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January 1, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The dawn of 2020 straddles an eclipse cycle that began with the annular solar eclipse on December 26 and ends on January 10 with a penumbral lunar eclipse, or when the earth casts a shadow on the moon.

There was a lot of shade and shadow in 2019. World leaders, celebrities and regular folks like us gave shade, were given shade, or for many others found themselves nearly drowning in their own shadow side. Each of us has a shadow side that we don’t like to admit we have. Our most unattractive personal traits, our fears, our worries, and anywhere our values and morals may not live up to our own or others’ expectations is where our shadow side lives. Often our shadow is what we dislike the most about ourselves yet remains hidden from our conscious minds until it erupts as a reaction to stress and upheavals. Sometimes we are consciously living our shadow side but don’t care because we are dealing with addiction or knowingly setting out to hurt ourselves or another, perhaps as reaction to deep-seated anger, despair or insecurity.

Well, truth always finds the light and eclipse cycles have a way of spotlighting or highlighting what is lurking in the shadows. Through relationships and situations that cause us despair the first step to healing these is becoming conscious of what’s wrong. Eclipses have a way of showing us where we are harming ourselves, or reacting negatively, or just not seeing the Light that is also part of our lives. The good things in life that help heal, overcome and drive out our negative shadow qualities denote where the light lives.

This will be much of the theme for everyone for 2020. Nearly everyone has or knows several people who have endured horribly trying conditions in 2019 or the previous few years. If one pays attention to how s/he is reacting to troubling times, then the new self-awareness may bring solutions to problems, overturn losses, and create new ways of interacting.

Your New Year’s resolution should be a promise to yourself to shine a light on your shadow side and to “lighten up” this year. Leave behind the darkness that has occurred and focus on the light you see before you. It is then that great strides can be made in progressing your life forward.

Click on your sign or any sign below for the astrological weather conditions for January 2020.

Aries the Ram – March 21 to April 20

Taurus the Bull – April 21 to May 21

Gemini the Twins – May 22 to June 21

Cancer the Crab – June 22 to July 22

Leo the Lion – July 23 to August 22

Virgo the Virgin – August 23 to September 23

Libra the Scales – September 24 to October 23

Scorpio the Scorpion – October 24 to November 22

Sagittarius the Archer – November 23 to December 21

Capricorn the Goat-Fish – December 22 to January 20

Aquarius the Water-Bearer – January 21 to February 19

Pisces the Fishes – February 20 to March 20

Astrology has been popular off and on for over 5000 years and has evolved over 5 millennia to become 3 separate primary branches. Ayurvedic (or Vedic) astrology, perhaps the progenitor of all modern astrological systems, is one of the oldest forms and is generally practiced and followed in India and Hindu cultures around the world. Chinese astrology is derived from Ayurvedic astrology and is widely followed in countries with large Asian populations, originating in China. Western astrology was developed through Persian and Greco-Roman influences over the last 2500 years, with these ancient cultures applying their own names and interpretations of the signs and planets now so familiar.

Historically, most every indigenous culture worldwide developed their own unique form of astrology, often independently from other cultures, such as Celtic astrology, North American First Nations animal medicine astrology, Egyptian, Mayan and Aztec astrology.

Although all 3 primary systems of astrology are quite different from one another, it’s interesting to note that they correspond with the 3 primary branches of medicine; Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and modern allopathic (Western) medicine. In the Americas, Europe and parts of Oceania, Western astrology is most widely followed.