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Friday evening’s new moon in my ninth house will form a very tight trine and sextile with my nearly-exact natal Pluto/Chiron opposition. In layman’s terms, it’s going to be a good time to open my mind to making changes to the fitness/self-care regimen that I have developed during the pandemic.

I was quite self-disciplined while I was stuck at home. Now that I’m back to work, I’ve actually lost a little weight simply because I am no longer in close proximity to my refrigerator. I was also able to keep up an exercise routine that made me feel as I wasn’t allowing my age to get the best of me.

Nevertheless, I still would like to reach the weight-loss goal that I set for myself a few months back when I purchased a fancy bathroom scale that measures things like body fat and muscle mass. I believe that this new moon will provide me a cosmic kick in the ass to ramp-up my effort to get to my goal weight. “Cafe Astrology” describes the new moon in the ninth house as follows:

“The ninth house rules our spirit to grow, explore, and expand beyond the ‘regular’ experiences in our lives. The New Moon here may bring some restlessness and dissatisfaction with regular routines. Make an effort to initiate new projects or activities that expand your mind, feed your spirit for adventure, and stretch your imagination. You may feel renewed by a new perspective on your life, something philosophical or spiritual that you read or learn, or an adventure that takes you away from the mundane routines in your life.”

My “dissatisfaction with regular routines” won’t be such a problem now that I’m back at the gym. I’m going to be able to do things that I haven’t done for the past sixteen months, and that’s a great thing as far as fitness is concerned. There is such a thing as a counterproductive fitness routine because doing the exact same thing all the time loses its effectiveness. That’s why I like to be flexible when it comes to fitness — both literally and figuratively!

With Pluto’s connection to the notion of transformation, and Chiron’s association with my physical well-being, this cosmic configuration couldn’t have come at a better time. The same thing goes for the reopening of my gym. If that hadn’t happened, I would have been forced to explore other alternative regimens. Who knows? Maybe I would have taken up smoking to stay thin.

Maybe in another lifetime . . .

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