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KEY ASTROLOGY Sun Signs, Cusps and Eclipses The idea that a person was born on the “cusp” originates from Sun Sign astrology. Your birth sign as you know it is actually the sign that the Sun was in at the time you were born and if you look up the ‘sun-sign horoscope’ page of a magazine or newspaper it refers to a range of dates for your birth sign. However, this isn’t particularly accurate or helpful because the Sun doesn’t move from one sign into another on the same date each year and those publications have no way to calculate the exact position of the Sun in a personal birth chart. If you were born on the cusp (meaning at the end of one sign/ beginning of the next), unsure and want to know your true sun sign then you can either write to me with your birth details i.e. date, place and time of birth (the birth time is important especially if a person is born on the cusp) and I’ll forward the information or you can go to the website… click on this url: http://www. ... It will take you directly to the page where you can enter your birth details and print your personal birth chart free of charge. Aries From 21 March to 20 April Taurus From 21 April to 20 May Gemini From 21 May to 21 June Cancer From 22 June to 22 July Leo From 23 July to 23 August Virgo From 24 August to 22 September Libra From 23 September to 22 October Scorpio From 23 October to 22 November Sagittarius From 23 November to 21 December Capricorn From 22 December to 20 January Aquarius From 21 January to 19 February Pisces From 20 February to 20 March

There are 10 planets in everyone’s birth chart but the Sun sign is the biggest single piece because it represents KEY TO MIJAS COSTA

One reason there is so much skepticism about astrology is because people equate it with Sun sign or horoscope predictions that appear in newspapers and magazines and get the idea that astrology means everyone born under the sign of Aries for example is the same. Sun sign astrology is fun and entertaining but can’t be relied on or mistaken for the real thing! It misses the richness and beauty of astrology which is a shame because apart from being one of the most ancient of disciplines, it really is the most useful, practical tool we have to discover what makes us tick and realise our individual potential in this lifetime. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Moving on … what’s in store for August? Well, wouldn’t you know it’s time for another Mercury Retrograde, from the 13th August to 5th September, this time in the sign of Virgo! Oh my, those little details! By all means sign whatever needs to be signed during these 3+ weeks but don’t forget to read the small print before putting pen to paper.

In the above diagram Aries begins on 21st March, but in 2017 the Sun entered Aries on the 20th March. In the same diagram Cancer begins on the 22nd June but this year it entered Cancer on the 21st June! Is this important? Yes most definitely for those born on the cusp, as there is a big difference between the traits of each sign.


a personal quest or mission this lifetime and its position in the last degree shows it is completing the mission for that sign. This is not true for those born with their Sun at the beginning of a sign; once the Sun has moved into the next sign there is no more bleeding through. The rest of the chart (remaining 9 planets Ascendant, MC etc) then adds a richly layered tapestry of other influences to complete the picture.

While Mercury is retrograde here we need to double check contracts, legal documents or anything that needs a signature, also make sure travel plans/details are updated… in fact anything related to communication could go AWOL if it’s rushed through; take time to check and reflect. These days life is full on and there are times when we need to slow down and enjoy the ride… even if it goes at a snail’s pace we’ll eventually arrive at our destination. It’s worth mentioning here that during Mercury’s backward sojourn in the sky, we will have a Solar Eclipse on the 21st August… another reason to think twice or hesitate before signing papers or making big decisions. Solar Eclipses were, and some still believe are, associ-

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