Born Today 18 May

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A shop in China, rather than a china shop, but either way, no bulls in sight. Photo from 'Through China with a Camera' 中文(繁體)‎: 位於香港的中國古玩店。 Date 1868~1872  By John Thomson {{PD}}

A shop in China, rather than a china shop, but either way, no bulls in sight. Photo from ‘Through China with a Camera’
中文(繁體)‎: 位於香港的中國古玩店。
Date 1868~1872
By John Thomson {{PD}}

You may spend a lot of time this Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, trying to figure out what’s wise, what’s the smart move or choice, and how being practical can also serve Self-expression–there seems to be a lot of conflict within you, as to how to proceed. At this point, you’re the thinking man or woman’s bull: thoughtful, looking for the spiritual and emotional underpinnings to everyday life, considering your next play carefully–and that could put you at a distinct disadvantage, making you a target of sorts for more aggressive, jealousy, or less resourceful individuals. There is a way to beat this, and that’s to be willing to form a clear idea of what you want, and then to go after it, with no apologies to others, no hanging back for permission or the sake of politeness, and no fears of being called a bull in a china shop–which is the way some have tamped down your assertive energies, and so kept you much too far from achieving your dreams. No more–this year, Taurus, it all changes. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

New Moon in Taurus, May 2015: The Personal Artifact of Change

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Ernest L. Blumenschein - 'The Gift' 1921 {{PD}}

Ernest L. Blumenschein – ‘The Gift’ 1921 {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs at 9:12 PM PDT of the 17th at 26 Taurus 55. The Taurus New Moon is conjunct Sedna, quincunx Pallas, and in wide sesquiquadrate to the North Node. Involvement of the Nodal point tells us that what is born here significantly shapes our future; the conjunction to Sedna implies what is awakened may be knowledge held deep within and related to instinct, something we aren’t entirely conscious of. Falling in Taurus, this promises either a material ‘new beginning’ or a new era in our sense of security and comfort, and this may be a loss or gain—we can’t tell ahead of time. We sense the ‘rightness’ of this next step (in a Karmic sense, if you will) both in its very occurrence, and in the way it contributes to shaping our Path. Contact to Pallas says if we’re smart and practical, we adjust—a failure to accept this new thing, this next step that originates in our internal depths is unwise, with the most likely sign of this an attempt to keep or return matters to their pre-New Moon state that is doomed to failure.

The Sabian for the New Moon is, ‘An Old Indian Woman Selling The Artifacts Of Her Tribe To Passersby’. Here we have someone who stands for the original inhabitants of a place, those who are as close to being a part of the land itself as possible, selling to Others a part of the ancestral inheritance. It’s one thing when a group creates products similar to the traditional items of their culture meant for sale to outsiders; it’s quite another when members of that same group sell the actual cultural items themselves, in effect trading their culture for sustenance or as a step along the Path, in preparation for change, even death (and we assume this as there’s little other reason that an individual parts with the underpinnings and artifacts of their way of life). The symbol suggests that the NM brings us to a point of desperation: we may feel there is nothing to be done to preserve ourselves except to dismantle our lives and sell off the parts! This is a bad thing, if we act with the idea that we have no choice, and no alternatives—but this can be a good thing, if we, as the figurative old woman of the symbol, are choosing to divest ourselves of things we no longer need, things we have ‘aged past’, or can hold in memory, so no longer need to hold them in our hands. It’s clear this NM brings a new beginning, one many may not immediately embrace, preferring what was to what’s coming; the symbol merely serves to show us there are multiple ways to approach change, and our choice about how to see it will shape the entire experience, just as the experience shapes us.

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Born Today 17 May

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Louis Léopold Boilly - 'Conversation Dans un Parc' Before 1912 {{PD}}

Louis Léopold Boilly – ‘Conversation Dans un Parc’ Before 1912 {{PD}}

You don’t know it yet, dear Taurus, but by the time you reach your next birthday, you’ll have achieved an emotional completeness, a total emotional and intuitive understanding and acceptance of who you are, that offers you a fresh start at a new, higher level–but before that happens, you’ll meet every dark and mysterious corner of your life, every thing ignored, denied, or suppressed, every bit of anger over abuse and injustice that you carry, and you must resolve these, in order to reach that pinnacle of emotional success. On your side: one or more close family members, most especially the father or a paternal figure; empowerment through the social order or through educational or religious means; a strong sense of instinct; creativity or idealism that pays off. Not so much working for you: a communication state that is stuck in only one mode, which has and expresses strength and has superior negotiative abilities but that also may suffer inflexible attitudes and thinking and have difficulty perceiving nuance in the communications of others. You’re on the way to big change–make sure that your choices and actions bring you the kinds of changes you want–indications are that this coming Solar year, if you are conscientious, they will. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 16 May

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'Hymne à la femme (Bezeichnung auf dem Rahmen)' Auguste Levêque 1909 {{PD}}

