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Why is it that we think we need to turn every frog (read project, idea, potential mate) into a Prince? ‘Es war einmal’ By Franz von Stuck 1891 {{PD}}

We may feel caught in relationships and/ or finances, feeling like there’s no way to play it smart. We’re aware of all that we’ve (guiltily) been avoiding, and we see how our instincts and what we ‘know but don’t know’ have created blind spots in our outlook, but that’s not enough to enable us to find the wise move. One thing we might want to ask ourselves: what is this fixation with being slick, with feeling like we’re out-thinking and outsmarting everyone else, as if we need to behave that way for our own protection? Here’s all you really need to remember:as the Beatles taught us, “It’s a fool who plays it cool, by making the world a little colder.”

(Venus sesq Pallas, Sun at the midpoint of the square between Sedna and Black Moon Lilith)

The looks on these two just slay me, like the cats that each ate their own delicious canary. ‘Self-portrait with Sicilian woman’ By Edward Okuń 1913 {PD}}

Today’s word image is a pomegranate. I’m going to speed right past the usual mythic citations and go straight to the heart of it: there is something, a custom, a rote behavior, in deference to another, an acquiescence, that is holding you ‘captive’. You’ve willingly committed to this, but somehow that put the power around this commitment into the hands of others–and now you may be chafing at the restriction, even regretting the commitment in the first place. Nothing is set in stone here, it just feels like it, and others may have a vested interest in keeping you within this dynamic. They get something out of it, and maybe you’re done giving, or you need that energy for yourself, or circumstances have changed–you just don’t feel the same. Whatever the reason (and the reason is irrelevant–this is your energy, you owe no one a justification for withdrawing it), now is the time to express your wish for change. Don’t be surprised at how deeply entangled you prove to be, and don’t let the need to exert yourself to extricate yourself stop you from going forward.

Please note: the Sun reached 11 Aries so late on the 31st (just before 6 PM Pacific time) that there will be no listing for the 1st of April; see the post for the 2nd if your Sun is at 12 Aries. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead).