Capricorn takes care of our practical needs
The Capricorn in us all can feel a bit heavy - it’s
that sense of responsibility one gets when in touch with exactly
how a situation really is, and knowing what needs to be done.
And it’s compounded by sensing that, if one went ahead
and said all this, people would either be annoyed at being
‘told’, or would let one go ahead and do all the
work. And when things go wrong, you just know it’s you
that will get the blame - the Capricorn half-goat so easily
becomes the scape-goat.
Let’s redefine what’s going on
The New Moon on 24 December is in Capricorn, very close
to Pluto, so this month’s focus will probably be on
the upheavals in our corporate, financial and material world
(Pluto is said to be instigating them). These changes aren’t
so much about destruction, as they are ‘revealing the
present truth.’ It can clearly feel like destruction
when illusions and dreams fall away. But our assumption, that
what worked for many years will always work, is an illusion
because change is constant, and our dreams of a future built
on that misunderstanding need to go.
The trouble is that we don’t really want to look too
closely at what is changing beneath a successful facade. For
instance, the banking system may be basically a good idea,
but making money out of money for the sake of it loses its
originally helpful purpose, and turns it in on itself - what
is not in line with nature destroys itself in the end. In
our own lives, we get to see where we have been pushing our
worries under the carpet because we were doing OK too. Everything
reflects everything else, so these are wonderful times for
checking our personal behaviour for hidden motives: are we
really being altruistic, what we are trying to get out of
our relationships, and so on. It’s not that wanting
something for oneself is bad, it’s just that we need
to know what we are really doing, because much of our expectation
is based on superficial assumptions, and then we wonder why
we don’t get what we think we want!
Tectonic plate shifts and volcanoes
Pluto in Capricorn represents the energy of deep earth movement
and erupting volcanoes. The beauty of volcanic activity is
that it brings the needed elements of creation and growth
- the truth - out of the depths, and scatters it under the
sky for us to use. Not everything we’ve been standing
on was an illusion, and wherever we built on facts rather
than hopes, and for a life-affirming purpose, growth will
continue. What’s more, there will be more space to grow,
and healthily, because the false structures will stop blocking
useful progress. Supportive banking allows for the growth
of innovative companies, the improvement in energy-saving
gadgetry, and the flourishing of community projects - and
there are a few banks working that way.
This is the new look at Pluto, and why we speak of it allowing
for transformation rather than simply destroying everything.
The experience of having your expectations for the future
shattered can be painful, but it leaves room for us to discover
what we really want in life. Those desires that spring from
our true centre have an energy and immediacy that reflects,
and connects with, the naturally creative energy of life.
We attract what we need for our heart’s desires to flower,
when we let go of what we think we should be doing, and what
will please the world and make us secure. Creativity rarely
looks as though it will lead to security, but following the
creative flow of our moment by moment responses to life is
actually the safest thing to do when we don’t know what’s
round the corner. It’s like keeping our knees flexible
on our raft, to keep a better balance as waves go underneath.
speaking of keeping our balance . . .
It seems the last week or so many of us have been feeling
inner doubt, and that we are not up to what is necessary -
unprepared. Mercury in Sagittarius has been squaring Mars
in Virgo - I speak about it on the YouTube vlog - it is the
principle of ‘having big ideas’ clashing with
the principle of ‘creating perfect results’. This
aspect has been hanging about because Mercury was retrograde
for a while, and it doesn’t fade away until mid-January.
So please let’s just get over it, enjoy having a go,
and also be very gentle and tolerant with others and ourselves
during any get-togethers. It’s only a wisp of awkwardness,
and it would be a pity if the results were destructive unnecessarily
- we might find ourselves regretting our decisions later.
Taking a breath when things hot up, pausing before trying
to force out point home, whatever works for you to deliver
peaceful communication . . .
So have fun kindly!
Improved projects get underway
After four months of slowed activity and halted projects,
on 25 December Jupiter will end its retrograde appearance,
ready to move forwards through Taurus again - this suggests
that we are getting ready for the next phase of growth in
our material experience, be that finance, work, home or health.
This sense of encouragement could precipitate a desire to
make sudden changes, but, unless you have been planning them
for some time, you may find yourself without a support system
(Uranus squares Sun/Moon). On the other hand, sudden change
may occur in your circumstances, and, if this happens, you
need to accept it as an opportunity for growth in ways which
hadn’t been possible before. If change does occur this
month, we can trust that growth is being supported, and even
blessed (Jupiter trine Sun/Moon and sextile Neptune/Chiron).
Trust Life, with surprise and wonder
From 6 to 10 January, there could be an explosion of ideas
(Mercury, our conscious communication, will trine Jupiter)
at first many wild possibilities perhaps, but settling into
something very practical from 8 January (Mercury into Capricorn
working better with Mars). On 13 January, we may find ourselves
contemplating the big changes that need making (Mercury reaches
Pluto) - a good time to organise how we may put them into
practice. I have a sense of positive expectancy for 2012 -
I need to be careful not to turn this into specific expectations.
I love that saying: ‘You turn to spirit for help when
your foundations are shaking, only to find it’s spirit
that’s shaking them’!