Star Signs

Posted on: 29th June, 2017

Category: Star Signs

Contributor: Kate Arbon

Kate Arbon is an astrologer and spiritual teacher. Living in West Cork, she gives personal consultations and teaches astrology and intuitive guidance classes. email

Some of the tensions that emerged during late June will continue through early July.  The strong forces of assertive Mars in the watery sign of Cancer are sparked by the opposition to Pluto retrograding in Capricorn. Harsh words or poorly expressed emotions touch on wounds and sensitivities. The difficulties caused by opposing attitudes or agendas and perceived transgressions can come to a head during the first week of July. Expect disruptions and separations if the energy is directed negatively towards others. If this powerful dynamic can be recognised as a force, which brings hidden undercurrents of anger or conflict out into the open for transformation then it can be constrictive. This is only possible if all parties involved have the willingness to put old grievances aside and unite in some way. In may be a time for letting go and moving on and if the past is released in the desire for harmony then amazing results can be experienced. With Mercury, planet of communication making a challenging aspect to the eccentric planet Uranus around this time, there is the possibility of unexpected solutions being found. A new or different approach might suddenly become apparent or ideas spring to mind that throw open another option previously not discussed.

Mercury gets some extra support from Venus in the few days before the Full Moon on July 9, so any desire for social harmony and loving exchanges will be enhanced. This is a good time for discussing matters of the heart and reaching out towards other people or things that bring us pleasure and joy.

The Full Moon brings more issues to the fore, as this powerful cleansing of old patterns is given a further moment under the spotlight. Whatever still has to be addressed may become the uncomfortable truth, as Pluto is joined to the Full Moon and they both sit opposite the Sun and Mars combination. The positive side to this is that Mars and the Sun in Cancer will want to put that energy into doing something to create more emotional security, whilst the Moon in Capricorn can provide a stabilising and pragmatic response to any power struggles or inner conflicts and the subsequent contrary emotions that can arise.

As the month progresses it can seem like disparity and conflict abound and the martial qualities of the fiery planet Mars are fully evident. Whatever is apparent it is helpful to remember that whilst there is little we can do as individuals in a global situation we can meanwhile address any inner conflict that creates a personal war within us.

The third week of July brings some ease as the two ‘feel good’ planets link up in the most auspicious way allowing for all kinds of enjoyable connections in relationships of types. Business and social projects should go well. Between July 17 to 20, is a great opportunity for personal advancement and reaching for our goals.

The New Moon on July 23 occurs in the very first degrees of Leo when it joins both the hot planets, Mars and the Sun. This may bode well for the summer weather and it can bring fresh fiery impetuous to projects and endeavours. Whatever gets started now may run out of steam if some longer-term strategy and back up resources are overlooked.

Whatever happens around the last week of July will set the tone, as we approach the eclipse season in August, which brings some of the most potent planetary dynamics of the year. Issues of justice and fairness will become the topical theme in the following weeks.

Full Moon is at 18° Capricorn on July 9 at 5:07am and New Moon is at 1° Leo on July 23 at 10:47am.

Aries: The inward focus and quiet time of the last few weeks is paying off now. A new energy directs you towards achieving something of value and puts you back in the full flow of life events. The Full Moon marks the end of an anxious time. Now you can see what was holding you back. You’re able to secure your position, know what the limits are, and move forward. You’ve created a firm foundation to build on so now decide how you can make it work to your benefit. Injured pride and misunderstandings are a result of people taking themselves too seriously, so try not to be one of them.

Taurus: The coming Full Moon is the culmination of energies from the past two weeks so now you can push on toward whatever goals you have in mind. Whilst you have this current mood compelling you, it’s a good time to reach for something different and exciting. You want to improve your position and are willing to take advice or seek extra knowledge. There maybe additional details, communications or travelling to attend to but keep your focus on the bigger picture. Backed up by so much strong energy you are likely to feel an incredible drive to accomplish and achieve in life.

Gemini: This Full Moon you’ll have the impulse to do something quite liberating. Having considered what is worth keeping and what’s just a drain on your resources, you’ll want to make some space in your life. You find yourself thinking about your needs in relationship to the others in your life as new thoughts inspire you and send you off in a different direction. Consider how much your physical needs and personal assets are tied up with others. Ensure there is a balance there so no one feels overly indebted. This burst of freedom will do you good and make it easier to keep things in perspective.

