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Ambrosius Bosschaert 1614 {{PD}}

What is it about today that makes us want to act, all willy-nilly, in ways we know are impractical or unwise? We believe there are secrets to be discovered, bounty to be gained, and that answers may lie in the past–but what we need to see is that we are prone to treating ‘the word’ (whether that’s what’s been communicated, one’s faith, a promise given, or a thought we’ve defined as Truth) as sacred, and that puts us in a precarious position, as taking ‘the word’ as supreme puts us at odds with those in authority (who might otherwise help), alienates us from our own uniqueness and most original urges and ideas, and makes it incredibly difficult to pursue our ambitions and desires. So why do we elevate a thought, word, concept, or promise? We are convinced that’s where salvation lies, in connecting to the sacred within the idea. We’re mistaken, that’s all; we’re trying to particularize the general, as it’s a lot easier to see one thing as sacred, rather than seeing the sacred in all, and so having to behave with care in all things. Use the influence to see the sacred in the mundane, the every day, in each thing that comes before us; use the energy to acknowledge the sacred found everywhere and in every thing, rather than trying to invest the Universe in one ordinary comment, belief, hope, or thought.

(Perfecting today: Mars opp Pallas, Venus nov Black Moon Lilith and sesq Sedna, Mercury nov the South Node, conj Vesta, sq Ceres, contra-parallel Uranus and sesq Zeus, Sun parallel Vesta)

Today’s word image is bees. I think this one is personal, so consider what bees mean to you, what they bring to mind, what stories, images, activities, or entities (who use this as a symbol) that are significant to your life.

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

Happy Solar Return to those born with the Sun at 24 Aquarius! (this year in effect evening Pacific time of the 12th through evening of the 13th–see your birth chart for your Sun degree!) If you are seeking health, or are someone who is involved with creating it for others and/ or yourself, this year will see you bring forward some incredibly clever, unusual, and even revolutionary ideas for individuals to achieve optimum health in all its forms (which I might define as an optimal relationship with one’s environment and the other Beings one shares this with). The area where things might not go so well is the emotional one, where the ‘blind spot’ could hold any number of potential missteps, all of which can cause anguish. The problem is you’re struggling against your intuition, and if you continue, you’ll inevitably pay the price. Try to be up front and open with others; having no pretenses is the best way to avoid problems, and re-connect with your intuitive nature.