** Your Monthly AstroNews **

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Astrological Greetings, Dear Ones,

It’s been an intense period. With the recent Eclipses in Cancer and in Aquarius, along with 6 planets in Retrograde, many of us have been deeply challenged to face up to our stuff and make big life changes. Eclipses always demand some kind of shift, however difficult, which may have been more challenging to do because our planet of action – Mars – is one of the planets going backward.

We may have been feeling frustrated and temperamental, and with Mercury, planet of communication, also Retrograde, the words to assert ourselves have fallen short. Arguments have been rife, and tempers frayed, exhaustion at an all-time high and we may have grown weary of having to deal with life on this heightened level. Gazing up at the sky, we can see Mars burning brightly, so close to earth, and on the night of the Lunar Eclipse, we could see the red planet right next to the Blood Moon.

One could say the Blood Moon was drawing down the aggression of Mars to the earth below, which could result, over the next few months, in very extreme world events. Eclipses are known to be the harbingers of fated events, and seldom do they simply pass by with no effects – although they take some time to play out.

August may still be tough, dear friends – and we just have to keep calm and carry on, as there is yet another eclipse in Leo in mid-August. Perhaps we’ve learnt to manage our frustrations by taking a bit of time out and reflecting before we act, as it’s not the planet’s “fault” that we are grappling like this – they are merely reflections of our internal state and meant to help us become conscious of the Wars within ourselves so that we may resolve them, or least learn to navigate the inner storms.

The Planets are there to symbolically guide us on our Hero’s Journey and bring together our unconscious and conscious behaviors so that we become more whole, so the last thing we need to do is become a Victim of the heavens, shaking our fists and blaming the external. We are solely responsible for ourselves, and looking for a scapegoat does nothing for our personal power. Let us use these symbolic helpers as wise sages and take our power back.

We should start feeling a little lighter towards the end of August as Mercury and Mars begin to both move forward again, although the Mars effect only really begin to wane around October. By this time, we will have learn to fight our battles wisely – hopefully – and learned to reflect instead of react, Projects should start moving forward at this time too, contracts can once again be signed and there will be les frayed tempers.

Those who may have been struggling the most, are the ones with Cancer, Capricorn, Aquarius, Leo, Aries and Scorpio dominant planets, and to some degree, Gemini’s and Virgos. The New Moon eclipse, opposing Pluto on the 13th of July, drove some Cancerians and Capricorns to the brink, and it seems as if many tears were shed by these signs when they realised they had to let go of something big – Pluto will have shown them how important it is to relinquish the struggle, specifically when it comes to relationships.

Aquarians have had Retrograde Mars in their signs for quite some time, and when the second Eclipse on July 27th, the Blood Moon, hit, many may have felt an intense build up leading to or just after the event, again along the lines of letting go and deep frustration at certain situations. Arians and Scorpions will still feel thwarted at every turn until their ruler, Mars turns direct, but for these signs, they are learning well – hopefully – the Art of War, instead of allowing their anger to get the better of them. And of course, Gemini and Virgo always struggle with Mercury retrograde, when their clever words fail them and they have to learn to be a little more silent and reflective.

And of course, last but by no means least, are our Leo friends, who will have two eclipses affecting them and propelling them into resolving deep inner and outer issues. The Blood Moon eclipse will have affected those with planets in Leo at around 2 – 6 degrees, and the upcoming Solar Eclipse in Leo will affect those with their Leo planets at around 15 – 22 degrees.

This may also affect Aquarians, Taureans and Scorpios with planets at these degrees. Solar Eclipse can herald new beginnings, however, so whatever was “lost” at Blood Moon, can invite space for something new and powerful at the Solar Eclipse. Perhaps this is an area of personal development, career, health or relationship, but whatever it is, we are advised to seize the day and be courageous –a quality that Leos and the fixed signs have in plenty.

