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Astrology Update, New Moon in Capricorn, January 16th, 2018: Why So Serious?

New Moons are a time when our conscious and unconscious selves are aligned, working together in harmony, giving us a great opportunity to go within and understand ourselves and what we truly want, and then plant seeds of intention accordingly.  With all planets now moving direct and no retrogrades until Jupiter’s retrograde in early March, the seeds that we plant now are especially favored to yield real results, particularly if we are patient and mindful of where our goals fit within the larger plan.  

This New Moon occurs at 26 degrees Capricorn, a sign known for its patience and determination, and with Capricorn’s ruler Saturn in this sign along with Pluto, Venus, Mercury, and Black Moon Lilith, there is a powerful emphasis on all things Saturnine, including age, time, process, karma, rules, responsibility, limitations, and structure.  There are consequences to the seeds we sow now, and what we grow will take time and patience to cultivate.  Now is a good time to seek the advice of a wise elder, to respect earth-based traditions, tend to our bodies and our bones in particular, and reconnect with the natural world as best we can despite potentially daunting winter weather.

Jupiter in Scorpio sextile to Pluto in Capricorn at this time is part of a repeating pattern for much of 2018, expanding our possibilities for transformation and lending faith and optimism to the process, which are much-needed when facing some of the darker institutional and societal secrets that are being dredged up during Pluto’s Capricorn transit, as well as personal traumas for those of us with planets and luminaries touched by this transit.  This sextile can help us to be real powerhouses in whatever areas of our natal and progressed charts are touched by Scorpio and Capricorn, but it can also amp up the intensity of our experiences there, though being a supportive aspect it is unlikely to yield any dire Plutonian fallout in and of itself.  Since this New Moon, Sun, and Venus in Capricorn sextile Chiron in Pisces, which is also trined by Mars in Scorpio, what hurts are dredged up under Pluto’s influence can yield potent lessons that increase our healing wisdom, compassion, and sense of universal connection, and we are most likely to gain revelations regarding wounds incurred in relation to desire and intimacy.

Mars in Scorpio inconjunct Uranus in Aries during this New Moon makes for sudden surprises that can be jarring to our energy and drive, and with Mars still in orb to its recent conjunction with Jupiter, Mars in Scoprio’s intense focus and motivation continues to be a force to be reckoned with.  This is a time to enlist extra Capricornian caution when driving or engaged in other undertakings in which an accident could have fatal consequences, especially since with both Uranus and Mars in signs that Mars rules, we may find ourselves so focused on our goals that we fail to see potential dangers, or do not give them the respect they deserve.  Since this inconjunct is part of a Learning Triangle with the Sun, Moon, and Venus unexpected lessons are emphasized here, particularly those that call into question our desires and what we do to attain them, with both our conscious and unconscious selves poised to make use of whatever wisdom we may gain from these experiences.  Mars gains the benefit of the sextile to the Sun and Moon in this configuration, making us conscious of our focus and drive while feeling intuitively aligned with that awareness.  But this New Moon and Venus are squaring Uranus, making us equally aware of how tenuous our position is right now.  This is an unsettling aspect, to be sure, and we may find our moods and affections flip-flopping as a result or unusually self-indulgent, sending us in pursuit of newness and excitement with potential frustration and flaring tempers when we find our our desires thwarted.

The Sun, Moon, and Venus all in the last decanate of Capricorn emphasize patient ambition in pursuit of our desires, and Saturn, Mercury, and Black Moon Lilith all in the first decanate of Capricorn emphasize patience and persistence even more, with a methodical outlook that transcends temporary fads and is not impressed by Moon/Venus-square-Uranus impulsiveness.  But Uranus in Aries is the height of impatience, eager to start endeavors yet often hard-pressed to keep up the momentum necessary to continue, and we may find ourselves tripping over sudden changes in our feelings and emotional attention-span.  Therefore, whatever seeds of intention we decide to plant at this New Moon, we need to recognize that the dogpile of planets in Capricorn may still give us all of the patience and determination in the world despite whatever emotional surprises the Uranian square may cook up, but they also make it likely that what we choose to pursue now will require much time and tenacity to see to the end, with all-too-many obstacles to test us along the way.

Mercury conjuncts Black Moon Lilith in the first decanate of Capricorn during this New Moon, putting our thoughts and communication in alignment with divine will and giving us a certain degree of emotional distance in our thinking.  Lilith can force us to confront our desires by tempting us with what we cannot attain until we have gained a certain degree of emotional maturity, often learning some very difficult lessons in the process.  There is also a Uranian tone to Lilith’s insights, a primal and electric intuition that is both independent and impersonal, helping us to be more objective about our feelings.  Mercury is also still conjunct Saturn at this time, so our thoughts continue to have a certain gravitas to steady the Uranian influence, and in combination with Black Moon Lilith can create a powerful sense of fatefulness in our ideas and communication now.  Mercury in Capricorn carefully brings together all of the facts to bear upon a subject before arriving at any conclusion, creating an impression of slow thoughtfulness that can be mistaken for a lack of mental dexterity, yet in fact Mercury in Capricorn’s methodical thought-process repeatedly yields the right answer.  If we need to carefully think through all aspects of a plan before making any decision, and do so with mindfulness of the long-term consequences of whatever decision we will make, this Mercury transit is the time to do it.  There is the potential for the Saturn/Mercury/Black Moon Lilith conjunction to yield a somewhat bleak and depressive outlook if we let Saturn’s influence become more weight than motivator, so sensitive souls would do well to remember that and keep a sense of humor on-hand to balance out such a hefty dose of Saturnine seriousness.


