Born Today 26 January

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Hold a little less tightly to the reins of control, this coming year, Aquarius. 'Liberty Act' by Gaetano Ciniselli {{PD}}

Hold a little less tightly to the reins of control, this coming year, Aquarius. ‘Liberty Act’ by Gaetano Ciniselli {{PD}}

Your creativity is strong this coming Solar year, dear Aquarius, and you are especially focused on either showing this in the career or getting the creative product before the public. A little advice: don’t hold quite so tightly to the reins of control–this will slow your efforts considerably; let the emotional life just be, for a while–you will almost inevitably experience, between now and your next birthday, a period of stress and uncertainty that will not be helped at all by giving it your attention; and consider that you can either meet change with hurt sensibilities (as if the world owed you a constant of stability) or with the attitude that change frees up energies, many of which can heal old situations if applied correctly. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 25 January

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What seems unfortunate may end up being anything but. Josef Abel 1818 {{PD}}

What seems unfortunate may end up being anything but. Josef Abel 1818 {{PD}}

You may fall ass-backward into opportunities this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Aquarius. Sorry, I just can’t think of a better way to describe it; it may be that, though things are ostensibly going poorly or not moving forward, somehow these circumstances will either deliver something new and better, or catapult you in a completely other, fortuitous direction. So really, don’t worry too much, and don’t put yourself under undue pressure; though you may have a (largely emotional) expectation that this is the year you must step out and be either a pioneer or a leader, neither role is actually called for. You’d be way better off consider what you might want to banish or trim from your life, and in making certain that what you hold for goals and ambitions is truly what you want. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

The Forecast + the Daily Word Image 25 January 2015

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Go for the trapeze artists, but stay for Miss Louise Hilton! Library of Congress via Wikimedia c1920 {{PD}}

Go for the trapeze artists, but stay for Miss Louise Hilton! Library of Congress via Wikimedia c1920 {{PD}}

25 January our own Willfulness can cause problems, and erratic behavior by ourselves or others in relationships or with money creates negative changes to our life direction. It’s good to know that difficulties are seated in imprudent action, rather than in anything we can’t prevent—the odd thing is, we have a clear picture of the current reality, and our thoughts and plans are centered on what we value and care about—so why does doing something, anything, seem to go so wrong? Temper and irresponsibility play their parts; so does Merc retro, which means that, though we think clearly, succinctly, and plan successfully, we can’t adequately convey that, nor are we suited to going forward in any way with implementing these thoughts. Take note of thoughts and plans, for they can be very informative and useful later, but save taking action for another day. (Perfecting today: Mars quincunx Juno, Venus semi-square Uranus and sesquiquadrate the North Node, Mercury parallel Venus, Sun parallel Saturn)

Today’s image is a trapeze artist, blindfolded. Of course, that makes sailing from one bar to the other that much tougher–but presumably, those who engage in trapeze work are so familiar with what they must do, that their bodies can carry out the right moves at the right time, without too much conscious interference. What are you being called to do that seems a little scary, a little tricky, but that if you allow sense and muscle memory to do their thing, it will go very well?

Born Today 24 January

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You'll be feeling better in no time, Aquarius, because this year you can heal. Michael Ancher 1881 {{PD}}

You’ll be feeling better in no time, Aquarius, because this year you can heal. Michael Ancher 1881 {{PD}}

You have an excellent chance to heal deep and long-term wounds this coming year, dear Aquarius; you are on an extraordinary wavelength right now, sensitive to interaction to such a degree that you feel the slightest shift in the atmosphere–and it’s this sensitivity that can stir both the empathy needed to repair relationships and the patience needed to be gentle in salving your own injuries. You have recently avoided some of the big issues, perhaps been less than truthful with yourself (especially about admitting what you need) and it’s left you in a spot that demands a creative approach to righting your course. The good news is that this will only help you in healing, enhancing your already stellar sensitivity; the bad news is that you may resent having to use creative energy to deal with what you would rather ignore. Take heart, Aquarius: the payoff comes when you have dealt with your issues. You’ll be free to apply that unusual ability to tap into the Cosmos that helped you heal directly to bringing your creative ideas to reality, making their realization speedy, if not instantaneous. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 23 January

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What you choose is up to you, Aquarius. 'Jason and Medea' by John William Waterhouse 1906 {{PD}}

What you choose is up to you, Aquarius. ‘Jason and Medea’ by John William Waterhouse 1906 {{PD}}

You have successfully thrown off past constraints, dear Aquarius, and now the question may be, will you use this new, freed-up energy to finally tackle what you’ve previously put aside, will you deal with some particular rage you carry, or will you use this energy to create, in some spectacular and significant way? Any of these would be a fine way to employ this abundance, though it’s time for you to follow your fancy; whatever draws you emotionally would be the best use of this surplus. Some hints as to what may come from any particular direction: taking care of matters delayed or denied will empower you; dealing with your anger will free up spiritual energies; and creating will bring other, neglected or forgotten issues to light, ‘cleaning out the closets’ even further. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 22 January

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 "Ætatis Suæ 4 1654 - 7 Octobris. ætatis Suæ 4. 1654 8 Octobris." Formerly attributed to Jan Jansz. de Stomme (1615–1657/1658) {{PD}}

This shows twins actually born one full day apart. The painting is signed “Ætatis Suæ 4 1654 – 7 Octobris. ætatis Suæ 4. 1654 8 Octobris.” Formerly attributed to Jan Jansz. de Stomme (1615–1657/1658) {{PD}}

You may be torn between two modes of Being this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Aquarius: on the one hand you may be solidly rooted in reality and proud of it, and on the other hand, the emotional nature beckons you toward the ultimate inspirational experience, from which you believe the creative will flow. Somehow the two orientations aren’t quite able to meet in your mind’s eye, and that leaves you yearning to live an extreme of creativity you feel deep within, but also aware you cannot remove yourself from the world of the solid and concrete without paying a price. What you may not have realized is that the price you’ll pay for disregarding the material world is one exacted not by the reality picture but by your own ego needs, specifically that part of you that cares what other people think. Just know this: removing yourself from the world for a time won’t actually make you one whit more creative than you are any other time, but it will offer a certain kind of maturing experience, one where you become more honest with yourself, and that allows the creative flow to take a more direct, more accessible route. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 21 January

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Setting the stage needn't be quite this literal, Aquarius. Dancers by Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas 1873 {{PD}}

Setting the stage needn’t be quite this literal, Aquarius. Dancers by Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas 1873 {{PD}}

Dear Aquarius, this year you may be looking to take charge of your reality, to create exactly the real-world atmosphere you feel is ideal–and you may be able to plan for it, to set the foundations for it, though implementing it (at least, implementing it completely) may have to wait. There have been changes to your dreams and to your feelings that you haven’t dealt with yet–some of them you’re not even aware of; these emotional and inspirational shifts must be accounted for (and sometimes, healed) before you can go forward successfully. How to do this? Take some time to review the ways the feeling nature and the personality coincide, and how they clash–this will be revealing–and embrace those things about yourself that are most unique and unusual, especially those things you might not have known how to express well in the past. Integrating as much of your personal originality as possible will bring you empowerment, and set the stage for gaining the position or status that you ultimately seek. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 20 January

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The great thing is you'll be in harmony with yourself this year, Aquarius. 'Young Girl Singing into a Mirror' Jean-Étienne Liotard 18th century {{PD}}

The great thing is you’ll be in harmony with yourself this year, Aquarius. ‘Young Girl Singing into a Mirror’ Jean-Étienne Liotard 18th century {{PD}}

Yes, this year your birthday coincides with a New Moon, dear Aquarius, promising new starts and a fresh outlook–but the real action happens in two specific areas: in freeing your most unique qualities, your sense of originality, from the past and any burdens or restraints previously imposed, and in facing what you’ve been ignoring or denying so that your creativity can finally come out from under the shadow cast by other factors that have stolen and squandered that creative energy. It won’t be easy, but this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ve been allotted an emotional harmony that is perfectly synced to your purpose and needs–and so can completely support you in focusing and dealing with what at an earlier point might’ve been overwhelming. Handle your ‘stuff’, and empowerment options open up to you; at that point you’ll have not just the ‘know-how’ but the wisdom to translate your accumulated experiences into the status and activities you’ve only dreampt about pursuing, before now. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Dark of the Moon + the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon in Aquarius January 2015

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Thanks to Jon Sullivan for contributing this image of San Juan Capistrano to the public domain.

Thanks to Jon Sullivan for contributing this image of San Juan Capistrano to the public domain.

We’ll be heading into the monthly Dark of the Moon period midway through this weekend; normally this is a time for introspection, contemplation, and being away from the world, in some sense. This allows for a kind of gestation that ‘births’ ideas, viewpoints, and experiences as the New Moon unfolds. We can’t always lock ourselves away, and the resulting dissonance between the need to go inward and the demands of the external can be jarring and leave us exhausted–so we look, wrongly, for relief with the return of the illuminated Moon. The New Moon renews only in the sense that it begins a cycle; it’s much more about re-emergence into a more active role in the world than it is about re-generation. Even though everything, including our own cells, is stimulated to grow under the pull of a New Moon, if we have not been allowed the needed rest period before hand . . . you see my point: without an adequate time of rest, the New Moon can stress, rather than refresh.

New Moon in Aquarius January 20th at 5:13 AM Pacific time at 00 Aquarius 08

Look to the matters of the House where the New Moon falls for the life area or subjects of the ‘birth’ within our reality picture. The Sabian is, ‘An Old Adobe Mission In California’. Being from California, I have been to many of these, and I love them, in spite of the uglier facets of what they once stood for—now they are only gardens and chapels, often oases of green in places that are crowded and topped over with concrete. The symbol echoes the repeating of the early Moon degree, with each mission just one in a chain strung up and down California—and this suggests that however these new beginnings (related to all the early degree New Moons of Fall and Winter) we have been seeing came about, even if the circumstances were ugly or inhumane, what they will become with time and personal growth are spots of mental or emotional respite (the Aquarian Moon), places that make a clear statement about what we should keep from the past, and what leave behind.

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Born Today 19 January

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Take your time, Capricorn. Pieter de Hooch -' At the Linen Closet' 1663 {{PD}}

Take your time, Capricorn. Pieter de Hooch -‘ At the Linen Closet’ 1663 {{PD}}

This coming year, through to your next birthday, can be a time of extraordinary healing for you, dear Capricorn, particularly in terms of long-held emotional wounds and those ways in which your creativity may have been short-circuited, stifled, or set aside for more ‘practical’ pursuits. You can make a tremendous amount of headway, especially in emotional terms, if you can willingly do one thing: face whatever it is that you’ve been avoiding or denying. This is crucial to that healing process–and it’s crucial to re-discovering, to re-gaining ‘touch’, with your creative Self. Don’t worry if things don’t ‘pop’ for you right away; you are in the midst of a period when contemplation and inner stillness will bring much more reward than any action–so use the time to define the true parameters of both your injuries and those topics avoided or ignored–that way, when you get the ‘go’ signal (and you will) you’ll be ready. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 18 January

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Gottfried Franz (1846-1905) - The Miraculous Adventures of Baron Münchhausen 1896 {{PD}}

Gottfried Franz (1846-1905) – The Miraculous Adventures of Baron Münchhausen 1896 {{PD}}

What is it that you’re waiting for, dear Capricorn? It’s instinctive, this pause, this holding of breath, this listening and hearing . . . nothing. You are responding correctly if you are in stillness mode–and you aren’t meant to hear anything right now; no message awaits, no life direction beckons. You must accept that for a short while still, you will remain in a kind of emotional and physical stasis. Think of it as a time to gather yourself, your essence, and ready yourself to unfold in a new way on a new scene. The initial effect will be on the material reality; your surroundings will bring forward the next step, which may be a way of furthering your education, which may bring new and unusual people into your life, or which may send you off to foreign lands, even if only in your mind. Knowledge in some important form will be acquired, and what you learn will be the root from which everything else in your ‘new life’ springs. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

Born Today 17 January

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'A Reclining Lady with a Fan' Eleuterio Pagliani (1826-1903) {{PD}}

Get plenty of rest when you can, Cappy–it could be a trying year. ‘A Reclining Lady with a Fan’ Eleuterio Pagliani (1826-1903) {{PD}}

You may undergo some very subtle changes on the home front, with the mate, and/ or in those areas to which you dedicate your time and energy, dear Capricorn; this will play out over the Solar year between now and your next birthday, and during it all you may feel very alone and unsure. Some suggestions: retreat to what you know emotionally for support and respite; lead with your most original, unique, or unusual characteristics and abilities, when interacting with others; and take action (or at least, ready to take action) on your dreams. Your own actions may end up changing your ideals at this time, and, along with the other described changes that are unavoidable, you may reach your next Solar Return seeing and valuing things much differently; just know that’s not wrong, that’s evolution. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 16 January

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Sascha Schneider, "Icarus" (1906) {{PD}}

You Bette it may be a tough Journey, Cap! Sascha Schneider, “Icarus” (1906) {{PD}}

You’re wingin’ it, dear Capricorn, in a bid for true empowerment and independence, aiming straight for the status you want–and it’s a scary time, as you fear that figurative ‘wind beneath your wings’ (apologies, ’90s aficionados!) may disappear at any time. The reality is that you must go through this period when you feel very much alone, moving only under your own power–you didn’t really think others would just hand you that position you want, did you? No Cappy, you’re too realistic to have told yourself a fairy tale–but right now, a few fairy tales would be quite a good idea, to keep you inspired, to keep you believin’ (oops, don’t stop!) It’s important that you see present circumstances as necessary, rather than as a punishment–because a positive approach will insure that you stay open to learning what you need to learn–observation, acceptance, and new influences and examples can be your friends, right now–and a strong belief in your own abilities and in the need to persevere smartly will take you through, to a place about halfway to your next birthday, when your world will open up and things will look significantly different to you. Happy Birthday, Cap, and good luck!

