This is the "Care and feeding of a New World Age" report for Gregorian date of February 7th 2014 for 1 - Ben "ben" or Reed or Corn in the Mayan Tzolkin calendar, with retrograde Mercury moving into Aquarius, the Leo Full Moon, and the Sun moving into Pisces.
February 7th 2014 for 1 - Ben "ben" or Reed or Corn carries the themes of growth and sustenance, journeying in new directions, photosynthesis, protectors of the home and family, the World Tree energy that connects heaven and earth, peace, harmony, and order, strength in being flexible, crusader or champion, and sharing with others. Quetzalcoatl the god-king Feathered Serpent was prophesized to return in the year 1 Reed. Quetzalcoatl is credited for replacing human sacrifice with flowers, songs and meditation. The reed connects light energy with earth energy in an integration of multidimensional existence. Anyway this trecena is a time to be grateful for family and home. So share your most precious home, your open and loving heart.
Before I get into the daily energy for 1- Reed, on the 7th all the planets appear to move forward from our vantage point on Earth except Mercury and Jupiter, which appear to move retrograde or in reverse motion. Jupiter was the king of the gods, and the planet is about good fortune, opportunities, faith, religion, beliefs and expansion. Cancer is about family, home, nurturing, and protection. Mostly what I find with Jupiter retrograde, as with any retrograde cycle there is a review of the past, and with Jupiter what gets reviewed are missed opportunities. In Cancer these are likely to be related to home and family.
The big change for this trecena is that Mercury turned retrograde February 6th and later turns direct on the 28th, so most of the month would be a good time to avoid signing contracts or other legal papers, making any major purchases, or even taking a new job. If you can postpone these types of activities the terms will be much clearer after Mercury is moving direct. Mercury retrogrades force us to slow down and pay more attention to our lives by making us focus on the details of our daily experience. When looking at a retrograde cycle of any of the personal or inner planets, it provides information about a correction to our present course. During this report period we have completed Mercury's travel through the first stage of the retrograde process on 1/22. There are two important points to be aware of in looking at the cycle. We look at the point where the planet appears to move backwards and the point where it appears to move forward again. The first stage represents the shadow time between passing 18 degrees Aquarius, the point where the planet will eventually begin moving forward again and the point where the planet slows, stops, and begins moving in reverse, 3 degrees Pisces. During the first stage we received information about needing to adjust our direction. The second stage is the retrograde phase and is a time to watch the events that occur related to the information received in the 1st stage. The 3rd stage begins when the planet is moving forward again until crossing the line where it originally turned retrograde. During the 3rd stage we move forward with a revision to our previous course. We entered the 1st stage for Mercury on January 22nd, so from then until February 6th, we received information about an adjustment that needs to be made in our lives. Mercury is retrograde from 2/6 at 3 Pisces until 2/28 at 18 Aquarius which will be the time when we will notice events that shift our thinking, and from February 28th to March 20th, we are in the 3rd stage where we implement the change in direction from the awareness gained through experiencing this process.
I think this is an interesting Mercury retrograde, because during its course it will connect with two planets three times each. It squares Saturn, and trines Mars with three events each. And on February 15th, the day it conjuncts the Sun, which happens in every Mercury retrograde, is less than 24 hours after the dramatic Leo Full Moon. This has me recall the Chinese proverb, and I believe curse, "May you live in interesting times". I've discovered that Mercury retrogrades repeat every 79 years, so look for the reoccurrence of themes from 1935, 1856 and 1777. Let's see if those were interesting times. 1935 saw Adolph Hitler's reinstatement of the air force, the Luftwaffe and the rearmament of Nazi Germany, both in violation of the Treaty of Versailles, a Coup D'état attempt in Greece, the Harlem Race riot occurs in New York City after a teenager is brutally beaten, the Great Dust Bowl in the United States, other natural disasters being a 7.1 earthquake in Pakistan killing 40,000 people and the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the United States killing 423, FDR signs the Social Security act, the Congress of Industrial Organizations or CIO is created pushing the cause for industrial unionism, Heinrich Himmler's Lebenborn program is founded to support Nazi eugenics, Mao Zedong called for National United Front against the Japanese invasion, and the rise and fall of gangsters and bank robbers in the USA. What stuck out for me was the realization that during the corresponding February 1935 Mercury retrograde, was also the first post Uranus Pluto squares year, with Uranus in Aries as it is now, but Pluto in Cancer. This was an historical time period of global financial decline and increased fascism. 