Venus (source: Trinity SF)

Here’s a photo of a huge sculpture in San Francisco called “Venus.” I just stumbled across it while looking for an image to illustrate this post, and I’m really quite enamored with with it.

Anyway, Venus is on my mind because the planet will make its superior conjunction with the sun later this week. This event will happen in my first house while I’ve got a week off from work. I needed to take some vacation time before the end of the year, and this was a good week for me to go before the weather cools down and the gym gets busy.

It’s going to be a terrific time for me to be on a “staycation.” I can work on beautifying my environment by cleaning up my yard for fall and catching up on household cleaning tasks that have got away from me. I’m also going to work on beautifying myself by going to purchase some new glasses. I’ve got some money in my benefits plan that needs to be spent by the end of the year, and there’s no time like the present to be confident that what I purchase will look good on me. I’ve booked a massage, too. I’m going to try to be as decadent as I can during this week off without being an idiot. I don’t want to feel like I need a week to recover from my vacation when I’m finished my vacation.

While this conjunction is personalized for me, it should affect us all. Make some time to be nice to yourself over the next several days. Just avoid the compulsion to be too decadent. Overspending can be a problem for many of us this week, as well as overindulging in things like fine food and wine. We might want to do things that make us seem “fancier” in the eyes of others, and that certainly includes living beyond our means.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to have another piece of pie before I get into my bubble bath. I’m on vacation, after all . . .

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