Just a Little Lunar Essence + the Daily Image 28 July 2014

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Gerhard Munthe - At the Farm, Ulvin {{PD}}

Gerhard Munthe – At the Farm, Ulvin {{PD}}

2 PM PDT the Leo Moon sextiles Ceres. We get along well with those in authority, or are in touch with our own power and able to show it. Negotiations guided by intuition go well, too. 6 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Vesta; both are at 29 degrees. In spite of things in the home, with causes to which we’re dedicated, or interaction with the mate, running smoothly, we’re still tense and possibly snappish. This period may test our commitment to values and to our usual peace-loving attitude. Void begins at 7:14 PM Pacific time; the Moon enters Virgo at 8:37 PM PDT. 10:30 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Mars. It’s easy at this point to become aggressive and critical–but we can choose instead to put our attention on taking detail-oriented action.

Today’s image is a man who returns to a house where he lived many years ago, and finds the current occupants do not welcome him in. It’s important we recognize that no matter our memories, our surroundings change, and psychically and otherwise, we may no longer ‘fit’ in old places or old scenarios. Heraclitus reminds us, we can’t step into the same river twice: it is not the same river, and we are not the same person.

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Born Today 28 July

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'Dance' Alfons Mucha 1898 {{PD}}

‘Dance’ Alfons Mucha 1898 {{PD}}

Are you still basking in the glow of a recent, big success, dear Leo, or are you just getting ready to launch that big effort or project? In either case, optimism is at a peak, and during this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll need to make sure skills and what you visualize as your next goal are in accord; nothing will halt progress more quickly than having ambitions that aren’t supported by abilities. That shouldn’t be a problem for you, though, and you should have confidence in your ability to express talents, use assets or funds, and find the right relationships to make things happen. Be aware of two things that could stall forward momentum: know that money does not solve all problems, and that Love is in reality the biggest change-agent of all. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

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Born Today 27 July

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Anthony van Dyck - Daedalus and Icarus c1620 {{PD}}

Anthony van Dyck – Daedalus and Icarus c1620 {{PD}}

You may feel like things are taking off, dear Leo–and they are–but what you’ll face this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will be a series of challenges concerning your creativity, your sources of inspiration, your spirituality, and your ability to sort fact from fiction, and your response to these will determine whether those take-offs lead to a successfully completed trip or a crash-and-burn situation. Working for you: your intense energy, your generosity, and your sensitivity, particularly acute at this time; working against you: a temporary but significant tendency toward a hair-trigger temper and taking premature action. It’s not exactly make or break for you this year, but it is a time when many important steps will be taken and vital situations put in place–good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Born Today 26 July

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'Bal du moulin de la Galette' Renoir 1876 {{PD}}

‘Bal du moulin de la Galette’ Renoir 1876 {{PD}}

You may be on pins and needles this coming Solar year, dear Leo, as so much big, new, and exciting is forming in your life–but timing will be what makes or breaks your efforts at expansion, at reaching out, and at making your world a more dynamic and rewarding place. It may be particularly difficult to know when to take action–but, inspiration and optimism will be plentiful, and will get you over any false starts or dead ends you may temporarily take. Home, mate, and values will not only be your bedrock, but will help you fulfill those goals and dreams–use values as your guide, heed the mate’s counsel, and use home as a refuge–plenty of rest will be extra important in this period, as you may tend to tire yourself out with big efforts and big plans. Good Luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

New Moon in Leo 26 July 2014: Bragging Rights

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Weak sauce or not, we'll all get a taste. Jean Béraud's 'The Drinkers' 1908 {{PD}}

Weak sauce or not, we’ll all get a taste. Jean Béraud’s ‘The Drinkers’ 1908 {{PD}}

New Moon in Leo occurs 26 July at 3 Leo 51 at 3:41 PM Pacific time. The Leo New Moon roars at us mid-afternoon Pacific time, and so in most of the Western hemisphere may go unnoticed in the daytime sky. This New Moon is conjunct Jupiter, and we can count a loose sesquiquadrate to Chiron—and with lenient orbs a square to Mars, brand new in Scorpio.

This suggests that what develops at the NM seems much more formidable, with tougher requirements for action and choice, and much more serious stakes, than it really is; it appears that this conflict or challenge will in actuality be ‘weak sauce’, as the phrase goes—with effects likely concentrated in the natal Houses holding the NM and t Mars. We may work ourselves up, or the social circle may make noises that suggest this is a bigger event than it is—but what happens, or what choices we must make or actions take, will be much less effective and/ or meaningful to our Path than we might think in the moment. Mars new in Scorpio could be more concerned with being taken seriously (even being considered ‘dangerous’ in some sense) than in getting into action, and a square to Sun-Jupiter only adds incentive to broadcast the Self and ‘shine’—no one reacts well to that kind of pressure, especially after the somewhat debilitating experience of the Saturn-Uranus direction changes.

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Born Today 25 July

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'Dinner at the Casino' by Gaston La Touche 1902 {{PD}}

‘Dinner at the Casino’ by Gaston La Touche 1902 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, this may be a spectacular year for you–but that doesn’t mean fireworks, prestige, and money delivered in buckets to your door–it doesn’t deny them, either, it’s just that your rewards may actually be on the quieter side, with this year being one you look back on for the rest of your life as both fulfilling and rich with experience. The House(s) in the natal chart (Sagittarius and Pisces, using traditional rulers) ruled by Jupiter are the likeliest areas for abundance, the acquisition of knowledge, experience, or influence, the development of a philosophy of life that can carry you through, and/ or the expansion of your world and your reach so that you permanently and positively change the way you engage with your surroundings forevermore. Know too that this year the emotions are likely to enjoy real stability and to heal so completely that you may feel like a ‘new you’ by the time you reach your next Solar Return. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

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Born Today 24 July

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Circe by Wright Barker (1889) {{PD}}

Circe by Wright Barker (1889) {{PD}}

Is it possible to have a quiet year and a glorious one simultaneously, dear Leo? Because that appears to be what’s in store for you–and the highlight may be the arrival of Love, Money, or emotional fulfillment that answers a deep desire within you. The only caution, really, is represented by Mercury square Zeus and semi-sextile Black Moon Lilith; this suggests that communications (or matters of the Houses ruled by Merc in the natal chart) will be tested by, and perhaps will reveal to others, your ambitions and desires–and that as a consequence you will either have to deal with what you’d rather not, or stand up for yourself in some significant way. And in between, a genuine spiritual quiet and peace can be yours. Not a perfect mix, but happening within a year with such enormous potential for abundance, happiness, and success, who can complain?

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Just a Little AstroEssence 23 July 2014: Conflict in Thought

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Henri Le Sidaner - Small Table in Evening Dusk 1921 {{PD}}

Henri Le Sidaner – Small Table in Evening Dusk 1921 {{PD}}

23 July thinking is in conflict with ambitions and desires, so don’t look to the mental realm to strategize; leave goal-setting for a later date, and focus instead on what it is about what you want that is causing internal mental conflict in the first place (hint: either your thinking has failed to acknowledge the appetites, or what you want in some way offends your usual mindset). (Perfecting today: Mercury square Zeus)

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Born Today 23 July

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Still Life with Cake - Raphaelle Peale c1822 {{PD}}

Still Life with Cake – Raphaelle Peale c1822 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be brimming with optimism and opportunity for you, dear Leo–and is it any wonder, because you’re on the verge of taking a huge step forward in either the area of Self-expression or in one or more matters of the House with Leo on the cusp and/ or that holds your Sun. Don’t be afraid to network–you could find your biggest allies by doing so–and make sure you have all the information you need before acting–action should be the very last step.

Featured Solar Return aspect: Black Moon Lilith trine stationary retrograde Uranus. Strong, clear instincts, a willingness to stand up for yourself, and a willingness to face what might be unpleasant will all support unique and original Self-expression–feeling strong this year may be a given. Happy Birthday, Leo, and Good Luck!

Want vs. Need in the Natal Chart

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Birthdays do seem to be a time when we think about what we want and need. 'The Birthday Party' John Singer Sargent 1887 {{PD}}

Birthdays do seem to be a time when we think about what we want and need. ‘The Birthday Party’ John Singer Sargent 1887 {{PD}}A Re

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It’s really important to distinguish between what we want and what we need; often, we see them as one and the same or, much worse, confuse the two, or just plain misunderstand, thinking that what we need is only a desire, and denying it to ourselves out of misplaced frugality. We all have both wants and needs, and they’re shown principally by the Moon (needs) and Venus (wants) in the natal chart.

Noting that Venus has been tagged as representing wants, you may protest with, ‘But don’t we all need love?’ And you’d be right, of course we all need love, it’s just that the love we need must be delivered in the form of the Moon–the love we talk about with Venus carries other baggage: lust, jealousy, envy, greed, carnality, and the trappings of romance and courtship–all are forms of ‘Venus love,’ and not truly love at all, but desire. Love that is pure and untouched by these concepts is Amor, while Venus love that is other-directed and objectified is Eros. It remains to the Moon to show us true need, and the form of love that will nurture, comfort, and fulfill emotionally.

Does this mean we shouldn’t call Venus the planet of Love anymore? No, it just means that when we speak of Venus as representing love, we must remain aware that the love Venus represents is that which is typically found in relationship, shown by its rulership of Libra (with the singular exception of the Moon as it carries the maternal love). Venus can also show something about love of the Self (as indicated by Taurus and natural rulership of the 2nd of Self-worth and assets/ talents)–and yet, again, this suggests an outward component to the love, as this focuses on our perceptions of ourselves via the physical, the abilities, and the possessions, including our relationship to the personal finances. Because we live in a material world (sorry, Madonna) there exists a material level at which we will inevitably assess ourselves–and so we take this into account when thinking of Venus, as well.

Neither the Moon nor Venus promises fulfillment of the spirit, though the functions of each can lead to this (the propensity largely indicated in the natal chart by a relationship of either to Neptune, Chiron, the Sun, and sometimes Jupiter). Spiritual love and ideals are the province of Neptune and the Sun (this latter as it represents the Soul itself), but again, these are not separate so much as facets of the concept of love we all carry.

So when we seek love, talk about love, speak of needing to find another to assuage our loneliness, to give our love to, in my estimation we really need to be looking, not at our Venus, but at our Moon, first. This idea was encapsulated in the pop psychology axiom, ‘You can’t love another until you love yourself,’ and indeed, if we have not found the emotional fulfillment demanded by our Moon, we are, in a psychic sense, unable to look away from our own needs, and thus unable to really see and commune with another.

What about desire? After all, we’re in a way programmed to go after what we desire and there’s nothing wrong with that, except that we go after our desires with the expectation that having them fulfilled will fulfill us, when our desires are more about possession than about completion. Our Moon needs, however, are about completion, in the sense that our psyches cannot function as a healthy whole without the sense of having been nurtured, and emotionally ‘filled up’–and we are back to the idea that we cannot give away what we don’t possess–in this case, the sense of completeness, comfort, and nurture that make up the essence of the love we think of sharing with another person.

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Born Today 22 July

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'The Thames' James Tissot 1876 {{PD}}

‘The Thames’ James Tissot 1876 {{PD}}

You’re on the verge of big big things, my dear Cancer–or are you a Leo? The Sun changes sign today, but no matter, this projection applies to you both equally–a veritable orgy of abundance and opportunity will be yours–just as long as you don’t harm, wound, or hobble anyone else. That means you’ll have to vet each step you take for the impact it might have on others; that’s good, because it insures everything you gain this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will be totally positive, carrying no obligations or unforeseen negative consequences. The down side is, you may have to move slower than you’d like, and so may miss an opportunity or two–but be assured, there’ll be plenty to choose from. Happy Birthday!

Born Today 21 July

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Cancer, use the inspiration and healing potential currently available in Pisces to set you on your way. 'Leaping Trout' Winslow Homer 1889 {{PD}}

Cancer, use the inspiration and healing potential currently available in Pisces to set you on your way. ‘Leaping Trout’ Winslow Homer 1889 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, you can feel luck, fortune, and an expanded world so near, can’t you? But you’re going to have to spend a good part of your year between this birthday and the next waiting, and then you’ll have to do some important planning and networking–and the toughest part may be that much of what goes on with you will be very visible, even public, so that you’re aware of your every choice seen and perhaps scrutinized by others. This may feel awfully unfair, except that by your next Solar Return you’ll have shaped your reality precisely as you’d like, and your choices will have been smart, and needed skills will have been acquired. You’ll be leaps and bounds ahead of where you are now–and that’s really something to look forward to! Happy Birthday!

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Born Today 20 July

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Claude Monet, 1867, Regatta at Sainte-Adresse {{PD}}

Claude Monet, 1867, Regatta at Sainte-Adresse {{PD}}

Action in partnership is the key concept for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Cancer; artistic efforts, cooperative ventures, and financial situations involving others may get the Crab’s share of your attention for this period–and it won’t be easy to deal with. At worst, conflict with others is what brings these areas into focus; at best, you’ll use situations that are at first confrontational to work out solutions that fulfill the wants of both (or all) parties, using your exquisite natural sensitivity, enhanced this year by the Solar Return Moon in Taurus, tripling your ability to both comfort and prosper. It’ll likely be a challenging year where you’ll have to handle some things you’d rather not–but by facing these you have a chance to heal not just yourself, but your world–and that sounds pretty good, no? Happy Birthday!

Born Today 19 July

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Something blocked could flow, or something free-flowing could dam-up--you need to be ready, Cancer. 'Bradberry's Mill Dam in Spring' by Edward Francis Rook c. 1910-1915 {{PD}}

Something blocked could flow, or something free-flowing could dam-up–you need to be ready, Cancer. ‘Bradberry’s Mill Dam in Spring’ by Edward Francis Rook c. 1910-1915 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, is that any way to celebrate a birthday? You seem to be pushing yourself so hard, pushing to go, to do, to create the perfect partnership, to cooperate flawlessly, to be a Warrior for all you care about–it’s exhausting! Really, you’ll do yourself and everyone around you a favor if you’ll just take a break, treat yourself to some rest, some luxury, and build your reserves back up–because soon there’s going to be a switch in your basic situation, with either a freeing up of what you hadn’t been able to budge, or conversely, a halt to something that was free-flowing–and you’ll need to be ready to do some major adaptation to whichever situation visits you. Too, this Solar year, through to your next birthday, may find you in need of (and possibly really enjoying) a secure and established home front (or its emotional equivalent) to act as a stabilizer, safe zone, and place of recovery from your adventures–that’s where you need to put your immediate efforts, just until you are feeling secure–then you can get back to doing! Happy Birthday!

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Your ECLIPSE Weekend Sampler 18-20 July 2014

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Carducius Plantagenet Ream 'Dessert No. 4' c1865 {{PD}}

Carducius Plantagenet Ream ‘Dessert No. 4′ c1865 {{PD}}

Your weekend sampler, featuring a too-long cake metaphor, a slice (again!) from the article on sibling relationships, and a little glimpse ahead, but just a crumb–have a great weekend!

Today’s image (for the 18th) is a pink cake box, like the kind you get from the bakery, containing a crushed cake and discarded on the freeway on-ramp. This is a sad image; who is so angry or unhappy or spiteful that they moosh a perfectly lovely cake and throw it out the window of a speeding car? Someone who doesn’t like the good things in life, that’s who, someone who is not willing to accept pleasure–and they don’t want anyone else to have any enjoyment, either. Is there someone like this in your life? If so, consider that they may ruin everyone’s cake out of deep sorrow, perhaps out of a belief that they don’t deserve life’s cake. If you find it in yourself, you may want to offer them a slice, and let them know that they really do deserve it–all we have to do is be alive to deserve it!–and we can all have our cake, after all.

Anything posited in the 11th adds layers to the interaction, and typically focuses major attention in 11th House matters. The Moon here, for example, may suggest we see our own mother, those who seem maternal to us, or those with whom we empathize as friend material; an emotional connection may be essential to viewing an individual as a friend, with this placement, and could dominate interaction. So how do our sibling interactions influence our later interactions with friends? Even if there are no other connections, Whole Sign Houses give us the same element in both 3rd and 11th House—and further, we get the same element on the 7th of Others, with all three Houses offering both personal and group or ‘other’ related viewpoints for the chart individual. This implies that the way we relate to friends and groups is very much like, even modeled on, sibling relationships and early childhood experiences (which also fall in the 3rd). With the elements connecting the Houses, we can’t help but translate our experiences in the matters of the earliest part of life (the 3rd) into later events and experiences as our horizons and contacts widen.

19 July are our relationships or finances not fitting smoothly into our reality, or must our reality modify itself to accurately reflect the Truth of our relationships or financial situation? That’s the question we’ll wrestle with all day. (Perfecting today: Venus sesquiquadrate Saturn)

20 July sees us discover the down side to our expansion attempts, our social role, or to knowing what we know; somehow we are seen as responsible for darker elements that are in reality way outside our control. This brings a form of public judgment, an episode where the social circle makes a pronouncement about us—and there’s nothing we can do about it. Just know that what’s communicated is more revealing about the thinking of those making the assessments than it is about you or your choices. Too, our own thinking is influenced by things we’re not aware of—and pushes us in directions we might not anticipate, to undetermined effect—and that could be the same influence that’s causing others to make those judgments of you. (Jupiter contra-parallel Pluto, Mercury semi-square Sedna)

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Born Today 18 July

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Max Slevogt - Sandstorm in the Libyan Desert 1918 {{PD}}

Max Slevogt – Sandstorm in the Libyan Desert 1918 {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! It’s all about some combination of home, values, life commitments, and the mate or partner, this coming Solar year–and more than likely revelations and change that come about along these lines will arise from the dust of conflict and disparities between what you’ve told others you want and where you’re really headed. You didn’t mean to mislead anybody; in fact, you’re just now yourself discovering that where you thought you were headed, and what you believed you wanted to dedicate your life energy to, may be very different than you’ve been thinking and saying. You’ll be going through a process of discovery that may be very hard on your pocketbook, your relationships, and/ or could significantly alter your social standing or role–but in any event will leave you in a much changed state, physically, mentally, and perhaps emotionally, by the time you reach your next birthday, and could see you aiming for a whole new set of goals sooner rather than later. Good luck!

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Born Today 17 July

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DeScott Evans 'Hanging Apples' 1898 {{PD}}

DeScott Evans ‘Hanging Apples’ 1898 {{PD}}

Your connection to Nature, as well as your sense of ‘home’, whether that has an interior or exterior form, may be your saving graces this coming Solar year, dear Cancer; when you are dealing with some facet of these life areas, things, with some effort, will fall into place perfectly. These may also be the areas where you must face conflict–but in the end that’s a good thing, as it reveals the true nature of your relationships, strengthening connections in some cases and severing them in others. The result of all this may be that you adopt a new sense of adventure–and end the year with considerably wider horizons than when you began it. Happy Birthday!

Solar Return Focus On: Saturn quincunx Uranus=the entire year you may find yourself striving to gain or create balance–and yet surprising and unanticipated factors related to willfulness, Self-expression, the ego, and anger, your own and that of others, will keep tipping the apple cart. Try to work with, not against, these erratic developments, by remaining mentally flexible and open to the latest advancements and changes. Good luck!

Just a Little Lunar Essence 16 July 2014: We Sense What We Can’t See

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James Tissot - 'Ball on Shipboard' 1873 {{PD}}

James Tissot – ‘Ball on Shipboard’ 1873 {{PD}}

3 AM PDT of the 16th the Pisces Moon opposes Pallas. We may be inspired or just deluded, but either way we may be tempted to ignore the smart thing to do. Don’t. 10 AM PDT the Moon forms the base of a Finger of God with Sedna, catching the South Node at the midpoint, apex the North Node and Ceres; the Moon also trines the Sun. We sense what we can’t really see, something linking us to the past, and this informs both the future and our sense of personal authority and power. Our vision is clear at this point, so that anything we conclude, even when it’s gleaned from unconscious sources, will be accurate and informative. 12:30 PM PDT the Moon creates another Finger with Sedna, this time with an apex of Mars and Vesta. What we’ve sensed now prompts action or choice; the good news is what we act on or choose is directly in line with our truest values. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon squares Venus. Our sense of the creative or a need for escape is in conflict with relationship or financial needs. Don’t blow something important just for a few hours off, but do note the need you feel at this time: it’s indicative of some itch that can cause trouble if it’s not eventually scratched. Void begins at 5:59 PM PDT; the Moon enters Aries at 9:07 PM PDT and immediately trine Jupiter fresh in Leo. We may have an excited and expansive feeling about the social scene or from knowledge just gained; this is a great way to kick off the Moon in Aries, as this confidence and excitement primes us for Aries flavored action.

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Born Today 16 July

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Gustave Caillebotte - Régates à Argenteuil 1893 {{PD}}

Gustave Caillebotte – Régates à Argenteuil 1893 {{PD}}

Even though, dear Cancer, your Solar Return identity and emotions are in harmony, your Solar year through to your next birthday may be dominated by all the material you’ve tucked into your ‘blind spot’; look to both your natal Sedna placement and the place in the natal chart where Sedna is currently transiting (today at 24 Taurus 47) in order to know from what issues and life areas (by House) and in what manner (by sign) you might be blindsided. The good news is you’ll have a clear idea about what material steps you’ll want to take to pursue goals, and you’ll by guided by Nature, your highest values, and aided by the cooperative attitudes of others. In fact, the consistent and unanticipated support you attract on all levels, from the personal to the Collective, will make for some of the highlights of the year, and perhaps of your life. Happy Birthday!

Born Today 15 July

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Choices may not be easy this year, dear Cancer. 'The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame' Georges de la Tour c1640 {{PD}}

Choices may not be easy this year, dear Cancer. ‘The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame’ Georges de la Tour c1640 {{PD}}

You’ll be making some fate-determining choices this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Cancer–why? You may be driven by matters you’re not even aware of, and a sense of needing to act, as well as a feeling that you should defend those things that really matter to you and that you should establish your own place and power within the natural order of things, may push you into situations that could be rooted in primal hurts and require the exercise of unique skills. Its not an ideal picture for the year ahead, but it is one that will move you along your Path significantly–and much of the outcome will depend upon your level of consciousness and your life intentions–a punishing person who blames others for their situation will have a much harder time than will an individual who is Self-responsible, willing to do what’s necessary to get where they want to go, and who keeps highest values at the forefront when making those fate-determining choices. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Featured Solar Return aspect: Sun sesquiquadrate Neptune=it will take effort, but the potential exists for you to bring dreams to reality; be aware there’s also the possibility that you could be mislead by your own delusions about the nature of reality. Strive to see ‘What Is’ and to deal with it in the most honest and straightforward way possible, and you just may manifest something you’ve been hoping to create for a long time.

Just a Little AstroEssence + The Daily Word Image 14 July 2014: The Universe Complies

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Blason de Mozac sur la châsse de saint Austremoine 16th century {{PD}}

Blason de Mozac sur la châsse de saint Austremoine 16th century {{PD}}

14 July our own inner sense of authority determines our Path—it’s very simple—though those who don’t entirely accept that their life direction is truly in their own hands may insist that there are things they can do nothing about—and when we dissemble like that, the Universe typically complies, giving us a few things we really can’t do anything about—so don’t be that guy. Too what we think may need to adjust to the reality of the situation; reality shines a bright light on what is, reveals cleanly what isn’t, and expects us to accept it. (Perfecting Today: Ceres conjunct the North Node, Mercury sesquiquadrate Saturn, Sun sesquiquadrate Neptune)

Today’s image is an outdated swipe-card hotel key from another city, found in your winter jacket pocket. You have the key to something, but does it really matter anymore? You may be past the point when having it would make a difference. This points to the potential for putting energy into things already over, decided, or that are completely history–recognizing this allows you to re-channel the energy to something useful in the present, and allows you to really be present.

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Born Today 14 July

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Viktor M. Vasnetsov 1880 {{PD}}

Viktor M. Vasnetsov 1880 {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! This coming Solar year you may find yourself terribly torn: every time you try to move forward, specifically by expressing your personal power and authority, cooperating with existing authorities, and finding your natural boundaries and roles, you may see your attention drawn to serious and practical matters, or to the need to care-take or provide for others. This can be discouraging, as you may feel you’re not making any headway toward goals, but it really shouldn’t be; you will be acting in your own and others’ highest interests–in fact, you will be acting out your highest values, in ways that will serve to make who you are apparent to yourself and to everyone around you. The chance to show what you honor and find sacred so directly with your choices and actions can be rare, as everyday matters usually obscure the underpinnings of our choices–and this year your social role will be under stress and will inevitably change, opening the way for unusual experiences. This year you can live in an almost Archetypal or Heroic way, dear Cancer–will you take the challenge?

Born Today 13 July

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Charles Caryl Coleman (1840–1928) 'In the Shade of the Vines, Capri' 1898 {{PD}}

Charles Caryl Coleman (1840–1928) ‘In the Shade of the Vines, Capri’ 1898 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be a time of fresh new communication and thought for you, and you may be offered new starts in the Houses ruled by Mercury in the natal chart. You’ll enjoy a keen sensitivity, and the intellect will be finely attuned to nuance and shades of meaning–a trait you can use to great advantage in dealing with others and also when considering your own needs. Problems will center on your own ego leading you astray, and in conflict with authorities–but if you make the keynote for the year cooperation you may have few difficulties, if any. If your thinking is on track, you could be slated to gain Love or Money from carefully considered action–and who wouldn’t want that?

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Just a Little Lunar Essence: the Capricorn Full Moon July 2014

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Henri Rousseau - La zingara addormentata 1897 {{PD}}

Henri Rousseau – La zingara addormentata 1897 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 4:25 AM PDT of the 12th at 20 Capricorn 03. The Moon makes a wide quincunx to Venus and a wide square to the triumvirate Vesta-Ceres-Mars, with Vesta technically outside our usual fussy orb (even Ceres and Mars are a little farther out than usual)—but in this case Vesta’s close contact to the other two overrides my reservations. We also see a loose Grand Earth Trine with Sedna and Pallas. With a Full Moon promising culmination or fulfillment, we may find two simultaneous trends: a balancing or coming to an end of material matters involving a resolution to something that came out of our ‘blind spot’, but which we have answered with wisdom or skills—so a satisfactory ending—and another trend of new ‘problems’ or issues coming forward, these involving our own actions, our relationship to authority, assets or earnings adjustments, and our values/ what we find sacred/ and/or home and mate, and the impacts all these have on one another. It may almost feel like punishment: we’ve just managed to put out a few fires over there, and now a few more pop up over here. Darn!

Let’s look at the Sabian for inspiration as to what issues we could face. ‘A Relay Race’. Sh*t, that doesn’t sound good, does it? It sounds like we’ll be continuing that stressed state, continuing to bat at those fires with an old blanket. We may have a long way to go—the one bright spot is that a relay race involves a number of individuals, typically three others—so expect to have your three ‘allies’ made crystal clear with the Full Moon. We also look at the Sun, as it makes the light the Full Moon reflects. ‘A Famous Singer Is Proving Her Virtuosity During An Operatic Performance’. Ahh, this is nice—it implies that within all this stress and effort we show ourselves to be very talented, to be able to rise to the challenge and perform at the highest level, and this may be observed by others, with all the opportunity that implies. So there’s that.

