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 sojourning on the North Coast of New South Wales.
The coming year is a big one for the bulls! Revolutionary Uranus rings the changes in March by moving into Pisces and your solar eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes. He stays there until September, moving back into Aquarius and your solar tenth house of career and status until December. New Year 2004 sees his return to the eleventh house where he will work his magic for the next seven years.
Some of you may be saying goodbye to old friends or gaining new ones through the aegis of unexpected events or changes of circumstance. Some may take a new direction, especially a creative or spiritual one that may blossom into something extraordinary in the coming years. Some of you may experience rapid or unparalleled success in your endeavours, others could have good fortune reversed. Losses, endings or separations may set some of you on a new road, one you hadn't known existed before. Others may simply gain new understanding or awaken to an essential truth about your life and sense of purpose. Unusual people and other people's children may become part of the bull's life. Embrace the unexpected opportunity.
The next big mover in the personal cosmos of the bull is sober Saturn, the measurer of effort. In June of 2003, Saturn will finally move out of your solar second of personal finances and into your third house of communications and travel. This could see a change of focus away from money matters as your efforts over the last years have helped you to reach a plateau or perhaps restructure your financial situation. With Saturn in the third house, communication will take on new importance or reach a new depth. You may be more introspective than usual or your attention may be taken up with projects, deals or negotiations and thus you may be more inclined to keep things to yourself. There may be an important venture that will occupy your time. You may have additional responsibilities in relation to a sibling. Necessary short distance travel may create restrictions or become burdensome.
In addition to this, there may be study or learning after June. Some of you may need to increase your knowledge or bring necessary information into the framework of your thinking. Across the board, you bulls will need to examine your attitudes and opinions. Some of you will need to step aside from the view that you think the way you do just because you are who you are and instead see that your opinions have been formed through the thinking around you and the experiences you have been through. It is here that change will be needed. Revise and alter your thinking over time. Take advice or seek a teacher.
Mighty Mars and Venus the goddess get your year off to a sizzling start, conjoined in passionate Scorpio in your solar seventh house of partnership. There will be fireworks of one kind or another this year. You bulls with partners may find yourselves in a hotbed of passion or, if things have been flagging a little, you may find your fires are rekindled. For some there could be a tendency towards friction or conflict with your nearest and dearest. If this is so, use insight to understand why you're at odds. Solve problems with loyalty and determined action. Matters of career and public status or dealings with those in authority could be the seeds of conflict. Some of you may need to examine your relationship with your mother and thus bring a hidden pattern to the surface through a surprise realization.
The single bull may be in for a roller-coaster ride with love life. Passionate encounters will be all around you but it could be hard to find stability if you're seeking it. And, while there's romance in the air, there could also be conflict waiting in the wings. Your latest flame could turn into an inferno that singes your fingers if you're not careful. For some, there may be liaisons that are connected with work or professional matters. Changes in partnership may contribute to professional advancement or hinder it. Care will be needed with this two-edged sword. Be careful of putting yourself in a compromising situation and avoid any 'behind the scenes' activity.
Whatever the risks, this can be an exciting an adventurous year for the pleasure-loving bull. Whether you are in a relationship or seeking one, you will be able to achieve sudden or dramatic changes of your situation with regard to both love and money. The excitement and challenge of opportunity will be within reach.
Home and Family
Giant Jupiter sojourns in Leo and your solar fourth house of home, family and emotion for the first half of 2003. You may be making improvements around the home during this time or you may even move into new or different premises, something that represents a change of your situation. Some may even relocate overseas.
This will be an emotional year. People of foreign birth or academic standing may play a part in your home life. Or you may form an emotional connection with someone of strong professional standing or someone from another culture. Overseas travel may become a concern or come about because of family concerns. Don't be misled by idealism or seduced by unrealistic feelings or concerns in either February or June. Be careful that beliefs or convictions don't divide you from loved ones. The consequences could hit hard. This could be a time of healthy expansiveness as long as you don't get caught up in extremes of feeling.
Work and Health
Work and health should not be too testing for you bulls this year, as long as there is no real weariness of spirit that has set in with regard to what you're doing and where you're going in life. Watch that your processes of self-nurture are in place. Look after the body as the house of your spirit. Problems with suppleness and flexibility should be of concern if they occur. Changes or disruptions in partnership matters and professional concerns could have a strong bearing on your daily working routines.
While revolutionary Uranus opens a gateway as he moves out of your tenth house of career and status, mystic Neptune still hovers there, continuing to urge you on a journey of the spirit. This is a call to aspiration of the highest order in your working life, drawing you to a sense of creative or spiritual fulfillment. Fatigue, disinterest or deception may be signs that you can no longer find a creative charge in what you're doing or that the spirit of what you have been doing no longer calls you. Consider a change in your career direction if such things occur persistently. Finding a balance between growth in your emotional or domestic life and stability with regard to professional or career aspirations could be a challenge. This influence will last until August 27th while Jupiter is in Leo and your solar fourth house. Don't let home improvement projects run up a bill that you won't be able to afford. Don't let wild schemes at work pull you away from responsibility at home!
