Born Today 25 April

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Stuffed three dimensional fabric tea set by Catherine Jansen. "I photographed the tea set, blew up the negative to life size, made a cyanotype photogram on a piece of cloth, the stitched it together and stuffed it." Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Stuffed three dimensional fabric tea set by Catherine Jansen. “I photographed the tea set, blew up the negative to life size, made a cyanotype photogram on a piece of cloth, the stitched it together and stuffed it.” Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Your ego can get you in trouble this year, dear Taurus, and cause you to overstep your bounds. Emotional overconfidence may be the issue, or it could be that you’ll put yourself, at some point between now and your next birthday, in an environment that values swagger over actual impact. In any case, the year begins with things a little out-of-whack, but eventually actions and thinking synchronize (by being grounded in material matters and the real world), and that will help open doors for you. Opportunities will arrive, and the way to meet them is with confidence and holding the status that confers the authority you want–and that will come when you either surrender some of your insistence on uniqueness in order to fulfill ambitions in a more mundane way, or when you surrender some of your more vaunted ambition-oriented demands in order to get to your goal in a way that’s a little out of the ordinary, but right for you. It’s going to be an interesting year, Taurus; soften yourself, so that you don’t make it tougher than it has to be. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 24 April

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Paul Gauguin 'Jeunes Lutteurs' (Young Wrestlers') 1887 {{PD}}

Paul Gauguin ‘Jeunes Lutteurs’ (Young Wrestlers’) 1887 {{PD}}

Are you going to spend the entire year, through to your next birthday, wrestling with those you see as authorities, dear Taurus, or are you going this route only until you’re emotionally exhausted? Emotional matters, by the way, will dredge up a lot of ignored or denied material and communicate it–and so open the way to some serious confrontations with others, authorities or not. The key to handling it all successfully lies with knowing yourself, which requires knowing your limits, standards, and the lines you won’t cross, and being keenly aware of the extent and parameters of your empowerment–and then confidently going from there. There’s danger in the nature of your action urge this year–too impulsive, too erratic–and yet being spontaneous in response to the world may be the most effective thing in terms of gaining ground on ambitions and fulfilling desires. Have confidence, Taurus, most especially in yourself. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 23 April

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You may feel unduly restricted, as if you’re always having to adjust to accommodate restrictions and realities all around you, dear Taurus, and that’s true–at least for a while, and possibly through to your next birthday, the world may present you with a large number of limiting, challenging, or even repressive circumstances, and ‘denial of service’ might become a phrase you think was designed especially for you. The thing is, this is all leading somewhere; to building up a solid and bullet-proof personal power and authority, one that will open the gates to a radically altered future. Mind you, the changes in your destined direction I’m talking about here might all be in your head, or might encompass your capacity for understanding and responding skillfully, as you’re not about to give up anything you care about–in fact, this coming year you’ll be almost too involved on the emotional front, and so perhaps come across as a tad needy, as a result. Just remember, Taurus, to make the most of what you’re presented with, because you’re building your tomorrow. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 22 April

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A View of the 'Monuments of Easter Island, Rapanui' by William Hodges 1774 {{PD}}

A View of the ‘Monuments of Easter Island, Rapanui’ by William Hodges 1774 {{PD}}

Whatever you think of yourself and your role, dear Taurus, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, the real-world intrudes and defines issues of identity and purpose. This is a good thing, destroying illusions and replacing them with boundaries, methods to build and achieve, and the kind of support needed to make your mark; all you have to do is acknowledge that barriers, structure, and sound methodologies are the way to get where you want to go. You may feel this flies in the face of your recent commitment to empower yourself through the strength and purity of the creative, but in reality it will offer you form and restraint, which will only enhance your approach and help to give your dreams a solid footing. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Born Today 21 April

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'Young Women Going to a Procession' by Jules Breton c1890 {{PD}}

‘Young Women Going to a Procession’ by Jules Breton c1890 {{PD}}

It may feel, just a little, as if the parade has passed you by, dear Taurus, but it’s really only a brief respite you’re in right now–soon you’ll be at it, or at least thinking about it–but going forward all depends on you 1) facing those things you have been ignoring or denying, and then 2) handling them in such a way that what could’ve been a weakness becomes either a source of understanding or a source of information–and so becomes a strength. Ambitions and desires may become the determining factor in whether you will go off on your own unique Path or become a part of the group and help their cause. Two very strong assets you have working for you: high standards and values, and talent (the definition of which this year includes persuasive abilities and mental acuity). If you can deploy both talents and values at the same time, you can make phenomenal progress–the key is not to let them clash. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

Solar Return bonus aspect: An Earth Grand Trine with Mars, Pluto, and Black Moon Lilith=facing rage or matters ignored or denied brings forward energy to accomplish, clear purpose, and power, including the power to change your world.

