Born Today 21 May

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Don't despair, Gemini--this year, you can make it happen! 'Fillette à l'orange' Louise Catherine Breslau c1900 {{PD}}

Don’t despair, Gemini–this year, you can make it happen! ‘Fillette à l’orange’ Louise Catherine Breslau c1900 {{PD}}

You are ready and eager to meet reality head-on this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, aren’t you, dear Gemini? Just be careful that you are actually dealing with ‘What Is’, rather than running full steam into a brick wall; your enthusiasm is matched only by an attitude that almost frantically wants to insure real-world progress–but that may not slow down enough to successfully get ‘There’ from ‘Here’. Too, you’ll have a secondary engine pushing you to pour all your emotions into Love or Money, or to pour all your Money or Love into what your emotion tells you to, and together these impulses can make for some chaotic times. Hints for survival: don’t put what you desire ahead of mastering the mechanism or role that will take you there; be willing to divest yourself of anything that isn’t needed or of use anymore–unfortunately, this year that will include relationships; and you can make magic happen if you can find a way to serve others through the public role/ career in a form that is original to you. So that’s not hard, right? Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

If you are a Taurus born today, please read yesterday’s ‘Born Today’

Born Today 20 May

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Paul Gauguin, 'The Flageolet Player on the Cliff' 1889 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin, ‘The Flageolet Player on the Cliff’ 1889 {{PD}}

In some aspects of thought and mental processing (especially in the way you think about emotions) this past year has been new territory, dear Taurus. That’s been a good development, as you’ll be better set to handle some tough but necessary future tensions around either relationships or finances, and that at core the responses you have will affect your identity–and once completely ‘handled’ will open up the flow of Love or Money–and that quite naturally will affect where, how, and possibly with whom you live. A new profession might even be on the horizon, but this is only possible if you currently feel an enormous amount of confidence, energy, and optimism surrounding your own talents–and only if you are up to making best use of certain ‘points of Fate’ that will present themselves this year, through to your next birthday. It may be a big year, but it will definitely be an interesting one that you’ll get a lot out of. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 19 May

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Your year will be anything but static, Taurus. 'Jens Juel - A Running Boy' by Marcus Holst von Schmidten 1801 {{PD}}

Your year will be anything but static, Taurus. ‘Jens Juel – A Running Boy’ by Marcus Holst von Schmidten 1801 {{PD}}

You may be figuratively stuck the entire Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, on communicating and hammering out agreements within relationships and over money, resources, and values. But, this isn’t a bad thing; your heart is in it, and making sure everyone knows what you think, and you know what everyone thinks, will have enormous benefits you really can’t anticipate. Does that mean your year is static? Not at all–besides the opportunities and sense of empowerment you’ll gain from smoothing out communications, you’ll act on what you learn, and the results will both lend an aura of authority to what you do and lay the groundwork for expression of the highest form your creativity can take–and that creative output, plus the actions you take and choices you make, will impact the life direction–so it’s in many ways a year of change that feels more like creating order and getting your sh*t together–and rest assured, you’ve also got wisdom, good counsel, and practicality on your side. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 18 May

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A shop in China, rather than a china shop, but either way, no bulls in sight. Photo from 'Through China with a Camera' 中文(繁體)‎: 位於香港的中國古玩店。 Date 1868~1872  By John Thomson {{PD}}

A shop in China, rather than a china shop, but either way, no bulls in sight. Photo from ‘Through China with a Camera’
中文(繁體)‎: 位於香港的中國古玩店。
Date 1868~1872
By John Thomson {{PD}}

You may spend a lot of time this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, trying to figure out what’s wise, what’s the smart move or choice, and how being practical can also serve Self-expression–there seems to be a lot of conflict within you, as to how to proceed. At this point, you’re the thinking man or woman’s bull: thoughtful, looking for the spiritual and emotional underpinnings to everyday life, considering your next play carefully–and that could put you at a distinct disadvantage, making you a target of sorts for more aggressive, jealousy, or less resourceful individuals. There is a way to beat this, and that’s to be willing to form a clear idea of what you want, and then to go after it, with no apologies to others, no hanging back for permission or the sake of politeness, and no fears of being called a bull in a china shop–which is the way some have tamped down your assertive energies, and so kept you much too far from achieving your dreams. No more–this year, Taurus, it all changes. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

New Moon in Taurus, May 2015: The Personal Artifact of Change

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Ernest L. Blumenschein - 'The Gift' 1921 {{PD}}

Ernest L. Blumenschein – ‘The Gift’ 1921 {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs at 9:12 PM PDT of the 17th at 26 Taurus 55. The Taurus New Moon is conjunct Sedna, quincunx Pallas, and in wide sesquiquadrate to the North Node. Involvement of the Nodal point tells us that what is born here significantly shapes our future; the conjunction to Sedna implies what is awakened may be knowledge held deep within and related to instinct, something we aren’t entirely conscious of. Falling in Taurus, this promises either a material ‘new beginning’ or a new era in our sense of security and comfort, and this may be a loss or gain—we can’t tell ahead of time. We sense the ‘rightness’ of this next step (in a Karmic sense, if you will) both in its very occurrence, and in the way it contributes to shaping our Path. Contact to Pallas says if we’re smart and practical, we adjust—a failure to accept this new thing, this next step that originates in our internal depths is unwise, with the most likely sign of this an attempt to keep or return matters to their pre-New Moon state that is doomed to failure.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘An Old Indian Woman Selling The Artifacts Of Her Tribe To Passersby’. Here we have someone who stands for the original inhabitants of a place, those who are as close to being a part of the land itself as possible, selling to Others a part of the ancestral inheritance. It’s one thing when a group creates products similar to the traditional items of their culture meant for sale to outsiders; it’s quite another when members of that same group sell the actual cultural items themselves, in effect trading their culture for sustenance or as a step along the Path, in preparation for change, even death (and we assume this as there’s little other reason that an individual parts with the underpinnings and artifacts of their way of life). The symbol suggests that the NM brings us to a point of desperation: we may feel there is nothing to be done to preserve ourselves except to dismantle our lives and sell off the parts! This is a bad thing, if we act with the idea that we have no choice, and no alternatives—but this can be a good thing, if we, as the figurative old woman of the symbol, are choosing to divest ourselves of things we no longer need, things we have ‘aged past’, or can hold in memory, so no longer need to hold them in our hands. It’s clear this NM brings a new beginning, one many may not immediately embrace, preferring what was to what’s coming; the symbol merely serves to show us there are multiple ways to approach change, and our choice about how to see it will shape the entire experience, just as the experience shapes us.

Looking to learn more about the asteroid Vesta in Astrology? Watch here for announcements on the release of my new book, ‘We Are All Vessels: Vesta in the Natal Chart’, out this summer–or check at Dog & Sunflower Press for all my books!

Born Today 17 May

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Louis Léopold Boilly - 'Conversation Dans un Parc' Before 1912 {{PD}}

Louis Léopold Boilly – ‘Conversation Dans un Parc’ Before 1912 {{PD}}

You don’t know it yet, dear Taurus, but by the time you reach your next birthday, you’ll have achieved an emotional completeness, a total emotional and intuitive understanding and acceptance of who you are, that offers you a fresh start at a new, higher level–but before that happens, you’ll meet every dark and mysterious corner of your life, every thing ignored, denied, or suppressed, every bit of anger over abuse and injustice that you carry, and you must resolve these, in order to reach that pinnacle of emotional success. On your side: one or more close family members, most especially the father or a paternal figure; empowerment through the social order or through educational or religious means; a strong sense of instinct; creativity or idealism that pays off. Not so much working for you: a communication state that is stuck in only one mode, which has and expresses strength and has superior negotiative abilities but that also may suffer inflexible attitudes and thinking and have difficulty perceiving nuance in the communications of others. You’re on the way to big change–make sure that your choices and actions bring you the kinds of changes you want–indications are that this coming Solar year, if you are conscientious, they will. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 16 May

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'Hymne à la femme (Bezeichnung auf dem Rahmen)' Auguste Levêque 1909 {{PD}}

‘Hymne à la femme (Bezeichnung auf dem Rahmen)’ Auguste Levêque 1909 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, you decide which way you want to go, and with whom you want to travel that life Path. The good news is that you’ll be able to choose on instinct; you recognize the ‘right’ person(s) and Path immediately. The bad news, if you want to call it that, is that you’ll walk that Path and learn about every little thing you hold in your ‘blind spot’, every quality of personality, inclination, belief, and quirk that others see but that you are totally unaware of, and you may feel by the end of the year that the whole thing’s been completely unfair–but it won’t be. It’s time for you to look in a mirror that shows the entire picture in 3 dimensions–and once you have you’ll quite literally get whatever you want–not everything you’ve ever desired, but something that comes from the ideal and that offers you Love, Reward, Companionship, or Health–and that doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 15 May

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John William Waterhouse - Pandora, 1896 {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse – Pandora, 1896 {{PD}}

You have two core obligations (for want of a better term) to fulfill this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus: you must learn to totally, completely trust and honor your instincts, and you must discover the contents of your ‘blind spot’ (things you can’t see but that all those around you can), excavate it, and so make yourself as Self-aware as humanly possible. Notice I said, “humanly possible”–no one is expecting you to be perfect, but this is the year when you can develop your sense of Self, your identity, and put into action your Soul’s intent, so that you become centered and secure in your sense of who you are. That’s a tall order, but one we all come here to fill–and right now the Universe is out to help you do that. Strengths include the ability, after a little adjustment, to embrace more of your own natural power and personal authority than you ever have before, and this will have the bonus effect of drawing in Love and/ or Money. You’ll also be able to effectively relate that sense of empowerment and what you have to offer to the masses–or just to your social circle, whatever’s appropriate for you. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

What You’re Asking: ‘How Do You Know?’

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An artist's conception of a multitude of tiny diamonds next to a hot star. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) {{PD}}

An artist’s conception of a multitude of tiny diamonds next to a hot star. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) {{PD}}

The italicized terms below are taken from the search results that bring people to my blogs. This article appears in the current ECLIPSE.

When Do You Know A Friendship is Over?

In all seriousness, the answer to this is, ‘When the other person stops treating you as a friend.’ I’m not being glib when I give this as the way to know when a relationship has deteriorated. Once we’re in a relationship we’re much too prone as individuals to see it as existing in a static state, still being viable and following the old feelings and parameters even after something has definitely shifted. We don’t take the time to look at the state of the current interaction, and if something’s bothering us, to examine the attitudes involved—and that includes our own, as we are just as likely to change and not acknowledge it as the other person. Typically, though, unless we have some control-oriented pathologies going on, most of us won’t even notice that the interaction has changed—we just say we ‘drifted apart’, or summon some other euphemism to explain why we no longer talk, or we excuse our unease as being due to some new or upsetting event in our own or the other person’s life (“Janie is being so critical because she’s under stress at work.”) We don’t end a friendship unless we recognize that it no longer functions in a roughly even, give-and-take manner. And though each of us has a different definition of what it means to be a friend and of what we expect from friendship, even if we haven’t outlined those things consciously we know immediately when we ask ourselves the question, ‘Is this person treating me like a friend?’ whether they are or not. If the answer is, ‘No, they’re not treating me like a friend,’ then the relationship is over.

Is it worth discussing with the other person your feeling that you are not being treated like a friend? I would say it is, unless what alerted you to the change in tone was something consciously said or done by the other person that signals loud and clear, ‘We just aren’t friends.’ If the other person behaves in an inappropriately competitive manner or is unwilling to treat you with respect (and by that I mean, treat you kindly and with the consideration offered any other adult, equal to what they ask for from you), all you can do is gently walk away. And remember, if the actions don’t match the words, no matter who it is, you’re not in a healthy interaction.

Astrologically you can get clues about your own expectations within friendship from the ruler of, sign on, and bodies posited in the 11th House of the natal chart. Transits through the 11th or to the ruler of the 11th can signal you’re in the midst of a friendship learning curve that may mark some of those interaction experiences that stay with you forever.

Are you future queen astro aspects

I loved the optimism in this query, just because, there aren’t many of these jobs around! So how do you know if you are a future queen? Here I wrote about the prospects for Kate Middleton, which haven’t yet been realized—but what about the rest of us? Rather a literal ascension to a throne, perhaps we should look at it in terms of being empowered within our own lives—and that is definitely Juno. True that she married a god and ruled with him over Olympus and the other gods, but she was a goddess in her own right, and would’ve been, no matter who she married—and this is something we may forget when reviewing her story, as we tend to focus on the vindictive nature of her actions well into the union, when her husband was cheating on her and disrespecting her. The image we too often capture of Juno is one after she has been emotionally battered repeatedly—would anyone want to be judged on her worst day? I think not. That still doesn’t answer what we can expect as aspects for a future queen. I would look for good aspects to Jupiter, for both the social support and the relative abundance being queen affords, and maybe a positive aspect between Jupiter (that might stand for the King) and one’s Sun or Moon, or even Venus, any of which might suggest an alliance. All the other things that usually pay off in real life—charm, beauty, talent, wealth—may not even factor in for this position, since circumstances of birth might override any other concerns. So we’re back to Juno, and the way she, though innately a goddess, still derives her greater status as queen from her mate and position on Olympus—suggesting that, at the mercy of the mate, being queen might be as frustrating as it is fun.

Does Uranus have tides?

To have tides Uranus would need two things: a moon or moons, and liquid oceans. We know it has at least 27 moons, with the largest named Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, and Oberon (after Shakespeare characters). As to oceans, the latest theory is that it may have oceans of liquid diamond, formed due to the high pressure and high temperatures in the environment. So maybe it has tides—but until we actually send something to the surface, we can only guess.

Born Today 14 May

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Lovis Corinth 'Mädchen mit Stier' 1902 {{PD}}

Lovis Corinth ‘Mädchen mit Stier’ 1902 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, you may find instincts and assumptions crowding out rational thought or reasoned response. This isn’t the norm for you at all, but you may find repeatedly that you are acting or choosing on impulse, which may expose those ‘blind spot’ areas others see clearly in you and of which you are unaware–and that may be very scary for the normally placid bull. Here’s whatcha do: hook up with someone who can offer opportunity or who has authority that can help with your empowerment options–getting as firm a footing as possible will be important right now; recognize when something is bigger than you can handle, and stay out of its way–you’re not up to the battering ram method of getting what you want, no matter how feasible it seems (and it will seem possible); and try to enjoy the ironic way those matters you’ve ignored, been in denial about, or have been enraged by, resolve–and these may have (mostly positive) impact on your career, reputation, and/ or that element in life we call ‘luck’. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 13 May

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I don't pretend to know what will happen next. Woman holding Scissors and Winged Child' c1900 {{PD}} Photoprint by Fritz W. Guerin

I don’t pretend to know what will happen next. Woman holding Scissors and Winged Child’ c1900 {{PD}} Photoprint by Fritz W. Guerin

You’ve got a Solar year ahead, dear Taurus, that drives your fate and tests your strength–are you ready? You’ll get divine guidance, or spiritual aid of some kind, and what occurs will leave you feeling like a true child of the Cosmos, and both of these factors should help you navigate some unusual material issues–and put you in the way of some bigger and better-than-expected opportunities. Should you take them? Only if you’re comfortable traveling on a wing and a prayer–if you’re married to the earth (and what Taurus isn’t?) then this might be tough on you–but then again, this year you are exceptionally attuned to the unseen, the ephemeral, the imaginative, the creative, and to making circumstances such that you’ll see the ideals enter reality–which means chances are very good that sooner or later that is exactly what will happen. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 12 May

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Those shadows are trying to tell you something, Taurus. Emile Friant 1891 {{PD}}

Those shadows are trying to tell you something, Taurus. Emile Friant 1891 {{PD}}

The shadow world you’ve been experiencing lately, where everything has taken on dark proportions or strange new meanings, and where nothing is as it was, is simply an indication that the Universe is trying to tell you something–specifically, something about the way you think and the actions that drives. Dear Taurus, you need to refresh the attitude, reassess thought processes and reconsider your behavior–because soon these matters will have major impact on your reality picture–and you need to be as able as possible to let instinct and automatic reflexes guide you. That means everything has to be coordinated and in good working order. Yes, I know this is cryptic–it has to apply to everyone born on this day–at the same time, if you refuse to play coy, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about–at least, you’ll understand the part about needing to modify behavior and get thinking on the right track. You’ve got unique and imaginative gifts at your disposal this year, Taurus–use them for all they’re worth. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 11 May

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Maksymilian Gierymski 'Landscape at Sunrise' 1868 {{PD}}

Maksymilian Gierymski ‘Landscape at Sunrise’ 1868 {{PD}}

You have a major opportunity this coming Solar year, dear Taurus, through to your next birthday, to heal and offer expression to what is most unique in you. That may seem a wee bit vague, until you consider that you’ve been fighting a long time to get to this position. You’ve been through the dark, and now that you’ve reached the light, you might be a little stunned–you may have expected the dark to go on forever. What you’re really ready to do is honor yourself and your abilities, to create a statement about who you are–and to take it public. Strengths this year include the ability to communicate creatively or to share ‘the Vision'; being flexible enough to accept Love and/ or Money from unusual sources; and showing exceptional competence that brings opportunity. Cautions involve not taking the wounds too seriously, and staying away from tall tales or exaggerations–what starts out as a harmless stretching of the truth could end up anything but. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 10 May

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Günther Meltzer 'Die Cyklopeninseln 1898' {{PD}}

Günther Meltzer ‘Die Cyklopeninseln 1898′ {{PD}}

You may be preoccupied with matters of hurt this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus–in fact, you may be treating those wounds as sacred–and so could miss one or more major opportunities to share yourself and your truly original creations and gifts with the group. It may be that you are so intent on intellectualizing your emotional issues that you don’t actually face them, but instead turn them into mini-dramas starring you as the wronged party. That’s not as bad as it sounds, though; in a way, you are in need of giving yourself some intense attention and consideration, and it may be that you think parading your wounds is the only way to acceptably do that. You are uniquely sensitive at this time to issues of identity and to making highest values a vital part of your life, which means that if you want to, you can remake yourself into the image of your ideal You–so, your best course of action may be to concentrate on yourself, on who you really want to be–along the way you’ll define your gifts so specifically and with such elegant simplicity that you can’t help but use them wisely. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

The Mother of Them All

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Here’s a Mother’s Day re-print, y’all! Happy Mother’s Day!

I really think there are many more maternal figures since Medea lost it who are worse than our subject; but it’s undeniable that her name has become a catchphrase for over-the-top histrionics and abuse (as well as the scourge of dry cleaners, through the admonition, “No! Wire! Hangars!”) Yes, I’m talking about the much maligned, and now nearly iconic symbol of dysfunctional mothering, actress and one-time Pepsico CEO Joan Crawford (23 March 1903, 10:00 PM, San Antonio Texas). To be fair to Joan, after a brief perusal of the mothering related factors in her chart, we’ll look at the chart of the adopted daughter who brought Joan’s alleged behavior to light, Christina Crawford (11 June 1939, 3:00 PM, Los Angeles California).

The attitude toward children in general, and one’s children in particular, is found in the 5th; for the senior Ms. Crawford, this is ruled by Neptune, alerting us immediately to the possibility that this woman does not see children in a realistic light. Neptune is in the 8th at 00 Cancer, implying that she may see children as a resource (something she was indeed accused of, in the sense of using her adopted children as props and a PR ploy), with the 00 placement in Cancer pointing up the emotional newness, even rawness, of Neptune related subjects–interesting in light of her lifelong occupation of film acting, with the 8th placement suggesting that she may have easily gained the support of others in this.

Neptune ruler, and symbol of both the mothering Joan received herself, and the attitude she carried toward mothering in general, the Moon, sits in Aquarius less than one degree from conjunction with Saturn, both in the 3rd. This is a combination for emotional repression, even coldness, as the emotions are processed intellectually; sitting in the 3rd this emphasized the mental approach to emotions, and this was communicated, whether she wanted others to see it or not. The Moon also trines Mars and Earth in Libra, marrying the emotions almost too easily to the material and to the ego and aggressive/ assertive urges, and the Moon sextiles Vesta and the Sun in Aries, making emotional challenges seem like ones that threaten her very identity, and giving the emotional scenario a label of ‘sacred’–no one may contradict her emotional interpretation! The Moon also sextiles Juno in the 1st, making her Self empowered through emotional expression. So, though the emotions are directly suppressed, we see they have plenty of real-world outlets, along with many underlying assumptions about their sacrosanct nature.

Mars, ruler of the Sun and already part of the equation through contact with the Moon, rules the 6th of duty and everyday happenings/ routine, and holds Venus in Aries, valuing the martial spirit and the kind of strict, military style routines her adoptive daughter said were a household staple. Chiron, which can often show a wound that drives much of our compulsive behavior, is isolated in Capricorn at the bottom of the chart, suggesting attempts to stave off the wound and attendant bad feelings about the Self may have taken the form of extreme discipline and repression. Chiron sits at the midpoint of a square between Juno (Self-empowerment) and Jupiter (society), implying she might have seen these two interests as in conflict, setting up a ‘Joan vs. everyone else’ dynamic.

But does she really fit the model of a ‘devouring mother’? Pluto is essential to that picture, and in Joan Crawford’s chart it is chart ruler, posited in the 8th, opposes Uranus, ruler of the 4th, and square Piscean Mercury, which brings us back to Neptune. This suggests that she may have been tempted to destroy the very people and things that supported her, that she may have been in an internal death struggle with her own expression of individuality and a longing to be part of the group, and that she was as likely to communicate destructively as she was to communicate in a way that reflected her (somewhat disconnected from reality–see Neptune’s situation) ideals. Though she certainly qualifies as responding to the devouring Archetype, she seems more a figure to be pitied than condemned; the emotional dysfunctions and woundedness that drove her were not easily dealt with, even for someone Self-aware. Ms. Crawford seems to have been unwilling, and perhaps even unable, to recognize her own distorted nature.

Adopted daughter Christina (11 June 1939, 3:00 PM, Los Angeles California) may have had her own motivations (aside from just revealing events) in writing her tell-all book, ‘Mommie Dearest.’ The view of the mother is found in the 10th, and the experience of mothering received in the state of the Moon. Leo is on the 10th cusp, with ruler Sun in the 8th in Gemini and conjunct Mercury. The Sun is sesquiquadrate Mars in Aquarius at the bottom of the chart–it just happens to conjunct Joan’s Moon. Where else would Christina’s ego and aggressive urges, intellectualtized and hidden deep inside herself, go for outlet, but to Mommie? Her Moon is in Aries (ruled by the instrument of her ego/ anger/ assertion); the Moon rules the 9th of publishing, and is square Chiron (the primal wound) in Cancer (Mom again!) and is conjunct Jupiter, which rules the intercepted 2nd, suggesting that perhaps there was a deeply hidden idea of the Self as ‘big’ and in connection to the other energies may have felt the only way to express this ‘bigness’ was through the emotions (Moon/ Jupiter conjunct).

Of course, just because someone has Jupiter connected to the 2nd, it doesn’t mean they have an inflated Self-worth; but I do remember distinctly that the book featured many episodes where Christina asserted her talents failed to be recognized. I recall wondering what talents and abilities she repeatedly referred to in the abstract, as she seemed to take for granted that the reader assumed her to be almost magically accomplished and talented, though she made virtually no direct reference to exactly what those talents were. 5th House (creativity) Jupiter happens to be, among other salient aspects, trine Pluto, implying a syndrome I’ve seen at work before (and first saw mentioned in the work of the great Grant Lewi): frustrated individuals with Jupiter/ Pluto aspects often believe they possess a whole list of imaginary attributes; the unfortunate part is that they judge themselves on these, and miss connecting with their real talents, and thus short-circuit their opportunities in reality. I believe this particular kind of magical thinking was at work in Christina. Also of note: her Aries Moon is conjunct Joan’s Sun. Reincarnationists will of course enjoy that; I’ll just say that this speaks of the child’s emotional state (and needs) meeting the ego/ identity/ Soul of the mother, head on; could it have felt to both like there was competition for recognition of each of these needs/ energies in the other? Even looking at only the couple of contacts between these two charts we’ve mentioned (Mars/ Moon, Moon/ Sun), we can see that, no matter how Christina was treated, she likely would have seen Joan as trying to outshine her, and perhaps, in disowning her own aggression, Christina more than a little contributed to the situation that came about; even children have the full pallet of urges and attributes–when we forget that, we infantilize (and fail to respect) them, and put our ability to have a fulfilling relationship with them in peril.

