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By Vorakorn - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41019843

By Vorakorn – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41019843

The AstroEssence: It may feel today as if what’s smart is relative, and in a way, that’s right: viewpoint defines our ideas of wisdom, practicality, and ‘right thinking’. That should tell you there’s no Universal ‘right answer’ at the moment, only what’s right for the individual; too, our focus may be on what’s not working, rather than what is, with a tendency to be overly critical because we’ve lost perspective–and if you are criticizing something or someone for a lack of practicality, re-frame it as a statement of wisdom, and the other way around, criticism of something as unwise needs to be seen through a lens of practicality. Be lenient in your judgments of others, and allow them the same freedom to choose as you demand for yourself. (Sun qnx Pallas)

Egon Schiele - 'Edith with Striped Dress, Sitting' 1915 {{PD}}

Egon Schiele – ‘Edith with Striped Dress, Sitting’ 1915 {{PD}}

Today’s word image is stripes. Stripe patterns are a meshing of two distinct colors that ‘work together’ without losing their uniqueness. We also talk about ‘a different stripe’ meaning something of great contrast to something else, and we talk about how a tiger can’t change its stripes, meaning something has a nature that cannot be modified. One of these may apply to something in your life–two things working together but distinct, something that is what it is, no matter how we’d like to see it–or it may just be that when you see stripes you need to note what’s going on around you, for future reference.

For those born with the Sun at 4 Leo: emotional crisis that could lead to material upset kicks off your year, through to your next birthday, and health and/ or ‘habits’ need attention–what was smart for you in the past no longer is, and yet I don’t mean to be negative–it’s in dealing with these stresses early in the year that you will gain your power. All denied or hidden matters will be sorted, and those things that enrage you will be righted or eliminated, leaving you in a strong position to have and to shape things exactly as you like. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

By Michelet - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1066709

By Michelet – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1066709

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