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Starward 12 Dec 2012-Jan 2013

hanksgiving Greetings

I don't know where to begin, except at the beginning. I am thankful for the revelation that has lead me to our club, and for each member filled with wonder and awe of our knowledge in Astrology. I've spoken of how it has changed my life and the path we all share, yet I feel drawn to go further down the road to cosmic wisdom. I hope and pray that with your energy and continued teaching, that I will learn to rule my stars and be a benefit to our club.

We will undoubtedly this month discuss the outcome of the Presidential Election, and of the predictions for the future. For that is what do as Astrologers and students of the craft; look to guide each other through the challenges of our time together on this earth. I thought none of us got it all correct, but together we can understand the meaning of the events that unfold before us.

I love looking at the sky at night; and I've learned from each of our members something of the action in the stillness of the Moon, the Stars, and Planets. So, I will take some advice for our friend Dikki Jo, and write down my wish for the Astrology Club for the next year while the Moon is waxing; and help preserve the precious "Gem" our club is in this world.

So, thank you for your trust and faith, and for me: "It's a new dawn, its a new day, its a new life; and for me; I'm feeling good".

 Jay (rigel)


I’ve made some changes in this newsletter by combining both December and January in order to save costs, so there will not be a newsletter in January.

I want to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving and a most joyous and loving Christmas. It was my honor serving as your president, and I thank you for your vote of confidence. Jay will be an outstanding President.

 Sandye Sievers


by: Tem Tarriktar

ARIES: You're changing rapidly, surprising yourself and others. Your role or public image is going through a complete overhaul, or you are feeling extreme pressure to find your true vocation. There are power/control issues involving a parent or authority figure and conformity. If you suffer a loss (or a limitation of available resources), this can lead to psychological maturity and a greater capacity to love. With steady effort, you can improve your credit or tax situation; be patient here. Better luck with transportation and travel is forthcoming, and this is a good year to write, speak, and teach whatever inspires you.

TAURUS: You may be more stirred up on the inside than ever! Wacky dreams, visions, or unusual creative impulses should be explored for clues about what wants to express itself through you. This may challenge your existing belief system or paradigm; cut out the deadwood there. A partner or very close friend (or elderly person) needs help or attention in a new way; you can expand your capacity to negotiate and compromise. There will be opportunities to increase your income or get unexpected material support.

GEMINI: Jupiter is in your sign through June, and this brings more luck, more choices, and the ability to uplift and inspire others. But the workplace may prove challenging, or your work is restricted in some way. Avoid cold, damp environments. Volunteering your time or working for an important cause may hit the spot in 2013. It is also a good year for you to explore any kind of transformative therapy. Deepening your contact with others is essential at this time. Friends (or your encounters with them) seem to come and go suddenly. Don't be gullible in matters of investment or financial partnerships.

CANCER: In your career or public work, you need to be able to innovate or go out on your own this year. You may find that power struggles (or your own "shadow" projections) become a part of the story in a key relationship or partnership, and these must be dealt with. A parent or authority figure may be hard to rely on; again, act independently whenever possible, and work through any creative blocks that arise. There may be new responsibilities involving young people. Go slow and be conservative with investments. Much spiritual/inner growth is possible this year.

LEO: On one hand, you feel the urge to break free of a fixed pattern and broaden your experiences in 2013; perhaps a completely new environment or more education is needed. On the other hand, you are loyal to your work(place) and dedicated to any creative projects that are ongoing. This may take time to work out, but a compromise or partial solution will not be satisfying. Take care of your health -- spend money (as possible) on bodywork, healthy foods, etc. Work on any emotional wounds that have been long neglected. More responsibilities at home will likely arise, but unexpected support from friends and groups will help.

VIRGO: Opportunities in career, or a much more visible public role, await in 2013. A parent or someone in authority is helpful. Powerful, long-term creative expression is possible, but you may need to learn new skills or gather the tools necessary to make progress. Attend to vehicle maintenance; don't take risks with a car in disrepair. Siblings or relatives may draw on you for help in 2013. You'll become keenly aware of underlying psychological patterns and may find therapy helpful to sort things out. It is wise to avoid taking on the problems of others; decide how much involvement you can afford.

