This Mayan glyph for the Goddess of the Moon and Medicine is large in my imagining right now, having visited the great site of Chichen Itza in the jungle of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico last week.  Bordering the western edge of the Caribbean Sea, this once mighty culture had at its core a profound understanding of heaven and earth's conjoined rhythms, and great cosmic rituals and buildings bound people together.  

As we begin a new year, there is an unprecedented interest in cosmic thinking, including astrological thinking.  As I [finally] launch this website, there are several large time sweeps I will concentrate on for the coming year. 

1)  Chickens are coming home to roost: in mythology, there's always a Big Kahuna Father figure, and in astrology, that's symbolized by Saturn.  It's the symbol of authority, limitation, law, structure, completion.  For the last two and a half years, Saturn has been traveling in the fiery restless sign of Sagittarius, dragging everyone along through endless possibilities (also known as lying and confusion), restless migration and curiosity.  On the Winter Solstice of 2017, Saturn entered his home sign, Capricorn, and will spend the next two and a half years bringing things to completion, bringing things to a halt, delivering redemption and confirmation or punishment and just desserts (think Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey; think Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn).  If ever there was a year for resolutions, this is it; save yourself until January 8, best day to start.

In May, Uranus (Saturn's father, so the big Kahuna outside the system, also known as an outlier) leaves the hot fiery sign of Aries for the first time since 2011, and enters the earthy sign of Taurus.  Since Taurus' queen is Venus, we can expect a LOT more revolution for women in the next seven years, not only changes FOR women but changes TO women and how we think about women.  There will be a pretty strong backlash to all of this in the middle of the year, as the guys in charge are not going to give up lightly, no matter how much #MeToo there is.  Also, we can expect a shakeup in the market, around currencies, and land and property (no, I don't think there's going to be an earthquake.)  We can also expect a shakeout in the high tech industry, as inventors and founders agonize over the mess social media has made of the body politic. 

2)  Time to dig down deep into the psyche: Jupiter (one of Saturn's sons, in fact, the one who overthrew him) symbolizes big expansive lightning bolt growth and potency, and in the deep down dark sign of Scorpio, he doesn't want to leave any stone unturned.  A great year to get that therapy you've always been putting off because you just didn't think you could face it.  Put that together with Saturn in Capricorn and you're looking at a one year stint of revelation and planning as a result of it.

3)  Eclipse season:  the end of January brings us a total lunar eclipse; and mid-February a partial solar eclipse.  These eclipses are the finishing touches to what surfaced in the big total solar eclipse of August 2017.  Everything that came up in that eclipse has been working on each of us, bringing things to light and forcing us to grow where ever it touched us personally (you need to know which houses in your personal horoscope are host to the signs Leo and Aquarius for this).

4)  Our oceans: as the lord of the oceans, Neptune, continues his journey through his kingdom, Pisces -- and since I just spent a week snorkeling in the beautiful clear Caribbean Sea off the coast of Yucatan -- I am especially aware now of how our oceans bind us all together, literally and symbolically, and that sea levels are rising; heightened awareness of all those things that unite us will be rising along with water levels, no matter how divisive world politics become; people are going to be finding ways to remember oneness (this is an interesting flashback to the period of our country's Civil War, when brother fought brother, which we are seeing again). 

Not only will I begin a regular early-in-the-month regular post, but astrologer Renee Sills and I will be holding regular conversations we'll plan to podcast.  I look forward to 2018!  Regards, Carol

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