The Year Ahead 2013

Jacqueline Mendez - Saturday, January 05, 2013

Can we all get along in 2013?


2013 is a Universal Year 6, ruled by Venus, the planet of love, harmony and beauty. 

6 symbolizes love, family, friends, our community and creativity.

On a personal level, 2013 will shift our focus towards those closest to our hearts - our family, children, spouse, lover, and close friends. Our responsibility towards family and loved ones will be our number one priority this year, with a strong emphasis on reconciling our differences. Some will find themselves forming strong bonds, falling in love, getting engaged, married, having children or enjoying the company of grandchildren. Yet, others will find themselves forced to deal with relationship issues as they bubble to the surface. This year presents us with the opportunity to come together and find peaceful resolutions where there is conflict. 

On an external level it’s no different. Planet earth and every living being residing here forms part of our family unit. We can all offer assistance in one way or another, big or small, whether it be helping a neighbour in need, getting involved in community work or volunteering our services on a larger scale, our focus will be to bring about global peace, this year more so, as the universal energy of the 6 helps us achieve exactly that. Already we are seeing people all over the world taking a stand and fighting for their rights.

There will be many choices at our disposal this year as well as the opportunity of our long held dreams becoming a reality.

What we need to focus on:

  • Our loved ones - home, family, friends and planet earth
  • Expressing love, patience and understanding
  • Giving of our time and emotional support when needed
  • Creating peace and harmony
  • Forgiveness

What we need to avoid:

  • Interfering unnecessarily
  • Creating conflict
  • Being self-righteous, narrow-minded and judgmental
  • Rejecting beliefs that are dissimilar to our own

Lets focus on creating a happier world by doing our best to help one another  wherever possible. Here’s to us all getting along in 2013!!!

Mercury Retrograde - 6th to 26th November 2012

Jacqueline Mendez - Monday, November 19, 2012

What does it mean when Mercury turns Retrograde?

Mercury is the planet of communication. When it goes retrograde ('appears' to be moving backwards) it tends to breed a certain level of confusion. Mercury rules our mind and thinking process - how we perceive and interpret information that we receive from our environment, and how we relay that information to others. Mercury rules such things as: speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, mail, and so forth. All of these areas of life are affected when Mercury is retrograde (functioning in a lethargic state). Decision making is challenged during this time, and you are strongly advised not to sign contracts, make important decisions, or launch a new business, as you are likely to change your mind once this period passes.

Here's a list of things you might expect during Mercury retrograde - maybe not all of them, but certainly one or two may affect you!

What you can expect during Mercury Retrograde...

  • Communication breakdown and/or misunderstandings;
  • Indecision from you or others;
  • Forgetfulness;
  • Delays and frustrations;
  • Lost mail;
  • Computer difficulties;
  • Mechanical problems, especially with cars and home appliances.
What not to do when Mercury is Retrograde...

  • Do not sign contracts;
  • Do not start up a new business or project;
  • Do not buy a home, car, boat, or any mechanical device such as computers, software or home appliance;
  • Try not to travel if possible;
  • Avoid arguments with others as you are unlikely to get anywhere!
What you can do when Mercury is Retrograde...

  • Re-think;
  • Re-organise;
  • Reflect;
  • Re-work and review your plans;
  • Double check all information.
You will feel the effects of Mercury retrograde more so if it's aspecting one of your natal planets between 18 degrees of Scorpio and 4 degrees of Sagittarius. Only eight days to go before things become clear again!