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Written by Jude Cowell

July 10, 2010 at 12:44 am

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Book Review: The Cowkeeper’s Wish

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Sounds as if The Cowkeeper’s Wish has everything!

Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers

What would you give up and how far would you go to make a better life for yourself? Would you pack up what little you had and leave your loved ones and your rural homeland to seek your fortune in the big city? Would you walk 250 miles over mountains and moors while driving a herd of cattle to forge a new destiny? Just what would you do?

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Written by Jude Cowell

July 9, 2019 at 11:24 pm

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Cosmic Weather of the July 16 2019 Lunar Eclipse

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Today a fresh post is published to my Political Astrology site Stars Over Washington in which an attempt is made to illuminate some basic information embedded within the July 16, 2019 Lunar Eclipse @24Capricorn04 via its Illumination Point degree and symbol. The karmic confrontation degrees are also included in order to present a fuller view of this uncovering-of-secrets lunation which is, of course, a Full Moon of awareness, fulfillment, and/or culmination of some kind which was ‘seeded’ at the last New Moon–lo and behold, the July 2, 2019 Solar Eclipse @10Can37! No doubt about it that July 2019 is a highly karmic month of ‘wild card’ eclipses for America and for the world.

So let’s put away the tribalism-nationalism of Cancer and the austerity-severity vibes of Capricorn for a few minutes and consider the Sun-Moon blend of the July 16 Lunar Eclipse, Sun Cancer-Moon Capricorn, which enables us to nab ourselves a peek at the cosmic weather on that particular day as spotlighted by the Capricorn Moon opposing a Cancerian Sun.

Right away we know that the Water-Earth Sun Cancer-Moon Capricorn combination of conscious-unconscious energies falls under a Moon-Saturn vibe which includes potentials for depression, suppression, and/or isolation but can also trigger ambition, strategy, and a sense of determined direction. Plus, a Water-Earth combination is pragmatic and practical and prefers dealing with the real world and the ‘bottom line’ in the realms of Home, Family, Nurturance, and Security (Cancer) and in the worlds of Business, Career, Law, Finance and Investment, and/or Government. And as you know, all Full Moons time or reveal something about relationships, whether they’re straining, ending, strengthening, or otherwise. Positive motives and honest commitment are the operables words there.

Now individuals and entities influenced by this blend tend toward introspection, shrewdness, taking responsibility, and can “drive a hard bargain” when necessary. Intuition (Cancer) is strong and leadership talents (Capricorn) are typical and there is often an interest in genealogical research for family ties are enduring. Loyalty is valued, recognition and a level of authority are needed, plus, a diplomatic streak may be in evidence with Sun Cancer-Moon Capricorn.

So let’s close with the Image for Integration for Sun Cancer-Moon Capricorn as given by Charles and Suzi Harvey in their classic astrology book, Sun Sign-Moon Sign:
“An ancient water mill works away in rhythmic fashion, meting out just the required amount of fluid force to grind the corn that nourishes and sustains the village.”

Well, water is the strongest element, is it not?

Written by Jude Cowell

July 6, 2019 at 3:43 pm

Astro-Notes on Claude Monet

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Houses of Parliament, London: The Sun Shining Through the Fog, 1904, Claude Monet [Public domain]; Musee d’Orsay

The natal horoscope of Impressionist painter Claude Monet (November 14, 1840–December 5, 1926) is untimed and thus rated AXX with no ascending (rising) sign. This mysterious circumstance prevents knowing in which houses of life to place his planets. However, his Sun at or about 22 Scorpio and his Moon in either Cancer or Leo make it possible to ascertain information about Monet’s personality for those who may be interested yet some sleuthing may be necessary in the lunar department!

For Your Consideration: Two Possible Personality Blends of Claude Monet

Sun Scorpio-Moon Cancer, a double Water blend of feelings and imagination, easily able to “go with the flow.” Gushing with emotions or suddenly becoming misty and teary-eyed are features of a Water-Water personality. Right away we think of his fascination with water and water-lilies as a topic for his paintings and the lily pond he created at this home in Giverny.

The Water element is feminine-oriented and highly creative yet men with Water strong in their natures often become ultra-rational and proud of showing little if any emotion. If so, emotional types would be found in his environment, acting out emotions in his stead. With Sun Scorpio-Moon Cancer a streak of clannishness would be in evidence, along with shrewdness, secretiveness, and a passionate commitment to his creative projects and to the people in his life–although his own survival needs would come first.

With this blend extreme subjectivity would triumph over objectivity and negative emotions could overpower the thought processes; sinking into abject self-pity is a negative potential. If this is the personality blend of Claude Monet, he shares it with US president Theodore Roosevelt and body-builder Charles Atlas!

So let’s consider Sun Scorpio-Moon Leo, a steamy Water-Fire combo of elements–steam which can cleanse and sterilize or scald. This elemental blend reveals an artistic temperament of volatility, romantic passion, and wildly changing moods. Thriving on love, this type is warm and emotional with a life that is rarely smooth-running. For positive results, this much volatile emotion must be channeled into creative pursuits and if this describes Monet, he definitely did it well! Of course, with Moon in Sun-ruled Leo, his reigning need would be for applause, approval, public attention, and recognition for his talent, plus, dramatic changes in his love relationships may also have been a factor during his lifetime.

