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18 August 2019 Love Applied

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By böhringer friedrich – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6696299

It’s a kind of formula: whatever it is, today, apply Love. Even, and most especially, when it doesn’t seem to fit, when that wouldn’t be your typical answer.

(Venus nov NN)

Good day to . . . invest in the future, in whatever form that personally takes for you.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). It may feel to you, dear Leo, that Love, assets, status, and/ or empowerment are moving away from you at this time, but that’s a kind of psychic illusion. You had such a hearty influx of these things lately that as things normalize it feels like a loss, rather than circumstances losing their sheen and having an everyday luster, once again. So, note that you’re not losing anything, and then turn your attention toward the fact that during this solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll be embracing a ‘new’, closer-to-ideal identity as you find balance through the emotional perceptions as they work through and shape the career, status, or public image. Good luck!

17 August 2019 Handle With Care

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We’re empowered in ways that allow us to make downright brilliant moves and choices that are designed to construct the future we want, and spontaneity shows its own kind of genius. There are a few things to watch out for, though: actions that don’t acknowledge current realities, especially rules and boundaries, may make for rough going and could attract criticism; brace for shocks or surprises–they’re inevitable; and take care not to do things that will wear on, even destroy, health.

(Juno nov NN, Pluto sesq Hygeia, Mars sesq Saturn then enters Virgo, Sun parallel Uranus)

Good day to . . . innovate, invent, and brainstorm! However, implement with care.

For those born with the Sun at 24 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You’re heading toward some serious profit or reward, dear Leo, one that’s arisen directly from your own personal actions. This could bring you love, too, but no matter what the results, you can be sure that 1) you’ve earned them, and 2) that you might be so satisfied (or in some way sated) that your propensity to dream and work to make that dream a reality could lose significant steam. It will be awhile before you formulate another guiding vision, and that’s okay. The thing you need to watch out for during this solar year, through to your next birthday, is the call of your own ego. It may push you into seeing something that is actually a natural transition as crisis, one where you must act. Don’t fall for it,and don’t allow yourself to be bullied, even by yourself. Good luck!

16 August 2019 What We Ignore

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‘The Execution of Lady Jane Grey’ (detail) By Paul Delaroche 1833 {{PD}}

Thoughts are erratic, but oh-so-original–or are they just wacky, not so much inventive as goofy? It’ll be difficult for us to judge, as wisdom and practicality are on the fritz, and it’s hard to see what we value. There’s too much static, too much intrusion on the psyche by matters we’ve vowed to pretend don’t exist! It’s a day to float, cruise, or interact with the mildest of manners, willing to take a look at what we’ve been denying, but not necessarily to act on or do anything about it. Recognition of a problem is its own reward. As to those quirky ideas, write them down and review them later.

(Pallas sesq and Vesta contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith, Mercury sq Uranus)

By John Tenniel 1864 {{PD}}

Good day to . . . find an inner calm, be as still as possible, at least for a time, and try to get some perspective on the thought processes. Today what we don’t acknowledge about our motivations can hurt us. Step back and refuse to allow impulses to send us down the rabbit hole.

Since the Sun doesn’t reach 24 degrees until late this evening Pacific time, see tomorrow’s forecast for that degree’s Solar Return outlook.

15 August 2019 Full Moon in Aquarius: Cost/ Benefit Analysis

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Vandenis (Aquarius) in the twelve-paiting cycle Zodiakas (Zodiac) By Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis 1907 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 5:29 AM Pacific time at 22 Aquarius 24. Venus is still closely conjoined the Sun, and so figures in to the T-square formed by Vesta in Taurus. This dynamic describes the principle tension and likely revelation (or revelatory tension!) of the Full Moon event. A Full Moon is a culmination of energy, a building to completeness of some matter either related to the House where the FM falls or that has the character of the sign in which the FM perfects, and typically this has a strong emotional component. A T-square suggests conflict reaching a head, leading to either a showdown or an impasse, a ‘no resolution’ situation that we can only see a way out of after the Lunar event, likely by, in this case, following values and commitment guidelines.

In Aquarius we could come to some emotional conclusion without even realizing it, and yet not really feel it. Aquarius is forever mixing up the mental and the emotional, and the event or atmosphere associated with this Full Moon may not be recognized as an emotional ending, though the emotions will be stirred. The mind may jump in, rationalize, or may attain a mental understanding that neglects the emotional impact (and so neglects the individual emotional needs). Distance from feelings is a distinct hazard. We may not realize ‘it’s’ over, in some way–or we may not realize that ‘it’ can’t go on like this, despite the Aquarian promise of its Fixed nature, that encourages us to believe things can go on as they are, indefinitely.

This Waterbearer looks at first glance like Libra. Aquarius bronze and glass grille figure, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. Photo By Carol M. Highsmith {{PD}}

The tug-of-war this time may be between some feature of the talent or Self-worth picture, in the form of its value or cost to the Soul expression (Sun-Venus in Leo) versus an emotional-intellectual need that has a material component, or that involves surroundings or assets (Moon-Earth in Aquarius). What we spend and what we gain when we express ourselves may see direct reflection (a Moon characteristic) in material/ physical forms (Earth conjunction), and will carry an emotional charge–and the Full Moon’s function may be to make this as clear as possible by showing any dissonance among these elements of expression, material results, and the feeling nature as measured against our highest values, commitments, and those things we find sacred (Vesta).

There are no other contacts to the Full Moon that fall within our relatively narrow allowed orb. That just points out that the entire ‘punch’ is in the dissonance of the T, not scattered or watered down with many influences. You’ll likely end up running a cost/benefit analysis with values as your guideline, prompted by the Full Moon, and what you conclude may have an outsized impact on the forms Soul expression might take or the value you assign to the identity, with an emotional and material assessment of the profits possible or the costs incurred a key part of the equation.

You may come face-to-face with an inner or an outer ‘bear’, and you’ll need to deal with it. By John Bauer 1902 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘A Big Bear Sitting Down And Waving All Its Paws’. The thing that draws your attention at the Full Moon is, as the saying goes, ‘a real bear’, that is, something truly troublesome or difficult to handle that you can no longer ignore. As a symbol, a bear suggests something big, animalistic in nature, that is already present but that you’ve been looking past, ignoring, that you’ve been denying the needs, nature, or existence of. Astrologically it may be represented by the asteroid Vesta; it may show there’s something we respect that we’ve been neglecting, or something that we need to respect, that we’ve somehow failed to honor–and certainly, what we honor is meant to show us a way out of any stress brought on by the Lunar event.

The Sabian for the Sun (and for Venus as well) is, ‘In A Circus The Bareback Rider Displays Her Dangerous Skill’. This suggests that it’s our own actions or displays of talent that create the Full Moon situation in the first place. Something daring or out of the ordinary, something we’ve attempted, is the initial source of the Full Moon event energy, and this is specifically a try at showing our skills or talents, at putting them before the audience of ‘The Big Top’–that is, showing our talents in a public venue,or showing them openly, for all to see. Look to the House holding the Sun-Venus to help you pinpoint the nature of this effort, and look to the House that holds the Full Moon for clues to the life area that offer a response to this effort, with challenges coming from, or issues pointed out, via persons or matters of the House that holds transiting Vesta (which sits at 22 Taurus 38).

Good day to . . . see what you must deal with in order to bring your unique talents to the fore and so create/ attract Love or Money. This is an ‘information’ day, one where, if you’re paying attention and ‘want to know’, you can gain an enormous amount of useful data, especially about how and where to ‘put yourself out there’.

For those born with the Sun at 23 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, dear Leo, may be headlined, ‘Pursuit of Love or Money’. It may also be an emotionally stressful year, one where you feel you must ‘do or die’, or where the emotional reality meets a turning point, such that it changes dramatically. So, the pair of matters, emotions and those things pursued, are likely to swallow up most of your effort and attention, and you should know, they’re meant to–a narrowed focus may be the only way you can deal with getting what you need, with finding worthwhile reward, and with creating the relationships you really want, so don’t let others label you selfish–this year you deserve to live about you and for you. Good luck!

14 August 2019 A Conflict of Instincts

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‘Natural Lusitano Instinct’ Photographer: Julia Moll 31 May 2017 Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Spontaneity, originality, and the unexpected drive actions–and yet these moves will be in conflict with our instinctual nature, perhaps inspired by some restless material that resides in our ‘blind spot’. It’s a matter of what we don’t know influencing our choices and our way forward, and this not sitting well with our in-built sense of right and wrong, safe and dangerous, desirable and repulsive. There’s no easy answer to the dissonance between impulses and sensibilities–you can only do your best to exploit unique urges and creative ideas that come without completely ignoring the info provided by instinctual response.

(Perfecting today: Mars parallel Uranus and sq Sedna)

Good day to . . . noodle around with innovating, inventing, and creating. Make note of ideas, then step back and give those ideas time to breathe, which should allow you to sort out what’s a good, constructive impulse and what’s not worth using time or resources on.

For those born with the Sun at 22 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). It seems like you’re just now surfacing from some serious, transformative change, dear Leo, and this solar year, through to your next birthday, appears to deliver the pay offs, whether in Love, Money, assets, avenues for talent expression, or in the entirely necessary positive Self-image you must have in order to accomplish. Leos need Love, in all forms, and this year you should get it. What do you need to do now? Resist the urge to ignore values–it may be easy to forget these are what life is built on–and don’t turn off or de-value the emotions, or try to handle them solely through the mind–that won’t work, and will almost certainly create problems. Feel your feelings, and appreciate that they’re offering you vital information–and have fun! Good luck!

13 August 2019 Hurtling Toward the Sun

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By Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo – Own work, Sailko, 15 October 2016, 17:22:03, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62112977

Today it may feel as if we are hurtling toward our own private Sun, traveling toward our destiny at peak speed, problems and solutions laid out before us, and left for us to choose. It’s contradictory, I know, to say we seem to be speeding in a destined direction and that we also enjoy very clear choice, but there’s no actual conflict there–we are on a course that our actions and previous choices have set, but we are still able to alter that course with choices or actions in the present. Really, it’s the best of both worlds, with the assurance that if we change nothing, we will end up exactly as we are headed now, and that if we do make changes, we will definitely alter that course.

So, get a good look at where you’re headed, and what you can do about it, and then act, but act with caution. Though we’re truly inspired today, in terms of making good choices, we are also susceptible to overthinking and so misleading ourselves, or to acting/ choosing out of hurt or rage. Don’t worry, though, as a willingness to be fully conscious helps us avoid Self-sabotage or acting out of our worst impulses and damage.

(Chiron sxt Hygeia, Mars nov NN, Venus-Sun conj, both sesq Chiron and qnx Pluto, Mercury trine Ceres and sesq Neptune)

Good day to . . . set a new life course. Jupiter’s recent direction should offer us the optimism to follow our ideals, to make alterations in the spirit of hope, and to ‘think Big’, and today’s influences give us the clear sight and Self-possession to make solid and highly positive changes.

For those born with the Sun at 21 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, liebling Leo, through to your next birthday, you will have to face a number of major life events, the kind that make permanent change in you and your circumstances. Are you ready? I’d say Yes, as long as there are a couple of things that you’ve attended to, or will soon: you need to hold an extraordinarily clear set of highest values in mind at all times–and if you haven’t sorted those out, do it now! You also need to be at ease emotionally, sure of feelings within relationships, your own and others, enough that you can turn your attention elsewhere and know that you’ll have that support if you need it. And don’t rely on the spontaneous, the sudden, the accident, or some miracle of science to change your scenario–it would be a foolish thing to wait on, right now, and won’t offer rescue–that’s up to you to provide for yourself, but as long as you are facing things head-on and ready to respond when required, you should find that transforming your life will largely be for the positive, and largely be under your control. Good luck!

12 August 2019 Negotiation

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Ceres, queen of Nature, the harvest, and of negotiation. ‘Ceres’ By Giovanni Francesco Romanelli c1600 {{PD}}

Today we may find ourselves negotiating with our future; that is, having to ‘answer to’ the future we say we want, reconciling this ‘statement’ with our current power expressions, territory ruled, and options exercised. We may have it shown us in no uncertain terms that our demeanor and choices are not supporting the goals we think we’re pursuing–and our attention will go to our ambitions and desires–so we’ll naturally do all we can to facilitate our aims, and probably thereby learn where and how we’re falling short.

Events and circumstances right now also reveal what past investments of time, energy, and assets have brought into being. This is a high point, so if you’re expecting some kind of reward from something ventured, it ought to come now–and if it doesn’t, you’ve learned what doesn’t pay off or bring Love, at least as you invested it previously.

Take what’s revealed today seriously. We’re being handed the means and/ or information needed to become our ‘Best Self’. To resent this, or to ignore it, only invites a much larger or more profound disappointment down the road.

(Ceres sesq NN, Sun-Venus Superior Conjunction and both sxt Zeus)

Good day to . . . embrace your desires, and observe your life to see how well these have been actualized. Where your energy is going can be seen clearly today, and that’s something we can all appreciate and, if we’re smart, use to make tomorrow better.

For those born with the Sun at 20 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, this could be a banner year for you, one where you find out if all you’ve loved, cared for, supported, and put your energy into will bring that profit, pay off, Love, or even fame you planned on. Now through this solar year to your next birthday, you may see the results of your efforts, and you’ll be fortunate enough to also be handed, simultaneously, the means, energy, and emotional charge necessary to make true, deep, transformative change to those things you aren’t happy with. Too, your feelings are in concert with your highest values–and that means judgment should be good, and choices right in line with the Soul’s intentions. Now all you have to do is be willing to see, in all its glory and detail, what truly exists in your life, unobscured by dissembling or fantasy. Good luck!

11 August 2019 The Big Reversal

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‘Landscape between Storms’ By Pierre-Auguste Renoir c1874 {{PD}}

In the matters of the House Uranus is currently transiting and/ or the one it rules, expect a pull back, a withdrawal of energy, talents, electricity, understanding, in the days around this point. Disappointment may spring up, or something unanticipated that requires a re-think and perhaps spur-of-the-moment improvisation. This turnaround can attract a lightning bolt or remove all the excitement from the air–and there’s no way to tell which will occur. Happening in Earth, the event could have a cloddish feel, removing any sense of charge or lightness from proceedings, and could be difficult to recognize as Uranus related. Uranus, though, is naturally an instrument of Higher Knowledge, of wide and deep understanding, of discovery, so examining the handful of days both before and after it turns should offer enlightenment (even if that only comes later, upon reflection), in this case possibly through material circumstances or a physical experience.

With Jupiter’s direction we see not an opposite tide, but a completely separate one. Occurring in Fire, we see release in matters of the House Jupiter is transiting or in matters of the House it rules in the natal chart, a flare sent up that signals the time for action. Suddenly, we ‘know’ or learn something vital that fills in missing pieces, or see opportunity, or have the necessary freedom, or are ready to ‘reach out’–and we do. Direction is at 14 Sagittarius, so if you happen to have anything this hits by major hard aspect (such as a placement at 14, 15, or 16 Gemini or those same degrees of Virgo or Pisces) then look to both the natal body’s character and the House it rules, if any, for clues as to the place where that flare may go up.

We’re still under the influence of yesterday’s Finger–see that post for details. And one more thing: we are likely to be thinking about our place in the social order, or within a religious structure, or within some sort of hierarchy, especially noting the ways this isn’t working for us–and then we’re likely to conclude that we’d better modify our interaction to suit ourselves and our needs–and that’s a good choice.

(Uranus retrogrades, Jupiter goes direct, Venus perfects her quincunx to Neptune, Mercury sesquiquadrates Jupiter, then enters Leo)

Good day to . . . leap for those opportunities that you’ve been seeing but have, for one reason or another, held back on pursuing. At the same time, go the ‘tried and true’ route with your own options and choices, as the unexpected can take a toll at this time, and ‘luck’ is something you don’t want to test, unless you’re looking to incite chaos.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, you may be feeling very beautiful, or very prosperous, this year, and that’s a really good thing, as that kind of confidence only attracts more to you–but you need to be ready to deal with the inevitable objections that will surface from others who either dislike your poise and positivity and want to change you, or those who are envious and want to destroy you. It’s a shame, really, that this is the reaction of so many, but it’s your job this solar year, through to your next birthday, to recognize those who don’t support your health and happiness, and gently let them go. Know that their attitude has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with their own unhappiness. Your other mission this year, should you choose to accept it, is to take those assets you find yourself with, no matter what form they take, and find a practical, smart way to present them to the world. You’re ‘on point’ for Self-realization and actualization–use that energy to its fullest, and good luck!

10 August 2019 Touched

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‘Italy and Germany’ By Friedrich Overbeck 1828 {{PD}}

The Finger of God (with base of South Node in Capricorn-Neptune in Pisces) that formed on the 8th is modified as Venus joins the apex point of the Sun. This is a day to use structures and reliable realities from the past as a foundation for inspired creative or spiritual action, and this should bring Love, Money, or at the very least, a great deal of personal satisfaction (Sun and Venus in Leo). Some will process (and in the course of things, dissipate) this via a prominent sense of whimsy-on-display, while others may come across as a bit touched! The result is all dependent on what inspiration or ideals are at work.

Good day to . . . sort fact from fancy in relationships and finances. Telling yourself a fairy tale in any shape or form will cost, so make an effort to be as reality-oriented as possible in these areas, and don’t don’t don’t dwell in the past, but do remember it.

By Kevin Walter – Turkey and gravy auf flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59642951

For those born with the Sun at 18 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Will you be your most creative Self this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Leo, or will your imagination run away with you, sabotaging what you’ve built and all that you plan? It’s the crux of things, and may be a recurring question for you, as you will likely find yourself in a long-term crisis state surrounding communications and your own mental workings. Center yourself by asking yourself what you truly care about, and perhaps by defining who and what you would like to interact with, exchange energies with, or might otherwise seek cooperation with. It may feel like an arduous task, this sorting, but it’s meant to smooth your way by getting you to recognize and modify what you value and want to dedicate your life energies to. After that, everything is gravy. Good luck!

9 August 2019 Seeping In

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‘Alamedan i Cádiz’ By Anders Zorn 1887 {{PD}}

Will the mind, informed by the instincts, succeed with values reform, perhaps pulling down some false gods or exposing the Truth behind something we’ve been seeing as sacred? Or will it be that sheer power is put behind commitments and what we honor, changing both the pay off and the rules of the game? Either way, powerful change comes to the physical via modifications to the spiritual and intangible. The influence seeps in, whether we are aware of it or not. Act and choose, or be swept along with the currents.

(Perfecting today: Pluto trine Vesta, Venus qnx Saturn, Mercury sxt Sedna)

‘Woman Sleeping in a Landscape With a Letter’ By Bernard Gaillot c1800 {{PD}}

Good day for . . . sleeping in. How many of you read the headline that way? If you did, you may be seeking shelter, calm, or rest. Here’s your permission to retreat. The opportunities offered today will only work out if the mind is in sync with the instincts. The exception: if you have a lot of Air in your chart, the mind can often override instincts, and if you’re tired, today might be the day for you to go forward, simply because the mind won’t have the juice to jump in and resist what the instincts tell us!

For those born with the Sun at 17 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, during this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, it may feel as if the past, rather than the future, hangs in the balance. Your attention may repeatedly be drawn back toward what’s already transpired, especially as it has affected your current opportunities and social position. Of course, this isn’t for nothing–it’s meant to prompt you toward changes you need to make, to ‘correct’ or otherwise modify what at the time you felt you couldn’t help–now you can. Now is the time to alter commitments, to learn or tell the Truth about what you’re truly dedicated to, and to make the changes that allow your daily life to approach the Ideal, or that allow expression of your vast creative energies. Good luck!

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8 August 2019 What’s Real

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Sunset By Arkhip Kuindzhi c1900 {{PD}}

Smart, productive, practical or skilled action that pays off, gets us more or bigger, that delivers Love or Reward, only takes our attention and some initial effort–all the rest follows as a matter of course. It sounds so easy, right? Well, for once, it is, if we’re willing to focus–and of course, as always, there’s one other thing. Our awareness of the past is either showing us how we’re being held (or holding ourselves) back, or this awareness is offering a solid ground from which to launch current projects. Either way, you are shown what’s real, handed the key to accelerated profits, growth, or abundance–and that requires only a ‘Thank you’ to the Universe and a little bit of your own energy, invested.

