by Amy Elliott
If you’ve been feeling stuck or directionless, look for any unfinished business that might be lurking in your emotional body. You might feel that previous challenges have shaped your existence and limited your choices, though on investigation you’ll likely discover that this isn’t the case. You have more control in this situation than you realize. Fear can seem powerful, but with courage and determination you can overcome pretty much any amount of it. Don’t set limits on yourself without proof they exist outside of your imagination. Instead, aim as high as you wish to, and get out of your own way.
You may be undergoing something of a distillation process, which could lead to you tackling some difficult material. Your ruler Venus is about to make a square to Chiron, following a New Moon in the sensitive 8th house of your chart. This is likely to be a gradual affair, so don’t rush — and pay careful attention to any insights you may have. Also, be cautious of any tendency to become too easily swamped by your emotional reactions, especially in contact with others. It’s important that you recognize your own agency. Acknowledging your feelings and then reasserting your sense of autonomy will be helpful in the moment.
Tuesday’s New Moon in your opposite sign is likely to afford more than one opportunity to add some vitality to your connections with loved ones. That said, it’s important that you actually participate in the process by stepping over your threshold and encountering the outdoors. Don’t let fears about risk cloud your enjoyment or hinder your sense of adventure. Everyone’s been burned at least once. It would be a dull world if we all sat at home nursing our wounds, in fear of potential future injuries. The key word there is “potential.” I suggest you exchange the imagined scenes in your mind for real and substantial experiences.
Do you ever experience that phenomenon when cleaning in your home that you wipe down one set of surfaces, or tidy one area, only to notice something else that needs attention? Your daily routines may seem a little like that, this week. That said, you can consider the matter strategically by stepping back and looking at the whole picture, then listing what needs to be done. Begin with an idea of what you ultimately want to accomplish; think long-term, then draw up a scheme for fitting the details into place. This is much easier than the seemingly Sisyphean labor of rectifying one problem, only to be faced with another.
There’s a difference between viewing an artistic gift or impulse as a means to an end — which is what our society currently encourages a lot of — and considering it as part of a higher calling. The latter is about self-actualization, which really means alignment with something larger than yourself — whether you call it God, Allah, the Goddess, the universe, the Divine Principle or something else. In devoting your creativity or skill to this sort of higher purpose, you’re really affirming your journey of personal healing and growth. Regardless of how you ultimately use your abilities, you’ll surely benefit from maintaining a conscious understanding of not only what you create, but how each unique work can teach you about yourself.
Our memories, especially of events long past, are more subject to alteration than we generally give credit for. Specific instances can stand out clearly, for whatever reason, though others will tend to fade into vagueness. Especially as your mind changes and grows, you may reflect on the past with a substantially different view from when you were there. This is, of course, partly owing to hindsight. That said, rationalizing or glossing over some memories could lead to forgetting how far you’ve developed since, or repeating certain errors. If you have old journals or photos, this could be a useful means of setting particular records straight.
On Tuesday, a New Moon takes place in your 3rd house of learning and communication. If you’ve been feeling a little restless, this event could help you galvanize that feeling into acquiring new knowledge or a new skill. It’s likely that you’ll get a sense of wanting to find out more about a specific subject, and then you’ll suddenly notice yourself thoroughly immersed in your new course of study. It’s worth letting your curiosity and enthusiasm take the lead; you’ll gain some delightfully fresh experiences, and perhaps develop a passion that could keep you hooked for years to come. That, and meet some interesting new people.
In the past few weeks you have perhaps come face to face with some old troubles; the good news is you have an opportunity to dispense with them once and for all, if you’re willing to. Your view of yourself may fluctuate, though you’re on more solid ground than you used to be, and can let go of the self-doubt that’s been plaguing you. This might at first feel a bit daunting, but it will get easier if you persist. You have resources, both personal and physical, on which you can thoroughly depend. You no longer need to hide behind the barriers of your past. Throw them aside and come out into the light.
The forthcoming New Moon in your sign could help orient you toward a decisive path of development. What might be useful to remember is that this is really an active process, requiring your attention and participation. Letting your mind wander too far risks getting you blown off course. It seems to be a feature of our society that passive morality is encouraged: that is, enduring with resignation what life throws at you, which makes for a conveniently docile workforce. What you’re now being presented with is a different sort of ethics, in which you are at the helm and firmly piloting in the direction of growth.
Venus joining the party in your sign this week, and conjoining Pholus, may offer you an opportunity to release some pressure. It’s crucial that you be honest with yourself and others regarding your emotional landscape, as the big Saturn-Pluto conjunction approaches. In particular, if specific desires are present, don’t let fear keep you from noticing or expressing them. These feelings are an essential guide to what you’re experiencing and who you are becoming, and you need to allow them to exist as part of your reality. A large part of your journey in the next two months comes down to self-acceptance.
Certain friendships may be an important anchor in your life this week. If you’ve been holding something in, it could help to confide in someone you trust. You might feel as if once you start talking it’ll be difficult to stop, though that’s an indicator of pressing need. Avoid the notion that you have to be strong and silent. You’re entitled to be heard as much as anyone else, and your feelings are equally valid. After a while, you’ll probably find that some creative energies have been released, not to mention a considerable weight from your shoulders. Your ideas will flow much more easily as a result.
In the end we all share a requirement to be servants of the truth: a task often easier said than done, and which many people seem to abandon. You know better. This week, it would be wise to keep a close eye on any feelings of resentment or bitterness. While these sensations are natural and it’s important to acknowledge them, you also need to be aware that they tend to spring from a sense of powerlessness, which is rarely borne out in fact. Honesty can sometimes be about recognizing that your perspective can get skewed, and trying to get a clearer picture of the real situation. As a functioning, self-aware adult, you have choices.