Born Today 1 October

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by Petrus Christus  'St Eligius in His Workshop' (detail) 1449 {{PD}}

by Petrus Christus
‘St Eligius in His Workshop’ (detail) 1449 {{PD}}

You’re coming up on some big choices and even bigger power plays in the foreseeable future, dear Libra–but will you be ready? You’re already feeling burdened–or is it restrained?– by emotional matters. Your feelings and the feelings of others have made barriers and put up walls you dare not cross–and yet these will be the very areas you need to explore if you are to have full access to your own power. It may help you to know that your ambitions and desires are not as big–or as urgently in need of fulfillment–as it feels right now–they can and will wait–and if you continue to work on the power picture, within about 6 months you could be (figuratively speaking) worth your weight in gold. Now that’s something to look forward to! Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 30 September

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Tall bearded iris 'Soap Opera' (Ghio, 1982) EML RE 32" by Renee C. Fraser Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Tall bearded iris ‘Soap Opera’ (Ghio, 1982) EML RE 32″ by Renee C. Fraser Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Dear Libra, your life this Solar year, through to your next birthday, may read a little like a soap opera: caught between Love and Ambition, you’ll make choices that will shape your Fate. Don’t worry, though–everyone makes these decisions every day, we just aren’t usually as tuned-in to the repercussions of what we pick as you will be, Libra. This can be a huge advantage, as you’ll see what could be ripple out before you with every choice–but this can also paralyze you, if you try too hard to make everything ‘perfect’. Embrace your Solar Return Sagittarian Moon and its spirit of adventure and enlarging your horizons, explore whatever speaks to you, and remain conscious of what may come from your decisions, but realize that even the most prescient among us can’t foresee everything–that’s what makes life so interesting. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 29 September

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Edwin Austin Abbey,  - 'Potpourri' - 1899 {{PD}}

Edwin Austin Abbey, – ‘Potpourri’ – 1899 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, your attention may turn toward ‘luck’–or is it more the way fortuitous meetings, chance occurrences, random breaks, and good guesses combine to lead you in a direction that, by the end of the year, you’re likely to look back on as both amazingly positive and ‘fated’, as if no other result were even possible? Your originality and inventiveness will combine and bring opportunity such as you haven’t seen for a long time–and you may enjoy a knack for research, unearthing secrets, and getting to the bottom of issues–and that may or may not win you new friends. Watch for: hair-trigger tempers (your own and that of others) and a tendency toward over-optimism–stay connected to reality so that you have a fair idea of what will go forward, and what won’t. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 28 September

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Henri Lebasque 'Young Girls in a Boat' c 1900

Henri Lebasque ‘Young Girls in a Boat’ c 1900

You ARE your creative energy this year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, but as you may be aware, your current patron saint, Neptune, is transiting through his own sign–and so, though his signal’s coming through to you loud and clear (or as clear as Neppy can be!) he’s also consumed with his own creative process–as you will be, too. That means there will be relationships to ignore, communications to muddle, and finances to neglect–and yet, this could be a really great period for you as you’ll enjoy tremendous ability to focus, to know what you want, and you will find support for you ambitions and desires in some surprising places. So, get behind that original idea, nail down the details that will bring that dream to reality, and go for it–you’ll rarely see such a perfect combination of opportunity, ability, and talent available at the same time–use it! Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Your Weekend ECLIPSE Sampler 27-28 September 2014

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'Ceres' Alice Pike Barney 1901 {{PD}}

‘Ceres’ Alice Pike Barney 1901 {{PD}}

A Little Lunar Essence for 27 September: 4 AM PDT the Scorpio Moon sextiles Pluto. It’s time to purge! –the emotions, the pipeline to intuition, and the Self of secrets that are weighing us down. Just let it out. 10 AM PDT the Moon trines Chiron and quincunxes Uranus. We are attuned to hurt, but if we make a conscious effort, we can turn that energy toward healing, it’s polar opposite–all we need to apply is a unique, original, or unusual approach that allows us to take a view beyond our wounds. Noon the Moon squares Jupiter. Experiences in the social sphere are not the best–stick with what you know, and what you’re sure of. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Ceres. We are in touch with Mother Nature, Gaia, our own sense of authority, and can negotiate purely by ‘feel’ should we need or want to. 9 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Saturn and semi-sextiles Pallas. Restraint is smart–it’s that simple.

And a Little AstroEssence for the 28th: Our priorities and interests seem contrary to those of the social circle, and what info we learn or knowledge we glean may be destructive in its effects or concentrated on gaining or holding onto power. Efforts at expansion and control of others or our surroundings seem to threaten what we truly care about—so we step away, thinking we can avoid a problem, but instead find we’ve misunderstood the stakes involved. Stick to facts and adjust efforts to focus on material changes, results, and solid, working-with-reality matters; assume that you are operating under at least a few illusions, that the worth of things is fuzzy at best, and proceed with that kind of caution in mind. (Perfecting today: Vesta contra-parallel Jupiter and semi-square Pluto, Sun quincunx Neptune and contra-parallel Venus, Earth sesquiquadrate Saturn)

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More on Eclipses: Expectations
Too often we approach eclipses as some kind of change-your-luck, reach-the-holy-grail, wash-away-your sins kind of astrological event. They are nothing more than New and Full Moons where we just happen, from our vantage point on Earth, to witness one body blocking another, and so cutting off that body’s light. Is that a big deal astrologically? Yes and no—it can signify big, even Earth-shaking, changes and wipe-outs, new starts and major endings, but we have to get past this idea that this kind of massive re-model of our potentials and our lives will occur at each eclipse set.

