The Sabians for the Full Moon 3 May 2015

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 2 May

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

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

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

Born Today 1 May

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

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

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

Born Today 30 April

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

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

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

Born Today 29 April

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

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

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

Born Today 28 April

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

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

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

Born Today 27 April

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

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

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

Born Today 26 April

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

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

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

Born Today 25 April

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

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

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

Born Today 24 April

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

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

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

Born Today 23 April

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

Born Today 22 April

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

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

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

Born Today 21 April

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

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

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

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

Born Today 20 April

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

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

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

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

Born Today 19 April

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

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

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

On the nature of subjectivity, and Saturn and Pluto together

Born Today 18 April

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Willem Claeszoon Heda 1634 {{PD}}

Willem Claeszoon Heda 1634 {{PD}}

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

Born Today 17 April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Born Today 16 April

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

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

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

Born Today 15 April

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Antoine Chintreuil 1868 {{PD}}

Antoine Chintreuil 1868 {{PD}}

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

Born Today 14 April

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

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

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

Born Today 13 April

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

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

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

The Horary Giveaway is Over!

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

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

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

Born Today 12 April

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James Carroll Beckwith 1886 {{PD}}

James Carroll Beckwith 1886 {{PD}}

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

Thank You!

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Author D.H. Parks Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

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

Celebrating One Million!

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

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

Born Today 11 April

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

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

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

Born Today 10 April

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

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

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

Born Today 9 April

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Francois Boucher - 'Study of a Young Woman' c1740 {{PD}}

Francois Boucher – ‘Study of a Young Woman’ c1740 {{PD}}

You may feel unusually constricted and constrained this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Aries; this may be the fault of a combination of the influence of organized groups, the discovery of knowledge previously unknown to you, and internal, Higher Mind restrictions designed to keep you safe and on track. You’ll get the message soon enough as to why your progress is being slow-tracked, and there’s a very good reason for it: you are in the midst of serious, intense, deep-down personal change that will radically change your ambitions and wants, as well, so that to get what you currently want would, in the end, be a disappointment. Accept that there’s wisdom to the timing of the Universe, accept that it’s ultimately working for your own good, and by your next birthday you may have a whole new set of priorities and goals, and be very glad you didn’t get your wish now. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 8 April

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Arkady Rylov  «В Голубом Просторе» 'In the Blue Expanse' 1918 {{PD}}

Arkady Rylov «В Голубом Просторе»
‘In the Blue Expanse’ 1918 {{PD}}

Right now it may feel like you’re alone, in new territory–and you may not be able to tell whether you’re being motivated by wounds or a desire to express your gifts, it’s that complicated, dear Aries. Don’t worry, this can only last for so long; then you’ll reach an apex of confusion–after which things will rapidly sort themselves out, and confidence will be yours once again. The rest of your year from that point on may be consumed with trying to determine if your choices are wise, practical, or both. You may be obsessed with only making the smartest and most useful moves you can–but that could shut down creativity and may hamper empowerment, rather than foster it. Try to understand that expressing your unique take on things may be more valuable and more important to you than never making a misstep; too, your best bet with emotions that may be overly constrained this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be to channel them into something that feels constructive–that alone may allow you the freedom in expression the Universe is offering and you should be taking as your own at this time. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 7 April

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OK, Aries, your life isn't really THIS dramatic--but it sure may feel that way. Workshop of George Frederic Watts   'Chaos' c1875 {{PD}}

OK, Aries, your life isn’t really THIS dramatic–but it sure may feel that way. Workshop of George Frederic Watts ‘Chaos’ c1875 {{PD}}

Life took a surprising turn or erratic tone for you recently, didn’t it, dear Aries? And now you may be wondering just what to do. Emotionally you seem still to be in turmoil, and there aren’t many signs on the horizon–so what’s next? You may have to undertake one of the biggest tasks you can imagine, that of consciously healing yourself so that you can get to those Chirotic gifts that keep trying to surface, but that keep getting pushed aside because of surface hurts, angers, and interplay. Going for you: your communication skills are at peak and your mind is exceptionally sharp and attuned to ‘the next thing'; against you: too much worry about what’s practical, or if a desired matter is wise. I say go for whatever will heal you, Aries. Happy Birthday and good luck!

Born Today 6 April

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Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper"  Helgi Halldórsson from Reykjavík, Iceland Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper” Helgi Halldórsson from Reykjavík, Iceland Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Doesn’t it sound like I’m calling you crass, dear Aries, if I say you’re all about realizing material ambitions this Solar year, through to your next birthday? I don’t mean to say that at all; it’s much more like you’re on a mission to fulfill your own potentials as a unique human being–and there’s nothing wrong with that. At your disposal: pure strength, the support of authorities, a facility for negotiation, willing partners, and Mother Nature herself. Working against you: your own stop-and-go mentality that may have a tough time measuring whether some action or choice is really right for you. The antidote is to be super-clear on what you actually value, and what you truly find sacred–this is no time for adopting an empty moral stance–and use your current, natural intensity for good (research, relating) not for ill (intimidating, scaring). Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 5 April

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'Passion Flowers with Three Hummingbirds' by Martin Johnson Heade, c1875 {{PD}}

‘Passion Flowers with Three Hummingbirds’ by Martin Johnson Heade, c1875 {{PD}}

You may be entering new emotional terrain this coming Solar year, dear Aries, and the impulse may be to clear-cut like you’re claiming part of the Amazon to farm–nothing may survive your impulse to get rid of anything that isn’t shiny pretty new. That can be really hard on relationships, unless you allow at least some room for instincts to operate–they’ll save you from the worst slash-and-burn, and give you at least some warning when your interactions or your finances won’t stand up to your extreme techniques. Are you wondering where I’m getting all this? You may be saying to yourself, This is nothing like me! Well, that’s the point: it’s a new you, Aries, and at least for a little while, you might not even recognize yourself. Hints for success: you may be strongly motivated to pursue ambitions and desires at this time, but need to keep an eye on both what’s ‘in’ right now and what the group thinks of your passion; remember that empowerment rests in real-world matters of control, access, and influence–aim to get a least a little of this for yourself. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 4 April

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Your time in the shadows won't last that long, Aries.  By Pavel Petrovich Chistyakov - {{PD}}

Your time in the shadows won’t last that long, Aries. By Pavel Petrovich Chistyakov – {{PD}}

