2021 has familiarized everyone with the essence of the Saturn Uranus squares in fixed signs. Even after December 24th’s final exact square, Saturn and Uranus will remain in tight alignment for much of 2022. Additionally the eclipses and node shifts into Taurus and Scorpio will apply more pressure to the fixed signs. That said, for beleaguered Tauruses, Leos, Scorpios and Aquariuses, with yet another year of obstacles ahead of them, some relief is in sight. On December 28th Jupiter will stop inflating tensions when it exits Aquarius and re-enters Pisces.
Precisely conveying the meaning of Neptune is about as easy as nailing down a piece of jello. Fully describing its retrograde is even more complicated. Then again, this is the elusive planet of dreams, illusion and deception that is invisible to the naked eye. Its gamut runs from fully realized enlightenment to clinical insanity, with addictions thrown somewhere in between. Definitions aside, the distant rascal has been retrograde since June 25th, and on December 1st it will station and begin to make forward progress.
On Tuesday night we get one of each year’s best occasions to chart a course for long-term goals, the new Capricorn Moon. This new Moon dawns as the incoming barrage of fixed sign squares begins its volley. Capricorn aims and accomplishes. Being the cardinal earth sign and ruled by Saturn, it is naturally imbued with drive, realism and abiding determination. The Moon rules daily routines and moods, and is thus associated with the endless tides of fleeting and fluctuating emotional states. Ringed Saturn is quite different. It is the planet of structure and limitations. Where we are prone to lolly-gagging, living beyond our means or squandering opportunities, stern, austere Saturn steps in. It reminds us of the finiteness of our resources, particularly that of time.
The first full week of 2021 begins dramatically, with clever Mercury conjoining metamorphic Pluto in Capricorn on Monday and then austere Saturn in Aquarius on Saturday. In between, the Messenger planet along with Venus and Mars will change signs. Those shifts will put Mercury and Mars on course for an important square late Friday, and on parallel fixed sign paths for the next two months.
When looking back over the past six months, there has been a curious constant, Mars in Aries. For those who like life on the spicy side, this transit has offered a nearly inexhaustible supply of motivation and vigor, with heaps of variety. For the battle weary, news that the feisty planet is leaving the fiery sign is a welcomed relief. Neither side can deny the passionate influence of this transit or the indelible mark it leaves.