Ship of Fools
The following is an excerpt from my 2013 Astrological Almanac, a handy tome with daily, monthly and yearly astrological analysis, an ephemeris, a plethora of essays, and more. You can grab yourself a copy here.
The old gods of the oceans, rivers and lakes stir. The water nymphs and apsaras awake to frolic and seduce. Cthulhu, in old R’lyeh, cracks open an eye. The paths that lead to understanding the mysteries of water open, and gather many in their currents.
The Mighty Waters
One of 2013’s distinguishing features is that there is an unusual abundance of planets in water signs. The year begins with Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. A little past the halfway mark, in July, Jupiter enters Cancer, where it be until 2014. In addition to these three distant bodies holding court in aquatic signs, all 3 of Mercury’s 2013 retrogrades occur entirely within water signs. Because Mercury spends much more time in the areas in which he chooses to retrograde, that means that Mercury will spend more days in water signs in 2013 than he will spend in the signs of the other 3 elements put together. Finally, the North Node, one of the two eclipse points, also spends the entirety of 2013 in a water sign- Scorpio.
This preponderance of the planets in waters signs gives the year a number of characteristics. On a physical level, it points to events literally involving water. The inevitable floods, storms and tidal waves that have become a consistent part of climate change are certainly augured, but so is insight into the patterns the govern the mighty waters. The dynamics of the water cycle will get greater attention, as will the inhabitants of undersea kingdoms, learning more about familiar creatures and likely discovering new ones as well. As both the deep sea marine biologist and petroleum engineer can tell you, there is much to be discovered beneath the waves.
On a political level, a focus on watery areas is highlighted, especially those that are disputed or are key portals for global trade. The South China Sea, in which islands are claimed by a host of East Asian nations, is a good example. Potentially oil rich, those islands whose ownership hardly mattered 5 years ago have now become political flashpoints. The United States has also declared that its priorities will shift away from parched oil fields of the Middle East to the vast Pacific realm.
The element of water is about understanding the hidden forces behind apparent motions, the pattern of the waves, the motives hiding the blood. This superabundance of planets in water signs asks us, collectively and personally, to remember that we are residents of but a tiny island of solidity amidst a universe of energy in flux. There are mysteries afoot, but then again, there always have been. Both scientific and religious discourses will benefit from the return of the inexplicable.
On a personal level, 2013 will throw people into the deep end of the pool without warning. The metaphorical danger is drowning. When the current is too swift, our craft capsized. When the way to shore is uncertain, we run the risk of falling beneath the waves. On a psychological level, this is what happens when we’re overwhelmed by thoughts and feelings we don’t understand, dragged to confront issues we didn’t even know we had.
The surfeit of water makes 2013 thick with… feelings. It will be a difficult year to avoid the emotional level of things, as the tide will wash back all that you throw away. It will prove difficult for the earthy types that prefer to stick to the facts, fiery types who’d rather act first and delve into motives later. The rational air type will fare better here, as air’s ability to dehydrate, to evaporate, to analyze will be utterly crucial in making sense of the various floods. Watery types may feel at home, their emotional intelligence and ability to subtly navigate invisible currents of great value.
It’s a year to learn to swim, as no matter how fierce your battleship is, there’s no guarantee you won’t get tossed overboard from time to time. 2013 will test and enhance our emotional intelligence, as well as our ability to function in situations where the way forward is not clear.
There are periods of 2013 that offer a strange sort of trap. Not an earthy enclosure or cell, but a prison of water as far as the eye can see. This is the labyrinth of absence, the utter lack of walls a jail cell. Here we will find roads where there are none, invisible pathways created by the current alone.
The deep and powerful currents of 2013 carry us inevitably back into the teeth of the Uranus-Pluto square, whose presence continues unabated through 2013. The themes these warring titans bring are unavoidable- quakes in existing power structures, the rapid emergence of potent new cultural and technological forces, and on a personal level, stories of confinement and freedom. Both the Phoenix and the Crow follow our ship wherever it goes, and all the islands we happen upon in our Odyssey will be in various stages of revolt, crack down, death and rebirth.
