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that your native Arian defenses have been hardened into place in an attempt to preserve a sense of the Self that is outdated and holding you back; this coming year, if you stay in motion and choose consistently to act rather than pause, new beliefs will penetrate the old, loosen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?

Born Today 21 March

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You'll have quite a view this year, Aries. Caspar David Friedrich c1825 {{PD}}

You’ll have quite a view this year, Aries. Caspar David Friedrich c1825 {{PD}}

Optimism and opportunity are on the horizon for you, dear Aries, but just–it’s going to take some effort, some machinations, alterations, or adjustments to methods in order to get there–but oh, the view when you do! And this coming year, through to your next birthday, you have a powerful ability, and even a mandate, to communicate your creative vision in a way that heals you and heals those who ‘receive’ it. That’s a tall order, I know, and may seem un-doable–but at this point you are endowed in such a way that, as you make your way optimistically toward that opportunity you see/ seek, and share your visions/ ideals/ spiritual insights/ and creations, you will heal, and so will others–you won’t have to make a special efforts to achieve this amazing ‘side-effect’. You’ll also enjoy what for you may be some unusual emotional certainty–use it while you’ve got it! Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

If you are a Pisces born today, please read the outlook for 20 March.

Born Today 20 March

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Eternal Kiss, oil on board by Rah Crawford 3 February 2012 www.rahcrawford.com By Rah Crawford  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Eternal Kiss, oil on board by Rah Crawford
3 February 2012 http://www.rahcrawford.com
By Rah Crawford Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Oh, the places you’ll go, dear Pisces, at least in your own mind! And possibly in the real world, too. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may feel like one big, long, slow descent from the mountain top–but oh what a view you had, and you savor it all the way down! It’s new beginnings and spectacular endings, and what’s scratched out of the ashes is not likely to be completely clear, not right away. You’ve gone beyond garden-variety wisdom to marinate for a bit in the Cosmic soup, and it’s understandable that the knowledge, insight, and viewpoint you bring back will need time to clarify, evolve, and fit itself to your human-sized brain. As it does, you a likely to spend a lot of time in two contrasting modes of Being: dreaming, and taking personal action/ responsibility that asks for no assistance, no help, no guidance. Both may be confusing, and you’ll make progress only by fits and starts–but then, this is a necessary re-calibrating of your cerebral, emotional, and spiritual capacities, and promises some exciting new facets of the Self to come. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

If you are an Aries born today, please read the outlook for those born on the 21st.

In the Balance: Amanda Knox and the Murder of Meredith Kercher

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Ideally, justice will be served. 'Justice' from the Charles VI (or Gringonneur) Deck {{PD}}

Ideally, justice will be served. ‘Justice’ from the Charles VI (or Gringonneur) Deck {{PD}}

Amanda Knox, the Seattle woman convicted, acquitted, then convicted again in Italian court of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher is once more in the news, as we wait to see if the court will uphold the conviction, thereby requiring Italy to ask for extradition of the 27-year-old Knox. I may take a look at the transits to Knox’s chart for next week–until then I offer some re-prints that lay out a lot about the situation, articles I’ve written about the case in the past:

A comparison of Knox and Kercher’s charts, for what tensions might’ve been in play

On the trial and perceptions of Knox

And from last year: here  here  and here

And here’s a news article on the current situation

Amanda Knox Natal Chart (Placidus)

Meredith Kercher Natal Chart (Placidus)

Born Today 19 March

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Walk confidently this year, Pisces. Jonathan Borofsky (US-American, born 1942): Walking to the Sky, New York City, Rockefeller Center; moved to Dallas, Texas in 2005 Photo by doreen from Shanghai, China  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Walk confidently this year, Pisces. Jonathan Borofsky (US-American, born 1942): Walking to the Sky, New York City, Rockefeller Center; moved to Dallas, Texas in 2005 Photo by doreen from Shanghai, China Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Emotional vulnerability, and especially the changes and destruction it can cause, will be a big focus for you this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces. Though that might make for very tenuous going, it can also offer you new information and new ways of connecting with the world–and that’s something to be welcomed. Go forward confidently–your inner wisdom (if you listen to it!) will be flawless, though you should prepare (if that’s even possible) to deal with matters surrounding home, mate, and your highest values and commitments, in a kind of sorting out and reckoning that will bring you out the other side with a new perspective and no doubts about where you stand. And that’s really good. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 18 March

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Original uploaded by James1011R (Transferred by Ukexpat) Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

The early part of your upcoming year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces, is likely to be spent waiting, planning, imagining, and if you can get yourself together for it, creating–all with the sense that something big could drop anytime–and you’ll be right. It may take a little course-correction, specifically in the way you contact the social sphere and/ or expand your territory, but once done, you could see things take on major proportions. Be ready: there will be some big changes (there will have to be!) and you may be unclear how you feel about developments (or think you feel one way when you really feel another) for a long time to come. Use the calm before the storm (or really, before the shift) wisely, and keep ultimate values in mind (in other words, sometimes there are things more important than ambition fulfillment) and you should do very well in the year ahead. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

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Total Solar Eclipse 20 March 2015: Eclipse of the Gods

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Gustave Doré 'Andromeda' 1869 {{PD}}

Gustave Doré ‘Andromeda’ 1869 {{PD}}

Moment of meeting of the Sun and Moon occurs at 2:37 AM PDT of the 20th at 29 Pisces 27, with the eclipse officially beginning just a hair after. The New Moon makes a wide sextile to Ceres, and a square to Pallas, which fills in the base of a Fist of God, apex Jupiter, and also creates a T-square with the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis; a panoply of ancient gods are involved, each having a say in what is born at this time, each contact suggesting that what came before with that energy is eclipsed, wiped out, or superseded. The NM is a conception point, the placement of which (in the 29th degree) signals that a new beginning is coming at a point of supreme stress; things must reach maximum tension in order for the new beginning to form at all. That means that some who are able to avoid that point of nearly unbearable strain may not receive the kind of wipe-out and new start that those who almost drown (this is a Water event, after all) will; theirs may be much more subtle, with changes playing out over the six months between this event and the next Solar eclipse.

The change is gentle with Ceres, which represents our personal authority, power, territory, a somewhat maternal inclination to overstep boundaries, and our capacity to negotiate (which at least in part rests in our own confidence; someone frightened or powerless surrenders or attacks—someone personally empowered negotiates). We adjust our boundaries, perhaps re-assign territories or re-claim some of our own, and we may take a step back (or forward) concerning relationships where caretaking and responsibility lie at least somewhat in our sphere. Too, the presence of Ceres in the equation can suggest that Nature itself will exert an influence, whether through external circumstances (flood or fires, for instance) or internal ones (such as hormonal changes, diet, or illness/ imbalance), and that these will play into events.

The T that Pallas forms with the Sun-Moon/ Earth is naturally tense; it takes the stress of a Solar eclipse, ups the ante with the event forming at 29 degrees, and then challenges the entire event with a question: Is this wise? The ‘this’ refers to whatever previous guidelines we navigated by and the way the eclipse brings them into question, or even obliterates them, proving them unwise or currently untenable. Pallas is in Sagittarius, so may imply that new information, facts, or exposure to another way of being or doing turns our ‘wisdom world view’ on its head; there’s also the chance that Pallas refers to practical or skill-based options that change with the eclipse event. Acquisition of new knowledge or skills may make old ones obsolete or make something that was once practical no longer so.

Remember, Pallas is a Warrior by birth, so we may come out fighting at the suggestion that what we thought was wise really isn’t, anymore; being nothing so much as skilled means that Pallas, after the first aggressive response, will likely look to her skill set to handle what comes forward. Realizing that even wisdom can be conditional, or can change with circumstances, is important in dealing with the kind of curve-ball the T will throw at us.

Pallas is also part of the base of the Fist; the T and the Fist may address two different Pallas in Sag related matters or may speak of just one that has several facets. A Fist of God can be as harsh as it sounds—it can represent a hard situation or conflict (the base square) that results in the apex, and whether that’s a positive outcome or a further frustration is often up to us. In this case, with the eclipse itself square Pallas as the initiating tension, we will likely see a New Moon event that challenges our ideas of wisdom and practicality (much like with the T), but the difference will be that resolution of this particular upset will either offer us entré to a wider social circle, will bring acquisition of new knowledge, philosophy, or belief, or could offer opportunity—the problem being that this may be forced on us, and feel more like punishment than a positive!

Jupiter is of course the supreme god, at least as far as those who gather on Mt. Olympus are concerned. As significator of the Fist outcome, this may suggest we feel very much at the mercy of some larger entity, something like society, which seems to call all the shots. It’s vital to remember at this time that this is a perception only; we are still able to fashion our individual choices and responses independent of the social sphere, should we truly want to—but making that choice holds consequences that we must be prepared to accept, should we go our own way.

This is an excerpt from the Solar eclipse article in ECLIPSE. Of course, we’re in Dark of the Moon territory right now, with Luna still to contact (by conjunction) Vesta, Mercury, Neptune, and Chiron before the Solar event–and that may mean a lot of restless energy, whispers just below hearing, looking for a place to express. This can be a very creative time, for those open to manifesting the urge that usually remains quiet in the unconscious–it’s accessible now; it’s as if we’re able to see into the dark corners of the mind, sensing things, with no need for direct illumination–take a look, see what’s in there.

Born Today 17 March

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PA Renoir ‘Girl with a Jump Rope (Portrait of Delphine LeGrand)’ 1878 {{PD}}

You know what to do, dear Pisces, the question is, Will you be wise enough to do it? You may hesitate to go forward for a variety of reasons, but you can’t go far wrong if you 1) stay attuned to your inner guidance system, even when it tells you something you don’t want to hear, and 2) keep your highest values in mind at all times. This latter condition will be the most difficult and the most vital, since to neglect what really matters to you could mean that home, mate, or important causes move on without you–and nobody wants that. This may be a more quiet year than most, where the action is largely internal; the biggest external demand, though, may be a significant one, where skills and their practical application may be tested repeatedly. You do get a bonus in the form of an opportunity to heal some significant wound related to the ambition and desire picture–and that’s all good. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 16 March

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Your year won't exactly be a picnic, Pisces. George Goodwin Kilburne 'The Picnic' c1900 {{PD}}

Your year won’t exactly be a picnic, Pisces. George Goodwin Kilburne ‘The Picnic’ c1900 {{PD}}

Doing what’s smart and/ or practical, acquiring key skills, and becoming more attuned to instinct all seem to be your goals this coming year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday, and whether those goals spring from previous problems or a desire to fine-tune the direction you’re headed doesn’t really matter–they’re worthy aims, no matter what. Don’t expect a lot of fanfare, though; this is slated to be a fairly quiet year for you, one where you can make a lot of progress if you’re content to put your head down and work. Of course, it’s not all grim effort, though there will be one or more occasions where matters of Love or Money will take what feel like fated turns. Too, matters of the Houses in the Natal Chart ruled by Venus may at some point reach crisis mode, and it may take significant attention to work them out. Still, you can end this relatively unglamorous Solar year at your next Return much stronger, more personally powerful, with complete understanding of how the world works so that you become a kind of Force of Nature–now that’s something to look forward to! Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 15 March

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‘The three Daughters of King Lear’ by Gustav Pope CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons uploaded by Guerrace01

Power relationships in your world, and the level and reach of your personal authority, may be on the agenda for consideration, development, and change this coming year, dear Pisces. Also prominent: who nurtures who, what is really your territory and what belongs to others, and the fine art of negotiation, which you may need to practice repeatedly, through to your next birthday. If you aren’t someone who is hyper-aware of power arrangements now, you will be by the time this year is over. Also vital: learning the role instincts can play for you to not just survive but thrive, and what I can only describe as ‘emotional restraint’, where you will over time fine tune your emotional control and by doing so learn a great deal about what real power looks like. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 14 March

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Anthonis Leemans - 'Hunting gear, Still Life'  17th century Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Anthonis Leemans – ‘Hunting gear, Still Life’ 17th century Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

What is that thing that’s been bothering you, dear Pisces? It’s been hovering around the edge of your consciousness but you can’t seem to grasp it. It may end up tormenting you for a good part of the coming year, through to your next birthday, but that’s really a good thing, as it will prompt you to learn about yourself, specifically about those things in your ‘blind spot’, which is the internal ‘place’ that influences actions and thought but where you can’t perceive that this influences is occurring, but others can. It will also cause you to get on better terms with your instincts–perhaps helping you trust them more, as well as helping you sort them from thoughts and wish-fulfillment–and all this will also aid in you dedicating your life energies to causes, to home creation, or to supporting the mate, in a way and to an extent you never have before. It’s going to be a busy year, Pisces–and a last bit of advice: the emotions are likely to be an early warning system for what’s wise and what’s not–listen to them. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

What You’re Asking–Mermaids, Mercury’s Birth, and Peacocks–Delicious!

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John William Waterhouse - 'Mermaid' {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse – ‘Mermaid’ {{PD}}

This is a re-print I thought you might find interesting, as it talks about both the Fist of God, a config involved in the upcoming Solar eclipse, and about the effects of an eclipse that conjuncts the natal South Node. ‘What You’re Asking’ is taken from search terms (shown in italics) used to bring seekers to this site, and I’ve modified the Full Moon answer below to reflect the next one that we’ll see, a Lunar eclipse.

mermaids and full moon

Let’s answer this one first, as an excuse to use that beautiful Waterhouse portrait of a mermaid: of course they exist, and if you’re lucky enough to see one, it’ll probably be under a Full Moon–just seems right. The next one comes at 5 April, 5:06 AM Pacific time, and falls at 14 Libra 24. Find the perfect beach, then when the day comes stake it out (you’ll be ‘up with the fishes’!) preferably with a picnic and someone you love to keep you company, and wait for the magic to happen.

astrology fist of god

A configuration where the base is two or more bodies square each other, with all base components sesquiquadrate (135 degrees) from the apex body. Typically this presents as an initial conflict between the base energies that, once resolved (or at least is brought to some kind of equilibrium) then results in another hurdle, described by the conflict between the disparate points of view of the base bodies and the apex body–so we officially have three viewpoints to juggle, and possibly to blend/ resolve. Often this generates both intense internal tension and stressful outward situations, and just as with a ‘regular’ square, we can’t ignore that initial clash of the base energies–they demand attention, and once they’ve gotten some, the apex energy makes demands, and this is so whether we’ve successfully resolved the base energies or not. We can really feel it’s being piled on when a Fist of God (some prefer Thor’s Hammer) is activated, but the thing to remember is this: don’t let the stress run the show; nine times out of ten, a Fist presents issues that are in some essential way unresolvable (at least, if formed or activated by transit, unresolvable in the moment and solely by you), and you’ll gain a great deal by taking a step back and recognizing that this may be a riddle that, right now, has no totally satisfying answer.