With a Lunar eclipse in Libra dominating your Solar Return, dear Aries, you may have the feeling no one’s paying attention to you–and you would be right. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself and your interests overshadowed by the demands of others, as events seem to happen to them, and call on you to lend your support. This may be discouraging, until you realize that there are two things that can happen in this period, and both are good: 1) you can use this time when attention is elsewhere not only to plan but to implement efforts and then fine-tune them; it’s rare to be able to do so much under the radar, with the result that, once others are again looking your way, you can present your work, ideas, or the changes you’ve made as perfected faits accomplis–and 2) so much attention on others and their affairs will naturally allow you to truly observe them, to see who they are–and as a consequence, one or more important relationships could be altered due to what is revealed. That may not be the year you planned, but it’s the year you’ve got–and you can accomplish a lot, if you approach it correctly. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 3 April

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"Kaleidoscopic-patterns" by Original uploader was Rnbc at en.wikipedia - Transfered from en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kaleidoscopic-patterns.jpg#/media/File:Kaleidoscopic-patterns.jpg

“Kaleidoscopic-patterns” by Original uploader was Rnbc at en.wikipedia – Transfered from en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kaleidoscopic-patterns.jpg#/media/File:Kaleidoscopic-patterns.jpg

You smell really big, permanent change coming for you, don’t you, Aries? And on its heels, you anticipate a renewed chance to address any number of ambitions and desires–and you’re right, all this is coming–so what could possibly get in the way? Every matter, especially those involving the practical, material side of things and their distribution/ sharing, that you have ignored or been in denial about; these things will prevent access to transforming your life, until you attend to them–but, if you do, resolving some of these issues will lead directly to that change you are looking toward–so be ready, once you face these problems, to see shifts like the material in a kaleidoscope, change that can be dizzying, disorienting, and beautiful. Happy Birthday, dear Aries, and good luck!

Just so you know: there are a couple of places on the internet claiming to have free or low-priced downloads of my books available; also a place that says I wrote something about Hades–I didn’t. These dealers/ libraries, as they so quaintly call themselves, are not only not authorized by me, I doubt that what you will get will be the book–it’s more likely a virus. At this time the only place my books are available for purchase is from Dog & Sunflower Press, virus-free! Thanks to all for your support!

Born Today 2 April

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Edgar Degas - 'Les Courses' 1904 {{PD}}

Edgar Degas – ‘Les Courses’ 1904 {{PD}}

Opportunity for you this coming Solar year, dear Aries, through to your next birthday, depends almost entirely on you taking action–and events are aided if you’re well-informed, cognizant of the social sphere, and ready to deal with bigger (and hopefully better) conditions, challenges, and arenas. Problems arise from a stressed or confused sense of your own inner wisdom, and from a lack of personal authority and/ or difficulties with authority figures, and taking a too-analytical approach to things may just add to the tension. However, you will see more than your share of really positive avenues that are yours for the taking, and, if you’ll only stay in motion, positive chance and the luck of the industrious will figure in significantly to your progress forward. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Birthday Bonus Aspect: Fire Grand Trine involving Mercury, Juno, and Saturn=a quick mind/ wit, steady and clear perceptual faculties, and a sense of empowerment that reads as confidence and competence will highlight your year, Aries, and be instrumental in not only bringing you those promised opportunities, but in helping you make the most of them.

Born Today 1 April

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'Mukri bog in the October morning mist' by Amadvr http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Amadvr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Estonia

‘Mukri bog in the October morning mist’ by Amadvr http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Amadvr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Estonia

You may feel some dark matters trying to surface in the emotions this coming year, dear Aries; you may even feel that you are a troubled person, that the shadows you sense moving over your heart, darkening the corners of your mind, and bringing a sense of sadness or despair are harbingers of the direction you’re headed–but no, they are not. You are instead in the midst of developing an acutely perceptive intuition concerning the wounds of others–and in time you will grow a sense of exactly how to help them. This doesn’t mean you’ll actually go into a helping profession, but instead that your presence, and sometimes your actions and counsel, will inform others as to exactly how to handle their woundedness–and it’s up to you to make the example you set a positive one. This is epitomized by the birthday aspect of a Finger of God, base of Venus-Chiron, apex Zeus, which also opposes Uranus–that promises caring-healing in relationships will bring desires to reality and offer both a sense of uniqueness and a place within the group. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 31 March

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Fortuitous meetings may be a part of your year, Aries. 'Meeting at the Golden Gate' by Filippo Lippi, First half of the 15th century {{PD}}

‘Meeting at the Goldern Gate’ by Filippo Lippi, First half of the 15th century {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, the past may live more strongly than the present for you, dear Aries; just be aware that in dealing with this, you are shaping your fate. Dark, hidden, ignored or denied issues need your attention, and your wisdom, practicality, and skills will be tested–not easy at all. However, you’ll enjoy a peculiar kind of material and interaction ‘luck’–just the right person or break comes along when you need it most–and once you are over some personal, emotional issues (involving identity, purpose, and/ or your ability to be Self-determining) you should have a very good year, one that brings new Self-awareness and awakens some long-dormant instincts. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

The Sabians for the Lunar Eclipse 4 April 2015

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'Entenhäuser' (Duck Houses) by August Haake c1914 {{PD}}

‘Entenhäuser’ (Duck Houses) by August Haake c1914 {{PD}}

The Full Moon begins at 5:05 AM Pacific time April 4th at 14 Libra 24, with the eclipse starting about half a minute later. The Sabian for the meeting of Earth and Moon is, ‘Circular Paths’. I’m anticipating that we’ll find ourselves some ‘place’ we’ve been before, but now with a whole different viewpoint and skill set. This has as many possible manifestations as there are people, but the common denominator will definitely be that we have seen, faced, or dealt with either the same or a very similar situation before—and we don’t get a ‘do over’ so much as a chance to, in some way, replace the vibe around our handling of the event, so that what we ‘write’ energetically into the Universal record is much more in accord with who we are now. It’s a re-ordering of the Karma surrounding the situation—and in effect, changes both the future and the past, from our vantage point in the now.

We look too at the Sun for a Full Moon/ Lunar event, and the Sabian is, ‘An Indian Weaving A Ceremonial Blanket’. This suggests that the causal event or energy is one involved in the individual preparation for a serious ritual. That could be anything, any effort at Self-improvement, any spiritual practice, any creative act that has at its center both Soul expression and Soul evolution. The intent is a pure one, and carries a kind of energy imprint into the world, and into the ordering of circumstances. It’s the shining of the personal Sun, making an impact through a Universal event.