It’s really as rare as any other lightning strike or lottery win; we’ll have a few of those scattered through life, but mostly eclipses will represent the more subtle or less monumental changes that are part and parcel of every day living. Too much concentration on eclipses as super-powerful comes too close to endowing them with a magical effect they really don’t (and can’t) have—and it’s not a good way to look at the Universe, as if we are waiting for externals to rescue us, or bring us something mystical or extraordinary that will change our lives—really, we have to do the changing ourselves.

We must also remember that even though we are fixated on certain life subjects, that doesn’t mean an eclipse set will address them; sometimes it does, but just as often it points us in another direction entirely. This is a clue to us that the Universe doesn’t necessarily see our agenda as the important one—and maybe hints that what we are finding important in the moment isn’t really important at all. If you’ll let them, eclipses will help steer you in the direction of what you’re really facing, and what your real opportunities are.

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Born Today 27 September

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NASA {{PD}}

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Creativity explodes in you this year, dear Libra, and that can be messy, so be sure to arrange your environment so that your ideas, imagination, urge to build and do, and your capacity to translate what you visualize into something concrete or that is heard and seen by others has a supportive space in which to flourish. It would be a mistake not to put your creative urge first this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday; temptations may include emotional drama and excuses about being held back by the past. Don’t fool yourself (another hazard), Libra: this is your year to bring a dream into reality–don’t miss out. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Born Today 26 September

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Concentrate on what means the most to you, dear Libra, like home and family. 'Getting Ready for a Game' Carl Larsson 1901 {{PD}}

Concentrate on what means the most to you, dear Libra, like home and family. ‘Getting Ready for a Game’ Carl Larsson 1901 {{PD}}

Communicating emotions may be the centerpiece of your world this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and oh what a tense focus it will be, dear Libra! The tendency may be to dig too much when you don’t get a satisfying reply to what you put out there, but that really isn’t such a good idea; others may see you as overwrought and erratic, or as you used to be in the past–and that doesn’t help you calm down and live in the present, does it? This year don’t worry quite so much about sharing your thoughts and feelings–that can wait. Instead concentrate on those things you really care about: relationships, home and mate, causes to which you dedicate your life energy–and listen both to the wise inner voice that lives within, and to the myriad sources of positive and useful guidance you have available–do that and you’ll go far. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 25 September

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'The Art of Painting' Johannes Vermeer c1666 {{PD}}

‘The Art of Painting’ Johannes Vermeer c1666 {{PD}}

Though you’re headed for an exceptionally creative year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, you may find yourself distracted over serious power struggles and territorial disputes in important relationships–it may even reach a point where you feel the partner is trying to suppress your forward progress. Paranoid much? The reality is the partner is only feeling the pressure of her or his own ambitions; your mate doesn’t realize how much pressure they’re inadvertently exerting on you. The way around it is to broaden the scope of some of your aims, so that others can be included in the highly dynamic momentum you will generate with what seems like so little effort–being generous calms the relationship waters and brings unexpected benefits via the gratitude and affections of others. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 24 September

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Over-thinking is a distinct possibility. 'Lost in Thought' James Carroll Beckwith 1907 {{PD}}

Over-thinking is a distinct possibility. ‘Lost in Thought’ James Carroll Beckwith 1907 {{PD}}

Libra, you’re likely to be feeling brand spankin’ new in some important life areas (likely the ones of the House where your Sun is located, or the ones with Leo on the cusp); this can be rejuvenating, especially in terms of piquing your interest in expressing your Will and showing your originality. The only problems may be that you could tend to over-think things, and thereby suppress what you know is smart or wise in the moment. A willingness to act and consciously remaining aware of your own power (not to mention your inherent rights) will go a long way toward making this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, a fun and fantastically productive one. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

A Little Something on Hekate, the Wayshower

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William Blake's depiction of Hekate reflects a lot of the cultural baggage she's been assigned. 1795 {{PD}}

William Blake’s depiction of Hekate reflects a lot of the cultural baggage she’s been assigned. 1795 {{PD}}

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Originating in Asia Minor, Hekate began as a powerful ‘Mother Goddess,’ but she steadily gained a narrower field of responsibility with each culture she entered. In many instances, figures such as Hathor and Demeter/ Ceres took on many of Hekate’s early characteristics (and of course, she was known by other names before the Greeks bestowed the one we call her by today), with Hekate carrying fewer and fewer of the ‘mother and nurture’ traits; if we combine this narrowing of responsibilities with the later influence of Christian elements on the scenarios of the gods and goddesses, we see that Hekate became a figure who carried unflattering and unwanted projections about the dark and ‘dangerous’ qualities of women. In Greek and Roman myth Hekate was demoted to be under Ceres’/ Demeter’s command, and was sent to accompany Persephone/ Proserpina on her journeys back and forth to the Underworld. Eventually Hekate was deemed ruler of witchcraft (in its most negative definitions), sorcery, demonic activity, and the darkness. This was a simple response of the patriarchy to the female connection to life-giving energy and the female alignment with the rhythms and cycles of the Universe: gestation and childbirth, a woman’s receptive sexual energy (which through the years has been portrayed as evil by its ‘seductive’–another word for receptive–nature) and a determination to keep women as powerless within the social set-up as possible, all contributing to the negative ‘stash’ Hekate has been assigned to carry.

