Saturn in Capricorn

Saturn is just a smidgeon away from moving into Capricorn. Usually, when Saturn changes signs my email inbox starts to fill up with concerns and fears. This was especially the case in the few weeks before Saturn moved into Scorpio. Then there was the person who feared that with Saturn in Sagittarius whe’d fail her exams, and another who said she’d never fly again. True stories.

The thing is, Saturn doesn’t necessarily stop us from doing anything. If anything, he can tempt us to do that which we know we shouldn’t do. ‘Go ahead,’ he says, ‘do what you will, but just be aware  of the consequences.’

 

There’s no coincidence that the Devil, or Temptation, card in Tarot is associated with Capricorn and Saturn. Look at the card. The devil is half goat and the temptations can result in a bondage of some description – whether that’s the ties that bind through responsibility, or the chains of fear. Even when we’ve attached those chains ourselves, the Devil is who we blame for our troubles – much like we often blame Saturn…not that I ever would…of course.

The thing is, I haven’t so far received any of the usual ‘Saturn is about to move into Capricorn and will conjunct my Sun and that means that life will be miserable for the next 2 1/2 years.’  Saturn in Capricorn is an entirely different scenario. Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn. He’s comfortable in Capricorn. He’s coming home. Their natures are similar. Saturn in Capricorn is acting from a position of power – but it’s also born from experience, wisdom, practicality, integrity, and resourcefulness.

At the risk of sounding lazy – something that Saturn absolutely has no time for – I’d direct you to this fabulous article by Capricornian Steven Forrest. With a number of planets in Capricorn, Forrest gets this sign – and Saturn.

In the article, he speaks a lot about collective morality and integrity and how that changes definition over the years. But when it comes to Saturn and your chart, we can also talk about personal morality and integrity – whatever that happens to be or mean for you. Wherever Saturn is transiting your chart is where those concepts are being examined.

If, like me, Saturn is transiting your 11th house, not only do you have an opportunity to put plans and structures under your dreams to turn them into goals, but you’ll also be asked to consider whether these goals are morally right for you. Are you compromising your own standards in order to achieve something that’s personally rewarding but has an entirely different cost? Are you using your networks and contacts in a way that gets what you want, but possibly infringes on their goals?

What about if Saturn is in the 10th? Are you getting ahead at the expense of someone else? Are you acting contrary to your own morals for the sake of the “business”? We’ve all heard that excuse before – ‘it was a business decision…and even if it’s wrong that makes it right’. No, it doesn’t, and when Saturn is in Capricorn, issues like this could come up. Actually, issues like this might always come up, but while Saturn is in Capricorn there could be a price to pay for them.

I’d urge you to read the whole article, but if you don’t Forrest made seven comments about areas of individual focus for each of us:

  • Admit it: you are bored with yourself. Where transiting Saturn-in-Capricorn hits your personal chart defines an area of your life which you have simply outgrown. What is the next stage of life for you in terms of work, love, money, education – whatever houses or planets Saturn is contacting?
  • Deep down inside, you are hungry to really get your teeth into something, to do your best. Saturn-in-Capricorn is challenging you. It is saying, “All right, show me what you’ve got. Give me your best shot. It’s time to write your masterpiece.
  • To succeed, you will need focus, persistence, patience, and self-discipline. You can’t fake this one. You cannot cut corners.
  • There are likely to be moral or ethical issues underlying these efforts. Do the right thing – but make sure that the definition of “the right thing” is your own, with no taint of anyone else’s sermons about “sin” or “duty.”
  • You have a right to define your own responsibilities. You have a right to refuse responsibilities that do not fit you.
  • If you get this right, you will be tired! But if you turn away from the effort, you will be stuck in a deadening past. Inevitably, you will then be depressed. Which do you prefer, exhaustion or depression?
  • Whatever happens, understand that it is your own karma ripening.

Have a think about this.

Doing it for yourself

Every transit by Saturn will have something to do with your personal Saturn story. Go back to the Saturn lesson in the Toolbox for some hints regarding this.

Another thing is, every single transit by Saturn to key points in your chart will not only be felt in that part of your chart but also have an outcome in the area of life ruled by Saturn. This will be the part of your chart containing Capricorn and Aquarius – remembering that Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius. Every single time.

