Born Today 17 September

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Sir Peter Paul Rubens - 'Peace Embracing Plenty' (apparently as seen from the floor!) c1633 {{PD}}

Sir Peter Paul Rubens – ‘Peace Embracing Plenty’ (apparently as seen from the floor!) c1633 {{PD}}

You may be running on instinct, and acting and reacting from your personal ‘blind spot’ this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo. What’s clear is that material hidden from the psyche will feature prominently in events, and will influence your choices and efforts–and how can one possibly prepare for that? One can’t reasonably prepare for that at all, but you’re in luck: your Solar Return Cancer Moon suggests a great capacity for sensitivity, empathy, and caring; if you’ll commit to feeling and trusting those feelings, you might navigate things very successfully. Don’t be tempted to go ‘dark’ or to reduce things solely to the material level, and embrace elements of ‘luck’ and general good fortune, especially in creating fortuitous relationships and in making good financial moves–because luck and good fortune are waiting to embrace you. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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A Little Lunar Essence 17 September 2014: The Need to Feel Secure

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Peter Henry Emerson - The Poacher - A Hare in View c1886 {{PD}}

Peter Henry Emerson – The Poacher – A Hare in View c1886 {{PD}}

Noon Pacific time the Cancer Moon creates a Grand Trine with Chiron and Ceres. Emotions and sensitivity (especially that keyed to hurt) run high; issues of authority or territory may drive tension and force emotional displays. The key to balancing it all may be 1) we must really care, and 2) we must feel secure enough in our own power that we don’t feel threatened by others’ needs. If dealing with someone who seems unreasonable, try to offer them reassurance concerning their own security and safety–that’s really what they’re worried about. 2 PM PDT the Moon creates a T-square with the Uranus opposition to Pallas-Zeus. This is Cardinal and so active; tension is likely over each individual’s fear that they either will not reach a goal or ambition, or that they are doing something stupid. Try to keep perspective and realize that getting overwrought doesn’t help resolve anything. 10 PM PDT the Moon squares the Nodal axis and Mercury (conjunct NN) and trines Saturn. Reality is what it is, but we may insist that it’s taking us in a direction it isn’t, and point to our own thoughts and perceptions as proof. Find someone clear-sighted to bounce your thoughts off of. Midnight the Moon conjuncts Juno and trines Vesta (it’s also still squaring Merc). We may be feeling very empowered at this point, swinging-through-the-trees energetic and capable, especially when it comes to surety about our home, what we honor, and our mate. Your perception isn’t wrong, but it may be a bit distorted by our sheer abundance of energy, so proceed with care.

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Born Today 16 September

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'The Duet' Charles Van Beveren 1849 {{PD}}

‘The Duet’ Charles Van Beveren 1849 {{PD}}

Emotional matters may take up the first portion of your Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo; specifically, you may spend a lot of time sorting through feelings and, using feelings to sort through, a variety of issues. Thinking about your feelings may become an early keynote, followed by lots of attention to relationships and/ or finances, which loom large and demand your energy–which is only right, as finding and centering identity on the personal authority you carry will be not just the centerpiece to going forward successfully, but also the way to get right with relationships and finances! So, your Solar year becomes about getting to know who you are now and what you feel. Expect empowerment trouble only if you are unwilling to set aside illusion and be fully engaged in reality. Watch throughout the year as transiting Saturn contacts various points and bodies; these natal energies will be the gateway to knowing at any time the state of ‘what is’, and will offer clues in how to deal with it. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 15 September

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It may seem like very little is happening on the outside, but a great deal is happening on the inside. Susan Watkins  'Lady in Yellow' (1902) {{PD}}

It may seem like very little is happening on the outside, but a great deal is happening on the inside. Susan Watkins ‘Lady in Yellow’ (1902) {{PD}}

This may be a relatively low-key year for you, dear Virgo, now through to your next birthday; you may spend it building, planning, gaining skills, and both a little lost and a great deal inspired in daily life. Really, what transpires will be largely internal, a form of growth or evolution that feeds the creativity and inspires you to connect with others and form a network that supports the new ideas you’ll be generating. Yes, friends may come and go at this time, but your ambitions are smart–follow your desires and you can’t go wrong. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 14 September 2014: Feel It, Say It

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Johannes Vermeer - Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid c1670 {{PD}}

Johannes Vermeer – Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid c1670 {{PD}}

14 September what we’ve learned from the past can guide us in adjusting our priorities now; if we don’t use some sort of guideline we run the risk of engaging in erratic, disruptive behavior that risks fouling our own ambitions and desires. Be open to change, even transformation, that’s available in relationships, to apply to finances, and through a general atmosphere of Love—really, accepting the need for reform is the only way to access the treasure—feelings are much more reliable than thoughts at this time—material matters reveal all we need to know and see. (Pallas parallel and Vesta quincunx the South Node, Mars sesquiquadrate Uranus and semi-square Zeus, Venus trine Pluto, Mercury contra-parallel Venus, Earth quincunx Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s image is a letter, addressed and sealed, never intended to be mailed. Do you have something to say to someone and it needs saying, for your own peace? The reality is that if we believe that the only closure comes from expressing our feelings directly to someone, then we’re not talking about expressing, we’re really hoping for a reaction or to engage with them–we’re not looking for peace, we’re looking for enmeshment. If you have something to say, say it–to the air, in a letter, shouting from on top of a mountain–and then let it go. True Self-expression doesn’t need an audience–and as that old saying goes, what we think of someone else is none of their business.

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Born Today 14 September

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'The Ship's Deck' Édouard Manet c1860 {{PD}}

‘The Ship’s Deck’ Édouard Manet c1860 {{PD}}

Though it comes at you obliquely, dear Virgo, in dreams, in meditations, through interaction with large institutions, through the Collective, through the egos of others, and through spiritual practice, it will come: things you’d hoped to compartmentalize, pretend aren’t happening, and ignore. These matters must be dealt with; it’s necessary so you can clear the decks of the psyche and become aware in a way you never have been before. What awaits your consciousness is something along the lines of hyper-instinct and a facility to see everything–if you deal successfully with the challenges presented, through the year to your next birthday, your reward will be an internal guidance system second to none and no personal blind spot–which can have its own pitfalls in the guise of being unable to block out the things you’d rather not see about others or your circumstances that normally help us all get through the day–but that’s a matter for another time. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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Born Today 13 September

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George Bellows - The Big Dory, 1913

George Bellows – The Big Dory, 1913

You may feel all adrift this year, dear Virgo–others may be particularly puzzling, unreliable, and prone to shock or surprise you, communications may seem suppressed, as if no one’s speaking their mind, and you may be more than a little preoccupied planning for attaining your goals–and yet, life may feel especially good this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. You may find you have some extraordinary ‘luck’, numerous opportunities come your way, and you may be truly inspired in all you do and pursue. It’s an odd combination of influences that pushes you toward Self-reliance and into a kind of isolated, even meditative, state; what results is a set of experiences you couldn’t have gotten any other way, and some once-in-a-lifetime spiritual and social development that leaves you in a far different place by this time next year. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 12 September

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'The Shepherd’s Star' Jules Breton 1887 {{PD}}

‘The Shepherd’s Star’ Jules Breton 1887 {{PD}}

You’re heading into a fate-determining year, dear Virgo, when you may set your course by a particular star and stay on that path for a long time to come. Positives this Solar year, through to your next birthday, include a stable, supportive home life (or maybe just a reassuring one, where home matters don’t disrupt other action), and plenty of wisdom available, from both your ‘inner voice’ and those with whom you cooperate or partner. You’re empowered to do what you want–your biggest obstacle may be yourself. Negatives include a too-quick temper, a propensity to jump into action before things are thoroughly planned, and a tendency to accept aid and support in pursuit of your ambitions but then hurt others by ‘forgetting’ what they’ve done for you. The negatives can all be avoided if you take things one step at a time and don’t lose sight of how much help you’ll actually attract during this period–it could be a lot, and you may gain new friends, partners, or even a mate in the process. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 11 September

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Reconciling the past with the current reality is a lot like getting married. Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret - 'Blessing of the Young Couple Before Marriage' 1880 {{PD}}

Reconciling the past with the current reality is a lot like getting married. Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret – ‘Blessing of the Young Couple Before Marriage’ 1880 {{PD}}

Reconciling your current reality with your past and what’s already built may be the focus of your upcoming year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday; what you conclude will be the stuff from which you construct your future–so ideas, facts, and having the complete picture will be very important. Don’t worry, though, as the mind will be sharp and attuned to what’s smart–wisdom prevails in thinking and reasoning for you, and you’re likely to be inspired by those with whom you’re in close relationships. Don’t be afraid of cooperation or collaboration–these may be the key to so much more, including your success. Happy Birthday Virgo, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 10 September 2014: A Marvelous High-Wire Venus

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Sells_Floto_Circus_presents_M'lle_Beeson,_a_marvelous_high_wire_Venus,_performance_poster,_192110 September our actions and choices are just a little off; we know better and still somehow manage to make a poor decision. It’s not a disaster, but does make us feel as if we’re not in control. What should reassure us is that perceptions, especially mental ones, are exaggerated and may be influenced by what we want to think rather than by reality; our own desires may lead us in entirely the wrong direction. Too, relationships and financial matters retreat under a haze of wishful thinking, illusion, or imaginative optimism—don’t make any pronouncements on these at this point, but do explore ways to creatively expand income and take relationships in a direction that’s closer to ideal. Artists and creators of all types, you have an opportunity to wield the creative in a highly conscious manner if your goal is earning or creating beauty. (Perfecting Today: Mars semi-square Pallas, Venus opposed Neptune, Mercury sextile Jupiter and parallel Zeus)

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Born Today 10 September

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Charles Napier Hemy - 'Running For Home' {{PD}}

Charles Napier Hemy – ‘Running For Home’ {{PD}}

Your empowerment, your ability to move through the world and do what you want, as well as your ability to honor those things you find sacred in life, will all be on the table this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. The Self-focus and fine-tuned sense of assessment and discernment you’ll need to navigate these matters is available to you–so is the chance to create the ideal home situation or find the mate of your dreams–but you have to be willing to negotiate, to meet personally powerful others face-to-face and stand up, even demand, what you need and want. Trust your judgment, trust your sources of wisdom. You may find yourself sailing some intimidating waters, dear Virgo, but how else can you find such great reward?

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Born Today 9 September

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Virgo, this year you ARE a rebel angel! Pieter Bruegel the Elder - 'The Fall of the Rebel Angels' 1562 {{PD}}

Virgo, this year you ARE a rebel angel! Pieter Bruegel the Elder – ‘The Fall of the Rebel Angels’ 1562 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may face repeated situations that test your highest values and your commitments, especially to home and mate; what you should know is that this won’t be about how worthy your goals, situation, or values are (they’re all just fine), it will be about gauging just precisely how rebellious, inventive, original, and Self-centered you can safely be and still maintain the quality of your life. If you don’t engage in these tests (and you won’t have to go looking, they’ll come to you) you’ll find erratic and unpredictable behavior, with a good dose of temper, may become your norm. So test yourself, re-align after each challenge with what you care about the most, and know that a creative and inspired approach to life, one that’s willing to face every challenge, will pay handsomely. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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Born Today 8 September

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Inside Ajanta caves Photo by Jorge Láscar from Australia-Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic via Wikimediacommons

Inside Ajanta caves
Photo by Jorge Láscar from Australia-Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic via Wikimediacommons

Ambition and desire will be front and center for you, dear Virgo, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, but so will a test of your values and commitments; you’ll choose to meet these challenges either by summoning your most unique personal skills or by retreating to ancient wounds for protection–who would attack a wounded person? you might be thinking–and you might be safe there, but it also means those who can facilitate your desires and support realization of your ambitions will bestow their gifts and aid elsewhere. If you’re hoping to garner cooperation and support in your quest to achieve, you’ll need to face things dead-on–and do your very best. At present you’re endowed with an unusually good sense of your own priorities, talents, and an awareness of what it takes to become empowered in the material world while still honoring your values–utilize this and you’ll do very very well. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 7 September

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Be fearless; stand up in the boat if you want to. 'A Party Angling' George Morland 1789 {{PD}}

Be fearless; stand up in the boat if you want to. ‘A Party Angling’ George Morland 1789 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, if you are feeling the need to express yourself in a way that fulfills ambitions, gathers in all that you desire, honors what you care for, creates a solid and nurturing home for you, and makes you stand out in the group, you will over the coming year, through to your next birthday, not just get the chance to do it, you’ll practically be guaranteed to fall into the flow of energy that will facilitate your individual expression in unprecedented ways. The world is ready for you, but are you ready for it? You’ve recently dealt with some powerful forces for change that may have left you a little hesitant. Your success this year will depend on how willing you are to respond to the river of life without imposing your own personal set of restrictions, rules, and conditions. Acceptance will be a big part of creating the right circumstances to go forward, show who you are, and build what you want; fearlessness and trust will be the others.

Full Moon in Pisces 8 September 2014: Finishing With Pain

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'An Accident' Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret  1878 {{PD}}

‘An Accident’ Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret 1878 {{PD}}

. . . . as in, ‘getting rid of or being done with pain’. The Full Moon in Pisces occurs at 6:38 PM Pacific time of the 8th at 16 Pisces 19, and is conjunct Chiron, quincunx Zeus, and captures Saturn, Vesta, and Juno in a Water Grand Trine. Since a FM is a culmination, we are arriving at an ending—but of what? Most likely the ending of some hurtful situation or wound which is healed via our own emotion-guided empowerment that comes directly from living our highest values in some form. The reality picture requires we modify ambitions and desires, and thereby we create surroundings that truly meet our highest standards—and this is very possibly through modifications or changes on the home front, with our behavior toward and treatment of the mate, and/ or by aligning our goals with what we honor and find sacred. This is a course-correction point that offers significant lessening of psychic and emotional pain, if we 1) will apply the needed changes to the environment and practices, and 2) be willing to let the pain go. Miss either component, and things stay much the same.

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Born Today 6 September

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Here the cheese is not alone. Floris Gerritsz van Schooten - 'Still-Life with Glass, Cheese, Butter and Cake' c1620 {{PD}}

Here the cheese is not alone. Floris Gerritsz van Schooten – ‘Still-Life with Glass, Cheese, Butter and Cake’ c1620 {{PD}}

The motto for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo, could be ‘The cheese stands alone’! You have a kind of individual and unique presence and intelligent, intellectually-oriented viewpoint that may make you, just for awhile, somewhat of a loner, not because you won’t be open to relationship, but because you will be intent on exploring and expressing what makes you You. Slated for this period: more adventure than you’re used to, spontaneous events and choices that you’ll roll with, a little hurt and a little healing, and a chance to go after (and probably achieve) at least one of your ambitions or desires. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 5 September

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Malnazar, illuminator, 'The Creation of the World' 1637 {{PD}}

Malnazar, illuminator, ‘The Creation of the World’ 1637 {{PD}}

A great deal of your attention, dear Virgo, is focused on empowering yourself, just as it should be; you have ambitions and things you’re dedicated to and want to get on with the business of honoring and accomplishing. What you need to be aware of is the toll pursuing your goals could take on relationships or finances (which may be strained all year), and you need to be very cognizant of the emotional restrictions you’ve place on yourself; these could be your biggest obstacle, and could go unrecognized as your own beliefs, instead projected outward and seen as vagaries inflicted by an unnecessarily cruel world. It’s almost inevitable that often this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may act and react from instinct and the material that resides in the ‘blind spot’, and so create circumstances that can be puzzling or seem to be the opposite of what you were going for. When this happens, you should take the approach that everything has reasons behind it, and it’s your job to understand why you might call such a situation into being, always with the idea that the Universe is a responsive, living thing that acts in our best interests. Be optimistic, ask for answers, and be persistent, Virgo–Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little Astro and Lunar Essence 4 September 2014: Unwilling to Bend

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'Point Lobos' 1920 Bertha Boyntom Lum Library of Congress {{PD}}

‘Point Lobos’ 1920 Bertha Boyntom Lum Library of Congress {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: 4 September relationship demands, what we want, and our means of earning may all violate the needs of the home front, the mate, highest values, or those things we find sacred—and yet our minds are set, and unwilling to bend to accommodate those values or needs. We find ourselves in a spot that feels restricted and that seems contrary to what we would normally want or support—but this is when we ask ourselves if that’s really true. A review of our actual priorities, and of what’s truly restricting us, is in order. (Perfecting today: Venus contra-parallel Vesta, Mercury semi-square Saturn)
Lunar movement: 11 AM PDT the Capricorn Moon trines the Sun, giving us a period of clarity. Note what you’re aware of now, and how you perceive it, as your viewpoint is likely accurate (unless the figurative Sun is in your eyes!) 3 PM PDT the Moon opposes Juno and sextiles Vesta. Are we butting heads needlessly? That’s the question–anything that doesn’t directly empower and respect our values should be let go. This is the beginning of an Earth Grand Cross with Juno, Uranus, and Zeus; the Moon also sextiles Chiron. We are trying to assert the Self and balance this need with our chances for ambition fulfillment–the unexpected gets in the way, and our own wounds, or our fear of hurting others, make us hesitant. This all happens in ways that affect the material situation. Going after what you want is fine, as long as you are acutely aware of where your territory ends and that of others begins; accomplishment only comes when we operate with full knowledge of others’ rights and privileges. 9 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Saturn. This is a point when we can give emotions structure and containment; make sure they take fluid, rather than rigid, shapes.
Grand Trine with Vesta-Juno-Chiron=This reinforces the idea that to successfully empower ourselves we need to be sensitive to the wounds and sacred places of others, as well as making sure our choices honor our Chirotic gifts and our own priorities.
Today’s image is a cave-dwelling salamander that lives in the dark and breathes through its skin. Look for unusual ways to accomplish the usual and necessary; this will evolve talents with little effort.

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Born Today 4 September

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This could be you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Virgo. by William Turner- 'The Angel, Standing in the Sun' 1845 {{PD}}

This could be you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Virgo. by William Turner- ‘The Angel, Standing in the Sun’ 1845 {{PD}}

It may seem like it’s all about power this Solar year, dear Virgo, but it’s really about the power of feeling. You’ll be insanely good at understanding power structures, at translating intangible expressions of power into their material world equivalents, at knowing the power and meaning behind expressions of feeling, and at making an impact with your own emotional expressions–but what will that mean? Following the power curve will almost certainly deliver skills, wisdom, and opportunities–a lot of them. Embracing power in whatever form you find it will lead to awesome things–so you go, Virgo! Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Born Today 3 September

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What was once rock solid in your life will be changing, Virgo. - by Fritz Petzholdt - 'Étude de roches' c1830 {{PD}}

What was once rock solid in your life will be changing, Virgo. – by Fritz Petzholdt – ‘Étude de roches’ c1830 {{PD}}

You may be caught, dear Virgo, between the need to Do It Big and the need to Do It Smart–and either way you know that big change is on the way. It’s almost impossible for anyone to know which direction you should jump–and yet, when you think about it, you’ll know that the way to go is toward the actions that will put the power in your hands, that will allow you choice, and that will help you handle whatever changes to the structure and parameters of your life that are almost upon you. That said, if you do your homework, you can gain a great deal of personal power–and with power, of course, come options, something you will really value having in the coming year, through to your next birthday. So, I wish you a happy one, Virgo, and good luck!

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Born Today 2 September

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You could even charm the most cantankerous Juno in your life right now, Virgo. 'Peacock, peahen, parrots, canary, and other birds in a park' by Jakob Bogdani c1709 {{PD}}

You could even charm the most cantankerous Juno in your life right now, Virgo. ‘Peacock, peahen, parrots, canary, and other birds in a park’ by Jakob Bogdani c1709 {{PD}}

You have plans, dear Virgo, to expand your world somehow, and you know what you’re creating is smart–but do you know how it might affect home and family? Relationships and finances could unexpectedly suffer, not through any fault of your own, but because there are some big changes just ahead that will alter the lay of the land–and so mess with your well-laid plans. Watch both the natal House where Pluto is currently transiting and the House Pluto rules in the natal chart for the life areas where the disruptions will come from, and in the meantime, gather allies and reinforce relationships with your current diplomatic but sophisticated manner–you can charm the birds out of the trees right now, so put that bedazzled personality to good use. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 1 September

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'Cathedral Spires, Garden of the Gods, Colorado' Doesn't look very garden-y, does it? Photo by William Henry Jackson 1879 {{PD}}     Date 1869/1879

‘Cathedral Spires, Garden of the Gods, Colorado’ Doesn’t look very garden-y, does it? Photo by William Henry Jackson 1879 {{PD}}
Date 1869/1879

Wisdom is yours, dear Virgo–or is it your burden? You may be cursed with extra clear and cautious foresight this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and considering you’ll have a lot of natural power and authority going for you, it could be the time when you make considerable strides, even make your fortune (as in creating the foundations of the life you were destined for); on the other hand, it won’t win you any friends, as your judgment may be so superior that you could make them look bad with your choices, or you find it impossible to go along with them on flights of fancy or recklessness, or can’t bring yourself to participate with them in what you know will end up a non-starter. It’s tough being a demi-god. Play your cards close to the vest, remain extra aware of and considerate of your friends, and soon enough your keen powers of discernment, observation, and judgment will go back to normal human levels, and everyone can live happily ever after. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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Born Today 31 August

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Your work may not be easy or glamorous, but most of it will be very practical. Karel Dujardin - 'Woman Milking a Red Cow' 1650s {{PD}}

Your work may not be easy or glamorous, but most of it will be very practical. Karel Dujardin – ‘Woman Milking a Red Cow’ 1650s {{PD}}

Others turn to you this coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, but is it because you’re wise, or connected to Nature, or creative and imaginative, or is it your practicality that draws them in? You may be seen as having all the answers, but the reality is that you’re just better at knowing what’s important, at sorting out possibilities, and at extrapolating consequences–and you’ll help many many people in the time between now and your birthday in 2015. You’re not entirely selfless, though your diplomatic nature appears so; what you’ll gain is your pick of partners, collaborators, supporters, and even romantic interests–lonely is one thing you won’t be, within just a few months. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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Your ECLIPSE Weekend Sampler 30-31 August 2014: Don’t Abdicate

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Don't abdicate, for instance, your responsibility to put that fire out. from 'The Chronicles of St. Denis' 12th century Artist unknown {{PD}}

Don’t abdicate, for instance, your responsibility to put that fire out. from ‘The Chronicles of St. Denis’ 12th century Artist unknown {{PD}}

From ‘Attachments—Asking Why’, an article on relationships in the current ECLIPSE:

We’ve talked about Ceres’ sex-deadening energy specifically when it contacts the Mars, chart ruler, or Sun or Sun ruler of a male from a female’s chart, or within a same sex interaction in either person’s chart to the other’s, but Ceres can bring her overwhelming Earth Mama or directly maternal vibe by moving aspect, and so temporarily put a damper on drives, unless the individuals can relate to an elemental form of sexuality—if the involved individuals are too civilized, too strongly identify caring with mothering, or are too frightened of Nature and natural behaviors (these make some people feel out-of-control), then a Ceres transit can really gum things up, the worst part being that one might feel the change is permanent, rather than transitory.

Just a Little Lunar Essence for 30 August: the Moon enters Scorpio at 1:53 AM Pacific time of the 30th. 1 PM PDT the Moon trines Neptune. We are open to deep feeling, inspiration, and creative change–whatever moves you at this point is likely to be very positive–unless you let yourself be mislead. Vet your ideas by imagining potential outcomes; if they’re all good, you’ve got a green light. 3 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Ceres and trines Earth. We connect with our power by connecting, literally, with the earth. Garden, work with clay, walk outside barefoot, swim in a natural body of water, plant something–it will bring power, balance, and peace.

31 August relationships may support us, and our money and/ or talent supports our skills, but only if we refuse to dwell on our wounds or to think like losers! At this time the world really is ours to make of it what we will; don’t abdicate your immense power to declare your territory as your own in favor of playing victim or out of a mistaken belief that it’s egotistical to declare yourself—there’s nothing modest or virtuous about pretending to be weaker or more confused than we actually are. (Perfecting today: Venus semi-square Pallas, Mercury contra-parallel Chiron and semi-square Vesta, Earth trine Ceres)

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Born Today 30 August

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Make it a good performance--everyone will be watching! Toulouse-Lautrec 1895 {{PD}}

Make it a good performance–everyone will be watching! Toulouse-Lautrec 1895 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, this Solar year, through to your next birthday, it appears you’ll connect to your natural talents and powers more completely than ever before. Your gifts and natural authority will wisely combine to create a presence, a level of practical skills, and a kind of life performance unprecedented for you. You’ll profit most by careful action that uses an equal mix of instinct and courage (as in having the bravery to deal with things you’d normally turn away from); this will take you far, most especially if you make effective communication in everything you do your aim. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 29 August

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Don't just sit on the sidelines, Virgo--this is your year! Photo by Amy Vaughters, Smithsonian American Art Museum http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

Don’t just sit on the sidelines, Virgo–this is your year! Photo by Amy Vaughters, Smithsonian American Art Museum http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

You are in prime creative time, dear Virgo, and receive a mandate, this Solar year through to your next birthday, to translate your dreams and creative ideas into some sort of material manifestation. You have a personal sense of power and authority during this period that will allow you to carry off projects that at other times would intimidate you, and your effect on others will be to impress them with your inspired potential. Too, you’ll find a receptive audience, and all the cooperation and support you could ask for, with every creative project you bring into being. The biggest friction for you this coming year could be found in dealings with your opposite number, whether that’s the mate, a rival creator, or those supportive others–they’ll offer aid, but at a price, and it may be up to you to decide whether what they demand is worth what they can give. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 28 August

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Modesty and Vanity in this painting look like twins--and those who bother to advertise their modesty are absolutely showing their vanity. 'Modesty and Vanity' Leonardo da Vinci c1500 {{PD}}

Modesty and Vanity in this painting look like twins–and those who bother to advertise their modesty are absolutely showing their vanity. ‘Modesty and Vanity’ Leonardo da Vinci c1500 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, it’s time for you to take an inventory of your assets, talents, and abilities, because for the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you will be dealing with various facets of Self-expression and finances–and the better you know yourself, the more likely you will be to make a string of successes, rather than near misses. You need to embrace your own power, your own authority to create the environment you want–you seem to be hesitating, especially when it comes to relationships or spending–who convinced you that modesty and only taking a dab and oh no more that’s enough for me was not just a virtue, but the only way to be liked in life? Believe me, the same people will like you who liked you before, but now, if you manage to assert yourself without restrictions, you will be able to share some wonderful times with them, will attract a whole new set of admirers, and what’s more, you’ll have the luxury of asking yourself, do I like them? Excluding those who are unkind to you is the prerogative of those who are both Self-sufficient and confident in who they are–and it’s your chance this year to be both, Virgo. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 27 August 2014: Assume It’s An Iceberg

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Iceberg 2 1997 08 07 CC BY-SA 2.5  photo taken by Ansgar Walk Iceberg near north-eastern coast of Baffin Island

Iceberg 2 1997 08 07 CC BY-SA 2.5
photo taken by Ansgar Walk
Iceberg near north-eastern coast of Baffin Island

27 August it’s all about power, and the power we imagine we have is for all intents and purposes what we actually wield. That means a couple of things: those who believe they are powerful really are; those who have no conscience or awareness of others as separate human beings are actually dangerous; and those who believe they have no power will find that fantasy (for it is a fantasy, to think we are helpless) playing out, too. Talk, and what we see, reflects only a small portion of the power-shifts going on; assume what’s obvious is like an iceberg, that there’s a lot more to things that we don’t see.

As well, there’s basic conflict between opposites; expect butting heads rather than cooperation, even when getting along would be easier. (Perfecting today: Neptune parallel Ceres, Venus square Mars, Mercury semi-square Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Ceres and Neptune)

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Born Today 27 August

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That could be you by your next birthday, Virgo, with a totally clean plate. Carl von Bergen 'Mädchen mit Teller' (Girl with Plate) 1904 {{PD}}

That could be you by your next birthday, Virgo, with a totally clean plate. Carl von Bergen ‘Mädchen mit Teller’ (Girl with Plate) 1904 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, you may feel a strong need to address ambitions and desires, and to face wounds and heal them, specifically so that you can access those Chirotic skills (the skill set related to your natal Chiron placement) and put them to work making your ambitions and desires a reality. That’s a full plate! And that agenda may keep you intensely focused and very busy–but, don’t miss the chance to materialize Love or Money; this is very possible, if you’ll only express who you are so that others can see it, and make it a practice to always, no matter how painful, tell the Truth–because that’s what will attract others, assets, or both to you this year. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 26 August

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Johann Erdmann Hummel c1820 {{PD}}

‘The Invention of Simplicity’ Johann Erdmann Hummel c1820 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo, you’ve got a new opportunity to express your most unique ideas, to be innovative or inventive, to exercise your critical faculties, your powers of discernment, and your ability to lead others in original efforts–in other words, you’ve got a new way to be in the world, and a new role that makes the most of your mind and offers you a chance to heal some long-standing wounds. The high points will likely involve creativity and expression of personal power; the low points, which you can avoid, may be expecting too much of or counting too much on others, and being distracted by looking back at the past. Being as Self-sufficient as possible will allow you to go as far and as fast as you want–and lets you gather the rewards and the credit for yourself–you’ll deserve them. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 25 August + A Little on the Virgo New Moon

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This is called 'The Spirit of the Drought' by Arthur Streeton, but it could be the spirit of late summer, the driest time in the Northern hemisphere, the point when Virgo takes over. {{PD}}

This is called ‘The Spirit of the Drought’ by Arthur Streeton, but it could be the spirit of late summer, the driest time in the Northern hemisphere, the point when Virgo takes over. {{PD}}

You have a birthday New Moon, dear Virgo, one that may challenge you: to use your creativity, to sort reality from illusion, to seek a deeper spiritual experience in your life, to be spontaneous, to connect with Higher Mind, to join and/ or lead like-minded groups–in general, you’ll receive the same imperative everyone else does for the New Moon, the one that for everyone else lasts through to the next New Moon–it’s just that for you it will be very personal and the influence will last (as a form of guidance) all year. Following an independent but inner-inspired Path will really pay off for you, Virgo, in Love, Money, or both–so Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 24 August 2014

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'Undergrowth with Two Figures' Vincent Van Gogh 1890 {{PD}}

‘Undergrowth with Two Figures’ Vincent Van Gogh 1890 {{PD}}

24 August we see some raw, unadulterated, Self-focused (but not necessarily selfish) drive around ambitions and desire fulfillment come forward—we may just observe this in relationships, or may feel it ourselves—and some may become intent on making relationships or ambition scenarios payoff. The problem will be that thinking will be contrary to effective ambition fulfillment—it may in fact be so contrary to it that it crashes any efforts we make—and yet, pursuit of goals and wants isn’t out of the question, it just has to be done by feeling and instinct, like negotiating a pitch-dark room. Already launched ambition efforts may rake in Love or Money. Unique Self-expression suffers only to the extent that it fails to follow our own highest values and standards—if it does, we might be able to heal something long ago damaged and waiting for closure. (Venus sextile Zeus, Mercury contra-parallel Zeus, opposed Chiron, and quincunx Uranus, Sun sesquiquadrate Uranus and contra-parallel Vesta)

Today’s image is a young man, all alone, walking down a muddy road; in every direction, as far as the eye can see, there is nothing but a sea of yellow grass. No matter how alone or isolated we feel, we are still going forward, still going somewhere. It’s our own hubris that lets us think we know our destination; it’s much more natural that we don’t.

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Born Today 24 August

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'Market at Jaffa' Gustav Bauernfeind 1887 {{PD}}

‘Market at Jaffa’ Gustav Bauernfeind 1887 {{PD}}

Oh Virgo, are you ready for that new emotional start? Because it’s almost here–but until it arrives, you’ve got some work to do to put yourself in the right situation, the right state of mind and heart, to accept that new start. Now through to your next birthday, one Solar year from now, you’ll need to face a lot of things you’ve been avoiding, and you’ll need to be very clear about your talents, your ‘worth’ (what you can demand for your skills in the marketplace), and you’ll need to establish a social role that supports these. Then, in maybe nine months or so, when Love, or satisfaction, or happiness, or a new level of intuition, walks in your door, you’ll be oh-so-ready to make the most of it. Happy birthday, dear Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 23 August

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It could be a basket of kittens, Virgo. Ernest J. Rowley 'The Globe Kittens' 1902 {{PD}}

It could be a basket of kittens, Virgo. Ernest J. Rowley ‘The Globe Kittens’ 1902 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, you may be enjoying an enormous sense of freedom and a massive feeling of Self-confidence right now–and why not, you deserve it–and you’ll need it, when all that you’ve been ignoring catches up with you. That sounds harsh, but the reality is that you’ve got some things that aren’t yet showing in your rear-view mirror that will soon be right in front of you–and only you know if what’s destined to come forward will be rewards for past good deeds or the need to confront and deal with a lot of baggage you’d rather ignore. With your unique ideas of who you are, and your admirable sense of conscience, I’d bet that what catches up with you will be, if not wads of cash and baskets of kittens, at least something that will make your life much better than it is today–and you’ve got only yourself to thank for it. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 22 August

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'In the Jungle, Florida' Winslow Homer 1904 {{PD}}

‘In the Jungle, Florida’ Winslow Homer 1904 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, have you been feeling lately like you’re the last of your kind, a King among peasants, a clever big cat among house pets? That’s an overreaction, really, to some recent hurt feelings after you presented something innovative, unique, original–and it wasn’t well received. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Leo, you’ve got a chance to go back to the drawing board; your influences will be unusual, and the result will be more clever, and more sophisticated, than your recent effort, meaning that the next time you float your idea or creation, it will be better and more completely developed, and your audience will too, and so can appreciate your generosity and genius, just as they are. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 21 August

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Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japan, 1847-1915) 'Fireflies at Ochanomizu' {{PD}}

Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japan, 1847-1915)
‘Fireflies at Ochanomizu’ {{PD}}

Dear Leo, are you running from something specific, or do you feel like you’re being chased? Six of one, half a dozen of the other, right? Well, not really–it appears there are some things you’d rather not look at, and they’ll be following you until you turn and confront them–but when you do, the respect you’ll earn (not to mention the peace!) will be tremendous–and you’ll gain a reputation as someone who has no fear. You may find you’re more sensitive than usual this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, but that will only enhance your charisma and draw potential romantic interests and abundance, moths to the glowing warmth of your flame. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

The ECLIPSE Daily for 20 August 2014: Wisdom in Dark Places

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Keep your eyes open--the Trickster doesn't always wear a bright, diamond-patterned jumpsuit. Edgar Degas - Arlequin danse, c. 1890 {{PD}}

Keep your eyes open–the Trickster doesn’t always wear a bright, diamond-patterned jumpsuit. Edgar Degas – Arlequin danse, c. 1890 {{PD}}

20 August wisdom is found in dark places, and in standing up for ourselves, though one place we won’t find good alternatives offered is on the home front or by the mate; it might be too much a time when everyone is focused on their own creative empowerment, and so what they share will speak more of their own insecurities and power situations than anything else. Avoid authorities today; they won’t be any help. Stand on your own two feet, though, and you can make dreams a reality. (Perfecting today: Pallas semi-square Black Moon Lilith, Vesta contra-parallel Pallas, Neptune trine Juno, Mercury contra-parallel Ceres)

The Moon enters Cancer at 1:45 AM PDT of the 20th. 9:30 AM PDT the Cancer Moon squares Pallas and trines Ceres. We may be trundling along, feeling pretty satisfied (the Cancer Moon can have that effect) when suddenly we realize we’re doing something (or allowing something to happen) that is decidedly unwise–and further, someone is increasing their power or reach because of it. Deployment of skills is called for, along with a Willingness (no, a complete commitment) to claim our own power and territory, and stand ready to defend it. Just the readiness makes conflict unlikely. 2 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Juno and forms a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Vesta. We are empowered specifically through our emotions; equal parts creativity and dedication make up the recipe that offers truly effective empowerment options. 9 PM PDT the Moon opposes Pluto and sextiles Mercury, catching Venus at the midpoint of the two. What’s communicated, what we hear, shows us exactly where the darkness lies, who is at the heart of it, what can be gained, and exactly what needs to change–“wisdom is found in dark places”. Now it’s up to us.

