I liked the daisies when we saw this painting on Antiques Roadshow tonight. I looked for more work by the artist and found others with the same colours and simple images. The daisies and the full moon painting at the end are my favourites of those I found. More information: George Ault’s World | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian
General 2014 Overview:
That rowdy and restless reputation of yours? You’ve definitely gone “off brand,” Sagittarius. Since last year, a clutch of planets has been in water signs, pulling you into more emotional and even solitary realms of your chart. This inward-facing vibe carries into 2014, especially since your ruling planet Jupiter is in Cancer, your intimate and soulful eighth house, until July 16. Not that exploring your inner landscape isn’t its own form of journeying, but you won’t get back to the actual globe-trotting until mid-July, when Jupiter moves into fiery Leo, your ninth house of travel, study and new horizons. Your enthusiastic personality won’t be so muted once that happens. However, you’ll still have to contend with stern old Saturn. The cosmos’ curmudgeon is in Scorpio, your twelfth house of hidden agendas and closure, until December 23. Saturn has been here since October 2012, doling out a few tough lessons about being overly trusting—perhaps even vis-a-vis a snake in the grass. If you’ve been betrayed by a frenemy or loved one, Saturn challenges you to practice a new form of forgiveness. You never have to be okay with what happened, but you don’t have to take it personally either. If you do, you make it about you (“what have I done to deserve this?”)…when really, it’s about them. It’s the equivalent of saying, “I no longer wish to be the dumping ground for your ugliness and wounds. Take them back and heal them somewhere else.” Shed that darkness, Archer, because on December 23, Saturn enters Sagittarius for the first time since 1985, setting off a three-year reinvention tour. All that is beneath you will be stripped away. It’s time for your own light to shine.
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Merge, baby, merge. Your ruler Jupiter is in Cancer, your zone of intimacy, sex and permanent bonds, until July 16. Steamy erotic encounters? Sure, why not. Discovering the joy of waking up with the same person day in and day out? Yeah, that’s a tougher one for your independent sign, but with expansive Jupiter here, you’re so up for it. Sexy Mars in your collaborative eleventh house until July 25 further helps you reap the rewards of being a true team player. From September 13 to October 25, Mars will be in Sagittarius, giving you dazzling powers of attraction. On October 8, the Aries total lunar eclipse ignites your house of passion and fertility. Lusty adventures and even a pregnancy could sweep in unexpectedly with this eclipse.
Takin’ care of business! As 2014 begins, there are five planets in Capricorn, your money and work house, putting you in productive spirits. Since January 1 also brings a new moon—conjunct soul-plumbing Pluto—you want purpose with your paycheck. Check out Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map to craft some goals with soul (http://bit.ly/odesire). Technology and teamwork hold the keys to success, with go-getter Mars in Libra, your collaborative eleventh house, until July 25. The April 15 Libra lunar eclipse could invite you into a powerful cadre of movers and shakers. With your ruler Jupiter in your eighth house of wealth and assets until July 16, you might invest, buy or sell real estate, earn affiliate income or welcome a windfall.
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This birth chart report shows the positions of the planets for Laura .
The Sun represents vitality, a sense of individuality and outward-shining creative energy.
Sun in Sagittarius
Restless, cheerful, and friendly, Sun in Sagittarius people are generally on the go. They have a love of freedom, and a disdain for routine. Generally quite easygoing, Sagittarians make friends with people from all walks of life. They love to laugh and tease, and get along well with both sexes. Sagittarians have an often blind faith in people, and in the world. Their optimism is infectious, although it can get them into trouble from time to time. These are curious people who love to learn. Their idealistic nature is hard to miss.
Although generally easygoing, Sagittarius is a fire sign. This gives natives a generally quick temper. Fortunately, they’re usually as quick to forget what got them angry in the first place. The need for escape is generally strong, and some Solar Sagittarians come across as a little irresponsible. They’re generally easy to forgive, however. After all, their direct, honest approach in life is admirable.
She is good, idealistic, enthusiastic and warm-hearted. She is independent, has a taste for travel and freedom. She is curious and fair-minded.
