The Sun enters the sign of Capricorn on December 21st at 9:30 a.m., Mountain Time. Capricorn is an earth sign and is associated with the disciplinarian of the Zodiac, Saturn. Capricorn is the executive of all the signs. If you want to get something accomplished, give it to a driven Capricorn. Attention to details, timelines and setting agendas all comes naturally to the organized Capricorn. It’s not surprising that obvious Cap careers are lawyers, CEOs and ambitious entrepreneurs.
The year of 2018 starts off with the Full Moon in Cancer happening on January 1st. It’s not just an ordinary one, but it’s a Super Moon too. This year is starting out with a lot of energy, right on the first day. The sign of Cancer is perfect for a homey day with comfort food, friends and family. Cozy is the word of the day.
Welcome to the Winter Solstice! When the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn each year, it also marks the beginning of a new season. Astronomically, the Winter Solstice is when the Sun, along the Ecliptic, is the greatest distance north of the equator. Remember the tropic of Cancer and Capricorn on the world globe? The Sun is now at the tropic of Capricorn. Bring out your childhood globe and take a look?
What does the Winter Solstice mean astrologically? It is the time of the year that the light comes back. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and the longest night (in the northern hemisphere). After that date, December 21st, the days will get longer until the peak of light on the Summer Solstice. There are celebrations happening all over the world honoring the return of the light. I think the Equinox and Solstice are great times to set intentions for the next season. These are ripe times for a sweet ritual. Light a candle and say a prayer.
This Capricorn time is quite strong now because Saturn just entered its own sign of Capricorn a few days ago on December 19th. It’s so important that I wrote an entire article about not only Saturn, but a big party of planets lining up in Capricorn in 2020. I’m leaving that article again this month, because it’s that important of a phase we are entering. This is a time of serious focus on what is important. No one will feel blasé or indifferent. Passion and intensity are better adjectives for this time. What do you want to focus on to accomplish?
Mercury has been retrograde since December 3rd and is turning into direct motion on December 22nd. Whatever sign Mercury turns backward in is the area of life to release. The three retrogrades are the times of the year of letting go. This time Mercury went backwards in the sign of Sagittarius. This fire sign is a high-level thinker and ponders philosophy and the higher mind. Sag is the sign of beliefs. This is a perfect set up for a paradigm shift. What shift would you like to occur in your beliefs? Now is the time to think about that.
On New Year’s Eve the Moon will be in the sign of Gemini. This year take some time to have good conversations with your best friends and family. Engage in talks, stories and memories with others. Have fun and have a child-like wonder for life. For a strong contrast, the Moon enters the homey sign of Cancer right after the midnight festivities. Make January 1st a cozy day with the luscious smell of comfort food in the air. Watch the parade and games and stay in your jammies.
There is an unusual grouping of planets in mid-January. There will be five planets in the sign of Capricorn from January 14th – 16th. This will be a major New Moon in Capricorn with all the other planets involved. We will have the Sun, Venus, Pluto, Mercury, Saturn and the Moon all in one sign of Capricorn. That’s pretty rare, folks. We will all feel like doing business and being serious, no matter what we’re focusing on. Make plans for business meetings on those business days.
For the visible planets, we’re in for a treat this next month, but for you early risers only. There aren’t any visible planets in the evening sky now to speak of. The Capricorn party of planets is happening in the predawn sky and is quite a show. In the first week of January, we will see Mars and Jupiter join exactly. We can also see Mercury and Saturn in the predawn sky too. You will need a clear sky and maybe binoculars will help with the dim Mercury and Saturn. This is a pretty rare lineup, so it will be worth getting up early.
Have a wonderful holiday season and see you next year! Wow, is it 2018 already?