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January 2016

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“Jupiter seeks general principles and universal ideas, whilst Mercury is a critic and commentator, an annotator of margins.”  CHARLES CARTER

“Dig within.  Within is the foundation of good, and it will ever bubble up if you will ever dig.”  MARCUS AURELIUS

Mercury is slowing down to retrograde (from 5th January, 2016) as I write, and I’ve been aware of carefully gathering together the threads of what I want to say and editing out the ‘overflow’.  He’s in the first degree of Aquarius just now, but retrogrades back to 14Capricorn55 by 25th January when he turns around again.  Jupiter is also ‘on the turn’!  His retrograde begins at 23Virgo14 on 7th January, 2016.

According to Erin Sullivan, “The process of insemination and active waiting, putting an idea or plan of action on the ‘back burner’ for incubation and maturation, is an attribute of all retrograde cycles.”  Mercury’s retrograde through an earth sign (Capricorn) may signal the necessity of dealing with unfinished business – the practicalities of life – and fits very well with the season of winter, which also encourages us to make endings, go inwards, be still…  Mercury’s ‘peeping’ into the air sign of Aquarius before turning may also bring reflection on relationship (especially if you have planets around the first degree of this sign).

Jupiter’s movement through the signs brings a sense of buoyancy, expansion and visions for the future (he’s been in Virgo since early August, 2015 and will be moving back to 13Virgo15 in early May, 2016).  During his retrograde there may well be a ‘crisis of faith’, a need to spend some time evaluating our personal beliefs and ethical code and perhaps some consequences to face around taking on too much.  The exciting possibilities that fall away during this time may well be seen in retrospect as a ‘blessing in disguise’.

Give it time…

For myself, Mercury’s influence is mostly in my 12th house this time, re-emphasising withdrawal and ‘seed time’.  Jupiter stationing affects my sun, so time for pause perhaps, before launching into new pathways…?  I resonated with the above quotation from Marcus Aurelius who shares my natal Jupiter in Scorpio (both quotations are taken from Stephen Arroyo’s book ‘Exploring Jupiter’).

I’m offering a new written ‘taster’ reading based on the personal planets of your chart (template attached) at £15.00, which can then be used as a ‘deposit’ on a more detailed reading if you choose, and a 6-week beginners’ course on Monday evenings in Kendal – from 8th February, 2016 (£90.00 including a free ‘taster’ reading).  Also thinking about a beginners’ day workshop (either 13th or 20th February from 10.30am-4.30pm) and a story workshop on 9th or 16th April (same format).  Do let me know if you’re interested or would like more information on any of these options.

Wishing you and yours a very happy 2016!

Love and blessings,

Helen x