Something of a vision


It’s indeed been a while. And for reason. One of the things I am more and more aware of is the process of “wu-wei” or doing through not doing. No. Not an elegy for laziness, but a healthy respect for the limits of what is achievable at any given moment.

The more I reflect on the Zodiac and the movements of the planets, the more I realize the impatience we feel would be the astrological equivalent of saying, Oh! Why can’t Mars just fast forward to Leo? No, Mars happily won’t. Because there is in the universal wisdom a process which will take Mars from Aries as we begin something, through Taurus where we incarnate it in some material form, and then woah! We need some more information which Gemini is going to furnish with aplomb! And then Cancer, as we build a home for whatever we are doing, be it a physical building space or a virtual one. And then, only then, are we going to tap into that Leo energy, playfully creating and taking things on to the next level.

Of course, it won’t stop here, the point of looking at this process is to realize that everything is moving in this fashion and we are better off incarnating each sign in the cyclical process than trying to cut corners and play snakes and ladders with the Zodiac. For sure, when we do, we find the snakes, and we will slip back to where we were, for what is not done in order, is quite simply undone.

A second aspect is something I am also more keenly aware of, that is touched upon in the new header image for our Circle, posted above. On the left, a massive oak, on the right, the Cosmos. And in between, somewhere in between, there we are, living in this material 3-D existence.

As above so below, or as the Hermeticist put it: Quod est inferius est sicut quod est superius. Et quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius, ad perpetranda miracula rei unius. {What is below is similar to that which is above. That which is above is similar to that which is below, so accomplishing the miracle of unity}.

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Our miracle is to take part in this unity, and this means bridging the gap between Earth and Cosmos. One step at a time, one day at a time. And this means that our Astrology is not just rooted in the Heavens, but rooted on Earth as well. Some call it Shamanic Astrology, but in reality, all astrology is linked to the physical process of standing out of doors, at night, and being able to navigate in the celestial, as much as we know our way through the forest, over the river, and find our way to our cozy back door.

A simple practice in this navigation is to look at a chart, each day, and note the position of the Sun, and the position of the Moon. Then, when you go out, you can identify that degree — I look out of my window and I know that as I write this — the Sun indicates to me the precise degree of 28 of Aquarius. We need neither telescopes nor any complicated excuses. Check the chart. Check the sky. It turns out that today Black Moon Lilith is at 29° of Aquarius, so she is conjunct the Sun, and therefore in the same angle. I look at the Sun, I look at Lilith. The two are together for this part of the journey. If we now look in the celestial space between Sun and Moon, we have Uranus in the last degrees of Aries, and Mars in the first degrees of Taurus. Again, it is easy to look up and get the feeling for where they will be. As dusk falls I may see Mars. Certainly, I will know where to look.

As the dusk falls I will also see the Moon, and she has, as I write now moved into Leo. In a couple of days, she will be on my own Natal Sun. Another part of the divine journey thus marked out for me. I can feel the energy building, the Divine marriage of Sun and Moon between Heavens and my own Chart. I appropriate the experience, it is my own personal journey too! The Moon is conjunct her North Node, at 26° of Cancer, so when I look at the Moon I will also be looking directly at the North Node too. And again, no telescopes or fancy instruments.

Armed with the simplest of phone apps or a link to Planetwatcher, we can deepen the manner we navigate the skies, and in this way grow daily more in phase and harmony with the Divine Timing. Mars will not leap into Leo! In a few days, the Moon will be full. I will look back over the past two weeks and feel inside what has grown since the Dark Moon, 14 days ago. It is a process of being “in time”. Which is to say living minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day. This is the wisdom of the Zodiac and I believe it worth sitting with.


* Photo from the original edition of the Emerald Tablet, extracted from De Alchimia, Chrysogonus Polydorus, Nuremberg 1541 Français : Edition originale du texte latin de la Table d’émeraude, traducteur inconnu. Extrait de De Alchimia, Chrysogonus Polydorus, Nuremberg 1541

Nettles & Docs

Urtica dioica is the most common species of Nettle found in Europe, commonly referred to as the stinging nettle.

