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Capricorn Season started on 21 December 2021 and continues until 20th of this month, when the Sun moves into Aquarius. January offers a blend of earth and air elements, creating a combination of pragmatism and innovation which enables us to make plans to evolve existing systems in order to make them fit for the future.
This month’s astrology suggests that difficult lessons have been learned over the recent past, one of them being that quick-fix solutions may be suitable as short term measures, but they are unlikely to last the test of time. Any strategy (whether personal or professional) worth its salt must be capable of coping with the unexpected by shifting to suit an ever-changing environment.
January begins on a positive note created by constructive earth trines between Sun in Capricorn & Uranus in Taurus and Mercury in Capricorn & Ceres in Taurus. This is the voice of sagacity which speaks from hands-on experience gained over generations of coping with the challenge that comes with change. The Wise Ones who have come to guide us through these tumultuous times of transition do not need to be aged in earth years. They are old souls (possibly in very young bodies) with eons of insight behind them to back their perceptions on how best to re-build our economies and environments.
In the middle of this week Jupiter in Pisces will square the Nodes in Gemini & Sagittarius. This suggests we have reached a key stage on our Planet Earth learning curve. Although each of us is here in service to our own syllabus of the specific lessons we were born to master, the knowledge and experience of those who walked the ways of the world before us is always available to those who seek and invoke it.
This is the optimum time to set intentions and sow seeds for new growth in your vocation, career or profession. You are at the initial stage of creating plans and strategies which provide the structure, goals and timelines to help build and sustain your progress. This phase could feel like selecting a recipe, design or template that will generate new birth.
You may be launching an innovative undertaking that, by its very nature, might be expected to involve difficulties with the manifestation process. This New Moon takes place in square to Chiron in Aries and semi-sextile Saturn in Aquarius, suggesting that unknown or unfamiliar issues and obstacles could crop up when least expected. You must not allow impatience or frustration to blight your efforts as, thanks to a supportive trine to the Sun and Moon in Capricorn from Uranus in Taurus, the future of your project looks positive.
This placement is great for learning something completely new, changing your view of things and coming up with outside-the-box ideas. It is time to take a detached look at your situation, especially if you sense you are stuck in a rather boring rut and that your understanding of the world is too singular or subjective.
Mercury in Aquarius is helpful if you are hoping to connect with kindred spirits (possibly from very different backgrounds to your own) in your neighbourhood, and it should support your attempts to network within group or team settings. These meetups can be just as effective if they are virtual and their members are linked together via the use of internet technology. Tomorrow’s trine between Mercury and the North Node in Gemini suggests that our ability to communicate over the airwaves is evolving and that, as a result, our brains are learning to process, understand and exchange information in new ways.
This placement of Mercury can bring swift and sudden changes of direction, so pay extra attention when you are out and about in case of unexpected or accidental events.
Sun conjuncts Venus in Capricorn and squares Eris in Aries prior to its move into Aquarius next week. This solar sequence could help you consolidate any efforts you have been making to replace destructive forces in your life with constructive energy in the form of schemes and strategies which showcase your talents and abilities. Your approach may be aided by expert advice from people who recognise the potential in your plans.
A square between Mars in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces warns against taking risks and cutting corners without stopping to consider the consequences. Hasty actions driven by impatience, restlessness or recklessness are likely to lead to dismay, disappointment and shattered dreams.
Eris is blamed for being a negative influence but in reality, she is not the true source of conflict, rivalry and discord on Planet Earth. It is humans who misuse her power to promote and promulgate aggressive action in the world so as to satisfy their own selfish purposes. Feisty Eris would far rather see us behaving like the brave warriors and fearless heroines from ancient times who were prepared to protect their tribes from primitive forces of evil and defend them in times of danger.
If you have been toying with a series of ground-breaking insights it would be better not to get too fixated on any specific idea at this stage. You may have to change your mind about it completely, due to the sudden arrival of new information, unforeseen developments or shifting perspectives. Continue to experiment on a virtual level, so you can model the ability of your innovations to pass their exams in a variety of situations and circumstances. Ideally, you will find the one that is most adaptable and easiest to evolve.
This is a good time to consider which of your opinions on life, the universe and everything have been formed by your own observations and which have been foisted on you in childhood. It is a sign of true intelligence to be able to think for yourself although it can be very difficult to disagree with commonly held views, or to question their validity. A child who sees the world in their own way risks loneliness and isolation, but they are often the ones who demonstrate an extraordinary level of perception.
The forward movement of Ceres in the resourceful sign of Taurus can help you to reconnect with your natural assets – the talents and abilities you were born with. It is up to you to foster them, nurture them and put them to good use. They were gifted to you as the skills, tools and building blocks which will enable you to work alongside the fertile forces of the Cosmos to generate and manifest new life forms. Your creative project is an organic process which takes you from seed stage to fruition. It will happen in its own time. There is no need to hurry.
Mars in Sagittarius trines Eris in Aries. Sun conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn and trines Ceres & North Node in Taurus before moving into Aquarius. This energy build up packs a punch that can be used to pull yourself out of circumstances which have been oppressing you or dragging you down. Its explosive force could encourage and strengthen you, prompting you to take a more self-reliant approach to your situation. But dynamite can be dangerous and you will need to handle the explosive side of its nature with care. Your challenge is to foster its positive properties, coaxing them towards creative ends and a successful fruition in future.
