Feeling Retrograde Ourselves: late July 2015

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You may feel helpless as the little figure in the tin side car. Photo by D J Shin 2010  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Thanks, DJ!

You may feel helpless as the little figure in the tin side car. Photo by D J Shin 2010 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Thanks, DJ!

Oh! Venus and Uranus are just sitting there, at 00 Virgo and 20 Aries, respectively–and if you’ve got anything in the region (no more than a degree or two either side) of 00 of the Mutables or 20 of the Cardinals, then it may have been a little like having an elephant make himself comfortable on your lap–so, not comfortable at all. Venus and the Mutable contacts (they’ll be playing the lounge at the Paramus Holiday Inn on Friday!) are the lesser of the two stressors, moving from Virgo to Leo and taking our minds, well, right back to ourselves, but the improvement will be that we’ll have the lens of our own needs, ego, and our sense of generosity through which to gauge things.

Uranus, however, has been at this spot since late June–giving us plenty of time to see matters involving those related Cardinal points grind to a halt. Now, with the Uranus retrogradation, what we’ll observe will likely be our own Will doing an about-face, a kind of reticence where we once pushed forward so confidently. Add to this that Pluto is less than a degree from the point where he will go direct in late September, and you have a patchwork of energies in stop and go mode, mostly stop (or lingering painfully, maybe inching forward).

Be glad; this is a chance to really, truly, get yourself right with these energies and the points they’re contacting in the personal chart. They’ve slowed it down so we can catch up, ponder, really learn how to control this specific point of contact, and/ or are offering us a chance to refine what we’re trying to rush forward with. We’ve been feeling frustrated, thinking we know what we want and how to get it–this slowing is the Universe tutoring us on all we don’t know that we thought we did. Think about what you’ve been dealing with, and consider what it means to you (Venus), how original or inventive your urges, or how well they serve the individuality (Uranus), think about what really needs to change (don’t worry about how you’ll make it happen–Pluto), and for good measure let’s acknowledge Neptune, which is dragging the creative energies along the highway like tin cans tied to the bridal car. It’s time for a sort of Zen contemplation that can happen even as we go about our daily tasks. And we can look forward to at least a small denouement with the Full Moon of the 31st.

See a previous post for more on the Venus retrograde. My books are here, and the Vesta book is almost wrapped up. Enjoy your week!

A Tactical Retrograde: Venus Retreats 25 July 2015

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Venus Retrograde July 2015Our Lady of Love and Money has been lingering at the 00 Virgo mark for a bit now, and tomorrow (the 25th) at 2:29 AM Pacific time, she begins her apparent backward motion. ‘Tactical Retrograde’ is a military term meaning ‘retreat’, and this retro period may be centered in an examination of Venus and chart-area themed euphemisms, all continuations in one form or another of circumstances 8 years ago. Virgo is mutable earth, connecting us to practical matters, but the shift into Leo’s fixed fire narrows the attention and subject matter to ourselves and our wants–and initial aspects suggest we will have to work in symbols, euphemisms, metaphors, to look indirectly at our subjects, because to do otherwise would be too harsh to allow for much progress.

We’ll start out the retro period with a critical (Virgo) mindset; we want to set things right, correct, account for, and otherwise get matters of Love and Money on track. Keeping our usual close orbs, the turnaround point makes no contacts. The first aspect completed is a square to Saturn (other than a square from the Moon, which is likely to kick things off emotionally), and that only when Venus proceeds into Leo. The implication may be that for all our good intentions, reality comes along and delivers some hard facts–and those facts are about ourselves and our egos (Leo), and whether we successfully ‘shine’ within our own lives–or not. And we’ll be given some illuminating feedback from the social circle when Venus hits Jupiter–so, like it or loathe it, what we have to look forward to is illumination of the things within our own attitudes and expectations that have created our current Love and Money circumstances.

Of course, a Venus retro distorts our usual Venusian standards and perceptions; we’re willing to experiment in these areas in ways we would typically find unappealing, too costly, below our standards, or even repulsive. We are also prone to alterations to taste and fancies in both literal and figurative senses; the trick, though, is not to avoid trying something new, it’s just to make sure that, as long as Venus moves backward, we don’t take steps in Venusian areas that can’t be easily undone later. Dye your hair–yes, shave your head and tattoo hair on it–no; try new foods–yes, insist on preparing the blowfish yourself–no; date someone you wouldn’t usually look twice at–yes, marry them on your first date–no; paint a wall purple–yes, paint the entire house inside and out purple, no; decide to open a savings account–yes, decide to empty your 401K and dump it all in the stock market, no; jet to Spain for four days–yes, abandon your current life and jet to Spain with no intention of ever returning, oh no. It’s not that you won’t like what you’ve done after direction–maybe you will–it’s that the retro period is for shifting your perceptions, allowing a new viewpoint that can allow experimentation and a broadening of horizons, not for making definitive life changes. You may wake up when it’s over and find it wasn’t for you–that’s why it’s so important you don’t do anything irrevocable. Venereal risks of all kinds are a problem at this time, because we just aren’t assessing things the usual way. Just be aware.

We can get a lot of clues about what we’ll be dealing with by looking back 8 years. That’s the last time Venus retrograded in this spot, and circumstances, topics, and dilemmas will often simply re-appear, sometimes just as they were, other times in new guises–but still posing the same fundamental questions and challenges. Of note: a Fist of God in effect on turnaround day made up of a square between Jupiter and Saturn, apex Vesta=this may signal that our efforts and ideas oriented toward expansion clash with the reality picture–the only thing that may survive are those matters we honor, and what we find sacred, especially in the home life or in the relationship with the mate. Since Saturn and Jupiter are the two first contacts of retro Venus (not counting Luna), this might describe our retro experience. Out of the conflict comes what really matters–if you become overwhelmed, make a strategic tactical retrograde, and deal with it when the pressure subsides. Happy Venus Retrograde!

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This has lots to ponder, from the excellent Jude Cowell over at ‘Stars Over Washington’

Just a Little AstroEssence 21-24 July 2015: Think About It

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Memento mori, Napoli {{PD}} Photo courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen, reproduced from Wikimedia Commons with Thanks--

Memento mori, Napoli {{PD}} Photo courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen, reproduced from Wikimedia Commons with Thanks–

The 21st Matters are very solidly delineated; rules are firm and obvious, obstacles have clearly defined outlines, restrictions are out in the open, and what it takes to accomplish is enumerated definitively. It all seems to be above-board and laid out for our perusal–but seems is the operative word. Our own wounds have a voice in what we choose to ignore or deny, and we may not be aware of this, as thinking, though intuitively following our inner wisdom, still manages to skirt those issues we’re in denial of or feel we must avoid. We won’t be conscious of it, but we’ll go out of our way to hide from ourselves what’s unpleasant, and that will obscure our path to empowerment. If we can deal with facts and what is in an equitable way, not allowing ourselves to shy away out of vague feelings of unease, we can accomplish a lot–otherwise the main activity might be spinning our wheels. (Chiron parallel Black Moon Lilith, Neptune contra-parallel Juno, Mercury parallel and sesq Pallas while falling at the midpt of Sedna-Black Moon Lilith, Sun tr/ Earth sxt Saturn)

By the 22nd it’s all about the facts, and we’re able to see (and are firmly connected to) the reality picture–and that means it’s a good time to make decisions, to maneuver, or assess circumstances. Our attention will shift more toward ourselves, and we’ll likely get a little more objectivity concerning material matters at this point, paving the way for the Superior Conjunction of Merc and the Sun, the seed moment for plans and ideas, on the 23rd. (The 22nd: Merc tr Saturn, Sun enters Leo/ Earth enters Aquarius)

The 23rd Self examination goes well; we know what we want and need, and are cogitatin’ how to get it. With Merc entering Leo to join up with the Sun, we enjoy a clear mandate for promoting ourselves and our causes, as expressing highest values is just naturally the smart thing to do. Be prepared, though: nothing really worthwhile comes completely free, at this point–getting what we want will cost. (Vesta tr Pallas, Earth qnx Venus)

The 24th we’re nostalgic for the past, probably for some sense of autonomy we once had, as our ideas are opposed (or just not supported) by authorities or Mother Nature. We’re out of balance, looking too intently to others for permission; remember you’re in charge of you, of your accomplishments, efforts, and the arbiter of your choices and level of Self-control, and you’ll make excellent progress. (Merc opp Ceres and tr SN)

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Just a Little AstroEssence 20 July 2015: The Natural Choice

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If you hear something in the reeds, go check it out--trust yourself.  Frederick Goodall 'The Finding of Moses' 1862

If you hear something in the reeds, go check it out–trust yourself.
Frederick Goodall ‘The Finding of Moses’ 1862

20 July we hold the personal authority at this time to shape our Path just as we’d like–but somehow the social sphere, or the opportunities offered us, or the facts, don’t support our choices. We are disconnected from our ideals, our thinking is deluded or confused (a rare few will stumble on good creative ideas, out in the weeds), and we’re just not able, no matter how hard we try, to see the wise choice. Dealing with today’s energies requires a sense of Self-trust that doesn’t shut down incoming data because it threatens illusions–those who are defensive tell themselves others are just messing with their dreams, but they actually may need to reassess what they value–the real worth of things is hidden beneath ideals and illusions, at this time–and all of us are almost certainly missing something in our assessment of what is and what we want. Use Nature as a guide, and be completely willing to accept responsibility for your own choices–at this point what we choose is no one’s fault but our own. (Perfecting today: Ceres tr NN, Jupiter sq Sedna, Neptune contra-parallel Venus and sesq Mercury, Sun sesq Pallas)

Bonus: for everyone with placements at 00 degrees of all signs except Leo and Libra: Venus is speaking, in relation to that placement or point she’s contacting–are you listening? She talks of Love, Money, and what you left unfinished, 8 years ago.

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Your Weekend Outlook 18-19 July 2015: Not What It Seems

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'L'Illusion' Auguste Rodin. photo by Paul Gsell, Grasset, 1911 {{PD}}

‘L’Illusion’ Auguste Rodin. photo by Paul Gsell, Grasset, 1911 {{PD}}

Saturday the 18th we become horribly willful about our ambitions and desires, and those things we admire, love, or value suddenly seem to warrant criticism. Why? It could be that our minds are in rebellious mode; we’re resisting every group expectation and progressive call out of sheer pique–but we may also be dealing with our own deep need for freedom–and we may not see any other way of feeling our independence except by pushing away others or by refusing to conform–even when that’s what we want. Instincts, driven by matters we’ve ignored or denied, may drive us in the wrong direction, and both messages we receive and our own thoughts are erratic–we’re only getting part of the story at any one time. Take it easy, avoid knee-jerk reactions, and try not to be too aggressive with others–if we can’t divine our own best actions, we certainly can’t divine theirs!

Sunday the 19th we enjoy healing communications and a sense of empowerment brought forward by exercising our values, and by interaction in relationships or by earning. Material matters are serious, may bring about great and irrevocable change, and may not seem to be as intense or life-changing as they really are. Tread with care.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 16-17 July 2015: Facts Won’t Help

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By George Grie wikidata:Q4160484 'Ice Age Premonition or Infinite Iceberg Synthesizer' Date 2007 Source/Photographer http://www.neosurrealismart.com  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

By George Grie wikidata:Q4160484
‘Ice Age Premonition or Infinite Iceberg Synthesizer’
Date 2007
Source/Photographer http://www.neosurrealismart.com Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

For everyone, finances and relationships can be very strained at this point; or, reality introduces some new and unexpected twists and turns to the Money or Love picture. You’re on the verge of big shifts in one or both of these areas–and if you’ve put in your time and energy, the results could be excellent.

On the 16th our own ambitions and wants get in the way of clear thinking and communicating–not what we’d like to hear after the New Moon gave us a kind of clean slate. Taking as kind a viewpoint as possible within interactions and toward others is the best way to avoid unintended damage, though don’t expect to have a great relationship with facts today–it’s just not happening.

Due to popular demand :) I’ll be adding in a word image or two as they occur to me; today it’s the Titanic, the lost ocean liner (I heard it mentioned six times in one day, and couldn’t ignore it!) What massive project is ‘going down’, and there’s nothing you can do about it, but acknowledge it? Is it the newness of the venture (the ‘maiden voyage’) that prevents you recognizing it’s just not feasible? What you may need to see is that there’s some recklessness attached, some hubris or reassurances that can’t be backed up–better to get out now than when it actually begins to sink. Or are you the iceberg, intractable, and causing difficulties for others because of it? Though it may not be a problem now, compromise will be the most effective way to keep contacts and relationships intact.

On the 17th the imagination or creativity is challenged by what we see before us. The response we need to have will be one that allows us to be in complete command of ‘the vision’–anything less, and we can be easily mislead. Bonus: know that the social circle won’t be much help, and neither will ‘what you know’–successful activity might rely more on faith or inspiration at this point.

Today’s image is the word ‘Tudor’. It’s an English Royal family, it’s a house construction style, there’s a stylized rose named for it–but all stem from a specific, ‘glory days’ time period for a particular kingdom–and that suggests a couple of things: that ‘glory days’ aren’t meant to go on forever, that styles change, that influence is a fleeting thing, that sometimes you’re prominent and then, well, you’re not. Consider too whatever associations this word brings forward for you–or it may simply be a synchronicity marker, a flag to tell you, ‘Pay attention!’

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The Cancer New Moon 15 July 2015: Healing An Imbalance

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Paul Gauguin - Vahine no te miti (Femme a la mer) (Mujer del mar) 1891 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin – Vahine no te miti (Femme a la mer) (Mujer del mar) 1891 {{PD}}

The New Moon in Cancer occurs at 6:25 PM Pacific time on the 15th at 23 Cancer 14, and makes only a few contacts, so I’ll be stretching orbs a bit so that we get some kind of picture. Usually I shy away from expansive orbs, as I feel things can get sloppy fast; this time, though, we have a loose Grand Trine that really may be the heart of the event. Too, I usually don’t pay much attention to what else is happening, preferring to focus on the New or Full Moon contacts so that we can delineate the NM or FM effects away from everything else, making it very clear what leads to what. Today I’m breaking both those rules–hold on!

Though I’m stretching those orbs, I won’t go crazy with it, and that means that the Mercury-Mars pairing that some might consider conjunct the New Moon won’t be for me–but we still need to note that aggressive speech under a banner of how much one cares may be the offering of the day. This also suggests that those not normally assertive verbally or with their ideas may find a little fire today and let everyone know what they think–and this possibly signals for them a new way of communicating or of expecting to be treated, courtesy of the New Moon.

There’s also the matter of Venus at 29 tense degrees of Leo. The poor girl is wound up tight about identity, who’s in the spotlight, about matters of generosity, about how to best shine, and about recent vicissitudes in Love or Money–and she’s preparing to retrograde soon, which implies that all this stress will find outlet in re-visiting similar topics, matters, or life areas from 8 years ago, whatever those were for you, when she last retrograded at approximately this point in the chart. Note this: whether or not current Venusian stresses seem to relate to 8 years ago, they will flow out through those life areas where Venus retros soon, the same ones visited 8 years ago–so don’t be fooled if the forms they take look new or unfamiliar.

Now, finally, the New Moon! It has sextiles to Black Moon Lilith and Sedna (though fails to fall at their midpoint), creates a loose Water Grand Trine with Saturn and Chiron, and the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis forms a T-square with Uranus. What’s born at the New Moon is born from instinct, or from those things we’ve ignored or denied, or by anger stirred by matters that normally fall in our ‘blind spot’–suddenly we see them, and wow, are we upset! What’s born makes for emotional release, and that can’t help but offer healing, even if the precipitating event itself is upsetting.

The idea is that if we attended to things yesterday (see my post for the 14th) what comes forward now may be something healing and emotionally positive (the Water GT, Chiron), and that potentially results in real-world change or the lifting of restrictions (Saturn). The ‘T’ involving Uranus suggests we may be taken by surprise by what’s born–we may not have anticipated the new understanding that underpins events, and we may feel pressure to ‘modernize’, to learn new protocols, to catch up to the group, or to be original and inventive–but in any case what begins is something unusual, at least in terms of what we cared about (Cancer) previously. Likely subjects are described by the natal House where the New Moon occurs, and/ or the Houses where your natal Sun and Moon sit, or those they rule (and probably a combination of these). A few will rebel or act erratically in reaction to what happens, taking anything upsetting as an individual affront, and missing the chance for healing and removal of restrictions that events bring.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Woman And Two Men Castaways On A Small Island Of The South Seas’  Now, no matter how copacetic a scenario involving three may be, eventually someone feels like a third wheel–and that makes either a tricycle, or a really uncomfortable scene. With this image we’re told these are castaways–so involuntarily in this situation–and the implication is there’s no one else there. We should also be aware of the imbalance in energies: two representatives of the animus, doing energy and one of the being, receptive energy–and so the symbol may speak to an imbalance in our own approach that possibly precipitates the New Moon upset or change. We may be emphasizing aggression, action, ‘tackling’ a job, and using too little receptivity; the result of this kind of imbalance is typically the kind of surprises we will have at the New Moon: entirely of our own creation, we look upon them astonished, shocked that such upset, healing, and the resulting freedom, are actually of our own making.