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Its green leaves with their deeply serrated edges are found in meadows, pastures and of course near composts. Nettles always indicate a rich source of nutrients so one may rejoice when finding them on your land. They propagate by an underground root network and are rapid in growth and voracious, easily swamping more fragile species.

Many plants contain toxins in order to save them from predators. In the case of the Nettle, the sting is delivered by tiny hairs on the stems and the undersides of their leaves which embed themselves into our skin. As they break off they release a mixture of formic acid, histamines and other chemicals which cause a stinging sensation.

Most of us know that where nettles grow, so too does the trusty Doc. Leaves of the broadleaved Doc of the genus Rumex, characterized by their large oval leaves with rounded tips, contain an antidote to the Nettle sting. Whilst theories abound to explain why dock leaves appear to help nettle stings, the sap in dock leaves apparently contains an anti-histamine this can soothe the stinging sensation. Look again at the photo — there amongst the Nettles, you can see the Docs flourishing.


Those of us who have come to know Chiron the Centaur, also know that the wound is the medicine.

Life offers us our wounds in order to heal. You could say, well, why not just be well? I believe that we each come here with karmic wounds and one part of our deeper purpose is to heal those wounds. It can indeed be difficult to understand. But when the why me? is gradually replaced with the feeling of having mastered our challenges one by one, not only can we begin to feel a sense of deep inner peace, we can like Chiron, begin to help others on their Healing path.

As I stood in the forest this morning, I could see that beside every clump of Nettles grew another clump of Docs.  I could feel how this forest floor was composed in such a delicate way. Beside every potentially wounding leaf was neatly placed its remedy. Many of us will remember our first Nettle sting, and many of us will remember a parent or a brother or a sister shouting out to look for the nearest Doc. Nettles & Docs offer us a symbol of this universe in which cures are at hand. We simply have to be observant, and this degree of observation is a form of mindfulness.


Choosing our world


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Photo of Lake Shuswap in BC, Canada, close to which
runs the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline.
Credits, Wikimedia Commons

“The controversial expansion of a pipeline that would carry tar sands crude from Alberta to British Columbia’s coast will be doomed by the rising power of Indigenous land rights. That’s the message that Kanahus Manuel, an Indigenous activist from the Secwepemc Nation in central BC, plans to deliver to banks financing the project as she travels through Europe […]”, reported the Guardian Newspaper in October of 2017.

This is wonderful news and a powerful message.

Many of us now fully understand that humans have to live with the earth and not “off” the earth. When human populations were nomadic, the taking of natural resources was possible without inflicting lasting damage to environments. At the same time, the wisdom of the Seven Generations practised by the First Nations, ensured that the land would remain in the condition that they found it. And for reason! The land is sacred to the First Nations and their spiritual home, not a ressource for exploitation and gain. As ever, the watch word is balance.

At this time, Pluto transits Capicorn, Uranus is about to enter Taurus. Capricorn is Cardinal Earth. Taurus is Fixed Earth. The combined effect of these two awesomely powerful planets in earth signs should give us a hint. Whilst I am not clairvoyant, it only takes a second to recall the school chemisty class where acid is added to a buffer. You can put in so much acid and the pH remains almost constant until you reach a tipping point… The atmosphere is a buffer. The oceans are a buffer. The icepack is a buffer. How far we have to push these enormous reserves before we reach a tipping point is anybody’s guess.

As the US Presidency is curently seeking to open the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante public lands in Utah, allow drilling off the Alaskan coast, as well as opening public lands in Alaska.

The First Nations will be in the forefront of a battle to save these lands from exploitation. The First Nations will be in the forefront of a battle to slow this endless pillage of the Earth. Things will change. I think we have not fully realised that the corporations are like automata, that simply register profit or loss to shareholders. Whilst I do not believe that they are inherently wicked., I do believe that they are fullfilling a ravenous thirst and hunger for natural resources and that they have lost control.

