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‘The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, View from the Chevet’ By Vincent van Gogh 1890 {{PD}}

The spotlight shines on those in authority, but that doesn’t mean those who don’t hold high positions won’t receive scrutiny; this is as much about internal authority, and the permissions we grant ourselves, as it is about anybody with reach over us. We have a chance to see our own boundaries, those we want/ need and those we’ve imposed that we needn’t, very clearly, and to modify them so that we both stay in our lane and keep others in theirs (or rather, out of ours!) We may not immediately see how important it is for us to stand up and claim our territory, accept our responsibility, to not blame anyone else–and this may be especially hard to see if it seems like someone or something else is ripe for that blame–but the reality is we are meant to stand in our own light, and what we choose, what we suffer, what we are, are always ours to respond to according to our highest values. A tough day for some, but one that offers unusual clarity to the Self-concept and re-establishes venues/ containment for expression of the Soul Purpose.

(Saturn trine Vesta, Ceres opp Hygeia, Sun sxt Hygeia, trine and contra-parallel Ceres)

The table’s all set for a Happy Birthday. ‘Open Door on a Garden’ By Konstantin Somov 1934 {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 00 Leo. 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). This solar year, through to your next birthday, dear Leo, you may spend a great deal of time measuring how much responsibility you want, how much nurture you’re willing to give, how much territory you own, and what relationship you truly want with Nature. That sounds like a lot to have on your plate, but in reality this will all be parsed out in the course of everyday events, and will likely leave you with a new sense of empowerment, possibly a new social role or plans for education or travel, and may encourage planning to implement the ideal in your future circumstances–all good ideas, worthy of pursuit. Strengths this year include a good memory for the past (so you don’t repeat it)–cautions include being careful you don’t hide, even from yourself, how you feel about things–feelings will only fester and cause real problems later–deal with them as they come up. Good luck!