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17 June 2019 Full Moon in Sagittarius: Denouement

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‘The Banquet of the Officers of the St George Militia Company in 1627’ By Frans Hals {{PD}}

The Full Moon, at 25 Sagittarius 53, occurs at 1:30 AM PDT, and is apex to a Finger of God with base of Juno-Sedna–which sextile naturally catches the Sun, currently parallel to Mercury, at its midpoint. The only other viable contact is the Full Moon in (very) wide conjunction with Jupiter, its ruler. A Full Moon in Sagittarius brings a sense of ending, completion, or denouement, but one filled with optimism, that possibly presents new opportunities, and perhaps one that reveals needed knowledge, information, or ‘facts’, and these may either offer new directions to the individual or show precisely why the situation is viable no more.

Every Full Moon is a Moon-Earth conjunction, and this points up the way there is typically an emotional conclusion and a material one. Either we have a feeling reaction to what ends, or our feelings bring about the end of some physical situation, but in any case, there is both an internal experience and an external one, though certainly, the impact for one or the other varies with the individual. Some will feel the event is solely internal, others only external, but it benefits us to look at circumstances and try to draw the thread that connects our emotional state (of which we might not automatically be aware) and what’s happening, especially what’s coming to a close, around us physically.

The Finger suggests that what concludes arose from stress, in the clash between our status or a role that empowers us or where we can express ourselves, and our own instincts and our inability to follow them. Somehow our responsibilities, especially if we feel a certain amount of resentment or anger surrounding them, may be the foundation for this; our denial of those instincts, of our own needs or wants, is too powerful at this point to be dismissed–and so the events of the Full Moon appear, as the psyche manifests before us, possibly in exaggerated but also in informative ways.

We need to exercise caution: we may be acting from our ‘blind spot’, from some area or on some issue that we believe we understand or have dominion over, though in reality we don’t. We might also be mustering our instincts out of hurt or vengeance–remember, Juno didn’t take that disrespect dished out to her lying down.

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘A Flag Bearer In A Battle‘. The flag bearer is essentially a non-combatant, even though this individual risks just as much as anyone else out on the battle field. We may feel that we are simply a standard bearer, that we are ‘letting everyone know’, and so not really involved in the battle–and this tells us that’s a false perception, likely offering us a false sense of safety. And maybe that’s what we learn with the Full Moon events: that we can’t hold ourselves separate from the tumult around us.

The purpose of a flag bearer in battle is to help orient the soldiers to where their forces are gathered, and to how far forward, or how much in retreat, they are at any one time. So, for some of us this Sagittarius Full Moon may be a marker of sorts, one that tells us how much progress in ‘the fight’ we’ve actually made.

Dominique Lang ‘Matin d’hiver’ 1916 {{PD}}

The Sun, always vital in a Full Moon scenario (how else would the Moon shine?) has the Sabian, ‘Frost-Covered Trees Against Winter Skies‘. This suggests to me that Full Moon events were either set in motion last winter, or if we look carefully, we will see their origins there. At the time we may have had the impression that related matters (maybe even our feelings) were ‘frozen’–now we know they’re not.

No matter what happens at this point, we learn something, facts or how we feel–that’s the beauty of Moon in Sagittarius.

‘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 26 Gemini. 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 for you, dear Gemini, may bring some a number of endings, especially emotional ones, and it may ask you to find a role in life that both empowers you and allows you to show and make use of your vibrant inner life. That’s a tall order, when most of us are just trying to make a living, but you have the capacity this year, through to your next birthday, to create/ find the perfect spot for you. As a natural consequence, this will change many things in your life, but I’m guessing you’re more than ready to show more of who you are, even as you heal your sense of yourself as a unique and interesting individual. Good luck!

16 June 2019 Problems With The Creative

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Hélio Oiticica at Inhotim in Brumadinho/Brazil By régine debatty – P1080580, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15856978

The ideas are golden, clear and crisp, and very exciting–but somehow, if we were to materialize them just as we are imagining, they would conflict with our ambitions (or at least, the goals we’ve set) and undermine our personal authority. That’s no fun. We prevent Self-sabotage and get our ideas on the map in three ways: we don’t do anything that chips away at our health: physical, spiritual, financial, emotional; we accept reality, and the current authorities, even if they are wrong and we don’t like them, because we don’t have to like them to see What Is; and, we can use the social sphere as a handy measure: what they revere, we reject, what they say we can’t do (in the ‘you’ll never succeed’ sense), we see the possibilities and see how we can pursue the goal or solve the problem. We won’t change the world today, but we’re building the structures, mechanisms, and alliances that will.

(Jupiter sq Neptune, Mars sxt Hygeia, Mercury sq Zeus, sesq Ceres, trine Neptune, qnx Jupiter, and opp Saturn)

By Anthony26130 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54972509

Today’s word image is a beautiful, full lavender plant that curls in upon itself–is it dead, you wonder?–but that then unfurls as soon as it’s planted. This is about understanding how important the right environment is, and it’s also about not being upset with ourselves if we’re not in full bloom–we just aren’t at the right spot, we haven’t created the optimum environment, yet. Look to your Earth in the natal chart (it’s always, always, always located directly opposite the Sun) for clues as to what environment you need to help you become the fullest, highest, and best expression of who you are.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Gemini. 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 strongest ally this solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini, may be your own very clear sense of what’s right, your instinctual knowledge, and your willingness to call out destruction and even evil for what it is. Accepting that ability in yourself makes your way forward evident, and consistently gives you both the power to change things and opens up choice, no matter the circumstances. In some sense this may be a ‘heavy’ year, but it’s also an empowering one, and could lead to bringing some ideals to reality, and to some truly creative, imaginative, and inspired actions and thinking. Good luck!

15 June 2019 Thrown Into The Future

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‘Diary of a Seducer’ By Arshile Gorky 1945 {{PD}}

It’s a day where embracing our own empowerment and exercising that power in areas we know are our own, as well as using skills we know we are adept with, can hurtle us forward, into our future Self. It’s almost like if we hit the ‘right’ vibratory attitude, we’ll whoosh ahead, developing instantly into what we will become (or at least, morphing into it temporarily, for a day). This means we’ll also get that glimpse ahead with others, seeing where they’re headed.

Find the vibe, and you definitely benefit in ways you may have never thought of before. It’s also appropriate to think about the future–where do you want to go, who do you want to be? What might get in the way of all this accelerated development are all those matters you’ve ignored, denied, or grown angry over but not faced. These can lead you in a direction where your actions won’t really matter (but of course, you won’t know that in the moment), where you’ll spend a long time and lots of energy making irrelevant choices. So, check those empowerment options against instincts and what you ‘know but don’t know’, which can help you avoid stepping into and acting out of your ‘blind spot’, or succumbing to the siren song of efforts that support nothing but the ego.

(Juno sxt Sedna, Mars sesq Black Moon Lilith, Venus nov and Mercury conj NN)

‘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 24 Gemini. 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 a good portion of the solar year ahead, through to your next birthday, Gemini, trying to pinpoint your feelings, and there may be a considerable sense of being alienated from yourself–but don’t take this too much to heart. It may be that the Universe is offering you a respite from what has recently been something of an emotional whirlwind; circumstances may be giving you enough space to go forward in other areas that need attention. Think carefully about what you really want, as it may be extra easy to fall into patterns from the past, especially the kind that offer as much of a straight jacket as they do legitimate security. But then again, all that thinking will likely bring forward some of the most creative insights you’ve ever had, and the way will be clear for you to pursue/ manifest them. Good luck!

14 June 2019 Bend, Willow

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‘Pond with Willow Tree and Ducks’ By Peter DeWint c1820 {{PD}}

Outrage, anger, aggression, speaking (or more likely showing) Truth to Power, making a point–we’ve all got something we’re trying to impress upon others or the environment, and the more unconscious we are, the more angry and out-of-control we’ll be. A few pointers: don’t ignore realities–work with them, instead; obstacles may be in place for your protection, as they could prevent regrettable, in-the-moment choices; don’t try a two-birds-with-one-stone approach, specifically if you’re trying to further ambitions–it won’t work and may bleed valuable energy from other matters; if you’re going in the wrong direction, the facts may point that out to you–ignore at your peril; beliefs are going to be challenged–bend, willow, don’t break; and finally, engaging in power struggles will cost you assets, including relationships–so make your point and walk away–you’re not the idiot whisperer, and you’ve not been charged with changing others’ minds, with ‘educating’ them, no matter how it may feel.

‘Little Green Willow’ By Helen Hyde 1905 {{PD}}

This energy will put us at odds with the social sphere no matter what, but what’s really important is that we’re okay with ourselves, with who we are. Be clear on that, and refuse to wrassle for power, and you can convert that outward-pushing energy into productive, focused effort.

(Mars sesq Ceres, opp Saturn, sq Zeus, and qnx Jupiter, Venus sesq Pluto, Sun parallel Mars)

Today’s word image isn’t a word or phrase or described image, it’s instead something the Universe has been especially persistent in showing lately, and that is that it’s not speaking in symbols and complex language, it’s shouting at us pretty directly.We’re seeing all around us clear signals about what is happening with each of us, and with all larger entities. Two examples: a particular business entity was scheduled to have their yearly ice cream social today, but the freezer went on the fritz and all of it melted–and this entity is indeed in a state of crisis, in the midst of a slow-motion melt down. My other example comes from a chat I had with someone last week. This person was telling me about someone who runs a particular promotional business, and how she had come to other shop owners, trying to work a deal where she would get her name on their business productions and a cut of the profits, in exchange for . . . what? Her good will? She offered them nothing. The name of her company is supposed to be clever and playful, but it quite literally states that she wants to rob anyone she does business with! Obviously, I can’t name it for liability reasons, but it’s something along the lines of ‘Sneaky Thieves’! So, I think the point is that we need to be alert, look around, because not much is actually hidden, anymore. People are showing us who they are–believe them. And, I’d add to this, that if you’re receiving aggression because you’re showing firm boundaries, first you have my sympathy, and second, as the handmaids say, Latinesque style, “nolite te bastardes carborundorum”

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

For those born with the Sun at 23 Gemini. 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). Gemini, you may be highly introspective this solar year, through to your next birthday, and that’s a good thing–it’s time for you to excavate what has over time come closer and closer to the surface. What results could be unsettling, to the point of re-writing your current reality scenario, but no matter what, it will help you shed what you no longer need, what’s holding you back, and in so doing open the way for new experience, and a fresh new emotional scene. Expect renewal in many ways; expect, too, for emotional perceptions and intuitions to lead you toward some of the most creative times of your life. Good luck!

13 June 2019 Containers

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By Francisco de Zurbarán 1650 {{PD}}

Today we need to give things shape, to find containers, forms, boundaries, for our power that both offer the appropriate amount of Self-responsibility and the appropriate measure of pure Self-expression. Those are a lot of big, vague concept words, not easily fit to real-world efforts, so here’s the prescription: put energy into creativity, give it a physical form by applying it to something you care about, something you feel deeply. Get into action, choose, impress yourself on the environment, and you will know when you’ve got it right by this: you’ll feel a little twinge, a little happiness, as your choices heal something vital and beautiful within.

(Saturn semi-sq Ceres, Mars trine Neptune, Venus sxt Chiron, Sun qnx Pluto)

See tomorrow’s forecast for the Sun at 23 Gemini.

12 June 2019 Intersections

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By TheTrolleyPole – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79351445

For some of you this may be parsing things a little too finely, but I’d like to point out that the asteroid Hygeia receives quite a few contacts from other transiting bodies today, and to me this suggests a theme: what occurs offers us the chance to sort what’s good for us from what isn’t. It’s a point when our attention goes to the suddenly emphasized, the suddenly obvious, all in service to assessing what we need more of, what needs to be eliminated. We are likely to see the physical manifestations of our state of Being (another way of saying ‘health’), the ways social pressures and dictates have caused us to modify our behavior (in forms that may be either positive for us or harmful), and we get a glimpse forward to what our actions and choices are creating for the future. What we want to be, in the largest and most complete sense, is what we are considering at this time, and we see exactly how reality and our behaviors intersect, and the results.

With the Fist and the T-square we may get even more specific. The Fist offers us the ways the reality picture and our own ambitions and desires have intersected, and the ‘reward’ of such; the T shows us values and relationships and the ways these have caused conflict acted out and on via our own agency–that is, this shows both a measure of our own responsibility for the state of things, and how and why our relationships and what we care about have tested and been responded to in proportion to how much personal power and authority we believe we hold. The end result of that is the sum of what we are ignoring or denying, and the hidden anger that may be driving our behaviors–and it’s these intersections and combinations that we see the physical result of today.

We may all be tempted to vow to diet, exercise, reform our habits, ‘clean up’ in some way–and that would be positive, though we don’t want to miss the real message: that our actions and choices are the building blocks in a more concrete way than we may imagine. We have more control, and more ‘say’, than we think we do–be ready to wield it.

(Saturn trine, Venus parallel, and Jupiter qnx Hygeia, Jupiter sxt Zeus, Mars conj NN, Venus as apex to a Fist of God with base of Saturn sq Zeus, Venus opp Ceres as base of a T-sq with arm of Black Moon Lilith, the Sun parallel Pallas)

‘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 22 Gemini. 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 Gemini, big change is coming, and if you don’t modify yourself and your approach when you first see that a shift is occurring, then choice and control will be taken out of your hands. Whew! Do I have your attention? Things are getting a wee bit drastic because you’ve been plowing ahead, thinking you can ignore pretty much everything in pursuit of your goals–and now what’s been neglected is catching up with you, and maybe even overtaking you. By that I mean a certain amount of control is inevitably lost by you, through the very fact that you have let some structures, supports, and ‘security blankets’ crumble. In the end this may be a good thing, but will put you through some stressful times in the coming solar year, through to your next birthday. What’s working for you? An immense sense of determination, and the ability to see the value of spontaneity and accident–and it’s this latter that can turn your year into a highly rewarding time. Good luck!

11 June 2019 Hidden In The Past

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Unlikely you’ll find a baby, but you will find something important to you today. ‘The Finding of Moses’ By Giovanni Francesco Romanelli c1656 {{PD}}

Today we can draw power from what’s hidden in the past, especially from the nuances of relationships, the vagaries or just-now-understood factors within our finances, and/ or things avoided or denied altogether that we are reminded of. The value is in seeing how we could’ve modified our expression so that what we did, or our response, would’ve been a better fit to who we are at a Soul level than what we did choose to express. This review helps us skirt, in our current situation, something that might’ve been disastrous in relationship interaction or in financial decision-making if we had followed through on our initial impulse. Accessing this memory and learning from it ultimately allows us to be more unique, more ourselves, than we would without contemplation of that insight hidden in the past.

(Ceres sq Black Moon Lilith, Venus sesq SN, Mercury semi-sq Sedna, Sun semi-sq Uranus)

©JGDemboski 1991

Today’s word image is a much older woman who encounters hopscotch squares in chalk on the sidewalk, and stops to hop through to the end. This may say we’re never too old to play–or is it a statement on human nature, that we are ‘game players’, or just ‘players’, to the end? Maybe it’s about recognizing the eternal spirit in all of us, that willingness to encounter the world that’s so prominent when we’re young. In any case, it’s a reminder to us that we should respond in the way that feels right to us to what we encounter in our environment, even (or maybe especially) if social convention or judgmental others might frown on our activity, tell us we’re ‘too old’, or in some other way judge us to be inadequate.

‘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 21 Gemini. 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 Gemini, this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, what you can count on is change, more change, and a little change, and much of it coming in surprising ways, through accident, revelation, group decisions, or through your own inner stance of rebellion or need to express as a singular, original individual. It’s a tumultuous time, no doubt, but you have excellent emotional perceptions and intuitions during this period and these facilitate ambition and desire fulfillment in a significant way–so listen to what your feelings tell you, and trust them, and as well, trust yourself–you can handle what comes at you, and may gain significant power because of it. Good luck!

10 June 2019 Ambition But No Opportunity

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By Robert Henri 1914 {{PD}}

You know what happens when we have ambition but see no opportunities before us, right? We try to make our own–and today is one of those days, when we’ll need to step up and advocate for our own causes, push our own agenda, and make what we care about or want our priority. What’s making the scene seem so bleak is every matter ignored or denied by everyone, now creating barriers and preventing easy movement, and this root cause in most cases won’t be visible to us–we’ll probably believe the landscape is barren due to ‘luck’, or more specifically its lack, but common sense tells us circumstances did not create themselves. We don’t need to place blame, but an awareness that current issues and blocks are man-made will help us deal with them–as anything done can in some form be undone–so that should give us heart, and prevent a fatalistic point of view dominating.

Two warnings, while we’re dealing with this set of influences: 1) our thinking is too materially-focused and in itself too ambitious to actually be wise–it’s a prime situation with the potential for mistaking what we want for what’s smart–and 2) the reality picture is not showing us any encouragement, any clear avenues on which to go forward–and that’s because at this time, we need to be willing to build those roads ourselves. Once we accept our own agency, we’ll find our attention going exactly where it needs to–so even if it doesn’t appear that what we’re dealing with serves our ultimate ends and ambitions, know that it really does.

(Zeus sesq and Saturn semi-sq Black Moon Lilith–and Saturn also squares Zeus–Mercury sq Pallas, Sun trine Zeus, qnx Saturn, and opp Jupiter)

‘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 20 Gemini. 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 Gemini, this solar year, through to your next birthday, you have the right combination of ambition, goals, serious intent, and real-world practicality to make significant gains, attract Love, or create profits or Art. There’s a swell of creative energy that can drive your dreams; all you have to do is go after them, be aware of the reality picture, and look for opportunity. You may balk at some of the things you might be required to do, and if you find yourself unwilling, then you know that wasn’t really your dream, it was a distraction–in which case, your duty is to go out and discover what you really want. You have the energy and the mojo to be successful–use this period of clear perceptions and fortuitous judgement to make it happen.

9 June 2019 Failing The Dream

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By Kazimierz Stabrowski 1904 {{PD}}

How are we failing to support our own dream? That may be the (harsh) question we put to ourselves today, or maybe it’s pointed out by circumstances, but either way, we become aware of some way in which we aren’t serving those idealized goals put forward, consciously or not, by the Soul. This is not something to beat yourself up about; it’s merely a chance to re-align and fine tune, to re-dedicate energy that may have been useful elsewhere, temporarily. In this case, our actions and choices, rather than circumstances imposed externally, are the core reason we’ve strayed, and the central means of getting back to where we want to be–so that means it’s entirely in our own hands. Our attention can be focused through the material, and through those causes and commitments we embrace. Serving these, by honoring them, re-dedicating ourselves to them, or simply by giving our full awareness to the reality of things, will bring us back to our intended path. Too, take care that you aren’t misled today–we’re susceptible to the illusion, to the sleight of hand, to the gossamer mirage spun before us by the ill-informed, or by those with ill-intentions. Eyes on what we find sacred prevents us falling for deceptions.

(Vesta enters Taurus, Venus semi-sq Mars, Sun sq Neptune)

‘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 19 Gemini. 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 your year, dear Gemini, now through your next birthday, to test your dreams, and to make the viable ones happen. This may come about through less than comfortable circumstances, ones that carry an emotional impact, but that are designed to show you potentials, as well as what are for all intents and purposes impossibilities. This can be an exciting and rewarding period, if you hold your dreams in a relaxed, relatively open hand, and remember that they don’t belong to you, so much as rest in your care so that they can be realized. You may find just the right partner this year for meeting goals and bringing ambitions to reality–but be very clear about what is and is not the province of any partnership you enter into, as confusion of roles is a distinct possibility. Opportunities, especially to alter the reality picture, are yours–shape things wisely. Good luck!