And what about this Full Moon’s status as a ‘Super Moon’? The term has come to be used whenever there’s a Full Moon occurring near perigee (the point when the Moon is closest to the Earth).  Astronomically this is referred to as perigee-syzygy or a proxigean Moon (when the Full Moon occurs within 24 hours of perigee). But, it’s important to realize that the Moon reaches perigee once every anomalistic month (the time spanning one perigee to the next) of 27.55 days. It’s full once every Synodic period (a Synodic period is the time from one point, such as a Full Moon, to the next Full Moon) and these have an overall average of 29.53 days. It’s only when the Full phase and perigee occur roughly together that we have a ‘Super Moon’. Does this mean anything astrologically? Not really, but we can argue that we could conceivably feel this affect within the approximately 57-60% of the body that is water–after all, the Moon drives the tides, why shouldn’t this pull and create inner ‘tides’, as well? So, the ultra-sensitive among us may sense it, but the ‘Super Moon’ doesn’t, in my opinion, affect the astrology of the Full Moon event.

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Born Today 12 July

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Yes, your birthday can be this fun. Originally uploaded by J. van Vliet  licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported by  Internauta from nl

Yes, your birthday can be this fun. Originally uploaded by J. van Vliet licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported by Internauta from nl

Dear Cancer, you celebrate your Solar Return with a Full Moon, symbolically suggesting a culmination to some important emotional phase in the life. You’re finishing up one thing, getting your bearings for the next–no need to rush. Instead, savor your victory–or if not that, then the completion of a personal era to which you will never return. You’ll likely be on to something that involves partnership, working or living in tandem with another, and attention will go to setting or removing boundaries, gaining some sense of security, and perhaps working privately on some original or unique contribution only you could make, to be made public much later in the year. Until then, work, enjoy, plan for where you want to go next and what you want to achieve–and have a Happy Birthday!

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Born Today 11 July

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Edouard Dantan L’Atelier du Sculpteur {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, you may have a tough time deciding what to do this year; it seems all avenues present conflict, even as all avenues seem to offer opportunity. The energy you need to emphasize during this Solar year, through to your next birthday, is purely creative–reach into your Soul and into your imagination and make, plan, create those things that have always lived within–and let the emotions and intuition be your fuel. In everyday areas, though, be practical, constructive, and grounded in reality and the here-and-now–results come later, though keeping respect for those currently in power and keeping your own highest values in the forefront at all times will go a long way toward getting you closer to your goals.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 10 July 2014: Firmly Rooted

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Bertha Boyntom Lum, Point Lobos, 1920 {{PD}}

Bertha Boyntom Lum, Point Lobos, 1920 {{PD}}

10 July is one of those times when it feels like there are undercurrents sweeping us this way and that, while on the surface matters are kind of clunky and hard to manage. Actions must deal with reality; there’s no room for delusions or deception, and successfully taking action means we face and modify anything that isn’t firmly rooted in the real world. This will definitely be harder on some of us than on others, but in any case what happens now will shape the Path for some time to come.

We’ll also feel a nasty or power-seeking riptide in communications; knowing the real message is hidden will help us believe what we’re sensing and answer appropriately (and don’t let someone’s indignation that you took it that way throw you off—trust your intuition at this point). And after all this, a rainbow: what we focus on at this time becomes our reward, so be sure you have your ideals in Love and Money in mind—because they’ll be at the door, knocking to come in, in no time. (Perfecting today: Neptune and Mars both parallel the North Node, Mars sesquiquadrate Neptune, Mercury contra-parallel Pluto, Sun parallel Venus)

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Born Today 10 July

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‘Shell Gathering’ Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) (1760–1849) {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, does it feel like restrictions and pain have been recently lifted off your back, or are you feeling as if lately you’ve gotten yourself into a situation that might be described as ‘a world of hurt’? If so you’re looking at the results of recent choices, and you have the option of re-choosing at this point, if you so desire–and if neither applies, then it seems your vision is fixed firmly on the future, no matter what your past or present. Even if you feel you’re in a bad spot now, you’re on your way to forming a new way of communicating/ interacting within relationships, a new way of thinking about Love and Money, and to working out a way of expressing your own power and Will that will be highly effective–but there’s work to do. Establishing your Path/ goals based on what’s most important to you, on what you honor in the world, and then working out a way to follow that Path is the first step. Look to partners, your own sense of aesthetics, and to skills and real-world experiences gained in the past to assist you and help shape your future. Begin now as if you, and everything else, are new. Happy Birthday, and Good Luck!

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Born Today 9 July

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Even if adventurousness isn’t usually your thing, dear Cancer, this year you might roam far afield, or you could do it mentally, by embarking on a new course of learning, or teaching (which is a learning experience itself!) or on a new religious path–whatever it is, you’ll either want to see something new and exotic, or you’ll want to bring the exotic home to you. You are primed to see the healing of your reality situation–by that I mean something in your life that has caused prolonged distress or pain, regret or stress, will come to an end–and your openness to ‘something different’ at this time may be the thing that facilitates that healing. Wisdom is easily tapped this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and gathering resources or intelligence in order to take action is favored and should result in the success of important efforts down the line. Happy Birthday!

Born Today 8 July

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This unearthly photo shows the interior of the Los Angeles Infirmary, 1908 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, you may find yourself in the midst of a life review that should be about major healing–if you will let it. Of course you want to heal any psychic injuries you’ve suffered–they are often what stands in the way of us making the most of our lives and choices–but there is a danger that emotionalism could have bound you so strongly to your wounds that you may feel to lose them would be to lose a part of yourself. If so, that’s unfortunate. But, if you’ll take the challenge and heal your life, you can command the reality picture in such a way that a situation can be created that takes advantage of your most unique skills–and that means some impressive potentials for success that only you could attain. Wisdom and avant garde sensibilities are yours for the having this Solar year, through to your next birthday, and taking a few risks and unanticipated roads could elevate your choices from good to great–but again, only if you’ll embrace that healing possibility, and let it happen.

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 7 July 2014: Minor Impediments

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Melancholy can be an impediment to getting on with it; sometimes whittling helps. 'Melancholia' by Lucas Cranach the Elder 1532 {{PD}}

Melancholy can be an impediment to getting on with it; sometimes whittling helps. ‘Melancholia’ by Lucas Cranach the Elder 1532 {{PD}}

2 PM PDT the Scorpio Moon squares Black Moon Lilith, making for an overly gloomy outlook and atmosphere. Though Lilith is all about facing what we’d rather not, in this case we may be prompted to look in the wrong direction, toward things we feel guilty about from the past, rather than things we need to inspect now to improve the present and shape the future. Use discernment when considering matters at this point–and whatever you do, don’t take this temporarily gloomy ambiance to heart. 4 PM PDT the Moon trines the Sun and semi-sextiles Zeus. We see clearly what minor impediments are preventing ambition fulfillment–but that could mean we overlook the big stuff! This also begins a Grand Water Trine with the Sun and Chiron, suggesting that we easily see how to heal, especially in emotional terms. 6 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Saturn, acts as apex to a Finger of God with base of Venus-Uranus, and sextiles Pallas. Emotional and/or intuitive prompts can guide us well, requiring Self-assertion in relationship (or original efforts at earning) in order to bring about real-world results. We should see something concrete occur (or the foundation for it poured) at this time.

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Born Today 7 July

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It may feel like your horse has died under you, but it's really just time to get a new horse. Henry F. Farny (1847-1916)

It may feel like your horse has died under you, but it’s really just time to get a new horse. Henry F. Farny (1847-1916)

Dear Cancer, lately you’ve been attending to ambition and desire fulfillment; what now? Your birthday naturally brings forward a review of recent happenings for how effectively they’ve taken you toward your goals–and if my guess is correct, you’ve had a few successes, but even more fails. Now it’s time to re-group and apply your innate wisdom and practicality (which may have been ignored of late) to real-world circumstances–’cause you can’t get ‘there’ unless you know where ‘here’ is. This coming Solar year is prime time for you to move away from past methodologies (you may have been too focused on just throwing the dice, rather than planning and working) and toward finding a way to apply your original point of view and unique abilities to some form that brings you Love, Money, or both–good luck, and happy birthday!

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Born Today 6 July

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‘Woman with a pearl necklace in a loge’ Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! This coming Solar year you need to aim directly to fulfill goals, dreams, and desires–and it won’t necessarily be easy. The needs of others, particularly the mate, as well as your own tender nature, may cause you to turn your energy and resources toward alleviating their problems, and though this may be kind, it won’t necessarily be the best thing for either of you. Cooperation is called for, but not at the expense of moving you forward in important ways. Be practical, do what’s wise rather than what’s easy, and talk things through before giving or giving in–if you don’t, resentment may be the result, and you could reach your next birthday feeling you’ve been spinning your wheels. Watch the matters of the House(s) with Gemini on the cusp: these have the potential to be both costly and rewarding, depending on how you approach things; though you need to stay rock solid with home, family, and values, don’t let what you contribute in those areas preclude your own original and unique expression, with the best arenas for Self-expression found in the House with Aquarius on the cusp or the House through which Uranus is now transiting. Good luck!

Born Today 5 July

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Basket of Apples, by Levi Wells Prentice, 1895 {{PD}}

Basket of Apples, by Levi Wells Prentice, 1895 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, it appears you’re in a period of deep introspection brought about by certain material experiences of late–and these are direct reflections of inner issues you have not really wanted to face. Now is the time, and you have the personal strength with which to deal with things–so why hesitate? If you want to move forward, this is the way to proceed, by looking at and resolving those things you’ve been avoiding. You owe it to yourself to pursue those ambitions you’ve been putting aside in favor of handling more mundane problems–but the only way to successfully overcome those everyday issues is to deal with what you’ve been turning away from–I know, it’s around in a circle, isn’t it? But if you do deal with all you’ve been avoiding, the way will then be clear for you to think about and pursue what you need and desire–and it’s about time.

Focus on Solar Return aspect: Moon in Libra. With the Lunar essence by sign at odds with your natal Solar light, you could be in for a tough year emotionally. The good news is that the partner will be a fine source of support (no matter how it seems at the moment) and that you will have a good handle on both the best means of earning and the best way to go forward in relationships. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little Something from ECLIPSE 4-10 July 2014

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Persephone and Hades Enthroned, 500-450 BC, Greek, Locri Epizephirii, Sanctuary of Persephone--Photo by Daderot {{PD}}

Persephone and Hades Enthroned, 500-450 BC, Greek, Locri Epizephirii, Sanctuary of Persephone–Photo by Daderot {{PD}}

Here’s a little something from ECLIPSE, on finding the parental influence in the natal chart through contacts to the personal planets and lights–in this case, we’re looking at Pluto:

Pluto—this is the symbol of what’s commonly known as ‘The Devouring Mother’, but that’s too narrow a definition by far; this is really a designator of a power figure, male or female, who overwhelmed the individual, and likely persuaded them that, whatever energy Pluto contacted was not to be theirs; the typical indoctrination involves framing the energy as destructive, as likely to obliterate the individual if she or he engages with it. Who would tell (or imply) something like this to a mere child? Sometimes it’s done out of fear, in an attempt to protect, but just as often it arises from rage, an attitude that says, ‘If I can’t have this, neither can you!’ When this is the voice we carry in our minds, we are likely forbidden to even think about the energy too much; we have been so conditioned to see it as, essentially, death, that we avoid it actively. As we see others access it, though, this leads (at least at first) not to accessing it ourselves, but to rage of our own at being denied something we see others have: we in essence become in attitude the mirror of our caretaker in regard to this subject. The classic example is Venus square Pluto, which traditional literature calls a denial of Love for the individual until they learn to be loving. I find this a misunderstanding of the dynamic at work: the individual appears to not understand Love and to behave badly because of it, but they are actually reacting to the denial of Love, in that they are raging at being denied what they see everyone else have. They are not devoid of Love themselves, but so afraid of it (and in some cases this applies to money/ assets, too) that they dare not approach it. Remedy begins when the individual first tastes genuine Love (not romance) and finds they don’t die; dramatic as it seems, that’s what it takes to show them they can not only have it, that they are worthy of it—and that is the essence of the positive Plutonian Archetypal form, the ability to be powerful and unafraid, and so abandon the need to rage and destroy.

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Born Today 4 July

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'Country Road in Provence by Night' Van Gogh {{PD}}

‘Country Road in Provence by Night’ Van Gogh {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, it looks like it’s been a tough year–material matters have exerted their power on you in a way you never expected–but you should know, that’s over now–or at least, waning. You’ve got to look deep within and make an accounting of your resources and talents during this Solar year, through to your next birthday, in preparation for forming a whole new set of ambitions and goals. Right now, though, take it easy–all these things will take shape in their own time, and you may find yourself caught up with the mate or partner’s needs, so that it’s impossible to attend to your own. A little advice? Don’t resent that you can’t focus exclusively on yourself at this time–soon enough you’ll be glad you gave this time and energy to the mate, the home life, or to those intangibles you honor, and reward for your loyalty and efforts will come back tenfold. Happy Birthday!

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Born Today 3 July

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A Summer NightDear Cancer, it looks like this coming Solar year you’ll spend your time in power struggles over love or money (or the matters of the House in the natal chart with Scorpio on the cusp); that doesn’t sound very fun, does it? Let’s look at it another way: you’ll have the gumption, energy, passion, sense of mission, or desire to go after what you truly want–and you’ll do it no-holds-barred. That means it could get messy, you could step on others’ toes, and you could be in territory you’ve never been in before–but that’s okay. You’re claiming what the Soul longs for; remind yourself that just because someone else is upset doesn’t make what you want wrong–and as long as you don’t actually harm anyone in the process, it’s okay to want (and go after) what you want. You may find yourself very critical of your own motives–but the fact is this is a rare time when you are empowered to ask for and get what you desire from the Universe with very little difficulty–and if you make the effort, it’s almost certain at least one of your passions will be fulfilled.

