Just a Little AstroEssence 27 August 2014: Assume It’s An Iceberg

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Iceberg 2 1997 08 07 CC BY-SA 2.5  photo taken by Ansgar Walk Iceberg near north-eastern coast of Baffin Island

Iceberg 2 1997 08 07 CC BY-SA 2.5
photo taken by Ansgar Walk
Iceberg near north-eastern coast of Baffin Island

27 August it’s all about power, and the power we imagine we have is for all intents and purposes what we actually wield. That means a couple of things: those who believe they are powerful really are; those who have no conscience or awareness of others as separate human beings are actually dangerous; and those who believe they have no power will find that fantasy (for it is a fantasy, to think we are helpless) playing out, too. Talk, and what we see, reflects only a small portion of the power-shifts going on; assume what’s obvious is like an iceberg, that there’s a lot more to things that we don’t see.

As well, there’s basic conflict between opposites; expect butting heads rather than cooperation, even when getting along would be easier. (Perfecting today: Neptune parallel Ceres, Venus square Mars, Mercury semi-square Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Ceres and Neptune)

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Born Today 27 August

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That could be you by your next birthday, Virgo, with a totally clean plate. Carl von Bergen 'Mädchen mit Teller' (Girl with Plate) 1904 {{PD}}

That could be you by your next birthday, Virgo, with a totally clean plate. Carl von Bergen ‘Mädchen mit Teller’ (Girl with Plate) 1904 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, you may feel a strong need to address ambitions and desires, and to face wounds and heal them, specifically so that you can access those Chirotic skills (the skill set related to your natal Chiron placement) and put them to work making your ambitions and desires a reality. That’s a full plate! And that agenda may keep you intensely focused and very busy–but, don’t miss the chance to materialize Love or Money; this is very possible, if you’ll only express who you are so that others can see it, and make it a practice to always, no matter how painful, tell the Truth–because that’s what will attract others, assets, or both to you this year. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 26 August

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Johann Erdmann Hummel c1820 {{PD}}

‘The Invention of Simplicity’ Johann Erdmann Hummel c1820 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo, you’ve got a new opportunity to express your most unique ideas, to be innovative or inventive, to exercise your critical faculties, your powers of discernment, and your ability to lead others in original efforts–in other words, you’ve got a new way to be in the world, and a new role that makes the most of your mind and offers you a chance to heal some long-standing wounds. The high points will likely involve creativity and expression of personal power; the low points, which you can avoid, may be expecting too much of or counting too much on others, and being distracted by looking back at the past. Being as Self-sufficient as possible will allow you to go as far and as fast as you want–and lets you gather the rewards and the credit for yourself–you’ll deserve them. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 25 August + A Little on the Virgo New Moon

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This is called 'The Spirit of the Drought' by Arthur Streeton, but it could be the spirit of late summer, the driest time in the Northern hemisphere, the point when Virgo takes over. {{PD}}

This is called ‘The Spirit of the Drought’ by Arthur Streeton, but it could be the spirit of late summer, the driest time in the Northern hemisphere, the point when Virgo takes over. {{PD}}

You have a birthday New Moon, dear Virgo, one that may challenge you: to use your creativity, to sort reality from illusion, to seek a deeper spiritual experience in your life, to be spontaneous, to connect with Higher Mind, to join and/ or lead like-minded groups–in general, you’ll receive the same imperative everyone else does for the New Moon, the one that for everyone else lasts through to the next New Moon–it’s just that for you it will be very personal and the influence will last (as a form of guidance) all year. Following an independent but inner-inspired Path will really pay off for you, Virgo, in Love, Money, or both–so Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 24 August 2014

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'Undergrowth with Two Figures' Vincent Van Gogh 1890 {{PD}}

‘Undergrowth with Two Figures’ Vincent Van Gogh 1890 {{PD}}

24 August we see some raw, unadulterated, Self-focused (but not necessarily selfish) drive around ambitions and desire fulfillment come forward—we may just observe this in relationships, or may feel it ourselves—and some may become intent on making relationships or ambition scenarios payoff. The problem will be that thinking will be contrary to effective ambition fulfillment—it may in fact be so contrary to it that it crashes any efforts we make—and yet, pursuit of goals and wants isn’t out of the question, it just has to be done by feeling and instinct, like negotiating a pitch-dark room. Already launched ambition efforts may rake in Love or Money. Unique Self-expression suffers only to the extent that it fails to follow our own highest values and standards—if it does, we might be able to heal something long ago damaged and waiting for closure. (Venus sextile Zeus, Mercury contra-parallel Zeus, opposed Chiron, and quincunx Uranus, Sun sesquiquadrate Uranus and contra-parallel Vesta)

Today’s image is a young man, all alone, walking down a muddy road; in every direction, as far as the eye can see, there is nothing but a sea of yellow grass. No matter how alone or isolated we feel, we are still going forward, still going somewhere. It’s our own hubris that lets us think we know our destination; it’s much more natural that we don’t.

