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.
Since 1995, many Virgos will have been through the mill, pushed and pulled along a journey of transformation. This has largely been due to the ingress of Pluto, planet of the subconscious, of life, death and personal transformation, into Sagittarius and your solar fourth house. This will have stirred up many emotions, changed your living and domestic arrangements, your family life and perhaps even caused you to deeply examine your personal history. You may not have liked everything you found lurking in the recesses of your subconscious, but the wisdom you have gained will have made you more powerful.
Those born in August and up to September 8th or 9th will have been strongly affected from 1995 to 2001. This year, the power of Pluto will touch those Virgos born up to September 10th and 11th. Don't try to resist the change the transformer brings. Instead, try to understand it and thus understand yourself better. Pluto digs deep inside us all to find what we are made of at the bottom of the well of consciousness. The power he brings can renew our own power and move our lives ahead for the better in the wake of change.
Uranus and Neptune have been moving through the revolutionary and innovative sign of Aquarius over the last few years, bringing many changes around health, working routines and work itself, especially with regard to the learning of new and unusual methods and techniques. This will have taken many of you down some innovative or unexpected path of change.
Last year also saw Saturn, the taskmaster establish himself in the sign of Gemini and your solar tenth house, helping you to remold your work, career and professional aspirations on the basis of all this inner work that has been taking place. This will have disciplined and restricted you in some ways. There will have been hardship, ill health and unwanted solitude for some. But, in the long term, if you put what you have learned to work, you can build a new place for yourself in the society of which you are a part.
This year, Saturn continues the journey, calling you to new accomplishments and new levels of achievement. Some of you may come to a position of status and acclaim. Others will have well deserved recognition for effort over these last years. Don't give in! Go on to higher things.
As year 2002 gets under way, there is a stellium of planets in the sign of Capricorn and your solar fifth house. The fifth house is about creativity, recreation, children, gambling, pleasure and artistic pursuits. It reveals the style in which you like to live your life.
Your focus for the year will be on your lifestyle, what you really want to do and how you want to do it. Your children and their lives may be very important for some of you. For others, it will be the exact reverse. You will be able to focus on pleasure, recreation, leisure pursuits and creative activities. Whatever else you do this year, make sure that you take command of the ship and really put into practice the things you have learned to do and the wisdom you have learned about yourself.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
This year brings a roller-coaster ride as you struggle to distinguish wants from needs. Single Virgos can find potentially wealthy partners through business and official contacts, or the entertainment arena. A number of Virgos will marry partners who already have children, perhaps met while travelling. Some friends change their spots and become opponents or even enemies this year, but others bring gain. Your own children should do well, but other people's for whom you have responsibility may not.
Career and Finances: Stake Your Claim
Benefit through parents, estates, household goods, lands and mines. Municipal or national activities bring gain, but not without deep commitment. Increased status brings further responsibilities. You get what you have worked for, and you will get what you deserve. Be cautious with subordinates.
Health: Balancing Your Energies
Stay out of war zones and avoid confrontation. A severe, though sudden, illness is possible, but health should be good. Pressure from public life or career may bring the emergence of chronic issues.
Home and Away: Family and Children
Children should bring delight and reflect well on you. Family matters may cause you to travel and therer may be some benefit through partner's relatives.
Venus the goddess begins the year in Capricorn and your solar fifth house, opposing giant Jupiter in Cancer and your solar eleventh house. You can make financial gains for yourself by moving into creative ventures and taking calculated risks with regard to the lifestyle decisions you want to make. This is the year for a new business venture or some kind of risk or gamble with career matters and where your life is going. However, you will need to make sure your goals or objectives are realistic and that don't waste money on things that are extravagant or beyond the scope of your ability to achieve. Good friends will have an important part to play in your financial dealings this year. You may gain their support and will need their advice. Try to maintain a balance between following your own desires and listening to friends you trust or whose position indicates a higher level of knowledge. The support of good friends and associates will play a prominent part in your year until the end of July. Teachers of some academic or spiritual standing will also have a part to play throughout these months.
It will be important to focus on leisure and pleasure with your nearest and dearest this year. Try to bring some zing back to your relationship by spending more recreational and creative time together. Concentrate on the long-standing companionship between you. Enjoy the history that you have together but also grab any chance for adventure that the changing circumstances of the year will bring. For the single virgin, this will be an important year to seek adventures, take risks and perhaps seek pleasure and partnership under the aegis of new associations. Explore and experiment with a different social set or group. For some single virgins, an intimate relationship may emerge from a friendship or well-established association.
This year could be something of a roller-coaster ride as you oscillate between fulfilling your own needs and desires but also just having to surrender to the ebb and flow of things in the wider community around you. Overseas travel, study, legal matters or relations with people of other cultures may have a bearing on partnership matters and your financial life this year.
Home and Family
Domestic matters continue to be an arena for unrest and change. It may be hard still to get the certainty you're looking for. Unexpected events and enforced changes, especially those related to matters of your partner or close associates, may have a hand in the cycle of change that is still at work. May could bring developments or dramatic change as far as home is concerned and such changes could be connected with the demands that work or the general run of responsibilities places on you. Having your spiritual values in place will help you deal with the changes and perhaps even help to bring you to a more settled state. This is especially so in the latter part of the year. The period from mid November to early December could be busy or eventful one on the home front.
