Born Today 29 May

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YOu could be golden this year, Gemini. Henri Regnault, 'Salomé' 1869 {{PD}}

YOu could be golden this year, Gemini. Henri Regnault, ‘Salomé’ 1869 {{PD}}

Though the inclination may be to think about things more than anything else, dear Gemini, what you really need to do this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, is exercise your intellectual understanding of yourself and events at the highest level possible. You’ll need to see and feel your personal power and reach in action; you’ll also need to fully experience your connection to Nature, whether that’s achieved through the workings of your own body or through immersing yourself in some form of wilderness or extreme elements. The result will be empowerment of the most unique aspects of the individuality and the public display of the ambitions that should draw supporters and advocates to help you meet your goals. The only thing that might trip you up could be those elements of the life you’ve neglected or denied; deal with them, head-on, and you should be golden. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 28 May

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Cornelis de Man,  'A Man Weighing Gold ' c1670 {{PD}}

You’ll have an almost Libran attention to balance, especially of the mental faculties, this coming Solar year, Gemini. Cornelis de Man, ‘A Man Weighing Gold ‘ c1670 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Gemini, you’ll have the chance to achieve a perfect balance among factors of identity, purpose, emotions, strength, and sense of personal authority, and this is first instigated by sorting everything out mentally. From intellectual understanding you can create with your life a holistic statement of who you are and what you’re about, and though this process occurs over approximately the next three years, you’ll early find that there’s another necessary step to attend to: knowing what you care about, specifically in relationships and money matters. Establishing values in these areas will have a kind of miraculous effect: you’ll find that the kinds of things that used to hurt you will no longer affect you. You won’t be bulletproof, exactly; it’ll be more like you drift above those previous concerns that will come to feel more petty than anything else. Elevating your consciousness will open the way to a widening of your horizons and give you a resourcefulness and optimism surrounding pursuit of goals that will be truly empowering. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

June Full Moon 2015: A Return to Power

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This Moon is perfect for spooning! "Eat For England Spoon - geograph.org.uk - 711068" by Kevin Richardson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eat_For_England_Spoon_-_geograph.org.uk_-_711068.jpg#/media/File:Eat_For_England_Spoon_-_geograph.org.uk_-_711068.jpg

This Moon is perfect for spooning! “Eat For England Spoon – geograph.org.uk – 711068″ by Kevin Richardson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eat_For_England_Spoon_-_geograph.org.uk_-_711068.jpg#/media/File:Eat_For_England_Spoon_-_geograph.org.uk_-_711068.jpg

This is the Full Moon report, from ECLIPSE; watch for my new book on Vesta, coming this summer, and see all my books here–thanks, and happy Full Moon!

The Full June Moon (perfect for spooning!) occurs at 9:18 AM Pacific time of the 2nd at 11 Sagittarius 49, sextiles Ceres, squares Neptune, is widely opposed Mars but a little too wide to count in opposition to Mercury (chiefly because movement is mutually away from meeting, rather than toward it), and is also sesquiquadrate Venus. This last listed aspect, to Venus, may be the most deceptive one, as we likely won’t even associate the ending, culmination, or event of the Full Moon with relationship or financial implications—and yet that’s the area (along with potential effects in the natal Houses ruled by Venus) where repercussions of what happens will finally land. We can expect the Full Moon to be the culmination of surgery on the psyche, with the effects to finances or relationships the unfortunate complications that come after.

Need they be negative? Not at all—in fact, the culmination offers us both an opportunity and a challenge—to take a good hard look at the use of our creative energy (and that can flow into literally any life area) and to ‘own our authority’, that personal sense of competence and the right to make our own choices that we can sometimes be too easily shaken from. The FM points out that we remain powerful no matter what, and it tells us that the effect is targeted in one, specific direction: we have the ability to change what’s not working, to re-direct energy so that it’s not squandered, and to banish procrastination and the need to seek permission—the events of this FM show us in no uncertain terms that we are our own authorities, we are powerful in our own lives—and we must both accept and admit that, and in doing so acknowledge that, to an extreme degree, we are the arbiters of our fate.

