The Stars Within Their Courses | Cynthia J. Thinnes, Astrologer
I provide astrological services using Classical Western methods, grounded in the Divine Feminine.While astrology is not the only tool to help us in our decision making, it is a useful one. I do my best to outline the various options available given the astrological circumstances, and to provide helpful suggestions and ideas for navigating these circumstances.
Aside from Scorpio, Pisces might be one of the most misunderstood signs in popular Western Astrology. Pisces is often described either as a saint or hopelessly gullible and prone to all sorts of problems like addictions. The reason for this misunderstanding is that Pisces is the sign that is least attached to the material world. Pisces natives tend to be much more interested in religious, spiritual, and metaphysical matters than they are physical and earthly concerns.
Pisces by Season
In the West, most astrologers use the Tropical Zodiac which is tied to the seasons rather than the constellations. As the use of the Tropical Zodiac started in Europe and the Middle East, the meanings for the signs became tied in with the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere.
There are advantages and disadvantages to this system over the Sidereal Zodiac, which is used mostly in Vedic Astrology. Some of the important advantages are that the signs match the seasons, and the Sun is in the same sign at about the same time every year. This makes it possible for most people to know their Sun Signs so long as they know their birthday. In the case of Pisces, the Sun is in this sign from around February 19 to March 21. The days that the Sun changes signs do vary slightly from year to year, so if you were born at the very beginning or the very end of this time period, you may need to have a full Natal Chart drawn up in order to know your Sun Sign.
A major disadvantage to using the Tropical Zodiac is that the seasonal associations are the opposite in the Southern Hemisphere.
Pisces is the final sign of the zodiac, and it is the Mutable Sign of Winter. In Western Astrology, the new year begins with the Sun’s entry into Aries, which makes Pisces the last sign of the year. This is a time of letting go of the previous year and getting ready to start the new one. We are cleaning our cabinets and our refrigerators of the food still remaining from the previous year, and the early flowers and bulbs are just starting to poke through the snow. We may also be starting seeds inside for the coming season.
From this perspective, many of the traits of Pisces make sense. This is the time of year for detaching from what has been. In a real sense, every year is fresh and new. Yes, there are carryovers from what happened in the previous years, but every year gives the opportunity for a new start. Pisces is the time of clearing things away to make room for this new start.
In the West, the main holiday that falls during the Sun’s sojourn through Pisces is the season of Lent in many Christian traditions. In the Filianic tradition, it is Moura. While in the Christian tradition, the exact start and end time for Lent vary from year to year, in the Filianic tradition, Moura coincides exactly with the time period that the Sun is in Pisces.
Both Lent and Moura represent times in which people take on spiritual disciplines in order to cleanse their souls for the upcoming time of rebirth.
Pisces by Element
Pisces is a Water Sign. Water represents the All Possibility and is malleable and able to change forms. As Mutable Water, Pisces does not have a definite form nor does she have hard and fast boundaries. She is able to adjust her shape and her nature based on her surroundings. It is common for Pisces to be at least somewhat empathic and she is easily influenced by those around her.
The planetary principles are the pure essence of their nature and thus, they are always at their highest expression. On the other hand, the planets themselves function better in some signs than in others. The relative strengths and weaknesses of the planets in each sign are known as their essential dignities and debilities. Below are the essential dignities and debilities for Pisces.
Jupiter is the Greater Benefic and governs matters related to faith and spirituality. This fits well with the theme of pulling back from the material world to reconnect with the Source. Pisces is Jupiter’s Night House, and so the abundance of Jupiter is someone more subdued in this sign.
Venus is exalted in Pisces. In Pisces, the planet representing Love in all of its forms is able to express herself in kindness and gentleness. The highest nature of Venus, which is the sacrifice of oneself for another, is also emphasized in Pisces.
All three signs of an Element are ruled by their Triplicity Rulers. In the Dorothean system, the rulers of Water are Venus by day, Mars by night, and the Moon is the participating ruler. According to William Lilly, Mars is the only triplicity ruler for Water, by both day and night.
Pisces is the most formless and nebulous of the signs, and Mercury is the most malleable of the planets. When Mercury is in Pisces, she becomes diffuse which makes it hard for her to exercise her analytical functions.
Fall – Mercury
Not only is Mercury in detriment in Pisces, but she is also in Fall. This emphasizes the difficulty that Mercury faces in a sign that can give her little in the way of form and cohesion.
In addition to the planets that have dignity in a sign in its entirety, there are planets that rule specific degrees of each sign. These are known as the planet’s terms or bounds. There are two main systems of the division of the terms, Egyptian and Chaldean.
Each sign is divided into three parts, known as face or decantes. Each face has a separate ruler. The faces of Pisces and their rulers are:
0 – 10 Saturn
10 – 20 Jupiter
20 – 30 Mars
Pisces and the Body
Pisces rules the feet. If Pisces is prominent in your chart, you need to be careful of your feet because they are especially prone to illness and injury. This is also the case if you have a Libra Ascendant because in that case, Pisces governs your 6th House of injury and illness.
If your Venus or Jupiter are in Pisces, you need to take problems with your feet very seriously. The reason for this is that the strong parts of your chart are the most dangerous. If you have a Leo Ascendant, you also must be careful, because Pisces rules your 8th House of Death.
Pisces in a Nativity Chart
When reading a Nativity Chart, most astrologers look first to the placements of the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant, which is also known as the Rising Sign. You can learn these by getting a Nativity Chart report from an astrologer, or by getting a computerized report for free from Astrolabe. Below are brief descriptions of how to interpret a Pisces Sun, Moon, and Ascendant.
The Sun is not especially debilitated in Pisces, but she does not have any dignity either. The Sun is the initial force of Creation, and Pisces is the Sign that is moving away from manifestation. If you have a Pisces Sun, you struggle with establishing a true identity. Your sense of Self is easily influenced by others and it is sometimes hard to know where you end and others begin.
Pisces Sun by Day
Being born during the day always makes your Sun stronger, no matter what sign she is in. If you were born during the day, you probably express your Pisces nature in what you do for a living or your role in the world. You are likely to be in a helping profession. You may also be clergy or heavily involved in a religious organization in some way.
Pisces Sun by Night
If you were born during the night, your Pisces nature will take a backseat to the sign of your Moon. This means that you may be burdened with more mundane and material matters than you would prefer. You may judge yourself for what you see as your “escapist” tendencies. You really do need to emotionally and mentally pull away from ordinary life on a fairly regular basis, though, in order to keep going and not fall into negative habits.
The Moon is dignified in Pisces, and if your Moon is in Pisces, the positive traits of both the planet and the sign will be magnified. You have an excellent imagination, and you are able to express your Pisces nature in artistic ways, as well as in compassion for others.
Pisces Moon by Day
If you have a Pisces Moon by day, your softer and more intuitive nature will be more hidden and private. Your interests in Piscean matters such as fantasy and spirituality will be hobbies and activities that you do in private. You will have a need for a rich fantasy life, which will give you energy for your day job.
Pisces Moon by Night
Of all of the major Pisces placements, a Pisces Moon by night is the strongest. You have a deep spirituality, and you will be able to arrange your life so that you have the time to express it properly. You will have a stong sense of the magical parts of life and a deep appreciation for beauty. Also, your intuition will be highly developed.
With a Pisces Ascendant, there will be a sense of magic about you. You are likely to come across as vague or scattered, particularly when people first get to know you. People tend to underestimate you. You are easy to talk to and be with, but you have an otherworldly manner to you, and it can be hard to see who you really are.
