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By NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI) - http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2010/13/image/a/ (direct link)http://spacetelescope.org/images/heic1007a/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10105802

The Mystic Mountain in the Carina Nebula, by NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI) – http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2010/13/image/a/ (direct link)http://spacetelescope.org/images/heic1007a/ {{PD}}

Before we get to the forecast for the 3rd, we need to note that there’s a Mystic Rectangle in force right now, and it may alleviate a lot of the drag and pull from all those retro planets. One pole is the Sun-Earth axis, the other the Jupiter-Neptune opposition, with complementary sextiles between Sun and Neptune (putting a light on the positive and creative, as well as making it easy to see the delusional! if we’re willing to look), and the other between Jupiter-Earth (expansion of the material–so get more of what benefits, comforts, supports, and open yourself to and teach others about what may be ‘new horizons’ for the individual, ‘get the word out’, embrace the whole darn planet!)

Oh, we are feeling glorious today–or is that our ego, eager to flex its muscles and show our power and reach? The whole world probably sorts out into two groups today, according to how one sees and exercises power: one group is married to it, as a justification for asserting the Self, using power to get things done, seeing it as a necessary component of movers and shakers everywhere, and seeing themselves as dynamic in service to exercising their authority (or at least, the authority they’d like to have). They get things done, and see no need for apologies for simply using what they’ve been given–and they have a point; there’s no shame in doing and doing well. The other group glories in the energy and power that come from belief, from the life force powered by faith in something much much bigger than they, with lives and accomplishments organized around that something greater, something ‘more than’–and they have a point, too, that activity without meaning may not amount to much, and that belief can be as ‘active’ as doing.

The only thing we must see to use today’s flow most successfully is that neither of these viewpoints is exclusive of, or better than, the other–in fact, those who make the most of today (perhaps of every day) are those willing to act and do with full awareness that there is meaning to things beyond what they can hold in their hands, and that this is so whether they acknowledge it or not (Mars trine Ceres and Mercury semi-square Ceres, Sun trine Jupiter)

For today’s word image we resort to song. You have your choice, depending on whether you take a more laid back approach to the day, looking for tranquility and balance:

or whether you are celebrating your time on Earth overflowing with active appreciation and a little enthusiastic dance: