The art and science of astrology is an amazing mirror for our individual journey as well as the collective. Following astrology is a way to inquire deeply into your human nature and your evolutionary process. Who are you and where are you in your life? A reading with a skillful astrologer is a mirror for you in hidden aspects of your soul and gives you more awareness and better choices because of that.
If you learn the language of astrology yourself it is a never ending process of deepening your understanding of yourself in relationship with the actualizations through the transits in your natal chart. There are infinite techniques you can learn and use as looking glasses and new perspectives onto yourself and all the different areas in your life.
To have an astrological reading from time to time is a good jump start into widening your perspective and step out of the box of your own habitual thinking. It is also a really great gift for Christmas. Even after 32 years of my astrological practice I like to do one or two readings a year with somebody else to get that unique "other perspective".
This month of December is intense and more dramatic then usual and depending where it hits you, you might consider a reading to support your process. If you look at the highlights it will give you a taste of lots of wintery sensations we associate with Capricorn and this time of the year.
The Astrological Highlights of December 2010
Mars Marches into Capricorn on Dec 7
Mars the warrior god has his center stage this month with lots of action and high tides of energy. Mars represents our life force energy, our decisiveness, application of will and focus. He symbolizes our capacity for endurance in the face of challenge with strength and courage. He corresponds to our inner capacity of being a hero and inspires us to apply ourselves courageously.
And we could say especially this month we have to face a variety of obstacles. All the action seems to be happening in Capricorn with a Mars conjunction with retrograde Mercury, Pluto and the North Node. Also there is a square of Mars to Uranus Dec 3 as well as to Saturn Dec 29. Even without going into detail this month seems to be loaded with friction or affliction with Mars energy which could turn into hostile or even violent actions or accidents. This can play out for us individually or on a bigger more global scale.
Mars Conjuncts North Node and Pluto in Capricorn Dec 11- 13
You want to prepare yourself mentally by focusing on the higher possibilities and use the potentially volatile energy of Mars like a surfer is using the waves here in Hawaii. A surfer doesn't fight the flow of the wave but gets intuitively acquainted with the specific nature and form of the particular wave and then rides it with the full exhilaration of the moment enjoying every bit of it.
Pluto adds a touch of deep intensity to the Martian energy and with the North Node it points us towards deeper reality of life and death, the realization of the preciousness of every moment in life and where we really want to go with it. It is a wake up call to your deep inner truth of being that eternal soul, spirit incarnated into a human body and experience. You will be motivated to take charge and responsibility of your life no matter what, in the way you can. And you might learn to surrender to life in the areas and experiences you don't have any real control over. And that might be the most challenging process imaginable.
Mercury in Capricorn Goes Retrograde Dec 10- 30
Again we are facing Mercury retrograde which is usually not our most favorable time of the year. We are being challenged with communications going awry, computers, cars and electrical devices acting up, confusion and the possibility of misunderstandings and things just not going the way we would have expected. At least we are having a good excuse…But it is also a good time to go back and deal with unfinished projects and thoughts especially while Mercury is still in Capricorn. When he steps back into Sagittarius on Dec 18 we will feel a little more energy moving and inspiration for action.
Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Dec 21 in the End of Gemini Squared by Uranus
Lunar Eclipses interrupt the magnetic flow between our planet, the Sun and Moon. They are huge opportunities for transformation as the old energetic networks dissolve and reload to a new level of expediency. Gemini is the sign which is concerned with anything related to communication, small travels, writing, teaching, speaking, ideas and knowledge. Uranus carries the spark of the unexpected as well the invitation to individuate and grow beyond the confines of the socially agreed upon reality. Uranus is the rebel and leader of a new age with new rules and hopefully better, more humane ways to support each other in like minded groups and visions.
Following in the wake of this opportunity of stepping into a new dimension of emotional presence, maturity and walking our talk is the Winter Solstice.
Winter Solstice Dec 21 with the Sun Entering Capricorn Next Day
Winter is here. It is cold and dark out there, we might like to stay home and get cozy with a blanket, a cup of tea and a good book or movie in the evening. Have you ever seen the movie March of the Penguins? In the Antarctic, the harshest place on earth life survives and the moment when the Sun comes back over the horizon after the long, extremely cold winter is truly magical. It is a touching and heart opening movie. You can get it on Netflix if you are on that program.
We are heading into that darkest coldest part of the year and our inner soul orientation is accordingly inwards. We need more physical comforts like warm food and beverages, enjoy coming together with friends, snuggling up with each other. When I watch my German TV with my girl friend we sit under one big blanket on the sofa.
Capricorn is the sign of that inner work and dimension focusing on what is truly important to us and act accordingly. We take responsibility, work harder and just do what we can. Saturn and Capricorn are associated with the "Great Work" which we have signed up to do, which costs a lot of effort, time and hard work. With all the action in Capricorn this month this is what is in alignment with the energy.
Ask yourself the question where you need to dig in and pay more attention in your life? What needs to be completed this year for you to feel ready for the New Year with new aspirations and goals? Where have you postponed and dragged your feet? Use the energy of Mars in Capricorn and just get started and the momentum will build. To support yourself with the appropriate gemstones read my birthstone article for Capricorn and how you can use Quartz for your inner journey.
I hope you will have a splendid Winter Solstice in the company of your friends and like minded souls. Use the power of this time quality to set your intentions for your personal life as well as your prayers for Mother Earth and an easy transition into the new level of consciousness rising.
Aloha and many blessings for your journey, Shakti.