Neil Giles is a storyteller, astrologer and historian. He is a novelist and journalist and has written for theatre, radio and television, as well as many articles for Astrology on the Web.
His passion for mythology and the ancient traditions has led him on a journey through Astrology, Tarot, the Runes and the Celtic Ogham Script as a seeker and personal reader.
He is the author of a number of works on Celtic and Teutonic spirituality, including Odin's Runes and The Oracle of the Trees.
For Neil, the storyteller's path reminds us that while the wisdom of the past still lives, we can take wise action now and in the future. Always a traveller, Neil is at the moment living in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, on the east coast of Australia.
The year begins with a gathering of planetary and luminary bodies in the sign of the Goat. The emphasis will be on strong and responsible action in the course of the year and you will need to initiate most of it. Consideration for others and good communications will be an important part of the way forward.
However, as giant Jupiter is still in Cancer and your solar seventh house of partnership until the end of July, what you learn from partners or close associates and how you allow such connections to guide you along the way will be pivotal. Remember too that sober Saturn is in Gemini and your solar sixth house of work and health, continuing the cycle begun in August of 2000. Personal responsibilities will be high and attention to proper health care a must. Thus, partnership is an important area of development in the upcoming year while health is a necessary consideration. If you keep your attention focused on these two issues then you will find your passage through 2002 much easier.
Mighty Mars in Pisces and your solar third house begins the New Year with a bang by making tension with powerful Pluto in Sagittarius and your solar twelfth house. There could be ructions or dramatic events of one kind or another that usher in the year 2002. Plans might be delayed or upset from the outset. Hidden circumstances or unforeseen developments may play a part. Communications, travel and general business could be affected or disrupted. While some of this will be temporary and pass away quickly or perhaps may only affect those around you, any serious disruption will be a signal for deep and abiding change. A search for new and deeper spiritual values will be the only solution for events or changes that really make their mark.
Sober Saturn, ruler of your sign, moves forward again in the second week of February and turns retrograde once more in the second week of October. The period in between is one in which you can really maximize your efforts.
Love and Money
As Venus and the Sun begin the year together in your sign, there is an emphasis on love and romance. Be considerate to your nearest and dearest. Put your love life high on the list of priorities. However, there could be something of a 'push and pull' situation with partners and close associates as the Sun and Venus the goddess begin the journey in opposition to giant Jupiter. Finding the right balance between your responsibilities and your partner's needs could be a struggle at times. There might be exaggerated or unbalanced responses or expectations. This places an emphasis on the simple process of sitting down and talking things through. For some of you, opportunity and advancement may come to or through you partner and you will have to work in with or around what happens. Partnership will be a teacher or guide, especially to the end of July. Jupiter may bring you into close contact with people who have academic status, legal qualifications, a religious or military position, or are perhaps from other cultures or races.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Marriage is in the air for Goats this year, perhaps to a neighbour, or a relative, or as a result of travel or correspondence. All partnership activities are stimulated, so be nice to your partner and control the urge to get into outright confrontations, especially with those in the immediate environment. Women may cause trouble and there could be some deceit or treachery.
Career and Finances: Stake Your Claim
You'll do well as a result of those under you, but there could be some deception or delusion regarding personal finances. You'll continue to have sudden changes of approach. Keep a weather eye on business associates who could be working covertly against you. Stress and overwork will be a problem this year.
Health: Balancing Your Energies
Work-related stress is an issue. Chronic or deep-seated problems resurface, especially circulatory and respiratory ailments. Watch your diet and pay attention to good health practice. Your partner may suffer some illness.
Home and Away: Family and Children
Brothers or sisters may be most beneficial, and some Sea-Goats will travel or reside with relatives this year. Children may be problematic, perhaps some secret issue. Dealings with foreigners and cultured people will be beneficial. You may need to travel due to your convictions.
Periods of confusion affect
Jan/Feb: finances, information technology, personal priorities, shopping, credit
May/June: work, schedules, colleagues, subordinates, health regimes, meetings with professionals, small animals
Sept/Oct: career, public image, forums, regulations, politics, communication with superiors and authorities More on retro Mercury
For the single goat, you may well form a liaison with someone of status or importance who can perhaps open doors for you or provide you with opportunity. Keep a cool head and a good sense of balance with what is made possible. Be prepared to make necessary adjustments to make the most of what occurs. Such a liaison may take the form of a romantic partnership or some other kind of close association.
