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}}

Just a little from my New Moon assessment, part of the ECLIPSE subscription package; to see it all, please subscribe!

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 16 December

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It's unlikely your choices this year will be quite so obvious, Sag--but nearly so. Hercules at the crossroads. Umbrian-sienese school, follower of Bernardino Pinturiccio c1500 {{PD}}

It’s unlikely your choices this year will be quite so obvious, Sag–but nearly so. Hercules at the crossroads. Umbrian-sienese school, follower of Bernardino Pinturiccio c1500 {{PD}}

There may be a tug-of-war this year for you, dear Sagittarius, in your heart of hearts, over whether to put your love and attention into making relationships blossom or into fulfilling ambitions. You see the opportunities clearly for both, but may not feel you have the time or energy to attend to each sufficiently–and you’d be right. If you’ll stand back as your new Solar year begins, instinct will tell you which area is the one you truly want to devote your year to; not taking the time to let this Self-understanding rise to the surface could make for a lot of wasted effort with nothing to show in either area by your next birthday. And whether you pursue the relationship options or not, treating others with extra respect and care may be necessary at this time–as is ‘paying what’s due’ in terms of home, mate, or the causes you espouse. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Just a Little on Natal Moon in the 3rd House

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It's all about communicating emotion for Moon in the 3rd. Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 'Confidences' {{PD}}

It’s all about communicating emotion for Moon in the 3rd. Pierre-Auguste Renoir – ‘Confidences’ {{PD}}

A little something on natal Moon in the 3rd, part of a series in ECLIPSE, from the current issue:

To Think They Feel, or Feel They Think, is the problem presented by both a 3rd House Moon and a Moon in Aquarius (and sometimes Moon in Gemini). The individual with Luna in the natal 3rd ‘hears’ the emotional content behind everything communicated, takes in the subtle current of what’s unspoken, and feels keenly every sentiment conveyed by others—and may do it all as a matter of course, without recognizing that emotion as communication isn’t the way everyone sends messages, or feels feelings. Too, they may not be aware that everyone doesn’t run the emotions through a language and symbol filter, just so they can get a handle on what they’re feeling—and so a person unable to express their emotions through language may be a unicorn the 3rd House Moon doesn’t believe exists, adding a degree of difficulty to relationships with, for example, Water or Fire types.

We can theorize that the childhood environment, also contained in the 3rd, sensitized the individual to all those unsaid things, emotional assumptions, and the uneven affections of family and friends to an excessive degree; this is the person who senses everyone’s feelings about everyone else—but that doesn’t necessarily mean their perceptions are accurate. For all their ability to discern emotional inclinations, the 3rd House Moon is not beyond placing her or his own filter over what’s perceived: their filter is the mind. This is natural for everyone, especially those with lots of Air, but may be especially relevant for this Lunar placement as, whether there’s an unspoken message or not, 3rd House Moon may perceive one. Since they believe all communications have these emotional undercurrents, it’s (nearly) impossible for them to see that sometimes, words convey only what they actually say, nothing more. They may have a hard time believing that others aren’t as emotionally engaged in communications as they are.

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Born Today 15 December

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Olaus Magnus - On Whirlpools and the Remarkable Nature of Ice c1555 {{PD}}

Olaus Magnus – On Whirlpools and the Remarkable Nature of Ice c1555 {{PD}}

The reality picture may take on the dimensions of an ongoing crisis this coming Solar year, dear Sagittarius, and the most important thing you need to know about that is: that crisis doesn’t belong to you. Though others may, by hook, crook, or illusion, try to partner with you in a way that makes you responsible for their upset, turning point, or life-on-the-precipice, you’ve got to remember that grounding yourself in values, commitment, and a solid home life (no matter what that consists of) will keep your attention on what’s most important to you; namely, opportunities to expand, learn, reach out, or travel that you are already (at the time of your birthday today) aware of and considering. Choose from what’s offered now; don’t fear that something better will come along–instead, realize that putting effort into a solid grounding in home, Love, or earning/ energy exchange will set the stage for an excellent year–just as long as you stay out of being sucked into someone else’s dramatic vortex. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 14 December

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'i like to move it, move it' Photo by Bùi Linh Ngân Hanoi, Vietnam  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generi

‘i like to move it, move it’
Photo by Bùi Linh Ngân Hanoi, Vietnam Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generi

You win this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius, as long as you do one thing: take action. Sitting on your keister will mean you waste the plethora of opportunities you’ll be offered, or that will gently open up at a venue near you. Keys to making good choices, to making the whole thing work: attention to detail; remembering at all times who you are, where you’ve come from, and what you’ve learned and brought forward into the present–that may sound obvious, but acceptance of the past and your complete nature is required for success at this time; and being imaginative and creative about Love and Money. Follow these rules, and you’ll go a long way. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 14 December 2014: Attracting an Earthquake

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Earthquake, from Five Hundred Arhats by Kano Kazunobu, Scrolls 81 & 82 c1860 {{PD}}

Earthquake, from Five Hundred Arhats by Kano Kazunobu, Scrolls 81 & 82 c1860 {{PD}}

14 December is a day for shake-ups, and what occurs not only changes the basic lay of the land as an earthquake will (permanently, though it may seem more like temporary upheaval and shock in the moment), it also brings those things and situations we have been actively attracting into our reality picture—and all these changes tell us where and how we need to take action, as well as outlining the ways we might want to modify things, especially our surroundings or material arrangements. Are our modification ideas a good thing? Maybe not; even though things may go in a direction we don’t necessarily prefer, we need to consider that what appears, evolves, or results right now is really a statement of our interactive relationship with the Universe—so if it isn’t what you’d like/ hoped for/ dreamed of, you can be sure that re-arranging material matters won’t, in the long run, really matter—only changing what we’re putting out there will. We are disseminating through the psyche and our own ‘vibe’ who and what we truly are—those are the only things we control with any certainty, even as only Soul-deep changes will make for major, definitive changes to the life. (Uranus square Pluto-again! Venus sextile Neptune, Sun trine Jupiter, Earth sesquiquadrate Mars)

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Born Today 13 December

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SON OF BAYOU GAUCHE FISHERMAN DISPLAYS CRAB CATCH. CARTON REMINDS HIM, 'TO KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL' National Archives {{PD}}

SON OF BAYOU GAUCHE FISHERMAN DISPLAYS CRAB CATCH. CARTON REMINDS HIM, ‘TO KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL’ National Archives {{PD}}

Is it just me, or are you having an emotional showdown with yourself, dear Sagittarius? I’m hearing cries of ‘Now or never!’ and vows that this year you simply must know, decide, commit. That’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself, and may actually divert your energy and attention away from your areas of real opportunity, represented in the natal chart by the matters of the House ruled by Jupiter and the matters of the House through which Jupiter is now traveling. These are areas that should open to you like a clam being steamed in white wine and herbs: easily, delicately, with little effort on your part, and if you put your attention here, you’ll have something to savor by your next birthday. Hints for success: respect both relationships and your money–don’t throw either away or take them for granted–and choose/ act on only those things you truly understand–otherwise you could end up going in a much less positive direction. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 12 December

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Raphael 'St George Fighting the Dragon' c1504 {{PD}}

Raphael ‘St George Fighting the Dragon’
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Opportunity beckons, it’s just around the corner, but the idea or form it will take isn’t yet clear, dear Sagittarius–and that may leave you totally frustrated. The only way to get to that point of expansion, plenty, and promise is to focus on what you care about and want in your life; in this case, what will serve you best now through your next birthday will be–brace yourself–facing everything you’ve become enraged about, have ignored, or have abandoned. I know! Not what you expected to hear–but it is the thing that will lead you in the straightest of lines to the most desirable outcome–so really is the most productive and fruitful approach to take. As well, what you choose to communicate, what you convey through your choices and enthusiasms, will have a huge impact on the serendipities you attract and the support you gather from the social sphere–that means that even when it feels darkest, you need to remain hopeful and keep a smile on it. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 11 December

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The potential for internal emotional harmony only points up how you may gain from social exposure, too, dear Sag. Sentimental Ballad by Grant Wood, 1940 {{PD}}

The potential for internal emotional harmony only points up how you may gain from social exposure, too, dear Sag. Sentimental Ballad by Grant Wood, 1940 {{PD}}

Emotional harmony is available to you this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius, but only if you can gracefully detach your attention and beliefs from the past. What was may be holding you back, stealing your energy and scattering your efforts as ‘one foot here, one foot still there’ won’t work for you now. The need is for you to pull your full attention into the present and apply it to a review of your own talents and resources; the Self-image needs updating, and more financial shifts are on the way–so you need to be ready. Instinct could be your biggest asset this year, as long as it’s not driven by fear–then it goes all wonky and is no good at all. Defining who you are and what matters to you is probably your biggest and most important goal–how you do that, though, is totally up to you. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 10 December

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This year the air around you may be a little rarefied and lonely, Sag. Thomas Moran  'Summit of the Sierras' 1872-1875 {{PD}}

This year the air around you may be a little rarefied and lonely, Sag. Thomas Moran ‘Summit of the Sierras’ 1872-1875 {{PD}}

This Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius, the focus for you may be on determining the depth of your own power and authority, on finding your appropriate territory, and on measuring your responsibility toward those people and things currently in your life. You may not be accustomed to taking so much time and energy for yourself, but it really is necessary to nurture your sense of identity and to define your commitments, obligations, and your place in the world; your deep need this year will be to find exactly how you may shine at your brightest. I don’t know how reassuring this may or may not be, but relationships and finances will be under stress through no fault of your own, so putting attention on yourself will not take anything away from those areas–they will rise or fall on their own. In any case, learn all that you can, seek empowerment through acquisition of skills and through Self-improvement, and you’ll reach your next Solar Return ready for what at that time will feel like sudden, light year leaps in progress. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence 10 December 2014: Get Swingin’!

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Swinging figurines of the Remojadas style. Frida27Ponce  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Swinging figurines of the Remojadas style. Frida27Ponce Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

10 December The personal planets changing signs are felt more easily and more intimately than the outers, mostly because they are so involved in our face-to-face interactions, so when Venus snuggles into the warm, dark box where Cappy likes to keep all its favorite things, we may become aware of the shift in interaction and values: relationships may suddenly become about ‘the rules’ and if someone feels unloved, they may take a hard line in trying to make their point. Venus is likely to sulk at first, and then adapt, so expect, especially if your natal Venus is in a ‘softer’ sign, to feel a little put out by all the emphasis on budgets and boundaries—and then you’ll likely find yourself adopting more austere ways, seeing the beauty in containment and control, and finally (ladies wearing pants so your knickers don’t show, kicking yourself high up but not dangerously so, and only while wearing one of those soft helmets for play) getting into the (literal, with this sign) swing of things. (Perfecting today: Venus enters Capricorn)

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Born Today 9 December

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'EL JALEO' John Singer Sargent c1880 {{PD}}

‘EL JALEO’ John Singer Sargent c1880 {{PD}}

Questions of authority, nurture, territory, and Nature/ what’s natural are central to your Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius. The months will be filled with power dances and struggles, negotiations, and not a few trips to the Underworld of one kind or another; relationships and particularly matters of status will be affected and in turn will affect each other. Ambitions and desires will be pursued and, successful or not, will shape the life direction. It sounds intense and busy, doesn’t it? And it will be–how to get through it? Keep firmly in your mind lessons from the past–they will provide needed guidance for the present–and, though it may take you a while to arrive at this conclusion, when you do, your life will kick into high gear; that happens when you fully embrace the fact that you are in charge of your days and what you make of them, you will suddenly find those difficult power situations drop away–and a new sense of freedom will be yours. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence 9 December 2014: Tearing It Down

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This artist's conception shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the size of Mercury. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that a high-speed collision of this sort occurred a few thousand years ago around a young star, called HD 172555, still in the early stages of planet formation. The star is about 100 light-years from Earth. Narrative from the Wikimedia site. NASA {{PD}}

This artist’s conception shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the size of Mercury. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that a high-speed collision of this sort occurred a few thousand years ago around a young star, called HD 172555, still in the early stages of planet formation. The star is about 100 light-years from Earth. Narrative from the Wikimedia site. NASA {{PD}}

