Born Today 20 November

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Joining the group can be fun, Scorpio. Boki and Hekili (Kahekili Keeaumoku II) with two unidentified chiefs on the sloop Kamchatka 1818 by Mikhail Tikhanov.

Joining the group can be fun, Scorpio. Boki and Hekili (Kahekili Keeaumoku II) with two unidentified chiefs on the sloop Kamchatka 1818 by Mikhail Tikhanov.

You’ve got some big decisions to make this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio, decisions about being Yourself, about going your own way or reconciling yourself to a place in the group, about originality, about Self-respect, about matters you’ve been ignoring, about personal rage at the way you’ve been treated, about what you can do to break away from what ails you, and about how you can gain a complete sense of freedom that allows uncensored expression. That’s a lot to handle, but here are some pointers: don’t confuse just doing whatever you want whenever you want with freedom–they’re not the same; the key to gaining respect from others is to have respect for yourself–and don’t confuse this with reverence for yourself, a humorless stance that takes the Self very seriously; remember that the past is past; recall that you don’t lose who you are by cooperating or being part of the group; and know that things always go better when you face them directly, rather than putting them off and waiting for them to sneak up and catch you at a disadvantage. If you refuse to be wobbly and instead really apply yourself this year, Scorpio, you can make some amazing progress, and learn not just about who you really are, but successfully show others who you are, too. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 19 November

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Charles West Cope 'A Night Alarm: The Advance!' 1871

Charles West Cope ‘A Night Alarm: The Advance!’ 1871

You’re entering what in some ways may be a deceptively quiet period, dear Scorpio; deceptive because once you emerge from the cottony-dark meditative quiet you’ll be forced to deal with all those issues you’ve been turning away from, just hoping they’ll disappear. Nobody blames you for not tackling them–and knowing they’re ahead needn’t disturb the contemplative state you can enter and enjoy for about 3/4 of the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. This can be a highly productive time, as your internal world finds its spiritual center and organizes around it–or it could be a period when you wander, lost, hoping for rescue or an obvious signpost directing you . . . where? That’s really the crux of this: that you need to take this time to look inward, come to know yourself in the present, and then choose the course you want to follow when you re-enter (in a sense) the world, because when you do, some serious matters of relationship, rage, and Self-respect will surface–and you need to be ready. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 18 November

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Life's been tough for you lately, Scorpio, but you can put down that sledgehammer now. Utagawa Kunisada  'Father and Son Members of the Forty-Seven Rônin' c1850 {{PD}}

Life’s been tough for you lately, Scorpio, but you can put down that sledgehammer now. Utagawa Kunisada ‘Father and Son Members of the Forty-Seven Rônin’ c1850 {{PD}}

Does it feel like someone finally took those lead weights off your ankles, dear Scorpio, or is it more like you’re climbing out of a box? Or maybe it’s like you’ve been kidnapped, made to wear a hood and break rocks with a sledgehammer, and now at last you’ve been released, and are just getting your first glimpse around and breathe of fresh air. No matter what, the pressure, one way or another, is easing, restriction is lifting, and the need for serious, nose-to-the-grindstone effort is morphing into a kind of unexpected strength and bravery to both stand up for yourself and to investigate and handle those things that, up ’til now, were too much for you to deal with. You’re off in a new direction, Scorpio, and many of the things that were holding you back have fallen away–now’s your chance–don’t be afraid to shape your life the way you want it to be. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Born Today 17 November

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A yoke is really a tool that allows you to get twice as much done. Pisanello {{PD}}

A yoke is really a tool that allows you to get twice as much done. Pisanello {{PD}}

Is that the proverbial yoke of oppression you’re wearing, dear Scorpio, or are you just super-disciplined and super-goal-focused right now, with no time to look up from your Herculean labors to flirt or play or even enjoy what you’ve built? You may see-saw between these two viewpoints all through the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and one thing’s sure: that won’t be fun. It will be up to you to consciously step back and inject a little spontaneity into things, no matter how unnatural that may feel to you at the time; maintaining a sense of freedom, no matter how big a burden you’re carrying, and no matter how willingly you’ve taken this burden on, is vital to your mental and emotional health, and to your ability to accomplish, as you won’t get anywhere if you believe you’re being buried alive. So, keep your focus on your choices and your ability to have an impact; those will keep you aware of your true freedom, and so keep you sane. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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The Sabian Symbol + the Daily Word Image for the New Moon 22 November 2014

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Osiris, photo by Ignati {{PD}}

Osiris, photo by Ignati {{PD}}

22 NovemberNew Moon occurs at 4:32 AM Pacific Standard Time at 00 Sagittarius 07: ‘Everything Old is New Again’

The Sabian is, ‘Retired Army Veterans Gather To Reawaken Old Memories’. That, my friends, is a Re-Union. The implication is that we will see something resurrected, back together again, in imitation of a previous state or condition with the purpose of Re-Membering. This echoes the Saturn in Scorpio ‘setting’ for the New Moon, wherein reality contains layers of memory, mystery, nuance, truth, and many versions of ‘what is’ as seen through varied viewpoints and times—and the NM resurrects something specific to the re-uniting of those who experienced a past condition together. It’s perhaps past contacts brought together to celebrate that past, to re-live it, in a way—or to resurrect from memory something buried, forgotten, or ignored—which brings us back to Black Moon Lilith. ‘Everything old is New Again’ is an old saying (and song!) that may be what we’re humming come New Moon time.

Today’s image is the Egyptian god Osiris, a Scorpionic figure (a god of resurrection and the Underworld) reassembled by his sister/ wife Isis after his jealous brother (Set, for those keeping score) tore him to pieces. Isis put the pieces back together and wrapped them for burial; the one missing piece (the phallus) she fashioned herself so that he would be whole. She was then impregnated by the already-dead Osiris, with the result being she gave birth to their child, Horus. This image fits quite nicely with both the Sabian of the NM (a Reunion) and with NM’s contact to Saturn, still in Scorpio. The implication for we mortals may be that there’s still some seminal, creative ‘juice’ to be extracted from a real-life situation that by all rights should be (or at least appears to be) dead and lifeless. The New Moon may make it clear what this component, if handled correctly, can be used to create; all we have to do is ‘put the pieces together’.

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Born Today 16 November

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Luis Meléndez - 'Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets' c1750 {{PD}}

Maybe your box will contain sweets, too, Scorpio. Luis Meléndez – ‘Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets’ c1750 {{PD}}

Are you feeling a bit of a squeeze starting, dear Scorpio? It’s like the figurative walls are closing in, and will eventually form a box much too small and uncomfortable for occupying. What to do? Even if you aren’t yet aware of these restrictive circumstances, they are coming, and there are a couple of tips I can offer that will help you handle this (in fact, help you make the most of this): willingness to embrace restrictions, rules, and barriers and build them in to your efforts will be key; appeal to the generosity of the social circle when you need help–they in fact will be much more supportive than you might think, and, if you play your cards right, could offer a steady source of clients, customers, audiences, company, or just plain guardian angels; and you must be willing to both stand up for yourself (don’t expect that social support–go at things as if it all relies on you), and be open to facing those issues you may have put off, ignored, or been in denial about–these will bring unexpected benefits in the handling. It won’t be an easy year, Scorpio, but it could be an amazing one. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 15 November

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Yes Scorpio, you WILL see the forest, in spite of the trees. Klimt 'Beech Grove I' {{PD}}

Yes Scorpio, you WILL see the forest, in spite of the trees. Klimt ‘Beech Grove I’ {{PD}}

For you, dear Scorpio, the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may bring a time of discovery, specifically of those things that have been in your psychic ‘blind spot’ for a long time now. You’ll be given the instinctual guidance needed to puzzle these influences out and to see clearly how they’ve affected the reality picture you currently occupy–and you’ll see how it’s imperative you make any changes you want to make soon, before the coming lock-down. Yes, you’re approaching a period when you may not have the freedom to maneuver that you enjoy now; you could enter a time of serious commitment, a time when you’ll see a lot of what you’ve created (whether you are aware of these things consciously or not) materialize. It could be a revelation, finding out where your energy has really been going–but isn’t that the fun of life? Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

A Little More on Sun-Saturn

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If you’re having monumental energy lows right now, that could be Sun-Saturn; though that’s usually reserved for Saturn’s transits to your natal Sun, the two planets meeting, even when not directly connected to your chart, can suppress energy and identity to the extreme, especially if your Sun or Saturn is currently (by receiving transits, Solar Arcs, or Secondary Progressions) or natally prominent in your chart. I found myself wanting to do nothing but sleep–and then I realized it might be the effect of the transit–I was literally suppressing myself with what felt like fatigue. What’s the antidote? Doing (Saturn) what expresses the Self/ Soul intent (Sun). And in this kind of doing, we must ask some questions.

A Saturn event can be like a locked door for which we’ve lost the key; we see the barrier, and we believe we know how to get through–but we don’t consider that there may be more ways to handle this barrier than initially occur to us. We may search for the key, desperate and helpless-feeling, and should we choose an alternative approach, the very nature of Saturn pushes us toward using force: we try to knock the door down, to splinter it off the hinges, just to get through. Perhaps we’d do better at these times to ask why the door is there in the first place. We should determine if our goal is really worth pursuing, at least in the form we see it in now. We might consider less Saturnian ways to achieve it: exiting through another figurative door, or using a window! Or taking some other metaphorical opening that gets us to the other side of something. And we might just consider that this is an expression of the wisdom of the Universe: not now, not yet, maybe later, maybe never, do something else. That last consideration is where I always end up–trusting that what’s put before me has meaning, whether I understand it or not.

Sun Conjunct Saturn: It’s an Old Story

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Saturn asks us to do--and that takes form, shape, discipline. Adolph Menzel - 'Atelierwand' (Atelier Wall--wall in the Artist's studio) 1851 {{PD}}

Saturn asks us to do–and that takes form, shape, discipline. Adolph Menzel – ‘Atelierwand’ (Atelier Wall–wall in the Artist’s studio) 1851 {{PD}}

It’s the same old story: the Sun and Saturn meet, this time in Scorpio and opposed Earth-Sedna, and the hand-wringing begins–and who can blame us? Most people have a special kind of anxiety surrounding Saturn; they see him as the zodiacal meanie, a paternal figure who never got beyond finger-shaking admonitions and curfew impositions and grounding those who didn’t follow ‘the rules’. The thing is, though, that the more we resist Saturn, the more we refuse to exercise personal Self-discipline, the more that disowned energy pattern shows up externally, in the circumstances of our lives. We tend to pick and choose our disciplines, and we tend to think one form of discipline ‘makes up’ for other, looser areas of conduct. The highly-trained yoga instructor who doesn’t bother to pay her bills on time, the accountant who tracks every penny and always pays on time who throws down his trash wherever he happens to be, the Artist who executes highly disciplined work but who hasn’t seen a doctor or dentist in years–all are choosing a single area in which to show restraint (and you’ll notice, it’s an area in life they believe is important, and see as a statement of the spiritual and of identity) and treating with disdain other areas of life–and in their choices they may show disrespect for others, for themselves, or for both. They are acting out their beliefs, and are engaged in a very Saturnian thing: judging some areas as important, others as not–and then they are surprised when the Universe comes along and says, “Oh, look over here–you don’t have your shit together, and now it’s going to hurt/ cost you/ keep you from moving forward.’

Some people like to say: Saturn’s stopping me from the outside; there’s nothing I can do. Au contraire–the externals are merely reflecting, usually in highly concrete ‘language’, what it is you are denying within. Yes, to lack discipline is a form of denial; it’s a statement that tells the Cosmos you refuse to contain, form, shape, or organize a particular portion of your life. But what about those who are doing their best, who are not (as far as they are aware) ignoring any pocket of their life? When they suffer, we have another possibility: if they are not being honest with themselves, if they have arranged their energy usage in a manner that’s artificial in relation to their Beingness, they may find Saturn coming at them from all directions–and quite often, it is because their real-life behaviors don’t match their life philosophy, stated behaviors, and/ or their beliefs about themselves. The dissonance creates a negative vibrational space into which Saturn stuffs the ‘material’ of the deficit, the lack in your life; it’s as if Saturn fills it in, and keeps what’s missing out. If you are suffering a lack, the obvious (but often totally effective) thing to do is to take a thorough look at your own attitudes and behaviors surrounding the subject of that lack. If you long for freedom but train elephants for the circus, no matter how well you treat them, there comes a point when you need to acknowledge that these animals are not meant to be subjugated–they need freedom, too. If you long to be loved for who you are but are a coy game-player with others, how long before you see that, if they can’t see you as you are, they can’t love you? If you find you never have enough money, in what way are you stingy with others? And all these involve a spiritual component, a kind of Saturnian judgment that, when exercised out-of-balance by the individual, results in restriction.

