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As 2012 ends and all the hype and tension begins to recede, the question “what’s next?” starts to arise. For those who might have been expecting the earth to stand still, or the sun to blow up, let’s admit it, it’s been a bit of an anti-climax… But all of our childish fantasies aside, we did pass through the initiation of a great phase in human history, and we have only just begun…

In Astrological terms, part of what’s next is a continuation of the big Pluto/Uranus square (the very powerful square of dissolution, transformation and awakening), which began in 2012 and continues all the way to 2015. We are not yet half-way through this ‘world changing’ transit (which won’t be in exact square till May), but perhaps already many all over the world are beginning to see that change is happening and inevitable, both personally and world-wide. Issues that had been ignored or not dealt with keep arising: political power struggles, women struggling to emerge from a male dominated world, governments trying to avoid recession, the Middle East crisis and the rise of China as a major world player, etc. Pluto reveals what has been underground or not wanting to be seen, and Uranus reveals and opens new doorways, ideas, shaking and waking up what resists change. The influence of this transit will become a major feature this year.

BEGINNINGS

As we pass through January and the last month of the year of the Water Dragon, we can look at the final Full Moon of 2012 as an ignition or spark to brighten the beginning of 2013.  On the 28th of December, the Sun at 7 degrees Capricorn, the Moon at 7 Cancer, “lit up” or wakened the dormant sleeping dragon of the Pluto/Uranus square, forming a Grand Cross configuration in Cardinal signs. A Grand Cross creates tension through lack of motion. Planets in  Cardinal signs provide a greater degree of action, or the ability to make the changes that need to be made both in ourselves and the world.

At the same time, the month started with Saturn (the planet of lessons and structure), in a harmonious or sextile relationship to Pluto, presenting an opportunity to ground us during a time of upheaval in and around us. Saturn will be in the sign of Scorpio for the entire 2013, and gives us the opportunity to penetrate what we are clinging to or hold onto in fear. This opportunity is deepened and given strength with Pluto as a helper. Think of it like this: Pluto in the earth sign of Capricorn, and Saturn in the water sign of Scorpio are the “bricks” or building blocks to help us rebuild a new (Uranus the Awakener) way of living the new paradigm. This configuration will be with us for the first 3 or 4 months, and should be a major blessing for us and the world.

Another blessing or opportunity for the start of the year is that 7 planets; Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus Neptune and Pluto are all in direct motion for the entire month, helping anything stuck to move forward. Also, Mars the planet of action, is in Uranus’s ruling sign of Aquarius, helping the world to awaken to a more compassionate consciousness, and brotherly/sisterly love for one another. The water bearer of change, dissolving the old.

In February, Jupiter, the only outer planet to be in retrograde motion in January, goes into direct motion at the end of the month, helping expand the “sparks” and spread the fires of opportunity ignited in January. (Saturn also goes retrograde in Feb, but we will give you more info about that in our next update).

SUMMARY

So as we emerge into 2013, we have a great opportunity to expand on all of the transformation we have passed through in the last 12 months. But we must continue to expand! ‘Shine On’ would be a good way to describe it – allowing all of the intuitive gnosis and recognition of the Light, to shine through and beyond all the struggles and difficulties that may still be in front of us. Yes things will continue to arise to test us, but we must not allow any of this to cut across our resolve to stand in the Light. The more we do this in Unity now, together at the threshold, the more we are changing the fabric of this place, and the more we will see the dawn of a whole new world.

This year will also be a lot about the balance of power. Our social and political systems will simply not be able to continue operating the way they have been. The Uranus/Pluto square is blowing open the ‘status quo’, (Uranus/Pluto squaring a total of seven times until 2015!), and demanding everything come back into Balance, Balance, Balance! (PS – along with breaking the ‘status quo’, you might find many of your own systems, computers, work, relationships, being called back into right-relationship, balance and harmony).

But above all, Unity Consciousness is probably the biggest call for this year! We must start to find more and more ways to work together for our common goals. Find ways to participate with others and co-operate. If you have access to others in your area who use the Alchymeic Energies, then make an effort to get together on more of a regular basis, and use the Energies with each other. This is far more effective than just using the Energies by yourself.

Tune in with us next month for more about the Saturn retrograde. And remember to fasten your seat belts. 2013 is set to be another big one…

All the best – Hermetic Astrology Guild

PS – as always, we urge you to discover the Astrology Wizard Wand, which is a very powerful Alchymeic Energy Tool to help in your personal transformation.