8 June 2019 Soul Retrieval

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‘Soul in Bondage’ By Elihu Vedder 1891 {{PD}}

We may see something from the past, something misunderstood or disregarded at the time, that needs acceptance and incorporation into our lives. This may come as a surprise to us, and those of us who want to leave the past behind may be dismayed, but this will turn out to be a necessary bit of Soul retrieval, meant to bring us closer to a conscious sense of wholeness. It may come about through a power struggle, or one to set ourselves or someone/ something else ‘free’, or could be an accidental result of expressing our own power, but in any case, comes about as we ‘listen’ to our inner prompts and respond to what we ‘know but don’t know’, bringing back a piece of spirit, one temporarily lost by believing others over our own instincts.

(Hygeia trine and Sun qnx SN, Uranus qnx Ceres, Merc nov Sedna, Venus enters Gemini)

‘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 18 Gemini. 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 Gemini, This solar year, through to your next birthday, creativity and fertility of all kinds is high, arising out of a need to tell your story. The creative urge may, in fact, overwhelm all other considerations, though ostensibly your attention will likely be on ambitions, looking for opportunities, and trying to have a real-world impact. If you don’t already have them, please develop one or more avenues through which that creative flood can express itself–if you neglect to, you could find yourself drowning in emotion and frustrated by a lack of forward progress. Also benefiting you this year: thinking before you do, and using your personal authority to avoid hurting others, just as much as you’ll use it to avoid getting hurt yourself. Good luck!

7 June 2019 Thought Experiment

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‘An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump’ By Joseph Wright of Derby 1768 {{PD}}

Ideas may be original or unusual today, and it’s this breath of fresh air that makes it prime time for negotiating our ‘territory’ and for getting what we want. What occurs to us may be so out of the ordinary that it takes us out of our comfort zone–and in this case, that’s very good, creating circumstances where it’s exceptionally safe to roll the dice, to experiment (mostly–the exceptions may be if we are merely power-seeking, or if we intend to cause harm). Too, once we step up and show ourselves to be fully present, we have the chance to resolve ambiguities with something or someone we care about, and so have the chance to heal the relationship or the wounds to our psyche caused by this connection previously.

(Mercury sxt Uranus, qnx Ceres, and sq Chiron)

‘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 17 Gemini. 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 Gemini, it’s clear as day that you need to review your past, resolve it, and then modify the path you’re treading so that it takes you, in as straight a line as possible, in your desired direction. It appears what happened before has somehow exerted too strong an influence, and you’ve allowed this to alter the dream, to the point you may not even recognize it, anymore. This solar year, through to your next birthday, is your breakthrough year, the one where you set your course precisely as you want it to be. Eventually, this adjustment will lead to greater creativity and attract opportunities you never would’ve seen if you had stayed compromised by the past. Good luck!

6 June 2019 Free To Be Yourself

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By Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1895 {{PD}}

Today the goal may be to show our uniqueness, to display our originality, and what we must negotiate is how much leeway we actually have to show who we are. The guise we normally take in order to move through the social milieu safely may be slipping–or maybe we’ve thrown it off, no longer willing to hide those things that might bring social disapproval, not because they are morally or ethically wrong according to our sphere, but because they aren’t judged to be cool. And holding oneself back out of fear of being judged is a total shame, my friends.

Be who you are, without reservation, without intimidation, and be confident in this expression. You’ve got two big positives going for you: 1) what you love is firmly aligned with instincts and deep Self-knowledge, meaning that surrounding yourself with what’s loved, whether people, other living things, your creations, or your surroundings, will open the way to understanding, and so make any Self-expression you undertake absolutely true to you, and 2) whether consciously or unconsciously done, you are facing, dealing with, and making the most of those matters you’ve been ignoring or denying–and again, the way is opened for Self-expression unique to you.

It’s this expression, almost unavoidable today, that draws opportunity and expands our world and our reach, largely through a variety of unexpected reactions, accidents, surprises, and revelations. To be free of fear in expression is to accept yourself completely–and from there, living free follows.

(Jupiter sesq Uranus, Venus conj Sedna, Mercury trine Black Moon Lilith)

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For those born with the Sun at 16 Gemini. 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 Gemini, one of your surprising strengths this solar year, through to your next birthday, will be an uncanny ability to understand what other people are really about. This may come without words, in images in the mind or in sudden ‘knowing’, but however it arrives, you will have an advantage–use it wisely–that is, use it to elevate yourself by treating the other person in a more sympathetic way than you might have otherwise. Doing so will win you friends in places you never would have found them in earlier times, and also purifies your own interactions with the world so thoroughly that you gain (status, rewards, partners) by no more effort than visualizing what you want for your future. So that sounds good, right? Good luck, Gemmy!

5 June 2019 A Brilliant Chaos

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‘Shade and Darkness – The Evening of the Deluge’ By J. M. W. Turner 1843 {{PD}}

Whether it’s internal or external, in our minds or in our relationships, whether we experience it alone or in the company of countless others, we’re due some brilliant chaos, a crashing and colliding of ideas that will take unexpected shapes and offer inventive options and answers to questions we didn’t even know we were asking. This may come in the form of opposites: wounds that show us our strengths, dangers that reveal the extent of our empowerment, passions and what we love versus doing what’s practical and smart, and of course, testing the validity of our ideals through real-life implementation and commitment. Not necessarily an easy day, but a massively illuminating one, if we can assess what happens impersonally and then see how it can be applied in the most personal of ways.

(Chiron trine Ceres, Pluto opp Juno, Neptune nov Vesta, Venus sesq Pallas, Sun nov Uranus)

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For those born with the Sun at 15 Gemini. 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, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday, may be one long, sensitive time, when feelings are acute and tender and will affect the health of every life area–and in so doing, bring about some distinctive learning or exploratory situations. Your surroundings may change as a result of challenges to your feeling nature and perceptions, and you may find yourself repeatedly weighing the power balance. This is good, as you see just where your ‘muscle’ lies. This year, to gain or within relationships you do best to listen to instincts and those ways you ‘know but don’t know’–just take care not to confuse knowing with wanting. Good luck!

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4 June 2019 Keepers of the Flame

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By Godfried Schalcken c1677 {{PD}}

If you’re looking for the New Moon report of the 3rd, it’s here–

Are we confused about what we’re dedicating our lives to, or is it that we don’t understand it, don’t see it clearly, or is it that we’re following an ideal that may or may not have a real-world application? Something in us is stirring, an inner knowing that’s trying to bring vital info to consciousness, so that our actions and choices have meaning relevant to us, as individuals, as necessary keepers of our own flame. Our dreams are calling, and if we can’t pinpoint the corollary to what we’ve imagined and long for, then what are we doing? Today we might have to face this, maybe via a challenge to our personal authority, to our sense of worthiness or beauty or talents, or through the social sphere as it asks us (not in a disapproving way) to show the world who we are. We think in terms of caring, what we and others are motivated by and for, and this helps jog loose that sense of knowing, but feeling it’s just outside our grasp. Something today brings that closer to our awareness–watch for it.

(Neptune contra-parallel Vesta, Mars semi-sq Sedna, Venus contra-parallel Ceres, Mercury enters Cancer, Sun contra-parallel Jupiter)

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For those born with the Sun at 14 Gemini. 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 Gemini, What in the world do you want most? This solar year, through to your next birthday, you must use a combination of instinct and active, present-moment intuition to get it, and that might be a real challenge for someone who wants to apply their brain to literally every task–as I’m guessing you are. The other things you can do include using your personality in new ways (that will bring new responses from the world around you) and working to take real-world (rather than just mental) steps toward building what you want. In case nobody’s told you, you have a right to have it, just as long as you put in the effort, and don’t cause any harm along the way–now go get it, and good luck!

2 June 2019 Extinguished Passions

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‘Im Mai’ By Heinrich Vogeler1897 {{PD}}

If you’re looking for the New Moon forecast, please click here–

Does your sense of personal authority include seeing yourself as an authority for others? Or do you see yourself as singular, Self-responsible but not in the market to tell others what to do? We’re naturally inclined at the moment to think in terms that are most healthy for who we are at core, and that means that if our personal position of authority is too narrow (only encompassing ourselves) or too broad (seeing ourselves as having inappropriate dominion over others) we will feel uncomfortable in that position–and that may prompt changes or confrontations in the power arena.

So, gauging the extent of authority appropriate (acceptable) to you is necessary, along with giving Love or your wallet a good purging (that is, throw out all that needs to go, the attitudes, the untruths, the ugly bits we may be clinging to so we can pull them out at the next fight, and those things that have died–dump the corpses of long extinguished passions and sources of support–it’s time). Eye on the future, we go forward less burdened, lighter, purer.

(Juno sesq Ceres, Venus trine Pluto, Merc nov Hygeia, Sun parallel NN)

This has to be you this year, Gemini. Screenshot from ‘Sunset Boulevard’, Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up”.

For those born with the Sun at 12 Gemini. 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 reaching a height, a zenith, this year, dear Gemini–but what does this really mean to you? You may be unsure, but what I can tell you is that you’ve already suffered the shocks, received the surprises, learned the lessons, and now you are shaping, forming, experimenting with what you gleaned from those experiences, honing it into a fine wisdom and a whole new set of skills. That’s all for the good, as sooner rather than later you’ll need to be very clear on what it is you honor, what you find sacred, what you want to dedicate your life energy to, and if you’re not ready to really commit, you could find yourself in the awkward position of having all you need and yet not going forward. Be ready for your close-up, and good luck!

3 June 2019 New Moon in Gemini: Evolved Beyond

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‘Butterflies’ By Odilon Redon c1910 {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs at 3:01 AM PDT of the 3rd at 12 Gemini 33. This event makes only two reasonably close aspects to other bodies: a semi-square to Vesta and a trine to Pallas. A New Moon in Gemini ushers in a new way of thinking, probably centered in the matters of the House of the natal chart within which this falls. The aspects tell us that what arises from (or sometimes ushers in) this change is a challenge to the highest values, something that comes forward and dares us to defend our commitment, our cause, what we honor or find sacred–and the great thing about this is that it shows us the wisdom (or lack of it) within our choice. Is our energy well dedicated? Are we on a sinking ship? Have our values and priorities changed over time such that this cause isn’t really ours, anymore? The New Moon shows us, in largest terms, how and where we have evolved beyond the current ideas we carry–and that will carry clues as to where we put that energy now.

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is, ‘A Famous Pianist Giving A Concert Performance’. Considering that the NM event contacts Vesta, the body that describes what we revere, what we ‘worship’, in many senses, and that it also contacts Pallas, which can describe skills, we might see this symbol as expression of a well-developed skill or ability. The New Moon, then, might show us either that we have reached a peak in development in some area where we’ve dedicated ourselves and now must find a new form or direction, or it shows us the potential for mastery that dedication will bring.

The House in the natal chart that holds Gemini should offer some personal guidance and some hint as to what the New Moon might bring, and for all of us, it offers a ‘new way’ to think of something important to us, something that may be vital to the overall health and development of the Collective, and to our contribution to it.

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For those born with the Sun at 13 Gemini. 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 Gemini, what is it that you’ve just begun? The solar year, through to your next birthday, may be keyed to this, or to some Lunar (read, ‘intuitive or emotional’) matter that is developing, growing, and that may figure large in your life very soon. Down sides to your year may feature a too-fixed mindset that doesn’t accept a new idea easily, and a tendency to exaggerate both your own willingness to do something and your ability to do it, and Up sides include rewards commensurate with the extent of honest, serious change you undertake. At some point there may be a showdown over personal power issues, but if you remind yourself of what really matters to you, you’ll know exactly how to handle it. Good luck!

The post for 2 June follows at 7 AM Pacific time on the 1st, as usual.

 

1 June 2019 More?

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By Ambrosius Bosschaert {{PD}}

Do we ever ask ourselves if we really even want more? We just assume more of something desirable will help us, but today we have to face the question of what having more really means–and no matter what we’re wanting, no matter what we’re talking about, there are two potent and inescapable results: one, that the bounty that comes at us, whatever form it takes, will force us to adjust our concepts of our own empowerment, status, and reach, and two, having more will require changes to our belief system. Period. We just won’t come out of today without significant alterations to the way we see the world, and the way we see ourselves in it.

(Jupiter qnx Juno, Venus qnx Jupiter)

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For those born with the Sun at 11 Gemini. 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 Gemini, For much of this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find it very difficult to know how you feel about . . . everything. Just know: that’s okay. There’s no real requirement for you to be able to state who or what you care about. All you have to do is behave in a way that is respectful of others, that allow others their autonomy, that is discrete without being secretive or withholding, and by the time you reach your next birthday, if not before, what really matters will be crystal clear to you. So, don’t strain yourself; instead bide your time, cause no harm, and before you know it, you’ll know exactly what to do. Good luck!

31 May 2019 Stumbles in the Dark

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‘Morning Light’ By William McGregor Paxton {{PD}}

We’re trying to go forward and we keep stumbling; we’re in a dark room and are refusing to turn on the light. Why are we being so contrary? At present we’re confusing what we dedicate our energy to and our wounds; we think what we honor is the source of our hurt–and that may or may not be accurate. We are, reasonably or not, expecting to wrest reward from the current scenario–and that could come to us, or not, if our expectations are misplaced. And worst of all, we are just being pig-headed, wanting to ignore what we know to be wise in favor of exercising our Will.

If we’re willing to at least make our way to a window and pull back a curtain, we’ll be able to see the outlines of things, the shape of what surrounds us–and that’s not just smart, but empowering, enhancing our position, as others may continue to feel around in the dark and get nowhere. We should also consider that certain things that are currently being treated as, ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ should be brought out into the open, exposed, dealt with, judged, because it’s only when we ignore them that they can affect us without our knowing.

(NN sesq Black Moon Lilith, Chiron parallel Vesta, Mars sq Pallas, Venus trine Saturn, sxt Juno, and semi-sq Chiron, Merc qnx Pluto, Sun nov Juno and trine Pallas)

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For those born with the Sun at 10 Gemini. 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 year, dear Gemini, through the solar year to your next birthday, you have the Will, and the Wisdom and/ or skills, to do exactly what you want to–but how will that play out? You may have to find some sort of balance between idealism and reality, chasing the dream and fulfilling duties, playing by the rules and winging it, before you can go forward with shaping things to your Will. It’s a matter of answering the questions: What will it cost, if I get what I want? And what do I believe? Do those beliefs support my wants? Believing in yourself is necessary to successfully building what you desire. And one other thing: the emotions may be at odds with the identity or the sense of mission; the feeling nature may be too focused on material matters and security needs to allow the ‘I Am’ to truly, freely express. Deal with those ‘side’ matters, and the way is clear to be precisely who you intend to be. Good luck!

30 May 2019 What’s Wise

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Today we absolutely, without a doubt, feel we know where we’re going–but we may be completely deluded about how empowered we truly are. Or maybe it’s that we are both on track and mustering massive amounts of creative and generative energy in order to move forward. Or is it that we think we’re rejecting exercising our own authority overtly, possibly because we’re under some illusion about what is really ours to do, to change, to affect? Think it through, sort it out–mental clarity is our strong point at the moment (plus a dose of rewarding creativity), and the one factor that allows us to pinpoint what’s smart and then carry through on what’s wise.

(Saturn opp Juno, Venus trine SN, sxt Neptune, and qnx Zeus, Merc trine Zeus, semi-sq Uranus, qnx Saturn, and opp Jupiter, Sun contraparallel Pluto)

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For those born with the Sun at 09 Gemini. 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 Gemini, This year, through to your next birthday, what you do, what your ego asserts, what choices you make, your temper, and what you care about that stirs you to action is precisely what will shape your life direction, and so your future. That may seem obvious, but in the coming solar year, for you, there will be a much more direct line to be drawn between the exercise of your Will and the future that comes into being. That means you must do your best to foresee the consequences of any chain of events you set in motion, or any choice you make. Don’t worry, though, as you have vast amounts of energy at your disposal (so much it may surprise you) and you are more empowered, and hold higher status, than you realize–and that means once you’re in action, you’ll be able to go a long long way. Good luck!

29 May 2019 Do Over

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‘Young Woman in a Window Feeding a Parrot’ By Caspar Netscher 1666 {{PD}}

It appears there’ll be a lot of push back and challenges, the gauntlet thrown by anyone concerned about the power situation and the distribution of privilege and reward. Those merely trying to stake out their territory could be confronted by those who think it’s their prerogative to dictate circumstances, and many will choose fight over flight, as it may seem a showdown is unavoidable. Add to that it may be impossible to communicate without infusing our words with assertive energy, and it could be a rough day. Part of the purpose behind all the turmoil might be this: destructive or angry acts, or those meant to seriously transform a situation, may uncover what really needs to be addressed, and a do over for past actions or circumstances that we’re not happy with are a distinct possibility. Take advantage of the way we’re able to ‘see behind the curtain’, as with only a little effort we see the reality behind the material world. Too, there’s a lot of potent creative energy around; make sure you channel it into something positive, as ignoring the creative surge may draw to you deceptions or illusions you may mistake for that peek behind the curtain, when you’re really just staring at the draperies.

(Juno sq Zeus, Pluto nov Black Moon Lilith, Mercury parallel Mars, qnx SN, and sq Neptune, Sun contra-parallel Saturn, sesq Pluto, and nov NN)

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For those born with the Sun at 08 Gemini. 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 Gemini, it’s your time to do, to be what you like, to assert yourself, to take action that can shape your role and your world–but it requires you make the effort. What you do (or don’t do) this solar year, through to your next birthday, will be very public, and may affect the career and the reputation (and this could be positive or not), so keep the inevitably easily seen nature of your actions and choices in mind as you make them. Change to those structures, rules, boundaries, and other forms that have given your life shape and contained both your expression and your sense of Self will happen this year, and if you’re willing to face the unpleasant or deal with what you’ve up to now hoped to ignore, you can have a significant say in the shape those new support and containment structures take. Good luck!

28 May 2019 Choose Your Fantasy

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‘The Crystal Ball’ By John William Waterhouse 1902 {{PD}}

It may feel today as if we are empowered to see the future–and maybe we are. We’ve got the capacity for intense focus, especially in creative realms, and we know what’s smart, as well as have a good grasp of the depth and extent of our skills–perfect operating conditions, in service to your goal–so go big, chase a fantasy or dream. Go to work, true to yourself, ignoring the nay-saying of authorities or those who might try to limit or intimidate–you know exactly what you need to do.

(Juno conj NN and both trine Neptune, Mercury parallel Pallas, Sun opp Ceres)

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For those born with the Sun at 07 Gemini. 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 and ‘the Authorities’ are going to have a showdown this solar year, dear Gemini. The first thing you need to know is that this is as much about the authority you grant yourself as it is about anyone overseeing you; how you handle this will determine if you become your own authority, or do the bidding of others. That latter isn’t as servile as it sounds, and in some instances, is preferable to being solely responsible for what goes down. In any case, this year, through to your next birthday, is all about serious power and who’ll have it in your life. No need to be drastic or push for permanent change, as that will come unbidden; strive to understand how the intangibles that surround you will play out in the material–and take care not to let your own impulsiveness or rebelliousness fuel negative choices. Have a great year, and good luck!

27 May 2019 An Enfolding

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‘Edna Smith in a Japanese Wrap’ By Robert Henri c1915 {{PD}}

Most of our power and an extraordinary amount of luck–not to mention inventiveness and originality–are available today through expression of that part of us that is keyed to the feminine: receptive, accepting, open, and passive, in its best senses of a stillness that is welcoming and sensitive to the forces and influences working on it. Though action is informed (rather brilliantly) through the instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’, it must adjust to the personal power picture, to what is and isn’t our domain, and to what we are obligated to nurture and protect–and that can flow at cross-purposes to our receptive state. If you must choose, choose the more open and sensitive response over the action-oriented one. Choice can be well-informed today, though the actual choosing should be left for another time–decide what you want, but don’t yet implement it. Concentrate on what’s pleasant, on what you value, on what you want–those are the empowering stances, right now.

