Born Today 17 April

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Those ignored things you need to confront won't be anything you can't handle, Aries. Urartian Fresco {{PD}}

Those ignored things you need to confront won’t be anything you can’t handle, Aries. Urartian Fresco {{PD}}

You seem to be having trouble getting life to ‘jell’ into something clear and easy to handle, dear Aries; it’s like you feel your own power but can’t quite connect to it, you know who you are but can’t find anything to anchor that idea to, and matters hidden, denied, neglected, or ignored keep throwing criticism your way from the sidelines. Too, there’s a current tendency to slide into nostalgia for the past, in the incorrect belief that you were somehow a better ‘You’ then. What to do? First, how should you handle that criticism? By confronting those ignored matters and dragging them out into the light–that will almost miraculously silence the critical voices, inside and out. Then you must take inventory of your assets available through the coming Solar year, to your next birthday: boundless energy, relationships and resources that offer the support and status you need to earn successfully, and an inspired creativity and imagination that can guide you toward fulfillment of your highest goals, if you let it. Your biggest mistake would be failing to believe in yourself; this year you’ve got everything you need to ‘make it’–as long as you face those matters you’ve ignored or are in denial about. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Aries New Moon of 18 April 2015: Birth of the Will

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'Starry Night' Edvard Munch c1923 {{PD}}

‘Starry Night’ Edvard Munch c1923 {{PD}}

New Moon occurs at 11:57 AM PDT at 28 Aries 25. A NM in Aries is the birth of energy that drives individual initiative, leadership, that propels achievement that is in our own Self-interest, and could give the ego or the Self-concept a ‘new lease on life’; it is the birth of some new facet of the Will, or the Self-identity. Because the energy is so individually focused, where it falls in the natal chart can tell us a great deal about whether one will be able to process and use that energy in a straightforward way, or whether others will voice objections to this ‘new you’.

The Sabian for this degree is, ‘The Music Of The Spheres’. This promises that what is born at this time has a quality of ‘Cosmic alignment’, bringing something forward that is an inevitable development of the individual, an Arian statement about the Self that must emerge and that is expressive of the Soul and the Cosmic plan. That should reassure us that whatever happens will be something uniquely characteristic of who we are, especially in terms of ego and want, but that suits and facilitates future expression of our Will completely.

Born Today 16 April

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Carl Locher - 'Fishing Cutters in the Moonlit Night' 1887 {{PD}}

Carl Locher – ‘Fishing Cutters in the Moonlit Night’ 1887 {{PD}}

You may be in the doldrums at this point, dear Aries–expect to rest becalmed (if I can overdo the sailing metaphors) for at least the first quarter of your upcoming year, through to your next birthday–but after about three months, things will definitely pick up–and you may find yourself starting something brand spanking new, out of crisis, necessity, or a serious sense of adventure. Some advice for smooth sailing (ow!): parse words, thoughts, communications carefully–keep mental activity grounded in reality, for best results; embrace the wisdom of practicality; be creative in the home, with the mate, and allow inspiration to drive to what and how you dedicate yourself and your life energies; and look for change to come from partners, through shifts in ambitions and desires, and from opportunities you pursue on your own, without the aid or knowledge of others. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 15 April

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Antoine Chintreuil 1868 {{PD}}

Antoine Chintreuil 1868 {{PD}}

Thoughts and actions are in harmony this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Aries–but not with who you are! It will be the major irony of your year that you are thinking and doing at one-remove from your core intent–and we can blame a fuzzy emotional state that encourages delusion, fantasy, and creativity over connecting with the here-and-now. In one way that’s great, if you’re a creative type (though you’ll still have trouble controlling the manifestations of that creative urge) but not so great if you’re more reality-oriented. Balance could be found if you’re willing to take a unique material Path and take complete responsibility for where it takes you and what you produce–if are willing to do that, you’ll not only achieve equilibrium, the world will open up to you in a whole new way. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 14 April

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Don't let communication difficulties devolve into outright conflict, Aries. Alexander Pope - 'Emblems of the Civil War' 1887 {{PD}}

Don’t let communication difficulties devolve into outright conflict, Aries. Alexander Pope – ‘Emblems of the Civil War’ 1887 {{PD}}

Communications reach crisis proportions for you this coming Solar year, dear Aries–but why? It could be because, instead of your usual straightforward approach, you are distracted by the subtleties of who has what, who owes what to whom, and/ or by the demands of artisanship or attaining security. You can balance this successfully (and save communication channels from disaster) if you’re willing to face those matters hidden, ignored, or denied and then ‘trim the fat’, transforming them from problems into assets. Strengths this year include your ability to be truly original and to apply this appropriately to the ambitions. Bonus: other potential points of difficulty include matters of the natal Houses where you find Gemini and Virgo–forewarned is forearmed. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 13 April

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Don't let distractions de-rail you, Aries. Darío de Regoyos - Vendredi Saint en Castille (Good Friday in Castile) {{PD}}

Don’t let distractions de-rail you, Aries. Darío de Regoyos – Vendredi Saint en Castille (Good Friday in Castile) {{PD}}

Maintaining equilibrium, riding above the fray, meeting life with intellectual acuity and understanding may be a conscious goal this coming year, dear Aries, but in approaching things this way you may miss opportunities, ones that you will only see if you allow yourself to focus on yourself, and your needs, wants, and Self-expression. This year, through to your next birthday, may call for you to stop being so reasonable and to start concentrating on yourself. The crux of the matter is that you may need to learn to operate totally trusting your instincts while being ever-watchful for that material that is hidden in your mental ‘blind spot’ and that threatens to de-rail your best efforts–and all this really requires you make yourself the focus for the year. Doing this successfully will free up creative energies that are aligned with your highest values (making them that much easier and more productive to manifest)–and that’s a goal worth having, isn’t it? Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

The Horary Giveaway is Over!

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"Graffito Condemned to Agony" by Rabanus Flavus - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

“Graffito Condemned to Agony” by Rabanus Flavus – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –

The final drawing celebrating one million hits is over; all prizes have been awarded. Even if you didn’t win anything, know that I appreciated hearing from you, and thank you for visiting the site.

Born Today 12 April

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James Carroll Beckwith 1886 {{PD}}

James Carroll Beckwith 1886 {{PD}}

You may feel you’ve reached the end of the road along your current trajectory, both physically and emotionally, dear Aries–now what? It’s likely that your attention and energy, over the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will be drawn to unearthing those unique parts of yourself that at some point you ‘packed away for later’ (to gain greater acceptance, for instance, or to avoid distraction) and applying them to realizing the ambitions and desires–because you will begin to see with almost alarming clarity where those unique expressions fit in and enhance your chances of meeting goals and living dreams. In a way this will be a time of major Self-discovery, and your choices and even the smallest personal ‘experiments’ may draw to you fortune-altering events, circumstances, and people. It’s also a period when you can be more creative and involved more deeply in your own spiritual development than ever before. These events can take almost any shape, though you must be aware that big, permanent changes will almost certainly occur–and you will be a different person by the end of the year because of them. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Thank You!

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Source http://www.flickr.com/photos/parksdh/5560591626 Author D.H. Parks  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Source http://www.flickr.com/photos/parksdh/5560591626
Author D.H. Parks Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Many thanks to all who participated in the giveaway contest! There were lots of kind comments, and I appreciate every one of them. There were so many entries, in fact, that I’m doing two drawings, one for those who wanted Horary charts and one for everyone who asked for books, etc. The book drawing has already been done and all those have been sent; I’ll be doing the drawing for Horary charts tomorrow. Have a great evening–or is it morning where you are?

Celebrating One Million!

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Elevation view of champagne bottle - Renault Winery Champagne Bottle, Route 9, New Gretna, Burlington County, NJ {{PD}}

Elevation view of champagne bottle – Renault Winery Champagne Bottle, Route 9, New Gretna, Burlington County, NJ {{PD}}

In recognition of the site having passed the one million hits mark (sometime last weekend), I’d like to give away some books to say ‘Thank You’–but there’s one condition: only those who’ve never received something free from me or this site are eligible; that includes those who have received free single issues (I’m not counting those subscribers who received extra free months with their paid subscription–those people are still in the running, should they want to be). The giveaway will be open now through midnight of the 12th Pacific time. Just comment on this post with your real name, email address, and choose one: the book you’d like to receive, a horary chart free, or the rest of an ECLIPSE subscription (through 1 July) or you can reserve a free copy of my new book on Vesta, to be published in early summer. I’ll randomly (counting the number of entries and then asking someone else to choose numbers) pick winners, notify them privately, and announce when all prizes have been awarded here sometime on Monday. Your entries will not appear publicly, and your information will not be used in any other way. Thank you for some great years–and here’s to many more!

Born Today 11 April

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 Description  English: Spring’s Peaceful Message, c. 1736, by Giuseppe Castiglione (Chinese name Lang Shining) {{PD}}

Spring’s Peaceful Message, c. 1736, by Giuseppe Castiglione (Chinese name Lang Shining) {{PD}}

You ‘got the message’, dear Aries, one way or another; now what are you going to do about it? You’re in the mood to make some stark, even drastic, changes, and reform of what’s not working, or the resurrection of what might work now that didn’t in the past, is something you’re looking toward–but what must you keep in mind this Solar year, through to your next birthday? Know that your Willingness to adjust life direction to accommodate creativity will be important, as will a Willingness to act on inspirations; be aware that, though you’ll tell yourself you’re being practical, you’re really being emotional, and feelings really can’t act as a reliable guide for you at this time, being at once both too constrictive and too harsh in the impulses they provide; and know that where you see opportunity at this point will be the only place you’ll see it for some time–don’t rely on the passing of time to float other options into your arena–you must actively go out and create them. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 10 April

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"Albrecht Dürer - 'The Large Turf' {{PD}}

“Albrecht Dürer – ‘The Large Turf’ {{PD}}

Something planted during Merc’s last retro period comes to light or fruition today, dear Aries–what will you gain? A further sense of independence, a position of leadership, confidence, the Will and energy to assert yourself–plus the ability to communicate throughout this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, loud and clear–now the question is, What will you do with those abilities? You may feel more than a little distracted by an almost overwhelming itch to go directly for ambitions and goals–but these are changing even as you read this, and to pour your energy into those aims would be to waste it–as soon as you arrived, you would realize that what you want has changed irretrievably, and so you would need to begin again. No, it’s much smarter for you at this time to concentrate on healing wounds, exploring your mind, and really getting to know who you are–your new wants will grow naturally from the discoveries you are bound to make–and of course, a healed individual has a completely different wish list from a wounded one. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 9 April

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Francois Boucher - 'Study of a Young Woman' c1740 {{PD}}

Francois Boucher – ‘Study of a Young Woman’ c1740 {{PD}}

You may feel unusually constricted and constrained this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Aries; this may be the fault of a combination of the influence of organized groups, the discovery of knowledge previously unknown to you, and internal, Higher Mind restrictions designed to keep you safe and on track. You’ll get the message soon enough as to why your progress is being slow-tracked, and there’s a very good reason for it: you are in the midst of serious, intense, deep-down personal change that will radically change your ambitions and wants, as well, so that to get what you currently want would, in the end, be a disappointment. Accept that there’s wisdom to the timing of the Universe, accept that it’s ultimately working for your own good, and by your next birthday you may have a whole new set of priorities and goals, and be very glad you didn’t get your wish now. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 8 April

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Arkady Rylov  «В Голубом Просторе» 'In the Blue Expanse' 1918 {{PD}}

Arkady Rylov «В Голубом Просторе»
‘In the Blue Expanse’ 1918 {{PD}}

Right now it may feel like you’re alone, in new territory–and you may not be able to tell whether you’re being motivated by wounds or a desire to express your gifts, it’s that complicated, dear Aries. Don’t worry, this can only last for so long; then you’ll reach an apex of confusion–after which things will rapidly sort themselves out, and confidence will be yours once again. The rest of your year from that point on may be consumed with trying to determine if your choices are wise, practical, or both. You may be obsessed with only making the smartest and most useful moves you can–but that could shut down creativity and may hamper empowerment, rather than foster it. Try to understand that expressing your unique take on things may be more valuable and more important to you than never making a misstep; too, your best bet with emotions that may be overly constrained this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be to channel them into something that feels constructive–that alone may allow you the freedom in expression the Universe is offering and you should be taking as your own at this time. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 7 April

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OK, Aries, your life isn't really THIS dramatic--but it sure may feel that way. Workshop of George Frederic Watts   'Chaos' c1875 {{PD}}

OK, Aries, your life isn’t really THIS dramatic–but it sure may feel that way. Workshop of George Frederic Watts ‘Chaos’ c1875 {{PD}}

Life took a surprising turn or erratic tone for you recently, didn’t it, dear Aries? And now you may be wondering just what to do. Emotionally you seem still to be in turmoil, and there aren’t many signs on the horizon–so what’s next? You may have to undertake one of the biggest tasks you can imagine, that of consciously healing yourself so that you can get to those Chirotic gifts that keep trying to surface, but that keep getting pushed aside because of surface hurts, angers, and interplay. Going for you: your communication skills are at peak and your mind is exceptionally sharp and attuned to ‘the next thing'; against you: too much worry about what’s practical, or if a desired matter is wise. I say go for whatever will heal you, Aries. Happy Birthday and good luck!

Born Today 6 April

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Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper"  Helgi Halldórsson from Reykjavík, Iceland Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper” Helgi Halldórsson from Reykjavík, Iceland Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Doesn’t it sound like I’m calling you crass, dear Aries, if I say you’re all about realizing material ambitions this Solar year, through to your next birthday? I don’t mean to say that at all; it’s much more like you’re on a mission to fulfill your own potentials as a unique human being–and there’s nothing wrong with that. At your disposal: pure strength, the support of authorities, a facility for negotiation, willing partners, and Mother Nature herself. Working against you: your own stop-and-go mentality that may have a tough time measuring whether some action or choice is really right for you. The antidote is to be super-clear on what you actually value, and what you truly find sacred–this is no time for adopting an empty moral stance–and use your current, natural intensity for good (research, relating) not for ill (intimidating, scaring). Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 5 April

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'Passion Flowers with Three Hummingbirds' by Martin Johnson Heade, c1875 {{PD}}

‘Passion Flowers with Three Hummingbirds’ by Martin Johnson Heade, c1875 {{PD}}

You may be entering new emotional terrain this coming Solar year, dear Aries, and the impulse may be to clear-cut like you’re claiming part of the Amazon to farm–nothing may survive your impulse to get rid of anything that isn’t shiny pretty new. That can be really hard on relationships, unless you allow at least some room for instincts to operate–they’ll save you from the worst slash-and-burn, and give you at least some warning when your interactions or your finances won’t stand up to your extreme techniques. Are you wondering where I’m getting all this? You may be saying to yourself, This is nothing like me! Well, that’s the point: it’s a new you, Aries, and at least for a little while, you might not even recognize yourself. Hints for success: you may be strongly motivated to pursue ambitions and desires at this time, but need to keep an eye on both what’s ‘in’ right now and what the group thinks of your passion; remember that empowerment rests in real-world matters of control, access, and influence–aim to get a least a little of this for yourself. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 4 April

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Your time in the shadows won't last that long, Aries.  By Pavel Petrovich Chistyakov - {{PD}}

Your time in the shadows won’t last that long, Aries. By Pavel Petrovich Chistyakov – {{PD}}

With a Lunar eclipse in Libra dominating your Solar Return, dear Aries, you may have the feeling no one’s paying attention to you–and you would be right. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself and your interests overshadowed by the demands of others, as events seem to happen to them, and call on you to lend your support. This may be discouraging, until you realize that there are two things that can happen in this period, and both are good: 1) you can use this time when attention is elsewhere not only to plan but to implement efforts and then fine-tune them; it’s rare to be able to do so much under the radar, with the result that, once others are again looking your way, you can present your work, ideas, or the changes you’ve made as perfected faits accomplis–and 2) so much attention on others and their affairs will naturally allow you to truly observe them, to see who they are–and as a consequence, one or more important relationships could be altered due to what is revealed. That may not be the year you planned, but it’s the year you’ve got–and you can accomplish a lot, if you approach it correctly. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 3 April

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"Kaleidoscopic-patterns" by Original uploader was Rnbc at en.wikipedia - Transfered from en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kaleidoscopic-patterns.jpg#/media/File:Kaleidoscopic-patterns.jpg

“Kaleidoscopic-patterns” by Original uploader was Rnbc at en.wikipedia – Transfered from en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kaleidoscopic-patterns.jpg#/media/File:Kaleidoscopic-patterns.jpg

You smell really big, permanent change coming for you, don’t you, Aries? And on its heels, you anticipate a renewed chance to address any number of ambitions and desires–and you’re right, all this is coming–so what could possibly get in the way? Every matter, especially those involving the practical, material side of things and their distribution/ sharing, that you have ignored or been in denial about; these things will prevent access to transforming your life, until you attend to them–but, if you do, resolving some of these issues will lead directly to that change you are looking toward–so be ready, once you face these problems, to see shifts like the material in a kaleidoscope, change that can be dizzying, disorienting, and beautiful. Happy Birthday, dear Aries, and good luck!

Just so you know: there are a couple of places on the internet claiming to have free or low-priced downloads of my books available; also a place that says I wrote something about Hades–I didn’t. These dealers/ libraries, as they so quaintly call themselves, are not only not authorized by me, I doubt that what you will get will be the book–it’s more likely a virus. At this time the only place my books are available for purchase is from Dog & Sunflower Press, virus-free! Thanks to all for your support!

Born Today 2 April

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Edgar Degas - 'Les Courses' 1904 {{PD}}

Edgar Degas – ‘Les Courses’ 1904 {{PD}}

Opportunity for you this coming Solar year, dear Aries, through to your next birthday, depends almost entirely on you taking action–and events are aided if you’re well-informed, cognizant of the social sphere, and ready to deal with bigger (and hopefully better) conditions, challenges, and arenas. Problems arise from a stressed or confused sense of your own inner wisdom, and from a lack of personal authority and/ or difficulties with authority figures, and taking a too-analytical approach to things may just add to the tension. However, you will see more than your share of really positive avenues that are yours for the taking, and, if you’ll only stay in motion, positive chance and the luck of the industrious will figure in significantly to your progress forward. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Birthday Bonus Aspect: Fire Grand Trine involving Mercury, Juno, and Saturn=a quick mind/ wit, steady and clear perceptual faculties, and a sense of empowerment that reads as confidence and competence will highlight your year, Aries, and be instrumental in not only bringing you those promised opportunities, but in helping you make the most of them.

Born Today 1 April

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'Mukri bog in the October morning mist' by Amadvr http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Amadvr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Estonia

‘Mukri bog in the October morning mist’ by Amadvr http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Amadvr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Estonia

You may feel some dark matters trying to surface in the emotions this coming year, dear Aries; you may even feel that you are a troubled person, that the shadows you sense moving over your heart, darkening the corners of your mind, and bringing a sense of sadness or despair are harbingers of the direction you’re headed–but no, they are not. You are instead in the midst of developing an acutely perceptive intuition concerning the wounds of others–and in time you will grow a sense of exactly how to help them. This doesn’t mean you’ll actually go into a helping profession, but instead that your presence, and sometimes your actions and counsel, will inform others as to exactly how to handle their woundedness–and it’s up to you to make the example you set a positive one. This is epitomized by the birthday aspect of a Finger of God, base of Venus-Chiron, apex Zeus, which also opposes Uranus–that promises caring-healing in relationships will bring desires to reality and offer both a sense of uniqueness and a place within the group. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 31 March

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Fortuitous meetings may be a part of your year, Aries. 'Meeting at the Golden Gate' by Filippo Lippi, First half of the 15th century {{PD}}

‘Meeting at the Goldern Gate’ by Filippo Lippi, First half of the 15th century {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, the past may live more strongly than the present for you, dear Aries; just be aware that in dealing with this, you are shaping your fate. Dark, hidden, ignored or denied issues need your attention, and your wisdom, practicality, and skills will be tested–not easy at all. However, you’ll enjoy a peculiar kind of material and interaction ‘luck’–just the right person or break comes along when you need it most–and once you are over some personal, emotional issues (involving identity, purpose, and/ or your ability to be Self-determining) you should have a very good year, one that brings new Self-awareness and awakens some long-dormant instincts. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

The Sabians for the Lunar Eclipse 4 April 2015

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'Entenhäuser' (Duck Houses) by August Haake c1914 {{PD}}

‘Entenhäuser’ (Duck Houses) by August Haake c1914 {{PD}}

The Full Moon begins at 5:05 AM Pacific time April 4th at 14 Libra 24, with the eclipse starting about half a minute later. The Sabian for the meeting of Earth and Moon is, ‘Circular Paths’. I’m anticipating that we’ll find ourselves some ‘place’ we’ve been before, but now with a whole different viewpoint and skill set. This has as many possible manifestations as there are people, but the common denominator will definitely be that we have seen, faced, or dealt with either the same or a very similar situation before—and we don’t get a ‘do over’ so much as a chance to, in some way, replace the vibe around our handling of the event, so that what we ‘write’ energetically into the Universal record is much more in accord with who we are now. It’s a re-ordering of the Karma surrounding the situation—and in effect, changes both the future and the past, from our vantage point in the now.

We look too at the Sun for a Full Moon/ Lunar event, and the Sabian is, ‘An Indian Weaving A Ceremonial Blanket’. This suggests that the causal event or energy is one involved in the individual preparation for a serious ritual. That could be anything, any effort at Self-improvement, any spiritual practice, any creative act that has at its center both Soul expression and Soul evolution. The intent is a pure one, and carries a kind of energy imprint into the world, and into the ordering of circumstances. It’s the shining of the personal Sun, making an impact through a Universal event.

Born Today 30 March

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Samuel Palmer 'The Lonely Tower' 1879 {{PD}}

Samuel Palmer ‘The Lonely Tower’ 1879 {{PD}}

Dear Aries, you are entering your new Solar year with your attention firmly on the past: what you’ve done, what you’ve thought, what you’ve said that brought you to this point. Usually we warn ourselves not to be too caught up with what was, but in your case this is precisely what you should do, as studying your past will be instrumental in shaping your future successfully. You will likely spend at least part of your year weighing the price of going your own way against ambition fulfillment; the price of being unique may be loneliness, or even that you must give up goals that require the cooperation of others–and you may feel that conformity and cooperation will bring success, but at the price of emphasizing your individuality. There’s no right balance, only the balance that’s right for you, so don’t be afraid to tailor your efforts to your own particular wants and needs. Both the action urge and communications will be under stress for you all year, but you should keep one thing in mind: change is necessary for you to garner your ultimate potentials in Love or Money–remind yourself of that every time you find it hard to make a decision or to move forward. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 29 March

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You've got to sneak up on that creativity, Aries. Dirck Jacobsz c1530 {{PD}}

You’ve got to sneak up on that creativity, Aries. Dirck Jacobsz c1530 {{PD}}

Your creative energy is strong this coming year, dear Aries, but it may be tricky to access; you may have to sneak up on it, draw it out obliquely through acts that you may not at first classify as creative–these will break any kind of impasse that may have recently kept you from making the most of your creative urge. Your empowerment this year comes from your sensitivity, your willingness to recognize that life is a stream made up of changes, and that you must aim for a particular status that is most comfortable and nurturing for you, whether it impresses others or not. Acceptance of the world as it is will be fundamental to you making big leaps forward in how you see and present yourself to the world, and ‘wise action and choice’ is on the agenda–and that’s very good news. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 28 March + Born on an Eclipse

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'A Casting from Life' Édouard Joseph Dantan 1890 {{PD}}

‘A Casting from Life’
Édouard Joseph Dantan 1890 {{PD}}

Your creative impulse has perhaps been forced to take a back seat for awhile–but not anymore, dear Aries. The creative urge within is building momentum, and you may find, consciously or not, that you are seeking a form into which to pour that spark, a way to translate the energy into a shape others can perceive–but at this point, creating may seem like a distraction. You are currently busy handling things, people, and events formed in the past, and the need to deal with these, to settle, eliminate, transform, or accept them once and for all is strong; what you may not realize is that the die is already cast in this area. You already know how you feel about, and what you want to do about, each particular thing–it only feels unresolved because you’ve been dragging your feet, slow to take action–but that hesitation should be over, at this time. Through to your next birthday, you can wrap up what was and no longer needs to be, and bring your creative goals into focus–all it takes is a willingness ‘to do’. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

If you’re looking for a little something about the effect of eclipses on people born close to them, please see here and scroll down the home page for more on the previous Solar eclipse and the upcoming Lunar one. Thanks!

The Final Verdict on Amanda Knox

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A different kind of Italian court. Andrea Mantegna - 'The Court of Gonzaga' c1470 {{PD}}

A different kind of Italian court. Andrea Mantegna – ‘The Court of Gonzaga’ c1470 {{PD}}

Yesterday the Italian high court reversed the conviction of Seattlite Amanda Knox in the death of her roommate Meredith Kercher. I took a brief look at the transits for the day of announcement, set to Seattle timed for early afternoon in Italy, and compared with Knox’s chart in Whole Sign. What I found isn’t terribly surprising, but it is interesting.

The Moon is passing through Cancer, so is in Knox’s 2nd House, running over her Venus, Mercury, and Sun=a sort of emotional verification of the identity, a validation of the communication style, and a feeling re-connect with the sense of herself as a woman, all of which she naturally sees as her assets. The natal Sun is caught up in a Cardinal Cross, with t Pluto conjunct Earth and the other arm consisting of t Zeus opposed t Uranus=ambitions and individuality/ uniqueness, and/ or a new group role, are ignited by transit, as are ambitions and a ‘new’ identity–and this won’t be entirely easily manifested, by any means (the stress of the Cross). Transiting Jupiter, though currently retro, will soon enough be heading toward trine with her natal Saturn=this unites the 7th and 8th Houses, and suggests opportunity will pour in; others will support her version of reality–with Uranus this also creates a Fire Grand Trine, emphasizing the sudden nature of the event (and perhaps surprising many–there were reports earlier in the week that the ex-boyfriend also charged had already had his passport confiscated and authorities were preparing to pick him up). Transiting Pallas is trine natal Jupiter=wisdom and knowledge, the facts (according to Knox, as this is her natal Jupiter), in harmony. Transiting Mars is conjunct natal Jupiter, uniting 7th and 11th=action by others that makes a dream come true. And transiting Saturn and t Juno fill in another Fire Grand Trine with the natal North Node and the t Sun, suggesting that Knox’s empowerment within the reality picture was the direction things were headed all along, and is now illuminated. Clearly, she got what she wanted–and I say, good for her.

There are a few other things here, though, one being that t Black Moon Lilith, t Pluto and her natal Earth, and t Venus all form an Earth Grand Trine=evidence of hidden matters, material ignored or denied, may be a source of profit, may drive further material action, or may serve to create new relationships or values. T Venus is also opposed her natal Pallas=possibly implying that trying to profit from this isn’t a wise thing. Transiting Mercury is also trine natal Black Moon Lilith, suggesting matters denied or ignored will be thought about/ communicated, possibly through rage or defiance, or through strong Self-assertion. Transiting Ceres squares natal Jupiter, implying a conflict between those in authority/ power and the facts as Knox sees them–this supports the possibility that Italy did not press things as they were reluctant to ask for extradition for someone so many Americans are defending. T Mercury also creates a Grand Cross with opposition to her natal Zeus and her Chiron-Vesta opp Ceres-Uranus-Moon=we’ve not heard the last of this, and are likely to be served a stew of ambition, a display of ‘sacred wounds’ (the concept of the Vestal united with the primal injury) that others dare not criticize, and the use of the unique situation and emotions to show personal power. Hmm. With t NN heading for a Grand Trine with both MC and ASC, and t Neptune trine her natal Mercury, it’s prime time for Knox to conjure the image she wants, to shape thinking and create the reputation and personality she wants others to see.

My husband made a remark that I think really sums it all up. What he said went something like this: If she’s not guilty of the murder, then justice has been served; and if she is, she will likely be like others who ‘got away with it': inevitably, they go on to again run afoul of the law–so, if we as humans haven’t handled the situation adequately, we should know that the Universe eventually will.

