Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Want to know what 2014 holds?

Fra Angelico and Filippo Lippi: Adoration of the Magi. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The New Year of 2014 is almost upon us, so here is a preview of the important astrological events that will occur during the year. I’ve designed it as a reference, so you might want to print it to keep for the year.

These are the editing phases, which are the times to regroup
Venus             December 22nd, 2013 – January 31st, 2014
Mercury          February 6th – February 28th, June 7th – June 30th, October 4th – October 25th.

Times of change, especially when they connect to your individual chart
April 15th         Total eclipse of the Moon
April 29th         Annular eclipse of the Sun
October 8th      Total eclipse of the Moon
October 15th    Partial eclipse of the Sun

Major Meteor Showers
January 4th                   Quadrantids     25 meteors per hour
August 12th and 13th     Perseids           40 meteors per hour
October 8th                   Draconids        25 meteors per hour
December 13th             Geminids         85 meteors per hour

Visible Planets
Mercury                         February 22 – April 18, June 29 – August 1, May 4 – June 10,  October                                                 23  -  November 22
Venus                           January 17 – September 17
Mars                            January 1 – April 8
Jupiter                          January 1 – January 5, Aug 8 – Dec 31
Saturn                          January 1 – May 10, December 6 – Dec 31
Mercury                        January 13 – February 9, May 4 – June 10, August 18 – October 11,                                                        December 25 – December 31
Venus                          January 1 – January 5, December 5 – December 31
Mars                            April 8 – December 31
Jupiter                          January 5 – July 11
Saturn                          May 10 – November 1

Planetary Alignments
January 31st                                   Jupiter opposes Pluto. Expansion.
February 26th and April 20th            Jupiter squares Uranus. Dramatic New Changes.
April 21st and December 15th              Uranus squares Pluto. This transit will free us from limitations.
May 24th                                       Jupiter trines Saturn. Compassion and caring for humanity.
September 25th                                       Jupiter trines Uranus. Ease with beginning anew.

Chinese Year of the Wood Horse
  • The Chinese New Year starts on January 30th and has the Wood Horse as the animal for 2014.
  • Horse personality – High-spirited, friendly, lively, whimsical, impulsive, self-confident with a fast tempo.
  • Wood element brings logic and a sense of calm that is not normal for the excitable horse.
  • Year of adventure, action, excitement, romance and spontaneous decisions.

Venice - Three Magi gobelin
The Sun enters the sign of Capricorn on December 21st at 10:11 a.m., MST. Capricorn is an earth sign that is associated with the planet Saturn, who is the taskmaster of all the planets. Capricorn is the Executive because they are  the astrological authority figure and  know instinctively how to succeed. But there is a tradeoff . . . Capricorn is the workaholic of the Zodiac.
December 21st is the Winter Equinox, which welcomes a new season. In the northern hemisphere, this is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It has always been celebrated as the time when the light returns to the world, since the days immediately get longer after December 21st.
Well, finally that strong Scorpio party has separated, but guess what? It rushed through fun Sagittarius and is now turning into a Capricorn party. In fact, the year of 2014 starts out with a New Moon in Capricorn, which occurs exactly on January 1st! Not only is there a New Moon, but there are also four other planets in the sign of Capricorn. What a great way to start out a new year with the powerful intention of Capricorn to get thing going right! This is a perfect year to make serious New Year’s resolutions, because they can actually get accomplished with this Capricorn party helping out

The biggest thing happening astrologically this month is that Venus is turning retrograde on December 22nd and doesn’t change to direct motion until January 31st. Venus, the planet of love and beauty, retrogrades approximately every 1 ½ years, and is the time to rethink our creativity, art or our love lives. Maybe go through your closet and give things away to make it more organized. I call retrograde the “editing phase,” so this is editing the Venus part of our lives. As Venus retrogrades, she moves part Mercury on January 7th. Often brilliant ideas surface at that time. Then, on January 11th, Venus joins with the Sun, which combines with a time of awareness about what we need to change to make us happier. Get a new hairstyle or buy some art you’ve been wanting. Bring new Venus activities into your life in mid-January.
Marvelous "Three Wise Men on a Boat" by artist James Christensen.

Regarding the visible planets this month, we’ll see the last of Venus for a while. Venus is always retrograde for 40 days and then will emerge as the “Morning Star” in the predawn sky. It sure has been fabulous watching bright Venus after sunset for the last few months. Enjoy viewing Venus now, because she will disappear into the glow of the sun soon. But we have almost-as-bright Jupiter that is now rising after sunset in the eastern sky. Each night Jupiter will be higher in the sky and we’ll be able to watch it moving along the ecliptic in the sky for the next few months. For your viewing pleasure, be sure to watch the Moon joining bright Jupiter on January 14th and 15th.
All Info via Susie Cox
May 2014 be a good year
Glass mosaic of Madonna, Schottenkirche, Vienna, Austria

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