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!

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 24 August

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

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

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

Born Today 23 August

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

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

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

Born Today 22 August

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

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

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

Born Today 21 August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born Today 20 August

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

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

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

Born Today 19 August

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

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

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

Born Today 18 August

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

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

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

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