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Imagiscopes: Week of December 26, 2016

Imagiscopes are based on sun sign astrology, popularly known as “the horoscope” for each sign that is found in many daily, weekly and monthly publications.  Like the horoscope, the imagiscope is based on the astrological transits for the week ahead, customized for each Sun sign. Find your Sun sign below to read your image for the coming week!

Imagiscopes are offered as a window into the living imagination, the imaginal realm which gives birth to all form and structure. It is an attempt to invite your thinking mind to relax, and your imagination to step forward and play. It may be helpful to not try to “figure it out,” but rather to sit with the mood imagiscopes evoke and see what imagery or fantasy of your own might emerge in response. Perhaps they will spark a memory, a feeling, or a more intuitive recognition of the planetary powers at play in your life this week.

To accurately determine your Sun sign, visit astro.com or a similar site which will allow you to cast your own natal chart. You will need the date, place and time of your birth. Those who are born from the 19th – 22nd of a given month may be one of two different signs. If you are casting your chart, also check out your rising sign if you don’t already know it. Images apply to both your Sun sign and the rising sign (Ascendant) of your natal chart, but note that the rising sign is only accurate if you have your correct time of birth.

A Note About The Weather: This week features a new moon at 7°59” Capricorn at 10:53pm Pacific on December 28, 2016.

Also this week, we welcome in the new year of the Gregorian calendar, which is the most widely used civil calendar on Earth.

Those in the northern hemisphere like to point to an astronomical metaphor of a new year beginning with the winter solstice (December 21), when days turn to lengthening, signal of the return of light. Of course, this metaphor is localized to the northern hemisphere as it doesn’t work at the equator nor in the southern hemisphere. It also reflects a solar orientation, whereas many calendars are based on lunar cycles, or lunisolar cycles (combining observations of both sun and moon).

For example, in the Theravadin Buddhist calendar, the New Year is celebrated around the first full moon of (Gregorian) April, which this year falls on April 10, 2017 and begins the year 2560 – at least in the Theravadin countries of Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand, and Laos, because other Buddhist lineages align with other lunisolar calculations.

The Chinese calendar heralds the New Year at the new moon between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, which this year falls on January 28, 2017, marking the Chinese year 4715, a Red Fire Rooster (or Chicken) year

The Iranian calendar, representing one of the longest chronologies extant in human history, is also based on astronomical observations rather than the mathematical rules which govern Gregorian calculations. By the Iranian solar hijri system, the New Year begins at the midnight nearest the occurrence of the spring equinox. This year, on the Gregorian March 20, 2017, the Iranian solar hijri year 1395 commences.

Your Sun Sign Imagiscope for the Week of December 26 – January 1, 2017

Aries & Aries Rising

We didn’t really care
which way the crowd
listed
attempting to push us
and instead leaned
into the pulse of life
feeling along
hot, liquid streams
to guide us

Literally Speaking…This New Moon could provide fertile ground for connecting with your spiritual warriorship—where the warrior is in service to the community of life. Rather than planting answers, experiment with planting a few questions, and check back in with them around January 19 to feel into what may be growing underground.

Taurus & Taurus Rising

The terror of heart opening
that terrible attraction
closing doors to open others
climbing in at your own
great risk
No guaranteed gains
for such gambles
so the choice remains:
do you want to win?
or to die having truly lived?

Literally Speaking…Is your quest for higher knowledge carrying you into hidden realms, towards the dark secret of your belonging? Or are you following a clearly marked path to heights of understanding? Both routes have their merits and drawbacks. Awareness of the limitations of your orientation to your quest will help you when Mercury turns direct on January 8th.

Gemini & Gemini Rising

Starting to walk across the
slick, metallic surface
tentative at first
but gaining confidence
until a sudden lurch
from the bottom of the stomach
acid splashing, burning the throat
whhoooaaaaa—sliding so fast
without any control
tipped toward a destination unknown

Literally Speaking…Give your most vulnerable areas some space to breathe this week. Don’t think you have to go charging into situations which really challenge you to stay present and in touch with your wholeness. Be curious about any urge to “fix things” and reflect on what that says about your deepest needs and most estranged parts of self.

