Born Today 15 August

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'Self Portrait with Sunflower' Anthony van Dyck 17th century {{PD}}

‘Self Portrait with Sunflower’ Anthony van Dyck 17th century {{PD}}

Dear Leo, if I have to sum up the coming Solar year for you, I’d say, ‘Stressful, Emotional Communications’–but that wouldn’t tell you half what you need to know, and might be a little alarming, to boot! You will take action based on agreements, information shared, knowledge, networking, and you must remain acutely aware of just how much both what you hear and how you process it will be affected by each party’s emotional palette. A lot of what causes the stress will be seated in a feeling that you alone can act, that you must choose or lead, and that there’s little time to waste–but you’ve got to remember, these are perceptions, and that’s no guarantee that they’re accurate. Sort it out through trusted relationships that empower you, and through creativity that centers either on your home or on some cause to which you’re dedicated. These will help ground you and allow you some perspective in communication issues–and they’ll make for an especially fulfilling year. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

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Born Today 14 August

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The Fortune Teller-Caravaggio 1595 {{PD}}

The Fortune Teller-Caravaggio 1595 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Leo, through to your next birthday, you may be consumed with understanding the past–or are you obsessed with finding out about your future? While you figure that out, you may enjoy a large dose of creative energy, and the ability to lead others and yourself in a unique direction. Originality may be your strength this year, but distraction by trying to decipher your history is distinctly possible–as is living in the future and neglecting what is. Do your best to keep consciousness in the present, and know that gaining ground with your ambitions doesn’t mean you have to give up those most unique parts of yourself. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 13 August

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La Nuit by Auguste Raynaud 19th century {{PD}}

La Nuit by Auguste Raynaud 19th century {{PD}}

You may be very focused, dear Leo, on the direction you’re headed, but not so much on what you need to get there. Somehow there’s a serious in-coordination between what you need to do and how you need to apply yourself, and the more serious issues of who holds power in your world and how they, more than you, hold command over your reality. The problem may lie in the way the individuality urge has driven forward and neglected to develop the specific skills and contacts that would fulfill ambitions. It can all be easily remedied, dear Leo, if you’ll simply put your feet on the ground for a while and attend to those matters, largely represented by the House through which Pluto is now transiting in your natal chart, that require some serious, daily attention. Then in no time at all you can allow that expansive creative urge to do its inspired thing, to much success. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence 12 August 2014: Rose-Colored Glasses

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From the book Shin Bijin (True Beauties) by Chikanobu Hashimoto 1897 {{PD}}

From the book Shin Bijin (True Beauties) by Chikanobu Hashimoto 1897 {{PD}}

12 August the reality picture seems to grab hold of our methods and means of empowerment and mischievously twist them; relationships suddenly become all about money or what the other person thinks is smart, but we can’t help but feel something loving is being destroyed if we acquiesce or concentrate on assets. Words speak to some part of us we can’t pinpoint (and we speak from this subliminal stratum, as well) and nothing seems stable or secure; we feel we can point to irrefutable proof of that. That latter is a bit delusional; we must realize that we are seeing reality under too harsh a light—it seems so oppressive, and when we do that, we tend to exaggerate the negatives, and despair. Put on some rose-colored glasses, and wait for upsets to pass—and don’t take anything that comes across as hardline too seriously, at least for now. (Perfecting today: Saturn sesquiquadrate Juno, Venus into Leo, sextile Pallas, and contra-parallel Pluto, Mercury square Sedna, Mercury and the Sun contra-parallel Saturn)

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Born Today 12 August

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'Pandora' Jules Joseph Lefebvre 1882 {{PD}}

Maybe Pandora would’ve been better off not opening that box, but you need to deal with the unpleasantness, Leo, in order to go forward. ‘Pandora’ Jules Joseph Lefebvre 1882 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, there’s a Pandora’s Box of subjects you’d rather not deal with that will be sneaking up on you soon–but the good news is facing those issues will bring you respect, independence, and allow you to fully express your passions–so that’s really not a bad deal at all. An added bonus to all this will be the way you are able to settle certain situations, myths, and repercussions of actions from the past that have reverberated through to the Now; you could be, by the end of this Solar year, through to your next birthday, free of some elements that have lingered for a long time, haunting you, dragging at your energy, or just acting as a brake. Deal with those negatives, and then know where you want to aim, as you can show real power and make great progress in pursuing your dreams.

Extra: if you have any placements or points at 5 Aries or 5 Capricorn, you may find those dreams and goals challenged by the Will of others–but that’s just one more thing you’ll need to work out–then you can go forward with few, or no, impediments.

