Tuesday Toolbox- Goal-setting with astrology… part1

Happy New Year 2016 replace 2015 concept on the sea beach

So anyways, I’m back from over five weeks away. We spent three weeks touring around England and Scotland, one week exploring London, and the best part of a week relaxing in Phuket. It really was the trip of a lifetime. I blogged a lot of it, and a few of my photos over on and anyways.

While I was away I released my current novel Big Girls Don’t Cry (available here on Amazon at the special release price of $2.99), and got a 50,000 word start on my new one. I’ll tell you a bit more about that and the characters- and how astrology helps with my writing- soon.

Big Girls Don't Cry

For now, the solstice has just passed and the Sun is in Capricorn. This seems to mark the time of the year when we start to look back at what we’ve achieved over the past year, beat ourselves up way too much over what wasn’t achieved, and plan what we’ll be achieving in the coming year.

I figured that it could be like a special Tuesday Toolbox of sorts- even though we’re using concepts we haven’t yet covered…and even though the Toolbox itself won’t be back for another few weeks.

As I do every year, I’ve mapped my outer planet transits on an excel spreadsheet and colour coded it so I can see at a glance what the major themes are for 2016.

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Pluto- Saturn transits

I’m thinking that 2016 will be a big year for career- one way or another.

How do I figure that? Well:

  • In February, Pluto moves out of my 10th house for the first time in over 10 years. Anytime any of the big 3 (Pluto, Neptune, Neptune) changes houses will be a big time for the affairs of the house that’s being vacated, and the affairs of the house it’s moving into. Given that these 3 move slowly and spend a lot of the year retrograde, you’ll find that they cross back and forward over the borders a bit.
  • Saturn moves into my 10th house for the first time in 28 years
  • I have a very busy Jupiter year- and Jupiter rules my 10th house
Jupiter transits
Jupiter transits

Given that Uranus is still in my 2nd house and has another conjunction with Venus and the leftovers of a trine to the MC, how I make my money will also be up for discussion and changes. I have some suspicions as to how some of this will pan out in my life, but I won’t bore you with that speculation.

If you do intend to declare a resolution (or three) at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve, you’ll have a better likelihood of success if you’re working with the prevailing energy rather than against it. After all, if the forecast is one of thunderstorms, a blustery southerly change and 90% chance of rain, you’re setting yourself up for failure if you persevere with that beach picnic you had planned. The same applies to the astro weather.

Knowing what area of life the personal planets are energising will help you put your energy where it will be most effective. Wherever Venus is will be where you should be looking for beauty and pleasure; wherever Mars is will be where you want to focus energy; wherever Mercury is will be where your communication efforts are best maximised; and wherever the Sun is, well that’s where your light is shining.

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Setting your goals or intentions (call them what you will) using your astrology will help you to make the most of the opportunities coming your way in 2016, deal with the challenges the best you can, and end 2016 with a sense of accomplishment.

In Part 2 we’ll talk about how you can do it for yourself…

In the meantime, if you want to get a head start, check out this post about how to map your transits, and this one on how to use an ephemeris. You might also want to have a flick back through the early editions of the Toolbox to reacquaint yourself with what each of the houses means…then keep an eye out next Tuesday for part 2- just in time for New Years Eve.

Don’t forget, if you want to stay on top of your daily forecasts, you can pick up a copy of the astro diary that I collaborated on, or you can bag yourself a copy of Sally Kirkman’s 2016 Horoscope.