I could not have been more excited when my name was drawn to write the post for January 1st, 2014. After all, it’s the start of a new year, when everyone’s hopes, dreams and desires are renewed.
2013 is history now. We’ve sung Auld Lang Syne, even if we don’t understand the lyrics; we’ve kissed our loved ones and wished them a happy new year, and now it’s time to put the past behind us and look to the future.
We’re ready to tackle our new year’s resolutions, whatever they might be.
Maybe this will be the year. Maybe it’ll be the year our dreams will finally come true. Maybe you’ll land that fantastic job with a six figure income; perhaps that cruise to Alaska will finally be within your means. If you get the job, you may be able to buy your dream home. What if this is the year you find true love? Could this be the year they find a simple cure for cancer? Is world peace a possibility for 2014?
If only there was a way to predict the future. We all know there isn’t, but we can, and do, turn to astrology and the stars to get a glimpse of what might be coming our way in a new year. Astrologers are already predicting that something hugely significant is going to happen in 2014, because we will have a new moon tonight on January first.
What exactly is Astrology? Wikipedia says this:
“Astrology comprises several systems of divination based on the premise that there is a relationship between astronomical phenomena and events in the human world. In the West, astrology most often consists of a system of horoscopes that claim to explain aspects of a person’s personality and predict future events in their life based on the positions of the sun, moon, and other planetary objects at the time of their birth. Many cultures have attached importance to astronomical events, and the Indians, Chinese, and Mayans developed elaborate systems for predicting terrestrial events from celestial observations.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrology
In simple terms, astrology is the study of the movement of the celestial bodies and how they may influence past and future events. Astrologers believe that the way the planets, stars and the moon line up with one another at any given time determines certain characteristics in people, and the development of future trends. Although astrology cannot predict a specific predetermined fate, it can be used to forecast possibilities and opportunities.
Astrology has been used for thousands of years by many diverse civilizations, including the Indio-Europeans, Mesopotamians, Chinese, Babylonians, Romans, Ancient Greeks, Persians Arabs, Indians and Mayans. Astrologers were also very much revered at the start of the European Renaissance.
Successful business men and women have been known to rely on the guidance of a personal astronomer, and it is rumored that billionaire J. P. Morgan was booked to travel on the Titanic and cancelled his reservation when his astrologer advised him against it.
We know for a fact that the gravitational pull of the moon influences the tides, and many farmers and gardeners plant according to the moon’s phases. Astrologers believe the day of the new moon provides the best opportunities for finding success. Could a new moon on January first signify new beginnings that will impact the entire year ahead?
Modern scientists have refuted the claims that astrologers can predict the future, but nevertheless, millions of people all over the world still check their horoscopes every day. I think we can all agree that astrology is not an exact science, but there does seem to be some credibility to it.
Take, for example, the personality profiles attributed to each star sign. I’m a Capricorn and these are my supposed traits –
Good sense of humor
Reserved and shy
Can be Spiteful
They describe me perfectly, even though I don’t like to admit to all of them. If astrology can do that, then I have to believe there is some truth in the predictions astrologers produce, and I will most certainly be checking the Capricorn forecast for 2014.
I write fiction in the form of romantic suspense and I have just embarked upon a series in which each heroine will belong to a different star sign. Capricorn Cravings, the first in the Zodiac Series has just been released by Soul Mate Publishing.
Riley Shaughnessy is a Capricorn. She can’t help falling for Powell Stewart, even though everything points to him being the serial murderer dubbed the “Capricorn Killer” by the FBI.
Other books focusing on the other star signs will follow.
So get on the Internet, find an astrology site and check out what the future may hold for you in 2014. You could be very pleasantly surprised.
Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy New Year from all of us at The Write Room Blog. May this be the best year ever for us all.
Trish Jackson writes emotive romantic suspense focusing on small towns, country folk and their animals. www.trishjax.com