Born Today 29 September

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Edwin Austin Abbey,  - 'Potpourri' - 1899 {{PD}}

Edwin Austin Abbey, – ‘Potpourri’ – 1899 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, your attention may turn toward ‘luck’–or is it more the way fortuitous meetings, chance occurrences, random breaks, and good guesses combine to lead you in a direction that, by the end of the year, you’re likely to look back on as both amazingly positive and ‘fated’, as if no other result were even possible? Your originality and inventiveness will combine and bring opportunity such as you haven’t seen for a long time–and you may enjoy a knack for research, unearthing secrets, and getting to the bottom of issues–and that may or may not win you new friends. Watch for: hair-trigger tempers (your own and that of others) and a tendency toward over-optimism–stay connected to reality so that you have a fair idea of what will go forward, and what won’t. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 28 September

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Henri Lebasque 'Young Girls in a Boat' c 1900

Henri Lebasque ‘Young Girls in a Boat’ c 1900

You ARE your creative energy this year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, but as you may be aware, your current patron saint, Neptune, is transiting through his own sign–and so, though his signal’s coming through to you loud and clear (or as clear as Neppy can be!) he’s also consumed with his own creative process–as you will be, too. That means there will be relationships to ignore, communications to muddle, and finances to neglect–and yet, this could be a really great period for you as you’ll enjoy tremendous ability to focus, to know what you want, and you will find support for you ambitions and desires in some surprising places. So, get behind that original idea, nail down the details that will bring that dream to reality, and go for it–you’ll rarely see such a perfect combination of opportunity, ability, and talent available at the same time–use it! Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Your Weekend ECLIPSE Sampler 27-28 September 2014

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'Ceres' Alice Pike Barney 1901 {{PD}}

‘Ceres’ Alice Pike Barney 1901 {{PD}}

A Little Lunar Essence for 27 September: 4 AM PDT the Scorpio Moon sextiles Pluto. It’s time to purge! –the emotions, the pipeline to intuition, and the Self of secrets that are weighing us down. Just let it out. 10 AM PDT the Moon trines Chiron and quincunxes Uranus. We are attuned to hurt, but if we make a conscious effort, we can turn that energy toward healing, it’s polar opposite–all we need to apply is a unique, original, or unusual approach that allows us to take a view beyond our wounds. Noon the Moon squares Jupiter. Experiences in the social sphere are not the best–stick with what you know, and what you’re sure of. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Ceres. We are in touch with Mother Nature, Gaia, our own sense of authority, and can negotiate purely by ‘feel’ should we need or want to. 9 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Saturn and semi-sextiles Pallas. Restraint is smart–it’s that simple.

And a Little AstroEssence for the 28th: Our priorities and interests seem contrary to those of the social circle, and what info we learn or knowledge we glean may be destructive in its effects or concentrated on gaining or holding onto power. Efforts at expansion and control of others or our surroundings seem to threaten what we truly care about—so we step away, thinking we can avoid a problem, but instead find we’ve misunderstood the stakes involved. Stick to facts and adjust efforts to focus on material changes, results, and solid, working-with-reality matters; assume that you are operating under at least a few illusions, that the worth of things is fuzzy at best, and proceed with that kind of caution in mind. (Perfecting today: Vesta contra-parallel Jupiter and semi-square Pluto, Sun quincunx Neptune and contra-parallel Venus, Earth sesquiquadrate Saturn)

A brief article from the Weekly:

More on Eclipses: Expectations
Too often we approach eclipses as some kind of change-your-luck, reach-the-holy-grail, wash-away-your sins kind of astrological event. They are nothing more than New and Full Moons where we just happen, from our vantage point on Earth, to witness one body blocking another, and so cutting off that body’s light. Is that a big deal astrologically? Yes and no—it can signify big, even Earth-shaking, changes and wipe-outs, new starts and major endings, but we have to get past this idea that this kind of massive re-model of our potentials and our lives will occur at each eclipse set.

It’s really as rare as any other lightning strike or lottery win; we’ll have a few of those scattered through life, but mostly eclipses will represent the more subtle or less monumental changes that are part and parcel of every day living. Too much concentration on eclipses as super-powerful comes too close to endowing them with a magical effect they really don’t (and can’t) have—and it’s not a good way to look at the Universe, as if we are waiting for externals to rescue us, or bring us something mystical or extraordinary that will change our lives—really, we have to do the changing ourselves.

We must also remember that even though we are fixated on certain life subjects, that doesn’t mean an eclipse set will address them; sometimes it does, but just as often it points us in another direction entirely. This is a clue to us that the Universe doesn’t necessarily see our agenda as the important one—and maybe hints that what we are finding important in the moment isn’t really important at all. If you’ll let them, eclipses will help steer you in the direction of what you’re really facing, and what your real opportunities are.