9 December we may find anger or destructive urges are revealed by actions, choices may lean toward the negative (so if you want an affirmative reply, don’t ask now), and yet those with whom we communicate show how much they love and treasure us, and it’s pleasant to socialize. Deals can be put together that are profitable for all, but don’t take action on any agreement yet—leave that for later, when the anger (of which we’re probably consciously unaware) has passed. If you want to ‘tear it down’ in some sense, now’s the time to move on it. (Perfecting today: Mars parallel Pluto and semi-square Mercury, Mercury parallel Venus)

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Born Today 8 December

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You can fly high this coming year, Sag, but don't forget about the needs of others, especially those you care about. Caesar van Everdingen, - Four Muses and Pegasus on Parnassus - c. 1650 {{PD}}

You can fly high this coming year, Sag, but don’t forget about the needs of others, especially those you care about. Caesar van Everdingen, – Four Muses and Pegasus on Parnassus – c. 1650 {{PD}}

Dear Sagittarius, how can I possibly persuade you that your mind is NOT your most powerful muscle? Or really, I should say, your All-Powerful muscle? Because with the honed and confident mental abilities you are currently displaying it may be very difficult for you to see that approaching every problem mentally will not really work; in fact, it may make for marked vulnerabilities in emotional areas and in displaying your personal empowerment successfully within the social realm. You’ll misstep in both arenas unless you pull back and temper Self-confidence with humility and humor. Wisdom is yours if you can stay open to new information/ knowledge, to competing philosophies, and to new and unusual influences–if you can do that, the sky may be the limit, with that shining, brilliant instrument you call your mind at your beck and call this Solar year, through to your next birthday. Happy Day, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 7 December

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Thomas Cooper Gotch c1880 {{PD}}

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Symbolically speaking, development of the mind/ mentality or line of thought has reached a peak–and typically when this occurs, implementing conclusions formed is the next step. Do you see a clear correspondence to this in your own life, dear Sagittarius, or are current power situations clouding your vision? Whether you can see it or not, you have reached a pinnacle, and it’s now time to move forward, ready or not. The good news: ambition and desire fulfillment have the go-ahead, and could allow for really excellent expression of your originality; the bad news: emotional issues may cause more than their share of hurt and problems. Don’t let those get you down, though, as you’re in an achievement window that could really pay off, if you use it well. Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 6 December

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The Land’s End Labyrinth (2004), by Eduardo Aguilera Photo by Vards Uzvards Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

The most important thing in your world right now, dear Sagittarius, may be seeing something important to conclusion–even more than one thing. It’s a time for wrap-up and results–how does that make you feel? If you’ve done the legwork, you should be looking forward to enjoying the fruits of what’s coming to an end; but if you’ve been neglectful, dragging your feet, you may find that what you get is not what you intended. Here are your options for facing this coming year after the dust has settled and the results are in, as outlined for this birthday Full Moon in ECLIPSE and modified for your Solar Return: “You have a choice: you can either end this knotted psychic situation, which offers the option of ending your present way of thinking and processing information (Gemini), or you can end the potential for freedom of expression by refusing to face the past and its true impact on your present. It all flows from there, and if you can reconcile your current needs with what you no longer need to carry, you will be strong enough to handle all other issues. Period.” So, it’s simple: allow change to the way you think (because it won’t continue to work going forward) and enter the future well-equipped, or don’t–with ambition so strongly emphasized in your Solar Return chart, I don’t know how you can do anything but alter and expand your mind–because that will bring you what you want! Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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This Week we discuss repercussions of having the natal Moon in the 2nd, get a glimpse ahead at Saturn in Sagittarius, examine the chart of Richard III and his mother concerning his paternity (prompted by the current DNA testing), get a bonus re-print on Richard, Ceres, and his possible strawberry allergy, and look at the week ahead. Order this weekend, the 6th/7th Pacific time, and get last week’s issue as well, which includes the Full Moon of the 6th and the first part, Moon in the 1st, of the Moon in the Houses series–and order before 1 January 2015 and you automatically receive a free copy of ‘We Are All Vessels: Vesta in the Natal Chart’ when it’s released! Order Here  Thank you, and have a great weekend!

Born Today 5 December

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Martin Johnson Heade -'Blue Morpho Butterfly' c1865 {{PD}}

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Are you intent on your injuries, dear Sagittarius, and busy cooking up plans for revenge, or are you intent on developing and presenting your unique, Chirotic skills, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday? If the former, you are on a bad road; nothing good can come of dwelling in the heart of the wound, no matter how justified your aggrievement. But if you choose the latter, Sag (and that’s pronounced ‘Sadge’, not ‘sag’!) you choose wisely, as right now you have the perfect window to exercise your Chiron gifts (to assuage the hurt of yourself and others–yes, after 2012, you are included in that ability–to ‘rescue’, to free, to educate, to ennoble, to enlighten) in your own very particular way. You can, if sufficiently experienced, even lift that Chiron expression to a transpersonal level, offering something to the Collective as a whole–but it all goes back to what you choose personally–so will it be anger and hurt, or will the year be spent preparing for the opening of the chrysalis? Either way, Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

Bonus info: the Sun (with Ceres)-Earth axis fills in for the coming 5 days or so a Mystic Rectangle with the Nodal axis, with Zeus conj the NN and Uranus loosely united with the South. This implies some fortuitous circumstances should you choose to dedicate your energy to forward movement that both fulfills ambitions and expresses your own uniqueness, choices that amplify the Soul’s own power and authority–so who wouldn’t?

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Born Today 4 December

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What seemed like just a pastime before gains big meaning for you this year, Sag. Woodblock print of kite flying by Japanese artist Suzuki Harunobu (鈴木 春信) from the Edo period 1766 {{PD}}

What seemed like just a pastime before gains big meaning for you this year, Sag. Woodblock print of kite flying by Japanese artist Suzuki Harunobu (鈴木 春信) from the Edo period 1766 {{PD}}

Dear Sagittarius, this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you benefit greatly, but especially in terms of Love or Money, by your store of knowledge and/ or your willingness to learn more, or possibly to teach what you know. It’s simply time to capitalize on whatever it is you’ve been studying all these years–and that’s so whether you feel ready or not. Too, this may not be in your current, main occupational line; you may be called in a new direction that you’ve modestly labeled ‘hobby’ for a long time now–but this has become a unique expression of you, and the world needs to see and hear about it. Pointers for the year include: take care to balance your own need for control and empowerment with the needs of authorities and those who hold the power–power can’t lie all on one side–and be ready for Big Change. It’s your chance to be You like never before–take it! Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 3 December

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Be a beautiful instrument this year, Sagittarius. Double guitar from the luthier Alexandre Voboam, Paris, 1690. Photo by Jorge Royan CC BY-SA 3.0 Thank you, Jorge!

You may be caught this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius, between the need to isolate yourself and just Think, and the need to go out and make yourself known by expressing your inherent Power, personality, and authority. These are urges that could be equally termed ‘genuinely You’, and that makes it even more difficult to know what to do. The two questions to ask yourself are, ‘Why would I resist healing?’ and ‘Am I afraid of something I see as my Fate?’ There are no right answers, only answers that will show you how to address the choices that are before you. Here’s another clue: your ruler Jupiter is stationary, and ready to go retrograde at 22 Leo 37; whatever this aspects in the natal chart, whatever House it’s passing through, the subjects of these should give you an idea of what parts of your life, what parts of you, will shift without you doing anything–shifting everything else will be up to you. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 2 December

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You can’t afford to mope and act like a martyr this year, Sag–there are too many good things waiting for you to make the effort. Antonello da Messina c1473 {{PD}}

It’s a cryin’ shame that you’ve been hurt in the past, dear Sagittarius, but this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you can’t indulge in the erratic or the rebellious just because you feel it’s justified; instead, you must home in on those skills and talents that only you have–or rather, you must home in on those things you know you have a facility for, that you do extremely well–and then you must do them. You have an excess of energy right now, and your job is to harness and focus it, to do something with it that you can be proud of–and that you will profit from, because gain by presenting yourself and what you know/ can do to the social sphere is definitely on the ticket for this year–all you have to do is punch it. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 1 December

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Clothes might help this lady balance things out. Lucas Cranach the Elder 1537 {{PD}}

Clothes might help this lady balance things out. Lucas Cranach the Elder 1537 {{PD}}

The exercise of Power within the world, both personal and at the societal level, is the focus of your year, dear Sagittarius, through to your next birthday. You may be very concerned with expressing your own Will, and also with how others wield their influence; the trick will be finding a balance between the two perceptual viewpoints, as the tendency may be to think only about implementing your own wants, on one end of the spectrum, and about critically assessing the choices others make, on the other–and neither is the place to be. What you want is to draw knowledge from the examples of power use at all levels, and then to put what you learn to work in pursuing what you want. A couple of hints: knowledge will pay off, as will a clear and unbiased picture of reality, and a practical stance trumps all other approaches. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 30 November

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Don't hesitate, Sag, to bring your unique voice to the public sphere. Edouard Manet - 'Street Singer' c1862 {{PD}}

Don’t hesitate, Sag, to bring your unique voice to the public sphere. Edouard Manet – ‘Street Singer’ c1862 {{PD}}

Emotional harmony comes later this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius, right about when you take on an appropriately empowered role within the social sphere. You may already know what this is, or it may come to you as you discover something unique or unusual about yourself (check the House through which Uranus is transiting, the House it rules natally, and the House where it’s posited natally for clues). You may already have the role, but have been reluctant for whatever reason to really inhabit it–if so, that’s got to change. Your year is all about communicating your strengths, about knowing who you are as an individual, and then taking that originality to the group. It may not be what you had planned, but it’s what the Universe has planned for you. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 30 November 2014: An Emotional Golem

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Cucuteni Culture male clay figure Piatra Neamt museum Photo by CristianChirita released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

30 November our own minds, what we imagine, might turn out to be our own worst enemy—we may frighten ourselves with extrapolations and ‘What If?’ and may be far too quick to credit the past as better, smarter, and as holding the keys to success in the future. No, that’s not right. Bring everything valuable from the past but realize that it must take a new shape to go into the future; then, if you can clear the mind of fear, harness creative visualization to draw a picture of precisely what you want—attractive quality is strong right now, and so must be turned toward what will be, not used to generate boogey men. (Venus trine the South Node and sextile NN-Zeus, Mercury square Neptune)

Today’s image is a golem, made of clay, animated by what frightens us. The word means “unshaped form” and hints that what pursues, torments, troubles, and seems to bedevil us from without are really just those things we strongly fear; fear carries a charge that can invest inanimate material with life, and so deliver what we are most scared of right to us. Consider how differently those things that frighten us appear when we realize we are generating them ourselves, animating them with negative energy, and sending them out to chase us with a loud ‘Boo!’ Not so scary, anymore, are they? The image echoes Merc square Neptune, described in its current scenario above.