I’m adding this small feature, pointing out timing and what it’s a ‘Good day to . . .’ I hope it helps!

Good day to go after a desired status, to deal with issues around fulfilling goals, to look around for Love (but don’t be aggressive, just aware and responsive, open to it), and to put creativity in motion. Once the Moon enters Sagittarius, just after 1:34 PM Pacific, the emotions and intuitions will be a reliable ‘power guide’, and can lead you toward ‘more’ in its desired form.

(A Finger of God forms with SN-Neptune, apex Sun. Perfecting today: Saturn parallel SN, Mars sxt Pallas, Venus trine Jupiter, Sun parallel Pallas)

For those born with the Sun at 16 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You find yourself today, dear Leo, at an exact meeting of your past and your ideals. Together these have formed the present circumstances and so are the focus for this solar year, through to your next birthday. You are endowed with significant major creative energy, as well as the experience/ knowledge to use it wisely–just take care in deploying it, as those around you may see you as too status-focused, too concerned about your career, or too ego-centered/ aggressive–and that can lead to disruption in relationships and a lack of support, so at the very least keep a sort of ‘common good’ standard in mind. Your best bet, though, is to allow your highest ideals, and the needs of those relationships you find sacred, to act as a guideline. Dedicate yourself and your efforts to what you truly honor in life, and this coming year can be one of your most productive, ever. Good luck!

7 August 2019 Focus on: Sun trine Jupiter

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Jupiter’s clouds as photographed by the spacecraft Juno, at a distance of just under 19,000 km, roughly the distance between NYC and Perth. By NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran {{PD}}

Our attention is on some Jupiterian concept or area of life, consumed with having or getting more, with expanding our world, with the facts, with finding or making opportunity, with ‘getting the word out’ in some form or fashion, with learning or teaching, with beliefs, and with certain forms of freedom, the ‘don’t tie me down’ kind. Some astrologers see this transit as lucky, and it can be, but the luck arises from our concerted focus on Jupiterian elements of our lives, rather than from any external force that randomly bestows favor. It’s a case of being lucky precisely because we are attuned to where we can expand, where we can find more. We’re ready to grab the opportunity or take the advantage as we become keenly aware of it as soon as it’s on the horizon, even feeling it as it approaches. And that’s where we meet the other aspect perfecting today, the Sun quincunx Saturn. This has to make us wonder what obstacle must be removed, what reality accommodated, what restriction gone around, what suppression thrown off, before we can get our hands on Jupiterian abundance. Find the benefit, find the obstruction, and you know just what you’ll need to do, to get your version of ‘More’.

The temple of Jupiter in Baalbek temple complex, in Lebanon.
© Guillaume Piolle CC BY 3.0

For those born with the Sun at 15 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead) Dear Leo, though it’s important for you this solar year, through to your next birthday, to have a clear idea of what you want and to go after it, it’s also important to know: the facts; what you truly believe; and what stands in your way. If you don’t sort those out, you may end up spinning your wheels, frolicking on a sunny beach, getting and changing nothing–and for some people, that’s perfectly fine. You, though, may be a little more restless than this, and do need to find some way to widen your horizons. Learn, travel, expose yourself to the new (to you) and exotic, and have no fear–you’re meant to break certain constraints this year, and your natural inbuilt cautions will warn you when you’re about to go too far. Good luck!

Today’s word image is a pilot who doesn’t seem to know how to fly the plane! Is there someone in your world who’s supposed to be an expert, who’s ‘in charge’ of important events in some significant way, who’s just not competent? Aside from any suggestion that they’re holding a position they shouldn’t, be aware that as frustrated as you are, they are just as frustrated, just as confused. The incompetence isn’t a feature of this person insisting on pushing their way into something they can’t handle, but more a result of being handed a status they never meant to hold in the first place. Go easy on them, and don’t get on that plane!

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Seeing this Jefferson Airplane poster made me think of a time decades ago when I was babysitting some tweens. These were the days of Jefferson Starship. I joked that they must’ve gotten themselves more modern transportation, because they used to be Jefferson Airplane. The scoffs could be heard ’round the world. I was told in no uncertain terms that if I was going to make up stories, they’d need to be better than that!

6 August 2019 What We’d Rather Forget

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Anyone else feel lately, for want of a better word, ‘haunted’? What we’d like to not think about is right there, isn’t it? Our anxieties are free-floating, and our minds, in trying to deal with them, look around for problems that can explain our feelings of hopelessness and dread. Am I being too dramatic? Maybe, but when we’re so charged-up with worry that we comb our lives for upsetting scenarios to attribute that anxiety to, then we’re cart-before-the-horsing it, and so misdirecting our attention, effort, and energy into trying to solve problems (mostly through worry!) that don’t really exist–and meanwhile, our dreams gather dust and our forward momentum is lost. The antidote? Face what you’ve been avoiding, but don’t let it dominate your thoughts; that is, take action to alleviate conditions, and/ or just move along–half the time those things we’re obsessing about are outside our control, anyway. And try to see how these matters that plague us may have roots in wounds to or some kind of violation of what we see as sacred, to be honored, or as ‘rules to live by’. We often have a very difficult time looking at or even recognizing something so deeply but narrowly traumatic. Tomorrow, the 7th, we see a Sun-Jupiter trine with Sun quincunx Saturn, suggesting bounty, opportunity, expansion, the kind of positive scenario that can’t happen unless we’re willing to deal with and modify the reality picture, to include what’s holding us back.

(Perfecting today: Chiron semi-sq Vesta, Mercury sesq Black Moon Lilith)

For those born with the Sun at 14 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, you can just feel Love, Money, or some other wonderful something sneaking up on you, can’t you? This feeling persists through the solar year ahead, and promises big opportunities and pay offs to come–so what must you do to make these realities? Number 1, match your status and empowerment level to your action level–make effective moves by acting in ways that you’re already empowered to do and in roles and venues that already recognize your authority. Number 2, keep your eye on the prize, not the one at your feet, but the one at a distance, the one that requires a long-term effort, as that’s the one that offers out-sized reward. And number 3, work with your instincts and intuition so that you are not just comfortable listening to them, but can call on and trust them without too much intervening thought. Good luck!

‘Self-portrait in a convex Mirror’ By Parmigianino c1523 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a portrait: someone who is placed in a position of ‘helping’ who is deliberately placed there because they know nothing about the issue! What does it say, for instance, that someone is in a position to help sell something, but can’t even answer basic questions about the item? To me it says that those selling don’t want to answer any questions, that in fact they want an impulsive, emotion-driven, unthinking purchase to be made–and that may be the case when the seller knows of issues they’d rather not acknowledge. Some people think, the less informed the party buying their sh*t, the better. Do you really want to ‘do business with’/ be involved with that?

4-5 August 2019 Strong Arm, Soft Arm

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By Thomas Eakins {{PD}}

The 4th: You know that phrase, ‘to strong arm’ something or someone? Today every interaction may feel that it carries an element of compulsion, of someone or something trying to force us–to do what almost doesn’t matter–or even that we are compelled from some internal need, for Truth, for power, for ego gratification, for action where there has been none. It’s a pushy-shove-y vibe, one where we could end up tearing down what give us security out of our own personal insecurities–and then there’s the question of who’s in charge. What we need to remember is that no matter what, we are in charge of ourselves, and that’s so even when options have been narrowed by externals. Proceed with care, and find outlets for energy that refrain from blowing things up.

(Pluto qnx Juno, Mars qnx Pluto)

The 5th: After all that ‘firm’ interaction yesterday, we find some soft arms to fall into. It may mean dealing with what we’d rather ignore, but it leads to a peaceful mental state, or to some gem of an idea, to something of worth in what we were ready to discard–so why not face things? We come out ahead if we do.

(Venus qnx Black Moon Lilith, Mercury parallel Venus)

For those born with the Sun at 12 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Intention and effort go hand in hand for you this solar year, dear Leo, and you’ll recognize opportunity on the horizon–but first you have to deal with all that you’ve ignored, denied, that angers you, or that you’ve kicked to the curb, thinking you’d never have to do something about it. First, don’t make the mistake of taking an attitude; this isn’t punishment, it’s the Universe’s way of removing obstacles that would definitely keep you from accessing most of those opportunities. A psychic housecleaning is needed, and you’re ready to do that–and well done, this may change your ideas of what’s wise, what’s practical, and may even change your fate. Good luck!

For those born with the Sun at 13 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, getting ‘more’ is right over there–and you’re probably putting all your attention on how to get to it. I’m here to help. You’ll need to accept the emotional realities of your relationships; you’ll need to allow certain unanticipated events to heal you (and it may be difficult to let go of the idea that if you don’t work for it, you can’t heal–the reality is, you absolutely can); and then, as you move toward getting more, you’ll need to simultaneously acknowledge that there are currently limits, and that to pass beyond them is to potentially gamble away your gain. OK, go get ‘um, and good luck!

1-3 August 2019 + A Mini-What You’re Asking: Ascendants, Cusps, & Quincunxes

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‘The Flageolet Player on the Cliff’ By Paul Gauguin 1889 {{PD}}

‘What You’re Asking’ comes from search terms I find in my site stats that could use some explanation, answer, or remark.

Ascendant on 2nd House cusp Whole Sign

Let’s get something straight: in the Whole Sign Universe, the Ascendant sign dictates the 1st House; that means we can’t have the Ascendant in the 2nd House! Because, if the Ascendant is there, that makes it the 1st House! Even very close to the ending of a sign, even in the last degree and minute and second, the Ascendant is still in the 1st. That means the Ascendant can be found anywhere within the 1st House.

In Placidus and many other House systems, the Ascendant delineates the beginning of the 1st House, but with Whole Sign, the sign of the Ascendant makes that sign the entire House, both ahead of and behind the Ascendant itself. This also lays out the rest of the chart, with one sign per House and the Midheaven true to its position; that is, unlike in other systems, the MC doesn’t mark the beginning of the 10th, but instead can fall anywhere the Sun could reach its zenith in a 24 hour period in that part of the world at that time of year.

It’s true that people talk about ‘being on the cusp’ of something: another sign, another House, but the term cusp only means ‘edge’. If you’re on the edge of a cliff, you’re not also below, tumbled into the valley, are you? So let’s stop talking about astrology as if a body or point is being influenced by something it’s not in, or a condition it doesn’t have–that not only makes for inaccurate, even sloppy, interpretation, it encourages those who don’t know better to think they may opt for the natal placement or for the other sign or House it’s near. As they say in that commercial where the woman takes a picture off her living room wall and declares, ‘I unfriend you!’, that’s not how any of this works.

quincunx relationship Scorpio/ Gemini

This made me think someone was looking for the relationship potentials between two individuals, each with the Sun in one of these signs, so I’ll approach this that way. First, an actual quincunx between Suns would require no more than a two degree differential; in that case we might expect that each would perpetually feel they must adjust their identity, their purpose, the nature of their true essence, just to get along with the other. That makes for an uncomfortable, not to say stressful, relationship.

If we’re talking about Suns that are in signs that are quincunx, but that are not in direct dialogue with each other, we might see a similar dynamic, but more diffuse. These two people might not ‘get’ each other, and are most likely to feel mild indifference, and maybe a lack of empathy, barring any other dynamic contacts between charts. Scorpio is Fixed Water: tending to perceive and process emotionally, first and foremost, with those perceptions intensely and deeply felt, and relatively difficult to change. Gemini is Mutable Air: perceiving and processing through the mind, perpetually re-considering and assessing, always searching for new information, and so changeable in their thinking.

In either case, not an easy interaction, no matter their roles or relationship.

Forecast 1-3 August 2019

The 1st sees us in harmony with ourselves, essentially agreeing with what we think! It’s a day that reinforces our mentality and the way we see things, but this offers one bonus: the ability, probably due to the consistency and harmony of our presentation at this time, to heal relationships or asset sources that have been damaged. And that’s a worthy goal, right?

The 2nd is almost the opposite to the 1st, with erraticism and unusual behavior in relationships, financial anomalies, surprises in Love, shocks over worth, and we find the reward from original thinking and innovation. And, we are either going after our own empowerment aggressively, or receiving aggression from others over what is or isn’t our domain. We may feel as if we are victims of the random, but there are two things we can do that should be highly beneficial to us: go over the discrepancies between our highest values and our ambitions; somewhere they’re not meeting up, and that’s causing ‘fulfillment drag’–and willingly excavate those personal matters we’ve ignored or denied, the ones that cause a shadow on the identity or expression of purpose. Hauling this material into the light will be nothing but good, in the end, and we’ll likely find that most of this shadow was generated by our own judgments of ourselves, and can be forgiven at any time.

By the 3rd we’re looking at personal empowerment issues, struggling, even, to make them ‘stick’. The feeling may be that we have to justify, one way or another, the territory we claim. We need to realize we’ve suffered a recent aggressive injury, where someone attacked, maybe very subtly, our right to be–and that has left this scab and we’re picking at it! Here’s your therapy: Stop it! Remind yourself you have the right to claim space to be, to do, to dream, as your own–no need to justify your existence, ever, to anyone, and that includes yourself. Nobody puts Baby in the corner!

For those born with the Sun at 09 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). What is this ‘New World’ you’re waking up to this solar year, and will experience through to your next birthday, dear Leo? Or is it, rather than a new world, a ‘Fresh Hell’? That all depends on the fate you’ve been preparing for yourself over the years. That sounds obvious, but the reality is that this is the year when all those choices, those roads taken and those avoided, coalesce into a meaningful picture. You’ll see, benefit from, and pay for those choices. Noe, if that makes you uneasy, you still have this year during which to clean up your act, to change your fate. If you anticipate the results of your choices with something akin to pleasure, then you’ll know you’ve chosen well, and can spend the year building on the foundation you’ve put in place. In either case, this year you have the ability to shine, especially when showing yourself and what you can do to the world, and you have the energy and focus to use every bit of your muscle to fulfill ambitions and desires–just stay aware of what this pursuit might create, for best results. Good luck!

For those born with the Sun at 10 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Could you be more ready to critically assess yourself, your life, and where you’re going? No, you’re ready right now, dear Leo, and may spend this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, taking an intuitive but critical measure of your power, your position, your obligations, and your relationship to Nature. This is all in preparation for the smart, creative action you’ll be taking in future. So, don’t worry if you’re more attuned to pondering and trimming, this year, than you are to doing or making a big splash–you’re on your way, and as long as you’re clear on your highest values, you’ll see clearly what to do. Good luck!

For those born with the Sun at 11 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). What is it, dear Leo, that you crave more than anything? Could it be a way to fulfill ambitions that rests on your values and what you honor, and that uses to the fullest your creativity? Because if it is, you’re in luck. This solar year, through to your next birthday, affords you the opportunity to fashion or find the absolute perfect outlet–and that means you could spend the year focused on your needs, and inadvertently neglecting those of loved ones. That’s okay–you’ll have to explain to them that right now, you’ve got to take center stage for yourself. Once you give shape and life to your desire, then you can go back to the caretaking of others that you do so well. Good luck!

31 July 2019 New Moon in Leo: Controlling the Shape of Things to Come + Mercury Turns It Around

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The New Moon falls at 8 Leo 36 at 8:10 PM Pacific Daylight Time, and just 48 minutes later we see Mercury inch from its station to station direct. It could make for one intense hour, especially considering the way Luna has just passed over Venus in Leo and is yet to trine Jupiter in Sagittarius–and both of these are, in my view, outside acceptable orbs to register as part of the New Moon event. This past and yet-to-be could bleed into the New Moon, though, infusing the ambient energy with a sense of rewards, recent and yet to come. The experience of Luna drenching itself in the Self-Love of Venusian fire, and then moving toward harmony with the social order, with opportunities far and wide, with facts that support our emotional perceptions, may make the atmosphere a little heady, the outlook carrying a sense of empowerment and ‘great things’ for the future.

The New Moon in Leo suggests a new passion, and particularly suggests a fire within the individual that sets a new emotional course. The NM square to Uranus in Taurus forms a T with the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis, implying that fire’s spark could come from accident, surprise, revelation, something that shocks via the senses, via a resource dilemma, or that changes our comfort level discernibly. The New Moon is trine Chiron in Aries, again pointing toward the individual, and to the individual weakness, vulnerability, wound, or unique skill, and that this will play an important role in what starts here. A quincunx to the calculated point Black Moon Lilith promises that what begins now must accommodate or otherwise adjust to one or more matters that anger, or that are being ignored or denied, or perhaps that matters surface and are shoved aside, in order to keep the optimistic mood and get the Self into action.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is, ‘Glass Blowers Shape Beautiful Vases With Their Controlled Breathing’. This suggests that the perception of reward, of something beautiful on the horizon that springs from our own effort, is indeed accurate, but it’s up to us, in fostering that new spark, that individual action or feeling, to control ourselves. No matter how shocking or unusual the Uranian influence to the New Moon event, we need to keep a clear head–that might be part of the acceptability of to some extent pushing aside or adjusting to Black Moon Lilith issues–and we need to control our prana, the very life force itself, in order to maintain a coherent connection between the physical world and the spiritual one, in order to heal, or access skills (Chiron) and so control the spark, control efforts and materials, and as a result, shape a beautiful future.

Then less than an hour after the New Moon we see Mercury go direct. It does so as planet of latest degree, suggesting that we may experience a sensation something like ‘waking up’ but in a way that feels a little like coming to consciousness after climbing out on a limb–we’re super-surprised to find ourselves there, and don’t really know what to think! Since Merc is in Cancer, the surprise may concern what we do or don’t care about, or maybe how we think we care about something and find out we don’t.

Also of note today, and maybe felt strongly by some, a Finger of God with base of Mars-Juno and Zeus, apex Neptune. This actually shaped up right around the 28th but only grows more contained, peaking today and dissolving by August 2nd. This suggests, barring any other contrary indicators within the individual chart, that concerted effort to fulfill ambitions could very easily bring the dream to reality, or lead to establishment of ideal circumstances. That means do it now.

Happy Birthday! By Caroline’s Cakes – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12799030

For those born with the Sun at 08 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, you know that terrible Aladdin song everybody in their early 30s wants to sing at karaoke? It’s gonna feel like a whole new world, now through to your next birthday, and you may be pretty surprised at that, since you may not immediately recognize that you are the mover and shaker who made it happen. When things first hit the fan, you may insist that you are at the mercy of others or circumstances, but the reality is, you and your approach are shaping everything, precisely as you need it to be. That means the sooner you own up to your own influence on events, the sooner you can make that energy conscious, and so control what happens (at least to the extent any of us can 🙂 ) So, you know Love, you know what’s of value to you, and you have the drive, energy, and vision to create opportunity–no need to wait, the future is now.

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30 July 2019 Learn By Absorbing

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‘La Leocadia’ By Francisco Goya c1820 {{PD}}

We’re at that liminal, Dark of the Moon point, just before both the New Moon in Leo and the station direct of Mercury. That means a lot of tension with nowhere to go, a lot of feeling around in the dark, trying to get our bearings, a lot of effort made that won’t quite meet the mark–and that’s okay, really, because at this time we’re likely gaining access to areas of the unconscious that are usually well-hidden by the conscious mind. Wisdom can seep into the mind at this point without our being aware of it, a kind of subtle intake that will only make itself known later. The trick today is to avoid acting on delusion, misinformation, or in misunderstanding of our own values (Yes, this can happen, if one is telling oneself one’s values are other than what they truly are). We learn by absorbing, and especially valuable to us at this time are the lessons we can glean from power entities, those in authority; we can gain knowledge simply by observing their interaction with what they consider their domain. Though seemingly a passive point, there’s a lot going on here below the surface–so relax, and know that no striving is required in order to get things together effectively.

(Pallas nov and Venus contra-parallel Ceres, Neptune sxt Vesta, Mars qnx and Venus sesq Neptune, Mercury parallel Pallas)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 07 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Well you’re a firecracker, aren’t you, dear Leo? What scene did you just recently blow up, what riot start, what chaos unleash, that you may have to spend the solar year, through to your next birthday, atoning for? Oh, maybe it’s not that harsh, maybe it’s only that you’re being asked to re-construct, resurrect, transform, or tear down to the ground something that’s always been there–and you may wonder why, and why you are the one being asked. Let’s just say it’s because you’re the one that has the correct status, who holds the position that can make it all happen–and you have the energy, and yes, ego, to take it on successfully. A lesser Being couldn’t even approach making this change. The only question you need answer is, Who do I need to surround myself with in order to make the most of that post-change world? Good luck!

