Dawne Kovan

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March 25, 2015
by Dawne Kovan

Uranus waves goodbye without a backward glance – or is this true?

The UranusPluto (UR/PL) square is now separating as UR leaps ahead and will leave PL behind. We can all breathe a sigh of relief. Or can we? I think not – even though other astrological writers suggest that we may do so. In January/February 2016 they come within 1 degree of orb (leeway) of their final brush and that’s close enough for me to suggest that it ain’t all over yet, folks, until this time (March) next year – 2016.
Here’s my take on what it signifies:
The Arab Spring, as described in chronological order, can be said to have started on December 17, 2010, with Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in Tunisia. Bouazizi had his Sun in early Aries which was  being squared by Transit Mars (his Sun Aries ruler) in Capricorn.  Mars was also conjunct Pluto in Capricorn during the week of this terrible event. This could be seen to prefigure the start of something big, involving Fire (Mars) and death on a grand scale (Pluto).
This Mars transit in early Capricorn was the planetary equivalent of the pre-wave that can be seen by discerning Shamans warning of a coming tsunami. Now, I have no idea how that week worked out for the rest of the world’s Aries population – however, the young man in Tunisia did it for all of us and kick-started a human wave of tsunami-like proportions.
Pluto had entered Capricorn January 2008. Uranus had entered Aries from May to July/August of the same year, then retreated to the final degrees of  Pisces before fully entering Aries in March 2011. Added to all this the Solar Eclipse patterns were across Cancer/Capricorn from July 2009 through to July 2011. All prefiguring the UR/PL square that would follow through the following 5 or 6 years. If the planets are conscious energies then they “knew” that they were heading towards their first big meeting since the Mid-60s, and that major social changes would occur as a result of this – even if we didn’t.
Under the influence of the tidal wave the Arab spring went from Tunisia through to Egypt and most of the Arab nations along the North African coast. Uprising after uprising occurred as young people, connected through their mobile phones and Facebook pages took to the streets and sat in peaceful groups protesting against the tyranny of their respective governments. 
Meanwhile as Pluto entered Capricorn, the sign of organisations, government, institutions and the like, in early 2008,  we in the West watched as our finances went into meltdown – banks, mortgage companies, financial institutions all went into severe crisis. And young people began to sit down in London, New York in 2011 in the  anti-capitalist Occupy Movement. This also happened in Hong Kong last year in 2014 and, according to the news I’ve just read, seems to be starting up again just now (in 2015).
I think that this all echoes the mid-60s, where the power of young people meeting in peaceful protest groups had a huge effect on how teenagers were regarded by the authorities of the time. Class, race, and age barriers began to break down, all we needed was Love, Chairman Mao in China had his Cultural Revolution, the Viet Nam War was raging and life was never the same again.
The earlier UR/PL square in the early 30s saw the rise to power of Adolf Hitler – and for many people, nothing was the same again, then, either.
The shadowy, and yet all too real,  presence the new Islamic State (IS) is the certain carrier of Hitler’s piece of the UR/PL square of the 30s. I have heard it suggested by other astrologers that IS will be dead by 2017, although their message will prevail. 
For me, what seems to be the theme this time around is People Power – with ordinary people either becoming very socially aware or becoming so fed up of those in authority over them, that they are just withdrawing into a mutinous silence. Here in the UK we have a General Election on 7th May that could bring a change of government if everyone went out and voted. Last September here in Scotland we were voting to leave or stay in the UK and the turnout was 85%. Passions were running high and people took to the polls. However, now people-power is being exercised by staying at home and NOT voting – particularly the young who are saying that they believe nothing will change, whether they vote or not.
As we begin to reflect on how our lives have changed – or has not yet even got going for some – under this hard UR/PL influence, we can see that for all Aries/Libra and Cancer/Capricorn people’s lives are undergoing massive changes. Some of these changes are for the good – offering them profound and sudden liberation and transformation; while for others it has been tough. There have been losses and gains – births and deaths – maybe more than in previous 5 year periods of time. 
I think for many of us, it has been a strong period of growth, finding out what our real strengths are, standing up for what we believe and re-evaluating all our core values. We may be looking at a future that seems to be different to what we imagined a decade ago – but maybe that’s no bad thing.  
And we will be able to take a longer view in March, 2016. Can’t wait!
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March 18, 2015
by Dawne Kovan

Facebook and Ceres – what a combination!