Born Today 30 March

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Samuel Palmer 'The Lonely Tower' 1879 {{PD}}

Samuel Palmer ‘The Lonely Tower’ 1879 {{PD}}

Dear Aries, you are entering your new Solar year with your attention firmly on the past: what you’ve done, what you’ve thought, what you’ve said that brought you to this point. Usually we warn ourselves not to be too caught up with what was, but in your case this is precisely what you should do, as studying your past will be instrumental in shaping your future successfully. You will likely spend at least part of your year weighing the price of going your own way against ambition fulfillment; the price of being unique may be loneliness, or even that you must give up goals that require the cooperation of others–and you may feel that conformity and cooperation will bring success, but at the price of emphasizing your individuality. There’s no right balance, only the balance that’s right for you, so don’t be afraid to tailor your efforts to your own particular wants and needs. Both the action urge and communications will be under stress for you all year, but you should keep one thing in mind: change is necessary for you to garner your ultimate potentials in Love or Money–remind yourself of that every time you find it hard to make a decision or to move forward. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 29 March

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You've got to sneak up on that creativity, Aries. Dirck Jacobsz c1530 {{PD}}

You’ve got to sneak up on that creativity, Aries. Dirck Jacobsz c1530 {{PD}}

Your creative energy is strong this coming year, dear Aries, but it may be tricky to access; you may have to sneak up on it, draw it out obliquely through acts that you may not at first classify as creative–these will break any kind of impasse that may have recently kept you from making the most of your creative urge. Your empowerment this year comes from your sensitivity, your willingness to recognize that life is a stream made up of changes, and that you must aim for a particular status that is most comfortable and nurturing for you, whether it impresses others or not. Acceptance of the world as it is will be fundamental to you making big leaps forward in how you see and present yourself to the world, and ‘wise action and choice’ is on the agenda–and that’s very good news. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 28 March + Born on an Eclipse

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'A Casting from Life' Édouard Joseph Dantan 1890 {{PD}}

‘A Casting from Life’
Édouard Joseph Dantan 1890 {{PD}}

Your creative impulse has perhaps been forced to take a back seat for awhile–but not anymore, dear Aries. The creative urge within is building momentum, and you may find, consciously or not, that you are seeking a form into which to pour that spark, a way to translate the energy into a shape others can perceive–but at this point, creating may seem like a distraction. You are currently busy handling things, people, and events formed in the past, and the need to deal with these, to settle, eliminate, transform, or accept them once and for all is strong; what you may not realize is that the die is already cast in this area. You already know how you feel about, and what you want to do about, each particular thing–it only feels unresolved because you’ve been dragging your feet, slow to take action–but that hesitation should be over, at this time. Through to your next birthday, you can wrap up what was and no longer needs to be, and bring your creative goals into focus–all it takes is a willingness ‘to do’. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

If you’re looking for a little something about the effect of eclipses on people born close to them, please see here and scroll down the home page for more on the previous Solar eclipse and the upcoming Lunar one. Thanks!

The Final Verdict on Amanda Knox

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A different kind of Italian court. Andrea Mantegna - 'The Court of Gonzaga' c1470 {{PD}}

A different kind of Italian court. Andrea Mantegna – ‘The Court of Gonzaga’ c1470 {{PD}}

Yesterday the Italian high court reversed the conviction of Seattlite Amanda Knox in the death of her roommate Meredith Kercher. I took a brief look at the transits for the day of announcement, set to Seattle timed for early afternoon in Italy, and compared with Knox’s chart in Whole Sign. What I found isn’t terribly surprising, but it is interesting.

The Moon is passing through Cancer, so is in Knox’s 2nd House, running over her Venus, Mercury, and Sun=a sort of emotional verification of the identity, a validation of the communication style, and a feeling re-connect with the sense of herself as a woman, all of which she naturally sees as her assets. The natal Sun is caught up in a Cardinal Cross, with t Pluto conjunct Earth and the other arm consisting of t Zeus opposed t Uranus=ambitions and individuality/ uniqueness, and/ or a new group role, are ignited by transit, as are ambitions and a ‘new’ identity–and this won’t be entirely easily manifested, by any means (the stress of the Cross). Transiting Jupiter, though currently retro, will soon enough be heading toward trine with her natal Saturn=this unites the 7th and 8th Houses, and suggests opportunity will pour in; others will support her version of reality–with Uranus this also creates a Fire Grand Trine, emphasizing the sudden nature of the event (and perhaps surprising many–there were reports earlier in the week that the ex-boyfriend also charged had already had his passport confiscated and authorities were preparing to pick him up). Transiting Pallas is trine natal Jupiter=wisdom and knowledge, the facts (according to Knox, as this is her natal Jupiter), in harmony. Transiting Mars is conjunct natal Jupiter, uniting 7th and 11th=action by others that makes a dream come true. And transiting Saturn and t Juno fill in another Fire Grand Trine with the natal North Node and the t Sun, suggesting that Knox’s empowerment within the reality picture was the direction things were headed all along, and is now illuminated. Clearly, she got what she wanted–and I say, good for her.

There are a few other things here, though, one being that t Black Moon Lilith, t Pluto and her natal Earth, and t Venus all form an Earth Grand Trine=evidence of hidden matters, material ignored or denied, may be a source of profit, may drive further material action, or may serve to create new relationships or values. T Venus is also opposed her natal Pallas=possibly implying that trying to profit from this isn’t a wise thing. Transiting Mercury is also trine natal Black Moon Lilith, suggesting matters denied or ignored will be thought about/ communicated, possibly through rage or defiance, or through strong Self-assertion. Transiting Ceres squares natal Jupiter, implying a conflict between those in authority/ power and the facts as Knox sees them–this supports the possibility that Italy did not press things as they were reluctant to ask for extradition for someone so many Americans are defending. T Mercury also creates a Grand Cross with opposition to her natal Zeus and her Chiron-Vesta opp Ceres-Uranus-Moon=we’ve not heard the last of this, and are likely to be served a stew of ambition, a display of ‘sacred wounds’ (the concept of the Vestal united with the primal injury) that others dare not criticize, and the use of the unique situation and emotions to show personal power. Hmm. With t NN heading for a Grand Trine with both MC and ASC, and t Neptune trine her natal Mercury, it’s prime time for Knox to conjure the image she wants, to shape thinking and create the reputation and personality she wants others to see.

My husband made a remark that I think really sums it all up. What he said went something like this: If she’s not guilty of the murder, then justice has been served; and if she is, she will likely be like others who ‘got away with it': inevitably, they go on to again run afoul of the law–so, if we as humans haven’t handled the situation adequately, we should know that the Universe eventually will.

