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 currently sojourning on the north coast of New South Wales.
Libra, the Scales
Libra the Scales in the year 2003
This year it is Saturn, the measurer of effort, that sets the pace for the men and women of the Scales persuasion. For some, there will be advancement or a new level of responsibility. For others there may be restriction or limitation that sets the pattern of life according to necessity.
The period from June 3rd will see an increase in responsibility as the taskmaster moves into Cancer and your solar tenth house of profession, status and responsibility. This is the clarion call.Some may have an addition to the family while others experience a separation from family members or the family unit. The workload will be higher, but the subsequent achievement or possible fulfillment will be worth the extra effort. Some of you will have important dealings with people of status or in authority. Others will have dealings with older people or find there are responsibilities to be fulfilled with them. The next two years can be powerful ones where you lay the ground for a new era, one where you can measure your success in the way you value your real achievements over that time.
Love and Money
Venus the goddess begins the year in the sign of Scorpio and your solar second house of personal finances and resources. There, she conjoins with warrior Mars while hovering in hard aspect to giant Jupiter and revolutionary Uranus. There could be turbulence in your emotional and financial life in the coming twelve months. For some there may be a spending spree or a burst of extravagance. For others, there may be unexpected expenses. However, you could also 'strike it lucky' with a well-timed speculation. This is not a year to just try and salt a little away. You may simply have to deal with the unexpected or make a big splash and go for it. Don't let the advice or influence of friends mislead you over money matters. Examine potential expenses or investments realistically. There could be quite a bit of money going out on socializing or entertainment. Try to run the fine line between necessary expenditure and extravagance.
The Scales person with a partner could be in for a few ups and downs as you work to find a new balance. Sex, money or children could be important issues that will need to be addressed. This is not a year to hope that problems will go away for they are likely to flare up if neglected. But, if negotiated, you can come to a new place in your lives together. There could be sudden renewals or stoppages of primary pleasures or entertainments that you have enjoyed. This year some of you may take up a cause or become part of one in a way that affects the balance of your marriage or 'long term' relationship. This too is new ground that will have to be negotiated.
For the single Scales, you can have a wildly exciting time if you want, just don't let the momentary surge blind you to the reality of things. If you are searching for stability in this sector of your life then slow down and let things unfold. Some single Scales will find a new amour from amongst their circle of friends. It may be where you find you have interests or ideas in common. Others of you may simply go for broke and enjoy your social life as much as you can. There is intensity in this approach but don't let it lead you down the paths of risk. You may meet someone new or unusual in a sudden or unexpected fashion.
Overall, excitement and the unexpected will play a big part in your romantic life. Things may change and change again. The trick will be to not to take an outcome or development as final. Married or single, affairs may be an issue that will have to be faced. Make sure you have your guidelines in place as to what is right for you.
The second quarter of 2003 sees a shift for Libra in the matter of finance. The Lunar Nodes are two points in the Heavens by which we develop contacts and association with others and the cosmos around us. On April 14th, the Nodes move into Taurus and Scorpio, activating your solar eighth and second houses. This axis is concerned with joint and personal finance, revealing what we value through what we strive for and accumulate and revealing our true desires through what we share and what we keep for ourselves. There will be dealings over financial matters or with financial people from this time. Watch the transactional nature of what you're involved in. Money, resources and how much you need may become an important issue. This can cement a relationship or divide it.
Home and Family
The Sun and Chiron, the wounded healer, conjoin in Capricorn and your solar fourth house of home, family and emotion as the year begins. Mercury the messenger hovers there as well. The obligations and responsibilities of family life will play a strong part in the year ahead. There will be an increase in responsibility for some while others may have to accept a change or even an end to a cycle in family life.
Some of you may wish to upgrade your living circumstances. Choose the steps carefully if you do. Others may find they need to reduce their living circumstances in order to fit it with budgetary constraints or demands. This will come from necessity or changed conditions. For some there may be an addition to the family, bringing increased responsibility. For others, there may come a departure brought about by the changing pattern of the times.