With Pisces Ascendant, Jupiter is the ruler of your chart, and thus, the placement of Jupiter in your chart becomes extremely important.
Using Whole Sign Houses, your Ascendant will determine which planet and sign rule all aspects of your life.
Home – Gemini
With a Pisces Ascendant, Mercury-ruled Gemini governs your 4th House. Your home is likely to be disorganized with many different things laying about. You collect interesting and unusual things, and your bookshelves are filled with books on a variety of different subjects. You came from a background in which learning was highly encouraged.
Partnership – Virgo
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After January’s busy and chaotic Eclipse Season, February looks to be rather calm and relatively uneventful. This would be a good time to relax, regroup, and reflect. There will be a few major transits with the Outer Planets, which may cause some people trouble, but the impact of these can be avoided or minimized with a little care. With that, let’s move on to discuss the transits of February 2019.
February 1 to February 3 – Aftermath
While most of February will be relatively calm, we will feel some of the after-effects from last month’s Eclipse Season. February 1, in particular, may see some tensions arise and tempers flare. This is because Mars will be square Pluto, and the Moon will pass over Saturn, bringing frustration as well. The important thing to remember is that we have a choice in how we respond to events and to people even if they make us angry. People with planets in the middle degrees of the Cardinal Signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn will have the most trouble.
The next day, on February 2, the Moon will pass over Pluto as well. This will be a continuation of the difficulties from the day before. Whatever problems occurred will likely resolve themselves by February 3, and Mercury will sextile Jupiter, putting everybody in a more forgiving mood. Also on this day, Venus will enter Capricorn, which will be a calming influence.
The New Moon will occur in Aquarius. Mercury will be in Aquarius as well. The Sun and the Moon are moving into a nice sextile with Jupiter. This will bring a contemplative and detached atmosphere to the next two weeks, emphasizing goodwill and philosophical concerns. There is still some potential explosiveness with Mars in Aries moving closer to Uranus, but that is more likely to impact world events. Most people will be able to avoid it on a personal level. Venus and Saturn and Capricorn will help people remain levelheaded.
After an uneventful three days, Mars will square the North and the South Nodes. This will make this day a little more stressful than the past few have been. On the other hand, Mercury will be sextile Mars, and the Sun will be sextile Jupiter, which will make it much easier to resolve any conflicts that may have occurred. In general, people will remain in a calm and forgiving mood.
February 9 & 10
Mercury will sextile Uranus on February 9, and then she will move into Pisces on February 10. The Moon will be passing over Uranus this day as well. There will be a slight agitation in the air followed by a return to calm. Mercury is debilitated in Pisces, and so during her sojourn there, people may experience a sense of being scattered and foggy. The people most affected by this will be those with prominent planets or chart points in the Mutable Signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
February 13 & 14
February 13 will mark Mars’ last day in Aries. Before she leaves, she will pass by Uranus. This day, people will be more irritable, so it would be a good day to utilize any stress management exercises that you may have. After that, Mars will enter Taurus on February 14.
During the month and a half that Mars will be in Taurus, there may be a sense that it is difficult to get things done. Mars is the planet of action, and Taurus tends to resist activity. Mars is debilitated in Taurus, which means she does not like being there. In this time period, do your best to be as patient as you can. Those who tend to do things at the last minute or who like a lot of activity may experience some frustration. The important thing to remember is that everything will be moving a lot more slowly than usual and to just accept that.
February 17 & 18
Venus will sextile Neptune on February 17, and then she will pass by Saturn on February 18. This may be a difficult couple of days for relationships. As much as you can, be as honest as possible. Any lies, even little white lies to spare someone’s feelings, may come back to haunt you.
On February 18, the Sun will sextile Uranus, and then move into Pisces. Shortly after the Sun moves into Pisces, there will be a Full Moon.
February 19 to February 28 – Slow and Steady
The Full Moon of February 19, will bring an influx of the cold temperament. Of the Seven Traditional Planets, four will be in Earth, and two will be in Water. Only Jupiter will be in the warm element of Fire. This will mean that the energy level will be rather low.
Mercury has just passed by Neptune, and she will be sextile Saturn. She is also moving into a sextile with Venus. This means that whatever issue was going on within relationships in the last couple of days will be a part of this Lunation and will have an impact over these next couple of weeks. With Mercury present, this should give an opportunity for communication, but resist any impulse towards deception. The way to get through this transit unscathed is to be completely honest.
If any relationship troubles have begun, this is when things will come to a head. Venus will conjunct Pluto, and Mercury will square Jupiter. There is the potential for rupture on this day, coupled with the likelihood of miscommunication. The Moon will also be triggering Venus and Pluto, adding to the likelihood of difficulty. If your relationships are fine, you may have friends or family wanting to talk about their problems with you. It is best to counsel caution because this is a relatively short period of bad weather for relationships, so it is not a good time to make any permanent decisions.
February 23 to February 25
This will be a continuation of the events of February 22, with Mercury sextile Pluto on February 23, Venus conjunct the South Node on February 24, and Mercury trine the North Node on February 25. This will give the opportunity to discuss the events that occurred on February 22 and to find a way to move forward.
The Sun will sextile Mars and the Moon will pass by Jupiter on this day, giving people a little more energy than they have had over the past couple weeks. It also looks to be a day when many people will be in a good mood.
Aquarius is a law unto herself. Of all of the signs, it is the least predictable in terms of what it will mean for someone’s personality or beliefs. This is because Aquarius makes a point of being herself and standing apart from the rest of the world. There is a reason for this other than sheer contrariness. The role of Aquarius is to look upon life as an outside observer and to detach from ordinary existence.
Aquarius by Season
Aquarius is the Fixed Sign of the Winter season in the Northern Hemisphere. Most Western astrologers use the Tropical Zodiac which is tied to the seasons, rather than the constellations. The advantage to this is that it makes it more useful for practical, worldly matters such as farming, in areas which have four distinct seasons in the Northern Hemisphere. It also means that the Sun is in Aquarius at approximately the same time every year, from January 20 to February 19. The exact beginning and end date vary from year to year, so if you were born near the beginning or end of this time period, you may want to have your chart cast just to be sure.
The disadvantage of using the Tropical Zodiac is that the seasonal associations are the opposite for the Southern Hemisphere, and Aquarius is the Fixed Sign of Summer instead. Even so, a large part of the meaning of each sign in this system is derived from the Northern seasons.
We are now in the deepest part of Winter. There is nothing to do or that can be done on a physical level with respect to planting or growing anything. All we can do is to reflect on what worked and what did not work in the past season and to plan for the season ahead. Winter is no longer new and pretty. Those of us in colder climates are dealing with the drudgery of snow and ice day in and day out, with no sign of relief or change.
When Winter first arrived, we may have stayed inside, cozy and warm. By this time, we are starting to get restless and often decide to brave the elements just to be able to get out of the house.
In Western traditions, there is only one holiday that always falls while the Sun is in Aquarius, and that is on February 2. In the Roman Catholic tradition, it is Candlemas, celebrating Jesus’ presentation at the Temple, and in Filianism, it is Luciad, when the Daughter takes Fate upon herself.
In popular culture, this day is also Groundhog Day, when we try to determine how much longer winter will last by whether or not the groundhog sees her shadow.
In Christianity, Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, sometimes falls during the Sun’s sojourn through Aquarius.
