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!

Born Today 17 June

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Leopold Scheiring Hochalm mit Serles bei Innsbruck 1917 {{PD}}

Leopold Scheiring Hochalm mit Serles bei Innsbruck 1917 {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Gemini! You’re on the brink–I know you can feel it–of that great idea, or the discovery of that long-sought life Path, and right now it feels as if it will happen any day–but it might not be as close as it seems. Emotionally you’re ready–you know what direction you want your life to take–but the pieces aren’t quite falling into place yet; here’s why: you’ve yet to throw your desire nature into high gear by clearly framing, then actively taking steps to fulfill, ambitions. In other words, there’s too much dreaming and thinking on one side of the equation, and not enough action and practical application on the other. This isn’t really your fault; you’ve needed a lot of time to think about what you plan to do, but now you have to be willing to consider making commitments that will take you closer to your goals. It’s almost time–give yourself the first 2-3 months of this Solar year, between now and your next birthday, to sort out precisely what commitments you want to make–then go forward confidently, as it will be the right time.

Just a Little Lunar Essence + the Daily Word Image 16 June 2014: Look Closely

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'The Sense of Sight' Philip Mercier c1746 {{PD}}

‘The Sense of Sight’ Philip Mercier c1746 {{PD}}

4 AM PDT of the 16th the Aquarius Moon opposes Black Moon Lilith. We may perceive a real distance between our innermost compulsions and temptations and our intellectual understanding of what it is that we need. The best approach to level ground between the two may be to translate those needs through the intuition–skip what you think and go with what you feel. 7:30 AM PDT the Moon trines Mars. Taking action or making choices is easy–the mind is clear on the direction we’d like to take, in spite of Merc’s retro status–or perhaps, because of that apparent backward motion, the mind gets out of its own way that much more easily. If we need cooperation from others, now’s the time to ask. 10:30 AM PDT the Moon trines Zeus. The emotional reactions support the ambitions and desires–without conflict within the feeling nature, we can pursue our wants at twice the usual speed and efficiency. Noon the Moon sextiles Uranus. Spontaneity that rises from our mood can bring surprising and enlightening experiences. 2 PM PDT the Moon trines Vesta, squares Saturn, and semi-sextiles Chiron. Something in the reality scenario gets in the way of us being able to honor those causes to which we’re dedicated, or to spend adequate time on the home front or with the mate–and this results in some hurt, our own or someone else’s. Find out if what you honor is impractical in real-world terms (and so doesn’t fit the reality scenario–if, in other words, what you’re pretending to honor is contradicted by the actual life you’ve built around you) or if the surroundings or commitments need to be modified to allow you to dedicate sufficient time and energy to those things that really matter. 5 PM PDT the Moon trines Ceres, offering us the cooperation or assistance of authorities or harmony between our own feelings and our expressions of power. 10 PM PDT the Moon squares Venus. Relationships may erupt in conflict as one or both parties rely on the intellect in matters that should rely on the heart.

Today’s image is a magnifying glass. Look closely; the details are very important right now.

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Born Today 16 June

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Frederic Soulacroix 'Ein letzter Blick in den Spiegel' (A Last Look in the Mirror) {{PD}}

Frederic Soulacroix ‘Ein letzter Blick in den Spiegel’ (A Last Look in the Mirror) {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, Gemini! This year you may have two main trends in your life: one will be the prominence of what you think, and how you think it, and the other will be the way the material world and your surroundings reflect truths about yourself that have remained hidden until now. It can be a year for major growth and discovery in personal terms, if you are open to what’s presented; if you reject events and revelations as irrelevant or not specific to you, you risk not gaining a better understanding not just of your world, but of yourself (and remember, the Universe never places us in a situation where there isn’t something we can learn from it). On the down side, values may be challenged in a variety of ways–this is so you can sort what’s truly of meaning to you from what isn’t–and you may confuse thinking and feeling, and so misunderstand the emotional consequences of at least some of your choices. On the up side, you are bound (if you are open to it) to develop an almost magic-seeming, ex-ray deep knowledge of how the world operates, which can lead to substantial gains down the road. So celebrate! You have a big year ahead.