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The New Moon in Cancer 15 July 2015

Just a Little AstroEssence 8-14 July 2015: Tiltin’

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'Le Moulin de la Galette', by Vincent van Gogh, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

‘Le Moulin de la Galette’, by Vincent van Gogh, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

8 July we suddenly feel that everyone is a lot more caring–at least, that’s what they say, what they communicate–but our attention is likely on our own ambitions and wants, and how what we’re doing in the everyday is in conflict with achieving our goals. Actions should be based on ideals, and as long as we keep the ego out of it, we can’t be led astray or deceived–but be too Willful or aggressive, and you might find yourself tilting at windmills, Quixote-style.

Take note of the Earth-Pluto, still conjunct, and the way the Sun-Earth-Pluto forms a T-square with Zeus=at this point we may get a glimpse ahead to serious material change on the horizon, with our ambition and desire picture as the tipping factor; our desires propel the shift, which is likely generated through conflict, the need to resolve tension, or a breaking away from current direction in order to make a big, dramatic push toward getting what we want.

9 July temper, irritation, and the need to choose (probably over something we’ve been torn about for some time) come forward from our ‘blind spot’ and challenge our equilibrium. Instincts can inform the direction we take, but our usual weaknesses are still in place; that means that to succeed we’ll need to recognize that we’re not infallible, and then ask for help to fill in our own skill or knowledge gap. That’s the best bet for putting ourselves in a good position, from which we can then act in the most effective way possible.

10 July action and successful Self-assertion flow from wisdom and skills, and if we can communicate our own empowerment position, we can deal with any upset concerning current life direction (we should anticipate either criticism over our independence or leadership, and/ or a lack of cooperation from others). Determine your own course at this time, and be Self-responsible–it’s the only way to have control over outcomes.

11 July talk is about power, even if it doesn’t seem to be, and material matters may make us feel less than adequately empowered. Best results come when we stay both centered and calm, no matter what.

12 July we can draw on empowerment lessons of the past to inform our present, and erratic behavior, rebelliousness, and show-offy displays of intellect or educational heft earn us a punch in the nose (figuratively or literally) and send us reeling off course. Channel contrariness into original efforts, and don’t worry about whether those efforts are propelling you closer to goals–it’s time to indulge your unique spark, to celebrate your individuality, and to find a form for it that wreaks as little havoc as possible.

We enter Dark of the Moon today–giving ourselves a little more solitude, a little more time to do things, and a little more space for contemplation and rest will benefit everything we do, and prepare us for the New Moon new beginning ahead.

13 July we could experience difficult financial or relationship situations, and though mental processes are practically-oriented and even wise, they may not adequately honor those things we value most. Communications could be fanciful, mislead us, or inspire us, and we see precisely how to go about healing troubled situations. If we can find a way to re-orient ourselves to our highest standards, we can make valuable headway in fixing what might have gone wrong, with our pocketbook or our interactions.

14 July it’s the things we’ve been ignoring, denying, and generally shoving under the rug that trip us up today. Instinct whispers to avoid those matters but odds are we will ignore the warning and plow forward–and we find ourselves tiltin’ at windmills again. And, resulting actions and choices cause unintended havoc in the reality picture. Slow down and deal with things one at a time–and don’t leave unpleasant dealings for later–attend to them now.

Just a Little AstroEssence 2-7 July 2015

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Albert Anker 'Kind mit Puppe' (Child with Doll) c19th century {{PD}}

Albert Anker ‘Kind mit Puppe’ (Child with Doll) c19th century {{PD}}

Hello Poppets (defined as “a small figure of a human being used in sorcery and witchcraft”–yes, I’m sure that’s what I meant!) I’m back with a wee look ahead, here in the lee of the Full Moon. Yesterday’s events most likely re-defined something for you, something related to the House where the FM fell. And look, it wasn’t so bad, was it? We’re up and walking around already! Whether there was a tad of trauma involved or not, the change (even if it doesn’t seem so yet) is for the good–and if you were paying attention, it probably gave you a pretty solid idea of what to do next.

Today (the 2nd), we hear and say some surprising things; communications can turn on a dime, can shock, or we may receive a message (ultimatum?) from the group. Gird your loins. As to material matters, navigate them using instinct, and be aware of the potential for tripping over your own ‘blind spot’ material.

On the 3rd there may be a lot of unnecessary grousing, irritation, and behavior that threatens, just a little, the current power structure. Where you stand in the power hierarchy determines whether this is good or bad :) Bonus: you may get a great idea or two, or understand how to expand interests or please the social sphere–but it’s not the best time to act on that. Note the inspired thoughts, and wait to implement.

On the 4th deep breathing is in order; enjoy the oddly quiet interior landscape. The good news is, that suggests we won’t be thinking about ourselves excessively, or mulling things over too much. We get an idea of what to expect by asking, What’s usually going on when we’re not focused on ourselves?

The 5th is problematic: we fixate on (or at least see) everything in our reality that “needs correcting”. The key is to recognize just how much of this is within our control to change–and how much is our own fault, because we’ve ignored or neglected matters. Please note: non-defensive communication brings cooperation, possibly reward, and definitely improves relationships.

Today, the 6th, the Sun opposes Pluto–which means that heavy-hitter is conjunct the Earth. The Sun also quincunxes Pallas. The implication may be that the environment and/ or material matters pose danger, a threat of destruction, or the opportunity for re-building or even transformation, in the Capricorn-connected areas of the natal chart, and in those ruled by Pluto. It’s smart to be willing to handle that Plutonian element of change head-on. Own your personal power (don’t pretend to be smaller than you are!) and things will move ahead productively.

And finally, by Tuesday the 7th the mental faculties are shining bright–and possibly become set in stone. Accepting that thinking must remain as it is today is a mistake that will cause us to act in ways that conflict with our highest values (and possibly damage our relationship to the mate or the home circumstances), and that may encourage us to sublimate upset and funnel it into relationships, or into financial ‘acting out’. Stay flexible, my friends; the only way things will go badly is if we are set on seeing ourselves and our thinking as ‘perfect’.

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Full Moon in Capricorn falls at 7:20 PM Pacific time on 1 July 2015 at 9 Cap 55: From Impetus Comes Change

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Engraving by Gustave Doré for an 1876 edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Captioned

Engraving by Gustave Doré for an 1876 edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Captioned “I Watched the Water-Snakes,” it depicts a sailor on the bowsprit of a sailing ship tied to a dead albatross, with water-serpents in the sea around him. 1876 {{PD}}

I’m making an exception on orbs this time around, allowing four+ degrees so that we can include the Full Moon conjunct Pluto and opposed Mars. The symmetry of it, with one on one end of the event axis and one on the other, and at either side of the FM degree as if they are two children on a see-saw, trying to balance out something between them, can’t be ignored. It’s as if our anger, action urge, personal initiative, or ‘I Want’ (Mars) launches things (as companion to the Sun, without which we’d have no Full Moon), and in the culmination this becomes either a transformative or destructive energy (Pluto), potentially changing or tearing down our walls, barriers, rules, the structure of our lives, or those things that have been holding us back (Capricorn).

The FM is also sextile Neptune and square Vesta, implying that what must change may conflict with the way we believe things should be—we’ll be bucking our own values, in this regard—but the contact to Neptune suggests we have a chance to create something much more like our ideals—so don’t resist.

The FM also forms apex to a loose Fist of God with a base of Sedna square Venus. A Fist always suggests that what occurs will be tough, that we’ll in some way ‘take a beating’, but here we see that our own ‘blind spot’ or instinctual response within a financial or relationship situation will be involved with (and perhaps be a catalyst for) FM action. What occurs (or more specifically, what we do—Mars) could initiate rage (Pluto) but could also act as a ‘tipping point’ for the change the FM promises.

Special notice goes to a minor aspect that seems to cry out (via the 29 degree placement of Saturn) for attention, and that is the Full Moon’s novile to a Saturn under stress. The ‘genius’ (the novile) of what culminates at the FM comes directly from a stressful reality situation, one of having been or having been required to be restrained, from obstacles, dead ends, delays, or setbacks that have now become intolerable—or perhaps where we see we must do something to break the impasse.

Sabian for the FM: ‘An Albatross Feeding From The Hand Of A Sailor’ This symbol speaks directly to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, which tells of an albatross following a ship, considered good luck, and the sailor who shoots it, in the eyes of the crew bringing disaster to their voyage—hence the term, ‘an albatross around one’s neck’, meaning that something or some action has marked you as the bringer of bad things. Here though the sailor feeds the albatross, so encourages the potentials for good luck. That suggests that if we embrace whatever changes, transforms, or is destroyed with the Full Moon, we will increase our chances of a fortuitous outcome.

For a Full Moon we also look at the Sun’s Sabian: ‘A Large Diamond In The First Stages Of The Cutting Process’ This suggests that what culminates at the Full Moon comes as we make efforts to achieve a goal; we are not promised that we will reach that goal, but instead that in the process of moving forward (expressing our Mars) we encounter change and its inevitable effects (Pluto), and then must go from there.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 22 June 2015: Opportunity Abounds

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Detail from The Children of the Duc de Bouillon by Pierre Mignard, 1647

Detail from The Children of the Duc de Bouillon by Pierre Mignard, 1647

As you may have guessed, I’m halting ‘Born Today’ for the foreseeable (ha! a forecasting joke) future. Sorry to those who might be disappointed. Instead I offer today’s look ahead and today’s image (for synchronicity and guidance), in the hope that you’ll forgive me.

22 June we may attract some unprecedented opportunities that come from our attitude of independence and/ or our sense of originality, but acquiring true power isn’t to be, at least not if we haven’t taken care of every, and I mean every, denied or ignored thing, and every spot of rage we carry. That doesn’t stop us from making the most of what does come our way—we have the energy and verve to make huge progress—but if we want to hold authority, we’d better first purge ourselves of anger and resentment—especially the upset we’d consciously swear up and down we don’t have. (Ceres sesquiquadrate Black Moon Lilith, Jupiter trine Uranus)

Today’s image is a plant that’s been getting too little light. What vital element have you not been getting enough of to function at peak levels? That’s the question we answer today.

Your Weekend Forecast 20-21 June 2015: Navigating the Waters

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Anders Zorn 1891

Anders Zorn 1891

20 June reality is not what it appears to be—and in particular, destructive or transformative elements may not play out as anticipated. What ‘blocks the light’ isn’t an obstacle so much as an expression of power that we are interpreting as a blockage or wall. Transform your idea of what’s stopping you, and you will be able to see how to get where you want to go. (Saturn quincunx Sun and semi-square Pluto)

21 June attempts to expand our reach clash with our highest values and priorities, and what we value we automatically think will be destroyed—and our thoughts, inescapable, seem written in stone. It’s an odd day when we feel caught by a dozen different currents, with none strong enough to actually determine our course, and none weak enough to allow us to row our boat out of the whirlpools and onto shore. There can be a lot of needless fear generated by our own busy minds; at the same time, we may come up with ideas that are winners, especially if they concern tapping into our personal power and working with, rather than against, authorities. Changes to relationships and financial circumstances occur at this time because we are too thoroughly divorced from reality; embrace what is, as decisions will go better and outcomes will be a lot more positive than they will if we ignore it. (Jupiter sesquiquadrate Vesta, Venus quincunx Pluto, parallel Mercury, and Merc and Venus contra-parallel Saturn, with Merc trine Ceres, and Sun into Cancer/ Earth into Capricorn)

Gemini New Moon at 7:05 AM PDT of the 16th at 25 Gemini 07: ‘Out of Pain’

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'The Harvest Moon' Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1892 {{PD}}

‘The Harvest Moon’ Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1892 {{PD}}

This is the New Moon report and the daily aspects for the 16th from the second-to-last and current issue of ECLIPSE. The title, ‘Out of Pain’, is meant to imply both that what arises may be formed by our wounds, and that it may help carry us away from a mindset of hurt.

16 June efforts bring empowerment—that’s pretty straightforward—but material results may be influenced by our blind spot issues, and so not exactly follow expectations. The more Self-aware we are, the better our results are likely to be, and whatever you end up with, you need to realize that it is a manifestation of your conscious choices and unconscious mind—and so mixes the two—any part that surprises you should be examined closely for the implications it carries about what you’re brewing out of your own sight. (Mars sextile Juno, Earth quincunx Sedna)

Gemini New Moon at 7:05 AM PDT of the 16th at 25 Gemini 07: ‘Out of Pain’

We’ll call this NM the arm of a T-square that it would normally be just a tad too wide to consider, in aspect to the opposition between Black Moon Lilith and Chiron. When we note the presence of the Earth, though, we have to admit we have a Grand Cross with this trio, so I suppose it’s only right to count it as part of this larger configuration, even though Earth’s presence in one corner only signals a material effect to the whole pattern. What is birthed at the New Moon comes directly from the way our sense of hurt, a specific wound, possibly the primal one, collides with all those matters we’ve ignored or denied, or with our sense of rage over some injustice, and what results is some new material condition, probably some sort of knowledge, response (‘getting the message out’ or going forward in educating the Self), retreat to the religious for answers, or the removal of someone or something to a far off place (Sagittarius).

The NM also sextiles Juno, conjuncts Mars, and makes a close semi-sextile to Sedna (only 2 minutes from exact, which is why we note it). These contacts reiterate the message of the Grand Cross, emphasizing the ‘I Am’, the ego, personal empowerment, and that material hidden in the blind spot or that lives below the surface and expresses as instinct. It also speaks of action taken, either at the NM or spurred by it, and promises we hold enough clout to do as we choose—and we likely choose something arising from or addressing our wounds and our regrets.

We talk about something originating with or born at the New Moon phase when it might be more appropriate to talk about the NM as a kind of aperture through which we glimpse something new, or at least, something we’ve never noticed before. As in the case of this NM, the materials that generate the new start may have been around a long time (the Chirotic wound, the rage of BML, Sedna) but we are allowed at this point to get a new sight of them in a specific combination that reveals something not previously noticed, either about the character of the energy itself, or about the way we’ve up to now interpreted it.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘Frost-Covered Trees Against Winter Skies’. We get a winter image/ symbol for a summer NM (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere—then you’re getting one ‘in season’). This suggests, no matter on which side of the equator you reside, a distinctive ‘season’ during which the landscape (inner or outer) is uniform, and ‘wears’ the specifics of the time. Winter is the point in the cycle when everything is still, dormant, or dead. What we don’t often realize about winter is that this is a necessary time; there are seeds that wouldn’t sprout without the soaking they get from snow, there are bulbs that won’t bloom without weeks of cold, and the soil and many living things retreat from activity, in a way resting and replenishing for the growth to come in spring. Dormancy is its own ‘event’, its own form of activity—and that’s something that as humans living in an animus/ ‘doing’ driven society we may neglect to appreciate.

This tells us that, in the wake of NM events, we may need to ‘go dormant’, may need to retreat from active involvement in matters, even for just a short time, if the New Moon offers a new viewpoint that we aren’t accustomed to, and about which we haven’t yet made up our minds. The symbol is a reassurance that we needn’t act right away, should we need time to contemplate what we’ve had to confront, what we’ve needed to process, and what may have changed because of it.

See my books here–Happy New Moon, and Thanks! And if you’re interested, see my comment on interpretation of this New Moon in the comments section below.

Born Today 12 June

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You really do have a passion burning in you, Gemini--it's NOT all in your head! 'The Fire' Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1565 {{PD}}

You really do have a passion burning in you, Gemini–it’s NOT all in your head! ‘The Fire’ Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1565 {{PD}}

If someone could take a picture of you on the inside this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini, they would probably title it, ‘Soul on Fire!’ You have boundless energy to pursue your life’s purpose, a mind sparking sharp as flint–it just needs a little magnesium and some tinder, aka the right substance and fuel, to burn bright–and a conscious refusal to allow neither hurt, rage, or ignored issues to get in your way. What can you expect from all this? You can expect to make some very smart choices, to acquire or sharpen some needed and highly useful skills, and you may want to begin positioning yourself to make a presentation to authorities–that will pay off very nicely, very quickly. Happy Birthday, Gemmy, and good luck!