For this reason, it’s worth going back to see if there are any common themes in, say, previous transits of your Sun (or Moon or Ascendant or other points or personal planets) by Saturn.

I’ll be back next week with something about Saturn – Sun transits, but if you want to get a start on what Saturn could mean for you, jump over and have a look at the Saturn page. I’ve updated it with step-by-step guides on how to intentionally approach your Saturn transits – including a solar guide as to where this might be happening for you. Remember, I use whole houses, so if you don’t and you know the house that Saturn is transiting, feel free to ignore this part of the page.

There’s also a timing guide there to give you an idea as to when Saturn in Capricorn could be impacting your chart. This will be especially important if you’re a Capricorn Sun and have already started worrying about what could happen when Saturn meets up with your Sun – although as a Capricorn Sun I’m sure that you’d know better than to worry needlessly. Just saying.

Depending on the degree, some of you will get 3 chances at the transit – when Saturn first goes across the planet being transited, when it retrogrades back across that point, and when it turns direct. Check out this post for more information regarding that.

Finally, pay special attention to the stationing degrees. If Saturn stations direct or retrograde at a degree which aspects something important in your chart, make a note of it. As an example, Saturn will station retrograde at 20 Capricorn, this is an exact sextile to my Sun. In 2020 the station retrograde is at 25 Capricorn, exactly sextile my Chiron, and less than a degree from an exact opposition to my Jupiter. I’ll be absolutely paying attention.

Capricorn New Moon

Capricorn New Moon

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Capricorn New Moons are always about goals. I tend to think there’s a bit of a coincidence that they appear at the time of the year that you’re setting new goals and intentions…conspiracy theory anyone? (She asks, waggling her eyebrows in a rather creepy way).

Capricorn New Moons are also always about patience and hope. Yes, you read that right too. After all, what is a goal other than a hope or a dream with a little structure and reality worked into it? A hope or a dream that you’re prepared to wait for, to work for?

Capricorn is also about resources- your personal ones and those that are at your disposal. Think about your energy levels and how and where you are employing them and depleting them. Where have you been so focused on achieving and measuring up that you’ve forgotten how to relax?

If you’re the type who is into intentions rather than goals, avoid stating what you don’t want, or what you want to lose- at this time of the year, the Universe is especially busy multi-tasking and doesn’t have time to sit around waiting to hear all the little words. It’s a little like when I say to my dog:

‘Hi Kali, after I finish editing this chapter, if the weather holds, we’ll go for a walk.’

She hears:

‘Blah Kali, blah blah blah blah walk.’

Using this logic, ‘I want to lose 20 kgs,’ could be construed as ‘blah 20 kgs.’

I’m in the process of setting my 2017 intentions now. I’ll post the ones relating to this site tomorrow, and my personal goals over the next day or so on and anyways.

This year has been so tough that I spent more time closing out the old and trying to understand the lessons before I felt ready to set new goals and dream new dreams.

Doing it for yourself…

You should, if you’ve been reading along, know how to find where the New Moon is happening in your chart. If you’re new to this site, duck across and check out this post before you go any further. Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets. The types of targets you can check in on each month when the Moon is in Capricorn. The types of targets that you can look back on this time next year and pat yourself on the back for. Make sure that you do at least one thing towards this goal this month.

If you’re unsure where to start, check out this post.

  • How do the concerns of this house make you feel?
  • How would you like to feel about them?
  • What positive steps can you take over the next four weeks to minimise the gap between how you feel about this are and how you’d like to feel?

*****Write it down!!!!!!!!!!******

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this New Moon falls in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this New Moon falls in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this New Moon falls in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this New Moon falls in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this New Moon falls in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this New Moon falls in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Cancer, this New Moon falls in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this New Moon falls in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this New Moon falls in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this New Moon falls in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this New Moon falls in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this New Moon falls in your 2nd house.

Remember…

Often times absolutely nothing will happen…or seem to happen…even if you are receiving a direct contact. When it comes to the moon, the effects are usually quite subtle.

If you haven’t been doing so, why not try journaling your lunar journey- you’ll be surprised how, in hindsight, more has been going on than you might have thought.

