Born Today 13 October

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Sometimes a message from the past seems almost unintelligible. Fragment of a Letter-Roman Written between 0150-0199 {{PD}}

Sometimes a message from the past seems almost unintelligible. Fragment of a Letter-Roman Written between 0150-0199 {{PD}}

Messages come out of the past for you, this coming Solar year, dear Libra, and what they contain is wisdom meant to be applied in the Now; the problem may be that you are heading toward practical application of what you know, hear, and discover, even as your ambitions pull you toward a more glamorous and aesthetically-oriented expression of who you are. The conflict between these two forces, the wise and practical, and the desire generated by the dream-machine, may cause you to get very little accomplished–but Libra, don’t let that happen. You cover the most ground this year, through to your next birthday, by planning ahead, by facing what you’d rather not, by being willing to stand up for yourself, and by connecting completely with your personal authority–do those things, glamorous or not, and let things unroll from there. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 12 October

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Take notes, Libra. Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts - Trompe l'oeil. 'Board Partition with Letter Rack and Music Book' 1668 {{PD}}

Take notes, Libra. Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts – Trompe l’oeil. ‘Board Partition with Letter Rack and Music Book’ 1668 {{PD}}

You are creating your own destiny today, dear Libra–and you may ask, so doesn’t everybody do that, every day? Yes, they do, but this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you will be creating your future with every, and I mean every, action and choice. Somehow you are under a kind of magnifying glass in terms of your actions; they seem to be exaggerated in the effect they will have, to the point where external factors will have little to do with the path you lay out. You help yourself most by remaining aware of your own power in this, by gleaning everything you can about what you should or should not do from the past, and by refusing to become paralyzed with indecision. Keep in mind there’s no right or wrong direction you can take, only ones more or less aligned with your goals and needs. Stay casual (rather than pressured or freaked out) in your approach, plan, think, and network–this latter is important when you might need it, so don’t hesitate–and use your highest values to guide your priorities and goals. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Between the Eclipses

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Rudolf Koller 1856 {{PD}}

Rudolf Koller 1856 {{PD}}

I think of the two weeks between eclipses as a kind of valley; we can’t see clearly over the mountain behind us, to where we’ve just been, and we can’t see what’s over the mountain ahead of us, either. In the human animal this builds tension, as we fear being trapped in this situation indefinitely; anything could surprise us, and we are very aware of that! In traversing the current valley between the eclipses, we scan the horizon for aid and opportunity (Sun sextile Jupiter) and we look intently for what we should do, how we should act (Sun sextile Mars), and we do all of it with our fate, the direction we’re traveling in life (Sun conjunct North Node), front and center in our (confused–Merc retro) thoughts.

There is nothing unusual in this tension between eclipses; it’s one of the reasons we anticipate their arrival with such dread. We know in our bones, remember in our nerve endings and muscles and psyche, how very stressful the last round was. And yet, there isn’t much we can do about this feeling. In the current situation we’ve just been through an ending, or had the inevitable ending of something signaled loud and clear (the Lunar eclipse of the 8th), and even if we knew this was coming, it was hard; we likely had to admit something about ourselves and what we want (Aries placement) that we had been avoiding up ’til now. This was an area (signified by the House where the eclipse fell) that we may have been controlling, trying to control, or telling ourselves we were controlling–and suddenly we must face that our Will controls absolutely nothing outside our own skin (and not even all inside of that!)

The new start we get on the 23rd (the Solar eclipse) can be summed up as offering a beginning that is ‘wise and valuable’–and that’s so whether we see it as such or not! That doesn’t make our anticipation any less tense, though; it’s like the stress of bringing home a new baby, getting engaged, winning the lottery. In spite of the fact that it’s one of the best things that can happen to us, we still experience a great deal of upset, pressure, unforeseen effects, and our responsibility–our need to respond–is tested and stretched and drains us of energy and initiative right at the point when we need it most. Knowing that something like this is coming can grate on us terribly–but knowing that’s the case, and knowing there’s nothing to be done about it, should free us. We can safely ignore much of what’s troubling us now–whatever needs facing will come to us, with the eclipse in Scorpio, representing a raw kind of truth at 00 of the sign–and it will open the way to a new beginning–and most of us would really welcome one of those right about now.