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Born Today 29 November

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Look within and you'll be surprised, Sagittarius. Fernand Allard L'Olivier 'Baigneuses Surprises' {{PD}}

Look within and you’ll be surprised, Sagittarius. Fernand Allard L’Olivier ‘Baigneuses Surprises’ {{PD}}

You’re moving toward discovering who you really are, dear Sagittarius–are you surprised at that? You may already feel connected to values and ideals, but those aren’t You–and without facing what you’re truly about you can’t connect effectively to your real Power in the world–and the current position also means you may promote as your own qualities that fit your image but not your abilities. No matter your age, it’s time to refurbish the Self-image, especially the mental one you carry; you have the capacity to visualize goals at this time, and so can steer efforts in the real world efficiently–but none of this matters without Self-knowledge. Dig deep, be married to the Truth, don’t avoid feeling bad or sad–that’s what created the disconnect in the first place–and embrace what’s new, original, and unique within yourself–that’s where your true talents lie. Make seeing yourself clearly, and honesty, your dual gods, and by your next birthday you’ll have built a brand-new, truer to your Soul, You. Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 28 November

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Tell it like it is, Sag. 'An Interesting Story' Julius Müller-Massdorf  {{PD}}

Tell it like it is, Sag. ‘An Interesting Story’ Julius Müller-Massdorf {{PD}}

Dear Sagittarius, communication and the mental processes may be the big focus for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, for several reasons: thinking takes on a fresh new openness and concentrates on acquiring new knowledge as well as vetting current beliefs and life philosophies; the mind shows a willingness to face issues that it previously chose to ignore, which means problems are dealt with and relationships are hashed out, one way or another; optimism becomes your daily OS; and all this change makes for a new sense of respect, both Self-respect and that which is earned as others see your high level of integrity and positivity. Be prepared–you may go through a period or two when you’re not quite so sure of your mental stance–that’s perfectly normal, and to be expected–and you may get some negative blow back from those who, shall we say, prefer you to be less confident. Don’t let any obstacles, but especially emotion-triggering ones, stop you from this very beneficial re-fit of your life. Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 27 November

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Know who you are before you go forward, Sag! 15th century wall hanging {{PD}}

Know who you are before you go forward, Sag! 15th century wall hanging {{PD}}

You may have spent some time last year embroiled in irritating nonsense, or possibly being deceived–or was it simply confusion? but you are out of the fog now, and looking forward to being and expressing yourself, 100%–but are you really sure what that means? One of the hangover effects of last year’s draining or disorienting atmosphere may be a strong desire to get back to your own interests and goals, but a failure to take into account how recent experiences may have changed you, and so changed what you want. Go slow, at least in the first few months of this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius, and make an effort to sort feelings from thoughts–confusing the two may be another thing that plagues your progress–because until you’ve sorted things out and become acquainted with the person you are now, you may continue to operate under an image that’s no longer valid–and that will of course bring you things and life experiences you no longer want. Get things in order and there are big possibilities for both healing yourself and earning–and those are good things, right? Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 26 November

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Don't let a too-emotional outlook take you off course, Sag. Bonaventura Peeters - 'Fortified Harbour' c1646 {{PD}}

Don’t let a too-emotional outlook take you off course, Sag. Bonaventura Peeters – ‘Fortified Harbour’ c1646 {{PD}}

You and the Collective may not be getting along well this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius; is it because you feel that going along with the program may mean you’ll lose your individuality, or is it because it seems that what the group demands precludes you exercising your creativity in the most genuine way possible? In either case, what you think you know about both Collective energy and your own creative options may be an illusion based in emotion, so before you go into full blown escapism or sabotage in protest, re-evaluate–what you may find is that your true power lies in and through relationships, finances, and your ability to negotiate these, specifically because successful interaction with either money or people requires that you recognize the autonomy and integrity of each; with people the benefits of treating them with respect are obvious, while with money, a thoughtful stance means you send your assets to causes and put them behind ideas that represent your ideals, what truly matters to you–and you’ll glean unexpected benefits from such behavior. Take the time to take a second look at what it is you believe about your reality, and then put your energy behind people, money, or both. Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 25 November

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Gierymski Studio in Munich c1870 {{PD}}

Gierymski Studio in Munich c1870 {{PD}}

You may go on a creative bender this coming year, dear Sag, through to your next birthday, but this attempt to translate a primal, generative energy into your life scenario may cause a great deal of conflict. It’s something you must do; but you must also be prepared for the way expressing yourself will bring the past, in all its technicolor sturm und drang, to glorious life once again. Relationships could be tough and others might not ‘get it’, making for a potentially lonely year. Understanding how difficult this will be is a good start; knowing that what will eventually emerge from all this will be, in some real sense, your masterpiece, should help you see that the struggle, and yes, pain, will be worth it. Facing those buried issues and claiming your strength, wisdom, and your own Self-respect will gain you the respect of others, and will clear the path to that seminal creative moment–so what are you waiting for? Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 24 November

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Fernand Khnopff - 'I lock my door upon myself' 1891 {{PD}}

Fernand Khnopff – ‘I lock my door upon myself’ 1891 {{PD}}

Sag, it looks to me as if the feelings you feel this coming year, through to your next birthday, may be contrary to (and judgmental of) your natural inclinations, as well as those things you want to accomplish and be. This internal strife may lock you in place and make it very difficult for you to aim successfully for what you want. The most effective approach may be to ground communications and thought in instinct, and by acknowledging things you might otherwise overlook. It’s what you don’t know about or recognize as important that might trip you up this year; focus the mind on facts, real-world circumstances, and effectively dealing with barriers, and you may strike a note of genius in implementing your Will and in taking action that gets you where you want to go. Happy Birthday, dear Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 23 November

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What's an Archer to do? Sir Joshua Reynolds 1768 {{PD}}

What’s an Archer to do? Sir Joshua Reynolds 1768 {{PD}}

Memory exerts a strong pull this year, dear Sagittarius, through to your next birthday, and that may take you off a track designed to make the creative, or matters of the House ruled by Neptune, the centerpiece of your attention for the next phase of development. That’s not the only problem: you may also find that matters long ignored can’t be put aside any longer–what’s an Archer to do? Face those previously abandoned issues, and even as you deal with them, draw inspiration from them. The creative is not just about making things, it’s about taking a responsive and resourceful approach to life itself; you have the opportunity to fashion something uniquely inspired and uniquely you in your world this year. Don’t be distracted by what was, particularly by obligations or restrictions; look closely and you’re likely to find that the circumstances that created those ties have either morphed into something else or are long gone–and that means you are free. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

Born Today 22 November

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Deal with your issues, Sag, and you could be feeling brand new soon. Gustav Klimt 1917 {{PD}}

Deal with your issues, Sag, and you could be feeling brand new soon. Gustav Klimt 1917 {{PD}}

This year, dear Sagittarius, you’re a New Moon baby! That means you are offered, one way or another, a fresh start, especially in matters of the natal Houses ruled by the Sun and Moon, in the House where the New Moon occurs, and in matters of identity and life purpose. You’re moving into a new phase of creative expression, especially in terms of your Soul’s purpose and intents, but first you must define the facets of Self-expression, preference, taste, and focus that will guide you in a fresh direction–and that may not be as easy to do as it sounds. The past, memory, and your own rebellious nature threaten to distract and put you off track, at least temporarily, and you may suffer deeply from unwarranted guilt or unresolved rage. The only thing to do, Sag, is deal with it, head on–don’t hide, and what you may find is that difficulties that seemed insurmountable dissolve in the face of your Willingness to see things as they are, not as they once were. Repudiating the past’s hold on you will go a long way toward making you free in the present, so don’t hesitate. Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence, Lunar Essence + the Daily Word Image 26 November 2014: Past Echo

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John William Waterhouse 'Echo and Narcissus' 1903 {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse ‘Echo and Narcissus’ 1903 {{PD}}

26 November actions and choices follow our highest values, and dealings with both money and relationships come from a position of personal strength and sureness in our unique worth—and yet what we do somehow comes from hurt, a kind of ‘making up for the past’ impulse that, for all our success, may leave us a little sad, and may subtly undermine our choices. We can avoid this ‘past echo’ effect if we can free the mind from any residual embarrassment over expressing our own uniqueness, and if we can avoid falling into the delusion that we are in complete, conscious control of our lives and the direction they take. (Mars parallel Vesta, Venus square Chiron, conjunct Ceres, and trine Uranus, Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus, Neptune square the Sun-Earth axis)
1 AM PST of the 26th the Capricorn Moon trines Sedna. We may be able to successfully combine intuition, emotional perceptions, and instinct to firm up and make final some important choices or agreements to our advantage–do it if you can. 5 AM PST the Moon sextiles Saturn and catches Vesta at the midpoint. We may find ourselves swayed heavily toward supporting a reality that respects what we care about–choices made at this point, then, can’t help but be good ones. 7 AM PST the Moon sextiles Mercury; thoughts follow feelings, feelings follow thoughts. 10:30 AM PST the Moon quincunxes Black Moon Lilith in the 29th degree. We may meet sudden emotional crisis in the form of things too long ignored. Now that you know, don’t ignore them! Void begins at 11:11 AM PST; the Moon enters Aquarius at 11:23 AM PST. 6:30 PM PST the Moon trines Earth. Surroundings are likely to be hospitable–if they’re not, make them that way.

Fire Grand Trine Venus-Ceres/ Uranus/ Juno=Efforts that empower, show individual uniqueness and originality, and that draw on one’s natural roles or on Nature herself will be highly successful at this time. Pour your fire into a form that reflects you.

Today’s image is a large knife with an oddly bent tip. Does this imperfection ruin the knife? No, it may not matter at all, depending on how we want to use the knife. Don’t overemphasize in your own mind those imperfections we all have and are aware of–they don’t, and can’t, stop you from doing what you were made for.

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Born Today 21 November

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No need to hide or feel bad, Scorpio, if you'll just tackle that darkness. Fleury-François Richard - Valentine of Milan Mourning her Husband, the Duke of Orléans 1801 {{PD}}

No need to hide or feel bad, Scorpio, if you’ll just tackle that darkness. Fleury-François Richard – Valentine of Milan Mourning her Husband, the Duke of Orléans 1801 {{PD}}

Normally there are no shadows bothering you, dear Scorpio–so why is there a darkness lurking near you now? There are issues, problems, disparities in your world that cannot be ignored any longer–and many of them contain the seed of some serious anger you are carrying right now. You may have felt ashamed of your potent feelings, hiding them and so avoiding dealing with their cause, but no more–you’ll discover that rather than feeling shame at your reactions, it’s time for you to speak out, to insist on the place, and the respect, that you’ve already earned. Not calling for this is the source of every difficulty you’ll meet this coming year, through to your next birthday, so the sooner you recognize the legitimacy of your claim, the sooner you can clear the air and take your rightful place. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 20 November

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Joining the group can be fun, Scorpio. Boki and Hekili (Kahekili Keeaumoku II) with two unidentified chiefs on the sloop Kamchatka 1818 by Mikhail Tikhanov.

Joining the group can be fun, Scorpio. Boki and Hekili (Kahekili Keeaumoku II) with two unidentified chiefs on the sloop Kamchatka 1818 by Mikhail Tikhanov.

You’ve got some big decisions to make this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio, decisions about being Yourself, about going your own way or reconciling yourself to a place in the group, about originality, about Self-respect, about matters you’ve been ignoring, about personal rage at the way you’ve been treated, about what you can do to break away from what ails you, and about how you can gain a complete sense of freedom that allows uncensored expression. That’s a lot to handle, but here are some pointers: don’t confuse just doing whatever you want whenever you want with freedom–they’re not the same; the key to gaining respect from others is to have respect for yourself–and don’t confuse this with reverence for yourself, a humorless stance that takes the Self very seriously; remember that the past is past; recall that you don’t lose who you are by cooperating or being part of the group; and know that things always go better when you face them directly, rather than putting them off and waiting for them to sneak up and catch you at a disadvantage. If you refuse to be wobbly and instead really apply yourself this year, Scorpio, you can make some amazing progress, and learn not just about who you really are, but successfully show others who you are, too. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 19 November

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Charles West Cope 'A Night Alarm: The Advance!' 1871

Charles West Cope ‘A Night Alarm: The Advance!’ 1871

You’re entering what in some ways may be a deceptively quiet period, dear Scorpio; deceptive because once you emerge from the cottony-dark meditative quiet you’ll be forced to deal with all those issues you’ve been turning away from, just hoping they’ll disappear. Nobody blames you for not tackling them–and knowing they’re ahead needn’t disturb the contemplative state you can enter and enjoy for about 3/4 of the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. This can be a highly productive time, as your internal world finds its spiritual center and organizes around it–or it could be a period when you wander, lost, hoping for rescue or an obvious signpost directing you . . . where? That’s really the crux of this: that you need to take this time to look inward, come to know yourself in the present, and then choose the course you want to follow when you re-enter (in a sense) the world, because when you do, some serious matters of relationship, rage, and Self-respect will surface–and you need to be ready. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 18 November

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Life's been tough for you lately, Scorpio, but you can put down that sledgehammer now. Utagawa Kunisada  'Father and Son Members of the Forty-Seven Rônin' c1850 {{PD}}

Life’s been tough for you lately, Scorpio, but you can put down that sledgehammer now. Utagawa Kunisada ‘Father and Son Members of the Forty-Seven Rônin’ c1850 {{PD}}

Does it feel like someone finally took those lead weights off your ankles, dear Scorpio, or is it more like you’re climbing out of a box? Or maybe it’s like you’ve been kidnapped, made to wear a hood and break rocks with a sledgehammer, and now at last you’ve been released, and are just getting your first glimpse around and breathe of fresh air. No matter what, the pressure, one way or another, is easing, restriction is lifting, and the need for serious, nose-to-the-grindstone effort is morphing into a kind of unexpected strength and bravery to both stand up for yourself and to investigate and handle those things that, up ’til now, were too much for you to deal with. You’re off in a new direction, Scorpio, and many of the things that were holding you back have fallen away–now’s your chance–don’t be afraid to shape your life the way you want it to be. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Born Today 17 November