Amanda Knox Natal Chart + transits for day of conviction reversal

Born Today 27 March

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'Spring in Gościeradzu' by Leon Wyczółkowski 1933 {{PD}}

‘Spring in Gościeradzu’ by Leon Wyczółkowski 1933 {{PD}}

Is impulse control the issue, dear Aries, and do you tell yourself that may be the only way to take full advantage of opportunities, to learn what you need to? Because you may be right: you care about what you’ll leave behind you, and it almost feels like you have to do everything now, or it just won’t happen–and in a sense, that’s true. You are in prime time to make significant changes to the structure and form of your life, changes that will lead directly to Love or Money–and you know it deep inside. So why hold back? Really, there’s no need to at all–just follow a few simple guidelines: always know the power balance in any situation–you can’t afford to overlook that for even a minute–keep priorities in mind, don’t neglect home and mate, and don’t violate your own highest values–that may bring things crashing down. Opportunities will be arriving for you in surprising ways and in surprising numbers–and if you follow the guidelines, you’ll be ready. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 26 March

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Agate La Fontasse, Montredon-Labessonnie, Réalmont Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France Photo by Didier Descouens  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Agate La Fontasse, Montredon-Labessonnie, Réalmont Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France Photo by Didier Descouens Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may involve you sorting through opportunities of the past in an attempt to understand just how they’ve created your current reality. Dear Aries, this won’t be easy, and in many instances may feel like you’re putting too much attention on what was to be truly healthy–but the need to draw a straight line from past choices to current situations is all in service to continuing that line into the future–and then changing your behavior, choices, and responses so that what you create is more like what you want. If you can figure out where you went wrong, and where you went right in the past, you will have spent your time well, and will be perfectly equipped to create a future that suits the creative and Self-expressive needs of the Soul. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 25 March

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"Coin d'atelier" by Claude Monet {{PD}}

“Coin d’atelier” by Claude Monet {{PD}}

You’re at a pinnacle of material achievement, dear Aries, exactly commensurate with your Self-discipline and your efforts; and you’re ready for more, but not sure what to do–part of you ‘knows’ deep inside what the next step should be, but you’re hesitating, and here’s why: you are making an unrealistic demand on the Universe, that your success be guaranteed before you’ll make the effort. Sorry, my dear Ram, but that’s not the way it works. It seems you are rightly proud of your accomplishments, and this has distorted your view: after working so hard to get what you want, you only want to work hard in the future if you know you’ll get what you aim for. Unfortunately the world requires us to risk, to work hard, and to sometimes lose–but, if you will concentrate on two things: change that serves ambitions, and the making of beautiful things (a creative endeavor that may take any form–and remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder) then you will see the next level open up to you. It might not be precisely what you hoped for, but in one way or another, it will be a dream fulfilled. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 24 March

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You are likely to feel like master of your domain this year, Aries. Emperor from the Visconti tarot deck, by Bonifacio Bembo {{PD}}

You are likely to feel like master of your domain this year, Aries. Emperor from the Visconti tarot deck,
by Bonifacio Bembo {{PD}}

You are looking at establishing a stable, real-world empowerment position this coming year, dear Aries, with the status, role, and responsibilities you crave–and it’s already well underway. You’ve been building toward this for a while, a combination of smart values translating into creative choice, especially in relationships and finances–and voila! you have the position that you are sure will heal all those idea and word-born wounds–but that’s only a maybe, as those wounds have grown in your imagination to be much more significant than they ever should’ve been–hence the only way to heal them is to realize you must let them go. The hope of triumphing over some long-ago wrong done you will happen by living well, not be getting that Other to admit they were bad, so look toward the future–for you, it really is bright. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

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Born Today 23 March

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'Skogsinteriør med bøk' (1895) by Jahn Ekenæs - {{PD}}

‘Skogsinteriør med bøk’ (1895) by Jahn Ekenæs – {{PD}}

As long as you stick to your highest values and priorities (the real ones) and completely claim (and take responsibility for) your own power and its expression, you can both empower yourself and shape your reality to an unprecedented degree, dear Aries. A willingness to take action is the key, as it will actually be the act of being in motion that will show you what’s smart and practical, and that will widen your horizons and open up the thicket of your belief matrix so that new knowledge, and with it new opportunities, can finally get through. Others may have told you that you’ve been a wee bit difficult to deal with lately, and it’s true, with the reason being that your native Arian defenses have been hardened into place in an attempt to preserve a sense of the Self that is outdated and holding you back; this coming year, if you stay in motion and choose consistently to act rather than pause, new beliefs will penetrate the old, loosen their hold, and allow for more rapid growth than ever before. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

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Born Today 22 March

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Focus your fiery essence, Aries! Photo by Beni Altmüller CC0

Focus your fiery essence, Aries! Photo by Beni Altmüller CC0

You are perfectly poised, dear Aries, to claim real-world empowerment, the status you desire, and a solid position where you can express yourself, especially where you can express what you know. If you’ve done your homework recently, you’ve already laid the groundwork for some significant advancement–but if you haven’t done that, don’t worry, it’s not too late. All you must do now is take your fiery essence and focus it on answering the question, ‘What do I want to be when I grow up?’ You may think this kind of thing is long past, but the truth is we all answer and re-answer this question, over and over again, throughout life. What can you expect, if you are brave enough to approach this question once again? You can count on a lot of cooperation and support, some of it from unexpected quarters, you can expect big, permanent change, some of it unanticipated or surprising in its abruptness or spontaneity, and you can look forward to an expanded world view (and so a new confidence in the Self) if you are open to acquiring new knowledge–because, in the end, that’s what will count most. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Tip of the Iceberg: Anticipation of the Lunar Eclipse of 4 April 2015

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This is supposedly a photo of the iceberg rammed by the 'Titanic'--who knew?! Photo by Stephan Rehorek {{PD}}

This is supposedly a photo of the iceberg rammed by the ‘Titanic’–who knew?! Photo by Stephan Rehorek {{PD}}

Now that the Solar eclipse has occurred, we can pick up the pieces and look ahead–to the Lunar eclipse of 4 April. I’ve referred to the upcoming Lunar eclipse as a ‘drop the microphone’ event, one where we’ll experience the true impact of this period, if not immediately then in circumstances that begin their development at this point. Wherever the Lunar eclipse at 14 Libra 24 falls for you may only be the tip of the iceberg–because the Lunar-Solar-Earth axis creates a T-square with Pluto that is likely to bring Underworld extremes to the surface through conflict, destruction, and yes, transformation that can be as drastic as a hormonal change or a house burning down or as deeply meaningful as taking spiritual vows or having an epiphany that changes your entire Being. The Sabian Symbol for the event is ‘Circular Paths’, suggesting we may be coming full circle in some important way. So what do you think?

Born Today 21 March

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You'll have quite a view this year, Aries. Caspar David Friedrich c1825 {{PD}}

You’ll have quite a view this year, Aries. Caspar David Friedrich c1825 {{PD}}

Optimism and opportunity are on the horizon for you, dear Aries, but just–it’s going to take some effort, some machinations, alterations, or adjustments to methods in order to get there–but oh, the view when you do! And this coming year, through to your next birthday, you have a powerful ability, and even a mandate, to communicate your creative vision in a way that heals you and heals those who ‘receive’ it. That’s a tall order, I know, and may seem un-doable–but at this point you are endowed in such a way that, as you make your way optimistically toward that opportunity you see/ seek, and share your visions/ ideals/ spiritual insights/ and creations, you will heal, and so will others–you won’t have to make a special efforts to achieve this amazing ‘side-effect’. You’ll also enjoy what for you may be some unusual emotional certainty–use it while you’ve got it! Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

If you are a Pisces born today, please read the outlook for 20 March.

Born Today 20 March

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Eternal Kiss, oil on board by Rah Crawford 3 February 2012 www.rahcrawford.com By Rah Crawford  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Eternal Kiss, oil on board by Rah Crawford
3 February 2012 http://www.rahcrawford.com
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Oh, the places you’ll go, dear Pisces, at least in your own mind! And possibly in the real world, too. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may feel like one big, long, slow descent from the mountain top–but oh what a view you had, and you savor it all the way down! It’s new beginnings and spectacular endings, and what’s scratched out of the ashes is not likely to be completely clear, not right away. You’ve gone beyond garden-variety wisdom to marinate for a bit in the Cosmic soup, and it’s understandable that the knowledge, insight, and viewpoint you bring back will need time to clarify, evolve, and fit itself to your human-sized brain. As it does, you a likely to spend a lot of time in two contrasting modes of Being: dreaming, and taking personal action/ responsibility that asks for no assistance, no help, no guidance. Both may be confusing, and you’ll make progress only by fits and starts–but then, this is a necessary re-calibrating of your cerebral, emotional, and spiritual capacities, and promises some exciting new facets of the Self to come. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

If you are an Aries born today, please read the outlook for those born on the 21st.

In the Balance: Amanda Knox and the Murder of Meredith Kercher

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Ideally, justice will be served. 'Justice' from the Charles VI (or Gringonneur) Deck {{PD}}

Ideally, justice will be served. ‘Justice’ from the Charles VI (or Gringonneur) Deck {{PD}}

Amanda Knox, the Seattle woman convicted, acquitted, then convicted again in Italian court of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher is once more in the news, as we wait to see if the court will uphold the conviction, thereby requiring Italy to ask for extradition of the 27-year-old Knox. I may take a look at the transits to Knox’s chart for next week–until then I offer some re-prints that lay out a lot about the situation, articles I’ve written about the case in the past:

A comparison of Knox and Kercher’s charts, for what tensions might’ve been in play

On the trial and perceptions of Knox

And from last year: here  here  and here

And here’s a news article on the current situation

Amanda Knox Natal Chart (Placidus)

Meredith Kercher Natal Chart (Placidus)

Born Today 19 March

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Walk confidently this year, Pisces. Jonathan Borofsky (US-American, born 1942): Walking to the Sky, New York City, Rockefeller Center; moved to Dallas, Texas in 2005 Photo by doreen from Shanghai, China  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Walk confidently this year, Pisces. Jonathan Borofsky (US-American, born 1942): Walking to the Sky, New York City, Rockefeller Center; moved to Dallas, Texas in 2005 Photo by doreen from Shanghai, China Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Emotional vulnerability, and especially the changes and destruction it can cause, will be a big focus for you this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces. Though that might make for very tenuous going, it can also offer you new information and new ways of connecting with the world–and that’s something to be welcomed. Go forward confidently–your inner wisdom (if you listen to it!) will be flawless, though you should prepare (if that’s even possible) to deal with matters surrounding home, mate, and your highest values and commitments, in a kind of sorting out and reckoning that will bring you out the other side with a new perspective and no doubts about where you stand. And that’s really good. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 18 March

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Original uploaded by James1011R (Transferred by Ukexpat) Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

The early part of your upcoming year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces, is likely to be spent waiting, planning, imagining, and if you can get yourself together for it, creating–all with the sense that something big could drop anytime–and you’ll be right. It may take a little course-correction, specifically in the way you contact the social sphere and/ or expand your territory, but once done, you could see things take on major proportions. Be ready: there will be some big changes (there will have to be!) and you may be unclear how you feel about developments (or think you feel one way when you really feel another) for a long time to come. Use the calm before the storm (or really, before the shift) wisely, and keep ultimate values in mind (in other words, sometimes there are things more important than ambition fulfillment) and you should do very well in the year ahead. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

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Total Solar Eclipse 20 March 2015: Eclipse of the Gods

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Gustave Doré 'Andromeda' 1869 {{PD}}

Gustave Doré ‘Andromeda’ 1869 {{PD}}

Moment of meeting of the Sun and Moon occurs at 2:37 AM PDT of the 20th at 29 Pisces 27, with the eclipse officially beginning just a hair after. The New Moon makes a wide sextile to Ceres, and a square to Pallas, which fills in the base of a Fist of God, apex Jupiter, and also creates a T-square with the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis; a panoply of ancient gods are involved, each having a say in what is born at this time, each contact suggesting that what came before with that energy is eclipsed, wiped out, or superseded. The NM is a conception point, the placement of which (in the 29th degree) signals that a new beginning is coming at a point of supreme stress; things must reach maximum tension in order for the new beginning to form at all. That means that some who are able to avoid that point of nearly unbearable strain may not receive the kind of wipe-out and new start that those who almost drown (this is a Water event, after all) will; theirs may be much more subtle, with changes playing out over the six months between this event and the next Solar eclipse.

The change is gentle with Ceres, which represents our personal authority, power, territory, a somewhat maternal inclination to overstep boundaries, and our capacity to negotiate (which at least in part rests in our own confidence; someone frightened or powerless surrenders or attacks—someone personally empowered negotiates). We adjust our boundaries, perhaps re-assign territories or re-claim some of our own, and we may take a step back (or forward) concerning relationships where caretaking and responsibility lie at least somewhat in our sphere. Too, the presence of Ceres in the equation can suggest that Nature itself will exert an influence, whether through external circumstances (flood or fires, for instance) or internal ones (such as hormonal changes, diet, or illness/ imbalance), and that these will play into events.

The T that Pallas forms with the Sun-Moon/ Earth is naturally tense; it takes the stress of a Solar eclipse, ups the ante with the event forming at 29 degrees, and then challenges the entire event with a question: Is this wise? The ‘this’ refers to whatever previous guidelines we navigated by and the way the eclipse brings them into question, or even obliterates them, proving them unwise or currently untenable. Pallas is in Sagittarius, so may imply that new information, facts, or exposure to another way of being or doing turns our ‘wisdom world view’ on its head; there’s also the chance that Pallas refers to practical or skill-based options that change with the eclipse event. Acquisition of new knowledge or skills may make old ones obsolete or make something that was once practical no longer so.

Remember, Pallas is a Warrior by birth, so we may come out fighting at the suggestion that what we thought was wise really isn’t, anymore; being nothing so much as skilled means that Pallas, after the first aggressive response, will likely look to her skill set to handle what comes forward. Realizing that even wisdom can be conditional, or can change with circumstances, is important in dealing with the kind of curve-ball the T will throw at us.

Pallas is also part of the base of the Fist; the T and the Fist may address two different Pallas in Sag related matters or may speak of just one that has several facets. A Fist of God can be as harsh as it sounds—it can represent a hard situation or conflict (the base square) that results in the apex, and whether that’s a positive outcome or a further frustration is often up to us. In this case, with the eclipse itself square Pallas as the initiating tension, we will likely see a New Moon event that challenges our ideas of wisdom and practicality (much like with the T), but the difference will be that resolution of this particular upset will either offer us entré to a wider social circle, will bring acquisition of new knowledge, philosophy, or belief, or could offer opportunity—the problem being that this may be forced on us, and feel more like punishment than a positive!

Jupiter is of course the supreme god, at least as far as those who gather on Mt. Olympus are concerned. As significator of the Fist outcome, this may suggest we feel very much at the mercy of some larger entity, something like society, which seems to call all the shots. It’s vital to remember at this time that this is a perception only; we are still able to fashion our individual choices and responses independent of the social sphere, should we truly want to—but making that choice holds consequences that we must be prepared to accept, should we go our own way.

