at 11 degrees Leo is “Children on a Swing in the Safety of a Huge Oak Tree” Both of these symbols are equally evocative and very hopeful indeed!  This Moon brings with it so much childlike joy and inspiration, allowing us to step outside of our normal roles or routines and have a glimpse of the way we would actually like our lives to be. This is an ideal time to move past any fears which are holding us back and keeping us stuck and small and bring in some joy and the light. I am so happy about this Moon! This might be a good time to contemplate and consider “What might I actually do if I knew I couldn’t fail?”. Take some inspiration from the Olympians as they fearlessly seek to fulfil their dreams!  Now is the time to bravely work towards achieving our hearts desires, because if everyone on earth were following their bliss and doing what comes most naturally to them, think what a wonderful world we would be living in!

Much love