Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Your ruling planet is Saturn.
Your month and year kicks off with a bang, Capricorn. You are both inspired and destabilized by the archetypal currents swirling about you now, in this your birthday time of the year. There is excitement at leaving behind in some ways all traces of the past – although something important also remains – so that it is a bit dizzying. With your ruler Saturn beginning to slow down, stationing to retrograde motion next month, and Mars also after the New Moon of January 22nd, you might find yourself operating in stop-and-go mode, with one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake, simultaneously. There is wisdom in both approaches. To maximize happiness and avoid misery you must relax into the paradox, taking something of the new and unknown as normal while with another part of your psyche remaining skeptical and holding back.
As the month begins, you are reveling in the energy since it remains your birthday time of the year, and since last month’s Christmas Eve New Moon took place in the early degrees of your sign, near Pluto, making for a powerful symbol of transformation. The degree in Capricorn was the third, and the Sabian Symbol for this New Moon was “the human soul receptive to growth and understanding.” Marc Edmond Jones has this to say regarding this Sabian Symbol: “a symbol of mankind’s fundamentally naïve capacity for experience and of every individual’s equally fundamental dependence on the understanding and support of fellow participants in each moment of self-discovery” and this is particularly appropriate for you at this dawning of 2012 with the presence of electrifying Uranus in your home and family sector along with expansive Jupiter in your sector of creativity and self-expression. You are indeed exploring mightily the potentials and the possibilities of your life and of the psychological roots of your very being, all in the context of radical transformation that has been on-going for many months now, and that in fact still has a long way to go. If growth and understanding were ever necessitated by your life experience, now is definitely the time. Uranus and Pluto, highlighted by the Sun and Moon In perfect square with each other at the turning of the year, are still participating in their own square, now forming, that will perfect for the first of seven times on June 24th of this year. This is exactly six months after this powerful Christmas-time New Moon that also saw Jupiter changing to direct motion and therefore becoming a more powerful factor as well. Jupiter was also trined by the New Moon, and aspected by Uranus and by Chiron, and also by your ruler, Saturn. Saturn comes closer and closer to his second opposition to Jupiter – or close to it – before stationing retrograde in early February. This opposition can be read as either a negative pull on your sense of faith in the cosmos to deliver good things to you, or else as a chiming of the positive pole of the polarity from yourself to the universe and therefore fundamentally optimistic; it represents an echo and further development of what took place at the end of last March when the opposition was exact. The presence of Uranus in your home and family sector is both unsettling and inspiring. You might be relocating in unexpected fashion over the next few months or you could also find that enlightenment comes to you in surprises that are unveiled in the context of home, family and tribe. These factors will wax and wane over the next six months to emerge in greater force by June. In the present month, the Full Moon of late Sunday evening, January 8th, touches on all these areas. You are both energized and also perhaps almost painfully aware of current limitations and unsettled places within you, and yet also willing to take a stand internally in support of your most basic truth. It’s all very confusing. Communicating with your peers, while in some ways quite powerful for you only seems to confound matters even more. With the Last Quarter Moon of Monday, January 16th, you enter into an essentially reflective state of mind, summing up everything that has gone before over the previous three weeks of this cycle and attempting to put a new understanding in place for yourself going forward. You are searching for a way out of what you have considered in the past to be “business as usual” and possibly even finding it. You have a certain degree of tension in your process also to spur you on, and as well a deep source of intuition available to you now that can be a tremendous resource for you to the extent that you can open to it. You are in an interesting cusp in your life whereby you seek the new and untried but with only half your initiative, while you remain wedded to the old ways, the habitual patterns which have sometimes led you into problematic results but which are at least familiar territory. You must make the attempt to break past old barriers but without entirely leaving behind your base. The New Moon of Sunday evening, January 22nd, represents another powerful juncture when many things will become more clear. You are taking a sustained closer look at security issues, including finances, and also at what you might call family values, what that ultimately means and what this important area of life holds for you as you re-examine your philosophical approach to family. These basic factors are everlastingly important to you over the long haul, and will sustain you through the ups and downs of your sometimes rocky road over these next few months, which is essentially a journey into wholeness.