Saturn is your friend. For these two days, it shines a bright light on what is, on your reality, and it shows you, through the material world, what needs to change within. That’s not harsh, that’s not mean, that’s life–and anyone determined to turn away from it is probably having a Saturnian crisis of their own.

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Born Today 14 November

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'Construction du Temple de Jérusalem' Jean Fouquet c1470 {{PD}}

‘Construction du Temple de Jérusalem’
Jean Fouquet c1470 {{PD}}

You’re aiming for solid results and constructive action this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, through to your next birthday, but what you need to watch out for are the influences of those things you don’t know lurk within your own psyche. Instincts designed to keep you safe may cause you to be hesitant and over-protective, while issues that reside in the mental ‘blind spot’, visible to others but not to you, may exert a push or pull that can unexpectedly throw things into chaos. The solution may lie, not in excavating these areas (though certainly, that will eventually need to be done) but in keeping yourself focused on facts and the concrete, on what’s measurable and able to be physically handled; that way you don’t become distracted by odd feelings and unconscious sensations that could worm their way into projects and distort (or even halt) progress. Too, this year you have a gift for originality and Self-promotion (and a corresponding generosity)–let yourself shine! Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 13 November

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Don't get distracted, Scorpio, by old men offering grapes. Ángel Zárraga 'The Gift' 1910 {{PD}}

Don’t get distracted, Scorpio, by old men offering grapes. Ángel Zárraga ‘The Gift’
1910 {{PD}}

Expand your world, dear Scorpio–do it! do it now!–or at least, work on doing it during this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–because it’s in making your world larger, in encompassing more varied experiences and points-of-view, in taking opportunities as they come, that you will find fresh success, prosperity, and an enriched sense of understanding that will serve you very well. It’s just that you have to take that first step, and it may be far too easy to become distracted with all the shiny, hollow praise that will be coming your way–no question, lots of positive reinforcement will appear, much of it designed to get something from you, or to move you out of the way, temporarily–but you’ve got to keep focus on what matters: accomplishment that sends your influence out into the world. Here’s the test you can apply, to know whether what you are doing is worthy: if it benefits you and others as well, it’s a good choice. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 12 November

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This year, find out what makes you tick, Scorpio. Briton Rivière 'Tick-Tack' 1881 {{PD}}

This year, find out what makes you tick, Scorpio. Briton Rivière ‘Tick-Tack’ 1881 {{PD}}

Though Self-realization and gaining opportunity seem to be your goals this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, it behooves you to look below the surface at the desire for autonomy, respect, and the right to declare your territory that underlies all your ambitions. If you lack consciousness of these hidden factors, you may find yourself facing repeated power struggles, rebellion from your underlings or those you care for, and competition over something you feel by rights should be yours–and none of it, should you fail to explore your motivations, will make sense. In this case, the social sphere can be an excellent aid to discovering what is currently making you tick, both by commenting on and reflecting back to you your behavior; they offer knowledge (especially accumulated knowledge from those who’ve gone before), and will point you toward opportunity–but it’s up to you to make the most of it. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 11 November

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Charles Courtney Curran, 1915 - 'Sunshine and Haze' {{PD}}

A little sunshine for your winter day, Northern hemisphere Scorpios: Charles Courtney Curran, 1915 – ‘Sunshine and Haze’ {{PD}}

Optimism may reach a bursting point this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, through to your next birthday, especially regarding your own potential to ‘shine’ and to gain new depths of knowledge and understanding. Feelings and intuition will support you and your goals, and success seems inevitable–what could go wrong? The biggest danger is that you may lose sight of the highest values you hold, believing you can stray just a tad and it won’t really matter–oh, but it will! In fact, the key to taking your past and using all you’ve experienced to create a desirable future lies within those things you find sacred, that you honor, and in doing right by the home situation and the mate. Make sure you’re good in these areas, and then follow your enthusiasm–showing and pursuing what you care about is slated to bring you some exceptional opportunities. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 10 November

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'Lady writing a love letter' Artist Unknown c1750 {{PD}}

‘Lady writing a love letter’ Artist Unknown c1750 {{PD}}

Dear Scorpio: What were you thinking!? From now on, every move you make is crucial to determining your life Path. Every thought you think, thing you do, commitment you honor, and cause you support must be flawless, and you can’t make any mistakes, okay? Love you! Signed, the Universe

How did that little love note make you feel, Scorpio? Hopeless, buried under a mound of unreasonable judgments and super-human expectations–or maybe just like you’re willing to try but have already accepted that it’s no-win. The funny thing is, I changed the signature on that note: actually, it was written and signed by you, to you. Now do you see how hard you’re being on yourself? This coming year, through to your next birthday, you may have ridiculously high requirements for your own behavior and accomplishments–this birthday greeting is to tell you not to aim lower, but to be kinder, especially to yourself. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Featured Solar Return aspect: Mars conjunct Pluto, both quincunx Juno=temper, destructive urges, ego, and energy levels must all be modified in order to serve empowerment goals. Modesty plus limitless energy will take you a long way this year.

Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 13 November 2014: All Is Revealed

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Thomas Fearnley - 'Grindel Forest Glacier' 1837 {{PD}}

Thomas Fearnley – ‘Grindel Forest Glacier’ 1837 {{PD}}

13 November Today is the day when all is revealed—all in terms of our own power, influence, reach, and impact on others both personally and in the social sphere, at least. If we aren’t happy with our power situation we can make some smart moves to improve it; too, we’ll see the benefits of clearing out what’s outmoded or no longer precious to us, to make room for the new. (Pallas parallel Juno, Venus semi-square Pluto, Sun-Earth axis in T-square with Jupiter)

Today’s image is a glacier, melting just a little in the bright sunshine. What in your life seems to be moving at, as they say, a glacial pace? Know that no matter how nonexistent change in this area seems to be, the situation is on its way to ‘becoming fluid’. Change may still be a long way off, but it is coming.

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Born Today 9 November

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Fritz Petzholdt - 'Étude de roches' c1833 {{PD}}

Fritz Petzholdt – ‘Étude de roches’ c1833 {{PD}}

Dear Scorpio, over the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, it appears you might find yourself (even repeatedly) stuck between what’s wise or smart, and a hard place–specifically, a restriction, obligation, fear, or rule that makes it very difficult to do anything other than the wise thing–thus effectively removing what may feel like a large number of options and choices for you. Though you know that’s not the way it should be (and indeed, you should remind yourself it won’t be like that forever), you will need to adhere very closely to your highest values and ideals, and to deal honorably with both home circumstances and with the mate–because you’ll be setting up your own support system, not to mention the vibe, that will carry you into the future. Remain optimistic–once you work the kinks out, the rewards could multiply exponentially. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 8 November

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'Young Samurai and Female Attendants Practicing Archery' (Half of a Diptych) by Utagawa Toyokuni I c1800 {{PD}}

‘Young Samurai and Female Attendants Practicing Archery’ (Half of a Diptych) by Utagawa Toyokuni I c1800 {{PD}}

You’re shooting all your arrows in the direction of ambition fulfillment this year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio–but is that the best thing to do? Yes, yes it is, just as long as you do a few important things: Be Yourself–I know in a way that’s impossible not to do, it’s just that the more true you are to your own (possibly freaky) uniqueness, the more quickly and easily (and satisfyingly) success will come to you; learn to work with the group–not subordinate to it and not lording over it, but in a relationship where both sides get what they truly need from the arrangement; use your Highest Values and priorities as guidelines for what is and isn’t acceptable–even if it seems like you can quickly deviate from these with no harm done, you shouldn’t, as the damage will be irreparable; and finally, approach events and interactions with a truly open mind, and be willing to take a more objective view when you’re faced with something that makes you uncomfortable–fallible instincts might keep you in the comfort zone and so cause you to miss perfectly viable opportunities. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 7 November

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You won't have to water ambitions down, if you'll just wait a little. Juan Gris  'Glass and Water Bottle' 1917 {{PD}}

You won’t have to water ambitions down, if you’ll just wait a little. Juan Gris
‘Glass and Water Bottle’ 1917 {{PD}}

You seem to be weighing and measuring your ambitions, dear Scorpio, and trying to decide whether the material environment will support you making your dream happen right now. Though it doesn’t seem like the likely thing, compromise is the idea that will get you where you want to go–not as in watering-down your dream in order to get some traction, but as in taking a considered approach that keeps values and already-established priorities in a position of honor. Do that and and before you know it both significant resources and external aid (in the form of knowledge or possibly social trends or organizations) will arrive and give your goals the needed fuel. Until then, enjoy your year, and take advantage of your current ability to discern the unspoken and ignored undercurrents in communication; you are especially good at reading between the lines, and can learn a lot as a consequence. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 6 November

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It's great to be back, isn't it, Scorpio? 'Strelnieks' (Shooter) Janis Rozentāls 1914 {{PD}}

It’s great to be back, isn’t it, Scorpio? ‘Strelnieks’ (Shooter) Janis Rozentāls 1914 {{PD}}

You’re healed–now what do you do? True, you still may be getting your balance, scoping out the landscape, trying to get your bearings–but it’s not like you were just born–you had hopes and dreams before you got sidetracked, and you should take another look at them as soon as possible. Do they still apply? Do they still appeal? Expect that your recent experiences may have changed your goals, may have altered your way of seeing the world, but also may have taken you back toward your original, pre-socialized interests and focus–and this is really an invaluable gift, re-orienting you to what you truly care about. Strengths this year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio, are your quick wits and your core values; detriments may be too much insistence on ‘being comfortable’, or on only pursuing sure things. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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The Sabian for the Full Moon of 6 November: Braving the Storm

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 'Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret' 1892 {{PD}}

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, ‘Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret’ 1892 {{PD}}

‘Head Covered With A Rakish Silk Hat, Muffled Against The Cold, A Man Braves A Storm’ The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon in Taurus draws an interesting picture, of someone taking the attitude that meeting the harshness of the elements (which we can translate as meeting Life itself) with a sense of personal style and aplomb is really the only way to go. To enter the storm already sullen, feeling defeated, is no way to proceed—and neither is taking a stance that is based on a belief that either doesn’t connect the way we think it does with reality, nor taking one because of the influence or approval of others–and this tells us that emphasizing the individual qualities that make us unique no matter what we’re doing really counts right now. It’s like a statement to the Universe, “I’m ready to play the game, my way.” The Universe’s response to that can only be an adventure.

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Born Today 5 November

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Franz von Stuck 'Salome II' 1905 {{PD}}

Franz von Stuck ‘Salome II’ 1905 {{PD}}

You have a choice, dear Scorpio, this Solar year through to your next birthday: you can either focus on hurt and ways of rebelling from those who’ve wounded you, or you can focus on developing your most unique skills and, when ready, sharing them with the group. Obviously, any thinking person would opt for the latter, but the problem is, tiny decisions made in the moment, small justifications of the most minor of detours, can lead you very quickly into a spot where you may respond to past hurts reflexively, out of sheer pique. Consciously apply effort to honing those skills and abilities that are most ‘you’, that you specifically show exceptional talent with (and don’t be overly modest–you know what you’re great at!) and your year will prove to be one where you don’t just make progress, but you heal. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 4 November

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'Orpheues in der Unterwelt' (Orpheus in the Underworld) Guido Philipp Schmitt, 1905 {{PD}}

‘Orpheues in der Unterwelt’ (Orpheus in the Underworld) Guido Philipp Schmitt, 1905 {{PD}}

You’ll undergo an interesting emotional journey this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio; on the other end of the trip you can expect your most original ideas and your most unusual thinking to have come together into a life approach that will see you advance significantly. Between that time and this, though, you may undergo serious changes, as matters that feel (but aren’t necessarily) life-and-death test the way you think of your role and your purpose. Will this hurt? Maybe a little, but it’s the stuffy cocoon needed to turn you into a butterfly. The key to making it through the year? Like Orpheus, you’ll have to steel yourself and make your descent into darkness, but once you’re on your way up to the light, just make sure you don’t look back. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 3 November

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Consuelo Fould - Louison la bouquetiere {{PD}}

Consuelo Fould – Louison la bouquetiere {{PD}}

Healing personal relationships or your own relationship to money, assets, and/ or material matters may be a big focus this coming year, dear Scorpio, through to your next birthday. Ways in which you’ve previously been radical, unpredictable, and unreliable have created difficulties that can’t be left unattended any longer. This freedom-embracing approach may not have seemed like it was damaging anything at the time, but others may not have seen your need for independence and marching to your own drummer as anything other than you being contrary and running away from responsibility–and now’s the time to fix all that. Your biggest assets this year will be a willingness to face darkness and the unpleasant and do what needs to be done, and a willingness to allow your big heart to show. Normally you are a brave and incredibly kind individual who hides this under a more cavalier banner–it’s time to own up to your sensitivity and the great difference you can make for others–that’s not what others are expecting, but it is what you have planned. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence 2 November 2014: Everybody Wins