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Born Today 11 October

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What do you imagine is at the top of their lists? Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes 'The Letter' circa 1850 {{PD}}

What do you imagine is at the top of their lists? Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes ‘The Letter’ circa 1850 {{PD}}

What you want to accomplish will be at the top of your list this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra–but the question is, Will you be able to mesh the Will with the currently established life direction? And do you want to?

You’ll make excellent forward progress, and the temptation may be to modify goals to aim higher and bigger; this is possible, but if you choose to alter what you’re going for you’ll also inevitably lose at least some of the momentum you’ve built in the current direction. If you’re okay with the trade-off, it can be done, but it may be more satisfying to continue on the current course, as results, accomplishments, and rewards are right around the corner. Too, this year may be difficult in both communication and emotional matters; one or both areas may be under intense stress, and for some problems here will combine and make for upset especially in relationships. But on the bright side, there are two areas where you may do exceptionally well: being original and true to yourself, and allowing healing to occur to past hurts, will bring Love, money, or both into the life. Not bad, right? Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Bonus info: watch the natal Houses with Virgo and Gemini on the cusp or that contain them; the areas and subjects of these Houses are liable to be the source of 99% of this year’s problems and stress for you.

Born Today 10 October

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 'Lule ne Llamp' 2 October 2012 by Bessi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

‘Lule ne Llamp’ 2 October 2012 by Bessi Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Ambitions are coming to full flower this year, dear Libra, but so are your assertive urges–and this is great, as the dynamic willingness to ‘do’ will serve you very well by advancing your agenda and moving you toward goal fulfillment; it may also trip you up, as the ‘I Am’ will accept no excuses for not getting what it wants. Be careful when communicating; not only can that assertiveness offer others a less-than-flattering impression, you might be terribly misunderstood, and the mate or partner could end up receiving the brunt of your frustration. Those are minor points, though, within the Big Picture, as you’ll be offered a (possibly once-in-a-lifetime) array of opportunities that will allow you to shine, earn, and share generously with others in your life–and that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Solar Return featured aspect: rather than an aspect, this is about an empty spot that when filled during the year by transit (or natally by a placement, or by Secondary Progression or Solar Arc) can lead to extraordinarily focused efforts that will accelerate achievement radically. Watch the 16-18 range of Taurus, through to your next birthday, as anything here will fill in a Finger of God that puts your SR energies aimed at action, choice, and goal fulfillment in high gear. Since the SR Moon for this birthday is in Taurus, some of you will have that Moon filling in the Finger for the entire year–and that offers a rocket forward with some serious material benefits.

Your ECLIPSE Mini-Sampler 9-10 October 2014: Being Open to Change

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Earth and her Moon taken by the Galileo probe 1990 NASA {{PD}}

Earth and her Moon taken by the Galileo probe 1990 NASA {{PD}}

A few bits in this post-eclipse season:

9 October: Merc retro is pulling things we’d rather leave in the past into the present and messing with our feelings of empowerment and effectiveness. Why? As Merc moves backward it pulls things with it like water exiting a drain—and anything left lying around unattended from the past is prime for Mercury to suck, dredge, and serve up. What we see, though, if we look past the sodden mess of Mercury in retreat is our shining ambitions and desires, the pinnacle of what we hope for, high upon the hill; all we need do to reach them is adjust our values and home and mate interactions, just so, allowing us to make both what we have and what we want harmonize. Sweet. (Perfecting today: Juno square Mercury and parallel the South Node, Sun conjunct and parallel Zeus, Earth sesquiquadrate Vesta). Lunar Note: 11 PM PDT the Taurus Moon trines Pluto. You have the power to shape the material world at this point–use it wisely.

10 October: Relationships and finances are calling for adjustment—without the flexibility to accommodate changing situations, we may find ourselves looking at severely outdated interactions sitting in for real relationships, and severely reduced financial circumstances substituting for dynamic earning and attracting. We have the chance to engineer bounty—do it! Take opportunities, respond to circumstances as they are, not as you wish they were, and listen—others are there to help, whether it’s with advice or by example, whether they’ll be showing you how to do ‘it’, or warning you off by their own poor choices. (Perfecting today: Merc enters Libra, Venus quincunx Chiron, Sun sextile Jupiter)

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Born Today 9 October

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'The Fair Toxophilites' William Powell Frith {{PD}}

