Born Today 12 November

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This year, find out what makes you tick, Scorpio. Briton Rivière 'Tick-Tack' 1881 {{PD}}

This year, find out what makes you tick, Scorpio. Briton Rivière ‘Tick-Tack’ 1881 {{PD}}

Though Self-realization and gaining opportunity seem to be your goals this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, it behooves you to look below the surface at the desire for autonomy, respect, and the right to declare your territory that underlies all your ambitions. If you lack consciousness of these hidden factors, you may find yourself facing repeated power struggles, rebellion from your underlings or those you care for, and competition over something you feel by rights should be yours–and none of it, should you fail to explore your motivations, will make sense. In this case, the social sphere can be an excellent aid to discovering what is currently making you tick, both by commenting on and reflecting back to you your behavior; they offer knowledge (especially accumulated knowledge from those who’ve gone before), and will point you toward opportunity–but it’s up to you to make the most of it. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 11 November

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Charles Courtney Curran, 1915 - 'Sunshine and Haze' {{PD}}

A little sunshine for your winter day, Northern hemisphere Scorpios: Charles Courtney Curran, 1915 – ‘Sunshine and Haze’ {{PD}}

Optimism may reach a bursting point this coming Solar year, dear Scorpio, through to your next birthday, especially regarding your own potential to ‘shine’ and to gain new depths of knowledge and understanding. Feelings and intuition will support you and your goals, and success seems inevitable–what could go wrong? The biggest danger is that you may lose sight of the highest values you hold, believing you can stray just a tad and it won’t really matter–oh, but it will! In fact, the key to taking your past and using all you’ve experienced to create a desirable future lies within those things you find sacred, that you honor, and in doing right by the home situation and the mate. Make sure you’re good in these areas, and then follow your enthusiasm–showing and pursuing what you care about is slated to bring you some exceptional opportunities. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 10 November

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'Lady writing a love letter' Artist Unknown c1750 {{PD}}

‘Lady writing a love letter’ Artist Unknown c1750 {{PD}}

Dear Scorpio: What were you thinking!? From now on, every move you make is crucial to determining your life Path. Every thought you think, thing you do, commitment you honor, and cause you support must be flawless, and you can’t make any mistakes, okay? Love you! Signed, the Universe

How did that little love note make you feel, Scorpio? Hopeless, buried under a mound of unreasonable judgments and super-human expectations–or maybe just like you’re willing to try but have already accepted that it’s no-win. The funny thing is, I changed the signature on that note: actually, it was written and signed by you, to you. Now do you see how hard you’re being on yourself? This coming year, through to your next birthday, you may have ridiculously high requirements for your own behavior and accomplishments–this birthday greeting is to tell you not to aim lower, but to be kinder, especially to yourself. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Featured Solar Return aspect: Mars conjunct Pluto, both quincunx Juno=temper, destructive urges, ego, and energy levels must all be modified in order to serve empowerment goals. Modesty plus limitless energy will take you a long way this year.

Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 13 November 2014: All Is Revealed

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Thomas Fearnley - 'Grindel Forest Glacier' 1837 {{PD}}

Thomas Fearnley – ‘Grindel Forest Glacier’ 1837 {{PD}}

13 November Today is the day when all is revealed—all in terms of our own power, influence, reach, and impact on others both personally and in the social sphere, at least. If we aren’t happy with our power situation we can make some smart moves to improve it; too, we’ll see the benefits of clearing out what’s outmoded or no longer precious to us, to make room for the new. (Pallas parallel Juno, Venus semi-square Pluto, Sun-Earth axis in T-square with Jupiter)

Today’s image is a glacier, melting just a little in the bright sunshine. What in your life seems to be moving at, as they say, a glacial pace? Know that no matter how nonexistent change in this area seems to be, the situation is on its way to ‘becoming fluid’. Change may still be a long way off, but it is coming.

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Born Today 9 November

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Fritz Petzholdt - 'Étude de roches' c1833 {{PD}}

Fritz Petzholdt – ‘Étude de roches’ c1833 {{PD}}

Dear Scorpio, over the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, it appears you might find yourself (even repeatedly) stuck between what’s wise or smart, and a hard place–specifically, a restriction, obligation, fear, or rule that makes it very difficult to do anything other than the wise thing–thus effectively removing what may feel like a large number of options and choices for you. Though you know that’s not the way it should be (and indeed, you should remind yourself it won’t be like that forever), you will need to adhere very closely to your highest values and ideals, and to deal honorably with both home circumstances and with the mate–because you’ll be setting up your own support system, not to mention the vibe, that will carry you into the future. Remain optimistic–once you work the kinks out, the rewards could multiply exponentially. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

