It seems to me that the best way to go about ‘predictions’ or what I prefer to call insights for the coming year is to muse on them as they arise. No point in anticipating too strenuously. The media relentlessly encourages us to do, all the while generating fear and the sense that we are powerless.
In this column I will simply offer whatever the next major configuration is. You can muse on it with me.
On January 23rd Mars will make a station at 23 degrees of Virgo. The fact that Mars will be in Virgo for so long encourages my enthusiasm for the Virgo Project. It brings a biting kind of energy: If not now, when? If you aren’t concerned about that person over there why not? And then there is the important question: How much can I actually DO? Virgo is first and foremost about boundaries. Only when the boundaries are in place can the action be right. Boundaries are not the same as walls or defenses. Clear boundaries allow us to know how much we can give or take in at any given moment. They are always shifting but they help alleviate anxiety. Mars in Virgo at it’s worst is anxious. At it’s best it’s forthright, clear and strategic. From January 23 – March 3 Mars encourages us to make a journey deep into our motives: Why we do the things we do and who we do them for. Consider this for yourself as well as observe it in the world. While Mars is retrograde you can see him, red in the night sky, Say hello when you do see him. The gods hate to be ignored!
Mars will still be retrograde after March 3rd for a while but the energy will shift at that time.If you are interested in engaging with Mars in your chart come to my workshop on March 3rd or order the cds.
Next up will be Neptune in Pisces on February 4th.
Below you will find my original musings on the topic of 2012 and the specific symbolism of December 21, 2012
I’ve been thinking about 2012. I guess we are all thinking about it in the background of our minds because this planet seems so precarious some days and there is nothing like a good prophesy to help you focus on the fact that change is the only constant.
Mostly I think this world doesn’t end. It’s more like eternal recurrence. There is no doubt we are at a crises point. You don’t need an astrologer or a weatherman to show you how desperately we need to come to the end of the current cycle of greed, delusion and cruelty on this planet. One of the things astrology teaches us is that there are a myriad of cycles within cycles. There is the cycle of your life which begins with your own birth and ends with your death. There are also the endless cycles of the day, the year and on and on.
The astronomical cycle that supports the notion of great cycles is the precession of the equinoxes. One of the amazing things about precession is that over the course of approximately 26,000 years there are actually 4 different north stars. Polaris is just the current one. Precession is important when trying to understand what it happening on December 21, 2012. I leave you to unravel this mystery for yourself. It’s worth doing.
Symbolically what it boils down to for me is this: On the solstice day (the beginning of the New Year) at the time of sunrise (the beginning of the new day) in 2012 the Sun (the great Father of our solar system) will conjunct the Milky Way (the Great Goddess of our galaxy) at its direct center. The center of the Goddess is her womb which is also the point we call the Galactic Center. This is a very great joining of energies. A great marriage so to speak. It won’t happen again for another 26,000 years.
The Sun represents the masculine principle. It’s hot and fiery. It rises and sets. The Milky Way is the great womb of our existence in the heavenly realms.
The symbolism is powerful but the astronomy of it isn’t exact. There really isn’t one moment when this happens. It occurs over many years and no one seems to agree upon when the precise culmination date is. For those who are committed to the Mayan prophesy sunrise on the first day of the New Year 2012 is the date to watch for.
The Mayan’s did naked eye astronomy: No telescopes. They meditated and conjured prophetic images from what they could see in the heavens. Their math was mixed with mysticism. Nowadays the guys with the telescopes aren’t generally mystics (with a few notable exceptions). I myself like to lean into the mystic which is why I am an astrologer, of course.
Nobody alive on Planet Earth at the moment would argue with the notion that we are at a time of crises when our very existence hangs in the balance. What we believe can make a huge difference. Cutting through the hype around 2012 and diving into the pure symbolism could be a good thing. Masculine and feminine energies in balance is symbolic of all polarities coming to a place of peace. I’m good with that.
My favorite website for keeping up with the more intelligent side of 2012 news is at Sounds True.
What do you think about this event that awaits us all?