Born Today 1 March

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 Man Sweeping the Interpreter's Parlour by William Blake Before 1827 {{PD}}

Man Sweeping the Interpreter’s Parlour by William Blake Before 1827 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll enjoy an unusually acute intuition, dear Pisces, and you’ll need it, as you’ll also be dealing with every ignored, denied, or abandoned thing, come back in material form or through the environment itself. I’m afraid it’s like this: you had the chance to deal with, face, or otherwise settle a number of issues, but chose to sweep them under the symbolic rug–and now they are back. Many will take different forms than they first appeared in, so you may not immediately recognize them; you can be fairly sure, though, that if you scratch the surface you’ll find a familiar dilemma beneath. In many cases, this will be a good thing; you are much better equipped now to handle these matters successfully than you were at the time they originated, and you may see that it was the wisdom of your Higher Self acting in your best interests that delayed what must be done until now. You should feel good about that, because delaying was a smart thing to do; know that it’s important during the coming year that you take care of things, once and for all, as the way you handle things will in many ways determine your life direction, especially involving partnerships, for some time to come. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 28 February

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'The Castle Gate' Ferdinand Knab 1881 {{PD}}

‘The Castle Gate’ Ferdinand Knab 1881 {{PD}}

This Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces, you’ll need to do two things: adjust your Self-expression to suit the direction you’d like your life to go, and refuse to allow negativity, rage, or obstacles to distract you from your Path. How do you handle those darker elements that threaten? By dealing with matters you’ve lately been ignoring or in denial about right away, so that they hold no power to affect what happens to you, and by becoming as conscious as possible about who you are and what you want, which will make it that much easier to make choices that take you in the direction you want to go. The social circle/ the public and power players in your world will be open to supporting you, when your ideas are original or when you can add skills or leadership to the group, and the stronger and more confident you are in general, the more easily you’ll be able to attract assets and material rewards–and you should earn quite a few. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 27 February

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Bosschaert: Flower Still Life, 1614 {{PD}}

Bosschaert: Flower Still Life, 1614 {{PD}}

You’ve been enjoying a fantastic creative stretch, dear Pisces, and now it’s time to collect your reward, whether it’s Love, Money, or something else you care about, that using your creativity has manifested–and if you don’t soon find your arms full of roses and doubloons? You may have mistaken an illusion for something of real worth, or pursued an idea or project that dissolved before your eyes, or in some way you believed someone when you shouldn’t have–and now you are where you are, and need to begin again. Luckily, you will have some serious resources at your disposal, whether you were deluded or used your creativity productively, and that means you can continue to create or start over, depending on your needs. If you’ve been doing well, then good, continue; and if you made a few mistakes, and need a fresh beginning, it’s yours for the taking–just remember two things: the tide doesn’t continue to rise forever, and aim for something you truly care about. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 26 February

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Don't be distracted by the road not taken, Pisces. Antoine Chintreuil - 'Pommiers et genêts en fleurs' {{PD}}

Don’t be distracted by the road not taken, Pisces. Antoine Chintreuil – ‘Pommiers et genêts en fleurs’ {{PD}}

You have enormous potential this coming Solar year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday, to express the creativity of your Soul more clearly, accurately, and completely than you ever have before, and you can attract significant money and/ or Love in the process–or, you could fall prey to the most massive delusion you’ve ever mistaken for the real thing. How can you make sure you show your creativity, rather than totter down a disastrous path? Keep values firmly in mind, no matter what the social sphere says; stay true to your most unusual or original ideas, whether they find immediate support or acceptance or not; don’t allow darker moods to cloud your thoughts–brooding will only lead to distraction and even anger, especially over the ‘road not taken’, and what good would being upset about the past do now? And remember, your biggest muscle is your brain, figuratively speaking, so keep using it to keep it in shape! You can ‘live the dream’ if you’ll only trust yourself to stay focused, and true to what’s important to you. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 25 February

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REspect your feelings--it's the only way to know what to accept, and what to walk away from. John Everett Millais The Black Brunswicker 1859 {{PD}}

Respect your feelings, Pisces–it’s the only way to know what to accept, and what to walk away from. John Everett Millais The Black Brunswicker 1859 {{PD}}

