Born Today 21 August

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Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japan, 1847-1915) 'Fireflies at Ochanomizu' {{PD}}

Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japan, 1847-1915)
‘Fireflies at Ochanomizu’ {{PD}}

Dear Leo, are you running from something specific, or do you feel like you’re being chased? Six of one, half a dozen of the other, right? Well, not really–it appears there are some things you’d rather not look at, and they’ll be following you until you turn and confront them–but when you do, the respect you’ll earn (not to mention the peace!) will be tremendous–and you’ll gain a reputation as someone who has no fear. You may find you’re more sensitive than usual this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, but that will only enhance your charisma and draw potential romantic interests and abundance, moths to the glowing warmth of your flame. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

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The ECLIPSE Daily for 20 August 2014: Wisdom in Dark Places

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Keep your eyes open--the Trickster doesn't always wear a bright, diamond-patterned jumpsuit. Edgar Degas - Arlequin danse, c. 1890 {{PD}}

Keep your eyes open–the Trickster doesn’t always wear a bright, diamond-patterned jumpsuit. Edgar Degas – Arlequin danse, c. 1890 {{PD}}

20 August wisdom is found in dark places, and in standing up for ourselves, though one place we won’t find good alternatives offered is on the home front or by the mate; it might be too much a time when everyone is focused on their own creative empowerment, and so what they share will speak more of their own insecurities and power situations than anything else. Avoid authorities today; they won’t be any help. Stand on your own two feet, though, and you can make dreams a reality. (Perfecting today: Pallas semi-square Black Moon Lilith, Vesta contra-parallel Pallas, Neptune trine Juno, Mercury contra-parallel Ceres)

The Moon enters Cancer at 1:45 AM PDT of the 20th. 9:30 AM PDT the Cancer Moon squares Pallas and trines Ceres. We may be trundling along, feeling pretty satisfied (the Cancer Moon can have that effect) when suddenly we realize we’re doing something (or allowing something to happen) that is decidedly unwise–and further, someone is increasing their power or reach because of it. Deployment of skills is called for, along with a Willingness (no, a complete commitment) to claim our own power and territory, and stand ready to defend it. Just the readiness makes conflict unlikely. 2 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Juno and forms a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Vesta. We are empowered specifically through our emotions; equal parts creativity and dedication make up the recipe that offers truly effective empowerment options. 9 PM PDT the Moon opposes Pluto and sextiles Mercury, catching Venus at the midpoint of the two. What’s communicated, what we hear, shows us exactly where the darkness lies, who is at the heart of it, what can be gained, and exactly what needs to change–“wisdom is found in dark places”. Now it’s up to us.

Today’s image is a Trickster figure, who awards you something favorable. Watch for this person, and thank them–Tricksters aren’t always out to fool you, you know :)

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Born Today 20 August

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The 'New You' that emerges after the trials of this coming year may be just about this dazzling, Leo. Bartolomé Bermejo - 'Resurrection' c1475 {{PD}}

The ‘New You’ that emerges after the trials of this coming year may be just about this dazzling, Leo. Bartolomé Bermejo – ‘Resurrection’ c1475 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, it may feel like things are getting serious–really, really serious–and that you’re all alone out there. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and only speaking of the psyche, of course, that’s true: you will be alone, and dealing with big energies of massive change, alteration, transformation, destruction, and, in just about a year, you’ll come out the other side re-born–or will it be more like a resurrection, with qualities, individuals, talents, and opportunities you thought long gone once again in your life and feasibly in your grasp? Though it will be dark and lonely for a time, don’t give up–because a re-made world, renewed vigor, and a totally renewed viewpoint, is waiting for you, just down the road. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 19 August

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It's unlikely your pizazz will go quite this far, Leo. 'Midas and His Daughter' Walter Crane {{PD}}

It’s unlikely your pizazz will go quite this far, Leo. ‘Midas and His Daughter’ Walter Crane {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Leo, you act to change the home situation, the family situation, or your own inner landscape, but what changes is the daily routine, job, obligations and duties in the world, and possibly your health. It’s like you put effort in *here* and it comes out *over there*, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason as to why. Quit trying to connect the dots and accept that your choices are shifting the Universe at a quantum level; you just can’t know what will be disturbed, what will pay off. Concentrate instead on your current highly potent sense of abundance; it’s almost a Midas touch, and if properly channeled (chiefly through the activities and subjects of the natal Houses with Sagittarius, Taurus, and Libra on the cusps) you could gain in some amazing ways, through to your next birthday. So happy solar return, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 18 August

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Step by step, inch by inch--The Coliseum by ean-Baptiste Camille Corot {{PD}}

Step by step, inch by inch–The Coliseum by ean-Baptiste Camille Corot {{PD}}

At this point, dear Leo, you may be feeling just a little at loose ends, even abandoned, as if all you need to see and do is behind you–now what? You’re coming up on a new start, but you’re not there yet–thinking, planning, gathering info–that’s what needs to happen now. Transformation of what is, the structures and strictures that exist in your life, is part of the task this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–but you can’t do that alone, nor should you expect to re-build Rome in a day–step by step, even inch by inch, if you have to. You’ll be given more than your share of opportunities in this period, though, and you should expect to take advantage of these, with the understanding that this is a time of development, of growing and organizing your power, preparing for the new start that is just around the figurative corner–but that it’s not quite time to act, yet. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 17 August

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Mary Cassatt - The Boating Party 1893-94 {{PD}}

Mary Cassatt – The Boating Party 1893-94 {{PD}}

Emotions, and the craving to dig deep into the psyche and connect with your elemental Self, may be strong this Solar year, Leo, especially during the early part of it–and through to your next birthday you may be occupied (obsessed?) with connecting to those unique parts of you that offer strength and that carry your talents–because it’s time to take an accounting of those, and get the word out about what you are perfectly suited to do. Telling others about your ambitions may help you make needed and fortuitous connections–and with an active but stable home scene (or just being appropriately secure in yourself) you will be able to share creative ideas and energy with others, and so perhaps change your job, daily routine, or duties to be more expressive of the Self. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Your Weekend ECLIPSE Sampler 16-17 August 2014: Power Distribution

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'The Pale Complexion of True Love' 1899  Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale {{PD}}

‘The Pale Complexion of True Love’ 1899
Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale {{PD}}

For Saturday, 16 August: determining power situations and power distribution seems vital, and yet we have a major distraction to all this in creative expression in the home or through a cause we support; the wish to express creative ideas takes our time and attention from dealing with issues of authority and from fully owning our own power position—and that easily creates problems. It might help to remain aware of two things: communications may be incomplete and erratic, so we can’t take for granted that we know the whole score (it’s almost like a mini-Merc retro effect), and we need to do whatever smart alternative the reality picture commands—to ignore it in favor of creative expression at this time is to court unpleasant mix-ups in agreements and to risk having our own power of choice usurped by the quick and the sneaky. (Ceres parallel the North Node, Neptune trine Vesta, Saturn semi-square Pallas, Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus)

And for Sunday the 17th: we finally feel an enormous positive shift in the Cosmos—or at least in our little part of it—with the planet of Love and Money meeting the planet of expansion and abundance—so what could go wrong? We have a basic scenario for prosperity, specifically through communicating with or listening to those who hold the power; but difficulties with delusion or deception, fantasy, troubles within the home or with the mate, and instincts that seem to be at odds with the way the world works, may all show against us. The trick may be to keep things, whether relationships or finances, on a power exchange basis—that way it’s clear what’s changing hands—and realize that instinct and imagination sometimes aren’t our friends—at least that’s so when it comes to Money or Love—we need to stay focused on reality to make gains and feel good. (Venus conjunct Jupiter, quincunx Neptune, square Vesta, Mercury sextile Ceres, Sedna square the Sun-Earth axis)

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Born Today 16 August

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Gustav Klimt 1912 {{PD}}

Gustav Klimt 1912 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, your instincts may be your biggest asset. You’re headed toward big change in the (sort of distant) future, and the path between here and there is littered with matters that have been located in your ‘blind spot’, and so outside your awareness. This year, taking a creative, fearless tack in trying to expand your reach, generate gain, support relationships, and give sufficient energy to home matters and causes to which you’re dedicated is the only way to go. Emotional resilience from a Solar Return Taurus Moon, and an enhanced ability to dig for the Truth, will certainly help. You’ll face a lot of unexpected challenges; meeting them with optimism and imagination is the only useful answer. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 15 August 2014: Coloring in the Lines

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Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon by Charles W. Bartlett, 1923-26, etching with hand coloring {{PD}}

Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon by Charles W. Bartlett, 1923-26, etching with hand coloring {{PD}}

15 August it seems full speed ahead for expressing our power and taking meaningful action, especially toward uncovering the truth, and yet, our minds are a little distanced, critical, focused on details, discerning and materially-oriented, and so easily distracted from the action. The mental attitude is meant to empower, and skews choice toward ambition fulfillment—but in the end what makes a mark is passionate commitment, a willingness to do, especially to build, that colors boldly, but still stays within the lines. (Perfecting today: Mars sextile Pluto, Mercury into Virgo, parallel Juno, and semi-square Zeus)

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Born Today 15 August

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'Self Portrait with Sunflower' Anthony van Dyck 17th century {{PD}}

