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‘A Day of Celebration’ By Fanny Brate 1902 {{PD}}

We all hope our ambitions are smart ones, don’t we? Who wants to feel that others are hearing our desires or watching us strive and shaking their heads. “She’ll never make it,” they whisper; or, “He’s way off base–his talents are really in ‘x'” Well, today’s the day when we can measure the wisdom of our own aspirations, without the often overly cynical input or judgements of others. It’s a day when we’re free from those voices in our heads, the ones that have incorporated others’ negative views, cautions, fears, admonitions. We know our worth, and we see how to adjust the material situation to support and honor it. Go get ’em!

(Pallas conj Zeus, Saturn qnx Juno, Merc conj Venus)

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 01 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). Your sense of personal authority and power, the kind of energy that moves you forward and brings success, reaches a peak this solar year through to your next birthday, Leo–and at the same time, it begins to turn you in a new direction, exploring either a new sense of Self/ identity, or revealing a new facet of your Soul’s purpose, and this initiates a whole new cycle of learning. It’s a big year, and yet may go by quietly, showing what’s happening beneath the surface only through a growing mental and emotional discomfort with the status quo. In any case, aware of it or not, you’re embarking on something entirely new, and as long as you stay firm in your highest values and commitments, all should go amazingly well. Good luck!