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.
Cancer, the Crab
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Cancer the Crab in the year 2002
Cycle of Change
The year 2002 sees the completion of a cycle of change, expansion and personal growth that began in 2001, when giant Jupiter moved into your sign in mid-July of the old year. The monarch of the Heavens is set to spend the first seven months of the New Year completing his transit of the sign of the Crab, before he moves into that of Leo and your solar second house of personal finance and resources.
While the transits of Jupiter are seen as fortunate for the most part, they nonetheless create restless and disturbing feelings and urges as this giant of the Heavens calls us to horizons, new and far, especially when the move is through our own sign. The crustacean is a creature with a legendary reluctance about leaving the safety of the shell, whether that safety is the protective mantle of home and family or simply the accustomed patterns and routines of daily life. Remember that even an unpleasant situation that is familiar can feel safer than an unknown future.
This coming year is a time to cast some of the parts and patterns aside or to revamp them in a way that allows you to move forward effectively. You've been called on a journey of new knowledge, new directions and new ideas and feelings. Don't resist the call of the future by claiming you simply don't have time to do the work of developing new avenues and opening up new inner resources or facets of the self. Let the hunger for the new direct you, but don't let it consume you. Cast the dice and trust to fortune.
However, as one of the heavenly giants calls you forward, another urges you to look back and make sure the road behind you is unencumbered. Saturn, the taskmaster, is in the sign of Gemini and your solar twelfth house as the year begins. He entered this domain of mysterious forces and hidden influences in September 2000 and will remain there until the mid-year of 2003.
This marks a time when there is a need for some withdraweal from outwardly oriented activity and examine the patterns of the past. You need to program in some time for reflection on matters and people that link you with the past and past situations. Are these connections holding you back? Is there some kind of resolution or ending that can be made with them?
While Jupiter calls for expansive and speedy action, Saturn counsels a measured response to a well-considered matter. It will be important for you to hold the balance between these two forces, especially in the first half of 2002 while Jupiter is still in Cancer.
Saturn in the twelfth house also calls you to the conception of new ideas and projects that can be developed in the future. The secret evolution of the new needs is to play a part in the coming year as well. Nurture new ideas into life, but make sure you don't take the wraps off a new project too early. By the same token, don't step back from starting to dream the dreams of the future.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Delights may be found this year in foreign climes, with strangers, foreigners, or artistic types. Pleasure may be found in academe, or with those involved in cultural pursuits. Attached Cancerians may go through periods of insecurity and jealousy. Enemies may be active behid the scenes.
Career and Finances: Stake Your Claim
Matters to do with foreign trade or overseas activities will be beneficial. Publishing and cultural activities could also be profitable, but be very cautious with speculations this year; overconfidence could be ruinous, especially after July 2002.
Health: Balancing Your Energies
Watch your weight, Cancer! This a year of expansion. Be careful with regard to any long term conditions or problems. May 2002 could be a challenging time, especially if you're working too hard, so make sure you give yourself proper rest and recreation to break up any punishing schedules. Watch your diet and pay careful attention to the laws of hygeine, especially while travelling.
Home and Away: Family and Children
Matters of home and family will be tied to the evolution of your own destiny. Career changes will affect your home life in some way. Expansion is the key. If you work from home, a change is needed to get the space you need. If working in a restrictive environment, relocate yourself at home to get more room to breathe. Perhaps you will build your own house. Children may travel and will bring you pleasure. Overseas or foreign interests will occupy much attention.
Periods of confusion affect
- Jan/Feb: taxes, debt, death, legacies, credit, other people's money, joint ventures, sexuality, life's mysteries
- May/Jun: private and hidden things, subconscious mind, dreams, the past, sorrow, disappointment, loss, institutions, secret enemies, solitude or confinement, hidden fears and worry
- Sep/Oct: your residence, domestic environment, family members, real estate transactions, repairs or other matters related to home or property, family discussions, family business transactions, and correspondence with or short trips to visit relatives.
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Love and Money |
The New Year gets underway with Chiron the wounded healer, Venus the goddess, the Sun and Mercury the messenger all in Capricorn and your solar seventh house of partnership. However, the Sun and Venus hover in opposition to Jupiter in your own sign. You need to work hard to maintain a good balance between matters of the self and your efforts on your own behalf and the needs of partners and close associates. There could be wasted energy and even conflict here, so ensure you have clear agreements about the exchanges required in maintaining your primary relationships. The heritage of the past may weigh against you in these matters, or you may simply have an increase in responsibilities towards loved ones and close associates. Whichever way things go, this will be a year in which it is important to work at relationships, rather than riding high on their natural joys. Your attention may be drawn to past patterns and hurts in your own life that throw some light on what is happening in your current relationship cycle.
For the single crustacean, this might be more of a 'flash in the pan' year than a time when anything solid or new comes into your life. There will definitely be highlights and some excitement, but it may be difficult to extract anything lasting for those of you who are looking in the romance files under 'p' for permanent.
As regards money, concentrate on the development and expansion of new ideas as well as on learning, travel and change for yourself. If you open up new avenues, August of 2002 could well see the beginning of a cycle when the dividends are paid. However, if you've stayed stuck in a rut or gone down the wrong road, September could prove to be a tricky month as far as finances go. Don't be over optimistic here. Keep it real.
October and November see Venus the goddess moving in retrograde motion through the sign of Scorpio and your solar 5th house. Children may prove to be expensive here. You might feel inclined to withdraw from the more outgoing activities and social pleasures. Some of you may find a renewal of an old flame or relationship. As Venus makes tension with giant Jupiter as she does her reverse motion dance, this will not be a good time to spend up on pleasure, recreation or a newfound romance. The bill will be bigger than you estimate. Don't be drawn down the path of extravagance or extravagant expectations.
Home and Family
With Jupiter rising in your solar first house until the end of July, matters of home and family and their evolution will be tied to the evolution of your own destiny. You may need to make working changes that will affect your home life in some way. Expansion is the key. If you work from home, then you may find a change is needed to get the space that you want. Or, you may be working in a restrictive environment and need to relocate yourself at home in order to get more room to breathe.
Travel may play an important part in the coming year, especially up to the end of July. Stretch the boundaries or limits of home and family so that you can reach new heights or horizons with what you're doing.
Work and Health
Pluto the transformer has been in Sagittarius and your solar sixth house of work and health since 1995. There will have been changes for some of you over work methods and practices. Your daily routines will have changed and your health may have gone through considerable or even extreme fluctuations at times. This year, you will need to be careful in health management matters with regard to any long term conditions or problems you might be dealing with. The month of May could be a challenging time, especially if you're working too hard, so make sure you give yourself proper rest and some recreation to break up any punishing schedules you're involved in.
With mighty Mars in Pisces and your solar ninth house squaring Pluto the transformer in Sagittarius as the year begins, you will need to take care if you're travelling overseas or if you're planning any adventurous activities. The risk of accident will be high if you take unnecessary chances or if you're let down by poor planning and preparation, or inattention. Controversy or conflict involving political, religious or legal matters could prove costly and even dangerous if you act precipitately. Be strenuously methodical in your approach to such things; make sure you really examine the wider picture before you act.
Once again, personal expansion and development is the key to the advancement of your career. Look to the wider picture and the expansive opportunity to move things ahead. The period from February to April is an important time to get things moving and to get new projects, ideas or contacts up and running. You will encounter obstacles here, but you can nonetheless do well for yourself. Work to consolidate advances before the month of May arrives.
Mercury Retrograde |
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 third week of January brings the messenger retrograde in the sign of Aquarius and your solar 8th house of joint finances and resources. You may need to examine your financial situation with regard to investments, credit operations and shared monies. Don't overextend yourself at this point and don't enter into any new joint arrangements until you're sure of your standing and their potential. Be careful during this one. As Mercury the messenger crosses and re-crosses paths with mystic Neptune, things may not be at all what they seem. Hang fire! Detach and see the broader picture. Go back into action in the second week of February.
