Often after the holidays (Christmas) there’s a feeling of let-down and ennui. Complex feelings of endings and beginnings arise. It’s important to realize we can continue celebrating and staying festive for 12 days after Christmas. From Dec. 26 to Jan. 6 we celebrate the 12 Days After Christmas ending at Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, Epiphany, when the Three Magi Astrologer Kings discover the Holy Child. During these 12 days, the twelve zodiacal hierarchies (Angelic Presences, Aries to Pisces) stream the Sun’s vitality into the Earth and all life forms. Each day is under the influence of one of the zodiacal signs, which corresponds to a body part (to be tended to carefully). Beginning Dec. 26 to Jan. 1——Aries/head; Taurus/throat; Gemini/hands; Cancer/chest and breast; Leo/heart; Virgo/stomach and digestion. The following six signs continue next week. The 12 Days prepare for the New Year.
New Year’s day (quite auspicious this year) has the first new moon (11 degrees Capricorn, opposite the U.S. Sun & Sirius) of 2014. There’s a planetary Grand Cross in the sky, Uranus in Aries (all things new); Mars in Libra (realigned, restored, balanced, economy); Earth/Jupiter retro in Cancer (tend to humanity, the blinded masses, nurture the” little ones”); Sun, Moon, Pluto, Mercury in Capricorn (regenerate government). This Cardinal Cross affects upcoming financial and economic events in the U.S. and the world. Read more at nightlightnews.com. Happy New Year to everyone!
Esoteric Astrology as News for the week of Dec. 26–Jan. 1, 2014 For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries-March 21–April 20
A new phase of reality begins. Great aspirations push you forward into dedication and hard work. Your self-identity, sense of family and home, intimate relationships and professional career will change and expand. Work with others cooperatively. All that you aspire to do will come forth only if cooperation is foremost. Tend carefully to moods. Use them imaginatively to create all things
Taurus April 21–May 21
The Grand Cross affects your personal religion and spirituality, your mind (thinking, study, ideas), daily life, health, teaching and travel. Much of the year will be rather dreamy. You might not like this much. However, it’s a time of rest and healing. Dreams help manifest a long-held vision. Be in the Sun as much as possible. Write down plans and ideas. A new phase in your life begins. Try not to be too distant with those you love.
Gemini May 22–June 20
We work in between incarnations. Each lifetime we attempt to discover your place in the Sun. When we die, it’s our last thought that determines where we go. In this lifetime, you’re to train your mind. Planning and strategy is important in the coming year. We can also plan consciously for when we die. You are not dying this year. This is an exercise of preparation. Begin training your mind on what you will think about at the time of death.
Cancer June 21–July 20
The New Year brings great promise of happiness. You won’t be feeling distracted. You will feel harmonious and challenged to move forward toward what you’ve always wanted. Your mind will be clear. You will feel rewarded by your creativity. When there are differences you will step aside (like the crab you are) circumventing them. Then they dissolve. There may be a selling or buying of property/land. See each day as an opportunity.
Leo July 21–August 22
The New Year is golden for you in terms of work, confidence and growth, both subtle and steady. You will to make changes concerning health and healing. Become a member of a spa, begin an exercise and diet regime with yoga, tai chi, biking, swimming, etc. Continued focus on health is most important. You will seek meaning and the highest of truths. Compassion and altruism become your newest psychological orientation.
Virgo August 23–September 22
Allow constancy of effort into your life, not turning back when difficulties arise. Stand at the middle point. You may feel your life is not moving forward. However, many things are occurring within. New realities, resources, new love and things social rise to the surface soon offering satisfaction and intimacy. Tend to partners and those who love you with care and feeding. Let your mind be at ease.
Libra September 23–October 22
You will work very hard this coming year. When in doubt call upon your angels to flood your life with light, information and assistance. It will happen immediately. You felt challenged this past year. The upcoming year offers greater progress and power. Avoid controversial decisions. Allow time for Right Decisions leading to Right Action. Don’t show dissatisfaction in relationships. Love is not a feeling. It’s a willingness to love more.
Scorpio October 23–November 21
You will look back on 2014 and see that it was good. There will be exceptional growth, support, gains and progress with creativity rewarded. You might be too impulsive, leading to expectations that might feel unreasonable to others. Provide affection and attention to everyone, especially friends and loved ones. You will be busy socially for a while. Then your temperament becomes serious and internal
Sagittarius November 22–December 20
You will feel quite dynamic as the New Year unfolds. There will be a fire within burning brighter and fuller. You may need to control that fire a bit lest conflicts with others are created. Use it for creativity, to achieve greater goals, greater focus and direction. You will rise in stature through new ways of thinking. This has already begun. You’re more positive, bright like the Sun. They eliminate obstacles and hurdles. Do not compete. Share instead.
Capricorn December 21–January 20
Saturn is your ruler, the planet helping you in all endeavors, especially climbing the mountain—the ladder of success. Success in whatever way you see success for yourself. Saturn helps you choose good shoes, too. I wish you a happy birthday for your new year. Remember to speak with your angels. They stand by waiting for instructions. They are to help you with all that you need and want in the coming year. Make your list.
Aquarius January 21–February 18
The New Year focuses upon relationships, love, friendship and romance. Avoid any major changes at the first half of the year. Instead focus on building a firmer foundation of achievement. New realities can emerge the last half of the year, after the retrogrades. Travel when you can. It brings you pleasure, excitement, play and relaxation. Have pride in your accomplishments and the social role you play in the world.
Pisces February 19–March 20
Rest more in the coming year. Focus, stamina and vitality return gradually. Remain conscious of fluctuating finances. You want Right Use of money and resources. Past friends and lovers continue to occupy your mind. Send them on their way with love and blessings. Or invite them along the Path. Not many will be able to absorb the fiery field of the Path. You will be called to leadership. Step into this with confidence.
Risa is Founder & Director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute, a contemporary Wisdom School in Santa Cruz, CA.