Busy Busy… and getting busier!

30 08 2012

Success is a wonderful thing……. Mostly!!  There are times however when it can be tiring.  This summer while wearing my ‘other hat’  as Hedley Paul, Ibiza’s Wedding Ceremony Master at www.blessings-on-ibiza.com I have been just soooooo busy.   Giving my couples the attention to detail which each wedding rightly deserves is a time consuming task, and my astrology work has suffered.

The nice thing is however that it endorses my astrological interpretation that in times of hardship people are prudent and prepared to avoid the cheaper option and plump for quality. After all, this is the biggest day in your life, your day of stardom with the whole world watching!  Seems sensible then to choose the best wedding ceremony host.

On many days in ‘the season’  there are five or more weddings which means booking early to secure the best and avoid being disappointed.  For example, I am already taking Blessing Ceremony Host bookings for 2014, as are many venues.

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for, but Ibiza is no exception to the sharp practice that pervades every society.  Be very careful in your choices – best practice is to visit the island out of season and talk to the suppliers direct.  Adding 10% to your costs by including a remote middle-man seems foolish to me, and the good suppliers all know one another, and will give recommendations for free.

While you’re here, look me up and we can talk astrology – anything from careers to relationships to the weather.  Interesting stuff!

Blessings of the Cosmos to you all, especially to all the couples I hosted this year!

Your Ibiza Astrologer

 





Astroblog – April 2012

6 04 2012

April begins with the Sun in Aries which it entered on March 20th the Spring Equinox, then traveling through Aries until April 19th when it moves into Taurus.  Aries is ruled by Mars the warrior planet and symbolises our ‘right to exist’.  “Do it MY way…. NOW” is Aries, lacking the diplomacy of Libra which simply says…”Be reasonable… Do it my way”.  Aries people get things done…. Well they certainly get them started anyway.  Of course, there’s much more to your chart than the Sun sign.  For example, Saturn tells us where your fears and insecurities are, Venus tells us where you are loved, and Jupiter tells us where we expand with good fortune.  And the rising sign… The zodiac sign rising on the Eastern horizon at your moment of birth indicates the sort of ‘face’ you wear for the world to see.

So, last weekend when four good friends on the island enjoyed their Solar Returns it was interesting to notice their individual differences.  Their similarity is that they are all ‘doers’.  They get things done – each one in a different style, but each one unstoppable in their own individual way.  I caught up with some of them for a little partying – Thank you all! – I wish you all many many very happy and healthy Solar Returns.

Of course, Mars is topical too because since late January it has been ‘retrograde’ – appearing to travel backwards in the heavens.  It doesn’t travel backwards of course, it only appears to because of its own orbit, and relative to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.  During this period it runs close to Earth, and thereby exerts a greater influence, which explains in part why over the past months we have seen an intensity of violence and aggression worldwide.  Mars turns ‘direct’ on April 13th, moving back over the ground it retrograded, then moving onwards and upwards.  That should signify some reduction in the raw aggression that is Mars on full song.

There should also be an easing of the intensity of people who have lots of Mars influence in their charts, be it Sun sign, rising sign, or at their mid-heaven.

Of course just as one door closes, another opens…. And sure enough, on April 10th, Pluto turns retrograde….. More of that next week, but it sure will be interesting.

Ah well, next week for lots of things but meanwhile on with the list of transits and how they might affect us all.

03 Apr 2012 to 07 Aug 2012 Venus Enters Gemini: Variety and change are the spice of life for a few weeks, with tastes changing rapidly all around and not delving too deep. If you like to really dig in, you may not find this the right climate, but if you’re up for a smorgasbord of enjoyments, a dim sum dinner of desires, the market’s just right for a little pleasuring all around.

04 Apr 2012 to 15 Jul 2012 Mercury Stationary Direct:  Well, at last communications and travel glitches will ease.

04 Apr 2012 to 07 Apr 2012 Venus Square Neptune: Desires deceive and getting hold of what’s wanted seems to be a continuing and elusive task. Watch out for illusions and delusions being sold as the real thing, then snatched out of reach just before consummation. If you’re unsure, don’t invest time or money or you’ll be perpetuating the situation.

06 Apr 2012 to 06 Apr 2012 Moon Opposition Sun: Full Moon brings fruition, but also high emotional tides; what you do now may turn out to have been overdone when you look back on it. Deals sealed now may swing erratically later on, but if kept under control will be fat and fruitful. This is the time for plucking the fruit from the tree, not planting one.

06 Apr 2012 to 09 Apr 2012 Venus Square Mars: Try, try again and you may wonder why you did. Sometimes an object of desire eludes the chase and constant and repeated forays tangle things even more. You may have to call it perfecting your technique, and that may be the long and short of it. Anyone can have an off day, one that holds lessons for tomorrow.

08 Apr 2012 to 10 Apr 2012 Venus Sextile Uranus: You don’t have to go crazy trying to discover new sensations. Sometimes the slightest variation in a time-honoured recipe will turn things around with hardly any effort. Try a new ingredient, a new position, a new side road you’ll be surprised what’s just next door and around the corner, and who’s doing it, too.

10 Apr 2012 to 18 Sep 2012 Pluto Stationary Retrograde: Five months of Pluto in Capricorn, going back over ground, reminding us that we have not learned the lessons we should have.  No pain, no gain is the maxim.

14 Apr 2012 to 01 Mar 2014 Mars Stationary Direct:  Well at least we have a couple of years before we have to endure Mars flexing its muscles again.

16 Apr 2012 to 09 May 2012 Mercury Enters Aries: Everybody’s going to be quick-witted for a few weeks, or at least will be giving it a try, which means foot-in-mouth syndrome escalates, as people speak before they think. Nevertheless, there’s a sharpening of minds that cuts waste and makes for rapid-fire unfolding of ideas. Follow-through after the onrush will be the challenge.

19 Apr 2012 to 20 May 2012 Sun Enters Taurus: The month ahead is all about pacing, or at least that’s the prevailing atmosphere. Making it work and being sure that it’s going to deliver, without getting side-tracked or distracted, is the common wisdom. Doing that without getting bored may sometimes be the problem. Common beauty with an uncommon touch is the solution.

21 Apr 2012 to 21 Apr 2012 Moon Conjunction Sun: New Moon in Taurus is the very time for giving up the old and ringing in the new, re-bundling your energies into another package. Commitments made now are intense, all-eggs-in-one-basket, but give them time to develop and to get their bearings. Time for laying cornerstones, the walls and rafters come later.