Born Today 15 June

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Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts - Trompe l'oeil with Studio Wall and Vanitas Still Life

Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts – Trompe l’oeil with Studio Wall and Vanitas Still Life

Dear Gemini, this Solar year you may find significant difficulties with communication; these may involve repression (you keeping thoughts hidden from yourself), suppression (someone else keeping you from sharing your true thoughts), or finding that any messages you try to deliver or thoughts you try to share may fall into an inhospitable landscape. This won’t be as bad as it sounds, though, as what you go through will help you define your highest values and priorities in real-world terms, and will help you heal through seeing things from a different perspective than you normally would. This year also promises you’ll have access to your ‘blind spot’ (which will allow you to discover new things about yourself) and to your deepest instincts, which can be a very effective guide in place of the usual communications/ thinking. Too, you may begin the Solar year on a very practical note, looking for the best means of empowering yourself and seeing your agenda realized, but soon shift to an attitude that measures the feeling nature against the intellectual one, in an attempt to deal with those Mercurial issues. Your best bet: marrying your most original ideas to your ambitions, focusing that energy that would be invested in communication into furthering your career or goals–and by doing so, you could see big progress. Happy Birthday!

Born Today 14 June

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Four Wizards and Longevity God, Shang Xi, Ming Dynasty, China, National Palace Museum, Taipei 15th century {{PD}}

Four Wizards and Longevity God, Shang Xi, Ming Dynasty, China, National Palace Museum, Taipei 15th century {{PD}}

Dear Gemini, this year you may feel caught between the social circle and your deepest instincts, cravings, and inclinations, all of which will push you to be your most authentic, but primal, Self. That means it may come down to pleasing yourself or pleasing the social norms and expectations of others. My advice? If your natal Jupiter is in Cancer, Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, or Pisces, you may want to gently lean toward cooperation and conforming to the social needs of the group, giving instinctive behavior a place in the background–but if your Jupiter natally sits in Aries, Taurus, Leo, Virgo or Scorpio, you may need to focus on your impulses to express, as they could lead you into a whole new, highly productive direction, and even a new role in life. Also of note: the potential for emotional fireworks over the discovery of secrets, a glimpse of darkness in yourself or others, a transformative experience that makes you see everything differently, or a surprising (and previously hidden) rage that could change everything. Proceed with care–this could be a life-changing year for you–and have a wonderful, and very happy, birthday!

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Seeking Advice During Mercury Retrograde

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Anonymous c1460 {{PD}}

Anonymous c1460 {{PD}}

This is a re-print from 2008 I thought might be helpful now–

Just a reminder that, in these tough times when so many of us are looking for effective guidance, we must remember that most basic of admonitions: seek advice from those who really know. Sometimes we lose the logical connection during a Mercury retrograde; we forget that the proof is in the ‘life pudding,’ so to speak. Does it make sense to ask for relationship advice from someone who can’t sustain one? or to ask financial advice from someone who can’t make a living? how about health advice from someone who is not able to resolve their own health issues in a timely way? No, it doesn’t make sense at all; but we can easily forget this in the midst of Mercury retrograde, when we feel a lot of pressure to decide, get things done/ going, to make up our minds; this might be an especially pressing issue for those experiencing a hard transit from Mars right now. If we use our intuition in seeking advice, we’ll do well–as long as it’s truly our intuition speaking, and not our agitated and frustrated mental faculties as they struggle against the retrograde tide.

Are we requiring perfection of those who offer guidance, formally or informally? Not at all; nor should we–learning comes through experience. But to seek, say, financial advice from those struggling to make ends meet makes no sense–if one can’t do ‘it,’ whatever it is, for themselves, then how can they advise others? It’s the same in any area–would you call an electrician to handle a plumbing problem? You see my point. (This also implies that the individual has some asset they could and probably should exploit, that’s being ignored in favor of something else, likely something that is feeding the ego, and little else).

What about those who offer advice but are not truly up to the task? I have a theory about what people choose to do in life; they either choose to do something they’re really good at, or they choose to do the very thing they actually need done for them. I realized this when I met a nurse who desperately desired nurture from the Universe; and she wasn’t a very good nurse!

This doesn’t mean that we avoid learning new functions, or that we only undertake what we are already competent with; it does mean that we don’t ‘practice’ on others until we are very clear about ourselves.

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