First up, will Scotland become independent following the vote on Thursday 18th September? I was shown a horoscope at the Astrological Association conference for the start of polling which reveals Saturn, the planet of pessimism, fear and paranoia in the Second House of the economy. It’s the Private Frazer (Dad’s Army) planet – the catchphrase being ‘We’re all doomed. Doomed, I tell ye!’ . That looks like a ‘No’ vote to me. The Scots will vote against independence on the basis of economic fear, shown by Saturn in the Second House. However, if you are a ‘Yes’ voter the good news is, they are holding the election on Mercury Retrograde Shadow, so this result will not stick. There will be another vote in time to come – wait. However you will see typical Mercury Retrograde problems over the course of the vote, the counting and the media reporting – missing postal votes, wrongly printed forms, bad weather preventing voting or counting, erroneous media reporting and so on. Following up from last week’s forecast about our oceans - The New York Times reported: For the first time since the Fukushima disaster three and a half years ago, Japan’s new nuclear regulatory agency declared Wednesday that an atomic power plant was safe to operate. And what’s the astrological verdict on that? Not great. The announcement was made right on the Pisces-Virgo Full Moon with slippery Neptune. By the way, thanks to all of you on Twitter for your feedback about that Kate Middleton pregnancy prediction (made last December). More next week!
Aries: 15-21 September 2014
Aries, the only issue with your presentation, packing and profile at the moment is the way you go about things; if you are too radical you will alienate people rather than get them on side. I am sure you feel like going One Step Beyond, to quote Madness, but even though Uranus, the planet of revolution, is active in your own sign of Aries – you could go too far. One of the issues for you is your natural desire to reform everything. Uranus is very much associated with the notion of a better world. It’s about an improved future, not a stuck past or stale present. Reform with issues which revolve around your reputation, brand, appearance and so on will be much easier if you can meet others halfway. Even if you do feel individuals or companies are dinosaurs, try to shake their paws. We only recently had a Mercury-Uranus opposition in the heavens, which has created a situation where it would be all too easy, to go much too far.
Taurus: 15-21 September 2014
Taurus, as you’ve known very well for the last year or two, you only feel truly alive when you are doing something confidential or classified – to the point of being clandestine. This feeling of full-tilt living is electrifying, but the irony is, it only comes when you are either sneaking around behind people’s backs (you will have to be a highly developed human being to admit you have been doing this) or working on something perhaps more elevated, yet also undeniably hush-hush. The reason for this – and why it matters so much this week – is Uranus in the forthright sign of Aries – tucked away in the hidden Twelfth House of your solar chart. What you are now going through, in the second half of September, is a vivid confrontation with everything you have been working towards, whether you knew it or not. And perhaps it’s time to address your need to rebel, or revolt, and the way you’ve channelled that – far below the radar.
Gemini: 15-21 September 2014
Gemini, there is no way you would return to the friendships or groups of the past. You have either left them behind, or you have maintained them, but renovated them, so that what you have in your social life and social media networks today is genuinely thrilling. Uranus, the planet now in charge of your old friends, new friends and tribal or team involvements, is behind those thrills. The price you pay for doing your own thing, though (and doing it your way) is an occasional lesson about compromise and practicality. If you want change, and you seem to want it all the time with these people, then you do have to step down from your more radical ideas and try to moderate your approach. This applies no matter if you are pursuing a new/better/different world with the group in question, or outside them – trying to reform a team or friendship from within. This week reminds you to keep it real and actually make it work.
Cancer: 15-21 September 2014
Cancer, the planet which dominates your career zone this week is Uranus, discovered in 1781, the year that a scientist called Galvani discovered a new form of electricity. It was so potent it appeared to make a dead frog jump. This striking image applies to your profession or other chosen field (you may be a student or volunteer) and with a Mercury-Uranus opposition just days behind you, this jumpy atmosphere lingers. Perhaps you feel like the dead frog, being brought to live by strange new currents. Or maybe you are working for (or with) people who are also behaving like Kermit on electrodes. The whole point of this, though, is to feel alive in a different way. I hope I have not stretched the analogy too far. Uranus is about ‘Vive la revolution!’ and to hell with the past. The only concern is that you don’t burn your bridges and totally alienate people, or disconnect from what is actually practical. And it’s a big concern this week.
Leo: 15-21 September 2014
Leo, if you want to travel, study, teach, write or publish in an utterly 21st century way, then you have to be a realist. This is not something a true revolutionary would even consider. Danton and Robespierre did not generate the French Revolution by being reasonable chaps. Yet, you also have to admit that if you are genuinely going to pull off some of your wilder and more thrilling visions, you need to get real. The problem with any revolution, no matter if it’s political in nature, or personal, is the process. Uranus, the planet now affecting you, is notorious in astrology for hurling you into a new future without any preamble. When everything seems so sudden, so new, so exciting yet also so tense – it can be all too easy to forget common-sense rules about making change work. Uranus is associated with Saturn, his son, who was a rebellious adolescent. If you feel like a surly teenager, forget it. That won’t work. Strategy will!
