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By Vaido Otsar - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45458209

By Vaido Otsar – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45458209

The AstroEssence: Uranus retrogrades today at 24 Aries 30, and begins backing toward a trine with Venus that perfects in just two days. This suggests a review of both the originality/ uniqueness and the erratic nature or unreliability of our own actions and choices (Uranus in Aries). We measure their worth, their effect on relationships and finances, and we look at how well they serve our own ends and interests (Venus in Leo). Matters of health in any form may figure in to your re-assessment (Venus semi-sq Hygeia); we won’t be able to unsee what we notice about ourselves at this time, so better to take the matter in hand and do something about it. Modern or unusual methods might provide the answers, though it may take some time (through the retrograde, perhaps?) to come to that conclusion. Look to feel this most strongly, at least initially, in the House with Aquarius on the cusp.

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‘target with Four Faces’ Jasper Johns http://www.artchive.com/artchive/J/johns/target_4.jpg.html Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

Our Uranian considerations may be part of a larger trend toward smart thinking and wise planning that we somehow find difficult to enact. Knowing what’s right may be easy, but making choices or taking actions that support that knowledge may create conflict or in some way prove tough. Finding a way isn’t impossible, though, and indications are this will come clear by the 31st. (Mercury parallel Pallas and sq Mars)

Today’s word image is an angry person venting their anger at the ‘wrong’ Other. If we are avoiding expressing ourselves directly to the person who stirs these emotions in us, then we must consider that we are, for any number of reasons, not being honest with ourselves or with the Universe–and the result is often misdirected animus. Own your feelings, and know that there is a certain amount of choice involved; when we pretend that emotions ‘just happen’, and so in significant ways take us over, we are denying the important point that the feeling couldn’t exist for more than an instant unless we focus on it and feed it–and that is very much a choice.

By Eric Carrasco-Nuñez - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49829117

By Eric Carrasco-Nuñez – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49829117

For those born with the Sun at 7 Leo: hidden or ignored matters bubble to the surface through conflict–I’m sorry, you’re just not going to be able to avoid this–but once dealt with these matters that you once pushed aside can become a source of strength and support–and even better, they can be mustered to uphold justice in some important context within your life. Emotions will speak; be sure you listen. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!

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