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Born Today 21 January

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Setting the stage needn't be quite this literal, Aquarius. Dancers by Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas 1873 {{PD}}

Setting the stage needn’t be quite this literal, Aquarius. Dancers by Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas 1873 {{PD}}

Dear Aquarius, this year you may be looking to take charge of your reality, to create exactly the real-world atmosphere you feel is ideal–and you may be able to plan for it, to set the foundations for it, though implementing it (at least, implementing it completely) may have to wait. There have been changes to your dreams and to your feelings that you haven’t dealt with yet–some of them you’re not even aware of; these emotional and inspirational shifts must be accounted for (and sometimes, healed) before you can go forward successfully. How to do this? Take some time to review the ways the feeling nature and the personality coincide, and how they clash–this will be revealing–and embrace those things about yourself that are most unique and unusual, especially those things you might not have known how to express well in the past. Integrating as much of your personal originality as possible will bring you empowerment, and set the stage for gaining the position or status that you ultimately seek. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

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Born Today 20 January

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The great thing is you'll be in harmony with yourself this year, Aquarius. 'Young Girl Singing into a Mirror' Jean-Étienne Liotard 18th century {{PD}}

The great thing is you’ll be in harmony with yourself this year, Aquarius. ‘Young Girl Singing into a Mirror’ Jean-Étienne Liotard 18th century {{PD}}

Yes, this year your birthday coincides with a New Moon, dear Aquarius, promising new starts and a fresh outlook–but the real action happens in two specific areas: in freeing your most unique qualities, your sense of originality, from the past and any burdens or restraints previously imposed, and in facing what you’ve been ignoring or denying so that your creativity can finally come out from under the shadow cast by other factors that have stolen and squandered that creative energy. It won’t be easy, but this coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you’ve been allotted an emotional harmony that is perfectly synced to your purpose and needs–and so can completely support you in focusing and dealing with what at an earlier point might’ve been overwhelming. Handle your ‘stuff’, and empowerment options open up to you; at that point you’ll have not just the ‘know-how’ but the wisdom to translate your accumulated experiences into the status and activities you’ve only dreampt about pursuing, before now. Happy Birthday, Aquarius, and good luck!

Dark of the Moon + the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon in Aquarius January 2015

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Thanks to Jon Sullivan for contributing this image of San Juan Capistrano to the public domain.

Thanks to Jon Sullivan for contributing this image of San Juan Capistrano to the public domain.

We’ll be heading into the monthly Dark of the Moon period midway through this weekend; normally this is a time for introspection, contemplation, and being away from the world, in some sense. This allows for a kind of gestation that ‘births’ ideas, viewpoints, and experiences as the New Moon unfolds. We can’t always lock ourselves away, and the resulting dissonance between the need to go inward and the demands of the external can be jarring and leave us exhausted–so we look, wrongly, for relief with the return of the illuminated Moon. The New Moon renews only in the sense that it begins a cycle; it’s much more about re-emergence into a more active role in the world than it is about re-generation. Even though everything, including our own cells, is stimulated to grow under the pull of a New Moon, if we have not been allowed the needed rest period before hand . . . you see my point: without an adequate time of rest, the New Moon can stress, rather than refresh.

New Moon in Aquarius January 20th at 5:13 AM Pacific time at 00 Aquarius 08

Look to the matters of the House where the New Moon falls for the life area or subjects of the ‘birth’ within our reality picture. The Sabian is, ‘An Old Adobe Mission In California’. Being from California, I have been to many of these, and I love them, in spite of the uglier facets of what they once stood for—now they are only gardens and chapels, often oases of green in places that are crowded and topped over with concrete. The symbol echoes the repeating of the early Moon degree, with each mission just one in a chain strung up and down California—and this suggests that however these new beginnings (related to all the early degree New Moons of Fall and Winter) we have been seeing came about, even if the circumstances were ugly or inhumane, what they will become with time and personal growth are spots of mental or emotional respite (the Aquarian Moon), places that make a clear statement about what we should keep from the past, and what leave behind.

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Born Today 19 January

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Take your time, Capricorn. Pieter de Hooch -' At the Linen Closet' 1663 {{PD}}

Take your time, Capricorn. Pieter de Hooch -‘ At the Linen Closet’ 1663 {{PD}}

This coming year, through to your next birthday, can be a time of extraordinary healing for you, dear Capricorn, particularly in terms of long-held emotional wounds and those ways in which your creativity may have been short-circuited, stifled, or set aside for more ‘practical’ pursuits. You can make a tremendous amount of headway, especially in emotional terms, if you can willingly do one thing: face whatever it is that you’ve been avoiding or denying. This is crucial to that healing process–and it’s crucial to re-discovering, to re-gaining ‘touch’, with your creative Self. Don’t worry if things don’t ‘pop’ for you right away; you are in the midst of a period when contemplation and inner stillness will bring much more reward than any action–so use the time to define the true parameters of both your injuries and those topics avoided or ignored–that way, when you get the ‘go’ signal (and you will) you’ll be ready. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 18 January

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Gottfried Franz (1846-1905) - The Miraculous Adventures of Baron Münchhausen 1896 {{PD}}

Gottfried Franz (1846-1905) – The Miraculous Adventures of Baron Münchhausen 1896 {{PD}}

What is it that you’re waiting for, dear Capricorn? It’s instinctive, this pause, this holding of breath, this listening and hearing . . . nothing. You are responding correctly if you are in stillness mode–and you aren’t meant to hear anything right now; no message awaits, no life direction beckons. You must accept that for a short while still, you will remain in a kind of emotional and physical stasis. Think of it as a time to gather yourself, your essence, and ready yourself to unfold in a new way on a new scene. The initial effect will be on the material reality; your surroundings will bring forward the next step, which may be a way of furthering your education, which may bring new and unusual people into your life, or which may send you off to foreign lands, even if only in your mind. Knowledge in some important form will be acquired, and what you learn will be the root from which everything else in your ‘new life’ springs. Happy Birthday, Capricorn, and good luck!

Born Today 17 January

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'A Reclining Lady with a Fan' Eleuterio Pagliani (1826-1903) {{PD}}

Get plenty of rest when you can, Cappy–it could be a trying year. ‘A Reclining Lady with a Fan’ Eleuterio Pagliani (1826-1903) {{PD}}

You may undergo some very subtle changes on the home front, with the mate, and/ or in those areas to which you dedicate your time and energy, dear Capricorn; this will play out over the Solar year between now and your next birthday, and during it all you may feel very alone and unsure. Some suggestions: retreat to what you know emotionally for support and respite; lead with your most original, unique, or unusual characteristics and abilities, when interacting with others; and take action (or at least, ready to take action) on your dreams. Your own actions may end up changing your ideals at this time, and, along with the other described changes that are unavoidable, you may reach your next Solar Return seeing and valuing things much differently; just know that’s not wrong, that’s evolution. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

Born Today 16 January

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Sascha Schneider, "Icarus" (1906) {{PD}}

You Bette it may be a tough Journey, Cap! Sascha Schneider, “Icarus” (1906) {{PD}}

You’re wingin’ it, dear Capricorn, in a bid for true empowerment and independence, aiming straight for the status you want–and it’s a scary time, as you fear that figurative ‘wind beneath your wings’ (apologies, ’90s aficionados!) may disappear at any time. The reality is that you must go through this period when you feel very much alone, moving only under your own power–you didn’t really think others would just hand you that position you want, did you? No Cappy, you’re too realistic to have told yourself a fairy tale–but right now, a few fairy tales would be quite a good idea, to keep you inspired, to keep you believin’ (oops, don’t stop!) It’s important that you see present circumstances as necessary, rather than as a punishment–because a positive approach will insure that you stay open to learning what you need to learn–observation, acceptance, and new influences and examples can be your friends, right now–and a strong belief in your own abilities and in the need to persevere smartly will take you through, to a place about halfway to your next birthday, when your world will open up and things will look significantly different to you. Happy Birthday, Cap, and good luck!

