The main theme for January is Destabilization. The secondary attributes are Interruption and Disruption.
This month you will experience a movement and destabilization that will feel initially like everything is out of balance. Think of how it would feel if you were standing on solid ground and suddenly the horizon tipped or the earth moved slightly. Those of you who have experienced an earthquake may be somewhat familiar with that feeling. What happens is that the instinctive center opens up, releasing all of your survival information all at once in order to give you access to what might be useful to navigate the situation.
When the instinctive center opens up, it may cause temporary anxiety and a sensation of danger. It can also bring up old fears that have long been buried. There could also be an adrenalin rush or a sense of physical discomfort where relaxation seems impossible. Reactions could also include a loss of appetite or unconscious binge eating. It is an upset due to what has seemed stable being turned sideways.
Destabilization can show up in many aspects of your life and we would like to point out that the purpose of it is positive in the end. Your experience of this month will be directly related to how you accept, navigate and allow for the disruption. You will have an opportunity to move yourself from one experience into another through the rip in the fabric of your own stability that the disruption has caused.
Here are some examples of what we are talking about:
Suppose you had a job with a company you thought was very stable and you had a plan for your future that was based on this stability. If suddenly you found out that the company was closing and you were going to be out of a job, you would feel destabilized. The stable fabric of your life and your plans for the future would rip apart. The image here would be that rather than trying to sew up or mend the rip, you would go through the opening or portal that it has created in order to see what is on the other side. Working with destabilization proactively takes courage and a certain trust that everything happens for a reason and that there is always opportunity on the other side. Beware of falling into Martyrdom around what happens and use these events as messages to move forward.
The same example can be used for something in your environment, as simple as a tool you had for years suddenly breaking, or your car dying, or an even greater event of losing a relationship you thought would always be there through death or break up. These are all destabilizing events in varying degrees. It is important to acknowledge each one no matter how small or insignificant it seems. Not to be overly dramatic in your reaction, "my life is ruined", but just simply to honor that there is a shift in your stability that has suddenly created an opportunity.
Artisans are good at destabilizing. And since we are in an artisan year everyone will experience what that is like. Imagine you have everything in its right place in your home and someone comes in and changes everything around while you are away. Occasionally it is a good thing, however the process is very destabilizing. The same thing goes for a remodel. If you want to upgrade your kitchen, the process requires a destabilized time where routines are interrupted and everything is in some degree of chaos.
Artisans are also good at thinking outside the box. When something in your life becomes destabilized, rather than trying to recreate the same thing according to your comfort level, stretch your imagination a bit and ask for the artisan in you to be a bit more creative than you have been in the past. Don't be afraid to ask for a bigger dream. This is sometimes difficult when you are in the throws of your instinctive center being wide-open and causing reactions of anxiety and feelings of instability. The automatic reaction is often to try and stabilize as quickly as possible by going back to what you know is safe and stable. In order to take full advantage of the opportunities this month you will need to work proactively and be disciplined about allowing yourself to be destabilized for as long as it takes to move through the rip and take a look at what awaits you on the other side.
In dealing with the instinctive center it is important to actively focus on closing it down after the initial reaction of a destabilizing event. You don't want to close it down completely as it may be in the process of unloading non-useful old patterns and information, but you do want to close it down enough so that it does not bypass your ability to function. An instinctive center that is too open for too long will keep you in irrational fear, severe anxiety and paranoia. To close the instinctive center, visualize a red sphere of energy at the base of your spine. Whatever size it is, shrink it down to the size of a golf ball or about 3 centimeters in diameter. The instinctive center is related to the first chakra in the simplest explanation. This is a good visualization to do before bed especially if you suffer from anxiety.
Being proactive with the theme of Destabilization may require you to look at what is in your life that is stagnant and too static. Some environments, relationships, habits and behaviors in your life may feel like stability to you, but in the face of this year being about movement, chaos and creativity, they may in fact be holding you back. The proactive way of working with the theme this month is to be honest and truthful with yourself about what is stagnant and static and non-serving. What is too stable and taken for granted? What are your assumptions? Your essence often knows these things before your personality does so if you have been feeling a bit antsy and impatient, or if you are feeling a bit bored, those are signs that there is something wanting to push its way into your life or rip your fabric of stability and urge you to look beyond what you have and are currently experiencing. It really can be quite exciting when anticipated as an evolution rather than a loss.
Let's look at how Interruption and Disruption affect things this month.
You have a plan. Suddenly something changes, a flight gets cancelled, a weather system comes in, a friend changes plans, you get unexpected news, you get sick, the power goes out, your car dies, there is an emergency, someone needs help and so on. This causes an interruption to your flow and a disruption to your plans. You have a choice as to how you react to this inconvenience. You can either resent it, feel martyred, put upon, impatient and irritated, or you can see it as a necessary intrusion that you have created that allows you to do something completely different from your original plan. If you always have the idea and intention that these interruptions and disruptions will lead to something better or at least give you an opportunity to eliminate something no longer useful, then you will feel much more in control.
