Born Today 2 March

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

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

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

Born Today 1 March

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

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

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

Born Today 28 February

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

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

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

Born Today 27 February

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

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

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

Born Today 26 February

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

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

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

Born Today 25 February

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

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

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

Born Today 24 February

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

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

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

Snapshot of a Life: Photographer Vivian Maier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Born Today 23 February

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

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

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

Born Today 22 February

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

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

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

Born Today 21 February

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Born Today 20 February

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

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

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

Born Today 19 February

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'Anemones'  Stefan Filipkiewicz 1907 {{PD}}

‘Anemones’ Stefan Filipkiewicz 1907 {{PD}}

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

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

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ESA/PACS & SPIRE Consortium/HOBYS Key Programme Consortia

ESA/PACS & SPIRE Consortium/HOBYS Key Programme Consortia

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

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

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

Born Today 18 February

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

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

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

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

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

Born Today 17 February

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

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

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

Born Today 16 February

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

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

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

Born Today 15 February

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Hollósy Tengerihántás 1885 {{PD}}

Hollósy Tengerihántás 1885 {{PD}}

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

The Post-Valentine Picture 15-16 February 2015

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

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

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

And a little Lunar essence, for the 16th:

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

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What You’re Asking: the Romance edition

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

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

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

Fantagraphics Books 2004, John Benson, editor

Fantagraphics Books 2004, John Benson, editor

Can a Capricorn woman and an Aquarius man find happiness?

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

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

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

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

How do I seduce a woman with Venus in Aries?

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

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

Should I swear at an Aries man?

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

Born Today 14 February

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

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

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

Born Today 13 February

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

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

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

Born Today 12 February

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

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

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

Born Today 11 February

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Rainbow over the 'Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone' Thomas Moran {{PD}}

Rainbow over the ‘Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone’ Thomas Moran {{PD}}

You may spend the entire year, through to your next birthday, dear Aquarius, like you’re just waking up in the driver’s seat, with the emergency brake on and your foot on the gas pedal, engine roaring yet not going forward. Really, it won’t be that bad, but it could feel as if all the energy and go-power in the world is trapped behind a mind that may feel stuck in a rut, with ideas formulated but somehow not offering clear direction, and real trouble integrating new information into what you already know. First, this is temporary, so no need to panic. Second, your job is to turn in the direction of your current strengths and make the most of them, until the mentality is back to form. That means empowerment and effectiveness should be sought by using the intuitive, the artistic inclinations, the feeling senses, the rainbow of relationships, and the assets at hand to create resources and circumstances that are positive and not so dependent on the mentality, as is likely usual for you. This year, Aquarius, you grow a whole new set of abilities. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 10 February

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You can move right along, Aquarius, but be aware: the hazards are internal ones. Axel Ender 'Young girl skating on a frozen lake, Norway' pre-1920 {{PD}}

You can move right along, Aquarius, but be aware: the hazards are internal ones. Axel Ender ‘Young girl skating on a frozen lake, Norway’ pre-1920 {{PD}}

You’re very focused on taking action this year, dear Aquarius, especially action that takes you in the direction of your dreams. Anything related to ideals, creativity, spirituality, or humanitarian causes gets your attention from now, through to your next birthday–and the only things that stand in your way appear to be two internal mechanisms, one known as ‘instinct’, the other your ‘blind spot’. What we call instinct is often a mixture of inborn animal responses designed to keep us safe and things we absorbed so early that we consider them instinctual–it’s these latter that you may accept as warning you off missteps when they are really no more than expressions of a childhood environmental bias–and with the ‘blind spot’, qualities and attitudes of which you are not conscious but which are openly visible to others may exert their influence, and undermine or surprise. Your biggest task this year, other than actively pursuing your goals, will be to sort out and rid yourself of those factors in these two areas that hold you back from as much (or even the kind of) success you could enjoy. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 9 February

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Take that first step, Aquarius. Cecilia Beaux,  'Dorothea and Francesca' 1898 {{PD}}

Take that first step, Aquarius. Cecilia Beaux, ‘Dorothea and Francesca’ 1898 {{PD}}

You’ll enjoy an unusual degree of internal emotional harmony, dear Aquarius, this coming year, through to your next birthday–but what actions to take and choices to make will also be on your mind, chiefly because, as anyone would, you are trying to determine just where yours might lead. As long as you stay headed toward your dreams, your goals firmly in mind, and as long as you trust yourself above anyone or anything else, you’ll do well–let either of these conditions slip, and the outcome is not so predictable. Take preliminary steps to bring ideals into real-life being and to made those dreams reality, but don’t expect things to materialize overnight–right now you’re at a point when the biggest obstacle you have may be believing that you can do it–that’s why taking a small step or two is so important, and so necessary. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 8 February

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Everybody has trouble making choices, Aquarius. "Folio 161v - The Temptation of Christ" by Limbourg brothers. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Folio_161v_-_The_Temptation_of_Christ.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Folio_161v_-_The_Temptation_of_Christ.jpg

Everybody has trouble making choices, Aquarius. “Folio 161v – The Temptation of Christ” by Limbourg brothers. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Folio_161v_-_The_Temptation_of_Christ.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Folio_161v_-_The_Temptation_of_Christ.jpg

What’s the wisest course of action for you, the best choice, dear Aquarius? That may be the central question bedeviling you at this time–and the answer may determine both how ‘in charge’ you are of your own Fate and how effectively you are able to deal with matters that so far you have been ignoring or denying (and may be quite angry about). With a willingness to face what must be faced, a careful winnowing of what’s no longer useful will leave only those assets and relationships that are clearly either supportive of your needs or hurtful to them–and you know what to do from there. Aside from this, you need to base choices and actions on two criteria: does this expand my world? and does this serve my ambition fulfillment? If the answer to both is ‘Yes’, then nothing should hold you back. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 7 February