21 Apr 2012 to 23 Apr 2012 Mercury Conjunction Uranus: Lightning-flash ideas lead to sudden, keen insights about how to make things work better. Leading-edge inventiveness abounds, so get your patent in while it’s hot. In general, it’s a good time for that “aha!” light bulb to go off over your head, so keep your mind open and write down what comes to you.

24 Apr 2012 to 26 Apr 2012 Mercury Square Pluto: Forceful arguments have less weight, the more you put into them. Pounding debates only exhaust their participants. Attacking the issue will wind up destroying it. Yet, that’s the general inclination, so when in doubt, just say go. Hightail it to some seclusion where you can wait out the battle, then pick up others’ pieces.

Well, there’s the remaining transits for April.  The latter part of the month will prove to the more exciting as Mars first sits stationary, watching us with its red hot glare before moving forward again.  As always Mars is always ready to cross the road for a good fight….. 

Well, Easter is upon us, the time to celebrate the coming of spring.  Originally a Pagan festival Ostara which was held on the Spring Equinox in March, it was also celebrated by the Jewish Church at the first Full Moon after the equinox as the time of the Passover.  The Christian Church , while seeking to establish itself, and based on the belief that the Crucifixion occurred around the time of the Passover then  chose the spring festival as an occasion to celebrate.  They based their Easter festival on a date, being the first Sunday after the Full Moon which followed the Equinox.  The first Full Moon after the Equinox is on April 6th (a Super Moon too!), and the first Sunday to follow that is April 8th.

Eostre, which became Easter originated with that great scholar ‘The Venerable Bede’ around 700AD as he took the name of the Pagan Goddess of fertility and adapted it to ‘Easter’.

So what do we celebrate at Easter?  The coming of Spring?  The Passover?  The Crucifixion? Well, I suppose you pays your money and you takes your choice….

The Full Moon on Good Friday is another Super Moon, bringing with it some extremes as the Moon makes a close pass on its orbit of Earth.  Weather will be a little extreme, with disruption caused by the Moon crossing the equator on the 5th, the Full Moon on the 6th, and then the Moon changing from Southerly movement to Northerly movement on the 11th.  At least after the 11th Moon will pull warmer weather with it!

 More about Mars next week, meanwhile, may you enjoy a very happy Ostara, Passover, or Easter with the blessings of the Cosmos warming you all.

Your Ibiza Astrologer.

 





Ibiza Astroblog February 2012

6 02 2012

Welcome to February, the month when Neptune enters Pisces, which it rules jointly with Jupiter.  Pisces, the two fishes swimming in opposite directions.  Ambivalent, capable of seeing both sides of any story, and now host to Neptune, who fogs, muddles and dissolves.  In all the darkness of deep Neptune, amidst the swirling waters or fog, the old order is being dissolved, and a new order mystically appears.  This is  global order change, but like any fog it pervades everywhere, so think local too…. but slow….. until Neptune first moves on to Aries in 2024.  The fog is like a dream – an eerie silent like transformation, but dreams can be nightmares for some, and so it will be for fourteen years.  Dreams will turn to nightmares, and nightmares will evolve into dreams.  Indeed – The times they are a changin’…….  Bob Dylan wrote that when Neptune as in another water sign, Scorpio.  Deep, intense Scorpio, with a sting in its tail.  But Pisces slowly pulls you down to the very depths of the oceans to the dark and unknown….. slowly drowning old ideas and moving to a swirling new unknown which we may never ever really get a firm hand on.  Almost as if an endorsement of the move, the Sun moves into Pisces on the 18th.  This month…… think Pisces….. keep thinking Pisces and keep on thinking Pisces.!

And now on to the day to day transits:

01 Feb 2012 to 02 Feb 2012 Venus Opposition Mars: Sometimes when desire is there, opportunity or energy is not, and vice versa. People chase what they want, and whe , so don’t play the game. Say yes or no, then go for it.

03 Feb 2012 to 30 Mar 2025 Neptune Enters Pisces:Spiritual revival will be just one hallmark of the next fourteen years, as will a general  tendency for those who pretend to it not give to those who actually do. Flights of romanticism are daily fare, even to those whose life is not romantic in the least. When there is nothing else, there is always a dream, a pure dream, waiting just beyond.

06 Feb 2012 to 08 Feb 2012 Mercury Conjunction Sun: High mental energy burns hot, a real brain boiler. The trick is to keep up with everyone without missing a stitch or dropping the ball. Great ideas abound, but don’t buy everything you see until you give it a second, cooler look. Everyone can be too close to the subject to realize that what recommends it is only the heat of the moment.

07 Feb 2012 to 25 Jun 2012 Saturn Stationary Retrograde:  The old stern schoolmaster stops and looks over his shoulder.  All is not as it it should be; time to go back and see that its re-done properly.  If it is, all will be well, if not….. let’s just not go there.

07 Feb 2012 to 08 Feb 2012 Moon Opposition Sun: Full Moon brings fruition, but also high emotional tides; what you do now may turn out to have been overdone when you look back on it. Deals sealed now may swing erratically later on, but if kept under control will be fat and fruitful. This is the time for plucking the fruit from the tree, not planting one.

08 Feb 2012 to 05 Mar 2012 Venus Enters Aries: Passions run high for the next few weeks, with flashes of intense desire suddenly trailing off into satiation or ennui. So if you’re looking for intensity, now’s the time to jump into the pool – but commitment after you’re there may be hard to hold on to. Hunger pangs, once fed, lose their urgency.

09 Feb 2012 to 11 Feb 2012 Venus Conjunction Uranus: Original tastes and sudden desires decorate the day, marking a change of pace for anyone with an adventurous heart. Eschew the ordinary and go for something off the wall, not off the shelf. Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it. New sensations will be a major focus of startups, leaders in a new sensibility.

13 Feb 2012 to 14 Feb 2012 Mercury Trine Saturn: Steady focus and clear, reductive thinking get reliable results that inspire confidence in others, particularly those on the conservative side. Keep your eye on long-term operations and slow but steady development. Think big but not fast, what is begun now is for posterity, and that’s forever, so you’ve got time.

14 Feb 2012 to 02 Mar 2012 Mercury Enters Pisces: Putting the right phrase to the task is not the focus for the next few weeks – so if you’re at a loss for words, join the party. But words aren’t everything, and those slippery concepts that emerge right now can yet be pounced upon when the time is right, like a cat on a mouse, and nailed to the ground. Just mind your mind in the meantime.