Born Today 11 June

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The good news is you won't lose your head, Gemini. Franz von Stuck 'Salome II'

The good news is you won’t lose your head, Gemini. Franz von Stuck ‘Salome II’

Wow! This coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday, you may have a lot of trouble getting outside your own head! It will seem like your brain is on fire, and you’ve got to do, act, choose–and you’ve got to do it now. You do know that will be an illusion, right? You know that what’s pushing you isn’t Willfulness or even the ego, but those matters you’ve pushed aside and should’ve taken care of long ago–that, and any pain you carry will be the impetus behind your radical and aggressive push forward this coming year–but I hope you aren’t judging this as a bad thing. It’s actually an inspired thing, something prompted by your own inner wisdom and driven by your need to develop and show skills you’ve long wanted to acquire and/ or perfect. You want to be your best Self, and that’s an admirable thing–and you’ll devote this coming year to achieving it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 10 June

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh - 'Pinks' c1920 {{PD}}

Charles Rennie Mackintosh – ‘Pinks’ c1920 {{PD}}

It’s a new era for you this coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday; you’ll learn to respect what your emotions tell you, and to revere the accuracy of the intuition, as never before. Honing the uniqueness of your perceptual abilities, and learning how to use them, will be the driving force–but it won’t necessarily be easy. You may have to make some mistakes in order to learn the value of your intuitive knowledge, and you may have to learn to balance what you perceive with real-world feedback–and both of those are good, useful in the way you’ll be called upon to make important choices, and perhaps to lead. You’ll need to apply your wisdom to many areas, but there are potentials for significant healing, use of your Chiron-themed skills, and the chance to clear up matters too long ignored or denied. You’re on a role, perception and wisdom-wise–take advantage of it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 9 June

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Thomas Le Clear - 'Interior with Portraits' c1865 {{PD}}

Thomas Le Clear – ‘Interior with Portraits’ c1865 {{PD}}

The challenge to you this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini, is to formulate original ideas, especially those that can put you in a leadership or pioneering position, and then to act on them. That sounds simple enough, but may leave you wondering just how to know if what you are moved to do is truly original; here are a few things that may help: perhaps ‘unique’, or ‘born out of a Higher Mind impulse’ are better descriptors of what can and should move you this year–both allow for you to take something that may have been done before and to do it in a very individual way, one that reflects who you are; emotions and intuition will be in conflict with these impulses, and either won’t be available as reliable guides, or will pull you in an entirely different direction, so that little forward progress is made, and awareness of this is important; find an individual or group that can fill that intuitive advice role, even if that’s the ‘180 degree’ rule, where whatever they say, you do the opposite! and know that wisdom can be drawn from past hurt and the imaginings of future ones, from a willingness to face problems right away, and from being willing to think before you do, and then to do–that combo, thinking and doing, are your strong suit this year, no question. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 8 June

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You don't have to spend years in the chorus, if you'll only listen to the Universe, Gemini.  Jean-Louis Forain 'The Singer in Pink' {{PD}}

You don’t have to spend years in the chorus, if you’ll only listen to the Universe, Gemini. Jean-Louis Forain ‘The Singer in Pink’ {{PD}}

Though your mind is on the career or public reputation and the achievement of ambitions and goals this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, your energy will actually be going in a completely different direction, leaving you pretty bummed at year’s end when you’re no closer to your aims than you are today. Cheer up, dear Gemini: the reality is that both Luck (with a big ‘L’!) and opportunity are scheduled for you–it’s just that you have to be alert to them when they arrive, and open to pursuing the course they require. What comes up may strike you as taking you away from the direction you want to head, but the truth is that your mind is stuck in a rut, and that includes in the aspiration department; the Universe will very kindly offer you (probably more than one) Big Chance to Be Somebody–so don’t blow the opportunity to, for instance, star in a Broadway play because you’re insisting on auditioning for a walk-on for TV. The Universe has better dreams for you than you could ever have for yourself–it’s on you if you turn them down and insist on your own narrow vision. Anyway, Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 7 June

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Lijiang, Yunnan, China: Nakhi people carrying the typical baskets of the region; scene from a public perfomance in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Open Air Theatre  Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Lijiang, Yunnan, China: Nakhi people carrying the typical baskets of the region; scene from a public perfomance in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Open Air Theatre Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

You’re headed toward action, dear Gemini, that will open up your world to new structures, rules, and order–and that sounds awful, doesn’t it? You may be wondering, Where’s that freedom I asked for? Oh, you’ll get it–and from that you’ll create a new framework upon which to hang your choices. The trick to making it work will be staying emotionally and intellectually in synch, and that may take a cool, Big Picture approach to happenings and circumstances–and though you typically like to think your way through things, the mental faculties may seem stuck in place this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, frustrating your efforts to bring order to that personal freedom you’ll soon experience. The potential for anything goes will come in the matters of the Houses where Sag and Leo are in the natal chart, and these are the same areas that will require re-building. Remember, keep feelings and the philosophy behind your reasoning aligned; gain empowerment and wisdom from past hurts and slights–it’s a source of invaluable insight; and be prepared to feel some things you’ve never felt before, and to take action because of this–all the other change flows from there. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence for 10 June 2015 ‘Surprise!’

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You might burst a seam, if you're not careful. 'A Seated Woman Sewing a Seam' by Utagawa Kuniyoshi c1797 {{PD}}

You might burst a seam, if you’re not careful. ‘A Seated Woman Sewing a Seam’ by Utagawa Kuniyoshi c1797 {{PD}}

10 June if you’ve been straining at the seams to whisper those sweet nothings to that special someone, or just to have your say in relationship, now’s the time—Merc’s stationary retrograde and will sit roughly at this point even after direction—and holding in this much tension over the course of three or four days could cause unpleasant bursting—or maybe just a few random and passionate exclamations to no one in particular. We’re in an excellent position to show who we are, to emphasize our uniqueness and originality in a way that’s totally accepted—so don’t fear making the connection, go for it! At the very least you’ll probably make a new friend, or, if the energy is aimed at some other Venusian interest like earning or diplomacy or aesthetics, you can expect to have some (probably surprising) success. (Mercury sextile Venus, Sun sextile/ Earth trine Uranus)

‘Born Today’s will follow–

Grand Square 7-14 June 2015

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'Sign' by Wassily Kandinsky, 1925 {{PD}}

‘Sign’ by Wassily Kandinsky, 1925 {{PD}}

This week’s tip:

Grand Square-Mars and the Sun are filling in a config with Chiron, Black Moon Lilith, and Pallas, which will last through sometime late Pacific time on the 14th. This takes our own particular stew of wisdom, ignored or denied factors, rage or perceptions of injustice, and energies dedicated to hurt or healing, and gives them energy and purpose. This combo can take us forward quickly, either into a morass of trouble, or on an active and smart path to healing–our choice, of course, with the determining factor how much the ego is involved in our choices.

Born Today 6 June

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Don't let the crowd or your own fears determine what you do, Gemini. Gabriel Cornelius von Max, 'Monkeys as Judges of Art', 1889 {{PD}}

Don’t let the crowd or your own fears determine what you do, Gemini. Gabriel Cornelius von Max, ‘Monkeys as Judges of Art’, 1889 {{PD}}

You’ve got ambitions, dear Gemini, and this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll spend your time expanding your horizons, and in the process making changes. That sounds simple, but the reality will be that the extent of your knowledge (especially its limits), your relationship to the social sphere, and your beliefs about life itself will all coalesce and drive those changes you choose–and that can mean that changes may be less about choice and how this will take you toward your goals, and more about pressures you feel and your willingness (or lack of it) to learn new things. Circumstances will hinge on how willing you are to open your mind, heart, and world to new experiences–but you should know, there’s no one right answer to this–sometimes it will be smarter to, as a former First Lady admonished us, ‘Just say No.’ That means personal discretion becomes incredibly important–and the key for you using that this coming year is to refuse to allow past hurts to cast their shadow on what you know to be wise and/ or practical. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

I’ve got new offerings and a few openings for consults–see those here–Thanks, and have a great weekend!

The Astrology of ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’

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Rudolf Ernst 'The Perfume Maker' 19th century or 20th century, but before 1932 {{PD}}

Rudolf Ernst ‘The Perfume Maker’
19th century or 20th century, but before 1932 {{PD}}

This is from the current issue of ECLIPSE.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2007)  I initially thought this was based on a true story when I started the movie, though it became clear somewhere along the way that it was, even if based in reality, a kind of fairy-tale. The main character is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (created by the writer Patrick Süskind in his 2001 novel of the same name as the movie), and we follow him from birth to death—or re-absorption by the Universe, as it were—with the presentation of his birth data and the date of his leaving this plane, the latter including the time. So, I thought it would be fun to look at his chart, and see if it really described a man who had a tremendously heightened sense of smell—but no ability to feel—and who goes on a ruthless quest to capture the odor of ‘beautiful woman’ in a bottle. The movie is gorgeously made, and has many striking moments, the best of which is when Grenouille, taken to be hanged in the town square, unleashes his intoxicating creation, to amazing results.

The story begins with Grenouille’s birth in the early morning at the Paris fish market on 17 July 1738. I chose 9 AM as the time, in part because it gives him a Void 29 degree Moon in Cancer in the 11th House=extreme sensitivity without the usual emotional protection afforded the individual (the Void status, which can make the environment seem like it’s assaulting the person, 24/7), located in the House of goals, wishes, dreams, making this sensitivity central to his existence. The Void Moon is square Pluto=emotions, under stress, burnt out, destroyed. He also has Mercury in Cancer conjunct Saturn-Neptune and only 4 minutes off an exact sextile to his Mars in Taurus=what a perfect portrait of a man driven by acute senses (Merc in Cancer) with the creative compulsion (Neptune—which by the way also rules perfumes, along with Venus) to bring what he imagines into reality (Saturn), via actions (Mars) that are focused on sensation and the sensory experience (Taurus)! Then when we see Venus in Leo conjunct the North Node=the Self-confidence (Leo) to bring one’s values, even the essence of Love (Venus) into the life as a kind of destiny (NN), and 00 degree Pluto in his own sign (the essence of death, and the power of regeneration, just being discovered) in a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Zeus (when the ambition to create the ultimate scent is realized, he returns, ashes to ashes, dust to dust), we have to wonder, Did Herr Süskind have knowledge of astrology, or consult someone in choosing that date? It’s hard to believe he didn’t.

See the chart here–

Born Today 5 June

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You needn't be quite as vociferous as Kali, dear Gemini, to get good results. Early 19th century India, Artist unknown

You needn’t be quite as vociferous as Kali, dear Gemini, to get good results. Early 19th century India, Artist unknown

You may be on a bit of a rampage this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini–you want to clear out, clean out, start over, transform, or regenerate the life–and you have the energy, grace, and ambition to do it successfully. One way or another, the emotional life is on lock-down, which in this period is a positive; this way it doesn’t distract with drama or draining scenarios, but offers a surety in feelings that shows constancy and balance–so if there’s drama, it may come from others, not you, though we must consider that those with whom you interact may be reacting to a little passive-aggression on your part, or from frustration that you seem so emotionally cool. A little reassurance to those you care about, and no engagement in head games, goes a long way at this time. Really, it’s full speed ahead for your life make-over, with one notable exception: you must deal directly with hurtful matters you’ve previously ignored or been in denial about–if you don’t, you’ll meet these progress-halters in full flower later, and by then they’ll have taken on a life of their own. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 4 June

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Skulptur “Aggression (Opera 36)” von Karl Anton wolf
Vienna CoA
This is a photo of public art indexed in a public art catalogue of Vienna (Austria) under the number: 42677 (other) .
Date 20 February 2015, 16:09:30
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This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may identify a little too strongly with power, the expression of Will, and your personal wants, dear Gemini. Whether you realize it or not, you’ve recently been persuaded that a ‘might makes right’ attitude is the only way to get your needs met–and that’s unfortunate, taking your normally interested-in-negotiating and networking Self and placing it in a role that could be very uncomfortable for you (unless you are among those with a Libran Pluto trine their Sun natally). The trick here is to access your innate empathy (and admittedly, that might be a difficult goal right now), and then to superimpose it when you must deal with others–this might keep you from driving right over them in your zest to get where you’re going, and keeping awareness that their experience is just as real to them as yours is to you is vital now. The thing is, all this push that you’re in the midst of is actually a welcome and necessary development, helping free you from what had come to seem like a morass of indecision and others’ preferences. You have a right, and it’s healthy for you, to concentrate on your needs and aims at this time–it’s just important that you don’t trample anyone else in doing it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 3 June

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You might get to see some new sights, Gemini. "Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899 (2589304595)" by Bibliothèque de Toulouse from Toulouse, France - Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899Uploaded by russavia. Via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg#/media/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg

You might get to see some new sights, Gemini. “Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899 (2589304595)” by Bibliothèque de Toulouse from Toulouse, France – Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899Uploaded by russavia. Via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg#/media/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg

Your intuition and emotional responses offer wisdom this coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday–and really, could you ask for a better inner compass? You are getting ready to take some very fortunate action, in terms of change or re-building your world, in service to ambitions and desires, and in the way you will have a much greater presence on the social scene. This could entail travel, further education, a teaching position for you, or something involving publishing, but in any case will involve an expansion of your world that will allow your new choices to be evident to all–so choose with care–and as I’ve said, that shouldn’t be difficult, considering you will enjoy excellent inner guidance. What might not go so well could be relationships and/ or finances, especially late in the year. To avoid problems: handle things as they come up–don’t put them off for later; be very clear in what areas you are actually empowered–pretending to have reach, skills, or authority that you really don’t will get you into a mess; and don’t exaggerate. Anything. Ever. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 2 June

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http://www.flickr.com/people/30674396@N00 http://www.flickr.com/photos  Taro Taylor from Sydney, Australia Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

http://www.flickr.com/people/30674396@N00 http://www.flickr.com/photos Taro Taylor from Sydney, Australia Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

You’re getting ready to make your move, dear Gemini, but it seems that what you counted on for stability has been shifting in unpredictable ways, making you feel much less sure of your ideas, and so prompting nothing so much as hesitation–but that’s already cost you (a little), and it’s not like you don’t know in what ways you want to expand or make changes–you just need a bit of reassurance, and I’m here to offer it to you. Empowerment in this instance comes from dealing with all those things you’ve put off, ignored, or denied, and from transforming and channeling rage (especially anger engendered by injustices you’ve experienced or observed) into an actual re-construction of the framework in which you operate. It won’t be enough at this point just to think and act–you have to be fueled by desire, and a need to end each day with the world a little better off than you met it in the morning–and you are more than ready for this, as what you’re after creating and doing right now is truly inspired. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 1 June

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'Force of Change Evolution'  Pencil mixed with natural photo-textures and digital color. Also features original writings by Charles Darwin from 'The Origin of Species'. Ade McO-Campbell http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ade_mc Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

‘Force of Change Evolution’ Pencil mixed with natural photo-textures and digital color. Also features original writings by Charles Darwin from ‘The Origin of Species’.
Ade McO-Campbell http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ade_mc Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

You’re headed for change, dear Gemini, the kind that will provide opportunity and perhaps force you to re-think with whom you want to move forward in life. The cooperative aspect of things may be prominent, and you will have to vet ambitions and desires against existing partnerships and collaborative ventures–and there’s no telling what kind of further change, to the point of destruction or abandonment of previously viable circumstances, this will bring about. I don’t mean to frighten you–this will for the most part be quite mild, and may spring from highly positive creative efforts and/ or be in line with the planned life direction–it’s just that when you look back from the vantage point of your next birthday, you may be awfully surprised by how much has been swept away, and how much revolutionized, revitalized, and effectively re-born. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 31 May

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Dessert No. 4 by Carducius Plantagenet Ream, c1870 {{PD}}

This coming year is no piece of cake, but offers immense opportunity for creativity and reward, Gemini. Dessert No. 4 by Carducius Plantagenet Ream, c1870 {{PD}}

You are at a creative and inspirational peak, dear Gemini–so where do you go from here? You still have a lot of creative juice, so there’s plenty more mileage to get out of this, with the highlight being that if you haven’t already, you’re going to gain a great deal from what have been (and will continue to be) some pretty smart decisions. Profit, reward, Love–they’ll come to you, but to believe this gain will be a piece of cake just because you’re a creative dynamo would be naive–you’ve probably already discovered, you have to work for it, and what comes at you won’t necessarily be easy to handle–and with emotions running deep and possibly feeling easily hurt, you may have to make a concerted effort to stay on target. Self-discipline pays off, and so does belief in yourself. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 30 May

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You and the Universe can have a collaborative experience this coming year, Gemini. Artist Unknown c16th century {{PD}}

You and the Universe can have a collaborative experience this coming year, Gemini. Artist Unknown c16th century {{PD}}

Your birthday this year, dear Gemini, falls on the same day as the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, the meeting that occurs when Merc is retrograde. It’s a seed moment for everyone, but coinciding with your Solar Return, it becomes the symbolic birth of a new, big idea or way of thinking, especially about yourself, a change that does not become apparent for some time. How will you know things are different, then? You can expect creativity and the imagination to blossom, to take wild or unanticipatible turns, to be inspired in rare and amazing ways, and to potentially lead you into new spiritual or experiential territory. If you are an Artist, this could be a potential peak in idea generation, and if you are not an Artist, your life will be full of creative alternatives and ways of dealing–you’ll see things in a way that gives you many more potential choices than ever before–and that could take you into new endeavors not previously considered. One caveat: you can be too easily mislead at this time, so do check inspirations, especially those that involve cooperative projects and partners, against facts and realities for real-world realization potentials. Otherwise, you’re in for a year when you and the Cosmos can really collaborate successfully, Gemini! Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 29 May

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YOu could be golden this year, Gemini. Henri Regnault, 'Salomé' 1869 {{PD}}

YOu could be golden this year, Gemini. Henri Regnault, ‘Salomé’ 1869 {{PD}}

Though the inclination may be to think about things more than anything else, dear Gemini, what you really need to do this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, is exercise your intellectual understanding of yourself and events at the highest level possible. You’ll need to see and feel your personal power and reach in action; you’ll also need to fully experience your connection to Nature, whether that’s achieved through the workings of your own body or through immersing yourself in some form of wilderness or extreme elements. The result will be empowerment of the most unique aspects of the individuality and the public display of the ambitions that should draw supporters and advocates to help you meet your goals. The only thing that might trip you up could be those elements of the life you’ve neglected or denied; deal with them, head-on, and you should be golden. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 28 May

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Cornelis de Man,  'A Man Weighing Gold ' c1670 {{PD}}

You’ll have an almost Libran attention to balance, especially of the mental faculties, this coming Solar year, Gemini. Cornelis de Man, ‘A Man Weighing Gold ‘ c1670 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Gemini, you’ll have the chance to achieve a perfect balance among factors of identity, purpose, emotions, strength, and sense of personal authority, and this is first instigated by sorting everything out mentally. From intellectual understanding you can create with your life a holistic statement of who you are and what you’re about, and though this process occurs over approximately the next three years, you’ll early find that there’s another necessary step to attend to: knowing what you care about, specifically in relationships and money matters. Establishing values in these areas will have a kind of miraculous effect: you’ll find that the kinds of things that used to hurt you will no longer affect you. You won’t be bulletproof, exactly; it’ll be more like you drift above those previous concerns that will come to feel more petty than anything else. Elevating your consciousness will open the way to a widening of your horizons and give you a resourcefulness and optimism surrounding pursuit of goals that will be truly empowering. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

June Full Moon 2015: A Return to Power

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This Moon is perfect for spooning! "Eat For England Spoon - geograph.org.uk - 711068" by Kevin Richardson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eat_For_England_Spoon_-_geograph.org.uk_-_711068.jpg#/media/File:Eat_For_England_Spoon_-_geograph.org.uk_-_711068.jpg

This Moon is perfect for spooning! “Eat For England Spoon – geograph.org.uk – 711068″ by Kevin Richardson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eat_For_England_Spoon_-_geograph.org.uk_-_711068.jpg#/media/File:Eat_For_England_Spoon_-_geograph.org.uk_-_711068.jpg

This is the Full Moon report, from ECLIPSE; watch for my new book on Vesta, coming this summer, and see all my books here–thanks, and happy Full Moon!

The Full June Moon (perfect for spooning!) occurs at 9:18 AM Pacific time of the 2nd at 11 Sagittarius 49, sextiles Ceres, squares Neptune, is widely opposed Mars but a little too wide to count in opposition to Mercury (chiefly because movement is mutually away from meeting, rather than toward it), and is also sesquiquadrate Venus. This last listed aspect, to Venus, may be the most deceptive one, as we likely won’t even associate the ending, culmination, or event of the Full Moon with relationship or financial implications—and yet that’s the area (along with potential effects in the natal Houses ruled by Venus) where repercussions of what happens will finally land. We can expect the Full Moon to be the culmination of surgery on the psyche, with the effects to finances or relationships the unfortunate complications that come after.

Need they be negative? Not at all—in fact, the culmination offers us both an opportunity and a challenge—to take a good hard look at the use of our creative energy (and that can flow into literally any life area) and to ‘own our authority’, that personal sense of competence and the right to make our own choices that we can sometimes be too easily shaken from. The FM points out that we remain powerful no matter what, and it tells us that the effect is targeted in one, specific direction: we have the ability to change what’s not working, to re-direct energy so that it’s not squandered, and to banish procrastination and the need to seek permission—the events of this FM show us in no uncertain terms that we are our own authorities, we are powerful in our own lives—and we must both accept and admit that, and in doing so acknowledge that, to an extreme degree, we are the arbiters of our fate.

The Full Moon reminds us of our natural power, rejects fantasy and what’s untrue, and asks us to put the ego aside; we are invited into a powerful role that we were born to hold, one that allows no deception, that is pure in its expression, that connects us to the natural world in a psychic, spiritual, and visceral way. The culmination of this Lunar energy in Sagittarius demands that we respect knowledge, reality, and the Collective connection through shared information, common experience, and cultural similarities—and that we do so in a state that is both in line with Nature and true to ourselves, which requires openness and honesty—if we’re clinging to any false beliefs about ourselves or our world, we will have to let them go—and if we don’t, we see the difficulties those false beliefs cause when they infect the relationship or financial sphere.

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘A Flag Turns Into An Eagle; The Eagle Into A Chanticleer Saluting The Dawn’. What begins as simple flag-waving, as loyalty instilled by rote, transforms into something dignified and noble, into something living and beautiful—the allegiance that seemed routine grows into a sincere feeling of beauty, pride, and constancy—and once we reach a level of understanding that allows us to ‘soar’ we can then take on the role of teacher, town crier, journalist, speaker, sharer, example, which by our very expression brings enlightenment to others.

We also look at the Sun for a Full Moon: ‘A Negro Girl Fights For Her Independence In The City’. Ignore the antiquated language and consider that when this symbol was formed through the agency of Elsie Wheeler and Marc Edmund Jones in 1925, the situation for a black girl looking for autonomy in a city was quite different than it is today; in that time there were few avenues open to her, and independence was only possible within a very restricted compass (though in any age there are always exceptions, such as Madame CJ Walker, who revolutionized the cosmetics industry in service to African-American women). Since the Sun sheds the ‘origin light’ that makes the entire dynamic of Sun-Moon interplay visible, this Sun Sabian may refer to a need within ourselves to recognize that our fight for progress and autonomy only occurs within a vary narrow spectrum of possibilities at any one time. Though we feel the whole world open before us, and myriad potentials within our grasp, with the array of possibilities seemingly overwhelming at times, the reality is that there are usually only a few directions we may take at any one moment, and these are often not so far from one another. It’s a myriad of small choices one after another that usually ends up bringing big change, and most of those choices occur beneath the level of conscious thought (in the Moon’s territory), revealed only by application of awareness (contact by the Sun). If we can be conscious of the parameters within which we make our choices, we will see that no matter how big the change feels, we still make that change, or move forward on the Path, one step at a time—that’s why it’s so important to not only keep our goals in mind, but to measure our actions in terms of how effectively they move us toward them.

Born Today 27 May

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"Gas Station #3" from "Objetos dispersos" series of Xulio Formoso Photo by Jpuelche - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Estacion_de_gasolina_3_(91_x_75_cm.)_(red).JPG#/media/File:Estacion_de_gasolina_3_(91_x_75_cm.)_(red).JPG

“Gas Station #3″ from “Objetos dispersos” series of Xulio Formoso Photo by Jpuelche – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Estacion_de_gasolina_3_(91_x_75_cm.)_(red).JPG#/media/File:Estacion_de_gasolina_3_(91_x_75_cm.)_(red).JPG

You seem to be revving up, dear Gemini, to change your life direction–or is it that you’re preparing to change who accompanies you along the way? In either case, your focus is on the future–and that may mean you miss out on what’s happening right now. You have priorities to declare, a mate or significant other (like a business partner) to reckon with, and the home, in one way or another, needs to be tended to, and this is all in the name of getting things in order so that when the moment comes to make that big life direction change, nothing else distracts you. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may give out a lot of messages you’ll later want to take back, so be cautious in what you offer and in how you take the communications of others–overreaction, or imprudent action based on what is said or thought, are both strong possibilities. That same impulse has a big upside, though, as you can have an idea and act on it in an instant, as there’s no disharmony between the mentality and the action urge for you. Too, if you can silence the critical voice inside your head, you’ll be able to access an immense store of practical wisdom and re-discover a few skills you thought were lost. Best of all, if you know who you are, you can express that uniqueness and originality freely–it will only lead to empowerment, and possibly a rise in status (though don’t expect relationships and finances to be unaffected by this–they will). Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 26 May

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Vincent Van Gogh - Der Zuave 1888 {{PD}}

Vincent Van Gogh – Der Zuave 1888 {{PD}}

You’re halfway there, dear Gemini–to what doesn’t really matter, your perception that you can’t quite take action yet as there’s more to do, fix, be, see, or learn permeates everything–and not moving forward when you’ve got so much juice built up is beginning to have a deleterious effect on you. If you don’t find a direction and go with it, in any number of areas, you may find yourself later in the Solar year, the one that runs between now and your next birthday, dealing with heaps of criticism, and you could succumb to nit-picky thinking and the need to deal with a thousand things up to now avoided or denied. That doesn’t sound like fun, does it? The remedy may be found in being willing to decisively edit and prune the ambitions and desires–got to let go of some options at some point–and then use instinct to inform choices, even as you work hard to discover your own ‘blind spot’ material and deal with it once and for all. It sounds daunting, I know, but Gemini, you are in an excellent position to put things not just right, but into spectacular fashion–and the payoff will be Love, Money, or both. Happy Birthday and good luck!

Born Today 25 May

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Claude Monet - 'The Road to Vétheuil' 1878 {{PD}}

Claude Monet – ‘The Road to Vétheuil’ 1878 {{PD}}

You’ve got a tough road ahead of you, dear Gemini, in the area of Money, in Love, or in both. There, we’ve gotten the worst part over–and it’s really not that bad. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, will involve some long-delayed sorting-out in areas you’ve too long neglected. They’re not what you think they are, they need refurbishment–and that’s where all the good stuff comes in. New, revised assessments will tell you who really cares, and in what ways (and especially why) your unconscious mind has been leading you in directions that aren’t productive anymore. Those are some effective housecleaning energies for the psyche, and the result will be some crazy good creative impulses that you should definitely take action on. The truly imaginative will thrive in your life once those pesky relationship and/ or financial matters have been solved–it’s that simple. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 24 May

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Giacomo Ceruti - Women Working on Pillow Lace (The Sewing School) 1720s {{PD}}

Giacomo Ceruti – Women Working on Pillow Lace (The Sewing School) 1720s {{PD}}

Recently, on the way to fulfilling goals and ambitions you found out, dear Gemini, that what you really want is to be yourself, uniquely, radically, effervescently you, and this became your desire when you realized that will afford you the kind of empowerment that brings both security in your abilities and indifference to the responses of others. Oh, what a wonderful state to exist in–but is that possible? Yes, yes it is, but you’re not there yet–it will take some fine-tuning: 1) take material matters seriously and without emotion–it’s just business, so see it that way 2) this coming Solar year will be a good time to make creative choices, but not necessarily to take action on those choices–they may need some time to develop 3) treat yourself and others with extra care this year–hurting or being hurt is almost too easy, and 4) this isn’t the point when you should take power yourself, but it is the time to pave the way toward that moment, by establishing good relationships with authorities, by learning to negotiate, and by following the rhythms of Nature, wherever they manifest in your world. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 23 May

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'Henne mit Küken' Anonymous 19th century {{PD}}

‘Henne mit Küken’ Anonymous 19th century {{PD}}

Hello Gemini! Do you feel brand new, like a chick just hatched out of the egg? If you don’t, it may be because your reality picture for the past year has been, well, let’s call it stringent. You’re moving beyond that, now, and it may also feel like the ambition picture is so last year–and both are correct, though not exactly in the way you may think. Concerning the reality picture and the sense of oppression and limitation it may have conveyed, you need to focus more on what’s been built, what’s been accomplished–and trash the idea that these are burdens you’re carrying rather than goals that have been met, freeing you to create new ones; concerning the ambitions and desires, you may feel that there’s no way you can get the cooperation you need, or the aesthetic support you desire, to fulfill aims–but that may only be because you’ve failed to take into account that relationships are the backbone to cooperation–and you may have considered only your own wants, along the way. Resolve to be less aggressive, less defensive, and yet more supportive of your own need to shine and to be respected, and you just might reap the Love and/ or Money that is scheduled to arrive this Solar year, at some point before your next birthday. Happy Day, Gemmy, and good luck!

Making Purchases During Mercury retrograde: Q & A

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Mercury, looking down on someone who forced a purchase during Merc retro. by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo {{PD}}

Mercury, looking down on someone who forced a purchase during Merc retro. by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo {{PD}}

Here’s a reprint on buying during Merc retro.

Recently I received a couple of questions about what to do and not do during Mercury retrograde; concerns seem to center on buying big-ticket, Mercury ruled items, and on what effect shopping in the middle of the process would have on the outcome. Questions here are tailored to the issues presented in the questions I received. This is from ECLIPSE (no longer open for new sign-ups).

Is it okay to make a major purchase during Merc retro?
The traditional wisdom says ‘No’, that we’re just buying trouble, and to a certain extent that is absolutely true. We need to understand, though, exactly why purchasing during Merc retro is considered bad. Thought processes are not operating under their usual parameters; it’s as if at crucial times our synapses are suffering too wide a gap to transmit signals—at least, that’s true psychically speaking. We don’t compile and comprehend information in quite the same way as we usually do, with thoughts fritzing out in mid-realization and concentration interfered with by a kind of mental static. This is why I always recommend ‘switching’ to a Venusian, feeling-centered state during the Merc retro period, when dealing with what would otherwise be handled mentally. Utilizing both Venus’ sensitivity, especially in relationship, and the Moon’s intuitive abilities, we can feel the unspoken, the undercurrents and attitudes, the potential ‘hidden’ factors behind any interaction—and this may, in many instances, be as effective or even more effective than using the mental faculties as we usually would. However, it doesn’t address perceptual matters involving procedure, details, written material, and conditions, as well as our ability to accurately observe, and something like a purchase involves knowing what’s happening completely enough that one will have no surprises after the fact. This is the concept behind not making agreements, signing contracts, making deals, or agreeing to anything that will obligate us in the future, during Merc retro—there will inevitably be something we’ve missed, something we don’t yet know, but will find out later.

Are there any times when it is okay to buy during the retro?
Yes! When you have literally done all the research, vetting, investigating, comparison shopping, looked over the specs, and have established everything in writing (if it involves a contract or written agreement) before the start of the retro period—then if you need to delay for some reason (because of payment issues or a sale, for instance, or finalizing something big like the sale of a house as you wait through the escrow period), you safely can—just don’t change anything after the retro begins—and I can safely say, you will probably be tempted to, as Merc retro plays tricks on the mind that can make you think your reasoning is much better at that point, rather than the opposite. All conditions must be decided upon before the retro begins, and no changes made, for this to work out satisfactorily.

The Shadow period: Does it Matter?
IMO no. Some people make a big deal out of shadow periods, and it’s true that we may see ripples of a coming or past retrograde before the stone is thrown into the Cosmic waters, but once I saw a timeline of a full year that shaded shadow periods surrounding Merc retro plus the retro period itself, and it was clear that to behave as if Merc is somehow ‘not itself’ for that much time didn’t make much sense. Maybe looking for explanations for every quirk and anomaly comes from a too-strong belief that our minds are operating in near-objective mode as the norm; that, of course, is purely ridiculous, with moments of true lucidity and objective perception the exception rather than the rule. If we understand that there are countless influences on the mentality at any one time, both internal and external, we get a broader, more accurate concept of the fluidity of the mental perceptions, and have less need to corral patterns of thought and processing into neat compartments for which we must find astrological exceptions for every variation. Shadow periods can be considered when analyzing timing, but the actual conditions must be determined by examining the aspects in play, especially those that involve bodies that naturally carry meaning within the issue; for instance, Uranus for electronics, Mercury for things that use electricity or that are for communication, Mars for something metal and/ or mechanical—and there are lots of crossover meanings when looking at the energies, so keep an open mind. Buying something for its beauty (Venus), if purchased during Merc retro, may not communicate that at all; others could look and see a purchase meant to show off resources or intimidate others, and once the retro ends, we could feel that the ‘message’ of that beauty is entirely different than the one we interpreted during Merc’s backward motion.

Does the element in which Merc is retrograding affect matters?
Yes, it can. The element in which the retro occurs signifies what, in a broad sense, we are re-considering about our lives during the turnaround period. In Air we are examining our own viewpoints, thinking, ways of gathering and processing information—and this may lead us into some convoluted reasoning if we are also trying to make buying decisions; we need the entire retro period during which to consider things, and it’s almost required that we don’t come to any conclusions about our own mental capacity or methods before Merc goes direct. During a Fire retro we examine our action nature, with the obvious down side being a propensity to rashness, impulsive purchases, and maybe ones based purely on passion, which might be very good, except that we would probably also neglect to examine the real-world practicality of our choices (with typical Merc retro trickster-ism, we might think we had it covered!) With a Water retrograde we are looking at how we feel about our lives, so that decisions might be emotional, with all the ups, downs, and potential regrets (or trying to make up for past regrets) that might imply, and with Mercury’s retrograde in Earth we look at our material circumstances, and so could be too plodding in our reasoning out of a desire for safety or profit (aside from the usual retro hiccups) and so choose something entirely too plain, dull, or bland for our usual tastes—and of course, each retro period carries the potential for hidden material to emerge later, significantly changing the landscape that was present when we made our decision. Just remember that the element in which Merc is retro points us to what part of our nature is under examination, even if that exam is happening in the unconscious—and that means that part of the psyche, along with the reasoning and other mental faculties, is in the midst of reassessment, and so in flux and unstable because of this.

Update: the current retro is entirely in Gemini, making the review period a time to ask ourselves, ‘What do I think?’ A question we could apply to anything–and this is the right time to do it.

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Born Today 22 May

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Now that sounds fun.  'A Party in the Open Air: Allegory on Conjugal Love' by Isaac Oliver c1590 {{PD}}

Now that sounds fun. ‘A Party in the Open Air: Allegory on Conjugal Love’ by Isaac Oliver c1590 {{PD}}

Dear Gemini, why are you struggling with your own ambitious nature, with your own desires, that really couldn’t be more appropriate as expressions of who you are? Are you afraid your partner or significant other won’t approve? Have you been told what you want is greedy, impolite, undiplomatic, will cause envy, and so bring trouble? Well don’t be sad–‘they’ don’t know what they’re talking about! You should not only spend this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, pursuing your wants–you will find Love and or Money along the way. I know! Sounds great! But as always, there are a few caveats you should take heed of: power and personal empowerment will come out in the big wide world, but it doesn’t come without a price–be very sure about what you’re willing to give up to get it, and acting on your imagination is good, but acting on your fantasies is not. You’ve got a mandate from the Universe to bring the essence of who you are into real-world forms and material expressions–at first it may feel like restrictions and burdens–but as soon as you begin working hard to get past those, the load will lighten and you’ll start to connect with your own creative power, probably in a whole new way. Happy Birthday, Gemini, 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.

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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!

Feeling Retrograde Ourselves: late July 2015

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You may feel helpless as the little figure in the tin side car. Photo by D J Shin 2010  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Thanks, DJ!

You may feel helpless as the little figure in the tin side car. Photo by D J Shin 2010 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported Thanks, DJ!

Oh! Venus and Uranus are just sitting there, at 00 Virgo and 20 Aries, respectively–and if you’ve got anything in the region (no more than a degree or two either side) of 00 of the Mutables or 20 of the Cardinals, then it may have been a little like having an elephant make himself comfortable on your lap–so, not comfortable at all. Venus and the Mutable contacts (they’ll be playing the lounge at the Paramus Holiday Inn on Friday!) are the lesser of the two stressors, moving from Virgo to Leo and taking our minds, well, right back to ourselves, but the improvement will be that we’ll have the lens of our own needs, ego, and our sense of generosity through which to gauge things.

Uranus, however, has been at this spot since late June–giving us plenty of time to see matters involving those related Cardinal points grind to a halt. Now, with the Uranus retrogradation, what we’ll observe will likely be our own Will doing an about-face, a kind of reticence where we once pushed forward so confidently. Add to this that Pluto is less than a degree from the point where he will go direct in late September, and you have a patchwork of energies in stop and go mode, mostly stop (or lingering painfully, maybe inching forward).

Be glad; this is a chance to really, truly, get yourself right with these energies and the points they’re contacting in the personal chart. They’ve slowed it down so we can catch up, ponder, really learn how to control this specific point of contact, and/ or are offering us a chance to refine what we’re trying to rush forward with. We’ve been feeling frustrated, thinking we know what we want and how to get it–this slowing is the Universe tutoring us on all we don’t know that we thought we did. Think about what you’ve been dealing with, and consider what it means to you (Venus), how original or inventive your urges, or how well they serve the individuality (Uranus), think about what really needs to change (don’t worry about how you’ll make it happen–Pluto), and for good measure let’s acknowledge Neptune, which is dragging the creative energies along the highway like tin cans tied to the bridal car. It’s time for a sort of Zen contemplation that can happen even as we go about our daily tasks. And we can look forward to at least a small denouement with the Full Moon of the 31st.

See a previous post for more on the Venus retrograde. My books are here, and the Vesta book is almost wrapped up. Enjoy your week!

A Tactical Retrograde: Venus Retreats 25 July 2015

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Venus Retrograde July 2015Our Lady of Love and Money has been lingering at the 00 Virgo mark for a bit now, and tomorrow (the 25th) at 2:29 AM Pacific time, she begins her apparent backward motion. ‘Tactical Retrograde’ is a military term meaning ‘retreat’, and this retro period may be centered in an examination of Venus and chart-area themed euphemisms, all continuations in one form or another of circumstances 8 years ago. Virgo is mutable earth, connecting us to practical matters, but the shift into Leo’s fixed fire narrows the attention and subject matter to ourselves and our wants–and initial aspects suggest we will have to work in symbols, euphemisms, metaphors, to look indirectly at our subjects, because to do otherwise would be too harsh to allow for much progress.

We’ll start out the retro period with a critical (Virgo) mindset; we want to set things right, correct, account for, and otherwise get matters of Love and Money on track. Keeping our usual close orbs, the turnaround point makes no contacts. The first aspect completed is a square to Saturn (other than a square from the Moon, which is likely to kick things off emotionally), and that only when Venus proceeds into Leo. The implication may be that for all our good intentions, reality comes along and delivers some hard facts–and those facts are about ourselves and our egos (Leo), and whether we successfully ‘shine’ within our own lives–or not. And we’ll be given some illuminating feedback from the social circle when Venus hits Jupiter–so, like it or loathe it, what we have to look forward to is illumination of the things within our own attitudes and expectations that have created our current Love and Money circumstances.

Of course, a Venus retro distorts our usual Venusian standards and perceptions; we’re willing to experiment in these areas in ways we would typically find unappealing, too costly, below our standards, or even repulsive. We are also prone to alterations to taste and fancies in both literal and figurative senses; the trick, though, is not to avoid trying something new, it’s just to make sure that, as long as Venus moves backward, we don’t take steps in Venusian areas that can’t be easily undone later. Dye your hair–yes, shave your head and tattoo hair on it–no; try new foods–yes, insist on preparing the blowfish yourself–no; date someone you wouldn’t usually look twice at–yes, marry them on your first date–no; paint a wall purple–yes, paint the entire house inside and out purple, no; decide to open a savings account–yes, decide to empty your 401K and dump it all in the stock market, no; jet to Spain for four days–yes, abandon your current life and jet to Spain with no intention of ever returning, oh no. It’s not that you won’t like what you’ve done after direction–maybe you will–it’s that the retro period is for shifting your perceptions, allowing a new viewpoint that can allow experimentation and a broadening of horizons, not for making definitive life changes. You may wake up when it’s over and find it wasn’t for you–that’s why it’s so important you don’t do anything irrevocable. Venereal risks of all kinds are a problem at this time, because we just aren’t assessing things the usual way. Just be aware.

We can get a lot of clues about what we’ll be dealing with by looking back 8 years. That’s the last time Venus retrograded in this spot, and circumstances, topics, and dilemmas will often simply re-appear, sometimes just as they were, other times in new guises–but still posing the same fundamental questions and challenges. Of note: a Fist of God in effect on turnaround day made up of a square between Jupiter and Saturn, apex Vesta=this may signal that our efforts and ideas oriented toward expansion clash with the reality picture–the only thing that may survive are those matters we honor, and what we find sacred, especially in the home life or in the relationship with the mate. Since Saturn and Jupiter are the two first contacts of retro Venus (not counting Luna), this might describe our retro experience. Out of the conflict comes what really matters–if you become overwhelmed, make a strategic tactical retrograde, and deal with it when the pressure subsides. Happy Venus Retrograde!

See books and services–and to those waiting for the Vesta book, it’s on its way, though I may not make the promised end-of-July deadline. Thanks for making me so busy!

This has lots to ponder, from the excellent Jude Cowell over at ‘Stars Over Washington’

Just a Little AstroEssence 21-24 July 2015: Think About It

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Memento mori, Napoli {{PD}} Photo courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen, reproduced from Wikimedia Commons with Thanks--

Memento mori, Napoli {{PD}} Photo courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen, reproduced from Wikimedia Commons with Thanks–

The 21st Matters are very solidly delineated; rules are firm and obvious, obstacles have clearly defined outlines, restrictions are out in the open, and what it takes to accomplish is enumerated definitively. It all seems to be above-board and laid out for our perusal–but seems is the operative word. Our own wounds have a voice in what we choose to ignore or deny, and we may not be aware of this, as thinking, though intuitively following our inner wisdom, still manages to skirt those issues we’re in denial of or feel we must avoid. We won’t be conscious of it, but we’ll go out of our way to hide from ourselves what’s unpleasant, and that will obscure our path to empowerment. If we can deal with facts and what is in an equitable way, not allowing ourselves to shy away out of vague feelings of unease, we can accomplish a lot–otherwise the main activity might be spinning our wheels. (Chiron parallel Black Moon Lilith, Neptune contra-parallel Juno, Mercury parallel and sesq Pallas while falling at the midpt of Sedna-Black Moon Lilith, Sun tr/ Earth sxt Saturn)

By the 22nd it’s all about the facts, and we’re able to see (and are firmly connected to) the reality picture–and that means it’s a good time to make decisions, to maneuver, or assess circumstances. Our attention will shift more toward ourselves, and we’ll likely get a little more objectivity concerning material matters at this point, paving the way for the Superior Conjunction of Merc and the Sun, the seed moment for plans and ideas, on the 23rd. (The 22nd: Merc tr Saturn, Sun enters Leo/ Earth enters Aquarius)

The 23rd Self examination goes well; we know what we want and need, and are cogitatin’ how to get it. With Merc entering Leo to join up with the Sun, we enjoy a clear mandate for promoting ourselves and our causes, as expressing highest values is just naturally the smart thing to do. Be prepared, though: nothing really worthwhile comes completely free, at this point–getting what we want will cost. (Vesta tr Pallas, Earth qnx Venus)

The 24th we’re nostalgic for the past, probably for some sense of autonomy we once had, as our ideas are opposed (or just not supported) by authorities or Mother Nature. We’re out of balance, looking too intently to others for permission; remember you’re in charge of you, of your accomplishments, efforts, and the arbiter of your choices and level of Self-control, and you’ll make excellent progress. (Merc opp Ceres and tr SN)

Books are here, services are here–Thanks, and have a great week!

Just a Little AstroEssence 20 July 2015: The Natural Choice

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If you hear something in the reeds, go check it out--trust yourself.  Frederick Goodall 'The Finding of Moses' 1862

If you hear something in the reeds, go check it out–trust yourself.
Frederick Goodall ‘The Finding of Moses’ 1862

20 July we hold the personal authority at this time to shape our Path just as we’d like–but somehow the social sphere, or the opportunities offered us, or the facts, don’t support our choices. We are disconnected from our ideals, our thinking is deluded or confused (a rare few will stumble on good creative ideas, out in the weeds), and we’re just not able, no matter how hard we try, to see the wise choice. Dealing with today’s energies requires a sense of Self-trust that doesn’t shut down incoming data because it threatens illusions–those who are defensive tell themselves others are just messing with their dreams, but they actually may need to reassess what they value–the real worth of things is hidden beneath ideals and illusions, at this time–and all of us are almost certainly missing something in our assessment of what is and what we want. Use Nature as a guide, and be completely willing to accept responsibility for your own choices–at this point what we choose is no one’s fault but our own. (Perfecting today: Ceres tr NN, Jupiter sq Sedna, Neptune contra-parallel Venus and sesq Mercury, Sun sesq Pallas)

Bonus: for everyone with placements at 00 degrees of all signs except Leo and Libra: Venus is speaking, in relation to that placement or point she’s contacting–are you listening? She talks of Love, Money, and what you left unfinished, 8 years ago.

I’m almost fully booked for the next few months–if you’ve queried but haven’t reserved time, you may want to nowor get my books here–and everyone, have a great Monday!

Your Weekend Outlook 18-19 July 2015: Not What It Seems

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'L'Illusion' Auguste Rodin. photo by Paul Gsell, Grasset, 1911 {{PD}}

‘L’Illusion’ Auguste Rodin. photo by Paul Gsell, Grasset, 1911 {{PD}}

Saturday the 18th we become horribly willful about our ambitions and desires, and those things we admire, love, or value suddenly seem to warrant criticism. Why? It could be that our minds are in rebellious mode; we’re resisting every group expectation and progressive call out of sheer pique–but we may also be dealing with our own deep need for freedom–and we may not see any other way of feeling our independence except by pushing away others or by refusing to conform–even when that’s what we want. Instincts, driven by matters we’ve ignored or denied, may drive us in the wrong direction, and both messages we receive and our own thoughts are erratic–we’re only getting part of the story at any one time. Take it easy, avoid knee-jerk reactions, and try not to be too aggressive with others–if we can’t divine our own best actions, we certainly can’t divine theirs!

Sunday the 19th we enjoy healing communications and a sense of empowerment brought forward by exercising our values, and by interaction in relationships or by earning. Material matters are serious, may bring about great and irrevocable change, and may not seem to be as intense or life-changing as they really are. Tread with care.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 16-17 July 2015: Facts Won’t Help

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By George Grie wikidata:Q4160484 'Ice Age Premonition or Infinite Iceberg Synthesizer' Date 2007 Source/Photographer http://www.neosurrealismart.com  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

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‘Ice Age Premonition or Infinite Iceberg Synthesizer’
Date 2007
Source/Photographer http://www.neosurrealismart.com Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

For everyone, finances and relationships can be very strained at this point; or, reality introduces some new and unexpected twists and turns to the Money or Love picture. You’re on the verge of big shifts in one or both of these areas–and if you’ve put in your time and energy, the results could be excellent.

On the 16th our own ambitions and wants get in the way of clear thinking and communicating–not what we’d like to hear after the New Moon gave us a kind of clean slate. Taking as kind a viewpoint as possible within interactions and toward others is the best way to avoid unintended damage, though don’t expect to have a great relationship with facts today–it’s just not happening.

Due to popular demand :) I’ll be adding in a word image or two as they occur to me; today it’s the Titanic, the lost ocean liner (I heard it mentioned six times in one day, and couldn’t ignore it!) What massive project is ‘going down’, and there’s nothing you can do about it, but acknowledge it? Is it the newness of the venture (the ‘maiden voyage’) that prevents you recognizing it’s just not feasible? What you may need to see is that there’s some recklessness attached, some hubris or reassurances that can’t be backed up–better to get out now than when it actually begins to sink. Or are you the iceberg, intractable, and causing difficulties for others because of it? Though it may not be a problem now, compromise will be the most effective way to keep contacts and relationships intact.

On the 17th the imagination or creativity is challenged by what we see before us. The response we need to have will be one that allows us to be in complete command of ‘the vision’–anything less, and we can be easily mislead. Bonus: know that the social circle won’t be much help, and neither will ‘what you know’–successful activity might rely more on faith or inspiration at this point.

Today’s image is the word ‘Tudor’. It’s an English Royal family, it’s a house construction style, there’s a stylized rose named for it–but all stem from a specific, ‘glory days’ time period for a particular kingdom–and that suggests a couple of things: that ‘glory days’ aren’t meant to go on forever, that styles change, that influence is a fleeting thing, that sometimes you’re prominent and then, well, you’re not. Consider too whatever associations this word brings forward for you–or it may simply be a synchronicity marker, a flag to tell you, ‘Pay attention!’

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The Cancer New Moon 15 July 2015: Healing An Imbalance

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Paul Gauguin - Vahine no te miti (Femme a la mer) (Mujer del mar) 1891 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin – Vahine no te miti (Femme a la mer) (Mujer del mar) 1891 {{PD}}

The New Moon in Cancer occurs at 6:25 PM Pacific time on the 15th at 23 Cancer 14, and makes only a few contacts, so I’ll be stretching orbs a bit so that we get some kind of picture. Usually I shy away from expansive orbs, as I feel things can get sloppy fast; this time, though, we have a loose Grand Trine that really may be the heart of the event. Too, I usually don’t pay much attention to what else is happening, preferring to focus on the New or Full Moon contacts so that we can delineate the NM or FM effects away from everything else, making it very clear what leads to what. Today I’m breaking both those rules–hold on!

Though I’m stretching those orbs, I won’t go crazy with it, and that means that the Mercury-Mars pairing that some might consider conjunct the New Moon won’t be for me–but we still need to note that aggressive speech under a banner of how much one cares may be the offering of the day. This also suggests that those not normally assertive verbally or with their ideas may find a little fire today and let everyone know what they think–and this possibly signals for them a new way of communicating or of expecting to be treated, courtesy of the New Moon.

There’s also the matter of Venus at 29 tense degrees of Leo. The poor girl is wound up tight about identity, who’s in the spotlight, about matters of generosity, about how to best shine, and about recent vicissitudes in Love or Money–and she’s preparing to retrograde soon, which implies that all this stress will find outlet in re-visiting similar topics, matters, or life areas from 8 years ago, whatever those were for you, when she last retrograded at approximately this point in the chart. Note this: whether or not current Venusian stresses seem to relate to 8 years ago, they will flow out through those life areas where Venus retros soon, the same ones visited 8 years ago–so don’t be fooled if the forms they take look new or unfamiliar.

Now, finally, the New Moon! It has sextiles to Black Moon Lilith and Sedna (though fails to fall at their midpoint), creates a loose Water Grand Trine with Saturn and Chiron, and the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis forms a T-square with Uranus. What’s born at the New Moon is born from instinct, or from those things we’ve ignored or denied, or by anger stirred by matters that normally fall in our ‘blind spot’–suddenly we see them, and wow, are we upset! What’s born makes for emotional release, and that can’t help but offer healing, even if the precipitating event itself is upsetting.

The idea is that if we attended to things yesterday (see my post for the 14th) what comes forward now may be something healing and emotionally positive (the Water GT, Chiron), and that potentially results in real-world change or the lifting of restrictions (Saturn). The ‘T’ involving Uranus suggests we may be taken by surprise by what’s born–we may not have anticipated the new understanding that underpins events, and we may feel pressure to ‘modernize’, to learn new protocols, to catch up to the group, or to be original and inventive–but in any case what begins is something unusual, at least in terms of what we cared about (Cancer) previously. Likely subjects are described by the natal House where the New Moon occurs, and/ or the Houses where your natal Sun and Moon sit, or those they rule (and probably a combination of these). A few will rebel or act erratically in reaction to what happens, taking anything upsetting as an individual affront, and missing the chance for healing and removal of restrictions that events bring.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘A Woman And Two Men Castaways On A Small Island Of The South Seas’  Now, no matter how copacetic a scenario involving three may be, eventually someone feels like a third wheel–and that makes either a tricycle, or a really uncomfortable scene. With this image we’re told these are castaways–so involuntarily in this situation–and the implication is there’s no one else there. We should also be aware of the imbalance in energies: two representatives of the animus, doing energy and one of the being, receptive energy–and so the symbol may speak to an imbalance in our own approach that possibly precipitates the New Moon upset or change. We may be emphasizing aggression, action, ‘tackling’ a job, and using too little receptivity; the result of this kind of imbalance is typically the kind of surprises we will have at the New Moon: entirely of our own creation, we look upon them astonished, shocked that such upset, healing, and the resulting freedom, are actually of our own making.