Work and health
Health is always a crucial focus for the virgin and your life is always easier and more harmonious when you are taking care of yourself in your own attentive and even fastidious way. Continue to be innovative in your health care regime, remembering that what you're learning on a personal level may somehow have wider applications in your working life. Keep upgrading and updating what you're doing. August may indicate a successful level of achievement as far as new practices or accomplishments are concerned. Some of you may find yourselves with a new level of recognition or practice at something you have worked on for some time. Others will be well and truly engrossed in an important project or development.
Saturn continues to call you to a responsible and perhaps even more prominent place in the social structure in 2002. There will be the continued learning and application of new skills, especially those that bear on communication and those that require new information and a practiced dexterity. As the Lunar Nodes are moving through your solar tenth and fourth houses in the upcoming year, there may be much in the way of meetings, connections and associations or contact with others. You will be busy with people in one way or another. There could also be dealings with people of stature in the community life around you. The last week of May is marked for such encounters. This period could also bring an increase in responsibilities or the pressures on you. These may challenge the boundaries of your domestic situation or your emotional needs and you will have to work to maintain yourself within what may be a sense of constriction brought about by the need to fulfill your obligations.
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.
The first retrograde cycle for the messenger comes in the third week of January in the sign of Aquarius and your solar sixth house, moving back in Capricorn and your solar fifth house before it's complete. Matters of work method, daily routines and health will be keys to this cycle. Anything that is not up to scratch in those areas will need examination. Make sure work-related communications come under the microscope and take care with work-related travel. Don't ignore health problems, even if they seem small.
The messenger moves into his second retrograde cycle in the third week of May. This is in the sign of Gemini and your solar tenth house. You may be reviewing matters at work and considering your options. Watch communications with bosses and those in authority as they may be inclined to go astray or become confused. May is a challenging month and this retrograde will be part of a larger cycle of considerations with regard to the balance of home and work. Changes may have to be made and these may have some bearing on the events of August 2001.
Mercury moves into retrograde for the third time in September, this time in Libra and your solar second house of personal finances and resources. Give money matters some strong consideration, especially where partners and close associates are involved. Do you need to somehow revise the arrangements between you? Come to a new agreement and make sure you bring your spending into balance with your needs and income. As Mercury moves back into your own sign before this cycle is done with, look at the way you are operating and see what needs to be changed there.
Your Full Moon comes on February 27th, bringing tension with Saturn, the taskmaster. You might have difficulty keeping matters of work and responsibility in balance with your nearest and dearest or close associates. There could be conflict here and someone may have to accept the restrictions built in to the current situation. There might be difficulties with people in authority or bosses at work. If things are tense then let them cool down before you try to sort them out. If there's a standoff of some kind, negotiate a solution through clear and practical communications. If you have issues about being unable to relax and enjoy things or involve yourself in creative play or sexuality, they could come to the fore here. Find solutions by trying to break old patterns in these areas.
Your New Moon comes on September 7th, urging you to step outside the constraints or expectations that others have of you in order to do what you want. This could bring about some kind of change in your working situation. You may be at odds with people around you, especially in the work sphere or where you're linked through responsibility. As the New Moon makes tension with Pluto the transformer, you might find yourself in the midst of conflict. . As the New Moon makes tension with Pluto the transformer, you might find yourself in the midst of conflict. Matters to do with home and family could be at issue. Enforced changes may come in your emotional or domestic situation. You may clash with a strong or authoritative person, possibly male.
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.
There is a lunar eclipse of the Full Moon in Sagittarius and your solar fourth house on May 26th. This will bring a change or perhaps even an end to a cycle in matters of home and work and may cause a shift in the existing balance between yourself and your partner or close associates. Changes are on the cards for your domestic life at this point and early born virgins may be strongly affected.
June 11th brings a New Moon and a solar eclipse in Sagittarius and your solar fourth house, once again affecting the domestic front and your emotional life. You may have to make a new start here or at least revise your sense of direction due to changes in the bigger picture. There may be some severing of ties with regard to friends and connections in the wider spectrum of associations. Powerful people or events may have an impact that necessitates such changes.
An eclipse of the Full Moon in Capricorn and your solar fifth house on June 24th may bring changes that will affect lifestyle, recreational activities and affairs or circumstances around children. Relationship tensions are indicated and there may be niggling difficulties. They may involve secret doings or hidden opposition to your efforts.
November 20th brings a lunar eclipse of the Full Moon in Taurus and your solar ninth house. You might find yourself at the end of a cycle with regard to matters of study, legal issues or aspects of your life affected by people of other cultures or of foreign background. There could be sudden or unexpected disruption in matters of health or day to day work routines. This will not be an easy or beneficial time for overseas travel.
The last eclipse for 2002 comes on December 4th as the light of the Sun in Sagittarius and your solar fourth house is blocked at the New Moon. Once again matters of home, family and your emotional life may show signs of cyclical change and you will have to put something new into operation. Innovative work methods or approaches in health care will be important. Keep focused on spiritual matters as your strength at this time.
Early October sees Venus the goddess moving into a retrograde cycle in Scorpio and your solar third house. You may need to withdraw from the cycle of business, travel and communications that you're involved in so that you can reassess your position. This may particularly affect day to day business relationships. Spiritual issues or strong beliefs may bring you to a point of tension or difficulty in the outer world. Stand back and consider matters rather than stepping up to be counted at this point. For some there will be an end to a current connection. For others, an old connection may re-enter the picture. Some of you may experience a minor betrayal at the hands of a sibling, a business connection or someone with whom you're regularly in communication.