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‘Leaping Carp under the Cherry Tree’ By Iijima Koga 1874 {{PD}}

It’s all about the instincts today, and they may manifest in two forms: as a sense of ‘knowing’ without knowing how you know, a kind of psychic reflex, or as a situation where we blunder into our ‘blind spot’–that is, we think we know what we’re doing, but we’re missing a vital piece of the puzzle–and everyone else can see that. In effect, our minds are at odds with the social order, with our own beliefs, or with ‘the facts’, and the key to making it work, to accessing the instinctual knowledge rather than suffering within the blind spot, is to be willing to acknowledge just where we are wounded and how this may have shaped (or more accurately, misshapen) our goals. It’s another day where our level of honesty with ourselves is all-important; it’s what ends up dictating the impact of this Finger of God with base of Sun sextile Neptune, apex Zeus. If we are free of delusion (creative while still realistic) we can see a goal reached or desire fulfilled; if we are steeped in one or more illusions, we see the result of that, as well, maybe through feedback or cooperation (or the lack of it) from others, and how this affects the goal and desire picture (Zeus in Libra).

(Pallas sesq, Vesta nov, and Venus parallel Sedna, Mercury sesq Jupiter, Sun semi-sq Chiron and qnx Zeus)

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

For those born with the Sun at 20 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–together these offer a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Taurus, This coming Solar year, through to your next birthday, promises stability, security–or is that boredom, a rut you can’t get out of? That really depends on how you approach it. If you can embrace stability as a steady platform from which to launch efforts, even dreams, you can go a long way, especially if you are willing to work out the discrepancies between where you imagine your ambitions will take you and where you are actually headed. If seeing patience, hard work, and an even-keeled attitude sounds like dullsville, and seems to you to be taking you exactly nowhere and accomplishing nothing, then you are in for one long, boring episode. If during this year you can accept the beauty of persistent effort, you’ll come up with both the needed knowledge and the personal power/ transformative energies to make your like anything you want it to be. Good luck!