2014: A Brave New Year

2014: A Brave New Year

Tackling the tough Astrology to better ourselves and others

Jeff Jawer  Jeff Jawer on the topics of uranus, scorpio, pluto, new moon, mars, libra, capricorn, blogs, astrology

 

Courage is not about being fearless; it’s about maintaining self-control in spite of fear. This is a useful perspective to keep in mind as we move into the New Year. 2014 starts off with a bang that’s likely to shake, rattle, and roll our world, requiring some bravery in the face of growing uncertainty.

On January 1 the Sun and Moon join together in the usually orderly and disciplined sign of Capricorn. A New Moon on the very first day of the year underscores the likelihood that the following 12 months are going to take us into unfamiliar territory. We might expect practical and responsible Capricorn to draw up a well-defined map to follow along the way. Think again..

Not so fast!

We would expect a Sun-Moon conjunction in ambitious, hard-working, and dedicated Capricorn to initiate 12 months of increased productivity. The challenge, however, is that five planets form hard aspects (tense angles) with this New Moon that are more likely to spur surprises and provoke radical changes than to set a steady course for the future.

Potent Pluto, the mythological Lord of the Underworld, is less than one degree away from this event, adding depth, intensity, power struggles, purges and purification. The presence of this transformational planet signals the need to clean up old business, especially the messy parts that we’d rather not face, before moving forward.

Change is in the air

Pluto’s outer planet partner in the process of altering the world is revolutionary Uranus. This symbol of freedom and surprises is in the midst of seven stressful squares with Pluto that started in 2012 and don’t end until 2015. Therefore, wild, crazy, and shocking Uranus is square the Capricorn New Moon. That alone is enough to rattle our cages and put us in rebellious moods.

Resistance to routine and authority figures are common responses to this explosive aspect. Happily, it also inspires innovation that helps to liberate us from beliefs and expectations that inhibit personal growth. Breaking free of our internal rules and beliefs is a powerful first step toward personal liberation.

Aggressive Mars is somewhat tamed while transiting gracious Libra. However, the warrior planet’s squares to the Sun, Moon, and Pluto and its opposition to electrifying Uranus can turn up the heat even higher. The potential for explosiveness is raised another notch by expansive Jupiter’s squares to Mars and Uranus and opposition to the Capricorn contingent. We can also throw mental Mercury into the mix as it’s closely conjoined with the Sun, Moon and Pluto. This is almost too much information to absorb, like a story with so many interconnected characters that we get lost in a multitude of relationships and plot lines.

New horizons…

The good news is that we don’t have to ride all these planetary patterns simultaneously. The organizing principles of Capricorn allow us to set priorities and take on one task at a time. Pluto requires purging, Uranus breaks patterns, Mars initiates activities, Jupiter searches for higher meaning, and Mercury is hungry for facts. The Capricorn Moon sets a mood of commitment while the Sun in this sign is supplies self-respect.

Events and emotions may get out of hand during the next lunar month and, perhaps, throughout much of the year. But opening ourselves to discovery rather than bogging down in old patterns of fear and control not only reduces personal stress but makes us contributors to the next stage of human experience.

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, 1st

We’re determined to make this New Year’s Day a special one. We know that there’s hard work ahead, but still might believe we can overcome all obstacles that are set in our path. The ambitious Capricorn New Moon at 6:14 am EST signals a shift in our responsibilities and its conjunction with potent Pluto strengthens our resolve to reach our goals. Increasing awareness about hidden issues can prevent us from being swept up in the current turmoil.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Unexpected developments lead to a whole new set of possibilities as today’s Capricorn New Moon activates your 10th House of Status. You’re eager to take on a big challenge this year, partly because you could underestimate the amount of work that will be required to complete a project. However, if you can keep your fantasies from distorting the facts, you have an excellent chance to make your dreams come true. Reach outside the box, but don’t leave your common sense behind.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Your need for adventure might become obsessive now as the Capricorn New Moon joins relentless Pluto in your 9th House of Big Ideas. No matter how much you try to relax, your current sense of urgency won’t likely disappear. Instead of trying to deny your wanderlust, consider ways to satisfy your needs without turning your life upside down. For example, instead of distracting yourself with unobtainable visions of exotic travel, think about enrolling in a course of study to expand your mind.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You are quite serious today and may have a perfect opportunity to demonstrate your sound logic and emotional depth. But stay away from discussions about risky financial investments while the practical Capricorn New Moon triggers your 8th House of Shared Resources. Schemes that promise you a fast fortune should be avoided at all costs. Taking a carefully calculated risk can bring rewards beyond your wildest expectations, but you still need to work hard to receive the payoff.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