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Born Today 24 August

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'Market at Jaffa' Gustav Bauernfeind 1887 {{PD}}

‘Market at Jaffa’ Gustav Bauernfeind 1887 {{PD}}

Oh Virgo, are you ready for that new emotional start? Because it’s almost here–but until it arrives, you’ve got some work to do to put yourself in the right situation, the right state of mind and heart, to accept that new start. Now through to your next birthday, one Solar year from now, you’ll need to face a lot of things you’ve been avoiding, and you’ll need to be very clear about your talents, your ‘worth’ (what you can demand for your skills in the marketplace), and you’ll need to establish a social role that supports these. Then, in maybe nine months or so, when Love, or satisfaction, or happiness, or a new level of intuition, walks in your door, you’ll be oh-so-ready to make the most of it. Happy birthday, dear Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 23 August

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It could be a basket of kittens, Virgo. Ernest J. Rowley 'The Globe Kittens' 1902 {{PD}}

It could be a basket of kittens, Virgo. Ernest J. Rowley ‘The Globe Kittens’ 1902 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, you may be enjoying an enormous sense of freedom and a massive feeling of Self-confidence right now–and why not, you deserve it–and you’ll need it, when all that you’ve been ignoring catches up with you. That sounds harsh, but the reality is that you’ve got some things that aren’t yet showing in your rear-view mirror that will soon be right in front of you–and only you know if what’s destined to come forward will be rewards for past good deeds or the need to confront and deal with a lot of baggage you’d rather ignore. With your unique ideas of who you are, and your admirable sense of conscience, I’d bet that what catches up with you will be, if not wads of cash and baskets of kittens, at least something that will make your life much better than it is today–and you’ve got only yourself to thank for it. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 22 August

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'In the Jungle, Florida' Winslow Homer 1904 {{PD}}

‘In the Jungle, Florida’ Winslow Homer 1904 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, have you been feeling lately like you’re the last of your kind, a King among peasants, a clever big cat among house pets? That’s an overreaction, really, to some recent hurt feelings after you presented something innovative, unique, original–and it wasn’t well received. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Leo, you’ve got a chance to go back to the drawing board; your influences will be unusual, and the result will be more clever, and more sophisticated, than your recent effort, meaning that the next time you float your idea or creation, it will be better and more completely developed, and your audience will too, and so can appreciate your generosity and genius, just as they are. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 21 August

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Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japan, 1847-1915) 'Fireflies at Ochanomizu' {{PD}}

Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japan, 1847-1915)
‘Fireflies at Ochanomizu’ {{PD}}

Dear Leo, are you running from something specific, or do you feel like you’re being chased? Six of one, half a dozen of the other, right? Well, not really–it appears there are some things you’d rather not look at, and they’ll be following you until you turn and confront them–but when you do, the respect you’ll earn (not to mention the peace!) will be tremendous–and you’ll gain a reputation as someone who has no fear. You may find you’re more sensitive than usual this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, but that will only enhance your charisma and draw potential romantic interests and abundance, moths to the glowing warmth of your flame. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

The ECLIPSE Daily for 20 August 2014: Wisdom in Dark Places

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Keep your eyes open--the Trickster doesn't always wear a bright, diamond-patterned jumpsuit. Edgar Degas - Arlequin danse, c. 1890 {{PD}}

Keep your eyes open–the Trickster doesn’t always wear a bright, diamond-patterned jumpsuit. Edgar Degas – Arlequin danse, c. 1890 {{PD}}

20 August wisdom is found in dark places, and in standing up for ourselves, though one place we won’t find good alternatives offered is on the home front or by the mate; it might be too much a time when everyone is focused on their own creative empowerment, and so what they share will speak more of their own insecurities and power situations than anything else. Avoid authorities today; they won’t be any help. Stand on your own two feet, though, and you can make dreams a reality. (Perfecting today: Pallas semi-square Black Moon Lilith, Vesta contra-parallel Pallas, Neptune trine Juno, Mercury contra-parallel Ceres)

The Moon enters Cancer at 1:45 AM PDT of the 20th. 9:30 AM PDT the Cancer Moon squares Pallas and trines Ceres. We may be trundling along, feeling pretty satisfied (the Cancer Moon can have that effect) when suddenly we realize we’re doing something (or allowing something to happen) that is decidedly unwise–and further, someone is increasing their power or reach because of it. Deployment of skills is called for, along with a Willingness (no, a complete commitment) to claim our own power and territory, and stand ready to defend it. Just the readiness makes conflict unlikely. 2 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Juno and forms a Water Grand Trine with Neptune and Vesta. We are empowered specifically through our emotions; equal parts creativity and dedication make up the recipe that offers truly effective empowerment options. 9 PM PDT the Moon opposes Pluto and sextiles Mercury, catching Venus at the midpoint of the two. What’s communicated, what we hear, shows us exactly where the darkness lies, who is at the heart of it, what can be gained, and exactly what needs to change–“wisdom is found in dark places”. Now it’s up to us.

Today’s image is a Trickster figure, who awards you something favorable. Watch for this person, and thank them–Tricksters aren’t always out to fool you, you know :)

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