You may be caught this year, dear Pisces, in an ongoing conflict between your emotional viewpoint and the reality of the situation(s) you face. There may be a great deal of pressure from external sources encouraging you to suppress or abandon your thoughts and feelings on the way things are–but that would be a terrible mistake, if you were to comply. You are experiencing one of those life periods where we are required to choose ourselves, our feelings, our well-being over the demands of the environment. Does that mean you are free to abandon your obligations and forget your promises? No, but it does mean you must learn to distinguish between those things you do because of love, friendship, or the rightness of the act, and those things you feel you have to do because someone else wants you to. Make that distinction clear within your own mind, and you will see what to stay with and what to walk away from, with the added benefit that your new internal clarity will enhance both relationships and earning/ attractive power. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 24 February

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It's time to go after your dreams, Pisces. "Anthony van Dyck self portrait" by Anthony van Dyck - {{PD}}

It’s time to go after your dreams, Pisces. “Anthony van Dyck self portrait” by, who else? Anthony van Dyck – {{PD}}

Recently you’ve gathered support, empowered yourself, made a plan, brought together resources and honed talents–now what, dear Pisces? Time to tap directly into your creativity, and/ or to tackle the subjects of the House in the natal chart that contains Pisces–which of course is also the House where Neptune is currently transiting. Applying ideals, spiritual principals, imagination, and the ability to create the desired image to yourself or to what you’d like to manifest in life is your mandate this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. It’s time to make ‘the Dream’ a reality, and to communicate it in any way you see fit. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Snapshot of a Life: Photographer Vivian Maier

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Taken at the "Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer" exhibition in Chicago 8 January 2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagogeek/5337419802/ Author ChicagoGeek Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Taken at the “Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer” exhibition in Chicago 8 January 2011
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagogeek/5337419802/
Author ChicagoGeek Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

What follows is a brief look at the chart of Vivian Maier, subject of a recent documentary, taken from the pages of ECLIPSE.

I heard and saw mentions of her, bits and pieces: amazing photos. dead now. a nanny. walked around Chicago for years, taking photos. Nobody noticed. And then I caught ‘Finding Vivian Maier’, a documentary, on HBO. I was prepared to witness some great photos, and perhaps the sadness of a life not lived to as full an extent, or as widely celebrated, as it might‘ve been. What I saw instead was a portrait of a woman who had been seen as mysterious largely because she was both exceptionally private and thoroughly estranged from any family, who preferred the company of children (whom she often bullied) to that of adults, and with a background involving time spent in the village of her mother’s birth in France that had some acquaintances privately calling her accent phony.

I admit I’ve had a very difficult time writing about Maier, for as intriguing as it is to learn about a newly-revealed talent, Maier as an individual seems to have been difficult, and often unpleasant. By the last third of the documentary I found myself looking away at least as much as actually watching, not out of disinterest, but out of the sense that she was a human being who had inflicted pain on her charges, with the obvious inference that this was because she lacked the Self-awareness to separate her own behavior from the pain that had been inflicted on her—a nasty revelation about the doc’s subject, to be sure, and one I felt ambivalent about: did her faults as a human being detract from the body of work she left behind? Ideally, in my view, the work should speak for itself, but when the life seems to provide such a telling frame for the work, one that may be in stark contrast to what is produced while still holding the reflection of it, it may be unfair to look at one without the other, if only because one would not exist without the other.

With no birth time, we have no Houses, Ascendant, or Midheaven, and so Maier (1 February 1926 ntk New York NY USA–see the Whole Sign chart under “Charts for Articles in ECLIPSE, link above) remains more mysterious than not; however, an Aquarius Sun sextile Sedna, trine Pallas, quincunx Pluto, and opposed Black Moon Lilith suggests an instinctive urge to hide from (and sometimes to battle) what may have felt like destructive, even vindictive, external forces. She may have seen confrontation (the opposition) as the only wise response to the anger or darkness or manipulative (to her) behavior of others (Black Moon Lilith, disowned, seen as ‘the Other’ through opposition), with the need to continually adjust the power expression/ situation (Pluto qnx) just the smart thing to do (Pallas trine).