Born Today 9 May

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Pierre Puvis de Chavannes - 'Sacred Grove' 1883 {{PD}}

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes – ‘Sacred Grove’ 1883 {{PD}}

Dear Taurus, you are SO OVER keeping secrets, ignoring important matters, denying reality, throwing tantrums–you KNOW how destructive those choices can be–and yet here you are, the honest, trustworthy bull, and you have to decide: will you embrace a passion that requires you deny what you find sacred, or will you honor the values in place and mourn the passion that could’ve been? That’s a lousy choice to have to make–so don’t make it. You have the option of openly recognizing the conflict your passion engenders (remember, no more secrets!) and then finding avenues to healing those places where the values are at odds with what you desire. This isn’t nearly as impossible as it may at first sound, simply because you’ve been seeing the world far too much in ‘either/ or’ terms–that’s the way you sorted things out successfully before, but this time you have to take it to the next level, the one that allows you to honor two seemingly contradictory energies in your mind and life by finding the common denominators between them–and one of those is You. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 8 May

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You are at the perfect point, dear Taurus, to take highest values, goals, and ideals and manifest them in your uniquely original way–so what is it you want to do? You’ve already spent recent months honing ambitions to a fine point, and one way or another, acquiring the clout to make your desires reality–so what’s that standing in your way? It’s every dark thing, every matter ignored or denied, every issue yet to be hashed out, every bit of suppressed rage over injustice and abuse. You’d think that would make dandy rocket fuel to launch you toward your goals, but instead it ties you down to earth, and limits your reach and effectiveness. Attend to these matters (and truthfully, after the past few years, you may have very little to sweep up here, as you’ve taken care of many of the power imbalances and negative feelings in your life), and there’ll be nothing holding you back from realizing those very admirable ambitions and goals. Strengths this Solar year, through to your next birthday, include an excellent ability to communicate creatively, and a penchant for emotional honesty. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 7 May

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'The Rage of Achilles' by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo 1756 {{PD}}

You don’t have to go this far, Taurus, but do make your feelings known. ‘The Rage of Achilles’ by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo 1756 {{PD}}

You may soon feel an emotional crisis coming on, dear Taurus, when inner wisdom, what you thought was solid knowledge, and/ or what you see as your practical attitude fail you spectacularly. Rather than viewing this as a defeat, accept it as a course-correction–you were way off!–and now have the chance to get it better than right. In the Solar year ahead, through to your next birthday, you have the capacity and power to bring about great change in your life, the kind that brings fulfillment of ambitions and desires, but to bring it all to successful completion requires a few things: you must not only tend to what you’ve been ignoring or in denial about, you must express rage (yes, I said express rage!) should that be something you’re holding on to; you must find a way to blend into or at least make peace with the social circle; and you must treat both relationships and finances as if they need your attention right now–because they do. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 6 May

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'Gartentor in Schleiden' Fritz von Wille 1909 {{PD}}

‘Gartentor in Schleiden’ Fritz von Wille 1909 {{PD}}

You’ve made the changes, dear Taurus, that you thought would re-shape your world–and perhaps those changes did–now what? Recent shifts may have almost felt like the end of the world, but what they really constituted was an entre to ambition and desire fulfillment–so the question becomes, can you get ‘there’ from ‘here’? Yes, you can, but only after addressing the twin gatekeepers of ignored or denied issues, and the need to live your life in accordance with your true, highest values. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you will be required to align values with real-life–which means you must live to the standard that’s truly meaningful for you, not the one you were taught to honor, and not the one you have been going around saying (or thinking) you honor, but the one that springs directly from who you are as a person. Then, you must apply that authentic value system to dealing with all those things you’ve been putting off, hoping they’d go away. Do this, and almost without any effort on your part, you will see form a clear shot to realizing your dreams. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 5 May

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It's in the air, Taurus. Isaac Israëls - 'Windvlaag' 1894 {{PD}}

It’s in the air, Taurus. Isaac Israëls – ‘Windvlaag’ 1894 {{PD}}

Change is in the air–you mean it this time, dear Taurus–but there’s something you need to handle first, before you’ll be able to shape your material situation (and the power situation behind it) as you’d like: you must deal with every ignored, denied, or hidden issue that lingers in your life–and it may be the details of these issues, the small bits and inconsequentials, that trip you up. What to do? Do not hesitate to measure each and every thing in your life, every corner and portion, against your highest values, and your life priorities, including your need, in whatever form, for a mate and home–if these fall short for you, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will be glum indeed; and do know that to truly be yourself you must pursue your ambitions and desires, and vice versa, that to successfully fulfill desires and ambitions you must be completely and uniquely yourself. That’s all there is to it–that, and be willing to accept new facts as they come along–let them change your idea of what’s smart, if it’s appropriate. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 4 May

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Fighting and struggle needn't be in your vocabulary this year, Taurus. Édouard Manet 'Emilie Ambre as Carmen' {{PD}}

Fighting and struggle needn’t be in your vocabulary this year, Taurus. Édouard Manet ‘Emilie Ambre as Carmen’ {{PD}}

This coming year, dear Taurus, you may be feeling like opportunity has already passed you by–but that would be inaccurate. You really just charged forward, or made assumptions, or approached a possibility without taking careful note of the nuances of the thing–and so kind of trampled it beneath eager Taurean hooves. That’s not the end of it, though; you are on the road to real, serious change, and to the potential resurrection of a situation, structure, or set-up that you’d like to see come around again. What must you do to make it happen? Act spontaneously, on instinct–no plodding over-mulling for you this Solar year, through to your next birthday; remember as you explore potentials that much of your opportunity is about who you are–to forget your role in the mix is to sabotage yourself; and if you are unsure of anything, look for wisdom and guidance from–though it sounds like a cliche–a teacher (formal or informal), spiritual guide, or ‘foreign’ source that can give you a different perspective. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 3 May

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They look normal to me. Paul Cézanne, 'The Large Bathers' 1906 {{PD}}

They look normal to me. Paul Cézanne, ‘The Large Bathers’ 1906 {{PD}}

‘Expansion’ is your watchword this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, but what does that mean for you? You’re going to gain in matters of the House where Jupiter (13 Leo) is now transiting–and you’ll see some significant endings related to matters of the House where this Full Moon falls (13 Scorpio), endings that may open the way to bigger and probably better, arriving through Jupiter’s current venue. But as with all good things, too much really can be an issue–and add to that, Jupiter shows no discretion in what it makes bigger–should it fall in your natal 1st of body, say, it may expand the exposure of the personality to the public (publicity!) but also your butt–the moral being, be sure to look at both sides of the coin, all possibilities, because contrary to our usual mindset, we don’t always want more. Another negative this year: resources for wisdom, and your own sense of practicality, are strained to the limit (in this case, it’s Jupiter’s fault); but this year you also have big positives in showing a unique ability to solve long-ignored problems, to act appropriately when responding to instinct, and a talent for getting ahead while others seem mysteriously stuck in place. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

The Sabians for the Full Moon 3 May 2015

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"Sommerdag_ved_Skagens_Sønderstrand" (Summer day on Skagen's southern shore) P.S. Krøyer 1883 {{PD}}

“Sommerdag ved Skagens Sønderstrand” (Summer day on Skagen’s southern shore) P.S. Krøyer 1883 {{PD}}

The Sabian is, ‘Telephone Lineman At Work Installing New Connections’ That tells us that what reads to us as an ending (the FM) is really making room for better communications, possibly with others, but most definitely with ourselves. We are finding out about who we are, seeing connections within our own psyches that we never saw before, and this necessitates the installation of new ways of creatively bridging our thoughts and experiences; with fresh ways of seeing and thinking come fresh ways of realizing our purpose—the new connections are meant to show us what was there all along, but which we’re only now beginning to understand, see, embrace, or connect, one thing to another.

The Sun for the Full Moon is, ‘On The Beach, Children Play While Shellfish Grope At The Edge Of The Water’ Use of the word ‘grope’ is very unusual; it implies, again, evolution (“at the edge of the water”) and a growing consciousness. The image says we may, in the greater Universal sense, not even have crawled out of the oceans yet, in terms of understanding—or maybe it says we are still like children at play, lacking an awareness of the underpinnings that allow our (relatively) carefree attitude. In any case, this illumination adds to our burgeoning ability to see and measure our own progress, and to give it meaning.

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Born Today 2 May

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Grab that spotlight, Taurus, even if you're naked! 'Nude in Dappled Sunlight' by Frederick Carl Frieseke 1914 {{PD}}

Grab that spotlight, Taurus, even if you’re naked! ‘Nude in Dappled Sunlight’ by Frederick Carl Frieseke 1914 {{PD}}

You may have to fight to get the spotlight this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, but once you grab hold of it, it’s all yours, and your fame, of one kind or another, will spread much farther than you might anticipate. This is great, in that what you do becomes known, you find needed partners, people see who you are and what you’re capable of–it’s free publicity–but it’s also got a down side: people see what you do and who you are, not just what you present to them, or want them to see. If you’re not bullet-proof (and who is, really?) this might give you a moment’s pause; use that time to erase contradictions, take a stand, put things right. It won’t necessarily be an easy year for you, but resources, especially emotional ones, should be reasonably abundant, and be prepared: inner wisdom and the practical side of your nature will be unduly stressed in spite of any preparations you make. Still, you can get a huge boost if you play it well. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 1 May

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Take a step back and inspect your real-life results, Taurus. Willem Witsen - 'Still life with tulips in a jar' {{PD}}

Take a step back and inspect your real-life results, Taurus. Willem Witsen – ‘Still life with tulips in a jar’ {{PD}}

Dear Taurus, why are you so concerned right now with nailing down power and territory? I know you may be thinking of it in much milder terms, but really, you’re trying to stake out a claim–and there’s nothing wrong with that. The problem comes when you push too hard for some status or outcome that you don’t realize is actually unrelated to the results you seek. It’s time to pause and make a real-world assessment of the impact you’re having, because your idea of what you need to do and accomplish is somehow not aligned with the effect you want to have–and it leaves you anxious and striving, which only takes you further from your objective. What will help most? Grounding ideas in what’s wise and practical (seek advice if you need it); excavate what you’ve up ’til now ignored or denied–there’s buried treasure there; measure real-world choices against ideals and values, and reject what doesn’t match (or re-assess values for currency); and foster intuition–it can be your best, non-corporeal friend. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 30 April

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'Le Bec de Gaz - Nuit bleue'  Henri Le Sidaner 1906 {{PD}}

‘Le Bec de Gaz – Nuit bleue’ Henri Le Sidaner 1906 {{PD}}

The struggle this year is over empowerment, over having effective reach and influence in your life, over being allowed to shine, over status and position, but dear Taurus, does it have to be a struggle? It does, at least initially–you likely start off the year that stretches through to your next birthday feeling that others actively hold you back. You’ll come to see very quickly, though, that what you’re experiencing is really your own aggressive stance bouncing back at you–and the minute you stop seeing yourself as a victim is the minute when your creative, imaginative, and inspired gifts surface and begin to light up your world. The reality is that you become empowered, gain status, and are able to shine when you point your energy in the right direction (that is, not at anyone else!) and when you focus it on sharing that kind of magical thing you do just by being yourself. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 29 April

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Manipulated Photograph by Geoffrey Benjamin Chew Uploaded by Aboniks No Changes Made - Released under CC BY-SA 2.5

Manipulated Photograph by Geoffrey Benjamin Chew Uploaded by Aboniks No Changes Made – Released under CC BY-SA 2.5

