Born Today 4 July

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'Country Road in Provence by Night' Van Gogh {{PD}}

‘Country Road in Provence by Night’ Van Gogh {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, it looks like it’s been a tough year–material matters have exerted their power on you in a way you never expected–but you should know, that’s over now–or at least, waning. You’ve got to look deep within and make an accounting of your resources and talents during this Solar year, through to your next birthday, in preparation for forming a whole new set of ambitions and goals. Right now, though, take it easy–all these things will take shape in their own time, and you may find yourself caught up with the mate or partner’s needs, so that it’s impossible to attend to your own. A little advice? Don’t resent that you can’t focus exclusively on yourself at this time–soon enough you’ll be glad you gave this time and energy to the mate, the home life, or to those intangibles you honor, and reward for your loyalty and efforts will come back tenfold. Happy Birthday!

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Born Today 3 July

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A Summer NightDear Cancer, it looks like this coming Solar year you’ll spend your time in power struggles over love or money (or the matters of the House in the natal chart with Scorpio on the cusp); that doesn’t sound very fun, does it? Let’s look at it another way: you’ll have the gumption, energy, passion, sense of mission, or desire to go after what you truly want–and you’ll do it no-holds-barred. That means it could get messy, you could step on others’ toes, and you could be in territory you’ve never been in before–but that’s okay. You’re claiming what the Soul longs for; remind yourself that just because someone else is upset doesn’t make what you want wrong–and as long as you don’t actually harm anyone in the process, it’s okay to want (and go after) what you want. You may find yourself very critical of your own motives–but the fact is this is a rare time when you are empowered to ask for and get what you desire from the Universe with very little difficulty–and if you make the effort, it’s almost certain at least one of your passions will be fulfilled.

 

Just a Little Lunar Essence 2 July 2014: Hold It In Your Hand

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Gainsborough - The Painters Daughters Chasing a Butterfly 1756 {{PD}}

Gainsborough – The Painters Daughters Chasing a Butterfly 1756 {{PD}}

4 AM PDT of the 2nd the Virgo Moon opposes Neptune. Either we are consumed with imaginative or creative expression, or we have a microscope trained on the details, procedures, and organization of our surroundings. Neither extreme is as productive as a viewpoint that takes that detailed focus and applies it to creating–try to land there. 6 AM PDT the Moon squares Juno. Being critical toward those in charge is useless, but sharing the right knowledge with them can gain you a lot of ground. 10 AM PDT the Moon trines Earth/ sextiles the Sun and squares Venus. We are grounded, so it’s just confusing when we run up against relationship conflict or financial negatives–we feel like it shouldn’t be happening. Trust what surrounds you, what you can hold in your hand, and let anything reported, insinuated, or threatened fall by the wayside. Likely as not those implied problems will never actually appear. 3 PM PDT the Moon trines Pluto. Emotional depth comes easily at this point; we can relate at a very intense level. The inclination might be to dig down where and with whomever we are at the moment, but caution is in order: just because we can get down to the bare bones doesn’t mean we should. 7 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Pallas. We are in touch through intuition and emotion with our inner wisdom–ask it what you need to know. 11 PM PDT the Moon quincunxes Uranus and sextiles Saturn. We’re seeking security by shaking things up–a contradictory stance if there ever was one. Consider that’s not the most logical way to get from A to B.

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Born Today 2 July

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So what is it that you want, Love or Power? Paris Bordone 16th century {{PD}}

So what is it that you want, Love or Power? Paris Bordone 16th century {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! Will it be Love or Power for you? If it’s Love, it’s, as the old song goes, right here waiting for you; it seems you just need to turn your head, to communicate your interest, to smile, for gosh sakes, with that wonderful Cancer sense of joy (nobody does joy like Cancer!) for the connection to be made and the love story to begin. I know you don’t believe that–I can feel the skepticism from here–but it’s true: your love is already within reach. But if it’s Power you want, that is a way off; you’ll need to be in it for the long game, plotting out your moves far in advance–because it won’t be easy. Have you ever seen someone just roll over and give up their power? Me neither. So, in the case of gaining Power, you must look at the matters of your chart ruled by Scorpio, anything aspecting natal Pluto, and where Jupiter is transiting now to know from whence your opportunities will come and how to exploit them. Also look to where Black Moon Lilith is right now by House (13 Leo 25) to know what matters you need to face to get the ball rolling and get your first installment of pure Power. Whether you want Love or Power, now you’ve got a plan–good luck!

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Born Today 1 July

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Both illustrations by Alexey Gavrilovich Venetsianov {{PD}}

Both illustrations by Alexey Gavrilovich Venetsianov {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, it looks like you’ll be making plans this coming Solar year to achieve your dream either money or relationship-wise, and you have an excellent chance of succeeding. Whatever it is you’ve been wanting to go forward with, you’ll be empowered to do so, with the caveat that to let your ego run the show would be a disaster–but to let yourself truly shine will bring you what you desire. It’s a matter of balance (Solar Return Mars, Zeus, Vesta, Ceres, and the North Node in Libra) and discretion (SR Pallas in Virgo). Take things one step at a time, plan ahead (though spontaneity can inspire, to jump in without prior thought is not advisable), and be willing to back up talk with action. Happy Birthday, and Good Luck!

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Born Today 30 June

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Codex Manesse  Jakob von Warte {{PD}}

Codex Manesse Jakob von Warte {{PD}}

You are full of creative energy this coming Solar year, dear Cancer, but it will be all about Venus for you; Love and Money, plus the matters of the Houses in your natal chart ruled by our Lady of Love, will all be front and center through to your next birthday. You’d better be ready to discover some deep Truths about yourself, and you’re likely to act on feelings–emotional fire will be at a high point, and this may account for the majority of happenings, and the majority of problems, you encounter. If you act with care, and without reference to your own wounds, you will be far ahead of the game–that said, be ready too for change, and use that store of creative energy mentioned earlier–when in doubt, commit yourself to a creative project. And Happy Birthday!

Born Today 29 June

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We never know what may come from the well of the personality, do we? Jean Léon Gerome 1896 La Vérité sortant du puits {{PD}}

We never know what may come from the well of the personality, do we? Jean Léon Gerome 1896 La Vérité sortant du puits {{PD}}

This Solar year, dear Cancer, you’ll be moving out of an intensely creative phase (and this was/ is so, whether you were aware of your creativity or it simply orchestrated happenings around you) and into deep consideration of who you are. Identity, status, empowerment options, and with whom to partner will all be big issues this year–but you may feel like you’re hollering down a dry well when you try to get feedback. A sense that you’re not being heard makes determining who you really are, and how you feel about yourself, that much tougher–and it may be that those things you’ve wanted to turn away from must now be faced; talk therapy, even done informally (tap Air-sign loved ones), awareness of resources (personal and material), and concentration on the purpose of and usefulness of what you do, will all help you sort things out. Happy Birthday, and much good luck!

Born Today 28 June

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Adolf Senglaub 'Vasenmaler' (Vase Painter) 1901 {{PD}}

Adolf Senglaub ‘Vasenmaler’ (Vase Painter) 1901 {{PD}}

Will it be the creative path or the unusual one for you this year, dear Cancer? Your birthday astrology suggests you may be drawn in two very different directions, and though neither will be easy, each has its advantages. The first, the creative path, promises a tremendous surge of pure, inspired energy at your disposal–but if you follow this road, you may get distracted by your own imagination or the temptations of world. If you follow the second, the unusual path, you may find yourself on a unique trajectory, one possibly never (or rarely) traveled by others, and that’s bound to be exciting–but which can also be lonely, especially if you’re surrounded by people who don’t understand the direction you’ve chosen. These two alternatives will each be rewarding, but will send you in very nearly opposite life directions. How do you choose? Talk it over with someone you love and trust, and who is experienced enough to be able to offer true perspective on your ideas (Venus conjunct Juno in Gemini). Happy Birthday!