Aquarius by Element
Aquarius is an Air Sign. Air Signs operate primarily in the area of ideas. They are social and are motivated by intellectual curiosity. There is a strange juxtaposition between Air, which likes to move and flow, and the Fixed energy of Aquarius. This often manifests in the ability of Aquarius to listen to many different ideas and opinions with interest, without these ideas or opinions influencing her in the least.
As an Air Sign, Aquarius is a Day Sign, and she is also Soft.
Aquarius’ Dignities and Debilities
Planets are happier in some signs than in others. Some signs support the functions of a planet, and some oppose them. A planet is stronger in signs that are friendly to her and weaker in signs that are unfriendly. The strength or weakness of planets in signs is known as their essential dignities and debilities. Below are the essential dignities and debilities of Aquarius.
Aquarius’ ruler is Saturn. Saturn is a planet of contradictions. She is the builder and the destroyer of material existence, and she both binds us to the material world and frees us from it. Saturn is the Greater Malefic, yet she governs many things that are essential to our existence, such as the passage of time.
Aquarius is Saturn’s Day House and the warmth of Day moderates her cold and harsh nature. For this reason, Saturn is in the sign of her greatest strength when she is in Aquarius.
Aquarius does not exalt any planet.
All three signs of an Element are ruled by their Triplicity Rulers. In the Dorothean system, the rulers of Air are Saturn by day, Mercury by night, and Jupiter is the participating ruler. William Lilly also assigns Saturn to Air by day and Mercury by night. In his system, however, there is no participating ruler.
It is easy to see why the Sun is in detriment in the sign that is associated with the depths of Winter. On a more archetypal level, Aquarius is the sign of detachment and the Sun is associated with Creation. Still, Aquarius is a Day sign, so the Sun is still able to operate in this sign to a certain extent.
No planet is in Fall in Aquarius.
In addition to the planets that have dignity in a sign in its entirety, there are planets that rule specific degrees of each sign. These are known as the planet’s terms or bounds. There are two main systems of the division of the terms, Egyptian and Chaldean.
The lower legs and ankles are ruled by Aquarius. This means that if Aquarius is prominent in your chart, you have to take special care of these areas because they are prone to illness and injury. This is also the case if you have a Virgo Ascendant because in that case, Aquarius governs your 6th House of injury and illness.
If your Saturn is in Aquarius, you need to take injuries or disease to your lower legs or ankles very seriously. This is because the strong parts of your chart are the most dangerous. If you have a Cancer Ascendant, you also must be careful, because Aquarius rules your 8th House of Death.
Aquarius in a Nativity Chart
When reading a Nativity Chart, most astrologers look first to the placements of the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant, which is also known as the Rising Sign. You can learn these by getting a Nativity Chart report from an astrologer, or by getting a computerized report for free from Astrolabe. Below are brief descriptions of how to interpret an Aquarius Sun, Moon, and Ascendant.
Aquarius is a difficult position for the Sun. As discussed before, the Sun is in detriment in Aquarius. This can manifest in difficulty with feeling warmth and light, and if the native is not careful, can lead to problems with cynicism and depression. Those with Aquarius Suns can also be subject to a strange struggle with pride and ego. It is not a showy kind of pride, but a sense that she knows better than anyone else, including, or even especially, authority figures and experts.
Aquarius Sun by Day
If you were born during the day, your Sun is stronger and healthier than it would otherwise be. This is because your Sun will be what is known as “in Hayz,” or completely in the right sect because she is in a day sign and in a day chart. You will show your unique and quirky nature openly and completely, and you make no pretense of trying to fit in with anyone else. You also have the ability to see things objectively, without being influenced by those around you.
Aquarius Sun by Night
If you were born at night, your quirky nature is a little more hidden. It will not be obvious to people when they first meet you, but it will become more evident as they get to know you better. Your Aquarius side will be subordinate to whatever sign your Moon is in. You are also likely to feel alienated from time to time, and you may struggle with loneliness.
The Moon is not debilitated in Aquarius, but except for the last 10° of the sign, has no dignities there either. If you have the Moon in Aquarius, you will be rational rather than sentimental in the way that you approach life. By the same token, once you form an idea or a belief, you will hold on to it forever.
Aquarius Moon by Day
If you were born by day, most people will not know how stubborn you can be until they find themselves in disagreement with you about something. You will exhibit the traits of your Sun Sign, and the Aquarian detachment will be rather hidden. You are likely to have eccentric hobbies which will occupy your time.
Aquarius Moon by Night
If you have an Aquarius Moon by night, you will also have eccentric hobbies, but they will become the focus of your life. This placement will emphasize the tendency of Aquarius to be detached from society. You will have unusual ideas about many topics, but you will also have brilliant insights as well.
With an Aquarius Ascendant, you will be unusual in your appearance and public demeanor. You will have little interest in current clothing styles and fashion and instead, you will dress to please yourself. Saturn is the ruler of your chart and your Ascendant, and this will give you a detached manner when you interact with others. You are approachable, but you are not one to seek out community or social contact.
Using Whole Sign Houses, your Ascendant will determine which planet and sign rule all aspects of your life.
Home – Taurus
If Aquarius is your Ascendant, Venus-ruled Taurus is your 4th House. This makes you surprisingly conservative, particularly when it comes to your tradition and your heritage. You want your home to be pleasant and comfortable, and you find it peaceful to be there. You prefer to be at home rather than being in public or with the company of strangers.
Partnership – Leo
Leo governs your 7th House of Marriage and partnerships. You enjoy the company..
We started off this year with the Solar Eclipse of January 5-6, 2019, and in a few days, on January 20-21, 2019, there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse. This Eclipse will be visible in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The period of totality will be 62 minutes.
As Eclipses go, the effect of this one will be moderate, but not severe. As always, the greatest impact of this Eclipse will be felt on the world stage, but it can also create disruption in the personal lives of some people as well, depending on their charts.
With that in mind, let us look at the Lunar Eclipse of January 20-21, 2019.
One of the first ways to analyze an Eclipse is to look at the chart of the Eclipse itself.
The Eclipse itself occurs with the Sun at 0 degrees Aquarius and the Moon at 0 degrees of Leo. For those with planets in the early degrees of the Fixed Signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, this will be a short reprise of the disruption from last summer’s Eclipses and from the retrogrades last September and October. That being said, none of the other planets seem to be interacting with the Eclipse itself, so it will only be a short reprise and nothing like what was felt last year.
The signs that will feel the heaviest impact of this Eclipse will be the Cardinal Signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. The most prominent and troubling feature of this chart is a tight applying square between Mars in Aries and Saturn in Capricorn. Mars and Saturn are the two malefics, they are both strong in their own signs, and they are fighting each other. On a global level, this means that the conflicts that are going on right now will probably not be ending any time soon.
On a personal level, if you have major planets in one or more of these four Cardinal Signs, you may experience a frustrating period, where you want to make changes, but you feel hindered by one problem after another. The key is to be patient and to do what you can under the circumstances. This is just a period of bad astrological weather, and it does not represent a permanent situation.
There is some hope in the air with this Eclipse, though. Jupiter is still enjoying her stay in Sagittarius, and Venus is there with her. This will help keep people keep the faith and in good humor. It will also help with forgiveness if tempers flare due to stress. The one problem will be the influence of a separating square between both of these planets and Neptune. This could create an issue of overconfidence and carelessness if one is not careful, particularly for those with important planets in the Mutable Signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
There is good news, especially for those with prominent planets in the Fire Signs of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The day after the Eclipse, a Grand Trine will form between the Moon in Leo, Mars in Aries, and Venus and Jupiter in Sagittarius. This should be a window of opportunity in an otherwise difficult month.