The Full Moon reminds us of our natural power, rejects fantasy and what’s untrue, and asks us to put the ego aside; we are invited into a powerful role that we were born to hold, one that allows no deception, that is pure in its expression, that connects us to the natural world in a psychic, spiritual, and visceral way. The culmination of this Lunar energy in Sagittarius demands that we respect knowledge, reality, and the Collective connection through shared information, common experience, and cultural similarities—and that we do so in a state that is both in line with Nature and true to ourselves, which requires openness and honesty—if we’re clinging to any false beliefs about ourselves or our world, we will have to let them go—and if we don’t, we see the difficulties those false beliefs cause when they infect the relationship or financial sphere.

The Sabian for the Full Moon is, ‘A Flag Turns Into An Eagle; The Eagle Into A Chanticleer Saluting The Dawn’. What begins as simple flag-waving, as loyalty instilled by rote, transforms into something dignified and noble, into something living and beautiful—the allegiance that seemed routine grows into a sincere feeling of beauty, pride, and constancy—and once we reach a level of understanding that allows us to ‘soar’ we can then take on the role of teacher, town crier, journalist, speaker, sharer, example, which by our very expression brings enlightenment to others.

We also look at the Sun for a Full Moon: ‘A Negro Girl Fights For Her Independence In The City’. Ignore the antiquated language and consider that when this symbol was formed through the agency of Elsie Wheeler and Marc Edmund Jones in 1925, the situation for a black girl looking for autonomy in a city was quite different than it is today; in that time there were few avenues open to her, and independence was only possible within a very restricted compass (though in any age there are always exceptions, such as Madame CJ Walker, who revolutionized the cosmetics industry in service to African-American women). Since the Sun sheds the ‘origin light’ that makes the entire dynamic of Sun-Moon interplay visible, this Sun Sabian may refer to a need within ourselves to recognize that our fight for progress and autonomy only occurs within a vary narrow spectrum of possibilities at any one time. Though we feel the whole world open before us, and myriad potentials within our grasp, with the array of possibilities seemingly overwhelming at times, the reality is that there are usually only a few directions we may take at any one moment, and these are often not so far from one another. It’s a myriad of small choices one after another that usually ends up bringing big change, and most of those choices occur beneath the level of conscious thought (in the Moon’s territory), revealed only by application of awareness (contact by the Sun). If we can be conscious of the parameters within which we make our choices, we will see that no matter how big the change feels, we still make that change, or move forward on the Path, one step at a time—that’s why it’s so important to not only keep our goals in mind, but to measure our actions in terms of how effectively they move us toward them.

Born Today 27 May

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"Gas Station #3" from "Objetos dispersos" series of Xulio Formoso Photo by Jpuelche - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Estacion_de_gasolina_3_(91_x_75_cm.)_(red).JPG#/media/File:Estacion_de_gasolina_3_(91_x_75_cm.)_(red).JPG

“Gas Station #3″ from “Objetos dispersos” series of Xulio Formoso Photo by Jpuelche – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Estacion_de_gasolina_3_(91_x_75_cm.)_(red).JPG#/media/File:Estacion_de_gasolina_3_(91_x_75_cm.)_(red).JPG

