“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust” – Rumi
We’re in for one hell of a ride in January 2016, with the planet of communication turning backward in hard aspects to Mars, Pluto, and Uranus – planets that represent aggression, upheaval and radical change. The Sun is in conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn as Mercury changes direction to Retrograde in a churning, burning square to Mars, grinding into a sudden square with Uranus on the 20th that lasts until the 25th, and joining Pluto from the 22nd until the 30th. Beware of power struggles, heavy thinking (depression), manipulations and projections. There are shocks and surprises in store but many of them are meant to shake us out of a rut or situation that no longer benefits us. I don’t mean to sound pessimistic, especially since Mercury Retrograde is already such a maligned phenomenon in our culture, but can be helpful to know a bit about what we’re dealing with in advance so we’re not totally caught off guard by the chaos that may ensue from such occurrences.
This Retrograde cycle begins from one degree Aquarius on January 5th, back into Capricorn on January 8th until the 25th. Its pre-shadow phase began wreaking havoc in communications on December 18th, with its post-shadow influence lasting until February 14th. In the sign of Capricorn Mercury tends to be hard-headed, stiff, and matter-of-fact. On the bright side it may increase our somatic awareness, sturdiness and connection to the trees, rocks and soil. Concentration abilities are enhanced, leaning toward education, mathematical and scientific studies. It may also spur an interest in history and genealogy.
Our main saving grace during the coming weeks could be Mercury’s trine to Jupiter, also Retrograde from January 7th until May 9th conjunct the North Node in Virgo. Jupiter going backward will not be the most light-hearted of transits but will probably help to simplify our overly hectic lives and clarify certain areas of confusion and paranoia brought on by the recent Saturn-Neptune square that began in November 2015 and will be present throughout 2016. Jupiter is Retrograde is a great aid to all forms of healing, but does not usually bring ease to business endeavors, so it would be wise to plan and review rather than to initiate new projects during this time.
Capricorn is a feminine sign ruled by the “male” planet, Saturn. Opposite of birth-giving Cancer, it represents a ripe maturity and exit point for the soul, also sometimes signaling a switch-over between lifestyles or genders. Such forceful interactions between Mercury in Capricorn and other planets with a predominant male influence might grant us the precious opportunity to heal our relationship to the Sacred Masculine and Father archetype by altering our perceptions of them and how we access or suppress our own male energy in circumstances that call for it.
Entering into 2016, slow down a bit to remember the hopes and dreams of the past that seemed lost, stolen or otherwise crushed, both personally and collectively, including the those of our ancestors if there is knowledge of them. Recall the motivations, obstacles, inspirations, and miracles that have been experienced over time. Take inventory of both triumphs and failures, of what has been accomplished both with ease and through great effort and what is still yet to be attained. Resolve to continue the journey of self discovery with renewed passion and dedication. Do not cave in or give up. Commit to living your own truth, because at the end of life we will finally realize that is the best any of us could have ever done. All in due time…