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Your ECLIPSE Weekend Sampler 30-31 August 2014: Don’t Abdicate

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Don't abdicate, for instance, your responsibility to put that fire out. from 'The Chronicles of St. Denis' 12th century Artist unknown {{PD}}

Don’t abdicate, for instance, your responsibility to put that fire out. from ‘The Chronicles of St. Denis’ 12th century Artist unknown {{PD}}

From ‘Attachments—Asking Why’, an article on relationships in the current ECLIPSE:

We’ve talked about Ceres’ sex-deadening energy specifically when it contacts the Mars, chart ruler, or Sun or Sun ruler of a male from a female’s chart, or within a same sex interaction in either person’s chart to the other’s, but Ceres can bring her overwhelming Earth Mama or directly maternal vibe by moving aspect, and so temporarily put a damper on drives, unless the individuals can relate to an elemental form of sexuality—if the involved individuals are too civilized, too strongly identify caring with mothering, or are too frightened of Nature and natural behaviors (these make some people feel out-of-control), then a Ceres transit can really gum things up, the worst part being that one might feel the change is permanent, rather than transitory.

Just a Little Lunar Essence for 30 August: the Moon enters Scorpio at 1:53 AM Pacific time of the 30th. 1 PM PDT the Moon trines Neptune. We are open to deep feeling, inspiration, and creative change–whatever moves you at this point is likely to be very positive–unless you let yourself be mislead. Vet your ideas by imagining potential outcomes; if they’re all good, you’ve got a green light. 3 PM PDT the Moon conjuncts Ceres and trines Earth. We connect with our power by connecting, literally, with the earth. Garden, work with clay, walk outside barefoot, swim in a natural body of water, plant something–it will bring power, balance, and peace.

31 August relationships may support us, and our money and/ or talent supports our skills, but only if we refuse to dwell on our wounds or to think like losers! At this time the world really is ours to make of it what we will; don’t abdicate your immense power to declare your territory as your own in favor of playing victim or out of a mistaken belief that it’s egotistical to declare yourself—there’s nothing modest or virtuous about pretending to be weaker or more confused than we actually are. (Perfecting today: Venus semi-square Pallas, Mercury contra-parallel Chiron and semi-square Vesta, Earth trine Ceres)

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Born Today 30 August

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Make it a good performance--everyone will be watching! Toulouse-Lautrec 1895 {{PD}}

Make it a good performance–everyone will be watching! Toulouse-Lautrec 1895 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, this Solar year, through to your next birthday, it appears you’ll connect to your natural talents and powers more completely than ever before. Your gifts and natural authority will wisely combine to create a presence, a level of practical skills, and a kind of life performance unprecedented for you. You’ll profit most by careful action that uses an equal mix of instinct and courage (as in having the bravery to deal with things you’d normally turn away from); this will take you far, most especially if you make effective communication in everything you do your aim. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 29 August

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Don't just sit on the sidelines, Virgo--this is your year! Photo by Amy Vaughters, Smithsonian American Art Museum http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

Don’t just sit on the sidelines, Virgo–this is your year! Photo by Amy Vaughters, Smithsonian American Art Museum http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

You are in prime creative time, dear Virgo, and receive a mandate, this Solar year through to your next birthday, to translate your dreams and creative ideas into some sort of material manifestation. You have a personal sense of power and authority during this period that will allow you to carry off projects that at other times would intimidate you, and your effect on others will be to impress them with your inspired potential. Too, you’ll find a receptive audience, and all the cooperation and support you could ask for, with every creative project you bring into being. The biggest friction for you this coming year could be found in dealings with your opposite number, whether that’s the mate, a rival creator, or those supportive others–they’ll offer aid, but at a price, and it may be up to you to decide whether what they demand is worth what they can give. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 28 August

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Modesty and Vanity in this painting look like twins--and those who bother to advertise their modesty are absolutely showing their vanity. 'Modesty and Vanity' Leonardo da Vinci c1500 {{PD}}

Modesty and Vanity in this painting look like twins–and those who bother to advertise their modesty are absolutely showing their vanity. ‘Modesty and Vanity’ Leonardo da Vinci c1500 {{PD}}

Dear Virgo, it’s time for you to take an inventory of your assets, talents, and abilities, because for the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you will be dealing with various facets of Self-expression and finances–and the better you know yourself, the more likely you will be to make a string of successes, rather than near misses. You need to embrace your own power, your own authority to create the environment you want–you seem to be hesitating, especially when it comes to relationships or spending–who convinced you that modesty and only taking a dab and oh no more that’s enough for me was not just a virtue, but the only way to be liked in life? Believe me, the same people will like you who liked you before, but now, if you manage to assert yourself without restrictions, you will be able to share some wonderful times with them, will attract a whole new set of admirers, and what’s more, you’ll have the luxury of asking yourself, do I like them? Excluding those who are unkind to you is the prerogative of those who are both Self-sufficient and confident in who they are–and it’s your chance this year to be both, Virgo. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence 27 August 2014: Assume It’s An Iceberg

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Iceberg 2 1997 08 07 CC BY-SA 2.5  photo taken by Ansgar Walk Iceberg near north-eastern coast of Baffin Island

Iceberg 2 1997 08 07 CC BY-SA 2.5
photo taken by Ansgar Walk
Iceberg near north-eastern coast of Baffin Island

27 August it’s all about power, and the power we imagine we have is for all intents and purposes what we actually wield. That means a couple of things: those who believe they are powerful really are; those who have no conscience or awareness of others as separate human beings are actually dangerous; and those who believe they have no power will find that fantasy (for it is a fantasy, to think we are helpless) playing out, too. Talk, and what we see, reflects only a small portion of the power-shifts going on; assume what’s obvious is like an iceberg, that there’s a lot more to things that we don’t see.

