Back in 2012 when everyone else was fretting about the impending cessation of life on earth, I was happy to take a less alarmist approach.
“Don’t worry about the Mayans,” I told anyone who would listen. “It’s a cycle that is ending, not the world. If you really want a year to worry about, you might try 2014.”
Well, suddenly that cavalier crack doesn’t seem half so charming as it did in 2012. Particularly from an American perspective, the planetary pattern being formed at the start of 2014 is something that astrologers like to refer to as a clusterfuck (okay, maybe it’s not a term in wide astrological use but I’ll stand by it).
Moon, Sun. Pluto and Mercury all conjunct within a few degrees and all precisely squaring a Mars/Uranus opposition is a hard sow to put a smile on. Reversals? Revulsions? Revolutions? Revelations? Frankly, I just don’t care to talk about it.
Seriously who needs another pundit, astrological or otherwise, predicting calamity? Life goes on until it doesn’t and in the meanwhile we do the best we can. Here are some of the places likely to be in the news as we bravely whistle past the calendar pages.
Albany, New York. New York’s Hudson Valley region (from the state capitol to the Big Apple) is under enormous energetic influence this year. Depending on the zodiacal system one consults, the nature of this energy may be either Jupiterian (everyone prospers, the market continues to roar) or Plutonian (how to put this delicately…an earth changing event, and not in a good way).
Asuncion, Paraguay. Something about South American culture speaks favorably to North Americans this year. Watch for a boom in American consumption of empanadas and yerba matte.
California. Yes, the whole state. Neptune lines crisscross California this year, pinching off a gigantic portion of the Pacific Coast from Laguna Niguel, south of to L.A. to Stinson Beach, just north of San Francisco. Neptune influences are highly shrouded in cosmic uncertainty, but under this influence seriously crazy could happen.
Damascus, Syria. Face it, most Americans have no trouble tuning out Syria…it’s violent, it’s depressing, it’s hard to understand. But dealing with this ally of Russia and Iran, and enemy of the U.S. and Israel, may hold the key to our collective national fate in the coming year.
Detroit, Michigan. A major American city facing blight and bankruptcy, Detroit is iconic of the national mood this year. Emotions run high.
Kauai, Hawaii. The spiritual antithesis of darkness, the westernmost point of the U.S. looks like our best foot forward in the coming year. A healthy vitality is suggested. And consider this curious quote from First Lady Michelle Obama: “You can’t understand Barack until you understand Hawaii.”
Lanzhou, China. A major center of the Chinese petrochemical and nuclear power industries, Lanzhou has been described as one of the most environmentally polluted cities on the planet. Mars involvement in this year’s planetary picture does not augur particularly well for a cleanup.
Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon was bound to be in the news this year, even without astrology…but the confirmation is cosmically gratifying. First, this is the year that the “Lisbon Treaty” goes into full effect as as the managing covenant of the European Economic Union. Right now this is primarily a wonkish concern, but it does put a significant ball in play. And speaking of balls, the real reason we are likely to hear from Lisbon is that it is hosting the UEFA Champions League Final, a soccer tournament whose partisans rank it right up with the FIFA World Cup.
Nanjing, China. One thousand miles east of Lanzhou is Nanjing, regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in China. This summer it will host the second ever international Summer Youth Olympics, whose participants are all between the ages of 14 to 18. The U.S. will be there…and it promises to be an extraordinarily uplifting event.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hard to put a finger on it, but Philadelphia looks like it is in the path of some public celebration in the year ahead. Whether this is good news for one of the city’s beloved sports teams or the foreshadowing of a particularly rowdy convention season remains to be seen. Television is definitely indicated…so stay tuned.
Reims, France. The consumption of sparkling wines in general has been on the rise in the U.S. for more than a decade. Indications are this is going to be a particularly good year for the real deal…authentic French champagne from its production capitol. Or as Dom Perignon so appropriately put it to his fellow monks: “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars.”
Tbilisi, Georgia. The breakup of the Soviet Union today seems like old news. But the drama of democracy is still unfolding throughout the region. In late 2013, the nation of Georgia inaugurated as president Georgi Margvelashvili, a very interesting figure who is worth looking up when you have a free moment (an academic philosopher by training, his hobby is knitting). He has declared that the Soviet era is permanently consigned to history and “European-style democracy” is the future of his nation. A valuable ally?
Tehran, Iran. Not good.
Toronto, Canada. The spotlight that has been turned on Toronto, thanks to the pecadillos of Mayor Rob Ford, shows no signs of dimming in the upcoming year. More hi-jinks in store? Everyone will be watching.
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