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"Polaroid sx 70 - foto di Augusto De Luca (3)" by Augusto De Luca - http://www.flickr.com/photos/47210757@N08/7465372416/sizes/l/in/photostream/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Polaroid_sx_70_-_foto_di_Augusto_De_Luca_(3).jpg#mediaviewer/File:Polaroid_sx_70_-_foto_di_Augusto_De_Luca_(3).jpg CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

“Polaroid sx 70 – foto di Augusto De Luca (3)” by Augusto De Luca – http://www.flickr.com/photos/47210757@N08/7465372416/sizes/l/in/photostream/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Polaroid_sx_70_-_foto_di_Augusto_De_Luca_(3).jpg#mediaviewer/File:Polaroid_sx_70_-_foto_di_Augusto_De_Luca_(3).jpg CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Are your words true, dear Aquarius? Have you allowed what you communicate to stray into false, manipulative, or misleading territory? It happens to all of us: we see that it’s easier to hide our intentions than have to explain them, and before we know it . . . That’s why this Solar year, through to your next birthday, it’s important for you to re-align what you share, think, say, mean with both your highest values and the real-world results you want. That’s the thing, really: once the message deviates too far from our purpose in communicating, it’s impossible for the reality picture to deliver what we actually want, and we end up with a mere shadow of what we’d hoped for, results-wise. So, make sure thoughts and actions directly support desires (and so clearly communicate what you actually want)–in fact, your empowerment and effectiveness this year depends on it. Also, banish the critical in favor of the cooperative, and recognize just how much others have determined your life Path vs. how much you yourself have done the deciding–that latter will make what you need to do that much clearer. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Just a Little Weekend Astro and Lunar Essence + a Daily Word Image 6-8 February 2015

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'Gathering Gems of Beauty' (畫麗珠萃秀)Princess Shouyang (壽陽公主). Qing dynasty {{PD}}

‘Gathering Gems of Beauty’ (畫麗珠萃秀)Princess Shouyang (壽陽公主). Qing dynasty {{PD}}

Void begins at 10:17 PM of the 6th; the Moon enters Libra at 10:44 AM PST of the 7th. 3 PM PST the Moon trines retro Mercury. Emotions propel words, but we end up endlessly re-thinking what we’ve said; try to slow down the pipeline between feeling and speaking. 5 PM PST the Moon sextiles Saturn. Emotional perceptions guide us in dealing successfully with the reality picture. 9 PM PST the Moon trines Vesta. We can express our highest values (and deepest feelings) in partnership at this time; it’s easy to see how we, and everyone else, really feels. 11 PM PST the Moon sextiles Juno and the two form a base to a Finger of God with apex Neptune. An empowering command of our emotions (knowing what we feel and why) can act as a foundation for realizing the dream.

The image for the 7th is a big diamond with a very tiny flaw. Is the diamond spoiled because it’s not perfect? Most people would still find it beautiful. What in your life has only tiny flaws that you may be fixated on, which prevents you from enjoying your ‘diamond’s’ true beauty?

8 February: why is it that, though we are optimistic about our ambitions and desires, and all signs are ‘Go!’ we still find that personal relationships are a minefield, fraught with little bombs hidden in the weaknesses of our ‘blind spot’? Concentrate on making ambitions happen, and leave relationships for a day when interactions are less driven by the darker side of instincts and injuries. (Perfecting today: Jupiter sextile Zeus, Venus conjunct Chiron and contra-parallel Sedna)

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Born Today 6 February

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Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon by Charles W. Bartlett, 1923-26 {{PD}}

Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon by Charles W. Bartlett, 1923-26 {{PD}}

It appears big things will be happening to you this year, dear Aquarius–or maybe you’re not entirely aware yet of just how much is changing, and will continue to change. Opportunities may seem to be everywhere–and they are. What you’ve desired, what you’ve been aiming for, is yours for the taking this year, in one form or another. The thing is, you won’t be able to accept all this bounty at once; receiving will involve being engaged, giving of your time and energy, and even you, Aquarius, must admit you can’t be everywhere at once. To be successful and make the most of this period, you’ll need to be very clear on your goals, and you’ll need to have priorities–which means you will, at some point, have to let go of one or two of those dreams. Whenever we humans get the wind in our sails, we unfortunately start to think life will always be that way: moving us forward almost effortlessly, supporting us, taking us where we want to go, with energy to spare. You enjoy that right now, nearly all the way through to your next Solar Return–just be aware, there will come a point when these opportunities fade–so go for it now! Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 5 February

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'No Corrals' might be a good motto for you this year, Aquarius. Charles M. Russell 'Round-Up on the Musselshell, 1919" {{PD}}

‘No Corrals’ might be a good motto for you this year, Aquarius. Charles M. Russell ‘Round-Up on the Musselshell, 1919″ {{PD}}

Big opportunities are offered this year, dear Aquarius, but will you take them? There is something contrary in the attitude you bring forward, through to your next birthday–you know better–in fact, you have wisdom and skills at your disposal–but there lingers some tinge of hurt, a fear of oblivion, a worry that expanding your world will feel too much like, dare I say, death. Your hesitation in the face of the unknown is understandable, but not at all realistic. This year it may be your job to start looking at exactly what is in front of you, rather than speculating on (and fearing) what isn’t. In the recent past the imaginative faculties have been corralled into feeding worries–it’s time to free them and put them back to work at what they’re good at, creating. I’m sure I don’t need to say much else–you know what to do. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 4 February

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Don't just brood in your current boat, Aquarius. "Kielland-Efter solnedgang" by Kitty Lange Kielland - Marit Lange: Harriet Backer, 1845-1932, Kitty L. Kielland, 1843-1914 : Stiftelsen Modums Blaafarveværk 28. mai-30. september 1983 ISBN 82-990568-5-3. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org

Don’t just brood in your current boat, Aquarius. “Kielland-Efter solnedgang” by Kitty Lange Kielland – Marit Lange: Harriet Backer, 1845-1932, Kitty L. Kielland, 1843-1914 : Stiftelsen Modums Blaafarveværk 28. mai-30. september 1983 ISBN 82-990568-5-3. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org

