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Saturn in Capricorn from December 2017- March 2020

Saturn in Capricorn from December 2017- March 2020

Saturn enters Capricorn December 19th 2017 just two days before the Solstice on the 21st. It will remain in this sign until March 21, 2020, bringing with it a focus on structure and organization in areas of business, work and career. Saturn is very much at home in Capricorn which it has dominion over. Since this planet is about rules, order, discipline, limitations, time, age and the wisdom that comes with it, Capricorn has the kind of stamina that is unparalelled by any sign, whether for good or ill. Whatever life tosses at one they usually keep pressing onward no matter what.

This is the Get-Over-It-and-Get-Shit-Done, Never-Say-Die influence that the world needs after so much trauma and destabilization during the past several years.

Unfortunately though, not everyone excels at taking life’s lemons and turning them into lemonade, or sewing life’s scraps into quilts. Many people will struggle with Saturn through Capricorn in the way of deep depression. For the type that already feels life is always treating them unfairly and they are doomed to failure, the aid of a professional counselor may be critical at this time.

This is not a transit for lollygagging around or waiting for somebody to save the day. If something isn’t right it will require some effort to change but that effort is exactly what will improve the situation. As the saying goes “The Devil finds work for idle hands” and Capricorn can happily be that Devil when it wants to be. During the next couple of years and a half there will be many opportunities to either fix what’s broken or start from scratch. The Cosmic Taskmaster known as Saturn points toward slow, methodical and practical steps taken toward an end result in any endeavor. Laying down a solid foundation is first and foremost on the list. Steps cannot be skipped or faked without unpleasant consequences. There are many important lessons to be learned in taking these steps. Along the way, there is as much to unlearn as there is to learn.

Saturn’s transit in Virgo between 2007 and 2009 was a period of time when work came into focus and more meaning brought into it. Saturn in Capricorn will also bring to light the meaning, benefit and detriment of work in all of its many forms and expressions: humanitarian work, self-centered work, family work, voluntary work, forced work, fun work, boring work, easy work, hard work, regal work, menial work, paid work, unpaid work, sloppy work, thorough work, physical work, non-physical work, under-work, over-work, right work, wrong work. Without work, none of us would be here today. It’s what “makes the world go round” in more ways than one. Those with Saturn in this sign work harder than most and often for the purpose or needs of many rather merely one self. Those who will be experiencing a Saturn Return may feel a huge sense of accomplishment or release in their life. That’s among the brighter possibilities anyway.

Authority, Power and Reasoning 

Problems with authority figures, particularly patriarchal ones will be magnified tenfold. Daddy issues are often projected upon politicians, and Trump is no exception whether people love or hate him. For the more fortunate souls this will be a time for mending, cooperation or empowerment with regard to authority figures in their lives.

In addition to work and paternal influences, Saturn in Capricorn puts great emphasis on all forms of power, which can be used or abused. Don’t be surprised to meet people on major power trips or possibly even discover yourself displaying one at this time. These power trips can be obvious or subtle but will be felt and known in no uncertain terms. Power is not necessarily kind or cruel but depends upon who or what wields it. Power can create or destroy. A constant thirst for it can turn one into a ruthless and insatiable beast, capable of unimaginable evils. Power that is combined with responsibility and compassion may have the greatest results.

You’ll get farther with reasoning than with emotionalism when Saturn is cracking the whip. During Saturn’s past couple of transits there was generally more of a widespread acceptance of wildly emotional outbursts than there will be coming up shortly. Between raging freaks protesting violence with violence in the streets and people howling at the moon and everyone who would listen to their woes, the period that Saturn transited Sagittarius made a lot of people squirm with extreme discomfort as it brought many opportunities to share shocking truths as well as distortions of truth. Capricorn is basically concerned with facts and not fancy. The sign does indeed care about the welfare of others but with Saturn here will not suffer fools – sob stories be damned.

