Welcome home Saturn!

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I have been seeing plenty of material over the last few weeks written about Saturn entering Capricorn yesterday so instead of writing anything on it myself, I soaked in the last of Sagittarius/Saturn energy and rode the waves into Capricorn. I wanted to feel the full extent instead of intellectualizing it, which I have a tendency to overdue, and let me tell you…it felt great! Honestly, it was liberating, which would seem a little odd for Saturn, bearer of chains, entering its ruling sign of hard working Capricorn. I guess my Aquarius moon dancing with my natal Saturn feels more than happy to have Capricorn controlling Saturn again- Sagittarius just didn’t really know what to do with him!

I know that’s how I felt in my case- how do I blend those two energies? I had a lot of great ideas, and now that Saturn is back in Capricorn, I feel the freedom to carry out those ideas to the best of my abilities. Beautiful!

Immediately, the Virgo midheaven I am, I decided to start a plan of action for 2018. I’m ready to hunker down again and get the ball rolling on the things I’m most passionate about instead of making excuses as to why I can’t. Many people write down intentions for moon phases, and those are great for short term goals, but this is prime time for long term goals. Where do you want to be in three years? What can you do to get there? What do you need to work harder on and what might you need to let go? You have two and a half years to utilize the strength of Saturn in Capricorn, and then another two and a half to expand upon that with Aquarius. This is where you do the work and reap the rewards. Saturn wants to help you succeed.

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Welcome to Mercury Retrograde!

 

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Mercury stationed direct December 3rd and turned retrograde December 4th at the very end of Sagittarius- just before it entered into Capricorn. Mercury wasn’t ready to solidify the lessons learned while transiting Sagittarius. Mercury will take the next month to rewind, reflect, and relearn. January 11th 2018 is when these lessons will be solidified; Mercury will enter Capricorn and finally turn ideas into reality.

Mercury retrograde is known for disruptions in travel, communication mistakes, scheduling difficulties, technology malfunctions and the past coming back to ‘haunt’ us. All of these things are more likely during Mercury Retrograde, but that’s not all there is to it.

Think about what this means- Mercury, the actual planet in the sky, looks as if it is moving backward in its orbit. In reality, it’s not moving backward, it just looks like it is. Take this into account when analyzing how it affects us- there may be scheduling errors, problems with travel, technology issues, communication not going as planned, etc. All of this is due to perceiving the situations incorrectly (perceiving that the planet is moving backward but it’s really not). How can we remedy this? Be patient, take your time, avoid making huge decisions especially regarding signing contracts- things are foggy, and with careful planning mistakes can be avoided, but it’s better to wait until the fog lifts.

You don’t have to hide under a rock until December 23rd and the retrograde is over. Mercury retrograde can be an amazing time for reflection and reworking things you’ve put to the side. It’s also a great time to focus on your dreams, writing down and thinking about what they might be trying to tell you. It’s a time for silence and reflection.

This specific Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius will be in a trine to Uranus. Uranus can create even more difficulties surrounding technology on a mundane level, but on a personal development level, it can show great strides in communicating with ourselves. Uranus can create an electric environment, and with Mercury turning your thoughts inward, it creates a lot of mental energy that will need to be harnessed effectively. Writing down random thoughts, creating a log for your dreams upon waking, making lists of what needs to be done, etc. are all ways you can harness this energy. Don’t let this intense energy turn into nervous energy- skip the paranoia and worry and trust yourself and the universe to provide. Trust that you can get through whatever is thrown your way and the worries will fade. New ideas will be sparked; you can take past situations and see them in a completely different light, aiding in healing past wounds. Inspiration will strike if you’re letting yourself be open to it.

What does this mean for you and where should you focus?

Aries; This Mercury retrograde is about expanding your mind and your energy. You’ll want to reflect on where you want to go from where you currently reside, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Talk to yourself about your views on life and decide if they are helping or hindering your path. Decide what you want your path to be and write down steps to bring yourself toward manifesting those desires.

