Forecast for January 2014

Welcome to 2014! From the start, it’s rock ‘em, sock ‘em, non-stop action, drawing us into deeper focus and transformation.

The Capricorn New Moon on New Year’s Day sets the tone, severing the old with razor sharp precision even as it rings in the new.  The Moon is born in Pluto’s transforming presence, while he battles with both warrior god Mars and Uranus, the awakener and agent of unpredictable change.All month long we’re refining, redefining, minimizing and restructuring ourselves, our goals and our connections.

It is not comfortable. You will be tempted to push, work and sometimes flail, sometimes rant. Pace yourself. Rest before you drop; take a break when you feel frenzied. Pick your battles. Clean and purge. Treat yourself with extra-special kindness (did you eat yet?) and your tank will have enough to share with others.

Venus retrograde (through the 30th) provides a living lab of revisiting what is most important to us. Old relationships, old ways of connecting, possessions, jobs, goals — all are going under a cosmic jeweler’s loupe so we can appraise their flaws and value. (Rule of thumb: new people, projects, deals, jobs and the like that come in now do not have the worth they present or you expect.)

What remains is clarified, simplified and intensified — in our thinking, in communication and in connections. Mercury’s move into Aquarius on the 11th injects breathing room and intellectual perspective. Hang in there; that space will come in handy by the 15th, when the Cancer Full Moon rolls in high tide for emotions, with a chaser of romantic action or demands.

The Aquarius New Moon on the 30th encourages detachment and revs up self-actualizing, go-for-broke impulses. The month ends, paradoxically, by pulling us all toward connection, with Mercury entering all-encompassing Pisces and Venus ending her six-week retrograde. We’ll be innately attuned to each other, picking up thoughts and signals regardless of geographic distance, as focus and desires redirect to the long-term.

I have now been making this weekly forecast freely available for five years without missing a single installment. Please support it by booking a reading or making a donation via PayPal to kbiehlATempowermentunlimited.net (and replace “AT” with @). Thank you! And thank you to those who have donated — I truly appreciate your gesture.

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2014 Capricorn New Moon

January 1, 2014
3:15 AM PDT / 6:15 AM EDT / 1:15 PM GMT
10 Capricorn 57

The Capricorn New Moon shows where our work this year is cut out for us.

From nearly the stroke of midnight, it signals the intensity and focus that now propels and defines us.  A cosmic scalpel is cutting our personal missions down to the bone and stripping away thoughts, programming, relationships and connections. The experience is not merely passive, however. This Moon is a clarifying, purifying, simplifying call to action.

We have all been through profound changes in the last year. Our circumstances, and particularly our relationships, have been reshaping in response.

Last year’s processes were — brace yourself — a warmup. The real work, the deep, penetrating, all-encompassing, fundamental restructuring is getting underway now. Pressures from others — and from within — are converging to push deep into fissures, fractures, chasms and caverns in our personal foundations.

Relationships play a two-way role in this: They are both escalating the imperative to evolve and feeling the demand to reshape.

Pluto and Mercury are the honor guard for the New Moon. Pluto the transformer is the first body the Moon, and then the Sun, crosses after their meeting. Think you’ve already scaled back? More is on the way. Each of us will hit new personal records in minimalism and focus this year.

While still stinging from Pluto’s scythe, the Moon and the Sun bring their transformed states to Mercury, ruler of mental and verbal activity. Back to basics only begins to describe the impact. Our minds are undergoing surgery.

We awaken on January 1 with drastic revised thinking. Notice the quality of your ideas and words and of what you encounter from others. It’s as if a veil has been removed from your eyes — and the governor from your mouth.  It’s also as if you have awakened from a long sleep, into a drastically different world. You are acutely aware of what you need to address to make this new world and secure and supportive place for you.

Even though it’s New Year’s, it’s a time of significant departures as well. Modes of thinking, technology and vehicles, goals, fears, desires, compulsions, agreements, even specific people are leaving, with a breathtaking swiftness. New ones are already appearing; even more will pop in to fill the vacuum.

And so the stage is set for all of 2014. The players are changing. The playing field is being plowed, excavated and redesigned. Usher in the year by actively engaged with the transformative energies. Purge. Clean your dresser and cupboards. Clean your closets. Trim your social media contacts.

Be ruthless in discarding anything that catches your energy, that makes you think, “I should do something about that,” that annoys you, that trips you up: Inefficient filing systems. Software and technology that malfunctions. Shoes with damaged heels. That weird squeak in your car. Your bank records. The nagging discontent that you haven’t been able to bring up in a friendship, with a relative, in your primary relationship. Line your curb with garbage bags and recycling. Make space in your mind, your heart, your house, your life.

