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Illustration from “The Russian Story Book” by Richard Wilson, illustrated by Frank C. Papé, 1916 {{PD}}

We may sort out into opposing categories today whether we are aware of it or not. A facet of the primary identity comes through, charges forward under that Archetypal banner, and beware those who try to approach things with subtlety or nuance–it just won’t be appreciated. My sense is we may wear some identity that corresponds to our Ascendant. This is, at least in part, done as we feel pressure about the life path; which way are we going, and can we justify our choices, even to ourselves?

It’s Warriors versus gods, those designated leaders versus those who feel they have the ‘facts’, the optimistic versus the Willful, those who want to take action versus those who want to demonstrate a passive faith, and it all intends to show us a creative way to deal with relationships and those matters where we hope to gain or profit. Take up the banner that comes naturally, realize that most of what you meet today is about clarifying your own choices and direction, and take note of how the world responds to you, including its criticisms–the only people who will criticize, today, are those who want to control something about you–this will tell you, more than any other indicator, how strongly your inner sense of Self, the identity with which you see yourself, is the right one, for you, and should help you see that you are indeed on the ‘right’ path.

(Nodal axis sq Zeus, Mars qnx Pluto and opp Jupiter, Venus contra-parallel and Mercury novile Neptune)

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

For those born with the Sun at 15 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). Why do the emotions feel so raw, to the point that they are causing you health issues? Or is it intuition that plagues you, intuitive insight that you’ve refused to acknowledge? Or is it simple heartache, from the loss of someone or something? Whatever it is, dear Taurus, I want you to know that this year gives you the chance to heal this rather large upset, and to heal it permanently. Your guide will have to be your personal highest standards, what you find sacred–and here, too, you may find you’ve got work to do, in the form of really stating with surety what it is you care about. In fact, that may be what lies beneath each and every upset this Solar year, through to your next birthday–so take advantage of this year, and free your heart from whatever’s holding you back.