Transits for the Capricorn-Aquarius Lunation

As we enter the first lunation of the new year, the transits could not be more potent, complex, and dynamically volatile. The primary planetary alignments of this time are the lingering Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto triple conjunction, which dominated the skies throughout the transformational year of 2020, and the quickly tightening square of Jupiter-Saturn to Mars-Uranus. A heightened sense of rapid change, restless rebellion, and unpredictable breakdown of old structures is currently rattling the collective zeitgeist. Time may feel as though it is accelerating as contradictory energies pull the tension of the opposites to intensified extremes.

As we withstand the onslaught of eruptive energies, it is important to attune ourselves to how we might consciously participate in the most life-enhancing ways with these complex archetypal principles. When anger or fear grips us, where do we turn to transmute and express these energies? What practices can support us in cultivating healthy relationships with the planetary archetypes? How can we incarnate a harmonious world in the midst of this cosmic cataclysm that is driving our collective evolution of consciousness?

May these short transit updates provide you with some guidance throughout this lunation cycle. I recommend printing out a copy and affixing it near your calendar, your desk, your bed, or your altar, so you can check in each morning and evening to see what the day and night hold in store. These transit updates can be used to plan your day, week, or month ahead, and also in retrospect to reflect and even journal about how these archetypal powers have unfolded in your personal life.

Transits of the Capricorn-Aquarius Lunation

*January 12 @ 9:00 pm PT* The New Moon in Capricorn conjunct Pluto comes in the midst of an intensely potent set of transits: Mercury aligned with the Jupiter-Uranus square, Mars making its final square to Saturn, and Venus forming an earthy trine to Uranus. Amidst the transmutational turmoil, new breakthrough ideas can be implemented with rigor and discipline, while awakening to how the practical can also be beautiful allows for more intelligent design to flourish.

*January 14 @ 6:19 am PT* The Sun in Capricorn conjoins Pluto, bringing the dramatic descent of the Solar hero—both the inflated ego and the radiant self—into the broiling pits of the underworld. Confront the dragon, face the shadow, extinguish the lights, and burn with newfound brightness in the dark. Uranus also turns direct in Taurus, carrying forward the impulse for rebellion, revolution, and change.

*January 16 @ 9:02 am PT* The Moon in Pisces touches the midpoint between Venus trine Mars-Uranus, which may bring some relational softening to the explosive fervor of combative energies. However, these gentle soft aspects from the Moon and Venus may not be cooling enough to temper or quell the flames.

*January 17 @ 6:19 am PT* Jupiter in Capricorn forms an exact square to Uranus in Taurus, a transit which entered the orb of influence in December—although it did linger within 10° in April and May 2020. Radical breakthrough and sudden revolutionary change are amplified and uplifted, however, with Saturn in close range the powers of constraint, restriction, and reason bring a sense of reality to more rash, puerile tendencies. Jupiter-Uranus brings both the awakened impulse for overturning the status quo, and the sigh of relief at the unexpected blessing.

*January 19 @ 12:40 pm PT* The Sun ingresses into Aquarius, forming a stellium with Pluto in late Capricorn and Saturn and Jupiter in early Aquarius. The change of signs brings a fresh gust of new airy energy, yet the Sun’s planetary aspects highlight the lingering realities of this past year when the Capricorn stellium dominated the skies and the world was swept up into an ongoing crisis.

*January 20 @ 1:02 pm PT* Mars and Uranus come into exact alignment in Taurus just as the waxing quarter Moon in the same sign forms a triple conjunction with the two volatile planets and squares off to the Sun in early Aquarius. The zeitgeist could not be more explosive, with Uranus radically igniting Mars’ ire and tendency for violence, and the square between the luminaries activating the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium that still has more of its contentious story to tell. The world is caught in a vice grip and the lit fuse is burning towards more fuel.

*January 22 @ 11:49 pm PT* Mars in Taurus forms its final square to Jupiter in Aquarius, enflaming peppery confidence, bravado, and swagger. Good sportsmanship and healthy competition may prevail, but there is just as much potential for anger and even violence to become inflated and enlarged beyond reasonable proportion.

*January 23 @ 7:01 pm PT* The Sun in Aquarius conjoins Saturn, while Venus in Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces. Hard realities and concrete truths, consequences and judgements, finality, endings, and the death spiral of the ego—Saturn’s painful foot comes down, although the dreamy romantic pall of Venus-Neptune may offer some soft soothing, if not a beautiful escapist delusion.

*January 26 @ 4:48 am PT* The Sun in Aquarius squares Uranus in Taurus, further unleashing restless impulses for radical change, while Saturn still in alignment with the Sun, Jupiter, and Uranus pulls back on the reins to bring restraint wherever it can.

*January 28 @ 11:16 am PT* The Full Moon in Leo opposes the Sun-Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius, just as Venus conjoins Pluto in Capricorn. Exuberant and joyful light blossoms in winter’s darkness, the lunar lion roaring grandly, while the hearts beats molten red blood that pulses with intensified desire.

*January 30 @ 7:52 am PT* Mercury in Aquarius turns retrograde and will traverse back through Saturn’s airy winter sign, thoughts whistling like cold wind in swirling patterns doubling back to retrieve what was forgotten, lost, misplaced, misunderstood, and misinterpreted. Cultivate the meditative mind, lest you find your thoughts scattered like pages of a half-written novel released unexpectedly on the wind.

*February 1 @ 6:05 am PT* The Sun in Aquarius forms a square to Mars in Taurus, while Venus ingresses into Aquarius to join the lineup of Saturn, Jupiter, the Sun, and retrograde Mercury. Having so many planets in the sign of the water bearer reminds us each to carry our own spiritual burdens, rather than turning to external heroes or saviors, while the square of the Sun to Mars emphasizes how these energies must be put into tangible action.

*February 4 @ 9:37 am PT* The waning quarter Moon in Scorpio squares the Sun and Jupiter in Aquarius, while also forming a T-square with Mars in Taurus. The fixed signs are strongly activated and will likely be felt most in the emotional body, the home, and one’s family dynamics. Sweep out the old volatile energies by giving the house a good scrub, directing your fervor into caretaking and nurturing service for self and others.

*February 6 @ 7:33 pm PT* Venus conjoins Saturn in Aquarius in the earliest hours of the morning, before squaring Uranus in Taurus in the evening. The loving heart may feel caught between the impulse for security and the desire for change and novelty, while aesthetic expressions might bridge between classical beauty and eclectic and unique taste.

*February 8 @ 5:48 am PT* The Sun conjoins retrograde Mercury in Aquarius, emphasizing the need to speak clearly and perhaps even repeatedly so as best to be understood, and to clarify information and ideas whenever necessary.

*February 10 @ 4:16 am PT* Mercury in Aquarius squares Mars in Taurus, just as the Aquarius Moon conjoins Saturn, squares Uranus, and conjoins Venus and Jupiter in succession. Mercury-Mars can easily lead to a heated argument or debate, and the Moon’s impressionable state could lead to emotional withdrawal, outburst, or even heartbreak. Tread lightly, and find words to express one’s genuine feelings that do not cut like bitter swords.

*February 11 @ 11:06 am PT* The New Moon in Aquarius occurs simultaneously with the exact Venus-Jupiter conjunction in the same sign. A dazzling array of celestial bodies graces the sign of the water bearer, spanning from Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, and finally the Sun and Moon in their monthly coniunctio. A new cycle begins under the auspices of expansive and generous love, rich indulgence and luxurious opulence, and a celebration of the beautiful and complex artistry of life.

Capricorn New Moon Workshop

Academy of Oracle Arts Monthly Forecast

As we begin the new year with the Capricorn New Moon, I am offering a monthly astrology workshop through the Academy of Oracle Arts, our local Nevada City center for learning the magical arts. The workshop will be held online, and all who wish to attend are welcome to join! We will focus on the astrological transits for the month ahead, while also taking into account the larger transit dynamics of the year 2021.

For those who would like to review the transits from last month, the recording of the previous workshop is available here: Sagittarius New Moon Workshop.

Tuesday, January 12th, 5:00–6:30 pm Pacific time

For those unable to attend live the video is now available of the workshop!

Please note that the registration and payment link has changed from previous workshops, as we shift from having the workshop hosted by Ouroboros to the Academy of Oracle Arts.

This monthly workshop with archetypal astrologer Becca Tarnas offers an astrological forecast of the lunation cycle ahead, continuing with the New Moon in Capricorn. Learn the meanings of the planets, aspects, and zodiacal signs, and how to navigate the archetypal energies of the month ahead. Participants will gain a basic foundation in archetypal astrology, and leave with an understanding of the astrological conditions of the next month, and how best to integrate this knowledge into their everyday lives. All levels of astrological knowledge are welcome!

Transits for the Aquarius Lunation

The midpoint of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere is defined by the Sun’s passage through Aquarius, the fixed air sign traditionally ruled by Saturn. This lunation’s transits come to you in the middle of the month, just past the Full Moon, because I have been traveling through one of Earth’s most wintry climates: Sápmi, the portion of Scandinavia that lies above the Arctic Circle and is home to the indigenous Sámi people.

Thus, these transits can be used both to look toward the next upcoming weeks and as a retrospective for the days that have passed since the Aquarius New Moon.

Leo Full Moon

Transits of the
Aquarius Lunation

*January 24 @ 1:42 pm PT* The Moon sidles into Aquarius in time for the New Moon. We are in the dry, airy midwinter season where seeds planted must stay in the cold hard Earth and await germination patiently. The seed that is slow to sprout may outlast the winter storms. Set intentions that will endure beyond just this next lunation cycle.

