2014: The Year Ahead

Many seers reserve the Twelve Days of Christmas for Auguring the coming year, according to an ancient tradition. The overall trend of 2014 indicates breakdowns in outmoded transportation, political and financial systems, and breakthroughs in homemade technologies and the cottage economy. More people claim independence and personal power, setting global transformations in motion.

We begin the year with Pluto retrograde (soul-level reform) and Venus retrograde (revaluing our attachments to people and things) which explain a lot about the cards that show up in the first half of the year. Almost all the upright cards indicate feminine or transformative energies, spirituality, and creativity and almost all reversed cards indicate masculine growth energies, communication, and travel.

2014 ushers more striving for balance between masculine and feminine energies and the demise of fully patriarchal modes of being. Focus draws more to homemade goods as a means of survival when mass production and transportation fails.

6 of Wands, Reversed.
Our actions show up in the spotlight, this month. Crowds target those in power for unethical actions. You may feel like shunning or shaming those who do not live up to your standards. Remember that you get what you give, and transform that energy by engaging in service. For every negative thought you have about someone, try to think three kind thoughts. This is not just for their benefit but for yours, too! Be humble about how others live up to your standards, and be compassionate with yourself in case of not living up to others’ standards for you. This is an opportunity to bring your actions into focus and fully see the affect you have on the world around you.

In the northern hemisphere, bring the energy of summer into the midst of winter by hanging sun disks  or drawing pictures of the sun. Simmer citrus peels on your stove, and celebrate the longer days to drive away the blues. Folks in the southern hemisphere might experience record highs or drought, so examine your water conservation practices.

Globally, the public call for establishment of global equal rights gets louder and stronger. Grassroots movements unite, furthering the great shifts in the status quo.

7 of Wands, Reversed.
February highlights our effortsWhat do you strive for in your life? These are your values. What are you most likely to fight against others to defend? These are your vulnerable points. If we deny our vulnerability, we risk injury. When we admit our weak spots we take a step toward nurturing and healing whatever wounds or scars we carry. February marks a time of assessment in any conflicts we have: with ideologies, groups of people, and other individuals. This month brings opportunity to clear any anger. Hold your anger “like a screaming baby” (Thich Nhat Hanh) and use compassion to calm the anger. Listen to your anger to pinpoint your values. If you greet your life with relative peace, consider teaching those around you. Try not to be dismissive of this anger. You are entitled to your feelings, and anger rises up for a reason. Use it as fuel to direct your actions.

Globally, the conflict between the people and the establishment builds. It is an important time to pray and meditate for peace.

Knight of Pentacles, Reversed.
Mindfulness and meditation is called for in attentiveness to our ways of being. March is a good time to change up your career path and try something new, in small steps. This card reflects the shift of our economy toward earning income through practical activities that people love to do for the benefit of all. Perhaps experiment with sprouting seeds or take a gardening class, if you like plants. Consider building your own chicken coop if animals bring you joy and you like to eat eggs. Do you build or make things? Find something your neighbors or friends could use, and start making that. Give gifts of your skills at first and people will begin to offer you money for them.

Globally, we will experience change in how goods are made, especially houses and clothing, specifically when there is a decline in quality. Inadequacies and shortages of material goods are exposed. People with groundbreaking ideas bring forward solutions to our distribution problems.

5 of Swords.
This is another card about vulnerabilities. Our words and thoughts get sharp when we feel threatened or wounded and suspicious of others’ intent. Mars retrograde in Libra (March 1) clashes with Mercury in Aries (April 7), stirring turmoil in our partnerships and blurring the line between friend and enemy. The swords is a suit of change in mentality. 5 brings chaos, working at cross purposes with others, and last minute efforts to complete a project. Things that didn’t seem urgent in March will suddenly take on epic importance. Incidentally this card coincides with the tax file deadline.

Globally, we could see escalation of the world’s elite powers suppressing smaller powers in March. Even though the power elite are outnumbered, we will see them flex their muscle and try to look bigger. A financial crisis is possible, in regards to the paper money currency. Build security in March with skills and trade to insulate yourself from the upheaval.

King of Swords, Reversed.
In May, leadership roles shuffle about and no one really knows who is in charge. The truth is, we are all in charge. May is an important time to take personal responsibility for the state of our lives. Venus enters Aries May 2 and Mars goes direct in Libra May 19, so star-crossed love affairs are likely this month due to King of Swords reversed interrupting our usual inhibitions. Weak relationships are likely to end, and people in strong relationships may map out new power dynamics to keep things balanced. In May we see extremes in competition with people at the very top or very bottom and few in the middle. This card heralds a decentralization of power as the global elite continues to lose respect and people lose faith in the banking system. We will see community-based currencies more in May. City leadership will resist the Trans Pacific Pact in many countries but especially the eastern hemisphere. Tension builds between east and west and communications are unclear in part because Mercury enters Gemini on May 7, highlighting double meanings and dual intentions.

Globally, grass roots groups and circular governance will thrive while people governing large power structures will become confused. We could see outrageous laws proposed in attempts to protect those in power, or some kind of government shut down of a major world power.