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The New Moon in Cancer 15 July 2015

Just a Little AstroEssence 8-14 July 2015: Tiltin’

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'Le Moulin de la Galette', by Vincent van Gogh, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

‘Le Moulin de la Galette’, by Vincent van Gogh, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

8 July we suddenly feel that everyone is a lot more caring–at least, that’s what they say, what they communicate–but our attention is likely on our own ambitions and wants, and how what we’re doing in the everyday is in conflict with achieving our goals. Actions should be based on ideals, and as long as we keep the ego out of it, we can’t be led astray or deceived–but be too Willful or aggressive, and you might find yourself tilting at windmills, Quixote-style.

Take note of the Earth-Pluto, still conjunct, and the way the Sun-Earth-Pluto forms a T-square with Zeus=at this point we may get a glimpse ahead to serious material change on the horizon, with our ambition and desire picture as the tipping factor; our desires propel the shift, which is likely generated through conflict, the need to resolve tension, or a breaking away from current direction in order to make a big, dramatic push toward getting what we want.

9 July temper, irritation, and the need to choose (probably over something we’ve been torn about for some time) come forward from our ‘blind spot’ and challenge our equilibrium. Instincts can inform the direction we take, but our usual weaknesses are still in place; that means that to succeed we’ll need to recognize that we’re not infallible, and then ask for help to fill in our own skill or knowledge gap. That’s the best bet for putting ourselves in a good position, from which we can then act in the most effective way possible.

10 July action and successful Self-assertion flow from wisdom and skills, and if we can communicate our own empowerment position, we can deal with any upset concerning current life direction (we should anticipate either criticism over our independence or leadership, and/ or a lack of cooperation from others). Determine your own course at this time, and be Self-responsible–it’s the only way to have control over outcomes.

11 July talk is about power, even if it doesn’t seem to be, and material matters may make us feel less than adequately empowered. Best results come when we stay both centered and calm, no matter what.

12 July we can draw on empowerment lessons of the past to inform our present, and erratic behavior, rebelliousness, and show-offy displays of intellect or educational heft earn us a punch in the nose (figuratively or literally) and send us reeling off course. Channel contrariness into original efforts, and don’t worry about whether those efforts are propelling you closer to goals–it’s time to indulge your unique spark, to celebrate your individuality, and to find a form for it that wreaks as little havoc as possible.

We enter Dark of the Moon today–giving ourselves a little more solitude, a little more time to do things, and a little more space for contemplation and rest will benefit everything we do, and prepare us for the New Moon new beginning ahead.

13 July we could experience difficult financial or relationship situations, and though mental processes are practically-oriented and even wise, they may not adequately honor those things we value most. Communications could be fanciful, mislead us, or inspire us, and we see precisely how to go about healing troubled situations. If we can find a way to re-orient ourselves to our highest standards, we can make valuable headway in fixing what might have gone wrong, with our pocketbook or our interactions.

14 July it’s the things we’ve been ignoring, denying, and generally shoving under the rug that trip us up today. Instinct whispers to avoid those matters but odds are we will ignore the warning and plow forward–and we find ourselves tiltin’ at windmills again. And, resulting actions and choices cause unintended havoc in the reality picture. Slow down and deal with things one at a time–and don’t leave unpleasant dealings for later–attend to them now.

Just a Little AstroEssence 2-7 July 2015

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Albert Anker 'Kind mit Puppe' (Child with Doll) c19th century {{PD}}

Albert Anker ‘Kind mit Puppe’ (Child with Doll) c19th century {{PD}}

Hello Poppets (defined as “a small figure of a human being used in sorcery and witchcraft”–yes, I’m sure that’s what I meant!) I’m back with a wee look ahead, here in the lee of the Full Moon. Yesterday’s events most likely re-defined something for you, something related to the House where the FM fell. And look, it wasn’t so bad, was it? We’re up and walking around already! Whether there was a tad of trauma involved or not, the change (even if it doesn’t seem so yet) is for the good–and if you were paying attention, it probably gave you a pretty solid idea of what to do next.

Today (the 2nd), we hear and say some surprising things; communications can turn on a dime, can shock, or we may receive a message (ultimatum?) from the group. Gird your loins. As to material matters, navigate them using instinct, and be aware of the potential for tripping over your own ‘blind spot’ material.

On the 3rd there may be a lot of unnecessary grousing, irritation, and behavior that threatens, just a little, the current power structure. Where you stand in the power hierarchy determines whether this is good or bad :) Bonus: you may get a great idea or two, or understand how to expand interests or please the social sphere–but it’s not the best time to act on that. Note the inspired thoughts, and wait to implement.

On the 4th deep breathing is in order; enjoy the oddly quiet interior landscape. The good news is, that suggests we won’t be thinking about ourselves excessively, or mulling things over too much. We get an idea of what to expect by asking, What’s usually going on when we’re not focused on ourselves?

The 5th is problematic: we fixate on (or at least see) everything in our reality that “needs correcting”. The key is to recognize just how much of this is within our control to change–and how much is our own fault, because we’ve ignored or neglected matters. Please note: non-defensive communication brings cooperation, possibly reward, and definitely improves relationships.

Today, the 6th, the Sun opposes Pluto–which means that heavy-hitter is conjunct the Earth. The Sun also quincunxes Pallas. The implication may be that the environment and/ or material matters pose danger, a threat of destruction, or the opportunity for re-building or even transformation, in the Capricorn-connected areas of the natal chart, and in those ruled by Pluto. It’s smart to be willing to handle that Plutonian element of change head-on. Own your personal power (don’t pretend to be smaller than you are!) and things will move ahead productively.

And finally, by Tuesday the 7th the mental faculties are shining bright–and possibly become set in stone. Accepting that thinking must remain as it is today is a mistake that will cause us to act in ways that conflict with our highest values (and possibly damage our relationship to the mate or the home circumstances), and that may encourage us to sublimate upset and funnel it into relationships, or into financial ‘acting out’. Stay flexible, my friends; the only way things will go badly is if we are set on seeing ourselves and our thinking as ‘perfect’.

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Full Moon in Capricorn falls at 7:20 PM Pacific time on 1 July 2015 at 9 Cap 55: From Impetus Comes Change

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Engraving by Gustave Doré for an 1876 edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Captioned

Engraving by Gustave Doré for an 1876 edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Captioned “I Watched the Water-Snakes,” it depicts a sailor on the bowsprit of a sailing ship tied to a dead albatross, with water-serpents in the sea around him. 1876 {{PD}}

I’m making an exception on orbs this time around, allowing four+ degrees so that we can include the Full Moon conjunct Pluto and opposed Mars. The symmetry of it, with one on one end of the event axis and one on the other, and at either side of the FM degree as if they are two children on a see-saw, trying to balance out something between them, can’t be ignored. It’s as if our anger, action urge, personal initiative, or ‘I Want’ (Mars) launches things (as companion to the Sun, without which we’d have no Full Moon), and in the culmination this becomes either a transformative or destructive energy (Pluto), potentially changing or tearing down our walls, barriers, rules, the structure of our lives, or those things that have been holding us back (Capricorn).

The FM is also sextile Neptune and square Vesta, implying that what must change may conflict with the way we believe things should be—we’ll be bucking our own values, in this regard—but the contact to Neptune suggests we have a chance to create something much more like our ideals—so don’t resist.

The FM also forms apex to a loose Fist of God with a base of Sedna square Venus. A Fist always suggests that what occurs will be tough, that we’ll in some way ‘take a beating’, but here we see that our own ‘blind spot’ or instinctual response within a financial or relationship situation will be involved with (and perhaps be a catalyst for) FM action. What occurs (or more specifically, what we do—Mars) could initiate rage (Pluto) but could also act as a ‘tipping point’ for the change the FM promises.

Special notice goes to a minor aspect that seems to cry out (via the 29 degree placement of Saturn) for attention, and that is the Full Moon’s novile to a Saturn under stress. The ‘genius’ (the novile) of what culminates at the FM comes directly from a stressful reality situation, one of having been or having been required to be restrained, from obstacles, dead ends, delays, or setbacks that have now become intolerable—or perhaps where we see we must do something to break the impasse.

Sabian for the FM: ‘An Albatross Feeding From The Hand Of A Sailor’ This symbol speaks directly to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, which tells of an albatross following a ship, considered good luck, and the sailor who shoots it, in the eyes of the crew bringing disaster to their voyage—hence the term, ‘an albatross around one’s neck’, meaning that something or some action has marked you as the bringer of bad things. Here though the sailor feeds the albatross, so encourages the potentials for good luck. That suggests that if we embrace whatever changes, transforms, or is destroyed with the Full Moon, we will increase our chances of a fortuitous outcome.

For a Full Moon we also look at the Sun’s Sabian: ‘A Large Diamond In The First Stages Of The Cutting Process’ This suggests that what culminates at the Full Moon comes as we make efforts to achieve a goal; we are not promised that we will reach that goal, but instead that in the process of moving forward (expressing our Mars) we encounter change and its inevitable effects (Pluto), and then must go from there.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 22 June 2015: Opportunity Abounds

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Detail from The Children of the Duc de Bouillon by Pierre Mignard, 1647

Detail from The Children of the Duc de Bouillon by Pierre Mignard, 1647

As you may have guessed, I’m halting ‘Born Today’ for the foreseeable (ha! a forecasting joke) future. Sorry to those who might be disappointed. Instead I offer today’s look ahead and today’s image (for synchronicity and guidance), in the hope that you’ll forgive me.

22 June we may attract some unprecedented opportunities that come from our attitude of independence and/ or our sense of originality, but acquiring true power isn’t to be, at least not if we haven’t taken care of every, and I mean every, denied or ignored thing, and every spot of rage we carry. That doesn’t stop us from making the most of what does come our way—we have the energy and verve to make huge progress—but if we want to hold authority, we’d better first purge ourselves of anger and resentment—especially the upset we’d consciously swear up and down we don’t have. (Ceres sesquiquadrate Black Moon Lilith, Jupiter trine Uranus)

Today’s image is a plant that’s been getting too little light. What vital element have you not been getting enough of to function at peak levels? That’s the question we answer today.

Your Weekend Forecast 20-21 June 2015: Navigating the Waters

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Anders Zorn 1891

Anders Zorn 1891

20 June reality is not what it appears to be—and in particular, destructive or transformative elements may not play out as anticipated. What ‘blocks the light’ isn’t an obstacle so much as an expression of power that we are interpreting as a blockage or wall. Transform your idea of what’s stopping you, and you will be able to see how to get where you want to go. (Saturn quincunx Sun and semi-square Pluto)

21 June attempts to expand our reach clash with our highest values and priorities, and what we value we automatically think will be destroyed—and our thoughts, inescapable, seem written in stone. It’s an odd day when we feel caught by a dozen different currents, with none strong enough to actually determine our course, and none weak enough to allow us to row our boat out of the whirlpools and onto shore. There can be a lot of needless fear generated by our own busy minds; at the same time, we may come up with ideas that are winners, especially if they concern tapping into our personal power and working with, rather than against, authorities. Changes to relationships and financial circumstances occur at this time because we are too thoroughly divorced from reality; embrace what is, as decisions will go better and outcomes will be a lot more positive than they will if we ignore it. (Jupiter sesquiquadrate Vesta, Venus quincunx Pluto, parallel Mercury, and Merc and Venus contra-parallel Saturn, with Merc trine Ceres, and Sun into Cancer/ Earth into Capricorn)

Gemini New Moon at 7:05 AM PDT of the 16th at 25 Gemini 07: ‘Out of Pain’

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'The Harvest Moon' Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1892 {{PD}}

‘The Harvest Moon’ Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1892 {{PD}}

This is the New Moon report and the daily aspects for the 16th from the second-to-last and current issue of ECLIPSE. The title, ‘Out of Pain’, is meant to imply both that what arises may be formed by our wounds, and that it may help carry us away from a mindset of hurt.

16 June efforts bring empowerment—that’s pretty straightforward—but material results may be influenced by our blind spot issues, and so not exactly follow expectations. The more Self-aware we are, the better our results are likely to be, and whatever you end up with, you need to realize that it is a manifestation of your conscious choices and unconscious mind—and so mixes the two—any part that surprises you should be examined closely for the implications it carries about what you’re brewing out of your own sight. (Mars sextile Juno, Earth quincunx Sedna)

Gemini New Moon at 7:05 AM PDT of the 16th at 25 Gemini 07: ‘Out of Pain’

We’ll call this NM the arm of a T-square that it would normally be just a tad too wide to consider, in aspect to the opposition between Black Moon Lilith and Chiron. When we note the presence of the Earth, though, we have to admit we have a Grand Cross with this trio, so I suppose it’s only right to count it as part of this larger configuration, even though Earth’s presence in one corner only signals a material effect to the whole pattern. What is birthed at the New Moon comes directly from the way our sense of hurt, a specific wound, possibly the primal one, collides with all those matters we’ve ignored or denied, or with our sense of rage over some injustice, and what results is some new material condition, probably some sort of knowledge, response (‘getting the message out’ or going forward in educating the Self), retreat to the religious for answers, or the removal of someone or something to a far off place (Sagittarius).

The NM also sextiles Juno, conjuncts Mars, and makes a close semi-sextile to Sedna (only 2 minutes from exact, which is why we note it). These contacts reiterate the message of the Grand Cross, emphasizing the ‘I Am’, the ego, personal empowerment, and that material hidden in the blind spot or that lives below the surface and expresses as instinct. It also speaks of action taken, either at the NM or spurred by it, and promises we hold enough clout to do as we choose—and we likely choose something arising from or addressing our wounds and our regrets.

We talk about something originating with or born at the New Moon phase when it might be more appropriate to talk about the NM as a kind of aperture through which we glimpse something new, or at least, something we’ve never noticed before. As in the case of this NM, the materials that generate the new start may have been around a long time (the Chirotic wound, the rage of BML, Sedna) but we are allowed at this point to get a new sight of them in a specific combination that reveals something not previously noticed, either about the character of the energy itself, or about the way we’ve up to now interpreted it.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘Frost-Covered Trees Against Winter Skies’. We get a winter image/ symbol for a summer NM (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere—then you’re getting one ‘in season’). This suggests, no matter on which side of the equator you reside, a distinctive ‘season’ during which the landscape (inner or outer) is uniform, and ‘wears’ the specifics of the time. Winter is the point in the cycle when everything is still, dormant, or dead. What we don’t often realize about winter is that this is a necessary time; there are seeds that wouldn’t sprout without the soaking they get from snow, there are bulbs that won’t bloom without weeks of cold, and the soil and many living things retreat from activity, in a way resting and replenishing for the growth to come in spring. Dormancy is its own ‘event’, its own form of activity—and that’s something that as humans living in an animus/ ‘doing’ driven society we may neglect to appreciate.

This tells us that, in the wake of NM events, we may need to ‘go dormant’, may need to retreat from active involvement in matters, even for just a short time, if the New Moon offers a new viewpoint that we aren’t accustomed to, and about which we haven’t yet made up our minds. The symbol is a reassurance that we needn’t act right away, should we need time to contemplate what we’ve had to confront, what we’ve needed to process, and what may have changed because of it.

See my books here–Happy New Moon, and Thanks! And if you’re interested, see my comment on interpretation of this New Moon in the comments section below.

Born Today 12 June

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You really do have a passion burning in you, Gemini--it's NOT all in your head! 'The Fire' Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1565 {{PD}}

You really do have a passion burning in you, Gemini–it’s NOT all in your head! ‘The Fire’ Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1565 {{PD}}

If someone could take a picture of you on the inside this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini, they would probably title it, ‘Soul on Fire!’ You have boundless energy to pursue your life’s purpose, a mind sparking sharp as flint–it just needs a little magnesium and some tinder, aka the right substance and fuel, to burn bright–and a conscious refusal to allow neither hurt, rage, or ignored issues to get in your way. What can you expect from all this? You can expect to make some very smart choices, to acquire or sharpen some needed and highly useful skills, and you may want to begin positioning yourself to make a presentation to authorities–that will pay off very nicely, very quickly. Happy Birthday, Gemmy, and good luck!

Born Today 11 June

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The good news is you won't lose your head, Gemini. Franz von Stuck 'Salome II'

The good news is you won’t lose your head, Gemini. Franz von Stuck ‘Salome II’

Wow! This coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday, you may have a lot of trouble getting outside your own head! It will seem like your brain is on fire, and you’ve got to do, act, choose–and you’ve got to do it now. You do know that will be an illusion, right? You know that what’s pushing you isn’t Willfulness or even the ego, but those matters you’ve pushed aside and should’ve taken care of long ago–that, and any pain you carry will be the impetus behind your radical and aggressive push forward this coming year–but I hope you aren’t judging this as a bad thing. It’s actually an inspired thing, something prompted by your own inner wisdom and driven by your need to develop and show skills you’ve long wanted to acquire and/ or perfect. You want to be your best Self, and that’s an admirable thing–and you’ll devote this coming year to achieving it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 10 June

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh - 'Pinks' c1920 {{PD}}

Charles Rennie Mackintosh – ‘Pinks’ c1920 {{PD}}

It’s a new era for you this coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday; you’ll learn to respect what your emotions tell you, and to revere the accuracy of the intuition, as never before. Honing the uniqueness of your perceptual abilities, and learning how to use them, will be the driving force–but it won’t necessarily be easy. You may have to make some mistakes in order to learn the value of your intuitive knowledge, and you may have to learn to balance what you perceive with real-world feedback–and both of those are good, useful in the way you’ll be called upon to make important choices, and perhaps to lead. You’ll need to apply your wisdom to many areas, but there are potentials for significant healing, use of your Chiron-themed skills, and the chance to clear up matters too long ignored or denied. You’re on a role, perception and wisdom-wise–take advantage of it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 9 June

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Thomas Le Clear - 'Interior with Portraits' c1865 {{PD}}

Thomas Le Clear – ‘Interior with Portraits’ c1865 {{PD}}

The challenge to you this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini, is to formulate original ideas, especially those that can put you in a leadership or pioneering position, and then to act on them. That sounds simple enough, but may leave you wondering just how to know if what you are moved to do is truly original; here are a few things that may help: perhaps ‘unique’, or ‘born out of a Higher Mind impulse’ are better descriptors of what can and should move you this year–both allow for you to take something that may have been done before and to do it in a very individual way, one that reflects who you are; emotions and intuition will be in conflict with these impulses, and either won’t be available as reliable guides, or will pull you in an entirely different direction, so that little forward progress is made, and awareness of this is important; find an individual or group that can fill that intuitive advice role, even if that’s the ‘180 degree’ rule, where whatever they say, you do the opposite! and know that wisdom can be drawn from past hurt and the imaginings of future ones, from a willingness to face problems right away, and from being willing to think before you do, and then to do–that combo, thinking and doing, are your strong suit this year, no question. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 8 June

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You don't have to spend years in the chorus, if you'll only listen to the Universe, Gemini.  Jean-Louis Forain 'The Singer in Pink' {{PD}}

You don’t have to spend years in the chorus, if you’ll only listen to the Universe, Gemini. Jean-Louis Forain ‘The Singer in Pink’ {{PD}}

Though your mind is on the career or public reputation and the achievement of ambitions and goals this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, your energy will actually be going in a completely different direction, leaving you pretty bummed at year’s end when you’re no closer to your aims than you are today. Cheer up, dear Gemini: the reality is that both Luck (with a big ‘L’!) and opportunity are scheduled for you–it’s just that you have to be alert to them when they arrive, and open to pursuing the course they require. What comes up may strike you as taking you away from the direction you want to head, but the truth is that your mind is stuck in a rut, and that includes in the aspiration department; the Universe will very kindly offer you (probably more than one) Big Chance to Be Somebody–so don’t blow the opportunity to, for instance, star in a Broadway play because you’re insisting on auditioning for a walk-on for TV. The Universe has better dreams for you than you could ever have for yourself–it’s on you if you turn them down and insist on your own narrow vision. Anyway, Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 7 June

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Lijiang, Yunnan, China: Nakhi people carrying the typical baskets of the region; scene from a public perfomance in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Open Air Theatre  Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Lijiang, Yunnan, China: Nakhi people carrying the typical baskets of the region; scene from a public perfomance in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Open Air Theatre Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

You’re headed toward action, dear Gemini, that will open up your world to new structures, rules, and order–and that sounds awful, doesn’t it? You may be wondering, Where’s that freedom I asked for? Oh, you’ll get it–and from that you’ll create a new framework upon which to hang your choices. The trick to making it work will be staying emotionally and intellectually in synch, and that may take a cool, Big Picture approach to happenings and circumstances–and though you typically like to think your way through things, the mental faculties may seem stuck in place this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, frustrating your efforts to bring order to that personal freedom you’ll soon experience. The potential for anything goes will come in the matters of the Houses where Sag and Leo are in the natal chart, and these are the same areas that will require re-building. Remember, keep feelings and the philosophy behind your reasoning aligned; gain empowerment and wisdom from past hurts and slights–it’s a source of invaluable insight; and be prepared to feel some things you’ve never felt before, and to take action because of this–all the other change flows from there. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence for 10 June 2015 ‘Surprise!’

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You might burst a seam, if you're not careful. 'A Seated Woman Sewing a Seam' by Utagawa Kuniyoshi c1797 {{PD}}

You might burst a seam, if you’re not careful. ‘A Seated Woman Sewing a Seam’ by Utagawa Kuniyoshi c1797 {{PD}}

10 June if you’ve been straining at the seams to whisper those sweet nothings to that special someone, or just to have your say in relationship, now’s the time—Merc’s stationary retrograde and will sit roughly at this point even after direction—and holding in this much tension over the course of three or four days could cause unpleasant bursting—or maybe just a few random and passionate exclamations to no one in particular. We’re in an excellent position to show who we are, to emphasize our uniqueness and originality in a way that’s totally accepted—so don’t fear making the connection, go for it! At the very least you’ll probably make a new friend, or, if the energy is aimed at some other Venusian interest like earning or diplomacy or aesthetics, you can expect to have some (probably surprising) success. (Mercury sextile Venus, Sun sextile/ Earth trine Uranus)

‘Born Today’s will follow–

Grand Square 7-14 June 2015

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'Sign' by Wassily Kandinsky, 1925 {{PD}}

‘Sign’ by Wassily Kandinsky, 1925 {{PD}}

This week’s tip:

Grand Square-Mars and the Sun are filling in a config with Chiron, Black Moon Lilith, and Pallas, which will last through sometime late Pacific time on the 14th. This takes our own particular stew of wisdom, ignored or denied factors, rage or perceptions of injustice, and energies dedicated to hurt or healing, and gives them energy and purpose. This combo can take us forward quickly, either into a morass of trouble, or on an active and smart path to healing–our choice, of course, with the determining factor how much the ego is involved in our choices.

Born Today 6 June

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Don't let the crowd or your own fears determine what you do, Gemini. Gabriel Cornelius von Max, 'Monkeys as Judges of Art', 1889 {{PD}}

Don’t let the crowd or your own fears determine what you do, Gemini. Gabriel Cornelius von Max, ‘Monkeys as Judges of Art’, 1889 {{PD}}

You’ve got ambitions, dear Gemini, and this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll spend your time expanding your horizons, and in the process making changes. That sounds simple, but the reality will be that the extent of your knowledge (especially its limits), your relationship to the social sphere, and your beliefs about life itself will all coalesce and drive those changes you choose–and that can mean that changes may be less about choice and how this will take you toward your goals, and more about pressures you feel and your willingness (or lack of it) to learn new things. Circumstances will hinge on how willing you are to open your mind, heart, and world to new experiences–but you should know, there’s no one right answer to this–sometimes it will be smarter to, as a former First Lady admonished us, ‘Just say No.’ That means personal discretion becomes incredibly important–and the key for you using that this coming year is to refuse to allow past hurts to cast their shadow on what you know to be wise and/ or practical. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

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The Astrology of ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’

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Rudolf Ernst 'The Perfume Maker' 19th century or 20th century, but before 1932 {{PD}}

Rudolf Ernst ‘The Perfume Maker’
19th century or 20th century, but before 1932 {{PD}}

This is from the current issue of ECLIPSE.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2007)  I initially thought this was based on a true story when I started the movie, though it became clear somewhere along the way that it was, even if based in reality, a kind of fairy-tale. The main character is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (created by the writer Patrick Süskind in his 2001 novel of the same name as the movie), and we follow him from birth to death—or re-absorption by the Universe, as it were—with the presentation of his birth data and the date of his leaving this plane, the latter including the time. So, I thought it would be fun to look at his chart, and see if it really described a man who had a tremendously heightened sense of smell—but no ability to feel—and who goes on a ruthless quest to capture the odor of ‘beautiful woman’ in a bottle. The movie is gorgeously made, and has many striking moments, the best of which is when Grenouille, taken to be hanged in the town square, unleashes his intoxicating creation, to amazing results.

The story begins with Grenouille’s birth in the early morning at the Paris fish market on 17 July 1738. I chose 9 AM as the time, in part because it gives him a Void 29 degree Moon in Cancer in the 11th House=extreme sensitivity without the usual emotional protection afforded the individual (the Void status, which can make the environment seem like it’s assaulting the person, 24/7), located in the House of goals, wishes, dreams, making this sensitivity central to his existence. The Void Moon is square Pluto=emotions, under stress, burnt out, destroyed. He also has Mercury in Cancer conjunct Saturn-Neptune and only 4 minutes off an exact sextile to his Mars in Taurus=what a perfect portrait of a man driven by acute senses (Merc in Cancer) with the creative compulsion (Neptune—which by the way also rules perfumes, along with Venus) to bring what he imagines into reality (Saturn), via actions (Mars) that are focused on sensation and the sensory experience (Taurus)! Then when we see Venus in Leo conjunct the North Node=the Self-confidence (Leo) to bring one’s values, even the essence of Love (Venus) into the life as a kind of destiny (NN), and 00 degree Pluto in his own sign (the essence of death, and the power of regeneration, just being discovered) in a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Zeus (when the ambition to create the ultimate scent is realized, he returns, ashes to ashes, dust to dust), we have to wonder, Did Herr Süskind have knowledge of astrology, or consult someone in choosing that date? It’s hard to believe he didn’t.

See the chart here–

Born Today 5 June

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You needn't be quite as vociferous as Kali, dear Gemini, to get good results. Early 19th century India, Artist unknown

You needn’t be quite as vociferous as Kali, dear Gemini, to get good results. Early 19th century India, Artist unknown

You may be on a bit of a rampage this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini–you want to clear out, clean out, start over, transform, or regenerate the life–and you have the energy, grace, and ambition to do it successfully. One way or another, the emotional life is on lock-down, which in this period is a positive; this way it doesn’t distract with drama or draining scenarios, but offers a surety in feelings that shows constancy and balance–so if there’s drama, it may come from others, not you, though we must consider that those with whom you interact may be reacting to a little passive-aggression on your part, or from frustration that you seem so emotionally cool. A little reassurance to those you care about, and no engagement in head games, goes a long way at this time. Really, it’s full speed ahead for your life make-over, with one notable exception: you must deal directly with hurtful matters you’ve previously ignored or been in denial about–if you don’t, you’ll meet these progress-halters in full flower later, and by then they’ll have taken on a life of their own. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 4 June

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Skulptur “Aggression (Opera 36)” von Karl Anton wolf
Vienna CoA
This is a photo of public art indexed in a public art catalogue of Vienna (Austria) under the number: 42677 (other) .
Date 20 February 2015, 16:09:30
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This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may identify a little too strongly with power, the expression of Will, and your personal wants, dear Gemini. Whether you realize it or not, you’ve recently been persuaded that a ‘might makes right’ attitude is the only way to get your needs met–and that’s unfortunate, taking your normally interested-in-negotiating and networking Self and placing it in a role that could be very uncomfortable for you (unless you are among those with a Libran Pluto trine their Sun natally). The trick here is to access your innate empathy (and admittedly, that might be a difficult goal right now), and then to superimpose it when you must deal with others–this might keep you from driving right over them in your zest to get where you’re going, and keeping awareness that their experience is just as real to them as yours is to you is vital now. The thing is, all this push that you’re in the midst of is actually a welcome and necessary development, helping free you from what had come to seem like a morass of indecision and others’ preferences. You have a right, and it’s healthy for you, to concentrate on your needs and aims at this time–it’s just important that you don’t trample anyone else in doing it. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 3 June

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You might get to see some new sights, Gemini. "Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899 (2589304595)" by Bibliothèque de Toulouse from Toulouse, France - Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899Uploaded by russavia. Via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg#/media/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg

You might get to see some new sights, Gemini. “Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899 (2589304595)” by Bibliothèque de Toulouse from Toulouse, France – Au port de Venasque, Luchon, septembre 1899Uploaded by russavia. Via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg#/media/File:Au_port_de_Venasque,_Luchon,_septembre_1899_(2589304595).jpg

Your intuition and emotional responses offer wisdom this coming Solar year, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday–and really, could you ask for a better inner compass? You are getting ready to take some very fortunate action, in terms of change or re-building your world, in service to ambitions and desires, and in the way you will have a much greater presence on the social scene. This could entail travel, further education, a teaching position for you, or something involving publishing, but in any case will involve an expansion of your world that will allow your new choices to be evident to all–so choose with care–and as I’ve said, that shouldn’t be difficult, considering you will enjoy excellent inner guidance. What might not go so well could be relationships and/ or finances, especially late in the year. To avoid problems: handle things as they come up–don’t put them off for later; be very clear in what areas you are actually empowered–pretending to have reach, skills, or authority that you really don’t will get you into a mess; and don’t exaggerate. Anything. Ever. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 2 June

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You’re getting ready to make your move, dear Gemini, but it seems that what you counted on for stability has been shifting in unpredictable ways, making you feel much less sure of your ideas, and so prompting nothing so much as hesitation–but that’s already cost you (a little), and it’s not like you don’t know in what ways you want to expand or make changes–you just need a bit of reassurance, and I’m here to offer it to you. Empowerment in this instance comes from dealing with all those things you’ve put off, ignored, or denied, and from transforming and channeling rage (especially anger engendered by injustices you’ve experienced or observed) into an actual re-construction of the framework in which you operate. It won’t be enough at this point just to think and act–you have to be fueled by desire, and a need to end each day with the world a little better off than you met it in the morning–and you are more than ready for this, as what you’re after creating and doing right now is truly inspired. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 1 June

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‘Force of Change Evolution’ Pencil mixed with natural photo-textures and digital color. Also features original writings by Charles Darwin from ‘The Origin of Species’.
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You’re headed for change, dear Gemini, the kind that will provide opportunity and perhaps force you to re-think with whom you want to move forward in life. The cooperative aspect of things may be prominent, and you will have to vet ambitions and desires against existing partnerships and collaborative ventures–and there’s no telling what kind of further change, to the point of destruction or abandonment of previously viable circumstances, this will bring about. I don’t mean to frighten you–this will for the most part be quite mild, and may spring from highly positive creative efforts and/ or be in line with the planned life direction–it’s just that when you look back from the vantage point of your next birthday, you may be awfully surprised by how much has been swept away, and how much revolutionized, revitalized, and effectively re-born. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 31 May

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Dessert No. 4 by Carducius Plantagenet Ream, c1870 {{PD}}

This coming year is no piece of cake, but offers immense opportunity for creativity and reward, Gemini. Dessert No. 4 by Carducius Plantagenet Ream, c1870 {{PD}}

You are at a creative and inspirational peak, dear Gemini–so where do you go from here? You still have a lot of creative juice, so there’s plenty more mileage to get out of this, with the highlight being that if you haven’t already, you’re going to gain a great deal from what have been (and will continue to be) some pretty smart decisions. Profit, reward, Love–they’ll come to you, but to believe this gain will be a piece of cake just because you’re a creative dynamo would be naive–you’ve probably already discovered, you have to work for it, and what comes at you won’t necessarily be easy to handle–and with emotions running deep and possibly feeling easily hurt, you may have to make a concerted effort to stay on target. Self-discipline pays off, and so does belief in yourself. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 30 May

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You and the Universe can have a collaborative experience this coming year, Gemini. Artist Unknown c16th century {{PD}}

You and the Universe can have a collaborative experience this coming year, Gemini. Artist Unknown c16th century {{PD}}

Your birthday this year, dear Gemini, falls on the same day as the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, the meeting that occurs when Merc is retrograde. It’s a seed moment for everyone, but coinciding with your Solar Return, it becomes the symbolic birth of a new, big idea or way of thinking, especially about yourself, a change that does not become apparent for some time. How will you know things are different, then? You can expect creativity and the imagination to blossom, to take wild or unanticipatible turns, to be inspired in rare and amazing ways, and to potentially lead you into new spiritual or experiential territory. If you are an Artist, this could be a potential peak in idea generation, and if you are not an Artist, your life will be full of creative alternatives and ways of dealing–you’ll see things in a way that gives you many more potential choices than ever before–and that could take you into new endeavors not previously considered. One caveat: you can be too easily mislead at this time, so do check inspirations, especially those that involve cooperative projects and partners, against facts and realities for real-world realization potentials. Otherwise, you’re in for a year when you and the Cosmos can really collaborate successfully, Gemini! Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 29 May

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YOu could be golden this year, Gemini. Henri Regnault, 'Salomé' 1869 {{PD}}

YOu could be golden this year, Gemini. Henri Regnault, ‘Salomé’ 1869 {{PD}}

Though the inclination may be to think about things more than anything else, dear Gemini, what you really need to do this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, is exercise your intellectual understanding of yourself and events at the highest level possible. You’ll need to see and feel your personal power and reach in action; you’ll also need to fully experience your connection to Nature, whether that’s achieved through the workings of your own body or through immersing yourself in some form of wilderness or extreme elements. The result will be empowerment of the most unique aspects of the individuality and the public display of the ambitions that should draw supporters and advocates to help you meet your goals. The only thing that might trip you up could be those elements of the life you’ve neglected or denied; deal with them, head-on, and you should be golden. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 28 May

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Cornelis de Man,  'A Man Weighing Gold ' c1670 {{PD}}

You’ll have an almost Libran attention to balance, especially of the mental faculties, this coming Solar year, Gemini. Cornelis de Man, ‘A Man Weighing Gold ‘ c1670 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Gemini, you’ll have the chance to achieve a perfect balance among factors of identity, purpose, emotions, strength, and sense of personal authority, and this is first instigated by sorting everything out mentally. From intellectual understanding you can create with your life a holistic statement of who you are and what you’re about, and though this process occurs over approximately the next three years, you’ll early find that there’s another necessary step to attend to: knowing what you care about, specifically in relationships and money matters. Establishing values in these areas will have a kind of miraculous effect: you’ll find that the kinds of things that used to hurt you will no longer affect you. You won’t be bulletproof, exactly; it’ll be more like you drift above those previous concerns that will come to feel more petty than anything else. Elevating your consciousness will open the way to a widening of your horizons and give you a resourcefulness and optimism surrounding pursuit of goals that will be truly empowering. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

June Full Moon 2015: A Return to Power

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This Moon is perfect for spooning! "Eat For England Spoon - geograph.org.uk - 711068" by Kevin Richardson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eat_For_England_Spoon_-_geograph.org.uk_-_711068.jpg#/media/File:Eat_For_England_Spoon_-_geograph.org.uk_-_711068.jpg

This Moon is perfect for spooning! “Eat For England Spoon – geograph.org.uk – 711068″ by Kevin Richardson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eat_For_England_Spoon_-_geograph.org.uk_-_711068.jpg#/media/File:Eat_For_England_Spoon_-_geograph.org.uk_-_711068.jpg

This is the Full Moon report, from ECLIPSE; watch for my new book on Vesta, coming this summer, and see all my books here–thanks, and happy Full Moon!

