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 currently sojourning on the north coast of New South Wales.
Change is afoot for the Water-Bearers this year, change that comes on three different fronts. Firstly, Uranus, revolutionary one and guardian of your eccentric path, moves out of Aquarius and into Pisces, entering your solar second house of personal finances and resources from March to September. After that, he comes back for a brief look at Aquarius till the end of 2003, after which he moves through Pisces for the next seven years. There will be radical shifts with regard to money over these years. Some will come into changed fortunes suddenly or unexpectedly. Some will reach new heights while others will level off. Some of you will make changes to the way that you spend money while others will make change to the way you earn it. Some of you may begin to diversify your working efforts while others may try to consolidate
Uranus brings about reversals of trend and radical shifts. For those who have had little interest in finance up to now, there may be a sudden surge of energy in this department. Thus, some of you will be inclined to take risks or gamble with money for the first time while the speculators may decide to go down a more conservative road. Some will move away from a material view, taking an interest in creative or spiritual matters. Some may give to charitable or humanitarian work. Some of you will begin to accumulate material possessions while others will decide to shed them or slim down their assets. Whatever the change, the important thing is to spend the next years trying to see your possessions and financial life from a different perspective.
Saturn, the measurer of effort, calls the next cycle of change. On June 3rd he moves into Cancer and your solar sixth house of work and health. This will bring an increase in responsibility or workload for some while for others there will be a change in the pattern of daily tasks, perhaps brought about by an end, a separation or a new cycle in the family.
After June, many of you will find that you have to work harder or be more focused for the next two to three years. Some of you may begin a new line of business or work while for others it will be an end. Saturn's move will also bring a focus on health matters. Some may find they will have to care for themselves in a different way. This may be because the past has taken a toll or it may be that changes in health conditions necessitate new daily routines. Some of you will find that you are operating in a more solitary capacity than usual while others may enter into a family business of some kind.
Giant Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens, calls the last of the big changes. On August 27th he moves into Virgo and your solar eighth house of joint finances and hidden desires. This could mark the start of a 'go for it' period over the twelve months from here. Money or investment may become a driving concern for some. You may find yourselves in joint endeavours in order to make great gains. Ensure you don't get in too deep. Some of you might be drawn down the path of study, either metaphysical or behavioural. Others might find themselves in the worlds of power or high finance or simply among powerful but challenging people. Use your insight and study the inner workings of what you see around you. Others might just find that no amount of what they are seeking is enough. Learn where your limits lie. Push the envelope but don't blow the package.
Love and Money
Mighty Mars and Venus the goddess meet in the sign of Scorpio and your solar tenth house of profession and status as the year begins. They clash with Jupiter in Leo and your solar seventh house of partners and close associates and with revolutionary Uranus in your sign. This could be a somewhat unsettled year as new associations or contacts may take your attention away from old situations or circumstances. For those of you in a relationship, if responsibility or obligations weigh too heavily on your shoulders, you may be inclined to change the pattern with radical action or even contemplate making a complete break from past circumstances. In a more stable situation, you and your partner may develop new interests or take a new personal, professional or spiritual direction. It may be that a change in status for your partner will bring increased opportunities for you.
For the unattached, the working environment may provide an avenue for new contacts and romantic opportunities. This may come about because you go through a change in work or because of the ebb and flow of people in the working environment. Some of you singles may come into a new relationship but then have to choose between the demands that it makes and the things you would like to do on your own or for yourself. Whether you are in a partnership or single, you may find yourself in contact with highly qualified people or people of status, especially in the first half of the year. Legal, religious or political activities may bring teachers and new close associates into your life.
As far as money goes, new opportunities or changes of direction bring the promise of an increase in funds for some. Others may find they are pulled between career obligations and a desire for freedom and independence. In choosing the latter, there will be a cost to pay, at least in monetary terms. Be wise before the act. Dealings with the public may provide opportunities to increase your income this year. But, be careful! New possibilities may dry up as quickly as they come. Joint ventures involving partnership with women or people who handle money could be on the cards for some. You may have to take a risk to get the rewards. This is a year in which the vista of work and money may keep changing and changing unless you are really settled into a stable pattern. Go with the changes but don't get swept away by unrealistic goals or aspirations.
Home and Family
Work, new responsibilities or new directions may take some attention away from home life this year. This will be especially highlighted if you involve yourself in any joint ventures or intense activity cycles. Be perceptive even if you can't always be present so that you can keep an idea of what's happening on the home front. Family responsibilities may become more demanding in the second half of the year. Obligations or responsibilities may be the driving force in family life. Some families may decide to pool their resources and enter the business arena. Clashes with women or conflicts over money could be problematic for some. Make sure you negotiate clearly with regard to all matters affecting your home life. Use your networking skills and your wider circle of connections to enhance your domestic or emotional life. Overseas situations or travel may have influence in the domestic situations for some.
The balance of home and work may shift after April 14th when the Lunar Nodes move into Taurus and Scorpio, activating your solar fourth and tenth houses. Work may push you at home. Domestic matters may distract from professional concerns. Dealings with authority figures could affect your home life. It may simply be that your home becomes an active centre for change and new connections. Some of your may have to renew your efforts or even start again in one or both of these areas, or you may have dealings with people who are doing just that.
