Whoa. This week.
It’s been on my radar for a loooong time. And now… here we are.
In less than 48 hours, Saturn will ingress into Capricorn (early WEDNESDAY for me, and late TUESDAY for many of you). In astrology, the word “ingress” is used to refer to a planet entering a new sign, while exiting the one previous to it. Saturn has been in Sagittarius since December 23rd, 2014 (with a brief retrograde interruption back into Scorpio in 2015).
This is a pretty big deal, as I’m sure you already know if you have been following astrology news over the past month or so. It is an important transit not only because Saturn is a powerful, slower-moving outer planet that changes signs once every 3 years or so, but also because Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn.
Saturn is “returning home” in a big way, after a ~30 year absence.
In fact, I would say that the only other cosmic event in 2017 that received as much astro hype and anticipation as Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn, would have been the Total Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st.
Early this morning (MONDAY) we had the New Moon at 26 degrees Sagittarius, while walking the razor thin edge of Saturn’s transition from Sag to Cap. Our new baby moon has already rushed on ahead, squeezed past Saturn, and has led the way into Capricorn by the time of this posting.
Here’s the New Moon post I published on social media yesterday…
I came across this quote the other day and it really resonated. Perhaps it will with you as well.
I am writing this Sunday afternoon, while we are deep in the mystical dark of the Balsamic Moon phase, as we release and prepare for the New Moon in Sagittarius, which will occur at 2:30 AM MONDAY morning for myself (AST), or late SUNDAY for many of you. The last New Moon of 2017.
It is normal to come to the end of each year and reflect on what happened, what didn’t, where you are in relation to your goals… The Big Yearly Review.
However, as 2017 draws to a close, this type of reflective process is amplified to an even greater extent since we have Saturn at the 29th crisis degree of Sagittarius, ready to transition into Capricorn in a couple days, coinciding with the Sun’s ingress into Cap for the December Solstice point (Dec. 19th~21st), along with Mercury retrograde, preparing to Station Direct this week.
I am pretty uncomfortable currently. I am feeling that prickly edge of the 29th degree as my Saturn Return wraps up. For some, there are urgent, intense, crisis-type situations emerging, or the pressing need to make an important decision, which is common when heavy-weight planets reach the end of a sign.
For others, like myself, there is frustration around feeling like one is dealing with the same old issues again… like, did I make any progress? At all? After all that internal or external effort? Where did this year go?!
I am blatantly going to blame the astro for these self-doubts and draw reassurance from this encouraging poem by Morgan Harper Nichols: “Remember the mountains and valleys that got you here.”
This New Moon may be in bubbly bright Saggy, but with its conjunction to Saturn, its square to Chiron, and its ruler Jupiter, still sludging through Scorpio’s underwater jungles, it feels rather somber to me.
And yet, the New Moon is trining Uranus, reminding us of 2017’s persistent Saturn-Uranus trine. Reminding us that innovation, change and liberation are supported by consistent patience, focus, and the wisdom of lived experience.
Whatever is coming up for you, be gentle with your soft creature self.
You exist in an eternal, infinite plane, and yet you live out this human journey within time and space.
You are both being and becoming. You are both perfect and a work in progress.
You are whole, and yet awakening to that wholeness.
There are some issues, some uncomfortable life content, which may follow us for a lifetime. And yet each time it surfaces, reappears, or we seem to circle back to it, we are coming at it with different strategies, with a deepening of perspective, with a new understanding.
We are on the threshold of some major cosmic shifts. Hang tight as you survey the year’s landscape behind you. No emotion, no situation, lasts forever. Everything comes, and goes.
“You are not the same. You have grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living, you are wrapped in endless, boundless grace. And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday.” (~Morgan Harper Nichols)
Another chapter is about to begin.
Each New Moon, I write a letter to myself to be opened during the next Full Moon of the same sign (in this case, May 29th will feature the Full Moon in Sagittarius). Regardless of when or if you set New Moon intentions, if ever there was a transit that resonated with New Year-type resolutions (or a similar equivalent), Saturn into Capricorn at the Solstice, would be it.
