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I love the faces here. By Seattle Municipal Archives from Seattle, WA - Senior citizen birthday lunch, 1973, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36832178

I love the faces here. By Seattle Municipal Archives from Seattle, WA – Senior citizen birthday lunch, 1973, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36832178

The AstroEssence: We mark something today, something to do with where we’ve been in life and where we’re headed; it’s a kind of ‘Hmm, so that’s the way it is’ moment with Love or Money that highlights our frustrations, points out how we’ve allowed wounds to dictate actions, and how we’ve allowed the unjust and the pessimistic to flourish in our thinking. We can let go all of that, now. We see who we are and what we need to heal, see that so much of what makes our circumstances is under our control, and rather than sulking because we can’t instantly create our ideal, we take actual steps toward that ideal, ones that count and maybe even change the game. This is what maturity looks like (Juno qnx Ceres, Mars sxt Chiron, Venus parallel Mars, sesq Ceres, and sq the Nodal axis, Mercury parallel Black Moon Lilith and conjoined the Sun in Superior Conjunction)

vintage-barber-haircut-poster-actionToday’s word image is one of those posters that can still be found in some barber shops, that shows the different cuts and names them: ‘The Executive’, ‘The Continental’, ‘The Flat Top’, ‘The Ivy League’ and so on. Theoretically, men, and the occasional woman, were to enter the shop and choose their style from this selection. That’s fine, except that the style is viewed on someone else; the question is, Does that style truly suit the individual? Too often we see someone else’s style, place in life, way of dealing and doing, and we think, ‘That’s how I want to do it’. There’s nothing wrong with drawing inspiration from others, but there’s everything wrong with thinking that we can or should be just like someone else. It’s an attempt to don an idealized vision, something that we think represents the person we admire–but that renders the admired individual in two dimensions, and our adoption of it like a Halloween costume–you just aren’t going to function well in that, every day. That kind of imitation leaves no room for our own talents and abilities–and the worst part may be that we tend to fall into this trap when we are overly focused on ‘finding ourselves’ and ‘being original’. I guess that leads us to the old saw, ‘Be yourself; everybody else is taken’.

For those born with the Sun at 4 Scorpio: You are about to enter into a new era of thinking, communication, and/ or perception–but until you do, you may feel the whole relating-to-the-world thing is a little muddy. Progress in any discernible sense only comes after that mental shift–so until then, relax, and pursue this sharpened clarity by attending to matters in the Houses ruled by Mercury in the natal chart. Good luck, and Happy Birthday!

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