Hekate’s true nature is as a way-shower, in all the many guises this can take. She stands at crossroads both literal and figurative, straddles the border between conscious and unconscious, light and dark, life and death, and translates energy between the two. She is said to be present at crime scenes, to guide travelers on their way, and to be present during the Dark of the Moon, with the Dark period association a good example of the narrowing that has occurred over time–originally Hekate was a Moon goddess, not confined to the Dark phase. It also makes sense that her connection to all forms of darkness would make her a conduit for the unconscious, and so her prominence in the chart or in relation to a particular energy or life area can alert us to the presence of unconscious material in that particular expression or venue. She echoes Pallas as well, as both a wise guide and a guardian–specifically of gateways and other points of ingress or egress (and both goddesses share similarity to Moon goddess Artemis/ Diana, the Huntress, in terms of all three having a martial/ guardian quality). And her characterization as a Crone makes sense when we consider that, ideally, with age comes wisdom–and that should tell us that we can learn from Hekate as well as be guided by or protected by her.

Hekate’s wisdom has unfortunately been trivialized, quite literally; she is the goddess of trivia! This comes from the retired Roman soldiers who were stationed about the city and at crossroads, available to answer questions concerning the area and what lay down each road. Hekate as a way-shower naturally came to be seen as the goddess of these question-answerers, and due to the spoke-like pattern of many Roman via connections there were often at least three roads leading from one point, thus tri three, via road or way, came to be associated with being able to answer any question presented. It’s important to see this as simply reminiscent of Hekate’s store of knowledge having a great span, a span that covers light and dark, and that reaches not just the into the profound life and death arenas but that also includes the minutiae of culture, tradition, and occurrences and changes of the past and present.

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New Moon in Libra 23 September 2014: A Test of Power

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Here's a test of your power: wrangle cats, get them in harness, and get them to pull you and a dozen cherubs around in the clouds--that's power! 'Freya, Cats, and Angels' Nils Blommér 1851 {{PD}}

Here’s a test of your power: wrangle cats, get them in harness, and get them to pull you and a dozen cherubs around in the clouds–that’s power! ‘Freya, Cats, and Angels’ Nils Blommér 1851 {{PD}}

5 AM PDT of the 23rd the Virgo Moon conjuncts Venus and semi-sextiles Black Moon Lilith. Criticism in relationships stems from issues ignored or denied; if anything comes up, recognize at once that this is something that needs to be faced head-on. 7 AM PDT the Lunar influence rests at the midpoint of Juno and Vesta. Empowerment must be balanced with our dedication to important causes, to home, and to the mate–not taking these into consideration risks giving our power to the ‘wrong’ people or causes, or supporting what doesn’t support us. 9 AM PDT the Moon trines Sedna. Instinct flavors feelings; we have a direct pipeline at this point to intuitive knowledge–use it. Void begins at 10:51 AM PDT; the Moon enters Libra at 9 PM sharp Pacific time.

New Moon in Libra occurs on the 23rd at 11:13 PM Pacific time at 1 Libra 07: A Test of Power

The New Moon makes no aspects to other bodies—very unusual. The closest thing we have is a semi-square to Ceres, so we’ll go with that. This suggests that what begins here relates to power expression in the personal life, and specifically to how effective we actually feel in ordering our world and having an impact. The aspect itself implies that this will be a mild but still difficult issue. The one thing we should be aware of is that the likely outlet for this power-testing will be in relationships, especially with the mate or partner, though it’s also possible that we may see new starts of a ‘natural’ variety in the House where the New Moon falls. See the New Moon chart here–just scroll down past the eclipses!

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Born Today 23 September

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This is so Libra, riding in on a pretty sidesaddle, with her bird. 'An Algerian Lady Hawking' Horace Vernet {{PD}}

This is so Libra, riding in on a pretty sidesaddle, with her bird. ‘An Algerian Lady Hawking’ Horace Vernet {{PD}}

Hello Libra! Did you just get here, or are you always so breathless and moist with exertion? It seems you want to make a big, Airy, Cardinal impact on your surroundings this Solar year, through to your next birthday–but you may have to settle for showing your most unique qualities and developing your original ideas. That’s not so bad, but it could be a little lonelier than you usually are, as it takes solitude to create. Find a group that appreciates you, especially your more unusual qualities, so you’ll have the support you need when you’re not creating and want to mix it up, and watch the matters of the House with Aquarius on the cusp–this is where a lot of the magic, opportunity, and going overboard may happen. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 22 September

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Evelyn Simak Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Creative energy carves out a path for you this coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, and it may be some time before you come up for air and see exactly where you stand. Critical faculties are in high gear, and using them pays off financially but not so much emotionally–in the personal arena it may be better to stay quiet and in the background for now, as you’ve got some things to work out of which even you aren’t yet aware. Mobilize your energy for pure creative ends, face matters that need facing, and by your next birthday you will have moved to a significantly better life position than you occupy now. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck! If you are a Libra, please see the post for the 23rd.

Featured Solar Return aspect: Juno trine Vesta in Water. Empowerment comes through respecting our own and others’ values, and in efforts to make home and mate feel loved and secure. This isn’t the most direct route to feeling personally empowered, but it is the one with the biggest pay off.