Today’s image is a Trickster figure, who awards you something favorable. Watch for this person, and thank them–Tricksters aren’t always out to fool you, you know :)

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Born Today 20 August

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The 'New You' that emerges after the trials of this coming year may be just about this dazzling, Leo. Bartolomé Bermejo - 'Resurrection' c1475 {{PD}}

The ‘New You’ that emerges after the trials of this coming year may be just about this dazzling, Leo. Bartolomé Bermejo – ‘Resurrection’ c1475 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, it may feel like things are getting serious–really, really serious–and that you’re all alone out there. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and only speaking of the psyche, of course, that’s true: you will be alone, and dealing with big energies of massive change, alteration, transformation, destruction, and, in just about a year, you’ll come out the other side re-born–or will it be more like a resurrection, with qualities, individuals, talents, and opportunities you thought long gone once again in your life and feasibly in your grasp? Though it will be dark and lonely for a time, don’t give up–because a re-made world, renewed vigor, and a totally renewed viewpoint, is waiting for you, just down the road. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 19 August

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It's unlikely your pizazz will go quite this far, Leo. 'Midas and His Daughter' Walter Crane {{PD}}

It’s unlikely your pizazz will go quite this far, Leo. ‘Midas and His Daughter’ Walter Crane {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Leo, you act to change the home situation, the family situation, or your own inner landscape, but what changes is the daily routine, job, obligations and duties in the world, and possibly your health. It’s like you put effort in *here* and it comes out *over there*, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason as to why. Quit trying to connect the dots and accept that your choices are shifting the Universe at a quantum level; you just can’t know what will be disturbed, what will pay off. Concentrate instead on your current highly potent sense of abundance; it’s almost a Midas touch, and if properly channeled (chiefly through the activities and subjects of the natal Houses with Sagittarius, Taurus, and Libra on the cusps) you could gain in some amazing ways, through to your next birthday. So happy solar return, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 18 August

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Step by step, inch by inch--The Coliseum by ean-Baptiste Camille Corot {{PD}}

Step by step, inch by inch–The Coliseum by ean-Baptiste Camille Corot {{PD}}

At this point, dear Leo, you may be feeling just a little at loose ends, even abandoned, as if all you need to see and do is behind you–now what? You’re coming up on a new start, but you’re not there yet–thinking, planning, gathering info–that’s what needs to happen now. Transformation of what is, the structures and strictures that exist in your life, is part of the task this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–but you can’t do that alone, nor should you expect to re-build Rome in a day–step by step, even inch by inch, if you have to. You’ll be given more than your share of opportunities in this period, though, and you should expect to take advantage of these, with the understanding that this is a time of development, of growing and organizing your power, preparing for the new start that is just around the figurative corner–but that it’s not quite time to act, yet. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 17 August

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Mary Cassatt - The Boating Party 1893-94 {{PD}}

Mary Cassatt – The Boating Party 1893-94 {{PD}}

Emotions, and the craving to dig deep into the psyche and connect with your elemental Self, may be strong this Solar year, Leo, especially during the early part of it–and through to your next birthday you may be occupied (obsessed?) with connecting to those unique parts of you that offer strength and that carry your talents–because it’s time to take an accounting of those, and get the word out about what you are perfectly suited to do. Telling others about your ambitions may help you make needed and fortuitous connections–and with an active but stable home scene (or just being appropriately secure in yourself) you will be able to share creative ideas and energy with others, and so perhaps change your job, daily routine, or duties to be more expressive of the Self. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Your Weekend ECLIPSE Sampler 16-17 August 2014: Power Distribution

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'The Pale Complexion of True Love' 1899  Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale {{PD}}

‘The Pale Complexion of True Love’ 1899
Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale {{PD}}

For Saturday, 16 August: determining power situations and power distribution seems vital, and yet we have a major distraction to all this in creative expression in the home or through a cause we support; the wish to express creative ideas takes our time and attention from dealing with issues of authority and from fully owning our own power position—and that easily creates problems. It might help to remain aware of two things: communications may be incomplete and erratic, so we can’t take for granted that we know the whole score (it’s almost like a mini-Merc retro effect), and we need to do whatever smart alternative the reality picture commands—to ignore it in favor of creative expression at this time is to court unpleasant mix-ups in agreements and to risk having our own power of choice usurped by the quick and the sneaky. (Ceres parallel the North Node, Neptune trine Vesta, Saturn semi-square Pallas, Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus)

And for Sunday the 17th: we finally feel an enormous positive shift in the Cosmos—or at least in our little part of it—with the planet of Love and Money meeting the planet of expansion and abundance—so what could go wrong? We have a basic scenario for prosperity, specifically through communicating with or listening to those who hold the power; but difficulties with delusion or deception, fantasy, troubles within the home or with the mate, and instincts that seem to be at odds with the way the world works, may all show against us. The trick may be to keep things, whether relationships or finances, on a power exchange basis—that way it’s clear what’s changing hands—and realize that instinct and imagination sometimes aren’t our friends—at least that’s so when it comes to Money or Love—we need to stay focused on reality to make gains and feel good. (Venus conjunct Jupiter, quincunx Neptune, square Vesta, Mercury sextile Ceres, Sedna square the Sun-Earth axis)

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Born Today 16 August

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Gustav Klimt 1912 {{PD}}

Gustav Klimt 1912 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, your instincts may be your biggest asset. You’re headed toward big change in the (sort of distant) future, and the path between here and there is littered with matters that have been located in your ‘blind spot’, and so outside your awareness. This year, taking a creative, fearless tack in trying to expand your reach, generate gain, support relationships, and give sufficient energy to home matters and causes to which you’re dedicated is the only way to go. Emotional resilience from a Solar Return Taurus Moon, and an enhanced ability to dig for the Truth, will certainly help. You’ll face a lot of unexpected challenges; meeting them with optimism and imagination is the only useful answer. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 15 August 2014: Coloring in the Lines

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Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon by Charles W. Bartlett, 1923-26, etching with hand coloring {{PD}}

Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon by Charles W. Bartlett, 1923-26, etching with hand coloring {{PD}}

15 August it seems full speed ahead for expressing our power and taking meaningful action, especially toward uncovering the truth, and yet, our minds are a little distanced, critical, focused on details, discerning and materially-oriented, and so easily distracted from the action. The mental attitude is meant to empower, and skews choice toward ambition fulfillment—but in the end what makes a mark is passionate commitment, a willingness to do, especially to build, that colors boldly, but still stays within the lines. (Perfecting today: Mars sextile Pluto, Mercury into Virgo, parallel Juno, and semi-square Zeus)

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Born Today 15 August

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'Self Portrait with Sunflower' Anthony van Dyck 17th century {{PD}}

‘Self Portrait with Sunflower’ Anthony van Dyck 17th century {{PD}}

Dear Leo, if I have to sum up the coming Solar year for you, I’d say, ‘Stressful, Emotional Communications’–but that wouldn’t tell you half what you need to know, and might be a little alarming, to boot! You will take action based on agreements, information shared, knowledge, networking, and you must remain acutely aware of just how much both what you hear and how you process it will be affected by each party’s emotional palette. A lot of what causes the stress will be seated in a feeling that you alone can act, that you must choose or lead, and that there’s little time to waste–but you’ve got to remember, these are perceptions, and that’s no guarantee that they’re accurate. Sort it out through trusted relationships that empower you, and through creativity that centers either on your home or on some cause to which you’re dedicated. These will help ground you and allow you some perspective in communication issues–and they’ll make for an especially fulfilling year. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 14 August

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The Fortune Teller-Caravaggio 1595 {{PD}}

The Fortune Teller-Caravaggio 1595 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Leo, through to your next birthday, you may be consumed with understanding the past–or are you obsessed with finding out about your future? While you figure that out, you may enjoy a large dose of creative energy, and the ability to lead others and yourself in a unique direction. Originality may be your strength this year, but distraction by trying to decipher your history is distinctly possible–as is living in the future and neglecting what is. Do your best to keep consciousness in the present, and know that gaining ground with your ambitions doesn’t mean you have to give up those most unique parts of yourself. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 13 August

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La Nuit by Auguste Raynaud 19th century {{PD}}

La Nuit by Auguste Raynaud 19th century {{PD}}

You may be very focused, dear Leo, on the direction you’re headed, but not so much on what you need to get there. Somehow there’s a serious in-coordination between what you need to do and how you need to apply yourself, and the more serious issues of who holds power in your world and how they, more than you, hold command over your reality. The problem may lie in the way the individuality urge has driven forward and neglected to develop the specific skills and contacts that would fulfill ambitions. It can all be easily remedied, dear Leo, if you’ll simply put your feet on the ground for a while and attend to those matters, largely represented by the House through which Pluto is now transiting in your natal chart, that require some serious, daily attention. Then in no time at all you can allow that expansive creative urge to do its inspired thing, to much success. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence 12 August 2014: Rose-Colored Glasses

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From the book Shin Bijin (True Beauties) by Chikanobu Hashimoto 1897 {{PD}}

From the book Shin Bijin (True Beauties) by Chikanobu Hashimoto 1897 {{PD}}

12 August the reality picture seems to grab hold of our methods and means of empowerment and mischievously twist them; relationships suddenly become all about money or what the other person thinks is smart, but we can’t help but feel something loving is being destroyed if we acquiesce or concentrate on assets. Words speak to some part of us we can’t pinpoint (and we speak from this subliminal stratum, as well) and nothing seems stable or secure; we feel we can point to irrefutable proof of that. That latter is a bit delusional; we must realize that we are seeing reality under too harsh a light—it seems so oppressive, and when we do that, we tend to exaggerate the negatives, and despair. Put on some rose-colored glasses, and wait for upsets to pass—and don’t take anything that comes across as hardline too seriously, at least for now. (Perfecting today: Saturn sesquiquadrate Juno, Venus into Leo, sextile Pallas, and contra-parallel Pluto, Mercury square Sedna, Mercury and the Sun contra-parallel Saturn)

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Born Today 12 August

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'Pandora' Jules Joseph Lefebvre 1882 {{PD}}

Maybe Pandora would’ve been better off not opening that box, but you need to deal with the unpleasantness, Leo, in order to go forward. ‘Pandora’ Jules Joseph Lefebvre 1882 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, there’s a Pandora’s Box of subjects you’d rather not deal with that will be sneaking up on you soon–but the good news is facing those issues will bring you respect, independence, and allow you to fully express your passions–so that’s really not a bad deal at all. An added bonus to all this will be the way you are able to settle certain situations, myths, and repercussions of actions from the past that have reverberated through to the Now; you could be, by the end of this Solar year, through to your next birthday, free of some elements that have lingered for a long time, haunting you, dragging at your energy, or just acting as a brake. Deal with those negatives, and then know where you want to aim, as you can show real power and make great progress in pursuing your dreams.

Extra: if you have any placements or points at 5 Aries or 5 Capricorn, you may find those dreams and goals challenged by the Will of others–but that’s just one more thing you’ll need to work out–then you can go forward with few, or no, impediments.

