[st_text id_wrapper=”st_text_7dbfef876696d00e090845cf917e7237″ ]The post below has some info already posted here in the Wednesday column, and new insights about 2018, written for a back-East publication…thank God for deadlines! It doesn’t include insights from today, the actual Winter Solstice…they’ll be in the Winter newsletter with 2018 prediction coming out soon. We are in for a challenging period with lots of planets in earth signs, a more sober time of consequential  events. Closer to home, what if it turns out that people have a lot less voice, less money to spend, and  less comfort in the United States?  And that might be small potatoes compared to what’s happening in Europe! Here’s what we can do about it if there’s tough times ahead, according to an early December vision: What first appeared was a picture of Americans’ nature and spirit in decline, and people choosing to turn away from the displaced around them, not wanting to encounter them or anybody much – not wanting to connect.  Americans, traumatized by the barrage of fear-creating news, beliefs, and new realities coming at them, might choose to defend themselves from it by disconnecting, not letting it really register. However, other messages going back to 1989 show a steady development of grassroots activism. Maybe we will snap out of our trauma and all become activists! Until then (and forever more), this is the most actionable response: “Be nice. Be nice to yourself, and especially if no-one else has done so – or we haven’t done so ourselves so far. Choose to be nice as a policy. To be nice is to turn the other cheek, to not react to the past, but to choose to be a certain way in the world, to have a certain atmosphere of respect and security and civility around you, which you demonstrate and emanate by being nice.  It will raise the vibration of your world, and ultimately, at each level you experience the world.” About grass roots and what the 99% can do in 5 minutes to influence their world:  Grass roots are the densest, the strongest weave, and what is akin to that formidable placeholder is if every single person finds a way to communicate with government officials, just Google it, and let their will be known. That unrelenting activity will make representatives always know and feel the pressure of millions of people, creating a grassroots weave in the airwaves. “Get to work!” is the saying for the year. For those seeking spiritual and professional success, here are words of wisdom from a 14th century Middle Eastern scholar: “Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.” The atmosphere surges with energy to put knowledge into action this year – lots of itchy entrepreneurs and innovators! For everyone, a lot can happen and a lot can get done by taking responsibility for your life. Being quick to investigate your options and in more  areas of your life,  will serve you well in 2018. According to one of the psychic pictographs for the year, Americans might be testing one of Einstein’s theories. He states: “All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.” As the have and have-nots in America continue to grow farther apart, we’ll see a devalued and dispirited people become more of a colorless or muted mass. Monster Winds in 2018: Raging winds become more frequent…plus earthquakes. We live as if our well-being depends on our access to money and power. Nature appears to be teaching us differently. “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature”, warned the popular ad campaign years ago. Uranus, planet of shocking upheavals, moves into an earth sign on May 15th for an eight year stay. This signifies that powerful and destabilizing earth changes continue to upend. More about May 15th:  Not only does Uranus change signs on that day, it’s also a new moon in Taurus, and Mars goes into Aquarius, all conspiring to create changes in how we deal with money (Taurus rules money and finances.) People seek new forms of currencies and exchange.  Mars in Aquarius also portends an important year for  technological developments and innovations.  People are going to be bold, try new things, and change fundamental aspects society. Cultural mores change around beauty and romance, and societal standards associated with love and the arts are open to accepting new forms. Personal guidance from the spirits about 2018 (channeled on 11/11/2017): These messages are not about the society we live in, but describe the raw energy of the year and how we can use it to manifest what we want. “You’ve arrived on new ground. And look all around…make sure you are with people you want to be with…that’s how the year begins, a radical sorting out of your private affairs. Being one with Nature this year gives great pleasure. Even for people who haven’t much noticed Nature before. Something wakes up in people about their world, their environment, and how precious it is. We’re all here together for one reason: to be free, and to be able…you name it when it comes to being able…what do you want to do? Whatever it is, it will occur to you month by month as the year unfolds:  whatever needs to receive to your love. Any part of you can now come forward to be integrated. Strength! Resilience! Force Power!  They’re all energized in people this year. Make sure to shepherd your consciousness so this access to power becomes tools for your benefit and also for others.”    [/st_text]