You seem to be revving up, dear Gemini, to change your life direction–or is it that you’re preparing to change who accompanies you along the way? In either case, your focus is on the future–and that may mean you miss out on what’s happening right now. You have priorities to declare, a mate or significant other (like a business partner) to reckon with, and the home, in one way or another, needs to be tended to, and this is all in the name of getting things in order so that when the moment comes to make that big life direction change, nothing else distracts you. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may give out a lot of messages you’ll later want to take back, so be cautious in what you offer and in how you take the communications of others–overreaction, or imprudent action based on what is said or thought, are both strong possibilities. That same impulse has a big upside, though, as you can have an idea and act on it in an instant, as there’s no disharmony between the mentality and the action urge for you. Too, if you can silence the critical voice inside your head, you’ll be able to access an immense store of practical wisdom and re-discover a few skills you thought were lost. Best of all, if you know who you are, you can express that uniqueness and originality freely–it will only lead to empowerment, and possibly a rise in status (though don’t expect relationships and finances to be unaffected by this–they will). Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 26 May

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Vincent Van Gogh - Der Zuave 1888 {{PD}}

Vincent Van Gogh – Der Zuave 1888 {{PD}}

You’re halfway there, dear Gemini–to what doesn’t really matter, your perception that you can’t quite take action yet as there’s more to do, fix, be, see, or learn permeates everything–and not moving forward when you’ve got so much juice built up is beginning to have a deleterious effect on you. If you don’t find a direction and go with it, in any number of areas, you may find yourself later in the Solar year, the one that runs between now and your next birthday, dealing with heaps of criticism, and you could succumb to nit-picky thinking and the need to deal with a thousand things up to now avoided or denied. That doesn’t sound like fun, does it? The remedy may be found in being willing to decisively edit and prune the ambitions and desires–got to let go of some options at some point–and then use instinct to inform choices, even as you work hard to discover your own ‘blind spot’ material and deal with it once and for all. It sounds daunting, I know, but Gemini, you are in an excellent position to put things not just right, but into spectacular fashion–and the payoff will be Love, Money, or both. Happy Birthday and good luck!

Born Today 25 May

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Claude Monet - 'The Road to Vétheuil' 1878 {{PD}}

Claude Monet – ‘The Road to Vétheuil’ 1878 {{PD}}

You’ve got a tough road ahead of you, dear Gemini, in the area of Money, in Love, or in both. There, we’ve gotten the worst part over–and it’s really not that bad. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, will involve some long-delayed sorting-out in areas you’ve too long neglected. They’re not what you think they are, they need refurbishment–and that’s where all the good stuff comes in. New, revised assessments will tell you who really cares, and in what ways (and especially why) your unconscious mind has been leading you in directions that aren’t productive anymore. Those are some effective housecleaning energies for the psyche, and the result will be some crazy good creative impulses that you should definitely take action on. The truly imaginative will thrive in your life once those pesky relationship and/ or financial matters have been solved–it’s that simple. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 24 May

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Giacomo Ceruti - Women Working on Pillow Lace (The Sewing School) 1720s {{PD}}

Giacomo Ceruti – Women Working on Pillow Lace (The Sewing School) 1720s {{PD}}

Recently, on the way to fulfilling goals and ambitions you found out, dear Gemini, that what you really want is to be yourself, uniquely, radically, effervescently you, and this became your desire when you realized that will afford you the kind of empowerment that brings both security in your abilities and indifference to the responses of others. Oh, what a wonderful state to exist in–but is that possible? Yes, yes it is, but you’re not there yet–it will take some fine-tuning: 1) take material matters seriously and without emotion–it’s just business, so see it that way 2) this coming Solar year will be a good time to make creative choices, but not necessarily to take action on those choices–they may need some time to develop 3) treat yourself and others with extra care this year–hurting or being hurt is almost too easy, and 4) this isn’t the point when you should take power yourself, but it is the time to pave the way toward that moment, by establishing good relationships with authorities, by learning to negotiate, and by following the rhythms of Nature, wherever they manifest in your world. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

Born Today 23 May

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'Henne mit Küken' Anonymous 19th century {{PD}}