(Mars nov Sedna and qnx Ceres, Venus nov Chiron and parallel Juno, Mercury nov Uranus)

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

For those born with the Sun at 06 Gemini. 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). The emotions may deceive this year, dear Gemini, but they also inspire–use them as a template for dreams and hopes, for Art and creativity of all kinds, but not for guidance or judgment. In those areas where decisions are needed, you’re better off taking a caring but decisive tack that may require some adjustment to your ideas of personal authority and domain, but that will be much more effective once modified. There may also, through the solar year to your next birthday, be a temptation to speak before you think, or to make the mind the ‘last stop’ on the reasoning trail, omitting feelings and/ or intuition–both of those dead ends should be avoided. Two things to live by: act as if you are not only empowered, but capable of creating exactly the future you want, and know that the thing that reflects your values is the healthy thing, every time. Good luck!

26 May 2019 Replenish

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By Janus la Cour 1908 {{PD}}

Our attention is on healing difficult material or real-world circumstances, but we are hobbled or otherwise distracted by what we’ve ignored, denied, or because of our unacknowledged anger. The problem is that our attention is all on what’s distorted or not working in the reality picture, and that brings up both questions of our ability to affect it, and those areas where we have buried material in the hope of never having to deal with it. This could translate as high stress levels and a sense that there’s nothing we can do to positively alter what surrounds us–and if that’s how you feel, your best course is to pull back, put on the brakes, and relax. Concentrate on what refreshes, nourishes, replenishes, and then do those things for yourself. Let agendas and to-do lists wait, and don’t be sucked in to problems that seem like emergencies–if it’s a genuine emergency, it will be obvious–everything else can be ignored, for now. Restore the balance.

(Juno sesq Black Moon Lilith, Sun sesq Saturn and sxt Chiron)

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

For those born with the Sun at 05 Gemini. 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 Gemini, This solar year, through to your next birthday, you have a choice: you can concentrate on your wounds, on your healing, or on using and acquiring skills themed to your natal Chiron placement. You can do all three at once, just one or two, or you can switch among them at different parts of the year–that latter is my suggestion–because it’s becoming clear to you that you need to act, you need to consolidate or otherwise make cohesive your knowledge, the facts of your reality, and the opportunities that will both bolster your personal authority and make the most of your gifts. Claim your personal authority as it exists within your ‘territory’–and then exercise it. Good luck!

25 May 2019 What’s To Come

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It seems like there’s lots of negativity in the air, as if everyone and everything is focused on what isn’t working, what’s not right, and they are–but it’s an agenda that has a specific goal: to prepare us for the future. If we realize there are reasons and means for others to destroy our power, for our standards and commitments to be questioned, and to re-examine our goals and desires, then we’ll understand how important it is not to agree with what comes at us, but to stay tuned in and use logic, reasoning, and powers of observation to assess what needs to change, especially what or whom we should invest our time and energy in. We have our own inner wisdom at our fingertips, and thinking is unusually clear and precise–use your mind to build what’s to come.

(Pluto semi-sq Ceres, Mercury nov NN, semi-sq Vesta, and trine Pallas, Sun sesq Zeus)

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For those born with the Sun at 04 Gemini. 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 Gemini, you may feel unusually stressed this year, especially in the ways you contact the world and show who you are. This is because at this time, during the solar year that lasts through to your next birthday, you will be showing all your most original ideas, unique traits, inventive abilities, and radical inclinations–and others, especially others who don’t value those qualities in you, may react differently than they usually do. It’s your job to decide just what this means to the matter or the relationship; ask yourself if this reaction to your sense of freedom is something you want in your life–and go from there. Take care that your penchant for spontaneity doesn’t tip into erraticism, and make a special effort not to flake out on obligations–even the most creative of us doesn’t get an automatic pass on holding up our end of things. Good luck!

24 May 2019 Navigating Blind

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‘The New World’ By Gustav Seyfferth 19th century {{PD}}

Well, not exactly blind, but certainly rejecting or ignoring many of the things that would otherwise guide us–why are we so contrary? We don’t believe in (or maybe even know of) our own power; we may temporarily ignore what’s wrong in relationships or financially; we may feel alienated from the social sphere and reject them and their standards out of hand; we may be focused much too much on how things went in the past; or we may just want to burn it all down.

Trying to tackle any one of these attitudes head-on would be a mistake. Instead we must do two things: keep the mind fixed on ways and means of empowerment that are currently and readily available to us, and put the spotlight, through both our attention and our efforts, on our highest values and commitments. If you deploy these two forms of coping, you won’t get pulled into the more negative spin cycle nearby.

(Vesta sesq and Merc opp Ceres, Venus contraparallel Black Moon Lilith, Mercury contraparallel Jupiter, parallel NN, nov Juno, and sesq Pluto, Sun nov Vesta and sesq SN)

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For those born with the Sun at 03 Gemini. 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 that a memory of emotional harmony is strong, so strong that you wonder why things are a little off-kilter this solar year, through to your next birthday. That, dear Gemini, is the intellect inserting itself in the feeling nature; until you untangle the two, joy won’t come entirely into focus for you. Your biggest assets this year are your cleverness, your originality, your ability to adapt and innovate, and a willingness to try the new and unusual–these will also be your biggest challenges, as the things that set you apart are also the things that will attract both reward and scrutiny. Keep it together, and you’ll gain some amazing skills and deep wisdom; throw caution, protocol, and discipline too often to the winds and regret may come in the form of finding yourself in a very lonely place. Good luck!

23 May 2019 What Was Still Is

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By Carl Blechen 1827 {{PD}}

That title doesn’t quite capture it: what was still is, but only if we are holding onto the past, specifically out of the mistaken notion that it holds some vital information yet to be discovered. It’s true that we may have things to learn from the already-happened, but the way to uncover them isn’t to gaze backward unendingly, but to receive enlightenment as we attend to our day, as we move forward, and as we live and breathe. It’s that simple, really; we don’t even need to try–what we need to learn or see will present itself to us–the real challenge is to recognize that information when it arrives.

Today we may be quite caught up (especially mentally) in power situations of the past, focused on the ways in which our commitments and values have been destructive, and we may be just plain angry about our wounds–and those are all things we should express or consider, just as long as we realize those are thoughts about situations and events that have already transpired–and then turn our efforts toward making a real-world impact by fulfilling our ambitions and desires.

You might wonder: Isn’t ambition or desire fulfillment selfish? No, not when it’s about bringing our abilities, gifts, and healing presence to the world–then it’s the most generous thing we can do.

(Ceres nov SN, Pluto sq Vesta, Mars sq Chiron, Venus qnx Pallas, Mercury apex to a Fist of God with base of Zeus and Saturn, Merc also contraparallel Pluto, and sxt Chiron, Sun sq Black Moon Lilith)

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

For those born with the Sun at 02 Gemini. 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). I hate to say it, dear Gemini, but you may be haunted this solar year, through to your next birthday, unless you are willing to face all those things you’ve shoved under the rug, into the closet, or kept under your hat–because the need to face these issues, to deal with them once and for all, is acute, and they will continue to plague your imagination until you drag them out into the light of day and do whatever is required to free yourself. Deal with hurts, and you open the way to the unexpected, the surprising, and to a whole new way of seeing and doing. Best guides this year are your own Self-knowledge and your innate wisdom–and don’t forget to support health by both enjoying what the material world has to offer, and by keeping what you take in, in all forms, wholesome, nourishing, and comforting. Good luck!

22 May 2019 What We Think

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By Алексе́й А. Харла́мов (Alexei Harlamov) {{PD}}

Though our actions and choices are spontaneous, even impulsive, it’s what we think that makes or breaks the day. We may have an anti-reality streak going, refusing to acknowledge anything we’ve been ignoring or denying, refusing to see ‘Stop’ signs, obstacles, and the hard edges on things, and the past only irritates–and yet, we are so captured by idealism, by the power in the receptive or seductive, and by the power of commitment and the sacred, that we forge ahead–and the good thing is that it’s this idealism, this sort of faith, that shapes the forms our impulses and actions take, and so diverts us from harm or serious misstep. Allow that impulse, and don’t over-think it, and you could set in motion something unexpected and fortuitous.

(Mars sxt Uranus, Venus qnx Ceres, Mercury contra-parallel Saturn, sq Black Moon Lilith, nov Vesta, sesq SN)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 01 Gemini. 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 be feeling unsure emotionally this year, dear Gemini, and that could dominate circumstances as you repeatedly visit how you feel about what’s going on around you or happening to you–and you should know this sort of passive, observant, feeling stance is actually a good one for you to take this coming year, through to your next birthday. It doesn’t mean forward progress or your own efforts stop; it does mean that you should practice a no resistance, no-harm-caused attitude that allows you to receive and respond without becoming so Self-focused that you miss what’s around you. Through centering the perceptions on feeling, you will find surprising avenues to empowerment, and you’ll see how sometimes not taking action serves to put the wheels in motion very successfully. Good luck!

21 May 2019 Freedom or Fantasy?

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‘Fantasy’ By Pierre Puvis de Chavannes 1866 {{PD}}

The Sun and Mercury both enter Gemini today and form the Superior Conjunction; though they share space in the 29th degree of Taurus, they don’t perfect their meeting until 00 Gemini–thus suggesting that the conclusions typical to a Superior Conjunction will spark a whole new way of thinking or relating, and that these might be preceded by a crisis or other tense scenario.

When they perfect, both the Sun and Mercury are semi-square Juno, signalling some sort of upset over personal empowerment, or the authority or status one holds–and this may come as precursor to, or follow-up to, the Superior Conjunction.

All this tension/ crisis may open the way to opportunity, to freedom, and this gives us the chance to truly act on or expand the reach of what we consider important, what we value or are dedicated to. Not all of us will respond to this, though; some will immerse themselves in escapism or take a fantasy-based tack. In either case, we need to be aware that what happens today will shape the future, for some time to come.

(Jupiter trine Vesta, Neptune trine NN)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 00 Gemini. 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 Gemini, What will you learn on your birthday? What will end, what new beginnings show themselves? The sky’s the limit for you, this solar year, through to your next birthday, IF you’re willing to pull back and make sure that in pursuing ambition or desire fulfillment you remain both smart and practical. A willingness to apply skills, or to learn new ones, would serve you well, as is openness to change that is optimistic or that brings the life in line with the facts. Good luck!

20 May 2019 We’re Already There

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By Francisco Romano Guillemín 1916 {{PD}}

We’re in the midst of adjusting to relationship and/ or financial changes that became apparent at the Full Moon; there were surprises, revelations, and the facts have created situations that can’t be ignored. Our minds are working at peak (barring any hobbling transits to your natal Mercury), as we consider how best to modify our approach and (hopefully) enhance our position. Take developments in stride, and let changes the mind suggests percolate, as they won’t be a finished product until the Superior Conjunction. We’re already there, wherever there happens to be–our awareness is merely catching up to these changes, these faits accomplis.

(Venus sesq Jupiter and parallel Uranus, Sun parallel Mercury and semi-sq Juno)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 29 Taurus. 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 Taurus, Your power position or status is being threatened; what do you do? Invest time, energy, and trust in what you value, in those individuals, organizations, and entities you honor, and make sure you’re using skills, but not allowing wounds, especially those around autonomy and the exercise of Will, to call the shots. Obstacles come in the form of things previously swept under the rug. Big, permanent change and opportunity can both be yours, as long as you allow reality, not fantasy, to guide and shape ambitions and so life direction. Good luck!

19 May 2019 Beacon

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‘The Ahırkapı Lighthouse’ By Michel Zeno Diemer c1910 {{PD}}

We may be exhausted from Full Moon events and find it hard to do what’s smart, rather than what’s just expedient, but our instincts and our sense of ‘knowing what we don’t know’ will be on full-power, a beacon seeking out info and putting ‘the picture’ together. Trust what comes to you, and if you don’t understand it, wait–you will.

(Mercury sesq Pallas and conj Sedna)

See the recent Full Moon here–

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 28 Taurus. 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). Early on, dear Taurus, you may feel unfettered: free to do as you please, with no restrictions and judgments coming your way–but THAT would be too good to be true, no? It seems it will just take some time for those things to catch up with you, to enter your field of vision–which means they’re happening, even when you aren’t aware of them. So, act as if you are being judged and observed, making sure that you are totally good with (and so can stand up for) your choices. Later in the solar year, nearer your next birthday than this one, you’ll confront in some hard terms things you’ve pushed aside, ignored, denied, or that have enraged you, with the big point of this sorting our for yourself how much of what you are angry about or fear is real, how much your own imaginings. Too, it’s a good year for connecting with Nature and with your personal power base, and exercising prerogatives in areas you already control. Good luck!

18 May 2019 Full Moon in Scorpio: Sip From The Cauldron

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‘Still Life with Copper Pots’ By Martin Dichtl 17th century {{PD}}

If you’re looking for the forecast for the 17th, it’s here–

What happens when assertive energies, frustrated by their place in a sign that requires feeling instead of doing, contact a dark point where one may hide what is ignored or denied, and this meeting coincides with Love or Money delivering accident, shock, or revelation, simultaneous to a Full Moon in Scorpio that ramps up the feeling atmosphere to 11, with that Moon precisely opposed (only 30 minutes variation) Sedna, harbinger of difficult-to-access knowledge, instinct, and our own blind spot? Well, we’re going to find out, aren’t we 🙂

The day threatens to be a hot mess, one created by our actions driven by what we’ve ignored or denied, or by an unacknowledged rage, one where our relationships or finances hold the power to shock and surprise, to rob us of our usual understanding through sudden developments or information delivered in a flash or by (or through) accident. Our attention will be on what we instinctively respond to, but the clarity of our perceptions is dependent on Self-knowledge; if we are operating in our own blind spot, our only way of knowing is to read the faces of those around us, and hope that someone will tell you what everyone but you knows.

The Full Moon perfects just a couple of days before the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury; this is our first clue that the emotions and information in the atmosphere will be liminal, not entirely conscious, and not entirely available to the conscious mind, even one that is seeking it. Our second clue is in the fact that it occurs in Scorpio, the sign of the dark, the hidden, the subtle but deeply felt. The third is in the Full Moon’s opposition to Sedna, the vehicle for our instinctive nature, for what we ‘know but don’t know’, and for the folly of those areas we think we understand, but don’t.

Forming at 2:11 PM PDT at 27 Scorpio 38 on the 18th, the Full Moon, as mentioned, opposes Sedna as well as Mercury, reiterating the idea of information, messages, communications, knowledge that we may feel but may not have access to (though both Sedna and Mercury are posited in Taurus, suggesting a way in to that information through the sensory world, if we can allow a feeling state without demanding the brain translate).

Keeping tight orbs, we also see a sesquiquadrate to Juno in Cancer. Aha! We’ve found the culprit–that is, the one detail that can elaborate on what it is that’s happening behind the scenes, that thing we are feeling and trying to suss out, with little success. It’s all about our personal empowerment, feeling we are both free and equipped/ competent to handle what comes, and the blow back we get from those who want to keep us, for one reason or another, in the dark about our own potentials. The reasons these others want us to remain unaware may not be nefarious, but in some shape or form our uncertainty, dependence, or lack of awareness will serve those others. We’re feeling this friction at the Full Moon, and being presented, particularly in matters that span the Scorpio-Taurus axis of our natal chart, with issues that need to come to conclusion, to be dealt with once and for all. We’ll all be dealing with darknesses that need to come to light.

Other contacts offer details. The Full Moon is semi-square Pallas, either suggesting that something unwise is the trigger to discovery, or that our initial response to what we see at the Full Moon is an unwise or impractical one. The Moon is also novile Zeus; that suggests that somewhere in the Full Moon events is a clever answer to some ambition fulfillment dilemma.

All this occurs as Venus meets Uranus and Mars trines Black Moon Lilith (with some of the possible effects noted in the first paragraph). In particular, this may be a recipe for shocking surprise in relationships, as each acts according to what they are trying to avoid, or what stirs anger, a sort of unintentional lashing out that has roots still very much alive but buried, and so convincing us that we’re ‘over it’.

The key is to control the brew (previously referred to as a potential “hot mess”) so that your sip from the Full Moon cauldron is transformative, is re-making of the House matters where it falls, or of some Scorpionic situation in your life.

The Full Moon Sabian is, ‘The King Of The Fairies Approaching His Domain’. This is an empowerment image, one meant to imply that Full Moon events do happen within our domain (and that’s so even if others insist this isn’t our territory); it’s also meant to point out the role of a ‘light touch’, to reassure that we are in charge, and to suggest something slightly magical or otherworldly in events.

We also look at the Sabian for the Sun as the light source of the Full Moon. ‘A Woman, Past Her “Change Of Life”, Experiences A New Love’. I’ll just go with this: It’s never too late.

Bonus: If you have a natal placement at 18 Virgo or no more than two degrees either side, this fills in a Mystic Rectangle with Neptune and the transiting Nodes. The Full Moon may inspire creative or other real-world efforts that will be life-direction changing for you–just don’t let yourself fall for an illusion, because that, too, could be life-changing.

(Mars trine Black Moon Lilith, Venus conj Uranus, Sun conj Sedna, Full Moon in Scorpio)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 27 Taurus. 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 are one with the senses and instincts this year, dear Taurus, in a way that can guide you successfully, but that also may allow you to blunder into situations unaware of the true lay of the land. How to listen to guidance without becoming victim to the pitfalls? Be searingly, gut-wrenchingly, no-holds-barred honest with yourself about what you want. Mistakes can only flourish in an artificial environment that is created by artificial thinking, pretense, and perpetuation of a false image. Accidents that affect relationships and fortunes may be the rule rather than the exception this year, and some of these, whether they seem positive or negative, will offer you the chance to heal some long-held wound. Good luck!

More on the Full Moon from Astrologer Verena Heinrich

17 May 2019 Expectations

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‘Mountainous Landscape’ By Albert Bierstadt 19th century {{PD}}

Our ideals or what we honor meets some sort of ‘immovable object’ today. This is something that forces us to acknowledge that what we find sacred may not be universally seen as such–or maybe it’s that we’re committed to something wholeheartedly and yet the reality picture is telling us it’s just not possible to go forward without modifying our commitment. We may feel we’re being told we not only can’t have what we want, that what we value is a worthless investment. The real issue may be a message we’re avoiding hearing, by occupying ourselves with what we’re currently being denied. We want opportunity, but we want it in the form we demand. The reality is this: we can have change, absolutely, we can have new outlets and ways to express, but our beliefs and our ideas about what constitutes the kind of change that offers opportunity must be adjusted to fit reality. In other words, there’s opportunity out there, we just aren’t seeing it because we have expectations about how it’s supposed to look.

If we’re smart we’ll let go of expectations and try to see things in a new way, or at least, try to see things free of our usual lenses and assumptions. We do even better if we’re able to see that beliefs are things we choose, not based on any objective fact but on an explanation that fits our world view at the time. Be willing to consider: there’s not just another way, there are many other ways.

(Pallas qnx Hygeia, Saturn sq Vesta, Venus semi-sq Neptune, Mercury parallel Hygeia, qnx Jupiter, and trine Pluto, Sun sesq Pallas)

For those born with the Sun at 27 Taurus, please see tomorrow’s (the 18th’s) ‘Born Today’. 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).

16 May 2019 New Reality

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Photograph of person using controller to explore a 3D Photogrammetry experience recreating Tokyo. Photo By Tatsuo Kitagawa CC BY-SA 4.0

What bothers us in relationships or finances at this time isn’t readily apparent; it’s seated in matters we may have already forgotten, in what we’ve ignored or denied, or in what so enraged us we had to turn away–but now we’ll be thinking about that past, almost obsessively, and how it’s affected the reality picture. There’ll be some interesting results from all this; here’s how to approach things: ignore the power picture, especially how it seems to be playing out or shifting–it’s not something you can change, and may not even be relevant for your purposes; accept that much of what you’re moved to do today is exceptional, whether there’s a genius idea behind it or just the purest of action-urge intents, and that no matter what drives it, it’s likely a very smart thing to do; be willing to adjust ambitions, goals, and desires to the ‘new reality’ you’re perceiving; and quit picking at your psychic scabs! Let them heal.

