Astrology of January 2012
by Henry Seltzer (www.astrograph.com)
 
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Cancer Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Cardinal Water. Your ruling planet is TheMoon.

This is the truly the first month of the rest of your life, Cancer. Many opportunities are presenting themselves to you in this New Year. You are still engaged in where your life is taking you, and still surprised at some the new directions that have been opening up, so that in many ways it seems as though not much has changed. And yet there is a qualitative difference now. You are starting to get on board with the notion that your life is moving through a distinct and startling evolution and that you cannot by any stretch return to where you once were. This is more than a little scary, but exhilarating also and happening no matter how hard you try to resist. Itís refreshing to realize that in fact it really is all up to you.

As the month begins, you are feeling a degree of tension in your current evolution, which is one of coming to terms with on the one hand your own unfolding self-discovery and the exploration what you might consider your life mission, and on the other the working out of some important aspects regarding the concept of relationship in your life. This month is all about relationship for you, only not. There is a way that connection with essential partners is all-important to you now, but in another way your ongoing and evolving process of engagement with significant others in your life is but an adjunct to your own arc of development. These important persons in your life that come under scrutiny now and during especially the first half of January could be business partners as well as intimate partners or close friends, and the potential conflicts that could becoming up for you at this time might equally arise in the context of how to strategize career options for yourself as well as personal ones. In any case there are likely to be issues there to be processed through, and the working out of these issues is important not only for the sake of harmony on the home front but also so that you might make your move toward greater happiness and peace of mind in all the departments of your life. Doing so involves important realizations that you can either investigate more fully now, or else push away from yourself in a form of denial; not recommended but definitely one possible way to proceed. Whichever route you take will have its future outcome in greater clarity concerning the details of your current situation, and likely an eventually positive outcome. Over the next six months the pressure will mount for taking action of one form or another to help to resolve these and similar issues, and so the many paths toward resolution, the high road and the lower ones, will eventually converge. In the present month, the Full Moon in your sign of late Sunday evening, January 8th, presents you with more choices, and with a determination to see everything through no matter what. There could be ancient patterns of behavior that come up now for greater acceptance within your mental as well as your spiritual grasp, that by announcing themselves when your eyes and your consciousness is more open to admitting them to the circle of your awareness, give you the chance to move beyond them. These could be wounded places within you that you have carefully avoided for many years; the residue of childhood trauma that you were unable to deal with at the time and so have walled away in a veiled compartment within your psyche. It may be that only by accepting these hidden and relatively dark places within you will you be able to profitably engage them and neutralize their secret power over your life. The Last Quarter Moon that follows a week later, taking place in the early morning hours of Monday, January 16th, might give you the opportunity to reflect more fully on what is going on for you and also with your connection with important others in your life. This is traditionally a time of looking back and of summing up the events of the past three weeks of the lunar cycle, with the idea of better understanding these events. You and the surrounding cosmos can both win when you can succeed in carrying that renewed sense of comprehension forward into the next cycle as a better standpoint for action more fully congruent with soul purpose. The New Moon of Sunday evening, January 22nd, brings loads of fresh energy to your intention for self-development, including inner initiatives all your own and also how you connect to others. That process has been well-started over the previous weeks and even over the months that preceded this dawning of the new year of 2012. And a process of spiritual evolution, once begun, cannot easily be stopped or even put on hold; at least not for very long.