Born Today 21 July

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Cancer, use the inspiration and healing potential currently available in Pisces to set you on your way. 'Leaping Trout' Winslow Homer 1889 {{PD}}

Cancer, use the inspiration and healing potential currently available in Pisces to set you on your way. ‘Leaping Trout’ Winslow Homer 1889 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, you can feel luck, fortune, and an expanded world so near, can’t you? But you’re going to have to spend a good part of your year between this birthday and the next waiting, and then you’ll have to do some important planning and networking–and the toughest part may be that much of what goes on with you will be very visible, even public, so that you’re aware of your every choice seen and perhaps scrutinized by others. This may feel awfully unfair, except that by your next Solar Return you’ll have shaped your reality precisely as you’d like, and your choices will have been smart, and needed skills will have been acquired. You’ll be leaps and bounds ahead of where you are now–and that’s really something to look forward to! Happy Birthday!

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Born Today 20 July

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Claude Monet, 1867, Regatta at Sainte-Adresse {{PD}}

Claude Monet, 1867, Regatta at Sainte-Adresse {{PD}}

Action in partnership is the key concept for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Cancer; artistic efforts, cooperative ventures, and financial situations involving others may get the Crab’s share of your attention for this period–and it won’t be easy to deal with. At worst, conflict with others is what brings these areas into focus; at best, you’ll use situations that are at first confrontational to work out solutions that fulfill the wants of both (or all) parties, using your exquisite natural sensitivity, enhanced this year by the Solar Return Moon in Taurus, tripling your ability to both comfort and prosper. It’ll likely be a challenging year where you’ll have to handle some things you’d rather not–but by facing these you have a chance to heal not just yourself, but your world–and that sounds pretty good, no? Happy Birthday!

Born Today 19 July

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Something blocked could flow, or something free-flowing could dam-up--you need to be ready, Cancer. 'Bradberry's Mill Dam in Spring' by Edward Francis Rook c. 1910-1915 {{PD}}

Something blocked could flow, or something free-flowing could dam-up–you need to be ready, Cancer. ‘Bradberry’s Mill Dam in Spring’ by Edward Francis Rook c. 1910-1915 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, is that any way to celebrate a birthday? You seem to be pushing yourself so hard, pushing to go, to do, to create the perfect partnership, to cooperate flawlessly, to be a Warrior for all you care about–it’s exhausting! Really, you’ll do yourself and everyone around you a favor if you’ll just take a break, treat yourself to some rest, some luxury, and build your reserves back up–because soon there’s going to be a switch in your basic situation, with either a freeing up of what you hadn’t been able to budge, or conversely, a halt to something that was free-flowing–and you’ll need to be ready to do some major adaptation to whichever situation visits you. Too, this Solar year, through to your next birthday, may find you in need of (and possibly really enjoying) a secure and established home front (or its emotional equivalent) to act as a stabilizer, safe zone, and place of recovery from your adventures–that’s where you need to put your immediate efforts, just until you are feeling secure–then you can get back to doing! Happy Birthday!

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Your ECLIPSE Weekend Sampler 18-20 July 2014

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Carducius Plantagenet Ream 'Dessert No. 4' c1865 {{PD}}

Carducius Plantagenet Ream ‘Dessert No. 4′ c1865 {{PD}}

Your weekend sampler, featuring a too-long cake metaphor, a slice (again!) from the article on sibling relationships, and a little glimpse ahead, but just a crumb–have a great weekend!

Today’s image (for the 18th) is a pink cake box, like the kind you get from the bakery, containing a crushed cake and discarded on the freeway on-ramp. This is a sad image; who is so angry or unhappy or spiteful that they moosh a perfectly lovely cake and throw it out the window of a speeding car? Someone who doesn’t like the good things in life, that’s who, someone who is not willing to accept pleasure–and they don’t want anyone else to have any enjoyment, either. Is there someone like this in your life? If so, consider that they may ruin everyone’s cake out of deep sorrow, perhaps out of a belief that they don’t deserve life’s cake. If you find it in yourself, you may want to offer them a slice, and let them know that they really do deserve it–all we have to do is be alive to deserve it!–and we can all have our cake, after all.

