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Les Laveuses à la Laïta (Laundresses at the Laïta River) By Paul Sérusier 1892 {{PD}}

It’s in our own best interests to tread carefully, to hold a healthy amount of skepticism and doubt, particularly when dealing with those in power, and in relationships where the other individual may discourage our instincts or our notions of what supports us–and why would anyone do that? Because to present an empowered Self is to threaten the power structures all around you. It’s like making a statement to the Universal energy: I’ll do what’s best for me, and I don’t need permission–and if that doesn’t throw the powers-that-be into chaos and emergency mode, I don’t know what will! All power structures run on the assumption that each individual must acquiesce, and that that facilitates maintenance of the power structure itself–from which each individual garners some benefit, but with most of the reward going to those at the top, those who use others’ individual energies to their own ends. But you know this, right? That being a cog in the machine keeps you out of the rain, but requires that you move when the other cogs do–and only so far as the whole mechanism allows. So avoid entanglement, but don’t do anything to bring yourself into the focus of the mighty eye of the power structure, either. It’s a fine line, but one worth walking.

(Hygeia sxt Black Moon Lilith, Juno qnx Pluto and SN, Venus semi-sq Hygeia and contra-parallel Sedna)

I’m sick and have been working through it, but find I must take a few days off–it’s been too much. I’ll be back as quickly as possible. Scroll down for the New Moon report.

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 15 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). Why is it that there seem to be more and more challenges, tangible and intangible, to your stated goals? I’m sure, Aries, it feels unfair–and in a way it is. You deserve to have your dreams, and to work toward making them realities, just like everyone else does–but what you’re not getting is that these challenges are about two things: refining your dream, so that you can better create what you truly want, and showing you how to get there. It may be that right now you’re pursuing a path that won’t take you where you want to go–and the Universe is kindly pointing that out. Take the message, or find yourself soon enough in a situation that forces you to change, like it or not. This year also promises to show you how it takes your personal action to heal wounds–that healed state won’t be magically handed to you, you have to do something to achieve it.

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