Happy Birthdays, Capricorns!
Happy Winter Solstice, Holidays, 2016!
With Love & So Much Gratitude to Each of You!
Capricorns, All, Always Victory, Always LOVE!
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YOUR CONTENTS THIS NEWSLETTER:
Capricorn ~ Winter Solstice, a New Year!
Capricorn 2015 Moons!
CHRISTMAS Full Long Nights Moon - Water Grand Trine Kite
New Moon - Capricorn Stellium
Capricorn 2015 Planetary Highlights!
Mercury RETROGRADE, AQ/Cap Valentine'S, Mars
Unstoppable Saturn Trine Uranus Starts
Saturn Square Neptune, Last Aspect of 2015 continues....
2016 Jupiter Virgo/Libra, Transit of Mercury, Elections!
See the 2016 Special Edition! Aspects, Patterns, Sign Changes, Retrogrades, Stelliums, Eclipses! These infos plus a personal reading will coordinate your very best times in 2016! Your success is our success! With your calendar in hand....
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Some of you know of January 12, 1954 Howard Stern
, some of you know little of him, and wouldn't want to know more! Yet he has been an impressive intellect and figure on radio. He's been fined and fired yet stuck to his guns. 2013 and 2014, Stern and Simon Cowell shared first place on Forbes' list of America's highest-paid television personalities with $95 million earned between them! In 2015, Forbes placed Stern as the world's highest paid media personality and the fifth highest earning celebrity worldwide, at $95 million.
This is one instance the planetary placements and aspects make a huge difference
in temperament from the classic Sun sign interpretations. Though Stern rampaged his way to success, nonetheless, he did the traditional Capricorn things, worked hard for that success and didn't give up! He has Mercury and Venus, kind and politely conjunct his Sun, but his Sun is 1 degree opposite Uranus, the planet of shock, rebellion and freedom. Venus conjunct his Sun makes him attractive, makes money. It worked with, perhaps saved him from, his main attraction the scathing Saturn/Mars in Scorpio. With Gemini rising, at 6' 5" he is much taller than the average Capricorn. Interestingly his last name Stern is one of the common traits of Capricorn.
Unlike some elders, Capricorns, he is softening with age, is thoughtful about his previous behavior and has apologized to some. In a NYT interview he said: “I didn’t need to be that hungry. There was something going on inside me when I was angry and feeling very threatened and not feeling good about myself.” “It would be really pathetic if I was still in the same space as when I was 20 or 30...."
Stern has a bulldog named Bianca (Stern's Moon is in Taurus the Bull), and has been a long time supporter and fund raiser for North Shore Animal League America. He supports Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, and Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative to bring hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect.
He married and had 3 girls with Alison Berns. In 2000 he began dating model and television host Beth Ostrosky. They married October 3, 2008.
In the early 1970s, Stern began to practice Transcendental Meditation. He credits the technique with helping him to quit smoking, achieve his goals in radio, and cure his mother of depression. He continues to practice it to this day.
See his chart!
Capricorn ~ Winter Solstice, a New Year!
Irish landscape designer, Mary Reynolds, creates amazing natural, healing gardens! This is her Gold winning Garden at Chelsea Flower Show, 2002, Tearmann sí – A Celtic Sanctuary with Moon Gate! See the trailer of her film Dare to be Wild!
Capricorn is the 10th sign, at the top of the basic astrological chart framework. It symbolizes the peak of Ascension
, and sometimes the fall from that Grace. It is a natural part of the cycle to decline from the peak, essentially the beginning of a new Circle. There is the enjoyment of our gains, assessments, reviews, some rest, wondering what is next. Our achievements change us, bring us to a new level, a new vantage point, and evolution brings more! When the cycle reaches its low point, in the opposite sign Cancer, there is a gathering, a consortium if you will. Ideas and energies are sprung, some catapulted, upward like seeds sprouting, into new territory!
Capricorn is that natural time of year of endings and beginnings
. It starts on Winter Solstice, the longest night, the darkest deepest sleep. Food is scarce, plants are growing slowly. And on that very day, the turning point, the days start to get longer, we can see more. We are enticed to emerge from the cave, stretch a bit, take in some of that electric crisp air. Traditions are kept alive on those long winter nights as the history is told around the table. Sharing our bounty reaffirms our bonds. We acknowledge our successes, and failures, and are cheered by our people. We sit in thoughtfulness and new possibilities are born.
As with Winter Solstice, Portals, Gateways and Thresholds
are points of demarcation, a step into the Future
. Though Capricorn rules the Past, whether archaic or archeological magnificence, it is also the Builder! There is no doubt of its intention! It intuitively seeks the most durable materials that give excellent service. They are sustainable in every way. The future is built in! New times are well founded.
They are Magicians. Things of the Past
are transformed, remeshed, renovated, updated. New laws are introduced in a timely fashion. Careers are redirected. We are reformed! Seasoned pros are our Guides. They shepherd us to levels above what we are used to, show us how to circle away from danger, make switchbacks up steeper grades, catch us when we fall. It's not always smooth going, but we get there!
Fathering is one of the greatest honors, and tests, of Capricorn.
