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.
Cancer, the Crab
Cancer the Crab in the year 2003
Both revolutionary Uranus and Saturn, the measurer of effort, set trends in a cycle of change that lies ahead for the crustacean in these coming years. The urge for the future will be to broaden your horizons. New ideas and new connections, especially with people or influences that originate overseas, will become important in your personal cosmos.
|On March 10th, Uranus moves into Pisces, opening the gateway to your solar ninth house. The ninth house rules legal matters, overseas travel, foreign culture and the development of the higher mind. Some of you may begin a program of study, one that leads in a new or different direction. Others may find themselves unexpectedly involved in legal studies or matters of litigation. In both cases, people of academic or professional standing may enter your life, or somehow influence your direction.
Some of you may travel unexpectedly.
Others may be drawn along new spiritual or religious paths. Overall, many Crabs will find themselves having to see and embrace a wider picture of the cosmos in the coming years; whether by desire or necessity remains to be seen.
June 3rd is a landmark date for the crustacean, as it signals the move of Saturn into your sign. For some the load will simply increase while others will take up new tasks and responsibilities as they open new paths for themselves. Crabs born up until July 6th will feel the weight of these things most strongly in 2003, though this process will come to all of you in the end. Some will flourish under these demands while others may struggle with health and energy.
If you are among the latter, take steps to deal with health matters in a new and different way. Don't take half measures. For some, family matters and dealings with children will be increasingly important. For others, there may be a break or separation in what has been your accustomed domestic or emotional cycle. Overall, this marks a time when it will be best for you to embrace what must be done. Don't fight necessity. Don't kick against the pricks. By meeting increased demands, you will flourish in time. The Crab is a seasonal creature. Make sure you see where you are in this new season of your life and act in accordance with that knowledge.
Love and Money |
Chiron the wounded healer starts the New Year in a conjunction with the Sun in the sign of Capricorn and your solar seventh house of partnership. Mercury the messenger also hovers there. This year you will really need to sort out the dynamics of relationships and how they work in your life. It doesn't matter whether you are a single Crab (either happy with your condition or in search of a partner) or a Crab with a family and all the trimmings, you will need to really look at they way you relate and the way others relate to you. This process may come about through need, in that those close to you will need your help and understanding. Or, it may come about from an inner need to understand yourself more deeply. Remember that a relationship opens up the place where no one goes alone. We come to know another side of ourselves in close personal encounter. The emphasis this year is not so much on romance as it is on how you make relationships work and how you conduct yourself within them.
If you have issues from the past that have created blocks or inhibitions with regard to personal relationships, then these will have to be dealt with over the coming year and beyond. For some, your pain may come to the surface, urging you to seek new practices to find the healing you need. For others, you may have to deal with such pain in others (an established partner or a prospective one) and help them along this selfsame path. In coming close to those who need your help, you will find healing for yourself. One thing is certain. Whether single or committed, this will be a year where you will not be able to allow the same old partnership issues to simply float around in your personal cosmos while you take no action with them.
Many Crabs will this year meet a singular or unusual person who will come to have a strong influence in your life. For the single Crab, this may be a romantic attachment of a new or different character This person may become a teacher for you. Make sure you recognize the newness of it and respond in a different way. If you retreat inside your shell, you'll lose an important opportunity for growth. For those of you with partners, there may be a teacher or healer who comes into your life who will in some way facilitate the process of change. For some of you with partners, you may have to help your partner deal with a crisis or health condition. For others of you in a committed relationship, you will recognize that change is needed in one form or another. Don't be reluctant to take necessary steps.
With mighty Mars and Venus conjoined in Scorpio and your solar fifth house of leisure, creativity and lifestyle, you will have the urge and the opportunity to get out and about more. As these two challenge the might of revolutionary Uranus, your life could be turned on its head as far as both love and money are concerned. Meet new people! Change the pattern of your social life. Go to parties or the theatre. Go out to dinner. Try new restaurants! Surround yourself with new and different circumstances. Start a new creative venture. It is the risk (albeit calculated) that will pay the best reward.
If you're stuck in a pattern with regard to finance, take a risk to break free. The gamble will pay the greatest dividend. Put everything on the line to make change. The caution is that while you may have to risk everything, don't go beyond your means. If you put yourself too far out on a limb, the whole thing can come crashing down. Ventures undertaken after June will be particularly favoured, especially if they involve new skills and new associations with others.
Home and Family
Your emotional and domestic life will be subject to the growth or otherwise because of partnership matters. You can expect that the simple and practical details or your domestic existence will be altered by the changes that come through partners and close associates. You're a creature who loves harmony at home (Libra on the cusp of your solar fourth house) and you're prone to cling to strong romantic ideals. Don't be seduced by romance or become downhearted through its absence. Make simple and practical changes to the way you deal with partners and close associates. Your home life and emotional wellbeing can flourish as a consequence. There may be a beginning or an ending to an important emotional or domestic cycle in your life.
Work and Health
Powerful Pluto continues his journey of transformation through your solar sixth house of work and health. This is slowly and inexorably pushing you towards change in the way you care for yourself and the way you organize your daily routines. The month of June may bring a crisis or a turning point with regard to health matters. The second half of the year will see an increase in your working responsibilities or a limitation on your efforts. Some of you may find yourselves returning to skills you have practiced in the past with renewed vigour or enthusiasm, especially in the last four months of the year.