‘Self Portrait with Sunflower’ Anthony van Dyck 17th century {{PD}}

Dear Leo, if I have to sum up the coming Solar year for you, I’d say, ‘Stressful, Emotional Communications’–but that wouldn’t tell you half what you need to know, and might be a little alarming, to boot! You will take action based on agreements, information shared, knowledge, networking, and you must remain acutely aware of just how much both what you hear and how you process it will be affected by each party’s emotional palette. A lot of what causes the stress will be seated in a feeling that you alone can act, that you must choose or lead, and that there’s little time to waste–but you’ve got to remember, these are perceptions, and that’s no guarantee that they’re accurate. Sort it out through trusted relationships that empower you, and through creativity that centers either on your home or on some cause to which you’re dedicated. These will help ground you and allow you some perspective in communication issues–and they’ll make for an especially fulfilling year. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 14 August

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The Fortune Teller-Caravaggio 1595 {{PD}}

The Fortune Teller-Caravaggio 1595 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Leo, through to your next birthday, you may be consumed with understanding the past–or are you obsessed with finding out about your future? While you figure that out, you may enjoy a large dose of creative energy, and the ability to lead others and yourself in a unique direction. Originality may be your strength this year, but distraction by trying to decipher your history is distinctly possible–as is living in the future and neglecting what is. Do your best to keep consciousness in the present, and know that gaining ground with your ambitions doesn’t mean you have to give up those most unique parts of yourself. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 13 August

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La Nuit by Auguste Raynaud 19th century {{PD}}

La Nuit by Auguste Raynaud 19th century {{PD}}

You may be very focused, dear Leo, on the direction you’re headed, but not so much on what you need to get there. Somehow there’s a serious in-coordination between what you need to do and how you need to apply yourself, and the more serious issues of who holds power in your world and how they, more than you, hold command over your reality. The problem may lie in the way the individuality urge has driven forward and neglected to develop the specific skills and contacts that would fulfill ambitions. It can all be easily remedied, dear Leo, if you’ll simply put your feet on the ground for a while and attend to those matters, largely represented by the House through which Pluto is now transiting in your natal chart, that require some serious, daily attention. Then in no time at all you can allow that expansive creative urge to do its inspired thing, to much success. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence 12 August 2014: Rose-Colored Glasses

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From the book Shin Bijin (True Beauties) by Chikanobu Hashimoto 1897 {{PD}}

From the book Shin Bijin (True Beauties) by Chikanobu Hashimoto 1897 {{PD}}

12 August the reality picture seems to grab hold of our methods and means of empowerment and mischievously twist them; relationships suddenly become all about money or what the other person thinks is smart, but we can’t help but feel something loving is being destroyed if we acquiesce or concentrate on assets. Words speak to some part of us we can’t pinpoint (and we speak from this subliminal stratum, as well) and nothing seems stable or secure; we feel we can point to irrefutable proof of that. That latter is a bit delusional; we must realize that we are seeing reality under too harsh a light—it seems so oppressive, and when we do that, we tend to exaggerate the negatives, and despair. Put on some rose-colored glasses, and wait for upsets to pass—and don’t take anything that comes across as hardline too seriously, at least for now. (Perfecting today: Saturn sesquiquadrate Juno, Venus into Leo, sextile Pallas, and contra-parallel Pluto, Mercury square Sedna, Mercury and the Sun contra-parallel Saturn)

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Born Today 12 August

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'Pandora' Jules Joseph Lefebvre 1882 {{PD}}

Maybe Pandora would’ve been better off not opening that box, but you need to deal with the unpleasantness, Leo, in order to go forward. ‘Pandora’ Jules Joseph Lefebvre 1882 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, there’s a Pandora’s Box of subjects you’d rather not deal with that will be sneaking up on you soon–but the good news is facing those issues will bring you respect, independence, and allow you to fully express your passions–so that’s really not a bad deal at all. An added bonus to all this will be the way you are able to settle certain situations, myths, and repercussions of actions from the past that have reverberated through to the Now; you could be, by the end of this Solar year, through to your next birthday, free of some elements that have lingered for a long time, haunting you, dragging at your energy, or just acting as a brake. Deal with those negatives, and then know where you want to aim, as you can show real power and make great progress in pursuing your dreams.

Extra: if you have any placements or points at 5 Aries or 5 Capricorn, you may find those dreams and goals challenged by the Will of others–but that’s just one more thing you’ll need to work out–then you can go forward with few, or no, impediments.

Born Today 11 August

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'In the Box' Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

‘In the Box’ Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

Dear Leo: What’s the most powerful thing you’ve discovered about yourself in  the past year? Because whatever that is, it will be behind what drives you forward on your Path this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. If this powerful thing involved you facing matters you’d rather not deal with, then bravo/ brava, you are clearing out psychic material that may have held you back for a long time, and claiming your power as your own; and if this powerful thing was about demanding respect and standing up for yourself, then you have set the stage so that you’ve left behind those who aren’t right for this leg of your journey, and you’ve attracted those who are–with the result that you are now poised to go far at a new, empowered level. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 10 August

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Józef Chełmoński 1881 {{PD}}

Józef Chełmoński 1881 {{PD}}

You’d agree that driving a team of spirited horses with your eyes closed is not a good idea, wouldn’t you, Leo? ‘Cause that’s effectively what you’re doing right now by avoiding dealing with all sorts of things that need tending. You may be feeling a deep need to be respected (what lion doesn’t?) and this need, unmet, could be fueling your insistence on autonomy, independence, and some risky behavior that’s meant to win you applause but that’s likely to make others turn away, angry at your total lack of willingness to either cooperate or reciprocate. Best course of action is to allow the Full Moon in Aquarius to enlighten you–open yourself to a higher (and more objective) vision of what you need, and allow higher mind to guide you, just for a bit. That will start you on a new and much better direction, one where your fiery Leonine talents (that are just brimming to come out) will find a real, and appropriate, audience. Happy Birthday, dear Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 9 August

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Leo, quit frightening everyone with your erratic behavior. 'Horse Frightened by Lion' George Stubbs c1765 {{PD}}

Leo, quit frightening everyone with your erratic behavior. ‘Horse Frightened by Lion’ George Stubbs c1765 {{PD}}

It may feel like fate’s messing with you right now, dear Leo, but it’s really every erratic impulse, dark issue, and ignored problem in your life that are roiling the psyche and disturbing all your best-laid plans. The good news is you can stabilize things by taking a hard-line, no nonsense approach and refusing to go to emotional extremes–but then you’d lose all the spontaneity, creative spark, adventurous spirit, and to-hell-with-the-consequences bravery you’ve been exhibiting of late. Try to find a bit of a balance, for your sanity’s sake; acknowledging that others are there to interact with, rather than to do your bidding, will go a long way toward smoothing the feathers that have been ruffled by your recent, oh-so-madcap behavior. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Just a Little on the August Full Moon: Higher Illumination

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'On the Activities of the People at Moonlight' Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

‘On the Activities of the People at Moonlight’ Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs on the 10th at 11:09 AM Pacific time at 18 Aquarius 02; she sextiles Uranus, opposes Mercury and Black Moon Lilith, and squares Saturn. It feels, in some fundamental way, that we may process the energy of the Full Moon as nothing so much as a distraction; maybe it’s its big, bright Super-ness that will dominate the sky and so disorient our sensibilities. In any case, what we may have is a ‘bang!’ over in one corner, pressure from reality in another, and showy confrontations with what we don’t want to deal with, what we’re hearing or learning, what’s being communicated, and all of it turning us away from the Aquarian higher knowledge and understanding we’re being offered.

How will it come to us, then? The Moon disorients, deludes, cloaks us in illusion; we must look to the Sun, and his companions Mercury and Black Moon Lilith. These offer solutions (the culmination of the Full Moon) that the Moon is too affected, too in love with her own glow, to deliver. To receive that higher illumination, that answer to a vital question, we must face those matters we find ourselves avoiding right now, and funnel that illumined energy through matters of one or both of the Houses in the natal chart ruled by Mercury. That’s a formula that won’t be the easiest to decipher, but it will show us areas of the chart (those Merc ruled Houses) and life matters that are overdue to be faced, dealt with, and from which we can glean something exceptionally important.

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Born Today 8 August

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David Roberts 1837 {{PD}}

David Roberts 1837 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Leo, through to your next birthday, it’s all about the cogitatin’–you may have The Big Idea that creates your fame and fortune, you may act as a phenomenal communicator, bringing stimulating conversation, knowledge, even peace to those with whom you interact, or you may represent that seminal idea of yours in the Great American Novel or in your own version of Giza. In any case, this year should be one where you can create a true and meaningful representation of your character and the reason you came here, and contribute to Art and the social order in the process. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Leo!

Born Today 7 August

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Degas 1873 {{PD}}

Degas 1873 {{PD}}

This year ambition and desire fulfillment take center stage for you, dear Leo; everything else pales next to goal attainment. You’ll have an intense need to build something, to create something lasting, to make your mark–and who can blame you, you’re ready! Show who you are, your uniqueness and your skills, and aim for empowerment that opens the door to other, bigger prizes. Still, important as this is for you, and primed as you are to move forward, remaining sensitive to partners, mates, and those with whom you cooperate is vital to real success, for how much fun will it be for you to attain glory if you’re alone? The lion seeks isolation under only the most extraordinary circumstances; this coming year, through to your next birthday, you’ll act with passion and discipline, and appreciate those who surround and support you, if you want to make those dreams a reality.

