This is the "Care and feeding of a New World Age" report for Gregorian date of December 28th 2015 for 1 – Ik "eek" or Wind in the Mayan Tzolkin calendar, with Venus entering Sagittarius, Mercury entering Aquarius, Mars entering Scorpio, Mercury and Jupiter turning retrograde, Mercury returning to Capricorn, and the Capricorn New Moon.
December 28th is 1 – Ik "eek" or Wind with the themes of air, breath, life force, prana, chi, that which animates life, inspiration, imagination, the spark of creativity and spirit, communication, and the dissemination of seeds and ideas. The day glyph for wind is a T shaped cross that represents the Mayan god of wind but is also symbolic of trees which restore the life energy to the air. This thirteen day period would be a good time to communicate your inspiration and connect with the life force that makes you unique. An interesting item of note about the Wind trecena which is associated with communication, is that the planet that is associated with communication, Mercury, is at the peak of its power as it is stopped prior to turning retrograde on January 5th.
Since we begin a new Gregorian month during this trecena, I thought I'd discuss the metaphysics of the upcoming month. January is the first month and with the digits for 2016, when added together we get 10, then we add 1 + 0 to tell us that this is a one month in numerology. Basic numerology reduces numbers to one through nine, so when we think about that arc the 1 represents a time of new beginnings. The numerology in January and February 2016 repeat November and December 2015 with January being a one month and February being a two month. This somewhat rare as we begin a new numerological cycle as we begin a new Gregorian year, and made even rarer in that all the planets are moving direct, and no planets are retrograde from December 26th to January 4th. The 10 and the 1 are represented by the Wheel of Fortune and Magician Archetypes in the Tarot cards. The Wheel of Fortune is about prosperity and abundance that comes from being objective, flexible, and creative. To quote Ruth Ross "All prosperity begins in the mind and is dependent only upon the full use of our creative imaginations." The 1 card is the Magician which represents the principle of communication, represented by the god Mercury. Another interesting synchronicity related to communication during the Wind trecena with the planet Mercury empowered. Words were originally magic. A quote to illustrate the Magician Archetype comes from Starhawk, "Language shapes consciousness, and the use of language to shape consciousness is an important branch of magic." So January represents the beginning of a new cycle which comes into being through our communications leading us towards prosperity by being flexible, objective, and creative.
Before I get into the daily energy for 1 – Ik "eek" or Wind, on the 28th all the planets appear to be moving forward from our vantage point on Earth, although both Mercury and Jupiter turn retrograde during this report period. We have a brief time before Mercury and Jupiter turn retrograde, where all the planets are direct as 2016 begins.
The big change in January is Mercury changing directions, as it moves retrograde on the 5th and direct on the 25th, so the middle 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. That may seem impossible, so if you can avoid these activities a few days before and after Mercury changing directions on the 5th and 25th, when the energy is at its most potent, would be beneficial. 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 Mercury traveling through the first stage of the retrograde process since 12/20/15. 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 15 degrees Capricorn, the point where the planet will eventually begin moving forward again and the point where the planet slows, stops, and begins moving in reverse, 1 degree Aquarius. During the first stage we receive 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 December 20th, so from then until January 5th, we receive information about an adjustment that needs to be made in our lives. Mercury is retrograde from 1/5 at 1 Aquarius until 1/25 at 15 Capricorn which will be the time when we will notice events that shift our thinking, and from January 25th to February 14th, we are in the 3rd stage where we implement the change in direction from the awareness gained through experiencing this process. Because Mercury retrogrades from Aquarius back into Capricorn, we have two faces of the trickster. Mercury functions better in Aquarius than in Capricorn. I'd expect people to change their minds as Mercury changes signs. Aquarius will make us aware that our thinking has become antiquated and is no longer fresh, this could even lead to changes in ideology. Capricorn will have us reviewing what we do for work and whether we feel it is providing enough stability in our lives.
If you look at the house of your astrological chart that contains 15 degrees Capricorn to 1 degree of Aquarius, you can find the theme where you will experience revisions, reviews and rethinking of the characteristics represented by that house. For me that would be my eighth house of transformation, death and rebirth, so I would set an intension related to using this energy to go into greater depths regarding my spiritual path and beginning in Aquarius, I will want to be open to unexpected and surprising influences that reveal new information, perhaps regarding something outside my comfort zone. 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 intellectual review of the past particularly related to communications about topics like the history of social consciousness, social justice, impartiality, freedom, individuality, and innovation when Mercury moves through Aquarius where it's exalted. All the Mercury retrogrades in 2016 will begin in air signs: Aquarius, Gemini, and finally Libra, and then retrograde into the earth signs of Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo.
