Born Today 24 March

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You are likely to feel like master of your domain this year, Aries. Emperor from the Visconti tarot deck, by Bonifacio Bembo {{PD}}

You are likely to feel like master of your domain this year, Aries. Emperor from the Visconti tarot deck,
by Bonifacio Bembo {{PD}}

You are looking at establishing a stable, real-world empowerment position this coming year, dear Aries, with the status, role, and responsibilities you crave–and it’s already well underway. You’ve been building toward this for a while, a combination of smart values translating into creative choice, especially in relationships and finances–and voila! you have the position that you are sure will heal all those idea and word-born wounds–but that’s only a maybe, as those wounds have grown in your imagination to be much more significant than they ever should’ve been–hence the only way to heal them is to realize you must let them go. The hope of triumphing over some long-ago wrong done you will happen by living well, not be getting that Other to admit they were bad, so look toward the future–for you, it really is bright. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

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Born Today 23 March

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'Skogsinteriør med bøk' (1895) by Jahn Ekenæs - {{PD}}

‘Skogsinteriør med bøk’ (1895) by Jahn Ekenæs – {{PD}}

As long as you stick to your highest values and priorities (the real ones) and completely claim (and take responsibility for) your own power and its expression, you can both empower yourself and shape your reality to an unprecedented degree, dear Aries. A willingness to take action is the key, as it will actually be the act of being in motion that will show you what’s smart and practical, and that will widen your horizons and open up the thicket of your belief matrix so that new knowledge, and with it new opportunities, can finally get through. Others may have told you that you’ve been a wee bit difficult to deal with lately, and it’s true, with the reason being that your native Arian defenses have been hardened into place in an attempt to preserve a sense of the Self that is outdated and holding you back; this coming year, if you stay in motion and choose consistently to act rather than pause, new beliefs will penetrate the old, loosen their hold, and allow for more rapid growth than ever before. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

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Born Today 22 March

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Focus your fiery essence, Aries! Photo by Beni Altmüller CC0

Focus your fiery essence, Aries! Photo by Beni Altmüller CC0

You are perfectly poised, dear Aries, to claim real-world empowerment, the status you desire, and a solid position where you can express yourself, especially where you can express what you know. If you’ve done your homework recently, you’ve already laid the groundwork for some significant advancement–but if you haven’t done that, don’t worry, it’s not too late. All you must do now is take your fiery essence and focus it on answering the question, ‘What do I want to be when I grow up?’ You may think this kind of thing is long past, but the truth is we all answer and re-answer this question, over and over again, throughout life. What can you expect, if you are brave enough to approach this question once again? You can count on a lot of cooperation and support, some of it from unexpected quarters, you can expect big, permanent change, some of it unanticipated or surprising in its abruptness or spontaneity, and you can look forward to an expanded world view (and so a new confidence in the Self) if you are open to acquiring new knowledge–because, in the end, that’s what will count most. Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

Tip of the Iceberg: Anticipation of the Lunar Eclipse of 4 April 2015

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This is supposedly a photo of the iceberg rammed by the 'Titanic'--who knew?! Photo by Stephan Rehorek {{PD}}

This is supposedly a photo of the iceberg rammed by the ‘Titanic’–who knew?! Photo by Stephan Rehorek {{PD}}

Now that the Solar eclipse has occurred, we can pick up the pieces and look ahead–to the Lunar eclipse of 4 April. I’ve referred to the upcoming Lunar eclipse as a ‘drop the microphone’ event, one where we’ll experience the true impact of this period, if not immediately then in circumstances that begin their development at this point. Wherever the Lunar eclipse at 14 Libra 24 falls for you may only be the tip of the iceberg–because the Lunar-Solar-Earth axis creates a T-square with Pluto that is likely to bring Underworld extremes to the surface through conflict, destruction, and yes, transformation that can be as drastic as a hormonal change or a house burning down or as deeply meaningful as taking spiritual vows or having an epiphany that changes your entire Being. The Sabian Symbol for the event is ‘Circular Paths’, suggesting we may be coming full circle in some important way. So what do you think?

