Other than the Moon, none of astrology’s archetypes changes signs more often than Mercury. Mercury’s retrogrades, however, slow the changes down. As Len Wallick describes it, you can be just as exceptional as Mercury’s long delayed (and impending) ingress to Capricorn — provided you keep your mind in mind.
What marked 2017 (personally and culturally) is carrying over for further development, as it always does from one year to the next. But it’s always possible to take a slightly different approach. As Amanda Painter investigates, the standout astrological aspect of the next several days — Mars conjunct Jupiter and the asteroid Egeria in Scorpio — may speak to that opportunity.
During the last week of December there’s a sense of winding down, review and setting intentions for the next year, but that happens between major celebrations. Amanda Painter notes that the astrology as we head into the weekend is noticeably calmer compared to last week, which may come as a relief — though we are building to a Full Moon on New Year’s Day.
“It’s always darkest before the dawn” may be trite, but it has great implication at this time in our human experience. Guest-writer Steve Guettermann offers some thoughts about our ability to engage immediately in rituals of reciprocity, gratitude and right-relationship with the planet, and the power of those actions to restore collective consciousness and sustainable integrity.
Today, on the Capricorn solstice, the Sun conjoins Saturn; meanwhile, Mercury is in the throes of its storm phase as it prepares to station direct tomorrow. Amanda Painter reminds you that flexibility and a sense of humor are your friends this week, while Venus conjunct the Galactic Core evokes the image of E.T. phoning home with his heart aglow.
Saturn is leaving Sagittarius behind to enter Capricorn either later today or early tomorrow, depending on where you live. As Len Wallick sees it, you could very plausibly think of the occasion as something like coming home for a while — just in time for a holiday season when many of us will be doing just that.
Amanda Painter suggests the astrology this week and next appears to speak to the concept of ‘spiritual warrior’ in a few ways that may be key, as you make your way through everything from social and familial holiday obligations, to personal difficulty, to the highly charged political and cultural conversations and events dominating the news and social media.