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'Three Chiefs' Edward S. Curtis {{PD}}

‘Three Chiefs’ Edward S. Curtis {{PD}}

2 November our individual Will doesn’t mesh well with the dictates of the social circle, and attempts to acquire knowledge, branch out, expand horizons, or get more don’t go smoothly. It’s doubly frustrating because we see what we want, what we value, and know it’s available—apparently to everyone but us. The problem is we’re thinking too much along the lines of ambition fulfillment, and not enough about the needs and expectations of those around us. If we can include others in an ‘everybody wins’ scenario, we just might get what we’re aiming for. (Mars sesquiquadrate Jupiter, Mercury parallel Zeus, Sun parallel Venus)

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Born Today 2 November

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Sarah Jackson, Bride Thoughts, copier art, 1993 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Sarah Jackson, Bride Thoughts, copier art, 1993 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

You’ve just spent recent months ‘getting empowered’ in some important sense, dear Scorpio, and now change is in the air–are you truly ready? The thing you need to know is that what you need to change first is your own thinking–without that, any changes you make in the material world will not take, and you’ll soon find yourself back in a very similar spot from which you started. Too, efforts toward emotional healing can be very effective at this time (during the year through to your next birthday) and will, sooner or later, payoff financially or in relationships–so even if it seems like a distraction, take the time to nurse and repair wounds. Use visualization as much as possible to create a kind of scenario within the imagination that you’d like to have as your reality–and consider that no matter how much control you try to exercise over things, fortune sometimes steps in and won’t let you have the final say–that’s just the way it is, sometimes. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 1 November

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Attribution: © Nevit Dilmen

You’re entering a period when you must shift gears, dear Scorpio, and take the perceptual focus from the intellect to an inspired or creative viewpoint, one that can take advantage of the opportunities that will be coming your way this year, through to your next birthday. You’ll need to keep your eyes and ears open, as potentials will be communicated to you, but in order to actually take advantage of them, you’ll need to accept a changed vision of ideals surrounding Love, Money, or both. You can’t delay these necessary changes any longer–to do so means you’ll miss the boat, opportunity-wise. Resolve to re-hab your beliefs, especially those concerning the magic and mystery you may attribute to being in love, or to earning. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 31 October

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Al helecho Davallia se le llama "Patas de Araña" por sus rizomas. By Chosovi http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Chosovi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Al helecho Davallia se le llama “Patas de Araña” por sus rizomas. By Chosovi http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Chosovi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

There’s just the slightest bit of internal tension over Love and/ or Money this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, through to your next birthday, and problems likely come directly from the natal Houses ruled by Venus–so what can you do about it? That internal tension will manifest right out in material matters–so it won’t be hard to see what you need to work on–but the best thing may be that deep and profound change may spring from what seems minor at the time. A combination of inspiration and the discovery of secrets or hidden material may spur you in the direction of a major life re-focus–and that’s good. Communications will be key to the choices you make; know that the more honestly you approach things, and the more effort you make to uncover your own hidden motives, the better the results will be. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 30 October

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'On the Way to the Market' Monogrammist L.M {{PD}}

‘On the Way to the Market’ Monogrammist L.M {{PD}}

Dear Scorpio, circumstances this coming year, through to your next birthday, will be tests of your ability to empower yourself, and also tests of what power you already hold in life. That doesn’t sound too glamorous–stressful, even–until you realize you are being handed the key to both Love and Money. Then the questions become: do you need to be more or less assertive to get what you want? What will it cost you, and what will you gain? Do you need to be cooperative or go it alone? And what are you looking for in terms of status? You need to be especially clear on this last matter, as not taking those desires into account can mean you find yourself at the end of the year unfulfilled, in spite of making the effort. Big hint: excavate what’s in your emotional ‘blind spot’, that area others can see about you that you can’t–the more you truly understand yourself, the better your choices will be. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 29 October

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 Ambrose McEvoy 'Earring' 1878-1927 {{PD}}

Ambrose McEvoy ‘Earring’ 1878-1927 {{PD}}

Dear Scorpio, do you feel like Love and/ or Money is looking at you in the rear-view mirror and waving goodbye? Please don’t be sad–bigger things are on their way. You’ll ‘get the message’ concerning this within the next two months, and will take delivery sometime over the coming ten months after that, in a period stretching through to your next birthday. In the meantime, stay strong, keep ambitions, goals, and dreams at the forefront of consciousness, and watch the House Jupiter is currently transiting, along with the House Jupiter rules natally, for opportunities that can help take you where you want to go. Featured Solar Return aspect: Pallas trine Neptune=in dreams and visions you’ll find wisdom. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 28 October

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Your life will be something of an adventure this year, Scorpio. {{PD}}

Your life will be something of an adventure this year, Scorpio. {{PD}}

What’s wise and practical may not be what the heart cries out for this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio; you may in fact be caught between the chance for Love and the chance to be ‘smart’, between opportunities for reward and for establishing something useful, between get-rich-quick or establishing a legacy that lives on long after you’re gone. It won’t be an easy choice, or I should say, choices, as this quandary is likely to come up over and over again in various forms throughout the year. All you can do is your best, Scorpio, but here are a few Solar Return hints: be willing to act even if you’re not 100% sure of what the outcome will be; notice that power distribution and authority is not what it used to be, and make use of what you see; and be willing to wipe the emotional slate clean, including of any guilt you carry or any trespasses you’ve had a hard time forgiving–you don’t have to forget just because you forgive, and there’s protection in that remembering. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 27 October

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You can make your dream come true this year, too, Scorpio. Thomas Cole 'Architect’s Dream' 1840 {{PD}}

You can make your dream come true this year, too, Scorpio. Thomas Cole ‘Architect’s Dream’ 1840 {{PD}}

You’re attuned to Perfect Love this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Scorpio, and that also makes you attuned to matters of the Houses in the natal chart ruled by Venus; if you want to achieve, profit, or find Love, this is where to look, with your chances better the more quickly you pursue them and diminishing as the months pass. As time goes on, though, your attention turns from earning and loving to creativity and perhaps to making ‘the Dream’ come true–and that could end up just about eating you whole, as all-consuming as it may be for you. This year is your big chance to co-ordinate your efforts to gain the most precious things in life with your ultimate experience of Self-expression and creative output–and if you can do it, you may just end up making your masterpiece. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Your ECLIPSE Sampler for 26-28 October 2014: Inspiration + Authority

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'Spring Snow' (Shunsetsu) by Takeuchi Seiho, 1942 {{PD}}

‘Spring Snow’ (Shunsetsu) by Takeuchi Seiho, 1942 {{PD}}

A little something for 26 October: Today’s image is a bird splashing in a puddle, even as it starts to rain. Is there some way in which we’re double dipping, in a way? Out of an abundance of caution or enthusiasm we can find ourselves over doing, in a simple attempt to make sure we get it done; we may not realize that, figuratively speaking, wet is wet–once we’re wet, we can’t get wetter! Mars moves into Capricorn today, helping us target action effectively–and hopefully eliminate any duplication of effort.

A little something for 27 October: we come to know the meaning of the old axiom, ‘Knowledge is power’; authority accrues to those who have access to facts and who understand how past development has lead to current conditions. Thinking, however, is decidedly independent of power concerns, and though this leads to a purity of mental expression and processing it also signifies, on the part of those who are mentally-keyed (natally heavy in Air), a susceptibility to follow an idea or place a concept on a pedestal that could have negative consequences for the personal empowerment situation. The saving grace, though, may actually be grace itself, an adherence to the ideal of Love in action that mitigates any potential negatives or losses. Ideals in Love or Money can be advanced and perhaps met; creativity, imagination, and integrity all pay. (Ceres enters Sagittarius, Venus trine Neptune, Mercury contra-parallel Juno)

And for 28 October: The Moon enters Capricorn at 3:04 AM PDT of the 28th. 5 AM PDT the Moon conjuncts Mars. Temper takes some very concrete avenues of expression, and upset may be taken out through material matters, if we don’t bother to hold back. With just a little effort, control of energy output can be both disciplined and productive. 10 AM PDT the Moon sits at the midpoint of Neptune-Pallas. Creative wisdom is channeled through the emotions and intuition; try to preserve what comes to you now, as it will be both inspired and smart. Noon the Moon sextiles Sun-Venus. We see illuminated either relationships or financial situations–and we understand them in a way that makes us sympathetic/ empathetic to their current state. 5 PM PDT the Moon quincunxes Juno. We can sense, rather than ‘see’, what we need to adjust in order to maintain or enhance our own power situation. Believe what occurs to you to do, as it’s the right thing for you, and is supported by sensitivity and instinct. 10 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Pluto and semi-sextiles Vesta. Instincts to get and maintain power are right on, and we may be challenged by a destructive tingle aimed at anything we feel uncomfortable about concerning the home, family, or those things to which we’re dedicated. Consider the way you can change the situation that’s irritating you, rather than eliminating it or some aspect of it.

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Born Today 26 October

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Paul Gauguin - Te arii vahine (The Queen of Beauty or The Noble Queen) 1896-97 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin – Te arii vahine (The Queen of Beauty or The Noble Queen) 1896-97 {{PD}}

This year you’ll shine in relationships, in the wisdom of your choices and your guidance to others, in your acquisition and use of practical skills, in your ability to earn and to attract reward and positive attention–and you may have the most successful creative year of your life, dear Scorpio. Frankly, I’m jealous. In fact, a lot of people might be, and you’ll need to watch out for the way others’ petty emotions might interfere with your impressive and envy-inspiring trajectory. No matter how loving you are (and you will naturally radiate this, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday) there’s always someone who wants to poke you in the eye; just know that the character deficit is theirs, not yours–at least that’s true right now. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 25 October

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Georges Seurat 'Port-en-Bessin: The Outer Harbor (Low Tide)' 1888

Georges Seurat ‘Port-en-Bessin: The Outer Harbor (Low Tide)’ 1888

Soul, heart, mind, and common sense are all in alignment over the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio–but what does all that inner harmony bring you? Besides a magnetism that rivals the tides, you may find the mentality is burdened by a lot of ambition and an inability to think in a straight line–which means you can seem so wrapped up in yourself that you alienate others. The emotions in you run deep over the coming year, but may be kept under wraps, out of fear or a desire to suppress those feelings you’d rather not acknowledge; you may question your own motives and strength, and so may undermine what you could excel at, earning and lovin’. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 24 October

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Though you'll have the Midas touch when it comes to money, Scorpio, it's important to keep relationships in mind.

Though you’ll have the Midas touch when it comes to money, Scorpio, it’s important to keep relationships in mind.

Dear Scorpio, you embody the essence of Love this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–or is that a big pile of gold bouillon shimmering all around you? You may have the Midas touch in Love or Finances, and the wisdom of Solomon as a bonus–so what could go wrong? The mind may feel like it’s been dipped in cement, and you could be so pre-occupied with your own ambitions, wants, and desires that there’s scant room for meaningful interaction with others. Too, a desire to understand your own emotional depths this year could make you come across as much more introverted than you mean to. There’s good news, though, in that the big philosophical questions you want to address will serve to shape your future Path–so there’s no way even the time you spend alone will be wasted–and don’t let your exceptional ability to attract attract attract go to waste, either. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 23 October

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Der Zirkus - Georges Seurat {{PD}}

Der Zirkus – Georges Seurat {{PD}}

Welcome to the fun-house, Scorpio (if you’re a Libra born the 23rd, please see the Born Today for the 22nd). This year, through to your next birthday, may be one intense ride toward fulfillment of one or more of your goals–or at the very least, toward launching something important in your life. The good news? Your choices will be smart and likely result in reward or profit of one kind or another. The less good news? Reasoning may be flawed, which could set up problems for later (and consider that you may choose well but then delay success through poor planning). If you’re not working toward a material triumph of some kind, you may be called on (even forced) to devote a lot of time and energy to relationships, which may feel ‘new’ even when they’re not, making it all that much tougher to sort out. But, it will be an amazing year where chances are high Love or Money comes your way, and your creativity and ability to heal and make progress are tested. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little More, Pre-Eclipse

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For a variety of individuals, this eclipse, at 00 Scorpio, may fall on a natal body, and for large numbers of people, it may fall on slow-moving natal Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto. For eclipse contact by conjunction, use no more than a 3 degree orb no matter which natal body or point is involved. Of course, this links the eclipse ‘New Start’ to the planet’s expression, but also to the House(s) ruled by the planet in the natal chart; watch the matters of this/ these House(s) over the coming 6 months, through to the next eclipse set. The matters of these Houses are where that wise and valuable beginning offered by this eclipse is likely to make big effects felt. Considering this event falls in Scorpio, we may be looking for a new beginning that is something of a resurrection or re-birth, an echo of what was in a new form. In any case, a beneficial birth, no matter the outer trappings it arrives in.

