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‘Evening Glow’ By John Atkinson Grimshaw c1885 {{PD}}

We really have the impulse to ‘shine big’, to show who we are without reservation or, frankly, without modesty, either! That’s okay; that’s how we should feel right now, quick to let the world know who we are, willing to share ourselves and our talents and abilities, generous with our attitude. We’re showing our power (can’t help but show it, as it’s integral to our Beingness) and the mind is aligned with instincts and those things we know but don’t know–so we’re informed, and happy to know the lay of the land, and ready to meet any and all challenges.

But oh, there are always troubles, right? Always some little thing, some fact or impulse or urge or idea that has at its core our own destruction, our own sabotage of our goals. It’s just part of the contrary nature of the unresolved human; only those who are totally honest, without any judgment filters or perceptual lenses at all, are without contradiction. Be wary of the trap within the reward, the beautiful thing or bountiful gift that carries poisonous seed, of the action that arises out of a need to contradict or ‘show them’, and especially be wary of thinking that goes against your own empowerment, or of messaging that carries the kind of negativity that pits you against those in power out of a mistaken assumption that this means your motives are ‘pure’ (and implies that the other side’s are not)–that will not only guarantee no cooperation from those in charge, it also effectively locks us out of ever wielding that kind of power ourselves. So, shine, survey the landscape and the mindset before taking a stance.

(Venus contra-parallel Chiron and sxt Pluto, Mercury sxt Sedna and sq Juno, Sun trine Jupiter and semi-sq Mars)

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 24 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’ve been handed the opportunities, openings, facts, or been reached out to, and now it’s time to use these situations to their maximum benefit for you. The social position is optimum (even if you don’t recognize it as such) and momentum is on your side. The costs of hanging on to the past become obvious this year, and you see just how to let go. Endings may be more difficult, and much more permanent, than you expect, but that cliche is true about one door closing and another opening. Watch health; it may be brittle all year, undermined by your own actions.