The mighty waters of 2013 stand ready to wash away our preconceptions, to cast us adrift into parts unknown. Though the terrors of storm and sea threaten, any journey into the unknown must, by definition, also be a journey of discovery, and discovery’s two children- wonder and horror.
We therefore cast off in the ship of fools. The ship of fools was an artistic motif in Renaissance European culture, a metaphorical amplification of a practice for dealing with the mentally ill at the time. According to French social philosopher and historian Michele Foucault, people paid ships to take on the mad as cargo, relieving the town or city of the burden of the mentally ill. These ships were said to sail from port to port, collecting but never ejecting the fools that populated them. It was also thought that in their ongoing travels, the mad might find a cure they might never discover at home.
Some debate remains as to how wide spread this practice was, but regardless of how many sailed aboard these floating sanitariums, it inspired an artistic motif that ran through a number of literary and painted works, the most famous of which was “Das Narrenschiff,” by Sebastion Brandt, and Hieronymous Bosch’s “Ship of Fools,” whose image graces the cover of this very almanac.
Bosch’s Ship of Fools extended the metaphor beyond the psychic margins. All of society is represented aboard the ship. The fools are not merely those operating at the fringes of society, but all of us. For who truly knows where life will take them, and in hindsight, who is truly wise? Although it could be viewed as cynical, it is, in fact, an epistemological reality. We don’t know everything simply because we can’t. Admitting to this is less cynical than it is humble. Thus, it is all of us in the ship of fools, though not because any of us are particularly stupid or insane. We are fools here in the sense the Tarot card of the same name suggests— ready to step off a cliff and plunge into a new world— a fresh adventure. Our skiff will take us through new stories, unfamiliar narratives, the likes of which only make sense in the reflected light of ancient tales. The fool’s inescapable vice is ignorance, but his virtue is humility, the wisdom of the limits of knowledge.
We are only fools in the sense of “mentally ill” or “stupid” if we insist on treating the novel sights we greet along the way with familiar names and categories. A rhino is not a thick horse with horn, nor is it a unicorn. We can see in the journals of early explorers the temptation to categorize entirely new things and situations using familiar categories is nearly irresistible. But we need to make room, not only for what we discover about our world, and ourselves, but also for new ways of thinking about them. For the waters we will enter into this year are not unlike the beautifully distorted maps of antiquity, which warned of dragons, monsters, and sea serpents in uncharted areas. So pack your bags and put on your dunce cap— you’ve got a ship to catch.
2013 Quarterly Walkthrough
The year begins on a pragmatic note, with several planets grumbling their way through Capricorn, each pondering how best to adapt to a world intent on changing. There is a tension in January between pragmatic pressures and idealistic potentials that continues throughout the month, with the balance sliding to favor the idealistic and the experimental toward the end of the month.
February begins where January left off, ideals and ideas running strong. Yet very early in the month, planets start sliding into Pisces, taking things sideways. The clocks all start melting in mid February, when 2013 hits us with the year’s first big inundation. From the middle of February until mid March, there will be five planets in Pisces, one of those bodies being a very retrograde Mercury, guaranteeing a supremely surreal month. The equinox sees the waters replaced swiftly with a series of wildfires as the planets emerge from Pisces into raging Aries.
2nd Quarter- Fire, Sand and Speed
The second quarter of the year begins with an angry mob of planets scorching their way through Aries, each conjoining Uranus and then squaring Pluto, kicking off a variety of revolutions, empowerments and calcinations. Phoenixes choke the skies.
However, come late April, the focus shifts to the problematic pastures of Taurus. Venus, the Sun and Mars all plow through the fields here, turning up all manner of buried treasure and damning evidence. The lunar eclipse in Scorpio followed by the solar one in Taurus guarantee that our in time the pasture will be subject to a difficult karmic undertow and a variety of big shifts.
After the blacklight disco of the eclipses, Mercury and Venus speed ahead to join Jupiter in Gemini, just in time for another exact clash between Uranus and Pluto. Rapid changes, brilliant insights and a crazy pace define the late days of May.