There is always that challenge of finding just the right balance of holding your child to high standards, and tenderly loving them up with high praise to their personal capacity. Teaching them life skills then letting them find their own life Path requires patience and letting go at the same time. If your child is also a Capricorn, then you know how there are doubts at times and how demanding grit isn't always the only answer. Hands on experience, proving it can be done, is Earth sign wisdom. Parallel on the job training with schooling makes perfect sense. Failure is just a way of finding out what doesn't work and that's as valuable as any other experience. A practical Cappie maybe gets some expert advice, regroups and picks another route adding their own ideas as well! Excellent!
Capricorn rules the knees
, that we fall to and pray from when the going gets tough, that bend as we walk forward. It rules the bones
that hold us upright so we can anticipate where we are going and see where we are stepping. Caps are famous for their sure footedness! Cap rules our skin
that holds us in the shape we may have, that senses the temperature around us and which way the wind is blowing! If there is going to be a storm, we know it and can take shelter or choose another direction or a different time. Perfect barometer! Good personally, it tells us how to take better care of ourselves, we sense important timing in relationships. Great in business. If we go chilly, probably not a contract or person to do business with. We sense intention and if it is in harmony with ours, and have an uncanny sixth sense how long the situation will hold true to our benefit.
We are so blessed by your Spiritual perception, your sensible advice in our workaday world. Capricorn, sometimes being called a Karmic sign, often stays in spiritual love with us until they fulfill their mission. Dharma is the aim ~ to do the work of our Souls. They do theirs, help us find and stay with ours, that we may in turn help others with theirs!
CHRISTMAS Full Long Nights Moon - Water Grand Trine/Kite
Wednesday December 25, 3:11 AM Pacific at 3 Cancer 20
May the Magic of the Long Nights Moon descend upon you and bring you Love & Peace.
Last Full Moon of 2015! The next, a New Moon is Jan 9. Say farewell with deep gratitude, your Spirit fully open, like the wings of a butterfly, to let the Sun shine upon us, to ascend into a New Year full of Promise!
At 3 degrees, extraordinary Lilith is in exact aspect with Sun and Moon! Retrograde, she sextiles Sun and trines Moon. Some call that a Wedge pattern. The planet/factor to the side of the opposition seeks, senses, siphons energy in from the outside, opens to greater opportunity. It pushes energy from inside out into the world, releasing, sharing the combined power of the two opposites! Since the aspects are favorable in classical astrology, what Lilith seeks is accepted by her more conservative comrades in Cancer and Capricorn. She in Scorpio, may bring them secrets, deeper connection they don't completely understand at first. She can represent them to higher powers successfully, taking them further than ever before. In modern terms, Lilith brooks no nonsense, is an independent feminine force!
Add magical Neptune in Pisces, and we have a Grand Trine/Kite. The weight of the Kite is at the Sun side of the Full Moon Grand Trine. The Sun is a radiant midpoint lighting the channel between Lilith and Neptune. Lilith can have tremendous power in Scorpio. People who even have an inkling of it may back away, even when it is for good purposes. Neptune understands Lilith even if she doesn't want to be known. As Scorpio often prefers privacy, Neptune often chooses solitude. Lilith strengthens Neptune to stand for what it sees though it is doubted often. Neptune softens Lilith, showing that gentleness is also a great power.
In the sequence of aspects, Lilith transfers potent strength to Moon first, then Moon lends her nurturing knowledge to Neptune's visions. Water signs are feminine and so are all three factors! Scorpio and Neptune/Pisces, though illusive themselves, are extraordinary seers. The Sun in Capricorn is loving that team, beams down from the heights, leading the way, on the fly, building a Path for others to follow.
The recent Saturn square Neptune, with the sad losses in Africa, Paris, and other places, left many in grief and for some, despair. From suicide to misunderstandings, lack of ability for commitment, to depression, unbounded fear, guilt and shame, religious disappointment, misguided beliefs, distrust. It takes many Moons to heal such rifts in the valence.
This Christmas Moon, a time of gathering, a chance to be close, will help reaffirm our goodness to each other, renew hope.
Venus and Mars, and Mercury and Jupiter are in well favored connections. Venus in Mars' old sign Scorpio and Mars is in Venus' sign Libra! Besides this mutual reception, they are at the same degree in neighboring signs, in close accord. Mars, usually super independent, is willing to compromise and see the other's point of view. Venus wants a deeper alliance in Scorpio, one that is not just social, but genuinely caring, truly safe. Together they can make a fine quality relationship with each other and others depending on them to come through for them. The frosting is they are financially successful too!
Mercury in Capricorn is making an earth trine with lucky Jupiter in common sense Virgo! They have ideas that would fill a galaxy! Workable too! Jupiter plans and organizes; Mercury cracks the whip, no dallying or wasting time! Right to the point. Jupiter is jubilant, Mercury is determined! Winning combination! Jupiter may be picky in Virgo, but is looking ahead, super confident, more cheerful and inspiring than it should be - LOL! Mercury cracks a grin as excellent progress is made! Time to put our heads together!
