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Friday, 11. January 2008
Josephine Wall: Signs of the Zodiac PaintingsEye Candy!
Josephine Wall brings her unique art style to her new Zodiac collection. Each astrological sign is an exploration of personal traits illustrated as only this talent can present.
The first sign of the Zodiac, Aries symbolizes new beginnings. Arians tend to be aggressive and direct in expressing themselves, and are happiest when they can get something started and lead the way. Their key phrase is "I am." Ruled by the planet Mars, this fire sign is adventurous, impulsive and full of energy. When first meeting the "ram," one's impression is of someone who's exciting, vibrant and extremely talkative. Arians happily offer their opinions on any and all topics, naturally migrating toward the center of the action. When associating yourself with an Aries, you are destined for a wild ride, if in fact you can keep up with their pace.
Taurus, the sign of the bull, is the one that others count on to come through in the clutch. Driven by determination and power, Taureans tend to be successful because of the perseverance that motivates them. Everyone seems to know that a Taurus has a temper, but rarely do they get to see it. Taureans are patient, gentle and possess an enormous amount of common sense. Those born under this sign usually get all that they pursue in life. Being a fixed sign, Taureans do not adapt well to change; they simply cannot be rushed into anything new. Ruled by Venus, Taureans are romantics whose sensibility keeps their feet on the ground even while they dream among the stars.
Gemini, the sign of the twins, represents duality. Giminis will take either side of an argument, not because they feel strongly about their position, but simply for the fun of it. They are adaptable and flexible, and require numerous amusements and interests at once to satisfy their quick, changeable minds. Ruled by Mercury, the hallmark of Gemini is self-expression. To the world they are cheerful and optimistic, but those who are close to a Gemini are familiar with the opposite, moody side of this sign, too. A Gemini will shower you with generosity, refill your glass, and toast to life!
Cancer rules the Fourth House of the Zodiac, known as the “House of Family and Home.” This house represents the effects of our earliest experiences and of the nurturing we receive as children, and the way this anchors and guides our lives. Anyone lucky enough to be within a Cancerian’s inner circle enjoys a secure sense of comfort and belonging. Cancer is a water sign associated with the moon, a combination that leads to shifting moods and deeply felt emotions. Though they may sometimes appear impervious on the outside, perhaps even irritable, inside they’re all heart, kind and loving to the core.
Leo’s brightest star is Regulus, Latin for “little king,” which describes perfectly this sign’s approach to life. Leos are natural leaders and performers who expect the best from themselves and others. Like the sun, which governs this sign, Leos are warm-hearted, direct, and most comfortable being at the center of things. Luxury and comfort are considered necessities for a Leo, and are shared generously with friends. When their fiery temper is aroused, their “roar” can be deafening, but passes just as quickly with no lingering resentment. Proud and self-confident, Leos are excellent managers and entrepreneurs, and their energy and enthusiasm are a ray of sunshine to all.
The phrase “you reap what you sow” sums up the Virgo way of thinking, as well as the sign’s history. In ancient times, agriculture was symbolized by the virgin, whose purity and singleness of purpose bore fruit for the individual as well as the common good. Virgo is marked by continual improvement, action, and practicality; people of this sign are famously conscientious in all aspects of their lives. Ruled by Mercury, planet of communication, Virgos can organize their own and others’ thoughts and ideas and express them intelligently and concisely. They are unswerving in their care for anyone who is truly in need; you can always depend on kind and responsible Virgo.
Libra, the only inanimate sign of the Zodiac, is ruled by Venus. Modern-day astrologers often view Libra as the most generous of the Zodiac because it represents the "Zenith of the Year," when the harvest of the spring's hard work is reaped. Because Venus is the goddess of love and beauty, Librans admire beauty in many forms, such as art, music, and even people. Librans are very likeable due to their captivating charm. Being an air sign, Librans are intellectual and continuously seek out knowledge and new ideas. Born under the sign of the Scales, their spirits thrive on balance and harmony and are most at peace when the world around them is orderly and serene.
At the heart of the constellation Scorpius, the red giant star Antares burns with a fiery intensity matched by astrological Scorpio’s passionate temperament. Ruled by Pluto, Greek God of the Netherworld, Scorpio is intimately connected with the extremes of life, with beginnings and endings, conception and lasting legacies.
As the sign of purpose and success, the dedication and drive of Scorpio is unmatched. Of course, if a Scorpio’s anger is aroused, or she feels out of control and disordered, the sting of rebuke will be unmistakable! Scorpios thrive in pursuits that require intuition and deeper understanding, including medicine, spirituality, and philosophy.
Sagittarians are energetic and naturally outgoing, achieving each goal through positive thinking. These "archers" seek knowledge and wisdom and never tire of the quest for what is yet to come. Challenges keep a Sagittarian's spirit thriving, and once met, a target is set for the next goal, and the next. Astrologers believe that being born under this fire sign gives Sagittarians the gift of providence - that luck protects them. Under the jovial rule of Jupiter, they make for charming and agreeable companions. Their key phrase is "I see." Never dwelling on what has happened today, a Sagittarian constantly believes that something wonderful will happen tomorrow. Sagittarians have such a zest for life that they make you want to hang on with them and enjoy the ride.
Capricorn’s form of half goat, half fish derives from ancient Babylonian mythology, in which Ea, the Sea-Goat and Lord of Wisdom, emerges from his home in the sea to bring civilization and knowledge to mankind. In the zodiac, the placement of the constellation represents high achievement. Steady, purposeful, and long-sighted, Capricorns have a plan for the future and set their sights high. They seek security and certainty, and insist that rules be followed. But don’t let that fool you into thinking Capricorns are all work and no play: they have a lively wit, a dry sense of humor, and that rare combination, creativity coupled with organization!
Aquarians follow their own path, marching to the beat of their own drum. They are happy to have you along, but would never force their way on anyone. Their congenial attitude and habit of setting trends ensure they are seldom lacking for company. Logical and detached, they can seem aloof, but will work tirelessly to improve conditions for all humankind. New ideas pour freely from their fertile, far-reaching minds as they search for knowledge and truth. In Greek mythology, Aquarius was the Rain God who poured water onto a parched world below.
Neptune, God of the Sea and master of illusion and mystery, rules Pisces. Those born under this sign have an affinity for the performing arts, music, writing…anything that allows them to dream and create a more beautiful world. This same tendency toward illusion can also be expressed in self-delusion, as Pisces would rather ignore anything that isn’t in keeping with their lovely vision of the world. Pisceans possess a high level of emotional intelligence, easily perceiving the feelings of those around them, which makes them wonderful teachers and guides of the soul.
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