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The picture at top shows the effects of the cold and dry winds Circius (from NNW) and Aquilo (from NNE). The picture at the bottom shows Occidens (from the west) is cold and humid, Auster (from the south) is warm and humid. Oriens (from the east) brings snow. Olaus Magnus - from the "Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus", book 1 {{PD}}

The picture at top shows the effects of the cold and dry winds Circius (from NNW) and Aquilo (from NNE). The picture at the bottom shows Occidens (from the west) is cold and humid, Auster (from the south) is warm and humid. Oriens (from the east) brings snow.
Olaus Magnus – from the “Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus”, book 1 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Jupiter in Libra brings the kind of optimism about partnerships and partnering that makes us look to the future with a great deal of hope; in this Air sign we think about where we can expand, get more, learn, explore, or get the word out, and we turn to our relationships, aesthetic matters, cooperative ventures, and investment opportunities to make it happen. Jupiter goes retrograde in early February in the third decan of the sign, prolonging its stay through direction in early June, through escape to Scorpio in October 2017, and Jupiter doesn’t return to Libra for another 12 years–and that means that between now and October of next year, optimism and opportunity is inextricably bound with matters of the natal House where Libra is, as well as with the Arts, our relationships (especially our romantic attachments), and in interaction with those who offer support, cooperation, and conspiratorial mutual benefit. Yes, I said conspiratorial, because the agreements we reach with others during this transit are based on mutual values (Venus), and rely on mutual reward (sign ruler Venus again) to work, and that means we may find a kind of put-our-heads-together attitude that (inadvertently or not) may exclude others.

We may also see, or feel inclined ourselves toward, immersion in the social sphere, where individuals take up the beliefs of the social arena and so regard society at large as a partner. Too, we may see belief in Love, in marriage or mating, in cooperation, in diplomacy, and of the efficacy of religion enjoy a renaissance of sorts during this transit, along with a kind of faith in the strength of duality that promises ‘more’ when we embrace one another (a current Presidential candidate’s slogan, ‘Better Together’, comes to mind). We let go the inclination toward criticism and critique, toward accounting and accountability, and look for the ways we can aid or enrich each other–so not such a bad direction to go.

As to those more fleeting aspects perfecting today, we see a preference for reality and what we can hold in our hands (especially if this is something dear or cherished from the past) over what may feel like too-theoretical values or abstract relationships. Watch, too, for the impulsive thought and the radical idea; though they have immense potential value, they come currently in a form that is too anti-authority, and too likely to spring from past hurts, to truly be useful without serious modification. Just keep sight of what you know to be important to you, in order to make progress (or at the very least, to stay out of trouble!) (Saturn contra-parallel Vesta, Venus qnx SN, Merc qnx Uranus and contra-parallel Ceres and Chiron, Sun sxt Vesta and contra-parallel Venus)

'Hot Chocolate'  Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta before 1920 {{PD}}

‘Hot Chocolate’ Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta before 1920 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is an idea: chocolate for breakfast. I’m thinking of really good chocolate, and see this image as an invitation to indulge at an unusual time in a refined pleasure. Lately there’s a chance we haven’t really been paying attention to our own best moments incarnate, our own enjoyment of physical existence–this is a reminder to slow down, and savor with gratitude.

For those born with the Sun at 17 Virgo: ambition and desire may be the still, small voice within that pushes you forward this coming year, Virgo, but it will be where and to whom you dedicate your energy, time, and attention that determines your progress. It’s all fine to dream, but the way you spend your time will (quite literally, in some ways) be an investment in building your future. Keep that in mind, and you’ll make good choices that propel you in the direction you want to go. Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!

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