To all of you who have followed this blog during 2013……many thanks! It has been a pleasure communicating with you. As we move in 2014, I hope you will let me know what interests you most. I am happy to accomodate any special requests. As for this year we are ending, I would say 2013 was a year of very high intensity. 2014 will be much the same until the summer, when it gets a bit lighter. I had many clients during 2013 who were experiencing very profound anxiety. For many people, a lot of big changes had to occur in order to start fresh. The hardest thing to do during these anxious times is to be still and have some sort of meditation practice. I suggest five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening. We can all manage to do that. Yet for many of us, even that will seem difficult. Venus is retrograde right now, and will be until Jan 31, 2014. Venus is the planet of beauty and love. When she moves backwards she is asking us to hunker into softness. Perhaps you can think about spending time with your pets, and loved ones, in silence. Stop talking. Be in Nature and just listen. This is very important during the month of January. We have a Grand Cross in the Cardinal signs until January 12th. As a heads up for 2014, March and April (especially April 20-24th) will be super intense because that Grand Cross gets more exact (the image is of being caught in the crosshairs). If you have planets in the early degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), you will feel the tension. As an Astrologer, I have no idea how this will play out, other than to say it will be a fierce time. My only suggestion is to lay low and go within. It’s just a “weather pattern” of a big storm, so be prepared….especially if you are a Cardinal sign. I think it is interesting that in Chinese Astrology we will be leaving the year of the Water Snake in February and moving into the year of the Wood Horse. A Horse year is all about action. Things should be moving faster in 2014 than they did in 2013. Here’s to galloping into a successful new year!