Mars in Capricorn: Taking Care of Business

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Before I started writing this post, I did what I always do whenever a planet changes signs: I go looking for what I’ve written before. After all, why re-invent the wheel if it’s still doing what it should be doing.

You know what I found? Nothing…well, next to nothing. How have I never written anything about Mars in Capricorn?

So, just as I did the other day with my Libra post, I’ve turned to the small screen- and to the man who represents Mars in Capricorn better than I could ever explain.

Allow me to introduce you to Harvey Specter from the TV show Suits.

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A persona disclaimer from me at this point: as attractive as he is, Harvey leaves me cold. Anyways, like him or loathe him (and plenty of women I know seem to love him), Harvey Specter is a corporate warrior. Harvey treats the world of business as if it’s a battlefield. Every deal, every negotiation is a war to be won. His isn’t a flashy, spangly gold-plated armour, it’s under-stated and quietly, expensively, luxurious- only the best brands will do for Harvey. You don’t need to see the logo to know that the suit he’s wearing cost $3000, and the shoes the same.

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Harvey knows what he wants, and he knows that he’s going to need to work- and compete- in order to get it. That’s ok- Harvey knows that any luck he has he’s made himself. He also knows that the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. (In case you’re wondering, there are entire sites devoted to Harvey quote memes.)

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Harvey is the consummate professional. He’s efficient, smart and knows where to invest his resources where they will be of most use. He’s a climber, and isn’t afraid to stamp on the hands of those trying to climb behind him- if they get too close. Harvey knows that dreaming isn’t enough- if you want to make something happen, you have to make it happen.

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Saturn ruled Capricorn is cautious and disciplined, and Mars is how you assert yourself. Put this together and you have someone who can control his sexual energy. You also have someone who could use this to get what he wants. Harvey knows this.

Mars in a man’s chart also tells us how he might go about selling himself- or getting who and what he wants. Harvey, when he wants a woman, sells himself to her in terms of what he can provide her materially. Underneath though, we know that what’s really turning her on is all of that strong, and oh so earthy, sexual energy. Yes, I’ve watched a lot of episodes of Suits.

 

When it comes to women, Harvey plays it cool. He’s a tad detached and very inscrutable. Harvey doesn’t like to be rejected, and has been known to play it a teeny bit safe and not put himself out there with a woman until he’s pretty sure he won’t be rejected. Besides, who could possibly reject Harvey Specter. Harvey also likes to be respected for his experience- and he has plenty of that. Prowess and hard-won expertise such as his requires praise. Although he refuses to let emotions get in the way at work or in the way of a deal, they’re simmering away underneath. Simmering, I say. Remember those episodes where we saw Harvey lose a girlfriend because of a deal? It was a reminder to him that there needs to be that line between business and love.

Harvey Specter aside, what else can I say about Mars in Capricorn? Just that Mars is super-strong here. Remembering back to Toolbox no whatever about dignities, Mars is in the sign of his exaltation in Capricorn. Not just does he feel at home here, but he’s a favoured visitor- one who’s had the 1000 count sheets put on the bed and the special visitor biscuits brought out for.

We’ve talked a lot about Harvey Specter and men with Mars in Capricorn, but what about if you’re a woman with Mars in Capricorn? Well, you’ll probably have that same strong determination, that same ambition and earthy sexuality; and you’ll probably be attracted to men who are perhaps a little like Harvey. He might have the Sun, Moon or personal planets in Capricorn, or perhaps Mars conjunct, in close aspect to Saturn, or in the 10th house.

Doing it for yourself…

We all have Capricorn somewhere in our chart, and it’s this part of life that’s about to get an energy hit from Mars.

Pull your chart out and look for the symbol of Capricorn. It’s like a v with a flourish.

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If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide below.

Mars for me will transit from the 10th to the 11th house. The 11th is about goals, hopes, dreams, friends, networks, the reward from the work we do. While Mars is in this part of the chart and conjunct Pluto I’ll be releasing my new novel Wish You Were Here. I’m timing it to coincide with when the Sun and Mercury are conjunct my natal Mars in Scorpio. This book is getting the biggest burst of Martian energy that I can give it!