The third week of May brings a second retrograde Mercury, this time in the sign of Gemini and your solar twelfth house. Be honest and straightforward in your dealings and avoid signing contracts or finalizing negotiations. There is confusion in the air and even the most genuine of proposals might not be well understood. Get your deception meter working and make sure you're not being misled, either by yourself or by others. Revelations of secret matters of hidden circumstances could come out at this time but it might not be exactly clear what is true until the 2nd week of June. Focus on spiritual and creative matters and take some inner time. Decisions that get a lot of inner reflection will prove to be best in the end.
Matters of home, family and emotions come under review in September when Mercury turns retrograde in the sign of Libra and your solar 4th house in the 2nd week of the month. Communications will be a priority here so make sure you're absolutely clear and attentive with family and loved ones. You may need to change patterns with regard to family or domestic arrangements. This is a tricky month overall. You might be dealing with financial possibilities where a hard-edged realism rather than na´ve enthusiasm needs to be your guiding light. Work and health matters may be under stress and the developments here may be affected by changes with regard to travel plans and communication problems. Be careful with work-related travel as the 3rd week of the month begins.
The New Moon comes in your sign on July 10th, but it may be an inconclusive affair where the new start you're trying to make has difficulty going into operation. This could be for health reasons, or because of difficulties or disputes with individuals with whom you're connected through work. Revise and adjust your plans rather than trying to push them ahead. The Full Moon does not occur in your sign in 2002, which is rather unusual, but fear not: it gets there in January 2003. (You'll have to wait for next year's forecast to get the lowdown on that one! : ed.)
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.
Eclipses can have a special significance for the crustacean since your sign and cycles are lunar in origin. The first one for the year is an eclipse of the Full Moon in Sagittarius. With the Sun in Gemini and your solar 12th house (spiritual matters, hidden enemies, endings & self-undoing) blocking the light of Lady Moon in your solar 6th house, you may find yourself at odds with your health or wrestling with difficulties as regards work methods and co-workers. Make peace with your circumstances and accept them rather than trying to fight your way through.
An eclipse of the Sun by the New Moon in Gemini and your solar 12th house comes on June 11th. There could be revelations of hidden matters or the discovery of another side to a story. Watch for hidden influences at work in your situation prior to this time. Something may be lost to you. Let it go. Someone may pass out of your life. Let them go.
June 24th brings a lunar eclipse with a Full Moon in Capricorn and your solar 7th house so there may be changes with regard to your partnership situation. A particular phase or cycle with regard to matters of partners and close associates may come to an end. It may have run its race or there could be the seeds of self-destruction because of weariness or the burdens of responsibility. Weigh up matters carefully before you act.
A Full Moon and a lunar eclipse in the sign of Taurus and your solar 11th house on the 20th of November brings a change with regard to your own hopes and wishes and people with whom you have had associations in the past. Make adjustments according to what is possible or necessary. Sudden or unexpected developments could take a strong hand in where things go from here. You may have to go with them. Joint financial arrangements may be a trigger for change.
The New Moon in Sagittarius and your solar 6th house brings an eclipse of the Sun on December 4th. Changes in work cycles or methods, especially with regard to connections with people, are on the cards. Males in positions of minor authority or of professional standing or of some other racial or cultural background may figure in the changes. Watch your health. If there are problems, you will need to rest and remedy the situation.
The month of May stands as a difficult one. You will need to make crucial choices that will effect your beliefs, your family life and your overall direction. You will be pushed hard and a little confused at the start of the month, so don't react to these conditions too early. Hold your ground and see how the picture looks by the last few days of May. Make final decisions then. Take health issues seriously at this time and be prepared to end any cycles of your working life that are no longer productive. Choose a strong destiny. Don't scatter your efforts in small concerns.
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