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Saturn in Capricorn 12/19/17-12/16/20

Hey y’all,

Here’s a quick update on this long-term transit-we’re about a year into Saturn in Capricorn, good time for a checkup.

Saturn is the planet of rules and restrictions. It’s the reality check we need so we don’t get lost in dreams. While Jupiter expands and says yes, Saturn realistically sets boundaries and limits so we can measure progress. It’s often described as the heavy of the zodiac, bringing harsh lessons and grim character-building. In truth, without Saturn and its grounding influence we would be awash.

Saturn is the ruler of the sun of Capricorn, so it’s considered at home or in its domicile during this time. That means that Saturn is expressing in its pure form without being muted by other elements. Both planet Saturn and sign Cap are related to the passage of time, longevity, and legacy. Father Time is often associated with these energies, as well as Cronus and Rhea in myth.

Capricorn is the last of the earth signs which are primarily concerned with provable actions. Taurus represents the completed action, Virgo describes the methodology of the completed action, and Capricorn is the overall reason behind each completed action. I describe this as Taurus “I made a brick,” Virgo “This is how I made the brick,” and Capricorn “This brick will build my castle.” For this reason, people working with a lot of Capricorn in their charts are very concerned with reputation and public appearance. They take their personal sense of pride from the responsibilities that make them a part of their community, more than most. They are grounded and practical, with an eye on efficiency as they check their goals off of a usually literal list.

Following Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius from about 2015-17, we are now seeing the effects of the Big Ideas that happened during that time. For instance, a new tax code was passed here in America during heady Saturn Sag, that we aren’t seeing the effects of til now. I expect next tax day to be quite dramatic for some folks. Basically now we have to deal with the consequences of our actions. In another example, we elected a huge racist and now we have kids in cages on the border. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Saturn in Cap is that time.

Didn’t follow your workout regimen? Good luck staying fit during this transit. Didn’t do your homework? Don’t expect to pass the test. Saturn in Cap means your ass has to get to work. What you put in is what you will get out of this time. Anybody coasting is gonna get pushed out the way.

Basically because of the longevity of Cap, this period of time is all about sustained effort. If you don’t keep up your stamina, you’re gonna get left behind. Saturn is here to make you stronger, even if it’s gotta drag you kicking and screaming. There are always lots of karmic lessons that Saturn is trying to teach. This time is the culmination of those lessons-can you keep up? Can you stay on track? Can you maintain your budget? If the answer to these questions is no, get ready for your spiritual ass-whoopin’.

I recorded this video while drinking this summer, I don’t know if it’s any good but I do know that I learned a good Saturn in Capricorn lesson and quit smoking:

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Merry Jolly Mercury RxMas in Sagittarius 12/3-12/23

Hey hey hey,

It’s that special time of year-it only comes but twice or thrice! It’s not XMas, it’s Mercury RxMas! That’s right, Mercury is now retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius and will go direct again right before the darkest nights of the year as we shift into the winter sign of Capricorn.

This year’s earlier retrogrades went from earth-sign Taurus to fire-sign Aries (which I didn’t write about, apparently lolz), and from earth-sign Virgo to fire-sign Leo. Cusps between fire and earth sign represent how the desire becomes manifest, how the intention becomes an action. This year has made us reevaluate how we are doing things, and the reasons behind the things we are doing-mostly as individuals, as the first six signs represent personal development in the zodiac. This particular holiday retrograde is a lot more heady-and much more global.

QUICK OVERVIEW DATES:
-Mercury enters shadow zone, 13 degrees Sag 11/14
-Mercury stations retrograde, 29 degrees Sag 12/3
-Mercury stations direct, 13 degrees Sag 12/23
-Mercury exits shadow zone, 29 degrees Sag 1/11/2018

Sagittarius is the mutable-fire sign. Fire represents spiritual energy, passion and drive. Mutable signs can, the depending on the situation, call upon the cardinal (using energy) or fixed (saving energy) qualities of the previous two signs. In this case, Sagittarius becomes a mix of Libra and Scorpio energies. It is the place where we come out of the dark and have to examine what we have brought with us. We have to hold it up to the light and scrutinize it. Sagittarius represents philosophy, religion, higher learning, foreign countries and borders, the ‘outside world’ relative to the self. The sign is ruled by the great benefic, Jupiter, which represents justice, high-minded ideals, and expansiveness.

Mercury is the planet which is neither a male or female energy, but like the corpus collosum in your mind-grapes, connects both spheres and facilitates communication. It’s retrograde motion during this time is caused by our relative orbit. It doesn’t actually change directions, but it looks like it does if you are following it in the sky. This apparent  movement symbolizes a time where communication becomes “backed up.” Things aren’t moving forward, there becomes something that needs to be cleared up. Traditional advice for Mercury Rx is not to sign contracts, make long-term plans, stay in your house, be a hermit, lol. The reason being that after a while, your thinking (Mercury) will change and you will have moved on to something else. I think Mercury Rx is a good time to reflect on the past couple weeks and themes that have come up during those times. Mercury ends up covering the same part of the sky THREE times during a retrograde phase. Something has to be examined.

In the sign of Sagittarius, this retrograde passes over Saturn three times as well, emphasizing lessons here since Saturn entered the sign late summer 2015. I think as a whole, we have learned some dark things about ourselves and are still examining what we have found. This time is a good time to collect our wits and get ourselves together. I’m speaking in the royal ‘we’ because Sagittarius is on the top/south of the chart, meaning it’s about not just the self or the other but as it shifts into the sign of Capricorn, the People. This retrograde is about ideas, not necessarily actions, the moral and spiritual over the mundane. WHY are we doing what WE are doing? Why are WE doing what we are DOING?

Mercury will station direct right at the same time as the Sun (Consciousness/Self) and the dark sun, Saturn (Lessons/Restrictions) enter the sign of Capricorn. Mercury itself will join them in Capricorn in January 2018, but this time symbolizes the beliefs, ideas, and philosophies that create the expressions, actions, and policies we experience collectively. Like putting a clay pot in a kiln, the shift from a fire-sign to an earth-sign means that our ideas will soon become actions, our intentions will soon be made manifest. This Mercury Rx is about looking outward from the self, and collectively deciding what we believe our action will be. Sagittarius’ motto is “I see,” and by the end, we truly will.

This Saturn in Capricorn is looking to be a doozy! Get ready for it now.

Merry Jolly Mercury RxMas!

XoXoXo,
Will

p.s. used my Pottenger/Michelsen Ephemeris and my cool journal and the Buddha Board I got from Golden Braid Books

North Node in Leo 5/9/17-9/6/18

Hey ho,

This one has been a long time coming. I had a lot of ideas about it, but didn’t really know how to express them. So here goes.

The moon’s nodes are the points where the moon’s orbit around the earth crosses earth’s orbit around the sun. The north node is where the moon passes the earth’s orbit in front, and the south node is where it passes behind. They will always be opposite each other. In the natal chart the nodes indicate your soul’s journey through this life. The nodes represent where you are coming from and where you are going. The south node is what we already know or have carried with us from ‘past lives.’ This is our comfort zone, the place where we operate from an instinctual level. If we don’t overcome the challenges inherent to our south node, it will be impossible to move into the new territory of the north node.

The north node represents what we are here to learn in this life. It’s what we don’t know, what is foreign to us, and what we are here to master. The north node is the idealized version of ourselves, having learned and mastered the impulses of the south node to step into new territory.

The north node in Leo, in short, is about what you love doing and how doing that makes you the king or queen you are going to be. Leo is the sign of royalty, kingly or personal power, and creativity. Leo rules the heart and its passions. This next year is about stepping into your own personal interests and authority.

The way we get there is by honoring the lessons of the south node. In Aquarius (Leo’s opposite sign), people power is key. How does this affect not only me, but everyone else? This year means that we need to be moving away from putting others’ needs and especially wants before our own. It’s important to realize that we do fit into our groups, but now is the time to follow our own hearts. It’s the time to create boldly based on our own interests rather than checking in with the committee.

The lesson of moving from south node Aquarius to north node Leo is that in order to be a good ruler, one must understand the needs of the people. If you have mastered the south node in Aquarius, you operate from a place of harmony with others. You don’t overly depend on the opinions of social groups to get things done. But by the same token, you aren’t going to act tyrannically as you step into your Leo north node. You will have learned leadership skills and how to shine on your own.

This next year or so is you stepping into your own autonomy. What kind of ruler will you be? Will you follow your heart or try to exert control over others? Will you build up the People or be torn apart by them?

This lesson is personal and Universal. What kind of leaders will we be? How will we lead? It’s the time to step into the spotlight and use the force of your will (another Leo keyword) to create. What kind of leaders will we follow? What kind of kingdom are we creating for ourselves, and as the lesson of south node Aquarius teaches, for each other?

Cheers,

Will

P.S. I used my ephemeris and the Buddha Board at the Golden Braid Bookstore to make this post.

P.P.S. You can call the Golden Braid Bookstore in SLC, UT at (801) 322-1162 for an appointment in person or over the phone. Thanks so much!

New Moon in Gemini 5/25

Hey hey,

So the new moon was just a little while ago at 12.44pm MST, and for us in SLC it was directly on the Midheaven or directly overhead (giving public/10th House importance to the moon energy).

New moon is the time to rest and recharge, to plant seeds and make plans. In the air sign of Gemini, the focus is on communication. We have to think about new ways of expressing ideas. Words used unconsciously during this time will become a stumbling block later on, but since the moon is in its dark phase and not yet illuminated by the light of Sun-consciousness, we might do it impulsively. However, words used with clear intent now can be a bulldozer to clear that block as you go.

The ruler of New Moon Gemini is Mercury, which will be in the sign of Taurus thru June 6. This earth sign is all about creation. It’s about value, how we perceive it in relation to ourselves and our own possessions. Taurus is measured and methodical, and can seem almost languid compared to other, more high energy signs. Nevertheless, they always Tortoise and the Hare everybody by winning it with their steady approach. These qualities will be how communication flows during this moon cycle. Sometimes agonizingly slow and stubborn, but always focused on what is growing and the potential for new life.

We might also be gathering a lot of idea maps now, with all the ideas swirling around, he said, switching metaphors abruptly. The next full moon is in Sagittarius and is all about following your own path to Truth. Now would be the time to talk it out, make sure you really believe what you think you’re saying. You might have to back up your ideas later.

Some interesting things about this new moon is first, that it’s square to Neptune in Pisces. I think during this moon cycle, we will be wont to seek a definition rather than let a thing remain implied. Words will be necessary, even when it feels like trying to hold water in your hands. We won’t feel comfortable with blurring edges, we’ll tend to crave boundaries.

Second, there are two relatively short-lived yet major oppositions happening, sparked off by the new moon vibezzz. The first of which is on the Venus-Aries/Jupiter-Libra axis, which has been getting a lot of attention this year. Aries is the Self-so Venus there is getting us to really love our own dayum self and to go get ours, while Libra is the Other-so Jupiter there is expanding our awareness of our relationships. This opposition can be tough EVEN IF it’s both of the generally ‘benefic’ planets, showering blessings. Are we letting other people’s needs outweigh our own? Are we selfishly indulging our own interests and not considering the needs of others at all? This opposition during New Moon Gemini creates an awareness of these themes through crisis, or a situation that seems to pull you in different directions.

The other opposition is that of the malefic’ planets of Mars-Gemini and Saturn-Sagittarius. Mars is drive in the realm of communication (it’s very likely, and for me definitely true that our mouths have been RUNNING OFF). Other people are necessary for true communication to happen, yet Saturn’s over there grounding our asses in the sign of higher learning and personal truth. There’s a pull between speaking your truth and following your truth. Maybe you need to say some things on your path to Truth but you find it hard. Time to spit ’em out, because by the time the full moon happens you might not have as many options about it.

Lots of interesting stuff always happening in the sky. The long-standing T-square has eased off, so that a bit of a relief.

Thanks for reading! If you’d like to hear more about a particular topic, please use New Moon Gemini to lmk, ok?

Cheers,

Will

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