2013 begins with a ten-day whine, and whether you’re a child who’d rather not go to back to school, or an adult who’s dreading a return to the grind, or anyone, really, between the ages of one and one hundred who’d rather stay in the lull of the holiday limbo, cranky is the mood of the moment. But don’t despair – the New Year isn’t solely driven by irritation, and the “crankitude” won’t last all year long. Yes, it’s a year of agitation – there are two more exact Uranus/Pluto squares – and that unrest is sure to manifest as continued dramatic upheaval. But 2013 also holds plenty of opportunities for kinder, gentler approaches to the pressing problems of the planet, and for those willing to assume a conscious stance on a variety of issues, healing efforts, personal and collective, will yield positive results.
The true start of the New Year was on the winter solstice, and on that day, we were under the influence of a dynamic, passionate Moon/Mercury trine. The Moon symbolizes the emotional, intuitive dimension of being human and represents the longing to belong. Mercury symbolizes the mental dimension of being human and represents the vastness of the mind. When the Moon and Mercury combine in a harmonious interaction, we experience the power of thoughtful dialogue to create heartfelt solutions. When the heart and mind work together, they create the potential for empathy and understanding to inform our choices. This is the true power of the feminine: It includes rather than excludes; it moves from separation into unity.
The official start of the New Year was on January 1, and at the stroke of midnight in Greenwich, England, a Moon/Venus trine also signaled the potential for tenderness and grace during the coming year. Venus symbolizes the capacity for love, and represents the creative dimension of human nature. When she unites with the Moon, that union sparks a desire to express love in all its various iterations, from the romantic to the platonic to the transpersonal. Allow yourself to be inspired by this union, and don’t be shy about wearing your heart on your sleeve – the world needs more people who aren’t afraid to care about each other, again, in every variety of ways.
The chart for official New Year also contains a Mars/Saturn square, and this is where we find the cranky. It’s a wide square, that’s exact on January 10, and after that, separating for the next several days. Saturn symbolizes discernment, and Mars, the capacity for self-assertion. When they clash, human interactions become prickly with criticism, inhibition, and resentment. Try not to act out your anger. Belligerence is only likely to make matters worse. Unfortunately, because a Mars/Uranus sextile also informed the first moment of 2013, holding back won’t be easy. This sextile indicates another year of action. Uranus symbolizes revolution, and when it unites in a positive alliance with Mars, freedom fighters feel the fire to break free from whatever enslaves, whether that slavery is physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.
As the first days and weeks of 2013 unfold, contemplate where your energy will be best spent during the coming year. And as you do, consider how your efforts can produce positive, creative transformation in your personal life as well as in the life of the planet.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Stoke the fires of transformation with renewed determination to catalyze stagnant patterns. Whether it’s renouncing sugar, mediocrity, or negative thinking, assume a single-minded stance in your evolutionary efforts.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Rather than apologizing for your ambitions, own the need to succeed. Just take the time to explain to significant others – friends and family – why your goals are consuming so much time.
Gemini May 21-June 21
At first glance, you’re likely to think that strife is here to stay. But if you’re willing to consider transforming your position it will be possible to find long term solutions to several persistent problems.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Allow yourself to feel your deep need for stability. And then use that awareness to inform a practical plan you can put into action to create better balance in all areas of your life.
Leo July 23-August 22
You can struggle with significant others, or you can lead the way to peaceful mediation over differences. Sounds simple, but putting difference aside for the greater good will requires deep humility.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Harsh criticism will only backfire, so rather than deny your opinions, use your words wisely, and only offer positive assessments to those you love.
Libra September 23-October 22
Flexibility is likely to be the key to every situation that just won’t seem to budge. Whether it’s finances, relationships, or simple home improvements – inside or out – your willingness to shift determines the outcome.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Safety issues insinuate themselves into almost every area of your life. Pay attention: This is a cosmic invitation to create greater stability in both your internal and external universes.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Try not to let misunderstandings skew your mood toward withdrawal or disconnection. But also be careful not to be too aggressive. Debate is great, but not everyone has your language skills.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
You’re unusually loquacious, sharing your opinions freely and easily. Just remember to listen as carefully to the opinions of others. Remember, all of us want to be heard.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Assume the leadership position, exuberantly. And if you come up against resistance, accept those challenges and allow them to teach you how to handle your power with greater skill.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Notice your resentments, but don’t attach to them. The mind is a powerful tool, and training it toward a positive outlook will increase your ability to use it, wisely.
Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-888-937-9264, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail Ralfee@AquariumAge.com. Copyright © 2013 by Ralfee Finn