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Born Today 22 October

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Go ahead, Libra, live it up! 'Woman Holding Fireworks', India, Artist unknown 19th century {{PD}}

Go ahead, Libra, live it up! ‘Woman Holding Fireworks’, India, Artist unknown 19th century {{PD}}

Do you feel like you’re going to burst, dear Libra? Don’t worry, everybody does, since we’re coming up on a burst-worthy Solar eclipse. In terms of your Solar year, through to your next birthday, this schedules you for about two months of mild tension and confusion followed by a new start that is smart for you, brings positives into the life (financial, love-related, or just through expressions of what you value), and that holds the potential both to offer you some serious healing as well as the opportunity to master some unique skills that you have a genuine talent for. We also see the possibility for significant expansion of your world and just in general for ‘more’–which is the best argument ever for always trying your best and including as many good things in the life as possible–because you don’t want more of the bad or boring, do you? Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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There's nothing wrong with seeing yourself as a goddess, but you don't need to beat everyone else over the head to convince them; when you do, it suggests you don't really believe you are! 'Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus' JW Waterhouse 1891 {{PD}}

There’s nothing wrong with seeing yourself as a goddess, but you don’t need to beat everyone else over the head to convince them; when you do, it suggests you don’t really believe you are! ‘Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus’ JW Waterhouse 1891 {{PD}}

Now through the 23rd: there’s a lot of passive-aggression going around of a very specific kind: many seem to feel the need to boast, brag, show their worth in whatever currency they value–this is going to last through the eclipse. Those conscious will focus on Love and raising the vibration (whatever that means to them), while the unconscious will give us an earful of how wonderful they are! or how smart, or how enlightened–and a good number of them will do it by couching things in what they see as ‘spiritual’ terms (or ‘important’ ones–again, in the form of their currency and what they value). My recommendation is to let them express unchallenged and without contradicting, because there’s an aggressive thrust behind things–these individuals will be willing to draw their swords in a heartbeat–and they won’t see you, they’ll see an attempt to wound their pride, disparage them, or to take away their goodies. Take the no-stress route and chill–and have a great day! (Sun-Venus at the rough midpoint of Black Moon Lilith-Mars, semi-sextile Ceres)

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Born Today 21 October

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Get out there and do--you'll find something valuable. By N. C. Wyeth, from the 1911 edition of 'Treasure Island' {{PD}}

Get out there and do–you’ll find something valuable. By N. C. Wyeth,
from the 1911 edition of ‘Treasure Island’ {{PD}}

Reward, treasure, Love–whatever you want to call it–will be yours this year, dear Libra–but you’ll have to act, to choose, to decide to get it. What you do to earn it will, directly or indirectly, require a Sagittarius-flavored effort: learning or teaching, implementation of a life philosophy or the development of one by which to live, a reaching out to others, efforts to understand and/ or incorporate what’s foreign to you, religious ritual meant to lead to spiritual communion, or something dictated by the subjects ruled by Sag in your natal chart–you’ll know which one resonates for you–and the great thing is this opens up your capacity for instinctual understanding, offering a personal compass guided by your own deep connection to All That Is. But first, choose, decide, act. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 20 October

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Libra, you may feel alone, even in a crowd. Night Café at Arles, (Mme Ginoux) 1888 Paul Gauguin {{PD}}

Libra, you may feel alone, even in a crowd. Night Café at Arles, (Mme Ginoux) 1888 Paul Gauguin {{PD}}

You may feel strangely lonely this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, no matter how much love, praise, or reward surrounds you–and you are slated for a good dose of that–it’s just that you will be grappling mentally and emotionally with issues of power, reach, and territory, and so may need to cultivate that sense of isolation, if only so that you can sort through and make sense of things. The best result of all this could be that you come out of this experience a leader, in one form or another, with a magnified sense of fairness and an enhanced understanding of power expression–and that should lead to some significant healing. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 19 October

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'The Jockey' Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec {{PD}}

‘The Jockey’ Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec {{PD}}

Power issues between yourself and other authorities in your life are the focus this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra. There will be an often subtle jockeying for territory, influence, and the right to command–but never ever forget that the ultimate say-so is yours. In fact, that may be the toughest part of this year: remembering that no matter how things appear, the final authority (and responsibility) is your own. The biggest challenge may be in recognizing that most of the ‘rights’ and influence others have over you is just an elaborate illusion, one you previously agreed to–and now you must decide whether you want that enmeshment to continue. Positives: you have a good chance at a prosperity boost if you are willing to face issues you’ve been avoiding. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 18 October

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'Weeping Willow' Claude Monet c1919 {{PD}}

‘Weeping Willow’ Claude Monet c1919 {{PD}}

This may be an exceptionally emotional year for you, through to your next birthday, dear Libra; exploration of darker life matters and those things you’ve tried to ignore will spark some definitive emotional scenes, and these in turn will spark actions guided by instinct, and these will affect material matters and end up re-shaping your world. Make special efforts toward personal control and fine-tune presentations of your own uniqueness or originality, because at this time you’ll only get one shot to make that first impression, and it needs to be as unruffled by tumultuous feelings and matters of the heart as possible. You could see a few ‘firsts’ this year, but don’t stress the rules and parameters you know to be wise–respect them, and if you have to choose between what’s untried and what’s known, pick the one that’s most practical. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 17 October

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Pedro Alexandrino Borges  'Still life - Grapes and Peaches' {{PD}}

Pedro Alexandrino Borges ‘Still life – Grapes and Peaches’ {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll have the juice, dear Libra, to face those issues you’ve been avoiding and by doing so release a crazy amount of creative energy (or just a large amount of crazy, should you fail to channel it positively!) Don’t worry, instinct will guide you to a great extent, and facing things will also free up your capacity to alter and shape the environment to your liking–and that may be something you haven’t had the strength to do for some time. A couple of caveats: you can be too proud, and so discourage what would otherwise prove to be positive situations, and miscommunications or misunderstandings can be costly–so exchange info with care. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 16 October

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Emile Friant 'La Discussion politique' before 1932 {{PD}}

Emile Friant ‘La Discussion politique’ before 1932 {{PD}}

Dear Libra, communication and clear thinking, especially in relationships, may be your biggest challenge this year, through to your next birthday–and it may grow into your biggest asset. Though it might be tough going over the next few months, the conditions under which you interact with others and share information will force you to pay excruciatingly close attention, to absorb nuance, and to read implications very precisely–and so hone your communication skills to a degree that might almost appear supernatural to the observer. Once you have sharpened your perceptual abilities, instinct kicks in to aid you, and then you’ll be ready to tackle those issues avoided or ignored–but for now, just know that out of some difficult beginnings, this year could shape a quick mentality and some exceptional skills. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Just a Little Lunar and AstroEssence 15-16 October 2014: Have a Plan

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Constantin Hansen 'Portrait of a Little Girl, Elise Købke, with a Cup in front of her' {{PD}}

Constantin Hansen ‘Portrait of a Little Girl, Elise Købke, with a Cup in front of her’ {{PD}}

A little Lunar essence for today, the 15th:

4 PM PDT the Cancer Moon squares Mercury and trines Ceres. Thoughts and feelings are not in harmony, but as long as we are basing things on our connection to Nature, and/ or to our sense of personal authority, all will go well (but for how long, with the mentality dormant or confused and all sensory equipment down?) Don’t worry, we get a ‘new’ handle on things soon enough–’til then, coast. 11 PM PDT the Moon squares Pallas. Why are we so tempted to do something so dumb? Okay, I’ll be more Libra-diplomatic and say, ‘unwise’–but really, dumb–just don’t! Void begins at 12:39 AM of the 16th Pacific time; the Moon enters Leo at 3:30 AM PDT.

And for the 16th:

16 October why does it feel as if what’s smart will hurt if implemented? We’re deluded about what needs to be protected, and our instincts place us in conflict with what we value and what we want. Our thoughts are confused and we may act before we think (or plan)—today’s really the day for dealing with up front issues in such a way that we map out future action, rather than making a move in the present. We have a brief but clear planning window, which relies on our willingness to lay everything out while agreeing not to do anything for now. Special note to artists: creativity may take us down a weird path, and inspiration fails to respect actions we’ve already taken. Be willing to record ideas but forego action on inspiration received at this time—chances are high that the products of creative actions taken now will just have to be scrapped later. (Perfecting today: Chiron sesquiquadrate Pallas, Neptune square Vesta, Venus contra-parallel Sedna, Mercury parallel Neptune and sextile Mars, Sun-Mercury meet in Inferior Conjunction and contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith)

The Daily Word image for the 16th:

Today’s image is a hot cup of tea. Don’t neglect those small rituals that make life enjoyable–when we get busy they can fall by the wayside, and we may find we feel twice as worn without them.

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Born Today 15 October

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This year you may want to go low-key with the ego for awhile, Libra. Seitei (Shotei) Watanabe Before 1918 {{PD}}

This year you may want to go low-key with the ego for awhile, Libra. Seitei (Shotei) Watanabe Before 1918 {{PD}}

The desire to mold reality to your Will may be your motivation this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra–and yet there is a part of you that longs to subdue the ego and simply lose the Self in acceptance of what is–what’s a Libra to do? Concentrate on ‘planting the seed’, for whatever is most important to you–hold the creative act as a sacred event, and then stand back and give whatever you’ve planted room to begin. In the meantime, finances may currently be (or seem) abundant, but that might not last, so plan ahead, and face issues you’d normally turn away from–taking care of them now adds to your personal authority in a way nothing else can. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 14 October

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Max Kurzweil 1899 Mujer con un vestido amarillo (Woman in a yellow dress) {{PD}}

Max Kurzweil 1899 Mujer con un vestido amarillo (Woman in a yellow dress) {{PD}}

You are concentrating keenly on your life’s mission this Solar year, dear Libra, through to your next birthday. You are driven, by passion, by belief or life philosophy, by the need to share your knowledge, and you expect cooperation and support from others–and yet, what you need to remember is that your agenda is not the agenda of most (if not all) of those who surround you. You’ll need to exercise your legendary diplomacy, of course, but most important may be the way you’ll need to shelter both your emotions and your creative energies; either or both can be too easily hurt, out of hyper-sensitivity, both of the feeling senses and of your creative ideas: you need to be sure they are fully formed and completely thought out before you present them–and that may take a little more time than you want it to–but it will be time well-spent, and assure that what you bring forward will survive and thrive–and that you will, too. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Solar Return focus on: Venus sextile Jupiter. Does this promise bounty? Yes and no–it promises more, but if relationships or finances aren’t going well . . . you get the picture–this doesn’t change the current situation so much as enhance it greatly–so you may see it in new, exaggerated form and so see how to modify it to bring you more of what you actually want. This contact also suggests that the matters of the three (or more, depending on the system used) Houses ruled by Venus and Jupiter will act in concert exceptionally well at this time, so if you have a venture involving one or more of these, now may be the time to launch it (provided your plans are already in place and no further paperwork or agreements are needed at this time, and it is not Mercury-ruled or related–Merc retro–otherwise, wait until after direction).

Born Today 13 October

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Sometimes a message from the past seems almost unintelligible. Fragment of a Letter-Roman Written between 0150-0199 {{PD}}

Sometimes a message from the past seems almost unintelligible. Fragment of a Letter-Roman Written between 0150-0199 {{PD}}

Messages come out of the past for you, this coming Solar year, dear Libra, and what they contain is wisdom meant to be applied in the Now; the problem may be that you are heading toward practical application of what you know, hear, and discover, even as your ambitions pull you toward a more glamorous and aesthetically-oriented expression of who you are. The conflict between these two forces, the wise and practical, and the desire generated by the dream-machine, may cause you to get very little accomplished–but Libra, don’t let that happen. You cover the most ground this year, through to your next birthday, by planning ahead, by facing what you’d rather not, by being willing to stand up for yourself, and by connecting completely with your personal authority–do those things, glamorous or not, and let things unroll from there. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 12 October

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Take notes, Libra. Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts - Trompe l'oeil. 'Board Partition with Letter Rack and Music Book' 1668 {{PD}}

Take notes, Libra. Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts – Trompe l’oeil. ‘Board Partition with Letter Rack and Music Book’ 1668 {{PD}}

You are creating your own destiny today, dear Libra–and you may ask, so doesn’t everybody do that, every day? Yes, they do, but this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you will be creating your future with every, and I mean every, action and choice. Somehow you are under a kind of magnifying glass in terms of your actions; they seem to be exaggerated in the effect they will have, to the point where external factors will have little to do with the path you lay out. You help yourself most by remaining aware of your own power in this, by gleaning everything you can about what you should or should not do from the past, and by refusing to become paralyzed with indecision. Keep in mind there’s no right or wrong direction you can take, only ones more or less aligned with your goals and needs. Stay casual (rather than pressured or freaked out) in your approach, plan, think, and network–this latter is important when you might need it, so don’t hesitate–and use your highest values to guide your priorities and goals. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 20 November

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Joining the group can be fun, Scorpio. Boki and Hekili (Kahekili Keeaumoku II) with two unidentified chiefs on the sloop Kamchatka 1818 by Mikhail Tikhanov.

