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.
Scorpio, the Scorpion
Scorpio the Scorpion in the year 2002
The New Year starts on a potent note as mighty Mars in the sign of Pisces and your solar fifth house tests out powerful Pluto in Sagittarius, your solar second house. The fifth house rules issues of lifestyle, creativity, recreational pursuits, leisure and children. The second house is the house of personal finance and resources. These will be the sectors of your life that will experience powerful changes because of the overriding forces of the cosmos and dramatic developments.
This is not the year to push the envelope with lifestyle spending unless you're genuinely able to transform your economic circumstances. Don't do things while you're acting on an overdose of hope or idealism, and don't test yourself and your circumstances with excessive risk-taking. Speculative ventures and grand schemes could easily come undone because you didn't see the risks or chose to ignore them. This is certainly a year of expansion and growth, but 'how much' and 'in what direction' are the important questions. Don't underestimate the odds. Don't overestimate your chances. Consider carefully any questions of safety with leisure or recreational pursuits. Nonetheless, ambition and determined effort are highly favoured for results.
Love and Money
Sober Saturn continues his journey through Gemini and your solar eighth house. The eighth house rules other people's money and resources and your relationship with them as it also rules matters of sexuality and mortality. But, it is important to remember that Saturn is the planet of proper measurement and limitation. Money will be an important concern, especially where joint monies, investment and credit are involved, but it will be equally important to discover where the limits are that you can go to. There may be joint arrangements or involvements that have come to the 'use by' so make sure that you're prepared to shed what no longer works. Education is still an important feature in the process of advancement with regard to money, especially up until the end of July. You may have cause to consider issues about your mortality as you examine where your life is going because of changes that occur in the lives of those around you.
With Venus the goddess in Capricorn and your solar third house as the year begins, communication will be an important issue with loved ones as will practical management of your time. Work, travel and business may take you away from those you care for so you will have to ensure that a proper sense of responsibility and clarity of communication governs what time you share with your family and your nearest and dearest. This is a year of outgoing and extensive energy and you may encounter people from a diversity of cultural backgrounds and beliefs. Thus, social ease with a wide range of people will be an important feature. You may find that you will struggle if you can't make genuine efforts to adjust and adapt (not really a Scorpion specialty) to the ideas and opinions of others. Work around the differences. Don't charge at them head on or withdraw.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Romance will be high on the agenda this year for single Scorpions (and probably more than a few who are already involved!). Unconventional unions and domestic conditions will be experienced. Some will be attracted to very liberated relationships. You will be at your most magnetic, so wedding bells will be ringing for many of you, bringing financial as well as emotional benefits. Travelling Scorpions will find love in foreign parts, perhaps as part of a spiritual journey.
Career and Finances: Stake Your Claim
Foreign investments will pay well this year. Extravagance may however be a problem. Keep that plastic well in hand! The later half of the year should see some remarkable carre developments, when the fruit will just drop into your hand. Shared finances, investment and credit will take the focus, but it will be equally important to discover what the limits are. You'll do well through children, entertainment and sports.
Health: Balancing Your Energies
Health should be generally good, but watch out for the consequences of over-indulgence in the pleasures of life. Control the urge to consume alcohol and recreational drugs. Be extra careful if you are involved in sports, because these will be riskier than usual.
Home and Away: Family and Children
- Your parents' health may be problematic this year, but you will probably travel for pleasure, or on account of children. Many Scorpions will experience sudden changes in their domestic circumstances and family relations.
Periods of confusion affect
- Jan/Feb: your residence, redecorating, real estate, domestic environment, and family members, especially your father
- May/June: personal dinances, material assets, monetary income, values and priorities.
