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Astrological Greetings, Dear Ones,

2017, The Year of Fire has ended, and many have reported back feeling a touch bruised, but mostly in one piece. Great achievements and strides have been made on a personal and professional level for most of us, and even if we are exhausted, we are also proud. 2018 has arrived in a hurry, and we are given a fresh new page to begin anew.

The Year has begun rather gently, astrologically speaking at least, with Saturn moving into his own sign of Capricorn. For those of us who have many planets, or even just our Sun in the previous sign of Sagittarius, we can feel the burdens lift, the restrictions lighten and life seems little brighter – and we are older and wiser.
For all of us, learning about our boundaries around our truth and living it and about our freedom and how we choose to wield it, as well as finally understanding that we are our own inner gurus, these have been themes for the last few years.

Now, as Saturn moves through earthy Capricorn, it’s time to mature and grow up, to put the things we’ve learnt to use in a practical, structured way. It’s time to set realistic goals, and work steadily to achieve them, not searching for instant gratification.
It’s time to take responsibility, having learnt that we are our own best teachers; we now begin to crystallize these lessons in the material world. Saturn in Capricorn doesn’t fluff around – he wants results and he wants success and to achieve – perhaps we need to look at our definitions of success, because what success may be to some, looks like failure to others, and so we are the ones solely in charge of drawing where that line is and being secure enough to declare that this is what we find fulfilling – despite what others might think.

This year has a very material theme to it, wherein professional achievement and money play a big part as per Saturn the Taskmaster in Masterbuilder Capricorn, and Uranus moving into Taurus. Uranus is a rebel, the eccentric, the motorcycle riding, pot smoking, brilliant and individualistic cool cat. Uranus is about freedom – no matter the cost, and nevermind consideration for anyone or anything else.

One can imagine what Uranus might do in the money and security orientated sign of Taurus, affectionately referred to as the ‘boring’ sign, due to the desire for stability and comfort. Uranus is going to shake things up substantially here, and the growth of Cryptocurrency is a marvelous example of Uranus in Taurus. Those in power financially will have to relook and reinvent how money is handled, and the world is ready for it.

Expect financial chaos, leading to greater freedom, with Saturn in Capricorn lending grounding and stability. Earth signs in particular can have great success with these two planets – although Taureans need to be warned that their worlds are about to be shaken up and things turned upside down, which is always a bit scary for these security orientated signs!

Capricorns of course can also find themselves challenged with Saturn, but these mountain goats are hardy enough to handle, nay, thrive, as Saturn travels through this strong sign. Virgos might just get a free ride, as they happily shoulder extra responsibility and learn to balance it with freedom.

To soften this material theme, we have Jupiter in powerful, depth orientated Scorpio trining a gentle and compassionate Pisces Neptune all year, letting compassion light the way in these times. We could expect to feel deeply inspired, in touch, our intuition heightened and our hearts just that little bit more tender and more open. We might year for more connection and merge with what we know as a Higher Power and we are more open to that merging.

The Water signs – Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio – will feel this energy even more intensely and will become even more deeply attuned to their inner worlds, heart centres open and ready to receive and grow.

Mercury will Retrograde three times this year only, usually being four, all in fire signs, and so we are forced to slow down at certain periods and review our actions, look at where our energy is being directed and would need to be careful of rash words said in the heat of the moment.

Two huge heavenly happenings this year include both Venus and Mars going retrograde, With both planets being significators of relationships, we can certainly expect some trouble in paradise. Old lovers appear, old conflicts are rehashed and we are demanded go look at our values once again and see where we are not being integral to ourselves and our needs. We could be selfish with Mars going backwards, aggressive, argumentative, tired, unmotivated and snappy, whereas Venus retrograde might shine a light on the challenges in our relationships, make us say or do things we regret – as well as give us money problems.

Combining that with Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn, we are well advised to wisely manage our money this year.

The Mars retrograde ushers in the Venus Retrograde, from the early degrees of Aquarius to the late degrees of Capricorn, and this only happen every two years – we might find ourselves arguing over our ideals and hopes, becoming opinionated and stubborn, becoming rigid and stiff – we learn where we are inflexible and are challenged to drop our armour and be more vulnerable.

