I don’t make resolutions any more (they are a great way to start the year feeling disappointed with yourself), but I do like to reflect a little on the year that’s gone and think about what my goals are for the new one.
2014 got off to a great start for me because it wasn’t 2013. That was one lousy old year. Thirteen has always been my unlucky number me and boy did it beat me up.
So I woke up on January 1st, 2014 punching the air that it was over and it went on to be a much better year in many ways. For one thing, I’m much clearer now about the areas of my life which need some fine tuning.
One of the ways I think about all this kind of stuff is through astrology. Those of you who think it’s crap can tune out now.
I’ve been fascinated by it ever since I started reading Patric Walker’s* horoscopes in my mother’s copies of Harper’s Bazaar when I was a kid.
Then I pinched my big sister’s copy of Linda Goodman’s wonderful book, Sun Signs, and that was it. There was my entire family, my best friend and my frenemy described perfectly. And I couldn’t help recognising a lot of what she had to say about my own sign, Leo.
I still refer to her advice mentally, reminding myself, when my Sagittarian husband is telling me with great enthusiasm the entire movie plot he’s dreamed up over night and I just want to get on with making breakfast – let him fly his kites.
My favourite astrologer now also happens to be one of my very best friends. And I consider it a very great privilege to be able to say that about Jessica Adams.
She was one of the first people I bonded with when I landed in Sydney in 1993. In my job as acting editor of Cleo (while Lisa Wilkinson had her first baby), I had to ring the magazine’s astrologer.
The minute we started talking, I knew she was a kindred spirit. And not just because she’s another Leo (rooooooaaaaarrrrrr).
Jessica and I have had many adventures together over the years and I’ve so appreciated being a part of her brilliant charity projects for War Child. The Girls Night In and Kids Night In series have raised millions of dollars.
We also had a very funny time doing the In Bed With book of filthy stories by well-known authors writing under their porn star names (first pet, first street).
So it is to Jessica’s brilliant website that I will be turning to see what 2015 has in store for me astrologically and how I can work with the opportunities it brings.
You can read a lot of it for nothing, but I’m very happy to pay an annual subscription to get all the exclusive members’ stuff. What I particularly enjoy is Jessica’s analysis of how astrology influences global events.
I will always remember asking her who was going to win the 2000 US Presidential election. To my very great surprise, she replied ‘No one…’
You will remember the Bush-Gore election debacle… Jessica explained it all to me before it even happened, introducing me to the fascinating concept of Mercury Retrograde.
Have a look here at what Jessica predicts for your sign this year.
* I’ve just remembered that when I was editing ES magazine (the colour supplement of London’s Evening Standard newspaper) I once had to ring Patric Walker up on the Greek island where he lived. He was the newspaper’s astrologer and I wanted him to do a piece for the mag. I was so nervous to do it. Even ringing Greece seemed scary in 1988, but I plunged in and he was so so lovely. I must have a look through my old copies of the magazine and see what the piece was. I know Jessica is a big admirer of Mr Walker and I’m sure she’d like to read it.