new year's moonWe have started the new year with a new moon.  A new moon falls on New Year’s Day once every 19 years, so it’s an infrequent occurrence.  The last time the new moon fell on New Years Day was in 1995.  The next time it will occur is 2033, so mark your calendars, folks.

Screenshot_5What’s more, this new moon is a “supermoon” — a full or new moon that occurs when the moon is at the point in it’s elliptical orbit which is closest (perigee) to Earth. A supermoon (or what astronomers refer to as a “perigee moon”) occurs once every 14 full moons. According to US National Aeronautical and Space Administration, a full moon at perigee is up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than one at its farthest point, or apogee; however, a new moon is dark and hard to see with the naked eye.

747px-20090912_Moganshan_4871Chinese New Year falls on January 31 this year, and marks the commencement of the year of the Green Wood Horse.  According to some schools of Chinese Astrology, 2014 will be a year of transition, recuperation, rehabilitation and transformation following the havoc and devastation in 2013, the year of the Black Water Snake.  For the next two years, 2014 and 2015, the predominating element will be wood, which symbolizes growth, progress and stability. (About time!)

Things are supposed to happen fast in a Horse year, so be alert. “Peace can be restored in Wood Sheep year 2015 but Wood Horse 2014 will be a wild ride as the world changes, and changes fast.”

Events can become quite chaotic during Mercury retrogrades in a Horse year.  Mercury in retrograde will occur during these periods in 2014:  February 6 – 28, June 7 – July 1, and October 4 – 25.  Again, be alert.