We have to support the First Nations and specifically in the US, the Public Lands. One way of doing this is through mindfulness and through offering healing at distance. It means becoming more and more aware of our use of ressouces. Of reducing our own footprints. Of voting each week and each month with oganisations like SumOfUs and and Avaaz, who are in the vanguard to save rain forests, insects, whales, lands and coastlines… We have to reflect deeply on what is happening, and what we are allowing to happen in our names.

If you visit the Assembly of First Nations website, you will read the following:

A Declaration of First Nations

• We the Original Peoples of this land know the Creator put us here.

• The Creator gave us laws that govern all our relationships
to live in harmony with nature and mankind.

• The Laws of the Creator defined our rights and responsibilities.

• The Creator gave us our spiritual beliefs, our languages, our culture,
and a place on Mother Earth which provided us with all our needs.

• We have maintained our Freedom, our Languages, and our Traditions
from time immemorial.

• We continue to exercise the rights and fulfill the responsibilities and obligations given to us by the Creator for the land upon which we were placed.

• The Creator has given us the right to govern ourselves and the right
to self-determination.

• The rights and responsibilities given to us by the Creator cannot be altered
or taken away by any other Nation.

The beauty and simplicity of this text give me a feeling of hope. For me, these words incarnate the essence of the word “civilisation”.

Sat Nam.


Healing Circle New Moon Update

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This New Moon in Capricorn is going to take us into the Eclipse season — lots is going in the heavens right now.

If we jump ahead, the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in 14 days will be in Leo on January 31st, and then two weeks later on February 15th, there will be a partial Solar Eclipse in Aquarius. 

In today’s newsletter, I focus specifically on this powerful New Moon and offer my reflections. As you will see from my illustration for the “line-up” in the Sign of Capricorn that will accompany the New Moon, we have Venus at 28°, Pluto at 19°, Mercury at 8° and then Saturn at 2°. Capricorn is a full house! As many of you will know this period has been characterised by the ingression of Saturn (currently at 2° Capricorn), after two and a half years in Sagittarius.

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This quote from Karen Curry, a specialist in Human Design, really strikes me today.

In my own journey, I spent many years trying to find my own path and for most of my life, I was clearly thinking about this from the personal point of view of my own soul. 

If we follow what Caroline Myss explains in “Why don’t people heal“, the development of self and self-identity was one of the key features of the Piscean Age. She mentions the Italian Renaissance as a key point in the history of individuality and it is clear that at this time, many artists began to sign their own works in their own names, rather than with the name of their School or Atelier. Whilst movements and schools in art are inherent to the history of art, the rise of the individual, transcending the movement, has been in some senses the endpoint of the journey. This is true to some extent in all fields of human endeavour in which collective genius was replaced by individual genius.

As a New Paradigm heralds in the Age of Aquarius, we are no longer moving into the extremities of “selfhood” for the sake of the “self”, but “selfhood” for the sake of the Earth.

The Earth is our collective home and the work, as Karen Curry points out, is to step up and support this greater collective evolution. In fact, it is the very excesses of individualism and of the outsize ego that are no longer supporting the whole.

This doesn’t mean denying or belittling self. On the contrary, it means moving into “self” to be able to fulfil one’s deeper role but at the collective level. This is doubtless why so many people have been called to the healing arts, for example, as the collective “human body” begins to heal itself.

Whilst our own individuation has been seen in more personal terms over the past half-century, Aquarius, the collective, is now calling for a greater implication on behalf of the Earth, our home-ship. If taking care of home-ship Earth has been on the cards for some time, we are now moving into a new level where individuals, collectives, cities, even certain corporations, are taking the initiative to move on a higher level. This, after all, is a journey for us all. Many of us can see that we are one. We now have to step up to our own evolution so that the Earth can evolve too.


Healing or not healing



Today I went to see the herd of ten horses that I had been looking after over the vacation. I had worked with one in particular, the lovely Lightening, and several things had come up involving both nutrition and the Five Elements. 