My New Facebook business page:

Yes, it has taken me a while to cotton on to the joys of connecting with people via a dedicated Astrology and Soul Work Facebook page but I have finally done it.  I aim to write more or less daily on matters astrological, books I’m reading, things I’ve heard, courses I’m running and teaching, both astrological and spiritual.  The page can be found here: facebook.com/skywatchingwisdom

I will be launching my Astrology Online Course soon in tandem with the same course here in Scotland with local students. It’s all very exciting. You can sign up to learn astrology with me via the FB page or this website.

I am already getting “likes” and invite you to find me on Dawne Kovan Astrology/Soul Work – then you can tick the “like “button.

Ceres – Earth Mother and Goddess of the Harvest.

Right now, as I write this article,  NASA’s Dawn mission is orbiting Ceres in order to characterise the early solar system and the processes that dominated its formation. And maybe assess if it is possible for humans to live there.

It seems apposite that I write about Ceres at this point in time, as the Dawn probe feels like a personal connection for me somehow. My name was originally Dawn – I added the ‘e’ because it made it easier for French friends to pronounce when I was living in Paris in the 1980s.

Ceres has been promoted to the status of a Small Planet from that of an Asteroid. This puts her on the same footing as Pluto who has been demoted to the status of a Small Planet too.   Continue Reading →

March 11, 2015
by Dawne Kovan

Total Solar Eclipse – 20th March 2015 at 9h37 GMT

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The next Solar Eclipse falls on 29.5 degrees of Pisces and will impact those birthdays at the end of Pisces and very beginning of Aries around the date above. It will also have a strong effect on charts with Moon and Ascendant around the same degrees.
For new readers and those of you who have forgotten what creates an Eclipse – it is a function of the position of the Sun and the Moon and their latitudinal relationship on the Zodiac. The apparent path of the Sun around the earth is called the Ecliptic and is divided into 12 Zodiac signs – from Aries to Pisces. The Moon also has a path around the Earth as well and creates its own circle as it does. 
When these two cycles dissect each other any New Moon will be occupying the same degree, minute and second of the Zodiac and the Moon being closer to us will cover the face of the Sun and “eclipse” it, i.e. cutting its light from us. There will always be a corresponding Lunar Eclipse either two weeks prior to the Solar event or two weeks following it. These events occur every 5 months or so. The Eclipse of next week will fall on the final half degree of Pisces, then those following through from now until 2017 will occur through both Pisces and Virgo going backwards. The final Solar Eclipse will be at 8 degrees of Pisces in February 2017. Making it a  2 year event across Virgo/Pisces.
An Eclipse will create a shadow across part of the face of the Earth. This shadow will differ depending on the latitude of the Eclipse. This latest Eclipse will fall across the Arctic Circle and down through Ukraine and adjoining countries. Wherever the shadow falls will be highlighted during the year and also for a couple of months prior to the actual cosmic event. We may be concerned by this particular Eclipse shadow as it  touches on an area of the globe that is already under pressure. The effect of an Eclipse can last for a couple of years – so we’ll have to see, won’t we?

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March 4, 2015
by Dawne Kovan

Children’s and babies’ charts -Little acorns into large oaks, grow, following their destiny.

Something a little different this week.

I am doing a lot of Natal Chart work with parents of young children at the moment – funny how things come around all of a bunch.

Children’s and babies’ chart are a special love of mine – my sole aim being to ensure that parents keep their hands off their Little Stars and let them be themselves, rather than attempting to mould them into something they were not born to be. It is so important that we allow our children to express their wonder, excitement and joy at being alive that liberates them to become magical human beings.

Each of us comes into this life to fulfil our own personal Destiny without being hampered by those around us to fulfil their Destinies for them. I think it was Astrologer Dennis Elwell who commented that if we ignore our Destiny then Fate is what will happen to us instead.

