The year begins with the Sun at 10 degrees Capricorn, conjunct Saturn at one degree, Venus at 8 degrees, and Pluto at 18 degrees of Capricorn. That’s a whole lot o’ Capricorn’s earthy energy to start our year! The Sun sextiles Mars in Scorpio (who happens to be conjunct Jupiter) and Neptune in Pisces ~ helping us to partner with our personal power and intuition. A Cardinal cross to Libra on the Ascending horizon and Aries on the Descending horizon asks us to continue clarifying and defining our identity. Who are we, truly? What have we learned since the 7 times that the cardinal energies of Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries squared off between the years of 2012 and 2015? What did we glean from the Venus transit of the Sun in June of 2012, when the Divine Feminine literally enveloped us with unconditional love?
These will be pivotal questions as more planets enter the feminine signs of earth and water in the months ahead.
The Moon casts its glow on the year as she waxes full in Cancer at 7:24 pm MST on January 1st. It’s the first of 2 full moons this month, with a Blue Moon in Leo at 6:27 am MST on January 31st, followed by a Total Lunar Eclipse just 4 minutes later. We can look to her at fullness at 11 degrees Cancer to reflect back to us what we’ve learned (and/or have yet to learn!) on our Earthwalk. As 2017 comes to a close, what needs to be released will be shown by her growing light. We’ll do well to reflect on what made us shine this past year and what led us to retreat into the shadowy places.
By blessing both ends of the spectrum of light – and everything in-between – we free ourselves to co-create new paths of growth, grace, and possibilities.
All things in the watery womb of Cancer are meant to grow, so the big question before us at the gateway to a new calendar year is:
What do we desire to grow?
Since the moon rules our emotional bodies, we may also ask, how are we feeling? what is our temperament? what is in our hearts? for this is what we’ll carry into 2018, and it will shape our experiences in the year ahead. Now is the time to let go of what is old or outworn and to step into the full responsibility of our intentions. I sense a year of striking changes ahead.
As I write this, tendrils of sandlewood incense, sage, and sweetgrass swirl around me, taking me back to ancient circles of healing, renewal, and rebirth. The purity of palo santo nudges my aura with a reminder me to be present with what is and not go too far ahead just yet…
To that end, I’ll be revisiting and expanding this post after I dream with the waxing moon tonight and dance with her fullness tomorrow. Until then, I wish all a powerful and gentle clearing, and a blessed awakening into 2018 ~ a year that calls for cooperation, balance, and absolute presence if we hope to rise to our capacity for change and expansion.
Update: January 5, 2018 ~
Not surprisingly, my time with the skybeings over the past few days brought abundant gifts in several dimensions ~ dreams, waking time, meditation, visitations from totems, tarot readings, etc. Tonight, as I sit under a canopy of flickering planets, shooting stars, and building clouds reflected by the rising moon, warm winds from the southwest whisper, “show more of who you are.” A deeper current lends encouragement to heed the call, so here I am.
When I began to offer my services so many years (lifetimes?) ago, I shaped my intentions with what I thought was a simple mantra: ‘to become a clear channel of unconditional love and light.’ The adage, be careful of what you ask for, comes to mind as I recall how often shadows fell, and continue to fall, on my path.
I suspect that most – if not all – who serve the whole of us by sharing our gifts pepper them with personal experiences, beliefs, and emotions. Authors, healers, readers, psychics, artists, actors, mediums…no matter what roles we play…we all have our filters – and thank goodness.
When I show up – when I really show up – to my soul, to the sky, to the earth, and the galaxy that holds us, it is as if I am lit from within. When I see the Rosette Nebula flirt with Orion, her sexy scarlet salsa dance stirs something ancient and powerful inside of me. When I connect with the cool blue aura of Uranus in Aries as it rises in the eastern horizon, I become electric with possibility and verve. When the Pleiades cluster comes into view on clear cold nights, my heart knows the immediate and complete warmth of pure love.
Having a fixed grand cross in fixed houses can trip you up – literally and figuratively – over, and over, and over…thus the fixedness. Having Aries at your Midheaven suggests that what you do in the world – your calling, your mission, your vision – is bound to be personal. I have both of these configurations in my natal chart, and I can speak to the accuracy of those effects with absolute certainty. I also know that within that certainty lies limitless possibility.
When I read charts for those that consult me, I am first awed by their courage to show up; then, by their willingness to witness what is possible; and finally, to see them champion the brilliant starry paths they intended to dance into life. When their inner sparks of light connect with the ones that shone as they entered the Earth’s sphere, it is pure magic, and I am humbly honored and blessed to witness the reunions.
What I share in my readings, posts, and photos comes from my heart as I connect to the great mystery. Nothing that I write is, nor ever will be, otherwise. I’m also blessed and ever-grateful to glimpse – and sometimes capture – the exquisite beauty of our earthly and heavenly bodies in my photos, which I include in my readings. They also grace all of my posts with the exception of some of NASA’s best (which I credit as due). True to my chart, it’s all personal, and a gift that I’m blessed to share.
This is indeed a year for startling changes; we’re moving faster and faster, and shadows and distractions are mounting. Fortunately, when we show up – when each of us shows up – we are given everything we need to change the status quo. We literally become what we need.
Here’s to showing up in 2018 ~ to seeking and heeding wisdom that comes on the winds of change ~ for the highest good of all relations. It is time.
With blessings of clear unconditional love and light, always,
ps ~ more to come soon on our collective celestial journey through January….until then, keep showing – and looking – up! I offer deep gratitude for your gifts.