Photo By Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada – Skull of Sabre-Toothed Tiger – Museum of Anthropology – La Paz – Baja California Sur – Mexico CC BY-SA 2.0

Today’s word image is another dream symbol, a sabre-toothed tiger. An extinct predator, prehistoric–so we might ask ourselves: What previous danger (one we still see as impacting us) is actually long gone? And doesn’t that suggest it’s time to let that go as a part of the psyche, or even as an excuse for particular responses and views?

29 July 2019 Greater Acceptance

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‘The Organ Rehearsal By Henry Lerolle 1885 {{PD}}

Today is not about blazing new trails, it’s about refining, even perfecting, those power positions we already hold. In the best version of these influences, we adjust expression of our status or role to better fit our ideal of it, and this includes the task of freeing ourselves, at least a little, from past choices, as well as challenging our sense of Self and purpose to live up to its most original and unique qualities (rather than to shun those very same qualities in an attempt to find greater acceptance). A failure to see how and where our current position can be improved may lead to denial of our own ability to affect things, which only tempts us to return to outmoded ways of choosing and acting, and encourages us to reject those most wild and innovative parts of ourselves.

(Neptune qnx Juno, Mars qnx SN, Sun sq Uranus)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 06 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, today, right through the solar year to your next birthday, may feel like one great big test of your power and status–and it is. You need to know where you stand, and so to rid yourself of illusions concerning where you’re going. What you think you’re in line for may not be yours at all–and that’s the most important thing you can discover right now. That will then help you see and appreciate some of your more unique and original qualities and abilities, and perhaps in incorporating these into the everyday psyche you open the door to some opportunities only you could take advantage of. Played well, you’ll reach your next birthday facing some exciting choices that hold potential to take you farther than you ever anticipated. Now that sounds fun, doesn’t it? Good luck!

Today’s word image is something from a dream I had last night: someone was trying to persuade me to leave behind a big box of books that I wanted to take with me. Pretty obviously, books to me are knowledge, other worlds, potentials, all to be explored, and as a symbol we might ask ourselves, who’s trying to persuade us not to know, discover, or explore something, specifically because we would be equipped in a way they don’t want us to be? Just something to ponder, in case someone is asking you to ‘remain ignorant’ on some level.

28 July 2019 Thought-Assault

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‘Paar im Gespräch’ (Pair in Conversation) By Marianne von Werefkin 1908 {{PD}}

There’s something about our personal power matrix today that seems to violate our own highest values–but ‘seems’ really is the operative word, as what we’re actually experiencing are external blocks to our power manifestation, ones that can’t actually hurt us except by worming into our minds and attempting to stir some kind of guilt. ‘Don’t be selfish’ and ‘Quit showing off’ may be the refrain. These aren’t legitimate critiques, but instead sour grapes, or in some cases an attempt to subdue us for some other entity’s benefit. If we can avoid succumbing to this thought-assault, we can benefit greatly from our own efforts and from our willingness to share in some form those skills unique to us that we’ve mastered. That’s where the action, and the reward, are today.

(Vesta sq Juno, Saturn semi-sq and Venus trine Ceres, Mercury sesq Black Moon Lilith and parallel Mars, Sun trine Chiron)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 05 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, dear Leo, through to your next birthday, may be filled with what feel like fresh, even raw, experiences (no, please don’t call them lessons) on Love and Power. No matter how much you’ve been through, you’ll likely be surprised by the elemental and new-to-you events in both areas that will come your way. The other big headline this year is about your wounds; will you wallow in them, or will you heal from them, and in doing so access your most potent skills? It’s your choice, but really, you already know that wallowing, though sometimes enjoyable, will ultimately just waste time–so why not commit now, during this big Love/ Power year, to shed your hurt and claim your abilities? That’s right, no reason not to. Good luck!

27 July 2019 What To Keep, What To Throw Away

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Shari Weisberg, Artist ‘Keeping up with science, Illinois Federal Art Project, WPA, [between 1936 and 1939] {{PD}}

We find ourselves in some form sorting, discarding, or safeguarding things, relationships, decisions, even beliefs or memories from the past. The trick is to hold onto what empowers us, assessed in as objective a manner as possible, and then to find a way to utilize these as assets, to put them out into the world and then to enjoy the benefits that come back to us. In short, we embrace what we’ve learned, what works, and then profit from it. We may have to modify our beliefs, our means of reaching out and sharing with others, and we may have to change what we see as beneficial, but all these modifications only serve to build both our sense of Self-worth and our store of assets, talents, and wisdom. Don’t hesitate to throw out what’s no longer useful or necessary–it only makes the load that much lighter.

(Juno qnx and Vesta trine SN, Venus enters Leo and sesquiquadrates Jupiter)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 04 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Love or finances reach a ‘do-or die’ point this solar year, dear Leo, and it’s up to you to choose, respond, or act in a way that’s best for you. Yes, some may call you selfish, but what good are you to others if your needs aren’t met, if you aren’t happy? Not much, is the answer, and that’s something that those who want to take advantage, who want to keep you where you are, won’t tell you. Coincidentally, this is also the time for you to heal a sense of personal authority, to be the one to grant yourself permission, rather than waiting for someone else to give the go-ahead. This is also slated to be your most creative and inspired year, yet, if you can only embrace completely your sense of responsibility–that is, if you can see that in reality what you make of your year, and yourself, is really up to no one but you. Good luck!

26 July 2019 Adjusting To Reality

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‘The Immured’ By Alexandre-Évariste Fragonard Early 19th century {{PD}}

We’re ready to act, to go at it, but the real world keeps intruding! We meet barriers, walls, obstacles, rules, or conditions that can only be handled by modifying ourselves: our approach, efforts, attitude, or by choosing differently than we already have. This can be daunting, most especially if we lack Self-confidence, as our attention is on our creative energies or consumed by what we imagine–and these inspirations (and in some cases, fears) struggle to find an outlet in a landscape that seems hard and unyielding, that seems uninterested in what we have to offer or say. We find a venue (or several) that appreciate what we present in one of a couple of ways: by valuing, and so following, our instincts; by respecting what we don’t know about the Arts, relationships, and/ or money; and by seeing the way the ‘blind spot’, our own or those of others, profits us/ them. It’s through these measures that we will find, or really stumble upon, an excellent form of expression for today.

(Mars qnx Saturn, Venus sxt Sedna, Sun sesq Neptune)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 03 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, your conscience may be, this solar year, through to your next birthday, both your finest asset and your biggest tormentor. The emotions and the values are closely aligned at this time, and that means you may be caught up in endless bouts of dealing with, repairing, and preventing hurt to yourself and others. The most positive side of this is that you can also muster efforts toward some major healing events, including any damage suffered by your own emotional nature. You also enjoy a strong sense of Self-determination and autonomy, and will find this particularly effective in dealing with real-world issues, blocks, and problems–and in dealing with these, you may end up building something significant, permanent, and really fine in your life. Good luck!

25 July 2019 Hypersensitive

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‘The Bath of Psyche’ By Frederic Leighton 1890 {{PD}}

Are you just trying to get out there and get it done, trying to take advantage of the opportunities you see, to put into action what you know? And yet do you find the reality picture is threatening, dangerous, unhealthy in some form, or maybe promising that if you exercise any measure of optimism something dark or powerful will overwhelm you? Is it paranoia? No, it’s a hypersensitive state to which we are being overly attentive and responsive. The Universe isn’t threatening us, but it is challenging us to face serious issues, life and death ones, ones involving decay and contradiction and the necessity of accepting The Truth–and that can feel scary, and as if what surrounds us is hostile–even when it’s not. How to avoid being swamped by too much awareness of the negative potentials? Act with optimism, and be willing to accommodate serendipity and sudden opportunity; specifically embrace what can be learned from the hidden, the darkness, as well as casting energies of change as transformative, rather than destructive; and accept what the real-world picture is telling you about the state of your health and the balance (or lack of it) within current behaviors.

(Saturn sesq Hygeia, Jupiter parallel Pluto, Mars trine Jupiter)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 02 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, what is it about this solar year, through to your next birthday, that is requiring you to face all kinds of emotional issues? Have you been neglecting them, are you unsure how you feel about someone, or is it a matter of that long-awaited passion finally coming along? Until you work it out, these feelings will cause conflict, especially as it pertains to your life direction and the material surroundings you need to live your purpose. What you care about may seem irreconcilable with what you need, but don’t worry–this year’s events and circumstances are designed to help you figure it out, particularly in the way you will remember clearly all past loves (human, other living thing, ambition, or cause-oriented) and you’ll see how they went wrong, and so do much better this time. Good luck!

24 July 2019 Smart Ambitions

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‘A Day of Celebration’ By Fanny Brate 1902 {{PD}}

We all hope our ambitions are smart ones, don’t we? Who wants to feel that others are hearing our desires or watching us strive and shaking their heads. “She’ll never make it,” they whisper; or, “He’s way off base–his talents are really in ‘x'” Well, today’s the day when we can measure the wisdom of our own aspirations, without the often overly cynical input or judgements of others. It’s a day when we’re free from those voices in our heads, the ones that have incorporated others’ negative views, cautions, fears, admonitions. We know our worth, and we see how to adjust the material situation to support and honor it. Go get ’em!

(Pallas conj Zeus, Saturn qnx Juno, Merc conj Venus)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 01 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Your sense of personal authority and power, the kind of energy that moves you forward and brings success, reaches a peak this solar year through to your next birthday, Leo–and at the same time, it begins to turn you in a new direction, exploring either a new sense of Self/ identity, or revealing a new facet of your Soul’s purpose, and this initiates a whole new cycle of learning. It’s a big year, and yet may go by quietly, showing what’s happening beneath the surface only through a growing mental and emotional discomfort with the status quo. In any case, aware of it or not, you’re embarking on something entirely new, and as long as you stay firm in your highest values and commitments, all should go amazingly well. Good luck!

23 July 2019 Spotlight on Authority

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‘The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, View from the Chevet’ By Vincent van Gogh 1890 {{PD}}

The spotlight shines on those in authority, but that doesn’t mean those who don’t hold high positions won’t receive scrutiny; this is as much about internal authority, and the permissions we grant ourselves, as it is about anybody with reach over us. We have a chance to see our own boundaries, those we want/ need and those we’ve imposed that we needn’t, very clearly, and to modify them so that we both stay in our lane and keep others in theirs (or rather, out of ours!) We may not immediately see how important it is for us to stand up and claim our territory, accept our responsibility, to not blame anyone else–and this may be especially hard to see if it seems like someone or something else is ripe for that blame–but the reality is we are meant to stand in our own light, and what we choose, what we suffer, what we are, are always ours to respond to according to our highest values. A tough day for some, but one that offers unusual clarity to the Self-concept and re-establishes venues/ containment for expression of the Soul Purpose.

(Saturn trine Vesta, Ceres opp Hygeia, Sun sxt Hygeia, trine and contra-parallel Ceres)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 00 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Leo, you may spend a great deal of time measuring how much responsibility you want, how much nurture you’re willing to give, how much territory you own, and what relationship you truly want with Nature. That sounds like a lot to have on your plate, but in reality this will all be parsed out in the course of everyday events, and will likely leave you with a new sense of empowerment, possibly a new social role or plans for education or travel, and may encourage planning to implement the ideal in your future circumstances–all good ideas, worthy of pursuit. Strengths this year include a good memory for the past (so you don’t repeat it)–cautions include being careful you don’t hide, even from yourself, how you feel about things–feelings will only fester and cause real problems later–deal with them as they come up. Good luck!

22 July 2019 Biter

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This is the only kind of biting that should be going on today. ‘Isabella’ By John Everett Millais c1848 {{PD}}

What we are ignoring or denying will almost certainly come back to bite us in the a**, most especially if we are vain enough to believe we are in control of the matter. We exaggerate our own effectiveness, our reach, and are nothing but surprised when the wider world smacks us down, or delivers the aforementioned bite. How to avoid the pain of discovering we’re not empowered in quite the way we think? By listening to instinct, to the still, small voice within, not the one of ego, but the one that knows. Too often we’re insistent on pinpointing just how we learned what we know, but today that’s a waste of energy, and plays right into the trap of not understanding our own position. So listen, mostly to the inner landscape, which knows the truth about those issues ignored or denied, it knows what we should do about them–listen and accept, as it’s the only way to dodge the biter.

(Juno contra-parallel and Venus sesq Black Moon Lilith, Jupiter trine Juno, Venus contra-parallel Pluto, Merc sxt Sedna, Sun enters Leo and sesq Jupiter)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 29 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You enjoy unusual emotional harmony this solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Cancer, and that’s so even if external events aren’t exactly smooth sailing. It’s this feeling equilibrium that will serve you well, and that could turn difficult, even fated turns of the material scenario to your advantage, as you’ll have a true ability to see how a particular event has saved you from something else, and how you now have a whole new set of opportunities as well as friends and support. You may need to deal with the last of some past realities, loose ends and farewells, but you’ll reach your next Solar Return both surprised at the capriciousness of the Universe and fairly pleased with what it’s set before you. Good luck!

21 July 2019 Up In Arms

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She could make lemonade or a lovely pie, rather than chucking them into the crowd like missiles–but will she? ‘Girl Holding Lemons’ By William Adolphe Bouguereau 1899 {{PD}}

We’re agitated–or are we? We may have difficulty admitting that at a personal level there’s not more to rail against, to be indignant about, and we may realize that taking off on flights of fancy, looking for problems, is unwise, as we see too many doing just that. We are tempted to focus on the big issues before us, especially to complain about the cost of the current social order, but in reality we get a lot more out of counting our blessings. With gentle examination, we may find how positive and even protective our values have been of late, guiding us and showing us high ground, and it’s this gratitude with which we should seed the energy garden at this time of Inferior Conjunction. The alternative is that to rail and complain and rattle our swords, to make noise and feel important, drains away each and every chance today to begin something truly positive, to add something worthy to the social sphere and the world at large, and perhaps most important, to refuse to add ugliness, negativity, or cynicism to the mix. We can be up in arms, causing discord, or we can fill those arms with something sweet, and then share it.

(Chiron nov Vesta, Neptune qnx Pallas, Jupiter parallel Saturn, Venus contra-parallel Jupiter, SN, and Saturn, and opposed Pluto, Sun meets Mercury in Inferior Conjunction)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 28 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, this solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find your entire mentality reviewed and rearranged, especially as it concerns those things and people you care about. You’ve been looking at things a certain way, and this year may cause the kind of review that results in reform–and that could alter almost everything in your life. But it’s up to you–seeing things differently doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change anything, but it may create an emotional scenario that’s ripe to move toward an ideal–and that could be very good, taking you in the direction of emotional fulfillment and even, gasp! happiness. This year it’s wise to let the mind imagine, as long as you use your values as a guide–do that and you can’t go wrong. Good luck!

19-20 July 2019 A Quiet Interlude

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‘Quiet’ By Lizza Littlewort, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://lizzalittlewort.co.za Thank you, Lizza!

Friday and Saturday look like relatively quiet days, barring any individual internal strife generated by contacts to the natal chart. Mercury trips back into Cancer and sextiles the asteroid Hygeia, perhaps indicating that recent experiences have caused review of what we care about, how we feel, and so prompted taking a healthier attitude toward the subject (or at least, we’re thinking about it in a slightly different way, more objective and so in a sense healthier). The mind might also be becalmed right now as we head toward the Inferior Conjunction, due on the 21st. So close to the Sun, the symbol of the mind is overwhelmed; attention floods toward experience, toward what’s right before us, with little left for analytical thinking. It’s a day To Be, To Feel, with no need at present to dissect events.

Saturday sees Jupiter quincunx Vesta, suggesting that either beliefs (your own or those presented), the social sphere, or something published or broadcast, modifies your highest values or commitments. This is good, as what comes at us may provide ‘the facts’–and once again, as with the above aspects, we find that input offers better mental balance, and so better understanding. The glare of the Sun right now may blot out other influences, at least to the conscious awareness, but it helps connect us to instinct and hidden knowledge, what we ‘know but don’t know’. The feeling senses prove, once more, to be a conduit of information and guidance (Sun sxt Sedna).

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 27 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). A mental crisis can come in many forms, dear Cancer, and you’re going to face one–but it’s nothing to worry about. This is specifically for determining once and for all how you really feel–and you have as much as 12 months, through to your next birthday, to make those emotional decisions. You have time: to review the past, to sift through conflicting inclinations and impulses, to assess what really matters. Making values live through the reality picture is both possible and desirable, and should come fairly easily, supported by inspired relationships and spending, and a creative approach that really pays off. Good luck!

18 July 2019 Litany

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Today’s aspects (Pallas square the Nodal axis, Venus trine Neptune and square Zeus, and Mercury trine Ceres and sesquiquadrate Jupiter) for me bring to mind the song ‘Waters of March’ by Antônio Carlos Jobim. Named for the point in the year that Brazil sees the end of summer, Jobim wrote both the Portuguese and English lyrics. This may represent the energies available after the recent eclipse set; what’s ended, and what’s begun, intertwined and in some way, in need of personal expression. Essentially the song presents a litany of day to day life, and its inexorable progression toward death, and through this list asks, how will you spend your time? If your life were a series of images, what would that list look like? Now that you’re all cheered up, ready for the way your ideas of what’s wise challenge your current life direction, ready to let flow your tremendous creative urge, ready to solve problems presented by your ambitions, and now that you’re ‘thinking like a winner’ (in part by being clear on what you don’t accept on the social scene), you may want to take a little listen. I couldn’t find a read-out of this exact version, but like it better than any of the other English versions I found.

For those born with the Sun at 26 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, may at least in part be spent reforming your thinking about yourself. You’re tuned in to your instincts right now, accepting that intangible way of knowing and intuiting that you’ve previously (in real terms of trusting that info) resisted or even rejected–and this acceptance paves the way for a whole new You, for bringing forward the best possible version of who you are. Will you be brave enough to make the changes, to move closer to your ideal? Yes, I think you will, because you’re also now in possession of a massive creative energy that is attuned to bring reward–and who doesn’t like that? Good luck!

17 July 2019 Riddle Me This

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‘African Riddle’ by John Mainga, Photo by Todd Schaffer CC BY-SA 3.0

Here are our guidelines, and they will bedevil us: what’s beautiful, attractive, of worth, supports our health and the overall balance of our lives, but in some way to indulge in it right now is unwise, impractical, or may require skills we don’t have. It’s like a riddle with no right answer, as for each individual it will fit in some very particular way their life scenario at present. We may be able to get more specific by looking at what Venus rules in the natal chart, and/ or what subjects are covered by the House it’s currently transiting. These energies or subjects should have at least some involvement in the puzzle we face today. Another hint: having just undergone a Lunar eclipse, the feeling experience of that event may have a great deal to do with, may even have directly precipitated, the dynamic of beautiful/ healthy vs. unwise.

(Venus sq Pallas, parallel Hygeia, and conj NN)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 25 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, this solar year, through to your next birthday, your instincts involving material matters will be spot on–it’s the emotional ones that may be unclear to you. And that’s okay–you don’t need to make any pronouncements about your feelings right now, no matter how it seems–it’s much more important for you to get the material landscape of your life into good working order, so that it supports your needs and your wants. It’s vitally important that you trust those instincts in all areas–your health may depend on it–and acknowledging that your mind temporarily isn’t as sharp or receptive as it needs to be will only work in your favor, steering your efforts in their most effective direction. Good luck!

16 July 2019 Lunar Eclipse in a Venus Sky

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The Milky Way arches across this 360-degree panorama of the night sky above the Paranal Observatory, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope. The Moon is just rising and the zodiacal light shines above it, while the Milky Way stretches across the sky opposite the observatory. To the right in the image and below the arc of the Milky Way, two of our galactic neighbours, the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds, can be seen. The open telescope domes of the world’s most advanced ground-based astronomical observatory are all visible in the image: the four smaller 1.8-metre Aŭiliary Telescopes that can be used together in the interferometric mode, and the four giant 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes. The image was made from 37 individual frames with a total exposure time of about 30 minutes, taken in the early morning hours. ESO/H.H. Heyer CC BY 4.0

The Partial Lunar Eclipse is at 2:38 PM PDT of the 16th at 24 Capricorn 04, and perfects against a Venus-heavy sky, with Venus sesquiquadrate Ceres, quincunx Jupiter, and opposed Saturn. Since Venus is just inside combustion range of the Sun, we would expect its contacts to be less prominent–but in this case, we may see them as backdrop to emotion, passage-of-time, or feeling-based (Lunar) eclipse events, subtle ones that may either operate below consciousness or that we may be aware of but unable to give time or attention to.