Amanda Knox Natal Chart + transits for day of conviction reversal

Born Today 27 March

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'Spring in Gościeradzu' by Leon Wyczółkowski 1933 {{PD}}

‘Spring in Gościeradzu’ by Leon Wyczółkowski 1933 {{PD}}

Is impulse control the issue, dear Aries, and do you tell yourself that may be the only way to take full advantage of opportunities, to learn what you need to? Because you may be right: you care about what you’ll leave behind you, and it almost feels like you have to do everything now, or it just won’t happen–and in a sense, that’s true. You are in prime time to make significant changes to the structure and form of your life, changes that will lead directly to Love or Money–and you know it deep inside. So why hold back? Really, there’s no need to at all–just follow a few simple guidelines: always know the power balance in any situation–you can’t afford to overlook that for even a minute–keep priorities in mind, don’t neglect home and mate, and don’t violate your own highest values–that may bring things crashing down. Opportunities will be arriving for you in surprising ways and in surprising numbers–and if you follow the guidelines, you’ll be ready. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 26 March

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Agate La Fontasse, Montredon-Labessonnie, Réalmont Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France Photo by Didier Descouens  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Agate La Fontasse, Montredon-Labessonnie, Réalmont Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France Photo by Didier Descouens Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may involve you sorting through opportunities of the past in an attempt to understand just how they’ve created your current reality. Dear Aries, this won’t be easy, and in many instances may feel like you’re putting too much attention on what was to be truly healthy–but the need to draw a straight line from past choices to current situations is all in service to continuing that line into the future–and then changing your behavior, choices, and responses so that what you create is more like what you want. If you can figure out where you went wrong, and where you went right in the past, you will have spent your time well, and will be perfectly equipped to create a future that suits the creative and Self-expressive needs of the Soul. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 25 March

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"Coin d'atelier" by Claude Monet {{PD}}

“Coin d’atelier” by Claude Monet {{PD}}

You’re at a pinnacle of material achievement, dear Aries, exactly commensurate with your Self-discipline and your efforts; and you’re ready for more, but not sure what to do–part of you ‘knows’ deep inside what the next step should be, but you’re hesitating, and here’s why: you are making an unrealistic demand on the Universe, that your success be guaranteed before you’ll make the effort. Sorry, my dear Ram, but that’s not the way it works. It seems you are rightly proud of your accomplishments, and this has distorted your view: after working so hard to get what you want, you only want to work hard in the future if you know you’ll get what you aim for. Unfortunately the world requires us to risk, to work hard, and to sometimes lose–but, if you will concentrate on two things: change that serves ambitions, and the making of beautiful things (a creative endeavor that may take any form–and remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder) then you will see the next level open up to you. It might not be precisely what you hoped for, but in one way or another, it will be a dream fulfilled. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 24 March

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You are likely to feel like master of your domain this year, Aries. Emperor from the Visconti tarot deck, by Bonifacio Bembo {{PD}}

You are likely to feel like master of your domain this year, Aries. Emperor from the Visconti tarot deck,
by Bonifacio Bembo {{PD}}

You are looking at establishing a stable, real-world empowerment position this coming year, dear Aries, with the status, role, and responsibilities you crave–and it’s already well underway. You’ve been building toward this for a while, a combination of smart values translating into creative choice, especially in relationships and finances–and voila! you have the position that you are sure will heal all those idea and word-born wounds–but that’s only a maybe, as those wounds have grown in your imagination to be much more significant than they ever should’ve been–hence the only way to heal them is to realize you must let them go. The hope of triumphing over some long-ago wrong done you will happen by living well, not be getting that Other to admit they were bad, so look toward the future–for you, it really is bright. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

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Born Today 23 March

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'Skogsinteriør med bøk' (1895) by Jahn Ekenæs - {{PD}}

‘Skogsinteriør med bøk’ (1895) by Jahn Ekenæs – {{PD}}

As long as you stick to your highest values and priorities (the real ones) and completely claim (and take responsibility for) your own power and its expression, you can both empower yourself and shape your reality to an unprecedented degree, dear Aries. A willingness to take action is the key, as it will actually be the act of being in motion that will show you what’s smart and practical, and that will widen your horizons and open up the thicket of your belief matrix so that new knowledge, and with it new opportunities, can finally get through. Others may have told you that you’ve been a wee bit difficult to deal with lately, and it’s true, with the reason being that your native Arian defenses have been hardened into place in an attempt to preserve a sense of the Self that is outdated and holding you back; this coming year, if you stay in motion and choose consistently to act rather than pause, new beliefs will penetrate the old, loosen their hold, and allow for more rapid growth than ever before. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

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Born Today 22 March

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Focus your fiery essence, Aries! Photo by Beni Altmüller CC0

Focus your fiery essence, Aries! Photo by Beni Altmüller CC0

You are perfectly poised, dear Aries, to claim real-world empowerment, the status you desire, and a solid position where you can express yourself, especially where you can express what you know. If you’ve done your homework recently, you’ve already laid the groundwork for some significant advancement–but if you haven’t done that, don’t worry, it’s not too late. All you must do now is take your fiery essence and focus it on answering the question, ‘What do I want to be when I grow up?’ You may think this kind of thing is long past, but the truth is we all answer and re-answer this question, over and over again, throughout life. What can you expect, if you are brave enough to approach this question once again? You can count on a lot of cooperation and support, some of it from unexpected quarters, you can expect big, permanent change, some of it unanticipated or surprising in its abruptness or spontaneity, and you can look forward to an expanded world view (and so a new confidence in the Self) if you are open to acquiring new knowledge–because, in the end, that’s what will count most. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Tip of the Iceberg: Anticipation of the Lunar Eclipse of 4 April 2015

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This is supposedly a photo of the iceberg rammed by the 'Titanic'--who knew?! Photo by Stephan Rehorek {{PD}}

This is supposedly a photo of the iceberg rammed by the ‘Titanic’–who knew?! Photo by Stephan Rehorek {{PD}}

Now that the Solar eclipse has occurred, we can pick up the pieces and look ahead–to the Lunar eclipse of 4 April. I’ve referred to the upcoming Lunar eclipse as a ‘drop the microphone’ event, one where we’ll experience the true impact of this period, if not immediately then in circumstances that begin their development at this point. Wherever the Lunar eclipse at 14 Libra 24 falls for you may only be the tip of the iceberg–because the Lunar-Solar-Earth axis creates a T-square with Pluto that is likely to bring Underworld extremes to the surface through conflict, destruction, and yes, transformation that can be as drastic as a hormonal change or a house burning down or as deeply meaningful as taking spiritual vows or having an epiphany that changes your entire Being. The Sabian Symbol for the event is ‘Circular Paths’, suggesting we may be coming full circle in some important way. So what do you think?