Welcome to 2014.

 

For more, please read my extended weekly forecast at my site EmpowermentUnlimited.net. For another take on this week’s events, listen to my quickie podcast.

I have now been making this weekly forecast freely available for five years without missing a single installment. Please support it by booking a reading or making a donation via PayPal to kbiehlATempowermentunlimited.net (and replace “AT” with @). Thank you! And thank you to those who have donated — I truly appreciate your gesture.

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Forecast for Dec. 30, 2013 – Jan 5, 2014

Some New Years feel like a technical calendar entry. This one lets us know coming and going that it’s a major passageway with the door bolting behind us.

A New Moon on New Year’s Day is just one of the reasons this one feels so fresh and clean. (Read about it in my mooncast, which will be on the site first thing Saturday.) The Moon has plenty of  of high-powered, future-oriented company in the sky, though, and how.

Last week’s heavy machinery is still churning. It’s coming right at you and working over the very ground beneath your feet.  While fireworks usher one year out and the next in, evolutionary depth charges are going off like a string of firecrackers (make that: sticks of dynamite) tossed into a sewer.

Developments that have been rumbling for months, perhaps more than a year, are erupting into being — in many cases, erupting from within you.  They are quickening fundamental renovations of structures, foundations and systems that have been integral to your life.

The week promises an epidemic of no-turning-back realizations, decisions and conversations,   of shape-shifting, of skin-shedding, and of stripping down to the bone. Relationships play a precipitating role, upping the pressure that is causing us to burst open or, taking the metaphor into the opposite direction, transform from carbon to diamond.

Mars, the planet of action, aggression and drive, is still locked into a dynamic configuration with the two cosmic change agents. Last week he had a stare-down with Uranus, agent of unpredictable, radical change, and we likely saw situations we wanted to get as far away from as possible. On Monday, he completes his clash with Pluto, lord of death and rebirth. He’s activating decisions and redirections from the beginning of October. A new phase dawned then in getting along with each other. Now new approaches in or qualities of relationship dynamics are moving to the center and screaming, “It’s time!”

Our side of each relationship equation is becoming clearer and more focused in the middle of the week, as the Sun and Mercury enjoy Pluto’s simplifying company and feel Mars’ heat. This is a recipe for dropping pretense, embracing personal truths and no longer tolerating the intolerable.  Contemplation, conversations and messages are monumental and game-changing. People are being forced to walk their talk. Forget small talk, or the possibility of take-backs. Both are out of the question in this storm of demands, ultimatums and disclosures.

Much of this could come as a relief, actually. The week is a nonstop updating to get clear, focused and on track. It’s underscoring, yet again, what is most important, and yanking you out of situations that are inconsistent with that. We are all grappling with this monumental process and inclined to communicate about it, a lot, as the week goes on.

With this whirlwind inaugurating the year, resolutions are going to be overlooked, except maybe to clean up and move ahead on everything that rearranges now. A guideline does drop into view by the end of the weekend. No matter how rocky the road that leads to it, the first weekend of the year finds you sure-footed and on solid emotional ground.

For a fuller discussion, please read my extended weekly forecast at my site EmpowermentUnlimited.net. For another take on this week’s events, listen to my quickie podcast.

I have now been making this weekly forecast freely available for five years without missing a single installment. Please support it by booking a reading or making a donation via PayPal to kbiehlATempowermentunlimited.net (and replace “AT” with @). Thank you! And thank you to those who have donated — I truly appreciate your gesture.

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Forecast for week of Dec. 23-29, 2013

The year is going out with a bang. This week courses with awakening, motivating, volatile and even incendiary impulses. They’re not merely dealing with old business. They’re also propelling us straight into the tasks, themes and issues of 2014.

The playing field is as likely to be within you us as well as in the behavior and external events you encounter. Cosmic alarm clocks are going off on multiple levels and moving everyone forward on developments and decisions (or deepening fractures) dating to the early days of May, October and November. Restructuring has been in the works since all of those times, and the next big phase of work is here.

The main instigator is Mars, the planet of action, aggression and outright war, marching forward in Libra, the sign of relationships, teamwork and negotiation.  This week his path takes him directly into the ongoing conflict between the cosmic change agents, Uranus and Pluto, who have been keeping the pressure on for fundamental restructuring since mid-2012.  Mars is now adding relationship issues into the mix and moving the change imperative into new levels.

Over the course of the week, the action planet is connecting with the change agents in a dynamic configuration called a t-square. The link-up has movement written all over it, in every conceivable way you can look at it. Hotheads Mars and Uranus are bearing down on Pluto, the lord of death and transfiguration. The pressure is forcing structural change to go even deeper (akin to cleaning out a failed root canal) and dump out in the opposite sign of Cancer, ground zero for home, family, tradition, sentimentality and unbridled emotions.

Just what you want for the week of Christmas, right? Holiday gatherings will not be the same-old same-old, that’s for sure. Attendees aren’t the same as they were in previous years. People will be expressing themselves differently, treating each other differently and picking their battles — key concept! — differently.

We’re implementing decisions (particularly from early October), teaming up, renegotiating, taking stands, escalating efforts, launching assaults and deepening fractures and schisms. What happens now has a fuse that will burn into next October, with flare-ups probable before then.

It’s unlikely that utterly foreign factors are entering the picture, although some might have been cloaked, hidden, held at bay or not accurately perceived before. What’s happening is an organic outgrowth of processes that have been long underway.

Some of the playing out will be freeing, simplifying, energizing and empowering. Watch out, though, for other potentials — flaring tempers and frustrations, for starters, which have the power to escalate into danger, accidents and violence. The pressure is pushing us past comfort zones (often ultimately beneficial, but sometimes messy in the playing out). Do keep in mind that the god of war is going head to head with a loose cannon and the lord of the underworld. Pick battles prudently; if you walk away, you can always fight another day. Take care especially when behind the wheel.

Underlying all the activity is a practical, almost somber vibe. Real-world, long-term ramifications are at the forefront of every mind. Mercury, the ruler of communication and transportation, enters goal-oriented Capricorn on Tuesday for three weeks.

His shift into Capricorn, coupled with the retrograde there of Venus, ruler of all we hold dear, is making for a more introspective and reflective winter than usual.  Minimalism is gaining appeal. Aren’t you already scaling back? Cutting activities down? Investing your thoughts and time more in matters that mean something to you, than in the usual hubbub and gift avalanche? That’s the meaning of this holiday season: memories, experiences and fewer gifts than in the past, carefully selected and with lasting value.

What’s important comes clearly into view by Sunday, when Mercury meets the Sun and sets off a rain of lightning bolts with Uranus. The week ends with more clarity and self-knowledge, unexpected, game-changing messages and realizations, and minds catapulting out of safe, familiar boxes. We’ll be ringing out the old and ringing in the new well ahead of the calendar.

For a fuller discussion, please read my extended weekly forecast. For another take on this week’s events, listen to my quickie podcast.

I have now been making this weekly forecast freely available for five years without missing a single installment. Please support it by booking a reading or making a donation via PayPal to kbiehlATempowermentunlimited.net. (Replace “AT” with @.) Thank you! And thank you to those who have donated — I truly appreciate your gesture.

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2013 Gemini Full Moon

December 17, 2013
1:28 AM PDT / 4:28 AM EDT / 9:28 AM GMT
25 Gemini 36 / 25 Sagittarius 36

That whirlwind whizzing around you is courtesy of this month’s Gemini Full  Moon. It’s a hyper-active, hyper-chatty status report on what runs through your mind, what comes out of your mouth and where and how you get about.

All these areas underwent major updating in the past couple of years, as the Gemini/Sagittarius eclipses set off review and rebooting from 2010 through this past spring. Now we get to see how well the updates are doing.  This month’s Full Moon is the first since the eclipse cycle ended, and it’s putting our communication and transportation systems into a wind tunnel for testing.

The result isn’t quiet. There’s so much to think about, to pass on, to hear and, of course, to handle. As your attention splatters in fifteen directions simultaneously, make the effort to catch the words flying around. What are you saying to yourself? What are people actually saying? Is that the same as what you’re hearing? And are people actually hearing you? The people who reliably “got” you may have lost that knack. More probably, you’re the one who’s lost the resonance with the person they “got” before. (Get it?)

Another question is: What isn’t working? That one is easier to spot. The wind tunnel trial is revealing flaws in the system. Technology is failing. Certain streams in our data feed are growing stale, uninteresting or unpleasant. Interchange after interchange is demonstrating the power of words.  Forget the platitude “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”  This Full Moon demonstrates vividly that words can touch, pierce and move the heart.

Some adjustments are necessary, and how. They’re being required by the nature of the relationship between the rulers of the Sun and the Moon, Jupiter and his magic mushrooming touch and Mercury, the cosmic messenger. Any pairing of theirs whips up talk and running around. They’re currently making an adjustment or crossroads aspect, which escalates the need, nature and extent of tweaks and fixes. For some of us, cars and technology have been taking the hit. Others have had communications that tip previous thinking on its side, some extreme enough to suggest hell is freezing over.

