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.
Revolutionary Uranus is the piper calling the tune for the Fishes in 2003 and the years beyond. Uranus brings dramatic changes, radical shifts and unexpected developments. He reverses conditions and alters the state of life, awakening the mind and heart to new possibilities and new perspectives. On March 10th, he emerges from a long sojourn in your solar twelfth house and enters your sign. He remains there until September 15th when he returns briefly to Aquarius before moving once again into the sign of the Fishes at the end of the year. Radical change comes next year for the early born Pisces, but the waves of change will catch all of you over the seven years to come.
The new and the unexpected will challenge some of you, causing you to look at yourselves and your lives. Others will consciously decide upon change in accordance with urges from within. There may be unexpected developments that will alter the way you think or surprising events that may alter the course of your lives. These can be exciting times but they will require a process of adjustment, as the revolutions of Uranus are never a comfort zone. It's a time of new ideas, new ways of doing and seeing things and a revised perspective on your relationship with the wider community. However, because your own sign is involved, there can be new creative or spiritual influences that play a part in this, but there can also be losses, sorrows and change on a scale that we simply must all learn to accept.
Love and Money
Venus the goddess and warrior Mars begin the year in Scorpio and your solar ninth house. This could put the single Pisces in an adventurous mood. There could be exciting new relationships, and overseas travel or people of other cultures may play a part in such matters. However, there may be hidden factors in some of these new relationships that may make them difficult to sustain. An unexpected turn of events may bring something new and exciting to a sudden close. Watch that you don't get hurt because of something you weren't told or didn't expect. Make sure you don't become involved in any deception, for the consequences will catch you out in the end. You may also find new relationships create some friction with your working life or regular routines and you may end by having to choose one or the other. Some of you may enter a richly spiritual union that sets life on a new course. Others may become involved with creative, unusual or even eccentric people. Such relationships can enrich your life if you accept the influence they bring.
For the Pisces with a partner, there may be travels or adventure overseas. For some, this will bring you together but others may experience a separation because of overseas travel. Foreign climes may call, and some of you may relocate, perhaps permanently and certainly for the interim. Others may be drawn on a path of study, either academic or bearing on matters of philosophy, religion and the higher mind. Some may take this path with a partner while others find new interests and activities cause them to question the workings of their partnership. For some, a relationship may find a renewed vigour through sexual or romantic renewal. For others, lights could shine more brightly far away so make sure you consider the full implications of any change before you make it. You may find it hard to know what you want this year if you're feeling restless.
On August 27th, Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens, moves into Virgo and your solar seventh house of partners and close associates. Some may benefit through advances made by their partner or find their partner achieves new status or a position of importance. Others may find themselves dealing with legal people, academics or people of standing. For some, a healthcare professional may somehow become part of your life. Travel and people of different races or cultures may play a part in the loves of others.
July 29th until September 27th could be a troubled or challenging period for some. This is because warrior mars turns retrograde in your sign. You may be frustrated or caught between your own desires and the desires of others. You may clash with your partner or a close associate and not be able to move ahead as you would like. Accident or illness may trouble some in this period. You may have to give care or receive it for a time. Accept circumstances graciously rather than fretting. Your desires may be thwarted for a time. Some of you may come to a rekindling of an old flame or a reunion of an emotional tie. For some, what you thought was lost to you may return. For others, you will have to let something or someone go. This period will be at its most intense form august 28th until September 20th when Mercury the messenger is also retrograde. If you slow down and adjust your methods or approach, you can flourish once this time is over.
Home and Family
Saturn, measurer of effort, continues his journey through Gemini and your solar fourth house as the year begins. There may still be some testing issues about your domestic and emotional life. For some, there may be an extensive and expensive course of renovation. There may be restrictions as to what you can do because of such work. This will continue into 2003, with the work taking longer to complete than you had hoped or planned. Others will have experienced a separation or even a loss of some kind. Once again, time will play an important part in the process of change. Some of you may simply have taken on new responsibilities, involving either family members or older people. The pattern will continue until June 3rd when Saturn moves into Cancer and your solar fifth house of pleasure, creativity and recreation. This may bring new responsibilities with children for some. There also may be less time for leisure or recreational activities. A creative project may have a dominant influence in the lives of others.
Work and Health
Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens, journeys through Leo and your solar sixth house until August 27th of this year. As regards work matters, it's time to upgrade your skills, gather extra knowledge through study, learning new methods or techniques. Work with a teacher. Branch out into new or different areas of knowledge. Change your approach or your attitudes so you can see things in a different way. Give yourself completely to what you're learning. New creative skills will add important strings to your bow. For some, Jupiter's aspect to Pluto means that they will return with renewed enthusiasm to creative paths pursued in the past.
With regard to health matters, new regimes of creative expression and activity will be important for your wellbeing. If you don't release the inner fires, you will feel pent up and suffer as a consequence. Problems with liver and liver function could be on the agenda. Look at what you need to do in order to relieve any such condition and do it to the letter. Make sure that you seek professional advice and services for any health complaint you have to deal with. You may learn greatly from a course of treatment and even decide to become more involved with healthcare yourself. Watch August and September for accidents. Care will be the best preventative.
Powerful Pluto continues his journey of transformation through Sagittarius and your solar tenth house of profession, status and dealings with authority. For many Pisces, there will have been changes in your professional life or goals because of changes with regard to your responsibilities. Some will have had an upgrade and be headed for success though the demands of this new road will be high while others will have found increasing workload or hard conditions will have tested you with intensity. Some will have gravitated to positions of authority while others will have had difficult encounters or dealings with superiors or those in authority. Some will have changed direction, while others will have found new goals or a new call that altered the direction altogether.
