Steve Nelson’s Astrological Timing for Success in January 2012

The Shift Doctors (Tracy Latz, M.D. & Marion Ross, Ph.D.) are  thrilled once again to have our good friend and guest blogger Steve Nelson return to share his wisdom. Steve is an astrologer who follows a Jungian mythological tradition. He was raised by a part Cherokee shaman Aunt Maude who learned much of her lore from Molly Runningwolf, the mother of Amanita Sequoyah, the last Cherokee medicine man officially recognized by the Eastern Tribe. Steve’s Indian name is Steven Red Wolf, his lineage is of the wolf clan, one of the 7 tribal groups of the Cherokee. Steve follows many of the Cherokee traditions especially as these relate to celebrations, the use of ritual fire and star lore. For more information about Steve Nelson see

January 2012

2012 begins with the great benefic planet Jupiter, the new king, rising in opposition to the malefic old world king Saturn. It’s no longer business as usual as Jupiter moves forward from the pivotal first degree of Taurus bringing a great turn of fortune to those allied with the newly emerging celestial forces. The kings of the old order and the new in mystic triangle with oceanic Neptune activate the realization of global prophecies. Uranus (the higher octave of Mercury) aligns with Jupiter adding an extraordinary magic to this cosmic mix: the wizard Gandalf comes to the aid of the newly emerging king. Magical Mercury’s foray through the underworld (Out of Bounds South) Jan 7-20 represents Gandalf the Gray’s battle with the Balrog dragon and fall into the abyss from which he emerges as Gandalf the White.

Our understanding of shadow forces is sharpened in preparation for the global transformation slated for the end of winter and beginning of spring. Jan 6, Epiphany, celebrates the birth of the new Aeon, child of the new year. A year begins on many levels, the 2012 zeitgeist is empowered emotionally when the Lunar New Year of the Dragon begins Jan 24. The waxing Moon that follows brings the new tide of creation.

Venus Evening Star/Hesperus conducts us into 2012. Hesperus refers to the Hesperides where the golden apple tree of Venus grows. Evening Star Venus is also called Venus Cerridwen to honor the original Queen of the Apple Isle. Cerridwen keeps a Cauldron of Inspiration, rebirth and healing that is the original Holy Grail. Inspirational Venus chi is gathered by raising left palm toward her light and holding right palm over the hara chi reservoir below the navel. Breathe deeply to absorb the subtle energies of Venus.

Uranus is the global revolutionary, Venus Hesperus shapes this revolution. Benefic Jupiter in harmonic relation with Uranus brings a favorable turn of fortune for the year. Jupiter is the king and order of things, Evening Venus transforms the king and brings forth the true king. Venus and Jupiter/Uranus together open new dimensions of creative expression and discovery.

The Mayans saw Evening Star Venus as the sundog Xolotl sitting in a caldron “pushing the Sun into healing darkness.” Long held secrets are revealed, heroes and kings are healed, leaders change or remove from the scene when Venus Xolotl is seen. So begins the prophetic year 2012.

New Year Gate of Inspiration, Jan 1 (2:14 pm 12/31- 1:50 pm 1/1)

A Muse Gate opens every 40 days, 9 times each year. Whatever blocks energy flow comes before the Gate to be let go. (For more information on the Nine Gates of Inspiration see ) This is a time to dissolve body tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply and move freely (yoga, tai chi, dance!) to shed the old and be present to the power and possibilities of the new. Happy New Year!

1st Quarter Moon, Jan 1-2 (exact 1:15 am 1/1) – Time to Choose

This Moon is like a scythe cutting across the sky, it’s a time to cut free from the trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Sacred to the Druids, this Moon is pivotal in the cycle of creation. Choices made are likely the right ones. Breathing deeply through the light of the crown frees energy flow up and down the spine to clear shadows and power our dreams.