Pluto square Saturn

As a natal aspect, this is weighty; it pits the darkest and most powerful personal elements of the Self against the personal elements most slavish to custom, fearful of authority, locked into rules, hidebound, and conventional. The alchemical nature of Pluto requires almost constant change, either through destruction and resurrection or replacement, or through transformation, while Saturn is all about keeping things just as they’ve always been. So, we’re likely to see this clash as a recurring theme in the life of someone who has this in the horoscope, and this is likely to express with the individual balancing the two awkwardly (gently committing a little more to one or the other) until something forces an impossible choice or requires the two factors to work together–and the energies can be reconciled, if the individual knows both her or his own power (Pluto) and is firmly in touch with reality (Saturn) and as well has mastered at least a modicum of Self-discipline (also Saturn). We can’t overlook the fact that this unites two or more Houses of the natal chart, the ones with Scorpio and Capricorn (and possibly Aquarius, as Saturn was its ancient ruler) on the cusp; the nature of this connection will be one where some of the matters of the Houses will face this same status quo vs. regeneration challenge, possibly repeatedly, until the individual reaches a final, working relationship between the two energies, giving neither one short-shrift in the life.

pallas in scorpio

As a natal placement, this promises that one’s internalized wisdom is deep; there may be a sense of intuitive ‘knowing’ from an early age. Guidance may spring from getting to know darkness (one’s own or the workings of darkness within the world), and from a strong sense of curiosity, the kind that will research fearlessly for the answer. The person with this placement may understand emotion and the wisdom behind its expression, or may glean knowledge from emotional experience, and Pallas in Scorpio may have a kind of x-ray vision, seeing to the Truth of any matter. Positive manifestations show wisdom based in a thorough understanding and acceptance of the life-death-life scenario, while a negative expression could come in the form of the Evil Queen who offers others a poisoned apple (tainted guidance), out of malice, jealousy, or the desire to destroy.

peacock to eat

I just had to Google this myself; Juno prefers these majestic birds pulling her chariot, and would flip out if she saw a mortal eating the bird that represents her (which is, I think, why this query showed up at my site, due to some mention of Juno and her mascot). I was curious: do people eat peacock? There’s this, which describes preparation of peacock in medieval Europe. Of course, about half the answers that Google gave reversed the scenario, as if I’d asked what peacocks eat; the most entertaining (and somehow unnerving–who is this person?) was on Yahoo Answers: and I quote, ” i used to raise peacocks and lemme tell you they are some good eatin.” And end scene.

south node solar eclipse

This seems a very compelling event, with the power and intense energy of a Solar eclipse meeting the point in the natal chart that designates ‘the past’ (one’s memories, experiences, all that is residue of what was for the Soul). The result could be a breaking-free from old habits, obligations, or restrictions, especially those that are imposed through outdated roles or occurrences that no longer have resonance; residue of memory and the interference of others could fall away in a single instant. One could even have one’s memory wiped clean, through something as soap opera-y as amnesia or as life-changing as a stroke, or where a version of the past is removed from the life quite literally, as when a tornado destroys everything one owns. It could be much simpler, and entirely internal, as when the eclipse illuminates something from the past that has been unavailable or hidden; one finds out about one’s own adoption, perhaps, or learns of a family secret that lifts the veil on some important mental viewpoint or emotional response to their own origins or experience. There’s also the potential for actualizing all accumulated knowledge in some form that allows it to flow into the future and manifest in some wise and divine creation, as if lightning has struck all that was for the individual and crystallized it into a single, shimmering idea that one is destined to deliver to the world. Just remember to keep the orbs very tight; for this aspect I would prefer 1.5 degrees or less in variation from exact.

Juno’s response to Mercury’s birth

“It’s a bay-bee!”

(Possibly as spoken by Julia Sweeney’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ character, ‘Pat’)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Born Today 13 March

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Stay as conscious as possible and getting from here to there won't be hard at all, Pisces. "Klopp Bridge at Remich 1925" by Nico Klopp {{PD}}

Stay as conscious as possible and getting from here to there won’t be hard at all, Pisces. “Klopp Bridge at Remich 1925″ by Nico Klopp {{PD}}

You may carry an enormous amount of internal emotional tension this coming year, dear Pisces, and not even realize it, so keenly will you be focused on doing what’s smart, being strong, and honoring what you truly care about. You are aiming to live an exemplary life, and that’s admirable, it’s just that, while you are gazing at the far horizon and the stars beyond, things can pile up at your feet and trip you. Even as you embrace inspiration and work toward making dreams a reality, you’ll need to watch your own emotional impulsiveness and the way it can drive flashes of temper, and you’ll need to be open to at least considering guidance offered by authorities and your own instinctive nature–both will have some valuable things to convey. Other than that, you are slated for some amazing and fate-determining Self-improvement, some of which could bring you a big lift in real-world status. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 12 March

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You have a lively year ahead, Pisces--be sure you get plenty of rest. 'Sleeping Girl with a Cat' (1880) Pierre-Auguste Renoir {{PD}}

You have a lively year ahead, Pisces–be sure you get plenty of rest. ‘Sleeping Girl with a Cat’ (1880)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir {{PD}}

I’ve got to hand it to you, Pisces: you are trying to live your highest values like never before. You’ve made a vow to make your life both rich with experience and aligned with all that truly matters to you–and this coming year, through to your next birthday, you’ll see the results of your efforts. Areas where you’ve excelled at translating what you honor into your surroundings, your character, and all that you do will be obvious; what will also show are areas that still need work–special notice goes to those things in your ‘blind spot’–you can learn about these by others’ reactions to you–and you may also find that you must re-assess some things you thought you’d already settled, specifically things related to expression of your personal power, what ‘territory’ really belongs to you, boundaries, especially those between yourself and your offspring (and that includes creative offspring), and in the need to negotiate, which may be something you thought you’d never need to do again. Watch temper and impulsiveness this year; also, take advantage of the emotional ‘reach’ you’ll have–your ability to learn, empathize, and expand your viewpoint through feeling has never been greater. Happy Birthday, dear Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 11 March

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A distant view-from NASA {{PD}}

A distant view-from NASA {{PD}}

It feels a little like you’re freewheelin’ it out in space, doesn’t it, Pisces? I can’t get over the impression that you may be a bit disconnected from what’s going on in your world, and I don’t mean that in some insulting, stereotypical Sun sign way, I mean it in a ‘you are actually literally feeling lightened, cured, unencumbered, with all possibilities open before you’ way. That’s really really good–you can make what you want of this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–and kind of bad–you may find it too easy to drift and dream, and too tough to muster the kind of effort that can make bigger things happen. What will help? A true openness to change (listen to the whispers of the Universe and respond before they turn into shouts), and the Will to actually take action on all those quirky and unique ideas you’re always thinking you’ll get to someday. That day is today, Pisces. Happy Birthday and good luck!

Born Today 10 March

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"Ban Mixay Umbrellas" by PTD Phonsavan - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ban_Mixay_Umbrellas.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Ban_Mixay_Umbrellas.jpg

“Ban Mixay Umbrellas” by PTD Phonsavan – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ban_Mixay_Umbrellas.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Ban_Mixay_Umbrellas.jpg

The asset and power situations will be front and center for you this coming Solar year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday, and you may find that though acting aggressively to show your uniqueness may be supported by the social sphere it may leave you feeling uncomfortable emotionally–and that feeling shouldn’t be ignored. That discomfort is your intuition talking, with your emotions urging you to be true to your core Self and not worry about how the social scene receives your choices. The challenge for you may be to explore the individuality and your own original ideas and urges without caring whether others applaud them, even without sharing them–that comes later–this is about you getting in touch with a very distinctive spark within, and experimenting with how to bring that into your everyday life, all without worrying about the reception such individuality will receive. Try not to bend to pressures in this area surrounding assets and power; your best outcome lies in bringing your originality and inventive essence to the surface, and letting material matters sort themselves out. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 9 March

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'Azaleas and Apple Blossoms' by Charles Caryl Coleman 1878 {{PD}}

‘Azaleas and Apple Blossoms’ by Charles Caryl Coleman 1878 {{PD}}

Dear Pisces, this year you may enjoy extraordinary emotional harmony that leads you to confrontations in the home, with the mate, and/ or over causes you support–but why? The tension comes from an internal balance, confidence, and satisfaction that has recently eluded you; now that you have it, you may look around and see that the circumstances you have chosen (or allowed to develop) don’t support this new, healthier you. Changes to values, relationships, the living situation, and the earning one, may be on the agenda. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you get to pursue your individual expression with a one-pointed energy that may appear from the outside as selfish but is actually something you need to do to clarify a unique role you are creating for yourself. Your individuality is blossoming, Pisces–go with it. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 8 March

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The only dragon you have to slay this year, dear Pisces, is the one that may tempt you to feel sorry for yourself. Virginia Frances Sterrett 1923 {{PD}}

The only dragon you have to slay this year, dear Pisces, is the one that may tempt you to feel sorry for yourself. Virginia Frances Sterrett 1923 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday, you have the chance to heal down to the Soul level, as well as to discover and/ or develop your unique, Chiron-related gifts–but there is a chance that you will blow this opportunity by seating identity firmly in your wounds, wearing them as a badge that tells others who you are and how they should relate to you. Before you say, “I would never do that!” consider that you probably know quite a few people who base part or all of their identity on some wrong done them, some injury, or some Self-sabotaging flaw in their own character that they parade as a reason they are not successful or not happy or not functioning to their fullest–and I’m just saying, you don’t have to be that person. At this point in time, that will take some care to avoid–actively pursuing your gifts and healing methods is the only way to keep from falling into the seductive pattern of implying excessive sensitivity and stunted promise by publicly mourning your wounds. So, embrace the character of your natal Chiron placement in its healthiest and most creative forms, and give yourself permission let go of every painful, heartsick, or regretted memory you have; you are whole, you are complete, and you have a fantastic gift to offer your world this year–Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 7 March

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Really, all you have to do this year, Pisces, is take aim, while keeping others in mind. Károly Ferenczy,  - 'Archers' (1911) {{PD}}

Really, all you have to do this year, Pisces, is take aim, while keeping others in mind. Károly Ferenczy, – ‘Archers’ (1911) {{PD}}

Fulfilling ambitions and desires is on the agenda for you this coming Solar year, dear Pisces, but it won’t be a straight line from here to there; you will have to make adjustments, modify your approach, and gain the cooperation of others in order to succeed. How to alter your Path so that you get what you want? Good question–it’s going to have a lot to do with finding the correct balance in relationships and/ or finances, one that is supportive of you but that also genuinely honors those with whom you interact and those things you do to earn. This may require modifications on the home front, in what you dedicate your energy to, and in the power distribution in any situation, and the important thing for you to remember is that, rather than resenting others and feeling they are taking time or attention from your goals, you should be thanking them: without the changes needed to appease and gain support from others, you wouldn’t get what you want–singular methods would take you off course–you need their input, and to make alterations with an awareness of others’ needs, in order to actually get where you want to go. Too, don’t let perceived hurt run the show, and don’t use wounds for leverage or to gain power–it will backfire! Your Path to success this year is surprisingly easy; all you have to do is keep others in mind. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 6 March

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Refuse to wear your nit-picking hat, and all will be well. 'The Honeysuckle Bower' Peter Paul Rubens c1610 {{PD}}

Refuse to wear your nit-picking hat, and all will be well. ‘The Honeysuckle Bower’ Peter Paul Rubens c1610 {{PD}}

You are on a power trip, dear Pisces, with the goal of expanding your world, making an impact on the social sphere, and/ or of reaching out to share your knowledge, teach, proselytize, or experience another culture–and that’s not a bad thing at all. The power trip I’m talking about is one where you use your identity, plans, and purpose in this life to the fullest, confidently and with the highest intentions, and where you receive ‘more’ because of it. This is a year when you can do this naturally, almost effortlessly, and can gain (materially, new experiences, emotionally) immensely and in ways you never anticipated–if you follow a few simple mandates: be generous with yourself and others, honor your uniqueness and don’t be afraid to show it, don’t allow old wounds to trip you up, and leave your nit-picking hat on the shelf–wearing it will only make a mess of things, especially in relationships. You can do some amazing things this year, Pisces–Happy Birthday and good luck!

Born Today 5 March

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Ferraù Fenzoni - 'Anjo tocando alaúde' c1593 {{PD}}

Ferraù Fenzoni – ‘Anjo tocando alaúde’ c1593 {{PD}}

You are on the verge of a personal culmination, dear Pisces, one that is uniquely you, that may be surprising, profitable, or bring a relationship to a new level, or possibly to conclusion–so why all the tension? It’s normal that as we reach an ending, or close in on achieving a goal, we begin to cast around for new directions, new opportunities, and those will abound for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. Where do you find those opportunities? Within. Well, that’s not quite fair–there will be external changes, some of them major–but the important shifts will occur internally, within your heart and mind. The result of this period of evolution (for that’s what it really is) will be the creation and attraction of opportunities that revolve around who you are and what you have to offer. You’ll be given more than a few chances to shine; put aside your usual, overly-modest approach and really go for it! Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 4 March 2015

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William Blake, 'A Critical Essay' 1868 {{PD}}

William Blake, ‘A Critical Essay’ 1868 {{PD}}

If you can just make some minor adjustments, a few tweaks here and there, it feels like you’re going to hit it big, doesn’t it, dear Pisces? Your optimism this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, is matched only by your sense that it’s all in your hands–but that’s only true to some extent. We’ve got to acknowledge that there are larger forces at work in the Universe that we may be powerless against; keep that in mind so that you don’t blame yourself if everything doesn’t happen just as you want. You’ll be inspecting things with an emotionally critical eye, and you may be tempted to accept more responsibility for things than is reasonable. That same sensitive and critically-oriented viewpoint can be very useful if you are able to apply the fixes you see as necessary through action in the physical world; that means just noticing what’s wrong isn’t enough, you’ve got to do something about it to make the insight matter. Too, you are slated for some surprising twists and turns in financial areas or in relationship matters; you can’t anticipate them, but you can be ready by being very clear on what you really care about, and what you’re willing to put your efforts behind. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 3 March

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You can easily go over that wall, rather than run into it, Pisces. Unknown photographer 'Man in Hat Bent Over a Stone Wall' silver albumen print c1885 {{PD}}

You can easily go over that wall, rather than run into it, Pisces. Unknown photographer
‘Man in Hat Bent Over a Stone Wall’ silver albumen print c1885 {{PD}}

You may find, dear Pisces, that you really want to take the lead this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, in partnerships and in financial situations–and this would be a good thing, as you’re in a period where you’re absolutely suited to asserting yourself in these arenas–and you’ll likely find that your individual initiative is supported strongly by the social circle–so what could go wrong? You may mistake being in tune with the Zeitgeist as being arbiter of all things, and slam into a brick wall when you institute your Will, wrongly thinking it’s everyone’s Will. The key to success may lie in knowing just how far you can go making change, throwing out, destroying–and this will be required, in order to be in charge, if only of your own partnership, relationship, and financial picture–so, early and often, check your position against the rules, traditions, and usual constraints, and bob your head up long enough to be sure no one else is having a meltdown over your efforts to modernize, empathize, or revolutionize. By the time you reach year’s end, you will likely be in a much different ‘place’, mentally and emotionally, if not also physically. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 2 March

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What you'll gain this year, dear Pisces, is balance. "Date Merchant" by Zangaki New York Public Library -Via Wikimedia Commons - {{PD}}

What you’ll gain this year, dear Pisces, is balance. “Date Merchant” by Zangaki New York Public Library -Via Wikimedia Commons – {{PD}}

You’ll enjoy a sweet harmony this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces, if you can work out the contrasts between personal wants and Collective demands, between the need to lead and having the grace to follow, and between dreams and creativity, and the imperative to take action. You’ll need to find a balance, and this will come directly from frictions you experience–so the year becomes a learning curve, with a healthy ability to marry imagining and doing, cooperating and being first, and giving and taking, so that you express effectively without alienating others or wasting resources. Not a terribly exciting year, but a productive one, and you will likely arrive at the end of it more ready and capable than you’ve ever been before of making your core Soul desires a reality. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 1 March

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 Man Sweeping the Interpreter's Parlour by William Blake Before 1827 {{PD}}

Man Sweeping the Interpreter’s Parlour by William Blake Before 1827 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll enjoy an unusually acute intuition, dear Pisces, and you’ll need it, as you’ll also be dealing with every ignored, denied, or abandoned thing, come back in material form or through the environment itself. I’m afraid it’s like this: you had the chance to deal with, face, or otherwise settle a number of issues, but chose to sweep them under the symbolic rug–and now they are back. Many will take different forms than they first appeared in, so you may not immediately recognize them; you can be fairly sure, though, that if you scratch the surface you’ll find a familiar dilemma beneath. In many cases, this will be a good thing; you are much better equipped now to handle these matters successfully than you were at the time they originated, and you may see that it was the wisdom of your Higher Self acting in your best interests that delayed what must be done until now. You should feel good about that, because delaying was a smart thing to do; know that it’s important during the coming year that you take care of things, once and for all, as the way you handle things will in many ways determine your life direction, especially involving partnerships, for some time to come. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 28 February

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'The Castle Gate' Ferdinand Knab 1881 {{PD}}

‘The Castle Gate’ Ferdinand Knab 1881 {{PD}}

This Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces, you’ll need to do two things: adjust your Self-expression to suit the direction you’d like your life to go, and refuse to allow negativity, rage, or obstacles to distract you from your Path. How do you handle those darker elements that threaten? By dealing with matters you’ve lately been ignoring or in denial about right away, so that they hold no power to affect what happens to you, and by becoming as conscious as possible about who you are and what you want, which will make it that much easier to make choices that take you in the direction you want to go. The social circle/ the public and power players in your world will be open to supporting you, when your ideas are original or when you can add skills or leadership to the group, and the stronger and more confident you are in general, the more easily you’ll be able to attract assets and material rewards–and you should earn quite a few. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 27 February