‘Hymne à la femme (Bezeichnung auf dem Rahmen)’ Auguste Levêque 1909 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, you decide which way you want to go, and with whom you want to travel that life Path. The good news is that you’ll be able to choose on instinct; you recognize the ‘right’ person(s) and Path immediately. The bad news, if you want to call it that, is that you’ll walk that Path and learn about every little thing you hold in your ‘blind spot’, every quality of personality, inclination, belief, and quirk that others see but that you are totally unaware of, and you may feel by the end of the year that the whole thing’s been completely unfair–but it won’t be. It’s time for you to look in a mirror that shows the entire picture in 3 dimensions–and once you have you’ll quite literally get whatever you want–not everything you’ve ever desired, but something that comes from the ideal and that offers you Love, Reward, Companionship, or Health–and that doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 15 May

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John William Waterhouse - Pandora, 1896 {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse – Pandora, 1896 {{PD}}

You have two core obligations (for want of a better term) to fulfill this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus: you must learn to totally, completely trust and honor your instincts, and you must discover the contents of your ‘blind spot’ (things you can’t see but that all those around you can), excavate it, and so make yourself as Self-aware as humanly possible. Notice I said, “humanly possible”–no one is expecting you to be perfect, but this is the year when you can develop your sense of Self, your identity, and put into action your Soul’s intent, so that you become centered and secure in your sense of who you are. That’s a tall order, but one we all come here to fill–and right now the Universe is out to help you do that. Strengths include the ability, after a little adjustment, to embrace more of your own natural power and personal authority than you ever have before, and this will have the bonus effect of drawing in Love and/ or Money. You’ll also be able to effectively relate that sense of empowerment and what you have to offer to the masses–or just to your social circle, whatever’s appropriate for you. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

What You’re Asking: ‘How Do You Know?’

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An artist's conception of a multitude of tiny diamonds next to a hot star. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) {{PD}}

An artist’s conception of a multitude of tiny diamonds next to a hot star. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) {{PD}}

The italicized terms below are taken from the search results that bring people to my blogs. This article appears in the current ECLIPSE.

When Do You Know A Friendship is Over?

In all seriousness, the answer to this is, ‘When the other person stops treating you as a friend.’ I’m not being glib when I give this as the way to know when a relationship has deteriorated. Once we’re in a relationship we’re much too prone as individuals to see it as existing in a static state, still being viable and following the old feelings and parameters even after something has definitely shifted. We don’t take the time to look at the state of the current interaction, and if something’s bothering us, to examine the attitudes involved—and that includes our own, as we are just as likely to change and not acknowledge it as the other person. Typically, though, unless we have some control-oriented pathologies going on, most of us won’t even notice that the interaction has changed—we just say we ‘drifted apart’, or summon some other euphemism to explain why we no longer talk, or we excuse our unease as being due to some new or upsetting event in our own or the other person’s life (“Janie is being so critical because she’s under stress at work.”) We don’t end a friendship unless we recognize that it no longer functions in a roughly even, give-and-take manner. And though each of us has a different definition of what it means to be a friend and of what we expect from friendship, even if we haven’t outlined those things consciously we know immediately when we ask ourselves the question, ‘Is this person treating me like a friend?’ whether they are or not. If the answer is, ‘No, they’re not treating me like a friend,’ then the relationship is over.

Is it worth discussing with the other person your feeling that you are not being treated like a friend? I would say it is, unless what alerted you to the change in tone was something consciously said or done by the other person that signals loud and clear, ‘We just aren’t friends.’ If the other person behaves in an inappropriately competitive manner or is unwilling to treat you with respect (and by that I mean, treat you kindly and with the consideration offered any other adult, equal to what they ask for from you), all you can do is gently walk away. And remember, if the actions don’t match the words, no matter who it is, you’re not in a healthy interaction.

Astrologically you can get clues about your own expectations within friendship from the ruler of, sign on, and bodies posited in the 11th House of the natal chart. Transits through the 11th or to the ruler of the 11th can signal you’re in the midst of a friendship learning curve that may mark some of those interaction experiences that stay with you forever.

Are you future queen astro aspects

I loved the optimism in this query, just because, there aren’t many of these jobs around! So how do you know if you are a future queen? Here I wrote about the prospects for Kate Middleton, which haven’t yet been realized—but what about the rest of us? Rather a literal ascension to a throne, perhaps we should look at it in terms of being empowered within our own lives—and that is definitely Juno. True that she married a god and ruled with him over Olympus and the other gods, but she was a goddess in her own right, and would’ve been, no matter who she married—and this is something we may forget when reviewing her story, as we tend to focus on the vindictive nature of her actions well into the union, when her husband was cheating on her and disrespecting her. The image we too often capture of Juno is one after she has been emotionally battered repeatedly—would anyone want to be judged on her worst day? I think not. That still doesn’t answer what we can expect as aspects for a future queen. I would look for good aspects to Jupiter, for both the social support and the relative abundance being queen affords, and maybe a positive aspect between Jupiter (that might stand for the King) and one’s Sun or Moon, or even Venus, any of which might suggest an alliance. All the other things that usually pay off in real life—charm, beauty, talent, wealth—may not even factor in for this position, since circumstances of birth might override any other concerns. So we’re back to Juno, and the way she, though innately a goddess, still derives her greater status as queen from her mate and position on Olympus—suggesting that, at the mercy of the mate, being queen might be as frustrating as it is fun.