 

Just a Little Lunar Essence 2 July 2014: Hold It In Your Hand

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Gainsborough – The Painters Daughters Chasing a Butterfly 1756 {{PD}}

4 AM PDT of the 2nd the Virgo Moon opposes Neptune. Either we are consumed with imaginative or creative expression, or we have a microscope trained on the details, procedures, and organization of our surroundings. Neither extreme is as productive as a viewpoint that takes that detailed focus and applies it to creating–try to land there. 6 AM PDT the Moon squares Juno. Being critical toward those in charge is useless, but sharing the right knowledge with them can gain you a lot of ground. 10 AM PDT the Moon trines Earth/ sextiles the Sun and squares Venus. We are grounded, so it’s just confusing when we run up against relationship conflict or financial negatives–we feel like it shouldn’t be happening. Trust what surrounds you, what you can hold in your hand, and let anything reported, insinuated, or threatened fall by the wayside. Likely as not those implied problems will never actually appear. 3 PM PDT the Moon trines Pluto. Emotional depth comes easily at this point; we can relate at a very intense level. The inclination might be to dig down where and with whomever we are at the moment, but caution is in order: just because we can get down to the bare bones doesn’t mean we should. 7 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Pallas. We are in touch through intuition and emotion with our inner wisdom–ask it what you need to know. 11 PM PDT the Moon quincunxes Uranus and sextiles Saturn. We’re seeking security by shaking things up–a contradictory stance if there ever was one. Consider that’s not the most logical way to get from A to B.

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Born Today 2 July

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So what is it that you want, Love or Power? Paris Bordone 16th century {{PD}}

So what is it that you want, Love or Power? Paris Bordone 16th century {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! Will it be Love or Power for you? If it’s Love, it’s, as the old song goes, right here waiting for you; it seems you just need to turn your head, to communicate your interest, to smile, for gosh sakes, with that wonderful Cancer sense of joy (nobody does joy like Cancer!) for the connection to be made and the love story to begin. I know you don’t believe that–I can feel the skepticism from here–but it’s true: your love is already within reach. But if it’s Power you want, that is a way off; you’ll need to be in it for the long game, plotting out your moves far in advance–because it won’t be easy. Have you ever seen someone just roll over and give up their power? Me neither. So, in the case of gaining Power, you must look at the matters of your chart ruled by Scorpio, anything aspecting natal Pluto, and where Jupiter is transiting now to know from whence your opportunities will come and how to exploit them. Also look to where Black Moon Lilith is right now by House (13 Leo 25) to know what matters you need to face to get the ball rolling and get your first installment of pure Power. Whether you want Love or Power, now you’ve got a plan–good luck!

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Born Today 1 July

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Both illustrations by Alexey Gavrilovich Venetsianov {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, it looks like you’ll be making plans this coming Solar year to achieve your dream either money or relationship-wise, and you have an excellent chance of succeeding. Whatever it is you’ve been wanting to go forward with, you’ll be empowered to do so, with the caveat that to let your ego run the show would be a disaster–but to let yourself truly shine will bring you what you desire. It’s a matter of balance (Solar Return Mars, Zeus, Vesta, Ceres, and the North Node in Libra) and discretion (SR Pallas in Virgo). Take things one step at a time, plan ahead (though spontaneity can inspire, to jump in without prior thought is not advisable), and be willing to back up talk with action. Happy Birthday, and Good Luck!

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Born Today 30 June

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Codex Manesse Jakob von Warte {{PD}}

You are full of creative energy this coming Solar year, dear Cancer, but it will be all about Venus for you; Love and Money, plus the matters of the Houses in your natal chart ruled by our Lady of Love, will all be front and center through to your next birthday. You’d better be ready to discover some deep Truths about yourself, and you’re likely to act on feelings–emotional fire will be at a high point, and this may account for the majority of happenings, and the majority of problems, you encounter. If you act with care, and without reference to your own wounds, you will be far ahead of the game–that said, be ready too for change, and use that store of creative energy mentioned earlier–when in doubt, commit yourself to a creative project. And Happy Birthday!

Born Today 29 June

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We never know what may come from the well of the personality, do we? Jean Léon Gerome 1896 La Vérité sortant du puits {{PD}}

We never know what may come from the well of the personality, do we? Jean Léon Gerome 1896 La Vérité sortant du puits {{PD}}

This Solar year, dear Cancer, you’ll be moving out of an intensely creative phase (and this was/ is so, whether you were aware of your creativity or it simply orchestrated happenings around you) and into deep consideration of who you are. Identity, status, empowerment options, and with whom to partner will all be big issues this year–but you may feel like you’re hollering down a dry well when you try to get feedback. A sense that you’re not being heard makes determining who you really are, and how you feel about yourself, that much tougher–and it may be that those things you’ve wanted to turn away from must now be faced; talk therapy, even done informally (tap Air-sign loved ones), awareness of resources (personal and material), and concentration on the purpose of and usefulness of what you do, will all help you sort things out. Happy Birthday, and much good luck!

Born Today 28 June

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Adolf Senglaub ‘Vasenmaler’ (Vase Painter) 1901 {{PD}}

Will it be the creative path or the unusual one for you this year, dear Cancer? Your birthday astrology suggests you may be drawn in two very different directions, and though neither will be easy, each has its advantages. The first, the creative path, promises a tremendous surge of pure, inspired energy at your disposal–but if you follow this road, you may get distracted by your own imagination or the temptations of world. If you follow the second, the unusual path, you may find yourself on a unique trajectory, one possibly never (or rarely) traveled by others, and that’s bound to be exciting–but which can also be lonely, especially if you’re surrounded by people who don’t understand the direction you’ve chosen. These two alternatives will each be rewarding, but will send you in very nearly opposite life directions. How do you choose? Talk it over with someone you love and trust, and who is experienced enough to be able to offer true perspective on your ideas (Venus conjunct Juno in Gemini). Happy Birthday!

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Your ECLIPSE Weekend Sampler 28-29 June 2014: Thinking About Ourselves

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28 June: 6 AM PDT of the 28th the Cancer Moon squares Vesta-Ceres. We care about something and that caring conflicts with our highest values and/ or will get us in trouble with authorities. When does this happen? When we love someone who will lead us down a bad path, when we know that the right thing to do is also wrong in the eyes of the establishment, when we are betrayed and have always believed we would walk away in this situation, but find ourselves staying against all better judgment. How to assess our position? We need to make caring about our own welfare top priority; if being involved in the situation means we won’t be respected in some way, it’s time to go. 2 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Sedna and catches stationary retrograde Mercury at the midpoint. Merc is paused for direction–he may act as the outlet for the emotional ‘blind spot’. Watch your own communications for what they can tell you about hidden feelings or motives within you; careful observation should be quite revealing. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Jupiter. Feelings are exaggerated; someone may insist they care more than is reasonable. Look for what they might get out of taking such a stance. Void begins at 6:03 PM PDT; the Moon enters Leo at 1:43 AM Pacific time of the 29th.

Today’s image is a chocolate bar shared among three strangers as they wait in the pouring rain for a bus. Sometimes it’s just nice to be nice, you know?

29 June: we are aware that there’s a danger we could base our actions on past hurt, but we should know that the real influence is buried feeling, instinct, and hidden matters—not that that’s necessarily better, or worse! Adding to our, what? confusion? is a strong sense that relationships and financial matters are not what they seem. The way to handle this discomfiting influence is to channel our energy into a purely creative project, one that does not depend on others, or on obtaining new assets, before going forward. Work with what you have; action brings forward skills, draws inspiration from the unseen, and could, eventually, pay. (Mars quincunx Chiron, contra-parallel Sedna, Venus square Neptune, Sun trine Neptune)

Weighing Libra

Being Fair; Giving In—Or Not; Judging, and feeling they have the right to judge (reflected by Saturn’s exaltation in the sign), Libra assesses everything she contacts, and sets the standard for aesthetics, partnerships, for the worth of things, and in many ways, that’s her place. Libra is a set of contradictions: appreciating but wanting more; generous (insisting on sharing!) but also insisting that everyone else shares equally, as well; thinking about the other—but in the context of the Self; cooperating—but only if you do, too!
What appears to the onlooker to be indecisiveness is anything but; when asked to choose, Libra must ponder, weigh, and extrapolate. One of their strengths that’s often overlooked is that Libra thinks (it’s an Air sign, we musn’t forget) everything through to the bitter end before venturing an opinion or committing, which means once committed Libra’s loyalty is fixed, like its element. Libra’s completeness of thought is a plus mistaken for stupidity, timidity, or no preference at all—but Libra always has a preference—how could a being ruled by aesthetics, beauty, and the worth of things not?
Libra is seen as a social sign, but that isn’t quite right—it’s just me and you, not a crowd, and if we’re not speaking (a favorite tactic of Air signs), then a partnership with an unhappy Libra can be a lonely place, indeed.

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Just a Little on the Cancer New Moon 27 June 2014

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New Moon at 5 Cancer 37 on 27 June: Creativity and Its Pitfalls

The Cancer New Moon trines Neptune, and with some leniency for non-Ptolemaic aspects, we can count it as semi-sextile the Juno-Venus combo in Gemini. This makes for new beginnings that are strongly emotional and are relationship, values, information, or communion-oriented; it also may generate emotion-driven creativity, inspiration, and imagination that have an agenda of furthering communication and caring. What we musn’t overlook, though, is that relationships and empowerment issues (especially whose ‘rights’ are granted by whom) will play a bigger part than we expect; they will act as an undercurrent, and issues of status, control, and emotional ‘territory’ will loom large in expression of NM energies. One important thing we must note about Juno-Venus is the potential for co-opting others’ resources, energy, relationships, or even ideas (the Gemini placement), as well as the possibility of jealousy surrounding creative energy expression. It’s not pretty, but it’s a whole picture, one that can equip us to create and protect our creation—for certainly that’s part of the Cancer mandate, a facet of nurture and care—and surely we know by now that to reject the darkness is to invite it in, sit it in the best chair, and give it a muffin.

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Born Today 27 June

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Gustave Caillebotte - Régates à Argenteuil{{PD}}

Gustave Caillebotte – Régates à Argenteuil{{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! You have the fresh start of a Solar Return New Moon, one that offers you the chance to spend the year inspired, bringing your ideals to your reality, and making creative acts of beauty straight from the imagination. That sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? And it is, and will go very well, just as long as you don’t allow radicalism, irresponsibility, your own ego, or naysayers to get in the way. Success for you will depend on keeping yourself on an even keel, and meeting your obligations and real-world challenges, even as you take the time to make manifest whatever it is inside you that’s been feeding your Soul all these years–now it deserves an external form, to be added to the pantheon of the world’s masterpieces–or at least, really really good stuff–created by the hand of humans. Good Luck!

Born Today 26 June

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'Two Sisters on the Terrace' Auguste Renoir 1881 {{PD}}

‘Two Sisters on the Terrace’ Auguste Renoir 1881 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, everything you do this coming Solar year will be about gaining empowerment–and that’s good, it’s time for you to enjoy the privileges and status you’ve earned, as up to now you’ve been under the thumb of authorities, paternal figures, or the weight of obligations, rules, and boundaries. Now you can celebrate your strong creative energies–they’re at their peak right now–and whatever Neptune rules in your chart will be in prime readiness and at your disposal for whatever you’d like to create. The first two-thirds of the year may be spent in what feels like the shadows, but it’s meant to keep the pressure off and allow the emotional and authoritative Self to flourish without the negative influence of too much scrutiny, so enjoy it, work quietly, and be ready to blossom about 4 months before your next birthday–and have a happy one!

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Just a Little Lunar Essence + the Daily Word Image 25 June 2014: A Gush of Emotion

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Certainly more dramatic than a burst pipe. 'Fisherman and the Siren' Knut Ekwall {{PD}}

Certainly more dramatic than a burst pipe. ‘Fisherman and the Siren’ Knut Ekwall {{PD}}

1 AM PDT of the 25th the Gemini Moon squares Pallas. What we’re thinking may be at odds with what’s wise–let feelings break the tie. 3 AM PDT the Moon fills in the base to a Finger of God with Black Moon Lilith, apex Pluto. It’s time to look at emotional secrets, those things we’d hoped to keep hidden, and deal with them for good; the payoff will be a clean slate, and maybe a little power. 9 AM PDT the Moon trines Zeus; our intuition supports our ambitions, and act as an excellent guide. 11 AM PDT the Moon sextiles Uranus and trines Mars. We act (or talk about acting) but surprise ourselves or others with the unexpected, the innovative, or the original. Go with it. 1 PM PDT the Moon quincunxes Saturn and squares Chiron. We may find ourselves adjusting the surroundings to fit our wounds; protect yourself, but realize too much coddling may actually prevent healing. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon trines Vesta-Ceres. We connect with what’s important to us through feeling–and behind that we find power.

Today’s image is a burst pipe. This brings to mind the unexpected gush of emotion, the kind of feeling that overwhelms and simply won’t be contained. There is something that is nearing this point with you, something you feel strongly about–and haven’t adequately expressed. Find it and let it out, before any damage is done.

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Born Today 25 June

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Yes, you hear it coming, Cancer. 'Eavesdropping' by Vittorio Reggianini 19th century {{PD}}

Yes, you hear it coming, Cancer. ‘Eavesdropping’ by Vittorio Reggianini 19th century {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, it seems whether you’re aware of it or not, you’re busy altering your world–but why? It looks like you can sense that Love or Money is on the way, and you want to be there to greet it. You know this because you’re undergoing your own personal ‘thinning of the veil’ between the active conscious mind and its unconscious counterpart. That’s good news, as you may be unusually adept at guiding yourself through the Darkness this coming Solar year, and as well you can offer that information, with care and finesse, to others; just take care not to fall prey to old hurts or grudges–and you won’t, if you’re open to allowing them to fall away, a feat easily accomplished by the willing Cancer at this time. Happy Birthday!

Featured Solar Return aspect (this applies to everyone): Black Moon Lilith quincunx, Pallas trine Pluto=what we normally are loathe to face can be discarded, and our judgment is such that we’ll do an intelligent job of sorting wheat from chaff. Take advantage of this while it lasts!