That being said, there is potential for a far scarier form violence to surface as Saturn passes through its own sign. It is a different kind of violence than that experienced when Saturn transited the last several signs. This is no piddly-ass temper tantrum or verbal debate with kicks and screams. It is the kind of brutality that does not have to make sense to anyone but itself because it has its own agenda that it alone sees fit. It is a manifestation of raw power aimed toward total destruction and will stop at nothing other than a completion of its course. Martial law would be an example. The shadow side of Saturn in Capricorn is actually a loss of reasoning and a clinging to outmoded roles and icons of power. Anyone who has studied enough history knows better than to scoff at the reality of an organized Illuminati who perfectly exemplify the above statement.

Virgo and Capricorn are both Earth signs that share a strong streak of criticism but very different forms of it. Virgo tends to pick away at things while Capricorn simply won’t be bothered with what it considers stupid or gross. That thing whatever it is will be severed like a head in medieval times. With Saturn in its own sign there is going to be a lot harsher criticism in the media than some people can handle.

Pan’s Influence: Work Hard, Play Hard, Stop to Smell the Roses

Enough on the pessimism and negativity though (which Saturn adores), there is a strongly sensual and fun-loving side to the Goat, as portrayed by Pan, the goat-god in Greek mythology. Pan was a god of the wild, of shepherds and flocks, mountains and nature itself. He loved to seduce nymphs with the playing of his musical pan-pipes.

Sexuality and music were both sacred to Pan and in some way Capricorn holds a sacred space for these expressions, beneath the stern and cool exterior that is often first met with. Various kinds of sexual “irony” and certain restrictions could manifest during the Saturn in Capricorn phase. A mild example of irony would be meeting someone who appears totally disinterested but happens to have a major crush on you. The restrictions could relate to anything from insecurity to health to work to relationships to religion. In some cases they are temporary or conditions gradually improve. The attack of masculinity and femininity in boys and girls has already begun, so there will probably be even more mistaking of one gender for another.

When it comes to parties, celebrations, feasts and raucous revelries this sign knows how to throw down as hard as they work throughout the week. Hell, they earned it. So shall many who have been working hard and continue to work diligently toward their goals in these couple of years ahead. The influence of Pan reminds us that it’s important to stop every now and then to smell the roses and to celebrate one’s victories. We can also rest assured that Capricorn’s distinctly dry sense of humor will be present for those with eyes to see or ears to hear what is actually being conveyed during awkward moments of tension – oh joy.

Earth Wise

Saturn in Sagittarius highlighted exploring the natural world but Saturn in Capricorn puts more emphasis on working within it. How does one contribute to the flowering of plants, the fecundity of the earth, or the destruction of the Rainforests? In the next couple of years, whether we deal with gardening and botany or not, we get to carefully examine the process of actual or metaphorical seeds being planted, being nurtured, growing shoots and eventually bearing fruit.

Also being called to attention are the relationships between the land and the structures that have been and are being built upon the soil. Are they harmonious or do they interfere with the flow of ley lines? The results of structure collapse and massive toxic overload in our seas, land and air has become too overwhelming for anyone to ignore. This is going to be an important period for seeking and implementing solutions to these problems which threaten human and animal life. In recent years, so much has been destroyed and now so much must be rebuilt. Perhaps people will become wiser about where and what to build based on past experiences.

Saturn conjunct Pluto

A key aspect during Saturn’s transit through Capricorn is a conjunction to Pluto, building up energy in late 2019 and exact on January 12, 2020. On that day Pluto, Saturn, Mercury and Ceres are all lined up in Capricorn with the Sun only one degree behind. This is a very dramatic combination and one that holds the potential for both great harm and great good. The before and after effects of Saturn and Pluto in particular which join together every 38 years (the last occurred in 1982) indicate major deconstruction in areas of politics, science, religion and medicine. Conflicts will probably revolve around natural resources, dominance and money. This is going to be one rocky ride for a lot of people. Depending on circumstances and how we will have managed our resources by then, this period may bring a beneficial transformation to the economy overall.