The Sun is in an interesting spot: it sits more than 9 degrees from retrograde Venus, which suggests to me the potential rejection of the Venusian facets of Beingness; it’s like a statement, “I’m not beautiful, I don’t have money, relationships and Love are not ‘me’” (via the retro status) but if we had a birth time we would have Houses, and so see how the Art of photography was accepted as ‘hers’ when the other Venus qualities seem not to have been—and yet, we need to look no farther than the Ceres-Neptune opposition to Venus to find a possible explanation. This could imply that in rejecting (or in believing it wasn’t accessible to her in the first place) the usual Venusian expression she was able to embrace what opposed it—in this case, a connection to Nature and her ‘natural’ role as an authority (Ceres–which she may have lived as the ‘pseudo-mother’ to a couple generations of children) melded with her photography (Neptune, in Leo—and proportionally she seems to have taken a large number of Self-portraits—even when the lion hides, she doesn’t).

The observational eye of Maier’s camera seems attuned to those who don’t normally receive that much attention; she finds and frames the ordinary, the every day, and appears to make a specialty of informal portraits of those who aren’t used to being noticed. The Venus-Neptune connection could bestow the ability to see and appreciate what’s usually invisible, the beauty that’s typically obscured. Mercury and Jupiter are conjunct in Aquarius=choosing a modern means of communicating, and in contacting the social sphere; with the camera always between herself and her subjects, Vivian may have made an overarching statement about what she truly found worthy by what she chose to photograph—that was her statement, loud and clear. She takes an intellectual approach to society, communicating and recording with something of a cool, dispassionate gaze, through the camera. With Merc-Jupiter opposed Zeus, there’s no doubt that she saw her photos as an expression of ambitions and talent as even on the surface she appeared to deny she had any ambition at all.

Many ask why Vivian didn’t share her work. We see Juno (empowerment) and the South Node (the past) conjunct in Capricorn, and these hook by aspect into ruler Saturn, Uranus, Chiron, Mars, and Ceres-Neptune=this may speak of when Vivian and her mother lived for a time in New York City around 1930 with photographer Jeanne Bertrand, who likely taught Vivian the ‘rules’ of photography, and acted as an example of how taking pictures could empower, by giving the photographer a god-like ability to literally choose what will be seen, to frame, to crop real life to one’s liking. These contacts link empowerment and the past to the ego and action urge, material reality, originality and innovation, the wound/ healing or the Chirotic gift (in this case, in Aries, suggesting a need to heal so that she could do ‘me first’, and so act as an example), and that natural expression and creative energy—and yet the presence of Saturn may have muted the urge to take any action to share the work. The idea could’ve been that empowerment comes from a contained, modest life, where originality and urges toward independence were kept small, offering little encouragement to the Artist within her, who may have been hungry for more, and on a bigger scale (that wide conjunction of the Sun to Jupiter).

In fact, that Ceres-Neptune, so instrumental in her creative stance, is part of a Fire Grand Trine involving Mars and Chiron. This implies that, had she found healing and felt support in this life, she would’ve expressed her personal power (that the Soul required she make adjustments for—Sun quincunx Pluto) through creative action, as a ‘creative authority’ (Neptune-Ceres); but she clearly wasn’t able to heal, and so the creative output was toned down—not exactly hidden, but likely seeming untenable as a lifestyle and means of earning, despite the example of Bertrand.

And what of the clearly implied violations or abuse both suffered and administered by Vivian? There’s a point in the documentary when a portion of the will of Vivian’s aunt is read, (and I paraphrase), ‘I exclude all living relatives, and they know exactly why’. Whatever injury occurred in this family, it spanned generations. Vivian definitely had a Virgo Moon, with ruler Mercury planet of earliest degree, and conjunct Jupiter=does this represent exaggerated critical emotions, something even the strongest motivations would be hard pressed to overcome? It could, and with Jupiter representing society as a whole (and so possibly the children she cared for) conjunct the Sun in stressful relationship to Pluto, Vivian may have related to the children, seeing them as very similar to, even a part of, her (Sun-Jupiter) but have been in constant Plutonian turmoil that expressed through her treatment of them rising from her own past experiences—for if she sees herself in them, then the pain is alive and present, all the time, and she shares it as she experienced it.

