Born Today 22 October

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

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

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

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A Little Something, Pre-Eclipse

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

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

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

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Born Today 21 October

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

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

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

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Born Today 20 October

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

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

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

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Born Today 19 October

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

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

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

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Born Today 18 October

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

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

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

Born Today 17 October

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

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

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

Born Today 16 October

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

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

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

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

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

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

A little Lunar essence for today, the 15th:

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

And for the 16th:

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

The Daily Word image for the 16th:

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

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Born Today 15 October

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

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

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

Born Today 14 October

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

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

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

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

Born Today 13 October

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

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

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

Born Today 12 October

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

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

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

Between the Eclipses

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Rudolf Koller 1856 {{PD}}

Rudolf Koller 1856 {{PD}}

I think of the two weeks between eclipses as a kind of valley; we can’t see clearly over the mountain behind us, to where we’ve just been, and we can’t see what’s over the mountain ahead of us, either. In the human animal this builds tension, as we fear being trapped in this situation indefinitely; anything could surprise us, and we are very aware of that! In traversing the current valley between the eclipses, we scan the horizon for aid and opportunity (Sun sextile Jupiter) and we look intently for what we should do, how we should act (Sun sextile Mars), and we do all of it with our fate, the direction we’re traveling in life (Sun conjunct North Node), front and center in our (confused–Merc retro) thoughts.

There is nothing unusual in this tension between eclipses; it’s one of the reasons we anticipate their arrival with such dread. We know in our bones, remember in our nerve endings and muscles and psyche, how very stressful the last round was. And yet, there isn’t much we can do about this feeling. In the current situation we’ve just been through an ending, or had the inevitable ending of something signaled loud and clear (the Lunar eclipse of the 8th), and even if we knew this was coming, it was hard; we likely had to admit something about ourselves and what we want (Aries placement) that we had been avoiding up ’til now. This was an area (signified by the House where the eclipse fell) that we may have been controlling, trying to control, or telling ourselves we were controlling–and suddenly we must face that our Will controls absolutely nothing outside our own skin (and not even all inside of that!)

The new start we get on the 23rd (the Solar eclipse) can be summed up as offering a beginning that is ‘wise and valuable’–and that’s so whether we see it as such or not! That doesn’t make our anticipation any less tense, though; it’s like the stress of bringing home a new baby, getting engaged, winning the lottery. In spite of the fact that it’s one of the best things that can happen to us, we still experience a great deal of upset, pressure, unforeseen effects, and our responsibility–our need to respond–is tested and stretched and drains us of energy and initiative right at the point when we need it most. Knowing that something like this is coming can grate on us terribly–but knowing that’s the case, and knowing there’s nothing to be done about it, should free us. We can safely ignore much of what’s troubling us now–whatever needs facing will come to us, with the eclipse in Scorpio, representing a raw kind of truth at 00 of the sign–and it will open the way to a new beginning–and most of us would really welcome one of those right about now.

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Born Today 11 October

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What do you imagine is at the top of their lists? Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes 'The Letter' circa 1850 {{PD}}

What do you imagine is at the top of their lists? Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes ‘The Letter’ circa 1850 {{PD}}

What you want to accomplish will be at the top of your list this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra–but the question is, Will you be able to mesh the Will with the currently established life direction? And do you want to?

You’ll make excellent forward progress, and the temptation may be to modify goals to aim higher and bigger; this is possible, but if you choose to alter what you’re going for you’ll also inevitably lose at least some of the momentum you’ve built in the current direction. If you’re okay with the trade-off, it can be done, but it may be more satisfying to continue on the current course, as results, accomplishments, and rewards are right around the corner. Too, this year may be difficult in both communication and emotional matters; one or both areas may be under intense stress, and for some problems here will combine and make for upset especially in relationships. But on the bright side, there are two areas where you may do exceptionally well: being original and true to yourself, and allowing healing to occur to past hurts, will bring Love, money, or both into the life. Not bad, right? Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 10 October

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 'Lule ne Llamp' 2 October 2012 by Bessi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

‘Lule ne Llamp’ 2 October 2012 by Bessi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Ambitions are coming to full flower this year, dear Libra, but so are your assertive urges–and this is great, as the dynamic willingness to ‘do’ will serve you very well by advancing your agenda and moving you toward goal fulfillment; it may also trip you up, as the ‘I Am’ will accept no excuses for not getting what it wants. Be careful when communicating; not only can that assertiveness offer others a less-than-flattering impression, you might be terribly misunderstood, and the mate or partner could end up receiving the brunt of your frustration. Those are minor points, though, within the Big Picture, as you’ll be offered a (possibly once-in-a-lifetime) array of opportunities that will allow you to shine, earn, and share generously with others in your life–and that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Solar Return featured aspect: rather than an aspect, this is about an empty spot that when filled during the year by transit (or natally by a placement, or by Secondary Progression or Solar Arc) can lead to extraordinarily focused efforts that will accelerate achievement radically. Watch the 16-18 range of Taurus, through to your next birthday, as anything here will fill in a Finger of God that puts your SR energies aimed at action, choice, and goal fulfillment in high gear. Since the SR Moon for this birthday is in Taurus, some of you will have that Moon filling in the Finger for the entire year–and that offers a rocket forward with some serious material benefits.

Your ECLIPSE Mini-Sampler 9-10 October 2014: Being Open to Change

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Earth and her Moon taken by the Galileo probe 1990 NASA {{PD}}

Earth and her Moon taken by the Galileo probe 1990 NASA {{PD}}

A few bits in this post-eclipse season:

9 October: Merc retro is pulling things we’d rather leave in the past into the present and messing with our feelings of empowerment and effectiveness. Why? As Merc moves backward it pulls things with it like water exiting a drain—and anything left lying around unattended from the past is prime for Mercury to suck, dredge, and serve up. What we see, though, if we look past the sodden mess of Mercury in retreat is our shining ambitions and desires, the pinnacle of what we hope for, high upon the hill; all we need do to reach them is adjust our values and home and mate interactions, just so, allowing us to make both what we have and what we want harmonize. Sweet. (Perfecting today: Juno square Mercury and parallel the South Node, Sun conjunct and parallel Zeus, Earth sesquiquadrate Vesta). Lunar Note: 11 PM PDT the Taurus Moon trines Pluto. You have the power to shape the material world at this point–use it wisely.

10 October: Relationships and finances are calling for adjustment—without the flexibility to accommodate changing situations, we may find ourselves looking at severely outdated interactions sitting in for real relationships, and severely reduced financial circumstances substituting for dynamic earning and attracting. We have the chance to engineer bounty—do it! Take opportunities, respond to circumstances as they are, not as you wish they were, and listen—others are there to help, whether it’s with advice or by example, whether they’ll be showing you how to do ‘it’, or warning you off by their own poor choices. (Perfecting today: Merc enters Libra, Venus quincunx Chiron, Sun sextile Jupiter)

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Born Today 9 October

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'The Fair Toxophilites' William Powell Frith {{PD}}

‘The Fair Toxophilites’ William Powell Frith {{PD}}

Ambitions and goals loom large for you this coming Solar year, dear Libra, through to your next birthday; what you want, what you’re aiming for, is paramount, and I can’t blame you for being so focused: it feels to you as if your Fate hangs in the balance during this period–and it does, as it does for anyone. The difference for you is that your intuition will be spectacular, giving you an enormous edge in making decisions and choices, and informing you to a highly accurate degree of the state of the unseen in any situation–certainly a major advantage. Just take time to take aim, and be willing to prioritize–otherwise you may become distracted by lesser goals and opportunities, at least a few of which may come out of the past and offer you a kind of quick but goal-missing ego gratification. Too, it’s better to face the hard truths in Love and Finances–doing so can take a mediocre relationship or earning situation and turn it into a powerful magnet for the good things in life. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 8 October

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Suntower, concept art, NASA {{PD}}

Suntower, concept art, NASA {{PD}}

Energy deployment may be the running theme this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra; the question will be, will you get into action to make your dreams and goals a reality, will you burn it up in temper and Willfulness, or will you unite emotional perceptions with action to become a juggernaut of accomplishment? Any of these is a possibility, but the best way to approach it may be this: make knowledge your god. Either pursue a course that makes the most of already acquired learning and skills, or go after new territory by learning all you can before going forward. Stick to the facts and listen to the experiences of those who’ve gone before you; don’t be tempted to guess or skip steps. If you center everything in what’s known and knowable, you can accomplish Big, and the social sphere is likely to be highly receptive to whatever you do during this period–make the most of it. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Not-the-Eclipse, and a Little AstroEssence 8 October 2014: Below the Waterline

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'Seal Rock, California' Albert Bierstadt 1872 {{PD}}

‘Seal Rock, California’ Albert Bierstadt 1872 {{PD}}

Of course, there’s an eclipse in just a couple of hours, but you can read about that lots of places (and if you’re interested in my take, you can subscribe and get it all), so I thought I’d share a bit of commentary on the aspects perfecting today that are unrelated to the Lunar eclipse (Full Moon) that begins at 3:51 AM Pacific of the 8th at 15 Aries 05. My discussion of an event like an eclipse keeps to some tight orbs in order to focus the eclipse picture itself, apart from any other influences in force; that way we can sort eclipse effects from others much more easily than if we throw it all in one basket–and yet, since it all occurs within the same time frame, we can’t ignore that there’s more to the day of an eclipse than just the event itself.

8 October is when I’d like to remind everyone that just because there’s a major aspect in the heavens, it doesn’t mean this will show up in the life; interaction of transiting energies with natal factors is far more important than any transiting to transiting aspect. That said, we’ve got two general whammies here, with the action urge, ego, ‘I Am’ in harmony with the social sphere and/ or gathering in knowledge like a sponge, and possibly successfully expanding the individual reach impressively. At the same time we see relationships hit some dark, destructive, below-the-waterline rocks and we wonder how we never noticed those before. Both influences may knock us off course—or onto the right one, should we have been substituting artificial goals for our natural ones. We may need to withdraw or pull back in order to re-group, but this is both temporary and allows us the space we need to sort exaggeration from useful information. (Perfecting today: Saturn parallel Ceres, while Jupiter is contra-parallel both Saturn and Ceres, Mars trine Jupiter, Venus square Pluto)

Born Today 7 October

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'The Valois Tapestry' c1580 {{PD}}

‘The Valois Tapestry’ c1580 {{PD}}

Will it be radical individuality for you this year, dear Libra, or a position within the group, one that allows you to lead and that allows you to show-off your natural bent for diplomacy and thoughtfulness? If you go the singular route, you have an opportunity to be truly original, with the thing to concentrate on being an appropriate and effective outlet for that originality; if you throw your lot in with the group, you have the chance to really make an unforgettable mark, but you also run the risk of being too unusual, if you can believe it, and so end up strangely isolated from those you hoped to be a part of. All this simply means that presentation and standards for interaction will be especially important this Solar year, through to your next birthday. Being aware of how you come across will be the difference between some terribly wounding interactions (for both parties) and finding and using your most unique skills in a way that sets you apart and perhaps gives you an amazing reputation as a source of wisdom and healing–wow, so really concentrate on those relationship skills. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 6 October