- Sept/Oct: hidden things, subconscious motivation, dreams, the past, institutions, secret enemies, solitude or confinement, hidden fears, partner's health
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The last three months of the year represent a significant period of change and review. Venus the goddess moves into a retrograde cycle in your own sign at the beginning of October. You may have cause or need to re-evaluate relationships, partnership matters and finances. Once again, joint finances may be high on the list for examination. This is a period where changes will come from insight into your desires and those of others with whom you are connected. There may be endings and renewals and even a return to a situation from the past where there were strong emotional or financial ties. Challenge yourself to look within and see what you really want. Don't transfer your own feelings onto those around you. In December with mighty Mars and Venus the goddess travelling together in your sign, you will be feeling highly charged and ready to put your energies into something you want. Your desires may be running hot. Romance may be in the air. You'll have the charm and the drive to set something new in motion.
Home and Family
Revolutionary Uranus and mystic Neptune continue their sojourn in your solar fourth house of home family and emotions. You are still in a phase of exploring your emotional history and the roots of your emotional nature, though the years 2003 and beyond promise a new creative and more pleasurable phase as a reward for the inner work that has been taking place for some time.
Changes may still come unexpectedly around your home or emotional life. You may still have to look at issues or over-romanticism, trust and even addiction. If you keep going deep (as only the Scorpion can), you will get to the bottom of any problems. The period from August onwards may bring changes to home or emotional life because of changes in work or responsibilities. You may be pushed to find a balance between these two sectors of your life. Don't over-dramatize and don't overreact to things. A cool head and clear advice from an expert will help with the journey.
Work and Health
Accidents and lack of proper self-care constitute the problematic areas with regard to health this year. Make sure you look after yourself and estimate the risks you need to take with some care. Though your fire and ambition will be high in the last five months of the year, your judgement may be more flawed than usual. You may tend to go over the top or become the victim of dramatic gestures or speculative responses. However, this will also be a period when working patterns will change or need to be changed as you adjust to changing demands and shifts of responsibility. While it's important not to go to far, you will have to make some of it up as you go along. Be creative, and use the services of expert professionals in health matters that are outside your working knowledge.
As August begins, giant Jupiter moves out of Cancer and your solar ninth house of overseas travel, legal matters and the higher mind and into the sign of Leo and your solar tenth house or profession, social position and responsibility or authority. For some this will bring the opportunity to further goals and aims. There may be strong creative efforts and dramatic advancement. You may be dealing with qualified people who have standing with regard to the law, artistic activities, and who have strong overseas links or connections with other cultures. You may be travelling or dealing with people from other cultures or countries because of work. Some of the people you have to deal with may be in significant positions of power or authority.
You may find that you are seeking a new or higher status. You may find that you're strongly driven by new ambitions. Advance your aims and be determined without being too forceful. If you push too hard, you may clash with superiors or starve your home life or family of proper attention. Don't misread your working situation in September and October by launching into mad schemes, or making unbalanced responses to people or situations. Extravagance or unrealistic attitudes could prove to be your undoing. The better you know yourself, the more likely it is that you will move ahead this year. Don't just throw paint at the canvas. Plan a grand new design.
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 the messenger makes his first retrograde cycle in Aquarius and your solar fourth house from mid January. Watch communications around the home. There could be misunderstandings or a sense of family members being at cross-purposes. Be ready to deal with sudden changes or an unpredictable development. Watch domestic appliances. They may let you down when you most need them. You yourself might be feeling edgy or prone to the odd verbal outburst. See if you can work out what's frustrating you deep inside rather than just letting off steam.
The messenger brings his second retrograde cycle for the year from mid May in the sign of Gemini and your solar eighth house of joint finances and other people's business. It may be time to review your involvements with others in matters of both money and deep desire. Where are these connections taking you? You may have to review joint deals or arrangements around money and look for new options over time. You might be tempted to really go for it at this time, pushing the boundaries or the envelope as mighty Mars is also in Gemini and testing out powerful Pluto. Restraint and insight will serve you best. No matter how things may feel in the moment, there always comes the time when you have to pay the bill.
Mercury's last retrograde phase for the year comes in the sign of Libra and your solar twelfth house from mid September. Confusion may abound here and you might find that unseen circumstances or hidden feelings cast an influence over the proceedings. Step back from things for a week or two. Watch and wait. You might find you are receiving a little ill feeling or even hostility from others without knowing why. Quiet contemplation could draw the truth to the surface. If you've been neglecting creative or spiritual matters then now is the time to catch up. This period may bring about a review of your hopes and wishes and also friendships or associations over time.
