Astrology Musings: Mercury conjunct Mars in the Crab – Take It Easy!

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Today marks the meeting of Mercury and Mars in Cancer: Communication and energy combine in an emotive, sensitive way.

Mercury in Cancer in itself may tend to favour, or promote, more emotional thought, less emphasis on rationality. The poets among us might be just that bit more inspired right now, perhaps by family, nostalgic or patriotic concerns.

Combining with the Martian energy, this may be a time when issues to do with the home, family, our countries, become that bit more inflamed and vocalised, such as the long running Brexit situation, for instance. So we might expect to see more emotive output in the media right now.

The conjunction also occurs almost exactly opposite Pluto in Capricorn, so this probably only increases the tendency for political stirrings, speculations and perhaps secrets to be exposed in quite sensational ways. The Moon’s presence in Capricorn right now also brings emphasis on political and business issues.

Short distance travelling, or commuting, and our neighbourhoods too, are likely to become more active than normal, even aggravating, which may make us more prone to loss of temper due to the emotive influence of the Crab.

And as Cancer is a water sign, maybe travel by that mode, either by river or ocean, could be that bit more of an issue.

It might be a good idea for all us to exercise a little bit of caution in such circumstances.

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Personal Astrology Report – An Example Chart

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Example of birth chart drawing, individually created.

Here is an example of one of my Personal Astrology Reports.

*Note: In a ‘live’ instance, this report will be sent out to the client in the form of a PDF via email.

The name and birth data of ‘Ellen’ are protected.

Above is the birth chart drawing, based on older styles from the medieval and Renaissance periods. I do not include the ‘outer planets’, not because I think they are unimportant, but in the interests of simplicity. If the ‘outer planets’ are prominent by position or aspect, then they are included in the analysis:

‘Ellen’

Personal Astrological Analysis

At the time you were born the

Rising sign or ascendant was in Gemini
Sun was in Virgo
Moon was in Libra
Mercury was in Virgo
Venus was in Libra
Mars was in Virgo
Jupiter was in Scorpio
Saturn was in Taurus
Uranus was in Libra
Neptune was in Scorpio
Pluto was in Virgo

Introduction

Astrology is based on the idea of what is seen above in the sky is reflected in our world below: as above, so below.
In astrology, the path of the Sun, called the ecliptic, is divided into twelve zones of 30 degrees, called signs. Twelve is a natural division.

The Signs – what are they?

The signs of the zodiac and their qualities in order are:

Aries, the Ram. Cardinal Fire. Ruler Mars
Taurus, the Bull. Fixed Earth. Ruler Venus
Gemini, the Twins. Mutable Air. Ruler Mercury
Cancer, the Crab. Cardinal Water. Ruler the Moon
Leo, the Lion. Fixed Fire. Ruler the Sun
Virgo, the Virgin. Mutable Earth. Ruler Mercury
Libra, the Balance. Cardinal Air. Ruler Venus
Scorpio, the Scorpion. Fixed Water. Ruler Mars
Sagittarius, the Archer. Mutable Fire. Ruler Jupiter
Capricorn, the Goat. Cardinal Earth. Ruler Saturn
Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Fixed Air. Ruler Saturn
Pisces, the Fishes. Mutable Water. Ruler Jupiter

What are the Houses for?

In astrology there are also the houses. These are based on the signs, the same qualities projected out into the environment of the individual.
For instance, Aries, the first sign is fiery, enterprising. The corresponding house is the first house, which reveals how the individual projects him or herself out into the world, depending on the sign and planets (if any) contained in it.

First house: Appearance, personality
Second house: Finance, security
Third house: Communication, neighbours, siblings
Fourth house: Home, family
Fifth house: Creativity, children
Sixth house: Work, efficiency, health
Seventh house: Relationships
Eight house: Partner’s finance, inheritance
Ninth house: Long distance communication, philosophy
Tenth house: Career, status
Eleventh house: Friendship, association, groups
Twelfth house: Inner life, psychology

According to the data given me, the mutable air sign of Gemini was rising on the eastern horizon when you were born.
The ascendant marks the beginning of the houses, the everyday equivalents of the zodiacal signs.
The ascendant or rising sign is a pointer to our approach to life, what we project more obviously in to the world. It may have something to do with our physical appearance too. We must always bear in mind, however, the positions of the Sun and Moon as well. It is this blend of Sun, Moon, Ascendant, plus any other strong features in the chart which will represent your character.