Joining the group can be fun, Scorpio. Boki and Hekili (Kahekili Keeaumoku II) with two unidentified chiefs on the sloop Kamchatka 1818 by Mikhail Tikhanov.

You’ve got some big decisions to make this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio, decisions about being Yourself, about going your own way or reconciling yourself to a place in the group, about originality, about Self-respect, about matters you’ve been ignoring, about personal rage at the way you’ve been treated, about what you can do to break away from what ails you, and about how you can gain a complete sense of freedom that allows uncensored expression. That’s a lot to handle, but here are some pointers: don’t confuse just doing whatever you want whenever you want with freedom–they’re not the same; the key to gaining respect from others is to have respect for yourself–and don’t confuse this with reverence for yourself, a humorless stance that takes the Self very seriously; remember that the past is past; recall that you don’t lose who you are by cooperating or being part of the group; and know that things always go better when you face them directly, rather than putting them off and waiting for them to sneak up and catch you at a disadvantage. If you refuse to be wobbly and instead really apply yourself this year, Scorpio, you can make some amazing progress, and learn not just about who you really are, but successfully show others who you are, too. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 19 November

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Charles West Cope 'A Night Alarm: The Advance!' 1871

Charles West Cope ‘A Night Alarm: The Advance!’ 1871

You’re entering what in some ways may be a deceptively quiet period, dear Scorpio; deceptive because once you emerge from the cottony-dark meditative quiet you’ll be forced to deal with all those issues you’ve been turning away from, just hoping they’ll disappear. Nobody blames you for not tackling them–and knowing they’re ahead needn’t disturb the contemplative state you can enter and enjoy for about 3/4 of the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. This can be a highly productive time, as your internal world finds its spiritual center and organizes around it–or it could be a period when you wander, lost, hoping for rescue or an obvious signpost directing you . . . where? That’s really the crux of this: that you need to take this time to look inward, come to know yourself in the present, and then choose the course you want to follow when you re-enter (in a sense) the world, because when you do, some serious matters of relationship, rage, and Self-respect will surface–and you need to be ready. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 18 November

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Life's been tough for you lately, Scorpio, but you can put down that sledgehammer now. Utagawa Kunisada  'Father and Son Members of the Forty-Seven Rônin' c1850 {{PD}}

Life’s been tough for you lately, Scorpio, but you can put down that sledgehammer now. Utagawa Kunisada ‘Father and Son Members of the Forty-Seven Rônin’ c1850 {{PD}}

Does it feel like someone finally took those lead weights off your ankles, dear Scorpio, or is it more like you’re climbing out of a box? Or maybe it’s like you’ve been kidnapped, made to wear a hood and break rocks with a sledgehammer, and now at last you’ve been released, and are just getting your first glimpse around and breathe of fresh air. No matter what, the pressure, one way or another, is easing, restriction is lifting, and the need for serious, nose-to-the-grindstone effort is morphing into a kind of unexpected strength and bravery to both stand up for yourself and to investigate and handle those things that, up ’til now, were too much for you to deal with. You’re off in a new direction, Scorpio, and many of the things that were holding you back have fallen away–now’s your chance–don’t be afraid to shape your life the way you want it to be. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Born Today 17 November

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A yoke is really a tool that allows you to get twice as much done. Pisanello {{PD}}

A yoke is really a tool that allows you to get twice as much done. Pisanello {{PD}}

Is that the proverbial yoke of oppression you’re wearing, dear Scorpio, or are you just super-disciplined and super-goal-focused right now, with no time to look up from your Herculean labors to flirt or play or even enjoy what you’ve built? You may see-saw between these two viewpoints all through the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and one thing’s sure: that won’t be fun. It will be up to you to consciously step back and inject a little spontaneity into things, no matter how unnatural that may feel to you at the time; maintaining a sense of freedom, no matter how big a burden you’re carrying, and no matter how willingly you’ve taken this burden on, is vital to your mental and emotional health, and to your ability to accomplish, as you won’t get anywhere if you believe you’re being buried alive. So, keep your focus on your choices and your ability to have an impact; those will keep you aware of your true freedom, and so keep you sane. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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The Sabian Symbol + the Daily Word Image for the New Moon 22 November 2014

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Osiris, photo by Ignati {{PD}}

Osiris, photo by Ignati {{PD}}

22 NovemberNew Moon occurs at 4:32 AM Pacific Standard Time at 00 Sagittarius 07: ‘Everything Old is New Again’

The Sabian is, ‘Retired Army Veterans Gather To Reawaken Old Memories’. That, my friends, is a Re-Union. The implication is that we will see something resurrected, back together again, in imitation of a previous state or condition with the purpose of Re-Membering. This echoes the Saturn in Scorpio ‘setting’ for the New Moon, wherein reality contains layers of memory, mystery, nuance, truth, and many versions of ‘what is’ as seen through varied viewpoints and times—and the NM resurrects something specific to the re-uniting of those who experienced a past condition together. It’s perhaps past contacts brought together to celebrate that past, to re-live it, in a way—or to resurrect from memory something buried, forgotten, or ignored—which brings us back to Black Moon Lilith. ‘Everything old is New Again’ is an old saying (and song!) that may be what we’re humming come New Moon time.

Today’s image is the Egyptian god Osiris, a Scorpionic figure (a god of resurrection and the Underworld) reassembled by his sister/ wife Isis after his jealous brother (Set, for those keeping score) tore him to pieces. Isis put the pieces back together and wrapped them for burial; the one missing piece (the phallus) she fashioned herself so that he would be whole. She was then impregnated by the already-dead Osiris, with the result being she gave birth to their child, Horus. This image fits quite nicely with both the Sabian of the NM (a Reunion) and with NM’s contact to Saturn, still in Scorpio. The implication for we mortals may be that there’s still some seminal, creative ‘juice’ to be extracted from a real-life situation that by all rights should be (or at least appears to be) dead and lifeless. The New Moon may make it clear what this component, if handled correctly, can be used to create; all we have to do is ‘put the pieces together’.

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Born Today 16 November

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Luis Meléndez - 'Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets' c1750 {{PD}}

Maybe your box will contain sweets, too, Scorpio. Luis Meléndez – ‘Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets’ c1750 {{PD}}

Are you feeling a bit of a squeeze starting, dear Scorpio? It’s like the figurative walls are closing in, and will eventually form a box much too small and uncomfortable for occupying. What to do? Even if you aren’t yet aware of these restrictive circumstances, they are coming, and there are a couple of tips I can offer that will help you handle this (in fact, help you make the most of this): willingness to embrace restrictions, rules, and barriers and build them in to your efforts will be key; appeal to the generosity of the social circle when you need help–they in fact will be much more supportive than you might think, and, if you play your cards right, could offer a steady source of clients, customers, audiences, company, or just plain guardian angels; and you must be willing to both stand up for yourself (don’t expect that social support–go at things as if it all relies on you), and be open to facing those issues you may have put off, ignored, or been in denial about–these will bring unexpected benefits in the handling. It won’t be an easy year, Scorpio, but it could be an amazing one. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 15 November

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Yes Scorpio, you WILL see the forest, in spite of the trees. Klimt 'Beech Grove I' {{PD}}

Yes Scorpio, you WILL see the forest, in spite of the trees. Klimt ‘Beech Grove I’ {{PD}}

For you, dear Scorpio, the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may bring a time of discovery, specifically of those things that have been in your psychic ‘blind spot’ for a long time now. You’ll be given the instinctual guidance needed to puzzle these influences out and to see clearly how they’ve affected the reality picture you currently occupy–and you’ll see how it’s imperative you make any changes you want to make soon, before the coming lock-down. Yes, you’re approaching a period when you may not have the freedom to maneuver that you enjoy now; you could enter a time of serious commitment, a time when you’ll see a lot of what you’ve created (whether you are aware of these things consciously or not) materialize. It could be a revelation, finding out where your energy has really been going–but isn’t that the fun of life? Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

A Little More on Sun-Saturn

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If you’re having monumental energy lows right now, that could be Sun-Saturn; though that’s usually reserved for Saturn’s transits to your natal Sun, the two planets meeting, even when not directly connected to your chart, can suppress energy and identity to the extreme, especially if your Sun or Saturn is currently (by receiving transits, Solar Arcs, or Secondary Progressions) or natally prominent in your chart. I found myself wanting to do nothing but sleep–and then I realized it might be the effect of the transit–I was literally suppressing myself with what felt like fatigue. What’s the antidote? Doing (Saturn) what expresses the Self/ Soul intent (Sun). And in this kind of doing, we must ask some questions.

A Saturn event can be like a locked door for which we’ve lost the key; we see the barrier, and we believe we know how to get through–but we don’t consider that there may be more ways to handle this barrier than initially occur to us. We may search for the key, desperate and helpless-feeling, and should we choose an alternative approach, the very nature of Saturn pushes us toward using force: we try to knock the door down, to splinter it off the hinges, just to get through. Perhaps we’d do better at these times to ask why the door is there in the first place. We should determine if our goal is really worth pursuing, at least in the form we see it in now. We might consider less Saturnian ways to achieve it: exiting through another figurative door, or using a window! Or taking some other metaphorical opening that gets us to the other side of something. And we might just consider that this is an expression of the wisdom of the Universe: not now, not yet, maybe later, maybe never, do something else. That last consideration is where I always end up–trusting that what’s put before me has meaning, whether I understand it or not.

Sun Conjunct Saturn: It’s an Old Story

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Saturn asks us to do--and that takes form, shape, discipline. Adolph Menzel - 'Atelierwand' (Atelier Wall--wall in the Artist's studio) 1851 {{PD}}

Saturn asks us to do–and that takes form, shape, discipline. Adolph Menzel – ‘Atelierwand’ (Atelier Wall–wall in the Artist’s studio) 1851 {{PD}}

It’s the same old story: the Sun and Saturn meet, this time in Scorpio and opposed Earth-Sedna, and the hand-wringing begins–and who can blame us? Most people have a special kind of anxiety surrounding Saturn; they see him as the zodiacal meanie, a paternal figure who never got beyond finger-shaking admonitions and curfew impositions and grounding those who didn’t follow ‘the rules’. The thing is, though, that the more we resist Saturn, the more we refuse to exercise personal Self-discipline, the more that disowned energy pattern shows up externally, in the circumstances of our lives. We tend to pick and choose our disciplines, and we tend to think one form of discipline ‘makes up’ for other, looser areas of conduct. The highly-trained yoga instructor who doesn’t bother to pay her bills on time, the accountant who tracks every penny and always pays on time who throws down his trash wherever he happens to be, the Artist who executes highly disciplined work but who hasn’t seen a doctor or dentist in years–all are choosing a single area in which to show restraint (and you’ll notice, it’s an area in life they believe is important, and see as a statement of the spiritual and of identity) and treating with disdain other areas of life–and in their choices they may show disrespect for others, for themselves, or for both. They are acting out their beliefs, and are engaged in a very Saturnian thing: judging some areas as important, others as not–and then they are surprised when the Universe comes along and says, “Oh, look over here–you don’t have your shit together, and now it’s going to hurt/ cost you/ keep you from moving forward.’

Some people like to say: Saturn’s stopping me from the outside; there’s nothing I can do. Au contraire–the externals are merely reflecting, usually in highly concrete ‘language’, what it is you are denying within. Yes, to lack discipline is a form of denial; it’s a statement that tells the Cosmos you refuse to contain, form, shape, or organize a particular portion of your life. But what about those who are doing their best, who are not (as far as they are aware) ignoring any pocket of their life? When they suffer, we have another possibility: if they are not being honest with themselves, if they have arranged their energy usage in a manner that’s artificial in relation to their Beingness, they may find Saturn coming at them from all directions–and quite often, it is because their real-life behaviors don’t match their life philosophy, stated behaviors, and/ or their beliefs about themselves. The dissonance creates a negative vibrational space into which Saturn stuffs the ‘material’ of the deficit, the lack in your life; it’s as if Saturn fills it in, and keeps what’s missing out. If you are suffering a lack, the obvious (but often totally effective) thing to do is to take a thorough look at your own attitudes and behaviors surrounding the subject of that lack. If you long for freedom but train elephants for the circus, no matter how well you treat them, there comes a point when you need to acknowledge that these animals are not meant to be subjugated–they need freedom, too. If you long to be loved for who you are but are a coy game-player with others, how long before you see that, if they can’t see you as you are, they can’t love you? If you find you never have enough money, in what way are you stingy with others? And all these involve a spiritual component, a kind of Saturnian judgment that, when exercised out-of-balance by the individual, results in restriction.