How Long Will the Effects of this Eclipse Last?
This is not a simple question, especially with respect to a Total Eclipse. The effects of this Eclipse will be felt most strongly in the two weeks following it. Not only is it an Eclipse, but it is also the Lunation (New or Full Moon) governing this time. Eclipse Season will be over on January 26, 2019, which end the most chaotic period. The next Lunation will be the New Moon on February 4, 2019, so if it is possible, it would be best to wait to begin new ventures until then.
On the world stage, each Eclipse set, which would include this one and the Solar Eclipse of January 5-6, can impact events over the next six months or so, until the next Eclipse season. This year, the next Eclipse season will occur at the end of June and into July of 2019.
Furthermore, because this Lunar Eclipse will be total, its full impact will be delayed. For a Lunar Eclipse, each minute of totality corresponds to one month. The period of totality will be about 62 minutes, which corresponds to 5.167 years. This means we will see the full impact of this Lunar Eclipse in March of 2024.
Lunar Saros Series 134
Eclipses are not single events, but they are also part of families, known as Saros Series. The Lunar Eclipse of January 20-21, 2018 is a part of Lunar Saros Series 134. This Saros Series began on April 1, 1550, and it will end on May 28, 2830. Here is the chart for the first Eclipse in this series.
This chart has a lot of interesting features. It is not an extremely powerful chart. The energy is rather scattered, with a complicated disposition pattern. Most of the planets feed into a mutual reception between Mercury in Taurus and Venus in Gemini. The one exception is Saturn in Aquarius, who stands by herself, applying tension to Mercury. The Eclipse itself occurs between Aries and Libra, which seems to quite literally to relate to the opposition between war and peace. The disposition pattern also alludes to the themes of territory, borders, and intolerance competing with themes of openness and interest in diversity.
The history of events surrounding this Eclipse seems to follow these themes of war and peace and intolerance and openness. The first Total Eclipse of this series occurred on October 25, 1874. It was 32 minutes long, meaning its full impact would be felt in two and a half years, or at the end of April of 1877. This marked the beginning of one of the Russo-Turkish Wars, which led to the independence of several countries such as Romania and Serbia. This conflict was in part over the trouble between the different religions in the area.
The next Total Eclipse in this series occurred on November 4, 1892. On November 23, 1892, Pierre de Coubertin launched the plans for the modern Olympic games. This Total Eclipse lasted 44 minutes, meaning that the full impact would be felt in about 3 years and 4 months, or the end of March and early April of 1896, which was when the first modern Olympics began in Athens.
Also of note, given the current struggles surrounding the borders between the U.S. and Mexico, it was during the December 1964 Eclipse Season of this Saros pair, Solar Saros Series 122 and Lunar Saros Series 134, that the current shape of this border was formed. It was at this time that U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion diverting the Rio Grande River as a part of an agreement to settle a century-long border dispute between these two countries.
Conclusion and Recommendations
The Lunar Eclipse of January 20-21, 2019 seems like it will be a bit disruptive, but it will not be awful. It is part of a Saros Series that deals with issues of border disputes, intolerance, and diversity. The greatest impact will be on the world stage, but it could influence people on a personal level as well. Below are some recommendations for managing this Lunar Eclipse:
As much as you can, avoid the light of the Lunar Eclipse. Try to stay inside and close your curtains or blinds to keep its light from entering your house if you can.
For Cardinal Signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, stay calm and exercise patience. You could experience frustrations and delays. This period of bad astrological weather will only last for a couple of weeks.
For Fixed Signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, you have been through this before. There will be a minor reprise of last year’s disruptions, but it is nothing that you cannot handle. Use the lessons you learned last year to get through this.
For Mutable Signs, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces, do your best to be sensible. You could be subject to overoptimism and overextension.
For everyone, as much as you can, stay detached from world events. Live your life without getting caught up in things you cannot control. In particular, do not let political fights turn into personal ones with your friends and family.
In Part VI of this series, we finished up the third story arc with a discussion of Sailor Saturn. Throughout this series, I have been using Sailor Moon Crystal for discussion purposes, which follows the manga very closely. The reason for this is that I am focusing on the astrology involved, and the older anime series has a lot of different subplots which are less relevant to the topic at hand. At the time of this writing, the fourth story arc for Sailor Moon Crystal has not yet been released, but it has been announced that it will be a two-part movie.
As we go forward, I will be primarily using the manga rather than the anime version, for the same reason that I had been using Sailor Moon Crystal. In the manga, the story is far more streamlined, making it easier to talk about astrological topics. With that, let us begin.
The Total Solar Eclipse
At the end of Sailor Moon Crystal – Season III, we are left with our heroines and Tuxedo Kamen going to see a Total Solar Eclipse.
This is a big event, and the whole city goes out to watch it. During the eclipse, the Sailor Senshi think about their dreams for the future. Usagi (Sailor Moon) and Chibi Usa (Chibi Sailor Moon) are distracted at the very beginning of the eclipse by a strange and beautiful sound.
When they looked, they saw Pegasus who was asking for help.
Help me, O Maiden!
While the city is watching the eclipse, Usagi and Chibi Usa are wondering if they are the ones Pegasus is talking to, and the other Senshi are making wishes, a hot-air balloon appears in the sky.
Come one, come all, the Dead Moon Circus has come! O City Filled with Beautiful Dreams! O Land of Longings! This is the time you have been long been waiting for. We, the Dead Moon Circus Troupe, have appeared!
This balloon was filled with the Dead Moon Circus Troupe who set up their tent in the middle of the city.
As would be expected, the Dead Moon Circus Troupe are the new villains, and they are trying to capture Pegasus. Pegasus later appears in Chibi Usa’s dreams. He tells her that his name is Helios and that he wants her to help him find the Golden Crystal and to save his land, Elysion.
O, Beautiful Maiden! I have finally found you.
Traditional Understanding of Eclipses
This portrayal is very close to the traditional understanding of eclipses. While in modern times, eclipses are seen as exciting events, traditionally, they were always viewed as bad omens. They were times of vulnerability to the forces of Darkness.
In Vedic astrology, which is still based on a living tradition, eclipses form when Rahu, the Head of the Dragon (the North Node), or Ketu, the Tail of the Dragon (the South Node), swallow the Sun or the Moon. In Vedic mythology, they do this in revenge over their defeat during the battle between the angels and the demons. Eclipses are inauspicious omens for anything, and there are many restrictions regarding what should not be done during an Eclipse. Some of these restrictions include not eating, sleeping, or studying during the eclipse, and taking a ritual bath after it is over.
Interestingly enough, in Japanese, the word for a Solar Eclipse is 日食, nisshoku, Sun-eating, and the world for a Lunar Eclipse is 月食, gesshoku, Moon-eating.
In the story of Sailor Moon, the Solar Eclipse left an opening for villains to enter the city, and the name “Dead Moon Circus” seems very appropriate for the chaos and confusion that Eclipses can bring. Later in this story arc, the villains twist and turn the hopes and dreams of the people, which is a good description of what tends to happen to projects started during Eclipses. These projects tend to become warped and not turn out the way that people expect.
Protection from Eclipses
As much as I respect the Vedic tradition, I think that the elaborate restrictions with respect to eclipses would be rather difficult for modern Westerners. This is particularly the case with all of the fanfare and pressure to watch eclipses, similar to what was seen on Sailor Moon.
I do think that simply not watching Eclipses and as much as possible avoiding exposure to the light of eclipses provides enough protection in this day and age. In Sailor Moon, Usagi and Chibi Usa were distracted from watching the Solar Eclipse, and they saw Pegasus, a magical being. Later in the story, we learn that they receive special powers from him.
I have avoided eclipses for the past several years. Since I have done so, I have experienced that the outside world seems to be stranger and crazier than I ever noticed before. I feel like I am seeing things in a clearer light and that things that I had accepted as normal now seem dark and nonsensical. It is not a tangible effect, although I seem to also have had better luck since I have been intentionally avoiding eclipses. Instead, it seems to have had more of an impact on my heart and mind.
Given this, rather than focusing on the negative impacts of seeing an eclipse, I recommend avoiding them for the protection and spiritual benefits that NOT seeing them can provide.
It is eclipse season again, and the first eclipse of this will occur on either January 5 or 6, 2019, depending on where you live. This will be a partial eclipse and will be visible in Japan, Eastern Russia, Northeast China, most of Mongolia, and in the Southwest tip of Alaska.
As eclipses go, this one looks to be a rather mild one, and its influence will be mostly in the business and economic sphere. Let’s take a look at the chart for this Solar Eclipse.
Chart Analysis for Solar Eclipse of January 5-6, 2019
The most obvious thing about this chart is that it contains a heavy concentration of Capricorn. Not only are the Sun and Moon in Capricorn, but Mercury and Saturn are there as well. Furthermore, Pluto is in this sign and is coming up upon the South Node.
This suggests that this eclipse will concern business and other practical matters.
The Fixed Star Vega
An interesting thing about this chart is that the eclipse will occur by the Fixed Star Vega, especially because it will be visible in Japan. Vega is considered a rather magical star, and it is located in the constellation of Lyra, the Harp.
With respect to Japan, Vega is important in the lore surrounding the Star Festival of Tanabata, which on the Western calendar is July 7. On the Chinese calendar, it is on August 7. This celebration is about two lovers Orihime, represented by the star Vega, and Hikoboshi, represented by the star Altair, who are separated by the Milky Way and only allowed to meet once a year. Tanabata is a time for making wishes, writing them on strips of paper, and hanging them on bamboo trees.
Of the planets that are not in Capricorn, Mars is in Aries forming a square with Mercury in Capricorn. Venus is in Scorpio, moving into a trine with Mars, and she is also disposited by Mars.
This increases the potential for volatility, and tempers may flare as a result of this eclipse.
The good news is that Jupiter is standing on her own in Sagittarius, showing the way through any difficulties. This seems to promise that with faith and good humor, we should get through this eclipse relatively unscathed.
On the other hand, eclipses are part of families know as Saros Cycles, so it is important to look at the Saros Cycle involved as well as the individual eclipse.
Solar Saros Series 122
The Solar Eclipse of January 5-6, 2019 belongs to Saros Series 122, which began on April 17, 991 and will end on May 17, 2235.
Here is the chart of the first eclipse of this series:
In looking at this chart, it does not seem particularly ominous. It occurred in Taurus, and the Sun and Moon are moving into a square with Saturn. There is a little volatility with Jupiter and Mercury in Aries by the South Node. Pluto is by the South Node, but this was long before Pluto’s discovery, so it really can be ignored.
If this was the chart for a person, I would worry about issues like depression, but in an eclipse chart, it seems to indicate that the eclipse is not very potent….which is a good thing for an eclipse! It seems to indicate “sleepers,” small seeming events that grow with time.
This series is relatively old, with only a couple hundred years left to go so we can look back at its history.
It has been total only three times, and that was early in its life cycle. None of these total eclipses were visible anywhere that was inhabited. The first one was on July 12, 1135, visible in the ocean a little Southeast of New Zealand. The second was on July 23, 1153, which could only be seen in the ocean South of Australia, and the third, on August 3, 1171, could only be seen in the ocean between Brazil and South Africa.
In looking at the eclipses from this series that occurred in the 20th Century, the events associated with them were not huge compared to other Saros Series. So, this seems to confirm that this coming Solar Eclipse is not a major or scary one.
Thoughts & Recommendations
The Solar Eclipse of January 5-6, 2019 is not a major one, but it could still cause some disruption if one is not careful. Below are my thoughts on the impact of this Eclipse and some recommendations to manage it.
This Eclipse will have the most effect on the business and economic sphere on a worldwide level. It is best not to panic or get nervous. Be sensible, but do not let yourself become stingy or miserly or tempted into rash actions or decisions.
The people who will be most impacted on a personal level are those with planets or important chart points in the Cardinal Signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. If you are one of the people, it will be especially important for you to stay calm and steady and avoid impulsive actions.
If you are in the path of visibility, do your best to avoid seeing the eclipse or letting its light into your house.
Hold on to a sense of magic, and do not let yourself be taken over by cynicism. Yes, there are times of setback, and no, this world is not perfect, nor are the people in it. Still, there are many things of beauty and wonder in this world. Hold on to these things, and also remember to count your blessings.
2019 will be a year of drawing matters to a close to in preparation for the beginning of a new cycle. Just like our monthly rhythms are marked by lunar phases, there are larger rhythms that govern longer periods of time. One of the most important of these rhythms is marked by the Jupiter/Saturn cycle.
Every 20 years or so, Jupiter and Saturn come together. When they do, this is known as a Great Conjunction. Great Conjunctions mark turning points in world events, and they are also the Traditional makers of generations. The next Great Conjunction will be on December 21, 2020. The Jupiter/Saturn cycle works in a similar fashion to the Lunar Phase cycle, and this time is very similar to the winding down of activities that occurs deep into the 3rd Quarter Lunar Phase, as we prepare for the New Moon. Only this is on a larger scale.
When we look at the transits of the upcoming year of 2019, all of them can be viewed in the light of cleaning up and winding down to prepare for the new cycle that will begin at the end of 2020.
For that reason, before we look forward, let us look back to the beginning of this cycle, which occurred on May 28, 2000.
The Great Conjunction of 2000
The Great Conjunction of 2000 occurred at 22° Taurus 44. Jupiter does not have any essential dignity in this degree of Taurus. In fact, she just left her terms to move into those of Saturn. Saturn, however, does have a little dignity, as she is in her own terms. She is also in her own face in the last 10 degrees of Taurus. Thus, Saturn is the stronger of the two planets. This means that this cycle is marked by conservatism and heavy resistance to change.
On the other hand, looking at the disposition pattern of this chart, Mercury in Gemini is the final dispositor. Furthermore, not only is Mercury in Gemini, but so is the Sun, Mars, and Venus. It is interesting to note how much communication technology has improved over the last 20 years. In 2000, cell phone technology was coming into its own, and this was the first year that more than half of U.S. households had Internet. This was also the year that Personal Digital Assistants, such as Palm Pilot and PocketPC, started a surge in popularity.
The Moon in this chart is in Aries, and she is deep into the 3rd Quarter Phase. This means that this cycle is about remaining flexible and letting go, even though there is heavy, and sometimes violent, resistance to change of any kind. This theme is punctuated by Uranus in Aquarius square the Great Conjunction.
What this means for 2019
As we are nearing the end of this cycle, on a Mundane level, or on the level of world events, we can look at what we see on the news as the end of a cycle. This cycle is one whose theme is that of both increased communication and learning and heavy resistance to change. These two impulses are not even in direct conflict with one another but are working at cross purposes alongside each other.
