First, things first, just this weekend, Mercury has stationed retrograde, beginning it's review of the Aquarian degrees it has passed over since January 16th. It will station direct on February 20th.
And, that's right, if Mercury retrograde will be making a conjunction with Venus for Valentine's Day, that means Venus must be moving into Aquarius. This week kicks off with Venus leaving Capricorn and entering Aquarius to join the sun, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter, on Monday, February 1st, and with the moon in Libra, Venus' sign, that will be giving Monday and Tuesday really strong Venus vibes! (Details in the daily notes of the Know to Flow weekly forecast - to subscribe click here.)
Venus is one of the two benefics (planets that bring blessings), along with Jupiter. Wherever Venus goes, pleasure and beauty follow. (That means whatever house Aquarius rules in your chart is where Venus is going to be bringing her gifts until February 25th when she enters Pisces.) Venus in astrology represents love and money. This is the planet of relationship, values, and self-worth. When Venus is in Aquarius, that means it will be expressing through the energy of that sign. Aquarius is an air sign, and known for logic, detachment, and it's aversion to the status-quo. This means we might favor the unusual, eccentric, and weird now over romantic. Intellectual connections will be the thing now in all of our relationships. Ideas and innovation rule, and we might need more freedom, spontaneity, and fresh air in all things love and money oriented.
The other thing this week is on Thursday the 4th, when we arrive at the last quarter moon, our halfway point between the full moon and coming new moon, and the second choice point of the lunar cycle known as a "crisis in consciousness." This is when we decide what ideas and beliefs we won't be carrying forward based on whatever illumination and realization the full moon a week ago has brought.
We will spend the next week releasing and clearing based on this decision as we prepare for the coming new moon. (And that coming new moon IS the Aquarius new moon, and with this year being a year strong in Aquarius energy, that's a very important one for this year, so the clearing process over this week and next is key.)
The unknown we experience during big transitions is a scary place, but we cannot access our power to create new in our lives without entering the void, the chaos, and being able to make friends with the dark of the unknown and sit with it.
Without the willingness to enter into the darkness of the cocoon and face the death of the life it has known, the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly would not be possible. Without the drive and willingness to work to then break free of the now constraining and no longer useful confines of the once necessary cocoon, the butterfly would not be able to survive in its new form - it would not be able to fly.
The Fool in the tarot takes a great leap of faith, holding the belief that it will all work out in the end, venturing boldly into the unknown, unaware that the journey ahead will be one of great transformation - a journey from which he (or she) will never return - at least not as the same person he was when he began.
We must trust in our own truth and let it be our guide as we set out into the unknown, like the caterpillar who follows the urge to build its cocoon surrenders to the process of transformation.
The caterpillar surrenders to the dark, to the unknown. Then, as an emerging butterfly, it again follows the instinct to fight its way out of the cocoon it was originally driven to build. It needed the cocoon then, but that it is the thing it must now must break free of to survive.
Follow your TRUTH - be sure it is your truth and not someone else's, and not your fear. Tune in to what you are being internally guided to do next and take a step in that direction. When you trust and take action based upon that core truth, you can befriend the unknown, knowing you will be guided to the next step when it is time, and navigate any challenges with grace as you surrender (not submit) to the process of transformation.
Trust you will be told when it is time to cocoon and when it is time to break free.
Holding onto that truth and that faith and belief and trust within, befriend the unknown. Surrender with grace to releasing what no longer serves, to the inevitable death of our present consciousness, so we can emerge born again with wings to a new life.
We are reminded that in this life, we need both light and dark, both summer and winter, both feminine and masculine, both rest and action.
Like the caterpillar who follows its instinct to build the cocoon and surrender to transformation when it is urged to and then likewise fights to break free of that same cocoon when the time comes, there is a season for all things in life and each one, each piece, each stage of birth and death and action and rest and creation and destruction is equally necessary and valuable.
But we must take that leap of faith like the Fool, placing our trust in our own truth, finding serenity in surrender as we befriend the unknown, finding our comfort in knowing that our inner voice, like the instinct of the caterpillar, will tell us when the time is right for each step along our journey of transformation.
Only then do we find that security of coming home to that home within ourselves. Only then do we experience the stability and safety found in honoring our truth and surrendering to the journey. Because only then are we able to come into the authority that is our birthright as co-creators of our experience of life with the Universe and claim the thrones of our hearts, and rule with wise sovereignty and authenticity over our realms.
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The zodiac symbol for Capricorn is actually the goat - the "sea goat," to be exact, but I always think of the white stag with Capricorn because of its association with Solstice, which is actually marked by the sun arriving at zero degrees Capricorn every December.
However, the origins of the stag's association with solstice actually come from the ancient shamanic cultures of the north - where it was actually a reindeer - a female reindeer - while male reindeer lose their antlers for the winter, the females keep theirs. And there is even more magic associated with the sign of Capricorn.
Capricorn is much more than a mountain-climbing goat in astrology, although taking practically planned strategic action steps IS a part of this energy. The sea goat is actually the only zodiac symbol that's a mythical creature, and it relates back to the ancient Sumerians and the god Enki, who ruled over fresh water. Fresh water and irrigation were very important to the Sumerian civilization, set upon the marsh lands of the Fertile Crescent. Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, was a Roman god of the harvest, which falls in line with this.
While we see the modern expression of Capricorn as a sign ruling over the big systems of society like governments and financial systems, and Saturn as the athority figure and one who rules over time, responsibility, rules, limits, and boundaries, if we dig a little deeper we will find in this sign something much more ancient and magical, having to do with earth magic - the magic at the heart of alchemy - using the elements to create something new here on the earth plane. This magic has rules, we must follow the laws of nature. But when we correctly apply the rules to the given materials, and use the proper structure and containers, we can create new magic.
While the sun arriving at zero degrees Capricorn for solstice represents the brand new solar cycle, the Capricorn new moon is when the moon catches up to meet the sun in Capricorn to begin a new lunar cycle.
On the evening of Tuesday, January 12th, we arrive at the Caprcicorn new moon, with Capricorn's ruler having just met up with Jupiter at solstice for the Great Conjunction at zero degrees Aquarius, a brand new 20 year cycle and 200 year cycle, and a big shift from earth to air. This is the new moon that really gets the new year vibe going.
The planetary set up is completely different from this time last year as we embark on a new era.
So with this Capricorn new moon, what new magic would you like to create?
Love & Gratitude,
2020 started off with the heavy energetic signature of Saturn and Pluto coming together in Capricorn. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008. Capricorn is the practical, down-to-business earth sign that rules big systems like financial and government. Pluto is transformation - but through destruction and creation. First Pluto exposes, strips, shakes the foundations to see what is rotten. We've been watching it happen. Saturn came into Capricorn in 2018, and is strong there because it rules that sign. While Pluto represents power, Saturn represents authority. Saturn's transits through a sign is like an inspection or audit - Saturn is all about rules, limits, and boundaries. It also rules karma and when at work in our lives can come through as fear, restriction, limits, isolation, and even illness and depression. With such a strong influence from Saturn and in challenging aspect, contraction became a main theme of 2020.
However, it is natural law that things must balance, and so it is only natural that after contraction will come expansion, and to an equal degree, and Jupiter is the planet that rules expansion.
Jupiter spent 2020 in Capricorn as well, and typically Jupiter brings blessings, luck, and abundance, but it was severely debilitated all year, as it is weak in Capricorn and also was "under" Saturn because Saturn is strong there and they were traveling together, so Jupiter was not of much help. On top of all that, the second half of 2020 was dominated by Mars spending an almost unheard of amount of time (six months - three times longer than a normal Mars transti) in its own sign of Aries, and thus challenging Saturn and Pluto. Mars and Saturn are malefics - planets that bring adversity - and squares are challenging - and they were both going through retrogrades which are slow downs and reviews, so all of this compounded the already difficult energies.
With the retrogrades bringing slow downs and reviews, and the square aspects bringing challenges and obstacles, Saturn bringing restriction, and Pluto bringing transformation, the energetic set up was a pressure cooker - transformation through limitation and restriction, which can feel very much impossible, and at the very least uncomfortable.
Saturn rules time and traditions. It rules over the structures and routines of our daily lives that hold us and create the containers that allow us to make things happen in the real world. That can feel supportive, or it can feel restrictive.
Coming out of 2020, we are bound to have a much better understanding of where we need to be responsible in our lives and what traditions or ways of doing things are feeling irrelevant, disconnected, meaningless, and outdated.
2021, in contrast, begins with the main energetic signature of Saturn coming together with Jupiter, the bringer of gifts and blessings, in air sign Aquarius. This immediately starts out this year on a more positive note, and sets us up with the energy of Aquarius, and more broadly the element of air being the main energetic signature of 2021. Although Jupiter will still be "under" Saturn in Aquarius, it will be better positioned to bring gifts over 2021, especially as it gets away from Saturn when it spends time in Pisces where it is very strong. Now we begin to expand again after the deep contraction of 2020.
As an ambassador for Consciously Creating Life, Kasey serves as an advocate of the magic that exists in this life and in each and every one of us. She is a champion of the journey to access our own powerful magic by returning home to ourselves and reclaiming the thrones of our hearts as sovereign rulers of our realms, through practicing the Art of Consciously Creating Life.
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