1856 brought the an increase in the conflicts between pro-slavery and anti-slavery with armed conflicts particularly in Kansas, and senator Charles Sumner being beaten with a cane by congressman Preston Brooks for Sumner's speech attacking southerners who sympathized with the pro-slavery violence in Kansas rendering Sumner unable to return to duty for three years and Brooks becoming a hero across the south, the Taiping Rebellion, the Second Opium War, and the Anglo-Persian War were also events during 1856. 1856 was the time period when Neptune was last in Pisces, as it is currently, which was also a time of more compassion for the suffering of slaves in the United States, but also more opposition to that compassion. Which currently seems to be being played out in the theme of Wealth Inequality, which if all your income only pays for survival needs then isn't that a form of enslavement? And of course here in the United States we have millionaire legislators, who are voting for corporate interests over their constituents' needs. Perhaps this will be a time of change particularly given the Year of the Horse. I was reading recently that the 1% is becoming fearful of America erupting in a way that is similar to the French Revolution. 1777 saw the American Revolution becoming more heated with the Continental Army operating as an organized fighting unit. Interestingly tactics that we look at as carried out by patriots in history, would now be acts of terrorism from our modern viewpoint, such as attaching a time bomb to the hull of the HMS Eagle or placing cannons on Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston Harbor. These are themes of the Trickster archetype, to use cleverness and covert actions rather than attempt to battle a powerful adversary on its own terms. During most of 1777, Pluto was in Capricorn, dismantling power structures that have out grown their usefulness, which is the last time period Pluto was in Capricorn until 2008, where it remains today. Clearly we are looking at cycles within cycles, the players have changed roles, but the themes of a decaying empire collapsing under its own weight, with individuals employing tactics of cleverness over direct confrontation, the oppressive power of fascist governments, economic decline increasing the chasm between the elite and the struggling throngs, and the growing compassion for those left without a voice are the fabric of our times.
If you look at the house of your astrological chart that contains 18 degrees of Aquarius to 3 degrees of Pisces, you can find the theme where you will experience revisions, reviews and rethinking of the characteristics represented by that house. For me it is the ninth house of long distance travel and higher education, so I expect this cycle to provide new information about potential learning or teaching experiences with the possibility to travel to do so. No matter where the Mercury retrograde occurs in your chart, this often leads to changing choices, goals, and directions. In the world look for the themes of completion through emotional and spiritual review of the past strong spiritual undercurrents and otherworldly realizations, but also brings great confusion while in Pisces the first face of the Trickster, and then communications will turn towards topics like the history of social consciousness, social justice, impartiality, freedom, individuality, and innovation when Mercury moves through Aquarius where it's exalted, representing the second face of the Trickster. All the Mercury retrogrades in 2014 will move from a water sign to an air sign: Pisces to Aquarius, Cancer to Gemini, and finally Scorpio to Libra.
As we begin the Ben trecena, Mercury is slowly building momentum as it has turned retrograde at 3 degrees Pisces on the 6th. When a planet slows down to a stop from our perspective here on earth, that planet is considered to be at the peak of its power and Mercury being at the peak of its power reminds me that the Greek god Hermes, who the Romans renamed to Mercury, was also the trickster god. He was the messenger of the Gods and if you weren't on his good side you might not get your message or it might be altered to mean something different than was intended. In mythology the trickster is a god, goddess, woman, man, animal or spirit that creates mischief by playing tricks and acting outside of the accepted rules of their community. I can cover the trickster archetype in depth later in the broadcast if there is time, but I do want share this quote from Joseph Campbell "Almost all non-literate mythology has a trickster-hero of some kind. . . . And there’s a very special property in the trickster: he always breaks in, just as the unconscious does, to trip up the rational situation. He’s both a fool and someone who’s beyond the system. And the trickster represents all those possibilities of life that your mind hasn’t decided it wants to deal with. The mind structures a lifestyle, and the fool or trickster represents another whole range of possibilities. He doesn’t respect the values that you’ve set up for yourself, and smashes them. . . . The fool is the breakthrough of the absolute into the field of controlled social orders." And that is a great description for Mercury retrograde. It also contains a formula for confronting a much more powerful foe. Being cunning over fighting on their terms.