This is an excerpt from the Solar eclipse article in ECLIPSE. Of course, we’re in Dark of the Moon territory right now, with Luna still to contact (by conjunction) Vesta, Mercury, Neptune, and Chiron before the Solar event–and that may mean a lot of restless energy, whispers just below hearing, looking for a place to express. This can be a very creative time, for those open to manifesting the urge that usually remains quiet in the unconscious–it’s accessible now; it’s as if we’re able to see into the dark corners of the mind, sensing things, with no need for direct illumination–take a look, see what’s in there.

Born Today 17 March

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PA Renoir ‘Girl with a Jump Rope (Portrait of Delphine LeGrand)’ 1878 {{PD}}

You know what to do, dear Pisces, the question is, Will you be wise enough to do it? You may hesitate to go forward for a variety of reasons, but you can’t go far wrong if you 1) stay attuned to your inner guidance system, even when it tells you something you don’t want to hear, and 2) keep your highest values in mind at all times. This latter condition will be the most difficult and the most vital, since to neglect what really matters to you could mean that home, mate, or important causes move on without you–and nobody wants that. This may be a more quiet year than most, where the action is largely internal; the biggest external demand, though, may be a significant one, where skills and their practical application may be tested repeatedly. You do get a bonus in the form of an opportunity to heal some significant wound related to the ambition and desire picture–and that’s all good. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 16 March

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Your year won't exactly be a picnic, Pisces. George Goodwin Kilburne 'The Picnic' c1900 {{PD}}

Your year won’t exactly be a picnic, Pisces. George Goodwin Kilburne ‘The Picnic’ c1900 {{PD}}

Doing what’s smart and/ or practical, acquiring key skills, and becoming more attuned to instinct all seem to be your goals this coming year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday, and whether those goals spring from previous problems or a desire to fine-tune the direction you’re headed doesn’t really matter–they’re worthy aims, no matter what. Don’t expect a lot of fanfare, though; this is slated to be a fairly quiet year for you, one where you can make a lot of progress if you’re content to put your head down and work. Of course, it’s not all grim effort, though there will be one or more occasions where matters of Love or Money will take what feel like fated turns. Too, matters of the Houses in the Natal Chart ruled by Venus may at some point reach crisis mode, and it may take significant attention to work them out. Still, you can end this relatively unglamorous Solar year at your next Return much stronger, more personally powerful, with complete understanding of how the world works so that you become a kind of Force of Nature–now that’s something to look forward to! Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 15 March

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‘The three Daughters of King Lear’ by Gustav Pope CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons uploaded by Guerrace01

Power relationships in your world, and the level and reach of your personal authority, may be on the agenda for consideration, development, and change this coming year, dear Pisces. Also prominent: who nurtures who, what is really your territory and what belongs to others, and the fine art of negotiation, which you may need to practice repeatedly, through to your next birthday. If you aren’t someone who is hyper-aware of power arrangements now, you will be by the time this year is over. Also vital: learning the role instincts can play for you to not just survive but thrive, and what I can only describe as ’emotional restraint’, where you will over time fine tune your emotional control and by doing so learn a great deal about what real power looks like. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 14 March

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Anthonis Leemans - 'Hunting gear, Still Life'  17th century Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Anthonis Leemans – ‘Hunting gear, Still Life’ 17th century Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

What is that thing that’s been bothering you, dear Pisces? It’s been hovering around the edge of your consciousness but you can’t seem to grasp it. It may end up tormenting you for a good part of the coming year, through to your next birthday, but that’s really a good thing, as it will prompt you to learn about yourself, specifically about those things in your ‘blind spot’, which is the internal ‘place’ that influences actions and thought but where you can’t perceive that this influences is occurring, but others can. It will also cause you to get on better terms with your instincts–perhaps helping you trust them more, as well as helping you sort them from thoughts and wish-fulfillment–and all this will also aid in you dedicating your life energies to causes, to home creation, or to supporting the mate, in a way and to an extent you never have before. It’s going to be a busy year, Pisces–and a last bit of advice: the emotions are likely to be an early warning system for what’s wise and what’s not–listen to them. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

What You’re Asking–Mermaids, Mercury’s Birth, and Peacocks–Delicious!

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John William Waterhouse - 'Mermaid' {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse – ‘Mermaid’ {{PD}}

This is a re-print I thought you might find interesting, as it talks about both the Fist of God, a config involved in the upcoming Solar eclipse, and about the effects of an eclipse that conjuncts the natal South Node. ‘What You’re Asking’ is taken from search terms (shown in italics) used to bring seekers to this site, and I’ve modified the Full Moon answer below to reflect the next one that we’ll see, a Lunar eclipse.

mermaids and full moon

Let’s answer this one first, as an excuse to use that beautiful Waterhouse portrait of a mermaid: of course they exist, and if you’re lucky enough to see one, it’ll probably be under a Full Moon–just seems right. The next one comes at 5 April, 5:06 AM Pacific time, and falls at 14 Libra 24. Find the perfect beach, then when the day comes stake it out (you’ll be ‘up with the fishes’!) preferably with a picnic and someone you love to keep you company, and wait for the magic to happen.

astrology fist of god

A configuration where the base is two or more bodies square each other, with all base components sesquiquadrate (135 degrees) from the apex body. Typically this presents as an initial conflict between the base energies that, once resolved (or at least is brought to some kind of equilibrium) then results in another hurdle, described by the conflict between the disparate points of view of the base bodies and the apex body–so we officially have three viewpoints to juggle, and possibly to blend/ resolve. Often this generates both intense internal tension and stressful outward situations, and just as with a ‘regular’ square, we can’t ignore that initial clash of the base energies–they demand attention, and once they’ve gotten some, the apex energy makes demands, and this is so whether we’ve successfully resolved the base energies or not. We can really feel it’s being piled on when a Fist of God (some prefer Thor’s Hammer) is activated, but the thing to remember is this: don’t let the stress run the show; nine times out of ten, a Fist presents issues that are in some essential way unresolvable (at least, if formed or activated by transit, unresolvable in the moment and solely by you), and you’ll gain a great deal by taking a step back and recognizing that this may be a riddle that, right now, has no totally satisfying answer.

Pluto square Saturn

As a natal aspect, this is weighty; it pits the darkest and most powerful personal elements of the Self against the personal elements most slavish to custom, fearful of authority, locked into rules, hidebound, and conventional. The alchemical nature of Pluto requires almost constant change, either through destruction and resurrection or replacement, or through transformation, while Saturn is all about keeping things just as they’ve always been. So, we’re likely to see this clash as a recurring theme in the life of someone who has this in the horoscope, and this is likely to express with the individual balancing the two awkwardly (gently committing a little more to one or the other) until something forces an impossible choice or requires the two factors to work together–and the energies can be reconciled, if the individual knows both her or his own power (Pluto) and is firmly in touch with reality (Saturn) and as well has mastered at least a modicum of Self-discipline (also Saturn). We can’t overlook the fact that this unites two or more Houses of the natal chart, the ones with Scorpio and Capricorn (and possibly Aquarius, as Saturn was its ancient ruler) on the cusp; the nature of this connection will be one where some of the matters of the Houses will face this same status quo vs. regeneration challenge, possibly repeatedly, until the individual reaches a final, working relationship between the two energies, giving neither one short-shrift in the life.

pallas in scorpio

As a natal placement, this promises that one’s internalized wisdom is deep; there may be a sense of intuitive ‘knowing’ from an early age. Guidance may spring from getting to know darkness (one’s own or the workings of darkness within the world), and from a strong sense of curiosity, the kind that will research fearlessly for the answer. The person with this placement may understand emotion and the wisdom behind its expression, or may glean knowledge from emotional experience, and Pallas in Scorpio may have a kind of x-ray vision, seeing to the Truth of any matter. Positive manifestations show wisdom based in a thorough understanding and acceptance of the life-death-life scenario, while a negative expression could come in the form of the Evil Queen who offers others a poisoned apple (tainted guidance), out of malice, jealousy, or the desire to destroy.

peacock to eat

I just had to Google this myself; Juno prefers these majestic birds pulling her chariot, and would flip out if she saw a mortal eating the bird that represents her (which is, I think, why this query showed up at my site, due to some mention of Juno and her mascot). I was curious: do people eat peacock? There’s this, which describes preparation of peacock in medieval Europe. Of course, about half the answers that Google gave reversed the scenario, as if I’d asked what peacocks eat; the most entertaining (and somehow unnerving–who is this person?) was on Yahoo Answers: and I quote, ” i used to raise peacocks and lemme tell you they are some good eatin.” And end scene.

south node solar eclipse

This seems a very compelling event, with the power and intense energy of a Solar eclipse meeting the point in the natal chart that designates ‘the past’ (one’s memories, experiences, all that is residue of what was for the Soul). The result could be a breaking-free from old habits, obligations, or restrictions, especially those that are imposed through outdated roles or occurrences that no longer have resonance; residue of memory and the interference of others could fall away in a single instant. One could even have one’s memory wiped clean, through something as soap opera-y as amnesia or as life-changing as a stroke, or where a version of the past is removed from the life quite literally, as when a tornado destroys everything one owns. It could be much simpler, and entirely internal, as when the eclipse illuminates something from the past that has been unavailable or hidden; one finds out about one’s own adoption, perhaps, or learns of a family secret that lifts the veil on some important mental viewpoint or emotional response to their own origins or experience. There’s also the potential for actualizing all accumulated knowledge in some form that allows it to flow into the future and manifest in some wise and divine creation, as if lightning has struck all that was for the individual and crystallized it into a single, shimmering idea that one is destined to deliver to the world. Just remember to keep the orbs very tight; for this aspect I would prefer 1.5 degrees or less in variation from exact.

Juno’s response to Mercury’s birth

“It’s a bay-bee!”

(Possibly as spoken by Julia Sweeney’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ character, ‘Pat’)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Born Today 13 March

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Stay as conscious as possible and getting from here to there won't be hard at all, Pisces. "Klopp Bridge at Remich 1925" by Nico Klopp {{PD}}

Stay as conscious as possible and getting from here to there won’t be hard at all, Pisces. “Klopp Bridge at Remich 1925″ by Nico Klopp {{PD}}

You may carry an enormous amount of internal emotional tension this coming year, dear Pisces, and not even realize it, so keenly will you be focused on doing what’s smart, being strong, and honoring what you truly care about. You are aiming to live an exemplary life, and that’s admirable, it’s just that, while you are gazing at the far horizon and the stars beyond, things can pile up at your feet and trip you. Even as you embrace inspiration and work toward making dreams a reality, you’ll need to watch your own emotional impulsiveness and the way it can drive flashes of temper, and you’ll need to be open to at least considering guidance offered by authorities and your own instinctive nature–both will have some valuable things to convey. Other than that, you are slated for some amazing and fate-determining Self-improvement, some of which could bring you a big lift in real-world status. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 12 March

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You have a lively year ahead, Pisces--be sure you get plenty of rest. 'Sleeping Girl with a Cat' (1880) Pierre-Auguste Renoir {{PD}}

You have a lively year ahead, Pisces–be sure you get plenty of rest. ‘Sleeping Girl with a Cat’ (1880)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir {{PD}}

I’ve got to hand it to you, Pisces: you are trying to live your highest values like never before. You’ve made a vow to make your life both rich with experience and aligned with all that truly matters to you–and this coming year, through to your next birthday, you’ll see the results of your efforts. Areas where you’ve excelled at translating what you honor into your surroundings, your character, and all that you do will be obvious; what will also show are areas that still need work–special notice goes to those things in your ‘blind spot’–you can learn about these by others’ reactions to you–and you may also find that you must re-assess some things you thought you’d already settled, specifically things related to expression of your personal power, what ‘territory’ really belongs to you, boundaries, especially those between yourself and your offspring (and that includes creative offspring), and in the need to negotiate, which may be something you thought you’d never need to do again. Watch temper and impulsiveness this year; also, take advantage of the emotional ‘reach’ you’ll have–your ability to learn, empathize, and expand your viewpoint through feeling has never been greater. Happy Birthday, dear Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 11 March

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A distant view-from NASA {{PD}}

A distant view-from NASA {{PD}}

It feels a little like you’re freewheelin’ it out in space, doesn’t it, Pisces? I can’t get over the impression that you may be a bit disconnected from what’s going on in your world, and I don’t mean that in some insulting, stereotypical Sun sign way, I mean it in a ‘you are actually literally feeling lightened, cured, unencumbered, with all possibilities open before you’ way. That’s really really good–you can make what you want of this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–and kind of bad–you may find it too easy to drift and dream, and too tough to muster the kind of effort that can make bigger things happen. What will help? A true openness to change (listen to the whispers of the Universe and respond before they turn into shouts), and the Will to actually take action on all those quirky and unique ideas you’re always thinking you’ll get to someday. That day is today, Pisces. Happy Birthday and good luck!

Born Today 10 March

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“Ban Mixay Umbrellas” by PTD Phonsavan – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ban_Mixay_Umbrellas.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Ban_Mixay_Umbrellas.jpg

The asset and power situations will be front and center for you this coming Solar year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday, and you may find that though acting aggressively to show your uniqueness may be supported by the social sphere it may leave you feeling uncomfortable emotionally–and that feeling shouldn’t be ignored. That discomfort is your intuition talking, with your emotions urging you to be true to your core Self and not worry about how the social scene receives your choices. The challenge for you may be to explore the individuality and your own original ideas and urges without caring whether others applaud them, even without sharing them–that comes later–this is about you getting in touch with a very distinctive spark within, and experimenting with how to bring that into your everyday life, all without worrying about the reception such individuality will receive. Try not to bend to pressures in this area surrounding assets and power; your best outcome lies in bringing your originality and inventive essence to the surface, and letting material matters sort themselves out. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 9 March

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'Azaleas and Apple Blossoms' by Charles Caryl Coleman 1878 {{PD}}

‘Azaleas and Apple Blossoms’ by Charles Caryl Coleman 1878 {{PD}}

Dear Pisces, this year you may enjoy extraordinary emotional harmony that leads you to confrontations in the home, with the mate, and/ or over causes you support–but why? The tension comes from an internal balance, confidence, and satisfaction that has recently eluded you; now that you have it, you may look around and see that the circumstances you have chosen (or allowed to develop) don’t support this new, healthier you. Changes to values, relationships, the living situation, and the earning one, may be on the agenda. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you get to pursue your individual expression with a one-pointed energy that may appear from the outside as selfish but is actually something you need to do to clarify a unique role you are creating for yourself. Your individuality is blossoming, Pisces–go with it. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 17 April

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Those ignored things you need to confront won't be anything you can't handle, Aries. Urartian Fresco {{PD}}

Those ignored things you need to confront won’t be anything you can’t handle, Aries. Urartian Fresco {{PD}}

You seem to be having trouble getting life to ‘jell’ into something clear and easy to handle, dear Aries; it’s like you feel your own power but can’t quite connect to it, you know who you are but can’t find anything to anchor that idea to, and matters hidden, denied, neglected, or ignored keep throwing criticism your way from the sidelines. Too, there’s a current tendency to slide into nostalgia for the past, in the incorrect belief that you were somehow a better ‘You’ then. What to do? First, how should you handle that criticism? By confronting those ignored matters and dragging them out into the light–that will almost miraculously silence the critical voices, inside and out. Then you must take inventory of your assets available through the coming Solar year, to your next birthday: boundless energy, relationships and resources that offer the support and status you need to earn successfully, and an inspired creativity and imagination that can guide you toward fulfillment of your highest goals, if you let it. Your biggest mistake would be failing to believe in yourself; this year you’ve got everything you need to ‘make it’–as long as you face those matters you’ve ignored or are in denial about. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Aries New Moon of 18 April 2015: Birth of the Will

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'Starry Night' Edvard Munch c1923 {{PD}}

‘Starry Night’ Edvard Munch c1923 {{PD}}

New Moon occurs at 11:57 AM PDT at 28 Aries 25. A NM in Aries is the birth of energy that drives individual initiative, leadership, that propels achievement that is in our own Self-interest, and could give the ego or the Self-concept a ‘new lease on life’; it is the birth of some new facet of the Will, or the Self-identity. Because the energy is so individually focused, where it falls in the natal chart can tell us a great deal about whether one will be able to process and use that energy in a straightforward way, or whether others will voice objections to this ‘new you’.

The Sabian for this degree is, ‘The Music Of The Spheres’. This promises that what is born at this time has a quality of ‘Cosmic alignment’, bringing something forward that is an inevitable development of the individual, an Arian statement about the Self that must emerge and that is expressive of the Soul and the Cosmic plan. That should reassure us that whatever happens will be something uniquely characteristic of who we are, especially in terms of ego and want, but that suits and facilitates future expression of our Will completely.

Born Today 16 April

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Carl Locher - 'Fishing Cutters in the Moonlit Night' 1887 {{PD}}

Carl Locher – ‘Fishing Cutters in the Moonlit Night’ 1887 {{PD}}

You may be in the doldrums at this point, dear Aries–expect to rest becalmed (if I can overdo the sailing metaphors) for at least the first quarter of your upcoming year, through to your next birthday–but after about three months, things will definitely pick up–and you may find yourself starting something brand spanking new, out of crisis, necessity, or a serious sense of adventure. Some advice for smooth sailing (ow!): parse words, thoughts, communications carefully–keep mental activity grounded in reality, for best results; embrace the wisdom of practicality; be creative in the home, with the mate, and allow inspiration to drive to what and how you dedicate yourself and your life energies; and look for change to come from partners, through shifts in ambitions and desires, and from opportunities you pursue on your own, without the aid or knowledge of others. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 15 April

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Antoine Chintreuil 1868 {{PD}}

Antoine Chintreuil 1868 {{PD}}

Thoughts and actions are in harmony this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Aries–but not with who you are! It will be the major irony of your year that you are thinking and doing at one-remove from your core intent–and we can blame a fuzzy emotional state that encourages delusion, fantasy, and creativity over connecting with the here-and-now. In one way that’s great, if you’re a creative type (though you’ll still have trouble controlling the manifestations of that creative urge) but not so great if you’re more reality-oriented. Balance could be found if you’re willing to take a unique material Path and take complete responsibility for where it takes you and what you produce–if are willing to do that, you’ll not only achieve equilibrium, the world will open up to you in a whole new way. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 14 April

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Don't let communication difficulties devolve into outright conflict, Aries. Alexander Pope - 'Emblems of the Civil War' 1887 {{PD}}

Don’t let communication difficulties devolve into outright conflict, Aries. Alexander Pope – ‘Emblems of the Civil War’ 1887 {{PD}}

Communications reach crisis proportions for you this coming Solar year, dear Aries–but why? It could be because, instead of your usual straightforward approach, you are distracted by the subtleties of who has what, who owes what to whom, and/ or by the demands of artisanship or attaining security. You can balance this successfully (and save communication channels from disaster) if you’re willing to face those matters hidden, ignored, or denied and then ‘trim the fat’, transforming them from problems into assets. Strengths this year include your ability to be truly original and to apply this appropriately to the ambitions. Bonus: other potential points of difficulty include matters of the natal Houses where you find Gemini and Virgo–forewarned is forearmed. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 13 April

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Don't let distractions de-rail you, Aries. Darío de Regoyos - Vendredi Saint en Castille (Good Friday in Castile) {{PD}}

Don’t let distractions de-rail you, Aries. Darío de Regoyos – Vendredi Saint en Castille (Good Friday in Castile) {{PD}}

Maintaining equilibrium, riding above the fray, meeting life with intellectual acuity and understanding may be a conscious goal this coming year, dear Aries, but in approaching things this way you may miss opportunities, ones that you will only see if you allow yourself to focus on yourself, and your needs, wants, and Self-expression. This year, through to your next birthday, may call for you to stop being so reasonable and to start concentrating on yourself. The crux of the matter is that you may need to learn to operate totally trusting your instincts while being ever-watchful for that material that is hidden in your mental ‘blind spot’ and that threatens to de-rail your best efforts–and all this really requires you make yourself the focus for the year. Doing this successfully will free up creative energies that are aligned with your highest values (making them that much easier and more productive to manifest)–and that’s a goal worth having, isn’t it? Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

The Horary Giveaway is Over!

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"Graffito Condemned to Agony" by Rabanus Flavus - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

“Graffito Condemned to Agony” by Rabanus Flavus – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –

The final drawing celebrating one million hits is over; all prizes have been awarded. Even if you didn’t win anything, know that I appreciated hearing from you, and thank you for visiting the site.

Born Today 12 April

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James Carroll Beckwith 1886 {{PD}}

James Carroll Beckwith 1886 {{PD}}

You may feel you’ve reached the end of the road along your current trajectory, both physically and emotionally, dear Aries–now what? It’s likely that your attention and energy, over the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will be drawn to unearthing those unique parts of yourself that at some point you ‘packed away for later’ (to gain greater acceptance, for instance, or to avoid distraction) and applying them to realizing the ambitions and desires–because you will begin to see with almost alarming clarity where those unique expressions fit in and enhance your chances of meeting goals and living dreams. In a way this will be a time of major Self-discovery, and your choices and even the smallest personal ‘experiments’ may draw to you fortune-altering events, circumstances, and people. It’s also a period when you can be more creative and involved more deeply in your own spiritual development than ever before. These events can take almost any shape, though you must be aware that big, permanent changes will almost certainly occur–and you will be a different person by the end of the year because of them. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Thank You!

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Author D.H. Parks Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Many thanks to all who participated in the giveaway contest! There were lots of kind comments, and I appreciate every one of them. There were so many entries, in fact, that I’m doing two drawings, one for those who wanted Horary charts and one for everyone who asked for books, etc. The book drawing has already been done and all those have been sent; I’ll be doing the drawing for Horary charts tomorrow. Have a great evening–or is it morning where you are?

Celebrating One Million!

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Elevation view of champagne bottle – Renault Winery Champagne Bottle, Route 9, New Gretna, Burlington County, NJ {{PD}}

In recognition of the site having passed the one million hits mark (sometime last weekend), I’d like to give away some books to say ‘Thank You’–but there’s one condition: only those who’ve never received something free from me or this site are eligible; that includes those who have received free single issues (I’m not counting those subscribers who received extra free months with their paid subscription–those people are still in the running, should they want to be). The giveaway will be open now through midnight of the 12th Pacific time. Just comment on this post with your real name, email address, and choose one: the book you’d like to receive, a horary chart free, or the rest of an ECLIPSE subscription (through 1 July) or you can reserve a free copy of my new book on Vesta, to be published in early summer. I’ll randomly (counting the number of entries and then asking someone else to choose numbers) pick winners, notify them privately, and announce when all prizes have been awarded here sometime on Monday. Your entries will not appear publicly, and your information will not be used in any other way. Thank you for some great years–and here’s to many more!

Born Today 11 April

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 Description  English: Spring’s Peaceful Message, c. 1736, by Giuseppe Castiglione (Chinese name Lang Shining) {{PD}}

Spring’s Peaceful Message, c. 1736, by Giuseppe Castiglione (Chinese name Lang Shining) {{PD}}

You ‘got the message’, dear Aries, one way or another; now what are you going to do about it? You’re in the mood to make some stark, even drastic, changes, and reform of what’s not working, or the resurrection of what might work now that didn’t in the past, is something you’re looking toward–but what must you keep in mind this Solar year, through to your next birthday? Know that your Willingness to adjust life direction to accommodate creativity will be important, as will a Willingness to act on inspirations; be aware that, though you’ll tell yourself you’re being practical, you’re really being emotional, and feelings really can’t act as a reliable guide for you at this time, being at once both too constrictive and too harsh in the impulses they provide; and know that where you see opportunity at this point will be the only place you’ll see it for some time–don’t rely on the passing of time to float other options into your arena–you must actively go out and create them. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 10 April

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"Albrecht Dürer - 'The Large Turf' {{PD}}

“Albrecht Dürer – ‘The Large Turf’ {{PD}}

Something planted during Merc’s last retro period comes to light or fruition today, dear Aries–what will you gain? A further sense of independence, a position of leadership, confidence, the Will and energy to assert yourself–plus the ability to communicate throughout this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, loud and clear–now the question is, What will you do with those abilities? You may feel more than a little distracted by an almost overwhelming itch to go directly for ambitions and goals–but these are changing even as you read this, and to pour your energy into those aims would be to waste it–as soon as you arrived, you would realize that what you want has changed irretrievably, and so you would need to begin again. No, it’s much smarter for you at this time to concentrate on healing wounds, exploring your mind, and really getting to know who you are–your new wants will grow naturally from the discoveries you are bound to make–and of course, a healed individual has a completely different wish list from a wounded one. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 9 April

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Francois Boucher - 'Study of a Young Woman' c1740 {{PD}}

Francois Boucher – ‘Study of a Young Woman’ c1740 {{PD}}

You may feel unusually constricted and constrained this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Aries; this may be the fault of a combination of the influence of organized groups, the discovery of knowledge previously unknown to you, and internal, Higher Mind restrictions designed to keep you safe and on track. You’ll get the message soon enough as to why your progress is being slow-tracked, and there’s a very good reason for it: you are in the midst of serious, intense, deep-down personal change that will radically change your ambitions and wants, as well, so that to get what you currently want would, in the end, be a disappointment. Accept that there’s wisdom to the timing of the Universe, accept that it’s ultimately working for your own good, and by your next birthday you may have a whole new set of priorities and goals, and be very glad you didn’t get your wish now. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 8 April

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Arkady Rylov  «В Голубом Просторе» 'In the Blue Expanse' 1918 {{PD}}

Arkady Rylov «В Голубом Просторе»
‘In the Blue Expanse’ 1918 {{PD}}

Right now it may feel like you’re alone, in new territory–and you may not be able to tell whether you’re being motivated by wounds or a desire to express your gifts, it’s that complicated, dear Aries. Don’t worry, this can only last for so long; then you’ll reach an apex of confusion–after which things will rapidly sort themselves out, and confidence will be yours once again. The rest of your year from that point on may be consumed with trying to determine if your choices are wise, practical, or both. You may be obsessed with only making the smartest and most useful moves you can–but that could shut down creativity and may hamper empowerment, rather than foster it. Try to understand that expressing your unique take on things may be more valuable and more important to you than never making a misstep; too, your best bet with emotions that may be overly constrained this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be to channel them into something that feels constructive–that alone may allow you the freedom in expression the Universe is offering and you should be taking as your own at this time. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 7 April

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OK, Aries, your life isn't really THIS dramatic--but it sure may feel that way. Workshop of George Frederic Watts   'Chaos' c1875 {{PD}}

OK, Aries, your life isn’t really THIS dramatic–but it sure may feel that way. Workshop of George Frederic Watts ‘Chaos’ c1875 {{PD}}

Life took a surprising turn or erratic tone for you recently, didn’t it, dear Aries? And now you may be wondering just what to do. Emotionally you seem still to be in turmoil, and there aren’t many signs on the horizon–so what’s next? You may have to undertake one of the biggest tasks you can imagine, that of consciously healing yourself so that you can get to those Chirotic gifts that keep trying to surface, but that keep getting pushed aside because of surface hurts, angers, and interplay. Going for you: your communication skills are at peak and your mind is exceptionally sharp and attuned to ‘the next thing'; against you: too much worry about what’s practical, or if a desired matter is wise. I say go for whatever will heal you, Aries. Happy Birthday and good luck!

Born Today 6 April

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Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper"  Helgi Halldórsson from Reykjavík, Iceland Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper” Helgi Halldórsson from Reykjavík, Iceland Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Doesn’t it sound like I’m calling you crass, dear Aries, if I say you’re all about realizing material ambitions this Solar year, through to your next birthday? I don’t mean to say that at all; it’s much more like you’re on a mission to fulfill your own potentials as a unique human being–and there’s nothing wrong with that. At your disposal: pure strength, the support of authorities, a facility for negotiation, willing partners, and Mother Nature herself. Working against you: your own stop-and-go mentality that may have a tough time measuring whether some action or choice is really right for you. The antidote is to be super-clear on what you actually value, and what you truly find sacred–this is no time for adopting an empty moral stance–and use your current, natural intensity for good (research, relating) not for ill (intimidating, scaring). Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 5 April

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'Passion Flowers with Three Hummingbirds' by Martin Johnson Heade, c1875 {{PD}}

‘Passion Flowers with Three Hummingbirds’ by Martin Johnson Heade, c1875 {{PD}}

You may be entering new emotional terrain this coming Solar year, dear Aries, and the impulse may be to clear-cut like you’re claiming part of the Amazon to farm–nothing may survive your impulse to get rid of anything that isn’t shiny pretty new. That can be really hard on relationships, unless you allow at least some room for instincts to operate–they’ll save you from the worst slash-and-burn, and give you at least some warning when your interactions or your finances won’t stand up to your extreme techniques. Are you wondering where I’m getting all this? You may be saying to yourself, This is nothing like me! Well, that’s the point: it’s a new you, Aries, and at least for a little while, you might not even recognize yourself. Hints for success: you may be strongly motivated to pursue ambitions and desires at this time, but need to keep an eye on both what’s ‘in’ right now and what the group thinks of your passion; remember that empowerment rests in real-world matters of control, access, and influence–aim to get a least a little of this for yourself. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 4 April

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Your time in the shadows won't last that long, Aries.  By Pavel Petrovich Chistyakov - {{PD}}

Your time in the shadows won’t last that long, Aries. By Pavel Petrovich Chistyakov – {{PD}}

With a Lunar eclipse in Libra dominating your Solar Return, dear Aries, you may have the feeling no one’s paying attention to you–and you would be right. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself and your interests overshadowed by the demands of others, as events seem to happen to them, and call on you to lend your support. This may be discouraging, until you realize that there are two things that can happen in this period, and both are good: 1) you can use this time when attention is elsewhere not only to plan but to implement efforts and then fine-tune them; it’s rare to be able to do so much under the radar, with the result that, once others are again looking your way, you can present your work, ideas, or the changes you’ve made as perfected faits accomplis–and 2) so much attention on others and their affairs will naturally allow you to truly observe them, to see who they are–and as a consequence, one or more important relationships could be altered due to what is revealed. That may not be the year you planned, but it’s the year you’ve got–and you can accomplish a lot, if you approach it correctly. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 3 April

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You smell really big, permanent change coming for you, don’t you, Aries? And on its heels, you anticipate a renewed chance to address any number of ambitions and desires–and you’re right, all this is coming–so what could possibly get in the way? Every matter, especially those involving the practical, material side of things and their distribution/ sharing, that you have ignored or been in denial about; these things will prevent access to transforming your life, until you attend to them–but, if you do, resolving some of these issues will lead directly to that change you are looking toward–so be ready, once you face these problems, to see shifts like the material in a kaleidoscope, change that can be dizzying, disorienting, and beautiful. Happy Birthday, dear Aries, and good luck!

Just so you know: there are a couple of places on the internet claiming to have free or low-priced downloads of my books available; also a place that says I wrote something about Hades–I didn’t. These dealers/ libraries, as they so quaintly call themselves, are not only not authorized by me, I doubt that what you will get will be the book–it’s more likely a virus. At this time the only place my books are available for purchase is from Dog & Sunflower Press, virus-free! Thanks to all for your support!

Born Today 2 April

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Edgar Degas - 'Les Courses' 1904 {{PD}}

Edgar Degas – ‘Les Courses’ 1904 {{PD}}

Opportunity for you this coming Solar year, dear Aries, through to your next birthday, depends almost entirely on you taking action–and events are aided if you’re well-informed, cognizant of the social sphere, and ready to deal with bigger (and hopefully better) conditions, challenges, and arenas. Problems arise from a stressed or confused sense of your own inner wisdom, and from a lack of personal authority and/ or difficulties with authority figures, and taking a too-analytical approach to things may just add to the tension. However, you will see more than your share of really positive avenues that are yours for the taking, and, if you’ll only stay in motion, positive chance and the luck of the industrious will figure in significantly to your progress forward. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Birthday Bonus Aspect: Fire Grand Trine involving Mercury, Juno, and Saturn=a quick mind/ wit, steady and clear perceptual faculties, and a sense of empowerment that reads as confidence and competence will highlight your year, Aries, and be instrumental in not only bringing you those promised opportunities, but in helping you make the most of them.

Born Today 1 April

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'Mukri bog in the October morning mist' by Amadvr http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Amadvr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Estonia

‘Mukri bog in the October morning mist’ by Amadvr http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Amadvr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Estonia

You may feel some dark matters trying to surface in the emotions this coming year, dear Aries; you may even feel that you are a troubled person, that the shadows you sense moving over your heart, darkening the corners of your mind, and bringing a sense of sadness or despair are harbingers of the direction you’re headed–but no, they are not. You are instead in the midst of developing an acutely perceptive intuition concerning the wounds of others–and in time you will grow a sense of exactly how to help them. This doesn’t mean you’ll actually go into a helping profession, but instead that your presence, and sometimes your actions and counsel, will inform others as to exactly how to handle their woundedness–and it’s up to you to make the example you set a positive one. This is epitomized by the birthday aspect of a Finger of God, base of Venus-Chiron, apex Zeus, which also opposes Uranus–that promises caring-healing in relationships will bring desires to reality and offer both a sense of uniqueness and a place within the group. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 31 March

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Fortuitous meetings may be a part of your year, Aries. 'Meeting at the Golden Gate' by Filippo Lippi, First half of the 15th century {{PD}}

‘Meeting at the Goldern Gate’ by Filippo Lippi, First half of the 15th century {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, the past may live more strongly than the present for you, dear Aries; just be aware that in dealing with this, you are shaping your fate. Dark, hidden, ignored or denied issues need your attention, and your wisdom, practicality, and skills will be tested–not easy at all. However, you’ll enjoy a peculiar kind of material and interaction ‘luck’–just the right person or break comes along when you need it most–and once you are over some personal, emotional issues (involving identity, purpose, and/ or your ability to be Self-determining) you should have a very good year, one that brings new Self-awareness and awakens some long-dormant instincts. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

The Sabians for the Lunar Eclipse 4 April 2015

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'Entenhäuser' (Duck Houses) by August Haake c1914 {{PD}}

‘Entenhäuser’ (Duck Houses) by August Haake c1914 {{PD}}

The Full Moon begins at 5:05 AM Pacific time April 4th at 14 Libra 24, with the eclipse starting about half a minute later. The Sabian for the meeting of Earth and Moon is, ‘Circular Paths’. I’m anticipating that we’ll find ourselves some ‘place’ we’ve been before, but now with a whole different viewpoint and skill set. This has as many possible manifestations as there are people, but the common denominator will definitely be that we have seen, faced, or dealt with either the same or a very similar situation before—and we don’t get a ‘do over’ so much as a chance to, in some way, replace the vibe around our handling of the event, so that what we ‘write’ energetically into the Universal record is much more in accord with who we are now. It’s a re-ordering of the Karma surrounding the situation—and in effect, changes both the future and the past, from our vantage point in the now.

We look too at the Sun for a Full Moon/ Lunar event, and the Sabian is, ‘An Indian Weaving A Ceremonial Blanket’. This suggests that the causal event or energy is one involved in the individual preparation for a serious ritual. That could be anything, any effort at Self-improvement, any spiritual practice, any creative act that has at its center both Soul expression and Soul evolution. The intent is a pure one, and carries a kind of energy imprint into the world, and into the ordering of circumstances. It’s the shining of the personal Sun, making an impact through a Universal event.

Born Today 30 March

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Samuel Palmer 'The Lonely Tower' 1879 {{PD}}

Samuel Palmer ‘The Lonely Tower’ 1879 {{PD}}

Dear Aries, you are entering your new Solar year with your attention firmly on the past: what you’ve done, what you’ve thought, what you’ve said that brought you to this point. Usually we warn ourselves not to be too caught up with what was, but in your case this is precisely what you should do, as studying your past will be instrumental in shaping your future successfully. You will likely spend at least part of your year weighing the price of going your own way against ambition fulfillment; the price of being unique may be loneliness, or even that you must give up goals that require the cooperation of others–and you may feel that conformity and cooperation will bring success, but at the price of emphasizing your individuality. There’s no right balance, only the balance that’s right for you, so don’t be afraid to tailor your efforts to your own particular wants and needs. Both the action urge and communications will be under stress for you all year, but you should keep one thing in mind: change is necessary for you to garner your ultimate potentials in Love or Money–remind yourself of that every time you find it hard to make a decision or to move forward. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 29 March

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You've got to sneak up on that creativity, Aries. Dirck Jacobsz c1530 {{PD}}

You’ve got to sneak up on that creativity, Aries. Dirck Jacobsz c1530 {{PD}}

Your creative energy is strong this coming year, dear Aries, but it may be tricky to access; you may have to sneak up on it, draw it out obliquely through acts that you may not at first classify as creative–these will break any kind of impasse that may have recently kept you from making the most of your creative urge. Your empowerment this year comes from your sensitivity, your willingness to recognize that life is a stream made up of changes, and that you must aim for a particular status that is most comfortable and nurturing for you, whether it impresses others or not. Acceptance of the world as it is will be fundamental to you making big leaps forward in how you see and present yourself to the world, and ‘wise action and choice’ is on the agenda–and that’s very good news. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 28 March + Born on an Eclipse

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'A Casting from Life' Édouard Joseph Dantan 1890 {{PD}}

‘A Casting from Life’
Édouard Joseph Dantan 1890 {{PD}}

Your creative impulse has perhaps been forced to take a back seat for awhile–but not anymore, dear Aries. The creative urge within is building momentum, and you may find, consciously or not, that you are seeking a form into which to pour that spark, a way to translate the energy into a shape others can perceive–but at this point, creating may seem like a distraction. You are currently busy handling things, people, and events formed in the past, and the need to deal with these, to settle, eliminate, transform, or accept them once and for all is strong; what you may not realize is that the die is already cast in this area. You already know how you feel about, and what you want to do about, each particular thing–it only feels unresolved because you’ve been dragging your feet, slow to take action–but that hesitation should be over, at this time. Through to your next birthday, you can wrap up what was and no longer needs to be, and bring your creative goals into focus–all it takes is a willingness ‘to do’. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

If you’re looking for a little something about the effect of eclipses on people born close to them, please see here and scroll down the home page for more on the previous Solar eclipse and the upcoming Lunar one. Thanks!

The Final Verdict on Amanda Knox

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A different kind of Italian court. Andrea Mantegna - 'The Court of Gonzaga' c1470 {{PD}}

A different kind of Italian court. Andrea Mantegna – ‘The Court of Gonzaga’ c1470 {{PD}}

Yesterday the Italian high court reversed the conviction of Seattlite Amanda Knox in the death of her roommate Meredith Kercher. I took a brief look at the transits for the day of announcement, set to Seattle timed for early afternoon in Italy, and compared with Knox’s chart in Whole Sign. What I found isn’t terribly surprising, but it is interesting.

The Moon is passing through Cancer, so is in Knox’s 2nd House, running over her Venus, Mercury, and Sun=a sort of emotional verification of the identity, a validation of the communication style, and a feeling re-connect with the sense of herself as a woman, all of which she naturally sees as her assets. The natal Sun is caught up in a Cardinal Cross, with t Pluto conjunct Earth and the other arm consisting of t Zeus opposed t Uranus=ambitions and individuality/ uniqueness, and/ or a new group role, are ignited by transit, as are ambitions and a ‘new’ identity–and this won’t be entirely easily manifested, by any means (the stress of the Cross). Transiting Jupiter, though currently retro, will soon enough be heading toward trine with her natal Saturn=this unites the 7th and 8th Houses, and suggests opportunity will pour in; others will support her version of reality–with Uranus this also creates a Fire Grand Trine, emphasizing the sudden nature of the event (and perhaps surprising many–there were reports earlier in the week that the ex-boyfriend also charged had already had his passport confiscated and authorities were preparing to pick him up). Transiting Pallas is trine natal Jupiter=wisdom and knowledge, the facts (according to Knox, as this is her natal Jupiter), in harmony. Transiting Mars is conjunct natal Jupiter, uniting 7th and 11th=action by others that makes a dream come true. And transiting Saturn and t Juno fill in another Fire Grand Trine with the natal North Node and the t Sun, suggesting that Knox’s empowerment within the reality picture was the direction things were headed all along, and is now illuminated. Clearly, she got what she wanted–and I say, good for her.

There are a few other things here, though, one being that t Black Moon Lilith, t Pluto and her natal Earth, and t Venus all form an Earth Grand Trine=evidence of hidden matters, material ignored or denied, may be a source of profit, may drive further material action, or may serve to create new relationships or values. T Venus is also opposed her natal Pallas=possibly implying that trying to profit from this isn’t a wise thing. Transiting Mercury is also trine natal Black Moon Lilith, suggesting matters denied or ignored will be thought about/ communicated, possibly through rage or defiance, or through strong Self-assertion. Transiting Ceres squares natal Jupiter, implying a conflict between those in authority/ power and the facts as Knox sees them–this supports the possibility that Italy did not press things as they were reluctant to ask for extradition for someone so many Americans are defending. T Mercury also creates a Grand Cross with opposition to her natal Zeus and her Chiron-Vesta opp Ceres-Uranus-Moon=we’ve not heard the last of this, and are likely to be served a stew of ambition, a display of ‘sacred wounds’ (the concept of the Vestal united with the primal injury) that others dare not criticize, and the use of the unique situation and emotions to show personal power. Hmm. With t NN heading for a Grand Trine with both MC and ASC, and t Neptune trine her natal Mercury, it’s prime time for Knox to conjure the image she wants, to shape thinking and create the reputation and personality she wants others to see.

My husband made a remark that I think really sums it all up. What he said went something like this: If she’s not guilty of the murder, then justice has been served; and if she is, she will likely be like others who ‘got away with it': inevitably, they go on to again run afoul of the law–so, if we as humans haven’t handled the situation adequately, we should know that the Universe eventually will.