The challenges and non-constructive feelings and behaviors.
Feeling victimized by sudden destabilizing surprises.
Feeling impatient around things not happening the way you want.
Feeling overly fearful and anxious.
Feeling depressed around your own ineffectiveness.
Feeling inertia, despair and withdrawal.
Overdramatizing and over reacting. Hysteria and anger.
Rehashing the past to see what went wrong, what you did wrong, what others did wrong.
Blaming and judging.
Letting your instinctive center get the better of you.
The opportunities and positive ways of navigating.
Seeing every event as leading to something better.
Trusting in the right timing and divine order of what happens.
Being neutral and patient and taking responsibility for creating what is.
Seeing the humor and laughing out loud.
Using the times to clear out and clean out no longer useful information in your instinctive center.
Creating positive disruption in your life to move you to a new and better experience.
Being able to see interruption and disruption as temporary necessities.
Feeling excited and inspired by the possibilities on the other side of the ripped fabric.
Shifting your definition of a "painful experience" to "experiencing growing pains"
Walking a labyrinth. Walking a labyrinth actually destabilizes your brain so it can release how you have been holding your reality by confusing it directionally.
Walking backwards, hanging upside down, being conscious of which hand or foot you begin with and shifting to the other one as an exercise.
Engaging the moving center whenever possible and staying physically active.
Clearing out clutter in your environment, eliminating something old and bringing in something new.
Learning a new task you thought you could never do.
Changing your schedule around to do things in a different order or at different times.
Eliminating old traditions that are not meaningful for you today.
Consciously starting your day with the intention of welcoming anything unusual or any interruptions to your plans.
Doing anything new with intention of change and expansion.
How the month shows up:
This is a tremendous opportunity to clean up what is in your instinctive center that has organized your fabric of stability while at the same time limiting your experiences. See this as a month of growth, in line with the goal for the year. Intend to stretch a little whenever you can and work proactively both with your instinctive center and with any events that happen around you that disrupt your sense of balance and stability. You are truly in the driver's seat this month in terms of how you experience it. Instability is never comfortable so learn to be OK with feeling out of balance as long as it does not persist too long and you don't become victimized by it.
If something intrudes upon your life this month, work with it. Intend that the intrusion will be useful in propelling you to the next level of your own growth and evolution. Be OK with being uncomfortable, and especially be OK with the "not knowing" part of what is happening. You can deepen your trust this month of right timing and acceptance.
What you can personally accomplish around clearing out what is static and stable to your detriment is probably the biggest opportunity you have this month for personal growth.
Relationships that have been overly stable and taken for granted may need to be rattled a bit to infuse new growth into them, especially partnerships of many years and family relationships where you have a mental perception of that person being in a stable position in your life. Some of you may experience surprises this month of people coming into your life that destabilize your routines in some way, or create significant changes in your relationships due to break ups, deaths, separation or recognition of some karma that needs to be resolved.
Look for unexpected events to happen around relationships and your sense of stability around them. Be prepared for surprising reactions, for unexpected expression, some behaving more negatively, and some more positively than you would think. The best way to use this month when dealing with relationships is to see all of them as opportunities for growth and to accept intrusion, changes in plans and other disruptions they can activate. Be flexible, neutral and stay out of judgment in terms of what you think is right and wrong.
What destabilizes the environment? The intrusion of something unnatural, an increase in solar and sunspot activity, a change in magnetic forces and fields, and a collective intention for change. Look for all of these things to play a part in what the environment expresses this month and this whole year. There may be events that trigger the instinctive center and the survival instincts in some parts of the world. There may also be very unusual weather patterns or sequences that begin to occur as the eccentricity of the artisan year takes hold. Be flexible with interruptions and disruption to plans that are due to the environment. As we unpack the quality of the artisan over the next few months, there will be new and creative ways that people will look at the environment, what we can do with it, and how we can be in better balance with it instead of resisting whatever feels like instability and chaos.
This is the year of wind so you will probably experience the spirit of air in some form in your interactions with the environment.
HEALTH AND THE PHYSICAL BODY
When you think of stability in the physical body, you think of balance, brain function, the inner ear, and your mobility interacting with gravity in a certain way. What if gravity were to change and what if you were not able to stand up straight but listed to one side? And what if your systems were as erratic as the weather?
This month there is a possibility of erratic behavior in your physical body. You could experience destabilization in blood pressure, heart function, breathing, dizziness and balance issues, interrupted sleep patterns, issues with your joints especially hips, knees and ankles, digestion and hormones.
Remember that anything that intrudes in this way on your "stability" indicates a need to pay attention and to use the condition as a portal to move beyond your current understanding of what health is. Accept the body as much more creative and flexible than you thought, and give it the opportunity to experience something different. For those of you who are struggling with serious health conditions, this would be the month to try something new and different as a remedy or course of treatment. It just might work.
