Updated: Dec 29, 2020
January 2021 Celestial Wisdom
We finished a year sculpted by the Hero’s Journey. Often when a story comes to a close, we believe that it is a “happily ever after” scenario. However, I would like to offer in this blog and upcoming blogs, the continuation story. As we know, life continues to march along and we are invited into a deeper exploration of what it means to truly be the Hero of our own stories. The overall theme for January is that rebellion and revolution around the world may cause us to revisit the real issues at hand and reveal more truth. As the saying goes, "The truth will set you free." We can cut ourselves free from the ideas that we have no choices. The truth may not always be pretty or easy, but it will allow us to pause and take notice of the choices we can make.
For January’s quote, I am going with the beautiful, talented and controversial Gemini, Marilyn Monroe: “I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
This quote sums up the nature of January’s energy as we are still facing the pandemic, a world in crisis, and a changing of the guard in the United States. 2020 stirred up all kinds of shadow work and the overarching theme of Capricorn reminded us to own, embrace and master the darker or negative sides of ourselves. December heralded Jupiter and Saturn as they made their move out of Capricorn and into Aquarius, only to set us up for three squares to Uranus in Taurus. At its worst, Uranus is a rebellious teenager who thinks they know what’s best for themselves, and refuses to listen to anyone in authority. This can create sudden splits from our families, values, jobs, or groups.
At its best Uranus can use its intuitive nature to bring innovative and radical ideas into concrete form that can be useful for humanities evolution.
In the sign of Taurus, we may be facing tensions with economic changes and shifts in our values. We may struggle with the status quo in the materialistic world, and strive for equality for all when it comes to resources and safety in one's own agency.
Now that we have “returned home”, we may be ready to connect with those who want to hear the story of our adventures, of our trials and tribulations. However, upon our return home, we may have realized that some cobwebs, dirt and muck built up in our homes.
As we finished the month of December we encountered a full moon in Cancer that invited us to clean out the emotional baggage from 2020 and find comfort and security in the blessings we can give gratitude for.
Some of us may have had a moment or two of truth telling about someone or something from our past. The rose colored glasses came off and maybe even the gloves. Very little was left unsaid or undone, as Venus in Sagittarius was squaring off with Neptune in Pisces and canoodling with the South Node. Venus’ role was to make sure that our relationships, finances, values, and creative expressions are cleaned and polished so that we can enter into 2021 fully aware of what and who we are working with. I would imagine that many relationships were either cleaned up or cleared out. A perfect way to begin fresh on a new calendar year and month.
Now as we begin the month of January, we find ourselves feeling a renewed sense of determination and drive to get this new year started off right. Planning for the future may be underway as Mars will be moving through the last degrees of Aries until January 6th when it moves into Taurus. Mars in Taurus gives us a practical and realistic approach to what we can manifest to survive. I would venture to say that many of us will be looking for ways to move out of survival mode and into thriving mode during the upcoming weeks and months.
Much of the strategic planning may involve innovative ways to work smarter instead of harder, and with Mars in the sign of Taurus, we have a great Coach or Supervisor to work with.
However, the shadow side of Mars in Taurus is an extreme resistance to change. This could mean that we make our plans and start to implement them, and any curve ball or request to change them could incite anger or rage. This may be especially true as Mars will be activating Uranus in Taurus and beginning a square to Saturn in Aquarius starting January 4th.
The exact square of Mars and Saturn is on the 11th and we can feel the after effects throughout the entire month of January as Mars canoodles with Uranus on the 19th and 20th, and makes a square to Jupiter on January 21st. This set up with Mars can offer a few different scenarios and with all that we have endured over the past year, I would venture to say the most dominate energy may be a disruption of anger, rage, and peacefulness within our communities, organizations and issues relating to what we as human beings need to work and live.
As one of my Teachers, Deborah Jones wrote in a Spirituality & Health article (https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/2019/05/21/in-the-true-spirit-of-community) “Within the true spirit of community, conflict can arise. In fact, conflict has value to a healthy, spirit-filled group when that conflict is met and resolved with emotional stability and well-practiced communication skills. In the villages of Africa, conflict is seen as a timely gift sent by Spirit to clear obscurations in their lives. The villagers would say that conflict arrives to crack open hidden thoughts, interpretations, and stuck energies. Without skillful conflict, a community could become stagnant, rigid, and cease to function organically. In the true spirit of community, the way conflict is approached and resolved is a barometer measuring the state of maturity of its members and the community itself.”
The time to crack open hidden thoughts, interpretations, and stuck energies is upon us! Mars in Taurus squaring off with Jupiter and Saturn this month (Mars will square off with Saturn two more times this year when our Red Planet is in Leo and Scorpio), can be the catalyst for getting things moving. If there is a particular area of your life where you have felt particularly stuck or have been waiting for the right time to take action, this tension can be just what you need to get moving. A wonderful principle to keep in mind is “Ask and it will be given. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened.” Ask for the signs, messages and confirmations, and then by goddess/god take action! One fine print word of caution: Do be careful of any “get rich quick” schemes or the occasional Charlton who will want to sell you some snake oil during this time. If it seems too good to be true, it most likely is.
January 8th Mercury enters Aquarius and Venus enters Capricorn.
Mercury in Aquarius is asking us to think and speak objectively when presenting new, radical ideas, while Venus in Capricorn makes us more cautious in matters of romance, finances, beauty and peacekeeping. However with Mercury quickly forming a square to Uranus, we may find ourselves caught up in a revolution or rebellion particularly through the internet, social media or news. I would also put a guess out there that Mother Nature may have a surprise or two in store for us during this transit. The other thing to watch for here is another cyber breach that could compromise our information. The gift of this square between Mercury and Uranus is that we could also have a breakthrough in information or radical ideas that can catapult us forward using science or technology so that new security measures to protect our information can be put into place, especially as Mars will be involved in this transit.
Venus will stay in Capricorn until the end of the month, cautiously yet seductively inviting us to play with where we want more commitment and stability in our relationships, finances, or creative endeavors.