Cancer: With the Full Moon focus on your house of relationships and the Sun in your sign, it’s no surprise that you want to take a close look at your personal associations. You’re tempted to let go of anything you believe to be holding you back or simply uninspiring. You may also be torn between neglecting individual or personal concerns in favour of a more active social life. Doubts fade into the background, as a new sense of self, a more assertive personal style and a more dynamic approach to life emerges now. Your relationships need to reflect this energy and those that don’t may suffer.

Leo: This month’s Full Moon finds you considering your responsibilities and essential security. Dealing with the mundane aspects of your daily routine now will be more than repaid later. You’ll have an increased ability to make your dreams a reality soon enough. Any effort on your part to improve your health, diet, and physical condition will pay off. Your practical sense is enhanced and you can make difficult decisions affecting your material welfare. Being of service to others or taking on extra responsibilities now will prove to have been an investment in your own future in the long run.

Virgo: You want to fully realise your dreams and this Full Moon is time for putting on a show. Any attempt to put your hopes and ambitions into practice will pay dividends. Your tendency to compromise and settle for less than you are capable of can be a problem. Tension results when you ignore your own desires for achievement or acknowledgement. This is a very creative phase so allow yourself time to be playful with any new ideas and inspiration you experience. You may then find that you’re actually on course, full steam ahead, for getting to where you want to be.

Libra: The Full Moon shines on your home and private life, which can be very satisfying right now. Your feelings and need for security may find you seeking seclusion for a while or losing yourself in past memories. Events make it difficult to reach clear decisions concerning career and life direction. However, it’s a good time to gather your resources around you so you can reach new levels. Circumstances may urge you on to make a greater effort. But don’t overdo things or try to go too far too fast. Despite appearances things are working with, rather than against, you so don’t get overwhelmed. Let things take their natural course.

Scorpio: This Full Moon is the perfect time to act on any impulse to improve your self. You may have plans to take up some study or make a journey. Even just mixing with people who are culturally different to you or exploring new ideas will prove worthwhile. A career opportunity or the chance to impress someone of importance is likely during this phase. Giving extra attention to details and keeping up with everyday business could be time consuming but you can make the small things add up to contribute to the larger plan. Feeling good about yourself and what you are doing with your time enhances your sense of wellbeing.

Sagittarius: This Full Moon is a time for getting on with important business. It’s a good time to put the past behind you, as you’re likely to be less sentimental during the next weeks. Keep moving onwards, concentrating on the things that matter. Strip away and discard non-essential items, memories and old habits. The drive to improve your finances and material security is strong. The desire for autonomy makes you reconsider areas where dependence on others may no longer serve the original purpose. You could find some welcome inspiration for a new direction or opportunity you hadn’t previously considered.

Capricorn: A strong desire to express your unique personality encourages you to enjoy the social scene during the Full Moon phase. You want to assert yourself and take the lead but you may not always get full support from others. You tend to create reverberation in those around you until later this month. You could just be reacting to having given a lot of time and attention to your important relationships just lately. Your basic energy and drive are strong so if you can avoid being directly confrontational you will soon manage to charm even the most obstinate.

Aquarius: You’re sifting through the experiences of the last several months, in preparation for making a new start in some area of your life. This is a time of discrimination and possible self-examination. Living the ordinary life is not the whole story for you now. You want to contribute something worthwhile and you’re happy to take on extra responsibilities now. Additional support will be offered by friends and co-workers if they see your true intention is to be helpful and give something of yourself. Taking care of your needs both spiritually and physically is a balancing act you want to achieve now.

Pisces: You can always bring an unexpected twist or insight to anything you set your mind to and your focus is on improving or making the best out of a current situation now. Your recent creativity and increased sense of enjoyment is enhanced by a sincere appreciation coming from others. You can reap the rewards from past efforts whilst there’s strong support for your ambitions and goals. Remember though that not everyone is ready to make those moves at exactly the same time as you. Your vision is probably far reaching and others may not see the bigger picture exactly as you do.

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Wave to Mary! 65-year-old Mary Nolan Hickey is running around the entire coast of the Island of Ireland to raise funds & awareness for the RNLI and is currently running the roads of West Cork.

Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

To see more about Mary’s adventures, and to pinpoint her location today, check out her Facebook page - rnlilapofthemap2018.
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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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