The Sabians for the Full Moon 3 May 2015

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 2 May

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

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

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

Born Today 1 May

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

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

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

Born Today 30 April

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

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

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

Born Today 29 April

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

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

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

Born Today 28 April

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

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

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

Born Today 27 April

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

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

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

Born Today 26 April

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

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

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

Born Today 25 April

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

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

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

Born Today 24 April

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

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

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

Born Today 23 April

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

Born Today 22 April

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

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

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

Born Today 21 April

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

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

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

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

Born Today 20 April

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

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

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

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Born Today 19 April

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

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

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

On the nature of subjectivity, and Saturn and Pluto together

Born Today 18 April

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Willem Claeszoon Heda 1634 {{PD}}

Willem Claeszoon Heda 1634 {{PD}}

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

Born Today 17 April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Born Today 16 April

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

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

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

Born Today 15 April

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Antoine Chintreuil 1868 {{PD}}

Antoine Chintreuil 1868 {{PD}}

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

Born Today 14 April

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

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

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

Born Today 13 April

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

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

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

The Horary Giveaway is Over!

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

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

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

Born Today 12 April

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James Carroll Beckwith 1886 {{PD}}

James Carroll Beckwith 1886 {{PD}}

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

Thank You!

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Author D.H. Parks Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

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

Celebrating One Million!

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

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

Born Today 11 April

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

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

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

Born Today 10 April

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

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

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

Born Today 9 April

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Francois Boucher - 'Study of a Young Woman' c1740 {{PD}}

Francois Boucher – ‘Study of a Young Woman’ c1740 {{PD}}

You may feel unusually constricted and constrained this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Aries; this may be the fault of a combination of the influence of organized groups, the discovery of knowledge previously unknown to you, and internal, Higher Mind restrictions designed to keep you safe and on track. You’ll get the message soon enough as to why your progress is being slow-tracked, and there’s a very good reason for it: you are in the midst of serious, intense, deep-down personal change that will radically change your ambitions and wants, as well, so that to get what you currently want would, in the end, be a disappointment. Accept that there’s wisdom to the timing of the Universe, accept that it’s ultimately working for your own good, and by your next birthday you may have a whole new set of priorities and goals, and be very glad you didn’t get your wish now. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 8 April

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Arkady Rylov  «В Голубом Просторе» 'In the Blue Expanse' 1918 {{PD}}

Arkady Rylov «В Голубом Просторе»
‘In the Blue Expanse’ 1918 {{PD}}

Right now it may feel like you’re alone, in new territory–and you may not be able to tell whether you’re being motivated by wounds or a desire to express your gifts, it’s that complicated, dear Aries. Don’t worry, this can only last for so long; then you’ll reach an apex of confusion–after which things will rapidly sort themselves out, and confidence will be yours once again. The rest of your year from that point on may be consumed with trying to determine if your choices are wise, practical, or both. You may be obsessed with only making the smartest and most useful moves you can–but that could shut down creativity and may hamper empowerment, rather than foster it. Try to understand that expressing your unique take on things may be more valuable and more important to you than never making a misstep; too, your best bet with emotions that may be overly constrained this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be to channel them into something that feels constructive–that alone may allow you the freedom in expression the Universe is offering and you should be taking as your own at this time. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 7 April

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OK, Aries, your life isn't really THIS dramatic--but it sure may feel that way. Workshop of George Frederic Watts   'Chaos' c1875 {{PD}}

OK, Aries, your life isn’t really THIS dramatic–but it sure may feel that way. Workshop of George Frederic Watts ‘Chaos’ c1875 {{PD}}

Life took a surprising turn or erratic tone for you recently, didn’t it, dear Aries? And now you may be wondering just what to do. Emotionally you seem still to be in turmoil, and there aren’t many signs on the horizon–so what’s next? You may have to undertake one of the biggest tasks you can imagine, that of consciously healing yourself so that you can get to those Chirotic gifts that keep trying to surface, but that keep getting pushed aside because of surface hurts, angers, and interplay. Going for you: your communication skills are at peak and your mind is exceptionally sharp and attuned to ‘the next thing'; against you: too much worry about what’s practical, or if a desired matter is wise. I say go for whatever will heal you, Aries. Happy Birthday and good luck!

Born Today 6 April

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Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper"  Helgi Halldórsson from Reykjavík, Iceland Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper” Helgi Halldórsson from Reykjavík, Iceland Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Doesn’t it sound like I’m calling you crass, dear Aries, if I say you’re all about realizing material ambitions this Solar year, through to your next birthday? I don’t mean to say that at all; it’s much more like you’re on a mission to fulfill your own potentials as a unique human being–and there’s nothing wrong with that. At your disposal: pure strength, the support of authorities, a facility for negotiation, willing partners, and Mother Nature herself. Working against you: your own stop-and-go mentality that may have a tough time measuring whether some action or choice is really right for you. The antidote is to be super-clear on what you actually value, and what you truly find sacred–this is no time for adopting an empty moral stance–and use your current, natural intensity for good (research, relating) not for ill (intimidating, scaring). Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 5 April

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'Passion Flowers with Three Hummingbirds' by Martin Johnson Heade, c1875 {{PD}}

‘Passion Flowers with Three Hummingbirds’ by Martin Johnson Heade, c1875 {{PD}}

You may be entering new emotional terrain this coming Solar year, dear Aries, and the impulse may be to clear-cut like you’re claiming part of the Amazon to farm–nothing may survive your impulse to get rid of anything that isn’t shiny pretty new. That can be really hard on relationships, unless you allow at least some room for instincts to operate–they’ll save you from the worst slash-and-burn, and give you at least some warning when your interactions or your finances won’t stand up to your extreme techniques. Are you wondering where I’m getting all this? You may be saying to yourself, This is nothing like me! Well, that’s the point: it’s a new you, Aries, and at least for a little while, you might not even recognize yourself. Hints for success: you may be strongly motivated to pursue ambitions and desires at this time, but need to keep an eye on both what’s ‘in’ right now and what the group thinks of your passion; remember that empowerment rests in real-world matters of control, access, and influence–aim to get a least a little of this for yourself. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 4 April

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Your time in the shadows won't last that long, Aries.  By Pavel Petrovich Chistyakov - {{PD}}

Your time in the shadows won’t last that long, Aries. By Pavel Petrovich Chistyakov – {{PD}}

With a Lunar eclipse in Libra dominating your Solar Return, dear Aries, you may have the feeling no one’s paying attention to you–and you would be right. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find yourself and your interests overshadowed by the demands of others, as events seem to happen to them, and call on you to lend your support. This may be discouraging, until you realize that there are two things that can happen in this period, and both are good: 1) you can use this time when attention is elsewhere not only to plan but to implement efforts and then fine-tune them; it’s rare to be able to do so much under the radar, with the result that, once others are again looking your way, you can present your work, ideas, or the changes you’ve made as perfected faits accomplis–and 2) so much attention on others and their affairs will naturally allow you to truly observe them, to see who they are–and as a consequence, one or more important relationships could be altered due to what is revealed. That may not be the year you planned, but it’s the year you’ve got–and you can accomplish a lot, if you approach it correctly. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 3 April

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"Kaleidoscopic-patterns" by Original uploader was Rnbc at en.wikipedia - Transfered from en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kaleidoscopic-patterns.jpg#/media/File:Kaleidoscopic-patterns.jpg

“Kaleidoscopic-patterns” by Original uploader was Rnbc at en.wikipedia – Transfered from en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kaleidoscopic-patterns.jpg#/media/File:Kaleidoscopic-patterns.jpg

You smell really big, permanent change coming for you, don’t you, Aries? And on its heels, you anticipate a renewed chance to address any number of ambitions and desires–and you’re right, all this is coming–so what could possibly get in the way? Every matter, especially those involving the practical, material side of things and their distribution/ sharing, that you have ignored or been in denial about; these things will prevent access to transforming your life, until you attend to them–but, if you do, resolving some of these issues will lead directly to that change you are looking toward–so be ready, once you face these problems, to see shifts like the material in a kaleidoscope, change that can be dizzying, disorienting, and beautiful. Happy Birthday, dear Aries, and good luck!

Just so you know: there are a couple of places on the internet claiming to have free or low-priced downloads of my books available; also a place that says I wrote something about Hades–I didn’t. These dealers/ libraries, as they so quaintly call themselves, are not only not authorized by me, I doubt that what you will get will be the book–it’s more likely a virus. At this time the only place my books are available for purchase is from Dog & Sunflower Press, virus-free! Thanks to all for your support!

Born Today 2 April

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Edgar Degas - 'Les Courses' 1904 {{PD}}

Edgar Degas – ‘Les Courses’ 1904 {{PD}}

Opportunity for you this coming Solar year, dear Aries, through to your next birthday, depends almost entirely on you taking action–and events are aided if you’re well-informed, cognizant of the social sphere, and ready to deal with bigger (and hopefully better) conditions, challenges, and arenas. Problems arise from a stressed or confused sense of your own inner wisdom, and from a lack of personal authority and/ or difficulties with authority figures, and taking a too-analytical approach to things may just add to the tension. However, you will see more than your share of really positive avenues that are yours for the taking, and, if you’ll only stay in motion, positive chance and the luck of the industrious will figure in significantly to your progress forward. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Birthday Bonus Aspect: Fire Grand Trine involving Mercury, Juno, and Saturn=a quick mind/ wit, steady and clear perceptual faculties, and a sense of empowerment that reads as confidence and competence will highlight your year, Aries, and be instrumental in not only bringing you those promised opportunities, but in helping you make the most of them.

Born Today 1 April

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'Mukri bog in the October morning mist' by Amadvr http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Amadvr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Estonia

‘Mukri bog in the October morning mist’ by Amadvr http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Amadvr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Estonia

You may feel some dark matters trying to surface in the emotions this coming year, dear Aries; you may even feel that you are a troubled person, that the shadows you sense moving over your heart, darkening the corners of your mind, and bringing a sense of sadness or despair are harbingers of the direction you’re headed–but no, they are not. You are instead in the midst of developing an acutely perceptive intuition concerning the wounds of others–and in time you will grow a sense of exactly how to help them. This doesn’t mean you’ll actually go into a helping profession, but instead that your presence, and sometimes your actions and counsel, will inform others as to exactly how to handle their woundedness–and it’s up to you to make the example you set a positive one. This is epitomized by the birthday aspect of a Finger of God, base of Venus-Chiron, apex Zeus, which also opposes Uranus–that promises caring-healing in relationships will bring desires to reality and offer both a sense of uniqueness and a place within the group. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 31 March

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Fortuitous meetings may be a part of your year, Aries. 'Meeting at the Golden Gate' by Filippo Lippi, First half of the 15th century {{PD}}

‘Meeting at the Goldern Gate’ by Filippo Lippi, First half of the 15th century {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, the past may live more strongly than the present for you, dear Aries; just be aware that in dealing with this, you are shaping your fate. Dark, hidden, ignored or denied issues need your attention, and your wisdom, practicality, and skills will be tested–not easy at all. However, you’ll enjoy a peculiar kind of material and interaction ‘luck’–just the right person or break comes along when you need it most–and once you are over some personal, emotional issues (involving identity, purpose, and/ or your ability to be Self-determining) you should have a very good year, one that brings new Self-awareness and awakens some long-dormant instincts. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

The Sabians for the Lunar Eclipse 4 April 2015

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'Entenhäuser' (Duck Houses) by August Haake c1914 {{PD}}

‘Entenhäuser’ (Duck Houses) by August Haake c1914 {{PD}}

The Full Moon begins at 5:05 AM Pacific time April 4th at 14 Libra 24, with the eclipse starting about half a minute later. The Sabian for the meeting of Earth and Moon is, ‘Circular Paths’. I’m anticipating that we’ll find ourselves some ‘place’ we’ve been before, but now with a whole different viewpoint and skill set. This has as many possible manifestations as there are people, but the common denominator will definitely be that we have seen, faced, or dealt with either the same or a very similar situation before—and we don’t get a ‘do over’ so much as a chance to, in some way, replace the vibe around our handling of the event, so that what we ‘write’ energetically into the Universal record is much more in accord with who we are now. It’s a re-ordering of the Karma surrounding the situation—and in effect, changes both the future and the past, from our vantage point in the now.

We look too at the Sun for a Full Moon/ Lunar event, and the Sabian is, ‘An Indian Weaving A Ceremonial Blanket’. This suggests that the causal event or energy is one involved in the individual preparation for a serious ritual. That could be anything, any effort at Self-improvement, any spiritual practice, any creative act that has at its center both Soul expression and Soul evolution. The intent is a pure one, and carries a kind of energy imprint into the world, and into the ordering of circumstances. It’s the shining of the personal Sun, making an impact through a Universal event.