Now Sun Scorpio-Moon Leo personalities can be bright and brooding, ambitious and intense, and exhibit a strong sense of self-dramatization. If this blend describes Monet’s personality, he felt he deserved a central place in society yet protected his privacy once the limelight was directed upon him (his lovely home at Giverny would have been the private place of serenity and calm, oui?) A desire to give expression to his feelings would guide his creative projects and compulsive workaholism would be evident. Perhaps this may be seen by his tendency to paint the same subjects in a series of images, showing the passage of time by the movement of light over forms. This blend has the ability to “see and encourage light” from within the “blackest darkness.”

And with Sun Scorpio-Moon Leo, a strong anarchistic streak would cause a ‘do my own thing’ vibe in the man although an ability to outwardly conform for the sake of his career would be helpful for achieving personal and economic success.

If the Sun Scorpio-Moon Leo pair of conscious-unconscious energies is the natal blend of Claude Monet then he shares it with poet Ezra Pound and actress-genius Hedy Lamar and one of two ‘Images for Integration’ seems quite applicable here:

“A Samaritan mirrors sunshine into the depth of a dark pit bringing hope to those who live there.” (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles and Suzi Harvey).

Any thoughts? Well, perhaps you’ll agree with me that the stronger case is made for Claude Monet as a Sun Scorpio-Moon Leo native!

Note: the Wikipedia bio of Monet is an excellent resource containing a large variety of his paintings along with biographical details of his life, relationships, career, and creative techniques.

Written by Jude Cowell

June 30, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Posted in art, art history, astrology

New York Times Bans Political Cartoons

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another indication of America’s downward spiral…

The Oligarch Kings

64365186_2207218579373984_4759434662936313856_nAlmost beyond belief.  Certainly beyond satire.  Of all things to ban satire and political cartoons holding the mirror of humanity to the face of power, the old Gray Lady gets rid of Political Cartoons.  As always Kal above puts it best.

Dear God where are we going?

Copyright David Macadam 2019.

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Written by Jude Cowell

June 24, 2019 at 5:17 pm

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Francis Power at the Battle of Bunker Hill

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A reblog of one of my genealogy-related posts:

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Happy Easter morning Everyone! If you celebrate then you know that He Is Risen!

Yet this quick post is intended to record what I discovered this morning on the familysearch dot org site concerning my ancestor Francis Power, Revolutionary soldier–and the fact that he fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill (June 17, 1775).

Here’s the famous painting by John Trumbull (public domain):

Battle_of_Bunker_Hill,_John_Trumbull

Now I knew that Francis Power signed up on January 3, 1776 to fight under John Glover of Marblehead Mariners fame during General Washington’s reorganization of the Continental Army (January 1, 1776) and was likely involved (being listed as a “seaman”) in the Christmas 1776 ferrying across the icy Delaware of Washington, his troops and artillery (a Herculean task), but it’s a surprise to me that Francis Power (descendant of Walter Power, see link below) was at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Yes, the…

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Written by Jude Cowell

May 31, 2019 at 11:50 pm

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When the Big Creek Rises…

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On the mighty Mississippi:

Zeebra Designs & Destinations

P2160609 mississippi river high at memphis september 2018 September 2018 – The Swollen Mississippi River at Memphis Tennessee

“On the morning of Good Friday, April 15, 1927, Seguine Allen, the chief engineer of the Mississippi Levee Board in Greenville, Mississippi, woke up to the sound of running water. Rain was lashing the tall windows of his home near the great river with such intensity that the gutters were overflowing and a small waterfall poured past his bedroom. It worried him. He was hosting a party that day, but his concern was not that the weather might keep guests away. Indeed, he knew that the heavy rain, far from decreasing attendance, would bring out all of the community’s men of consequence, all as anxious as he for the latest word on the river.”
Prologue/Rising Tide – The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 & How It Changed America – by John M. Barry
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P2160947 8 am view of lake from ritas 2018 View of Mississippi River…

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Written by Jude Cowell

May 31, 2019 at 10:37 pm

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Full Moon in Scorpio, May 18, 2019

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Good news on the May 18th Scorpio Moon – just watch out for the muddled Jupiter-Neptune square (Sag to Pisces)!

Libra Seeking Balance

We all need to seek peace and quiet on occasion, and this Full Moon at 27° 39′ Scorpio on 18 May 2019, 02:12 PM PDT creates the perfect atmosphere for taking time away from the turbulence of daily life. All but one planet, Jupiter in Sagittarius, are in earth and water signs that are usually happiest in a calm environment. There is determination to spare with the fixed sign emphasis, so tackle a big, dirty project and stick with it until it’s completed.

We have a smooth ride on this Full Moon, in part because both of Scorpio’s rulers are well aspected. Pluto in Capricorn is sextile the Scorpio Moon and trine the Taurus Sun-Mercury. Mars, now in watery Cancer, is happily sextile a Venus-Uranus conjunction in Taurus.

The combination of the Taurus Sun, Mercury and Pluto lends itself much better to introspection and contemplation than a whirlwind of social…

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May 17, 2019 at 11:59 am

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