Born Today 24 June

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Kusakabe Kimbei pre-1933 {{PD}}

Kusakabe Kimbei pre-1933 {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! I hope you want to communicate this coming Solar year, because your thoughts, writings, or ability to articulate (or something related to whatever Houses Mercury rules in your natal chart) could earn you money, fame, and bring you into new cooperative arrangements with others. Okay, money and fame might be a bit of an exaggeration–I can’t guarantee your reward will be anything so rarefied as fame–but you could gain significant reward in the process of expressing yourself. This year could also see you set up circumstances or create surroundings that facilitate healing, yours or others’. Sounds like you might want to get busy.

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The Daily Word Image for 23 June 2014

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'Nine Greyhounds in a Landscape' Jacques-Laurent Agasse c1807 {{PD}}

‘Nine Greyhounds in a Landscape’ Jacques-Laurent Agasse c1807 {{PD}}

Today’s image is a small cloth patch found in a parking lot; the patch has an embroidered number, a six–or is it a nine? Is there a situation in your life that can be seen in two completely opposite, and completely valid, ways? How do you know the ‘right’ viewpoint to take, in order to deal with things successfully? We can see it this way: one option is the viewpoint of responsibility, of obligation and duty (the six), while the other is about completion, signifying an ending, a time to turn away from the subject (the nine). Now consider the two opposite viewpoints; which side should prevail in this matter in your life, service and obligation, or an ending and a clean break toward a new start?

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Born Today 23 June

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'Setting Out at Dusk' Charles Theodore Frere 19th century {{PD}}

‘Setting Out at Dusk’ Charles Theodore Frere 19th century {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! This coming Solar year (through to your next birthday) you may be consumed with two distinct things: one is the need to take action in cooperation with others to make ambitions a reality, and the other is a need to be completely independent, on your own schedule, free of obligation (and so unreliable in cooperative situations). How can you reconcile the two? First, resolve to accept that reality requires you to deal with things as they are right now–and if that means you need help realizing ambitions and desires, then you need to acknowledge that, if only to yourself. Second, channel that rebellious streak into a group or cooperative position that allows you to lead instead of follow–in this way you can show your uniqueness and still accept others’ involvement. Also, you’ve got some deep delving to do in the area of understanding why you’ve structured your world as you have–get down to the reasons and you’ll understand a great deal about how you got to where you are today.

Born Today 22 June

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by Kazimierz Stabrowski 1904 {{PD}}

by Kazimierz Stabrowski 1904 {{PD}}

You’re going to make a clean break of it, one way or another, dear Cancer, as the coming Solar year through to your next birthday you are required to choose, and you must choose yourself. To do what’s in your own best interests is not just natural, it’s really the best thing for everyone involved–and it will have the added bonus of putting you in a good position regarding finances, relationships, or both. Expect, though, that in dealing with current realities some things will remain mysterious (you just can’t know, right now) and that sudden events that seem to come out of the blue will have been building for some time, in energy terms, and so won’t be sudden at all. Good luck–by this time next year you’ll be in full-out pursuit of ambitions, and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goals and leaving your own, unique mark on things. Happy Birthday!

Just a Little AstroEssence 21 June 2014: The Well of Our Efforts

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Paul Signac Femmes au puits 1892 {{PD}}

Paul Signac Femmes au puits 1892 {{PD}}

21 June we enter a period when passion overtakes hesitancy, reticence, and possibly common sense. We believe in ourselves, in our instincts, in our ambitions, and in our ability to love, and all this equips us extraordinarily well to go forward, as long as we are connected with our own instincts and harbor no hidden destructive tendencies or rage. Those are some important conditions at this time; lack of success springs directly from going forward without following instinctual prompts, or if we are in denial about an angry agenda that seeps in and poisons the well of our efforts. Thoughts and the mentality itself may go ‘round in a circle, as we could think compulsively about what we’d like to avoid. Remember, fixating on what we don’t want will have the opposite effect, drawing it straight to us. Our attention shifts at this time to what we nurture and care about, and physical energy is deployed most effectively in disciplined, contained, constructive efforts that have us coloring, at least most of the time, within the lines. (Perfecting today: Jupiter sextile Sedna, Mars conjunct Zeus, Venus sesquiquadrate Pluto, Mercury semi-square Black Moon Lilith, Sun into Cancer/ Earth into Capricorn)

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Born Today 21 June

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 Clouds over the Black Sea--Crimea - Boris Israelevich Anisfeld