Born Today 15 January

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Ren Shuai Ying (任率英) Title 嫦娥奔月 (Chang'e Flying to the Moon) Date 	1955 {{PD}}

Ren Shuai Ying (任率英)
Title 嫦娥奔月 (Chang’e Flying to the Moon)
Date 1955 {{PD}}

This may be a very unusual year for you, dear Capricorn, through to your next birthday; you may feel like you are whizzing along (or is it floating, or drifting, or standing still?) all alone. It may be a time when you feel untethered, bound to very little, and obligated to even less. For a good portion of the coming year, you may feel extraordinarily free, and if so, you should take careful note of those things to which you’re attracted, that grab your interest, that excite you–because these will be clues as to where your heart really lies–but they will not necessarily present in the form you should follow, so make your choices later. This will largely be a time for introspection and Self-discovery that is low key, observational only, designed to make you think and think again. You may obsess about past hurts–that’s so later you can let them go–and be careful what you communicate: the unusual internal experience you will have could make those you care about feel you are growing distant. Reassure them, and take special care not to cause emotional harm, as that will only unduly complicate matters in future. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Born Today 14 January

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"Uffizi Gallery - Daughter of Niobe bent by terror" by Petar Milošević - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg

“Uffizi Gallery – Daughter of Niobe bent by terror” by Petar Milošević – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg

Dear Capricorn, this year for you it’s all about Self-expression, all about empowerment, all about drilling down to your most original and unique characteristics and identity, and then seeing what you can make of it, and gain from it, and all of this is done with an eye to cutting away the unnecessary from the past and shaping the future. You will be very focused on yourself–and that’s exactly what you should do at this time–don’t let anyone guilt you about your need to concentrate on your goals and desires right now. Through to your next birthday you must shape what’s to come; be as aware as you possibly can that much of what is pushing you now is a combination of instinct/ buried beliefs and memories, and those things that are active in your personality right now but that you aren’t able to observe–and it’s these latter you must watch out for. Others can aid you; be a keen observer of the reactions and remarks of others that surprise you–these will be key to gaining perspective on those qualities that reside in your ‘blind spot’. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Mystic Rectangle January 2015: Easing the Way

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William Henry Jackson - 'Mystic Lake' albumen print 1872 {{PD}}

William Henry Jackson – ‘Mystic Lake’ albumen print 1872 {{PD}}

We’re under a loose Mystic Rectangle now, a configuration that almost magically amps up the involved energies and helps them help one another. The rectangle has a point, in this case we’ll start with the Mercury-Venus conjunction in Aquarius, trine a second point (North Node and Zeus) sextile a third (Juno in Leo) trine a fourth (South Node-Uranus) which naturally happens to sextile the first. This combination suggests thinking and feeling, communications, relationships, and finances, are in accord, and successfully aligning with ambitions and desire fulfillment that are specifically concerned with future developments and goals–we don’t have any trouble keeping where we want to end up in mind–and that is both empowering, and lowers the chances we will rebel against our own plans, behave erratically, or suddenly change course, as we are aware of how our own irregular choices (or accidents or mishaps) may have sunk things in the past. This is a point when we can make a lot of headway, and make choices that are consistent with our ultimate wishes and goals.

Things to watch out for: thinking and not acting–the Merc-Venus conjunction in Aquarius inclines us to intellectual activity and to using that lens for most perceptual duties–and that means we can get ‘lost in our heads’, thinking we’re being effective in the world when most of the activity is actually only mental; Juno in Leo says that empowerment may give us an ego or image boost–and we may easily believe our own press–keep perspective; and remember that indulging in the erratic or rebellious is where we can short-circuit the flow of this config. The Mystic Rectangle is in effect now and continues through the 17th.

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Born Today 13 January

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Henri-Edmond Cross - 'The Evening Air' 1893 {{PD}}

Henri-Edmond Cross – ‘The Evening Air’ 1893 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Capricorn, you find your way purely on instinct; what you don’t know about yourself guides you, with the result that, though you are not conscious of the whys and wherefores, you nevertheless arrive at your goal, perhaps more quickly than you otherwise would’ve taking a more consciously sought and planned path. This can be scary, if you’re otherwise heavy in Earth (and so wanting to climb a set of concrete steps) or in Air (where you’d like to plan and orchestrate)–but your Water placements should be delighted–look to them in the natal chart, and to transiting Neptune, for charged-up areas that will hold inspiration, creative outlets, and probably the most activity, through to your next birthday. Be ready: the social influence may change values, and the situation with home, mate, and commitments may change your role or contacts in the social sphere. No matter how you cut it, it’s a big year for you, Cap–though you may not see that for some time after. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

Born Today 12 January

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D. Howard Hitchcock - Pali Gap from Kaneolu Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, 1915

D. Howard Hitchcock – Pali Gap from Kaneolu Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, 1915

Dear Capricorn, you may be experiencing what I can only describe as a widening gap between yourself and your mate, the security of your home life, and/ or a changing sense of commitment, generally away from, causes you previously supported. You are very partnership-focused at this time, which only emphasizes the feeling that things are not as cozy as they once were. The thing you are perceiving isn’t so much a deterioration of important relationships or roles, but a growing need within yourself to turn inward and explore those matters you carry but have so far remained unconscious of–the contents of your ‘blind spot’, one might say–and those instinctive matters that have been exerting their influence in your life without your complete awareness of their impact. It’s a time of introversion, but it needn’t alter your external commitments permanently; just be willing to take this time, through to your next birthday, for yourself–doing so, you will very quickly gain a wider viewpoint and burgeoning sense of who you really are, and what are your most effective talents and ways of reaching out to share your gifts. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 11 January

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Osias Beert 'Still-Life with Artichokes' 16th century {{PD}}

Osias Beert ‘Still-Life with Artichokes’ 16th century {{PD}}

You’re feeling optimistic, perhaps coming off a stretch of significant opportunity and accomplishment, and you’re standing on a firm foundation–the question becomes, dear Capricorn, what will you do this year, through to your next birthday? Coming from such a solid position, it would seem the world is your oyster. But then, how does the oyster form its pearl? Through irritation, that’s how–and that irritation comes from your upset at having to acknowledge that there are forces greater than your own Will out there–and that they can’t be resisted. After so much recent success of a kind, humility is the next step, and the events of this coming year will bring that lesson home. You can make it all go smoothly if you get out ahead of things, admit that you aren’t all seeing, all knowing, or all controlling, and accept that even the biggest triumphs have a built-in cooling off period, where luster fades and efforts must begin all over again. Your bonus Solar Return aspect is a Finger of God with base of Pluto-Chiron, apex Juno=change can hurt, or be accepted and allowed to offer healing, your choice; the end result either way is empowerment, and a change in status, it’s just whether you choose the hard way, or not. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 10 January

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 Inscribed by Zha Shibiao:"This is in the style of Huang Gongwang [Huang Kung-wang]'s 'Autumn Mountain.' Because the original no longer exists, people are not aware of its source.This is a painting made by me ten years ago. I did not put down the year. Now I put it down for reference. 1697, Shibiao [Shih-piao] at the age of 83." Huang Gongwang [Huang Kung-wang] (1269-1354) was a revered painter of the Yuan [Yüan] dynasty. {{PD}}

Inscribed by Zha Shibiao:”This is in the style of Huang Gongwang [Huang Kung-wang]’s ‘Autumn Mountain.’ Because the original no longer exists, people are not aware of its source.This is a painting made by me ten years ago. I did not put down the year. Now I put it down for reference. 1697, Shibiao [Shih-piao] at the age of 83.”
Huang Gongwang [Huang Kung-wang] (1269-1354) was a revered painter of the Yuan [Yüan] dynasty. {{PD}}

Dear Capricorn, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may enjoy one of the most ‘together’ years of your life; your sense of integrity, your ability to live your values and ideals, and your willingness to dedicate your energy to those things that matter to you will exceed all previous personal standards–and so you’ll attract a similar balance and integrity in all that you do. Too, emotions will be in harmony with who you are, and thoughts and relationships will be on the same wavelength, all positive indicators for a healthy and happy year. What might the down side to all this copacetic living be? A tendency to stagnate; the inclination may be to luxuriate in your harmonious niche and avoid applying this energy in big, sweeping ways that can affect many. Usually we are so caught up in our own personal problems that we don’t have much to spare for big causes or the Collective, but this year, Cappy, the opposite is true for you, in spite of the other problem you may have, where the social sphere may not be as encouraging as you would like, and/ or a spate of deaths, separations, or departures could distract you from your aims. It’s your job to take advantage of your unique current ability to channel your energy outward, into a wide field, and have the kind of major impact most of us can only dream of. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Mars Into Pisces

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Imagine the Warrior in the Clouds--Peter Nicolai Arbo {{PD}}

Imagine the Warrior in the Clouds–Peter Nicolai Arbo {{PD}}

Mars enters Pisces on the 12th and brings the Warrior mentality to the creative and the connection to the Cosmic—that can’t be good, can it? Yes, it really can. We find the energy to act on those things we’ve only imagined, and creative output can soar—if we know what form we’d like to see it in. We may also be prompted to act on delusions and lies, and can really go down the wrong Path right now, if we have accepted untruth as its opposite. Mars in Pisces may make those strong in Air and Fire uneasy, worried their energy or spark may be dampened by this placement. All they really need to do, though, is realize that the emotion-rich atmosphere of Pisces offers an enormous amount of inspiration—and of course, that is the very thing that underlies effective action. Fears of emotional flooding, of releasing dammed-up feelings, must be accepted; actions and choices now will naturally be prompted by and carried along on the feeling nature—there’s no way to avoid it. No one has ever actually drowned in emotion; but they have died from denying it, holding it in, and having it leak out in inappropriate ways. Just go with the flow, this time—there’s nothing to fear.

Have a great weekend!

Born Today 9 January

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Down the road your goals will be scrutinized by those in power, Cappy--be ready, be open to what the influential can offer. Peter Paul Rubens - Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria 1605 {{PD}}

Down the road your goals will be scrutinized by those in power, Cappy–be ready, be open to what the influential can offer. Peter Paul Rubens – Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria 1605 {{PD}}

The deepest, core intents of the Soul will align with the emotional perceptions to create exceptional internal harmony this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Capricorn. You will know your priorities, know what matters, and act to honor those individuals (like the mate or parents) and those arenas (your home, causes to which you’re dedicated) that matter to you. This attitude will add focus and gravitas to all that you undertake–so do something important. That sounds like a lot of pressure, doesn’t it? Really, it’s not–it’s simply the same goals and focus you would normally have, with many of the distractions and irrelevancies stripped away–and that means it’s time to take advantage of such one-pointed attention, and make it work for you. Consider the way in which you’d like to make your mark in life; then go for it. Hints for success include throwing out the most radical or strange inclinations from the past–they’ll only take you off track–and be willing to have good relationships with those in authority, as soon, they’ll be looking directly at you–your moment to garner aid, a leg up, or elevated status will depend on you being open to (rather than resistant to) existing power players. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 8 January

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N. Roerich 'The Great Sacrifice' Setting for I.F.Stravinsky’s Ballet «Sacred Spring» 1910 {{PD}}

N. Roerich ‘The Great Sacrifice’ Setting for I.F.Stravinsky’s Ballet «Sacred Spring» 1910 {{PD}}

You are in a kind of preparation phase this coming year, through to your next birthday, after which you will dedicate your life energies to some cause very meaningful to you, dear Capricorn; it may be that you have already begun to narrow your focus and get really serious about some pursuit or goal. You may have begun to get push-back from those in your world who want you to stay the same, who are afraid you won’t play the same role for them when you re-claim all your energy for yourself. What you need to remember is, that’s your energy, for your use–don’t hesitate to fulfill what you’re working toward, for the simple reason that this aim has a sacred intent–and that means you’ll be contributing to the Collective good as much as you will to your own. Don’t listen to what others say–you can’t rely on that–but watch what they do; that’s how you sort out the ones who will offer you support, should you need it. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 7 January

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If it's not in line with your Highest Self, it just won't fly, Cappy. Charles Paul Landon-'Icarus and Daedalus' {{PD}}

If it’s not in line with your Highest Self, it just won’t fly, Cappy. Charles Paul Landon-‘Icarus and Daedalus’ {{PD}}

Ambitions may consume you this year, dear Capricorn, through to your next birthday; eliminating obstacles will be a focus of your efforts, along with finding supportive partners/ audience/ others, honing your aesthetic senses, and finding an appropriate structure or ‘container’ for your goals. Of course, getting what you want can take myriad forms, depending on your outlook and aims, but no matter your endgame, you can at this time enjoy a creative and profitable approach that will get you at least part of what you desire–with one big caveat: whatever you go after, it has to be in line with and honor your highest priorities and values; if it violates any of the things you find sacred at a core, Soul level, it just won’t fly. That means that knowing yourself will be your most useful asset, as that will prevent you from wasting time going after something the Higher Self won’t approve of. Also useful: facing issues you may have put off dealing with. Otherwise, though, it’s full steam ahead! Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 6 January

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Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch - 'Beach Scene' 1887 {{PD}}

Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch – ‘Beach Scene’ 1887 {{PD}}

You are now and through this coming year, dear Capricorn, working out and working toward fulfilling your ambitions and desires; we’re all on this track, for the most part, but for you this is a period dedicated to getting plans in order and setting them in motion, and specifically attending to those obstacles to getting what you want so that they don’t pop up again. Ever. You are creating a scenario for yourself wherein you can take that next step unencumbered by what you don’t need or want; you are freeing yourself so that you may then turn around and dedicate your life energies to exactly what you value. It’s a time of transition, when you are creating a world around you that reflects precisely the internal you. Hints for making it happen: don’t feel any guilt–for a while, it’s you first, no matter what; communicate in positive, reasoned ways–forcing spontaneity or being overly emotional won’t serve your purposes; be willing to examine, talk about, and confirm value in areas you have lately abandoned or ignored–this latter will go a long way toward forming the reality you want, free of the obstacles you might otherwise find there. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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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}}

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.