13 Feb 2012 to 14 Feb 2012 Mercury Conjunction Neptune: A mist upon the mind makes ordinary clarity just history for the time being, but the numinous clarity of dreams is at your beck and call. If you can envision it, you can express it, so keep a journal by your bedside. Don’t expect things to make sense right away, but in retrospect it will shine like a firefly in the dark.

14 Feb 2012 to 16 Feb 2012 Venus Square Pluto: Strong-arm tactics rarely achieve inner goals or fulfil long-term needs and desires, but that wisdom may be lost on a lot of people right now. Pushing and shoving can be the order of the day, with increasing desperation and diminishing returns. If you see a vicious circle developing, jump out of the spiral ASAP.

16 Feb 2012 to 17 Feb 2012 Mercury Sextile Jupiter: Ideas that were once only on the drawing board wind up panning out seamlessly, and you might look to how that happened as a model for future operations. The chances are you didn’t even notice, having your mind a step ahead already. Undertakings begun now have an easy future with continuing creativity assured.

18 Feb 2012 to 19 Feb 2012 Mercury Sextile Pluto: Tuning in to the Force can be easier than you think — you might be doing it right now. When you work in sure knowledge, it works through you. Thus, what you take for granted is your very support structure. Foundations laid now will have that subtle support that protects without any armour at all.

19 Feb 2012 to 20 Mar 2012 Sun Enters Pisces: This must be “growing awareness month,” starting at zero for most, so if the general atmosphere is clueless, join right in. It’s all about feeling your way, with a lot of counterfeit options crowding around the ultimately real path ahead. Follow your true feelings (yours, not others’), once you’ve confirmed them a couple of times.

21 Feb 2012 to 22 Feb 2012 Moon Conjunction Sun: New Moon is the very time for giving up the old and ringing in the new, re-bundling your energies into another package. Commitments made now are intense, all-eggs-in-one-basket, but give them time to develop and to get their bearings. Time for laying cornerstones, the walls and rafters come later.

23 Feb 2012 to 23 Feb 2012 Mercury Opposition Mars: Sputtering short circuits of the mind appear around you as thinking interferes with action and vice versa. It can be highly stimulating or highly annoying, depending on where it happens. Great ideas lose their steam followed by energy surges with no place to go. Pull them both together and you’ll be back in gear.

Well, I did say that February would be an interesting month.

I suppose it started a bit early with the sudden demise of Spanair.  Sad, but no surprise, considering all the life-support cash they were receiving from the government.  They were the third airline to fall in 2012, and since Spanair died, the Hungarian national airline has fallen too.  But some will thrive where others die.  Iberia it is reported has recently been simulator training some of it’s pilots on planes it does not use….. But which Spanair did!  Iberia were ahead of the game.  Prediction anyone, that Iberia will pick up a set of aeroplanes cheap?  More Pluto in Capricorn.  Flawed structures collapsing.

Two biggish earthquakes rocked the planet during the week.  One in Vanuatu, the other off the coast of Vancouver.  Just a little cage rattling by the planet.

An interesting forecast during the week came from the world renowned Boston Consulting Group (BCG) who were commissioned by Google to look at the development of the ‘internet based economy’.  In the report, they predict that the value of the web economy will double by 2016. And that’s just four years away. Many current businesses will not survive.  Many new businesses will take their place.  Uranus in Aries in action.

Uranus in Aries again in Syria – plus Neptune in Pisces.  Another regime on the brink….. and the last two big ones supporting it.  Russia and China vetoed the UN resolution to bring a halt to the government slaughter of protesters. They both have skeletons in their cupboards, China’s invasion and oppression of Tibet for example has brought worldwide protest and support for the Dali Lama.  Russia this week has more protests against rigged ‘elections’.  Such flawed structures can only fail.  Keep watching. And the ongoing Leveson enquiry?  Oh yes, that still rumbles, as the media crumbles.

Oh… almost forgot…. To quote Richard Nolle, a great astrologer…. I went to a riot and a football match broke out!  Egypt – Uranus in Aries.

The New Moon on the 21st is in Pisces,   Moon conjunct the Sun, so we are in darkness – termed the ‘dark of the Moon’.  This is a time when we can connect with the ‘other world’ of our unconscious both personal and the ‘collective unconscious’ that Jung described.  In close conjunction to Sun and Moon is Neptune – modern ruler of Pisces, and described as the Great Dissolver.  Close conjunct too is Chiron, the Wounder, Healer and the Teacher.  My feeling is that following so close to the entry of Neptune into Pisces, this particular New Moon will have an unusually strong effect on us all.  This is Neptune in Pisces’ first New Moon and I think with such a powerful stellium, Neptune will make it a party which runs and runs.

On with the daily transits then, but I expect I’ll be back next week with an update on what’s happening.  “As above, so below”; harmony is the first great law of nature; the earth simply reflects the heavens.

And that’s it for February, except to point out that’s it’s a leap year, so we have a February 29th, that special day when tradition is inverted and a woman may ask for a man’s hand in marriage.  Remember that marriages are made in heaven…. But so too are thunder and lightning!

May the Cosmos bless you,

Your Ibiza Astrologer





Ibiza Astroblog February 2012

6 02 2012

Welcome to February, the month when Neptune enters Pisces, which it rules jointly with Jupiter.  Pisces, the two fishes swimming in opposite directions.  Ambivalent, capable of seeing both sides of any story, and now host to Neptune, who fogs, muddles and dissolves.  In all the darkness of deep Neptune, amidst the swirling waters or fog, the old order is being dissolved, and a new order mystically appears.  This is  global order change, but like any fog it pervades everywhere, so think local too…. but slow….. until Neptune first moves on to Aries in 2024.  The fog is like a dream – an eerie silent like transformation, but dreams can be nightmares for some, and so it will be for fourteen years.  Dreams will turn to nightmares, and nightmares will evolve into dreams.  Indeed – The times they are a changin’…….  Bob Dylan wrote that when Neptune as in another water sign, Scorpio.  Deep, intense Scorpio, with a sting in its tail.  But Pisces slowly pulls you down to the very depths of the oceans to the dark and unknown….. slowly drowning old ideas and moving to a swirling new unknown which we may never ever really get a firm hand on.  Almost as if an endorsement of the move, the Sun moves into Pisces on the 18th.  This month…… think Pisces….. keep thinking Pisces and keep on thinking Pisces.!