Born Today 15 January

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Ren Shuai Ying (任率英) Title 嫦娥奔月 (Chang'e Flying to the Moon) Date 	1955 {{PD}}

Ren Shuai Ying (任率英)
Title 嫦娥奔月 (Chang’e Flying to the Moon)
Date 1955 {{PD}}

This may be a very unusual year for you, dear Capricorn, through to your next birthday; you may feel like you are whizzing along (or is it floating, or drifting, or standing still?) all alone. It may be a time when you feel untethered, bound to very little, and obligated to even less. For a good portion of the coming year, you may feel extraordinarily free, and if so, you should take careful note of those things to which you’re attracted, that grab your interest, that excite you–because these will be clues as to where your heart really lies–but they will not necessarily present in the form you should follow, so make your choices later. This will largely be a time for introspection and Self-discovery that is low key, observational only, designed to make you think and think again. You may obsess about past hurts–that’s so later you can let them go–and be careful what you communicate: the unusual internal experience you will have could make those you care about feel you are growing distant. Reassure them, and take special care not to cause emotional harm, as that will only unduly complicate matters in future. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Born Today 14 January

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"Uffizi Gallery - Daughter of Niobe bent by terror" by Petar Milošević - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg

“Uffizi Gallery – Daughter of Niobe bent by terror” by Petar Milošević – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Uffizi_Gallery_-_Daughter_of_Niobe_bent_by_terror.jpg

Dear Capricorn, this year for you it’s all about Self-expression, all about empowerment, all about drilling down to your most original and unique characteristics and identity, and then seeing what you can make of it, and gain from it, and all of this is done with an eye to cutting away the unnecessary from the past and shaping the future. You will be very focused on yourself–and that’s exactly what you should do at this time–don’t let anyone guilt you about your need to concentrate on your goals and desires right now. Through to your next birthday you must shape what’s to come; be as aware as you possibly can that much of what is pushing you now is a combination of instinct/ buried beliefs and memories, and those things that are active in your personality right now but that you aren’t able to observe–and it’s these latter you must watch out for. Others can aid you; be a keen observer of the reactions and remarks of others that surprise you–these will be key to gaining perspective on those qualities that reside in your ‘blind spot’. Happy Birthday, Cappy, and good luck!

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Mystic Rectangle January 2015: Easing the Way

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William Henry Jackson - 'Mystic Lake' albumen print 1872 {{PD}}

William Henry Jackson – ‘Mystic Lake’ albumen print 1872 {{PD}}

We’re under a loose Mystic Rectangle now, a configuration that almost magically amps up the involved energies and helps them help one another. The rectangle has a point, in this case we’ll start with the Mercury-Venus conjunction in Aquarius, trine a second point (North Node and Zeus) sextile a third (Juno in Leo) trine a fourth (South Node-Uranus) which naturally happens to sextile the first. This combination suggests thinking and feeling, communications, relationships, and finances, are in accord, and successfully aligning with ambitions and desire fulfillment that are specifically concerned with future developments and goals–we don’t have any trouble keeping where we want to end up in mind–and that is both empowering, and lowers the chances we will rebel against our own plans, behave erratically, or suddenly change course, as we are aware of how our own irregular choices (or accidents or mishaps) may have sunk things in the past. This is a point when we can make a lot of headway, and make choices that are consistent with our ultimate wishes and goals.

Things to watch out for: thinking and not acting–the Merc-Venus conjunction in Aquarius inclines us to intellectual activity and to using that lens for most perceptual duties–and that means we can get ‘lost in our heads’, thinking we’re being effective in the world when most of the activity is actually only mental; Juno in Leo says that empowerment may give us an ego or image boost–and we may easily believe our own press–keep perspective; and remember that indulging in the erratic or rebellious is where we can short-circuit the flow of this config. The Mystic Rectangle is in effect now and continues through the 17th.

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