Articles & Horoscopes
|Posted by Lauren on December 14, 2017 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
December 15th ~ 22nd
Our character… is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be. ~ George Santayana
On December 19th (or the 20th depending on where you are) Saturn moves back home into the tropical sign of Capricorn. Whenever a major planet changes signs, so do we. There is a decided shift in the paradigm. Saturn shows us what we need to be paying attention to; what our current challenge is. Saturn work does not come easily; we usually have to pay some kind of price, and it can feel exhausting. But the achievements we make within the auspices of Saturn, are often some of the most important achievements we can make in our lives. Therefore, wherever you have the sign Capricorn in your natal chart, that is where you are going to be needing to do this hard work. This is where you are being challenged and asked to pay attention.
Saturn is quite strong in its own sign of Capricorn, where it will remain until 2020. For the good and the ill. Because Capricorn is Saturn-ruled; it has many of the same characteristics of this strict, no-nonsense planet. It is time, and we are ready, for this grand Saturn challenge. When Saturn enters Capricorn we are being asked to step up to the plate, to be responsible; take care of business; and take our obligations seriously:
The Infrastructure; Government; Structures: Saturn has domain over the bare bones, including our own skeletons! These also include the organizational structures that we depend on in order to maintain our security and stability in our own lives as well as in society. These are the sorts of things that prevent everything else from falling apart. Saturn wants us to build structures and foundations that we can depend on. And the stronger our foundations, the more security we will have. And yes, this includes our own bones, joints, and dental health. Even our skin. For this is the stuff that holds our bodies together.
Industry, Corporations: Saturn also has to do with Power Structures and those who wield the power. Sometimes these can be too rigid; too large; too powerful. One of the down sides of Saturn is selfishness and materialism; and promoting one’s own self-interest at the expense of others. Corporatocracy; “too big to fail corporations”; and a continuing trend towards plutocracy can also be expected, especially since Pluto is also in Capricorn. But Saturn in Capricorn is also about taking responsibility; Doing the right thing; and taking a more paternalistic approach to leading.
Leadership: We might expect leaders to be held to a higher standard with Saturn entering Capricorn. Saturn in Capricorn is about respect for others, and respect for self. It’s about Duty; Dignity and setting the example for others to follow. When Saturn comes home to Capricorn we are all going to be expected to step up to the plate.
Elders: Saturn represents, not only the leaders in society, but the elders. So issues surrounding aging, ageism, social security and medicare safety nets, will likely be on the table.
Responsibility: The responsibilities, burdens or expectations brought to bear under Saturn can sometimes feel weighty and exhausting; they can also sometimes feel tedious and demanding. However, it is also at these challenging times that we can make the most progress.
Rules and Laws: Saturn is a stickler for ‘right and wrong’. Rules and laws are there for a reason. Without them society would fall into anarchy and chaos. However, laws and rules laced with morality and judgment can prove to be very rigid and limiting. Saturn in Capricorn can set the bar so high or be so restrictive that no one could possibly live up to the standards and expectations being set. But Saturn also has to do with Integrity; and being an upstanding citizen in the community. It will be up to each of us to define for ourselves, exactly what that means for us.
Consequences: Saturn challenges us to grow and to excel. It shows us what we have outgrown and no longer need. It also shows us where we need to further grow and develop. With Saturn, much of what you reap is determined by what you have sown. One thing that becomes evident with Saturn in its own sign, is that ‘the buck stops here’, so that a lot depends on our own self induced efforts. However, the more effort we put into our work, our duty and our goals, the greater the rewards (and a sense of self-accomplishment) will be.
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that ‘achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that’s nice too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.’ ~ Helen Hayes
The Sun will also enter Capricorn on the day of the Solstice on December 21st. This is one of the powerful 4 corners of the year. As we pause in this sacred time between the Solstice and the New Year, we often reflect on the past year, and the events that led up to this moment in time. And we also think in terms of what to anticipate in the year ahead. This Solstice comes on the heels of a New Moon at the end of Sagittarius (on the 17th or 18th). New Moons in and of themselves are symbolic of New Beginnings. The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the New Moon is “A sculptor at his work”: by visualizing the potential in the opportunities and materials we have at our disposal, we can invest them with new life and form. We might ask ourselves: what is our vision for the future?