Over to you…

 

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mars will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius Mars will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Mars will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mars will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Mars will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini Mars will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Cancer Mars will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mars will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Mars will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Mars will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mars will be transiting your 3rd house.

If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mars will be transiting your 2nd house.

Capricorn Full Moon

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Up in Ubud in May we got talking to our driver, Kadek, about balance. So much of Balinese culture is about balance- I wrote about it here. Kadek laughed at how us Westerners come to Bali to relax our minds and our bodies after working so hard to save the money to come to Bali to relax our minds and our bodies. ‘And then you go back to work hard for the next holiday,’ he said.

It’s true, we do.

One of the things I did when we were in Mooloolaba last week was take a good, hard look at my priorities, what I wanted to achieve and what I was prepared to do to achieve it. Of course this was partly due to the fact that I’d recently finished at my job, but mostly it was because in finishing my job I’d understood just how very tired and strung out I was.

In the self-publishing or indie world, the model is write-publish-repeat so it’s vitally important to build a back-list. Any spare minute I have is spent doing that. Sure, I’m working towards my goals, but along the way I’d lost my balance. If you’re interested, I wrote a bit about my schedule and competing priorities here.

Walking the beach each morning helped me realize just how out of whack I was. Rather than allocating my resources (energy in this case) into the areas where it would be most efficient, I’d been trying to do it all- and had spread myself way too thinly.

The thing is, it’s all very well to write, publish, repeat, but how do I get people to know I have product out there? How on earth would I fit developing a marketing strategy into an already overloaded schedule?

That’s when I realised I didn’t have to do it all. There was nothing wrong in asking for help. Although I had this insight a whole week before the Full Moon, a Full Moon insight it was.

The Capricorn Full Moon each year is your annual reminder to look at just how effectively you’re managing your resources. It’s a perfect time to ask questions such as:

  • What has to give at home for career ambitions to be realized?
  • What balance do you have between the public you and the private you?
  • Have you put the same effort into both parts of your life, or does one eclipse the other?
  • Have you effectively managed your available resources? What about your emotional resources?
  • Who is supporting you? Do you really need to do it all?
  • Have you been prioritizing work over self-care?
  • Have you been serious about your vocation and what you want to achieve?
  • Are there goals that you’ve fallen short on, goals you haven’t stretched yourself enough on, goals you’ve given up on, goals that aren’t really authentically you, goals that don’t make your heart sing?
  • Are the sacrifices out-weighing the perceived rewards?
  • Is the large house, private school, overseas holiday, prada bag…whatever…what you really want or what you think that you should be wanting?
  • Is the need for public respect outweighing your need for self-respect?
  • Are you comfort eating (or drinking) and using that as an excuse not to pursue your goals?

Be honest- there are no right or wrong answers here, and no judgement- we all have different values and make our decisions based on these. If my last job taught me anything, it was that.

If you want, treat this Full Moon as a personal performance review – you should check-in on your goals regularly- but only if you’re prepared to do something to change those results. In my example, up until now I’ve refused to look at my book sales because I know I’ll beat myself up about it- even though I haven’t set myself a target number or been in a position to do something about it.

Doing it for yourself…

By now you should know the drill- if not, check out this post for a refresher.

The point you’re looking for is 27 Capricorn 40’…or thereabouts.

If you’re not sure where this is for you, simply use the solar guide below, and refer back to Series 1 of the Toolbox for pointers on what each of the houses means.

What do I mean when I tell you to look to the opposite house for balance? The Full Moon is about looking at where you’re compromising or over-compensating. Consider how you’re balancing your personal resources, ambitions, goals in that part of your life.

In my chart, this falls in the 11th house. For me it’s about balancing my hopes, dreams and future rewards for the work I do (11th house stuff) against creativity, play and identity security issues (5th house). The 11th is also friends and networks.

From an aspect viewpoint, this Full Moon sextiles my Moon (27 Pisces). Although most of the action (for want of a better term) this time around will be in the 11th house, given that the Moon natally rules the 5th for me, this is where the outcomes will be.