‘Henne mit Küken’ Anonymous 19th century {{PD}}

Hello Gemini! Do you feel brand new, like a chick just hatched out of the egg? If you don’t, it may be because your reality picture for the past year has been, well, let’s call it stringent. You’re moving beyond that, now, and it may also feel like the ambition picture is so last year–and both are correct, though not exactly in the way you may think. Concerning the reality picture and the sense of oppression and limitation it may have conveyed, you need to focus more on what’s been built, what’s been accomplished–and trash the idea that these are burdens you’re carrying rather than goals that have been met, freeing you to create new ones; concerning the ambitions and desires, you may feel that there’s no way you can get the cooperation you need, or the aesthetic support you desire, to fulfill aims–but that may only be because you’ve failed to take into account that relationships are the backbone to cooperation–and you may have considered only your own wants, along the way. Resolve to be less aggressive, less defensive, and yet more supportive of your own need to shine and to be respected, and you just might reap the Love and/ or Money that is scheduled to arrive this Solar year, at some point before your next birthday. Happy Day, Gemmy, and good luck!

Making Purchases During Mercury retrograde: Q & A

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Mercury, looking down on someone who forced a purchase during Merc retro. by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo {{PD}}

Mercury, looking down on someone who forced a purchase during Merc retro. by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo {{PD}}

Here’s a reprint on buying during Merc retro.

Recently I received a couple of questions about what to do and not do during Mercury retrograde; concerns seem to center on buying big-ticket, Mercury ruled items, and on what effect shopping in the middle of the process would have on the outcome. Questions here are tailored to the issues presented in the questions I received. This is from ECLIPSE (no longer open for new sign-ups).

Is it okay to make a major purchase during Merc retro?
The traditional wisdom says ‘No’, that we’re just buying trouble, and to a certain extent that is absolutely true. We need to understand, though, exactly why purchasing during Merc retro is considered bad. Thought processes are not operating under their usual parameters; it’s as if at crucial times our synapses are suffering too wide a gap to transmit signals—at least, that’s true psychically speaking. We don’t compile and comprehend information in quite the same way as we usually do, with thoughts fritzing out in mid-realization and concentration interfered with by a kind of mental static. This is why I always recommend ‘switching’ to a Venusian, feeling-centered state during the Merc retro period, when dealing with what would otherwise be handled mentally. Utilizing both Venus’ sensitivity, especially in relationship, and the Moon’s intuitive abilities, we can feel the unspoken, the undercurrents and attitudes, the potential ‘hidden’ factors behind any interaction—and this may, in many instances, be as effective or even more effective than using the mental faculties as we usually would. However, it doesn’t address perceptual matters involving procedure, details, written material, and conditions, as well as our ability to accurately observe, and something like a purchase involves knowing what’s happening completely enough that one will have no surprises after the fact. This is the concept behind not making agreements, signing contracts, making deals, or agreeing to anything that will obligate us in the future, during Merc retro—there will inevitably be something we’ve missed, something we don’t yet know, but will find out later.

Are there any times when it is okay to buy during the retro?
Yes! When you have literally done all the research, vetting, investigating, comparison shopping, looked over the specs, and have established everything in writing (if it involves a contract or written agreement) before the start of the retro period—then if you need to delay for some reason (because of payment issues or a sale, for instance, or finalizing something big like the sale of a house as you wait through the escrow period), you safely can—just don’t change anything after the retro begins—and I can safely say, you will probably be tempted to, as Merc retro plays tricks on the mind that can make you think your reasoning is much better at that point, rather than the opposite. All conditions must be decided upon before the retro begins, and no changes made, for this to work out satisfactorily.

