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‘ La Femme en blanc’ By René Schützenberger 1895 {{PD}}

We’re more than suited to take charge today–‘wisdom vision’ is ON and with a little effort we can mend just about anything, even ourselves–so what gets in the way? Our own minds, and the real world! That sounds like a lot, like there’s nowhere we can be meaningfully effective, but it’s really about a couple of things to be aware of or avoid. One is to make sure our actions and choices don’t ignore the material reality–that’s the essence of things, it’s not that there are actual obstacles, it’s that when we act without attention to reality it’s natural that things don’t work–and if we’re avoiding responsibility, we see it as the world stopping us, instead of seeing the unworkability of things as being rooted in our choices. Second, too much of our attention will go to the words of others, agreements we believe we have with them, and we may treat our own minds with too much reverence. We may be demanding that others words and even their thoughts support us, our viewpoint, and our goals, and we may demand they say so openly–and that’s unreasonable, by any measure. What we need to keep in mind is that, with Vesta now in Aries, we can easily become too enamored of our own autonomy, or may treat our Will as sacred–and that can bring about all kinds of blow back. Go easy on others for what they communicate–it will be riddled with imaginings, flights of fancy, distortions and deceptions, and your communications will carry the same. Don’t let emotional reactions lead you down a ‘wrong’ path. Concentrate on expressing yourself in territory you know to be your own, mind your own beeswax, and you may end the day having done some of your finest work/ living ever.

(Pallas trine Juno, Vesta enters Aries, Mars contra-parallel Saturn and sxt Chiron, Sun contra-parallel Mercury and trine Ceres)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 13 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). You have a year ahead of you, Aries, where you get to show your true strengths, your true authority and ability, where you get to be the authority in ways that could be truly life changing. Do you feel ready for it? I’m hoping you won’t suffer a crisis of confidence. Your imagination carries an emotional charge, and could be easily misread as threatening, it could deceive–so make a point of staying tuned to the facts, even as you reach out and make your ideals and dreams realities. You have an excellent chance of creating the life you actually want–don’t wait for permission, and don’t be afraid to do the hard work–because the influences for your Solar Return say that whatever you put out there, comes back to you bigger, ‘badder’ (in a good way), and providing more rewards than you ever thought possible.