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Just a Little Lunar Essence + the Daily Image 28 July 2014

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Gerhard Munthe - At the Farm, Ulvin {{PD}}

Gerhard Munthe – At the Farm, Ulvin {{PD}}

2 PM PDT the Leo Moon sextiles Ceres. We get along well with those in authority, or are in touch with our own power and able to show it. Negotiations guided by intuition go well, too. 6 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Vesta; both are at 29 degrees. In spite of things in the home, with causes to which we’re dedicated, or interaction with the mate, running smoothly, we’re still tense and possibly snappish. This period may test our commitment to values and to our usual peace-loving attitude. Void begins at 7:14 PM Pacific time; the Moon enters Virgo at 8:37 PM PDT. 10:30 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Mars. It’s easy at this point to become aggressive and critical–but we can choose instead to put our attention on taking detail-oriented action.

Today’s image is a man who returns to a house where he lived many years ago, and finds the current occupants do not welcome him in. It’s important we recognize that no matter our memories, our surroundings change, and psychically and otherwise, we may no longer ‘fit’ in old places or old scenarios. Heraclitus reminds us, we can’t step into the same river twice: it is not the same river, and we are not the same person.

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Born Today 28 July

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'Dance' Alfons Mucha 1898 {{PD}}

‘Dance’ Alfons Mucha 1898 {{PD}}

Are you still basking in the glow of a recent, big success, dear Leo, or are you just getting ready to launch that big effort or project? In either case, optimism is at a peak, and during this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll need to make sure skills and what you visualize as your next goal are in accord; nothing will halt progress more quickly than having ambitions that aren’t supported by abilities. That shouldn’t be a problem for you, though, and you should have confidence in your ability to express talents, use assets or funds, and find the right relationships to make things happen. Be aware of two things that could stall forward momentum: know that money does not solve all problems, and that Love is in reality the biggest change-agent of all. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

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Born Today 27 July

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Anthony van Dyck - Daedalus and Icarus c1620 {{PD}}

Anthony van Dyck – Daedalus and Icarus c1620 {{PD}}

You may feel like things are taking off, dear Leo–and they are–but what you’ll face this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will be a series of challenges concerning your creativity, your sources of inspiration, your spirituality, and your ability to sort fact from fiction, and your response to these will determine whether those take-offs lead to a successfully completed trip or a crash-and-burn situation. Working for you: your intense energy, your generosity, and your sensitivity, particularly acute at this time; working against you: a temporary but significant tendency toward a hair-trigger temper and taking premature action. It’s not exactly make or break for you this year, but it is a time when many important steps will be taken and vital situations put in place–good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Born Today 26 July

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'Bal du moulin de la Galette' Renoir 1876 {{PD}}

‘Bal du moulin de la Galette’ Renoir 1876 {{PD}}

You may be on pins and needles this coming Solar year, dear Leo, as so much big, new, and exciting is forming in your life–but timing will be what makes or breaks your efforts at expansion, at reaching out, and at making your world a more dynamic and rewarding place. It may be particularly difficult to know when to take action–but, inspiration and optimism will be plentiful, and will get you over any false starts or dead ends you may temporarily take. Home, mate, and values will not only be your bedrock, but will help you fulfill those goals and dreams–use values as your guide, heed the mate’s counsel, and use home as a refuge–plenty of rest will be extra important in this period, as you may tend to tire yourself out with big efforts and big plans. Good Luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

New Moon in Leo 26 July 2014: Bragging Rights

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Weak sauce or not, we'll all get a taste. Jean Béraud's 'The Drinkers' 1908 {{PD}}

Weak sauce or not, we’ll all get a taste. Jean Béraud’s ‘The Drinkers’ 1908 {{PD}}

New Moon in Leo occurs 26 July at 3 Leo 51 at 3:41 PM Pacific time. The Leo New Moon roars at us mid-afternoon Pacific time, and so in most of the Western hemisphere may go unnoticed in the daytime sky. This New Moon is conjunct Jupiter, and we can count a loose sesquiquadrate to Chiron—and with lenient orbs a square to Mars, brand new in Scorpio.

This suggests that what develops at the NM seems much more formidable, with tougher requirements for action and choice, and much more serious stakes, than it really is; it appears that this conflict or challenge will in actuality be ‘weak sauce’, as the phrase goes—with effects likely concentrated in the natal Houses holding the NM and t Mars. We may work ourselves up, or the social circle may make noises that suggest this is a bigger event than it is—but what happens, or what choices we must make or actions take, will be much less effective and/ or meaningful to our Path than we might think in the moment. Mars new in Scorpio could be more concerned with being taken seriously (even being considered ‘dangerous’ in some sense) than in getting into action, and a square to Sun-Jupiter only adds incentive to broadcast the Self and ‘shine’—no one reacts well to that kind of pressure, especially after the somewhat debilitating experience of the Saturn-Uranus direction changes.

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Born Today 25 July

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'Dinner at the Casino' by Gaston La Touche 1902 {{PD}}

‘Dinner at the Casino’ by Gaston La Touche 1902 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, this may be a spectacular year for you–but that doesn’t mean fireworks, prestige, and money delivered in buckets to your door–it doesn’t deny them, either, it’s just that your rewards may actually be on the quieter side, with this year being one you look back on for the rest of your life as both fulfilling and rich with experience. The House(s) in the natal chart (Sagittarius and Pisces, using traditional rulers) ruled by Jupiter are the likeliest areas for abundance, the acquisition of knowledge, experience, or influence, the development of a philosophy of life that can carry you through, and/ or the expansion of your world and your reach so that you permanently and positively change the way you engage with your surroundings forevermore. Know too that this year the emotions are likely to enjoy real stability and to heal so completely that you may feel like a ‘new you’ by the time you reach your next Solar Return. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

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Born Today 24 July

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Circe by Wright Barker (1889) {{PD}}

Circe by Wright Barker (1889) {{PD}}

Is it possible to have a quiet year and a glorious one simultaneously, dear Leo? Because that appears to be what’s in store for you–and the highlight may be the arrival of Love, Money, or emotional fulfillment that answers a deep desire within you. The only caution, really, is represented by Mercury square Zeus and semi-sextile Black Moon Lilith; this suggests that communications (or matters of the Houses ruled by Merc in the natal chart) will be tested by, and perhaps will reveal to others, your ambitions and desires–and that as a consequence you will either have to deal with what you’d rather not, or stand up for yourself in some significant way. And in between, a genuine spiritual quiet and peace can be yours. Not a perfect mix, but happening within a year with such enormous potential for abundance, happiness, and success, who can complain?

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Just a Little AstroEssence 23 July 2014: Conflict in Thought

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Henri Le Sidaner - Small Table in Evening Dusk 1921 {{PD}}

Henri Le Sidaner – Small Table in Evening Dusk 1921 {{PD}}

23 July thinking is in conflict with ambitions and desires, so don’t look to the mental realm to strategize; leave goal-setting for a later date, and focus instead on what it is about what you want that is causing internal mental conflict in the first place (hint: either your thinking has failed to acknowledge the appetites, or what you want in some way offends your usual mindset). (Perfecting today: Mercury square Zeus)

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Born Today 23 July

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Still Life with Cake - Raphaelle Peale c1822 {{PD}}

Still Life with Cake – Raphaelle Peale c1822 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be brimming with optimism and opportunity for you, dear Leo–and is it any wonder, because you’re on the verge of taking a huge step forward in either the area of Self-expression or in one or more matters of the House with Leo on the cusp and/ or that holds your Sun. Don’t be afraid to network–you could find your biggest allies by doing so–and make sure you have all the information you need before acting–action should be the very last step.

Featured Solar Return aspect: Black Moon Lilith trine stationary retrograde Uranus. Strong, clear instincts, a willingness to stand up for yourself, and a willingness to face what might be unpleasant will all support unique and original Self-expression–feeling strong this year may be a given. Happy Birthday, Leo, and Good Luck!

Want vs. Need in the Natal Chart

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Birthdays do seem to be a time when we think about what we want and need. 'The Birthday Party' John Singer Sargent 1887 {{PD}}

Birthdays do seem to be a time when we think about what we want and need. ‘The Birthday Party’ John Singer Sargent 1887 {{PD}}A Re

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It’s really important to distinguish between what we want and what we need; often, we see them as one and the same or, much worse, confuse the two, or just plain misunderstand, thinking that what we need is only a desire, and denying it to ourselves out of misplaced frugality. We all have both wants and needs, and they’re shown principally by the Moon (needs) and Venus (wants) in the natal chart.

Noting that Venus has been tagged as representing wants, you may protest with, ‘But don’t we all need love?’ And you’d be right, of course we all need love, it’s just that the love we need must be delivered in the form of the Moon–the love we talk about with Venus carries other baggage: lust, jealousy, envy, greed, carnality, and the trappings of romance and courtship–all are forms of ‘Venus love,’ and not truly love at all, but desire. Love that is pure and untouched by these concepts is Amor, while Venus love that is other-directed and objectified is Eros. It remains to the Moon to show us true need, and the form of love that will nurture, comfort, and fulfill emotionally.

Does this mean we shouldn’t call Venus the planet of Love anymore? No, it just means that when we speak of Venus as representing love, we must remain aware that the love Venus represents is that which is typically found in relationship, shown by its rulership of Libra (with the singular exception of the Moon as it carries the maternal love). Venus can also show something about love of the Self (as indicated by Taurus and natural rulership of the 2nd of Self-worth and assets/ talents)–and yet, again, this suggests an outward component to the love, as this focuses on our perceptions of ourselves via the physical, the abilities, and the possessions, including our relationship to the personal finances. Because we live in a material world (sorry, Madonna) there exists a material level at which we will inevitably assess ourselves–and so we take this into account when thinking of Venus, as well.

Neither the Moon nor Venus promises fulfillment of the spirit, though the functions of each can lead to this (the propensity largely indicated in the natal chart by a relationship of either to Neptune, Chiron, the Sun, and sometimes Jupiter). Spiritual love and ideals are the province of Neptune and the Sun (this latter as it represents the Soul itself), but again, these are not separate so much as facets of the concept of love we all carry.

So when we seek love, talk about love, speak of needing to find another to assuage our loneliness, to give our love to, in my estimation we really need to be looking, not at our Venus, but at our Moon, first. This idea was encapsulated in the pop psychology axiom, ‘You can’t love another until you love yourself,’ and indeed, if we have not found the emotional fulfillment demanded by our Moon, we are, in a psychic sense, unable to look away from our own needs, and thus unable to really see and commune with another.

What about desire? After all, we’re in a way programmed to go after what we desire and there’s nothing wrong with that, except that we go after our desires with the expectation that having them fulfilled will fulfill us, when our desires are more about possession than about completion. Our Moon needs, however, are about completion, in the sense that our psyches cannot function as a healthy whole without the sense of having been nurtured, and emotionally ‘filled up’–and we are back to the idea that we cannot give away what we don’t possess–in this case, the sense of completeness, comfort, and nurture that make up the essence of the love we think of sharing with another person.

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Born Today 22 July

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'The Thames' James Tissot 1876 {{PD}}

‘The Thames’ James Tissot 1876 {{PD}}

You’re on the verge of big big things, my dear Cancer–or are you a Leo? The Sun changes sign today, but no matter, this projection applies to you both equally–a veritable orgy of abundance and opportunity will be yours–just as long as you don’t harm, wound, or hobble anyone else. That means you’ll have to vet each step you take for the impact it might have on others; that’s good, because it insures everything you gain this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will be totally positive, carrying no obligations or unforeseen negative consequences. The down side is, you may have to move slower than you’d like, and so may miss an opportunity or two–but be assured, there’ll be plenty to choose from. Happy Birthday!

Born Today 21 July

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Cancer, use the inspiration and healing potential currently available in Pisces to set you on your way. 'Leaping Trout' Winslow Homer 1889 {{PD}}

Cancer, use the inspiration and healing potential currently available in Pisces to set you on your way. ‘Leaping Trout’ Winslow Homer 1889 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, you can feel luck, fortune, and an expanded world so near, can’t you? But you’re going to have to spend a good part of your year between this birthday and the next waiting, and then you’ll have to do some important planning and networking–and the toughest part may be that much of what goes on with you will be very visible, even public, so that you’re aware of your every choice seen and perhaps scrutinized by others. This may feel awfully unfair, except that by your next Solar Return you’ll have shaped your reality precisely as you’d like, and your choices will have been smart, and needed skills will have been acquired. You’ll be leaps and bounds ahead of where you are now–and that’s really something to look forward to! Happy Birthday!

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Born Today 20 July

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Claude Monet, 1867, Regatta at Sainte-Adresse {{PD}}

Claude Monet, 1867, Regatta at Sainte-Adresse {{PD}}

Action in partnership is the key concept for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Cancer; artistic efforts, cooperative ventures, and financial situations involving others may get the Crab’s share of your attention for this period–and it won’t be easy to deal with. At worst, conflict with others is what brings these areas into focus; at best, you’ll use situations that are at first confrontational to work out solutions that fulfill the wants of both (or all) parties, using your exquisite natural sensitivity, enhanced this year by the Solar Return Moon in Taurus, tripling your ability to both comfort and prosper. It’ll likely be a challenging year where you’ll have to handle some things you’d rather not–but by facing these you have a chance to heal not just yourself, but your world–and that sounds pretty good, no? Happy Birthday!

Born Today 19 July

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Something blocked could flow, or something free-flowing could dam-up--you need to be ready, Cancer. 'Bradberry's Mill Dam in Spring' by Edward Francis Rook c. 1910-1915 {{PD}}

Something blocked could flow, or something free-flowing could dam-up–you need to be ready, Cancer. ‘Bradberry’s Mill Dam in Spring’ by Edward Francis Rook c. 1910-1915 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, is that any way to celebrate a birthday? You seem to be pushing yourself so hard, pushing to go, to do, to create the perfect partnership, to cooperate flawlessly, to be a Warrior for all you care about–it’s exhausting! Really, you’ll do yourself and everyone around you a favor if you’ll just take a break, treat yourself to some rest, some luxury, and build your reserves back up–because soon there’s going to be a switch in your basic situation, with either a freeing up of what you hadn’t been able to budge, or conversely, a halt to something that was free-flowing–and you’ll need to be ready to do some major adaptation to whichever situation visits you. Too, this Solar year, through to your next birthday, may find you in need of (and possibly really enjoying) a secure and established home front (or its emotional equivalent) to act as a stabilizer, safe zone, and place of recovery from your adventures–that’s where you need to put your immediate efforts, just until you are feeling secure–then you can get back to doing! Happy Birthday!