As we began January Mercury slows down and turns retrograde at 1 degree Aquarius on the 5th. 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 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.
With Jupiter appearing to be stopped at the opening of the month prior to appearing to move retrograde or in reverse motion from the perspective of the Earth on January 7th at 23 degrees of Virgo. When a planet is stopped it is said to be at the peak of its power. Jupiter was the king of the gods, and the planet is about good fortune, opportunities, faith, religion, beliefs and expansion. Virgo is about organization, health, and service, so we will see these themes expanded at the beginning of January. Jupiter entered into its retrograde shadow period on October 13, 2015 which developed opportunities that will be reviewed when Jupiter turns retrograde on December 7th. 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. When Jupiter turns direct on May 9th 2016 at 13 degrees of Virgo, we will have become aware of a change in course regarding how we will expand our opportunities for health, organization, and/or being of service. Jupiter will take a few days to build momentum in moving reverse. In your personal life you may want to look at 13 to 23 degrees Virgo to become aware of the house that is currently feeling Jupiter's expansive influence. For me, Jupiter is in my fourth house of the home and inner world, so I might use this retrograde period to renew my home environment, such cleaning or doing home repairs or some type of inner work on myself.
Ok let's look at the daily vibrational energy for this trecena.
December 28th 2015 is 1 – Ik "eek" or Wind: unity experienced through communication in the Mayan Tzolkin calendar, while the Leo Moon finds support from Saturn and Uranus which begins with having a sober realistic view of life, and later shifts to having the impulse to engage in activities that make us feel more alive.
The 29th is 2 – Akbal "awk-bol" or Night: duality experienced through contemplating the stars, while the Sun sextiles Neptune which lowers the demands of our egos allowing us to sense other people's energy and circumstances and makes us more willing to help out. This could be positive for fund raising for a charitable organization. This also encourages spiritual and mystical knowledge and experiences through spending time alone in a meditative state, particularly given that energy for physical activities will be lowered. This helps soften the energy for arguments that is associated with the square of Mercury to Mars. Mercury square Mars also on the 29th, compounds the intensity with another difficult transit. This one has people feeling touchy and irritable, with almost any communication interpreted as a challenge. Hard to imagine that someone doesn't get set off by the implied attitude of this transit. People will feel the drive to defend their ideas, from a simple debate to and all out fight. This time it would be important to realize beliefs and thoughts can change and to not indentify our ego with them. This is yet another transit that indicates the potential to be involved in accidents. This particularly likely for someone who trying to suppress their anger. Also on the 29th the Moon in Leo is stimulated by Mars and challenged by Venus which moves from having the desire to work independently from others, to later pleasant energy for being with the others we want to know better.
December 30th is 3 – Kan "con" or Seed or Lizard: taking action through planting seeds and making new connections, while Venus moves into Sagittarius which brings the spirit of adventure to our love affairs. First attractions may seem very romantic, but the happy wanderer is not sure about sacrificing freedom for the relationship. Anyway this is outgoing energy for social engagements, travel and spirited friendships. Venus is also about money, as well as romance and socializing, so until January 24th when Venus enters Capricorn, folks may feel as though money is more abundant with Venus in Sagittarius. Also on the 30th the Virgo Moon is opposed by Neptune, supported by the Sun and Pluto, and challenged by Saturn, which shifts from feeling sensitive emotionally but confused regarding the accuracy of what's being felt, to later feeling a sense of inner harmony which is mirrored in the outside world, followed by people feeling lonely or isolated, and finally with Pluto bringing out intense emotions and stimulating sensitivity, which also favors sexual relationships.
The 31st is 4 – Chicchan "chee-chan" or Serpent: stability through being flexible, with the Moon in Virgo merging with Jupiter which brings good feelings and generosity towards others.
