Happy New Year! Mercury is Retrograding in Earth Signs and going Direct in Fire Signs this entire year. Last year it was ALL Earth, so did you notice how you were more/less forced to get more practical and down to Earth with your ideas, thinking & perceptions? The way I put it was that we were developing completely new containers for our ideas, so we could bring them into form and they could be useful to others. This year, because of the Fire Element, I believe we are going to find out how safe our containers are, for the Creative Fire we have going at this time. For example, if your ideas explode in a big Fire, then the container has to be able to hold it, whereas if you’re working on several small Fires, then your container will be considerably different. Just something to consider.
My other reminder about Mercury Retrograde (anytime) is that while outer/worldly communications & technology may get wonky, it is often unbelievably *magical* to turn inward to communicate with your SoulSelf. Any time the planets change direction, we too are guided to shift our focus and turn within, in order for things to go smoothly for us. Right now is an excellent time for inviting the Ancestors, Angels & Animal Spirits to guide you as you enter this new year. Again, directing your ideas, thoughts & perceptions inward to discover some new nuggets of Truth & Purpose, customized for you. We have permission to re-wire our mental capacities (with Mercury’s help) 3-4 times per year. Take advantage of it when you can. And of course, reach out for support if you need it.
To that end, I am scheduling the New Year Readings and preparing to have a FREE TeleCircle this month. A mailing will go out with details soon. If you missed the Winter Solstice Reading and the Solstice Basic Tools check them out too! More soon …
1/1 ~ Mars (actions & desires) ~conjunct~ Neptune (dreams & visions):
This energy is great for tapping in to your intuition and acting on its promptings. If you’re focused on your dreams at the moment, this will give you a boost of creative energy. It is time to expand your vision and play a little. This is not necessarily a time to push your body, but your imagination! How well do you do with your action, fearlessness, passion, and desire nature? If you resist these aspects of your nature, this energy will be tough to navigate. Sometimes you can feel much like you’re walking on the bottom of the pool, instead, try to practice floating above it all rather than letting it get you down. This energy reminds us that effectiveness is more important than speed in most cases, so watch what gets you fired up and direct it consciously, be pro-active rather than re-active, use your imagination every chance you get and embrace opportunities to improvise. Be gentle & compassionate with your Self and others, honoring all wherever they may be on their chosen Path.
1/4 ~ Mercury (thoughts) ~sextile~ Venus (art & beauty):
This energy turns your thoughts and ideas toward how you feel, what inspires you with love and beauty. This is a great time to be particularly creative, or do something related to the arts. It is best to keep it light and let go of your mundane burdens just for a time. Pleasure reading, walk on the beach, a play or museum are all good things to do at some point this week.
1/7 ~ Sun (source & essential Self) ~conjunct~ Pluto (purification & transformation):
This energy brings to mind a quote, “circumstances don’t make a man, they reveal him“. The Sun (ego) and Pluto (transformation) are connecting and you are often a different Being once this energy passes and the two planets separate again (they meet once a year). Pluto brings into the Light, aspects of our Selves which have been buried, neglected or ignored lately (or for some, a very long time). Sometimes that is miraculous & life-saving, and other times this can be arduous & exhausting, but it is completely natural. With this energy, you can now more fully access your Source (Sun) and transcend (Pluto) who you “used to be” and begin to truly embody who you are becoming. Bringing things into the Light comes in many forms, as you question all you thought you were or thought you knew about what you really want to express in this lifetime. You can use this as a Rebirth of Light within you or you can look at it as Light being brought to your deepest, darkest places within to heal them with pure Light. It is an initiation that often requires release of some kind that, ultimately, allows you to grow & blossom in new, more authentic ways. As always, concentrated power (Pluto) must be responsibly directed, so watch any projections or provoked power struggles and pick your battles (everybody doesn’t like Light in their dark places). It’s time to question if the sacrifice you’re making is truly worth it? Relationships often strain under this influence because it is such *raw truth* rising from the Soul but it also brings things to the surface that are better addressed sooner than later. (Think The Tower card in Tarot.) It doesn’t have to be destroyed (or maybe it does) as much as it needs to be transformed (new form). Remember, breakdowns always precede breakthroughs!!
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