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Born Today 6 August

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Go after that dream, dear Leo. 'Affiche Salon des Cents' 1901 Alfons Mucha {{PD}}

Go after that dream, dear Leo. ‘Affiche Salon des Cents’ 1901
Alfons Mucha {{PD}}

Dear Leo, I’ve got some unusual advice for you concerning this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday: pursue your ambitions and desires, and your reward will be circumstances that heal and that bring forward unique skills. Now, notice I didn’t say you’d achieve those ambitions–maybe you will, maybe you won’t–but in going after what you want you’ll create some wonderful side effects. Important too will be the people you partner with, pursue romantically, and/ or whom you meet along the way; you may form some life altering and forever-after attachments during this year. There’ll also be a significant ‘surprise’ factor or a mandate for you to express the individuality in material form–one or the other will be instrumental in adjustments you make to the life Path, and so to where you end up by your next Solar Return. One caution: discipline yourself, avoid needless rebellion, or the Universe will stick its fingers in and hold you back–don’t let that happen! Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

What You’re Asking: Eros in Public, An Emo Ghost, and Stalker Synastry

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Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) 'The Lantern Ghost' c1830  {{PD-Japan-oldphoto}}

Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) ‘The Lantern Ghost’ c1830 {{PD-Japan-oldphoto}}

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Eros conjunct the Midheaven

In the chart of an individual, Eros conjunct the Midheaven will likely manifest as an eroticization of the career or public function; in other words, he or she will be turned on by the professional role, and/or by their own exposure (and I use that word intentionally) in the public arena. This can have very innocent results–someone super-dedicated to the role they play in life can be the result, the consummate professional who excels because they’re truly dedicated to what they do–or it can bring about the kind of person who participates very eagerly in life–they ‘play the game’ with gusto. This can also be someone who thrives on the attention of the crowd, and particularly likes to hear about themselves and their reputations–a kind of reverse gossip, who wants to hear it all, as long as it’s about him or her! It can also signal someone who’s very open and honest about their proclivities, or someone who doesn’t mind others knowing what they truly are turned on by–they show preferences with no holding back, no shame, very healthy as they let others look on minus any hesitation about others knowing who they are–because to them, the private stuff lies elsewhere. And yes, it can also signal someone for whom their own public image is eroticized, with those observing seeing them as a sexual object, or as personifying an idealized sexual image as prescribed by the relevant society or even social circle. See an example here http://askjulie.wordpress.com/the-lens-of-eros/

Cross-chart, if one person’s Eros conjuncts another’s MC, we see the Eros person turned on by the career and/or public image of the other person–this could be a celebrity-chaser, or someone who often finds themselves attracted to those that others admire, with or without it making any sense. The response of the MC person will depend largely on that person’s feeling about receiving that erotic projection; if it fts their own ideas about themselves, they may thoroughly enjoy it–if it’s at odds with the way they see themselves (or the way they believe the other person should perceive them) then it can be a disquieting experience to interact with the Eros individual–minds will be changed, or the MC person will beat feet out of there fast, out of sheer discomfort!

Don’t confuse Eros with love; it is, instead, focused desire with the intention to possess that upon which it’s fixed–and though sometimes that feels like love, it’s really a type of projection, a decision to mentally overlay the person or object (because yes, they call fetishes and toys and talismans and such ‘erotica’ for a reason!) with sexual meaning.

Do Gemini men indulge in adultery?

They’re human, aren’t they? No sign is immune to any behavior,  just as no sign guarantees a behavior–we’re much more complex than that. Here’s my thought: if you’re asking the question, then you’re not feeling secure in the relationship–so the next issue becomes, Is it you, or is it him? Sometimes we project our own proclivities onto others; in this case, you might be prone to stray yourself, or, more likely, you might be unreliable, and this could translate into a need to constantly be reassured in whatever life area you are least secure, in this case, the romantic one. Or, this could genuinely be your intuition speaking. Only you know for sure.

husband not emotionally there

My heart (and the hearts of many of my readers) definitely go out to you. It’s not easy trying to relate to someone who seems unreachable on any but an intellectual level. That said, we must acknowledge that your husband’s emotions exist–and it’s important to say this, as it’s easy to pretend that someone not showing emotion doesn’t have emotions. And that suggests that he’s either feeling alienated from his own emotions (via depression) or that he is hiding his feelings from you.

I don’t mean to be glib, but it seems to me that if your husband is not emotionally there, with you, then he must be somewhere else–and I think that in some circumstances, this is the reality we don’t want to face. If this happens to strike a chord with you, the first thing you must do is face that, though a relationship consists of many facets, and connects at many levels, a marital relationship without emotional engagement basically negates all but the legal definition of the pact; marriage is, at its very essence, an emotional communion–and without that, you may be looking at the fact that the marriage no longer exists.

It’s essential that you understand a few things before you make any decisions or pronouncements: that your husband has disengaged for a reason–it may be one he needs help with (like depression) or may be one he will fiercely deny or defend against (infidelity, emotional or physical, a change in his feelings toward you, a spiritual path that may have turned him strongly toward considering only himself–and this latter should’ve lead him to formally end a relationship with you long before, so it’s not a more ‘noble’ excuse). You must also recognize that you cannot control his responses, nor should you try; though there may be a feeling that he ‘owes you’ (as implied by some readings of the marriage vows) sorting this out is not helped by judgments or demands, though it’s true that as your partner, he needs to acknowledge and deal with his own disengagement. You must also acknowledge your own, true feelings; sometimes we are as disengaged as our partner, but don’t want to see it–and sometimes we simply want to extract ‘payment’ in some form, for the pain we feel they’ve caused–but in both instances, we may not love anymore, ourselves, and are misrepresenting our own position, out of righteousness, as well as misunderstanding our own emotional state.

Sometimes we cannot get our partner, when he’s in this state, to speak in any meaningful way about existing circumstances, and in this case, it falls to you to decide how you feel (regardless of his feelings–after all, your feelings aren’t dependent on his, are they? And if they are, then it’s high time this relationship was examined, anyway). You only have control of yourself, so once you determine your own feelings (and sort out your own needs) you’ll know whether this ghost husband is offering anything sustainable, anything that still retains the shape of a marriage, and it will be quite obvious what you must do from there. Good luck–

Why did Venus hate Psyche?

I think ‘hate’ is the wrong word here–I think Venus was threatened by Psyche’s beauty, and that would make her both envious (wanting what Psyche has) and jealous (when Venus’ son Eros, whose full attention Venus had up to this point, falls in love with Psyche–Venus wants the attention of Eros, that Psyche now has). It just illustrates the idea that a woman who tries to destroy another woman hates a little part of herself–not a pretty picture at all.

stalker synastry

All synastry is highly dependent on the interaction of individual charts for ‘punch,’ and the synastry of a stalker to a stalkee could have any number of compelling aspects. A few include: the Pluto of the stalker to any identity energy (Sun, Moon, Venus for female, Mars for male, chart ruler, Sun or Moon ruler) of the stalked; Saturn of the stalker to these same identity energies (signalling a possible compulsion to control); Ceres (especially a female’s Ceres) to prominent chart energies; in negative Juno contact (usually more bossy than stalky); and Neptune prominent in the stalker’s chart and contacting significant energies of the stalkee–this latter obviously brings a high possibility of delusion into the mix. Still, so much depends on how these individuals use their energies, that just having some of these contacts doesn’t necessarily promise obsession–whew!

Born Today 5 August

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It won't all be frantic activity--you can take some time off, too, Leo. Oscar Bluhm 'Pergola' 1892 {{PD}}

It won’t all be frantic activity–you can take some time off, too, Leo. Oscar Bluhm ‘Pergola’ 1892 {{PD}}

You’re awaiting that ‘big idea’, dear Leo, but it’s not here quite yet; in the meantime, balancing the emotional life and the life of the mind, the physical needs and the spiritual ones, and exploring those facets of your Beingness that make you uniquely you, are all good ways to prepare. You’ll need to be ready to act when that idea hits, and you’ll also need to know who you are, inside and out–how else will you create from that big idea something only you could’ve done? It’s likely to be an action-filled and exciting period, and if you make the right choices and do what needs to be done this coming year through to your next birthday, you’ll be more than ready to make of the inspirations that come to you something exceptionally special. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 4 August

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Edwin Harris 'A Cornish cottage garden' 1906 or before {{PD}}

Edwin Harris ‘A Cornish cottage garden’ 1906 or before {{PD}}

Look, dear Leo, it seems you’ve been digging through your life, excavating, deconstructing, and transforming circumstances on a daily basis of late, and now it’s time to take your place in the world. Claiming your rightful status won’t be easy, and you may turn away from pursuing that, still feeling that you have more digging to do–and that may keep you from going forward as assertively as you might need to. Everyone reaches a point when preparing the ground has to give way to active planting and tending, and that’s where you are right now. If you’ve still got things to purge, change, and re-construct, you’ll have to let it go for now; turn your attention instead to enlisting others who might be able to assist you in fulfilling your ambitions, and develop relationships with those who have the power or authority to make a difference, as well as with those who can offer you nurture–you’ll need them all in the days ahead. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 3 August

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Cat by Isoda Koryusai (1766–1788) Only lived to be 22, but still managed to leave us something of note. {{PD}}

Cat by Isoda Koryusai (1766–1788) Only lived to be 22, but still managed to leave us something of note. {{PD}}

You may feel a little like you’re living in the proverbial fish-bowl this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Leo; thoughts, feelings, and actions will all be both exaggerated and broadcast, in one way or another, during this period. In a way, it may seem like you can’t catch a break; from your point-of-view if could feel as if you’re just expressing yourself, but others may see you as having dark or hidden motives, as trying to be deliberately mysterious (and so deliberately provocative), as grabbing for power, or as trying to change the world (or just your corner of it), which can on its own attract both praise and accusations of pretentiousness. What’s a Lion to do? Whatever the f*ck she wants, that’s what. Let them talk; you need to spend the year acting and being who you are to the fullest, and if that means things soar successfully or go wonky once in a while, well, that’s the only way you’ll learn, isn’t it?