January 1st is 5 - Cimi "key-mee" or Transformation: empowerment through releasing what no longer serves us, with Mercury enters Aquarius, which due to turning retrograde on the 5th, will spend one week in the water barer before returning to Capricorn. Mercury moving into Aquarius shifts the focus of communications and thinking to social consciousness, while being true to our individuality to share our inventive ideas with groups and communities. Also on the 1st the Moon finds support from Mercury and harmonizes with Venus which moves from being more in touch with our feelings and able to share them with others, to having pleasant energy to be with friends and loved ones.
The 2nd is 6 – : being in the flow through man-eek"being of service to others, while the fourth quarter Moon in Libra being challenged the Sun and Pluto, in harmony with Saturn, and opposed by Uranus, which shifts from encountering challenges to our daily routines, to later wanting to be alone in our thoughts and feelings, followed by having the compulsion to act in ways that may not be good for us in the long run, and finally folks are emotionally excitable and impulsive.
January 3rd is 7 – Lamat "la-maught" or Star or Rabbit or Venus: reflection through being grateful for abundant relationships, with Mars entering Scorpio, after almost 2 months in the sign of its detriment: Libra, Mars has found its way to the sign of its traditional rulership. Mars in Scorpio brings persistence and intensity, but also emotional sexuality. Scorpio Mars is hard driving, resourceful, determined, relentless, purpose directed, but can also be displayed as jealousy, anger, resentments, and hurt feelings. Mars will be in Scorpio until March 5th. Also on the 3rd the Scorpio Moon merges with Mars and challenged by Mercury which moves from experiencing irritable moods and critical communications, to later folks being critical in their communications particularly with the people they have intimate relationships with.
The 4th is 8 Muluc "moo-luke" or Offering: balance through appreciating creation, with the Moon in Scorpio supported by Neptune, and in harmony with the Sun and Pluto which shifts from our innermost subconscious fantasies and daydreams confusing reality, which may not be great for accomplishing much work, followed by feeling balance between our inner and outer worlds, and finally having deep emotions finding their way to the surface and felt on a profound level.
January 5th is 9 – Oc "awk" or Dog: patience experienced through enjoying family and friends, while Mercury turns retrograde at 1 degree Aquarius. Even folks who don't follow astrology are aware of Mercury's retrograde effect on communication, technology and travel. This begins a time that shifts our review of information related to innovation and social reform, with a focus on the Aquarius themes of higher mind, group consciousness and intuition. From the 5th to the 25th 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. That may seem impossible, so if you can avoid these activities a few days before and after Mercury changing directions on the 5th and the 25th of next month, when the energy is at its most potent, would be beneficial. The retrograde cycle provides information about a change or correction in our cosmic course. Also on the 5th Mercury squares Mars, which continues to compound the intensity with another difficult transit. This one has people feeling touchy and irritable, with almost any communication interpreted as a challenge. Hard to imagine that someone doesn't get set off by the implied attitude of this transit. People will feel the drive to defend their ideas, from a simple debate to and all out fight. This time it would be important to realize beliefs and thoughts can change and to not indentify our ego with them. This is yet another transit that indicates the potential to be involved in accidents. This particularly likely for someone who trying to suppress their anger. Also on the 5th Venus squares Neptune which is an alignment between planet octaves. Venus representing personal love and Neptune representing unconditional and universal love. The romantic imagination is active under this transit, which can lead to unrealistic expectations regarding loved ones. Please remember your partner is a mere mortal, by not holding them to an impossible romantic ideal that no one could or should try to attain. Relationships that are damaged by this transit are not usually based on reality. This is positive for daydreaming that leads to artistic expression. Overall we are likely to feel an expansion in compassion and empathy which benefits activities like meditation, music and art which may seem transcendent, but not such a great day for business on the material plane. Also on the 5th the Sun conjuncts Pluto which illuminates underlying experiences, usually of a dark nature, that leads to fundamental evolutionary changes from within. This can bring the power of changes that we see as major occurrences in the world with the themes of growth, evolution, decay and death, along with rebirth and regeneration. Some of us may have to contend with a person who is trying to exert unreasonable power over us, which will likely force us to defend our right to do things in a way that is correct for us. With Pluto this may have hidden elements that have powerful ramifications. Also on the 5th the Scorpio Moon harmonizes with Jupiter influences people to feel in the flow and have a sense of wholeness.
