Born Today 16 January

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Sascha Schneider, "Icarus" (1906) {{PD}}

You Bette it may be a tough Journey, Cap! Sascha Schneider, “Icarus” (1906) {{PD}}

You’re wingin’ it, dear Capricorn, in a bid for true empowerment and independence, aiming straight for the status you want–and it’s a scary time, as you fear that figurative ‘wind beneath your wings’ (apologies, ’90s aficionados!) may disappear at any time. The reality is that you must go through this period when you feel very much alone, moving only under your own power–you didn’t really think others would just hand you that position you want, did you? No Cappy, you’re too realistic to have told yourself a fairy tale–but right now, a few fairy tales would be quite a good idea, to keep you inspired, to keep you believin’ (oops, don’t stop!) It’s important that you see present circumstances as necessary, rather than as a punishment–because a positive approach will insure that you stay open to learning what you need to learn–observation, acceptance, and new influences and examples can be your friends, right now–and a strong belief in your own abilities and in the need to persevere smartly will take you through, to a place about halfway to your next birthday, when your world will open up and things will look significantly different to you. Happy Birthday, Cap, and good luck!

Born Today 15 January

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Ren Shuai Ying (任率英) Title 嫦娥奔月 (Chang'e Flying to the Moon) Date 	1955 {{PD}}

Ren Shuai Ying (任率英)
Title 嫦娥奔月 (Chang’e Flying to the Moon)
Date 1955 {{PD}}

This may be a very unusual year for you, dear Capricorn, through to your next birthday; you may feel like you are whizzing along (or is it floating, or drifting, or standing still?) all alone. It may be a time when you feel untethered, bound to very little, and obligated to even less. For a good portion of the coming year, you may feel extraordinarily free, and if so, you should take careful note of those things to which you’re attracted, that grab your interest, that excite you–because these will be clues as to where your heart really lies–but they will not necessarily present in the form you should follow, so make your choices later. This will largely be a time for introspection and Self-discovery that is low key, observational only, designed to make you think and think again. You may obsess about past hurts–that’s so later you can let them go–and be careful what you communicate: the unusual internal experience you will have could make those you care about feel you are growing distant. Reassure them, and take special care not to cause emotional harm, as that will only unduly complicate matters in future. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Born Today 14 January

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"Uffizi Gallery - Daughter of Niobe bent by terror" by Petar Milošević - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg

“Uffizi Gallery – Daughter of Niobe bent by terror” by Petar Milošević – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg

Dear Capricorn, this year for you it’s all about Self-expression, all about empowerment, all about drilling down to your most original and unique characteristics and identity, and then seeing what you can make of it, and gain from it, and all of this is done with an eye to cutting away the unnecessary from the past and shaping the future. You will be very focused on yourself–and that’s exactly what you should do at this time–don’t let anyone guilt you about your need to concentrate on your goals and desires right now. Through to your next birthday you must shape what’s to come; be as aware as you possibly can that much of what is pushing you now is a combination of instinct/ buried beliefs and memories, and those things that are active in your personality right now but that you aren’t able to observe–and it’s these latter you must watch out for. Others can aid you; be a keen observer of the reactions and remarks of others that surprise you–these will be key to gaining perspective on those qualities that reside in your ‘blind spot’. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Mystic Rectangle January 2015: Easing the Way

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William Henry Jackson - 'Mystic Lake' albumen print 1872 {{PD}}

William Henry Jackson – ‘Mystic Lake’ albumen print 1872 {{PD}}

We’re under a loose Mystic Rectangle now, a configuration that almost magically amps up the involved energies and helps them help one another. The rectangle has a point, in this case we’ll start with the Mercury-Venus conjunction in Aquarius, trine a second point (North Node and Zeus) sextile a third (Juno in Leo) trine a fourth (South Node-Uranus) which naturally happens to sextile the first. This combination suggests thinking and feeling, communications, relationships, and finances, are in accord, and successfully aligning with ambitions and desire fulfillment that are specifically concerned with future developments and goals–we don’t have any trouble keeping where we want to end up in mind–and that is both empowering, and lowers the chances we will rebel against our own plans, behave erratically, or suddenly change course, as we are aware of how our own irregular choices (or accidents or mishaps) may have sunk things in the past. This is a point when we can make a lot of headway, and make choices that are consistent with our ultimate wishes and goals.

