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September 2021 Newsletter

Elfin Diaries Newsletter
Hallo,
This is another year that life has been throwing problems at me. My husband has been very ill; he has lung problems (emphysema) along with kidney and gallbladder problems. After several hospital stays he’s improving, but will never get back to his former health. So I am having to reorganise my life around him.
Now, I will be continuing with the Diary. But this year, printing is again delayed – I expect it at the end of October. Only the softback and hardback Ds will be available, there has simply be no time to get a Desk Diary ready. There was no time to write the monthly Sky at Night sections either, so those have been  left out this year.
Also on hold are plans to expand the website with a book sale page and more T-shirt designs. With luck, all that’s for next year! 
I’ve taken the Old Astronomer design T-shirts and mugs off the site, but if anyone wants one, just write to me and I’ll get one to you. The Old Astronomer Ts and the mugs will be in the same colours as always – red, green and blue. As usual, you can now pre-order your Diary. Use the coupon code POSTFREE22 at the checkout and you will get free postage on anything from the site – not just diaries!
I warned in my last newsletter that there may be price rises, but my printer hasn’t raised prices yet, so the D is still at the usual price. P&P will stay the same –  before the prices went up, I bought up enough mailing envelopes to last for this year and the next at least; plus I’m reusing all the mailing stuff I get. Notice for customers in the EU.  As you’ve probably found out by now, Brexit has considerably complicated things for anybody in the UK who sells goods to EU countries. As annual publications, my Diaries  are zero-rated for VAT; however EU customers may have to pay import taxes on them. After spending far too much time looking through the export regulations,  I don’t think that packages of single Diaries will attract attention from Customs, but bulk copies might.  So, please find out what the import costs will be for your country before you order.
You could of course buy and download the PDF version of the Diary and not have to bother with all that stuff at all!  The PDF will be on sale next month.
And finally…..
One of the commitments that I’ve dropped is my volunteer work for the Astrological Association; I’ve been a member for nearly half a century.  There’s a nice little article63(74.1%) about me on the Association’s website where you can read all about it. (Ignore the photo – they wanted a up to date photograph of me, in a big hurry, and that was the best I could do!)

Well, that’s all for now.  Hope you are all well and enjoying some sunshine.
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Spring Equinox 2020 Newsletter

I hope this finds you all in good health. So far me & Brian and keeping the lurgy at bay by not going anywhere. It’s getting quite boring – apart from the Asda delivery driver, we haven’t talked to anybody or had any visitors for over a week now. It’s all very well being able to Skype and email people, but It’s not really a substitute for getting out of the house and talking face to face. However that’s life; sometimes you just have to accept that things are what they are and that you can’t change it.
Interestingly, I’m now seeing reports that lockdowns, flying bans and people choosing to stay at home are already producing cuts in air pollution and carbon emissions. What a pity that it’s taking a deadly epidemic to make us change our habits….

At least I’ve no distractions from working on the 2021 Diary – that’s all going pretty much to schedule. (Cross fingers, toss salt, clutch rabbit’s foot – oops, where’s that pesky rabbit got to?)

Hopefully, those of you that can get out are keeping an eye on elderly and vulnerable neighbours – just knocking and checking that they’re OK will cheer them up. And if you’re going shopping, save a few items for the local food bank if you can – not just food, but things like baby milk, soap, tissues etc; there’s been such panic-buying this last week that in many areas, there isn’t enough left for foodbanks to buy. And talking of panic-buying, why on earth is everyone stocking up on toilet paper? There are substitutes you can use – and you can’t eat it!

This coming weekend is quite busy, astrologically speaking. If you don’t already know, the Spring Equinox is this Friday, at 3.58 am (GMT). This is the astrological New Year, when the slate is wiped clean and new starts are possible. This year it’s followed by a Mars-Jupiter conjunction at 11.35 GMT. Mars and Jupiter meet up only every two years or so, so this is quite significant. The conjunction is in Capricorn – any project started now will eventually bring rewards – and the Equinox’s promise of a new beginning is emphasised.
On Sunday, Saturn moves into Aquarius – efforts to find a vaccine for COVID-19 will be stepped up globally, with co-operation between science communities across the world. But don’t expect a big breakthough just yet – on 11th May, Saturn turns retrograde, quickly slipping back into Capricorn. This retrograde period will last until 25th September and the Lord of Time won’t re-enter Aquarius until December. This suggests to me that the epidemic will be with us until the autumn.

Another astrological happening to watch out for is the conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto on 5th April, an event that happens only every twelve years. This one will be in Capricorn, the sign of boundaries and restrictions; Jupiter represents expansion and travel, while Pluto signifies karma, endings and beginnings. In terms of the “lockdowns” going on, this may well mark the intensification of all kinds of restrictions. Accept what cannot be changed, draw on your inner strength, use the time wisely. In December, Jupiter will burst the bounds of Capricorn and enter Aquarius; and on the 21st December, the day of the Winter Solstice, Jupiter will join Saturn in Aquarius. So look forward to that!

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The Elfin Diary September Newsletter

Hallo all Efin Diary peeps!
Well, it’s been a bit of a year here at Elfin HQ.  I’ve had to say goodbye to my printer at rather short notice (I’m not going into the reasons) and the financial situation has been dire.  My chronic health problems haven’t been helping either.  But I’m still here and I’m determined to bring out the Elfin Diary once again.
It’s going to be late again, I’m afraid – I anticipate I’ll have the first copies ready at the end of October.  Unfortunately, as the one good thing about my old printer was that he was cheap, I’m going to have to raise the prices of the Ds.  The new prices are: hardback £17.99;  softback  £11.99; desk diary £16.99.
You can pre-order them from the website now.  There will be a PDF version at the usual £5.99;  but that isn’t ready yet.
There will be incense – I’m waiting on a shipment of Fern & Moss. The price is the same and again, no postage will be charged for incense alone.   There will also be T-shirts – I’m awaiting the arrival of those as well. The postage on the Ds  and the Ts will be the same as last year – £1.50 per order.

Now, is there any good news to report?  Most of the trees I planted in the garden this year and last year are still growing!  That’s several fruit trees, two oak trees, a beech tree, a weeping willow and a cherry. Seeing that lot – and the other trees I intend to plant next year – grow into a woodland will certainly be an incentive to stick around for as long as possible!
Honestly, I’ve found that planting a tree is extremely therapeutic and positive (and yes, I do go out and talk to them as well). So if you have some garden space, why not plant a tree yourself?  The Woodland Trust will be happy to advise you on all aspects of trees and tree care; under some some circumstances they’ll even pay part of the cost of planting a small woodland.  Go to woodlandtrust.org.uk, write to them at  The Woodland Trust, Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6LL  or ring them on 0330 333 3300.

But that’s all for now peeps.  Here’s hoping that all’s well with you and yours,