Arty Farty Friday ~ Dave Hickey, Art Critic.

I came across the name
Dave Hickey among commentary at a politically-slanted website recently. Hickey, I learned, is an art critic. I was impressed by the quote of his offered by a commenter, and later wondered if Mr Hickey might be a subject for Arty Farty Friday. It’d make a change from posting about actual painters, photographers, illustrators etc.

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Arty Farty Friday ~ George Luks + a Conundrum

An arty farty conundrum: which natal chart best suits American painter George Luks? Wikipedia has his date of birth as 13 August 1867, but other websites state 13 August 1866. Checking at, the genealogy website, the question remains without a clear answer. The artist’s gravestone states 1866, as does a passport application, yet there is still confusion; several documents state

Saturn to Earthlings: Get Your Ass in Gear


Ever since it took its final leave from Scorpio back in September 2015, Saturn, AKA the cosmic cop of the zodiac is now visiting the more agile signs of the zodiac.  It took a test drive into the sign of Sagittarius in December of 2014 just to get its feet wet.  Apparently he had some unfinished business and  headed backwards into Scorpio again just before the 2015 summer solstice. After having his fill of sun and fun he passed the baton to Sagittarius. So if you were you born under the sign of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces, my sincere condolences to all of you mutable sign earthlings. You’ve all got to be on your best behavior.  Karma demands it.  We all have to grow into our best selves.  What better way than to listen to the expert Saturn.  Rewards will follow.

If born under the sign of the twins you are probably noticing that you’re being called on for every decision, misspoken word, written or otherwise.  Remember that document you innocently signed without looking at the fine print?  Whether signed with a simple Bic or Mont Blanc don’t be surprised when that signature comes back to bite you.  Oh, and need I remind you about disagreeable siblings?

Everybody knows Virgo’s have an eye for detail, a tendency towards hypochondria, and the urge to clean anywhere people can’t see.  Be careful you don’t hurt yourself chasing pesky impossible-to-see dust mites. Virgo is the landlord of the sixth house of work, health, pets and daily routines.  It shouldn’t be hard for organized and thorough Virgo to second guess that demanding boss, or keep your favorite pet healthy and pest free. Remember the adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Don’t skip your regular doctor visits. These areas are highlighted for you until December 2017.

Sagittarius will find the transit of Saturn the most frustrating transit, given the sign’s penchant for freedom at all costs.  Freedom without adhering to rules can lead one right out the door and out of a job.  This sign has to remember that not everyone wants to hear the truth.  It’s a good idea to keep your nose to the grindstone and keep your opinions to yourself.  Until 2017 that is.  Then you can let her rip!

The sign of Pisces will also find work to be unrewarding or demanding.  It may be difficult to be appreciated during this period while Saturn is making a hard aspect to your sacrificing sun sign. Helping out is is one thing, being taken advantage of is another.  Things will look brighter after Christmas 2017 when all your hard work will be seen as accomplishments for the greater good.