The Shadow period: Does it Matter?
IMO no. Some people make a big deal out of shadow periods, and it’s true that we may see ripples of a coming or past retrograde before the stone is thrown into the Cosmic waters, but once I saw a timeline of a full year that shaded shadow periods surrounding Merc retro plus the retro period itself, and it was clear that to behave as if Merc is somehow ‘not itself’ for that much time didn’t make much sense. Maybe looking for explanations for every quirk and anomaly comes from a too-strong belief that our minds are operating in near-objective mode as the norm; that, of course, is purely ridiculous, with moments of true lucidity and objective perception the exception rather than the rule. If we understand that there are countless influences on the mentality at any one time, both internal and external, we get a broader, more accurate concept of the fluidity of the mental perceptions, and have less need to corral patterns of thought and processing into neat compartments for which we must find astrological exceptions for every variation. Shadow periods can be considered when analyzing timing, but the actual conditions must be determined by examining the aspects in play, especially those that involve bodies that naturally carry meaning within the issue; for instance, Uranus for electronics, Mercury for things that use electricity or that are for communication, Mars for something metal and/ or mechanical—and there are lots of crossover meanings when looking at the energies, so keep an open mind. Buying something for its beauty (Venus), if purchased during Merc retro, may not communicate that at all; others could look and see a purchase meant to show off resources or intimidate others, and once the retro ends, we could feel that the ‘message’ of that beauty is entirely different than the one we interpreted during Merc’s backward motion.

Does the element in which Merc is retrograding affect matters?
Yes, it can. The element in which the retro occurs signifies what, in a broad sense, we are re-considering about our lives during the turnaround period. In Air we are examining our own viewpoints, thinking, ways of gathering and processing information—and this may lead us into some convoluted reasoning if we are also trying to make buying decisions; we need the entire retro period during which to consider things, and it’s almost required that we don’t come to any conclusions about our own mental capacity or methods before Merc goes direct. During a Fire retro we examine our action nature, with the obvious down side being a propensity to rashness, impulsive purchases, and maybe ones based purely on passion, which might be very good, except that we would probably also neglect to examine the real-world practicality of our choices (with typical Merc retro trickster-ism, we might think we had it covered!) With a Water retrograde we are looking at how we feel about our lives, so that decisions might be emotional, with all the ups, downs, and potential regrets (or trying to make up for past regrets) that might imply, and with Mercury’s retrograde in Earth we look at our material circumstances, and so could be too plodding in our reasoning out of a desire for safety or profit (aside from the usual retro hiccups) and so choose something entirely too plain, dull, or bland for our usual tastes—and of course, each retro period carries the potential for hidden material to emerge later, significantly changing the landscape that was present when we made our decision. Just remember that the element in which Merc is retro points us to what part of our nature is under examination, even if that exam is happening in the unconscious—and that means that part of the psyche, along with the reasoning and other mental faculties, is in the midst of reassessment, and so in flux and unstable because of this.

Update: the current retro is entirely in Gemini, making the review period a time to ask ourselves, ‘What do I think?’ A question we could apply to anything–and this is the right time to do it.

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Born Today 22 May

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Now that sounds fun.  'A Party in the Open Air: Allegory on Conjugal Love' by Isaac Oliver c1590 {{PD}}

Now that sounds fun. ‘A Party in the Open Air: Allegory on Conjugal Love’ by Isaac Oliver c1590 {{PD}}

Dear Gemini, why are you struggling with your own ambitious nature, with your own desires, that really couldn’t be more appropriate as expressions of who you are? Are you afraid your partner or significant other won’t approve? Have you been told what you want is greedy, impolite, undiplomatic, will cause envy, and so bring trouble? Well don’t be sad–‘they’ don’t know what they’re talking about! You should not only spend this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, pursuing your wants–you will find Love and or Money along the way. I know! Sounds great! But as always, there are a few caveats you should take heed of: power and personal empowerment will come out in the big wide world, but it doesn’t come without a price–be very sure about what you’re willing to give up to get it, and acting on your imagination is good, but acting on your fantasies is not. You’ve got a mandate from the Universe to bring the essence of who you are into real-world forms and material expressions–at first it may feel like restrictions and burdens–but as soon as you begin working hard to get past those, the load will lighten and you’ll start to connect with your own creative power, probably in a whole new way. Happy Birthday, Gemini, and good luck!

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