While in Mooloolaba I connected with someone in my social media network who just happens to be a marketing consultant. How very 11th house. I’ll be outsourcing my marketing strategy to her, leaving me more time to write and play. How very 5th house. This will help me achieve my goals, measure my results and allocate my resources more efficiently- how very Capricorn- while supporting my emotional health and giving me back some family and friends time- how very Cancer.

Get the idea? Why not try it for yourself…

The Full Moon at 27 Capricorn 40’ will fall on July 20…or late on July 19…depending on where you live.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, this Full Moon falls in your 7th house. Look to the 1st for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this Full Moon falls in your 6th house. Look to the 12th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this Full Moon falls in your 5th house. Look to the 11th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this Full Moon falls in your 4th house. Look to the 10th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this Full Moon falls in your 3rd house. Look to the 9th for balance.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this Full Moon falls in your 2nd house. Look to the 8th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this Full Moon falls in your 1st house. Look to the 7th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this Full Moon falls in your 12th house. Look to the 6th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this Full Moon falls in your 11th house. Look to the 5th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this Full Moon falls in your 10th house. Look to the 4th for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this Full Moon falls in your 9th house. Look to the 3rd for balance.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini this Full Moon falls in your 8th house. Look to the 2nd for balance.

Step By Step: Capricorn New Moon 2015

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Capricorn New Moon 19 Capricorn 13’

Capricorn New Moons are always about goals. I tend to think there’s a bit of a coincidence that they appear at the time of the year that you’re setting new goals and intentions…conspiracy theory anyone? (She asks, waggling her eyebrows in a a rather creepy way).

Capricorn New Moons are also always about patience and hope. Yes, you read that right too. After all, what is a goal other than a hope or a dream with a little structure and reality worked into it? A hope or a dream that you’re prepared to wait for, to work for?

Capricorn is also about resources- your personal ones and those that are at your disposal. Think about your energy levels and how and where you are employing them and depleting them. Where have you been so hellbent on achieving and measuring up that you’ve forgotten how to relax?

With Pluto conjunct (albeit a little wide) this New Moon, and Uranus square it, make sure that any goals that you set are goals that are authentic to you, and will help your get to where you truly need to be in the future. Make them realistic, practical, long range, and make them stretch targets. This is the future you that you’re creating.

If you’re the type who is into intentions rather than goals, avoid stating what you don’t want, or what you want to lose- at this time of the year, the Universe is especially busy multi-tasking and doesn’t have time to sit around waiting to hear all the little words. It’s a little like when I say to my dog:

‘Hi Kali, after I finish editing this chapter, if the weather holds, we’ll go for a walk.’

She hears:

‘Blah Kali, blah blah blah blah walk.’

Using this logic, ‘I want to lose 20 kgs,’ could be construed as ‘blah 20 kgs.’

I set my 2016 intentions yesterday and wrote about them on and anyways.

When I first wrote them all down- and I just wrote and wrote- most of what I had written was a “how.” A heap of things that would get me to where I was going: more tasks than end-points. And it did my head in. Instead, I bundled everything into categories and asked myself why I wanted what I wanted.

I now have a list that’s tough, but achievable with effort.

Doing it for yourself…

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This year we’re doing things a little differently. You should, if you’ve been reading along, you should know how to find where the New Moon is happening in your chart. If you’re new to this site, duck across and check out this post before you go any further. Now, let’s set our intentions. You’ll need the information in this post. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets. The types of targets you can check in on each month when the Moon is in Capricorn. The types of targets that you can look back on this time next year and pat yourself on the back for. Make sure that you do at least one thing towards this goal this month.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this New Moon falls in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this New Moon falls in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this New Moon falls in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this New Moon falls in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this New Moon falls in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this New Moon falls in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Cancer, this New Moon falls in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this New Moon falls in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this New Moon falls in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this New Moon falls in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this New Moon falls in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this New Moon falls in your 2nd house.

Remember…

Often times absolutely nothing will happen…or seem to happen…even if you are receiving a direct contact. When it comes to the moon, the effects are usually quite subtle.

If you haven’t been doing so, why not try journaling your lunar journey- you’ll be surprised how, in hindsight, more has been going on than you might have thought.