What hurts you is haunting your thoughts and dreams, isn’t it, dear Aquarius? What you need to do this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, isn’t an escape, and it isn’t easy, but it will change everything, if you choose it: set aside the personal, no matter how compelling that appears to be in the moment, and focus instead on using your unique talents–in this case, they are related to your Chiron placement and contacts, as well as your 2nd and 11th. You may know instinctively what these are, or it may take some investigation, but either way, putting your attention and energy on these will open your life to benefits you really can’t anticipate, and will create a turn-of-events you may find life-changing. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

I recommend you check out your year ahead in 2015 by Astrologer Jo Tracey

Born Today 3 February

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Karl M. Bengtson 'Millesgården på Lidingö' 1908 {{PD}}

Karl M. Bengtson ‘Millesgården på Lidingö’ 1908 {{PD}}

You may be caught this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Aquarius, between what you know is wise and practical, and what has hurt you; both will, oddly enough, call you to destroy or transform the structures, supports, and rules-to-live-by of your world–and the trick will be in knowing the difference among what’s smart and should be preserved or instituted, what wounds need to be addressed or redressed, what needs to be regenerated in the life, and what removed. It won’t always be clear what you should do–in fact, expect that for much of the time, you will never quite be certain that what you’ve chosen is right–but two things will help: stay solidly connected to the reality situation, and any facts you know about it, and 2) always measure something against whether it will really be good for you as an individual. Sticking with those standards will make sure you stay on a productive and pleasing course. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Full Moon 3 February at 3:08 PM Pacific at 14 Leo 47: A Personal Event

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'A pageant of childhood' Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

‘A pageant of childhood’ Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

The Full Moon is conjunct Jupiter, in a Fire Grand Trine with Pallas and Uranus, and apex to a Finger of God with base of Pluto-Chiron. This suggests two exaggerated dynamics working simultaneously, with both emphasizing the role of the individual (Leo) in the social context (Jupiter). The GT says that the FM can trigger smart and original action that expands our world or brings some personal matter to conclusion. The Finger suggests that successful healing brings transformation of matters of the House where the Full Moon falls in the natal chart, or brings transformation of the social position/ role. These configs may bring big, sweeping events, the abrupt cessation of something, and/ or fulfillment to some unique and original plan or dream—with this latter it may be more about ‘concluding the dream’, wrapping up planning, and for the first time seeing that your optimism was well placed—your plan is going forward.

The Sabian for the FM is, ‘A Pageant, With Its Spectacular Floats, Moves Along A Street Crowded With Cheering People’. A pageant is often a symbolic reenactment of a journey or progression of events; this one is presented like a parade, and suggests that the Full Moon brings a kind of celebration of what has been prepared, considered, nurtured, or expressed. It’s an overwhelmingly positive symbol, in the sense that things must be peaceful, prosperous, and the populace must be largely in agreement for this kind of thing to occur, and tells us that the results of the Full Moon are almost those of a harvest, a celebration of our own good choices.

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Born Today 2 February

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Linen tapestry showing two scenes from Der Busant, a Medieval poem c1485 {{PD}}

It may seem like the choice is to be wild and free, or to be practical, but there’s something else you must choose first, Aquarius. Linen tapestry showing two scenes from Der Busant, a Medieval poem c1485 {{PD}}

Your upcoming year, dear Aquarius, is all about being who you are–sounds easy, right?–except you’re caught in this maddening stand-off between doing what’s smart and practical, and doing what’s wild and once-in-a-lifetime–and though it seems as if this is the immediate thing to deal with, what you need most is really to decide who holds the power in your world, whether you will allow yourself to experience hurt (and remember, a strong person can let the hurt happen and not fall under it–in fact, it becomes the material of healing), and what things these events will prompt you to do. Once you have sorted out the power situation, once you have seen that being hurt doesn’t destroy you, and once you have chosen a direction and taken the first step, then you can worry about whether you should be practical or wild, avant garde or the smartest in the room. But first, sort out the power. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 1 February

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Your choices won't be THAT drastic, Aquarius. Cover of a religious tract from 1896. This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3g06056 and is in the public domain

Your choices won’t be THAT drastic, Aquarius. Cover of a religious tract from 1896. This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3g06056 and is in the public domain

Recently you’ve been considering just what Path to take, and you’ve done a good job of it, my dear Aquarius–now only two things remain: the unrealized dream into which you’ve poured a lot of Love but which you haven’t made a move on yet, and the need to heal some very old wounds. Oddly enough, both are to be addressed by taking action, specifically that which puts the imagination in gear, calls on the spirit, and takes ambitions and the social role (both the one you have, and the one you want) and uses them to shape the Fate. It’s that simple–but of course, that’s not simple at all. So, the best thing you can do this coming year, through to your next birthday, is to do ‘it’, to make a move–and the worst thing you can do is allow yourself to be paralyzed by fear. What will it be? Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 31 January

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Granville Redmond - Road through a field of wildflowers 1912 {{PD}}

Granville Redmond – Road through a field of wildflowers 1912 {{PD}}

You really seem sure about your life direction right now, dear Aquarius, and I don’t want to discourage you. You’re smart, and wise, and in the groove to take a practical approach, so maybe I shouldn’t say anything–but then again, if it were me, I’d want to know about any bumps ahead, so–in about 6 months or so emotional adjustments will be on the horizon; don’t worry, just be willing to care as much about the other person as you do about yourself. Know that every action you take this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will either cause hurt or healing–there’ll be no in-betweens. Get ready to enter one of the most rewarding and creative periods of your life just down the road a bit–but the price of entrance will be facing those things you’ve ignored or denied. And for you, this year, empowerment comes from what you don’t communicate. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 30 January

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Your year may feel a little like this, Aquarius. ‘Cosmic Composition’ Paul Klee 1919 {{PD}}

The Sun and retrograde Mercury meet in the Inferior Conjunction today, but what does that mean for the birthday/ Solar Return individual? It means this coming year, through to your next birthday, holds the seeds for change and/ or a new start–and this is something that will occur based on what is done during the year. Obvious, right? The thing is, you by your mere existence will be seeding some event; your choices will play in, but what gets ‘planted’ during this period is not necessarily clear to you. It’s like the Cosmos creates a seed that is nurtured by all the forces at play in your life, both conscious and unconscious–so what will come from it is a mystery wrapped inside a riddle–even solving the riddle won’t reveal the mystery, until it’s the right time for it to be seen.