The movement of giant Jupiter this year will be important in the Crab's working life. On August 27th he moves into Virgo and your solar third house of communications, travel and education. This will bring practical opportunities. Make sure you learn what you need to know to make the most of them. You will need to 'up skill', take a course, purchase new equipment and make the most of ideas or practices that are current. Writing or publishing opportunities may open up for some. Fortune will enter your working life in the form of skilled people who can provide what you need, whether it be mechanical, at an ideas level or even in the realm of healing and spiritual matters. From the service provider to the shaman, seek the repairs and improvements you need. Clashes over practices or working methods may occur. Find a practical way to sort out differences with associates.
When Saturn, the measurer of effort, moves into your sign on June 3rd, he signals the need for you to step out in another direction or take a new measure of responsibility for your life. In a sense, you can create your own career or personal path from this point. This may come about because of decisions you choose to make. But, be aware that it could also come from decisions you simply have to make. If you embrace this path and take the wheel of your ship, a new life will be born from this increased level of personal responsibility. Advance your creative expression. Learn new methods and techniques. Pay strict attention to health matters. By these means, you can navigate to new waters.
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 messenger's first retrograde cycle comes in Capricorn and your solar seventh house of partnership from January 2nd to 23rd. There could be communication problems with partners and close associates. There might be misunderstandings over practical matters or you might simply find yourselves at cross purposes. You may have to deal with a long-standing problem and it may be that hidden influences or old grievances will need to come to light. Talk things through in a practical and meaningful way. Come to a new arrangement that will carry you into the future.
Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus and your solar eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes from April 26th until May 20th. There could be problems with friends and associates through misunderstandings or simple clashes of schedule. Arrangements may be subject to change. You might find yourself at odds with friends over money or values. You might also have a change of heart about your goals. Don't take anything as set or finalized too early in the piece. There's nothing that can't be sorted out in time.
August 28th sees the messenger's third retrograde cycle for the year. This comes in Virgo and your solar third house of travel and communication. It will finish on September 20th. You may have to deal with upsets and changes. If you're travelling by road, it may not be easy to make the time you need to make. Leave early and allow for delays. Watch communications, especially about arrangements or appointments. Make sure you service vehicles and all necessary equipment and machinery. Watch for misunderstandings of all sorts. There could be problems with siblings. This could be an 'accident prone' period.
Mercury makes one last cycle before the end of the year. This begins on December 17th and is once again in the sign of Capricorn and your solar seventh house of partners and close associates. Take the extra time and trouble to ensure that you have a good understanding with your nearest and dearest. There could be misunderstandings, some disagreement or unexpected changes in the operation of your relationship. Work patiently through problems.
Your Full Moon comes on January 18th, indicating stresses or issues arising in dealings with partners or close associates. This is a day when personality clashes become the dominant theme. As long as everyone keeps their heads, there will be no real harm done. Your partner may seem to become a force to be reckoned with. Something about the state of an important relationship you are in will come to light. There is an unpredictable flavour to this time. Close associates may be excitable.
Your New Moon comes on June 29th, bringing with it the possibility that you may be able to advance a new idea or project. Make a new start, especially if matters of study or overseas connections are involved. There is a stellium of energy in the sign of the Crab at this point. The long view is favoured. Dealings with older people or those in authority favour you. Make necessary adjustments. Act quickly on new or interesting information.
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 on May 16th at the Full Moon in Scorpio and your solar fifth house of pleasure, recreation and creative endeavours. There may be a change or an ending in relation to a child as important issues or forces come to light. You may find that you can no longer continue with certain leisure or recreational activities. There may be problems with spending, either in relation to domestic matters or in connection with friends and associates. If you take risks, you may be left short of what you need.
A Solar Eclipse comes on May 31st at the New Moon in Gemini and your solar twelfth house. There may be an unexpected end to your relationship with a contact or connection, especially a woman. You might find yourself confused or uncertain as to your feelings, either with regard to an individual or in regards to the broader picture. A creative project or spiritual connection may fizzle out, yet this could also signal a new start along different lines. Health matters may suffer or you may simply experience a sense of disinterest with regard to current projects or worldly matters in general. Go deep within for guidance.
November 9th brings a Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon in the sign of Taurus and your solar eleventh house of friends, hopes and wishes. There may be an ending or a change with friends or associates, one that comes out of practical necessity or the operation of powerful forces that are outside your control. For others, financial circumstances may necessitate the end of a dream that you're pursuing. Changes in circumstances and people around you may bring change to the direction or pattern of your life and goals.
The New Moon in Sagittarius brings a Solar Eclipse in the sign of Sagittarius and your solar sixth house of work and health on November 23rd. Health matters may trouble you. Daily routines may have to change because of changing circumstances. There may be an end to a working relationship. Relations with co-workers may be troubled or upset. Don't be your own worst enemy at this time. It will be easier to do this than you think.
The Lunar Nodes are an axis by which we assess not only the cycle of contact and associations around us but also the cycle of karmic growth and development. On April 14th, 2003, the Lunar Nodes move into the signs of Taurus and Scorpio, bringing the focus for the Crab into the balance of the eleventh and fifth houses of your solar chart. New friends and associates will become important as you find yourself coming out of a cycle of retreat, development or withdrawal that has been part of your life for some time now. New goals or dreams may crystallize. You can achieve them through cooperation with like-minded people. Try to find the confluence of your personal will with the greater will by being a part of what needs to be done. Issues of children and creative endeavour may be of some importance. You may not be able to have what you want, but you can get what you need ... with help.