Happy new year starseeds! My own personal new year begins at the start of Aries season, the beginning of the zodiacal calendar, which comes in the spring. The reason for this is it makes more sense for me to plant the seeds that I want to grow in the spring. The time before and after the winter solstice is perceived by me to be the "dark time" or the time where it serves best to metaphorically embody death, not starting any new projects or initiating anything new but rather allowing plenty of space and time to rest and digest, allowing things that don't serve to fall away. However, the Gregorian calendar's new year is January 1st and so it is- every day is a day to set new intentions and new resolutions for the best possible future. This new year, the first week in 2018, is going to start of with quite a big bang of new ideas and new growth. The best way to handle this is to write all of the new ideas down and to strategize, especially through the rest of Capricorn season, about how exactly to make these things happen. Then in Aquarius season and Pisces season, begin to visualize these new changes happening with ease and then when Aries season comes in it's good to hit the ground running.
Saturn moves from the 1st degree to the 2nd degree of Capricorn this week. The following degree interpretation is from the best astrology book ever written, "Inside Degrees" by Ellias Lonsdale:
A wisdom tooth that has been removed from someone's mouth. It is plated with gold. It is useless to know certain things out of context. If you have always known something crucially important, that kind of knowing does not serve you any longer. So you must place yourself in the antithesis of what you have always known, and then when all seems lost, chaotic and super-strange, you must find deep inside you that spark of what you have always known, which holds true under impossible conditions. It always turns out that the massive superstructure, the beliefs and the concepts, fall away, crumble to dust. But what was deeply and truly learned and made your own emerges far stronger than ever and provides a basis for the future. Meanwhile, in the thick of the action, it can look pretty desperate until the need is so acute that you reawaken that special place and make it work for you, when truth is a matter of life or death.
A woman sniffing pepper and sneezing violently. Attractions and repulsions, convictions, beliefs, antipathies, and judgements. Being confronted karmically with whatever you most phobically seek to run away from. Mercilessly and ruthlessly over and again forced to come to terms with what you hate and cannot deal with. The fast and strong and hard path to get through mountains of karma and move onward. Yet each episode, every cycle of recapitulation, tends to be engulfing and consuming. You must discover the lost art of taking up karmic lessons without any indulgence in self-flagellation. If you can meet it and release it, get inside of it and be done with it, the process works. But if you linger over right and wrong, blame and praise, the swirls pull you too far under too long and the path through becomes a repetition compulsion, with very little real breakthrough."
- Personally I believe the lesson here is to move away from taking things so personally and knowing that with everything that happens there is a cosmic reason for what happens. Situations come in to release and resolve karma from past lives, so get your ego out of the way.
Neptune also moves from the 11th degree of Pisces to the 12th degree (from Inside Degrees by Ellias Lonsdale)
A woman asleep in a ring of flames. Drama, color, sound. Magnitude and shakings. You dream through it all in an enchantment which simultaneously protects and stifles. An ancestral power of suspended life-force held away, while great events surround and envelop you, yet do not penetrate. You experience a most unusual soul-disposition of deep sleep in the teeth of collective and ancestral events and experiences which are huge and never-ending. Is it a grace or a curse? It can be either. It becomes a grace if you awaken in ripe timing and move on from here. It can be a curse if you stay down under too long and miss the cue to stir and look around and discover that the future has dawned and the old ways have fallen away. Sleeper awake!
A woman imprisoned in a high tower. Sentenced to limbo, you are suspended from active participation in evolving worlds. Hung high and dry and massively resigned, following out an ancient fate to the end. Having operated insensitively, now being unable to do anything to anybody. You live infinitely alone, dreaming and drugged. Deep down inside, remembering everything dimly and darkly. Self-circumscribed and very deprived. You live on memories and the ripples of mute desire to move on, someday. Destined to transform this dread fate when the cycle is complete, you are until that time, vacuum-pressed and emotionally grief stricken, nostalgic and raging, while not getting across and being muffled all-pervasively."
- This may seem sad or have a negative connotation, but I firmly believe this is our actions being put on pause because it is not yet the time to act. Stay with everything that you feel and know that this is the time to let go of whatever doesn't serve and passively allow your experience to move through you, even if it puts you on your butt for just a little while. All influences are transient and this ushers in the need for patience and trust in the universe.
Interestingly, the full moon in Cancer occurs on the first day of 2018! This is often a time carved out by society to reflect, to look back on the previous year to see what needs to be augmented or changed in some way as you move forward. Cancer is the sign of mothering, maternal instincts as well as things we hold close to us- the "home is where the heart is" private space we hold away from the world that only those we're close to get to see. An important question to ask yourself is, what do you want to mother this year? Sometimes that call your attention towards physical children if you are a mother or a father, but it can also really call your attention to a metaphorical baby- the fertilization, gestation and birth of some creative project, idea or business. If this has already been created, you can focus on and strategize how to attend to your "baby" better.
On Tuesday, a flash of insight from higher realms and the cosmos comes in like a lightening bolt with Uranus stationing direct. This is always felt on a physical and energetic level for me and it can feel like a whole bunch of energy coming in on all levels. If something has been blocking your ability to act in the world or if you have been getting mixed messages from the Universe, they will resolve themselves today. If you have been trapped by any thoughts or actions, this will be the day that you will see the loophole and find your way out of patterns that bind you. Additionally, the Sun in Capricorn makes a positive aspect to Neptune, opening the doors for forgiveness and compassion in our relationships and with ourselves and may bring insights in your dream realm so pay attention.
On Wednesday, the moon moves into Leo, paving the way for our ultimate self-expression, right from the heart. This aspect makes us loving to those in our environment and can make our temper a little more fiery so make sure you are finding the proper way to release and let go of any negativity internally. It's optimal to find a creative outlet for this when the moon comes into Leo.
Friday is a great day to be practical as the moon comes into Virgo. Get all of your ducks in a row and try to get your practical stuff done for the week done now. Check in with your health and your physical body and see if anything could be improved in your cycles and rhythms and if these changes work, try to implement them going forward in 2018.
Saturday is great and tricky. Mercury in Sagittarius will be simultaneously shining over to Uranus in Aries while harshly aspecting Chiron in Pisces, indicating a deeper wounding that needs our attention to be resolved regarding our communication and our mind. You are smart enough and worthy enough to chase your dreams, so releasing the unnecessary worry and self-doubt that comes with living will serve your highest good.
Also on Saturday, Mars will come into direct contact with Jupiter in Scorpio, causing a lot of physical energy that can feel like we are bursting at the seems. On a collective and personal level, new insights may come up from the depths of us to go ahead and find a space for, but we will have enough energy to manage and direct that as well as deal with all of the mundane, earthly stuff we have going on.
On Sunday, the moon moves into Libra making it a great time to socialize and gather with the people we love and hold dear. It can also make for a great time to do whatever it takes to get balanced as the week begins.
Enjoy this big new years week and take full advantage of the high energy level and flashes of genius!