Today, I could see that Lightening simply didn’t want any physical contact at all. No grooming. No affection. And no kinesiology. He looked quite interior and was unreachable. Having driven 20 miles out into the Somerset countryside to visit him, I could feel a quandry forming. I decided to sit on the wooden pallet in the middle of the school and I pondered on what I should do next. 

I said to myself that whilst I had come here to see him, he clearly didn’t want “seeing” and as such, he was asking me to respect his space. I therefore told him that I would fully respect his space and his desire not to work today. At this point, he lay down about 15m from me.  I added however that if he would like some Distance Reiki, I would be happy to share.

I then closed my eyes and tuned into him. In my inner vision, he came right up to me and licked my hand. He said some Reiki would be lovely. So, I sent him some Distance Reiki, there and then. When I finished, I opened my eyes. As I opened them, he rolled onto his back and began giving himself the most glorious back scratch, with his feet kicking the air in joy. I hadn’t seen him so energetic all morning. It was really moving.

One of the hardest lessons for a healer is to accept the way things are and to absolutely respect the will of the other who doesn’t want our healing intention. Whilst we might mean well, meaning well means at times “not doing” rather than “doing”, “not healing” rather than “healing”.

I realised that Lightening was offering me an opportunity to overcome my healer’s ego. In showing me that he did not want physical contact today, he desired above all his space respected. He asked me clearly to put my healer’s desires to one side and put his feelings first. By accepting his desires, rather than my own, we connected in a different way, a beautiful way and one he was happy with. Seeing him rolling on his back at the end of the Distance Reiki was beautiful. 

This takes me deeper into the intention of the healer. We go into healing because we want to make a difference at some level. So it can seem counterintuitive when a healing doesn’t happen. Stepping back and allowing “what is” can be a manifestation of a greater wisdom. I love the way the horses teach us once we leave our egos outside. Today, I received such a Masterclass in horse-wisdom. Accepted with gratitude, thank you Lightening



January 1st 00:00 2018




As we enter 2018, the North Node of the Moon is at 15° Leo. I would like to reflect here upon the Sabian Symbol for this degree (we read the degree above, so the reading is for 16°). The major crisis alluded to could very well be the last solar year, as many of us have been deeply challenged. And yet, many of us are using these challenges for powerful growth, taking down what is no longer needed, and stepping into a powerful and fresh new energy.


KEYNOTE: The surge of life and love after a major crisis.

The symbol speaks clearly for itself. How brilliant the light after the long “night of the soul”! The battered but unconquered consciousness finds itself exalted in the marriage of sunbeams and rising sap. This indeed is “Release” — light and life singing in the cleansed and refreshed mind, flooded for a while by the waters of feeling.

This is the first stage in the twenty-eighth five-fold sequence. It is a sequence that reveals consciousness at its most inspiring moments of enjoyment. But these “peak experiences” can operate at several levels. The first and most basic level is that of life itself, and of the overcoming of its many crises — THE JOY AND POWER OF NEW BEGINNINGS.


Since there is a powerful square to Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio, the Third Hexagram of the I Ching comes to mind:

DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING works supreme success,
Furthering through perseverance.
Nothing should be undertaken.
It furthers one to appoint helpers.

As Richard Wilhelm says: The name of the hexagram, Chun, really connotes a blade of grass pushing against an obstacle as it sprouts out of the earth–hence the meaning, “difficulty at the beginning.”

This then is the beginning of the New Year and the image of a new journey is combined with a difficulty. But, as we all know, difficulty is the mother of invention, and we will work with this energy to accomplish the journey respecting dangers and pitfalls. I would contrast this with the blithe setting-out of the Fool in Tarot.

Taking the North Node as an indicator for the direction of the Soul’s evolution in this new year, it is powerful yet aware of difficulties ahead. We need to take these two together and understand how we can use the energy of Mars and Jupiter to further the journey, not hold it back. This is of course up to each of us. The beauty of meditation upon a chart is to become more lucid, and more discerning.

Blessings for your New Year’s Day!
May you all be well!

Astro-vibes 30.12.2017


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As part of my daily practice, I find myself just sitting with the chart and meditating on the planetary archetypes. Here I want to draw attention to a couple of features of today’ chart that impress me.

