Mercury Retrograde and Travel: Who Thought THAT Was A Good Idea?

Who thought it would be a good idea to travel during Mercury retrograde? Last Mercury retrograde I went on the High School Orchestra field trip to California with my eldest daughter and the bus buses technology gradually break down as we got closer to the heat of California. The heating stuck on and the kids were just melting. I bought two big boxes of Popsicles to cool the kids down when we stopped to dismantle the heating system. Oh and the Wi-Fi didn’t work either on the bus.   So you would think this astrologer may have learned her lesson. But you would be wrong. We just went to California again during Mercury retrograde. In my defense the trip was arranged around an Anime Expo that my teens went to so little control over the dates. But, still……….   This time the journey there was uneventful. When we got to the hotel we had booked things began to go wrong. We had gone cheaper than we usually do to try and cut costs on the trip but we had carefully checked reviews. Clearly, those that had left reviews were friends of the owners or completely deluded as most recommended it and said they would stay again.. The hotel was disgusting. One of the walls in the room was painted this horrible dark red which we said was to hide the blood. The carpet was badly stained and the non smoking rooms smelled badly of cigarette smoke. The guy in the room next-door thought smoking outside meant standing IN the doorway and holding his hand outside. I think you get...

Summer Solstice 2013

As we approach the summer solstice of 2013 I am drawn to remember the solstice of the year 2000.That year the solstice was at 2.48pm GMT on the 21st. A short time after this I woke up in labor with my second child. I had a magical (yes really) labor. I labored all day at home with only a TENS machine, a couple of puffs of Gas and Air and a birthing pool for pain relief. I walked around our English garden stopping to lean on my husband every now and then when I had a contraction. I ate some homemade soup when I felt a little peckish. It was truly magical. Alice Victoria was born in the birthing pool at 5.05pm. The birds were singing outside the window and I could hear the kids playing next door. Her second name is Victoria after my Grandfather, Victor, whose birthday was also June 21st. He died many years before but it seemed to be fitting that she carries his name. Why do I tell you this on the eve of this solstice? I want to talk about how I felt that day. I was not an ideal candidate for a home birth, apparently. I was 40. My first pregnancy had ended in induction, an epidural, forceps and a baby that had to be given oxygen before I could hold her. This time I was determined to have no intervention. I learned all I could about the birth process. First time round I had relied upon the medical profession to teach me this. They didn’t. I withheld small niggles from my...

An Astrological Pivot Week

This week, and most particularly today and tomorrow, is a pivot week according to astrologer Anne Ortelee. I could go into all the astrology but as my aim is to write for you, not to give an astrology lesson or write for other astrologers I will only mention the highlights and if you want to know all the astrology look at Anne’s post. Instead I will only talk about how this week should affect you and how you will feel. Firstly, what does a pivot week mean? It means a profound or paradigm shift. This week is a shift from thinking to feeling. A ‘getting out of our head time’ and really moving into a more feminine time. A very watery time of flow and emotion. The Sun and Jupiter join together today to begin a whole new year of creativity and then they both move into the sign of Cancer. The Sun tomorrow and Jupiter late on the 25th – I am always referencing mountain time. Cancer is THE sign of feeling, of nurturing, of the mother and from the 25th we will have four planets in this sign until Venus moves into Leo on the 28th. The Sun, Mercury (which is going retrograde on the 26th) will be there for quite some time. Too much astrology? I apologize. This just means a real period of moving into our feelings. I am seeing it already. There was a thread on a friends facebook profile yesterday talking about how their emotions are all over the place. There were many comments agreeing. It’s also very apt that I am starting...

Overcoming Fear and Becoming Fearless

I have discussed many aspects of overcoming fear on this blog over time. A simple search in the search box on the right will lead you to many posts. What is fear really though? What is being fearless? I thought I would explore these topics further. Fear has been described as many things and many acronyms are bandied about the internet. ‘False Evidence Appearing Real’, ‘Forget Everything and Run’ and ‘Face Everything and Rise’ are just three that jump to mind. These are simplistic in my opinion. Some fears are healthy. If you are walking alone and night and you hear someone following you and they stop when you stop and run when you run, then it’s a healthy reaction to be fearful. If someone comes at you with a knife fear is also a healthy reaction. It’s what happens to you when you are fearful that is more important. If fear paralyzes you then you are unable to deal with a situation. I was once trailed by a car with four guys in when I was a teen. I felt fear but instead of panicking I walked up the driveway to a random house and rang the doorbell. The car drove off and I waited until I was sure they were gone before walking the rest of the way home. I didn’t let it paralyze me or let it rule my life, however. I did continue to walk home. We lived in a generally safe area, it was before cell phones and I was too young to drive. No way was I going to let this stop me...

Transformation Through The Shift

We have been through some incredible transformational energies over the last few months. I see it in my clients, my friends and on a global scale. What I see most is the inner transformation. So many of my peers are shifting in irrevocable ways. And this can be painful. There are many reasons for this astrologically but I don’t want to blind you with the science. If you want to know what has been happening there’s enough out there on the internet. I think you must have had your head under a rock to have avoided all the talk of the shift. What I will talk about today is the energy now and how that MAY help your transformation. We are in one of the most fortunate periods astrologically that we have seen for some time. This week we have Grand trines forming in water - a very ‘lucky’ configuration. This is building to what’s called a Star Of David at the end of July but I’ll write more on that as the time gets closer. The very names of these configurations just feel good though don’t they? And that’s because they are. This week we have two Grand Trines exacting. One was on the third and one will be on the seventh. Both include Saturn and Neptune and the first included Mercury and next it’s Venus. We will have the Moon, Sun, Mars and Jupiter to come as they all enter the sign of Cancer. What does this mean? It means increased creativity and sensitivity. There will be a lot of emotion around. I just cried at my...