January 1, 2017
Happy New Year my Friends!
I’m starting 2017 Heavenly Messages with a quote from the January 2016 issue: “For those interested in numerology you’ll note that 2016 reduces to the number 9 which represents completion – the end of a phase before a new one begins. What will get wrapped up this year? What needs to be resolved so a new cycle can begin favorably?” At this point pundits are still contemplating 2016 and what the year meant to humanity at large, but if you’re like me, you’ve heard lots of folks say, I never want another intense year like 2016!
The numerology for 2017 vibrates to the number 10, which indicates a new cycle beginning on a higher level. No doubt new beginnings are here with a major Trump change of the guard in the US, Brexit in Britain, Russia heating up its cold-war muscles apparently gleeful for another round, Israel condemned by the UN for continuing West Bank settlements, and more. But will these new beginnings eventually resolve onto a higher level? We all have a front row seat to watch the power players at work, but the astrology at the beginning of 2017 points to becoming more aware how “them out there” actually reflect “me, myself and I”. It’s up to you, dear friend at the very personal level, to change yourself and get your own life into better balance. Then and only then, will the outer world reflect more peace and harmony.
The astrology on New Year’s day not only affects the month of January, but sets markers for the entire year to come. 2017 is a very Piscean year, with Libra, Sagittarius, Aries and Capricorn getting major emphasis too. All the air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) get a lovely updraft this year, and this soaring kite is available for all, so grab it and lift off!
Every New Year’s Day the Sun shines in Capricorn, a dignified, capable sign ruled by Saturn, Lord of Time and Structure. Capricorn is a Cardinal (initiating) sign and is the 3rd earth sign of rugged rocky terrain and tall mountains peaks. Capricorn has 2 symbols – one is the sturdy and agile Mountain Goat representing Capricorn ability to persevere against all odds to reach their goals. The other is the Sea Goat, a mystical creature with goat’s head and front hooves but with a flowing mer-tail to swim to depths few others reach. The Sea Goat indicates Capricorn’s desire to dive into deeper, more artistic and spiritual depths once they have arrived at their chosen material peak.
Capricorn is an old head on young shoulders and wants to be taken seriously. When born with Sun in Capricorn you are here to master the worldly realm, and you are also here to learn about setting appropriate boundaries to preserve your energy for the long haul. Mature Capricorns know how to play the game, even when fully able to see through it. Capricorn is the original “Adult in the room”. The Capricorn archetype is “The Good Father”, the one who creates structures for others to flourish within. Sometimes Capricorn feels like their life is too tough and demanding but once they accept their lot gracefully, their sea goat tail begins to form and they navigate life with ease and flow. That’s when the old adage, “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood” becomes more than just a phrase. Here are some quotes from people we all know, born with Sun in Capricorn:
If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another. ~ Benjamin Franklin
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. ~ Martin Luther King Jr
In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth. ~ Patti Smith
Wishing all the best to you for a wonder-filled and balanced 2017!
Heavenly Messages for January 2017
Your Handy Astro Facts: The Full Moon (at 22° Cancer ) is on 1/12 6:34a, The New Moon (at 8° Aquarius) is on 1/27 at7:07p. Venus enters Pisces on 1/3, Mercury goes direct on 1/8 at 4:43a at 29° Sagittarius). The Sun enters Aquarius on 1/19 at 4:24p and Mars enters Aries on 1/28. Unless noted all times are ET. Read January’s Individual Sign Messages HERE
New Year 2017 leads off on a highly active astrological day! January 1st arrives with a whole slew of aspects setting the stage for a dynamic year. On 1/1 Mars is exactly conjunct Neptune and close to the karmic South Node, Saturn and Chiron are in an exact tense square and at the same time Saturn forms a zesty trine with Uranus. The Moon and Venus beam out to Jupiter, while Jupiter and Uranus are opposite each other and both make a T-square to Pluto. And on top of all this, Mercury is retrograde.
Mars currently swims in the mystical waters of Pisces and on 1/1 meets up with spiritual satellite dish Neptune, the ruler of Pisces. Neptune entered Pisces on February 3, 2012 for the first time since 1847. At that moment a cosmic bell chimed with the message, “The world as you know it, is not what you’ve been led to believe.” See my Neptune in Pisces article for background.
Now that Neptune has been in Pisces almost 5 years, this concept is beginning to sink into people’s consciousness, and since Mars is the planet of action his connection with Neptune on the first day of 2017 pushes even further these Piscean realizations. Such as: nothing is static (we look solid, but are formed of spinning molecules!), time is a fluid being, we live in multiple dimensions, everything is interconnected, we are one with the entire universe, and more.
Art and entertainment creators catch on to these waves quicker than the general public. Consider a few currently popular TV series on Netflix released in 2016 – OA a story focused upon after death experiences and accessing other dimensions, which was first conceived in December 2012, the year Neptune entered Pisces! Then there is Stranger Things a story which also focuses on other dimensions and strange mysterious powers, along with Travelers which deals with transfers of consciousness from people in the future into the present. And there are many more out now on all stations with similar themes introducing viewers to these Neptunean/Piscean concepts.
Pisces is also connected to alternative healing modalities and therapies such as Akashic Record readings and other more metaphysically oriented healing techniques. I’ve heard from many friends and clients who are practitioners in these fields that people are suddenly getting more receptive to these modalities. With Mars activating Neptune’s satellite dish, count on more of the same in 2017.
See more gorgeous photos of Mars just released by NASA
After his meeting with Neptune Mars continues to swim along these Pisces channels and next contacts healer Chiron on 1/16. Chiron’s symbol looks exactly like a key, appropriate to Chiron’s function as a healing key opening doors to higher dimensions. For those ready to embrace these Neptunean concepts, Mars points to Chiron’s key waiting to be turned into even greater understanding of the true nature of reality. Many will grasp it, but at the same time on 1/1, Chiron forms a tight square to Saturn in Sagittarius as if to say not too fast! If you open that door, will you be able to come back and maintain your ‘normal’ life? A good question.
Ironically at the same moment of this tense (step away from the door!) square, Saturn reaches out in a favorable trine to cell tower Uranus in vibrant Aries which activates new structures of enlightenment making it easier to access higher awareness. Seems like on one side Saturn is saying hold your horses, while on the other he says, grab it and go! Those are some major cosmic mixed messages which continue, because this same Saturn-Uranus ease and flow trine can also motivate those who believe violence is the only source to create change. In other words, would-be terrorists get more mojo too.
We all hope the blood thirsty attacks in 2016 won’t be repeated this year, but until countries in the Middle East like Syria and elsewhere get into balance, extremists will have their way. Relevant to this idea, Jupiter has input on the first day of 2017 too. At the moment Saturn reaches out to Uranus, Jupiter forms a see-saw opposition to Uranus.
Jupiter is in Libra now and will be here most of 2017 (thru 10/10). Huge and mighty Jupiter in Libra, the sign of peace and balance, reminds us that until each and every one of us gets into better balance, the outer world will keep reflecting how out of balance we all are. Jupiter’s opposition to hot head Uranus says, “It’s easy to point fingers (or guns!) at those “other people” doing despicable things, whether it’s terrorists or the guy who cut you off on the highway, but they are actually just reflecting your own imbalance.”
Another simultaneous aspect involving Jupiter on 1/1, comes from a crystal clear ray reaching out from the Moon in Aquarius to Jupiter, with Venus in Aquarius adding her high vibration too. Aquarius is a cutting edge sign with the ability to see the higher perspective and is very aware of how we are all in it together. This lofty trine aids Jupiter/Libra’s mission to achieve peace and balance. It brings the potential for more people to grab the tail of this lovely kite to help raise their own vibration, and as they do, the entire collective shifts – may it be so!
There is yet another aspect on 1/1 again involving both Jupiter and Uranus – Jupiter opposite Uranus forms a loose, but still operative, T-Square to Pluto in Capricorn which repeats the same tough Cardinal square active off and on since 2010. Capricorn rules government and corporate structures and this T-Square once again outlines the challenge between static, status quo powers that be who resist change at all cost, versus trigger happy change agent segments of society, contrasted by those who favor the (slow and tedious) process of peace and diplomacy.
Adding to this is the Sun in Capricorn who meets up with Pluto on 1/7 and forms his own T-square to Uranus and Jupiter from 1/10 through 1/13, repeating this challenge and in the midst of it all Mercury pops up as well.
As 2017 dawns communicator Mercury is retrograde in the sign of Capricorn, one of the signs involved in this dynamic T-Square. Backward Mercury begins the year at 4° Capricorn but soon returns to Sagittarius (on 1/4), then turns direct on 1/8 remaining in Sag until 1/12 when he again enters Capricorn. On his renewed Capricorn journey Mercury has his own connection with potent Pluto on 1/29.
Messenger Mercury’s mission is to carry information about how the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto challenge was resolved, or not! These same forces have been clashing throughout human history and it’s about time people figured out ways to create positive change, versus more war and destruction which only lead to more war and destruction.
The current pictures coming out of war torn Aleppo look way too similar to Dresden after WWII. We condemn the Syria President and its ally Russia for the heartless devastation of Aleppo, but it was the Allied Forces in WWII who fire-bombed Dresden. As the old song refrain goes: “When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn”. So let’s hope Mercury’s message is that 2017 will be the year of resolution!
On 1/28 Mars leaves the gentle waters of Pisces to enter fire-brand Aries, becoming more powerful in the very sign he rules. In Mars’ Aries journey he will meet Uranus (on Feb. 26). Will this connection create more conflagration or light a fire in people’s hearts for peace and prosperity for all? Time will tell, but each and every one of us are involved, whether we want to believe this or not. At the beginning of 2017 let us all remember we are one human family sharing our beautiful planet together, and let us carry this understanding forward this year and always! As one of the best Capricorns ever born, Martin Luther King, Jr. said, We must learn to live together as brothers or die together as fools.
IMAGE NOTE: This glittering star is photo-art created by my friend Sue LaRose. She created it for her holiday greeting, and when I saw it I knew it was perfect for this New Year issue because we all want 2017 to be like this – shining and wonderful! I was happy that Sue was gracious enough to let me feature it. Find more of Sue’s work at SueLarosePhotography