There are a heap of statistics that re out there telling us how many people break their New Year Resolutions. There are a heap more that want to estimate how many people fail to honour them ... same thing really? Either way the number is estimated at anything between 60-88%, depending on the source you read. Even though I have this theory that 94.5% of all statistics are made up, I tend to believe that these numbers are pretty close to the mark. But astrology, or more specifically the New Moon in Aries, is here to give you another shot at it.
Whether yours is to lose weight, quit smoking, reduce debt, cut back on other nasties or accelerate your five-year plan with a two-year deadline, the chances are that sitting here now in April, things have fallen off the tracks.
Just when is the right time to utter those fateful words "This year I will ...." remains up for conjecture. Should you do it before during or after the New Years Eve party? Should you say it exactly on the first, last or whatever stroke of midnight? Should you take your time to think about your goal (and for the after effects of the NYE party to wear off) and make your resolution for the 1st New Moon of the year- in Capricorn? Should you wait still further until Chinese New Year (Feb 14 in 2010), or even the astrological New Year when the Sun moves into Aries at the end of March?
I have read a number of blogs and articles recently suggesting that the best time to make a New Year Resolution is actually now ... well in the next couple of days with the New Moon in Aries- the 1st New Moon of the astrological year. And this certainly makes a lot of sense. During the Balsamic phase, we get rid of everything we no longer need, perform whatever banishing rituals we need to perform and wipe the slate clean. At the New Moon, we start the cycle again.
The New Moon energy is always one of new beginnings. An Aussie Astropal Clementine uses the analogy that the sky is like a great empty clean blackboard that you can write your intentions on ... I love that.
The Aries energy is one of new, almost childlike enthusiasm to explore, to be the first, to start something brilliant. The Aries energy is the New Moon energy. Most importantly, Aries New Moon energy is about you.
History, it seems, agrees that the best time to make a New Year Resolution is in the northern Spring. I read a column by a Dr Rick Miller (from a University of Nebraska Kearney online publication) who wrote that the earliest recording of New Year Resolutions was by the Babylonians 4000 years ago. It seems, however, that the most common goal of the ancient Babylonians was not to shed 20 kgs or be nice to that girl/guy in the next partition- it was. ... wait for it ... to return borrowed farm equipment.
So, for those of you with next doors lawnmower, shovel, trailer or whipper snipper that you borrowed aeons ago, make like the Babylonians and include in your First New Moon of the Astrological Year Resolution to give it back.