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All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Cardinal Grand Cross 2014

Today is the day of a long-anticipated Grand Cross in Cardinal signs, with Pluto in Capricorn opposing Jupiter in Cancer, both squared to Uranus in Aries opposing Mars retrograde in Libra.  This configuration is highlighting where we have been stuck in our lives, what is in need of changing, and what can no longer remain if we are to move forward.  With my natal Uranus in Libra, Sun/Mercury/Venus in Capricorn, Black Moon Lilith/Part of Fortune in Cancer, Moon in Aries, and most notably my Vertex at 13 degrees Aries being conjuncted by transiting Uranus in this Grand Cross, and all of these in my angular houses (the houses with the Ascendant, Descendant, Imum Coeli, and Midheaven at their cusps), it has a strong significance for me as a turning point in the series of Uranus/Pluto squares that has been grinding through all of our lives since June of 2012 and that has wrought a special havoc in mine.  Since transiting Pluto during this time has ground its way across my fourth house toward the Imum Coeli and back and will be scouring my Venus and then Sun/Mercury during the next couple of years, Pluto in this configuration is of particular interest for me.

Lately I’ve been exploring Pluto issues in natal charts, in large part because my own chart is filled with challenging Pluto contacts and placements, and Pluto issues keep coming up in my life and the lives of others around me.  For those not familiar with Pluto’s significance in astrology, it is one of the “transcendental” outer planets/dwarf planets, staying in a single sign for many years and thus defining generations by its passage.  It rules the 8th house, one of the three houses of ending, which is ruled by Scorpio, the fixed water sign concerned with the deep, dark areas of human experience – death, money, politics, psychology, religion, sex, and most of all power (to which all of those other topics can be seen as an end).  There is a compulsive quality to Pluto, and strong Pluto contacts in a natal chart increase the likelihood of compulsive behaviors (including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), and histories of abuse, violence, and death, particularly in one’s family of origin, cycles which may be repeated throughout the native’s life until these Pluto issues are acknowledged and worked through consciously.  Those of us with highly Plutonian charts seem to draw other Pluto types to us (go figure) and the resulting dynamics can be intense, to say the least.  Since a lot of my own Pluto challenges relate heavily to my upbringing, I decided to take a look at the natal chart of my stepmother (my father died before I could get my hands on his birth data, and I’m still waiting on my birth mother’s information).  And of course I found an incredibly challenging Pluto dynamic there, both for her and for her interactions with me.  I’d been aware of the challenging Mars/Saturn aspects between us, but this was the first time that I’d really paid attention to the Pluto aspects between us, as well as how those heightened our other personal and interpersonal challenges.

One of the things that I have found fascinating in my studies of astrology is the way that it can lead to a broader and more compassionate perspective.  Yes, one can certainly become fatalistic or use the circumstances of one’s natal chart as an excuse for poor behavior, but astrology can also help one to see interpersonal interactions in less black-and-white terms – someone who has treated you poorly may not be making a conscious or moral/immoral choice, but instead feels compelled by a perfect storm of challenging aspects within their own chart and with yours to react to you in ways that in turn, you react poorly to.  Put two people with challenging charts together that challenge each other in turn, and things can get very messy very quickly.  And while it is very easy to get fatalistic about such interactions, when you become aware of these challenges by consciously working with natal, synastry, and composite charts, it can be incredibly empowering to not simply try to buck fate but rather work with it for a deeper, richer interaction with someone you might otherwise be blindly antagonistic toward.   I cannot tell you how much I wish I’d had this information earlier in my life!

Given the intensity of the challenges posed by today’s Cardinal Grand Cross, particularly with the planets involved, many astrologers (myself included) have been looking at this aspect with some trepidation – Marina Macario of Darkstar Astrology has gone so far as to call it “the most dangerous day of the year.”  Since I do tarot readings at Andromeda’s Alley on Wednesdays and Thursdays, I wasn’t about to hide completely today, but after the next step in my ongoing astrologically-timed mead-brewing process I’d planned to go to my studio and hole up there working for the night.  But the restlessness in the air has other plans, and I’m feeling strangely social.  Perhaps that’s part of the change that the Grand Cross has in store for me this spring – I’ve been too much of a hermit for a while now, which has felt necessary for processing all of the changes and Pluto-related work, but maybe it’s time to emerge from my Plutonian realm for a spell and be a little less solitary.

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