*January 25 @ 11:06 am PT* Moon-Mercury in Aquarius sextiles Sagittarius Mars. Bantering exchanges between family, housemates, and close friends. Bringing intuitive ideas into action.

*January 26 @ 5:37 pm PT* Exalted Venus in Pisces squares Mars. The dance of the lovers, graceful athleticism, the igniting kiss, erotic fantasies, delusion and dreams of romance.

*January 27 @ 12:00 pm PT* Venus conjoins Neptune in Pisces. Exquisite beauty, transcendent and spiritual love, impossible romantic ideals, otherworldly desires, the swirl of art nouveau aesthetic delights.

*January 28 @ 2:34 am PT* Mars in Sagittarius squares Neptune, while the Moon creates a triple conjunction with Venus and Neptune in Pisces. Gentle, emotional, sacred love, beauty and romance, ignited through desire, passion, friction, and tension. Somatic spiritual practices connecting the immanent to the transcendent.

*January 29 @ 11:50 pm PT* Aries Moon sextiles the Sun in Aquarius. Taking the first actionable steps towards New Moon intentions, fired up physical activity, bustling tasks, potential irritability.

*February 1 @ 5:42 pm PT* The Moon in Taurus conjoins Uranus, while making the first quarter square to Aquarius Sun. Venus in Pisces makes a sextile to Capricorn Pluto late in the night. Getting out of one’s comfort zone, erratic feelings of tension, the heart under pressure.

*February 3 @ 2:01 pm PT* Mercury splashes into Pisces and the Moon into Gemini in the early morning, while Venus sextiles Saturn. The mind slips into a flowing dream state, perhaps to escape the tightening pressures on the heart.

*February 4 @ 8:20 am PT* Gemini Moon makes an airy trine to the Aquarius Sun, while square Neptune. Permeability of the senses, emotional sensitivity, intuitive consciousness, merging with the other.

*February 5 @ 1:43 am PT* Pisces Mercury sextiles Uranus, while the Cancer Moon trines Mercury, forming a “humble trine” with both planets. Ease of intimate and innovative conversation, sensitivity to certain emotional topics.

*February 7 @ 12:02 pm PT* Venus moves into fiery Aries, while the Moon traverses a T-square from Saturn and Pluto to Uranus. Romantic irritabilities, erotic frictions, initiated by emotional heaviness perhaps leading to awakening glimmers of grounded relational maturity.

*February 8–9 @ 11:33 pm PT* Full Moon in Leo, coming into a grand trine on February 9 with Mars in Sagittarius and Uranus in early Taurus. The fire flower blooms, the seed planted in the cold winter ground is called forth by lengthening daylight hours. Create while the passion is ignited.

*February 13 @ 7:17 am PT* Libra Moon trines the Sun in Aquarius while squaring Saturn-Pluto throughout the day. Each time the Moon makes a hard aspect to the defining Saturn-Pluto conjunction of 2018–2021 the emotional tone of the day may feel heavier, pressured, and constricting.

*February 15 @ 2:17 pm PT* Scorpio Moon makes its waning square to Aquarius Sun. The work unfolds in the inner sphere through introspection, revisioning intimate dynamics, and integrating the arc of the lunation.

*February 16 @ 3:33 am PT* Mars moves into Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation, while Mercury goes retrograde by the end of the day. Set a slow course of action that allows you to revisit unfinished work and bring it to a gradual but decisive completion.

*February 18 @ 8:57 pm PT* The Sun slides into Pisces while making its closing sextile to the Moon in Sagittarius. Winter’s final lunation approaches, the airy aloof cold of Aquarius giving way to the melting streams of the unconscious, the dreamworld, the home of spirit.

*February 20 @ 7:56 am PT* Jupiter exactly sextiles Neptune, a longer transit that will move in and out of orb throughout 2020. This richly enchanting alignment may help alleviate and balance the intensity of the ongoing Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium in Capricorn. Grand visions, big dreams, the broad view from the mountaintop.

*February 21 @ 1:10 am PT* Exalted Mars in Capricorn trines Uranus. Little will restrain the will to take action, but it can be directed and grounded. Risks bring freedom, but can also bring accidents. Do not shy away from the flame, but beware of its burn.

*February 22 @ 6:13 am PT* Sun in Pisces sextiles Uranus in Taurus. Innovative visions and phantasies awakening gently, inspiring a new perspective or approach.

*February 23 @ 7:32 am PT* The Moon swims into Pisces for the New Moon, while Venus in Aries squares Capricorn Jupiter. Watery, dreamy dissolution of self into other, turning inward to plant the lotus seed beneath the lapping waves. Indulgence and luxury may show its shadow-side.