Taurus; You might feel yourself in uncomfortable territory with this Mercury Retrograde because it’s asking you to look deeply inside yourself and how you relate to others on a level beyond the surface. You might want to avoid the past, or you might not want to let it go, but you’re being asked to stare straight into the abyss and confront what you see. If you’ve been holding onto past hurts or any sort of bitterness, reflect on why you can’t loosen your grip. The theme is to understand and then to let go.

Gemini; Other people may seem less than transparent with you but look at yourself and decide if you are being completely open and honest. Reflect on how you wish others would treat you and if you are allowing that energy into your life, or if you are showing it yourself to others. This Mercury Retrograde season wants you to reflect on your relationships with others, both currently and in the past, and figure out how you can do things more positively and from the heart.

Cancer; What do you do on a daily basis that nourishes your body and soul? Mercury demands you look inside yourself and ask if you’re treating yourself with love and respect. Create a plan for adding in positivity to your daily life. You’ve likely already been thinking about this and brewing up some ideas on how to create a better life for yourself mentally and physically.

Leo; Uranus teaming up with Mercury Retrograde this season is likely to spawn a massive amount of creativity for you! Write down all your ideas, even ones that might seem silly, and hold them close to you. These are very potent times for self-evaluation. Reflect on what you feel confident about, what you want to bring into the world, fun relationships with others and how you can bring about the most light. Reflect on your inner child and if you are feeding them or hindering their expression. If you are hindering your inner child use this Mercury Retrograde to get to know them and relearn how to play.

Virgo; Thinking about your childhood (maybe even your own children) is likely to pop up this Mercury retrograde. Your home needs to be a cozy environment for you to thrive during this season. Observe how your environment affects your mood. You are a prime candidate for dream mapping this month. You can use this as one technique to heal childhood traumas and painful memories from your past. Your family and home will be the number one source of comfort this month.

Libra; This season is about taking a look at how you communicate with others and how important words can be. Think things through before impulsively jumping in. You should also look at how you talk to yourself and whether it brings about positive or negative results. Writing down, speaking, or reading new ideas will continuously spark new ones. Observe whether you are afraid of sharing your voice with others and take steps to be more confident, if you lack confidence, in sharing your ideas.

Scorpio; A more serious tone is needed for this Mercury Retrograde, asking you to reflect on what you call your own and decide if it’s a healthy attachment or one creating discord. Ask yourself if you’re living by your truest values, in fact, ask yourself what those values are! Write them down, explore them, hone in on what needs to be done to live according to your soul. Are you relying too much on material things or feel like you’re missing a part of yourself? Dive into these feelings- you will find out what is missing and what you can do to bring peace back into your life.

Sagittarius; Internally, you’ll need to take a look at yourself and decide if you are being authentically you. How are you denying yourself, how are you rewarding yourself, how are you presenting yourself to others? If you’ve felt lost, now is the time to find yourself. Take a step back from life if it is too chaotic to spend time with yourself to think.

Capricorn; This Mercury retrograde will be extra foggy for you, possibly making you uncomfortable with what comes up. What have you been hiding from yourself and others? Have you been denying yourself or others crucial parts of your life? Secrets will bubble up either during or right after Mercury Retrograde, either outwardly or internally, and you’ll be forced to deal with what you’ve repressed. Do you have resentments you need to let go of? Stare into the abyss (Taurus will be staring at it with you) and don’t run from what you see. Think about compassion, for yourself and others, and decide how you can incorporate it in your life.

Aquarius; You’ll be pleased with Uranus connecting with this Mercury Retrograde because it means extra insights into your hopes, dreams, and plans for the future. It can provide new ways of looking at friendships and how they either bring about positivity or negativity to your life. Ask yourself what you want your future to look like and if the people or situations you surround yourself with help or hinder that dream.

