Dawne Kovan

Sky Watching Wisdom , Astrology

June 3, 2014
by Dawne Kovan

God’s knitting Part 2 and a Podcast

Who knew that there would be another episode of this article? I am as surprised as you are.

My dear friend, the Reverend Bill Darlison, Unitarian Minister, sent me this comment on the last article He said “It reminded me of these inspiring and consoling words from Psalm 39:

For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

 your works are wonderful,

 I know that full well.”

He finished by saying: “It’s all a far cry from the ‘life is pointless’ philosophy which seems to dominate our culture these days.”

I confess that I had not heard the  psalm before and it touched me deeply.


Part Two of God’s Knitting

As we are born we take a breath and with that we ingest the net of God’s Knitting. For everyone else it is simply a moment, with a moment that went before it and another that would follow it. It is only the infant that knows the importance of this first breath moment.

This multicoloured interweaving of light energy forms a template from which all the possibilities of the infant’s life can be read – like a map of sparkling rainbows. Once it is formed it can be understood by an astrologer. Not in a deterministic way, for how can we learn anything from a pre-determined set of instructions? But more as infinite  possibilities within a particular framework that is created by the sex of the infant, birthplace and the parents’ backgrounds and their ‘plans’ for their child.

We can use the analogy of a train travelling from London to Edinburgh, for example. If we know the time the train leaves the station – i.e. the birth time – then we can plot each station it will pass through with some accuracy, and also know what time it will arrive at its destination. Happily we are not trains, but the birth chart can offer us a picture of our life’s journey with the various stops along the way that we will pass through. The journey is, however, uniquely our own, lived and experienced not along railway lines but on the net of God’s Knitting.

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May 27, 2014
by Dawne Kovan

God’s knitting

If only we could acquire the correct spectacles (eye-glasses) we would be able to see the wonder that is the so-called invisible world. The world of the quantum material that makes up our entire Universe. The thinking and loving “stuff” from which we and everything else is created.

We would be able to see the vast net of criss-crossing lines that are the result of our planetary system weaving the planets in and out and fabricating the most spectacular vision of our reality that exists beyond our eyes.

I call it “God’s Knitting”. And it is this “net” that we are all respond to from the moment we are born. Up until that point, we are subject to our mother’s “net”, so her reality is ours just as her breath is ours. As soon as we emerge into the world as an individual in our own right, something within us responds to the position of the planets, their interrelationships, their placement along the ecliptic as they are filtered through the Zodiac Sign that the Eastern shoulder of our planet is turning. This is our Ascendant, our Rising Sign, that represents our coming into life.

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May 22, 2014
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Mars moves on & Dr Wayne Dyer’s Autobiography

On Tuesday last, 20th May, Mars went stationary at 9 degrees of Libra to begin his forward motion out of Libra. Many people have told me that for them, Tuesday was a contentious day for some and downright argumentative for others. That’s Mars for you!

This forward motion once again feeds into the now Cardinal T-Square between Mars opposite Uranus and both squaring Pluto. The good news here is that the CardinalGrand Cross has now dissipated as the 4th leg Jupiter is moving swiftly on to finish his sojourn in Cancer, thus leaving us with just three planets making a T bar – a bit like a T junction on the road.

Mars will complete this process of opposing UR and squaring PL in mid-June to the end of the month. It will not catch up with Jupiter by aspect until they are both in their new signs: Jupiter enters Leo on 15th July and Mars enters Scorpio on 26th July. They briefly aspect each other at the end of July beginning of August. More on that at the relevant time.

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April 30, 2014
by Dawne Kovan

We need to talk about Neptune

Just to get us all away from the Grand Cross and Eclipses I decided to write about Neptune today. I mentioned to a friend today what I was planning and he commented “If you can get hold of him.” And in a way, that’s exactly how it is with Neptune – just like grabbing hold of a fistful of water.

However, Neptune is powerful at the moment because he is placed in his natural home, Pisces. He entered Pisces in 2012 and will stay there until 2026, which sounds kind of exact. However, knowing Neptune’s propensity for blurring edges, he was in and out throughout 2011 and will be doing the same through 2025. Backwards and forwards like the two fishes that symbolise Pisces.

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April 24, 2014
by Dawne Kovan
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More on the Grand Cross & 29th April’s Eclipse

The Cardinal Grand Cross

As anyone interested in Astrology probably knows by now, we are in the middle of the latest eclipse pattern; and slap bang in the depths of the Cardinal Grand Cross that is showing itself in all its power. There is a lot of sabre-rattling going on out in the world at large: Eastern Europe, Russia and Syria all experiencing the most dense level of the energy in terms of aggression and violence.