You seem determined this year, dear Taurus, to keep your focus on the future, and to bring into being some major creative project or idea you’ve long held–and you are empowered this year to do so, as long as you can find a way not to trip over yourself. It won’t be externals so much that throw obstacles in your path; things that hold you back will come from inside (even if they appear to manifest from without) and will revolve around your confidence level, and your ability to channel your energy effectively–you may be prone at this time to enjoy a victory or two and then get caught up in those, forgetting to keep moving forward. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you need to embrace what you’ve learned from the past (rather than rejecting it, which I think feels safer to you–and that need to avoid this vital part of your experience reveals how your focus needs to be so much more intense–you already anticipate becoming distracted!) Hint: when moving forward begins to feel like a fight instead of an adventure, concentrate on the creative aspects of things. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 28 April

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Frederic Edwin Church - Rainy Season in the Tropics 1865 {{PD}}

Frederic Edwin Church – Rainy Season in the Tropics 1865 {{PD}}

Emotional harmony is yours this coming Solar year, dear Taurus, through to your next birthday, and for the most part that means only externals can get in your way. Obstacles will center on who holds the power to generate effective expressions of authority, and status plays a big part; you may spend a lot of time in negotiations (or even in outright power struggles) trying to sort things out–meanwhile, others who are less scrupulous and honest than you may swoop in and take over. Your featured birthday aspect, a Finger of God with base of Pluto-Vesta, apex Jupiter says it all=be clear about your priorities and highest values and make them live in any power situations you are involved with–that’s the way to expand your world and bring you almost limitless opportunity. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 27 April

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Though things may seem static, there's actually a lot going on (and that you can do) beneath the surface, Taurus. Édouard Manet 'In the Conservatory' 1879 {{PD}}

Though things may seem static, there’s actually a lot going on (and that you can do) beneath the surface, Taurus. Édouard Manet ‘In the Conservatory’ 1879 {{PD}}

You’re going to get it done, really, any minute now, aren’t you, dear Taurus? Relax; your procrastination has actually just been your own good sense talking, keeping you from wasting time and energy going in the wrong direction. Part of you is well aware that you aren’t sufficiently empowered yet to do what you want to, and another part of you knows that to move forward now, when you still lack a definitive inspirational spark, would be to blow your approach, and so the outcome. What to do until you sense that you’re ready to make your move? Become excessively clear within yourself about values and priorities–not being sure of commitments and bottom lines could freeze you in place in the midst of the action, once it begins; and deeply study, even dissect, what you consider instinct–you need to discover how much that might be a cover for denied or hidden material that’s in reality more consciously learned or chosen than it is inherent in Beingness–it has been exerting far too big an influence for far too long. One of the biggest positives you will enjoy this Solar year, through to your next birthday, is the way the material world, what arrives in your life and what goes, will carry a lot of overt messages about what you need to attend to and develop–that’s truly a helpful thing. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 26 April

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Go ahead, get out of that endless loop, Taurus. Paul Gauguin 'The Loss of Virginity' 1890 {{PD}}

Go ahead, get out of that endless loop, Taurus. Paul Gauguin ‘The Loss of Virginity’ 1890 {{PD}}

You may feel like there’s too much talk, not enough action this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus–but that’s really only a symptom of the mentality you’ve developed, which is one of delaying original efforts in an endless bout of measuring the worthiness and power potentials of ambitions and desires. You don’t want to make a move without being assured it’s going to give you the most ‘Bang’ for your buck, as they say, but that can create a Self-defeating loop wherein you don’t commit to any one or any thing because you’re perpetually keeping your options open, waiting for ‘something better’ to materialize. You won’t be able to continue this, Taurus, not if you want to get in on the opportunities that are coming this year. They are, specifically, opportunities to shine before the public/ social circle within some are you are naturally gifted at–so stop debating and weighing and start practicing your Art. Also useful: doing some definitive psychic housecleaning, and acting to resolve issues of hurt that may be impeding your progress. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 25 April

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Stuffed three dimensional fabric tea set by Catherine Jansen. "I photographed the tea set, blew up the negative to life size, made a cyanotype photogram on a piece of cloth, the stitched it together and stuffed it." Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Stuffed three dimensional fabric tea set by Catherine Jansen. “I photographed the tea set, blew up the negative to life size, made a cyanotype photogram on a piece of cloth, the stitched it together and stuffed it.” Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Your ego can get you in trouble this year, dear Taurus, and cause you to overstep your bounds. Emotional overconfidence may be the issue, or it could be that you’ll put yourself, at some point between now and your next birthday, in an environment that values swagger over actual impact. In any case, the year begins with things a little out-of-whack, but eventually actions and thinking synchronize (by being grounded in material matters and the real world), and that will help open doors for you. Opportunities will arrive, and the way to meet them is with confidence and holding the status that confers the authority you want–and that will come when you either surrender some of your insistence on uniqueness in order to fulfill ambitions in a more mundane way, or when you surrender some of your more vaunted ambition-oriented demands in order to get to your goal in a way that’s a little out of the ordinary, but right for you. It’s going to be an interesting year, Taurus; soften yourself, so that you don’t make it tougher than it has to be. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 24 April

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Paul Gauguin 'Jeunes Lutteurs' (Young Wrestlers') 1887 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin ‘Jeunes Lutteurs’ (Young Wrestlers’) 1887 {{PD}}

Are you going to spend the entire year, through to your next birthday, wrestling with those you see as authorities, dear Taurus, or are you going this route only until you’re emotionally exhausted? Emotional matters, by the way, will dredge up a lot of ignored or denied material and communicate it–and so open the way to some serious confrontations with others, authorities or not. The key to handling it all successfully lies with knowing yourself, which requires knowing your limits, standards, and the lines you won’t cross, and being keenly aware of the extent and parameters of your empowerment–and then confidently going from there. There’s danger in the nature of your action urge this year–too impulsive, too erratic–and yet being spontaneous in response to the world may be the most effective thing in terms of gaining ground on ambitions and fulfilling desires. Have confidence, Taurus, most especially in yourself. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 23 April

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You may feel unduly restricted, as if you’re always having to adjust to accommodate restrictions and realities all around you, dear Taurus, and that’s true–at least for a while, and possibly through to your next birthday, the world may present you with a large number of limiting, challenging, or even repressive circumstances, and ‘denial of service’ might become a phrase you think was designed especially for you. The thing is, this is all leading somewhere; to building up a solid and bullet-proof personal power and authority, one that will open the gates to a radically altered future. Mind you, the changes in your destined direction I’m talking about here might all be in your head, or might encompass your capacity for understanding and responding skillfully, as you’re not about to give up anything you care about–in fact, this coming year you’ll be almost too involved on the emotional front, and so perhaps come across as a tad needy, as a result. Just remember, Taurus, to make the most of what you’re presented with, because you’re building your tomorrow. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 22 April

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A View of the 'Monuments of Easter Island, Rapanui' by William Hodges 1774 {{PD}}

A View of the ‘Monuments of Easter Island, Rapanui’ by William Hodges 1774 {{PD}}

Whatever you think of yourself and your role, dear Taurus, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, the real-world intrudes and defines issues of identity and purpose. This is a good thing, destroying illusions and replacing them with boundaries, methods to build and achieve, and the kind of support needed to make your mark; all you have to do is acknowledge that barriers, structure, and sound methodologies are the way to get where you want to go. You may feel this flies in the face of your recent commitment to empower yourself through the strength and purity of the creative, but in reality it will offer you form and restraint, which will only enhance your approach and help to give your dreams a solid footing. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 21 April

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'Young Women Going to a Procession' by Jules Breton c1890 {{PD}}

‘Young Women Going to a Procession’ by Jules Breton c1890 {{PD}}

It may feel, just a little, as if the parade has passed you by, dear Taurus, but it’s really only a brief respite you’re in right now–soon you’ll be at it, or at least thinking about it–but going forward all depends on you 1) facing those things you have been ignoring or denying, and then 2) handling them in such a way that what could’ve been a weakness becomes either a source of understanding or a source of information–and so becomes a strength. Ambitions and desires may become the determining factor in whether you will go off on your own unique Path or become a part of the group and help their cause. Two very strong assets you have working for you: high standards and values, and talent (the definition of which this year includes persuasive abilities and mental acuity). If you can deploy both talents and values at the same time, you can make phenomenal progress–the key is not to let them clash. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Solar Return bonus aspect: An Earth Grand Trine with Mars, Pluto, and Black Moon Lilith=facing rage or matters ignored or denied brings forward energy to accomplish, clear purpose, and power, including the power to change your world.

Born Today 20 April

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Johann Doppelmayr's map of the southern celestial hemisphere, c. 1730 titled: "Hemisphaerium Coeli Australe in quo Fixarum loca secundum Eclipticae ductum ad anum 1730." {{PD}} Photo courtesy of Ben Esq

Johann Doppelmayr’s map of the southern celestial hemisphere, c. 1730 titled: “Hemisphaerium Coeli Australe in quo Fixarum loca secundum Eclipticae ductum ad anum 1730.” {{PD}} Photo courtesy of Ben Esq

You’re looking to chart the wisest course that will make for a real-world impact, aren’t you, dear Taurus? You’re capable this Solar year, through to your next birthday, of making significant alterations to your physical reality, but only if you are willing to take on those matters ignored or denied previously; they lurk, and may spoil changes by de-railing your intentions and your expressions of power, which could devolve into fits of temper and destructive episodes–and we don’t want that. How to prevent a meltdown? Be open to communications, even if what you hear is disappointing or less than pleasant–that way you will know where you stand, and have a complete picture of what you can and can’t work with. Be willing to adjust dreams and imagined potentials so that they mesh with real-world possibilities, specifically those that you have gained experience from in the past, and so can use to translate into an improved future. And allow intuition and instinct their say–these are powerful guides for you this year, if you’ll let them speak. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

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Born Today 19 April

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Stay open to meeting someone (or to seeing someone already here in a whole new way), Aries. 'Bougival Dance' Pierre-Auguste Renoir c1882 {{PD}}

Stay open to meeting someone (or to seeing someone already here in a whole new way), Aries. ‘Bougival Dance’
Pierre-Auguste Renoir c1882 {{PD}}

Emotional messages you receive through inspiration or imagination will be life-shaping this coming year, dear Aries. The subject of these messages? Love, Money, or maybe just the way you think about them; reform of your ideas, or maybe even your mentality itself, will lead you in your destined direction. What more could you need to know? That change, especially change to material circumstances or established structures, needs to be approached with care–no sudden moves. Also important is a willingness to face anything you’ve been putting off, ignoring, or in denial about–it all catches up to you–in fact, material matters likely won’t budge an inch until you deal with ignored life areas. And Aries, you’re due for Love, big time–be open to it. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

On the nature of subjectivity, and Saturn and Pluto together

Born Today 18 April

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Willem Claeszoon Heda 1634 {{PD}}

Willem Claeszoon Heda 1634 {{PD}}

It’s a new emotional start for you this coming year, Aries, and by extension a new identity. This offers fresh, and perhaps excessive, confidence, and may foster exaggerated Willfulness–but you’re not exactly a retiring Soul, anyway, so what’s the harm? As long as you are willing to honestly and openly deal with all matters you may have been ignoring or in denial about, you can clear the way to do what you please, with the knowledge that what will go best for you will both honor your highest values and use your creative talents to the max. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, the world’s your oyster, Aries–the only other thing to watch out for is, about midway through, a tendency to allow yourself to be too destructive in trying to bring about change, and this comes directly from your earlier successes at imposing your Will. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 17 April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Born Today 16 April

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

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

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

Born Today 15 April

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Antoine Chintreuil 1868 {{PD}}

Antoine Chintreuil 1868 {{PD}}

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

Born Today 14 April

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

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

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

Born Today 13 April

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

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

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

The Horary Giveaway is Over!

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

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

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

Born Today 12 April

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James Carroll Beckwith 1886 {{PD}}

James Carroll Beckwith 1886 {{PD}}

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

Thank You!

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Author D.H. Parks Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

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

Celebrating One Million!

