Brace yourself, folks! We are about to welcome a new year and 2017 is definitely going to be a whole new world in a multitude of ways! Many of us are extremely grateful that 2016 will soon be behind us, as it was a year of many unsettling events. The last week of 2016 saw a powerful new moon in Capricorn that aligned with Pluto on December 29th while Uranus stationed direct after a five month retrograde period. On that that day I tweeted:
Uranus stations direct today after a 5 month retrograde. The year may end with even more surprises. Genie is out of bottle. #astrology— Linda Simons (@danceofphoenix) December 29, 2016
Unfortunately, in the short period of time from December 25-28, 2016, we also lost three entertainment icons: George Michael died on Christmas Day and Carrie Fisher died on December 27, 2016 after going into cardiac arrest on December 23rd on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Jupiter in 20 degrees of Libra was transiting her 9th house and forming a conjunction to her Mercury in 14 degrees of Libra as well as a wide conjunction to her sun in 28 degrees of Libra. The 9th house pertains to long-distance travel, ethics and publishing. Ironically, I had just finished reading her latest book The Princess Diarist on the day that she was struck down on that flight. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds died on the following day, December 28, 2016. It seems that the year 2016 began with some famous deaths (David Bowie died on January 10th) and decided to end on the same sad note.
January 1, 2017 starts off with a Mars Neptune conjunction in 9 degrees of Pisces. Like the fish that is capable of swimming in two different directions, this aspect can play out in one of two ways. Either we will feel paranoid and delusional, or we can become very romantic, dreamy and idealistic. After all, Pisces is known for its compassion. But Pisces is also associated with escapism. Many people just want to drown their sorrows on New Year’s Eve after such a tumultuous 2016 and may wake up with a hangover.
If you decide to utilize the positive energy of this aspect, you can work it to pursue your ideals, dreams and spiritual goals. The Mars Neptune conjunction falls in my 5th house of creativity and trines my south node in Cancer while also trining my Saturn in Scorpio, But I also realize that as a highly sensitive person, I need to avoid negative environments, drugs and alcohol. I have Neptune in the 1st house and that makes me vulnerable to spiritual vampires, over idealization, and deception.
Speaking of deception, I was on the receiving end of a heavy dose of deception myself on December 29th, the day of the new moon in 8 degrees Capricorn in my 3rd house conjunct my north node and Uranus stationing direct in 20 degrees of Aries in my 7th house. I arrived home from a Pilates class to discover that a priority mail envelope addressed to me had been slipped under my door. I opened it and found a cashier’s check from Chase Bank payable to me in a large amount of money. It was from someone in Washington, DC whom I had never heard of. Granted, I have had a few clients who have stiffed me for payment in the past year, but nothing even remotely resembling that amount. I called Chase Bank and they were able to verify that it was not one of their checks and that they had received several other phone calls this week about similar bogus cashier’s checks. Had I deposited that check, I would have been liable for the amount of the check when it didn’t clear. So the deception associated with a Mars Neptune aspect started a few days early for me! Beware of this scam, readers! I consider myself very fortunate to have trusted my instincts on this one.
When I say that 2017 is going to be a whole new world, I am not just whistling Dixie. Numerology backs me up on this one because 2017 will be a Universal Year 1. A Universal Year 1 is all about beginning new things, as well as thinking and acting independently. The last time we had a Universal Year 1 was in 2008. In 2008 Pluto entered the sign of Capricorn but retrograded back into Sagittarius from mid- June through late November of 2008. How can we forget the economic crisis of 2008? With Pluto still in Capricorn, I truly believe that 2017 will expose what has been kept secret in corporations and governments. Change in governments will be inevitable in 2017.
Recently I undertook an intensive life purpose coaching training program and became certified as a Life Purpose Coach. It was an intense, eye-opening experience that changed my life as it caused me to reflect on the story of my life. But I left it with feelings of hope and light for the future that I want to share with others. To that end, I am now offering Life Purpose Coaching to my menu of services. You can read more about it at:
As an astrologer, I have decided to include an interpretation of the north node by sign and house placement as part of my coaching program. After all, The New Year, especially a Universal Year 1, is a marvelous time to navigate a new direction in your life that will fulfill you and your soul’s purpose. If you are feeling stuck and need some help in getting from Point A to Point B in your quest for making positive changes in your life, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a complementary telephone consultation to discover if you are a good fit for this program. I look forward to hearing from you.
If you are seeking more spiritual insight into your life, please consider getting an astrological reading. An astrological reading can provide valuable insight and tools. If you are not quite ready for a full blown natal interpretation or a solar return forecast, I also offer a basic astrological reading that will offer insight into your astrological DNA and the major themes in your life and delving into any pressing issues, one question astrological readings and composite couple readings that offer insight into the purpose of a relationship. And I offer shorter transit readings for three and six months. If you purchase a three or six month transit reading, I will .even take a peek at the eclipses of February 2017. You can learn more about my menu of astrological services, including the opportunity to provide a donation in the amount of your choice to demonstrate your support for my blog and daily astrological insights on Twitter at:
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The north node in Virgo has an underlying theme of service to others. In that spirit of pursuing my path as a healer, I am still channeling that Virgo north node energy by offering my Reiki services. If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing. It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off and can also be described as a spa for the soul to boot! Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body.
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Happy New Year, everyone! May it be a personal as well as universal Year 1 for us all.
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