During early June Mercury and Venus plop into Cancer’s tidepools, beginning the longest and deepest flood that 2013 has to offer. On the solstice the Sun joins them and not long after, Mercury goes retrograde in the sensitive sign, setting up the next quarter’s high seas adventures.
3rd Quarter— Stirring the Great Cauldron
July begins with the majority of planets in water signs, yet more join the pool party early in the month. The remainder of the month is a sequence of uber potent grand water trines, followed by t-squares with Uranus and Pluto. These configurations boil insight and emotion in the same cauldron as revolutionary lightning and crushing necessity. This mixture seethes and bubbles throughout July and into August, testing the structural integrity of our vessel. The end of July offers the choppiest waters, as Mars, Uranus and Pluto tussle— a very destabilizing mixture.
August sees the warm Sun in Leo evaporate some of the excess waters, but the depths still hold sway. The majority of the month is dominated by Jupiter’s dramatic t-square with Uranus and Pluto, which opens the way for both epic opportunities and monstrous defeats. The potential prizes grow even more tantalizing and perilous as Venus joins Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter in a righteous grand cross that dominates the last third of August.
The Virgin offers us some solid ground to stand on during the first half of September, drying us off and helping us to count our plunder and repair our battered vessels. Saturn and Pluto provide a series of reality checks here, grounding us out after a season of wild seas.
4th Quarter— Pressurized Water Reactor
October begins with some challenges to balance as the Sun makes its way across the Pluto-Uranus opposition, jostling what equilibrium was gained in September. It is really the second half of the month that’s interesting, though, as it begins the year’s third and final inundation. The Sun follows Mercury into Scorpio, connecting to the deep flow already overseen by Neptune in Pisces, Jupiter in Cancer and Saturn in Scorpio. Amidst the rushing waters, Uranus and Pluto make another exact square, letting loose a potent flare of transformative/destructive energy. This fierce current, steered by a retrograde Mercury, takes us through another pair of eclipses.
This plunge through a series of transformative tunnels spits us out on the shores of December, dried off but in the midst of growing strangeness. December is subject to Venus’ retrograde station in Capricorn, and Mars’ entry into Libra, the sign of his next retrograde, shadowing the month with unease. Venus stations retrograde on the Solstice and Mars clashes with Uranus and Pluto during the last week of the year, unleashing a fair amount of chaos. Just as the new drama unfolds, 2013 ends, leaving us with a cliffhanger finale.
The year’s first inundation, which involves five planets in Pisces, begins in February and runs through much of March. These waters flood your subconscious, bringing strange things to the surface. You’ll see sunken treasure, the corpses of undersea horrors, and biomedical waste all wash up on the shores of your waking mind. This could be a tremendously creative and/or spiritually potent phase, or it could just be a passing bout of madness.
The second half of March and the first part of April see water replaced by fire, with a potent quartet of planets in your sign. Here you’ll integrate what the sea revealed, and come to a new understanding of who you are and what your place is in the world.
The eclipses which follow at the end of April and the beginning of May highlight what is yours, and what is shared. You’ll be pushed to acknowledge that many things cannot be owned by one person alone, and pulled into the complexity of what passes between people.
June, July and some of August hold the year’s most thorough and long lasting inundation. The waters here trickle down into the basement, bringing childhood mementos floating to the surface, and prompting you to ask what home really is. You’ll consider where you’ve come from, where you are, and what kind of support you’ll need to become the person you want to be.
September grounds things out in practical affairs, but by October the skies are ripe for another deluge, one which runs all the way through November. Here the planets are focused on the swollen creekbed of Scorpio, amplified by a total solar eclipse in the sign. The emphasis is, overwhelmingly, on the complexities of joining with others, the intimate entanglements of business, sex and death.
The last month of the year sees Venus’ retrograde station, while Mars threatens his upcoming one. During Venus’ retrograde station you’ll revisit the way you view professional relationships, as well as reconsider how you funnel your passions into your career. But as New Year’s rolls around, this process is just beginning, and with Mars threatening a retrograde himself, there’s plenty yet to come. 2013 ends just as the show begins.