Born Today 21 September

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Gaston La Touche Le Ballet c1910 {{PD}}

Gaston La Touche Le Ballet c1910 {{PD}}

You find a perfect emotional balance this coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, but you’re in danger of making this a static situation–you may fall in love with the stability and predictability of it and forget that the ups and downs are what give the feelings texture and distinguish one day from another. To prevent this, vow to expand your personal bubble; be willing to act spontaneously, to try what’s new, if it appeals, and to rebel once in a while. Showing your originality on the social scene qualifies, as well. Shake it up (even if you must schedule this on a regular basis!) and you won’t go far wrong. Key to your year: Love and Money work in tandem to create your reality, and so your future. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 20 September

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Edward Simmons, The Reflection {{PD}}

Edward Simmons, The Reflection {{PD}}

You’re winding down one major cycle, dear Virgo, and laying the foundation for a whole new one–so what must you do? Put yourself first, at this point–think about the way you present yourself and whether your current style makes the impression you hope for. Make a serious assessment of your career path, your prospects, and where you’d ultimately like to end up; can you get there from here? That’s a question you should answer. You’ll make your best moves this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, by following instinct–just don’t confuse it with wishful thinking–and by letting those in authority or in positions that can support your ambitions see your most unique and original talents and attributes. This latter may be the way you can begin to build for the next cycle–have a Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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Your Weekend ECLIPSE Sampler 20-21 September 2014

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Charles Demuth 'The Circus' (1917) {{PD}}

Charles Demuth ‘The Circus’ (1917) {{PD}}

For 20 September: empowerment at this particular time comes from facing it all (even what we’d rather not), standing up for ourselves and our right to be respected, and involves a willingness to at least question those things we typically consider sacred—they might need a fresh, objective look—and any ways in which we’ve been bending over backward to maintain harmony with the mate or on the home front may also need to be examined. We may have bent too much, thought of ourselves too little—and if we don’t see our needs now, rebellion against those we see as holding power or authority over us may rear its head. What we don’t want to do is fall into patterns of ego or temper from the past—these will get us nowhere in a hurry. Dark of the Moon begins late PM Pacific time. (Perfecting today: Black Moon Lilith parallel Juno and square Vesta, Uranus quincunx Ceres, Mars sesquiquadrate the South Node)

For the 21st: 5 AM PDT the Leo Moon quincunxes Earth. Our surroundings may challenge us emotionally or give us pause. Void begins at 5:48 AM PDT; the Moon enters Virgo at 8:54 AM PDT. 7 PM PDT the Moon creates a T-square by opposing Neptune with both squaring Mars. We may choose or act in spite of a lack of inspiration or imagination–that may leave us very sorry with the results.

Today’s image is a nurse preparing a shot for a small child. Are you anticipating something not-so-pleasant that is meant to be ‘good for you’? Sometimes we make ourselves do things purely out of a kind of superstitious, ritualistic belief that it will protect us; consider the true efficacy of those preventive measures, before subjecting yourself to them.

And on the Sabian for the Lunar Eclipse of 8 October: ‘Nature Spirits Are Seen At Work In The Light Of Sunset’. This reinforces the culmination factor of the eclipse (the sunset) and reassures us that, even if this is an ending for you with no clear-cut new persona yet showing itself, nature is preparing the elements necessary–all you need to do is wait. The conjunction of Uranus to this point emphasizes the spontaneous nature of what will occur, as well as its uniqueness to the needs and personality of each individual

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Born Today 19 September

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Tapestry of Bayeux (Normandy) with Halley's comet. Text reads ISTI MIRANT STELLA: "These (people) are looking in wonder at the star." c1077 {{PD}}

Tapestry of Bayeux (Normandy) with Halley’s comet. Text reads ISTI MIRANT STELLA: “These (people) are looking in wonder at the star.” c1077 {{PD}}

You’re like a singular comet blazing through the sky, dear Virgo–just be careful that you don’t get so carried away building momentum that you forget your very real need this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, for acclaim, attention, and opportunities to display your (probably legendary) generosity. You might think that your forward trajectory will be satisfying enough, but the reality is (as someone once purred) “it’s lonely out in spaaaace”, and you’ll feel that need for the regard and warmth of others acutely at this time. Too, you may begin to feel that your ambitions and goals are not quite as wise as you once thought them to be–and this may send you on a quest to find something a little more solid upon which to build your future. That would be smart; use your ideals surrounding home, mate, and those things you honor as a guide. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 18 September

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Meyer Albert 'Olympic Games, 1896; preparation for the 100-meter race' 1896 {{PD}}

Meyer Albert ‘Olympic Games, 1896; preparation for the 100-meter race’ 1896 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, you may feel like you’re way ahead of everyone else this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–and you are, the only problem being that running at the front of the pack can be a lonely place–not to mention, others are looking to follow your lead, adding pressure and a more-than-usual awareness of the kind of presentation you are making to others. What’s a Solar Virgo to do? First, know that sooner rather than later a period of intense sensitivity you’ve been going through will end–you’ll feel closure, and at that point you will be free to focus on yourself. Too, you have exceptional natural power and authority at your disposal this year, along with an outstanding ability to negotiate the depths, especially those secret, psychic ones where passions reside; don’t neglect to use this ability carefully (by respecting boundaries) but still employing it to your advantage. And third, you need to think about and plan for the next career or status step–but don’t go for it just yet. Instead, have a Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 17 September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 16 September

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

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

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

Born Today 15 September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 14 September

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

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

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

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Born Today 13 September

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George Bellows - The Big Dory, 1913

George Bellows – The Big Dory, 1913

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

Born Today 12 September

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

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

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

Born Today 11 September

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 10 September

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

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

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

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Born Today 9 September

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

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

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

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Born Today 8 September

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

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

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

Born Today 7 September

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

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

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

Full Moon in Pisces 8 September 2014: Finishing With Pain

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

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

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

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Born Today 6 September

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

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

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

Born Today 5 September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 4 September

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

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

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

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Born Today 3 September

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

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

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

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Born Today 2 September

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

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

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

Born Today 1 September

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

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

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

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Born Today 31 August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 30 August

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

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

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

Born Today 29 August

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

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

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

Born Today 28 August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 27 August