 And now on to the day to day transits:

01 Feb 2012 to 02 Feb 2012 Venus Opposition Mars: Sometimes when desire is there, opportunity or energy is not, and vice versa. People chase what they want, and whe , so don’t play the game. Say yes or no, then go for it.

03 Feb 2012 to 30 Mar 2025 Neptune Enters Pisces:Spiritual revival will be just one hallmark of the next fourteen years, as will a general  tendency for those who pretend to it not give to those who actually do. Flights of romanticism are daily fare, even to those whose life is not romantic in the least. When there is nothing else, there is always a dream, a pure dream, waiting just beyond.

06 Feb 2012 to 08 Feb 2012 Mercury Conjunction Sun: High mental energy burns hot, a real brain boiler. The trick is to keep up with everyone without missing a stitch or dropping the ball. Great ideas abound, but don’t buy everything you see until you give it a second, cooler look. Everyone can be too close to the subject to realize that what recommends it is only the heat of the moment.

07 Feb 2012 to 25 Jun 2012 Saturn Stationary Retrograde:  The old stern schoolmaster stops and looks over his shoulder.  All is not as it it should be; time to go back and see that its re-done properly.  If it is, all will be well, if not….. let’s just not go there.

07 Feb 2012 to 08 Feb 2012 Moon Opposition Sun: Full Moon brings fruition, but also high emotional tides; what you do now may turn out to have been overdone when you look back on it. Deals sealed now may swing erratically later on, but if kept under control will be fat and fruitful. This is the time for plucking the fruit from the tree, not planting one.

08 Feb 2012 to 05 Mar 2012 Venus Enters Aries: Passions run high for the next few weeks, with flashes of intense desire suddenly trailing off into satiation or ennui. So if you’re looking for intensity, now’s the time to jump into the pool – but commitment after you’re there may be hard to hold on to. Hunger pangs, once fed, lose their urgency.

09 Feb 2012 to 11 Feb 2012 Venus Conjunction Uranus: Original tastes and sudden desires decorate the day, marking a change of pace for anyone with an adventurous heart. Eschew the ordinary and go for something off the wall, not off the shelf. Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it. New sensations will be a major focus of startups, leaders in a new sensibility.

13 Feb 2012 to 14 Feb 2012 Mercury Trine Saturn: Steady focus and clear, reductive thinking get reliable results that inspire confidence in others, particularly those on the conservative side. Keep your eye on long-term operations and slow but steady development. Think big but not fast, what is begun now is for posterity, and that’s forever, so you’ve got time.

14 Feb 2012 to 02 Mar 2012 Mercury Enters Pisces: Putting the right phrase to the task is not the focus for the next few weeks – so if you’re at a loss for words, join the party. But words aren’t everything, and those slippery concepts that emerge right now can yet be pounced upon when the time is right, like a cat on a mouse, and nailed to the ground. Just mind your mind in the meantime.

13 Feb 2012 to 14 Feb 2012 Mercury Conjunction Neptune: A mist upon the mind makes ordinary clarity just history for the time being, but the numinous clarity of dreams is at your beck and call. If you can envision it, you can express it, so keep a journal by your bedside. Don’t expect things to make sense right away, but in retrospect it will shine like a firefly in the dark.

14 Feb 2012 to 16 Feb 2012 Venus Square Pluto: Strong-arm tactics rarely achieve inner goals or fulfil long-term needs and desires, but that wisdom may be lost on a lot of people right now. Pushing and shoving can be the order of the day, with increasing desperation and diminishing returns. If you see a vicious circle developing, jump out of the spiral ASAP.

16 Feb 2012 to 17 Feb 2012 Mercury Sextile Jupiter: Ideas that were once only on the drawing board wind up panning out seamlessly, and you might look to how that happened as a model for future operations. The chances are you didn’t even notice, having your mind a step ahead already. Undertakings begun now have an easy future with continuing creativity assured.

18 Feb 2012 to 19 Feb 2012 Mercury Sextile Pluto: Tuning in to the Force can be easier than you think — you might be doing it right now. When you work in sure knowledge, it works through you. Thus, what you take for granted is your very support structure. Foundations laid now will have that subtle support that protects without any armour at all.

19 Feb 2012 to 20 Mar 2012 Sun Enters Pisces: This must be “growing awareness month,” starting at zero for most, so if the general atmosphere is clueless, join right in. It’s all about feeling your way, with a lot of counterfeit options crowding around the ultimately real path ahead. Follow your true feelings (yours, not others’), once you’ve confirmed them a couple of times.

21 Feb 2012 to 22 Feb 2012 Moon Conjunction Sun: New Moon is the very time for giving up the old and ringing in the new, re-bundling your energies into another package. Commitments made now are intense, all-eggs-in-one-basket, but give them time to develop and to get their bearings. Time for laying cornerstones, the walls and rafters come later.

23 Feb 2012 to 23 Feb 2012 Mercury Opposition Mars: Sputtering short circuits of the mind appear around you as thinking interferes with action and vice versa. It can be highly stimulating or highly annoying, depending on where it happens. Great ideas lose their steam followed by energy surges with no place to go. Pull them both together and you’ll be back in gear.

 Well, I did say that February would be an interesting month.

I suppose it started a bit early with the sudden demise of Spanair.  Sad, but no surprise, considering all the life-support cash they were receiving from the government.  They were the third airline to fall in 2012, and since Spanair died, the Hungarian national airline has fallen too.  But some will thrive where others die.  Iberia it is reported has recently been simulator training some of it’s pilots on planes it does not use….. But which Spanair did!  Iberia were ahead of the game.  Prediction anyone, that Iberia will pick up a set of aeroplanes cheap?  More Pluto in Capricorn.  Flawed structures collapsing. 

Two biggish earthquakes rocked the planet during the week.  One in Vanuatu, the other off the coast of Vancouver.  Just a little cage rattling by the planet.

An interesting forecast during the week came from the world renowned Boston Consulting Group (BCG) who were commissioned by Google to look at the development of the ‘internet based economy’.  In the report, they predict that the value of the web economy will double by 2016. And that’s just four years away. Many current businesses will not survive.  Many new businesses will take their place.  Uranus in Aries in action.

Uranus in Aries again in Syria – plus Neptune in Pisces.  Another regime on the brink….. and the last two big ones supporting it.  Russia and China vetoed the UN resolution to bring a halt to the government slaughter of protesters. They both have skeletons in their cupboards, China’s invasion and oppression of Tibet for example has brought worldwide protest and support for the Dali Lama.  Russia this week has more protests against rigged ‘elections’.  Such flawed structures can only fail.  Keep watching. And the ongoing Leveson enquiry?  Oh yes, that still rumbles, as the media crumbles.

Oh… almost forgot…. To quote another astrologer…. I went to a riot and a football match broke out!  Egypt – Uranus in Aries.

The New Moon on the 21st is in Pisces,   Moon conjunct the Sun, so we are in darkness – termed the ‘dark of the Moon’.  This is a time when we can connect with the ‘other world’ of our unconscious both personal and the ‘collective unconscious’ that Jung described.  In close conjunction to Sun and Moon is Neptune – modern ruler of Pisces, and described as the Great Dissolver.  Close conjunct too is Chiron, the Wounder, Healer and the Teacher.  My feeling is that following so close to the entry of Neptune into Pisces, this particular New Moon will have an unusually strong effect on us all.  This is Neptune in Pisces’ first New Moon and I think with such a powerful stellium, Neptune will make it a party which runs and runs.

On with the daily transits then, but I expect I’ll be back next week with an update on what’s happening.  “As above, so below”; harmony is the first great law of nature; the earth simply reflects the heavens.

And that’s it for February, except to point out that’s it’s a leap year, so we have a February 29th, that special day when tradition is inverted and a woman may ask for a man’s hand in marriage.  Remember that marriages are made in heaven…. But so too are thunder and lightning!

May the Cosmos bless you,

Your Ibiza Astrologer





Astroblog – Janary 2012

10 01 2012

Well, we’ve all survived (more or less) the excesses of Christmas and the New Year celebrations into 2012, and it will not be the last.  Next year this time, I shall be here writing with hindsight about the myth of the Mayan Armageddon in December 2012.

We may see an end to nations and the birth of new ones, an end to societies and the birth of new ones, and of course the end of economic systems and the birth of new ones.  But we will not be seeing an end to the world. (well I suppose we wouldn’t would we?)

I promised a forecast of 2012, and because January is fairly quiet it will be here next week, but for the moment my usually monthly look at what will be happening.  I’ll take this new year for a timely reminder that ‘The stars impel, they do not compel’ which means that we always have free will to do or not do what we choose.  Of course, with free will, we always need to have the will to do what we know is best; whether we are led astray into temptation, that’s a different matter.

January….. is a quiet month astrologically, with no dramatic transits occurring….. That starts later in early February!  Just a few things moving into place for what promises to be another exciting and interesting year. Having said that, we may well see some changes on/around the 13th as the Moon moves from North to South of the equator in its wobbly path around the Earth.  With the after effects of the last eclipse, there could be a crisis for the Euro, which has already starting to suffer a crisis in confidence.  Just to add to the drama, a few thunderstorms might provide a backdrop as temperatures drop and our mild winter begins to chill.   The following week, around the 19th could see another pothole being encountered, so watch the Euro, and the winds too.  The 23rd sees a New Moon in Aquarius at the same time as Mars has stationed in Virgo before it’s retrograde period. Ominous too.

The full 2012 yearly forecast next week, but for the moment just the transits that will affect us all.  No Moon details included again because Moon moves so quickly and affects you on a daily basis.

So, here’s January.

31 Dec 2011 to 02 Jan 2012 Mercury Square Mars: The seemingly best ideas can get tangled indeed when they are not implemented correctly, and correcting that can be a tangle in itself. Thrashing things out seems to mark the current environment, and you can join in if you must — or if you can afford to, sit out the fray on the sidelines and let others spin their wheels.

06 Jan 2012 to 08 Jan 2012 Mercury Sextile Saturn: Slow and steady wins the race — in this case, without even knowing the race is on. Quiet thought in a still place dispels the cobwebs of the mind and substitutes depth for crowded considerations. A marathon of any kind is well begun now, and the pace will be set for a long run without getting winded.

06 Jan 2012 to 08 Jan 2012 Mercury Sextile Neptune: The messages of the spirit are clearest when you are not directly seeking them. So it is now that wisdom unheralded and unnoticed displays itself around you. A special comfort in the world around comes from knowing its secrets without shouting them. A quiet word and a knowing glance tell all.

08 Jan 2012 to 27 Jan 2012 Mercury Enters Capricorn: If you don’t have a mind like a steel trap, you may get shut out for the next few weeks, because linear thinking is for the moment all the rage. Digressions will get you dismissed, even if they’re terribly relevant, so save those side roads for the next trip. The skeleton crew of the mind is in charge on this watch.

08 Jan 2012 to 09 Jan 2012 Mercury Trine Jupiter: Big plans put into operation now will have legs that make seven-league strides. Confidence in what you have cooked up attracts customers and begets imitation, so move on apace to stay ahead of the competition. Ideas flow easily, but don’t take them for granted — put them into action to carry you in less creative times.

08 Jan 2012 to 09 Jan 2012 Mercury Square Uranus: Squabbles about pet concepts and particulars can get in the way of clarity and progress. Chasing down specifics can be more like chasing your tail. If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try, try again — just take a break and look at it later. Harsh words happen, but it’s only the heat of the moment, so forgive.

09 Jan 2012 to 09 Jan 2012 Moon Opposition Sun: Full Moon in Cancer brings fruition, but also high emotional tides; what you do now may turn out to have been overdone when you look back on it. Deals sealed now may swing erratically later on, but if kept under control will be fat and fruitful. This is the time for plucking the fruit from the tree, not planting one.

12 Jan 2012 to 14 Jan 2012 Venus Trine Saturn: Beauty and wealth both come from the bottom up — built, not just acquired. Desires are truly fulfilled only by plumbing their depths and knowing what it is you really want in the long term. Addressing these issues now allows for lasting satisfaction where recurrent cravings no longer unsettle the sleep.

12 Jan 2012 to 14 Jan 2012 Mercury Conjunction Pluto: Stubborn, hard-headed, intractable — these might describe anyone you run across, as the forcible pursuit of pet opinions seems to be the order of the day. It pays to make your point, but don’t beat your head against a wall – and don’t be the wall, either. A powerful day for beginnings, but only if you’re tireless down the road.

