Christmas Day Rising

I’m not sure there is any significance, but I look forward to Christmas Day every year because the sun finally moves into my first house, beginning its year-long journey through my chart. When it gets out of my 12th house and all of the murky energy I feel with it, the world begins to seem a bit lighter.

The sun went into my first house today, December 25, 2010 at 11:33 PM MST. Whew!! Glad to see it. Glad to feel it.

I was already feeling some lighter energy because of getting past the Winter Solstice. Some years I feel like the new year begins at the Solstice, when the days begin to gather more sunlight. Other years, it definitely seems to be when the sun crosses my ascendant.

This past week, I have had a feeling of melancholy — a kind of empty sadness. I cannot point to anything that has changed in my life circumstances or changes in news, etc., as reasons for my somber mood.

A friend of mine who is a sensitive and conscious shaman suggested that many of us are “mourning for the world” because we are sensing big changes coming. I don’t think she was predicting devastation, but rather the fact that when we break-through into a new realm, we leave some of the “old” behind.

The sun will enter her first house on January 9, 2011 at 8:38 PM MST.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been aware of a “voice” (for want of a more accurate word) that keeps telling me my whole life is about to change. when I mentioned it to my son, he said he had been getting that message, as well.

The sun will enter his first house on January 19, 2011 at 8:50 AM MST.

As you can see, in addition to myself, many of the people I am close to have Capricorn Rising. One of them is New Year’s Eve Rising. The sun will enter her first house on December 31, 2010 at 7:07 AM MST.

Suffice it to say I feel big changes coming for myself and others. This year is a new beginning in a new paradigm. The year has begun. I hope your new year, whether you count it from January 1 or some other date, will bring many good changes for you.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Copyright © 2010 by Victoria Young

7 Steps for Surviving Holiday Mercury Retrograde

Mercury goes retrograde two weeks before Christmas (December 11, 2010) in North America. Most astrologers consider the two weeks leading up to the retrograde motion to be somewhat “iffy” in terms of progress or making agreements, signing contracts, etc. as well.

As a double Virgo (Mercury rules Virgo), I have long been aware of and affected by Mercury Retrogrades. There always seem to be hiccups related to communications, agreements and contracts. Lots of delays, misunderstandings and indecisive people. It is also common for communications devices — computers, cell phones, etc., to act up.

Mercury retrograde periods are not good for starting projects that require several people to communicate effectively and be on the same page.

The retrograde continues through New Year’s Eve (throughout the world), so it is quite possible for people to misunderstand details about where they are meeting to celebrate, etc.

Mercury’s retrograde motion ends on December 29, 2010. During this retrograde (on December 21), we get a Lunar Eclipse. It’s corresponding Solar Eclipse will be January 4, 2011 — only a few days after Mercury Retrograde ends. Eclipses are about endings and clearing the way for new beginnings, sometimes abruptly. Having the eclipses coincide with Mercury retrograde can make for some real confusion around the holidays.

Mercury retrograde is GOOD for revisiting old unresolved issues and taking care of them once and for all. It seems the retrograde motion is compatible with going back energetically to deal with unfinished business. New business that is still unfinished — not so much.

Taking all that into consideration, here are my coping strategies to deal with the Holiday Mercury Retrograde:

  • Don’t start a business or initiate major projects until January 14, 2011.
  • If at all possible, postpone signing contracts, agreements, leases, etc. until about January 20, as well. If not possible to delay, make sure your lawyers scour the documents with a fine-toothed comb, checking and double-checking to make sure it says what you think it does.
  • Backup your computers and smart phones.
  • Double check your answering machines.
  • Make sure your batteries are strong in important devices, including your car.
  • Take great care in double checking party and celebration plans to make sure all participants have the same notion of what you’re doing.
  • Spend the necessary time to take care of old, unfinished business that pops up.

After all of these precautions, anything that arises should be minimal.

Copyright © 2009-2010 by Victoria Young

A Whole New World – Part I

I was introduced to spiritual energy modalities when I worked in South Africa. I was on a ten month assignment to help two non-governmental agencies research and create business opportunities for small and large companies. I remember stepping off the plane and feeling electricity in the air. Although dozens of people speaking at least six different languages (not one of them was English) were rushing past me, I felt calm. I wasn’t sure if I was picked up (I didn’t see my name on a card) so I called my contact who told me to just catch a cab to the hotel they booked me at for a day. Right when I got off the phone a man came up to me and asked if I needed a cab.

He was about 30ish, tall, and had a gentle demeanor coupled with a sense of urgency. While in his cab and without any prompting he started instructing me on how to be safe in Johannesburg. He told me which areas to stay away from, where to carry my money, about the different combie (cab) gangs, and how to tell if a person was from the Zulu, Sotho, Khosa tribes…very important information I was to later learn. He told me how proud he was to be living in a time where there can be wonderful opportunities for him and his people. “This is the new South Africa!” he said with pride and happiness.

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The Effects of Mercury and Mercury Retrograde

When I was a child there were two subjects I had a fascination about: Greek Mythology and Astrology. I was captivated by the stories of the gods and goddesses; their antics, affairs, fights, bravery and trickery. Astrology held a different kind of fascination. I started reading the daily astrology shorts in my newspaper curious about how my day might evolve; I don’t know why because what could possibly happen in a seven year olds life that isn’t somehow routine? Maybe I was trying to get a heads up on the right day to ask my parents for something I knew they would be somewhat against, like eating ice cream before dinner or watching television until 10 PM on a school night; what all seven year olds want!

Later on as I learned more about astrology I discovered I was on the wrong track in getting what I want from my parents. Continue reading