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A yoke is really a tool that allows you to get twice as much done. Pisanello {{PD}}

A yoke is really a tool that allows you to get twice as much done. Pisanello {{PD}}

Is that the proverbial yoke of oppression you’re wearing, dear Scorpio, or are you just super-disciplined and super-goal-focused right now, with no time to look up from your Herculean labors to flirt or play or even enjoy what you’ve built? You may see-saw between these two viewpoints all through the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and one thing’s sure: that won’t be fun. It will be up to you to consciously step back and inject a little spontaneity into things, no matter how unnatural that may feel to you at the time; maintaining a sense of freedom, no matter how big a burden you’re carrying, and no matter how willingly you’ve taken this burden on, is vital to your mental and emotional health, and to your ability to accomplish, as you won’t get anywhere if you believe you’re being buried alive. So, keep your focus on your choices and your ability to have an impact; those will keep you aware of your true freedom, and so keep you sane. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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The Sabian Symbol + the Daily Word Image for the New Moon 22 November 2014

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Osiris, photo by Ignati {{PD}}

Osiris, photo by Ignati {{PD}}

22 NovemberNew Moon occurs at 4:32 AM Pacific Standard Time at 00 Sagittarius 07: ‘Everything Old is New Again’

The Sabian is, ‘Retired Army Veterans Gather To Reawaken Old Memories’. That, my friends, is a Re-Union. The implication is that we will see something resurrected, back together again, in imitation of a previous state or condition with the purpose of Re-Membering. This echoes the Saturn in Scorpio ‘setting’ for the New Moon, wherein reality contains layers of memory, mystery, nuance, truth, and many versions of ‘what is’ as seen through varied viewpoints and times—and the NM resurrects something specific to the re-uniting of those who experienced a past condition together. It’s perhaps past contacts brought together to celebrate that past, to re-live it, in a way—or to resurrect from memory something buried, forgotten, or ignored—which brings us back to Black Moon Lilith. ‘Everything old is New Again’ is an old saying (and song!) that may be what we’re humming come New Moon time.

Today’s image is the Egyptian god Osiris, a Scorpionic figure (a god of resurrection and the Underworld) reassembled by his sister/ wife Isis after his jealous brother (Set, for those keeping score) tore him to pieces. Isis put the pieces back together and wrapped them for burial; the one missing piece (the phallus) she fashioned herself so that he would be whole. She was then impregnated by the already-dead Osiris, with the result being she gave birth to their child, Horus. This image fits quite nicely with both the Sabian of the NM (a Reunion) and with NM’s contact to Saturn, still in Scorpio. The implication for we mortals may be that there’s still some seminal, creative ‘juice’ to be extracted from a real-life situation that by all rights should be (or at least appears to be) dead and lifeless. The New Moon may make it clear what this component, if handled correctly, can be used to create; all we have to do is ‘put the pieces together’.

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Born Today 16 November

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Luis Meléndez - 'Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets' c1750 {{PD}}

Maybe your box will contain sweets, too, Scorpio. Luis Meléndez – ‘Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets’ c1750 {{PD}}

Are you feeling a bit of a squeeze starting, dear Scorpio? It’s like the figurative walls are closing in, and will eventually form a box much too small and uncomfortable for occupying. What to do? Even if you aren’t yet aware of these restrictive circumstances, they are coming, and there are a couple of tips I can offer that will help you handle this (in fact, help you make the most of this): willingness to embrace restrictions, rules, and barriers and build them in to your efforts will be key; appeal to the generosity of the social circle when you need help–they in fact will be much more supportive than you might think, and, if you play your cards right, could offer a steady source of clients, customers, audiences, company, or just plain guardian angels; and you must be willing to both stand up for yourself (don’t expect that social support–go at things as if it all relies on you), and be open to facing those issues you may have put off, ignored, or been in denial about–these will bring unexpected benefits in the handling. It won’t be an easy year, Scorpio, but it could be an amazing one. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 15 November

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Yes Scorpio, you WILL see the forest, in spite of the trees. Klimt 'Beech Grove I' {{PD}}

Yes Scorpio, you WILL see the forest, in spite of the trees. Klimt ‘Beech Grove I’ {{PD}}

For you, dear Scorpio, the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may bring a time of discovery, specifically of those things that have been in your psychic ‘blind spot’ for a long time now. You’ll be given the instinctual guidance needed to puzzle these influences out and to see clearly how they’ve affected the reality picture you currently occupy–and you’ll see how it’s imperative you make any changes you want to make soon, before the coming lock-down. Yes, you’re approaching a period when you may not have the freedom to maneuver that you enjoy now; you could enter a time of serious commitment, a time when you’ll see a lot of what you’ve created (whether you are aware of these things consciously or not) materialize. It could be a revelation, finding out where your energy has really been going–but isn’t that the fun of life? Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

A Little More on Sun-Saturn

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If you’re having monumental energy lows right now, that could be Sun-Saturn; though that’s usually reserved for Saturn’s transits to your natal Sun, the two planets meeting, even when not directly connected to your chart, can suppress energy and identity to the extreme, especially if your Sun or Saturn is currently (by receiving transits, Solar Arcs, or Secondary Progressions) or natally prominent in your chart. I found myself wanting to do nothing but sleep–and then I realized it might be the effect of the transit–I was literally suppressing myself with what felt like fatigue. What’s the antidote? Doing (Saturn) what expresses the Self/ Soul intent (Sun). And in this kind of doing, we must ask some questions.

A Saturn event can be like a locked door for which we’ve lost the key; we see the barrier, and we believe we know how to get through–but we don’t consider that there may be more ways to handle this barrier than initially occur to us. We may search for the key, desperate and helpless-feeling, and should we choose an alternative approach, the very nature of Saturn pushes us toward using force: we try to knock the door down, to splinter it off the hinges, just to get through. Perhaps we’d do better at these times to ask why the door is there in the first place. We should determine if our goal is really worth pursuing, at least in the form we see it in now. We might consider less Saturnian ways to achieve it: exiting through another figurative door, or using a window! Or taking some other metaphorical opening that gets us to the other side of something. And we might just consider that this is an expression of the wisdom of the Universe: not now, not yet, maybe later, maybe never, do something else. That last consideration is where I always end up–trusting that what’s put before me has meaning, whether I understand it or not.

Sun Conjunct Saturn: It’s an Old Story

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Saturn asks us to do--and that takes form, shape, discipline. Adolph Menzel - 'Atelierwand' (Atelier Wall--wall in the Artist's studio) 1851 {{PD}}

Saturn asks us to do–and that takes form, shape, discipline. Adolph Menzel – ‘Atelierwand’ (Atelier Wall–wall in the Artist’s studio) 1851 {{PD}}

It’s the same old story: the Sun and Saturn meet, this time in Scorpio and opposed Earth-Sedna, and the hand-wringing begins–and who can blame us? Most people have a special kind of anxiety surrounding Saturn; they see him as the zodiacal meanie, a paternal figure who never got beyond finger-shaking admonitions and curfew impositions and grounding those who didn’t follow ‘the rules’. The thing is, though, that the more we resist Saturn, the more we refuse to exercise personal Self-discipline, the more that disowned energy pattern shows up externally, in the circumstances of our lives. We tend to pick and choose our disciplines, and we tend to think one form of discipline ‘makes up’ for other, looser areas of conduct. The highly-trained yoga instructor who doesn’t bother to pay her bills on time, the accountant who tracks every penny and always pays on time who throws down his trash wherever he happens to be, the Artist who executes highly disciplined work but who hasn’t seen a doctor or dentist in years–all are choosing a single area in which to show restraint (and you’ll notice, it’s an area in life they believe is important, and see as a statement of the spiritual and of identity) and treating with disdain other areas of life–and in their choices they may show disrespect for others, for themselves, or for both. They are acting out their beliefs, and are engaged in a very Saturnian thing: judging some areas as important, others as not–and then they are surprised when the Universe comes along and says, “Oh, look over here–you don’t have your shit together, and now it’s going to hurt/ cost you/ keep you from moving forward.’

Some people like to say: Saturn’s stopping me from the outside; there’s nothing I can do. Au contraire–the externals are merely reflecting, usually in highly concrete ‘language’, what it is you are denying within. Yes, to lack discipline is a form of denial; it’s a statement that tells the Cosmos you refuse to contain, form, shape, or organize a particular portion of your life. But what about those who are doing their best, who are not (as far as they are aware) ignoring any pocket of their life? When they suffer, we have another possibility: if they are not being honest with themselves, if they have arranged their energy usage in a manner that’s artificial in relation to their Beingness, they may find Saturn coming at them from all directions–and quite often, it is because their real-life behaviors don’t match their life philosophy, stated behaviors, and/ or their beliefs about themselves. The dissonance creates a negative vibrational space into which Saturn stuffs the ‘material’ of the deficit, the lack in your life; it’s as if Saturn fills it in, and keeps what’s missing out. If you are suffering a lack, the obvious (but often totally effective) thing to do is to take a thorough look at your own attitudes and behaviors surrounding the subject of that lack. If you long for freedom but train elephants for the circus, no matter how well you treat them, there comes a point when you need to acknowledge that these animals are not meant to be subjugated–they need freedom, too. If you long to be loved for who you are but are a coy game-player with others, how long before you see that, if they can’t see you as you are, they can’t love you? If you find you never have enough money, in what way are you stingy with others? And all these involve a spiritual component, a kind of Saturnian judgment that, when exercised out-of-balance by the individual, results in restriction.

Saturn is your friend. For these two days, it shines a bright light on what is, on your reality, and it shows you, through the material world, what needs to change within. That’s not harsh, that’s not mean, that’s life–and anyone determined to turn away from it is probably having a Saturnian crisis of their own.

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Born Today 14 November

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‘Construction du Temple de Jérusalem’
Jean Fouquet c1470 {{PD}}

You’re aiming for solid results and constructive action this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, through to your next birthday, but what you need to watch out for are the influences of those things you don’t know lurk within your own psyche. Instincts designed to keep you safe may cause you to be hesitant and over-protective, while issues that reside in the mental ‘blind spot’, visible to others but not to you, may exert a push or pull that can unexpectedly throw things into chaos. The solution may lie, not in excavating these areas (though certainly, that will eventually need to be done) but in keeping yourself focused on facts and the concrete, on what’s measurable and able to be physically handled; that way you don’t become distracted by odd feelings and unconscious sensations that could worm their way into projects and distort (or even halt) progress. Too, this year you have a gift for originality and Self-promotion (and a corresponding generosity)–let yourself shine! Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 13 November

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Don't get distracted, Scorpio, by old men offering grapes. Ángel Zárraga 'The Gift' 1910 {{PD}}

Don’t get distracted, Scorpio, by old men offering grapes. Ángel Zárraga ‘The Gift’
1910 {{PD}}

Expand your world, dear Scorpio–do it! do it now!–or at least, work on doing it during this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–because it’s in making your world larger, in encompassing more varied experiences and points-of-view, in taking opportunities as they come, that you will find fresh success, prosperity, and an enriched sense of understanding that will serve you very well. It’s just that you have to take that first step, and it may be far too easy to become distracted with all the shiny, hollow praise that will be coming your way–no question, lots of positive reinforcement will appear, much of it designed to get something from you, or to move you out of the way, temporarily–but you’ve got to keep focus on what matters: accomplishment that sends your influence out into the world. Here’s the test you can apply, to know whether what you are doing is worthy: if it benefits you and others as well, it’s a good choice. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 12 November

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This year, find out what makes you tick, Scorpio. Briton Rivière 'Tick-Tack' 1881 {{PD}}

This year, find out what makes you tick, Scorpio. Briton Rivière ‘Tick-Tack’ 1881 {{PD}}

Though Self-realization and gaining opportunity seem to be your goals this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, it behooves you to look below the surface at the desire for autonomy, respect, and the right to declare your territory that underlies all your ambitions. If you lack consciousness of these hidden factors, you may find yourself facing repeated power struggles, rebellion from your underlings or those you care for, and competition over something you feel by rights should be yours–and none of it, should you fail to explore your motivations, will make sense. In this case, the social sphere can be an excellent aid to discovering what is currently making you tick, both by commenting on and reflecting back to you your behavior; they offer knowledge (especially accumulated knowledge from those who’ve gone before), and will point you toward opportunity–but it’s up to you to make the most of it. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, 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 16 December