Relationships and/ or assets, then, may be the underpinnings for eclipse impact, and may involve a situation where we are wrestling with who holds power in a relationship, or who holds spending power within a relationship, or in a situation where we can’t reconcile Love’s presence with the need to take responsibility and to set boundaries. The social sphere or some fact we’ve learned is calling for us to adjust our interactions or our finances, and we may have a hard time wrapping our heads around that (eclipse novile Jupiter). And then there’s the way we may be tempted to ignore the rules, boundaries, obstacles, or reality itself, when it comes to relationships or finances. All this makes for a disconcerting undercurrent–and then we have the Lunar event itself.

Falling in Capricorn, a Lunar eclipse suggests an ending to some sort of restriction, sense of discipline, support structure, or material reality, and it’s likely an ending where we are aware of its finality, even in some cases of the way we can do nothing about it. Restraints may reach a peak or disappear entirely, depending on your personal situation, but in either case the ending is clearly defined and makes an emotional impact.

The most startling thing may be the Lunar eclipse conjunction to Pluto, which implies the eclipse is a powerful moment, shot through with meaning in the form of Truth, and may incite transformation or obliteration at a core level. That’s a scary thought, but consider: there have been any number of life-changing moments you’ve already gone through, and nine times out of ten you probably didn’t know that was a transformational moment, or a course-changing event, until later, maybe much later.

Pause on this: that a Lunar event, one focused on feeling, and on bringing that feeling into a tangible or material sphere (Moon conjoined Earth in Capricorn) will occur, and it’s meant to bring completion to some matter related to the House where it falls or the matters this House represents in the natal chart, or possibly those represented by a natal body or point that is affected. Impact is inevitable, but the sense of catastrophe or loss is not. ‘Getting right’ with our own destructive impulses or urges toward power is the way to sail through this and even make the most of it.

The widest allowable aspect the event makes is a trine to Sedna (just under 4 degrees), which implies we know the meaning and impact of the eclipse at an instinctual level. It also implies information about the event is most accessible through the natural instincts, through being open to ‘what we know but don’t know’, which requires we trust ourselves–often easier said than done.

But there’s also a semi-square to the Black Moon Lilith point, suggesting that what stirs our instincts may be the rough edges around things we’re ignoring or denying, or that enrage. And then there is the novile to Jupiter, promising that whatever occurs at the eclipse, it will open up our world, will offer new or clearly perceived facts, will show those beliefs that are ‘right’, offer a religious experience, and/ or allow us to face emotionally-charged real-world events philosophically, easily seeing a way to process and accept what occurs.

The Sabian for the Lunar eclipse is, ‘A Store Filled With Precious Oriental Rugs’. These, even when the patterns are the same, are unique, one-of-a-kind creations–just like individuals. The eclipse, in pointing up our beauty as creations, also shows us the loneliness inherent to our form. Being one-of-a-kind carries with it the knowledge that we are separate, and the symbol also suggests that we are filled with things of worth (the store) and all we have to do to live that purpose is to be.

For a Lunar eclipse we also look at the Sabian for the Sun, since she is the light-giver that makes the whole show possible. The Sun’s is in Cancer: ‘A Willful Man Is Overshadowed By A Descent Of Superior Power’. This suggests that what casts the eclipse shadow in the first place is an instance of noticing our actual power in the larger scheme of things, and this is driven home by awareness of those who hold power superior to our own, and is so despite our very Arian inclination to Willfulness–which seems to point to the only item in Aries right now, Chiron. Is this a hint that it’s our own hurt at not having our way that re-aligns us with our effective place in the Universe, with a proportional understanding of each of us as an individual? Perhaps, though when we hark back to the Lunar eclipse Sabian, we might conclude that we are works of Art, and that we are unable to adequately express as long as we are wrapped up in our own heads, our own want, our own Willfulness.

Scroll down for the forecast and birthday look ahead for the 15th. Thank you, and Happy Eclipse!

For those born with the Sun at 24 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, the emotional impact of this year, especially what happened just a smidge before your birthday/ Solar Return, can’t be understated–and yet, know that you must deal with ‘the facts’ honestly in order to move forward and embrace the Truth, and through it the Power, that is slated to be yours. If you don’t already have a form that this power can take and express through, you may want to spend your birthday considering what you ‘know but don’t know’, as well as facing what you’d rather ignore, and so finding out exactly what you should be doing, as you take your place in the vanguard of your social sphere, peer group, or profession. Good luck!

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

 

15 July 2019 The Brakes–Or The Breaks?

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The Atacama Dry lake, in Chile. At the horizon, the Tumisa, Lejía and Miñiques volcanoes. Photo By Francesco Mocellin – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16388421

The world may seem to be divided between the smart and the powerful (and you know what kind of scenarios that implies, usually stupid moves on one side and impotent carping on the other), but the reality is more like this: the truly smart will realize it’s not the time to exercise power, but it is the time to solidify it, to stealthily position things so that they become, in some essential way, immovable. Note: the loudest are also the weakest, putting up a wall under your own control against what you don’t want is as effective at this time as actually reaching for what you do want, and that the fewer things about ourselves we’re trying to hide, the less friction we’ll find between ourselves and the material world. So, putting on the brakes creates the breaks, in ways we hadn’t thought of before, as the method is so oblique–and yet so effective.

(Pallas contra-parallel Ceres, Saturn sq Pallas and parallel Pluto, Sun sesq Black Moon Lilith)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 23 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You may feel, dear Cancer, as if you’re an open book–but reactions to you and your efforts this solar year, through to your next birthday, may reflect the way others feel either that you have something to hide, or that you are ignoring or denying something vital to the health of the relationship they have with you. It’s important to get this sorted out, but it’s likely to be difficult, so strongly will you give the impression of both being in charge and of seeming independent, in the sense of not needing others. Letting those to whom you’re devoted know how you feel may be a good first step; reassessing how, when, and with whom you communicate is another. Positives this year for you include smart moves socially and the ability to bring values to life within relationships–both will serve you well. Good luck!

14 July 2019 Darker Things

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‘The Dark Mountains’ By Photographer James Craig Annan 1904 {{PD}}

Our attention today may go directly to those things we see as ‘most dark’: destructive things, ones we’ve tried to ignore or deny the existence of, things forgotten but lingering at the edge of consciousness, things we fear, extremes, and those things that haunt us vividly in the middle of the night. Consciousness drags them into the light and dares us to stand up to them, and it feels like we’re alone, the only adult, or authority, or force, in the room. How to handle it? Only accept visions and expressions of power that vibe with your idea of who you are at a Soul level; remember values and measure all against them; and rely on trusted relationships, ones to which you are firmly dedicated. That should turn darker things into chances for Self-knowledge, and occasions to learn a little something about life, as well.

(Mars qnx Black Moon Lilith and contra-parallel Ceres, Venus sxt Vesta, Sun opp Pluto)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 22 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, I want to be the first to assure you that scary sh*t from last year is all behind you–but can anyone ever be sure? No, but it does look like at the very least it’s in abeyance, allowing you time to dedicate yourself to shaping exactly the future you hope for. Will this period of undistracted momentum last forever? Of course not, but it will last long enough that, if well played, you will be in a very different, and much more emotionally secure, place than you were last time things went south–and that will make all the difference. Too, you may notice a kind of contest between your emotional perceptions and your instinctual ones. You would do well to parse these influences carefully; I lean toward saying that your instincts are the ones to be followed and trusted. Good luck!

13 July 2019 One Modest Perfection

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‘Two Young Girls With a Butterfly’ By Harold Harvey 1929 {{PD}}

We have one modest perfection today, as Venus semi-squares Sedna. I’m imagining it as a gentle nudge, a sweet something that causes just the slightest internal discord as instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’ stirs. The question is, is that a course correction, a warning, or an invitation into a new experiential world (Sedna in Taurus)? Your response will likely fall along the lines of what you care about, or what you are responsible to care for (Venus in Cancer); with any luck you glean new insights, or new emotional depth, in relationships or investments (especially of time, energy, caring).

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 21 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). What an exciting time you may have this solar year, through to your next birthday, Cancer! You know, of course, that excitement comes in many forms, from positively transformative and transporting to the whole thing burning down to ashes. It’s up to you to create the changes you want to see in your support systems, to the rules you follow, to what may be holding you back or holding you up, and you’re required to make these choices, because if you don’t, the world is going to make them for you–and that may not always be desirable. Taking the initiative, and so shaping the direction energies take, is key. Use that flow to go after what you want–or to at least set up circumstances so that they enhance your chances at ambition fulfillment in future. Good luck!

Today’s word image is: a dream, where a man sees himself choking another person with a car’s fan belt. Are your enthusiasms (what you’re a ‘fan’ of) curtailing the freedom or energy or enjoyment of someone else? Or is someone else keeping you from ‘breathing free’ with their incursions on your time, energy, or attention?

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12 July 2019 Healthy Instincts

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‘Nymphs Hunting’ By Julius LeBlanc Stewart 1898 {{PD}}

All you need to know today is this: instincts are healthy and right-on; thinking is confused, obscured by illusion or misunderstanding, or too influenced by our wishes to be accurate. Go with the inner voice, the quiet one that saves you from yourself and prompts you to do the ‘right’ thing.

(Perfecting today: Hygeia conj Sedna, retro Mercury sesq Neptune)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 20 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, your Solar Return brings a period, lasting through to your next birthday, that can best be described as an Earthquake. Now consider: earthquakes can be long and frightening as the ground rolls and heaves beneath you, or they can be abrupt as the two plates whack together, or they can be imperceptibly slow, with change coming inch by inch. This change may be obvious, or may be unnoticeable until much later, but in any case offers you a re-making, as well as a new emotional take on your personal authority and how to exercise it, with a consequent opening up of your belief system, your reach, and your world. Good luck!

11 July 2019 A Surfeit of Wisdom

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‘The Parable of Wise and Foolish Virgins (unfinished)’ By Peter von Cornelius c1815 {{PD}}

Could we really have too much wisdom–is that even possible?–or is it that an abundance of practicality surfaces, making for effective decisions even as it may cut us off from creative influences? Balance may be the key today, as it seems duality of choice is ours. Actions and choices may hurt or heal in a big way, simultaneous with either a denial of or pressure from group demands or a denial of our own originality and uniqueness. The central issue, it seems, the one that’s distorting our understanding and so our ability to interpret the energies around us, is a personal conflict we may be experiencing around our ambitions and heart’s desires. What do we want, especially in matters of aesthetics, cooperation, love? (Zeus in Libra) Answer that, and everything else, what we want to change, what we want to secure, falls into place.

(Jupiter sxt Pallas, Mars trine Chiron and sq Uranus, Sun sq Zeus and contra-parallel Pluto and Saturn)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 19 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Change is a comin’, dear Cancer–you can sense it ’round the next bend, can’t you? Really, you should know that the anticipation you feel will cause more upheaval than the actual endings and beginnings, when they come. Take advantage of your current internal emotional harmony and get yourself ready, chiefly by re-thinking the role you want to play and the image you want to have, and be very conscious of what you envision this solar year, through to your next birthday, as you have an unusually compelling ability to create it or draw it to you–so make your ideals your dreams. Good luck!

10 July 2019 Independence Day

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By Anders Zorn 1889 {{PD}}

For real: today the more we honor our unique individuality, act on our Soul’s mission, respect ourselves and our inner wisdom, concentrate on using our creative energies in positive and productive ways that truly represent who we are, and avoid power struggles or arguments with those in charge (or those who just think they’re in charge!) the more this day can show us what inventive, clever, imaginative people we are. It’s a day for aiming for the ideal in all we do, a day to accept the gifts of spontaneity and to appreciate the ingenuity of the human Soul, and if you approach all you do in this manner, you’re sure to reach day’s end much more fulfilled than you started it (and more pleased with yourself–go ahead, you deserve to be) .

(Pallas semi-sq Ceres, Uranus parallel Juno, Sun contra-parallel Jupiter and trine Neptune)

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For those born with the Sun at 18 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, where you’re headed, in the largest sense, occupies your thoughts this year, and for good reason: you are shaping the future with big, bold strokes, and will be bringing about the kind of change you’ll look back on later as turning points, as life-defining. Positives involve your ability to take what you’ve learned in the past and use it well; negatives include a disconnect between thought and action. Reconcile these last two, and you could have your best year yet. Good luck!

9 July 2019 Treasure In The Dark

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Something sweet awaits, in those less traveled places. ‘Sugar Cubes’ By Dietmar Rabich CC BY-SA 4.0

Today it definitely benefits us to look for reward in those areas that enrage us, or where we’ve been ignoring or denying realities. It’s as if in attending to these matters we earn something of worth, the love of someone, something we can spend or treasure, an asset or a relationship we didn’t have before. It’s a little bit of ‘See? Don’t be afraid to deal with these things!’ What we gain also helps attune us to our own instincts and makes us aware of our blind spots–which in turn makes us better able to operate, and better able to know where we need assistance.

(Venus trine Black Moon Lilith and nov Sedna, Sun opp Saturn, and conj and parallel NN–this latter bit is your hint that we’ve just had an eclipse)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 17 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, dear Cancer, your imagination flows freely, and can be channeled into the reality picture almost without effort. This can be great, if you control the creative urge, or disastrous, if you let the unconscious, and especially the unconscious fears, drive the ship. Take advantage of those things you’ve learned from in the past, stay grounded and make sure that at least for this year you have a comfortable environment from which to operate and in which you can recover from life’s ups and downs, and worry later about sorting out relationship feelings. There may be a concerted effort on the part of some to convince you that you are responsible for their feelings–let me assure you, you are not. Good luck!

Today’s word image isn’t a word image, exactly, but a movie I just saw, ‘Midsommar’. Reactions to this film will be as varied as there are human beings; let’s just say I walked out of the theater approving of what I’d just seen. Nothing in it was as obvious, or as unexpected, simultaneously, as I anticipated, and yet nothing went quite as I thought it would.

We might want to consider the role of Ceres, Earth Mother, as she stations direct at 00 Sagittarius. Sometimes we shy away from Nature’s realities, from the facts we need to know, necessary components to a clear-eyed view of the world and our role in it; or perhaps we’re looking at things as cultural (Sag) rather than innately human nature (Ceres). In any event, she’s going to be telling us some hard truths about the world we live in, and we’d do best to listen, the dangers of global warming, of ignoring Nature, among them.

What might it all signal? Maybe that we should never underestimate the depth and breadth of human nature, never underestimate the many guises it takes, and the relationship each of us must choose in response to the larger world. Look for the ways you’ve been surprised, lately, about other human beings and their behaviors; expect more of that and this time, be a little more ready.

 

8 July 2019 A Little Rocky

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By Fulvio Spada from Torino, Italy – Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40014196

Do relationships provide surprise hurt, or a difficult healing, today? Words may be aggressive, but they’re carrying the energy of the retro Merc, a need to do, to act, that we can’t wrap our heads around, can’t sufficiently organize, and the demands of the social order only add to the tension, resulting in, what else? Frustration. One thing we can be sure of: what the social sphere wants is contrary to our well-being. Something else we can count on: the spontaneous, the revelation, the shock, all ultimately deliver a reward. So, we get to the end of the day with some very positive results, even if the getting there was a little rocky.

‘A Little Rocky’–or did I mean this?

(Venus sq Chiron, sxt Uranus, and nov Hygeia, Mercury conj Mars, Sun qnx Jupiter, Jupiter contra-parallel Hygeia)

For those born with the Sun at 16 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, dear Cancer, through to your next birthday, you may face and deal with real-world circumstances and the ways these restrict, confine, or suppress you, and you may also utilize an enhanced ability to bring what you imagine or visualize into material form. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword and may take some getting used to, but eventually you’ll catch the rhythm and find that the more you work to knock down barriers and bring the real world, especially the environment, into alignment with your Soul’s deepest intentions, needs, and reasons for Being, the better your results. Good luck!

‘Cakes, 1963’ Photo By Pplachigo – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28954794

 

7 July 2019 Merc Retrograde: ‘I Roar!’

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Where does Merc retro in Fire stir the flames for you? ‘The House is Burning!’ By Edvard Munch 1925-1927 {{PD}}

Mercury begins its apparent retrograde motion, and we enter a period of review of our own actions and choices, specifically those that make statements about our identity. Those times when we’ve roared, and those matters in the natal chart affected by Leo, are reviewed, reacted to, re-visited, renewed, reflected on. Our statement about who we are and what we can do gets edited; we assess whether our Self-presentation has been adequate to convey the full fire of our Soul. Now that won’t be hard, will it?

The turnaround, which can shock a bit with a sudden withdrawal of mental acuity, of the ability to be certain, especially when it comes to ourselves and our talents, happens just as Mars sesquiquadrates Neptune, which suggests misguided actions or incorrectly acted upon creative energies or ideals. So, we misstep, and can’t quite figure out why. That’s the signal to step back and pause; since the retro period is one of review, and also one where pertinent details or facts might not be known to us until direction, we do best to wait for more information. That doesn’t mean all effort or progress stops, but it does mean we don’t force things, that we respect circumstances enough to have the humbling thought that there’s something we don’t know, that we must wait to learn.

The Sun is also sesquiquadrate Ceres, which doesn’t help as it focuses our attention on all those ways we don’t hold power, aren’t in charge. The key is to be clear as possible on those areas where we do hold dominion, where we are empowered, where we can affect things–and then to tread carefully from there.

Remember, Mercury retrograde in Fire asks us to reconsider what we’ve done. Are we satisfied with our efforts, our methods, our results? We find that out over the coming three weeks, and enter direction (late on the 31st Pacific time) better aware of how to move forward.

Happy Birthday, you. ‘Cakes’ 1963 By Pplachigo Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

For those born with the Sun at 15 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This coming solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Cancer, emotional harmony may feel like it’s slipping away–but it’s not, you’re just reconciling what still exists from the past with what is now, and that sees certain inclinations toward nostalgia (the pain of the past) stripped away. What results is a lean and accurate awareness of the state of the material environment and surroundings, and a highly effective ability to deal with those things. As such, you become more creative as the year goes on, as well as more adept at finding and taking advantage of opportunities. You go, crab! Good luck!

6 July 2019 Being Real

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By Kádár Tamás – Own work, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72408086

What you found unacceptable yesterday you must ‘lose’ today; that is, purge what needs to go, especially those things you’ve been pretending weren’t there or that you’ve been telling yourself don’t need attention. In doing so we must face what is really practical or wise, and what we’ve been classifying that way even when it causes conflict on our path. It’s a day for being real with yourself, which is almost guaranteed to align you more closely with the reasons you came here in the first place.

(Pluto semi-sq Black Moon Lilith and contra-parallel Hygeia, T-sq with Sun-Earth axis sq Pallas)

Comments submitted, books ordered, and requests for service made between 5 and 7 July will be answered/ fulfilled on the 8th.

‘Cakes, 1963’ Photo By Pplachigo – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28954794

For those born with the Sun at 14 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). It’s a showdown this solar year for you, dear Cancer, with the need to work out the smart way to proceed in life. You may have been skirting the real issues lately; in the months ahead, through to your next birthday, this won’t fly, especially when it comes to matters of with whom you should partner, and who belongs in your life, and who needs to move along. Unfortunately all this partner-changing may occur very publicly, so be sure that the other areas of your life, the ones you count on for stability and support, emotional and material, are sturdy and in place. Your big advantage this year is in knowing yourself and fully accepting responsibility for your choices–it gets you ahead even when you think standing your ground might put you at a disadvantage. Good luck!

5 July 2019 Kabuki Theater

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‘Actors in 1860’ By 四代目中村芝翫 Nakamura Shikan IV CC BY-SA 4.0

I don’t mean to get all real-world nitty-gritty on you, but today we might see, experience, find something contrary to our health. Now I’m defining ‘health’ in the broadest possible terms, so this might be physical, related to diet, exercise, the cleanliness or other disposition of our environment, or it may be mental, emotional, or psychic, something only recognized from the inside. In whatever form it shows itself, empowerment is only gained by careful attention to what we’ve been ignoring or denying. It’s in excavating what we’ve rejected about our own lives that we access an outlook that’s genuinely effective in dealing with those less-than-sani circumstances, making it possible to move forward–everything else is Kabuki theater.