The upcoming retro in January-February 2015 occurs entirely in Aquarius, an Air sign. This tells us that our reasoning power may be especially debilitated, particularly the Higher Mind—and even more disconcerting is the way the January New Moon falls just before the retro period begins, suggesting that we may feel an unseen push to move forward and implement plans just at a time when we would do best to lay them aside for a while.

Born Today 5 January

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Władysław Ślewiński - {{PD}} 1896

Władysław Ślewiński – {{PD}} 1896

Healing is what it’s all about this year for you, dear Capricorn–because, instinctively or otherwise, you know that healing yourself will bring about your empowerment, will confer a desirable status, and/ or allow for a cooperative venture that could take you to the top. How do you achieve this? Let go of any darkness you’ve been dragging around like Linus’ security blanket; any rage, destructive wish, or black feeling you’ve been harboring and seeing as a vital part of your identity must go. Healing is about finding out who you are without the trappings of response and victimhood we use as convenient identifiers; you are now called to accept your own power, and shape it into the person your Soul intends you to be–anything less just won’t do. Hint: start with what you care about, not what you tell yourself you care about. Admitting what’s important to you will take you far along the Path–and will give you an authenticity that can guide every other decision in shaping the ‘New You’. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 4 January

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{{PD}} image provided by http://thegraphicsfairy.com/  Thanks, GF!

{{PD}} image provided by http://thegraphicsfairy.com/ Thanks, GF!

Dear Capricorn, you may go through the experience of the legendary Phoenix this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday: you may burn down to the ground, to ash and cinder, with only the Soul’s spark remaining–and then you may rise again, reborn, renewed, stronger, and much much wiser for the experience. What brings this about? The ending of something major in your life; if you don’t know what that is, it’s still coming, but I’d bet you have an inkling, an intuition, that tells you that a sea change is on its way–and that you will be required to deal directly with the storm. Please don’t see this as negative; change comes to all of us, and the best way to handle it is to treat it as a part of life, rather than as an anomaly that’s tricking you or ruining your otherwise perfect existence. This event or period is about giving you a new foundation from which to fashion your future Self; whether the transformative fire comes from a singular, split-second occurrence or from something slow and inexorable doesn’t matter–it only matters that you move forward and become who you were meant to be. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Just a Little Lunar Essence: the Sabians for the Full Moon 4 January 2015

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'The Party at the Tavern' Luis Ricardo Falero {{PD}}

‘The Party at the Tavern’ Luis Ricardo Falero {{PD}}

Full Moon occurs on the 4th at 14 Cancer 30 at 8:52 PM Pacific time

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘In A Sumptuous Dining Hall Guests Relax After Partaking Of A Huge Banquet’. We’ve gorged ourselves on the results of our own behaviors, ‘served up’ to us by the Universe. This image only emphasizes that what we have in front of us to choose from at this time is directly related to what we have chosen and made ourselves—if we’ve gone too ‘rich’, too extreme in diet, we’re sickened or weakened, if low on nutrients we don’t have the energy or attention span needed, and so on, analogous to the idea that what we take in is what we use to build what comes out, and that the diet we speak of here is the way we use our energy and the choices that we’ve made.

The Sun, giver of life and core of our system, has its own Sabian, always worth a look as it provides the Full Moon light: ‘In A Hospital, The Children’s Ward Is Filled With Toys’. This suggests something a little odd: that perhaps here on Earth we are all ‘in hospital’ in a sense; we are here to heal, and even in a place where recovering wholeness is the aim, there are things that delight and distract us from our purpose. If we are clever, we can make our play part of (even the centerpiece of) our healing, combining our purpose with enjoyment, even within the confines of a place full of suffering and hurt.

Born Today 3 January

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Don't be so intent on the power situation that you forget there's a big wide world out there. Carl Spitzweg - Der Naturforscher - c1880 {{PD}}

Don’t be so intent on the power situation that you forget there’s a big wide world out there. Carl Spitzweg – Der Naturforscher – c1880 {{PD}}

You may be looking at yourself through a microscope this coming Solar year, dear Capricorn, inspecting the power situation and the effect you are having on your world–and how others’ power is affecting you–and the problem may be that you rarely look up from your myopic view of things. Too much concern over hurt, trying to even the playing field, and over your ability to change things (and especially to be taken seriously by those in your sphere) may consume you–and that’s both necessary (as a Soul expression) and destructive (in the way you may be tempted to do little else). The difficulty may lie in the way you will regard holding absolute power in any situation as the only truly effective way to be; if you can see that there are many ways to approach an issue, and that sometimes the quieter or more passive form may actually create more change than does an active approach, you might have a chance of actually creating an atmosphere were your actions truly matter, and where others give you a great deal of respect for your accomplishments–so do that, consider every option, even the ones you judge to be ineffective, before you make a move, and consider that making a positive impression on others may go a lot farther than trying to impress them through might or absolutism. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 2 January

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How you choose to drive forward will be a big part of your year, dear Cappy. Max Dupain  'Adelaide' 1946 gelatin-silver photograph {{PD}}

How you choose to drive forward will be a big part of your year, dear Cappy. Max Dupain ‘Adelaide’ 1946 gelatin-silver photograph {{PD}}

You may be feeling rebellious, spontaneous, and a desire to express your originality and uniqueness, dear Capricorn–and it’s all in service to getting a handle on your own personal power. That’s not a bad thing at all; it’s your totally human need to feel you are in control of your life, and able to affect the course it takes–and to some degree this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you will do spectacularly at it, gaining tremendously in areas you value. Two other things are also likely to come out of this period, other than the expected control and gains: you will be surprised at how much really is under your control, and even more surprised at just what is not; and you will get rid of the false conception that those with power act erratically and on a whim as a matter of course. This latter will may be a case of you learning ‘the hard way’ that power and having a say-so requires much more Self-control and discipline than you every imagined–and it will be your choice whether you accept that invitation to have a greater impact, or whether you will be content with the progress you will have already made. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 1 January

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Your genteel relationship with progress is going to get a make-over this year, Cap. Auf der Rutschn des Tivoli, Lithographie, 1832 {{PD}}

Your genteel relationship with progress is going to get a make-over this year, Cap. Auf der Rutschn des Tivoli, Lithographie, 1832 {{PD}}

Will you spend this coming year on wheels, dear Capricorn, or is that just my imagination? It seems like you’ll be on the move, roller-coastering or roller-blading, or at least so much in motion, literally and figuratively, that you may not see a moments peace. If you’re a more energetic Cappy, you may enjoy it, but inevitably there will come a point when there’s too much chaos, and too many others acting in unpredictable ways, for you to be comfortable–and that’s when you have to ask whether you’re projecting, and if the unpredictable, undependable, unreliable one isn’t really you. You have the tendency to enjoy stirring things up, and then suddenly deciding that everyone else needs to sit down and listen; it turns out this year, through to your next birthday, you may get a dose of your own medicine. That’s not a bad thing; it’s actually designed to get you out of a rut that you’ve convinced yourself is a super-highway. You’ll be required to set aside the coaster or blades and step into a Ferrari, and the bonus is you’ll find out what traveling at high speed really is. Happy Birthday, Cappy, hold on tight, and good luck!

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Born Today 31 December

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'Across Mounts Bay' Elizabeth Forbes {{PD}}

‘Across Mounts Bay’ Elizabeth Forbes {{PD}}

Your biggest challenge this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Capricorn, may be in finding some kind of balance between being unique and being accepted by the group. You may be strongly inclined to go your own way, to act as much on impulse as possible, to invent and innovate in a way that puts you way ahead of your peers, to indulge every little whim of the Self–and yet, you’ll quickly find that much of this at all leads to isolation, rejection based in being seen as erratic, and jeopardizes your standing within the group. What’s a goat, just trying to be the best goat possible, to do? In your case, you need to sort through those impulses to separate the true-to-the-Soul creative choices from those that are simply rebellions against the standards and constraints of others. At this time it’s very important you feel free; and it’s just as important that you find a way to be completely yourself, completely unique, and yet still play a vital part in group efforts and the social circle. Part of what you may have been missing is that a positive manifestation of your most unique qualities and talents needs to take place where others can see it, so alienating your audience is the last thing you should do–and if others are allowed to feel a part of your most original expressions, they’ll support just about anything you propose. That sounds good, doesn’t it? Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Born Today 30 December

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William Merritt Chase 'Making Her Toilet' 1889 {{PD}}

William Merritt Chase ‘Making Her Toilet’ 1889 {{PD}}

It looks like you may be feeling unloved this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Capricorn, and may compensate with physical pleasures and material goods. Now, please notice, I didn’t say you were unlovable–no no no–I said you will be feeling unloved, but that’s your fault–yes it is! Here’s why: when we turn our vision toward ourselves and fix on something we believe we don’t have, we are shut off from the rest of the world–in this case, we can’t feel, see, or experience that we are loved by others. That means your job this year, Cappy, should you choose to accept it, is to give up the idea that you can see what you’re receiving from those around you by looking at yourself. Only by being willing to look around you, see, and acknowledge the bounty others are offering (including some excellent empowerment options for you, possibly ones that will change or boost your status) will you be able to make the most of your upcoming year. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

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Born Today 29 December

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Harald Sohlberg Vinternatt i Rondane 1917 {{PD}}

Harald Sohlberg Vinternatt i Rondane 1917 {{PD}}

Dear Capricorn, do you feel like your support system as been dismantled, and that all the wisdom you’ve acquired through the years is now somehow invalid? Don’t worry, this is much less about things falling apart through incompetence or neglect (meaning, it’s not your fault) and much more about the kind of boundaries and structures that need to fall away so that deep, real, permanent, and profound change can take place in your life. This change is likely to involve major healing of wounds, and/ or the discovery of unique skills, things you may have suspected you could be good at, or things you never knew you had the facility for, but are gifted with. The time you’ll spend this Solar year, on the way toward your next birthday, will mostly be spent divesting yourself (willingly or not) of things that won’t work for you anymore, once change takes hold; just trust that your Higher Self is guiding things, and that what’s coming will re-make your life in a positive and profound way. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Born Today 28 December

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Homer Dodge Martin - The Iron Mine, Port Henry, New York 1862 {{PD}}

Homer Dodge Martin – The Iron Mine, Port Henry, New York 1862 {{PD}}

Emotions may be at odds with your goals and choices this coming year, dear Capricorn, through to your next birthday; you may feel pulled in opposing directions consistently, and the feeling nature has no way to deal with the pressure except to take its own unique course. Being a personal trailblazer may be something you must do periodically throughout life, and right now is one of those times. A sort of adventure will be yours this coming year, and you will have a tremendous amount of power and you’ll know exactly how to use it–the smart people around you will ally with you and support your cause, you’re that formidable–but all that ability will remain discretely tucked away beneath an unassuming exterior you’ve created–and you may end up even fooling yourself about the extent of your abilities, believing you’re more modest and less powerful than you really are. It’s a point in time when you can make leaps of progress toward your goals, discover new ones along the way, and get a lot of what you want–if you’ll only embrace your assertive, masterful Self, rather than demur and let others go (and get) first. Stake your claim, Cappy! Happy Birthday and good luck!