(Venus sxt Black Moon Lilith, Mercury trine SN-Saturn, contra-parallel Ceres, nov Mars, qnx Zeus, and semi-sq Chiron)

‘Sudden Shower, Newbury Marshes’ By Martin Johnson Heade c1870 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is the old phrase, “When it rains, it pours.” In what area of your life have you had one thing after another, an inundation of something that may be a bounty, or may be a mountain of issues, one after the other? Has yours been an embarrassment of riches, or a cascade of problems? Or has it been more subtle than that? For me it’s been a series of what seem like bad events, that have actually been blessings in disguise. I believe that the Universe is always working in our favor, and that if we take the time to look, we’ll see the bullet we dodged by not getting what we wanted, and another opportunity presented, that suits us much better.

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 26 Taurus. 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 Taurus, This year you may find that you are closer to accepting and incorporating into the psyche your instinctive knowledge and intuitive perceptions more completely than ever before. It’s a threshold moment, stretched out over the year between this birthday and the next, and as such, may hold a number of world-altering surprises. Certainly, what occurs this coming year will connect you more strongly to your life purpose, your reason for being here, and that alone will change the direction of your life, as you fine-tune your way forward. Expect to feel lost, and even lonely, now and then, as changes to honor your path will inevitably mean you leave some things and people along the way. But, the result will be personal empowerment of a higher order, rooted in what you genuinely care about. Good luck!

15 May 2019 We Do It Because We Care

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‘Depicting the artist’s daughter Nana and husband Christian Krohg’ By Oda Krohg 1891 {{PD}}

We do and we choose because we care. We’re sensitive to a startling degree and find ourselves taking into consideration things we’d normally not notice, especially as they concern others. This could put the ‘I Am’ in an uncomfortable spot: alert to others’ needs, and feeling a bit alone. What is it that you care enough about that you’re willing to take action? That’s where your attention should go today.

Our relationships and our finances trend in the direction of comfort and security, and somehow that frees our minds–but do we use that freedom to create, to dream, or do we lead ourselves into fantasy or paranoia? Dealing with this may illustrate our biggest issue with Mars in Water: slogging through emotional considerations could slow or even stop action, and we may end up treading water just to keep from being overwhelmed. Here are some remedies: give the mind solid creative outlets, give the ego or action urge a caring cause to support that allows you to be in motion (and prevents subversion of the energy into passive-aggression), and use highest values as a guide to the appropriateness of ambitions–if they clash, then that goal probably isn’t for you.

(Mars enters Cancer, Vesta opp Zeus, Venus enters Taurus, Mercury sxt Neptune. the Nodes and the Zeus-Vesta opposition–along with the Moon for a few hours–forms a Cardinal Cross, making the whole question of life direction, ambition fulfillment, and values a dynamic one being acted out in our lives right now)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 25 Taurus. 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 Taurus, the emotions light up exactly what you want this solar year, and show you just how to go about getting it–and that means if you’re confused, you’re not seeing or acknowledging what it is that truly excites and attracts you. Honesty is the goal here, with your ability to tell yourself the unvarnished truth that sets the agenda and shapes your fate for some time to come.What’s working for you? Your sense of commitment, your willingness to give all to a cause, your openness to cooperation and collaboration, and your adherence to high standards. What’s working against you? FOMO if you give your all to only one person, area, or thing, an unhealthy relationship either to those in authority or with the idea of power itself, and your adherence to high standards. The reality is, pretty much everything is a two-edged sword–decide which ‘edge’ is the one you want to use. Good luck!

14 May 2019 Relief In The Regular

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‘Adam and Eve’ By Frank Eugene 1910 {{PD}}

Today we may be so stressed with power issues, with sorting out the ‘rightness’ of our choices and life direction, and/ or in dealing with actual material developments that seem to point out just how out-of-our-control most of the world really is (in terms of us being able to lasso and subdue it), that we may find refuge in more simple things, ones that at another time we’d barely notice. Complementarity, the condition of two like yet distinctly different things by their cooperative interaction bringing out the best in each other, is where we find our peace. Man and Woman, Anima and Animus, Chocolate and Vanilla, Growth and Decay, Laughter and Silence, you get the drift. When it all becomes too much, find a happy counterpart, and relax.

(T-sq with Vesta as arm to the Nodal axis, Saturn nov Ceres, the latter of which is contra-parallel Hygeia, Venus sxt Mars)

You can see my encounter with an unhappy commenter here–

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 24 Taurus. 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). Is the crisis this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, over Love or Money, and is it because of what you did, or what you didn’t do? Solving this riddle will quite literally give you all you need to know to move forward successfully–and if you feel like this doesn’t apply to you, then you REALLY need to think about it, because it means you’re in the middle of that action or inaction that will cause said crisis. It will also help immensely if you just accept certain things as actually having been positive for you: all the recent changes to your reality picture, all the ways that the rules have changed, all the things that have been ‘taken away’–these are all, yes all, absolutely in your best interest–and accepting them means you will be much better equipped to deal with the Love or Money crisis when it appears (and don’t panic, this ‘crisis’ may actually be ostensibly positive–a lottery win or a new, exciting love interest–but that doesn’t mean it won’t need as much ‘managing’ as any problem). Good luck, Taurus!

By Lost Dutchman Rare Coins for image, James B. Longacre for coin – http://www.cointalk.com/t204039/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26801182

Your Daily Word Image is a pair of people who appear to be different as night and day, but who are actually just two sides of the same coin. This image is a warning not to be fooled by the radically different presentations of two individuals who are actually working together to achieve some end–and specifically, that end involves persuading you do something, hand something over, or agree to something. Whatever you were thinking of agreeing to or signing on with, take a pause and give it another thought.

13 May 2019 All We Can Count On Is Change

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Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg: “Regentag in Kyoto. 1901. bez. s.l. (seinem lieben) Pankok. Farbradierung. Bl. 8 der Mappe aus Japan”. Photo By ArishG CC BY-SA 3.0

Every day our world shifts a bit under our feet, we see things appear and disappear from the horizon, our vision is more or less trained to our own short- or long-term expectations, and these are the changes we anticipate, plan for–we’re not even talking about real change, the kind that forces our hand, makes us choose in the moment, or requires us to make a choice that puts one option away for all time. Today our world shifts, but it’s tricky: it changes as we’re creating, healing, or moving closer to our dream. The change may have everything to do with what we’re up to, or it may have nothing to do with it, but almost certainly, we won’t be aware of what’s happening until it’s already over. And that’s okay. We may be asked to change our beliefs, because of it, or to commit assets or talents to that dream, more or more quickly than we thought we would, and we definitely will need to make our ideas of what’s wise and our ideas of empowerment line up. But it’s all for the good–enjoy the day!

(Pallas sq Juno, Venus nov Neptune, Mercury semi-sq Mars, nov Chiron, and parallel Juno, Sun qnx Jupiter and trine Pluto)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 23 Taurus. 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 year for you, dear Taurus, ‘luck’ and other good fortune seems to reside in your willingness to do two things: to expand your world, and to be on top of the details, to a hair-splitting degree. Take time to examine carefully both the Dream, and the reality picture that surrounds you–they’ll be a nice pause that will allow assessment and modification, should you see the need. Opportunities will be numerous and probably surprising–choose your commitments with care. Good luck!

12 May 2019 Getting The Finger

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“Hands #1,” painting by Daniel Maidman, oil on canvas, 24″x24″, 2011 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Maidman

Today Juno and Mercury-Hygeia form the base to a Finger of God, apex Ceres, and there’s another Finger, with base of Ceres and Pallas, apex Mercury-Hygeia; also keep in mind that Mercury is contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith. Fingers hold a promise: if you can get the two base energies to work together (and the sextile indicates they are disposed to work harmoniously), then your result will be of the nature of the apex placement. Whether that’s good or bad, in your judgment, isn’t stated, but since I believe the Universe is always operating in our favor, I tend to interpret it in a positive light, while still acknowledging that there is a possible down side, as well, represented by the fact that both base energies contact the apex body by quincunx. The quincunx is an angle of contact of 150 degrees, with an orb of no more than 2 degrees in either direction. This relationship between entities always implies discomfort or discord, as each feels a need to adjust expression to the other, typically without finding accommodation. That means that the two harmonious energies that form the base get along, but that the outcome of their combining creates some sort of strife or anxiety, expressed through the apex energy.

In ‘getting’ a Finger configuration, we are offered a dynamic, and its outcome, without specifically laying out how this will be achieved, other than through interaction of the base entities. So, with the apex Ceres Finger, we’ll likely see healthy thinking, either about literal health and nurture or concerning security and safety (Merc-Hygeia in Taurus) as it’s carried out, through our personal venues of empowerment, possibly where we ‘mother’ ourselves or someone it’s our duty to care for (Juno in Cancer). The result is personal authority, a claiming of territory or dominion, especially dominion over another for whom we are responsible (Ceres), and this allows us one of several things: we are empowered to reach out, beyond our normal scope, or we learn or discover the facts, and bolster our power that way, or with this result we see our belief in our right to have power reinforced, or we may find ourselves empowered to negotiate in a way we haven’t been able to before. The result is power enhancement that carries a Sagittarian tone–but, what we have to keep in mind is that this doesn’t arise smoothly out of the sextile, but comes instead from some sort of discomfort generated by our need to know, to express power, to acknowledge our belief and its ‘rightness’–that is, to express Ceres in Sagittarius–with the possible implication that this isn’t nurturing or ‘healthy’, as we’ve been expressing these qualities.

The Finger apex Merc-Hygeia is based on the power of knowing, information, outreach, belief, or in vested authority (Ceres in Sag) blended with the wisdom of cooperation, diplomacy, and partnership (Pallas in Libra). Together, these create a way of thinking about material assets, comfort, supplies, security, or talent expression (Mercury in Taurus) that arises out of some discord between the personal authority we hold (Ceres) and what’s wise (Pallas) and may bring into question whether our efforts are ‘healthy’ or not (Hygeia–and that means healthy in the way those efforts do or don’t harmonize with our current ideas of what’s wise, or what’s a positive expression of our power). The contra-parallel of Mercury to Black Moon Lilith adds dimension; our thinking may be plagued by all that we’ve been ignoring or denying, or we may find ourselves enraged by the fact that we must even question our ideas of our own privilege, the concepts of cooperation and partnership, or what, in the overall scheme of things, is truly wise.

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 22 Taurus. 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). The world is your oyster this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, Taurus, as long as you can bring yourself to cooperate with those who can ‘make it happen’ for you. That means you’ll need to know the score, have a good grasp of the facts, and be optimistic, even if that’s not your natural default. Fairness will be of paramount importance, so don’t ignore the needs of others, and do set needed limits and claim your power as your own. Being unafraid to make changes may be key, and don’t balk at carrying a little more responsibility–that leads to both more complete understanding and more extensive control. Good luck!

11 May 2019 A Fatalistic Lens

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‘Self-portrait by Anna Dorothea Therbusch-Lisiewska’ 1777 {{PD}}

Speaking as an empowered individual is the only way to go, today. The reality picture is crystal clear, and as such may appear daunting or immovable, but this is a kind of illusion we suffer at points when our perceptions are exceptionally sharp: we see obstacles, problems, or denials as having a deceptively solid character–solid now, solid in perpetuity. But that’s not so, and an active awareness of this is necessary so that decision-making isn’t done through a fatalistic lens. Anima-tinged power struggles (read in ‘passive-aggressive’ here, if you like) may also be on the menu, and we may see Money or Love struggle (perhaps unnecessarily) with the Powers-That-Be. Stay calm, use the clarity of perception available to your advantage, and remind yourself of the transitory nature of all things–a good thing to remember, when dealing with the now and planning for the future.

(Venus sesq Ceres, Mercury conj Hygeia and sxt Juno, Sun trine Saturn)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 21 Taurus. 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 all may turn for you this year, dear Taurus, on a series of what seem like random fortunate (and unfortunate) events. This will likely feel scary and chaotic to your security and surety loving Soul, but I assure you, it’s all multi-purpose: to bring you opportunities you would otherwise not have enjoyed, to create a more amenable reality picture for you, and to put you in the path of the aforementioned random events, as these will be instrumental in shaping your future. Try to relax and enjoy what will likely feel very uncertain–in the end, it’s all got a very positive purpose, as the Universe works to support all that’s best for you. Good luck!

10 May 2019 It’s All Instinct

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‘Leaping Carp under the Cherry Tree’ By Iijima Koga 1874 {{PD}}

It’s all about the instincts today, and they may manifest in two forms: as a sense of ‘knowing’ without knowing how you know, a kind of psychic reflex, or as a situation where we blunder into our ‘blind spot’–that is, we think we know what we’re doing, but we’re missing a vital piece of the puzzle–and everyone else can see that. In effect, our minds are at odds with the social order, with our own beliefs, or with ‘the facts’, and the key to making it work, to accessing the instinctual knowledge rather than suffering within the blind spot, is to be willing to acknowledge just where we are wounded and how this may have shaped (or more accurately, misshapen) our goals. It’s another day where our level of honesty with ourselves is all-important; it’s what ends up dictating the impact of this Finger of God with base of Sun sextile Neptune, apex Zeus. If we are free of delusion (creative while still realistic) we can see a goal reached or desire fulfilled; if we are steeped in one or more illusions, we see the result of that, as well, maybe through feedback or cooperation (or the lack of it) from others, and how this affects the goal and desire picture (Zeus in Libra).

(Pallas sesq, Vesta nov, and Venus parallel Sedna, Mercury sesq Jupiter, Sun semi-sq Chiron and qnx Zeus)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 20 Taurus. 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 Taurus, This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, promises stability, security–or is that boredom, a rut you can’t get out of? That really depends on how you approach it. If you can embrace stability as a steady platform from which to launch efforts, even dreams, you can go a long way, especially if you are willing to work out the discrepancies between where you imagine your ambitions will take you and where you are actually headed. If seeing patience, hard work, and an even-keeled attitude sounds like dullsville, and seems to you to be taking you exactly nowhere and accomplishing nothing, then you are in for one long, boring episode. If during this year you can accept the beauty of persistent effort, you’ll come up with both the needed knowledge and the personal power/ transformative energies to make your like anything you want it to be. Good luck!

9 May 2019 Surprising Beauty

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‘Choir, Angels of Paradise, from the Beethovenfries’ (which I read as ‘Beethoven oven fries’–is that wrong of me?) Beethoven Frieze, 1902 By Gustav Klimt {{PD}}

We encounter surprising beauty today, in the form of spontaneous, original, even genius thoughts and inventive plans, in surprising abundance of one kind or another, in the surprising way that beauty makes us want to create change or transform ourselves or our world, and in the surprising way the past acts as a guide for the now. Enjoy what’s revealed, what you see–it’s all for your benefit. Dangers include overeating or over spending (out of sheer exuberance and appreciation for life, so maybe that’s a good indulgence, after all), and massive generosity with Love or Money (just make sure it’s with an individual or entity you feel truly deserving–we don’t want any Friday morning regrets). Too, we may be surprised to find our current direction doesn’t actually serve our ambitions–but that’s okay–not everything we do has to tie into our wants or lead us closer to a goal. Nostalgia is a possibility, as is consideration of trying to roll back the clock–just be aware that’s not the direction of time’s arrow, and that the word ‘nostalgia’ actually means, ‘pain of the past’–and nobody wants to visit a painful scenario, especially if the pain comes from missing, or believing we should reconstitute, what was.

(Venus trine Jupiter, sq Pluto, and contra-parallel Zeus, Mercury parallel Uranus, Sun trine SN)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 19 Taurus. 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 are set this year to make amazing strides, dear Taurus, with your ability to transform the reality picture–yes, you really are that powerful, from your center all the way out to your surroundings–and much of what results will heal difficult situations through a growing emotional clarity and understanding. What works best for you? Taking lessons from your past. What will you have to adjust to? Goals, new ones or shifting/ morphing ones, as your emotional perceptions will quite naturally modify what you want. Action, and emotional action in particular, will lead to gain, and use the ideals driven by the creative impulse for best, and most true to your inner you, results.

8 May 2019 Ideas Like Firecrackers

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‘Bullfights- Banderillas with Firecrackers’ By Francisco de Goya 1923 {{PD}}

Ideas will be like firecrackers today, ones accidentally, spontaneously set alight–and though the creative energy that pours from it is not only valid, it’s highly empowering, those ideas may also be shocking, come out of left field, or could be radical, taking the imagination to new, previously not considered heights. That means that the most important thing we can do with these ideas is think them through, taking adequate time to examine potential implications, and to vet impact. We’ve got a strong creative impulse overall today, and one that operates free of our normal roles or constraints; the trick is to glean all the best from ideas and impulses that present, without blowing anything up.

(Mercury conj Uranus, both semi-sq Neptune, Sun sxt Neptune and contra-parallel Ceres)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 18 Taurus. 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–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). This year, dear Taurus, you’re a bit of a genius when it comes to ways of acting effectively, to empowering yourself on the current scene. This comes from taking your highest values and applying them to healing–and you may do this unconsciously, simply enjoying the results of this application. But we save the best for last. This Solar year, through to your next birthday, you also have a spectacular mandate: you can be a pure conduit for the creative, specifically so that it can be applied to ambition or desire fulfillment. So, one of your most important energy investments to make before the year gets started is to really think about what you want–because this year, you have the juice to make it happen. Good luck!

7 May 2019 An Eloquent Reality

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‘Distribution of Bread in the Village’ By Frans van Leemputten 1892 {{PD}}

It’s all down to the reality picture, how honest we’ve been with ourselves, and how we’ve dealt with relationships and finances. It will all be laid out before us, with the undeniable results of our ‘investments’–and if we don’t like what we see, get crackin’–only you can change it! We’ll have to face what we’ve denied or buried, and we’ll see both the costs involved with those relationships we’ve nurtured and those we’ve neglected–and our money will speak just as eloquently, with those things we’ve been willing to support and those abandoned. Really, if you make it a practice to be honest with yourself, there’s little that will surprise you–it will be more a matter of reminders–but if you’ve been hiding from your own reality, you’ll lose protective cover, and see what you’ve created, with time, sweat, and love.

(Saturn nov Black Moon Lilith, Venus sq Saturn)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 17 Taurus. 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–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). This coming Solar year, dear Taurus, you have a major creative period at your fingertips–how will you use it? Inspiration and opportunity are laid before you, the kind of thing that can fulfill a long-term ambition or desire, and you can get quite a lot of creative mileage out of it, especially if you allow the feeling nature to guide actions. There is a danger that you will allow yourself to be seriously misled. I do say ‘allow yourself’ because this will be as close to a conscious decision as any you ever make–so if you get to the end of the solar year, reaching your next birthday, and realize that you’ve been chasing illusions, apparitions, ghosts–then you’d better ask yourself why you would avoid pursuing your dreams–the answer being, those weren’t really your dreams, and you knew it. The psyche is a marvelous, and often sneaky, thing, keeping us from a wrong direction. Trust yourself. Good luck!

Check out this article by astrologer Alex Trenoweth on the British Royals, featuring the role of Algol!

6 May 2019 Wheel of Fortune

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The Fortune card from the Visconti-Sforza Tarot deck, By Bonifacio Bembo, Antonio Cicognara c1450 {{PD}}

Today we get a surprisingly crisp look at what our actions and choices have wrought. We see the price we’ve paid for fulfilling desires and ambitions (and if we’re lucky, we see what it would’ve cost, if we’d gotten our way in some area denied or only partially fulfilled), and we see how that is currently presenting us with a kind of existential crisis: has all that desire chasing been worth anything, or is it irrelevant to both our life’s meaning and purpose? It’s a health check of a sort, the kind that lets us know if our focus has been too personal, too petty, or if in committing to our values we’ve had to bury a body or two–and if so, today you may have to dig it up, and decide what to do with it, once and for all.