The last time Mars went retrograde, it was 2016, with many of us feeling that burn, exhaustion and loss of motivation. Looking back, we can prepare ourselves better for what lies ahead.

Aries and Scorpio Suns or Ascendants might feel this energy more intensely and should carefully watch their actions and decisions over this period, and be warned that they might not have as much energy as usual.

Venus, lady of love, dances back from Scorpio, a sign she struggles in, to Libra, a sign she rules and loves. The beginning of this period, in October, can be challenging indeed as we are faced with our romantic shadow side, our jealousy, possessiveness, need to control and fear of being left.

Things can feel deeply intense and we have to be ever so careful of love that is toxic, passionate, yet unsustainable. When in Libra, things lighten a great deal, we are freed from the shackles, feel like celebrating, flirting and playing – and we do, until she goes once again into Scorpio.

Love games are to be avoided now, as we might burn up in the heat of these flames, and we have to have a serious look at what we define as love and if that really is true – or are we substituting passion and excitement for the deeper connections that we might well be afraid of. How do we value ourselves? Do we sell ourselves short? Are we inviting worthy lovers to us, or taking whatever we can get, afraid to be alone? Do we need to be worshipped to feel valued?

Librans and Taurean Suns and Ascendants will feel this energy very strongly, and should be cautioned to tread ever so gently, prepare for the storm by making themselves aware and not making any rash decisions when it comes to love.

Pluto is trundling along still in Capricorn, and now with Saturn here too, we should study carefully where the house of Capricorn lies in our charts, as these are areas in which we can be completely changed and transformed, much like s piece of coal put under enormous pressure, hopefully resulting in a beautiful and pure diamond.

It won’t be easy, and we might have to face some losses or setbacks, and we will definitely have to restructure this list of our lives, but afterwards, we will find ourselves unbreakable. Capricorn Sun and Ascendant people will feel this energy very strongly and are advised to gear up and batten down the hatches, as they are set to change a great deal through intensified life circumstances over the next several years.

The Eclipses this year are also certain to have a strong effect on most of us, with a total of 5 this year. They mostly happen in the signs of Aquarius and Leo, shadows of the eclipses in 2017, particularly the August Eclipse, and so we need to look at where this axis lies in our own birth charts, to understand in which areas of life we might be experiencing both an expanding and contracting effect, where things are being potentially taken away from us, intensified, triggered, where old wounds are being scratched open, past life debts and potential to heal.

We need to look at group dynamics versus me, and where this needs balance in our lives. If we have any personal planets in these signs, we might experience enormous upheaval, new beginnings and painful endings.

Those born as Aquarians or Leos might feel the year full of powerful and dramatic endings and beginnings as their life paths shift and their identity evolves – it won’t be easy but it will be worth it if they work hard.

Lastly, the Nodes move into the Cancer / Capricorn axis, staying there until 2020. We have to study our own charts and understand where these houses lie, as the themes across them will be around security, both emotional and physical, nurturing, boundaries, goals, and aims.

We are asked to self-nurture and create good habits for ourselves, balancing the inner parent inside us and within our relationships, learning more love of smell, releasing patriarchal attitudes, playing more, being vulnerable and tender rather than hard and rigid.

As for me, well, I have returned back to work with a bang, and can happily say that I am buzzing with consultations, courses and plans for 2018. I am entering 201 a touch more gently now, as my Saturn Return has ended, and will slowly once again begin to offer workshops as I regain energy for the year ahead.

With that said, as usual, I will be including information for my upcoming workshops, courses and retreats in the emailer. If you wish to just read your ‘scopes, just scroll a little further down and there will be your guidance for the next month!

UPCOMING TALKS & WORKSHOPS

Yoga and Astrology Workshop, 9 October 2017

Join me for a fun, insightful and exciting 2 hour Astrology for Beginner’s Workshop at Equilibrium Retreat in Hout Bay! This workshop is great for those who are simply curious about the art, or want to understand more about themselves using this amazing and powerful art.

