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January 1, 2014

Sometimes, I become very aware of the complexity and subtlety in the ways we astrologers inhabit this world. This can happen when a non-astrologer friend makes a comment or asks a simple question that somehow requires an intricate response — or, at least, evokes in me a chain of thinking about how to begin to talk about the way I see the planets’ movements and geometries at any particular moment or about any particular subject.

There is, of course, immense variability in how astrologers practice: the methods and techniques we use, the personal philosophies and beliefs that inform our approach, and how we apply our art — that is, to what end are we working? But essentially, we astrologers are living in a shared world of watching and listening to the motions in the celestial sphere, in that charming and olden-times phrase, the vault of the heavens. We know that something is being conveyed or signified by the motions of the planets.

So, we have embarked on this glorious and timeless journey of uncovering meaning (and inspiration, poetry, fascination, justification, explanation, beauty, distraction, amusement, understanding, solace, etc.) as a guide to our days.

The calendar year 2014 begins with a New Moon on January 1. It’s not often that the calendar year starts precisely with a New Moon — a celestial omen for the reunion of body and soul, mind and matter, will and desire. The Roman deity Janus, the god of thresholds, passages, and doorways, gives his name to the month. This year, his look ahead on January 1 carries the richness of a New Moon potentized by Pluto’s lumbering walk in the hidden darkness and Uranus’s magnificent and immediate grasp of the greatest possible view, with Mars striking at both. (Pluto conjoins the Sun and Moon; Uranus and Mars are opposite one another, and both square the Sun and Moon.)

Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Cancer are holding a trine (which was exact in July and December 2013, and will be again in May 2014) in the water element. Our inner resources, our intimacy with self and others, and our faith in the flow of life itself provide a gentle container these days. The emotional bonds of personal connections are perhaps most obvious in households that are welcoming new babies now, or those guiding family members at the end of their life, but we are all moving along in the cycles of birth and death.

There are countless potentials for how we will individually experience the turning of the year. One clue is to be proactive: You can look at Capricorn in your natal chart and infuse that area of your life with a fierce invitation, a tender willingness, and a resounding openness to be changed by the events on the horizon.

What a time we are privileged to be alive in!

Much love and respect to all my astrology friends, near and far, known and unknown, for being my dear and hearty companions on the way.

Happy New Year!

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  • nan stevenson says:

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  • HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AS WELL MARY. I HAVE NOT SUBSCRIBED TO THE MAGAZINE YET, ALTHOUGH I ADORE IT, BECAUSE I HAVE LEARNED BACK IN 1970 NOT TO JOIN ANYTHING. I JOIN, THEN EVERYTHING REGARDING WHATEVER GOES BANANA!S. I WAS A MEMBER OF PATCO (AM AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL UNION.) I LOVE YOUR MAGAZINE TOO MUCH TO EVEN ATTEMP TO HAVE IT HURT. BESIDES, IT GIVES ME THE EXCUSE TO GO TO BARNES & NOBEL TO GET IT, AND SOCIALIZE THERE. SOOOOZ, I REALLY LOVE YOUR MAGAZINE, ESPECIALLY THE ARTICLES ON THE CENTAURS, AND HOW THE SCIENTIST WROTE (BACK A FEW MONTHS AGO.) ABOUT THE REVOLUTION IN SCIENCE TAKING PLACE (THE GOD MATTER.). YOUR MAGAZINE SEEMS TO BE CHOCKED FULL OF SO MUCH INFORMATIVE INFORMATION. SOOOOZ, HAPPY NEW YEAR ONCE AGAIN MARY AND STAFF, AND PLEASE KEEP YOUR ALL’S WORK COMING! RESPECTFULLY YOUR’S, CAPT. AHA (ANCIENT HISTORIC ARTIFACT, BORN MARCH 3RD, 1935.

  • Hello Mary

    many thanks for this reflective, poetic invocation of the spirit of the year to come! And as we say in Scotland, ” a guid New Year tae one and all!”

    Blessings
    Anne

    • Dear Anne,

      Thank you for your comment…(as you know, I am in a reflective state of mind..I’m just glad I could find some words for it!)

      Much Love,

      Mary

  • Hi Mary,

    A beautiful welcome to the upcoming New Year.

    May you and everyone reading this experience the best possible outcome in things. Happy New Year 2014!

    Blessings,
    Rita

  • Dear Mary,

    May the New Year bless you with a vibrant spirit of renewal, divine love and universal peace.

    Thank You kindly for your weekly reports. They are always filled with inspiration, a feeling of community and opportunity for contemplation.

    Much Love from Koh Samui,
    Hillary Adrian

  • BEAUTIFUL Mary-hardly “simple” but mostly
    profound…

  • Thank you Mary for a warm and deep reflection. As a Capricorn in the 12th house I would like to find a bit more “coming out of hiding” energy, not from fear but from the comfort I find there. I would love to know when was the last time there was a New Moon on Jan 1. Overall I feel definite optimism and hope in today’s sunrise. Thank you for being one of the best astrological voices!

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  • Thank you dearest Mary for your profound and nurturing words. What a powerful time indeed. Wishing you peace, joy and good health in 2014. I look forward to connecting soon.

    Love,
    Amy

  • Dear Mary,

    Thanks so much for this tender piece. Perfect for this time of year, during which I often seek to immerse myself in the poetic and inspirational aspects of astrology, leaving behind the ‘work-day’ routines.

    May 2014 bring health, joy and creativity to us all,

    Melanie

    • Dear Melanie,

      Thank you for commenting..

      I know you remember the 12 nights as a contemplative time..

      I am sad when people take their outside lights down so soon after Christmas..it’s so nice to see them through the 6th..

      Much Love,

      Mary

  • Hail Mary, Having spent 2012 traveling with my spouse as he moved through his cancer struggles and as I wrestled with 2013 moving through soul issues, 2014 arrives as an adventure in erecting a new lifestyle and focus. Yours is a timely article (as often). Thank you. Mike.