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Your ECLIPSE Weekend Sampler 18-20 July 2014

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Carducius Plantagenet Ream 'Dessert No. 4' c1865 {{PD}}

Carducius Plantagenet Ream ‘Dessert No. 4′ c1865 {{PD}}

Your weekend sampler, featuring a too-long cake metaphor, a slice (again!) from the article on sibling relationships, and a little glimpse ahead, but just a crumb–have a great weekend!

Today’s image (for the 18th) is a pink cake box, like the kind you get from the bakery, containing a crushed cake and discarded on the freeway on-ramp. This is a sad image; who is so angry or unhappy or spiteful that they moosh a perfectly lovely cake and throw it out the window of a speeding car? Someone who doesn’t like the good things in life, that’s who, someone who is not willing to accept pleasure–and they don’t want anyone else to have any enjoyment, either. Is there someone like this in your life? If so, consider that they may ruin everyone’s cake out of deep sorrow, perhaps out of a belief that they don’t deserve life’s cake. If you find it in yourself, you may want to offer them a slice, and let them know that they really do deserve it–all we have to do is be alive to deserve it!–and we can all have our cake, after all.

Anything posited in the 11th adds layers to the interaction, and typically focuses major attention in 11th House matters. The Moon here, for example, may suggest we see our own mother, those who seem maternal to us, or those with whom we empathize as friend material; an emotional connection may be essential to viewing an individual as a friend, with this placement, and could dominate interaction. So how do our sibling interactions influence our later interactions with friends? Even if there are no other connections, Whole Sign Houses give us the same element in both 3rd and 11th House—and further, we get the same element on the 7th of Others, with all three Houses offering both personal and group or ‘other’ related viewpoints for the chart individual. This implies that the way we relate to friends and groups is very much like, even modeled on, sibling relationships and early childhood experiences (which also fall in the 3rd). With the elements connecting the Houses, we can’t help but translate our experiences in the matters of the earliest part of life (the 3rd) into later events and experiences as our horizons and contacts widen.

19 July are our relationships or finances not fitting smoothly into our reality, or must our reality modify itself to accurately reflect the Truth of our relationships or financial situation? That’s the question we’ll wrestle with all day. (Perfecting today: Venus sesquiquadrate Saturn)

20 July sees us discover the down side to our expansion attempts, our social role, or to knowing what we know; somehow we are seen as responsible for darker elements that are in reality way outside our control. This brings a form of public judgment, an episode where the social circle makes a pronouncement about us—and there’s nothing we can do about it. Just know that what’s communicated is more revealing about the thinking of those making the assessments than it is about you or your choices. Too, our own thinking is influenced by things we’re not aware of—and pushes us in directions we might not anticipate, to undetermined effect—and that could be the same influence that’s causing others to make those judgments of you. (Jupiter contra-parallel Pluto, Mercury semi-square Sedna)

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Born Today 18 July

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Max Slevogt - Sandstorm in the Libyan Desert 1918 {{PD}}

Max Slevogt – Sandstorm in the Libyan Desert 1918 {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! It’s all about some combination of home, values, life commitments, and the mate or partner, this coming Solar year–and more than likely revelations and change that come about along these lines will arise from the dust of conflict and disparities between what you’ve told others you want and where you’re really headed. You didn’t mean to mislead anybody; in fact, you’re just now yourself discovering that where you thought you were headed, and what you believed you wanted to dedicate your life energy to, may be very different than you’ve been thinking and saying. You’ll be going through a process of discovery that may be very hard on your pocketbook, your relationships, and/ or could significantly alter your social standing or role–but in any event will leave you in a much changed state, physically, mentally, and perhaps emotionally, by the time you reach your next birthday, and could see you aiming for a whole new set of goals sooner rather than later. Good luck!

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Born Today 17 July

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DeScott Evans 'Hanging Apples' 1898 {{PD}}

DeScott Evans ‘Hanging Apples’ 1898 {{PD}}

Your connection to Nature, as well as your sense of ‘home’, whether that has an interior or exterior form, may be your saving graces this coming Solar year, dear Cancer; when you are dealing with some facet of these life areas, things, with some effort, will fall into place perfectly. These may also be the areas where you must face conflict–but in the end that’s a good thing, as it reveals the true nature of your relationships, strengthening connections in some cases and severing them in others. The result of all this may be that you adopt a new sense of adventure–and end the year with considerably wider horizons than when you began it. Happy Birthday!

Solar Return Focus On: Saturn quincunx Uranus=the entire year you may find yourself striving to gain or create balance–and yet surprising and unanticipated factors related to willfulness, Self-expression, the ego, and anger, your own and that of others, will keep tipping the apple cart. Try to work with, not against, these erratic developments, by remaining mentally flexible and open to the latest advancements and changes. Good luck!

Just a Little Lunar Essence 16 July 2014: We Sense What We Can’t See

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James Tissot - 'Ball on Shipboard' 1873 {{PD}}

James Tissot – ‘Ball on Shipboard’ 1873 {{PD}}

3 AM PDT of the 16th the Pisces Moon opposes Pallas. We may be inspired or just deluded, but either way we may be tempted to ignore the smart thing to do. Don’t. 10 AM PDT the Moon forms the base of a Finger of God with Sedna, catching the South Node at the midpoint, apex the North Node and Ceres; the Moon also trines the Sun. We sense what we can’t really see, something linking us to the past, and this informs both the future and our sense of personal authority and power. Our vision is clear at this point, so that anything we conclude, even when it’s gleaned from unconscious sources, will be accurate and informative. 12:30 PM PDT the Moon creates another Finger with Sedna, this time with an apex of Mars and Vesta. What we’ve sensed now prompts action or choice; the good news is what we act on or choose is directly in line with our truest values. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon squares Venus. Our sense of the creative or a need for escape is in conflict with relationship or financial needs. Don’t blow something important just for a few hours off, but do note the need you feel at this time: it’s indicative of some itch that can cause trouble if it’s not eventually scratched. Void begins at 5:59 PM PDT; the Moon enters Aries at 9:07 PM PDT and immediately trine Jupiter fresh in Leo. We may have an excited and expansive feeling about the social scene or from knowledge just gained; this is a great way to kick off the Moon in Aries, as this confidence and excitement primes us for Aries flavored action.

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Born Today 16 July

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Gustave Caillebotte - Régates à Argenteuil 1893 {{PD}}

Gustave Caillebotte – Régates à Argenteuil 1893 {{PD}}

Even though, dear Cancer, your Solar Return identity and emotions are in harmony, your Solar year through to your next birthday may be dominated by all the material you’ve tucked into your ‘blind spot’; look to both your natal Sedna placement and the place in the natal chart where Sedna is currently transiting (today at 24 Taurus 47) in order to know from what issues and life areas (by House) and in what manner (by sign) you might be blindsided. The good news is you’ll have a clear idea about what material steps you’ll want to take to pursue goals, and you’ll by guided by Nature, your highest values, and aided by the cooperative attitudes of others. In fact, the consistent and unanticipated support you attract on all levels, from the personal to the Collective, will make for some of the highlights of the year, and perhaps of your life. Happy Birthday!

Born Today 15 July

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Choices may not be easy this year, dear Cancer. 'The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame' Georges de la Tour c1640 {{PD}}

Choices may not be easy this year, dear Cancer. ‘The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame’ Georges de la Tour c1640 {{PD}}

You’ll be making some fate-determining choices this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Cancer–why? You may be driven by matters you’re not even aware of, and a sense of needing to act, as well as a feeling that you should defend those things that really matter to you and that you should establish your own place and power within the natural order of things, may push you into situations that could be rooted in primal hurts and require the exercise of unique skills. Its not an ideal picture for the year ahead, but it is one that will move you along your Path significantly–and much of the outcome will depend upon your level of consciousness and your life intentions–a punishing person who blames others for their situation will have a much harder time than will an individual who is Self-responsible, willing to do what’s necessary to get where they want to go, and who keeps highest values at the forefront when making those fate-determining choices. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Featured Solar Return aspect: Sun sesquiquadrate Neptune=it will take effort, but the potential exists for you to bring dreams to reality; be aware there’s also the possibility that you could be mislead by your own delusions about the nature of reality. Strive to see ‘What Is’ and to deal with it in the most honest and straightforward way possible, and you just may manifest something you’ve been hoping to create for a long time.

Just a Little AstroEssence + The Daily Word Image 14 July 2014: The Universe Complies

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Blason de Mozac sur la châsse de saint Austremoine 16th century {{PD}}

Blason de Mozac sur la châsse de saint Austremoine 16th century {{PD}}

14 July our own inner sense of authority determines our Path—it’s very simple—though those who don’t entirely accept that their life direction is truly in their own hands may insist that there are things they can do nothing about—and when we dissemble like that, the Universe typically complies, giving us a few things we really can’t do anything about—so don’t be that guy. Too what we think may need to adjust to the reality of the situation; reality shines a bright light on what is, reveals cleanly what isn’t, and expects us to accept it. (Perfecting Today: Ceres conjunct the North Node, Mercury sesquiquadrate Saturn, Sun sesquiquadrate Neptune)

Today’s image is an outdated swipe-card hotel key from another city, found in your winter jacket pocket. You have the key to something, but does it really matter anymore? You may be past the point when having it would make a difference. This points to the potential for putting energy into things already over, decided, or that are completely history–recognizing this allows you to re-channel the energy to something useful in the present, and allows you to really be present.

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Born Today 14 July

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Viktor M. Vasnetsov 1880 {{PD}}

Viktor M. Vasnetsov 1880 {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! This coming Solar year you may find yourself terribly torn: every time you try to move forward, specifically by expressing your personal power and authority, cooperating with existing authorities, and finding your natural boundaries and roles, you may see your attention drawn to serious and practical matters, or to the need to care-take or provide for others. This can be discouraging, as you may feel you’re not making any headway toward goals, but it really shouldn’t be; you will be acting in your own and others’ highest interests–in fact, you will be acting out your highest values, in ways that will serve to make who you are apparent to yourself and to everyone around you. The chance to show what you honor and find sacred so directly with your choices and actions can be rare, as everyday matters usually obscure the underpinnings of our choices–and this year your social role will be under stress and will inevitably change, opening the way for unusual experiences. This year you can live in an almost Archetypal or Heroic way, dear Cancer–will you take the challenge?

Born Today 13 July

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Charles Caryl Coleman (1840–1928) 'In the Shade of the Vines, Capri' 1898 {{PD}}

Charles Caryl Coleman (1840–1928) ‘In the Shade of the Vines, Capri’ 1898 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be a time of fresh new communication and thought for you, and you may be offered new starts in the Houses ruled by Mercury in the natal chart. You’ll enjoy a keen sensitivity, and the intellect will be finely attuned to nuance and shades of meaning–a trait you can use to great advantage in dealing with others and also when considering your own needs. Problems will center on your own ego leading you astray, and in conflict with authorities–but if you make the keynote for the year cooperation you may have few difficulties, if any. If your thinking is on track, you could be slated to gain Love or Money from carefully considered action–and who wouldn’t want that?

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Just a Little Lunar Essence: the Capricorn Full Moon July 2014

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Henri Rousseau - La zingara addormentata 1897 {{PD}}

Henri Rousseau – La zingara addormentata 1897 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 4:25 AM PDT of the 12th at 20 Capricorn 03. The Moon makes a wide quincunx to Venus and a wide square to the triumvirate Vesta-Ceres-Mars, with Vesta technically outside our usual fussy orb (even Ceres and Mars are a little farther out than usual)—but in this case Vesta’s close contact to the other two overrides my reservations. We also see a loose Grand Earth Trine with Sedna and Pallas. With a Full Moon promising culmination or fulfillment, we may find two simultaneous trends: a balancing or coming to an end of material matters involving a resolution to something that came out of our ‘blind spot’, but which we have answered with wisdom or skills—so a satisfactory ending—and another trend of new ‘problems’ or issues coming forward, these involving our own actions, our relationship to authority, assets or earnings adjustments, and our values/ what we find sacred/ and/or home and mate, and the impacts all these have on one another. It may almost feel like punishment: we’ve just managed to put out a few fires over there, and now a few more pop up over here. Darn!

Let’s look at the Sabian for inspiration as to what issues we could face. ‘A Relay Race’. Sh*t, that doesn’t sound good, does it? It sounds like we’ll be continuing that stressed state, continuing to bat at those fires with an old blanket. We may have a long way to go—the one bright spot is that a relay race involves a number of individuals, typically three others—so expect to have your three ‘allies’ made crystal clear with the Full Moon. We also look at the Sun, as it makes the light the Full Moon reflects. ‘A Famous Singer Is Proving Her Virtuosity During An Operatic Performance’. Ahh, this is nice—it implies that within all this stress and effort we show ourselves to be very talented, to be able to rise to the challenge and perform at the highest level, and this may be observed by others, with all the opportunity that implies. So there’s that.

And what about this Full Moon’s status as a ‘Super Moon’? The term has come to be used whenever there’s a Full Moon occurring near perigee (the point when the Moon is closest to the Earth).  Astronomically this is referred to as perigee-syzygy or a proxigean Moon (when the Full Moon occurs within 24 hours of perigee). But, it’s important to realize that the Moon reaches perigee once every anomalistic month (the time spanning one perigee to the next) of 27.55 days. It’s full once every Synodic period (a Synodic period is the time from one point, such as a Full Moon, to the next Full Moon) and these have an overall average of 29.53 days. It’s only when the Full phase and perigee occur roughly together that we have a ‘Super Moon’. Does this mean anything astrologically? Not really, but we can argue that we could conceivably feel this affect within the approximately 57-60% of the body that is water–after all, the Moon drives the tides, why shouldn’t this pull and create inner ‘tides’, as well? So, the ultra-sensitive among us may sense it, but the ‘Super Moon’ doesn’t, in my opinion, affect the astrology of the Full Moon event.

