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‘In Danger’ By Hendrik Willem Mesdag c1895 {{PD}}

Have you ever been descending steps and hesitated, suddenly unsure of the step’s depth or placement, suddenly fearing you’re going to take a tumble? That’s today: the startle at a shadow that wasn’t there a moment ago, a breeze coming out of nowhere that chills, reaching into a dark closet or entering a darkened hallway and suddenly thinking better of it. Instincts are speaking in a primal voice, but are they an embedded form of intuition, or a reflexive leftover from a more threatening time? Here’s your answer: there’s wisdom in those instincts, even if what they prompt you to do seems impractical, or gets in the way of what you want. Follow them anyway, because the reality is, there’s danger, out there.

(Pallas parallel Sedna and contra-parallel Zeus, Saturn parallel Pluto)

Snowflake Waltz in the White Forest (The Nutcracker Act I, Scene III) performed by The New York City Ballet Photo By Fred Fehl, Dance Magazine April 1954

Today’s daily word image is snow, long after the thought of it has passed. What out of season thing is occurring in your life right now that may be hard to believe, but that you need to accept and then act appropriately on? This kind of event can catch us off guard, and make us slow to react–now is not the time for either. Whatever it is, it’s time isn’t over, yet.

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

For those born with the Sun at 19 Pisces (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!): You’re very sure of your values and those things and people worthy of your commitment to them–aren’t you? It’s Go Time, a time when ambitions can be served, the Fate shaped, and if you aren’t ready–do your best, anyway, because energies are moving headlong right now, and that happens whether you try to direct them or not. So, get yourself together however you can and go for it! Some parameters: you don’t have to act immediately–take time to plan and review; emotions may be very Self-centered right now–but that’s okay, it’s the way it should be, and those who love you will understand; and be aware that all this is in preparation for big, life-changing opportunities and events that come late in your Solar year (that is, between now and your next birthday), so take the long view. With that in mind, get out there and get your ducks in a row.