LIBRA: Important people in your life are going through big changes and challenges, so you'll need to maintain your own center to make the most of what 2013 has to offer: experiences leading to emotional maturity, deeper connection with family members, needed changes at home, and more excitement (or surprises) in a primary relationship. Opportunities to travel or educate yourself will enhance your view of life; profound spiritual experiences are possible this year. Be thrifty, though, since income may be harder to maintain. Take an intuitive (and alternative) approach where possible, to matters related to work and health.

SCORPIO: Saturn is in your sign in 2013, so make friends with him! Use caution, integrity, and patience -- and don't cut any corners. Exercise regularly and carefully, and avoid cold and damp environments. Learn to monitor and balance your metabolism. You may find that you are powerfully well-spoken and can change people's opinions in new, creative ways. The workplace may get downright crazy as changeable conditions or erratic co-workers flare up. Avoid unnecessary verbal battles, and document everything. There will likely be financial support from others or from success with investments this year, and a chance to travel later in 2013.

travel later in 2013.

SAGITTARIUS: This is a year for grappling with self-worth issues and breaking through to a new level of creative expression, that is, removing the blocks to expressing what you can be (and do)this lifetime. You may find children or young people important. Don't let your energies get too scattered -- 2013 will likely be a roller coaster in the areas of romantic love and creative expression; remember your overall goals daily! Partnerships are beneficial, but verify what you're being told, as it may be exaggerated. This is also a year to process old wounds, old grief; bodywork/therapy is suggested.

CAPRICORN: With Pluto in your sign, you are undergoing deep and long-term changes, and this year presents another chapter in that story. Your ruling planet, Saturn, is now in Scorpio, a sign of emotional depth and intensity, in your solar 11th house. You may feel like taking more responsibility in a group you belong to, or increasing your activism in global/national issues. Changeable circumstances at home (or with parents) can be disruptive, but they may also serve as a needed wake-up call. A new or improved work environment is likely in 2013. Your health will benefit as well; seek out positive-minded people for help, if and when it's needed.

AQUARIUS: If you have been facing fears or inner demons, or working out emotional wounds from your past, this year will bring you more strength to continue to the process. You will also have flashes of intuition and inspiration (and powerful dreams) that will help you along the way; you can offer others something very original in 2013. Rest your nervous system when you feel overwhelmed, though. Love, creativity, and risk-taking are available more than ever this year. In career, you may experience limitations or delays, but your hard work will be rewarded eventually. Consider generating extra income from a "right-brain" activity or hobby.

PISCES: This year, you may have to choose between increasing your material security and being more active in groups and causes you believe in. Don' over-commit your financial resources, and take care not to overtax your body with non-essential activities; focus on what is important to you, and get clarity on your beliefs about life and your values. Conditions at home are likely to improve, or benefits come through your family this year. A new long-term project or business can start up in 2013. With Neptune and Chiron in your sign, you may be called upon to offer inspiration or healing to others in various ways; be open to the unknown.


Pluto in Capricorn historical events

The Christian Church — The major events in the history of the Christian Church took place with Pluto in Capricorn.

First Pope in Rome (42 AD) — Christianity becomes the official religion of the Roman Empire (310 AD) — The Roman Church becomes a massive land owner (Rome, 784 AD) — Split between Western Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy (1020-54) — Summa Theologica fundamental Catholic thesis (1270), Building of St Peter’s Basilica (1514) — The Protestant Reformation splits the Catholic Church (1517) — Henry VIII head of English Church, this leads to a split from Catholicism (1531).

Religions Founded — Two great religions were founded with Pluto in Capricorn.

Christian Church, first Pope in Rome (42 AD) — Buddhism (China 58 AD)

Laws limiting Church power — Byzantine Empire (536 AD), England (1285).

Major Scientific Breakthroughs and Inventions —
The Industrial Revolution and Scientific Revolution began with Pluto in Capricorn.

48-50 AD. Ts’ailouen and Cai Lun, Chinese inventors of paper. “A.D.” first used (532 AD) — “0” invented (1024) — first printed money (1024) — Industrial Revolution begins (1765) — Scientific Revolution: Oxygen and Nitrogen discovered (1772).

Major Catastrophes — Pandemics killing 50% of populations began with Pluto in Capricorn. So did global climate change.

Krakatoa explodes causing global climate change for three years (532 AD) — Plague kills two million people (Byzantine Empire 542 AD), in the next 150 years 50% of Europeans died from plague — Pandemic kills up to 15 million people (South America 1519) — Plague (England 1528).

