Monday is Chinese New Year – the year of the Monkey. As always, the first day of the Chinese New Year begins on a New Moon. This is truly a day for new beginnings. The New Moon is the perfect time to begin a forty-day meditation or yoga practice; it’s a great day to start new cycles in your life or make a conscious end to those habits that are no longer working for you. If you want to break a habit, this is the time to do it. Put it in writing. Want to start a cleanse or special diet? Monday is the time to put it into motion.
The week begins on an intense note. With both the Sun and the Moon in “fixed” signs, you can expect to run into many tough situations today in which no one is willing to budge. Everyone has his or her own way of how things should be done, and there is little to no compromise on this procedure. Tension mounts as intense emotions rise to the surface. Emotionally you may feel as if you are on a roller coaster. Things get especially difficult after 7:35pm EST (4:35pm PST) when the Moon goes void-of-course. The remainder of the day may be difficult. Don’t make any major decisions during this time.
The week begins on a happy note. Mercury is direct! Monday is the day that Mercury stations (stands still) and resumes apparent forward motion in the sky. Notice the shift in energy! Communication improves, electronics and mechanical objects start behaving again and in general, you are clear to make deals and sign contracts. As a special bonus, Monday itself is a great day for meditation. As Mercury stands still in the sky for a moment, so, too does our mind. Use this opportunity to go deep in your morning meditation. Your mind will come to a point of stillness much more readily than usual.
Remember that Mercury is still retrograde throughout this entire week. Retrograde Mercury suggests that it is a good time to go back and review, reflect, and re-do. Consider past relationships and loose ends that need to be re-addressed and sorted out. Look through old picture albums, clean out your closet, and take a moment to reflect on the past and pat yourself on the back for what you have accomplished. At the same time, be patient when communication mishaps arise. This is the time when missed messages, unclear driving directions, and printer malfunctions are more common than usual. This is a time to collect on old debts, and not a time to make financial deals or sign contracts.
Deal with electronics. Update your profile pictures, answer emails, and get on the web and do some research. The goal is to connect with others of like-minds. Expand your network of people and resources. Find those little scraps of papers and business cards that are lying around your desk and enter email addresses into your computer and phone numbers into your phone. At the same time, consider backing up your data. Backup your phone on your computer and backup your computer on an external drive. Remember that Mercury is retrograde and computer and other electronic breakdowns will be more common during this period than usual. Be prepared.
Everything is extreme on Monday. It seems as if there is no middle path – no middle ground – no lukewarm water. Everything is either boiling hot or freezing cold. People are going to extremes. Pent up energy is rising to the surface and it may be blowing out the top like a volcano. People may lash out at you for no apparent reason. Don’t take it personally. This is just the result of huge amounts of pressure from within building up for quite some time now. The one thing you said or did is just the trigger – the spark that set the fire ablaze.
The Sun is in Capricorn. The focus is on goals. We are embodying the energy of the mountain goat – slowly climbing the mountain one day at a time, not taking another step forward until we know we are on solid ground. This is a time to make plans and set goals for the future. Get to work. With the New Year kicking off this week, it is a time to get serious about New Year’s resolutions and really consider honestly what you would like to let go of, manifest and/or transform in the New Year.
Monday is the official day of the Winter Solstice. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the longest night of the year. From now to the Summer Solstice in June, the days will continue to grow longer. In a sense, this is the “New Moon” or, “New Sun” of the calendar year. It is a time to go deep – to look inward – to be introspective. Clear out the baggage of what is no longer needed in order to set the stage for something new – something you’d like to grow, develop, and/or transform over the next six months.
Unexpected events, news and conversations may rock your world on Tuesday. Stay flexible because other people might not be! It may be difficult to deal with the events that come your way unless you are willing to let go of expectations. There is no way you can prepare for this. Don’t get too hung up on any certain outcomes. Just take things slowly – one step at a time. Make decisions when the time is on you to do so – not before. There is no way to know what is going to come yoru way.
Tuesday is a good day to complete any tasks that have been left hanging. Finish up projects that are only halfway there. You have an incredible determination about you. Take advantage of this edge. There is a powerful intensity behind everything you do. How you want to channel this energy is up to you. The Scorpio Moon encourages everyone to go deep. If it is deep healing you are looking for, consider the two powerful Kundalini Yoga meditations in Ashana’s album, “The Illuminated Path.” The mantras, “Hari Nam Sat Nam” and “Ra Ma Da Sa” may be just the tools you need to get started on a new healing regime.