Versatile

Ellen, when you were born the mutable air sign of Gemini was rising, your ascendant.
This indicates that you have a versatile, sociable, communicative approach to life. You probably like to keep busy, to have a variety of tasks to perform, as well as plenty of places and people to visit and chat with in and around your community.
Your ruling planet is Mercury, ruler of Gemini. When you were born it was found in Virgo, strongly in connection to (conjunct) Pluto in your fourth house of home and family matters.

Efficiency

I think this augments your Geminian character somewhat, giving you a greater need for efficiency and practicality, essentially bringing down to earth your innate need to do things. You like to busy in functional ways.
You probably don’t like to waste time, not only fill your day with activity, but you like to apportion your time to get the most out of it. You might make lots of lists, or be an avid collector of certain items, like stamps, for instance.

Grasp of Detail

You are likely to have a very good grasp of detail, too, perhaps especially relating to home or family concerns. You should also have very good concentration, taking away any tendency for you to dissipate your energy.
If you were to partake in any activity, like research, for instance, you would be able to give it 100%. You are, despite outward appearances perhaps, a very concentrated person mentally, able to break down ideas and things into their minutest parts and put them back together. And you are likely to insist on a very tidy, well organised home to match the qualities of your mind.

Efficient, Practical

If we now move to your sun sign, Virgo, this of course is the one factor you are already aware of. The combination of your Gemini ascendant and Sun in Virgo (both ruled by Mercury) only increases your potential for communication at practical levels.
You probably have a strong interest in being efficient and so therefore health is absolutely key for you. You probably watch your diet closely and have a fitness regime you stick to. Work too is paramount to your well being – you appear to have a strong need to be busy.

Nervous Energy

Your Mars is also in Virgo and this will only increase the energy you put into practical detail, perhaps most particularly in the home.
However, just bear in mind that you do need to rest periodically. Your nerves, perhaps more than most people’s, could have a tendency to get fraught because of the demands you may put on yourself. It might be tendency of yours at times to feel overwhelmed with the amount of work and tasks you set out to do.

Pleasantness

We now come to the Moon, the third most important factor in your make up.
Your Moon was in Libra when you were born, in the 5th house of creativity and children.
I think this will blend very well with above mentioned factors of your chart. Moon in Libra will add an instinctive charm to your personality, some very personable qualities. You should be quite pleasant to meet, because you like balance emotionally and in the home.
In other words, despite your busy, efficient, work oriented character, you will nevertheless be pleasant to meet socially, in creative activities and with your children.

Beautiful Pursuits

Venus in Libra also in your fifth house further indicates your love of creative pursuits and possessions, such as art, clothes, music, just beautiful things, which you probably love to share with others and your children.
So when it comes to your career, we have to bear in mind all the above said potential. We spoke your liking to communicate, both mentally and physically, to be busy, versatile, practical, to have variety in your life and work but not waste your time doing it.

Career Flexibility

The emphasis on communication could have led you in to many types of career.
You might have good linguistic skills too; maybe you can speak one or more foreign languages well – you seem to have the potential for that. This would obviously have opened the door to several careers, from teaching, local government, to diplomatic arenas.
Then there’s the everyday variety and flexibility of something like being a shopkeeper, to delivering goods (where every day will be different), and to being a journalist, out and about covering a wide variety of local, perhaps national stories.
As you have a grasp of detail, plus good concentration, research and investigative work might be particularly suitable for you. This brings to mind investigative journalism and police or legal work.

Behind the Scenes

To add to this, you may also prefer to work busily behind the scenes, in a practical role, that might in some senses resemble a home.
This brings to mind larger institutions, where you will have scope for practical, detailed, concentrative work, which you would excel at – hospitals, or charities for instance. Your pleasant manner of response (Moon in Libra) will help you in these areas too.
The latter is important for you, I think. You may realise you need to develop a career to take you ‘out of yourself’ so to speak, even if it is largely behind the scenes work, away from too much involvement in home and family life, where it is so ‘natural’ for you to function.
In many ways the latter would tend to bring together all the different strands of your character, potentially leading the way to greater self fulfilment.

This brings to an end the general analysis of your birth chart. If you would like more details, or perhaps an in depth discussion about your chart, please don’t hesitate contact me.

Many thanks and kind regards

Leofwine Tanner 2017

Email: leoftanner@gmail.com

 

Poem: Anonymous Lines

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Painting by Leofwine Tanner

Downstairs any morning;
sunlight and smoke
in slow swirling clouds.
The cat wanders in,
cries and wanders out,
flopping down the step
toward shrill sparrow sounds.

An open passage door
through which I follow
into a past, or no time at all.
Gooseberries hairy in the mouth,
that sour shock at the crunch.
Raspberries sweet on the tongue;
peas plucked from the pod,

sitting between rows of green.
His shadow blots out the sun,
a tall silhouette, cap pushed back
as a match is struck.
I follow to runner beans
and strawberry rows,
where the cat rolls over and over.

He is distant now, never hurried,
where it all opens up,
when I cling to his leg
looking down on the dyke
where the moorhen struts.
Out onto prairie fields,
anonymous lines of roads

and pylons. A relentless horizon.

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Astrology Musings: Mr Brexit… on Fire!

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He is sometimes described as the most significant – and most controversial – British politician of the last 20 years.

He has been a sitting MEP in Brussels and Strasbourg for sometime, and has tried also, unsuccessfully so far, to become a Member of Parliament.

And yes, he’s a man who greatly divides opinion, a bit like Marmite, as the British might say, but then he’s been a leading exponent of Britain leaving the EU. Mr Brexit.

Lots of Fire

So what can a little bit of astrology reveal about this controversial character, called Nigel Farage?

Well, his Sun is in Aries, along with Mars and Jupiter (not conjunct), all in the 8th house. His Sagittarius Moon is in good aspect to that Jupiter.

So there’s plenty of fire here, enthusiasm, energy, drive and much high spirits.

All of these qualities are extremely useful for leadership, and the fact that he has led UKIP more than once and is now leading the Brexit Party to electoral success, show that leadership comes quite naturally and successfully to him.

The Sun, Mars and Jupiter in the 8th house points to very strong feelings and an interest in serious investments. This may perhaps also tie in with his former career in the City of London. The positivity of Jupiter trine Moon in fire certainly hints at a liking for speculation.

Hyper Critical Outlook

Also fascinating is his Virgo ascendant exactly conjunt Pluto. The ascendant shows how we project ourselves into the world, our personality.

Virgo here hints at a critical, detailed approach, the ability to analyse, assess quickly what’s in front of him. Pluto will probably only intensify that focus. (Pluto’s actual ‘influence’ is itself controversial).

His ruler Mercury in Taurus, reveals a practical, earthy mentality too. There is constructive thinking here, supported by Saturn, meaning he will want concrete results. Mercury in the 9th house of long distance travel and philosophy, strongly hints at mental interests and involvement in foreign concerns – the EU, for instance.

A Radical

And like all politicians born around this time, there is a Saturn Uranus opposition, albeit a little wide. In his case, it’s close to being angular, too, meaning that he will probably feel strongly that dichotomy between radicalism and conservatism. He might see himself as the radical organiser, opposing a totally inefficient establishment. Some see Pluto’s influence as ‘elimination’, stripping away, clearing out…

Pluto and Uranus close to his ascending degree point to a personal magnetism, an intensity, which is possibly one of the prime indicators as to why he is controversial.

Leadership Ability

So in summary, I think we see here genuine leadership potential (Sun, Mars, Jupiter in Aries), proven more than once in Britain and in the courts Brussels.

Yet he is not all ‘fire’. He’s a practical thinker (Mercury ruler in Taurus), expects results, and has a very strong grasp of detail, plus a flexible, hyper critical approach to everything he does (Virgo ascendant conjunct Pluto).

In a nutshell, there’s an emphasis on fire and earth: he sees something needs doing, setting off with great energy (fire) and a plan to implement it practically (earth). He’s a doer.

All in all, a recipe for success, I think.

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Astrology Musings: A Political Leader in His Element. Who’s For Boris?

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The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. I mean, who would want it – really?

One of the names touted around for some time is the former Lord Mayor of London, former British Foreign Secretary, leader of the Brexit campaign in 2016, prominent journalist, editor and author, Mr Boris Johnson MP.

Does he have what it takes, astrologically speaking, to lead United Kingdom PLC? Well now he’s thrown his hat in the ring, here’s my take on it, my musings.

Lots of Air – but where’s the Fire?

Let’s begin with the chart basics. There’s lots of air: Libra on the ascendant; Sun, Mercury, Venus (the chart ruler) and Mars in Gemini in a pretty full ninth house; Moon in early Scorpio in second house, but still trine the Sun and Venus conjunction.

There is a lack of the fire element. 

So what might all this mean?

Obviously the birthchart of any leader will necessarily apply itself to the fortune’s of that nation. So who do we have here?

Affability

Libra rising and all that Gemini; the affable, likeable, quick-witted, humorous fellow we all see. Nevertheless, this outer affability should not disguise the significant substance within: this is no ‘shallow’ Gemini.

He’s obviously great company, as well as a serious intellectual, with a penchant for foreign matters and history, especially classical history – all ninth house affairs.

He is a particular operator from the higher mind, though always approachable (Libra, Gemini), intelligent, able to give full, well argued, discursive answers, probably without notes, all delivered with humour (lots of Gemini), argumentative fervour if need be (Mars in Gemini ninth house) but with grace (Libra rising).

Communicator

He’s charming, a naturally enthusiastic communicator, who could make you be interested in virtually anything. He might have been a salesman in another life.

But he’s also a diplomat, a negotiator (Libra) and probably a very good one, too.

And at the end of the day, that Sun conjunct Venus in Gemini will always make him likeable, even to many of his political enemies. The Sun Venus trine the Moon also means he’s pretty much at peace with himself, too, I think.

But let’s look at that lack of fire. As a potential leader, I would be happier to see some Aries or Leo, or a prominent Mars, so this may be a problem. I don’t see here a natural leader, but he understands both sides of an argument, with persuasive, intellectual power in droves. He’s very comfortable in the heady world of intellectual debate (Air signs, ninth house): He may have to rely on it.

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So what might a Johnson premiership be like?

Well, with all that ninth house activity, he will naturally gravitate towards foreign affairs, and this area of UK policy is not going to change very soon. No surprise there, you might say. The difference being, I’m pretty sure, is that the EU negotiators this time would know they’ve been danced with, so to speak. He’s no pushover when it comes to arguing over a point.

Libra (on his ascendant) has a reputation for indecision, yet it is often prominent in charts of leaders and generals. The key factor here is weighing up, literally the balancing of options, a fundamental part of deciding on any action.

Fence Sitting

His ruler (Venus) in Gemini might even seem to exacerbate this tendency for fence sitting; maybe this is why he’s waited until now for what he sees as the appropriate time, rather than trying to oust the incumbent premier earlier.

With the emphasis on Gemini and the ninth house, he would be able to respond quickly to events, have a broad grasp of any situation. These are good qualities.

In recent times he’s published a biography about Winston Churchill. Most interestingly both men have a prominent Saturn Uranus opposition, Boris Johnson’s almost exact.

Here we might see the fundamental problem that would face any leader at the present time though, and perhaps particularly a Johnson premiership. Saturn represents the existing order, Uranus stands for a radically new one that may be thrust upon us without warning. They are fighting each other, and we can see similar situations in Europe and the world, as well as within individuals.

Not a Firebrand

In his own chart, this plays out in the sixth/twelfth house axis, but could be highly significant for the country’s health if he’s leading it, how it functions as a nation, and whether it can face the deep psychological rifts that may be going on with Britain’s changing status in the world.

There is another near exact opposition also between Jupiter and Neptune in the second/eighth house axis. This hints at financial and security instability, confusion.

So to summarise, he’s not a firebrand, inspirational type leader. He leads with reasoned argument, persuasion and oodles of wit and charm.

And sometimes luck comes strongly into play. If Mrs May could be described as being unlucky, maybe taking the job at precisely the wrong time, perhaps Mr Johnson’s timing is spot on. We shall see.

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Astrology Musings: JFK born 102 years ago

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Many articles, volumes, films and TV series have been written about the life, and death, of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

So what, in astrological terms, might be deduced from his birth chart – why is he such an icon, even now?

Potential or fate?

I believe astrology is largely about potential, not necessarily fate. There is freedom of choice. But choices have consequences.

When he was born, Libra was on the ascendant. His ruler, Venus, is in Gemini in the 9th house, along with his Gemini Sun nearby.

So in basic terms, this pretty much describes the man and the President we know. The easy charm, the affability. He is intelligent, sociable, diplomatic, approachable, highly inquisitive and able to relate to a wide range of people. Not bad qualities for America’s first TV President.

Diplomacy

This also correlates with his successes in diplomacy, his liking for peace. Examples of this are the creation of the Peace Corps, his seeking of detente with the Soviet Union following the Cuban Missile Crisis, his willingness to try to accommodate all sides most of the time.