On the use of an asterisk to tone down profanity: I think it looks like a little sparkle, which is what you get when you use that kind of spicy word in the first place–so rather than feeling like I’m dodging the word, I’m making it more graphic, like those terrible poems trendy 50 years ago, where the word ‘bottle’ fills the shape of a bottle–it may be a tad tiresome, but you get the picture–

Your Weekend Sampler from ECLIPSE 2-3 August 2014

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'Fairy Islands' from the book Elves and Fairies 1916 by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite {{PD}}

‘Fairy Islands’ from the book Elves and Fairies 1916 by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite {{PD}}

8 AM PDT of the 2nd the Libra Moon quincunxes Sedna. Feelings, especially about relationships, are jarred by things in our ‘blind spot’–and so the origin of the disturbed feelings can’t be pinpointed. Noon the Moon trines Juno and semi-sextiles Pallas. Our empowerment relies on listening to that still, small voice of wisdom–but remember, it’s a choice, so we’re not guaranteed to stop and pay attention, and the voice won’t bother to shout–we have to be willing to hear what it’s saying. 4 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Ceres. The power balance in relationships is examined–negotiations, overt or covert, are in order, and Nature and one’s sense of authority all have their say in what’s worked out. This can even things out between individuals in such a way that it makes for a long-lasting and stable interaction, or it can show us that equity and balance will never be achieved with that particular person. An eye-opener that we should pay attention to. Void begins at 5:40 PM PDT; the Moon enters Scorpio at 7:57 PM Pacific. 10 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Vesta. We may look for emotional comfort on the home front, with the mate, or by diving in to causes to which we dedicate our life energy–or we may intuit something happening below the surface in one or more of these areas. The Scorpio Moon will dig to discover what’s hidden–be ready for an emotional revelation.

3 August thoughts and words may be darker or more destructive than we intend—in fact, we may not realize the power behind what we think and say at all! Too, illusion may seem preferable to the truth at this point. With just a small adjustment to the focus of our attention we can see both what’s powerful and what’s destructive—and so can avoid inflicting inadvertent damage. (Perfecting today: Mercury contra-parallel Pluto and quincunx Neptune, Sun quincunx Pluto)

The Daily Word Image for the 3rd is tiny green fairy lights in the summer garden. Time to fantasize, dream, and maybe consider the life forces, beings, and energies we can’t (or won’t) see.

And from an article on the life and death of founding member of the Rolling Stones Brian Jones (charts are here):

“Brian Jones has a 7th House Pisces Sun close to the South Node; Sun close to a Node implies birth close to an eclipse, and a Total Lunar eclipse arrived almost exactly three days later, on the 3rd. The eclipse was conjunct Jones’ North Node, his Ascendant, and his Earth (and so opposed his Sun), square his Jupiter, ruler of the 4th, and trine his Vesta. The emphasis on home and place, and on the identity so soon after birth may have sensitized his first conscious days to an extraordinary degree, setting up a condition of awareness of the loss of the Cosmic condition of the womb, and an existential longing that nothing earthly could quell. This may be reflected in his purchase, just a year before his death, of the house where A. A. Milne wrote Winnie the Pooh, Cotchford Farm; it seems an unusual choice for a premier rock star of the day, a sentimental and comforting atmosphere in a relatively isolated setting that was the opposite of the contemporary music scene.”

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Born Today 2 August

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'Music' Matisse {{PD}}

‘Music’ Matisse {{PD}}

What happens when we are caught between enacting our social role and turning away from it in order to deal with things we’d rather avoid, or to establish ourselves in a position respected by others? We live a year like the upcoming one for you, dear Leo! You may be entirely caught up in identity and role matters, and so have little time or mental room to accommodate those emotional, home, and mate issues that may arise. That’s okay; the partner will give you some slack when they see how important it is (and extra so for a Solar Leo!) for you to make it clear to all just who you are, what you want to do, and how you want to be treated. Don’t forget to thank your support system, and to offer them empowerment through your own gains and advances. You may end up making a lot of changes this year, through to your next birthday, and they will be permanent ones–take your time as you do change things, and you’ll finish the year in a much more suitable power situation than when you started it. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

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Born Today 1 August 2014

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'At the Moulin Rouge' Henri Evenepoel 1897 {{PD}}

‘At the Moulin Rouge’ Henri Evenepoel 1897 {{PD}}

This may be a very interesting Solar year for you, dear Leo, as through to your next birthday you may be dealing in equal measure with opportunities and those matters you’d rather ignore–and sometimes these will be one and the same. Interacting with others, and especially their level of cooperation, will take on added importance for you–you are working out a creative power arrangement that allows you the greatest productivity and latitude, and you’ll find sometimes that you’ll need the aid of others to make this happen. Pay special attention to this: emotions will be the key to everything this coming year–how you handle feelings will make or break your success at this time, so good luck, and Happy Birthday, Leo!

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Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Image 31 July 2014: Tick Tock

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Josef Neugebauer Stillleben mit einer Uhr ('Still Life with a Clock') 1873 {{PD}}

Josef Neugebauer Stillleben mit einer Uhr (‘Still Life with a Clock’) 1873 {{PD}}

Black Moon Lilith sextiles Zeus and both inconjunct Chiron in a Finger of God; there’s also a Grand Water Trine that hooks into the Finger through Chiron (the other points are Venus and Saturn), making for an interesting possible effect: by standing up for ourselves and facing what we might otherwise avoid, and at the same time pursuing goals, we may end up healing some long-held wounds–and this, in turn, creates a Love-filled, rewarding, or prosperous reality. That sounds good.

Today’s image is a clock, the glass-covered face of which is unreadable in the glaring sun. What happens to our consciousness, and our perceptions, when we throw away the clock? If you can, go for a day without reference to time; you’ll almost certainly tune in more closely to your body, to the environment, and to your own needs. This image could alternatively suggest for some that though one may need to know ‘what time it is’, there is an inability to determine just how ‘late’ it actually is–the only option may be to do the best one can, without reference to timetables, schedules, or deadlines.

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Born Today 31 July

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Francesco del Cossa - Allegory of April - Triumph of Venus (detail) {{PD}}

Francesco del Cossa – Allegory of April – Triumph of Venus (detail) {{PD}}

Dear Leo, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may be in for experiences that reveal what’s been in your blind spot and that delivers some serious wisdom–and, as much as you’ll benefit from this, it might be a little bit stressful. Communications may be stressed, too, and material matters may force you to stand up for yourself and to face what you’d rather not–but what comes from this is a firm identity, true respect for yourself, and the discovery of just who in your world loves and supports you and who doesn’t, which should help you sort out where and with whom you want to spend your energy and your time. The best thing that comes from this period will be a growing sense of personal power and effectiveness, which will pave the way for you to bring dreams from their place in the imagination and into reality.

Born Today 30 July

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Dynamism of a Biker (1913) by Umberto Boccioni {{PD}}

Dynamism of a Biker (1913) by Umberto Boccioni {{PD}}

Dear Leo, it looks like you might find yourself involved with repeated emotional showdowns over wounding behaviors (yours or another’s) and the nature of reality, specifically how much of creativity, imagination, inspiration, and connection to the Cosmos is ‘real’? It will be an interesting time, when you’ll be assessing the costs and rewards of going after your ambitions and goals, taking big, bold action, and you may exhibit a definite willingness to experiment with the reality picture, trying to make it fit your own ideal more closely. Those are all good–just be wary of believing that strong words equal strength (both in the speaking of them and in the hearing of them–someone may try to intimidate or persuade they are more formidable than they are), and take special care that your actions and choices first do no harm. Otherwise, have a Happy Birthday, Leo, and a wonderful year!

Born Today 29 July

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Édouard Joseph Dantan 1880 {{PD}}

Édouard Joseph Dantan 1880 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, your creative energy is at a peak this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and you can make the most of your imagination, your spiritual inclinations, and all matters of the House in the natal chart with Pisces on the cusp as well as any energies ruled by Neptune. That’s a powerful mandate that’s exciting but could also be confusing or overwhelming, as you try to activate all your inspirations at once; take things one at a time, and you could enjoy one of the most creative and productive years of your life. At some point you could be looking at a seminal moment in terms of forming your identity, and/ or living out your Life Purpose–and that means you need to be aware that what you do now will be more important to you than surface matters may indicate. You can be highly original this year, particularly if you give that creative energy material form–to make the most of all this, you’ll need to be open to dealing with at least a few things you’d rather not–but nothing truly good comes without a little struggle, does it? Happy Birthday, and good luck, Leo!

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 28 July

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'Dance' Alfons Mucha 1898 {{PD}}

‘Dance’ Alfons Mucha 1898 {{PD}}

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

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Born Today 27 July

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

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

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

Born Today 26 July

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

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

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

New Moon in Leo 26 July 2014: Bragging Rights

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 25 July

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

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

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

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Born Today 24 July

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

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

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

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Just a Little AstroEssence 23 July 2014: Conflict in Thought

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

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

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

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Born Today 23 July

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

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

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

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

Want vs. Need in the Natal Chart

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

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

This is a reprint from 2009; Bon Appétit!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 22 July

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

‘The Thames’ James Tissot 1876 {{PD}}

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

Born Today 21 July

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

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

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

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Born Today 20 July

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

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

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

Born Today 19 July

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

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

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

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Your ECLIPSE Weekend Sampler 18-20 July 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 18 July

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

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

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

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Born Today 17 July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 21 August

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Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japan, 1847-1915) 'Fireflies at Ochanomizu' {{PD}}

Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japan, 1847-1915)
‘Fireflies at Ochanomizu’ {{PD}}

Dear Leo, are you running from something specific, or do you feel like you’re being chased? Six of one, half a dozen of the other, right? Well, not really–it appears there are some things you’d rather not look at, and they’ll be following you until you turn and confront them–but when you do, the respect you’ll earn (not to mention the peace!) will be tremendous–and you’ll gain a reputation as someone who has no fear. You may find you’re more sensitive than usual this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, but that will only enhance your charisma and draw potential romantic interests and abundance, moths to the glowing warmth of your flame. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

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The ECLIPSE Daily for 20 August 2014: Wisdom in Dark Places

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Keep your eyes open--the Trickster doesn't always wear a bright, diamond-patterned jumpsuit. Edgar Degas - Arlequin danse, c. 1890 {{PD}}

Keep your eyes open–the Trickster doesn’t always wear a bright, diamond-patterned jumpsuit. Edgar Degas – Arlequin danse, c. 1890 {{PD}}

20 August wisdom is found in dark places, and in standing up for ourselves, though one place we won’t find good alternatives offered is on the home front or by the mate; it might be too much a time when everyone is focused on their own creative empowerment, and so what they share will speak more of their own insecurities and power situations than anything else. Avoid authorities today; they won’t be any help. Stand on your own two feet, though, and you can make dreams a reality. (Perfecting today: Pallas semi-square Black Moon Lilith, Vesta contra-parallel Pallas, Neptune trine Juno, Mercury contra-parallel Ceres)

The Moon enters Cancer at 1:45 AM PDT of the 20th. 9:30 AM PDT the Cancer Moon squares Pallas and trines Ceres. We may be trundling along, feeling pretty satisfied (the Cancer Moon can have that effect) when suddenly we realize we’re doing something (or allowing something to happen) that is decidedly unwise–and further, someone is increasing their power or reach because of it. Deployment of skills is called for, along with a Willingness (no, a complete commitment) to claim our own power and territory, and stand ready to defend it. Just the readiness makes conflict unlikely. 2 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Juno and forms a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Vesta. We are empowered specifically through our emotions; equal parts creativity and dedication make up the recipe that offers truly effective empowerment options. 9 PM PDT the Moon opposes Pluto and sextiles Mercury, catching Venus at the midpoint of the two. What’s communicated, what we hear, shows us exactly where the darkness lies, who is at the heart of it, what can be gained, and exactly what needs to change–“wisdom is found in dark places”. Now it’s up to us.

Today’s image is a Trickster figure, who awards you something favorable. Watch for this person, and thank them–Tricksters aren’t always out to fool you, you know :)

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Born Today 20 August

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The 'New You' that emerges after the trials of this coming year may be just about this dazzling, Leo. Bartolomé Bermejo - 'Resurrection' c1475 {{PD}}

The ‘New You’ that emerges after the trials of this coming year may be just about this dazzling, Leo. Bartolomé Bermejo – ‘Resurrection’ c1475 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, it may feel like things are getting serious–really, really serious–and that you’re all alone out there. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and only speaking of the psyche, of course, that’s true: you will be alone, and dealing with big energies of massive change, alteration, transformation, destruction, and, in just about a year, you’ll come out the other side re-born–or will it be more like a resurrection, with qualities, individuals, talents, and opportunities you thought long gone once again in your life and feasibly in your grasp? Though it will be dark and lonely for a time, don’t give up–because a re-made world, renewed vigor, and a totally renewed viewpoint, is waiting for you, just down the road. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 19 August

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It's unlikely your pizazz will go quite this far, Leo. 'Midas and His Daughter' Walter Crane {{PD}}

It’s unlikely your pizazz will go quite this far, Leo. ‘Midas and His Daughter’ Walter Crane {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Leo, you act to change the home situation, the family situation, or your own inner landscape, but what changes is the daily routine, job, obligations and duties in the world, and possibly your health. It’s like you put effort in *here* and it comes out *over there*, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason as to why. Quit trying to connect the dots and accept that your choices are shifting the Universe at a quantum level; you just can’t know what will be disturbed, what will pay off. Concentrate instead on your current highly potent sense of abundance; it’s almost a Midas touch, and if properly channeled (chiefly through the activities and subjects of the natal Houses with Sagittarius, Taurus, and Libra on the cusps) you could gain in some amazing ways, through to your next birthday. So happy solar return, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 18 August

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Step by step, inch by inch--The Coliseum by ean-Baptiste Camille Corot {{PD}}

Step by step, inch by inch–The Coliseum by ean-Baptiste Camille Corot {{PD}}

At this point, dear Leo, you may be feeling just a little at loose ends, even abandoned, as if all you need to see and do is behind you–now what? You’re coming up on a new start, but you’re not there yet–thinking, planning, gathering info–that’s what needs to happen now. Transformation of what is, the structures and strictures that exist in your life, is part of the task this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–but you can’t do that alone, nor should you expect to re-build Rome in a day–step by step, even inch by inch, if you have to. You’ll be given more than your share of opportunities in this period, though, and you should expect to take advantage of these, with the understanding that this is a time of development, of growing and organizing your power, preparing for the new start that is just around the figurative corner–but that it’s not quite time to act, yet. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 17 August

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Mary Cassatt - The Boating Party 1893-94 {{PD}}

Mary Cassatt – The Boating Party 1893-94 {{PD}}

Emotions, and the craving to dig deep into the psyche and connect with your elemental Self, may be strong this Solar year, Leo, especially during the early part of it–and through to your next birthday you may be occupied (obsessed?) with connecting to those unique parts of you that offer strength and that carry your talents–because it’s time to take an accounting of those, and get the word out about what you are perfectly suited to do. Telling others about your ambitions may help you make needed and fortuitous connections–and with an active but stable home scene (or just being appropriately secure in yourself) you will be able to share creative ideas and energy with others, and so perhaps change your job, daily routine, or duties to be more expressive of the Self. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Your Weekend ECLIPSE Sampler 16-17 August 2014: Power Distribution

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'The Pale Complexion of True Love' 1899  Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale {{PD}}

‘The Pale Complexion of True Love’ 1899
Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale {{PD}}

For Saturday, 16 August: determining power situations and power distribution seems vital, and yet we have a major distraction to all this in creative expression in the home or through a cause we support; the wish to express creative ideas takes our time and attention from dealing with issues of authority and from fully owning our own power position—and that easily creates problems. It might help to remain aware of two things: communications may be incomplete and erratic, so we can’t take for granted that we know the whole score (it’s almost like a mini-Merc retro effect), and we need to do whatever smart alternative the reality picture commands—to ignore it in favor of creative expression at this time is to court unpleasant mix-ups in agreements and to risk having our own power of choice usurped by the quick and the sneaky. (Ceres parallel the North Node, Neptune trine Vesta, Saturn semi-square Pallas, Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus)

And for Sunday the 17th: we finally feel an enormous positive shift in the Cosmos—or at least in our little part of it—with the planet of Love and Money meeting the planet of expansion and abundance—so what could go wrong? We have a basic scenario for prosperity, specifically through communicating with or listening to those who hold the power; but difficulties with delusion or deception, fantasy, troubles within the home or with the mate, and instincts that seem to be at odds with the way the world works, may all show against us. The trick may be to keep things, whether relationships or finances, on a power exchange basis—that way it’s clear what’s changing hands—and realize that instinct and imagination sometimes aren’t our friends—at least that’s so when it comes to Money or Love—we need to stay focused on reality to make gains and feel good. (Venus conjunct Jupiter, quincunx Neptune, square Vesta, Mercury sextile Ceres, Sedna square the Sun-Earth axis)

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Born Today 16 August

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Gustav Klimt 1912 {{PD}}

Gustav Klimt 1912 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, your instincts may be your biggest asset. You’re headed toward big change in the (sort of distant) future, and the path between here and there is littered with matters that have been located in your ‘blind spot’, and so outside your awareness. This year, taking a creative, fearless tack in trying to expand your reach, generate gain, support relationships, and give sufficient energy to home matters and causes to which you’re dedicated is the only way to go. Emotional resilience from a Solar Return Taurus Moon, and an enhanced ability to dig for the Truth, will certainly help. You’ll face a lot of unexpected challenges; meeting them with optimism and imagination is the only useful answer. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 15 August 2014: Coloring in the Lines

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Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon by Charles W. Bartlett, 1923-26, etching with hand coloring {{PD}}

Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon by Charles W. Bartlett, 1923-26, etching with hand coloring {{PD}}

15 August it seems full speed ahead for expressing our power and taking meaningful action, especially toward uncovering the truth, and yet, our minds are a little distanced, critical, focused on details, discerning and materially-oriented, and so easily distracted from the action. The mental attitude is meant to empower, and skews choice toward ambition fulfillment—but in the end what makes a mark is passionate commitment, a willingness to do, especially to build, that colors boldly, but still stays within the lines. (Perfecting today: Mars sextile Pluto, Mercury into Virgo, parallel Juno, and semi-square Zeus)

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Born Today 15 August

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'Self Portrait with Sunflower' Anthony van Dyck 17th century {{PD}}

