As we contemplate the year that has been and the one about to begin, the Astrology of the crossover from one year to the next gives us as always welcomed insight to plan, to purge and a chance to start again.
As we turn into 2014, a look at a chart set for the place in the world that first becomes 2014 I have chosen the atolls of Kiribati in the Pacific ocean with a time zone of -14:00 hours from GMT at the International Date Line. New Year begins in different places around the world as our globe turns, time zone by time zone. To examine the chart set for the -14 timezone, we can see that Mars in Libra rises with Uranus on the descendant angle, with the Sun at midnight on the IC conjunct Pluto and Mercury. The seeds of new beginnings continue to activate us all and show that Mars planet of taking action, in the realm of Libra sign of balance, indicates our struggle to create harmony in all aspects of life.
It’s a time to polish the sword or sharpen the spear to activate the warrior within, take charge and direct ourselves with pure and just intentions.
The New Year is ushered in at most places in the world at the Dark of the Moon, at the end of this current Moon cycle. At the International date line the Moon will be at 24 Sagittarius. After the 24 hours of New Year being welcomed around the world, the Moon is nearly new again at 10 Capricorn, conjunct Pluto and Mercury . The Moon cycle follows a metonic cycle, closely relating to an eclipse cycle of 19 years, therefore New or Full Moon repeat in the same place of the zodiac every 19 years.To finish a year in the dark of the Moon and to start the next with the promise of a New Moon and new beginnings, encourages us all to rid ourselves of excess baggage, purge and begin again where necessary.
It was back in 1995 that a New Moon at 10 Capricorn also ushered in our New Year, or occurred on New Years Day. 1995 was a year that a system was introduced to the world, a system that would change our lives forever. The rise of the internet and access to the World Wide Web , was released and became accessible to the general public. Mercury, Neptune and Uranus were also conjunct between 20-25 Capricorn establishing a system that was created for one and all connecting our world like never before ,an unprecedented communication, network and cyber system. What can we expect this time with Mercury and Pluto closely conjunct the New Moon? We may see a rise in cyber hacking, governmental control over our internet freedoms and the next wave of our digital age. The need also arises to ensure our internet rights are not taken away from us, the powerful ways we connect and spread information and the growth of collective consciousness that the internet has encouraged and fuelled.
New Year always begins with the Sun always at about 9 Capricorn, and since 2012 (and before using wider orbs) the New Year begins with the Sun conjunct Pluto. This year 2014 will be the last with such a close aspect of Pluto and the Sun, indicating 2012, 2013, and now 2014 as the most transformative years of this era, coinciding with the 3 years of the 7 Pluto Uranus squares that finish in March 2015. Last New Year 2012, Pluto Uranus were about 7 degrees apart, at New Year, 2013 held an orb of 4′ 32″ and now for 2014, an orb of only 2’33″ separates them. In 2015 for New Year an orb of only 0’32″ takes place between Pluto and Uranus. Pluto and Uranus our agents of transformation and change continue to help us let go of what has been, forge ahead with new ideas, inventions and ideals, whilst learning to trust in letting go and purging our old ways and means of doing things. The Pluto Sun conjunctions guide us in purging all unnecessary baggage, ridding ourselves of psychic clutter and fears whilst continuing to unleash the beasts of burden that may be tying us down. The more we let go, the more we can see the light. The Pluto Sun conjunction is intense and signifies a big shift that helps us delete the old year and all it’s unfulfilled promises, rejoice in the power of regeneration and run with the punches we’ve absorbed in 2013. We and our world are in transition and we can feel it!
Venus too is letting go at this stage of her retrograde through Capricorn, for a new cycle begins on January 11th at 21 Capricorn, when conjunct the Sun. Jupiter in Cancer continues to fertilise our renewed beliefs and the bareness of paths previously followed. “Wisdom has awakened to wetness and greenness and to flowing waters . Wisdom says I am the rain coming from the dew that causes grasses to laugh with the joy of life” The inspiring words of Hildegard of Bingen, a christian nun from the 12th Century. Wisdom has indeed awakened and now the long road to activate the awakening begins. Our beliefs have been stirred and Jupiter joins the cardinal T-Square between Mars-Pluto and Uranus, creating a grand cross exact in April 2014 , undoubtedly our biggest challenge throughout the year.
During 2014 Mercury the distributor and connector and his powerful retrograde cycles, begin in water signs, and end in the Air signs. The elements of emotion and communication. As 2103 was a densely watery year with the grand water trine and Mercury rx in Water sign, we can sense that we now we move to be able to communicate the depths of feelings that we have all experienced, as our creative urges begin to take flight.
Mercury retrograde occur during:
Feb 24 to March 17 2013 – Pisces/Aquarius
June 26 to July 20 2013 – Cancer/Gemini
October 21 to November 10 2013 – Scorpio/Libra
With Neptune and Chiron still in Pisces, Jupiter in Cancer till end of July and Saturn in Scorpio till Christmas Day 2014 we are still immersed in the depths of the feeling realms, the place where we can best access what is true to our hearts.
Eclipses for 2014 include a shift from Taurus/Scorpio to Aries / Libra and back again, as we transition to the next nodal cycle. The Nodes will move to the next polarity of Aries and Libra on February 19th 2014 to move through these signs till August 2015, again accentuating the cardinal sign focus. Leading the way is imperative for all of us, taking control and not being controlled is what we all aspire to and 2014 will certainly push us to keep up the momentum.
Total Lunar Eclipse – Apr 15, 2014 @ 07:42 am GMT - Libra/Aries 25°
Solar Annular Eclipse - Apr 29, 2014 @ 06:14 am GMT – Taurus 8°
Total Lunar Eclipse - Oct 08, 2014 @ 10:50 am GMT - Aries/Libra 15°
Solar Partial Eclipse Oct 23, 2014 @ 21:45:39 GMT – Scorpi0° 00°
Mars appropriately rises in this New Year chart as it is a strong focus of 2014 with it’s long stint in Libra which includes the next retrograde pass, and encourages all to take action. Mars and his sword, or spear or wand urges the warrior within to continue to activate the changes necessary in our lives and the world around us. How we use our swords, is our choice. We can utilise our swords, to lead, to take charge, harness courage and stand up for ourselves in the most useful and co-operative ways. The way it has been used in the past, no longer serves our collective needs and we have a choice to now carry our swords as a powerful tool for enlightenment.The only way forward!
To prepare for the year ahead, take note of where eclipses are happening for you in your chart, where Mercury retrogrades will occur, where Mars retrograde will occur. Be mindful of the possibilities of what these transits bring and most importantly don’t fear what you may foresee, but stride into the year as confident as a warrior of change.
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Happy New Year everyone we look forward to quite a dynamic year!
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