Work and Health
June 3rd stands as a signpost as it ushers Saturn, the measurer of effort, into your solar sixth house of work and health. Daily routines and general healthcare may need more attention than you've been inclined to give in the past. Some of you may have to deal with changed health conditions. If this is the case, be specific, practical and immediate in your efforts. Put new regimes of healthcare or self-nurture in place, as and when necessary. Some of you will have an increased workload or a new line of work altogether. This may see you operating in a more solitary capacity than usual or with family members. It will be important to balance the demands of your work regime with changed requirements in the healthcare department. Don't focus on work at the expense of health. For some, work routines will have to be well structured. For others, there will be a higher organizational content in what you do.
Dealings with older people or those in authority may become part and parcel of your daily routine in the second half of the year. Water Bearers born at the end of January or the beginning of February may need to watch their energy levels. For you, mystic Neptune will conjoin with your Sun during the course of the year. Respond to fatigue or disinterest by changing patterns or approach. Creative or spiritual expression may be the enhancement you are looking for. Watch health conditions closely, especially after June. Don't let indulgence become addiction.
You may have dealings with professional people that change your views, your direction and bring new people into the sphere of your life. Unexpected career opportunities could change your sense of where you're going and may even change your life. Unexpected career changes could force a rethink and push you to look in different areas for the sense of where to go next. For some there might be conflict in the work place. For others, the atmosphere might be full of sexual tension or romantic promise. Be careful how you judge a situation before you act on it. Changes in financial needs, unexpected developments or endings, new callings, all of these could have a big influence over career direction.
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 Capricorn and your solar twelfth house from January 2nd until January 23rd. You might need to withdraw during this time as stress or strain will affect you strongly. Tiredness will lead to misunderstanding. Communications could be confusing. Someone could be talking or acting against you without your knowledge. Reflect on creative or spiritual matters. An inner realization could come clear if you give it development time.
The messenger's second retrograde cycle begins on April 26th in Taurus and your solar fourth house of home, family and emotion. This could be a period of intense change on the domestic scene. There may be comings and goings in the personnel of your emotional life. You may find that communications are difficult at home and you will have to sit down and really talk things through. You may need to revise your plans with matters at home or with family members. This cycle comes to an end on May 20th.
Mercury's third retrograde cycle begins on August 28th in Virgo and your solar eighth house. Watch your credit operations. Keep a check on joint financial matters. If you run a joint account, make sure that each knows what the other is doing. Keep communications clear with financial agencies. You may need to re-evaluate your debt situation. Revise schedules or plans if money matters aren't working in your favour. Don't try to solve money problems by throwing more money at them. Be realistic. Some may benefit from an overdue inheritance or trust monies. This period comes to an end on September 20th.
Mercury brings a fourth retrograde cycle in 2003. This begins on December 17th but does not end until 2004. This takes place in Capricorn and your solar twelfth house. Once again you may need to watch stress levels and withdraw a little if things are getting too much. Look out for secret or hidden influences in the cosmos of people around you. There might be gossip or spiteful talk. Reflect on your spiritual direction. Catch up with creative projects that have been put on hold. There may simply be unexpected delays or confusion with projects or people.
Your New Moon comes on February 1st, forming a conjunction with mystic Neptune. There may be some tiredness or fatigue at this point, or some uncertainties as to how you will proceed. Foster creative or spiritual directions. Seek contacts with teachers or people with differing cultural roots. Act in accordance with strong religious or political convictions. The answer may lie outside the accepted framework of your life.
Your Full Moon comes on August 12th. This may bring some small financial expenses or losses, or there could be difficulties in your dealings with women. In some cases there could be a break or separation from someone with whom you have previously been close. Whatever occurs, this cycle will oscillate back the other way in time.
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 at the Full Moon in Scorpio in your solar tenth house on May 16th. There may be an end of a cycle with regard to work or responsibilities. Your dealings with someone in authority may come to an end. There could be a clash with a family member that leads to a final decision or severance.
A Solar Eclipse comes on May 31st Gemini and your solar fifth house of recreation, creativity and children. There may be blockages or endings in dealings with your children. A creative project may stall for a time. There could be an interruption or even an end to a leisure activity as other matters take precedence. A change with regard to children may change the course of things. Communications may be problematic at this point.
November 9th brings a Lunar Eclipse in Taurus and your solar fourth house. Matters of home and family may be subject to tension or change. Domestic resources could be under pressure. There may be problems at home or with a loved one under your roof. Professional people, overseas connections or simply the wider view may provide the solution that you need.
A Solar Eclipse comes in Sagittarius and your solar eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes. A dream may suffer something of a setback. You may lose connection with friends for a time. There may be problems in dealing with the wider community. Groups or networks may close doors rather than opening them at this point.
On July 29th, warrior Mars turns retrograde in the sign of Pisces and your solar second house or personal resources and finances. You may have to redouble your efforts to get on top of a financial problem. Be careful of overspending at this time. Others may have to deal with the consequences of overspending. There may be conflicts over money and personal spending. Unexpected or unforeseen changes may necessitate cutbacks in your financial life. The period comes to an end on September 27th so make sure you keep patient and work your way through to the end of any problems.