‘Self Portrait with Sunflower’ Anthony van Dyck 17th century {{PD}}

Dear Leo, if I have to sum up the coming Solar year for you, I’d say, ‘Stressful, Emotional Communications’–but that wouldn’t tell you half what you need to know, and might be a little alarming, to boot! You will take action based on agreements, information shared, knowledge, networking, and you must remain acutely aware of just how much both what you hear and how you process it will be affected by each party’s emotional palette. A lot of what causes the stress will be seated in a feeling that you alone can act, that you must choose or lead, and that there’s little time to waste–but you’ve got to remember, these are perceptions, and that’s no guarantee that they’re accurate. Sort it out through trusted relationships that empower you, and through creativity that centers either on your home or on some cause to which you’re dedicated. These will help ground you and allow you some perspective in communication issues–and they’ll make for an especially fulfilling year. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 14 August

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The Fortune Teller-Caravaggio 1595 {{PD}}

The Fortune Teller-Caravaggio 1595 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Leo, through to your next birthday, you may be consumed with understanding the past–or are you obsessed with finding out about your future? While you figure that out, you may enjoy a large dose of creative energy, and the ability to lead others and yourself in a unique direction. Originality may be your strength this year, but distraction by trying to decipher your history is distinctly possible–as is living in the future and neglecting what is. Do your best to keep consciousness in the present, and know that gaining ground with your ambitions doesn’t mean you have to give up those most unique parts of yourself. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 13 August

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La Nuit by Auguste Raynaud 19th century {{PD}}

La Nuit by Auguste Raynaud 19th century {{PD}}

You may be very focused, dear Leo, on the direction you’re headed, but not so much on what you need to get there. Somehow there’s a serious in-coordination between what you need to do and how you need to apply yourself, and the more serious issues of who holds power in your world and how they, more than you, hold command over your reality. The problem may lie in the way the individuality urge has driven forward and neglected to develop the specific skills and contacts that would fulfill ambitions. It can all be easily remedied, dear Leo, if you’ll simply put your feet on the ground for a while and attend to those matters, largely represented by the House through which Pluto is now transiting in your natal chart, that require some serious, daily attention. Then in no time at all you can allow that expansive creative urge to do its inspired thing, to much success. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence 12 August 2014: Rose-Colored Glasses

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From the book Shin Bijin (True Beauties) by Chikanobu Hashimoto 1897 {{PD}}

From the book Shin Bijin (True Beauties) by Chikanobu Hashimoto 1897 {{PD}}

12 August the reality picture seems to grab hold of our methods and means of empowerment and mischievously twist them; relationships suddenly become all about money or what the other person thinks is smart, but we can’t help but feel something loving is being destroyed if we acquiesce or concentrate on assets. Words speak to some part of us we can’t pinpoint (and we speak from this subliminal stratum, as well) and nothing seems stable or secure; we feel we can point to irrefutable proof of that. That latter is a bit delusional; we must realize that we are seeing reality under too harsh a light—it seems so oppressive, and when we do that, we tend to exaggerate the negatives, and despair. Put on some rose-colored glasses, and wait for upsets to pass—and don’t take anything that comes across as hardline too seriously, at least for now. (Perfecting today: Saturn sesquiquadrate Juno, Venus into Leo, sextile Pallas, and contra-parallel Pluto, Mercury square Sedna, Mercury and the Sun contra-parallel Saturn)

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Born Today 12 August

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'Pandora' Jules Joseph Lefebvre 1882 {{PD}}

Maybe Pandora would’ve been better off not opening that box, but you need to deal with the unpleasantness, Leo, in order to go forward. ‘Pandora’ Jules Joseph Lefebvre 1882 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, there’s a Pandora’s Box of subjects you’d rather not deal with that will be sneaking up on you soon–but the good news is facing those issues will bring you respect, independence, and allow you to fully express your passions–so that’s really not a bad deal at all. An added bonus to all this will be the way you are able to settle certain situations, myths, and repercussions of actions from the past that have reverberated through to the Now; you could be, by the end of this Solar year, through to your next birthday, free of some elements that have lingered for a long time, haunting you, dragging at your energy, or just acting as a brake. Deal with those negatives, and then know where you want to aim, as you can show real power and make great progress in pursuing your dreams.

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Born Today 11 August

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'In the Box' Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

‘In the Box’ Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

Dear Leo: What’s the most powerful thing you’ve discovered about yourself in  the past year? Because whatever that is, it will be behind what drives you forward on your Path this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. If this powerful thing involved you facing matters you’d rather not deal with, then bravo/ brava, you are clearing out psychic material that may have held you back for a long time, and claiming your power as your own; and if this powerful thing was about demanding respect and standing up for yourself, then you have set the stage so that you’ve left behind those who aren’t right for this leg of your journey, and you’ve attracted those who are–with the result that you are now poised to go far at a new, empowered level. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 10 August

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Józef Chełmoński 1881 {{PD}}

Józef Chełmoński 1881 {{PD}}

You’d agree that driving a team of spirited horses with your eyes closed is not a good idea, wouldn’t you, Leo? ‘Cause that’s effectively what you’re doing right now by avoiding dealing with all sorts of things that need tending. You may be feeling a deep need to be respected (what lion doesn’t?) and this need, unmet, could be fueling your insistence on autonomy, independence, and some risky behavior that’s meant to win you applause but that’s likely to make others turn away, angry at your total lack of willingness to either cooperate or reciprocate. Best course of action is to allow the Full Moon in Aquarius to enlighten you–open yourself to a higher (and more objective) vision of what you need, and allow higher mind to guide you, just for a bit. That will start you on a new and much better direction, one where your fiery Leonine talents (that are just brimming to come out) will find a real, and appropriate, audience. Happy Birthday, dear Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 9 August

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Leo, quit frightening everyone with your erratic behavior. 'Horse Frightened by Lion' George Stubbs c1765 {{PD}}

Leo, quit frightening everyone with your erratic behavior. ‘Horse Frightened by Lion’ George Stubbs c1765 {{PD}}

It may feel like fate’s messing with you right now, dear Leo, but it’s really every erratic impulse, dark issue, and ignored problem in your life that are roiling the psyche and disturbing all your best-laid plans. The good news is you can stabilize things by taking a hard-line, no nonsense approach and refusing to go to emotional extremes–but then you’d lose all the spontaneity, creative spark, adventurous spirit, and to-hell-with-the-consequences bravery you’ve been exhibiting of late. Try to find a bit of a balance, for your sanity’s sake; acknowledging that others are there to interact with, rather than to do your bidding, will go a long way toward smoothing the feathers that have been ruffled by your recent, oh-so-madcap behavior. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Just a Little on the August Full Moon: Higher Illumination

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'On the Activities of the People at Moonlight' Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

‘On the Activities of the People at Moonlight’ Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs on the 10th at 11:09 AM Pacific time at 18 Aquarius 02; she sextiles Uranus, opposes Mercury and Black Moon Lilith, and squares Saturn. It feels, in some fundamental way, that we may process the energy of the Full Moon as nothing so much as a distraction; maybe it’s its big, bright Super-ness that will dominate the sky and so disorient our sensibilities. In any case, what we may have is a ‘bang!’ over in one corner, pressure from reality in another, and showy confrontations with what we don’t want to deal with, what we’re hearing or learning, what’s being communicated, and all of it turning us away from the Aquarian higher knowledge and understanding we’re being offered.

How will it come to us, then? The Moon disorients, deludes, cloaks us in illusion; we must look to the Sun, and his companions Mercury and Black Moon Lilith. These offer solutions (the culmination of the Full Moon) that the Moon is too affected, too in love with her own glow, to deliver. To receive that higher illumination, that answer to a vital question, we must face those matters we find ourselves avoiding right now, and funnel that illumined energy through matters of one or both of the Houses in the natal chart ruled by Mercury. That’s a formula that won’t be the easiest to decipher, but it will show us areas of the chart (those Merc ruled Houses) and life matters that are overdue to be faced, dealt with, and from which we can glean something exceptionally important.

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Born Today 8 August

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David Roberts 1837 {{PD}}

David Roberts 1837 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Leo, through to your next birthday, it’s all about the cogitatin’–you may have The Big Idea that creates your fame and fortune, you may act as a phenomenal communicator, bringing stimulating conversation, knowledge, even peace to those with whom you interact, or you may represent that seminal idea of yours in the Great American Novel or in your own version of Giza. In any case, this year should be one where you can create a true and meaningful representation of your character and the reason you came here, and contribute to Art and the social order in the process. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Leo!

Born Today 7 August

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Degas 1873 {{PD}}

Degas 1873 {{PD}}

This year ambition and desire fulfillment take center stage for you, dear Leo; everything else pales next to goal attainment. You’ll have an intense need to build something, to create something lasting, to make your mark–and who can blame you, you’re ready! Show who you are, your uniqueness and your skills, and aim for empowerment that opens the door to other, bigger prizes. Still, important as this is for you, and primed as you are to move forward, remaining sensitive to partners, mates, and those with whom you cooperate is vital to real success, for how much fun will it be for you to attain glory if you’re alone? The lion seeks isolation under only the most extraordinary circumstances; this coming year, through to your next birthday, you’ll act with passion and discipline, and appreciate those who surround and support you, if you want to make those dreams a reality.