Plato said: “Being born, coming into this particular body, these particular parents, and in such a place, and what we call external circumstances … form a unity as if they were spun together.” Plato believed that each of our souls is guided by a personal Daiman, or companion, whose purpose is to keep us on track by reminding us of why we are here and what we came to do. Some of those reminders can come as hard nudges and even illnesses, so that we get the message. Continue Reading →

February 19, 2015
by Dawne Kovan

Venus and Mars in Aries

First of all – a very Happy New Chinese Year of the Goat!!

This symbol seems to me to reflect the energies of Capricorn, so we can look forward to a year of slow and steady growth winning the race. However, it is important to realise that Pluto is placed in Capricorn, so this could influence the development of the period for China itself. Maybe the unrest that both Uranus and Pluto are creating for the rest of the world will destabilise China’s structures in an unexpected way. We will, as always, have to wait and see.

It is a strange phenomenon that we are experiencing with the New Moons right now, as they are occurring on the final minutes of the sign. Yesterday’s all important New Moon for China fell at 29AQ60, which means the final minutes of Aquarius, a bat squeak away from entering Pisces and causing  the Chinese a long wait for their New Year to start.  We have to ask ourselves if this New Moon casts its influence back into AQ or  forward into PI? The next New Moon is at 29PI, an Eclipse, on 20th March. The Moon’s motion then begins to speed up and meets earlier with the Sun on each subsequent New Moon, by a degree or two – moving from 28 degrees in April to 26 degrees in June.

Just to note that despite the ceasefire in Ukraine it seems to have broken down already. Here in the UK we have had a 2nd visit from two Russian warplanes off our South West coast. Hmmmm – one does wonder what is going on. All willreally hot up with the Eclipse on 20th March. See last week’s article expanding this idea.

Your Zodiac Signs  – Sun, Moon or Ascendant

NB – The readings below can either be read from your Sun Sign – ie your birthday – or your Ascendant sign, which is calculated form your time of birth. Try also reading it from your Moon Sign, as Hindu astrologers suggest. You may even read them all together for an even broader picture of your life.

Don’t know your Moon Sign? Get your FREE Sun/Moon combination reading  and discover how your emotions impact with your ambitions to create your unique life path.  Just email me your birth date, time and place and I’ll email it back to you FREE!!! Continue Reading →

February 12, 2015
by Dawne Kovan

Uranus/Pluto Square plus……see post

a) We are once again entering the next Uranus/Pluto square – this time on 17th March, 2015. This will be the 8th such meeting since 2011 – and it seems to be working out through the worldwide financial problems, the rise of IS and the events in Ukraine. These two planets each with their powerful life changing energies came together on the same degrees in Virgo, in the mid 60s.

Many of my readers will have been born during the mid-60s and will have these two heavyweights sitting side by side on their birth charts, carrying the seeds of change within them. This energy has waited until now to be enacted during  2011 -2017, creating leaders, healers, therapists and public commentators, to mention just a few options. For you there is something familiar about the UR/PL square – it’s almost as if you were born to awaken at this time and change their world. Continue Reading →

January 28, 2015
by Dawne Kovan

Venus in Pisces with Mars, Neptune and Chiron

Venus will be in Pisces from today – 27th January – for three weeks. She joins, in order, Neptune, Mars and Chiron before she goes into Aries. A fast little planet whipping her way through gentle, idealistic Pisces. Traditionally this is her finest sign placement – she is said to be “Exalted” here. The myths tell us that she arose from the sea at our very beginnings, lost in the mists of time. She is placed 2nd from the Sun, between us and Mercury.

The event that marked her entrance in Pisces this time – because she does it annually – was the consecration of the first female Bishop in the Church of England the day before in York Minster, Yorkshire. It is for another article to explore the fact that I have noticed events closely preceding their planetary significators – as they have here. Continue Reading →

January 21, 2015
by Dawne Kovan

Why planets change direction……….

1) Why planets change direction – direct and retrograde – and what it all means.  
Direction changes by the planets can mystify many students of astrology. Here  I am offering a short explanation for my newer readership. The planets go around the earth – we live in a subjective world here – objectively they all go around the Sun, as do we, of course. As they all have different orbits ranging from once a year for Mercury, Venus and Earth to 245 years for Pluto, with the others in between varying due to their distance from the Sun at the centre.
Imagine that we are all spinning around at varying speeds, the faster moving planets will overtake the orbits of the slower moving ones. This happens in a regular basis with the large heavier planets most of whom spend almost half the year going backwards. This is called Retrograde motion. The Sun and Moon never go backwards.
If you find it hard to get your head around then think slow trains and fast trains. If you’re on a slow train that is overtaken by a faster moving one, then you will have the weird sensation that your train is going backwards in relation to the faster one. And so it is with the orbiting planets – of course they don’t actually go backwards, it’s an optical illusion but from the standpoint of the earth, they really do. We power forwards while they stand still before appearing to move counter to our orbit.

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January 12, 2015
by Dawne Kovan

Saturn in Sagittarius (Part 2)

Saturn (SA) entered Sagittarius (SAG) on 23rd December and will slowly cover the first 5 degrees of SAG through to mid-June, 2015. Then he will re-enter the last degrees of Scorpio until September and re-enter SAG and complete his 2 year stint there through to December 2017.
In this article I will look at SA in SAG through all the signs, for Sun, Moon and ASC. In my opinion they are all equally valid ways of predicting how this could work out for you – so why not do what some of my readers do and try all three and combine them as you see fit. For Scorpio you will need to refer to my article of 10th October, 2012. See here.

It is important to bear in mind that SA contracts and lends weight to whichever area on your chart he is moving through. The matters of this house will become more and more important throughout the next couple of  years or so. At the end of this process in 2017 you will have a strong sense of having gained something worthwhile. It may have taken hard work and concentration to get there, but it will have changed your attitudes in the area of your chart described below.
Your Zodiac Signs and Saturn in Sagittarius

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January 10, 2015
by Dawne Kovan

Saturn enters Sagittarius

This is my first article of 2015 – I stared writing it on Wednesday 7th January, but was overtaken by the events that were unfolding in Paris, France. I had lived in Paris for 3 years in the 80‘s and loved the city and its people a great deal. Consequently I folded down my laptop lid and waited for the dust to settle in my own mind as to how and what to write about where we are in our cultural growth in the face of these events.

And the dust has settled – and takes me back to November 10th 1995 when Pluto entered Sagittarius. I remember it well because I was lecturing at a conference in Italy about this particular astrological event. However I was overtaken by the news just coming through that Ken Saro-Wiwa had been hanged by the Nigerian government that day.

For those of you who may not know about ken Saro-Wiwa: he was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize. He spoke out about what he perceived to be wrongdoing in his country and for that he was executed.

I guess you can see where I’m heading with this?

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December 15, 2014
by Dawne Kovan

The Times Just Keep On A-Changing!

First of all, I would like to wish all my readers a very Happy Festive Season and New Year in 2015. Much of your celebrations are likely to be tempered by the continued relationship between Uranus and Pluto – more of which below.

To me, this is always the true value of Astrology – it gives us a map by which we can chart our progress within the major planetary movements that affect us all. We may not have signed up for all the changes that are going on around us, but my goodness are we feeling them!

We are now deep into the 5th (of 7) Uranus/Pluto squares. A Square is a quarter circle (90degree) relationship which is a challenging astrological aspect. And once again many government leaders are warning us that we can expect more cuts to our incomes. Let me be clear here – we won’t be out of the woods yet for some time to come as we will have yet two more squares to go folks followed by life under their separating shadow for a couple of years beyond. So who knows where we will all find ourselves. Continue Reading →

October 22, 2014
by Dawne Kovan

Astrology – the ‘Word of the Stars’

Astrology – translates literally as: the word of the stars. This would seem to indicate that the stars (planets) speak to us, yet how many of us have learned to hear what they are saying? Now it’s all about Astronomy – the naming of the stars. An entirely different animal altogether.

The ancients sought to listen to the planets as they circled around the heavens. They learned pretty early on to distinguish between stars, which are fixed at a particular part of the sky, and the planets which wander across the sky at regularly timed intervals. In fact, the word ‘planet’ means wandering in Greek. And they began to recognise that planetary events translated down among their tribes as human events. Then they were able to predict the planetary cycles and thus to predict events in the lives of their King or tribal leader. Continue Reading →

October 3, 2014
by Dawne Kovan

October 2014 – Mercury and Two Eclipses

“It’s not your life – it’s life.
Life is bigger than you.
It isn’t something that you possess,
it’s something that you take part in
and you witness.”

Louis C.K. American comedian, writer and actor.

I read this today and it reminded me of how the Sufis describe life as a caravanserai passing along its way through time and space. As with the poem, it diminishes our importance, our ego attachment to life. It suggests that we simply move through from who knows where, beyond to the visible horizon, when we then disappear from view.

These last 6 months have been somewhat of an enforced half-sabbatical for me and I have missed being in touch with my astrological community out there – that means you!! However, life around me now is changing for the better so I am ready to start writing again – maybe just monthly for a while – I’ll have to see how it goes. And thank you to those who contacted me to see how I was doing or even, where I was!

October 2014

The month ahead is a real mixed bag of planetary movement bringing changes in the atmosphere that surrounds us all. Continue Reading →

June 17, 2014
by Dawne Kovan

Mars from Pluto to Uranus thru’ to 27th June ’14. And your Zodiac Signs


If anyone wondered how the Mars/Pluto square would work out this last week – we have had a clear indication these last few days of how they impact on the collective psyches of those intent on mayhem and murder.

There are new players on the block in Iraq with the intriguing name of ISIS and they burst into our sights during the Mars/Pluto square of this last week. Now Mars is taking Pluto’s energy to Uranus and no doubt it will all escalate even further. The poor innocent people suffering at the hands of this powerful energy break our hearts. And yet what can be done?

All we can do is observe and remember – the importance of witnessing is vital in the recovery of those who are victims of violence. To verify their anguish when it’s all over will help them build their lives anew – and as always, some will be broken and some will be strengthened. One hopes that they will be ready to build new lives rather than sink even further into vengeance. Both these options are available to Pluto, that’s why it’s such a tricky planet to predict an outcome.

In client work it’s possible to say that the road with Pluto as your companion – either natally or by transit as now in the skies – can be hard and stony along the way. However, it will take us through the dark times with the hope that we will emerge into some kind of inner resolution and Soul connection. Eventually, that is, as the transit can have a 5 year effect. Always along the way, we get glimpses of the possibilities on offer, then head down into struggles again, until we know that it is well and truly over. Continue Reading →

June 12, 2014
by Dawne Kovan
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Uranus and Pluto meddling again! Your Zodiac Signs and Neptune

I was speaking to my dear friend and colleague Prudence Jones, this morning and she mentioned that when Uranus went over the 4th House (IC) of the UK chart, the bottom fell out of the housing market.

In natal astrology the IC is associated with the family we spring from; the place where we belong and feel familiar. In political astrology it shows the land, housing developments, farming and mining. Here in the UK the aim of every young couple is to get on the “Housing Ladder” in order to move up the ladder by buying bigger and better homes over the years for themselves and their family. This comes from the idea that owning one’s own home is the most important goal of any sane human being. “An Englishman’s home is his castle” goes the mantra. This means that most people in the UK see living in rented accommodation as some kind of failure, even if the greatest portion of their earnings goes on their mortgage payments, leaving little to have fun with. No wonder they’re stressed out!

When Uranus crossed the IC in 1990/91 the bottom fell out of the UK housing market – many bargains were to be made as many people had bought their properties in the 1980s with mortgages that created negative equity for them; thus rendering them effectively bankrupt as they couldn’t sell their properties and realise a profit from them.

Transit Uranus is now making a challenging square to that position and at present our news is full of “housing issues” i.e. too expensive, not enough houses, homelessness, etc. This will run and run as Transit Pluto is now in on the act. Continue Reading →