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.
Libra, the Scales
Libra the Scales in the year 2002
Status and Authority...?
The year begins with giant Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens, in Cancer and your solar tenth house of career, profession and personal and social responsibility. Expansion is in the air, continuing a theme established last year. Promotion, advancement, opportunity, overseas travel and contact with people of status or authority may be on the cards for the first seven months of 2001.
However, Jupiter starts proceedings in opposition to a stellium of planets in Capricorn and your solar fourth house of home, family and emotion, including Chiron, Venus, the Sun and Mercury the messenger. There could be a lot of to-ing and fro-ing (not an unusual occupation for you Scales folk) as you try to keep the balance of professional and domestic matters. There may be an increase in domestic responsibilities or some endings or separations with regard to matters of the home and heart. Domestic spending may be up or work-related costs could change in such a way as to affect your home life. Domestic or emotional communications may be demanding. You will have to deal with unsettled or changed conditions and will simply need to work at maintaining a good balance. It won't come naturally.
Life will take a dramatic turn for you keepers of the Scales this year after August 1st. At this time, giant Jupiter moves into the sign of Leo and your solar eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes. There could be an upsurge of energy and creative thought that may bring changes to your network of friends and associations and also to your hopes and dreams. New plans may emerge so think big. Make and use new connections. Old ones may alter or simply disappear. All this could come about with suddenness or in a dramatic manner. You may decide to develop new ideas or you may begin to associate with people who think or operate in a new or different way. A greater fixity of ideas and purpose may touch you or those with whom you come into contact. From early August to early December is the best time for development or advancement as Jupiter is in forward motion during this period.
Love and Money
Venus the goddess begins the year in sober and ambitious Capricorn so it will be a year in which duty, responsibility and demanding conditions may have a strong say in how your love life develops. It will be important to keep the anchor of strong and lasting relationships in place this year. You will have to work at them. Stay in touch with those you love even if other parts of your life are demanding. Some of you may have an increase of responsibilities in your emotional or domestic life. Some may experience a separation or even say goodbye to an old emotional attachment. Try to keep your work and your home life separate and ask others to do the same. Home needs to be a refuge from the outside world. In some instances though, a crossover will be inevitable and you will just have to make the best of things. For some, important connections or opportunities may take you away from loved ones. Such clashes of interest will be a theme for this year.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Footloose Librans will snuggle up to a romantic stranger, perhaps a cultured, artistic, religious or academic type, or someone encountered whilst travelling. Career connections will be important in the first half of the year, but friendships and associations will be very relevant from August on. Librans who marry should be aware of the social implications. Study, work and love will be linked.
Career and Finances: Stake Your Claim
You should do well through matters connected with health and healing, hygeine and fitness, or by humanitarian activities and service. Benefit will come from anything to do with official, military or naval affairs. Things should go generally well this year, since success longs to fall in your lap. Notwithstanding, take great care with any foreign investments or property.
Health: Balancing Your Energies
Keep your public activities on a straight track, or dangerous stresses may emerge. Relatives may create mental distress and your partner may suffer illness. Accidents can easily happen, especially on short journeys. Older Librans may need to suffer in silence. Work up a new fitness regime.
Home and Away: Family and Children
- Travel may be necessary on family affairs, perhaps to care for distant property or possessions from in-laws. Children should do well and develop advanced interests. Love affairs and adventures may be expected. Older members of the family may feel drawn to return home.
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- Jan/Feb: romance, children, speculation, creative talent
- May/June: higher education, advanced training, publishing, publicity, advertising, politics, foreign travel, foreign studies, religious and philosophical activities, cultural pursuits
- Sept/Oct: personality, health, self-image, appearance.
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For the single Scales person, love life might be up and down. There could be important connections that will not be easy to develop. They may have links to work or business or be found among people of some status or position. You may meet someone new, but this may be in circumstances that make it hard to pursue the relationship. Travel or overseas connections may play a part in your love life.
Knowing when to spend and when to save will be the big issue with money. Timing is all important, as is a sense of proportion. Money will flow from taking the right opportunity at the right time and making the most of it. You may have to work at keeping a good balance between what you need to spend on family and the home and work or business demands. Avoid extravagant spending and the pursuit of far-fetched schemes or ideas in September, especially around the mid-month and then again in the first half of October.
In October, Venus the goddess moves into a retrograde (reverse motion) cycle in the sign of Scorpio and your solar second house of personal finance and resources. You may need to review your financial situation at this time, especially where joint arrangements with regard to money are concerned. You may need to alter financial constraints or arrangements and such alterations may affect partnership matters or your situation with your partner. Wait until the end of November before you begin to move forward again with financial matters. This could be a challenging time for money and the last thing you will want to do is push ahead out of impatience. Review your situation.
You may also have cause to review your love life at this point. Relationships may undergo changes. There may be a stepping back or away by either you or your partner. Examine your deep desires and ask yourself if you are truly in touch with them. For some of you, there may also be a renewal of affection or intensity. For others, a connection from the past may come back into your life after a long absence. For all, focus on insightful understanding of what's happening and what you're really feeling.
Home and Family
Chiron the wounded healer is established in Capricorn and your solar fourth house as the year begins. This is a journey that will continue for some years. There may be a need for you to explore your past and history, to come to terms with your emotional background and make a new peace with yourself and loved ones or family members. For some this may mean an increase of responsibility. Others may choose to take the road of spiritual or therapeutic exploration. All of you will need to come to know yourselves better as a consequence of an inner emotional journey over these next years. Dealing with domestic or emotional issues and history will be the key to real personal advancement. Health and emotional matters will be strongly inter-related.