Saturn is your friend. For these two days, it shines a bright light on what is, on your reality, and it shows you, through the material world, what needs to change within. That’s not harsh, that’s not mean, that’s life–and anyone determined to turn away from it is probably having a Saturnian crisis of their own.

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Born Today 14 November

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'Construction du Temple de Jérusalem' Jean Fouquet c1470 {{PD}}

‘Construction du Temple de Jérusalem’
Jean Fouquet c1470 {{PD}}

You’re aiming for solid results and constructive action this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, through to your next birthday, but what you need to watch out for are the influences of those things you don’t know lurk within your own psyche. Instincts designed to keep you safe may cause you to be hesitant and over-protective, while issues that reside in the mental ‘blind spot’, visible to others but not to you, may exert a push or pull that can unexpectedly throw things into chaos. The solution may lie, not in excavating these areas (though certainly, that will eventually need to be done) but in keeping yourself focused on facts and the concrete, on what’s measurable and able to be physically handled; that way you don’t become distracted by odd feelings and unconscious sensations that could worm their way into projects and distort (or even halt) progress. Too, this year you have a gift for originality and Self-promotion (and a corresponding generosity)–let yourself shine! Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 13 November

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Don't get distracted, Scorpio, by old men offering grapes. Ángel Zárraga 'The Gift' 1910 {{PD}}

Don’t get distracted, Scorpio, by old men offering grapes. Ángel Zárraga ‘The Gift’
1910 {{PD}}

Expand your world, dear Scorpio–do it! do it now!–or at least, work on doing it during this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–because it’s in making your world larger, in encompassing more varied experiences and points-of-view, in taking opportunities as they come, that you will find fresh success, prosperity, and an enriched sense of understanding that will serve you very well. It’s just that you have to take that first step, and it may be far too easy to become distracted with all the shiny, hollow praise that will be coming your way–no question, lots of positive reinforcement will appear, much of it designed to get something from you, or to move you out of the way, temporarily–but you’ve got to keep focus on what matters: accomplishment that sends your influence out into the world. Here’s the test you can apply, to know whether what you are doing is worthy: if it benefits you and others as well, it’s a good choice. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 12 November

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This year, find out what makes you tick, Scorpio. Briton Rivière 'Tick-Tack' 1881 {{PD}}

This year, find out what makes you tick, Scorpio. Briton Rivière ‘Tick-Tack’ 1881 {{PD}}

Though Self-realization and gaining opportunity seem to be your goals this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, it behooves you to look below the surface at the desire for autonomy, respect, and the right to declare your territory that underlies all your ambitions. If you lack consciousness of these hidden factors, you may find yourself facing repeated power struggles, rebellion from your underlings or those you care for, and competition over something you feel by rights should be yours–and none of it, should you fail to explore your motivations, will make sense. In this case, the social sphere can be an excellent aid to discovering what is currently making you tick, both by commenting on and reflecting back to you your behavior; they offer knowledge (especially accumulated knowledge from those who’ve gone before), and will point you toward opportunity–but it’s up to you to make the most of it. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 11 November

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A little sunshine for your winter day, Northern hemisphere Scorpios: Charles Courtney Curran, 1915 – ‘Sunshine and Haze’ {{PD}}

Optimism may reach a bursting point this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, through to your next birthday, especially regarding your own potential to ‘shine’ and to gain new depths of knowledge and understanding. Feelings and intuition will support you and your goals, and success seems inevitable–what could go wrong? The biggest danger is that you may lose sight of the highest values you hold, believing you can stray just a tad and it won’t really matter–oh, but it will! In fact, the key to taking your past and using all you’ve experienced to create a desirable future lies within those things you find sacred, that you honor, and in doing right by the home situation and the mate. Make sure you’re good in these areas, and then follow your enthusiasm–showing and pursuing what you care about is slated to bring you some exceptional opportunities. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 10 November

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'Lady writing a love letter' Artist Unknown c1750 {{PD}}

‘Lady writing a love letter’ Artist Unknown c1750 {{PD}}

Dear Scorpio: What were you thinking!? From now on, every move you make is crucial to determining your life Path. Every thought you think, thing you do, commitment you honor, and cause you support must be flawless, and you can’t make any mistakes, okay? Love you! Signed, the Universe

How did that little love note make you feel, Scorpio? Hopeless, buried under a mound of unreasonable judgments and super-human expectations–or maybe just like you’re willing to try but have already accepted that it’s no-win. The funny thing is, I changed the signature on that note: actually, it was written and signed by you, to you. Now do you see how hard you’re being on yourself? This coming year, through to your next birthday, you may have ridiculously high requirements for your own behavior and accomplishments–this birthday greeting is to tell you not to aim lower, but to be kinder, especially to yourself. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Featured Solar Return aspect: Mars conjunct Pluto, both quincunx Juno=temper, destructive urges, ego, and energy levels must all be modified in order to serve empowerment goals. Modesty plus limitless energy will take you a long way this year.

Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 13 November 2014: All Is Revealed

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Thomas Fearnley - 'Grindel Forest Glacier' 1837 {{PD}}

Thomas Fearnley – ‘Grindel Forest Glacier’ 1837 {{PD}}

13 November Today is the day when all is revealed—all in terms of our own power, influence, reach, and impact on others both personally and in the social sphere, at least. If we aren’t happy with our power situation we can make some smart moves to improve it; too, we’ll see the benefits of clearing out what’s outmoded or no longer precious to us, to make room for the new. (Pallas parallel Juno, Venus semi-square Pluto, Sun-Earth axis in T-square with Jupiter)

Today’s image is a glacier, melting just a little in the bright sunshine. What in your life seems to be moving at, as they say, a glacial pace? Know that no matter how nonexistent change in this area seems to be, the situation is on its way to ‘becoming fluid’. Change may still be a long way off, but it is coming.

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Born Today 9 November

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Fritz Petzholdt - 'Étude de roches' c1833 {{PD}}

Fritz Petzholdt – ‘Étude de roches’ c1833 {{PD}}

Dear Scorpio, over the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, it appears you might find yourself (even repeatedly) stuck between what’s wise or smart, and a hard place–specifically, a restriction, obligation, fear, or rule that makes it very difficult to do anything other than the wise thing–thus effectively removing what may feel like a large number of options and choices for you. Though you know that’s not the way it should be (and indeed, you should remind yourself it won’t be like that forever), you will need to adhere very closely to your highest values and ideals, and to deal honorably with both home circumstances and with the mate–because you’ll be setting up your own support system, not to mention the vibe, that will carry you into the future. Remain optimistic–once you work the kinks out, the rewards could multiply exponentially. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 8 November

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'Young Samurai and Female Attendants Practicing Archery' (Half of a Diptych) by Utagawa Toyokuni I c1800 {{PD}}

‘Young Samurai and Female Attendants Practicing Archery’ (Half of a Diptych) by Utagawa Toyokuni I c1800 {{PD}}

You’re shooting all your arrows in the direction of ambition fulfillment this year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio–but is that the best thing to do? Yes, yes it is, just as long as you do a few important things: Be Yourself–I know in a way that’s impossible not to do, it’s just that the more true you are to your own (possibly freaky) uniqueness, the more quickly and easily (and satisfyingly) success will come to you; learn to work with the group–not subordinate to it and not lording over it, but in a relationship where both sides get what they truly need from the arrangement; use your Highest Values and priorities as guidelines for what is and isn’t acceptable–even if it seems like you can quickly deviate from these with no harm done, you shouldn’t, as the damage will be irreparable; and finally, approach events and interactions with a truly open mind, and be willing to take a more objective view when you’re faced with something that makes you uncomfortable–fallible instincts might keep you in the comfort zone and so cause you to miss perfectly viable opportunities. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 7 November

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You won't have to water ambitions down, if you'll just wait a little. Juan Gris  'Glass and Water Bottle' 1917 {{PD}}

You won’t have to water ambitions down, if you’ll just wait a little. Juan Gris
‘Glass and Water Bottle’ 1917 {{PD}}

You seem to be weighing and measuring your ambitions, dear Scorpio, and trying to decide whether the material environment will support you making your dream happen right now. Though it doesn’t seem like the likely thing, compromise is the idea that will get you where you want to go–not as in watering-down your dream in order to get some traction, but as in taking a considered approach that keeps values and already-established priorities in a position of honor. Do that and and before you know it both significant resources and external aid (in the form of knowledge or possibly social trends or organizations) will arrive and give your goals the needed fuel. Until then, enjoy your year, and take advantage of your current ability to discern the unspoken and ignored undercurrents in communication; you are especially good at reading between the lines, and can learn a lot as a consequence. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 6 November

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It's great to be back, isn't it, Scorpio? 'Strelnieks' (Shooter) Janis Rozentāls 1914 {{PD}}

It’s great to be back, isn’t it, Scorpio? ‘Strelnieks’ (Shooter) Janis Rozentāls 1914 {{PD}}

You’re healed–now what do you do? True, you still may be getting your balance, scoping out the landscape, trying to get your bearings–but it’s not like you were just born–you had hopes and dreams before you got sidetracked, and you should take another look at them as soon as possible. Do they still apply? Do they still appeal? Expect that your recent experiences may have changed your goals, may have altered your way of seeing the world, but also may have taken you back toward your original, pre-socialized interests and focus–and this is really an invaluable gift, re-orienting you to what you truly care about. Strengths this year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio, are your quick wits and your core values; detriments may be too much insistence on ‘being comfortable’, or on only pursuing sure things. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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The Sabian for the Full Moon of 6 November: Braving the Storm

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 'Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret' 1892 {{PD}}

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, ‘Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret’ 1892 {{PD}}

‘Head Covered With A Rakish Silk Hat, Muffled Against The Cold, A Man Braves A Storm’ The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon in Taurus draws an interesting picture, of someone taking the attitude that meeting the harshness of the elements (which we can translate as meeting Life itself) with a sense of personal style and aplomb is really the only way to go. To enter the storm already sullen, feeling defeated, is no way to proceed—and neither is taking a stance that is based on a belief that either doesn’t connect the way we think it does with reality, nor taking one because of the influence or approval of others–and this tells us that emphasizing the individual qualities that make us unique no matter what we’re doing really counts right now. It’s like a statement to the Universe, “I’m ready to play the game, my way.” The Universe’s response to that can only be an adventure.

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Born Today 5 November

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Franz von Stuck 'Salome II' 1905 {{PD}}

Franz von Stuck ‘Salome II’ 1905 {{PD}}

You have a choice, dear Scorpio, this Solar year through to your next birthday: you can either focus on hurt and ways of rebelling from those who’ve wounded you, or you can focus on developing your most unique skills and, when ready, sharing them with the group. Obviously, any thinking person would opt for the latter, but the problem is, tiny decisions made in the moment, small justifications of the most minor of detours, can lead you very quickly into a spot where you may respond to past hurts reflexively, out of sheer pique. Consciously apply effort to honing those skills and abilities that are most ‘you’, that you specifically show exceptional talent with (and don’t be overly modest–you know what you’re great at!) and your year will prove to be one where you don’t just make progress, but you heal. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 4 November

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'Orpheues in der Unterwelt' (Orpheus in the Underworld) Guido Philipp Schmitt, 1905 {{PD}}

‘Orpheues in der Unterwelt’ (Orpheus in the Underworld) Guido Philipp Schmitt, 1905 {{PD}}

You’ll undergo an interesting emotional journey this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio; on the other end of the trip you can expect your most original ideas and your most unusual thinking to have come together into a life approach that will see you advance significantly. Between that time and this, though, you may undergo serious changes, as matters that feel (but aren’t necessarily) life-and-death test the way you think of your role and your purpose. Will this hurt? Maybe a little, but it’s the stuffy cocoon needed to turn you into a butterfly. The key to making it through the year? Like Orpheus, you’ll have to steel yourself and make your descent into darkness, but once you’re on your way up to the light, just make sure you don’t look back. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 3 November

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Consuelo Fould - Louison la bouquetiere {{PD}}

Consuelo Fould – Louison la bouquetiere {{PD}}

Healing personal relationships or your own relationship to money, assets, and/ or material matters may be a big focus this coming year, dear Scorpio, through to your next birthday. Ways in which you’ve previously been radical, unpredictable, and unreliable have created difficulties that can’t be left unattended any longer. This freedom-embracing approach may not have seemed like it was damaging anything at the time, but others may not have seen your need for independence and marching to your own drummer as anything other than you being contrary and running away from responsibility–and now’s the time to fix all that. Your biggest assets this year will be a willingness to face darkness and the unpleasant and do what needs to be done, and a willingness to allow your big heart to show. Normally you are a brave and incredibly kind individual who hides this under a more cavalier banner–it’s time to own up to your sensitivity and the great difference you can make for others–that’s not what others are expecting, but it is what you have planned. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence 2 November 2014: Everybody Wins

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‘Three Chiefs’ Edward S. Curtis {{PD}}