This year, as the Sun enters Capricorn, it will also be conjunct Capricorn-ruler, Saturn, shining a light on the structures of our lives: if they are firm and reliable, then Saturn will only make these structures stronger; if they are weak, then Saturn will challenge them for stability, and may even take them away. If that is the case then it is time for us to create better, more reliable structures that we can truly depend on well into the future. The Sun and Saturn are going to be bringing a certain area of your life into focus. Pay attention, because that is where the focus is going to be for some time to come.
For next week’s horoscopes, click below:
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For the week of December 15th thru the 22nd, be sure to read your Rising Sign as well:
Both the Sun and Saturn enter Capricorn this week, the sign that is the highest point of your (solar or natal) chart! This can be a time of fruition, where you begin to see the results for all of the efforts that you have been expending for many years. However, with Saturn rewards, there is also usually some sort of work or responsibility involved as well. Take them on willingly, for you’ve worked hard for this. With Saturn in Capricorn for the next few years, this could prove to be a very busy time of your life; but also a time in which a lot of progress can be made. Saturn makes us work for it though! So if at first you are met with challenges or setbacks, do not give up! Your role as a leader is being polished; and the key is in adjusting to that new role and showing the world the stuff that you are made of.
Over the next few years you are going to be coming to terms with who you are and how you fit into your community. Things that you will be considering are: what does it mean to belong; what is the best role for you to play; and how do you wish to be seen by others? But probably some of the first things to be challenged as both Sun and Saturn enter Capricorn are your core beliefs. It may even be that you become disenchanted with ideas that you previously held; but that now no longer seem to hold up under scrutiny. It will soon become evident that there is still so much more to learn, and anything that is limiting your capacity to grow and mature morally and intellectually will no longer suffice. Meanwhile, this week continues to be a time of reflection. One topic that may arise are the rewards and benefits of sharing, giving and receiving as we move through the holiday season.
For Gemini, the years that Saturn is in Capricorn is associated with some sort of transition; or the ending of a phase of your life. This can be gratefully so. Such as addressing burdens you no longer wish to carry, or creating better boundaries. People think about simplifying their lives; paying down their debt; and finding ways to navigate the world of finance, debt, credit and insurance. What you learn about handling these, as well as planning for the future, is going to benefit you tremendously for years to come. You are defining your value within the context of the community in which you find yourself, and that’s a really smart thing to do. In the mean time, Mercury is still retrograde, and one of the things that Mercury can bring are reunions, or reacquainting you with someone you once knew. There are complex and insightful layers to relationships when Mercury is retrograde and crossing paths with Venus, as it is this week.
There is a New Moon this week. Always pay attention to these monthly marks on the calendar which Cancer is especially sensitive to. This month the Moon weighs in on health, work, daily activities and routines. A change in these areas could prove to be fortuitous, and might even help to solve a problem you’ve been mulling over. Also, this week the Sun and Saturn both enter the sign of Capricorn, which is going to be placing emphasis on some of your closest relationships for the next few years. If these are strong and reliable, they will continue to be strengthened, even if they are challenged. If they are floundering, it will become evident where changes need to be made. Saturn could also make it that much more of a concern, if you are not in a relationship, for the absence of relationship or the absence of support feels wanting. The next few years are also something of a transition period for Cancer, in which it will feel like a great deal more is going to be expected of you. For the past few years you’ve been working hard behind the scenes. Now your efforts are beginning to be noticed. It’s time to show others what you are capable of producing.