12 Jan 2012 to 14 Jan 2012 Venus Conjunction Neptune: Mystery holds much appeal and the more difficult it is to put a finger on, the more people are going to want it. Dreams, fantasies, fiction, and the generally ineffable are all good sellers, whoever is buying. A time to be gloriously unspecific and totally undemanding of the suddenly gossamer fabric of reality.

14 Jan 2012 to 08 Feb 2012 Venus Enters Pisces: The more ethereal the better for a few weeks, and if you can’t quite put your finger on it, that’s just what everybody wants. The elusive, mysterious, and hard to get or understand are what’s on the general menu, though satisfaction may be hard to find afterward. But just the right taste could lead straight to heaven.

14 Jan 2012 to 16 Jan 2012 Venus Sextile Jupiter: There is an opulence in good taste that surpasses grandeur, and the key to satisfaction is not how much you have but what you do with it. Taking just what you need to feed your desires makes for a gentle spiral of growth and gratification. By making it just so, the afterglow of contentment lingers on.

20 Jan 2012 to 19 Feb 2012 Sun Enters Aquarius: Groupthink and inclusiveness analysis are very much the mindset for the next month, which can broaden horizons but limit your individuality. You’ll do better at least temporarily as a team player, but don’t forget yourself in the technocracy of the moment, as when general moorings are lost, you’d best have your own.

20 Jan 2012 to 21 Jan 2012 Venus Sextile Pluto: Quiet confidence in achievable goals makes things run smoothly and cooperation in the mutual interest means everybody gets just the right piece of the pie. Giving easily without a thought to the cost breeds instant karma and it all comes back again in spades. Fearless love is its own greatest reward.

23 Jan 2012 to 23 Jan 2012 Moon Conjunction Sun: New Moon is the very time for giving up the old and ringing in the new, re-bundling your energies into another package. Commitments made now are intense, all-eggs-in-one-basket, but give them time to develop and to get their bearings. Time for laying cornerstones, the walls and rafters come later.

22 Jan 2012 to 24 Jan 2012 Mercury Trine Mars: It’s a good time to put ideas into action in a big way, and when you put your best foot forward you’ll find agreement and cooperation all around. Supreme faith in your ideas will be infectious — just know you’re right, then go ahead. Undertakings begun today will seem seriously smart for a long time to come.

24 Jan 2012 to 14 Apr 2012 Mars Stationary Retrograde:  Standing still for a few hours, the red warrior planet Mars looks around.  Mars is the planet that will cross the road for a good fight…. Avoid his gaze where possible.

26 Jan 2012 to 28 Jan 2012 Mercury Square Saturn: Negative thinking can sour the environment and confound the mind, so don’t be a sourpuss — and when you see one coming, cross to the other side of the street. It’s easy to get into a downward spiral, so deal with problem issues only once and be done with them. Criticism gets nowhere, so it’s not worth the bother.

27 Jan 2012 to 14 Feb 2012 Mercury Enters Aquarius: Ideas abound for the next few weeks, and everybody gets their say, however meaningful or relevant. Life is run by a committee and it’s a dead heat between all-around fair-sharing and hands-down bureaucracy. But, you can get your version’s fifteen minutes in the sun now, so why not stick your oar in, too?

28 Jan 2012 to 29 Jan 2012 Mercury Sextile Uranus: The wellsprings of the mind are, like water, often taken for granted. When ideas flow fresh from the tap, one assumes they are always there, as at this moment. Launch it now and that will likely always be the case, but a look inside the mechanics of your everyday creativity might help you drink when wells run dry.

28 Jan 2012 to 29 Jan 2012 Mercury Square Jupiter: The best-laid plans suddenly are at sixes and sevens, mostly because there’s a nest of non-working components that just keep on popping up. Basically, it’s a time for debugging new operations and whipping coming launches into shape. A better time for sorting things out than for starting anew.

Enjoy the sunshine, both on Ibiza and astrologically

Your Ibiza Astrologer





Ibiza Astroblog – December 2011

24 12 2011

Well, here we are – last month of the year, and certainly not going out with a whimper.  Of course the excitement of last month continues with Mars stoking up Saturn, Mars and Pluto.  The pepper spray incident in the USA, plus the shenanigans in Syria, the public workers strike in UK, the impending collapse of the Eurozone, plus several earthquakes across the globe are all examples of what I predicted.

This month there’s more of the same influence, PLUS the last lunar eclipse of the year, AND the winter Solstice!  Who ever said astrology’s not exciting???

The violence and public unrest will continue, there will be stronger feelings of injustice as authorities attempt to keep control, but remember, ‘The government should be afraid of the people’.  The UK riots are now revealed as being a back-lash against the police, who have gradually lost the respect of many people.  I was brought up to believe that “A policeman is your friend”  I cannot say that it is one of my continuing beliefs.  Certainly the scene of a battle dressed policeman discharging a pepper spray canister directly into the faces of peaceful protesters sitting in a line shocked the world.  However it simply broadcast what people already knew – the police were easily capable and willing to commit thuggery.  European police forces should take heed.

The Full Moon in Gemini falls on the 10th during the afternoon, and the eclipse can be seen just after Moon Rise between 5 – 5.30.  Eclipses have a lasting effect – around six months for a lunar event.  The Moon is in Gemini – so communication and technology is the theme.  The two factors which make this one special is that Mars in Virgo is square the Moon and Sun, suggesting that some very precise (Virgo) but compulsive (Mars) words will be voiced.  The Moon is in the second house of wealth, so I think we shall hear some hard home truths about economies in general.  Standing in the wings at the moment of the eclipse is Uranus in Aries.  Not simply Uranus, but Uranus stationary!  Standing still, focussed, staring at what’s happening…… Uranus the ‘bolt of lightning’ effect….  But fortunately Uranus is in the 11th house of society and good fortune.  Maybe there will be a sudden (Uranus) societal reaction to world events, and maybe some will be compulsive (Mars), but there will be ‘gifts from the King’ as the textbooks say, from that 11th house – and I think that will be more than just Santa Claus!  Problem is with Uranus, we must always expect the unexpected, but at least there’s some good news for the months to come.  Remember – eclipses have a 6 months influence!

And the Solstice!  Normally the major event of December, but somewhat overawed this year by the powerful planetary activities.  The shortest day, the day when the Sun enters Capricorn, the Solstice was celebrated by Pagans and Druids as the promise of the Cosmos that darkness would fall no more, and light would return. It is a new beginning – almost like a New Moon, but the Solstice marks the New Year, the darkest moment after which everything gets better.  A time for celebration indeed!  So, be awake at 06.30 on the 22nd and join me in quiet contemplation of the coming year.  I know some will say that New Year is the rollover from December to January, but that’s only because the church and the Romans fiddled the calendars, but the Holly and the Ivy, plus the Mistletoe bear witness to the Pagan and Druid origins of the season.

There’s more to tell from the Solstice chart, but I’ll keep that ‘til next week – until then, on with the daily transits.

30 Nov 2011 to 02 Dec 2011 Venus Conjunction Pluto: Compulsive desire is all the rage, and some people are ready to go to any ends to get what they want. Gotta, gotta, have it, whatever the price anyone pays. So, be sure that you don’t get in between the desirer and the desiree. On the  other hand, this is the aspect of unbearably overwhelming passion when put into effect.

30 Nov 2011 to 04 Dec 2011 Sun Square Mars: There is a grating quality to the moment that smells of friction and wasted energy. This can come from needless repetition that overheats the system or from backing and filling because of taking hasty aim. Lessons learned now will be valuable, but get them under your belt before you make final decisions.

03 Dec 2011 to 04 Dec 2011 Mercury Conjunction Sun: High mental energy burns hot, a real brain boiler. The trick is to keep up with everyone without missing a stitch or dropping the ball. Great ideas abound, but don’t buy everything you see until you give it a second, cooler look. Everyone can be too close to the subject to realize that what recommends it is only the heat of the moment.

04 Dec 2011 to 05 Dec 2011 Mercury Square Mars: The seemingly best ideas can get tangled indeed when they are not implemented correctly, and correcting that can be a tangle in itself. Thrashing things out seems to mark the current environment, and you can join in if you must — or if you can afford to, sit out the fray on the sidelines and let others spin their wheels.

 

04 Dec 2011 to 06 Dec 2011 Venus Trine Mars: The energy to do what it takes to get what you want is easily at hand, so take a big scoop and enjoy. Effortless give and take are in the atmosphere, so seek out mutually beneficial moves and plug right in, no struggle necessary. Projects or commitments begun now will turn out joyful and eminently satisfying for all.

10 Dec 2011 to 13 Jul 2012 Uranus Stationary Direct:  Uranus stands still before moving forward in its normal direction.  Rather like a walker at a cross roads stopping to observe the scene, it will act on whatever catches its eye.  Only time will tell what that will be.

10 Dec 2011 to 10 Dec 2011 Moon Opposition Sun: Full Moon brings fruition, but also high emotional tides; what you do now may turn out to have been overdone when you look back on it. Deals sealed now may swing erratically later on, but if kept under control will be fat and fruitful. This is the time for plucking the fruit from the tree, not planting one.

14 Dec 2011 to 12 Mar 2012:  Mercury Stationary Direct. After the crossed wires of the past few weeks, Mercury stops, ready to move forward again, on to March.  The fog clears, and communication/technology will make sense again.

17 Dec 2011 to 19 Dec 2011 Venus Square Saturn: Whittling away at your needs too insistently may only serve to magnify them and force a spiraling return to an overtapped well. If you take what you need and be done with it, what you have will suffice, even if you have some reservations. Total satisfaction may have to wait a bit, complaints don’t help, only annoy.

So there is the beginning of the month, more next week, with lots of news about the winter Solstice. Meanwhile, enjoy the Eclipse.

PART 2

One of the nice things about dramatic activity and action around the world is that it becomes so much easier to say ‘…told you so…’  And so it is again this week.  Big earthquake in Mexico, much of Scotland without power due to horrendous gales.  Major upheaval and resistance to the established order across the world, especially in Syria, and now growing in Russia, leaving the troubles in Libya, Bahrain, Pakistan and Afghanistan seeming like a storm in a teacup.  Of course the UK is in the news for daring to stand against handing domination and control of Europe to Germany; but I think Britain’s been there before!

In coming weeks I think a recent trigger for action will be the death from ‘natural causes’ in custody of a protester in China.  The Chinese authorities have a dilemma with the downturn is the rest of the world causing millions worldwide to cut their spending – and that means a cold wind is about to blow in China, with cuts in growth and raised expectations.

Did you see the eclipse?  I confess I did not because here it was only partially visible.  Many parts of the world did, and we will all feel its effects over the next six months.  A new awakening, a watershed of technological progress, and possibly a watershed of philosophical understanding.  Will the world wake up at last I wonder?

Of course next week we see the winter Solstice, the moment when the Earth reaches its maximum tilt away from the Sun which it orbits.  That creates the shortest day/longest night phenomenon which is celebrated worldwide by every culture both ancient and modern.  The Aztecs, the Mayans, the ancient Egyptians all celebrated this festival of the dawning of a new year.  As mentioned last week, various fiddling with calendars by the Romans and the churches have caused the Western world to celebrate the relatively modern ‘Christmas’.  Solstice occurs at 06.30 on December 22nd as the Sun enters zodiac sign Capricorn.  At that precise moment, the Sun exactly squares dramatic Uranus, suggesting a season of dramatic happenings; it is exactly trine to Jupiter, promising hope and expansion.  Those will be the major themes for the next three months.  The Sun has passed several aspects with Chiron, Mars and Neptune, but we have already seen the shattering of dreams, the wounding and the wars.  The trine of Saturn to both Chiron and Neptune suggests that given discipline, our hopes and dreams can be kept alive, and the suffering we currently endure will pass.  This year, the New Moon in Capricorn (there’s one every year) occurs just after the Solstice – It seems the Cosmos is telling us loud and clear of a new era.

And 2012?  Well, I’m still working on that one – It will be an overview of what the new year will bring.  The annual forecast for 2011 proved to be spot on, so watch out for the 2012 edition.

Meanwhile, the transits for the rest of December.

17 Dec 2011 to 19 Dec 2011 Venus Square Saturn: Whittling away at your needs too insistently may only serve to magnify them and force a spiralling return to an over tapped well. If you take what you need and be done with it, what you have will suffice, even if you have some  observations. Total satisfaction may have to wait a bit, complaints don’t help, only annoy.

18 Dec 2011 to 20 Dec 2011 Sun Sextile Saturn: Small investments are the safest, and small returns mount up. Conservative thinking can pay off if you don’t make a big deal out of it. Any boat you launch now will be hard to rock, even in a storm, so it’s a good time to ease her away from the dock and put gradually to sea. The world awaits, but don’t rush.