FINANCE, PROJECTS, PARTNERSHIPS, BUSINESS
This is a very good month to restructure, eliminate, add, make changes, remodel and turn things upside down. This is an area where you can be the most proactive with the theme of destabilization. Don't wait for it to happen to you from the outside and through someone else. Follow your intuition regarding what is occurring and make some choices and decisions that will put you in charge of the chaos and change instead of at the effect of it. Review your finances and make new decisions about where you are spending and investing. Take a risk towards something that is meaningful to you. In your business, reconfigure positions within teams of people and don't be afraid to be somewhat ruthless in the restructuring process. Be willing to be flexible in the direction that a project wants to take even if it is completely different than your original vision.
This promises to be an interesting time for businesses that have appeared to be stable in the past. Be prepared for some surprises in this area and make sure you have as much control as you can over your work, money, ideas, schedule and projects.
***If you have not downloaded the audio Mp3 "Intentions, Goals and Resolutions" it is helpful in this area especially at the beginning of a new year (link here).
POLITICS AND GLOBAL ISSUES
Often destabilization is necessary in order for a new way to emerge. New creativity requires the destruction and dismantling of the old. We could see destabilized factions in different governments appearing to be nothing but destructive mayhem and chaos. It is a sure thing that something new will be created out of the ashes. The universe is highly creative. Nothing stays the same. So if you don't like it, be patient and hold the intention for it to change into something more positive and then trust that it will.
In keeping with the spirit of air and wind, we could also mention that this element could show up in long-winded political discussions among those full of "air". Remember also that the moving center of the year will keep things moving from one to another and back and forth faster than any of us can keep track of. Look for surprises that disrupt and change your attitudes to global issues and how they are being managed and expressed. Don't get too attached even to your own ideals and positions.
DATES AND TIME FRAMES
January 1-8: A time of preparation. The currents are changing but still sufficiently deep that they are not yet affecting what is on the surface. There are deep rumblings underground and in the subconscious of the collective that are also not yet felt on the surface but that are setting us up for a destabilized time. Get your ducks in a row. Have strong intentions but be flexible. Take the stance of a martial artist whose stability and power depends on their ability to move with the energy rather than against it. If you have an intuition about something about to change that requires some action from you, don't wait to take action or make a decision. Do it now.
Some of you may experience something intruding on your stability right from the beginning. Use it as a template to position yourself to be ready to dance. If you are feeling stuck and stagnant at this time, do some of the practices to move your energy forward. Be proactive.
January 9: Full Moon is at 12:32 AM Mountain Standard Time. Make sure you are doing something expansive, perhaps a bit out of character or eccentric, and allow for something out of the ordinary to happen that may be a bit disruptive in a positive way. See anything that happens around this time as a gift that is setting you up for positive growth. Focus on the artisan and what creativity is to you. How can you be more creative in your life right now?
January 10-16: A time of navigating something new. By this time either you have been proactive with launching something that has destabilized your life or you are experiencing the effect of something that has come into your life that has destabilized it for you. This is a time of practicing acceptance, neutrality and stretching yourself to see what is on the other side of the rip in your fabric of stability instead of trying to repair it. Work with the instinctive center if it has been stimulated in an uncomfortable way and be courageous about moving into new territory, be it with business, love or health. It will also be important during this time of disruption that you have something that you practice daily that will give you some inner sense of stability.
January 17-22: Either you have successfully pushed yourself though the rip in the fabric and are experiencing the wonders and the opportunity beyond your previously stable but limited environment, or you have fallen into the more negative effects of some disruption in your life. If the latter is the case, make sure you are not being affected by others reactions or inability to cope. Be available to others but do not join them in their martyrdom, misery or blame. Keep asking the question, " What perfect opportunity do I have here for growth and expansion? " How can I take full advantage of what I have created here for myself?" Take responsibility and be proactive whenever you can.
If on the other hand you are experiencing tremendous breakthroughs and expansion, keep in gratitude, keep focused and keep being proactive. Keep acceptance, keep neutrality and keep being creative, courageous and thinking outside the box.
January 23: New Moon is at 12:42 AM Mountain Standard Time. This is a time when depression could hit or you could become overwhelmed with the disruption and destabilization around you. This is a good day to pull your energy in and focus only on the tasks at hand. Don't get distracted by others and their process. You will likely have many things on your plate. They can all wait. Take time for yourself and yourself only even if it is just to watch a bad movie. Stay out of judgment about events and situations, as they are all just temporary. Take a break.
January 24-31: The instinctive center comes back around as a major player during this time. Watch for anxiety and unwarranted fears. Do what you can to turn them into powerful projections of inspiration and excitement. It will be very important that you do something new and different, a bit eccentric and unusual at this time. Get help if you need to especially with motivation if you are feeling stuck or lethargic. This is also a very good time to launch something new in your business or relationship or partnership or environment. It is a good time to remodel, move locations, redo your wardrobe, change out your appliances, get a new computer, change a system, change a health routine, get a puppy or a kitten, join a program, or anything else that will put an end to some of your stability but will definitely enliven and improve your life.
Have a wonderful month!