‘The Fair Toxophilites’ William Powell Frith {{PD}}

Ambitions and goals loom large for you this coming Solar year, dear Libra, through to your next birthday; what you want, what you’re aiming for, is paramount, and I can’t blame you for being so focused: it feels to you as if your Fate hangs in the balance during this period–and it does, as it does for anyone. The difference for you is that your intuition will be spectacular, giving you an enormous edge in making decisions and choices, and informing you to a highly accurate degree of the state of the unseen in any situation–certainly a major advantage. Just take time to take aim, and be willing to prioritize–otherwise you may become distracted by lesser goals and opportunities, at least a few of which may come out of the past and offer you a kind of quick but goal-missing ego gratification. Too, it’s better to face the hard truths in Love and Finances–doing so can take a mediocre relationship or earning situation and turn it into a powerful magnet for the good things in life. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 8 October

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Suntower, concept art, NASA {{PD}}

Suntower, concept art, NASA {{PD}}

Energy deployment may be the running theme this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra; the question will be, will you get into action to make your dreams and goals a reality, will you burn it up in temper and Willfulness, or will you unite emotional perceptions with action to become a juggernaut of accomplishment? Any of these is a possibility, but the best way to approach it may be this: make knowledge your god. Either pursue a course that makes the most of already acquired learning and skills, or go after new territory by learning all you can before going forward. Stick to the facts and listen to the experiences of those who’ve gone before you; don’t be tempted to guess or skip steps. If you center everything in what’s known and knowable, you can accomplish Big, and the social sphere is likely to be highly receptive to whatever you do during this period–make the most of it. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Not-the-Eclipse, and a Little AstroEssence 8 October 2014: Below the Waterline

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'Seal Rock, California' Albert Bierstadt 1872 {{PD}}

‘Seal Rock, California’ Albert Bierstadt 1872 {{PD}}

Of course, there’s an eclipse in just a couple of hours, but you can read about that lots of places (and if you’re interested in my take, you can subscribe and get it all), so I thought I’d share a bit of commentary on the aspects perfecting today that are unrelated to the Lunar eclipse (Full Moon) that begins at 3:51 AM Pacific of the 8th at 15 Aries 05. My discussion of an event like an eclipse keeps to some tight orbs in order to focus the eclipse picture itself, apart from any other influences in force; that way we can sort eclipse effects from others much more easily than if we throw it all in one basket–and yet, since it all occurs within the same time frame, we can’t ignore that there’s more to the day of an eclipse than just the event itself.

8 October is when I’d like to remind everyone that just because there’s a major aspect in the heavens, it doesn’t mean this will show up in the life; interaction of transiting energies with natal factors is far more important than any transiting to transiting aspect. That said, we’ve got two general whammies here, with the action urge, ego, ‘I Am’ in harmony with the social sphere and/ or gathering in knowledge like a sponge, and possibly successfully expanding the individual reach impressively. At the same time we see relationships hit some dark, destructive, below-the-waterline rocks and we wonder how we never noticed those before. Both influences may knock us off course—or onto the right one, should we have been substituting artificial goals for our natural ones. We may need to withdraw or pull back in order to re-group, but this is both temporary and allows us the space we need to sort exaggeration from useful information. (Perfecting today: Saturn parallel Ceres, while Jupiter is contra-parallel both Saturn and Ceres, Mars trine Jupiter, Venus square Pluto)

Born Today 7 October

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'The Valois Tapestry' c1580 {{PD}}

‘The Valois Tapestry’ c1580 {{PD}}

Will it be radical individuality for you this year, dear Libra, or a position within the group, one that allows you to lead and that allows you to show-off your natural bent for diplomacy and thoughtfulness? If you go the singular route, you have an opportunity to be truly original, with the thing to concentrate on being an appropriate and effective outlet for that originality; if you throw your lot in with the group, you have the chance to really make an unforgettable mark, but you also run the risk of being too unusual, if you can believe it, and so end up strangely isolated from those you hoped to be a part of. All this simply means that presentation and standards for interaction will be especially important this Solar year, through to your next birthday. Being aware of how you come across will be the difference between some terribly wounding interactions (for both parties) and finding and using your most unique skills in a way that sets you apart and perhaps gives you an amazing reputation as a source of wisdom and healing–wow, so really concentrate on those relationship skills. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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