Yes, Mercury squares Mars. Oops. They blow Mars hot and Capricorn cold. Mercury's logic, no matter how intelligent or valid, is not likely going to sooth things. Mars in Libra sometimes just enjoys the debate, loves to see what you are made of, maybe not realizing your feelings may be hurt. Understanding may help. Just listen. Or you might be wise to avoid known hot topics, or simply back away if one comes up. Leave if it gets serious. Sometimes you can agree to disagree and change the topic. Whatever works. Be wise. When people aren't able to listen or change, put your energy
elsewhere, in fertile soil.
Mercury sextile Venus links the Venus/Mars and Mercury/Jupiter combos. Those perceptive healing words may make all the difference before anything gets started at all. Mercury in Capricorn tends to be factual about memories, data. It's cool demeanor can keep a discussion on track, or make the other person think you don't really care about them, just about how much you know or how smart you are. Take it easy. Give regard to each other, benefit of the doubt. Venus in Scorpio is a kind therapist. She knows when we have reached our edge and need a reprieve to regather ourselves. However, at times she can sweetly throw in the bitter thorn. Hopefully she can remind us that we are loved and of the good things we have done, all of us. Be careful, be kind. Not a time to be blithe.
Chiron, Uranus, and Pluto are the outer planet slow moving cloak we are traveling together in. Uranus and Pluto though not making anymore exact aspects, are staying close, ever reminding us of freedoms lost and sought, changes of climate - political and planetary, coalitions and the collective consciousness. The Internet instantly discloses the enormity of atrocity, and of unbelievable changes, gains for the good - gay and animal rights, ecological repair. Chiron stands between Uranus and Pluto, in Pisces, the sign of compassion, spirituality, looking for healing. Now is the time to remain Steady in the Light.
Special ceremonies, gatherings, Circles, will likely be held, Christmas Eve night to take advantage of the incoming energies since the Full Moon is at 3:11 AM Pacific, while most of us will be sleeping. Whether you Circle or are a solitary practitioner, Blessed Be always ~
Christmas Capricorn 2015 Long Nights Full Moon Astrology Chart
Capricorn New Moon - Capricorn Stellium!
Saturday Jan 9 at 5:30 PM Pacific - 19 Capricorn 13
The first Moon of 2016 is at 19 Capricorn in the heart of a 4 planet stellium!
They have just left Pluto, a great planet of healing and resurrection. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008, cleaning up as it goes. It is now at 14 degrees, almost half way through. Sun and Moon have come along again, in their once a year visit, to lend energy, be conduits of Light to a dark planet in a sign of Karmic duties. Moon nurtures this combination of great sacrifice. Pluto has an extreme responsibility to rebuild, restore what can be, to relinquish what can't. Moon and Sun, the New Moon, remind us of the beauty of the feminine and masculine, their supreme Union a blend of energies that has always been. Pluto, planet of sharing and profound intimacy, is recharged by their bedrock essence, being impeccably heart to heart.
Just because we can't see them in the night sky, New Moons are definitely not sleepers! Sun is infusing Moon with as much Light as possible as they travel together! Moon is receptive, carrying that golden Light like a babe in arms! That miraculous update keeps our batteries charged. As the dark of the night sky is lighted with brilliant stars, and we are free to connect with our inner core, the New Moon finishes that round, begins a fresh cycle. We mature, complete, move to the next step. 12 to 13 New Moons a year keeps us in practice, reminds us life has its natural cycles, the celestial channel is always available from every angle.
Mercury is Retrograde coming back to meet them!
It is at 29 Capricorn, going back to 14 Capricorn. 29 is generally thought of as the degree of endings, being the last degree of any sign, but when the planet is retrograde, things are not nearly finished yet! Mercury goes through all the signs in about a year, but when retrograde, it's in a sign more than a month depending on the degrees the retrograde covers. This Rx starts at 1 Aquarius; Mercury is in earthy Capricorn 59 days, twice the average time per sign! That's a hefty amount of time to be thinking like a Capricorn about Capricorn matters! A lot of changes, reversals, are in the view. The more changes you can make, the further you get!
Venus has just left Saturn, Capricorn's planet, and they are headed to a trine with Uranus!
Venus makes the trine Jan 12. Saturn, however, turns retrograde, not making the trine until May 2017! Venus and Saturn seriously want what they want. Saturn has been working hard all along, Venus clarifies which parts of the project have selling qualities and which may be simply work for the love of the work. The observations can help balance the viability of what's being done, with results that pay the rent, pleasure while holding the goal in mind.
Saturn and Venus consult with Uranus
for technical electronic features, speed of light functioning! The results will be unparalleled! Approaching the right organizations or individuals at the right time can get funding for years for this valuable creation! It may be for everyone, the man on the street, students, travelers, corporations! This is a start-up with potential!
Though Moon and Sun have recently squared Uranus
, a little scared of how thing could have gone wild, they are now coming to trine Jupiter
, the planet of luck and abundance! It's good to know how things can go out of control, like a leak in the ethers, so they can be addressed. Some people will never be kept more than their time, nor can you put a round peg in a square hole. Take them for their value as is. Quickly query them of the changes they would make for you and thank them! Shake your head and let the new pieces rattle into place. Awakening to the vitality of new mixes is worth its weight in gold!
