Saturn and Pluto exert powerful influence in Capricorn this year, hunkering down on questions of identity, career and wider questions, like: What do you do in the world? Are you committed to a worthy cause? While focusing on larger issues of Destiny, remember the importance of joy and passion especially this August and September as Saturn trines Uranus. Express authenticity via creative, life-affirming projects, love affairs or work with children. These may become financial/career opportunities.
Vesta and Black Moon Lilith traverse Capricorn this year. Vesta encourages us to get comfortable with our own gravitas and purpose especially when conjunct Saturn and Pluto, while squaring Uranus in September and November. Black Moon Lilith calls us to explore our relationships with status and authority. Just what would we do to get to The Top? How can we help those traditionally excluded gain fairer access? Are power and recognition truly what we desire?
We’ll likely see huge personal and societal changes as the South Node in Capricorn, North Node in Cancer, Uranus in Aries align powerfully Nov. 2018 to Jan. 2019, affecting equality in partnerships, family, political, career, self-identity and ancestral issues. Things will be shifting . . . rapidly.
Sow seeds of intention during the New Moon in January—seven bodies will be in Capricorn—super-powerful for career, status, and the larger construct of Legacy. As we envision a different world, incorporate the Feminine who has for too long been denied access to power and equality. On the Capricorn Full Moon in June, those seeds begin to germinate.
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In my own practice, which you can explore on my website. I use nearly 150 astrological bodies in drawing up charts. The information presented here has been highly condensed.
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Heather Roan Robbins is a practical, intuitive, choice oriented astrologer, writer, celebrant, and spiritual counselor. Active for 30 plus years, she practices in St. Paul, Santa Fe, and New York City - 914.315.5001 Email Heather.
We need to take care of what really matters this week as the Sun conjunct Pluto, and take care of our immune system and joints for the next two weeks while Jupiter squares sensitizing Neptune, feisty Mars squares Saturn, and mobile Mercury conjuncts Saturn.
As the weekend begins, we watch our national government hit a crisis in limits, power struggle, responsibility and integrity. We may also run into a personal limit, or some intense experience which reminds us of our priorities as the Sun conjuncts Pluto on Friday. In response we may need to make decisions which end one series of possibilities and allow another to progress on Sunday as Mercury conjuncts Saturn. It could be time to set a limit, to release what’s not working so we can reorganize and reinvigorate what does.
Activating Mars, now in fiery Aries, squares off with the old guard inflexibility and strength of Saturn in Capricorn and, like a combustion engine, help drive us forward but can also leave our joints inflamed, our tempers flaring, and our politicians irritated. This square can temporarily widen the generation gap and political divide; what’s obvious to each side is so inflexibly clear to each side. We need to encourage the emotional and physical flexibility, to stretch our soul, our mind, our joints and sense of possibilities so we don’t take on the tension from our surroundings and can roll into better possibilities.
If we’re heading into a touchy or difficult maneuver whether it’s a congressional fight or a divorce, or a reorganization of personal work, it may further now to use Saturn’s gifts and look at the systems, get documents in order, use formal structure to contain and direct the surplus emotions so they power the situation rather than send it all awash.
Because there is a surplus of ambient emotional fuel as the two emotional planets, Venus and Mars, are now in energetic fire signs (Sagittarius and Aries respectively) which can add volatility to relationships in the best and worst of ways. Sparks fly and can start new relationships or reignite old ones if we can share our passion for life and stir the coals. If our fires aren’t well fed, we can feel like straw, ready to go up in flames when graced with a loving spark. Our feisty need for independence is as strong as our potential passion. Our tempers can spike and dissipate quickly with Mars in Aries, but our willingness to put up with somebody else’s spikes is minuscule, because we may be feeling both unusually sensitive and independent, a combination that will not put up with guff.
That extra permeability leaks in as Jupiter and Neptune square off this week, the first of three passes this year. An aspect which really underlines the present crisis in credibility, of our tendency to live in an imaginary world, ignore facts, which is being modeled from the White House down. Jupiter expands whatever it touches and Neptune symbolizes our sensitivity, permeability, intuition, imagination, delusion, and escapism. In between all of our busy doing, many will appreciate some midwinter escapism into a good book or movie by the fire. But this week, some people will hold tenaciously to their illusions and have an unusually hard time with anything resembling a fact. Let’s also watch for accidents around water, liquids, support the immune system, and considered ducking away from any madly sneezing person nearby.
Friday, over then underlying buzz of activity, we may feel like the world catches up with us at the end of a long under a sensitized Pisces Moon. We may need to deal with a wave of depression, be painfully aware of some worldly power struggle or just feel the weight of the world as the Sun conjuncts Pluto. But the energy picks up this weekend as the Moon shifts to Aries, we are ready to move and groove, start projects and revolutions, and shake things up. Machinations brew behind-the-scenes. On Sunday we may be ready to make a decision or set a limit as Mercury conjuncts serious Saturn. If we can’t hammer out the details now, we may find a more creative workaround on Monday as Mercury sextiles creative Neptune. Early in the week of Taurus Moon loans us a nuts-and-bolts pragmatism with a steadier pace. We can multitask and discuss more easily towards the end of the week as the Moon enters verbal Gemini, but our ability to concentrate may come and go.
