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By Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Renoir, peintre du bonheur : 1841-1919, de Gilles Néret, Köln, Taschen, 2001, p. 332. ISBN 9783822857410, {{PD}} https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14861163

Think it, and you can make the change you value happen; that’s today’s recipe, and luckily for us, our thinking and communications are aligned, without any special effort on our part, with our highest values, with due respect for our relationships and financial needs, and in perfect harmony with our ambitions and desires–though this is all based on our true feelings and attitudes, so may not reflect those we declare as our own. It’s a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket, without all the scary factory stuff or the menacing Oompa-Loompas. I know, I know, the irony of having this kind of power during a retrograde is extraordinary, but I suspect this is a mechanism to protect us from ourselves: make the strength and impact potential of this kind of energy fully conscious and fully controlled by a non-retrograde mentality, and it could be a prescription for overdoing, even annihilating, what we only mean to improve, a Pandora’s box of our own making. So, be glad that at least some of the possible implications of what we do will not be obvious to us–the knowing might only hold us back, or maybe just keep us up at night after the fact; one thing we need to accept is that sometimes our not knowing precisely what we set in motion is the only way to get us from point A to B. Brace yourself for the transformation that you will facilitate; look for inspiration or aid on the social scene, from learning and so working with ‘the facts’, and/ or by seeing right before your eyes how beliefs drive results. Navigate these influences wisely, my friends, and don’t allow doubt concerning your own worth or the worth of your goals to waylay you. (Venus semi-sq Juno, Mercury nov Vesta and Jupiter and parallel Pluto and Venus, Sun sxt Zeus)

Today’s word image is a giant monster crab roils an Italian bay. I need to explain: this was part of a dream last night (and boy, hasn’t the dream world been rife with odd symbols and unusual scenes?) This particular part of the dream pointed me toward next July, when the Sun moves through Cancer–interestingly enough, also reminding us that that’s where the Earth is, right now. So, something with origins this month may lead to some monster-size outcome in late June-July. July 9th, for example, shows heavies Saturn, Earth, Pluto, and Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn, facing only the Sun and Pallas in Cancer, just as we enter Dark of the Moon territory and deal with Venus in Leo at 29 highly stressed degrees, and with Merc on the way to forming apex to a Finger of God with Earth and Neptune as the base (and as a perfect combination of Earth and Sea), with this formula suggesting the material world is either ideal, deluding us, or we’re manifesting the creative, and it results in thinking/ reasoning/ a ‘message’ (Mercury in Leo) that is purely and completely who we are. Just something to keep our eye on, and watch for timing and synchronicities concerning.