Mercury Out of Shadow, Jan 2 (4 am) – Think and Create Anew

Mercury’s new 4-month cycle cooks up as our winged messenger speeds forward out of his retrograde shadow loop into totally new territory. This begins a fortunate new period for creative thinking, world changing discoveries, inspired social interchange and successful enterprise.

Epiphany Eve /12th Night / The Feast of Fools, Jan 5Time to Party!

Yuletide festivities culminate in the 12th Night “Feast of Fools” on Jan 5. This is an ideal night to party and the perfect time for exchanging gifts. 12th Night celebration was banned in the Middle Ages when this event became an occasion for lampooning the established order of church and state.

Epiphany / The 12th Day of Christmas, Jan 6Expect a Miracle!

The Christian Epiphany celebrates 3 events related to water: the birth of Jesus, baptism in the river Jordan and changing water to wine at the wedding feast of Cana. Epiphany also honors the Three Kings who bring gifts for the new born child. The old Egyptians celebrated the “Korion” or Festival of the Nile at this time when waters of the world are said to blessed with healing virtue. Now Kore (Persephone) gives birth to the “Aeon,” the child spirit or zeitgeist of the New Year. We are all born anew.

Sun in Capricorn Full Moon, Jan 8-11Revelation and Healing

Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunities for healing body, mind, and soul. The Full Moon is like a pitcher that pours out a magic elixir we raise our cups to receive. Cosmic energies flow for 3 days following Full Moon (exact 2:30 am Jan 9). Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration. Stay tuned!

Moon at the Equator, Jan 13 (2:21 am – 11:23 am) – Meditate

Lunar Zero Points are cosmic balance times ideal for creative imagination. 0 Point South is time to connect with the greater whole and scry our true place in the world.

3rd Quarter Moon, Jan 15-17 (exact 4:09 am 1/16) – Dreams in Action

This Moon cuts away all that distracts from realizing our deepest dreams. 3rd Quarter Moon integrates new ideas into creative expression; it’s time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole.

Going Out of the Signs Jan 18-26Out with the Old, Opening to the New

The best time to break addictions or eliminate attachments is when the Moon moves through signs down below vital organs from Sagittarius (thighs) to Pisces (feet). Now we can more easily let go of outmoded patterns of being.

Balsamic Moon, Jan 19-21Make a Wish!

Shadows that come before New Moon are cleared through deep breathing with attention to the light within. The Balsamic Moon is the Wishing Moon, the best time to put wishes on the air. Also called Witches Moon, it is a time to bring others to mind for healing. Feeling invokes healing; as we feel we heal. Needs felt now invoke magic from the new lunar cycle. See the wee waning Moon rising before the Sun.

Dark of Moon/New Moon, Jan 22-24Time to Go Within

The day before New Moon until Sunset a day after is ideal for inner work to seed the new cycle, outer activity is favored after the crescent appears. The New Moon (2:40 am 1/23) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. Nostradamus calls this “the day of Diana, a time for silent rest.” The New Moon is a psychic black hole like Alice’s rabbit hole. Great wonders await our going within. Here we can know what is and realize how to shape what’s to be.

Crescent New Moon / Lunar New Year Jan 24-28Time to Sow

It’s time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the crescent appears, seeds are fertile on every level. This Crescent Moon / Lunar Year of the Dragon time all new beginnings. Moon magic is strongest Sunset to Moonset when the Moon is in the 7th House. Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing and prayers bring blessings for this Moon and the New Year.

Moon at the Equator, Jan 26 4:27 am – 2:34 pm – Imagine!

Lunar 0 Points are cosmic balance times ideal for creative imagination. Moon at the Equator going north is a time to envision and initiate what we wish to become. Uranus also at the Equator now adds its magic to this special time for recreating our world.

Bright Blessings in January 2012!

Steve Nelson, Mythic Astrologer with The Shift Doctors (Tracy Latz, M.D. & Marion Ross, Ph.D.)

Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. He can be reached at

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