If you find yourself having to learn new skills, or you find yourself around new people, you may feel a little like an outsider this week. Realize that the other people are probably feeling the same way. This is one of those occasions when you realize, as you open yourself up to others, that you have more in common than you realized, and that we’re all a little ‘unique’ in our own inimitable ways. Next week, on the 21st, the Sun enters Capricorn where it will shine a light on stern and no-nonsense Saturn. What might become apparent is something of a brush with reality. This could take you back on yourself. But it can also invest you with a seriousness of purpose and responsibility. This is a good week to plan and organize, and try to make sense of things. Focus on what is in front of you, for that is where your attention needs to be.
Mercury is still retrograde, which can often be a reflective time any way, but seems to be more so this week. Reminiscing on by-gone days, friends and relationships can hold your attention. Meanwhile the Sun is shining a light on some of the transitions and changes that Saturn entering Capricorn will bring. In some way you are entering one of the most industrious periods of your life, where you are being asked to explore how you can invest more of yourself into what you do: your personal self-expression; your interests and those things that you are most personally invested in. In some way these are going to be coloring your reputation, and what you are known for. This includes sorting out those skills and talents that you do have, so that you can perfect these even further. What activities and talents do you want to see yourself committed to developing in the foreseeable future? What can you do even better?
It might have felt that despite working hard these past 7 years, you weren’t necessarily making as much progress as you wanted. That’s kind of typical. But this is all gradually going to be shifting in the foreseeable future. Libra is hatching. But first things first. And one of the first considerations with Saturn is establishing a firm foundation from which to grow. Like a tall oak tree, if its roots are strong and firm, no matter what the weather, no matter what storms may bring, the tree will continue to stand. So it is with Libra: for the next few years you are being asked to pay attention to your foundation: your roots, your home, your family and your support systems. It’s all about the details. For some Librans, this may mean focusing on your actual home base: where you live; responsibilities concerning parents or other family members; your general support system. For other Librans this could mean establishing a home base for career, work, or something else that you have a hand in building for the future. And so it begins.
Scorpio has been doing a lot of self-exploration over the past 5 years. You’ve been figuring out what you want, and what you don’t want; what has worked for you, and what isn’t. And as you’ve been sifting through your priorities, you have probably made some important choices and have been working on establishing yourself. And the skills that you acquire, the knowledge that you accumulate over the next few years, are going to serve you well into the future. You are being asked to take on the daunting task of nothing less than working on and developing your own mind. The mind, just like your body, needs to be cultivated, honed, and trained. And the mental habits that you establish now, and the knowledge that you gain, will help to establish your reputation in your community. Think to yourself: what skills; what abilities do I want to be known for? What more do I need to learn? And for those things that I already know, how can I further perfect these to the best of my ability?
A lot of hard truths came home to roost over the past few years for Sagittarius. Nonetheless, new beginnings were being established, and seeds for the future were sown. You were also being confronted with who you are, and what you want to do with the rest of your life. If you are happy with the new you, and the new goals that you have established for yourself, then now is about the time that you think about fully committing to those goals (or readjusting them), and figuring out the best ways to make them sustainable. Chances are, you’ve already made some changes, and made a few self-discoveries along the way, about what you do or don’t like; what needs to stay and what needs to go. And part of the plan now requires some sort of financial planning for the future. You are asking yourself: How can I make this work? Pragmatism is key for the next few years, as you weigh in on your priorities.
Particularly for those people who have Capricorn Rising, you are about to embark on a whole new cycle of experience that will span the next 29 years. What you begin when Saturn is in your sign, is something that you are likely to be committed to for years to come. All the more reason to make sure that the beginnings you start now are right for you. Part of that includes exploring every facet of your life: your health, your career, where you see yourself living and what you will be doing in the foreseeable future. One of the questions people ask themselves while Saturn is traveling in their sign is, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” What are the qualities in people that you most admire, and would like to develop in yourself? What does the word achievement mean for you? These can mean different things for different people. You need to key in on what they mean for you. Think about the words integrity, achievement and self-respect, and then explore how you can make these a closer reality in your life.
