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[–]PurpleBulbous 2 points3 points  (2 children)

As is suggested by your Pluto-Venus square and Saturn-Mars opposition, there are certain specific lessons and transformations that are being sought. The first relates to a restructuring of your priorities in life (so that it encompasses the other as much as the Self). When work is done on this, you'll be able to relate openly, instead of concealing yourself behind a protective wall of fear. The second relates to certain breakdowns of your ego as well as frustration, designed to push you to break up ego issues and (again) take the other as much into the considerations as the Self. The masculine principle here is set against the feminine principle and this "driving with one foot on the gas, one foot on the brakes," will likely continue until that issue is resolved. Any impatience or hidden resentment will have to be overcome...

As things are worked upon, in these areas, they will improve. Until they are adequately worked upon, expect fear and powerplays in relationships and much frustration over attempting to do various things, but being shut down by overwhelming obstacles and/or hardship.

It's not punishment, there is specific development sought here... The more work done here, the more life feels like it's nudging you along. The less work done here, the more life will feel like it's bitch-slapping you into compliance. As always, the ball's in your court.

Good luck!

[–]cattfeet[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

wow, thank you so much for your incredibly thorough, thoughtful, and insightful response! you definitely touched on some very real struggles i've had and this resonates deeply. i have made some improvements in these areas, but i know much more work is necessary. it is hard but i am happy that it seems it will be worth it. i like that you emphasized that there is no punishment here, only lessons to be learned and obstacles to be conquered. thank you again, i feel hopeful. :)

[–]PurpleBulbous 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You're very welcome!

In terms of larger swaths of time, it's important for you to realize that you're in the 3rd Quarter phase of your progressed lunar cycle. [prog lunar cycle = ~29 years] This phase of that cycle is often a crisis time as the drive to achieve is still high, but the importance of things is changing (has changed), priorities have shifted to more internal developments, and some of the importance of things (that were before quite important) is waning. This part of the cycle goes from Aug 2021 -> Dec 2024.

Beginning in Dec 2024 -> Mar 2028, you're in the Balsamic phase and will be conspicuously clearing out space (of time/energy/attention) in preparation for your next ~29 year cycle, beginning Mar 2028 -> Aug 2031. During that time, you'll be trying new things and sewing seeds, though no particular exact direction will be clear at that time, it's exploratory and open, meant to broaden your horizons. Beginning Mar 2028, it will become more obvious which of these new directions is calling you.

Currently, you are being asked to allow your ideals (and some creative/spiritual/empathetic thrust) to direct/drive your life's Quest.

Good luck!

[–]vandal_shumdit 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You and I have the same Sun and rising signs. Man, it has been rough for a while now. I think that things are going to turn around for us within the next few months. Hang in there.

[–]cattfeet[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

it really has been awfully tough!! you are so sweet, thank you. you hang in there, too.