THE new 2012 edition of Wellbeing Astrology Guide is on sale at newsagents now. Inside is an article I have penned on what we might expect with the Neptune in Pisces 13 year long transit that commences next month.
In the December-Jan issue of The Mountain Astrologer I have separate article on Neptune’s entry into Pisces.
In Nature and Health magazine you can read my sun sign forecasts in each issue. The Annual Edition of Nature and Health features my Sun sign forecasts for the coming year. On sale at newsagents now.
Happy New year and welcome to 2012! There is so much going on the heavens this year it is hard to know where to begin…
Cancerian Full Moon
January 9, 2012
The first lunation for 2012 – the January 9 Full Moon sees all planets in direct motion. With the Moon in her own sign, family, emotions and inner life are central themes and feelings are close to the surface of our hearts. The focus is on sensitivity and subtle vibrations. How do we feel about the coming year? Intuition and instinct are very accessible now. The Sun is aligning with Hygiea, asteroid of health and healing asking us to become more aware of our choices and their implications. Healing is a natural state that can be accessed by each of us. The process begins within.
This is a potent Full Moon for gaining insight into personal habits and behaviours that we have held onto unconcsciously, helping us grow beyond these habits and become more conscious. With Mars about to turn retrograde in Virgo, we are supported in this by sustained discipline and applied effort to attain the desired result.
On another tack, it is interesting to note that transiting Pluto is now passing over Saturn in Australia’s 1901 Federation chart and will traverse the Sun this year and next. The vibe of Pluto is always intense, and there has been speculation that with the transit over the Sun Australia may become a Republic. We can except that this idea may once again be on the agenda in 2012 and may become a reality in 2013. This would mean Australia would have a new chart. Whatever transpires, our national identity will be transformed in 2012/3 as Pluto overhauls both the political system and what it means to be Australian.
Aquarius New Moon & Chinese New Year
Year of the Water Dragon
23 January 2012
Mars is stationary and turning retrograde at this New Moon. Mars retrogrades in Virgo for the longest possible time of any sign, making this transit intense indeed. Mars will not turn direct again until April 14, and will cross back over this mark, 23 Virgo, on the June solstice. These are intense times.
Mars retrograde is challenging but he builds up our stamina and endurance. Mars retrograde however can have a hard time appreciating that ‘slow and steady often wins the race’. Frustration teaches Mars his lesson. He must realise that the ‘enemy’ is not a fire breathing dragon, but an aspect of self. The Dragon within is his own inadequacy and powerlessness. Coming to terms with one’s inner demons is a key part of the Mars retrograde cycle. Untold courage and energy can be found here.
The Dragon is the most powerful of all Chinese signs, and also considered the most fortunate. This is not a fire-breathing fire dragon, but a more relentless and deeper water dragon year.
This is a powerful symbol of profound and deep transformation, which is ultimately for the good. With Uranus making a conjunction to Ceres in early Aries, new environmental innovations will emerge, as ongoing volatility will continue to be seen as Uranus and Pluto make their first of seven squares in 2012. (2012-2015)
The stage is set for a dramatic and intense year, a year where allegiances will likely change, where new developments will emerge after profound but necessary change that will help foster fresh fields of opportunity. Innovation, leadership and creativity will all play a key role. Switching from an economic model of 'growth' to one of sustainability is necessary. As David Suzuki wisely put it, 'Endless growth is impossible in a finite world.'
There are many challenges ahead, the greatest test is confronting our own destructiveness and greed.