Happy New Year Star-People and best wishes for the year ahead. After a very turbulent 2016, things will hopefully settle down. The major astrological alignments which have formed over the past few years have laid their foundations, and we are learning to live in a rapidly changing world. 2017 features no major planetary alignments which is interesting of itself. In fact, a lack of “hard” aspects  after so much flux could be interpreted as a period for things to settle down.

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Such a statement seems counter-intuitive, considering all that is currently going on. With so much violence, deception and unrest influencing our lives it’s hard to imagine a year where peace will prevail. But thinking like this is possibly the smartest thing anyone could do. A wise person once said the only thing you can really ever change is yourself. The truth of this is quite profound. When we feel despair at the bloodshed happening on our streets, or the gross manipulations of those in power we have two choices. Give a piece of ourselves away by trying to forget about it, or make a decision to be a better human being. The latter is the wisest choice, and the only one that can help.  A more peaceful world starts the moment we decide to treat ourselves and others with the kindness we intrinsically seek. 

Another interesting idea worth thinking about is the idea that the planets can “predict” what will happen in our lives. By starting the year thinking “I wonder what will happen?…..”, then seeking an astrologer or psychic to answer that, we immediately disempower ourselves. The reason this takes our power away is we start start to invest energy into a seductive yet probably false belief that there is something “out there” greater than us shaping or directing our lives.

If we imagine that we are at the mercy of external forces, we fail to recognize the Divine spark of creativity and manifestation that resides in each one of us. If you find this statement somewhat abstract, spend a moment or two reflecting on the life processes happening inside each cell of your being right now. The same spectacular symmetry that keeps the planets in orbit also structures the biological/chemical systems that keep you alive. Deep inside each one of us is the Kingdom of Heaven, which is in fact the miraculous Light Force that organises all Life.

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Astrology proves that there is indeed a Universal Harmony, and this is probably the same thing as God. The secret is to understand that this Harmony does not choose our experiences for us, it just influences the parameters that we will be or are currently working with. To evolve there must be decisions (consciousness), and so we are absolutely imbued with free-will.

Saturn’s transit may mean hard times for one person and hard work with reward for someone else. Neptune can bring disillusion and loss, or the chance to experience something transcendental.. What, then, is the point of astrology or even reading this forecast I hear you ask??….

In ancient times, the concept of prophesy was not to “foretell the future” but to illuminate the present tense. Guidance was sort from oracles and planetary patterns to help make better sense of the NOW. From this perspective, reflecting on the placement of planets can help us better understand the circumstances which face us, rather than what might potentially come. We gain far more from astrology when we use it to shine a light on current circumstances, rather than attempt to  isolate what “will happen” as if this was some kind of predetermined outcome.

The future, my friends, is very much up to you, and you are the ones who choose it!

Having said all that, there are some some interesting points to note. Late February and March 2017 brings the Moon’s Nodal axis and Neptune into view. A solar eclipse on February 26th highlights those patterns which Neptune represents. These are commonly loss, deception, intrigues and false hopes. This links back to alignments happening in November 2016 with the US election. Notably Trump was elected as the Nodes crossed over Neptune, making the likelihood of significant deception a part of this Presidential story. His involvement with the Russian government is likely to come to some kind of critical turning point. Watch the news and see what emerges as the US public realises what has really gone on. It is quite possible that Trump will find travelling with dubious allies is like walking through quicksand.

Another eclipse in August 2017 connects with Mars and Uranus. We are likely to see some brilliant ideas emerge at this time, as well as spontaneous rebellions. On a more personal level, August is a good month for those of us who want to break free. A combination of planets in Fire/Air signs suggest that this is a point where innovative solutions can be found to otherwise complex problems. Bold plans that are seeded at this time can be unusually successful. The moment supports progress and is geared for sudden change. 

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Here it is. 2017 is upon us, and may it bring you health, wealth, happiness and love. If you want to know what the year ahead has in store for you ask yourself if you are truly at the drivers seat in your own life? If you are, then what you intend will most likely come to pass. If you’re not sure, then start now to wake up. The planets orbit the Sun in an eternal reminder of the perfection that structures life on Earth. Find the perfection in your own Self and you will have no problem getting what you need.

For a more personal point of view check out Your Monthly Astrology Forecast

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