“The H-Files” Will I Get My Visa?

“The long unmeasured pulse of time moves everything. There is nothing hidden that it cannot bring to light, nothing once known that may not become unknown. Nothing is impossible.”


My client is a Turkish national who as a child, spent extended time in the UK along with her younger siblings who have dual nationality; her stepmother could never formally adopt her, so she has no UK passport. The family are travelling to the UK for Christmas, and she hopes to go with them to visit the grandparents who have always treated her as their own. Although she applied for her visa in early October, nothing has been heard, and she asks:

“Will my visa be granted?”

The querent is signified by the ascendant, Pisces, and it’s ruler Jupiter, essentially dignified in Pisces, angular and slow in speed. The visa is a moveable possession, so it comes under the domain of the second house, which in this chart is given to Taurus and its ruler Venus. Placed in the sign of Sagittarius, Venus, although peregrine, is conjoined to the MC and applies to a received square with Jupiter.

The Sun, also in Sagittarius, with triplicity, is situated on the cusp of the 9th house of travel. The Moon, slow and peregrine in Gemini, is applying to the cusp of the third house, pertaining to paperwork, documents and contracts.

Mercury is the day and hour ruler in this chart and the general significator for paperwork and is well placed in the 10th house, although peregrine and separating from the square of Jupiter by two degrees; it describes the two months that have passed since the initial application. 

The powerful Jupiterian theme in this chart ties in nicely with the travelling nature of the question; both of the main significators are angular benefics, and their application by a square with reception, together with the Sun’s position on the cusp of the ninth house, seemed a strong indication of a positive outcome.

I judged she would likely get the visa, but to check on its situation, as there was a possibility it had been mislaid or put aside.

The Moon is peregrine and slow in motion, seven degrees away from full, and will conjunct Mars within a few hours as the lunation perfects. Mercury and Venus are also peregrine in this chart, plus Mercury has just changed from its sign of fall… is the application stuck on someone’s desk? There were undoubtedly indications of some problem or delay, but Mercury’s recent sign change indicated that matters might improve. Neptune’s position on the ascendant suggests confusion, so I advised the querent to check her application to confirm it had not been mislaid.  After reassurance that the process was still on track, we just had to wait.

On December 19th, as the Sun conjoined Venus and the MC in the radical chart, the visa was thankfully granted, and the OTHER part of the story fell into place.

What I hadn’t been aware of, was that the visa application had been for two visas, one for my client and one for her husband, and although she was granted her visa, her husband was NOT granted his; in retrospection, the chart describes this well.

The husband is represented by Virgo on the 7th house and ruler Mercury, which is placed in the 10th (his turned 4th house of home). His visa is given to the 8th house (the turned 2nd) so signified by Scorpio and its ruler Mars. Mars does have a little dignity by face but is retrograde in his turned 9th house of travel. With his significator Mercury’s position in his own 4th house of home, and it’s rulership of the difficult lunation involving Mars, it became clear that his application was unlikely to have been successful. The fact that it had not been granted explained Mercury’s decisive role in this chart, apart from its natural role in matters of communication and paperwork. 

I was also able to recognised that Neptune’s influence on the ascendant was a red flag to the fact that I may be missing information about the client and needed to gather more; an excellent lesson on the importance of finding out all the details before offering judgement; cloudy details, cloudy judgement!

The querent was able to book seats with the rest of her family and flew into the UK on December 22nd, landing as the transiting Sun conjoined Mercury in the radical chart (ruling the 7th house of destinations) while the Moon in Sagittarius transited the radical 9th house Sun; I was so happy for them!




“A new age is dawning, with a need for a new wisdom, one that comes from the heart. This book is dedicated to all those who find themselves, for whatever reason, in darkness; given with love, this work, is a product of our times.”

Joanna Grant is an astrologer of some 30 years and gained her Diploma at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in 2012. Weaving her knowledge of the stars together with intuitive tarot techniques, she crafts highly personalised guidance for clients who are often navigating difficult life transitions. Lately, she has been very excited to breathe new life into her astrological practice through her study of Horary, where the traditional techniques of the ancients have helped her to interpret her knowledge in a whole new way. Having recently completed the STA Advanced Level Horary Diploma, she feels that in an uncertain world, the integrity of this tradition is an essential tool in giving clients the guidance they seek.

You can read more about her here.

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