Mars enters the sign of the crab on 4 June, 2017 and stays underwater until 20 July. In Cancer, Mars is more likely to advocate for kith and kin than for self. It is a somewhat primal and protective placement for the Cosmic Warrior, and we’re likely to see a kind of aggressive defense in many arenas, especially international politics. Expect that there will be a lot of flag waving and chest thumping, for these seven weeks.

There is much more in the world that unifies us than separates us, as the ripples of uncertainty radiate across the globe, yet at certain times of the year we can look to our universal light, the Sun for clarity, guidance and meaning. The Sun God in ancient Greek times, Apollo, was a God of prophecy and healing, an oracle and as the son of Zeus, truth. In astrology the light of the Sun is the most significant symbol of any astrological chart, it is the centre and the core of all astrological readings. So as the Sun appears to reach its furthest stretch into the Northern hemisphere (remember “Appears to”, as we our Earth is the one that is turning and tilting on its axis) we have one of the major turning points(tilting extremes) of the year, the June Solstice. As astrologers we call it the Cancer Ingress, when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer, one of the four cardinal points and major turning points in our astrological wheel.

What makes you happy? And, what is holding you back from embracing your bliss? These questions and more are about to bubble forth into the collective consciousness as the lunar nodes ingress into the Leo/Aquarius polarity beginning on May 9th 2017. Goodbye to the serve or suffer polarity of Virgo/ Pisces. We are about to embrace a new theme until December of 2018; the role of Individual creativity against the backdrop of group-think.

The energy of Chiron, the healer-redeemer, is in the air. I find this a most fascinating subject when thinking of humanity and our ongoing struggle to find peace, harmony and health. Life is such a paradox of tears and ecstasy, and embodying this conflict is the story of the Centaur. Chiron was the product of a rape and abandoned by his parents he had to set out alone to find his true power, until one day he got struck by an arrow dipped in poison that kept him in excruciating pain until his release into death.

Pisces is a dual sign and the last sign of the zodiac. It can bring us to extremes – hopelessness and infinite possibility vie for our commitment. Mars is an engine, and in Pisces it’s a formula-one racing car breaking speed records – and stalling unexpectedly.

With Mars in Pisces, we’ll be tempted to go to extremes in all areas of life, from politics to sexuality. It’s an intense energy that can push us forward at top speed, only to realize that we’re lost.

Mars makes a quick trip through Aquarius this November and December, spending not quite six weeks in the sign we associate with rationality, freedom, and our highest goals. In the sign of the Water Bearer, Mars is ready to take up the sword to fight for or defend ideals – but not necessarily your ideals. Mars can be a warrior for any side of an issue, and the Aquarian energy can manifest at extremes of the right or left.

After spending virtually all of 2016 shuttling between playing defense in Scorpio and leading crusades in Sagittarius, Mars moves into Capricorn on 27 September for a short stay in the sign of his exaltation. In Saturn’s home sign, Mars’ energy is thought to be put to good use in service to a higher cause.
The trick, of course, is to make sure the good use is really good.

Neptune, the god of the sea, stations direct on Saturday November 19, 2016, 9 degrees of Pisces at 11:39 pm EST. Time to reconnect with our inner intuitive self, our dreams, our divinity and the `namaste’ presence. It’s time to bring forward the dreams of June which went `underground’ when Neptune retrograde. It’s time to affirm how we fit into the `bigger picture.’

As Jupiter enters Libra in September for his once in 12-year visit, the global scene has rarely been in such a state of ‘high tension’! Brexit has revealed a new level of anti-establishment sentiment fuelling the revolutionary urge for change, the force underpinning the 2010’s, as the USA heads toward elections in the midst of anger, confusion & disillusionment, and global terror events are escalating.