Born Today 21 March

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You'll have quite a view this year, Aries. Caspar David Friedrich c1825 {{PD}}

You’ll have quite a view this year, Aries. Caspar David Friedrich c1825 {{PD}}

Optimism and opportunity are on the horizon for you, dear Aries, but just–it’s going to take some effort, some machinations, alterations, or adjustments to methods in order to get there–but oh, the view when you do! And this coming year, through to your next birthday, you have a powerful ability, and even a mandate, to communicate your creative vision in a way that heals you and heals those who ‘receive’ it. That’s a tall order, I know, and may seem un-doable–but at this point you are endowed in such a way that, as you make your way optimistically toward that opportunity you see/ seek, and share your visions/ ideals/ spiritual insights/ and creations, you will heal, and so will others–you won’t have to make a special efforts to achieve this amazing ‘side-effect’. You’ll also enjoy what for you may be some unusual emotional certainty–use it while you’ve got it! Happy Birthday, Aries, and good luck!

If you are a Pisces born today, please read the outlook for 20 March.

Born Today 20 March

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Eternal Kiss, oil on board by Rah Crawford 3 February 2012 www.rahcrawford.com By Rah Crawford  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Eternal Kiss, oil on board by Rah Crawford
3 February 2012 http://www.rahcrawford.com
By Rah Crawford Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Oh, the places you’ll go, dear Pisces, at least in your own mind! And possibly in the real world, too. This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may feel like one big, long, slow descent from the mountain top–but oh what a view you had, and you savor it all the way down! It’s new beginnings and spectacular endings, and what’s scratched out of the ashes is not likely to be completely clear, not right away. You’ve gone beyond garden-variety wisdom to marinate for a bit in the Cosmic soup, and it’s understandable that the knowledge, insight, and viewpoint you bring back will need time to clarify, evolve, and fit itself to your human-sized brain. As it does, you a likely to spend a lot of time in two contrasting modes of Being: dreaming, and taking personal action/ responsibility that asks for no assistance, no help, no guidance. Both may be confusing, and you’ll make progress only by fits and starts–but then, this is a necessary re-calibrating of your cerebral, emotional, and spiritual capacities, and promises some exciting new facets of the Self to come. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

If you are an Aries born today, please read the outlook for those born on the 21st.

In the Balance: Amanda Knox and the Murder of Meredith Kercher

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Ideally, justice will be served. 'Justice' from the Charles VI (or Gringonneur) Deck {{PD}}

Ideally, justice will be served. ‘Justice’ from the Charles VI (or Gringonneur) Deck {{PD}}

Amanda Knox, the Seattle woman convicted, acquitted, then convicted again in Italian court of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher is once more in the news, as we wait to see if the court will uphold the conviction, thereby requiring Italy to ask for extradition of the 27-year-old Knox. I may take a look at the transits to Knox’s chart for next week–until then I offer some re-prints that lay out a lot about the situation, articles I’ve written about the case in the past:

A comparison of Knox and Kercher’s charts, for what tensions might’ve been in play

On the trial and perceptions of Knox

And from last year: here  here  and here

And here’s a news article on the current situation

Amanda Knox Natal Chart (Placidus)

Meredith Kercher Natal Chart (Placidus)

Born Today 19 March

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Walk confidently this year, Pisces. Jonathan Borofsky (US-American, born 1942): Walking to the Sky, New York City, Rockefeller Center; moved to Dallas, Texas in 2005 Photo by doreen from Shanghai, China  Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Walk confidently this year, Pisces. Jonathan Borofsky (US-American, born 1942): Walking to the Sky, New York City, Rockefeller Center; moved to Dallas, Texas in 2005 Photo by doreen from Shanghai, China Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Emotional vulnerability, and especially the changes and destruction it can cause, will be a big focus for you this coming year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces. Though that might make for very tenuous going, it can also offer you new information and new ways of connecting with the world–and that’s something to be welcomed. Go forward confidently–your inner wisdom (if you listen to it!) will be flawless, though you should prepare (if that’s even possible) to deal with matters surrounding home, mate, and your highest values and commitments, in a kind of sorting out and reckoning that will bring you out the other side with a new perspective and no doubts about where you stand. And that’s really good. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 18 March

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Original uploaded by James1011R (Transferred by Ukexpat) Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

The early part of your upcoming year, through to your next birthday, dear Pisces, is likely to be spent waiting, planning, imagining, and if you can get yourself together for it, creating–all with the sense that something big could drop anytime–and you’ll be right. It may take a little course-correction, specifically in the way you contact the social sphere and/ or expand your territory, but once done, you could see things take on major proportions. Be ready: there will be some big changes (there will have to be!) and you may be unclear how you feel about developments (or think you feel one way when you really feel another) for a long time to come. Use the calm before the storm (or really, before the shift) wisely, and keep ultimate values in mind (in other words, sometimes there are things more important than ambition fulfillment) and you should do very well in the year ahead. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