Old thoughts are breaking up spontaneously. (The same is true, alas, of communication technology and vehicles.) We’re all shaking off cobwebs. Uranus, the agent of radical, liberating, unexpected change, is ending his five month retrograde eight hours after the Full Moon peaks. Changes that have been simmering will start erupting now, starting with Gemini-ruled matters, in general and in your chart.

Watch for two images to play out in the coming weeks. We’re in a cosmic game of crack the whip — an old pasttime that involved children holding hands in a line on ice and skating increasingly violently till a person at an end flew off. We’re each also at the core of a cosmic centrifuge. As the machine spins ever faster, notice what it flings out of the center of your thinking, your life and your universe. Feel free to loosen your grip or nudge anything out and let the centrifuge do its job.

I have now been making this weekly forecast freely available for five years without missing a single installment. Please support it by booking a reading or making a donation via PayPal to kbiehlATempowermentunlimited.net. Thank you! And thank you to those who have donated — I truly appreciate your gesture.

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Forecast for Dec. 16-22, 2013

The skies are setting the stage for next year. They’re drawing attention to how we do (or don’t) get along with others, what we’re done with and what matters most. All play a role in what’s ahead, this week and for months beyond.

Relationship themes are heating up that will take us through the middle of next summer. They aren’t inherently bad or good. They just are. They boil down to investing energy into figuring out how we are going to coexist with others.

Incentive and motivation are building to tackle this. Mars, the warrior god and ruler of our drive, is traveling through Libra, the sign of relationships, verbal artistry and striving for harmony and balance. (Emphasis on the striving, rather than the having.)

Notice the quality of your interactions, the recurring themes and the identities of people crossing your screen. At minimum, they point to issues you’re addressing over the long haul. (Watch for more conscious negotiation or give-and-take and less just putting-up-with.) They’re building toward big shifts and breakthroughs when Mars joins Uranus and Pluto in their ongoing change imperative, between Christmas and New Year’s.

How you talk to people is already in new territory. Tuesday’s Gemini Full Moon is showing how far you’ve come since 2010, when a reboot began of the nature of your thoughts and data sources, what you do with information and how you get around.  (Your relationship to your community and siblings could be in the mix, too.)  As this Full Moon puts finishing touches on the reboot, evidence and emotions are cresting that show a chapter in your life is well and truly closed.  Here’s one question to get you thinking:  Who were you talking to frequently two and three years ago, and who are you talking to now? Read more in my mooncast, which will be posted on the site by Monday.

Thoughts are downshifting into the practical, solemn and introspective this weekend, and that’s how they’re spending the winter.  The season officially arrives on Saturday, when the Sun enters Capricorn. This year, we have an additional cause for the years-gone-by feel that so often haunts the holidays: The solstice brings Venus turning retrograde in Capricorn, too. Her backtracking lasts until the end of January, but because it starts on the first day of winter, it colors the entire season.

Word to the wise:  finish important shopping by Friday.

Anything new that enters your life during the Venus retrograde does not have the value it presents or you expect. At the same time, people and financial or creative situations from the past may come back around for a second look, or for tying up loose ends, or for reminders.

Don’t get engaged, marry, launch a business or buy a big-ticket item now. Proceed carefully with new connections and projects, because they are likely not to be about what you are thinking.  Do soul-searching. Be ruthless with assessments and bottom-line evaluations; your long-term security and future are at stake. And by all means pay attention to old business and themes when they return.

Approach this winter as an exploration of what has personal and lasting value at this point in your life.  You will have ongoing opportunities to see what is real, solid and reliable, and what is not. This goes for possessions, goals, long-term security, money, specific people, types of relationship, your attitudes about your own talents, earning power and worth, and your definitions of what has value to you.

This review has past, present and future aspects to it, much like the three ghosts that visit Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. The Ghost of Christmas Past is likely to show up first and hang around the longest. Enjoy the memories and the brief revisiting of old ways of being, and bless the reminders of unpleasantness that’s departed. He can help you pack up a lot and put it safely in the past — and pick up a precious trinket or two to carry with your in your heart.

For a fuller discussion, please read my extended weekly forecast. For another take on this week’s events, listen to my quickie podcast. Also check out my outlook for December.

I have now been making this weekly forecast freely available for five years without missing a single installment. Please support it by booking a reading or making a donation via PayPal to kbiehlATempowermentunlimited.net. Thank you! And thank you to those who have donated — I truly appreciate your gesture.

© Kathy Biehl 2013. All Rights Reserved. You may forward this article as long as the copyright notice is intact. No part may be used or reprinted without my prior written permission. Karma, ya know.