(Cardinal Grand Cross of Venus opp Zeus sq the Nodal axis, Mercury enters Taurus and sxt Black Moon Lilith, Sun parallel Hygeia, Vesta semi-sq Black Moon Lilith)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 16 Taurus. 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–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). You are on the way, dear Taurus, to a future-determining creative surge–and the question this Solar year, through to your next birthday, becomes: How well will you handle it? Will you squander that creative impetus on pleasures or ambition fulfillments, will you make something lasting, will you make choices that bring you farther along your path or simple dawdle by the wayside for a pleasant interlude? Either is possible–it’s up to you to make something out of this very useful energy and creativity that you’ll be offered. And, with careful preparation, correct use of your ability to manifest will result in Love or Money. Good luck!

5 May 2019 Warriors Vs. Gods

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Illustration from “The Russian Story Book” by Richard Wilson, illustrated by Frank C. Papé, 1916 {{PD}}

We may sort out into opposing categories today whether we are aware of it or not. A facet of the primary identity comes through, charges forward under that Archetypal banner, and beware those who try to approach things with subtlety or nuance–it just won’t be appreciated. My sense is we may wear some identity that corresponds to our Ascendant. This is, at least in part, done as we feel pressure about the life path; which way are we going, and can we justify our choices, even to ourselves?

It’s Warriors versus gods, those designated leaders versus those who feel they have the ‘facts’, the optimistic versus the Willful, those who want to take action versus those who want to demonstrate a passive faith, and it all intends to show us a creative way to deal with relationships and those matters where we hope to gain or profit. Take up the banner that comes naturally, realize that most of what you meet today is about clarifying your own choices and direction, and take note of how the world responds to you, including its criticisms–the only people who will criticize, today, are those who want to control something about you–this will tell you, more than any other indicator, how strongly your inner sense of Self, the identity with which you see yourself, is the right one, for you, and should help you see that you are indeed on the ‘right’ path.

(Nodal axis sq Zeus, Mars qnx Pluto and opp Jupiter, Venus contra-parallel and Mercury novile Neptune)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 15 Taurus. 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–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Why do the emotions feel so raw, to the point that they are causing you health issues? Or is it intuition that plagues you, intuitive insight that you’ve refused to acknowledge? Or is it simple heartache, from the loss of someone or something? Whatever it is, dear Taurus, I want you to know that this year gives you the chance to heal this rather large upset, and to heal it permanently. Your guide will have to be your personal highest standards, what you find sacred–and here, too, you may find you’ve got work to do, in the form of really stating with surety what it is you care about. In fact, that may be what lies beneath each and every upset this Solar year, through to your next birthday–so take advantage of this year, and free your heart from whatever’s holding you back.

4 May 2019 New Moon in Taurus: Healing Through Instinct

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‘Cures’ come in many forms.’The Last Message’ By William Hatherell 1917 {{PD}}

If I had to sum up this New Moon day, including the non-Lunar related aspects, I’d call it Healing Through Instinct. This is the form of instinct that knows our wounds, and so our needs, that is aligned with our ideals, highest values, and most sacred feelings, and that calls upon both inner wisdom and personal authority (the latter in the form of both a sense of understanding and an awareness of one’s domain). This is the inner voice that speaks for the Soul, and for your truest intentions; it’s not always easy to tell it from the voices we’ve incorporated from caretakers and authorities, or that express contrary and Self-destructive impulses, but today, we can be assured that the inner voice, the inner impulse, is very much our own, and expressing in concert with our highest aims, to make some sort of New Moon new start, one with a Taurean flavor and so likely having a material aspect or impact.

The Sun and Moon meet at 14 Taurus 10, at 3:44 PM PDT of the 4th. The New Moon as a singular occurrence is very much a conscious one; it’s the accompanying non-Lunar aspects that add subtlety and instinct to an already intuition-raising event. The event itself makes a semi-sextile to Vesta, a novile to Chiron, and forms apex to a Finger of God with base of Pallas-Ceres. The contact to Vesta insures we are aware of our values specifically because either the origins of the New Moon event or the event itself contrast mildly with our stated, conscious standards; this requires a confrontation with the primal wound, and shows (via the novile) a genuinely brilliant way this can be healed.

As the apex of the Finger, the New Moon is in some way the outcome of knowledge or facts (Sagittarius) that support or express our personal position of responsibility or authority (Ceres) and that then engages in cooperation or exchange of this wisdom or practical information with others (Pallas in Libra). This New Moon may manifest as an event of inner healing that has an unusual external component; this healing is facilitated by the partner or well-meaning others, in some way utilizing the acquisition and sharing of knowledge, and the clever way it discomfits our values and beliefs, challenging us to re-shape them, just slightly, in order to fit their real-world expression.

These two are meeting the world with style. By Beinecke Library – Flickr: [Photograph of a man wearing a top hat and a woman with a lace overskirt], CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16215370

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is, ‘Head Covered With A Rakish Silk Hat, Muffled Against The Cold, A Man Braves A Storm’. In this instance, I take the symbol to be an example of how to face what comes up at the New Moon: even if it’s difficult or uncomfortable (the storm), one should not only dress for the occasion (be prepared) but should take a daring, confident, and even playful approach to trouble, which in this case is likely the wound that needs healing and the circumstances that brought it forward. That is, don’t take yourself or your problems too seriously; a sense of proportion and humor will bring benefits and spark inventive solutions that aren’t available to those who are reverent of themselves.

(Add to the New Moon influence the perfection of Juno and Venus novile Sedna, Mercury parallel Sedna and sesq Ceres)

For those born with the Sun at 14 Taurus. 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–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). The year offers you a fresh emotional start, dear Taurus–will you take it? Or will you insist stubbornly that the course you are already on is the only smart way to go? Because that wouldn’t be smart at all. See this coming Solar year as a chance to start fresh with yourself, and to re-make your relationships in the image of your highest ideals. What you find sacred should be your guide–but again, don’t be stuck, be willing to admit when those things you are honoring by rote no longer make sense–and as well, admit what in your life needs to be added to the pantheon, to be given more regard than it is right now. Good luck!

3 May 2019 A Day of Subtleties

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‘Landscape- Shinnecock, Long Island’ By William Merritt Chase c1896 {{PD}}

Nothing hits us hard, or if it does, it turns out it’s all about the more subtle aspects of things, so that’s really good news, right? We can pretty much ignore or not take too seriously what comes at us; it’s the little things we must pay attention to, largely because we need to be consciously aware of their influence. Things suppressed, forgotten, or rejected in the past may come back, claiming to hold the answer–they don’t. Communications and even our own thoughts are likely to run in pessimistic veins concerning our desires and ambitions–don’t accept them as valid. And attention may be unduly drawn to all the stupid things we’ve ever done or chosen–and since we’ve already learned from them, why are we giving them our energies? We shouldn’t. Allow the Dark of the Moon atmosphere to impart its subtle (and sometimes unconsciously delivered) wisdom–it’s the time of the month when the veil is thinnest, when we can access much of what’s unspoken–and then hold what you learn in reserve, for use later.

(SN nov Black Moon Lilith, Mercury contra-parallel Zeus, Sun qnx Pallas)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 13 Taurus. 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–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Wisdom will be yours this year, dear Taurus, if you can access the imagination and creative ‘juice’ without accepting the untrue and the misleading, the false and the deceptive. You will be offered a flow of inspiration, of genesis material, and it will be up to you to make the most of it. Of course, no one sets out to be deceived or misled, but too often we are complicit, willing to accept what we often, somewhere inside, know we should reject. Your other job, besides using the creative energy that will be abundant for you, will be to stay connected firmly to reality, to possibility, to the real-world material picture. If you can do both, you will shape your future–and even if you can’t do both, how you handle things will still shape your future. There’s no escaping the idea that this year is a fortune-determining one–so be aware of that, as you make your choices. Good luck!

2 May 2019 Temper Tantrum

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Don’t let temper get the best of you. ‘The Last Day of Pompeii’ By Karl Bryullov – tAFrCGFUhXM8Jg at Google Cultural Institute {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21863469

Is it rage that powers our communications, now that the facts so clearly align with our upset, or is it that destructive thinking is in tandem with a belief that lashing out is the only way to break free, to expand? Whatever it is, we may be tempted to stick with our beliefs, priorities, and those things we honor, even as it’s clear that isn’t wise–and temperament, and the sense that we are right to indulge it, is a real problem. The issue may be that we don’t see the worth in acknowledging all that doesn’t work, that we’ve been in denial of, and how doing this will allow us to access our personal authority and ‘natural’ power. Facing what we’ve ignored will bring reward, particularly healing, and will set our minds in the direction of recognizing new opportunities–all possible, as long as we don’t let temper run the show.

(Vesta opp Pallas, Venus semi-sq Black Moon Lilith and parallel Chiron, Mercury sq Pluto and trine Jupiter, Sun qnx Ceres)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 12 Taurus. 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–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Your personal relationship to power, and to any natural roles you hold (father, mother, sibling, child, positions of responsibility or in relationship to Nature itself), dear Taurus, may find its groove this year, through to your next birthday. Truly coming to understand your most personal powers in relation to others is vital to moving forward–no more hazy ideas of who you are and what your domain in life actually is–and once sorted out things can move very quickly. Early in this Solar year you may face a kind of emotional deficit, when you may not have the energy to spare to really feel (or so it seems), and you may be forced to deal with matters you’ve shunted to the side, or that you may be in denial about–but again, all for the good, clearing the decks for the revelations that are bound to come around your power position in life. Good luck!

17 June 2019 Full Moon in Sagittarius: Denouement

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‘The Banquet of the Officers of the St George Militia Company in 1627’ By Frans Hals {{PD}}

The Full Moon, at 25 Sagittarius 53, occurs at 1:30 AM PDT, and is apex to a Finger of God with base of Juno-Sedna–which sextile naturally catches the Sun, currently parallel to Mercury, at its midpoint. The only other viable contact is the Full Moon in (very) wide conjunction with Jupiter, its ruler. A Full Moon in Sagittarius brings a sense of ending, completion, or denouement, but one filled with optimism, that possibly presents new opportunities, and perhaps one that reveals needed knowledge, information, or ‘facts’, and these may either offer new directions to the individual or show precisely why the situation is viable no more.

Every Full Moon is a Moon-Earth conjunction, and this points up the way there is typically an emotional conclusion and a material one. Either we have a feeling reaction to what ends, or our feelings bring about the end of some physical situation, but in any case, there is both an internal experience and an external one, though certainly, the impact for one or the other varies with the individual. Some will feel the event is solely internal, others only external, but it benefits us to look at circumstances and try to draw the thread that connects our emotional state (of which we might not automatically be aware) and what’s happening, especially what’s coming to a close, around us physically.

The Finger suggests that what concludes arose from stress, in the clash between our status or a role that empowers us or where we can express ourselves, and our own instincts and our inability to follow them. Somehow our responsibilities, especially if we feel a certain amount of resentment or anger surrounding them, may be the foundation for this; our denial of those instincts, of our own needs or wants, is too powerful at this point to be dismissed–and so the events of the Full Moon appear, as the psyche manifests before us, possibly in exaggerated but also in informative ways.

We need to exercise caution: we may be acting from our ‘blind spot’, from some area or on some issue that we believe we understand or have dominion over, though in reality we don’t. We might also be mustering our instincts out of hurt or vengeance–remember, Juno didn’t take that disrespect dished out to her lying down.

The Sabian symbol for the Full Moon is, ‘A Flag Bearer In A Battle‘. The flag bearer is essentially a non-combatant, even though this individual risks just as much as anyone else out on the battle field. We may feel that we are simply a standard bearer, that we are ‘letting everyone know’, and so not really involved in the battle–and this tells us that’s a false perception, likely offering us a false sense of safety. And maybe that’s what we learn with the Full Moon events: that we can’t hold ourselves separate from the tumult around us.

The purpose of a flag bearer in battle is to help orient the soldiers to where their forces are gathered, and to how far forward, or how much in retreat, they are at any one time. So, for some of us this Sagittarius Full Moon may be a marker of sorts, one that tells us how much progress in ‘the fight’ we’ve actually made.

Dominique Lang ‘Matin d’hiver’ 1916 {{PD}}

The Sun, always vital in a Full Moon scenario (how else would the Moon shine?) has the Sabian, ‘Frost-Covered Trees Against Winter Skies‘. This suggests to me that Full Moon events were either set in motion last winter, or if we look carefully, we will see their origins there. At the time we may have had the impression that related matters (maybe even our feelings) were ‘frozen’–now we know they’re not.

No matter what happens at this point, we learn something, facts or how we feel–that’s the beauty of Moon in Sagittarius.

‘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 26 Gemini. 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 for you, dear Gemini, may bring some a number of endings, especially emotional ones, and it may ask you to find a role in life that both empowers you and allows you to show and make use of your vibrant inner life. That’s a tall order, when most of us are just trying to make a living, but you have the capacity this year, through to your next birthday, to create/ find the perfect spot for you. As a natural consequence, this will change many things in your life, but I’m guessing you’re more than ready to show more of who you are, even as you heal your sense of yourself as a unique and interesting individual. Good luck!

16 June 2019 Problems With The Creative

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Hélio Oiticica at Inhotim in Brumadinho/Brazil By régine debatty – P1080580, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15856978

The ideas are golden, clear and crisp, and very exciting–but somehow, if we were to materialize them just as we are imagining, they would conflict with our ambitions (or at least, the goals we’ve set) and undermine our personal authority. That’s no fun. We prevent Self-sabotage and get our ideas on the map in three ways: we don’t do anything that chips away at our health: physical, spiritual, financial, emotional; we accept reality, and the current authorities, even if they are wrong and we don’t like them, because we don’t have to like them to see What Is; and, we can use the social sphere as a handy measure: what they revere, we reject, what they say we can’t do (in the ‘you’ll never succeed’ sense), we see the possibilities and see how we can pursue the goal or solve the problem. We won’t change the world today, but we’re building the structures, mechanisms, and alliances that will.

(Jupiter sq Neptune, Mars sxt Hygeia, Mercury sq Zeus, sesq Ceres, trine Neptune, qnx Jupiter, and opp Saturn)

By Anthony26130 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54972509

Today’s word image is a beautiful, full lavender plant that curls in upon itself–is it dead, you wonder?–but that then unfurls as soon as it’s planted. This is about understanding how important the right environment is, and it’s also about not being upset with ourselves if we’re not in full bloom–we just aren’t at the right spot, we haven’t created the optimum environment, yet. Look to your Earth in the natal chart (it’s always, always, always located directly opposite the Sun) for clues as to what environment you need to help you become the fullest, highest, and best expression of who you are.

For those born with the Sun at 25 Gemini. 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 strongest ally this solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Gemini, may be your own very clear sense of what’s right, your instinctual knowledge, and your willingness to call out destruction and even evil for what it is. Accepting that ability in yourself makes your way forward evident, and consistently gives you both the power to change things and opens up choice, no matter the circumstances. In some sense this may be a ‘heavy’ year, but it’s also an empowering one, and could lead to bringing some ideals to reality, and to some truly creative, imaginative, and inspired actions and thinking. Good luck!

15 June 2019 Thrown Into The Future

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‘Diary of a Seducer’ By Arshile Gorky 1945 {{PD}}

It’s a day where embracing our own empowerment and exercising that power in areas we know are our own, as well as using skills we know we are adept with, can hurtle us forward, into our future Self. It’s almost like if we hit the ‘right’ vibratory attitude, we’ll whoosh ahead, developing instantly into what we will become (or at least, morphing into it temporarily, for a day). This means we’ll also get that glimpse ahead with others, seeing where they’re headed.

Find the vibe, and you definitely benefit in ways you may have never thought of before. It’s also appropriate to think about the future–where do you want to go, who do you want to be? What might get in the way of all this accelerated development are all those matters you’ve ignored, denied, or grown angry over but not faced. These can lead you in a direction where your actions won’t really matter (but of course, you won’t know that in the moment), where you’ll spend a long time and lots of energy making irrelevant choices. So, check those empowerment options against instincts and what you ‘know but don’t know’, which can help you avoid stepping into and acting out of your ‘blind spot’, or succumbing to the siren song of efforts that support nothing but the ego.

(Juno sxt Sedna, Mars sesq Black Moon Lilith, Venus nov and Mercury conj NN)

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For those born with the Sun at 24 Gemini. 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 a good portion of the solar year ahead, through to your next birthday, Gemini, trying to pinpoint your feelings, and there may be a considerable sense of being alienated from yourself–but don’t take this too much to heart. It may be that the Universe is offering you a respite from what has recently been something of an emotional whirlwind; circumstances may be giving you enough space to go forward in other areas that need attention. Think carefully about what you really want, as it may be extra easy to fall into patterns from the past, especially the kind that offer as much of a straight jacket as they do legitimate security. But then again, all that thinking will likely bring forward some of the most creative insights you’ve ever had, and the way will be clear for you to pursue/ manifest them. Good luck!

14 June 2019 Bend, Willow

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‘Pond with Willow Tree and Ducks’ By Peter DeWint c1820 {{PD}}

Outrage, anger, aggression, speaking (or more likely showing) Truth to Power, making a point–we’ve all got something we’re trying to impress upon others or the environment, and the more unconscious we are, the more angry and out-of-control we’ll be. A few pointers: don’t ignore realities–work with them, instead; obstacles may be in place for your protection, as they could prevent regrettable, in-the-moment choices; don’t try a two-birds-with-one-stone approach, specifically if you’re trying to further ambitions–it won’t work and may bleed valuable energy from other matters; if you’re going in the wrong direction, the facts may point that out to you–ignore at your peril; beliefs are going to be challenged–bend, willow, don’t break; and finally, engaging in power struggles will cost you assets, including relationships–so make your point and walk away–you’re not the idiot whisperer, and you’ve not been charged with changing others’ minds, with ‘educating’ them, no matter how it may feel.

‘Little Green Willow’ By Helen Hyde 1905 {{PD}}

This energy will put us at odds with the social sphere no matter what, but what’s really important is that we’re okay with ourselves, with who we are. Be clear on that, and refuse to wrassle for power, and you can convert that outward-pushing energy into productive, focused effort.

(Mars sesq Ceres, opp Saturn, sq Zeus, and qnx Jupiter, Venus sesq Pluto, Sun parallel Mars)

Today’s word image isn’t a word or phrase or described image, it’s instead something the Universe has been especially persistent in showing lately, and that is that it’s not speaking in symbols and complex language, it’s shouting at us pretty directly.We’re seeing all around us clear signals about what is happening with each of us, and with all larger entities. Two examples: a particular business entity was scheduled to have their yearly ice cream social today, but the freezer went on the fritz and all of it melted–and this entity is indeed in a state of crisis, in the midst of a slow-motion melt down. My other example comes from a chat I had with someone last week. This person was telling me about someone who runs a particular promotional business, and how she had come to other shop owners, trying to work a deal where she would get her name on their business productions and a cut of the profits, in exchange for . . . what? Her good will? She offered them nothing. The name of her company is supposed to be clever and playful, but it quite literally states that she wants to rob anyone she does business with! Obviously, I can’t name it for liability reasons, but it’s something along the lines of ‘Sneaky Thieves’! So, I think the point is that we need to be alert, look around, because not much is actually hidden, anymore. People are showing us who they are–believe them. And, I’d add to this, that if you’re receiving aggression because you’re showing firm boundaries, first you have my sympathy, and second, as the handmaids say, Latinesque style, “nolite te bastardes carborundorum”

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

For those born with the Sun at 23 Gemini. 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). Gemini, you may be highly introspective this solar year, through to your next birthday, and that’s a good thing–it’s time for you to excavate what has over time come closer and closer to the surface. What results could be unsettling, to the point of re-writing your current reality scenario, but no matter what, it will help you shed what you no longer need, what’s holding you back, and in so doing open the way for new experience, and a fresh new emotional scene. Expect renewal in many ways; expect, too, for emotional perceptions and intuitions to lead you toward some of the most creative times of your life. Good luck!

