Born Today 15 July

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Choices may not be easy this year, dear Cancer. 'The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame' Georges de la Tour c1640 {{PD}}

Choices may not be easy this year, dear Cancer. ‘The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame’ Georges de la Tour c1640 {{PD}}

You’ll be making some fate-determining choices this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Cancer–why? You may be driven by matters you’re not even aware of, and a sense of needing to act, as well as a feeling that you should defend those things that really matter to you and that you should establish your own place and power within the natural order of things, may push you into situations that could be rooted in primal hurts and require the exercise of unique skills. Its not an ideal picture for the year ahead, but it is one that will move you along your Path significantly–and much of the outcome will depend upon your level of consciousness and your life intentions–a punishing person who blames others for their situation will have a much harder time than will an individual who is Self-responsible, willing to do what’s necessary to get where they want to go, and who keeps highest values at the forefront when making those fate-determining choices. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Featured Solar Return aspect: Sun sesquiquadrate Neptune=it will take effort, but the potential exists for you to bring dreams to reality; be aware there’s also the possibility that you could be mislead by your own delusions about the nature of reality. Strive to see ‘What Is’ and to deal with it in the most honest and straightforward way possible, and you just may manifest something you’ve been hoping to create for a long time.

Just a Little AstroEssence + The Daily Word Image 14 July 2014: The Universe Complies

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Blason de Mozac sur la châsse de saint Austremoine 16th century {{PD}}

Blason de Mozac sur la châsse de saint Austremoine 16th century {{PD}}

14 July our own inner sense of authority determines our Path—it’s very simple—though those who don’t entirely accept that their life direction is truly in their own hands may insist that there are things they can do nothing about—and when we dissemble like that, the Universe typically complies, giving us a few things we really can’t do anything about—so don’t be that guy. Too what we think may need to adjust to the reality of the situation; reality shines a bright light on what is, reveals cleanly what isn’t, and expects us to accept it. (Perfecting Today: Ceres conjunct the North Node, Mercury sesquiquadrate Saturn, Sun sesquiquadrate Neptune)

Today’s image is an outdated swipe-card hotel key from another city, found in your winter jacket pocket. You have the key to something, but does it really matter anymore? You may be past the point when having it would make a difference. This points to the potential for putting energy into things already over, decided, or that are completely history–recognizing this allows you to re-channel the energy to something useful in the present, and allows you to really be present.

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Born Today 14 July

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Viktor M. Vasnetsov 1880 {{PD}}

Viktor M. Vasnetsov 1880 {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! This coming Solar year you may find yourself terribly torn: every time you try to move forward, specifically by expressing your personal power and authority, cooperating with existing authorities, and finding your natural boundaries and roles, you may see your attention drawn to serious and practical matters, or to the need to care-take or provide for others. This can be discouraging, as you may feel you’re not making any headway toward goals, but it really shouldn’t be; you will be acting in your own and others’ highest interests–in fact, you will be acting out your highest values, in ways that will serve to make who you are apparent to yourself and to everyone around you. The chance to show what you honor and find sacred so directly with your choices and actions can be rare, as everyday matters usually obscure the underpinnings of our choices–and this year your social role will be under stress and will inevitably change, opening the way for unusual experiences. This year you can live in an almost Archetypal or Heroic way, dear Cancer–will you take the challenge?

Born Today 13 July

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Charles Caryl Coleman (1840–1928) 'In the Shade of the Vines, Capri' 1898 {{PD}}

Charles Caryl Coleman (1840–1928) ‘In the Shade of the Vines, Capri’ 1898 {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may be a time of fresh new communication and thought for you, and you may be offered new starts in the Houses ruled by Mercury in the natal chart. You’ll enjoy a keen sensitivity, and the intellect will be finely attuned to nuance and shades of meaning–a trait you can use to great advantage in dealing with others and also when considering your own needs. Problems will center on your own ego leading you astray, and in conflict with authorities–but if you make the keynote for the year cooperation you may have few difficulties, if any. If your thinking is on track, you could be slated to gain Love or Money from carefully considered action–and who wouldn’t want that?

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Just a Little Lunar Essence: the Capricorn Full Moon July 2014

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Henri Rousseau - La zingara addormentata 1897 {{PD}}

Henri Rousseau – La zingara addormentata 1897 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 4:25 AM PDT of the 12th at 20 Capricorn 03. The Moon makes a wide quincunx to Venus and a wide square to the triumvirate Vesta-Ceres-Mars, with Vesta technically outside our usual fussy orb (even Ceres and Mars are a little farther out than usual)—but in this case Vesta’s close contact to the other two overrides my reservations. We also see a loose Grand Earth Trine with Sedna and Pallas. With a Full Moon promising culmination or fulfillment, we may find two simultaneous trends: a balancing or coming to an end of material matters involving a resolution to something that came out of our ‘blind spot’, but which we have answered with wisdom or skills—so a satisfactory ending—and another trend of new ‘problems’ or issues coming forward, these involving our own actions, our relationship to authority, assets or earnings adjustments, and our values/ what we find sacred/ and/or home and mate, and the impacts all these have on one another. It may almost feel like punishment: we’ve just managed to put out a few fires over there, and now a few more pop up over here. Darn!

Let’s look at the Sabian for inspiration as to what issues we could face. ‘A Relay Race’. Sh*t, that doesn’t sound good, does it? It sounds like we’ll be continuing that stressed state, continuing to bat at those fires with an old blanket. We may have a long way to go—the one bright spot is that a relay race involves a number of individuals, typically three others—so expect to have your three ‘allies’ made crystal clear with the Full Moon. We also look at the Sun, as it makes the light the Full Moon reflects. ‘A Famous Singer Is Proving Her Virtuosity During An Operatic Performance’. Ahh, this is nice—it implies that within all this stress and effort we show ourselves to be very talented, to be able to rise to the challenge and perform at the highest level, and this may be observed by others, with all the opportunity that implies. So there’s that.

And what about this Full Moon’s status as a ‘Super Moon’? The term has come to be used whenever there’s a Full Moon occurring near perigee (the point when the Moon is closest to the Earth).  Astronomically this is referred to as perigee-syzygy or a proxigean Moon (when the Full Moon occurs within 24 hours of perigee). But, it’s important to realize that the Moon reaches perigee once every anomalistic month (the time spanning one perigee to the next) of 27.55 days. It’s full once every Synodic period (a Synodic period is the time from one point, such as a Full Moon, to the next Full Moon) and these have an overall average of 29.53 days. It’s only when the Full phase and perigee occur roughly together that we have a ‘Super Moon’. Does this mean anything astrologically? Not really, but we can argue that we could conceivably feel this affect within the approximately 57-60% of the body that is water–after all, the Moon drives the tides, why shouldn’t this pull and create inner ‘tides’, as well? So, the ultra-sensitive among us may sense it, but the ‘Super Moon’ doesn’t, in my opinion, affect the astrology of the Full Moon event.

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Born Today 12 July

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Yes, your birthday can be this fun. Originally uploaded by J. van Vliet  licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported by  Internauta from nl

Yes, your birthday can be this fun. Originally uploaded by J. van Vliet licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported by Internauta from nl

Dear Cancer, you celebrate your Solar Return with a Full Moon, symbolically suggesting a culmination to some important emotional phase in the life. You’re finishing up one thing, getting your bearings for the next–no need to rush. Instead, savor your victory–or if not that, then the completion of a personal era to which you will never return. You’ll likely be on to something that involves partnership, working or living in tandem with another, and attention will go to setting or removing boundaries, gaining some sense of security, and perhaps working privately on some original or unique contribution only you could make, to be made public much later in the year. Until then, work, enjoy, plan for where you want to go next and what you want to achieve–and have a Happy Birthday!

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Born Today 11 July

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Edouard Dantan L'Atelier du Sculpteur {{PD}}

Edouard Dantan L’Atelier du Sculpteur {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, you may have a tough time deciding what to do this year; it seems all avenues present conflict, even as all avenues seem to offer opportunity. The energy you need to emphasize during this Solar year, through to your next birthday, is purely creative–reach into your Soul and into your imagination and make, plan, create those things that have always lived within–and let the emotions and intuition be your fuel. In everyday areas, though, be practical, constructive, and grounded in reality and the here-and-now–results come later, though keeping respect for those currently in power and keeping your own highest values in the forefront at all times will go a long way toward getting you closer to your goals.

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Just a Little AstroEssence 10 July 2014: Firmly Rooted

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Bertha Boyntom Lum, Point Lobos, 1920 {{PD}}

Bertha Boyntom Lum, Point Lobos, 1920 {{PD}}

10 July is one of those times when it feels like there are undercurrents sweeping us this way and that, while on the surface matters are kind of clunky and hard to manage. Actions must deal with reality; there’s no room for delusions or deception, and successfully taking action means we face and modify anything that isn’t firmly rooted in the real world. This will definitely be harder on some of us than on others, but in any case what happens now will shape the Path for some time to come.

We’ll also feel a nasty or power-seeking riptide in communications; knowing the real message is hidden will help us believe what we’re sensing and answer appropriately (and don’t let someone’s indignation that you took it that way throw you off—trust your intuition at this point). And after all this, a rainbow: what we focus on at this time becomes our reward, so be sure you have your ideals in Love and Money in mind—because they’ll be at the door, knocking to come in, in no time. (Perfecting today: Neptune and Mars both parallel the North Node, Mars sesquiquadrate Neptune, Mercury contra-parallel Pluto, Sun parallel Venus)

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Born Today 10 July

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'Shell Gathering' Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) (1760–1849) {{PD}}

‘Shell Gathering’ Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) (1760–1849) {{PD}}

Dear Cancer, does it feel like restrictions and pain have been recently lifted off your back, or are you feeling as if lately you’ve gotten yourself into a situation that might be described as ‘a world of hurt’? If so you’re looking at the results of recent choices, and you have the option of re-choosing at this point, if you so desire–and if neither applies, then it seems your vision is fixed firmly on the future, no matter what your past or present. Even if you feel you’re in a bad spot now, you’re on your way to forming a new way of communicating/ interacting within relationships, a new way of thinking about Love and Money, and to working out a way of expressing your own power and Will that will be highly effective–but there’s work to do. Establishing your Path/ goals based on what’s most important to you, on what you honor in the world, and then working out a way to follow that Path is the first step. Look to partners, your own sense of aesthetics, and to skills and real-world experiences gained in the past to assist you and help shape your future. Begin now as if you, and everything else, are new. Happy Birthday, and Good Luck!

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Born Today 9 July

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Gauguin {{PD}}

Gauguin {{PD}}

Even if adventurousness isn’t usually your thing, dear Cancer, this year you might roam far afield, or you could do it mentally, by embarking on a new course of learning, or teaching (which is a learning experience itself!) or on a new religious path–whatever it is, you’ll either want to see something new and exotic, or you’ll want to bring the exotic home to you. You are primed to see the healing of your reality situation–by that I mean something in your life that has caused prolonged distress or pain, regret or stress, will come to an end–and your openness to ‘something different’ at this time may be the thing that facilitates that healing. Wisdom is easily tapped this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and gathering resources or intelligence in order to take action is favored and should result in the success of important efforts down the line. Happy Birthday!