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It's unlikely your choices this year will be quite so obvious, Sag--but nearly so. Hercules at the crossroads. Umbrian-sienese school, follower of Bernardino Pinturiccio c1500 {{PD}}

It’s unlikely your choices this year will be quite so obvious, Sag–but nearly so. Hercules at the crossroads. Umbrian-sienese school, follower of Bernardino Pinturiccio c1500 {{PD}}

There may be a tug-of-war this year for you, dear Sagittarius, in your heart of hearts, over whether to put your love and attention into making relationships blossom or into fulfilling ambitions. You see the opportunities clearly for both, but may not feel you have the time or energy to attend to each sufficiently–and you’d be right. If you’ll stand back as your new Solar year begins, instinct will tell you which area is the one you truly want to devote your year to; not taking the time to let this Self-understanding rise to the surface could make for a lot of wasted effort with nothing to show in either area by your next birthday. And whether you pursue the relationship options or not, treating others with extra respect and care may be necessary at this time–as is ‘paying what’s due’ in terms of home, mate, or the causes you espouse. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Just a Little on Natal Moon in the 3rd House

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It's all about communicating emotion for Moon in the 3rd. Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 'Confidences' {{PD}}

It’s all about communicating emotion for Moon in the 3rd. Pierre-Auguste Renoir – ‘Confidences’ {{PD}}

A little something on natal Moon in the 3rd, part of a series in ECLIPSE, from the current issue:

To Think They Feel, or Feel They Think, is the problem presented by both a 3rd House Moon and a Moon in Aquarius (and sometimes Moon in Gemini). The individual with Luna in the natal 3rd ‘hears’ the emotional content behind everything communicated, takes in the subtle current of what’s unspoken, and feels keenly every sentiment conveyed by others—and may do it all as a matter of course, without recognizing that emotion as communication isn’t the way everyone sends messages, or feels feelings. Too, they may not be aware that everyone doesn’t run the emotions through a language and symbol filter, just so they can get a handle on what they’re feeling—and so a person unable to express their emotions through language may be a unicorn the 3rd House Moon doesn’t believe exists, adding a degree of difficulty to relationships with, for example, Water or Fire types.

We can theorize that the childhood environment, also contained in the 3rd, sensitized the individual to all those unsaid things, emotional assumptions, and the uneven affections of family and friends to an excessive degree; this is the person who senses everyone’s feelings about everyone else—but that doesn’t necessarily mean their perceptions are accurate. For all their ability to discern emotional inclinations, the 3rd House Moon is not beyond placing her or his own filter over what’s perceived: their filter is the mind. This is natural for everyone, especially those with lots of Air, but may be especially relevant for this Lunar placement as, whether there’s an unspoken message or not, 3rd House Moon may perceive one. Since they believe all communications have these emotional undercurrents, it’s (nearly) impossible for them to see that sometimes, words convey only what they actually say, nothing more. They may have a hard time believing that others aren’t as emotionally engaged in communications as they are.

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Born Today 15 December

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Olaus Magnus - On Whirlpools and the Remarkable Nature of Ice c1555 {{PD}}

Olaus Magnus – On Whirlpools and the Remarkable Nature of Ice c1555 {{PD}}

The reality picture may take on the dimensions of an ongoing crisis this coming Solar year, dear Sagittarius, and the most important thing you need to know about that is: that crisis doesn’t belong to you. Though others may, by hook, crook, or illusion, try to partner with you in a way that makes you responsible for their upset, turning point, or life-on-the-precipice, you’ve got to remember that grounding yourself in values, commitment, and a solid home life (no matter what that consists of) will keep your attention on what’s most important to you; namely, opportunities to expand, learn, reach out, or travel that you are already (at the time of your birthday today) aware of and considering. Choose from what’s offered now; don’t fear that something better will come along–instead, realize that putting effort into a solid grounding in home, Love, or earning/ energy exchange will set the stage for an excellent year–just as long as you stay out of being sucked into someone else’s dramatic vortex. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 14 December

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'i like to move it, move it' Photo by Bùi Linh Ngân Hanoi, Vietnam  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generi

‘i like to move it, move it’
Photo by Bùi Linh Ngân Hanoi, Vietnam Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generi

You win this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius, as long as you do one thing: take action. Sitting on your keister will mean you waste the plethora of opportunities you’ll be offered, or that will gently open up at a venue near you. Keys to making good choices, to making the whole thing work: attention to detail; remembering at all times who you are, where you’ve come from, and what you’ve learned and brought forward into the present–that may sound obvious, but acceptance of the past and your complete nature is required for success at this time; and being imaginative and creative about Love and Money. Follow these rules, and you’ll go a long way. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 14 December 2014: Attracting an Earthquake

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Earthquake, from Five Hundred Arhats by Kano Kazunobu, Scrolls 81 & 82 c1860 {{PD}}

Earthquake, from Five Hundred Arhats by Kano Kazunobu, Scrolls 81 & 82 c1860 {{PD}}

14 December is a day for shake-ups, and what occurs not only changes the basic lay of the land as an earthquake will (permanently, though it may seem more like temporary upheaval and shock in the moment), it also brings those things and situations we have been actively attracting into our reality picture—and all these changes tell us where and how we need to take action, as well as outlining the ways we might want to modify things, especially our surroundings or material arrangements. Are our modification ideas a good thing? Maybe not; even though things may go in a direction we don’t necessarily prefer, we need to consider that what appears, evolves, or results right now is really a statement of our interactive relationship with the Universe—so if it isn’t what you’d like/ hoped for/ dreamed of, you can be sure that re-arranging material matters won’t, in the long run, really matter—only changing what we’re putting out there will. We are disseminating through the psyche and our own ‘vibe’ who and what we truly are—those are the only things we control with any certainty, even as only Soul-deep changes will make for major, definitive changes to the life. (Uranus square Pluto-again! Venus sextile Neptune, Sun trine Jupiter, Earth sesquiquadrate Mars)

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Born Today 13 December

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SON OF BAYOU GAUCHE FISHERMAN DISPLAYS CRAB CATCH. CARTON REMINDS HIM, 'TO KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL' National Archives {{PD}}

SON OF BAYOU GAUCHE FISHERMAN DISPLAYS CRAB CATCH. CARTON REMINDS HIM, ‘TO KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL’ National Archives {{PD}}

Is it just me, or are you having an emotional showdown with yourself, dear Sagittarius? I’m hearing cries of ‘Now or never!’ and vows that this year you simply must know, decide, commit. That’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself, and may actually divert your energy and attention away from your areas of real opportunity, represented in the natal chart by the matters of the House ruled by Jupiter and the matters of the House through which Jupiter is now traveling. These are areas that should open to you like a clam being steamed in white wine and herbs: easily, delicately, with little effort on your part, and if you put your attention here, you’ll have something to savor by your next birthday. Hints for success: respect both relationships and your money–don’t throw either away or take them for granted–and choose/ act on only those things you truly understand–otherwise you could end up going in a much less positive direction. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 12 December

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Raphael 'St George Fighting the Dragon' c1504 {{PD}}

Raphael ‘St George Fighting the Dragon’
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Opportunity beckons, it’s just around the corner, but the idea or form it will take isn’t yet clear, dear Sagittarius–and that may leave you totally frustrated. The only way to get to that point of expansion, plenty, and promise is to focus on what you care about and want in your life; in this case, what will serve you best now through your next birthday will be–brace yourself–facing everything you’ve become enraged about, have ignored, or have abandoned. I know! Not what you expected to hear–but it is the thing that will lead you in the straightest of lines to the most desirable outcome–so really is the most productive and fruitful approach to take. As well, what you choose to communicate, what you convey through your choices and enthusiasms, will have a huge impact on the serendipities you attract and the support you gather from the social sphere–that means that even when it feels darkest, you need to remain hopeful and keep a smile on it. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 11 December

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The potential for internal emotional harmony only points up how you may gain from social exposure, too, dear Sag. Sentimental Ballad by Grant Wood, 1940 {{PD}}

The potential for internal emotional harmony only points up how you may gain from social exposure, too, dear Sag. Sentimental Ballad by Grant Wood, 1940 {{PD}}

Emotional harmony is available to you this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius, but only if you can gracefully detach your attention and beliefs from the past. What was may be holding you back, stealing your energy and scattering your efforts as ‘one foot here, one foot still there’ won’t work for you now. The need is for you to pull your full attention into the present and apply it to a review of your own talents and resources; the Self-image needs updating, and more financial shifts are on the way–so you need to be ready. Instinct could be your biggest asset this year, as long as it’s not driven by fear–then it goes all wonky and is no good at all. Defining who you are and what matters to you is probably your biggest and most important goal–how you do that, though, is totally up to you. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 10 December

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This year the air around you may be a little rarefied and lonely, Sag. Thomas Moran  'Summit of the Sierras' 1872-1875 {{PD}}

This year the air around you may be a little rarefied and lonely, Sag. Thomas Moran ‘Summit of the Sierras’ 1872-1875 {{PD}}

This Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius, the focus for you may be on determining the depth of your own power and authority, on finding your appropriate territory, and on measuring your responsibility toward those people and things currently in your life. You may not be accustomed to taking so much time and energy for yourself, but it really is necessary to nurture your sense of identity and to define your commitments, obligations, and your place in the world; your deep need this year will be to find exactly how you may shine at your brightest. I don’t know how reassuring this may or may not be, but relationships and finances will be under stress through no fault of your own, so putting attention on yourself will not take anything away from those areas–they will rise or fall on their own. In any case, learn all that you can, seek empowerment through acquisition of skills and through Self-improvement, and you’ll reach your next Solar Return ready for what at that time will feel like sudden, light year leaps in progress. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence 10 December 2014: Get Swingin’!

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Swinging figurines of the Remojadas style. Frida27Ponce Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

10 December The personal planets changing signs are felt more easily and more intimately than the outers, mostly because they are so involved in our face-to-face interactions, so when Venus snuggles into the warm, dark box where Cappy likes to keep all its favorite things, we may become aware of the shift in interaction and values: relationships may suddenly become about ‘the rules’ and if someone feels unloved, they may take a hard line in trying to make their point. Venus is likely to sulk at first, and then adapt, so expect, especially if your natal Venus is in a ‘softer’ sign, to feel a little put out by all the emphasis on budgets and boundaries—and then you’ll likely find yourself adopting more austere ways, seeing the beauty in containment and control, and finally (ladies wearing pants so your knickers don’t show, kicking yourself high up but not dangerously so, and only while wearing one of those soft helmets for play) getting into the (literal, with this sign) swing of things. (Perfecting today: Venus enters Capricorn)

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Born Today 9 December

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'EL JALEO' John Singer Sargent c1880 {{PD}}

‘EL JALEO’ John Singer Sargent c1880 {{PD}}

Questions of authority, nurture, territory, and Nature/ what’s natural are central to your Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius. The months will be filled with power dances and struggles, negotiations, and not a few trips to the Underworld of one kind or another; relationships and particularly matters of status will be affected and in turn will affect each other. Ambitions and desires will be pursued and, successful or not, will shape the life direction. It sounds intense and busy, doesn’t it? And it will be–how to get through it? Keep firmly in your mind lessons from the past–they will provide needed guidance for the present–and, though it may take you a while to arrive at this conclusion, when you do, your life will kick into high gear; that happens when you fully embrace the fact that you are in charge of your days and what you make of them, you will suddenly find those difficult power situations drop away–and a new sense of freedom will be yours. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence 9 December 2014: Tearing It Down

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This artist's conception shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the size of Mercury. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that a high-speed collision of this sort occurred a few thousand years ago around a young star, called HD 172555, still in the early stages of planet formation. The star is about 100 light-years from Earth. Narrative from the Wikimedia site. NASA {{PD}}

This artist’s conception shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the size of Mercury. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that a high-speed collision of this sort occurred a few thousand years ago around a young star, called HD 172555, still in the early stages of planet formation. The star is about 100 light-years from Earth. Narrative from the Wikimedia site. NASA {{PD}}

9 December we may find anger or destructive urges are revealed by actions, choices may lean toward the negative (so if you want an affirmative reply, don’t ask now), and yet those with whom we communicate show how much they love and treasure us, and it’s pleasant to socialize. Deals can be put together that are profitable for all, but don’t take action on any agreement yet—leave that for later, when the anger (of which we’re probably consciously unaware) has passed. If you want to ‘tear it down’ in some sense, now’s the time to move on it. (Perfecting today: Mars parallel Pluto and semi-square Mercury, Mercury parallel Venus)