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Bosschaert: Flower Still Life, 1614 {{PD}}

Bosschaert: Flower Still Life, 1614 {{PD}}

You’ve been enjoying a fantastic creative stretch, dear Pisces, and now it’s time to collect your reward, whether it’s Love, Money, or something else you care about, that using your creativity has manifested–and if you don’t soon find your arms full of roses and doubloons? You may have mistaken an illusion for something of real worth, or pursued an idea or project that dissolved before your eyes, or in some way you believed someone when you shouldn’t have–and now you are where you are, and need to begin again. Luckily, you will have some serious resources at your disposal, whether you were deluded or used your creativity productively, and that means you can continue to create or start over, depending on your needs. If you’ve been doing well, then good, continue; and if you made a few mistakes, and need a fresh beginning, it’s yours for the taking–just remember two things: the tide doesn’t continue to rise forever, and aim for something you truly care about. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 26 February

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Don't be distracted by the road not taken, Pisces. Antoine Chintreuil - 'Pommiers et genêts en fleurs' {{PD}}

Don’t be distracted by the road not taken, Pisces. Antoine Chintreuil – ‘Pommiers et genêts en fleurs’ {{PD}}

You have enormous potential this coming Solar year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday, to express the creativity of your Soul more clearly, accurately, and completely than you ever have before, and you can attract significant money and/ or Love in the process–or, you could fall prey to the most massive delusion you’ve ever mistaken for the real thing. How can you make sure you show your creativity, rather than totter down a disastrous path? Keep values firmly in mind, no matter what the social sphere says; stay true to your most unusual or original ideas, whether they find immediate support or acceptance or not; don’t allow darker moods to cloud your thoughts–brooding will only lead to distraction and even anger, especially over the ‘road not taken’, and what good would being upset about the past do now? And remember, your biggest muscle is your brain, figuratively speaking, so keep using it to keep it in shape! You can ‘live the dream’ if you’ll only trust yourself to stay focused, and true to what’s important to you. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 25 February

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REspect your feelings--it's the only way to know what to accept, and what to walk away from. John Everett Millais The Black Brunswicker 1859 {{PD}}

Respect your feelings, Pisces–it’s the only way to know what to accept, and what to walk away from. John Everett Millais The Black Brunswicker 1859 {{PD}}

You may be caught this year, dear Pisces, in an ongoing conflict between your emotional viewpoint and the reality of the situation(s) you face. There may be a great deal of pressure from external sources encouraging you to suppress or abandon your thoughts and feelings on the way things are–but that would be a terrible mistake, if you were to comply. You are experiencing one of those life periods where we are required to choose ourselves, our feelings, our well-being over the demands of the environment. Does that mean you are free to abandon your obligations and forget your promises? No, but it does mean you must learn to distinguish between those things you do because of love, friendship, or the rightness of the act, and those things you feel you have to do because someone else wants you to. Make that distinction clear within your own mind, and you will see what to stay with and what to walk away from, with the added benefit that your new internal clarity will enhance both relationships and earning/ attractive power. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 24 February

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It's time to go after your dreams, Pisces. "Anthony van Dyck self portrait" by Anthony van Dyck - {{PD}}

It’s time to go after your dreams, Pisces. “Anthony van Dyck self portrait” by, who else? Anthony van Dyck – {{PD}}

Recently you’ve gathered support, empowered yourself, made a plan, brought together resources and honed talents–now what, dear Pisces? Time to tap directly into your creativity, and/ or to tackle the subjects of the House in the natal chart that contains Pisces–which of course is also the House where Neptune is currently transiting. Applying ideals, spiritual principals, imagination, and the ability to create the desired image to yourself or to what you’d like to manifest in life is your mandate this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. It’s time to make ‘the Dream’ a reality, and to communicate it in any way you see fit. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Snapshot of a Life: Photographer Vivian Maier

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Taken at the "Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer" exhibition in Chicago 8 January 2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagogeek/5337419802/ Author ChicagoGeek Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Taken at the “Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer” exhibition in Chicago 8 January 2011
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagogeek/5337419802/
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What follows is a brief look at the chart of Vivian Maier, subject of a recent documentary, taken from the pages of ECLIPSE.

I heard and saw mentions of her, bits and pieces: amazing photos. dead now. a nanny. walked around Chicago for years, taking photos. Nobody noticed. And then I caught ‘Finding Vivian Maier’, a documentary, on HBO. I was prepared to witness some great photos, and perhaps the sadness of a life not lived to as full an extent, or as widely celebrated, as it might‘ve been. What I saw instead was a portrait of a woman who had been seen as mysterious largely because she was both exceptionally private and thoroughly estranged from any family, who preferred the company of children (whom she often bullied) to that of adults, and with a background involving time spent in the village of her mother’s birth in France that had some acquaintances privately calling her accent phony.

I admit I’ve had a very difficult time writing about Maier, for as intriguing as it is to learn about a newly-revealed talent, Maier as an individual seems to have been difficult, and often unpleasant. By the last third of the documentary I found myself looking away at least as much as actually watching, not out of disinterest, but out of the sense that she was a human being who had inflicted pain on her charges, with the obvious inference that this was because she lacked the Self-awareness to separate her own behavior from the pain that had been inflicted on her—a nasty revelation about the doc’s subject, to be sure, and one I felt ambivalent about: did her faults as a human being detract from the body of work she left behind? Ideally, in my view, the work should speak for itself, but when the life seems to provide such a telling frame for the work, one that may be in stark contrast to what is produced while still holding the reflection of it, it may be unfair to look at one without the other, if only because one would not exist without the other.

With no birth time, we have no Houses, Ascendant, or Midheaven, and so Maier (1 February 1926 ntk New York NY USA–see the Whole Sign chart under “Charts for Articles in ECLIPSE, link above) remains more mysterious than not; however, an Aquarius Sun sextile Sedna, trine Pallas, quincunx Pluto, and opposed Black Moon Lilith suggests an instinctive urge to hide from (and sometimes to battle) what may have felt like destructive, even vindictive, external forces. She may have seen confrontation (the opposition) as the only wise response to the anger or darkness or manipulative (to her) behavior of others (Black Moon Lilith, disowned, seen as ‘the Other’ through opposition), with the need to continually adjust the power expression/ situation (Pluto qnx) just the smart thing to do (Pallas trine).

The Sun is in an interesting spot: it sits more than 9 degrees from retrograde Venus, which suggests to me the potential rejection of the Venusian facets of Beingness; it’s like a statement, “I’m not beautiful, I don’t have money, relationships and Love are not ‘me’” (via the retro status) but if we had a birth time we would have Houses, and so see how the Art of photography was accepted as ‘hers’ when the other Venus qualities seem not to have been—and yet, we need to look no farther than the Ceres-Neptune opposition to Venus to find a possible explanation. This could imply that in rejecting (or in believing it wasn’t accessible to her in the first place) the usual Venusian expression she was able to embrace what opposed it—in this case, a connection to Nature and her ‘natural’ role as an authority (Ceres–which she may have lived as the ‘pseudo-mother’ to a couple generations of children) melded with her photography (Neptune, in Leo—and proportionally she seems to have taken a large number of Self-portraits—even when the lion hides, she doesn’t).

The observational eye of Maier’s camera seems attuned to those who don’t normally receive that much attention; she finds and frames the ordinary, the every day, and appears to make a specialty of informal portraits of those who aren’t used to being noticed. The Venus-Neptune connection could bestow the ability to see and appreciate what’s usually invisible, the beauty that’s typically obscured. Mercury and Jupiter are conjunct in Aquarius=choosing a modern means of communicating, and in contacting the social sphere; with the camera always between herself and her subjects, Vivian may have made an overarching statement about what she truly found worthy by what she chose to photograph—that was her statement, loud and clear. She takes an intellectual approach to society, communicating and recording with something of a cool, dispassionate gaze, through the camera. With Merc-Jupiter opposed Zeus, there’s no doubt that she saw her photos as an expression of ambitions and talent as even on the surface she appeared to deny she had any ambition at all.

Many ask why Vivian didn’t share her work. We see Juno (empowerment) and the South Node (the past) conjunct in Capricorn, and these hook by aspect into ruler Saturn, Uranus, Chiron, Mars, and Ceres-Neptune=this may speak of when Vivian and her mother lived for a time in New York City around 1930 with photographer Jeanne Bertrand, who likely taught Vivian the ‘rules’ of photography, and acted as an example of how taking pictures could empower, by giving the photographer a god-like ability to literally choose what will be seen, to frame, to crop real life to one’s liking. These contacts link empowerment and the past to the ego and action urge, material reality, originality and innovation, the wound/ healing or the Chirotic gift (in this case, in Aries, suggesting a need to heal so that she could do ‘me first’, and so act as an example), and that natural expression and creative energy—and yet the presence of Saturn may have muted the urge to take any action to share the work. The idea could’ve been that empowerment comes from a contained, modest life, where originality and urges toward independence were kept small, offering little encouragement to the Artist within her, who may have been hungry for more, and on a bigger scale (that wide conjunction of the Sun to Jupiter).

In fact, that Ceres-Neptune, so instrumental in her creative stance, is part of a Fire Grand Trine involving Mars and Chiron. This implies that, had she found healing and felt support in this life, she would’ve expressed her personal power (that the Soul required she make adjustments for—Sun quincunx Pluto) through creative action, as a ‘creative authority’ (Neptune-Ceres); but she clearly wasn’t able to heal, and so the creative output was toned down—not exactly hidden, but likely seeming untenable as a lifestyle and means of earning, despite the example of Bertrand.

And what of the clearly implied violations or abuse both suffered and administered by Vivian? There’s a point in the documentary when a portion of the will of Vivian’s aunt is read, (and I paraphrase), ‘I exclude all living relatives, and they know exactly why’. Whatever injury occurred in this family, it spanned generations. Vivian definitely had a Virgo Moon, with ruler Mercury planet of earliest degree, and conjunct Jupiter=does this represent exaggerated critical emotions, something even the strongest motivations would be hard pressed to overcome? It could, and with Jupiter representing society as a whole (and so possibly the children she cared for) conjunct the Sun in stressful relationship to Pluto, Vivian may have related to the children, seeing them as very similar to, even a part of, her (Sun-Jupiter) but have been in constant Plutonian turmoil that expressed through her treatment of them rising from her own past experiences—for if she sees herself in them, then the pain is alive and present, all the time, and she shares it as she experienced it.

Venus opposed Ceres and trine Vesta suggests that, though she at least theoretically valued beauty and relationships (along with all things that would be designated by the two Houses Venus rules, if we knew her birth time), there was a never-ending struggle going on, one where authority figures, particularly maternal ones (Ceres) always won over ‘the girl’ (Venus), with Vivian casting herself as the weaker player, even when she cared for children—that would’ve brought out the Soul-pain (Sun-Pluto), as Vivian would then play the powerful Ceres figure to her ‘spoiled’ and privileged (Venus) charges. The Venus situation becomes a loop of longing and denial, fed over and over through the mechanism of adjustments to the power scenario—with no reasonable resolution in sight.

I thought I’d provide links so that you can see how really crisp and gorgeous her photos are: http://www.vivianmaier.com/ about her life: http://www.vivianmaier.com/about-vivian-maier/ http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/ http://www.motherjones.com/media/2011/04/vivian-maier-john-maloof http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/03/31/candid-camera-2 (the latter link addresses the film on Maier mentioned earlier) and for info on the very unusual copyright conditions in this case, see this: http://gapersblock.com/ac/2013/08/13/the-curious-case-of-vivian-maiers-copyright/

Born Today 23 February

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John William Waterhouse - 'Ulysses and the Sirens' 1891 {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse – ‘Ulysses and the Sirens’ 1891 {{PD}}

There is some kind of pull you can feel right now, dear Pisces, some kind of Universal attractor, and you are convinced it has a material form–your Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be spent looking for it, but it’s the adventures you’ll have along the way that will matter, at this point. You are inspired, but in a way that hasn’t yet taken shape–and this both pulls you (at the prospect of finding this creative energy) and pushes you (out into the world, looking for the material manifestation of this energy), and the time may be spent in ways that indulge the senses, challenge the material surroundings, may lead to new relationships, and may, perhaps surprisingly, pay real-world dividends–and all of it because you’re following this siren song (though of course, you won’t be lured to crash on the rocks!)–instead, you’ll re-shape your life in ways you won’t be able to anticipate, and you’ll set the scene for those big, inspired changes to come. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 22 February

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It's in taking care of the mundane that you create opportunity, Pisces. Van Gogh - Kartoffelsetzen 1884 {{PD}}

It’s in taking care of the mundane that you create opportunity, Pisces. Van Gogh – Kartoffelsetzen 1884 {{PD}}

Empowering yourself and establishing a solid place in the world will likely be your aims this year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday. Taking action will definitely be your motto–but there will be a single key to success, and it may be a very difficult one to implement: don’t try to fulfill ambitions and desires; instead, attend to every other matter that surrounds you. In taking care of everything else, your way to achieve your wants will come clear; but if you pursue ambitions headlong, you will fail. I know! Weird, right? It seems that at this point, when you focus on what you’d like to create, you somehow misinterpret what is needed to achieve your aims, and so neglect what would really be effective. The prescription, then, is to see to all the things you would judge to be unrelated to getting what you want–in taking care of these, you’ll smooth the way to your heart’s desire. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 21 February

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Hesiod and the Muse by Gustave Moreau (1870) {{PD}}

Hesiod and the Muse by Gustave Moreau (1870) {{PD}}

Initially this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may be going on a kind of auto-pilot, dear Pisces; you may be so caught up in relationship or money-making or aesthetics issues that the focus may be tightly held on yourself and your world. Being focused like this, you might miss the real, underlying cause of so much tension. It’s not about the relationship, finances, or your creative output, but about two things that may seem separate, but which are in reality intimately connected: your personal expression of power in the world, and your connection to and part in Nature. Any internal discord you have concerning your ability to call the shots in your own life, and any disconnect you feel between who you are in daily life and your ‘natural roles’ (as a man or woman, as a part of Nature, as an animal, as a living being, as a sentient being) will propel your behavior and reactions–but it’s only in knowing that what occurs is not about surface matters, but about a need to re-connect consciousness with your innate power, that progress will be made. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 21 February 2015: The Dancer and the Football Player

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We'll be very aware we're lacking a certain below-the-surface harmony. Edgar Degas - 1885 {{PD}}

We’ll be very aware we’re lacking a certain below-the-surface harmony. Edgar Degas – 1885 {{PD}}

21 February we have an interesting situation astronomically, with Venus both conjunct Mars (at the same zodiacal degree) and also contra-parallel (each at the same distance from but on opposite sides of the celestial equator). This suggests a built-in struggle between the two energies, which on the surface appear to be together (the conjunction). It may mimic the way those same energies will meet internally (interaction and Self-Will, receptivity and action) or externally (a man and woman, being active while another person is passive, or vice-versa) and clash at a fundamental level. For the individual it may be like having one’s foot on the gas and on the brake at the same time; In interaction with others, it may be like a ballet dancer and a football player who want to team up—their methods, techniques, and ways of interacting are so very different that, though they intend for each to apply their skills in the same game, there’s no one game that suits them both. So, receptivity draws aggression, Love draws anger, Money draws Action, Jealousy draws temper, greed emphasizes individual wants—you get the picture—and of course this is happening in the first degree of Aries, where Mars is at home and Venus is not, suggesting that the easy go-to in uncomfortable situations may be lashing out or taking off. The only way forward may be to walk into any venture with the awareness that you will have contradictory urges within yourself to deal with, and that in any cooperative situation you will be fundamentally taking a different, even opposite, approach or viewpoint than the other party. Too, this aspect set may breed discord in spousal, romantic, or partnership relations, and turning away from individual interactions, we’ll likely find that the social sphere isn’t receptive, either. (Perfecting today: Venus conjunct and contra-parallel Mars, and sesquiquadrate Jupiter)

Born Today 20 February

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Don't be timid, Pisces. 'The goldfish bowl' Charles Edward Perugini c1870 {{PD}}