August 2016 Horoscopes

21st March – 20th April
There’s a genuinely sparkling new moon in your house of creativity, fun and entertainment on the 2nd, which means new beginnings, new ideas, and new doors opening in this area of your life. The planets suggest you are connecting easily to helpful or influential teachers or mentors (especially after 13th), and/or travel or distance might be involved; perhaps with a connection to early March or late May too. Notice what happens around the 24th, give or take a few days, related to all this. Yes, there are challenges during August: mid-month (work) and end of month (relationships) in particular; but the message is keep the faith to keep things in perspective.
21st April – 21st May
A new moon on the 2nd indicates new beginnings, make-overs, or redevelopment, related to home and family. There’s positive momentum towards plans, though try not to push or pressure things into place (especially mid-month and around full moon time on 18th) as it can work against you. If things seem slow unfold it’s a case of trust the timing. Your planet Venus is in meticulous mood all month, so it’s all about the details and definition for you, especially in creativity or matters of the heart. Precision and efficiency inspires your creative flow, especially during final week of August when there’s positive expansion and an enormous sense of good luck if you balance cold logic with irrational intuition.
22nd May – 21st June
New moon on the 2nd is about information and communication that solidifies and stabilises partnerships, contracts and agreements. It’s also about giving and receiving recognition and acknowledgment, so express appreciation where it’s due and watch how your positive state of attention magnetises more of the same to you in return. You have to work harder to keep things in perspective mid-month and end of month (14th, 19th, 25th), or facts and figures lead to losing the magic in plans and ambition, so get still and quiet to find a balance. There’s also an impressive planet pattern from the 22nd(especially 27th) just as your planet Mercury retrogrades (moves backwards), suggesting a positive change of mind or direction for you.
22nd June – 22nd July
A new moon on the 2nd in your income and ownership chart indicates new beginnings and new focus that brings more responsibility and long-term commitments your way. Noticeable developments in this are likely by full moon time on the 18th, but especially around the 24th when your daily schedules or work environment reflects unknown territory and new forms of activity. You might see a connection to events back in mid-April related to all this too. Mid-month and end of month might bring communication challenges or conflict, so be the change you want to see (14th, 15th, 25th). Romance and relationships are about partners and loved ones showing support and presence (1st, 11th, 16th, 18th, 24th, 27th).
23rd July – 23rd August
This is your time of year, with the sun lighting up your sign till the 22nd, which means the world seems more on your wavelength and it’s easier to go with your flow. The annual new moon in your sign (2nd) always indicates important new beginnings and new ways of seeing and experiencing yourself in the world, and this year it’s about strong and stable new responsibilities, especially related to creative projects and matters of the heart, that activate your sense of adventure (especially 7th, 19th, 24th). The full moon on the 18th is in your relationship zone. Again this is an annual astro event for you and it indicates new cycles or phases in all relationships.
24th August – 22nd September
Jupiter (faith and direction), and Mercury (communication and logic) are already in your sign this month, and are joined by Venus (relationships and resources) from the 5th, and the sun (creative focus and energy) from the 22nd. It means a busy month of sorting your head and heart out (and others!) on various matters (especially 6th, 14th, 19th, 25th), with opportunities to shine (11th, 15th, 18th, 22nd, 27th, 29th). During final week your ruler Mercury slows pace (indicates you might too), ready to retrograde on 30th, which means a time of turning within or reflection. As Venus and Jupiter are so close to Mercury it shows rare and important changes of mind or direction in communication, faith and relationships, and events will reflect this.
23rd September – 23rd October
A strong and stable new moon on the 2nd in your friendship chart indicates new beginnings and new support for the future. All month you’re balancing the desire to go with the flow of certain situations, while also wanting to fix and change things, and you’re putting too much pressure on yourself to get the balance right at times (noticeable around 6th, 14th, 18th, 25th). Soften your approach to yourself and watch the tension (and demands and expectations) ease up. Romance is renewed and rekindled up to mid-month and around full moon on 18th. Final week is also about love and harmony, as well as important communication and information (possibly related to the past or past perspectives).
24th October – 22nd November
After weeks of situations that were at a go slow or stalemate, and feeling you’ve less energy than usual, it’s all change this month, starting with Mars stirring up situations involving income and ownership, and a revitalising new moon (new beginnings) in your status and ambition chart on the 2nd. This bodes well for long-term plans, especially career progress, and there might be noteworthy events in this around full moon time on the 18th. Challenges for August might involve the balance between creative vision and creative expression, or the gap between what you want to do and what you are able to do right now. Partners and/or friends are in on this somehow too (7th, 14th, 25th, 27th).
23rd November – 21st December
Mars, planet of drive, impetus, and action is back in your sign from the 1st, which means you’re feeling more motivated and focused than you have in a long time (early March and late May perhaps?). New moon on the 2nd is about a new mind-set, and maybe travel or education is the catalyst. There are certain challenges involving balancing home-life and work-life, or personal and public life, which puts pressure or extra responsibility on you (especially mid-month and final week). But you also have a way of getting the best out of these challenges, especially 18th, 22nd, and 27th. Finally, romance is in the air this month, especially 7th and 22nd.
22nd December – 20th January
There’s an outstanding new moon on the 2ndwhich harmonises beautifully with your planet Saturn. New moon means new beginnings, and in this case it’s focusing on healing and transformation. Sometimes it’s been easy to lose sight of what matters to you, or lose yourself in challenges or dramas (and there are some this month; perhaps around midmonth and final week), but this new moon is suggesting that events can bring you back to yourself in very positive ways. The corresponding full moon on the 18threpresents fulfilment and openness in situations involving income, business and purchases in particular, but also in relationships. Love and romance is highlighted then too, and also 7th, 15th, 22nd, 27th.
21st January – 18th February
There’s a beautiful full moon in your sign on the 18th, representing emotional completion and fulfilment in certain situations. You, key partnerships, communication, news and information are all involved. Relationships are also a priority before 18th, as are contracts and agreements; and a new moon on the 2nd indicates new beginnings for you there. Also, all month but especially midmonth and final week, there might be tension involving friends or groups. For example, it’s easy not to notice your own value yet deep down expect others to; or to feel obliged to offer support when you really want it for yourself. It’s all about finding a balance that suits you, by softening the inner tension as it arises.
19th February – 20th March
You might feel pulled in different directions this month, especially midmonth and final week. The planets are lining up in ways that suggest you have a variety of things to focus on that are equally important to you. You also have a variety of ways to look at the same situation, all equally valid. So it’s about finding a balance; a way of navigating competing demands on your time and attention without wearing yourself out. This is most challenging around 6th, 14th, 19th and 25th, and most successful 2nd, 15th, 22nd and 27th. There might be interesting work news around 24th, and romance is sweet 7th, 18th, 22nd and 27th.

See these horoscopes along with everything that is happening in the Northeast of England this month at The Crack Magazine


Astrology And Pokemon Go

arcanineIn the gaming world, big news doesn’t normally make mainstream radar. Pokemon Go is a huge exception. Pokemon Go is an electronic game played on handheld devices, mainly mobile phones. It’s a game that uses your device’s camera to meld travel in mundane reality with catching virtual monsters as they appear on your screen. The real life element is highly engaging, but it’s the blend of fantasy and reality that holds the interest. Remind you of any astrological trends in the collective?(…)
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Introduction To Ceres In The Natal Chart

ceres“It is difficult for some people to accept that love is a choice. This seems to run counter to the generally accepted theory of romantic love which expounds that love is inborn and as such requires no more than to accept it.”
–Leo Buscaglia, Pisces Ceres conjunct the nadir sextile Taurus Venus in the 6th house

The Ceres of mythology is the the archetype of the earth mother. The asteroid Ceres represents both our nurturing needs and how we nurture others. It is how we were nurtured as children and how we nurture our own children, as well as all the others we choose to interact with. The expression of Ceres energies ranges from controlling to permissive, cold to overbearing, just as human caregivers do. Just because it’s mama energy does not necessarily mean “warm and fuzzy.”
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Arty Farty Friday ~ Vali Myers

It’s good to find an artist who is likely to have a very distinctive astro-signature, to discover whether that, in fact, is the case. This lady could fit that description:

Vali Myers, an Australian visionary artist, dancer, bohemian and muse of the 1950s and 60s in Europe and the USA.

Born: 2 August 1930, Canterbury, Sydney, Australia. Died: 12 February 2003 (age 72).
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