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.
A gathering of heavenly bodies in Capricorn as the New Year begins will send some bulls along the path of overseas travel, academic or metaphysical studies and legal activities or pursuits. You may even journey down the road of spiritual or religious understanding. Keep your options open and your eyes on the broader perspective in 2002. You'll need to expand your horizons or act quickly to grasp an opportunity you have worked for when it actually arrives. Relatives by marriage and people of academic, religious or military standing may play a part in your life over the course of the year.
The Sun and Venus the goddess in Capricorn call you on a journey of the higher mind in 2002, but they do so in opposition to giant Jupiter in Cancer and your solar third house. This can be a year of expansion and expansive activities but make sure you don't expend energy, money and resources in wasteful or extravagant endeavours. Also, don't disperse what you have gained through petty disputes over differing attitudes and ideas.
With Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens in your solar third house for the first seven months of the year, the emphasis is on communications and the growth of ideas, attitudes and opinions that will bring you a broader view of your life and where it's going. Another year of the thinking bull!
Writing, publishing, communications activities and information exchanges are strongly favoured through to the end of July. With aspects between Jupiter, the Sun and Venus, you may spend some of this year pulled between different lives or different environments, e.g. city or country, overseas or homeland. Keep a balance between these opposites rather than putting all your eggs in one basket.
Mighty Mars is in Pisces and your solar eleventh house as the year begins, triggering tension with Pluto the transformer. You might find yourself surging or being pushed to a different position or place among the wider community as the year unfolds. Your goals or hopes for the future will be radically changed because of powerful or transforming events.
Conflicts within groups or associations you are connected with are in the stars. There may be breaks or endings with certain friends and associates through significant or even enforced changes in your circumstances.
These may occur over joint finances or resources, or they could be related to deep-seated issues with regard to the behaviour and desires of others. Be careful you don't become a victim of powerful forces and make sure that you don't become a victim of your own subconscious drives. Aspire to the highest spiritual or creative goals no matter what resistance you encounter, either within the self or outside it.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Friends may change their spots and become opponents or even enemies this year. Some Bulls will marry partners who already have children. Those from exotic places and different cultures will have appeal. Sexual attractions will be mysterious and intense.
Career and Finances: Stake Your Claim
Expect benefit this year through industry, trade, profession or government office. You can gain through books, media, publishing, foreign trade, and cultural pursuits. Long journeys should pay off. Dealings with religion, philosophy, science and academia may be fostered to advantage. Develop knowledge and skills with computers, machinery and mechanical equipment. Communications and travel increase. Artistic and design talent, or writing ability is enhanced. Loyal service will pay off, but issues to do with other people's money, credit, insurance or legacies tend to be problematic.
Health: Balancing Your Energies
You'll need to take good care of yourself this year, as the potential for serious illness is in the stars. You'll also need to take extra care of pets, poultry and similar small animals in your care. Brothers or sisters may also be subject to uneven health under these influences.
Home and Away: Family and Children
Some old restrictions will be resolved and things should generally become brighter. The urge to renovate or relocate to a bigger residence in a better location will become stronger in the months following July 2002. Children should do well and give you pleasure. Siblings may suffer health problems.
Periods of confusion affect
Jan/Feb: communications with superiors, clients, or a parent, career and long-range goals, government regulations or those imposed by authoritative agencies.
Jun: material assets, how you handle monetary income, and how you earn it, personal values and priorities.
Sep/Oct: your job, daily responsibilities (paid and unpaid), and those who work for or with you, medical advisors, health and fitness More on retro Mercury
Glorious Venus, your life-ruler, is in practical and ambitious Capricorn and your solar ninth house as the year begins. This is the year of the calculated risk as far as money is concerned. Make your plans and lay your foundations, then step ahead fearlessly to get what you want. Overseas and local travel could play a part in your year. The need to move could come suddenly or because of grand or dramatic developments in which emotional or family matters may have a hand. You may not always have the full control of your circumstances that you would like, so make sure you keep a firm grasp of what's within your reach.
For the rest, go with the flow, but don't get lost in the grandiose or emotional expectations that others may have for you. You may need to make adjustments of attitude throughout the year. Sometimes you will have to focus on an important commitment and re-emphasize its importance. At other times you may need to bend the rules or revise your attitudes to achieve important goals. Don't waste money or energy over petty quarrels or differences. Don't squander what you've gathered through poor advice or bad judgement. It's the calculated risk that will pay the dividend
As far as relationships go, the committed bull may need to find and explore a new level of independence in their primary relationship. Travel and study may be on the agenda, but these could separate you (perhaps for a time or on a cyclical basis) or they could see you moving in different directions for a necessary period. Think about developments in the long term to serve your joint needs. Don't just focus on what you feel is important for the moment. Such changes will strengthen ties between you if you handle them with maturity and maintain good communication. Your partner's family or relatives could play a larger role in your life.
The single bull might find new romantic interests with someone older or from a different cultural background. Travel may be fortunate for romance although there will be hectic or emotional circumstances that will come with such encounters.