First of all, we can see Jupiter squaring the moons Nodes. This is resonating deeply with my own natal chart and brings up several questions — how do I reflect upon outside authority and my individual evolution? How do I successfully respond and negotiate the power of others? We are always influenced by the limits of the state, our employers and so on. We have to find a way to negotiate this — otherwise, we end up in headlong confrontation and any headlong confrontation with big power we will often lose. I think this square asks us to go deeper and understand how we react, and perhaps why we react to power structures and how we can develop positive strategies so that we respect ourselves, but also the context in which we find ourselves.

The Moon in Gemini, Quincunx with Saturn, brings me to reflect on the extent to which our passion and emotions can be successfully communicated — for example in our business endeavours. How can we connect with our emotions in a powerful way to support our business? How can we use our emotions to communicate our goals. Saturn in Capricorn is about building and this is an Earth energy. Gemini (Air) can swirl around and in the end become a will-o-the-wisp. So this time suggests bringing some stability and grounding to our emotional centre.

Powerful trines between Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio with Uranus in Pisces suggest two things — the power (Jupiter conjunct Mars) inherent in our dreams and imagination amplified — but in counterpoint the dangers of being swallowed up or drowned by it all (Neptune in Pisces). Scorpio is depth but also trust. It can be edgy too (polarity point of Taurean grounded energy). In this case, the water signs Pisces and Scorpio are working together so we can go deep — as long as we know how to swim.

These are personal reflections and points for meditation as I end the year. This weekend feels nice for connecting with the emotions for what we are preparing in 2018 and creating space for things to grow. Yes, they can grow like pyramids, but they need a broad base. For me this is Saturn in Capricorn.

A vision from the Nation of Horses at Samhain

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An image of two trees, the Oak and the Holly. The trees are bowed, branches meeting like two hands, fingers intertwined.

Walking into the centre of a cleared space, you will find a Tipi. Around the Tipi will graze the Nation of Horses and with the horses is a tribe of men, women and children. It is here that we shall connect with you. The place is called the Place of Peace. And the gate is called The Forest Gate. When you enter The Forest Gate you will come to the Place of Peace.

Crow is sitting upon the Tipi. Crow announces that there is something buried beneath a tree. Yours to find it. It is a gift of the Earth, a Treasure.

You shall dig beneath the Tree and you shall find there a small ball, wrapped in a ceremonial cloth. You shall sit around it, open it, discovering a map and a bright light. The map will reveal to you the sacred geometry and the vibrational nature of things. The bright light flows in and out and offers healing.

You sit with the map and with the floating light. Time shall fly like the Crow and now the Moon shines overhead in the forest. Horses and humans, creatures of the night, shining map, ceremonial cloth. All are together. We allow this to unfold gently and beautifully before your inner eyes.

We offer you this vision at Samhain.

We send our blessings to all.
We are the Nation of Horses.


Healing Circle Full Moon in Taurus


As we celebrate Samhain today, the Healing Circle prepares for a distance Reiki Healing on Saturday 4th November, 21h -22h. To receive Reiki at our Healing Ceremony please visit our join up page.

This healing will be carried out at the Full Moon in Taurus, a time in which we can ground our energy in the Earth, as the Sun and Jupiter in Scorpio encourage us to trust.

As we hear of one media revelation after another, the passage of Jupiter into Scorpio has been a powerful reminder of how power can corrupt. Whilst these revelations will slowly bring us closer to a fairer society, it is also important that we are still able to trust. A society where none can trust and where suspicion rules is a sad place indeed. The energetic work that we can do is to combine vigilance with a renewed belief in our better selves — and the capacity of societies to support our better selves. Energetically we can ask for lucid trust.

By lucid trust, I mean honouring the importance of trust as the foundation of communal living, and that we each renew our inner consecration to be our best possible selves. This is something that we each can do, and the more of us who will light a candle for this in the shrine of their own hearts, the greater the deeper inner light will shine in each of us. Our ceremony on Saturday will be consecrated to the growth of this inner light.


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