Saturn Retrograde all month, 3-2 degrees Capricorn

Neptune Retrograde all month, 15 degrees Pisces

Pluto Retrograde all month, 19 degrees Capricorn

Mars Retrograde until 27 Aug, 2 degrees Aquarius to 28 Capricorn

Mercury Retrograde until 19 August, 22 – 11 degrees Leo

 

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!

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UPCOMING RETREAT

Astrology Weekend Workshop at the Buddhist Retreat, Ixopo, KZN

Discover the Magic & Power of Nature through the Planets & Stars in this informative weekend workshop!

Learn how the cycles of nature affect you personally, and how your unique blueprint – your birth chart – can help you live to your fullest potential. Discover yourself, your strengths, challenges and which areas of life to maximize on, and live with greater equanimity and consciousness.

Astrology is a powerful and insightful tool for growth, and used with wisdom, can be transformative!

Your guides for the weekend will be Astrologers Corinna, from Gauteng, and Margarita, from Cape Town, who have both completed their Diplomas with Rod Suskin, famed South African Astrologer & Sangoma. They have both travelled the path of Astrology for many years, and have been involved in the world of Astrology completing various courses & workshops, for some time. Both have their own practices and are honoured to share the magic and power of the planets with you.

The weekend’s workshop will focus on, but not be limited to :

Fate & Free Will discussions, The Planets, Signs & Houses, the Aspects, Elements and Modalities, the Sun, Moon and the Rising sign, as well as the Cycles of Life.

There will be stargazing sessions, yoga and Q&A opportunities, and attendees will be working with their OWN birth charts.

Beginners are most welcome, and encouraged.

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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!

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UPCOMING ASTROLOGY COURSE

The fifth Astrology Basics for Self-Empowerment Course is the fullest it has ever been and growing – this is a course which is always met with great enthusiasm by a new group of dedicated students – this also being the fourth 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 17 Sep 2018 – 10 Dec 20186:45 – 9:15pm.

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.

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UPCOMING TAROT COURSE

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 30 August 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!

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

Dates and signs of the Moon Cycles for August: 

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE , 11 August, 18 Leo

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 Solar Eclipse in Leo can relate to the last Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse, in which we were challenged to release something big and start again, to begin to take steps into resolving certain issues that have been plaguing us. This Eclipse continues the journey, and with Mercury going direct just a week before, in the sign of Leo – no coincidence there – perhaps it is time to speak – nay – ROAR our truth and stand up for what we believe, Communication can take on a new feel, and we can think grandly. We do have to watch for becoming overbearing with our ideas and make room for other’s too, as Leo does have the tendency to become opinionated and bossy. Jupiter will square this New Moon, and so feelings and words can be overinflated and we have to watch out for pointless drama. Winning is not everything, and learning to be flexible will give us more room for starting again.

Full Moon : 26 August, 3 Pisces

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 beautiful, gentle and soft Full Moon will move us to tears – healing tears to wash away the complications of the recent months. This is an opportunity to let go through the energy of pure feeling and compassion, and to learn to open our hearts at this point and truly surrender will be a strong theme here. Saturn and Uranus will lend a gentle, grounding sextile to this Full Moon so that we aren’t carried away by the ocean of emotion, and we can feel safely held in their containers whilst we process our hearts. We are supported in this Full Moon, we are safe, and we are secure.

**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

Those with Aries Sun, Moon or Rising are really feeling the heat of this Mars Retrograde period. I know its tough guys – chin up. Is not forever, and patience is really not a bad quality to learn here. You know what you should do? Focus on planning what you are going to do at the end of August, when the Red Planet goes direct. Think of all the things you have ever dreamed of, write them down or make a vision board, and set that sh*it in motion towards the end of this year, when the heavens align to help your projects to take off. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, as you can be tempted to do this month, and for heavens’ sake, try not to argue with your boss over money. It’s going to be a bit erratic, and the best you can do is try not to react. By now, you will have hopefully learnt that is not the answer and simply lands you in hot water. Those who are travelling or considering travelling are going to have a fantastic time – your heart will move you intuitively to where you need to go, so trust that.

Taurus

Taurus, you have to hold onto your hats and the planet Uranus moves through your sign for the next several years. Those who have your Sun, Moon or Rising around 0 – 3 degrees of Taurus are experiencing the roller-coaster early, and the impetus is for change – change in career, change in personal relationship, change in Self, Yes, it is VERY unsettling for you personality type, as you do love your security and safety, But I urge you to try not resist and go with the flow, as much as possible, for the change is moving your towards more freedom in so many different areas of life, This month sees your professional life getting a bit of a shakeup, so embrace it, See what you can do to initiate change instead of becoming grumpy about it. Be innovative. Try not to lash out, and watch that stubborn streak, as you could say or do something that you regret. And in your love life, you might come across the “One” – or least you might THINK that they are the One. Be clear about the person you are dallying with and try to see them for who they are – warts and all.

Gemini

I know you despise Mercury Retrograde, Gemini, it hurts that you can’t be as clever as usual and your quick tongue might be feeling a bit tangled, Take time to reflect on any decisions that you have to make this month, and align your moves with what it is you really aspire to. Whatever moves your heart and soul, take the time to ponder. It will do you well when Mercury moves direct towards the end of the month. It can be a very social month for you, a time to be moving in your community and getting to know the world around you. Book some time off and go with your friends to a place that restores you, that helps you to reconnect with your highest hopes. It’s also a fantastic time to up level yourself with a few workshops, and learn a new skill, so move towards those opportunities if they are available to you.

Cancer

I know these last few weeks have been deeply trying for those with Cancer Suns, Moons and Rising signs. I hear you, I feel you, and I see you. Tears have been shed in the light of releasing what needs to be let go, what needs to be surrendered. It’s time to fill that sore space with something new, and the best way to understand what you need right now is by taking some time, quiet time, alone time, to really figure it out. This might involve needing to go somewhere far, far away, away from the situations, or it might entail you shutting your door, going into your crab shell and spending much needed time in your own world. You’ll benefit enormously this month from good routines, from feeding yourself properly and cultivating a healthier schedule rather than diving into the ice cream and chocolate. Emotionally, you should be feeling a bit lighter and more optimistic in general, and there is a sense that you’ll be quick to do what your heart asks from you.

Leo

This period of time for you is crucial, Leo, as doors close and open, open and close. The Blood Moon may have had you letting go – albeit reluctantly – of difficult situations, and even your courage may have been tested. Being the strongest of all the signs, you survived, and survived well. The middle of the month asks for something new to be brought in with the Solar Eclipse, a powerful new beginning in the area of Self. It is your birthday month after wall, and more than any other time, this is a period of transformative new beginnings, a new identity, a new YOU. You are shining, Leo, so let that light beam. You’ll be negotiating your own desires with the desires of the other and this will show in in the area of relationship for you. Beware of aggression, on your partner as well as other’s. Find the balance of meeting your own needs and theirs – it won’t be altogether easy as you might be feeling extremely rebellious and restless, eager to cut ties and move on. This may particularly apply to career, as if your personal path doesn’t quite match with your professional, so try not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.  

Virgo

This month is an interesting one. Love is in the air, and you can be deeply swept up, uncharacteristically for you. What’s more, your rational mind is not functioning as well as usual, with Mercury retrograde, so you’re all fuzzy and confused, and you do need to be somewhat careful, as things may not be as they seem. This doesn’t only apply to love, it can apply to finances, and you could be facing a loss or a deception of some sort on the financial side, so make sure your debts and financial agreements are up to scratch, and for heavens’ sake, don’t trust too easily. Now is the time where you need to put that careful Virgo energy to good use and make sure your t’s are crossed and your I’s dotted. Be the only once to handle your money and your heart, as much temptation as you feel to free-fall.

