Solar Eclipse in Capricorn January 2019 – Reframe

The solar eclipse occurs at 01:28 (UT) on January 6, 2019 at 15°Cp25′. This is a partial eclipse which belongs to Saros cycle 122. This series of eclipses began way back in 991AD taking us back to the times of King Ethelred the Unready.

There’s no AIR in this chart, well aside from Vesta and Pallas, but all the major planetary players are in other elements. The majority are in Earth signs, with Capricorn the sign most represented. The atmosphere feels heavy, serious and like it means business. Capricorn makes sure it is always prepared…no matter what.

This is the first of the eclipses since the Nodes changed signs so naturally, we begin a new set of themes to explore and discover. As this is a South Node eclipse, what is revealed around this time is connected to where we have been stuck for too long, too rigid, too ingrained in the rules. As the Nodes are integral to eclipses, events that occur tend to be coloured by a sense of ‘fate’. Right place, right time, wrong place, wrong time, whatever is happening, it’s as though things are being engineered to bring about a certain outcome. As ever though, how we respond to these events influences what unfolds.

Solar Eclipse JAN19

Generally, at a Capricorn New Moon, we are planting seeds for new endeavours. Capricorn is the big mountain to climb, our greatest accomplishments, lofty career and professional goals. Yet, with the South Node’s presence, it’s suggested that whatever is begun now, relieves us of striving. The North Node in Cancer shows that for all of us, we need to look more to our private and emotional lives. Capricorn, hardworking and responsible though it is, can also be inclined to take on too much. Capricorn can feel obligated and very focused on what ‘should’ be done. This is about releasing those burdens taken on in an effort to gain respect and good standing in society. Instead we need to get in touch with our own inner authority. Here we’re growing up enough to remember to be a good parent to ourselves. We need emotional support, connection, mothering, a soft place to fall. It’s not about building walls, it’s about tearing them down and holding hands across the divide.

It isn’t easy though, to let go of how things have always been. The Moon is conjunct both Saturn and Pluto emphasising the intense weight we feel on our shoulders. But it IS important. We DO need to change for long term stability and to build trust. A sextile between the eclipse and Neptune gives us a helping hand. It’s about recognising our connection and trusting our intuition. Compassion is the way forward. Let the feelings flow.

The old order (Capricorn) is undergoing a transformation (Pluto) and what we need to build (Saturn) now is something meaningful (Neptune). Look to your own personal chart to see what part of life is being deconstructed (the house where Pluto is transiting) and where you need to develop a more emotional involvement (the house where the North Node is transiting). The position of transiting Neptune is your relief point. Here is where you find meaning, imagination, spirituality and a sense of connection. Tune in to what Spirit is telling you in regards to the matters of that house and it might help the rest of the pieces to fall into place.

The Sabian symbol for this eclipse is :-

School Grounds Filled With Boys And Girls In Gymnasium Suits

So, we need to get fit, stay supple. Capricorn is a sign associated with rigidity, arthritis, inflexibility. Getting in touch with the physical body and taking care of this holy container helps us mentally and emotionally as well as physically.  Perhaps even more important is the ability to reframe rather than insisting on seeing the same old picture. A notable feature of this chart is that Uranus is stationing so there is an element of ‘expect the unexpected going on’. Sometimes things change in a blink of an eye and therefore flexibility in all its forms helps us to bend instead of break when life surprises us.

Painting – ‘Building the Winter Studio. Ekely’ by Edvard Munch

New Moon Solar Eclipse, January 5, 2019

The first lunation of 2019 has quite a cardinal punch to it with Saturn and Pluto conjoining the New Moon Solar Eclipse at 15° 25′ Capricorn on 5 January 2019, 05:28 PM PST. As long as we color within the lines and follow the rules, this is terrific energy for outlining goals for the coming year.

The key to working with Capricorn and Saturn is to behave with maturity. Whining, procrastinating or throwing temper tantrums will not be rewarded. We need to accept the need for delayed gratification and plan accordingly. This New Moon in Capricorn is a great opportunity to practice goal setting with all the necessary steps we need to take to reach those. Thankfully, Neptune in Pisces is sextile the Capricorn luminaries and Saturn which softens Capricorn’s more hard nose approach. If we’re willing to admit we’ve made a mistake and learn from it, we’ll should be able to make good progress.

