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Born Today 22 November

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Deal with your issues, Sag, and you could be feeling brand new soon. Gustav Klimt 1917 {{PD}}

Deal with your issues, Sag, and you could be feeling brand new soon. Gustav Klimt 1917 {{PD}}

This year, dear Sagittarius, you’re a New Moon baby! That means you are offered, one way or another, a fresh start, especially in matters of the natal Houses ruled by the Sun and Moon, in the House where the New Moon occurs, and in matters of identity and life purpose. You’re moving into a new phase of creative expression, especially in terms of your Soul’s purpose and intents, but first you must define the facets of Self-expression, preference, taste, and focus that will guide you in a fresh direction–and that may not be as easy to do as it sounds. The past, memory, and your own rebellious nature threaten to distract and put you off track, at least temporarily, and you may suffer deeply from unwarranted guilt or unresolved rage. The only thing to do, Sag, is deal with it, head on–don’t hide, and what you may find is that difficulties that seemed insurmountable dissolve in the face of your Willingness to see things as they are, not as they once were. Repudiating the past’s hold on you will go a long way toward making you free in the present, so don’t hesitate. Happy Birthday, Sagittarius, and good luck!

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Just a Little AstroEssence, Lunar Essence + the Daily Word Image 26 November 2014: Past Echo

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John William Waterhouse 'Echo and Narcissus' 1903 {{PD}}

John William Waterhouse ‘Echo and Narcissus’ 1903 {{PD}}

26 November actions and choices follow our highest values, and dealings with both money and relationships come from a position of personal strength and sureness in our unique worth—and yet what we do somehow comes from hurt, a kind of ‘making up for the past’ impulse that, for all our success, may leave us a little sad, and may subtly undermine our choices. We can avoid this ‘past echo’ effect if we can free the mind from any residual embarrassment over expressing our own uniqueness, and if we can avoid falling into the delusion that we are in complete, conscious control of our lives and the direction they take. (Mars parallel Vesta, Venus square Chiron, conjunct Ceres, and trine Uranus, Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus, Neptune square the Sun-Earth axis)
1 AM PST of the 26th the Capricorn Moon trines Sedna. We may be able to successfully combine intuition, emotional perceptions, and instinct to firm up and make final some important choices or agreements to our advantage–do it if you can. 5 AM PST the Moon sextiles Saturn and catches Vesta at the midpoint. We may find ourselves swayed heavily toward supporting a reality that respects what we care about–choices made at this point, then, can’t help but be good ones. 7 AM PST the Moon sextiles Mercury; thoughts follow feelings, feelings follow thoughts. 10:30 AM PST the Moon quincunxes Black Moon Lilith in the 29th degree. We may meet sudden emotional crisis in the form of things too long ignored. Now that you know, don’t ignore them! Void begins at 11:11 AM PST; the Moon enters Aquarius at 11:23 AM PST. 6:30 PM PST the Moon trines Earth. Surroundings are likely to be hospitable–if they’re not, make them that way.

Fire Grand Trine Venus-Ceres/ Uranus/ Juno=Efforts that empower, show individual uniqueness and originality, and that draw on one’s natural roles or on Nature herself will be highly successful at this time. Pour your fire into a form that reflects you.

Today’s image is a large knife with an oddly bent tip. Does this imperfection ruin the knife? No, it may not matter at all, depending on how we want to use the knife. Don’t overemphasize in your own mind those imperfections we all have and are aware of–they don’t, and can’t, stop you from doing what you were made for.

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Born Today 21 November

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No need to hide or feel bad, Scorpio, if you'll just tackle that darkness. Fleury-François Richard - Valentine of Milan Mourning her Husband, the Duke of Orléans 1801 {{PD}}

No need to hide or feel bad, Scorpio, if you’ll just tackle that darkness. Fleury-François Richard – Valentine of Milan Mourning her Husband, the Duke of Orléans 1801 {{PD}}

Normally there are no shadows bothering you, dear Scorpio–so why is there a darkness lurking near you now? There are issues, problems, disparities in your world that cannot be ignored any longer–and many of them contain the seed of some serious anger you are carrying right now. You may have felt ashamed of your potent feelings, hiding them and so avoiding dealing with their cause, but no more–you’ll discover that rather than feeling shame at your reactions, it’s time for you to speak out, to insist on the place, and the respect, that you’ve already earned. Not calling for this is the source of every difficulty you’ll meet this coming year, through to your next birthday, so the sooner you recognize the legitimacy of your claim, the sooner you can clear the air and take your rightful place. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 20 November

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Joining the group can be fun, Scorpio. Boki and Hekili (Kahekili Keeaumoku II) with two unidentified chiefs on the sloop Kamchatka 1818 by Mikhail Tikhanov.

Joining the group can be fun, Scorpio. Boki and Hekili (Kahekili Keeaumoku II) with two unidentified chiefs on the sloop Kamchatka 1818 by Mikhail Tikhanov.

You’ve got some big decisions to make this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Scorpio, decisions about being Yourself, about going your own way or reconciling yourself to a place in the group, about originality, about Self-respect, about matters you’ve been ignoring, about personal rage at the way you’ve been treated, about what you can do to break away from what ails you, and about how you can gain a complete sense of freedom that allows uncensored expression. That’s a lot to handle, but here are some pointers: don’t confuse just doing whatever you want whenever you want with freedom–they’re not the same; the key to gaining respect from others is to have respect for yourself–and don’t confuse this with reverence for yourself, a humorless stance that takes the Self very seriously; remember that the past is past; recall that you don’t lose who you are by cooperating or being part of the group; and know that things always go better when you face them directly, rather than putting them off and waiting for them to sneak up and catch you at a disadvantage. If you refuse to be wobbly and instead really apply yourself this year, Scorpio, you can make some amazing progress, and learn not just about who you really are, but successfully show others who you are, too. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 19 November

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Charles West Cope 'A Night Alarm: The Advance!' 1871

Charles West Cope ‘A Night Alarm: The Advance!’ 1871

You’re entering what in some ways may be a deceptively quiet period, dear Scorpio; deceptive because once you emerge from the cottony-dark meditative quiet you’ll be forced to deal with all those issues you’ve been turning away from, just hoping they’ll disappear. Nobody blames you for not tackling them–and knowing they’re ahead needn’t disturb the contemplative state you can enter and enjoy for about 3/4 of the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday. This can be a highly productive time, as your internal world finds its spiritual center and organizes around it–or it could be a period when you wander, lost, hoping for rescue or an obvious signpost directing you . . . where? That’s really the crux of this: that you need to take this time to look inward, come to know yourself in the present, and then choose the course you want to follow when you re-enter (in a sense) the world, because when you do, some serious matters of relationship, rage, and Self-respect will surface–and you need to be ready. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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Born Today 18 November

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Life's been tough for you lately, Scorpio, but you can put down that sledgehammer now. Utagawa Kunisada  'Father and Son Members of the Forty-Seven Rônin' c1850 {{PD}}

Life’s been tough for you lately, Scorpio, but you can put down that sledgehammer now. Utagawa Kunisada ‘Father and Son Members of the Forty-Seven Rônin’ c1850 {{PD}}

Does it feel like someone finally took those lead weights off your ankles, dear Scorpio, or is it more like you’re climbing out of a box? Or maybe it’s like you’ve been kidnapped, made to wear a hood and break rocks with a sledgehammer, and now at last you’ve been released, and are just getting your first glimpse around and breathe of fresh air. No matter what, the pressure, one way or another, is easing, restriction is lifting, and the need for serious, nose-to-the-grindstone effort is morphing into a kind of unexpected strength and bravery to both stand up for yourself and to investigate and handle those things that, up ’til now, were too much for you to deal with. You’re off in a new direction, Scorpio, and many of the things that were holding you back have fallen away–now’s your chance–don’t be afraid to shape your life the way you want it to be. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

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Born Today 17 November

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A yoke is really a tool that allows you to get twice as much done. Pisanello {{PD}}

A yoke is really a tool that allows you to get twice as much done. Pisanello {{PD}}

Is that the proverbial yoke of oppression you’re wearing, dear Scorpio, or are you just super-disciplined and super-goal-focused right now, with no time to look up from your Herculean labors to flirt or play or even enjoy what you’ve built? You may see-saw between these two viewpoints all through the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, and one thing’s sure: that won’t be fun. It will be up to you to consciously step back and inject a little spontaneity into things, no matter how unnatural that may feel to you at the time; maintaining a sense of freedom, no matter how big a burden you’re carrying, and no matter how willingly you’ve taken this burden on, is vital to your mental and emotional health, and to your ability to accomplish, as you won’t get anywhere if you believe you’re being buried alive. So, keep your focus on your choices and your ability to have an impact; those will keep you aware of your true freedom, and so keep you sane. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!

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The Sabian Symbol + the Daily Word Image for the New Moon 22 November 2014

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Osiris, photo by Ignati {{PD}}

Osiris, photo by Ignati {{PD}}

22 NovemberNew Moon occurs at 4:32 AM Pacific Standard Time at 00 Sagittarius 07: ‘Everything Old is New Again’

The Sabian is, ‘Retired Army Veterans Gather To Reawaken Old Memories’. That, my friends, is a ReUnion. The implication is that we will see something resurrected, back together again, in imitation of a previous state or condition with the purpose of Re-Membering. This echoes the Saturn in Scorpio ‘setting’ for the New Moon, wherein reality contains layers of memory, mystery, nuance, truth, and many versions of ‘what is’ as seen through varied viewpoints and times—and the NM resurrects something specific to the re-uniting of those who experienced a past condition together. It’s perhaps past contacts brought together to celebrate that past, to re-live it, in a way—or to resurrect from memory something buried, forgotten, or ignored—which brings us back to Black Moon Lilith. ‘Everything old is New Again’ is an old saying (and song!) that may be what we’re humming come New Moon time.

Today’s image is the Egyptian god Osiris, a Scorpionic figure (a god of resurrection and the Underworld) reassembled by his sister/ wife Isis after his jealous brother (Set, for those keeping score) tore him to pieces. Isis put the pieces back together and wrapped them for burial; the one missing piece (the phallus) she fashioned herself so that he would be whole. She was then impregnated by the already-dead Osiris, with the result being she gave birth to their child, Horus. This image fits quite nicely with both the Sabian of the NM (a Reunion) and with NM’s contact to Saturn, still in Scorpio. The implication for we mortals may be that there’s still some seminal, creative ‘juice’ to be extracted from a real-life situation that by all rights should be (or at least appears to be) dead and lifeless. The New Moon may make it clear what this component, if handled correctly, can be used to create; all we have to do is ‘put the pieces together’.

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Born Today 16 November

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Luis Meléndez - 'Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets' c1750 {{PD}}

Maybe your box will contain sweets, too, Scorpio. Luis Meléndez – ‘Still Life with Oranges, Jars, and Boxes of Sweets’ c1750 {{PD}}

Are you feeling a bit of a squeeze starting, dear Scorpio? It’s like the figurative walls are closing in, and will eventually form a box much too small and uncomfortable for occupying. What to do? Even if you aren’t yet aware of these restrictive circumstances, they are coming, and there are a couple of tips I can offer that will help you handle this (in fact, help you make the most of this): willingness to embrace restrictions, rules, and barriers and build them in to your efforts will be key; appeal to the generosity of the social circle when you need help–they in fact will be much more supportive than you might think, and, if you play your cards right, could offer a steady source of clients, customers, audiences, company, or just plain guardian angels; and you must be willing to both stand up for yourself (don’t expect that social support–go at things as if it all relies on you), and be open to facing those issues you may have put off, ignored, or been in denial about–these will bring unexpected benefits in the handling. It won’t be an easy year, Scorpio, but it could be an amazing one. Happy Birthday, and good luck!

Born Today 15 November

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Yes Scorpio, you WILL see the forest, in spite of the trees. Klimt 'Beech Grove I' {{PD}}

Yes Scorpio, you WILL see the forest, in spite of the trees. Klimt ‘Beech Grove I’ {{PD}}

For you, dear Scorpio, the coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, may bring a time of discovery, specifically of those things that have been in your psychic ‘blind spot’ for a long time now. You’ll be given the instinctual guidance needed to puzzle these influences out and to see clearly how they’ve affected the reality picture you currently occupy–and you’ll see how it’s imperative you make any changes you want to make soon, before the coming lock-down. Yes, you’re approaching a period when you may not have the freedom to maneuver that you enjoy now; you could enter a time of serious commitment, a time when you’ll see a lot of what you’ve created (whether you are aware of these things consciously or not) materialize. It could be a revelation, finding out where your energy has really been going–but isn’t that the fun of life? Happy Birthday, Scorpio, and good luck!