An excerpt from this weeks FOLLOW THE MOON, by Teri Parsley-Starnes:
A super-charged Capricorn lunar cycle begins this week. Significant coincidences abound giving those of us who follow the Moon good opportunity to lay down solid new patterns of transformation. The New Moon occurs less than two hours after the Sun enters Capricorn, signaling the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and a new lunar cycle of mindful manifestation. Saturn, the planetary ruler of Capricorn, is moving into a new sign just a couple of days after the New Moon. (Saturn stays in a sign about two and a half years, so this is a big deal.) Pluto, which has been in Capricorn since 2008, has recently made an exact square to Uranus in Aries agitating turgid, old-guard mentalities, a shadow side to Capricorn. Change is in the air; systems are under review. This Capricorn season is a chance to advocate for changing systems that no longer function well for us.
Capricorn qualities. In the Northern Hemisphere, Capricorn’s season begins with the longest night. Winter has us instinctually guarding the storehouses to make sure provisions will last until the next growing cycle begins. This survival instinct gives Capricorn an intense need to maintain systems of behavior and codes of law. Agreements and integrity make the systems work. The Capricorn Goat is a mountain climber. Now, we begin the climb out of seasonal darkness and have a long way to go before the hours of sunlight exceed the night’s. Steadiness, dependability, and an ability to defer gratification are admirable Capricorn qualities that help us complete this journey. The Tarot card that stands for Capricorn is The Devil. Capricorn’s high expectations can enchain us yet also liberate us if they lead to wisdom and mastery. Capricorn’s natural realm relates to aspirations, career, and success. Capricorn rules the bones and the knees. History, legacy, and tradition influence Capricorn’s choices. As a cardinal earth sign, Capricorn means business and appreciates the literal facts of things. Yet, there is a paradoxical, mystical side to this sign. Capricorn’s Mountain Goat has a fish’s tail, signifying how Capricorn can be both grounded and fluid when necessary. This side of Capricorn swims in the vast waters of ultimate truths seeking wisdom about the structures of self and society. From these foundations, Capricorn reaches for the absolute best there is.
As the guardian of rules, traditions, and hierarchies, Capricorn represents the “system” under which we live. When Pluto entered Capricorn, we began to see more clearly the toxicity in our systems. With Uranus squaring Pluto (since 2012), more and more people are activated to change these systems. Capricorn assesses the bottom line by asking, “Does the system work for me? Do I have a chance of success under this system?” As we consider these questions it is important to know what success means to us. Is an economic system that concentrates wealth for only a small percentage of people either sustainable or successful? Is extracting and burning more and more fossil fuels at the cost of our environment a successful system? Is incarcerating millions of Black men in the name of a war on drugs a successful way to create a vibrant and healthy society? What is success?
These Capricorn qualities will be important as this lunar cycle progresses. This month we’ll be motivated to work harder, define our bottom line, and reach for new goals. It may be impossible to climb the Capricorn mountain to success without first evaluating what success means to us. We live in liberating times. As we re-imagine our systems, we gain the strength of Capricorn’s determination. My intention for this Capricorn lunar cycle is to redefine my vision of success to create a system that sustains beauty, liberation, and truth. The Mary Oliver poem, The Summer Day, asks a great Capricorn question: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” What mountain is worth your effort and your dream?
December 21—New Moon: Dreaming. Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere). The introduction to this week’s forecast (above) sets the tone for this super-charged Capricorn lunar cycle and Winter Solstice day. We begin to climb out of the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere just as the Capricorn Mountain Goat is poised to begin a new climb to excellence. We live in revolutionary times. Systems are under review. When we know that the system supports our goals, we can enjoy the work that Capricorn invokes. What is the seed you plant in the darkness? It is important to take this winter season to evaluate what you want to grow from this potent time of the year and what systems you will commit to.
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