There are four Cardinal signs: Aries/Libra and Cancer/Capricorn. These signs are called Cardinal because they mark the four seasons – Aries/Spring, Cancer/Summer, Libra/Autumn, Capricorn/Winter. (Please reverse the order for Southern Hemisphere countries.) Therefore these signs demand action: Aries the action of leaping into life; Cancer the action of conservation and keeping things safe; Libra the action of relating, contrasting and comparing; Capricorn the action of building. And it is these actions that are being put under stress by the four heavy planets that are occupying them right now. All four planets are falling at around 13 degrees of each sign this week. They are: Uranus in Aries opposite Mars in Libra and Jupiter opposite Pluto in Capricorn – all square each other, thus making a Cross in the sky – in other words, dividing the sky into four sections.

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April 15, 2014
by Dawne Kovan

The “Blood Red Moon” – or rather the Full Moon Eclipse

All Lunar Eclipses that are total i.e. the Moon completely covered by the shadow of the Earth are blood red. This is due to the Earth’s atmosphere obscuring the Moon and nothing to worry about. It is actually quite impressive and not a little eerie to experience.

There are no fewer than 4 such Lunar Eclipses over the next 20 months – this is apparently quite a rarity. Called a Tetrad apparently. The first (although I don’t believe that – there must have been sightings in ancient times) was in 1493/4, during which time Columbus “discovered” the Americas, which were divided between Portugal and Spain.

The next Tetrad occurred during 1949/50 which saw the birth of Israel, NATO and also the beginning of the Korean War 1950-3.

The third instance of a Tetrad was through 1967/8 which saw the 6-Day Arab/Israeli War and the build up to the first US manned space flight the following year. It was also the time of the Detroit Riots and the growth of the Peace Movements and Feminist Movements, also. Yes, there was the war in Vietnam going on but there was huge resistance to it during this time. This resistance seemed to empower young people world wide and life has never been the same since.

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April 6, 2014
by Dawne Kovan

Great People (1) and Where we are now (2)

I heard on the radio yesterday that in Senegal they say that when an old person dies, a library is lost, because their knowledge and wisdom dies too.

So, this part of my article is about two huge libraries of wisdom and courage.

1) A friend recently wrote to me and asked me if I realised that both Jane Goodall and Gloria Steinem were born within 9 days of each other and were both celebrating their 80th birthdays last week.

I quote from her email: “Both have “changed” the world. One on behalf of women and one on behalf of our world’s wildlife, especially Chimpanzees. Each of the women have been enormously successful with their causes and have mounted world attention.

What do you see in their charts that speaks to that? The more I think of it, each had chosen a segment of the population which had been overlooked and each has moved fearlessly for some 40 years to bring their views and studies to the world’s attention AND with great success. What is there in their charts that these two women have in common?”

I love a challenge like this – in fact, I imagine that all astrologers worth their salt would enjoy a nose around these two women’s charts to find THE thing that singles them out as special. However, to be honest, it isn’t as simple as looking at their charts and saying “Eureka! I’ve got it!”

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March 27, 2014
by Dawne Kovan

200th Article – a celebration!

This article is something of a celebration, as it is the 200th that I have written and published out into the world. And very gratifying the whole process has been for me and, I hope, for you, my readers.

The Aries New Moon is on the evening of Sunday, 30th March. It is at 10 degrees Aries and so fits in with the “stuff” of the Grand Cross for all of us. Just because it’s in Aries, it falls wherever we have Aries on our charts and so joins up with Uranus, the Bringer of Change along with it. In fact, they are very close – so those of you who have birthdays around this time are really in for some fun.

The New Moon also makes a 90 degree aspect to Jupiter, the Joy Bringer. Together by aspect Jupiter and Uranus bring relief from long held worries, positive and sudden advancement and expansion. A nice mixture for the New Moon to come across in its journey. The Solar Return (birthday) chart will indicate how and where in your life this is likely to happen.

And yes, there is also the 90 degree aspect of the New Moon to Pluto to contend with, but this is a slower, more measured, denser energy than the JU/PL combination which will tend to work out on the more week by week level.


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.

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March 19, 2014
by Dawne Kovan
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Missing Flight MH370; Prince Harry

Today I am looking at the chart for the missing plane (1) and then at Prince Harry (2)

The Missing Plane – Malaysia Airlines MH370

Take-off Data: Saturday 8th March, 2014 at 00h41 Local time Kuala Lumpur

The chart for the take-off of the missing plane has 7 degrees Sagittarius Rising with Moon at 7 degrees Gemini, just setting to go below the horizon as the plane left KL. The Moon would have been on the horizon exactly while the passengers were loading and the engines were being started up.