The Big Picture

Saturn rules time and time is how we keep track of events of the past, present and future. The ancients recorded what is now history to us on rock tablets, later on scrolls and today we record it on the internet. The trouble is we don’t even know the half of it. Beneath the Vatican vaults are huge libraries of books and papers on subjects ranging from UFOs, the origins of humankind, ESP, historical events and much more that upper-hand, archaic overlords of society don’t want us to know about. As long as we’re scrambling around in fear, engaged in conflicts, and ignorant about who we are all goes according to their silent commands. Many suspect there is more to life than the slavery they were born into but don’t have a clue as a how to unlock its fullness. Saturn in Capricorn brings challenges to both the Establishment and those who are entrenched within it. Saturn as Lord of Karma ensures that what has been sown shall be reaped.

“Full disclosure” might not happen the way many fantasize that it will before 2020. However, strange facts are sure to be revealed. They’ll get even stranger when Saturn enters Aquarius but more on that later.

Saturn in Capricorn may bring major reforms in government both benevolent and malignant.  The last Saturn transit through Capricorn from 1988-1991 saw the Persian Gulf war which lasted between February 1988 to February 1991. Within this timeframe was the fall of the Berlin wall on November 9, 1989, which led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and end of the Cold War. As Saturn transited Capricorn from 1959-1962 the Vietnam War occurred. In the time before that, 1929-1932, the Great Depression spread from the US into a worldwide economic crisis. Chinese New Year of 1900 began with Saturn in Capricorn. During this transit the Boxer Rebellion in Northern China ended (in 1901) and the Anglo-Aro war between Nigeria and the British Empire ended (1901-1902).

It is possible that the economic crisis the world is currently experiencing intensifies. Perhaps a new form of currency is introduced. Let’s pray it’s not the one spoken of in the Book of Revelation – the so-called “mark of the beast”, in the form of microchips inserted underneath the skin. The system of money as it is is corrupt and ultimately must change if humanity is to survive. Bankers and British royalty have apparently been running the show for a very long time. The Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Du Ponts, Morgans and many others have been spoken about at length as “owning the world” by controlling the network of finances that govern our lives and keep us in check with invisible chains. It’s clear that we’re dealing with forces bigger and meaner than ourselves but what do we as individuals support with our own dollars? Do we support large corporations that exploit the earth’s resources and abuse employees? How many pieces of junk both large and small have we paid for or hoard in our homes that were made in China? Small junk with big ramifications over time.

Saturn in Capricorn may encourage us become more resourceful overall. Recycling, composting, and becoming eco-shopping-savvy is likely and hopefully to become popular. We owe it to the Earth that sustains us to treat her with greater kindness and respect.

Lastly or not necessarily lastly, Saturn forces us to deal with the inevitability of our mortality. For this reason people tend to feel gloomy under his influence. The subject of death itself will become one of prominence during this Saturnian transit. The benefit of pondering how short life is is that it may spur us into making better use of the embodied time we have been given on planet earth.

Healing the Masculine and Feminine Within

As Venus and Mars both transit through Libra and the Sun through Scorpio leading up to an extra Venusean Full Moon on Friday the 3rd, I have a sort of confession to make. It is relative to topics recently circulating about mistreatment by men toward women. I’m not denying the very real abuse that occurs but rather wish to make a special statement of gratitude toward certain men and certain types of men in general.

There are many men in my life who have made a huge impact on my overall growth and I would like to say thank you, wherever you are. I’d also like to share a bit of my story with women, just because it seems relevant to the times we’re in.

First, don’t get me wrong and think this is some sort of sappy “I love men” post. This is no way ignores the betrayal, minimization, and violations that women have experienced on this earth. Also, I’ve had my share of all-out verbal brawls with asshole alpha males and told creepy men to back off in no uncertain terms on multiple occasions.

