Between January 14 and 17, there will be so many planets stacked up in one corner of the sky, that you might expect the whole cosmos to tilt with the weight of them.
Moon, Sun, Mercury, Pluto, Saturn, Venus and the Black Moon Lilith will all be in the sign of the Goat-Snake, Capricorn. That’s a lot of midwinter — and there has not been a line-up like this in a single sign in many years. During those three days, the Moon will conjunct each planet in Capricorn, one after the other — and because Mars-Jupiter, Neptune, Chiron and Uranus are also all in aspect to that huge Capricorn stellium, the Moon will trigger these too. It’s like the soup is being stirred to mix those ingredients at the bottom of the pot.
Capricorn is, of course, the sign of leadership, hard-headedness, the CEO, the chief administrator — the real deal. But it’s also a sign of magical transformation, shamanic connection, represented by the most curious creature in the entire Zodiac — half goat, half fish or serpent; a mythical beast whose upper half reaches for the top of the mountain, but whose nether regions writhe and moil in the earth or even beneath the water. That’s going from low to high.
This is the Cardinal Earth sign that begins the winter season in the North. The light is shortest now. Iit’s a time when the real contours of the land are revealed, or when they are outlined in white snow. The colours are drained away on grey days like today, or purified in stark sun, snow.
It’s the sign of reality, stony ground, rugged mountains, the Establishment.
Saturn’s return to this, his own sign, is the start of a big return to reality for us all. Saturn rules boundaries, barriers, rules, walls, hard work, achievement. Saturn, to use the late lamented Donna Cunningham’s phrase, is the “alpha dog” of this stellium — the strongest planet. The Moon talks to Saturn first and then passes the message on to each of the other planets — “wake up to reality”, “get to work”, “grow up”.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the collective over this period. President Trump’s racist remarks are part of this pattern, starkly re-inforcing what we knew about him already — his baseness. But I note also this morning the launch of “Open Banking” — “The way we bank in the UK will change forever this weekend, but very few customers are even aware of the radical shake-up our personal finances are about to undergo.” — from the Financial Times. Capricorn is, of course, associated with banks and the global economy. The last planet touched by the Moon during this Capricorn transit is Venus sextiling Chiron. There could be a question here about financial security.
The long, velvet night of the Capricorn New Moon (3am GMT, January 17) is one of the darkest of the year, a night to contemplate the bass or the base or even, the baseness or the basis — or getting back to basics.