Recognize your ability to grow as a person, and to reach the heights you seek. Exercise care in terms of the narrative you give yourself; don’t doubt your potential to gain any particular accomplishment or long-term goal you wish for. Instead, begin taking action, and remember that one’s success rate is very often in direct proportion to the level of effort expended. Your confidence will likely increase with time and practice.
– by Amy Elliott
Written in the Planets
In our current overall climate of ‘identity politics’ taking over for an embodied sense of individual identity, it can feel as though the stakes are high to hang on to who you are in the face of rapid and overwhelming cultural change. One question that may arise today is: how can you bring your full self into contact with the changes around you, rather than sacrificing the core of what makes you ‘you’? Another question might be: are you feeling at all obsessive about protecting the ‘purity’ of your identity in some way? (Both are suggested by Vesta and Eris in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn.)
A ‘yes’ to either question could make expressing your desires (or your anger) in confident, constructive, and energetically neutral ways challenging, thanks to a square between Mars in Cancer and Chiron in Aries. This could easily manifest as some kind of outburst — followed by an apology. Conditions increasing this possibility include: feeling like you don’t deserve to have your desires met; some degree of shame about your desires or emotions (including anger); or feeling too ‘out there’ or ‘broken’ in some way.
Remember that having desires and emotions is the birthright of every human — and that there are ways to engage with those around you on these topics that still leave room for everyone’s honest ‘yes’, ‘no’, and ‘maybe’. When the Moon enters Aquarius at 1:49 pm EDT, it should offer a more rational space from which to approach your reactions and interactions. Think ‘non-attachment’ rather than ‘chilly’, and you may find yourself open to some new ideas and feelings about them. There is plenty of space for who you are.
– Amanda Painter
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