Ok let's look at the daily vibrational energy for this trecena. February 7th 2014 for 1 - Ben "ben" or Reed or Corn: unity experienced through maintaining the home, as the Gemini Moon is challenged by Mercury and Neptune which shifts from folks being critical in their communications particularly with the people they have intimate relationships with, to later daydreams and fantasies feeling more important than reality. The 8th is 2 - Ix "eesh" or Jaguar: duality experienced through enjoying nature, as the Moon in Gemini harmonizes with Uranus which brings pleasant yet restless feelings craving emotional excitement to do something outside the daily routine. February 9th is 3 - Men "men" or Eagle: taking action through seeing from a higher perspective, while the Moon in Gemini finds support from the Sun and Mars, which moves from feeling a sense of inner harmony which is mirrored in the outside world, to later having energy for asserting ourselves in a positive manner and standing our ground if necessary. The 10th is 4 - Cib "keeb" or Wisdom: stability through introspection, meditation and forgiveness, while the Cancer Moon finds support from Mercury and Neptune, and is challenged by Uranus, which influences us beginning with feeling in touch with our emotions and expressing them to others, then later fantasies and daydreams distracting us from accomplishing routine tasks, to finally people likely to act hasty and jump to conclusions. February 11th is 5 - Caban "kah-ban" or Earth: empowerment through gratitude for Mother Earth, with the Sun squaring Saturn which may have people feeling unlucky and can bring up issues that are difficult to handle but the effect doesn't last more than a few days. It really brings up two questions. What do you owe others? and what do you own yourself? This is a conflict between self gratification and duty to others. This tension between two poles may seem limiting and depressing, as we want to break out of this rut, but find that the restrictions are holding us back from being ourselves. Folks will not want to go to work or school or interact with people they prefer not associate with. This can bring resentments as obstacles interfere with our wishes to do what we want. Under this influence people make assumptions without checking the facts, which is not favorable for relationships with authority figures. The best use of this transit is to channel the energy into self discipline. Often others are not holding us back, but we are projecting our internal restraint outwards onto people in our immediate environment. This is a low physical and psychological energy transit, so you may feel the weight of the world is to heavy. This transit shows our vulnerabilities and weaknesses, and gives us an idea about what we can work on to gain greater confidence. Also on the 11th the Moon is Cancer merges with Jupiter, and is opposed by Pluto and Venus, which starts the day with good feelings and generosity towards others, then shifts to having deep emotions rising to the surface, and later pleasant energy for enjoying sensual experiences and rich food with a caution against overindulgence. The 12th is 6 - Etznab "etz-nob" or Flint: being in the flow through being introspective, as we have Mercury retrograding back into Aquarius which returns the focus of communications and thinking to social consciousness, while being true to our individuality to share our inventive ideas with groups and communities, until it is moving direct and re-enters Pisces on March 17th. Also on the 12th the Moon in Cancer finds support from Saturn, and is challenged by Mars, which moves from having a sober realistic view of life, to later the potential for people to be irritable and have needless disputes. February 13th is 7 - Cauac "cow-ack" or Storm: reflection through recognizing the gifts in adversity, while the Leo Moon finds support from Uranus which brings a desire for emotional excitement to engage in activities outside our daily routine. February 14th is 8 : balance through "ah-how"honoring the wisdom and memory of our ancestors, with the Leo Full Moon at 26 degrees Leo, challenged by Saturn, opposed by the Sun and Mercury, and in harmony with Mars. This is about finding balance between our social consciousness (Sun in Aquarius) and being happy, creative, and having fun (Moon in Leo) with Saturn's serious influence on people feeling lonely or isolated, Mars' desire to work independently from others, and Mercury bringing some folks a real conflict between feelings and reason and others having fruitful expressions of their deeper awareness either internally or with another. For those celebrating Valentine's Day this may be challenging energy. Also on the 14th we have the Sun trine Mars which is positive for being ourselves and is wonderful energy for working alone on a project, not because we can't get along with others, but because we will not want to compromise our vision to accommodate the opinions of others. People feel physically vigorous when Mars positively interacts with the Sun, so channeling this energy onto physical activity is recommended, not only for the health of the body but also for its uplifting effect on the mind and spirit. This is a good time to look at various projects begun in the past but not completed to assess where they are in development and our motivations in initiating them. What can be completed soon? If there have been recent new beginnings, are there imbalances that need adjusting? Looking at our own needs and criteria will help us make meaningful the work we engage in at this time. February 15th is 9 - Imix "e-meesh" or Crocodile: patience experienced through nurturing new beginnings, with the Sun conjunct retrograde Mercury which prior to turning retrograde Mercury appears to be way out in front of the Sun, then retrogrades back to conjoin the Sun, and then falls behind the Sun. Prior to mechanized warfare Generals would send their cavalry ahead of the infantry to scout out the enemy's location, find possible resources, as well as the lay of the terrain to move the troops with maximum efficiency, safety and to their strategic advantage. I like to think of Mercury when it is stretching out in front of the Sun as gathering intelligence to report back to our consciousness' during its conjunction to the Sun. Using these two markers connected with a rubber band, I am hoping to illustrate this pattern. When Mercury, represented by the black marker, is in front of the Sun, represented by the red marker, it becomes easier to be overwhelmed by the increase in new information that seems to have no place to be deposited. This can increase