Capricorn: Marking Cycles of Time and Maturation
“Whatever begins, also ends.”
Friday December 21st the Sun will leave the expansive and visionary fire sign of Sagittarius and enter the realistic and disciplined earth sign of Capricorn. Each succeeding sign of the zodiac builds upon the foundation laid by the previous sign by rectifying or redirecting its energy. Capricorn brings Sagittarius’ vision down to earth with its gravity, and uses material resources to achieve its goals.
Capricorn works within the constraints of time and the physical world to turn our visions into reality. The contracting and crystallizing forces of Capricorn help us define our dreams in concrete ways. We must delineate our objectives, set goals, develop plans and schedules, and do the work.
Capricorn is grounded in the material world. In order to manifest our visions we need to be prudent, pragmatic and realistic with our resources. We overcome obstacles through diligence, endurance, and careful economy.
Like the sure footed mountain goat climbing upwards, Capricorn teaches us to use our stamina, drive and ambition carefully and methodically to be successful and reach our goals. In time we achieve our dreams.
The mighty oak, a tree of great strength and longevity, is another symbol of Capricorn. Its humble beginning is a small acorn. Like the acorn, the seeds we plant now will rest in the earth, grow roots, and finally sprout and emerge in the spring. If we tend them regularly with our ambition, dedication, diligence and perserverance, they will one day become our achievements.
Having practical wisdom gained from experience in the real world, Capricorn is a capable and competent business manager. He is focused and productive. He respects boundaries and knows limitations.Hierarchical, he delegates tasks to others in order to make wise use of time and resources.
As a business executive Capricorn is principled and has integrity. He is dependable and reputable, accountable for his actions and achievements. Through his enterprise, hard work, and economy Capricorn builds wealth and earns the respect of others.
The key phrase for Capricorn is “I Use.” Capricorn uses the resources of our material world to build foundations and infrastructures, and to create organizations that provide long-lasting security for society. He honors tradition and the past. Loyal and committed, he is dedicated to his family and his community, where he demonstrates social responsibility.
Being self-reliant, self-sufficient, and focused on working his way to the top, Capricorn often feels lonely. He can appear aloof, shy or awkward in social settings. He has difficulty with feelings and can be prone to depression, doubt and pessimism. Serious, responsible and reserved, Capricorn finds it difficult to relax, have fun and experience joy in life.
Archetypes for Capricorn include the Wise Father, the biblical King Solomon, Father Time, elders, CEOs and executives, and all authority figures. Parts of the body ruled by Capricorn include the knees, the skeletal system, ligaments, teeth and skin. The gem for Capricorn is garnet. Lead and pewter are its metals. Oaks, pines and holly are Capricorn trees and plants. The color for Capricorn is brown. Calendars and clocks marking the passage of time are additional Capricorn symbols.
“The years teach much which the days never know.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Saturn, Ruler of Capricorn
Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn, the Lord of Karma, who keeps us on the path of spiritual evolution. Saturn keeps you on track, or holds you back when you deviate from your spiritual path, depending on your attitude. Discipline comes from the word disciple, who is someone who follows a master. When we exercise self-discipline, we follow the master that is our Higher Self, and we keep on our highest path.
Saturn teaches us we reap what we sow. It demands that we “come down to earth” and “get real.” We learn to take responsibility for what we have created in our life when we experience consequences for our decisions and actions.
In Greek and Roman mythology Saturn was known as the God of Time. Inastrology Saturn rules cycles of time, the timing of events, aging and the maturation process. It represents wisdom gained over time.
Saturn teaches us maturity through patience. Saturn asks us to give up the illusions of youth, to show restraint, and grow up. We gain strength through perseverance and determination. We are rewarded for our consistent, diligent efforts with respect. In time we gain a reputation as a wise, mature authority.
The planet Saturn takes approximately 2.5 years to move through a sign. It entered the sign of Scorpio on October 5th, and will remain in Scorpio until December 2014. During this time Saturn will be in mutual reception with Pluto in Capricorn, lending emotional depth and intensity to the ongoing deconstruction process of Pluto in the material world.