Over the past few years you’ve been reassessing many of your goals, hopes and wishes for the future. And through this process it has probably become evident, what you have outgrown, and no longer need in your life, and those things that you would like to further invest in. If not yet, than you will over the next few years. You are entering a time of releasing, tying up loose ends, and letting go of certain elements of your life. Some of these endings may be more profound than others; and it may feel at times like you are standing in trepidation, perhaps even a little fear, as you are launched into what feels like unknowable territory without a map or a compass to guide you. Realize, however, that once the transition has begun, there will be no turning back. Over the next few years you are preparing the field for a new beginning that will be emerging a few years down the road. But first you need to weed out the field, removing the old growth, brambles and rocks; so that when the new seeds are planted, there will be room for them to grow.
This week both the Sun and Saturn enter the sign of Capricorn and for Pisces, that means the daunting and discriminating task of separating the chaff from the wheat in the numerous relationships in your life; as well as your hopes and wishes for the future. Over the next few years it will become more apparent who is there for the long haul, those people you can truly depend on, and those who are merely fair weather friends. Periodically we need to revisit our vision for the future, and who will be traveling there with us. This is one of those times. It’s a time of transition. Some things will probably remain the same, however you are also beginning to think in terms of the future, and what might be next on the agenda. As a result you may find that some of your previous goals are no longer relevant. This is because you are entering this period in which you are going to be carefully reassessing many of your hopes and wishes for the future.
|Posted by Lauren on December 7, 2017 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
December 8th ~ 15th
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast ~ you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. ~ Eddie Cantor
On Tuesday, we reach the next phase of the Mercury Retrograde cycle. This will be when the Sun Mercury and the Earth are lined up for the inferior conjunction of Mercury and the Sun. When Mercury comes within the Sun’s rays, it becomes invisible. When it is exactly conjunct the Sun, it is called Cazimi. When Mercury parts for the Sun and it does become visible again, it will emerge as a morning star. Like a new dawn, this inferior conjunction is like the new moon phase of Mercury, when seed ideas are being planted that will set the tone for the next several months.
This is probably the most introspective phase of the Mercury retrograde period, which continues until its direct station on the 23rd of December. This is when Mercury speaks to us in whispers, and flashes of inspiration, which often will not become manifest until Mercury is direct again. It is a time when we would most benefit from silent meditation and reflection, provided we make it a priority to do so.
For the first part of the retrograde phase, Mercury was conjunct Saturn, the combination of which manifested as a large Stop Sign. Racing into the month of December on the Mercury in Sagittarius wings of enthusiasm and vigor, it was all we could do to pull in the reins. However, not heeding the warning, many found themselves crashing into the Great Wall of Saturn. There is something to be said for slowing down and regaining our bearings. We will want to do so, for something brilliant is coming this week, and you won’t want to miss it. And that is because, as Mercury enters the sacred Solar throne room on Tuesday, both Mercury and the Sun will also trine illuminating and revelatory Uranus.
Thoughts, like seeds, are being planted within our mind stream, beginning a whole new phase of awareness, that if cultivated, can lead to mental development and growth. The days when Mercury engages Uranus, as it will this week, can be fleeting and pass quickly. However, they can also be full of illuminating insights and flashes of genius which could lead us in a whole new and inspiring direction. Here’s some homework: Every evening before you go to sleep between the 7th and the 13th of this month, ask for insights into your current circumstances; or if you have a problem, ask for signs to a solution. There is no telling what might arise out of the ether in this weather.
And take some time around the Inferior Conjunction of Mercury on Tuesday, to tune in with yourself. This is an excellent time to seed better mental habits and routines that will lead to a healthier outlook. Things you might want to ask yourself are: What sorts of mental states would you like to see developed? Would you want to cultivate more Patience? Generosity? Kindness? Compassion? What better routines would you like to see yourself establishing? What better habits? In what ways would you wish to improve your mind, your perspective and your life?
For the upcoming week’s horoscopes, click below: