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.
Mighty Mars opens the year in your sign. Pisces is charged up and ready for action. You might feel as though a cauldron of feeling burns within you. This can be a year with a good activity cycle but stay away from any secret or surreptitious activities and make sure you're not carrying too much of a charge of emotion from the past.
You might be angry about something and unable to clear the backlog. Get into dynamic physical activity that can burn away any frustration or upset you might be holding onto. You can really get on with things and make transformative change if you commit to action this year. Whatever is needed, do something about it.
The year begins with revolutionary Uranus and mystic Neptune continuing their journey through Aquarius and your solar twelfth house. The twelfth house rules spiritual, creative and psychic or intuitive matters, but it also rules hidden matters, fears, self-undoing and secret enemies. The twelfth house is the Piscean domain. Revelations, changes, new spiritual understandings and creative directions will be part of these transits at one time or another, as will setbacks, misdirected effort and confusion.
You are being called to cross new but sometimes uncertain or even invisible frontiers. As part of the process, you may well have seen both the best and the worst of yourself. For those of you who have been undergoing some kind of deep emotional or spiritual change, the frontiers of the new are closer now and the year 2003 will see the beginning of a cycle of new developments. In the meantime, let the changes unfold and keep a good focus on the inner state and your inner growth. The month of September may some significant change with regard to health matters or religious beliefs. Make sure you act wisely here.
Love and Money
Venus the goddess begins the year in Capricorn and your solar eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes. She does so in a conjunction with the Sun and opposing giant Jupiter. This could be something of a restless year as your desire to step out and launch into personal and creative vistas may be somewhat dampened by your responsibilities to your family and emotional life. Friends and groups may provide your best support and an important sense of the way ahead, yet some of you may wish to go it alone or be master of your own ship.
For others, relationships within the wider group or the community may take precedence and may draw you away from the way you want to live your life. You will simply have to find a satisfactory balance. New ways of discussing matters or resolving differences between you and your nearest and dearest may be an important development. For those in a relationship, avoid any temptation towards a romantic fling as you may find that someone in your circle of connections will be there to give the game away.
Those of you in a relationship may find that a lot of your time and energy will go into the broader spectrum of activities and you may have to work at making time for each other. You may become jointly involved with creative projects or group work or ventures, but once again this may limit the time you have with one another. The single Pisces may be drawn down the road of the carefree life, seeking diversion and entertainment. You may be attracted to unusual or educated people. You may wish to play the field and enjoy the party life. Yet obligation or responsibility towards the wider group or community may cause you to rein in your pleasures and participate in worthwhile projects or collective activity.
Speculation, the stock market, even gambling may play a part in your financial plans and practices for the year. Avoid extravagance and seek good advice, but something of a speculative nature is certainly favoured. This is a year for a venture or an adventure with money, especially up until the end of July.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
2002 is the year of the love affair for Pisces. Or maybe for the many love affairs. You will have a great year of pleasure and excitement, with some very lucky happenings. Some Pisceans will marry partners who already have children, while others will find friends moving in with them.
Career and Finances: Stake Your Claim
Money comes readily this year. You'll find benefit from sports, entertainment and pleasure-seeking ventures, while speculative activities should pay off, especially in the first half of the year. You could rise to a high position, especially if other people's money, inheritances, or estates etc are involved.
Health: Balancing Your Energies
Health should be generally good this year, but older Pisceans may suffer some restrictions, secret suffering or limitations. Despite this many hopes will come true. Try not to work too hard, especially towards the end of the year. Feverish complaints and accidents are a potential and you shoulkd take care on any governmental or official duties. Stay out of war zones.
Home and Away: Family and Children
Long journeys should prove beneficial, but avoid conflict with strangers and foreigners, especially on official business. There is some potential for travel with or because of your mother, whose health, incidentally, may be under pressure. Your childrn will bring delight and some Pisceans will marry partners who already have children.
Periods of confusion affect
Jan/Feb: institutions, secrets, hidden things, covert enemies, partner's health, people from the past
May/June: real estate transactions, repairs and matters related to home or property, family discussions, family business, correspondence with or short trips to visit relatives
Sept/Oct: credit, taxes, other people's money, inheritances, legacies, estates, sexuality, life's mysteries. More on retro Mercury
From early October until the last week of November, Venus the goddess moves into a retrograde (reverse motion) cycle in Scorpio and your solar ninth house. You may have to deal with outstanding issues with regard to travel, overseas connections, religious beliefs, legal matters or even the in-laws. Joint monies or other people's business could be at the core of things and the past may come back to haunt you in some way in any of these areas.
There might be some kind of 'falling out' over religious or political beliefs. You might be inclined to withdraw from the hurly-burly of life at this point. You may find yourself travelling overseas, going away to the country, catching up on some study or just somehow preoccupied and out of circulation. Foreign climes may call you, especially if you've wanted to go to a certain place for some time. Women of other races or cultures may feature in your life. Some of you could be drawn to study of religion or metaphysics at this time.
Home and Family
Sober Saturn continues his sojourn in the sign of Gemini and your solar fourth house and will remain there till the end of the year and beyond it. Domestic, emotional and family matters may continue to be strong issues or create demands or responsibilities for you to fulfill. These responsibilities may come about because of children but also through older people or simple restrictions in the home. Some of you may want to put time and effort into the development of the home.
You may need to make some explorations of yourself and your family or emotional history during this transit so that you can look back and see the patterns of the past and how they influence you now. Through this there may be some kind of return to old habits, patterns or practices that pertain to childhood or the past. Some of you may even be drawn to make a journey back to an old home base or your place of birth. In the long term, this cycle can lead to a complete shift or uprooting with regard to the operating domestic situation or emotional life. As home and emotional matters hold a great importance, so to does your inner life and Saturn will urge you to come to grips with the inner workings of the self. For some, the eclipses of May and June may bring about a significant domestic or emotional change by bringing a cycle to an end.
Work and Health
In August, Jupiter moves into Leo and your solar sixth house of work and health. This marks a period where you will need to study and grow. It may mark a change of lifestyle with regard to your own individual efforts as they shift away from effort you're making in regard to family and children. This is something of a turning point. You will need to learn in order to move on. You will need ideas and techniques that expand your capabilities and will eventually take you in new or different creative directions. Creative projects, especially those that have some kind of dramatic orientation or flair can be developed under this influence. Watch that you learn the skills or techniques necessary to carry them through. Good teachers and teaching will benefit your work skills.
Watch your health from August onwards. You may need a new healthcare program. You may need to vigorously pursue a creative approach to health matters and act clearly and vigorously in order to make change. Health problems that may have had a low-key role in your life until now may become more dramatic or extreme. Watch problems related to the heart and back and to the life force generally. Dynamic healthcare is the theme.
Pluto still looms large in the vista of your career or professional life as the underworld god continues his journey through the sign of Sagittarius and your solar tenth house. You're exploring what you're made of, the real creature under the mask of self, especially where matters of status, authority, career or responsible role are concerned.
While this is a long term transit, many Pisces will have undergone major shifts in career or vocational direction since 1995. These shifts will have revealed new aspects or facets of the self and, in some cases, brought about an enforced revelation about the true nature of the person hiding under the facade. Pluto's wrestling match with sober Saturn that came in August and November of 2001 comes to its final pass in May of 2002. This planetary shift will have brought many issues about home and work to a head and will bring you back to that space once again.
Who are you in and where are you really going in your life? Restriction may push against desire until new self-knowledge emerges. As mighty Mars begins the year in your own sign and in tension with Pluto, this is the time for a big change or a transformative shift in who you are and how you're doing things. The change may come because you choose it or it may come because of circumstances that cannot be opposed. Whichever way this goes, it's important to remember that you can change your life and yourself, but you will need to make the supreme effort in order to do so.
Jupiter's transit through Leo and your solar sixth house from August indicates that the way ahead in life will be found in study that brings new methods, techniques, skills and a new creative approach to your work. Or perhaps it may bring new creative work to do. For you to find the advancement and position that you want, you will have to learn.
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 for the year comes in Aquarius and your solar twelfth house in the third week of January. You may need to withdraw during this time to consider the deeper issues of your life and reflect on where you are. Some of you will be drawn towards more creative or spiritual considerations. You may find this time a little stressful and will be wise to practice detachment. The twelfth house transit of the messenger can be especially prone to confusion or delays. If you feel you are under attack by others or by general conditions, look deeply and think things through in order to see what it is you need to understand about yourself and your circumstances. Some of you may feel drawn to share a confidence or become the confidante for others in this time.
The messenger's second retrograde cycle comes in the sign of Gemini and your solar fourth house of home, family and emotions. This begins in the testing month of May, during the second week. There may be changes in the home that occur unexpectedly. Home could be busy or even confusing for awhile with people coming and going. There could be problems in communicating with family members. Domestic appliances may misbehave and will need attention. You may be changing your plans about your home life and there could be busy or vivid discussions around such matters. Siblings may be coming or going unexpectedly. Patiently work through any difficulties and don't get carried away by reacting too quickly or getting the wrong end of the stick.