13 June 2019 Containers

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By Francisco de Zurbarán 1650 {{PD}}

Today we need to give things shape, to find containers, forms, boundaries, for our power that both offer the appropriate amount of Self-responsibility and the appropriate measure of pure Self-expression. Those are a lot of big, vague concept words, not easily fit to real-world efforts, so here’s the prescription: put energy into creativity, give it a physical form by applying it to something you care about, something you feel deeply. Get into action, choose, impress yourself on the environment, and you will know when you’ve got it right by this: you’ll feel a little twinge, a little happiness, as your choices heal something vital and beautiful within.

(Saturn semi-sq Ceres, Mars trine Neptune, Venus sxt Chiron, Sun qnx Pluto)

See tomorrow’s forecast for the Sun at 23 Gemini.

12 June 2019 Intersections

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By TheTrolleyPole – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79351445

For some of you this may be parsing things a little too finely, but I’d like to point out that the asteroid Hygeia receives quite a few contacts from other transiting bodies today, and to me this suggests a theme: what occurs offers us the chance to sort what’s good for us from what isn’t. It’s a point when our attention goes to the suddenly emphasized, the suddenly obvious, all in service to assessing what we need more of, what needs to be eliminated. We are likely to see the physical manifestations of our state of Being (another way of saying ‘health’), the ways social pressures and dictates have caused us to modify our behavior (in forms that may be either positive for us or harmful), and we get a glimpse forward to what our actions and choices are creating for the future. What we want to be, in the largest and most complete sense, is what we are considering at this time, and we see exactly how reality and our behaviors intersect, and the results.

With the Fist and the T-square we may get even more specific. The Fist offers us the ways the reality picture and our own ambitions and desires have intersected, and the ‘reward’ of such; the T shows us values and relationships and the ways these have caused conflict acted out and on via our own agency–that is, this shows both a measure of our own responsibility for the state of things, and how and why our relationships and what we care about have tested and been responded to in proportion to how much personal power and authority we believe we hold. The end result of that is the sum of what we are ignoring or denying, and the hidden anger that may be driving our behaviors–and it’s these intersections and combinations that we see the physical result of today.

We may all be tempted to vow to diet, exercise, reform our habits, ‘clean up’ in some way–and that would be positive, though we don’t want to miss the real message: that our actions and choices are the building blocks in a more concrete way than we may imagine. We have more control, and more ‘say’, than we think we do–be ready to wield it.

(Saturn trine, Venus parallel, and Jupiter qnx Hygeia, Jupiter sxt Zeus, Mars conj NN, Venus as apex to a Fist of God with base of Saturn sq Zeus, Venus opp Ceres as base of a T-sq with arm of Black Moon Lilith, the Sun parallel Pallas)

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For those born with the Sun at 22 Gemini. 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 Gemini, big change is coming, and if you don’t modify yourself and your approach when you first see that a shift is occurring, then choice and control will be taken out of your hands. Whew! Do I have your attention? Things are getting a wee bit drastic because you’ve been plowing ahead, thinking you can ignore pretty much everything in pursuit of your goals–and now what’s been neglected is catching up with you, and maybe even overtaking you. By that I mean a certain amount of control is inevitably lost by you, through the very fact that you have let some structures, supports, and ‘security blankets’ crumble. In the end this may be a good thing, but will put you through some stressful times in the coming solar year, through to your next birthday. What’s working for you? An immense sense of determination, and the ability to see the value of spontaneity and accident–and it’s this latter that can turn your year into a highly rewarding time. Good luck!

11 June 2019 Hidden In The Past

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Unlikely you’ll find a baby, but you will find something important to you today. ‘The Finding of Moses’ By Giovanni Francesco Romanelli c1656 {{PD}}

Today we can draw power from what’s hidden in the past, especially from the nuances of relationships, the vagaries or just-now-understood factors within our finances, and/ or things avoided or denied altogether that we are reminded of. The value is in seeing how we could’ve modified our expression so that what we did, or our response, would’ve been a better fit to who we are at a Soul level than what we did choose to express. This review helps us skirt, in our current situation, something that might’ve been disastrous in relationship interaction or in financial decision-making if we had followed through on our initial impulse. Accessing this memory and learning from it ultimately allows us to be more unique, more ourselves, than we would without contemplation of that insight hidden in the past.

(Ceres sq Black Moon Lilith, Venus sesq SN, Mercury semi-sq Sedna, Sun semi-sq Uranus)

©JGDemboski 1991

Today’s word image is a much older woman who encounters hopscotch squares in chalk on the sidewalk, and stops to hop through to the end. This may say we’re never too old to play–or is it a statement on human nature, that we are ‘game players’, or just ‘players’, to the end? Maybe it’s about recognizing the eternal spirit in all of us, that willingness to encounter the world that’s so prominent when we’re young. In any case, it’s a reminder to us that we should respond in the way that feels right to us to what we encounter in our environment, even (or maybe especially) if social convention or judgmental others might frown on our activity, tell us we’re ‘too old’, or in some other way judge us to be inadequate.

‘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 21 Gemini. 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 Gemini, this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, what you can count on is change, more change, and a little change, and much of it coming in surprising ways, through accident, revelation, group decisions, or through your own inner stance of rebellion or need to express as a singular, original individual. It’s a tumultuous time, no doubt, but you have excellent emotional perceptions and intuitions during this period and these facilitate ambition and desire fulfillment in a significant way–so listen to what your feelings tell you, and trust them, and as well, trust yourself–you can handle what comes at you, and may gain significant power because of it. Good luck!

10 June 2019 Ambition But No Opportunity

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By Robert Henri 1914 {{PD}}

You know what happens when we have ambition but see no opportunities before us, right? We try to make our own–and today is one of those days, when we’ll need to step up and advocate for our own causes, push our own agenda, and make what we care about or want our priority. What’s making the scene seem so bleak is every matter ignored or denied by everyone, now creating barriers and preventing easy movement, and this root cause in most cases won’t be visible to us–we’ll probably believe the landscape is barren due to ‘luck’, or more specifically its lack, but common sense tells us circumstances did not create themselves. We don’t need to place blame, but an awareness that current issues and blocks are man-made will help us deal with them–as anything done can in some form be undone–so that should give us heart, and prevent a fatalistic point of view dominating.

Two warnings, while we’re dealing with this set of influences: 1) our thinking is too materially-focused and in itself too ambitious to actually be wise–it’s a prime situation with the potential for mistaking what we want for what’s smart–and 2) the reality picture is not showing us any encouragement, any clear avenues on which to go forward–and that’s because at this time, we need to be willing to build those roads ourselves. Once we accept our own agency, we’ll find our attention going exactly where it needs to–so even if it doesn’t appear that what we’re dealing with serves our ultimate ends and ambitions, know that it really does.

(Zeus sesq and Saturn semi-sq Black Moon Lilith–and Saturn also squares Zeus–Mercury sq Pallas, Sun trine Zeus, qnx Saturn, and opp Jupiter)

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For those born with the Sun at 20 Gemini. 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 Gemini, this solar year, through to your next birthday, you have the right combination of ambition, goals, serious intent, and real-world practicality to make significant gains, attract Love, or create profits or Art. There’s a swell of creative energy that can drive your dreams; all you have to do is go after them, be aware of the reality picture, and look for opportunity. You may balk at some of the things you might be required to do, and if you find yourself unwilling, then you know that wasn’t really your dream, it was a distraction–in which case, your duty is to go out and discover what you really want. You have the energy and the mojo to be successful–use this period of clear perceptions and fortuitous judgement to make it happen.

9 June 2019 Failing The Dream

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By Kazimierz Stabrowski 1904 {{PD}}

How are we failing to support our own dream? That may be the (harsh) question we put to ourselves today, or maybe it’s pointed out by circumstances, but either way, we become aware of some way in which we aren’t serving those idealized goals put forward, consciously or not, by the Soul. This is not something to beat yourself up about; it’s merely a chance to re-align and fine tune, to re-dedicate energy that may have been useful elsewhere, temporarily. In this case, our actions and choices, rather than circumstances imposed externally, are the core reason we’ve strayed, and the central means of getting back to where we want to be–so that means it’s entirely in our own hands. Our attention can be focused through the material, and through those causes and commitments we embrace. Serving these, by honoring them, re-dedicating ourselves to them, or simply by giving our full awareness to the reality of things, will bring us back to our intended path. Too, take care that you aren’t misled today–we’re susceptible to the illusion, to the sleight of hand, to the gossamer mirage spun before us by the ill-informed, or by those with ill-intentions. Eyes on what we find sacred prevents us falling for deceptions.

(Vesta enters Taurus, Venus semi-sq Mars, Sun sq Neptune)

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For those born with the Sun at 19 Gemini. 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 your year, dear Gemini, now through your next birthday, to test your dreams, and to make the viable ones happen. This may come about through less than comfortable circumstances, ones that carry an emotional impact, but that are designed to show you potentials, as well as what are for all intents and purposes impossibilities. This can be an exciting and rewarding period, if you hold your dreams in a relaxed, relatively open hand, and remember that they don’t belong to you, so much as rest in your care so that they can be realized. You may find just the right partner this year for meeting goals and bringing ambitions to reality–but be very clear about what is and is not the province of any partnership you enter into, as confusion of roles is a distinct possibility. Opportunities, especially to alter the reality picture, are yours–shape things wisely. Good luck!

8 June 2019 Soul Retrieval

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‘Soul in Bondage’ By Elihu Vedder 1891 {{PD}}

We may see something from the past, something misunderstood or disregarded at the time, that needs acceptance and incorporation into our lives. This may come as a surprise to us, and those of us who want to leave the past behind may be dismayed, but this will turn out to be a necessary bit of Soul retrieval, meant to bring us closer to a conscious sense of wholeness. It may come about through a power struggle, or one to set ourselves or someone/ something else ‘free’, or could be an accidental result of expressing our own power, but in any case, comes about as we ‘listen’ to our inner prompts and respond to what we ‘know but don’t know’, bringing back a piece of spirit, one temporarily lost by believing others over our own instincts.

(Hygeia trine and Sun qnx SN, Uranus qnx Ceres, Merc nov Sedna, Venus enters Gemini)

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For those born with the Sun at 18 Gemini. 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 Gemini, This solar year, through to your next birthday, creativity and fertility of all kinds is high, arising out of a need to tell your story. The creative urge may, in fact, overwhelm all other considerations, though ostensibly your attention will likely be on ambitions, looking for opportunities, and trying to have a real-world impact. If you don’t already have them, please develop one or more avenues through which that creative flood can express itself–if you neglect to, you could find yourself drowning in emotion and frustrated by a lack of forward progress. Also benefiting you this year: thinking before you do, and using your personal authority to avoid hurting others, just as much as you’ll use it to avoid getting hurt yourself. Good luck!

7 June 2019 Thought Experiment

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‘An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump’ By Joseph Wright of Derby 1768 {{PD}}

Ideas may be original or unusual today, and it’s this breath of fresh air that makes it prime time for negotiating our ‘territory’ and for getting what we want. What occurs to us may be so out of the ordinary that it takes us out of our comfort zone–and in this case, that’s very good, creating circumstances where it’s exceptionally safe to roll the dice, to experiment (mostly–the exceptions may be if we are merely power-seeking, or if we intend to cause harm). Too, once we step up and show ourselves to be fully present, we have the chance to resolve ambiguities with something or someone we care about, and so have the chance to heal the relationship or the wounds to our psyche caused by this connection previously.

(Mercury sxt Uranus, qnx Ceres, and sq Chiron)

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For those born with the Sun at 17 Gemini. 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 Gemini, it’s clear as day that you need to review your past, resolve it, and then modify the path you’re treading so that it takes you, in as straight a line as possible, in your desired direction. It appears what happened before has somehow exerted too strong an influence, and you’ve allowed this to alter the dream, to the point you may not even recognize it, anymore. This solar year, through to your next birthday, is your breakthrough year, the one where you set your course precisely as you want it to be. Eventually, this adjustment will lead to greater creativity and attract opportunities you never would’ve seen if you had stayed compromised by the past. Good luck!

6 June 2019 Free To Be Yourself

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By Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1895 {{PD}}

Today the goal may be to show our uniqueness, to display our originality, and what we must negotiate is how much leeway we actually have to show who we are. The guise we normally take in order to move through the social milieu safely may be slipping–or maybe we’ve thrown it off, no longer willing to hide those things that might bring social disapproval, not because they are morally or ethically wrong according to our sphere, but because they aren’t judged to be cool. And holding oneself back out of fear of being judged is a total shame, my friends.

Be who you are, without reservation, without intimidation, and be confident in this expression. You’ve got two big positives going for you: 1) what you love is firmly aligned with instincts and deep Self-knowledge, meaning that surrounding yourself with what’s loved, whether people, other living things, your creations, or your surroundings, will open the way to understanding, and so make any Self-expression you undertake absolutely true to you, and 2) whether consciously or unconsciously done, you are facing, dealing with, and making the most of those matters you’ve been ignoring or denying–and again, the way is opened for Self-expression unique to you.

It’s this expression, almost unavoidable today, that draws opportunity and expands our world and our reach, largely through a variety of unexpected reactions, accidents, surprises, and revelations. To be free of fear in expression is to accept yourself completely–and from there, living free follows.

(Jupiter sesq Uranus, Venus conj Sedna, Mercury trine Black Moon Lilith)

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For those born with the Sun at 16 Gemini. 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 Gemini, one of your surprising strengths this solar year, through to your next birthday, will be an uncanny ability to understand what other people are really about. This may come without words, in images in the mind or in sudden ‘knowing’, but however it arrives, you will have an advantage–use it wisely–that is, use it to elevate yourself by treating the other person in a more sympathetic way than you might have otherwise. Doing so will win you friends in places you never would have found them in earlier times, and also purifies your own interactions with the world so thoroughly that you gain (status, rewards, partners) by no more effort than visualizing what you want for your future. So that sounds good, right? Good luck, Gemmy!

5 June 2019 A Brilliant Chaos

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‘Shade and Darkness – The Evening of the Deluge’ By J. M. W. Turner 1843 {{PD}}

Whether it’s internal or external, in our minds or in our relationships, whether we experience it alone or in the company of countless others, we’re due some brilliant chaos, a crashing and colliding of ideas that will take unexpected shapes and offer inventive options and answers to questions we didn’t even know we were asking. This may come in the form of opposites: wounds that show us our strengths, dangers that reveal the extent of our empowerment, passions and what we love versus doing what’s practical and smart, and of course, testing the validity of our ideals through real-life implementation and commitment. Not necessarily an easy day, but a massively illuminating one, if we can assess what happens impersonally and then see how it can be applied in the most personal of ways.

(Chiron trine Ceres, Pluto opp Juno, Neptune nov Vesta, Venus sesq Pallas, Sun nov Uranus)

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For those born with the Sun at 15 Gemini. 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, dear Gemini, through to your next birthday, may be one long, sensitive time, when feelings are acute and tender and will affect the health of every life area–and in so doing, bring about some distinctive learning or exploratory situations. Your surroundings may change as a result of challenges to your feeling nature and perceptions, and you may find yourself repeatedly weighing the power balance. This is good, as you see just where your ‘muscle’ lies. This year, to gain or within relationships you do best to listen to instincts and those ways you ‘know but don’t know’–just take care not to confuse knowing with wanting. Good luck!

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4 June 2019 Keepers of the Flame

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By Godfried Schalcken c1677 {{PD}}

If you’re looking for the New Moon report of the 3rd, it’s here–

Are we confused about what we’re dedicating our lives to, or is it that we don’t understand it, don’t see it clearly, or is it that we’re following an ideal that may or may not have a real-world application? Something in us is stirring, an inner knowing that’s trying to bring vital info to consciousness, so that our actions and choices have meaning relevant to us, as individuals, as necessary keepers of our own flame. Our dreams are calling, and if we can’t pinpoint the corollary to what we’ve imagined and long for, then what are we doing? Today we might have to face this, maybe via a challenge to our personal authority, to our sense of worthiness or beauty or talents, or through the social sphere as it asks us (not in a disapproving way) to show the world who we are. We think in terms of caring, what we and others are motivated by and for, and this helps jog loose that sense of knowing, but feeling it’s just outside our grasp. Something today brings that closer to our awareness–watch for it.

(Neptune contra-parallel Vesta, Mars semi-sq Sedna, Venus contra-parallel Ceres, Mercury enters Cancer, Sun contra-parallel Jupiter)

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For those born with the Sun at 14 Gemini. 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 Gemini, What in the world do you want most? This solar year, through to your next birthday, you must use a combination of instinct and active, present-moment intuition to get it, and that might be a real challenge for someone who wants to apply their brain to literally every task–as I’m guessing you are. The other things you can do include using your personality in new ways (that will bring new responses from the world around you) and working to take real-world (rather than just mental) steps toward building what you want. In case nobody’s told you, you have a right to have it, just as long as you put in the effort, and don’t cause any harm along the way–now go get it, and good luck!

2 June 2019 Extinguished Passions

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‘Im Mai’ By Heinrich Vogeler1897 {{PD}}

If you’re looking for the New Moon forecast, please click here–

Does your sense of personal authority include seeing yourself as an authority for others? Or do you see yourself as singular, Self-responsible but not in the market to tell others what to do? We’re naturally inclined at the moment to think in terms that are most healthy for who we are at core, and that means that if our personal position of authority is too narrow (only encompassing ourselves) or too broad (seeing ourselves as having inappropriate dominion over others) we will feel uncomfortable in that position–and that may prompt changes or confrontations in the power arena.

So, gauging the extent of authority appropriate (acceptable) to you is necessary, along with giving Love or your wallet a good purging (that is, throw out all that needs to go, the attitudes, the untruths, the ugly bits we may be clinging to so we can pull them out at the next fight, and those things that have died–dump the corpses of long extinguished passions and sources of support–it’s time). Eye on the future, we go forward less burdened, lighter, purer.

(Juno sesq Ceres, Venus trine Pluto, Merc nov Hygeia, Sun parallel NN)

This has to be you this year, Gemini. Screenshot from ‘Sunset Boulevard’, Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up”.

For those born with the Sun at 12 Gemini. 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 reaching a height, a zenith, this year, dear Gemini–but what does this really mean to you? You may be unsure, but what I can tell you is that you’ve already suffered the shocks, received the surprises, learned the lessons, and now you are shaping, forming, experimenting with what you gleaned from those experiences, honing it into a fine wisdom and a whole new set of skills. That’s all for the good, as sooner rather than later you’ll need to be very clear on what it is you honor, what you find sacred, what you want to dedicate your life energy to, and if you’re not ready to really commit, you could find yourself in the awkward position of having all you need and yet not going forward. Be ready for your close-up, and good luck!

3 June 2019 New Moon in Gemini: Evolved Beyond

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‘Butterflies’ By Odilon Redon c1910 {{PD}}

The New Moon occurs at 3:01 AM PDT of the 3rd at 12 Gemini 33. This event makes only two reasonably close aspects to other bodies: a semi-square to Vesta and a trine to Pallas. A New Moon in Gemini ushers in a new way of thinking, probably centered in the matters of the House of the natal chart within which this falls. The aspects tell us that what arises from (or sometimes ushers in) this change is a challenge to the highest values, something that comes forward and dares us to defend our commitment, our cause, what we honor or find sacred–and the great thing about this is that it shows us the wisdom (or lack of it) within our choice. Is our energy well dedicated? Are we on a sinking ship? Have our values and priorities changed over time such that this cause isn’t really ours, anymore? The New Moon shows us, in largest terms, how and where we have evolved beyond the current ideas we carry–and that will carry clues as to where we put that energy now.

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is, ‘A Famous Pianist Giving A Concert Performance’. Considering that the NM event contacts Vesta, the body that describes what we revere, what we ‘worship’, in many senses, and that it also contacts Pallas, which can describe skills, we might see this symbol as expression of a well-developed skill or ability. The New Moon, then, might show us either that we have reached a peak in development in some area where we’ve dedicated ourselves and now must find a new form or direction, or it shows us the potential for mastery that dedication will bring.

