According to the traditional Gregorian calendar, the New Year begins on January 1st and this is the ‘best’ time for setting new goals and dreams for the year ahead. But if you look to nature and the universe, you will notice that there are many different cycles that we can follow (I talk about just a few of them here). And these natural cycles are constantly giving us ‘new beginnings’ and the opportunity to set new, bold intentions for ourselves and our business. But today, I want to tell you about the start of the new astrological year (which just happened this week) and why now is the perfect time to update your goals for the year.
You might be wondering why I am so interested in the Astrological new year? Well I have just embarked on an intensive astrology study and mentoring program. I’ve been learning about the moon in each zodiac sign for the last few years and so in 2018 I felt drawn to deepen my broader astrology knowledge and work with this ancient system in the future with my clients and in my launch mentoring.
Western astrology is founded on the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies such as the Sun, Moon and planets, which are analysed by their movement through the 12 signs of the zodiac (twelve spatial divisions of the orbit of the sun) and by their aspects (based on geometric angles) relative to one another. They are also considered by their placement in houses (twelve spatial divisions of the sky).
However, Astrology’s modern representation in western popular media is usually reduced to sun sign astrology, which considers only the zodiac sign of the Sun at an individual’s date of birth (representing only 1/12 of the total chart).
What is the astrological new year?
International Astrology Day (most often observed on either March 20 or March 21 at the March equinox) is an annual observance/holiday celebrated by astrologers and astrology enthusiasts.
According to foreverconcious.com:
“No matter where you live, the Equinox is a significant spiritual and astrological event that you can use to tap into the wisdom and energy of Mother Earth and the Universe.
Equinoxes happen twice a year and occur when the hours of light and dark are equal.”
The sun moves in and out of different zodiac signs throughout the year (each one lasting about a month).
But did you know that the astrological year begins when the Sun shifts into the constellation of Aries, which is regarded as the first out of the 12 constellations used in astrology.
This means that as the sun’s orbit transitions from the sphere of Pisces to Aries that we are beginning a new astrological year – making it a great time to review and update your goals.
Not only is the astrological new year a powerful time to update your goals for the year but Aries is the perfect energy to support you in doing it!
Here is a little more about Aries…
Aries is a sign for those who like to take action and has a courageous, determined and confident energy. Being the first sign of the zodiac year, Aries is about new beginnings and mixing it up. Aries also has a competitive energy and is known for speed. It’s for this reason that we often feel a kick up the butt to achieve or update our goals around the time of the astrological new year.
This makes Aries great for:
- Taking action on your goals and visions
- Rising up as a leader in your life and business
- Reigniting the passion that you feel for certain projects in your business
- Challenging yourself to achieve goals (quickly!)
Now that we have an understanding of what the astrological new year is and how Aries can support us… let’s dive into some ways that you can channel the energy and update your goals for the year.
Activities to support you to update your goals for the year
Connect back with your word for the year
Did you choose a specific word at the start of the year? Have you been checking in with this word through the first few months of the year? If not, now is the perfect time to do that.
For example, my word for the year was ‘creative devotion’ but when I connect back with it now, it actually feels like the word ‘grounded’ was more appropriate for the first 6 months.
What comes up for you when you connect with your word? Is there another word that might be more appropriate now? Don’t be afraid to change it!
Once you’ve connected back with your word for the year (and maybe even changed it), ask yourself: how do I most desire to bring this word to life?
The answers to this question will help you to reassess your goals in this next step.
Get crystal clear on your goals for the year
Did you set some goals at the start of the year? How do you feel like you’re going with them? Is it time to reconnect with them? Don’t worry, the astrological new year is the perfect time to update your goals!
So go on and take a look at the goals that you set at the start of the year and ask yourself these questions…
How do you feel about the goals that you set at the start of the year?
Is there a certain goal that needs to be changed?
Or is there a goal that you no longer want to include in the plan?
Perhaps a new goal has arisen?
For example, I planned to launch Launch Mastery three times this year but I’ve now booked in surgery and will only be able to launch two times this year. Therefore, I’ve simply adjusted my goals and realigned to the new goal.
Create milestones for each of your goals
Setting goals for the year is one thing but have you set milestones (or actions) that will help you to get there? Have your broken your big goal down into achievable chunks? Don’t worry if you haven’t done this yet, it’s not too late. All you have to do is write down each of your goals and break them down into four different milestones.
For example, one of my goals was to welcome 100 people into the Soulful Year Collective this year. And when I break that down into milestones, it looks like this:
Milestone 1: 20 members after the January launch
Milestone 2: 40 members after the March launch
Milestone 3: 60 members after the June launch
Milestone 4: 80 members after the September launch
Milestone 5: 100 members after the December launch
Now that you’ve connected back with your word, gotten crystal clear on your goals and created milestones for each of your goals then you should be ready to start making them a reality