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

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

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

Born Today 26 August

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Johann Erdmann Hummel c1820 {{PD}}

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 1 October

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by Petrus Christus  'St Eligius in His Workshop' (detail) 1449 {{PD}}

by Petrus Christus
‘St Eligius in His Workshop’ (detail) 1449 {{PD}}

You’re coming up on some big choices and even bigger power plays in the foreseeable future, dear Libra–but will you be ready? You’re already feeling burdened–or is it restrained?– by emotional matters. Your feelings and the feelings of others have made barriers and put up walls you dare not cross–and yet these will be the very areas you need to explore if you are to have full access to your own power. It may help you to know that your ambitions and desires are not as big–or as urgently in need of fulfillment–as it feels right now–they can and will wait–and if you continue to work on the power picture, within about 6 months you could be (figuratively speaking) worth your weight in gold. Now that’s something to look forward to! Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 30 September

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Tall bearded iris ‘Soap Opera’ (Ghio, 1982) EML RE 32″ by Renee C. Fraser Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Dear Libra, your life this Solar year, through to your next birthday, may read a little like a soap opera: caught between Love and Ambition, you’ll make choices that will shape your Fate. Don’t worry, though–everyone makes these decisions every day, we just aren’t usually as tuned-in to the repercussions of what we pick as you will be, Libra. This can be a huge advantage, as you’ll see what could be ripple out before you with every choice–but this can also paralyze you, if you try too hard to make everything ‘perfect’. Embrace your Solar Return Sagittarian Moon and its spirit of adventure and enlarging your horizons, explore whatever speaks to you, and remain conscious of what may come from your decisions, but realize that even the most prescient among us can’t foresee everything–that’s what makes life so interesting. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 29 September

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Edwin Austin Abbey,  - 'Potpourri' - 1899 {{PD}}

Edwin Austin Abbey, – ‘Potpourri’ – 1899 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, your attention may turn toward ‘luck’–or is it more the way fortuitous meetings, chance occurrences, random breaks, and good guesses combine to lead you in a direction that, by the end of the year, you’re likely to look back on as both amazingly positive and ‘fated’, as if no other result were even possible? Your originality and inventiveness will combine and bring opportunity such as you haven’t seen for a long time–and you may enjoy a knack for research, unearthing secrets, and getting to the bottom of issues–and that may or may not win you new friends. Watch for: hair-trigger tempers (your own and that of others) and a tendency toward over-optimism–stay connected to reality so that you have a fair idea of what will go forward, and what won’t. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 28 September

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Henri Lebasque 'Young Girls in a Boat' c 1900

Henri Lebasque ‘Young Girls in a Boat’ c 1900

You ARE your creative energy this year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, but as you may be aware, your current patron saint, Neptune, is transiting through his own sign–and so, though his signal’s coming through to you loud and clear (or as clear as Neppy can be!) he’s also consumed with his own creative process–as you will be, too. That means there will be relationships to ignore, communications to muddle, and finances to neglect–and yet, this could be a really great period for you as you’ll enjoy tremendous ability to focus, to know what you want, and you will find support for you ambitions and desires in some surprising places. So, get behind that original idea, nail down the details that will bring that dream to reality, and go for it–you’ll rarely see such a perfect combination of opportunity, ability, and talent available at the same time–use it! Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Your Weekend ECLIPSE Sampler 27-28 September 2014

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'Ceres' Alice Pike Barney 1901 {{PD}}

‘Ceres’ Alice Pike Barney 1901 {{PD}}

A Little Lunar Essence for 27 September: 4 AM PDT the Scorpio Moon sextiles Pluto. It’s time to purge! –the emotions, the pipeline to intuition, and the Self of secrets that are weighing us down. Just let it out. 10 AM PDT the Moon trines Chiron and quincunxes Uranus. We are attuned to hurt, but if we make a conscious effort, we can turn that energy toward healing, it’s polar opposite–all we need to apply is a unique, original, or unusual approach that allows us to take a view beyond our wounds. Noon the Moon squares Jupiter. Experiences in the social sphere are not the best–stick with what you know, and what you’re sure of. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Ceres. We are in touch with Mother Nature, Gaia, our own sense of authority, and can negotiate purely by ‘feel’ should we need or want to. 9 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Saturn and semi-sextiles Pallas. Restraint is smart–it’s that simple.

And a Little AstroEssence for the 28th: Our priorities and interests seem contrary to those of the social circle, and what info we learn or knowledge we glean may be destructive in its effects or concentrated on gaining or holding onto power. Efforts at expansion and control of others or our surroundings seem to threaten what we truly care about—so we step away, thinking we can avoid a problem, but instead find we’ve misunderstood the stakes involved. Stick to facts and adjust efforts to focus on material changes, results, and solid, working-with-reality matters; assume that you are operating under at least a few illusions, that the worth of things is fuzzy at best, and proceed with that kind of caution in mind. (Perfecting today: Vesta contra-parallel Jupiter and semi-square Pluto, Sun quincunx Neptune and contra-parallel Venus, Earth sesquiquadrate Saturn)

A brief article from the Weekly:

More on Eclipses: Expectations
Too often we approach eclipses as some kind of change-your-luck, reach-the-holy-grail, wash-away-your sins kind of astrological event. They are nothing more than New and Full Moons where we just happen, from our vantage point on Earth, to witness one body blocking another, and so cutting off that body’s light. Is that a big deal astrologically? Yes and no—it can signify big, even Earth-shaking, changes and wipe-outs, new starts and major endings, but we have to get past this idea that this kind of massive re-model of our potentials and our lives will occur at each eclipse set.