A relationship that usually seems safe may test your limits today as you struggle to redefine your boundaries. The Capricorn New Moon joins passionate Pluto in your 7th House of Relationships, possibly attracting an intense person into your life. However, this individual could reflect a portion of yourself that you don’t want to acknowledge. Even if you prefer to hold onto the status quo, dynamic changes are already afoot. Relinquish control and be ready to flow with the currents, wherever they may take you next.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You are enthusiastic about setting new goals and you might think that nothing can distract you from your path. You may even try to start a diet today while the rest of the world is indulging in holiday feasts. You’re strongly driven to clean up your act now that the Capricorn New Moon emphasizes your 6th House of Health. It’s not that you want to have any less fun; it’s just that you are highly motivated to improve your well-being. Your goals are admirable, but give yourself permission to enjoy the celebrations of the season, too.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You have a lot you want to do today and you’re eager to get the ball rolling. The hardworking Capricorn New Moon highlights your 5th House of Self-Expression, encouraging you to show others how your creativity can add inspiration to an important project. Don’t be surprised if someone likes your work so much that he or she becomes your greatest supporter. Try not to make assumptions about the roles that your allies can play. If another person wants to help, graciously accept the offer with a smile.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You may be so engaged with your family today that you forget about the work-related pressures you temporarily left behind. The dutiful Capricorn New Moon falls in your 4th House of Security, requiring you to concentrate on important domestic concerns. Sidestepping an interpersonal issue isn’t a viable choice because your frustration could precipitate an emotional meltdown. Thankfully, bringing secrets out into the open just might be the preventative measure you need at this time.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Your attempts to minimize the intensity of a conversation today may be too little, too late. The Capricorn New Moon connects with shadowy Pluto in your 3rd House of Communication, obscuring the truth and complicating the issue. A recurring argument could feel like a runaway train, but you might not notice how far off the rails it’s gone until you try to stop the ride. Although panic feeds doubt, deep breathing can bring you back to your center. Every word you speak resonates with more intention than you realize, so consciously replace fear with love wherever you go.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You might become quite upset today if someone assumes that your personal possessions are meant to be shared. The industrious Capricorn New Moon is hooking up with suspicious Pluto in your 2nd House of Resources, prompting you to overreact. You could even become hostile if what you own feels like an extension of your identity. If you can’t share nicely now, then you probably shouldn’t be playing with others. A simple change of attitude makes all the difference in the world.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your sense of power is a double-edged sword today because you could be driven by unconscious forces you don’t fully understand. One way of handling this emotional intensity is to create a simple ritual that channels your intentions in a positive manner. The Capricorn New Moon joins perceptive Pluto and communicator Mercury in your sign, so write down your resolutions for the year ahead. Stating your intentions out loud helps you focus so you can begin to fulfill your dreams.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You might be inclined to take care of someone else’s needs today, but it’s not a smart idea if you haven’t been asked to help. Acting with compassion is always admirable, but an awkward situation can develop if you assist where it’s not wanted. Don’t express any negative feelings now that the Capricorn New Moon lands in your 12th House of Secrets or your good intentions may backfire. If someone resists your helping hand, kindly wish them well and walk away.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

An emotional disagreement with your friends or family members may lead to discouragement today if your allies seem to be especially hard on you. Group interactions have a high level of intensity now as the Capricorn New Moon joins relentless Pluto in your 11th House of Community. But don’t focus your feelings on any one person; instead, disperse your current emotional charge over as many people as possible. Channeling your excess energy into positive action will help more than you think to lift everyone’s spirits.