by Joan Kiley
As is the annual tradition, millions of humans (and probably some non-humans as well) watched with excitement and awe the artful fireworks that exploded in so many cities around the world to bring in the New Year. It is, in many ways, a fitting metaphor for what is happening in all of us, as we take on the challenge of a new cycle in the midst of the final crescendo of the Uranus/Pluto square with which we have been struggling for five years.
On the Winter Solstice last month, the onset of a yearly cycle, we had a New Moon at the very first degree of Capricorn, emphasizing the need to find new ways of coping. New beginnings, starting afresh, recognizing the need to set fire to the old as we free space for the bursting forth of the new! Fireworks indeed!
On January 1, there were four planets in earthy Capricorn: Sun, Pluto, Mercury, and Venus. On the one hand, we could look at that and say, oh yes, very grounding, and very practical energy. On the other hand, with Pluto conjunct the Sun and both of them square Uranus, we could say, oh look out, everything we have built up that has outlived its purpose, shall be pulled to the ground, creating great destabilization! And both observations would be correct. The Moon on the first was in Taurus, another earth sign, but one that resists change.