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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Born Today 13 June

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Willem van Aelst - Bloementuil 17th century {{PD}}

Willem van Aelst – Bloementuil 17th century {{PD}}

Lately, dear Gemini, it seems you have been working to align efforts and thoughts into a coherent life Path, one you could follow that would take you toward your goals–and yet you’ve had some trouble gathering everything into a neat bundle. Never fear, as it won’t be long after your birthday that you’ll see a few missing things fall into place and a definite picture of where you’re headed will form. While you’re waiting for those definitive revelations, take some time to both examine what you consider wise (these principals may need revision) and to allow your creativity free rein–with this latter you are in the midst of a potentially hyper-creative period, if you can find a way to allow yourself to dream and express with no limits. Take care, though, when dealing with the darker impulses, whether it’s in yourself or others; there’s so much energy to act right now and destructive energies can, if you’re not aware of them, hitch a ride on those urges to make and do–so proceed consciously–and Happy Birthday!

Born Today 12 June

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'Blue Morpho Butterfly' Martin Johnson Heade c1864 {{PD}}

‘Blue Morpho Butterfly’ Martin Johnson Heade c1864 {{PD}}

Happy Birthday, dear Gemini! This Solar year you may find yourself reaching a very unusual place for you, one where you feel caught (psychically, mentally, and emotionally speaking) between the social sphere and your own need to retreat from contact and explore the depths of the inner nature. The inclination to hide away and meditate (in some form or another) will win out, at least at first, and it should: you need and deserve that time to consider just exactly where you’re headed according to current efforts, and where you really want to go, and you need access to your deepest feelings in order to know what should change and what should stay the same. So, don’t feel badly about taking the time to address your needs; putting yourself first is necessary right now. You’ll be ready to emerge from your cocoon as soon as you have your feelings about how best to expand your horizons worked out–until then, relax, and do things that ground you, that make you feel you belong.

Featured Solar Return aspect: a Full Moon! It’s time to wrap up one phase of existence and begin another–what and who you know will have to be sorted through, and soon you’ll be clear about who and what you should carry with you into the future, and to whom and what you should say good-bye.

Feeling, Knowing, and Reconciling the Two: The Sagittarius Full Moon, June 2014

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'Morning Awakening' Eva Gonzales 1876 {{PD}}

‘Morning Awakening’ Eva Gonzales 1876 {{PD}}

Full Moon in Sagittarius at 9:11 PM PDT of the 12th at 22 Sag 05

The Full Moon forms the apex of a Finger of God with base of Jupiter-Sedna, with no other aspects falling within our strict three (at most!) degree orb. This promises a culmination of a matter related to the House in which this FM falls in the natal chart, an ending with a Sagittarian theme. The involved energies, Jupiter, Sedna, and the Moon, in themselves contradict one another: where Jupiter is about accumulated knowledge, Sedna and the Moon are about feeling, especially the kind of feeling that is pre-verbal, instinctive, and reactive; where Jupiter is about sharing and getting the word out, Sedna and the Moon are involved in the personal experience, and those experiences are of the kind that may never be shared with others; Jupiter represents the external and exotic, those things in the world we might visit or learn about, things that expand our Universe, while Sedna and the Moon represent internal qualities and a landscape only we can see and visit. Aligned as they are in a Finger, we can gather that a meeting of that external, Jupiterian, knowledge-based circumstance and the internal, instinct-guided, Sedna-type of knowledge and awareness (which are typically consciously hidden from us and make up our ‘blind spot’) will, if successfully achieved, result in an emotional ending or culmination. Keep in mind, though, that the Moon is also a principal indicator of the passage of time, so that this ending (Full Moon) may not actually have an emotional component, but may instead simply indicate a closing out of a particular period, and so represent the passage of time, or possibly a sense of satisfaction gained by successful utilization of both sides of the base energies.

This is an excerpt from the current ECLIPSE–to see what’s included and order, go here–and Happy Full Moon!

Born Today 11 June

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'Confidences' Renoir 1878 {{PD}}

‘Confidences’ Renoir 1878 {{PD}}

Dear Gemini, does everything right around your birthday time seem exaggerated, larger-than-life, or over the top? Is everything too too, or is it more like you have no sense of privacy–everything, somehow, gets broadcast to the social circle–and they don’t hesitate to judge you for it–or maybe that’s ‘misjudge’ you, as understanding of what you’re really about right now is in short supply. What’s a Zodiacal twin to do? It seems you left personal restraint in your other pants–and yet, you’re not trying to upend things–it’s much more like you are consumed with expanding your world, with learning and knowing, with discovery, especially in spiritual realms or those unseen areas of the psyche that seem to carry all the answers, and you’re merely reaching out, looking for others or for circumstances that could support your search. Nothing wrong with keeping the focus on yourself–it’s time you put your own needs first, and looked into those areas that may form the basis for the rest of your journey through life.

Featured Solar Return aspect: Black Moon Lilith sextile Mars: Gemini, if you have a natal placement or point within two degrees either side of 11 Pisces, then that energy (and whatever matters of the House it’s located within or rules) will be your way to discover exactly what you need and want to know, and likely will supply you with an idea of exactly what to do to reach your goals, during this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday.

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Just a Little AstroEssence + the Daily Word Image 10 June 2014

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Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin - Le garçon de cave 1738 {{PD}}

Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin – Le garçon de cave 1738 {{PD}}

10 June relationships offer wisdom, or we recognize what a smart connection we’ve made, and we can make good financial decisions as well, though in all instances involving Venusian energies, we must adjust our expression to fit our ultimate goals—what comes automatically won’t serve our ambitions very well. Just be aware that talk right now is big, as is the scale on which we’re thinking—and with Merc retro, there’s nothing wrong with dreaming, as long as we’re not attempting to put together plans. (Venus parallel Pallas and quincunx Zeus, Mercury parallel Jupiter)

Today’s image is that last dirty dish that you just can’t seem to fit into the dishwasher. Though a feeling of total cleanliness and order is desirable (just about every commercial promises this, don’t they?) real life has lots of loose ends. Learn to allow a little disorder, a little dirt, without attaching any moral judgment or sense of failure to it. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, “Obsessive is as obsessive does.” Nobody needs that much Pluto!

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Born Today 10 June

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I love dioramas. This is a French schoolroom with paper-mache figures c1900, now in the Zurich Toy Museum Photo by http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Flominator copyleft: Multi-license with GFDL and Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.5 and older versions (2.0 and 1.0)

I love dioramas. This is a French schoolroom with paper-mache figures c1900, now in the Zurich Toy Museum Photo by http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Flominator copyleft: Multi-license with GFDL and Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.5 and older versions (2.0 and 1.0)

This might be a relatively quiet year for you, dear Gemini, as you seem to be healing from some old stuff but not quite arrived at the new stuff yet! It doesn’t mean things won’t happen, but it does mean that for much of the time through to your next birthday, you may feel a little isolated, adrift, and somehow not as invested in your life as you wish to be. Don’t worry, you’re just getting things together (mostly at a psychic level) for the next stage, which likely involves a significant opportunity that shapes life direction (and that’s so whether you take it or refuse it). The best thing to do right now is educate yourself on areas of interest, and learn with clarity what in your life truly empowers you, and what doesn’t–and you know what to do with what doesn’t. Happy Birthday!