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Circus poster, 1890 - Library of Congress {{PD}}

Circus poster, 1890 – Library of Congress {{PD}}

Dear Libra, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be filled with the unexpected, the healing, and the hurtful, and you’ll be given plenty of opportunities to show your skills. Material matters may surprise, but so will your inventiveness and originality, though the most surprising thing of all may be the choices you make and the actions you take–you are unpredictable this year, and that’s saying something for a think-before-you-do-it Air sign. All that choosing and doing is in service to widening the horizons and gaining knowledge, but when under stress you may simply reach for power, believing you’ll sort it out later; that won’t go well, so have goals in mind before grabbing for the clout to implement them. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 5 October

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"White cat and two yellow butterflies' Arthur Heyer early 20th century {{PD}}

“White cat and two yellow butterflies’ Arthur Heyer early 20th century {{PD}}

You’ve been through some big changes this past year, haven’t you, dear Libra? When you look back, you may even see it as a transformation–so what could possibly come along this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, that could top the cocoon opening to release the butterfly? Allowing that butterfly to express its own uniqueness, that’s what. Originality will be the thing you will both be consumed by and scared of; though you really want to make your mark and show how far you’ve come, you’re deathly afraid of becoming alienated from the group–you’re just not ready to fly solo quite yet–but you’re deeply in need of being recognized as an individual. How to handle this? Concentrate on developing spiritual depth through practices of compassion, healing, and exercise the imagination and creativity in a way that might aid the Collective–then your beautiful butterfly future will fall into place! Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 4 October

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Creating things the way you want, Libra, doesn't mean taking everything down to the bone. 'Death' by Anita Rée 1925 {{PD}}

Creating things the way you want, Libra, doesn’t mean taking everything down to the bone. ‘Death’ by Anita Rée 1925 {{PD}}

Dear Libra, you seem to be completely consumed right now with clearing out the old and ringing in the new. That’s fine, except you may not be making the kinds of distinctions that keep you from throwing out what you really want to keep; you may be too caught up, now through this Solar year, ending at your next birthday, with transforming your world, and yourself along with it, but you may need to slow down and ask yourself why you’re doing this. There’s a danger that your actions are fueled by not liking who you are right now–and this method of destroying the structures and supports of your life down to the bone means you could wake up the same person, but without those things that normally comfort and aid you–they’ll be gone, felled by your maniacal ax. Determination to fix what’s not working is a good thing, but first you must pause and see what current, great things about you should not just remain, but should be elevated and shared with the world: these include your quick wits, an outstanding ability to work with Mother Nature, your sense of ambition (which makes you focused and effective at getting what you want), your rather amazing talent for healing yourself and others, and your enormous capacity to understand what’s really going on around you–you can share some truly dazzling insights with others, things that can open up their worlds–but first you’ve got to get a good grasp on how talented you really are, before anymore extremist housekeeping occurs :) Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 3 October

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Ogata Kōrin 'RED AND WHITE PLUM BLOSSOMS' (National Treasure) late 17th century {{PD}}

Ogata Kōrin
‘RED AND WHITE PLUM BLOSSOMS’ (National Treasure) late 17th century {{PD}}

This is a year, dear Libra, when you will determine the true sources of power in your life; it’s also a year when Fate may reach out and ‘adjust’ your life direction in a way that will show major effects later. For right now, it’s enough to spend the time, through to your next birthday, seeking your personal El Dorado of effectiveness, stamina, assets, and abilities; locate these within the psyche, find a way to incorporate them in the life, and you’ll quite literally make your fortune. Don’t be distracted by the threat of destruction that comes from competitors–they’re jealous–and rely as much if not more on the feelings, intuition, and instincts than on the mind–the mentality will show some significant shortcomings at this time–the only way around it is to trust the emotional perceptions, which will be endowed with–surprise!–fully-realized information from intangible sources. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 2 October

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James Carroll Beckwith 'Carrefour at the End of the Tapis Vert, Versailles' {{PD}}

James Carroll Beckwith ‘Carrefour at the End of the Tapis Vert, Versailles’ {{PD}}

A clash of Titans may be on the agenda very shortly, dear Libra, and you will be involved, chiefly due to an emotional outlook that seems set in stone–and on top of that, you may be feeling your life Path is also already set and inflexible. It seems you’re taking acceptance of ‘What Is’ to new heights, forgetting that you’re in charge, you’re driving, those are your assets and talents–and you should know that you’ll very soon have an opportunity right in line with ambitions. Don’t blow it by standing and looking down at your feet–dance! Bonus: you’re also on the way to healing a very battered portion of the individuality; in fact, it’s being prepared to be one of your most outstanding future assets. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

The Daily for 2 October 2014: Sweet

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@ Annica's, Michelangelo Towers, Sandton, Johannesburg. 26 February 2012 'Petit Fours' Author Saaleha Bamjee from Johannesburg, South Africa Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

@ Annica’s, Michelangelo Towers, Sandton, Johannesburg.
26 February 2012
‘Petit Fours’
Author Saaleha Bamjee from Johannesburg, South Africa Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

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2 October our ambitions and desires come on strong and possibly take over our efforts; attention to instinct and ‘gut’ feelings must be paid, or we suffer by overdoing, over expanding, or exaggerating and losing our chance—and don’t listen to the social circle, they’ll just egg us on. (Perfecting today: Jupiter sextile Zeus, Sun sesquiquadrate Sedna)

The Lunar Outlook for the 2nd: 1 AM PDT of the 2nd the Capricorn Moon squares Zeus. We may put up emotional barriers to fulfilling our own ambitions and wants–somehow barriers feel safer than giving ourselves permission. For now respect the emotional need. 6:30 AM PDT the Moon squares the Nodal axis and sextiles Ceres-Saturn. We feel we have natural power and authority at this time, but this doesn’t seem to help us deal with our life direction–we are somehow heading for emotional upset, and may find ourselves coping with our own emotional denial so we can handle the friction. Recognize that boundaries are something we must agree to in order for them to have any power, and that laying out the actual, physical boundaries of our own territory may be a very good exercise, making clearer to ourselves better than any other way can just where we do and don’t hold sway. Noon the Moon quincunxes Black Moon Lilith and squares Pallas. We are made uncomfortable by circumstances and matters we’d rather ignore, but we know it isn’t wise to avoid dealing with these. How to handle this? Approach tough subjects with restraint and calm–the Cappy Moon offers support to those who go slow, follow the ‘rules’, and do their best to meet matters in a disciplined way. 3 PM PDT the Moon trines Sedna. Instinct and intuition inform each other, and put us in the perfect ‘space’ to understand completely whatever environment or interaction we undertake. 9 PM PDT the Moon opposes Juno and sextiles Vesta. We may stymie our own empowerment by adhering too strictly to our highest standards; it’s better to bend than break, in the name of moving forward.

Today’s image: cookies and milk. Be on the lookout, for these as a synchronicity marker, or as a delicious snack.

Born Today 1 October

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by Petrus Christus  'St Eligius in His Workshop' (detail) 1449 {{PD}}

by Petrus Christus
‘St Eligius in His Workshop’ (detail) 1449 {{PD}}

You’re coming up on some big choices and even bigger power plays in the foreseeable future, dear Libra–but will you be ready? You’re already feeling burdened–or is it restrained?– by emotional matters. Your feelings and the feelings of others have made barriers and put up walls you dare not cross–and yet these will be the very areas you need to explore if you are to have full access to your own power. It may help you to know that your ambitions and desires are not as big–or as urgently in need of fulfillment–as it feels right now–they can and will wait–and if you continue to work on the power picture, within about 6 months you could be (figuratively speaking) worth your weight in gold. Now that’s something to look forward to! Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 30 September

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Tall bearded iris ‘Soap Opera’ (Ghio, 1982) EML RE 32″ by Renee C. Fraser Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Dear Libra, your life this Solar year, through to your next birthday, may read a little like a soap opera: caught between Love and Ambition, you’ll make choices that will shape your Fate. Don’t worry, though–everyone makes these decisions every day, we just aren’t usually as tuned-in to the repercussions of what we pick as you will be, Libra. This can be a huge advantage, as you’ll see what could be ripple out before you with every choice–but this can also paralyze you, if you try too hard to make everything ‘perfect’. Embrace your Solar Return Sagittarian Moon and its spirit of adventure and enlarging your horizons, explore whatever speaks to you, and remain conscious of what may come from your decisions, but realize that even the most prescient among us can’t foresee everything–that’s what makes life so interesting. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 29 September

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Edwin Austin Abbey,  - 'Potpourri' - 1899 {{PD}}

Edwin Austin Abbey, – ‘Potpourri’ – 1899 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, your attention may turn toward ‘luck’–or is it more the way fortuitous meetings, chance occurrences, random breaks, and good guesses combine to lead you in a direction that, by the end of the year, you’re likely to look back on as both amazingly positive and ‘fated’, as if no other result were even possible? Your originality and inventiveness will combine and bring opportunity such as you haven’t seen for a long time–and you may enjoy a knack for research, unearthing secrets, and getting to the bottom of issues–and that may or may not win you new friends. Watch for: hair-trigger tempers (your own and that of others) and a tendency toward over-optimism–stay connected to reality so that you have a fair idea of what will go forward, and what won’t. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 28 September

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Henri Lebasque 'Young Girls in a Boat' c 1900

Henri Lebasque ‘Young Girls in a Boat’ c 1900

You ARE your creative energy this year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, but as you may be aware, your current patron saint, Neptune, is transiting through his own sign–and so, though his signal’s coming through to you loud and clear (or as clear as Neppy can be!) he’s also consumed with his own creative process–as you will be, too. That means there will be relationships to ignore, communications to muddle, and finances to neglect–and yet, this could be a really great period for you as you’ll enjoy tremendous ability to focus, to know what you want, and you will find support for you ambitions and desires in some surprising places. So, get behind that original idea, nail down the details that will bring that dream to reality, and go for it–you’ll rarely see such a perfect combination of opportunity, ability, and talent available at the same time–use it! Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Your Weekend ECLIPSE Sampler 27-28 September 2014

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'Ceres' Alice Pike Barney 1901 {{PD}}

‘Ceres’ Alice Pike Barney 1901 {{PD}}

A Little Lunar Essence for 27 September: 4 AM PDT the Scorpio Moon sextiles Pluto. It’s time to purge! –the emotions, the pipeline to intuition, and the Self of secrets that are weighing us down. Just let it out. 10 AM PDT the Moon trines Chiron and quincunxes Uranus. We are attuned to hurt, but if we make a conscious effort, we can turn that energy toward healing, it’s polar opposite–all we need to apply is a unique, original, or unusual approach that allows us to take a view beyond our wounds. Noon the Moon squares Jupiter. Experiences in the social sphere are not the best–stick with what you know, and what you’re sure of. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Ceres. We are in touch with Mother Nature, Gaia, our own sense of authority, and can negotiate purely by ‘feel’ should we need or want to. 9 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Saturn and semi-sextiles Pallas. Restraint is smart–it’s that simple.