Truth be told, when I look at the overall picture of where I’ve been, it is men who have helped me through the hardest of times. I simply wouldn’t be who and where I am today without all these magnificent and gifted men. Most of my mentors, healers, teachers, protectors, allies and benefactors in this lifetime have been men. This was not at all what I looked for or expected but has been a huge contradiction to my childhood impression of men being big scary monsters rather than humans with caring hearts. Maybe that’s why they have showed up for me in such amazing ways, to slowly dissolve the overwhelming feeling of disdain and distrust I had toward them. Even the jerks in my path have taught me extremely valuable lessons that have made me stronger in every way.

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Women who have been abused by men, I totally hear you and feel that pain. During a high school phase I thought was a feminist because I didn’t care for guys in general but dreamt of being like Xena warrior princess. Then I realized I wasn’t truly feminist because most women annoyed me to fucking bits and I just hated people, period. My growing hatred toward humanity as a whole is part of what made me sick to near-death. The anger and disgust I felt became immobilizing to my body, not for a few days but for a few years.

Throughout the years I’ve seen some women use and abuse men as their work/money or sex slaves and manipulate them in other horrible ways. Objectification swings either direction (and children are treated even worse) but that’s not something we are comfortable talking about in our PC culture. It’s a god awful thing to behold, as awful as any other type of domestic or relationship abuse. What a hell of a world we live in.

But here’s my main point…

Although each of us has both feminine and masculine qualities, the more we as women can appreciate, respect and adore the masculine qualities of men the more they can appreciate, adore and respect our feminine qualities and support us in general. Part of enabling this to happen is to allow men to be imperfect (all within reason – not talking about psychopathic disorders here) while also recognizing our own imperfections and working toward improvement. Instead of victimization or violence, conversation may arise.

Effective relating to others in general is a type of skill that takes practice. For instance, rather than attacking a man for what I perceive as a huge character flaw I personally have to ask myself, do I contribute to this flaw in some way, and if not, how can I quiet this reactivity within myself that perhaps stems from prior abuse, so that rather than conflicts a new level of understanding may arise? Self-defense against attack is another matter, but the first step is to avoid any attacks to begin with.

In situations where one is being taken for granted in a relationship, it is equally important to know when to walk away – when to stop giving and giving for nothing but heartache in return.

As we cultivate greater self-respect, the idiots begin to fall away or lessen in numbers. Those true and graceful men who are willing to show up or step up will do so. The more we authentic we are with each other, the more space is allowed for our best qualities to shine. Then a true healing between the sexes can begin.

New Moon in Sagittarius – Embracing Life’s Battles

‚ÄúThe world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.‚Ä̬† – Albert Einstein

The New Moon is at 7 degrees of Sagittarius on November 29th. It forms an exact conjunction with asteroid Juno, and a square with Neptune and the Lunar Nodes. In Sagittarius, the combined influence of the luminaries with Juno highlights partnerships and unions based on higher values, nurturing of the intellect, respect for each other’s differences and a passionate search for truth. Its dark side, especially in stressful aspects involving Neptune entails self-righteousness, religious and/or political fanaticism, inappropriate or misguided self-sacrifice, deception and victimization.

Neptune has been a year-long influence due to a square by Saturn in Sagittarius since August 2015, now fading in effect. The Neptunian themes of delusion, confusion, psychic pain and past life review are not over however, as Saturn and Chiron, the Wounded Healer in Pisces move into a square to be fully activated in the new year of 2017. The wounds that were not healed, the debris that was not discarded, the lies that were only partially uncovered and the memories that were stirred this past year are drawn up yet again with this New Moon and in the weeks ahead.

Venus in Capricorn forms a square with Uranus and Ceres in Aries. This and along with the four planets (Sun, Moon, Saturn, Mercury) in Sagittarius calls for radical honesty and a heavy price to pay for deceit. Much of this has already been going down in the political arena and the dominoes will continue to fall over the next few months. Intense conflicts and opposing views can cause separations and loss on a grand scale.

Sagittarius favors culture and expanded education. Like all fire signs, this one does not shrink away from challenge but embraces it wholeheartedly. Whenever this sign is emphasized, more of us dare to think and do things that were previously not known or comfortable. What is something you have long wanted to do that you’ve been afraid of initiating?