Weaknesses: She is too adventurous and leaves things to chance: takes risks which cause problems: she is rebellious and sometimes tactless when offering opinions.
-35 Opposition Sun – Moon
You have an internal struggle between your needs and your wants. You can lack focus and be indecisive as a result. Your ability to be objective is both an asset and a liability, simply because when you decide on one route, you are pulled in another direction at the same time. Something tugs at you, and you begin to question your stance. “But what if…” and “on the other hand…” are statements you can’t help but make, and that might plague you. You are always aware of the opposing point of view and the other side of the coin.
401 Conjunction Sun – Mercury
Because your ego and your mind are aligned, you possess much mental energy. You are always in a position to think about what you want, and in many ways, this is an interruption of the will. You are highly intelligent with a great drive to communicate with other. You invest a lot of pride in your intellectual capacities. You may not always listen as well as you speak, however! You might be too busy thinking about what to say next. But you are very curious and although you enjoy expressing yourself, you usually don’t dominate conversations completely. As far as studying or learning goes, you are better off reading the material than listening to a teacher. These traits come from a strong need to take an active role in communications. It is very hard for you to passively listen and absorb information.
Your opinions are usually strong and you are an independent thinker. You tend to be proud of your opinions and thoughts, and might easily get a bruised ego if you are not “heard”, if your opinions are pushed aside or ignored, or if your opinions are criticized. You are expressive and possibly a very animated speaker. You are also very witty and others enjoy your playful and sometimes mischievous sense of humor.
111 Sextile Sun – Saturn
It is easy and natural for you to accept responsibilities, to lead a rather ordered life, and to apply caution in your financial and business dealings. You rarely jump to conclusions or take uneducated risks. You have a certain amount of patience and enough self-discipline to slowly but surely achieve what you set out to do. Although somewhat undemonstrative, you are generally loyal and responsible people to those you care about. You take your time in most endeavors and generally use a step-by-step approach to most projects–but you steadily reach your goals. You are naturally trustworthy, and you don’t have much patience for those who don’t show respect for others, who take foolish risks, and who lead disorganized lives.
The Moon represents the emotional responses, unconscious pre-destination, and the self-image.
Moon in Cancer
This is the most subjective position of the Moon. The Moon is “at home” in the sign of Cancer, as the Moon is the natural ruler of the sign. Moon in Cancer natives have a large potential to be able to get in touch with the feelings and moods of others. Often, they are quite wrapped up in themselves. Their memories of the past are outstanding, especially for all things emotional. Moon in Cancer people are never detached–they cling to things, their home, and people they care for. They seek out security and familiarity in all they do. They look for peace and quiet. Their attachment to all that is safe means they are a little leery of change. These peace-loving souls dislike superficiality in all of its forms. They are devoted and accommodating. The insecure ones accumulate things in an attempt to feel secure.
Because of their strong attachment to, and memory of, the past, others may complain that Moon in Cancer natives tend to whip a dead horse. They may dwell on hurts long after everyone else has moved on. When they feel they have been taken for granted (which may be often!), they don’t always confront others directly. This is when they can use roundabout ways to get your attention. In fact, these natives, when they are insecure, can become quite manipulative. They can also be victims of habit. These people can have a hard time compartmentalizing their lives, simply because their watery Moon tends to know no boundaries. Sometimes, as a result, they may act irrationally.
One of the most delightful characteristics of Moon in Cancer people is their loony sense of humor. These people can be extraordinarily funny. Their moodiness can baffle others, but their unique outlook on life is something most people can appreciate. When treated with tenderness and understanding, Moon in Cancer natives return the favor with warmth and protection. Give them security, and you’ll take the crabbiness out of the Crab, at least for awhile. These people are wonderfully dependable overall, despite their occasional mood swings. Make a friend of Moon in Cancer, and you will be taken care of for life.
She is likeable and sociable. Very sensitive to environmental conditions and surroundings. She likes home, habits, comfort and her little world. Very caring and protective of loved ones.
Weaknesses: subject to indolence, inertia. She is impressionable and too sensitive. Family problems.