Gemini is a double sign so with the Moon on the 7th House cusp of relationships and open enemies, this could describe the two young men who were attempting to escape with counterfeit passports. As it turned out they were found to be innocent. Was there someone else on board who would fit the description of “open enemy”? We may never know, or at best for some time to come.

The degrees being occupied by the ASC and the Moon are known to astrologers as the “degrees of flight” – actually 5/6 Gemini/Sagittarius – so 7 degrees is close enough for me. The links with aircraft manufacture and flying are well known historically for this Zodiacal axis.

There are many theories going around the various social media right now – however, no one is saying that the passengers are dead. If it had been a terrorist attack, then why did no one hear about it? Terrorists are notorious for advertising their “successes” because they want maximum publicity for their causes.

The plane was tracked electronically for quite some time – I believe for 7 hours – after contact was lost. It is not easy these days for anything that size to disappear from view quite so emphatically. So where did it go?

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March 6, 2014
by Dawne Kovan
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The Crimean War of 1854 & Venus in Aquarius through the Signs

We all know about the Crimean War, 1854-56, as being the place where Florence Nightingale attended the wounded soldiers in her makeshift field hospital at Scutari.

But what else was going on – why a war and between whom? And what were the planets doing?

To my regular readers it will come as no surprise that the (by now) famous planets Uranus and Pluto were sitting together sharing the same degrees at the end of Aries and beginning of Taurus in 1850 -51 sharing their space with Saturn – thus a triple conjunction. Wars don’t really happen overnight, they require build up. No one woke up in October 1854, saying “Oh, I think I’ll go to war today”. Going to war is a process that has a beginning, a middle and an end – that being the actual war itself.

We know from my examples given in an article a couple of weeks ago, that the War of American Independence was slow in getting up and running. As was the French Revolution. The planetary aspects of UR/PL/Mars and Jupiter ran through the period leading up to both events. Similarly, rumbled along through the 1930s while Hitler built his power base, signalled by the Uranus/ Pluto/Saturn/Jupiter Grand Cross of 1931. Uranus and Pluto lingered on aspecting each other by square (as now) through 1932-33, and finally WWII was waged against Hitler and Japan at the end of that decade.

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February 26, 2014
by Dawne Kovan
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Intense Weekend of Planets Changing Direction

Mercury goes direct (Phew! I hear you say) on Friday, 28th February; Mars goes retrograde on Saturday, 1st March; and Saturn goes retrograde on Sunday 2nd March. This is a busy shift and changeover period for us all – we may even experience a bit of an upheaval both in our personal lives or even on the national level.

For new readers, please look at my article of 2 weeks ago, where I describe how direct and retrograde changes of direction occur to all the planets at some point in the year.

I’m thinking particularly of Ukraine, which is already in flux and uncertainty, after so many weeks of street fighting, protesting and violent deaths. We look on with horror and wonder where it will all lead over the next few months. Decisions have already been made about leadership, and yet while Mercury is still retrograde, minds are likely to be changed and the whole thing could start up again when he starts to move forward, no matter how slowly he does that through next week.

On a lighter note, at least with Mercury going direct, we will be able to open our computers and have them work efficiently once more; the Internet will speed up again; and lost things and people could come back to us. As well as lots of “foot in mouth” disease from our rulers and politicians. Something to look forward to, then.

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February 20, 2014
by Dawne Kovan
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Grand Crosses, Scottish Independence and the Arab Spring,

There is a lot of “noise” out there in the media about the upcoming Cardinal Grand Cross, including articles that I, myself,have written on the subject. Many of these articles are homing in on 18th – 20th April and suggesting that this is the period during which all the predicted major changes will occur.

This has to be a nonsense because with planets that have cycles of 250 years (Pluto/PL) and 84 years (Uranus/UR) it becomes obvious that they are unable to home in on any particular few days because they move so slowly. Added to Jupiter’s (JU) 12 year cycle and Mars’ (MA) 2 year cycle, the fact that they all get together in mid-April and cause mayhem is over simplifying the whole process.

So what, I hear you ask, is going on?

This process of change, that mirrors the American War of Independence, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and the horrendous floods in Europe, during the 1760/70s has already started. Witness the Arab Spring, the rebellion in Syria, and now the Ukraine uprising, to name but a few events, actually started 3 or 4 years ago. They certainly seem to carry the energy described by UR/PL in hard aspect with each other – which COSI* describes as “Force majeure; the collapse of the old order of things and the construction of the new; revolution and the process of transformation”.