Home and Family
August sees a significant boost with regard to home and emotional life. Giant Jupiter moves into Leo and your solar fourth house at this time, preparing to spend the next twelve months there. There could be change and expansion. Bigger and better premises might be on the cards, or there could be improvement to the current address. There might be additions to the family or just a general and dramatic increase in the quality and feeling with regard to your emotional life. Religion, philosophy and politics might play a larger part in your home life. Put your creative energies to work in the home and you will gain from such endeavours.
Work and health
In health matters, concentrate on physical suppleness and flexibility. Institute and maintain good routines and practices for looking after the body, especially where physical and even sensual enjoyment are concerned. Remind your spirit of the joys of being alive and physical. As far as matters of work are concerned, communication and information are important areas of focus and you will need to develop skills to expand your operations here. Be open to new ideas and develop new lines of thought. Old attitudes won't do. Enroll in a course that will upgrade your approach to communications. There could be enough travel and movement to keep you on your toes. Go to the mountain if it won't come to you
For some years now, revolutionary Uranus has been moving through Aquarius and your solar 10th house of employment, career and public life. This transit has been pushing you (the stubborn bull) towards change. There will have been sudden alterations, advancement and change in your situation. It may not have been easy to maintain stable effort in order to get consistent results. Some bulls will have even had a complete change of direction, heart or mind with regard to the matter of employment. Sober Saturn marks the year 2002 with a benign aspect to revolutionary Uranus for the first time since 1997.
The periods from August 4th and December 8th will show positive indicators that you are finally coming onto more stable ground and beginning to get somewhere. However, if your efforts have only been towards propping up old or outmoded ways of doing things, you may find that they will collapse like a house of cards around these times. On the other hand, if you have made change, implemented new ideas and consultative methods and brought a genuinely fresh approach then you will be able to reflect proudly on the reward for your effort. There will be some changes in your financial situation and also with regard to your relations with people in positions of authority and in the wider community. You could be looking at the beginnings of a newfound independence.
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 turns retrograde for the first time in 2002 in the sign of Aquarius and your solar 10th house in the 3rd week of January. Matters related to work may be under review and there could be confusions or misunderstandings with fellow workers. Try to take a different perspective on any problems and apply a teamwork solution. You may have to re-evaluate aspects of your belief system. Matters related to law, study or travel may provide answers.
Money is highlighted in the 3rd week of May as the busy messenger turns retrograde in Gemini and your solar 2nd house, bringing some confusion with your financial dealings for a time. Be careful of your spending and don't get taken in by the appearance of any proposal or offer, especially if others are being persuasive. Don't branch out in too many different directions. Review your position and keep commitments clear and simple.
Mid September sees Mercury retrograde in Libra and your solar 6th house. Watch your health and take proper steps with regard to remedies and treatment. There could also be difficulties over work matters or routines, involving confusion or antipathy with partners or co-workers over work-related issues. Discuss matters calmly and see the other side of difficult situations. At the end of this period, you may realize something important about where you're going as far as work is concerned, especially if it involves creative matters.
Your New Moon comes on May 12th, bringing some confusion with regard to money matters and personal resources. Re-organize your approach in these areas. A powerful woman or someone with strong spiritual ideas may assist or advise. Reorient yourself with responsibilities and professional obligations. These will need demand attention or need new ideas or attitudes to stimulate a fresh approach.
Your Full Moon comes on November 20th, bringing with it a lunar eclipse. There will be changes or ructions with regard to matters of partnership and working or professional obligations and a related situation may come to a sudden end. Don't let emotions get out of hand and make sure you look after matters related to the home. You may struggle with recent developments there, or changes in your domestic situation may be necessitated.
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.
On May 26th, a lunar eclipse of the Full Moon in Gemini and your solar second house may bring a rocky patch or even an end of a cycle with regard to personal finances. This could create uncertainty in dealing with people working with money or at your place of work, especially women.
On June 11th, a solar eclipse at the New Moon in Gemini in your solar second house may see you dealing with authority figures or older people over money matters, especially if there are disputes with regard to personal finances and joint arrangements. It might be time to end an arrangement or you may find you are unable to sustain one.
A lunar eclipse of the Full Moon in the sign of Capricorn and your solar ninth house on June 24th may upset travel plans or disrupt communications. Overseas or foreign people or situations may be involved and religious or legal concerns may become important.
A solar eclipse at the New Moon in Sagittarius and your solar ninth house on December 4th may see you once again sorting out matters of joint finance. Old connections may be involved and you may have to put aside ideals or deal with deception in order to come to a clear arrangement.
Footnotes to the Year
In October and November of 2002, Venus enters a retrograde cycle in Scorpio and your solar seventh house of partnership, marriage and open confrontation. You might find yourself in a review with regard to partnership matters. There might be a separation or you may simply take separate directions for a time. There could be more powerful matters at work as difficulties or conflict of some kind arise, especially when issues of joint monies or sexual desire are involved. Negotiate with care and insight. Don't act immediately to remedy problems. First find out what the underlying issues are. This time is charged to renew the intensity of the connection between you, if you work your way carefully through the problems. However, as Venus the goddess begins her reverse motion cycle in tension with giant Jupiter, there could be a tendency to react strongly or exaggerate the matters at hand. Stay calm.
For the single bulls, there could be a re-emergence of feeling from an old relationship. It will burn hot again for a while, but will it last? Insight will be the key, not passion.