48 Trine Moon – Saturn
She controls her feelings. She has a sense of duty, of self-esteem and is prudent. She can concentrate on a long-term task, manual or intellectual. She perseveres and is serious in everything she does.
Mercury represents communication, Cartesian and logical spirit.
Mercury in Sagittarius
Enthusiastic, humorous, and sometimes moralistic. She has strong opinions, and often shares them! Democrat, philosopher, tolerant, respectful of laws. Interested in foreign places and learning more languages. Believes that everything teaches you something.
-1 Square Mercury – Mars
While her spirit is lively, it is also cunning. She often acts without thinking, she throws herself into things and exaggerates – and this can bring certain problems. She is nervous and irascible. She can develop others’ ideas, while they hesitate – she never does: she presses on.
Venus represents an interest for emotions and values, exchange and sharing with others.
Venus in Sagittarius
When Venus in Sagittarius people are in love, they need to feel they can grow and expand their horizons through their relationship. They want to learn new things, and experience everything together. These are idealistic lovers who want you to appreciate their beliefs, visions, and ideals. They can be a confusing mix of the lighthearted and serious. They are roamers and seekers, and don’t commit in their relationships as easily as others. Venus in Sagittarius men and women turn others on with their big smiles and laughs, their jokes, their grand schemes, their dreams, and their friendly, flirtatious behavior. They pride themselves on their open minds, but you may notice they can be judgmental too. They are threatened by inhibitions on the part of their lover, dullness, and emotional overkill. They are restless, and won’t put up with lovers who dwell on any one thing. When the going gets tough in their relationship, they have an overwhelming need to run away. Usually this only means getting out and experiencing something new before they come back, but sometimes it can be for good. They are attracted to people in love with life. You don’t need to be refined, polished, or graceful to win their favor.
Pleasing Venus in Sagittarius involves allowing them lots of room in the relationship to grow. Avoid getting stuck in a rut, and understand their need to move on. Learn to laugh, but take their rants and raves seriously. Avoid criticizing their beliefs, join them in debates, and philosophize along with them. When they feel the need for more experience, join them! Learn to look past their clumsiness with you and your feelings, and avoid cornering them or forcing them to commit.
-105 Square Venus – Saturn
This aspect sometimes means unhealthy sensuality. She is hard, and does not know how to express her emotions. She is frightened of showing her love, and this leads to disappointments, break-ups, lack of satisfaction. It is likely that she had problems with her mother, who did not know how to love her or give her self-confidence. She doubts, is suspicious and jealous. She will learn how to be happy in love, to be at ease with herself and to control her jealousy in the second half of her life, thanks to an older person, who gives her self-confidence back to her, so she can then trust others.
Mars represents the desire for action and physical energy.
Mars in Virgo
These productive and busy people are goal-oriented, practical people. Although they can be a little scattered at times, simply because they are doing so many things at any give time, Mars in Virgo natives get things done–quite well! They have a knack for handling a wide variety of tasks at once, and a tendency to take on perhaps too much at the same time. Most Mars in Virgo natives are not particularly aggressive by nature. Although they can be a little hard-nosed and critical at times, they rarely resort to pushing others around. Still, an annoyed Mars in Virgo native can be difficult to be around! Arouse their anger and they turn into complaining, over-critical nags. Generally, these natives don’t make themselves nuisances, so this stage is unlikely to last for very long. It is a sensitive position, however. It doesn’t take much to make these people nervous.
Mars in Virgo people are quite protective about their “system” for getting things done. Although rather humble in a general life sense, they can be quite particular about their methods–how they organize and accomplish their goals, mostly with work. Theirs is a nervous energy. Although they have some staying power, they can be restless and are not given to sticking with the same projects for too long. These natives derive plenty of energy and life force from the things they do–their work, hobbies, and any kind of projects they take on. An idle Mars in Virgo native is a sorry sight, indeed. Fidgety, nervous, worried…all of these things are a sure sign that Mars in Virgo people have either too little to do, or far too much on their plates. There is a perfectionist at the heart of all people with this position. They’ll be the first to deny this, but it’s there! They worry when they are not producing anything, and they worry about whether what they’ve produced will measure up.