Jupiter in Virgo will further organize the best bits, streamline production, gather data and quality materials. The job will get done to maximum perfection, further potential likely. Your health and the health of your career will flourish. Stories will be told and the word of your good works will spread far and wide. Teachers, seminar leaders will enjoy their travels and long term alliances with foreign companies will enhance your reach. Underlying happiness with doing the good work of Spirit will please your Soul.
Mars in Scorpio trines Neptune, silently slipping out the back door...possibly offering help and healing secretly. If
thieving, they could get away with it, so use your common sense regarding security matters. If you think something is amiss, go get a good look, with a witness if possible. In Scorpio, Mars can tap powerful community connections, people good at getting finances lined up, people who believe in you and the special things you want to do. Mars in Scorpio is super sexual, and with Neptune, transcendent! Mars can be formidable in Scorpio, but the tenderness of Neptune in it's own sign Pisces, is beyond words. Neptune's sensitive perception, psychic abilities, awareness of nuances, can save so much time and bring a bond never to be broken. Many times, less is more.
There have always been Magical thresholds, sometimes called Moon Gates! The Mên-an-Tol, (the hole stone) in Cornwall, United Kingdom is also known as the Crick Stone. This Bronze Age monument has been standing in West Cornwall for nearly 4500 years! See more
, it and others all around the world, how to build them. Stones are one of Capricorn's passions. You can build one yourself!
Maybe it's your time now!
The first 2016 Full Moon is the January Full Wolf Moon on the Leo/Aquarius axis, Saturday January 23, 5:46 PM Pacific at 3 Leo 29.
Capricorn 2015/16 Planetary Highlights!
Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible in the predawn sky by January. The best time to see the planets will be an hour to an hour and a half before sunrise. Mercury too will appear with them from about January 20 to February 20, and the Moon will swoop through Feb 1 to 6! The last time that all five visible planets appeared together was over 10 years ago, from December 15, 2004, to January 15, 2005! As EarthSky.org says: May you be blessed with clear skies!
Capricorn Timeline - Two Circles: Solstice 21st, Full Moon 25th!
Dec 21 Happy Winter Solstice/Yule! Sun into Capricorn 8:49 PM Pacific!
Dec 25 Merry Christmas! Full Long Nights Moon 3:11 AM Pacific
Dec. 30, Jupiter and Moon are close in the sky, and rise together just before midnight
Dec 31 - 2015 ends with Moon conjunct Jupiter, considered a very lucky combination, 8:50 AM Pacific! Have a great Celebrate 2015 breakfast!
Jan 1, 2016 HAPPY NEW YEAR! Mercury
makes a brief foray into Aquarius
, to retrograde Jan 5
and return to Capricorn Jan 8!
Jan 3 Mars into Scorpio
January 3, 4 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Jan 5 Mercury RETROGRADE
Sun conjunct Scorpio's planet Pluto
Saturn starts trine Uranus
within 5 degrees
Jan 9 Capricorn New Moon 5:30 PM Pacific
December, January, most of Feb, that is Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces, there are no exact outer planet combinations.
The first outer planet aspect of 2016 is Feb 23, Jupiter opposite Chiron
- Uranus and Pluto continue in a close range square. Though no exact aspect will be formed again, the reminder of happenings since 2010 remain with us, many taking years to work through.
- The recent Saturn square Neptune with us most of 2015, first exact aspect Nov 26, is not finished by any means. Two more to come June 17, Sep 10. See more below.
- Chiron & Uranus continue in their many years long journey closely together in the background.... More
. This aspect starts the Jupiter/Chiron/ Uranus threesome that continues through September 2017! See More
Outer Planets with Capricorn 2015 to 2016!
is in mid Capricorn through 2017. Pluto is Scorpio's planet and Capricorn, is a sextile sign, an earth and water mix. Affinity and opportunity. For most with mid Capricorn factors it is intense these days with Pluto right there! This is an unsentimental combination, cleaning up the bricks. Nothing escapes scrutiny and spent structures are unceremoniously
razed with no regret, while others may be fastidiously renovated to the nines with superb increases in value. Some careers will end while others are enormously prosperous. Intimacy may take some hard knocks or vows made or renewed that stand until the end of time. Seeing how things really are, and working, building, rebuilding, as needed, are key.
is in its own sign, just before mid Pisces, still hasn't reached the hump point, is still finding its way. It is a water Planet in a water sign seeking a deeper side of life. Capricorn is SO different! Yet, both are the peak seekers of their own kind. Capricorn is the last Earth sign, knows the reality, what it takes to thrive. Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac, assessing the whole achievement, both of earthly matters and the Spirit of our Soul. Capricorn is the scientist and follows the laws of nature and the higher spiritual laws as well. Pisces is the dreamer believer intuitive artist, seemingly a layabout at times, yet, without effort, often arrives before Capricorn does! When they listen to each other, amazing things can be done for the least expense of time and resources. Capricorn's accomplishments become steeped with a rich vibrancy, so much more than just getting the job done on time....
is just past the mid of Aries, moving into the final half of the degrees. Capricorn is the sign of authority! Uranus in Aries is constantly bucking it's way along, giving Capricorn a hard time, undoing some of what was hard won over a long period of time. Life is like a Buddhist sand painting swept aside ~ get out your attachment robes and keep your eyes open to new possibilities! The upstarts are learning how to approach for least resistance, best results. Some of what they find they are surprised is solid and stands true, there is an unlikely alliance formed. Capricorn expertise, experience saves time, and becomes a framework for future campaigns! On the street, avoid picking fights, and generally be careful of accidents.
Chiron is also in Pisces, starting the last half of the sign. The Magi Society thinks Chiron is the #1 marriage factor and good in business. Capricorn loves a well made long term alliance and being down-to-earth. The old mythology casts Chiron as the wounded healer teacher. So much the better! We need our prowess and sharing how to live well. Capricorn has a built in detector and if there isn't backup for what Chiron says, it will know. Sometimes we wish things were a certain way, but life just isn't there yet. Chiron holds the Pisces dream; Capricorn can make it so if their hoped for miracle is mutual!
Saturn is about a third of the way through Sagittarius now. It will make mid Sag in 2016 then retrogrades back to 9 Sag! Factors in your chart from 9 to 16 degrees will be activated one after the other. Saturn is Capricorn's own planet and Sagittarius is Capricorn's preceding neighboring sign! Saturn is now in the sign that prepares the way for Capricorn's success. It makes the plans, sees the opportunities to come, sets the foundations. Principles are tested for Truth and how well they work. Trial promotions find which styles secure the best results. Doubts that block timely progress are discovered and put to rest. And Saturn discovers that fun, stopping to take in the sights along the Path, refreshing your Spirit, is enjoyable and well worth the time it takes, and enhances the results!!!
Jupiter in Virgo is happily trining Capricorn, earth and earth! It will go through the rest of Virgo by Sep 9, 2016! It seems every step is blessed! If Jupiter in Virgo gets bogged down in details, Capricorn quickly nips and tucks to the essentials. Capricorn doesn't miss a trick and sees which of Virgo's suggestions to keep, and praises their ingenuity! Virgo sees when going by the book can lack the special quality needed, the one that makes the difference, and can show it to Cap's satisfaction! Extraordinary progress is likely. Capricorn may be heads down working as usual, but Jupiter offers up a campaign that shows the wonderful contribution that is being made, and the word goes out to people who so dearly need what is being produced, especially at the good price it is being offered at! Pride in service.
Jupiter in Libra is so social Capricorn wonders if any work will get done at all! But if you are looking for grants for a tough sell, they may bring the breakthrough! Jupiter in Libra may bring longed for recognition, smooth dicey relationships, team you up at the next level! Your job may just be to accept your good fortune! If they challenge you, sort out what's true, what's exaggerated, what to let pass you by. Change what makes sense, keep your high working standards, let time work for you. If legal matters come your way, get an proven advocate who has common sense and keeps a broad perspective. Check credit reports before engagements. Know your potential partner(s) whether personal or business. Otherwise, let the good people get you away from your usual workaday world, maybe take a trip! It might be just what the Dr ordered!
Any of these factors may be activating other factors in your chart as well as your Sun. They may be difficult, may be rosy, maybe both! Check with your favorite astrologer for the whole picture!
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Mercury RETROGRADE AQ/Cap, Valentine's, Mars!
Terracing at quintessential Machu Picchu ~
Like terracing on a steep hillside, our lives are favored by retrogrades. They help us gradually ascend the heights, levels of enlightenment. Some are narrow, some have broad flats. They hold the water of fertility as it descends,
some sloped inward to hold more, others sloped outward to release to the shelf below. As in terrace farming, they gradually lower along their length, to shift the water from that terrace to the one below. Slow, spread, sink - receive. This Retrograde is in Capricorn, the high rocky mountains, and Aquarius, the stratospheric air above them.
Sometimes our lives need this adjusting. We get ahead of ourselves, need to regulate the flow, take time to absorb the treasure that is right in front of us. We get a little heady at times, either scattered, or packed too tight, our thoughts blocked. Stand still along the way ascending the turns, get used to the new altitude. Take a far keen look. Breathe deep. Lean on the rocks, let the gravel slow the flow, catch what passes around us, filter debris coming our way.
Mostly the RX is in Capricorn.
The cycle started Dec 19 at 14 Capricorn 54. Mercury goes into Aquarius New Year's Day, but only for a few days. It retrogrades Jan 5, barely getting in Aquarius
, at 1 AQ 2, returns to Cap Jan 8. It shows us the goal in Aquarius then returns to rebuild the foundation in Cap. It remains there until it turns direct, 14 CP 54, Jan 25.
It goes forward in Cap, reenters AQ Feb 13, the day before Valentine's day! The cycle finishes on Valentine's Day!