Together, we will be holding a wonderful Yoga and Astrology Workshop in which attendees will be doing a Planetary Yoga class, followed by the Workshop with me. There will be a meditation session as well as a light meal.

The cost is R333 per person, or R222 for those under 18. Contact me or the Retreat ASAP to book your place!

It is perfect for beginners so no previous knowledge is needed! Prepare to have fun!

If you are a group of four or five, and wish to have a private class at your home, Astrology OR Tarot, simply drop me a line and we can work something out!

UPCOMING ASTROLOGY COURSE

The fourth Astrology Basics for Self-Empowerment Course was FULL, having being met with great enthusiasm by this new group of dedicated students, with this also being the third time I have partnered with the School of Intuition and Healing – what a great team we make!

The fifth course will be running every Monday evening from 18 June 2018 – 4 Sep 20186:30 – 9pm.

**This Winter Course gets extremely full, so don’t hesitate to book now!**

To see what students think, here are a few testimonials:

“I really loved your teaching style. I liked that you differentiated between lecturing the content and then allowing the group to do the exploration / application of the knowledge afterwards. This kind of experiential learning I believe to be really beneficial as it grounds the knowledge. “

“I really really enjoyed this course and am excited by the new possibilities for growth that I have access to as a result of having taken this journey with you. Thank YOU  for sharing your gifts and holding the space for me to learn and explore.”

“I loved being with a class of lovely ladies and getting to know myself and others and being in an environment that felt safe, free and that had no expectations or pressure. “

“I thoroughly enjoyed Marg’s teaching style – relaxed yet composed and well-structured. For a young teacher, she seems to have ancient wisdom running through her veins.”

“The guided meditations each were a special and powerful treat!”

“It was a very well-constructed course, Margarita was an excellent teacher and took us through step by step”

Spaces really ARE limited, so please do drop me an email, or email the address on the poster below to book your spot or find out more information.

Astro Course Winter 2018
UPCOMING TAROT COURSES

Our Metavarsity Tarot Course is wonderfully popular, with the last one reaching maximum capacity of 10 people!

The next course has been planned, and will be running from 22 February 2018, so book your seat now to avoid disappointment!

I will also be happy to hold short, 2 hour workshops in Tarot, so if you are a group of people wishing to learn, or simply don’t have the time of money for a longer course, simply get in touch with me!

Tarot Class

UPCOMING RETREATS

I am VERY excited to announce that I will be presenting Tarot / Astrology at the “Retreat Yourself” event in Onrus, from 9 – 11 March, along with some absolutely wonderful healers!

Tickets are on sale, so email me now to book your spot!

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So with that all said and done, let’s look ahead to January –

Dates and signs of the Moon Cycles for January: 

Full Moon LUNAR ECLIPSE: 31 Jan, 11 Leo

This is a time to LET GO of something that no longer serves you as the Moon begins to wane, in line with the house that the degree of the Moon falls into. It is also a time in which a light will be shone into that area of life and stirred up. It is a time in which your original intention at New Moon could be fulfilled.

This is a Lunar Eclipse, and so with all these types of Eclipses, we can expect powerful endings and shedding in the themes of the two houses lying in these signs in our own charts. Collectively, we will need to let go of what we might think is our identity, where we belong, our idea of tribe, and embrace something new entirely. Egos are left by the wayside and we learn to embrace and celebrate our evolution. Group dynamics and individualism are highlighted now.

New Moon: 16 Jan, 26 Capricorn

This is the time to SET INTENTIONS in the line of something that you want to manifest in your life, as the Moon begins to gather light and grow, shaping our desires and needs, in line with the house that the degree of the New Moon falls into. It is a time to make our dreams come true, and we should align ourselves with what we truly want at this time.

This earthy and materially orientated New Moon asks us to set intentions around the themes of work, structure, boundaries and responsibilities. Where in life can we create better foundations, what do we want to achieve in 2018? This is an ideal time to set New Year’s goals and see them evolve over the next six months.

Important Astrology Dates :

Uranus goes Direct, 2 January, 24 Aries

These are the last few months of Uranus in Aries before he moves into Taurus, although he will briefly retrograde back into Aries. In any case, we can move forward with purpose, towards greater freedom wherever Aries falls in our charts – by now, we are used to the instability of that area of life, be it money or relationships, and now is a good time to take stock of how much freedom we have gained here, how much more flexible we are compared to several years ago.

**To see how the planets affect you personally, simply access Astro.com to explore your chart, or contact me for an in depth & insightful  reading. **

And to end off, here are your monthly horoscopes, sign by sign, based on your Sun Sign – savour, and enjoy!

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Aries

If you are thinking of moving, Aries, then this is the perfect time for you to do it. The stars are aligned and you are filled with enthusiasm, verve and energy. It will boil down to a money thing at the end of the day, and it could be tempting to reach for higher than your circumstances allow and then get yourself into debt. You are challenged to learn from mistakes of the past and not be too reckless, and live within your means. Help, be it from a bank, partner or a relative, is within reach and you should reach out for it – don’t let your ego stand in the way. You might be irritated with some friends this month, Aries, so make sure you don’t hold it all in (which is unlike you anyway) and let the frustration out gracefully, rather than letting things blow up.  

Taurus

It’s time to take that not-so-serious relationship and make a grounded commitment – something that you are, in fact, very good at Taurus – but it does take some time before you feel ready enough. Once you are, you are a mate for life. There can be fun this month, Taurus, and you are feeling creative, but it’s not necessarily free flowing and unstructured. You have to sit down and plan your moves, structure your gifts and work harder than usual – also not something you always enjoy, preferring to be a little lazy if you can. The universe won’t smile on you if you put your feet up, so make sure those fluffy, confortable socks are pulled right up and your fridge is full for the work that lies ahead. If single, you can meet someone rather exciting who takes your breath away.

Gemini

Your year ended with your ruling planet, Mercury being retrograde, which is never an easy time for you – you rather hate how unstructured and sloppy your thinking becomes and how you never feel understood. As the year begins you feel more clearheaded and ready for a new routine, a healthy routine, and if you can structure your routine with your partner, so much the better, because they will motivate you to keep it. Just be clear with each other as misunderstandings can happen this month, despite Mercury going direct, and it can be all too easy to be misconstrued. That said, be sure you are both being one hundred percent honest with each other, especially when it comes to work goals and the path forward; because as wonderfully communicative a sign as you are, you can play word games at times which may be a problem further down the line.

Cancer

Your relationships take front and centre stage this month, Cancer, and they will revolve around shared finances and resources. Fluctuations are happening, of course with this being the toughest financial month for most people – however, for you, it might be somewhat more challenging and you have to be careful of not allowing potential and temporary setbacks to trouble the waters of your relationship too much. If you have children, then they may well be the source of financial frustrations, and you have to be careful of being overly passive and set good, clear boundaries, especially if they are older. All issues around dependency are highlighted, but for once, you are able to rationalize, stand back and see the situation objectively. If you have been partying, you will be a little shocked at the impact on your finances, so make sure you tighten the reins.

Leo

Many of us, in a New Year, want to start a healthier routine and make up for all the hedonism of the festive season – and this is certainly the case for you, Leo. It’s not going to be an easy month with the Lunar Eclipse in your sign, and you can expect some dramatic endings, to pave the way for new seeds to be planted. You are strong, Leo, you can handle anything life throws at you, so take this a guide and preparation for the month ahead. You might feel uncharacteristically serious, and must be careful of being too hard on yourself as you might create much insecurity for yourself. The upside is that you can get more structured, set better boundaries at work and personally and take life a touch more seriously so that your year ahead is a success.

Virgo

If travel is on your mind, Virgo, if you feel like packing up house and going, then this is a good time to plan just that. You can move abroad over this time, or settle in a place you feel is home to you, and that might not always be your home turf. You need grounding to a certain degree, even if you are comfortable with change, Virgo, so make sure you have roots somewhere. Your ruler, Mercury, ended the year for you by being retrograde, which always creates a bit of havoc for you, and January might still feel a little chaotic on the home front and with communication in general. Look out for deception from the people you are close to, they might be unintentional, but it’s important for you to know the truth – especially with your partner, if you have one.

Libra

You’re going to be damn busy at work this month Libra – whilst most of us have hundreds of emails to get through, you will have more, and your January is all about making sure those emails are replied to, phone calls are answered and paperwork in place. It’s a chatty, communicative time and if you can, this is a wonderful time to get away somewhere nearby and explore a little. Weekends and trips away are favoured, and you can have a lovely time with friends and loved ones now. You feel free, adventurous and excited with life, and if you are single, you might meet someone very thrilling indeed. If not, you will easily be able to give and receive space to each other without feeling insecure, and your partner is supportive in letting you spread your wings a little.

Scorpio

You’re lucky, Scorpio. As Jupiter travels through your sign, you are growing and growing and feeling ever so optimistic and expansive. This is a very social time for you, and you will be surrounded by the people you love and enjoy. You are chasing your dreams with great gusto, and reaching for the stars. You’re feeling more passionate than usual, and you could be earning a bit more, too. Your actions are enthusiastic, yet at the same time, you’re careful and calculating, and you know which dreams to action and which to bin. If there is tension between you and a friend, make sure you talk about it, because anything held in is going to be expressed in short sharp and cutting words, which you find slipping out of your mouth quite unexpectedly. Don’t let irritation simmer and spoil what can be a glorious time for you.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius, it’s your time to shine!! Saturn the Taskmaster and Tough Love Teacher has finally moved out of your sign, you have graduated to full adulthood and emerged stronger, wiser and more grounded. Now you can have fun without all the wheels coming off! You might need to take some time to assimilate, though, and reflect on the last two or three years, on how much you have learnt, what you have had to let go of and where you have evolved. This can be a spiritual time for you, Sagittarius, and perhaps there are still some losses to be had, but the future looks a lot brighter. There is a lot of social experience to be had now, too, as long as you balance it with some needed “me” time so that you can tap into that innate spirituality that you have and develop your intuition and compassionate side.

Capricorn

As I am sure you know by now, Saturn has moved into your sign, and so you have a big two or three years ahead of you, Capricorn, although unlike Sagittarius, who hates rule and restrictions, you thrive with good boundaries and challenges. You’re going to grow so much now, Capricorn, and it’s time you stepped into the spotlight. Be careful of being too hard on yourself over this time, and remember that all work and no play is no way to live life. It is always so tempting to step into that authoritative position, and you do shine when you are in charge, but don’t expect yourself to be perfect. You might feel the need to limit yourself this month, Capricorn, and if that makes you happy, then go for it – just be sure to also let go sometimes. You also have a light inside of you that needs to be seen.

Aquarius

Money makes the world go around, Aquarius, whether you like it or not. We all know you hate “The Man” and if it were up to you, you would revolutionize the world. But for now, simply revolutionize the way you handle your money. Look at ways you can earn, save and be more independent financially, and expect change. Money is going to go up and down throughout January, and as soon as you think you have a hold on it, it will go again. Faith that you will be fine, along with good planning, make for success. Your ruler, Saturn, has moved into his home sign of Capricorn, and so you should be feeling quite structured and eager for growth and challenge this year. Relationships with friends might be strained, or you could feel cut off or isolated, but remember that is inside your own head and might not be the reality.  

Pisces

You’re going to be very attracted to subjects that demand a different way of thinking rather than a logical path – which you just love. This is an ideal time, especially with a New Year, to take up some Spiritual Workshops and Courses that let you open your mind to new ways of thinking. You’re going to be even more intuitive than usual, Pisces, so don’t be surprised when your friends stare at you wild eyed, wondering how you know what you know. Travelling is highlighted now too, so if you are thinking of jumping on a plane and getting away, then now tis the time. One word of warning – be very clear with what you say and how you say it, as it can be all too easy to mistakenly deceive or be deceived, and you want to conduct yourself with the greatest of integrity now.