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By John Atkinson Grimshaw 1886 {{PD}}

Why is it that so often we find the most illuminating, uplifting, and fortuitous things arising from less-than-positive circumstances? Not exactly a phoenix from the ashes–more like a diamond from carbon hardened under enormous pressure, this time around. We find our wisdom and our spirit tested, and somehow what we care for, have pursued, cherish and honor combines with what we’ve denied, ignored, or failed to honor and somehow, from that injury or negative circumstance comes our own empowerment, or a powerful reward or relationship. Ha! Go figure.

(Pallas sesq and Venus nov Black Moon Lilith, Vesta semi-sq and Mercury nov Sedna, Chiron sq Juno)

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

For those born with the Sun at 8 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). Taurus, I know that Love or Money seems just out of reach, but really, this time it’s up to you to go out and get it. No modesty, no reticence, no ‘I don’t deserve something so grand’–oh yes you do. For you it may start with being able to admit to those emotional Truths you’ve been hiding, ignoring, or denying; that should open the floodgates, bringing wisdom heretofore unavailable to the conscious mind. This is possible through your next Solar return, but don’t wait–the sooner you start, the sooner you benefit. Good luck!