Mercury Rx is famous for paperwork and communications snafus! In Capricorn
that can be related to career, parenting - especially fathering and elder care, the consideration of long term commitments, housing. In our bodies, give good regard to your bones, skin, fingernails, knees and teeth. Just when you don't have time over the holidays, you need a little extra rest. if possible, during the retrograde, wait to change jobs or schools, move or remodel, get extensive dental work. If you must, for now, do only what you need to get by, don't choose permanent or long term options. Stay flexible. Rent, don't buy yet. Get less expensive and less furniture. There may be another move in the near future.
In its brief foray into Aquarius
, only you with very early factors in Aquarius will pay any attention. The state of the world, our local friends, personal and professional associations will matter. Freedom is at stake. Change is evolution. Even what seems bad, stirs the collective, heads are put together, new healing ways found. In moments of genius, profound need, we will find the words to say that people will hear. At the personal level, might wait on getting that computer, phone or car.
Aspects Mercury makes during the cycle:
Dec 19, Jan 22 & 29 Mercury conjunct Pluto! The cycle starts with a powerful connection with our primordial Other Self. Mercury chats, Pluto doesn't show face. Good poker player. A contract can be made, but you better know what you are doing! No cheating or tricking, no force. Stay clean.
Dec 20, Jan 20 Square Uranus. Not all as expected, a friend goes the other way, a connection isn’t made. Your computer betrays you. The lights go out temporarily.
Dec 25, Christmas Day, Jan 14, Feb 6 trine Jupiter! Lucky conversation. Sign the paper. High praise. Share the big news! Take a little trip, go to the seminar, school, temple.
Dec 29 Square Mars. Be careful, watch tempers and overdoing it. You don't have to tell all. If you have been a quitter, get it done! Shout it out, be inspiring, make the breakthrough!
Jan 5, the day of the Rx, it squares Mars again. The square is within 3 degrees from Dec 24, Christmas Eve, until Jan 9 as Mercury retreats, while Mercury and Mars are at their sign changes. Mars goes from Libra to Scorpio Jan 3.
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Focus on the long term important things, be safe, celebrate your completion on Valentine's Day! Stay sweet!
Check with your astrologer to see if any of these activate your chart and which house(s) Mercury activates ~
Unstoppable Saturn Sagittarius Trine Uranus Aries!
Earth at Paris Climate Summit ~ a strong and unstoppable gathering for the Planet!
Jan 5, Saturn starts the PREVIEW trine to Uranus within 5 degrees
. They travel closely, Saturn not catching up, retrogrades March 25. At this point they are at 16 and 19 degrees. Uranus keeps on going, Saturn turns back to the 5 degree distance April 18. Months later, November 18, Saturn again comes within 5 degrees, when they are at 16 and 21 degrees, close to where they left off back in March. They make their first exact trine Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 2016 at 20 degrees! The second is May 18, 2017; the third is Dec 11, 2017.
Right now this is a stand alone aspect, but when it makes that Christmas Eve exact aspect Dec 24, 2016, it is part of what I am calling the Holiday Four!
, even in Sagittarius, maybe especially in Sag, steadies Uranus in fiery Aries
. The Path is ordained, and Saturn is sticking to it! Uranus was for so many years square Pluto in Saturn's sign Capricorn. Huge resistance. Now here is Saturn in another fire sign working in harmony with Uranus! There is a calculated, reasonable optimism and expectation. Saturn the Builder enjoys making a sure structure for Sagittarius' plans, and the Uranian spearhead! That gives impatient excited Uranus in Aries an outlet for the fidgets! Many old structures fell and are still falling like dominoes, opening doors right and left. Now it's time to build anew!
Uranus sees real things being done. True, rarely is it fast enough, but short of doing it yourself, and one person can't do it all, at least these folks are making moves in the right direction. And, shortly, Uranus in Aries will be off in another place anyway. They will be rousing, galvanizing others to take up another project, maybe even parallel or related to the ones just started! Could be a very big complex plan of projects related to projects, the people working on them not even realizing the connections yet!
Saturn and Uranus rule neighboring signs earthy conservative Capricorn, and far, far out electric air sign Aquarius! Short and tall! Saturn is the lawmaker, Aquarius the lawbreaker, but this time working together for new laws! Saturn says if it ain't broke don't fix it. Aquarius takes the clock apart and puts it back together, figuring out a new way to make it better. Saturn, the builder scientist, is so steady, determined. Uranus is infinitely unpredictable, thinks out of the box, researches and invents! Saturn puts up the framing, Uranus installs the electrical system. A trine is usually a harmonious link, so businessman Saturn and banker/bartender Uranus do find common ground - buy the bar or bank, right?! And they can be surprisingly great friends! Off to the patent office, then into production! Futurist Uranus, ahead of his times, chats it up with Saturn in farseeing Sagittarius. Together they get insight, plan how to make things work for current everyday use and to save the Planet! Uranus designs; Saturn makes it so.
Saturn in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries brings a calming, a reasonable sense of responsibility, yet is still spunky in fire signs! Sag and Aries love their independence, so Saturn plans, protects the function of much needed fast getaways to restore the spirit. There is more leeway with working hours, less hovering to see things get done 'properly,' more creativity encouraged! Working with friends is super, same general goals, things get done quickly. Uranus in Aries does split second mid air research that saves time, points amazing directions, is invaluable in making this project stand out above all others of the past! Flying consultants in, brainstorming, making new working friendships and alliances is just fun, a rich experience! Have your gifts ready! The company party will be in good taste and spectacular with the computerized fireworks light show! Don't forget to invite your Father's friend and take lots of px for Facebook!
Saturn is the powers that be and Sagittarius the judges and seers; Uranus is the unique, Aries the ardent, individuals that make up the masses of Humanity. Together we are stepping forward.
Saturn in Sagittarius Square Neptune in Pisces continues....
The Paris Climate Rally was cancelled after the bombings, so people put their shoes there, including Pope Francis, UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon and Marion Cotillard. Saturn is cancellations, Neptune and Pisces are feet and shoes. Walk in my shoes so you will under stand....
Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces ran seven months in 2015 at two different times, and will a third period in 2016 for 6+ months.
- Allowing a 5 degree range, it started Dec 23, 2014 and ran through April 18.
- The second time, it ran from Oct 15 to Jan 20, 2016, making its first of three exact aspects on Nov 26, ThanksGiving Day, at 7 Sagittarius, the last aspect of 2015!
- In 2016, it runs from April 13 to Oct 31, with second exact aspect June 17 at 12 Sag, and the final aspect Sep 10 at 10 Sag.
That's a total of 13+ months, a year's worth plus! When an aspect has a long duration, it's effect takes time, is fully absorbed, happens by default. It just becomes part of our lives, an unconscious ambiance. We have the time it takes for its successful achievement. It will be in varying degrees, 7, 12, and 10, over those months, so people with factors at or close with those degrees will be affected at different times more and less, the ones at 8-11 the most.
Planets Saturn and Neptune are quite different creatures.
Concrete Saturn's joy is to establish boundaries, guard the compound, be the builder, be a Magician of Creation, to apport. Mystical Neptune lets it all go, and can itself, become invisible, undefinable. The ability of dissolution is as powerful as construction. Sometimes removing a long held blockage to a better life, or a tumor twisting our body, is essential to further progress. When we get to carrying too much weight, get exhausted, letting go is a crucial art. This cycle, the talents of building and having, then doing without, unfettered by earthly dross, show us long term true values, what we need, don't need. We are talented and humbled. Sometimes it is a huge relief finding out we don't have to work so hard and things will still be ok.
Turning it around, if Spirit/Neptune has been too lazy or frightened, if we think of ourselves as the incapable victim, Saturn can be of great service. Saturn can help us practice getting clean and sober that we may hold a hammer again. Just a few boards and nails can build a shelter where we can live together and support each other to wellness. Saturn understands grief, depression, shame. It can take us by the hand, without judgment and remind us what we could once do or show us how to do what we have never done before. It can clean us up, get us back on track from right where we are at, give a renewed dignity. It may help us have the discipline to take the time to sit in meditation again.
Pisces doesn't usually have business bones, but Saturn is a rock solid pro! Saturn knows the importance of timing, and will get you connected with an entertainment attorney for your music rights, get you a producer, schedule your art shows, and maybe you need an editor for your movie scripts! Great! More time to live your vision!
Signs Sagittarius and Pisces have a few things in common and some major differences.
Both are spiritually inclined, but in different ways. Sagittarius goes to the big meeting house while Pisces prefers a personal connection through meditation at the solitude of the Ashram, one on one. Sagittarius is exuberantly inspirational, giving hope, faith, confidence. They 'Tell it on the Mountain,' or the pulpit or podium! Pisces is often behind the scenes, doing a bit of mop up work with casualties that need personal tender treatment. Each wants the message to go out. When they are blessed to do a huge event together, like a night under the stars with spotlights on the heroes and heroines, it is an event to be remembered! They are both travelers, Sagittarius on the land, nomadic, carrying the stories of all time. Pisces is a Spirit traveler, a visionary, traveling with all Souls in the dreamtime. They bring messages from other realms as well.
Sagittarius admires the learned teacher, reads the good book. Pisces is the etheric artist guided moment by moment, often uninfluenced by what any other Being thinks. Pisces, often dyslexic and left handed, if going to write anything, writes the Word they 'channel' from Spirit. Both are truth seekers. Sagittarius, with its keen observations and wide angle lens, can compare and find the flaws against nature. Pisces may seem lost in the glow of a spiritual master, but is so sensitive it intuits when things aren't just right, or have long been over. They may end up having a following of their own, then be on Sag's show!
The integration of blundering, sometimes insensitive Saturn, and will o the wisp, hard to nail down Neptune, may not be easy. One runs while the other tromples. Sigh. Thundering (or so it seems to Neptune) Saturn needs to get down into low gear, at least in the beginning. Neptune may whimper and whine, but try to stay present and hear the care behind the words before they completely dissolve in a pile of tears, or a vapor trail as you leave. Taking small time-outs is good. Recalibrate. No pulling rank. Not Saturn for its grand achievements, nor Neptune for communing with God him/herself!
Give this reasonable time. In 13 months, we are having another go at changing some long standing premises. Neptune is the Great Mystery, and who dare challenge Spirit itself?! Saturn is in a mere 29 year cycle upstart compared to Neptune's knowing 168 years! But wisdom seeker Saturn, a Master in his own right, is not known for giving up or being afraid of Goliaths. He has time on his side because he will challenge Neptune every seven+ years. This is technically a checkpoint around the Circle as Saturn, squares, conjuncts, squares, opposes, then repeats the cycle. How are we doing? Make before and after notes.
Allow things to grow, revisions to be made, details to be assimilated. Discard what's outgrown; get lighter. Let it be rich and deeply aromatic like a fine cuppa. The challenge is worth it. At the extreme is suicide at one end, hope and determination at the other. Liz Greene refers to it as the Quest for Redemption. I'm with that.
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2016 Jupiter Virgo/Libra, Transit of Mercury, Elections!
2016 will certainly have it's challenges, the wheels of fate and future are in motion! Those whose charts connect with, or choose to use the two super Jupiter earth trines with Pluto
, Virgo/Capricorn, charts to inaugurate important events, will be pleased with the results! May 9 is the date to check with your astrologer about.
Mercury retrogrades in Earth signs
- Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, and the longest stellium durations are in earth sign Virgo. The Virgo stelliums have 4 planets each, and are in August/September. Earth signs are doers. Taurus builds dependable foundations and tends our food animals. Virgo tends the veggie gardens, our health, sustainable living systems. Capricorn rules real estate and builds our homes, shelter, careers. All are vital to our comfort everyday.
Jupiter's emphasis is on Virgo through Sep 9. Getting healthy, life in order, developing our skills, relationships cared for, books written, finances tended. It will set the stage for Jupiter in Libra.
When Jupiter goes into Libra our attention shifts completely. No more slaving at work, at home, for everyone else! Take off that cosmic apron, it's getting out, people time! Enjoy the arts and beauty of life, find complementary business partners, establish personal relationships!
The November Presidential Elections will have comeuppances and surprises! The new President will have some hard work to do, a quite challenging first year. Please VOTE!
Astronomically, the most exciting event is the May 9 Taurus, EARTH sign, Transit of Mercury!
On the average, there are only 13 transits of Mercury each century. The last planetary Solar Eclipse we had was Venus Retrograde in Gemini June 5, 2012. The last Mercury eclipse was Nov 8, 2006 at 16 Scorpio. The May Mercury eclipses are about half as frequent as November transits, but are bigger because Mercury is Aphelion, farthest from the sun. They occur at Mercury's South Node.
Technically, in old astrological terms, there are really three kinds of solar conjunctions. Planets within about 8 degrees of the bright Sun cannot even be seen! This is called being combust, burned up! Even up to about 17 degrees away the Sun is still overpowering and the planet faint. This is called being under the sunbeams, unable to act effectively. If a planet is right at the core of the Sun, within 0 degrees 17 minutes, then it is utterly consumed and this is called being cazimi. In the old days that was considered to be bad. But, really? Why? It happens all the time, and the whole planet doesn't go pale. Clearly, many people's charts aren't activated by the degrees the event occurs at.
Though this Mercury will be in earthy Taurus, Mercury being conjunct the Sun, 'eclipsing' the Sun, is like having Mercury in fiery LEO for those 8 hours! Imagine the amplification of the Mercuries of children born during the Transit!!! Both Taurus and Leo are fixed signs. What these children think will be strong and true, forever (ah, stubborn too)! Those of us with natal Mercury in fire signs are used to a little fire in our bellies, are inspired and more active! People who enjoy hot weather may be quite pleased. They relax into it, are languid and at peace. Their bodies and Spirits heal.
I think of the Sun as giving a mighty infusion of LIGHT, energy, a transmission of unspeakable knowledge from our STAR! EnLIGHTenment, if you will! I'm cleaning and clearing all my telereceivers, antennae, am ready, willing and able! I also believe we quite naturally exchange energy. All of us mortals are sending an array of ideas right back! Get your head clear. Make potent requests of maximum potential, let Father Sun know how it is here, give thanks for Life! The Collective has super powers. Some requests we send will merge and fuse in agreement with incoming transmissions. Like a lighted fuse, light will pour forth! They will gain momentum and miraculous changes will be made.
To make this one even more receptive, Jupiter is stationary, standing still, receptive. There is an Earth Grand Trine of Venus 11 Taurus, one of her own signs, Jupiter 13 Virgo and Pluto 17 Capricorn! Positive financial factors in the best formation possible! Believe me, not to be missed!!!
Check with your astrologer for the whole picture for YOU!
See more about the Transit of Mercury. See the entire 2016 Special Edition!
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Happy Birthdays, Remarkable Capricorns!
New Year Anchorage AK by award winning photographer Mike Criss of Wasilla, Alaska. Alaska is a January 3, 1959 Capricorn state.
May your holidays be Merry and Bright! Much LOVE!
Please, always remember these planetary combinations are what's happening in the world. Check with your astrologer to see how they do, or don't, activate your personal chart! May it go well with you....