Empires Established or Destroyed — Some of the greatest Empires in history were born or destroyed with Pluto in Capricorn. As were great conquerors and rulers born during this time.

The Roman Catholic Church and Christian Churches (42 AD) — William the Conqueror is born (1027) — Holy Roman Empire (Charlemagne 772-800AD) — Byzantium consolidates border for 200 years (782 AD) — Constantine the Byzantine Empire founder comes to power (305 AD) — Osman I founder of the Ottoman Empire (1299-1922) rise to power (1281) — Aztec Empire (Cortez 1521) — Suliman the Magnificent (1520) — Catherine the Great of Russia came to power (1762) — British Empire (1762) — American Revolution (1765-76) — Napoleon Bonaparte born (1769).

Civil Law established or strengthened — The English Parliament, the fundamental foundation stone of democracy in the world, is established with Pluto in Capricorn.

Rome (529 AD) — First elected English parliament (1265) — Venice (1268) — England (1275, 1280, 1285).

Slave Trade Africa to the Americas

Begins (1518) — Legislation marking beginning of end (1772).

Great Explorers — The greatest explorers in history set out with Pluto in Capricorn.

Marco Polo (to China overland 1271) — The remainder are sea voyages: Verrazzano (USA 1524) — Balboa (Pacific Ocean 1513) — Alvarez (China 1513) — Magellan makes the first world circumnavigation (1519) — Cook, the greatest explorer in history, begins his voyages (1766).

Classical Music’s Golden Era — The greatest composers in history began their journey with Pluto in Capricorn.
A six-year-old Mozart begins touring Europe (1762) —Beethoven is born (1770)

Permanent Critical Degrees

The Earth is also a planet and has an astrological influence on us. In fact, since the zodiac itself is determined by the Earth's motions, certain important points of the zodiac are crucial power sources of Earth energy, regardless of whether other transiting planets are occupying these degrees or not. These critical degrees are fixed in the zodiac and always present.

The zodiac can be viewed as the granddaddy of all cycles and cyclic phenomena. In particular, many of the notions related to aspects and planetary cycles apply to the zodiac as well. The critical degrees of the zodiac are all familiar "aspect angles", that is, multiples of 30 or 45 degrees.

Equinox and Solstice Points

Foremost among these permanent critical degrees are 00° of the signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. The Sun crosses these points on the first days of spring, summer, fall and winter, respectively. Since life on planet Earth is tied to the seasons and our yearly cycles, these points are intimately connected with our lives at a basic biological level. Any planet that crosses 00°00' Aries, 00°00' Cancer, 00°00' Libra or 00°00' Capricorn will also unleash powerful Earth energies. These 4 points are sometimes called cardinal points or quarter points.

Avatar Points

Halfway between the equinox and solstice points are another group of critical degrees in the signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. The points 15°00' Taurus, 15°00' Leo, 15°00' Scorpio and 15°00' Aquarius are collectively known as Avatar Points. They are considered to be degrees where important spiritual influences enter the Earth plane and our lives. Planets moving across these Avatar Points will trigger the release of these influences.

Beginnings and Endings of Zodiac Signs

Just as the zodiac as a whole is a cycle, each zodiac sign by itself is also a cycle. The beginnings and endings of cycles are always important, so 00°00' and 29°00' of each sign are critical degrees. 00°00' represents new beginnings or unfoldings of the energy and effects related to that sign. 29°00' represents our efforts to complete or perfect our handling of that sign's energies. ...

Semi-Permanent Critical Degrees

Astrologers are becoming increasingly curious about the influences of bodies outside our own solar system. These bodies do not orbit around the Sun like planets do, so they pretty much stay put in the zodiac. However, due to a slow wobble of the Earth's north and south poles (known technically as "precession of the equinoxes"), all these bodies move at a snail's pace around the zodiac (in the direct/forward direction). It takes about 72 years for one of these bodies to move from one degree to the next, about 26,000 years for a complete rotation, so the critical position shifts slowly around the zodiac. That's why I refer to them as "semi-permanent" points.