The Full June Moon (perfect for spooning!) occurs at 9:18 AM Pacific time of the 2nd at 11 Sagittarius 49, sextiles Ceres, squares Neptune, is widely opposed Mars but a little too wide to count in opposition to Mercury (chiefly because movement is mutually away from meeting, rather than toward it), and is also sesquiquadrate Venus. This last listed aspect, to Venus, may be the most deceptive one, as we likely won’t even associate the ending, culmination, or event of the Full Moon with relationship or financial implications—and yet that’s the area (along with potential effects in the natal Houses ruled by Venus) where repercussions of what happens will finally land. We can expect the Full Moon to be the culmination of surgery on the psyche, with the effects to finances or relationships the unfortunate complications that come after.

Need they be negative? Not at all—in fact, the culmination offers us both an opportunity and a challenge—to take a good hard look at the use of our creative energy (and that can flow into literally any life area) and to ‘own our authority’, that personal sense of competence and the right to make our own choices that we can sometimes be too easily shaken from. The FM points out that we remain powerful no matter what, and it tells us that the effect is targeted in one, specific direction: we have the ability to change what’s not working, to re-direct energy so that it’s not squandered, and to banish procrastination and the need to seek permission—the events of this FM show us in no uncertain terms that we are our own authorities, we are powerful in our own lives—and we must both accept and admit that, and in doing so acknowledge that, to an extreme degree, we are the arbiters of our fate.

The Full Moon reminds us of our natural power, rejects fantasy and what’s untrue, and asks us to put the ego aside; we are invited into a powerful role that we were born to hold, one that allows no deception, that is pure in its expression, that connects us to the natural world in a psychic, spiritual, and visceral way. The culmination of this Lunar energy in Sagittarius demands that we respect knowledge, reality, and the Collective connection through shared information, common experience, and cultural similarities—and that we do so in a state that is both in line with Nature and true to ourselves, which requires openness and honesty—if we’re clinging to any false beliefs about ourselves or our world, we will have to let them go—and if we don’t, we see the difficulties those false beliefs cause when they infect the relationship or financial sphere.

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘A Flag Turns Into An Eagle; The Eagle Into A Chanticleer Saluting The Dawn’. What begins as simple flag-waving, as loyalty instilled by rote, transforms into something dignified and noble, into something living and beautiful—the allegiance that seemed routine grows into a sincere feeling of beauty, pride, and constancy—and once we reach a level of understanding that allows us to ‘soar’ we can then take on the role of teacher, town crier, journalist, speaker, sharer, example, which by our very expression brings enlightenment to others.

We also look at the Sun for a Full Moon: ‘A Negro Girl Fights For Her Independence In The City’. Ignore the antiquated language and consider that when this symbol was formed through the agency of Elsie Wheeler and Marc Edmund Jones in 1925, the situation for a black girl looking for autonomy in a city was quite different than it is today; in that time there were few avenues open to her, and independence was only possible within a very restricted compass (though in any age there are always exceptions, such as Madame CJ Walker, who revolutionized the cosmetics industry in service to African-American women). Since the Sun sheds the ‘origin light’ that makes the entire dynamic of Sun-Moon interplay visible, this Sun Sabian may refer to a need within ourselves to recognize that our fight for progress and autonomy only occurs within a vary narrow spectrum of possibilities at any one time. Though we feel the whole world open before us, and myriad potentials within our grasp, with the array of possibilities seemingly overwhelming at times, the reality is that there are usually only a few directions we may take at any one moment, and these are often not so far from one another. It’s a myriad of small choices one after another that usually ends up bringing big change, and most of those choices occur beneath the level of conscious thought (in the Moon’s territory), revealed only by application of awareness (contact by the Sun). If we can be conscious of the parameters within which we make our choices, we will see that no matter how big the change feels, we still make that change, or move forward on the Path, one step at a time—that’s why it’s so important to not only keep our goals in mind, but to measure our actions in terms of how effectively they move us toward them.

Born Today 27 May

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“Gas Station #3″ from “Objetos dispersos” series of Xulio Formoso Photo by Jpuelche – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Estacion_de_gasolina_3_(91_x_75_cm.)_(red).JPG#/media/File:Estacion_de_gasolina_3_(91_x_75_cm.)_(red).JPG

You seem to be revving up, dear Gemini, to change your life direction–or is it that you’re preparing to change who accompanies you along the way? In either case, your focus is on the future–and that may mean you miss out on what’s happening right now. You have priorities to declare, a mate or significant other (like a business partner) to reckon with, and the home, in one way or another, needs to be tended to, and this is all in the name of getting things in order so that when the moment comes to make that big life direction change, nothing else distracts you. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may give out a lot of messages you’ll later want to take back, so be cautious in what you offer and in how you take the communications of others–overreaction, or imprudent action based on what is said or thought, are both strong possibilities. That same impulse has a big upside, though, as you can have an idea and act on it in an instant, as there’s no disharmony between the mentality and the action urge for you. Too, if you can silence the critical voice inside your head, you’ll be able to access an immense store of practical wisdom and re-discover a few skills you thought were lost. Best of all, if you know who you are, you can express that uniqueness and originality freely–it will only lead to empowerment, and possibly a rise in status (though don’t expect relationships and finances to be unaffected by this–they will). Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 26 May

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Vincent Van Gogh - Der Zuave 1888 {{PD}}

Vincent Van Gogh – Der Zuave 1888 {{PD}}

You’re halfway there, dear Gemini–to what doesn’t really matter, your perception that you can’t quite take action yet as there’s more to do, fix, be, see, or learn permeates everything–and not moving forward when you’ve got so much juice built up is beginning to have a deleterious effect on you. If you don’t find a direction and go with it, in any number of areas, you may find yourself later in the Solar year, the one that runs between now and your next birthday, dealing with heaps of criticism, and you could succumb to nit-picky thinking and the need to deal with a thousand things up to now avoided or denied. That doesn’t sound like fun, does it? The remedy may be found in being willing to decisively edit and prune the ambitions and desires–got to let go of some options at some point–and then use instinct to inform choices, even as you work hard to discover your own ‘blind spot’ material and deal with it once and for all. It sounds daunting, I know, but Gemini, you are in an excellent position to put things not just right, but into spectacular fashion–and the payoff will be Love, Money, or both. Happy Birthday and good luck!

Born Today 25 May

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Claude Monet - 'The Road to Vétheuil' 1878 {{PD}}

Claude Monet – ‘The Road to Vétheuil’ 1878 {{PD}}

You’ve got a tough road ahead of you, dear Gemini, in the area of Money, in Love, or in both. There, we’ve gotten the worst part over–and it’s really not that bad. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, will involve some long-delayed sorting-out in areas you’ve too long neglected. They’re not what you think they are, they need refurbishment–and that’s where all the good stuff comes in. New, revised assessments will tell you who really cares, and in what ways (and especially why) your unconscious mind has been leading you in directions that aren’t productive anymore. Those are some effective housecleaning energies for the psyche, and the result will be some crazy good creative impulses that you should definitely take action on. The truly imaginative will thrive in your life once those pesky relationship and/ or financial matters have been solved–it’s that simple. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 24 May

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Giacomo Ceruti - Women Working on Pillow Lace (The Sewing School) 1720s {{PD}}

Giacomo Ceruti – Women Working on Pillow Lace (The Sewing School) 1720s {{PD}}

Recently, on the way to fulfilling goals and ambitions you found out, dear Gemini, that what you really want is to be yourself, uniquely, radically, effervescently you, and this became your desire when you realized that will afford you the kind of empowerment that brings both security in your abilities and indifference to the responses of others. Oh, what a wonderful state to exist in–but is that possible? Yes, yes it is, but you’re not there yet–it will take some fine-tuning: 1) take material matters seriously and without emotion–it’s just business, so see it that way 2) this coming Solar year will be a good time to make creative choices, but not necessarily to take action on those choices–they may need some time to develop 3) treat yourself and others with extra care this year–hurting or being hurt is almost too easy, and 4) this isn’t the point when you should take power yourself, but it is the time to pave the way toward that moment, by establishing good relationships with authorities, by learning to negotiate, and by following the rhythms of Nature, wherever they manifest in your world. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 23 May

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'Henne mit Küken' Anonymous 19th century {{PD}}

‘Henne mit Küken’ Anonymous 19th century {{PD}}

Hello Gemini! Do you feel brand new, like a chick just hatched out of the egg? If you don’t, it may be because your reality picture for the past year has been, well, let’s call it stringent. You’re moving beyond that, now, and it may also feel like the ambition picture is so last year–and both are correct, though not exactly in the way you may think. Concerning the reality picture and the sense of oppression and limitation it may have conveyed, you need to focus more on what’s been built, what’s been accomplished–and trash the idea that these are burdens you’re carrying rather than goals that have been met, freeing you to create new ones; concerning the ambitions and desires, you may feel that there’s no way you can get the cooperation you need, or the aesthetic support you desire, to fulfill aims–but that may only be because you’ve failed to take into account that relationships are the backbone to cooperation–and you may have considered only your own wants, along the way. Resolve to be less aggressive, less defensive, and yet more supportive of your own need to shine and to be respected, and you just might reap the Love and/ or Money that is scheduled to arrive this Solar year, at some point before your next birthday. Happy Day, Gemmy, and good luck!

Making Purchases During Mercury retrograde: Q & A

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Mercury, looking down on someone who forced a purchase during Merc retro. by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo {{PD}}

Mercury, looking down on someone who forced a purchase during Merc retro. by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo {{PD}}

Here’s a reprint on buying during Merc retro.

Recently I received a couple of questions about what to do and not do during Mercury retrograde; concerns seem to center on buying big-ticket, Mercury ruled items, and on what effect shopping in the middle of the process would have on the outcome. Questions here are tailored to the issues presented in the questions I received. This is from ECLIPSE (no longer open for new sign-ups).

Is it okay to make a major purchase during Merc retro?
The traditional wisdom says ‘No’, that we’re just buying trouble, and to a certain extent that is absolutely true. We need to understand, though, exactly why purchasing during Merc retro is considered bad. Thought processes are not operating under their usual parameters; it’s as if at crucial times our synapses are suffering too wide a gap to transmit signals—at least, that’s true psychically speaking. We don’t compile and comprehend information in quite the same way as we usually do, with thoughts fritzing out in mid-realization and concentration interfered with by a kind of mental static. This is why I always recommend ‘switching’ to a Venusian, feeling-centered state during the Merc retro period, when dealing with what would otherwise be handled mentally. Utilizing both Venus’ sensitivity, especially in relationship, and the Moon’s intuitive abilities, we can feel the unspoken, the undercurrents and attitudes, the potential ‘hidden’ factors behind any interaction—and this may, in many instances, be as effective or even more effective than using the mental faculties as we usually would. However, it doesn’t address perceptual matters involving procedure, details, written material, and conditions, as well as our ability to accurately observe, and something like a purchase involves knowing what’s happening completely enough that one will have no surprises after the fact. This is the concept behind not making agreements, signing contracts, making deals, or agreeing to anything that will obligate us in the future, during Merc retro—there will inevitably be something we’ve missed, something we don’t yet know, but will find out later.

Are there any times when it is okay to buy during the retro?
Yes! When you have literally done all the research, vetting, investigating, comparison shopping, looked over the specs, and have established everything in writing (if it involves a contract or written agreement) before the start of the retro period—then if you need to delay for some reason (because of payment issues or a sale, for instance, or finalizing something big like the sale of a house as you wait through the escrow period), you safely can—just don’t change anything after the retro begins—and I can safely say, you will probably be tempted to, as Merc retro plays tricks on the mind that can make you think your reasoning is much better at that point, rather than the opposite. All conditions must be decided upon before the retro begins, and no changes made, for this to work out satisfactorily.

The Shadow period: Does it Matter?
IMO no. Some people make a big deal out of shadow periods, and it’s true that we may see ripples of a coming or past retrograde before the stone is thrown into the Cosmic waters, but once I saw a timeline of a full year that shaded shadow periods surrounding Merc retro plus the retro period itself, and it was clear that to behave as if Merc is somehow ‘not itself’ for that much time didn’t make much sense. Maybe looking for explanations for every quirk and anomaly comes from a too-strong belief that our minds are operating in near-objective mode as the norm; that, of course, is purely ridiculous, with moments of true lucidity and objective perception the exception rather than the rule. If we understand that there are countless influences on the mentality at any one time, both internal and external, we get a broader, more accurate concept of the fluidity of the mental perceptions, and have less need to corral patterns of thought and processing into neat compartments for which we must find astrological exceptions for every variation. Shadow periods can be considered when analyzing timing, but the actual conditions must be determined by examining the aspects in play, especially those that involve bodies that naturally carry meaning within the issue; for instance, Uranus for electronics, Mercury for things that use electricity or that are for communication, Mars for something metal and/ or mechanical—and there are lots of crossover meanings when looking at the energies, so keep an open mind. Buying something for its beauty (Venus), if purchased during Merc retro, may not communicate that at all; others could look and see a purchase meant to show off resources or intimidate others, and once the retro ends, we could feel that the ‘message’ of that beauty is entirely different than the one we interpreted during Merc’s backward motion.

Does the element in which Merc is retrograding affect matters?
Yes, it can. The element in which the retro occurs signifies what, in a broad sense, we are re-considering about our lives during the turnaround period. In Air we are examining our own viewpoints, thinking, ways of gathering and processing information—and this may lead us into some convoluted reasoning if we are also trying to make buying decisions; we need the entire retro period during which to consider things, and it’s almost required that we don’t come to any conclusions about our own mental capacity or methods before Merc goes direct. During a Fire retro we examine our action nature, with the obvious down side being a propensity to rashness, impulsive purchases, and maybe ones based purely on passion, which might be very good, except that we would probably also neglect to examine the real-world practicality of our choices (with typical Merc retro trickster-ism, we might think we had it covered!) With a Water retrograde we are looking at how we feel about our lives, so that decisions might be emotional, with all the ups, downs, and potential regrets (or trying to make up for past regrets) that might imply, and with Mercury’s retrograde in Earth we look at our material circumstances, and so could be too plodding in our reasoning out of a desire for safety or profit (aside from the usual retro hiccups) and so choose something entirely too plain, dull, or bland for our usual tastes—and of course, each retro period carries the potential for hidden material to emerge later, significantly changing the landscape that was present when we made our decision. Just remember that the element in which Merc is retro points us to what part of our nature is under examination, even if that exam is happening in the unconscious—and that means that part of the psyche, along with the reasoning and other mental faculties, is in the midst of reassessment, and so in flux and unstable because of this.

Update: the current retro is entirely in Gemini, making the review period a time to ask ourselves, ‘What do I think?’ A question we could apply to anything–and this is the right time to do it.

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Born Today 22 May

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Now that sounds fun.  'A Party in the Open Air: Allegory on Conjugal Love' by Isaac Oliver c1590 {{PD}}

Now that sounds fun. ‘A Party in the Open Air: Allegory on Conjugal Love’ by Isaac Oliver c1590 {{PD}}

Dear Gemini, why are you struggling with your own ambitious nature, with your own desires, that really couldn’t be more appropriate as expressions of who you are? Are you afraid your partner or significant other won’t approve? Have you been told what you want is greedy, impolite, undiplomatic, will cause envy, and so bring trouble? Well don’t be sad–‘they’ don’t know what they’re talking about! You should not only spend this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, pursuing your wants–you will find Love and or Money along the way. I know! Sounds great! But as always, there are a few caveats you should take heed of: power and personal empowerment will come out in the big wide world, but it doesn’t come without a price–be very sure about what you’re willing to give up to get it, and acting on your imagination is good, but acting on your fantasies is not. You’ve got a mandate from the Universe to bring the essence of who you are into real-world forms and material expressions–at first it may feel like restrictions and burdens–but as soon as you begin working hard to get past those, the load will lighten and you’ll start to connect with your own creative power, probably in a whole new way. Happy Birthday, Gemini, 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!

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