This Sun through Capricorn cycle seems custom-made for those who like to spend the final part of the year reflecting on the past and the earliest days of the new one putting aspirations into action. Part of the planetary activity will take place in mutable signs, aiding release, and another in cardinal signs, supporting those first steps into new endeavors. Throw in a nostalgic full Moon in Cancer on the 26th, Mercury’s dance between mutable Sagittarius and cardinal Capricorn, Jupiter’s station and an important new Capricorn Moon on January 11th, and the theme of clearing out the old to make way for the new solidifies. It all gets underway on December 21st when the Sun enters industrious Capricorn under a productive, waxing Taurus Moon.
The beginning of this week might prove to be an ideal time to get centered ahead of incoming aspects and events. After all, we’re in the midst of two powerful eclipses and under a Mercury retrograde. Helping us navigate inner planes, on Monday the Moon will move into nurturing Cancer.
The next two weeks will have no shortage of astrological activity, and Mars-ruled Aries wouldn’t have it any other way. A Sun Jupiter conjunction, solar eclipse, the Sun’s ingress into Taurus and the start of Mercury’s next retrograde are all on their way. Adding to the collective buzz, Venus will kick off this cycle when she moves into busy Gemini late on the 10th.
On August 20th Mars began its seven-month journey through Gemini. With such a bold, assertive planet moving into the sign of communication and media, the astrology world was abuzz about the potentials of the transit. On the same day, Mercury stealthily entered the shadow zone of its upcoming retrograde at 24° Virgo 12′. On September 3rd, Mars will follow suit and cross the shadow point of its forthcoming retrograde at 8° Gemini 08′. Gemini is of course one of Mercury’s two domiciles, the other being Virgo where it is presently. So while Mars may be garnering a lot of attention, Mercury’s influence is apparent and important.
A sense that things are falling into place and even improving will begin to permeate the airwaves over the next two weeks. Both Venus and Mars will return to their home signs, a new moon in flexible Gemini will offer a fresh start and Mercury’s retrograde will conclude. Adding to the optimism, Mars will conjoin Jupiter in reinvigorating Aries. Saturn however, will temper expectations as it begins its five-month-long retrograde.