The Sun is a distant orb this darkest week of the year. The energy ebbs until the winter solstice, when the Sun enters Capricorn and appears to hold still for three days before the days begin to grow longer again. Saturn, the planet that symbolizes our bones and teeth, the traditions, structure, and rules that shape our society, enters its home sign of Capricorn for the next three years. We sit on the edge of a change, so let’s make friends with the gift of Capricorn and keep our eyes open for its shadow.
Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign whose determined, ambitious and competent energy is symbolized by an intriguing mer-goat, a creature with a mermaid’s tail that dives down to the bottom of the ocean of our collective consciousness to find a dream, and then walks it to the highest mountain. In Capricorn time, we need clear goals, mountains to climb, but this year may have trouble agreeing on what are those goals. Without a clear goal, we can get depressed or disoriented.
Every year, when the Sun enters Capricorn, we work our way towards the goal of winter holidays, climb up that mountain and can feel let down afterwards. To ease this let-down, it helps to make lists of small, achievable work that aims towards our long-term ideals, check them off, and feel like we’re getting somewhere.
This same attitude will be helpful medicine to handle the wrangling politics of the next three years while Saturn climbs through Capricorn. We’ll feel this pattern through our longing for social and political changes and can get depressed if we don’t feel like we’re getting somewhere. To make it through the next few years gracefully we need to clarify our long-term goals, find allies that are climbing up the same mountain, and take daily steps in that direction.
One shadow aspect of Capricorn we need to watch is an illusion that if the situation is uncomfortable, we need to control it more, or control the people around us. That will not be useful. Personal autonomy is paramount to the Capricorn gift; we don’t want someone else in the driver seat of our life.
The last time Saturn was in Capricorn, 1988-1991, it formed a three-way conjunction with Uranus and Neptune, a rare pattern that was last exact in 1306-7 and triggered a structural change in art, creativity, and government as it triggered the renaissance. In a quick recap of 1988-1991 we see what an exciting time it was. The Internet became public. Political tensions peaked in China with the demonstrations at Tianamen Square. The Iron Curtain sprung loose as Poland’s Communist Party was transformed by the trade Union Solidarity and pulled out of the Warsaw pact. Mikael Gorbachev disassembled totalitarian rule in Russia. Manuel Noriega was deposed as leader of Panama. A scandal around the Exxon Valdez oil spill caused us to re-examine the ecological habits of the oil industry.
It can be depressing to look back in history and see that we need to do the work all over again. The Iron Curtain has been reinforced, the fossil fuel industry may have stronger boats, but wants to drill in the Arctic and frack near Chaco Canyon. In each case, under Saturn in Capricorn some restrictive situation gets worse until it precipitates a crisis and is restructured. This time, as Saturn enters Capricorn, it approaches a conjunction with Pluto and starts to restructure our life, our government, and how we organize. Capricorn’s gift can be responsible and honorable leadership, one shadow side is the desire to control, to have power without honor and responsibility. It could trigger more efforts to restrict freedom but remove controls and legislations that protected economic equality.
But back to this present moment. Mercury is retrograde through December 22, making this a month to review, remember traditions. It’s a wonderful time to network with old friends and connections. But it can be a pragmatically difficult time. One minor mishap can roll into the next, small accident-prone glitches and mechanical snafus can pepper our life. Organizers may feel the need to make strong decisions, but those decisions will need to be adjusted or repealed later. Old triggers can bring us back to our blue moments, but we don’t have to stay there. We need to be able to laugh about the slapstick, and forgive one another. And we need to tap into our resources and roots.
After a moody couple of days this week, our holiday spirit returns tonight, Friday evening as the Moon enter cheerful Sagittarius. It can lift our spirits to get out there and sing carols, see the lights, travel to far galaxies, or just walk through the woods; whatever we do, the key will be to get out there. The Sun sextiles Uranus on Saturday and encourages us to break routine and get some fresh perspective, but Venus and Mars form a challenging semi-square that can leave relationships a little edgy unless we give each other a lot of leeway and appreciation.
The mood can get a tad grim and determined as the Moon enters Capricorn on Monday, followed by Saturn in Capricorn on Tuesday. We’ll see hints of our next agenda. This determination can help us finish up finish work before the holidays but it’s not a good time to stir the pot on major structural questions; save those for the new year. Be there for one another if the mood swings deepen. The sparkle returns on Solstice Eve as Venus trines Uranus in fire signs.