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

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

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

Born Today 11 April

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

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

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

Born Today 10 April

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

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

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

Born Today 21 May

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Don't despair, Gemini--this year, you can make it happen! 'Fillette à l'orange' Louise Catherine Breslau c1900 {{PD}}

Don’t despair, Gemini–this year, you can make it happen! ‘Fillette à l’orange’ Louise Catherine Breslau c1900 {{PD}}

You are ready and eager to meet reality head-on this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, aren’t you, dear Gemini? Just be careful that you are actually dealing with ‘What Is’, rather than running full steam into a brick wall; your enthusiasm is matched only by an attitude that almost frantically wants to insure real-world progress–but that may not slow down enough to successfully get ‘There’ from ‘Here’. Too, you’ll have a secondary engine pushing you to pour all your emotions into Love or Money, or to pour all your Money or Love into what your emotion tells you to, and together these impulses can make for some chaotic times. Hints for survival: don’t put what you desire ahead of mastering the mechanism or role that will take you there; be willing to divest yourself of anything that isn’t needed or of use anymore–unfortunately, this year that will include relationships; and you can make magic happen if you can find a way to serve others through the public role/ career in a form that is original to you. So that’s not hard, right? Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

If you are a Taurus born today, please read yesterday’s ‘Born Today’

Born Today 20 May

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Paul Gauguin, 'The Flageolet Player on the Cliff' 1889 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin, ‘The Flageolet Player on the Cliff’ 1889 {{PD}}

In some aspects of thought and mental processing (especially in the way you think about emotions) this past year has been new territory, dear Taurus. That’s been a good development, as you’ll be better set to handle some tough but necessary future tensions around either relationships or finances, and that at core the responses you have will affect your identity–and once completely ‘handled’ will open up the flow of Love or Money–and that quite naturally will affect where, how, and possibly with whom you live. A new profession might even be on the horizon, but this is only possible if you currently feel an enormous amount of confidence, energy, and optimism surrounding your own talents–and only if you are up to making best use of certain ‘points of Fate’ that will present themselves this year, through to your next birthday. It may be a big year, but it will definitely be an interesting one that you’ll get a lot out of. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 19 May

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Your year will be anything but static, Taurus. 'Jens Juel - A Running Boy' by Marcus Holst von Schmidten 1801 {{PD}}

Your year will be anything but static, Taurus. ‘Jens Juel – A Running Boy’ by Marcus Holst von Schmidten 1801 {{PD}}

You may be figuratively stuck the entire Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, on communicating and hammering out agreements within relationships and over money, resources, and values. But, this isn’t a bad thing; your heart is in it, and making sure everyone knows what you think, and you know what everyone thinks, will have enormous benefits you really can’t anticipate. Does that mean your year is static? Not at all–besides the opportunities and sense of empowerment you’ll gain from smoothing out communications, you’ll act on what you learn, and the results will both lend an aura of authority to what you do and lay the groundwork for expression of the highest form your creativity can take–and that creative output, plus the actions you take and choices you make, will impact the life direction–so it’s in many ways a year of change that feels more like creating order and getting your sh*t together–and rest assured, you’ve also got wisdom, good counsel, and practicality on your side. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 18 May

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A shop in China, rather than a china shop, but either way, no bulls in sight. Photo from 'Through China with a Camera' 中文(繁體)‎: 位於香港的中國古玩店。 Date 1868~1872  By John Thomson {{PD}}

A shop in China, rather than a china shop, but either way, no bulls in sight. Photo from ‘Through China with a Camera’
中文(繁體)‎: 位於香港的中國古玩店。
Date 1868~1872
By John Thomson {{PD}}

You may spend a lot of time this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, trying to figure out what’s wise, what’s the smart move or choice, and how being practical can also serve Self-expression–there seems to be a lot of conflict within you, as to how to proceed. At this point, you’re the thinking man or woman’s bull: thoughtful, looking for the spiritual and emotional underpinnings to everyday life, considering your next play carefully–and that could put you at a distinct disadvantage, making you a target of sorts for more aggressive, jealousy, or less resourceful individuals. There is a way to beat this, and that’s to be willing to form a clear idea of what you want, and then to go after it, with no apologies to others, no hanging back for permission or the sake of politeness, and no fears of being called a bull in a china shop–which is the way some have tamped down your assertive energies, and so kept you much too far from achieving your dreams. No more–this year, Taurus, it all changes. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

New Moon in Taurus, May 2015: The Personal Artifact of Change

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Ernest L. Blumenschein - 'The Gift' 1921 {{PD}}

Ernest L. Blumenschein – ‘The Gift’ 1921 {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs at 9:12 PM PDT of the 17th at 26 Taurus 55. The Taurus New Moon is conjunct Sedna, quincunx Pallas, and in wide sesquiquadrate to the North Node. Involvement of the Nodal point tells us that what is born here significantly shapes our future; the conjunction to Sedna implies what is awakened may be knowledge held deep within and related to instinct, something we aren’t entirely conscious of. Falling in Taurus, this promises either a material ‘new beginning’ or a new era in our sense of security and comfort, and this may be a loss or gain—we can’t tell ahead of time. We sense the ‘rightness’ of this next step (in a Karmic sense, if you will) both in its very occurrence, and in the way it contributes to shaping our Path. Contact to Pallas says if we’re smart and practical, we adjust—a failure to accept this new thing, this next step that originates in our internal depths is unwise, with the most likely sign of this an attempt to keep or return matters to their pre-New Moon state that is doomed to failure.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘An Old Indian Woman Selling The Artifacts Of Her Tribe To Passersby’. Here we have someone who stands for the original inhabitants of a place, those who are as close to being a part of the land itself as possible, selling to Others a part of the ancestral inheritance. It’s one thing when a group creates products similar to the traditional items of their culture meant for sale to outsiders; it’s quite another when members of that same group sell the actual cultural items themselves, in effect trading their culture for sustenance or as a step along the Path, in preparation for change, even death (and we assume this as there’s little other reason that an individual parts with the underpinnings and artifacts of their way of life). The symbol suggests that the NM brings us to a point of desperation: we may feel there is nothing to be done to preserve ourselves except to dismantle our lives and sell off the parts! This is a bad thing, if we act with the idea that we have no choice, and no alternatives—but this can be a good thing, if we, as the figurative old woman of the symbol, are choosing to divest ourselves of things we no longer need, things we have ‘aged past’, or can hold in memory, so no longer need to hold them in our hands. It’s clear this NM brings a new beginning, one many may not immediately embrace, preferring what was to what’s coming; the symbol merely serves to show us there are multiple ways to approach change, and our choice about how to see it will shape the entire experience, just as the experience shapes us.

Looking to learn more about the asteroid Vesta in Astrology? Watch here for announcements on the release of my new book, ‘We Are All Vessels: Vesta in the Natal Chart’, out this summer–or check at Dog & Sunflower Press for all my books!

Born Today 17 May

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Louis Léopold Boilly - 'Conversation Dans un Parc' Before 1912 {{PD}}

Louis Léopold Boilly – ‘Conversation Dans un Parc’ Before 1912 {{PD}}

You don’t know it yet, dear Taurus, but by the time you reach your next birthday, you’ll have achieved an emotional completeness, a total emotional and intuitive understanding and acceptance of who you are, that offers you a fresh start at a new, higher level–but before that happens, you’ll meet every dark and mysterious corner of your life, every thing ignored, denied, or suppressed, every bit of anger over abuse and injustice that you carry, and you must resolve these, in order to reach that pinnacle of emotional success. On your side: one or more close family members, most especially the father or a paternal figure; empowerment through the social order or through educational or religious means; a strong sense of instinct; creativity or idealism that pays off. Not so much working for you: a communication state that is stuck in only one mode, which has and expresses strength and has superior negotiative abilities but that also may suffer inflexible attitudes and thinking and have difficulty perceiving nuance in the communications of others. You’re on the way to big change–make sure that your choices and actions bring you the kinds of changes you want–indications are that this coming Solar year, if you are conscientious, they will. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 16 May

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'Hymne à la femme (Bezeichnung auf dem Rahmen)' Auguste Levêque 1909 {{PD}}

‘Hymne à la femme (Bezeichnung auf dem Rahmen)’ Auguste Levêque 1909 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, you decide which way you want to go, and with whom you want to travel that life Path. The good news is that you’ll be able to choose on instinct; you recognize the ‘right’ person(s) and Path immediately. The bad news, if you want to call it that, is that you’ll walk that Path and learn about every little thing you hold in your ‘blind spot’, every quality of personality, inclination, belief, and quirk that others see but that you are totally unaware of, and you may feel by the end of the year that the whole thing’s been completely unfair–but it won’t be. It’s time for you to look in a mirror that shows the entire picture in 3 dimensions–and once you have you’ll quite literally get whatever you want–not everything you’ve ever desired, but something that comes from the ideal and that offers you Love, Reward, Companionship, or Health–and that doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 15 May

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John William Waterhouse - Pandora, 1896 {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse – Pandora, 1896 {{PD}}

You have two core obligations (for want of a better term) to fulfill this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus: you must learn to totally, completely trust and honor your instincts, and you must discover the contents of your ‘blind spot’ (things you can’t see but that all those around you can), excavate it, and so make yourself as Self-aware as humanly possible. Notice I said, “humanly possible”–no one is expecting you to be perfect, but this is the year when you can develop your sense of Self, your identity, and put into action your Soul’s intent, so that you become centered and secure in your sense of who you are. That’s a tall order, but one we all come here to fill–and right now the Universe is out to help you do that. Strengths include the ability, after a little adjustment, to embrace more of your own natural power and personal authority than you ever have before, and this will have the bonus effect of drawing in Love and/ or Money. You’ll also be able to effectively relate that sense of empowerment and what you have to offer to the masses–or just to your social circle, whatever’s appropriate for you. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

What You’re Asking: ‘How Do You Know?’

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An artist's conception of a multitude of tiny diamonds next to a hot star. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) {{PD}}

An artist’s conception of a multitude of tiny diamonds next to a hot star. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) {{PD}}

The italicized terms below are taken from the search results that bring people to my blogs. This article appears in the current ECLIPSE.

When Do You Know A Friendship is Over?

In all seriousness, the answer to this is, ‘When the other person stops treating you as a friend.’ I’m not being glib when I give this as the way to know when a relationship has deteriorated. Once we’re in a relationship we’re much too prone as individuals to see it as existing in a static state, still being viable and following the old feelings and parameters even after something has definitely shifted. We don’t take the time to look at the state of the current interaction, and if something’s bothering us, to examine the attitudes involved—and that includes our own, as we are just as likely to change and not acknowledge it as the other person. Typically, though, unless we have some control-oriented pathologies going on, most of us won’t even notice that the interaction has changed—we just say we ‘drifted apart’, or summon some other euphemism to explain why we no longer talk, or we excuse our unease as being due to some new or upsetting event in our own or the other person’s life (“Janie is being so critical because she’s under stress at work.”) We don’t end a friendship unless we recognize that it no longer functions in a roughly even, give-and-take manner. And though each of us has a different definition of what it means to be a friend and of what we expect from friendship, even if we haven’t outlined those things consciously we know immediately when we ask ourselves the question, ‘Is this person treating me like a friend?’ whether they are or not. If the answer is, ‘No, they’re not treating me like a friend,’ then the relationship is over.

Is it worth discussing with the other person your feeling that you are not being treated like a friend? I would say it is, unless what alerted you to the change in tone was something consciously said or done by the other person that signals loud and clear, ‘We just aren’t friends.’ If the other person behaves in an inappropriately competitive manner or is unwilling to treat you with respect (and by that I mean, treat you kindly and with the consideration offered any other adult, equal to what they ask for from you), all you can do is gently walk away. And remember, if the actions don’t match the words, no matter who it is, you’re not in a healthy interaction.

Astrologically you can get clues about your own expectations within friendship from the ruler of, sign on, and bodies posited in the 11th House of the natal chart. Transits through the 11th or to the ruler of the 11th can signal you’re in the midst of a friendship learning curve that may mark some of those interaction experiences that stay with you forever.