Anything posited in the 11th adds layers to the interaction, and typically focuses major attention in 11th House matters. The Moon here, for example, may suggest we see our own mother, those who seem maternal to us, or those with whom we empathize as friend material; an emotional connection may be essential to viewing an individual as a friend, with this placement, and could dominate interaction. So how do our sibling interactions influence our later interactions with friends? Even if there are no other connections, Whole Sign Houses give us the same element in both 3rd and 11th House—and further, we get the same element on the 7th of Others, with all three Houses offering both personal and group or ‘other’ related viewpoints for the chart individual. This implies that the way we relate to friends and groups is very much like, even modeled on, sibling relationships and early childhood experiences (which also fall in the 3rd). With the elements connecting the Houses, we can’t help but translate our experiences in the matters of the earliest part of life (the 3rd) into later events and experiences as our horizons and contacts widen.

19 July are our relationships or finances not fitting smoothly into our reality, or must our reality modify itself to accurately reflect the Truth of our relationships or financial situation? That’s the question we’ll wrestle with all day. (Perfecting today: Venus sesquiquadrate Saturn)

20 July sees us discover the down side to our expansion attempts, our social role, or to knowing what we know; somehow we are seen as responsible for darker elements that are in reality way outside our control. This brings a form of public judgment, an episode where the social circle makes a pronouncement about us—and there’s nothing we can do about it. Just know that what’s communicated is more revealing about the thinking of those making the assessments than it is about you or your choices. Too, our own thinking is influenced by things we’re not aware of—and pushes us in directions we might not anticipate, to undetermined effect—and that could be the same influence that’s causing others to make those judgments of you. (Jupiter contra-parallel Pluto, Mercury semi-square Sedna)

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Born Today 18 July

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Max Slevogt - Sandstorm in the Libyan Desert 1918 {{PD}}

Max Slevogt – Sandstorm in the Libyan Desert 1918 {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! It’s all about some combination of home, values, life commitments, and the mate or partner, this coming Solar year–and more than likely revelations and change that come about along these lines will arise from the dust of conflict and disparities between what you’ve told others you want and where you’re really headed. You didn’t mean to mislead anybody; in fact, you’re just now yourself discovering that where you thought you were headed, and what you believed you wanted to dedicate your life energy to, may be very different than you’ve been thinking and saying. You’ll be going through a process of discovery that may be very hard on your pocketbook, your relationships, and/ or could significantly alter your social standing or role–but in any event will leave you in a much changed state, physically, mentally, and perhaps emotionally, by the time you reach your next birthday, and could see you aiming for a whole new set of goals sooner rather than later. Good luck!

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Born Today 17 July

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DeScott Evans 'Hanging Apples' 1898 {{PD}}

DeScott Evans ‘Hanging Apples’ 1898 {{PD}}

Your connection to Nature, as well as your sense of ‘home’, whether that has an interior or exterior form, may be your saving graces this coming Solar year, dear Cancer; when you are dealing with some facet of these life areas, things, with some effort, will fall into place perfectly. These may also be the areas where you must face conflict–but in the end that’s a good thing, as it reveals the true nature of your relationships, strengthening connections in some cases and severing them in others. The result of all this may be that you adopt a new sense of adventure–and end the year with considerably wider horizons than when you began it. Happy Birthday!

Solar Return Focus On: Saturn quincunx Uranus=the entire year you may find yourself striving to gain or create balance–and yet surprising and unanticipated factors related to willfulness, Self-expression, the ego, and anger, your own and that of others, will keep tipping the apple cart. Try to work with, not against, these erratic developments, by remaining mentally flexible and open to the latest advancements and changes. Good luck!

