©12-31-15 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Many New Year’s resolutions are pretty lame—too sweeping, too much driven by a post-holiday attack of the “shoulds,” and all too soon forgotten.
What has worked well for me for many years is to create a set of achievable goals for the year. Then I work on setting them as INTENTIONS rather than wishes, and put the list away in one of my “piles.” (You’ve got “piles”, too, right?)
Most often, by the time I unearth it later in the year in one of those periodic purges of the piles, I’ve already accomplished most of the items.
One secret to this success is that the goals are connected with the coming year’s transits to my chart. It’s the goal-setting process and the focusing of intent, rather than any compulsive attention to the list that does the trick. If you want to achieve more of your goals this year, here’s a step-by-step guide to a method that works:
1) Start by creating a degree list for your chart. Make a list of key placements in your chart—the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Midheaven, planets, and any other factors you’re fond of. Arrange them by number rather than the order of the zodiac, as this enables you to spot hot zones that will be affected by transits this year.
A hot zone is when several placements are clustered in a narrow numerical range, such 0-8° and 27-28° in the degree list shown below for Barak Obama’s chart. (His birth record lists his data as August 4, 1961, 7:24 PM AHST, Honolulu, HI, 21N18; 156W51, Rated AA, from the birth certificate.)
- 0° 52’Aquarius…Jupiter
- 1°46’ Cancer…Venus
- 2°22’ Leo…Mercury
- 3°22 Gemini…Moon
- 5°19’ Pisces…Chiron
- 6°59’ Virgo…Pluto
- 8°36’ of Scorpio…Neptune
- 12°33 of Leo…Sun
- 18°03’ Aquarius…Ascendant
- 22°35 Virgo…Mars
- 25°16’ Leo…Uranus
- 25°20’ Capricorn…Saturn
- 27°18’ Leo…N. Node/ 27°18’Aquarius S. Node
- 28°54 Scorpio…Midheaven
2) Find the degree range of important transits for the year. Download a free transit tracker under the “Free” tab on the front page of this blog.
3) Locate the house position of the natal and transiting planets, as this will tell you areas of life you can profitably work on. The more difficult planets and aspects, in fact, signify conditions and situations that almost compel you to take action to change those areas. (There’s an entire category of articles on this blog devoted to learning about the houses and finding things to do to make those areas of life better for you. See: Houses of the Horoscope.)
4) Design do-able projects and goals related to the transit. Transits would give you extra energy and motivation to work on goals related to the planets, signs, and houses involved. You’ll find examples of how to set realizable, realistic goals with specific steps to take at Pluto-Saturn Preparedness Kit #4–Taking Concrete Action to Change your Life, as well as links to a wealth of material about goal-setting. There are more explanations of the houses and examples of projects in the downloadable file, Shovel-Ready Projects for the 12 Astrological Houses.
5) Work consciously with the power of intention to “aim” your goals. I highly recommend that you read Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s techniques from The Power of Intention. See more articles on manifestation vs. being stuck in the category Metaphysics–Mind over Matter at the side of this blog. In particular, there are several articles about thought forms that can help you improve your manifestation mojo.
This morning I got a letter I had written to myself one year ago, wishing myself well in my goals for 2015. I’d totally forgotten about it, so it was a surprise. I had forgotten FutureMe, which stores a message from you to yourself and delivers it by email on the date you specify. I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter–again–to have it delivered a year from now! Maybe you could use a bit of love and support for yourself, too Here’s the link: FutureMe.org: letters to the future
Readers, what about your own chart? Do you have any hot zones? And what areas of life do the transits suggest would be important to work on? Feel free to share your own transit-related goals, if declaring them in the comment section would strengthen your commitment to them.