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Your ECLIPSE Weekend Sampler 28-29 June 2014: Thinking About Ourselves

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'Summer' Mary Cassatt {{PD}}

‘Summer’ Mary Cassatt {{PD}}

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28 June: 6 AM PDT of the 28th the Cancer Moon squares Vesta-Ceres. We care about something and that caring conflicts with our highest values and/ or will get us in trouble with authorities. When does this happen? When we love someone who will lead us down a bad path, when we know that the right thing to do is also wrong in the eyes of the establishment, when we are betrayed and have always believed we would walk away in this situation, but find ourselves staying against all better judgment. How to assess our position? We need to make caring about our own welfare top priority; if being involved in the situation means we won’t be respected in some way, it’s time to go. 2 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Sedna and catches stationary retrograde Mercury at the midpoint. Merc is paused for direction–he may act as the outlet for the emotional ‘blind spot’. Watch your own communications for what they can tell you about hidden feelings or motives within you; careful observation should be quite revealing. 5:30 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Jupiter. Feelings are exaggerated; someone may insist they care more than is reasonable. Look for what they might get out of taking such a stance. Void begins at 6:03 PM PDT; the Moon enters Leo at 1:43 AM Pacific time of the 29th.

Today’s image is a chocolate bar shared among three strangers as they wait in the pouring rain for a bus. Sometimes it’s just nice to be nice, you know?

29 June: we are aware that there’s a danger we could base our actions on past hurt, but we should know that the real influence is buried feeling, instinct, and hidden matters—not that that’s necessarily better, or worse! Adding to our, what? confusion? is a strong sense that relationships and financial matters are not what they seem. The way to handle this discomfiting influence is to channel our energy into a purely creative project, one that does not depend on others, or on obtaining new assets, before going forward. Work with what you have; action brings forward skills, draws inspiration from the unseen, and could, eventually, pay. (Mars quincunx Chiron, contra-parallel Sedna, Venus square Neptune, Sun trine Neptune)

Weighing Libra

Being Fair; Giving In—Or Not; Judging, and feeling they have the right to judge (reflected by Saturn’s exaltation in the sign), Libra assesses everything she contacts, and sets the standard for aesthetics, partnerships, for the worth of things, and in many ways, that’s her place. Libra is a set of contradictions: appreciating but wanting more; generous (insisting on sharing!) but also insisting that everyone else shares equally, as well; thinking about the other—but in the context of the Self; cooperating—but only if you do, too!
What appears to the onlooker to be indecisiveness is anything but; when asked to choose, Libra must ponder, weigh, and extrapolate. One of their strengths that’s often overlooked is that Libra thinks (it’s an Air sign, we musn’t forget) everything through to the bitter end before venturing an opinion or committing, which means once committed Libra’s loyalty is fixed, like its element. Libra’s completeness of thought is a plus mistaken for stupidity, timidity, or no preference at all—but Libra always has a preference—how could a being ruled by aesthetics, beauty, and the worth of things not?
Libra is seen as a social sign, but that isn’t quite right—it’s just me and you, not a crowd, and if we’re not speaking (a favorite tactic of Air signs), then a partnership with an unhappy Libra can be a lonely place, indeed.

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Just a Little on the Cancer New Moon 27 June 2014

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‘Cupcake’ Wayne Thiebaud cc3.0

New Moon at 5 Cancer 37 on 27 June: Creativity and Its Pitfalls

The Cancer New Moon trines Neptune, and with some leniency for non-Ptolemaic aspects, we can count it as semi-sextile the Juno-Venus combo in Gemini. This makes for new beginnings that are strongly emotional and are relationship, values, information, or communion-oriented; it also may generate emotion-driven creativity, inspiration, and imagination that have an agenda of furthering communication and caring. What we musn’t overlook, though, is that relationships and empowerment issues (especially whose ‘rights’ are granted by whom) will play a bigger part than we expect; they will act as an undercurrent, and issues of status, control, and emotional ‘territory’ will loom large in expression of NM energies. One important thing we must note about Juno-Venus is the potential for co-opting others’ resources, energy, relationships, or even ideas (the Gemini placement), as well as the possibility of jealousy surrounding creative energy expression. It’s not pretty, but it’s a whole picture, one that can equip us to create and protect our creation—for certainly that’s part of the Cancer mandate, a facet of nurture and care—and surely we know by now that to reject the darkness is to invite it in, sit it in the best chair, and give it a muffin.

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