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Born Today 12 July

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Yes, your birthday can be this fun. Originally uploaded by J. van Vliet  licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported by  Internauta from nl

Yes, your birthday can be this fun. Originally uploaded by J. van Vliet licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported by Internauta from nl

Dear Cancer, you celebrate your Solar Return with a Full Moon, symbolically suggesting a culmination to some important emotional phase in the life. You’re finishing up one thing, getting your bearings for the next–no need to rush. Instead, savor your victory–or if not that, then the completion of a personal era to which you will never return. You’ll likely be on to something that involves partnership, working or living in tandem with another, and attention will go to setting or removing boundaries, gaining some sense of security, and perhaps working privately on some original or unique contribution only you could make, to be made public much later in the year. Until then, work, enjoy, plan for where you want to go next and what you want to achieve–and have a Happy Birthday!

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Born Today 11 July

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Edouard Dantan L'Atelier du Sculpteur {{PD}}

Edouard Dantan L’Atelier du Sculpteur {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, you may have a tough time deciding what to do this year; it seems all avenues present conflict, even as all avenues seem to offer opportunity. The energy you need to emphasize during this Solar year, through to your next birthday, is purely creative–reach into your Soul and into your imagination and make, plan, create those things that have always lived within–and let the emotions and intuition be your fuel. In everyday areas, though, be practical, constructive, and grounded in reality and the here-and-now–results come later, though keeping respect for those currently in power and keeping your own highest values in the forefront at all times will go a long way toward getting you closer to your goals.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 10 July 2014: Firmly Rooted

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Bertha Boyntom Lum, Point Lobos, 1920 {{PD}}

Bertha Boyntom Lum, Point Lobos, 1920 {{PD}}

10 July is one of those times when it feels like there are undercurrents sweeping us this way and that, while on the surface matters are kind of clunky and hard to manage. Actions must deal with reality; there’s no room for delusions or deception, and successfully taking action means we face and modify anything that isn’t firmly rooted in the real world. This will definitely be harder on some of us than on others, but in any case what happens now will shape the Path for some time to come.

We’ll also feel a nasty or power-seeking riptide in communications; knowing the real message is hidden will help us believe what we’re sensing and answer appropriately (and don’t let someone’s indignation that you took it that way throw you off—trust your intuition at this point). And after all this, a rainbow: what we focus on at this time becomes our reward, so be sure you have your ideals in Love and Money in mind—because they’ll be at the door, knocking to come in, in no time. (Perfecting today: Neptune and Mars both parallel the North Node, Mars sesquiquadrate Neptune, Mercury contra-parallel Pluto, Sun parallel Venus)

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Born Today 10 July

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'Shell Gathering' Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) (1760–1849) {{PD}}

‘Shell Gathering’ Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) (1760–1849) {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, does it feel like restrictions and pain have been recently lifted off your back, or are you feeling as if lately you’ve gotten yourself into a situation that might be described as ‘a world of hurt’? If so you’re looking at the results of recent choices, and you have the option of re-choosing at this point, if you so desire–and if neither applies, then it seems your vision is fixed firmly on the future, no matter what your past or present. Even if you feel you’re in a bad spot now, you’re on your way to forming a new way of communicating/ interacting within relationships, a new way of thinking about Love and Money, and to working out a way of expressing your own power and Will that will be highly effective–but there’s work to do. Establishing your Path/ goals based on what’s most important to you, on what you honor in the world, and then working out a way to follow that Path is the first step. Look to partners, your own sense of aesthetics, and to skills and real-world experiences gained in the past to assist you and help shape your future. Begin now as if you, and everything else, are new. Happy Birthday, and Good Luck!

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Born Today 9 July

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Gauguin {{PD}}

Even if adventurousness isn’t usually your thing, dear Cancer, this year you might roam far afield, or you could do it mentally, by embarking on a new course of learning, or teaching (which is a learning experience itself!) or on a new religious path–whatever it is, you’ll either want to see something new and exotic, or you’ll want to bring the exotic home to you. You are primed to see the healing of your reality situation–by that I mean something in your life that has caused prolonged distress or pain, regret or stress, will come to an end–and your openness to ‘something different’ at this time may be the thing that facilitates that healing. Wisdom is easily tapped this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and gathering resources or intelligence in order to take action is favored and should result in the success of important efforts down the line. Happy Birthday!

Born Today 8 July

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This unearthly photo shows the interior of the Los Angeles Infirmary, 1908 {{PD}}

This unearthly photo shows the interior of the Los Angeles Infirmary, 1908 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, you may find yourself in the midst of a life review that should be about major healing–if you will let it. Of course you want to heal any psychic injuries you’ve suffered–they are often what stands in the way of us making the most of our lives and choices–but there is a danger that emotionalism could have bound you so strongly to your wounds that you may feel to lose them would be to lose a part of yourself. If so, that’s unfortunate. But, if you’ll take the challenge and heal your life, you can command the reality picture in such a way that a situation can be created that takes advantage of your most unique skills–and that means some impressive potentials for success that only you could attain. Wisdom and avant garde sensibilities are yours for the having this Solar year, through to your next birthday, and taking a few risks and unanticipated roads could elevate your choices from good to great–but again, only if you’ll embrace that healing possibility, and let it happen.

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Just a Little Lunar Essence 7 July 2014: Minor Impediments

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Melancholy can be an impediment to getting on with it; sometimes whittling helps. 'Melancholia' by Lucas Cranach the Elder 1532 {{PD}}

Melancholy can be an impediment to getting on with it; sometimes whittling helps. ‘Melancholia’ by Lucas Cranach the Elder 1532 {{PD}}

2 PM PDT the Scorpio Moon squares Black Moon Lilith, making for an overly gloomy outlook and atmosphere. Though Lilith is all about facing what we’d rather not, in this case we may be prompted to look in the wrong direction, toward things we feel guilty about from the past, rather than things we need to inspect now to improve the present and shape the future. Use discernment when considering matters at this point–and whatever you do, don’t take this temporarily gloomy ambiance to heart. 4 PM PDT the Moon trines the Sun and semi-sextiles Zeus. We see clearly what minor impediments are preventing ambition fulfillment–but that could mean we overlook the big stuff! This also begins a Grand Water Trine with the Sun and Chiron, suggesting that we easily see how to heal, especially in emotional terms. 6 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Saturn, acts as apex to a Finger of God with base of Venus-Uranus, and sextiles Pallas. Emotional and/or intuitive prompts can guide us well, requiring Self-assertion in relationship (or original efforts at earning) in order to bring about real-world results. We should see something concrete occur (or the foundation for it poured) at this time.

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Born Today 7 July

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It may feel like your horse has died under you, but it's really just time to get a new horse. Henry F. Farny (1847-1916)

It may feel like your horse has died under you, but it’s really just time to get a new horse. Henry F. Farny (1847-1916)

Dear Cancer, lately you’ve been attending to ambition and desire fulfillment; what now? Your birthday naturally brings forward a review of recent happenings for how effectively they’ve taken you toward your goals–and if my guess is correct, you’ve had a few successes, but even more fails. Now it’s time to re-group and apply your innate wisdom and practicality (which may have been ignored of late) to real-world circumstances–’cause you can’t get ‘there’ unless you know where ‘here’ is. This coming Solar year is prime time for you to move away from past methodologies (you may have been too focused on just throwing the dice, rather than planning and working) and toward finding a way to apply your original point of view and unique abilities to some form that brings you Love, Money, or both–good luck, and happy birthday!

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Born Today 6 July

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'Woman with a pearl necklace in a loge' Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

‘Woman with a pearl necklace in a loge’ Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! This coming Solar year you need to aim directly to fulfill goals, dreams, and desires–and it won’t necessarily be easy. The needs of others, particularly the mate, as well as your own tender nature, may cause you to turn your energy and resources toward alleviating their problems, and though this may be kind, it won’t necessarily be the best thing for either of you. Cooperation is called for, but not at the expense of moving you forward in important ways. Be practical, do what’s wise rather than what’s easy, and talk things through before giving or giving in–if you don’t, resentment may be the result, and you could reach your next birthday feeling you’ve been spinning your wheels. Watch the matters of the House(s) with Gemini on the cusp: these have the potential to be both costly and rewarding, depending on how you approach things; though you need to stay rock solid with home, family, and values, don’t let what you contribute in those areas preclude your own original and unique expression, with the best arenas for Self-expression found in the House with Aquarius on the cusp or the House through which Uranus is now transiting. Good luck!

Born Today 5 July

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Basket of Apples, by Levi Wells Prentice, 1895 {{PD}}

Basket of Apples, by Levi Wells Prentice, 1895 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, it appears you’re in a period of deep introspection brought about by certain material experiences of late–and these are direct reflections of inner issues you have not really wanted to face. Now is the time, and you have the personal strength with which to deal with things–so why hesitate? If you want to move forward, this is the way to proceed, by looking at and resolving those things you’ve been avoiding. You owe it to yourself to pursue those ambitions you’ve been putting aside in favor of handling more mundane problems–but the only way to successfully overcome those everyday issues is to deal with what you’ve been turning away from–I know, it’s around in a circle, isn’t it? But if you do deal with all you’ve been avoiding, the way will then be clear for you to think about and pursue what you need and desire–and it’s about time.

Focus on Solar Return aspect: Moon in Libra. With the Lunar essence by sign at odds with your natal Solar light, you could be in for a tough year emotionally. The good news is that the partner will be a fine source of support (no matter how it seems at the moment) and that you will have a good handle on both the best means of earning and the best way to go forward in relationships. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little Something from ECLIPSE 4-10 July 2014

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Persephone and Hades Enthroned, 500-450 BC, Greek, Locri Epizephirii, Sanctuary of Persephone--Photo by Daderot {{PD}}

Persephone and Hades Enthroned, 500-450 BC, Greek, Locri Epizephirii, Sanctuary of Persephone–Photo by Daderot {{PD}}

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Pluto—this is the symbol of what’s commonly known as ‘The Devouring Mother’, but that’s too narrow a definition by far; this is really a designator of a power figure, male or female, who overwhelmed the individual, and likely persuaded them that, whatever energy Pluto contacted was not to be theirs; the typical indoctrination involves framing the energy as destructive, as likely to obliterate the individual if she or he engages with it. Who would tell (or imply) something like this to a mere child? Sometimes it’s done out of fear, in an attempt to protect, but just as often it arises from rage, an attitude that says, ‘If I can’t have this, neither can you!’ When this is the voice we carry in our minds, we are likely forbidden to even think about the energy too much; we have been so conditioned to see it as, essentially, death, that we avoid it actively. As we see others access it, though, this leads (at least at first) not to accessing it ourselves, but to rage of our own at being denied something we see others have: we in essence become in attitude the mirror of our caretaker in regard to this subject. The classic example is Venus square Pluto, which traditional literature calls a denial of Love for the individual until they learn to be loving. I find this a misunderstanding of the dynamic at work: the individual appears to not understand Love and to behave badly because of it, but they are actually reacting to the denial of Love, in that they are raging at being denied what they see everyone else have. They are not devoid of Love themselves, but so afraid of it (and in some cases this applies to money/ assets, too) that they dare not approach it. Remedy begins when the individual first tastes genuine Love (not romance) and finds they don’t die; dramatic as it seems, that’s what it takes to show them they can not only have it, that they are worthy of it—and that is the essence of the positive Plutonian Archetypal form, the ability to be powerful and unafraid, and so abandon the need to rage and destroy.

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Born Today 4 July

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'Country Road in Provence by Night' Van Gogh {{PD}}

‘Country Road in Provence by Night’ Van Gogh {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, it looks like it’s been a tough year–material matters have exerted their power on you in a way you never expected–but you should know, that’s over now–or at least, waning. You’ve got to look deep within and make an accounting of your resources and talents during this Solar year, through to your next birthday, in preparation for forming a whole new set of ambitions and goals. Right now, though, take it easy–all these things will take shape in their own time, and you may find yourself caught up with the mate or partner’s needs, so that it’s impossible to attend to your own. A little advice? Don’t resent that you can’t focus exclusively on yourself at this time–soon enough you’ll be glad you gave this time and energy to the mate, the home life, or to those intangibles you honor, and reward for your loyalty and efforts will come back tenfold. Happy Birthday!

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Born Today 3 July

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A Summer NightDear Cancer, it looks like this coming Solar year you’ll spend your time in power struggles over love or money (or the matters of the House in the natal chart with Scorpio on the cusp); that doesn’t sound very fun, does it? Let’s look at it another way: you’ll have the gumption, energy, passion, sense of mission, or desire to go after what you truly want–and you’ll do it no-holds-barred. That means it could get messy, you could step on others’ toes, and you could be in territory you’ve never been in before–but that’s okay. You’re claiming what the Soul longs for; remind yourself that just because someone else is upset doesn’t make what you want wrong–and as long as you don’t actually harm anyone in the process, it’s okay to want (and go after) what you want. You may find yourself very critical of your own motives–but the fact is this is a rare time when you are empowered to ask for and get what you desire from the Universe with very little difficulty–and if you make the effort, it’s almost certain at least one of your passions will be fulfilled.

 

Just a Little Lunar Essence 2 July 2014: Hold It In Your Hand

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Gainsborough – The Painters Daughters Chasing a Butterfly 1756 {{PD}}

4 AM PDT of the 2nd the Virgo Moon opposes Neptune. Either we are consumed with imaginative or creative expression, or we have a microscope trained on the details, procedures, and organization of our surroundings. Neither extreme is as productive as a viewpoint that takes that detailed focus and applies it to creating–try to land there. 6 AM PDT the Moon squares Juno. Being critical toward those in charge is useless, but sharing the right knowledge with them can gain you a lot of ground. 10 AM PDT the Moon trines Earth/ sextiles the Sun and squares Venus. We are grounded, so it’s just confusing when we run up against relationship conflict or financial negatives–we feel like it shouldn’t be happening. Trust what surrounds you, what you can hold in your hand, and let anything reported, insinuated, or threatened fall by the wayside. Likely as not those implied problems will never actually appear. 3 PM PDT the Moon trines Pluto. Emotional depth comes easily at this point; we can relate at a very intense level. The inclination might be to dig down where and with whomever we are at the moment, but caution is in order: just because we can get down to the bare bones doesn’t mean we should. 7 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Pallas. We are in touch through intuition and emotion with our inner wisdom–ask it what you need to know. 11 PM PDT the Moon quincunxes Uranus and sextiles Saturn. We’re seeking security by shaking things up–a contradictory stance if there ever was one. Consider that’s not the most logical way to get from A to B.

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Born Today 2 July

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So what is it that you want, Love or Power? Paris Bordone 16th century {{PD}}

So what is it that you want, Love or Power? Paris Bordone 16th century {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! Will it be Love or Power for you? If it’s Love, it’s, as the old song goes, right here waiting for you; it seems you just need to turn your head, to communicate your interest, to smile, for gosh sakes, with that wonderful Cancer sense of joy (nobody does joy like Cancer!) for the connection to be made and the love story to begin. I know you don’t believe that–I can feel the skepticism from here–but it’s true: your love is already within reach. But if it’s Power you want, that is a way off; you’ll need to be in it for the long game, plotting out your moves far in advance–because it won’t be easy. Have you ever seen someone just roll over and give up their power? Me neither. So, in the case of gaining Power, you must look at the matters of your chart ruled by Scorpio, anything aspecting natal Pluto, and where Jupiter is transiting now to know from whence your opportunities will come and how to exploit them. Also look to where Black Moon Lilith is right now by House (13 Leo 25) to know what matters you need to face to get the ball rolling and get your first installment of pure Power. Whether you want Love or Power, now you’ve got a plan–good luck!

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Born Today 1 July

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Both illustrations by Alexey Gavrilovich Venetsianov {{PD}}

Both illustrations by Alexey Gavrilovich Venetsianov {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, it looks like you’ll be making plans this coming Solar year to achieve your dream either money or relationship-wise, and you have an excellent chance of succeeding. Whatever it is you’ve been wanting to go forward with, you’ll be empowered to do so, with the caveat that to let your ego run the show would be a disaster–but to let yourself truly shine will bring you what you desire. It’s a matter of balance (Solar Return Mars, Zeus, Vesta, Ceres, and the North Node in Libra) and discretion (SR Pallas in Virgo). Take things one step at a time, plan ahead (though spontaneity can inspire, to jump in without prior thought is not advisable), and be willing to back up talk with action. Happy Birthday, and Good Luck!

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Born Today 30 June

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Codex Manesse  Jakob von Warte {{PD}}

Codex Manesse Jakob von Warte {{PD}}

You are full of creative energy this coming Solar year, dear Cancer, but it will be all about Venus for you; Love and Money, plus the matters of the Houses in your natal chart ruled by our Lady of Love, will all be front and center through to your next birthday. You’d better be ready to discover some deep Truths about yourself, and you’re likely to act on feelings–emotional fire will be at a high point, and this may account for the majority of happenings, and the majority of problems, you encounter. If you act with care, and without reference to your own wounds, you will be far ahead of the game–that said, be ready too for change, and use that store of creative energy mentioned earlier–when in doubt, commit yourself to a creative project. And Happy Birthday!

Born Today 29 June

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We never know what may come from the well of the personality, do we? Jean Léon Gerome 1896 La Vérité sortant du puits {{PD}}

We never know what may come from the well of the personality, do we? Jean Léon Gerome 1896 La Vérité sortant du puits {{PD}}

This Solar year, dear Cancer, you’ll be moving out of an intensely creative phase (and this was/ is so, whether you were aware of your creativity or it simply orchestrated happenings around you) and into deep consideration of who you are. Identity, status, empowerment options, and with whom to partner will all be big issues this year–but you may feel like you’re hollering down a dry well when you try to get feedback. A sense that you’re not being heard makes determining who you really are, and how you feel about yourself, that much tougher–and it may be that those things you’ve wanted to turn away from must now be faced; talk therapy, even done informally (tap Air-sign loved ones), awareness of resources (personal and material), and concentration on the purpose of and usefulness of what you do, will all help you sort things out. Happy Birthday, and much good luck!

Born Today 28 June

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Adolf Senglaub 'Vasenmaler' (Vase Painter) 1901 {{PD}}

Adolf Senglaub ‘Vasenmaler’ (Vase Painter) 1901 {{PD}}

Will it be the creative path or the unusual one for you this year, dear Cancer? Your birthday astrology suggests you may be drawn in two very different directions, and though neither will be easy, each has its advantages. The first, the creative path, promises a tremendous surge of pure, inspired energy at your disposal–but if you follow this road, you may get distracted by your own imagination or the temptations of world. If you follow the second, the unusual path, you may find yourself on a unique trajectory, one possibly never (or rarely) traveled by others, and that’s bound to be exciting–but which can also be lonely, especially if you’re surrounded by people who don’t understand the direction you’ve chosen. These two alternatives will each be rewarding, but will send you in very nearly opposite life directions. How do you choose? Talk it over with someone you love and trust, and who is experienced enough to be able to offer true perspective on your ideas (Venus conjunct Juno in Gemini). Happy Birthday!

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Your ECLIPSE Weekend Sampler 28-29 June 2014: Thinking About Ourselves

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'Summer' Mary Cassatt {{PD}}

‘Summer’ Mary Cassatt {{PD}}

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28 June: 6 AM PDT of the 28th the Cancer Moon squares Vesta-Ceres. We care about something and that caring conflicts with our highest values and/ or will get us in trouble with authorities. When does this happen? When we love someone who will lead us down a bad path, when we know that the right thing to do is also wrong in the eyes of the establishment, when we are betrayed and have always believed we would walk away in this situation, but find ourselves staying against all better judgment. How to assess our position? We need to make caring about our own welfare top priority; if being involved in the situation means we won’t be respected in some way, it’s time to go. 2 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Sedna and catches stationary retrograde Mercury at the midpoint. Merc is paused for direction–he may act as the outlet for the emotional ‘blind spot’. Watch your own communications for what they can tell you about hidden feelings or motives within you; careful observation should be quite revealing. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Jupiter. Feelings are exaggerated; someone may insist they care more than is reasonable. Look for what they might get out of taking such a stance. Void begins at 6:03 PM PDT; the Moon enters Leo at 1:43 AM Pacific time of the 29th.

Today’s image is a chocolate bar shared among three strangers as they wait in the pouring rain for a bus. Sometimes it’s just nice to be nice, you know?

29 June: we are aware that there’s a danger we could base our actions on past hurt, but we should know that the real influence is buried feeling, instinct, and hidden matters—not that that’s necessarily better, or worse! Adding to our, what? confusion? is a strong sense that relationships and financial matters are not what they seem. The way to handle this discomfiting influence is to channel our energy into a purely creative project, one that does not depend on others, or on obtaining new assets, before going forward. Work with what you have; action brings forward skills, draws inspiration from the unseen, and could, eventually, pay. (Mars quincunx Chiron, contra-parallel Sedna, Venus square Neptune, Sun trine Neptune)

Weighing Libra

Being Fair; Giving In—Or Not; Judging, and feeling they have the right to judge (reflected by Saturn’s exaltation in the sign), Libra assesses everything she contacts, and sets the standard for aesthetics, partnerships, for the worth of things, and in many ways, that’s her place. Libra is a set of contradictions: appreciating but wanting more; generous (insisting on sharing!) but also insisting that everyone else shares equally, as well; thinking about the other—but in the context of the Self; cooperating—but only if you do, too!
What appears to the onlooker to be indecisiveness is anything but; when asked to choose, Libra must ponder, weigh, and extrapolate. One of their strengths that’s often overlooked is that Libra thinks (it’s an Air sign, we musn’t forget) everything through to the bitter end before venturing an opinion or committing, which means once committed Libra’s loyalty is fixed, like its element. Libra’s completeness of thought is a plus mistaken for stupidity, timidity, or no preference at all—but Libra always has a preference—how could a being ruled by aesthetics, beauty, and the worth of things not?
Libra is seen as a social sign, but that isn’t quite right—it’s just me and you, not a crowd, and if we’re not speaking (a favorite tactic of Air signs), then a partnership with an unhappy Libra can be a lonely place, indeed.

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Just a Little on the Cancer New Moon 27 June 2014

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'Cupcake' Wayne Thiebaud cc3.0

‘Cupcake’ Wayne Thiebaud cc3.0

New Moon at 5 Cancer 37 on 27 June: Creativity and Its Pitfalls

The Cancer New Moon trines Neptune, and with some leniency for non-Ptolemaic aspects, we can count it as semi-sextile the Juno-Venus combo in Gemini. This makes for new beginnings that are strongly emotional and are relationship, values, information, or communion-oriented; it also may generate emotion-driven creativity, inspiration, and imagination that have an agenda of furthering communication and caring. What we musn’t overlook, though, is that relationships and empowerment issues (especially whose ‘rights’ are granted by whom) will play a bigger part than we expect; they will act as an undercurrent, and issues of status, control, and emotional ‘territory’ will loom large in expression of NM energies. One important thing we must note about Juno-Venus is the potential for co-opting others’ resources, energy, relationships, or even ideas (the Gemini placement), as well as the possibility of jealousy surrounding creative energy expression. It’s not pretty, but it’s a whole picture, one that can equip us to create and protect our creation—for certainly that’s part of the Cancer mandate, a facet of nurture and care—and surely we know by now that to reject the darkness is to invite it in, sit it in the best chair, and give it a muffin.

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Born Today 27 June

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Gustave Caillebotte - Régates à Argenteuil{{PD}}

Gustave Caillebotte – Régates à Argenteuil{{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! You have the fresh start of a Solar Return New Moon, one that offers you the chance to spend the year inspired, bringing your ideals to your reality, and making creative acts of beauty straight from the imagination. That sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? And it is, and will go very well, just as long as you don’t allow radicalism, irresponsibility, your own ego, or naysayers to get in the way. Success for you will depend on keeping yourself on an even keel, and meeting your obligations and real-world challenges, even as you take the time to make manifest whatever it is inside you that’s been feeding your Soul all these years–now it deserves an external form, to be added to the pantheon of the world’s masterpieces–or at least, really really good stuff–created by the hand of humans. Good Luck!

Born Today 26 June

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'Two Sisters on the Terrace' Auguste Renoir 1881 {{PD}}

‘Two Sisters on the Terrace’ Auguste Renoir 1881 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, everything you do this coming Solar year will be about gaining empowerment–and that’s good, it’s time for you to enjoy the privileges and status you’ve earned, as up to now you’ve been under the thumb of authorities, paternal figures, or the weight of obligations, rules, and boundaries. Now you can celebrate your strong creative energies–they’re at their peak right now–and whatever Neptune rules in your chart will be in prime readiness and at your disposal for whatever you’d like to create. The first two-thirds of the year may be spent in what feels like the shadows, but it’s meant to keep the pressure off and allow the emotional and authoritative Self to flourish without the negative influence of too much scrutiny, so enjoy it, work quietly, and be ready to blossom about 4 months before your next birthday–and have a happy one!

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Just a Little Lunar Essence + the Daily Word Image 25 June 2014: A Gush of Emotion

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Certainly more dramatic than a burst pipe. 'Fisherman and the Siren' Knut Ekwall {{PD}}

Certainly more dramatic than a burst pipe. ‘Fisherman and the Siren’ Knut Ekwall {{PD}}

1 AM PDT of the 25th the Gemini Moon squares Pallas. What we’re thinking may be at odds with what’s wise–let feelings break the tie. 3 AM PDT the Moon fills in the base to a Finger of God with Black Moon Lilith, apex Pluto. It’s time to look at emotional secrets, those things we’d hoped to keep hidden, and deal with them for good; the payoff will be a clean slate, and maybe a little power. 9 AM PDT the Moon trines Zeus; our intuition supports our ambitions, and act as an excellent guide. 11 AM PDT the Moon sextiles Uranus and trines Mars. We act (or talk about acting) but surprise ourselves or others with the unexpected, the innovative, or the original. Go with it. 1 PM PDT the Moon quincunxes Saturn and squares Chiron. We may find ourselves adjusting the surroundings to fit our wounds; protect yourself, but realize too much coddling may actually prevent healing. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon trines Vesta-Ceres. We connect with what’s important to us through feeling–and behind that we find power.

Today’s image is a burst pipe. This brings to mind the unexpected gush of emotion, the kind of feeling that overwhelms and simply won’t be contained. There is something that is nearing this point with you, something you feel strongly about–and haven’t adequately expressed. Find it and let it out, before any damage is done.

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Born Today 25 June

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Yes, you hear it coming, Cancer. 'Eavesdropping' by Vittorio Reggianini 19th century {{PD}}

Yes, you hear it coming, Cancer. ‘Eavesdropping’ by Vittorio Reggianini 19th century {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, it seems whether you’re aware of it or not, you’re busy altering your world–but why? It looks like you can sense that Love or Money is on the way, and you want to be there to greet it. You know this because you’re undergoing your own personal ‘thinning of the veil’ between the active conscious mind and its unconscious counterpart. That’s good news, as you may be unusually adept at guiding yourself through the Darkness this coming Solar year, and as well you can offer that information, with care and finesse, to others; just take care not to fall prey to old hurts or grudges–and you won’t, if you’re open to allowing them to fall away, a feat easily accomplished by the willing Cancer at this time. Happy Birthday!

Featured Solar Return aspect (this applies to everyone): Black Moon Lilith quincunx, Pallas trine Pluto=what we normally are loathe to face can be discarded, and our judgment is such that we’ll do an intelligent job of sorting wheat from chaff. Take advantage of this while it lasts!

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