Those Fishes born in the second week of March will hear the clarion call this year as the transformer moves relentlessly forward. Be prepared for changing and changing conditions with work or responsibility. There may be tough dealings with superiors or those in authority. This could be especially so with women, and children of different cultural or racial backgrounds may somehow be involved. There may be a new regime that asks a great deal of you. Find the strength within you to travel the new road and you will gain from it in the end.
With Chiron the wounded healer and Mercury the messenger in Capricorn and your solar eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes as the year begins. New friends, networks and new ideas will really move you forward this year. You may have to overcome any fears you have with regard to groups and belonging in wider community. Talking through problems and getting a new perspective on them from others will move you through blockages.
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 eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes. This runs from January 2nd until January 23rd. There may be communication problems or misunderstandings among your network. Advice from friends may be unacceptable or misleading. You may find yourself revising your goals or having to re-evaluate your plans.
The messenger's second retrograde cycle for the year comes in Taurus and your solar third house of communication, travel and siblings. You may have to change appointments or arrangements, or at least be flexible in these areas. You might easily get a case of 'crossed wires' in general communications. You might find yourself at loggerheads with a sibling over money or values. Service the car and watch out for minor accidents. Extra care will save time and money. This cycle runs from April 26th till May 20th.
The third retrograde cycle for Mercury comes in Virgo and your solar seventh house of partners and close associates. This runs from August 28th until September 20th. This could be a volatile period as warrior Mars is also retrograde at this time. You may experience conflict or upheaval with partners or close associates. There could be some kind of breakdown or problem with close personal communications that really demands your attention. You and your partner may differ about what to do and the way to do it. Be patient and calm during this period and try to cooperate with the forces at work in your life, no matter how challenging they might seem.
The messenger enters a fourth retrograde cycle for the year on December 17th, but this does not finish until January 2004. As at the beginning so with the close, this one comes in Capricorn and your solar eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes. Once again you may be re-evaluating your goals. There might be interruptions or delays as you work to achieve them. There may be communication problems or disagreements with friends. All of this will pass if you give it time.
Your New Moon comes on March 3rd, bringing a sympathetic aspect with Chiron the wounded healer in Capricorn and your solar eleventh house, but also a little tension with mystic Neptune, at home in your solar twelfth house. There could be feelings of confusion or uncertainty. You may not know which way to turn or how you stand with people around you. If you dig deep, ask questions and communicate, you might come to the core of something that is wrong in regard to how you relate with friends.
Your Full Moon comes on September 10th, bringing tension with retrograde Mercury. You'll need to work at communications with partners and close associates. In this climate, it will be easy for misunderstandings to grow. Something may come surge to the surface and reveal itself. It could even be that an argument could flair. If there is conflict, take a 'cooling off' period then try and sort things out with a calm and reasoning attempt to hear the other side of any matter. Take care with regard to accidents at this time, especially household or travel-related.
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 Scorpio and your solar ninth house on May 16th. There may be problems with communications overseas. There could be a loss of contact with connections there. There may be changes of plan with regard to overseas travel. Study or legal matters may be subject to delays or an interrupted cycle. Wait for the influence to pass and then revise your plans. What is lost or delayed may be restored at a later point.
A Solar Eclipse comes with the New Moon in Gemini and your solar fourth house of home, family and emotion on May 31st. There may be a sudden disruption to the home situation or an unexpected change in the family constellation. Your emotional life may hit a blockage or an ending. You may need to make a new beginning because of what has changed. Spiritual insight or wisdom may come as a consequence.
A Lunar Eclipse comes in Taurus and your solar third house of communications, travel and siblings on November 9th. There may be changes of arrangements or interference with travel plans. There may be communications problems or an end to a cycle of contact. There could be some confusion about what is occurring. There may be misunderstanding and deceit may be at the bottom of things. Think 'long term' and change your plans or strategies in accordance with what can be done later on.
A Solar Eclipse comes with the New Moon in Sagittarius and your solar tenth house of career, status and dealings with authority on November 23rd. There may be a change or an ending with a work cycle. There could be problems dealing with someone in authority, especially a woman, that may necessitate a new tactic or a change of direction. There may be a shift with the demands of your responsibilities or obligations. You may come to a halt with your career plans for the moment. Hidden forces or opponents may be at work to obstruct you. Make sure you see what's going on before you try to sort things out. There could be some suddenness or an unexpected character to the events of this time.
The Lunar Nodes are an axis of two opposing points of karmic growth, where we learn to develop new interests and ideas by developing new contacts and associations. They help us to shed the familiar and move into the unknown territory that helps us grow. On April 14th, the Lunar Nodes move into Taurus and Scorpio and your solar third and ninth houses. This should bring developments with regard to communications. There may be an increase in short distance or overseas travel for some. For others, publishing or the distribution of information may become part of the daily round.
Some of you may become seekers, setting off in search of new beliefs by putting aside the old ones. Others may embrace a strong belief and stand with it. Some of you may get caught up in clashes of values or beliefs and have to decide which side of a question you stand on. For some, money and business may become a driving force. For others, there may be an inclination to see through the material search and look for something deeper. Whichever way you move, there will be deep investigations as to what are the real values in any situation. Insight and perception will be important for you all as you take off on a search for the truth or find yourselves surrounded by others who claim to know what the truth is.
Business and mobility will be key issues. Many of you may be caught up in a clash as to whether to live rurally or in an urban environment. Some will opt for the peace and security while others will seek the intensity of life in challenging circumstances. This shift will open the door to many different ideas and beliefs. Explore them and make up your minds over time as to what is right for you.