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Born Today 8 December

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You can fly high this coming year, Sag, but don't forget about the needs of others, especially those you care about. Caesar van Everdingen, - Four Muses and Pegasus on Parnassus - c. 1650 {{PD}}

You can fly high this coming year, Sag, but don’t forget about the needs of others, especially those you care about. Caesar van Everdingen, – Four Muses and Pegasus on Parnassus – c. 1650 {{PD}}

Dear Sagittarius, how can I possibly persuade you that your mind is NOT your most powerful muscle? Or really, I should say, your All-Powerful muscle? Because with the honed and confident mental abilities you are currently displaying it may be very difficult for you to see that approaching every problem mentally will not really work; in fact, it may make for marked vulnerabilities in emotional areas and in displaying your personal empowerment successfully within the social realm. You’ll misstep in both arenas unless you pull back and temper Self-confidence with humility and humor. Wisdom is yours if you can stay open to new information/ knowledge, to competing philosophies, and to new and unusual influences–if you can do that, the sky may be the limit, with that shining, brilliant instrument you call your mind at your beck and call this Solar year, through to your next birthday. Happy Day, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 7 December

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Thomas Cooper Gotch c1880 {{PD}}

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Symbolically speaking, development of the mind/ mentality or line of thought has reached a peak–and typically when this occurs, implementing conclusions formed is the next step. Do you see a clear correspondence to this in your own life, dear Sagittarius, or are current power situations clouding your vision? Whether you can see it or not, you have reached a pinnacle, and it’s now time to move forward, ready or not. The good news: ambition and desire fulfillment have the go-ahead, and could allow for really excellent expression of your originality; the bad news: emotional issues may cause more than their share of hurt and problems. Don’t let those get you down, though, as you’re in an achievement window that could really pay off, if you use it well. Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 6 December

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The Land’s End Labyrinth (2004), by Eduardo Aguilera Photo by Vards Uzvards Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

The most important thing in your world right now, dear Sagittarius, may be seeing something important to conclusion–even more than one thing. It’s a time for wrap-up and results–how does that make you feel? If you’ve done the legwork, you should be looking forward to enjoying the fruits of what’s coming to an end; but if you’ve been neglectful, dragging your feet, you may find that what you get is not what you intended. Here are your options for facing this coming year after the dust has settled and the results are in, as outlined for this birthday Full Moon in ECLIPSE and modified for your Solar Return: “You have a choice: you can either end this knotted psychic situation, which offers the option of ending your present way of thinking and processing information (Gemini), or you can end the potential for freedom of expression by refusing to face the past and its true impact on your present. It all flows from there, and if you can reconcile your current needs with what you no longer need to carry, you will be strong enough to handle all other issues. Period.” So, it’s simple: allow change to the way you think (because it won’t continue to work going forward) and enter the future well-equipped, or don’t–with ambition so strongly emphasized in your Solar Return chart, I don’t know how you can do anything but alter and expand your mind–because that will bring you what you want! Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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This Week we discuss repercussions of having the natal Moon in the 2nd, get a glimpse ahead at Saturn in Sagittarius, examine the chart of Richard III and his mother concerning his paternity (prompted by the current DNA testing), get a bonus re-print on Richard, Ceres, and his possible strawberry allergy, and look at the week ahead. Order this weekend, the 6th/7th Pacific time, and get last week’s issue as well, which includes the Full Moon of the 6th and the first part, Moon in the 1st, of the Moon in the Houses series–and order before 1 January 2015 and you automatically receive a free copy of ‘We Are All Vessels: Vesta in the Natal Chart’ when it’s released! Order Here  Thank you, and have a great weekend!

Born Today 5 December

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Martin Johnson Heade -'Blue Morpho Butterfly' c1865 {{PD}}

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Are you intent on your injuries, dear Sagittarius, and busy cooking up plans for revenge, or are you intent on developing and presenting your unique, Chirotic skills, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday? If the former, you are on a bad road; nothing good can come of dwelling in the heart of the wound, no matter how justified your aggrievement. But if you choose the latter, Sag (and that’s pronounced ‘Sadge’, not ‘sag’!) you choose wisely, as right now you have the perfect window to exercise your Chiron gifts (to assuage the hurt of yourself and others–yes, after 2012, you are included in that ability–to ‘rescue’, to free, to educate, to ennoble, to enlighten) in your own very particular way. You can, if sufficiently experienced, even lift that Chiron expression to a transpersonal level, offering something to the Collective as a whole–but it all goes back to what you choose personally–so will it be anger and hurt, or will the year be spent preparing for the opening of the chrysalis? Either way, Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

Bonus info: the Sun (with Ceres)-Earth axis fills in for the coming 5 days or so a Mystic Rectangle with the Nodal axis, with Zeus conj the NN and Uranus loosely united with the South. This implies some fortuitous circumstances should you choose to dedicate your energy to forward movement that both fulfills ambitions and expresses your own uniqueness, choices that amplify the Soul’s own power and authority–so who wouldn’t?

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Born Today 4 December

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What seemed like just a pastime before gains big meaning for you this year, Sag. Woodblock print of kite flying by Japanese artist Suzuki Harunobu (鈴木 春信) from the Edo period 1766 {{PD}}

What seemed like just a pastime before gains big meaning for you this year, Sag. Woodblock print of kite flying by Japanese artist Suzuki Harunobu (鈴木 春信) from the Edo period 1766 {{PD}}

Dear Sagittarius, this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you benefit greatly, but especially in terms of Love or Money, by your store of knowledge and/ or your willingness to learn more, or possibly to teach what you know. It’s simply time to capitalize on whatever it is you’ve been studying all these years–and that’s so whether you feel ready or not. Too, this may not be in your current, main occupational line; you may be called in a new direction that you’ve modestly labeled ‘hobby’ for a long time now–but this has become a unique expression of you, and the world needs to see and hear about it. Pointers for the year include: take care to balance your own need for control and empowerment with the needs of authorities and those who hold the power–power can’t lie all on one side–and be ready for Big Change. It’s your chance to be You like never before–take it! Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 3 December

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Be a beautiful instrument this year, Sagittarius. Double guitar from the luthier Alexandre Voboam, Paris, 1690. Photo by Jorge Royan CC BY-SA 3.0 Thank you, Jorge!

You may be caught this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius, between the need to isolate yourself and just Think, and the need to go out and make yourself known by expressing your inherent Power, personality, and authority. These are urges that could be equally termed ‘genuinely You’, and that makes it even more difficult to know what to do. The two questions to ask yourself are, ‘Why would I resist healing?’ and ‘Am I afraid of something I see as my Fate?’ There are no right answers, only answers that will show you how to address the choices that are before you. Here’s another clue: your ruler Jupiter is stationary, and ready to go retrograde at 22 Leo 37; whatever this aspects in the natal chart, whatever House it’s passing through, the subjects of these should give you an idea of what parts of your life, what parts of you, will shift without you doing anything–shifting everything else will be up to you. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 2 December

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You can’t afford to mope and act like a martyr this year, Sag–there are too many good things waiting for you to make the effort. Antonello da Messina c1473 {{PD}}

It’s a cryin’ shame that you’ve been hurt in the past, dear Sagittarius, but this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you can’t indulge in the erratic or the rebellious just because you feel it’s justified; instead, you must home in on those skills and talents that only you have–or rather, you must home in on those things you know you have a facility for, that you do extremely well–and then you must do them. You have an excess of energy right now, and your job is to harness and focus it, to do something with it that you can be proud of–and that you will profit from, because gain by presenting yourself and what you know/ can do to the social sphere is definitely on the ticket for this year–all you have to do is punch it. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 1 December

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Clothes might help this lady balance things out. Lucas Cranach the Elder 1537 {{PD}}

Clothes might help this lady balance things out. Lucas Cranach the Elder 1537 {{PD}}

The exercise of Power within the world, both personal and at the societal level, is the focus of your year, dear Sagittarius, through to your next birthday. You may be very concerned with expressing your own Will, and also with how others wield their influence; the trick will be finding a balance between the two perceptual viewpoints, as the tendency may be to think only about implementing your own wants, on one end of the spectrum, and about critically assessing the choices others make, on the other–and neither is the place to be. What you want is to draw knowledge from the examples of power use at all levels, and then to put what you learn to work in pursuing what you want. A couple of hints: knowledge will pay off, as will a clear and unbiased picture of reality, and a practical stance trumps all other approaches. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Born Today 30 November

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Don't hesitate, Sag, to bring your unique voice to the public sphere. Edouard Manet - 'Street Singer' c1862 {{PD}}

Don’t hesitate, Sag, to bring your unique voice to the public sphere. Edouard Manet – ‘Street Singer’ c1862 {{PD}}

Emotional harmony comes later this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius, right about when you take on an appropriately empowered role within the social sphere. You may already know what this is, or it may come to you as you discover something unique or unusual about yourself (check the House through which Uranus is transiting, the House it rules natally, and the House where it’s posited natally for clues). You may already have the role, but have been reluctant for whatever reason to really inhabit it–if so, that’s got to change. Your year is all about communicating your strengths, about knowing who you are as an individual, and then taking that originality to the group. It may not be what you had planned, but it’s what the Universe has planned for you. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 30 November 2014: An Emotional Golem

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Cucuteni Culture male clay figure Piatra Neamt museum Photo by CristianChirita released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

30 November our own minds, what we imagine, might turn out to be our own worst enemy—we may frighten ourselves with extrapolations and ‘What If?’ and may be far too quick to credit the past as better, smarter, and as holding the keys to success in the future. No, that’s not right. Bring everything valuable from the past but realize that it must take a new shape to go into the future; then, if you can clear the mind of fear, harness creative visualization to draw a picture of precisely what you want—attractive quality is strong right now, and so must be turned toward what will be, not used to generate boogey men. (Venus trine the South Node and sextile NN-Zeus, Mercury square Neptune)

Today’s image is a golem, made of clay, animated by what frightens us. The word means “unshaped form” and hints that what pursues, torments, troubles, and seems to bedevil us from without are really just those things we strongly fear; fear carries a charge that can invest inanimate material with life, and so deliver what we are most scared of right to us. Consider how differently those things that frighten us appear when we realize we are generating them ourselves, animating them with negative energy, and sending them out to chase us with a loud ‘Boo!’ Not so scary, anymore, are they? The image echoes Merc square Neptune, described in its current scenario above.

