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Step Into the New: 2013 Brings a Gentler Wave

by Terry Lamb January 23, 2013 03:16 PM EST
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It’s like we’re all Rip Van Winkles, waking after a long sleep. It’s more than the usual winter hibernation in the dark — there’s a huge shift taking place.

2013 promises to be a gentler year than 2012 (or the three before it). In fact, it may feel more like the normal we used to know, with caveats. Of course, there’s still the ongoing process of transforming human culture started in the mid-60s but ramped up since 2008. However, the rest of the astrology for 2013 looks more like what we might call “normal” in frequency, timing, and intensity. It’s almost like life has returned to normal too.

The Longer the Cycle, the Deeper It Goes.
But not quite. The long-term changes that we have been focused on must continue. We are still deep into several big cyclic transitions, the longest being 26000 years marked by the solstice, one wobble of Earth on her axis, called the Great Year. Imagine that you are clearing 26000 years’ worth of garbage out of your backyard. That’s what we’re doing with our psyche: emotions, mental constructs, karmic baggage, spiritual blueprint. And there’s plenty of actual garbage to clear as well, as we rectify our relationship with Planet Earth.

The Uranus-Pluto cycle of roughly 120 years, the Chiron-Neptune cycle of 65 years are both at turning points as well. All these cycles represent factors that take years (if not millennia) to develop and whose resulting conditions won’t change overnight. It helps to know that what happens related to the Great Year has been with us for at least 200 years already, and the shift to the new Great Year is a subtle adjustment leading to another 200 years of renewal.

The seeds of the Uranus-Pluto process were sown in the mid-60s. The unrest, the insistence on equality for all, “Power to the People”, is being echoed now in the #occupy movement. It may seem as though conditions have not changed (except to worsen) since then, but that is not true: A new way to manage the big problems is emerging. There is more awareness of the conflict between the forces that resist change and the ones that require it, both in society and in ourselves.

We’re not getting out of the big situations tied to these cycles anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean the conditions won’t change — transformation is guaranteed. The shift is made as a series of steps. What we can expect in 2013 is a more gradual, graceful movement forward in some areas, punctuated by the periodic staccato of sudden change as the volatile Uranus-Pluto process is activated.

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The gentler energies can be used as a foundation for our new life. In 2013, we can get more accomplished since we will have fewer interruptions, fewer events to throw us out of balance, more stability to wrap around ourselves.

A Meeting with Fate
Jupiter is the odd one out and brings forward long-term challenges, in a pattern that has been with us since October as well. Jupiter is at the pointy end of a yod, also called a Finger of Fate. The two sides of this tall isosceles triangle are made up of quincunxes, that great revealer of ambiguity. In this instance, we may feel trapped by circumstances and not sure of the way out. With so many unknowns, we are uncertain of what’s real, what we can rely on. The resistance we feel from the universe (or our circumstances) feels like fate, but if so it is a fate we chose sometime in the past, however distant. By persisting through the doubt and uncertainty, relying on our initial insights that brought us here, we can prevail within this framework to a new platform of life. Built on the sextile between Saturn and Pluto, we need to be willing to transform ourselves and stare down our feelings of entrapment. Freedom seems tantalizingly close, and it comes as a release, not a prison break.

When Jupiter goes forward January 30, we start to feel our burden lift spontaneously, propelled by our past efforts. Freeing ourselves becomes easier at that time, and we are fully released once Jupiter clears the yod pattern at the end of March. Our process with Jupiter — one that started in early June 2012 — will be sorted by late April, and will be complete by June 25, when Jupiter enters Cancer.

And in January . . .
Relationships are on the front burner for everyone in January, especially for Cardinal types (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) and Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn). Unresolved relationship situations are legion right now, but we’ll start to turn this trend around in January, as we can finally focus on this vital aspect of our personal happiness quotient. It took a while for us to dig the hole we’re in, so we won’t have this resolved overnight; however, we’ll establish the pathways for peace and harmony that will be developed throughout the year.

We can’t say that our past is gone, but our understanding of it is substantially altered. Look at where you were a year — two years — ago. We remember what has happened, but we see it through new eyes, the eyes of the soul, to which we awaken more fully every day.
 
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