The 6th is 10 – Chuen "shoe-in" or Monkey: manifestation through creating something new, while the Sagittarius Moon in harmony with Mercury, challenged by Neptune, and merging with Venus which moves from being very social and having lots of conversations, followed by daydreams and fantasies feeling more important than reality, and finally feels cheerful, warm, gregarious, and wanting to go out and socialize.
January 7th is 11 – Eb "eb" or Road: resolution through serving your community, while Jupiter turns retrograde in Virgo. Retrogrades bring a time of review. Jupiter is about opportunities, so this may begin a time when people review their missed opportunities particularly related to their health, organization, and/or being of service. For some this might be a time of thinking of a lost love with whom you considered as a potentially healthy relationship, or a job where you could serve others that was dropped by the wayside. Jupiter retrograde also has us reviewing any expansion we have encountered since Jupiter moved into Virgo on August 11th 2015. Also on the 7th the Sun squares Uranus, which is a disruptive transit adding to the likelihood of upsets and behaviors that are upsetting to others. Also unexpected mechanical problems, a sudden argument, or separation within a relationship. With the Sun involved we are talking about a conflict between egos. Folks will also be more likely to feel restless, so it might be important to be conscious of this possibility, and find a way to allow the restless energy to express itself, rather than being shocked by how it gets expressed unconsciously. This adds to the accident prone energy of the transits at this time. This is a time to realize those accidents are not happening to you, you are creating them. The drive to do something free and liberating is strong, just try to exercise enough consciousness to give it expression without causing damage to your life. Also on the 7th the Moon in Sagittarius merges with Saturn, is supported by Uranus, and challenged by Jupiter which shifts from wanting to be alone in our thoughts and feelings, to later folks acting hasty and jumping to conclusions that may not be correct, and finally having benevolent and generous feelings for those in our immediate environment.
The 8th is 12 - Ben "ben" or Reed or Corn: understanding through maintaining the home, with retrograde Mercury returning to Capricorn, which reviews practical information and communications in the sign of business, government, industry, and finance, where Pluto has been focused on breaking down these systems since 2008. Mercury in the sign of the goat-fish is serious in its communications and thinking. This begins a good period for business and thinking about goals for 2016. Also on the 8th Venus conjuncts Saturn in Sagittarius where love and affection are tempered by practical considerations. This can have a sobering view point regarding relationships. Folks may seek the advice of older people (Saturn) regarding relationships (Venus). Saturn is also limitation so this maybe a time of parting temporarily or breaking up. Relationships that begin under this influence are long lasting and loyal, but not particularly exciting. For relationships that are going well at this time Venus merged with Saturn makes us aware of our commitments which would be good for getting engaged or working of marital problems. Also on the 8th the Sun sextile Chiron illuminates our past wounds, bringing a deep awareness to allow healing to occur. Also on the 8th the Capricorn Moon is stimulated by Mars which brings the desire to work independently from others.
January 9th is 13 – Ix "eesh" or Jaguar: movement to the next stage through enjoying nature, while we have the Capricorn New Moon at 19 degrees 13 minutes, in harmony with Neptune, merging with Pluto and the Sun, and challenged by Uranus. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, this new moon represents new beginnings related to work, commitments, discipline, elders, which might begin as a limitation or obstacle that must be overcome or at least bypassed, so that the new energy can precede. This lunation sextile to Neptune influences us with greater sensitivity to others' emotions with possible psychic impressions for those who are open, conjunct Pluto brings more intense moods rising to the surface from deep in our psyches, and square Uranus may have folks acting hasty and jumping to conclusions that may not be correct. New Moons bring the opportunity to set an intension for manifestation on the following full moon. Look to the house of your astrology chart that contains 19 degrees 13 minutes of Capricorn to consider what area of your life is being activated by this new moon. For me that would be my eighth house of transformation, death and rebirth, so I would set an intension related to using this energy to go into greater depths regarding my spiritual path. Pluto also in Capricorn brings in transformational elements into the new moon, so there is a transformative purpose aligned with the new opportunities that are opening up. This New Moon is particularly potent for making big changes through taking a leap of faith, during this numerological One month of new beginnings, as we begin 2016. Certainly releasing outdated limitations, like removing your mask at the masquerade new year's party, to reveal a greater awareness of our authentic true self, our new direction, and purpose.
So no matter what energies are affecting you during this 1 Wind 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.