Every now and then the words of one of my great-grandmothers resounds in my memory:

“Life is constant battle!” she would exclaim after telling a story, particularly in relation to surviving the Armenian genocide…

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…but I remember her as a happy little lady, ever-so-loving and grateful for all that life had blessed her with. As I grew older, I began to truly understand her words more clearly and adopted them as a sort of mantra, especially in situations that seemed extremely bad or good. This mantra reminds me that things can always be a lot worse, not to rest on my laurels, never to settle for less than what I deem as worthy and just, and that if life’s not a “bitch” in some way, shape or form I must be overlooking or doing something wrong.

Contrary to New Age belief, people don’t automatically change their reality by ignoring what’s ugly and only reciting positive happy affirmations to themselves (as if they are trying super hard to drill them into their thick skulls). Believe me, I tried all that as a teen and it didn’t work. It began to feel like a form of denial and it eventually became evident that denial only leads to escapism, addiction and self-pity. What did work was accepting this life as battle, putting on my armor, picking up my spear and going forward full tilt.

I’m not sharing any of this as gospel, but just as my own personal philosophy and experience. It also seems relevant to the Times. When one acknowledges life’s battles for what they are, there is no more room for complaining. There is only choice in how to engage or give up. Accepting the reality of battle, of hardship and of hell on Earth was actually liberating for me. It meant that I no longer held onto false promises or waited for approval and rewards from others. I gave up hope for “lollipops”, pats on the back, gold stars and Nirvana. Suddenly, so much came into focus.

Whatever principles one adheres to ultimately shape life’s experiences for better or worse. These principles can be positive or negative, religious or not, inclusive or exclusive. What really matters is what results they produce both internally and externally. Do these results weigh on the side of healing or destruction? Enlightenment or ignorance? Dishonor or valour?

“Stand for something or you will fall for anything.”

Some more questions to ask during this Sagittarius New Moon (there are no Right or Wrong answers Рjust food for thought):

What are you seeking for and why?

What are you fighting for and why?

What are you holding on to and why?

Whose thoughts are you thinking? Why?

 

Autumn Equinox 2016

The Autumn Equinox on September 22nd is significant and potent in several ways. This time of year always highlights a period of harvest and closure on certain levels but that which is being brought to the surface of collective consciousness now is unlike what has been experienced in many years. Part of this is because of what is still being assimilated due to the past three eclipses in a row.

Mercury will have just gone Direct (since its Retrograde motion on August 30th) at 14 degrees Virgo the night before the Equinox forming an exact trine to Pluto in Capricorn, as Pluto slows down to turn Direct on September 26th. Days ago, the building of this aspect began to greatly heighten communications and perceptions on this and subtle planes of existence.

The Sun enters Libra and forms a conjunction to Jupiter and the Super Galactic Center (2 degrees of Libra), which may generate effects involving massive reorientations within relationships through the rest of September. Jupiter entered this area right around the Lunar Eclipse in Pisces on the 16th. The relationship areas undergoing reevaluation and change may involve any ranging from romance to business endeavors, legal contracts, family issues and friendships to group dynamics. There is great potential for healing and reunification, but for some there may also be an upsurge of deep pain. One of the greatest gifts offered by this transit is that of an increased ability to release baggage and sorrow around both past and present relationships and to come to a clearer understanding of multi-layered interactions.

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Mars at 26 degrees Sagittarius is conjunct the Galactic Center and the asteroid Lachesis, named after the second of the 3 Fates of Greek Mythology as she who measures the thread spun on Clotho’s spindle and determines the Destiny of any given life before it is snipped at by the third Fate, Atropos. This may indicate intense encounters and experiences of a psychic or super-conscious nature that seem fated, meant-to-be, or inescapable.