Born Today 11 August

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'In the Box' Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

‘In the Box’ Mary Cassatt 1879 {{PD}}

Dear Leo: What’s the most powerful thing you’ve discovered about yourself in  the past year? Because whatever that is, it will be behind what drives you forward on your Path this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. If this powerful thing involved you facing matters you’d rather not deal with, then bravo/ brava, you are clearing out psychic material that may have held you back for a long time, and claiming your power as your own; and if this powerful thing was about demanding respect and standing up for yourself, then you have set the stage so that you’ve left behind those who aren’t right for this leg of your journey, and you’ve attracted those who are–with the result that you are now poised to go far at a new, empowered level. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 10 August

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Józef Chełmoński 1881 {{PD}}

Józef Chełmoński 1881 {{PD}}

You’d agree that driving a team of spirited horses with your eyes closed is not a good idea, wouldn’t you, Leo? ‘Cause that’s effectively what you’re doing right now by avoiding dealing with all sorts of things that need tending. You may be feeling a deep need to be respected (what lion doesn’t?) and this need, unmet, could be fueling your insistence on autonomy, independence, and some risky behavior that’s meant to win you applause but that’s likely to make others turn away, angry at your total lack of willingness to either cooperate or reciprocate. Best course of action is to allow the Full Moon in Aquarius to enlighten you–open yourself to a higher (and more objective) vision of what you need, and allow higher mind to guide you, just for a bit. That will start you on a new and much better direction, one where your fiery Leonine talents (that are just brimming to come out) will find a real, and appropriate, audience. Happy Birthday, dear Leo, and good luck!

Born Today 9 August

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Leo, quit frightening everyone with your erratic behavior. 'Horse Frightened by Lion' George Stubbs c1765 {{PD}}

Leo, quit frightening everyone with your erratic behavior. ‘Horse Frightened by Lion’ George Stubbs c1765 {{PD}}

It may feel like fate’s messing with you right now, dear Leo, but it’s really every erratic impulse, dark issue, and ignored problem in your life that are roiling the psyche and disturbing all your best-laid plans. The good news is you can stabilize things by taking a hard-line, no nonsense approach and refusing to go to emotional extremes–but then you’d lose all the spontaneity, creative spark, adventurous spirit, and to-hell-with-the-consequences bravery you’ve been exhibiting of late. Try to find a bit of a balance, for your sanity’s sake; acknowledging that others are there to interact with, rather than to do your bidding, will go a long way toward smoothing the feathers that have been ruffled by your recent, oh-so-madcap behavior. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

Just a Little on the August Full Moon: Higher Illumination

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'On the Activities of the People at Moonlight' Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

‘On the Activities of the People at Moonlight’ Olaus Magnus 1555 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs on the 10th at 11:09 AM Pacific time at 18 Aquarius 02; she sextiles Uranus, opposes Mercury and Black Moon Lilith, and squares Saturn. It feels, in some fundamental way, that we may process the energy of the Full Moon as nothing so much as a distraction; maybe it’s its big, bright Super-ness that will dominate the sky and so disorient our sensibilities. In any case, what we may have is a ‘bang!’ over in one corner, pressure from reality in another, and showy confrontations with what we don’t want to deal with, what we’re hearing or learning, what’s being communicated, and all of it turning us away from the Aquarian higher knowledge and understanding we’re being offered.

How will it come to us, then? The Moon disorients, deludes, cloaks us in illusion; we must look to the Sun, and his companions Mercury and Black Moon Lilith. These offer solutions (the culmination of the Full Moon) that the Moon is too affected, too in love with her own glow, to deliver. To receive that higher illumination, that answer to a vital question, we must face those matters we find ourselves avoiding right now, and funnel that illumined energy through matters of one or both of the Houses in the natal chart ruled by Mercury. That’s a formula that won’t be the easiest to decipher, but it will show us areas of the chart (those Merc ruled Houses) and life matters that are overdue to be faced, dealt with, and from which we can glean something exceptionally important.

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Born Today 8 August

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David Roberts 1837 {{PD}}

David Roberts 1837 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Leo, through to your next birthday, it’s all about the cogitatin’–you may have The Big Idea that creates your fame and fortune, you may act as a phenomenal communicator, bringing stimulating conversation, knowledge, even peace to those with whom you interact, or you may represent that seminal idea of yours in the Great American Novel or in your own version of Giza. In any case, this year should be one where you can create a true and meaningful representation of your character and the reason you came here, and contribute to Art and the social order in the process. Good luck, and Happy Birthday, Leo!

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