If you are in a relationship, then your partner's spending may create issues or place extra demands on you. Make sure all such matters are properly discussed and negotiated. At the end of July, giant Jupiter moves into Leo and your solar eighth house, bringing a strong focus on matters of money, especially joint finance or resources. You may feel moved to go for it, financially speaking. You may be drawn to investment or speculation or you might simply plunge in a little too deeply as far as the credit card or the overdraft is concerned. Keep a clear head and take good advice as to what can and can't be done on your budget. Watch the month of September, especially around the second week. Don't go chasing pipe dreams or putting too much at risk!
Jupiter's influence may tempt some of you goats to intense sexual activity. Make sure you keep everything open and above board and stay away from secret or illicit doings.
Home and Family
Matters of home and family might be dominated by financial considerations. Watch that domestic spending doesn't get out of hand. Partners could have a strong say on domestic developments. Change may come unexpectedly or dramatically in the family structures or unit. Unforeseen circumstances may take a hand in changes around the home. Problems with water could trouble the home base. Some of you may have to deal with addiction as a family problem. For most of you, life at home will be noisy and busy, and perhaps touched by constantly changing circumstances.
Work and Health
With Saturn in your solar sixth house for yet another year, you may find work or the general run of your day to day routines demanding. If you're involved in new ventures or projects then you may be taking quite a load yourself and there may seem to be no let up from your duties. You may have to put in long hours. If work is not a big issue in your life then there could be a sense of loneliness with regard to daily routines. However this works out, it will be important to find a means of keeping your spirits up and maintaining a good approach with regard to health matters. This transit of Saturn can be a paradoxical one in the sense that it will ask of lot of you from a 'work' point of you, draining energy through maximum effort and yet it also requires that you take care of yourself health wise. This is not a good time to ignore health problems because you haven't the time or energy to attend to them. They will simply increase or primary conditions will deteriorate. Make sure you take practical steps to do what is necessary and don't ignore warning signs.
Chiron the wounded healer is in your sign, primarily affecting those goats born up until the end of December, though this transit will be important for all of you over these next years. You will need to look at issues of self-confidence and examine any weaknesses you have in this area. Whether the issues are rooted in emotional difficulties from the past or even in physical conditions or disabilities you may have to deal with, look deep inside and try to find the confidence in yourself and who you are to overcome whatever inhibits you or holds you back. You may need to examine your relationship with your parents or with other authority figures, especially if you were tested with early responsibilities or if important role models were absent at key times in your childhood. Take practical steps to overcome the blockages or inhibitions that you find. Getting away from things and taking refuge in the country could help with any healing journey. A new health regime will benefit you. Don't try to get by on the same old practices. Make active and practical change.
For those focused on career development, two things are important. With Jupiter in your solar seventh house until the end of July, learn from professionals and experts and take their advice. Cultivating a close relationship with someone 'in the know' in a field that's important to you will be the best way to proceed. With Saturn in your solar sixth house, make sure you put in the groundwork and attend to the details of any new venture or development that you're undertaking. Overall, build carefully and take good advice.
Mercury moves into retrograde (reverse) motion three times a year for about three weeks each time. This phase heralds a time of confusion and misunderstandings that can affect arrangements, travel, transport, appliances, machinery and communications. The breakdowns that occur are a function of neglect, inattention, simple misunderstandings or component failure. They will often bring to the fore the very contingency we should have planned for and didn't. When the retrograde phase occurs, watch out for such possibilities as well as putting off major decision-making or the signing of crucial documents and agreements. We tend to miss things while Mercury is in reverse motion and then have to come back and do them again. A process of review in the retrograde phase can efficiently show where problems might lie and help us with damage control or the mending of things. Double check arrangements at these times! What you think you've said and what others have understood will often prove to be two different things.
Mercury's first retrograde cycle comes in the sign of Aquarius and your solar second house of personal finances and resources in mid January. You may have to review your financial plans or your money management to account for some unexpected expenses or changes to the 'dollars and sense' sector of your life. New circumstances may take hold so take a new perspective. There could be a few misleading indicators throughout this time so make sure that you don't make decisions or act prematurely. Wait until the end of the second week of February when Mercury and also Saturn are moving forwards, setting a new cycle in motion.
