Ask Our Readers: What Are Your Hopes and Fears for the New Year?

The coming year is astrologically charged, with Saturn and Uranus in a continued opposition, Venus retrograde, and six eclipses. The latter is especially rare and indicates that 2009 will be a highly significant year.

In this week’s reader survey, we’d like to know what your hopes, wishes, and fears for the coming year are. We decided not to make it a poll, because we didn’t want to limit the broad range of possible answers.

Personally, I’m looking forward to sweeping changes in my personal life, with the continue series of eclipses in Aquarius and Leo, which fall in my first house of self and seventh house of personal relationships. My love life started picking up within two weeks of the first eclipse of this series last February and heated up over the summer, only to crash and burn at the lunar eclipse in mid-August. I’ve been picking up the pieces ever since, and there are new developments that look promising as we head into the next eclipse pair in late January and early February.

The Saturn-Uranus opposition is taking place in my second and eighth houses, so I expect continued challenges and breakthroughs in my financial situation as well. I’m sure something unexpected will happen, and I can’t even begin to guess what it might be.

As for the world at large, I do have some anxiety there, and I don’t believe we are going to get too far into 2009 before all hell breaks loose. For those who have been hoping for change, we are going to get it, and it may fall into the “careful what you wish for” category.

What I most wish for in 2009 is that many more people will experience a spiritual awakening.

And, of course, I wish you much love and many blessings for the New Year!

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

Yes, the Saturn-Uranus opposition is going to continue to get my attention, too, since Saturn remains in my tenth house and Uranus in my fourth. So far it’s been all about meeting obligations and remembering everything has to be done in the correct order with attention to detail – yes, Virgo in action. Uranus keeps stirring up my home life, much to my Libra Moon’s distress.

For all of us Venus-ruled Libra and Taurus folks, a Venus retrograde is always something to take note of, and Venus will be retrograde in Aries from March 6 to April 17. The last time Venus went retrograde a couple of years ago, I sure noticed it. It was similar to a Mercury retrograde but in matters related to love, creativity, etc. We love to get feedback on these events and will keep you posted as they arrive on the scene.

Don’t forget (as if you could) this will be Pluto’s first full year in Capricorn and if you haven’t noticed, frugal living is coming back in style everywhere we look. We can still enjoy life, just not in the same manner we had become accustomed to over the past 15-plus years.

Stay alert and practice kindness to others and yourself. Have a wonderful and exciting 2009.

Libra with Scorpio risingNeith

6 thoughts on “Ask Our Readers: What Are Your Hopes and Fears for the New Year?

  1. Rossa

    I’m with you on this New Year, Pat. Same issues. My self and relationships are ongoing lessons but thanks to you and Neith I am much more aware of things. Same with the financial situation/working life. I’ve finally woken up to realise that it’s ok to not know what comes next. To wait and see and let things take their own course, not constantly push against whatever may be.

    Particularly liked your comment in your last post on PiChron about Spirituality as that is how I am finding things now that I have let go of the hold the material things in my life have had over me. Even managed to finally give up my car, ( a symbol of my supposed success) one of my passions in life, but no longer an essential element in the simplicity of REAL life.

    Thanks again and I look forward to reading your provocative posts, in the sense of giving me something to think about, in 2009.


  2. astralal

    Hey Pat.. the eclipses also fell in my 1st (Aquarius) and 7th last year and my lovelife looked promising until it crashed and burned dramatically on the Lunar Eclipse 16th August (ex started dating someone else, someoen very innapropriate, but archetypal for his Pluto square Venus transit). Last night I heard that he may end it with her soon, for me.. but we’ll see what the Feb eclipses bring!!

    The Uranus (in my 2nd) – Saturn opposition affects me the same as you also, and I too feel there will be big changes for me financially. There already is.. What was it that was conjunct Uranus, the day they announced that they were dropping interest rates again recently? Suddenly, my mortgages plummeted and I am loads better off. But, I still have alot of debt (to my father! And Saturn is in my 8th right now!), so we’ll see.

    I am interested to see how things pan out for you and for me, emotionally and financially in 2009.


  3. Anomali

    I found your blogs about a month ago and I look forward to reading what y’all have to say next. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your efforts and wish you a wonderful new year: )

    As for my thoughts about my new year, I already know that it will be a lot of work, of the hands and heart and health varieties.

    Saturn in my 6th house conjunct my Uranus and Pluto and Uranus in my 12th house opposing my Uranus seem more than a bit intimidating, as do the challenges I face this year.


  4. Mandy H.

    I’m looking forward to getting out of this feeling of ‘stuckness’, sick of feeling like I’m in the middle of a merc rx when *nothing* feels like it getting completed properly or I’m constantly having to retrace my steps through the same cycle of doing …. Just want to feel that I’m heading in one direction consistently (preferably in a positive direction ;) )

    The saturn/ uranus opp is in the 12th / 6th axis .


  5. KayKay

    For me, the big “astro news” of 2009 is that the T nodes are hovering close to my N nodes at 03 Aquarius/Leo. Also, I have N Mars with the N South Node at 02 Leo.

    For one thing, years of financial research have led me to dub years when the T and N nodes are in the same signs “poverty nodes.” It is possible to have some huge windfalls when both sets of nodes are in the same signs–but only when the transits are “just so.” Otherwise, there are months and months when income shrinks and opportunities vanish. That’s where I’m at right now … I’ve got just about all the pots of soup I can out of the bones on hand, and from here on it may be stones! ;>)

    One thing that is puzzling me is that we go through “N and T nodes in same signs” about every 6 years; but I have never known of this transit to be so rough on my Mars before. Maybe it is the eclipse situation.

    Right now I have let most of my jobs and income ops go so that I can take care of my 84 yr old father, who is more and more disabled. Caring for him doesn’t leave much time for other things, and many people have said that I should put him in a nursing home so that I can move forward with my own life–but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I have always assumed that I will lose him sometime when the T nodes are in the range of 00-10 Aquarius/Leo, which is now through July.

    The non astrologers around me have been making Mars-type criticisms of me: I’m too passive, I’m avoiding making decisions, I need to take a firmer hand with my father, I need to spell my own needs out to him more directly. I have always regarded my Mars function to be a little impaired due to being conjunct the south node … I am a bit passive and do have the attitude of “when in doubt, do nothing.” So maybe my (well-meaning) critics are right.

    For my part, I can’t remember ever being so angry and impatient in my life. This is totally unlike me. A therapist friend (who knows a little astrology) has told me I’m showing signs of burn-out; and suggested that maybe my higher temper is a sign that I’m bringing my Mars out of dry dock, trying to get ready for action!

    Right now I feel as though I’m standing helplessly by while my own personal life fades to nothing. I’m just praying I have enough inner and outer resources left to rebuild when I end up on my own. What a shock that will be!

    I could speak to Pluto in Cap, but will leave that for another post.


  6. mm

    2008 was harder than anticipated so I am hoping that with Jupiter in Aquarius there will be a lighter energy in spite of Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn in Virgo in 12th continuing to square my ruling planet (Mercury) and Venus in Gemini. Saturn crosses my Ascendant late September … hmm.

    Saturn/Uranus. The push pull of it will be moving close to my Ascendant/Descendant axis.

    What I do like is that this coming Saturday (!) my progressed Sun moves into Leo after 30 or so years working his way through Cancer. Can’t help but feel immensely cheered.

    For the collective, don’t know. Immense possibilities, enforced changes and strictures. Working with the reality of what is rather than wishful thinking. I hope for peace, dynamic peace.

    Happy New Year to you both, Neith and Pat.


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