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‘La jeune femme au masque’ By Herman Richir 1942 {{PD}}

I’m seeing today’s influences as if they are contests between the god-figures for which each of the involved bodies are named, or perhaps between particular characteristics or subjects they represent. With Saturn-Pallas, we may see the establishment confronted by the next generation, time (probably in the form of expediency) versus the procedure wisdom or practicality demands, or ‘old ways’ challenged by new skills sets. Jupiter-Juno suggests a struggle between equals who are not, in real-world terms, actually holders of equal power (remember, Jupiter enjoyed an autonomy that Juno was denied by virtue of her secondary status as wife). This may be especially bitter, within a close-quarters relationship, or involve feelings of disrespect or betrayal and the vengeance that might stir. Mars-Pluto lends every instance of Self-assertion, every statement of ‘I Am’, the sense of being life or death–and so may ramp up power struggles as we attempt to make our mark in the face of obliteration, inevitability, or the need to transform. And, with Mercury entering Leo, that ‘I Am’ gets a voice–a loud one, one that roars–so expect that most of what we hear is propelled by a simple need for the individual to be heard, to take a stand, to express who they are.

(Saturn contra-parallel Pallas, Jupiter sesq Juno, Mars contra-parallel Pluto, Mercury enters Leo)

‘Cakes, 1963’ Photo By Pplachigo – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28954794

For those born with the Sun at 05 Cancer. 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 Cancer, though you’re always looking to soothe, comfort, or nurture, this year you have to concentrate on delivering these gifts to yourself. Healing is not only your focus, it’s a requirement; you won’t be able to live your Soul’s mission, or to create the right atmosphere within which you can flourish, without mending what’s broken. This will involve the subjects of whatever House Aries occupies in your natal chart, and/ or will go to the heart of your Self-concept, your identity–and this is also the area where emotional perceptions will be concentrated for the solar year, through to your next birthday. Be aware, too, that surprises await, as do revelations–respond to both with care. Good luck!

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