And a Little AstroEssence for the 28th: Our priorities and interests seem contrary to those of the social circle, and what info we learn or knowledge we glean may be destructive in its effects or concentrated on gaining or holding onto power. Efforts at expansion and control of others or our surroundings seem to threaten what we truly care about—so we step away, thinking we can avoid a problem, but instead find we’ve misunderstood the stakes involved. Stick to facts and adjust efforts to focus on material changes, results, and solid, working-with-reality matters; assume that you are operating under at least a few illusions, that the worth of things is fuzzy at best, and proceed with that kind of caution in mind. (Perfecting today: Vesta contra-parallel Jupiter and semi-square Pluto, Sun quincunx Neptune and contra-parallel Venus, Earth sesquiquadrate Saturn)

A brief article from the Weekly:

More on Eclipses: Expectations
Too often we approach eclipses as some kind of change-your-luck, reach-the-holy-grail, wash-away-your sins kind of astrological event. They are nothing more than New and Full Moons where we just happen, from our vantage point on Earth, to witness one body blocking another, and so cutting off that body’s light. Is that a big deal astrologically? Yes and no—it can signify big, even Earth-shaking, changes and wipe-outs, new starts and major endings, but we have to get past this idea that this kind of massive re-model of our potentials and our lives will occur at each eclipse set.

It’s really as rare as any other lightning strike or lottery win; we’ll have a few of those scattered through life, but mostly eclipses will represent the more subtle or less monumental changes that are part and parcel of every day living. Too much concentration on eclipses as super-powerful comes too close to endowing them with a magical effect they really don’t (and can’t) have—and it’s not a good way to look at the Universe, as if we are waiting for externals to rescue us, or bring us something mystical or extraordinary that will change our lives—really, we have to do the changing ourselves.

We must also remember that even though we are fixated on certain life subjects, that doesn’t mean an eclipse set will address them; sometimes it does, but just as often it points us in another direction entirely. This is a clue to us that the Universe doesn’t necessarily see our agenda as the important one—and maybe hints that what we are finding important in the moment isn’t really important at all. If you’ll let them, eclipses will help steer you in the direction of what you’re really facing, and what your real opportunities are.

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Born Today 27 September

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NASA {{PD}}

NASA {{PD}}

Creativity explodes in you this year, dear Libra, and that can be messy, so be sure to arrange your environment so that your ideas, imagination, urge to build and do, and your capacity to translate what you visualize into something concrete or that is heard and seen by others has a supportive space in which to flourish. It would be a mistake not to put your creative urge first this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday; temptations may include emotional drama and excuses about being held back by the past. Don’t fool yourself (another hazard), Libra: this is your year to bring a dream into reality–don’t miss out. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Born Today 26 September

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Concentrate on what means the most to you, dear Libra, like home and family. 'Getting Ready for a Game' Carl Larsson 1901 {{PD}}

Concentrate on what means the most to you, dear Libra, like home and family. ‘Getting Ready for a Game’ Carl Larsson 1901 {{PD}}

Communicating emotions may be the centerpiece of your world this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and oh what a tense focus it will be, dear Libra! The tendency may be to dig too much when you don’t get a satisfying reply to what you put out there, but that really isn’t such a good idea; others may see you as overwrought and erratic, or as you used to be in the past–and that doesn’t help you calm down and live in the present, does it? This year don’t worry quite so much about sharing your thoughts and feelings–that can wait. Instead concentrate on those things you really care about: relationships, home and mate, causes to which you dedicate your life energy–and listen both to the wise inner voice that lives within, and to the myriad sources of positive and useful guidance you have available–do that and you’ll go far. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 25 September

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'The Art of Painting' Johannes Vermeer c1666 {{PD}}

‘The Art of Painting’ Johannes Vermeer c1666 {{PD}}

Though you’re headed for an exceptionally creative year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, you may find yourself distracted over serious power struggles and territorial disputes in important relationships–it may even reach a point where you feel the partner is trying to suppress your forward progress. Paranoid much? The reality is the partner is only feeling the pressure of her or his own ambitions; your mate doesn’t realize how much pressure they’re inadvertently exerting on you. The way around it is to broaden the scope of some of your aims, so that others can be included in the highly dynamic momentum you will generate with what seems like so little effort–being generous calms the relationship waters and brings unexpected benefits via the gratitude and affections of others. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 24 September

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Over-thinking is a distinct possibility. 'Lost in Thought' James Carroll Beckwith 1907 {{PD}}

Over-thinking is a distinct possibility. ‘Lost in Thought’ James Carroll Beckwith 1907 {{PD}}

Libra, you’re likely to be feeling brand spankin’ new in some important life areas (likely the ones of the House where your Sun is located, or the ones with Leo on the cusp); this can be rejuvenating, especially in terms of piquing your interest in expressing your Will and showing your originality. The only problems may be that you could tend to over-think things, and thereby suppress what you know is smart or wise in the moment. A willingness to act and consciously remaining aware of your own power (not to mention your inherent rights) will go a long way toward making this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, a fun and fantastically productive one. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

A Little Something on Hekate, the Wayshower

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William Blake's depiction of Hekate reflects a lot of the cultural baggage she's been assigned. 1795 {{PD}}

William Blake’s depiction of Hekate reflects a lot of the cultural baggage she’s been assigned. 1795 {{PD}}

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Originating in Asia Minor, Hekate began as a powerful ‘Mother Goddess,’ but she steadily gained a narrower field of responsibility with each culture she entered. In many instances, figures such as Hathor and Demeter/ Ceres took on many of Hekate’s early characteristics (and of course, she was known by other names before the Greeks bestowed the one we call her by today), with Hekate carrying fewer and fewer of the ‘mother and nurture’ traits; if we combine this narrowing of responsibilities with the later influence of Christian elements on the scenarios of the gods and goddesses, we see that Hekate became a figure who carried unflattering and unwanted projections about the dark and ‘dangerous’ qualities of women. In Greek and Roman myth Hekate was demoted to be under Ceres’/ Demeter’s command, and was sent to accompany Persephone/ Proserpina on her journeys back and forth to the Underworld. Eventually Hekate was deemed ruler of witchcraft (in its most negative definitions), sorcery, demonic activity, and the darkness. This was a simple response of the patriarchy to the female connection to life-giving energy and the female alignment with the rhythms and cycles of the Universe: gestation and childbirth, a woman’s receptive sexual energy (which through the years has been portrayed as evil by its ‘seductive’–another word for receptive–nature) and a determination to keep women as powerless within the social set-up as possible, all contributing to the negative ‘stash’ Hekate has been assigned to carry.

Hekate’s true nature is as a way-shower, in all the many guises this can take. She stands at crossroads both literal and figurative, straddles the border between conscious and unconscious, light and dark, life and death, and translates energy between the two. She is said to be present at crime scenes, to guide travelers on their way, and to be present during the Dark of the Moon, with the Dark period association a good example of the narrowing that has occurred over time–originally Hekate was a Moon goddess, not confined to the Dark phase. It also makes sense that her connection to all forms of darkness would make her a conduit for the unconscious, and so her prominence in the chart or in relation to a particular energy or life area can alert us to the presence of unconscious material in that particular expression or venue. She echoes Pallas as well, as both a wise guide and a guardian–specifically of gateways and other points of ingress or egress (and both goddesses share similarity to Moon goddess Artemis/ Diana, the Huntress, in terms of all three having a martial/ guardian quality). And her characterization as a Crone makes sense when we consider that, ideally, with age comes wisdom–and that should tell us that we can learn from Hekate as well as be guided by or protected by her.

Hekate’s wisdom has unfortunately been trivialized, quite literally; she is the goddess of trivia! This comes from the retired Roman soldiers who were stationed about the city and at crossroads, available to answer questions concerning the area and what lay down each road. Hekate as a way-shower naturally came to be seen as the goddess of these question-answerers, and due to the spoke-like pattern of many Roman via connections there were often at least three roads leading from one point, thus tri three, via road or way, came to be associated with being able to answer any question presented. It’s important to see this as simply reminiscent of Hekate’s store of knowledge having a great span, a span that covers light and dark, and that reaches not just the into the profound life and death arenas but that also includes the minutiae of culture, tradition, and occurrences and changes of the past and present.

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New Moon in Libra 23 September 2014: A Test of Power

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Here's a test of your power: wrangle cats, get them in harness, and get them to pull you and a dozen cherubs around in the clouds--that's power! 'Freya, Cats, and Angels' Nils Blommér 1851 {{PD}}

Here’s a test of your power: wrangle cats, get them in harness, and get them to pull you and a dozen cherubs around in the clouds–that’s power! ‘Freya, Cats, and Angels’ Nils Blommér 1851 {{PD}}

5 AM PDT of the 23rd the Virgo Moon conjuncts Venus and semi-sextiles Black Moon Lilith. Criticism in relationships stems from issues ignored or denied; if anything comes up, recognize at once that this is something that needs to be faced head-on. 7 AM PDT the Lunar influence rests at the midpoint of Juno and Vesta. Empowerment must be balanced with our dedication to important causes, to home, and to the mate–not taking these into consideration risks giving our power to the ‘wrong’ people or causes, or supporting what doesn’t support us. 9 AM PDT the Moon trines Sedna. Instinct flavors feelings; we have a direct pipeline at this point to intuitive knowledge–use it. Void begins at 10:51 AM PDT; the Moon enters Libra at 9 PM sharp Pacific time.

New Moon in Libra occurs on the 23rd at 11:13 PM Pacific time at 1 Libra 07: A Test of Power

The New Moon makes no aspects to other bodies—very unusual. The closest thing we have is a semi-square to Ceres, so we’ll go with that. This suggests that what begins here relates to power expression in the personal life, and specifically to how effective we actually feel in ordering our world and having an impact. The aspect itself implies that this will be a mild but still difficult issue. The one thing we should be aware of is that the likely outlet for this power-testing will be in relationships, especially with the mate or partner, though it’s also possible that we may see new starts of a ‘natural’ variety in the House where the New Moon falls. See the New Moon chart here–just scroll down past the eclipses!

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Born Today 23 September

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This is so Libra, riding in on a pretty sidesaddle, with her bird. 'An Algerian Lady Hawking' Horace Vernet {{PD}}

This is so Libra, riding in on a pretty sidesaddle, with her bird. ‘An Algerian Lady Hawking’ Horace Vernet {{PD}}

Hello Libra! Did you just get here, or are you always so breathless and moist with exertion? It seems you want to make a big, Airy, Cardinal impact on your surroundings this Solar year, through to your next birthday–but you may have to settle for showing your most unique qualities and developing your original ideas. That’s not so bad, but it could be a little lonelier than you usually are, as it takes solitude to create. Find a group that appreciates you, especially your more unusual qualities, so you’ll have the support you need when you’re not creating and want to mix it up, and watch the matters of the House with Aquarius on the cusp–this is where a lot of the magic, opportunity, and going overboard may happen. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 22 September

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Evelyn Simak Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Creative energy carves out a path for you this coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, and it may be some time before you come up for air and see exactly where you stand. Critical faculties are in high gear, and using them pays off financially but not so much emotionally–in the personal arena it may be better to stay quiet and in the background for now, as you’ve got some things to work out of which even you aren’t yet aware. Mobilize your energy for pure creative ends, face matters that need facing, and by your next birthday you will have moved to a significantly better life position than you occupy now. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck! If you are a Libra, please see the post for the 23rd.