Don’t be timid, Pisces. ‘The goldfish bowl’ Charles Edward Perugini c1870 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Pisces, tests your approach to life, with circumstances that require you show originality and use your own unique take on things for success. If you’re already oriented that way, looking for the power expression that’s right for you, ready to determine your territory and to hold sway over it, then things will go well for you; it’s the gentle fishes who are not so sure about their life direction, or who hide their individuality, or who deny their own power and authority, who will have problems. Do your best to step up, and accept that you are a significantly powerful and talented Being–and a few hints to help you this year: your energy supply may feel raw and difficult to gauge–take it easy; relationships and/ or finances may be in crisis this year, but don’t panic–in most cases, these issues can be put on hold–if they’re still there and enlisting your attention in 3 months, then you should address them (this implies that what’s not serious or permanent will drift away before then); and don’t underestimate the strength of your own unique viewpoint–your experiences have made you creative in unexpected ways–it’s time now to call on that. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 19 February

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'Anemones'  Stefan Filipkiewicz 1907 {{PD}}

‘Anemones’ Stefan Filipkiewicz 1907 {{PD}}

Dear Pisces, you are carrying around a lot right now; you’re a veritable one-person Universe, and though there’s potential for enormous creativity and healing, a lot of energy may be drained into handling clashes of opposites. You may see smoothing out discord, meting out justice, and matchmaking as strengths at this time (they are) but you may be mistaken about addressing the never-ending stream of those needing negotiations, partnering, or a re-balancing of the scales: just ’cause you can do it doesn’t mean you should. Your job this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, is to reclaim your energy for yourself; you have enormous opportunities to mesh your ambitions and desires with fortuitous timing and the assistance of others to heal what’s broken within and to materialize your own particular kind of power, a clout that will allow creative expression for you at an unprecedented scale. So, let others sort it out–you have dreams to make. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

New Moon in Aquarius 18 February 2015: Witness to Our Evolution

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ESA/PACS & SPIRE Consortium/HOBYS Key Programme Consortia

ESA/PACS & SPIRE Consortium/HOBYS Key Programme Consortia

The New Moon occurs at 3:47 PM PST of the 18th at 29 Aquarius 59: ‘Witness to Our Evolution’. Even stretching our usual tight orbs to 4 degrees, we get no contacts, possibly symbolic of the way it’s all about the Moon itself, its last minute in Aquarius meeting with the Sun signaling the end of an era, particularly in terms of the intellect’s capacity to process the new; what comes next is the ability to absorb it. We do find this NM balanced by semi-square between the Arian Uranus and the Capricornian Pluto, suggesting that what is born at the NM moment strikes the perfect, modern ‘blend’ of the Uranian and the Plutonian that has been trying to find equilibrium through these repeated squares. Final perfection between the two occurs on March 16th, with the promise that, even if we don’t understand what is conceived now at the NM, we will understand it by the time the square perfects once again.

The New Moon acts as witness to our evolution; it shows us that we are poised on the brink of a massive shift in consciousness, as individuals and as a species. These tipping points aren’t easy; some resist, dig in to old ways of being and seeing, and reach for previously discarded or discredited methods of interacting out of fear and a sense of disorientation. It’s up to each of us to accept the change that presents itself willingly; otherwise we fall into some form of mindless resistance, and so fall behind.

This is an excerpt from ECLIPSE. You can see my books here

Born Today 18 February

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It's a New Moon today! Photo by USDA {{PD}}

It’s a New Moon today! Photo by USDA {{PD}}

This year, as I’m sure you know, dear Aquarius, your birthday falls on a New Moon–or does it? If you are an Aquarius, then you have one outlook for the new Solar year–but if you were born a Pisces, your year starts one minute after the New Moon, and looks different than for Aquarius. Usually I would just have Pisces people read the next day’s forecast, as it would apply to them–today we’ll do it a little differently.

If you are Aquarius with a birthday today: you are anticipating something exciting this coming year, through to your next birthday, and it will be, if you consider healing a thrill ride. You have the opportunity to recover from some long-lost opportunities that you regret not having taken, some ambitions not followed–you’ve been picking at the threads of what you didn’t pursue–and now it’s time to heal those wounds, chiefly by accepting that you were always on the ‘right’ Path (how can we not be?) and that your real opportunity arrives now. This coming year you will enjoy what may be unprecedented chances to pursue your ambitions and desires–the social sphere and the educational situation both support your goals–so go after what you want! Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

If you are a Pisces with a birthday today: you get a fresh start–isn’t that what a New Moon is all about? More important, it will be clear you’ve reached a major conclusion of some situation, venture, approach, or endeavor, and you will now be free (or, you will be if you accept that this really is the end) to begin anew–but where do you start? Assessing the material situation accurately can’t be overstated as a necessary step in moving forward successfully; neither can formulating a plan for the future. Will the plan change along the way? Of course it will, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give your hopes a shape to start out with. The key to getting the best start possible, though, lies with two things: your Willingness to lead, or go it alone, staying true to your own needs and vision, and your ability to bring your entire spirit out of the past (any bits or pieces that call you back to the details of what was) and into the now, where it belongs–retrieval of your spirit is vital–as you’ll need every bit of your formidable energy and attention to forge this new life direction. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 17 February

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Elihu Vedder, - 'The Questioner of the Sphinx' - 1836 {{PD}}

Elihu Vedder, – ‘The Questioner of the Sphinx’ – 1836 {{PD}}

Emotions and intentions are in perfect alignment at this time, dear Aquarius–and that means you can go after what you want with a minimum of internal conflict. However, you may have some difficulty reconciling what you dream of with what actually seems possible, or even practical–you may be too quick to dismiss dreams as ephemeral, rather than as a legitimate goal worth pursuing–and that means you could waste a lot of time holding back, trying to measure what’s worth going after. That’s a miserable position, so just don’t take it. What I can tell you is that, sooner than you might think, you will be in a prime position to manifest your actual dream goals and life conditions–and you have to be ready when the opportunity comes. How to do that? Align your thoughts, intentions, and feelings with those matters that mean the most to you in life; find what you feel should be honored, find what you feel is sacred, and express that feeling in what you choose and who you are. By making your life meaningful to you to a profound depth, you will be more than ready to bring about your dreams when the time comes. Be prepared–those dreams may change over the course of preparing yourself. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 16 February

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"New Mexico" - Marsden Hartley- between 1916 and 1922 {{PD}}

“New Mexico” – Marsden Hartley- between 1916 and 1922 {{PD}}

Taking action on your dreams really is the watchword for you this year, dear Aquarius, though it seems you may be thinking you’ve gone beyond that–it may feel as if you already have, and that you are poised to deal with a sense of disappointment and disillusion, as you convince yourself that your efforts were for naught. That’s simply the recent ‘emotional dry spell’ talking; in reality, you are in prime time to expand your world, to explore, to pursue knowledge, and to aim for (and win!) personal ambitions and desires–so don’t give up. It won’t be long before you shake off this rigid emotional outlook and take on a much cooler view of the proceedings–and that’s the point when you’ll be able to successfully engineer the right moves, and to make the right choices, to bring that so far illusive dream into your reality. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 15 February

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Hollósy Tengerihántás 1885 {{PD}}

Hollósy Tengerihántás 1885 {{PD}}

You are poised to do what must be done, what you are compelled to do, dear Aquarius, and the key to it all is found in your past experiences. I know–not what you expected, right? You thought the key was to leave it all behind–but there is something incredibly valuable from yesterday that will be instrumental in moving you successfully into the future. Hints include: info gleaned from the past may involve the home, mate, and/ or those causes to which you’re dedicated, and result in a need to face what has been ignored or denied–which, once dealt with, forms the basis of the future you’re now trying to mold. Another hint: emotions may need to be completely contained, alchemized, and transformed into something that will act as a source of personal power. One more hint: look to the social circle for knowledge or support, probably of a kind you never expected–but it’s there, waiting for you. By this time next year, Aquarius, you’ll have honed a Path that has surprising roots in your experiences, and that will point you in a direction that’s only vaguely on your radar now. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

The Post-Valentine Picture 15-16 February 2015

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"Monsigneur Love" by Thomas Cooper Gotch - {{PD}}

“Monsigneur Love” by Thomas Cooper Gotch – {{PD}}

15 February some serious, serious power issues are front and center, and it’s up to each of us whether this will be expressed as coercion, a clash, or a negotiation. Territory is being staked out, even if it doesn’t appear that this is so; people are trying to establish a foothold, even a realm, and the values they express while doing so are more than a little driven by their ‘blind spot’ issues. That means they’ll be clear about what they want, but not about the real reasons they want it. (Perfecting Today: Pluto conjunct Ceres, Earth quincunx Mars, Venus sextile Sedna)

And a little Lunar essence, for the 16th:

6 AM PST of the 16th the Capricorn Moon sextiles Venus and trines Sedna. If there’s any point today when you can trust the emotional and intuitive prompts as much as the instinctive nature, it’s at this point; in fact, you may be pointed in the direction of Love and/ or Money. Noon the Moon is sextile Mars and quincunx Earth. This is an interesting window when we may make choices and act successfully, but without realizing how the material environment will adjust or need to be adjusted as a consequence. Just be aware that you won’t entirely see the potential outcomes ahead of time. Void begins at 12:47 PM PST; the Moon enters Aquarius at 4:14 PM Pacific time. 8 PM PST the Moon conjuncts Mercury. The mind may race with higher vibration concepts; bring them down-to-Earth (and make them relate-able) by translating through the emotional lens. 11 PM PST the Moon sextiles Saturn, connecting us to the reality situation through attention to our emotional reactions. This can inform our thinking in a very positive way.

These are excerpts from the now unavailable-to-new-subscribers ECLIPSE. See my books here. Thanks, and have a great week!

What You’re Asking: the Romance edition

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Dear Reader: Here’s a romance-themed re-print from 2009, for Valentine’s Day–Have a Happy One! jd

What’s the synastry of Chiron conjunct Juno cross-chart?

Here it’s very important to know who has the Juno, a male or a female–but since we don’t know, what we can say is that there may be some form of power struggle centered in one or both parties’ personal sense of empowerment in life. This may come in a wound v. authority conflict, or could center in a knowledge v. privilege stand-off. If the Juno is a woman’s, we may see her empowerment come about through the skill or aid of the Chiron person, whether this is a male or female; this individual might in a very real way ‘heal’ this woman’s sense of empowerment and Self-authority. This same person might also ultimately wound the Juno woman, as either he or she ‘acts out’ through the wounded nature whenever the woman seeks empowerment, or could feel wounded themselves by the woman’s empowerment stance. There is also a worst case scenario where the Chiron person (male or female) clashes badly with a Juno female in the most emotionally spiteful way possible; with the deep wound of Chiron activated and focused on and engaged with the vengeful side of Juno, this could be one very negative combination. If the Juno belongs to a male, we may see his idea of the ‘perfect partner’ activate the primal wound in the other person–this is a very toxic and probably insurmountable (as well as sad) potential reaction. On the positive side, the Juno male might, through his admiration and the sense of a ‘perfect fit’ somehow, bring forward the other individual’s unique Chirotic skill–no small feat, and again creating an unusual ‘trigger’ situation that can be highly significant in a relatively exaggerated positive or negative sense, depending on the situation.

Fantagraphics Books 2004, John Benson, editor

Fantagraphics Books 2004, John Benson, editor

Can a Capricorn woman and an Aquarius man find happiness?

As frequent readers of my blogs probably know, I’m no fan of sun-sign astrology, simply because, well, astrology’s just not that simple! We can venture a few guesses about this pairing, though, based on some ‘probablys.’ First, though adjacent signs typically do not make for good playmates, there are exceptions depending both on situation and which signs are involved, and this is one of those (possible) exceptions: since Capricorn and Aquarius share an ancient (at least, pre-outer planets discovery) ruler, Saturn, then we have an avenue for compatibility in energies that, at least in modern definition, contrast. Normally, the energy of each sign can be seen as a kind of reaction to the one it follows; in this case, Aquarius ‘reacts’ with an emphasis on anarchy, intellect, and modernism, to Capricorn’s emphasis on rules, the material, and tradition. But, since they share an ancient ruler, we must look for the commonalities, such as the discipline that intellectual achievement demands, and the need for the avant garde and innovative to have a past and tradition upon which to base their ‘newness.’ So, we may find that surface clash is really just that with this pair, surface, and that the underlying attitudes may be very much alike.

There is also the idea that, since energies that travel in proximity to the Sun (Mercury and Venus) are typically, if not in the same sign as the Sun, then in the sign on either side of it, this gives potential other personal avenues (through communication styles, aesthetics, values, and attitudes toward love, money, and relationship) for likeness in expression.

We could look at this combo through the elements, too: Air and Earth together could kick up a lot of dust, even a tornado of energy, or the two might never mix, leaving a static horizon with nary a breeze between them.

In any event, good luck, Cappy and Aqua–and for a truly meaningful and complete synastric comparison, consult an astrologer.

How do I seduce a woman with Venus in Aries?

Very carefully! Just kidding–though it never hurts to approach the Warrior Venus with respect. Keep in mind, Venus in a woman’s chart represents her ‘ideal Self,’ as well as telling us of her attitudes toward love, money, values, and aesthetics, so we’re really talking about appealing to her as she likes to see herself. For anyone, reflecting back to them the image they most want to have can leave them totally charmed; after all, who wouldn’t respond positively when someone is not only interested in them, but sees them as they imagine themselves in their very best form.

Aries Venus wants to be seen as strong, as offering some form of leadership (and this can be in a fashion, beauty, or aesthetic sense, as well as overt command), and definitely wants to be seen as  her own woman, significant in her own right, entirely Self-determining. Treat her like she knows what she’s doing–she’ll love you for it.

Should I swear at an Aries man?

The question is, should you swear at anybody? I don’t think a Sun sign really comes into it–but if you must swear at a man, Aries not only can take it, he may be just a little turned on by such a fiery display. Tread with care, however–simple human decency suggests that you might do best to show the attitude but hold back on the more graphic accompaniments.

Born Today 14 February

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Don't be sad, Aquarius--now is the time to dream and plan. Lars Hansen - 'Young Woman' c1835 {{PD}}

Don’t be sad, Aquarius–now is the time to dream and plan. Lars Hansen – ‘Young Woman’ c1835 {{PD}}

Dear Aquarius: This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’re going to want to take some serious action on ‘the Dream’, and you want to be rewarded for it; the only problem may be that a hidden emotional agenda and the way it inclines you to Self-sabotage could turn positive efforts into negative ones, without your conscious consent. How to fight it? Realize that you are in more of a dreaming and planning phase than a taking action one; know that there is still a power balance that needs righting and what I can only describe as a ‘social wound’ concerning your ambitions or desires that needs healing before you can go forward; and understand that you’re going to benefit a lot more by reaching within and considering what’s there than you will from an active, ‘doing’ role at this time. Don’t worry: by this time next year you’ll be more than totally prepared to take steps to make the Dream a reality–for now, enjoy the psychic quiet, and the chance to heal and line things up, just right. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 13 February

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Just wingin' it. "Lunch break, 1907" by Fritz von Uhde - {{PD}}

Just wingin’ it. “Lunch break, 1907″ by Fritz von Uhde – {{PD}}

Dear Aquarius, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, it may feel as if you’re wingin’ it, out on a psychic limb, improvising without a net–the only thing you may know for sure is that you must decide, you must take action. For most people, that would be a troubling mandate, as a thinking individual (which you undoubtedly are) would want a plan first–but somehow, this time, that’s denied to you. You must trust in your own ability to know, and to acquire the knowledge that you need, to follow your intuition, and to trust that spark of life that animates and inspires you, a ‘divine urge’, if you will, that can materialize a dream or create from whole cloth, and that can be both engine and guide at this time. Clues to a successful year: be aware of who holds power and what the relationships between power entities really are–this can help you stake out your own power position, forgive hurts and free up your energy for your own use, and listen to the emotions–feelings will convey wisdom. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 12 February

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'Blind Woman" by Diego Velázquez -{{PD}}

‘Blind Woman” by Diego Velázquez -{{PD}}

Will you run on pure instinct this coming year, dear Aquarius, or will you allow the mind to run things and end up letting your ‘blind spot’ (that material hidden from the conscious mind that we’re unaware of but is quite obvious to others) show every foible you have? I vote for instinct–the mind needs a rest, a break from its recent confusion/ stasis–and you’ll feel the urgent need to act, to choose, this coming year, through to your next birthday; what better way to choose than instinctually? Especially considering that the emotional nature and intuition may be under a great deal of stress, using instinct (and by that I mean ‘right impulse’ that arises without conscious reasoning from your core Beingness) as your guide will undoubtedly be the best choice. Now that we’ve got that settled, what else have you to look forward to? A few hints: ‘being yourself’, whatever that means to you, is a naturally strong position; there’s wisdom in action, in education, and, for you at least, in–surprise! the social sphere; and take emotional cues from the material world–make the two ‘match’–as otherwise the feeling state may be undecipherable. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, 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?