Friday, January 11: Deal with potentially obsessive, intense energies, and personal and collective insecurities as the Sun conjuncts Pluto early in the morning. The Pisces Moon resonating with all kinds of emotions and concerns about vulnerability but we can find our center and ground in the work that needs to be done this morning. This afternoon the energy strangely drifts; the tendency will be to putter in circles and have trouble completing. Rest and repair tonight.
Sun conjunct Pluto 4:38 AM, Moon sex tile Pluto 7:10 AM, Moon sex tile Sun 7:24 AM, Moon conjunct Chiron 11:08 PM.
Saturday, January 12: Okay, now we move. New energy, new decisions can catalyze us into action under a fiery Aries moon. Morning energizes, though our willpowers may wrestle communication can flow midday if we share love as well as impatience. Watch sparks of temper and brilliance around dinner time. If the debate if it feels destructive, disconnect or redirect; if the debate is creative, enjoy.
Moon enters Aries 1:17 AM, Moon trine Venus 12:19 PM, Moon conjunct Mars 5:11 PM
Sunday, January 13: Our spiritual and imaginative resources are close by if we reach for them as Jupiter squares intuitive Neptune, even as concrete reality clamors for attention. Some people will tenaciously hold on to an illusion and ignore facts, but we can balance the need for internal peace and external productivity. Be the grown up in the room. Summon all maturity to deal with ripening important decisions and set healthy limits. Get organized.
Moon square Mercury 2:04 AM, Moon square Saturn 2:36 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 5:30 AM, Mercury conjunct Saturn 6:30 AM, Jupiter square Neptune 11:57 AM, Moon square Pluto 6:28 pm, Moon square Sun 11:45 pm.
Monday, Jan 14: Our situation can still feel urgent as the feisty Aries Moon conjuncts change-inducing Uranus and promotes actionable new beginnings, but we have more access to the intuitive creativity needed to work around obstacles. This afternoon the Moon enters earthy Taurus and stabilizes the action. Put out fires if they’ve started, and follow through on productive leads. Offer comfort and steadiness.
Mercury sextile Neptune, 6:13 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 8:55 AM, Moon enters Taurus 11:31 AM.
Tuesday, January 15: Pay attention to pacing and timing as that steady Taurus Moon adds endurance. Morning brings competence, with potentially a side of bureaucratic paperwork, afternoon encourages our imagination. Utilize an opportunity for clear communication as the Moon trines Mercury tonight.
Moon trine Saturn 11:50 AM, Moon sex tile Neptune 2:14 PM, Moon trine Mercury 6:29 PM.
Wednesday, January 16: Follow through and complete goals as the Moon trines the Sun and Pluto this morning. Tonight, our endurance relaxes and the conversation increases later as the Moon enters verbal Gemini. Check in with teams, find out what the kids of been doing, find a sense of humor and reconnect with family tonight.
Moon trine Pluto 2:16 AM, Moon trine Sun 11:33 AM, Moon enters Gemini 6 PM.
Thursday, January 17 If mixed messages and social faux pas confuse the situation as the Moon opposes Venus this morning, laugh; shame won’t further. Don’t let small problems interfere with potential alliances, keep priorities clear. Let go of a preconception and compassionately clear the air later on as the Moon squares Neptune.
Moon opposed Venus 12:53 PM, Moon sextile Mars 1:31 PM, Moon square Neptune 6:56 PM, Moon opposed Jupiter 8:10 PM.
Starcodes for the week of January 4, 2018
The mood is serious, impatient, with some growing concerns but also an underlying competence that can us cope. We may need to come to grips with needed changes and the see the outlines of the work ahead as Mercury enters competent Capricorn tonight, followed by a new Moon with solar eclipse in determined Capricorn this weekend. The planet we associate with change, Uranus, turns direct this weekend and can increase seismic activity; either symbolically, politically, or geologically, we may feel an earthquake. Just as new Congress settles in.
That new Moon eclipse in competent, responsible, if occasionally grim Capricorn at 6:28 pm MST on Saturday can both bring us back home to our roots and help us ask tough questions about personal responsibility and authority in our life and our culture. It calls us to take a clear look at our Dharma, our work, and asks what’s not working and needs to be released, and what has the potential to grow in the future. It’s a good time to make our real New Year’s resolutions for the disciplines that we’d like to shift in the new year and goals we’d like to aim for. Because Capricorn is a mountain goat, it encourages us to climb, or we may feel like we are sliding downhill.