The House in the natal chart that holds Gemini should offer some personal guidance and some hint as to what the New Moon might bring, and for all of us, it offers a ‘new way’ to think of something important to us, something that may be vital to the overall health and development of the Collective, and to our contribution to it.

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For those born with the Sun at 13 Gemini. 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 Gemini, what is it that you’ve just begun? The solar year, through to your next birthday, may be keyed to this, or to some Lunar (read, ‘intuitive or emotional’) matter that is developing, growing, and that may figure large in your life very soon. Down sides to your year may feature a too-fixed mindset that doesn’t accept a new idea easily, and a tendency to exaggerate both your own willingness to do something and your ability to do it, and Up sides include rewards commensurate with the extent of honest, serious change you undertake. At some point there may be a showdown over personal power issues, but if you remind yourself of what really matters to you, you’ll know exactly how to handle it. Good luck!

The post for 2 June follows at 7 AM Pacific time on the 1st, as usual.

 

1 June 2019 More?

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By Ambrosius Bosschaert {{PD}}

Do we ever ask ourselves if we really even want more? We just assume more of something desirable will help us, but today we have to face the question of what having more really means–and no matter what we’re wanting, no matter what we’re talking about, there are two potent and inescapable results: one, that the bounty that comes at us, whatever form it takes, will force us to adjust our concepts of our own empowerment, status, and reach, and two, having more will require changes to our belief system. Period. We just won’t come out of today without significant alterations to the way we see the world, and the way we see ourselves in it.

(Jupiter qnx Juno, Venus qnx Jupiter)

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For those born with the Sun at 11 Gemini. 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 Gemini, For much of this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find it very difficult to know how you feel about . . . everything. Just know: that’s okay. There’s no real requirement for you to be able to state who or what you care about. All you have to do is behave in a way that is respectful of others, that allow others their autonomy, that is discrete without being secretive or withholding, and by the time you reach your next birthday, if not before, what really matters will be crystal clear to you. So, don’t strain yourself; instead bide your time, cause no harm, and before you know it, you’ll know exactly what to do. Good luck!

31 May 2019 Stumbles in the Dark

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‘Morning Light’ By William McGregor Paxton {{PD}}

We’re trying to go forward and we keep stumbling; we’re in a dark room and are refusing to turn on the light. Why are we being so contrary? At present we’re confusing what we dedicate our energy to and our wounds; we think what we honor is the source of our hurt–and that may or may not be accurate. We are, reasonably or not, expecting to wrest reward from the current scenario–and that could come to us, or not, if our expectations are misplaced. And worst of all, we are just being pig-headed, wanting to ignore what we know to be wise in favor of exercising our Will.

If we’re willing to at least make our way to a window and pull back a curtain, we’ll be able to see the outlines of things, the shape of what surrounds us–and that’s not just smart, but empowering, enhancing our position, as others may continue to feel around in the dark and get nowhere. We should also consider that certain things that are currently being treated as, ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ should be brought out into the open, exposed, dealt with, judged, because it’s only when we ignore them that they can affect us without our knowing.

(NN sesq Black Moon Lilith, Chiron parallel Vesta, Mars sq Pallas, Venus trine Saturn, sxt Juno, and semi-sq Chiron, Merc qnx Pluto, Sun nov Juno and trine Pallas)

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For those born with the Sun at 10 Gemini. 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 year, dear Gemini, through the solar year to your next birthday, you have the Will, and the Wisdom and/ or skills, to do exactly what you want to–but how will that play out? You may have to find some sort of balance between idealism and reality, chasing the dream and fulfilling duties, playing by the rules and winging it, before you can go forward with shaping things to your Will. It’s a matter of answering the questions: What will it cost, if I get what I want? And what do I believe? Do those beliefs support my wants? Believing in yourself is necessary to successfully building what you desire. And one other thing: the emotions may be at odds with the identity or the sense of mission; the feeling nature may be too focused on material matters and security needs to allow the ‘I Am’ to truly, freely express. Deal with those ‘side’ matters, and the way is clear to be precisely who you intend to be. Good luck!

30 May 2019 What’s Wise

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Today we absolutely, without a doubt, feel we know where we’re going–but we may be completely deluded about how empowered we truly are. Or maybe it’s that we are both on track and mustering massive amounts of creative and generative energy in order to move forward. Or is it that we think we’re rejecting exercising our own authority overtly, possibly because we’re under some illusion about what is really ours to do, to change, to affect? Think it through, sort it out–mental clarity is our strong point at the moment (plus a dose of rewarding creativity), and the one factor that allows us to pinpoint what’s smart and then carry through on what’s wise.

(Saturn opp Juno, Venus trine SN, sxt Neptune, and qnx Zeus, Merc trine Zeus, semi-sq Uranus, qnx Saturn, and opp Jupiter, Sun contraparallel Pluto)

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For those born with the Sun at 09 Gemini. 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 Gemini, This year, through to your next birthday, what you do, what your ego asserts, what choices you make, your temper, and what you care about that stirs you to action is precisely what will shape your life direction, and so your future. That may seem obvious, but in the coming solar year, for you, there will be a much more direct line to be drawn between the exercise of your Will and the future that comes into being. That means you must do your best to foresee the consequences of any chain of events you set in motion, or any choice you make. Don’t worry, though, as you have vast amounts of energy at your disposal (so much it may surprise you) and you are more empowered, and hold higher status, than you realize–and that means once you’re in action, you’ll be able to go a long long way. Good luck!

29 May 2019 Do Over

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‘Young Woman in a Window Feeding a Parrot’ By Caspar Netscher 1666 {{PD}}

It appears there’ll be a lot of push back and challenges, the gauntlet thrown by anyone concerned about the power situation and the distribution of privilege and reward. Those merely trying to stake out their territory could be confronted by those who think it’s their prerogative to dictate circumstances, and many will choose fight over flight, as it may seem a showdown is unavoidable. Add to that it may be impossible to communicate without infusing our words with assertive energy, and it could be a rough day. Part of the purpose behind all the turmoil might be this: destructive or angry acts, or those meant to seriously transform a situation, may uncover what really needs to be addressed, and a do over for past actions or circumstances that we’re not happy with are a distinct possibility. Take advantage of the way we’re able to ‘see behind the curtain’, as with only a little effort we see the reality behind the material world. Too, there’s a lot of potent creative energy around; make sure you channel it into something positive, as ignoring the creative surge may draw to you deceptions or illusions you may mistake for that peek behind the curtain, when you’re really just staring at the draperies.

(Juno sq Zeus, Pluto nov Black Moon Lilith, Mercury parallel Mars, qnx SN, and sq Neptune, Sun contra-parallel Saturn, sesq Pluto, and nov NN)

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For those born with the Sun at 08 Gemini. 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 Gemini, it’s your time to do, to be what you like, to assert yourself, to take action that can shape your role and your world–but it requires you make the effort. What you do (or don’t do) this solar year, through to your next birthday, will be very public, and may affect the career and the reputation (and this could be positive or not), so keep the inevitably easily seen nature of your actions and choices in mind as you make them. Change to those structures, rules, boundaries, and other forms that have given your life shape and contained both your expression and your sense of Self will happen this year, and if you’re willing to face the unpleasant or deal with what you’ve up to now hoped to ignore, you can have a significant say in the shape those new support and containment structures take. Good luck!

28 May 2019 Choose Your Fantasy

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‘The Crystal Ball’ By John William Waterhouse 1902 {{PD}}

It may feel today as if we are empowered to see the future–and maybe we are. We’ve got the capacity for intense focus, especially in creative realms, and we know what’s smart, as well as have a good grasp of the depth and extent of our skills–perfect operating conditions, in service to your goal–so go big, chase a fantasy or dream. Go to work, true to yourself, ignoring the nay-saying of authorities or those who might try to limit or intimidate–you know exactly what you need to do.

(Juno conj NN and both trine Neptune, Mercury parallel Pallas, Sun opp Ceres)

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For those born with the Sun at 07 Gemini. 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 and ‘the Authorities’ are going to have a showdown this solar year, dear Gemini. The first thing you need to know is that this is as much about the authority you grant yourself as it is about anyone overseeing you; how you handle this will determine if you become your own authority, or do the bidding of others. That latter isn’t as servile as it sounds, and in some instances, is preferable to being solely responsible for what goes down. In any case, this year, through to your next birthday, is all about serious power and who’ll have it in your life. No need to be drastic or push for permanent change, as that will come unbidden; strive to understand how the intangibles that surround you will play out in the material–and take care not to let your own impulsiveness or rebelliousness fuel negative choices. Have a great year, and good luck!

27 May 2019 An Enfolding

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‘Edna Smith in a Japanese Wrap’ By Robert Henri c1915 {{PD}}

Most of our power and an extraordinary amount of luck–not to mention inventiveness and originality–are available today through expression of that part of us that is keyed to the feminine: receptive, accepting, open, and passive, in its best senses of a stillness that is welcoming and sensitive to the forces and influences working on it. Though action is informed (rather brilliantly) through the instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’, it must adjust to the personal power picture, to what is and isn’t our domain, and to what we are obligated to nurture and protect–and that can flow at cross-purposes to our receptive state. If you must choose, choose the more open and sensitive response over the action-oriented one. Choice can be well-informed today, though the actual choosing should be left for another time–decide what you want, but don’t yet implement it. Concentrate on what’s pleasant, on what you value, on what you want–those are the empowering stances, right now.

(Mars nov Sedna and qnx Ceres, Venus nov Chiron and parallel Juno, Mercury nov Uranus)

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

For those born with the Sun at 06 Gemini. 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). The emotions may deceive this year, dear Gemini, but they also inspire–use them as a template for dreams and hopes, for Art and creativity of all kinds, but not for guidance or judgment. In those areas where decisions are needed, you’re better off taking a caring but decisive tack that may require some adjustment to your ideas of personal authority and domain, but that will be much more effective once modified. There may also, through the solar year to your next birthday, be a temptation to speak before you think, or to make the mind the ‘last stop’ on the reasoning trail, omitting feelings and/ or intuition–both of those dead ends should be avoided. Two things to live by: act as if you are not only empowered, but capable of creating exactly the future you want, and know that the thing that reflects your values is the healthy thing, every time. Good luck!

26 May 2019 Replenish

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By Janus la Cour 1908 {{PD}}

Our attention is on healing difficult material or real-world circumstances, but we are hobbled or otherwise distracted by what we’ve ignored, denied, or because of our unacknowledged anger. The problem is that our attention is all on what’s distorted or not working in the reality picture, and that brings up both questions of our ability to affect it, and those areas where we have buried material in the hope of never having to deal with it. This could translate as high stress levels and a sense that there’s nothing we can do to positively alter what surrounds us–and if that’s how you feel, your best course is to pull back, put on the brakes, and relax. Concentrate on what refreshes, nourishes, replenishes, and then do those things for yourself. Let agendas and to-do lists wait, and don’t be sucked in to problems that seem like emergencies–if it’s a genuine emergency, it will be obvious–everything else can be ignored, for now. Restore the balance.

(Juno sesq Black Moon Lilith, Sun sesq Saturn and sxt Chiron)

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

For those born with the Sun at 05 Gemini. 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 Gemini, This solar year, through to your next birthday, you have a choice: you can concentrate on your wounds, on your healing, or on using and acquiring skills themed to your natal Chiron placement. You can do all three at once, just one or two, or you can switch among them at different parts of the year–that latter is my suggestion–because it’s becoming clear to you that you need to act, you need to consolidate or otherwise make cohesive your knowledge, the facts of your reality, and the opportunities that will both bolster your personal authority and make the most of your gifts. Claim your personal authority as it exists within your ‘territory’–and then exercise it. Good luck!

25 May 2019 What’s To Come

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It seems like there’s lots of negativity in the air, as if everyone and everything is focused on what isn’t working, what’s not right, and they are–but it’s an agenda that has a specific goal: to prepare us for the future. If we realize there are reasons and means for others to destroy our power, for our standards and commitments to be questioned, and to re-examine our goals and desires, then we’ll understand how important it is not to agree with what comes at us, but to stay tuned in and use logic, reasoning, and powers of observation to assess what needs to change, especially what or whom we should invest our time and energy in. We have our own inner wisdom at our fingertips, and thinking is unusually clear and precise–use your mind to build what’s to come.

(Pluto semi-sq Ceres, Mercury nov NN, semi-sq Vesta, and trine Pallas, Sun sesq Zeus)

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For those born with the Sun at 04 Gemini. 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 Gemini, you may feel unusually stressed this year, especially in the ways you contact the world and show who you are. This is because at this time, during the solar year that lasts through to your next birthday, you will be showing all your most original ideas, unique traits, inventive abilities, and radical inclinations–and others, especially others who don’t value those qualities in you, may react differently than they usually do. It’s your job to decide just what this means to the matter or the relationship; ask yourself if this reaction to your sense of freedom is something you want in your life–and go from there. Take care that your penchant for spontaneity doesn’t tip into erraticism, and make a special effort not to flake out on obligations–even the most creative of us doesn’t get an automatic pass on holding up our end of things. Good luck!

24 May 2019 Navigating Blind

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‘The New World’ By Gustav Seyfferth 19th century {{PD}}

Well, not exactly blind, but certainly rejecting or ignoring many of the things that would otherwise guide us–why are we so contrary? We don’t believe in (or maybe even know of) our own power; we may temporarily ignore what’s wrong in relationships or financially; we may feel alienated from the social sphere and reject them and their standards out of hand; we may be focused much too much on how things went in the past; or we may just want to burn it all down.

Trying to tackle any one of these attitudes head-on would be a mistake. Instead we must do two things: keep the mind fixed on ways and means of empowerment that are currently and readily available to us, and put the spotlight, through both our attention and our efforts, on our highest values and commitments. If you deploy these two forms of coping, you won’t get pulled into the more negative spin cycle nearby.

(Vesta sesq and Merc opp Ceres, Venus contraparallel Black Moon Lilith, Mercury contraparallel Jupiter, parallel NN, nov Juno, and sesq Pluto, Sun nov Vesta and sesq SN)

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For those born with the Sun at 03 Gemini. 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 that a memory of emotional harmony is strong, so strong that you wonder why things are a little off-kilter this solar year, through to your next birthday. That, dear Gemini, is the intellect inserting itself in the feeling nature; until you untangle the two, joy won’t come entirely into focus for you. Your biggest assets this year are your cleverness, your originality, your ability to adapt and innovate, and a willingness to try the new and unusual–these will also be your biggest challenges, as the things that set you apart are also the things that will attract both reward and scrutiny. Keep it together, and you’ll gain some amazing skills and deep wisdom; throw caution, protocol, and discipline too often to the winds and regret may come in the form of finding yourself in a very lonely place. Good luck!

23 May 2019 What Was Still Is

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By Carl Blechen 1827 {{PD}}

That title doesn’t quite capture it: what was still is, but only if we are holding onto the past, specifically out of the mistaken notion that it holds some vital information yet to be discovered. It’s true that we may have things to learn from the already-happened, but the way to uncover them isn’t to gaze backward unendingly, but to receive enlightenment as we attend to our day, as we move forward, and as we live and breathe. It’s that simple, really; we don’t even need to try–what we need to learn or see will present itself to us–the real challenge is to recognize that information when it arrives.

Today we may be quite caught up (especially mentally) in power situations of the past, focused on the ways in which our commitments and values have been destructive, and we may be just plain angry about our wounds–and those are all things we should express or consider, just as long as we realize those are thoughts about situations and events that have already transpired–and then turn our efforts toward making a real-world impact by fulfilling our ambitions and desires.

You might wonder: Isn’t ambition or desire fulfillment selfish? No, not when it’s about bringing our abilities, gifts, and healing presence to the world–then it’s the most generous thing we can do.

(Ceres nov SN, Pluto sq Vesta, Mars sq Chiron, Venus qnx Pallas, Mercury apex to a Fist of God with base of Zeus and Saturn, Merc also contraparallel Pluto, and sxt Chiron, Sun sq Black Moon Lilith)

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

For those born with the Sun at 02 Gemini. 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). I hate to say it, dear Gemini, but you may be haunted this solar year, through to your next birthday, unless you are willing to face all those things you’ve shoved under the rug, into the closet, or kept under your hat–because the need to face these issues, to deal with them once and for all, is acute, and they will continue to plague your imagination until you drag them out into the light of day and do whatever is required to free yourself. Deal with hurts, and you open the way to the unexpected, the surprising, and to a whole new way of seeing and doing. Best guides this year are your own Self-knowledge and your innate wisdom–and don’t forget to support health by both enjoying what the material world has to offer, and by keeping what you take in, in all forms, wholesome, nourishing, and comforting. Good luck!

22 May 2019 What We Think

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By Алексе́й А. Харла́мов (Alexei Harlamov) {{PD}}

Though our actions and choices are spontaneous, even impulsive, it’s what we think that makes or breaks the day. We may have an anti-reality streak going, refusing to acknowledge anything we’ve been ignoring or denying, refusing to see ‘Stop’ signs, obstacles, and the hard edges on things, and the past only irritates–and yet, we are so captured by idealism, by the power in the receptive or seductive, and by the power of commitment and the sacred, that we forge ahead–and the good thing is that it’s this idealism, this sort of faith, that shapes the forms our impulses and actions take, and so diverts us from harm or serious misstep. Allow that impulse, and don’t over-think it, and you could set in motion something unexpected and fortuitous.

(Mars sxt Uranus, Venus qnx Ceres, Mercury contra-parallel Saturn, sq Black Moon Lilith, nov Vesta, sesq SN)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 01 Gemini. 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 be feeling unsure emotionally this year, dear Gemini, and that could dominate circumstances as you repeatedly visit how you feel about what’s going on around you or happening to you–and you should know this sort of passive, observant, feeling stance is actually a good one for you to take this coming year, through to your next birthday. It doesn’t mean forward progress or your own efforts stop; it does mean that you should practice a no resistance, no-harm-caused attitude that allows you to receive and respond without becoming so Self-focused that you miss what’s around you. Through centering the perceptions on feeling, you will find surprising avenues to empowerment, and you’ll see how sometimes not taking action serves to put the wheels in motion very successfully. Good luck!

21 May 2019 Freedom or Fantasy?

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‘Fantasy’ By Pierre Puvis de Chavannes 1866 {{PD}}

The Sun and Mercury both enter Gemini today and form the Superior Conjunction; though they share space in the 29th degree of Taurus, they don’t perfect their meeting until 00 Gemini–thus suggesting that the conclusions typical to a Superior Conjunction will spark a whole new way of thinking or relating, and that these might be preceded by a crisis or other tense scenario.

When they perfect, both the Sun and Mercury are semi-square Juno, signalling some sort of upset over personal empowerment, or the authority or status one holds–and this may come as precursor to, or follow-up to, the Superior Conjunction.

All this tension/ crisis may open the way to opportunity, to freedom, and this gives us the chance to truly act on or expand the reach of what we consider important, what we value or are dedicated to. Not all of us will respond to this, though; some will immerse themselves in escapism or take a fantasy-based tack. In either case, we need to be aware that what happens today will shape the future, for some time to come.

(Jupiter trine Vesta, Neptune trine NN)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 00 Gemini. 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 Gemini, What will you learn on your birthday? What will end, what new beginnings show themselves? The sky’s the limit for you, this solar year, through to your next birthday, IF you’re willing to pull back and make sure that in pursuing ambition or desire fulfillment you remain both smart and practical. A willingness to apply skills, or to learn new ones, would serve you well, as is openness to change that is optimistic or that brings the life in line with the facts. Good luck!

