The AstroEssence: What we love is actually good for us right now–can you imagine? It may seem like a trick, a deception, a sleight-of-mind, but we’ll only be mislead if we focus our attention too narrowly on ourselves and our interests; keep the world in mind, and our actions and choices can verge on transformative, that’s how effective our ‘reach’ into the real world can be. Make it pleasant, make it pretty, make it profitable, and we’ll all benefit. And we find, in exerting ourselves, that if we anticipated pain for taking charge and being responsible, we were wrong–empowering ourselves is not just hurt-free, but helps us shed any illusions we may have accepted as valid (Chiron contra-parallel Juno, Mars semi-sq Pluto, Venus nov Hygeia, Sun qnx Neptune)
Today’s word image is a forest, where every tree trunk is covered with butterflies. To me butterflies are symbols of potential, of what someone or something can become, and a forest speaks of an environment that acts as a sheltering place to gather, replenish, and breed, a proper ground for bringing something to fruition. This image may prompt us to look at how well our environment incubates our efforts; are they properly nourished, allowed to develop, recognized as valid once they are complete? If not, consider modifications that can help support even the most delicate and elusive of ideas, the inspired kind we must take seriously and pursue, before the moment passes. See one man’s efforts to support butterflies here, and a real-life forest such as our image describes here.
For those born with the Sun at 12 Leo: there is a ‘fresh’ feeling to your new Solar year, one that offers you the time, energy, and inclination to address old issues, see to lingering problems, and adjust current matters so that you are rid of what’s outdated and can effectively turn your attention on the future. You are entering a larger process of change that will take some time; getting right with the past is your first step forward. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!
Please note that currently the Sun is reaching a new degree later and later in the day, Pacific time; it’s only by looking at your timed birth chart that you can be sure whether the degree listed for your birthday is correct for you, or whether you should read the day before or after.
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