Featured Solar Return aspect: Juno trine Vesta in Water. Empowerment comes through respecting our own and others’ values, and in efforts to make home and mate feel loved and secure. This isn’t the most direct route to feeling personally empowered, but it is the one with the biggest pay off.

Born Today 21 September

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Gaston La Touche Le Ballet c1910 {{PD}}

Gaston La Touche Le Ballet c1910 {{PD}}

You find a perfect emotional balance this coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, but you’re in danger of making this a static situation–you may fall in love with the stability and predictability of it and forget that the ups and downs are what give the feelings texture and distinguish one day from another. To prevent this, vow to expand your personal bubble; be willing to act spontaneously, to try what’s new, if it appeals, and to rebel once in a while. Showing your originality on the social scene qualifies, as well. Shake it up (even if you must schedule this on a regular basis!) and you won’t go far wrong. Key to your year: Love and Money work in tandem to create your reality, and so your future. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 20 September

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Edward Simmons, The Reflection {{PD}}

Edward Simmons, The Reflection {{PD}}

You’re winding down one major cycle, dear Virgo, and laying the foundation for a whole new one–so what must you do? Put yourself first, at this point–think about the way you present yourself and whether your current style makes the impression you hope for. Make a serious assessment of your career path, your prospects, and where you’d ultimately like to end up; can you get there from here? That’s a question you should answer. You’ll make your best moves this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, by following instinct–just don’t confuse it with wishful thinking–and by letting those in authority or in positions that can support your ambitions see your most unique and original talents and attributes. This latter may be the way you can begin to build for the next cycle–have a Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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Your Weekend ECLIPSE Sampler 20-21 September 2014

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Charles Demuth 'The Circus' (1917) {{PD}}

Charles Demuth ‘The Circus’ (1917) {{PD}}

For 20 September: empowerment at this particular time comes from facing it all (even what we’d rather not), standing up for ourselves and our right to be respected, and involves a willingness to at least question those things we typically consider sacred—they might need a fresh, objective look—and any ways in which we’ve been bending over backward to maintain harmony with the mate or on the home front may also need to be examined. We may have bent too much, thought of ourselves too little—and if we don’t see our needs now, rebellion against those we see as holding power or authority over us may rear its head. What we don’t want to do is fall into patterns of ego or temper from the past—these will get us nowhere in a hurry. Dark of the Moon begins late PM Pacific time. (Perfecting today: Black Moon Lilith parallel Juno and square Vesta, Uranus quincunx Ceres, Mars sesquiquadrate the South Node)

For the 21st: 5 AM PDT the Leo Moon quincunxes Earth. Our surroundings may challenge us emotionally or give us pause. Void begins at 5:48 AM PDT; the Moon enters Virgo at 8:54 AM PDT. 7 PM PDT the Moon creates a T-square by opposing Neptune with both squaring Mars. We may choose or act in spite of a lack of inspiration or imagination–that may leave us very sorry with the results.

Today’s image is a nurse preparing a shot for a small child. Are you anticipating something not-so-pleasant that is meant to be ‘good for you’? Sometimes we make ourselves do things purely out of a kind of superstitious, ritualistic belief that it will protect us; consider the true efficacy of those preventive measures, before subjecting yourself to them.

And on the Sabian for the Lunar Eclipse of 8 October: ‘Nature Spirits Are Seen At Work In The Light Of Sunset’. This reinforces the culmination factor of the eclipse (the sunset) and reassures us that, even if this is an ending for you with no clear-cut new persona yet showing itself, nature is preparing the elements necessary–all you need to do is wait. The conjunction of Uranus to this point emphasizes the spontaneous nature of what will occur, as well as its uniqueness to the needs and personality of each individual

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Born Today 19 September

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Tapestry of Bayeux (Normandy) with Halley's comet. Text reads ISTI MIRANT STELLA: "These (people) are looking in wonder at the star." c1077 {{PD}}

Tapestry of Bayeux (Normandy) with Halley’s comet. Text reads ISTI MIRANT STELLA: “These (people) are looking in wonder at the star.” c1077 {{PD}}

You’re like a singular comet blazing through the sky, dear Virgo–just be careful that you don’t get so carried away building momentum that you forget your very real need this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, for acclaim, attention, and opportunities to display your (probably legendary) generosity. You might think that your forward trajectory will be satisfying enough, but the reality is (as someone once purred) “it’s lonely out in spaaaace”, and you’ll feel that need for the regard and warmth of others acutely at this time. Too, you may begin to feel that your ambitions and goals are not quite as wise as you once thought them to be–and this may send you on a quest to find something a little more solid upon which to build your future. That would be smart; use your ideals surrounding home, mate, and those things you honor as a guide. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 18 September

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Meyer Albert 'Olympic Games, 1896; preparation for the 100-meter race' 1896 {{PD}}

Meyer Albert ‘Olympic Games, 1896; preparation for the 100-meter race’ 1896 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, you may feel like you’re way ahead of everyone else this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–and you are, the only problem being that running at the front of the pack can be a lonely place–not to mention, others are looking to follow your lead, adding pressure and a more-than-usual awareness of the kind of presentation you are making to others. What’s a Solar Virgo to do? First, know that sooner rather than later a period of intense sensitivity you’ve been going through will end–you’ll feel closure, and at that point you will be free to focus on yourself. Too, you have exceptional natural power and authority at your disposal this year, along with an outstanding ability to negotiate the depths, especially those secret, psychic ones where passions reside; don’t neglect to use this ability carefully (by respecting boundaries) but still employing it to your advantage. And third, you need to think about and plan for the next career or status step–but don’t go for it just yet. Instead, have a Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 17 September

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Sir Peter Paul Rubens - 'Peace Embracing Plenty' (apparently as seen from the floor!) c1633 {{PD}}

Sir Peter Paul Rubens – ‘Peace Embracing Plenty’ (apparently as seen from the floor!) c1633 {{PD}}

You may be running on instinct, and acting and reacting from your personal ‘blind spot’ this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo. What’s clear is that material hidden from the psyche will feature prominently in events, and will influence your choices and efforts–and how can one possibly prepare for that? One can’t reasonably prepare for that at all, but you’re in luck: your Solar Return Cancer Moon suggests a great capacity for sensitivity, empathy, and caring; if you’ll commit to feeling and trusting those feelings, you might navigate things very successfully. Don’t be tempted to go ‘dark’ or to reduce things solely to the material level, and embrace elements of ‘luck’ and general good fortune, especially in creating fortuitous relationships and in making good financial moves–because luck and good fortune are waiting to embrace you. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

A Little Lunar Essence 17 September 2014: The Need to Feel Secure

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Peter Henry Emerson - The Poacher - A Hare in View c1886 {{PD}}

Peter Henry Emerson – The Poacher – A Hare in View c1886 {{PD}}

Noon Pacific time the Cancer Moon creates a Grand Trine with Chiron and Ceres. Emotions and sensitivity (especially that keyed to hurt) run high; issues of authority or territory may drive tension and force emotional displays. The key to balancing it all may be 1) we must really care, and 2) we must feel secure enough in our own power that we don’t feel threatened by others’ needs. If dealing with someone who seems unreasonable, try to offer them reassurance concerning their own security and safety–that’s really what they’re worried about. 2 PM PDT the Moon creates a T-square with the Uranus opposition to Pallas-Zeus. This is Cardinal and so active; tension is likely over each individual’s fear that they either will not reach a goal or ambition, or that they are doing something stupid. Try to keep perspective and realize that getting overwrought doesn’t help resolve anything. 10 PM PDT the Moon squares the Nodal axis and Mercury (conjunct NN) and trines Saturn. Reality is what it is, but we may insist that it’s taking us in a direction it isn’t, and point to our own thoughts and perceptions as proof. Find someone clear-sighted to bounce your thoughts off of. Midnight the Moon conjuncts Juno and trines Vesta (it’s also still squaring Merc). We may be feeling very empowered at this point, swinging-through-the-trees energetic and capable, especially when it comes to surety about our home, what we honor, and our mate. Your perception isn’t wrong, but it may be a bit distorted by our sheer abundance of energy, so proceed with care.

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Born Today 16 September

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'The Duet' Charles Van Beveren 1849 {{PD}}

‘The Duet’ Charles Van Beveren 1849 {{PD}}

Emotional matters may take up the first portion of your Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo; specifically, you may spend a lot of time sorting through feelings and, using feelings to sort through, a variety of issues. Thinking about your feelings may become an early keynote, followed by lots of attention to relationships and/ or finances, which loom large and demand your energy–which is only right, as finding and centering identity on the personal authority you carry will be not just the centerpiece to going forward successfully, but also the way to get right with relationships and finances! So, your Solar year becomes about getting to know who you are now and what you feel. Expect empowerment trouble only if you are unwilling to set aside illusion and be fully engaged in reality. Watch throughout the year as transiting Saturn contacts various points and bodies; these natal energies will be the gateway to knowing at any time the state of ‘what is’, and will offer clues in how to deal with it. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 15 September

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It may seem like very little is happening on the outside, but a great deal is happening on the inside. Susan Watkins  'Lady in Yellow' (1902) {{PD}}

It may seem like very little is happening on the outside, but a great deal is happening on the inside. Susan Watkins ‘Lady in Yellow’ (1902) {{PD}}

This may be a relatively low-key year for you, dear Virgo, now through to your next birthday; you may spend it building, planning, gaining skills, and both a little lost and a great deal inspired in daily life. Really, what transpires will be largely internal, a form of growth or evolution that feeds the creativity and inspires you to connect with others and form a network that supports the new ideas you’ll be generating. Yes, friends may come and go at this time, but your ambitions are smart–follow your desires and you can’t go wrong. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 14 September 2014: Feel It, Say It

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Johannes Vermeer - Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid c1670 {{PD}}

Johannes Vermeer – Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid c1670 {{PD}}

14 September what we’ve learned from the past can guide us in adjusting our priorities now; if we don’t use some sort of guideline we run the risk of engaging in erratic, disruptive behavior that risks fouling our own ambitions and desires. Be open to change, even transformation, that’s available in relationships, to apply to finances, and through a general atmosphere of Love—really, accepting the need for reform is the only way to access the treasure—feelings are much more reliable than thoughts at this time—material matters reveal all we need to know and see. (Pallas parallel and Vesta quincunx the South Node, Mars sesquiquadrate Uranus and semi-square Zeus, Venus trine Pluto, Mercury contra-parallel Venus, Earth quincunx Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s image is a letter, addressed and sealed, never intended to be mailed. Do you have something to say to someone and it needs saying, for your own peace? The reality is that if we believe that the only closure comes from expressing our feelings directly to someone, then we’re not talking about expressing, we’re really hoping for a reaction or to engage with them–we’re not looking for peace, we’re looking for enmeshment. If you have something to say, say it–to the air, in a letter, shouting from on top of a mountain–and then let it go. True Self-expression doesn’t need an audience–and as that old saying goes, what we think of someone else is none of their business.

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Born Today 22 October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 21 October

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

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

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

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Born Today 20 October

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

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

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

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Born Today 19 October

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

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

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

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Born Today 18 October

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

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

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

Born Today 17 October

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

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

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

Born Today 16 October

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

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

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

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

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

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

A little Lunar essence for today, the 15th:

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

And for the 16th:

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

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

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Born Today 15 October

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

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

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

Born Today 14 October

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

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

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

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

Born Today 13 October

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

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

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

Born Today 12 October

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

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

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

Between the Eclipses

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Rudolf Koller 1856 {{PD}}

Rudolf Koller 1856 {{PD}}

I think of the two weeks between eclipses as a kind of valley; we can’t see clearly over the mountain behind us, to where we’ve just been, and we can’t see what’s over the mountain ahead of us, either. In the human animal this builds tension, as we fear being trapped in this situation indefinitely; anything could surprise us, and we are very aware of that! In traversing the current valley between the eclipses, we scan the horizon for aid and opportunity (Sun sextile Jupiter) and we look intently for what we should do, how we should act (Sun sextile Mars), and we do all of it with our fate, the direction we’re traveling in life (Sun conjunct North Node), front and center in our (confused–Merc retro) thoughts.

There is nothing unusual in this tension between eclipses; it’s one of the reasons we anticipate their arrival with such dread. We know in our bones, remember in our nerve endings and muscles and psyche, how very stressful the last round was. And yet, there isn’t much we can do about this feeling. In the current situation we’ve just been through an ending, or had the inevitable ending of something signaled loud and clear (the Lunar eclipse of the 8th), and even if we knew this was coming, it was hard; we likely had to admit something about ourselves and what we want (Aries placement) that we had been avoiding up ’til now. This was an area (signified by the House where the eclipse fell) that we may have been controlling, trying to control, or telling ourselves we were controlling–and suddenly we must face that our Will controls absolutely nothing outside our own skin (and not even all inside of that!)

The new start we get on the 23rd (the Solar eclipse) can be summed up as offering a beginning that is ‘wise and valuable’–and that’s so whether we see it as such or not! That doesn’t make our anticipation any less tense, though; it’s like the stress of bringing home a new baby, getting engaged, winning the lottery. In spite of the fact that it’s one of the best things that can happen to us, we still experience a great deal of upset, pressure, unforeseen effects, and our responsibility–our need to respond–is tested and stretched and drains us of energy and initiative right at the point when we need it most. Knowing that something like this is coming can grate on us terribly–but knowing that’s the case, and knowing there’s nothing to be done about it, should free us. We can safely ignore much of what’s troubling us now–whatever needs facing will come to us, with the eclipse in Scorpio, representing a raw kind of truth at 00 of the sign–and it will open the way to a new beginning–and most of us would really welcome one of those right about now.

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Born Today 11 October

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What do you imagine is at the top of their lists? Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes 'The Letter' circa 1850 {{PD}}

What do you imagine is at the top of their lists? Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes ‘The Letter’ circa 1850 {{PD}}

What you want to accomplish will be at the top of your list this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra–but the question is, Will you be able to mesh the Will with the currently established life direction? And do you want to?

You’ll make excellent forward progress, and the temptation may be to modify goals to aim higher and bigger; this is possible, but if you choose to alter what you’re going for you’ll also inevitably lose at least some of the momentum you’ve built in the current direction. If you’re okay with the trade-off, it can be done, but it may be more satisfying to continue on the current course, as results, accomplishments, and rewards are right around the corner. Too, this year may be difficult in both communication and emotional matters; one or both areas may be under intense stress, and for some problems here will combine and make for upset especially in relationships. But on the bright side, there are two areas where you may do exceptionally well: being original and true to yourself, and allowing healing to occur to past hurts, will bring Love, money, or both into the life. Not bad, right? Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 10 October

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 'Lule ne Llamp' 2 October 2012 by Bessi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

‘Lule ne Llamp’ 2 October 2012 by Bessi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Ambitions are coming to full flower this year, dear Libra, but so are your assertive urges–and this is great, as the dynamic willingness to ‘do’ will serve you very well by advancing your agenda and moving you toward goal fulfillment; it may also trip you up, as the ‘I Am’ will accept no excuses for not getting what it wants. Be careful when communicating; not only can that assertiveness offer others a less-than-flattering impression, you might be terribly misunderstood, and the mate or partner could end up receiving the brunt of your frustration. Those are minor points, though, within the Big Picture, as you’ll be offered a (possibly once-in-a-lifetime) array of opportunities that will allow you to shine, earn, and share generously with others in your life–and that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Solar Return featured aspect: rather than an aspect, this is about an empty spot that when filled during the year by transit (or natally by a placement, or by Secondary Progression or Solar Arc) can lead to extraordinarily focused efforts that will accelerate achievement radically. Watch the 16-18 range of Taurus, through to your next birthday, as anything here will fill in a Finger of God that puts your SR energies aimed at action, choice, and goal fulfillment in high gear. Since the SR Moon for this birthday is in Taurus, some of you will have that Moon filling in the Finger for the entire year–and that offers a rocket forward with some serious material benefits.

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Earth and her Moon taken by the Galileo probe 1990 NASA {{PD}}

Earth and her Moon taken by the Galileo probe 1990 NASA {{PD}}

A few bits in this post-eclipse season:

9 October: Merc retro is pulling things we’d rather leave in the past into the present and messing with our feelings of empowerment and effectiveness. Why? As Merc moves backward it pulls things with it like water exiting a drain—and anything left lying around unattended from the past is prime for Mercury to suck, dredge, and serve up. What we see, though, if we look past the sodden mess of Mercury in retreat is our shining ambitions and desires, the pinnacle of what we hope for, high upon the hill; all we need do to reach them is adjust our values and home and mate interactions, just so, allowing us to make both what we have and what we want harmonize. Sweet. (Perfecting today: Juno square Mercury and parallel the South Node, Sun conjunct and parallel Zeus, Earth sesquiquadrate Vesta). Lunar Note: 11 PM PDT the Taurus Moon trines Pluto. You have the power to shape the material world at this point–use it wisely.

10 October: Relationships and finances are calling for adjustment—without the flexibility to accommodate changing situations, we may find ourselves looking at severely outdated interactions sitting in for real relationships, and severely reduced financial circumstances substituting for dynamic earning and attracting. We have the chance to engineer bounty—do it! Take opportunities, respond to circumstances as they are, not as you wish they were, and listen—others are there to help, whether it’s with advice or by example, whether they’ll be showing you how to do ‘it’, or warning you off by their own poor choices. (Perfecting today: Merc enters Libra, Venus quincunx Chiron, Sun sextile Jupiter)

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Born Today 9 October

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'The Fair Toxophilites' William Powell Frith {{PD}}

‘The Fair Toxophilites’ William Powell Frith {{PD}}

Ambitions and goals loom large for you this coming Solar year, dear Libra, through to your next birthday; what you want, what you’re aiming for, is paramount, and I can’t blame you for being so focused: it feels to you as if your Fate hangs in the balance during this period–and it does, as it does for anyone. The difference for you is that your intuition will be spectacular, giving you an enormous edge in making decisions and choices, and informing you to a highly accurate degree of the state of the unseen in any situation–certainly a major advantage. Just take time to take aim, and be willing to prioritize–otherwise you may become distracted by lesser goals and opportunities, at least a few of which may come out of the past and offer you a kind of quick but goal-missing ego gratification. Too, it’s better to face the hard truths in Love and Finances–doing so can take a mediocre relationship or earning situation and turn it into a powerful magnet for the good things in life. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 8 October

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Suntower, concept art, NASA {{PD}}

Suntower, concept art, NASA {{PD}}

Energy deployment may be the running theme this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra; the question will be, will you get into action to make your dreams and goals a reality, will you burn it up in temper and Willfulness, or will you unite emotional perceptions with action to become a juggernaut of accomplishment? Any of these is a possibility, but the best way to approach it may be this: make knowledge your god. Either pursue a course that makes the most of already acquired learning and skills, or go after new territory by learning all you can before going forward. Stick to the facts and listen to the experiences of those who’ve gone before you; don’t be tempted to guess or skip steps. If you center everything in what’s known and knowable, you can accomplish Big, and the social sphere is likely to be highly receptive to whatever you do during this period–make the most of it. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Not-the-Eclipse, and a Little AstroEssence 8 October 2014: Below the Waterline

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'Seal Rock, California' Albert Bierstadt 1872 {{PD}}

‘Seal Rock, California’ Albert Bierstadt 1872 {{PD}}

Of course, there’s an eclipse in just a couple of hours, but you can read about that lots of places (and if you’re interested in my take, you can subscribe and get it all), so I thought I’d share a bit of commentary on the aspects perfecting today that are unrelated to the Lunar eclipse (Full Moon) that begins at 3:51 AM Pacific of the 8th at 15 Aries 05. My discussion of an event like an eclipse keeps to some tight orbs in order to focus the eclipse picture itself, apart from any other influences in force; that way we can sort eclipse effects from others much more easily than if we throw it all in one basket–and yet, since it all occurs within the same time frame, we can’t ignore that there’s more to the day of an eclipse than just the event itself.

8 October is when I’d like to remind everyone that just because there’s a major aspect in the heavens, it doesn’t mean this will show up in the life; interaction of transiting energies with natal factors is far more important than any transiting to transiting aspect. That said, we’ve got two general whammies here, with the action urge, ego, ‘I Am’ in harmony with the social sphere and/ or gathering in knowledge like a sponge, and possibly successfully expanding the individual reach impressively. At the same time we see relationships hit some dark, destructive, below-the-waterline rocks and we wonder how we never noticed those before. Both influences may knock us off course—or onto the right one, should we have been substituting artificial goals for our natural ones. We may need to withdraw or pull back in order to re-group, but this is both temporary and allows us the space we need to sort exaggeration from useful information. (Perfecting today: Saturn parallel Ceres, while Jupiter is contra-parallel both Saturn and Ceres, Mars trine Jupiter, Venus square Pluto)

Born Today 7 October

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'The Valois Tapestry' c1580 {{PD}}

‘The Valois Tapestry’ c1580 {{PD}}

Will it be radical individuality for you this year, dear Libra, or a position within the group, one that allows you to lead and that allows you to show-off your natural bent for diplomacy and thoughtfulness? If you go the singular route, you have an opportunity to be truly original, with the thing to concentrate on being an appropriate and effective outlet for that originality; if you throw your lot in with the group, you have the chance to really make an unforgettable mark, but you also run the risk of being too unusual, if you can believe it, and so end up strangely isolated from those you hoped to be a part of. All this simply means that presentation and standards for interaction will be especially important this Solar year, through to your next birthday. Being aware of how you come across will be the difference between some terribly wounding interactions (for both parties) and finding and using your most unique skills in a way that sets you apart and perhaps gives you an amazing reputation as a source of wisdom and healing–wow, so really concentrate on those relationship skills. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 6 October

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Circus poster, 1890 – Library of Congress {{PD}}

Dear Libra, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be filled with the unexpected, the healing, and the hurtful, and you’ll be given plenty of opportunities to show your skills. Material matters may surprise, but so will your inventiveness and originality, though the most surprising thing of all may be the choices you make and the actions you take–you are unpredictable this year, and that’s saying something for a think-before-you-do-it Air sign. All that choosing and doing is in service to widening the horizons and gaining knowledge, but when under stress you may simply reach for power, believing you’ll sort it out later; that won’t go well, so have goals in mind before grabbing for the clout to implement them. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 5 October

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"White cat and two yellow butterflies' Arthur Heyer early 20th century {{PD}}

“White cat and two yellow butterflies’ Arthur Heyer early 20th century {{PD}}

You’ve been through some big changes this past year, haven’t you, dear Libra? When you look back, you may even see it as a transformation–so what could possibly come along this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, that could top the cocoon opening to release the butterfly? Allowing that butterfly to express its own uniqueness, that’s what. Originality will be the thing you will both be consumed by and scared of; though you really want to make your mark and show how far you’ve come, you’re deathly afraid of becoming alienated from the group–you’re just not ready to fly solo quite yet–but you’re deeply in need of being recognized as an individual. How to handle this? Concentrate on developing spiritual depth through practices of compassion, healing, and exercise the imagination and creativity in a way that might aid the Collective–then your beautiful butterfly future will fall into place! Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 4 October

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Creating things the way you want, Libra, doesn't mean taking everything down to the bone. 'Death' by Anita Rée 1925 {{PD}}

Creating things the way you want, Libra, doesn’t mean taking everything down to the bone. ‘Death’ by Anita Rée 1925 {{PD}}

Dear Libra, you seem to be completely consumed right now with clearing out the old and ringing in the new. That’s fine, except you may not be making the kinds of distinctions that keep you from throwing out what you really want to keep; you may be too caught up, now through this Solar year, ending at your next birthday, with transforming your world, and yourself along with it, but you may need to slow down and ask yourself why you’re doing this. There’s a danger that your actions are fueled by not liking who you are right now–and this method of destroying the structures and supports of your life down to the bone means you could wake up the same person, but without those things that normally comfort and aid you–they’ll be gone, felled by your maniacal ax. Determination to fix what’s not working is a good thing, but first you must pause and see what current, great things about you should not just remain, but should be elevated and shared with the world: these include your quick wits, an outstanding ability to work with Mother Nature, your sense of ambition (which makes you focused and effective at getting what you want), your rather amazing talent for healing yourself and others, and your enormous capacity to understand what’s really going on around you–you can share some truly dazzling insights with others, things that can open up their worlds–but first you’ve got to get a good grasp on how talented you really are, before anymore extremist housekeeping occurs :) Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 3 October

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Ogata Kōrin 'RED AND WHITE PLUM BLOSSOMS' (National Treasure) late 17th century {{PD}}

Ogata Kōrin
‘RED AND WHITE PLUM BLOSSOMS’ (National Treasure) late 17th century {{PD}}

This is a year, dear Libra, when you will determine the true sources of power in your life; it’s also a year when Fate may reach out and ‘adjust’ your life direction in a way that will show major effects later. For right now, it’s enough to spend the time, through to your next birthday, seeking your personal El Dorado of effectiveness, stamina, assets, and abilities; locate these within the psyche, find a way to incorporate them in the life, and you’ll quite literally make your fortune. Don’t be distracted by the threat of destruction that comes from competitors–they’re jealous–and rely as much if not more on the feelings, intuition, and instincts than on the mind–the mentality will show some significant shortcomings at this time–the only way around it is to trust the emotional perceptions, which will be endowed with–surprise!–fully-realized information from intangible sources. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 2 October

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James Carroll Beckwith 'Carrefour at the End of the Tapis Vert, Versailles' {{PD}}

James Carroll Beckwith ‘Carrefour at the End of the Tapis Vert, Versailles’ {{PD}}

A clash of Titans may be on the agenda very shortly, dear Libra, and you will be involved, chiefly due to an emotional outlook that seems set in stone–and on top of that, you may be feeling your life Path is also already set and inflexible. It seems you’re taking acceptance of ‘What Is’ to new heights, forgetting that you’re in charge, you’re driving, those are your assets and talents–and you should know that you’ll very soon have an opportunity right in line with ambitions. Don’t blow it by standing and looking down at your feet–dance! Bonus: you’re also on the way to healing a very battered portion of the individuality; in fact, it’s being prepared to be one of your most outstanding future assets. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

The Daily for 2 October 2014: Sweet

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@ Annica's, Michelangelo Towers, Sandton, Johannesburg. 26 February 2012 'Petit Fours' Author Saaleha Bamjee from Johannesburg, South Africa Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

@ Annica’s, Michelangelo Towers, Sandton, Johannesburg.
26 February 2012
‘Petit Fours’
Author Saaleha Bamjee from Johannesburg, South Africa Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

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2 October our ambitions and desires come on strong and possibly take over our efforts; attention to instinct and ‘gut’ feelings must be paid, or we suffer by overdoing, over expanding, or exaggerating and losing our chance—and don’t listen to the social circle, they’ll just egg us on. (Perfecting today: Jupiter sextile Zeus, Sun sesquiquadrate Sedna)

The Lunar Outlook for the 2nd: 1 AM PDT of the 2nd the Capricorn Moon squares Zeus. We may put up emotional barriers to fulfilling our own ambitions and wants–somehow barriers feel safer than giving ourselves permission. For now respect the emotional need. 6:30 AM PDT the Moon squares the Nodal axis and sextiles Ceres-Saturn. We feel we have natural power and authority at this time, but this doesn’t seem to help us deal with our life direction–we are somehow heading for emotional upset, and may find ourselves coping with our own emotional denial so we can handle the friction. Recognize that boundaries are something we must agree to in order for them to have any power, and that laying out the actual, physical boundaries of our own territory may be a very good exercise, making clearer to ourselves better than any other way can just where we do and don’t hold sway. Noon the Moon quincunxes Black Moon Lilith and squares Pallas. We are made uncomfortable by circumstances and matters we’d rather ignore, but we know it isn’t wise to avoid dealing with these. How to handle this? Approach tough subjects with restraint and calm–the Cappy Moon offers support to those who go slow, follow the ‘rules’, and do their best to meet matters in a disciplined way. 3 PM PDT the Moon trines Sedna. Instinct and intuition inform each other, and put us in the perfect ‘space’ to understand completely whatever environment or interaction we undertake. 9 PM PDT the Moon opposes Juno and sextiles Vesta. We may stymie our own empowerment by adhering too strictly to our highest standards; it’s better to bend than break, in the name of moving forward.

Today’s image: cookies and milk. Be on the lookout, for these as a synchronicity marker, or as a delicious snack.

Born Today 1 October

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by Petrus Christus  'St Eligius in His Workshop' (detail) 1449 {{PD}}

by Petrus Christus
‘St Eligius in His Workshop’ (detail) 1449 {{PD}}

You’re coming up on some big choices and even bigger power plays in the foreseeable future, dear Libra–but will you be ready? You’re already feeling burdened–or is it restrained?– by emotional matters. Your feelings and the feelings of others have made barriers and put up walls you dare not cross–and yet these will be the very areas you need to explore if you are to have full access to your own power. It may help you to know that your ambitions and desires are not as big–or as urgently in need of fulfillment–as it feels right now–they can and will wait–and if you continue to work on the power picture, within about 6 months you could be (figuratively speaking) worth your weight in gold. Now that’s something to look forward to! Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 30 September

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Tall bearded iris 'Soap Opera' (Ghio, 1982) EML RE 32" by Renee C. Fraser Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Tall bearded iris ‘Soap Opera’ (Ghio, 1982) EML RE 32″ by Renee C. Fraser Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Dear Libra, your life this Solar year, through to your next birthday, may read a little like a soap opera: caught between Love and Ambition, you’ll make choices that will shape your Fate. Don’t worry, though–everyone makes these decisions every day, we just aren’t usually as tuned-in to the repercussions of what we pick as you will be, Libra. This can be a huge advantage, as you’ll see what could be ripple out before you with every choice–but this can also paralyze you, if you try too hard to make everything ‘perfect’. Embrace your Solar Return Sagittarian Moon and its spirit of adventure and enlarging your horizons, explore whatever speaks to you, and remain conscious of what may come from your decisions, but realize that even the most prescient among us can’t foresee everything–that’s what makes life so interesting. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 29 September

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Edwin Austin Abbey,  - 'Potpourri' - 1899 {{PD}}

Edwin Austin Abbey, – ‘Potpourri’ – 1899 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, your attention may turn toward ‘luck’–or is it more the way fortuitous meetings, chance occurrences, random breaks, and good guesses combine to lead you in a direction that, by the end of the year, you’re likely to look back on as both amazingly positive and ‘fated’, as if no other result were even possible? Your originality and inventiveness will combine and bring opportunity such as you haven’t seen for a long time–and you may enjoy a knack for research, unearthing secrets, and getting to the bottom of issues–and that may or may not win you new friends. Watch for: hair-trigger tempers (your own and that of others) and a tendency toward over-optimism–stay connected to reality so that you have a fair idea of what will go forward, and what won’t. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 28 September

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Henri Lebasque 'Young Girls in a Boat' c 1900

Henri Lebasque ‘Young Girls in a Boat’ c 1900

You ARE your creative energy this year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, but as you may be aware, your current patron saint, Neptune, is transiting through his own sign–and so, though his signal’s coming through to you loud and clear (or as clear as Neppy can be!) he’s also consumed with his own creative process–as you will be, too. That means there will be relationships to ignore, communications to muddle, and finances to neglect–and yet, this could be a really great period for you as you’ll enjoy tremendous ability to focus, to know what you want, and you will find support for you ambitions and desires in some surprising places. So, get behind that original idea, nail down the details that will bring that dream to reality, and go for it–you’ll rarely see such a perfect combination of opportunity, ability, and talent available at the same time–use it! Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Your Weekend ECLIPSE Sampler 27-28 September 2014

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'Ceres' Alice Pike Barney 1901 {{PD}}

‘Ceres’ Alice Pike Barney 1901 {{PD}}

A Little Lunar Essence for 27 September: 4 AM PDT the Scorpio Moon sextiles Pluto. It’s time to purge! –the emotions, the pipeline to intuition, and the Self of secrets that are weighing us down. Just let it out. 10 AM PDT the Moon trines Chiron and quincunxes Uranus. We are attuned to hurt, but if we make a conscious effort, we can turn that energy toward healing, it’s polar opposite–all we need to apply is a unique, original, or unusual approach that allows us to take a view beyond our wounds. Noon the Moon squares Jupiter. Experiences in the social sphere are not the best–stick with what you know, and what you’re sure of. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Ceres. We are in touch with Mother Nature, Gaia, our own sense of authority, and can negotiate purely by ‘feel’ should we need or want to. 9 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Saturn and semi-sextiles Pallas. Restraint is smart–it’s that simple.

And a Little AstroEssence for the 28th: Our priorities and interests seem contrary to those of the social circle, and what info we learn or knowledge we glean may be destructive in its effects or concentrated on gaining or holding onto power. Efforts at expansion and control of others or our surroundings seem to threaten what we truly care about—so we step away, thinking we can avoid a problem, but instead find we’ve misunderstood the stakes involved. Stick to facts and adjust efforts to focus on material changes, results, and solid, working-with-reality matters; assume that you are operating under at least a few illusions, that the worth of things is fuzzy at best, and proceed with that kind of caution in mind. (Perfecting today: Vesta contra-parallel Jupiter and semi-square Pluto, Sun quincunx Neptune and contra-parallel Venus, Earth sesquiquadrate Saturn)

A brief article from the Weekly:

More on Eclipses: Expectations
Too often we approach eclipses as some kind of change-your-luck, reach-the-holy-grail, wash-away-your sins kind of astrological event. They are nothing more than New and Full Moons where we just happen, from our vantage point on Earth, to witness one body blocking another, and so cutting off that body’s light. Is that a big deal astrologically? Yes and no—it can signify big, even Earth-shaking, changes and wipe-outs, new starts and major endings, but we have to get past this idea that this kind of massive re-model of our potentials and our lives will occur at each eclipse set.

It’s really as rare as any other lightning strike or lottery win; we’ll have a few of those scattered through life, but mostly eclipses will represent the more subtle or less monumental changes that are part and parcel of every day living. Too much concentration on eclipses as super-powerful comes too close to endowing them with a magical effect they really don’t (and can’t) have—and it’s not a good way to look at the Universe, as if we are waiting for externals to rescue us, or bring us something mystical or extraordinary that will change our lives—really, we have to do the changing ourselves.

We must also remember that even though we are fixated on certain life subjects, that doesn’t mean an eclipse set will address them; sometimes it does, but just as often it points us in another direction entirely. This is a clue to us that the Universe doesn’t necessarily see our agenda as the important one—and maybe hints that what we are finding important in the moment isn’t really important at all. If you’ll let them, eclipses will help steer you in the direction of what you’re really facing, and what your real opportunities are.

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Born Today 27 September

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NASA {{PD}}

Creativity explodes in you this year, dear Libra, and that can be messy, so be sure to arrange your environment so that your ideas, imagination, urge to build and do, and your capacity to translate what you visualize into something concrete or that is heard and seen by others has a supportive space in which to flourish. It would be a mistake not to put your creative urge first this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday; temptations may include emotional drama and excuses about being held back by the past. Don’t fool yourself (another hazard), Libra: this is your year to bring a dream into reality–don’t miss out. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Born Today 26 September

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Concentrate on what means the most to you, dear Libra, like home and family. 'Getting Ready for a Game' Carl Larsson 1901 {{PD}}

Concentrate on what means the most to you, dear Libra, like home and family. ‘Getting Ready for a Game’ Carl Larsson 1901 {{PD}}

Communicating emotions may be the centerpiece of your world this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and oh what a tense focus it will be, dear Libra! The tendency may be to dig too much when you don’t get a satisfying reply to what you put out there, but that really isn’t such a good idea; others may see you as overwrought and erratic, or as you used to be in the past–and that doesn’t help you calm down and live in the present, does it? This year don’t worry quite so much about sharing your thoughts and feelings–that can wait. Instead concentrate on those things you really care about: relationships, home and mate, causes to which you dedicate your life energy–and listen both to the wise inner voice that lives within, and to the myriad sources of positive and useful guidance you have available–do that and you’ll go far. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 25 September

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'The Art of Painting' Johannes Vermeer c1666 {{PD}}

‘The Art of Painting’ Johannes Vermeer c1666 {{PD}}

Though you’re headed for an exceptionally creative year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, you may find yourself distracted over serious power struggles and territorial disputes in important relationships–it may even reach a point where you feel the partner is trying to suppress your forward progress. Paranoid much? The reality is the partner is only feeling the pressure of her or his own ambitions; your mate doesn’t realize how much pressure they’re inadvertently exerting on you. The way around it is to broaden the scope of some of your aims, so that others can be included in the highly dynamic momentum you will generate with what seems like so little effort–being generous calms the relationship waters and brings unexpected benefits via the gratitude and affections of others. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 24 September

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Over-thinking is a distinct possibility. 'Lost in Thought' James Carroll Beckwith 1907 {{PD}}

Over-thinking is a distinct possibility. ‘Lost in Thought’ James Carroll Beckwith 1907 {{PD}}

Libra, you’re likely to be feeling brand spankin’ new in some important life areas (likely the ones of the House where your Sun is located, or the ones with Leo on the cusp); this can be rejuvenating, especially in terms of piquing your interest in expressing your Will and showing your originality. The only problems may be that you could tend to over-think things, and thereby suppress what you know is smart or wise in the moment. A willingness to act and consciously remaining aware of your own power (not to mention your inherent rights) will go a long way toward making this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, a fun and fantastically productive one. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

A Little Something on Hekate, the Wayshower

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William Blake's depiction of Hekate reflects a lot of the cultural baggage she's been assigned. 1795 {{PD}}

William Blake’s depiction of Hekate reflects a lot of the cultural baggage she’s been assigned. 1795 {{PD}}

This is an excerpt from a post previously seen at ‘Been There, Done That’ Have a great Wednesday!

Originating in Asia Minor, Hekate began as a powerful ‘Mother Goddess,’ but she steadily gained a narrower field of responsibility with each culture she entered. In many instances, figures such as Hathor and Demeter/ Ceres took on many of Hekate’s early characteristics (and of course, she was known by other names before the Greeks bestowed the one we call her by today), with Hekate carrying fewer and fewer of the ‘mother and nurture’ traits; if we combine this narrowing of responsibilities with the later influence of Christian elements on the scenarios of the gods and goddesses, we see that Hekate became a figure who carried unflattering and unwanted projections about the dark and ‘dangerous’ qualities of women. In Greek and Roman myth Hekate was demoted to be under Ceres’/ Demeter’s command, and was sent to accompany Persephone/ Proserpina on her journeys back and forth to the Underworld. Eventually Hekate was deemed ruler of witchcraft (in its most negative definitions), sorcery, demonic activity, and the darkness. This was a simple response of the patriarchy to the female connection to life-giving energy and the female alignment with the rhythms and cycles of the Universe: gestation and childbirth, a woman’s receptive sexual energy (which through the years has been portrayed as evil by its ‘seductive’–another word for receptive–nature) and a determination to keep women as powerless within the social set-up as possible, all contributing to the negative ‘stash’ Hekate has been assigned to carry.

Hekate’s true nature is as a way-shower, in all the many guises this can take. She stands at crossroads both literal and figurative, straddles the border between conscious and unconscious, light and dark, life and death, and translates energy between the two. She is said to be present at crime scenes, to guide travelers on their way, and to be present during the Dark of the Moon, with the Dark period association a good example of the narrowing that has occurred over time–originally Hekate was a Moon goddess, not confined to the Dark phase. It also makes sense that her connection to all forms of darkness would make her a conduit for the unconscious, and so her prominence in the chart or in relation to a particular energy or life area can alert us to the presence of unconscious material in that particular expression or venue. She echoes Pallas as well, as both a wise guide and a guardian–specifically of gateways and other points of ingress or egress (and both goddesses share similarity to Moon goddess Artemis/ Diana, the Huntress, in terms of all three having a martial/ guardian quality). And her characterization as a Crone makes sense when we consider that, ideally, with age comes wisdom–and that should tell us that we can learn from Hekate as well as be guided by or protected by her.

Hekate’s wisdom has unfortunately been trivialized, quite literally; she is the goddess of trivia! This comes from the retired Roman soldiers who were stationed about the city and at crossroads, available to answer questions concerning the area and what lay down each road. Hekate as a way-shower naturally came to be seen as the goddess of these question-answerers, and due to the spoke-like pattern of many Roman via connections there were often at least three roads leading from one point, thus tri three, via road or way, came to be associated with being able to answer any question presented. It’s important to see this as simply reminiscent of Hekate’s store of knowledge having a great span, a span that covers light and dark, and that reaches not just the into the profound life and death arenas but that also includes the minutiae of culture, tradition, and occurrences and changes of the past and present.

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New Moon in Libra 23 September 2014: A Test of Power

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Here's a test of your power: wrangle cats, get them in harness, and get them to pull you and a dozen cherubs around in the clouds--that's power! 'Freya, Cats, and Angels' Nils Blommér 1851 {{PD}}

Here’s a test of your power: wrangle cats, get them in harness, and get them to pull you and a dozen cherubs around in the clouds–that’s power! ‘Freya, Cats, and Angels’ Nils Blommér 1851 {{PD}}

5 AM PDT of the 23rd the Virgo Moon conjuncts Venus and semi-sextiles Black Moon Lilith. Criticism in relationships stems from issues ignored or denied; if anything comes up, recognize at once that this is something that needs to be faced head-on. 7 AM PDT the Lunar influence rests at the midpoint of Juno and Vesta. Empowerment must be balanced with our dedication to important causes, to home, and to the mate–not taking these into consideration risks giving our power to the ‘wrong’ people or causes, or supporting what doesn’t support us. 9 AM PDT the Moon trines Sedna. Instinct flavors feelings; we have a direct pipeline at this point to intuitive knowledge–use it. Void begins at 10:51 AM PDT; the Moon enters Libra at 9 PM sharp Pacific time.

New Moon in Libra occurs on the 23rd at 11:13 PM Pacific time at 1 Libra 07: A Test of Power

The New Moon makes no aspects to other bodies—very unusual. The closest thing we have is a semi-square to Ceres, so we’ll go with that. This suggests that what begins here relates to power expression in the personal life, and specifically to how effective we actually feel in ordering our world and having an impact. The aspect itself implies that this will be a mild but still difficult issue. The one thing we should be aware of is that the likely outlet for this power-testing will be in relationships, especially with the mate or partner, though it’s also possible that we may see new starts of a ‘natural’ variety in the House where the New Moon falls. See the New Moon chart here–just scroll down past the eclipses!

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Born Today 23 September

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This is so Libra, riding in on a pretty sidesaddle, with her bird. 'An Algerian Lady Hawking' Horace Vernet {{PD}}

This is so Libra, riding in on a pretty sidesaddle, with her bird. ‘An Algerian Lady Hawking’ Horace Vernet {{PD}}

Hello Libra! Did you just get here, or are you always so breathless and moist with exertion? It seems you want to make a big, Airy, Cardinal impact on your surroundings this Solar year, through to your next birthday–but you may have to settle for showing your most unique qualities and developing your original ideas. That’s not so bad, but it could be a little lonelier than you usually are, as it takes solitude to create. Find a group that appreciates you, especially your more unusual qualities, so you’ll have the support you need when you’re not creating and want to mix it up, and watch the matters of the House with Aquarius on the cusp–this is where a lot of the magic, opportunity, and going overboard may happen. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 22 September

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Evelyn Simak Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Creative energy carves out a path for you this coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, and it may be some time before you come up for air and see exactly where you stand. Critical faculties are in high gear, and using them pays off financially but not so much emotionally–in the personal arena it may be better to stay quiet and in the background for now, as you’ve got some things to work out of which even you aren’t yet aware. Mobilize your energy for pure creative ends, face matters that need facing, and by your next birthday you will have moved to a significantly better life position than you occupy now. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck! If you are a Libra, please see the post for the 23rd.