2013’s first great flood begins in February, and runs through much of March. The mighty waters inundate your social life. Oh, the people you’ll meet! Expect a wave of social activity here, as well as a bevy of contacts, potential conflicts and insights into what friendship means.
The second half of March and the first part of April see waters recede to make way for fire. The emphasis here is on thorny questions of personal power. The key is knowing the difference between standing up for yourself and just being egotistical.
The eclipses which follow at the end of April and the beginning of May are another installment in the series which began in November 2012. The emphasis is on releasing yourself from… yourself. Let go of who you think you are for a bit— no one will ever see you if you don’t take off the mask.
June, July and some of August hold the year’s most thorough and long lasting set of floods and storms. The emphasis is on every aspect of your social life- how you treat people at all removes of intimacy, from the casual to the most private. You’ll connect, and learn valuable lessons about both the price and rewards of relationship at all levels.
September brings a little respite, but by October the skies are right for another deluge, which runs all the way through November. Here the focus is directly on deeply personal partnerships, and the baggage people bring to them. The river winds deep into the underworld labyrinth, a sightseeing tour of buried complexes and forbidden intimacies.
The last month of the year sees Venus station retrograde while Mars stir up some chaos. Venus’ retrograde station in Capricorn raises ambivalent feelings about the direction your life is heading, prompting a re-evaluation of long term goals. Nonetheless, as the 2013 comes to a close, these questions, as well as those posed by Mars’ upcoming retrograde, are just beginning to unfold. The bulk of that story waits for 2014.
The first inundation of 2013, which involves five planets in Pisces, begins in February and runs through much of March. Dreams and nightmares of professional success and failure wash over these weeks. If you can distill these hallucinations, you’ll have the fuel you need to achieve fantastic results.
The second half of March and the first part of April see water replaced by fire, as a mob of planets races through Aries. This combination lights up your social life, sending you into a networking frenzy. There’s more to this than bonding, as there is a strong emphasis on pruning your network so it only houses those whose impact on your life is empowering.
The eclipses which follow at the end of April and the beginning of May pull you into direct confrontation with concrete problems and responsibilities. This lunar cycle is a direct call to get out of your head and into the game.
June, July and some of August hold the year’s most thorough and long lasting inundation. This series of floods highlights your entire being within the material world— ambitions, work and money. The influx and outflow of cash, as well as the wise deployment of resources, are especially emphasized here.
The second half of August and September bring a little respite, but by October the skies are right for another deluge. During October and November the emphasis is on Scorpio. This configuration echoes of that of the second quarter’s eclipses, emphasizing engagement with concrete fiscal and physical issues. You better work.
The last month of the year sees Venus’ station retrograde in Capricorn, which throws into question the structure of exchange between yourself and others. There is an ambivalent push/pull to merge with or pull back completely from, others. But this is all just getting started as 2013 rolls to a close. The majority of the questions raised here go unanswered until well into 2014.
The year’s first deluge begins in February and runs through much of March. This first flood brings a cascade of visions, images and intuitions of a larger, more inclusive understanding of the world. These bioluminescent waters will change not only the way you see your world, but the way you imagine yourself moving through it, with practical implications for your long term goals.
The second half of March and the first part of April see the waters recede, and leave much on the shores of your professional life. Changes to your professional trajectory are catalyzed here, amidst bonfires.
The eclipses which follow at the end of April and the beginning of May will ask you to dive deep into your creative resevoir, and there confront both your potential and your limitations. Some engagement with other people may need to be sacrificed in order to give the requisite attention to your process.
June, July and some of August hold the year’s most thorough and long lasting inundation. This series of storms and floods highlights the person you’re becoming in the midst of an expanding worldview, deepening creativity and a mutating career. There is the sense of vulnerability and renewal here, the molting process that occurs when an old shell will no longer suffice.
The second half of August and September bring a little respite, but by October the skies are ripe for another deluge. This Scorpionic configuration echoes the second quarter’s set of eclipses. There is a powerful emphasis here on engineering the flow of your energies. You’ll learn how to power turbines and irrigate fields.