Work and Health
Mighty Mars begins the year in Pisces and your solar sixth house of work, health and daily routines. He does so in tension with powerful Pluto in Sagittarius and your solar third house of travel, education and communications. Work-related illness or accident will be the prominent issue. Be especially mindful of safety on short distance journeys. Make sure that carelessness and inattention don't become the cause of difficulty. This is the year of the preventive measure. A transformation of your health care routines and your working methods will be required. Make sure you go up a notch when necessary.
While giant Jupiter calls you to opportunity until the end of July and then brings you to an expansion of plans and growth of connections, sober Saturn still moves through the sign of Gemini and your solar ninth house. You may be still searching for the ideas and beliefs that allow you to really grow and develop. Study will be important for some, travel for others. Legal matters or dealings may be threaded into the process of the year. This is a year when it is important to find some kind of strong base of beliefs or ideas spiritually or philosophically that will allow you to move forward and find what you're looking for.
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.
Mercury's first retrograde cycle for the year comes in mid January in Aquarius and your solar fifth house. There could be confusion or sudden changes in your dealings with children. Leisure activities or matters of recreation and lifestyle may be subject to changes of plan or approach. You may have to change tactics or you may decide to go down a different road. For those involved in creative activities, there could be developments or changes that suddenly present a new option or close an old one down. Conduct any review of your situation from a detached standpoint. See the wider picture. Use new or unusual methods or ideas to set things in motion again. Confusion or problems will not begin to clear until the second week of February.
The messenger's second retrograde cycle for the year comes in Gemini and your solar ninth house in mid May, lasting until the end of the second week of June. Overseas links and matters that involve the law or higher education may be subject to confusion or misunderstanding. Don't go off half-cocked with regard to any such matters and don't get tricked into believed that something in this area is either set or unsolvable. Time will change the picture so make sure you stay flexible. The ideas of others may contribute towards change. You may decide to turn your attention to higher matters of the mind or the spirit. This could be a time of seeking new ideas to uplift you.
Mercury's last retrograde cycle for the year comes in your own sign in mid September. You may be facing important decisions or simply experiencing problems or confusion about where you're going or what you're doing. Take time to consider things instead of acting with haste or out of impatience. You may need to retreat into an inner space for the first two weeks of October in order to get things clear. You may be feeling pressured or stressed so make sure you don't let this overwhelm you. Make sure you don't get the wrong end of the stick in communications. You can emerge from this period with a much clearer view of yourself and where you're going if you just let matters run their course.
Your Full Moon comes on March 28th of this year, bringing a grand cross with Jupiter in Cancer in your solar tenth house (work & profession) opposing Chiron the wounded healer in Capricorn and your solar fourth house (home & family) while the Sun and Moon make tension with them. There may be changes or disruptions that will affect matters of work and home as well as yourself and partners or close associates. Health issues could be involved as well as changes to your working life and responsibilities. You may tend to react dramatically or go to extremes. Your relationship with one or even both of your parents could be significantly involved. Expert professional help of one kind or another could be valuable in solving any problems that occur here though it may be necessitated rather than freely chosen.
Your New Moon comes on October 6th with a benign aspect to giant Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens, bringing advancement or perhaps resolution with regard to the events of the March Full Moon. Friends or connections may be of service or benefit and new ideas about your hopes and wishes may abound. Don't be unrealistic, but make a new start by bringing the benefit of strong associations to bear as you pursue your aims. This could be a good time for new ideas or new learning that will open up new vistas for you.
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 Gemini and your solar ninth house on May 26th. You may find communications difficult. There may be a severing of connections. Exchanges may become heated or come to a head. Be careful with arrangements or travel-related matters as they may go awry. Both overseas connections and legal matters are highlighted for attention and you may come to the end of a cycle of development as far as these are concerned.
A solar eclipse comes at the New Moon in Gemini on June 11th, affecting matters in your solar third house of overseas travel, legal matters and the higher mind. As Sun and Moon together form an opposition to powerful Pluto, this could mark a significant change or ending in matters in this area. Conflict could somehow be the cause or root of change and you may find that something is opposing your efforts to move forward or maintain a connection. You may have to make a decision sever ties or change plans.
A lunar eclipse comes at the Full Moon in Capricorn and your solar fourth house on June 24th, bringing changes or endings with regard to an emotional or domestic cycle in your life. There may be a need to explore your feelings and emotional history or patterns as a consequence of what occurs. Look deeply if the situation requires it. Matters of work and career direction might be involved and you may have to reorganize the balance of home or emotional life and work.
The Full Moon in the sign of Taurus and your solar eighth house brings a lunar eclipse on November 20th. The eighth house rules matters of joint finance or resources, endings and regeneration as well as matters of the subconscious and hidden desires. There could be changes or culminations with regard to matters of joint monies or credit. You may come to the end of a cycle of spending. Watch that you're not over committed. There may be some significant ending or passing in your life that will necessitate a new beginning. Start from the ground up. Be insightful and leave no stone unturned in your examination of your circumstances before you get things underway again.
A solar eclipse comes with the New Moon in Sagittarius and your solar third house of travel and communication on December 4th. Arrangements may have to be changed, especially if they involve travel. There could be blocks or endings with regard to matters are under discussion. Some of you could experience problems or changes in relationships with siblings, especially if overseas connections are somehow an issue.
May A Watershed
The month of May stands as a watershed as Saturn and Pluto remake the opposition they formed last year in August and November. Given this recurrence and the strong eclipse cycle in May and June, your life and destiny may be strongly influenced or even altered by the development of events in the wider cosmos. Be flexible as you walk down this road. Ideas, legal matters, education, issues related to foreign travel or overseas concerns could have a strong bearing on the developments or changes in your life at this time. Strong beliefs will determine the way ahead.
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