Does Uranus have tides?

To have tides Uranus would need two things: a moon or moons, and liquid oceans. We know it has at least 27 moons, with the largest named Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, and Oberon (after Shakespeare characters). As to oceans, the latest theory is that it may have oceans of liquid diamond, formed due to the high pressure and high temperatures in the environment. So maybe it has tides—but until we actually send something to the surface, we can only guess.

Born Today 14 May

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Lovis Corinth 'Mädchen mit Stier' 1902 {{PD}}

Lovis Corinth ‘Mädchen mit Stier’ 1902 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Taurus, you may find instincts and assumptions crowding out rational thought or reasoned response. This isn’t the norm for you at all, but you may find repeatedly that you are acting or choosing on impulse, which may expose those ‘blind spot’ areas others see clearly in you and of which you are unaware–and that may be very scary for the normally placid bull. Here’s whatcha do: hook up with someone who can offer opportunity or who has authority that can help with your empowerment options–getting as firm a footing as possible will be important right now; recognize when something is bigger than you can handle, and stay out of its way–you’re not up to the battering ram method of getting what you want, no matter how feasible it seems (and it will seem possible); and try to enjoy the ironic way those matters you’ve ignored, been in denial about, or have been enraged by, resolve–and these may have (mostly positive) impact on your career, reputation, and/ or that element in life we call ‘luck’. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 13 May

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I don't pretend to know what will happen next. Woman holding Scissors and Winged Child' c1900 {{PD}} Photoprint by Fritz W. Guerin

I don’t pretend to know what will happen next. Woman holding Scissors and Winged Child’ c1900 {{PD}} Photoprint by Fritz W. Guerin

You’ve got a Solar year ahead, dear Taurus, that drives your fate and tests your strength–are you ready? You’ll get divine guidance, or spiritual aid of some kind, and what occurs will leave you feeling like a true child of the Cosmos, and both of these factors should help you navigate some unusual material issues–and put you in the way of some bigger and better-than-expected opportunities. Should you take them? Only if you’re comfortable traveling on a wing and a prayer–if you’re married to the earth (and what Taurus isn’t?) then this might be tough on you–but then again, this year you are exceptionally attuned to the unseen, the ephemeral, the imaginative, the creative, and to making circumstances such that you’ll see the ideals enter reality–which means chances are very good that sooner or later that is exactly what will happen. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 12 May

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Those shadows are trying to tell you something, Taurus. Emile Friant 1891 {{PD}}

Those shadows are trying to tell you something, Taurus. Emile Friant 1891 {{PD}}

The shadow world you’ve been experiencing lately, where everything has taken on dark proportions or strange new meanings, and where nothing is as it was, is simply an indication that the Universe is trying to tell you something–specifically, something about the way you think and the actions that drives. Dear Taurus, you need to refresh the attitude, reassess thought processes and reconsider your behavior–because soon these matters will have major impact on your reality picture–and you need to be as able as possible to let instinct and automatic reflexes guide you. That means everything has to be coordinated and in good working order. Yes, I know this is cryptic–it has to apply to everyone born on this day–at the same time, if you refuse to play coy, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about–at least, you’ll understand the part about needing to modify behavior and get thinking on the right track. You’ve got unique and imaginative gifts at your disposal this year, Taurus–use them for all they’re worth. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 11 May

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Maksymilian Gierymski 'Landscape at Sunrise' 1868 {{PD}}

Maksymilian Gierymski ‘Landscape at Sunrise’ 1868 {{PD}}

You have a major opportunity this coming Solar year, dear Taurus, through to your next birthday, to heal and offer expression to what is most unique in you. That may seem a wee bit vague, until you consider that you’ve been fighting a long time to get to this position. You’ve been through the dark, and now that you’ve reached the light, you might be a little stunned–you may have expected the dark to go on forever. What you’re really ready to do is honor yourself and your abilities, to create a statement about who you are–and to take it public. Strengths this year include the ability to communicate creatively or to share ‘the Vision'; being flexible enough to accept Love and/ or Money from unusual sources; and showing exceptional competence that brings opportunity. Cautions involve not taking the wounds too seriously, and staying away from tall tales or exaggerations–what starts out as a harmless stretching of the truth could end up anything but. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

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