(Juno qnx Black Moon Lilith, Saturn contra-parallel Hygeia)

Comments submitted, books ordered, and requests for service made between 5 and 7 July will be answered/ fulfilled on the 8th.

‘Cakes, 1963’ Photo By Pplachigo – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28954794

For those born with the Sun at 13 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, your solar year, through to your next birthday, may be filled with challenges requiring you to decide what’s wise, or what’s practical–and there may be a further challenge that you live that wisdom, or those practicalities. It’s a time of getting your psychic house in order, and focusing your attention on Self-development. Hints for success: realize that opportunities and ‘the facts’ both demand adjustments to their truths–there’s no other way, and intuitions and feelings, even when they seem to be about others, are really about the Self, and you’ll be miles ahead if you see them that way. Good luck!

4 July 2019 Quicksand

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By Matthew Bargo – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11564056

What is it about reality, or the obstacles we face, or the rules or requirements that constrain us, that’s tempting us to flee into the past? It’s a quicksand of already-hardened cement, capturing us if we happen to put our foot in it before it sets, and unforgiving if we’re outside trying to break it apart, to break in, to–what? Though the first refuge we think of from what’s nagging at us is the past, we’d do better to look at two things: how reactive we’re being to the social order–are we acting and choosing because that’s what we want, or because we want to be different than what we’re seeing around us?–and how much maintaining our current power position/ status/ sphere of influence is really costing us. We have to take a moment and look at these issues, as there’s no way to get their measure when we’re actively in motion with them, as Heisenberg can tell you (if you’d like a deep dive). Once we’ve paused and observed, we can see that opening to our instinctual nature, while keeping what we truly care about in mind, is the only way to divine which way, and how, to proceed.

(Saturn conj SN, Mars sesq Jupiter, Venus qnx Ceres, Sun semi-sq Sedna)

‘Cakes, 1963’ Photo By Pplachigo – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28954794

For those born with the Sun at 12 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Everything that happens this solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Cancer, is about developing wisdom, developing skills, or developing both. We might say that’s the very essence of life, but you’ll enjoy a period during which it will be easy to (you may even be required to) focus on yourself and your needs and life course. It’s important that you find a way that’s entirely suitable to you specifically–that’s what this year is about. You’ll be aided by good instincts and the ability to resist the lure of the past–what’s over is over, and you may be an excellent example of this for others. The emotions will offer special attunement to your Soul’s needs–go forth, listen to yourself, and do what needs to be done, to truly align your way in the world with who you are at core. Good luck!

3 July 2019 Wise Choice

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‘Unconscious Rivals’ By Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1893 {{PD}}

The spontaneous or the accidental may seem to work against us, but in reality what we don’t expect serves to heal, empower, or spur wise choices. Incorporating those surprises will lend our efforts authority, and offer inspiration that shows us how to get around obstacles as well as how to allow the creative to flow.

(Chiron trine and Uranus sq Juno, Mars trine Ceres and parallel Pallas, Venus enters Cancer, Mercury sesq Neptune)

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For those born with the Sun at 11 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You may spend the coming Solar year, dear Cancer, feeling your way forward, testing the waters for the smart move, the practical alternative, and the skills you need to acquire. It’s a year of building yourself, and that where you attention and efforts should rightly be. This could be rough on relationships, but will act to help you shed those who aren’t right for you, and who won’t fit into the new and improved life you’ll have by your next birthday. Use feelings and intuition as a supplementary guide, and enjoy this time when you can and should focus on You. Good luck!

2 July 2019 Solar Eclipse in Cancer: A New Dedication

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‘The Temple of Vesta and the Falls at Tivoli’ By William Callow 1859 {{PD}}

Sometimes we find that with an event we must loosen our orbs in order to get a picture of what’s going on; in my view this lends the whole thing a subtler influence, making a softer impact in the life, or maybe making the kind of difference we don’t really comprehend until later, as other things unfold and make the event (or point in time) results apparent. This is the case for the Total Solar eclipse at 10 Cancer 37, starting at 12:16 PM PDT of the 2nd. There’s only one close contact, and that’s to an asteroid, a sextile to Vesta, right away signalling that what happens at this time will (gently) wipe out or otherwise alter something we care about, something we are dedicated to, or will in some way offer us something new to honor, or bring us something new, a cause or mission or ideal or even a partner with which to merge, that sets us on a new path, or that changes the direction of the one we’re traveling now.

The eclipse also forms a semi-square to Hygeia, suggesting that through some tough but minor changes we create something a lot more healthy for us. With generous orbs, we get a T-square with Pallas as arm to the Sun-Moon opposed Earth axis, bringing a challenge: what happens at this time may conflict with what we consider wise or practical, or may point out we don’t have the skills we think we do. That can be a bitter pill, but as the aspect to Hygeia points out, swallowing it is actually to our benefit.

The eclipse also forms a loose trine to Black Moon Lilith, pinpointing the eclipse energies as able to easily deal with what we’ve ignored or denied, or what has angered us; we have the emotional strength at this time to face what we otherwise look away from, and that’s a gift we should accept.

There’s also another T-square with an arm of Chiron (which is NOT opposed Pallas–the orb is just too big–so no possibility of a Grand Square/ Grand Cross). This again points us toward the need to heal ourselves (Chiron in Aries), perhaps through hewing more closely to what we truly care about, rather than through some image we may have been trying to perpetuate that just isn’t really us.

The Sabian symbol for the Solar eclipse is, ‘A Clown Caricaturing Well-Known Personalities’. This suggests deliberate mimicry, the kind that could be perceived as part of the individual’s role. What role are we playing, job doing, persona-wearing, that has us behaving as someone else? This Solar eclipse may be a call to seek out the ungenuine that we carry and let it go; this meshes perfectly with the sextile to Vesta that offers a gentle boost toward being more closely aligned with our own deepest feelings, interests, passions, and to give our energy to what really matters to us. It may also point out that doing things or meeting life in the ‘style’ of others is a bit ridiculous, casting us as unreal (clownish) in the way we come across or in the things we apply, as they’re most suitable to others. This might be an especially important message for those who’ve been trying to succeed in some area that hasn’t gone as well as they’d like–it may be there’s a need to recognize that impersonation will never make us into someone we’re not.

The New Moon eclipse offers a re-dedication or a new dedication, a chance to commit to something we care about, to something we love, and to do so in a state that is more genuine to our Soul’s intents–and that sounds like it’s only for the good, to me.

Scroll down for the forecast for July 1.

Happy Birthday, you. ‘Cakes’ 1963 By Pplachigo Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

For those born with the Sun at 10 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, halfway through the solar year to your next birthday, you may feel burned down to a nub, as if it’s all gone, even to the point of wondering what it’s all for. This can be a purely interior condition, though it’s possible one or more of the things you care about will transform and fall away, but in any case may be a difficult emotional journey, initially. Look ahead, though: by late in the calendar year, you will likely see a major re-birth in yourself, a serious new cause or affection that may completely re-build or re-order your world. Not an easy time, but if you always keep what you truly are dedicated to in the foreground, you won’t let go of anything that truly matters to you, and you’ll shape a whole new emotional outlook in the process. Good luck!

1 July 2019 Soul’s Intents

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‘Passage of a Soul’ By Odilon Redon 1891 {{PD}}

We may see a bit of an energy shift, as we become more concerned with ourselves, and in particular with our health and overall well-being–and of course, as our attention goes, so go our efforts. Today we do something in support of ourselves, our needs, and even our egos, and what we choose is especially well-aligned with Self-expression and the Soul’s intents. If we’re surprised by our choices, then we may not be giving ourselves the attention day-to-day that we’re due. If nothing else, allow yourself to rest.

(Mars enters Leo, Sun semi-sq Hygeia)

See tomorrow’s forecast for Sun placement at 10 Cancer.

30 June 2019 Three Rules

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‘The Old Farm Garden’ By Frederick Walker 1871 {{PD}}

Three rules for today: the social order seems to be trying to drag us back into the past–don’t allow it; our own thoughts or the messages we receive will be contrary to our personal authority and power–don’t listen; and what draws our attention is what is worthy of Love–so invest in it.

(Jupiter parallel SN, Mercury contra-parallel Ceres, Sun parallel Venus)

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For those born with the Sun at 09 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Focus for you this solar year, through to your next birthday, should be on health, dear Cancer. Do all you can to give yourself an optimum diet, and the optimum environment for your Soul growth. Too, make sure that relationships are, in some form, supportive of your best interests. This may require you show a little Self-discipline, and maybe that you reject anything pleasant but debilitating–if you do, though, you’ll be glad of it, as pursuing what’s good for you will bring all kinds of advantages, many of them unanticipated. Good luck!

A Little Something On Eclipses

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By Kudaibergen Urinbayev – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46217328

Here’s a little something in general on eclipses and how they may impact the individual chart.

29 June 2019 Clean Up Your Act!

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‘Lesendes Dienstmädchen in einer Bibliothek (Cleaning Woman Reading in a Library)’ By Edouard John Mentha 1915 {{PD}}

That headline says it all. Free your mind from the way thinking has been distorted by the social sphere, listen to instinct and follow highest values, and everything gets a solid and very necessary refurbishing.

(Pallas and Mars parallel Hygeia, Mercury sesq Jupiter, Sun nov Sedna and sxt Vesta)

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For those born with the Sun at 08 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, optimism and pessimism may war inside you this solar year, through to your next birthday. It seems that you see the opportunities but also the barriers, and your keen perception of both may paralyze you, making it difficult to go forward, even as you feel a growing push internally and externally to change. Go ahead and take those possible paths that appeal to you–don’t let a keen awareness of dangers stop you, but rather allow it to inform your preparations and choices–and as long as what you do honors your highest values and what really matters to you, you should have a very good year. Just don’t hold your breath for emotional clarity–that might not be coming anytime soon. Good luck!

18 August 2019 Love Applied

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It’s a kind of formula: whatever it is, today, apply Love. Even, and most especially, when it doesn’t seem to fit, when that wouldn’t be your typical answer.

(Venus nov NN)

Good day to . . . invest in the future, in whatever form that personally takes for you.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). It may feel to you, dear Leo, that Love, assets, status, and/ or empowerment are moving away from you at this time, but that’s a kind of psychic illusion. You had such a hearty influx of these things lately that as things normalize it feels like a loss, rather than circumstances losing their sheen and having an everyday luster, once again. So, note that you’re not losing anything, and then turn your attention toward the fact that during this solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ll be embracing a ‘new’, closer-to-ideal identity as you find balance through the emotional perceptions as they work through and shape the career, status, or public image. Good luck!

17 August 2019 Handle With Care

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We’re empowered in ways that allow us to make downright brilliant moves and choices that are designed to construct the future we want, and spontaneity shows its own kind of genius. There are a few things to watch out for, though: actions that don’t acknowledge current realities, especially rules and boundaries, may make for rough going and could attract criticism; brace for shocks or surprises–they’re inevitable; and take care not to do things that will wear on, even destroy, health.

(Juno nov NN, Pluto sesq Hygeia, Mars sesq Saturn then enters Virgo, Sun parallel Uranus)

Good day to . . . innovate, invent, and brainstorm! However, implement with care.

For those born with the Sun at 24 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You’re heading toward some serious profit or reward, dear Leo, one that’s arisen directly from your own personal actions. This could bring you love, too, but no matter what the results, you can be sure that 1) you’ve earned them, and 2) that you might be so satisfied (or in some way sated) that your propensity to dream and work to make that dream a reality could lose significant steam. It will be awhile before you formulate another guiding vision, and that’s okay. The thing you need to watch out for during this solar year, through to your next birthday, is the call of your own ego. It may push you into seeing something that is actually a natural transition as crisis, one where you must act. Don’t fall for it,and don’t allow yourself to be bullied, even by yourself. Good luck!

16 August 2019 What We Ignore

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‘The Execution of Lady Jane Grey’ (detail) By Paul Delaroche 1833 {{PD}}

Thoughts are erratic, but oh-so-original–or are they just wacky, not so much inventive as goofy? It’ll be difficult for us to judge, as wisdom and practicality are on the fritz, and it’s hard to see what we value. There’s too much static, too much intrusion on the psyche by matters we’ve vowed to pretend don’t exist! It’s a day to float, cruise, or interact with the mildest of manners, willing to take a look at what we’ve been denying, but not necessarily to act on or do anything about it. Recognition of a problem is its own reward. As to those quirky ideas, write them down and review them later.

(Pallas sesq and Vesta contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith, Mercury sq Uranus)

By John Tenniel 1864 {{PD}}

Good day to . . . find an inner calm, be as still as possible, at least for a time, and try to get some perspective on the thought processes. Today what we don’t acknowledge about our motivations can hurt us. Step back and refuse to allow impulses to send us down the rabbit hole.

Since the Sun doesn’t reach 24 degrees until late this evening Pacific time, see tomorrow’s forecast for that degree’s Solar Return outlook.

15 August 2019 Full Moon in Aquarius: Cost/ Benefit Analysis

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Vandenis (Aquarius) in the twelve-paiting cycle Zodiakas (Zodiac) By Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis 1907 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 5:29 AM Pacific time at 22 Aquarius 24. Venus is still closely conjoined the Sun, and so figures in to the T-square formed by Vesta in Taurus. This dynamic describes the principle tension and likely revelation (or revelatory tension!) of the Full Moon event. A Full Moon is a culmination of energy, a building to completeness of some matter either related to the House where the FM falls or that has the character of the sign in which the FM perfects, and typically this has a strong emotional component. A T-square suggests conflict reaching a head, leading to either a showdown or an impasse, a ‘no resolution’ situation that we can only see a way out of after the Lunar event, likely by, in this case, following values and commitment guidelines.

In Aquarius we could come to some emotional conclusion without even realizing it, and yet not really feel it. Aquarius is forever mixing up the mental and the emotional, and the event or atmosphere associated with this Full Moon may not be recognized as an emotional ending, though the emotions will be stirred. The mind may jump in, rationalize, or may attain a mental understanding that neglects the emotional impact (and so neglects the individual emotional needs). Distance from feelings is a distinct hazard. We may not realize ‘it’s’ over, in some way–or we may not realize that ‘it’ can’t go on like this, despite the Aquarian promise of its Fixed nature, that encourages us to believe things can go on as they are, indefinitely.

This Waterbearer looks at first glance like Libra. Aquarius bronze and glass grille figure, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. Photo By Carol M. Highsmith {{PD}}

The tug-of-war this time may be between some feature of the talent or Self-worth picture, in the form of its value or cost to the Soul expression (Sun-Venus in Leo) versus an emotional-intellectual need that has a material component, or that involves surroundings or assets (Moon-Earth in Aquarius). What we spend and what we gain when we express ourselves may see direct reflection (a Moon characteristic) in material/ physical forms (Earth conjunction), and will carry an emotional charge–and the Full Moon’s function may be to make this as clear as possible by showing any dissonance among these elements of expression, material results, and the feeling nature as measured against our highest values, commitments, and those things we find sacred (Vesta).

There are no other contacts to the Full Moon that fall within our relatively narrow allowed orb. That just points out that the entire ‘punch’ is in the dissonance of the T, not scattered or watered down with many influences. You’ll likely end up running a cost/benefit analysis with values as your guideline, prompted by the Full Moon, and what you conclude may have an outsized impact on the forms Soul expression might take or the value you assign to the identity, with an emotional and material assessment of the profits possible or the costs incurred a key part of the equation.

You may come face-to-face with an inner or an outer ‘bear’, and you’ll need to deal with it. By John Bauer 1902 {{PD}}

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘A Big Bear Sitting Down And Waving All Its Paws’. The thing that draws your attention at the Full Moon is, as the saying goes, ‘a real bear’, that is, something truly troublesome or difficult to handle that you can no longer ignore. As a symbol, a bear suggests something big, animalistic in nature, that is already present but that you’ve been looking past, ignoring, that you’ve been denying the needs, nature, or existence of. Astrologically it may be represented by the asteroid Vesta; it may show there’s something we respect that we’ve been neglecting, or something that we need to respect, that we’ve somehow failed to honor–and certainly, what we honor is meant to show us a way out of any stress brought on by the Lunar event.

The Sabian for the Sun (and for Venus as well) is, ‘In A Circus The Bareback Rider Displays Her Dangerous Skill’. This suggests that it’s our own actions or displays of talent that create the Full Moon situation in the first place. Something daring or out of the ordinary, something we’ve attempted, is the initial source of the Full Moon event energy, and this is specifically a try at showing our skills or talents, at putting them before the audience of ‘The Big Top’–that is, showing our talents in a public venue,or showing them openly, for all to see. Look to the House holding the Sun-Venus to help you pinpoint the nature of this effort, and look to the House that holds the Full Moon for clues to the life area that offer a response to this effort, with challenges coming from, or issues pointed out, via persons or matters of the House that holds transiting Vesta (which sits at 22 Taurus 38).

Good day to . . . see what you must deal with in order to bring your unique talents to the fore and so create/ attract Love or Money. This is an ‘information’ day, one where, if you’re paying attention and ‘want to know’, you can gain an enormous amount of useful data, especially about how and where to ‘put yourself out there’.

For those born with the Sun at 23 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, dear Leo, may be headlined, ‘Pursuit of Love or Money’. It may also be an emotionally stressful year, one where you feel you must ‘do or die’, or where the emotional reality meets a turning point, such that it changes dramatically. So, the pair of matters, emotions and those things pursued, are likely to swallow up most of your effort and attention, and you should know, they’re meant to–a narrowed focus may be the only way you can deal with getting what you need, with finding worthwhile reward, and with creating the relationships you really want, so don’t let others label you selfish–this year you deserve to live about you and for you. Good luck!

14 August 2019 A Conflict of Instincts

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‘Natural Lusitano Instinct’ Photographer: Julia Moll 31 May 2017 Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Spontaneity, originality, and the unexpected drive actions–and yet these moves will be in conflict with our instinctual nature, perhaps inspired by some restless material that resides in our ‘blind spot’. It’s a matter of what we don’t know influencing our choices and our way forward, and this not sitting well with our in-built sense of right and wrong, safe and dangerous, desirable and repulsive. There’s no easy answer to the dissonance between impulses and sensibilities–you can only do your best to exploit unique urges and creative ideas that come without completely ignoring the info provided by instinctual response.

(Perfecting today: Mars parallel Uranus and sq Sedna)

Good day to . . . noodle around with innovating, inventing, and creating. Make note of ideas, then step back and give those ideas time to breathe, which should allow you to sort out what’s a good, constructive impulse and what’s not worth using time or resources on.

For those born with the Sun at 22 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). It seems like you’re just now surfacing from some serious, transformative change, dear Leo, and this solar year, through to your next birthday, appears to deliver the pay offs, whether in Love, Money, assets, avenues for talent expression, or in the entirely necessary positive Self-image you must have in order to accomplish. Leos need Love, in all forms, and this year you should get it. What do you need to do now? Resist the urge to ignore values–it may be easy to forget these are what life is built on–and don’t turn off or de-value the emotions, or try to handle them solely through the mind–that won’t work, and will almost certainly create problems. Feel your feelings, and appreciate that they’re offering you vital information–and have fun! Good luck!

13 August 2019 Hurtling Toward the Sun

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By Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo – Own work, Sailko, 15 October 2016, 17:22:03, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62112977

Today it may feel as if we are hurtling toward our own private Sun, traveling toward our destiny at peak speed, problems and solutions laid out before us, and left for us to choose. It’s contradictory, I know, to say we seem to be speeding in a destined direction and that we also enjoy very clear choice, but there’s no actual conflict there–we are on a course that our actions and previous choices have set, but we are still able to alter that course with choices or actions in the present. Really, it’s the best of both worlds, with the assurance that if we change nothing, we will end up exactly as we are headed now, and that if we do make changes, we will definitely alter that course.

So, get a good look at where you’re headed, and what you can do about it, and then act, but act with caution. Though we’re truly inspired today, in terms of making good choices, we are also susceptible to overthinking and so misleading ourselves, or to acting/ choosing out of hurt or rage. Don’t worry, though, as a willingness to be fully conscious helps us avoid Self-sabotage or acting out of our worst impulses and damage.

