January 1st, 2014: A New Moon and New Beginnings

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 Traits:
Good sense of humor
Reserved and shy
Bad Traits:
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.
CapricornCravingsRiley 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

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8 thoughts on “January 1st, 2014: A New Moon and New Beginnings

  1. Kenneth Weene

    I’m an Aquarius. I know that means I have an eclectic way of seeing things – yeah, I guess that’s why I am so into being part of a disparate group of writers like The Write Room. My weakness, to be a know-it-all. Funny, I work hard to keep from being too bossy.
    Hmm, maybe something to this astrology stuff.

  2. Martha Love

    With a New Moon, we are all embarking on new beginnings! Happy New Year to One and All!

    Trish, I look forward to your new books in this new year 2014! What a great character development idea, to have characters in a series following the zodiac.

    As a triple scorpio (sun, moon and rising signs are all in scorpio), I can tell you that characteristics of the signs are in a wide range of evolutionary development. After reading my natal and advanced astrological charts, it is clear that I could not possibly be either as good or as bad as is stated for scorpios, but clearly relate to it all more than any other sign.

  3. Sharla

    I am a Libra…in fact, a Libra through and through. While I do not check my horoscope on a regular basis (much too generic), there is credibility to be given to the personality traits of each person as an individual. One cannot correct/change a birth time astrologically or mathematically so such influence is established at birth. Astrology is both an art and a science not to be taken lightly. In the hands of a genuine astrologer of good character (not the local bizarre fortune teller), one will find a potent tool for planning life ahead.

    Thank you, Trish, for a delightful article whereby hopefully each reader will gain insight into perhaps examining his/her horoscope for guidance in making the best decisions in the upcoming year.

  4. Rosemary "Mamie" Adkins

    Happy New Year Trish,

    I loved this article you have written. This year for me has started out with the possibilities of a huge beginning and it excited me after reading your incredibly interesting article. Just for fun, I looked up my report today for Libra-(Sharla you’ll love it too) and it said:
    “Like a beautiful and intricate spider web, you’re going to feel connected with others via various strands of communication in 2014.” This was right on in very sense.
    Thank you for writing this and giving us all a new hope and beginnings for the new year. Well done!

  5. Marta Merajver-Kurlat

    What an inspirational article to begin the year! I’m an Aries. Astrology and astrologers have invariably failed me, but they both provide fascinating literary material 🙂
    Looking forward to your Capricorn series!

  6. Anne Sweazy-Kulju

    After reading your timely piece, I couldn’t wait to visit an astrology site to see what predictions are in store for me. “Cancer will have a challenging year. Domestic matters will continue to be difficult.” Yep, that has my name all over it. But on the bright side, career–especially if my work is independent, which it totally is–and finances should be going up… way up! I always say any reason to sip champagne is a good one. Off I go, now. Thanks, Trish!

  7. Louise Malbon-Reddix

    Yes, and what a way to satrt a new year but with a new moon! Thankful for all beginnings, but truly am ooking too for new beginnings!!!



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