Born Today 20 April

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Johann Doppelmayr's map of the southern celestial hemisphere, c. 1730 titled: "Hemisphaerium Coeli Australe in quo Fixarum loca secundum Eclipticae ductum ad anum 1730." {{PD}} Photo courtesy of Ben Esq

Johann Doppelmayr’s map of the southern celestial hemisphere, c. 1730 titled: “Hemisphaerium Coeli Australe in quo Fixarum loca secundum Eclipticae ductum ad anum 1730.” {{PD}} Photo courtesy of Ben Esq

You’re looking to chart the wisest course that will make for a real-world impact, aren’t you, dear Taurus? You’re capable this Solar year, through to your next birthday, of making significant alterations to your physical reality, but only if you are willing to take on those matters ignored or denied previously; they lurk, and may spoil changes by de-railing your intentions and your expressions of power, which could devolve into fits of temper and destructive episodes–and we don’t want that. How to prevent a meltdown? Be open to communications, even if what you hear is disappointing or less than pleasant–that way you will know where you stand, and have a complete picture of what you can and can’t work with. Be willing to adjust dreams and imagined potentials so that they mesh with real-world possibilities, specifically those that you have gained experience from in the past, and so can use to translate into an improved future. And allow intuition and instinct their say–these are powerful guides for you this year, if you’ll let them speak. Happy Birthday, Taurus, and good luck!

If you are an Aries with a birthday on the 20th, please read the outlook for the 19th. Thanks!

Born Today 19 April

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Stay open to meeting someone (or to seeing someone already here in a whole new way), Aries. 'Bougival Dance' Pierre-Auguste Renoir c1882 {{PD}}

Stay open to meeting someone (or to seeing someone already here in a whole new way), Aries. ‘Bougival Dance’
Pierre-Auguste Renoir c1882 {{PD}}

Emotional messages you receive through inspiration or imagination will be life-shaping this coming year, dear Aries. The subject of these messages? Love, Money, or maybe just the way you think about them; reform of your ideas, or maybe even your mentality itself, will lead you in your destined direction. What more could you need to know? That change, especially change to material circumstances or established structures, needs to be approached with care–no sudden moves. Also important is a willingness to face anything you’ve been putting off, ignoring, or in denial about–it all catches up to you–in fact, material matters likely won’t budge an inch until you deal with ignored life areas. And Aries, you’re due for Love, big time–be open to it. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

On the nature of subjectivity, and Saturn and Pluto together

Born Today 18 April

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Willem Claeszoon Heda 1634 {{PD}}

Willem Claeszoon Heda 1634 {{PD}}

It’s a new emotional start for you this coming year, Aries, and by extension a new identity. This offers fresh, and perhaps excessive, confidence, and may foster exaggerated Willfulness–but you’re not exactly a retiring Soul, anyway, so what’s the harm? As long as you are willing to honestly and openly deal with all matters you may have been ignoring or in denial about, you can clear the way to do what you please, with the knowledge that what will go best for you will both honor your highest values and use your creative talents to the max. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, the world’s your oyster, Aries–the only other thing to watch out for is, about midway through, a tendency to allow yourself to be too destructive in trying to bring about change, and this comes directly from your earlier successes at imposing your Will. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 17 April

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Those ignored things you need to confront won't be anything you can't handle, Aries. Urartian Fresco {{PD}}

Those ignored things you need to confront won’t be anything you can’t handle, Aries. Urartian Fresco {{PD}}

You seem to be having trouble getting life to ‘jell’ into something clear and easy to handle, dear Aries; it’s like you feel your own power but can’t quite connect to it, you know who you are but can’t find anything to anchor that idea to, and matters hidden, denied, neglected, or ignored keep throwing criticism your way from the sidelines. Too, there’s a current tendency to slide into nostalgia for the past, in the incorrect belief that you were somehow a better ‘You’ then. What to do? First, how should you handle that criticism? By confronting those ignored matters and dragging them out into the light–that will almost miraculously silence the critical voices, inside and out. Then you must take inventory of your assets available through the coming Solar year, to your next birthday: boundless energy, relationships and resources that offer the support and status you need to earn successfully, and an inspired creativity and imagination that can guide you toward fulfillment of your highest goals, if you let it. Your biggest mistake would be failing to believe in yourself; this year you’ve got everything you need to ‘make it’–as long as you face those matters you’ve ignored or are in denial about. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Aries New Moon of 18 April 2015: Birth of the Will

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'Starry Night' Edvard Munch c1923 {{PD}}

‘Starry Night’ Edvard Munch c1923 {{PD}}

New Moon occurs at 11:57 AM PDT at 28 Aries 25. A NM in Aries is the birth of energy that drives individual initiative, leadership, that propels achievement that is in our own Self-interest, and could give the ego or the Self-concept a ‘new lease on life’; it is the birth of some new facet of the Will, or the Self-identity. Because the energy is so individually focused, where it falls in the natal chart can tell us a great deal about whether one will be able to process and use that energy in a straightforward way, or whether others will voice objections to this ‘new you’.

The Sabian for this degree is, ‘The Music Of The Spheres’. This promises that what is born at this time has a quality of ‘Cosmic alignment’, bringing something forward that is an inevitable development of the individual, an Arian statement about the Self that must emerge and that is expressive of the Soul and the Cosmic plan. That should reassure us that whatever happens will be something uniquely characteristic of who we are, especially in terms of ego and want, but that suits and facilitates future expression of our Will completely.

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