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.
This could be quite a year for the sign of Scorpio. It certainly will be one filled with drama and intensity. Revolutionary Uranus activates your solar fifth house of creativity, leisure and children when he moves into Pisces in March and then again at the end of the year. He rings the changes in your romantic and creative life. New and interesting projects or social activities will be on the cards for some. Investment or speculative endeavours may be the call for others. Children will certainly be a theme for some scorpions in the coming years. Uranus is there to revolutionize the way you live your life, calling for new leisure activities, new ideas and new directions. Let the 'new' unfold for you, but don't push too hard. Loss can follow the unrealistic endeavour.
Saturn, measurer of effort, opens the way to far places, the higher mind and a new search for meaning in June as he moves into Cancer and your solar ninth house. Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens, moves into Virgo and your solar eleventh house at the end of August, bringing new dreams and new friendships. This year will be full of excitement, but you will need to keep on track and not overestimate yourself, your ability or your situation. Errors of judgement could affect your professional life. Haste or impatience could trouble your domestic or emotional life. Direct ad perceptive action will flourish.
Love and Money
Mars the warrior and Venus the goddess begin the year in your sign, charging your solar first house. You'll be inclined to be the action man or woman of the Zodiac in 2003. Or, if you're not prepared to go out and look for things, they'll find their way to your door and knock loudly. Personal dynamism, passionate intensity, beauty and glamour, these could be the themes for many scorpions this year.
With Venus the goddess in tension with revolutionary Uranus, the single Scorpio might be falling in and out of love with startling speed. Your home life could pay the cost of rash or unstable responses so keep a steady pace. Today's hot drink might seem a little less attractive when taken lukewarm. For some singles, there will be an intense new passion. If it's to last, then you better be prepared to make change quickly. This latter is not always easy for your sign. You'll be feeling intense and passionate, and also a little bored with your current situation and ready for change. Give yourself a makeover. Go for a touch of glamour. Do something different with your presentation. Take up new activities or interests to change any rut that you're in.
Some of you might be feeling very adventurous and take up a 'high risk' activity. Make sure you don't confuse this up with your love life. You may find that personal magnetism and dealings with people can help to boost your income or mark a new path for you to take. You could find yourself in the midst of money-making opportunities, but you will have to be perceptive as to which ones to take.
For the Scorpio in a relationship, this could be the last of what may have been a cycle of change in emotional and partnership matters. Some of you may set out on a new path and your partner will have to adapt. Others may decide to strike out on their own. For some, lifestyle decisions and changes will help to bring your partnership back on track. It may not be your partner that's the problem. It may be the way you're living.
For those living in bliss, there may be changes around home, work or the direction of your lives together that help to redefine your relationship. 2003 is the gateway to a new and more stable life, once the dust of change has settled. Travel or study as a working requirement may affect the partnership situation of some.
Make sure you don't spend excessively or over-commit with home or domestic finance. You may go through a change of state or a change of mind that will bring you to regret any extravagance. New ventures, independent action and strong personal effort will help to get finances on track or improve their condition. Don't spare the horses.
Home and Family
A cycle of upheaval or turbulence with regard to domestic or emotional life may come to an end during the course of the year as revolutionary Uranus moves out of your solar fourth house and into Pisces and your solar fifth house. The beginnings come from March 10th to September 15th and then again at the end of the year when a new cycle ensues. For some, children may become a focus in the home. For others, creativity or lifestyle may be more of an issue.
Some of you may want to change the operations in your home, moving away from purely domestic matters and towards a business theme. For some, romance or a new emotional life could bring a turning point with home life. For others, you may have to face some things about yourself that come to light in your domestic and emotional life. Make an effort to set a new platform of stability in the home. Make sure you provide a flexible economic base for your domestic situation.
Work and Health
Communication skills will be the focus for your working life and your emotional health. If things aren't working for you, then learn how to communicate in a different way or at a different level. It could be a year to drop a little of that air of impenetrable mystery that you scorpions specialize in. Chiron the wounded healer in Capricorn and your solar third house as the year begins puts a strong emphasis on healthy communications. It's time to stop saying that you know what's wrong and actually do something about it.
With Mercury the messenger also in Capricorn and your solar third house, this is a year when you will need to keep moving in order to keep yourself busy and flexible. If you want things to happen, get out there and start them off. Concentrate on suppleness of mind and body. A busy calendar, a good cycle of mobility and some clear and versatile thinking will keep you in trim in every respect.
For the Scorpio born in the first week of November, mystic Neptune will challenge your Sun in the course of the year. You may have to delve into issues of disinterest, fatigue or poor personal habits and patterns. If you know your self-destruct mechanisms, then this is the year to do really something about them. Don't take the support of home and family for granted. Don't use deception to get what you want, especially with loved ones or family members. New romance or new spiritual interests may come for some.
