by Kathleen Jacoby
1 - “My will, your needs”…the juxtaposition of being who you are in service through love or resentment sets the tone for how this month unfolds. Regardless of appearances, what do you take away from or contribute to each event? Where are expectations a burden, and where is extending time and energy to others a joy? Are you the guardian at the gate, measuring who has done what, or the voice of encouragement – letting each one be who they are, finding their way without intervention, but providing a soft landing place if it is needed? See through eyes of appreciation, and you will find the blessing amidst thorns.
2 – Deep, deeper, deepest. Focus inward through prayer, meditation, and self-inquiry. Opportunities for insights and spiritual union are present, as are opposing forces of separateness and feelings of isolation or mistrust. Choose carefully from what is presented. Look for unifying elements that make you feel whole and at home within yourself, not those things that exclude or divide. Specialized areas of interest can provide answers to dilemmas, and time spent with nature is healing and restorative. Make time for your inner life - it will pay big dividends.
3 – Find outlets for self-expression through organizations or by directing activities that give you an opportunity to motivate and inspire others. In a more mundane sense, go through closets, paperwork, all things where you feel an imbalance energetically, and release the elements that are not contributing to harmony within your life. Look within to see where you are playing out internal imbalance that requires better direction, then do the same with your relationships, your time, and all other arenas in life. The results can take a weight of your shoulders and be very empowering. You can even attract some powerful assistance or recognition from others in the process!
4 – What isn’t working for you anymore? Is it a way you approach a problem? An outworn attitude that needs release? Closets that are too crowded? Relationships or a job that needs review? Whatever isn’t as you would like it to be requires a different view. It’s time to reach out or up to a higher power that can assist you by presenting the bigger picture. Before reconstruction takes place, we have to be willing to release attachment and tear down the walls from the past that no longer serve our best good. When you are willing and able to do this, you make room for so much more in your life. Start now, and be amazed!
5 – Feeling frisky? Want to buy something big, make changes, be more daring? Wouldn’t be surprising, since this is a month when everything is “Systems Go!” A word of caution: Be discerning! Amidst this year of restless energy and enthusiasm, you may want change so much that you jump into something you later regret. Take time to check things out, then by all means, channel energy into new projects and focus on what might be possible. Initiate new contacts, be an explorer, let your voice be heard, and assume leadership roles where appropriate. You have stamina, courage, and can advocate a point of view that is important – so gather your supporting data and then proceed full speed ahead!
6 - As you look at everyone in your life through eyes of gratitude, you will feel a shift in the way others act and react. Your projections are self-fulfilling prophecies, so make sure you send out what you want to receive. In the process, should there be elements or individuals that need to be released – you will see that as well. Prayer, meditation, and the power of choice are important ingredients this month. Criteria for wellbeing is to choose quality in everything: Positive thinking, nourishing food, nurturing relationships. As you fill your cup with light filled elements, you are blessed – and so is everyone you come in contact with. Be the light you want to see!
7 – Express in ways that inspire, motivate, and allow for the creative you to be more visible. Playful self-expression, art, writing, and music – all avenues that allow for the openness and delight of a childlike view will be rewarding. Conflict of emotions occurs when you hold on too tightly. Choose lighthearted connections and agree to enjoy yourself in spite of others who might be trying to rain on your parade. Some roses have thorns, so wear gloves - and delight in the beauty of color, fragrance, and form – the metaphor for the month.
8 – Organizational endeavors require structure or restructuring. Where are you holding on to an outmoded way of handling things? Where do you need to reach out to expand your horizons further, and overcome a tendency to restrict the flow of energy because it challenges an area of resistance? Push through barriers or self-imposed limitations and leap forward. You may be surprised once you do and wonder why you waited so long. This month involves major or minor transformation, so be ready to experience a powerful shift as life lifts or propels you from one plateau to another.
9 – Expansion and movement are important now. In the releasing process required by the year, look to see where you can shift attitudes or relinquish attachment to things or people who are weighing you down. Movement is taking place internally and externally, so be flexible and adaptable as plans may shift. Travel expands your horizons and information exchanges can be beneficial and enlightening. Be discerning, and use good judgment when you get a sudden impulse to do or buy something out of the ordinary. Will its appeal last beyond the month? Other than that, open your arms, explore opportunities, and embrace the winds of change.