On December 21st, the Winter Solstice the Sun moves into earthy Capricorn, ruled by Saturn and its symbol the tenacious Mountain Goat. The Sun in Capricorn picks up where the visionary Sun in Sagittarius left off where our ideals took center stage. In Capricorn, the Sun takes what's been envisioned and finds a way to make it happen, to make the commitment, devise the plan, do the work, etc. While the Sun is in Capricorn, we are reminded that each of us have a purpose in life.
This year began with retrograde Mercury and it seems only fitting to end with one as well. 2016 has been a challenging year in hundreds of ways and 2017 will bring new hurdles to deal with as well. (Watch for my 2017 Astrological Overview in a few weeks.) So this period of pause needs to be looked upon and used in the best possible way.
This month begins with the heavy emphasis of intense Scorpio. The Sun, Mercury and the New Moon are all in this deep and often misunderstood sign. Planets in Scorpio understand the dark undercurrents of any situation, but what has occurred lately has been so intense, it leaves us all feeling paranoid, not purged.
The Sun enters Scorpio on October 22nd this year. Represented by the Scorpion it is a passionate fixed, water sign and associated with The Death card in Tarot. Ruled by Pluto (its traditional ruler is Mars), the Lord of the Underworld, this sign known for digging deep to reveal what's below the surface.
October begins with Mercury moving into fair-minded Libra on the 7th. With Mercury in Libra, our minds shift towards all that feels out of balance in our lives. Whether we apply this focus to the world-at-large or upon the inequalities in our relationships, we will now hone in on where things are out of proportion. Reciprocity is key, the give-and-take in all commerce, conversation and exchange.