Featured Solar Return aspect: Juno trine Vesta in Water. Empowerment comes through respecting our own and others’ values, and in efforts to make home and mate feel loved and secure. This isn’t the most direct route to feeling personally empowered, but it is the one with the biggest pay off.

Born Today 21 September

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Gaston La Touche Le Ballet c1910 {{PD}}

Gaston La Touche Le Ballet c1910 {{PD}}

You find a perfect emotional balance this coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, but you’re in danger of making this a static situation–you may fall in love with the stability and predictability of it and forget that the ups and downs are what give the feelings texture and distinguish one day from another. To prevent this, vow to expand your personal bubble; be willing to act spontaneously, to try what’s new, if it appeals, and to rebel once in a while. Showing your originality on the social scene qualifies, as well. Shake it up (even if you must schedule this on a regular basis!) and you won’t go far wrong. Key to your year: Love and Money work in tandem to create your reality, and so your future. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 20 September

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Edward Simmons, The Reflection {{PD}}

Edward Simmons, The Reflection {{PD}}

You’re winding down one major cycle, dear Virgo, and laying the foundation for a whole new one–so what must you do? Put yourself first, at this point–think about the way you present yourself and whether your current style makes the impression you hope for. Make a serious assessment of your career path, your prospects, and where you’d ultimately like to end up; can you get there from here? That’s a question you should answer. You’ll make your best moves this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, by following instinct–just don’t confuse it with wishful thinking–and by letting those in authority or in positions that can support your ambitions see your most unique and original talents and attributes. This latter may be the way you can begin to build for the next cycle–have a Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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Your Weekend ECLIPSE Sampler 20-21 September 2014

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Charles Demuth 'The Circus' (1917) {{PD}}

Charles Demuth ‘The Circus’ (1917) {{PD}}

For 20 September: empowerment at this particular time comes from facing it all (even what we’d rather not), standing up for ourselves and our right to be respected, and involves a willingness to at least question those things we typically consider sacred—they might need a fresh, objective look—and any ways in which we’ve been bending over backward to maintain harmony with the mate or on the home front may also need to be examined. We may have bent too much, thought of ourselves too little—and if we don’t see our needs now, rebellion against those we see as holding power or authority over us may rear its head. What we don’t want to do is fall into patterns of ego or temper from the past—these will get us nowhere in a hurry. Dark of the Moon begins late PM Pacific time. (Perfecting today: Black Moon Lilith parallel Juno and square Vesta, Uranus quincunx Ceres, Mars sesquiquadrate the South Node)

For the 21st: 5 AM PDT the Leo Moon quincunxes Earth. Our surroundings may challenge us emotionally or give us pause. Void begins at 5:48 AM PDT; the Moon enters Virgo at 8:54 AM PDT. 7 PM PDT the Moon creates a T-square by opposing Neptune with both squaring Mars. We may choose or act in spite of a lack of inspiration or imagination–that may leave us very sorry with the results.

Today’s image is a nurse preparing a shot for a small child. Are you anticipating something not-so-pleasant that is meant to be ‘good for you’? Sometimes we make ourselves do things purely out of a kind of superstitious, ritualistic belief that it will protect us; consider the true efficacy of those preventive measures, before subjecting yourself to them.

And on the Sabian for the Lunar Eclipse of 8 October: ‘Nature Spirits Are Seen At Work In The Light Of Sunset’. This reinforces the culmination factor of the eclipse (the sunset) and reassures us that, even if this is an ending for you with no clear-cut new persona yet showing itself, nature is preparing the elements necessary–all you need to do is wait. The conjunction of Uranus to this point emphasizes the spontaneous nature of what will occur, as well as its uniqueness to the needs and personality of each individual

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Born Today 19 September

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Tapestry of Bayeux (Normandy) with Halley's comet. Text reads ISTI MIRANT STELLA: "These (people) are looking in wonder at the star." c1077 {{PD}}

Tapestry of Bayeux (Normandy) with Halley’s comet. Text reads ISTI MIRANT STELLA: “These (people) are looking in wonder at the star.” c1077 {{PD}}

You’re like a singular comet blazing through the sky, dear Virgo–just be careful that you don’t get so carried away building momentum that you forget your very real need this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, for acclaim, attention, and opportunities to display your (probably legendary) generosity. You might think that your forward trajectory will be satisfying enough, but the reality is (as someone once purred) “it’s lonely out in spaaaace”, and you’ll feel that need for the regard and warmth of others acutely at this time. Too, you may begin to feel that your ambitions and goals are not quite as wise as you once thought them to be–and this may send you on a quest to find something a little more solid upon which to build your future. That would be smart; use your ideals surrounding home, mate, and those things you honor as a guide. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 18 September

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Meyer Albert 'Olympic Games, 1896; preparation for the 100-meter race' 1896 {{PD}}

Meyer Albert ‘Olympic Games, 1896; preparation for the 100-meter race’ 1896 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, you may feel like you’re way ahead of everyone else this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–and you are, the only problem being that running at the front of the pack can be a lonely place–not to mention, others are looking to follow your lead, adding pressure and a more-than-usual awareness of the kind of presentation you are making to others. What’s a Solar Virgo to do? First, know that sooner rather than later a period of intense sensitivity you’ve been going through will end–you’ll feel closure, and at that point you will be free to focus on yourself. Too, you have exceptional natural power and authority at your disposal this year, along with an outstanding ability to negotiate the depths, especially those secret, psychic ones where passions reside; don’t neglect to use this ability carefully (by respecting boundaries) but still employing it to your advantage. And third, you need to think about and plan for the next career or status step–but don’t go for it just yet. Instead, have a Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 17 September

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Sir Peter Paul Rubens - 'Peace Embracing Plenty' (apparently as seen from the floor!) c1633 {{PD}}

Sir Peter Paul Rubens – ‘Peace Embracing Plenty’ (apparently as seen from the floor!) c1633 {{PD}}

You may be running on instinct, and acting and reacting from your personal ‘blind spot’ this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo. What’s clear is that material hidden from the psyche will feature prominently in events, and will influence your choices and efforts–and how can one possibly prepare for that? One can’t reasonably prepare for that at all, but you’re in luck: your Solar Return Cancer Moon suggests a great capacity for sensitivity, empathy, and caring; if you’ll commit to feeling and trusting those feelings, you might navigate things very successfully. Don’t be tempted to go ‘dark’ or to reduce things solely to the material level, and embrace elements of ‘luck’ and general good fortune, especially in creating fortuitous relationships and in making good financial moves–because luck and good fortune are waiting to embrace you. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

A Little Lunar Essence 17 September 2014: The Need to Feel Secure

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Peter Henry Emerson - The Poacher - A Hare in View c1886 {{PD}}

Peter Henry Emerson – The Poacher – A Hare in View c1886 {{PD}}

Noon Pacific time the Cancer Moon creates a Grand Trine with Chiron and Ceres. Emotions and sensitivity (especially that keyed to hurt) run high; issues of authority or territory may drive tension and force emotional displays. The key to balancing it all may be 1) we must really care, and 2) we must feel secure enough in our own power that we don’t feel threatened by others’ needs. If dealing with someone who seems unreasonable, try to offer them reassurance concerning their own security and safety–that’s really what they’re worried about. 2 PM PDT the Moon creates a T-square with the Uranus opposition to Pallas-Zeus. This is Cardinal and so active; tension is likely over each individual’s fear that they either will not reach a goal or ambition, or that they are doing something stupid. Try to keep perspective and realize that getting overwrought doesn’t help resolve anything. 10 PM PDT the Moon squares the Nodal axis and Mercury (conjunct NN) and trines Saturn. Reality is what it is, but we may insist that it’s taking us in a direction it isn’t, and point to our own thoughts and perceptions as proof. Find someone clear-sighted to bounce your thoughts off of. Midnight the Moon conjuncts Juno and trines Vesta (it’s also still squaring Merc). We may be feeling very empowered at this point, swinging-through-the-trees energetic and capable, especially when it comes to surety about our home, what we honor, and our mate. Your perception isn’t wrong, but it may be a bit distorted by our sheer abundance of energy, so proceed with care.

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Born Today 16 September

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'The Duet' Charles Van Beveren 1849 {{PD}}

‘The Duet’ Charles Van Beveren 1849 {{PD}}

Emotional matters may take up the first portion of your Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo; specifically, you may spend a lot of time sorting through feelings and, using feelings to sort through, a variety of issues. Thinking about your feelings may become an early keynote, followed by lots of attention to relationships and/ or finances, which loom large and demand your energy–which is only right, as finding and centering identity on the personal authority you carry will be not just the centerpiece to going forward successfully, but also the way to get right with relationships and finances! So, your Solar year becomes about getting to know who you are now and what you feel. Expect empowerment trouble only if you are unwilling to set aside illusion and be fully engaged in reality. Watch throughout the year as transiting Saturn contacts various points and bodies; these natal energies will be the gateway to knowing at any time the state of ‘what is’, and will offer clues in how to deal with it. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 15 September

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It may seem like very little is happening on the outside, but a great deal is happening on the inside. Susan Watkins  'Lady in Yellow' (1902) {{PD}}

It may seem like very little is happening on the outside, but a great deal is happening on the inside. Susan Watkins ‘Lady in Yellow’ (1902) {{PD}}

This may be a relatively low-key year for you, dear Virgo, now through to your next birthday; you may spend it building, planning, gaining skills, and both a little lost and a great deal inspired in daily life. Really, what transpires will be largely internal, a form of growth or evolution that feeds the creativity and inspires you to connect with others and form a network that supports the new ideas you’ll be generating. Yes, friends may come and go at this time, but your ambitions are smart–follow your desires and you can’t go wrong. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 14 September 2014: Feel It, Say It

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Johannes Vermeer - Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid c1670 {{PD}}

Johannes Vermeer – Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid c1670 {{PD}}

14 September what we’ve learned from the past can guide us in adjusting our priorities now; if we don’t use some sort of guideline we run the risk of engaging in erratic, disruptive behavior that risks fouling our own ambitions and desires. Be open to change, even transformation, that’s available in relationships, to apply to finances, and through a general atmosphere of Love—really, accepting the need for reform is the only way to access the treasure—feelings are much more reliable than thoughts at this time—material matters reveal all we need to know and see. (Pallas parallel and Vesta quincunx the South Node, Mars sesquiquadrate Uranus and semi-square Zeus, Venus trine Pluto, Mercury contra-parallel Venus, Earth quincunx Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s image is a letter, addressed and sealed, never intended to be mailed. Do you have something to say to someone and it needs saying, for your own peace? The reality is that if we believe that the only closure comes from expressing our feelings directly to someone, then we’re not talking about expressing, we’re really hoping for a reaction or to engage with them–we’re not looking for peace, we’re looking for enmeshment. If you have something to say, say it–to the air, in a letter, shouting from on top of a mountain–and then let it go. True Self-expression doesn’t need an audience–and as that old saying goes, what we think of someone else is none of their business.

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