It’s really as rare as any other lightning strike or lottery win; we’ll have a few of those scattered through life, but mostly eclipses will represent the more subtle or less monumental changes that are part and parcel of every day living. Too much concentration on eclipses as super-powerful comes too close to endowing them with a magical effect they really don’t (and can’t) have—and it’s not a good way to look at the Universe, as if we are waiting for externals to rescue us, or bring us something mystical or extraordinary that will change our lives—really, we have to do the changing ourselves.

We must also remember that even though we are fixated on certain life subjects, that doesn’t mean an eclipse set will address them; sometimes it does, but just as often it points us in another direction entirely. This is a clue to us that the Universe doesn’t necessarily see our agenda as the important one—and maybe hints that what we are finding important in the moment isn’t really important at all. If you’ll let them, eclipses will help steer you in the direction of what you’re really facing, and what your real opportunities are.

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Born Today 27 September

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Creativity explodes in you this year, dear Libra, and that can be messy, so be sure to arrange your environment so that your ideas, imagination, urge to build and do, and your capacity to translate what you visualize into something concrete or that is heard and seen by others has a supportive space in which to flourish. It would be a mistake not to put your creative urge first this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday; temptations may include emotional drama and excuses about being held back by the past. Don’t fool yourself (another hazard), Libra: this is your year to bring a dream into reality–don’t miss out. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Born Today 26 September

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Concentrate on what means the most to you, dear Libra, like home and family. 'Getting Ready for a Game' Carl Larsson 1901 {{PD}}

Concentrate on what means the most to you, dear Libra, like home and family. ‘Getting Ready for a Game’ Carl Larsson 1901 {{PD}}

Communicating emotions may be the centerpiece of your world this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and oh what a tense focus it will be, dear Libra! The tendency may be to dig too much when you don’t get a satisfying reply to what you put out there, but that really isn’t such a good idea; others may see you as overwrought and erratic, or as you used to be in the past–and that doesn’t help you calm down and live in the present, does it? This year don’t worry quite so much about sharing your thoughts and feelings–that can wait. Instead concentrate on those things you really care about: relationships, home and mate, causes to which you dedicate your life energy–and listen both to the wise inner voice that lives within, and to the myriad sources of positive and useful guidance you have available–do that and you’ll go far. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 25 September

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'The Art of Painting' Johannes Vermeer c1666 {{PD}}

‘The Art of Painting’ Johannes Vermeer c1666 {{PD}}

Though you’re headed for an exceptionally creative year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, you may find yourself distracted over serious power struggles and territorial disputes in important relationships–it may even reach a point where you feel the partner is trying to suppress your forward progress. Paranoid much? The reality is the partner is only feeling the pressure of her or his own ambitions; your mate doesn’t realize how much pressure they’re inadvertently exerting on you. The way around it is to broaden the scope of some of your aims, so that others can be included in the highly dynamic momentum you will generate with what seems like so little effort–being generous calms the relationship waters and brings unexpected benefits via the gratitude and affections of others. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 24 September

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Over-thinking is a distinct possibility. 'Lost in Thought' James Carroll Beckwith 1907 {{PD}}

Over-thinking is a distinct possibility. ‘Lost in Thought’ James Carroll Beckwith 1907 {{PD}}

Libra, you’re likely to be feeling brand spankin’ new in some important life areas (likely the ones of the House where your Sun is located, or the ones with Leo on the cusp); this can be rejuvenating, especially in terms of piquing your interest in expressing your Will and showing your originality. The only problems may be that you could tend to over-think things, and thereby suppress what you know is smart or wise in the moment. A willingness to act and consciously remaining aware of your own power (not to mention your inherent rights) will go a long way toward making this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, a fun and fantastically productive one. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

A Little Something on Hekate, the Wayshower

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William Blake's depiction of Hekate reflects a lot of the cultural baggage she's been assigned. 1795 {{PD}}

William Blake’s depiction of Hekate reflects a lot of the cultural baggage she’s been assigned. 1795 {{PD}}

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Originating in Asia Minor, Hekate began as a powerful ‘Mother Goddess,’ but she steadily gained a narrower field of responsibility with each culture she entered. In many instances, figures such as Hathor and Demeter/ Ceres took on many of Hekate’s early characteristics (and of course, she was known by other names before the Greeks bestowed the one we call her by today), with Hekate carrying fewer and fewer of the ‘mother and nurture’ traits; if we combine this narrowing of responsibilities with the later influence of Christian elements on the scenarios of the gods and goddesses, we see that Hekate became a figure who carried unflattering and unwanted projections about the dark and ‘dangerous’ qualities of women. In Greek and Roman myth Hekate was demoted to be under Ceres’/ Demeter’s command, and was sent to accompany Persephone/ Proserpina on her journeys back and forth to the Underworld. Eventually Hekate was deemed ruler of witchcraft (in its most negative definitions), sorcery, demonic activity, and the darkness. This was a simple response of the patriarchy to the female connection to life-giving energy and the female alignment with the rhythms and cycles of the Universe: gestation and childbirth, a woman’s receptive sexual energy (which through the years has been portrayed as evil by its ‘seductive’–another word for receptive–nature) and a determination to keep women as powerless within the social set-up as possible, all contributing to the negative ‘stash’ Hekate has been assigned to carry.

Hekate’s true nature is as a way-shower, in all the many guises this can take. She stands at crossroads both literal and figurative, straddles the border between conscious and unconscious, light and dark, life and death, and translates energy between the two. She is said to be present at crime scenes, to guide travelers on their way, and to be present during the Dark of the Moon, with the Dark period association a good example of the narrowing that has occurred over time–originally Hekate was a Moon goddess, not confined to the Dark phase. It also makes sense that her connection to all forms of darkness would make her a conduit for the unconscious, and so her prominence in the chart or in relation to a particular energy or life area can alert us to the presence of unconscious material in that particular expression or venue. She echoes Pallas as well, as both a wise guide and a guardian–specifically of gateways and other points of ingress or egress (and both goddesses share similarity to Moon goddess Artemis/ Diana, the Huntress, in terms of all three having a martial/ guardian quality). And her characterization as a Crone makes sense when we consider that, ideally, with age comes wisdom–and that should tell us that we can learn from Hekate as well as be guided by or protected by her.

Hekate’s wisdom has unfortunately been trivialized, quite literally; she is the goddess of trivia! This comes from the retired Roman soldiers who were stationed about the city and at crossroads, available to answer questions concerning the area and what lay down each road. Hekate as a way-shower naturally came to be seen as the goddess of these question-answerers, and due to the spoke-like pattern of many Roman via connections there were often at least three roads leading from one point, thus tri three, via road or way, came to be associated with being able to answer any question presented. It’s important to see this as simply reminiscent of Hekate’s store of knowledge having a great span, a span that covers light and dark, and that reaches not just the into the profound life and death arenas but that also includes the minutiae of culture, tradition, and occurrences and changes of the past and present.

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New Moon in Libra 23 September 2014: A Test of Power

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Here's a test of your power: wrangle cats, get them in harness, and get them to pull you and a dozen cherubs around in the clouds--that's power! 'Freya, Cats, and Angels' Nils Blommér 1851 {{PD}}

Here’s a test of your power: wrangle cats, get them in harness, and get them to pull you and a dozen cherubs around in the clouds–that’s power! ‘Freya, Cats, and Angels’ Nils Blommér 1851 {{PD}}

5 AM PDT of the 23rd the Virgo Moon conjuncts Venus and semi-sextiles Black Moon Lilith. Criticism in relationships stems from issues ignored or denied; if anything comes up, recognize at once that this is something that needs to be faced head-on. 7 AM PDT the Lunar influence rests at the midpoint of Juno and Vesta. Empowerment must be balanced with our dedication to important causes, to home, and to the mate–not taking these into consideration risks giving our power to the ‘wrong’ people or causes, or supporting what doesn’t support us. 9 AM PDT the Moon trines Sedna. Instinct flavors feelings; we have a direct pipeline at this point to intuitive knowledge–use it. Void begins at 10:51 AM PDT; the Moon enters Libra at 9 PM sharp Pacific time.

New Moon in Libra occurs on the 23rd at 11:13 PM Pacific time at 1 Libra 07: A Test of Power

The New Moon makes no aspects to other bodies—very unusual. The closest thing we have is a semi-square to Ceres, so we’ll go with that. This suggests that what begins here relates to power expression in the personal life, and specifically to how effective we actually feel in ordering our world and having an impact. The aspect itself implies that this will be a mild but still difficult issue. The one thing we should be aware of is that the likely outlet for this power-testing will be in relationships, especially with the mate or partner, though it’s also possible that we may see new starts of a ‘natural’ variety in the House where the New Moon falls. See the New Moon chart here–just scroll down past the eclipses!

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Born Today 23 September

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This is so Libra, riding in on a pretty sidesaddle, with her bird. 'An Algerian Lady Hawking' Horace Vernet {{PD}}

This is so Libra, riding in on a pretty sidesaddle, with her bird. ‘An Algerian Lady Hawking’ Horace Vernet {{PD}}

Hello Libra! Did you just get here, or are you always so breathless and moist with exertion? It seems you want to make a big, Airy, Cardinal impact on your surroundings this Solar year, through to your next birthday–but you may have to settle for showing your most unique qualities and developing your original ideas. That’s not so bad, but it could be a little lonelier than you usually are, as it takes solitude to create. Find a group that appreciates you, especially your more unusual qualities, so you’ll have the support you need when you’re not creating and want to mix it up, and watch the matters of the House with Aquarius on the cusp–this is where a lot of the magic, opportunity, and going overboard may happen. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 22 September

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Evelyn Simak Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Creative energy carves out a path for you this coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, and it may be some time before you come up for air and see exactly where you stand. Critical faculties are in high gear, and using them pays off financially but not so much emotionally–in the personal arena it may be better to stay quiet and in the background for now, as you’ve got some things to work out of which even you aren’t yet aware. Mobilize your energy for pure creative ends, face matters that need facing, and by your next birthday you will have moved to a significantly better life position than you occupy now. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck! If you are a Libra, please see the post for the 23rd.

Featured Solar Return aspect: Juno trine Vesta in Water. Empowerment comes through respecting our own and others’ values, and in efforts to make home and mate feel loved and secure. This isn’t the most direct route to feeling personally empowered, but it is the one with the biggest pay off.

