Many astrologers regard the new Moon in Aries as the true beginning of the New Year. And if you think about it, it makes sense. Who amongst us really gets things started in January? With the return of the light and longer days, we get energized to begin to manifest all those dreams and hopes we imagined at the Winter Solstice.
So, what are we to make of this new beginning? All the myths (religious and earth-based) of Spring speak to us of new life and new possibilities after a time of sleep and death.
If you've been following the Cosmic Story of the past year, you know that there is meaning in all the madness of the past year and a half. Pluto's entry into Capricorn in November 2008 erupted in the world financial crisis. The first of five Saturn/Uranus oppositions occurred on Election Day in America, and so began the intense opposition between the Old and the New (we won't get into how "new' Obama's policies are).
We've had two of three Saturn/Pluto squares now, one in November 2009 and the second at the end of January 2010, with the third coming in August 2010, heralding more dark revelations about some of our cherished institutions (such as the Papacy). Saturn is structure, Pluto is regeneration. What old behaviors and structures in your life have proven to be less than viable or have fallen by the wayside?