Woo-Woo kachoo. And happy new year.

Hey, peeps —

First, Happy New Year!

Second, here’s a freebie short story I just posted on my site. I am sharing the luuuuuv, people. It’s a romance.

And now for some random thoughts on the upcoming new year. I was thinking about this kind of thing because I do have a woo-woo streak (yeah, yeah…whatevs. Like you don’t!) and I like to check astrological overviews now and again, especially at the outset of a new year. Now, before you flip out and think OMG ANDI’S TOTALLY LOST HER MIND AND SHE’S DANCING AROUND A BONFIRE WAVING INCENSE AND CRYSTALS may I remind you that I don’t need the woo-woo to do that sort of thing. In fact, I dance around quite a bit and sometimes, yes, it involves incense. Maybe crystals, if they’re handy. And hell, where there’s a bonfire, there’s me dancing around. No woo-woo needed.

Regardless, I enjoy reading astrological overviews because I like thinking about things in terms of “trends” and larger “patterns” and sure, I also like thinking about these things in somewhat mystical terms as well as non-mystical. I like having a broad-ranging approach that I can narrow down as necessary should I decide to dig further. Anyway, I thought I’d share astrologist Donna Steele’s post regarding trends for 2014 with you.

Click HERE to check it out.

Oh, come on. You know you want to. And you know you will bust into your rendition of Duran Duran’s “New Moon On Monday” when you do it and see the title of this particular blog post. (source for Capricorn image)

Anyway. I’m not going to get into details, because Donna is way better at explaining things. What’s interesting to me is that she basically nails trends that I’ve been tracking in my own disorganized fashion: super-charged shifts and changes in social and political structures. But I also like the message of hope you can get from an astrological overview of the impending new year. Here, Donna notes that

It’s time to wake up and grow up and to take greater responsibility for what we co-create and how we co-exist. It’s time to let go of the past and to boldly choose anew whether it be new relationships, new careers, new homes, new creativity, new friends or a new sense of self. Be brave. Be responsible. Be fair. Perhaps another old saying is more timely than ever now: BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD!

That’s a message I will wholeheartedly endorse AND dance around a bonfire for. So, friends. I wish you a very happy 2014. May it bring you health and hope and fun and frivolity as well as the strength, courage, and grace to deal with the rough patches. Make it count, friends. Life ain’t no dress rehearsal. 🙂

Happy Friday!


  1. We all need some of the woo woo to balance out the logic. Thanks for sharing a very intelligent astrological post from D. Steele. While I know little of astrology, her information certainly resonates here.


  2. Ask me, too little woo-woo and too much logic. Love Donna’s take, which is remarkably similar to an annual reading I had in November by a local guy who’s quite accurate….just sayin’….


    • I like Donna’s stuff. She’s generally in line with things I’ve picked up “from the cosmos,” if you will. So there you go. Your dude and Donna are, like, ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH. OMG. 🙂


  3. Also in the realm of woo woo–

    In the Chinese zodiac, this is the year of the Horse, specifically wood. Here’s what Susan Levitt says on her site (http://susanlevitt.com/astrology/horse-year-2014/):

    The new Moon on January 30 at 11:20 pm PST (but listed as January 31 in many calendars) begins the year of the Wood Horse. Chinese New Year is a spring festival that begins on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice, with the Sun and Moon in Aquarius. This new Moon also starts the month of the Fire Tiger making energy very strong and lively as Horse year begins, a clear departure from the slower energy of the previous Water Snake year 2013.

    The Wood Horse year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. It is an excellent year for travel, and the more far away and off the beaten path the better. Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. But you have to act fast in a Horse year. If you are not 100% secure about a decision, then don’t do it. Events move so quickly in a Horse year that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction.

    Sounds good, right?


  4. A curious thing: Shortly after this post went up, a Zen priest wrote to me about the how heat is getting turned up in relationships – a catalyst for change and dealing with unfinished business. Seems like all the watchers are seeing the same things.


  5. […] By the way, if you’re wondering what that horse is up there, 2014 is the Year of the Horse in Chinese astrology, and it’s supposed to be a portent of good things. (For more woo-woo discussion, see Andi Marquette’s blog over at Women & Words.) […]


  6. RG: I was thinking abt horse year, because I am hosting Chinese New Year for some friends. As an Ox, I think it may be a challenging year, but full of possibilities. Keep wearing that jade! It’s said that good jade will absorb the essence of the wearer over time, making that luck very personal.


  7. Andi — Thank you for the freebie. Feeling the luuuuuv. 🙂

    I didn’t find Pisces on Donna’s website, but I will check back. I did read the Scorpio New Moon since that is my rising sign.

    mesaraven — I too am an Ox… I will need to see what it says about us these days.

    Happy 2014 everyone!


  8. A bit of woo-woo keeps the wonder alive. I looked up my Druid astro sign recently, (Fig Tree), and it was eerily accurate. I’m determined to actually DO stuff instead of just talking about doing stuff.
    Happy New Year!


  9. I spent 10 weeks in New Zealand last year,living with astrologers,and saw first hand just how they worked.. no woo woo involved! So I learned that I am who I am because of when I was born and that the best things- and the worst things- are almost pre-ordained.. I’m Aries, so both feet in, no looking before I leap.. but that’s almost what makes me me. But.. as you say, it doesn’t absolve me of responsibility to the world, to others… we all need to try and do the right thing…. (oh don’t I sound virtuous…..)


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