“The bottom line is, 2014 needs to be a year of action.” -President Obama.
Hang on to your hats, 2014 has a wild birth chart, and looks to be a wild ride. We’re right in heart of metamorphosis now.
Our new year’s resolutions will be particularly important this year. As 2014 dawns, Pluto, Mercury, Sun and Moon conjunct in determined Capricorn, and all four oppose bountiful Jupiter and square both change-master Uranus and assertive Mars to form four corners of a grand square. Together they begin a new if unsettling cycle, remind us that we’re smack in the transition stage of societal transformation. 2012-2015 Uranus in Aries calls us to innovate and revolt, and wrestles with Pluto in Capricorn as it pulls us to reorganize structure and government while remembering the old ways.
It won’t help to fight the changes. It will help to honor the sadness for what’s leaving, let the ache flow through, and then look for what’s being born in its place.
These planets encourage us to confront uncomfortable problems squarely, but can also help us make unusually wonderful progress. All year long we can expect action in many cultural hot-spots, like women’s rights, gay rights, racial equality, indigenous rights, and sustainable economies. A surge of freedom-seeking politics (Uranus in Aries) can trigger opposing efforts to crack down (Pluto in Capricorn). A gap between generations widens with political, cultural and technological advances, but can be breached wherever we work together.
This change is not just political. Saturn, the planet of structure and training, in profound Scorpio until next December, challenges us to take this work deep within our souls and develop a lodestar composed of our deepest goals and brightest guiding lights, then use that lodestar to navigate the changing, sometimes storm-tossed landscape.
Our ability to adjust, to find our balance will be our most essential tool to stay healthy. We need to be kind, but we’ll feel drained if we get stuck in self-pity or in enabling relationships. Saturn now in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces can blur our boundaries while waking up our sense of empathy and connection.
Instead, let’s work towards a sustainable ecology on all levels. Balance the needs of all involved so we can move forward in healthy interdependence. Expect this lesson to be hammered in; the more stressful the times, the more important balance will become.
Expansive, abundant, freedom-loving Jupiter in Cancer opposes Pluto and squares Uranus this January through June, amping up the speed and depth of change, altering water levels, bringing storms, and singing an intense need for personal freedom. Let’s start at home, with family dynamics; walk the talk and encourage everyone’s evolution, even if it’s inconvenient. A booming crop of babies can carry this quality forward. Relationships will need breathing room; we need to know we can grow with our beloveds, or the urge for freedom can pull us away.
Mars spends an unusually long time in Venus-ruled Libra (12/9/13-7/28/14) dancing back (retrograde 3/2-5/20) and forth in that grand square with Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter. It invites us to dance this revolution, to take a creative Venusian, heart-centered, egalitarian approach.
Spring stays unsettled and blustery, so find balance between the wind gusts. That grand square perfects again in April; it’ll be a rocky month, but we can accomplish great shifts if we ride its waves.
Late spring a helpful grand trine between Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron allows us to make headway through unusual alliances and encourages healthier architecture and economic structure. Jupiter enters Leo mid-July and waltzes with Venus, our hearts will long for more love, compassion, and time with our muse, but can flare melodramatically when conflicted.
Jupiter trines Uranus in the fall and supports all that go back to school or turn their work towards their bliss. Technological inventiveness can leap forward and leave us and our equipment feeling out of date, but may provide solutions to key problems.
Tend to relationships of all kind in the fall, make sure all is on track, equal, and that dreams are shared, because the Sun squares Pluto and opposes Uranus Oct. 3- 9 and dances on our interpersonal tender spots. Let’s work together next fall rather than let it wedge us apart.
But for this week, on Friday, a Scorpio Moon asks us to take some time inside and review our years, catch up with our work as Mercury semi-squares industrious Saturn. Communication maybe a bit off, as people can be distracted or internal, or worried, but is probably not a problem in the relationship, unless we poke and prod. Saturday afternoon and evening the mood is still subdued or internal, but our vision expands as the Sun and Mercury conjuncts; it is a good time to ponder and wax philosophical.
Sunday morning the Moon enters Sagittarius and the winter calls us; get outside if possible, or find a way to work off the holiday cookies and laugh together. Watch for interruptions or communications snafus as Mercury squares Uranus, and drive with care. The conversation can unearth fresh clues about our next steps, though we may need to deal with uncomfortable information in the process. Notice some free-floating anxiety, and let it go; it is probably more ambient than personal, so don’t try to look for logical reasons.
This is a relatively cheerful, cross-pollinating, interactive time; stay active through Monday. We may be building up for some interesting world events as described at the beginning of the article, but our personal lives may be more humble, though just as thought-provoking. Tuesday morning starts out rocky as Mercury conjuncts Pluto and squares Mars; watch where the thoughts go, and don’t let them run into scary or belligerent places. Old problematic though-forms rise up, so does the potential for strange power wrestles, but we don’t have to take the bait. We grow contemplative and serious as we review the past and thing about the future while the Moon wanes in Capricorn. NYE is more subdued or serious than usual; many triggers resonate from the past, though some people will party seriously and with almost a grim approach, as it takes a whole lot of medicine to not be thoughtful with these transits.
We can find rituals and traditions helpful on New Year’s Day, after the New Moon at 4:14 AM MST. Think about those resolutions and plans, think how to steer the New Year ahead. Then share ideas on Thursday as a Moon in Aquarius asks us to return to our communities and put those plans into action. The New Year leaps forward quickly in the weeks ahead.