An earthy and sometimes nervous sexuality generally characterizes people with this position of Mars. In a sense, their performance in bed is similar to their work. These people want to be good at what they do. They will generally be open to experimentation, if only to feed their curiosity and to feel savvy. There’s often a shy and humble side to Mars in Virgo in any area that involves putting themselves out there and letting go (areas ruled by Mars). But experience and knowledge are important to these natives, and this drive generally wins over their natural reticence.
69 Trine Mars – Jupiter
She has a good sense of organization, she is jovial, frank and sincere. She is full of dynamism and over-abundant energy. She loves life and takes all it has to offer. She likes sports and the outdoor life. She is successful professionally and emotionally. She usually has lots of children.
She is honest and forthright in her dealings with others, and she tends to trust others readily. She can be a bit careless about spending money, however, and this is probably because she is so eternally optimistic that there will always be plenty around. The possibility of failure does not enter her mind, although success itself is not that important to her.
179 Conjunction Mars – Uranus
She possesses exceptional energy. She is impulsive but bold. She takes on risky enterprises for the good of the community, with all the energy she possesses. She has a great need of her independence, likes her freedom of action.
124 Sextile Mars – Neptune
Her feelings are dominated by wisdom and geared towards the ideal. She likes water, sea voyages. She likes odd people.
181 Conjunction Mars – Pluto
She is ambitious, has a great capacity for work, has self-confidence and goes to the end of her plans.
Jupiter represents expansion and grace.
Jupiter in Taurus
She attracts the most good fortune when she is charitable, generous but discriminating, and patient. Watch for over-indulgence. Delights in sensual pleasures and wants the good life.
59 Trine Jupiter – Uranus
She knows what’s going on at a glance. She thirsts after knowledge, and is a good organizer. She is very independent, likes her freedom of action, is a non-conformist. She is very agreeable company and is always in demand.
-108 Opposition Jupiter – Neptune
She is easily influenced. She is a dreamer, who lets herself be seduced by fine words, which are not always sincere. She does not see wickedness and is often fooled by people.
56 Trine Jupiter – Pluto
She likes to direct, is intelligent and is an organizer of the first order.
Saturn represents contraction and effort.
Saturn in Pisces
Misanthropic, with a sullen humor. She likes to live in solitude, in contemplation. Likes to work alone.
Uranus represents individual liberty, egoistic liberty.
Uranus in Virgo
Interested in nutrition, new ways of doing a job.
136 Conjunction Uranus – Pluto
She fights to improve her daily life, she is persevering.
Neptune represents transcendental liberty, non-egoistic liberty.
Neptune in Scorpio
Willing to look beyond the superficial.
20 Sextile Neptune – Pluto
Pluto represents transformations, mutations and elimination.
Pluto in Virgo
Research and investigation come naturally.
House I is the area of self identity. The ascendant is a symbol of how one acts in life. It is the image of the personality as seen by others, and the attitude that one has towards life.
House II is the area of material security and values. It rules money and personal finances, sense of self-worth and basic values, personal possessions.
House III is the area of social and intellectual learning.
House IV is the area of home, family, roots, and deep emotions/sense of self-worth.
House V is the area of creative self-expression, romance, entertainment, children, and gambling.
House VI is the area of learning by material transaction.
House VII is the area of one-to-one relationships such as marriage and partnership, and of social and intellectual action.
House VIII is the area of emotional security and of security of the soul.
House IX is the area of learning that shapes the identity.
House X is the area of material action. The Mid-heaven represents the work one will do in his life, the place one will take in the world of society. It becomes more important as one grows older
House XI is the area of search for social and intellectual security.
House XII is the area of education and of emotion.
