The start of the new year coincides with a major shift in the mood music between the past 18 months and the next. On January 19, the Moon’s north and south nodes shift signs from the Gemini-Sagittarius axis to the Taurus-Scorpio axis. Where in the recent past we were called to develop our close-distance contacts, flexible thinking, and adaptability, the themes in the coming period will revolve around perseverance, first-hand sensory knowledge, and greater self-sufficiency.
This year is a time to get one’s own house in order before casting judgment on someone else’s house. We may be reminded that, even as the world becomes increasingly networked and connected, we should always be prepared roll up sleeves and do things for ourselves. Plant some vegetables. Learn how to operate things manually (oh, the horror). As an exercise, think about what you would need if stranded on a deserted island. Remind yourself of the values you would live by if there were no one else to please.
The nature of the Moon’s nodal polarity means there will be an equally strong attachment to our dependencies. On a macro level, globalization over the past decades showed how cooperation and trade between economies can enrich and enhance lives. What we gave up, however, was internal resilience. In the face of unexpected shocks, can each person, family, or nation survive on their own terms? The next 18 months might see events that nudge us to self-strengthen, if not in a material way than definitely in an emotional one. April and early August are especially potent portals, when Saturn (realism and restrictions) and Uranus (innovation and change) come into direct contact with the Moon’s nodes in Taurus and Scorpio.
April’s cosmic energies may be especially palpable, including when Jupiter and Neptune join forces in Pisces mid-month. Occurring once every 12 to 13 years, this merging of energies between the planet of expansion and the planet of spiritual longing can bring high hopes and idealism. Our desire for a better world where we can love our neighbors and join forces to help ease the suffering of others may seem well within reach. This could be a time for great compassion and hope. Neptune, of course, as a symbol of total perfection, can also sometimes bring delusion and confusion. Anything too good to be true—causes, initiatives, people—should be thoroughly vetted. In line with the Taurus qualities we should embody next year: Ask to see it before you believe it.
At the end of August, Mars—the planet of action—moves into Gemini where it will remain until March 2023. Collectively, our goal-oriented energies are somewhat more diffuse and non-committal in Gemini. Within this extra-long timeframe, projects are easier to start than they are to finish. Between the end of October and early January, Mars also moves into its retrograde period, opening up a window for reflection and possibly recalibration of how we pursue our personal agenda. Are we too timid or too overbearing, too dictatorial or too accommodating? During the Mars Retrograde, such second-guessing and hesitation will require us all to factor in extra time for decisions to be made and tasks to get done.
As the world seeks to get past the global pandemic and restore a sense of “normality,” confrontations between the old world-order and new paradigms will continue to grind up against each other. Over next summer, new material realities or situations arising from the physical environment or financial system may emerge, setting up an energetic showdown between Saturn (the past) and Uranus (the future) in the autumn. By the winter of 2022, the picture should be more settled when it comes to the future direction and what building back better actually entails.
The people and resources available to support you might be holding you back from developing greater self-sufficiency in 2022. Keep an eye out for when the Universe may be nudging you to strengthen your own self—April could be a key month—and be prepared to shake things up in order to reap the rewards.
Between May and October, Jupiter brings its optimism and sense of bounty into your sign, giving an ego boost in particular to those born at the end of March. The autumn and winter are good career months as Mars, which rules your sign, maintains a creatively harmonious position. With love, look for hard lessons followed by pleasant surprises in springtime.