Take care constantly to find ways to broaden your perspective, and to take into account other points of view. This is a valuable tool for learning and growth. Other people and new ideas can often be a surprise that either delights, irritates, intrigues or downright enrages; all of which constitutes stimulus, and encourages us to break out of patterns and remain fresh. Open up to the boundless variety of human thought, and let it inspire and recharge you.
– by Amy Elliott
Written in the Planets
Today the Sun makes a square to a minor planet called Orcus, in Virgo. Mythically, Orcus was kind of an ancient Etruscan precursor to Pluto, and the enforcer of contracts. What promises have you made to yourself that are asking to be kept? How do they factor into your ongoing process of shaping yourself? Squares signify internal tension: a signal that you need to do something actively that will integrate the two sides of the square. What is on your mind — perhaps in some kind of dual or paradoxical state — and what do you need to do to bring it into physical form? As you make that agreement with yourself tangible, it will in turn bring forth some new facet of you. This is just one of the subtle ways in which we evolve — not into a ‘better’ person, but simply who we came here to be.
We also have Saturn in Capricorn and Juno in Cancer opposing each other today. Can you give the very thing you seek to receive in a relationship? It’s a hard lesson of life to realize that we often have to give to ourselves first the emotional energy, attention and love that we hope another will show us. The weird paradox is that when we do take care of our own emotional needs first, it can open the space for the other person to meet us and share themselves more freely — though that generally happens as a fringe benefit, rather than as the primary goal. (That said, if someone is withholding to an abusive level, it can take the help of a therapist to sort that out.) Notice in particular whether this dynamic is cropping up with an authority figure, or with someone older (perhaps even parental).
Finally, Mercury in Gemini is exactly opposite Jupiter in Sagittarius today. Be sure you keep toggling back and forth between the bigger picture and the details of any situation — especially if it’s related to business dealings, planning sessions or your larger goals. Check the Monday Astrology Diary for more detail on this aspect.
– by Amanda Painter