And his Sun and Venus in the 9th house indicates the importance of foreign matters and the world at large to him, as a man and a President.

But of course, he was also known as a great speech maker, a prerequisite for any politician who want to go places.

Great Speech Maker

If we look to his Mercury (speaking/communication) it is conjunct Mars in Taurus (the Bull rules the throat) in the 8th house. Jupiter is nearby too and is ruler of his third house of communication.

Here are the strong, optimistic, expansive, yet ultimately practical mental qualities he was noted for, like, for instance, setting America on course for the Moon.

Here also is the powerful, ‘bullish’ voice we have all heard, one of the most distinctive political voices of the last century.

Few Presidents made as many famous speeches in three short years, such as the one in Berlin in 1963. Here too, is his bravery and generosity; from the 8th house he was willing to speak up about difficult policy decisions that might change the security status quo.

Grasp of Detail

This conjunction is trine the Moon in Virgo in the 12th house. This hints at an inner fastidiousness to the nature, that could be put to good use mentally; a great need for, and grasp of, detail. Again, a perfect quality for a successful politician.

So, we can see that underneath the easy charm, there is a practicality and courage too. He wanted to get things done.

Some have said that if he hadn’t gone into politics, he might have become a famous writer. Well, he did write some books, but had he chosen this other career path, I think one can see he might well have been famous for that too.

Saturn is fairly close to the midheaven (career) in Cancer.

Saturn Weighs Heavy

Saturn is not ‘happy’ in Cancer, hinting at potential for emotional struggles, especially positioned quite prominently high up in the chart. This would tend to bring very hard, demanding difficulties and responsibilities that could expose the individual at times.

This is a difficult position for any well known individual, but here we’re looking at the most powerful man in the world.

Had he lived, assuming he would have gone onto a second term, my bet would be that he would have dedicated himself to writing – quite possibly his first love.

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Book Review: Musings on ‘A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man’ – James Joyce

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Of course, much has been written about this novel since it was first published in 1916. To call ‘A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man’ (Penguin – this publication) a landmark, would be grossly understating its impact.

So I’m not attempting to go into great depth, all that has already been done. I merely want to convey my own recollections of first reading it, way back in school.

For me, it was this book and D.H. Lawrence’s ‘Sons and Lovers’ that first truly opened my eyes to what we sometimes call serious literature. Both of them are, in their own way, semi-autobiographies and broke the mould of novel writing.

Story Teller

Naturally though, Lawrence and Joyce wrote in very different ways. I think Joyce wrote more intuitively, in a way which conjured up for me a wholly different milieu of imagery. He is a natural narrator, a story teller like many of his countrymen.

For example, when he describes Stephen Dedalus’ childhood, I get drawn into that world through the use of evocative child-like language; I become that child. I can remember endless classroom discussions about this part of the book.

Living Imagery

And the world of Dublin in the late 19th century, was a very different world from that of the industrial Nottingham area, where Lawrence sets his book.

Although Joyce was to reject almost everything about his upbringing, his beliefs, his writing is nevertheless suffused with that imagery, bringing it alive, like new music as some describe.

So what are we to make of the criticism of those who first rejected his manuscript? The book is, when compared to more classic literature, without doubt somewhat formless and unconventional.

Like God

Yet, those of an artistic nature tend to be like this, especially over the last hundred years or so. I think Joyce, whose approach was understood and encouraged by none other than Ezra Pound, was simply bold enough to open up the taps of his creativity. The artist himself almost becomes like God, a creator in his own right, a bit like the Daedalus of legend, who built wings for himself and his son so that they could fly.

Joyce’s upbringing within the strict bounds of Catholicism, his training for the priesthood, was in retrospect the perfect grounding for such free artistry, once it was released from its captivity.

Ironically, Joyce’s world never seems to lose the colour of his Catholic upbringing, even though he ultimately rejected it. With Lawrence, the harsh, English Protestant world, seems altogether more grim, enlightened by the writer’s love of nature.

Native Genius

Joyce’s innate creativity, held back for so long, could only emerge later like a succession of Michelangelo masterpieces, hewn by the craft and intelligence of a native genius.

Unlike his other classics, Finnegan’s Wake and Ulysses, I have successfully completed reading his first great novel.

Even so, one day I intend to finish the former two, although I suspect I will read ‘Portrait’ again before I do that.

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