However, like large, slow-moving planets in a natal chart, some years have a lot more large thoughtforms than others.
Cornerstone chaos magic tech provides some reasonably helpful tools in analysing what we might call an astrology of egregores, in particular, the hypothesis that ideas and thoughtforms possess an independent existence and an ongoing malleability.
And speaking of astrology, here is my plug for the excellent Austin Coppock's even more excellent 2014 almanac. Buy it or I'll slap you.
Onto some of the ghosts, then.
The cententary of World War I
Possibly the biggest. But it also forms something of a 'grand trine' with the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II and the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
The other German anniversary
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the accession of the House of Hanover to the British Throne. The Hanoverians, of course, gave us Victoria... who gave lots of little children to the Great Houses of Europe... who started those wars whose anniversary it is. (I get the feeling Germany is going to have a very complex year.)
The Battle of Bannockburn
It's the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn... pretty much the entire reason why Alex Salmond selected this year for his referendum on whether or not Scotland will secede from the Union.
Empire Games Commonwealth Games are on in Glasgow over the summer. Don't be surprised if The Lizzie Show -which will be out in full force- negates much of the psychic nationalism Salmond was hoping to capitalise on. HM has had a banner few years of hatches, matches and boatshows. No one does ritual quite like the Queen.
It would probably be quite helpful if Philip dies beforehand, allowing her to adopt the psychic mantle of the Widow Victoria, haunting the Highlands as a lonely matriarch of Empire. That went down great, last time. It's not an earth shattering prediction given his age, but I kinda think Philip's number is up this year... so it wouldn't surprise me. (I also think the bell tolls for Bush Snr this year. Again, not earth-shattering. But in both cases, those Nazi ghosts could do with a few state funerals to feed off.)
The Star-Spangled Banner
It's the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner... which commemorates what, again? Oh, yeah.
It's the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. And yes, I'm sure we all learned that the document was, in reality, an extraction of tax concessions from the King by the elite.
However, that's an unromantic analysis. It was also the thin end of the wedge for modern, representative democracy. And given what's gone on these past fifteen months, a psychic repeat of the begrudging rollback of totalitarian powers from the ruler under the threat of death is just fine by me. I'll take it. 'Consent of the Governed', innit?
Each year there are a load of Arts anniversaries, but of particular interest to the magically inclined are the 150th anniversary of Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of The Earth and the 200th birthday of the Marquis De Sade. Also possibly Dylan Thomas but that may just be my stuff.
The thing about slow-moving planets is that you start to feel their impact or their change further out from the relevant alignments. Continuing the hypothesis then:
- We have just passed the cententary of the Federal Reserve.
- Next year is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, but with typical Tory tact, this is already causing consternation in Brussels, thanks to an exhibit about the Duke of Wellington.
Jedi ghost lessons
"Your focus determines your reality"
I do, but you don't have to believe that certain thoughts and ideas have an independent existence.
It is enough that the impact of recalling certain ideas in the conscious mind has measurable and repeatable effects... by way of psychological priming and also in discernible psi results when large groups of people focus on a subject or outcome.
The state calendar and the media are going to be wrenching a whole bunch of different, potent concepts out of the background and presenting them before the eyeballs of the developed world. As Qui-Gon tells us, they will be foci. They will be hypersigils.
And it's not even like you need to do anything but watch. These slow-moving idea planets will come round, refract and combine through human consciousness and things will tumble out as a result.
The long range space weather forecast is for an interesting year. Go buy an almanac. And maybe an umbrella.