Born Today 21 September

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Gaston La Touche Le Ballet c1910 {{PD}}

Gaston La Touche Le Ballet c1910 {{PD}}

You find a perfect emotional balance this coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, but you’re in danger of making this a static situation–you may fall in love with the stability and predictability of it and forget that the ups and downs are what give the feelings texture and distinguish one day from another. To prevent this, vow to expand your personal bubble; be willing to act spontaneously, to try what’s new, if it appeals, and to rebel once in a while. Showing your originality on the social scene qualifies, as well. Shake it up (even if you must schedule this on a regular basis!) and you won’t go far wrong. Key to your year: Love and Money work in tandem to create your reality, and so your future. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 20 September

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Edward Simmons, The Reflection {{PD}}

Edward Simmons, The Reflection {{PD}}

You’re winding down one major cycle, dear Virgo, and laying the foundation for a whole new one–so what must you do? Put yourself first, at this point–think about the way you present yourself and whether your current style makes the impression you hope for. Make a serious assessment of your career path, your prospects, and where you’d ultimately like to end up; can you get there from here? That’s a question you should answer. You’ll make your best moves this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, by following instinct–just don’t confuse it with wishful thinking–and by letting those in authority or in positions that can support your ambitions see your most unique and original talents and attributes. This latter may be the way you can begin to build for the next cycle–have a Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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Your Weekend ECLIPSE Sampler 20-21 September 2014

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Charles Demuth 'The Circus' (1917) {{PD}}

Charles Demuth ‘The Circus’ (1917) {{PD}}

For 20 September: empowerment at this particular time comes from facing it all (even what we’d rather not), standing up for ourselves and our right to be respected, and involves a willingness to at least question those things we typically consider sacred—they might need a fresh, objective look—and any ways in which we’ve been bending over backward to maintain harmony with the mate or on the home front may also need to be examined. We may have bent too much, thought of ourselves too little—and if we don’t see our needs now, rebellion against those we see as holding power or authority over us may rear its head. What we don’t want to do is fall into patterns of ego or temper from the past—these will get us nowhere in a hurry. Dark of the Moon begins late PM Pacific time. (Perfecting today: Black Moon Lilith parallel Juno and square Vesta, Uranus quincunx Ceres, Mars sesquiquadrate the South Node)

For the 21st: 5 AM PDT the Leo Moon quincunxes Earth. Our surroundings may challenge us emotionally or give us pause. Void begins at 5:48 AM PDT; the Moon enters Virgo at 8:54 AM PDT. 7 PM PDT the Moon creates a T-square by opposing Neptune with both squaring Mars. We may choose or act in spite of a lack of inspiration or imagination–that may leave us very sorry with the results.

Today’s image is a nurse preparing a shot for a small child. Are you anticipating something not-so-pleasant that is meant to be ‘good for you’? Sometimes we make ourselves do things purely out of a kind of superstitious, ritualistic belief that it will protect us; consider the true efficacy of those preventive measures, before subjecting yourself to them.

And on the Sabian for the Lunar Eclipse of 8 October: ‘Nature Spirits Are Seen At Work In The Light Of Sunset’. This reinforces the culmination factor of the eclipse (the sunset) and reassures us that, even if this is an ending for you with no clear-cut new persona yet showing itself, nature is preparing the elements necessary–all you need to do is wait. The conjunction of Uranus to this point emphasizes the spontaneous nature of what will occur, as well as its uniqueness to the needs and personality of each individual

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Born Today 19 September

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Tapestry of Bayeux (Normandy) with Halley's comet. Text reads ISTI MIRANT STELLA: "These (people) are looking in wonder at the star." c1077 {{PD}}

Tapestry of Bayeux (Normandy) with Halley’s comet. Text reads ISTI MIRANT STELLA: “These (people) are looking in wonder at the star.” c1077 {{PD}}

You’re like a singular comet blazing through the sky, dear Virgo–just be careful that you don’t get so carried away building momentum that you forget your very real need this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, for acclaim, attention, and opportunities to display your (probably legendary) generosity. You might think that your forward trajectory will be satisfying enough, but the reality is (as someone once purred) “it’s lonely out in spaaaace”, and you’ll feel that need for the regard and warmth of others acutely at this time. Too, you may begin to feel that your ambitions and goals are not quite as wise as you once thought them to be–and this may send you on a quest to find something a little more solid upon which to build your future. That would be smart; use your ideals surrounding home, mate, and those things you honor as a guide. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 18 September

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Meyer Albert 'Olympic Games, 1896; preparation for the 100-meter race' 1896 {{PD}}

Meyer Albert ‘Olympic Games, 1896; preparation for the 100-meter race’ 1896 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, you may feel like you’re way ahead of everyone else this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday–and you are, the only problem being that running at the front of the pack can be a lonely place–not to mention, others are looking to follow your lead, adding pressure and a more-than-usual awareness of the kind of presentation you are making to others. What’s a Solar Virgo to do? First, know that sooner rather than later a period of intense sensitivity you’ve been going through will end–you’ll feel closure, and at that point you will be free to focus on yourself. Too, you have exceptional natural power and authority at your disposal this year, along with an outstanding ability to negotiate the depths, especially those secret, psychic ones where passions reside; don’t neglect to use this ability carefully (by respecting boundaries) but still employing it to your advantage. And third, you need to think about and plan for the next career or status step–but don’t go for it just yet. Instead, have a Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 17 September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 16 September

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

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

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

Born Today 15 September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 14 September

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

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

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

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Born Today 13 September

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George Bellows - The Big Dory, 1913

George Bellows – The Big Dory, 1913

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

Born Today 12 September

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

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

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

Born Today 11 September

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 10 September

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

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

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

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Born Today 9 September

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

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

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

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Born Today 8 September

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

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

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

Born Today 7 September

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

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

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

Full Moon in Pisces 8 September 2014: Finishing With Pain

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

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

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

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Born Today 6 September

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

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

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

Born Today 5 September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 4 September

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

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

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

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Born Today 3 September

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

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

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

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Born Today 2 September

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

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

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

Born Today 1 September

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

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

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

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Born Today 31 August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 30 August

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

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

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

Born Today 29 August

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

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

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

Born Today 28 August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 27 August

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

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

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

Born Today 26 August

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Johann Erdmann Hummel c1820 {{PD}}

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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