As we enter the New Year, we have started the process of Awakening, ramping up to the Uranus Eris conjunction in June, which signifies the Awakening of Humanity, what we came here for. We are moving through the portal to the higher realms of consciousness and to do so, the old fear based energies have to be let go of. The veils are lifting and we are now able to access realms that we couldn't have before- our Divine purpose is being made much more apparent. The world needs our light, our soul note that we are here to play at this time- it's not about going out and doing things as much as tending to our own well-being with love and attention. As we tune into our particular frequency and hold to it with steadfast determination, we allow ourselves to be the Divine Awakeners that we came here to be. We are all notes in the song of Hallelujah.
The three week long Mercury retrograde cycle is dominant this month, with Mercury moving back and forth over Pluto on the 22nd and again on the 30th: we are in the midst of a huge transformation of the mind which allows us to access the “invisible” or higher realms, in new ways. The theme of expansion and wisdom is also big this month with the archetypal energy of Jupiter.
On New Year’s day, Mercury representing the mind and communication, moves into the sign of Aquarius, significant as it is the dominion of Uranus, the Great Awakener, which is up front and center right now. Aquarius is the New Age we are entering where the main focus is to love oneself unconditionally. All else comes from there – we are then able to share ourselves with the world, exactly as we are, perfectly imperfect Beings.
January 5th, is a huge day with multiple aspects- the mind and body as represented by Mercury and Mars come together in a stepping stone aspect and we have the opportunity to start to manifest the awakening into the physical form.
Mercury then stations retrograde allowing us to go within and digest the tremendous energies that we have been working with- he will be retrograde for 3 weeks until January 25th. Mercury retrograde is a gift if we embrace it, as it actually allows us to more easily connect with the energies of Source through the mind.
Venus connects in a stepping stone with Neptune allowing us to pierce the veils if we can clear karmic debris and connect with our Heart center, the true compass in these huge times of change.
The Sun connects with Pluto representing the start of a new cycle of transformation that will allow us to access our higher consciousness with even more clarity. Pluto has been known as the god of the underworld- his whole purpose is to bring us through the gateway to the higher realms, through larger than life alchemical and transformational processes. This often comes in the form of life challenges, which of course are great gifts if we allow them to be. The more we surrender and let go, the more easeful and graceful life can become.
On January 7th the Sun forms a stepping stone with Uranus and we can step into our Awakened Selves if we are willing to overcome or transcend any conflicts. The challenges always bring about the most growth, in fact they are the mechanism for growth, so the more we can embrace them the easier our journey will be.
Jupiter also stations retrograde in Virgo, allowing us to access the wisdom of the soul retrieval process we are in – we are coming to Wholeness, one fragment at a time.
The New Moon occurs on January 9th in the sign of Capricorn and is seeding our intention to enter the gateway to the higher realms to connect with Source and awaken to the truth of who we are. We are what we came for- Divine Beings of Love. We do this by integrating all of our parts into the Wholeness that we are.
Eris the planet of disruption, representing the inner awakening, goes direct on January 10th -she is akin to the inner earthquake that helps us to release old fear based cellular imprints; thus begins the countdown to the Awakening of Humanity in June.
On January 12th we are able to manifest the awakening through the Heart, when Venus trines Uranus.
On January 13th -14th we have the opportunity to manifest the wisdom of higher consciousness into our Being, connect with the messages of the Mercury retrograde cycle and thus have better understanding of the higher wisdom that it all brings.
The Sun enters the sign of Aquarius on January 20th – and we shift our focus from the Capricorn energies of perfecting our connection to our higher Self, to the Aquarian energies of learning to love our Selves unconditionally so we that can share ourselves with the world -an important moment as Uranus has dominion and is so dominant right now. We may have flashes of intuition that come from challenges.
Jupiter is quite activated this month- it is the archetype of wisdom and expansion and is known as a benefic force. Interesting that it has dominion over the sign of Sagittarius- where we must clear the decks of all karmic debris. As we expand into the wisdom of our Being we have to clear away the fear based energies that are not in alignment. Jupiter connects with the Moon's North Node, representing our path of evolution on January 22nd and again on January 29th – we will have the opportunity to bring ourselves to the wholeness we seek in a bigger way, healing and integrating our “lost” fragments.
The Full Moon in Leo, reflecting the Sun in Aquarius on January 23rd will enable us to find the blessings of this journey and shine our light. As we love ourselves unconditionally, we are much abler to be who we truly are in the world- and bring the world into Divine order, where Love is the foundation of all.
As Mercury stations direct on January 25th we start forward with our newly integrated mind. We will also start a new cycle of the union of the divine feminine and masculine in the physical world, or another way to put this is the balance of giving and receiving, being and doing, which need to be in equilibrium for us to be in balance.
On January 29th the Sun shines its vitality into the ongoing Unveiling process where we can really connect to our soul's purpose and see a wider perspective; the Heart is always a good guide to pierce the fogs of confusion as they come up. These are unprecedented times.
As the month closes, on January 31st we have the opportunity to bring the mind to a place of greater illumination or insight. It is undergoing huge upgrades all month.
What we think we create, as we awaken our divine potential and pierce through the veils to the higher consciousness we are more prepared to create a world that is in alignment with Divine Order, a place where Love reigns supreme. It all starts with us individually; as we turn our focus inwards and connect to our Divine nature, we can love ourselves exactly as we are, warts and all. This is the key: we are not perfect nor are we meant to be. It is up to us each of us to take that step into Love, one thought, one word and deed at a time. It is a choice in each moment. What do you choose? Find your note and sing your song of Love to the world and watch it transform before your very eyes. It is all possible now.
Nicholas West is a Certified Cosmic Consciousness Astrologer, as well as a certified CPI facilitator. He is also a Rising Star Teacher, practitioner, and has many other tools that he has gathered on his journey.