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Born Today 27 December

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Mitgera Pavia (Rafael Cerdan i Andreu Mitjans). Av. Francesc Cambó (Barcelona) Enfo - Own work CC BY-SA 3.0 es Uploaded by Enfo

Mitgera Pavia (Rafael Cerdan i Andreu Mitjans). Av. Francesc Cambó (Barcelona)
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Consciously or unconsciously, dear Capricorn, you seem to be in the midst of creating–how’s it going? The impulse is strong and clear, almost a case of visualize it and it appears–and shortly it will be time to present your efforts publicly, to the social circle, or to the expanded world such efforts will afford you–so really, the question is, are you ready for that exposure? You’ve been free to make what you will, in something of a genius way drawing from the past and fashioning empowering situations that shape the future; soon, though, your creation will be under scrutiny, as all creations must be at some point, and the pressure of having eyes on that aren’t your own is building. You look at it with love (or at least the loyalty Dr. Frankenstein showed his creation), while others will definitely be more critical–and you need to be ready for that. It’s time, then, to begin shaping your creation to meet an audience–not altering it so much as smoothing out the rough edges and insuring your vision is all of a piece. With your usual thoroughness, Capricorn, you have nothing to worry about. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 26 December

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Molinos La Mancha Author Hugo Díaz-Regañón Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic via Wikimedia Commons

Molinos La Mancha
Author Hugo Díaz-Regañón Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic via Wikimedia Commons

To say this will be a creative year for you, dear Capricorn, is an understatement; the coming 12 months, through to your next birthday, may be seminal in terms of bringing what the Soul dreams into reality. Of course, that takes a different form for each individual born on this date, but you can find some hints: matters of the Houses where natal Neptune, natal Sun, and transiting Neptune all sit will figure in; look for biggest results keyed to the House where your natal Earth is posited (Earth is found directly opposite the Sun in all charts); and watch the role of the emotions in making these dreams come true–it will play a major part in motivating and inspiring you. Visualization is your friend; so is being imaginative during tasks and events you don’t usually consider creative ones. One thing you must have to make this work: a strong home front, mate relationship, and/ or dedication to what matters to you–one or more of these will be your source of power. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Born Today 25 December

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You may feel a little like your Cardinal compadre Libra during the early part of this coming year, Cappy, as you deal with dual matters, each of which wants your attention. Pieter de Hooch {{PD}}

You may feel a little like your Cardinal compadre Libra during the early part of this coming year, Cappy, as you deal with dual matters, each of which wants your attention. Pieter de Hooch {{PD}}

You may be caught, dear Capricorn, between handling those matters you thought you could ignore, but which you’ve seen just won’t go away, and with losing yourself in some new creative endeavor (or in some matter of the natal House containing or with Pisces on the cusp). Both are pulling the spirit; without attending to each side of the equation, though, you won’t make any headway with either. That means this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll be managing a balancing act of sorts, at least until you clear up those ignored issues–once those are handled, full energy can go to that creative matter–and that could become a signature expression of who you are. I know it’s not easy sharing a birthday with one of the most famous individuals to have ever existed, but I hope you’ll go out of your way to celebrate the beginning of your personal ‘new year’–don’t downplay the importance of your Solar Return just because it happens to coincide with ‘that day’–this year your rational intellect is especially strong, and you can draw a distinct mental line between the social hoopla and this marker of your own personal evolution that will help make this day more personally special for you each year, forever after. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

Born Today 24 December

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Hiding just won't cut it right now, Capricorn. 'Cinderella'  Val Prinsep {{PD}}

Hiding just won’t cut it right now, Capricorn. ‘Cinderella’ Val Prinsep {{PD}}

Is shyness a perpetual problem for you, dear Capricorn, or are you just experiencing a severe bout right now? In either case, you may feel that hiding in a box is your only option; and I can see why. You are being plagued (haunted?) possibly at a mostly subliminal level, by some serious matters that you have so far successfully ignored, or have even denied exist. Your natural tendency is to withdraw from these issues, which may involve vital details of material matters, your own or others’ rage, reactions to criticism, and ‘dividing the spoils’, which may not have gone as it should/ was planned; now you need to deal with these, in order to allow for gestation time involving a highly creative period you will shortly enter–not clearing up what’s haunting you means you will have energy and attention diverted to holding off awareness or putting out related fires, when it really should go to cooking a major creative or imagination-fueled thing that only you can offer the world. The choice is clear. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 26 December 2014: Off, and Running

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Bruno Liljefors - Winter Hare 1928 {{PD}}

Bruno Liljefors – Winter Hare 1928 {{PD}}

I’ve noticed a lot of people today sounding as if they’re operating in crisis mode, but also clearly in denial about the level of stress they’re carrying; maybe this will help.

26 December we are hyper-aware of our current life direction and the repercussions of our choices, and that may have an odd effect: we could try to outsmart the Universe (by anticipating where our actions might lead) and so end up landing in uniquely disempowering circumstances. What we imagine occurring in financial or relationship sectors could be misleading, and send us in the wrong direction. We need to tap creative powers and apply them to our surroundings, with an eye to where we want to find ourselves in the future; that will turn our efforts in a positive direction and help us avoid moves where we end up doing nothing so much as outsmarting ourselves. (Perfecting today: Mars opposed Juno, Venus semi-square Neptune, Mercury square the Nodal axis, which catches Saturn at the midpoint of NN-Merc, Earth trine Neptune)

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Born Today 23 December

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Edgar Degas 1873 {{PD}}

Edgar Degas 1873 {{PD}}

It may be an incredibly active year for you, dear Capricorn, one of major excitement and change, but it may feel as if it’s all happening on a stage, and you’re just watching, at least at first; you may be too busy putting out fires generated by issues ignored or denied, or even by the consequences of your own temper, to step out onto that stage. Here are some pointers to help you handle both your own ‘performance’ and what may come at you: Be careful with your words–reverence and extra attention in communication and agreements is important; use your best judgment in relationships and finances–there’s no room to spare at this point; and be prepared for actions and choices to feel ‘fated’–because they will lead to your future. Be prepared for some tough going that should give way to a widening of horizons and the ability to learn just what it was all for. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 23 December 2014: Fragile Identities

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William Orpen 'The Eastern Gown' 1906 {{PD}}

William Orpen ‘The Eastern Gown’ 1906 {{PD}}

23 December we may face some serious concerns over how much relationships or the financial situation do or do not support our empowerment, and smart money says we take the long view, considering how this may end up affecting our future course. At least, that will be the approach of those who are listening for the Cosmic undercurrent; everyone else may treat those things we find upsetting us or drawing our attention as much less meaningful than we know them to be. The good thing is you’ll easily see who’s taking a deeper approach, and so be able to identify the kind of communication that may be most effective, either speaking ‘on the surface’ or looking beyond the obvious, depending on who’s in front of you. In any case, respect for others’ communications, reasoning processes, and mental perceptions is necessary, because there just won’t be any room to question or ridicule what others propose—everyone will need to be able to retain a sense of dignity in interaction—it’s best kept in mind that identities are fragile at this time. One thing you can count on: people will be telling you what they care about, even if the message is sent indirectly. (Venus quincunx Juno and square the Nodal axis, Mercury conjunct Vesta, Sun sesquiquadrate Juno, Saturn enters Sagittarius)

Today’s image is a baby. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine holding one, imagine the clean, ‘new baby’ smell of one, recall how incredibly soft they are. Have a completely human moment, communing with that very distinctive way we all begin our journey. There, doesn’t that feel better?

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Born Today 22 December

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Visits by winged sprites are unlikely, Cappy, but you never know. Maria d'Harcourt et d'Aumale, wife of Reinald IV, Duke of Guelders and Jülich, in a houppelande, fol 19 of the Breviary of Marie de Gueldres c1415 {{PD}}

Visits by winged sprites are unlikely, Cappy, but you never know. Maria d’Harcourt et d’Aumale, wife of Reinald IV, Duke of Guelders and Jülich, in a houppelande, fol 19 of the Breviary of Marie de Gueldres c1415 {{PD}}

Dear Capricorn, you’ve got a fated year ahead of you–and by fated, I mean one that you have constructed out of choices and have been rolling inexorably toward for a long, long time. Don’t worry, it’s all of your own making, and will happen without conscious attention from you–and if you find that scary, that fear is only a suggestion that you re-consider some of your choices and methods. The banner headline for you this year, and the one that will grab your attention through to your next birthday, concerns the communication of your emotions and emotional perceptions; feelings, along with a strong desire to take action that will ‘fix’ what needs reform and that will allow for true freedom and/ or Self-expression, will likely be the centerpiece for the next 12 months. Concurrent with this, expect your reality to change–and know that will be a direct reflection of what you’ve built. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

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Born Today 21 December

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Ei Kyu: Chaos, 1957 {{PD}}

Ei Kyu: Chaos, 1957 {{PD}}

Are you familiar with that Carly Simon song, ‘Anticipation’? This year for you, dear Sag, that may be your theme: “It’s makin’ me wait, it’s keepin’ me way-ay-aitin'”. Nobody wants to hear they’ll be spending a year with an activity level equivalent to waiting in line–but that may be exactly what you have to do. Here’s the up side, though: you are totally, one-hundred percent, in charge of your world and what changes in it–even if you don’t believe that, and even if some change comes about through crisis or the crumbling of your security or life structures. Now it sounds serious, right? And it also likely sounds a lot more like your typical day-to-day events–and that should make you think. Why would the Universe put your normally stressful and semi-chaotic journey on hold? Maybe it’s because you need to quit hiding from those things you thought you could safely ignore–because dealing with those issues will be the key to a happy, active, and productive year. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Just a Little Lunar Essence: the New Moon in Capricorn 21 December 2014

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Luis Ricardo Falero - Unfinished Song 1882 {{PD}}

Luis Ricardo Falero – Unfinished Song 1882 {{PD}}

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New Moon on 21 December at 5:36 PM Pacific time at 00 Capricorn 06: Self-Possession
Even with generous orbs we only get New Moon contact in two notable ways: a trine to Black Moon Lilith, and a sesquiquadrate to Juno, and it also squares the Aries Point, suggesting the importance of the NM in a way the aspects don’t reveal, such that what occurs may be life-altering. A NM is an inception, but what is born here? In Capricorn we’re talking about energies of a constructive nature, perhaps of containment or for forming boundaries. The Lilith aspect says this Moon could act like a funnel, bringing forward every ignored or hidden matter, forcing us to begin to deal with them. It could also birth a Lilithian rage, a need to condemn every injustice we’ve suffered. And it could bring us to a point of accepting our position as we find ourselves, and then giving us the cojones to walk away from whatever we find unacceptable, in terms of our dignity, our honor, or our Self-respect. This definitely impacts our empowerment situation, but in a very specific way: we are at a point of complete Self-possession, so that any clout we got from partnerships, status, or through others may be endangered because we won’t see ourselves as interdependent anymore. This can be good—we will never again allow anyone to mistreat us—or bad—we could throw out our babies (relationships, financial arrangements, jobs, reciprocal situations) with our insistently independent bathwater (I’ll bet those three words have never appeared together in that order in a sentence before).

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Born Today 20 December

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'Whispering Sound' by Mizuno Toshikata, 1900 {{PD}}

‘Whispering Sound’ by Mizuno Toshikata, 1900 {{PD}}

This may be a year, dear Sagittarius, spent more in quiet contemplation of yourself and the road you will take than it will be a year of activity; the biggest changes are likely to come in relationships and in the area of assets and earnings–but it will still feel as if the real activity is internal. The sense could be that you are about to move from an atmosphere of freedom to one of restriction, and this likely is coming about as you learn new things about your current world; the fact is, though, that what you are now learning has always been so, and you are only now becoming aware of it, hence the feeling of constraint as a new thing. You are perhaps perceiving that options are narrowing–and though the reality isn’t new, your notice of it is, and that will drive that turning inward of consciousness, that consideration of your life’s meaning and choices, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. My advice: accept the reality of what you’re now seeing (because you will definitely be tempted to ignore or deny it), and then widen your horizons–you ended up where you are because you made them too narrow in the first place. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 19 December

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The Whisper of the Muse, by Julia Margaret Cameron 1865 {{PD}}

The Whisper of the Muse, by Julia Margaret Cameron 1865 {{PD}}

Dear Sagittarius, let emotions and intuition be your guide this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday; they will flow from what you know to be both wise and practical–but this advice comes with a few caveats: your ability to connect with your instincts must be intact for this to work–if there’s too much mental interference, or too much of a civilized veneer blocking contact with your animal Self, then this won’t work; and following prompts from emotional perceptions will go well only if you are truly and fully aware of the material reality around you–so if you carry fantasies about the nature of your current role, job, assets, or relationships, that perceptual filter might interfere with the quality of the guidance you can receive. Other than that, you’ll be golden, and can look forward to growing reward that, late in the year, will come from or result in immense change. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 18 December

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It could be a very satisfying year for you personally, Sag. 'Portrait of Helena Marcell' before 1929 {{PD}}

It could be a very satisfying year for you personally, Sag. ‘Portrait of Helena Marcell’ before 1929 {{PD}}

Dear Sagittarius, you may be feeling quietly pressured to either do the smart thing or the practical thing, but your Lunar nature needs something deeper and more mysterious right now, and your heart needs something that makes you feel safe. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, most of your time will be spent trying to unite your needs with what you choose–and you’ll need to accept that the sense that you’re being judged, whether you are or not, just won’t go away; that alone should make you resolve to do what you must, not what others want or expect. Your best course could involve being willing to get rid of what’s done, no use, or outmoded combined with being open to what’s new or original. You can create circumstances that bring a lot of personal satisfaction this year–don’t hesitate, as you’ll gain a great deal by filling your needs and following your dreams. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 17 December

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You know it's time to do it, Sag. Johannes Vermeer 'Het meisje met de parel' (Girl with a Pearl Earring) c1665 {{PD}}

You know it’s time to do it, Sag. Johannes Vermeer ‘Het meisje met de parel’ (Girl with a Pearl Earring)
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Is fear ever justified? It is if it moves us to do what we need to do. You, dear Sagittarius, may currently be haunted by a sense that you must do something about the circumstances created by secrets, buried issues, and the decay of what was once vital–and that would be correct, you do need to do something. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you are called to regenerate or eliminate a number of situations present in your life. You know you need to; you know it would be smart. To get you started: look to the matters of the natal Houses where Jupiter and Pluto are now transiting, as well as those of the Houses containing Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Pisces–these are the areas that need reconstituting before you hit the really big area of reform, You. Late in the year you’ll find that who you are and what you intend to do with the rest of your life will be the question that’s front and center (and that’s because you’ll have taken care of distractions and rid your life of detritus). You’re approaching a big point of reckoning; take this time now to outfit the psyche and surroundings so you can make the most of it. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 26 January

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Hold a little less tightly to the reins of control, this coming year, Aquarius. 'Liberty Act' by Gaetano Ciniselli {{PD}}

Hold a little less tightly to the reins of control, this coming year, Aquarius. ‘Liberty Act’ by Gaetano Ciniselli {{PD}}

Your creativity is strong this coming Solar year, dear Aquarius, and you are especially focused on either showing this in the career or getting the creative product before the public. A little advice: don’t hold quite so tightly to the reins of control–this will slow your efforts considerably; let the emotional life just be, for a while–you will almost inevitably experience, between now and your next birthday, a period of stress and uncertainty that will not be helped at all by giving it your attention; and consider that you can either meet change with hurt sensibilities (as if the world owed you a constant of stability) or with the attitude that change frees up energies, many of which can heal old situations if applied correctly. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 25 January

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What seems unfortunate may end up being anything but. Josef Abel 1818 {{PD}}

What seems unfortunate may end up being anything but. Josef Abel 1818 {{PD}}

You may fall ass-backward into opportunities this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Aquarius. Sorry, I just can’t think of a better way to describe it; it may be that, though things are ostensibly going poorly or not moving forward, somehow these circumstances will either deliver something new and better, or catapult you in a completely other, fortuitous direction. So really, don’t worry too much, and don’t put yourself under undue pressure; though you may have a (largely emotional) expectation that this is the year you must step out and be either a pioneer or a leader, neither role is actually called for. You’d be way better off consider what you might want to banish or trim from your life, and in making certain that what you hold for goals and ambitions is truly what you want. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

The Forecast + the Daily Word Image 25 January 2015

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Go for the trapeze artists, but stay for Miss Louise Hilton! Library of Congress via Wikimedia c1920 {{PD}}

Go for the trapeze artists, but stay for Miss Louise Hilton! Library of Congress via Wikimedia c1920 {{PD}}

25 January our own Willfulness can cause problems, and erratic behavior by ourselves or others in relationships or with money creates negative changes to our life direction. It’s good to know that difficulties are seated in imprudent action, rather than in anything we can’t prevent—the odd thing is, we have a clear picture of the current reality, and our thoughts and plans are centered on what we value and care about—so why does doing something, anything, seem to go so wrong? Temper and irresponsibility play their parts; so does Merc retro, which means that, though we think clearly, succinctly, and plan successfully, we can’t adequately convey that, nor are we suited to going forward in any way with implementing these thoughts. Take note of thoughts and plans, for they can be very informative and useful later, but save taking action for another day. (Perfecting today: Mars quincunx Juno, Venus semi-square Uranus and sesquiquadrate the North Node, Mercury parallel Venus, Sun parallel Saturn)

Today’s image is a trapeze artist, blindfolded. Of course, that makes sailing from one bar to the other that much tougher–but presumably, those who engage in trapeze work are so familiar with what they must do, that their bodies can carry out the right moves at the right time, without too much conscious interference. What are you being called to do that seems a little scary, a little tricky, but that if you allow sense and muscle memory to do their thing, it will go very well?

Born Today 24 January

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You'll be feeling better in no time, Aquarius, because this year you can heal. Michael Ancher 1881 {{PD}}

You’ll be feeling better in no time, Aquarius, because this year you can heal. Michael Ancher 1881 {{PD}}

You have an excellent chance to heal deep and long-term wounds this coming year, dear Aquarius; you are on an extraordinary wavelength right now, sensitive to interaction to such a degree that you feel the slightest shift in the atmosphere–and it’s this sensitivity that can stir both the empathy needed to repair relationships and the patience needed to be gentle in salving your own injuries. You have recently avoided some of the big issues, perhaps been less than truthful with yourself (especially about admitting what you need) and it’s left you in a spot that demands a creative approach to righting your course. The good news is that this will only help you in healing, enhancing your already stellar sensitivity; the bad news is that you may resent having to use creative energy to deal with what you would rather ignore. Take heart, Aquarius: the payoff comes when you have dealt with your issues. You’ll be free to apply that unusual ability to tap into the Cosmos that helped you heal directly to bringing your creative ideas to reality, making their realization speedy, if not instantaneous. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 23 January

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What you choose is up to you, Aquarius. 'Jason and Medea' by John William Waterhouse 1906 {{PD}}

What you choose is up to you, Aquarius. ‘Jason and Medea’ by John William Waterhouse 1906 {{PD}}

You have successfully thrown off past constraints, dear Aquarius, and now the question may be, will you use this new, freed-up energy to finally tackle what you’ve previously put aside, will you deal with some particular rage you carry, or will you use this energy to create, in some spectacular and significant way? Any of these would be a fine way to employ this abundance, though it’s time for you to follow your fancy; whatever draws you emotionally would be the best use of this surplus. Some hints as to what may come from any particular direction: taking care of matters delayed or denied will empower you; dealing with your anger will free up spiritual energies; and creating will bring other, neglected or forgotten issues to light, ‘cleaning out the closets’ even further. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 22 January

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 "Ætatis Suæ 4 1654 - 7 Octobris. ætatis Suæ 4. 1654 8 Octobris." Formerly attributed to Jan Jansz. de Stomme (1615–1657/1658) {{PD}}

This shows twins actually born one full day apart. The painting is signed “Ætatis Suæ 4 1654 – 7 Octobris. ætatis Suæ 4. 1654 8 Octobris.” Formerly attributed to Jan Jansz. de Stomme (1615–1657/1658) {{PD}}

You may be torn between two modes of Being this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Aquarius: on the one hand you may be solidly rooted in reality and proud of it, and on the other hand, the emotional nature beckons you toward the ultimate inspirational experience, from which you believe the creative will flow. Somehow the two orientations aren’t quite able to meet in your mind’s eye, and that leaves you yearning to live an extreme of creativity you feel deep within, but also aware you cannot remove yourself from the world of the solid and concrete without paying a price. What you may not have realized is that the price you’ll pay for disregarding the material world is one exacted not by the reality picture but by your own ego needs, specifically that part of you that cares what other people think. Just know this: removing yourself from the world for a time won’t actually make you one whit more creative than you are any other time, but it will offer a certain kind of maturing experience, one where you become more honest with yourself, and that allows the creative flow to take a more direct, more accessible route. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 21 January

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Setting the stage needn't be quite this literal, Aquarius. Dancers by Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas 1873 {{PD}}

Setting the stage needn’t be quite this literal, Aquarius. Dancers by Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas 1873 {{PD}}

Dear Aquarius, this year you may be looking to take charge of your reality, to create exactly the real-world atmosphere you feel is ideal–and you may be able to plan for it, to set the foundations for it, though implementing it (at least, implementing it completely) may have to wait. There have been changes to your dreams and to your feelings that you haven’t dealt with yet–some of them you’re not even aware of; these emotional and inspirational shifts must be accounted for (and sometimes, healed) before you can go forward successfully. How to do this? Take some time to review the ways the feeling nature and the personality coincide, and how they clash–this will be revealing–and embrace those things about yourself that are most unique and unusual, especially those things you might not have known how to express well in the past. Integrating as much of your personal originality as possible will bring you empowerment, and set the stage for gaining the position or status that you ultimately seek. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 20 January

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The great thing is you'll be in harmony with yourself this year, Aquarius. 'Young Girl Singing into a Mirror' Jean-Étienne Liotard 18th century {{PD}}

The great thing is you’ll be in harmony with yourself this year, Aquarius. ‘Young Girl Singing into a Mirror’ Jean-Étienne Liotard 18th century {{PD}}

Yes, this year your birthday coincides with a New Moon, dear Aquarius, promising new starts and a fresh outlook–but the real action happens in two specific areas: in freeing your most unique qualities, your sense of originality, from the past and any burdens or restraints previously imposed, and in facing what you’ve been ignoring or denying so that your creativity can finally come out from under the shadow cast by other factors that have stolen and squandered that creative energy. It won’t be easy, but this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ve been allotted an emotional harmony that is perfectly synced to your purpose and needs–and so can completely support you in focusing and dealing with what at an earlier point might’ve been overwhelming. Handle your ‘stuff’, and empowerment options open up to you; at that point you’ll have not just the ‘know-how’ but the wisdom to translate your accumulated experiences into the status and activities you’ve only dreampt about pursuing, before now. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Dark of the Moon + the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon in Aquarius January 2015

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Thanks to Jon Sullivan for contributing this image of San Juan Capistrano to the public domain.

Thanks to Jon Sullivan for contributing this image of San Juan Capistrano to the public domain.

We’ll be heading into the monthly Dark of the Moon period midway through this weekend; normally this is a time for introspection, contemplation, and being away from the world, in some sense. This allows for a kind of gestation that ‘births’ ideas, viewpoints, and experiences as the New Moon unfolds. We can’t always lock ourselves away, and the resulting dissonance between the need to go inward and the demands of the external can be jarring and leave us exhausted–so we look, wrongly, for relief with the return of the illuminated Moon. The New Moon renews only in the sense that it begins a cycle; it’s much more about re-emergence into a more active role in the world than it is about re-generation. Even though everything, including our own cells, is stimulated to grow under the pull of a New Moon, if we have not been allowed the needed rest period before hand . . . you see my point: without an adequate time of rest, the New Moon can stress, rather than refresh.

New Moon in Aquarius January 20th at 5:13 AM Pacific time at 00 Aquarius 08

Look to the matters of the House where the New Moon falls for the life area or subjects of the ‘birth’ within our reality picture. The Sabian is, ‘An Old Adobe Mission In California’. Being from California, I have been to many of these, and I love them, in spite of the uglier facets of what they once stood for—now they are only gardens and chapels, often oases of green in places that are crowded and topped over with concrete. The symbol echoes the repeating of the early Moon degree, with each mission just one in a chain strung up and down California—and this suggests that however these new beginnings (related to all the early degree New Moons of Fall and Winter) we have been seeing came about, even if the circumstances were ugly or inhumane, what they will become with time and personal growth are spots of mental or emotional respite (the Aquarian Moon), places that make a clear statement about what we should keep from the past, and what leave behind.

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Born Today 19 January

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Take your time, Capricorn. Pieter de Hooch -' At the Linen Closet' 1663 {{PD}}

Take your time, Capricorn. Pieter de Hooch -‘ At the Linen Closet’ 1663 {{PD}}

This coming year, through to your next birthday, can be a time of extraordinary healing for you, dear Capricorn, particularly in terms of long-held emotional wounds and those ways in which your creativity may have been short-circuited, stifled, or set aside for more ‘practical’ pursuits. You can make a tremendous amount of headway, especially in emotional terms, if you can willingly do one thing: face whatever it is that you’ve been avoiding or denying. This is crucial to that healing process–and it’s crucial to re-discovering, to re-gaining ‘touch’, with your creative Self. Don’t worry if things don’t ‘pop’ for you right away; you are in the midst of a period when contemplation and inner stillness will bring much more reward than any action–so use the time to define the true parameters of both your injuries and those topics avoided or ignored–that way, when you get the ‘go’ signal (and you will) you’ll be ready. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 18 January

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Gottfried Franz (1846-1905) - The Miraculous Adventures of Baron Münchhausen 1896 {{PD}}

Gottfried Franz (1846-1905) – The Miraculous Adventures of Baron Münchhausen 1896 {{PD}}

What is it that you’re waiting for, dear Capricorn? It’s instinctive, this pause, this holding of breath, this listening and hearing . . . nothing. You are responding correctly if you are in stillness mode–and you aren’t meant to hear anything right now; no message awaits, no life direction beckons. You must accept that for a short while still, you will remain in a kind of emotional and physical stasis. Think of it as a time to gather yourself, your essence, and ready yourself to unfold in a new way on a new scene. The initial effect will be on the material reality; your surroundings will bring forward the next step, which may be a way of furthering your education, which may bring new and unusual people into your life, or which may send you off to foreign lands, even if only in your mind. Knowledge in some important form will be acquired, and what you learn will be the root from which everything else in your ‘new life’ springs. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

Born Today 17 January

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'A Reclining Lady with a Fan' Eleuterio Pagliani (1826-1903) {{PD}}

Get plenty of rest when you can, Cappy–it could be a trying year. ‘A Reclining Lady with a Fan’ Eleuterio Pagliani (1826-1903) {{PD}}

You may undergo some very subtle changes on the home front, with the mate, and/ or in those areas to which you dedicate your time and energy, dear Capricorn; this will play out over the Solar year between now and your next birthday, and during it all you may feel very alone and unsure. Some suggestions: retreat to what you know emotionally for support and respite; lead with your most original, unique, or unusual characteristics and abilities, when interacting with others; and take action (or at least, ready to take action) on your dreams. Your own actions may end up changing your ideals at this time, and, along with the other described changes that are unavoidable, you may reach your next Solar Return seeing and valuing things much differently; just know that’s not wrong, that’s evolution. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 16 January

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Sascha Schneider, "Icarus" (1906) {{PD}}

You Bette it may be a tough Journey, Cap! Sascha Schneider, “Icarus” (1906) {{PD}}

You’re wingin’ it, dear Capricorn, in a bid for true empowerment and independence, aiming straight for the status you want–and it’s a scary time, as you fear that figurative ‘wind beneath your wings’ (apologies, ’90s aficionados!) may disappear at any time. The reality is that you must go through this period when you feel very much alone, moving only under your own power–you didn’t really think others would just hand you that position you want, did you? No Cappy, you’re too realistic to have told yourself a fairy tale–but right now, a few fairy tales would be quite a good idea, to keep you inspired, to keep you believin’ (oops, don’t stop!) It’s important that you see present circumstances as necessary, rather than as a punishment–because a positive approach will insure that you stay open to learning what you need to learn–observation, acceptance, and new influences and examples can be your friends, right now–and a strong belief in your own abilities and in the need to persevere smartly will take you through, to a place about halfway to your next birthday, when your world will open up and things will look significantly different to you. Happy Birthday, Cap, and good luck!