Born Today 30 March

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Samuel Palmer 'The Lonely Tower' 1879 {{PD}}

Samuel Palmer ‘The Lonely Tower’ 1879 {{PD}}

Dear Aries, you are entering your new Solar year with your attention firmly on the past: what you’ve done, what you’ve thought, what you’ve said that brought you to this point. Usually we warn ourselves not to be too caught up with what was, but in your case this is precisely what you should do, as studying your past will be instrumental in shaping your future successfully. You will likely spend at least part of your year weighing the price of going your own way against ambition fulfillment; the price of being unique may be loneliness, or even that you must give up goals that require the cooperation of others–and you may feel that conformity and cooperation will bring success, but at the price of emphasizing your individuality. There’s no right balance, only the balance that’s right for you, so don’t be afraid to tailor your efforts to your own particular wants and needs. Both the action urge and communications will be under stress for you all year, but you should keep one thing in mind: change is necessary for you to garner your ultimate potentials in Love or Money–remind yourself of that every time you find it hard to make a decision or to move forward. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 29 March

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You've got to sneak up on that creativity, Aries. Dirck Jacobsz c1530 {{PD}}

You’ve got to sneak up on that creativity, Aries. Dirck Jacobsz c1530 {{PD}}

Your creative energy is strong this coming year, dear Aries, but it may be tricky to access; you may have to sneak up on it, draw it out obliquely through acts that you may not at first classify as creative–these will break any kind of impasse that may have recently kept you from making the most of your creative urge. Your empowerment this year comes from your sensitivity, your willingness to recognize that life is a stream made up of changes, and that you must aim for a particular status that is most comfortable and nurturing for you, whether it impresses others or not. Acceptance of the world as it is will be fundamental to you making big leaps forward in how you see and present yourself to the world, and ‘wise action and choice’ is on the agenda–and that’s very good news. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 28 March + Born on an Eclipse

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'A Casting from Life' Édouard Joseph Dantan 1890 {{PD}}

‘A Casting from Life’
Édouard Joseph Dantan 1890 {{PD}}

Your creative impulse has perhaps been forced to take a back seat for awhile–but not anymore, dear Aries. The creative urge within is building momentum, and you may find, consciously or not, that you are seeking a form into which to pour that spark, a way to translate the energy into a shape others can perceive–but at this point, creating may seem like a distraction. You are currently busy handling things, people, and events formed in the past, and the need to deal with these, to settle, eliminate, transform, or accept them once and for all is strong; what you may not realize is that the die is already cast in this area. You already know how you feel about, and what you want to do about, each particular thing–it only feels unresolved because you’ve been dragging your feet, slow to take action–but that hesitation should be over, at this time. Through to your next birthday, you can wrap up what was and no longer needs to be, and bring your creative goals into focus–all it takes is a willingness ‘to do’. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

If you’re looking for a little something about the effect of eclipses on people born close to them, please see here and scroll down the home page for more on the previous Solar eclipse and the upcoming Lunar one. Thanks!

The Final Verdict on Amanda Knox

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A different kind of Italian court. Andrea Mantegna - 'The Court of Gonzaga' c1470 {{PD}}

A different kind of Italian court. Andrea Mantegna – ‘The Court of Gonzaga’ c1470 {{PD}}

Yesterday the Italian high court reversed the conviction of Seattlite Amanda Knox in the death of her roommate Meredith Kercher. I took a brief look at the transits for the day of announcement, set to Seattle timed for early afternoon in Italy, and compared with Knox’s chart in Whole Sign. What I found isn’t terribly surprising, but it is interesting.

The Moon is passing through Cancer, so is in Knox’s 2nd House, running over her Venus, Mercury, and Sun=a sort of emotional verification of the identity, a validation of the communication style, and a feeling re-connect with the sense of herself as a woman, all of which she naturally sees as her assets. The natal Sun is caught up in a Cardinal Cross, with t Pluto conjunct Earth and the other arm consisting of t Zeus opposed t Uranus=ambitions and individuality/ uniqueness, and/ or a new group role, are ignited by transit, as are ambitions and a ‘new’ identity–and this won’t be entirely easily manifested, by any means (the stress of the Cross). Transiting Jupiter, though currently retro, will soon enough be heading toward trine with her natal Saturn=this unites the 7th and 8th Houses, and suggests opportunity will pour in; others will support her version of reality–with Uranus this also creates a Fire Grand Trine, emphasizing the sudden nature of the event (and perhaps surprising many–there were reports earlier in the week that the ex-boyfriend also charged had already had his passport confiscated and authorities were preparing to pick him up). Transiting Pallas is trine natal Jupiter=wisdom and knowledge, the facts (according to Knox, as this is her natal Jupiter), in harmony. Transiting Mars is conjunct natal Jupiter, uniting 7th and 11th=action by others that makes a dream come true. And transiting Saturn and t Juno fill in another Fire Grand Trine with the natal North Node and the t Sun, suggesting that Knox’s empowerment within the reality picture was the direction things were headed all along, and is now illuminated. Clearly, she got what she wanted–and I say, good for her.

There are a few other things here, though, one being that t Black Moon Lilith, t Pluto and her natal Earth, and t Venus all form an Earth Grand Trine=evidence of hidden matters, material ignored or denied, may be a source of profit, may drive further material action, or may serve to create new relationships or values. T Venus is also opposed her natal Pallas=possibly implying that trying to profit from this isn’t a wise thing. Transiting Mercury is also trine natal Black Moon Lilith, suggesting matters denied or ignored will be thought about/ communicated, possibly through rage or defiance, or through strong Self-assertion. Transiting Ceres squares natal Jupiter, implying a conflict between those in authority/ power and the facts as Knox sees them–this supports the possibility that Italy did not press things as they were reluctant to ask for extradition for someone so many Americans are defending. T Mercury also creates a Grand Cross with opposition to her natal Zeus and her Chiron-Vesta opp Ceres-Uranus-Moon=we’ve not heard the last of this, and are likely to be served a stew of ambition, a display of ‘sacred wounds’ (the concept of the Vestal united with the primal injury) that others dare not criticize, and the use of the unique situation and emotions to show personal power. Hmm. With t NN heading for a Grand Trine with both MC and ASC, and t Neptune trine her natal Mercury, it’s prime time for Knox to conjure the image she wants, to shape thinking and create the reputation and personality she wants others to see.

My husband made a remark that I think really sums it all up. What he said went something like this: If she’s not guilty of the murder, then justice has been served; and if she is, she will likely be like others who ‘got away with it': inevitably, they go on to again run afoul of the law–so, if we as humans haven’t handled the situation adequately, we should know that the Universe eventually will.

