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‘Boxing’ By Maurice Denis 1918 {{PD}}

It may feel as if energies are being pitted against one another in various, tense combinations. Power clashes with Power, and many of those dances will resemble the past; the reality picture points out every conflict we have in trying to realize ambitions or fulfill desires; actions are inadvertently destructive or are power grabs that we may not immediately recognize; and we may have trouble believing what we’re seeing, which is a classic trick ‘they’ use to ‘get away with it’ right in front of us–or at least, that’s how it may feel, as if the world and its varied components are against us.

So where to go from here? What tack to take when every push out into the world meets its own special resistance? For some the best course is to lay low, stay out of it, especially if being more assertive is just your thing–to jump into things with that attitude now will only buy trouble; for everyone else, it’s a chance to review what worked to bring you power in the past and then to transform it, to re-frame it with today’s knowledge into the ‘perfect’ (that is, the best way to work it) response to the environment and its events.

(Pallas contra-parallel Ceres, Pluto conj SN, Saturn sq Zeus, Mars contra-parallel Pluto, Sun contra-parallel Neptune)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 14 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). This year, Aries, you will get to see how you handle the world as a sheer force of Nature–and this goes well or not depending on how in tune you are with your own elemental qualities. The more you can embrace your personal authority, your wildness, and at the same time take complete responsibility for your domain within your world, the better. Health is a factor in all this, and will be affected by your ability to accept your own power and the consequences of its exercise. Re-visiting the past may be tempting, but could result in stripping away illusions you’ve come to depend on. It’s a year to enjoy things, to really live, but to remain as aware as possible of the real-world picture and the effect you can have on it–and of course, the effect it can have on you.