In the second week of May, the messenger's second retrograde phase comes in Gemini and your solar sixth house of work, health and daily routines. Life could be chaotic and disruption or confusion may colour the process of getting about your normal business. Watch your health here and take steps to remedy what ails you. There may be confusion or tension with co-workers. Work-related travel and machinery or appliances could bring problems. This is a challenging month overall. Mighty Mars and sober Saturn both create tension with powerful Pluto so you may find yourself under pressure or digging deep into your reserves in order to do what is necessary. Don't take risks with travel or exertion at the end of the first week of the month. Watch the last week for stress and dramatic events in the outer world.
Mercury's final retrograde phase for the year comes in the sign of Libra and your solar tenth house. You may find that your responsibilities or professional demands become subject to confusion. You may be going over old ground to correct past mistakes. You may be dealing with difficult people who may challenge your views or ideas or even oppose you directly. You may even find that you are at odds with yourself because of your obligations or duties. Keep communications painstakingly clear and simple. Try to see the merit of different points of view or approaches. You may be forced to revise your belief system or seek advice from those skilled legally or academically. Some of you may even consider a change of direction in your career.
Your New Moon comes on January 13th, making harmony with mighty Mars in Pisces and your solar third house but bringing some tension with sober Saturn in your solar sixth house. Health matters could be a problem at this point so you may need to make a new start with beneficial routines. Seek the advice, information and ideas that can set you on your way. Promote a sense of mobility and flexibility, both of body and mind. Make changes or adjustments to your methods and routines generally. Give yourself a new start with some kind of personal upliftment, a new image or a new way of doing things.
Your Full Moon comes with a lunar eclipse on June 24th. There may be a significant change or revelation with regard to your nearest and dearest or with close associates. You might have underestimated a situation or perhaps missed some crucial feature in the emotional environment. There could be domestic troubles at this time and you will need to act in order to put things right..
Eclipses of both the Sun and the Moon often indicate the end of a cycle or a significant change in the direction or pattern of the affairs governed by the house in which the eclipse falls. Eclipses of the Sun may affect work, direction and relations with people in authority. Eclipses of the Moon may affect matters of home, family and emotions as well as relations with women and children. Both may affect your health.
A lunar eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Sagittarius and your solar twelfth house on May 26th. There could be unexpected developments that bring a cycle in work or health to an end. At its best, this time may simply bring some stresses or a sense of tiredness and depletion. There might also be more potent matters to deal with as hidden forces come to light or hostile influences reveal themselves. This comes at a time when change is much needed or when there are intense demands through work or responsibility. Be clear about what needs to go if it can't sustain itself under the pressure.
The New Moon in the sign of Gemini and your solar sixth house comes on June 11th, bringing a solar eclipse. This continues an emphasis on health matters, predominant throughout the year. If you have hit any blocks or immovable obstacles, now is the time to start doing things differently. Change may be forced upon you as this eclipse comes as a culmination of a series of testing aspects. This time may affect your daily working life and routines. You may encounter testing conditions, difficult people or changed circumstances that will enforce change for you. Look to the long term here and take whatever action best suits that view. You may simply have to give into circumstances as they are.
November 20th brings a lunar eclipse of the Full Moon in the sign of Taurus and your solar fifth house of creativity, leisure, lifestyle and children. There may be changes that affect children or creative projects and communications or travel matters may be involved. An ending may come. There may also be an end to a cycle with recreational pursuits that will come because of changes in mobility or flexibility. You may have to make changes with regard to your lifestyle or cut back on expenses.
A solar eclipse comes at the New Moon in the sign of Sagittarius and your solar twelfth house on December 4th. There may be some small losses or perhaps the revelation of something that has been hidden for some time under the surface of your situation. Watch health matters as you may be tired or under par. Withdraw if necessary.
Venus the goddess moves into a retrograde (reverse motion) cycle in Scorpio and your solar eleventh house in early October. The eleventh house rules your hopes and wishes as well as your friends and associations. There may be a period of review and consequent changes with regard to friends or connections. You may withdraw from some connections (or they from you) in order to consider the future. Joint finances or monies could somehow be at issue in the process. There may be clashes of desire or hidden agendas that influence the situation and jealousy or secret enmity might be the problem.
You may also have cause to review your own hopes and wishes, finding perhaps that achieving them is beyond your resources. Thus you will need to make adjustments. It may also be that you will have to dip into joint or shared resources in order to achieve your goals. If you do this, then make sure there are no hidden snags and that you wait until the last week of November before you go ahead.
For some of you, it may be that a friendship that has been around for some time could blossom into something more. Make sure everything is clear and understood between you before take action.