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Alfred Stevens 'The Psyché (My Studio)' c1871 {{PD}}

Alfred Stevens ‘The Psyché (My Studio)’ c1871 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: Matters of identity (either how others see us, or how we see ourselves) work against our empowerment–but that may be because we’ve got a skewed idea concerning what empowerment is made of–and that identity dissonance is pointing out, not a flaw in who we are, but a flaw in our concept of what our reach, our influence, our effectiveness, or our impact on others should be. In working out where and over whom exerting our power and influence ‘fits’ in the scheme of things, we also work out some identity matter that has been distorted in our own minds, something that has prevented us from being as effective as we could be. We also may find that this shift in Self-knowledge requires a reassessment of where and to what we dedicate our time and energy–which of course leads to a refurbishment of our ambitions and goals. A busy day, but one where most of the action likely takes place within our own heads, via our own newly-finessed viewpoint (Vesta sq Zeus, Sun contra-parallel Juno)

'Portrait of a little girl holding a battledore and shuttlecock' Artist unknown {{PD}}

‘Portrait of a little girl holding a battledore and shuttlecock’ Artist unknown {{PD}}

Today’s word image is a shuttlecock. We’re all familiar with the feathered and weighted not-a-ball used in sports like badminton. As an image this may suggest something, an attitude, an interest, a responsibility, some intangible matter that is ‘batted’ back and forth among two or more individuals, as each attempts to either avoid responsibility or to ‘score’. Returning something that comes at us quickly is almost instinctual, but in this case we should consider that something passed back and forth, whether the return is reflexive or the objective is not to get ‘stuck’ with it, or to gain ‘points’ off others in some way (chiefly by making them ‘miss’ on the return) it’s probably a matter we should stop fooling with; maybe we should sit down and address this issue that clearly can’t be ignored, won’t go away, and is taking up our time and energy, forcing us to play the game.

For those born with the Sun at 16 Virgo: taking action this year, through to your next birthday, may be difficult, Virgo, unless you get two other things clear first: what your priorities are (including what matters or individuals you want to dedicate your life to), and your best options for personal empowerment and effectiveness, including any role you may take on because it offers the status you (think you) want. Understand your capacity and commitments in those two general areas, and you’ll be able to make better choices and moves, out of a clearer sense of who you are as an individual–everything this year builds from there. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

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