That said, you, dear Aquarius, have some excellent, balanced resources available to you: wisdom, practicality, unique experiences from the past, and a particular role or position that affords you a level of empowerment and abundance (or social clout) that gives you a potent platform from which to make the best possible circumstances to receive the Cosmic ‘seed’.

Born Today 29 January

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You should be sitting pretty quickly this year, Aquarius. Heinrich Hellhoff - Portrait seiner Tochter Charlotte Testrup auf weiß gefasstem Louis-Seize-Stuhl. 1906  (Portrait of the Artist's daughter, Charlotte Testrup, in white on a Louis XVI chair) {{PD}}

You should be sitting pretty quickly this year, Aquarius. Heinrich Hellhoff – Portrait seiner Tochter Charlotte Testrup auf weiß gefasstem Louis-Seize-Stuhl. 1906 (Portrait of the Artist’s daughter, Charlotte Testrup, in white on a Louis XVI chair) {{PD}}

You have a new (or re-awakened) interest in dedicating your life energies to a cause, to creating a home, and/ or to the mate relationship, dear Aquarius, and can look forward this year to unusual harmony between the emotional life and your goals–so what could go wrong? There is a possibility that you could become embroiled, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, in a power struggle for influence, position, or a particular desired status–and that would be a shame, as it would sidetrack the truly monumental progress toward fulfilling your aims and ambitions that you could make this year. Success depends on your inner confidence, in you knowing that you are a powerful (and so empowered) Being, because you may find that the material world, at least initially, may contradict that reality. Put that down in part to ongoing perceptual distortions (that will eventually vanish) and to a slight lag in external circumstances catching up to your internal reality. If you don’t find yourself sitting pretty by halfway to your next birthday, then you know that your internal situation hasn’t embraced your own empowerment–you may have bought into the inaccuracies reflected back to you–but it’s your job not to. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence: A Fire Grand Trine January-February 2015

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By the 31st we'll begin to see whether we've hit our mark or not. 'The Fair Toxophiles' William Powell Frith 1871 {{PD}}

By the 31st we’ll begin to see whether we’ve hit our mark or not. ‘The Fair Toxophiles’ William Powell Frith 1871 {{PD}}

I wanted to mention a little something that likely won’t get a lot of attention otherwise: a Fire Grand Trine consisting of Pallas, Juno, and Uranus. It’s been around for about a week now; we can look back and probably see something of its influence. Action seeking empowerment has been fueled by an array of impulses, including spontaneity, rebelliousness, a desire to modernize, the impulse to cooperate with the group, and those unique qualities and viewpoints that inform our individuality. Pallas is a smart and practical indicator, suggesting what we choose will be in our own best interests, no matter how erratic or disruptive it appears from without; Juno, too, will be attuned to what empowers us as individuals, not what supports those already in authority, and with each of us defining empowerment as many different ways as there are snowflakes, we can be sure that even those choices that look decidedly disempowering from the outside made sense to the person making them.

This continues through the 31st, when Earth takes the place of Juno; when that occurs, we begin to see material effects of the choices we’ve made and the actions taken. Our surroundings will reflect our actions in a very particular way: we’ll see just how empowering our choices have been, or how they’ve missed the mark. Earth leaves the Trine by the 6th of February.

Born Today 28 January

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It's time to sort real talents from dreams, Aquarius--and if that means you must pursue your career in dance, so be it! 'Ballerina With A Black Cat' Pierre Carrier-Belleuse {{PD}}

It’s time to sort real talents from dreams, Aquarius–and if that means you must pursue your career in dance, so be it! ‘Ballerina With A Black Cat’ Pierre Carrier-Belleuse {{PD}}

During this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Aquarius, you’re heading for an empowerment showdown. What does that mean? You’ll be challenged to find a personal rhythm, an expression, a role that is both uniquely ‘You’ and that makes the most of your talents and abilities; the showdown part comes with both having to extricate yourself from current circumstances that might not let you grow, and from needing to confront those internal matters truest to yourself that you have been avoiding or ignoring. Fantasies and desired Self-images must fall by the wayside; tapping into real and matured talents is slated for you–and doing so brings immense reward–you just have to accept that your actual abilities far outstrip any ungenuine ones (for you as a unique individual) you may have pursued until now. “To thine own self be true” was, well, never truer! One hint: the practical move is the smart move, in this case. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 27 January

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'Gypsy Woman with Baby' 1918 Amedeo Modigliani {{PD}}

‘Gypsy Woman with Baby’ 1918 Amedeo Modigliani {{PD}}

This coming year, dear Aquarius, it may be all about finding your power position by exercising your creative abilities. You have a kind of mandate, to express yourself, to openly mark out your territory, to show the ways in which you’ve converted feeling and experience (especially rage and outrage) into positive development and change; to turn your attention in any other direction would defeat the purpose of your recent evolution. That doesn’t mean, though, that there’s only one way to achieve this; perhaps the challenge is to fit the mandated exploration within the current life course, and to change the life course thereby. However you choose to approach it, experimentation with rules and boundaries, with the exercise of your own and others’ authority, with your role as guardian, nurturer, caregiver, and with your creative potentials are all on the menu, through to your next birthday. Have a Happy One, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 26 January

