Sun Into Capricorn 2014-15: Rational Exuberance

   As the Sun enters conservative Capricorn, a very special new moon stellium takes shape, Saturn prepares to change signs for the first time in over two years, and disruptive, rowdy Uranus comes out of retrograde.  Things get underway at 4:03 P.M. on December 21st when the Sun enters the Cardinal earth sign.  There it will meet up with Venus, Mercury and powerful Pluto.  Two hours later, a new Capricorn moon strengthens this stellium.  Themes of longevity, endurance and ambition are Capricorn’s hallmarks, so this is a five-star day to contemplate the year ahead and to make firm decisions, plans and commitments.  Ceremony is also a excellent choice on this very special new Winter Solstice moon.  What would you like to see happen most in the coming 365 days, personally and globally?  What about the next three years?

     With Capricorn’s ruling planet Saturn set for a Sagittarius transit that will last until December 2017, the dawning Sun cycle will open negotiations between optimism and realism.  On December 23rd Saturn enters the mutable fire sign of Sagittarius.  With the brief exception of a retrograde back into Scorpio from June to September in 2015, Saturn will remain in Sag until December 19, 2017.  Where Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius is hopeful and expansive, sober Saturn is pragmatic and restrictive.  Sagittarius has high-minded ideals and dreams big, and Saturn imposes form and accountability.  Integrating these two forces won’t be easy.  With Saturn, nothing ever is, and that’s kind of the point.  The loftiest of aspirations require boots on the ground implementation.  Saturn provides the discipline and structure to manifest the visionary.
      

Winter Solstice 2014 With Capricorn Stellium

Winter Solstice 2014 With Capricorn Stellium

   The axiom “As above, so below” is a good one to keep in mind as we journey through this transit.  Under global Sag, it will be applied to our stated principles, philosophies and ideals, Sag’s turf.  If a cosmetics company says that it is against animal cruelty, but agrees to animal testing as a condition of doing business in China, it will be called out on it.   Correspondingly, once we know about the unsavory business practices of our favorite brands, our personal ethics will be tested.  If we say that we believe in clean oceans, we’ll continue to be confronted by data showing us how our use of plastics is clogging them up.  If we say that everyone deserves access to clean water, Saturn will challenge us to create real mechanisms for delivering it.  This cosmic imperative to quite literally “practice what we preach” will only strengthen in the coming three years.  It aligns strongly with the Uranus Pluto squares that conclude next March and the ongoing Pluto journey through institutional Capricorn, from 2008-2024.  Presently at twelve degrees, that transit is only now beginning to reach phase two in power and intensity.  Remember, The American Revolution arose under the previous Capricorn through Pluto transit of 1760-1778, with the battle at Lexington not taking place until Pluto reached 26 degrees.  Tensions steadily mounted for well over a decade as Pluto strengthened in the sign of government, systems and commerce.  As Capricorn’s ruling planet, Saturn will support Pluto’s honesty and resolve to reform.  Spirited, confident Sagittarius will provide, and fuel, the inspiration for change.  

    With Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Leo, Saturn in Sag places a major planetary player in every fire sign.  Together the three bodies form a loose Grand Fire Trine.  Fire represents the element of spirit, and as such is the motivation behind everything that comes into form.  This combination will be in place for the first six months of 2015, and a regular trine will be reignited between Saturn and Uranus in September.  Sagittarius correlates to 9th house issues such as long-distance travel, religion and higher education.  The last Saturn transit of Sag ended in late 1988, the year before the world wide web was invented.  This will be the first time we’ll experience Saturn in Sag with a grid for global connectivity and communication firmly in place.  This time revolutionary, electrifying Uranus is in audacious Aries.  Under this Saturn Uranus combo, messages and movements can spread like wildfire on the grid and on the ground.  Ideas like Heroic Imagination can be part of a substantive, sustainable solution.  By the end of 2015 the North Node and Jupiter will be in Virgo, the sign of daily routines, details, health and service.  This is a further call to fuse the micro into the macrocosm and the macro into the microcosm.  Now, under austere Capricorn skies, we begin walking our talk.


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Sun Into Aries 2014: Playing With Fire

For an audio report on the incoming cycle, please listen to an interview on “Kristy’s Connection To The Soul“.

     As 2014’s Grand Cardinal Cross takes shape, perceptible tensions build. In part this is due to the contentious nature of crosses, a configuration that is made up of oppositions and squares. Another contributing factor is the planets that constitute the cross. In this case, they include Mars, Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter. Lastly, the modality of the signs that form the cross must be taken into consideration. In 2014, that means understanding the provocative and instigating nature of cardinal signs. Taking a broad look at the astrology of 2014, and of this spring in particular, can help us put the Cross, which includes the 5th Pluto Uranus square, into perspective. Clearly attuned to and firmly aligned with a greater purpose, we can harness and apply the initiating and fiery energies before us. To set the stage for the April 20-24 Grand Cardinal Cross, the Sun moves into invigorating, instigating Aries on March 20th at 10:57 A.M. MST.

     Bold and brash, Aries casts off the cold and gray of winter as it ushers in the season of renewal and revitalization. Accordingly, this Mars-ruled sign drives, pushes and motivates. On its journey through unflappable, activating Aries, the Sun will hit all four of the Grand Cardinal Cross points. On April 1st it squares Jupiter in Cancer, on the 2nd it conjoins Uranus in Aries, on the 3rd it squares Pluto and on the 8th it opposes Mars in Libra. Also, Mercury enters Aries on the 7th. So note what shows up during the first week of April because these issues and opportunities are part and parcel of the Grand Cross. Another key period begins on April 14th when Mercury conjoins Uranus and squares Jupiter and Pluto, Pluto stations to go retrograde and the moon arrives in Libra to prepare for the total lunar eclipse on April 15th.

     The first of 2014’s eclipses, this one will be visible in North America, and it involves the lunar nodes now positioned along the Aries (South Node) Libra (North Node) axis. The nodes describe our history and future. In this context, they not only add to the mounting pressure of the Grand Cardinal Cross, they also compel us to integrate personal desires with collective needs. How do we share our unique talents and gifts with others? How do singular actions impact the whole? This is also a cosmic challenge to match beliefs (Jupiter) with actions (Mars). The other noteworthy aspect about this eclipse and the total solar eclipse of April 28-29 is that they bookend the Cross.

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     So, as the Sun transits from peaceful, Pisces to audacious Aries we will feel the unfolding friction and can begin putting passion into practice. The changes don’t have to be harsh or abrupt. Mercury will occupy poetic Pisces until April 7th and two days earlier Venus enters the holistic sign for a month-long stay. From there, the two will blend with Neptune and Chiron also in Pisces, Jupiter in Cancer and Saturn in Scorpio. Their harmonious water trines will offer intuitive insight as the conflicts created by the coming squares arise and intensify. Can you say guided action? Further, we are all descendants of the original fire or Big Bang. We have made deliberate choices on a soul level as to why we came to planet Earth at this time. The Aries fire being lit now can reacquaint us with our core essence and individual missions. That fire will be stoked by Jupiter’s year-long transit through fixed fire sign Leo, starting in July, and Saturn’s three-year journey through mutable fire sign Sagittarius, beginning in December. Those of you who follow astrology closely will recognize July as the point during 2014 when we emerge from the extended period of personal planet retrogradation. So as the cosmic breaks come off, the creative fires will be fanned further. It all starts this Equinox. This Aries Sun asks us to look out onto the horizon, to feel the excitement of new possibilities before us and to courageously step into them. 

 

 

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