Whichever way this works, your domestic or emotional life will ask a great deal of you and many of you will simply have to accept the pressures or responsibilities as they are. Communicate clearly and effectively. There can be a great healing power in the challenges you face at home. If you work through them and give all that is asked of you, you will be able to heal old wounds or lay an old ghost to rest.
Work and Health
In March, revolutionary Uranus moves into Pisces and your solar sixth house of work, health and daily routines. He will remain there until mid September when he moves back into Aquarius and your solar fifth house. At the end of 2003, he will move once again into Pisces for a journey of some seven years in your solar sixth house.
Those born under the sign of the Scales can expect many changes to take place with regard to work and daily routines over the coming years. Some of you will change your occupation, moving into something new or different, especially if retraining is involved. This may come from a desire to branch out or because of a change in circumstances that is beyond your control. Such a move may take you in a more creative or spiritual direction. For some, care or service may become the theme, either personally or professionally. Others may simply experience changes at work or even disruption of working patterns or conditions. Ride out the waves and see what lies on the other side.
Some of you now in work may find yourselves out of the working environment suddenly or unexpectedly. Others not working at the moment may suddenly find yourselves thrown in at the deep end in a new working environment. Uranus is the master of reversals of condition. New skills, new ideas and a new attitude or perspective will be the keys to effective change or transition. The challenge of this period will be either that you may not be able to go down the road you expected to travel or that something you had planned to do may turn out to fall far short of the ideal. The reward will be that you discover new potentials, skills and experiences that reveal a new or different side of you.
In regard to health, this could be the start of a tricky period for some. There may be changes with regard to health, sudden or unexpected reversals of the pattern that lead you in a new or different direction as far as healthcare is concerned. You may choose or have to embrace a new diet, a new form of treatment or a new modality with regard to healthcare practice. Watch conditions that concern systemic toxicity, allergies or problems with the nervous system as a whole. Take proper steps to deal with any such condition in its early stages. Some of you may have to learn to take care of yourselves in a new and different way. Others may have to learn to care for others in similar fashion. Whatever the 'short term' requirements, you will find that the next eight years will significantly alter the pattern of your daily lives. Some of you may even travel the healer's path and learn to practice professionally what you have learned through personal need. While it will have its challenges, this transit can be an invigorating and uplifting time.
With giant Jupiter moving through Cancer and your solar tenth house during these last two years and Saturn following the same course from mid 2003 until 2005, you Scales folk with be undergoing significant pressures and changes with regard to career matters and professional direction. In time, this may lead to anything from major advancement to a complete change of direction or focus.
The period from January to the end of August in 2003 sees giant Jupiter conclude his transit through Leo and your solar eleventh house. Friends, collective effort and common goals are the keys to success. However, you may need to dream new dreams to find what you are really looking for. On August 27th, Jupiter moves into Virgo and your solar twelfth house, urging you down new and perhaps mysterious paths to find growth and personal fulfillment. This may bring about something of a withdrawal or a new focus on inner matters, causing you to step back from issues of outward achievement.
Some of you may find that you have to withdraw from what you are accustomed to doing, either through choice or necessity. Some of you may look for spiritual solace or knowledge. Others may learn new creative skills in a search for meaning. For some, there will be revelations or realizations about old matters or hidden patterns. For others, healthcare may become a concern that will alter your direction. In the main, you will all need to come to terms with your inner life and your search for perfection or fulfillment in a new or different way.
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 phase begins on January 2nd in Capricorn and your solar fourth house of home, family and emotion. There could be problems communicating with family or around the home. Domestic matters may need attention. Domestic appliances may need repair. Problems could be the result of something long neglected. This cycle ends on January 23rd.
The messenger's second retrograde phase begins on April 26th in Taurus and your solar eighth house of joint finances and resources. You may be reviewing your financial position, especially with regard to credit or overdraft obligations. You may need a new plan. You may have dealings with those involved in finance. Make sure you get a clear picture of what's going on before you act or make final decisions. It may be time to have a look at yourself and the way that you function from within. What's driving you? Dig deep for the answers. Mercury moves forward again after May 20th.
