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)

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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!

Born Today 6 October

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Circus poster, 1890 - Library of Congress {{PD}}

Circus poster, 1890 – Library of Congress {{PD}}

Dear Libra, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be filled with the unexpected, the healing, and the hurtful, and you’ll be given plenty of opportunities to show your skills. Material matters may surprise, but so will your inventiveness and originality, though the most surprising thing of all may be the choices you make and the actions you take–you are unpredictable this year, and that’s saying something for a think-before-you-do-it Air sign. All that choosing and doing is in service to widening the horizons and gaining knowledge, but when under stress you may simply reach for power, believing you’ll sort it out later; that won’t go well, so have goals in mind before grabbing for the clout to implement them. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 5 October

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"White cat and two yellow butterflies' Arthur Heyer early 20th century {{PD}}

“White cat and two yellow butterflies’ Arthur Heyer early 20th century {{PD}}

You’ve been through some big changes this past year, haven’t you, dear Libra? When you look back, you may even see it as a transformation–so what could possibly come along this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, that could top the cocoon opening to release the butterfly? Allowing that butterfly to express its own uniqueness, that’s what. Originality will be the thing you will both be consumed by and scared of; though you really want to make your mark and show how far you’ve come, you’re deathly afraid of becoming alienated from the group–you’re just not ready to fly solo quite yet–but you’re deeply in need of being recognized as an individual. How to handle this? Concentrate on developing spiritual depth through practices of compassion, healing, and exercise the imagination and creativity in a way that might aid the Collective–then your beautiful butterfly future will fall into place! Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 4 October

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Creating things the way you want, Libra, doesn't mean taking everything down to the bone. 'Death' by Anita Rée 1925 {{PD}}

Creating things the way you want, Libra, doesn’t mean taking everything down to the bone. ‘Death’ by Anita Rée 1925 {{PD}}

Dear Libra, you seem to be completely consumed right now with clearing out the old and ringing in the new. That’s fine, except you may not be making the kinds of distinctions that keep you from throwing out what you really want to keep; you may be too caught up, now through this Solar year, ending at your next birthday, with transforming your world, and yourself along with it, but you may need to slow down and ask yourself why you’re doing this. There’s a danger that your actions are fueled by not liking who you are right now–and this method of destroying the structures and supports of your life down to the bone means you could wake up the same person, but without those things that normally comfort and aid you–they’ll be gone, felled by your maniacal ax. Determination to fix what’s not working is a good thing, but first you must pause and see what current, great things about you should not just remain, but should be elevated and shared with the world: these include your quick wits, an outstanding ability to work with Mother Nature, your sense of ambition (which makes you focused and effective at getting what you want), your rather amazing talent for healing yourself and others, and your enormous capacity to understand what’s really going on around you–you can share some truly dazzling insights with others, things that can open up their worlds–but first you’ve got to get a good grasp on how talented you really are, before anymore extremist housekeeping occurs :) Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 3 October

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Ogata Kōrin 'RED AND WHITE PLUM BLOSSOMS' (National Treasure) late 17th century {{PD}}

Ogata Kōrin
‘RED AND WHITE PLUM BLOSSOMS’ (National Treasure) late 17th century {{PD}}

This is a year, dear Libra, when you will determine the true sources of power in your life; it’s also a year when Fate may reach out and ‘adjust’ your life direction in a way that will show major effects later. For right now, it’s enough to spend the time, through to your next birthday, seeking your personal El Dorado of effectiveness, stamina, assets, and abilities; locate these within the psyche, find a way to incorporate them in the life, and you’ll quite literally make your fortune. Don’t be distracted by the threat of destruction that comes from competitors–they’re jealous–and rely as much if not more on the feelings, intuition, and instincts than on the mind–the mentality will show some significant shortcomings at this time–the only way around it is to trust the emotional perceptions, which will be endowed with–surprise!–fully-realized information from intangible sources. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 2 October

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James Carroll Beckwith 'Carrefour at the End of the Tapis Vert, Versailles' {{PD}}

James Carroll Beckwith ‘Carrefour at the End of the Tapis Vert, Versailles’ {{PD}}