The most commonly used of these points is the Galactic Center (GC), the central point of our own Milky Way galaxy. Just as the planets all revolve in orbit around the Sun, the Sun and our entire solar system revolve around the Galactic Center (about 200 to 250 million years per orbit) in the company of the billions of other stars in our galaxy. Just as the Sun is the "center" of a birth chart, representing the person himself, the GC is a symbol of a kind of "super-self" level -- very high spiritual energies indeed! The GC is currently (1999) at 26°49' Sagittarius.

Also commonly used is a point called the Super Galactic Center (SGC), currently (1999) at 01°47' Libra. Our Milky Way galaxy belongs to a small group of galaxies (called the Local Group) that all orbit around a common center of gravity, the SGC. This is also a highly spiritual center, although the details of its influence are rather sketchy.

Numerous of the brighter stars in the sky have been used by astrologers for centuries as secondary energy sources behind the major planets, especially the stars that lie near the zodiac itself. There are too many of these stars to discuss fully here -- entire books have been written on the subject.

Lately, some astrologers have been studying even weirder astronomical objects in the sky, such as black holes and quasars. While some of these objects are undoubtedly important, the sheer number of them (in the billions, probably) precludes using too many of them in routine astrological work.

How Critical Degrees Affect your Birth chart

Each critical degree that I mention in these pages is a source of energy with the potential to create changes in your life. Whether you "pick up" that energy or not depends on whether your "antenna" is tuned to that broadcast, much as a radio receiver must be tuned to a particular station before you can hear any music. That antenna is your group of personal critical points in your birth chart.

A powerful astrological influence (like an eclipse or big aspect) will probably affect everyone somehow. But some people will be closely tuned to that energy, receiving it with the strength of a flooding river, and will have their lives turned completely upside down for months at a time. Yet another person may be tuned to some other station and will feel this influence only slightly. The impact on their life will be minimal and they may be wondering what all the commotion is about.

In general, if the critical degrees of the current energies are close to your birth chart degrees, you are tuned in. "Close" means within an orb of 2° or 3°. The closer together these degrees are, the more you are tuned in. Don't underestimate these influences on your life!

... if a degree in one sign is critical, that same degree is active in every sign (usually). If 04°00' Virgo is active, then 04°00' of every other sign is also active. This seems to be the case for critical degrees of all types, because of the way aspects connect up these corresponding degrees (they are all 30 degrees apart). You can ignore the zodiac sign most of the time.


Capricorn Solstice Wheel
By: Tem Tarriktar

Why should we look at the chart for the Capricorn solstice? Many astrologers believe that this chart is descriptive of the upcoming year and certainly the next three months. this chart, set for when the Sun enters Capricorn, can be cast for any location and delineated for that specific country or locality.

Here, we are using the tropical zodiac chart ... to see which planets are most influential for the United States in the months ahead. Notice that Mercury and Uranus are very near the Ascendant and the IC, respectively, for this location. Looking at the A*C*G map, we see that the actual line crossing of Mercury-ASC and Uranus-IC is near New York city, a location where these two planets are exactly on the angles.

Each line on the map shows all the places on Earth where a particular planet is angular (for instance, conjunct the Midheaven) at the time of the solstice. Notice that the Mars-MH line runs through Syria, where it is crossed by the Saturn-DSC line. It appears that the civil war in Syria is likely to continue well into 2013.

In the solstice chart itself, there are two themes that jump out at me. the first one is the emphasis on the elements of fire and air. Sagittarius is rising. In fact, fire and air signs occupy all four angles. The First Quarter Moon is in fiery Aries in the 4th house, bringing energy for new beginnings that spring from the grassroots level.

The second theme is Saturn sextile Pluto, while they form a mutual reception. (Saturn is in Pluto's sign of Scorpio, while Pluto is in Saturn's sign of Capricorn.) Both Saturn and Pluto form quincunxes (150° aspects) to Jupiter in Gemini. This is called a yod configuration, and the orbs are very tight here. Saturn also closely septiles (51°26') the Sun.

Venus in the 12th house opposes Jupiter in the 6th. Jupiter in detriment (Gemini) in the 6th house is the key planet for the U.S. in 2013, because it is the Ascendant ruler and involved in both themes. This reflects a focus on employment issues. Most of the aspects to Jupiter are challenging ones, which could indicate that in 2013 Americans may start to change how they fundamentally view themselves (Ascendant).

Because of the yod, Americans may need to make more dramatic adjustments in their lifestyles, to adapt to the unholy alliance between multinational corporations and financial institutions, represented by Pluto in Capricorn, and various levels of government (and its taxation powers), represented by Saturn in Scorpio. Trade agreements and trade negotiations will also be prominent in the news. With Saturn in the 11th, improving the nation's infrastructure will become a higher priority, possibly due to a high-profile accident involving crumbling infrastructure.


Sagittarius New Moon

By: Stephanie Austin

This New Moon, this month, and this year mark a momentous turning point, the end of a 26,000-year cycle, known by many names:  the Great Awakening, the Ascension, the Mayan End Times, the Hopi Fifth World, Christogenesis, Timewave Zero, and others.  The number 12 symbolizes completion -- the union of heaven and earth, sacred and secular.  December 12, 2012, and December 21, 2012, the dates most often given for this evolutionary passage, do not mark the end of the world, but rather the initiation of a global shift from living in duality and materialism to realizing our unity and divinity.

The most visible marker for such a large cycle is the apparent alignment of the winter solstice with the center of our Milky Way galaxy, symbolic of Spirit's deepest descent into matter and its return to the Light.  The more we clear our shadow, the most conscious we become, and the more receptive we can be to the extraordinary cosmic upgrades offered by this alignment.  As we shift our focus from making a living to making a difference, as we heal and open our hearts, we perceive and live in an entirely different world.  For more, watch the film 2012: The Odyssey and read The Mystery of 2012, compiled by Sounds True.

New Moons mark the beginning of a new cycle and, in Sagittarius, the birth of new views of ourselves and our place in the universe.  The Sagittarian Archer aims at the heavens, its arrow literally pointing toward the heart of our Milky Way galaxy.  Light encodes information.  The Galactic Center (GC) transmits immense amounts of electromagnetic radiation; celestial bodies aligning with the GC focalize those high-energy particles,   Within a few hours of this New Moon, asteroid Juno conjoins the GC at 28° Sagittarius and opposes dwarf planet Ceres, facilitating the integration of feminine and masculine, as well as a more balanced relationship between humankind and the natural world.  Venus's conjunction with the North Node in Scorpio and Pallas's square and Vesta's opposition to this New Moon punctuate the evolutionary imperative for equality and collaboration, enjoining us to evolve from the love of power to the power of love.

Just a few hours after this New Moon forms, Uranus ends its yearly retrograde phase, amplifying cosmic support for a quantum leap in consciousness.  The archetype of higher intelligence, innovation, and liberation, as well as the planet most associated with Aquarius, Uranus stationed retrograde five months ago on July 13 at 8°32' Aries; its turning direct impels us to take a giant step forward.  This is also a SuperMoon, where the boon is both at perigee (closest to the Earth) and syzygy (in a direct line with the Sun and Earth); increasing electromagnetic and gravitational pulls on the Earth's tides and tectonic plates, as will as our psyches.

On December 20-22, Jupiter the Planet traditionally associated with Sagittarius, forms a yod or "Finger of God" aspect (two quincunxes and a sextile) with Saturn at 9° Scorpio and Pluto at 9° Capricorn, further galvanizing us to transcend the bounds of our parental, religious, and societal programming.  The Sabian symbol for this New Moon at 22° Sagittarius, "a Chinese laundry," suggests that spiritual awakening requires assimilating unfamiliar parts of ourselves and cleaning up all aspects of our lives.

It's never been more crucial to be clear about our intentions and visions for the future.  This New Moon, vastly empowered by the transformative forces of 12/12 and 12/21, magnifies what is in our minds and hearts.  What we believe, we will see.  What we desire, we will manifest.  Are we choosing love or fear?  Are we creators or victims?  Are we living our life purpose or our programming?  Our answers to those questions determine how we will experience this extraordinary time in history.  "2012 will depend on who you are.  Nothing will happen to you.  What happens is what you choose to happen ..." (Diana Stone)


From The Mountain Astrologer, Dec/Jan 2013 issue


Cancer full moon

By: Stephanie Austin

Every ending is also a beginning.  The close of 2012 signifies a graduation.  This planet is a school for souls of all ages, where we learn to become conscious, responsible creators.  Living in duality and the illusion of separation gives us a valuable training ground for mastering the law of cause and effect; we discover that "what goes around, comes around."  As in the movie Groundhog Day, we don't move on until we learn about love.  Situations repeat until we realize we are the actors, screenwriters, and directors of our experience.  In order for things to change, we have to change.  We eventually learn that, just as a radio or TV has many stations, we too can switch channels and attune to a totally different program.  The year 2012 signals the completion of a new energy grid on Earth, as well as major changes in our DNA, facilitating a much wider and faster bandwidth for consciousness.  Access to realms beyond the physical level is now readily available to everyone, making it easier to download greater truths and new options -- if we choose to log on.

This Full Moon generates a dynamic t-square involving Juno, Pluto, and Uranus in addition to the Sun and Moon, indicating the readiness for big changes in partnerships, power, and paradigms.  Juno's conjunction with the Sun and Pluto highlights the potency of the solar feminine, which is assertive and protective, strong yet compassionate, guided by intuition and the wisdom of the heart.  This energy is channeled not only into childbirth, but also into creative acts of all kinds.  The power of the solar feminine is symbolized in the archetypes of Lilith and Brigit, Pele and Kali, Sekmet and Amaterasu; it becomes more available to both men and women, as we move from a third-chakra, self-absorbed focus into a fourth-chakra, heart-centered consciousness.  The lunar masculine becomes more easily accessed as well; the archetypes of Neptune and Thoth, Chandra and Wadd, Mani and Tsukuyomi represent the fluid, clarifying, and supportive energy of the lunar masculine.  Mercury at 25° Sagittarius forms a second t-square, as it closely opposes Ceres at 24° Gemini and squares Pallas at 27° Pisces, amplifying the cosmic theme of transforming our beliefs around feminine power and creativity.

Revelations and breakthroughs occur around December 25 as the Sun forms an exact square to Uranus (5° Capricorn|Aries).  Important insights continue to emerge as the Sun conjoins Pluto on December 30 (9° Capricorn), spotlighting where we need to deal with our shadow, reclaim our authority, and make some fundamental changes.  The necessity to redefine masculine and feminine power continues as Juno exactly squares Uranus on December 31 (5° Capricorn|Aries) and conjoins Pluto on January 14 (10° Capricorn).  Saturn forms the first of three exact sextiles to Pluto on December 26 (9° Scorpio|Capricorn) and remains in mutual reception with Pluto (transiting each other's ruling signs) from October 5, 2012 to September 17, 2015; this demands greater accountability, integrity, and willingness to deal with the real issues, in order to transform long-standing inequities in relationships, finance, and government.

The Sabian symbols for this Full Moon advise us to enjoy our roles while learning from others, but avoid pretending to be something we are not.  For the Sun at 8° Capricorn:  "In a sun-lit home domesticated birds sing joyously."   And for the Moon at 8° Cancer:  "A group of rabbits dressed in human clothes walk as if on parade; the tendency in all forms of life to imitate higher forms as a stimulus to growth."  This potent Full Moon shows us:  We are on the brink of the divine life.  You are being invited to make yourself ready and jump.  this is a once-in-26,000-years opportunity.  It's worth pulling out all the stops.  Be very discerning about how you spend your time.  Quiet down everything in your life.  Practice complete integrity, not compromising the truth at all.  Clean out your shadow.  Pray and meditate a lot.  Seek out beauty.  Forgive yourself; forgive others.  There is no situation where you wouldn't choose love.  Just choose love.  That is what you need to get through the doorway."  (Leslie Temple-Thurston)


From The Mountain Astrologer, Dec/Jan 2013 issue



Capricorn New Moon January 2013

By: Stephanie Austin

New Moons mark the beginning of a new cycle and represent an opportunity for us to spiral to the next level.  Capricorn, the third earth sign, is concerned with the physical realities of time and space, responsibility, and resources.  This New Moon offers an extra potent message, since it involves not only the Sun and Moon, but also Mercury, Pluto, Juno, and Venus -- all in Capricorn.  This powerful lineup continues cosmic support for redefining the solar feminine encoded in the previous New and Full Moons, as well as transforming our perceptions of physical reality.