Venus opposed Ceres and trine Vesta suggests that, though she at least theoretically valued beauty and relationships (along with all things that would be designated by the two Houses Venus rules, if we knew her birth time), there was a never-ending struggle going on, one where authority figures, particularly maternal ones (Ceres) always won over ‘the girl’ (Venus), with Vivian casting herself as the weaker player, even when she cared for children—that would’ve brought out the Soul-pain (Sun-Pluto), as Vivian would then play the powerful Ceres figure to her ‘spoiled’ and privileged (Venus) charges. The Venus situation becomes a loop of longing and denial, fed over and over through the mechanism of adjustments to the power scenario—with no reasonable resolution in sight.

I thought I’d provide links so that you can see how really crisp and gorgeous her photos are: http://www.vivianmaier.com/ about her life: http://www.vivianmaier.com/about-vivian-maier/ http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/ http://www.motherjones.com/media/2011/04/vivian-maier-john-maloof http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/03/31/candid-camera-2 (the latter link addresses the film on Maier mentioned earlier) and for info on the very unusual copyright conditions in this case, see this: http://gapersblock.com/ac/2013/08/13/the-curious-case-of-vivian-maiers-copyright/

Born Today 23 February

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John William Waterhouse - 'Ulysses and the Sirens' 1891 {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse – ‘Ulysses and the Sirens’ 1891 {{PD}}

There is some kind of pull you can feel right now, dear Pisces, some kind of Universal attractor, and you are convinced it has a material form–your Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be spent looking for it, but it’s the adventures you’ll have along the way that will matter, at this point. You are inspired, but in a way that hasn’t yet taken shape–and this both pulls you (at the prospect of finding this creative energy) and pushes you (out into the world, looking for the material manifestation of this energy), and the time may be spent in ways that indulge the senses, challenge the material surroundings, may lead to new relationships, and may, perhaps surprisingly, pay real-world dividends–and all of it because you’re following this siren song (though of course, you won’t be lured to crash on the rocks!)–instead, you’ll re-shape your life in ways you won’t be able to anticipate, and you’ll set the scene for those big, inspired changes to come. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 22 February

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It's in taking care of the mundane that you create opportunity, Pisces. Van Gogh - Kartoffelsetzen 1884 {{PD}}

It’s in taking care of the mundane that you create opportunity, Pisces. Van Gogh – Kartoffelsetzen 1884 {{PD}}

Empowering yourself and establishing a solid place in the world will likely be your aims this year, dear Pisces, through to your next birthday. Taking action will definitely be your motto–but there will be a single key to success, and it may be a very difficult one to implement: don’t try to fulfill ambitions and desires; instead, attend to every other matter that surrounds you. In taking care of everything else, your way to achieve your wants will come clear; but if you pursue ambitions headlong, you will fail. I know! Weird, right? It seems that at this point, when you focus on what you’d like to create, you somehow misinterpret what is needed to achieve your aims, and so neglect what would really be effective. The prescription, then, is to see to all the things you would judge to be unrelated to getting what you want–in taking care of these, you’ll smooth the way to your heart’s desire. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 21 February

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Hesiod and the Muse by Gustave Moreau (1870) {{PD}}

Hesiod and the Muse by Gustave Moreau (1870) {{PD}}

Initially this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may be going on a kind of auto-pilot, dear Pisces; you may be so caught up in relationship or money-making or aesthetics issues that the focus may be tightly held on yourself and your world. Being focused like this, you might miss the real, underlying cause of so much tension. It’s not about the relationship, finances, or your creative output, but about two things that may seem separate, but which are in reality intimately connected: your personal expression of power in the world, and your connection to and part in Nature. Any internal discord you have concerning your ability to call the shots in your own life, and any disconnect you feel between who you are in daily life and your ‘natural roles’ (as a man or woman, as a part of Nature, as an animal, as a living being, as a sentient being) will propel your behavior and reactions–but it’s only in knowing that what occurs is not about surface matters, but about a need to re-connect consciousness with your innate power, that progress will be made. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

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