Be careful of intrigue or deception with professional matters. Scandal could affect your home life if you're drawn into anything unsavoury. In the main, things may simply seem to be beyond your grasp with regard to emotional or domestic matters. Don't bury your head in your work to escape them. February and early June are earmarked for such difficulties. Clashes of religious or political belief could affect your working and domestic life at these times. Giant Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens, moves into Virgo and your solar fifth house of pleasure, recreation and creative endeavours in late August. For some, if you seize a creative opportunity, you may create a professional one in the second half of the year.
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 messenger moves into his first retrograde cycle for the year in Capricorn and your solar ninth house. Overseas travel plans may be changed or subject to disruption. Studies may need a re-evaluation. There may be confusion or difficulty with legal matters. If you're married, relations with the in-laws could be tricky, especially where communications or arrangements are involved. Dealings with foreigners or people of other cultures could be on the agenda and may test you. This cycle runs from January 2nd to January 23rd.
Mercury moves into his second retrograde cycle on April 26th and stays in reverse motion until May 20th. This one occurs in your own sign so your communication skills may be under pressure here. You may wander mentally or tend to be lost in your thoughts. Or you may simply have to catch up with outstanding matters. You could use this time to have a good look at yourself, how you do things and how you present yourself. Use any conclusions you draw about these matters to alter your style. You may need a change of thinking or direction.
The sign of Virgo and your solar fifth house is the arena for the messenger's third retrograde cycle. Craft and skills, leisure and recreation, creativity and children, any or all of these could be up for examination and change. Expect disruption to your recreational time and watch out for any risk with regard to injury or illness. A little extra care is the best preventative medicine. You may need to learn new skills. You may have to try different methods or techniques in your dealings with children. This period lasts from August 28th until September 20th.
Unusually, Mercury begins one final retrograde pass before end of 2003. This is in the sign of Capricorn and your solar ninth house, commencing on December 17th. Once again, matters of the law, study, overseas travel, relations with in-laws and dealings with foreign people could be troublesome and you will need to trot out your most organized and patient self to deal with them.
Your New Moon comes on May 1st in hard aspect to Mars, Jupiter and Neptune. This could be an unsettled time and you will need to be sure you're not making a new start under any illusions or misapprehensions. Partnership matters could infringe on your personal plans. Matters of home and work may compete for your attention. There could be changes in the offing at home or there could be unsettled feelings in your emotional life. Negotiate your way carefully through difficulties and don't misread the situation. Spiritual or creative endeavours may call you. You may need to examine your value system.
Your Full Moon comes with a Lunar Eclipse on November 9th. There could be some struggles with partners or close associates. Tempers may flare, especially if a strong woman is involved. You may find that an association comes to an end or, at the very least, goes into abeyance. You may need to examine things deeply to understand of what is occurring. Struggles over sex, money or power might be in the frame. Act with insightful patience in order to resolve difficulties.
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 of the Full Moon comes in the sign of Scorpio and in your seventh house of partners and close associates on May 16th. There could be a power struggle or a conflict over matters of personal authority. You may have difficult relations with a woman, especially a mother figure. This could mark the end of a cycle or the beginning of a period of separation with a partner or associate. This could have repercussions through the wider circle of your friends and connections.
The New Moon in Gemini and your solar second house of finances on May 31st brings a solar eclipse. Dealings with minor officials over money may be difficult. You may come to the end of a cycle with regard to your personal finances and have to make a new start. Excessive spending or over-diversification of your spending may catch up with you and set a limit to what you can do for the immediate future. Watch the household budget in particular.
A Solar Eclipse comes in your solar eighth house of joint finances and resources on November 23rd. You might hit the wall with regard to spending if the plastic fantastic is involved. Keep a close eye on all of your joint dealings coming up to this point for you may be able to avoid a disappointment or a setback if you see it in time. The problem may be that you don't want to see what's right in front of your face.
With Jupiter in Virgo and your solar fifth house from the end of August, there will be a strong urge towards pleasure, romance and creative expression. Take risks but don't squander your energies. Some of you may begin a new cycle of leisure or recreational activity with especial emphasis on healthcare or fitness. You may learn new skills or techniques that enhance your recreation time or bring out the best in you creatively. A new creative project or venture may get underway. Some may make health a big lifestyle issue. For others, children may become important and there will be adjustments to make because of them. Overall, give things a practical emphasis in this area of your life. Learn yoga. Buy a bicycle and ride it. Take a craft class. Learn something new or work to improve an old talent.
Mighty Mars the warrior moves into a retrograde phase in the sign of Pisces and your solar eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes from July 29th to September 27th. You may experience conflict with friends or your wider circle of associates. The reasons for this may be either to do with matters of belief or they may simply be unclear or unreasonable. Whichever way things fall, be wise and restrained. You may receive a setback as you pursue your dearest dreams. It may be a personal obstacle or an unexpected event in the wider world. If so, just work the difficulties patiently. You may find that you have to divert your efforts to deal with problems in the wider community. In this case, there will be nothing you can do but see matters through to the end.