You’re sitting round a bonfire with a small group of fellow vacationers and campers. Everybody is way from house; in some instances, you don’t share a standard language. You are taking turns introducing yourselves, and when it’s your flip, you start to recite the same old particulars – your title, your job, the place you name house.
As a substitute, you end up telling a distinct story, about sitting round an analogous hearth with your loved ones, again while you had been too younger to have a lot of a biography. The way you and your sister obtained up and entertained the adults with a foolish music, and your older brother made shadow puppets in opposition to the background of the tent. How mother and pop leaned into each other and laughed; the way you all toasted marshmallows. Round your present-day campfire, this odd assortment of strangers relaxes and smiles, maybe remembering childhood tenting journeys of their very own.
It’s typically more durable to inform the story of who we are actually, than it’s to recollect the place all of it started. Possibly it’s as a result of we’ve instructed the previous tales for therefore lengthy that we all know them by coronary heart, have realized the right way to pause on the proper moments for impact. Or possibly it’s as a result of who we’re is all the time shifting, and the continued story wants time to seek out its construction. As Mercury finishes the final of three squares to imaginative Neptune this week (Jan. 8, 2024, 5:24 pm PST), let your self inform a brand new story.
Singing with the Choir
The Solar trines Uranus (Jan. 9, 2024, 4:07 pm PST) simply a few days forward of the Capricorn New Moon. The Solar in its Capricorn season shines most brightly on particular person ambitions. That is the time of 12 months after we ponder what we intend to construct, obtain, and create within the coming calendar 12 months – by and for ourselves.
However being a contented human means balancing the supremacy of the person with the human must really feel a part of a bunch. Twice annually, when the Solar trines Uranus, concord appears to reign: we like who we’re, and others like us, too.
It’s a short transit, however instructive. Seeing solely by means of the photo voltaic lens of particular person ambition is isolating. The Solar’s Sabian image at this trine is 20 Capricorn, Hidden choir singing, a picture of uniting with different voices to create a phenomenal sound. It’s a reminder that whereas the world wants its leaders, all of us want each other, too.
Take heed to your Instinct
Mars and Saturn in facet immediate an exploration of the methods we direct our bodily vitality, willpower, aggressive influences in constructive instructions. Nonetheless seen in our rear-view mirrors is the sq. between the 2 on Nov. 25, which demanded we use our Mars assets extra effectivity and successfully. If we didn’t heed that directive, we could have hit a little bit of a wall and headed into the vacations burned out or in poor health.
However Mars’ sextile to Saturn this week (Jan. 9, 2024, 6:40 pm PST) brings an invite to step up our recreation and tackle extra duty. If we’ve conserved our assets, Mars in formidable Capricorn will probably be champing on the bit to maneuver as much as the subsequent stage and to place sensible presents to greatest use. However the sextile to Saturn in Pisces is a reminder that not each alternative must be taken, particularly if the timing isn’t proper. It’s necessary to hear intently to our instinct earlier than agreeing to extra obligations, irrespective of how a lot Mars needs to say sure.
This week, the Solar in Capricorn squares the Moon’s nodes in Aries and Libra (Jan. 10, 2024, 5:43 pm PST). A planet sq. the nodal axis is claimed to be “on the bendings,” making use of its focus towards both the North or South Node. The Solar is now on the South bending, which means it’s pointing towards the South Node in Libra and centered on releasing patterns of dependence and people-pleasing. We really feel the quiet, inward name to launch unhelpful feelings, even when it could really feel tough to make outward adjustments.
This facet marks the midpoint between two eclipse seasons. Eclipses are altering factors, web page turners within the narrative that shifts us from one finish of the nodal axis to the opposite. Now’s the time to let go of what you don’t want, possibly even issues which can be actively hurting you; it’s a non secular yard sale to organize you for the upcoming eclipses on March 25 (5º07’ Libra) and Apr. 8 (19º24′ Aries).
The Relay Race
No matter what the calendar says, the Capricorn New Moon (Jan. 11, 2024, 3:57 am PST) is one of the best time for making resolutions. And never only for 2024; every New Moon begins a brand new Lunar Part Gestation cycle that unfolds over a number of years – which is loads of time to do necessary issues.
The New Moon level in a trine to Uranus, the planet of awakening, is customized made for transforming previous patterns and giving ourselves over to new inspiration and alter. We don’t typically consider Capricorn as change-oriented, however the New Moon and Uranus connecting in earth indicators signifies that on an actual, quantifiable stage, we are able to make precise adjustments within the new 12 months. And with the New Moon trine Uranus, we are able to depend on others to assist us.
The New Moon is on the Sabian image 21 Capricorn, A relay race. Capricorn normally prefers to work alone, however this image is a reminder that our accomplishments have a farther attain after we do our bit, then move them on to the subsequent technology to take them even farther.
Wild Blue Yonder
When Mars trines Jupiter (Jan. 12, 2024, 2:42 am PST), all of the detours you’ve taken alongside your path, all of the totally different pursuits and courses and initiatives that appeared like distractions, have led you to one thing exceptional. All of the paths converge and lead towards a joyful, wide-open future.
Mars in Capricorn needs success that it may possibly maintain in its arms; luckily, Jupiter in Taurus provides simply these sorts of rewards – those you may take to the financial institution. Should you’ve been struggling to construct your monetary security internet regardless of reversals and disappointments, assistance is close to at hand. You’ve handed by means of the slough of despond, and now it’s time to embrace the wild blue yonder.
I spent some childhood in Catholic faculty, the place the nuns had been fairly critical about penmanship. That was a very long time in the past; however check out the Christmas playing cards you’ve obtained from anybody who realized handwriting in a Catholic faculty and also you’ll see vestiges of rigorously cultivated Palmer cursive.
In its recognizability we discover each the advantage and the shadow of Mercury in Capricorn (Jan. 13, 2024, 6:49 pm PST, by means of Feb. 4), which favors clear, well-ordered, and tidy communication—however may also mire our pondering in inflexible conformity. Use Mercury’s time in structured Capricorn productively, by taming the unruly stacks of paper in your workplace, crossing long-neglected duties off your to-do checklist, and catching up on thank-you notes.
The massive concepts you nurtured in current weeks, whereas Mercury was in Sagittarius, are actually able to be entered into your planner in ink. And to make them actual, begin by stripping down the work to its naked bones, then rebuild it to higher readability and integrity.
Writing and pictures © 2017-24 by April Elliott Kent
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