There is an intensity around this full Moon which should be channelled into activities that promote regeneration. It marks the conclusion of a period of power struggles resulting from a reluctance, particularly from people in privileged positions, to recognise the ending of an era and the dawn of a new one. But no human force can hold back the waves of evolutionary change which bring transformation and rebirth to the world.
Anything which comes to fruition at this time is likely to be the product of a fertile growing season, even though there would have been considerable challenges to confront and overcome. But all the heart and soul, feelings and emotions you have poured into your project will pay off in the rewards of a harvest which would not be so rich if you had not cared so much!
Moving through the stolid sign of Taurus, unpredictable Uranus is raring to revolutionise us in ways that we will not be able to ignore! His objective is to evolve us by waking us up and shaking us out of our comfort zones, even if the only way to do that is by making the ground move under our feet. Many of us will quake in fear at the thought of such upheaval, but trapped inside all of us is an Inner Wild Child, a free spirit who is longing to break out of its box – however cosy the cage may be.
SOUTH NODE IN SCORPIO, RULED BY PLANET PLUTO Humans seem to be governed by an instinct to control. We tend to distrust anything that seems too easy and we often make life more complicated than it needs to be. We find it difficult to accept things at face value and we are suspicious of hidden meanings behind the simplest of statements. This has helped us to cope with challenging circumstances. But the time has come for us to take a more easy-going, trusting attitude to life so that we can relax and enjoy its natural pleasures.
NORTH NODE IN TAURUS, RULED BY PLANET VENUS The Human Race is learning to appreciate its own resourcefulness and the inborn talents and abilities with which is has been provided. We are beginning to understand how to take care of our material needs, comfort and security. We are also developing an ability to enjoy the world via our physical senses and to appreciate beauty in all forms. We will gradually come to value the simple pleasures of life and to realise that things do not have to be complicated or powerful in order to be important.
The Sun’s force is now being filtered through the element of Air, which enhances your ability to think for yourself and to form your own opinions. Once you accept that your life is yours to control, direct and create you can get started on deciding what to do with it. Follow your own star, dare to be different, dazzle the world with your unique quality and style. You can determine your own destiny! The future is yours to fulfil.
The properties of Sun Sign Aquarius work well in team settings, or in tribes of kindred spirits who hold similar ideas and ideals without being afraid to agree to disagree on specific aspects of a situation. This is a good time of year to join a group of like-minded souls who share your views on how to make the world a better place. Because Aquarius is associated with innovative technology, virtual meetings can be just as expressive as in-body experiences.
Sun conjunct Mercury in Aquarius. Do not be afraid to experiment with new ways of getting your message across. But please make sure it carries a clear indication of the qualities which make you unique. Do not try to clone anyone else’s character however much you may admire them as a role model. Evolve your own identity rather than imitating theirs. Tell your own story in your own voice so that it comes across as genuine and authentic.
This could be seen as the most ambitious of planetary placements since it combines a willingness to win with the urge to achieve your ambitions. It helps you to define goals, particularly the type of aspirations which provide you with long term targets on which to focus your motivation and drive.
The influence of Mars in Capricorn supports strategic planning to ensure the most effective use of energy and the optimisation of outcomes. Strict discipline is considered an asset, as is obedience to procedures and protocols which are guaranteed to get results. This is not the best time to improvise or to initiate unproven methods. Better stick to the tried and tested expertise that is readily available from existing instruction manuals and rule books.
You could tap into the positive potential of this placement by using it to strengthen your resolve and reinforce your readiness to aim high. It may take longer and it could test your levels of patience and endurance to hold out for top-quality results but it will be worth it in the long run.
As Mercury Retrograde moves back into Capricorn it forms trines to the North Node and Ceres in Taurus. There is a fertile feel to this energy which boosts its potential to bear fruit further on down the line. But the quality of your results will depend on your consistency and commitment.
Even though you may be reluctant to ditch some of the wilder aspects of your ideas or to take them back to the drawing board, it could be more constructive to do so if you are seeking long term success. You might need to rethink your attitude to timing. Perhaps you have been trying to move too fast, before you had reached the necessary level of competence in your chosen field. If so, you have learned an important lesson and one that you are unlikely to forget. Chalk it up to experience and incorporate it into your CV.
This week’s main planetary patterns are promoting a serious look at the wisest ways to move forward from where we are now. Conjunctions between Mercury & Pluto in Capricorn and Ceres & North Node in Taurus suggest that a slow yet steady approach which follows a series of carefully calculated stages will be the most productive in its potential to reap satisfactory results in the long term. A square between the Sun in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus confirms that this is not the right time to make sudden moves or random changes of direction as their disruptive influence could set off an unsettling chain of events.
Venus has been moving retrograde since 19 December 2021, which will have given you plenty of time to evaluate your plans on how to attract and manifest an enduring sense of abundance in your earthly existence. Begin by recognising that your natural talents are the means through which you will achieve your ambitions and, if necessary, get some expert advice on how to apply your gifts to the business of attaining the goals you have set yourself. The feedback you receive could have valuable, long-term effects.
But most importantly, please do not underestimate the value of the gift of gratitude. It is your ability to appreciate the real richness of your life that makes it into a masterpiece.
“On the great canvas of time
We all create our own masterpiece.
Choreographing our steps across minutes and hours
Dancing over the days
Painting pictures over months and
Writing our stories on the years.
Singing our songs that echo across eons.
We are all a thread in the talent tapestry.”
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