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Born Today 6 August

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Go after that dream, dear Leo. 'Affiche Salon des Cents' 1901 Alfons Mucha {{PD}}

Go after that dream, dear Leo. ‘Affiche Salon des Cents’ 1901
Alfons Mucha {{PD}}

Dear Leo, I’ve got some unusual advice for you concerning this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday: pursue your ambitions and desires, and your reward will be circumstances that heal and that bring forward unique skills. Now, notice I didn’t say you’d achieve those ambitions–maybe you will, maybe you won’t–but in going after what you want you’ll create some wonderful side effects. Important too will be the people you partner with, pursue romantically, and/ or whom you meet along the way; you may form some life altering and forever-after attachments during this year. There’ll also be a significant ‘surprise’ factor or a mandate for you to express the individuality in material form–one or the other will be instrumental in adjustments you make to the life Path, and so to where you end up by your next Solar Return. One caution: discipline yourself, avoid needless rebellion, or the Universe will stick its fingers in and hold you back–don’t let that happen! Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

What You’re Asking: Eros in Public, An Emo Ghost, and Stalker Synastry

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Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) 'The Lantern Ghost' c1830  {{PD-Japan-oldphoto}}

Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) ‘The Lantern Ghost’ c1830 {{PD-Japan-oldphoto}}

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Eros conjunct the Midheaven

In the chart of an individual, Eros conjunct the Midheaven will likely manifest as an eroticization of the career or public function; in other words, he or she will be turned on by the professional role, and/or by their own exposure (and I use that word intentionally) in the public arena. This can have very innocent results–someone super-dedicated to the role they play in life can be the result, the consummate professional who excels because they’re truly dedicated to what they do–or it can bring about the kind of person who participates very eagerly in life–they ‘play the game’ with gusto. This can also be someone who thrives on the attention of the crowd, and particularly likes to hear about themselves and their reputations–a kind of reverse gossip, who wants to hear it all, as long as it’s about him or her! It can also signal someone who’s very open and honest about their proclivities, or someone who doesn’t mind others knowing what they truly are turned on by–they show preferences with no holding back, no shame, very healthy as they let others look on minus any hesitation about others knowing who they are–because to them, the private stuff lies elsewhere. And yes, it can also signal someone for whom their own public image is eroticized, with those observing seeing them as a sexual object, or as personifying an idealized sexual image as prescribed by the relevant society or even social circle. See an example here http://askjulie.wordpress.com/the-lens-of-eros/

Cross-chart, if one person’s Eros conjuncts another’s MC, we see the Eros person turned on by the career and/or public image of the other person–this could be a celebrity-chaser, or someone who often finds themselves attracted to those that others admire, with or without it making any sense. The response of the MC person will depend largely on that person’s feeling about receiving that erotic projection; if it fts their own ideas about themselves, they may thoroughly enjoy it–if it’s at odds with the way they see themselves (or the way they believe the other person should perceive them) then it can be a disquieting experience to interact with the Eros individual–minds will be changed, or the MC person will beat feet out of there fast, out of sheer discomfort!

Don’t confuse Eros with love; it is, instead, focused desire with the intention to possess that upon which it’s fixed–and though sometimes that feels like love, it’s really a type of projection, a decision to mentally overlay the person or object (because yes, they call fetishes and toys and talismans and such ‘erotica’ for a reason!) with sexual meaning.

Do Gemini men indulge in adultery?

They’re human, aren’t they? No sign is immune to any behavior,  just as no sign guarantees a behavior–we’re much more complex than that. Here’s my thought: if you’re asking the question, then you’re not feeling secure in the relationship–so the next issue becomes, Is it you, or is it him? Sometimes we project our own proclivities onto others; in this case, you might be prone to stray yourself, or, more likely, you might be unreliable, and this could translate into a need to constantly be reassured in whatever life area you are least secure, in this case, the romantic one. Or, this could genuinely be your intuition speaking. Only you know for sure.

husband not emotionally there

My heart (and the hearts of many of my readers) definitely go out to you. It’s not easy trying to relate to someone who seems unreachable on any but an intellectual level. That said, we must acknowledge that your husband’s emotions exist–and it’s important to say this, as it’s easy to pretend that someone not showing emotion doesn’t have emotions. And that suggests that he’s either feeling alienated from his own emotions (via depression) or that he is hiding his feelings from you.

I don’t mean to be glib, but it seems to me that if your husband is not emotionally there, with you, then he must be somewhere else–and I think that in some circumstances, this is the reality we don’t want to face. If this happens to strike a chord with you, the first thing you must do is face that, though a relationship consists of many facets, and connects at many levels, a marital relationship without emotional engagement basically negates all but the legal definition of the pact; marriage is, at its very essence, an emotional communion–and without that, you may be looking at the fact that the marriage no longer exists.

It’s essential that you understand a few things before you make any decisions or pronouncements: that your husband has disengaged for a reason–it may be one he needs help with (like depression) or may be one he will fiercely deny or defend against (infidelity, emotional or physical, a change in his feelings toward you, a spiritual path that may have turned him strongly toward considering only himself–and this latter should’ve lead him to formally end a relationship with you long before, so it’s not a more ‘noble’ excuse). You must also recognize that you cannot control his responses, nor should you try; though there may be a feeling that he ‘owes you’ (as implied by some readings of the marriage vows) sorting this out is not helped by judgments or demands, though it’s true that as your partner, he needs to acknowledge and deal with his own disengagement. You must also acknowledge your own, true feelings; sometimes we are as disengaged as our partner, but don’t want to see it–and sometimes we simply want to extract ‘payment’ in some form, for the pain we feel they’ve caused–but in both instances, we may not love anymore, ourselves, and are misrepresenting our own position, out of righteousness, as well as misunderstanding our own emotional state.

Sometimes we cannot get our partner, when he’s in this state, to speak in any meaningful way about existing circumstances, and in this case, it falls to you to decide how you feel (regardless of his feelings–after all, your feelings aren’t dependent on his, are they? And if they are, then it’s high time this relationship was examined, anyway). You only have control of yourself, so once you determine your own feelings (and sort out your own needs) you’ll know whether this ghost husband is offering anything sustainable, anything that still retains the shape of a marriage, and it will be quite obvious what you must do from there. Good luck–

Why did Venus hate Psyche?

I think ‘hate’ is the wrong word here–I think Venus was threatened by Psyche’s beauty, and that would make her both envious (wanting what Psyche has) and jealous (when Venus’ son Eros, whose full attention Venus had up to this point, falls in love with Psyche–Venus wants the attention of Eros, that Psyche now has). It just illustrates the idea that a woman who tries to destroy another woman hates a little part of herself–not a pretty picture at all.

stalker synastry

All synastry is highly dependent on the interaction of individual charts for ‘punch,’ and the synastry of a stalker to a stalkee could have any number of compelling aspects. A few include: the Pluto of the stalker to any identity energy (Sun, Moon, Venus for female, Mars for male, chart ruler, Sun or Moon ruler) of the stalked; Saturn of the stalker to these same identity energies (signalling a possible compulsion to control); Ceres (especially a female’s Ceres) to prominent chart energies; in negative Juno contact (usually more bossy than stalky); and Neptune prominent in the stalker’s chart and contacting significant energies of the stalkee–this latter obviously brings a high possibility of delusion into the mix. Still, so much depends on how these individuals use their energies, that just having some of these contacts doesn’t necessarily promise obsession–whew!

Born Today 5 August

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It won't all be frantic activity--you can take some time off, too, Leo. Oscar Bluhm 'Pergola' 1892 {{PD}}

It won’t all be frantic activity–you can take some time off, too, Leo. Oscar Bluhm ‘Pergola’ 1892 {{PD}}

You’re awaiting that ‘big idea’, dear Leo, but it’s not here quite yet; in the meantime, balancing the emotional life and the life of the mind, the physical needs and the spiritual ones, and exploring those facets of your Beingness that make you uniquely you, are all good ways to prepare. You’ll need to be ready to act when that idea hits, and you’ll also need to know who you are, inside and out–how else will you create from that big idea something only you could’ve done? It’s likely to be an action-filled and exciting period, and if you make the right choices and do what needs to be done this coming year through to your next birthday, you’ll be more than ready to make of the inspirations that come to you something exceptionally special. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 4 August

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Edwin Harris 'A Cornish cottage garden' 1906 or before {{PD}}

Edwin Harris ‘A Cornish cottage garden’ 1906 or before {{PD}}

Look, dear Leo, it seems you’ve been digging through your life, excavating, deconstructing, and transforming circumstances on a daily basis of late, and now it’s time to take your place in the world. Claiming your rightful status won’t be easy, and you may turn away from pursuing that, still feeling that you have more digging to do–and that may keep you from going forward as assertively as you might need to. Everyone reaches a point when preparing the ground has to give way to active planting and tending, and that’s where you are right now. If you’ve still got things to purge, change, and re-construct, you’ll have to let it go for now; turn your attention instead to enlisting others who might be able to assist you in fulfilling your ambitions, and develop relationships with those who have the power or authority to make a difference, as well as with those who can offer you nurture–you’ll need them all in the days ahead. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 3 August

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Cat by Isoda Koryusai (1766–1788) Only lived to be 22, but still managed to leave us something of note. {{PD}}

Cat by Isoda Koryusai (1766–1788) Only lived to be 22, but still managed to leave us something of note. {{PD}}

You may feel a little like you’re living in the proverbial fish-bowl this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Leo; thoughts, feelings, and actions will all be both exaggerated and broadcast, in one way or another, during this period. In a way, it may seem like you can’t catch a break; from your point-of-view if could feel as if you’re just expressing yourself, but others may see you as having dark or hidden motives, as trying to be deliberately mysterious (and so deliberately provocative), as grabbing for power, or as trying to change the world (or just your corner of it), which can on its own attract both praise and accusations of pretentiousness. What’s a Lion to do? Whatever the f*ck she wants, that’s what. Let them talk; you need to spend the year acting and being who you are to the fullest, and if that means things soar successfully or go wonky once in a while, well, that’s the only way you’ll learn, isn’t it?