Virgo: 15-21 September 2014
Virgo, your ruling planet Mercury recently opposed Uranus, the planet of reform, revolution and radical thought. This took place (this will not surprise you) on the horoscope axis which describes your money, house, business interests, apartment, taxation, possessions, charity commitments and so on. What you must now do is understand the importance of long-term thinking. The peculiar thing about this transit, where Uranus is passing through your solar Eighth House, is the short-term thinking it encourages. There may actually be no thought of a future taking place at all – just an endless sense of ‘now’ or ‘next’. In other words, you are living for the moment, and living day to day, as things unfold – yet now more than ever, you must peer into 2015, 2016 and beyond and lean heavily on your practical, grounded nature to help you. You are an earth sign, after all, and must now be down-to-earth about these amazing changes.
Libra: 15-21 September 2014
Libra, the transit of Uranus through your opposite sign, Aries, has some fairly common effects. A separation from a partner is one. A feud with an enemy is another. Beyond that, there is a broad spectrum of scenarios, and I am sure you are living with one at the moment – no matter if your concern is a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, ex-partner or potential lover. No matter if your concern is a rival, enemy or opponent. No matter if your partners are purely professional and work-based, or personal. The challenge with this transit is to stay grounded. Uranus can make you feel very wired, so that sleep becomes difficult and life feels far too buzzy – the air hums with electricity. An old trick is to literally stand with your feet on the grass and feel the connection to the earth, which holds you security when nothing else seems fixed at all. You should also remember that you have a right to plan ahead. And that it can be done.
Scorpio: 15-21 September 2014
Scorpio, you seem to be moving inexorably towards some kind of revolution in your chosen field, no matter if you work for yourself, or work for a large corporation. This also applies to your life as a student or volunteer. The currents in your horoscope suggest there is no turning back. You have swum out too far, and gone off in such an extreme direction (by the standards of more conservative people) that you can’t click your fingers and return to the year 2011. Why should you, anyway? You are on a far more exciting and interesting path, when every time you divert from the norm (or divert from Norm, if Norm is your boss) you connect with people who are just as galvanised as you are, about doing things differently. Better. Let’s face it – better. The only caveat with all of this is the need for a reasonable revolution. You can’t just charge in like some deranged version of George Washington. Compromise is the only way.
Sagittarius: 15-21 September 2014
Sagittarius, if you are going to get what you want from your children, then you have to be a realist about everything. This also applies to people who influence your child’s life very much – anyone who co-parents with you, or who educates them, for example. Realism is the only way, because otherwise it would be far too easy to go out on a limb and disconnect completely. The same basic principles now apply to your godchildren, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. And naturally, to a relationship where pregnancy, adoption or step-parenthood is an option. Finally, some Sagittarians work or volunteer with (or for) the very young, and it is this association which now requires a common-sense, practical approach. I am sure this seems at odds with the atmosphere around you. It is crackling with tension and nervous energy, and it may feel as if only a radical move will suffice. Peer into 2015 and 2016, though. You need to plan ahead. And try to own your need to be free. To be independent. Everything that is happening in your personal or family life now is an accurate mirror image of that.
Capricorn: 15-21 September 2014
Capricorn, you may be constructing your dream home (two sheds optional) or settling into a new residence in a most unusual neighbourhood. You may be reonstructing your family or household. You may just be painting the bathroom. However Uranus in the Fourth House is affecting you, there is a tremendous need to meet other people in the middle. This may concern a one-on-one relationship (a parent) or a broader relationship (the one you have with your home town or homeland). Essentially this transit liberates you from the past, which must seem more stuck and stale, with every month that goes by. Yet at the same time, if you want to be a free spirit, you have to understand the need for sane compromise. Fortunately you are ruled by sensible Saturn and you are an earth sign, which helps. Your house, apartment, family, home town, household or homeland is now at the heart of necessary reform. Just remember that heads do not have to end in onion baskets while women knit. Statues do not have to topple. This is only likely, however, if you have planets in Aquarius.
Aquarius: 15-21 September 2014
Aquarius, your ruling planet Uranus is now timing a brand new direction for you as a writer, public speaker, songwriter, lyricist, blogger, website designer and so on. To this list I might also add communication in general – so foreign language skills, signing for the deaf and the use of new technology (like the ever-evolving smart phone) to connect you in thrilling new ways. The new direction you are taking in the second half of September does require some thought, though. If you find yourself acting like the young Marlon Brando or James Dean, you know you’re probably just living your teen rebel fantasy, rather than actually engaging with the words, the images or the technology and making it function for you! In other words, with Uranus as your ruling planet, it’s all too easy to screw up the process of necessary change and improvement, by succumbing to a second adolescence. Far better, perhaps, to meet others halfway. Those stickers you see on supermarket food (New! Improved!) could apply to your internet life now, but unless others are comfortable, nothing improves.
Pisces: 15-21 September 2014
Pisces, if your financial or property situation is bound up with another Piscean, or a Virgo, then you are no doubt feeling like a cat on a hot tin roof, as the current Uranus in Aries cycle is affecting both of you simultaneously. However. No matter which zodiac signs are now involved with your money, house, company, apartment, business, possessions or charity – you have to be highly strategic. The kind of cycle you are involved with now, prohibits common sense. There is nothing sane, contemplative or steady about it. And that is half the problem. While nobody would deny you the undeniable thrill of pursuing something radically different, and excitingly progressive – you have to remember just how traditional and conservative others can be. This applies to people who are caught up with your money, property or possessions individually, but also collectively, like banks. Try to read hearts and minds. Then revolt.
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