$100 Bill (source: banknotenews.com)

Today is my birthday and I woke up to discover that I won $100 in last night’s lottery. What a great start to my new year!

Two days ago I published a post where I mentioned that I was feeling confident about sticking to my new year’s resolution. Since then, I’ve had a couple of really good days. Everything feels better in my life after a brief bout with a virus that had me feeling sorry for myself. Since I wrote that post, I’ve revisited my blog post from last year where I shared my year-ahead forecast from “Café Astrology.” Wow! In retrospect, I can honestly say that it was eerily accurate. For that reason, I’ve decided to share the site’s forecast for my upcoming year.

“Café Astrology” uses a mix of astrology and numerology to come up with these predictions. Whatever they’re doing, it works! Anyway, here’s what the site has to say about people who are celebrating their birthdays today:

“A Full Moon occurring around your birthday this year marks this as a period of greater personal significance, when turning points occur. This period is the culmination of a stage of personal growth and development. Events occurring this year may bring various developments in your emotional, psychological, or spiritual life over the past several years to a head. Relationships are especially important. There can be increased activity in your professional and public life, causing a conflict with your domestic and personal goals.

There is little moderation in your life this year. Connections are made or ended, or your job focus may change as one focus fades to make way for a new direction. A project could complete and bear fruit. The year ahead is certain to be a very busy, dynamic, and significant period in your life.

You have a stronger focus on, and dedication to, work in the period ahead. You can make significant headway in specific areas this year, and you are likely to feel a stronger sense of direction and purpose.

Pleasing circumstances surrounding your love life, finances, and creative pursuits are in store this year. You are especially generous, and others often return the favor. You might receive financial backing or special gifts in the period ahead. You seek a little more from your love life and you are likely to receive it. It can be a time of falling in love or enhancing an existing relationship. You’re a little more open with your heart and ready to share your creativity.

This is a good period for putting in the effort towards progressive causes and projects, and to bring new, unique, and exciting elements to your work. New techniques or options can emerge, and they can be quite exciting.

Certain relationships or connections in your life further your growth this year, or events take place in which you feel like you are moving forward and growing into a new phase of your life. People in authority regard you more favorably at this time.

Wonderfully creative ideas can fill your head this year. Your mind is open to new methods and styles that work well for you. This can be a good time for updating your electronics and technology in ways that open up new avenues for communication or ease.

Relationships get a boost. You’re likely to feel pleasantly attached, finding it natural and easy to nurture and support people in your life. You’re strongly motivated to bring harmony, balance, and peace into your environment and relationships during this period.

A stronger focus on sharing power effectively in your relationships can elevate your connections. More commitment and intensity or passion can figure strongly.

You often draw on your inner wisdom or sixth sense and intuition to understand what’s happening around you this year. Previously hidden or unacknowledged talents may emerge.

This can be a generally a good period for understanding one another in your relationships, as well as for feeling good about giving others the benefit of the doubt. You can feel empowered by your charitable qualities. It’s a potentially amazing year for helping people, teaching, and growing through your connections. A relationship may develop that feels like a soul connection.

Summary:

The year is especially strong for connecting with others, learning, and reaching new levels in personal projects. It’s a time to shine as you pursue your joy and pour more energy into what makes you happy. Your interests are plenty, and you’re ready to apply yourself to pet projects.”

I cannot be more thrilled about this prediction considering that my professional life has taken a turn for the better — never mind that I’ve got a ton of action happening in my sixth house both by planetary transits and by secondary progressions. The forecast goes on to include the following passage:

“2023 is a Number Five year for you. Ruled by Mercury. This is a year of discovery and freedom. It’s a time when exploration and reaching out to others brings opportunities. It’s a good time to advertise, promote, and sell. Surprises are in store, and the routine is broken for the better. This is a year when exciting relationships can be formed; or, if you are already in a partnership, new life is breathed into the relationship. Advice — explore, look for adventure, keep your eyes open for opportunities, diversify, mingle.”

Again, I am encouraged by the advice offered on this site, especially now that I’ve seen how last year’s forecast accurately reflected the year I just had. I was ready to quit my job last year at this time, and now I’m making 50% more money than I was just a few months ago. In addition, I’ve been the sort of responsibility that allows me to ensure that I’m the one making decisions about the day-to-day operations that most directly affect me. I don’t feel as if I’m under the thumb of someone who isn’t paying attention to everything that is going on in the world around them. It’s liberating!

So, things are off to a good start already. As I stated in my new year’s resolution, I’m just going to keep moving up the mountain like a Capricorn should. It’s onward and upward from here. And next time I win the lottery, it’s going to be the big one!

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