Born Today 8 November

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'Young Samurai and Female Attendants Practicing Archery' (Half of a Diptych) by Utagawa Toyokuni I c1800 {{PD}}

‘Young Samurai and Female Attendants Practicing Archery’ (Half of a Diptych) by Utagawa Toyokuni I c1800 {{PD}}

You’re shooting all your arrows in the direction of ambition fulfillment this year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio–but is that the best thing to do? Yes, yes it is, just as long as you do a few important things: Be Yourself–I know in a way that’s impossible not to do, it’s just that the more true you are to your own (possibly freaky) uniqueness, the more quickly and easily (and satisfyingly) success will come to you; learn to work with the group–not subordinate to it and not lording over it, but in a relationship where both sides get what they truly need from the arrangement; use your Highest Values and priorities as guidelines for what is and isn’t acceptable–even if it seems like you can quickly deviate from these with no harm done, you shouldn’t, as the damage will be irreparable; and finally, approach events and interactions with a truly open mind, and be willing to take a more objective view when you’re faced with something that makes you uncomfortable–fallible instincts might keep you in the comfort zone and so cause you to miss perfectly viable opportunities. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 7 November

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You won't have to water ambitions down, if you'll just wait a little. Juan Gris  'Glass and Water Bottle' 1917 {{PD}}

You won’t have to water ambitions down, if you’ll just wait a little. Juan Gris
‘Glass and Water Bottle’ 1917 {{PD}}

You seem to be weighing and measuring your ambitions, dear Scorpio, and trying to decide whether the material environment will support you making your dream happen right now. Though it doesn’t seem like the likely thing, compromise is the idea that will get you where you want to go–not as in watering-down your dream in order to get some traction, but as in taking a considered approach that keeps values and already-established priorities in a position of honor. Do that and and before you know it both significant resources and external aid (in the form of knowledge or possibly social trends or organizations) will arrive and give your goals the needed fuel. Until then, enjoy your year, and take advantage of your current ability to discern the unspoken and ignored undercurrents in communication; you are especially good at reading between the lines, and can learn a lot as a consequence. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 6 November

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It's great to be back, isn't it, Scorpio? 'Strelnieks' (Shooter) Janis Rozentāls 1914 {{PD}}

It’s great to be back, isn’t it, Scorpio? ‘Strelnieks’ (Shooter) Janis Rozentāls 1914 {{PD}}

You’re healed–now what do you do? True, you still may be getting your balance, scoping out the landscape, trying to get your bearings–but it’s not like you were just born–you had hopes and dreams before you got sidetracked, and you should take another look at them as soon as possible. Do they still apply? Do they still appeal? Expect that your recent experiences may have changed your goals, may have altered your way of seeing the world, but also may have taken you back toward your original, pre-socialized interests and focus–and this is really an invaluable gift, re-orienting you to what you truly care about. Strengths this year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio, are your quick wits and your core values; detriments may be too much insistence on ‘being comfortable’, or on only pursuing sure things. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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The Sabian for the Full Moon of 6 November: Braving the Storm

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 'Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret' 1892 {{PD}}

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, ‘Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret’ 1892 {{PD}}

‘Head Covered With A Rakish Silk Hat, Muffled Against The Cold, A Man Braves A Storm’ The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon in Taurus draws an interesting picture, of someone taking the attitude that meeting the harshness of the elements (which we can translate as meeting Life itself) with a sense of personal style and aplomb is really the only way to go. To enter the storm already sullen, feeling defeated, is no way to proceed—and neither is taking a stance that is based on a belief that either doesn’t connect the way we think it does with reality, nor taking one because of the influence or approval of others–and this tells us that emphasizing the individual qualities that make us unique no matter what we’re doing really counts right now. It’s like a statement to the Universe, “I’m ready to play the game, my way.” The Universe’s response to that can only be an adventure.

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Born Today 5 November

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Franz von Stuck 'Salome II' 1905 {{PD}}

Franz von Stuck ‘Salome II’ 1905 {{PD}}

You have a choice, dear Scorpio, this Solar year through to your next birthday: you can either focus on hurt and ways of rebelling from those who’ve wounded you, or you can focus on developing your most unique skills and, when ready, sharing them with the group. Obviously, any thinking person would opt for the latter, but the problem is, tiny decisions made in the moment, small justifications of the most minor of detours, can lead you very quickly into a spot where you may respond to past hurts reflexively, out of sheer pique. Consciously apply effort to honing those skills and abilities that are most ‘you’, that you specifically show exceptional talent with (and don’t be overly modest–you know what you’re great at!) and your year will prove to be one where you don’t just make progress, but you heal. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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