On the use of an asterisk to tone down profanity: I think it looks like a little sparkle, which is what you get when you use that kind of spicy word in the first place–so rather than feeling like I’m dodging the word, I’m making it more graphic, like those terrible poems trendy 50 years ago, where the word ‘bottle’ fills the shape of a bottle–it may be a tad tiresome, but you get the picture–

Your Weekend Sampler from ECLIPSE 2-3 August 2014

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'Fairy Islands' from the book Elves and Fairies 1916 by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite {{PD}}

‘Fairy Islands’ from the book Elves and Fairies 1916 by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite {{PD}}

8 AM PDT of the 2nd the Libra Moon quincunxes Sedna. Feelings, especially about relationships, are jarred by things in our ‘blind spot’–and so the origin of the disturbed feelings can’t be pinpointed. Noon the Moon trines Juno and semi-sextiles Pallas. Our empowerment relies on listening to that still, small voice of wisdom–but remember, it’s a choice, so we’re not guaranteed to stop and pay attention, and the voice won’t bother to shout–we have to be willing to hear what it’s saying. 4 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Ceres. The power balance in relationships is examined–negotiations, overt or covert, are in order, and Nature and one’s sense of authority all have their say in what’s worked out. This can even things out between individuals in such a way that it makes for a long-lasting and stable interaction, or it can show us that equity and balance will never be achieved with that particular person. An eye-opener that we should pay attention to. Void begins at 5:40 PM PDT; the Moon enters Scorpio at 7:57 PM Pacific. 10 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Vesta. We may look for emotional comfort on the home front, with the mate, or by diving in to causes to which we dedicate our life energy–or we may intuit something happening below the surface in one or more of these areas. The Scorpio Moon will dig to discover what’s hidden–be ready for an emotional revelation.

3 August thoughts and words may be darker or more destructive than we intend—in fact, we may not realize the power behind what we think and say at all! Too, illusion may seem preferable to the truth at this point. With just a small adjustment to the focus of our attention we can see both what’s powerful and what’s destructive—and so can avoid inflicting inadvertent damage. (Perfecting today: Mercury contra-parallel Pluto and quincunx Neptune, Sun quincunx Pluto)

The Daily Word Image for the 3rd is tiny green fairy lights in the summer garden. Time to fantasize, dream, and maybe consider the life forces, beings, and energies we can’t (or won’t) see.

And from an article on the life and death of founding member of the Rolling Stones Brian Jones (charts are here):

“Brian Jones has a 7th House Pisces Sun close to the South Node; Sun close to a Node implies birth close to an eclipse, and a Total Lunar eclipse arrived almost exactly three days later, on the 3rd. The eclipse was conjunct Jones’ North Node, his Ascendant, and his Earth (and so opposed his Sun), square his Jupiter, ruler of the 4th, and trine his Vesta. The emphasis on home and place, and on the identity so soon after birth may have sensitized his first conscious days to an extraordinary degree, setting up a condition of awareness of the loss of the Cosmic condition of the womb, and an existential longing that nothing earthly could quell. This may be reflected in his purchase, just a year before his death, of the house where A. A. Milne wrote Winnie the Pooh, Cotchford Farm; it seems an unusual choice for a premier rock star of the day, a sentimental and comforting atmosphere in a relatively isolated setting that was the opposite of the contemporary music scene.”

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Born Today 2 August

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'Music' Matisse {{PD}}

‘Music’ Matisse {{PD}}

What happens when we are caught between enacting our social role and turning away from it in order to deal with things we’d rather avoid, or to establish ourselves in a position respected by others? We live a year like the upcoming one for you, dear Leo! You may be entirely caught up in identity and role matters, and so have little time or mental room to accommodate those emotional, home, and mate issues that may arise. That’s okay; the partner will give you some slack when they see how important it is (and extra so for a Solar Leo!) for you to make it clear to all just who you are, what you want to do, and how you want to be treated. Don’t forget to thank your support system, and to offer them empowerment through your own gains and advances. You may end up making a lot of changes this year, through to your next birthday, and they will be permanent ones–take your time as you do change things, and you’ll finish the year in a much more suitable power situation than when you started it. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

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Born Today 1 August 2014

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'At the Moulin Rouge' Henri Evenepoel 1897 {{PD}}

‘At the Moulin Rouge’ Henri Evenepoel 1897 {{PD}}

This may be a very interesting Solar year for you, dear Leo, as through to your next birthday you may be dealing in equal measure with opportunities and those matters you’d rather ignore–and sometimes these will be one and the same. Interacting with others, and especially their level of cooperation, will take on added importance for you–you are working out a creative power arrangement that allows you the greatest productivity and latitude, and you’ll find sometimes that you’ll need the aid of others to make this happen. Pay special attention to this: emotions will be the key to everything this coming year–how you handle feelings will make or break your success at this time, so good luck, and Happy Birthday, Leo!

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Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Image 31 July 2014: Tick Tock

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Josef Neugebauer Stillleben mit einer Uhr ('Still Life with a Clock') 1873 {{PD}}

Josef Neugebauer Stillleben mit einer Uhr (‘Still Life with a Clock’) 1873 {{PD}}

Black Moon Lilith sextiles Zeus and both inconjunct Chiron in a Finger of God; there’s also a Grand Water Trine that hooks into the Finger through Chiron (the other points are Venus and Saturn), making for an interesting possible effect: by standing up for ourselves and facing what we might otherwise avoid, and at the same time pursuing goals, we may end up healing some long-held wounds–and this, in turn, creates a Love-filled, rewarding, or prosperous reality. That sounds good.

Today’s image is a clock, the glass-covered face of which is unreadable in the glaring sun. What happens to our consciousness, and our perceptions, when we throw away the clock? If you can, go for a day without reference to time; you’ll almost certainly tune in more closely to your body, to the environment, and to your own needs. This image could alternatively suggest for some that though one may need to know ‘what time it is’, there is an inability to determine just how ‘late’ it actually is–the only option may be to do the best one can, without reference to timetables, schedules, or deadlines.

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Born Today 31 July

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Francesco del Cossa - Allegory of April - Triumph of Venus (detail) {{PD}}

Francesco del Cossa – Allegory of April – Triumph of Venus (detail) {{PD}}

Dear Leo, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may be in for experiences that reveal what’s been in your blind spot and that delivers some serious wisdom–and, as much as you’ll benefit from this, it might be a little bit stressful. Communications may be stressed, too, and material matters may force you to stand up for yourself and to face what you’d rather not–but what comes from this is a firm identity, true respect for yourself, and the discovery of just who in your world loves and supports you and who doesn’t, which should help you sort out where and with whom you want to spend your energy and your time. The best thing that comes from this period will be a growing sense of personal power and effectiveness, which will pave the way for you to bring dreams from their place in the imagination and into reality.

Born Today 30 July

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Dynamism of a Biker (1913) by Umberto Boccioni {{PD}}

Dynamism of a Biker (1913) by Umberto Boccioni {{PD}}

Dear Leo, it looks like you might find yourself involved with repeated emotional showdowns over wounding behaviors (yours or another’s) and the nature of reality, specifically how much of creativity, imagination, inspiration, and connection to the Cosmos is ‘real’? It will be an interesting time, when you’ll be assessing the costs and rewards of going after your ambitions and goals, taking big, bold action, and you may exhibit a definite willingness to experiment with the reality picture, trying to make it fit your own ideal more closely. Those are all good–just be wary of believing that strong words equal strength (both in the speaking of them and in the hearing of them–someone may try to intimidate or persuade they are more formidable than they are), and take special care that your actions and choices first do no harm. Otherwise, have a Happy Birthday, Leo, and a wonderful year!

Born Today 29 July

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Édouard Joseph Dantan 1880 {{PD}}

Édouard Joseph Dantan 1880 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, your creative energy is at a peak this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and you can make the most of your imagination, your spiritual inclinations, and all matters of the House in the natal chart with Pisces on the cusp as well as any energies ruled by Neptune. That’s a powerful mandate that’s exciting but could also be confusing or overwhelming, as you try to activate all your inspirations at once; take things one at a time, and you could enjoy one of the most creative and productive years of your life. At some point you could be looking at a seminal moment in terms of forming your identity, and/ or living out your Life Purpose–and that means you need to be aware that what you do now will be more important to you than surface matters may indicate. You can be highly original this year, particularly if you give that creative energy material form–to make the most of all this, you’ll need to be open to dealing with at least a few things you’d rather not–but nothing truly good comes without a little struggle, does it? Happy Birthday, and good luck, Leo!

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 28 July

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'Dance' Alfons Mucha 1898 {{PD}}

‘Dance’ Alfons Mucha 1898 {{PD}}

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

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Born Today 27 July

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

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

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

Born Today 26 July

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

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

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

New Moon in Leo 26 July 2014: Bragging Rights

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 25 July

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

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

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

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Born Today 24 July

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

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

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

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Just a Little AstroEssence 23 July 2014: Conflict in Thought

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

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

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

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Born Today 23 July

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

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

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

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

Want vs. Need in the Natal Chart

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

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

This is a reprint from 2009; Bon Appétit!

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

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

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

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

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

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

See my book on The Astrology of Intimate Relationship for how to read a natal chart, and to compare natal charts, for relationship success and potential compatibility

Born Today 22 July

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

‘The Thames’ James Tissot 1876 {{PD}}

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

Born Today 21 July

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

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

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

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Born Today 20 July

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

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

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

Born Today 19 July

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

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

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

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Your ECLIPSE Weekend Sampler 18-20 July 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 18 July

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

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

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

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Born Today 17 July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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