Pisces; The way others see you might weigh heavily on your mind during this season. Are you presenting yourself in a way you’re proud of? Are you obsessing too much about success or lack of it? Think about how you judge yourself and others depending on their ‘status’ or perceived success. Spend time reshaping your views on success, jobs, the future, and reputation into a more positive and compassionate approach. Write down your plans for the future and how you can take steps to get there without harming your own sense of self or others.

The Ascendant Sign as Baby Birds

 

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I have been reading Howard Sasportas recently and came across a technique I quite fancy. He briefly mentions the rising sign as a baby bird hatching from its shell. What kind of a bird is this? How does this bird hatch from its shell? These are the questions the sign of the ascendant answers, showing how you approach new things. I thought it’d be a fun exercise to do a write up on the signs and their bird’s hatching personality, so here it is! Feel free to comment, message, or respond with your own creative interpretations.

Aries rising: You almost violently peck away at the shell surrounding you, eager to see what that brightness is on the outside- eager to see what the ‘outside’ actually is! You break open the shell and immediately jump out, feeling spiky pine-needles under your feet, step up the edge of the nest, and burst into the air, ready to explore the world!

Taurus rising: You know its time to break open your shell but you’re warm and you’re unsure of what you’ll find. You can feel yourself crushed against the edges and know you can’t stay much longer. You worry about your safety. You realize your tummy is rumbling. You decide to break open the shell with steady punctures to the same side. The world is bright. You scream for food and your mother shoves crushed worms down your throat. You feel the cool breeze on your feathers. Maybe this isn’t so bad…

Gemini rising: You can hardly wait to burst out of this shell, you can’t stop thinking of all the possibilities that the outside has to offer! You start to peck. The light that shines through the cracks delights you so much you start to sing. You hear your mother singing back. You peck yourself to freedom and take in the colors, the vast assortment of sounds. You thought you’d be satisfied seeing the outside, but you are more curious than ever.

Cancer rising: You know you have to leave your shell, but the thought of it makes you want to cry. You secretly fear you will never find the comfort of your shell again. You refuse to leave. Eventually, you grow so large you break open your shell. You cry because the air is so cold and the sky is so bright. Your mother curls up next to your side. The light seems more bearable and the warmth is better than you ever thought possible. You feel like you can do anything!

Leo rising: You wait until sounds around your shell quiet, and you know it’s your time. You peck yourself out of your shell, opening your wings as if embracing the world. The others in the nest look at you in awe. You know how to make an appearance. The sun shines through your feathers just right and you feel like the king of the world.

Virgo rising: You peck once in the lower left corner of your shell, once in the lower right, and three times at the very top, creating a hole perfectly big enough to fit yourself through. You leave the shell, wipe off the remnants, and shake yourself off.

Libra rising: You hear the chatter outside your shell and excitedly peck yourself out of it, eager to join the others. You know it’s the right time because they are all out of their shells already. You wobble your way over to the other birds, stand directly in the middle of two of your siblings, and learn how to chirp with the rest of them.

Scorpio rising: You’re extremely apprehensive about leaving your shell. There seems to be something not right ‘out there.’ Even though you hear your other siblings, you have a feeling they will all start to shriek any second now. You realize that whatever danger is out there, they can’t handle it on their own! You burst through your shell with one fierce peck. Everything seems okay. You start to relax…but keep a sharp piece of your shell near by ‘just in case…’

Sagittarius rising: You peck three times, then twice, then a couple more, and eventually you are free. What does this mean? Freedom? You ask your mother. She tries to feed you a worm. You try to explain that you don’t have time for such trivialities but she insists. You take the worm, choke it down, then fly into the air without any goodbyes. There’s too much to explore, too little time to explore it!

Capricorn rising: You weigh the pros and cons of leaving your shell. Cons, you will no longer be warm, you are unsure of what is out there, you are actually kind of scared (you take that back, you’re never scared). Pros, there’s so much more potential outside of your shell as inside there are zero. You decide to make the leap. You peck yourself out of your shell, slowly, and deliberately. You observe your surroundings and decide how you are going to manipulate them to your benefit.