Born Today 11 August

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'In the Box' Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

‘In the Box’ Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

Dear Leo: What’s the most powerful thing you’ve discovered about yourself in  the past year? Because whatever that is, it will be behind what drives you forward on your Path this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. If this powerful thing involved you facing matters you’d rather not deal with, then bravo/ brava, you are clearing out psychic material that may have held you back for a long time, and claiming your power as your own; and if this powerful thing was about demanding respect and standing up for yourself, then you have set the stage so that you’ve left behind those who aren’t right for this leg of your journey, and you’ve attracted those who are–with the result that you are now poised to go far at a new, empowered level. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 17 September

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Sir Peter Paul Rubens - 'Peace Embracing Plenty' (apparently as seen from the floor!) c1633 {{PD}}

Sir Peter Paul Rubens – ‘Peace Embracing Plenty’ (apparently as seen from the floor!) c1633 {{PD}}

You may be running on instinct, and acting and reacting from your personal ‘blind spot’ this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo. What’s clear is that material hidden from the psyche will feature prominently in events, and will influence your choices and efforts–and how can one possibly prepare for that? One can’t reasonably prepare for that at all, but you’re in luck: your Solar Return Cancer Moon suggests a great capacity for sensitivity, empathy, and caring; if you’ll commit to feeling and trusting those feelings, you might navigate things very successfully. Don’t be tempted to go ‘dark’ or to reduce things solely to the material level, and embrace elements of ‘luck’ and general good fortune, especially in creating fortuitous relationships and in making good financial moves–because luck and good fortune are waiting to embrace you. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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A Little Lunar Essence 17 September 2014: The Need to Feel Secure

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Peter Henry Emerson - The Poacher - A Hare in View c1886 {{PD}}

Peter Henry Emerson – The Poacher – A Hare in View c1886 {{PD}}

Noon Pacific time the Cancer Moon creates a Grand Trine with Chiron and Ceres. Emotions and sensitivity (especially that keyed to hurt) run high; issues of authority or territory may drive tension and force emotional displays. The key to balancing it all may be 1) we must really care, and 2) we must feel secure enough in our own power that we don’t feel threatened by others’ needs. If dealing with someone who seems unreasonable, try to offer them reassurance concerning their own security and safety–that’s really what they’re worried about. 2 PM PDT the Moon creates a T-square with the Uranus opposition to Pallas-Zeus. This is Cardinal and so active; tension is likely over each individual’s fear that they either will not reach a goal or ambition, or that they are doing something stupid. Try to keep perspective and realize that getting overwrought doesn’t help resolve anything. 10 PM PDT the Moon squares the Nodal axis and Mercury (conjunct NN) and trines Saturn. Reality is what it is, but we may insist that it’s taking us in a direction it isn’t, and point to our own thoughts and perceptions as proof. Find someone clear-sighted to bounce your thoughts off of. Midnight the Moon conjuncts Juno and trines Vesta (it’s also still squaring Merc). We may be feeling very empowered at this point, swinging-through-the-trees energetic and capable, especially when it comes to surety about our home, what we honor, and our mate. Your perception isn’t wrong, but it may be a bit distorted by our sheer abundance of energy, so proceed with care.

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Born Today 16 September

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'The Duet' Charles Van Beveren 1849 {{PD}}

‘The Duet’ Charles Van Beveren 1849 {{PD}}

Emotional matters may take up the first portion of your Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo; specifically, you may spend a lot of time sorting through feelings and, using feelings to sort through, a variety of issues. Thinking about your feelings may become an early keynote, followed by lots of attention to relationships and/ or finances, which loom large and demand your energy–which is only right, as finding and centering identity on the personal authority you carry will be not just the centerpiece to going forward successfully, but also the way to get right with relationships and finances! So, your Solar year becomes about getting to know who you are now and what you feel. Expect empowerment trouble only if you are unwilling to set aside illusion and be fully engaged in reality. Watch throughout the year as transiting Saturn contacts various points and bodies; these natal energies will be the gateway to knowing at any time the state of ‘what is’, and will offer clues in how to deal with it. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 15 September

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It may seem like very little is happening on the outside, but a great deal is happening on the inside. Susan Watkins  'Lady in Yellow' (1902) {{PD}}

It may seem like very little is happening on the outside, but a great deal is happening on the inside. Susan Watkins ‘Lady in Yellow’ (1902) {{PD}}

This may be a relatively low-key year for you, dear Virgo, now through to your next birthday; you may spend it building, planning, gaining skills, and both a little lost and a great deal inspired in daily life. Really, what transpires will be largely internal, a form of growth or evolution that feeds the creativity and inspires you to connect with others and form a network that supports the new ideas you’ll be generating. Yes, friends may come and go at this time, but your ambitions are smart–follow your desires and you can’t go wrong. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 14 September 2014: Feel It, Say It

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Johannes Vermeer - Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid c1670 {{PD}}

Johannes Vermeer – Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid c1670 {{PD}}

14 September what we’ve learned from the past can guide us in adjusting our priorities now; if we don’t use some sort of guideline we run the risk of engaging in erratic, disruptive behavior that risks fouling our own ambitions and desires. Be open to change, even transformation, that’s available in relationships, to apply to finances, and through a general atmosphere of Love—really, accepting the need for reform is the only way to access the treasure—feelings are much more reliable than thoughts at this time—material matters reveal all we need to know and see. (Pallas parallel and Vesta quincunx the South Node, Mars sesquiquadrate Uranus and semi-square Zeus, Venus trine Pluto, Mercury contra-parallel Venus, Earth quincunx Black Moon Lilith)

Today’s image is a letter, addressed and sealed, never intended to be mailed. Do you have something to say to someone and it needs saying, for your own peace? The reality is that if we believe that the only closure comes from expressing our feelings directly to someone, then we’re not talking about expressing, we’re really hoping for a reaction or to engage with them–we’re not looking for peace, we’re looking for enmeshment. If you have something to say, say it–to the air, in a letter, shouting from on top of a mountain–and then let it go. True Self-expression doesn’t need an audience–and as that old saying goes, what we think of someone else is none of their business.

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Born Today 14 September

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'The Ship's Deck' Édouard Manet c1860 {{PD}}

‘The Ship’s Deck’ Édouard Manet c1860 {{PD}}

Though it comes at you obliquely, dear Virgo, in dreams, in meditations, through interaction with large institutions, through the Collective, through the egos of others, and through spiritual practice, it will come: things you’d hoped to compartmentalize, pretend aren’t happening, and ignore. These matters must be dealt with; it’s necessary so you can clear the decks of the psyche and become aware in a way you never have been before. What awaits your consciousness is something along the lines of hyper-instinct and a facility to see everything–if you deal successfully with the challenges presented, through the year to your next birthday, your reward will be an internal guidance system second to none and no personal blind spot–which can have its own pitfalls in the guise of being unable to block out the things you’d rather not see about others or your circumstances that normally help us all get through the day–but that’s a matter for another time. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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Born Today 13 September

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George Bellows - The Big Dory, 1913

George Bellows – The Big Dory, 1913

You may feel all adrift this year, dear Virgo–others may be particularly puzzling, unreliable, and prone to shock or surprise you, communications may seem suppressed, as if no one’s speaking their mind, and you may be more than a little preoccupied planning for attaining your goals–and yet, life may feel especially good this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. You may find you have some extraordinary ‘luck’, numerous opportunities come your way, and you may be truly inspired in all you do and pursue. It’s an odd combination of influences that pushes you toward Self-reliance and into a kind of isolated, even meditative, state; what results is a set of experiences you couldn’t have gotten any other way, and some once-in-a-lifetime spiritual and social development that leaves you in a far different place by this time next year. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 12 September

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'The Shepherd’s Star' Jules Breton 1887 {{PD}}

‘The Shepherd’s Star’ Jules Breton 1887 {{PD}}

You’re heading into a fate-determining year, dear Virgo, when you may set your course by a particular star and stay on that path for a long time to come. Positives this Solar year, through to your next birthday, include a stable, supportive home life (or maybe just a reassuring one, where home matters don’t disrupt other action), and plenty of wisdom available, from both your ‘inner voice’ and those with whom you cooperate or partner. You’re empowered to do what you want–your biggest obstacle may be yourself. Negatives include a too-quick temper, a propensity to jump into action before things are thoroughly planned, and a tendency to accept aid and support in pursuit of your ambitions but then hurt others by ‘forgetting’ what they’ve done for you. The negatives can all be avoided if you take things one step at a time and don’t lose sight of how much help you’ll actually attract during this period–it could be a lot, and you may gain new friends, partners, or even a mate in the process. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 11 September

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Reconciling the past with the current reality is a lot like getting married. Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret - 'Blessing of the Young Couple Before Marriage' 1880 {{PD}}

Reconciling the past with the current reality is a lot like getting married. Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret – ‘Blessing of the Young Couple Before Marriage’ 1880 {{PD}}

Reconciling your current reality with your past and what’s already built may be the focus of your upcoming year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday; what you conclude will be the stuff from which you construct your future–so ideas, facts, and having the complete picture will be very important. Don’t worry, though, as the mind will be sharp and attuned to what’s smart–wisdom prevails in thinking and reasoning for you, and you’re likely to be inspired by those with whom you’re in close relationships. Don’t be afraid of cooperation or collaboration–these may be the key to so much more, including your success. Happy Birthday Virgo, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 10 September 2014: A Marvelous High-Wire Venus

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Sells_Floto_Circus_presents_M'lle_Beeson,_a_marvelous_high_wire_Venus,_performance_poster,_192110 September our actions and choices are just a little off; we know better and still somehow manage to make a poor decision. It’s not a disaster, but does make us feel as if we’re not in control. What should reassure us is that perceptions, especially mental ones, are exaggerated and may be influenced by what we want to think rather than by reality; our own desires may lead us in entirely the wrong direction. Too, relationships and financial matters retreat under a haze of wishful thinking, illusion, or imaginative optimism—don’t make any pronouncements on these at this point, but do explore ways to creatively expand income and take relationships in a direction that’s closer to ideal. Artists and creators of all types, you have an opportunity to wield the creative in a highly conscious manner if your goal is earning or creating beauty. (Perfecting Today: Mars semi-square Pallas, Venus opposed Neptune, Mercury sextile Jupiter and parallel Zeus)

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Born Today 10 September

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Charles Napier Hemy - 'Running For Home' {{PD}}

Charles Napier Hemy – ‘Running For Home’ {{PD}}

Your empowerment, your ability to move through the world and do what you want, as well as your ability to honor those things you find sacred in life, will all be on the table this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. The Self-focus and fine-tuned sense of assessment and discernment you’ll need to navigate these matters is available to you–so is the chance to create the ideal home situation or find the mate of your dreams–but you have to be willing to negotiate, to meet personally powerful others face-to-face and stand up, even demand, what you need and want. Trust your judgment, trust your sources of wisdom. You may find yourself sailing some intimidating waters, dear Virgo, but how else can you find such great reward?

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Born Today 9 September

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Virgo, this year you ARE a rebel angel! Pieter Bruegel the Elder - 'The Fall of the Rebel Angels' 1562 {{PD}}

Virgo, this year you ARE a rebel angel! Pieter Bruegel the Elder – ‘The Fall of the Rebel Angels’ 1562 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may face repeated situations that test your highest values and your commitments, especially to home and mate; what you should know is that this won’t be about how worthy your goals, situation, or values are (they’re all just fine), it will be about gauging just precisely how rebellious, inventive, original, and Self-centered you can safely be and still maintain the quality of your life. If you don’t engage in these tests (and you won’t have to go looking, they’ll come to you) you’ll find erratic and unpredictable behavior, with a good dose of temper, may become your norm. So test yourself, re-align after each challenge with what you care about the most, and know that a creative and inspired approach to life, one that’s willing to face every challenge, will pay handsomely. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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Born Today 8 September

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Inside Ajanta caves Photo by Jorge Láscar from Australia-Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic via Wikimediacommons

Inside Ajanta caves
Photo by Jorge Láscar from Australia-Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic via Wikimediacommons

Ambition and desire will be front and center for you, dear Virgo, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, but so will a test of your values and commitments; you’ll choose to meet these challenges either by summoning your most unique personal skills or by retreating to ancient wounds for protection–who would attack a wounded person? you might be thinking–and you might be safe there, but it also means those who can facilitate your desires and support realization of your ambitions will bestow their gifts and aid elsewhere. If you’re hoping to garner cooperation and support in your quest to achieve, you’ll need to face things dead-on–and do your very best. At present you’re endowed with an unusually good sense of your own priorities, talents, and an awareness of what it takes to become empowered in the material world while still honoring your values–utilize this and you’ll do very very well. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 7 September

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Be fearless; stand up in the boat if you want to. 'A Party Angling' George Morland 1789 {{PD}}

Be fearless; stand up in the boat if you want to. ‘A Party Angling’ George Morland 1789 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, if you are feeling the need to express yourself in a way that fulfills ambitions, gathers in all that you desire, honors what you care for, creates a solid and nurturing home for you, and makes you stand out in the group, you will over the coming year, through to your next birthday, not just get the chance to do it, you’ll practically be guaranteed to fall into the flow of energy that will facilitate your individual expression in unprecedented ways. The world is ready for you, but are you ready for it? You’ve recently dealt with some powerful forces for change that may have left you a little hesitant. Your success this year will depend on how willing you are to respond to the river of life without imposing your own personal set of restrictions, rules, and conditions. Acceptance will be a big part of creating the right circumstances to go forward, show who you are, and build what you want; fearlessness and trust will be the others.

Full Moon in Pisces 8 September 2014: Finishing With Pain

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'An Accident' Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret  1878 {{PD}}

‘An Accident’ Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret 1878 {{PD}}

. . . . as in, ‘getting rid of or being done with pain’. The Full Moon in Pisces occurs at 6:38 PM Pacific time of the 8th at 16 Pisces 19, and is conjunct Chiron, quincunx Zeus, and captures Saturn, Vesta, and Juno in a Water Grand Trine. Since a FM is a culmination, we are arriving at an ending—but of what? Most likely the ending of some hurtful situation or wound which is healed via our own emotion-guided empowerment that comes directly from living our highest values in some form. The reality picture requires we modify ambitions and desires, and thereby we create surroundings that truly meet our highest standards—and this is very possibly through modifications or changes on the home front, with our behavior toward and treatment of the mate, and/ or by aligning our goals with what we honor and find sacred. This is a course-correction point that offers significant lessening of psychic and emotional pain, if we 1) will apply the needed changes to the environment and practices, and 2) be willing to let the pain go. Miss either component, and things stay much the same.

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Born Today 6 September

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Here the cheese is not alone. Floris Gerritsz van Schooten - 'Still-Life with Glass, Cheese, Butter and Cake' c1620 {{PD}}

Here the cheese is not alone. Floris Gerritsz van Schooten – ‘Still-Life with Glass, Cheese, Butter and Cake’ c1620 {{PD}}

The motto for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo, could be ‘The cheese stands alone’! You have a kind of individual and unique presence and intelligent, intellectually-oriented viewpoint that may make you, just for awhile, somewhat of a loner, not because you won’t be open to relationship, but because you will be intent on exploring and expressing what makes you You. Slated for this period: more adventure than you’re used to, spontaneous events and choices that you’ll roll with, a little hurt and a little healing, and a chance to go after (and probably achieve) at least one of your ambitions or desires. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 5 September

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Malnazar, illuminator, 'The Creation of the World' 1637 {{PD}}

Malnazar, illuminator, ‘The Creation of the World’ 1637 {{PD}}

A great deal of your attention, dear Virgo, is focused on empowering yourself, just as it should be; you have ambitions and things you’re dedicated to and want to get on with the business of honoring and accomplishing. What you need to be aware of is the toll pursuing your goals could take on relationships or finances (which may be strained all year), and you need to be very cognizant of the emotional restrictions you’ve place on yourself; these could be your biggest obstacle, and could go unrecognized as your own beliefs, instead projected outward and seen as vagaries inflicted by an unnecessarily cruel world. It’s almost inevitable that often this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may act and react from instinct and the material that resides in the ‘blind spot’, and so create circumstances that can be puzzling or seem to be the opposite of what you were going for. When this happens, you should take the approach that everything has reasons behind it, and it’s your job to understand why you might call such a situation into being, always with the idea that the Universe is a responsive, living thing that acts in our best interests. Be optimistic, ask for answers, and be persistent, Virgo–Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little Astro and Lunar Essence 4 September 2014: Unwilling to Bend

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‘Point Lobos’ 1920 Bertha Boyntom Lum Library of Congress {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: 4 September relationship demands, what we want, and our means of earning may all violate the needs of the home front, the mate, highest values, or those things we find sacred—and yet our minds are set, and unwilling to bend to accommodate those values or needs. We find ourselves in a spot that feels restricted and that seems contrary to what we would normally want or support—but this is when we ask ourselves if that’s really true. A review of our actual priorities, and of what’s truly restricting us, is in order. (Perfecting today: Venus contra-parallel Vesta, Mercury semi-square Saturn)
Lunar movement: 11 AM PDT the Capricorn Moon trines the Sun, giving us a period of clarity. Note what you’re aware of now, and how you perceive it, as your viewpoint is likely accurate (unless the figurative Sun is in your eyes!) 3 PM PDT the Moon opposes Juno and sextiles Vesta. Are we butting heads needlessly? That’s the question–anything that doesn’t directly empower and respect our values should be let go. This is the beginning of an Earth Grand Cross with Juno, Uranus, and Zeus; the Moon also sextiles Chiron. We are trying to assert the Self and balance this need with our chances for ambition fulfillment–the unexpected gets in the way, and our own wounds, or our fear of hurting others, make us hesitant. This all happens in ways that affect the material situation. Going after what you want is fine, as long as you are acutely aware of where your territory ends and that of others begins; accomplishment only comes when we operate with full knowledge of others’ rights and privileges. 9 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Saturn. This is a point when we can give emotions structure and containment; make sure they take fluid, rather than rigid, shapes.
Grand Trine with Vesta-Juno-Chiron=This reinforces the idea that to successfully empower ourselves we need to be sensitive to the wounds and sacred places of others, as well as making sure our choices honor our Chirotic gifts and our own priorities.
Today’s image is a cave-dwelling salamander that lives in the dark and breathes through its skin. Look for unusual ways to accomplish the usual and necessary; this will evolve talents with little effort.

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Born Today 4 September

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This could be you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Virgo. by William Turner- 'The Angel, Standing in the Sun' 1845 {{PD}}

This could be you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Virgo. by William Turner- ‘The Angel, Standing in the Sun’ 1845 {{PD}}

It may seem like it’s all about power this Solar year, dear Virgo, but it’s really about the power of feeling. You’ll be insanely good at understanding power structures, at translating intangible expressions of power into their material world equivalents, at knowing the power and meaning behind expressions of feeling, and at making an impact with your own emotional expressions–but what will that mean? Following the power curve will almost certainly deliver skills, wisdom, and opportunities–a lot of them. Embracing power in whatever form you find it will lead to awesome things–so you go, Virgo! Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Born Today 3 September

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What was once rock solid in your life will be changing, Virgo. - by Fritz Petzholdt - 'Étude de roches' c1830 {{PD}}

What was once rock solid in your life will be changing, Virgo. – by Fritz Petzholdt – ‘Étude de roches’ c1830 {{PD}}

You may be caught, dear Virgo, between the need to Do It Big and the need to Do It Smart–and either way you know that big change is on the way. It’s almost impossible for anyone to know which direction you should jump–and yet, when you think about it, you’ll know that the way to go is toward the actions that will put the power in your hands, that will allow you choice, and that will help you handle whatever changes to the structure and parameters of your life that are almost upon you. That said, if you do your homework, you can gain a great deal of personal power–and with power, of course, come options, something you will really value having in the coming year, through to your next birthday. So, I wish you a happy one, Virgo, and good luck!

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Born Today 2 September

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You could even charm the most cantankerous Juno in your life right now, Virgo. 'Peacock, peahen, parrots, canary, and other birds in a park' by Jakob Bogdani c1709 {{PD}}

You could even charm the most cantankerous Juno in your life right now, Virgo. ‘Peacock, peahen, parrots, canary, and other birds in a park’ by Jakob Bogdani c1709 {{PD}}

You have plans, dear Virgo, to expand your world somehow, and you know what you’re creating is smart–but do you know how it might affect home and family? Relationships and finances could unexpectedly suffer, not through any fault of your own, but because there are some big changes just ahead that will alter the lay of the land–and so mess with your well-laid plans. Watch both the natal House where Pluto is currently transiting and the House Pluto rules in the natal chart for the life areas where the disruptions will come from, and in the meantime, gather allies and reinforce relationships with your current diplomatic but sophisticated manner–you can charm the birds out of the trees right now, so put that bedazzled personality to good use. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 1 September

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'Cathedral Spires, Garden of the Gods, Colorado' Doesn't look very garden-y, does it? Photo by William Henry Jackson 1879 {{PD}}     Date 1869/1879

‘Cathedral Spires, Garden of the Gods, Colorado’ Doesn’t look very garden-y, does it? Photo by William Henry Jackson 1879 {{PD}}
Date 1869/1879

Wisdom is yours, dear Virgo–or is it your burden? You may be cursed with extra clear and cautious foresight this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and considering you’ll have a lot of natural power and authority going for you, it could be the time when you make considerable strides, even make your fortune (as in creating the foundations of the life you were destined for); on the other hand, it won’t win you any friends, as your judgment may be so superior that you could make them look bad with your choices, or you find it impossible to go along with them on flights of fancy or recklessness, or can’t bring yourself to participate with them in what you know will end up a non-starter. It’s tough being a demi-god. Play your cards close to the vest, remain extra aware of and considerate of your friends, and soon enough your keen powers of discernment, observation, and judgment will go back to normal human levels, and everyone can live happily ever after. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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Born Today 31 August

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Your work may not be easy or glamorous, but most of it will be very practical. Karel Dujardin - 'Woman Milking a Red Cow' 1650s {{PD}}

Your work may not be easy or glamorous, but most of it will be very practical. Karel Dujardin – ‘Woman Milking a Red Cow’ 1650s {{PD}}

Others turn to you this coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, but is it because you’re wise, or connected to Nature, or creative and imaginative, or is it your practicality that draws them in? You may be seen as having all the answers, but the reality is that you’re just better at knowing what’s important, at sorting out possibilities, and at extrapolating consequences–and you’ll help many many people in the time between now and your birthday in 2015. You’re not entirely selfless, though your diplomatic nature appears so; what you’ll gain is your pick of partners, collaborators, supporters, and even romantic interests–lonely is one thing you won’t be, within just a few months. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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Your ECLIPSE Weekend Sampler 30-31 August 2014: Don’t Abdicate

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Don't abdicate, for instance, your responsibility to put that fire out. from 'The Chronicles of St. Denis' 12th century Artist unknown {{PD}}

Don’t abdicate, for instance, your responsibility to put that fire out. from ‘The Chronicles of St. Denis’ 12th century Artist unknown {{PD}}

From ‘Attachments—Asking Why’, an article on relationships in the current ECLIPSE:

We’ve talked about Ceres’ sex-deadening energy specifically when it contacts the Mars, chart ruler, or Sun or Sun ruler of a male from a female’s chart, or within a same sex interaction in either person’s chart to the other’s, but Ceres can bring her overwhelming Earth Mama or directly maternal vibe by moving aspect, and so temporarily put a damper on drives, unless the individuals can relate to an elemental form of sexuality—if the involved individuals are too civilized, too strongly identify caring with mothering, or are too frightened of Nature and natural behaviors (these make some people feel out-of-control), then a Ceres transit can really gum things up, the worst part being that one might feel the change is permanent, rather than transitory.

Just a Little Lunar Essence for 30 August: the Moon enters Scorpio at 1:53 AM Pacific time of the 30th. 1 PM PDT the Moon trines Neptune. We are open to deep feeling, inspiration, and creative change–whatever moves you at this point is likely to be very positive–unless you let yourself be mislead. Vet your ideas by imagining potential outcomes; if they’re all good, you’ve got a green light. 3 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Ceres and trines Earth. We connect with our power by connecting, literally, with the earth. Garden, work with clay, walk outside barefoot, swim in a natural body of water, plant something–it will bring power, balance, and peace.

