The New Year is technically well under way now. The calendar starts us off on January 1st when we have those great plans to break old habits and introduce new healthier, more productive or beneficial ones. Astrologically the turn of the year was of course the Winter Solstice which occurred on December 22nd last year. This is the point when the Sun begins its return ascent towards its Summer Solstice peak and the days begin to draw out again. Well worth the celebration! If though you want to choose an astrologically auspicious day to make your resolutions for change and new starts then the ideal time would be the first New Moon after the Solstice. So if things got off to a poor start and you hadn’t quite finished enjoying the old bad habits on January 1st there’s still time for renewed motivation because that New Moon occurs on 19th January in the early morning hours.
With the Mars, Pluto, Galactic Centre alignment on the 13th, Venus Neptune conjunct at the New Moon on the 19th and the Venus-Saturn opposition, plus Jupiter-Uranus square on the 22nd there is plenty of interesting planetary activity around which might influence our good intentions.
The Galactic Centre is said to be the “gravitational energy” in our Milky Way Galaxy. A huge Black Hole is thought to be at the centre, about the size of a large star, but containing the mass of four million suns. The staggering amount of material being drawn into the black hole radiates energy at many frequencies. Astrologically it is considered to be a major source of motivation, aspiration, focus and contributes a sense of cosmic destiny. With this in mind consider the combination when Mars and Pluto pass over that same Zodiac degree in Sagittarius. Why hit a nail with a hammer when you can use a pile driver? That’s a clue to what we’re dealing with here. Forceful behaviour with an unwillingness to compromise or adjust one’s position, and attempts at using will power to dominate possibly in an effort to achieve far reaching goals. Pretty strong stuff as a global theme but put to good use on a personal level it could lend you a determination needed to quit smoking or any other ingrained habit. In contrast the Venus Neptune combination in Aquarius on the day of the Full Moon suggests a strong motivation to renew a harmonious balance in both your inner and outer world. A sense of deep spirituality and compassion with dreams, fantasies but possibly ambiguity, flavour the day. So it could at worst lead to a vague and unfocussed New Moon but it should nevertheless be very favourable for working together for common ideals and enjoyable socialising. A few days later on the 22nd Venus opposes Saturn which suggests delays in fulfilling our desires or getting what we want but gives a solid strength of mind to success one step at a time regardless of obstacles. Also on the 22nd and the first one in a series, Jupiter makes a 90 degree angle to Uranus. This is powerful innovative energy that favours renovation, innovation, change and transformation. We might experience unexpected awakenings or change that frees us from old ways or helps us feel more alive or opens up new possibilities where we can demonstrate our uniqueness or even genius. It brings in expansive and far reaching reforms, turning over the old order in favour of something very different. The only danger is that we make change for changes sake, too fast or without a good structure in place first. The Jupiter square Uranus will last through June 2007, and come back in full force in September and October 2007. So with all that just for starters, we could be in for an interesting year.
The next New Moon is at 29° Capricorn on the 19th January at 04:02 am