January 2013 Spiritual Insights

January 2013 Spiritual Insights

4 Jan 2013

January 2013
Spiritual Insights
As we reflect on 2012 the many treacherous events bring the realization of the problems facing humanity. The elections, gun attacks, massacres, storms, and violence in the Middle East, all seem so incomprehensible. I couldn’t bring myself to write about the school shooting at Sandy Hook for it is the worst and saddest event to end this year. What can we learn from this? This event is too painful to understand. Is it guns or mental insanity in the world? Opinions don’t really matter in this case for the masses do not have the awareness to understand.
Insanity, hate, anger, destruction and death are a part of this world. The great masters and teachers claim it is all an illusion, but if my child was in Sandy Hook school the pain of loss would feel so real that this statement would be insulting.
In this dimension the pain of loss is real and to deny it is harmful to the psyche of the mind. There is probably a higher mind and evolution that comprehends the losses of this world. But for now, while in this world, we must learn to process our experiences through our emotions to grow and transcend.
As a new year approaches we feel the need for change, to have a fresh new start and beginning.
I want to share a message to help transform this coming year 2013 into a year of new beginnings. As I contemplate all the events of 2012, I got a message loud and clear that there is an important denominator in all these events that is destroying our world. And there is something we can do individually to heal.
The one thing you can do this year to change your life and contribute to healing in the world is to LISTEN. Let me explain; the main issue I see concerning all the past horrific events of 2012 concerns people being discounted. This leads to many distorted behaviors. All the sordid events involve people projecting their biased opinion. And when their feelings are rejected as stupid, discounted, or not validated, they are motivated to act out in ways that justify their feelings. Taken to the most extreme, people act out in violent ways.
There are contentious arguments around politics, religion, government, and laws all expressed with righteous indignant judgment, never with the intention to listen to another point of view. We exist in a world where everyone has their own opinion of everything and everyone and no one listens. Everyone is projecting their opinions. They are doing all the talking and even when they pretend to be listening they are constantly thinking of what they are going to say next. This extreme polarization will become stronger and stronger as anger mounts with more righteousness. Both sides believe they are right and their way is the only way, with no compromise. Compromise cannot happen when no one is listening. There is the big debate on guns and gun control. After all the innocent children lost their lives, people are still fighting over issues they don’t understand. And now there is the debate on the economy. So the fighting will go on and on because no one is listening.
So one thing that I am being inspired to remind my readers that they can do in this coming year to help make the world a better place is to practice listening. If you allow others to express themselves, referring to their feelings, you will begin to understand where they are coming from, whether you agree or not. And chances are agreement on some level comes when we are truly listening.  Most will not understand why they feel the way they do, but I can assure you it is from an experience of not being heard or validated that negative behavior begins. Feeling validated gives a sense of wholeness and security, it creates a sense of belonging. We all seek to feel connected, belong and accepted. Outcasts will seek out the support of gangs to feel a sense of belonging. And when there is acceptance of a different way of perception it can mend and unite people.
The truth is we are all the same, we all have the same needs and desires. We all have the same experiences, birth, hunger, emotions, family, relationships, sickness and death. All these experiences lead to balance or imbalance, greed or giving, happiness or sadness, truth or lies, support or betrayal, jealousy or understanding. Yet within all of life’s experiences the only thing that can heal the hurt is the willingness to change, and this involves listening.
True listening is about quieting your mind, letting down your guard and sincerely trying to understand. This is compassion. There is a valid reason everyone holds his or her beliefs. And when one feels validated they become more receptive and open. When people feel understood they are more apt to listen in return and hear a different new viewpoint. As long as your intent is not to change their minds – this is not part of listening. Listening is a part of sharing not reprimanding. All relationships or friendships are formed on a level of feeling understood, heard and connected. All issues within a relationship can be healed with listening. If you hear yourself or your partner say, “you don’t listen,” it is time to practice listening.  This is the one small thing you can do to help this world right now, to practice true listening. You will see a marked change in your relationships and a healing in your life.
Notice others who interrupt those speaking to get their point across, they are usually not the most learned or educated because you can’t learn when you are doing all the talking. You learn when you listen. Even those who interrupt the speaker in a classroom with questions are not listening because they want to be the ones talking. Their mind is too busy thinking of questions not totally listening to the speaker. Think of life as a classroom because you will learn so much more when you are listening.
The one thing I believe we take away from this life is our experiences in the form of relationships. We are here to heal ourselves through our relationships and to heal relationships, listening is the most important element. Unfortunately for most of us, the only thing that unites us and breaks down the walls of resentment and fear is tragedy. Our petty issues of righteousness become insignificant in the face of life and death.
This is my message for the coming year of 2013 for this is going to be a year of change and transformation. For those who want to enhance their life with purpose and meaning this will be a great year. And remember when you become angry, just sit back and truly listen.
Many blessings for 2013