Amanda Knox Natal Chart + transits for day of conviction reversal

Born Today 27 March

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'Spring in Gościeradzu' by Leon Wyczółkowski 1933 {{PD}}

‘Spring in Gościeradzu’ by Leon Wyczółkowski 1933 {{PD}}

Is impulse control the issue, dear Aries, and do you tell yourself that may be the only way to take full advantage of opportunities, to learn what you need to? Because you may be right: you care about what you’ll leave behind you, and it almost feels like you have to do everything now, or it just won’t happen–and in a sense, that’s true. You are in prime time to make significant changes to the structure and form of your life, changes that will lead directly to Love or Money–and you know it deep inside. So why hold back? Really, there’s no need to at all–just follow a few simple guidelines: always know the power balance in any situation–you can’t afford to overlook that for even a minute–keep priorities in mind, don’t neglect home and mate, and don’t violate your own highest values–that may bring things crashing down. Opportunities will be arriving for you in surprising ways and in surprising numbers–and if you follow the guidelines, you’ll be ready. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 26 March

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Agate La Fontasse, Montredon-Labessonnie, Réalmont Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France Photo by Didier Descouens  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Agate La Fontasse, Montredon-Labessonnie, Réalmont Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France Photo by Didier Descouens Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may involve you sorting through opportunities of the past in an attempt to understand just how they’ve created your current reality. Dear Aries, this won’t be easy, and in many instances may feel like you’re putting too much attention on what was to be truly healthy–but the need to draw a straight line from past choices to current situations is all in service to continuing that line into the future–and then changing your behavior, choices, and responses so that what you create is more like what you want. If you can figure out where you went wrong, and where you went right in the past, you will have spent your time well, and will be perfectly equipped to create a future that suits the creative and Self-expressive needs of the Soul. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 25 March

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"Coin d'atelier" by Claude Monet {{PD}}

“Coin d’atelier” by Claude Monet {{PD}}

You’re at a pinnacle of material achievement, dear Aries, exactly commensurate with your Self-discipline and your efforts; and you’re ready for more, but not sure what to do–part of you ‘knows’ deep inside what the next step should be, but you’re hesitating, and here’s why: you are making an unrealistic demand on the Universe, that your success be guaranteed before you’ll make the effort. Sorry, my dear Ram, but that’s not the way it works. It seems you are rightly proud of your accomplishments, and this has distorted your view: after working so hard to get what you want, you only want to work hard in the future if you know you’ll get what you aim for. Unfortunately the world requires us to risk, to work hard, and to sometimes lose–but, if you will concentrate on two things: change that serves ambitions, and the making of beautiful things (a creative endeavor that may take any form–and remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder) then you will see the next level open up to you. It might not be precisely what you hoped for, but in one way or another, it will be a dream fulfilled. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 24 March

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You are likely to feel like master of your domain this year, Aries. Emperor from the Visconti tarot deck, by Bonifacio Bembo {{PD}}

You are likely to feel like master of your domain this year, Aries. Emperor from the Visconti tarot deck,
by Bonifacio Bembo {{PD}}

You are looking at establishing a stable, real-world empowerment position this coming year, dear Aries, with the status, role, and responsibilities you crave–and it’s already well underway. You’ve been building toward this for a while, a combination of smart values translating into creative choice, especially in relationships and finances–and voila! you have the position that you are sure will heal all those idea and word-born wounds–but that’s only a maybe, as those wounds have grown in your imagination to be much more significant than they ever should’ve been–hence the only way to heal them is to realize you must let them go. The hope of triumphing over some long-ago wrong done you will happen by living well, not be getting that Other to admit they were bad, so look toward the future–for you, it really is bright. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

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Born Today 23 March

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'Skogsinteriør med bøk' (1895) by Jahn Ekenæs - {{PD}}

‘Skogsinteriør med bøk’ (1895) by Jahn Ekenæs – {{PD}}

As long as you stick to your highest values and priorities (the real ones) and completely claim (and take responsibility for) your own power and its expression, you can both empower yourself and shape your reality to an unprecedented degree, dear Aries. A willingness to take action is the key, as it will actually be the act of being in motion that will show you what’s smart and practical, and that will widen your horizons and open up the thicket of your belief matrix so that new knowledge, and with it new opportunities, can finally get through. Others may have told you that you’ve been a wee bit difficult to deal with lately, and it’s true, with the reason being that your native Arian defenses have been hardened into place in an attempt to preserve a sense of the Self that is outdated and holding you back; this coming year, if you stay in motion and choose consistently to act rather than pause, new beliefs will penetrate the old, loosen their hold, and allow for more rapid growth than ever before. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

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Born Today 22 March

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Focus your fiery essence, Aries! Photo by Beni Altmüller CC0

Focus your fiery essence, Aries! Photo by Beni Altmüller CC0

You are perfectly poised, dear Aries, to claim real-world empowerment, the status you desire, and a solid position where you can express yourself, especially where you can express what you know. If you’ve done your homework recently, you’ve already laid the groundwork for some significant advancement–but if you haven’t done that, don’t worry, it’s not too late. All you must do now is take your fiery essence and focus it on answering the question, ‘What do I want to be when I grow up?’ You may think this kind of thing is long past, but the truth is we all answer and re-answer this question, over and over again, throughout life. What can you expect, if you are brave enough to approach this question once again? You can count on a lot of cooperation and support, some of it from unexpected quarters, you can expect big, permanent change, some of it unanticipated or surprising in its abruptness or spontaneity, and you can look forward to an expanded world view (and so a new confidence in the Self) if you are open to acquiring new knowledge–because, in the end, that’s what will count most. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Tip of the Iceberg: Anticipation of the Lunar Eclipse of 4 April 2015

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This is supposedly a photo of the iceberg rammed by the 'Titanic'--who knew?! Photo by Stephan Rehorek {{PD}}

This is supposedly a photo of the iceberg rammed by the ‘Titanic’–who knew?! Photo by Stephan Rehorek {{PD}}

Now that the Solar eclipse has occurred, we can pick up the pieces and look ahead–to the Lunar eclipse of 4 April. I’ve referred to the upcoming Lunar eclipse as a ‘drop the microphone’ event, one where we’ll experience the true impact of this period, if not immediately then in circumstances that begin their development at this point. Wherever the Lunar eclipse at 14 Libra 24 falls for you may only be the tip of the iceberg–because the Lunar-Solar-Earth axis creates a T-square with Pluto that is likely to bring Underworld extremes to the surface through conflict, destruction, and yes, transformation that can be as drastic as a hormonal change or a house burning down or as deeply meaningful as taking spiritual vows or having an epiphany that changes your entire Being. The Sabian Symbol for the event is ‘Circular Paths’, suggesting we may be coming full circle in some important way. So what do you think?

Born Today 21 March

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You'll have quite a view this year, Aries. Caspar David Friedrich c1825 {{PD}}

You’ll have quite a view this year, Aries. Caspar David Friedrich c1825 {{PD}}

Optimism and opportunity are on the horizon for you, dear Aries, but just–it’s going to take some effort, some machinations, alterations, or adjustments to methods in order to get there–but oh, the view when you do! And this coming year, through to your next birthday, you have a powerful ability, and even a mandate, to communicate your creative vision in a way that heals you and heals those who ‘receive’ it. That’s a tall order, I know, and may seem un-doable–but at this point you are endowed in such a way that, as you make your way optimistically toward that opportunity you see/ seek, and share your visions/ ideals/ spiritual insights/ and creations, you will heal, and so will others–you won’t have to make a special efforts to achieve this amazing ‘side-effect’. You’ll also enjoy what for you may be some unusual emotional certainty–use it while you’ve got it! Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

If you are a Pisces born today, please read the outlook for 20 March.

Born Today 20 March

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Eternal Kiss, oil on board by Rah Crawford 3 February 2012 www.rahcrawford.com By Rah Crawford  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Eternal Kiss, oil on board by Rah Crawford
3 February 2012 http://www.rahcrawford.com
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Oh, the places you’ll go, dear Pisces, at least in your own mind! And possibly in the real world, too. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may feel like one big, long, slow descent from the mountain top–but oh what a view you had, and you savor it all the way down! It’s new beginnings and spectacular endings, and what’s scratched out of the ashes is not likely to be completely clear, not right away. You’ve gone beyond garden-variety wisdom to marinate for a bit in the Cosmic soup, and it’s understandable that the knowledge, insight, and viewpoint you bring back will need time to clarify, evolve, and fit itself to your human-sized brain. As it does, you a likely to spend a lot of time in two contrasting modes of Being: dreaming, and taking personal action/ responsibility that asks for no assistance, no help, no guidance. Both may be confusing, and you’ll make progress only by fits and starts–but then, this is a necessary re-calibrating of your cerebral, emotional, and spiritual capacities, and promises some exciting new facets of the Self to come. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

If you are an Aries born today, please read the outlook for those born on the 21st.

In the Balance: Amanda Knox and the Murder of Meredith Kercher

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Ideally, justice will be served. 'Justice' from the Charles VI (or Gringonneur) Deck {{PD}}

Ideally, justice will be served. ‘Justice’ from the Charles VI (or Gringonneur) Deck {{PD}}

Amanda Knox, the Seattle woman convicted, acquitted, then convicted again in Italian court of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher is once more in the news, as we wait to see if the court will uphold the conviction, thereby requiring Italy to ask for extradition of the 27-year-old Knox. I may take a look at the transits to Knox’s chart for next week–until then I offer some re-prints that lay out a lot about the situation, articles I’ve written about the case in the past:

A comparison of Knox and Kercher’s charts, for what tensions might’ve been in play

On the trial and perceptions of Knox

And from last year: here  here  and here

And here’s a news article on the current situation

Amanda Knox Natal Chart (Placidus)

Meredith Kercher Natal Chart (Placidus)

Born Today 19 March

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Walk confidently this year, Pisces. Jonathan Borofsky (US-American, born 1942): Walking to the Sky, New York City, Rockefeller Center; moved to Dallas, Texas in 2005 Photo by doreen from Shanghai, China  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Walk confidently this year, Pisces. Jonathan Borofsky (US-American, born 1942): Walking to the Sky, New York City, Rockefeller Center; moved to Dallas, Texas in 2005 Photo by doreen from Shanghai, China Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Emotional vulnerability, and especially the changes and destruction it can cause, will be a big focus for you this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces. Though that might make for very tenuous going, it can also offer you new information and new ways of connecting with the world–and that’s something to be welcomed. Go forward confidently–your inner wisdom (if you listen to it!) will be flawless, though you should prepare (if that’s even possible) to deal with matters surrounding home, mate, and your highest values and commitments, in a kind of sorting out and reckoning that will bring you out the other side with a new perspective and no doubts about where you stand. And that’s really good. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 18 March

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Original uploaded by James1011R (Transferred by Ukexpat) Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

The early part of your upcoming year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces, is likely to be spent waiting, planning, imagining, and if you can get yourself together for it, creating–all with the sense that something big could drop anytime–and you’ll be right. It may take a little course-correction, specifically in the way you contact the social sphere and/ or expand your territory, but once done, you could see things take on major proportions. Be ready: there will be some big changes (there will have to be!) and you may be unclear how you feel about developments (or think you feel one way when you really feel another) for a long time to come. Use the calm before the storm (or really, before the shift) wisely, and keep ultimate values in mind (in other words, sometimes there are things more important than ambition fulfillment) and you should do very well in the year ahead. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

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Total Solar Eclipse 20 March 2015: Eclipse of the Gods

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Gustave Doré 'Andromeda' 1869 {{PD}}

Gustave Doré ‘Andromeda’ 1869 {{PD}}

Moment of meeting of the Sun and Moon occurs at 2:37 AM PDT of the 20th at 29 Pisces 27, with the eclipse officially beginning just a hair after. The New Moon makes a wide sextile to Ceres, and a square to Pallas, which fills in the base of a Fist of God, apex Jupiter, and also creates a T-square with the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis; a panoply of ancient gods are involved, each having a say in what is born at this time, each contact suggesting that what came before with that energy is eclipsed, wiped out, or superseded. The NM is a conception point, the placement of which (in the 29th degree) signals that a new beginning is coming at a point of supreme stress; things must reach maximum tension in order for the new beginning to form at all. That means that some who are able to avoid that point of nearly unbearable strain may not receive the kind of wipe-out and new start that those who almost drown (this is a Water event, after all) will; theirs may be much more subtle, with changes playing out over the six months between this event and the next Solar eclipse.

The change is gentle with Ceres, which represents our personal authority, power, territory, a somewhat maternal inclination to overstep boundaries, and our capacity to negotiate (which at least in part rests in our own confidence; someone frightened or powerless surrenders or attacks—someone personally empowered negotiates). We adjust our boundaries, perhaps re-assign territories or re-claim some of our own, and we may take a step back (or forward) concerning relationships where caretaking and responsibility lie at least somewhat in our sphere. Too, the presence of Ceres in the equation can suggest that Nature itself will exert an influence, whether through external circumstances (flood or fires, for instance) or internal ones (such as hormonal changes, diet, or illness/ imbalance), and that these will play into events.

The T that Pallas forms with the Sun-Moon/ Earth is naturally tense; it takes the stress of a Solar eclipse, ups the ante with the event forming at 29 degrees, and then challenges the entire event with a question: Is this wise? The ‘this’ refers to whatever previous guidelines we navigated by and the way the eclipse brings them into question, or even obliterates them, proving them unwise or currently untenable. Pallas is in Sagittarius, so may imply that new information, facts, or exposure to another way of being or doing turns our ‘wisdom world view’ on its head; there’s also the chance that Pallas refers to practical or skill-based options that change with the eclipse event. Acquisition of new knowledge or skills may make old ones obsolete or make something that was once practical no longer so.

Remember, Pallas is a Warrior by birth, so we may come out fighting at the suggestion that what we thought was wise really isn’t, anymore; being nothing so much as skilled means that Pallas, after the first aggressive response, will likely look to her skill set to handle what comes forward. Realizing that even wisdom can be conditional, or can change with circumstances, is important in dealing with the kind of curve-ball the T will throw at us.

Pallas is also part of the base of the Fist; the T and the Fist may address two different Pallas in Sag related matters or may speak of just one that has several facets. A Fist of God can be as harsh as it sounds—it can represent a hard situation or conflict (the base square) that results in the apex, and whether that’s a positive outcome or a further frustration is often up to us. In this case, with the eclipse itself square Pallas as the initiating tension, we will likely see a New Moon event that challenges our ideas of wisdom and practicality (much like with the T), but the difference will be that resolution of this particular upset will either offer us entré to a wider social circle, will bring acquisition of new knowledge, philosophy, or belief, or could offer opportunity—the problem being that this may be forced on us, and feel more like punishment than a positive!

Jupiter is of course the supreme god, at least as far as those who gather on Mt. Olympus are concerned. As significator of the Fist outcome, this may suggest we feel very much at the mercy of some larger entity, something like society, which seems to call all the shots. It’s vital to remember at this time that this is a perception only; we are still able to fashion our individual choices and responses independent of the social sphere, should we truly want to—but making that choice holds consequences that we must be prepared to accept, should we go our own way.

This is an excerpt from the Solar eclipse article in ECLIPSE. Of course, we’re in Dark of the Moon territory right now, with Luna still to contact (by conjunction) Vesta, Mercury, Neptune, and Chiron before the Solar event–and that may mean a lot of restless energy, whispers just below hearing, looking for a place to express. This can be a very creative time, for those open to manifesting the urge that usually remains quiet in the unconscious–it’s accessible now; it’s as if we’re able to see into the dark corners of the mind, sensing things, with no need for direct illumination–take a look, see what’s in there.