I usually write my New Moon intentions letter when the Moon has traveled about 15 degrees from the Sun. The New Moon is a magical time of solar and lunar union and infusion, but it can also be a confusing and disorienting time since the Moon is still in the dark and the Sun has captured its light.
Personally, this time around, I may wait until the Solstice, when Saturn has made its ingress and arrived at the potent 0 degree mark of Capricorn along with the Sun, to write my New Moon letter. I will turn it into a Saturn in Capricorn goal-setting project 🙂
Although we generally associate air signs with having strong cognitive and communicative traits, Sagittarius (a fire sign) has many cognitive connotations.
It is the sign of beliefs, worldviews, philosophies, the search for truth, higher learning, purpose and meaning – all of these, we formulate and sustain in our thinking minds. We also embody and act on them of course, but it is undeniable that Sagittarius, Gemini’s polarity in the zodiac wheel, highlights the expansive, manifesting powers of our thoughts.
One of Saturn’s functions is to crystalize, to solidify, to make firm, to make tangible, to give form and shape to something.
With Saturn in Sagittarius, if we’ve reacted with fear, we’ve likely clung to our dogmas and defended our egos and our sense of security with our belief systems.
If we’ve leaned into the higher expression of Saturn in Sagittarius, we’ve been dismantling and deconstructing beliefs and assumed truths (about ourselves, about others, about life). We’ve (hopefully) been challenged to learn the value of constantly questioning and critically examining our perceptions and worldviews, without making assumptions.
And yet at the same time, we’ve also been replacing and rebuilding with authentic, workable beliefs we can trust and rely on; truths that are worth their weight – even if they are not always easy and pleasant.
How have your beliefs, your worldviews, your perception of reality, your ethics, your sense of purpose, meaning and direction, been challenged and redefined over the past 3 years (particularly in respect to the house that contains Sagittarius in your natal chart)?
Anyone else have an intense existential crisis recently? Tore apart the baseboards of your life to get at the answers and truths you needed? Questioned everything that you once took for granted?
And how have you responded to the Saturnian pressure to crystalize and solidify your redefined beliefs and your new perception of reality? Have you had to make decisions based on them? Taken a stand because of your beliefs? Written about them? Been prompted to take action because of them?
You may very well have taken many actions based on your changing understandings and increased insights over the past few years. And yet, as Saturn enters Capricorn, “taking action” becomes even more crucial. To a much greater extent than Sagittarius, Capricorn, due to its shared symbolism with Saturn, values tangible outcomes and external results (stuff we can experience with our physical senses), along with the hard work and determined effort required to achieve them.
There are a million things that could be said about this long-term transit which I do not have room for here, but I’ll leave you with two key pieces of advice.
Astrology is experiential. It works. I don’t know how, but it works. Take very careful note of what happens in your life around this time (perhaps extending a few weeks into the future). When outer planets shift into a new sign, their ingresses do not arrive without noticeable indicators – collectively and personally. I would say this is true even if this transit does not significantly activate your natal chart.
When Saturn entered Sagittarius and my Saturn Return began December 2014, within 2 days of Saturn’s ingress I had left the city I had been living in for over two years and moved back into my family home. It was an unanticipated decision that was sustained much longer than expected, and yet it was a decision that marked a major theme of Saturn’s transit through my 4th House of origins, childhood, roots, family, home and emotional foundations.
So take notes.
My second piece of advice, is that if you know your birth chart, check what houses are encompassed by Capricorn and find out what planets you have in cardinal signs (Capricorn, Cancer, Libra, and Aries), since planets in these signs will receive major aspects by Saturn throughout the next three years.
In the areas of your chart touched by Saturn traveling through Capricorn, you will be prompted to get serious about your intentions, beliefs, hopes and dreams that solidified during Saturn’s transit in Sagittarius. Hard work, determination, endurance, focus, boundaries, major commitments and decisions, authenticity, self-discipline and patience, will be prime keywords in respect to these areas.
In the words of Henry Thoreau:
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
With Saturn in Sagittarius you got clear about what was worth the investment of your life’s resources. If you have tread this pilgrimage wisely, you have stepped into alignment with your soul’s Truth.
Now with Saturn in Capricorn, you will make that investment – with your money, assets, time, energy, effort and skills.
Eventually you will reap the harvest you seek – providing your work passes all of Saturn’s tests.
Throughout this transit we will learn a great deal about when to work WITHIN OUR LIMITS (e.g. avoiding personal burn-out; collectively ceasing to exploit our beautiful, tortured Earth any further), and when to push BEYOND THE LIMITS that we encounter (e.g. advocating for the end of horrific injustices and acts of discrimination which are so rampant in the world).
Since Capricorn is closely associated with the cause and effect world and the harsh realities of life, we may be faced with uncomfortable scenarios that propel us to stop avoiding that which we have been ignoring.
Capricorn will put our redefined Sagittarian beliefs through the ringer as solid action is demanded. We will learn what investments are truly worthwhile, meaningful, sustainable and lasting.
That’s my intro to Saturn in Capricorn. Ahhh… and there’s still the rest of the week to cover.
Seriously. This is one intense week.
Also on WEDNESDAY, Venus (close on the heels of the Sun) will make that simultaneous square to Chiron and trine to Uranus that we just experienced with the Sun and Mercury.
As Saturn completes its mega shift, Venus decides to bring up some pain related to relationships, money, self-worth and our values… but that trine to Uranus could pull us through, reminding us of potential, possibility, and opportunity – no matter what the present moment brings us.
On THURSDAY the Sun enters Capricorn and meets up with Saturn at the potent 0 degree for an Earth-shaking Solstice moment as the Sun slams on its Southern brakes and begins its journey back toward the North Pole.
P.S. Did you know that the tropical zodiac wheel is divided into 12 equal signs based on the two solstices and two equinoxes? In case you’ve missed the explanation in previous posts, here it is again…
0 degrees Capricorn (along with 0 degrees of the other cardinal signs – Cancer, Aries, and Libra) is really important astrologically, since it marks a key point of the Sun’s yearly journey across the sky. The solstice and equinox points are also of great importance to many who practice pagan spiritualities.
This is a Solstice to celebrate! Or perhaps I should say – to deeply respect and to honour, given the solemn intensity of the Sun conjoining with Saturn in Capricorn.
Then on FRIDAY, Mercury Stations Direct at 13 degrees Sagittarius, after being retrograde since December 3rd, 2017. As always, when a planet pivots, it stirs up dust (as if there wasn’t already enough dust stirred up with Saturn’s ingress and the Solstice conjunction…).
That which has been stalled, or confusing, or on pause, suddenly gets a jerk of forward momentum. And yet this jerk of momentum can also be quite disorienting – especially since Mercury stations while squaring Neptune in Pisces.
Be patient. The pieces will fall into place as Mercury retraces its steps and catches up with Saturn in January.
Finally on SUNDAY, Venus is on the verge of joining the Sun, Saturn, and Pluto (oh yes, he’s there too) in Capricorn, but in the meantime we may experience some stressful aggravation or urgency associated with some relational matters. Since SUNDAY is Christmas Eve, for those who celebrate it or have family obligations associated with this holiday, this makes sense, no?
Jupiter in Scorpio will also square the Nodal Axis on SUNDAY (North Node in Leo, South Node in Aquarius). This challenging moment of decision-making has been building for the past couple of weeks.
What intersection or crossroad are you currently standing at? Are you prepared to let go of the comfortable, familiar, over-used option, and choose the option that will propel you forward into the exciting unknown?
As you plumb the vast depths of Scorpio’s hidden lair of secrets, and reclaim your power from the past, will you simultaneously move toward acts of creation, acts of love, vitality and passion?
Choose the vibrant middle path between group conformity and rebellious retreat.
You’ve got this.
Here we go…
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