01/03 Mercury square Uranus: 01/06 Mercury conjunct Pluto:
As Mercury comes to conjoin and square Uranus the first week of January those in power use their leverage to get their way. Major contention is building as blocks to change and compromise cause a stalemate. Blame is cast on opposing views only magnifying the impending problems.
01/04 Venus enters Sagittarius, Jupiter trines Mars: As Venus transits Sagittarius it comes into the sign ruled by Jupiter, while Jupiter is in Taurus ruled by Venus. This mutual exchange of signs (parivartana) accentuates Jupiter as it is weak in this sign and still retrograde. Because Venus and Jupiter are in a 6/8 relationship, problems increase for there are no real solutions to the massive problems building. This will put the attention on the growing problems within the banking system worldwide. The economy is growing weaker and the world is recognizing the faltering system that needs to be completely revamped. Government programs are being stripped from the people as a means to recover the impending losses. It will build more chaos and anger within an already tormented society.
01/07 Mars square Saturn: Tension and anger are at a breaking point for the stress is about to explode in a clash of minds. Can we settle on agreeing to disagree? Not with government affairs, for there must be a compromise. But still there is a deadlock concerning many who run our countries no matter what is being publicized.
Saturn rules government and the constraints and limitations are tested and stretched to the max. Contention and arguments break out and cause a further breakdown.
As Jupiter trines Mars the government decides to help the failing banking systems but the real problems are suppressed. A surge of power in the form of opportunity boosts the system. Since Mars rules real estate, plans to enhance the banks and loans concerning homes improve the economy. Real estate is the best investment this year, prices are at the lowest and value will increase in 2014 when Jupiter goes into exaltation in Cancer.  
01/11 New Moon 27 degrees Sagittarius; nakshatra Uttara Ashadha: 01/12 Venus square Uranus: The stellium of planets in Sagittarius invoke issues with beliefs and religion worldwide. Revolution and rebellion in the Middle East are building war and hostility. Planets in Sagittarius are joining forces with Pluto squaring Uranus thus activating the Uranus/Pluto square.
01/13 Sun enters Capricorn: 01/15 Mercury enters Capricorn: The planets are now uniting in the sign Capricorn joining forces with Mars in exaltation. Capricorn rules the government and this can represent great progress and movement in the financial plans for the economy. New ideas and plans instill excitement and hope from the merging of great minds. Economist and government leaders devise future plans to rebuild a new government that promotes wealth and business.
01/14 Rahu enters Libra and Ketu enters Aries: (true nodes): If you use the mean nodes, Rahu and Ketu have shifted signs around December 23, 2012. The nodes waver back and forth so the mean node is the mean of where the nodes actually are, and the true node is the actual placement. I use the true node. When on the cusp the world changes. This is a turning point for this entire year. The winds of change will begin with a fury. Rahu and Ketu will be in Libra/Aries till July 13, 2014.  Because Rahu is joining forces with exalted Saturn many extreme events will occur to create the balance needed. As Mars and the Sun merge with Ketu around the time of the solar eclipse in April and May a turning point will occur that will change the direction of world events. This will be a very critical time on planet Earth.
01/16 Venus conjunct Pluto: Many in power will revel in their accomplishments. There is hope and confidence in a new year but don’t get too complacent for there is much yet to come in 2013.
01/18 Mercury conjunct Sun: 01/22 Jupiter trine Mercury: As Jupiter begins to station at 12 degrees Taurus is casting a trine to the Sun and Mercury as they unite in Capricorn. This gives leeway to clarity for future plans enabling an agreement that has finally been worked out by officials.
01/25 Mars enters Aquarius, Mercury square Saturn, Jupiter trine Sun: The disbanding of planets in Capricorn into Aquarius promotes humanitarian efforts to create peace in the world because there is a definite need across the globe.
01/26 Full Moon 13 degrees Cancer; nakshatra Pushya: the world is shifting back and forth from hope and optimism to fear of loss and destruction. The world is unclear and unsure whether this hope is real or false because some things are not lining up or making sense.  The ground is shaky and reality is beginning to set in.
01/28 Venus enters Capricorn: Venus in Capricorn now switches the parivartana of Venus with Saturn. Venus in Capricorn ruled by Saturn and Saturn in Libra ruled by Venus. Work on balancing the economy becomes the obsession of the masses and the reality of the work required by the government seems overwhelming but must be a focus and addressed. There is an awakening.
01/30 Sun square Saturn, Jupiter Stationary Direct 12 degrees Taurus: Jupiter turning direct will give way to future progress. Jupiter can now operate without the distraction and drain of being in the same sign with Ketu. Jupiter is now empowered to clean up and heal the problems Jupiter with Ketu surfaced. Over the last year as the eclipses crossed over Jupiter many issues concerning the banks and Wall Street appeared, for the sign Taurus rules banks and money. The uncovering of the fraud and corruption produced an overwhelming problem but the truth leads to healing.
The areas Jupiter is transiting in your personal charts will begin to offer freer energy, manifesting what has been delayed. Within the chart for the U.S., it releases the delay in health care and work issues in the U.S., as it will transit the 6th house of health and work through May.
Rahu is approaching Saturn, a new form of government will be appointed to create the foundation for growth and prosperity. It will take time to create a solid ground to build. Mercury is traveling at top speed so it gives clear judgment and new ideas.
This will be a year of extremes with weather. Expect a very cold winter. The weather patterns and storms will break records.
01/03 Mercury square Uranus
01/04 Venus enters Sagittarius, Jupiter trines Mars
01/06 Mercury conjunct Pluto
01/07 Mars square Saturn
01/11 New Moon 27 degrees Sagittarius; nakshatra Uttara Ashadha
01/12 Venus square Uranus
01/13 Sun enters Capricorn
01/15 Mercury enters Capricorn
01/16 Venus conjunct Pluto
01/18 Mercury conjunct Sun
01/22 Jupiter trine Mercury
01/24 Rahu enters Libra and Ketu enters Aries
01/25 Mars enters Aquarius, Mercury square Saturn, Jupiter trine Sun
01/26 Full Moon 13 degrees Cancer; nakshatra Pushya
01/28 Venus enters Capricorn
01/30 Sun square Saturn, Jupiter Stationary Direct 12 degrees Taurus