20 Dec 2011 to 14 Jan 2012 Venus Enters Aquarius: Everything is worth a try for the next few weeks, and branching out to have a little of each is what it’s all about. That of course includes taking the banal with the sublime, and if mixed tastes are not your style you may want to tread water for a while. On the other hand, there will be some dishes up for grabs you wish you’d known about earlier, so don’t turn a blind eye.

19 Dec 2011 to 21 Dec 2011 Sun Sextile Neptune: Implicit understandings based on mutual visions are the opportunity of the day, so don’t take your dreams for granted. What you share with others on the inner front greases the path to harmony and profit, so anything you can cook up along those lines will provide you with a tangible window to your imagination.

20 Dec 2011 to 21 Dec 2011 Venus Square Jupiter: An inclination to overdo beyond diminishing returns is fuelled by the desire to get things just right. One more added touch, just another taste, try it once again, until satisfaction goes out the window. Sometimes less really is more, even if it doesn’t seem like it, so backing off may save you both time and money.

20 Dec 2011 to 22 Dec 2011 Venus Sextile Uranus: You don’t have to go crazy trying to discover new sensations. Sometimes the slightest variation in a time-honored recipe will turn things around with hardly any effort. Try a new ingredient, a new position, a new side road – you’ll be surprised what’s just next door and around the corner, and who’s doing it, too.

22 Dec 2011 to 20 Jan 2012 Sun Enters Capricorn: New Year’s resolutions are just part of the getting-earnest style of the next month, where sincerity, business, and sometimes desperation are the drivers which themselves lose steam when the New Year turns out to be just another new year. Pretending deadly seriousness can be a kick, but living it is a drag, so play there, but don’t stay there.

21 Dec 2011 to 23 Dec 2011 Sun Trine Jupiter: If you want your plans to develop on track and evolve big time, this is the time to lay them on the table. Imagination and inspiration go hand in hand with motivation and coordination more than usual, so bring everybody together in that spirit and you’ll have an operation that can’t be beat.

21 Dec 2011 to 23 Dec 2011 Sun Square Uranus: Abrasiveness and annoyance are qualities you might be running into right  now, so make sure you’re not displaying them yourself. Impatience is not a virtue, even if you know you’re right, and it’s easy for everyone to pointlessly butt heads. Schemes laid now may well be half-baked, so take a second look, maybe a third

24 Dec 2011 to 24 Dec 2011 Moon Conjunction Sun: New Moon is the very time for giving up the old and ringing in the new, rebundling your energies into another package. Commitments made now are intense, all-eggs-in-one-basket, but give them time to develop and to get their bearings. Time for laying cornerstones, the walls and rafters come later.

25 Dec 2011 to 04 Oct 2012 Jupiter Stationary Direct:  hope, optimism, growth and expansion are what Jupiter promises.  After a period of reflection, Jupiter re-works some ground, and after March (ish) we will start to see the benefits.

28 Dec 2011 to 30 Dec 2011 Sun Conjunction Pluto: Putting up resistance and providing it are in the air, so be ready to find a way around issues not worth fighting for. Undertakings begun now will have a strong element of power and change, but they can wind up taking up all your time in order to retain control of them. All or nothing choices can be avoided just by waiting them out.

29 Dec 2011 to 29 Dec 2011 Moon Sextile Sun: Taking it easy and letting things happen will let opportunities continue to grow that are already underway. Situations beginning now will be cooperative and helpful to you as they progress. A general atmosphere of getting along together prevails and will continue to if you just go with the flow.

And so there it is, the last transit of 2011.

Enjoy the festive period, have a Cool Yule, and I look forward to your company in the New Year, when we can turn our minds to hope and optimism for the future.

Blessings of the Cosmos to you all.

Your Ibiza Astrologer





Choosing the day for a wonderful Ibiza wedding!

21 11 2011

Those who accept the power of astrology sometimes ask me about the best time/day to start something – Will the planets be in the right position etc?

This branch is known as ‘elective astrology’.  It chooses the right time to ‘elect’ to do something by checking in advance where the planets will be.  No different really than looking at the sky to anticipate sunshine or rain. Getting married is quite a favourite.  And it works!  That’s from practical experience too!

The love of my life Eileen and I recently flew away to a romantic Registry in UK to at long last be married.  Not in Ibiza I grant you, but we’ll be doing the same as many couples and having a blessing ceremony here in Ibiza during early spring.  Some of our friends from Ibiza joined us, so in spirit it was an Ibiza wedding.

The timing in all truth was almost accidental, as I have to tell you that for over two years I’ve been constructing charts to try to find a ‘good’ day when the planets and stars would favour our marriage.

Several months ago while looking forward at the calendar for this and next year, I realised that dates were getting tight, so I picked a date and said ‘What about this?’  Eileen having agreed, I suddenly thought – Ah…. Chart?  So I set one for the day, time, and place…. Lo and behold it turned up trumps!  Better than I could have ever wished for.  Out of about fifty criteria, forty seven were good, and the remaining three were not terrible.  The cosmos would smile on us.

We had a fantastic day; everything went right for us and the family and friends who joined us.  The weather forecast was rain and fog for the day – instead we had sunshine!  The cosmos truly gave us its blessing!

We’ll be celebrating here on Ibiza too at the incredible Neolithic stone circle at Mandalay in Cala Jondal.  This must be one of the most spiritually powerful places on the island.  Yes, it’s a REAL stone circle created by renowned energy healer Derek Talbot, using stones and boulders from the Prescelly hills in Wales.  Yes, Derek transported the stones from UK because they are so very special, drawing and focussing the subtle energy from the cosmos.

Just standing in the circle you can feel the energy focussed from the cosmos, – and we’re actually going to celebrate our marriage there with family and friends witnessing our vows and blessings.

Of course it will be a bit of a ‘busman’s holiday’ for Eileen and I, as ‘Ibiza Eileen’, maker of the finest wedding cakes on Ibiza at ibizacakes.com will be making our cake, and I shall as ‘Hedley Paul’ of blessings-on-ibiza.com will be writing our special vows and blessings.  Luckily we both love our work, enjoying the happiness of so many couples, but it may feel strange sitting on the other side of the fence.

Meanwhile, a pic from our wedding day in UK.

Having our cake and eating it!