November 6, 2018
jupiter in sagittarius

Jupiter in Sagittarius

I had this great idea for Jupiter in Sagittarius. Publishing a sample chapter of “Growing Pains”. I mean, after all, Jupiter is associated with publishing. I thought this would be a very straightforward cut and paste job. After checking it was OK with my publisher (The Wessex Astrologer), I realised it might not be so easy. Just for starters, those pesky ingress dates (the ones that just about drove us insane in the second edit), could not be simply cut and pasted. So I had to do a screen grab and hope it is clear enough to be read. And […]
October 13, 2018

A Nakshatra Story

Nakshatras. I mean, what on earth does that mean? When I was doing the FAS diploma, I forbade myself from taking any other astrology course until I finished the diploma. It nearly drove me crazy but since completing the course a couple of years ago, I’ve done a course on Hellenistic astrology and took Deb Houlding’s horary and electional courses. Still thirsty, I’ve been eyeing up Vedic astrology. I don’t think we live in a world where astrologers can afford to be separated. We need to understand each other in order to endure the slings and arrows of outrageous scepticism. […]
September 3, 2018
astrology and education: transition edition

Back to School with Astrology: Transition Edition

Pupils born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 will be gearing up to start secondary school in September. The transition process from primary school to secondary school is exciting but can be a worry for teachers, parents and especially the pupils. Welcome to Back to School: Transition Edition! I’m a real teacher. I’m also a real astrologer. And this is my real advice for parents and teachers who are preparing their children/pupils for the first year of secondary school. That Transition Gap Studies show that pupils who are new to secondary school experience a dip in academic performance. […]
August 11, 2018
Kindergarten/Year 1

Kindergarten 2018

Kindergarten 2018: New School Starters! This article is for the parents or teachers of children who are 5 years old at the start of the academic year 2018. For US students, this will be the kindergarten year. For UK students, this will be Year One. For an introduction, go here. For an overall picture of child development, go here. More in depth information can be found in my book “Growing Pains” Watch out for further information on upcoming videos and webinars by subscribing to my newsletter. You might find my lecture on pupil behaviour and lunar phases interesting (don’t forget […]
August 11, 2018
Getting children to reach for the stars academic year 2018

2018 Academic Year

This is an introduction to my upcoming series of articles, videos and webinars on astrology in education to help parents, teachers and pupils prepare for the Academic Year 2018. Each September in the Northern hemisphere, parents, teachers and students are getting ready to return to school. For parents of pupils about to start secondary school, here is an article on what to expect. For each academic year, I will be producing articles, short videos and webinars that will give advice and guidance to parents and teachers based on Jupiter and Saturn. This information is compiled in my book “Growing Pains”. Reviews […]
August 11, 2018
Back to school with astrology

20 Ways Teaching Primary School is different to Teaching Secondary School

Teaching primary school was a HUGE surprise for this secondary school teacher. Not only did I never intend on teaching younger children, I discovered primary school and secondary school are two completely different  skill bases. “Duh Alex,” I hear my teacher friends say, “Did you expect teaching primary school to be the same as teaching secondary school?”. Well no I didn’t but I really wasn’t expecting so many differences.  I’m in a unique position: teachers tend to teach primary school OR secondary school. And, as a devoted secondary school teacher up until a few weeks ago, I feel like the […]
August 9, 2018
Whitney bowed out in 2012

Whitney Houston

Many factors contribute to the astrological story. This sketch on Whitney Houston focuses on Jupiter and Saturn. Whitney Houston was born into a loving musical family and achieved incredible success but still could not escape the nightmare of addiction. Houston was born on 9 August 1963 at 20:55 in Newark New Jersey (Rodden Rating: AA; Collector: Rodden) with Jupiter in Aries and Saturn in Aquarius. She was one of the most successful music artists of all-time and achieved the rare feat of being popular with white and black audiences. Readily available information around Whitney’s early childhood is sparse so her […]
August 6, 2018

August 2018 Newsletter

This is almost back-to-school month so I’m giving readers a little heads up that there may be a few website updates in the near future. I hope these updates won’t clog your inboxes too much but if they do, please forgive me. I hope you won’t unsubscribe (because that would mean you are going to miss out on some good stuff!) but that is always an option if you get too many notices from this site. Back-to-School This month, I’m really focusing on getting the message out on how astrology can be an incredibly useful tool to parents and educators. […]
May 15, 2018
All ready for change?

Uranus in Taurus: Shift Happens With Collaboration

What’s all the fuss about Uranus moving into Taurus? Well, shift happens! Astrologers get terribly excited when one of the planets beyond the so-called “classics” are about to change signs. The reason for all the excitement is because the “outer” planets have considerably longer orbits, meaning they stay in zodiacal signs much longer than the others. Take Uranus for example. With an orbit of about 84 years, Uranus takes about 8 years to move through a given sign. For the past 8 years as Uranus transited through Aries, we’ve seen an exponential rise in self promotion, including “selfies”, self publishing, […]
May 15, 2018
Jonathan Cainer surrounded by the colour that defined him

Tribute to Jonathan Cainer

I can’t believe it’s been two years since the death of Jonathan Cainer on 2 May 2016. Many astrologers — as well as many fans and admirers — were affected by his passing. As my own children grew up with his and as he played such a huge role in shaping my life, I still find it very difficult to talk about him. But Jon still drops in for a visit every now and again. He still tells me I worry far more than I should. I get the impression he might be impressed with what I’m doing. As the […]
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