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Photographed by Doug Dolde at the John Day Fossil Beds in Oregon. More images from this location at http://www.painted-with-light.com {{PD}}

Photographed by Doug Dolde at the John Day Fossil Beds in Oregon. More images from this location at http://www.painted-with-light.com {{PD}}

At this time idealism seems practical, implementing the dream wise, and not so difficult, as we perceive the Collective, even the Universe, will offer support. What we need to understand, though, is that bringing the dream to reality will cost, though we can’t know ahead of time whether that will be actual money, assets, or love and relationships that will pay the toll. Somehow being so acutely aware of what we honor as the ultimate in life ends up disempowering us, likely through those costs we are unable to anticipate–or even just through the wear on our minds and hearts that comes from knowing we will pay (and have no choice in the matter) if we dare to reach for the Moon (Pallas enters Pisces, Venus semi-sq Neptune, Sun opp Juno)

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Today’s image is a small pitcher, shaped like a cow, that holds cream. Watch for bovine imagery today, or for the quaint niceties (like a cream pitcher) from the past; either will hint at interesting moments, even turning points, when past and present show extraordinary connection, and may point to where we’re headed, without realizing it, in the now.

Lately I’ve seen and heard from a number of individuals who feel they, more than others, are under fantastic pressures far beyond what the rest of us currently feel; I would have to say, if you feel this way, please know that everyone else does, too. Some of us may be facing things in more dramatic (and so mostly external) forms, but we are all undergoing a kind of slow squeeze by the Universe. I am loathe to blame it on any particular aspect, but what pops out at me is the inexorable vise of Pluto and Saturn in relation to the South Node. Over the coming months they move toward perfecting a sextile and square, respectively, that give the feeling of an ever-tightening noose. Pluto’s is inviting, a ‘wouldn’t everything be better if we just eliminated/ walked away from/ discarded that?’ impulse, with a focus that continues to get smaller even as we find ourselves tossing what’s useless or outmoded overboard. Somehow, doing Pluto’s bidding doesn’t relieve the pressure–and it doesn’t help that, since the South Node is an extreme point, rather than a body, we may feel we can only grasp part of the equation, that we can only get a handle on some of what’s bothering us.

With Saturn, the matter is harsh and likely externally-located, taking the form of circumstances, rules, obligations, or even time itself, presenting an unavoidable restriction/ constriction/ conflict–and with both Pluto and Saturn, we are aware the whole time of now meeting the consequences of the past (South Node). Neither influence is escapable, but as I’m sure you’ve heard, none of us is getting out of here alive, so to realize that pressure, though it seems to come from demands and externals, is really an internally generated thing, a response that arises from a sense of helplessness in terms of the situation faced, is important: it helps us know that how we read those Plutonian and Saturnian circumstances rooted in the past will determine whether we process them as bumps in the road, easily managed or even laughed about, or as crushing obstacles and requirements that pinch the joy out of life.

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