Amanda Knox Natal Chart + transits for day of conviction reversal

Born Today 27 March

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'Spring in Gościeradzu' by Leon Wyczółkowski 1933 {{PD}}

‘Spring in Gościeradzu’ by Leon Wyczółkowski 1933 {{PD}}

Is impulse control the issue, dear Aries, and do you tell yourself that may be the only way to take full advantage of opportunities, to learn what you need to? Because you may be right: you care about what you’ll leave behind you, and it almost feels like you have to do everything now, or it just won’t happen–and in a sense, that’s true. You are in prime time to make significant changes to the structure and form of your life, changes that will lead directly to Love or Money–and you know it deep inside. So why hold back? Really, there’s no need to at all–just follow a few simple guidelines: always know the power balance in any situation–you can’t afford to overlook that for even a minute–keep priorities in mind, don’t neglect home and mate, and don’t violate your own highest values–that may bring things crashing down. Opportunities will be arriving for you in surprising ways and in surprising numbers–and if you follow the guidelines, you’ll be ready. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 26 March

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Agate La Fontasse, Montredon-Labessonnie, Réalmont Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France Photo by Didier Descouens  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Agate La Fontasse, Montredon-Labessonnie, Réalmont Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France Photo by Didier Descouens Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may involve you sorting through opportunities of the past in an attempt to understand just how they’ve created your current reality. Dear Aries, this won’t be easy, and in many instances may feel like you’re putting too much attention on what was to be truly healthy–but the need to draw a straight line from past choices to current situations is all in service to continuing that line into the future–and then changing your behavior, choices, and responses so that what you create is more like what you want. If you can figure out where you went wrong, and where you went right in the past, you will have spent your time well, and will be perfectly equipped to create a future that suits the creative and Self-expressive needs of the Soul. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 25 March

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"Coin d'atelier" by Claude Monet {{PD}}

“Coin d’atelier” by Claude Monet {{PD}}

You’re at a pinnacle of material achievement, dear Aries, exactly commensurate with your Self-discipline and your efforts; and you’re ready for more, but not sure what to do–part of you ‘knows’ deep inside what the next step should be, but you’re hesitating, and here’s why: you are making an unrealistic demand on the Universe, that your success be guaranteed before you’ll make the effort. Sorry, my dear Ram, but that’s not the way it works. It seems you are rightly proud of your accomplishments, and this has distorted your view: after working so hard to get what you want, you only want to work hard in the future if you know you’ll get what you aim for. Unfortunately the world requires us to risk, to work hard, and to sometimes lose–but, if you will concentrate on two things: change that serves ambitions, and the making of beautiful things (a creative endeavor that may take any form–and remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder) then you will see the next level open up to you. It might not be precisely what you hoped for, but in one way or another, it will be a dream fulfilled. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Born Today 24 March

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You are likely to feel like master of your domain this year, Aries. Emperor from the Visconti tarot deck, by Bonifacio Bembo {{PD}}

You are likely to feel like master of your domain this year, Aries. Emperor from the Visconti tarot deck,
by Bonifacio Bembo {{PD}}

You are looking at establishing a stable, real-world empowerment position this coming year, dear Aries, with the status, role, and responsibilities you crave–and it’s already well underway. You’ve been building toward this for a while, a combination of smart values translating into creative choice, especially in relationships and finances–and voila! you have the position that you are sure will heal all those idea and word-born wounds–but that’s only a maybe, as those wounds have grown in your imagination to be much more significant than they ever should’ve been–hence the only way to heal them is to realize you must let them go. The hope of triumphing over some long-ago wrong done you will happen by living well, not be getting that Other to admit they were bad, so look toward the future–for you, it really is bright. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

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Born Today 23 March

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'Skogsinteriør med bøk' (1895) by Jahn Ekenæs - {{PD}}

‘Skogsinteriør med bøk’ (1895) by Jahn Ekenæs – {{PD}}

As long as you stick to your highest values and priorities (the real ones) and completely claim (and take responsibility for) your own power and its expression, you can both empower yourself and shape your reality to an unprecedented degree, dear Aries. A willingness to take action is the key, as it will actually be the act of being in motion that will show you what’s smart and practical, and that will widen your horizons and open up the thicket of your belief matrix so that new knowledge, and with it new opportunities, can finally get through. Others may have told you that you’ve been a wee bit difficult to deal with lately, and it’s true, with the reason being that your native Arian defenses have been hardened into place in an attempt to preserve a sense of the Self that is outdated and holding you back; this coming year, if you stay in motion and choose consistently to act rather than pause, new beliefs will penetrate the old, loosen their hold, and allow for more rapid growth than ever before. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Please scroll down on the home page for more on the recent Solar eclipse and a little on the upcoming Lunar one. Thanks!

Born Today 22 March

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Focus your fiery essence, Aries! Photo by Beni Altmüller CC0

Focus your fiery essence, Aries! Photo by Beni Altmüller CC0

You are perfectly poised, dear Aries, to claim real-world empowerment, the status you desire, and a solid position where you can express yourself, especially where you can express what you know. If you’ve done your homework recently, you’ve already laid the groundwork for some significant advancement–but if you haven’t done that, don’t worry, it’s not too late. All you must do now is take your fiery essence and focus it on answering the question, ‘What do I want to be when I grow up?’ You may think this kind of thing is long past, but the truth is we all answer and re-answer this question, over and over again, throughout life. What can you expect, if you are brave enough to approach this question once again? You can count on a lot of cooperation and support, some of it from unexpected quarters, you can expect big, permanent change, some of it unanticipated or surprising in its abruptness or spontaneity, and you can look forward to an expanded world view (and so a new confidence in the Self) if you are open to acquiring new knowledge–because, in the end, that’s what will count most. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Tip of the Iceberg: Anticipation of the Lunar Eclipse of 4 April 2015

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This is supposedly a photo of the iceberg rammed by the 'Titanic'--who knew?! Photo by Stephan Rehorek {{PD}}

This is supposedly a photo of the iceberg rammed by the ‘Titanic’–who knew?! Photo by Stephan Rehorek {{PD}}

Now that the Solar eclipse has occurred, we can pick up the pieces and look ahead–to the Lunar eclipse of 4 April. I’ve referred to the upcoming Lunar eclipse as a ‘drop the microphone’ event, one where we’ll experience the true impact of this period, if not immediately then in circumstances that begin their development at this point. Wherever the Lunar eclipse at 14 Libra 24 falls for you may only be the tip of the iceberg–because the Lunar-Solar-Earth axis creates a T-square with Pluto that is likely to bring Underworld extremes to the surface through conflict, destruction, and yes, transformation that can be as drastic as a hormonal change or a house burning down or as deeply meaningful as taking spiritual vows or having an epiphany that changes your entire Being. The Sabian Symbol for the event is ‘Circular Paths’, suggesting we may be coming full circle in some important way. So what do you think?

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