Astrology Week of Dec 31



Last Quarter Moon Phase


December 29, 2018 


4:434am EST 


Last Quarter moon:  Now we do the final adjustments to the seeds we planted on new. The final call, the final letters to send, we follow all the trails that came up that still make sense. And we let the other parts lay fallow. It is a time of action but wise action.  It is a time for living  “The serenity prayer” 


God, grant me the Serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change Courage to change the
things I can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference.


Focus on:


What actions are you taking that speak to your partnerships? What action are you taking that speak to finding balance? What do you need to do more of that you have neglected?  How will support bigger goals?   Where do you need to negotiate?   How is negotiating inspired?   


Special Focus:


12/31: Mars enters Aries.   Fight or flight.    Breaking out of old routines.  New ground.   Actions that bring on Independence. 


Balsamic Moon Phase


January 1, 2019 


9:06pm EST 


Balsamic:   We let go.  By releasing we can prepare for the new.  


Focus on How are you releasing your controlling nature?  How are you releasing your black and white nature?  How are you releasing the stuff that is ‘gunking’ you up? 


Special Focus:


1/1: Sun conjunct Saturn.  Discipline.  Measured.  Taking a look and figuring out the best move that is smart and sane.  


1 4: Mercury enters Capricorn 


NEW MOON January 5, 2018   8:28pm EST 15 Cap 25    


Arty Farty Friday ~ Giovanni Boldini, “Master of Swish”

Self portrait

One needs only to see a couple of portraits by Giovanni Boldini (31 December 1842 – 11 July 1931) to be able to recognise others – his style is striking and individualistic. He was known in some circles as the “Master of Swish”.

Snip from article at Daily Art Magazine: also at that website are some large format images of his portraits, well worth a look.

Boldini must

Arty Farty Solstice Friday ~ Masaccio

Masaccio, Painted by Himself, Lately Added to the National Gallery
The painter I’d decided to to feature this week was born this day,
December 21 in 1401, in a town close to Florence, Italy. The artist died aged 26, which could account for lack of more colourful information than the mostly fact-based and rather stodgy stuff I found at first. Then I found this lighter, yet still

Jeffrey Epstein & Others, and Asteroids

If any stray passing reader with an interest in astrology can recall a post from January 2015 about what was then a current scandal:
Jeffrey Epstein – Le Scandale du Jour

they might be interested to read some recently received comments on the topic of the post from “Vivi Vox”. The commenter has been studying asteroids in relation to astrological interpretation, and has come up with some

Arty Farty Friday ~ Gordon Parks, Photographer, Renaissance Man.

[Gordon] “Parks was a man of many pursuits — photographer, novelist, poet, memoirist, filmmaker, composer. But he is most remembered as a photographer. And while some of his images live on because they delight the eye with their beauty, others endure because of the way that they touched the hearts and minds of millions of LIFE’s readers and changed, if only just a little, the course of American

Music Monday ~ Tina, Queen Liz & Ian Lang – Oh my!

First, Happy Birthday and Many Happy returns to Tina Turner, now a fellow-79er! She has Sagittarian Sun, with Venus in Sagittarius within degrees of my own natal Venus, her Saturn in Aries matches mine and is also within minutes of my natal Moon. She’s of my generation too. Which of her songs to post? I love all her recordings, but some of them do have sad memories attached. Here’s one that’s

Painters Born in Mid-November.

Six painters of varying styles were born between 14 and 17 November – but in different centuries and decades. I have already written about all of these, over the years – here are links to my relevant posts, with an example of each of their styles.

Claude Monet 14 November 1840.

The Ice Floes – Claude Monet.

Arty Farty Friday ~ Cubism, Picasso, Braque, and the Astrology

Eleven years ago, before Arty Farty Friday came to exist, I wrote a post on Picasso and Georges Braque. It was the anniversary of Picasso’s birth yesterday,
25 October, an apt time to edit, generally tidy up and re-illustrate that old 2007 post:

In Nick Kollerstrom’s article on fixed star Algol it is pointed out that Pablo Picasso, one of the creators of Cubism, had fixed star Algol