Photo: “Runaway star” Zeta Oph (the bright blue star in the center of this photo) is moving through space at 24 kilometers per second. The colorful band in the photo is called an “interstellar bow wave,” and is caused by Zeta Oph’s stellar wind compressing and heating interstellar material as it plows through space. (Astronomy Picture of the Day for December 29, 2012; photo credit to NASA, JPL-Caltech, Spitzer Space Telescope)
THROUGHOUT 2012, and indeed, for many years prior, we have had a sense that something BIG has been underway on energetic/spiritual levels. Life experience has seemed to corroborate that internal knowing, as many of us have gone through a rapid succession of life-changing events. As a result, we have been feeling a bit like the “runaway star” Zeta Oph, shown in today’s masthead, which is moving through space at the rate of 15 miles (24 kilometers) per second!
Now that we have reached the end of 2012, many are wondering “where to now.” Without that mountain peak to aim for and work toward, where does our trail lead?
AS WE MIGHT EXPECT, there is not one concrete answer to that question that will be true for all of us. But, the planets tell us that 2012 has really been the first phase of a major shift in our world, not the endpoint.
Which is why I’m calling my upcoming teleclass “2013: A Changing Perspective, Phase 2.” This class will be offered on Thursday, January 24, from 4 to 5:30pm PST, and can be attended live — either online or by phone. Or, if you’re not able to connect with us at that specific time, your registration fee ($25) will provide you with a link to the replay after the class.
During the class, I’ll talk about what’s going on astrologically for the first six months of 2013, which includes the next exact Pluto-Uranus square and a rare three eclipses in April and May. If you’re interested in attending, here’s the registration link:http://astrology2013.eventbrite.com
SOME of the information and realizations we’ve been waiting for may finally be coming our way this week. The planet Mercury, which rules communication and our conscious awareness, is activated nearly every day, starting on Monday when Mercury enters Capricorn.
Mercury in Capricorn is oriented to practical concerns and will assist us in achieving the goals that we have set. But, Mercury in Capricorn is relatively cautious and can resist making changes, being spontaneous, or thinking outside of the box.
Since Mercury is scheduled to meet with change-driven Uranus and Pluto later in the week, it’s good that Neptune arrives first to soften Mercury’s resistance to seeing things from a different perspective.
THAT NEPTUNE-MERCURY MEETING occurs on Monday, on the same day that Uranus meets with Mars. Both of these are “sextile” aspects, which do not force a manifestation, but rather provide opportunities that we must take advantage of.
With Neptune sextile Mercury, we have the opportunity to engage our compassion and understanding as we communicate with others, facilitating our ability to soften the “rules” and opening our minds to creative solutions. And, with Uranus sextile Mars, the doorway to new roads is unlocked, ready to be opened. With this alignment, we can more easily find the courage and independence needed to embark on new journeys.
AT THE SAME TIME, Uranus is square Juno, the asteroid representing marriage and other committed partnerships. We can assume that one of the by-products of taking the chance on a different future is that certain relationships will experience separation or a parting of ways.
This will only occur if the parties involved have not been living authentically or in accordance with their truth. Uranus does not divide those that are in tune with themselves and each other, although it may still shake things up a little so that the relationship does not become stagnant.
THE CHALLENGE of embracing new concepts and revolutionary ideas comes on Thursday, when Uranus squares Mercury. Resistance, both internally and externally, comes to the surface with this planetary interaction.
Thankfully, we have two supportive and healing influences on Friday: Jupiter trines Mars to keep things moving forward so that we are less tempted to revert to the old and familiar methods that have been shown to no longer work. And, Chiron sextiles Mercury, providing the opportunity to heal the rifts that may have been created, through the opening of our hearts in compassion to another.
SUNDAY is perhaps the most powerful day of the week. Pluto is aligned with Mercury, and both are sextile Saturn. Words rule the day, with the ability to either empower or destroy, so we must be mindful of how we express ourselves.
At its most positive, Sunday’s planetary configurations can provide the strength and certainty needed to communicate our truth. And, we ourselves can more clearly see the need for change, and perhaps envision how it can occur without the need for complete demolition of existing structures.
The importance of self-observation and integrity in our communications next Sunday will become clear very rapidly, due to a Mars-Saturn square that is exact on Monday, January 7. In other words, we will quickly reap what we have sown, if we have tried to manipulate or coerce another, or in any other way defaulted to darker methods of getting our needs met.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you! As we move from 2012 to 2013, I hope you will find the class on January 24 helpful in your planning for the year and your understanding of the higher intentions of these changing times.
Here’s the link to register again:
Blessings to all,

Pam