“And all I have to do today
Is get past remembering”
— Jennifer Castle
An interesting feature of 2022 is that we start our brand new year with two retrogrades: we look back to begin again.
There is nothing astrologically significant about the 1st of January as a regular occurring event. There is no mark of the zodiac that defines this date, there is no post in the heavens that defines this as the place where a year starts.
Time, like astrology, is a human thing. Time, like astrology, is one way of describing our experience in this particular dimension. To think of human life outside of time is dizzying: remove the layer of time and we lose the passage of our lives, the organizing principle of our relationships, the reminders to eat and work and play and sleep and wake.
Astrological events this month:
January 2: New Moon in Capricorn / January 3:Mercury ingress to Aquarius / January 14: Mercury stations retrograde / January 17: Full Moon in Cancer / January 21: Sun ingress to Aquarius / January 27: Mercury (retrograde) ingress to Capricorn January 29: Venus stations direct
Astrology, like time, is a human thing. A system of describing our lives using myth and archetype to help us make sense of it all. A system that we have together decided means something—twelve noon means something, and the sun’s passage through the zodiac means something.
Time and astrology are both imperfect. Living on the border of a time zone shows us that, and the debate between tropical and sidereal astrology shows us that. But deciding to stick to something because we have decided it means something is as human a thing as anything.
There is nothing astrologically significant about the 1st of January, but there is everything significant in deciding to start over, over and over.
Happy new year,
With thanks and credit always to my teacher Julia who taught me these things, that astrology is to our lives what a clock is to time.
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