Born Today 21 March

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You'll have quite a view this year, Aries. Caspar David Friedrich c1825 {{PD}}

You’ll have quite a view this year, Aries. Caspar David Friedrich c1825 {{PD}}

Optimism and opportunity are on the horizon for you, dear Aries, but just–it’s going to take some effort, some machinations, alterations, or adjustments to methods in order to get there–but oh, the view when you do! And this coming year, through to your next birthday, you have a powerful ability, and even a mandate, to communicate your creative vision in a way that heals you and heals those who ‘receive’ it. That’s a tall order, I know, and may seem un-doable–but at this point you are endowed in such a way that, as you make your way optimistically toward that opportunity you see/ seek, and share your visions/ ideals/ spiritual insights/ and creations, you will heal, and so will others–you won’t have to make a special efforts to achieve this amazing ‘side-effect’. You’ll also enjoy what for you may be some unusual emotional certainty–use it while you’ve got it! Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

If you are a Pisces born today, please read the outlook for 20 March.

Born Today 20 March

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Eternal Kiss, oil on board by Rah Crawford 3 February 2012 www.rahcrawford.com By Rah Crawford  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Eternal Kiss, oil on board by Rah Crawford
3 February 2012 http://www.rahcrawford.com
By Rah Crawford Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Oh, the places you’ll go, dear Pisces, at least in your own mind! And possibly in the real world, too. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may feel like one big, long, slow descent from the mountain top–but oh what a view you had, and you savor it all the way down! It’s new beginnings and spectacular endings, and what’s scratched out of the ashes is not likely to be completely clear, not right away. You’ve gone beyond garden-variety wisdom to marinate for a bit in the Cosmic soup, and it’s understandable that the knowledge, insight, and viewpoint you bring back will need time to clarify, evolve, and fit itself to your human-sized brain. As it does, you a likely to spend a lot of time in two contrasting modes of Being: dreaming, and taking personal action/ responsibility that asks for no assistance, no help, no guidance. Both may be confusing, and you’ll make progress only by fits and starts–but then, this is a necessary re-calibrating of your cerebral, emotional, and spiritual capacities, and promises some exciting new facets of the Self to come. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

If you are an Aries born today, please read the outlook for those born on the 21st.

In the Balance: Amanda Knox and the Murder of Meredith Kercher

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Ideally, justice will be served. 'Justice' from the Charles VI (or Gringonneur) Deck {{PD}}

Ideally, justice will be served. ‘Justice’ from the Charles VI (or Gringonneur) Deck {{PD}}

Amanda Knox, the Seattle woman convicted, acquitted, then convicted again in Italian court of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher is once more in the news, as we wait to see if the court will uphold the conviction, thereby requiring Italy to ask for extradition of the 27-year-old Knox. I may take a look at the transits to Knox’s chart for next week–until then I offer some re-prints that lay out a lot about the situation, articles I’ve written about the case in the past:

A comparison of Knox and Kercher’s charts, for what tensions might’ve been in play

On the trial and perceptions of Knox

And from last year: here  here  and here

And here’s a news article on the current situation

Amanda Knox Natal Chart (Placidus)

Meredith Kercher Natal Chart (Placidus)

Born Today 19 March

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Walk confidently this year, Pisces. Jonathan Borofsky (US-American, born 1942): Walking to the Sky, New York City, Rockefeller Center; moved to Dallas, Texas in 2005 Photo by doreen from Shanghai, China  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Walk confidently this year, Pisces. Jonathan Borofsky (US-American, born 1942): Walking to the Sky, New York City, Rockefeller Center; moved to Dallas, Texas in 2005 Photo by doreen from Shanghai, China Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Emotional vulnerability, and especially the changes and destruction it can cause, will be a big focus for you this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces. Though that might make for very tenuous going, it can also offer you new information and new ways of connecting with the world–and that’s something to be welcomed. Go forward confidently–your inner wisdom (if you listen to it!) will be flawless, though you should prepare (if that’s even possible) to deal with matters surrounding home, mate, and your highest values and commitments, in a kind of sorting out and reckoning that will bring you out the other side with a new perspective and no doubts about where you stand. And that’s really good. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 18 March

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The early part of your upcoming year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces, is likely to be spent waiting, planning, imagining, and if you can get yourself together for it, creating–all with the sense that something big could drop anytime–and you’ll be right. It may take a little course-correction, specifically in the way you contact the social sphere and/ or expand your territory, but once done, you could see things take on major proportions. Be ready: there will be some big changes (there will have to be!) and you may be unclear how you feel about developments (or think you feel one way when you really feel another) for a long time to come. Use the calm before the storm (or really, before the shift) wisely, and keep ultimate values in mind (in other words, sometimes there are things more important than ambition fulfillment) and you should do very well in the year ahead. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Scroll down if you’re looking for material on the recent Solar eclipse. Thanks!

Total Solar Eclipse 20 March 2015: Eclipse of the Gods

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Gustave Doré 'Andromeda' 1869 {{PD}}

Gustave Doré ‘Andromeda’ 1869 {{PD}}

Moment of meeting of the Sun and Moon occurs at 2:37 AM PDT of the 20th at 29 Pisces 27, with the eclipse officially beginning just a hair after. The New Moon makes a wide sextile to Ceres, and a square to Pallas, which fills in the base of a Fist of God, apex Jupiter, and also creates a T-square with the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis; a panoply of ancient gods are involved, each having a say in what is born at this time, each contact suggesting that what came before with that energy is eclipsed, wiped out, or superseded. The NM is a conception point, the placement of which (in the 29th degree) signals that a new beginning is coming at a point of supreme stress; things must reach maximum tension in order for the new beginning to form at all. That means that some who are able to avoid that point of nearly unbearable strain may not receive the kind of wipe-out and new start that those who almost drown (this is a Water event, after all) will; theirs may be much more subtle, with changes playing out over the six months between this event and the next Solar eclipse.

The change is gentle with Ceres, which represents our personal authority, power, territory, a somewhat maternal inclination to overstep boundaries, and our capacity to negotiate (which at least in part rests in our own confidence; someone frightened or powerless surrenders or attacks—someone personally empowered negotiates). We adjust our boundaries, perhaps re-assign territories or re-claim some of our own, and we may take a step back (or forward) concerning relationships where caretaking and responsibility lie at least somewhat in our sphere. Too, the presence of Ceres in the equation can suggest that Nature itself will exert an influence, whether through external circumstances (flood or fires, for instance) or internal ones (such as hormonal changes, diet, or illness/ imbalance), and that these will play into events.

The T that Pallas forms with the Sun-Moon/ Earth is naturally tense; it takes the stress of a Solar eclipse, ups the ante with the event forming at 29 degrees, and then challenges the entire event with a question: Is this wise? The ‘this’ refers to whatever previous guidelines we navigated by and the way the eclipse brings them into question, or even obliterates them, proving them unwise or currently untenable. Pallas is in Sagittarius, so may imply that new information, facts, or exposure to another way of being or doing turns our ‘wisdom world view’ on its head; there’s also the chance that Pallas refers to practical or skill-based options that change with the eclipse event. Acquisition of new knowledge or skills may make old ones obsolete or make something that was once practical no longer so.

Remember, Pallas is a Warrior by birth, so we may come out fighting at the suggestion that what we thought was wise really isn’t, anymore; being nothing so much as skilled means that Pallas, after the first aggressive response, will likely look to her skill set to handle what comes forward. Realizing that even wisdom can be conditional, or can change with circumstances, is important in dealing with the kind of curve-ball the T will throw at us.

Pallas is also part of the base of the Fist; the T and the Fist may address two different Pallas in Sag related matters or may speak of just one that has several facets. A Fist of God can be as harsh as it sounds—it can represent a hard situation or conflict (the base square) that results in the apex, and whether that’s a positive outcome or a further frustration is often up to us. In this case, with the eclipse itself square Pallas as the initiating tension, we will likely see a New Moon event that challenges our ideas of wisdom and practicality (much like with the T), but the difference will be that resolution of this particular upset will either offer us entré to a wider social circle, will bring acquisition of new knowledge, philosophy, or belief, or could offer opportunity—the problem being that this may be forced on us, and feel more like punishment than a positive!

Jupiter is of course the supreme god, at least as far as those who gather on Mt. Olympus are concerned. As significator of the Fist outcome, this may suggest we feel very much at the mercy of some larger entity, something like society, which seems to call all the shots. It’s vital to remember at this time that this is a perception only; we are still able to fashion our individual choices and responses independent of the social sphere, should we truly want to—but making that choice holds consequences that we must be prepared to accept, should we go our own way.

This is an excerpt from the Solar eclipse article in ECLIPSE. Of course, we’re in Dark of the Moon territory right now, with Luna still to contact (by conjunction) Vesta, Mercury, Neptune, and Chiron before the Solar event–and that may mean a lot of restless energy, whispers just below hearing, looking for a place to express. This can be a very creative time, for those open to manifesting the urge that usually remains quiet in the unconscious–it’s accessible now; it’s as if we’re able to see into the dark corners of the mind, sensing things, with no need for direct illumination–take a look, see what’s in there.

Born Today 17 March

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PA Renoir ‘Girl with a Jump Rope (Portrait of Delphine LeGrand)’ 1878 {{PD}}

You know what to do, dear Pisces, the question is, Will you be wise enough to do it? You may hesitate to go forward for a variety of reasons, but you can’t go far wrong if you 1) stay attuned to your inner guidance system, even when it tells you something you don’t want to hear, and 2) keep your highest values in mind at all times. This latter condition will be the most difficult and the most vital, since to neglect what really matters to you could mean that home, mate, or important causes move on without you–and nobody wants that. This may be a more quiet year than most, where the action is largely internal; the biggest external demand, though, may be a significant one, where skills and their practical application may be tested repeatedly. You do get a bonus in the form of an opportunity to heal some significant wound related to the ambition and desire picture–and that’s all good. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 16 March

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Your year won't exactly be a picnic, Pisces. George Goodwin Kilburne 'The Picnic' c1900 {{PD}}

Your year won’t exactly be a picnic, Pisces. George Goodwin Kilburne ‘The Picnic’ c1900 {{PD}}

Doing what’s smart and/ or practical, acquiring key skills, and becoming more attuned to instinct all seem to be your goals this coming year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday, and whether those goals spring from previous problems or a desire to fine-tune the direction you’re headed doesn’t really matter–they’re worthy aims, no matter what. Don’t expect a lot of fanfare, though; this is slated to be a fairly quiet year for you, one where you can make a lot of progress if you’re content to put your head down and work. Of course, it’s not all grim effort, though there will be one or more occasions where matters of Love or Money will take what feel like fated turns. Too, matters of the Houses in the Natal Chart ruled by Venus may at some point reach crisis mode, and it may take significant attention to work them out. Still, you can end this relatively unglamorous Solar year at your next Return much stronger, more personally powerful, with complete understanding of how the world works so that you become a kind of Force of Nature–now that’s something to look forward to! Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 15 March

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‘The three Daughters of King Lear’ by Gustav Pope CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons uploaded by Guerrace01

Power relationships in your world, and the level and reach of your personal authority, may be on the agenda for consideration, development, and change this coming year, dear Pisces. Also prominent: who nurtures who, what is really your territory and what belongs to others, and the fine art of negotiation, which you may need to practice repeatedly, through to your next birthday. If you aren’t someone who is hyper-aware of power arrangements now, you will be by the time this year is over. Also vital: learning the role instincts can play for you to not just survive but thrive, and what I can only describe as ‘emotional restraint’, where you will over time fine tune your emotional control and by doing so learn a great deal about what real power looks like. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 14 March

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Anthonis Leemans – ‘Hunting gear, Still Life’ 17th century Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

What is that thing that’s been bothering you, dear Pisces? It’s been hovering around the edge of your consciousness but you can’t seem to grasp it. It may end up tormenting you for a good part of the coming year, through to your next birthday, but that’s really a good thing, as it will prompt you to learn about yourself, specifically about those things in your ‘blind spot’, which is the internal ‘place’ that influences actions and thought but where you can’t perceive that this influences is occurring, but others can. It will also cause you to get on better terms with your instincts–perhaps helping you trust them more, as well as helping you sort them from thoughts and wish-fulfillment–and all this will also aid in you dedicating your life energies to causes, to home creation, or to supporting the mate, in a way and to an extent you never have before. It’s going to be a busy year, Pisces–and a last bit of advice: the emotions are likely to be an early warning system for what’s wise and what’s not–listen to them. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

What You’re Asking–Mermaids, Mercury’s Birth, and Peacocks–Delicious!

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John William Waterhouse – ‘Mermaid’ {{PD}}

This is a re-print I thought you might find interesting, as it talks about both the Fist of God, a config involved in the upcoming Solar eclipse, and about the effects of an eclipse that conjuncts the natal South Node. ‘What You’re Asking’ is taken from search terms (shown in italics) used to bring seekers to this site, and I’ve modified the Full Moon answer below to reflect the next one that we’ll see, a Lunar eclipse.

mermaids and full moon

Let’s answer this one first, as an excuse to use that beautiful Waterhouse portrait of a mermaid: of course they exist, and if you’re lucky enough to see one, it’ll probably be under a Full Moon–just seems right. The next one comes at 5 April, 5:06 AM Pacific time, and falls at 14 Libra 24. Find the perfect beach, then when the day comes stake it out (you’ll be ‘up with the fishes’!) preferably with a picnic and someone you love to keep you company, and wait for the magic to happen.

astrology fist of god

A configuration where the base is two or more bodies square each other, with all base components sesquiquadrate (135 degrees) from the apex body. Typically this presents as an initial conflict between the base energies that, once resolved (or at least is brought to some kind of equilibrium) then results in another hurdle, described by the conflict between the disparate points of view of the base bodies and the apex body–so we officially have three viewpoints to juggle, and possibly to blend/ resolve. Often this generates both intense internal tension and stressful outward situations, and just as with a ‘regular’ square, we can’t ignore that initial clash of the base energies–they demand attention, and once they’ve gotten some, the apex energy makes demands, and this is so whether we’ve successfully resolved the base energies or not. We can really feel it’s being piled on when a Fist of God (some prefer Thor’s Hammer) is activated, but the thing to remember is this: don’t let the stress run the show; nine times out of ten, a Fist presents issues that are in some essential way unresolvable (at least, if formed or activated by transit, unresolvable in the moment and solely by you), and you’ll gain a great deal by taking a step back and recognizing that this may be a riddle that, right now, has no totally satisfying answer.