Just a Little Lunar Essence 16 July 2014: We Sense What We Can’t See

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James Tissot - 'Ball on Shipboard' 1873 {{PD}}

James Tissot – ‘Ball on Shipboard’ 1873 {{PD}}

3 AM PDT of the 16th the Pisces Moon opposes Pallas. We may be inspired or just deluded, but either way we may be tempted to ignore the smart thing to do. Don’t. 10 AM PDT the Moon forms the base of a Finger of God with Sedna, catching the South Node at the midpoint, apex the North Node and Ceres; the Moon also trines the Sun. We sense what we can’t really see, something linking us to the past, and this informs both the future and our sense of personal authority and power. Our vision is clear at this point, so that anything we conclude, even when it’s gleaned from unconscious sources, will be accurate and informative. 12:30 PM PDT the Moon creates another Finger with Sedna, this time with an apex of Mars and Vesta. What we’ve sensed now prompts action or choice; the good news is what we act on or choose is directly in line with our truest values. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon squares Venus. Our sense of the creative or a need for escape is in conflict with relationship or financial needs. Don’t blow something important just for a few hours off, but do note the need you feel at this time: it’s indicative of some itch that can cause trouble if it’s not eventually scratched. Void begins at 5:59 PM PDT; the Moon enters Aries at 9:07 PM PDT and immediately trine Jupiter fresh in Leo. We may have an excited and expansive feeling about the social scene or from knowledge just gained; this is a great way to kick off the Moon in Aries, as this confidence and excitement primes us for Aries flavored action.

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Born Today 16 July

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Gustave Caillebotte - Régates à Argenteuil 1893 {{PD}}

Gustave Caillebotte – Régates à Argenteuil 1893 {{PD}}

Even though, dear Cancer, your Solar Return identity and emotions are in harmony, your Solar year through to your next birthday may be dominated by all the material you’ve tucked into your ‘blind spot’; look to both your natal Sedna placement and the place in the natal chart where Sedna is currently transiting (today at 24 Taurus 47) in order to know from what issues and life areas (by House) and in what manner (by sign) you might be blindsided. The good news is you’ll have a clear idea about what material steps you’ll want to take to pursue goals, and you’ll by guided by Nature, your highest values, and aided by the cooperative attitudes of others. In fact, the consistent and unanticipated support you attract on all levels, from the personal to the Collective, will make for some of the highlights of the year, and perhaps of your life. Happy Birthday!

Born Today 15 July

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Choices may not be easy this year, dear Cancer. 'The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame' Georges de la Tour c1640 {{PD}}

Choices may not be easy this year, dear Cancer. ‘The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame’ Georges de la Tour c1640 {{PD}}

You’ll be making some fate-determining choices this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Cancer–why? You may be driven by matters you’re not even aware of, and a sense of needing to act, as well as a feeling that you should defend those things that really matter to you and that you should establish your own place and power within the natural order of things, may push you into situations that could be rooted in primal hurts and require the exercise of unique skills. Its not an ideal picture for the year ahead, but it is one that will move you along your Path significantly–and much of the outcome will depend upon your level of consciousness and your life intentions–a punishing person who blames others for their situation will have a much harder time than will an individual who is Self-responsible, willing to do what’s necessary to get where they want to go, and who keeps highest values at the forefront when making those fate-determining choices. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Featured Solar Return aspect: Sun sesquiquadrate Neptune=it will take effort, but the potential exists for you to bring dreams to reality; be aware there’s also the possibility that you could be mislead by your own delusions about the nature of reality. Strive to see ‘What Is’ and to deal with it in the most honest and straightforward way possible, and you just may manifest something you’ve been hoping to create for a long time.

Just a Little AstroEssence + The Daily Word Image 14 July 2014: The Universe Complies

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Blason de Mozac sur la châsse de saint Austremoine 16th century {{PD}}

Blason de Mozac sur la châsse de saint Austremoine 16th century {{PD}}

14 July our own inner sense of authority determines our Path—it’s very simple—though those who don’t entirely accept that their life direction is truly in their own hands may insist that there are things they can do nothing about—and when we dissemble like that, the Universe typically complies, giving us a few things we really can’t do anything about—so don’t be that guy. Too what we think may need to adjust to the reality of the situation; reality shines a bright light on what is, reveals cleanly what isn’t, and expects us to accept it. (Perfecting Today: Ceres conjunct the North Node, Mercury sesquiquadrate Saturn, Sun sesquiquadrate Neptune)

Today’s image is an outdated swipe-card hotel key from another city, found in your winter jacket pocket. You have the key to something, but does it really matter anymore? You may be past the point when having it would make a difference. This points to the potential for putting energy into things already over, decided, or that are completely history–recognizing this allows you to re-channel the energy to something useful in the present, and allows you to really be present.

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