January started off with a bang, so to speak, as we had a powerful new moon on January 1, which hasn’t happened in 19 years. That, coupled with an ongoing Venus retrograde that takes us back to late 2005 and early 2006, we may feel like we’re going backwards instead of forwards, reviewing a past we would just as soon forget.
But while there is lots of energy and potential available, we have to step into it, embrace the potential, align with it, and integrate it into our lives, all big themes for 2014. If you have heard me say this 100 times, be prepared to hear me say it 1000 more times because no matter how much we want something, we have to be aligned with it and have the ability to integrate it into our lives. The energies of January are all about what we believe and think we deserve.
Venus is described as ruling money, beauty, and love, but it is really about value. And value is about deserving. We are so willing to give our time, thoughts and energy to what we value but so often, we pay attention to what we do not value, what does not serve our joy, or bring us peace, love, and abundance.
With Venus retrograde all month, we can take a closer look at what is valuable to us, beginning with ourselves. Do we value ourselves, our path, our life, and our own journey? Everything in our life is a mirror of what we value, but is it valuable to us? Do we love it? A good way to answer that question is to ask ourselves if we want more of it, in unlimited quantities? If not, then it’s time to change our value system and start looking at what we think we deserve.
Everyone asks the question “What do you want?” and it’s so hard to answer because we truly don’t know. We are usually more clear about what we don’t want because that is what we have so much of in our lives. A better way to phrase that question is to ask “What do I deserve?” It works like this — think about a challenging situation in your life, maybe it’s financial limitation, or you’re lonely, or you feel unfulfilled. Now phrase it like this “I deserve to have financial limitation”, or “I deserve to be lonely”, or “I deserve to feel unfulfilled”. When you put it like that it sounds silly, but it makes it easy to see the difference between where you are and where you want to be.
Now change it around, “I deserve to be financially abundant”, “I deserve to be in a loving relationship”, or “I deserve to be fulfilled in all areas of my life now.” Then you have a better starting point to begin the process of deciding how to get to where you want to be. And since you (hopefully) don’t really believe that you deserve to be limited, lonely, and feel unfulfilled, you will be able to create more empowering beliefs about what you deserve that will get you to where you want to be. Ascension is happening to each of us, as well as in the world. We ascend, or raise up, our vibrations as part of this process. And deserving, value, being valuable and worthy, are all part of this process.
Before you try to make a choice, look at your options and their outcomes from the point of deserving. This way you are connecting with the choice in a empowering way and creating a powerful value system in the process. I think it works better than affirmations, which are too often easy to say without creating the appropriate alignment and integration to make them believable, feasible and workable.
January’s new moon lights up the Uranus/Pluto square, now in its third year of activity. We have two more aspects this year, in April and November, and the final one is in March 2015. It has been a long, slow and relenting process. If you don’t think that much is happening, think of how glaciers move and carve up the ground beneath them. Mars in Libra adds fuel to the transformational fire, so to speak, from now until July, when it moves out of Libra.
It is going to remind us to continue to take action, to be clear about what we deserve, to be in the energy of love and use that as our impetus to fuel the change we want to see in the world. If we have allowed a world of in-humanity, social injustice, economic disparity, cruelty, intolerance, discrimination, and apathy to be created, we’re going to have to be inspired (or in spirit), demand social justice, economic equality, compassion and kindness, tolerance, focus on our one-ness, and accept ownership of our role as the creators of the world’s reality to create the bottom up transformation that will become the new earth paradigm.
It all begins with us, we are the masters of 3D energy and whatever we decide to do with that energy is what will happen. The ‘power over’ 3D paradigms are collapsing but they won’t go down without a fight. Higher dimensional ‘power with’ paradigms are waiting in the wings, but we need to create space for them. Be empowered, be clear and confident, know that you are valuable and have value and this is what will allow us, individually and collectively, to be the beacon of change that the world is seeking.
January 31 is the Chinese New Year and it’s the year of the Horse, a highly auspicious year. Think of all of the beauty, grace, speed, and power of the horse — this is what this new year holds for us. It’s also the day that Venus goes direct, just as Mercury prepares to go retrograde on February 1, its shadow period begins January 23.
All of the activity this month makes me think of a very busy intersection and the only thing that keeps the cars from running into each other is split second timing. A key to navigating this busy month (and it will be like this until May) is to avoid distractions and stay focused on your path. Remember, everything you do in your life extends to the world. You can make a difference because you are the difference.
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