Horses and Sea-Goats in the Barnyard of the Universe

zodiacal-sign-capricornJanuary is one of my favorite months–the new beginnings, deep silent winter (especially now that I live where it snows!), and the wonderful grounded energy of Capricorn to get things off to a thought-out, structured start. It’s also my birth month, and after many years of not identifying with my Capricorn Sun (which is what brought me to my study of astrology) I welcome the integrous, inward looking and focused energy of the archetype of the sea goat. The month has sped by, and it’s been a curiously emotional month as well, not a state of being normally associated with the goat.

Many of us have been feeling the potential of the new year. Planetary activity in the Cardinal signs has got everyone a bit amped up, ready to make some change and see some progress. And, this year has started out with some significant retrogrades (Venus & Jupiter) that tend to slow down outer action in favor of inner growth and preparation.

Where have you been feeling the retrograde thoughtfulness?

Jupiter is currently at 12 degrees of Cancer and will continue retrograde motion until March 6. This examination of deeply held, unexpressed or unintegrated jupiter_iofeelings has been in opposition to Venus and Pluto traveling in Capricorn, and created a dynamic working of the Capricorn/Cancer polarity for all of us–leading to an emotionalized December and January. The balance here is to take time to sit deeply and simply with our feelings, fears, and tender places, while the outer world urges us to keep moving and doing. Rest and reflection are important, as is the continued movement toward our goals. Capricorn asks that we reflect on our feeling states and take responsibility for them. The sea-goat understands the watery realm–he’s got the tail of a fish after all–yet knows that drowning perpetually in a victim state gets one nowhere. Embracing our emotions, owning them, expressing them in healthy ways and then moving into some action to keep energy flowing, this is part of the Cancer/Capricorn polarity.

Now Venus herself is about to turn direct (at 13 degrees of Capricorn on Jan. 31), as she has been examining her relationship to personal authority, abilities, goals, and life structures. Her inward glance has been asking us to look at where we may fall into shadow Capricorn–fear, control issues, depression, emotional coldness, lack of integrity and self trust–and what we can do to love (she’s Venus after all!) the disowned parts of ourselves. If we have been utilizing her energies with efficiency (Capricorn!) and an eye to a more auspicious future, as she stations and turns direct we can take our new insights and plan our journey up the exciting mountain of our choice. If we have perhaps been paralyzed and unwilling to take a look within, we may find ourselves lost in an expanded state of victimhood, lack of emotional clarity, or a sense of personal alienation.

'Seedling'_sculpture, would you like to feel about your life? Hopeful? Empowered? Inspired?

Venus moving forward can initiate movement toward our highest goals, grounded in practical wisdom and fair use of our personal talents. Our relationships that are conducted in integrity serve our growth, and we do things we never thought we were capable of. As inner feelings bloom up and are respectfully felt and integrated, Jupiter in Cancer expands a sense of personal emotional well-being and inner safety. Pluto’s opposition to Jupiter and conjunction to Venus from his place at 12 degrees of Capricorn demands that we proceed with courage, integrity, and a relentless sense of purpose. Resistance of our soul’s evolution pretty much leads to disheartening sense of overwhelm, so it is best to ride the waves that come to the best of our ability. A few lines from Rumi always inspire me in this regard:

This being human is a guest house. /Every day a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness, /Some momentary awareness comes /As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

 Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, /Who violently sweep your house

Empty of its furniture, /Still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out /For some new delight.

 The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

Meet them at the door laughing, /And invite them in.

 Be grateful for whoever comes, /Because each has been sent

As a guide from beyond.

Helping us with some emotional objectivity is the New Moon in Aquarius tomorrow, Thursday, at almost 11 degrees. Aquarius enjoys looking at things from a wide perspective, with an eye to the future and personal freedom. Friday, when Venus stations, is also the Chinese New Year of the Horse, a dynamic and spirited energy that will imbue all of 2014. The weekend could feel like a time to break on through to the other side, to gallop away into a place of new freedom. But remember your Capricorn prudence and self-responsibility. Pisces energy from Mercury, Neptune and asteroids Chiron and Juno could cause some communication/relational fogginess, and now is not the time to be throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

February will still be an introspective time. Upcoming retrogrades may slow outer progress–but we are not to despair! Instead may we celebrate the weeks of rich inner living ahead.

With love,

Photo on 2011-08-05 at 16.21 #2Elia


New Moon, New Year, New Beginnings

256px-Crescent_moon_from_spaceIt’s a powerful day today–Capricorn New Moon at 10 degrees, and a grand cross involving Pluto, Uranus, Mars, Jupiter, Mercury (and the Sun & Moon). So almost the whole gang lining up to give a phenomenal boost of intention and energy to 2014.

Whether you personally observe the New Year to be on Jan. 1 or not, there is a collective energy held for the planting of new intentions and the ability to start afresh. We can all utilize the energy of the collective, and with this astrology, I suggest we do so!

If you’ve been feeling the squeezy-sad-mad-stressed-lost crush like many I know–and myself–there’s a reason. The relationship between the planets now is tension filled and asking for change. My own personal go-round with my demons this time has literally forced me to the point of saying “I cant live like this anymore.” Oh, OK, finally! says my higher self. How DO you want to live then?

When things get intolerable, when we have chronic pain, despair, angst, low-level ongoing discontent . . . our own system/organism/Self is trying to get our attention. Not the “you are a bad person because you have/feel ____” sort of attention, but the call to, with compassion, say to yourself, why? Once the Universe-in-us has our attention, then doors, ideas, insights open up as to how we can affect change. Uranus especially is asking for this; Jupiter is really rootling round in our feeling nature so we can shed, refine, and expand our definition of ourselves-with help of course from Pluto. Venus’ retrograde in Capricorn is also asking for a sort of inner come-to-Jesus conversation about how we’ve built our lives and relationships in accordance (or not) with our true values, skills, desires, and needs/ways that we give and receive love.

The New Moon, of course, is the time every lunar cycle to check in and set intentions. This Moon is especially important because there is so much push for us to FINALLY own who we are (bright beautiful beings) and get on with what our souls came here to do. Capricorn is the architect– the goal setter, the ascender of heights, the one who can perceive and concretize matter, and hang out on teeny-weeny cliff sides while doing so. Capricorn is astute, discerning, and our friend when it comes to setting up structures and systems to support our growth. Whether you think resolutions are rubbish or not, this day and the next 2-3 days are a perfect time to make some decisions about how you want this year to look. And though any goal may be fine, really spend some time with yourself and say, what do I really, really want? Beyond the loss of holiday pounds and winning the lottery, what is your soul hungering for? Calling you toward?

What are your longings?

Let your heart speak, and then begin putting plans in place to honor your heart wisdom.

With love and gratitude,

Photo on 2011-08-05 at 16.21 #2Elia

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