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‘La Lutte’ By Émile Friant 1889 {{PD}}

Reality seems so, um, inflexible today, doesn’t it? Where, we might wonder, are all these restrictions coming from, these obstacles, barriers, insults to our sovereignty? Here’s a secret: we’re making our own boundaries, every time we insist on re-fighting (or re-creating) a power struggle from the past. We may think that’s the furthest thing from our minds, but we refuse to acknowledge the need to let go–and so we enact the issues over and over, sometimes dressed up as something completely different, sometimes as a startling replica of the original. Too, speed bumps are showing on the road to ambition fulfillment, thrown before us by our instincts and inner knowing, that sense where we ‘know but don’t know’, warning us; just like with the reality picture, these are our own creations, needed so that we take our time, vet our spontaneity and original thoughts and impulses against our enduring values. It’s just a precaution, but one we’ll be glad we took. Our biggest rewards today, though, come from letting go of a compulsive need to feel powerful, and in cleaning out the psychic closet, ridding ourselves of hangovers and negativities, especially those with which we have a long, dark history.

(Zeus contra-parallel Sedna, Saturn qnx Juno, Pluto and SN conj and nov Venus, Mercury semi-sq Uranus and parallel Vesta)

The fruit of Bixa Orellana, also known as the lipstick tree, the source of annatto. Photo By Challiyan – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5085240

Today’s word image is ‘old’ seeds (packed for previous seasons) are planted and sprout, perfectly. ‘It’s never too late to do what you want to do’–we hear this all the time, but how true is it? Obviously, there are some things we can attempt younger that older bodies rebel at or are unable to accommodate, but aside from physical restriction, does this hold for all our ideas, hopes, dreams? Yes, it really does. I’ve been faced with this question myself lately, ‘Am I too old for X?’ The feedback the Universe has offered has seemed to be a rousing, No, go ahead! Though I do wonder, since it’s been delivered under Merc retro conjoined Neptune 🙂 But since this concerned a dream/ goal of sorts, I saw that as a positive expression: reconsider (Merc retro) that dream (Neptune). So I did, and I have, and I am going forward. How about you? What dream from the past, if revived, would not just ‘sprout’, but make your world a whole lot better?

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

For those born with the Sun at 09 Aries (check your natal chart for your Sun degree!) What you do, and what happens to you this year, dear Aries, is going to feel very public, even when it happens in private. You’ll just have to accept this as a ‘living condition’, for now, and conduct yourself accordingly. Too, it may be a year that’s like walking the length of a live high-tension wire, where actions and choices seem visible only through a highly emotional, reality-focused lens–and this will be wearing as heck, especially if your natal emotional make-up is of the more sensitive or non-verbal variety. I don’t mean to be so negative, but this is a period when you’ll spend a lot of time trying to determine what’s wise, what skills you need to acquire, what’s the smart move–and it all will have major impacts on your future, and your life direction in general. You may feel as if your mind is made up and clear on a number of issues, just after your birthday, but the reality is you’ll need to be flexible enough to allow healing, as well as open enough to receive some real-world conditions around Love or Money that are darn near ideal–congrats on that!