O Stars Above: Capricorn New Moon

Jump Start Projects and Build Momentum

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All astrological signs offer something to everyone. Why? Because everyone has every sign somewhere in their chart. It's a circle of life and no one gets to sit out a round. This month ushers in Capricorn, the CEO of our lives, who's empowered when committed to worth-while projects demanding focus and concentration. They are master builders using self-discipline, patience, and management skills to accomplish solid results. In other words, Capricorn activates our adult.

The most critical decision comes in choosing what path to invest time and energy in. The wrong one turns our Great Work into an endless chore fraught with greed, ambition, and authority issues. Cynicism, depression, and workaholism squeeze joy out as shown by Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.” His weak response to the heart of Capricorn was no less than steps in the direction of death on a cold and lonely path.

Venus who's been traveling with the full (January 1) and new moon (January 16 at 6:17 pm PST) counsels us to commit to work we love whole-heartedly so our work nourishes us. Saturn and Pluto are nurtured by huge cultural and societal projects – like the Golden Gate Bridge, the shot to the moon, the restructuring of society. These are projects no one person can accomplish alone, but as a society we can. Some of us are nurtured building homes and families, small businesses and communities. It's a different legacy that takes time and commitment, too.

Our adult urges are on steroids with Saturn back home after thirty years, and six planets in Capricorn. With all planets in forward motion until March 8 - an exceptionally long period – there's a crazy amount of energy available for jump starting projects and building momentum.

What nourishes you, inspires you to accomplish, to make a contribution, to demonstrate excellence? And what chunk of it can you accomplish over the next three years - starting now?

If you know, well, take that castle in the air and build a foundation under it!

Horoscopes January 16 – 31

Capricorn, Happy Birthday! Six planets in your sign bring the wind beneath your wings AND at your back. Make a decision, a plan and act. Be sure your heart is in it because you are naturally responsible and responsibility is heavy, man. Dare do it your way. Steady as she goes, with heart.

Aquarius, six planets off-stage need quiet, slack time to work for you. Cycles are ending and beginning. Your inner world speaks in symbol, fragments of songs, dream images, it's foggy and mysterious. Use imagination and unfocused intuition. Thinking doesn't work.

Pisces, groups of friends with humanitarian missions have a powerhouse of help now. Get in there and make things happen. You may rub elbows with power players without even know it, so just be yourself and follow up with those who feel like kindred spirits.

Aries, wow! Six planets in your work arena where they belong. After seven years of breaking free to be you, take it to work and show them the dynamic, responsible and inspired leader you are. Try to catch the subtle subtext of the power players. Imagine, subtlety, another kind of power.

Taurus, stretch your borders and be, uh, flexible, so the energy heading right your way doesn't knock you off your feet, just out of your rut. Long-term energies are lining up. Take a long bath and visualize where you want to be in three years. No rush.

Gemini, there's a struggle to let the past go and push into the re-birth canal. Much of it is intuitive and involves trusting others. The energy isn't direct so you must go to it consciously with less logic and more feeling. But it isn't woo-woo. You don't know where you are going, but take steps.

Cancer, how you feel about partners, close friends, and co-operation is shifting. You don't do it like you did and you won't do it like you are now in the future. Do you need new eyes to reflect the changes in you? Your shift is shifting them, too. Stay with the steady ones.

Leo, efficient routines get the most out of the work and service you do, your daily health habits and how you work toward personal growth. You're used to the spotlight, but this is where the curtain drops and you do the detailed work of making magic happen. You need privacy.

Virgo, planets are mainlining creative inspiration to you. Surrender and you could A) have more fun and B) surprise yourself at how much creativity you've got. Structure play into your routine - a line item on the to-do list. Play is serious business for you. Oh, heck, just go network!

Libra, your classy style comes from secure foundations. There's renovation going on at home, psychologically speaking, and maybe a remodel, too. Design your home so it supports you. Make it a retreat and a place to invite others in. Be your best friend.

Scorpio, much of your energy is a performance keeping others from seeing the real you. Well, we see you - so give it up and take dynamic steps to just be you, already. New skills around language help navigate daily life. Take courage and show up. Only expand where you want to go.

Sagittarius, after Saturn's three-year training getting you grounded, you're integrating what it means to be steady and reliable. Do you have more money due to those lessons? How does that mesh with your sense of self, values and self-esteem? Next lesson: contemplative listening. Shhh!







O Stars Above: Cancer Full Moon


Big Daddy Wields Tough Love

Endings and beginnings tend to overlap and mingle like waters at the changing of the tide. Heaven knows, astrological signs and planets are in a constant dance of beginnings, middles and endings, but a brightly-lit full moon makes clear what hides in the dark. The Full Moon in Cancer lines up with the New Year (January 1, 6:24 pm PST) and highlights a major shift.

After three years in Sagittarius, down-to-Earth Saturn moved into Capricorn (December 19) where his reality-based powers shine. After a thirty year absence, he's returned to the sign he rules and he's shaking us awake. Whether focused and productive or kicking and screaming, we will align with him, one way or the other, before he moves on (December 2020).

Saturn steadied our antics in spontaneous Sagittarius, but take note: wiggle room is official gone and fiddle-playing grasshoppers won't prosper in this cycle. Focus, time-lines, budgets, patience and discipline gather rewards under Saturn's tutelage, who wants to bless us with worldly recognition. But we must wrestle with where we fit into our community and what skills we can offer or hone. It's time to focus on doing what must be done and staying with it until our mission is accomplished. Big Daddy wields tough love – but, when he does rewards us, we can rest assured we earned it.

The first moon of this era holds clues for navigating the sea change. Mercury's forward motion says embrace expansive thoughts. The Sun and Pluto, two serious power players, traveling together remind us life doesn't last forever and there are no short cuts for integrity. The Great Mother Moon along with Venus underscores the importance of taking on goals that nourish us emotionally.

When we follow these hints, our Saturnian efforts make a life worth living even in the process.

Horoscopes January 1 to 16

Capricorn, doors are open wide and you know how to put your adult panties on and work! But, this isn't about ambition, hierarchy, or titles. Pluto in Capricorn burned those to the ground. This is about leadership power and responding to heart-needs as the work gets done. The Means are the End.

Aquarius, like Robin Williams, sometimes we need a good director who keeps us from being our own worst enemy. What would Big Daddy say directly to you? “The Age of Aquarius is barreling in and you are the leader of the age. Don't be a rebel without a cause.” Do some deep listening and rest.

Pisces, as a mystic you wouldn't think Capricorn's reality would be a good mix. But, Martin Luther King (Capricorn Sun) had a dream and lead a movement with his heart (Moon in Pisces). His powerful friends came along for the fun of an outing they called...a march. Lead fun changes!

Aries, if you're a leader making plans behind closed doors for your company or organization, read Capricorn above. It's not about your position in society, but the position of your heart and how you use it for society. Spending time with family reminds you everyone has ambitions for their loved ones.

Taurus, there's rarely been a better time for your pragmatic principles. In your plodding manner, the next three years and your work ethic put you in a good position – even if markets tumble. Keep your heart in your work and consider “giving back” on a regular basis. Show us the way.

Gemini, even the most casual relationships exchange values. Align with friends who share your values. Don't squander your hard earned experiences. They don't need you. You need them! The years ahead point toward methodical exploration of values and trust – of yourself, your friends and society.

Cancer, sweet mama, you're the natural partner to Capricorn's legacy building. Earth and water are conservative: baking takes time and building a company takes time. You can't go wild and crazy while doing real work. Remind us to keep our heart in the game. Feel the flow and find the fun.

Leo, people have no idea the work you do to bring your colleagues and day-to-day contacts grounded action and a generosity of spirit. Taking care of your health is job number one for awhile. Follow a daily routine that works for you for food, exercise and sleep. Take a long winter's nap.

Virgo, earthy-you can flourish over the next three years. You naturally work but here's an interesting twist - work needs to be fun, personal and creative. And try not to turn that into a job. Invite neighbors over for coffee, cocktails, gardening, sewing. Whatever is FUN! You can do this...

Libra, your social graces keep the community grounded. Ponder how manners and beautiful surroundings encourage listening and kindness in difficult conversations. Open your home for meetings with go-getters with ethical projects. You've got leadership and ethics with a gentle touch.

Scorpio, Jupiter expands your world and Saturn's energy supports your efforts. Strategy and focus are natural for you. Mars in Scorpio gives your pokes extra punch for the next month because you see hidden agendas. Use that info for your mission and stay with your heart.

Sagittarius, you have friends, resources, skills, tools, and character. Society is calling you to use yourself up. The invitation offers self-discovery. You can make it fun! Yes, you can stand on a mountain and jump in a squirrel suit, but going for something with more lasting value is the energy of the moment.