Mercury's final retrograde cycle for the year comes in the sign of Libra and your solar eighth house, the house of joint finances and resources and other people's business or money. You may need to examine your spending or your financial commitments. If you're involved with others in financial terms, you could be in for unexpected developments or a bumpy ride. There may be a need for discussions over money with others but it may not be easy to find agreement. Be careful of entering joint commitments at this time. There may be hidden factors or even a little dishonesty at work. Make sure you don't thrash the plastic here, especially if you're buying something extravagant that you feel you just have to have. This cycle begins in the second week of September and ends in the second week of October. You may end the period by needing to deal with partnership matters.
Your New Moon comes on March 14th, making tension with the Lunar Nodes. There will be some discomfort with others here. You may feel out of sorts with those around you or there may even be a falling out of some kind. At this point, you may have to step out and go your own way, regardless of what others may feel or think. Something new is needed and it will not be found in a familiar environment. New ideas or beliefs may be important in the process of change.
Your Full Moon comes on September 21st, bringing with it some tension with sober Saturn. This may be a difficult time where problems with partners or responsibilities create some kind of difficulty or obstruction. Perhaps the restrictions inherent in your domestic situation will come to a crisis point and you will have to make change. Look for support from friends and associates but don't make crucial or important decisions at this time, as the air will not clear for some weeks. Take note of the way of thing. Work towards change gradually.
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 on May 26th with the Full Moon in Sagittarius and your solar tenth house of profession, status and responsibility. There could be confusion with matters of home and work as retrograde Mercury is involved in the eclipse configuration. Take time to sort out who has said what to whom before you act or react. There could be disputes or misunderstandings that raise the temperature around home or work. This time could mark a change in your domestic situation or arrangements because of changes at work or in your responsibilities. You may be feeling the pressure with regard to matters of home or work. Be careful of minor illnesses or injuries, especially those related to home or work. Take things carefully and let the dust clear before you make any big decisions.
A solar eclipse comes with the New Moon in Gemini and your solar fourth house on June 11th. As sober Saturn conjoins with Lady Moon and the Sun while opposing Pluto, this could be a turning point with regard to your domestic or emotional life and career direction. You may hit a brick wall and have to make change. There could be obstacles in the form of those in authority or those with some level of control over your destiny. A change marked by an ending or separation may come out of this time. Take a fresh look at things and make a fresh start.
On June 24th, the Full Moon in Capricorn and your solar eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes brings with it a lunar eclipse. There may be some changes or an ending within your circle of friends as people come or go. You may have to adjust your plans or dreams in accordance with the reality of your circumstances or connections. Problems with children may flare up for some. Lifestyle or leisure activities may have to be curtailed for the sake of social demands or connections.
On November 20th, the Full Moon in Taurus brings a lunar eclipse in your solar third house of communications and travel. There could be changes with travel plans or you may experience problematic communications that cause you to alter arrangements. For some of you these changes may have legal implications. Be flexible at this point and run with any changes. Overseas matters or connections or people of other nations or races may have an influence what occurs.
A solar eclipse comes with the New Moon in Sagittarius and your solar tenth house on December 4th. A fresh start in work or career may be required. Changing connections may play a part in this and current connections may fade as new ones come or perhaps some others from the distant past re-enter your life. You may have to make up ground with someone in authority that you're used to dealing with. Some of you may take a break from work altogether to travel or relax. Career-related travel could be an option for some.
Chiron the wounded healer this year makes the first part of his transit through the sign of Capricorn and your solar eleventh house. This house rules friends, hopes and wishes. Thus it bears on your connections and associations and how you find your sense of self through groups and group activity and in the broader spectrum of the community. But, it also governs the hopes and dreams that you pursue. Chiron will call you to begin to confront your fears and any emotional damage that you carry from the past in these areas.
Do you find yourself fearful or resistant about becoming part of the group process? Are you unable to pursue the dreams that are really close to your heart because of fear or lack of self-worth? If so, then this is the year to track these issues back to the source, especially if they touch upon relationships with authority figures and the sense of your own place in society. Dig deep if you want answers here. Seek the support of friends and associates in your search. Learn and apply unusual or alternative techniques to find what you need to know about yourself. Teachers or unique individuals who work with alternative methods may be of help or have an influence on the course of your life. Seek the unusual or the radical when the conventional fails. Find what you have in common with others, regardless of apparent difference, and seek new horizons through a common sense of purpose.