The tendency to strike out verbally is high now due to a Mercury-Mars square in the cardinal signs. Mercury is now in controlled Capricorn and Mars is at home in fiery Aries. This is a high energy, volatile aspect, prone to causing forceful, cutting remarks when tempers flare. Rather than being drawn into unending arguments with others, it is better to work alone on challenging personal projects.

Venus is poised to leave Scorpio for more upbeat Sagittarius on Monday, January 7, but before she does she faces an inconjunct with Uranus in Aries. Aries-Scorpio standoffs do not often end well and this time it is Venus who will suffer the most. Venus in fixed Scorpio likes consistency in relationships and when her partner starts acting out and behaving erratically, the situation can deteriorate quickly. Sometimes a little forewarning about the need for more space can help.

Now that Jupiter is at home in Sagittarius, his influence expands accordingly. At this time he faces off with Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Capricorn. All three planets are well placed in the signs they rule which makes for an interesting situation. On this New Moon, all three planets are aspecting one another (Saturn is semi-sextile Jupiter and sextile Neptune). The combined influence of Saturn and Neptune dampens Jupiter’s natural enthusiasm, hopefully reducing the amount of irrational exuberance going around. The best outcome is one where we’ll take a positive attitude about putting in the work needed to reach our goals without getting caught up in unrealistic expectations.

Remember there are five planets in Capricorn – the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Saturn and Pluto. Saturn and Pluto are on either side of the luminaries who draw both planets into a loose stellium in Capricorn. It’s time to take a focused, sensible approach to problem solving. Cardinal Capricorn excels at organizing and executing plans of action, something most of us need in our lives. Saturn will help set realistic goals and Pluto is there to provide motivation to pare those down to the bone. Like or not, we’ll need to practice delayed gratification and frugality.

Make the most of this amazing New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn to patiently work towards realizing your dreams!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Faun IV © vil-painter The god Pan is considered one face of Capricorn . . . wild, earthy and deeply connected to natural world.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Mercury moves briskly through the final degrees of Sagittarius today, all the while engaged in a dialog with Uranus, the Great Awakener. Uranus is currently standing still in the last degrees of Aries, preparing to move forward into Taurus. He will leave Aries on March 6th, not to return for 84 years.

What house does Aries occupy in your chart? Uranus entered Aries in Spring of 2011 and spent seven years waking you up regarding that area of your life. For example, if Aries occupies your seventh house of relationships, likely you’ve had some big realizations or shake-ups around important partnerships in your life.

Today Mercury is interviewing Uranus about what went on over the last seven years. Your mind is open to insight, to seeing things in a new light. You may receive some cosmic downloads, some exciting news, or a big aha to close out this era.

At the same time, the Sun is chatting with Neptune, enhancing our intuitive and psychic abilities. Meditation and dreamwork can help you absorb any flashes of understanding.

Midday, the waning balsamic Moon travels for a brief time with Mercury, joining in the conversation with Uranus, helping you to process emotionally and to let go of whatever needs to go. Then the mood shifts as the Moon enters Capricorn at 1:55 PM EST. She tangles with fiery Mars in Aries in the early evening, setting us up for a night best spent in productive solo activities.

And finally, ending a busy astrological day, Mercury finishes up with Uranus and follows the Moon into Capricorn at 10:40 PM EST. Here Mercury can help you get your thinking in order and to set goals to put in motion at the Capricorn New Moon tomorrow.

Mars In Aries, Solar Eclipse In Capricorn & Uranus Direct!

I apologize for not getting letters out this week. I mentioned how Mars ingress into Aries on January first would fire people up. There are times when you’re driven to thrust forward. This is how I’ve felt this week.
This was not a situation where I had to. I was compelled to initiate a number of things in a variety areas of my life. It’s an important distinction.

Most of what I started was done in my own self-interest. We’re talking Aries, here!  The things I did for others, also came back to me. Now I’m talking about ME!

But I’m hoping this gets you thinking of how you might act in your own self interest.  Because Mars has left Pisces. It’s a brand new year and it seems time to get off the couch!

Pay specific attention to the house in your chart where Mars in Aries is transiting.  Chances are, you could stand to make some cuts in that area. Do this as you set new things in motion, to be most effective.
Tomorrow’s new moon / solar eclipse in Capricorn is also about setting and intention. It does not make sense to leave all this Cardinal energy just lying around.  It’s really time to move… with focus and determination.
Also, Uranus will turn direct on Sunday.The Future Is Now.
If you look back, you’ll see the summer retrogrades in your rear-view mirror. But why bother?
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Have a great weekend,
​Elsa

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