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A photograph of a plate of jawbreakers (or gobstoppers) of assorted sizes and colors. The largest in the back is 3 inches (~7.5 cm) in diameter. Photo and description By Ixnayonthetimmay {{PD}}

We tend to get very excited by contacts between Venus and Jupiter, anticipating the bounty, the overflow, hoping for a never-ending supply of the ever-lasting gobstopper of happiness, without considering that all it may actually bring is diabetes and rotten teeth. That’s the thing with too much of a good thing: it’s debilitating, devastating our spiritual immune system with an overdose of optimism that guarantees we don’t recognize problems as they come along, and adding insult to injury, may also guarantee that we don’t utilize or even appreciate the positives it brings. But today we’re in luck: the square between Venus and Jupiter delivers the good stuff, but only after we’ve sorted the problem, worked for the reward, or had to use skill and discretion to create gain.

With Jupiter in Sagittarius and Venus in Pisces, we may be looking at the cost of attaining a dream; what must we know or learn, what journey undertake, what belief demonstrate our faith in, that we make ourselves eligible for the ideal reward, the pay off becoming a reality that up till then was only imagined? Or, we could see the need to reconcile the conflict between the facts and the vision, between our beliefs and the potentials a more Universal approach might open up for us. We could see how exaggeration has, one way or another, cost us our dream, or we could see that our current social arena doesn’t support our Love or Money needs–and so must be traded out for one that does. More comes in some fashion, but we learn just what it will cost, or what belief it may require we discard–and that’s okay, as we should label it progress.

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

For those who have the natal Sun at 25 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 hear the Truth like never before this Solar year, dear Aries, and once you accept the emotional implications, your world changes and, it almost goes without saying, will never, ever be the same again. But we do have to say it, because the danger is you may think these revelations aren’t serious, that they don’t bring a sea change and the inevitable change in course that requires. You may take it all too lightly, skimming pleasures off the top and not seeing how your world is being restructured, just outside your vision. Take the time to sort out what really matters to you, and who really matters to you–that will offer a surprising emotional harmony that supports whatever you choose to do.

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