Are you future queen astro aspects

I loved the optimism in this query, just because, there aren’t many of these jobs around! So how do you know if you are a future queen? Here I wrote about the prospects for Kate Middleton, which haven’t yet been realized—but what about the rest of us? Rather a literal ascension to a throne, perhaps we should look at it in terms of being empowered within our own lives—and that is definitely Juno. True that she married a god and ruled with him over Olympus and the other gods, but she was a goddess in her own right, and would’ve been, no matter who she married—and this is something we may forget when reviewing her story, as we tend to focus on the vindictive nature of her actions well into the union, when her husband was cheating on her and disrespecting her. The image we too often capture of Juno is one after she has been emotionally battered repeatedly—would anyone want to be judged on her worst day? I think not. That still doesn’t answer what we can expect as aspects for a future queen. I would look for good aspects to Jupiter, for both the social support and the relative abundance being queen affords, and maybe a positive aspect between Jupiter (that might stand for the King) and one’s Sun or Moon, or even Venus, any of which might suggest an alliance. All the other things that usually pay off in real life—charm, beauty, talent, wealth—may not even factor in for this position, since circumstances of birth might override any other concerns. So we’re back to Juno, and the way she, though innately a goddess, still derives her greater status as queen from her mate and position on Olympus—suggesting that, at the mercy of the mate, being queen might be as frustrating as it is fun.

Does Uranus have tides?

To have tides Uranus would need two things: a moon or moons, and liquid oceans. We know it has at least 27 moons, with the largest named Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, and Oberon (after Shakespeare characters). As to oceans, the latest theory is that it may have oceans of liquid diamond, formed due to the high pressure and high temperatures in the environment. So maybe it has tides—but until we actually send something to the surface, we can only guess.

Born Today 14 May

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Lovis Corinth 'Mädchen mit Stier' 1902 {{PD}}

Lovis Corinth ‘Mädchen mit Stier’ 1902 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, you may find instincts and assumptions crowding out rational thought or reasoned response. This isn’t the norm for you at all, but you may find repeatedly that you are acting or choosing on impulse, which may expose those ‘blind spot’ areas others see clearly in you and of which you are unaware–and that may be very scary for the normally placid bull. Here’s whatcha do: hook up with someone who can offer opportunity or who has authority that can help with your empowerment options–getting as firm a footing as possible will be important right now; recognize when something is bigger than you can handle, and stay out of its way–you’re not up to the battering ram method of getting what you want, no matter how feasible it seems (and it will seem possible); and try to enjoy the ironic way those matters you’ve ignored, been in denial about, or have been enraged by, resolve–and these may have (mostly positive) impact on your career, reputation, and/ or that element in life we call ‘luck’. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 13 May

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I don't pretend to know what will happen next. Woman holding Scissors and Winged Child' c1900 {{PD}} Photoprint by Fritz W. Guerin

I don’t pretend to know what will happen next. Woman holding Scissors and Winged Child’ c1900 {{PD}} Photoprint by Fritz W. Guerin

You’ve got a Solar year ahead, dear Taurus, that drives your fate and tests your strength–are you ready? You’ll get divine guidance, or spiritual aid of some kind, and what occurs will leave you feeling like a true child of the Cosmos, and both of these factors should help you navigate some unusual material issues–and put you in the way of some bigger and better-than-expected opportunities. Should you take them? Only if you’re comfortable traveling on a wing and a prayer–if you’re married to the earth (and what Taurus isn’t?) then this might be tough on you–but then again, this year you are exceptionally attuned to the unseen, the ephemeral, the imaginative, the creative, and to making circumstances such that you’ll see the ideals enter reality–which means chances are very good that sooner or later that is exactly what will happen. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 12 May

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Those shadows are trying to tell you something, Taurus. Emile Friant 1891 {{PD}}

Those shadows are trying to tell you something, Taurus. Emile Friant 1891 {{PD}}

The shadow world you’ve been experiencing lately, where everything has taken on dark proportions or strange new meanings, and where nothing is as it was, is simply an indication that the Universe is trying to tell you something–specifically, something about the way you think and the actions that drives. Dear Taurus, you need to refresh the attitude, reassess thought processes and reconsider your behavior–because soon these matters will have major impact on your reality picture–and you need to be as able as possible to let instinct and automatic reflexes guide you. That means everything has to be coordinated and in good working order. Yes, I know this is cryptic–it has to apply to everyone born on this day–at the same time, if you refuse to play coy, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about–at least, you’ll understand the part about needing to modify behavior and get thinking on the right track. You’ve got unique and imaginative gifts at your disposal this year, Taurus–use them for all they’re worth. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 11 May

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Maksymilian Gierymski 'Landscape at Sunrise' 1868 {{PD}}

Maksymilian Gierymski ‘Landscape at Sunrise’ 1868 {{PD}}

You have a major opportunity this coming Solar year, dear Taurus, through to your next birthday, to heal and offer expression to what is most unique in you. That may seem a wee bit vague, until you consider that you’ve been fighting a long time to get to this position. You’ve been through the dark, and now that you’ve reached the light, you might be a little stunned–you may have expected the dark to go on forever. What you’re really ready to do is honor yourself and your abilities, to create a statement about who you are–and to take it public. Strengths this year include the ability to communicate creatively or to share ‘the Vision'; being flexible enough to accept Love and/ or Money from unusual sources; and showing exceptional competence that brings opportunity. Cautions involve not taking the wounds too seriously, and staying away from tall tales or exaggerations–what starts out as a harmless stretching of the truth could end up anything but. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 10 May

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Günther Meltzer 'Die Cyklopeninseln 1898' {{PD}}

Günther Meltzer ‘Die Cyklopeninseln 1898′ {{PD}}

You may be preoccupied with matters of hurt this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus–in fact, you may be treating those wounds as sacred–and so could miss one or more major opportunities to share yourself and your truly original creations and gifts with the group. It may be that you are so intent on intellectualizing your emotional issues that you don’t actually face them, but instead turn them into mini-dramas starring you as the wronged party. That’s not as bad as it sounds, though; in a way, you are in need of giving yourself some intense attention and consideration, and it may be that you think parading your wounds is the only way to acceptably do that. You are uniquely sensitive at this time to issues of identity and to making highest values a vital part of your life, which means that if you want to, you can remake yourself into the image of your ideal You–so, your best course of action may be to concentrate on yourself, on who you really want to be–along the way you’ll define your gifts so specifically and with such elegant simplicity that you can’t help but use them wisely. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

The Mother of Them All

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Here’s a Mother’s Day re-print, y’all! Happy Mother’s Day!

I really think there are many more maternal figures since Medea lost it who are worse than our subject; but it’s undeniable that her name has become a catchphrase for over-the-top histrionics and abuse (as well as the scourge of dry cleaners, through the admonition, “No! Wire! Hangars!”) Yes, I’m talking about the much maligned, and now nearly iconic symbol of dysfunctional mothering, actress and one-time Pepsico CEO Joan Crawford (23 March 1903, 10:00 PM, San Antonio Texas). To be fair to Joan, after a brief perusal of the mothering related factors in her chart, we’ll look at the chart of the adopted daughter who brought Joan’s alleged behavior to light, Christina Crawford (11 June 1939, 3:00 PM, Los Angeles California).

The attitude toward children in general, and one’s children in particular, is found in the 5th; for the senior Ms. Crawford, this is ruled by Neptune, alerting us immediately to the possibility that this woman does not see children in a realistic light. Neptune is in the 8th at 00 Cancer, implying that she may see children as a resource (something she was indeed accused of, in the sense of using her adopted children as props and a PR ploy), with the 00 placement in Cancer pointing up the emotional newness, even rawness, of Neptune related subjects–interesting in light of her lifelong occupation of film acting, with the 8th placement suggesting that she may have easily gained the support of others in this.

Neptune ruler, and symbol of both the mothering Joan received herself, and the attitude she carried toward mothering in general, the Moon, sits in Aquarius less than one degree from conjunction with Saturn, both in the 3rd. This is a combination for emotional repression, even coldness, as the emotions are processed intellectually; sitting in the 3rd this emphasized the mental approach to emotions, and this was communicated, whether she wanted others to see it or not. The Moon also trines Mars and Earth in Libra, marrying the emotions almost too easily to the material and to the ego and aggressive/ assertive urges, and the Moon sextiles Vesta and the Sun in Aries, making emotional challenges seem like ones that threaten her very identity, and giving the emotional scenario a label of ‘sacred’–no one may contradict her emotional interpretation! The Moon also sextiles Juno in the 1st, making her Self empowered through emotional expression. So, though the emotions are directly suppressed, we see they have plenty of real-world outlets, along with many underlying assumptions about their sacrosanct nature.

Mars, ruler of the Sun and already part of the equation through contact with the Moon, rules the 6th of duty and everyday happenings/ routine, and holds Venus in Aries, valuing the martial spirit and the kind of strict, military style routines her adoptive daughter said were a household staple. Chiron, which can often show a wound that drives much of our compulsive behavior, is isolated in Capricorn at the bottom of the chart, suggesting attempts to stave off the wound and attendant bad feelings about the Self may have taken the form of extreme discipline and repression. Chiron sits at the midpoint of a square between Juno (Self-empowerment) and Jupiter (society), implying she might have seen these two interests as in conflict, setting up a ‘Joan vs. everyone else’ dynamic.

But does she really fit the model of a ‘devouring mother’? Pluto is essential to that picture, and in Joan Crawford’s chart it is chart ruler, posited in the 8th, opposes Uranus, ruler of the 4th, and square Piscean Mercury, which brings us back to Neptune. This suggests that she may have been tempted to destroy the very people and things that supported her, that she may have been in an internal death struggle with her own expression of individuality and a longing to be part of the group, and that she was as likely to communicate destructively as she was to communicate in a way that reflected her (somewhat disconnected from reality–see Neptune’s situation) ideals. Though she certainly qualifies as responding to the devouring Archetype, she seems more a figure to be pitied than condemned; the emotional dysfunctions and woundedness that drove her were not easily dealt with, even for someone Self-aware. Ms. Crawford seems to have been unwilling, and perhaps even unable, to recognize her own distorted nature.

Adopted daughter Christina (11 June 1939, 3:00 PM, Los Angeles California) may have had her own motivations (aside from just revealing events) in writing her tell-all book, ‘Mommie Dearest.’ The view of the mother is found in the 10th, and the experience of mothering received in the state of the Moon. Leo is on the 10th cusp, with ruler Sun in the 8th in Gemini and conjunct Mercury. The Sun is sesquiquadrate Mars in Aquarius at the bottom of the chart–it just happens to conjunct Joan’s Moon. Where else would Christina’s ego and aggressive urges, intellectualtized and hidden deep inside herself, go for outlet, but to Mommie? Her Moon is in Aries (ruled by the instrument of her ego/ anger/ assertion); the Moon rules the 9th of publishing, and is square Chiron (the primal wound) in Cancer (Mom again!) and is conjunct Jupiter, which rules the intercepted 2nd, suggesting that perhaps there was a deeply hidden idea of the Self as ‘big’ and in connection to the other energies may have felt the only way to express this ‘bigness’ was through the emotions (Moon/ Jupiter conjunct).

Of course, just because someone has Jupiter connected to the 2nd, it doesn’t mean they have an inflated Self-worth; but I do remember distinctly that the book featured many episodes where Christina asserted her talents failed to be recognized. I recall wondering what talents and abilities she repeatedly referred to in the abstract, as she seemed to take for granted that the reader assumed her to be almost magically accomplished and talented, though she made virtually no direct reference to exactly what those talents were. 5th House (creativity) Jupiter happens to be, among other salient aspects, trine Pluto, implying a syndrome I’ve seen at work before (and first saw mentioned in the work of the great Grant Lewi): frustrated individuals with Jupiter/ Pluto aspects often believe they possess a whole list of imaginary attributes; the unfortunate part is that they judge themselves on these, and miss connecting with their real talents, and thus short-circuit their opportunities in reality. I believe this particular kind of magical thinking was at work in Christina. Also of note: her Aries Moon is conjunct Joan’s Sun. Reincarnationists will of course enjoy that; I’ll just say that this speaks of the child’s emotional state (and needs) meeting the ego/ identity/ Soul of the mother, head on; could it have felt to both like there was competition for recognition of each of these needs/ energies in the other? Even looking at only the couple of contacts between these two charts we’ve mentioned (Mars/ Moon, Moon/ Sun), we can see that, no matter how Christina was treated, she likely would have seen Joan as trying to outshine her, and perhaps, in disowning her own aggression, Christina more than a little contributed to the situation that came about; even children have the full pallet of urges and attributes–when we forget that, we infantilize (and fail to respect) them, and put our ability to have a fulfilling relationship with them in peril.

Born Today 9 May

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Pierre Puvis de Chavannes - 'Sacred Grove' 1883 {{PD}}

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes – ‘Sacred Grove’ 1883 {{PD}}

Dear Taurus, you are SO OVER keeping secrets, ignoring important matters, denying reality, throwing tantrums–you KNOW how destructive those choices can be–and yet here you are, the honest, trustworthy bull, and you have to decide: will you embrace a passion that requires you deny what you find sacred, or will you honor the values in place and mourn the passion that could’ve been? That’s a lousy choice to have to make–so don’t make it. You have the option of openly recognizing the conflict your passion engenders (remember, no more secrets!) and then finding avenues to healing those places where the values are at odds with what you desire. This isn’t nearly as impossible as it may at first sound, simply because you’ve been seeing the world far too much in ‘either/ or’ terms–that’s the way you sorted things out successfully before, but this time you have to take it to the next level, the one that allows you to honor two seemingly contradictory energies in your mind and life by finding the common denominators between them–and one of those is You. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 8 May

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You are at the perfect point, dear Taurus, to take highest values, goals, and ideals and manifest them in your uniquely original way–so what is it you want to do? You’ve already spent recent months honing ambitions to a fine point, and one way or another, acquiring the clout to make your desires reality–so what’s that standing in your way? It’s every dark thing, every matter ignored or denied, every issue yet to be hashed out, every bit of suppressed rage over injustice and abuse. You’d think that would make dandy rocket fuel to launch you toward your goals, but instead it ties you down to earth, and limits your reach and effectiveness. Attend to these matters (and truthfully, after the past few years, you may have very little to sweep up here, as you’ve taken care of many of the power imbalances and negative feelings in your life), and there’ll be nothing holding you back from realizing those very admirable ambitions and goals. Strengths this Solar year, through to your next birthday, include an excellent ability to communicate creatively, and a penchant for emotional honesty. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 7 May

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You don’t have to go this far, Taurus, but do make your feelings known. ‘The Rage of Achilles’ by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo 1756 {{PD}}

You may soon feel an emotional crisis coming on, dear Taurus, when inner wisdom, what you thought was solid knowledge, and/ or what you see as your practical attitude fail you spectacularly. Rather than viewing this as a defeat, accept it as a course-correction–you were way off!–and now have the chance to get it better than right. In the Solar year ahead, through to your next birthday, you have the capacity and power to bring about great change in your life, the kind that brings fulfillment of ambitions and desires, but to bring it all to successful completion requires a few things: you must not only tend to what you’ve been ignoring or in denial about, you must express rage (yes, I said express rage!) should that be something you’re holding on to; you must find a way to blend into or at least make peace with the social circle; and you must treat both relationships and finances as if they need your attention right now–because they do. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 6 May

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'Gartentor in Schleiden' Fritz von Wille 1909 {{PD}}

‘Gartentor in Schleiden’ Fritz von Wille 1909 {{PD}}

You’ve made the changes, dear Taurus, that you thought would re-shape your world–and perhaps those changes did–now what? Recent shifts may have almost felt like the end of the world, but what they really constituted was an entre to ambition and desire fulfillment–so the question becomes, can you get ‘there’ from ‘here’? Yes, you can, but only after addressing the twin gatekeepers of ignored or denied issues, and the need to live your life in accordance with your true, highest values. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you will be required to align values with real-life–which means you must live to the standard that’s truly meaningful for you, not the one you were taught to honor, and not the one you have been going around saying (or thinking) you honor, but the one that springs directly from who you are as a person. Then, you must apply that authentic value system to dealing with all those things you’ve been putting off, hoping they’d go away. Do this, and almost without any effort on your part, you will see form a clear shot to realizing your dreams. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 5 May

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It's in the air, Taurus. Isaac Israëls - 'Windvlaag' 1894 {{PD}}

It’s in the air, Taurus. Isaac Israëls – ‘Windvlaag’ 1894 {{PD}}

Change is in the air–you mean it this time, dear Taurus–but there’s something you need to handle first, before you’ll be able to shape your material situation (and the power situation behind it) as you’d like: you must deal with every ignored, denied, or hidden issue that lingers in your life–and it may be the details of these issues, the small bits and inconsequentials, that trip you up. What to do? Do not hesitate to measure each and every thing in your life, every corner and portion, against your highest values, and your life priorities, including your need, in whatever form, for a mate and home–if these fall short for you, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will be glum indeed; and do know that to truly be yourself you must pursue your ambitions and desires, and vice versa, that to successfully fulfill desires and ambitions you must be completely and uniquely yourself. That’s all there is to it–that, and be willing to accept new facts as they come along–let them change your idea of what’s smart, if it’s appropriate. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 4 May

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Fighting and struggle needn't be in your vocabulary this year, Taurus. Édouard Manet 'Emilie Ambre as Carmen' {{PD}}

Fighting and struggle needn’t be in your vocabulary this year, Taurus. Édouard Manet ‘Emilie Ambre as Carmen’ {{PD}}

This coming year, dear Taurus, you may be feeling like opportunity has already passed you by–but that would be inaccurate. You really just charged forward, or made assumptions, or approached a possibility without taking careful note of the nuances of the thing–and so kind of trampled it beneath eager Taurean hooves. That’s not the end of it, though; you are on the road to real, serious change, and to the potential resurrection of a situation, structure, or set-up that you’d like to see come around again. What must you do to make it happen? Act spontaneously, on instinct–no plodding over-mulling for you this Solar year, through to your next birthday; remember as you explore potentials that much of your opportunity is about who you are–to forget your role in the mix is to sabotage yourself; and if you are unsure of anything, look for wisdom and guidance from–though it sounds like a cliche–a teacher (formal or informal), spiritual guide, or ‘foreign’ source that can give you a different perspective. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 3 May

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They look normal to me. Paul Cézanne, 'The Large Bathers' 1906 {{PD}}

They look normal to me. Paul Cézanne, ‘The Large Bathers’ 1906 {{PD}}

‘Expansion’ is your watchword this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, but what does that mean for you? You’re going to gain in matters of the House where Jupiter (13 Leo) is now transiting–and you’ll see some significant endings related to matters of the House where this Full Moon falls (13 Scorpio), endings that may open the way to bigger and probably better, arriving through Jupiter’s current venue. But as with all good things, too much really can be an issue–and add to that, Jupiter shows no discretion in what it makes bigger–should it fall in your natal 1st of body, say, it may expand the exposure of the personality to the public (publicity!) but also your butt–the moral being, be sure to look at both sides of the coin, all possibilities, because contrary to our usual mindset, we don’t always want more. Another negative this year: resources for wisdom, and your own sense of practicality, are strained to the limit (in this case, it’s Jupiter’s fault); but this year you also have big positives in showing a unique ability to solve long-ignored problems, to act appropriately when responding to instinct, and a talent for getting ahead while others seem mysteriously stuck in place. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

The Sabians for the Full Moon 3 May 2015

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"Sommerdag_ved_Skagens_Sønderstrand" (Summer day on Skagen's southern shore) P.S. Krøyer 1883 {{PD}}

“Sommerdag ved Skagens Sønderstrand” (Summer day on Skagen’s southern shore) P.S. Krøyer 1883 {{PD}}

The Sabian is, ‘Telephone Lineman At Work Installing New Connections’ That tells us that what reads to us as an ending (the FM) is really making room for better communications, possibly with others, but most definitely with ourselves. We are finding out about who we are, seeing connections within our own psyches that we never saw before, and this necessitates the installation of new ways of creatively bridging our thoughts and experiences; with fresh ways of seeing and thinking come fresh ways of realizing our purpose—the new connections are meant to show us what was there all along, but which we’re only now beginning to understand, see, embrace, or connect, one thing to another.

The Sun for the Full Moon is, ‘On The Beach, Children Play While Shellfish Grope At The Edge Of The Water’ Use of the word ‘grope’ is very unusual; it implies, again, evolution (“at the edge of the water”) and a growing consciousness. The image says we may, in the greater Universal sense, not even have crawled out of the oceans yet, in terms of understanding—or maybe it says we are still like children at play, lacking an awareness of the underpinnings that allow our (relatively) carefree attitude. In any case, this illumination adds to our burgeoning ability to see and measure our own progress, and to give it meaning.

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Born Today 2 May

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Grab that spotlight, Taurus, even if you're naked! 'Nude in Dappled Sunlight' by Frederick Carl Frieseke 1914 {{PD}}

Grab that spotlight, Taurus, even if you’re naked! ‘Nude in Dappled Sunlight’ by Frederick Carl Frieseke 1914 {{PD}}

You may have to fight to get the spotlight this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, but once you grab hold of it, it’s all yours, and your fame, of one kind or another, will spread much farther than you might anticipate. This is great, in that what you do becomes known, you find needed partners, people see who you are and what you’re capable of–it’s free publicity–but it’s also got a down side: people see what you do and who you are, not just what you present to them, or want them to see. If you’re not bullet-proof (and who is, really?) this might give you a moment’s pause; use that time to erase contradictions, take a stand, put things right. It won’t necessarily be an easy year for you, but resources, especially emotional ones, should be reasonably abundant, and be prepared: inner wisdom and the practical side of your nature will be unduly stressed in spite of any preparations you make. Still, you can get a huge boost if you play it well. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 1 May

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Take a step back and inspect your real-life results, Taurus. Willem Witsen - 'Still life with tulips in a jar' {{PD}}

Take a step back and inspect your real-life results, Taurus. Willem Witsen – ‘Still life with tulips in a jar’ {{PD}}

Dear Taurus, why are you so concerned right now with nailing down power and territory? I know you may be thinking of it in much milder terms, but really, you’re trying to stake out a claim–and there’s nothing wrong with that. The problem comes when you push too hard for some status or outcome that you don’t realize is actually unrelated to the results you seek. It’s time to pause and make a real-world assessment of the impact you’re having, because your idea of what you need to do and accomplish is somehow not aligned with the effect you want to have–and it leaves you anxious and striving, which only takes you further from your objective. What will help most? Grounding ideas in what’s wise and practical (seek advice if you need it); excavate what you’ve up ’til now ignored or denied–there’s buried treasure there; measure real-world choices against ideals and values, and reject what doesn’t match (or re-assess values for currency); and foster intuition–it can be your best, non-corporeal friend. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 30 April

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'Le Bec de Gaz - Nuit bleue'  Henri Le Sidaner 1906 {{PD}}

‘Le Bec de Gaz – Nuit bleue’ Henri Le Sidaner 1906 {{PD}}

The struggle this year is over empowerment, over having effective reach and influence in your life, over being allowed to shine, over status and position, but dear Taurus, does it have to be a struggle? It does, at least initially–you likely start off the year that stretches through to your next birthday feeling that others actively hold you back. You’ll come to see very quickly, though, that what you’re experiencing is really your own aggressive stance bouncing back at you–and the minute you stop seeing yourself as a victim is the minute when your creative, imaginative, and inspired gifts surface and begin to light up your world. The reality is that you become empowered, gain status, and are able to shine when you point your energy in the right direction (that is, not at anyone else!) and when you focus it on sharing that kind of magical thing you do just by being yourself. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 29 April

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Manipulated Photograph by Geoffrey Benjamin Chew Uploaded by Aboniks No Changes Made – Released under CC BY-SA 2.5