Things to watch out for: thinking and not acting–the Merc-Venus conjunction in Aquarius inclines us to intellectual activity and to using that lens for most perceptual duties–and that means we can get ‘lost in our heads’, thinking we’re being effective in the world when most of the activity is actually only mental; Juno in Leo says that empowerment may give us an ego or image boost–and we may easily believe our own press–keep perspective; and remember that indulging in the erratic or rebellious is where we can short-circuit the flow of this config. The Mystic Rectangle is in effect now and continues through the 17th.

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Born Today 13 January

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Henri-Edmond Cross - 'The Evening Air' 1893 {{PD}}

Henri-Edmond Cross – ‘The Evening Air’ 1893 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Capricorn, you find your way purely on instinct; what you don’t know about yourself guides you, with the result that, though you are not conscious of the whys and wherefores, you nevertheless arrive at your goal, perhaps more quickly than you otherwise would’ve taking a more consciously sought and planned path. This can be scary, if you’re otherwise heavy in Earth (and so wanting to climb a set of concrete steps) or in Air (where you’d like to plan and orchestrate)–but your Water placements should be delighted–look to them in the natal chart, and to transiting Neptune, for charged-up areas that will hold inspiration, creative outlets, and probably the most activity, through to your next birthday. Be ready: the social influence may change values, and the situation with home, mate, and commitments may change your role or contacts in the social sphere. No matter how you cut it, it’s a big year for you, Cap–though you may not see that for some time after. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

Born Today 12 January

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D. Howard Hitchcock - Pali Gap from Kaneolu Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, 1915

D. Howard Hitchcock – Pali Gap from Kaneolu Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, 1915

Dear Capricorn, you may be experiencing what I can only describe as a widening gap between yourself and your mate, the security of your home life, and/ or a changing sense of commitment, generally away from, causes you previously supported. You are very partnership-focused at this time, which only emphasizes the feeling that things are not as cozy as they once were. The thing you are perceiving isn’t so much a deterioration of important relationships or roles, but a growing need within yourself to turn inward and explore those matters you carry but have so far remained unconscious of–the contents of your ‘blind spot’, one might say–and those instinctive matters that have been exerting their influence in your life without your complete awareness of their impact. It’s a time of introversion, but it needn’t alter your external commitments permanently; just be willing to take this time, through to your next birthday, for yourself–doing so, you will very quickly gain a wider viewpoint and burgeoning sense of who you really are, and what are your most effective talents and ways of reaching out to share your gifts. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 11 January

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Osias Beert 'Still-Life with Artichokes' 16th century {{PD}}

Osias Beert ‘Still-Life with Artichokes’ 16th century {{PD}}

You’re feeling optimistic, perhaps coming off a stretch of significant opportunity and accomplishment, and you’re standing on a firm foundation–the question becomes, dear Capricorn, what will you do this year, through to your next birthday? Coming from such a solid position, it would seem the world is your oyster. But then, how does the oyster form its pearl? Through irritation, that’s how–and that irritation comes from your upset at having to acknowledge that there are forces greater than your own Will out there–and that they can’t be resisted. After so much recent success of a kind, humility is the next step, and the events of this coming year will bring that lesson home. You can make it all go smoothly if you get out ahead of things, admit that you aren’t all seeing, all knowing, or all controlling, and accept that even the biggest triumphs have a built-in cooling off period, where luster fades and efforts must begin all over again. Your bonus Solar Return aspect is a Finger of God with base of Pluto-Chiron, apex Juno=change can hurt, or be accepted and allowed to offer healing, your choice; the end result either way is empowerment, and a change in status, it’s just whether you choose the hard way, or not. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 10 January

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 Inscribed by Zha Shibiao:"This is in the style of Huang Gongwang [Huang Kung-wang]'s 'Autumn Mountain.' Because the original no longer exists, people are not aware of its source.This is a painting made by me ten years ago. I did not put down the year. Now I put it down for reference. 1697, Shibiao [Shih-piao] at the age of 83." Huang Gongwang [Huang Kung-wang] (1269-1354) was a revered painter of the Yuan [Yüan] dynasty. {{PD}}

