2014 – Year of the Chariot

We are soon stepping into something entirely new…a way of life we may not even be familiar with and have yet to define. 2014 rounds out to the number seven in numerology, indicating this to be a highly spiritually charged year. Seven is the number that represents the bridge between the realms of the mundane and mystical. There are seven days in week, seven major traditional planets, seven main musical notes, and seven colors of the rainbow, just to name a few “sacred sevens”.

Until now we have been purging, preparing, learning and unlearning so many things so that we would be ready for what is yet to come. Some have been recognizing where their true values lie, whether of the material and/or subtle planes of existence.

2013 being a six year has been about partnership and balancing the scales karmically and monetarily, whereas the coming seven year will highlight the progress made along our paths, potentially actualizing ideas into physical manifestation. It’s time to wrap it up with important contacts, which has been sweet in some ways, highly uncomfortable in others. The Tarot card of 2013 is the Lovers, so we’ve been looking intensely at relationships that reflect us, drain us, nurture us, and elude us. We’ve been doing some deep soul work to make amends not only with others but within ourselves. This work isn’t over, but it will be raised to a whole new level.

The Tarot card that corresponds with the number seven is the Chariot. The Chariot symbolizes new beginnings within our careers and within our consciousness. It relates to the sign of Cancer and the time period between the Summer Solstice of June and the end of July.  The charioteer is depicted being pulled either by two Sphinxes or two horses, symbolizing movement that is liberating. However there is also a very masculine and defensive energy associated with the card, and hints that there are both battles and bad habits to overcome. The worst battles we fight are within ourselves, and the inner beast is what must be tamed before our dreams and goals will be fully attained.

All year and especially during this time period we may seek for and expect the following themes to show up prominently:

  • Goals are being attained
  • Heightened spiritual awareness
  • Greater self control or loss of control
  • New work and career opportunities
  • Relocation
  • A long or significant journey
  • Strong messages from the Universe

As the Grand Cardinal Crosses continue to exert their pressures into the year 2014, those who are Cancer or any of the cardinal signs (Aries/Libra, Cancer/Capricorn) might feel that this an especially key year for both transformation and actualization on many levels, especially during the Summer. Jupiter in Cancer bestows his blessings along the way.

This year is going to be so potent that it may look unlike what many of us have experienced before in our current lifetimes, bringing in many unique situations, people, and opportunities. This may partially be due to advancements in technology, combined with further natural disasters, and a heightened awareness of the processes of evolution, involution and devolution. Like animals whose cages have just been flung open we at first may move slowly, with some hesitation. From here, we get to choose our directions. If we don’t act with appropriate assertion, then we risk being dominated by those around us who claim greater control. The year 2014 will require courage, and it will require focus. With determination and applied effort, victory and celebration will be ours. These are the gifts of a seven year.

Jupiter in Cancer

Jupiter month moves into Cancer this month on the 25th, until July 26th of 2014. It takes twelve years for Jupiter to make his round through the zodiac. Along his way he brings growth, expansion, and opportunities wherever he travels, but particularly in this sign, where he is “exalted” in astrological terms!

Jupiter is indeed jovial in this sign  as the kind and caring qualities of Cancer are expanded by his presence. Due to this the ability to attract these qualities in others are enhanced. Since this is a water sign, our watery natures both physical and emotional will be heightened to the nth degree during this transit. On the Earth, water will be more available, and/or expensive, and will become somehow stronger in force. Emotionally, we are in for the full gamut of whatever can be experienced.

Ambitions are strong in this sign, but in a way that one considers the feelings of others, and moves in an intuitive manner toward goals. Part of this comes from the belief in a higher power and a powerful sense of ethics. We simply won’t be able to act without becoming aware of others’ nuances and considering the effects that our actions will have on others during this time. There is emphasis on homelife and those with Jupiter in this sign often have clear sharp memories in relation to their family history and upbringing. Building a sense of security and comfort for themselves and their loved ones is very important to them. While Jupiter is in Cancer we will all in general have this pull toward recognizing and reconnecting with our roots, ancestry, and seek to enhance whatever brings us the feeling of being “at home”.

Cancer’s tendency to moodiness is heightened with Jupiter and must be tempered occasionally with invigorating physical outlets . There can also be weight issues and fluctuations, usually overweight. In the case of being underweight, there is something else being overdone rather than overeaten that prevents the weight from evening out. It can be very helpful for Jupiter in Cancer natives to meditate on the impermanence of all things.

When all else fails, what they most need and benefit from is a good belly laugh! If any of us are taking ourselves too seriously right now or anytime, we are missing the boat.

Material success and manifestation of what is desired may be delayed but rarely denied in this sign, for their is a tendency for life to improve with time, experience and the accumulation of wisdom. Success often comes in middle age with Jupiter in Cancer “babies”, and when this transit comes around. The common Jupiter in Cancer talents include work with the public, especially work that involves food, real estate, interior design, culinary arts, the healing arts, and in a less public way caretaking (esp of pets, children, and elderly). These livelihoods are all aided by the sympathetic and emotional responsiveness that comes so natural here. Prosperity consciousness along with the capacity to attain great wealth are the gifts of Jupiter in Cancer.

Whenever Jupiter is present we can overdo it – so in this case we’ll need to be extra mindful about what we eat and how much, what we feel and how we handle it, what we want and how we choose to go after it. We can make a lot of progress but will still need the help of Saturn to discipline ourselves and not bite off more than we can chew. We can have fun, but in Cancer we’ll also be reminded of those who are less fortunate, and hopefully this will fuel our desire to share what we have.