Aquarius rising: You have no reason for pecking in random intervals at the shell around you, but you find yourself doing it anyway. There’s a peck there, three pecks here, you take a short break and ponder what a strange process birthing is. You eventually end up outside of your shell covered in million tiny pieces. You see your siblings on the other side of the nest trying to share a worm. You wobble over and cut it into equal pieces and you all share together happily.

Pisces rising: You don’t even need to peck open your shell because it melts away around you. The nest melts away too and you find yourself floating in the warmth of the sun you never knew existed until that day, and you wonder how you got there, quickly lose the thought, and just enjoy the moment.

Capricorn Musing

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I recently met a lovely stranger while I was sitting at the bar at my place of employment after getting off, and of course, as always, he was a Capricorn. (In case you haven’t read any of my musings before, most the strangers I feel drawn toward and are drawn toward me are Capricorns. I believe because my Neptune and Uranus in Capricorn conjunction in the 2nd house, opposing my Mars in the 8th, but ya know it’s up for debate). ANYWAY; he wanted an explanation on Capricorn. The typical questions ‘WHO AM I?’ ‘WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT ME?’ that I cannot answer so simply. Most don’t care even for legitimacy, just a quick little tidbit they can nod their head to. Instead I went into the story of the sea goat. I hope you Capricorns know you are half water, and that long, mermaid tail you have has been ignored so long it almost doesn’t exist. But it does! In the mist. This is why Capricorns tend to have a spiritual interest to them even though they often keep it tucked away. They still like to gather the information, and admit to no one that they are, just in case that feeling they have inside is right and not just their imagination. Their imagination is lovely! Bursting with spiritual symbols, if they embrace it. They connect with their Cancer sisters and brothers through the beauty of emotion and the human condition. The constant moving forward. Cappys that don’t move forward can often times get depressed- where is the meaning? The meaning is finding your tail! Sound silly? Good. Cappys have a good sense of humor. Those that use it are less often sad. The world is harsh being ruled by Saturn, I know. But connecting with your moon sign, that Cancer nurturing, will bring you back into the ocean of possibility and the vastness of experience, love, emotion, dreams! You are close to the end of the Zodiac, little loves, rising above as the last Cardinal sign to give one final push toward freedom- and then you enter into Aquarius, feel the water out a little, and then are submerged fully into Pisces never to return the same again. Connect, Capricorns! You are the sea goat after all. You are not just earth bound.

 

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12th house Cusp

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Whichever sign is on the cusp of your 12th house will give you a general idea of how you face the energy of this house. 12th house energy is associated with Pisces and Neptune. It is foggy, uncertain, spiritual, deep, introspective, secretive, confusing, chaotic. It rules the collective unconscious, mental disorders, things unseen, hidden information, and mysticism.

Sign on the cusp of the 12th house-

Leo- The search for enlightenment is highly individualized and creative for you. You may feel that art or creating is what keeps you in tune with the spirit. Being recognized for your efforts is important to you, but you also want others to be recognized for their efforts. Sharing your experience can make this the best of both worlds. Helping others help themselves. You must focus on taming your ego to reap the benefits of the 12th house.

Sagittarius- Your spiritual journey is far reaching and experimental. You enjoy gaining as many new experiences as you can in different types of spirituality in order to see what works for you. You make your own truth. Getting out there and exploring is your best bet in discovering that truth. You’ll be a life long learner and will encourage others to do the same. You feel most energized when you ride the waves of consciousness. You must be willing and open to new ideas in order to reap the benefits of the 12th house.

Aries- You are quick to judge or accept spiritual ideas and must learn to feel your way through them rather than jump into things. You may find yourself finding a path and rushing to change your life around it before you even realize what’s going on. If you are already on a path, you are childlike in your awe of the universe and can easily find the positive in situations. To gain the benefits of the 12th, take time to relax and feel through things without writing them off so quickly.

Virgo- Realistic results are what you aim for and you may ignore spirituality if it isn’t giving you what you want fast enough. You will look into things with great detail whether you admit it to others or not. If you are on a spiritual journey, you will follow all the rules and do everything by the book. Release your 12th house potential by letting your mind and research take a break, and trust your intuition instead.

Taurus- You can feel the beauty in the world but may not be able to see it. You are connected with the earth spiritually and nature will boost your optimism. You are stubborn when trying to change your mind and don’t know how to trust your intuition without stubbornly clinging to already decided upon ideas. The 12th house can be activated by exploring things you may not see as true, just for the sake of exploring them and releasing yourself from the material to see where your true values are.

Capricorn- You may ignore spiritual quests and see them as a waste of time. But deep down, when you take time to explore yourself, you can feel something more than all the physical things around you. When you take your spirituality seriously, you will be the leader that makes ideas into reality. You are the water-goat, essentially, you can swim the depths of Pisces and come back up onto the land to explain and share what you have seen. 12th house potential will be unlocked through opening yourself up to it, to put it simply.

Scorpio- The spiritual quest is not all butterflies and dandelions for you. You can see the dark and light and know that the integration is what it’s truly all about. You are possibly psychic (especially with planets here) and highly intuitive in spiritual matters and can sense right and wrong. Your spiritual journey is intense and transforming. Those who don’t open themselves up to this may fear spirituality and try to ignore it but it will always be lurking in the back of their minds. Unlock your potential by seeking compassion and linking it with duality. The 12th house will continuously give you new things to learn, so embrace them with a positive attitude.

Pisces- Neptune is at home here. There is magic in every day life for you if you know where to look- and you probably do. You have psychic powers (especially with a planet here) and can trust your gut to guide you. Riding the waves is easy for you but it’s easy to get lost or bogged down in escapism. To unlock your 12th house potential give yourself healthy boundaries and goals when you feel to ‘off the tracks’ and share with others what you’re thinking rather than keeping it to yourself. You are a teacher of the truest compassion there is. Use this gift!

Cancer- Nurturing others is your main goal toward spirituality. You can sense others’ emotions and feelings and see where it comes from, making you a very valuable healer. You were meant for energy work or counseling. The spiritual journey is a personal one and you put a lot of emotion into it. You can feel emotionally overwhelmed oftentimes, but this can be in a good way. Unlock your 12th house potential by learning how to harness your emotions and turn them into something productive in order to help others and yourself.

Gemini- The amount of information out there can be highly overwhelming and you may just put spiritual matters on the back burner if it gets too much. Or you could simply learn everything there is to know but not take it quite seriously or not know how to live it. When learning how to balance the information and picking out what rings true to you and what works for you, you can be a storehouse for information. To truly get your potential out of the 12th house, practice what you preach and don’t overdo the amount of information you’re letting in. Baby steps!

Libra- When on a path, you want nothing more than to share that path with others. Finding a teacher or mentor is important for you. Finding students is also important. You want to connect with others and can do this through your spiritual path especially using energy and mediation. If something doesn’t help you and another get closer or share an experience, it doesn’t fit into your ideal of a spiritual practice. You’d be perfect for meditation groups or yoga retreats. To unlock 12th house potential, learn how to walk by yourself and then when you have, invite others to join you.

Aquarius- The humanitarian! You are truly a visionary. You are idealistic but realistic and therefor can get things done. You understand how powerful the mind is and how everyone and everything connects together in perfect harmony. You desire to help others rise above emotional turmoil. Your personal quest is aimed toward global change and you will not rest until everyone knows the truth. This can also take a wrong turn toward arrogance or believing you are better than others if you cannot get the change you wish to see. The 12th house is about compassion, so use your goodwill toward men and link it with true emotional compassion in order to gain benefits from this house.