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.
Sagittarius, the Archer
Sagittarius the Archer in the year 2003
This is a year of threefold change for the Centaur. Revolutionary Uranus stirs the cauldron of emotional and domestic matters. There could be changes in the constellation of your family or in your domestic or emotional life. Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens, sees you carve new tracks on the career front. Take the opportunities that come or make things happen. Saturn, measurer of effort, sets new patterns in your financial life. Joint ventures or weighty commitments may become part of your financial concerns.
Developments wait for the Centaur at every turn in 2003. In particular, this is a big year for money. If you can get your money issues in place and learn how to solve money problems, you can solve every other matter that troubles you. With Mercury the messenger in Capricorn and your solar second house as the year begins, along with the Sun and Chiron, discussion and attitude are the keys. Get them right and you'll be doing well.
Love and Money
With Venus the goddess and warrior Mars in Scorpio and your solar twelfth house, this may be something of a mysterious year in this sector of your life. And, with Venus squaring revolutionary Uranus and Mars squaring Jupiter, there could be strange doings or upsurges of hidden or unexpected forces around matters of love and money.
Some of you may come to know a small measure of sadness or loss, but this is something that will make you wiser in the end if you learn new spiritual understanding. For some, there may be an awakening to spiritual knowledge or concerns because of events around you. You may share new knowledge or beliefs with a partner.
For others, changes of belief may take you away from a partner and onto a new road. Some of you may have to give time and effort to care for someone close. This can be an uplifting experience, but it may take you away from the normal pattern of your life. Some of you may know some measure of retreat from your usual existence. In some cases, this may see you travelling a new road spiritually and even entering a committed group or organization of some kind.
Single Centaurs need to be wise in your romantic choices, as not everyone you meet will be what they seem. It may be easier than you think to misread another person or the situation that you're in. This could come from simple misunderstanding or outright deception. Opt for the sensitive or the spiritual qualities in your chosen companions. Some of you will find true love this year, but it will truly change your ideas and even the course of your life.
The Centaur with a partner will be a different story. Some of you will need to give care to your partner or receive it from them. You may experience a loss of some kind. This may draw you even closer together or pull you apart, depending on how you respond. Some of you will find a sublime new level of closeness in your relationship while others may even choose to go their separate ways.
In money matters, be wary of deception by others and see if you can put a little by in case things don't go according to plan. After June 3rd, when Saturn moves into Cancer and your solar eighth house of joint holdings and deep desires, you may benefit from joint ventures or joint financial arrangements. A legacy may come to some. There may be an end to a cycle in the family. If you move into a deeper level of finance with others or with credit agencies or banks, make sure you examine all the angles with care and patience. The measured approach will bring a full measure of benefit. Jupiter in Virgo and your solar tenth house of work and status may give some of you the opportunity to seriously enhance your professional and financial standing.
Home and Family
On March 10th, revolutionary Uranus moves into Pisces and your solar fourth house of home, family and emotion. Uranus creates the radical change, the unexpected shift and the reversal of current circumstance. The revolutionary one remains in your solar fourth house until September 15th after which he briefly moves back into Aquarius and your solar third house where he adds a few finishing touches to your ideas, your communications and your relationships with siblings. At the end of 2003, he returns to Pisces and your solar fourth house where he journeys for the next seven years.
The Centaur can expect big changes on the home front or in the emotional life over the coming years. Some of you may be changing home or even country of residence. This could be temporary or, in some cases, permanent. Others will an experience a change of personnel in the home. Change could come unexpectedly or with dramatic suddenness. So too could the emotional life of some centaurs go through dramatic change! Some of you could be in or out of a new or old family group with blinding speed. There may be a new member coming into the family or an old one leaving. There may be a sudden change of domestic circumstances or situation for some, one that takes you by surprise. Some of you centaurs may simply change your mind or your ideas about what you want in your emotional or domestic life and opt for something different. The more conventional centaur may go alternative while some on the alternative path may go through a dramatic shift to a more conservative road.
As the changes unfold for all over these next years, allow them to do so and make a commitment to learning the most you can from the radical or unexpected developments that lie ahead. Uranus is the planet of accelerated or altered consciousness. As he brings events into our lives, whatever their nature, we must find a new level of awareness that understands and accepts the change that has taken place.
There is a cautionary note for the Centaur with regard to matters of home and family. On July 29th, Mars the warrior turns retrograde in Pisces in your solar fourth house. This will last until September 27th and may bring conflict or challenging events for some. Such things may disrupt your domestic or emotional life for a time. The period from September 8th will be the most intense and bring the greatest liability for instability or disruptive events. For some, loss a through dramatic event may be a concern. For others, you may be dealing with difficulty or conflict within the family or household. For some there could be troubles with some form of addiction or deceptive behaviour in a close emotional tie. For some, you may simply be dealing with an angry or difficult person at home. Ride this period out with care and attention. Look for the underlying cause or hidden circumstances in any difficulty. Seek spiritual solace and greater understanding if powerful events touch your life. By such means, you can come through any situation, no matter how great or small, with the gift of new wisdom and acceptance.
Work and Health
Your emotional life and your financial situation could play a big part in your healthcare program. Big shifts with family or emotional matters may drain or tests the resources of some, while others may find that a renewal of the emotional life brings a new lease of life. Many of you may find that health will fluctuate this year and there will be a few ups and downs. Just try to ride the 'downs' out with appropriate care. Being tested for money or resources may leave some of you centaurs drained or stressed this year. Make sure that you work to renew your inner resources if you become depleted. Concentrate on flexibility and suppleness of both body and attitude. Rigid thinking or routines will wear your system down.
Some of you may find that your physical wellbeing is tied to your attitudes around money. Changes of circumstance financially may reveal just how strong this link is. Work to give yourself the ease and liberty that you love. Remember! Your sign needs freedom of movement and the open air more than any other! Stretch yourself out and make your routines and attitudes as flexible as you can. With the Lunar North Node in Taurus and your solar sixth house from April 14th, consulting with health practitioners or learning more about healthcare will become a pivotal part of the life for some.
On August 27th, Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens, moves into Virgo and your solar tenth house of career, status and dealings with authority. You will be able to make advances and fortunate connections with career matters from this time. It will be important to see the wider view or the bigger picture. Make the most of whatever circumstances or people favour your efforts. Make decisions about where you're going and take action to advance yourself. Increase your skills or knowledge through study. Some of you may be called upon to teach. Cultivate overseas connections. Travel far and wide if you need to. Learn from qualified people or the people of status around you. Deal confidently with professional people and situations. Think long term but deal effectively with the moment.
Jupiter is in forward motion from April 3rd until early 2004 so you will be able to move forwards most effectively during this period.
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 comes in Capricorn and your solar second house of personal finances and resources. This cycle runs from January 2nd to 23rd. You may need to re-evaluate your budget and look at your 'long term' spending or the consequences of it. There may be difficult dealings with people involved in finance or discussions with financial agents to help you appraise your position. Take a good look at the 'tin tacks' of your situation and make necessary change. Wait and see before you judge how a situation will come out.
The messenger's second reverse motion cycle comes in Taurus and your solar sixth house of work and health. This cycle runs from April 26th until may 20th. There may be communication problems in regard to work and with co-workers. You might have to adjust your work routine at short notice. Work-related travel could be troublesome or subject to delays. There could be minor health problems or injuries that force you to adjust your work schedule or daily routines.
The sign of Virgo and your solar tenth house of profession, status and dealings with authority is the arena for Mercury's third retrograde cycle for the year. This runs from August 28th until September 20th. You may need to re-evaluate your career direction. There could be communication problems with superiors at work or people in authority. There may be problems at work with regard to method or approach. Your responsibilities or obligations may be mounting or difficult to keep pace with. You may have problems communicating with a woman in authority or mother figure.
Mercury begins a fourth retrograde cycle on December 17th but this does not end until January 2004. This last fling by the messenger is in Capricorn and your solar second house of personal finance, so money and budgetting may be the issues once again. Make sure you communicate clearly with regard to money and work at sorting out the problems that occur. Deal clearly and patiently with financial agents.
Your Full Moon comes on June 23rd with a high level of activity in your solar seventh house of partners and close associates. Something could come to light with regard to a partnership matter. You may have to deal with a high temperature situation in a close relationship. There could be words flying, but make sure you listen to what's said on the other side. You may be missing vital information or another point of view.
Your New Moon comes with a Solar Eclipse on November 23rd. This could be a time of some upheaval and there may be problems with travel and communications that affect things on the domestic front. . Don't get caught up in the drama or urgency of things. Wait for the dust to settle then take a new perspective on things. There may be an unusual event or an unexpected development that you have to cope with.
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 with the Full Moon on May 16th in Scorpio and your solar twelfth house. There may be small losses or minor health problems following this period. There may be some deception around you that you need to come to terms with. There could be a new spiritual or creative resolve that sees you moving forward on an inner level as you let go of old attitudes or values.
A Solar Eclipse comes with the New Moon in Gemini and your solar seventh house on May 31st. There may be a change or an ending with a partner or close associate. You may experience a separation of some kind in a close relationship. There may be a change in the pattern of your primary partnership as priorities change. Your partner may come to a point of change in their life, bringing change into yours.
A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Taurus and your solar sixth house of work and health on November 9th. There may be setbacks at work or there could be minor health problems that need attention. There may be difficulties with a colleague at work, especially a woman. There may be a change of cycle in your working life or your daily routines because of problems with money or health. Re-evaluate your situation and turn to joint finances or a family member for any help you need.
Footnotes to the Year
Pluto the transformer continues his journey through your sign in 2003. For the Centaur born at the end of the first week of December or the beginning of the second, he enters the stream of your life by forming a conjunction with your Sun. This meeting will act over time to transform you and the direction of your life. This can be a stressful or testing period, and yet, if we meet the demands it makes, then we come through the stronger for it.
However, we may have to leave behind that which no longer has a place in our lives. There may be powerful events that mark an ending and a new beginning. For some there may be a departure or a separation. A familiar situation or person could somehow pass from your life. For others there may be a complete halt that leads to a change of direction. Some of you may simply find that, under stress, you re-evaluate your sense of yourself and your path. Such a re-evaluation will lead to change over time. Some of you will be called upon for significant effort. The superhuman task or responsibility will uncover in you a strength you did not know you had. The next year or two will leave you and your life changed in a way that will reveal new depths or the hidden forces within.