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Born Today 27 September

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NASA {{PD}}

NASA {{PD}}

Creativity explodes in you this year, dear Libra, and that can be messy, so be sure to arrange your environment so that your ideas, imagination, urge to build and do, and your capacity to translate what you visualize into something concrete or that is heard and seen by others has a supportive space in which to flourish. It would be a mistake not to put your creative urge first this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday; temptations may include emotional drama and excuses about being held back by the past. Don’t fool yourself (another hazard), Libra: this is your year to bring a dream into reality–don’t miss out. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Born Today 26 September

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Concentrate on what means the most to you, dear Libra, like home and family. 'Getting Ready for a Game' Carl Larsson 1901 {{PD}}

Concentrate on what means the most to you, dear Libra, like home and family. ‘Getting Ready for a Game’ Carl Larsson 1901 {{PD}}

Communicating emotions may be the centerpiece of your world this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and oh what a tense focus it will be, dear Libra! The tendency may be to dig too much when you don’t get a satisfying reply to what you put out there, but that really isn’t such a good idea; others may see you as overwrought and erratic, or as you used to be in the past–and that doesn’t help you calm down and live in the present, does it? This year don’t worry quite so much about sharing your thoughts and feelings–that can wait. Instead concentrate on those things you really care about: relationships, home and mate, causes to which you dedicate your life energy–and listen both to the wise inner voice that lives within, and to the myriad sources of positive and useful guidance you have available–do that and you’ll go far. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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Born Today 25 September

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'The Art of Painting' Johannes Vermeer c1666 {{PD}}

‘The Art of Painting’ Johannes Vermeer c1666 {{PD}}

Though you’re headed for an exceptionally creative year, through to your next birthday, dear Libra, you may find yourself distracted over serious power struggles and territorial disputes in important relationships–it may even reach a point where you feel the partner is trying to suppress your forward progress. Paranoid much? The reality is the partner is only feeling the pressure of her or his own ambitions; your mate doesn’t realize how much pressure they’re inadvertently exerting on you. The way around it is to broaden the scope of some of your aims, so that others can be included in the highly dynamic momentum you will generate with what seems like so little effort–being generous calms the relationship waters and brings unexpected benefits via the gratitude and affections of others. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 24 September

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Over-thinking is a distinct possibility. 'Lost in Thought' James Carroll Beckwith 1907 {{PD}}

Over-thinking is a distinct possibility. ‘Lost in Thought’ James Carroll Beckwith 1907 {{PD}}

Libra, you’re likely to be feeling brand spankin’ new in some important life areas (likely the ones of the House where your Sun is located, or the ones with Leo on the cusp); this can be rejuvenating, especially in terms of piquing your interest in expressing your Will and showing your originality. The only problems may be that you could tend to over-think things, and thereby suppress what you know is smart or wise in the moment. A willingness to act and consciously remaining aware of your own power (not to mention your inherent rights) will go a long way toward making this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, a fun and fantastically productive one. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

A Little Something on Hekate, the Wayshower

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William Blake's depiction of Hekate reflects a lot of the cultural baggage she's been assigned. 1795 {{PD}}

William Blake’s depiction of Hekate reflects a lot of the cultural baggage she’s been assigned. 1795 {{PD}}

This is an excerpt from a post previously seen at ‘Been There, Done That’ Have a great Wednesday!

Originating in Asia Minor, Hekate began as a powerful ‘Mother Goddess,’ but she steadily gained a narrower field of responsibility with each culture she entered. In many instances, figures such as Hathor and Demeter/ Ceres took on many of Hekate’s early characteristics (and of course, she was known by other names before the Greeks bestowed the one we call her by today), with Hekate carrying fewer and fewer of the ‘mother and nurture’ traits; if we combine this narrowing of responsibilities with the later influence of Christian elements on the scenarios of the gods and goddesses, we see that Hekate became a figure who carried unflattering and unwanted projections about the dark and ‘dangerous’ qualities of women. In Greek and Roman myth Hekate was demoted to be under Ceres’/ Demeter’s command, and was sent to accompany Persephone/ Proserpina on her journeys back and forth to the Underworld. Eventually Hekate was deemed ruler of witchcraft (in its most negative definitions), sorcery, demonic activity, and the darkness. This was a simple response of the patriarchy to the female connection to life-giving energy and the female alignment with the rhythms and cycles of the Universe: gestation and childbirth, a woman’s receptive sexual energy (which through the years has been portrayed as evil by its ‘seductive’–another word for receptive–nature) and a determination to keep women as powerless within the social set-up as possible, all contributing to the negative ‘stash’ Hekate has been assigned to carry.

Hekate’s true nature is as a way-shower, in all the many guises this can take. She stands at crossroads both literal and figurative, straddles the border between conscious and unconscious, light and dark, life and death, and translates energy between the two. She is said to be present at crime scenes, to guide travelers on their way, and to be present during the Dark of the Moon, with the Dark period association a good example of the narrowing that has occurred over time–originally Hekate was a Moon goddess, not confined to the Dark phase. It also makes sense that her connection to all forms of darkness would make her a conduit for the unconscious, and so her prominence in the chart or in relation to a particular energy or life area can alert us to the presence of unconscious material in that particular expression or venue. She echoes Pallas as well, as both a wise guide and a guardian–specifically of gateways and other points of ingress or egress (and both goddesses share similarity to Moon goddess Artemis/ Diana, the Huntress, in terms of all three having a martial/ guardian quality). And her characterization as a Crone makes sense when we consider that, ideally, with age comes wisdom–and that should tell us that we can learn from Hekate as well as be guided by or protected by her.

Hekate’s wisdom has unfortunately been trivialized, quite literally; she is the goddess of trivia! This comes from the retired Roman soldiers who were stationed about the city and at crossroads, available to answer questions concerning the area and what lay down each road. Hekate as a way-shower naturally came to be seen as the goddess of these question-answerers, and due to the spoke-like pattern of many Roman via connections there were often at least three roads leading from one point, thus tri three, via road or way, came to be associated with being able to answer any question presented. It’s important to see this as simply reminiscent of Hekate’s store of knowledge having a great span, a span that covers light and dark, and that reaches not just the into the profound life and death arenas but that also includes the minutiae of culture, tradition, and occurrences and changes of the past and present.

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New Moon in Libra 23 September 2014: A Test of Power

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Here's a test of your power: wrangle cats, get them in harness, and get them to pull you and a dozen cherubs around in the clouds--that's power! 'Freya, Cats, and Angels' Nils Blommér 1851 {{PD}}

Here’s a test of your power: wrangle cats, get them in harness, and get them to pull you and a dozen cherubs around in the clouds–that’s power! ‘Freya, Cats, and Angels’ Nils Blommér 1851 {{PD}}

5 AM PDT of the 23rd the Virgo Moon conjuncts Venus and semi-sextiles Black Moon Lilith. Criticism in relationships stems from issues ignored or denied; if anything comes up, recognize at once that this is something that needs to be faced head-on. 7 AM PDT the Lunar influence rests at the midpoint of Juno and Vesta. Empowerment must be balanced with our dedication to important causes, to home, and to the mate–not taking these into consideration risks giving our power to the ‘wrong’ people or causes, or supporting what doesn’t support us. 9 AM PDT the Moon trines Sedna. Instinct flavors feelings; we have a direct pipeline at this point to intuitive knowledge–use it. Void begins at 10:51 AM PDT; the Moon enters Libra at 9 PM sharp Pacific time.

New Moon in Libra occurs on the 23rd at 11:13 PM Pacific time at 1 Libra 07: A Test of Power

The New Moon makes no aspects to other bodies—very unusual. The closest thing we have is a semi-square to Ceres, so we’ll go with that. This suggests that what begins here relates to power expression in the personal life, and specifically to how effective we actually feel in ordering our world and having an impact. The aspect itself implies that this will be a mild but still difficult issue. The one thing we should be aware of is that the likely outlet for this power-testing will be in relationships, especially with the mate or partner, though it’s also possible that we may see new starts of a ‘natural’ variety in the House where the New Moon falls. See the New Moon chart here–just scroll down past the eclipses!

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Born Today 23 September

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This is so Libra, riding in on a pretty sidesaddle, with her bird. 'An Algerian Lady Hawking' Horace Vernet {{PD}}

This is so Libra, riding in on a pretty sidesaddle, with her bird. ‘An Algerian Lady Hawking’ Horace Vernet {{PD}}

Hello Libra! Did you just get here, or are you always so breathless and moist with exertion? It seems you want to make a big, Airy, Cardinal impact on your surroundings this Solar year, through to your next birthday–but you may have to settle for showing your most unique qualities and developing your original ideas. That’s not so bad, but it could be a little lonelier than you usually are, as it takes solitude to create. Find a group that appreciates you, especially your more unusual qualities, so you’ll have the support you need when you’re not creating and want to mix it up, and watch the matters of the House with Aquarius on the cusp–this is where a lot of the magic, opportunity, and going overboard may happen. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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