Born Today 8 September

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Inside Ajanta caves Photo by Jorge Láscar from Australia-Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic via Wikimediacommons

Inside Ajanta caves
Photo by Jorge Láscar from Australia-Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic via Wikimediacommons

Ambition and desire will be front and center for you, dear Virgo, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, but so will a test of your values and commitments; you’ll choose to meet these challenges either by summoning your most unique personal skills or by retreating to ancient wounds for protection–who would attack a wounded person? you might be thinking–and you might be safe there, but it also means those who can facilitate your desires and support realization of your ambitions will bestow their gifts and aid elsewhere. If you’re hoping to garner cooperation and support in your quest to achieve, you’ll need to face things dead-on–and do your very best. At present you’re endowed with an unusually good sense of your own priorities, talents, and an awareness of what it takes to become empowered in the material world while still honoring your values–utilize this and you’ll do very very well. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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Born Today 7 September

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Be fearless; stand up in the boat if you want to. 'A Party Angling' George Morland 1789 {{PD}}

Be fearless; stand up in the boat if you want to. ‘A Party Angling’ George Morland 1789 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, if you are feeling the need to express yourself in a way that fulfills ambitions, gathers in all that you desire, honors what you care for, creates a solid and nurturing home for you, and makes you stand out in the group, you will over the coming year, through to your next birthday, not just get the chance to do it, you’ll practically be guaranteed to fall into the flow of energy that will facilitate your individual expression in unprecedented ways. The world is ready for you, but are you ready for it? You’ve recently dealt with some powerful forces for change that may have left you a little hesitant. Your success this year will depend on how willing you are to respond to the river of life without imposing your own personal set of restrictions, rules, and conditions. Acceptance will be a big part of creating the right circumstances to go forward, show who you are, and build what you want; fearlessness and trust will be the others.

Full Moon in Pisces 8 September 2014: Finishing With Pain

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'An Accident' Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret  1878 {{PD}}

‘An Accident’ Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret 1878 {{PD}}

. . . . as in, ‘getting rid of or being done with pain’. The Full Moon in Pisces occurs at 6:38 PM Pacific time of the 8th at 16 Pisces 19, and is conjunct Chiron, quincunx Zeus, and captures Saturn, Vesta, and Juno in a Water Grand Trine. Since a FM is a culmination, we are arriving at an ending—but of what? Most likely the ending of some hurtful situation or wound which is healed via our own emotion-guided empowerment that comes directly from living our highest values in some form. The reality picture requires we modify ambitions and desires, and thereby we create surroundings that truly meet our highest standards—and this is very possibly through modifications or changes on the home front, with our behavior toward and treatment of the mate, and/ or by aligning our goals with what we honor and find sacred. This is a course-correction point that offers significant lessening of psychic and emotional pain, if we 1) will apply the needed changes to the environment and practices, and 2) be willing to let the pain go. Miss either component, and things stay much the same.

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Born Today 6 September

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Here the cheese is not alone. Floris Gerritsz van Schooten - 'Still-Life with Glass, Cheese, Butter and Cake' c1620 {{PD}}

Here the cheese is not alone. Floris Gerritsz van Schooten – ‘Still-Life with Glass, Cheese, Butter and Cake’ c1620 {{PD}}

The motto for you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo, could be ‘The cheese stands alone’! You have a kind of individual and unique presence and intelligent, intellectually-oriented viewpoint that may make you, just for awhile, somewhat of a loner, not because you won’t be open to relationship, but because you will be intent on exploring and expressing what makes you You. Slated for this period: more adventure than you’re used to, spontaneous events and choices that you’ll roll with, a little hurt and a little healing, and a chance to go after (and probably achieve) at least one of your ambitions or desires. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 5 September

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Malnazar, illuminator, 'The Creation of the World' 1637 {{PD}}

Malnazar, illuminator, ‘The Creation of the World’ 1637 {{PD}}

A great deal of your attention, dear Virgo, is focused on empowering yourself, just as it should be; you have ambitions and things you’re dedicated to and want to get on with the business of honoring and accomplishing. What you need to be aware of is the toll pursuing your goals could take on relationships or finances (which may be strained all year), and you need to be very cognizant of the emotional restrictions you’ve place on yourself; these could be your biggest obstacle, and could go unrecognized as your own beliefs, instead projected outward and seen as vagaries inflicted by an unnecessarily cruel world. It’s almost inevitable that often this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may act and react from instinct and the material that resides in the ‘blind spot’, and so create circumstances that can be puzzling or seem to be the opposite of what you were going for. When this happens, you should take the approach that everything has reasons behind it, and it’s your job to understand why you might call such a situation into being, always with the idea that the Universe is a responsive, living thing that acts in our best interests. Be optimistic, ask for answers, and be persistent, Virgo–Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little Astro and Lunar Essence 4 September 2014: Unwilling to Bend

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'Point Lobos' 1920 Bertha Boyntom Lum Library of Congress {{PD}}

