Most people view New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as a time to reflect on the past year and to resolve to guide how they live their lives in new, healthier, more advantageous ways in the year to come. Astrology does not always support those changes, since the civil calendar is rather arbitrary compared to the cycles of the seasons and the rest of astrology.
In part two of our look back on 2013, Eric offers some perspective on our current position in the year’s events. One of the mistakes we make as humans is to not look back and learn from our own past. Are we making progress in civil rights? Eric points to the potential for an awakening of our collective unconscious in this evolutionary time of history.
In part one of our year in review, Eric looks back at some of the jaw-dropping nonsense that occurred in our world in 2013. Thankfully, with the help of Mars retrograde in Libra this year, we are likely to have a long sequence of ‘truth revealed’ kind of events that expose what is behind the facade.
Mars entered Libra Saturday — an energy we’re just beginning to get acquainted with, but which we’ll come to know intimately in the coming months (including through a long retrograde). It’s a complex placement for Mars, whose expression can swing the arms of Libra’s scale from one extreme to another, calling for patience and diplomacy as we relate to each other — and this year, calling for an entire Planet Waves annual edition devoted to it.
Just when you thought you’d finally gotten used to Mercury hanging out in water signs for long stretches, the planet representing our minds and how we think will finally leave Scorpio and enter Sagittarius at 9:42 pm EST Wednesday. Mercury can be a little impatient here, but it tends to be honest — and what our minds may miss in terms of details will likely be made up for with a greater long-range focus.
Are you ready for the intense astrology of the Cardinal Grand Cross? Check out this issue to get your planetary bearings as Eric outlines the energies heading our way, starting New Year’s Day with the Capricorn New Moon. Mars retrograde in a Venus-ruled sign should also stir up some relationship issues, and Eric offers some advice to make the most of this transformational time.
The Sagittarius New Moon, which like all New Moons is a conjunction of the Sun and Moon, is taking place in early-mid Sagittarius. New Moons generally signify harmony between the conscious will (Sun) and our unconscious/intuitive/emotional selves (Moon). In Sagittarius, this takes on a particularly ‘cosmic’ or ‘spiritual big picture’ flavor.
Mercury in Scorpio enters new territory Wednesday for the first time since its retrograde, which ended earlier this month. It does so after having made a conjunction to Saturn, which acted like a barrier between the old and the new (as Saturn often does). Infinitely curious, Mercury in Scorpio is the image of considering everything that’s off the usual menu, and/or taboo — the perfect complement to holiday get-togethers.