In the lunar calendar, the beginning of the harvest season begins when the Sun moves from the Tropic of Capricorn (the father) to the Tropic of Cancer (the mother) in mid-January. This is known and celebrated in India as Makar Sankranti, when Mother Nature begins to awaken and it’s time to plant the seeds of things to come.
These can be seeds of new projects or endeavors or relationships, but the most important ones are, of course, the seeds of perception we cultivate in ourselves, for they shape our experience of life. This year, they will be enhanced by a combination of energies worth mentioning, as 2024 ramps up dynamic changes for this and several years ahead.
Pluto enters Aquarius on January 20 to remain there till 2044 (with a short return to Capricorn this Fall), which marks an important global shift. Pluto symbolizes power, death, transformation, destruction, technology, and reinvention, while Aquarius is about community, rebelliousness, and collective effort. So, we will be breaking away from outdated traditions and beliefs to embrace a more unique expression of ourselves to reinvent the world.
We’ve already begun to witness how changes in technology are shifting the focus toward greater personal connection and collaboration. However, big changes cannot happen overnight and we can “expect the unexpected” as well as many disruptive challenges before we can experience a deep collective transformation. It’s not easy to let go of accumulated beliefs and biases to give way to a new, more authentic approach to social structures. But change is coming, like it or not, and it must come from within, since the external reality is but a reflection of our inner world.
From Raw Power to Creative Transformation
If we polish Pluto’s raw power (our selfish, often destructive tendencies), by the end of this cycle, we’ll have moved away from a society that values individualism and the accumulation of power to one that supports collective cooperation. A gradual balance shift will result from reshaping how we perceive ourselves and our individualized function within the organism that is the dream of Consciousness we call humanity.
This transit will bring many more opportunities to balance out the toxic dynamics between your sense of self and your sense of otherness, hopefully creating more togetherness by transforming your inner bully into a support system within your life-movie. This requires you to drop past perceptions to open up to new possibilities of experience. Can you dismiss the usual power dynamics of ego (“me vs. others,” “me above or below others,” “me perceiving myself through others”) and choose the power of love that is your true nature, where there’s no difference between me and others?
In the world of duality, there is conflict and division because of the polarizing, contradictory forces that shape it. The challenge here is going to be to remain detached and neutral in the midst of conflicts and changes, remembering that it is all a play of Divine Consciousness—a dream of the eternal Self we are—and that we cannot control life, only our individualized experience of it. The need to control is resistance, and when we resist, we suffer until we let go of ego-based desires and expectations to embrace the totality of life.
2024 Is a Year of Inner Power and Flow
Collectively speaking, this year is a universal year eight. Eight is the number of power and it is ruled by Saturn; it carries the energies of perseverance, will, discipline, persistence, karma (action), and flow. Even the symmetrical figure 8 represents balance as well as movement and flow: on its side (∞), it is the mathematical symbol of infinity, which gives it a high vibration and reminds us that every end is a beginning because there is really no beginning and no end; life is a continuum that unfolds on its own and takes care of itself.
If you visualize a race track with this shape, it’s easy to see how any motion within this loop can quickly create momentum and speed. This translates into productivity and power, which could also turn into overworking or overachieving. However, because eight is ruled by Saturn, it has a built-in serious, grounding quality reminding us to slow down a bit to avoid jumping ahead of ourselves or burning out.
The year will move fast, but hopefully with enough gravity to keep you engaged and focused; to which degree will depend on your personal year number. You can calculate it by adding the numbers of your month and day of birth to 8 (2024) and reducing them to one number.
Depending on the individual karma as well, a year eight could improve the energy flow on the physical, professional, material, or spiritual level, bringing greater opportunities to accomplish something in the world or gain deeper insight and spiritual maturity. Of course, it could also bring more power dynamics and conflicts in need of resolution. It will certainly nudge each of us to revisit where we are on the Love-Consciousness Pyramid at any given moment (see Why Spiritual Growth Is Like Climbing the Love-Consciousness Pyramid).
If you inquire, “Where is my attention?” to become aware of your ego-mind, and what thoughts and emotions it is pulling you toward, you reclaim your true power to redirect the mind inward, toward what is real and true in you rather than the egoic duality that causes suffering. Again, this is your true power, and this year’s energy will support your journey to self-mastery if you’re willing to put the discipline and effort.
Remember, Saturn is a stern archetype that teaches with restrictions and then rewards your patience and perseverance with maturity and fulfillment. This is how it teaches us to step into our leadership and responsibility to discover our inner power. Saturn is in Pisces this year, which means it’s time to release your illusions and the dreams that aren’t realistic or fulfilling to give way to reinvent yourself.
If you’re on the right track, and things are flowing—no matter how slowly—take advantage of the energy of this year eight to go deeper and/or strengthen your foundation. If things aren’t flowing, make the effort to get out of your stagnant “comfort zone”! A bit of discipline and tough love can lead to significant results.
The Year of the Wooden Dragon
Lastly, next month, on February 10, is the beginning of the Year of the Wooden Dragon in Chinese astrology. The Dragon holds great significance as an auspicious and extraordinary creature filled with courage, creativity, and innovation. It is the most powerful animal in the zodiac and symbolizes honor, nobility, grace, good luck, and success. As a result, 2024 promises to be a year of new possibilities and opportunities, as well as challenges, to awaken this powerful force within you.
The Wood Dragon is the most creative and visionary of the dragons; it is ambitious and adventurous, so this year will be one of visionary leaders, innovators, and problem solvers, as well as a great year to take a risk on yourself. Start new projects and explore new opportunities to nurture yourself and others. The Wood Dragon is special because it is a rare combination of the dragon’s power and the wood’s creativity. For this reason, this is an auspicious year to pursue your dreams, express your ideas, and expand your horizons. Remember to be generous, compassionate, and loyal as well.
If you’re yearning for a change or a deeper personal and spiritual transformation, this is the year to invest in yourself to discover your true power, transform an outdated, painful perception, and plant the seeds of a fulfilling future. So contact me today to clear the way toward greater emotional and spiritual freedom as you clarify your goals and bring your inner vision into reality!
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