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Get the Astrological Edge for January 2014!

by Astrology Detective January 03, 2014 03:15 PM EST
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Get ready for a doozy of a start to the New Year. The first week of 2014 sees an angry, crazy start to an angry, crazy six-month period. The skies want the world’s energies to shift; if not by peaceful choice, then by an aggressive push. Adding to the belligerent atmosphere, Venus, the planet of harmony and beauty, will be retrograde all month, putting her peacemaking abilities temporarily to sleep. Things get better mid-month, before exploding in unpredictable rage at month’s end. Venus finally turns direct on the 31st, and puts its foot down to all this bickering. Will crunchy-chewy peace-and-harmony return in February? Tune in next month to find out!

Just Say No to Botox …

… all month long as Venus’ retrograde motion will cause a lot of undesired results for purely aesthetic procedures. Botox, cosmetic surgery, cellulite removal, and even a new hair cut or color should be delayed until early February to avoid being transformed from a beautiful swan into an ugly duckling.

The New Year Starts Off Not with a Bang But a Sonic Boom!
New Moons mark new beginnings, and the first New Moon of the year is on New Year’s Day itself -- and it truly sets the tone for the first half the year. During the upcoming five months, four heavy-hitting, life-altering, explosive planets will be forming a disharmonious and difficult Grand Cross in the Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). These include an angry Mars and Pluto, along with a skittish Uranus and tinderbox Jupiter.

This New Moon triggers this configuration and stirs it to life. Cardinal signs are about turning a corner into a new way of action and being. Ever since September 2012, the world has been transitioning at a hyper-warp speed, and this sense of moving into a new world order only intensifies in the first half of 2014 -- and there could be major developments in the days around this incredibly powerful New Moon.

Four other Lunar aspects on the 7th, 15th, 22nd and 28th will also enkindle this Grand Cross, making the entire month a relatively tense one. On a more personal level: while this configuration will affect all signs in different ways, Cardinal signs will feel the greatest impact and urge to accept change into their lives.

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The First Week of 2014 is One Hot, Angry Mess

In addition to the new Moon, the first eight days of the year see a quick succession of exact, disharmonious aspects between the Sun, Jupiter, Mercury and Mars. Bedlam abounds, tempers flare, and there will be no sense of moderation or boundaries. Spend as much time at home with the covers pulled over your head as possible. If that’s not an option, don’t fuel the drama dragon, and try not to get sucked into conflict.

Time to Kiss and Make Up
Things get significantly rosier on the 11th when the Sun conjuncts a soothing Venus and harmoniously sextiles grounded, even-keeled Saturn. On the same day, Mercury moves into rational, fair-minded Aquarius and a sense of tolerance and objective proportionality returns.

Run for Cover
Jupiter opposes Pluto on the 31st. These two slow-moving planets meet in opposition only once every 12 years or so. Things can easily blow out of control on this day, and individual freedom and ego can clash against the bureaucratic need for control and hierarchy. Try to lay low on the days surrounding this event or you may become a victim of Tall Poppy Syndrome.

Start Feeling Pretty Again
Yes, you may finally do so as Venus goes direct on the 31st. If you feel like you look like you have aged ten years in the last six weeks, you're not alone. As the planet of beauty roars back to life, so will your good lucks. It will now be easier to lose weight and successfully perform aesthetic improvements.
 
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