Born Today 15 January

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Ren Shuai Ying (任率英) Title 嫦娥奔月 (Chang'e Flying to the Moon) Date 	1955 {{PD}}

Ren Shuai Ying (任率英)
Title 嫦娥奔月 (Chang’e Flying to the Moon)
Date 1955 {{PD}}

This may be a very unusual year for you, dear Capricorn, through to your next birthday; you may feel like you are whizzing along (or is it floating, or drifting, or standing still?) all alone. It may be a time when you feel untethered, bound to very little, and obligated to even less. For a good portion of the coming year, you may feel extraordinarily free, and if so, you should take careful note of those things to which you’re attracted, that grab your interest, that excite you–because these will be clues as to where your heart really lies–but they will not necessarily present in the form you should follow, so make your choices later. This will largely be a time for introspection and Self-discovery that is low key, observational only, designed to make you think and think again. You may obsess about past hurts–that’s so later you can let them go–and be careful what you communicate: the unusual internal experience you will have could make those you care about feel you are growing distant. Reassure them, and take special care not to cause emotional harm, as that will only unduly complicate matters in future. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Born Today 14 January

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"Uffizi Gallery - Daughter of Niobe bent by terror" by Petar Milošević - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg

“Uffizi Gallery – Daughter of Niobe bent by terror” by Petar Milošević – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg

Dear Capricorn, this year for you it’s all about Self-expression, all about empowerment, all about drilling down to your most original and unique characteristics and identity, and then seeing what you can make of it, and gain from it, and all of this is done with an eye to cutting away the unnecessary from the past and shaping the future. You will be very focused on yourself–and that’s exactly what you should do at this time–don’t let anyone guilt you about your need to concentrate on your goals and desires right now. Through to your next birthday you must shape what’s to come; be as aware as you possibly can that much of what is pushing you now is a combination of instinct/ buried beliefs and memories, and those things that are active in your personality right now but that you aren’t able to observe–and it’s these latter you must watch out for. Others can aid you; be a keen observer of the reactions and remarks of others that surprise you–these will be key to gaining perspective on those qualities that reside in your ‘blind spot’. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Mystic Rectangle January 2015: Easing the Way

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William Henry Jackson - 'Mystic Lake' albumen print 1872 {{PD}}

William Henry Jackson – ‘Mystic Lake’ albumen print 1872 {{PD}}

We’re under a loose Mystic Rectangle now, a configuration that almost magically amps up the involved energies and helps them help one another. The rectangle has a point, in this case we’ll start with the Mercury-Venus conjunction in Aquarius, trine a second point (North Node and Zeus) sextile a third (Juno in Leo) trine a fourth (South Node-Uranus) which naturally happens to sextile the first. This combination suggests thinking and feeling, communications, relationships, and finances, are in accord, and successfully aligning with ambitions and desire fulfillment that are specifically concerned with future developments and goals–we don’t have any trouble keeping where we want to end up in mind–and that is both empowering, and lowers the chances we will rebel against our own plans, behave erratically, or suddenly change course, as we are aware of how our own irregular choices (or accidents or mishaps) may have sunk things in the past. This is a point when we can make a lot of headway, and make choices that are consistent with our ultimate wishes and goals.

Things to watch out for: thinking and not acting–the Merc-Venus conjunction in Aquarius inclines us to intellectual activity and to using that lens for most perceptual duties–and that means we can get ‘lost in our heads’, thinking we’re being effective in the world when most of the activity is actually only mental; Juno in Leo says that empowerment may give us an ego or image boost–and we may easily believe our own press–keep perspective; and remember that indulging in the erratic or rebellious is where we can short-circuit the flow of this config. The Mystic Rectangle is in effect now and continues through the 17th.

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Born Today 13 January

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Henri-Edmond Cross - 'The Evening Air' 1893 {{PD}}

Henri-Edmond Cross – ‘The Evening Air’ 1893 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Capricorn, you find your way purely on instinct; what you don’t know about yourself guides you, with the result that, though you are not conscious of the whys and wherefores, you nevertheless arrive at your goal, perhaps more quickly than you otherwise would’ve taking a more consciously sought and planned path. This can be scary, if you’re otherwise heavy in Earth (and so wanting to climb a set of concrete steps) or in Air (where you’d like to plan and orchestrate)–but your Water placements should be delighted–look to them in the natal chart, and to transiting Neptune, for charged-up areas that will hold inspiration, creative outlets, and probably the most activity, through to your next birthday. Be ready: the social influence may change values, and the situation with home, mate, and commitments may change your role or contacts in the social sphere. No matter how you cut it, it’s a big year for you, Cap–though you may not see that for some time after. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

Born Today 12 January

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D. Howard Hitchcock - Pali Gap from Kaneolu Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, 1915

D. Howard Hitchcock – Pali Gap from Kaneolu Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, 1915

Dear Capricorn, you may be experiencing what I can only describe as a widening gap between yourself and your mate, the security of your home life, and/ or a changing sense of commitment, generally away from, causes you previously supported. You are very partnership-focused at this time, which only emphasizes the feeling that things are not as cozy as they once were. The thing you are perceiving isn’t so much a deterioration of important relationships or roles, but a growing need within yourself to turn inward and explore those matters you carry but have so far remained unconscious of–the contents of your ‘blind spot’, one might say–and those instinctive matters that have been exerting their influence in your life without your complete awareness of their impact. It’s a time of introversion, but it needn’t alter your external commitments permanently; just be willing to take this time, through to your next birthday, for yourself–doing so, you will very quickly gain a wider viewpoint and burgeoning sense of who you really are, and what are your most effective talents and ways of reaching out to share your gifts. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 11 January

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Osias Beert 'Still-Life with Artichokes' 16th century {{PD}}

Osias Beert ‘Still-Life with Artichokes’ 16th century {{PD}}

You’re feeling optimistic, perhaps coming off a stretch of significant opportunity and accomplishment, and you’re standing on a firm foundation–the question becomes, dear Capricorn, what will you do this year, through to your next birthday? Coming from such a solid position, it would seem the world is your oyster. But then, how does the oyster form its pearl? Through irritation, that’s how–and that irritation comes from your upset at having to acknowledge that there are forces greater than your own Will out there–and that they can’t be resisted. After so much recent success of a kind, humility is the next step, and the events of this coming year will bring that lesson home. You can make it all go smoothly if you get out ahead of things, admit that you aren’t all seeing, all knowing, or all controlling, and accept that even the biggest triumphs have a built-in cooling off period, where luster fades and efforts must begin all over again. Your bonus Solar Return aspect is a Finger of God with base of Pluto-Chiron, apex Juno=change can hurt, or be accepted and allowed to offer healing, your choice; the end result either way is empowerment, and a change in status, it’s just whether you choose the hard way, or not. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 10 January

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 Inscribed by Zha Shibiao:"This is in the style of Huang Gongwang [Huang Kung-wang]'s 'Autumn Mountain.' Because the original no longer exists, people are not aware of its source.This is a painting made by me ten years ago. I did not put down the year. Now I put it down for reference. 1697, Shibiao [Shih-piao] at the age of 83." Huang Gongwang [Huang Kung-wang] (1269-1354) was a revered painter of the Yuan [Yüan] dynasty. {{PD}}

Inscribed by Zha Shibiao:”This is in the style of Huang Gongwang [Huang Kung-wang]’s ‘Autumn Mountain.’ Because the original no longer exists, people are not aware of its source.This is a painting made by me ten years ago. I did not put down the year. Now I put it down for reference. 1697, Shibiao [Shih-piao] at the age of 83.”
Huang Gongwang [Huang Kung-wang] (1269-1354) was a revered painter of the Yuan [Yüan] dynasty. {{PD}}

Dear Capricorn, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may enjoy one of the most ‘together’ years of your life; your sense of integrity, your ability to live your values and ideals, and your willingness to dedicate your energy to those things that matter to you will exceed all previous personal standards–and so you’ll attract a similar balance and integrity in all that you do. Too, emotions will be in harmony with who you are, and thoughts and relationships will be on the same wavelength, all positive indicators for a healthy and happy year. What might the down side to all this copacetic living be? A tendency to stagnate; the inclination may be to luxuriate in your harmonious niche and avoid applying this energy in big, sweeping ways that can affect many. Usually we are so caught up in our own personal problems that we don’t have much to spare for big causes or the Collective, but this year, Cappy, the opposite is true for you, in spite of the other problem you may have, where the social sphere may not be as encouraging as you would like, and/ or a spate of deaths, separations, or departures could distract you from your aims. It’s your job to take advantage of your unique current ability to channel your energy outward, into a wide field, and have the kind of major impact most of us can only dream of. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Mars Into Pisces

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Imagine the Warrior in the Clouds--Peter Nicolai Arbo {{PD}}

Imagine the Warrior in the Clouds–Peter Nicolai Arbo {{PD}}

Mars enters Pisces on the 12th and brings the Warrior mentality to the creative and the connection to the Cosmic—that can’t be good, can it? Yes, it really can. We find the energy to act on those things we’ve only imagined, and creative output can soar—if we know what form we’d like to see it in. We may also be prompted to act on delusions and lies, and can really go down the wrong Path right now, if we have accepted untruth as its opposite. Mars in Pisces may make those strong in Air and Fire uneasy, worried their energy or spark may be dampened by this placement. All they really need to do, though, is realize that the emotion-rich atmosphere of Pisces offers an enormous amount of inspiration—and of course, that is the very thing that underlies effective action. Fears of emotional flooding, of releasing dammed-up feelings, must be accepted; actions and choices now will naturally be prompted by and carried along on the feeling nature—there’s no way to avoid it. No one has ever actually drowned in emotion; but they have died from denying it, holding it in, and having it leak out in inappropriate ways. Just go with the flow, this time—there’s nothing to fear.

Have a great weekend!

Born Today 9 January

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Down the road your goals will be scrutinized by those in power, Cappy--be ready, be open to what the influential can offer. Peter Paul Rubens - Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria 1605 {{PD}}

Down the road your goals will be scrutinized by those in power, Cappy–be ready, be open to what the influential can offer. Peter Paul Rubens – Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria 1605 {{PD}}

The deepest, core intents of the Soul will align with the emotional perceptions to create exceptional internal harmony this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Capricorn. You will know your priorities, know what matters, and act to honor those individuals (like the mate or parents) and those arenas (your home, causes to which you’re dedicated) that matter to you. This attitude will add focus and gravitas to all that you undertake–so do something important. That sounds like a lot of pressure, doesn’t it? Really, it’s not–it’s simply the same goals and focus you would normally have, with many of the distractions and irrelevancies stripped away–and that means it’s time to take advantage of such one-pointed attention, and make it work for you. Consider the way in which you’d like to make your mark in life; then go for it. Hints for success include throwing out the most radical or strange inclinations from the past–they’ll only take you off track–and be willing to have good relationships with those in authority, as soon, they’ll be looking directly at you–your moment to garner aid, a leg up, or elevated status will depend on you being open to (rather than resistant to) existing power players. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 8 January

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N. Roerich 'The Great Sacrifice' Setting for I.F.Stravinsky’s Ballet «Sacred Spring» 1910 {{PD}}

N. Roerich ‘The Great Sacrifice’ Setting for I.F.Stravinsky’s Ballet «Sacred Spring» 1910 {{PD}}

You are in a kind of preparation phase this coming year, through to your next birthday, after which you will dedicate your life energies to some cause very meaningful to you, dear Capricorn; it may be that you have already begun to narrow your focus and get really serious about some pursuit or goal. You may have begun to get push-back from those in your world who want you to stay the same, who are afraid you won’t play the same role for them when you re-claim all your energy for yourself. What you need to remember is, that’s your energy, for your use–don’t hesitate to fulfill what you’re working toward, for the simple reason that this aim has a sacred intent–and that means you’ll be contributing to the Collective good as much as you will to your own. Don’t listen to what others say–you can’t rely on that–but watch what they do; that’s how you sort out the ones who will offer you support, should you need it. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 7 January

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If it's not in line with your Highest Self, it just won't fly, Cappy. Charles Paul Landon-'Icarus and Daedalus' {{PD}}

If it’s not in line with your Highest Self, it just won’t fly, Cappy. Charles Paul Landon-‘Icarus and Daedalus’ {{PD}}

Ambitions may consume you this year, dear Capricorn, through to your next birthday; eliminating obstacles will be a focus of your efforts, along with finding supportive partners/ audience/ others, honing your aesthetic senses, and finding an appropriate structure or ‘container’ for your goals. Of course, getting what you want can take myriad forms, depending on your outlook and aims, but no matter your endgame, you can at this time enjoy a creative and profitable approach that will get you at least part of what you desire–with one big caveat: whatever you go after, it has to be in line with and honor your highest priorities and values; if it violates any of the things you find sacred at a core, Soul level, it just won’t fly. That means that knowing yourself will be your most useful asset, as that will prevent you from wasting time going after something the Higher Self won’t approve of. Also useful: facing issues you may have put off dealing with. Otherwise, though, it’s full steam ahead! Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 6 January

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Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch - 'Beach Scene' 1887 {{PD}}

Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch – ‘Beach Scene’ 1887 {{PD}}

You are now and through this coming year, dear Capricorn, working out and working toward fulfilling your ambitions and desires; we’re all on this track, for the most part, but for you this is a period dedicated to getting plans in order and setting them in motion, and specifically attending to those obstacles to getting what you want so that they don’t pop up again. Ever. You are creating a scenario for yourself wherein you can take that next step unencumbered by what you don’t need or want; you are freeing yourself so that you may then turn around and dedicate your life energies to exactly what you value. It’s a time of transition, when you are creating a world around you that reflects precisely the internal you. Hints for making it happen: don’t feel any guilt–for a while, it’s you first, no matter what; communicate in positive, reasoned ways–forcing spontaneity or being overly emotional won’t serve your purposes; be willing to examine, talk about, and confirm value in areas you have lately abandoned or ignored–this latter will go a long way toward forming the reality you want, free of the obstacles you might otherwise find there. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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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}}

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.