Mercury's third retrograde cycle for the year begins on August 28th in the sign of Virgo and your solar twelfth house. You might need to withdraw a little during this period and find or make time for some reflection on creative or spiritual matters. You may be feeling stressed or under pressure from things around you. Be careful of misunderstandings with this cycle, as it will be particularly easy to get the wrong end of the stick. Avoid gossip and untoward discussions. Don't keep secrets. Something hidden may be revealed during this period. The cycle ends on September 20th.
The messenger begins one final retrograde phase before the end of 2003 though this one will not finish until January 2004. This starts on December 17th and occurs in the sign of Capricorn and your solar fourth house of home, family and emotion. There may be problems with family members or outstanding tasks around the home. Domestic appliances may cause problems. You might have to make decisions that will affect your domestic or emotional future.
Your Full Moon comes on April 16th with testing aspects from Sun and Lady Moon to warrior Mars in Capricorn and your solar fourth house. Conflicts in the home may surface. There could be disagreements over domestic or emotional matters. The problems may be with children or with your nearest and dearest. One or the other of you may simply have to let off steam in order to get to the bottom of what's wrong. This could also be a tricky for accidents in the home so don't be too cavalier in your actions or your judgements.
Your New Moon comes on September 26th while Saturn the measurer and Venus the goddess are squeezing one another in the heavens. You may have to let go of something or learn how to do without. There may simply be a constricting responsibility or obligation. Go for the 'lean and mean', the ascetic or simply work within the limitations that are set. Rein in any extravagance in your nature. There may be nothing you can do about events that unfold from here except let them take their course. This time could bring a setback or a separation.
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.
The 16th of May brings a Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon in Scorpio, falling in your solar second house of personal finances and resources. There could be changes or an end of a cycle with regard to money matters. You might not be in the financial position you thought you were. You might come up short or need to look around for income from a new source. Watch that credit or overdraft facilities aren't over-extended coming up to this time. You may need room to move. You may lose a source of credit.
A Solar Eclipse comes at the New Moon on May 31st, falling in Gemini and your solar ninth house of study, overseas travel and the higher mind. Overseas communications may be troublesome and need to be reviewed. Plans related to overseas travel may have to be changed. There may be an alteration with regard to a course of study. There may be legal matters that have to be dealt with. You may have little choice in the approach you have to take with them. Dealings with people of other nationalities may be problematic or may come to a point of confusion or an unexpected end.
November 9th brings a Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon in Taurus, falling in your solar eighth house of joint monies and finance. There could be some kind of follow-on from the events of May and the Lunar Eclipse in Taurus. Be careful of over-committing yourself. You may have to change old financial arrangements or make new ones. There could be some tricky dealings with people involved with money. You might hit the wall temporarily and have to regroup. Negotiation and patience are the keys to any problems.
A final Solar Eclipse comes on November 23rd at the New Moon in Sagittarius and your solar third house of communications, travel and siblings. You may have to change travel arrangements or you may have them changed. Business arrangements or schedules may need to be reorganized. There could be an end to a cycle of contact or communication with an associate or sibling. There might be changes with regard to relationships with neighbours. You might strike an impediment in advancing your arrangements and have to regroup or review.
On July 29th, Mars the warrior moves into a retrograde cycle in Pisces and your solar sixth house of work and health. For some, this could be a trying period for health matters so make sure you keep on track with what you need to do to look after yourself. The work place or your daily routines may lead to problems with ill-health or accident if you're not extra careful. If you've been lax with regard to physical exercise, this could be a good time to bring things back into balance.
For others, there could be conflict in the workplace or difficulties with co-workers. Some might find themselves at odds with work mates. Others may find they champion a cause or oppose some injustice where they are working. There may be hidden influences or secrets at the source of what is wrong. For many, work will prove to be hard going and you may struggle to get through your normal daily load. For others, you may change direction for a time.
Some may find that there are changes or endings with regard to work or daily routines, ones that must simply be accepted. Don't give into frustration with problems or obstacles. In time, they will clear. The important thing is that you finish this period having learned a new approach or a new way of doing things in regard to work and daily routines. This retrograde cycle for planet Mars comes to an end on September 17th with perhaps the first week of September being the most testing or disruptive period.