 

It’s The Climb: Sun in Capricorn

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Ruler: Saturn

Exalted:  Mars

Detriment: Moon

Fall: Jupiter

Polarity: Feminine/ Negative

Modality: Cardinal

Element: Earth

Body Parts: skin, joints, structure & form, skeletal system, hair, nails, teeth

Nature: cold, dry, with little internal heat

Capricorn represents structure, achievement and the efficient use of resources.

As kids, we’d play Monopoly on Christmas Day or rainy days on holidays.

My Cap Moon Dad would insist on being banker and, somehow, always seemed to have a ready supply of cash.

I’d buy whatever property I landed on, generally lose focus and go bankrupt quite quickly. My Capricorn Sun, Aries Rising sister, Bec, would play the game strategically, aiming for the quality properties and utilities, quietly erecting hotels on each and then waiting for the sting. She’d wait until I’d gone bankrupt so she could buy up my defaulted properties and immediately improve them as well.

Bec and my Aries brother would generally battle it out to the death … or tears- usually when Mr Aries would pick up the board and throw it. Monopoly is now banned at my parents’ home.

Monopoly is the ultimate Capricorn board game.

Every astrologer has a sign (or two, or three) that they find difficult to identify with and difficult to write about. This doesn’t mean that we don’t like that particular sign, (or the people who have placements in that sign) but rather that we find it difficult to understand- usually because of differences within our own chart and with our own motivations.

As much as I love my sister, Capricorn is one of those signs for me. I think it’s because I have a difficult relationship with Saturn (the ruler of Capricorn). I think it’s also because I find it difficult to laugh at Capricorn- and I like to find something to laugh at- or with- in all signs.

Most signs have something in their key descriptive words that is sort of interesting or even slightly glamorous sounding. Cancer is caring and empathetic; Libra social and decorative; and Taurus tactile and musical. Capricorn, though, is ambitious, goal orientated and hardworking- motivated by the attainment of security, stability and societal respect. Positive traits indeed, but difficult to live up to- especially when young…

However, mention these motivations to Capricorn and the response is likely to be ‘I am nothing like that, which just goes to show that astrology is a crock of s%^t,’  or, ‘You make me out to be motivated by nothing but work and I am nothing like that, which just goes to show that astrology is a crock of s%^t  ,’ or ‘you make me sound so boring and I am nothing like that, which just goes to show that astrology is a crock of s%^t.’

I also find that most signs have a shadow side that they are secretly willing to admit… and, even more secretly, are proud of. Aquarians like their detached and quirky side, Gemini jokes about duplicity and Scorpio revels in her paranoia and revenge fantasies. Sadge brags of his excesses and Pisces her addictions, but Capricorn has difficulty admitting to her shadow side. Materialistic? Elitist? Social climbing? ‘Not I,’ they will say, ‘I am nothing like that, which just goes to show that astrology is a crock of s%^t.’

Each sign is a function of their ruling sign, and Capricorn’s is Saturn. Saturn represents maturity, mastery, containment, boundaries and restriction.

Saturn structures get stronger as they mature- as experience and wisdom is absorbed and storms weathered and survived.

So too with Capricorn. Capricorn is one sign which really grows into itself- quite possibly one of the reasons that people with Capricorn Ascendants and Suns (or with Saturn in the 1st house) age so well- they literally grow into their own skin. Capricorn careers also tend to peak later, as achievement is based on practicality, prudence and perseverance rather than charisma and light-bulb moments.

As Indiana Jones once said, ‘It’s not the years, but the mileage.’

Although sometimes feeling older than their years and their peers when young, and with a tendency towards gloom, prudence, economy, melancholy and worry, Capricorn tends to “lighten up” with age.

Symbolically, Capricorn is represented by the image of the Sea-Goat, a mythical creature with the body of a mountain goat and the tail of a fish. Where the mountain for Sagittarius is part of the adventure, existing as a challenge to get past, jump off and see what is on the other side; for Capricorn, it isn’t about what is waiting on the other side- it really is all about the Climb.

Capricorn achievement is not of the “look at me” fame and glory nature. It is quieter and more intrinsic. It is about mastery. It is about understanding the gravity and reality of life and confronting issues honestly and with wisdom and integrity.  It is about maturity and becoming an adult.