2 November our individual Will doesn’t mesh well with the dictates of the social circle, and attempts to acquire knowledge, branch out, expand horizons, or get more don’t go smoothly. It’s doubly frustrating because we see what we want, what we value, and know it’s available—apparently to everyone but us. The problem is we’re thinking too much along the lines of ambition fulfillment, and not enough about the needs and expectations of those around us. If we can include others in an ‘everybody wins’ scenario, we just might get what we’re aiming for. (Mars sesquiquadrate Jupiter, Mercury parallel Zeus, Sun parallel Venus)

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Born Today 2 November

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Sarah Jackson, Bride Thoughts, copier art, 1993 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Sarah Jackson, Bride Thoughts, copier art, 1993 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

You’ve just spent recent months ‘getting empowered’ in some important sense, dear Scorpio, and now change is in the air–are you truly ready? The thing you need to know is that what you need to change first is your own thinking–without that, any changes you make in the material world will not take, and you’ll soon find yourself back in a very similar spot from which you started. Too, efforts toward emotional healing can be very effective at this time (during the year through to your next birthday) and will, sooner or later, payoff financially or in relationships–so even if it seems like a distraction, take the time to nurse and repair wounds. Use visualization as much as possible to create a kind of scenario within the imagination that you’d like to have as your reality–and consider that no matter how much control you try to exercise over things, fortune sometimes steps in and won’t let you have the final say–that’s just the way it is, sometimes. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 1 November

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This computer generated particle texture image is created with Magic Art Software 2013 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Attribution: © Nevit Dilmen

You’re entering a period when you must shift gears, dear Scorpio, and take the perceptual focus from the intellect to an inspired or creative viewpoint, one that can take advantage of the opportunities that will be coming your way this year, through to your next birthday. You’ll need to keep your eyes and ears open, as potentials will be communicated to you, but in order to actually take advantage of them, you’ll need to accept a changed vision of ideals surrounding Love, Money, or both. You can’t delay these necessary changes any longer–to do so means you’ll miss the boat, opportunity-wise. Resolve to re-hab your beliefs, especially those concerning the magic and mystery you may attribute to being in love, or to earning. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 31 October

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Al helecho Davallia se le llama "Patas de Araña" por sus rizomas. By Chosovi http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Chosovi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Al helecho Davallia se le llama “Patas de Araña” por sus rizomas. By Chosovi http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Chosovi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

There’s just the slightest bit of internal tension over Love and/ or Money this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, through to your next birthday, and problems likely come directly from the natal Houses ruled by Venus–so what can you do about it? That internal tension will manifest right out in material matters–so it won’t be hard to see what you need to work on–but the best thing may be that deep and profound change may spring from what seems minor at the time. A combination of inspiration and the discovery of secrets or hidden material may spur you in the direction of a major life re-focus–and that’s good. Communications will be key to the choices you make; know that the more honestly you approach things, and the more effort you make to uncover your own hidden motives, the better the results will be. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 30 October

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'On the Way to the Market' Monogrammist L.M {{PD}}

‘On the Way to the Market’ Monogrammist L.M {{PD}}

Dear Scorpio, circumstances this coming year, through to your next birthday, will be tests of your ability to empower yourself, and also tests of what power you already hold in life. That doesn’t sound too glamorous–stressful, even–until you realize you are being handed the key to both Love and Money. Then the questions become: do you need to be more or less assertive to get what you want? What will it cost you, and what will you gain? Do you need to be cooperative or go it alone? And what are you looking for in terms of status? You need to be especially clear on this last matter, as not taking those desires into account can mean you find yourself at the end of the year unfulfilled, in spite of making the effort. Big hint: excavate what’s in your emotional ‘blind spot’, that area others can see about you that you can’t–the more you truly understand yourself, the better your choices will be. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 29 October

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 Ambrose McEvoy 'Earring' 1878-1927 {{PD}}

Ambrose McEvoy ‘Earring’ 1878-1927 {{PD}}

Dear Scorpio, do you feel like Love and/ or Money is looking at you in the rear-view mirror and waving goodbye? Please don’t be sad–bigger things are on their way. You’ll ‘get the message’ concerning this within the next two months, and will take delivery sometime over the coming ten months after that, in a period stretching through to your next birthday. In the meantime, stay strong, keep ambitions, goals, and dreams at the forefront of consciousness, and watch the House Jupiter is currently transiting, along with the House Jupiter rules natally, for opportunities that can help take you where you want to go. Featured Solar Return aspect: Pallas trine Neptune=in dreams and visions you’ll find wisdom. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 28 October

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Your life will be something of an adventure this year, Scorpio. {{PD}}

Your life will be something of an adventure this year, Scorpio. {{PD}}

What’s wise and practical may not be what the heart cries out for this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio; you may in fact be caught between the chance for Love and the chance to be ‘smart’, between opportunities for reward and for establishing something useful, between get-rich-quick or establishing a legacy that lives on long after you’re gone. It won’t be an easy choice, or I should say, choices, as this quandary is likely to come up over and over again in various forms throughout the year. All you can do is your best, Scorpio, but here are a few Solar Return hints: be willing to act even if you’re not 100% sure of what the outcome will be; notice that power distribution and authority is not what it used to be, and make use of what you see; and be willing to wipe the emotional slate clean, including of any guilt you carry or any trespasses you’ve had a hard time forgiving–you don’t have to forget just because you forgive, and there’s protection in that remembering. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 27 October

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You can make your dream come true this year, too, Scorpio. Thomas Cole 'Architect’s Dream' 1840 {{PD}}

You can make your dream come true this year, too, Scorpio. Thomas Cole ‘Architect’s Dream’ 1840 {{PD}}

You’re attuned to Perfect Love this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Scorpio, and that also makes you attuned to matters of the Houses in the natal chart ruled by Venus; if you want to achieve, profit, or find Love, this is where to look, with your chances better the more quickly you pursue them and diminishing as the months pass. As time goes on, though, your attention turns from earning and loving to creativity and perhaps to making ‘the Dream’ come true–and that could end up just about eating you whole, as all-consuming as it may be for you. This year is your big chance to co-ordinate your efforts to gain the most precious things in life with your ultimate experience of Self-expression and creative output–and if you can do it, you may just end up making your masterpiece. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Your ECLIPSE Sampler for 26-28 October 2014: Inspiration + Authority

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'Spring Snow' (Shunsetsu) by Takeuchi Seiho, 1942 {{PD}}

‘Spring Snow’ (Shunsetsu) by Takeuchi Seiho, 1942 {{PD}}

A little something for 26 October: Today’s image is a bird splashing in a puddle, even as it starts to rain. Is there some way in which we’re double dipping, in a way? Out of an abundance of caution or enthusiasm we can find ourselves over doing, in a simple attempt to make sure we get it done; we may not realize that, figuratively speaking, wet is wet–once we’re wet, we can’t get wetter! Mars moves into Capricorn today, helping us target action effectively–and hopefully eliminate any duplication of effort.

A little something for 27 October: we come to know the meaning of the old axiom, ‘Knowledge is power’; authority accrues to those who have access to facts and who understand how past development has lead to current conditions. Thinking, however, is decidedly independent of power concerns, and though this leads to a purity of mental expression and processing it also signifies, on the part of those who are mentally-keyed (natally heavy in Air), a susceptibility to follow an idea or place a concept on a pedestal that could have negative consequences for the personal empowerment situation. The saving grace, though, may actually be grace itself, an adherence to the ideal of Love in action that mitigates any potential negatives or losses. Ideals in Love or Money can be advanced and perhaps met; creativity, imagination, and integrity all pay. (Ceres enters Sagittarius, Venus trine Neptune, Mercury contra-parallel Juno)

And for 28 October: The Moon enters Capricorn at 3:04 AM PDT of the 28th. 5 AM PDT the Moon conjuncts Mars. Temper takes some very concrete avenues of expression, and upset may be taken out through material matters, if we don’t bother to hold back. With just a little effort, control of energy output can be both disciplined and productive. 10 AM PDT the Moon sits at the midpoint of Neptune-Pallas. Creative wisdom is channeled through the emotions and intuition; try to preserve what comes to you now, as it will be both inspired and smart. Noon the Moon sextiles Sun-Venus. We see illuminated either relationships or financial situations–and we understand them in a way that makes us sympathetic/ empathetic to their current state. 5 PM PDT the Moon quincunxes Juno. We can sense, rather than ‘see’, what we need to adjust in order to maintain or enhance our own power situation. Believe what occurs to you to do, as it’s the right thing for you, and is supported by sensitivity and instinct. 10 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Pluto and semi-sextiles Vesta. Instincts to get and maintain power are right on, and we may be challenged by a destructive tingle aimed at anything we feel uncomfortable about concerning the home, family, or those things to which we’re dedicated. Consider the way you can change the situation that’s irritating you, rather than eliminating it or some aspect of it.

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Born Today 26 October

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Paul Gauguin - Te arii vahine (The Queen of Beauty or The Noble Queen) 1896-97 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin – Te arii vahine (The Queen of Beauty or The Noble Queen) 1896-97 {{PD}}

This year you’ll shine in relationships, in the wisdom of your choices and your guidance to others, in your acquisition and use of practical skills, in your ability to earn and to attract reward and positive attention–and you may have the most successful creative year of your life, dear Scorpio. Frankly, I’m jealous. In fact, a lot of people might be, and you’ll need to watch out for the way others’ petty emotions might interfere with your impressive and envy-inspiring trajectory. No matter how loving you are (and you will naturally radiate this, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday) there’s always someone who wants to poke you in the eye; just know that the character deficit is theirs, not yours–at least that’s true right now. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 25 October

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Georges Seurat 'Port-en-Bessin: The Outer Harbor (Low Tide)' 1888

Georges Seurat ‘Port-en-Bessin: The Outer Harbor (Low Tide)’ 1888

Soul, heart, mind, and common sense are all in alignment over the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio–but what does all that inner harmony bring you? Besides a magnetism that rivals the tides, you may find the mentality is burdened by a lot of ambition and an inability to think in a straight line–which means you can seem so wrapped up in yourself that you alienate others. The emotions in you run deep over the coming year, but may be kept under wraps, out of fear or a desire to suppress those feelings you’d rather not acknowledge; you may question your own motives and strength, and so may undermine what you could excel at, earning and lovin’. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 24 October

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Though you'll have the Midas touch when it comes to money, Scorpio, it's important to keep relationships in mind.

Though you’ll have the Midas touch when it comes to money, Scorpio, it’s important to keep relationships in mind.

Dear Scorpio, you embody the essence of Love this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–or is that a big pile of gold bouillon shimmering all around you? You may have the Midas touch in Love or Finances, and the wisdom of Solomon as a bonus–so what could go wrong? The mind may feel like it’s been dipped in cement, and you could be so pre-occupied with your own ambitions, wants, and desires that there’s scant room for meaningful interaction with others. Too, a desire to understand your own emotional depths this year could make you come across as much more introverted than you mean to. There’s good news, though, in that the big philosophical questions you want to address will serve to shape your future Path–so there’s no way even the time you spend alone will be wasted–and don’t let your exceptional ability to attract attract attract go to waste, either. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 23 October

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Der Zirkus - Georges Seurat {{PD}}

Der Zirkus – Georges Seurat {{PD}}

Welcome to the fun-house, Scorpio (if you’re a Libra born the 23rd, please see the Born Today for the 22nd). This year, through to your next birthday, may be one intense ride toward fulfillment of one or more of your goals–or at the very least, toward launching something important in your life. The good news? Your choices will be smart and likely result in reward or profit of one kind or another. The less good news? Reasoning may be flawed, which could set up problems for later (and consider that you may choose well but then delay success through poor planning). If you’re not working toward a material triumph of some kind, you may be called on (even forced) to devote a lot of time and energy to relationships, which may feel ‘new’ even when they’re not, making it all that much tougher to sort out. But, it will be an amazing year where chances are high Love or Money comes your way, and your creativity and ability to heal and make progress are tested. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little More, Pre-Eclipse

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For a variety of individuals, this eclipse, at 00 Scorpio, may fall on a natal body, and for large numbers of people, it may fall on slow-moving natal Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto. For eclipse contact by conjunction, use no more than a 3 degree orb no matter which natal body or point is involved. Of course, this links the eclipse ‘New Start’ to the planet’s expression, but also to the House(s) ruled by the planet in the natal chart; watch the matters of this/ these House(s) over the coming 6 months, through to the next eclipse set. The matters of these Houses are where that wise and valuable beginning offered by this eclipse is likely to make big effects felt. Considering this event falls in Scorpio, we may be looking for a new beginning that is something of a resurrection or re-birth, an echo of what was in a new form. In any case, a beneficial birth, no matter the outer trappings it arrives in.