Indie Bloggers Weekly Challenge – One word regarding:
You volunteer to be the first resident of the darkside of the moon, manning a cramped receiving station. One day you wake up to alarms, no internet, no video and your printer has spooled 30 linear feet of pages covered with a single word:
I know I’m not really human now. If I were human, rather than alien or robot or… something, I would be bursting open at the seams by now. I was really hungry, I’ve been trying to not eat much for a couple of weeks. But today I ordered pizza. I ate it too. I don’t know how that much pizza is inside of me and yet I don’t feel disgustingly full and bloated. I feel fine. I don’t feel hungry, that’s a nice change. But, no mortal should eat that much pizza and not explode. Just call me Pizza Grrl.
I put chicken on it. I’ve never liked pepperoni really. The chicken was good. Maybe that’s why I’m not feeling stuffed. The chicken was lighter than pepperoni which does not come from a bird creature. Therefor it can not fly. Chickens don’t really fly much but the option is there. I’m sure it all makes sense somehow. After all, I can’t really be an alien. I still have all that old paperwork from the US immigration, I think. Besides, I was born here. My Mother said so. So I shouldn’t be an alien as long as I’m still in Canada.
Maybe I should update my passport just to be on the safe side. In case someone realizes I’m an alien and tries to deport me. Where do aliens get deported if they were never from the planet to begin with?
There’s a question for the day. I’m not all that keen on any of the other planets and the moon is just too chilly looking. I’d like something with a little beach, water and maybe a forest off in the moutain area. Of course, I want something with a good Internet connection too. I’m sure someone will work it all out. Last slice of pizza to whoever comes up with a good plan for cosmic alien deportation!
I’m surprised to still be getting replies to my personal/ dating blurb on Craigslist. That was at least two weeks ago.
Anyway, tonight I got one which said “love to chat” followed by an email address.
Well, if you love to chat why would you only send an email address? If you love to chat wouldn’t you have mountains of things to say? Sure the first email is the hardest but, spare me, anyone can manage to say SOMETHING about themselves.
Love to chat… but I expect you to do all the talking/ typing.
Love to chat… but hate to communicate.
Love to chat… but savour every one of my words and hoard them to myself.
Love to chat… but only using IM software.
Love to chat… but only on nights with a full moon.
Love to chat… but prefer using invisible ink.
Love to chat… but only use a minimum of four words at any one time, minimalist.
Love to chat… but I’m a very private person.
Love to chat… but I always expect you to start, always.
Love to chat… but only if you agree to cyber sex first.
Love to chat… but you need to tell me how much you charge first.
Love to chat… but I had sudden amnesia.
Love to chat… but I just remembered girls have cooties.
Love to chat… but only during the commercials.
Love to chat… but need to take my medication and tell all the voices to stop bugging me.
I love pixel art. I’ve been admiring it for years. I just don’t know how it’s done, though I’ve tried to read tutorials. I’m also not sure what makes one graphic pixel art and not another. I thought all pixel art were those really tiny pictures. But, I’ve seen big ones now too.
I’m slightly confused.
Here are more tutorials:
This site offersyou can download. I don’t know how well it works, no guarantee from me here. Actually, you can pretty well assume there is never any guarantee from me. It would be the really odd time I’d ever want to committ to anything in that nature.
– Of course the original link is 404 now, as are all sites from Geocities.
For ancient cultures, the hearth was the center of the home.
It was the provider of warmth through the harsh winter months,
and also provided heat for cooking all meals. It was the
gathering place of the household.
Fire has a special attraction for all of us. Within its
smoke and flame lie the origin of many religions.
Fire, the element of transformation, causes change to occur. It can be
destructive, but through destruction comes creation.
The fire in the house was never allowed to die. It was considered
unfortunate if the household fire went out during the night.
If this occurred, hot coals would need to be borrowed from neighbors.
If the coals died while being transported home, it was an omen
that the family would have an unlucky future. Continue reading Spirituality for the Home
Here in this body are the sacred rivers: here are the sun and moon, as well as all the pilgrimage places. I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body.
“I have found, through years of practice, that people garden in order to make something grow; to interact with nature; to share, to find sanctuary, to heal, to honor the earth, to leave a mark. Through gardening, we feel whole as we make our personal work of art upon our land.”
– Julie Moir Messervy, The Inward Garden, 1995, p.19
“I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to.”
– Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings