Power, Corruption and the North Node
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Power, Corruption and the North Node
The expansively named moralist John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, 1st Baron Acton, said that “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Can one extrapolate then that imagined power corrupts imaginatively? The Scorpio connection of the North node and Saturn will produce evidence to support the premise.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Friends ask a lot of you, but don’t feel obligated. Give what’s easy for you to give, and do as you please. Taking care of yourself and being happy will be the best thing for your friendship.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Easy and effective solutions may be right in front of you, but for some reason you may be unable to see them. So take it easy. Go slowly into the day’s events. You don’t have to decide or do anything right now.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The apple from the Garden of Eden was supposedly delicious before Eve and Adam took a bite, and poisonous thereafter. Similarly, the juicy knowledge you get at the start of the day may be tainted by day’s end.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). When you get into dicey territory, you can avoid misfortune by being silent. “The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about.” — Saskya Pandita
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). People need variety and change. You are no different. No matter how much you liked an endeavor the first dozen or few hundred times you did it, eventually you’ll tire of it. Launch the search for what’s next.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You want to make a difference. Getting too deep into the minutia will burn you out before you have a chance to do any real work. Start with broad strokes, and you’ll move things along.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You are part of a human chain. Your positioning does depend on the links before and after you. Understand where this chain is anchored, and you’ll know better the direction in which you need to stretch.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Sometimes you have to open your eyes to see, and other times you have to close them. Both kinds of observational opportunities will be present today. What you can’t see with your eyeballs, you’ll sense with your heart.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The Internet is rife with bizarre ideas. You’re susceptible now, so beware: If you read enough about people who want to cook in their dishwashers or grow tails, you may entertain a few strange notions, too.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Is it wrong to spend so much time and energy questing for new experiences? Not wrong, exactly — more like misguided. An experience doesn’t have to be sought after. In fact, you’re having one right now.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Every relationship is different. They each have their own color and tone. Don’t be afraid of making new connections or watching your friends make new connections. One friendship cannot cheapen another.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Can a day of happiness be enough to make someone entirely happy? According to Aristotle, the answer is no. However, you could prove the philosopher wrong today.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 11). You won’t fully understand the big picture, and that’s OK. As long as you can see what’s in front of you and take the next step, you’ll do remarkable things. October brings a happy reunion. November ends a financial issue. Family expands in February. Take the advice of elders in May. Cancer and Taurus people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 13, 40, 50, 47 and 25.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “I’m a 44-year-old Capricorn, and lately I’ve been feeling out of sorts. My marriage has dulled, and my work no longer gives me any sense of satisfaction. In fact, I can’t seem to identify with my role as a wife or as a manager. Sometimes even my role as a mother seems strange and foreign to me. I feel like a robot clone going through the motions, while the real person I am has been kidnapped by terrorists and is locked away in some remote and undisclosed location. Will I ever find and free myself?”
Capricorn is a practical earth sign, typically motivated by common earthly ambitions. But health and well-being are not always found through the conventional lens of the physical world. Disillusioned with the roles you once identified with, it is time for you to seek spiritual enlightenment. It may help a sensible person such as yourself to know that meditation and prayer are not the only routes to a higher understanding of your purpose. Enlightenment can be a simple matter of lightening up. Laughter, long walks and fun are a part of this. What would your day look like if you made your own enjoyment your No. 1 priority? Putting yourself first is the first step beyond this spiritual danger you describe.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Virgo crooner and actor Harry Connick Jr. joins fellow hyphenated superstars such as Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Kris Kristofferson in a film called “When Angels Sing.” Connick Jr. was born when Venus and Jupiter were both in Leo, the sign of the entertainer. His natal moon and Mars in Sagittarius indicates a love of travel and a global appeal.
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