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February 13, 2014
by Dawne Kovan

The Predictable Face of Astrology

The title of this article is self-explanatory because we can see the movements of the planets, orbiting our charts, as predictable as the hands of an alarm clock. When a planet transits into our lives, usually accompanied by some outer event, such as a birth, death, falling in love, falling out of love, job change, etc, the energy throws us back on ourselves and makes us ask “Why me? Why now? Why here?”

There is no such thing as an “accidental birth” – we are all born on purpose. Put another way, we are all here at the right date and time, in the right place, living the right life, which gives us the right birth chart for our personal life’s journey.

It is worth remembering that there is no such thing as a “bad” chart, “bad planet”, “bad” sign or house – what we have on our Birth Chart is absolutely perfect for you. Your chart is as perfect for you as mine is for me. This would suggest that each of us is perfect just as we are – in the potential shown on your Chart. Sometimes, however, we may fall from grace when we become less than we may be, by ignoring our best bits in favour of our worst bits.

However, moment by moment the Universe prods us with reminders, some subtle and some not so subtle. A reminder from Venus, Moon and Mercury may be shrugged off as imagination or wishful thinking. But once the Universe is on your case, heavier hints will come along when the slower moving planets homes in on your individual chart – almost as if they only have you in mind.

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February 6, 2014
by Dawne Kovan

Mercury Retrograde, the Winter Olympics and more…


Mercury goes Retrograde 6th – 28th February, 2014

Once again we are entering the Retrograde Mercury territory. As many of my readers will know, this is a phase which happens every 4 months or so for 3 weeks each time, and it messes up our communication systems and plays havoc with the small things in our lives.

For those readers who are new to this page, I must tell you that of course Mercury doesn’t go backwards – no planets do. However, it is an effect that shows up when the orbit of the Earth overtakes the orbit of a planet – then the planet appears to go into reverse. Think slow trains and fast trains: they are both heading in the same direction, one quickly, the other slowly. When the fast train (Earth) overtakes the slower train (in this case, Mercury) then the slower train seems to go backwards. If you are sitting on the slow train, then you can have the illusion that you are indeed suddenly reversing.

All of the planets spend a number of months retrograde each year. Except the Sun and the Moon because they are not planets.

OK – now that’s out of the way I shall continue.

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January 29, 2014
by Dawne Kovan
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Aquarius New Moon. Venus goes direct on 31st January, 2014

The New Moon in Aquarius falls on 30th January. It is also the Chinese New Year on that day, too. As Aquarius is the sign most associated with humanitarian values and philanthropy, we must hope that the month following this New Moon will bring a breakout of peace and diplomacy for our beleaguered world.
Those born with either their Sun or Moon in Aquarius will always hold the highest ideals and wish that the rest of the world to do the same. They are also very independent, strong minded and are able to keep their cool when everyone around them is losing theirs.
Venus now standing still in readiness to start her journey in forward motion on Friday will bring a sigh of relief for Taurus and Libra natives – at last they can finally start to bring their hopes and wishes into the real world. No more feeling as if they are going backwards on their projects.
Venus represents the quality within us all to love, to be generous, to value the good things in life, and to enjoy ourselves. The ancients knew her to be symbol of beauty and grace, sensuality and harmony.In her backwards motion over the past couple of weeks, Venus has been pulled by Pluto to join him in his cave in the Underworld. She would have been attracted to his magnetic powers of attraction because they do have an ancient back story together. However, no matter how hard he tried to lure her back to him, she managed to resist an exact aspect with him – stopping just one degree ahead of him, thus just managing to avoid his advances, and standing her ground. This is not easy for Venus to do as her natural way of dealing with strong or aggressive people is to try to appease them, often at great cost to herself.
I am sure that this will resonate with all of those who have Taurus and Libra Sun, Moon or Ascendant on their charts. Even those who have Venus close to their Sun or Moon will recognise within themselves a strong “people-pleaser” characteristic that can work against them. Well, this time around Venus has resisted Pluto and NOT pleased him – maybe that’s a good lesson for all Venusian types to take to heart. And practise makes perfect, remember, so give it a whirl – just say “No” occasionally – the sky won’t fall in, I promise and your Venus will feel great.

New Moon in Your Sun, Moon or Ascendant Signs

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.

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Aries : 21st March – 20th April: Aquarius New Moon in your 11th Solar House of hopes and objectives will bring a month of making plans for your future. Your focus will be on social activities, groups and friendships. You may meet people who can help you move your projects forward. With Venus moving ahead in your business and career sector, life is beginning to get interesting again, in your relationships, both personal and in business. Your finances could also begin to look healthier this month.

