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Picture of the Westinghouse Atom Smasher on the grounds of the old Westinghouse Research Laboratories at Avenue A, Service Road No. 1, and West Street in Forest Hills, Pennsylvania, on May 9, 2010. Built in 1937, the “atom smasher” is more accurately termed a Van de Graaff particle accelerator. Though decommissioned, it is preserved as a local piece of history. Photo by Leepaxton at en.wikipedia CC BY-SA 4.0

According to general physics theory, the collision of any particle and its anti-particle leads to total annihilation of both; we can expect a kind of antimatter to result today, this time from the subtle contact of Pluto and Pallas. This brings into anti-alignment (or should we say contradiction?) concepts around power and destruction and juxtaposes this with wisdom and the practical, essentially framing the relationship as both mutually exclusive and, when combined, mutually destructive. If we reach for power, reach out to crush or obliterate another, or seek to transform something or someone, our attempt may be snuffed out by something or someone wise, or by a practical necessity, and vice versa, trying to access wisdom, skills, or to opt for the practical choice could create devastation or change the power landscape. Utilizing any Plutonian factor attracts a Pallas-related one, and together they create an anti-result, removing both factors without a trace. It doesn’t help that our instincts and ability to mentally process are at odds; again, the answer may be in using neither. I recommend facing things in your best squishy-feely mode. Use your natal Moon, or look to the future and toward your personal areas of empowerment (North Node and Juno in Cancer), or use the material surroundings (Earth in Scorpio) as a way in to the overall intuitive nature (Moon in Capricorn) which will ‘speak’ through the world of things (Saturn in Capricorn, conjoined by the transiting Moon).

(Pluto contra-parallel Pallas, Mercury semi-sq Sedna)

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

For those born with the Sun at 5 Taurus. 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). Dear Taurus, Does it feel as if Love is a long way away? Is the object of your affections seemingly too headstrong or independent, refusing to cuddle up with you or sit still for that massage? Or is it money that seems to have a mind of its own, fleeing your slightest need, leaving you feast-less or cold? This will all work itself out this year, through a surprising agent: You. Your current best course is to think it out, and then act. It’s in the willingness to do something about everything you’re unhappy with that you will deal effectively with problems, and it’s in dealing with issues that you soon become pro-active in a way that means you don’t just eliminate problems, you create positives, and attract that Love and/ or Money that seems so recalcitrant now. Good luck!

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