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Born Today 29 November

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Look within and you'll be surprised, Sagittarius. Fernand Allard L'Olivier 'Baigneuses Surprises' {{PD}}

Look within and you’ll be surprised, Sagittarius. Fernand Allard L’Olivier ‘Baigneuses Surprises’ {{PD}}

You’re moving toward discovering who you really are, dear Sagittarius–are you surprised at that? You may already feel connected to values and ideals, but those aren’t You–and without facing what you’re truly about you can’t connect effectively to your real Power in the world–and the current position also means you may promote as your own qualities that fit your image but not your abilities. No matter your age, it’s time to refurbish the Self-image, especially the mental one you carry; you have the capacity to visualize goals at this time, and so can steer efforts in the real world efficiently–but none of this matters without Self-knowledge. Dig deep, be married to the Truth, don’t avoid feeling bad or sad–that’s what created the disconnect in the first place–and embrace what’s new, original, and unique within yourself–that’s where your true talents lie. Make seeing yourself clearly, and honesty, your dual gods, and by your next birthday you’ll have built a brand-new, truer to your Soul, You. Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 28 November

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Tell it like it is, Sag. 'An Interesting Story' Julius Müller-Massdorf  {{PD}}

Tell it like it is, Sag. ‘An Interesting Story’ Julius Müller-Massdorf {{PD}}

Dear Sagittarius, communication and the mental processes may be the big focus for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, for several reasons: thinking takes on a fresh new openness and concentrates on acquiring new knowledge as well as vetting current beliefs and life philosophies; the mind shows a willingness to face issues that it previously chose to ignore, which means problems are dealt with and relationships are hashed out, one way or another; optimism becomes your daily OS; and all this change makes for a new sense of respect, both Self-respect and that which is earned as others see your high level of integrity and positivity. Be prepared–you may go through a period or two when you’re not quite so sure of your mental stance–that’s perfectly normal, and to be expected–and you may get some negative blow back from those who, shall we say, prefer you to be less confident. Don’t let any obstacles, but especially emotion-triggering ones, stop you from this very beneficial re-fit of your life. Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 27 November

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Know who you are before you go forward, Sag! 15th century wall hanging {{PD}}

Know who you are before you go forward, Sag! 15th century wall hanging {{PD}}

You may have spent some time last year embroiled in irritating nonsense, or possibly being deceived–or was it simply confusion? but you are out of the fog now, and looking forward to being and expressing yourself, 100%–but are you really sure what that means? One of the hangover effects of last year’s draining or disorienting atmosphere may be a strong desire to get back to your own interests and goals, but a failure to take into account how recent experiences may have changed you, and so changed what you want. Go slow, at least in the first few months of this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius, and make an effort to sort feelings from thoughts–confusing the two may be another thing that plagues your progress–because until you’ve sorted things out and become acquainted with the person you are now, you may continue to operate under an image that’s no longer valid–and that will of course bring you things and life experiences you no longer want. Get things in order and there are big possibilities for both healing yourself and earning–and those are good things, right? Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 26 November

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Don't let a too-emotional outlook take you off course, Sag. Bonaventura Peeters - 'Fortified Harbour' c1646 {{PD}}

Don’t let a too-emotional outlook take you off course, Sag. Bonaventura Peeters – ‘Fortified Harbour’ c1646 {{PD}}

You and the Collective may not be getting along well this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Sagittarius; is it because you feel that going along with the program may mean you’ll lose your individuality, or is it because it seems that what the group demands precludes you exercising your creativity in the most genuine way possible? In either case, what you think you know about both Collective energy and your own creative options may be an illusion based in emotion, so before you go into full blown escapism or sabotage in protest, re-evaluate–what you may find is that your true power lies in and through relationships, finances, and your ability to negotiate these, specifically because successful interaction with either money or people requires that you recognize the autonomy and integrity of each; with people the benefits of treating them with respect are obvious, while with money, a thoughtful stance means you send your assets to causes and put them behind ideas that represent your ideals, what truly matters to you–and you’ll glean unexpected benefits from such behavior. Take the time to take a second look at what it is you believe about your reality, and then put your energy behind people, money, or both. Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 25 November

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Gierymski Studio in Munich c1870 {{PD}}

Gierymski Studio in Munich c1870 {{PD}}

You may go on a creative bender this coming year, dear Sag, through to your next birthday, but this attempt to translate a primal, generative energy into your life scenario may cause a great deal of conflict. It’s something you must do; but you must also be prepared for the way expressing yourself will bring the past, in all its technicolor sturm und drang, to glorious life once again. Relationships could be tough and others might not ‘get it’, making for a potentially lonely year. Understanding how difficult this will be is a good start; knowing that what will eventually emerge from all this will be, in some real sense, your masterpiece, should help you see that the struggle, and yes, pain, will be worth it. Facing those buried issues and claiming your strength, wisdom, and your own Self-respect will gain you the respect of others, and will clear the path to that seminal creative moment–so what are you waiting for? Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 24 November

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Fernand Khnopff - 'I lock my door upon myself' 1891 {{PD}}

Fernand Khnopff – ‘I lock my door upon myself’ 1891 {{PD}}

Sag, it looks to me as if the feelings you feel this coming year, through to your next birthday, may be contrary to (and judgmental of) your natural inclinations, as well as those things you want to accomplish and be. This internal strife may lock you in place and make it very difficult for you to aim successfully for what you want. The most effective approach may be to ground communications and thought in instinct, and by acknowledging things you might otherwise overlook. It’s what you don’t know about or recognize as important that might trip you up this year; focus the mind on facts, real-world circumstances, and effectively dealing with barriers, and you may strike a note of genius in implementing your Will and in taking action that gets you where you want to go. Happy Birthday, dear Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 23 November

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What's an Archer to do? Sir Joshua Reynolds 1768 {{PD}}

What’s an Archer to do? Sir Joshua Reynolds 1768 {{PD}}

Memory exerts a strong pull this year, dear Sagittarius, through to your next birthday, and that may take you off a track designed to make the creative, or matters of the House ruled by Neptune, the centerpiece of your attention for the next phase of development. That’s not the only problem: you may also find that matters long ignored can’t be put aside any longer–what’s an Archer to do? Face those previously abandoned issues, and even as you deal with them, draw inspiration from them. The creative is not just about making things, it’s about taking a responsive and resourceful approach to life itself; you have the opportunity to fashion something uniquely inspired and uniquely you in your world this year. Don’t be distracted by what was, particularly by obligations or restrictions; look closely and you’re likely to find that the circumstances that created those ties have either morphed into something else or are long gone–and that means you are free. Happy Birthday, Sag, and good luck!

Born Today 22 November

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Deal with your issues, Sag, and you could be feeling brand new soon. Gustav Klimt 1917 {{PD}}

Deal with your issues, Sag, and you could be feeling brand new soon. Gustav Klimt 1917 {{PD}}

This year, dear Sagittarius, you’re a New Moon baby! That means you are offered, one way or another, a fresh start, especially in matters of the natal Houses ruled by the Sun and Moon, in the House where the New Moon occurs, and in matters of identity and life purpose. You’re moving into a new phase of creative expression, especially in terms of your Soul’s purpose and intents, but first you must define the facets of Self-expression, preference, taste, and focus that will guide you in a fresh direction–and that may not be as easy to do as it sounds. The past, memory, and your own rebellious nature threaten to distract and put you off track, at least temporarily, and you may suffer deeply from unwarranted guilt or unresolved rage. The only thing to do, Sag, is deal with it, head on–don’t hide, and what you may find is that difficulties that seemed insurmountable dissolve in the face of your Willingness to see things as they are, not as they once were. Repudiating the past’s hold on you will go a long way toward making you free in the present, so don’t hesitate. Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence, Lunar Essence + the Daily Word Image 26 November 2014: Past Echo

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John William Waterhouse 'Echo and Narcissus' 1903 {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse ‘Echo and Narcissus’ 1903 {{PD}}

26 November actions and choices follow our highest values, and dealings with both money and relationships come from a position of personal strength and sureness in our unique worth—and yet what we do somehow comes from hurt, a kind of ‘making up for the past’ impulse that, for all our success, may leave us a little sad, and may subtly undermine our choices. We can avoid this ‘past echo’ effect if we can free the mind from any residual embarrassment over expressing our own uniqueness, and if we can avoid falling into the delusion that we are in complete, conscious control of our lives and the direction they take. (Mars parallel Vesta, Venus square Chiron, conjunct Ceres, and trine Uranus, Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus, Neptune square the Sun-Earth axis)
1 AM PST of the 26th the Capricorn Moon trines Sedna. We may be able to successfully combine intuition, emotional perceptions, and instinct to firm up and make final some important choices or agreements to our advantage–do it if you can. 5 AM PST the Moon sextiles Saturn and catches Vesta at the midpoint. We may find ourselves swayed heavily toward supporting a reality that respects what we care about–choices made at this point, then, can’t help but be good ones. 7 AM PST the Moon sextiles Mercury; thoughts follow feelings, feelings follow thoughts. 10:30 AM PST the Moon quincunxes Black Moon Lilith in the 29th degree. We may meet sudden emotional crisis in the form of things too long ignored. Now that you know, don’t ignore them! Void begins at 11:11 AM PST; the Moon enters Aquarius at 11:23 AM PST. 6:30 PM PST the Moon trines Earth. Surroundings are likely to be hospitable–if they’re not, make them that way.

Fire Grand Trine Venus-Ceres/ Uranus/ Juno=Efforts that empower, show individual uniqueness and originality, and that draw on one’s natural roles or on Nature herself will be highly successful at this time. Pour your fire into a form that reflects you.

Today’s image is a large knife with an oddly bent tip. Does this imperfection ruin the knife? No, it may not matter at all, depending on how we want to use the knife. Don’t overemphasize in your own mind those imperfections we all have and are aware of–they don’t, and can’t, stop you from doing what you were made for.

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Born Today 21 November

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No need to hide or feel bad, Scorpio, if you'll just tackle that darkness. Fleury-François Richard - Valentine of Milan Mourning her Husband, the Duke of Orléans 1801 {{PD}}

No need to hide or feel bad, Scorpio, if you’ll just tackle that darkness. Fleury-François Richard – Valentine of Milan Mourning her Husband, the Duke of Orléans 1801 {{PD}}

Normally there are no shadows bothering you, dear Scorpio–so why is there a darkness lurking near you now? There are issues, problems, disparities in your world that cannot be ignored any longer–and many of them contain the seed of some serious anger you are carrying right now. You may have felt ashamed of your potent feelings, hiding them and so avoiding dealing with their cause, but no more–you’ll discover that rather than feeling shame at your reactions, it’s time for you to speak out, to insist on the place, and the respect, that you’ve already earned. Not calling for this is the source of every difficulty you’ll meet this coming year, through to your next birthday, so the sooner you recognize the legitimacy of your claim, the sooner you can clear the air and take your rightful place. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 20 November

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Joining the group can be fun, Scorpio. Boki and Hekili (Kahekili Keeaumoku II) with two unidentified chiefs on the sloop Kamchatka 1818 by Mikhail Tikhanov.

Joining the group can be fun, Scorpio. Boki and Hekili (Kahekili Keeaumoku II) with two unidentified chiefs on the sloop Kamchatka 1818 by Mikhail Tikhanov.

You’ve got some big decisions to make this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio, decisions about being Yourself, about going your own way or reconciling yourself to a place in the group, about originality, about Self-respect, about matters you’ve been ignoring, about personal rage at the way you’ve been treated, about what you can do to break away from what ails you, and about how you can gain a complete sense of freedom that allows uncensored expression. That’s a lot to handle, but here are some pointers: don’t confuse just doing whatever you want whenever you want with freedom–they’re not the same; the key to gaining respect from others is to have respect for yourself–and don’t confuse this with reverence for yourself, a humorless stance that takes the Self very seriously; remember that the past is past; recall that you don’t lose who you are by cooperating or being part of the group; and know that things always go better when you face them directly, rather than putting them off and waiting for them to sneak up and catch you at a disadvantage. If you refuse to be wobbly and instead really apply yourself this year, Scorpio, you can make some amazing progress, and learn not just about who you really are, but successfully show others who you are, too. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 19 November

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Charles West Cope 'A Night Alarm: The Advance!' 1871

Charles West Cope ‘A Night Alarm: The Advance!’ 1871

You’re entering what in some ways may be a deceptively quiet period, dear Scorpio; deceptive because once you emerge from the cottony-dark meditative quiet you’ll be forced to deal with all those issues you’ve been turning away from, just hoping they’ll disappear. Nobody blames you for not tackling them–and knowing they’re ahead needn’t disturb the contemplative state you can enter and enjoy for about 3/4 of the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. This can be a highly productive time, as your internal world finds its spiritual center and organizes around it–or it could be a period when you wander, lost, hoping for rescue or an obvious signpost directing you . . . where? That’s really the crux of this: that you need to take this time to look inward, come to know yourself in the present, and then choose the course you want to follow when you re-enter (in a sense) the world, because when you do, some serious matters of relationship, rage, and Self-respect will surface–and you need to be ready. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 18 November

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Life's been tough for you lately, Scorpio, but you can put down that sledgehammer now. Utagawa Kunisada  'Father and Son Members of the Forty-Seven Rônin' c1850 {{PD}}

Life’s been tough for you lately, Scorpio, but you can put down that sledgehammer now. Utagawa Kunisada ‘Father and Son Members of the Forty-Seven Rônin’ c1850 {{PD}}

Does it feel like someone finally took those lead weights off your ankles, dear Scorpio, or is it more like you’re climbing out of a box? Or maybe it’s like you’ve been kidnapped, made to wear a hood and break rocks with a sledgehammer, and now at last you’ve been released, and are just getting your first glimpse around and breathe of fresh air. No matter what, the pressure, one way or another, is easing, restriction is lifting, and the need for serious, nose-to-the-grindstone effort is morphing into a kind of unexpected strength and bravery to both stand up for yourself and to investigate and handle those things that, up ’til now, were too much for you to deal with. You’re off in a new direction, Scorpio, and many of the things that were holding you back have fallen away–now’s your chance–don’t be afraid to shape your life the way you want it to be. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Born Today 17 November