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Total Solar Eclipse 20 March 2015: Eclipse of the Gods

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Gustave Doré 'Andromeda' 1869 {{PD}}

Gustave Doré ‘Andromeda’ 1869 {{PD}}

Moment of meeting of the Sun and Moon occurs at 2:37 AM PDT of the 20th at 29 Pisces 27, with the eclipse officially beginning just a hair after. The New Moon makes a wide sextile to Ceres, and a square to Pallas, which fills in the base of a Fist of God, apex Jupiter, and also creates a T-square with the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis; a panoply of ancient gods are involved, each having a say in what is born at this time, each contact suggesting that what came before with that energy is eclipsed, wiped out, or superseded. The NM is a conception point, the placement of which (in the 29th degree) signals that a new beginning is coming at a point of supreme stress; things must reach maximum tension in order for the new beginning to form at all. That means that some who are able to avoid that point of nearly unbearable strain may not receive the kind of wipe-out and new start that those who almost drown (this is a Water event, after all) will; theirs may be much more subtle, with changes playing out over the six months between this event and the next Solar eclipse.

The change is gentle with Ceres, which represents our personal authority, power, territory, a somewhat maternal inclination to overstep boundaries, and our capacity to negotiate (which at least in part rests in our own confidence; someone frightened or powerless surrenders or attacks—someone personally empowered negotiates). We adjust our boundaries, perhaps re-assign territories or re-claim some of our own, and we may take a step back (or forward) concerning relationships where caretaking and responsibility lie at least somewhat in our sphere. Too, the presence of Ceres in the equation can suggest that Nature itself will exert an influence, whether through external circumstances (flood or fires, for instance) or internal ones (such as hormonal changes, diet, or illness/ imbalance), and that these will play into events.

The T that Pallas forms with the Sun-Moon/ Earth is naturally tense; it takes the stress of a Solar eclipse, ups the ante with the event forming at 29 degrees, and then challenges the entire event with a question: Is this wise? The ‘this’ refers to whatever previous guidelines we navigated by and the way the eclipse brings them into question, or even obliterates them, proving them unwise or currently untenable. Pallas is in Sagittarius, so may imply that new information, facts, or exposure to another way of being or doing turns our ‘wisdom world view’ on its head; there’s also the chance that Pallas refers to practical or skill-based options that change with the eclipse event. Acquisition of new knowledge or skills may make old ones obsolete or make something that was once practical no longer so.

Remember, Pallas is a Warrior by birth, so we may come out fighting at the suggestion that what we thought was wise really isn’t, anymore; being nothing so much as skilled means that Pallas, after the first aggressive response, will likely look to her skill set to handle what comes forward. Realizing that even wisdom can be conditional, or can change with circumstances, is important in dealing with the kind of curve-ball the T will throw at us.

Pallas is also part of the base of the Fist; the T and the Fist may address two different Pallas in Sag related matters or may speak of just one that has several facets. A Fist of God can be as harsh as it sounds—it can represent a hard situation or conflict (the base square) that results in the apex, and whether that’s a positive outcome or a further frustration is often up to us. In this case, with the eclipse itself square Pallas as the initiating tension, we will likely see a New Moon event that challenges our ideas of wisdom and practicality (much like with the T), but the difference will be that resolution of this particular upset will either offer us entré to a wider social circle, will bring acquisition of new knowledge, philosophy, or belief, or could offer opportunity—the problem being that this may be forced on us, and feel more like punishment than a positive!

Jupiter is of course the supreme god, at least as far as those who gather on Mt. Olympus are concerned. As significator of the Fist outcome, this may suggest we feel very much at the mercy of some larger entity, something like society, which seems to call all the shots. It’s vital to remember at this time that this is a perception only; we are still able to fashion our individual choices and responses independent of the social sphere, should we truly want to—but making that choice holds consequences that we must be prepared to accept, should we go our own way.

This is an excerpt from the Solar eclipse article in ECLIPSE. Of course, we’re in Dark of the Moon territory right now, with Luna still to contact (by conjunction) Vesta, Mercury, Neptune, and Chiron before the Solar event–and that may mean a lot of restless energy, whispers just below hearing, looking for a place to express. This can be a very creative time, for those open to manifesting the urge that usually remains quiet in the unconscious–it’s accessible now; it’s as if we’re able to see into the dark corners of the mind, sensing things, with no need for direct illumination–take a look, see what’s in there.

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