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Born Today 22 October

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Go ahead, Libra, live it up! 'Woman Holding Fireworks', India, Artist unknown 19th century {{PD}}

Go ahead, Libra, live it up! ‘Woman Holding Fireworks’, India, Artist unknown 19th century {{PD}}

Do you feel like you’re going to burst, dear Libra? Don’t worry, everybody does, since we’re coming up on a burst-worthy Solar eclipse. In terms of your Solar year, through to your next birthday, this schedules you for about two months of mild tension and confusion followed by a new start that is smart for you, brings positives into the life (financial, love-related, or just through expressions of what you value), and that holds the potential both to offer you some serious healing as well as the opportunity to master some unique skills that you have a genuine talent for. We also see the possibility for significant expansion of your world and just in general for ‘more’–which is the best argument ever for always trying your best and including as many good things in the life as possible–because you don’t want more of the bad or boring, do you? Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

A Little Something, Pre-Eclipse

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There's nothing wrong with seeing yourself as a goddess, but you don't need to beat everyone else over the head to convince them; when you do, it suggests you don't really believe you are! 'Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus' JW Waterhouse 1891 {{PD}}

There’s nothing wrong with seeing yourself as a goddess, but you don’t need to beat everyone else over the head to convince them; when you do, it suggests you don’t really believe you are! ‘Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus’ JW Waterhouse 1891 {{PD}}

Now through the 23rd: there’s a lot of passive-aggression going around of a very specific kind: many seem to feel the need to boast, brag, show their worth in whatever currency they value–this is going to last through the eclipse. Those conscious will focus on Love and raising the vibration (whatever that means to them), while the unconscious will give us an earful of how wonderful they are! or how smart, or how enlightened–and a good number of them will do it by couching things in what they see as ‘spiritual’ terms (or ‘important’ ones–again, in the form of their currency and what they value). My recommendation is to let them express unchallenged and without contradicting, because there’s an aggressive thrust behind things–these individuals will be willing to draw their swords in a heartbeat–and they won’t see you, they’ll see an attempt to wound their pride, disparage them, or to take away their goodies. Take the no-stress route and chill–and have a great day! (Sun-Venus at the rough midpoint of Black Moon Lilith-Mars, semi-sextile Ceres)

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Born Today 21 October

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Get out there and do--you'll find something valuable. By N. C. Wyeth, from the 1911 edition of 'Treasure Island' {{PD}}

Get out there and do–you’ll find something valuable. By N. C. Wyeth,
from the 1911 edition of ‘Treasure Island’ {{PD}}

Reward, treasure, Love–whatever you want to call it–will be yours this year, dear Libra–but you’ll have to act, to choose, to decide to get it. What you do to earn it will, directly or indirectly, require a Sagittarius-flavored effort: learning or teaching, implementation of a life philosophy or the development of one by which to live, a reaching out to others, efforts to understand and/ or incorporate what’s foreign to you, religious ritual meant to lead to spiritual communion, or something dictated by the subjects ruled by Sag in your natal chart–you’ll know which one resonates for you–and the great thing is this opens up your capacity for instinctual understanding, offering a personal compass guided by your own deep connection to All That Is. But first, choose, decide, act. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 20 October

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Libra, you may feel alone, even in a crowd. Night Café at Arles, (Mme Ginoux) 1888 Paul Gauguin {{PD}}

Libra, you may feel alone, even in a crowd. Night Café at Arles, (Mme Ginoux) 1888 Paul Gauguin {{PD}}

You may feel strangely lonely this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, no matter how much love, praise, or reward surrounds you–and you are slated for a good dose of that–it’s just that you will be grappling mentally and emotionally with issues of power, reach, and territory, and so may need to cultivate that sense of isolation, if only so that you can sort through and make sense of things. The best result of all this could be that you come out of this experience a leader, in one form or another, with a magnified sense of fairness and an enhanced understanding of power expression–and that should lead to some significant healing. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 19 October

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'The Jockey' Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec {{PD}}

‘The Jockey’ Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec {{PD}}

Power issues between yourself and other authorities in your life are the focus this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra. There will be an often subtle jockeying for territory, influence, and the right to command–but never ever forget that the ultimate say-so is yours. In fact, that may be the toughest part of this year: remembering that no matter how things appear, the final authority (and responsibility) is your own. The biggest challenge may be in recognizing that most of the ‘rights’ and influence others have over you is just an elaborate illusion, one you previously agreed to–and now you must decide whether you want that enmeshment to continue. Positives: you have a good chance at a prosperity boost if you are willing to face issues you’ve been avoiding. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 18 October

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'Weeping Willow' Claude Monet c1919 {{PD}}

‘Weeping Willow’ Claude Monet c1919 {{PD}}

This may be an exceptionally emotional year for you, through to your next birthday, dear Libra; exploration of darker life matters and those things you’ve tried to ignore will spark some definitive emotional scenes, and these in turn will spark actions guided by instinct, and these will affect material matters and end up re-shaping your world. Make special efforts toward personal control and fine-tune presentations of your own uniqueness or originality, because at this time you’ll only get one shot to make that first impression, and it needs to be as unruffled by tumultuous feelings and matters of the heart as possible. You could see a few ‘firsts’ this year, but don’t stress the rules and parameters you know to be wise–respect them, and if you have to choose between what’s untried and what’s known, pick the one that’s most practical. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 17 October

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Pedro Alexandrino Borges  'Still life - Grapes and Peaches' {{PD}}

Pedro Alexandrino Borges ‘Still life – Grapes and Peaches’ {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll have the juice, dear Libra, to face those issues you’ve been avoiding and by doing so release a crazy amount of creative energy (or just a large amount of crazy, should you fail to channel it positively!) Don’t worry, instinct will guide you to a great extent, and facing things will also free up your capacity to alter and shape the environment to your liking–and that may be something you haven’t had the strength to do for some time. A couple of caveats: you can be too proud, and so discourage what would otherwise prove to be positive situations, and miscommunications or misunderstandings can be costly–so exchange info with care. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 16 October

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Emile Friant 'La Discussion politique' before 1932 {{PD}}

Emile Friant ‘La Discussion politique’ before 1932 {{PD}}

Dear Libra, communication and clear thinking, especially in relationships, may be your biggest challenge this year, through to your next birthday–and it may grow into your biggest asset. Though it might be tough going over the next few months, the conditions under which you interact with others and share information will force you to pay excruciatingly close attention, to absorb nuance, and to read implications very precisely–and so hone your communication skills to a degree that might almost appear supernatural to the observer. Once you have sharpened your perceptual abilities, instinct kicks in to aid you, and then you’ll be ready to tackle those issues avoided or ignored–but for now, just know that out of some difficult beginnings, this year could shape a quick mentality and some exceptional skills. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Just a Little Lunar and AstroEssence 15-16 October 2014: Have a Plan

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Constantin Hansen 'Portrait of a Little Girl, Elise Købke, with a Cup in front of her' {{PD}}

Constantin Hansen ‘Portrait of a Little Girl, Elise Købke, with a Cup in front of her’ {{PD}}

A little Lunar essence for today, the 15th:

4 PM PDT the Cancer Moon squares Mercury and trines Ceres. Thoughts and feelings are not in harmony, but as long as we are basing things on our connection to Nature, and/ or to our sense of personal authority, all will go well (but for how long, with the mentality dormant or confused and all sensory equipment down?) Don’t worry, we get a ‘new’ handle on things soon enough–’til then, coast. 11 PM PDT the Moon squares Pallas. Why are we so tempted to do something so dumb? Okay, I’ll be more Libra-diplomatic and say, ‘unwise’–but really, dumb–just don’t! Void begins at 12:39 AM of the 16th Pacific time; the Moon enters Leo at 3:30 AM PDT.

And for the 16th:

16 October why does it feel as if what’s smart will hurt if implemented? We’re deluded about what needs to be protected, and our instincts place us in conflict with what we value and what we want. Our thoughts are confused and we may act before we think (or plan)—today’s really the day for dealing with up front issues in such a way that we map out future action, rather than making a move in the present. We have a brief but clear planning window, which relies on our willingness to lay everything out while agreeing not to do anything for now. Special note to artists: creativity may take us down a weird path, and inspiration fails to respect actions we’ve already taken. Be willing to record ideas but forego action on inspiration received at this time—chances are high that the products of creative actions taken now will just have to be scrapped later. (Perfecting today: Chiron sesquiquadrate Pallas, Neptune square Vesta, Venus contra-parallel Sedna, Mercury parallel Neptune and sextile Mars, Sun-Mercury meet in Inferior Conjunction and contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith)

The Daily Word image for the 16th:

Today’s image is a hot cup of tea. Don’t neglect those small rituals that make life enjoyable–when we get busy they can fall by the wayside, and we may find we feel twice as worn without them.

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Born Today 15 October

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This year you may want to go low-key with the ego for awhile, Libra. Seitei (Shotei) Watanabe Before 1918 {{PD}}

This year you may want to go low-key with the ego for awhile, Libra. Seitei (Shotei) Watanabe Before 1918 {{PD}}

The desire to mold reality to your Will may be your motivation this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra–and yet there is a part of you that longs to subdue the ego and simply lose the Self in acceptance of what is–what’s a Libra to do? Concentrate on ‘planting the seed’, for whatever is most important to you–hold the creative act as a sacred event, and then stand back and give whatever you’ve planted room to begin. In the meantime, finances may currently be (or seem) abundant, but that might not last, so plan ahead, and face issues you’d normally turn away from–taking care of them now adds to your personal authority in a way nothing else can. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 14 October

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Max Kurzweil 1899 Mujer con un vestido amarillo (Woman in a yellow dress) {{PD}}

Max Kurzweil 1899 Mujer con un vestido amarillo (Woman in a yellow dress) {{PD}}

You are concentrating keenly on your life’s mission this Solar year, dear Libra, through to your next birthday. You are driven, by passion, by belief or life philosophy, by the need to share your knowledge, and you expect cooperation and support from others–and yet, what you need to remember is that your agenda is not the agenda of most (if not all) of those who surround you. You’ll need to exercise your legendary diplomacy, of course, but most important may be the way you’ll need to shelter both your emotions and your creative energies; either or both can be too easily hurt, out of hyper-sensitivity, both of the feeling senses and of your creative ideas: you need to be sure they are fully formed and completely thought out before you present them–and that may take a little more time than you want it to–but it will be time well-spent, and assure that what you bring forward will survive and thrive–and that you will, too. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Solar Return focus on: Venus sextile Jupiter. Does this promise bounty? Yes and no–it promises more, but if relationships or finances aren’t going well . . . you get the picture–this doesn’t change the current situation so much as enhance it greatly–so you may see it in new, exaggerated form and so see how to modify it to bring you more of what you actually want. This contact also suggests that the matters of the three (or more, depending on the system used) Houses ruled by Venus and Jupiter will act in concert exceptionally well at this time, so if you have a venture involving one or more of these, now may be the time to launch it (provided your plans are already in place and no further paperwork or agreements are needed at this time, and it is not Mercury-ruled or related–Merc retro–otherwise, wait until after direction).

Born Today 13 October

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Sometimes a message from the past seems almost unintelligible. Fragment of a Letter-Roman Written between 0150-0199 {{PD}}

Sometimes a message from the past seems almost unintelligible. Fragment of a Letter-Roman Written between 0150-0199 {{PD}}

Messages come out of the past for you, this coming Solar year, dear Libra, and what they contain is wisdom meant to be applied in the Now; the problem may be that you are heading toward practical application of what you know, hear, and discover, even as your ambitions pull you toward a more glamorous and aesthetically-oriented expression of who you are. The conflict between these two forces, the wise and practical, and the desire generated by the dream-machine, may cause you to get very little accomplished–but Libra, don’t let that happen. You cover the most ground this year, through to your next birthday, by planning ahead, by facing what you’d rather not, by being willing to stand up for yourself, and by connecting completely with your personal authority–do those things, glamorous or not, and let things unroll from there. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 12 October

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Take notes, Libra. Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts - Trompe l'oeil. 'Board Partition with Letter Rack and Music Book' 1668 {{PD}}

Take notes, Libra. Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts – Trompe l’oeil. ‘Board Partition with Letter Rack and Music Book’ 1668 {{PD}}

You are creating your own destiny today, dear Libra–and you may ask, so doesn’t everybody do that, every day? Yes, they do, but this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you will be creating your future with every, and I mean every, action and choice. Somehow you are under a kind of magnifying glass in terms of your actions; they seem to be exaggerated in the effect they will have, to the point where external factors will have little to do with the path you lay out. You help yourself most by remaining aware of your own power in this, by gleaning everything you can about what you should or should not do from the past, and by refusing to become paralyzed with indecision. Keep in mind there’s no right or wrong direction you can take, only ones more or less aligned with your goals and needs. Stay casual (rather than pressured or freaked out) in your approach, plan, think, and network–this latter is important when you might need it, so don’t hesitate–and use your highest values to guide your priorities and goals. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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