Inscribed by Zha Shibiao:”This is in the style of Huang Gongwang [Huang Kung-wang]’s ‘Autumn Mountain.’ Because the original no longer exists, people are not aware of its source.This is a painting made by me ten years ago. I did not put down the year. Now I put it down for reference. 1697, Shibiao [Shih-piao] at the age of 83.”
Huang Gongwang [Huang Kung-wang] (1269-1354) was a revered painter of the Yuan [Yüan] dynasty. {{PD}}

Dear Capricorn, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may enjoy one of the most ‘together’ years of your life; your sense of integrity, your ability to live your values and ideals, and your willingness to dedicate your energy to those things that matter to you will exceed all previous personal standards–and so you’ll attract a similar balance and integrity in all that you do. Too, emotions will be in harmony with who you are, and thoughts and relationships will be on the same wavelength, all positive indicators for a healthy and happy year. What might the down side to all this copacetic living be? A tendency to stagnate; the inclination may be to luxuriate in your harmonious niche and avoid applying this energy in big, sweeping ways that can affect many. Usually we are so caught up in our own personal problems that we don’t have much to spare for big causes or the Collective, but this year, Cappy, the opposite is true for you, in spite of the other problem you may have, where the social sphere may not be as encouraging as you would like, and/ or a spate of deaths, separations, or departures could distract you from your aims. It’s your job to take advantage of your unique current ability to channel your energy outward, into a wide field, and have the kind of major impact most of us can only dream of. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Mars Into Pisces

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Imagine the Warrior in the Clouds--Peter Nicolai Arbo {{PD}}

Imagine the Warrior in the Clouds–Peter Nicolai Arbo {{PD}}

Mars enters Pisces on the 12th and brings the Warrior mentality to the creative and the connection to the Cosmic—that can’t be good, can it? Yes, it really can. We find the energy to act on those things we’ve only imagined, and creative output can soar—if we know what form we’d like to see it in. We may also be prompted to act on delusions and lies, and can really go down the wrong Path right now, if we have accepted untruth as its opposite. Mars in Pisces may make those strong in Air and Fire uneasy, worried their energy or spark may be dampened by this placement. All they really need to do, though, is realize that the emotion-rich atmosphere of Pisces offers an enormous amount of inspiration—and of course, that is the very thing that underlies effective action. Fears of emotional flooding, of releasing dammed-up feelings, must be accepted; actions and choices now will naturally be prompted by and carried along on the feeling nature—there’s no way to avoid it. No one has ever actually drowned in emotion; but they have died from denying it, holding it in, and having it leak out in inappropriate ways. Just go with the flow, this time—there’s nothing to fear.

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Born Today 9 January

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Down the road your goals will be scrutinized by those in power, Cappy--be ready, be open to what the influential can offer. Peter Paul Rubens - Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria 1605 {{PD}}

Down the road your goals will be scrutinized by those in power, Cappy–be ready, be open to what the influential can offer. Peter Paul Rubens – Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria 1605 {{PD}}

The deepest, core intents of the Soul will align with the emotional perceptions to create exceptional internal harmony this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Capricorn. You will know your priorities, know what matters, and act to honor those individuals (like the mate or parents) and those arenas (your home, causes to which you’re dedicated) that matter to you. This attitude will add focus and gravitas to all that you undertake–so do something important. That sounds like a lot of pressure, doesn’t it? Really, it’s not–it’s simply the same goals and focus you would normally have, with many of the distractions and irrelevancies stripped away–and that means it’s time to take advantage of such one-pointed attention, and make it work for you. Consider the way in which you’d like to make your mark in life; then go for it. Hints for success include throwing out the most radical or strange inclinations from the past–they’ll only take you off track–and be willing to have good relationships with those in authority, as soon, they’ll be looking directly at you–your moment to garner aid, a leg up, or elevated status will depend on you being open to (rather than resistant to) existing power players. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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