Capricorn needs to feel that their experience, wisdom and knowledge is appreciated- with or without the supporting feedback. As such, Capricorn does tend to internalise when down and can be prone to depression if she feels that she hasn’t achieved what she thinks she should have achieved.

The danger for Capricorn is when she becomes hooked on social approval or compares herself and her position, salary and achievements to others, and finds herself envious of the apparent ease with which others have accumulated. It is at this point that the shadow of Capricorn comes into play.

Regardless of your Sun sign, we all have Capricorn somewhere in our charts. It’s this part of life that we approach with a Capricorn practicality, and it’s this part of life that is activated for the next month while the Sun is in Capricorn.

I’m a Pisces Rising, so Capricorn rules the 11th house for me- friends, networks, hopes and dreams. I have no planets in Capricorn, or the 11th, but the 11th for me is hard work. I have a lot of acquaintances, yet my trusted friends are relatively few- and that’s the way I like it. I don’t like crowds, dread the thought of large social gatherings (but can plaster on the mask and enjoy it when I’m there), and know that no one is going to come along to give me a shortcut to making my dreams come to life.

Wherever Capricorn is in your chart is a place that you need to learn to be “enough”- what other people think matters less than you would imagine.

Blue Sky Mining… Mercury in Capricorn

Mercury in Capricorn

Here at Jo Tracey Astrology, we’ve been doing some future planning. I’m writing this at the beginning of October, but by the time it’s published, it will be nearly 2016 and I’ll be in London.

New business was up during 2015, but most revenue was sourced from the partition. Book sales fell sadly short, and income from astrology was virtually non-existent. I’m reliant on the corporate gig to pay for the upkeep of this website and my writing habit. Certain staff members spent far too much time sleeping on the job, and seemed to think that an hours continuous barking between the hours of 3 and 4pm was sufficient to meet KPIs…yes, Kali, I’m looking at you.

As a result, we’ve been brainstorming, white boarding and thought balling. We’ve tossed around ideas, set some blue sky targets, taken a helicopter view of the situation and gone for a stroll through the blame garden. We’ve confronted the variables of our economic landscape and recalibrated our thinking in terms of our client base moving forward. We’ve looked to reposition our offerings in line with the goals underpinning our mission statement, and with a view to nurturing and cherishing our ongoing commitment to excellence at every level. Outcome focus as a means of achieving positive deliverables within a realizable factual matrix. We’ve drawn a line in the sand and we have some clear visions regarding future proofing the company and generating passive income.

What does this mean? I made a cuppa and started to write some stuff down. Kali, the wonder cocker spaniel and my partner in this enterprise wagged her tail encouragingly.

By the time I finished my coffee, I had what my hubby (who knows about this stuff) would call a business plan for next year.

The quick decisions and sparky ideas from yesterday now need to be turned into strategic goals and ways forward. Think office bingo words and you have Mercury in Capricorn. This placement is ambitious, dry, conservative and goal orientated… so all that detail you ignored with your big thinking big talking ways while Mercury was in Sagittarius? All those future driven ideas? They now need to have some structure and dates put around them. Long term planning, schedules, risk registers, minutes, scope determination, criticals to quality…my Pisces Mercury is developing a headache just thinking about it!

Mercury in the Earth signs appreciates some order in their communication. Mercury in Capricorn is no different- structure is a deal-breaker. She doesn’t like having to deal with too much information or too many messages or too much data from conflicting sources- well, not all at once. She likes the opportunity to methodically break it down. She likes to treat information responsibly- just as she would any resource- and utilize it where it is best suited.

Business decisions are made only after considering all facts, and communicated with a sense of authority and no frills. If you are presenting a plan for a new initiative to Capricorn, save the pretty pictures in the presentation and instead make sure that everything can be supported by data. There is no place for instincts, emotion, manipulation or time wasting in the Capricorn schedule.

As a result Mercury in Capricorn can come across as being conservative, rigid and skeptical- even those with the Sun in either Sagittarius or Aquarius (remember Mercury never is more than one sign from the Sun). Don’t mistake this for humorless though. Capricorn has a dry and ironic wit that is all the more enjoyable for its realism.