As well, there’s basic conflict between opposites; expect butting heads rather than cooperation, even when getting along would be easier. (Perfecting today: Neptune parallel Ceres, Venus square Mars, Mercury semi-square Ceres, Sun contra-parallel Ceres and Neptune)

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Born Today 27 August

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That could be you by your next birthday, Virgo, with a totally clean plate. Carl von Bergen 'Mädchen mit Teller' (Girl with Plate) 1904 {{PD}}

That could be you by your next birthday, Virgo, with a totally clean plate. Carl von Bergen ‘Mädchen mit Teller’ (Girl with Plate) 1904 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, dear Virgo, through to your next birthday, you may feel a strong need to address ambitions and desires, and to face wounds and heal them, specifically so that you can access those Chirotic skills (the skill set related to your natal Chiron placement) and put them to work making your ambitions and desires a reality. That’s a full plate! And that agenda may keep you intensely focused and very busy–but, don’t miss the chance to materialize Love or Money; this is very possible, if you’ll only express who you are so that others can see it, and make it a practice to always, no matter how painful, tell the Truth–because that’s what will attract others, assets, or both to you this year. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 26 August

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Johann Erdmann Hummel c1820 {{PD}}

‘The Invention of Simplicity’ Johann Erdmann Hummel c1820 {{PD}}

This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Virgo, you’ve got a new opportunity to express your most unique ideas, to be innovative or inventive, to exercise your critical faculties, your powers of discernment, and your ability to lead others in original efforts–in other words, you’ve got a new way to be in the world, and a new role that makes the most of your mind and offers you a chance to heal some long-standing wounds. The high points will likely involve creativity and expression of personal power; the low points, which you can avoid, may be expecting too much of or counting too much on others, and being distracted by looking back at the past. Being as Self-sufficient as possible will allow you to go as far and as fast as you want–and lets you gather the rewards and the credit for yourself–you’ll deserve them. Happy Birthday, Virgo, and good luck!

Born Today 25 August + A Little on the Virgo New Moon

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This is called 'The Spirit of the Drought' by Arthur Streeton, but it could be the spirit of late summer, the driest time in the Northern hemisphere, the point when Virgo takes over. {{PD}}

This is called ‘The Spirit of the Drought’ by Arthur Streeton, but it could be the spirit of late summer, the driest time in the Northern hemisphere, the point when Virgo takes over. {{PD}}

You have a birthday New Moon, dear Virgo, one that may challenge you: to use your creativity, to sort reality from illusion, to seek a deeper spiritual experience in your life, to be spontaneous, to connect with Higher Mind, to join and/ or lead like-minded groups–in general, you’ll receive the same imperative everyone else does for the New Moon, the one that for everyone else lasts through to the next New Moon–it’s just that for you it will be very personal and the influence will last (as a form of guidance) all year. Following an independent but inner-inspired Path will really pay off for you, Virgo, in Love, Money, or both–so Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 24 August 2014

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'Undergrowth with Two Figures' Vincent Van Gogh 1890 {{PD}}

‘Undergrowth with Two Figures’ Vincent Van Gogh 1890 {{PD}}

24 August we see some raw, unadulterated, Self-focused (but not necessarily selfish) drive around ambitions and desire fulfillment come forward—we may just observe this in relationships, or may feel it ourselves—and some may become intent on making relationships or ambition scenarios payoff. The problem will be that thinking will be contrary to effective ambition fulfillment—it may in fact be so contrary to it that it crashes any efforts we make—and yet, pursuit of goals and wants isn’t out of the question, it just has to be done by feeling and instinct, like negotiating a pitch-dark room. Already launched ambition efforts may rake in Love or Money. Unique Self-expression suffers only to the extent that it fails to follow our own highest values and standards—if it does, we might be able to heal something long ago damaged and waiting for closure. (Venus sextile Zeus, Mercury contra-parallel Zeus, opposed Chiron, and quincunx Uranus, Sun sesquiquadrate Uranus and contra-parallel Vesta)

Today’s image is a young man, all alone, walking down a muddy road; in every direction, as far as the eye can see, there is nothing but a sea of yellow grass. No matter how alone or isolated we feel, we are still going forward, still going somewhere. It’s our own hubris that lets us think we know our destination; it’s much more natural that we don’t.

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Born Today 24 August

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'Market at Jaffa' Gustav Bauernfeind 1887 {{PD}}

‘Market at Jaffa’ Gustav Bauernfeind 1887 {{PD}}

Oh Virgo, are you ready for that new emotional start? Because it’s almost here–but until it arrives, you’ve got some work to do to put yourself in the right situation, the right state of mind and heart, to accept that new start. Now through to your next birthday, one Solar year from now, you’ll need to face a lot of things you’ve been avoiding, and you’ll need to be very clear about your talents, your ‘worth’ (what you can demand for your skills in the marketplace), and you’ll need to establish a social role that supports these. Then, in maybe nine months or so, when Love, or satisfaction, or happiness, or a new level of intuition, walks in your door, you’ll be oh-so-ready to make the most of it. Happy birthday, dear Virgo, and good luck!