Sagittarius 17° (December 9)
12/12: The Full Moon in Gemini, today, also known as the Cold Moon, is the last Full Moon of the year and, indeed, the decade. The Full Gemini Moon urges us to focus on the “small picture”—all information at hand and situations right under our nose needing notice. Attention to detail is of utmost importance—connecting necessary dots, tying off loose ends, and clearing up disinformation, especially with siblings and intimate friends. Communication is queen, now, and we do well to clarify our principles and positions. Ruled by planet Mercury, named for the winged messenger and trickster god, Gemini governs our thought patterns as well as our nervous systems, faulty thinking giving rise to would-be anxiety. We are now cosmically assisted in getting our noggins out of the gutter of negative grooves and embodying the Gemini superpower of positive thinking. If our thoughts really do have wings, then we must be most mindful of what we now let fly. Chiron, “the wounded healer” is also going direct today, 12/12—twelve being a number of completion and cosmic order—helping to usher in a new epoch of well-being and individual resolve.
12/13: Thought to have once been a planet that was pummelled by asteroids and thus “disabled” the celestial body known as Chiron signifies the healing that grows out of pain, loss, suffering and all forms of disenfranchisement. Think of the French word blesser, meaning “to wound”—it is, paradoxically, from which the term blessing is derived. Chiron now direct in the sign of Aries inspires each and every one of us to make lemonade out of the particular lemons life has has handed us. Moreover, we are urged to be that much more appreciative, humble, functional and compassionate in the process, seeing our own vulnerabilities, and the hits and hard knocks we’ve endured, as catalysts for personal healing and evolution. On this first full day of Chiron’s forward movement since July, we have extra celestial power to release resentment, disappointment, regret, grudges and self-pity and to put our noses to grindstone in making the best of every situation. Who says Friday the 13th isn’t your lucky day?
In many ways the astrological signs provide a check and balance on the excesses of those that come before it. Case in point: The reserved energy of Capricorn can be a necessary correction to the more abandoned aspects of Sagittarius. Where Jupiter (Sadge’s ruler) is expansion, Saturn (Cap’s ruler) is restriction. Capri-corn means goat horn, specifically the cornucopeia, horn of plenty, suggesting a container of said bounty. In a disco analogy: Where Sagittarius screams “more, more, more,” Capricorn suggests that “enough is enough is enough,” (Donna Summer was a Capricorn). Capricorn quality over Sagittarius quantity: containment determines purity and superiority, just as a nature reserve preserves the environment, or a reservoir safeguards a water supply. Sagittarius folk are expansive, gregarious, adventurous and generous, but they can be overly risky or abandoned. Capricorn people are self-contained, reserved, private and respectful, though they may be all too cautious, exclusive, guarded and superior. We all embody the range of energies associated with our signs; it is our challenge to accentuate the shining aspects and keep the shadier sides in check.
As has been one of the themes of our live holiday shows, we don’t subscribe to the notion that Jesus is a Capricorn but rather a Pisces. There are a number of explanations—two months were added to the calendar since his time; also it made certain sense to move the advent of his birth to coincide with the existing celebration of the pagan festival of Yule, the Winter Solstice. The only thing is: Yule isn’t the happiest of holidays. It’s when the young Oak King vanquishes the old Holly King. In ancient Greece it was associated with Saturnalia, named for the old, vanquished king of the gods, Saturn, who rules the sign of Capricorn, that begins on the solstice. It is also associated with the old goat god Baal, and involved the ritual of loading up an old goat with people’s old real and metaphoric burdens—the proverbial scapegoat—and sending it off from the village; it’s where we get the notion of New Year’s resolutions—out with the old, in with the new. If anything, in a Judeo-Christian line of thinking, Capricorn is the sign of Moses, who climbed a mountain and returned with commandments, Saturnian rules and restrictions, “shalt-nots”; Moses also told his flock to make a temple of goat hair, probably because it is duraable, enduring, like the energy of Capricorn. Nope, Jesus isn’t a Capricorn. He’s a Pisces, the Jesus fish, and many a Pisces man—George Harrison, Jack Kerouac, James Taylor, Kurt Cobain, Lou Reed, Roger Daltry, Victor Garber—have followed in his archetypal footsteps.
To view the original Sabian Symbol themed 2015 Cosmic Blague corresponding to this day: Flashback! The degree pointof the Sabian Symbol will be one degree higher than the one listed for today. The Blague portrays the starting degree of for this day ( 0°, for instance), as I typically post in the morning, while the Sabian number corresponds to the end point (1°) of that same 0°-1° period. There are 360 degrees spread over 365 or 6 days per year—so they near but not exactly correlate.
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