Pluto square Saturn

As a natal aspect, this is weighty; it pits the darkest and most powerful personal elements of the Self against the personal elements most slavish to custom, fearful of authority, locked into rules, hidebound, and conventional. The alchemical nature of Pluto requires almost constant change, either through destruction and resurrection or replacement, or through transformation, while Saturn is all about keeping things just as they’ve always been. So, we’re likely to see this clash as a recurring theme in the life of someone who has this in the horoscope, and this is likely to express with the individual balancing the two awkwardly (gently committing a little more to one or the other) until something forces an impossible choice or requires the two factors to work together–and the energies can be reconciled, if the individual knows both her or his own power (Pluto) and is firmly in touch with reality (Saturn) and as well has mastered at least a modicum of Self-discipline (also Saturn). We can’t overlook the fact that this unites two or more Houses of the natal chart, the ones with Scorpio and Capricorn (and possibly Aquarius, as Saturn was its ancient ruler) on the cusp; the nature of this connection will be one where some of the matters of the Houses will face this same status quo vs. regeneration challenge, possibly repeatedly, until the individual reaches a final, working relationship between the two energies, giving neither one short-shrift in the life.

pallas in scorpio

As a natal placement, this promises that one’s internalized wisdom is deep; there may be a sense of intuitive ‘knowing’ from an early age. Guidance may spring from getting to know darkness (one’s own or the workings of darkness within the world), and from a strong sense of curiosity, the kind that will research fearlessly for the answer. The person with this placement may understand emotion and the wisdom behind its expression, or may glean knowledge from emotional experience, and Pallas in Scorpio may have a kind of x-ray vision, seeing to the Truth of any matter. Positive manifestations show wisdom based in a thorough understanding and acceptance of the life-death-life scenario, while a negative expression could come in the form of the Evil Queen who offers others a poisoned apple (tainted guidance), out of malice, jealousy, or the desire to destroy.

peacock to eat

I just had to Google this myself; Juno prefers these majestic birds pulling her chariot, and would flip out if she saw a mortal eating the bird that represents her (which is, I think, why this query showed up at my site, due to some mention of Juno and her mascot). I was curious: do people eat peacock? There’s this, which describes preparation of peacock in medieval Europe. Of course, about half the answers that Google gave reversed the scenario, as if I’d asked what peacocks eat; the most entertaining (and somehow unnerving–who is this person?) was on Yahoo Answers: and I quote, ” i used to raise peacocks and lemme tell you they are some good eatin.” And end scene.

south node solar eclipse

This seems a very compelling event, with the power and intense energy of a Solar eclipse meeting the point in the natal chart that designates ‘the past’ (one’s memories, experiences, all that is residue of what was for the Soul). The result could be a breaking-free from old habits, obligations, or restrictions, especially those that are imposed through outdated roles or occurrences that no longer have resonance; residue of memory and the interference of others could fall away in a single instant. One could even have one’s memory wiped clean, through something as soap opera-y as amnesia or as life-changing as a stroke, or where a version of the past is removed from the life quite literally, as when a tornado destroys everything one owns. It could be much simpler, and entirely internal, as when the eclipse illuminates something from the past that has been unavailable or hidden; one finds out about one’s own adoption, perhaps, or learns of a family secret that lifts the veil on some important mental viewpoint or emotional response to their own origins or experience. There’s also the potential for actualizing all accumulated knowledge in some form that allows it to flow into the future and manifest in some wise and divine creation, as if lightning has struck all that was for the individual and crystallized it into a single, shimmering idea that one is destined to deliver to the world. Just remember to keep the orbs very tight; for this aspect I would prefer 1.5 degrees or less in variation from exact.

Juno’s response to Mercury’s birth

“It’s a bay-bee!”

(Possibly as spoken by Julia Sweeney’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ character, ‘Pat’)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Born Today 13 March

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Stay as conscious as possible and getting from here to there won't be hard at all, Pisces. "Klopp Bridge at Remich 1925" by Nico Klopp {{PD}}

Stay as conscious as possible and getting from here to there won’t be hard at all, Pisces. “Klopp Bridge at Remich 1925″ by Nico Klopp {{PD}}

You may carry an enormous amount of internal emotional tension this coming year, dear Pisces, and not even realize it, so keenly will you be focused on doing what’s smart, being strong, and honoring what you truly care about. You are aiming to live an exemplary life, and that’s admirable, it’s just that, while you are gazing at the far horizon and the stars beyond, things can pile up at your feet and trip you. Even as you embrace inspiration and work toward making dreams a reality, you’ll need to watch your own emotional impulsiveness and the way it can drive flashes of temper, and you’ll need to be open to at least considering guidance offered by authorities and your own instinctive nature–both will have some valuable things to convey. Other than that, you are slated for some amazing and fate-determining Self-improvement, some of which could bring you a big lift in real-world status. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 12 March

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You have a lively year ahead, Pisces--be sure you get plenty of rest. 'Sleeping Girl with a Cat' (1880) Pierre-Auguste Renoir {{PD}}

You have a lively year ahead, Pisces–be sure you get plenty of rest. ‘Sleeping Girl with a Cat’ (1880)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir {{PD}}

I’ve got to hand it to you, Pisces: you are trying to live your highest values like never before. You’ve made a vow to make your life both rich with experience and aligned with all that truly matters to you–and this coming year, through to your next birthday, you’ll see the results of your efforts. Areas where you’ve excelled at translating what you honor into your surroundings, your character, and all that you do will be obvious; what will also show are areas that still need work–special notice goes to those things in your ‘blind spot’–you can learn about these by others’ reactions to you–and you may also find that you must re-assess some things you thought you’d already settled, specifically things related to expression of your personal power, what ‘territory’ really belongs to you, boundaries, especially those between yourself and your offspring (and that includes creative offspring), and in the need to negotiate, which may be something you thought you’d never need to do again. Watch temper and impulsiveness this year; also, take advantage of the emotional ‘reach’ you’ll have–your ability to learn, empathize, and expand your viewpoint through feeling has never been greater. Happy Birthday, dear Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 11 March

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A distant view-from NASA {{PD}}

A distant view-from NASA {{PD}}

It feels a little like you’re freewheelin’ it out in space, doesn’t it, Pisces? I can’t get over the impression that you may be a bit disconnected from what’s going on in your world, and I don’t mean that in some insulting, stereotypical Sun sign way, I mean it in a ‘you are actually literally feeling lightened, cured, unencumbered, with all possibilities open before you’ way. That’s really really good–you can make what you want of this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–and kind of bad–you may find it too easy to drift and dream, and too tough to muster the kind of effort that can make bigger things happen. What will help? A true openness to change (listen to the whispers of the Universe and respond before they turn into shouts), and the Will to actually take action on all those quirky and unique ideas you’re always thinking you’ll get to someday. That day is today, Pisces. Happy Birthday and good luck!

Born Today 10 March

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“Ban Mixay Umbrellas” by PTD Phonsavan – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ban_Mixay_Umbrellas.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Ban_Mixay_Umbrellas.jpg

The asset and power situations will be front and center for you this coming Solar year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday, and you may find that though acting aggressively to show your uniqueness may be supported by the social sphere it may leave you feeling uncomfortable emotionally–and that feeling shouldn’t be ignored. That discomfort is your intuition talking, with your emotions urging you to be true to your core Self and not worry about how the social scene receives your choices. The challenge for you may be to explore the individuality and your own original ideas and urges without caring whether others applaud them, even without sharing them–that comes later–this is about you getting in touch with a very distinctive spark within, and experimenting with how to bring that into your everyday life, all without worrying about the reception such individuality will receive. Try not to bend to pressures in this area surrounding assets and power; your best outcome lies in bringing your originality and inventive essence to the surface, and letting material matters sort themselves out. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 9 March

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'Azaleas and Apple Blossoms' by Charles Caryl Coleman 1878 {{PD}}

‘Azaleas and Apple Blossoms’ by Charles Caryl Coleman 1878 {{PD}}

Dear Pisces, this year you may enjoy extraordinary emotional harmony that leads you to confrontations in the home, with the mate, and/ or over causes you support–but why? The tension comes from an internal balance, confidence, and satisfaction that has recently eluded you; now that you have it, you may look around and see that the circumstances you have chosen (or allowed to develop) don’t support this new, healthier you. Changes to values, relationships, the living situation, and the earning one, may be on the agenda. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you get to pursue your individual expression with a one-pointed energy that may appear from the outside as selfish but is actually something you need to do to clarify a unique role you are creating for yourself. Your individuality is blossoming, Pisces–go with it. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 8 March

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The only dragon you have to slay this year, dear Pisces, is the one that may tempt you to feel sorry for yourself. Virginia Frances Sterrett 1923 {{PD}}

The only dragon you have to slay this year, dear Pisces, is the one that may tempt you to feel sorry for yourself. Virginia Frances Sterrett 1923 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday, you have the chance to heal down to the Soul level, as well as to discover and/ or develop your unique, Chiron-related gifts–but there is a chance that you will blow this opportunity by seating identity firmly in your wounds, wearing them as a badge that tells others who you are and how they should relate to you. Before you say, “I would never do that!” consider that you probably know quite a few people who base part or all of their identity on some wrong done them, some injury, or some Self-sabotaging flaw in their own character that they parade as a reason they are not successful or not happy or not functioning to their fullest–and I’m just saying, you don’t have to be that person. At this point in time, that will take some care to avoid–actively pursuing your gifts and healing methods is the only way to keep from falling into the seductive pattern of implying excessive sensitivity and stunted promise by publicly mourning your wounds. So, embrace the character of your natal Chiron placement in its healthiest and most creative forms, and give yourself permission let go of every painful, heartsick, or regretted memory you have; you are whole, you are complete, and you have a fantastic gift to offer your world this year–Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 7 March

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Really, all you have to do this year, Pisces, is take aim, while keeping others in mind. Károly Ferenczy,  - 'Archers' (1911) {{PD}}

Really, all you have to do this year, Pisces, is take aim, while keeping others in mind. Károly Ferenczy, – ‘Archers’ (1911) {{PD}}

Fulfilling ambitions and desires is on the agenda for you this coming Solar year, dear Pisces, but it won’t be a straight line from here to there; you will have to make adjustments, modify your approach, and gain the cooperation of others in order to succeed. How to alter your Path so that you get what you want? Good question–it’s going to have a lot to do with finding the correct balance in relationships and/ or finances, one that is supportive of you but that also genuinely honors those with whom you interact and those things you do to earn. This may require modifications on the home front, in what you dedicate your energy to, and in the power distribution in any situation, and the important thing for you to remember is that, rather than resenting others and feeling they are taking time or attention from your goals, you should be thanking them: without the changes needed to appease and gain support from others, you wouldn’t get what you want–singular methods would take you off course–you need their input, and to make alterations with an awareness of others’ needs, in order to actually get where you want to go. Too, don’t let perceived hurt run the show, and don’t use wounds for leverage or to gain power–it will backfire! Your Path to success this year is surprisingly easy; all you have to do is keep others in mind. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 6 March

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Refuse to wear your nit-picking hat, and all will be well. 'The Honeysuckle Bower' Peter Paul Rubens c1610 {{PD}}

Refuse to wear your nit-picking hat, and all will be well. ‘The Honeysuckle Bower’ Peter Paul Rubens c1610 {{PD}}

You are on a power trip, dear Pisces, with the goal of expanding your world, making an impact on the social sphere, and/ or of reaching out to share your knowledge, teach, proselytize, or experience another culture–and that’s not a bad thing at all. The power trip I’m talking about is one where you use your identity, plans, and purpose in this life to the fullest, confidently and with the highest intentions, and where you receive ‘more’ because of it. This is a year when you can do this naturally, almost effortlessly, and can gain (materially, new experiences, emotionally) immensely and in ways you never anticipated–if you follow a few simple mandates: be generous with yourself and others, honor your uniqueness and don’t be afraid to show it, don’t allow old wounds to trip you up, and leave your nit-picking hat on the shelf–wearing it will only make a mess of things, especially in relationships. You can do some amazing things this year, Pisces–Happy Birthday and good luck!

Born Today 5 March

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Ferraù Fenzoni - 'Anjo tocando alaúde' c1593 {{PD}}

Ferraù Fenzoni – ‘Anjo tocando alaúde’ c1593 {{PD}}

You are on the verge of a personal culmination, dear Pisces, one that is uniquely you, that may be surprising, profitable, or bring a relationship to a new level, or possibly to conclusion–so why all the tension? It’s normal that as we reach an ending, or close in on achieving a goal, we begin to cast around for new directions, new opportunities, and those will abound for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. Where do you find those opportunities? Within. Well, that’s not quite fair–there will be external changes, some of them major–but the important shifts will occur internally, within your heart and mind. The result of this period of evolution (for that’s what it really is) will be the creation and attraction of opportunities that revolve around who you are and what you have to offer. You’ll be given more than a few chances to shine; put aside your usual, overly-modest approach and really go for it! Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 4 March 2015

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William Blake, 'A Critical Essay' 1868 {{PD}}

William Blake, ‘A Critical Essay’ 1868 {{PD}}

If you can just make some minor adjustments, a few tweaks here and there, it feels like you’re going to hit it big, doesn’t it, dear Pisces? Your optimism this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, is matched only by your sense that it’s all in your hands–but that’s only true to some extent. We’ve got to acknowledge that there are larger forces at work in the Universe that we may be powerless against; keep that in mind so that you don’t blame yourself if everything doesn’t happen just as you want. You’ll be inspecting things with an emotionally critical eye, and you may be tempted to accept more responsibility for things than is reasonable. That same sensitive and critically-oriented viewpoint can be very useful if you are able to apply the fixes you see as necessary through action in the physical world; that means just noticing what’s wrong isn’t enough, you’ve got to do something about it to make the insight matter. Too, you are slated for some surprising twists and turns in financial areas or in relationship matters; you can’t anticipate them, but you can be ready by being very clear on what you really care about, and what you’re willing to put your efforts behind. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 3 March

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You can easily go over that wall, rather than run into it, Pisces. Unknown photographer 'Man in Hat Bent Over a Stone Wall' silver albumen print c1885 {{PD}}

You can easily go over that wall, rather than run into it, Pisces. Unknown photographer
‘Man in Hat Bent Over a Stone Wall’ silver albumen print c1885 {{PD}}

You may find, dear Pisces, that you really want to take the lead this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, in partnerships and in financial situations–and this would be a good thing, as you’re in a period where you’re absolutely suited to asserting yourself in these arenas–and you’ll likely find that your individual initiative is supported strongly by the social circle–so what could go wrong? You may mistake being in tune with the Zeitgeist as being arbiter of all things, and slam into a brick wall when you institute your Will, wrongly thinking it’s everyone’s Will. The key to success may lie in knowing just how far you can go making change, throwing out, destroying–and this will be required, in order to be in charge, if only of your own partnership, relationship, and financial picture–so, early and often, check your position against the rules, traditions, and usual constraints, and bob your head up long enough to be sure no one else is having a meltdown over your efforts to modernize, empathize, or revolutionize. By the time you reach year’s end, you will likely be in a much different ‘place’, mentally and emotionally, if not also physically. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 2 March

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What you'll gain this year, dear Pisces, is balance. "Date Merchant" by Zangaki New York Public Library -Via Wikimedia Commons - {{PD}}

What you’ll gain this year, dear Pisces, is balance. “Date Merchant” by Zangaki New York Public Library -Via Wikimedia Commons – {{PD}}

You’ll enjoy a sweet harmony this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces, if you can work out the contrasts between personal wants and Collective demands, between the need to lead and having the grace to follow, and between dreams and creativity, and the imperative to take action. You’ll need to find a balance, and this will come directly from frictions you experience–so the year becomes a learning curve, with a healthy ability to marry imagining and doing, cooperating and being first, and giving and taking, so that you express effectively without alienating others or wasting resources. Not a terribly exciting year, but a productive one, and you will likely arrive at the end of it more ready and capable than you’ve ever been before of making your core Soul desires a reality. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 1 March

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 Man Sweeping the Interpreter's Parlour by William Blake Before 1827 {{PD}}

Man Sweeping the Interpreter’s Parlour by William Blake Before 1827 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll enjoy an unusually acute intuition, dear Pisces, and you’ll need it, as you’ll also be dealing with every ignored, denied, or abandoned thing, come back in material form or through the environment itself. I’m afraid it’s like this: you had the chance to deal with, face, or otherwise settle a number of issues, but chose to sweep them under the symbolic rug–and now they are back. Many will take different forms than they first appeared in, so you may not immediately recognize them; you can be fairly sure, though, that if you scratch the surface you’ll find a familiar dilemma beneath. In many cases, this will be a good thing; you are much better equipped now to handle these matters successfully than you were at the time they originated, and you may see that it was the wisdom of your Higher Self acting in your best interests that delayed what must be done until now. You should feel good about that, because delaying was a smart thing to do; know that it’s important during the coming year that you take care of things, once and for all, as the way you handle things will in many ways determine your life direction, especially involving partnerships, for some time to come. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 28 February

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'The Castle Gate' Ferdinand Knab 1881 {{PD}}

‘The Castle Gate’ Ferdinand Knab 1881 {{PD}}

This Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces, you’ll need to do two things: adjust your Self-expression to suit the direction you’d like your life to go, and refuse to allow negativity, rage, or obstacles to distract you from your Path. How do you handle those darker elements that threaten? By dealing with matters you’ve lately been ignoring or in denial about right away, so that they hold no power to affect what happens to you, and by becoming as conscious as possible about who you are and what you want, which will make it that much easier to make choices that take you in the direction you want to go. The social circle/ the public and power players in your world will be open to supporting you, when your ideas are original or when you can add skills or leadership to the group, and the stronger and more confident you are in general, the more easily you’ll be able to attract assets and material rewards–and you should earn quite a few. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 27 February

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Bosschaert: Flower Still Life, 1614 {{PD}}

Bosschaert: Flower Still Life, 1614 {{PD}}

You’ve been enjoying a fantastic creative stretch, dear Pisces, and now it’s time to collect your reward, whether it’s Love, Money, or something else you care about, that using your creativity has manifested–and if you don’t soon find your arms full of roses and doubloons? You may have mistaken an illusion for something of real worth, or pursued an idea or project that dissolved before your eyes, or in some way you believed someone when you shouldn’t have–and now you are where you are, and need to begin again. Luckily, you will have some serious resources at your disposal, whether you were deluded or used your creativity productively, and that means you can continue to create or start over, depending on your needs. If you’ve been doing well, then good, continue; and if you made a few mistakes, and need a fresh beginning, it’s yours for the taking–just remember two things: the tide doesn’t continue to rise forever, and aim for something you truly care about. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 26 February

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Don't be distracted by the road not taken, Pisces. Antoine Chintreuil - 'Pommiers et genêts en fleurs' {{PD}}

Don’t be distracted by the road not taken, Pisces. Antoine Chintreuil – ‘Pommiers et genêts en fleurs’ {{PD}}

You have enormous potential this coming Solar year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday, to express the creativity of your Soul more clearly, accurately, and completely than you ever have before, and you can attract significant money and/ or Love in the process–or, you could fall prey to the most massive delusion you’ve ever mistaken for the real thing. How can you make sure you show your creativity, rather than totter down a disastrous path? Keep values firmly in mind, no matter what the social sphere says; stay true to your most unusual or original ideas, whether they find immediate support or acceptance or not; don’t allow darker moods to cloud your thoughts–brooding will only lead to distraction and even anger, especially over the ‘road not taken’, and what good would being upset about the past do now? And remember, your biggest muscle is your brain, figuratively speaking, so keep using it to keep it in shape! You can ‘live the dream’ if you’ll only trust yourself to stay focused, and true to what’s important to you. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 25 February

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REspect your feelings--it's the only way to know what to accept, and what to walk away from. John Everett Millais The Black Brunswicker 1859 {{PD}}

Respect your feelings, Pisces–it’s the only way to know what to accept, and what to walk away from. John Everett Millais The Black Brunswicker 1859 {{PD}}

You may be caught this year, dear Pisces, in an ongoing conflict between your emotional viewpoint and the reality of the situation(s) you face. There may be a great deal of pressure from external sources encouraging you to suppress or abandon your thoughts and feelings on the way things are–but that would be a terrible mistake, if you were to comply. You are experiencing one of those life periods where we are required to choose ourselves, our feelings, our well-being over the demands of the environment. Does that mean you are free to abandon your obligations and forget your promises? No, but it does mean you must learn to distinguish between those things you do because of love, friendship, or the rightness of the act, and those things you feel you have to do because someone else wants you to. Make that distinction clear within your own mind, and you will see what to stay with and what to walk away from, with the added benefit that your new internal clarity will enhance both relationships and earning/ attractive power. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 24 February

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It's time to go after your dreams, Pisces. "Anthony van Dyck self portrait" by Anthony van Dyck - {{PD}}

It’s time to go after your dreams, Pisces. “Anthony van Dyck self portrait” by, who else? Anthony van Dyck – {{PD}}

Recently you’ve gathered support, empowered yourself, made a plan, brought together resources and honed talents–now what, dear Pisces? Time to tap directly into your creativity, and/ or to tackle the subjects of the House in the natal chart that contains Pisces–which of course is also the House where Neptune is currently transiting. Applying ideals, spiritual principals, imagination, and the ability to create the desired image to yourself or to what you’d like to manifest in life is your mandate this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. It’s time to make ‘the Dream’ a reality, and to communicate it in any way you see fit. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Snapshot of a Life: Photographer Vivian Maier

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Taken at the "Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer" exhibition in Chicago 8 January 2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagogeek/5337419802/ Author ChicagoGeek Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Taken at the “Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer” exhibition in Chicago 8 January 2011
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagogeek/5337419802/
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What follows is a brief look at the chart of Vivian Maier, subject of a recent documentary, taken from the pages of ECLIPSE.

I heard and saw mentions of her, bits and pieces: amazing photos. dead now. a nanny. walked around Chicago for years, taking photos. Nobody noticed. And then I caught ‘Finding Vivian Maier’, a documentary, on HBO. I was prepared to witness some great photos, and perhaps the sadness of a life not lived to as full an extent, or as widely celebrated, as it might‘ve been. What I saw instead was a portrait of a woman who had been seen as mysterious largely because she was both exceptionally private and thoroughly estranged from any family, who preferred the company of children (whom she often bullied) to that of adults, and with a background involving time spent in the village of her mother’s birth in France that had some acquaintances privately calling her accent phony.

I admit I’ve had a very difficult time writing about Maier, for as intriguing as it is to learn about a newly-revealed talent, Maier as an individual seems to have been difficult, and often unpleasant. By the last third of the documentary I found myself looking away at least as much as actually watching, not out of disinterest, but out of the sense that she was a human being who had inflicted pain on her charges, with the obvious inference that this was because she lacked the Self-awareness to separate her own behavior from the pain that had been inflicted on her—a nasty revelation about the doc’s subject, to be sure, and one I felt ambivalent about: did her faults as a human being detract from the body of work she left behind? Ideally, in my view, the work should speak for itself, but when the life seems to provide such a telling frame for the work, one that may be in stark contrast to what is produced while still holding the reflection of it, it may be unfair to look at one without the other, if only because one would not exist without the other.

With no birth time, we have no Houses, Ascendant, or Midheaven, and so Maier (1 February 1926 ntk New York NY USA–see the Whole Sign chart under “Charts for Articles in ECLIPSE, link above) remains more mysterious than not; however, an Aquarius Sun sextile Sedna, trine Pallas, quincunx Pluto, and opposed Black Moon Lilith suggests an instinctive urge to hide from (and sometimes to battle) what may have felt like destructive, even vindictive, external forces. She may have seen confrontation (the opposition) as the only wise response to the anger or darkness or manipulative (to her) behavior of others (Black Moon Lilith, disowned, seen as ‘the Other’ through opposition), with the need to continually adjust the power expression/ situation (Pluto qnx) just the smart thing to do (Pallas trine).

The Sun is in an interesting spot: it sits more than 9 degrees from retrograde Venus, which suggests to me the potential rejection of the Venusian facets of Beingness; it’s like a statement, “I’m not beautiful, I don’t have money, relationships and Love are not ‘me’” (via the retro status) but if we had a birth time we would have Houses, and so see how the Art of photography was accepted as ‘hers’ when the other Venus qualities seem not to have been—and yet, we need to look no farther than the Ceres-Neptune opposition to Venus to find a possible explanation. This could imply that in rejecting (or in believing it wasn’t accessible to her in the first place) the usual Venusian expression she was able to embrace what opposed it—in this case, a connection to Nature and her ‘natural’ role as an authority (Ceres–which she may have lived as the ‘pseudo-mother’ to a couple generations of children) melded with her photography (Neptune, in Leo—and proportionally she seems to have taken a large number of Self-portraits—even when the lion hides, she doesn’t).

The observational eye of Maier’s camera seems attuned to those who don’t normally receive that much attention; she finds and frames the ordinary, the every day, and appears to make a specialty of informal portraits of those who aren’t used to being noticed. The Venus-Neptune connection could bestow the ability to see and appreciate what’s usually invisible, the beauty that’s typically obscured. Mercury and Jupiter are conjunct in Aquarius=choosing a modern means of communicating, and in contacting the social sphere; with the camera always between herself and her subjects, Vivian may have made an overarching statement about what she truly found worthy by what she chose to photograph—that was her statement, loud and clear. She takes an intellectual approach to society, communicating and recording with something of a cool, dispassionate gaze, through the camera. With Merc-Jupiter opposed Zeus, there’s no doubt that she saw her photos as an expression of ambitions and talent as even on the surface she appeared to deny she had any ambition at all.

Many ask why Vivian didn’t share her work. We see Juno (empowerment) and the South Node (the past) conjunct in Capricorn, and these hook by aspect into ruler Saturn, Uranus, Chiron, Mars, and Ceres-Neptune=this may speak of when Vivian and her mother lived for a time in New York City around 1930 with photographer Jeanne Bertrand, who likely taught Vivian the ‘rules’ of photography, and acted as an example of how taking pictures could empower, by giving the photographer a god-like ability to literally choose what will be seen, to frame, to crop real life to one’s liking. These contacts link empowerment and the past to the ego and action urge, material reality, originality and innovation, the wound/ healing or the Chirotic gift (in this case, in Aries, suggesting a need to heal so that she could do ‘me first’, and so act as an example), and that natural expression and creative energy—and yet the presence of Saturn may have muted the urge to take any action to share the work. The idea could’ve been that empowerment comes from a contained, modest life, where originality and urges toward independence were kept small, offering little encouragement to the Artist within her, who may have been hungry for more, and on a bigger scale (that wide conjunction of the Sun to Jupiter).

In fact, that Ceres-Neptune, so instrumental in her creative stance, is part of a Fire Grand Trine involving Mars and Chiron. This implies that, had she found healing and felt support in this life, she would’ve expressed her personal power (that the Soul required she make adjustments for—Sun quincunx Pluto) through creative action, as a ‘creative authority’ (Neptune-Ceres); but she clearly wasn’t able to heal, and so the creative output was toned down—not exactly hidden, but likely seeming untenable as a lifestyle and means of earning, despite the example of Bertrand.

And what of the clearly implied violations or abuse both suffered and administered by Vivian? There’s a point in the documentary when a portion of the will of Vivian’s aunt is read, (and I paraphrase), ‘I exclude all living relatives, and they know exactly why’. Whatever injury occurred in this family, it spanned generations. Vivian definitely had a Virgo Moon, with ruler Mercury planet of earliest degree, and conjunct Jupiter=does this represent exaggerated critical emotions, something even the strongest motivations would be hard pressed to overcome? It could, and with Jupiter representing society as a whole (and so possibly the children she cared for) conjunct the Sun in stressful relationship to Pluto, Vivian may have related to the children, seeing them as very similar to, even a part of, her (Sun-Jupiter) but have been in constant Plutonian turmoil that expressed through her treatment of them rising from her own past experiences—for if she sees herself in them, then the pain is alive and present, all the time, and she shares it as she experienced it.

Venus opposed Ceres and trine Vesta suggests that, though she at least theoretically valued beauty and relationships (along with all things that would be designated by the two Houses Venus rules, if we knew her birth time), there was a never-ending struggle going on, one where authority figures, particularly maternal ones (Ceres) always won over ‘the girl’ (Venus), with Vivian casting herself as the weaker player, even when she cared for children—that would’ve brought out the Soul-pain (Sun-Pluto), as Vivian would then play the powerful Ceres figure to her ‘spoiled’ and privileged (Venus) charges. The Venus situation becomes a loop of longing and denial, fed over and over through the mechanism of adjustments to the power scenario—with no reasonable resolution in sight.

I thought I’d provide links so that you can see how really crisp and gorgeous her photos are: http://www.vivianmaier.com/ about her life: http://www.vivianmaier.com/about-vivian-maier/ http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/ http://www.motherjones.com/media/2011/04/vivian-maier-john-maloof http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/03/31/candid-camera-2 (the latter link addresses the film on Maier mentioned earlier) and for info on the very unusual copyright conditions in this case, see this: http://gapersblock.com/ac/2013/08/13/the-curious-case-of-vivian-maiers-copyright/

Born Today 23 February

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John William Waterhouse - 'Ulysses and the Sirens' 1891 {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse – ‘Ulysses and the Sirens’ 1891 {{PD}}

There is some kind of pull you can feel right now, dear Pisces, some kind of Universal attractor, and you are convinced it has a material form–your Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be spent looking for it, but it’s the adventures you’ll have along the way that will matter, at this point. You are inspired, but in a way that hasn’t yet taken shape–and this both pulls you (at the prospect of finding this creative energy) and pushes you (out into the world, looking for the material manifestation of this energy), and the time may be spent in ways that indulge the senses, challenge the material surroundings, may lead to new relationships, and may, perhaps surprisingly, pay real-world dividends–and all of it because you’re following this siren song (though of course, you won’t be lured to crash on the rocks!)–instead, you’ll re-shape your life in ways you won’t be able to anticipate, and you’ll set the scene for those big, inspired changes to come. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 22 February

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It's in taking care of the mundane that you create opportunity, Pisces. Van Gogh - Kartoffelsetzen 1884 {{PD}}

It’s in taking care of the mundane that you create opportunity, Pisces. Van Gogh – Kartoffelsetzen 1884 {{PD}}

Empowering yourself and establishing a solid place in the world will likely be your aims this year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday. Taking action will definitely be your motto–but there will be a single key to success, and it may be a very difficult one to implement: don’t try to fulfill ambitions and desires; instead, attend to every other matter that surrounds you. In taking care of everything else, your way to achieve your wants will come clear; but if you pursue ambitions headlong, you will fail. I know! Weird, right? It seems that at this point, when you focus on what you’d like to create, you somehow misinterpret what is needed to achieve your aims, and so neglect what would really be effective. The prescription, then, is to see to all the things you would judge to be unrelated to getting what you want–in taking care of these, you’ll smooth the way to your heart’s desire. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 21 February

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Hesiod and the Muse by Gustave Moreau (1870) {{PD}}

Hesiod and the Muse by Gustave Moreau (1870) {{PD}}

Initially this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may be going on a kind of auto-pilot, dear Pisces; you may be so caught up in relationship or money-making or aesthetics issues that the focus may be tightly held on yourself and your world. Being focused like this, you might miss the real, underlying cause of so much tension. It’s not about the relationship, finances, or your creative output, but about two things that may seem separate, but which are in reality intimately connected: your personal expression of power in the world, and your connection to and part in Nature. Any internal discord you have concerning your ability to call the shots in your own life, and any disconnect you feel between who you are in daily life and your ‘natural roles’ (as a man or woman, as a part of Nature, as an animal, as a living being, as a sentient being) will propel your behavior and reactions–but it’s only in knowing that what occurs is not about surface matters, but about a need to re-connect consciousness with your innate power, that progress will be made. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 21 February 2015: The Dancer and the Football Player

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We'll be very aware we're lacking a certain below-the-surface harmony. Edgar Degas - 1885 {{PD}}

We’ll be very aware we’re lacking a certain below-the-surface harmony. Edgar Degas – 1885 {{PD}}

21 February we have an interesting situation astronomically, with Venus both conjunct Mars (at the same zodiacal degree) and also contra-parallel (each at the same distance from but on opposite sides of the celestial equator). This suggests a built-in struggle between the two energies, which on the surface appear to be together (the conjunction). It may mimic the way those same energies will meet internally (interaction and Self-Will, receptivity and action) or externally (a man and woman, being active while another person is passive, or vice-versa) and clash at a fundamental level. For the individual it may be like having one’s foot on the gas and on the brake at the same time; In interaction with others, it may be like a ballet dancer and a football player who want to team up—their methods, techniques, and ways of interacting are so very different that, though they intend for each to apply their skills in the same game, there’s no one game that suits them both. So, receptivity draws aggression, Love draws anger, Money draws Action, Jealousy draws temper, greed emphasizes individual wants—you get the picture—and of course this is happening in the first degree of Aries, where Mars is at home and Venus is not, suggesting that the easy go-to in uncomfortable situations may be lashing out or taking off. The only way forward may be to walk into any venture with the awareness that you will have contradictory urges within yourself to deal with, and that in any cooperative situation you will be fundamentally taking a different, even opposite, approach or viewpoint than the other party. Too, this aspect set may breed discord in spousal, romantic, or partnership relations, and turning away from individual interactions, we’ll likely find that the social sphere isn’t receptive, either. (Perfecting today: Venus conjunct and contra-parallel Mars, and sesquiquadrate Jupiter)

Born Today 20 February

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Don't be timid, Pisces. 'The goldfish bowl' Charles Edward Perugini c1870 {{PD}}

Don’t be timid, Pisces. ‘The goldfish bowl’ Charles Edward Perugini c1870 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Pisces, tests your approach to life, with circumstances that require you show originality and use your own unique take on things for success. If you’re already oriented that way, looking for the power expression that’s right for you, ready to determine your territory and to hold sway over it, then things will go well for you; it’s the gentle fishes who are not so sure about their life direction, or who hide their individuality, or who deny their own power and authority, who will have problems. Do your best to step up, and accept that you are a significantly powerful and talented Being–and a few hints to help you this year: your energy supply may feel raw and difficult to gauge–take it easy; relationships and/ or finances may be in crisis this year, but don’t panic–in most cases, these issues can be put on hold–if they’re still there and enlisting your attention in 3 months, then you should address them (this implies that what’s not serious or permanent will drift away before then); and don’t underestimate the strength of your own unique viewpoint–your experiences have made you creative in unexpected ways–it’s time now to call on that. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 19 February

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'Anemones'  Stefan Filipkiewicz 1907 {{PD}}

‘Anemones’ Stefan Filipkiewicz 1907 {{PD}}

Dear Pisces, you are carrying around a lot right now; you’re a veritable one-person Universe, and though there’s potential for enormous creativity and healing, a lot of energy may be drained into handling clashes of opposites. You may see smoothing out discord, meting out justice, and matchmaking as strengths at this time (they are) but you may be mistaken about addressing the never-ending stream of those needing negotiations, partnering, or a re-balancing of the scales: just ’cause you can do it doesn’t mean you should. Your job this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, is to reclaim your energy for yourself; you have enormous opportunities to mesh your ambitions and desires with fortuitous timing and the assistance of others to heal what’s broken within and to materialize your own particular kind of power, a clout that will allow creative expression for you at an unprecedented scale. So, let others sort it out–you have dreams to make. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

New Moon in Aquarius 18 February 2015: Witness to Our Evolution

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ESA/PACS & SPIRE Consortium/HOBYS Key Programme Consortia

ESA/PACS & SPIRE Consortium/HOBYS Key Programme Consortia

The New Moon occurs at 3:47 PM PST of the 18th at 29 Aquarius 59: ‘Witness to Our Evolution’. Even stretching our usual tight orbs to 4 degrees, we get no contacts, possibly symbolic of the way it’s all about the Moon itself, its last minute in Aquarius meeting with the Sun signaling the end of an era, particularly in terms of the intellect’s capacity to process the new; what comes next is the ability to absorb it. We do find this NM balanced by semi-square between the Arian Uranus and the Capricornian Pluto, suggesting that what is born at the NM moment strikes the perfect, modern ‘blend’ of the Uranian and the Plutonian that has been trying to find equilibrium through these repeated squares. Final perfection between the two occurs on March 16th, with the promise that, even if we don’t understand what is conceived now at the NM, we will understand it by the time the square perfects once again.