Cancer & Cancer Rising

The warmth of two arms
wrapped around the trunk
forming a caring cradle
for what aches to be held

Literally Speaking…This New Moon could help you reflect on how much others influence you unconsciously, and therefore who you want to let into your most intimate sphere. The trick may lie in actually (and of course, judiciously) letting people in and getting to know who they really are, rather than assuming they embody your worst fears.

Leo & Leo Rising

Distended belly rolling
side to side on marbles of hope
tightening as if a bow
were tied around the sacrum
making a sash of crinkling foil and polka dots
of hampered movement

Literally Speaking…How is your health affected by bad boundaries? This week may bring some discoveries around this question.

Virgo & Virgo Rising

Necessity made reinvention
by following the usual route
over and over and over again
until the habit broke open
the landscape
and forced something new
to emerge
to respond
to answer the comings and goings
of one yet so young

Literally Speaking…If you wanted to re-invent yourself, this week wouldn’t stop you. The “smallest” thing – like learning how to receive help from others and feel good about it – could have the biggest impact.

 

Libra & Libra Rising

Pressing out and slightly upwards
slow and firm, holding steady
locked into a conversation with the resistance
viscous and heavy
lacquered with residues
thousands of miles thick
excavating a crevasse

Literally Speaking…If you are able to get some distance and perspective on your participation in family dynamics (played out in family of origin, or family of choice), you stand a good chance of glimpsing how to completely change your attitude and break up some stale energy.

Scorpio & Scorpio Rising

It was time to stop.
To just put it all down.
And stand, your reflection dim
in the sliding glass window,
and stare into the bottomless wells
of your beloved’s eyes
looming like a nightmare before you
searching you for the truth
you only thought you could bare

Literally Speaking…Challenge your habits of thought, notice the ingrained narrative pattern which shapes your world before it has a chance to disclose its secrets to you. A sustained gaze could begin to dissolve those patterns and habits.

Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising

The oddity of a beast that goes
by four, ordinarily covering
ground by negotiating
locomotion between fore and hind legs
suddenly standing
with such grace
in the shoulder
muscles arching,
sauntering forward on two legs
as if it were the most natural
thing in the world

Literally Speaking…How can you improve your relationship to possessions? Do you unconsciously treat others (especially loved ones) like possessions? Are you unconsciously ruled by material concerns? This is a supportive week for such (re)considerations.

Capricorn & Capricorn Rising

Truly
walking truly
plumb
and not bobbing for apples
in a tub of rubbish,
diluted truth
took a certain slant of light
the right angle in the visible spectrum
to open up hidden dimensions

Literally Speaking…This week could highlight how and when you feel your will weakened or distorted around your voice and speaking out. Remember, being overly assertive is also a way that an insecure will can show itself. Bringing awareness and compassion to such issues could strengthen the foundations of a breakthrough in how you project your personality into the world.

Aquarius & Aquarius Rising

Glittering sand filters through the warm
of shallow seas, settling over a camouflaged
flounder body, both eyes fixed on a cerulean ceiling
contemplating the demise of the next mullet
to pass by

Literally Speaking…Just when you thought you were getting comfortable with the mystery of our existence, something comes along to demonstrate your discomfort with the unpredictability of continuity. Finding the roots of your hope and faith in life (not to be confused with desire for a particular outcome) could figure heavily for the next two weeks.

Pisces & Pisces Rising

Brown, slender hands clasped
curtain rods framing her heart
and carefully drew back the fabric
that held the world at bay
soft light flooding into neglected
recesses and calling forth
a new species of being
to walk the Earth

Literally Speaking…It could be that the negative Martyr is really done with you. Just tired of running through the predictable old “I don’t exist” routine. The failure to perform its faithful old task, however, may cause a shakeup in your sense of belonging. If so, give the dust some time to settle before drawing any conclusions.

 

Schedule an astrological consultation with Erica Jones and learn more about her practice here.

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