Welcome to the long-awaited year of 2012! We have a lot to look forward to, whether or not it’s the end of the world as we know it! I have a hunch that when the clock strikes midnight on 12/21/12 we will pinch ourselves to be sure we are fully awake, realizing that we are still here, like it or not. Still, the saying “Live each day as if it were your last…” is especially pertinent for us now.
a lovely dragon, by K. Chin
1/8/12 – Full Moon in Cancer
The Full Moon lands this month in Cancer, the sign that La Luna naturally has rulership over. Domestic duties as well as comforts and the urge for self-preservation is highlighted here, as is the feminine principle of the Universe, at its height of creativity. People tend to be extra moody, even more so than usual when a Full Moon occurs in this sign. As the first water sign, Cancer sensitizes the fluids within the Earth and our bodies, putting us deeply in touch with what we’re really feeling, whether or not it’s rational or has any obvious origins. If this turns out in the form of a churning stomach, it could mean that we need to address the emotional cause of some indigestion of ideas that conflict with our ability to assimilate the nutrition we need from both food and life itself. Cancer’s polar opposite Capricorn encourages us to learn from the past, making resolve to move forward and do better than before. It also favors commitment and responsibility, which helps us to mature as souls, as parents if we have children, and as leaders if there is some area that we have gathered enough knowledge and wisdom to step into this role.
Mercury in Capricorn is making a lot of aspects to other planets at this time, such as a conjunction with Pluto, trine to Jupiter in Taurus, a square to Uranus, and sextiles to Neptune and Saturn. Communication is at an all-time peak, and will largely be based on commitments, plans, schedules, cooperation, reasoning and reform.
1/22/12 – Supercharged New Moon in Aquarius
This exciting New Moon coincides with the Chinese New Year of the Dragon, known to be one of the most auspicious of the 12 Animal signs. In Aquarius, we’re inspired to network as much as possible and support the both the similarities and uniqueness in each other and ourselves, wherever we each are in life. We’re inspired to act on our visions, intuitions, and convictions and to evolve.
The night before the Dragon New Year, the New Moon sets off some early sparks as the planet Mars stations in preparation to go Retrograde for about three months, from 1/23/12 until April 14th. This greatly extends the amount of time that it will travel through Virgo, totaling this transit to 8 months (since November 10, 2011 until June 2, 2012). While in Virgo, Mars will express itself as a deep need or desire for soul retrieval and healing – to mend ourselves where we’ve been crushed, to find the parts that we’ve been missing, and to purge ourselves of harmful habits that inhibit our ability to move forward in life. It is a time for reclaiming our identities, remembering our purposes, and developing courage and confidence in ourselves not just for our own sakes, but for a worthy cause larger than ourselves alone. It will be an optimal time to make peace with old enemies, to bring calmness and rationale to arguments, to let go of drama, and to burn karma! The brute force, desire, and aggression normally associated with Mars is subdued by its Retrogradation, and in this state Mars encourages more of a sense of endurance and patience rather than intolerance and belligerence. The danger here is that pent up anger or other destructive passions can later explode when Mars goes Retrograde again, so we would do well to be aware of what isn’t sitting right within this period, and to make adjustments as necessary.
1/23/12 – Chinese New Year of the Dragon
Although I don’t know as much about Chinese astrology as Western, I sense that this year of the Black Water Dragon will be an empowering one for not only those born with the Dragon as their personal sign, but for humanity at large to make some large scale changes for the better, as the great size, power, and magic that this creature suggests. In China the celestial Dragon often represents an emperor. It is also the vehicle of transportation of the goddess of compassion, Kwan Yin.
A lot of people have been spreading the doomsday hype about 2012 marking the end of the world. I’m still not convinced that is what is taking place, at least not in the context that has been so widely discussed. Conversely, in comparison to the prediction of what remains of the original Mayan calendar, I read somewhere that hundreds of years ago a prophet said China will become prosperous and peaceful in 2012. It would be wonderful if this extended to Tibet, and all across the globe for that matter…let us set our sights high, and perhaps energy of the Dragon will assist us!
Traditionally, the Dragon represents so many things in many different cultures, yet it has ultimately stood the test of time as a symbol of success, power, good fortune, wealth and happiness. This will be an optimal year to get in touch with beings of the Faerie realm, to which the Dragon belongs. Leaving offerings outside or on one’s altar to the Dragons and Faeries on the night of the New Moon is one way to invoke and honor their energies, and to request their benevolence in the months to come.
Faeries & Whatnots in the Universe
Speaking of Faeries, I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker on the subject of them last month on astrologer Matt Savinar’s radio show, Ask the Astrologer for KOWS Radio, 107.3 FM in Occidental/Sonoma county. We had a spontaneous, fun discussion on Fairies, Flower Essences, Adaptogens, and the Cardinal Cross. You can listen to the recording by visiting his blog: Ask the Astrologer
Rune for January 2012 – Wunjo
Wunjo, representing joy, glory, and harmony, was the rune that appeared for November, and it is reappearing now, auspiciously at the start of a new. I will quote some of what I wrote in November’s forecast:
“Wunjo is, simply put, the rune of Joy. It is the light and love that exist on the other side of our fears and sorrows. It is the weightlessness of the innermost nature of our souls. When we operate from a place of joy within our hearts, we are very often in close communion with that which we call God. When we are in this heart space of joy in connection with God, there is nothing we cannot do, or obtain in essence…”
Wunjo is such a positive sign for any new beginning, that as a symbol of joy at this time it greatly speaks for itself. The only danger is in going overboard, becoming drunk literally or figuratively speaking, forgetting that ecstasy and joy is as temporal as any other state that we can experience on the Earth plane. Having some discernment and a certain amount of control even while we are celebrating is ideal. Yet cutting loose and sharing good will, joyful moments, love, and gratitude is optimal this month as well.By doing so we come closer to obtaining and achieving that which we most desire.
You can also find my monthly horoscopes in the Upbeat Times of Sonoma County and read them online ~
Wishing all a dynamic and divinely inspired year of 2012!