The New Moon acts as witness to our evolution; it shows us that we are poised on the brink of a massive shift in consciousness, as individuals and as a species. These tipping points aren’t easy; some resist, dig in to old ways of being and seeing, and reach for previously discarded or discredited methods of interacting out of fear and a sense of disorientation. It’s up to each of us to accept the change that presents itself willingly; otherwise we fall into some form of mindless resistance, and so fall behind.

This is an excerpt from ECLIPSE. You can see my books here

Born Today 18 February

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It's a New Moon today! Photo by USDA {{PD}}

It’s a New Moon today! Photo by USDA {{PD}}

This year, as I’m sure you know, dear Aquarius, your birthday falls on a New Moon–or does it? If you are an Aquarius, then you have one outlook for the new Solar year–but if you were born a Pisces, your year starts one minute after the New Moon, and looks different than for Aquarius. Usually I would just have Pisces people read the next day’s forecast, as it would apply to them–today we’ll do it a little differently.

If you are Aquarius with a birthday today: you are anticipating something exciting this coming year, through to your next birthday, and it will be, if you consider healing a thrill ride. You have the opportunity to recover from some long-lost opportunities that you regret not having taken, some ambitions not followed–you’ve been picking at the threads of what you didn’t pursue–and now it’s time to heal those wounds, chiefly by accepting that you were always on the ‘right’ Path (how can we not be?) and that your real opportunity arrives now. This coming year you will enjoy what may be unprecedented chances to pursue your ambitions and desires–the social sphere and the educational situation both support your goals–so go after what you want! Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

If you are a Pisces with a birthday today: you get a fresh start–isn’t that what a New Moon is all about? More important, it will be clear you’ve reached a major conclusion of some situation, venture, approach, or endeavor, and you will now be free (or, you will be if you accept that this really is the end) to begin anew–but where do you start? Assessing the material situation accurately can’t be overstated as a necessary step in moving forward successfully; neither can formulating a plan for the future. Will the plan change along the way? Of course it will, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give your hopes a shape to start out with. The key to getting the best start possible, though, lies with two things: your Willingness to lead, or go it alone, staying true to your own needs and vision, and your ability to bring your entire spirit out of the past (any bits or pieces that call you back to the details of what was) and into the now, where it belongs–retrieval of your spirit is vital–as you’ll need every bit of your formidable energy and attention to forge this new life direction. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 17 February

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Elihu Vedder, - 'The Questioner of the Sphinx' - 1836 {{PD}}

Elihu Vedder, – ‘The Questioner of the Sphinx’ – 1836 {{PD}}

Emotions and intentions are in perfect alignment at this time, dear Aquarius–and that means you can go after what you want with a minimum of internal conflict. However, you may have some difficulty reconciling what you dream of with what actually seems possible, or even practical–you may be too quick to dismiss dreams as ephemeral, rather than as a legitimate goal worth pursuing–and that means you could waste a lot of time holding back, trying to measure what’s worth going after. That’s a miserable position, so just don’t take it. What I can tell you is that, sooner than you might think, you will be in a prime position to manifest your actual dream goals and life conditions–and you have to be ready when the opportunity comes. How to do that? Align your thoughts, intentions, and feelings with those matters that mean the most to you in life; find what you feel should be honored, find what you feel is sacred, and express that feeling in what you choose and who you are. By making your life meaningful to you to a profound depth, you will be more than ready to bring about your dreams when the time comes. Be prepared–those dreams may change over the course of preparing yourself. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 16 February

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"New Mexico" - Marsden Hartley- between 1916 and 1922 {{PD}}

“New Mexico” – Marsden Hartley- between 1916 and 1922 {{PD}}

Taking action on your dreams really is the watchword for you this year, dear Aquarius, though it seems you may be thinking you’ve gone beyond that–it may feel as if you already have, and that you are poised to deal with a sense of disappointment and disillusion, as you convince yourself that your efforts were for naught. That’s simply the recent ‘emotional dry spell’ talking; in reality, you are in prime time to expand your world, to explore, to pursue knowledge, and to aim for (and win!) personal ambitions and desires–so don’t give up. It won’t be long before you shake off this rigid emotional outlook and take on a much cooler view of the proceedings–and that’s the point when you’ll be able to successfully engineer the right moves, and to make the right choices, to bring that so far illusive dream into your reality. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 15 February

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Hollósy Tengerihántás 1885 {{PD}}

Hollósy Tengerihántás 1885 {{PD}}

You are poised to do what must be done, what you are compelled to do, dear Aquarius, and the key to it all is found in your past experiences. I know–not what you expected, right? You thought the key was to leave it all behind–but there is something incredibly valuable from yesterday that will be instrumental in moving you successfully into the future. Hints include: info gleaned from the past may involve the home, mate, and/ or those causes to which you’re dedicated, and result in a need to face what has been ignored or denied–which, once dealt with, forms the basis of the future you’re now trying to mold. Another hint: emotions may need to be completely contained, alchemized, and transformed into something that will act as a source of personal power. One more hint: look to the social circle for knowledge or support, probably of a kind you never expected–but it’s there, waiting for you. By this time next year, Aquarius, you’ll have honed a Path that has surprising roots in your experiences, and that will point you in a direction that’s only vaguely on your radar now. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

The Post-Valentine Picture 15-16 February 2015

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"Monsigneur Love" by Thomas Cooper Gotch - {{PD}}

“Monsigneur Love” by Thomas Cooper Gotch – {{PD}}

15 February some serious, serious power issues are front and center, and it’s up to each of us whether this will be expressed as coercion, a clash, or a negotiation. Territory is being staked out, even if it doesn’t appear that this is so; people are trying to establish a foothold, even a realm, and the values they express while doing so are more than a little driven by their ‘blind spot’ issues. That means they’ll be clear about what they want, but not about the real reasons they want it. (Perfecting Today: Pluto conjunct Ceres, Earth quincunx Mars, Venus sextile Sedna)

And a little Lunar essence, for the 16th:

6 AM PST of the 16th the Capricorn Moon sextiles Venus and trines Sedna. If there’s any point today when you can trust the emotional and intuitive prompts as much as the instinctive nature, it’s at this point; in fact, you may be pointed in the direction of Love and/ or Money. Noon the Moon is sextile Mars and quincunx Earth. This is an interesting window when we may make choices and act successfully, but without realizing how the material environment will adjust or need to be adjusted as a consequence. Just be aware that you won’t entirely see the potential outcomes ahead of time. Void begins at 12:47 PM PST; the Moon enters Aquarius at 4:14 PM Pacific time. 8 PM PST the Moon conjuncts Mercury. The mind may race with higher vibration concepts; bring them down-to-Earth (and make them relate-able) by translating through the emotional lens. 11 PM PST the Moon sextiles Saturn, connecting us to the reality situation through attention to our emotional reactions. This can inform our thinking in a very positive way.

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What You’re Asking: the Romance edition

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Dear Reader: Here’s a romance-themed re-print from 2009, for Valentine’s Day–Have a Happy One! jd

What’s the synastry of Chiron conjunct Juno cross-chart?

Here it’s very important to know who has the Juno, a male or a female–but since we don’t know, what we can say is that there may be some form of power struggle centered in one or both parties’ personal sense of empowerment in life. This may come in a wound v. authority conflict, or could center in a knowledge v. privilege stand-off. If the Juno is a woman’s, we may see her empowerment come about through the skill or aid of the Chiron person, whether this is a male or female; this individual might in a very real way ‘heal’ this woman’s sense of empowerment and Self-authority. This same person might also ultimately wound the Juno woman, as either he or she ‘acts out’ through the wounded nature whenever the woman seeks empowerment, or could feel wounded themselves by the woman’s empowerment stance. There is also a worst case scenario where the Chiron person (male or female) clashes badly with a Juno female in the most emotionally spiteful way possible; with the deep wound of Chiron activated and focused on and engaged with the vengeful side of Juno, this could be one very negative combination. If the Juno belongs to a male, we may see his idea of the ‘perfect partner’ activate the primal wound in the other person–this is a very toxic and probably insurmountable (as well as sad) potential reaction. On the positive side, the Juno male might, through his admiration and the sense of a ‘perfect fit’ somehow, bring forward the other individual’s unique Chirotic skill–no small feat, and again creating an unusual ‘trigger’ situation that can be highly significant in a relatively exaggerated positive or negative sense, depending on the situation.

Fantagraphics Books 2004, John Benson, editor

Fantagraphics Books 2004, John Benson, editor

Can a Capricorn woman and an Aquarius man find happiness?

As frequent readers of my blogs probably know, I’m no fan of sun-sign astrology, simply because, well, astrology’s just not that simple! We can venture a few guesses about this pairing, though, based on some ‘probablys.’ First, though adjacent signs typically do not make for good playmates, there are exceptions depending both on situation and which signs are involved, and this is one of those (possible) exceptions: since Capricorn and Aquarius share an ancient (at least, pre-outer planets discovery) ruler, Saturn, then we have an avenue for compatibility in energies that, at least in modern definition, contrast. Normally, the energy of each sign can be seen as a kind of reaction to the one it follows; in this case, Aquarius ‘reacts’ with an emphasis on anarchy, intellect, and modernism, to Capricorn’s emphasis on rules, the material, and tradition. But, since they share an ancient ruler, we must look for the commonalities, such as the discipline that intellectual achievement demands, and the need for the avant garde and innovative to have a past and tradition upon which to base their ‘newness.’ So, we may find that surface clash is really just that with this pair, surface, and that the underlying attitudes may be very much alike.

There is also the idea that, since energies that travel in proximity to the Sun (Mercury and Venus) are typically, if not in the same sign as the Sun, then in the sign on either side of it, this gives potential other personal avenues (through communication styles, aesthetics, values, and attitudes toward love, money, and relationship) for likeness in expression.

We could look at this combo through the elements, too: Air and Earth together could kick up a lot of dust, even a tornado of energy, or the two might never mix, leaving a static horizon with nary a breeze between them.

In any event, good luck, Cappy and Aqua–and for a truly meaningful and complete synastric comparison, consult an astrologer.

How do I seduce a woman with Venus in Aries?

Very carefully! Just kidding–though it never hurts to approach the Warrior Venus with respect. Keep in mind, Venus in a woman’s chart represents her ‘ideal Self,’ as well as telling us of her attitudes toward love, money, values, and aesthetics, so we’re really talking about appealing to her as she likes to see herself. For anyone, reflecting back to them the image they most want to have can leave them totally charmed; after all, who wouldn’t respond positively when someone is not only interested in them, but sees them as they imagine themselves in their very best form.

Aries Venus wants to be seen as strong, as offering some form of leadership (and this can be in a fashion, beauty, or aesthetic sense, as well as overt command), and definitely wants to be seen as  her own woman, significant in her own right, entirely Self-determining. Treat her like she knows what she’s doing–she’ll love you for it.

Should I swear at an Aries man?

The question is, should you swear at anybody? I don’t think a Sun sign really comes into it–but if you must swear at a man, Aries not only can take it, he may be just a little turned on by such a fiery display. Tread with care, however–simple human decency suggests that you might do best to show the attitude but hold back on the more graphic accompaniments.

Born Today 14 February

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Don't be sad, Aquarius--now is the time to dream and plan. Lars Hansen - 'Young Woman' c1835 {{PD}}

Don’t be sad, Aquarius–now is the time to dream and plan. Lars Hansen – ‘Young Woman’ c1835 {{PD}}

Dear Aquarius: This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’re going to want to take some serious action on ‘the Dream’, and you want to be rewarded for it; the only problem may be that a hidden emotional agenda and the way it inclines you to Self-sabotage could turn positive efforts into negative ones, without your conscious consent. How to fight it? Realize that you are in more of a dreaming and planning phase than a taking action one; know that there is still a power balance that needs righting and what I can only describe as a ‘social wound’ concerning your ambitions or desires that needs healing before you can go forward; and understand that you’re going to benefit a lot more by reaching within and considering what’s there than you will from an active, ‘doing’ role at this time. Don’t worry: by this time next year you’ll be more than totally prepared to take steps to make the Dream a reality–for now, enjoy the psychic quiet, and the chance to heal and line things up, just right. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 13 February

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Just wingin' it. "Lunch break, 1907" by Fritz von Uhde - {{PD}}

Just wingin’ it. “Lunch break, 1907″ by Fritz von Uhde – {{PD}}

Dear Aquarius, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, it may feel as if you’re wingin’ it, out on a psychic limb, improvising without a net–the only thing you may know for sure is that you must decide, you must take action. For most people, that would be a troubling mandate, as a thinking individual (which you undoubtedly are) would want a plan first–but somehow, this time, that’s denied to you. You must trust in your own ability to know, and to acquire the knowledge that you need, to follow your intuition, and to trust that spark of life that animates and inspires you, a ‘divine urge’, if you will, that can materialize a dream or create from whole cloth, and that can be both engine and guide at this time. Clues to a successful year: be aware of who holds power and what the relationships between power entities really are–this can help you stake out your own power position, forgive hurts and free up your energy for your own use, and listen to the emotions–feelings will convey wisdom. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 12 February

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'Blind Woman" by Diego Velázquez -{{PD}}

‘Blind Woman” by Diego Velázquez -{{PD}}

Will you run on pure instinct this coming year, dear Aquarius, or will you allow the mind to run things and end up letting your ‘blind spot’ (that material hidden from the conscious mind that we’re unaware of but is quite obvious to others) show every foible you have? I vote for instinct–the mind needs a rest, a break from its recent confusion/ stasis–and you’ll feel the urgent need to act, to choose, this coming year, through to your next birthday; what better way to choose than instinctually? Especially considering that the emotional nature and intuition may be under a great deal of stress, using instinct (and by that I mean ‘right impulse’ that arises without conscious reasoning from your core Beingness) as your guide will undoubtedly be the best choice. Now that we’ve got that settled, what else have you to look forward to? A few hints: ‘being yourself’, whatever that means to you, is a naturally strong position; there’s wisdom in action, in education, and, for you at least, in–surprise! the social sphere; and take emotional cues from the material world–make the two ‘match’–as otherwise the feeling state may be undecipherable. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

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