Page of Cups, Reversed.
The Page of Cups, Reversed, highlights Neptune Retrograde in Pisces starting June 9. Both the card and the astrological event draw attention to the ways in which we try to escape everyday consciousness, and why. Emotional tides run high and we are especially sensitive to anything toxic in our lives. With the tensions and transformations building in the first half of the year, we feel drawn to creativity, dreaming, and altered states of consciousness to express and process everything 2014 has brought so far. Steer clear of addictive substances and toxic chemicals, especially in June. Seek out spiritual wisdom to help you stay connected with your community and grounded to the Earth. Walking barefoot will also help you stay grounded. In the Southern Hemisphere where June means winter, elevated precipitation is likely. For the Northern Hemisphere this could mean flooding.

Global consciousness shifts to cleaning up our waters, in remembrance of Fukushima and the Gulf oil spill disasters. Tsunamis, tidal waves, hurricanes are momentous at this time. The western hemisphere is most affected.

Queen of Cups.
On July 18 Venus joins Sol and Luna in Cancer, further highlighting our feelings and bringing Neptune retrograde energies into our waking consciousness. Women who seem mysterious, withdrawn, and intuitive become more interesting to us at this time, because we are collectively seeking clarity in our own subconscious. Female leadership arises to smooth over the confused communications that boiled up in April and May. Our relationship with our own femininity and sensitivity becomes prominent. Conflicts smooth over and we can find inner peace more readily than in previous months.

Global awareness of female spiritual leaders highlights conflict resolution. People turn to the Divine Mother archetype for comfort and inspiration. We may see a spike in feminist spirituality and hear from united groups of mothers for positive change in the world.

Ace of Cups.
August marks global and individual spiritual awakening. After the turmoil of 2014’s first half, rediscovering the peacefulness conveyed by our mothers’ care leads to a new realization on the soul level. Like a mother forsaking physical pleasures to enjoy spending time with her child, we begin to refocus on what is truly important in our lives. The ideological upheaval of early 2014 has hopefully drawn us into detaching from luxuries and savoring the simple pleasures of life at an easier pace. This is the difference between eating a fast food milk shake (industrial luxury) and wild honey drizzled over homemade yogurt (homemade simplicity). The first might be less work for the consumer, but overall the second means less energy expended for the final project on a global scale. This card indicates a spiritual “level-up,” where we all have the benefit of being more in tune with Divine Order in a very comfortable way. Joy and transcendental love fuel our desire to see goals through to completion. We can rededicate ourselves to our resolutions, now, with renewed hope and pleasure in life.

Globally, joy and good will fuel humanitarian efforts and movement toward spiritual unity accelerates.

XIII, Death.
The spontaneous Joy and Love that infused our lives in August makes way for a sweeping transformation of our outer world. Incidentally, Pluto (Death card) goes direct in Capricorn on September 22, bringing outward all the internal transformation goings-on since his retrograde in April 2013. If your resolution was to lose or cease something, the finality of your choice and commitment becomes apparent in September. If these resolutions have failed, you may see a long term shift in your core being and your life because of your inability to live up to your own promises. Revisit your intent for 2014 and see if you can figure out what did not work so that you can begin correct undesirable patterns. Broken contracts from April and May will reach closure in September. Career changes begun in March will finalize at this time. Look for bankruptcy or mass layoffs.

Globally, we experience collective awareness of our need to release the old ways of life and a collective release of this energy for once and all time.

10 of Pentacles.
All 10’s show completion, and the 10 of Pentacles means fulfillment of wealth, traditions, and legacies. Inheritances are prominent at this time, whether through last bequests or our matured awareness of what we carry of our family’s line. Again home-produced goods show up, here, contributing to your level of happiness with your surroundings. How much you personally invest in the goods that your household consumes will directly impact your happiness this year. Home and family life reach levels of insurmountable pleasure. Troubles and woes can be conquered by connecting to your individual sense of family, whether by birth or community.

This card conveys the sense that all of humanity becomes especially aware of our global family and the interconnected nature of our physical reality.

XX, Judgement, Reversed.
The energies we felt in January with the 6 of Wands, Reversed, resurface in a significantly more intense form. We get to collectively view how our judgments shape our experience of the world. This is the card of instant karma and instantaneous manifestation, so thinking or talking about something will nearly instantly draw a physical or external form of that thing into your awareness. You cannot forgive on behalf of another person, but you have ultimate power to invoke forgiveness on your own part. We learn to rule our lives and not be ruled by our circumstances. There is likely to be some kind of hi-jinx in the Representative and Senate elections in the United States, or people suddenly and en masse decide that we’ve had enough of voting against our own self interest.

Globally, we realize the full impact of our choices in a culmination of the process begun in January.

VII, The Chariot, Reversed.

It is unlikely that we will end 2014 in the place that we expected to. Plans become interrupted especially in December, stalling travel. So, reading this now, make your plans for the year fluid, flexible, and as low-stress as possible. Spend the year in preparation, because December brings increased risk for faulty will power and totally unexpected accidents. Build your strength of character because by this month any behavior that still requires your willpower will fall along the wayside.  The Chariot card is ruled by the sign Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon. The remedy to the loss of control could lie in the New Moon in Capricorn on the Winter Solstice, December 21. This resets our concept of career, presenting a stark difference in what we thought our success would look like in comparison with what our success truly looks like.

Thanks for reading this 2014 forecast. I’m interested in hearing how your readings interact with this one. Feel free to comment with any questions or thoughts, as always. Namaste.


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