“This is what a chakra looks like,” Richard explained as he texted me this stunning crystalline image. (We’d just been connecting our chakras over the phone—a practice that keeps us close while he’s away). The ‘chakra’ had manifested on the hub of his tire while driving through an ice storm – a great example of beauty arising from chaos!
Our world is shaped by intricate geometric patterns that lie just beneath the surface of things, like the chakras that animate our physical bodies and connect us to our higher selves and each other. The shifting angles made by the planets are another example of this. When these angular connections are particularly strong—as they are in the chart for the New Moon on New Year’s Day—they tend to trigger intense feelings, prompting decisive action and new beginnings.
The Capricorn New Moon (Jan. 1, 3:14 a.m. PST) catalyzes a grand cross between Mars in Libra, Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. The planets involved represent strong yang forces, intensified by their presence in action-oriented cardinal signs. Do-or-die Pluto conjuncts the Sun, Moon and Mercury and exactly squares headstrong Mars. This forceful call for evolutionary change can prompt a fresh start, but it can also trigger antagonism and impatience if we’re not careful to channel it wisely.
Because this powerful energy colors the entire year ahead, we can expect 2014 to be a magnificent, make-it-or-break-it year. The good news is, if you’re inclined to cut ties with the past, launch new projects or begin running marathons, this alignment will give you the push you need. The bad news is, if you persist in clinging to old patterns or being less than your authentic self, you’re apt to suffer.
Complicating the planetary picture, Venus is currently retrograde in Capricorn (Dec. 21 – Jan. 31). Pleasure-loving Venus can feel weighed down in that serious earth sign, but she’s also able to devise effective plans for change, and cement healthy habits in existing relationships (not a great time to start new ones, though). Don’t rely overmuch on others’ financial or emotional support during this retrograde, as it’s meant to guide you into your own depths to reclaim your talents, power and self-esteem (although it is a good time to recoup losses or receive money owed to you). Through the end of January, you may have to dig deep to find the softer side of love, to unconditionally accept yourself and others—but your efforts will be richly rewarded.
Working with your chakras is a great way to empower yourself and find the beauty in chaos; to learn how, check out my friend Paula Shaw’s illuminating new book, Chakras, The Magnificent Seven: Pathways to Higher Energy, Happiness and Health. Visit her Amazon e-Store and enter the promo code: NTKJMZAM before Jan. 1 to receive $5 off your order.
If you need some help cultivating self-confidence, check out this Capricorn New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. You’ll also find an inspirational mini-video to help you transform the Fame gua of your home and attain more authenticity and recognition in 2014.