On a personal level, this is a good time to look at our own resistance to change, especially as we prepare for the new cycle at the end of 2020. It also may be a good time to get rid of the old, obsolete technology that you may have accumulated over the past two decades.
Also, the oldest children born under this Great Conjunction are now coming into adulthood, and they will be starting to have a direct impact on world events.
The Highlights of 2019
2019 will not be a very eventful year transit-wise, especially in comparison to 2018. Both Mars and Venus will be direct all year. Jupiter will be in Sagittarius most of the year, bringing good fortune and hopefulness to many of us. The eclipse seasons will be normal ones, with only two eclipses a season, although there will be a total Lunar Eclipse in January and a total Solar Eclipse in July.
With that in mind, let us look at the major transits of 2019.
While 2019 will be a relatively calm year with respect to transits, it will begin with a bang. To start with, we will head into the first eclipse season of the year on New Year’s Day. Eclipse seasons are the time of year in which any New Moon or Full Moon will generate an eclipse. These tend to be rather chaotic times for most people.
Next, the Sun is moving into an exact conjunction with Saturn in Capricorn. This is a very serious and heavy aspect that tells us: the party is over, it is time to get back to work. This will be punctuated by Mars’ entry into Aries on the very same day, which will give the energy and drive to take action! People with a lot of planets or chart points in the Cardinal Signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn will be impacted the most heavily.
The Solar Eclipse will happen on January 5 or 6, depending on where you live. It will be a partial eclipse, and it will be visible in Eastern Russia, Northeast China, and all of Japan. It will occur at 15° Capricorn, further impacting those with heavy Cardinal energy. Uranus will go direct on that day as well, potentially increasing the disruptive potential of this eclipse.
The Lunar Eclipse will be on January 20 through to January 21 in many parts of the world. It will be total and will be exact at 0° of Aquarius, touching those who are heavy in the Fixed Signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. Mars in Aries will be square Saturn in Capricorn on that day so the Cardinal Signs will feel the impact as well. These are the same people who were bombarded this past year so there will be a reprise of some of that disruption. The Lunar Eclipse will be visible in most of North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Eclipse season will be over on January 26.
February & March
February will be relatively calm. Mars will go into Taurus on February 15, which will slow people down with respect to their energy level. After January, however, many people will be ready for a rest.
In March, there will be the first of three Mercury retrogrades of the year. It will start at 29 Pisces on March 5 and end at 16 Pisces on March 28. Mercury retrogrades have the reputation of causing havoc with respect to communication, but some are worst than others. This Mercury retrograde will be happening in Pisces, meaning that disruptions will occur from a general sense of feeling foggy and distracted. Be forgiving of errors that happen during this time.
Uranus will go into Taurus on March 7, and this time, it is there to stay for the next 7 years or so.
The Sun’s ingress into Aries, or the Equinox, will be on March 21.
April & May
Mars will go into Gemini on April 1, loosening up some of the heaviness and lethargy from the past couple of months.
On the other hand, this month will begin a chain of the slower moving planets going retrograde, or backward.
Jupiter will go retrograde on April 10 at 24° Sagittarius. During the Jupiter retrograde, some of the good fortune that has been abundant will start to turn a little, so if you have a variable income, it might be a good idea to save money beforehand, because these next few months will be a little a leaner than they have been in recent months.
Pluto will go retrograde on April 23 in 23° Capricorn. Saturn will come close to a conjunction with Pluto, but will also turn around and go retrograde on April 29 at 20° Capricorn. The Saturn/Pluto conjunction will eventually occur, but it will not perfect until January 12, 2020. At the end of April, however, we will get a brief foreshadowing of what the 2020 transit will hold in store for us.
Mars will go into Cancer on May 19, which could make people more grumpy than usual.
June & July
This period of time will be rather intense.
Neptune will go retrograde on June 20 at 18° Pisces, creating fogginess for those with planets and chart points in the middle degrees of the Mutable Signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
The Sun’s entry into Cancer, or the Solstice, will be on June 22, and the day after the Solstice, June 23, will mark the beginning of the second eclipse season of the year.
The first eclipse of the season will be a total Solar Eclipse on July 2 at 10° Cancer, which will be visible in Southern South America. On that day, Mars will go into Leo, which will add even more drama to the effects of the eclipse.
To add to this, Mercury will go retrograde at 4° Leo on July 7.
The good news is that Jupiter will go direct again at 14° Sagittarius on July 11, which will bring back some good fortune and good spirits.
Unfortunately, though, we will then have a Lunar Eclipse at 24° Capricorn on July 16 & 17. This eclipse will be visible everywhere but North America and Northeast Russia.
Eclipse season will come to a close on July 27.
August & September
August & September will be relatively uneventful.
Mercury will go direct on August 2 at 23° Cancer. Uranus will go retrograde at 6° Taurus on August 11, and Mars will go into Virgo on August 22. Saturn will go direct on September 18 at 13° Capricorn.
Finally, the Libra ingress, or the Equinox, will occur on September 23.
None of these transits will be very disruptive, and they will tend to provide productive energy for work and projects.
October & November
October & November will be calm as well.
Pluto will go direct at 20° Capricorn on October 3. Mars will go into Libra on October 5. The third and final Mercury retrograde of the year will be from October 31 at 27° Scorpio to November 20 at 11° Scorpio. Mars will enter Scorpio on November 20 as well. Neptune will go direct at 15° Pisces on November 27. The impact of these transits will be relatively mild.
2019 will go out with a bang, just as it came in with one.
Sadly, on December 3, Jupiter will leave Sagittarius and go into Capricorn. Jupiter does not like being in this sign so there will be a feeling of miserliness and shortage. Hopefully, you will have saved money during the abundant period of Jupiter in Sagittarius to tide you over through Jupiter’s year in Capricorn.
Another eclipse season will begin on December 15.
The Solstice, or Capricorn ingress, will be on December 23, and on December 25 & 26, there will be a Christmas Eclipse at 4° Capricorn. This eclipse will be visible in Southeast Asia.
Most of 2019 will be mild with respect to transits. This year is a year of letting go and preparing for a new cycle that will begin at the end of 2020. The most intense periods will be at the beginning and the end of the year, as well as during the months of June and July. The signs that will experience the most disruption will be Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
The themes of this year are:
Let go of resistance to change, and
Enjoy the period of abundance, but save some money and resources for the future
Capricorn is a serious and pragmatic sign. This sign is the goat, the climber. Capricorn navigates the mountains with a sure-footed grace. She is not a very fun sign, but she gets the job done. After the joyful exuberance of Sagittarius, the party is over, and it is time to get back to work with Capricorn. This article will talk about Capricorn, its astrological associations, and how to interpret this sign in a Nativity Chart.
Capricorn by Season
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn at the Winter Solstice, the coldest and darkest part of the year. Because Capricorn is the sign that begins Winter, it is the Cardinal Sign of the season.
The dates for when the Sun is in Capricorn are approximately December 21 to January 19. The exact dates vary a little from year to year, so if you were born near the beginning or end of the sign, you may want to get a Nativity Chart cast to know for sure. With your date, time, and place of birth, you can get it cast for free at Astrolabe.
In the Southern Hemisphere, of course, this time period is the Summer Solstice, but the astrological associations of the signs in the Tropical Zodiac are largely consistent with the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere.
The harvest has long past, nothing is growing, and now it is time to live on what has been preserved. In Modern times, in much of the developed world, most of us have food available to us year-round. For most of our history, however, people have had to struggle during the winter to find food and to survive. At the very beginning of winter, it was important to ration one’s food, because it had to last at least two or three more months.
Yet, even though it is the coldest and darkest part of the year, Capricorn also marks the turning point. Form the Solstice onward, every day will be a little longer. Despite the stern and severe nature of Capricorn, it is also a sign of hope.
There are Midwinter celebrations throughout history and all over the world. Many of them honor the return of Light during the darkest part of the year. Below are some of these holidays.
Christianity – Christmas, December 25. Traditionally this is the first day, and the celebration is 12 days long, ending in Epiphany on January 6
Filianism – Nativity, December 25 to January 6
Popular culture – New Year’s Day, January 1
Celtic tradition – Yule
Roman tradition – Saturnalia
Capricorn by Element
Capricorn is an Earth Sign. As such, it is practical and sensible. Earth is the most tangible of the elements and represents stability. As a Cardinal Sign, Capricorn is the most ambitious and pragmatic of the Earth Signs. She will do what it takes to accomplish her goals and to survive. Capricorn knows how to navigate the physical world.
Signs are friendly to some planets and hostile to others. A planet’s comfort level and ability to operate in the various signs are known as her essential dignities and debilities. Here are the planets that are dignified and debilitated in Capricorn.
The ruler of Capricorn is Saturn. Saturn is known as the Greater Malefic and is the planet of hardship, but also of discipline and hard work. Capricorn is Saturn’s Night House, and Saturn is a Day planet. Saturn is still strong in Capricorn, but not as strong as in she is in her Day House.
Mars is exalted in Capricorn. This is because Capricorn supports the principles of Mars, which are action and the exercise of one’s Free Will. In Capricorn, Mars is able to function well and can accomplish a great deal.
All three signs of an Element are ruled by their Triplicity Rulers. In the Dorothean system, the rulers of Earth are Venus by day, the Moon by night, and Mars is the participating ruler. William Lilly also assigns Venus to Earth by day and the Moon by night. In his system, however, there is no participating ruler.
Detriment – The Moon
The Moon has difficulty operating in Capricorn. Capricorn is at the darkest part of the year when life is mostly dormant. The Moon is Lesser Light and the sustainer and nurturer of life. Yet, this is also when Light starts to return, so even though she is in detriment, the Moon does have some dignity in this sign as well.
Jupiter is the planet of harmony, abundance, and generosity. As such, she has a tough time operating in the sign of prudence and severity.
In addition to the planets that have dignity in a sign in its entirety, there are planets that rule specific degrees of each sign. These are known as the planet’s terms or bounds. There are two main systems of the division of the terms, Egyptian and Chaldean.
Each sign is divided into three parts, known as face or decantes. Each face has a separate ruler. The faces of Capricorn and their rulers are:
0 – 10 Jupiter
10 – 20 Mars
20 – 30 Sun
Capricorn and the Body
The knees, bones, and teeth are all ruled by Capricorn. This means that if Capricorn is prominent in your chart, you have to take special care of these areas because they are prone to illness and injury. This is also the case if you have a Leo Ascendant because in that case, Capricorn governs your 6th House of injury and illness.
If either your Saturn or Mars is in Capricorn, you need to take injuries or disease to your knees, bones, or teeth very seriously. This is because the strong parts of your chart are the most dangerous. If you have a Gemini Ascendant, you also must be careful, because Capricorn rules your 8th House of Death.
Capricorn in a Nativity Chart
When reading a Nativity Chart, most astrologers look first to the placements of the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant, which is also known as the Rising Sign. You can learn these by getting a Nativity Chart report from an astrologer, or by getting a computerized report for free from Astrolabe. Below are brief descriptions of how to interpret a Capricorn Sun, Moon, and Ascendant.
As one can probably imagine, the Sun struggles a bit in Capricorn. This is the time of year with the least amount of Sunlight, and Capricorn is a Night Sign. With a Capricorn Sun, the image of mountain climbing is very appropriate, as the Sun is slowly getting stronger and higher during the time period of its sojourn through this sign.
Capricorn Sun by Day
If you were born during the day, you will express your Capricorn nature in your work or career. This is Capricorn at its most hardworking and most ambitious. You are a shrewd business person, and you will do well for yourself with respect to status and your public reputation. Even so, it might be hard for you to enjoy the fruits of your labor, and you might have a bit of a miserly streak to you. Despite your success, you will be humble, and you may suffer from a lack of self-confidence.
Capricorn Sun by Night
If you were born at night, the ambitious side of your nature will be a little more hidden. You will need to be careful to avoid depression and melancholy. At night, the ambition of Capricorn is softened somewhat, and that energy expresses itself in creating safety and comfort for yourself and those you love. It will be important for you to get at least some sunlight, especially during the Fall and Winter months, in order to keep up your energy level and not fall into despair.
The Moon in Capricorn is complicated. Capricorn is a Night Sign, and so it is friendly to the Moon in that respect. On the other hand, the Moon is also in detriment in Capricorn, which weakens her. A Capricorn Moon often expresses itself as a little cold but nurturing in a very practical way.
Capricorn Moon by Day
If you were born by day, your Capricorn Moon will be more hidden. Your Sun Sign will be much more prominent. There will be a quiet practicality to you even if you have one of the more flighty Sun signs. You will do things for others in small, quiet ways. Because of this, your efforts on their behalf may go unnoticed. You may feel unappreciated and unloved because of this.
Capricorn Moon by Night
A Capricorn Moon is strongest by night. You will still suffer a bit from appearing cold and undemonstrative, but you really do care for others in your own way. You pay more attention to their physical needs than their emotional ones. You can also seem a bit severe. You have a sense that life is hard, but you will also do what needs to be done to survive and tend to the needs of those you love.
If you have a Capricorn Ascendant, you will seem a bit strict and severe to those who do not know you well. There is a serious quality to your demeanor, and you have a great deal of gravitas in your manner. You may suffer a bit from shyness and self-consciousness. You are responsible and hardworking. It may be hard for people to get to know you, but you will help your friends and family in practical ways.
Saturn is the Ruler of your Ascendant, and so, this planet is extremely important to you. Someone with a Capricorn Ascendant often has a sharp, handsome, and stern appearance.
Using Whole Sign Houses, your Ascendant will determine which planet and sign rule all aspects of your life.
Home – Aries
If Capricorn is your Ascendant, Aries is your 4th House. Because Aries is ruled by Mars, it could mean that your home and your tradition are a source of turbulence and discord. It could also mean that you are fiercely protective of your home and that it is a source of energy for you. Most likely, it means a little of both. A lot will depend on the position and condition of Mars in your chart. You are extremely proud of your tradition, even if it may be a source of conflict for you.
Partnership – Cancer
Cancer is the sign that governs your 7th House if you have a Capricorn Ascendant. The 7th House, which is the House that governs partnerships of all kinds is always the opposite sign of the Ascendant. You need..
There are many different ways to analyze current astrological events. The discipline of astrology studies cycles within cycles. In order to do this, it is necessary to take a moment in time and analyze the position of the planets at that moment. Some moments in time pass quickly while others impact longer periods. Whenever the Sun enters one of the Cardinal Signs, which are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, the chart for that entry or ingress impacts the entire season to come.
The reason for this is that if we are using the Tropical Zodiac, the Cardinal Signs begin on the equinoxes and the solstices. The equinoxes are when the length of day and night are equal, and the solstices are the extreme points with respect to the length of day or night. The Sun’s ingress into Capricorn marks the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere, or the Winter Solstice and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere, or the Summer Solstice. The chart for the Capricorn Ingress will color events until the Spring in the Northern Hemisphere or the Fall in the Southern Hemisphere.
With that in mind, let us look at the Capricorn Ingress of 2018.
When looking at an Ingress chart, it is important to realize that it will look different depending on where you live. I cast this chart for where I live. The planets will all be in the same place no matter where you are, but the Ascendant, Midheaven, Part of Fortune, and the Houses the planets fall in will vary. For this reason, I will only analyze the planetary placements. Also, for those who are interested, the wheel that I used has the Egyptian term rulers on the outer circle. Term rulerships are one of the Essential Dignities used in Classical Astrology.
Mercury Conjunct Jupiter and Antares
One of the first things to notice is that Mercury has just joined Jupiter in Sagittarius and is barely starting to separate from that conjunction. Both planets are conjunct the Fixed Star Antares. Jupiter is the dominant of the two planets both as the ruler of Sagittarius, the triplicity ruler of Fire, and the term ruler of the degree of Sagittarius that they are in. Mercury is debilitated in Sagittarius but does have a small amount of dignity as the face ruler of the first 10 degrees of this sign.
On its own, this configuration would give a jovial and carefree stamp to this chart. Yet, the Fixed Star Antares changes the meaning quite a bit.
Antares is one of the four Royal Stars of Persia and is the Watcher of the West. This star sits in the constellation of Scorpio and is known as the Heart of the Scorpion. As a Royal Star, this adds great power to the conjunction, but it also adds quite a bit of depth and a bit of a darker quality. In many ways, Antares adds a strong Scorpionic quality to this conjunction.
Both Mercury and Jupiter are applying to a square with Neptune, and of course, Mercury moves faster, so will perfect the square first.
This is likely to manifest in the exposure of things that had been hidden and bringing them to the surface. While this will happen primarily on a larger level within politics and world events, it will also impact many on a personal level. The people who will feel the greatest impact of this are those with planets and chart points in the middle degrees of the Mutable Signs, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
Venus has just gone past a trine with Neptune, which gives further testimony that any willingness we had to cover up illusions and let them slide is now over.
Saturn in Capricorn
Saturn has been in Capricorn since around this time last year. This year Saturn is moving into the middle of this sign and is moving in to form a sextile with Neptune. While a sextile is generally an easy aspect, in this case, just touching Neptune in Pisces will add to the testimony of illusions being uncovered with hard and cold reality.
By definition, at the Capricorn Ingress, the Sun is moving into Capricorn. The Sun has a very wide orb, so it already in conjunction with Saturn. This means that it will be time to get to work. The good news is that this will give a lot of energy for practical endeavors, even though it will not necessarily be a lot of fun.
The Capricorn Ingress will take place the day before the Full Moon. The Full Moon of December 22, 2018 was discussed in the transits article for this month. In this chart, however, it is still in the 1st Quarter phase.
This means that this season will see things develop and reach maturity. The Moon is still in Gemini, which lightens up a very serious chart.
On the other hand, the path of the Moon goes from a square with Neptune to a square with Mars. This seems to be even more testimony to the theme of challenging illusions.
What Does All of this Mean?
A rather clear theme has emerged from this Capricorn Ingress. This next season will be a time of getting to the heart of things and confronting any illusions or delusions that we may be living under.
While this may sound unpleasant, overall, it is likely to be very healing. This will be a time of cleansing and getting down to business. Even though some of this will be hard and serious, if we do what is being asked of us, we are likely to reap great rewards. While we do have the taskmaster, Saturn fixing us with her stern gaze, we also have the kindly Jupiter ready and waiting to give us all manner of blessings and good things.
Last month, Jupiter returned to her own sign of Sagittarius. This was a happy transit for many of us, and Jupiter will remain in Sagittarius for about a year. The light-hearted and optimistic mood will continue through the month of December, which should make for a lovely holiday season. Read on to learn more about the transits of December 2018.
December 1 to December 6 – A Serious Interlude
Although the month of December will be light-hearted for the most part, as we enter the 3rd Quarter Lunar Phase, things may get serious for a few days. This is because Mercury, which has been going backward or retrograde, will go back into Scorpio, and Venus which had been in her own sign of Libra will be going back into Scorpio.
This will not be nearly as intense as things have been through the Summer and Fall of this year. Instead, we will see an opportunity to deal with unfinished emotions in order to heal them.
December 1 – 2
Mercury will go back into Scorpio on the 1st, and Venus will return to Scorpio on the 2nd. The Sun will square Mars on the 2nd as well. These days may seem more serious and tense than things have been in the past couple of weeks. Also, some of the difficult issues from the Fall may rise to the surface again. The good news is that most people will be in a more forgiving and generous mood than they were then, so it will be much easier to resolve any conflicts that come about.
The Moon will transfer Venus’ light to Mars today. This will give a good opportunity to heal any relationship issues, particularly for those who have planets in the Water Signs of Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces.
Today, the Moon will visit Jupiter and Mercury will turn direct today. This should be a fortunate day, particularly for those with planets in the Fire Signs of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.
December 7 to December 21 – New Moon in Sagittarius
The New Moon of December 7 will be light-hearted one. It will take place in Sagittarius. Jupiter being in this sign as well will give extra buoyancy and cheer to the season.
The one difficulty will be that it will be square to a Mars/Neptune conjunction in Pisces. It is possible that matters that had previously been concealed will come to light, bringing disillusionment. It also could lead to carelessness, particularly for those with planets in the Mutable Signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
Despite that difficulty, this looks to be a relatively nice lunation. This would be a good time for travel or a vacation if it is possible for you.
Today the Moon will conjunct Saturn and then transfer Saturn’s light to Mars. Because both Saturn and Mars are dignified and in good aspect to each other, this will bring out the positive and productive side of both. This will be a good day to get work done.
Mercury will be back in Sagittarius today. While this will add to the spirit of the season, it may be hard to keep focused and clear-headed. Try not to go overboard with holiday spending.
Today is the 1st Quarter Moon. During the 1st Quarter Moon phase, the new things that began at the New Moon will start to become manifest. This is generally a good and productive time.
Venus will be past what is known as her shadow. This means she will be further along than she was when she went retrograde back in October. This will mark the final conclusion of the planetary adventures through the Fixed Signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius that have been a major theme of this past year.
The Moon will also go past Uranus today, which could lead to some minor, temporary disruption.
Mercury will conjunct Jupiter today, which will lead to a good opportunity for lively and interesting discussions. The Sun will enter Capricorn as well as bringing a more serious attitude with it.
December 22 to December 31 – Back to Work
The Full Moon of December 22 will occur the day after the Sun enters Capricorn, with the Cancer opposing it from Cancer. While we will still have the benefit of Jupiter’s presence in Sagittarius, this Full Moon will bring a more serious tone than we have had recently. The Sun is working its way to a conjunction with Saturn. This will bring an air of motivation and pragmatism. This will be a good time to get things done!
There will be a Grand Trine in Water today between the Moon, Venus, and Neptune. Emotions will run high today, and those with planets in Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces will be right at home. Everyone else may feel a little foggy. While this may be a good day for inspiration, be careful, as Neptune can trick you into making bad decisions. Make good use of the Capricorn energy to keep yourself grounded, and everything should be fine.
Mercury will go past her shadow today and at the same time, she will square Neptune. If you allowed yourself to be fooled by Neptune in the recent days, you will know about it today.
December 24 – 31
The rest of this month will be free from major aspects, making for a relatively uneventful week.