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

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

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

Born Today 25 January

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

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

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

The Forecast + the Daily Word Image 25 January 2015

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

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

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

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

Born Today 24 January

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

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

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

Born Today 23 January

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

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

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

Born Today 22 January

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

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

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

Born Today 21 January

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

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

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

Born Today 2 March

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

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

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

Born Today 1 March

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

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

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

Born Today 28 February

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

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

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

Born Today 27 February

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

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

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

Born Today 26 February

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

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

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

Born Today 25 February

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

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

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

Born Today 24 February

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

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

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

Snapshot of a Life: Photographer Vivian Maier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Born Today 23 February

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

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

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

Born Today 22 February

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

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

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

Born Today 21 February

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Born Today 20 February

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

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

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

Born Today 19 February

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'Anemones'  Stefan Filipkiewicz 1907 {{PD}}

‘Anemones’ Stefan Filipkiewicz 1907 {{PD}}

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

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

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ESA/PACS & SPIRE Consortium/HOBYS Key Programme Consortia

ESA/PACS & SPIRE Consortium/HOBYS Key Programme Consortia

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

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

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

Born Today 18 February

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

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

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

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

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

Born Today 17 February

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

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

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

Born Today 16 February

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

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

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

Born Today 15 February

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Hollósy Tengerihántás 1885 {{PD}}

Hollósy Tengerihántás 1885 {{PD}}

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

The Post-Valentine Picture 15-16 February 2015

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

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

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

And a little Lunar essence, for the 16th:

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

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

What You’re Asking: the Romance edition

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

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

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

Fantagraphics Books 2004, John Benson, editor

Fantagraphics Books 2004, John Benson, editor

Can a Capricorn woman and an Aquarius man find happiness?

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

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

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

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

How do I seduce a woman with Venus in Aries?

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

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

Should I swear at an Aries man?

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

Born Today 14 February

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

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

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

Born Today 13 February

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

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

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

Born Today 12 February

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

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

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

Born Today 11 February

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Rainbow over the 'Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone' Thomas Moran {{PD}}

Rainbow over the ‘Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone’ Thomas Moran {{PD}}

You may spend the entire year, through to your next birthday, dear Aquarius, like you’re just waking up in the driver’s seat, with the emergency brake on and your foot on the gas pedal, engine roaring yet not going forward. Really, it won’t be that bad, but it could feel as if all the energy and go-power in the world is trapped behind a mind that may feel stuck in a rut, with ideas formulated but somehow not offering clear direction, and real trouble integrating new information into what you already know. First, this is temporary, so no need to panic. Second, your job is to turn in the direction of your current strengths and make the most of them, until the mentality is back to form. That means empowerment and effectiveness should be sought by using the intuitive, the artistic inclinations, the feeling senses, the rainbow of relationships, and the assets at hand to create resources and circumstances that are positive and not so dependent on the mentality, as is likely usual for you. This year, Aquarius, you grow a whole new set of abilities. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 10 February

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You can move right along, Aquarius, but be aware: the hazards are internal ones. Axel Ender 'Young girl skating on a frozen lake, Norway' pre-1920 {{PD}}

You can move right along, Aquarius, but be aware: the hazards are internal ones. Axel Ender ‘Young girl skating on a frozen lake, Norway’ pre-1920 {{PD}}

You’re very focused on taking action this year, dear Aquarius, especially action that takes you in the direction of your dreams. Anything related to ideals, creativity, spirituality, or humanitarian causes gets your attention from now, through to your next birthday–and the only things that stand in your way appear to be two internal mechanisms, one known as ‘instinct’, the other your ‘blind spot’. What we call instinct is often a mixture of inborn animal responses designed to keep us safe and things we absorbed so early that we consider them instinctual–it’s these latter that you may accept as warning you off missteps when they are really no more than expressions of a childhood environmental bias–and with the ‘blind spot’, qualities and attitudes of which you are not conscious but which are openly visible to others may exert their influence, and undermine or surprise. Your biggest task this year, other than actively pursuing your goals, will be to sort out and rid yourself of those factors in these two areas that hold you back from as much (or even the kind of) success you could enjoy. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 9 February

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Take that first step, Aquarius. Cecilia Beaux,  'Dorothea and Francesca' 1898 {{PD}}

Take that first step, Aquarius. Cecilia Beaux, ‘Dorothea and Francesca’ 1898 {{PD}}

You’ll enjoy an unusual degree of internal emotional harmony, dear Aquarius, this coming year, through to your next birthday–but what actions to take and choices to make will also be on your mind, chiefly because, as anyone would, you are trying to determine just where yours might lead. As long as you stay headed toward your dreams, your goals firmly in mind, and as long as you trust yourself above anyone or anything else, you’ll do well–let either of these conditions slip, and the outcome is not so predictable. Take preliminary steps to bring ideals into real-life being and to made those dreams reality, but don’t expect things to materialize overnight–right now you’re at a point when the biggest obstacle you have may be believing that you can do it–that’s why taking a small step or two is so important, and so necessary. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 8 February

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Everybody has trouble making choices, Aquarius. "Folio 161v - The Temptation of Christ" by Limbourg brothers. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Folio_161v_-_The_Temptation_of_Christ.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Folio_161v_-_The_Temptation_of_Christ.jpg

Everybody has trouble making choices, Aquarius. “Folio 161v – The Temptation of Christ” by Limbourg brothers. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Folio_161v_-_The_Temptation_of_Christ.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Folio_161v_-_The_Temptation_of_Christ.jpg

What’s the wisest course of action for you, the best choice, dear Aquarius? That may be the central question bedeviling you at this time–and the answer may determine both how ‘in charge’ you are of your own Fate and how effectively you are able to deal with matters that so far you have been ignoring or denying (and may be quite angry about). With a willingness to face what must be faced, a careful winnowing of what’s no longer useful will leave only those assets and relationships that are clearly either supportive of your needs or hurtful to them–and you know what to do from there. Aside from this, you need to base choices and actions on two criteria: does this expand my world? and does this serve my ambition fulfillment? If the answer to both is ‘Yes’, then nothing should hold you back. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 7 February

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“Polaroid sx 70 – foto di Augusto De Luca (3)” by Augusto De Luca – http://www.flickr.com/photos/47210757@N08/7465372416/sizes/l/in/photostream/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Polaroid_sx_70_-_foto_di_Augusto_De_Luca_(3).jpg#mediaviewer/File:Polaroid_sx_70_-_foto_di_Augusto_De_Luca_(3).jpg CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Are your words true, dear Aquarius? Have you allowed what you communicate to stray into false, manipulative, or misleading territory? It happens to all of us: we see that it’s easier to hide our intentions than have to explain them, and before we know it . . . That’s why this Solar year, through to your next birthday, it’s important for you to re-align what you share, think, say, mean with both your highest values and the real-world results you want. That’s the thing, really: once the message deviates too far from our purpose in communicating, it’s impossible for the reality picture to deliver what we actually want, and we end up with a mere shadow of what we’d hoped for, results-wise. So, make sure thoughts and actions directly support desires (and so clearly communicate what you actually want)–in fact, your empowerment and effectiveness this year depends on it. Also, banish the critical in favor of the cooperative, and recognize just how much others have determined your life Path vs. how much you yourself have done the deciding–that latter will make what you need to do that much clearer. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Just a Little Weekend Astro and Lunar Essence + a Daily Word Image 6-8 February 2015

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'Gathering Gems of Beauty' (畫麗珠萃秀)Princess Shouyang (壽陽公主). Qing dynasty {{PD}}

‘Gathering Gems of Beauty’ (畫麗珠萃秀)Princess Shouyang (壽陽公主). Qing dynasty {{PD}}

Void begins at 10:17 PM of the 6th; the Moon enters Libra at 10:44 AM PST of the 7th. 3 PM PST the Moon trines retro Mercury. Emotions propel words, but we end up endlessly re-thinking what we’ve said; try to slow down the pipeline between feeling and speaking. 5 PM PST the Moon sextiles Saturn. Emotional perceptions guide us in dealing successfully with the reality picture. 9 PM PST the Moon trines Vesta. We can express our highest values (and deepest feelings) in partnership at this time; it’s easy to see how we, and everyone else, really feels. 11 PM PST the Moon sextiles Juno and the two form a base to a Finger of God with apex Neptune. An empowering command of our emotions (knowing what we feel and why) can act as a foundation for realizing the dream.

The image for the 7th is a big diamond with a very tiny flaw. Is the diamond spoiled because it’s not perfect? Most people would still find it beautiful. What in your life has only tiny flaws that you may be fixated on, which prevents you from enjoying your ‘diamond’s’ true beauty?

8 February: why is it that, though we are optimistic about our ambitions and desires, and all signs are ‘Go!’ we still find that personal relationships are a minefield, fraught with little bombs hidden in the weaknesses of our ‘blind spot’? Concentrate on making ambitions happen, and leave relationships for a day when interactions are less driven by the darker side of instincts and injuries. (Perfecting today: Jupiter sextile Zeus, Venus conjunct Chiron and contra-parallel Sedna)

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Born Today 6 February

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Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon by Charles W. Bartlett, 1923-26 {{PD}}

Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon by Charles W. Bartlett, 1923-26 {{PD}}

It appears big things will be happening to you this year, dear Aquarius–or maybe you’re not entirely aware yet of just how much is changing, and will continue to change. Opportunities may seem to be everywhere–and they are. What you’ve desired, what you’ve been aiming for, is yours for the taking this year, in one form or another. The thing is, you won’t be able to accept all this bounty at once; receiving will involve being engaged, giving of your time and energy, and even you, Aquarius, must admit you can’t be everywhere at once. To be successful and make the most of this period, you’ll need to be very clear on your goals, and you’ll need to have priorities–which means you will, at some point, have to let go of one or two of those dreams. Whenever we humans get the wind in our sails, we unfortunately start to think life will always be that way: moving us forward almost effortlessly, supporting us, taking us where we want to go, with energy to spare. You enjoy that right now, nearly all the way through to your next Solar Return–just be aware, there will come a point when these opportunities fade–so go for it now! Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 5 February

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'No Corrals' might be a good motto for you this year, Aquarius. Charles M. Russell 'Round-Up on the Musselshell, 1919" {{PD}}

‘No Corrals’ might be a good motto for you this year, Aquarius. Charles M. Russell ‘Round-Up on the Musselshell, 1919″ {{PD}}

Big opportunities are offered this year, dear Aquarius, but will you take them? There is something contrary in the attitude you bring forward, through to your next birthday–you know better–in fact, you have wisdom and skills at your disposal–but there lingers some tinge of hurt, a fear of oblivion, a worry that expanding your world will feel too much like, dare I say, death. Your hesitation in the face of the unknown is understandable, but not at all realistic. This year it may be your job to start looking at exactly what is in front of you, rather than speculating on (and fearing) what isn’t. In the recent past the imaginative faculties have been corralled into feeding worries–it’s time to free them and put them back to work at what they’re good at, creating. I’m sure I don’t need to say much else–you know what to do. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 4 February

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Don't just brood in your current boat, Aquarius. "Kielland-Efter solnedgang" by Kitty Lange Kielland - Marit Lange: Harriet Backer, 1845-1932, Kitty L. Kielland, 1843-1914 : Stiftelsen Modums Blaafarveværk 28. mai-30. september 1983 ISBN 82-990568-5-3. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org

Don’t just brood in your current boat, Aquarius. “Kielland-Efter solnedgang” by Kitty Lange Kielland – Marit Lange: Harriet Backer, 1845-1932, Kitty L. Kielland, 1843-1914 : Stiftelsen Modums Blaafarveværk 28. mai-30. september 1983 ISBN 82-990568-5-3. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org

What hurts you is haunting your thoughts and dreams, isn’t it, dear Aquarius? What you need to do this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, isn’t an escape, and it isn’t easy, but it will change everything, if you choose it: set aside the personal, no matter how compelling that appears to be in the moment, and focus instead on using your unique talents–in this case, they are related to your Chiron placement and contacts, as well as your 2nd and 11th. You may know instinctively what these are, or it may take some investigation, but either way, putting your attention and energy on these will open your life to benefits you really can’t anticipate, and will create a turn-of-events you may find life-changing. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

I recommend you check out your year ahead in 2015 by Astrologer Jo Tracey

Born Today 3 February

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Karl M. Bengtson 'Millesgården på Lidingö' 1908 {{PD}}

Karl M. Bengtson ‘Millesgården på Lidingö’ 1908 {{PD}}

You may be caught this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Aquarius, between what you know is wise and practical, and what has hurt you; both will, oddly enough, call you to destroy or transform the structures, supports, and rules-to-live-by of your world–and the trick will be in knowing the difference among what’s smart and should be preserved or instituted, what wounds need to be addressed or redressed, what needs to be regenerated in the life, and what removed. It won’t always be clear what you should do–in fact, expect that for much of the time, you will never quite be certain that what you’ve chosen is right–but two things will help: stay solidly connected to the reality situation, and any facts you know about it, and 2) always measure something against whether it will really be good for you as an individual. Sticking with those standards will make sure you stay on a productive and pleasing course. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Full Moon 3 February at 3:08 PM Pacific at 14 Leo 47: A Personal Event

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'A pageant of childhood' Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

‘A pageant of childhood’ Thomas Cooper Gotch {{PD}}

The Full Moon is conjunct Jupiter, in a Fire Grand Trine with Pallas and Uranus, and apex to a Finger of God with base of Pluto-Chiron. This suggests two exaggerated dynamics working simultaneously, with both emphasizing the role of the individual (Leo) in the social context (Jupiter). The GT says that the FM can trigger smart and original action that expands our world or brings some personal matter to conclusion. The Finger suggests that successful healing brings transformation of matters of the House where the Full Moon falls in the natal chart, or brings transformation of the social position/ role. These configs may bring big, sweeping events, the abrupt cessation of something, and/ or fulfillment to some unique and original plan or dream—with this latter it may be more about ‘concluding the dream’, wrapping up planning, and for the first time seeing that your optimism was well placed—your plan is going forward.

The Sabian for the FM is, ‘A Pageant, With Its Spectacular Floats, Moves Along A Street Crowded With Cheering People’. A pageant is often a symbolic reenactment of a journey or progression of events; this one is presented like a parade, and suggests that the Full Moon brings a kind of celebration of what has been prepared, considered, nurtured, or expressed. It’s an overwhelmingly positive symbol, in the sense that things must be peaceful, prosperous, and the populace must be largely in agreement for this kind of thing to occur, and tells us that the results of the Full Moon are almost those of a harvest, a celebration of our own good choices.

This is a portion of the Full Moon report from ECLIPSE. See my books here and see the Full Moon chart here

 

Born Today 2 February

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Linen tapestry showing two scenes from Der Busant, a Medieval poem c1485 {{PD}}

It may seem like the choice is to be wild and free, or to be practical, but there’s something else you must choose first, Aquarius. Linen tapestry showing two scenes from Der Busant, a Medieval poem c1485 {{PD}}

Your upcoming year, dear Aquarius, is all about being who you are–sounds easy, right?–except you’re caught in this maddening stand-off between doing what’s smart and practical, and doing what’s wild and once-in-a-lifetime–and though it seems as if this is the immediate thing to deal with, what you need most is really to decide who holds the power in your world, whether you will allow yourself to experience hurt (and remember, a strong person can let the hurt happen and not fall under it–in fact, it becomes the material of healing), and what things these events will prompt you to do. Once you have sorted out the power situation, once you have seen that being hurt doesn’t destroy you, and once you have chosen a direction and taken the first step, then you can worry about whether you should be practical or wild, avant garde or the smartest in the room. But first, sort out the power. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 1 February

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Your choices won't be THAT drastic, Aquarius. Cover of a religious tract from 1896. This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3g06056 and is in the public domain

Your choices won’t be THAT drastic, Aquarius. Cover of a religious tract from 1896. This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3g06056 and is in the public domain

Recently you’ve been considering just what Path to take, and you’ve done a good job of it, my dear Aquarius–now only two things remain: the unrealized dream into which you’ve poured a lot of Love but which you haven’t made a move on yet, and the need to heal some very old wounds. Oddly enough, both are to be addressed by taking action, specifically that which puts the imagination in gear, calls on the spirit, and takes ambitions and the social role (both the one you have, and the one you want) and uses them to shape the Fate. It’s that simple–but of course, that’s not simple at all. So, the best thing you can do this coming year, through to your next birthday, is to do ‘it’, to make a move–and the worst thing you can do is allow yourself to be paralyzed by fear. What will it be? Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 31 January

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Granville Redmond - Road through a field of wildflowers 1912 {{PD}}

Granville Redmond – Road through a field of wildflowers 1912 {{PD}}

You really seem sure about your life direction right now, dear Aquarius, and I don’t want to discourage you. You’re smart, and wise, and in the groove to take a practical approach, so maybe I shouldn’t say anything–but then again, if it were me, I’d want to know about any bumps ahead, so–in about 6 months or so emotional adjustments will be on the horizon; don’t worry, just be willing to care as much about the other person as you do about yourself. Know that every action you take this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will either cause hurt or healing–there’ll be no in-betweens. Get ready to enter one of the most rewarding and creative periods of your life just down the road a bit–but the price of entrance will be facing those things you’ve ignored or denied. And for you, this year, empowerment comes from what you don’t communicate. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 30 January

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Your year may feel a little like this, Aquarius. ‘Cosmic Composition’ Paul Klee 1919 {{PD}}

The Sun and retrograde Mercury meet in the Inferior Conjunction today, but what does that mean for the birthday/ Solar Return individual? It means this coming year, through to your next birthday, holds the seeds for change and/ or a new start–and this is something that will occur based on what is done during the year. Obvious, right? The thing is, you by your mere existence will be seeding some event; your choices will play in, but what gets ‘planted’ during this period is not necessarily clear to you. It’s like the Cosmos creates a seed that is nurtured by all the forces at play in your life, both conscious and unconscious–so what will come from it is a mystery wrapped inside a riddle–even solving the riddle won’t reveal the mystery, until it’s the right time for it to be seen.

That said, you, dear Aquarius, have some excellent, balanced resources available to you: wisdom, practicality, unique experiences from the past, and a particular role or position that affords you a level of empowerment and abundance (or social clout) that gives you a potent platform from which to make the best possible circumstances to receive the Cosmic ‘seed’.

Born Today 29 January

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You should be sitting pretty quickly this year, Aquarius. Heinrich Hellhoff - Portrait seiner Tochter Charlotte Testrup auf weiß gefasstem Louis-Seize-Stuhl. 1906  (Portrait of the Artist's daughter, Charlotte Testrup, in white on a Louis XVI chair) {{PD}}

You should be sitting pretty quickly this year, Aquarius. Heinrich Hellhoff – Portrait seiner Tochter Charlotte Testrup auf weiß gefasstem Louis-Seize-Stuhl. 1906 (Portrait of the Artist’s daughter, Charlotte Testrup, in white on a Louis XVI chair) {{PD}}

You have a new (or re-awakened) interest in dedicating your life energies to a cause, to creating a home, and/ or to the mate relationship, dear Aquarius, and can look forward this year to unusual harmony between the emotional life and your goals–so what could go wrong? There is a possibility that you could become embroiled, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, in a power struggle for influence, position, or a particular desired status–and that would be a shame, as it would sidetrack the truly monumental progress toward fulfilling your aims and ambitions that you could make this year. Success depends on your inner confidence, in you knowing that you are a powerful (and so empowered) Being, because you may find that the material world, at least initially, may contradict that reality. Put that down in part to ongoing perceptual distortions (that will eventually vanish) and to a slight lag in external circumstances catching up to your internal reality. If you don’t find yourself sitting pretty by halfway to your next birthday, then you know that your internal situation hasn’t embraced your own empowerment–you may have bought into the inaccuracies reflected back to you–but it’s your job not to. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence: A Fire Grand Trine January-February 2015

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By the 31st we'll begin to see whether we've hit our mark or not. 'The Fair Toxophiles' William Powell Frith 1871 {{PD}}

By the 31st we’ll begin to see whether we’ve hit our mark or not. ‘The Fair Toxophiles’ William Powell Frith 1871 {{PD}}

I wanted to mention a little something that likely won’t get a lot of attention otherwise: a Fire Grand Trine consisting of Pallas, Juno, and Uranus. It’s been around for about a week now; we can look back and probably see something of its influence. Action seeking empowerment has been fueled by an array of impulses, including spontaneity, rebelliousness, a desire to modernize, the impulse to cooperate with the group, and those unique qualities and viewpoints that inform our individuality. Pallas is a smart and practical indicator, suggesting what we choose will be in our own best interests, no matter how erratic or disruptive it appears from without; Juno, too, will be attuned to what empowers us as individuals, not what supports those already in authority, and with each of us defining empowerment as many different ways as there are snowflakes, we can be sure that even those choices that look decidedly disempowering from the outside made sense to the person making them.

This continues through the 31st, when Earth takes the place of Juno; when that occurs, we begin to see material effects of the choices we’ve made and the actions taken. Our surroundings will reflect our actions in a very particular way: we’ll see just how empowering our choices have been, or how they’ve missed the mark. Earth leaves the Trine by the 6th of February.

Born Today 28 January

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It's time to sort real talents from dreams, Aquarius--and if that means you must pursue your career in dance, so be it! 'Ballerina With A Black Cat' Pierre Carrier-Belleuse {{PD}}

It’s time to sort real talents from dreams, Aquarius–and if that means you must pursue your career in dance, so be it! ‘Ballerina With A Black Cat’ Pierre Carrier-Belleuse {{PD}}

During this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Aquarius, you’re heading for an empowerment showdown. What does that mean? You’ll be challenged to find a personal rhythm, an expression, a role that is both uniquely ‘You’ and that makes the most of your talents and abilities; the showdown part comes with both having to extricate yourself from current circumstances that might not let you grow, and from needing to confront those internal matters truest to yourself that you have been avoiding or ignoring. Fantasies and desired Self-images must fall by the wayside; tapping into real and matured talents is slated for you–and doing so brings immense reward–you just have to accept that your actual abilities far outstrip any ungenuine ones (for you as a unique individual) you may have pursued until now. “To thine own self be true” was, well, never truer! One hint: the practical move is the smart move, in this case. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 27 January

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'Gypsy Woman with Baby' 1918 Amedeo Modigliani {{PD}}

‘Gypsy Woman with Baby’ 1918 Amedeo Modigliani {{PD}}

This coming year, dear Aquarius, it may be all about finding your power position by exercising your creative abilities. You have a kind of mandate, to express yourself, to openly mark out your territory, to show the ways in which you’ve converted feeling and experience (especially rage and outrage) into positive development and change; to turn your attention in any other direction would defeat the purpose of your recent evolution. That doesn’t mean, though, that there’s only one way to achieve this; perhaps the challenge is to fit the mandated exploration within the current life course, and to change the life course thereby. However you choose to approach it, experimentation with rules and boundaries, with the exercise of your own and others’ authority, with your role as guardian, nurturer, caregiver, and with your creative potentials are all on the menu, through to your next birthday. Have a Happy One, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 26 January

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

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

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

Born Today 25 January

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

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

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

The Forecast + the Daily Word Image 25 January 2015

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

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

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

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

Born Today 24 January

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

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

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

Born Today 23 January

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

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

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

Born Today 22 January

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

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

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

Born Today 21 January

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

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

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

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