New Moon, New Year 2014

At last, after a few years of tying up loose ends, we have arrived at a new year that truly begins us anew, with a New Moon at 10 degrees of Capricorn on January 1st – the one and only day of each year represented by the King of Spades. What a fortunate month we have to both begin and end with a New Moon…the second on January 30th will be in the sign of Aquarius.

This New Moon puts us in touch with the elements of the earth we live upon. After the parties and frivolities associated with the holidays here is where we buckle down and get serious. What are we doing, where are he heading, how do we intend to reach our goals? The focus is on personal mastery, good old fashioned work requiring “elbow grease”, heeding or becoming an authority and doing whatever it takes to match up to the associated ideals of that particular authority. The King of Spades means business, and a New Moon that falls on a day with his attributes is no small occasion.

kingspadeProper discrimination is what will help make wiser choices in all areas of life, and a certain level of detachment and quietude will assist in reaching reasonable goals easier and swifter than if we continued to mingle with unmotivated people in inappropriate settings. There is really no more room, no more time to spare…there are no more excuses, no more alibis, as Old Father Time, Capricorn’s ruler Saturn would put it in practical terms we simply need to “be the change we wish to see in the world”.

The New Moon is conjoined with Pluto and Mercury, indicating that which will not be suppressed without a fierce battle or ginormous shift of energy, either to be inwardly or outwardly experienced depending on outlook and circumstances. Hidden truths are erupting from the collective consciousness like a volcano, causing some people to burn and cry, while others dance and rejoice.

The ongoing Grand Square, currently involving the New Moon cluster in Capricorn, Mars in Libra, Jupiter in Cancer, and Uranus is not letting us get away with not doing the work that must be done. This is both inner and outer work that has been neglected or that some may have been unable to accomplish previously. Now, the urgency that these powerful planets in cardinal signs reflect to us indicate we must act with conviction, or risk being acted upon. More can be read about this in the forecast for 2014 – Year of the Chariot

There is a magic to Capricorn that is less spoken of in astrology circles…

For those in touch or who would like to be more with the more sensual sides of life, the Capricorn New Moon and season is very much one that enables us to tune into our senses in deeper ways. Pan, the goat god is a major archetype associated with Capricorn, having a great influence on nature itself, the sexual impulse, and the beings of nature known as faeries and elves. The asteroid Pan has been conjunct with Uranus in the freedom loving sign of Aries since early December, taking part in Grand Squares’ stirring up of raucousness, heathenism, and individuality. Certainly he has made his dynamic presence known in fiery, passionate, and unpredictable ways.

Speaking of Faeries, I very much look forward to interviewing the world renowned mystic Almine on my radio show this month on the subject of them (stay tuned through my Facebook and Twitter announcements).

What occurs on the first day of the year sets the tone for the year, and we have some great tools at our disposal to work with to build, create, and make tangible our dreams and ideals. Some of this work may not be easy for us, but this is truly a year that we will have the chances to make things happen, get things “done” and move forward in ways than we may not even have imagined were possible.

Cocreation with the Intelligences of Nature

In the season of increasing light, people tend to connect more easily with the nature spirits, partially because the Sun brings them more outdoors where they are enjoying nature’s splendor. Another reason for this is that many of the beings in nature are intrinsically connected with the growth of so much of the vegetation, trees, and flowers that make Summer so colorful and plentiful for us.

PanEvery indigenous culture is conscious of their relationship with the intelligences within nature, by whatever titles fit the attributes and locations of these beings. Known as fairies, devas, nagas, devils, apsaras, and sprites to name a few, the spirits of nature are as much a part of our environment and evolutionary process as are we. In an astrological sense I personally think of these beings as particularly resonant and strong with the signs Capricorn and Pisces, and with the planets Earth, the Moon, and Neptune. Solstice is when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer which is ruled by the Moon, while we upon the Earth are currently in Capricorn – represented by Pan, who is known to oversee the realm of the fairies, nymphs and other beings.

I’d like to share just a few excerpts from my forthcoming book on this subject:

“Fairies, faeries, or whatever you’d like to call them, are part of a plane of existence running parallel to our own. This realm includes other beings such as unicorns, satyrs, and dragons. Nearly every culture makes some mention of these types of beings in their lore and mythology. They have varying degrees of consciousness just as humans and other animals do. Faeries can have personalities, shapes and sizes as diverse as humans, and some are actually quite larger than humans. Although they have various degrees of intelligence, they are a world apart as far as how they express themselves…

Let us, for here and for now, suppose that Faery is undoubtedly real, or at least as real as your own flesh and the ground that you stand upon. Faery as a realm and its beings typically cannot thrive in sterile plots of land devoid of color and vitality. It cannot bear the long stretches of rubber and cement man has implanted, constant exposure to EMF, toxic fumes, choked up and stale airs of petrochemicals, vulgarity and monotony. Can you? Due to neglect and abuse, the Faery within us withers, as reflected by many symptoms of deteriorating health and lack of conscious connection to the Body Deva that each of us eventually comes to evolve with. If this is true, then no wonder that far fewer humans actually benefit from the Sight of Faeries in this day and age. Now, we must go out of our way to interact, see, and befriend them. We must give back to the earth and ourselves, for we have collectively taken so much.

Within its seeming borders, Faery has no boundaries, nor tolerance for any sort of segregation, patriarchy and defilement of the Divine Feminine. It automatically deflects and refutes human flaws such as sexism, racism, classism, narcissism, and other isms that cause pain and suffering to sentient beings, by dissolving our sense of separation and superiority, and reminding us that we are all but reflections within the same giant pond. When this hurts, we demonize the beings in nature that may not be as evolved as ourselves – we project onto them just as we do upon each other as humans. By doing this, we create hell on Earth.

Contrary to popular ideas, the world of Faery does not promise happiness or cupcakes that taste as pink and delicious as they may appear. It may be pleasant or not, yet its seductions, sorrows, and both its silly and sinister games often reflect those of the human world. What many people do not realize is that there are various levels of consciousness within this realm, some trustworthy and others not, some of great stature, wielding great power and others small or seemingly subordinate.

Due to modern civilization, many children in today’s world are discouraged from developing their imaginations and telepathic links with Nature and the beings within it. They’re placed for countless hours in front of television sets to babysit, entertain, educate, and sedate them. In other words, electric boxes are programmed and permitted to raise our young. Unfortunately as a result, it takes a lot more for people to penetrate the veils than in ancient times…

The realm of Faery does survive in the hearts of the young, and curious, and in those whose hearts remain pure and open, eager to explore life and its myriad treasures. Faery beings tend to be very attracted to artistic types. Almost anyone can relate to and connect with the Faeries by caring for the environment that is shared with them, including the body temple itself.”

A question we may like to ask today is, what can we give to show our appreciation of the Earth and her unconditional love for us – no matter how sloppy we can be? It might be planting seeds, taking a stroll in the woods, picking up trash from the beach, or simply meditating in silence upon a hillside, in a glen, cave or other undisturbed section of nature.

Basically, when we attune to nature’s intelligences we can create a healthier and more harmonious experience of and for life on Earth. When we seek to cooperate with Nature’s intelligences our lives can become more meaningful as well as magical. Nature may not always seem like our “friend” in its actions but it always has a specific function and a purpose to what it does. When we connect with that inner function and purpose, we connect also to our own inner functioning and purpose. By becoming aware of our relationship with nature spirits with the intention to treat them with respect, even if we cannot see them with our physical eyes, we are saying to Nature  “Yes, I see you, and thank you for all that you do”. Oftentimes, Nature will acknowledge and thank us back for this in many surprising ways 😀