The upcoming retro in January-February 2015 occurs entirely in Aquarius, an Air sign. This tells us that our reasoning power may be especially debilitated, particularly the Higher Mind—and even more disconcerting is the way the January New Moon falls just before the retro period begins, suggesting that we may feel an unseen push to move forward and implement plans just at a time when we would do best to lay them aside for a while.

Born Today 5 January

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Władysław Ślewiński - {{PD}} 1896

Władysław Ślewiński – {{PD}} 1896

Healing is what it’s all about this year for you, dear Capricorn–because, instinctively or otherwise, you know that healing yourself will bring about your empowerment, will confer a desirable status, and/ or allow for a cooperative venture that could take you to the top. How do you achieve this? Let go of any darkness you’ve been dragging around like Linus’ security blanket; any rage, destructive wish, or black feeling you’ve been harboring and seeing as a vital part of your identity must go. Healing is about finding out who you are without the trappings of response and victimhood we use as convenient identifiers; you are now called to accept your own power, and shape it into the person your Soul intends you to be–anything less just won’t do. Hint: start with what you care about, not what you tell yourself you care about. Admitting what’s important to you will take you far along the Path–and will give you an authenticity that can guide every other decision in shaping the ‘New You’. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 4 January

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{{PD}} image provided by http://thegraphicsfairy.com/  Thanks, GF!

{{PD}} image provided by http://thegraphicsfairy.com/ Thanks, GF!

Dear Capricorn, you may go through the experience of the legendary Phoenix this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday: you may burn down to the ground, to ash and cinder, with only the Soul’s spark remaining–and then you may rise again, reborn, renewed, stronger, and much much wiser for the experience. What brings this about? The ending of something major in your life; if you don’t know what that is, it’s still coming, but I’d bet you have an inkling, an intuition, that tells you that a sea change is on its way–and that you will be required to deal directly with the storm. Please don’t see this as negative; change comes to all of us, and the best way to handle it is to treat it as a part of life, rather than as an anomaly that’s tricking you or ruining your otherwise perfect existence. This event or period is about giving you a new foundation from which to fashion your future Self; whether the transformative fire comes from a singular, split-second occurrence or from something slow and inexorable doesn’t matter–it only matters that you move forward and become who you were meant to be. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Just a Little Lunar Essence: the Sabians for the Full Moon 4 January 2015

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'The Party at the Tavern' Luis Ricardo Falero {{PD}}

‘The Party at the Tavern’ Luis Ricardo Falero {{PD}}

Full Moon occurs on the 4th at 14 Cancer 30 at 8:52 PM Pacific time

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘In A Sumptuous Dining Hall Guests Relax After Partaking Of A Huge Banquet’. We’ve gorged ourselves on the results of our own behaviors, ‘served up’ to us by the Universe. This image only emphasizes that what we have in front of us to choose from at this time is directly related to what we have chosen and made ourselves—if we’ve gone too ‘rich’, too extreme in diet, we’re sickened or weakened, if low on nutrients we don’t have the energy or attention span needed, and so on, analogous to the idea that what we take in is what we use to build what comes out, and that the diet we speak of here is the way we use our energy and the choices that we’ve made.

The Sun, giver of life and core of our system, has its own Sabian, always worth a look as it provides the Full Moon light: ‘In A Hospital, The Children’s Ward Is Filled With Toys’. This suggests something a little odd: that perhaps here on Earth we are all ‘in hospital’ in a sense; we are here to heal, and even in a place where recovering wholeness is the aim, there are things that delight and distract us from our purpose. If we are clever, we can make our play part of (even the centerpiece of) our healing, combining our purpose with enjoyment, even within the confines of a place full of suffering and hurt.

Born Today 3 January

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Don't be so intent on the power situation that you forget there's a big wide world out there. Carl Spitzweg - Der Naturforscher - c1880 {{PD}}

Don’t be so intent on the power situation that you forget there’s a big wide world out there. Carl Spitzweg – Der Naturforscher – c1880 {{PD}}

You may be looking at yourself through a microscope this coming Solar year, dear Capricorn, inspecting the power situation and the effect you are having on your world–and how others’ power is affecting you–and the problem may be that you rarely look up from your myopic view of things. Too much concern over hurt, trying to even the playing field, and over your ability to change things (and especially to be taken seriously by those in your sphere) may consume you–and that’s both necessary (as a Soul expression) and destructive (in the way you may be tempted to do little else). The difficulty may lie in the way you will regard holding absolute power in any situation as the only truly effective way to be; if you can see that there are many ways to approach an issue, and that sometimes the quieter or more passive form may actually create more change than does an active approach, you might have a chance of actually creating an atmosphere were your actions truly matter, and where others give you a great deal of respect for your accomplishments–so do that, consider every option, even the ones you judge to be ineffective, before you make a move, and consider that making a positive impression on others may go a lot farther than trying to impress them through might or absolutism. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 2 January

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How you choose to drive forward will be a big part of your year, dear Cappy. Max Dupain  'Adelaide' 1946 gelatin-silver photograph {{PD}}

How you choose to drive forward will be a big part of your year, dear Cappy. Max Dupain ‘Adelaide’ 1946 gelatin-silver photograph {{PD}}

You may be feeling rebellious, spontaneous, and a desire to express your originality and uniqueness, dear Capricorn–and it’s all in service to getting a handle on your own personal power. That’s not a bad thing at all; it’s your totally human need to feel you are in control of your life, and able to affect the course it takes–and to some degree this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you will do spectacularly at it, gaining tremendously in areas you value. Two other things are also likely to come out of this period, other than the expected control and gains: you will be surprised at how much really is under your control, and even more surprised at just what is not; and you will get rid of the false conception that those with power act erratically and on a whim as a matter of course. This latter will may be a case of you learning ‘the hard way’ that power and having a say-so requires much more Self-control and discipline than you every imagined–and it will be your choice whether you accept that invitation to have a greater impact, or whether you will be content with the progress you will have already made. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 1 January

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Your genteel relationship with progress is going to get a make-over this year, Cap. Auf der Rutschn des Tivoli, Lithographie, 1832 {{PD}}

Your genteel relationship with progress is going to get a make-over this year, Cap. Auf der Rutschn des Tivoli, Lithographie, 1832 {{PD}}

Will you spend this coming year on wheels, dear Capricorn, or is that just my imagination? It seems like you’ll be on the move, roller-coastering or roller-blading, or at least so much in motion, literally and figuratively, that you may not see a moments peace. If you’re a more energetic Cappy, you may enjoy it, but inevitably there will come a point when there’s too much chaos, and too many others acting in unpredictable ways, for you to be comfortable–and that’s when you have to ask whether you’re projecting, and if the unpredictable, undependable, unreliable one isn’t really you. You have the tendency to enjoy stirring things up, and then suddenly deciding that everyone else needs to sit down and listen; it turns out this year, through to your next birthday, you may get a dose of your own medicine. That’s not a bad thing; it’s actually designed to get you out of a rut that you’ve convinced yourself is a super-highway. You’ll be required to set aside the coaster or blades and step into a Ferrari, and the bonus is you’ll find out what traveling at high speed really is. Happy Birthday, Cappy, hold on tight, and good luck!

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Born Today 31 December

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'Across Mounts Bay' Elizabeth Forbes {{PD}}

‘Across Mounts Bay’ Elizabeth Forbes {{PD}}

Your biggest challenge this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Capricorn, may be in finding some kind of balance between being unique and being accepted by the group. You may be strongly inclined to go your own way, to act as much on impulse as possible, to invent and innovate in a way that puts you way ahead of your peers, to indulge every little whim of the Self–and yet, you’ll quickly find that much of this at all leads to isolation, rejection based in being seen as erratic, and jeopardizes your standing within the group. What’s a goat, just trying to be the best goat possible, to do? In your case, you need to sort through those impulses to separate the true-to-the-Soul creative choices from those that are simply rebellions against the standards and constraints of others. At this time it’s very important you feel free; and it’s just as important that you find a way to be completely yourself, completely unique, and yet still play a vital part in group efforts and the social circle. Part of what you may have been missing is that a positive manifestation of your most unique qualities and talents needs to take place where others can see it, so alienating your audience is the last thing you should do–and if others are allowed to feel a part of your most original expressions, they’ll support just about anything you propose. That sounds good, doesn’t it? Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Born Today 30 December

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William Merritt Chase 'Making Her Toilet' 1889 {{PD}}

William Merritt Chase ‘Making Her Toilet’ 1889 {{PD}}

It looks like you may be feeling unloved this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Capricorn, and may compensate with physical pleasures and material goods. Now, please notice, I didn’t say you were unlovable–no no no–I said you will be feeling unloved, but that’s your fault–yes it is! Here’s why: when we turn our vision toward ourselves and fix on something we believe we don’t have, we are shut off from the rest of the world–in this case, we can’t feel, see, or experience that we are loved by others. That means your job this year, Cappy, should you choose to accept it, is to give up the idea that you can see what you’re receiving from those around you by looking at yourself. Only by being willing to look around you, see, and acknowledge the bounty others are offering (including some excellent empowerment options for you, possibly ones that will change or boost your status) will you be able to make the most of your upcoming year. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

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Born Today 29 December

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Harald Sohlberg Vinternatt i Rondane 1917 {{PD}}

Harald Sohlberg Vinternatt i Rondane 1917 {{PD}}

Dear Capricorn, do you feel like your support system as been dismantled, and that all the wisdom you’ve acquired through the years is now somehow invalid? Don’t worry, this is much less about things falling apart through incompetence or neglect (meaning, it’s not your fault) and much more about the kind of boundaries and structures that need to fall away so that deep, real, permanent, and profound change can take place in your life. This change is likely to involve major healing of wounds, and/ or the discovery of unique skills, things you may have suspected you could be good at, or things you never knew you had the facility for, but are gifted with. The time you’ll spend this Solar year, on the way toward your next birthday, will mostly be spent divesting yourself (willingly or not) of things that won’t work for you anymore, once change takes hold; just trust that your Higher Self is guiding things, and that what’s coming will re-make your life in a positive and profound way. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Born Today 28 December

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Homer Dodge Martin - The Iron Mine, Port Henry, New York 1862 {{PD}}

Homer Dodge Martin – The Iron Mine, Port Henry, New York 1862 {{PD}}

Emotions may be at odds with your goals and choices this coming year, dear Capricorn, through to your next birthday; you may feel pulled in opposing directions consistently, and the feeling nature has no way to deal with the pressure except to take its own unique course. Being a personal trailblazer may be something you must do periodically throughout life, and right now is one of those times. A sort of adventure will be yours this coming year, and you will have a tremendous amount of power and you’ll know exactly how to use it–the smart people around you will ally with you and support your cause, you’re that formidable–but all that ability will remain discretely tucked away beneath an unassuming exterior you’ve created–and you may end up even fooling yourself about the extent of your abilities, believing you’re more modest and less powerful than you really are. It’s a point in time when you can make leaps of progress toward your goals, discover new ones along the way, and get a lot of what you want–if you’ll only embrace your assertive, masterful Self, rather than demur and let others go (and get) first. Stake your claim, Cappy! Happy Birthday and good luck!