Both Capricorn and its traditional ruling planet, Saturn, trace their mythological roots back to the divine feminine.  Goats and horns were symbols of the Moon priestesses who lived in mountain shrines, and Saturn, an ancient fertility figure, is a derivative form of the Great Goddess, Vesta, the firstborn child of Saturn, was the Olympian goddess most associated with Capricorn, and the mythologies of Amalthea, the goat-nymph foster mother of Zeus, along with her goat-horned brother, Pan, are also closely linked with this sign.  This New Moon's tight quincunx to Ceres at 21°40' Gemini and Saturn's close quincunx to Vesta at 10°40' Gemini nudge us to redefine our relationship with the feminine, nature, and spirituality.

Just as our concepts of the feminine are changing, our experiences of time and space are radically shifting as well.  Capricorn and Saturn have often been associated with the "real" world, that which is visible and measurable via our five senses.  Pluto's long sojourn through Capricorn (2008-24) and its ongoing square to Uranus (2012-15) draw us into realities far beyond the laws of classical physics, into quantum realms where nothing is stationary, solid, nor separate.  When we transcend limited, three-dimensional perception, time is not experienced as a one-way, linear process but as an eternal Now, wholly dependent on our focus and level of consciousness.  Time appears as an illusion; our past is as changeable as our future.  The ancient Greeks had two distinct words for time:  cairos, designating spiritual or cyclic time, and chronos, signifying mundane, sequential time.  Synchronicities (from syn, "united" and chronos, "time") confirm that we are aligned with our divine essence and "soul time."  For fascinating information about time, science, and spiritual evolution, read The Source Field Investigations by David Wilcock

This New Moon also calls us to transform our relationship to power.  In much of the Western world, power has been defined as money, prestige, and dominance.  We forget that love, truth, nature, creativity, community, and good health are real sources of power.  How we spend our time, energy, and talents determines our experience of power.  Rushing, worry, and judgment drain our power; presence, gratitude, and forgiveness build it.  When we let others define our goals, when we are afraid to say no, when we act from fear, we give our power away.  This New Moon in Capricorn calls us to become conscious of our power, recognizing that we create with every thought, word, and deed; that everything in our life reflects the consequences of our choices.  Notice how priorities and relationships may change as Venus squares Uranus on January 12, conjoins Pluto on January 16, and conjoins Juno on January 17.  Pluto's conjunction with Juno and Jupiter's square to Chiron, both on January 14, also help us remember and realign with our heart's desires.

The Sabian symbol for this New Moon at 22° Capricorn instructs us to let go of what is deadening to our souls, and reminds us that there is no failure, only learning:  "By accepting defeat gracefully, a general reveals nobility of character; the realization that one may grow through defeat as well as, and perhaps more than, through success."  Our perceptions of time, space, and reality itself are changing.  Keep turning into your heart and intuition for what's true now.  Read David Hawkins' amazing book, Power Versus Force, and remember:  ".... when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, "how many good things have you done in your life?  Rather he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?'"  (Mother Teresa)


From The Mountain Astrologer, Dec/Jan 2013

January 2013 Leo Full Moon

By: Stephanie Austin

Vesta, the brightest asteroid in the sky and another important feminine archetype, stations direct only twelve hours before the peak of this Full Moon, rekindling remembrance of the sacred work we came to do and the particular light we offer to the world. Vesta stationed retrograde on October 20, 2012 at 26° Gemini and turns direct at 10° Gemini, in close proximity to Jupiter. In turn, Jupiter stations direct on January 30, encouraging us to think big and take a big step forward in the next few days. Jupiter's yearly retrograde began on October 4, 2012 at 16° Gemini and ends at 6° Gemini. Because of their respective retrograde phases, Vesta and Jupiter travel within 10 degrees of each other from June 19, 2012 to April 1, 2013, expanding our understanding of women's issues, devotion, and the purpose of life.

The Sabian symbols for this Full Moon emphasize that it's time for new ideas and models. For the Moon at 8° Leo: "A communist activist spreading his revolutionary ideals; the emotional and ideological attempt to return to a state of non-differentiation and chaos as a prelude to a new type of order." And for the Sun at 8° Aquarius: "Beautifully gowned wax figures on display; the inspiration one may derive from the appearance of Exemplars who present to us the archetypes of a new culture." Check out and Build community, think and live out of the box, and remember: "Thought particles tend to get caught between our ears, causing a condition called truth decay. So be sure to use your truth brush and mental floss twice a day. And when you're tempted to practice tantrum yoga, remember ... Don't get even, get odd." (Swami Beyondananda)