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By Villy Fink Isaksen - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42637498

By Villy Fink Isaksen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42637498

'Jim, Long John Silver and his Parrot' by N. C. Wyeth from 1911 edition of 'Treasure Island' {{PD}}

‘Jim, Long John Silver and his Parrot’ by N. C. Wyeth from 1911 edition of ‘Treasure Island’ {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: If we follow our instincts and/ or minds, we end up in unhealthy territory; relationships, financial matters, or as-yet unrenovated values lead us back to the past, in some way, and this makes us inclined to take up old ‘wounded’ or rebellious or erratic ways of processing current events. It may feel as if all our ‘buttons’ are being pushed at once. We’ve got to remember two things right now: we abandoned those from-the-past means of handling things because they were wounded expressions, and so unproductive–and we know better now, precisely because we’ve learned from what we’ve already experienced. Don’t let a small hurt couple with an urge to go rogue, because all we’ll get is a toxic blow-up of greater or lesser proportions. Channel energy into innovation, original expression, and the willingness to lead (if you’re usually a follower) or follow (if you usually lead)–and with this last concerning one’s position within the group, if you take what you think is the opposite of your usual role and it doesn’t work out, you can be sure that you’ve been thinking of your place in things all wrong (Hygeia qnx SN, Pallas contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith, Venus parallel Sedna and contra Hygeia, Merc parallel Chiron, Sun qnx Chiron and trine Uranus)

Today’s word image is really a question: When ‘the dream’ is realized, manifest right in front of us, do we recognize it? This may be the hardest step in the process, knowing when to shift gears and acknowledge that we’ve gotten exactly what we wanted.

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

Albrecht Dürer {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 24 Leo: Your year may begin in some way that feels especially emotionally punishing, in a kind of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ scenario, but this matter quickly goes to a higher plane and takes an intellectual form, and how you face this sets the tone for the rest of the year, which features: the most amazing circumstances through which to display your originality, your inventiveness, and your mental brilliance; and a bit of a tightrope that requires you to adjust yourself to avoid hurt. Good luck, Leo, and Happy Birthday!