Born Today 29 July

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Édouard Joseph Dantan 1880 {{PD}}

Édouard Joseph Dantan 1880 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, your creative energy is at a peak this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and you can make the most of your imagination, your spiritual inclinations, and all matters of the House in the natal chart with Pisces on the cusp as well as any energies ruled by Neptune. That’s a powerful mandate that’s exciting but could also be confusing or overwhelming, as you try to activate all your inspirations at once; take things one at a time, and you could enjoy one of the most creative and productive years of your life. At some point you could be looking at a seminal moment in terms of forming your identity, and/ or living out your Life Purpose–and that means you need to be aware that what you do now will be more important to you than surface matters may indicate. You can be highly original this year, particularly if you give that creative energy material form–to make the most of all this, you’ll need to be open to dealing with at least a few things you’d rather not–but nothing truly good comes without a little struggle, does it? Happy Birthday, and good luck, Leo!

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Just a Little Lunar Essence + the Daily Image 28 July 2014

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Gerhard Munthe - At the Farm, Ulvin {{PD}}

Gerhard Munthe – At the Farm, Ulvin {{PD}}

2 PM PDT the Leo Moon sextiles Ceres. We get along well with those in authority, or are in touch with our own power and able to show it. Negotiations guided by intuition go well, too. 6 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Vesta; both are at 29 degrees. In spite of things in the home, with causes to which we’re dedicated, or interaction with the mate, running smoothly, we’re still tense and possibly snappish. This period may test our commitment to values and to our usual peace-loving attitude. Void begins at 7:14 PM Pacific time; the Moon enters Virgo at 8:37 PM PDT. 10:30 PM PDT the Moon sextiles Mars. It’s easy at this point to become aggressive and critical–but we can choose instead to put our attention on taking detail-oriented action.

Today’s image is a man who returns to a house where he lived many years ago, and finds the current occupants do not welcome him in. It’s important we recognize that no matter our memories, our surroundings change, and psychically and otherwise, we may no longer ‘fit’ in old places or old scenarios. Heraclitus reminds us, we can’t step into the same river twice: it is not the same river, and we are not the same person.

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Born Today 28 July

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'Dance' Alfons Mucha 1898 {{PD}}

‘Dance’ Alfons Mucha 1898 {{PD}}

Are you still basking in the glow of a recent, big success, dear Leo, or are you just getting ready to launch that big effort or project? In either case, optimism is at a peak, and during this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll need to make sure skills and what you visualize as your next goal are in accord; nothing will halt progress more quickly than having ambitions that aren’t supported by abilities. That shouldn’t be a problem for you, though, and you should have confidence in your ability to express talents, use assets or funds, and find the right relationships to make things happen. Be aware of two things that could stall forward momentum: know that money does not solve all problems, and that Love is in reality the biggest change-agent of all. Happy Birthday, Leo, and good luck!

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Born Today 27 July

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Anthony van Dyck - Daedalus and Icarus c1620 {{PD}}

Anthony van Dyck – Daedalus and Icarus c1620 {{PD}}

You may feel like things are taking off, dear Leo–and they are–but what you’ll face this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, will be a series of challenges concerning your creativity, your sources of inspiration, your spirituality, and your ability to sort fact from fiction, and your response to these will determine whether those take-offs lead to a successfully completed trip or a crash-and-burn situation. Working for you: your intense energy, your generosity, and your sensitivity, particularly acute at this time; working against you: a temporary but significant tendency toward a hair-trigger temper and taking premature action. It’s not exactly make or break for you this year, but it is a time when many important steps will be taken and vital situations put in place–good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

Born Today 26 July

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'Bal du moulin de la Galette' Renoir 1876 {{PD}}

‘Bal du moulin de la Galette’ Renoir 1876 {{PD}}

You may be on pins and needles this coming Solar year, dear Leo, as so much big, new, and exciting is forming in your life–but timing will be what makes or breaks your efforts at expansion, at reaching out, and at making your world a more dynamic and rewarding place. It may be particularly difficult to know when to take action–but, inspiration and optimism will be plentiful, and will get you over any false starts or dead ends you may temporarily take. Home, mate, and values will not only be your bedrock, but will help you fulfill those goals and dreams–use values as your guide, heed the mate’s counsel, and use home as a refuge–plenty of rest will be extra important in this period, as you may tend to tire yourself out with big efforts and big plans. Good Luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

New Moon in Leo 26 July 2014: Bragging Rights

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Weak sauce or not, we'll all get a taste. Jean Béraud's 'The Drinkers' 1908 {{PD}}

Weak sauce or not, we’ll all get a taste. Jean Béraud’s ‘The Drinkers’ 1908 {{PD}}

New Moon in Leo occurs 26 July at 3 Leo 51 at 3:41 PM Pacific time. The Leo New Moon roars at us mid-afternoon Pacific time, and so in most of the Western hemisphere may go unnoticed in the daytime sky. This New Moon is conjunct Jupiter, and we can count a loose sesquiquadrate to Chiron—and with lenient orbs a square to Mars, brand new in Scorpio.

This suggests that what develops at the NM seems much more formidable, with tougher requirements for action and choice, and much more serious stakes, than it really is; it appears that this conflict or challenge will in actuality be ‘weak sauce’, as the phrase goes—with effects likely concentrated in the natal Houses holding the NM and t Mars. We may work ourselves up, or the social circle may make noises that suggest this is a bigger event than it is—but what happens, or what choices we must make or actions take, will be much less effective and/ or meaningful to our Path than we might think in the moment. Mars new in Scorpio could be more concerned with being taken seriously (even being considered ‘dangerous’ in some sense) than in getting into action, and a square to Sun-Jupiter only adds incentive to broadcast the Self and ‘shine’—no one reacts well to that kind of pressure, especially after the somewhat debilitating experience of the Saturn-Uranus direction changes.

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Born Today 25 July

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'Dinner at the Casino' by Gaston La Touche 1902 {{PD}}

‘Dinner at the Casino’ by Gaston La Touche 1902 {{PD}}

Dear Leo, this may be a spectacular year for you–but that doesn’t mean fireworks, prestige, and money delivered in buckets to your door–it doesn’t deny them, either, it’s just that your rewards may actually be on the quieter side, with this year being one you look back on for the rest of your life as both fulfilling and rich with experience. The House(s) in the natal chart (Sagittarius and Pisces, using traditional rulers) ruled by Jupiter are the likeliest areas for abundance, the acquisition of knowledge, experience, or influence, the development of a philosophy of life that can carry you through, and/ or the expansion of your world and your reach so that you permanently and positively change the way you engage with your surroundings forevermore. Know too that this year the emotions are likely to enjoy real stability and to heal so completely that you may feel like a ‘new you’ by the time you reach your next Solar Return. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

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Born Today 24 July

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Circe by Wright Barker (1889) {{PD}}

Circe by Wright Barker (1889) {{PD}}

Is it possible to have a quiet year and a glorious one simultaneously, dear Leo? Because that appears to be what’s in store for you–and the highlight may be the arrival of Love, Money, or emotional fulfillment that answers a deep desire within you. The only caution, really, is represented by Mercury square Zeus and semi-sextile Black Moon Lilith; this suggests that communications (or matters of the Houses ruled by Merc in the natal chart) will be tested by, and perhaps will reveal to others, your ambitions and desires–and that as a consequence you will either have to deal with what you’d rather not, or stand up for yourself in some significant way. And in between, a genuine spiritual quiet and peace can be yours. Not a perfect mix, but happening within a year with such enormous potential for abundance, happiness, and success, who can complain?

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Just a Little AstroEssence 23 July 2014: Conflict in Thought

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Henri Le Sidaner - Small Table in Evening Dusk 1921 {{PD}}

Henri Le Sidaner – Small Table in Evening Dusk 1921 {{PD}}

23 July thinking is in conflict with ambitions and desires, so don’t look to the mental realm to strategize; leave goal-setting for a later date, and focus instead on what it is about what you want that is causing internal mental conflict in the first place (hint: either your thinking has failed to acknowledge the appetites, or what you want in some way offends your usual mindset). (Perfecting today: Mercury square Zeus)

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Born Today 23 July

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Still Life with Cake - Raphaelle Peale c1822 {{PD}}

Still Life with Cake – Raphaelle Peale c1822 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be brimming with optimism and opportunity for you, dear Leo–and is it any wonder, because you’re on the verge of taking a huge step forward in either the area of Self-expression or in one or more matters of the House with Leo on the cusp and/ or that holds your Sun. Don’t be afraid to network–you could find your biggest allies by doing so–and make sure you have all the information you need before acting–action should be the very last step.

Featured Solar Return aspect: Black Moon Lilith trine stationary retrograde Uranus. Strong, clear instincts, a willingness to stand up for yourself, and a willingness to face what might be unpleasant will all support unique and original Self-expression–feeling strong this year may be a given. Happy Birthday, Leo, and Good Luck!

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