(Chiron sxt Hygeia, Mars nov NN, Venus-Sun conj, both sesq Chiron and qnx Pluto, Mercury trine Ceres and sesq Neptune)

Good day to . . . set a new life course. Jupiter’s recent direction should offer us the optimism to follow our ideals, to make alterations in the spirit of hope, and to ‘think Big’, and today’s influences give us the clear sight and Self-possession to make solid and highly positive changes.

For those born with the Sun at 21 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, liebling Leo, through to your next birthday, you will have to face a number of major life events, the kind that make permanent change in you and your circumstances. Are you ready? I’d say Yes, as long as there are a couple of things that you’ve attended to, or will soon: you need to hold an extraordinarily clear set of highest values in mind at all times–and if you haven’t sorted those out, do it now! You also need to be at ease emotionally, sure of feelings within relationships, your own and others, enough that you can turn your attention elsewhere and know that you’ll have that support if you need it. And don’t rely on the spontaneous, the sudden, the accident, or some miracle of science to change your scenario–it would be a foolish thing to wait on, right now, and won’t offer rescue–that’s up to you to provide for yourself, but as long as you are facing things head-on and ready to respond when required, you should find that transforming your life will largely be for the positive, and largely be under your control. Good luck!

12 August 2019 Negotiation

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Ceres, queen of Nature, the harvest, and of negotiation. ‘Ceres’ By Giovanni Francesco Romanelli c1600 {{PD}}

Today we may find ourselves negotiating with our future; that is, having to ‘answer to’ the future we say we want, reconciling this ‘statement’ with our current power expressions, territory ruled, and options exercised. We may have it shown us in no uncertain terms that our demeanor and choices are not supporting the goals we think we’re pursuing–and our attention will go to our ambitions and desires–so we’ll naturally do all we can to facilitate our aims, and probably thereby learn where and how we’re falling short.

Events and circumstances right now also reveal what past investments of time, energy, and assets have brought into being. This is a high point, so if you’re expecting some kind of reward from something ventured, it ought to come now–and if it doesn’t, you’ve learned what doesn’t pay off or bring Love, at least as you invested it previously.

Take what’s revealed today seriously. We’re being handed the means and/ or information needed to become our ‘Best Self’. To resent this, or to ignore it, only invites a much larger or more profound disappointment down the road.

(Ceres sesq NN, Sun-Venus Superior Conjunction and both sxt Zeus)

Good day to . . . embrace your desires, and observe your life to see how well these have been actualized. Where your energy is going can be seen clearly today, and that’s something we can all appreciate and, if we’re smart, use to make tomorrow better.

For those born with the Sun at 20 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, this could be a banner year for you, one where you find out if all you’ve loved, cared for, supported, and put your energy into will bring that profit, pay off, Love, or even fame you planned on. Now through this solar year to your next birthday, you may see the results of your efforts, and you’ll be fortunate enough to also be handed, simultaneously, the means, energy, and emotional charge necessary to make true, deep, transformative change to those things you aren’t happy with. Too, your feelings are in concert with your highest values–and that means judgment should be good, and choices right in line with the Soul’s intentions. Now all you have to do is be willing to see, in all its glory and detail, what truly exists in your life, unobscured by dissembling or fantasy. Good luck!

11 August 2019 The Big Reversal

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‘Landscape between Storms’ By Pierre-Auguste Renoir c1874 {{PD}}

In the matters of the House Uranus is currently transiting and/ or the one it rules, expect a pull back, a withdrawal of energy, talents, electricity, understanding, in the days around this point. Disappointment may spring up, or something unanticipated that requires a re-think and perhaps spur-of-the-moment improvisation. This turnaround can attract a lightning bolt or remove all the excitement from the air–and there’s no way to tell which will occur. Happening in Earth, the event could have a cloddish feel, removing any sense of charge or lightness from proceedings, and could be difficult to recognize as Uranus related. Uranus, though, is naturally an instrument of Higher Knowledge, of wide and deep understanding, of discovery, so examining the handful of days both before and after it turns should offer enlightenment (even if that only comes later, upon reflection), in this case possibly through material circumstances or a physical experience.

With Jupiter’s direction we see not an opposite tide, but a completely separate one. Occurring in Fire, we see release in matters of the House Jupiter is transiting or in matters of the House it rules in the natal chart, a flare sent up that signals the time for action. Suddenly, we ‘know’ or learn something vital that fills in missing pieces, or see opportunity, or have the necessary freedom, or are ready to ‘reach out’–and we do. Direction is at 14 Sagittarius, so if you happen to have anything this hits by major hard aspect (such as a placement at 14, 15, or 16 Gemini or those same degrees of Virgo or Pisces) then look to both the natal body’s character and the House it rules, if any, for clues as to the place where that flare may go up.

We’re still under the influence of yesterday’s Finger–see that post for details. And one more thing: we are likely to be thinking about our place in the social order, or within a religious structure, or within some sort of hierarchy, especially noting the ways this isn’t working for us–and then we’re likely to conclude that we’d better modify our interaction to suit ourselves and our needs–and that’s a good choice.

(Uranus retrogrades, Jupiter goes direct, Venus perfects her quincunx to Neptune, Mercury sesquiquadrates Jupiter, then enters Leo)

Good day to . . . leap for those opportunities that you’ve been seeing but have, for one reason or another, held back on pursuing. At the same time, go the ‘tried and true’ route with your own options and choices, as the unexpected can take a toll at this time, and ‘luck’ is something you don’t want to test, unless you’re looking to incite chaos.

For those born with the Sun at 19 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, you may be feeling very beautiful, or very prosperous, this year, and that’s a really good thing, as that kind of confidence only attracts more to you–but you need to be ready to deal with the inevitable objections that will surface from others who either dislike your poise and positivity and want to change you, or those who are envious and want to destroy you. It’s a shame, really, that this is the reaction of so many, but it’s your job this solar year, through to your next birthday, to recognize those who don’t support your health and happiness, and gently let them go. Know that their attitude has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with their own unhappiness. Your other mission this year, should you choose to accept it, is to take those assets you find yourself with, no matter what form they take, and find a practical, smart way to present them to the world. You’re ‘on point’ for Self-realization and actualization–use that energy to its fullest, and good luck!

10 August 2019 Touched

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‘Italy and Germany’ By Friedrich Overbeck 1828 {{PD}}

The Finger of God (with base of South Node in Capricorn-Neptune in Pisces) that formed on the 8th is modified as Venus joins the apex point of the Sun. This is a day to use structures and reliable realities from the past as a foundation for inspired creative or spiritual action, and this should bring Love, Money, or at the very least, a great deal of personal satisfaction (Sun and Venus in Leo). Some will process (and in the course of things, dissipate) this via a prominent sense of whimsy-on-display, while others may come across as a bit touched! The result is all dependent on what inspiration or ideals are at work.

Good day to . . . sort fact from fancy in relationships and finances. Telling yourself a fairy tale in any shape or form will cost, so make an effort to be as reality-oriented as possible in these areas, and don’t don’t don’t dwell in the past, but do remember it.

By Kevin Walter – Turkey and gravy auf flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59642951

For those born with the Sun at 18 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Will you be your most creative Self this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Leo, or will your imagination run away with you, sabotaging what you’ve built and all that you plan? It’s the crux of things, and may be a recurring question for you, as you will likely find yourself in a long-term crisis state surrounding communications and your own mental workings. Center yourself by asking yourself what you truly care about, and perhaps by defining who and what you would like to interact with, exchange energies with, or might otherwise seek cooperation with. It may feel like an arduous task, this sorting, but it’s meant to smooth your way by getting you to recognize and modify what you value and want to dedicate your life energies to. After that, everything is gravy. Good luck!

9 August 2019 Seeping In

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‘Alamedan i Cádiz’ By Anders Zorn 1887 {{PD}}

Will the mind, informed by the instincts, succeed with values reform, perhaps pulling down some false gods or exposing the Truth behind something we’ve been seeing as sacred? Or will it be that sheer power is put behind commitments and what we honor, changing both the pay off and the rules of the game? Either way, powerful change comes to the physical via modifications to the spiritual and intangible. The influence seeps in, whether we are aware of it or not. Act and choose, or be swept along with the currents.

(Perfecting today: Pluto trine Vesta, Venus qnx Saturn, Mercury sxt Sedna)

‘Woman Sleeping in a Landscape With a Letter’ By Bernard Gaillot c1800 {{PD}}

Good day for . . . sleeping in. How many of you read the headline that way? If you did, you may be seeking shelter, calm, or rest. Here’s your permission to retreat. The opportunities offered today will only work out if the mind is in sync with the instincts. The exception: if you have a lot of Air in your chart, the mind can often override instincts, and if you’re tired, today might be the day for you to go forward, simply because the mind won’t have the juice to jump in and resist what the instincts tell us!

For those born with the Sun at 17 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, during this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, it may feel as if the past, rather than the future, hangs in the balance. Your attention may repeatedly be drawn back toward what’s already transpired, especially as it has affected your current opportunities and social position. Of course, this isn’t for nothing–it’s meant to prompt you toward changes you need to make, to ‘correct’ or otherwise modify what at the time you felt you couldn’t help–now you can. Now is the time to alter commitments, to learn or tell the Truth about what you’re truly dedicated to, and to make the changes that allow your daily life to approach the Ideal, or that allow expression of your vast creative energies. Good luck!

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8 August 2019 What’s Real

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Sunset By Arkhip Kuindzhi c1900 {{PD}}

Smart, productive, practical or skilled action that pays off, gets us more or bigger, that delivers Love or Reward, only takes our attention and some initial effort–all the rest follows as a matter of course. It sounds so easy, right? Well, for once, it is, if we’re willing to focus–and of course, as always, there’s one other thing. Our awareness of the past is either showing us how we’re being held (or holding ourselves) back, or this awareness is offering a solid ground from which to launch current projects. Either way, you are shown what’s real, handed the key to accelerated profits, growth, or abundance–and that requires only a ‘Thank you’ to the Universe and a little bit of your own energy, invested.

I’m adding this small feature, pointing out timing and what it’s a ‘Good day to . . .’ I hope it helps!

Good day to go after a desired status, to deal with issues around fulfilling goals, to look around for Love (but don’t be aggressive, just aware and responsive, open to it), and to put creativity in motion. Once the Moon enters Sagittarius, just after 1:34 PM Pacific, the emotions and intuitions will be a reliable ‘power guide’, and can lead you toward ‘more’ in its desired form.

(A Finger of God forms with SN-Neptune, apex Sun. Perfecting today: Saturn parallel SN, Mars sxt Pallas, Venus trine Jupiter, Sun parallel Pallas)

For those born with the Sun at 16 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You find yourself today, dear Leo, at an exact meeting of your past and your ideals. Together these have formed the present circumstances and so are the focus for this solar year, through to your next birthday. You are endowed with significant major creative energy, as well as the experience/ knowledge to use it wisely–just take care in deploying it, as those around you may see you as too status-focused, too concerned about your career, or too ego-centered/ aggressive–and that can lead to disruption in relationships and a lack of support, so at the very least keep a sort of ‘common good’ standard in mind. Your best bet, though, is to allow your highest ideals, and the needs of those relationships you find sacred, to act as a guideline. Dedicate yourself and your efforts to what you truly honor in life, and this coming year can be one of your most productive, ever. Good luck!

7 August 2019 Focus on: Sun trine Jupiter

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Jupiter’s clouds as photographed by the spacecraft Juno, at a distance of just under 19,000 km, roughly the distance between NYC and Perth. By NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran {{PD}}

Our attention is on some Jupiterian concept or area of life, consumed with having or getting more, with expanding our world, with the facts, with finding or making opportunity, with ‘getting the word out’ in some form or fashion, with learning or teaching, with beliefs, and with certain forms of freedom, the ‘don’t tie me down’ kind. Some astrologers see this transit as lucky, and it can be, but the luck arises from our concerted focus on Jupiterian elements of our lives, rather than from any external force that randomly bestows favor. It’s a case of being lucky precisely because we are attuned to where we can expand, where we can find more. We’re ready to grab the opportunity or take the advantage as we become keenly aware of it as soon as it’s on the horizon, even feeling it as it approaches. And that’s where we meet the other aspect perfecting today, the Sun quincunx Saturn. This has to make us wonder what obstacle must be removed, what reality accommodated, what restriction gone around, what suppression thrown off, before we can get our hands on Jupiterian abundance. Find the benefit, find the obstruction, and you know just what you’ll need to do, to get your version of ‘More’.

The temple of Jupiter in Baalbek temple complex, in Lebanon.
© Guillaume Piolle CC BY 3.0

For those born with the Sun at 15 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead) Dear Leo, though it’s important for you this solar year, through to your next birthday, to have a clear idea of what you want and to go after it, it’s also important to know: the facts; what you truly believe; and what stands in your way. If you don’t sort those out, you may end up spinning your wheels, frolicking on a sunny beach, getting and changing nothing–and for some people, that’s perfectly fine. You, though, may be a little more restless than this, and do need to find some way to widen your horizons. Learn, travel, expose yourself to the new (to you) and exotic, and have no fear–you’re meant to break certain constraints this year, and your natural inbuilt cautions will warn you when you’re about to go too far. Good luck!

Today’s word image is a pilot who doesn’t seem to know how to fly the plane! Is there someone in your world who’s supposed to be an expert, who’s ‘in charge’ of important events in some significant way, who’s just not competent? Aside from any suggestion that they’re holding a position they shouldn’t, be aware that as frustrated as you are, they are just as frustrated, just as confused. The incompetence isn’t a feature of this person insisting on pushing their way into something they can’t handle, but more a result of being handed a status they never meant to hold in the first place. Go easy on them, and don’t get on that plane!

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Seeing this Jefferson Airplane poster made me think of a time decades ago when I was babysitting some tweens. These were the days of Jefferson Starship. I joked that they must’ve gotten themselves more modern transportation, because they used to be Jefferson Airplane. The scoffs could be heard ’round the world. I was told in no uncertain terms that if I was going to make up stories, they’d need to be better than that!

6 August 2019 What We’d Rather Forget

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Anyone else feel lately, for want of a better word, ‘haunted’? What we’d like to not think about is right there, isn’t it? Our anxieties are free-floating, and our minds, in trying to deal with them, look around for problems that can explain our feelings of hopelessness and dread. Am I being too dramatic? Maybe, but when we’re so charged-up with worry that we comb our lives for upsetting scenarios to attribute that anxiety to, then we’re cart-before-the-horsing it, and so misdirecting our attention, effort, and energy into trying to solve problems (mostly through worry!) that don’t really exist–and meanwhile, our dreams gather dust and our forward momentum is lost. The antidote? Face what you’ve been avoiding, but don’t let it dominate your thoughts; that is, take action to alleviate conditions, and/ or just move along–half the time those things we’re obsessing about are outside our control, anyway. And try to see how these matters that plague us may have roots in wounds to or some kind of violation of what we see as sacred, to be honored, or as ‘rules to live by’. We often have a very difficult time looking at or even recognizing something so deeply but narrowly traumatic. Tomorrow, the 7th, we see a Sun-Jupiter trine with Sun quincunx Saturn, suggesting bounty, opportunity, expansion, the kind of positive scenario that can’t happen unless we’re willing to deal with and modify the reality picture, to include what’s holding us back.

(Perfecting today: Chiron semi-sq Vesta, Mercury sesq Black Moon Lilith)

For those born with the Sun at 14 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, you can just feel Love, Money, or some other wonderful something sneaking up on you, can’t you? This feeling persists through the solar year ahead, and promises big opportunities and pay offs to come–so what must you do to make these realities? Number 1, match your status and empowerment level to your action level–make effective moves by acting in ways that you’re already empowered to do and in roles and venues that already recognize your authority. Number 2, keep your eye on the prize, not the one at your feet, but the one at a distance, the one that requires a long-term effort, as that’s the one that offers out-sized reward. And number 3, work with your instincts and intuition so that you are not just comfortable listening to them, but can call on and trust them without too much intervening thought. Good luck!

‘Self-portrait in a convex Mirror’ By Parmigianino c1523 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a portrait: someone who is placed in a position of ‘helping’ who is deliberately placed there because they know nothing about the issue! What does it say, for instance, that someone is in a position to help sell something, but can’t even answer basic questions about the item? To me it says that those selling don’t want to answer any questions, that in fact they want an impulsive, emotion-driven, unthinking purchase to be made–and that may be the case when the seller knows of issues they’d rather not acknowledge. Some people think, the less informed the party buying their sh*t, the better. Do you really want to ‘do business with’/ be involved with that?

4-5 August 2019 Strong Arm, Soft Arm

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By Thomas Eakins {{PD}}

The 4th: You know that phrase, ‘to strong arm’ something or someone? Today every interaction may feel that it carries an element of compulsion, of someone or something trying to force us–to do what almost doesn’t matter–or even that we are compelled from some internal need, for Truth, for power, for ego gratification, for action where there has been none. It’s a pushy-shove-y vibe, one where we could end up tearing down what give us security out of our own personal insecurities–and then there’s the question of who’s in charge. What we need to remember is that no matter what, we are in charge of ourselves, and that’s so even when options have been narrowed by externals. Proceed with care, and find outlets for energy that refrain from blowing things up.

(Pluto qnx Juno, Mars qnx Pluto)

The 5th: After all that ‘firm’ interaction yesterday, we find some soft arms to fall into. It may mean dealing with what we’d rather ignore, but it leads to a peaceful mental state, or to some gem of an idea, to something of worth in what we were ready to discard–so why not face things? We come out ahead if we do.

(Venus qnx Black Moon Lilith, Mercury parallel Venus)

For those born with the Sun at 12 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Intention and effort go hand in hand for you this solar year, dear Leo, and you’ll recognize opportunity on the horizon–but first you have to deal with all that you’ve ignored, denied, that angers you, or that you’ve kicked to the curb, thinking you’d never have to do something about it. First, don’t make the mistake of taking an attitude; this isn’t punishment, it’s the Universe’s way of removing obstacles that would definitely keep you from accessing most of those opportunities. A psychic housecleaning is needed, and you’re ready to do that–and well done, this may change your ideas of what’s wise, what’s practical, and may even change your fate. Good luck!

For those born with the Sun at 13 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, getting ‘more’ is right over there–and you’re probably putting all your attention on how to get to it. I’m here to help. You’ll need to accept the emotional realities of your relationships; you’ll need to allow certain unanticipated events to heal you (and it may be difficult to let go of the idea that if you don’t work for it, you can’t heal–the reality is, you absolutely can); and then, as you move toward getting more, you’ll need to simultaneously acknowledge that there are currently limits, and that to pass beyond them is to potentially gamble away your gain. OK, go get ‘um, and good luck!

1-3 August 2019 + A Mini-What You’re Asking: Ascendants, Cusps, & Quincunxes

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‘The Flageolet Player on the Cliff’ By Paul Gauguin 1889 {{PD}}

‘What You’re Asking’ comes from search terms I find in my site stats that could use some explanation, answer, or remark.

Ascendant on 2nd House cusp Whole Sign

Let’s get something straight: in the Whole Sign Universe, the Ascendant sign dictates the 1st House; that means we can’t have the Ascendant in the 2nd House! Because, if the Ascendant is there, that makes it the 1st House! Even very close to the ending of a sign, even in the last degree and minute and second, the Ascendant is still in the 1st. That means the Ascendant can be found anywhere within the 1st House.

In Placidus and many other House systems, the Ascendant delineates the beginning of the 1st House, but with Whole Sign, the sign of the Ascendant makes that sign the entire House, both ahead of and behind the Ascendant itself. This also lays out the rest of the chart, with one sign per House and the Midheaven true to its position; that is, unlike in other systems, the MC doesn’t mark the beginning of the 10th, but instead can fall anywhere the Sun could reach its zenith in a 24 hour period in that part of the world at that time of year.