Clouds over the Black Sea–Crimea – Boris Israelevich Anisfeld

Happy Birthday, Cancer! (If you’re a Gemini born on the 21st, please see the BT for the 20th–that one applies to you.) It appears you’ve been trying to expand your world for some time now, though most of the action has been on the home front, or within your own psyche–don’t fret, that’s all about to change, maybe very very suddenly. What shifts will be your material situation in real, concrete terms–but what occurs is only partially under your control–others will have a big say, probably more than you’d like them to. It will be your job to use intuition, the feeling nature, and your own sensitivities to parse out what from the past stays, and what goes–you need to act as your own leader at this point–and then, probably abruptly, you’ll enter a period where it seems the sky’s the limit–and that’s when you take aim and go for what you truly want!

Born Today 20 June

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'Nordic Summer Evening' Richard Bergh {{PD}}

‘Nordic Summer Evening’ Richard Bergh {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Gemini! As the new Solar year dawns for you, you’re looking toward new forms of personal empowerment, new ‘power’ roles or roles that will convey status, and you may be searching for that special someone to partner with. You’re feeling strong, adept, aggressive–but how does this mesh with your natal approach to emotion, interaction, and with your internal wisdom? Look to the natal signs that hold Pallas and the Moon, then look at how comfortable those signs are with direct Self-expression, a ‘me first’ attitude, and a willingness to lead–that will tell you whether this year will go smoothly, with expression that feels natural, or whether you will struggle to feel comfortable in your own skin. No matter what, though, you’ll have plenty of energy to heal your wounds this year, and to use skills to create or establish something real and lasting in your life. And that potential partner? He or she should show up before your next birthday–but it’s up to you to recognize the possibility, and make it happen. Good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 19 June 2014: New Directions

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 By Saranocera http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User: By Sarahnocera Released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

By Sarahnocera Released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

19 June we may find we must temper our originality and uniqueness in order to maintain or attain empowerment; somehow we don’t have enough clout to express totally as we might please. This may be the ‘starter’ for the seed planted with the Inferior Conjunction; out of frustration at not being able to show our uniqueness without consideration for the empowerment structure or our own status, we will start efforts in a new direction, one that promises more freedom than ever before. (Perfecting today: Uranus semi-square Juno, Sun in Inferior Conjunction with Mercury)

Today’s image is a bowl of cinnamon hearts that have been there so long they’ve melded into one stuck-together mass of candy! Let’s take ‘hearts’ to stand for relationships; sometimes we stay with people because of the sweetness of the interaction, but sometimes we stick together out of nothing more than inertia and proximity. This is a good time to take a look at the relationships in our lives, and to see clearly whether we are there because it’s sweet, or there because we haven’t bothered to move on.

Born Today 19 June

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'Angel' Franz Dvorak {{PD}}

‘Angel’ Franz Dvorak {{PD}}

It’s the start of something significant for you, dear Gemini, indicated by the matters of the House where the Inferior Conjunction of the Sun and Mercury is occurring today, or in matters of the natal House Mercury rules. In one or more of those areas you’ll get a fresh start, and this may help you gain perspective on either Love or Money issues, which are currently running on the assumptions of the unconscious and causing a lot of stress. The reality is that Love or Money thing is exaggerated in its current form–see it more clearly (hint: use the intuition) and you can create a powerfully strong magnet from your own personality, one that will draw in the desired material. Just stay clear on the fact that Love and Money are substances that are both given and received–it won’t all flow just one way–and that this Solar year, through to your next birthday, you have the chance to heal completely some portion of your reality related to these. Good Luck! And Happy Birthday!

Born Today 18 June

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'A Meadow Flower' John White Alexander {{PD}}

‘A Meadow Flower’ John White Alexander {{PD}}

Dear Gemini, the Solar year between this birthday and the next is one for revision, repair, and reconstruction of the life and your thought processes. I know! It sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? It sounds like things aren’t going well–but really, they are. You’re on track in the big picture sense–now it’s time to create a life that’s not just serviceable, but that mirrors who you are at a Soul level. You have a great deal of energy available this year for both healing and creativity, and the emotions and intuition can be a very effective guide to bringing ideals into reality. Keep these words in mind throughout the year: “Your wisdom is your fate”, meaning your choices, based in your sense of life-understanding, your intelligence, your sensitivity, what you know to be true, determine what happens to you–everything else is beside the point. And don’t forget to celebrate–Happy Birthday!