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Year of the (Revolutionary, Surprising) Tiger!

by Janette Dalgliesh
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By: Janette Dalgliesh – Confluence Daily is your daily news source for women in the know.

I don’t pretend to be a Chinese astrologer, or to have that expertise.

But I do know when a human event is celebrated and marked by billions of people, it creates an energetic wave on the planet which keeps resonating for some time – and you can surf that wave, even if you don’t personally celebrate that event.

So the upcoming New Moon – which dictates the date of Chinese New Year – sets the tone not only for the lunar month ahead, but also for the whole year, and I definitely have some juicy ideas about that.

This is an Aquarius New Moon. 

Aquarius seeks to bring innovative new ideas and concepts and knowledge to the world, in order to benefit the collective as a whole. 

And this year, it’s in a close dance with purpose-and-mastery oriented Saturn, and the sign’s own ruler itself, rebellious Uranus.

In other words, this is not merely a thought experiment.

This has a powerful ‘make shit real’ vibe, so we can expect some revolutionary changes in the actual real world – whether that’s personal or collective.

First, though, we experience a Dark Moon phase in practical (yet magical) Capricorn, ruled by Saturn for another echo of the Saturn-Uranus vibe we all experienced in 2021.

You could sum it up this way.

“When I set myself free from old paradigms and systems, and step into my authority as a human individual AND connect to the collective – what new concepts, ideas and ways of being become possible?”

Or flip it around.

“When I allow new ideas and concepts to flow through me, how does that create the foundations for the next even more authentic version of myself AND the world?”

This is all happening in the background glow of Mercury Retrograde dancing with deeply transformative Pluto, in Capricorn.

For the past couple of weeks, we are being asked (both individually and collectively) – what is our relationship with power, what needs to change, what are we ready to let go of.

If you’ve been doing your work of growth and expansion, even if you don’t think you did it ‘perfectly’ (whatever the F that means) – then just assume you’re beautifully set up for a great year, because you are.

If you’ve been holding back and clinging to the past, now’s the time to dive in and get ‘er done, because whatever you’ve been clinging to will be shaken loose, and that might not be comfortable.

It’s one thing to acknowledge our ancestors and celebrate our heritage.

It’s another thing to reject change purely because ‘I’ve always done it that way’.

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Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people, after all.

Venus will also be turning direct in Capricorn during that Dark Moon period, after a few weeks in Retrograde, and this is perfect timing.

Expect some new clarity about who you really want to hang out with, what you find truly beautiful, and what you actually want.

So how does the Chinese Tiger energy fit in here?

You can get some clues from the characteristics ascribed by Chinese astrologers to people born in the Year of the Tiger: vigorous, ambitious, courageous, enthusiastic, generous, keen on justice and with a deep desire to help others for the benefit of the collective.

Tiger is the king of beasts, and this year’s Water Tiger is known for its ability to be flexible, to change, underpinned by a foundation of good self-esteem.

There are resonances with Jupiter here, as well as Saturn and even watery, humanitarian Pisces.

This is a year for changes of all kinds.

It’s time to make some bold decisions about what you want to experience, and to open up to new possibilities.

Here’s how to make the most of this time:

  • recognise that your normal human brain doesn’t like the idea of change
  • find and practice your best strategy for soothing your brain so when things DO change, you can tap into resilience
  • practise the art of self-compassion and grounding via your body, as ways to help brain handle change
  • embrace the very concept of change (without change, new ways of doing things can’t emerge) by regularly setting your intention to experience delightful surprises
  • embrace your role as the leader in your own life (this is NOT a time to follow gurus and ignore inner guidance)
  • what activities help you feel determined and successful? Drawing? Writing poetry? Hiking? Swimming? Volunteering? Teaching? Crafting? – do more of that
  • get comfy with the possibility of taking risks
  • if you spot jealousy for another – use that to fuel clarity about what YOU want
  • be clear about your intentions for 2022 – tap into the Venus clarity and ask “WHY am I expending energy to make this real? Is it really ME?”
  • set your intentions to welcome delightful surprises (so useful, I said it twice)
  • let go of expectations or conditions about the outcomes you’re creating – especially the HOW

This has the potential to be a year of amazing and revolutionary changes for all of us.

How those changes unfold depends on our intentions.

Focus on the intentions, and let the new – whatever it might look like – emerge into reality.

(And any of this seems scary, don’t panic! Supporting humans through change is the focus of my work in 2022, and you’re welcome to sign up to get my email updates in your inbox.)

Exact times (US Eastern Timezone)

  • 29 Jan at 3:46 AM – Venus turn direct at 11º Capricorn
  • 1 Feb at 12:46 AM – New Moon at 12º Aquarius
  • 3 Feb at 11:13 PM – Mercury turns direct at 24° Capricorn

Black and white headshot of Janette Dalgliesh, wearing a bold floral print shirt and a pearl necklace

Janette Dalgliesh is a coach and astrologer, who helps women of all kinds, from all walks of life, to experience the deep joy of living their soul’s true purpose in the world. She’s the founder of the revolutionary year-long, astrology-based group coaching program Liberation Zodiac, and you can find her at www.janettedalgliesh.com 

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