‘Point Lobos’ 1920 Bertha Boyntom Lum Library of Congress {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: 4 September relationship demands, what we want, and our means of earning may all violate the needs of the home front, the mate, highest values, or those things we find sacred—and yet our minds are set, and unwilling to bend to accommodate those values or needs. We find ourselves in a spot that feels restricted and that seems contrary to what we would normally want or support—but this is when we ask ourselves if that’s really true. A review of our actual priorities, and of what’s truly restricting us, is in order. (Perfecting today: Venus contra-parallel Vesta, Mercury semi-square Saturn)
Lunar movement: 11 AM PDT the Capricorn Moon trines the Sun, giving us a period of clarity. Note what you’re aware of now, and how you perceive it, as your viewpoint is likely accurate (unless the figurative Sun is in your eyes!) 3 PM PDT the Moon opposes Juno and sextiles Vesta. Are we butting heads needlessly? That’s the question–anything that doesn’t directly empower and respect our values should be let go. This is the beginning of an Earth Grand Cross with Juno, Uranus, and Zeus; the Moon also sextiles Chiron. We are trying to assert the Self and balance this need with our chances for ambition fulfillment–the unexpected gets in the way, and our own wounds, or our fear of hurting others, make us hesitant. This all happens in ways that affect the material situation. Going after what you want is fine, as long as you are acutely aware of where your territory ends and that of others begins; accomplishment only comes when we operate with full knowledge of others’ rights and privileges. 9 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Saturn. This is a point when we can give emotions structure and containment; make sure they take fluid, rather than rigid, shapes.
Grand Trine with Vesta-Juno-Chiron=This reinforces the idea that to successfully empower ourselves we need to be sensitive to the wounds and sacred places of others, as well as making sure our choices honor our Chirotic gifts and our own priorities.
Today’s image is a cave-dwelling salamander that lives in the dark and breathes through its skin. Look for unusual ways to accomplish the usual and necessary; this will evolve talents with little effort.

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Born Today 4 September

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This could be you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Virgo. by William Turner- 'The Angel, Standing in the Sun' 1845 {{PD}}

This could be you this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Virgo. by William Turner- ‘The Angel, Standing in the Sun’ 1845 {{PD}}

It may seem like it’s all about power this Solar year, dear Virgo, but it’s really about the power of feeling. You’ll be insanely good at understanding power structures, at translating intangible expressions of power into their material world equivalents, at knowing the power and meaning behind expressions of feeling, and at making an impact with your own emotional expressions–but what will that mean? Following the power curve will almost certainly deliver skills, wisdom, and opportunities–a lot of them. Embracing power in whatever form you find it will lead to awesome things–so you go, Virgo! Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Born Today 3 September

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What was once rock solid in your life will be changing, Virgo. - by Fritz Petzholdt - 'Étude de roches' c1830 {{PD}}

What was once rock solid in your life will be changing, Virgo. – by Fritz Petzholdt – ‘Étude de roches’ c1830 {{PD}}

You may be caught, dear Virgo, between the need to Do It Big and the need to Do It Smart–and either way you know that big change is on the way. It’s almost impossible for anyone to know which direction you should jump–and yet, when you think about it, you’ll know that the way to go is toward the actions that will put the power in your hands, that will allow you choice, and that will help you handle whatever changes to the structure and parameters of your life that are almost upon you. That said, if you do your homework, you can gain a great deal of personal power–and with power, of course, come options, something you will really value having in the coming year, through to your next birthday. So, I wish you a happy one, Virgo, and good luck!

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Born Today 2 September

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You could even charm the most cantankerous Juno in your life right now, Virgo. 'Peacock, peahen, parrots, canary, and other birds in a park' by Jakob Bogdani c1709 {{PD}}

You could even charm the most cantankerous Juno in your life right now, Virgo. ‘Peacock, peahen, parrots, canary, and other birds in a park’ by Jakob Bogdani c1709 {{PD}}

You have plans, dear Virgo, to expand your world somehow, and you know what you’re creating is smart–but do you know how it might affect home and family? Relationships and finances could unexpectedly suffer, not through any fault of your own, but because there are some big changes just ahead that will alter the lay of the land–and so mess with your well-laid plans. Watch both the natal House where Pluto is currently transiting and the House Pluto rules in the natal chart for the life areas where the disruptions will come from, and in the meantime, gather allies and reinforce relationships with your current diplomatic but sophisticated manner–you can charm the birds out of the trees right now, so put that bedazzled personality to good use. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 1 September

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'Cathedral Spires, Garden of the Gods, Colorado' Doesn't look very garden-y, does it? Photo by William Henry Jackson 1879 {{PD}}     Date 1869/1879

‘Cathedral Spires, Garden of the Gods, Colorado’ Doesn’t look very garden-y, does it? Photo by William Henry Jackson 1879 {{PD}}
Date 1869/1879

Wisdom is yours, dear Virgo–or is it your burden? You may be cursed with extra clear and cautious foresight this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and considering you’ll have a lot of natural power and authority going for you, it could be the time when you make considerable strides, even make your fortune (as in creating the foundations of the life you were destined for); on the other hand, it won’t win you any friends, as your judgment may be so superior that you could make them look bad with your choices, or you find it impossible to go along with them on flights of fancy or recklessness, or can’t bring yourself to participate with them in what you know will end up a non-starter. It’s tough being a demi-god. Play your cards close to the vest, remain extra aware of and considerate of your friends, and soon enough your keen powers of discernment, observation, and judgment will go back to normal human levels, and everyone can live happily ever after. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

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