20 May 2019 We’re Already There

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By Francisco Romano Guillemín 1916 {{PD}}

We’re in the midst of adjusting to relationship and/ or financial changes that became apparent at the Full Moon; there were surprises, revelations, and the facts have created situations that can’t be ignored. Our minds are working at peak (barring any hobbling transits to your natal Mercury), as we consider how best to modify our approach and (hopefully) enhance our position. Take developments in stride, and let changes the mind suggests percolate, as they won’t be a finished product until the Superior Conjunction. We’re already there, wherever there happens to be–our awareness is merely catching up to these changes, these faits accomplis.

(Venus sesq Jupiter and parallel Uranus, Sun parallel Mercury and semi-sq Juno)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 29 Taurus. 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 Taurus, Your power position or status is being threatened; what do you do? Invest time, energy, and trust in what you value, in those individuals, organizations, and entities you honor, and make sure you’re using skills, but not allowing wounds, especially those around autonomy and the exercise of Will, to call the shots. Obstacles come in the form of things previously swept under the rug. Big, permanent change and opportunity can both be yours, as long as you allow reality, not fantasy, to guide and shape ambitions and so life direction. Good luck!

19 May 2019 Beacon

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‘The Ahırkapı Lighthouse’ By Michel Zeno Diemer c1910 {{PD}}

We may be exhausted from Full Moon events and find it hard to do what’s smart, rather than what’s just expedient, but our instincts and our sense of ‘knowing what we don’t know’ will be on full-power, a beacon seeking out info and putting ‘the picture’ together. Trust what comes to you, and if you don’t understand it, wait–you will.

(Mercury sesq Pallas and conj Sedna)

See the recent Full Moon here–

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 28 Taurus. 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). Early on, dear Taurus, you may feel unfettered: free to do as you please, with no restrictions and judgments coming your way–but THAT would be too good to be true, no? It seems it will just take some time for those things to catch up with you, to enter your field of vision–which means they’re happening, even when you aren’t aware of them. So, act as if you are being judged and observed, making sure that you are totally good with (and so can stand up for) your choices. Later in the solar year, nearer your next birthday than this one, you’ll confront in some hard terms things you’ve pushed aside, ignored, denied, or that have enraged you, with the big point of this sorting our for yourself how much of what you are angry about or fear is real, how much your own imaginings. Too, it’s a good year for connecting with Nature and with your personal power base, and exercising prerogatives in areas you already control. Good luck!

18 May 2019 Full Moon in Scorpio: Sip From The Cauldron

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‘Still Life with Copper Pots’ By Martin Dichtl 17th century {{PD}}

If you’re looking for the forecast for the 17th, it’s here–

What happens when assertive energies, frustrated by their place in a sign that requires feeling instead of doing, contact a dark point where one may hide what is ignored or denied, and this meeting coincides with Love or Money delivering accident, shock, or revelation, simultaneous to a Full Moon in Scorpio that ramps up the feeling atmosphere to 11, with that Moon precisely opposed (only 30 minutes variation) Sedna, harbinger of difficult-to-access knowledge, instinct, and our own blind spot? Well, we’re going to find out, aren’t we 🙂

The day threatens to be a hot mess, one created by our actions driven by what we’ve ignored or denied, or by an unacknowledged rage, one where our relationships or finances hold the power to shock and surprise, to rob us of our usual understanding through sudden developments or information delivered in a flash or by (or through) accident. Our attention will be on what we instinctively respond to, but the clarity of our perceptions is dependent on Self-knowledge; if we are operating in our own blind spot, our only way of knowing is to read the faces of those around us, and hope that someone will tell you what everyone but you knows.

The Full Moon perfects just a couple of days before the Superior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury; this is our first clue that the emotions and information in the atmosphere will be liminal, not entirely conscious, and not entirely available to the conscious mind, even one that is seeking it. Our second clue is in the fact that it occurs in Scorpio, the sign of the dark, the hidden, the subtle but deeply felt. The third is in the Full Moon’s opposition to Sedna, the vehicle for our instinctive nature, for what we ‘know but don’t know’, and for the folly of those areas we think we understand, but don’t.

Forming at 2:11 PM PDT at 27 Scorpio 38 on the 18th, the Full Moon, as mentioned, opposes Sedna as well as Mercury, reiterating the idea of information, messages, communications, knowledge that we may feel but may not have access to (though both Sedna and Mercury are posited in Taurus, suggesting a way in to that information through the sensory world, if we can allow a feeling state without demanding the brain translate).

Keeping tight orbs, we also see a sesquiquadrate to Juno in Cancer. Aha! We’ve found the culprit–that is, the one detail that can elaborate on what it is that’s happening behind the scenes, that thing we are feeling and trying to suss out, with little success. It’s all about our personal empowerment, feeling we are both free and equipped/ competent to handle what comes, and the blow back we get from those who want to keep us, for one reason or another, in the dark about our own potentials. The reasons these others want us to remain unaware may not be nefarious, but in some shape or form our uncertainty, dependence, or lack of awareness will serve those others. We’re feeling this friction at the Full Moon, and being presented, particularly in matters that span the Scorpio-Taurus axis of our natal chart, with issues that need to come to conclusion, to be dealt with once and for all. We’ll all be dealing with darknesses that need to come to light.

Other contacts offer details. The Full Moon is semi-square Pallas, either suggesting that something unwise is the trigger to discovery, or that our initial response to what we see at the Full Moon is an unwise or impractical one. The Moon is also novile Zeus; that suggests that somewhere in the Full Moon events is a clever answer to some ambition fulfillment dilemma.

All this occurs as Venus meets Uranus and Mars trines Black Moon Lilith (with some of the possible effects noted in the first paragraph). In particular, this may be a recipe for shocking surprise in relationships, as each acts according to what they are trying to avoid, or what stirs anger, a sort of unintentional lashing out that has roots still very much alive but buried, and so convincing us that we’re ‘over it’.

The key is to control the brew (previously referred to as a potential “hot mess”) so that your sip from the Full Moon cauldron is transformative, is re-making of the House matters where it falls, or of some Scorpionic situation in your life.

The Full Moon Sabian is, ‘The King Of The Fairies Approaching His Domain’. This is an empowerment image, one meant to imply that Full Moon events do happen within our domain (and that’s so even if others insist this isn’t our territory); it’s also meant to point out the role of a ‘light touch’, to reassure that we are in charge, and to suggest something slightly magical or otherworldly in events.

We also look at the Sabian for the Sun as the light source of the Full Moon. ‘A Woman, Past Her “Change Of Life”, Experiences A New Love’. I’ll just go with this: It’s never too late.

Bonus: If you have a natal placement at 18 Virgo or no more than two degrees either side, this fills in a Mystic Rectangle with Neptune and the transiting Nodes. The Full Moon may inspire creative or other real-world efforts that will be life-direction changing for you–just don’t let yourself fall for an illusion, because that, too, could be life-changing.

(Mars trine Black Moon Lilith, Venus conj Uranus, Sun conj Sedna, Full Moon in Scorpio)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 27 Taurus. 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 are one with the senses and instincts this year, dear Taurus, in a way that can guide you successfully, but that also may allow you to blunder into situations unaware of the true lay of the land. How to listen to guidance without becoming victim to the pitfalls? Be searingly, gut-wrenchingly, no-holds-barred honest with yourself about what you want. Mistakes can only flourish in an artificial environment that is created by artificial thinking, pretense, and perpetuation of a false image. Accidents that affect relationships and fortunes may be the rule rather than the exception this year, and some of these, whether they seem positive or negative, will offer you the chance to heal some long-held wound. Good luck!

More on the Full Moon from Astrologer Verena Heinrich

17 May 2019 Expectations

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‘Mountainous Landscape’ By Albert Bierstadt 19th century {{PD}}

Our ideals or what we honor meets some sort of ‘immovable object’ today. This is something that forces us to acknowledge that what we find sacred may not be universally seen as such–or maybe it’s that we’re committed to something wholeheartedly and yet the reality picture is telling us it’s just not possible to go forward without modifying our commitment. We may feel we’re being told we not only can’t have what we want, that what we value is a worthless investment. The real issue may be a message we’re avoiding hearing, by occupying ourselves with what we’re currently being denied. We want opportunity, but we want it in the form we demand. The reality is this: we can have change, absolutely, we can have new outlets and ways to express, but our beliefs and our ideas about what constitutes the kind of change that offers opportunity must be adjusted to fit reality. In other words, there’s opportunity out there, we just aren’t seeing it because we have expectations about how it’s supposed to look.

If we’re smart we’ll let go of expectations and try to see things in a new way, or at least, try to see things free of our usual lenses and assumptions. We do even better if we’re able to see that beliefs are things we choose, not based on any objective fact but on an explanation that fits our world view at the time. Be willing to consider: there’s not just another way, there are many other ways.

(Pallas qnx Hygeia, Saturn sq Vesta, Venus semi-sq Neptune, Mercury parallel Hygeia, qnx Jupiter, and trine Pluto, Sun sesq Pallas)

For those born with the Sun at 27 Taurus, please see tomorrow’s (the 18th’s) ‘Born Today’. 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).

16 May 2019 New Reality

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Photograph of person using controller to explore a 3D Photogrammetry experience recreating Tokyo. Photo By Tatsuo Kitagawa CC BY-SA 4.0

What bothers us in relationships or finances at this time isn’t readily apparent; it’s seated in matters we may have already forgotten, in what we’ve ignored or denied, or in what so enraged us we had to turn away–but now we’ll be thinking about that past, almost obsessively, and how it’s affected the reality picture. There’ll be some interesting results from all this; here’s how to approach things: ignore the power picture, especially how it seems to be playing out or shifting–it’s not something you can change, and may not even be relevant for your purposes; accept that much of what you’re moved to do today is exceptional, whether there’s a genius idea behind it or just the purest of action-urge intents, and that no matter what drives it, it’s likely a very smart thing to do; be willing to adjust ambitions, goals, and desires to the ‘new reality’ you’re perceiving; and quit picking at your psychic scabs! Let them heal.

(Venus sxt Black Moon Lilith, Mercury trine SN-Saturn, contra-parallel Ceres, nov Mars, qnx Zeus, and semi-sq Chiron)

‘Sudden Shower, Newbury Marshes’ By Martin Johnson Heade c1870 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is the old phrase, “When it rains, it pours.” In what area of your life have you had one thing after another, an inundation of something that may be a bounty, or may be a mountain of issues, one after the other? Has yours been an embarrassment of riches, or a cascade of problems? Or has it been more subtle than that? For me it’s been a series of what seem like bad events, that have actually been blessings in disguise. I believe that the Universe is always working in our favor, and that if we take the time to look, we’ll see the bullet we dodged by not getting what we wanted, and another opportunity presented, that suits us much better.

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 26 Taurus. 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 Taurus, This year you may find that you are closer to accepting and incorporating into the psyche your instinctive knowledge and intuitive perceptions more completely than ever before. It’s a threshold moment, stretched out over the year between this birthday and the next, and as such, may hold a number of world-altering surprises. Certainly, what occurs this coming year will connect you more strongly to your life purpose, your reason for being here, and that alone will change the direction of your life, as you fine-tune your way forward. Expect to feel lost, and even lonely, now and then, as changes to honor your path will inevitably mean you leave some things and people along the way. But, the result will be personal empowerment of a higher order, rooted in what you genuinely care about. Good luck!

15 May 2019 We Do It Because We Care

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‘Depicting the artist’s daughter Nana and husband Christian Krohg’ By Oda Krohg 1891 {{PD}}

We do and we choose because we care. We’re sensitive to a startling degree and find ourselves taking into consideration things we’d normally not notice, especially as they concern others. This could put the ‘I Am’ in an uncomfortable spot: alert to others’ needs, and feeling a bit alone. What is it that you care enough about that you’re willing to take action? That’s where your attention should go today.

Our relationships and our finances trend in the direction of comfort and security, and somehow that frees our minds–but do we use that freedom to create, to dream, or do we lead ourselves into fantasy or paranoia? Dealing with this may illustrate our biggest issue with Mars in Water: slogging through emotional considerations could slow or even stop action, and we may end up treading water just to keep from being overwhelmed. Here are some remedies: give the mind solid creative outlets, give the ego or action urge a caring cause to support that allows you to be in motion (and prevents subversion of the energy into passive-aggression), and use highest values as a guide to the appropriateness of ambitions–if they clash, then that goal probably isn’t for you.

(Mars enters Cancer, Vesta opp Zeus, Venus enters Taurus, Mercury sxt Neptune. the Nodes and the Zeus-Vesta opposition–along with the Moon for a few hours–forms a Cardinal Cross, making the whole question of life direction, ambition fulfillment, and values a dynamic one being acted out in our lives right now)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 25 Taurus. 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 Taurus, the emotions light up exactly what you want this solar year, and show you just how to go about getting it–and that means if you’re confused, you’re not seeing or acknowledging what it is that truly excites and attracts you. Honesty is the goal here, with your ability to tell yourself the unvarnished truth that sets the agenda and shapes your fate for some time to come.What’s working for you? Your sense of commitment, your willingness to give all to a cause, your openness to cooperation and collaboration, and your adherence to high standards. What’s working against you? FOMO if you give your all to only one person, area, or thing, an unhealthy relationship either to those in authority or with the idea of power itself, and your adherence to high standards. The reality is, pretty much everything is a two-edged sword–decide which ‘edge’ is the one you want to use. Good luck!

14 May 2019 Relief In The Regular

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‘Adam and Eve’ By Frank Eugene 1910 {{PD}}

Today we may be so stressed with power issues, with sorting out the ‘rightness’ of our choices and life direction, and/ or in dealing with actual material developments that seem to point out just how out-of-our-control most of the world really is (in terms of us being able to lasso and subdue it), that we may find refuge in more simple things, ones that at another time we’d barely notice. Complementarity, the condition of two like yet distinctly different things by their cooperative interaction bringing out the best in each other, is where we find our peace. Man and Woman, Anima and Animus, Chocolate and Vanilla, Growth and Decay, Laughter and Silence, you get the drift. When it all becomes too much, find a happy counterpart, and relax.

(T-sq with Vesta as arm to the Nodal axis, Saturn nov Ceres, the latter of which is contra-parallel Hygeia, Venus sxt Mars)

You can see my encounter with an unhappy commenter here–

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 24 Taurus. 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). Is the crisis this coming solar year, through to your next birthday, over Love or Money, and is it because of what you did, or what you didn’t do? Solving this riddle will quite literally give you all you need to know to move forward successfully–and if you feel like this doesn’t apply to you, then you REALLY need to think about it, because it means you’re in the middle of that action or inaction that will cause said crisis. It will also help immensely if you just accept certain things as actually having been positive for you: all the recent changes to your reality picture, all the ways that the rules have changed, all the things that have been ‘taken away’–these are all, yes all, absolutely in your best interest–and accepting them means you will be much better equipped to deal with the Love or Money crisis when it appears (and don’t panic, this ‘crisis’ may actually be ostensibly positive–a lottery win or a new, exciting love interest–but that doesn’t mean it won’t need as much ‘managing’ as any problem). Good luck, Taurus!

By Lost Dutchman Rare Coins for image, James B. Longacre for coin – http://www.cointalk.com/t204039/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26801182

Your Daily Word Image is a pair of people who appear to be different as night and day, but who are actually just two sides of the same coin. This image is a warning not to be fooled by the radically different presentations of two individuals who are actually working together to achieve some end–and specifically, that end involves persuading you do something, hand something over, or agree to something. Whatever you were thinking of agreeing to or signing on with, take a pause and give it another thought.

13 May 2019 All We Can Count On Is Change

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Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg: “Regentag in Kyoto. 1901. bez. s.l. (seinem lieben) Pankok. Farbradierung. Bl. 8 der Mappe aus Japan”. Photo By ArishG CC BY-SA 3.0

Every day our world shifts a bit under our feet, we see things appear and disappear from the horizon, our vision is more or less trained to our own short- or long-term expectations, and these are the changes we anticipate, plan for–we’re not even talking about real change, the kind that forces our hand, makes us choose in the moment, or requires us to make a choice that puts one option away for all time. Today our world shifts, but it’s tricky: it changes as we’re creating, healing, or moving closer to our dream. The change may have everything to do with what we’re up to, or it may have nothing to do with it, but almost certainly, we won’t be aware of what’s happening until it’s already over. And that’s okay. We may be asked to change our beliefs, because of it, or to commit assets or talents to that dream, more or more quickly than we thought we would, and we definitely will need to make our ideas of what’s wise and our ideas of empowerment line up. But it’s all for the good–enjoy the day!

(Pallas sq Juno, Venus nov Neptune, Mercury semi-sq Mars, nov Chiron, and parallel Juno, Sun qnx Jupiter and trine Pluto)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 23 Taurus. 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 year for you, dear Taurus, ‘luck’ and other good fortune seems to reside in your willingness to do two things: to expand your world, and to be on top of the details, to a hair-splitting degree. Take time to examine carefully both the Dream, and the reality picture that surrounds you–they’ll be a nice pause that will allow assessment and modification, should you see the need. Opportunities will be numerous and probably surprising–choose your commitments with care. Good luck!

12 May 2019 Getting The Finger

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“Hands #1,” painting by Daniel Maidman, oil on canvas, 24″x24″, 2011 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Maidman

Today Juno and Mercury-Hygeia form the base to a Finger of God, apex Ceres, and there’s another Finger, with base of Ceres and Pallas, apex Mercury-Hygeia; also keep in mind that Mercury is contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith. Fingers hold a promise: if you can get the two base energies to work together (and the sextile indicates they are disposed to work harmoniously), then your result will be of the nature of the apex placement. Whether that’s good or bad, in your judgment, isn’t stated, but since I believe the Universe is always operating in our favor, I tend to interpret it in a positive light, while still acknowledging that there is a possible down side, as well, represented by the fact that both base energies contact the apex body by quincunx. The quincunx is an angle of contact of 150 degrees, with an orb of no more than 2 degrees in either direction. This relationship between entities always implies discomfort or discord, as each feels a need to adjust expression to the other, typically without finding accommodation. That means that the two harmonious energies that form the base get along, but that the outcome of their combining creates some sort of strife or anxiety, expressed through the apex energy.

In ‘getting’ a Finger configuration, we are offered a dynamic, and its outcome, without specifically laying out how this will be achieved, other than through interaction of the base entities. So, with the apex Ceres Finger, we’ll likely see healthy thinking, either about literal health and nurture or concerning security and safety (Merc-Hygeia in Taurus) as it’s carried out, through our personal venues of empowerment, possibly where we ‘mother’ ourselves or someone it’s our duty to care for (Juno in Cancer). The result is personal authority, a claiming of territory or dominion, especially dominion over another for whom we are responsible (Ceres), and this allows us one of several things: we are empowered to reach out, beyond our normal scope, or we learn or discover the facts, and bolster our power that way, or with this result we see our belief in our right to have power reinforced, or we may find ourselves empowered to negotiate in a way we haven’t been able to before. The result is power enhancement that carries a Sagittarian tone–but, what we have to keep in mind is that this doesn’t arise smoothly out of the sextile, but comes instead from some sort of discomfort generated by our need to know, to express power, to acknowledge our belief and its ‘rightness’–that is, to express Ceres in Sagittarius–with the possible implication that this isn’t nurturing or ‘healthy’, as we’ve been expressing these qualities.

The Finger apex Merc-Hygeia is based on the power of knowing, information, outreach, belief, or in vested authority (Ceres in Sag) blended with the wisdom of cooperation, diplomacy, and partnership (Pallas in Libra). Together, these create a way of thinking about material assets, comfort, supplies, security, or talent expression (Mercury in Taurus) that arises out of some discord between the personal authority we hold (Ceres) and what’s wise (Pallas) and may bring into question whether our efforts are ‘healthy’ or not (Hygeia–and that means healthy in the way those efforts do or don’t harmonize with our current ideas of what’s wise, or what’s a positive expression of our power). The contra-parallel of Mercury to Black Moon Lilith adds dimension; our thinking may be plagued by all that we’ve been ignoring or denying, or we may find ourselves enraged by the fact that we must even question our ideas of our own privilege, the concepts of cooperation and partnership, or what, in the overall scheme of things, is truly wise.