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.

Description
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 Sagittarius-Capricorn Lunation

The year 2020 will be a pivotal line in the sediment of history, remembered centuries after the plagues and pestilence have passed. As the year comes to a close, the Great Stellium of Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto culminates with the exact conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21, synchronistically aligning with the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Jupiter and Saturn have not been this visibly close to each other since the conjunction of March 4, 1226, and they will form what appears to be a shining double planet—the mythic Christmas Star that led the three wise astrologers to the birth place of Solar Consciousness incarnated into human form.

This lunation cycle opens with a Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius, and numerous planets change zodiac signs during the course of the month: Saturn and Jupiter ingress into Aquarius, the Sun and Mercury enter Capricorn, Mars departs Aries at last, and Mercury and Venus both switch signs on the same day. While the opening weeks of 2021 may not bring the respite and restoration of normalcy that so many desire, the winds of change are blowing and a new season dawns as the darkest night of the year passes and the days begin to lengthen once more.

Transits of the Sagittarius–Capricorn Lunation

*December 14 @ 8:17 am PT* The New Moon in Sagittarius is a potent Solar Eclipse, occurring on the same day as Venus in Scorpio sextiles Jupiter in Capricorn, and Mercury in Sagittarius trines Mars in Aries. Moon and Sun conjoin in their sacred marriage, renewing their vows in daylight darkness, expanding their love to new heights, and igniting the noosphere with the fire of passion.

*December 15 @ 8:21 am PT* Venus forms a sextile to Saturn in late Capricorn, hours before alighting into Sagittarius, bringing bittersweet heartache and tender love, a sense of separation and longing for beloved community, and a recognition of the beauty of mortality.

*December 16 @ 9:04 pm PT* Saturn ingresses into Aquarius at last, leaving the sign of Capricorn where it has dwelt since late 2017. The Moon graces the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium, helping to usher Saturn into its new domain, and bringing the intense and magnanimous feeling of the great Capricorn stellium into our bodies for one final time.

*December 19 @ 5:07 am PT* Jupiter follows Saturn’s footsteps into Aquarius, while the Sun conjoins Mercury in late Sagittarius. The impulse to grow and expand enters into new territory, although it still must contend with limitation, structure, and discipline for some time to come. Nonetheless, clear focus of thought can expand the reaches of the mind, leading to the incarnation of grand possibilities.  

*December 20 @ 3:07 pm PT* Mercury crosses the threshold into Capricorn, taking on a more serious and grounded attitude, forging plans and laying intellectual foundations on which thought castles can solidly be constructed.

*December 21 @ 10:21 am PT* The Winter Solstice, when the Sun ingresses into Capricorn, aligns with the day that Jupiter and Saturn perfect their exact conjunction, while the waxing quarter Moon in Aries further marks the opening stages of a new cycle. A great turning of the tides is underway, the end of an era, a fall from inflated heights and a stabilization of new growth. Justice weighs out her scales, and every action has the potential to tip the balance towards failure or success.

*December 23 @ 6:53 am PT* Mars in Aries forms its third and final square of 2020 to Pluto in Capricorn, just as the Moon in Aries illuminates this potent alignment with pearly hues. The lionness roars and bares her fangs, and the volcanic blood of the Earth boils forth in tempestuous rage and titanic passion.

*December 24 @ 11:05 pm PT* Mercury in Capricorn trines Uranus in Taurus in the dark of night on Christmas Eve. The soft jingle of silver sleighbells awakens the mind to impossible thoughts, liberating reason to play in realms of surprise and delight.

*December 27 @ 7:25 pm PT* The Sun in Capricorn trines Uranus in Taurus, awakening restless impulses for new experiences and unbound freedom as the spark of genius shines forth in eccentric flashes of unpredictable brilliance.

*December 29 @ 7:28 pm PT* The Cancer Full Moon opposes the Sun and Mercury in Capricorn, illuminating the relational interconnectedness of all beings, our minds and bodies intertwined in a great cosmic network of conscious matter and incarnated soul.

*December 30 @ 2:19 am PT* Venus in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces, draping a gossamer curtain across our vision of the world’s beauties, enchanting the senses with the sweet dew of love’s potion, clouding the eyes to see naught but the divine soul of the beloved reflected on every shimmering surface.  

*January 1 @ 3:18 am PT* The New Year dawns with Mercury in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces, subtly singing in mythic tunes and timbres, humming softly to the dulcimer tones of an inebriated mind awash in spirit-song.

*January 4 @ 4:58 pm PT* Mercury conjoins Pluto in Capricorn, empowering the capacity for deep thought and voracious knowledge-seeking, while driving forth suspicion and paranoia from the secret depths of darkened intellectual discourse.

*January 6 @ 1:37 am PT* Mars finally departs the sign of Aries after its six-month sojourn and settles into Taurus, just as the Moon in Libra makes its waning square to the Sun in Capricorn. No longer in its sign of rulership, Mars has to surrender to the grounded realm of Venus’s earth sign, learning to slow down and attend to sensate needs. How shall we integrate each event that has ignited since late June 2020 into the practical, relational structures of our lives?  

*January 8 @ 8:53 am PT* Mercury and Venus change signs in quick succession, Mercury entering Aquarius and Venus entering Capricorn within a few hours of each other. The Sun in Capricorn also forms a sextile to Neptune, while Mercury squares Mars in early Taurus. The mind catches fire with argumentative fervor, while the heart turns serious and somber—yet a dreamy pall washes over all, blurring the edges of being.

*January 9 @ 7:53 am PT* Venus in Capricorn trines Mars in Taurus, while Mercury conjoins Saturn in early Aquarius. Thoughts may grind in frustration as Mercury is caught in a hard angle between the mortar and pestle of Saturn and Mars, alluring the desires into a dance with the archetypal lovers instead. When the mind reaches a dead end, perhaps the heart and body can take the lead instead?

*January 11 @ 9:19 am PT* Mercury conjoins Jupiter in Aquarius, leading into a square to Uranus in Taurus that will perfect early the following morning. Expansive awakening may shed dazzling insights where not long before frustration and mental irritability dominated, leading to the potential for radical and exuberant innovation.

*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.

Sagittarius New Moon Workshop

Ouroboros Monthly Forecast

Continuing with the Sagittarius New Moon, which is a Solar Eclipse, I am offering the next monthly astrology workshop through Ouroboros, our local Nevada City magical arts studio. 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, exploring the meaning of the eclipse and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction on the Winter Solstice.

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

Monday, December 14th, 4:00–5:30 pm Pacific time

Description
This monthly workshop with archetypal astrologer Becca Tarnas offers an astrological forecast of the lunation cycle ahead, continuing with the New Moon in Sagittarius. 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!

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

Suggested donation of $10–15 via PayPal: Ouroborosnc@gmail.com
**Please Note “Becca” and click family & friends**
No one will be turned away from lack of funds.