Venus at 28 degrees of Libra is conjunct asteroid Eugenisis, which could shed light on some rather strange “cross-overs” of all kinds, and I mean all kinds. I think I will leave these up to the imagination along with the observation of current world events by those who are reading this. Since the square between Saturn and Neptune is separating but still in effect, we cannot jump to conclusions yet about whether these crossovers are positive or negative, and the emphasis in Libra necessitates neutrality in some ways. This is especially true in situations where disillusionment and obsession is reaching or has just reached a peak, making it difficult to see the forest for the trees.

The day begins with the Moon in Gemini is in trine to Pallas Athene in Aquarius, highlighting the strength of the Feminine being expressed through various means. The Moon then moves into a sextile with Eris (the Dark Feminine) and Uranus in Aries, which although a fleeting aspect is part of an ongoing theme involving Eris that began in June and will last until Spring of 2017. This theme includes radical social change in relation to feminine principles Рtheir suppressions, explosions and expressions. The day comes to a close with an opposition between the Moon and Mars and the Galactic Center, which is to say, BAM baby, BAM. And totally truthfully, I wrote that before I checked and found out the Moon will literally be in conjunction with the asteroid BAM. So there you have it. Whatever BAM means to you!

Meanwhile, I am peacefully enjoying the harmonious brutality of fast and furious metallic shredding while sipping a hot cup of tea during Venus’s late degrees through Libra, as her consort Mars makes his way through the late degrees of Sagittarius. What can I say…I really love music, both classical styles and some of those considered viciously hardcore. Guess it’s a Libran thing.

Pisces Lunar Eclipse 2016

I am a bit behind on today’s penumbral Lunar eclipse report…but given that the full moon just occurred 24 degrees of Pisces, opposite of a Retrograde Mercury in Virgo¬†it seems just as well (please pardon my tardiness). Dreams, visions, memories, and heightened emotional and spiritual states have been the themes building up to this cosmic release. The Moon was in conjunction with Chiron, which has been triggering the awareness of pain that was buried within the depths of our souls, from this and past lives.

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Originally, the ruling planet of Pisces was Jupiter. Later
when Neptune was discovered it became the co-ruler. The Jupiterian expansiveness is in effect on so many levels and dimensions it can be difficult to discern what is coming/going, and where any of it is leading or landing. Neptune also has a way of going and going, like Alice down the rabbit hole, to a place or state of complete and utter mystery. Saturn is still separating from its year-long square to Neptune, leaving us with much to reflect upon yet not much form to work with.

Pisces is symbolized by the two fish swimming opposite of each other, sometimes with the appearance of a yin-yang. Like the sign of Libra, where Pisces ruling planet Jupiter now transits, Pisces is very much concerned with peaceful solutions and resolution. Inherent is the understanding that there is always more to life than what meets the eye. The Equinox falls on September 22nd, when the Sun moves into Libra, the day after Mercury goes Direct at 14 degrees of Virgo in a trine five days before Pluto turns Direct at 14 degrees of Capricorn on the 26th. We currently have the opportunity to look beyond appearances and truly see what is going on beneath the surface of a thing, relationship or situation that has been causing frustration for a long time.

When the emotional climate gets too intense to bear it can be helpful to stand back for a moment and view one’s own life as they would that of a stranger’s or a character on television…

What is the funniest, most ridiculous thing somebody ever said or called you with great passion/anger in their voice? True story here: “You’re nothing but a selfish prick!”

But you know what? It ultimately helped me to be a better person, because I stood taller and more confident than before. What’s great is I can laugh about it now, although at the time I responded in shock. I’m not sure what’s sillier – that someone said this to me, or that I reacted in shock. That was quite a long time ago. In recent months I’ve had similar encounters, with the opportunity to respond differently to¬† crazy projections.

The Piscean theme of purification also indicates this is an optimal time for clearing space both physically and energetically. This can be done with the use of essential oils, burning herbs, healing water treatments (steamrooms, saunas, baths, etc), flower essences, mantras, and many other tools.

Speaking of Flower Essences, I am available to make custom blends for internal or external use. The new ebook Flower Spirit Medicine will become available in print in late October. Send me a note if you’re interested in winning a copy of the ebook version¬†(names will be drawn on the Equinox!) ūüôā