Momentum picks up all across the board this week as motivating Mars, now in proactive and feisty fire-sign Aries, is joined by Venus in another restless fire sign, Sagittarius, on Sunday. If it’s time to leave dysfunctional situation and start anew, now is the time to do so but with a good plan in place. Venus and Mars in fire signs can bring out the hero in us all, the firemen and rescue worker, whether or not people want rescuing. But they can also trigger sudden shocking temper flares, military action, and revolutions. This excess of human will can be used to cause real problems, or it can save the world. Mars in Aries is a good time to stay away from abusive people and help those who live around them, but most of us will feel this feistiness more positively, as an entrepreneurial can-do energy that allows us to get started.
As Uranus turns direct on Sunday after a long retrograde, it suggests changes that we thought were going to happen last summer, before Uranus retrograded, may now begin to precipitate. On Monday, we may be tempted to quit, tell people off, or run away from home, as thoughtful Mercury in determined Capricorn squares Mars in Aries. But let’s keep a lid on it and think through consequences before we spout off. Instead we can use the moon in collaborative Aquarius to put our team together and get that new chapter rolling.
Watch the temper at home, as it can be easy to snap at people we love when we’re frustrated. The key to harnessing this restless energy will be to stay proactive and work towards our goals rather than react against the world’s more annoying occupants.
Let’s catch up with ourselves on Wednesday and Thursday as our sensitivity reasserts itself under and intuitive Pisces Moon and as the Sun conjuncts deep Pluto. Things get real, we may need to deal with issues of mortality or have to let go of something important in order to step forward. Tend to the inner work now as momentum picks back up soon.
Friday, January 4: Life can feel like an itchy wool suit, though the discomfort can be motivating. Feel a strong ambient emotional torque as both the Moon and Mercury enter Capricorn and square irritable Mars, loaning us a strong and healthy revolutionary pull, a desire to move the world forward in a positive direction with pragmatic steps, but also a real resistance to being forced into anything. Competence flows, but objectivity and compassion will be worth gold.
Moon trine Uranus 9:09 AM, Moon conjunct Mercury 10:41 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 11:54 AM, Sun trine Neptune 12:56 PM, Moon square Mars 5:05 PM, Mercury enters Capricorn 8:39 PM.
Saturday, January 5: Plan, build, reorganize, strategize, but leave final decisions open until after the New Moon at 6:28 PM. The eclipse will only be visible over the Pacific but offers us all an opportunity to shed old plans and start a new chapter. Deal with questions about foundations, organization, our choice of work, and what we want to build the future. Watch the tendency to become controlling in response to uncertainty. If grim thoughts arise, listen to their message but don’t believe their density. And find some small project to complete and offer satisfaction.
Venus trine Chiron 11 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn 11:32 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 4 PM, new Moon solar eclipse 6:28 PM.
Sunday, January 6: Morning could be potentially tough, grim, or friction-filled but give us info about the next step. We could feel an existential or geological earthquake as Uranus turns direct. Feel the prompting to make a shift and put it to good use. It will be easier to see where we’re going, get and receive help this afternoon.
Moon conjunct Pluto 5:11 AM, Uranus turns direct 1:26 PM, Moon square Uranus 8:56 PM, Moon sextile Venus 11:20 PM, Moon enters Aquarius 11:45 PM.
Monday, January 7: Put the team together for those new plans, make calls and reach out with the Moon in Aquarius and as Venus enters Sagittarius. People may respond with a new openness and may be more willing to see the humor and explore possibilities. We don’t want to feel trapped, but temper a desire to leap away from what’s not working, to run away from home run away and join the circus. Bring the circus home instead. It may be time to leave dysfunctional situations and start a new, but let’s do this with a good plan in place. In these few serious weeks, find the fun in being together.
Venus enters Sagittarius 4:17 AM, Moon sextile Mars 8:41 AM,
Tuesday, January 8: The mood is argumentative but curious, with many leaders and few followers, which could bring some interesting political fallout as Mercury squares Mars. Joints and tempers are easily inflamed, accidents and arguments are likely, so stay aware, stay thoughtful, and count to ten before reacting.
Moon sextile Jupiter 2:43 AM, Mercury square Mars 3:04 AM.
Wednesday, January 9: Morning brings competence, and cooperation as long as we let everyone proceed under their own terms. Later on, we may feel more emotional or sensitive, some doubts creep back as the Moon enters intuitive Pisces. We feel what’s been going on, for better or for worse, we need more consideration, have more compassion. As resentments spurt easily it is important to keep our priorities clear and, while being considerate of others’ needs, focus on our own agenda. Stay on target, but proceed at a kindly pace.
Moon sextile Uranus 9:52 AM, Moon enters Pisces 12:43 PM, Moon square Venus 6:09 PM.
Thursday, January 10: Momentum slows but doesn’t stop. If we respond to a flash of sensitivity with kindness and compassion, we can reconnect from the heart and discuss what’s been going on. When in doubt, respond with generosity. It will not be effective to push people to hurry up. Around dinner time, take a break as the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Pisces, let’s use the time to rest and recuperate because the momentum picks up again soon.
Moon sextile Mercury 5:15 AM.