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Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 'Le Déjeuner au bord de la rivière' c1879 {{PD}}

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – ‘Le Déjeuner au bord de la rivière’ c1879 {{PD}}

The AstroEssence: What’s good for us has the benefit of somehow expanding our world, and that’s undeniably positive, though how that expansion unfolds and what it brings are dependent on a particular equation: the tension created by conflict between our own empowerment, ability to choose, and ability to translate our Will into effective change or creation, and our pure creative urge, our fantasies, and/ or our delusions, determines what benefits we receive. So, empowerment divided by the impetus of the imagination equals rewards of Love or Money (or, in worst case scenarios, costs us, or brings jealousy or competitive nastiness). Today we’ll move to do something positive for ourselves, and the result depends both on how firmly we understand how to turn our intentions into reality, and how firmly we are connected to the real-world possibilities of our imagination. Luckily, thinking runs along practical and cautious lines, and so promises to be more of an aid than a stumbling block (Jupiter nov Hygeia, Venus at the midpoint of the Juno-Neptune square, Mercury enters Capricorn)

Groundhog (Marmota monax), near Peyto Lake (Alberta) Photo by Reinhard Kraasch     CC BY-SA 3.0

Groundhog (Marmota monax), near Peyto Lake (Alberta) Photo by Reinhard Kraasch CC BY-SA 3.0

Today’s word image is a groundhog. Uh-oh, are we repeating something we could easily avoid or improve on, if we’d only apply the necessary insight? That may sound a bit as if I’m saying, “Just be enlightened, okay?” but I’m really saying we all carry those answers inside, the ones that can guide our behavior and perceptions in a way that aligns with our highest goals and values; it’s up to each of us to recognize that, in reality, we know what the ‘right’ approach or response is, but we let our human fears and needs get in the way and muddy the waters. Today we must recognize that we could move past this tiresome re-run, if we’d only take the high road out of there.

For those born with the Sun at 11 Sagittarius: This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, you may find that your emotional perceptions are unfolding in such a way that they reveal you to be someone you never thought you were! The surprises over your emotional responses will be as much yours as anyone else’s, and may be profoundly confusing to you, until you realize this: the current emotional perceptions are built on permanent changes already in place–and your feelings are just now catching up. Though you might like this ‘New You’ (you’ll likely be more in control of your emotional expression, and emotions may support constructive action) there could be down sides, too (you may find yourself being harsh in judgment or withholding of affection or approval, when things don’t go your way). Tempering the temper, so to speak, is what this coming year is all about. Good luck, Sagittarius, and Happy Birthday!

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