The last month of year sees Venus retrograde, and Mars threaten his upcoming one. Venus’ retrograde station in Capricorn problematizes the dynamics of your relationships, opening up for question what has been taken for granted. Insight into old and new patterns is revealed here, but outcomes will have to wait for 2014, as the year ends just as things get interesting.
2013’s first inundation begins in February and runs through much of March. The rising waters here focus events around your exchanges with other people. The back and forth of money and resources, as well as the swapping of sexual fluids, is emphasized, opening you up to weird and novel arrangements. You may enter another’s dreams, drafted into a fantasy.
The second half of March and the first part of April see water replaced by a bonfire, which illuminates where you see yourself in a few years. You long term plans may mutate, but in an exciting direction.
The eclipses which come at the end of April and beginning of May suggest you consider the amount of energy you’re spending fretting about your professional situation vs. how much attention you’ve given to the people close to you. There is a pull toward your foundations.
June, July and some of August hold the year’s most intense deluge. This series of storms and floods highlights the tender areas of your life, the many hidden vulnerabilities. There is a particular focus around the secrets you’ve kept from yourself and the needs you’ve refused to admit to.
September brings things back down to earth, but by October the skies are right for another cloudburst, one which will run all the way through November. The configurations here echo the second quarter’s set of eclipses, pushing you to confront core emotional issues, as well as address potential problems with your living situation.
The last month of year sees Venus’ retrograde station in Capricorn, which may stirs up a desire to break free the cycle of endless labor life requires. A desire to distance yourself from grinds of all kinds closes out the year, and takes you into the next. Early 2014 will see you reinvest yourself in new patterns, but their concretization will come only after a necessary dissolution.
The year’s first inundation begins in February and runs through much of March. The waters flood your relationships, especially romantic ones. This flood both distorts and reveals. Glimpses of the intimate depths of others’ psyches can be seen here, but fears are also reflected.
The second half of March and the first part of April see water replaced by fire, with a potent quartet of planets in Aries. The fires lit here illuminate the exchanges between yourself and others. The question is whether those arrangements are helping you get to the next level, or are just a series of irritations.
The eclipses which come at the end of April and the beginning of May ask you to spend less time gazing at future attainments and instead attend to the pressing short term tasks ahead of you.
June, July and some of August hold the year’s most thorough and long lasting inundation. This series of storms and floods flash through your social life, the tide catching friends, contacts, and organizations in its flow. The key point here is the many relationships you’re cultivating- the one’s you’ve outgrown as well as those which are crucial for future growth.
The second half of August and September offer some respite, but by October the skies are right for another deluge. Here the planets are focused on the swollen creekbed of Scorpio, amplified by a total solar eclipse in the sign. A torrent of short term tasks and obligations takes you through a busy two months with meandering momentum.
The last month of year sees Venus’ retrograde station in Capricorn, which throws into question all of those commitments you’ve nailed your energies to. This withdrawal from obligation is just the beginning, though, as Venus’ retrograde extends well into 2014.
2013’s first inundation begins in February and runs through much of March. It is primarily the practical side of your life that will receive these waters, which flood normally mundane tasks with both chaos and inspiration. Fiscal and physical health are both important here.
The second half of March and the first part of April see water replaced by a fire which illuminates the status of your partnerships. There is a need to address restrictive dynamics here, as freedom to self actualize is a priority. Those you’re close to may also go through a passing psychotic episode or unexpected power surge during this time.
The theme of the eclipses which follow at the end of April and the beginning of May is the reclamation of your energy and resources from overly entangled arrangements.
June, July and some of August hold the year’s most thorough and long lasting inundation. This series of floods primarily highlights changes in your professional life, a growth spurt with complicated repercussions. Shedding your skin here will be uncomfortable, but worth it.
The second half of August and September ground things out a bit, but by October the skies are right for another deluge. Amidst swift waters, you’ll come to a new understanding of what’s yours, as well as a greater comprehension of your own value. On the surface, there’s a reconfiguration of your resources, and how you marshal them.
The last month of year sees Venus’ retrograde station in Capricorn, which casts your relationships with family members and old friends in an ambivalent light, perhaps prompting a need to withdraw from your support network in order to better understand it. Though December holds the retrograde’s debut, it will be multiple months into 2014 before the story is fully told.
The year’s first flood begins in February and runs through much of March. This deluge pours down, filling your creative reservoirs to the brim. The focus here is on what you’re spending your energy on. Good times, love affairs, creative projects and procreation all tumble end over end in the current, each asking for your time.
The second half of March and the first part of April see the delirious waters recede. Flames replace them, illuminating the outline of concrete tasks. Fiscal and physical health issues shine brightly, asking you to invest the time needed to keep the your life in order.
The theme of the eclipses which follow at the end of April and the beginning of May is a confrontation with your own ambitions, as well as the discipline it will take to achieve them. Part of that means paying more attention to your own behavior, and spending less time thinking about what everyone else is up to.
June, July and some of August hold the year’s longest lasting inundation. Although these configurations will affect multiple areas of life, the pivotal topic is your long term goals. Your perspective on life is due for a change, an expansion, and as your map of reality changes, the place you see yourself within it is likely to change, as well.
The second half of August and September bring a little respite, but by October the skies are right for another deluge, one which will run all the way through November. Here the planets are focused on Scorpio, amplified by a total solar eclipse in the sign. These fourth quarter events echo the earlier set of eclipses, pushing you to take on and embody the entirety of your hungers, as well as the responsibility of satisfying them. You’ll rethink your self definition here, painting a new mask.
The last month of year sees Venus’ retrograde station in Capricorn, which throws into question the matrix of responsibilities your schedule imposes on you. There’s a desire to step away from the grind here, a need to liberate your emotional energy from this grid. The process which begins in December runs well into 2014, though, with a variety of twists and turns along the way.
The year’s first flood, which involves five planets in Pisces, begins in February and runs through much of March. This cloud burst runs into your psychological basement, bringing up a variety of core emotional issues. On the surface, confusing family affairs and some changes to your living situation are suggested. The root of these configurations is understanding the story you’re living, on an emotional level. This subconscious narrative exerts a deep power over your life, and your power to rewrite it is the power to edit your life.
The second half of March and the first part of April see water replaced by fire, with a potent quartet of planets in Aries. After dealing with your foundations, Aries’ flames will ignite your creative engine, blessing you with an abundance of ideas and excitement.
The eclipses which follow at the end of April and the beginning of May bring a confrontation with the way you’ve been dealing with concrete fiscal and physical issues. Added to this is a pivot toward intangible issues that coil deep within your psyche. The depths call.
June, July and some of August hold the year’s most thorough and long lasting inundation. Although these configurations will affect several areas of your life, the keystone is the way your conduct transactions with other people— the arrangements by which you take, give and share. There is much to learn about the way money, energy and time sloshes back and forth between people’s lives.
The second half of August and September bring a little respite, but by October the skies are right for another deluge, which runs all the way through November. Here the planets are focused on the swollen creekbed of Scorpio, amplified by a total solar eclipse there. This torrent takes you deep into the shadier areas of your life and psyche, a riverboat tour of your personal devils.
The last month of year sees Venus’ retrograde station in Capricorn, which opens up for question your financial flow, as well as your own value. There may be a desire to extricate yourself from slavery to the almighty dollar, a general disgust with material bondage. These initial feelings will twist and change as 2013 becomes 2014, solidifying at some point during the following months. 2013 ends on a cliffhanger, another story just beginning.
2013’s first inundation, which involves five planets in Pisces, begins in February and runs throughout much of March. This configuration floods your schedule with a confusing variety of tasks and opportunities, drowning you in errands. There is also a more subtle focus on the way you think about and organize your life, the structure of the net you’re casting.
The second half of March and the first part of April see water replaced by fire, with a number of planets in Aries. This quartet of glowing coals puts a fire under your ass, prompting you to make needed changes to your living situation, and pushing you liberate yourself from childhood fears and doubts.