Witnessing the changes in our material and financial lives wrought by Pluto generates feelings of fear, loss, and vulnerability. Saturn’s transit in Scorpio is a time for us to learn how to become a master of our emotions. Instead of being swept away in fear of change, we can exercise self-control and ground ourselves in practical reality. We can find spiritual meaning and opportunities for spiritual growth in our changing world.Unearth your core values, be resourceful, and use your passion with responsibility and dedication to build new structures and organizations that provide material security in your community.
“. . . Saturn’s heat and pressure are needed in order that we can develop what Buddhists call the ‘diamond soul’.”
– Stephen Arroyo
We celebrate the ingress of the Sun into the sign of Capricorn as the Winter Solstice, the seasonal transition into winter. A strong cardinal sign of negative polarity, the energy of Capricorn contracts, condenses, crystalizes, and moves inward into the earth.
We, too, are called to go deeply inward. This is a time to assess our life, to take stock of where we need to be more responsible and realistic. We can set priorities, identify goals, and make commitments. We solidify and concretize our intent with New Year resolutions.
The End of the Mayan Calendar
This year the Winter Solstice corresponds with the much discussed end of the Mayan Calendar. This event marks the end of one approximately 26,000 year cycle of time, and the passage into a new one.
Although we celebrate this event on the 21st, we may not experienceinstantaneous change in the world, or feel the transition strongly on that particular day. We have been preparing for this shift for several years, and after we turn the corner we will have more years, and some cycles of time, for continued preparation and practice. It may take some timebefore humanity can fully embrace and settle into a new way of being in the world.
The Month Ahead
As the Sun moves into Capricorn this Winter Solstice it loosely conjoinsPluto, squares Uranus in Aries, is inconjunct Jupiter in Gemini, andsextiles Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. The Sun in Capricorn disposits toSaturn in Scorpio, which is in mutual reception with Pluto in Capricorn.
The Sun illuminating Pluto in Capricorn asks us to use our will and determination to take responsibility and claim our own power in order to create new structures, organizations, rules and regulations for the emerging new world. Uranus in Aries provides conflict from individuals asserting their right to be free from rules and regulations. How can we integrate these forces? This is an important turning point for us.
Retrograde Jupiter in Gemini opposes Venus and Mercury in Sagittarius. Take time to be introspective, examine your personal beliefs and philosophies so you can reach new levels of understanding. What is it you really believe and think? What attitude change is needed? Rather than freely sharing your points of view with others, seek new meaning. Review, revamp and uplift your own philosophy of life.
Neptune and Chiron in Pisces provides spiritual impetus for us to have compassion and empathy for ourselves and others. We can heal old wounds through forgiveness. Leaving the old pain and suffering behind, we are better able to move forward into the future we are building in a spirit of Oneness.
New Moon in Capricorn
A New Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon conjoin overhead from our perspective on Earth. This represents the fusion of our outer consciousness and awareness, symbolized by the Sun, with our inner emotional and unconscious self, symbolized by the Moon. This is a fertile time for new beginnings, for sowing the seeds of your new projects and endeavors.
The next New Moon will be on Friday January 11th at 11:44 a.m. (PST). This New Moon will be at 22 degrees Capricorn conjunct Mercury, and trining the South Node in Taurus. This is a new opportunity to establish realistic and responsible structures for society while releasing old dependencies on personal wealth and security.
The area of your astrological chart where 22 degrees Capricorn falls represents the area of your life where you can take responsibility for creating new structures and organization. Set aside time to reflect on what new foundations you can create that are realistic, grounded, self-reliant and self-sufficient. Where do you need to take more responsibility in your life? How can you organize your goals this year to achieve personal maturity and self-recognition? How do you create a reputation of integrity and honor?
You may wish to set some new goals or create some Capricorn affirmations on January 11th. Examples are: “I achieve my goals with emotional self-reliance.” “I take responsibility for my material security.” “I exercise my authority in wise, responsible, fair ways in my relationships with others.”
You will begin to see evidence of the seeds you sow on this New Moon as they come to fruition on the following Full Moon in Leo on January 26th. This Full Moon will reward you with a more heart-centered connection toothers.
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.”
– Carl Sandburg