by Kathleen Jacoby, ©
1 – Pause before the headlong rush into this year. It will be a galloping adventure, so wear your plated armor if needed. However, for now, open to divine guidance waiting to assist you and ask questions about the purpose of this year for you as you begin a new cycle in your life. Pay attention to the quality of your interactions with others, food, and your thinking– what is supportive and positive, and what drains and depletes you? Are you satisfying nutritional needs when you eat, or your emotions? How about the caliber of your thoughts? Choose everything that is life enhancing and uplifting for you and others. True guidance plays no favorites and makes no one wrong. It assists through love, and that is an important ingredient as you begin this very intense cycle.
2 – Find a merry band of friends and practice spreading joy. Amidst confusion or conflict laughter becomes a saving grace and good medicine, and you have the ability to inspire, motivate, and persuade this month – so use it. Expressing your creativity and being able to see things from a child’s perspective will also serve you well. The key this month is to find ways of being happy through all kinds of weather. As you turn on your happiness light, you shine it for others, and everyone benefits.
3 – During the first month of the year it would be a good idea to evaluate your financial picture and determine what is doable, and what is not. The tendency to over-extend and overspend is a real possibility during the year, so if you start by planning things out, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding pitfalls later when your attitude may be less practical and more expansive. Also, the more mundane things you take care of now the more time you have free for adventures and surprises – like the smart pig in the Three Little Pigs, build the house of bricks now, and you can play the fiddle and dance after the job is done!
4 – The year begins on a note of action, change, or upheaval. Unexpected events may occur requiring that you be adaptable and flexible in the face of circumstances or new information that require shifts of one sort or another. Conflict between the part of you that wants to plan things out and a more adolescent energy that wants to go-go-go now is present. So be discerning but embrace opportunities and allow horizons to expand in ways that may come as a complete surprise.
5 – There are things to take care of related to responsibilities, family, service, health, or other forms of “shoulds” that may feel stifling as you begin this year of adventure and change. Determine where you can best help, and then do so with a loving heart. If you do things resentfully, that attitude will be mirrored right back to you. If you feel overwhelmed or used, speak up from a place of maturity, not anger. Define what you are willing to do and let others know where they need to find someone else for the rest. The key to the month is compassion and love. As you give, so shall you receive – so let your heart be your guide!
6 – It’s a good month to check out a regimen that will assist you in staying fit and optimize your health. Also, retreat and quiet are beneficial. Read some good books or engage in a favorite hobby. It isn’t time for being a social butterfly because the inner you would like to communicate. Through prayer and meditation you can come to some of the more interesting questions such as, “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” What’s the purpose of my life?” As you move inward, you may forge a deeper connection to the indwelling Spirit, and all sorts of insightful possibilities arise as a result.
7 – As the year begins there is need to direct and manage things with an eye to optimizing your time and energy. Where is more balance needed in your life? Have you overextended yourself in one direction at the expense of other areas, and have you remembered to stop and smell the flowers along the way? As you look at your life in terms of being a system of energy, you can see what has too much and what not enough. As you achieve equilibrium within, you can transpose the same systems approach to your life and implement an improvement plan for the year that will bring all the notes into harmony.
8 - Begin the year by completing whatever is left undone. Higher mind, larger purpose, look beyond appearances. As you climb to the top of the metaphorical mountain to get the bigger view, you are able to see things that are missed when caught in the midst of whatever is going on in the moment. You can inspire and uplift others, and through gratitude for all that is, more comes. However, if you seek to hold on to something, restricting the flow through possessive attitudes or small mindedness, the more life will demand that you release it. In whatever confronts you, remember the admonition to “Let Go, Let God.” Then life can flow.
9 – Begin the year with determination. Plant seeds and bring your viewpoints and ideas forward. You can assume leadership positions, strike out in a new direction, or put something together that is unique. Life asks that you be self-reliant now, and it can be very empowering. The key is to make sure that you follow the Golden Rule of “doing unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Opportunities are available, but make sure you want what is presented before you commit to something that you might later regret. When you act with reasoned self-discipline, decisions are worthwhile. It is only impulsiveness that can get you into trouble. Another good adage to remember during this month is “Thy will, not mine!”