A clash of Titans may be on the agenda very shortly, dear Libra, and you will be involved, chiefly due to an emotional outlook that seems set in stone–and on top of that, you may be feeling your life Path is also already set and inflexible. It seems you’re taking acceptance of ‘What Is’ to new heights, forgetting that you’re in charge, you’re driving, those are your assets and talents–and you should know that you’ll very soon have an opportunity right in line with ambitions. Don’t blow it by standing and looking down at your feet–dance! Bonus: you’re also on the way to healing a very battered portion of the individuality; in fact, it’s being prepared to be one of your most outstanding future assets. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

The Daily for 2 October 2014: Sweet

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@ Annica's, Michelangelo Towers, Sandton, Johannesburg. 26 February 2012 'Petit Fours' Author Saaleha Bamjee from Johannesburg, South Africa Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

@ Annica’s, Michelangelo Towers, Sandton, Johannesburg.
26 February 2012
‘Petit Fours’
Author Saaleha Bamjee from Johannesburg, South Africa Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

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2 October our ambitions and desires come on strong and possibly take over our efforts; attention to instinct and ‘gut’ feelings must be paid, or we suffer by overdoing, over expanding, or exaggerating and losing our chance—and don’t listen to the social circle, they’ll just egg us on. (Perfecting today: Jupiter sextile Zeus, Sun sesquiquadrate Sedna)

The Lunar Outlook for the 2nd: 1 AM PDT of the 2nd the Capricorn Moon squares Zeus. We may put up emotional barriers to fulfilling our own ambitions and wants–somehow barriers feel safer than giving ourselves permission. For now respect the emotional need. 6:30 AM PDT the Moon squares the Nodal axis and sextiles Ceres-Saturn. We feel we have natural power and authority at this time, but this doesn’t seem to help us deal with our life direction–we are somehow heading for emotional upset, and may find ourselves coping with our own emotional denial so we can handle the friction. Recognize that boundaries are something we must agree to in order for them to have any power, and that laying out the actual, physical boundaries of our own territory may be a very good exercise, making clearer to ourselves better than any other way can just where we do and don’t hold sway. Noon the Moon quincunxes Black Moon Lilith and squares Pallas. We are made uncomfortable by circumstances and matters we’d rather ignore, but we know it isn’t wise to avoid dealing with these. How to handle this? Approach tough subjects with restraint and calm–the Cappy Moon offers support to those who go slow, follow the ‘rules’, and do their best to meet matters in a disciplined way. 3 PM PDT the Moon trines Sedna. Instinct and intuition inform each other, and put us in the perfect ‘space’ to understand completely whatever environment or interaction we undertake. 9 PM PDT the Moon opposes Juno and sextiles Vesta. We may stymie our own empowerment by adhering too strictly to our highest standards; it’s better to bend than break, in the name of moving forward.

Today’s image: cookies and milk. Be on the lookout, for these as a synchronicity marker, or as a delicious snack.

Born Today 1 October

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by Petrus Christus  'St Eligius in His Workshop' (detail) 1449 {{PD}}

by Petrus Christus
‘St Eligius in His Workshop’ (detail) 1449 {{PD}}

You’re coming up on some big choices and even bigger power plays in the foreseeable future, dear Libra–but will you be ready? You’re already feeling burdened–or is it restrained?– by emotional matters. Your feelings and the feelings of others have made barriers and put up walls you dare not cross–and yet these will be the very areas you need to explore if you are to have full access to your own power. It may help you to know that your ambitions and desires are not as big–or as urgently in need of fulfillment–as it feels right now–they can and will wait–and if you continue to work on the power picture, within about 6 months you could be (figuratively speaking) worth your weight in gold. Now that’s something to look forward to! Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

Born Today 30 September

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Tall bearded iris 'Soap Opera' (Ghio, 1982) EML RE 32" by Renee C. Fraser Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Tall bearded iris ‘Soap Opera’ (Ghio, 1982) EML RE 32″ by Renee C. Fraser Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Dear Libra, your life this Solar year, through to your next birthday, may read a little like a soap opera: caught between Love and Ambition, you’ll make choices that will shape your Fate. Don’t worry, though–everyone makes these decisions every day, we just aren’t usually as tuned-in to the repercussions of what we pick as you will be, Libra. This can be a huge advantage, as you’ll see what could be ripple out before you with every choice–but this can also paralyze you, if you try too hard to make everything ‘perfect’. Embrace your Solar Return Sagittarian Moon and its spirit of adventure and enlarging your horizons, explore whatever speaks to you, and remain conscious of what may come from your decisions, but realize that even the most prescient among us can’t foresee everything–that’s what makes life so interesting. Happy Birthday, Libra, and good luck!

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