31 August relationships may support us, and our money and/ or talent supports our skills, but only if we refuse to dwell on our wounds or to think like losers! At this time the world really is ours to make of it what we will; don’t abdicate your immense power to declare your territory as your own in favor of playing victim or out of a mistaken belief that it’s egotistical to declare yourself—there’s nothing modest or virtuous about pretending to be weaker or more confused than we actually are. (Perfecting today: Venus semi-square Pallas, Mercury contra-parallel Chiron and semi-square Vesta, Earth trine Ceres)

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Born Today 30 August

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Make it a good performance--everyone will be watching! Toulouse-Lautrec 1895 {{PD}}

Make it a good performance–everyone will be watching! Toulouse-Lautrec 1895 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, this Solar year, through to your next birthday, it appears you’ll connect to your natural talents and powers more completely than ever before. Your gifts and natural authority will wisely combine to create a presence, a level of practical skills, and a kind of life performance unprecedented for you. You’ll profit most by careful action that uses an equal mix of instinct and courage (as in having the bravery to deal with things you’d normally turn away from); this will take you far, most especially if you make effective communication in everything you do your aim. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 29 August

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Don't just sit on the sidelines, Virgo--this is your year! Photo by Amy Vaughters, Smithsonian American Art Museum http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

Don’t just sit on the sidelines, Virgo–this is your year! Photo by Amy Vaughters, Smithsonian American Art Museum http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

You are in prime creative time, dear Virgo, and receive a mandate, this Solar year through to your next birthday, to translate your dreams and creative ideas into some sort of material manifestation. You have a personal sense of power and authority during this period that will allow you to carry off projects that at other times would intimidate you, and your effect on others will be to impress them with your inspired potential. Too, you’ll find a receptive audience, and all the cooperation and support you could ask for, with every creative project you bring into being. The biggest friction for you this coming year could be found in dealings with your opposite number, whether that’s the mate, a rival creator, or those supportive others–they’ll offer aid, but at a price, and it may be up to you to decide whether what they demand is worth what they can give. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 28 August

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Modesty and Vanity in this painting look like twins--and those who bother to advertise their modesty are absolutely showing their vanity. 'Modesty and Vanity' Leonardo da Vinci c1500 {{PD}}

Modesty and Vanity in this painting look like twins–and those who bother to advertise their modesty are absolutely showing their vanity. ‘Modesty and Vanity’ Leonardo da Vinci c1500 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, it’s time for you to take an inventory of your assets, talents, and abilities, because for the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you will be dealing with various facets of Self-expression and finances–and the better you know yourself, the more likely you will be to make a string of successes, rather than near misses. You need to embrace your own power, your own authority to create the environment you want–you seem to be hesitating, especially when it comes to relationships or spending–who convinced you that modesty and only taking a dab and oh no more that’s enough for me was not just a virtue, but the only way to be liked in life? Believe me, the same people will like you who liked you before, but now, if you manage to assert yourself without restrictions, you will be able to share some wonderful times with them, will attract a whole new set of admirers, and what’s more, you’ll have the luxury of asking yourself, do I like them? Excluding those who are unkind to you is the prerogative of those who are both Self-sufficient and confident in who they are–and it’s your chance this year to be both, Virgo. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 27 August 2014: Assume It’s An Iceberg

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Iceberg 2 1997 08 07 CC BY-SA 2.5  photo taken by Ansgar Walk Iceberg near north-eastern coast of Baffin Island

Iceberg 2 1997 08 07 CC BY-SA 2.5
photo taken by Ansgar Walk
Iceberg near north-eastern coast of Baffin Island

27 August it’s all about power, and the power we imagine we have is for all intents and purposes what we actually wield. That means a couple of things: those who believe they are powerful really are; those who have no conscience or awareness of others as separate human beings are actually dangerous; and those who believe they have no power will find that fantasy (for it is a fantasy, to think we are helpless) playing out, too. Talk, and what we see, reflects only a small portion of the power-shifts going on; assume what’s obvious is like an iceberg, that there’s a lot more to things that we don’t see.

As well, there’s basic conflict between opposites; expect butting heads rather than cooperation, even when getting along would be easier. (Perfecting today: Neptune parallel Ceres, Venus square Mars, Mercury semi-square Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Ceres and Neptune)

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Born Today 27 August

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That could be you by your next birthday, Virgo, with a totally clean plate. Carl von Bergen 'Mädchen mit Teller' (Girl with Plate) 1904 {{PD}}

That could be you by your next birthday, Virgo, with a totally clean plate. Carl von Bergen ‘Mädchen mit Teller’ (Girl with Plate) 1904 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, you may feel a strong need to address ambitions and desires, and to face wounds and heal them, specifically so that you can access those Chirotic skills (the skill set related to your natal Chiron placement) and put them to work making your ambitions and desires a reality. That’s a full plate! And that agenda may keep you intensely focused and very busy–but, don’t miss the chance to materialize Love or Money; this is very possible, if you’ll only express who you are so that others can see it, and make it a practice to always, no matter how painful, tell the Truth–because that’s what will attract others, assets, or both to you this year. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 26 August

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Johann Erdmann Hummel c1820 {{PD}}

‘The Invention of Simplicity’ Johann Erdmann Hummel c1820 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo, you’ve got a new opportunity to express your most unique ideas, to be innovative or inventive, to exercise your critical faculties, your powers of discernment, and your ability to lead others in original efforts–in other words, you’ve got a new way to be in the world, and a new role that makes the most of your mind and offers you a chance to heal some long-standing wounds. The high points will likely involve creativity and expression of personal power; the low points, which you can avoid, may be expecting too much of or counting too much on others, and being distracted by looking back at the past. Being as Self-sufficient as possible will allow you to go as far and as fast as you want–and lets you gather the rewards and the credit for yourself–you’ll deserve them. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 25 August + A Little on the Virgo New Moon

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This is called 'The Spirit of the Drought' by Arthur Streeton, but it could be the spirit of late summer, the driest time in the Northern hemisphere, the point when Virgo takes over. {{PD}}

This is called ‘The Spirit of the Drought’ by Arthur Streeton, but it could be the spirit of late summer, the driest time in the Northern hemisphere, the point when Virgo takes over. {{PD}}

You have a birthday New Moon, dear Virgo, one that may challenge you: to use your creativity, to sort reality from illusion, to seek a deeper spiritual experience in your life, to be spontaneous, to connect with Higher Mind, to join and/ or lead like-minded groups–in general, you’ll receive the same imperative everyone else does for the New Moon, the one that for everyone else lasts through to the next New Moon–it’s just that for you it will be very personal and the influence will last (as a form of guidance) all year. Following an independent but inner-inspired Path will really pay off for you, Virgo, in Love, Money, or both–so Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 24 August 2014

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'Undergrowth with Two Figures' Vincent Van Gogh 1890 {{PD}}

‘Undergrowth with Two Figures’ Vincent Van Gogh 1890 {{PD}}

24 August we see some raw, unadulterated, Self-focused (but not necessarily selfish) drive around ambitions and desire fulfillment come forward—we may just observe this in relationships, or may feel it ourselves—and some may become intent on making relationships or ambition scenarios payoff. The problem will be that thinking will be contrary to effective ambition fulfillment—it may in fact be so contrary to it that it crashes any efforts we make—and yet, pursuit of goals and wants isn’t out of the question, it just has to be done by feeling and instinct, like negotiating a pitch-dark room. Already launched ambition efforts may rake in Love or Money. Unique Self-expression suffers only to the extent that it fails to follow our own highest values and standards—if it does, we might be able to heal something long ago damaged and waiting for closure. (Venus sextile Zeus, Mercury contra-parallel Zeus, opposed Chiron, and quincunx Uranus, Sun sesquiquadrate Uranus and contra-parallel Vesta)

Today’s image is a young man, all alone, walking down a muddy road; in every direction, as far as the eye can see, there is nothing but a sea of yellow grass. No matter how alone or isolated we feel, we are still going forward, still going somewhere. It’s our own hubris that lets us think we know our destination; it’s much more natural that we don’t.

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Born Today 24 August

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'Market at Jaffa' Gustav Bauernfeind 1887 {{PD}}

‘Market at Jaffa’ Gustav Bauernfeind 1887 {{PD}}

Oh Virgo, are you ready for that new emotional start? Because it’s almost here–but until it arrives, you’ve got some work to do to put yourself in the right situation, the right state of mind and heart, to accept that new start. Now through to your next birthday, one Solar year from now, you’ll need to face a lot of things you’ve been avoiding, and you’ll need to be very clear about your talents, your ‘worth’ (what you can demand for your skills in the marketplace), and you’ll need to establish a social role that supports these. Then, in maybe nine months or so, when Love, or satisfaction, or happiness, or a new level of intuition, walks in your door, you’ll be oh-so-ready to make the most of it. Happy birthday, dear Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 23 August

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It could be a basket of kittens, Virgo. Ernest J. Rowley 'The Globe Kittens' 1902 {{PD}}

It could be a basket of kittens, Virgo. Ernest J. Rowley ‘The Globe Kittens’ 1902 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, you may be enjoying an enormous sense of freedom and a massive feeling of Self-confidence right now–and why not, you deserve it–and you’ll need it, when all that you’ve been ignoring catches up with you. That sounds harsh, but the reality is that you’ve got some things that aren’t yet showing in your rear-view mirror that will soon be right in front of you–and only you know if what’s destined to come forward will be rewards for past good deeds or the need to confront and deal with a lot of baggage you’d rather ignore. With your unique ideas of who you are, and your admirable sense of conscience, I’d bet that what catches up with you will be, if not wads of cash and baskets of kittens, at least something that will make your life much better than it is today–and you’ve got only yourself to thank for it. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 22 August

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'In the Jungle, Florida' Winslow Homer 1904 {{PD}}

‘In the Jungle, Florida’ Winslow Homer 1904 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, have you been feeling lately like you’re the last of your kind, a King among peasants, a clever big cat among house pets? That’s an overreaction, really, to some recent hurt feelings after you presented something innovative, unique, original–and it wasn’t well received. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Leo, you’ve got a chance to go back to the drawing board; your influences will be unusual, and the result will be more clever, and more sophisticated, than your recent effort, meaning that the next time you float your idea or creation, it will be better and more completely developed, and your audience will too, and so can appreciate your generosity and genius, just as they are. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 21 August

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Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japan, 1847-1915) 'Fireflies at Ochanomizu' {{PD}}

Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japan, 1847-1915)
‘Fireflies at Ochanomizu’ {{PD}}

Dear Leo, are you running from something specific, or do you feel like you’re being chased? Six of one, half a dozen of the other, right? Well, not really–it appears there are some things you’d rather not look at, and they’ll be following you until you turn and confront them–but when you do, the respect you’ll earn (not to mention the peace!) will be tremendous–and you’ll gain a reputation as someone who has no fear. You may find you’re more sensitive than usual this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, but that will only enhance your charisma and draw potential romantic interests and abundance, moths to the glowing warmth of your flame. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

The ECLIPSE Daily for 20 August 2014: Wisdom in Dark Places

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Keep your eyes open--the Trickster doesn't always wear a bright, diamond-patterned jumpsuit. Edgar Degas - Arlequin danse, c. 1890 {{PD}}

Keep your eyes open–the Trickster doesn’t always wear a bright, diamond-patterned jumpsuit. Edgar Degas – Arlequin danse, c. 1890 {{PD}}

20 August wisdom is found in dark places, and in standing up for ourselves, though one place we won’t find good alternatives offered is on the home front or by the mate; it might be too much a time when everyone is focused on their own creative empowerment, and so what they share will speak more of their own insecurities and power situations than anything else. Avoid authorities today; they won’t be any help. Stand on your own two feet, though, and you can make dreams a reality. (Perfecting today: Pallas semi-square Black Moon Lilith, Vesta contra-parallel Pallas, Neptune trine Juno, Mercury contra-parallel Ceres)

The Moon enters Cancer at 1:45 AM PDT of the 20th. 9:30 AM PDT the Cancer Moon squares Pallas and trines Ceres. We may be trundling along, feeling pretty satisfied (the Cancer Moon can have that effect) when suddenly we realize we’re doing something (or allowing something to happen) that is decidedly unwise–and further, someone is increasing their power or reach because of it. Deployment of skills is called for, along with a Willingness (no, a complete commitment) to claim our own power and territory, and stand ready to defend it. Just the readiness makes conflict unlikely. 2 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Juno and forms a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Vesta. We are empowered specifically through our emotions; equal parts creativity and dedication make up the recipe that offers truly effective empowerment options. 9 PM PDT the Moon opposes Pluto and sextiles Mercury, catching Venus at the midpoint of the two. What’s communicated, what we hear, shows us exactly where the darkness lies, who is at the heart of it, what can be gained, and exactly what needs to change–“wisdom is found in dark places”. Now it’s up to us.

Today’s image is a Trickster figure, who awards you something favorable. Watch for this person, and thank them–Tricksters aren’t always out to fool you, you know :)

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Born Today 20 August

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The 'New You' that emerges after the trials of this coming year may be just about this dazzling, Leo. Bartolomé Bermejo - 'Resurrection' c1475 {{PD}}

The ‘New You’ that emerges after the trials of this coming year may be just about this dazzling, Leo. Bartolomé Bermejo – ‘Resurrection’ c1475 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, it may feel like things are getting serious–really, really serious–and that you’re all alone out there. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and only speaking of the psyche, of course, that’s true: you will be alone, and dealing with big energies of massive change, alteration, transformation, destruction, and, in just about a year, you’ll come out the other side re-born–or will it be more like a resurrection, with qualities, individuals, talents, and opportunities you thought long gone once again in your life and feasibly in your grasp? Though it will be dark and lonely for a time, don’t give up–because a re-made world, renewed vigor, and a totally renewed viewpoint, is waiting for you, just down the road. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 19 August

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It's unlikely your pizazz will go quite this far, Leo. 'Midas and His Daughter' Walter Crane {{PD}}

It’s unlikely your pizazz will go quite this far, Leo. ‘Midas and His Daughter’ Walter Crane {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Leo, you act to change the home situation, the family situation, or your own inner landscape, but what changes is the daily routine, job, obligations and duties in the world, and possibly your health. It’s like you put effort in *here* and it comes out *over there*, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason as to why. Quit trying to connect the dots and accept that your choices are shifting the Universe at a quantum level; you just can’t know what will be disturbed, what will pay off. Concentrate instead on your current highly potent sense of abundance; it’s almost a Midas touch, and if properly channeled (chiefly through the activities and subjects of the natal Houses with Sagittarius, Taurus, and Libra on the cusps) you could gain in some amazing ways, through to your next birthday. So happy solar return, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 18 August

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Step by step, inch by inch--The Coliseum by ean-Baptiste Camille Corot {{PD}}

Step by step, inch by inch–The Coliseum by ean-Baptiste Camille Corot {{PD}}

At this point, dear Leo, you may be feeling just a little at loose ends, even abandoned, as if all you need to see and do is behind you–now what? You’re coming up on a new start, but you’re not there yet–thinking, planning, gathering info–that’s what needs to happen now. Transformation of what is, the structures and strictures that exist in your life, is part of the task this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–but you can’t do that alone, nor should you expect to re-build Rome in a day–step by step, even inch by inch, if you have to. You’ll be given more than your share of opportunities in this period, though, and you should expect to take advantage of these, with the understanding that this is a time of development, of growing and organizing your power, preparing for the new start that is just around the figurative corner–but that it’s not quite time to act, yet. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 17 August

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Mary Cassatt - The Boating Party 1893-94 {{PD}}

Mary Cassatt – The Boating Party 1893-94 {{PD}}

Emotions, and the craving to dig deep into the psyche and connect with your elemental Self, may be strong this Solar year, Leo, especially during the early part of it–and through to your next birthday you may be occupied (obsessed?) with connecting to those unique parts of you that offer strength and that carry your talents–because it’s time to take an accounting of those, and get the word out about what you are perfectly suited to do. Telling others about your ambitions may help you make needed and fortuitous connections–and with an active but stable home scene (or just being appropriately secure in yourself) you will be able to share creative ideas and energy with others, and so perhaps change your job, daily routine, or duties to be more expressive of the Self. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Your Weekend ECLIPSE Sampler 16-17 August 2014: Power Distribution

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'The Pale Complexion of True Love' 1899  Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale {{PD}}

‘The Pale Complexion of True Love’ 1899
Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale {{PD}}

For Saturday, 16 August: determining power situations and power distribution seems vital, and yet we have a major distraction to all this in creative expression in the home or through a cause we support; the wish to express creative ideas takes our time and attention from dealing with issues of authority and from fully owning our own power position—and that easily creates problems. It might help to remain aware of two things: communications may be incomplete and erratic, so we can’t take for granted that we know the whole score (it’s almost like a mini-Merc retro effect), and we need to do whatever smart alternative the reality picture commands—to ignore it in favor of creative expression at this time is to court unpleasant mix-ups in agreements and to risk having our own power of choice usurped by the quick and the sneaky. (Ceres parallel the North Node, Neptune trine Vesta, Saturn semi-square Pallas, Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus)

And for Sunday the 17th: we finally feel an enormous positive shift in the Cosmos—or at least in our little part of it—with the planet of Love and Money meeting the planet of expansion and abundance—so what could go wrong? We have a basic scenario for prosperity, specifically through communicating with or listening to those who hold the power; but difficulties with delusion or deception, fantasy, troubles within the home or with the mate, and instincts that seem to be at odds with the way the world works, may all show against us. The trick may be to keep things, whether relationships or finances, on a power exchange basis—that way it’s clear what’s changing hands—and realize that instinct and imagination sometimes aren’t our friends—at least that’s so when it comes to Money or Love—we need to stay focused on reality to make gains and feel good. (Venus conjunct Jupiter, quincunx Neptune, square Vesta, Mercury sextile Ceres, Sedna square the Sun-Earth axis)

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Gustav Klimt 1912 {{PD}}

Gustav Klimt 1912 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, your instincts may be your biggest asset. You’re headed toward big change in the (sort of distant) future, and the path between here and there is littered with matters that have been located in your ‘blind spot’, and so outside your awareness. This year, taking a creative, fearless tack in trying to expand your reach, generate gain, support relationships, and give sufficient energy to home matters and causes to which you’re dedicated is the only way to go. Emotional resilience from a Solar Return Taurus Moon, and an enhanced ability to dig for the Truth, will certainly help. You’ll face a lot of unexpected challenges; meeting them with optimism and imagination is the only useful answer. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 15 August 2014: Coloring in the Lines

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Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon by Charles W. Bartlett, 1923-26, etching with hand coloring {{PD}}

Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon by Charles W. Bartlett, 1923-26, etching with hand coloring {{PD}}

15 August it seems full speed ahead for expressing our power and taking meaningful action, especially toward uncovering the truth, and yet, our minds are a little distanced, critical, focused on details, discerning and materially-oriented, and so easily distracted from the action. The mental attitude is meant to empower, and skews choice toward ambition fulfillment—but in the end what makes a mark is passionate commitment, a willingness to do, especially to build, that colors boldly, but still stays within the lines. (Perfecting today: Mars sextile Pluto, Mercury into Virgo, parallel Juno, and semi-square Zeus)

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Born Today 15 August

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'Self Portrait with Sunflower' Anthony van Dyck 17th century {{PD}}

‘Self Portrait with Sunflower’ Anthony van Dyck 17th century {{PD}}

Dear Leo, if I have to sum up the coming Solar year for you, I’d say, ‘Stressful, Emotional Communications’–but that wouldn’t tell you half what you need to know, and might be a little alarming, to boot! You will take action based on agreements, information shared, knowledge, networking, and you must remain acutely aware of just how much both what you hear and how you process it will be affected by each party’s emotional palette. A lot of what causes the stress will be seated in a feeling that you alone can act, that you must choose or lead, and that there’s little time to waste–but you’ve got to remember, these are perceptions, and that’s no guarantee that they’re accurate. Sort it out through trusted relationships that empower you, and through creativity that centers either on your home or on some cause to which you’re dedicated. These will help ground you and allow you some perspective in communication issues–and they’ll make for an especially fulfilling year. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 14 August

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The Fortune Teller-Caravaggio 1595 {{PD}}

The Fortune Teller-Caravaggio 1595 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Leo, through to your next birthday, you may be consumed with understanding the past–or are you obsessed with finding out about your future? While you figure that out, you may enjoy a large dose of creative energy, and the ability to lead others and yourself in a unique direction. Originality may be your strength this year, but distraction by trying to decipher your history is distinctly possible–as is living in the future and neglecting what is. Do your best to keep consciousness in the present, and know that gaining ground with your ambitions doesn’t mean you have to give up those most unique parts of yourself. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 13 August

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La Nuit by Auguste Raynaud 19th century {{PD}}

La Nuit by Auguste Raynaud 19th century {{PD}}

You may be very focused, dear Leo, on the direction you’re headed, but not so much on what you need to get there. Somehow there’s a serious in-coordination between what you need to do and how you need to apply yourself, and the more serious issues of who holds power in your world and how they, more than you, hold command over your reality. The problem may lie in the way the individuality urge has driven forward and neglected to develop the specific skills and contacts that would fulfill ambitions. It can all be easily remedied, dear Leo, if you’ll simply put your feet on the ground for a while and attend to those matters, largely represented by the House through which Pluto is now transiting in your natal chart, that require some serious, daily attention. Then in no time at all you can allow that expansive creative urge to do its inspired thing, to much success. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence 12 August 2014: Rose-Colored Glasses

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From the book Shin Bijin (True Beauties) by Chikanobu Hashimoto 1897 {{PD}}

From the book Shin Bijin (True Beauties) by Chikanobu Hashimoto 1897 {{PD}}

12 August the reality picture seems to grab hold of our methods and means of empowerment and mischievously twist them; relationships suddenly become all about money or what the other person thinks is smart, but we can’t help but feel something loving is being destroyed if we acquiesce or concentrate on assets. Words speak to some part of us we can’t pinpoint (and we speak from this subliminal stratum, as well) and nothing seems stable or secure; we feel we can point to irrefutable proof of that. That latter is a bit delusional; we must realize that we are seeing reality under too harsh a light—it seems so oppressive, and when we do that, we tend to exaggerate the negatives, and despair. Put on some rose-colored glasses, and wait for upsets to pass—and don’t take anything that comes across as hardline too seriously, at least for now. (Perfecting today: Saturn sesquiquadrate Juno, Venus into Leo, sextile Pallas, and contra-parallel Pluto, Mercury square Sedna, Mercury and the Sun contra-parallel Saturn)

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Born Today 12 August

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'Pandora' Jules Joseph Lefebvre 1882 {{PD}}

Maybe Pandora would’ve been better off not opening that box, but you need to deal with the unpleasantness, Leo, in order to go forward. ‘Pandora’ Jules Joseph Lefebvre 1882 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, there’s a Pandora’s Box of subjects you’d rather not deal with that will be sneaking up on you soon–but the good news is facing those issues will bring you respect, independence, and allow you to fully express your passions–so that’s really not a bad deal at all. An added bonus to all this will be the way you are able to settle certain situations, myths, and repercussions of actions from the past that have reverberated through to the Now; you could be, by the end of this Solar year, through to your next birthday, free of some elements that have lingered for a long time, haunting you, dragging at your energy, or just acting as a brake. Deal with those negatives, and then know where you want to aim, as you can show real power and make great progress in pursuing your dreams.

Extra: if you have any placements or points at 5 Aries or 5 Capricorn, you may find those dreams and goals challenged by the Will of others–but that’s just one more thing you’ll need to work out–then you can go forward with few, or no, impediments.

Born Today 11 August

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'In the Box' Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

‘In the Box’ Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

Dear Leo: What’s the most powerful thing you’ve discovered about yourself in  the past year? Because whatever that is, it will be behind what drives you forward on your Path this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. If this powerful thing involved you facing matters you’d rather not deal with, then bravo/ brava, you are clearing out psychic material that may have held you back for a long time, and claiming your power as your own; and if this powerful thing was about demanding respect and standing up for yourself, then you have set the stage so that you’ve left behind those who aren’t right for this leg of your journey, and you’ve attracted those who are–with the result that you are now poised to go far at a new, empowered level. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

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