From January until the end of August, Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens, resides in Leo and your solar tenth house of profession, status and dealings with authority. Career advancement comes through the creative drive, confidence and the ability to seize any opportunity when it arises. Deal confidently with fellow professionals but don't clash with strong figures in your working life. Show the acumen to negotiate or to wait for the right moment in a tricky situation. Upgrade your skills in order to advance your position. The caution here is that warrior Mars hovers in tension with Jupiter as the year begins. Make sure you don't overestimate your value or set your ambitions at an unrealistic level. Some may choose a career with a cause this year.
On June 3rd, Saturn, measurer of effort, moves into Cancer and your solar ninth house of law, religion, travel and the higher mind. This may bring some of you scorpions to new heights or depths in your search for personal meaning. Some may turn away from their customary faith while others will embrace a new discipline or calling. Some of may opt for study and the development of intellectual skills and capabilities. For some, this may be done late in life or come after a long delay. Others will travel, but may experience an extended separation from family or the home base.
After August 27th, Jupiter moves into Virgo and your solar eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes. You may need to revise your hopes and dreams, giving them a more practical or realistic edge. Friends and friendship can be great contributors to success, and new friends may play an important part in your life after this time. Some of you may be drawn down a teaching path. Others will be led to a new vision, perhaps one that somehow contributes more strongly to the wellbeing of all.
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 reverse cycle phase begins on January 2nd in your solar third house of travel and communication. You'll need to keep a weather eye on what you say and do for the next three weeks. Arrangements may have to be changed and schedules may have to be revised. Be flexible! Adapt to the needs of the moment. There could be minor troubles with transport and communications equipment. Get them serviced before the Christmas break! Watch for trouble with siblings. Make sure your information-sharing skills are honed to perfection. Others may misinterpret or misunderstand. This cycle comes to an end on January 23rd.
The second retrograde cycle begins on April 26th in the sign of Taurus and your solar seventh house of partners and close associates. You might need to sit down and talk things through where loved ones or close confederates are concerned. Make sure that each of you understands the other. There could be some tension between you and those close to you over money, resources or values. You might need to 'agree to disagree' for a time in order to get problems smoothed over. Give your partner some space if they seem to need it. This cycle comes to an end on May 20th.
Mercury's third retrograde cycle begins on August 28th in Virgo and your solar eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes. You may have to revise your plans or delay them for a time. There could be confused communications with friends. You may need time to sort out where you are with things. Discuss problems and talk difficult matters through with any others concerned. Stay grounded. This cycle comes to an end on September 20th.
Mercury begins a fourth retrograde cycle on December 17th though this does not finish until January 2004. This is in Capricorn and your solar third house. Once again, you will have to look to your communication skills and your patience with the communication process. Be flexible about your schedules and appointments. Get your car serviced and be aware that there may be delays with travel.
Your Full Moon comes on May 16th, bringing tension with the Lunar Nodes and a Lunar Eclipse. Problems with partners or close associates may come to a head. You will need to look insightfully at what has been simmering under the surface for some time. Problems at home or minor health matters may come to the fore. You may experience a separation or even an ending within your network of connections or associates.
Your New Moon comes on October 25th, in a conjunction with Mercury the messenger. You may need to work hard at communications. There may be only one course of action to take after difficulty. You may need to look at yourself honestly, assessing how you present yourself and making choices about where you will go from here.
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 Solar Eclipse comes at the New Moon on May 31st, falling in your solar eighth house of joint finances and hidden desires. You may come to the end of a cycle of spending and have to start again, especially if credit or overdraft facilities are involved. Be careful of any secret dealings or liaisons. They may come to light sooner than you think.
A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in your solar seventh house of partnership on November 9th. There might be a break or ending with a close connection. You may see someone you know for what they are. Friends may be a support in the absence of someone familiar. Someone may be unable to assist you in the pursuit of a dream.
A Solar Eclipse comes with the New Moon in Sagittarius and your solar second house on November 23rd. You may have to adjust your personal spending. Lifestyle or domestic matters may be the problem. There could be a sudden or unexpected adjustment to your budget. You will need to be careful for awhile from this time. Money matters will be first on your list for consideration.
On July 29th, Mars the warrior turns retrograde in Pisces and your solar fifth house of creativity, children and leisure. This reverse motion cycle lasts until September 27th and could be a testing time for the Scorpion. There might be problems with children that will need careful handling. Don't let the temperature run too high on either side. You may experience delays or frustrations with a creative project. Injuries or accidents could be troublesome at this time if you're involved with dynamic leisure pursuits. Be careful around activities involving water. Take extra care and give yourself plenty of recovery time if there is a problem.
If you're involved with investments, speculative endeavours or just like a gamble, this is not a time to go over the top or throw good money after bad. Cut your losses and wait if there are problems. Don't go for the 'high risk' endeavour and don't extend your resources too far. This is not a good time to indulge in the high life. Stay away from secret liaisons. They could easily backfire. Some of you might return to a leisure pursuit or a creative pastime that you practiced long ago. Others may simply have to put such things aside for a time. Be particularly wary from September 9th until October 8th as regards accident or injury. Just keep cool and don't let feelings of frustration or anger come to the boil. Take the heat out of difficult situations by channelling your energies elsewhere for a time. That way, you should sail through.