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A yoke is really a tool that allows you to get twice as much done. Pisanello {{PD}}

A yoke is really a tool that allows you to get twice as much done. Pisanello {{PD}}

Is that the proverbial yoke of oppression you’re wearing, dear Scorpio, or are you just super-disciplined and super-goal-focused right now, with no time to look up from your Herculean labors to flirt or play or even enjoy what you’ve built? You may see-saw between these two viewpoints all through the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and one thing’s sure: that won’t be fun. It will be up to you to consciously step back and inject a little spontaneity into things, no matter how unnatural that may feel to you at the time; maintaining a sense of freedom, no matter how big a burden you’re carrying, and no matter how willingly you’ve taken this burden on, is vital to your mental and emotional health, and to your ability to accomplish, as you won’t get anywhere if you believe you’re being buried alive. So, keep your focus on your choices and your ability to have an impact; those will keep you aware of your true freedom, and so keep you sane. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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The Sabian Symbol + the Daily Word Image for the New Moon 22 November 2014

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Osiris, photo by Ignati {{PD}}

Osiris, photo by Ignati {{PD}}

22 NovemberNew Moon occurs at 4:32 AM Pacific Standard Time at 00 Sagittarius 07: ‘Everything Old is New Again’

The Sabian is, ‘Retired Army Veterans Gather To Reawaken Old Memories’. That, my friends, is a Re-Union. The implication is that we will see something resurrected, back together again, in imitation of a previous state or condition with the purpose of Re-Membering. This echoes the Saturn in Scorpio ‘setting’ for the New Moon, wherein reality contains layers of memory, mystery, nuance, truth, and many versions of ‘what is’ as seen through varied viewpoints and times—and the NM resurrects something specific to the re-uniting of those who experienced a past condition together. It’s perhaps past contacts brought together to celebrate that past, to re-live it, in a way—or to resurrect from memory something buried, forgotten, or ignored—which brings us back to Black Moon Lilith. ‘Everything old is New Again’ is an old saying (and song!) that may be what we’re humming come New Moon time.

Today’s image is the Egyptian god Osiris, a Scorpionic figure (a god of resurrection and the Underworld) reassembled by his sister/ wife Isis after his jealous brother (Set, for those keeping score) tore him to pieces. Isis put the pieces back together and wrapped them for burial; the one missing piece (the phallus) she fashioned herself so that he would be whole. She was then impregnated by the already-dead Osiris, with the result being she gave birth to their child, Horus. This image fits quite nicely with both the Sabian of the NM (a Reunion) and with NM’s contact to Saturn, still in Scorpio. The implication for we mortals may be that there’s still some seminal, creative ‘juice’ to be extracted from a real-life situation that by all rights should be (or at least appears to be) dead and lifeless. The New Moon may make it clear what this component, if handled correctly, can be used to create; all we have to do is ‘put the pieces together’.

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Born Today 16 November

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Luis Meléndez - 'Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets' c1750 {{PD}}

Maybe your box will contain sweets, too, Scorpio. Luis Meléndez – ‘Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets’ c1750 {{PD}}

Are you feeling a bit of a squeeze starting, dear Scorpio? It’s like the figurative walls are closing in, and will eventually form a box much too small and uncomfortable for occupying. What to do? Even if you aren’t yet aware of these restrictive circumstances, they are coming, and there are a couple of tips I can offer that will help you handle this (in fact, help you make the most of this): willingness to embrace restrictions, rules, and barriers and build them in to your efforts will be key; appeal to the generosity of the social circle when you need help–they in fact will be much more supportive than you might think, and, if you play your cards right, could offer a steady source of clients, customers, audiences, company, or just plain guardian angels; and you must be willing to both stand up for yourself (don’t expect that social support–go at things as if it all relies on you), and be open to facing those issues you may have put off, ignored, or been in denial about–these will bring unexpected benefits in the handling. It won’t be an easy year, Scorpio, but it could be an amazing one. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 15 November

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Yes Scorpio, you WILL see the forest, in spite of the trees. Klimt 'Beech Grove I' {{PD}}

Yes Scorpio, you WILL see the forest, in spite of the trees. Klimt ‘Beech Grove I’ {{PD}}

For you, dear Scorpio, the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may bring a time of discovery, specifically of those things that have been in your psychic ‘blind spot’ for a long time now. You’ll be given the instinctual guidance needed to puzzle these influences out and to see clearly how they’ve affected the reality picture you currently occupy–and you’ll see how it’s imperative you make any changes you want to make soon, before the coming lock-down. Yes, you’re approaching a period when you may not have the freedom to maneuver that you enjoy now; you could enter a time of serious commitment, a time when you’ll see a lot of what you’ve created (whether you are aware of these things consciously or not) materialize. It could be a revelation, finding out where your energy has really been going–but isn’t that the fun of life? Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

A Little More on Sun-Saturn

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If you’re having monumental energy lows right now, that could be Sun-Saturn; though that’s usually reserved for Saturn’s transits to your natal Sun, the two planets meeting, even when not directly connected to your chart, can suppress energy and identity to the extreme, especially if your Sun or Saturn is currently (by receiving transits, Solar Arcs, or Secondary Progressions) or natally prominent in your chart. I found myself wanting to do nothing but sleep–and then I realized it might be the effect of the transit–I was literally suppressing myself with what felt like fatigue. What’s the antidote? Doing (Saturn) what expresses the Self/ Soul intent (Sun). And in this kind of doing, we must ask some questions.

A Saturn event can be like a locked door for which we’ve lost the key; we see the barrier, and we believe we know how to get through–but we don’t consider that there may be more ways to handle this barrier than initially occur to us. We may search for the key, desperate and helpless-feeling, and should we choose an alternative approach, the very nature of Saturn pushes us toward using force: we try to knock the door down, to splinter it off the hinges, just to get through. Perhaps we’d do better at these times to ask why the door is there in the first place. We should determine if our goal is really worth pursuing, at least in the form we see it in now. We might consider less Saturnian ways to achieve it: exiting through another figurative door, or using a window! Or taking some other metaphorical opening that gets us to the other side of something. And we might just consider that this is an expression of the wisdom of the Universe: not now, not yet, maybe later, maybe never, do something else. That last consideration is where I always end up–trusting that what’s put before me has meaning, whether I understand it or not.

Sun Conjunct Saturn: It’s an Old Story

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Saturn asks us to do--and that takes form, shape, discipline. Adolph Menzel - 'Atelierwand' (Atelier Wall--wall in the Artist's studio) 1851 {{PD}}

Saturn asks us to do–and that takes form, shape, discipline. Adolph Menzel – ‘Atelierwand’ (Atelier Wall–wall in the Artist’s studio) 1851 {{PD}}

It’s the same old story: the Sun and Saturn meet, this time in Scorpio and opposed Earth-Sedna, and the hand-wringing begins–and who can blame us? Most people have a special kind of anxiety surrounding Saturn; they see him as the zodiacal meanie, a paternal figure who never got beyond finger-shaking admonitions and curfew impositions and grounding those who didn’t follow ‘the rules’. The thing is, though, that the more we resist Saturn, the more we refuse to exercise personal Self-discipline, the more that disowned energy pattern shows up externally, in the circumstances of our lives. We tend to pick and choose our disciplines, and we tend to think one form of discipline ‘makes up’ for other, looser areas of conduct. The highly-trained yoga instructor who doesn’t bother to pay her bills on time, the accountant who tracks every penny and always pays on time who throws down his trash wherever he happens to be, the Artist who executes highly disciplined work but who hasn’t seen a doctor or dentist in years–all are choosing a single area in which to show restraint (and you’ll notice, it’s an area in life they believe is important, and see as a statement of the spiritual and of identity) and treating with disdain other areas of life–and in their choices they may show disrespect for others, for themselves, or for both. They are acting out their beliefs, and are engaged in a very Saturnian thing: judging some areas as important, others as not–and then they are surprised when the Universe comes along and says, “Oh, look over here–you don’t have your shit together, and now it’s going to hurt/ cost you/ keep you from moving forward.’

Some people like to say: Saturn’s stopping me from the outside; there’s nothing I can do. Au contraire–the externals are merely reflecting, usually in highly concrete ‘language’, what it is you are denying within. Yes, to lack discipline is a form of denial; it’s a statement that tells the Cosmos you refuse to contain, form, shape, or organize a particular portion of your life. But what about those who are doing their best, who are not (as far as they are aware) ignoring any pocket of their life? When they suffer, we have another possibility: if they are not being honest with themselves, if they have arranged their energy usage in a manner that’s artificial in relation to their Beingness, they may find Saturn coming at them from all directions–and quite often, it is because their real-life behaviors don’t match their life philosophy, stated behaviors, and/ or their beliefs about themselves. The dissonance creates a negative vibrational space into which Saturn stuffs the ‘material’ of the deficit, the lack in your life; it’s as if Saturn fills it in, and keeps what’s missing out. If you are suffering a lack, the obvious (but often totally effective) thing to do is to take a thorough look at your own attitudes and behaviors surrounding the subject of that lack. If you long for freedom but train elephants for the circus, no matter how well you treat them, there comes a point when you need to acknowledge that these animals are not meant to be subjugated–they need freedom, too. If you long to be loved for who you are but are a coy game-player with others, how long before you see that, if they can’t see you as you are, they can’t love you? If you find you never have enough money, in what way are you stingy with others? And all these involve a spiritual component, a kind of Saturnian judgment that, when exercised out-of-balance by the individual, results in restriction.

Saturn is your friend. For these two days, it shines a bright light on what is, on your reality, and it shows you, through the material world, what needs to change within. That’s not harsh, that’s not mean, that’s life–and anyone determined to turn away from it is probably having a Saturnian crisis of their own.

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Born Today 14 November

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‘Construction du Temple de Jérusalem’
Jean Fouquet c1470 {{PD}}

You’re aiming for solid results and constructive action this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, through to your next birthday, but what you need to watch out for are the influences of those things you don’t know lurk within your own psyche. Instincts designed to keep you safe may cause you to be hesitant and over-protective, while issues that reside in the mental ‘blind spot’, visible to others but not to you, may exert a push or pull that can unexpectedly throw things into chaos. The solution may lie, not in excavating these areas (though certainly, that will eventually need to be done) but in keeping yourself focused on facts and the concrete, on what’s measurable and able to be physically handled; that way you don’t become distracted by odd feelings and unconscious sensations that could worm their way into projects and distort (or even halt) progress. Too, this year you have a gift for originality and Self-promotion (and a corresponding generosity)–let yourself shine! Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 13 November

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Don't get distracted, Scorpio, by old men offering grapes. Ángel Zárraga 'The Gift' 1910 {{PD}}

Don’t get distracted, Scorpio, by old men offering grapes. Ángel Zárraga ‘The Gift’
1910 {{PD}}

Expand your world, dear Scorpio–do it! do it now!–or at least, work on doing it during this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–because it’s in making your world larger, in encompassing more varied experiences and points-of-view, in taking opportunities as they come, that you will find fresh success, prosperity, and an enriched sense of understanding that will serve you very well. It’s just that you have to take that first step, and it may be far too easy to become distracted with all the shiny, hollow praise that will be coming your way–no question, lots of positive reinforcement will appear, much of it designed to get something from you, or to move you out of the way, temporarily–but you’ve got to keep focus on what matters: accomplishment that sends your influence out into the world. Here’s the test you can apply, to know whether what you are doing is worthy: if it benefits you and others as well, it’s a good choice. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 12 November

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This year, find out what makes you tick, Scorpio. Briton Rivière 'Tick-Tack' 1881 {{PD}}

This year, find out what makes you tick, Scorpio. Briton Rivière ‘Tick-Tack’ 1881 {{PD}}

Though Self-realization and gaining opportunity seem to be your goals this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, it behooves you to look below the surface at the desire for autonomy, respect, and the right to declare your territory that underlies all your ambitions. If you lack consciousness of these hidden factors, you may find yourself facing repeated power struggles, rebellion from your underlings or those you care for, and competition over something you feel by rights should be yours–and none of it, should you fail to explore your motivations, will make sense. In this case, the social sphere can be an excellent aid to discovering what is currently making you tick, both by commenting on and reflecting back to you your behavior; they offer knowledge (especially accumulated knowledge from those who’ve gone before), and will point you toward opportunity–but it’s up to you to make the most of it. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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