Capricorn prefers to stick to methods which are tried and trusted, and will look to experience and the past for answers. This is because reality and responsibility are valued, and speculation and exaggeration mistrusted. As such, to quote Stephen Arroyo, the focus can often be on limitations rather than possibilities. Provide the supporting data and Mercury in Capricorn will put the business strategy in place and turn it into a winner.

Mistrust can be an issue for Capricorn: when every new idea presented by others is met with all the reasons why it can’t possibly work, when skepticism creeps into cynicism, practicality into negativity, and wariness becomes worry. Capricorn has the ability to worry at Olympic level!

This placement, however, has a brilliant head for business and the whole planning and organization thing is usually something that is second nature. Even outside the workplace- not that Capricorn likes to admit this. Mercury in Capricorn may often think they don’t work hard enough, are smart enough, organized enough, focused enough.

From a learning viewpoint, Capricorn is methodical, persistent and not scared of hard work. Respect is a great motivator and Capricorn will work and study long and hard in order to become an authority in her chosen field. Steady and sustained progress will keep her going.

For the rest of us, we can take a little of this energy now to put our own lines in the sand and put some frameworks in place within which strategies can flourish, risks mitigated and targets achieved.

Does this sound like you? If you have Mercury conjunct Saturn you could be nodding your head, and, if you are a Capricorn, you probably already think this way…even if you do sell yourself short. And the title? From a Midnight Oil song.

Capricorn Full Moon…

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The Capricorn Full Moon each year casts the spotlight on work/life balance. We can take that further to look at other Capricorn words like ambition, goals, leadership, business, resolution and oppose them to other Cancer words- nutrition, care, emotional support.

What has to give at home for career ambitions to be realized? What balance do you have between the public you and the private you? Have you put the same effort into both parts of your life, or does one eclipse the other? Speaking of which, have you put in the hard work in the areas that require that? How have you been prioritizing? Have you been serious about your vocation and what you want to achieve? Are there goals that you’ve fallen short on, goals you haven’t stretched yourself enough on, goals you’ve given up on, goals that aren’t really authentically you, goals that don’t make your heart sing?

It’s those compromises you make every time you step out the door when the last thing you want to be doing is stepping out the door. Things like mortgages, school fees, living expenses and holidays.

It’s the sacrifices you make in order to make a home, and the balance that’s required in that transaction. It’s the sacrifices you make to achieve your personal goals, even though it might mean compromising your inner peace.

In last years post I talked about the struggle as I took the day off to pick my baby up from the airport. I talked about how I’d vowed to myself that I wouldn’t put myself in the position where I had to feel guilty again. Of course I continue to do so- feel guilty, and make compromises. As Miss T approaches her final school exams over the next few months, I daresay I’ll be struggling with that concept some more.

At the New Moon, we step out like children, with a child’s enthusiasm, not knowing where the path will lead us. At the Full Moon, however, whatever was set at the New Moon has been tested, and the way is now lit- not clear, but lit. This cycle, the one that is now under light, was started at the Capricorn New Moon, so pull your journals out and look at what intentions you set back then. Given that Pluto is involved at one end (conjunct the Moon), and Mars at the other (conjunct the Sun), ask yourself whether you’ve pushed yourself hard enough, or whether you’ve taken the passive or sideways route…all the while remembering that pushing yourself is not the same thing as being hard on yourself.

Both signs involved in this Full Moon tend to be invested in the past. That’s ok- the past is what has formed us, what we’ve learned from… It’s not ok if we’re so focused on yesterday that we can’t move past it. Nor is it ok if we’re tolerating an unsatisfactory situation simply because the change involves a confrontation or a perceived risk to the status quo.

Treat this Full Moon as a personal performance review by all means- you should check-in on your goals regularly, but take care not to allow any perceived shortcomings to define you.

Doing it for yourself…

By now you should know the drill- if not, check out this post for a refresher.

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The point you’re looking for is 9 Capricorn 55’…or thereabouts. The symbol for Capricorn is like a stylized v with a squiggle.

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In my chart, this falls in the 10th house. It makes no other aspects within 2-3 degrees of other planets or points in my chart, but is absolutely about 10th house issues for me and balancing those against 4th house preoccupations and desires.

Try it for yourself…

The Full Moon in Capricorn will fall on July 2…or late on July 1…depending on where you live.