Born Today 17 March

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PA Renoir ‘Girl with a Jump Rope (Portrait of Delphine LeGrand)’ 1878 {{PD}}

You know what to do, dear Pisces, the question is, Will you be wise enough to do it? You may hesitate to go forward for a variety of reasons, but you can’t go far wrong if you 1) stay attuned to your inner guidance system, even when it tells you something you don’t want to hear, and 2) keep your highest values in mind at all times. This latter condition will be the most difficult and the most vital, since to neglect what really matters to you could mean that home, mate, or important causes move on without you–and nobody wants that. This may be a more quiet year than most, where the action is largely internal; the biggest external demand, though, may be a significant one, where skills and their practical application may be tested repeatedly. You do get a bonus in the form of an opportunity to heal some significant wound related to the ambition and desire picture–and that’s all good. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 16 March

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Your year won't exactly be a picnic, Pisces. George Goodwin Kilburne 'The Picnic' c1900 {{PD}}

Your year won’t exactly be a picnic, Pisces. George Goodwin Kilburne ‘The Picnic’ c1900 {{PD}}

Doing what’s smart and/ or practical, acquiring key skills, and becoming more attuned to instinct all seem to be your goals this coming year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday, and whether those goals spring from previous problems or a desire to fine-tune the direction you’re headed doesn’t really matter–they’re worthy aims, no matter what. Don’t expect a lot of fanfare, though; this is slated to be a fairly quiet year for you, one where you can make a lot of progress if you’re content to put your head down and work. Of course, it’s not all grim effort, though there will be one or more occasions where matters of Love or Money will take what feel like fated turns. Too, matters of the Houses in the Natal Chart ruled by Venus may at some point reach crisis mode, and it may take significant attention to work them out. Still, you can end this relatively unglamorous Solar year at your next Return much stronger, more personally powerful, with complete understanding of how the world works so that you become a kind of Force of Nature–now that’s something to look forward to! Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 15 March

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'The three Daughters of King Lear' by Gustav Pope CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons uploaded by Guerrace01

‘The three Daughters of King Lear’ by Gustav Pope CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons uploaded by Guerrace01

Power relationships in your world, and the level and reach of your personal authority, may be on the agenda for consideration, development, and change this coming year, dear Pisces. Also prominent: who nurtures who, what is really your territory and what belongs to others, and the fine art of negotiation, which you may need to practice repeatedly, through to your next birthday. If you aren’t someone who is hyper-aware of power arrangements now, you will be by the time this year is over. Also vital: learning the role instincts can play for you to not just survive but thrive, and what I can only describe as ’emotional restraint’, where you will over time fine tune your emotional control and by doing so learn a great deal about what real power looks like. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 14 March

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Anthonis Leemans - 'Hunting gear, Still Life'  17th century Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Anthonis Leemans – ‘Hunting gear, Still Life’ 17th century Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

What is that thing that’s been bothering you, dear Pisces? It’s been hovering around the edge of your consciousness but you can’t seem to grasp it. It may end up tormenting you for a good part of the coming year, through to your next birthday, but that’s really a good thing, as it will prompt you to learn about yourself, specifically about those things in your ‘blind spot’, which is the internal ‘place’ that influences actions and thought but where you can’t perceive that this influences is occurring, but others can. It will also cause you to get on better terms with your instincts–perhaps helping you trust them more, as well as helping you sort them from thoughts and wish-fulfillment–and all this will also aid in you dedicating your life energies to causes, to home creation, or to supporting the mate, in a way and to an extent you never have before. It’s going to be a busy year, Pisces–and a last bit of advice: the emotions are likely to be an early warning system for what’s wise and what’s not–listen to them. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

What You’re Asking–Mermaids, Mercury’s Birth, and Peacocks–Delicious!

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John William Waterhouse - 'Mermaid' {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse – ‘Mermaid’ {{PD}}

This is a re-print I thought you might find interesting, as it talks about both the Fist of God, a config involved in the upcoming Solar eclipse, and about the effects of an eclipse that conjuncts the natal South Node. ‘What You’re Asking’ is taken from search terms (shown in italics) used to bring seekers to this site, and I’ve modified the Full Moon answer below to reflect the next one that we’ll see, a Lunar eclipse.

mermaids and full moon

Let’s answer this one first, as an excuse to use that beautiful Waterhouse portrait of a mermaid: of course they exist, and if you’re lucky enough to see one, it’ll probably be under a Full Moon–just seems right. The next one comes at 5 April, 5:06 AM Pacific time, and falls at 14 Libra 24. Find the perfect beach, then when the day comes stake it out (you’ll be ‘up with the fishes’!) preferably with a picnic and someone you love to keep you company, and wait for the magic to happen.

astrology fist of god

A configuration where the base is two or more bodies square each other, with all base components sesquiquadrate (135 degrees) from the apex body. Typically this presents as an initial conflict between the base energies that, once resolved (or at least is brought to some kind of equilibrium) then results in another hurdle, described by the conflict between the disparate points of view of the base bodies and the apex body–so we officially have three viewpoints to juggle, and possibly to blend/ resolve. Often this generates both intense internal tension and stressful outward situations, and just as with a ‘regular’ square, we can’t ignore that initial clash of the base energies–they demand attention, and once they’ve gotten some, the apex energy makes demands, and this is so whether we’ve successfully resolved the base energies or not. We can really feel it’s being piled on when a Fist of God (some prefer Thor’s Hammer) is activated, but the thing to remember is this: don’t let the stress run the show; nine times out of ten, a Fist presents issues that are in some essential way unresolvable (at least, if formed or activated by transit, unresolvable in the moment and solely by you), and you’ll gain a great deal by taking a step back and recognizing that this may be a riddle that, right now, has no totally satisfying answer.

Pluto square Saturn

As a natal aspect, this is weighty; it pits the darkest and most powerful personal elements of the Self against the personal elements most slavish to custom, fearful of authority, locked into rules, hidebound, and conventional. The alchemical nature of Pluto requires almost constant change, either through destruction and resurrection or replacement, or through transformation, while Saturn is all about keeping things just as they’ve always been. So, we’re likely to see this clash as a recurring theme in the life of someone who has this in the horoscope, and this is likely to express with the individual balancing the two awkwardly (gently committing a little more to one or the other) until something forces an impossible choice or requires the two factors to work together–and the energies can be reconciled, if the individual knows both her or his own power (Pluto) and is firmly in touch with reality (Saturn) and as well has mastered at least a modicum of Self-discipline (also Saturn). We can’t overlook the fact that this unites two or more Houses of the natal chart, the ones with Scorpio and Capricorn (and possibly Aquarius, as Saturn was its ancient ruler) on the cusp; the nature of this connection will be one where some of the matters of the Houses will face this same status quo vs. regeneration challenge, possibly repeatedly, until the individual reaches a final, working relationship between the two energies, giving neither one short-shrift in the life.

pallas in scorpio

As a natal placement, this promises that one’s internalized wisdom is deep; there may be a sense of intuitive ‘knowing’ from an early age. Guidance may spring from getting to know darkness (one’s own or the workings of darkness within the world), and from a strong sense of curiosity, the kind that will research fearlessly for the answer. The person with this placement may understand emotion and the wisdom behind its expression, or may glean knowledge from emotional experience, and Pallas in Scorpio may have a kind of x-ray vision, seeing to the Truth of any matter. Positive manifestations show wisdom based in a thorough understanding and acceptance of the life-death-life scenario, while a negative expression could come in the form of the Evil Queen who offers others a poisoned apple (tainted guidance), out of malice, jealousy, or the desire to destroy.

peacock to eat

I just had to Google this myself; Juno prefers these majestic birds pulling her chariot, and would flip out if she saw a mortal eating the bird that represents her (which is, I think, why this query showed up at my site, due to some mention of Juno and her mascot). I was curious: do people eat peacock? There’s this, which describes preparation of peacock in medieval Europe. Of course, about half the answers that Google gave reversed the scenario, as if I’d asked what peacocks eat; the most entertaining (and somehow unnerving–who is this person?) was on Yahoo Answers: and I quote, ” i used to raise peacocks and lemme tell you they are some good eatin.” And end scene.

south node solar eclipse

This seems a very compelling event, with the power and intense energy of a Solar eclipse meeting the point in the natal chart that designates ‘the past’ (one’s memories, experiences, all that is residue of what was for the Soul). The result could be a breaking-free from old habits, obligations, or restrictions, especially those that are imposed through outdated roles or occurrences that no longer have resonance; residue of memory and the interference of others could fall away in a single instant. One could even have one’s memory wiped clean, through something as soap opera-y as amnesia or as life-changing as a stroke, or where a version of the past is removed from the life quite literally, as when a tornado destroys everything one owns. It could be much simpler, and entirely internal, as when the eclipse illuminates something from the past that has been unavailable or hidden; one finds out about one’s own adoption, perhaps, or learns of a family secret that lifts the veil on some important mental viewpoint or emotional response to their own origins or experience. There’s also the potential for actualizing all accumulated knowledge in some form that allows it to flow into the future and manifest in some wise and divine creation, as if lightning has struck all that was for the individual and crystallized it into a single, shimmering idea that one is destined to deliver to the world. Just remember to keep the orbs very tight; for this aspect I would prefer 1.5 degrees or less in variation from exact.

Juno’s response to Mercury’s birth

“It’s a bay-bee!”

(Possibly as spoken by Julia Sweeney’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ character, ‘Pat’)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Born Today 13 March

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Stay as conscious as possible and getting from here to there won't be hard at all, Pisces. "Klopp Bridge at Remich 1925" by Nico Klopp {{PD}}

Stay as conscious as possible and getting from here to there won’t be hard at all, Pisces. “Klopp Bridge at Remich 1925″ by Nico Klopp {{PD}}

You may carry an enormous amount of internal emotional tension this coming year, dear Pisces, and not even realize it, so keenly will you be focused on doing what’s smart, being strong, and honoring what you truly care about. You are aiming to live an exemplary life, and that’s admirable, it’s just that, while you are gazing at the far horizon and the stars beyond, things can pile up at your feet and trip you. Even as you embrace inspiration and work toward making dreams a reality, you’ll need to watch your own emotional impulsiveness and the way it can drive flashes of temper, and you’ll need to be open to at least considering guidance offered by authorities and your own instinctive nature–both will have some valuable things to convey. Other than that, you are slated for some amazing and fate-determining Self-improvement, some of which could bring you a big lift in real-world status. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 12 March

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You have a lively year ahead, Pisces--be sure you get plenty of rest. 'Sleeping Girl with a Cat' (1880) Pierre-Auguste Renoir {{PD}}

You have a lively year ahead, Pisces–be sure you get plenty of rest. ‘Sleeping Girl with a Cat’ (1880)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir {{PD}}

I’ve got to hand it to you, Pisces: you are trying to live your highest values like never before. You’ve made a vow to make your life both rich with experience and aligned with all that truly matters to you–and this coming year, through to your next birthday, you’ll see the results of your efforts. Areas where you’ve excelled at translating what you honor into your surroundings, your character, and all that you do will be obvious; what will also show are areas that still need work–special notice goes to those things in your ‘blind spot’–you can learn about these by others’ reactions to you–and you may also find that you must re-assess some things you thought you’d already settled, specifically things related to expression of your personal power, what ‘territory’ really belongs to you, boundaries, especially those between yourself and your offspring (and that includes creative offspring), and in the need to negotiate, which may be something you thought you’d never need to do again. Watch temper and impulsiveness this year; also, take advantage of the emotional ‘reach’ you’ll have–your ability to learn, empathize, and expand your viewpoint through feeling has never been greater. Happy Birthday, dear Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 11 March

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A distant view-from NASA {{PD}}

A distant view-from NASA {{PD}}

It feels a little like you’re freewheelin’ it out in space, doesn’t it, Pisces? I can’t get over the impression that you may be a bit disconnected from what’s going on in your world, and I don’t mean that in some insulting, stereotypical Sun sign way, I mean it in a ‘you are actually literally feeling lightened, cured, unencumbered, with all possibilities open before you’ way. That’s really really good–you can make what you want of this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–and kind of bad–you may find it too easy to drift and dream, and too tough to muster the kind of effort that can make bigger things happen. What will help? A true openness to change (listen to the whispers of the Universe and respond before they turn into shouts), and the Will to actually take action on all those quirky and unique ideas you’re always thinking you’ll get to someday. That day is today, Pisces. Happy Birthday and good luck!

Born Today 10 March

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"Ban Mixay Umbrellas" by PTD Phonsavan - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ban_Mixay_Umbrellas.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Ban_Mixay_Umbrellas.jpg

“Ban Mixay Umbrellas” by PTD Phonsavan – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ban_Mixay_Umbrellas.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Ban_Mixay_Umbrellas.jpg

The asset and power situations will be front and center for you this coming Solar year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday, and you may find that though acting aggressively to show your uniqueness may be supported by the social sphere it may leave you feeling uncomfortable emotionally–and that feeling shouldn’t be ignored. That discomfort is your intuition talking, with your emotions urging you to be true to your core Self and not worry about how the social scene receives your choices. The challenge for you may be to explore the individuality and your own original ideas and urges without caring whether others applaud them, even without sharing them–that comes later–this is about you getting in touch with a very distinctive spark within, and experimenting with how to bring that into your everyday life, all without worrying about the reception such individuality will receive. Try not to bend to pressures in this area surrounding assets and power; your best outcome lies in bringing your originality and inventive essence to the surface, and letting material matters sort themselves out. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 9 March

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'Azaleas and Apple Blossoms' by Charles Caryl Coleman 1878 {{PD}}

‘Azaleas and Apple Blossoms’ by Charles Caryl Coleman 1878 {{PD}}

Dear Pisces, this year you may enjoy extraordinary emotional harmony that leads you to confrontations in the home, with the mate, and/ or over causes you support–but why? The tension comes from an internal balance, confidence, and satisfaction that has recently eluded you; now that you have it, you may look around and see that the circumstances you have chosen (or allowed to develop) don’t support this new, healthier you. Changes to values, relationships, the living situation, and the earning one, may be on the agenda. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you get to pursue your individual expression with a one-pointed energy that may appear from the outside as selfish but is actually something you need to do to clarify a unique role you are creating for yourself. Your individuality is blossoming, Pisces–go with it. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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