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Frederick Sandys  - 'Portrait of May Margaret', 1865-6 {{PD}}

Frederick Sandys – ‘Portrait of May Margaret’, 1865-6 {{PD}}

Those of us with a memory of the late 60s-early 70s will remember ‘Laugh In’, with its award of the Fickle Finger of Fate, given to someone with whom fate, in this sense karma, had recently caught up. Always, the negative outcome was the result of the entity’s own choices–these were Self-created dilemmas, problems, and circumstances of shame, not inflicted by any outside body. Today we, too, encounter the tremendous potentials offered by a Finger, and our results will arise directly from what we’ve built, invested in, or created in our lives–so, not fickle at all.

The base is formed by Mars in Sagittarius and Venus-Hygeia in Libra, with the apex drawn by Sedna. What this suggests is that our informed/ educated actions and choices will join with the health of our finances or relationships, and as these two work together we either fall directly into our ‘blind spot’ (those areas others can see, and see the obvious conditions of, while we have no clue), or we tap into instincts and that knowledge of the world we carry just below consciousness. So, it’s either a recipe for showing how much we’re unaware of in a particular area, or for connecting firmly with our own internal guidance system, and making the most of it. Not to despair if you find yourself having waltzed right into some facet of your own ignorance (for that’s all unawareness is, a not knowing that is revealed by our engagement with something or some life area we aren’t fully informed about); it’s nothing to be ashamed over, it’s simply an opportunity to experience and gain understanding–the only time you should feel shame about it is if you refuse to learn from what’s presented–then it’s on you.

We’ll also see Mercury slow for direction, hovering within roughly 25 minutes of the turnaround, in trine to Pluto and sextile to Juno. This makes for powerful and empowering thought, ideas, and plans that are generated at least in part by our own tension and frustration with the Merc retro cycle and what it has produced, denied, or held back–but we must remember not to act just yet. With the Finger we are meeting circumstances previously formed and now delivering results as we make choices based on relationship or money developments, so taking action based on previously formed viewpoints is natural–with the circumstances of Mercury we are generating new mental material–and must wait for the turnaround before it can be successfully vetted.

The Sun is also parallel Ceres and semi-square Black Moon Lilith. This suggests a strong sense of confidence and ‘natural’ authority, but that sureness may be a little too influenced by unacknowledged rage, or a deep need to ignore or deny some aspects of the situation–and that means you may adopt the saying, ‘The best defense is a good offense’ without really knowing you’re being aggressive. The power today is centered in knowing where you’re weak, and where you excel at perception and understanding, and being controlled and yes, wise enough, to acknowledge the reality and potential repercussions of your state, and respond accordingly.

By Mohammed Jaffar from Montreal, Canada - 30e Festival du cochon de Sainte-Perpétue, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34477664

By Mohammed Jaffar from Montreal, Canada – 30e Festival du cochon de Sainte-Perpétue, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34477664

Today’s word image is a pig. Some places they are symbols of prosperity and luck, in others of gluttony or greed, with some societies seeing them as meat machines that can convert almost any fodder to pork, while others view them as unclean and so inedible. Your own associations with the animal and what it represents are important here, simply because, no matter what you think, that thought is not universally held. Seeing a pig or pig-related item may alert you to a synchronous moment, an alert to question your assumptions and perhaps what you consider ‘common knowledge’.

For those born with the Sun at 28 Virgo: love or money is sneaking up on you this year, Virgo, in a way that might almost be described as ‘unpleasant’. And yet, these are things we all want, and want more of, no? The trick may be to realize that there’s a rainbow at the end of that storm (or a pony in that stable full of sh*t, or however you think of a not readily apparent payoff to a less than appealing situation). This should tell you, though, that those efforts to deal with what’s not so great will pay off, likely in a much bigger way than you anticipate–so yay for that! Good luck, Virgo, and Happy Birthday!