our anxiety and the sense of losing control. As Mercury retrogrades the tension decreases until it merges with the Sun, which occurs on February 15th, finding the destination for the intelligence it has gathered. Once behind the Sun, Mercury feels as though it is creating drag that retards the possibility of implementing the new data until it regains forward motion in its pursuit of the Sun on February 28th. Also on the 15th the Virgo Moon is opposed by Neptune, which can influence us to feel sensitive emotionally but confused regarding the accuracy of what's being felt. The 16th is 10 - Ik "eek" or Wind: manifestation through communication, while we have the second of three Mercury trine Mars, which is good for mental work, with more energy than usual and the willingness to tackle difficult problems. People will be speaking their minds, not to get into fights, but to get their ideas out into the open. This transit brings confidence to express beliefs without fear of letting others know where you stand. This can also bring a certain boldness and innovativeness to plans made at this time. This might be a good day to be aware of others' forceful opinions, and avoid having a conflict when voicing our own opinions, the Moon in Virgo harmonizes with Jupiter and finds support from Pluto and Venus. The day's emotional influence moves from feeling in the flow and having a sense of wholeness, then Pluto will bring out intense emotions and stimulate sensitivity, which also favors sexual relationships, and then Venus brings enjoyment of pleasant feelings and social interactions. February 17th is 11 - Akbal "awk-bol" or Night: resolution through contemplating the stars, while the Moon in Virgo harmonizes with Saturn which will have folks wanting to be alone in our thoughts and feelings. The 18th is 12 - Kan "con" or Seed or Lizard: understanding through planting seeds and making new connections, while the Sun moves into Pisces which begins a month of illuminating the intuitive unseen realms inspiring spiritual and psychic experiences but also brings the fog of illusion. Also on the 18th the Libra Moon is opposed by Uranus, and challenged by Jupiter and Pluto, which influences us with folks being emotionally excitable and impulsive, then benevolent and generous feelings for those in our immediate environment, and finally having the compulsion to act in ways that may not be good for us in the long run. February 19th is 13 - Chicchan "chee-chan" or Serpent: movement to the next stage through being flexible, while we have the second of three Mercury square Saturn which favors heavy mental contemplating that requires disciplined thinking, a sharper mind and higher standard for quality. But it also brings difficulty in communicating and being understood by others. Not the best time for any type of negotiations, with folks misinterpreting each other, so I'd delay business dealings for a day or two. This is also a time when people are more likely to withdraw and feel lonely. The gift of this passage is it increases our ability to think practically, but we also see the imperfections and flaws. This can be very serious in its pursuit of betterment, make sure you're honoring what is positive, so not to get overwhelmed by the many imperfections that are in view with this transit. We are very conscious of flaws, including our own, so we can use our critical eye to what should be changed to bring improvement. Older people may serve as teachers and mentors at this time. Just remember Saturn is in Scorpio, so make sure you've done your research before speaking with authority, otherwise you may find yourself receiving some sort of censure. While the Moon in Libra is challenged by Venus, finds support from Mercury, and merges with Mars, which moves from pleasant energy for being with the others we want to know better, to being more in touch with our feelings and able to share them with others, and finally experiencing irritable moods and critical communications.
So no matter what energies are affecting you during this 1 Reed trecena, take some time to be in the flow of the planet by being in nature, watching a sunrise or sunset, communing with the stars, being conscious of the moment through introspection, meditation or being with someone you love. Every day is a blessing no matter what dramas beckon to distract us. We are all giving the performance of a life time on this world stage, just take some time to observe the play as well as act your part. Remember you are a spiritual being having a human experience.
Thank you for checking out New World Birth. The next segment of "Care and feeding of a New World Age" will be on February 20th 2014 for 1 - Cimi "key-mee" or Transformation, with Mercury turning direct, the Pisces New Moon, and Mars and Saturn turning retrograde. You can check us out on Facebook, YouTube and the Mayan Majix website. I encourage you to share this information as videos or text as widely as you choose. I'll be discussing the astrology of February 2014, and providing short Human Design readings to the participants on the "Earth needs Rebels" show on Orion Talk Radio which has been rescheduled to Thursday February 13th due to the illness of the show's host. As always I invite you to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or wish to schedule a reading. I am providing readings and wish to make this service available to the greatest amount of folks, so I’ve created three options with three levels of compensation. These readings are designed to provide information to help you navigate these difficult times. At the basic level we will look at your human design chart to help you understand how to use your individual strategy and authority in making life decisions based on your unique design. I include the next three months of astrological transits as they relate to your natal and progressed astrology charts, along with the human design reading at the middle level. At the top level the human design and astrological transit reading will be recorded and sent to you as an MP3 file to be downloaded to your computer. So if you've been thinking about getting a reading, please contact me, as I would like to provide you a reading during these uncertain times. You will need to be able to either call me in Maine in the U.S.A. or connect with Skype to receive your reading. We are also accepting donations to keep these reports freely available. As always I am blessed that you've taken the time to connect with my passion for these ancient mysteries and their application to our journey during this incarnation. The light in me honors the light in you… Namaste – In Lak’ech - <3