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Born Today 27 December

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Mitgera Pavia (Rafael Cerdan i Andreu Mitjans). Av. Francesc Cambó (Barcelona)
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Consciously or unconsciously, dear Capricorn, you seem to be in the midst of creating–how’s it going? The impulse is strong and clear, almost a case of visualize it and it appears–and shortly it will be time to present your efforts publicly, to the social circle, or to the expanded world such efforts will afford you–so really, the question is, are you ready for that exposure? You’ve been free to make what you will, in something of a genius way drawing from the past and fashioning empowering situations that shape the future; soon, though, your creation will be under scrutiny, as all creations must be at some point, and the pressure of having eyes on that aren’t your own is building. You look at it with love (or at least the loyalty Dr. Frankenstein showed his creation), while others will definitely be more critical–and you need to be ready for that. It’s time, then, to begin shaping your creation to meet an audience–not altering it so much as smoothing out the rough edges and insuring your vision is all of a piece. With your usual thoroughness, Capricorn, you have nothing to worry about. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 26 December

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Molinos La Mancha
Author Hugo Díaz-Regañón Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic via Wikimedia Commons

To say this will be a creative year for you, dear Capricorn, is an understatement; the coming 12 months, through to your next birthday, may be seminal in terms of bringing what the Soul dreams into reality. Of course, that takes a different form for each individual born on this date, but you can find some hints: matters of the Houses where natal Neptune, natal Sun, and transiting Neptune all sit will figure in; look for biggest results keyed to the House where your natal Earth is posited (Earth is found directly opposite the Sun in all charts); and watch the role of the emotions in making these dreams come true–it will play a major part in motivating and inspiring you. Visualization is your friend; so is being imaginative during tasks and events you don’t usually consider creative ones. One thing you must have to make this work: a strong home front, mate relationship, and/ or dedication to what matters to you–one or more of these will be your source of power. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Born Today 25 December

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You may feel a little like your Cardinal compadre Libra during the early part of this coming year, Cappy, as you deal with dual matters, each of which wants your attention. Pieter de Hooch {{PD}}

You may feel a little like your Cardinal compadre Libra during the early part of this coming year, Cappy, as you deal with dual matters, each of which wants your attention. Pieter de Hooch {{PD}}

You may be caught, dear Capricorn, between handling those matters you thought you could ignore, but which you’ve seen just won’t go away, and with losing yourself in some new creative endeavor (or in some matter of the natal House containing or with Pisces on the cusp). Both are pulling the spirit; without attending to each side of the equation, though, you won’t make any headway with either. That means this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll be managing a balancing act of sorts, at least until you clear up those ignored issues–once those are handled, full energy can go to that creative matter–and that could become a signature expression of who you are. I know it’s not easy sharing a birthday with one of the most famous individuals to have ever existed, but I hope you’ll go out of your way to celebrate the beginning of your personal ‘new year’–don’t downplay the importance of your Solar Return just because it happens to coincide with ‘that day’–this year your rational intellect is especially strong, and you can draw a distinct mental line between the social hoopla and this marker of your own personal evolution that will help make this day more personally special for you each year, forever after. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

Born Today 24 December

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Hiding just won't cut it right now, Capricorn. 'Cinderella'  Val Prinsep {{PD}}

Hiding just won’t cut it right now, Capricorn. ‘Cinderella’ Val Prinsep {{PD}}

Is shyness a perpetual problem for you, dear Capricorn, or are you just experiencing a severe bout right now? In either case, you may feel that hiding in a box is your only option; and I can see why. You are being plagued (haunted?) possibly at a mostly subliminal level, by some serious matters that you have so far successfully ignored, or have even denied exist. Your natural tendency is to withdraw from these issues, which may involve vital details of material matters, your own or others’ rage, reactions to criticism, and ‘dividing the spoils’, which may not have gone as it should/ was planned; now you need to deal with these, in order to allow for gestation time involving a highly creative period you will shortly enter–not clearing up what’s haunting you means you will have energy and attention diverted to holding off awareness or putting out related fires, when it really should go to cooking a major creative or imagination-fueled thing that only you can offer the world. The choice is clear. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 26 December 2014: Off, and Running

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Bruno Liljefors - Winter Hare 1928 {{PD}}

Bruno Liljefors – Winter Hare 1928 {{PD}}

I’ve noticed a lot of people today sounding as if they’re operating in crisis mode, but also clearly in denial about the level of stress they’re carrying; maybe this will help.

26 December we are hyper-aware of our current life direction and the repercussions of our choices, and that may have an odd effect: we could try to outsmart the Universe (by anticipating where our actions might lead) and so end up landing in uniquely disempowering circumstances. What we imagine occurring in financial or relationship sectors could be misleading, and send us in the wrong direction. We need to tap creative powers and apply them to our surroundings, with an eye to where we want to find ourselves in the future; that will turn our efforts in a positive direction and help us avoid moves where we end up doing nothing so much as outsmarting ourselves. (Perfecting today: Mars opposed Juno, Venus semi-square Neptune, Mercury square the Nodal axis, which catches Saturn at the midpoint of NN-Merc, Earth trine Neptune)

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Born Today 23 December

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Edgar Degas 1873 {{PD}}

Edgar Degas 1873 {{PD}}

It may be an incredibly active year for you, dear Capricorn, one of major excitement and change, but it may feel as if it’s all happening on a stage, and you’re just watching, at least at first; you may be too busy putting out fires generated by issues ignored or denied, or even by the consequences of your own temper, to step out onto that stage. Here are some pointers to help you handle both your own ‘performance’ and what may come at you: Be careful with your words–reverence and extra attention in communication and agreements is important; use your best judgment in relationships and finances–there’s no room to spare at this point; and be prepared for actions and choices to feel ‘fated’–because they will lead to your future. Be prepared for some tough going that should give way to a widening of horizons and the ability to learn just what it was all for. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 23 December 2014: Fragile Identities

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William Orpen 'The Eastern Gown' 1906 {{PD}}

William Orpen ‘The Eastern Gown’ 1906 {{PD}}

23 December we may face some serious concerns over how much relationships or the financial situation do or do not support our empowerment, and smart money says we take the long view, considering how this may end up affecting our future course. At least, that will be the approach of those who are listening for the Cosmic undercurrent; everyone else may treat those things we find upsetting us or drawing our attention as much less meaningful than we know them to be. The good thing is you’ll easily see who’s taking a deeper approach, and so be able to identify the kind of communication that may be most effective, either speaking ‘on the surface’ or looking beyond the obvious, depending on who’s in front of you. In any case, respect for others’ communications, reasoning processes, and mental perceptions is necessary, because there just won’t be any room to question or ridicule what others propose—everyone will need to be able to retain a sense of dignity in interaction—it’s best kept in mind that identities are fragile at this time. One thing you can count on: people will be telling you what they care about, even if the message is sent indirectly. (Venus quincunx Juno and square the Nodal axis, Mercury conjunct Vesta, Sun sesquiquadrate Juno, Saturn enters Sagittarius)

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Born Today 22 December

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Visits by winged sprites are unlikely, Cappy, but you never know. Maria d'Harcourt et d'Aumale, wife of Reinald IV, Duke of Guelders and Jülich, in a houppelande, fol 19 of the Breviary of Marie de Gueldres c1415 {{PD}}

Visits by winged sprites are unlikely, Cappy, but you never know. Maria d’Harcourt et d’Aumale, wife of Reinald IV, Duke of Guelders and Jülich, in a houppelande, fol 19 of the Breviary of Marie de Gueldres c1415 {{PD}}

Dear Capricorn, you’ve got a fated year ahead of you–and by fated, I mean one that you have constructed out of choices and have been rolling inexorably toward for a long, long time. Don’t worry, it’s all of your own making, and will happen without conscious attention from you–and if you find that scary, that fear is only a suggestion that you re-consider some of your choices and methods. The banner headline for you this year, and the one that will grab your attention through to your next birthday, concerns the communication of your emotions and emotional perceptions; feelings, along with a strong desire to take action that will ‘fix’ what needs reform and that will allow for true freedom and/ or Self-expression, will likely be the centerpiece for the next 12 months. Concurrent with this, expect your reality to change–and know that will be a direct reflection of what you’ve built. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

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Born Today 21 December

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Ei Kyu: Chaos, 1957 {{PD}}

Ei Kyu: Chaos, 1957 {{PD}}

Are you familiar with that Carly Simon song, ‘Anticipation’? This year for you, dear Sag, that may be your theme: “It’s makin’ me wait, it’s keepin’ me way-ay-aitin'”. Nobody wants to hear they’ll be spending a year with an activity level equivalent to waiting in line–but that may be exactly what you have to do. Here’s the up side, though: you are totally, one-hundred percent, in charge of your world and what changes in it–even if you don’t believe that, and even if some change comes about through crisis or the crumbling of your security or life structures. Now it sounds serious, right? And it also likely sounds a lot more like your typical day-to-day events–and that should make you think. Why would the Universe put your normally stressful and semi-chaotic journey on hold? Maybe it’s because you need to quit hiding from those things you thought you could safely ignore–because dealing with those issues will be the key to a happy, active, and productive year. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Just a Little Lunar Essence: the New Moon in Capricorn 21 December 2014

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Luis Ricardo Falero - Unfinished Song 1882 {{PD}}

Luis Ricardo Falero – Unfinished Song 1882 {{PD}}

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New Moon on 21 December at 5:36 PM Pacific time at 00 Capricorn 06: Self-Possession
Even with generous orbs we only get New Moon contact in two notable ways: a trine to Black Moon Lilith, and a sesquiquadrate to Juno, and it also squares the Aries Point, suggesting the importance of the NM in a way the aspects don’t reveal, such that what occurs may be life-altering. A NM is an inception, but what is born here? In Capricorn we’re talking about energies of a constructive nature, perhaps of containment or for forming boundaries. The Lilith aspect says this Moon could act like a funnel, bringing forward every ignored or hidden matter, forcing us to begin to deal with them. It could also birth a Lilithian rage, a need to condemn every injustice we’ve suffered. And it could bring us to a point of accepting our position as we find ourselves, and then giving us the cojones to walk away from whatever we find unacceptable, in terms of our dignity, our honor, or our Self-respect. This definitely impacts our empowerment situation, but in a very specific way: we are at a point of complete Self-possession, so that any clout we got from partnerships, status, or through others may be endangered because we won’t see ourselves as interdependent anymore. This can be good—we will never again allow anyone to mistreat us—or bad—we could throw out our babies (relationships, financial arrangements, jobs, reciprocal situations) with our insistently independent bathwater (I’ll bet those three words have never appeared together in that order in a sentence before).

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Born Today 20 December

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'Whispering Sound' by Mizuno Toshikata, 1900 {{PD}}

‘Whispering Sound’ by Mizuno Toshikata, 1900 {{PD}}

This may be a year, dear Sagittarius, spent more in quiet contemplation of yourself and the road you will take than it will be a year of activity; the biggest changes are likely to come in relationships and in the area of assets and earnings–but it will still feel as if the real activity is internal. The sense could be that you are about to move from an atmosphere of freedom to one of restriction, and this likely is coming about as you learn new things about your current world; the fact is, though, that what you are now learning has always been so, and you are only now becoming aware of it, hence the feeling of constraint as a new thing. You are perhaps perceiving that options are narrowing–and though the reality isn’t new, your notice of it is, and that will drive that turning inward of consciousness, that consideration of your life’s meaning and choices, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. My advice: accept the reality of what you’re now seeing (because you will definitely be tempted to ignore or deny it), and then widen your horizons–you ended up where you are because you made them too narrow in the first place. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 19 December

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The Whisper of the Muse, by Julia Margaret Cameron 1865 {{PD}}

The Whisper of the Muse, by Julia Margaret Cameron 1865 {{PD}}

Dear Sagittarius, let emotions and intuition be your guide this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday; they will flow from what you know to be both wise and practical–but this advice comes with a few caveats: your ability to connect with your instincts must be intact for this to work–if there’s too much mental interference, or too much of a civilized veneer blocking contact with your animal Self, then this won’t work; and following prompts from emotional perceptions will go well only if you are truly and fully aware of the material reality around you–so if you carry fantasies about the nature of your current role, job, assets, or relationships, that perceptual filter might interfere with the quality of the guidance you can receive. Other than that, you’ll be golden, and can look forward to growing reward that, late in the year, will come from or result in immense change. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 18 December

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It could be a very satisfying year for you personally, Sag. 'Portrait of Helena Marcell' before 1929 {{PD}}

It could be a very satisfying year for you personally, Sag. ‘Portrait of Helena Marcell’ before 1929 {{PD}}

Dear Sagittarius, you may be feeling quietly pressured to either do the smart thing or the practical thing, but your Lunar nature needs something deeper and more mysterious right now, and your heart needs something that makes you feel safe. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, most of your time will be spent trying to unite your needs with what you choose–and you’ll need to accept that the sense that you’re being judged, whether you are or not, just won’t go away; that alone should make you resolve to do what you must, not what others want or expect. Your best course could involve being willing to get rid of what’s done, no use, or outmoded combined with being open to what’s new or original. You can create circumstances that bring a lot of personal satisfaction this year–don’t hesitate, as you’ll gain a great deal by filling your needs and following your dreams. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 17 December

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You know it's time to do it, Sag. Johannes Vermeer 'Het meisje met de parel' (Girl with a Pearl Earring) c1665 {{PD}}

You know it’s time to do it, Sag. Johannes Vermeer ‘Het meisje met de parel’ (Girl with a Pearl Earring)
c1665 {{PD}}

Is fear ever justified? It is if it moves us to do what we need to do. You, dear Sagittarius, may currently be haunted by a sense that you must do something about the circumstances created by secrets, buried issues, and the decay of what was once vital–and that would be correct, you do need to do something. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you are called to regenerate or eliminate a number of situations present in your life. You know you need to; you know it would be smart. To get you started: look to the matters of the natal Houses where Jupiter and Pluto are now transiting, as well as those of the Houses containing Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Pisces–these are the areas that need reconstituting before you hit the really big area of reform, You. Late in the year you’ll find that who you are and what you intend to do with the rest of your life will be the question that’s front and center (and that’s because you’ll have taken care of distractions and rid your life of detritus). You’re approaching a big point of reckoning; take this time now to outfit the psyche and surroundings so you can make the most of it. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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