You seem determined this year, dear Taurus, to keep your focus on the future, and to bring into being some major creative project or idea you’ve long held–and you are empowered this year to do so, as long as you can find a way not to trip over yourself. It won’t be externals so much that throw obstacles in your path; things that hold you back will come from inside (even if they appear to manifest from without) and will revolve around your confidence level, and your ability to channel your energy effectively–you may be prone at this time to enjoy a victory or two and then get caught up in those, forgetting to keep moving forward. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you need to embrace what you’ve learned from the past (rather than rejecting it, which I think feels safer to you–and that need to avoid this vital part of your experience reveals how your focus needs to be so much more intense–you already anticipate becoming distracted!) Hint: when moving forward begins to feel like a fight instead of an adventure, concentrate on the creative aspects of things. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 28 April

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Frederic Edwin Church - Rainy Season in the Tropics 1865 {{PD}}

Frederic Edwin Church – Rainy Season in the Tropics 1865 {{PD}}

Emotional harmony is yours this coming Solar year, dear Taurus, through to your next birthday, and for the most part that means only externals can get in your way. Obstacles will center on who holds the power to generate effective expressions of authority, and status plays a big part; you may spend a lot of time in negotiations (or even in outright power struggles) trying to sort things out–meanwhile, others who are less scrupulous and honest than you may swoop in and take over. Your featured birthday aspect, a Finger of God with base of Pluto-Vesta, apex Jupiter says it all=be clear about your priorities and highest values and make them live in any power situations you are involved with–that’s the way to expand your world and bring you almost limitless opportunity. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 27 April

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Though things may seem static, there's actually a lot going on (and that you can do) beneath the surface, Taurus. Édouard Manet 'In the Conservatory' 1879 {{PD}}

Though things may seem static, there’s actually a lot going on (and that you can do) beneath the surface, Taurus. Édouard Manet ‘In the Conservatory’ 1879 {{PD}}

You’re going to get it done, really, any minute now, aren’t you, dear Taurus? Relax; your procrastination has actually just been your own good sense talking, keeping you from wasting time and energy going in the wrong direction. Part of you is well aware that you aren’t sufficiently empowered yet to do what you want to, and another part of you knows that to move forward now, when you still lack a definitive inspirational spark, would be to blow your approach, and so the outcome. What to do until you sense that you’re ready to make your move? Become excessively clear within yourself about values and priorities–not being sure of commitments and bottom lines could freeze you in place in the midst of the action, once it begins; and deeply study, even dissect, what you consider instinct–you need to discover how much that might be a cover for denied or hidden material that’s in reality more consciously learned or chosen than it is inherent in Beingness–it has been exerting far too big an influence for far too long. One of the biggest positives you will enjoy this Solar year, through to your next birthday, is the way the material world, what arrives in your life and what goes, will carry a lot of overt messages about what you need to attend to and develop–that’s truly a helpful thing. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 26 April

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Go ahead, get out of that endless loop, Taurus. Paul Gauguin 'The Loss of Virginity' 1890 {{PD}}

Go ahead, get out of that endless loop, Taurus. Paul Gauguin ‘The Loss of Virginity’ 1890 {{PD}}

You may feel like there’s too much talk, not enough action this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus–but that’s really only a symptom of the mentality you’ve developed, which is one of delaying original efforts in an endless bout of measuring the worthiness and power potentials of ambitions and desires. You don’t want to make a move without being assured it’s going to give you the most ‘Bang’ for your buck, as they say, but that can create a Self-defeating loop wherein you don’t commit to any one or any thing because you’re perpetually keeping your options open, waiting for ‘something better’ to materialize. You won’t be able to continue this, Taurus, not if you want to get in on the opportunities that are coming this year. They are, specifically, opportunities to shine before the public/ social circle within some are you are naturally gifted at–so stop debating and weighing and start practicing your Art. Also useful: doing some definitive psychic housecleaning, and acting to resolve issues of hurt that may be impeding your progress. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 25 April

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Stuffed three dimensional fabric tea set by Catherine Jansen. "I photographed the tea set, blew up the negative to life size, made a cyanotype photogram on a piece of cloth, the stitched it together and stuffed it." Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Stuffed three dimensional fabric tea set by Catherine Jansen. “I photographed the tea set, blew up the negative to life size, made a cyanotype photogram on a piece of cloth, the stitched it together and stuffed it.” Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Your ego can get you in trouble this year, dear Taurus, and cause you to overstep your bounds. Emotional overconfidence may be the issue, or it could be that you’ll put yourself, at some point between now and your next birthday, in an environment that values swagger over actual impact. In any case, the year begins with things a little out-of-whack, but eventually actions and thinking synchronize (by being grounded in material matters and the real world), and that will help open doors for you. Opportunities will arrive, and the way to meet them is with confidence and holding the status that confers the authority you want–and that will come when you either surrender some of your insistence on uniqueness in order to fulfill ambitions in a more mundane way, or when you surrender some of your more vaunted ambition-oriented demands in order to get to your goal in a way that’s a little out of the ordinary, but right for you. It’s going to be an interesting year, Taurus; soften yourself, so that you don’t make it tougher than it has to be. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 24 April

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Paul Gauguin 'Jeunes Lutteurs' (Young Wrestlers') 1887 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin ‘Jeunes Lutteurs’ (Young Wrestlers’) 1887 {{PD}}

Are you going to spend the entire year, through to your next birthday, wrestling with those you see as authorities, dear Taurus, or are you going this route only until you’re emotionally exhausted? Emotional matters, by the way, will dredge up a lot of ignored or denied material and communicate it–and so open the way to some serious confrontations with others, authorities or not. The key to handling it all successfully lies with knowing yourself, which requires knowing your limits, standards, and the lines you won’t cross, and being keenly aware of the extent and parameters of your empowerment–and then confidently going from there. There’s danger in the nature of your action urge this year–too impulsive, too erratic–and yet being spontaneous in response to the world may be the most effective thing in terms of gaining ground on ambitions and fulfilling desires. Have confidence, Taurus, most especially in yourself. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 23 April

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You may feel unduly restricted, as if you’re always having to adjust to accommodate restrictions and realities all around you, dear Taurus, and that’s true–at least for a while, and possibly through to your next birthday, the world may present you with a large number of limiting, challenging, or even repressive circumstances, and ‘denial of service’ might become a phrase you think was designed especially for you. The thing is, this is all leading somewhere; to building up a solid and bullet-proof personal power and authority, one that will open the gates to a radically altered future. Mind you, the changes in your destined direction I’m talking about here might all be in your head, or might encompass your capacity for understanding and responding skillfully, as you’re not about to give up anything you care about–in fact, this coming year you’ll be almost too involved on the emotional front, and so perhaps come across as a tad needy, as a result. Just remember, Taurus, to make the most of what you’re presented with, because you’re building your tomorrow. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 22 April

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A View of the 'Monuments of Easter Island, Rapanui' by William Hodges 1774 {{PD}}

A View of the ‘Monuments of Easter Island, Rapanui’ by William Hodges 1774 {{PD}}

Whatever you think of yourself and your role, dear Taurus, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, the real-world intrudes and defines issues of identity and purpose. This is a good thing, destroying illusions and replacing them with boundaries, methods to build and achieve, and the kind of support needed to make your mark; all you have to do is acknowledge that barriers, structure, and sound methodologies are the way to get where you want to go. You may feel this flies in the face of your recent commitment to empower yourself through the strength and purity of the creative, but in reality it will offer you form and restraint, which will only enhance your approach and help to give your dreams a solid footing. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 21 April

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'Young Women Going to a Procession' by Jules Breton c1890 {{PD}}

‘Young Women Going to a Procession’ by Jules Breton c1890 {{PD}}

It may feel, just a little, as if the parade has passed you by, dear Taurus, but it’s really only a brief respite you’re in right now–soon you’ll be at it, or at least thinking about it–but going forward all depends on you 1) facing those things you have been ignoring or denying, and then 2) handling them in such a way that what could’ve been a weakness becomes either a source of understanding or a source of information–and so becomes a strength. Ambitions and desires may become the determining factor in whether you will go off on your own unique Path or become a part of the group and help their cause. Two very strong assets you have working for you: high standards and values, and talent (the definition of which this year includes persuasive abilities and mental acuity). If you can deploy both talents and values at the same time, you can make phenomenal progress–the key is not to let them clash. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Solar Return bonus aspect: An Earth Grand Trine with Mars, Pluto, and Black Moon Lilith=facing rage or matters ignored or denied brings forward energy to accomplish, clear purpose, and power, including the power to change your world.

Born Today 20 April

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Johann Doppelmayr's map of the southern celestial hemisphere, c. 1730 titled: "Hemisphaerium Coeli Australe in quo Fixarum loca secundum Eclipticae ductum ad anum 1730." {{PD}} Photo courtesy of Ben Esq

Johann Doppelmayr’s map of the southern celestial hemisphere, c. 1730 titled: “Hemisphaerium Coeli Australe in quo Fixarum loca secundum Eclipticae ductum ad anum 1730.” {{PD}} Photo courtesy of Ben Esq

You’re looking to chart the wisest course that will make for a real-world impact, aren’t you, dear Taurus? You’re capable this Solar year, through to your next birthday, of making significant alterations to your physical reality, but only if you are willing to take on those matters ignored or denied previously; they lurk, and may spoil changes by de-railing your intentions and your expressions of power, which could devolve into fits of temper and destructive episodes–and we don’t want that. How to prevent a meltdown? Be open to communications, even if what you hear is disappointing or less than pleasant–that way you will know where you stand, and have a complete picture of what you can and can’t work with. Be willing to adjust dreams and imagined potentials so that they mesh with real-world possibilities, specifically those that you have gained experience from in the past, and so can use to translate into an improved future. And allow intuition and instinct their say–these are powerful guides for you this year, if you’ll let them speak. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

If you are an Aries with a birthday on the 20th, please read the outlook for the 19th. Thanks!

Born Today 19 April

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Stay open to meeting someone (or to seeing someone already here in a whole new way), Aries. 'Bougival Dance' Pierre-Auguste Renoir c1882 {{PD}}

Stay open to meeting someone (or to seeing someone already here in a whole new way), Aries. ‘Bougival Dance’
Pierre-Auguste Renoir c1882 {{PD}}

Emotional messages you receive through inspiration or imagination will be life-shaping this coming year, dear Aries. The subject of these messages? Love, Money, or maybe just the way you think about them; reform of your ideas, or maybe even your mentality itself, will lead you in your destined direction. What more could you need to know? That change, especially change to material circumstances or established structures, needs to be approached with care–no sudden moves. Also important is a willingness to face anything you’ve been putting off, ignoring, or in denial about–it all catches up to you–in fact, material matters likely won’t budge an inch until you deal with ignored life areas. And Aries, you’re due for Love, big time–be open to it. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

On the nature of subjectivity, and Saturn and Pluto together

Born Today 18 April

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Willem Claeszoon Heda 1634 {{PD}}

Willem Claeszoon Heda 1634 {{PD}}

It’s a new emotional start for you this coming year, Aries, and by extension a new identity. This offers fresh, and perhaps excessive, confidence, and may foster exaggerated Willfulness–but you’re not exactly a retiring Soul, anyway, so what’s the harm? As long as you are willing to honestly and openly deal with all matters you may have been ignoring or in denial about, you can clear the way to do what you please, with the knowledge that what will go best for you will both honor your highest values and use your creative talents to the max. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, the world’s your oyster, Aries–the only other thing to watch out for is, about midway through, a tendency to allow yourself to be too destructive in trying to bring about change, and this comes directly from your earlier successes at imposing your Will. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 17 April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Born Today 16 April

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

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

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

Born Today 15 April

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Antoine Chintreuil 1868 {{PD}}

Antoine Chintreuil 1868 {{PD}}

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

Born Today 14 April

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

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

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

Born Today 13 April

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

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

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

The Horary Giveaway is Over!

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

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

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

Born Today 12 April

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James Carroll Beckwith 1886 {{PD}}

James Carroll Beckwith 1886 {{PD}}

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

Thank You!

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

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

Celebrating One Million!

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

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

Born Today 11 April

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

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

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

Born Today 10 April

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

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

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

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