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“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” Henry David Thoreau


With it being the first day of a brand new year, many of us are excited about writing a fresh, new chapter in our lives and also, perhaps, very hopeful or optimistic that we will be able to make tangible traction toward our dreams in 2014. Too, when some of us take a moment to look back in the rear view mirror at 2013, and gaze upon some our perceived “failures” or “fiascos” of the past year – the Neptunian dreams that maybe woefully went south – we may be tempted to scratch our heads and wonder to ourselves, “What in the world were we thinking by attempting such ludicrous or hare-brained things in the first place?” What do they say, that hindsight is always 20/20? 🙂

But, what if we cut ourselves a bit of slack here? And, instead of maybe regarding some of our so-called “missteps” or “blunders” as evidence of our towering and undeniable stupidity, or naivete – or whatever disparaging description that we opt to attach to our humble self – and chose instead to characterize these “well-intentioned, past creative renderings” of ours as simply “castles in the air” that just haven’t been given their foundational wings yet, as Thoreau suggested that we do? Maybe this type of morale boosting, “bigger picture point view” would duly inspire us to non-sheepishly resurrect (Pluto) some of our former, unfulfilled dreams in 2014. Dreams that are still likely very worthwhile for us to pursue, if only because, despite all of our best efforts to repudiate, silence or distance ourselves from them, they continue to keep tugging away at our heartstrings for completion. Victor Hugo once said that, “There is nothing like a dream to create a future.” Perhaps our dreams are also a vital part of our basic survival instinct, as they motivate us to keep going, and going, and going – kind of like the Energizer bunny.

Too, many of us are also likely ready now to break out of the gate – to chase after that Energizer bunny  – with eight planets (including the Sun and Moon) in the initiating, action-packed Cardinal signs, as well as a New Moon in persistent Capricorn occurring today. This is also the first time that we have reportedly had a New Moon on the first day of January in 19 years.

Capricorn is an earth sign that is associated with employing practical, strategic measures to obtain its goals. It is all about putting a solid foundational structure in place as a springboard for realizing our dreams or agendas. As a sign, Capricorn is focused on the outward contributions that we as individuals are each able to make in society.  Capricorn is symbolized by the adaptive mountain goat.  Too, New Moons are all about new beginnings and setting our intentions for the future. Also, with each New Moon, we are attempting to internally integrate the qualities of the sign in which the lunation is occurring.

This New Moon is very powerful because it is part of a galvanizing grand cardinal cross. It is also conjunct “makeover” Pluto, the planet of death and rebirth, so hopefully we will be able to triumphantly “rise from the ashes” again and, like the phoenix, courageously reclaim some of our forsaken or abandoned dreams.  Pluto’s activated ray is also positive for helping us to maintain a single-minded focus. Additionally, Pluto energy is very good for helping us sort out what’s worthy of saving or salvaging from the past, and what should be purged or pitched for good – an especially valuable ability to have in our toolkit at the start of another year. “You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.” Richelle E. Goodrich

Famous January 1 Birthdays: J. Edgar Hoover, Betsy Ross, Paul Revere, J.D. Salinger. “I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be. I know it’s crazy.” J.D. Salinger.

Happy New Year!

Patrice Thompson

Mountain Top

Copyright 2014

Source Notes:

Mountain Top photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1397113

Salinger: http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/819789.J_D_Salinger

Birthdays: http://www.biography.com/people/groups/born-on-january-01

Hugo: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/dream

Thoreau: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/goals

Goodrich: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/never-give-up

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