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By Stella Woods, 01-11-2008



If you’ve always dreamed of learning astrology or tarot you may like to check out my 2009 courses. I’ve posted full details on the website where you can download a brochure or booking form and read student testimonials. Just go to or and follow the ‘Courses’ link.

Tap into Tarot will turn you into a confident and competent tarot reader – many students have gone on to work professionally after completing my course.

Astrology for Beginners will have you reading birth charts for friends and family by the end of the year, while Practical Chart Reading & Predictive Techniques is for more advanced students who really want to get to grips with the nuts and bolts of astrology.

All of the above courses start in February 2009 and I’m also considering a Magic & Manifestation course in April-June 2009 – more details of this to follow. And finally if you’re heading to the Rainbow Serpent Festival in Victoria in January – I’ll be holding a free workshop and guided meditation: Rebirthing the Rainbow Serpent – Putting the Spirit back in the Land Hope to see you there!



Iris and Gisela from Moontime Diary have a fabulous offer for AstroUpdate subscribers! If you order a copy of their 2009 Moontime Diary and mention that you are an AstroUpdate subscriber, they will send you a 2009 Moon Planner Wall Chart absolutely FREE! With Christmas just around the corner, this could be the perfect, low-stress shopping solution to beat PCT (Pre-Christmas Tension).

I have a copy of the diary myself and can tell you how good it is. Printed on 100% recycled paper with a soft-bound, smart dark blue cover, it’s packed with information about how to fine tune your life to the cycles of the moon and tread lightly on the planet. Want to know when to cut your hair to slow regrowth or encourage curls? When to plant those seedlings, harvest those vegetables or begin that creative project? The information is all in here in a very accessible, easy-to-follow format. The diary also has a monthly ephemeris, for those who like to track planetary positions.

To take advantage of this special offer, send an email with your order to: Make sure to mention you are an AstroUpdate subscriber and want a free Moon Planner Wall Chart. Total Cost $30 (includes P & P anywhere in Australia). For more information visit:


The Sun travels through water sign Scorpio from the 23rd October until 22nd November. Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac with keywords “I survive” and “I am intense”. Those born under the sign of the Scorpion are loyal, strong and courageous. They love exploring the mysteries of life – birth, death, sexuality, reincarnation and anything taboo. They have a reputation for being passionate, secretive and highly sexual and due to their emotional intensity, often have to deal with issues of trust and betrayal. Negatively, Scorpios can be possessive, jealous, vindictive, destructive and manipulative, particularly when hurt or betrayed. In medical astrology, Scorpio rules the organs of elimination and reproduction including the urinary tract, bowel, prostate gland and nasal bones. When Scorpios are out of balance they can suffer from haemorrhoids, constipation, urinary tract infections, menstrual and reproductive problems plus catarrh and sinus problems. The Scorpio colours are dark red, purple, dark green and black. Scorpio’s greatest lesson is to learn to let go on an emotional level and forgive.

How to handle a Scorpio

The original smooth operator (think James Bond) will have you sussed in seconds, while simultaneously sporting a poker face, so handle with care! Lying is pointless, so try the direct, frank approach and you could well disarm them….but only temporarily. Remember, Scorpios are very sensitive underneath that cool exterior, so be bold but avoid games.



Black leather, a 750 cc motorbike and a slick hairdo and you may be in with a chance! Scorpio romance takes place behind closed doors, so show her there’s more to you than meets the eye! This girl is intense so you’ll need courage, passion and integrity to impress. No two timing – you’ll pay for it dearly! Once a Scorpio has given their heart, they're loyal for life. To be the recipient of this intense loyalty you have to show her you're worth it. She'll watch your every move to make sure you're the real McCoy so impress her with your loyalty to those you love and never engage in backstabbing. Stroke her hair.


If you’ve set your sights on a Scorpio, don’t think the chase will be easy. He likes to be in control so you have to be clever and make him think he’s chasing you! Impress him with your selection of crime novels and if this fails, a revealing outfit (black, purple or dark red) will go a long way! Scorpios like dark places and night time haunts. Invite him to a warehouse party or underground music venue then look into his eyes and brush up close against him. Never flirt with other men or he won't be seen for dead. He finds it hard to trust, so act with integrity and show him you care.


For the past six years, I’ve been the guest on an astrology talkback segment on Melbourne’s 3RRR radio station. Several of you have written asking when you can hear me on air, so here are the dates. If you’re in Greater Melbourne, it’s easy to tune in and the program is also available on streaming audio via the 3RRR website (but only while the show is being broadcast). I start with a brief run down of what’s happening in the stars that week, and then the lines open for talkback callers asking questions about astrology and how it affects their lives. Anyone is welcome to call in for free on (03) 9388 1027.

Upcoming shows Wednesday 12th November (10-11 am) & Wednesday 26th November (10- 11 am) Wax Lyrical - Melbourne’s 3RRR 102.7 FM - hosted by Namila Benson


This time last year world stock markets were at an all time high fuelled by the optimism of the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Sagittarius. This November it’s a different story altogether. With the first Saturn-Uranus opposition culminating on US Election Day, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen over the coming year, but I think we can safely say: ‘Expect the unexpected’.

At the end of this month Pluto will move into cautious Capricorn for the next 17 years and giant Uranus turn direct after a five month retrograde stint at the Sagittarius new moon. By then we will know who has won the American Election and whether the US Government’s 700 billion dollar bank bailout has brought some temporary relief to the flailing US economy. My prediction is that we’re in for a roller-coaster financial ride the likes of which we haven’t seen for decades.

The day after the American election, communication planet Mercury joins the Sun and Mars in Scorpio. Scorpio is a secretive energy and Mars is in difficult aspect to Neptune in the days surrounding the election. The Mars Neptune combination is associated with misleading, and even deceptive behaviour so it will be interesting to see how the change of government pans out. The 4th November is also Melbourne Cup Day, so don’t be tricked into parting with your hard earned cash for a tip that could well be ‘misleading’.

Venus in Sagittarius promises high spirits and reckless behaviour throughout the Spring Racing Carnival and November is particularly favourable for holidays, weekends away and general pleasure. Once Venus moves into sober Capricorn on the 13th at the Taurus full moon, you may regret the money you’ve spent over the previous fortnight but at least you’ll have had a good time!

The Scorpio-Taurus full moon on the 13th is especially powerful with a close Sun Mars conjunction and a square to Neptune. Emotions will rise to the surface and if you’ve been suppressing anger, resentment or deceitful behaviour, this could be a difficult time. The Sabian symbol for this moon degree is ‘A white dove flying over troubled waters’ – the spiritual inspiration that comes to the individual in the overcoming of crisis. On a collective level this could be the time when we realise the full implications of the economic crisis in the States and how it affects all of us.

The fire energy resumes on the 16th as passionate Mars moves into Sagittarius, followed by the Sun on the 22nd, Mercury on the 23rd and the Moon on the 27th.

These planets all line up for the new moon on the 28th and as Sagittarius is the sign of truth, the truth will certainly be revealed in December as the Scorpio energy fades into the shadows. The Sabian symbol for this new moon is ‘Group Solidarity’ – the development of skill in group situations that test collective goals. Whatever truth emerges, the world will never be the same again.


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