The eclipses which follow at the end of April and the beginning of May highlight the necessity of curbing excessive pleasure-seeking behavior. The eclipses push you to invest the energy you’ve skimmed from the good times fund and invest it your pursuit of a better life. This shift of priorities isn’t merely buying a dream, though, it’s a commitment to the discipline it will take to make it real.
June, July and some of August hold the year’s most thorough and long lasting inundation. This series of configurations will affect several areas of life, but its most profound and fundamental power operates within your relationships. Your approach to partnerships is due for a growth spurt, subject to a new level of wisdom. There are complications aplenty here, but it is a powerful phase, and your understanding of partnership won’t come through it unchanged.
September grounds things out a little, but by October the skies are right for another deluge. This focused current targets your network of connections, and conjures your hunger for your ideal life. There is a potent pull toward these topics, as well as a need to rethink your approach them.
The last month of year sees Venus’ retrograde station in Capricorn, which may throw you an emotional curveball, opening you up to a variety of feelings you simply haven’t had time for, and distancing you from your normal likes and dislikes. 2013 ends on this emotionally transitional note, with the bulk of the story waiting for 2014 to be told.
The year’s first inundation, which involves five planets in Pisces, begins in February and runs through much of March. This configuration floods your life with financial issues and opportunities, as well as a series of revelations about the exchange rate between dreams and hard currency.
The second half of March and the first part of April see water replaced by fire, with a small mob of planets in Aries. This quartet sets fire to your schedule, packing your days with tasks. Amidst the business, though, there are insights into how to find greater power within yourself, to do better than merely keep pace with evolution’s relentless Red Queen.
The eclipses which follow at the end of April and the beginning of May highlight the need to pull your energies away from work on your foundations, and to devote that liberated energy to the professional obligations looming over you.
June, July and some of August hold the year’s most thorough and long lasting inundation. This series of configurations will affect several areas of life, but the focus of these dramatic configurations is on the most concrete areas of your life-fiscal and physical health, dishes and bills. Zen koans float through this period of time: “Chop Wood, Carry Water.”
September brings a little respite, but by October the skies are ripe to burst again. Here there is another big professional push, as energies rush to address and reconfigure the way you’re handling your career.
The last month of the year sees Venus’ retrograde station in Capricorn awaken a variety normally contained feelings. An odd mixture of Dionysian passions burble to the surface here, likely prompting a desire to spurn emotional restraints of all sorts.
2013 year’s first great inundation begins in February and runs through much of March. This procession of planets through the deeps puts you in your home element, the supernatural seas of nightmare and dream. There’s much that these strange waters will bring, but one delivery that is certain is a new set of ideas about who you are, and what you’re capable of.
The second half of March and the first part of April see water replaced by fire. A rambunctious crew of planets in Aries steamrolls through your bank account, reminding you that although you can’t buy happiness, freedom does have a price.
The eclipses which come at the end of April and the beginning of May highlight the need to let go of short term goals and small viewpoints in order to make room for bigger goals and wider horizons. Those further flung ambitions will not be achieved simply, though. If you accept what is revealed, you’ll have to submit to the discipline necessary to accomplish it.
June, July and some of August hold the year’s most thorough and long lasting inundation. This series of configurations will affect several areas of life, but the central theme is the flooding of your reservoirs of creative energy. You could devote this excess to a great work, or piddle it away on good times, but there is no doubt that there will be energy in abundance.
September brings some respite, but by October the skies are right for another deluge, one which will runs all the way through November. This wild current, like the eclipses earlier in the year, carries you into confrontation with your long term goals and what it will take to achieve them. Along the way, you’ll re-chart the path from here to there, and perhaps rethink the vehicle you’re using for this journey.
The last month of year sees Venus’ retrograde station in Capricorn throws your place within various social networks into question, and it may see you rethinking some friendships. There is a need here to extract yourself from some social obligations in order to achieve greater emotional freedom. This need will twist and change as Venus’ retrograde continues, but that is a story for 2014.