Taurus: 20th April – 20th May: Aquarius New Moon in your 10th Solar House of career and business will bring a month of working hard to bring your goals and aim to fruition. You are willing to take responsibility for whatever must be done to achieve this. You may be in the public eye, such as being interviewed in your local paper, which could be a very useful step business wise. Your ruler Venus is giving you a sense of moving ahead in your life and imbuing you with a sense of adventure.

Gemini: 21st May – 21st June: Aquarius New Moon in your 9th Solar House of long range plans, journeys, higher education will bring a month of looking closely at what you can do to augment your skills and gifts. You may have a renewed interested in spiritual or religious matters. With Venus moving ahead you will begin to sense that you have ignored your creativity for too long and so may dig out some old manuscripts that have been languishing in your attic. You may take a creative course.

Cancer: 21st June – 23rd July: Aquarius New Moon in your 8th Solar House of shared resources and in-depth personal enquiry will focus attention on all your shared financial dealings, such as mortgages, loans, resources and savings. You may decide to begin a period of self-discovery through personal therapy of some kind. This will have a good impact on all the different aspects of your life. Venus moving ahead will bring domestic and family matters to the fore. Close friendships will be important.

Leo: 23rd July – 23rd August: Aquarius New Moon in your 7th Solar House of relationships, both business and personal, will highlight the needs of those closest to you. You will have to be ready to listen to them and find ways of making peace between them. This will call on your legendary creativity and generosity and will bring you all closer together. Venus now moving forward will speed up your communications with others – so lots of paperwork, telephone calls and short trips, that will impact well on your career.

Virgo: 23rd August – 23rd September: Aquarius New Moon in your 6th Solar House of everyday work, routines, co-workers and health will focus you on the area of life that interests you the most – your health! You will look at your dietary habits, your exercise regime and all your bodily well-being. You may decide to take up a new exercise plan. You may need to seek medical advice to correct a physical ailment. Venus moving forward now will bring new opportunities for financial improvement and maybe a trip across water.

Libra: 23rd September – 23rd October: Aquarius New Moon in your 5th Solar House of children, creativity, pleasure, love affairs and everything that is exciting in relationships will focus your energies. This is the month to let your hair down and have a good time. Invitations could come your way as well as interesting creative opportunities. With your ruler Venus getting a move on now you will find that others are very attracted to you – and you never know where you will meet them – maybe at work or at the gym.

Scorpio: 23rd October – 22nd November: Aquarius New Moon in your 4th Solar House of home life, family and endings. This is the month to get down to clearing out the cupboards and attic in order to de-clutter your home and, of course, your head. With Venus moving ahead now you may even think about moving house or revamping your existing home. You may join a meditation class which opens a new social circle for you. During this month things are often resolved so that you can move into a new future.

Sagittarius: 22nd November – 22nd December: Aquarius New Moon in your 3rd Solar House of siblings, neighbourhood, communications and short journeys can bring a very busy and stimulating month filled with interesting ideas, visits and news from family members. You may take on a study course which can have implications for your future. With Venus moving ahead now, you may be looking to change your health regime, or daily routines, as you sense a new life is just around the corner that you want to embrace with your usual enthusiasm.

Capricorn: 22nd December -20th January: Aquarius New Moon in your 2nd Solar House of purchases, belongings and personal financial dealings. This is a good month for making new economies and increasing your savings. You may spend on a new computer or tablet which will have to have a practical use as well as being fun. With Venus moving ahead in your 1st house of personal interests and ambitions, you will feel ready to explore them in more depth. Your career and creativity are linked this month, so changes could be heading your way.

Aquarius: 20th January – 19th February: Aquarius New Moon in your 1st Solar House of personal ambitions and style. You may decide to make a change of image – new hair, clothes, etc, that give you a boost. You will find that you are popular and sought out by friends, so have fun – always with an eye to the future. You may also launch some new projects. Venus moving ahead now brings you new creative outlets, love affairs or just having a good time. You may finally get around to taking a meditation class.

Pisces: 19th February – 20th March: Aquarius New Moon in your 12th Solar House of spiritual and mystical leanings, yearning for a perfect world, and imagination. You may find that you want to be alone more this month to explore your creative gifts. Your gift for empowering others to express the best in themselves may come to the fore. With Venus moving forward now you can develop your projects with enthusiasm. You may meet a new social group that suits you. Meditation can be a way of stilling your mind and relaxing.