Under an Evil Star: A Cosy Chat with Author, Jane Holland

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Under an Evil Star is a thriller based on horary astrology. What led you to choose this as a topic?

Since astrology is such a big part of my daily life, I wanted to extend that into my fiction. But how? Last year, eager to write for radio, I listened to Alastair Jessiman’s great radio plays about a Scottish psychic, The Sensitive, and kept thinking throughout, I need to use my esoteric knowledge in my fiction in the same way. Then I hit on the idea of making an astrologer my main character. But obviously, you need to know who the villain is to study their birth chart. But with horary, a much wider field of possibilities becomes open to you.

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Jupiter in Scorpio: Energy Reading

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Today Jupiter, the cosmic magnifier, moves from balance-led Libra into the transformational waters of Scorpio. Transformation is hardly new to us right now. In fact, Jupiter in Libra has seemed to be more about shouting down injustice than living in a state of peaceful balance. My guides, The Light Circle had this to say: At this time, as Jupiter moves into your astrological sign of Scorpio, tensions and feelings are running high. There is a great deal of emotional overwhelm at the moment, as the energies, feelings, and intuitions are flowing around you at a pace that is greater than you have previously experienced. Many of you are adjusting well, and yet this doesn’t mean the process is easy. Rather it means that you are flowing at a greater rate than you would previously have deemed possible to bear. The emotions that come with this Scorpio period will be many and varied. The experience could be anything from extreme joy to extreme sorrow. Old cycles will end and new ones will begin. As such, this will be a period of great renewal that will take you deep into your own emotional body, to experience the depths and heights that you are capable of.

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Energy Reading for August 2017, Vision your Future

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Scroll down for audio.  From the Light Circle August is a shift month for you. As you have been travelling through the waters of cancer you have felt the flow, felt the release, felt the emotional pressure. Now in the fires of Leo, you prepare to burn up what has been left behind and discarded. This process of Ascension has led you through a challenging path in recent months and many of you are straining for something new. Now is the moment to embrace that ‘new’ if it is what you desire. The energy is in your favour, however it may not be handed to you on a plate. Instead, as the sovereign being that you are, you are being called to choose the destiny you have longed for, to set your intention and move forwards in the glow of your own light. The future is yours. The future will be what you create, and now, as the speed of manifestation increases many fold, what you desire or what you fear may be manifest faster that you could have believed possible. If you are stalling, ask yourself why. What is holding you back from what you truly desire? Do you fear change? Because change is certainly what is being offered here and for many this is seen as a frightening concept that is a disturbance of the status quo and no more. But change is the essence of where you are going. As you move further and further along this Ascension path, you are embracing a state of flow that means the static will be swept aside. Instead of sticking to that which has been before, open to new ways of doing things. Open to new joys and possibilities. Do not hold onto the safe for the sake of it, instead. Find new safety zones that nourish without restricting. This is a time of joy and excitement for those who are willing to shift, but it is a challenge for those who are stuck in an old path of resistance, and there will be many who sit in-between at different stages of their own personal journeys and moments of service to the whole. The ten of Earth tells of the end of an Earth cycle, of preparation for a new beginning in day-to-day life. This is a moment of taking stock and stepping out into the new, with the learning that has been gained from past experiences. This is not starting from scratch, but as seasoned travellers with wisdom gained, wisdom hard won through experience. The Messenger of the Earth takes you deep into the collective psyche, tapping into wisdom held in Gaia, in the collective energy and in the wisdom of the bodies you have nurtured through your lives from birth. There is much to be released in your physical structures, but there is also much to be appreciated. You should honour your bodies and the earth on which you stand, allowing yourself to be grounded and linked into …

Energy Reading October-November 2016 Following the Tide of Emotion

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Last week we had a Super Moon in Aries. Full moons are all about letting go, about clearing away the patterns we no longer need and leaving space for the new. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and the sign most associated with forwards movement. So this has been a powerful experience for many of us. Strong energy is not unusual right now, we have been experiencing it month after month, in fact, it often feels that it becomes more and more intense each time. But it is always different as it clears away deeper and deeper layers of the negative conditioning patterns that we have built up over millennia of lifetimes. Now, as the energy changes, the clearing is speeding up, to an almost breathless pitch. It can feel tough and it can feel exhilaration blissful depending on the needs of our own path at any given time. I asked The Light Circle what were the key feature of this current energy and what we need to learn and focus on right now.

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Energy Reading September 2016: A Portal Into Manifestation

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Everyone seems to be tired right now. I’m tired. At first I thought it was just because I was doing too much, not getting enough sleep. But the more I talk to people, the more I realise how many others are feeling the same. So this week I decided to dig into the energy we are experiencing right now. I keep telling people the energy is big, and more than once I’ve been reminded that I’ve been saying that all year. And ain’t that the truth! This year has felt like an enormous roller coaster, with us moving from one big astrological transit into another, and it’s still going on.

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The Day My Dream Came True

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I am in the middle of a big, and often dreaded astrological transit. Pluto, the lord of the underworld, death and transformation, very slowly passed over my Sun (my will and purpose) and then my Mercury (communications, writing, travel). I’m not going to lie, it’s been a challenging time, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about.I want to tell you about the day the Pluto/Mercury transit peaked, the day one of my long-held dreams came true.I have wanted a dog for as long as I can remember, but for the first time in my adult life, it felt like the right moment. I didn’t just want any dog, I wanted a Cavalier, the breed I grew up with, the cute, cuddly little dogs like Lady in Lady and the Tramp.

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Living with Flow: A New Comfort Zone

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This week has seen a big shift in energy. At the Solstice we moved from the busy and sociable world of Gemini into the fluid and sensitive realm of Cancer. This is always a big change, but at the moment, with such huge energy shifts taking place, it carries particular weight. We have moved from airy thought energy into a water based, heart-centred approach. At this time it can feel as though we have been cracked open, as though we are a raw nerve, waiting to be triggered by every passing knock. On the other hand, it open us more completely to our intuitions, allowing in guidance and an opportunity to expand our connection to the Universe. Change is a major theme right now. Many people are considering new paths in life, and others are facing upheaval and cataclysmic personal shifts. Change is the most glorious and terrifying force we face in this life. It can tear our lives apart and lift us into an existence we never thought possible.

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