The Sun enters Capricorn and winter begins at 9:27 AM MST on Thursday. The Capricorn Sun sends us home to our traditions and our families to renew ourselves, to remember where we came from and strengthen our roots. Even if we’re far from home or our cultural center, traditions at this time of year connect us to our lineage so we can step into the new year with a stronger backbone.
Friday, December 15: It may be hard to concentrate today, but a poetic Mercury-Venus conjunction can help us find the words for what we feel, so it can be a great day to write Christmas cards, finish papers or review the year behind us. But this morning, what we might be feeling is snarky under the pointed to Scorpio Moon, so before we speak let’s ask, is it true, necessary, and kind? Feel a playfulness tonight as the Moon enters Sagittarius, it furthers to engage our world, speak honestly and find a moment of gratitude.
Mercury conjuncts Venus 7:08 AM, Moon enters Sagittarius 6:07 PM, Sun squares Chiron 8:46 PM.
Saturday, December 16: we feel like we have to make a change as the Sun trine’s mobile Uranus, but we can’t see too far ahead right now, so let’s make a change of scene consider the though long the possibilities of longer-term change, but don’t sign the lease just yet. Interest in unusual, exotic or unique presence and events, we relish our differences what makes us different. Tonight, let’s celebrate those differences as it can be hard to get everyone heading in the same direction or agreeing on taste or priorities as Venus semi squares Mars.
Sun the trine Uranus 4:27 AM, Moon square Neptune 5:26 PM, Venus semi-square Mars 10:21 PM.
Sunday, December 17: Enjoy potentially sweet moments as the Sagittarius Moon conjunct’s Venus and Mercury. A day we can feel so restless we’re our ready to jump ship, or one where we can find blessings, even if it is a moment’s laughter or a harbor in a snowstorm, our attitude makes the difference before tonight’s new Moon in Sagittarius at 11:30 PM.
Moon conjunct Mercury 1:56 AM, Moon conjunct Venus 11:33 AM, Moon trine Uranus 7:45 PM, Moon conjunct Sun 11:30 PM.
Monday, December 18: The world gets serious as the Moon conjunct Saturn and then enters Capricorn, and our attitude can get grim if we take ourselves too seriously. We feel better when we have accomplished, but push too fast, and mistakes accrue; work steadily and evenly. Put one foot in front of the other and organize what needs to be done for the next few weeks. Don’t waste people’s time or stop and kibitz; help people attack their tasks and they’ll love you for it.
Moon conjuncts Saturn 6:09 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 6:33 AM, Moon sextiles Mars 6:54 PM.
Tuesday, December 19: If feeling discouraged, make a list of easy but important tasks and enjoy checking them off. It’s tempting to try and control others to reduce stress, but not cool. Consequences become obvious. Listen to the winds for information on coming work and on restructuring that will need to deal with. If building the future is like building a house, now is a good time to start digging foundations as Saturn enters Capricorn tonight.
Moon sextiles Neptune 6:15 AM, Moon sextiles Jupiter 12:32 PM, Moon conjunct Pluto 7:53 PM, Saturn enters Capricorn 9:48 PM.
Wednesday, December 20: Organize and coordinate this morning. A nap or a moment’s rest this afternoon will reduce frustrations and let tap into resources. A more festive spirit sparks this afternoon as Venus trines Uranus and encourages us to break our routines and socialize with less familiar people and take artistic risks. Find a unique way to express affection for one another as the Moon enters Aquarius on this the longest night of the year.
Moon squares Uranus 8:36 AM, Venus squares Chiron 12:09 PM, Venus trines Uranus 4:13 PM, Moon enters Aquarius 7:29 PM.
Thursday, December 21: Welcome the winter solstice, the Sun enters Capricorn and winter begins at 9:27 AM MST. Take a hike, it will help one’s temperament and redirect any irritation to get physically tired this morning as the Moon squares Mars. However possible, it’s good to return to our roots, to remember what cultural traditions, threads of family strength, or interaction with elders have made us what we are, as the Sun conjunct Saturn. Personal autonomy feels essential today; once we know what we want and need, and hold ourselves responsible for it, we can then collaborate from our strength.
The Sun enters Capricorn 9:27 AM, Moon squares Mars 11:12 AM, Sun semi-squares Jupiter 12:45 PM, Sun conjunct Saturn to oh 8 PM, Moon sextiles Mercury 9:53 PM.