Libra

The last few months have been easy for you, Libra, and this month sees much of the same. However, when it comes to love, you might be nursing a feeling that you have been or are sacrificing too much, for the sake of an ideal or a dream. Love may have a hint of suffering, disillusionment or pain over this time, and you are challenged to create healthier boundaries. There’s no point in becoming a martyr for anyone else, and also remember to manage your expectations properly, as you might be somewhat critical and judgmental, expecting a huge amount from your partner. The atmosphere feels like silent suffering, giving too much, yet being in some ways, too fussy for your partner to actually meet your expectations. The key to it all? Communication. Speaking your mind clearly and rationally will go a long way now, and perhaps taking the time to step away from your usual humdrum of daily life and booking time away will do you the world of good.

Scorpio

Enjoy these last months of Jupiter cruising in your sign, Scorpio, as he will move in November, and all this lovely growth will have to be integrated. The Mars retrograde might be difficult for you, of course, and you have been challenged to manage your frustrations, but you, of all signs, are very good at controlling your emotions as strong as they are. This month gives you a bit of a reprieve and you’ll be experiencing the desire to expand your walls a little, which could result in moving home, expanding your home, having friends stay with you or you staying with friends – and really loving it. There is a deep sense of faith and joy at this time of your life, and a heightened sense of romance, of merging with the one you share your body and soul with. You might be feeling torn between your desire for career and your desire for home, and this will have to be negotiated over this time.

Sagittarius

This is a fun filled month for Sagittarians everywhere. Sex, romance and good times are on the agenda for you, I am pleased to say, and you are also one of the few signs that are not that affected by all the eclipses and Retrogrades. This month could see you forming a powerful emotional and sexual connection to someone, what feels like a powerful connection after a long time. If you are in a relationship, then this could be a time of renewed passion and energy – and you will not feel weighed down by it either. The emotional connection will feel light and optimistic, and you could be feeling extremely adventurous. Those of you who are creative can have a ball of a time, as your creative juices will be flowing and juicy, and your heart will be what you’re doing. It’s likely you’ll be having almost too much fun, to learning to curb your excesses is important here – hedonism is certainly a potential problem as you may not know where to draw the line. The only caution I have is your professional relationships – you could at some point in the month, experience some kind of betrayal or deception which asks you to make an important decisions.

Capricorn

The hours are being put in this month at work, Capricorn – you’re working your butt off now, and the chances are that you may get a raise or a promotion, but the chances are just as high that you’ll be feeling somewhat stressed and run down. It’ll be important to try and take some time to restore if you can, or else you could be feeling extremely burnt out. You may also experience more restrictive and rigid authority figures in the workplace, and you’ll have to learn to manage that authoritative air of yours and capitulate if and when necessary – if you are in management already, your challenge is your relationship with your coworkers and avoiding getting entangled in power issues and disputes. Despite the challenges, the rewards can be very high and you’ll be feeling emotionally stable, centred and dedicated to the goal, which can push you to the point you want to go.

Aquarius

Mars has been in your sign for a while now, Aquarius, and you’ll certainly be feeling the burn of your own aggression and the aggression coming at you. The challenge for this second half of the year is to keep your temper under control and to try not lash out with sharp words, especially at your loved ones. You might be feeling extremely frustrated with your partner or those close to you, and it shows. Luckily, there is an aspect this month which shows that you can control your emotions and ground yourself, and this same aspect also reveals an ability to discipline yourself when your anger spins out of control. You’re still dealing with unresolved issues from the past, even karmic generational patterns and behaviors handed to you from your family, so doing transformative healing work will help to clear some of these ghosts.

Pisces

There seems to be a repetitive financial theme for you at the moment, Pisces. Every second month or so, this topic comes up for review and asks you to reclaim your boundaries, to draw a clear line where you begin and where you end, as your natural inclination is towards merging. This can be a transformative month with that in mind, and you can find yourself making big lifestyle changes, especially with your ruler, Jupiter, being in the intense sign of Scorpio.  Jupiter will have a beautiful, soft aspect to Neptune all month for you, which means that there is a strong lean towards true compassion, developing your spiritual side and making your visions a reality. If you are thinking of travelling to some faraway, interesting place, being near water, or simply investing time in spiritual philosophies, then this is the time to do it.