It’s true that people talk about ‘being on the cusp’ of something: another sign, another House, but the term cusp only means ‘edge’. If you’re on the edge of a cliff, you’re not also below, tumbled into the valley, are you? So let’s stop talking about astrology as if a body or point is being influenced by something it’s not in, or a condition it doesn’t have–that not only makes for inaccurate, even sloppy, interpretation, it encourages those who don’t know better to think they may opt for the natal placement or for the other sign or House it’s near. As they say in that commercial where the woman takes a picture off her living room wall and declares, ‘I unfriend you!’, that’s not how any of this works.

quincunx relationship Scorpio/ Gemini

This made me think someone was looking for the relationship potentials between two individuals, each with the Sun in one of these signs, so I’ll approach this that way. First, an actual quincunx between Suns would require no more than a two degree differential; in that case we might expect that each would perpetually feel they must adjust their identity, their purpose, the nature of their true essence, just to get along with the other. That makes for an uncomfortable, not to say stressful, relationship.

If we’re talking about Suns that are in signs that are quincunx, but that are not in direct dialogue with each other, we might see a similar dynamic, but more diffuse. These two people might not ‘get’ each other, and are most likely to feel mild indifference, and maybe a lack of empathy, barring any other dynamic contacts between charts. Scorpio is Fixed Water: tending to perceive and process emotionally, first and foremost, with those perceptions intensely and deeply felt, and relatively difficult to change. Gemini is Mutable Air: perceiving and processing through the mind, perpetually re-considering and assessing, always searching for new information, and so changeable in their thinking.

In either case, not an easy interaction, no matter their roles or relationship.

Forecast 1-3 August 2019

The 1st sees us in harmony with ourselves, essentially agreeing with what we think! It’s a day that reinforces our mentality and the way we see things, but this offers one bonus: the ability, probably due to the consistency and harmony of our presentation at this time, to heal relationships or asset sources that have been damaged. And that’s a worthy goal, right?

The 2nd is almost the opposite to the 1st, with erraticism and unusual behavior in relationships, financial anomalies, surprises in Love, shocks over worth, and we find the reward from original thinking and innovation. And, we are either going after our own empowerment aggressively, or receiving aggression from others over what is or isn’t our domain. We may feel as if we are victims of the random, but there are two things we can do that should be highly beneficial to us: go over the discrepancies between our highest values and our ambitions; somewhere they’re not meeting up, and that’s causing ‘fulfillment drag’–and willingly excavate those personal matters we’ve ignored or denied, the ones that cause a shadow on the identity or expression of purpose. Hauling this material into the light will be nothing but good, in the end, and we’ll likely find that most of this shadow was generated by our own judgments of ourselves, and can be forgiven at any time.

By the 3rd we’re looking at personal empowerment issues, struggling, even, to make them ‘stick’. The feeling may be that we have to justify, one way or another, the territory we claim. We need to realize we’ve suffered a recent aggressive injury, where someone attacked, maybe very subtly, our right to be–and that has left this scab and we’re picking at it! Here’s your therapy: Stop it! Remind yourself you have the right to claim space to be, to do, to dream, as your own–no need to justify your existence, ever, to anyone, and that includes yourself. Nobody puts Baby in the corner!

For those born with the Sun at 09 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). What is this ‘New World’ you’re waking up to this solar year, and will experience through to your next birthday, dear Leo? Or is it, rather than a new world, a ‘Fresh Hell’? That all depends on the fate you’ve been preparing for yourself over the years. That sounds obvious, but the reality is that this is the year when all those choices, those roads taken and those avoided, coalesce into a meaningful picture. You’ll see, benefit from, and pay for those choices. Noe, if that makes you uneasy, you still have this year during which to clean up your act, to change your fate. If you anticipate the results of your choices with something akin to pleasure, then you’ll know you’ve chosen well, and can spend the year building on the foundation you’ve put in place. In either case, this year you have the ability to shine, especially when showing yourself and what you can do to the world, and you have the energy and focus to use every bit of your muscle to fulfill ambitions and desires–just stay aware of what this pursuit might create, for best results. Good luck!

For those born with the Sun at 10 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Could you be more ready to critically assess yourself, your life, and where you’re going? No, you’re ready right now, dear Leo, and may spend this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, taking an intuitive but critical measure of your power, your position, your obligations, and your relationship to Nature. This is all in preparation for the smart, creative action you’ll be taking in future. So, don’t worry if you’re more attuned to pondering and trimming, this year, than you are to doing or making a big splash–you’re on your way, and as long as you’re clear on your highest values, you’ll see clearly what to do. Good luck!

For those born with the Sun at 11 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). What is it, dear Leo, that you crave more than anything? Could it be a way to fulfill ambitions that rests on your values and what you honor, and that uses to the fullest your creativity? Because if it is, you’re in luck. This solar year, through to your next birthday, affords you the opportunity to fashion or find the absolute perfect outlet–and that means you could spend the year focused on your needs, and inadvertently neglecting those of loved ones. That’s okay–you’ll have to explain to them that right now, you’ve got to take center stage for yourself. Once you give shape and life to your desire, then you can go back to the caretaking of others that you do so well. Good luck!

31 July 2019 New Moon in Leo: Controlling the Shape of Things to Come + Mercury Turns It Around

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The New Moon falls at 8 Leo 36 at 8:10 PM Pacific Daylight Time, and just 48 minutes later we see Mercury inch from its station to station direct. It could make for one intense hour, especially considering the way Luna has just passed over Venus in Leo and is yet to trine Jupiter in Sagittarius–and both of these are, in my view, outside acceptable orbs to register as part of the New Moon event. This past and yet-to-be could bleed into the New Moon, though, infusing the ambient energy with a sense of rewards, recent and yet to come. The experience of Luna drenching itself in the Self-Love of Venusian fire, and then moving toward harmony with the social order, with opportunities far and wide, with facts that support our emotional perceptions, may make the atmosphere a little heady, the outlook carrying a sense of empowerment and ‘great things’ for the future.

The New Moon in Leo suggests a new passion, and particularly suggests a fire within the individual that sets a new emotional course. The NM square to Uranus in Taurus forms a T with the Sun-Moon/ Earth axis, implying that fire’s spark could come from accident, surprise, revelation, something that shocks via the senses, via a resource dilemma, or that changes our comfort level discernibly. The New Moon is trine Chiron in Aries, again pointing toward the individual, and to the individual weakness, vulnerability, wound, or unique skill, and that this will play an important role in what starts here. A quincunx to the calculated point Black Moon Lilith promises that what begins now must accommodate or otherwise adjust to one or more matters that anger, or that are being ignored or denied, or perhaps that matters surface and are shoved aside, in order to keep the optimistic mood and get the Self into action.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is, ‘Glass Blowers Shape Beautiful Vases With Their Controlled Breathing’. This suggests that the perception of reward, of something beautiful on the horizon that springs from our own effort, is indeed accurate, but it’s up to us, in fostering that new spark, that individual action or feeling, to control ourselves. No matter how shocking or unusual the Uranian influence to the New Moon event, we need to keep a clear head–that might be part of the acceptability of to some extent pushing aside or adjusting to Black Moon Lilith issues–and we need to control our prana, the very life force itself, in order to maintain a coherent connection between the physical world and the spiritual one, in order to heal, or access skills (Chiron) and so control the spark, control efforts and materials, and as a result, shape a beautiful future.

Then less than an hour after the New Moon we see Mercury go direct. It does so as planet of latest degree, suggesting that we may experience a sensation something like ‘waking up’ but in a way that feels a little like coming to consciousness after climbing out on a limb–we’re super-surprised to find ourselves there, and don’t really know what to think! Since Merc is in Cancer, the surprise may concern what we do or don’t care about, or maybe how we think we care about something and find out we don’t.

Also of note today, and maybe felt strongly by some, a Finger of God with base of Mars-Juno and Zeus, apex Neptune. This actually shaped up right around the 28th but only grows more contained, peaking today and dissolving by August 2nd. This suggests, barring any other contrary indicators within the individual chart, that concerted effort to fulfill ambitions could very easily bring the dream to reality, or lead to establishment of ideal circumstances. That means do it now.

Happy Birthday! By Caroline’s Cakes – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12799030

For those born with the Sun at 08 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, you know that terrible Aladdin song everybody in their early 30s wants to sing at karaoke? It’s gonna feel like a whole new world, now through to your next birthday, and you may be pretty surprised at that, since you may not immediately recognize that you are the mover and shaker who made it happen. When things first hit the fan, you may insist that you are at the mercy of others or circumstances, but the reality is, you and your approach are shaping everything, precisely as you need it to be. That means the sooner you own up to your own influence on events, the sooner you can make that energy conscious, and so control what happens (at least to the extent any of us can 🙂 ) So, you know Love, you know what’s of value to you, and you have the drive, energy, and vision to create opportunity–no need to wait, the future is now.

Please scroll down for the forecast for the 30th, or click here–

30 July 2019 Learn By Absorbing

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‘La Leocadia’ By Francisco Goya c1820 {{PD}}

We’re at that liminal, Dark of the Moon point, just before both the New Moon in Leo and the station direct of Mercury. That means a lot of tension with nowhere to go, a lot of feeling around in the dark, trying to get our bearings, a lot of effort made that won’t quite meet the mark–and that’s okay, really, because at this time we’re likely gaining access to areas of the unconscious that are usually well-hidden by the conscious mind. Wisdom can seep into the mind at this point without our being aware of it, a kind of subtle intake that will only make itself known later. The trick today is to avoid acting on delusion, misinformation, or in misunderstanding of our own values (Yes, this can happen, if one is telling oneself one’s values are other than what they truly are). We learn by absorbing, and especially valuable to us at this time are the lessons we can glean from power entities, those in authority; we can gain knowledge simply by observing their interaction with what they consider their domain. Though seemingly a passive point, there’s a lot going on here below the surface–so relax, and know that no striving is required in order to get things together effectively.

(Pallas nov and Venus contra-parallel Ceres, Neptune sxt Vesta, Mars qnx and Venus sesq Neptune, Mercury parallel Pallas)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 07 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Well you’re a firecracker, aren’t you, dear Leo? What scene did you just recently blow up, what riot start, what chaos unleash, that you may have to spend the solar year, through to your next birthday, atoning for? Oh, maybe it’s not that harsh, maybe it’s only that you’re being asked to re-construct, resurrect, transform, or tear down to the ground something that’s always been there–and you may wonder why, and why you are the one being asked. Let’s just say it’s because you’re the one that has the correct status, who holds the position that can make it all happen–and you have the energy, and yes, ego, to take it on successfully. A lesser Being couldn’t even approach making this change. The only question you need answer is, Who do I need to surround myself with in order to make the most of that post-change world? Good luck!

Photo By Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada – Skull of Sabre-Toothed Tiger – Museum of Anthropology – La Paz – Baja California Sur – Mexico CC BY-SA 2.0

Today’s word image is another dream symbol, a sabre-toothed tiger. An extinct predator, prehistoric–so we might ask ourselves: What previous danger (one we still see as impacting us) is actually long gone? And doesn’t that suggest it’s time to let that go as a part of the psyche, or even as an excuse for particular responses and views?

29 July 2019 Greater Acceptance

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‘The Organ Rehearsal By Henry Lerolle 1885 {{PD}}

Today is not about blazing new trails, it’s about refining, even perfecting, those power positions we already hold. In the best version of these influences, we adjust expression of our status or role to better fit our ideal of it, and this includes the task of freeing ourselves, at least a little, from past choices, as well as challenging our sense of Self and purpose to live up to its most original and unique qualities (rather than to shun those very same qualities in an attempt to find greater acceptance). A failure to see how and where our current position can be improved may lead to denial of our own ability to affect things, which only tempts us to return to outmoded ways of choosing and acting, and encourages us to reject those most wild and innovative parts of ourselves.

(Neptune qnx Juno, Mars qnx SN, Sun sq Uranus)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 06 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, today, right through the solar year to your next birthday, may feel like one great big test of your power and status–and it is. You need to know where you stand, and so to rid yourself of illusions concerning where you’re going. What you think you’re in line for may not be yours at all–and that’s the most important thing you can discover right now. That will then help you see and appreciate some of your more unique and original qualities and abilities, and perhaps in incorporating these into the everyday psyche you open the door to some opportunities only you could take advantage of. Played well, you’ll reach your next birthday facing some exciting choices that hold potential to take you farther than you ever anticipated. Now that sounds fun, doesn’t it? Good luck!

Today’s word image is something from a dream I had last night: someone was trying to persuade me to leave behind a big box of books that I wanted to take with me. Pretty obviously, books to me are knowledge, other worlds, potentials, all to be explored, and as a symbol we might ask ourselves, who’s trying to persuade us not to know, discover, or explore something, specifically because we would be equipped in a way they don’t want us to be? Just something to ponder, in case someone is asking you to ‘remain ignorant’ on some level.

28 July 2019 Thought-Assault

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‘Paar im Gespräch’ (Pair in Conversation) By Marianne von Werefkin 1908 {{PD}}

There’s something about our personal power matrix today that seems to violate our own highest values–but ‘seems’ really is the operative word, as what we’re actually experiencing are external blocks to our power manifestation, ones that can’t actually hurt us except by worming into our minds and attempting to stir some kind of guilt. ‘Don’t be selfish’ and ‘Quit showing off’ may be the refrain. These aren’t legitimate critiques, but instead sour grapes, or in some cases an attempt to subdue us for some other entity’s benefit. If we can avoid succumbing to this thought-assault, we can benefit greatly from our own efforts and from our willingness to share in some form those skills unique to us that we’ve mastered. That’s where the action, and the reward, are today.

(Vesta sq Juno, Saturn semi-sq and Venus trine Ceres, Mercury sesq Black Moon Lilith and parallel Mars, Sun trine Chiron)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 05 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, dear Leo, through to your next birthday, may be filled with what feel like fresh, even raw, experiences (no, please don’t call them lessons) on Love and Power. No matter how much you’ve been through, you’ll likely be surprised by the elemental and new-to-you events in both areas that will come your way. The other big headline this year is about your wounds; will you wallow in them, or will you heal from them, and in doing so access your most potent skills? It’s your choice, but really, you already know that wallowing, though sometimes enjoyable, will ultimately just waste time–so why not commit now, during this big Love/ Power year, to shed your hurt and claim your abilities? That’s right, no reason not to. Good luck!

27 July 2019 What To Keep, What To Throw Away

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Shari Weisberg, Artist ‘Keeping up with science, Illinois Federal Art Project, WPA, [between 1936 and 1939] {{PD}}

We find ourselves in some form sorting, discarding, or safeguarding things, relationships, decisions, even beliefs or memories from the past. The trick is to hold onto what empowers us, assessed in as objective a manner as possible, and then to find a way to utilize these as assets, to put them out into the world and then to enjoy the benefits that come back to us. In short, we embrace what we’ve learned, what works, and then profit from it. We may have to modify our beliefs, our means of reaching out and sharing with others, and we may have to change what we see as beneficial, but all these modifications only serve to build both our sense of Self-worth and our store of assets, talents, and wisdom. Don’t hesitate to throw out what’s no longer useful or necessary–it only makes the load that much lighter.

(Juno qnx and Vesta trine SN, Venus enters Leo and sesquiquadrates Jupiter)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 04 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Love or finances reach a ‘do-or die’ point this solar year, dear Leo, and it’s up to you to choose, respond, or act in a way that’s best for you. Yes, some may call you selfish, but what good are you to others if your needs aren’t met, if you aren’t happy? Not much, is the answer, and that’s something that those who want to take advantage, who want to keep you where you are, won’t tell you. Coincidentally, this is also the time for you to heal a sense of personal authority, to be the one to grant yourself permission, rather than waiting for someone else to give the go-ahead. This is also slated to be your most creative and inspired year, yet, if you can only embrace completely your sense of responsibility–that is, if you can see that in reality what you make of your year, and yourself, is really up to no one but you. Good luck!

26 July 2019 Adjusting To Reality

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‘The Immured’ By Alexandre-Évariste Fragonard Early 19th century {{PD}}

We’re ready to act, to go at it, but the real world keeps intruding! We meet barriers, walls, obstacles, rules, or conditions that can only be handled by modifying ourselves: our approach, efforts, attitude, or by choosing differently than we already have. This can be daunting, most especially if we lack Self-confidence, as our attention is on our creative energies or consumed by what we imagine–and these inspirations (and in some cases, fears) struggle to find an outlet in a landscape that seems hard and unyielding, that seems uninterested in what we have to offer or say. We find a venue (or several) that appreciate what we present in one of a couple of ways: by valuing, and so following, our instincts; by respecting what we don’t know about the Arts, relationships, and/ or money; and by seeing the way the ‘blind spot’, our own or those of others, profits us/ them. It’s through these measures that we will find, or really stumble upon, an excellent form of expression for today.

(Mars qnx Saturn, Venus sxt Sedna, Sun sesq Neptune)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 03 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, your conscience may be, this solar year, through to your next birthday, both your finest asset and your biggest tormentor. The emotions and the values are closely aligned at this time, and that means you may be caught up in endless bouts of dealing with, repairing, and preventing hurt to yourself and others. The most positive side of this is that you can also muster efforts toward some major healing events, including any damage suffered by your own emotional nature. You also enjoy a strong sense of Self-determination and autonomy, and will find this particularly effective in dealing with real-world issues, blocks, and problems–and in dealing with these, you may end up building something significant, permanent, and really fine in your life. Good luck!

25 July 2019 Hypersensitive

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‘The Bath of Psyche’ By Frederic Leighton 1890 {{PD}}

Are you just trying to get out there and get it done, trying to take advantage of the opportunities you see, to put into action what you know? And yet do you find the reality picture is threatening, dangerous, unhealthy in some form, or maybe promising that if you exercise any measure of optimism something dark or powerful will overwhelm you? Is it paranoia? No, it’s a hypersensitive state to which we are being overly attentive and responsive. The Universe isn’t threatening us, but it is challenging us to face serious issues, life and death ones, ones involving decay and contradiction and the necessity of accepting The Truth–and that can feel scary, and as if what surrounds us is hostile–even when it’s not. How to avoid being swamped by too much awareness of the negative potentials? Act with optimism, and be willing to accommodate serendipity and sudden opportunity; specifically embrace what can be learned from the hidden, the darkness, as well as casting energies of change as transformative, rather than destructive; and accept what the real-world picture is telling you about the state of your health and the balance (or lack of it) within current behaviors.

(Saturn sesq Hygeia, Jupiter parallel Pluto, Mars trine Jupiter)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 02 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Leo, what is it about this solar year, through to your next birthday, that is requiring you to face all kinds of emotional issues? Have you been neglecting them, are you unsure how you feel about someone, or is it a matter of that long-awaited passion finally coming along? Until you work it out, these feelings will cause conflict, especially as it pertains to your life direction and the material surroundings you need to live your purpose. What you care about may seem irreconcilable with what you need, but don’t worry–this year’s events and circumstances are designed to help you figure it out, particularly in the way you will remember clearly all past loves (human, other living thing, ambition, or cause-oriented) and you’ll see how they went wrong, and so do much better this time. Good luck!

24 July 2019 Smart Ambitions

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‘A Day of Celebration’ By Fanny Brate 1902 {{PD}}

We all hope our ambitions are smart ones, don’t we? Who wants to feel that others are hearing our desires or watching us strive and shaking their heads. “She’ll never make it,” they whisper; or, “He’s way off base–his talents are really in ‘x'” Well, today’s the day when we can measure the wisdom of our own aspirations, without the often overly cynical input or judgements of others. It’s a day when we’re free from those voices in our heads, the ones that have incorporated others’ negative views, cautions, fears, admonitions. We know our worth, and we see how to adjust the material situation to support and honor it. Go get ’em!

(Pallas conj Zeus, Saturn qnx Juno, Merc conj Venus)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 01 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Your sense of personal authority and power, the kind of energy that moves you forward and brings success, reaches a peak this solar year through to your next birthday, Leo–and at the same time, it begins to turn you in a new direction, exploring either a new sense of Self/ identity, or revealing a new facet of your Soul’s purpose, and this initiates a whole new cycle of learning. It’s a big year, and yet may go by quietly, showing what’s happening beneath the surface only through a growing mental and emotional discomfort with the status quo. In any case, aware of it or not, you’re embarking on something entirely new, and as long as you stay firm in your highest values and commitments, all should go amazingly well. Good luck!

23 July 2019 Spotlight on Authority

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‘The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, View from the Chevet’ By Vincent van Gogh 1890 {{PD}}

The spotlight shines on those in authority, but that doesn’t mean those who don’t hold high positions won’t receive scrutiny; this is as much about internal authority, and the permissions we grant ourselves, as it is about anybody with reach over us. We have a chance to see our own boundaries, those we want/ need and those we’ve imposed that we needn’t, very clearly, and to modify them so that we both stay in our lane and keep others in theirs (or rather, out of ours!) We may not immediately see how important it is for us to stand up and claim our territory, accept our responsibility, to not blame anyone else–and this may be especially hard to see if it seems like someone or something else is ripe for that blame–but the reality is we are meant to stand in our own light, and what we choose, what we suffer, what we are, are always ours to respond to according to our highest values. A tough day for some, but one that offers unusual clarity to the Self-concept and re-establishes venues/ containment for expression of the Soul Purpose.

(Saturn trine Vesta, Ceres opp Hygeia, Sun sxt Hygeia, trine and contra-parallel Ceres)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 00 Leo. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). This solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Leo, you may spend a great deal of time measuring how much responsibility you want, how much nurture you’re willing to give, how much territory you own, and what relationship you truly want with Nature. That sounds like a lot to have on your plate, but in reality this will all be parsed out in the course of everyday events, and will likely leave you with a new sense of empowerment, possibly a new social role or plans for education or travel, and may encourage planning to implement the ideal in your future circumstances–all good ideas, worthy of pursuit. Strengths this year include a good memory for the past (so you don’t repeat it)–cautions include being careful you don’t hide, even from yourself, how you feel about things–feelings will only fester and cause real problems later–deal with them as they come up. Good luck!

22 July 2019 Biter

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This is the only kind of biting that should be going on today. ‘Isabella’ By John Everett Millais c1848 {{PD}}

What we are ignoring or denying will almost certainly come back to bite us in the a**, most especially if we are vain enough to believe we are in control of the matter. We exaggerate our own effectiveness, our reach, and are nothing but surprised when the wider world smacks us down, or delivers the aforementioned bite. How to avoid the pain of discovering we’re not empowered in quite the way we think? By listening to instinct, to the still, small voice within, not the one of ego, but the one that knows. Too often we’re insistent on pinpointing just how we learned what we know, but today that’s a waste of energy, and plays right into the trap of not understanding our own position. So listen, mostly to the inner landscape, which knows the truth about those issues ignored or denied, it knows what we should do about them–listen and accept, as it’s the only way to dodge the biter.

(Juno contra-parallel and Venus sesq Black Moon Lilith, Jupiter trine Juno, Venus contra-parallel Pluto, Merc sxt Sedna, Sun enters Leo and sesq Jupiter)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 29 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You enjoy unusual emotional harmony this solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Cancer, and that’s so even if external events aren’t exactly smooth sailing. It’s this feeling equilibrium that will serve you well, and that could turn difficult, even fated turns of the material scenario to your advantage, as you’ll have a true ability to see how a particular event has saved you from something else, and how you now have a whole new set of opportunities as well as friends and support. You may need to deal with the last of some past realities, loose ends and farewells, but you’ll reach your next Solar Return both surprised at the capriciousness of the Universe and fairly pleased with what it’s set before you. Good luck!

21 July 2019 Up In Arms

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She could make lemonade or a lovely pie, rather than chucking them into the crowd like missiles–but will she? ‘Girl Holding Lemons’ By William Adolphe Bouguereau 1899 {{PD}}

We’re agitated–or are we? We may have difficulty admitting that at a personal level there’s not more to rail against, to be indignant about, and we may realize that taking off on flights of fancy, looking for problems, is unwise, as we see too many doing just that. We are tempted to focus on the big issues before us, especially to complain about the cost of the current social order, but in reality we get a lot more out of counting our blessings. With gentle examination, we may find how positive and even protective our values have been of late, guiding us and showing us high ground, and it’s this gratitude with which we should seed the energy garden at this time of Inferior Conjunction. The alternative is that to rail and complain and rattle our swords, to make noise and feel important, drains away each and every chance today to begin something truly positive, to add something worthy to the social sphere and the world at large, and perhaps most important, to refuse to add ugliness, negativity, or cynicism to the mix. We can be up in arms, causing discord, or we can fill those arms with something sweet, and then share it.

(Chiron nov Vesta, Neptune qnx Pallas, Jupiter parallel Saturn, Venus contra-parallel Jupiter, SN, and Saturn, and opposed Pluto, Sun meets Mercury in Inferior Conjunction)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 28 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, this solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find your entire mentality reviewed and rearranged, especially as it concerns those things and people you care about. You’ve been looking at things a certain way, and this year may cause the kind of review that results in reform–and that could alter almost everything in your life. But it’s up to you–seeing things differently doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change anything, but it may create an emotional scenario that’s ripe to move toward an ideal–and that could be very good, taking you in the direction of emotional fulfillment and even, gasp! happiness. This year it’s wise to let the mind imagine, as long as you use your values as a guide–do that and you can’t go wrong. Good luck!

19-20 July 2019 A Quiet Interlude

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‘Quiet’ By Lizza Littlewort, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://lizzalittlewort.co.za Thank you, Lizza!

Friday and Saturday look like relatively quiet days, barring any individual internal strife generated by contacts to the natal chart. Mercury trips back into Cancer and sextiles the asteroid Hygeia, perhaps indicating that recent experiences have caused review of what we care about, how we feel, and so prompted taking a healthier attitude toward the subject (or at least, we’re thinking about it in a slightly different way, more objective and so in a sense healthier). The mind might also be becalmed right now as we head toward the Inferior Conjunction, due on the 21st. So close to the Sun, the symbol of the mind is overwhelmed; attention floods toward experience, toward what’s right before us, with little left for analytical thinking. It’s a day To Be, To Feel, with no need at present to dissect events.

Saturday sees Jupiter quincunx Vesta, suggesting that either beliefs (your own or those presented), the social sphere, or something published or broadcast, modifies your highest values or commitments. This is good, as what comes at us may provide ‘the facts’–and once again, as with the above aspects, we find that input offers better mental balance, and so better understanding. The glare of the Sun right now may blot out other influences, at least to the conscious awareness, but it helps connect us to instinct and hidden knowledge, what we ‘know but don’t know’. The feeling senses prove, once more, to be a conduit of information and guidance (Sun sxt Sedna).

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 27 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). A mental crisis can come in many forms, dear Cancer, and you’re going to face one–but it’s nothing to worry about. This is specifically for determining once and for all how you really feel–and you have as much as 12 months, through to your next birthday, to make those emotional decisions. You have time: to review the past, to sift through conflicting inclinations and impulses, to assess what really matters. Making values live through the reality picture is both possible and desirable, and should come fairly easily, supported by inspired relationships and spending, and a creative approach that really pays off. Good luck!

18 July 2019 Litany

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Today’s aspects (Pallas square the Nodal axis, Venus trine Neptune and square Zeus, and Mercury trine Ceres and sesquiquadrate Jupiter) for me bring to mind the song ‘Waters of March’ by Antônio Carlos Jobim. Named for the point in the year that Brazil sees the end of summer, Jobim wrote both the Portuguese and English lyrics. This may represent the energies available after the recent eclipse set; what’s ended, and what’s begun, intertwined and in some way, in need of personal expression. Essentially the song presents a litany of day to day life, and its inexorable progression toward death, and through this list asks, how will you spend your time? If your life were a series of images, what would that list look like? Now that you’re all cheered up, ready for the way your ideas of what’s wise challenge your current life direction, ready to let flow your tremendous creative urge, ready to solve problems presented by your ambitions, and now that you’re ‘thinking like a winner’ (in part by being clear on what you don’t accept on the social scene), you may want to take a little listen. I couldn’t find a read-out of this exact version, but like it better than any of the other English versions I found.

For those born with the Sun at 26 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, may at least in part be spent reforming your thinking about yourself. You’re tuned in to your instincts right now, accepting that intangible way of knowing and intuiting that you’ve previously (in real terms of trusting that info) resisted or even rejected–and this acceptance paves the way for a whole new You, for bringing forward the best possible version of who you are. Will you be brave enough to make the changes, to move closer to your ideal? Yes, I think you will, because you’re also now in possession of a massive creative energy that is attuned to bring reward–and who doesn’t like that? Good luck!

17 July 2019 Riddle Me This

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‘African Riddle’ by John Mainga, Photo by Todd Schaffer CC BY-SA 3.0

Here are our guidelines, and they will bedevil us: what’s beautiful, attractive, of worth, supports our health and the overall balance of our lives, but in some way to indulge in it right now is unwise, impractical, or may require skills we don’t have. It’s like a riddle with no right answer, as for each individual it will fit in some very particular way their life scenario at present. We may be able to get more specific by looking at what Venus rules in the natal chart, and/ or what subjects are covered by the House it’s currently transiting. These energies or subjects should have at least some involvement in the puzzle we face today. Another hint: having just undergone a Lunar eclipse, the feeling experience of that event may have a great deal to do with, may even have directly precipitated, the dynamic of beautiful/ healthy vs. unwise.

(Venus sq Pallas, parallel Hygeia, and conj NN)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 25 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, this solar year, through to your next birthday, your instincts involving material matters will be spot on–it’s the emotional ones that may be unclear to you. And that’s okay–you don’t need to make any pronouncements about your feelings right now, no matter how it seems–it’s much more important for you to get the material landscape of your life into good working order, so that it supports your needs and your wants. It’s vitally important that you trust those instincts in all areas–your health may depend on it–and acknowledging that your mind temporarily isn’t as sharp or receptive as it needs to be will only work in your favor, steering your efforts in their most effective direction. Good luck!

16 July 2019 Lunar Eclipse in a Venus Sky

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The Milky Way arches across this 360-degree panorama of the night sky above the Paranal Observatory, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope. The Moon is just rising and the zodiacal light shines above it, while the Milky Way stretches across the sky opposite the observatory. To the right in the image and below the arc of the Milky Way, two of our galactic neighbours, the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds, can be seen. The open telescope domes of the world’s most advanced ground-based astronomical observatory are all visible in the image: the four smaller 1.8-metre Aŭiliary Telescopes that can be used together in the interferometric mode, and the four giant 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes. The image was made from 37 individual frames with a total exposure time of about 30 minutes, taken in the early morning hours. ESO/H.H. Heyer CC BY 4.0

The Partial Lunar Eclipse is at 2:38 PM PDT of the 16th at 24 Capricorn 04, and perfects against a Venus-heavy sky, with Venus sesquiquadrate Ceres, quincunx Jupiter, and opposed Saturn. Since Venus is just inside combustion range of the Sun, we would expect its contacts to be less prominent–but in this case, we may see them as backdrop to emotion, passage-of-time, or feeling-based (Lunar) eclipse events, subtle ones that may either operate below consciousness or that we may be aware of but unable to give time or attention to.

Relationships and/ or assets, then, may be the underpinnings for eclipse impact, and may involve a situation where we are wrestling with who holds power in a relationship, or who holds spending power within a relationship, or in a situation where we can’t reconcile Love’s presence with the need to take responsibility and to set boundaries. The social sphere or some fact we’ve learned is calling for us to adjust our interactions or our finances, and we may have a hard time wrapping our heads around that (eclipse novile Jupiter). And then there’s the way we may be tempted to ignore the rules, boundaries, obstacles, or reality itself, when it comes to relationships or finances. All this makes for a disconcerting undercurrent–and then we have the Lunar event itself.

Falling in Capricorn, a Lunar eclipse suggests an ending to some sort of restriction, sense of discipline, support structure, or material reality, and it’s likely an ending where we are aware of its finality, even in some cases of the way we can do nothing about it. Restraints may reach a peak or disappear entirely, depending on your personal situation, but in either case the ending is clearly defined and makes an emotional impact.

The most startling thing may be the Lunar eclipse conjunction to Pluto, which implies the eclipse is a powerful moment, shot through with meaning in the form of Truth, and may incite transformation or obliteration at a core level. That’s a scary thought, but consider: there have been any number of life-changing moments you’ve already gone through, and nine times out of ten you probably didn’t know that was a transformational moment, or a course-changing event, until later, maybe much later.

Pause on this: that a Lunar event, one focused on feeling, and on bringing that feeling into a tangible or material sphere (Moon conjoined Earth in Capricorn) will occur, and it’s meant to bring completion to some matter related to the House where it falls or the matters this House represents in the natal chart, or possibly those represented by a natal body or point that is affected. Impact is inevitable, but the sense of catastrophe or loss is not. ‘Getting right’ with our own destructive impulses or urges toward power is the way to sail through this and even make the most of it.

The widest allowable aspect the event makes is a trine to Sedna (just under 4 degrees), which implies we know the meaning and impact of the eclipse at an instinctual level. It also implies information about the event is most accessible through the natural instincts, through being open to ‘what we know but don’t know’, which requires we trust ourselves–often easier said than done.

But there’s also a semi-square to the Black Moon Lilith point, suggesting that what stirs our instincts may be the rough edges around things we’re ignoring or denying, or that enrage. And then there is the novile to Jupiter, promising that whatever occurs at the eclipse, it will open up our world, will offer new or clearly perceived facts, will show those beliefs that are ‘right’, offer a religious experience, and/ or allow us to face emotionally-charged real-world events philosophically, easily seeing a way to process and accept what occurs.

The Sabian for the Lunar eclipse is, ‘A Store Filled With Precious Oriental Rugs’. These, even when the patterns are the same, are unique, one-of-a-kind creations–just like individuals. The eclipse, in pointing up our beauty as creations, also shows us the loneliness inherent to our form. Being one-of-a-kind carries with it the knowledge that we are separate, and the symbol also suggests that we are filled with things of worth (the store) and all we have to do to live that purpose is to be.

For a Lunar eclipse we also look at the Sabian for the Sun, since she is the light-giver that makes the whole show possible. The Sun’s is in Cancer: ‘A Willful Man Is Overshadowed By A Descent Of Superior Power’. This suggests that what casts the eclipse shadow in the first place is an instance of noticing our actual power in the larger scheme of things, and this is driven home by awareness of those who hold power superior to our own, and is so despite our very Arian inclination to Willfulness–which seems to point to the only item in Aries right now, Chiron. Is this a hint that it’s our own hurt at not having our way that re-aligns us with our effective place in the Universe, with a proportional understanding of each of us as an individual? Perhaps, though when we hark back to the Lunar eclipse Sabian, we might conclude that we are works of Art, and that we are unable to adequately express as long as we are wrapped up in our own heads, our own want, our own Willfulness.

Scroll down for the forecast and birthday look ahead for the 15th. Thank you, and Happy Eclipse!

For those born with the Sun at 24 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, the emotional impact of this year, especially what happened just a smidge before your birthday/ Solar Return, can’t be understated–and yet, know that you must deal with ‘the facts’ honestly in order to move forward and embrace the Truth, and through it the Power, that is slated to be yours. If you don’t already have a form that this power can take and express through, you may want to spend your birthday considering what you ‘know but don’t know’, as well as facing what you’d rather ignore, and so finding out exactly what you should be doing, as you take your place in the vanguard of your social sphere, peer group, or profession. Good luck!

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

 

15 July 2019 The Brakes–Or The Breaks?

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The Atacama Dry lake, in Chile. At the horizon, the Tumisa, Lejía and Miñiques volcanoes. Photo By Francesco Mocellin – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16388421

The world may seem to be divided between the smart and the powerful (and you know what kind of scenarios that implies, usually stupid moves on one side and impotent carping on the other), but the reality is more like this: the truly smart will realize it’s not the time to exercise power, but it is the time to solidify it, to stealthily position things so that they become, in some essential way, immovable. Note: the loudest are also the weakest, putting up a wall under your own control against what you don’t want is as effective at this time as actually reaching for what you do want, and that the fewer things about ourselves we’re trying to hide, the less friction we’ll find between ourselves and the material world. So, putting on the brakes creates the breaks, in ways we hadn’t thought of before, as the method is so oblique–and yet so effective.

(Pallas contra-parallel Ceres, Saturn sq Pallas and parallel Pluto, Sun sesq Black Moon Lilith)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 23 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). You may feel, dear Cancer, as if you’re an open book–but reactions to you and your efforts this solar year, through to your next birthday, may reflect the way others feel either that you have something to hide, or that you are ignoring or denying something vital to the health of the relationship they have with you. It’s important to get this sorted out, but it’s likely to be difficult, so strongly will you give the impression of both being in charge and of seeming independent, in the sense of not needing others. Letting those to whom you’re devoted know how you feel may be a good first step; reassessing how, when, and with whom you communicate is another. Positives this year for you include smart moves socially and the ability to bring values to life within relationships–both will serve you well. Good luck!

14 July 2019 Darker Things

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‘The Dark Mountains’ By Photographer James Craig Annan 1904 {{PD}}

Our attention today may go directly to those things we see as ‘most dark’: destructive things, ones we’ve tried to ignore or deny the existence of, things forgotten but lingering at the edge of consciousness, things we fear, extremes, and those things that haunt us vividly in the middle of the night. Consciousness drags them into the light and dares us to stand up to them, and it feels like we’re alone, the only adult, or authority, or force, in the room. How to handle it? Only accept visions and expressions of power that vibe with your idea of who you are at a Soul level; remember values and measure all against them; and rely on trusted relationships, ones to which you are firmly dedicated. That should turn darker things into chances for Self-knowledge, and occasions to learn a little something about life, as well.

(Mars qnx Black Moon Lilith and contra-parallel Ceres, Venus sxt Vesta, Sun opp Pluto)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 22 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, I want to be the first to assure you that scary sh*t from last year is all behind you–but can anyone ever be sure? No, but it does look like at the very least it’s in abeyance, allowing you time to dedicate yourself to shaping exactly the future you hope for. Will this period of undistracted momentum last forever? Of course not, but it will last long enough that, if well played, you will be in a very different, and much more emotionally secure, place than you were last time things went south–and that will make all the difference. Too, you may notice a kind of contest between your emotional perceptions and your instinctual ones. You would do well to parse these influences carefully; I lean toward saying that your instincts are the ones to be followed and trusted. Good luck!

13 July 2019 One Modest Perfection

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‘Two Young Girls With a Butterfly’ By Harold Harvey 1929 {{PD}}

We have one modest perfection today, as Venus semi-squares Sedna. I’m imagining it as a gentle nudge, a sweet something that causes just the slightest internal discord as instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’ stirs. The question is, is that a course correction, a warning, or an invitation into a new experiential world (Sedna in Taurus)? Your response will likely fall along the lines of what you care about, or what you are responsible to care for (Venus in Cancer); with any luck you glean new insights, or new emotional depth, in relationships or investments (especially of time, energy, caring).

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 21 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). What an exciting time you may have this solar year, through to your next birthday, Cancer! You know, of course, that excitement comes in many forms, from positively transformative and transporting to the whole thing burning down to ashes. It’s up to you to create the changes you want to see in your support systems, to the rules you follow, to what may be holding you back or holding you up, and you’re required to make these choices, because if you don’t, the world is going to make them for you–and that may not always be desirable. Taking the initiative, and so shaping the direction energies take, is key. Use that flow to go after what you want–or to at least set up circumstances so that they enhance your chances at ambition fulfillment in future. Good luck!

Today’s word image is: a dream, where a man sees himself choking another person with a car’s fan belt. Are your enthusiasms (what you’re a ‘fan’ of) curtailing the freedom or energy or enjoyment of someone else? Or is someone else keeping you from ‘breathing free’ with their incursions on your time, energy, or attention?

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12 July 2019 Healthy Instincts

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‘Nymphs Hunting’ By Julius LeBlanc Stewart 1898 {{PD}}

All you need to know today is this: instincts are healthy and right-on; thinking is confused, obscured by illusion or misunderstanding, or too influenced by our wishes to be accurate. Go with the inner voice, the quiet one that saves you from yourself and prompts you to do the ‘right’ thing.

(Perfecting today: Hygeia conj Sedna, retro Mercury sesq Neptune)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 20 Cancer. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Cancer, your Solar Return brings a period, lasting through to your next birthday, that can best be described as an Earthquake. Now consider: earthquakes can be long and frightening as the ground rolls and heaves beneath you, or they can be abrupt as the two plates whack together, or they can be imperceptibly slow, with change coming inch by inch. This change may be obvious, or may be unnoticeable until much later, but in any case offers you a re-making, as well as a new emotional take on your personal authority and how to exercise it, with a consequent opening up of your belief system, your reach, and your world. Good luck!