Your Full Moon comes on April 27th, bringing a little bit of electricity with partners or close associates. There could be some high emotion or tension around the home. Make sure you're seeing things clearly or getting the correct messages, as there could be deceptive influences at work. Matters of joint finance might be at issue. Negotiate any disagreements about money. Talk things through and let your partner have their say. Create a sympathetic atmosphere. Get on the right wave length. For some, a renewal of romantic interest might break a prevailing pattern but don't get involved in anything untoward or secretive.
Your New Moon comes on November 4th and may bring challenges or problems with communications. Put effort into really trying to say what you feel and what you mean. There may be outstanding matters to be dealt with or people from the past may need to have things explained to them. Work your way back through events until you get things clear. You will have to make a new start with partners or with money matters, one that requires a new plan or a new approach. New possibilities or demands may be emerging through work or through an increase in responsibility.
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 Sagittarius and your solar second house on May 26th. Overall this could be a testing time because of the prevailing cosmic influences Money matters, personal and joint, could be right in the fore of your concerns. You may be dealing with those involved with money or of standing in the financial community. The end of a cycle may be at hand and you will have to discuss your situation with others, perhaps going over old ground to come up with new ideas.
A solar eclipse comes at the New Moon in Gemini and your solar eighth house on June 11th, bringing potent forces into play in the wider spectrum of your life and making other people's business your concern. There may be a significant change or ending with regard to the pattern of life and money matters could be strongly affected. You may find there will be some kind of clash of values and you will have to make a decision as to what is right for you. This decision may bring opposition or conflict, but it will be best to stand your ground for something you believe is right.
A lunar eclipse at the Full Moon in Capricorn and your solar third house will affect matters of short distance travel, communications, business affairs and perhaps the lives of your siblings. Arrangements may have to be altered to accommodate changes in your schedule. Personal responsibilities may override your plans at this point. Communications with people, especially women might be marked with tension or the clash of ideas. Accept what is inevitable at this point and shelve something you wanted to do for later.
November 20th brings a lunar eclipse at the Full Moon in your opposite sign of Taurus, bringing a charge of tension or excitement to your solar seventh house of partners and close associates. You may be dealing with a break or ending to a cycle of partnership. There could be a renewal of some kind or you may have to move in a new direction to account for the changes. Get a good analytical grasp of the situation and take practical action to get things moving. This is a 'down to earth' occasion for all its electricity. Upsets or disruptions of some kind could take place in the home. Domestic matters may be charged. Employ a calm detachment to deal with any problems.
A solar eclipse comes on December 4th at the New Moon in Sagittarius and your solar second house of personal finances. Put past dealings firmly behind you and make a new start with money. This could come in a context of change in primary relationships. Mars the warrior and Venus the goddess are charged up in your sign, making you ready for action. Negotiate social situations and partnership matters with ease and strength. Don't be too forceful but work to get what you need from your situation. Social connections and interactions could be affected and there could be some changes with those you regularly deal with. Different connections could set you on a different track.
Chiron, the wounded healer, begins the year established in the sign of Capricorn and your solar third house of communications and travel. It will be important to address any issues that you have with regard to the way you communicate. This is not a time to advise others to do things when you're unable to do them yourself. Learn how to take your own advice. Look into the background of any problems that you have about asking directly for what you want or stating things clearly.
If you tend to angle towards something or perhaps manipulate your situation to get what you want, then this year is the time to be asking yourself why. Where do these patterns come from? Healing will come through words, new ideas and a renewed personal expression.
Some Scorpions may seek to travel or make contact with teachers who disseminate traditional systems or ideas. Learn the magic of focusing on what you want, but being able to get it by the simplest and most direct means. If you experience difficulty in feeling a sense of belonging to the social whole, then matters of education and ideas may be at the root. If you have blocks about being able to learn what you need to know in order to advance yourself, then seek out the teaching that can help you overcome them.
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