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Just a Little AstroEssence 21 February 2015: The Dancer and the Football Player

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We'll be very aware we're lacking a certain below-the-surface harmony. Edgar Degas - 1885 {{PD}}

We’ll be very aware we’re lacking a certain below-the-surface harmony. Edgar Degas – 1885 {{PD}}

21 February we have an interesting situation astronomically, with Venus both conjunct Mars (at the same zodiacal degree) and also contra-parallel (each at the same distance from but on opposite sides of the celestial equator). This suggests a built-in struggle between the two energies, which on the surface appear to be together (the conjunction). It may mimic the way those same energies will meet internally (interaction and Self-Will, receptivity and action) or externally (a man and woman, being active while another person is passive, or vice-versa) and clash at a fundamental level. For the individual it may be like having one’s foot on the gas and on the brake at the same time; In interaction with others, it may be like a ballet dancer and a football player who want to team up—their methods, techniques, and ways of interacting are so very different that, though they intend for each to apply their skills in the same game, there’s no one game that suits them both. So, receptivity draws aggression, Love draws anger, Money draws Action, Jealousy draws temper, greed emphasizes individual wants—you get the picture—and of course this is happening in the first degree of Aries, where Mars is at home and Venus is not, suggesting that the easy go-to in uncomfortable situations may be lashing out or taking off. The only way forward may be to walk into any venture with the awareness that you will have contradictory urges within yourself to deal with, and that in any cooperative situation you will be fundamentally taking a different, even opposite, approach or viewpoint than the other party. Too, this aspect set may breed discord in spousal, romantic, or partnership relations, and turning away from individual interactions, we’ll likely find that the social sphere isn’t receptive, either. (Perfecting today: Venus conjunct and contra-parallel Mars, and sesquiquadrate Jupiter)

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Born Today 20 February

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Don't be timid, Pisces. 'The goldfish bowl' Charles Edward Perugini c1870 {{PD}}

Don’t be timid, Pisces. ‘The goldfish bowl’ Charles Edward Perugini c1870 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Pisces, tests your approach to life, with circumstances that require you show originality and use your own unique take on things for success. If you’re already oriented that way, looking for the power expression that’s right for you, ready to determine your territory and to hold sway over it, then things will go well for you; it’s the gentle fishes who are not so sure about their life direction, or who hide their individuality, or who deny their own power and authority, who will have problems. Do your best to step up, and accept that you are a significantly powerful and talented Being–and a few hints to help you this year: your energy supply may feel raw and difficult to gauge–take it easy; relationships and/ or finances may be in crisis this year, but don’t panic–in most cases, these issues can be put on hold–if they’re still there and enlisting your attention in 3 months, then you should address them (this implies that what’s not serious or permanent will drift away before then); and don’t underestimate the strength of your own unique viewpoint–your experiences have made you creative in unexpected ways–it’s time now to call on that. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 19 February

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'Anemones'  Stefan Filipkiewicz 1907 {{PD}}

‘Anemones’ Stefan Filipkiewicz 1907 {{PD}}

Dear Pisces, you are carrying around a lot right now; you’re a veritable one-person Universe, and though there’s potential for enormous creativity and healing, a lot of energy may be drained into handling clashes of opposites. You may see smoothing out discord, meting out justice, and matchmaking as strengths at this time (they are) but you may be mistaken about addressing the never-ending stream of those needing negotiations, partnering, or a re-balancing of the scales: just ’cause you can do it doesn’t mean you should. Your job this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, is to reclaim your energy for yourself; you have enormous opportunities to mesh your ambitions and desires with fortuitous timing and the assistance of others to heal what’s broken within and to materialize your own particular kind of power, a clout that will allow creative expression for you at an unprecedented scale. So, let others sort it out–you have dreams to make. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

New Moon in Aquarius 18 February 2015: Witness to Our Evolution

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ESA/PACS & SPIRE Consortium/HOBYS Key Programme Consortia

ESA/PACS & SPIRE Consortium/HOBYS Key Programme Consortia

The New Moon occurs at 3:47 PM PST of the 18th at 29 Aquarius 59: ‘Witness to Our Evolution’. Even stretching our usual tight orbs to 4 degrees, we get no contacts, possibly symbolic of the way it’s all about the Moon itself, its last minute in Aquarius meeting with the Sun signaling the end of an era, particularly in terms of the intellect’s capacity to process the new; what comes next is the ability to absorb it. We do find this NM balanced by semi-square between the Arian Uranus and the Capricornian Pluto, suggesting that what is born at the NM moment strikes the perfect, modern ‘blend’ of the Uranian and the Plutonian that has been trying to find equilibrium through these repeated squares. Final perfection between the two occurs on March 16th, with the promise that, even if we don’t understand what is conceived now at the NM, we will understand it by the time the square perfects once again.

The New Moon acts as witness to our evolution; it shows us that we are poised on the brink of a massive shift in consciousness, as individuals and as a species. These tipping points aren’t easy; some resist, dig in to old ways of being and seeing, and reach for previously discarded or discredited methods of interacting out of fear and a sense of disorientation. It’s up to each of us to accept the change that presents itself willingly; otherwise we fall into some form of mindless resistance, and so fall behind.

This is an excerpt from ECLIPSE. You can see my books here

Born Today 18 February

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It's a New Moon today! Photo by USDA {{PD}}

It’s a New Moon today! Photo by USDA {{PD}}

This year, as I’m sure you know, dear Aquarius, your birthday falls on a New Moon–or does it? If you are an Aquarius, then you have one outlook for the new Solar year–but if you were born a Pisces, your year starts one minute after the New Moon, and looks different than for Aquarius. Usually I would just have Pisces people read the next day’s forecast, as it would apply to them–today we’ll do it a little differently.

If you are Aquarius with a birthday today: you are anticipating something exciting this coming year, through to your next birthday, and it will be, if you consider healing a thrill ride. You have the opportunity to recover from some long-lost opportunities that you regret not having taken, some ambitions not followed–you’ve been picking at the threads of what you didn’t pursue–and now it’s time to heal those wounds, chiefly by accepting that you were always on the ‘right’ Path (how can we not be?) and that your real opportunity arrives now. This coming year you will enjoy what may be unprecedented chances to pursue your ambitions and desires–the social sphere and the educational situation both support your goals–so go after what you want! Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

If you are a Pisces with a birthday today: you get a fresh start–isn’t that what a New Moon is all about? More important, it will be clear you’ve reached a major conclusion of some situation, venture, approach, or endeavor, and you will now be free (or, you will be if you accept that this really is the end) to begin anew–but where do you start? Assessing the material situation accurately can’t be overstated as a necessary step in moving forward successfully; neither can formulating a plan for the future. Will the plan change along the way? Of course it will, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give your hopes a shape to start out with. The key to getting the best start possible, though, lies with two things: your Willingness to lead, or go it alone, staying true to your own needs and vision, and your ability to bring your entire spirit out of the past (any bits or pieces that call you back to the details of what was) and into the now, where it belongs–retrieval of your spirit is vital–as you’ll need every bit of your formidable energy and attention to forge this new life direction. Happy Birthday, Pisces, and good luck!

Born Today 17 February

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Elihu Vedder, - 'The Questioner of the Sphinx' - 1836 {{PD}}

Elihu Vedder, – ‘The Questioner of the Sphinx’ – 1836 {{PD}}

Emotions and intentions are in perfect alignment at this time, dear Aquarius–and that means you can go after what you want with a minimum of internal conflict. However, you may have some difficulty reconciling what you dream of with what actually seems possible, or even practical–you may be too quick to dismiss dreams as ephemeral, rather than as a legitimate goal worth pursuing–and that means you could waste a lot of time holding back, trying to measure what’s worth going after. That’s a miserable position, so just don’t take it. What I can tell you is that, sooner than you might think, you will be in a prime position to manifest your actual dream goals and life conditions–and you have to be ready when the opportunity comes. How to do that? Align your thoughts, intentions, and feelings with those matters that mean the most to you in life; find what you feel should be honored, find what you feel is sacred, and express that feeling in what you choose and who you are. By making your life meaningful to you to a profound depth, you will be more than ready to bring about your dreams when the time comes. Be prepared–those dreams may change over the course of preparing yourself. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 16 February

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"New Mexico" - Marsden Hartley- between 1916 and 1922 {{PD}}

“New Mexico” – Marsden Hartley- between 1916 and 1922 {{PD}}

Taking action on your dreams really is the watchword for you this year, dear Aquarius, though it seems you may be thinking you’ve gone beyond that–it may feel as if you already have, and that you are poised to deal with a sense of disappointment and disillusion, as you convince yourself that your efforts were for naught. That’s simply the recent ’emotional dry spell’ talking; in reality, you are in prime time to expand your world, to explore, to pursue knowledge, and to aim for (and win!) personal ambitions and desires–so don’t give up. It won’t be long before you shake off this rigid emotional outlook and take on a much cooler view of the proceedings–and that’s the point when you’ll be able to successfully engineer the right moves, and to make the right choices, to bring that so far illusive dream into your reality. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Born Today 15 February

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Hollósy Tengerihántás 1885 {{PD}}

Hollósy Tengerihántás 1885 {{PD}}

You are poised to do what must be done, what you are compelled to do, dear Aquarius, and the key to it all is found in your past experiences. I know–not what you expected, right? You thought the key was to leave it all behind–but there is something incredibly valuable from yesterday that will be instrumental in moving you successfully into the future. Hints include: info gleaned from the past may involve the home, mate, and/ or those causes to which you’re dedicated, and result in a need to face what has been ignored or denied–which, once dealt with, forms the basis of the future you’re now trying to mold. Another hint: emotions may need to be completely contained, alchemized, and transformed into something that will act as a source of personal power. One more hint: look to the social circle for knowledge or support, probably of a kind you never expected–but it’s there, waiting for you. By this time next year, Aquarius, you’ll have honed a Path that has surprising roots in your experiences, and that will point you in a direction that’s only vaguely on your radar now. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

The Post-Valentine Picture 15-16 February 2015

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"Monsigneur Love" by Thomas Cooper Gotch - {{PD}}

“Monsigneur Love” by Thomas Cooper Gotch – {{PD}}

15 February some serious, serious power issues are front and center, and it’s up to each of us whether this will be expressed as coercion, a clash, or a negotiation. Territory is being staked out, even if it doesn’t appear that this is so; people are trying to establish a foothold, even a realm, and the values they express while doing so are more than a little driven by their ‘blind spot’ issues. That means they’ll be clear about what they want, but not about the real reasons they want it. (Perfecting Today: Pluto conjunct Ceres, Earth quincunx Mars, Venus sextile Sedna)

And a little Lunar essence, for the 16th:

6 AM PST of the 16th the Capricorn Moon sextiles Venus and trines Sedna. If there’s any point today when you can trust the emotional and intuitive prompts as much as the instinctive nature, it’s at this point; in fact, you may be pointed in the direction of Love and/ or Money. Noon the Moon is sextile Mars and quincunx Earth. This is an interesting window when we may make choices and act successfully, but without realizing how the material environment will adjust or need to be adjusted as a consequence. Just be aware that you won’t entirely see the potential outcomes ahead of time. Void begins at 12:47 PM PST; the Moon enters Aquarius at 4:14 PM Pacific time. 8 PM PST the Moon conjuncts Mercury. The mind may race with higher vibration concepts; bring them down-to-Earth (and make them relate-able) by translating through the emotional lens. 11 PM PST the Moon sextiles Saturn, connecting us to the reality situation through attention to our emotional reactions. This can inform our thinking in a very positive way.

These are excerpts from the now unavailable-to-new-subscribers ECLIPSE. See my books here. Thanks, and have a great week!

What You’re Asking: the Romance edition

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Dear Reader: Here’s a romance-themed re-print from 2009, for Valentine’s Day–Have a Happy One! jd

What’s the synastry of Chiron conjunct Juno cross-chart?

Here it’s very important to know who has the Juno, a male or a female–but since we don’t know, what we can say is that there may be some form of power struggle centered in one or both parties’ personal sense of empowerment in life. This may come in a wound v. authority conflict, or could center in a knowledge v. privilege stand-off. If the Juno is a woman’s, we may see her empowerment come about through the skill or aid of the Chiron person, whether this is a male or female; this individual might in a very real way ‘heal’ this woman’s sense of empowerment and Self-authority. This same person might also ultimately wound the Juno woman, as either he or she ‘acts out’ through the wounded nature whenever the woman seeks empowerment, or could feel wounded themselves by the woman’s empowerment stance. There is also a worst case scenario where the Chiron person (male or female) clashes badly with a Juno female in the most emotionally spiteful way possible; with the deep wound of Chiron activated and focused on and engaged with the vengeful side of Juno, this could be one very negative combination. If the Juno belongs to a male, we may see his idea of the ‘perfect partner’ activate the primal wound in the other person–this is a very toxic and probably insurmountable (as well as sad) potential reaction. On the positive side, the Juno male might, through his admiration and the sense of a ‘perfect fit’ somehow, bring forward the other individual’s unique Chirotic skill–no small feat, and again creating an unusual ‘trigger’ situation that can be highly significant in a relatively exaggerated positive or negative sense, depending on the situation.

Fantagraphics Books 2004, John Benson, editor

Fantagraphics Books 2004, John Benson, editor

Can a Capricorn woman and an Aquarius man find happiness?

As frequent readers of my blogs probably know, I’m no fan of sun-sign astrology, simply because, well, astrology’s just not that simple! We can venture a few guesses about this pairing, though, based on some ‘probablys.’ First, though adjacent signs typically do not make for good playmates, there are exceptions depending both on situation and which signs are involved, and this is one of those (possible) exceptions: since Capricorn and Aquarius share an ancient (at least, pre-outer planets discovery) ruler, Saturn, then we have an avenue for compatibility in energies that, at least in modern definition, contrast. Normally, the energy of each sign can be seen as a kind of reaction to the one it follows; in this case, Aquarius ‘reacts’ with an emphasis on anarchy, intellect, and modernism, to Capricorn’s emphasis on rules, the material, and tradition. But, since they share an ancient ruler, we must look for the commonalities, such as the discipline that intellectual achievement demands, and the need for the avant garde and innovative to have a past and tradition upon which to base their ‘newness.’ So, we may find that surface clash is really just that with this pair, surface, and that the underlying attitudes may be very much alike.

There is also the idea that, since energies that travel in proximity to the Sun (Mercury and Venus) are typically, if not in the same sign as the Sun, then in the sign on either side of it, this gives potential other personal avenues (through communication styles, aesthetics, values, and attitudes toward love, money, and relationship) for likeness in expression.

We could look at this combo through the elements, too: Air and Earth together could kick up a lot of dust, even a tornado of energy, or the two might never mix, leaving a static horizon with nary a breeze between them.

In any event, good luck, Cappy and Aqua–and for a truly meaningful and complete synastric comparison, consult an astrologer.

How do I seduce a woman with Venus in Aries?

Very carefully! Just kidding–though it never hurts to approach the Warrior Venus with respect. Keep in mind, Venus in a woman’s chart represents her ‘ideal Self,’ as well as telling us of her attitudes toward love, money, values, and aesthetics, so we’re really talking about appealing to her as she likes to see herself. For anyone, reflecting back to them the image they most want to have can leave them totally charmed; after all, who wouldn’t respond positively when someone is not only interested in them, but sees them as they imagine themselves in their very best form.

Aries Venus wants to be seen as strong, as offering some form of leadership (and this can be in a fashion, beauty, or aesthetic sense, as well as overt command), and definitely wants to be seen as  her own woman, significant in her own right, entirely Self-determining. Treat her like she knows what she’s doing–she’ll love you for it.

Should I swear at an Aries man?

The question is, should you swear at anybody? I don’t think a Sun sign really comes into it–but if you must swear at a man, Aries not only can take it, he may be just a little turned on by such a fiery display. Tread with care, however–simple human decency suggests that you might do best to show the attitude but hold back on the more graphic accompaniments.