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Crisis has a way of revealing weak foundations. The events of the last year caused us to reflect on the structural integrity of the systems that govern us. For those who have built lives upon inequality, racism, fear, or privilege—either implicitly or explicitly—2020 invited a reckoning, asking people to acknowledge how they’ve benefited from oppression. These learned lessons can help us establish a new normal, so we can start to move forward with fresh goals that meet the challenges of the coming year.
We begin 2021 fresh off the heels of the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius (which took place on December 21), a rebirth cycle that occurs only once every two decades. This time the alignment marked the end of these two planets in earth signs—where they had lived for 200 years—and a transition to air signs, where they will stay until 2159. This change signifies the complete shift from the industrial age to the age of technology: While the past two centuries were dominated by the Industrial Revolution—factories powered by the Earth’s nonrenewable resources—innovative thought and data exchange will drive this next cycle. Technology will continue to accelerate at a faster pace, heightening connectivity worldwide, making it important to take a sacred pause and breathe deeply in order to cultivate a fluid relationship with this new information age.
Whenever new cycles begin, we must ground ourselves and find emotional stability by practicing non-attachment to the past. When we resist transition, we can fall prey to either disassociating from or becoming entangled with the changing times. Meet the challenge of shifting tides by establishing clear boundaries with yourself and others in order to protect your energy, space, and time.
Key Planetary Dates
January 7: Mars enters into Taurus after an extended stay in Aries. It is time to find a way to consolidate what you initiated in Aries. What have you been trying to bring to life since the beginning of July? It could be a new way of operating, a new career direction, or a commitment to fighting against injustice whenever and wherever you see it. No matter what it is, it can now take root and blossom with your attention and care.
January 12: We have a new moon that will join Pluto in Capricorn. This new moon will also be square to Saturn in Aquarius and Mars in Taurus–a very empowering aspect. How can we liberate ourselves from oppressive circumstances? In what ways can we support our communities? Capricorn is all about doing the work and we still have so much to do. A day later, on the 13th, Uranus goes direct, which ends a retrograde period that began back in August. Sudden opportunities may reveal themselves. Alternatively, plans may change without warning.
January 17-19: This is a very dynamic period. Uranus in Taurus is in a tense relationship with Jupiter and Mars. The moon will also be communicating with the asteroid Chiron, which will heighten your reactivity. Therefore, it is important to stay grounded in your yoga or meditation practice while both personal and collective values continue to shift.
January 19: The sun moves into Aquarius, inviting us to look at how we can be more of a resource to our communities. Envision how you can use your unique gifts to create a more sustainable and equitable future for all.
January 28: We end the month with a full moon in Leo square to Uranus and Mars in Taurus. Full moons allow us to bring things to fruition that were seeded at the new moon. This full moon invites us to discover what’s not in alignment with our values. Do you feel free to express yourself, your gifts, and make your mark on the world? If not, it may be time to let go of circumstances and relationships holding you back.
January 31: Mercury goes retrograde on the last day of the month. Mercury retrograde periods invite us to mentally take stock of changes in our daily lives and environment and adjust to our “new normal.”