Sagittarius 24° (December 16)
These are some musings for more social media posts:
As 2020 approaches, people aren’t as rejoicing as compared to other times when we turn a decade. Uncertainty and the overall pall of the political landscape seem to be sucking the usual optimism out of the experience. So we thought we’d wade in to illuminate some bright spots. Beginning with the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter on the Winter Solstice, at one degree of Aquarius, we re these two planets moving from the earth sign (of Capricorn) to this loftiest of air signs. Every decade begins with either a conjunction or an opposition of these two planets, while these mashups occur in the same element for over a century. That is to say that until the year 2160, we will have Jupiter-Saturn oppositions and conjuncts in air signs, exclusively. Opposites in many ways—Saturn is containment, restriction and tradition, while Jupiter is expansion, growth and new order—their mashup in 2020—a year long associated with the full dawning of the Aquarian Age—will seek to find a middle path, forging fresh initiatives, while drawing on strength of the past. We will have Saturn to structure the bolder strokes Jupiter is want to make. And, in the Utopian sign of Aquarius, we are now trying to negotiate new visions for the future. Aquarius itself seeks to blend spirituality and science, and as Jupiter and Saturn square Aquarius’ ruler, Uranus, in the coming year, we will be seeking the institution of new societal constructs that will truly build on our most innovative human achievements to date. We already see the ideological struggle between the past and future already playing out every day before our eyes. And Uranus will continue to challenge and usher us into a more equitable, compassion, diverse and conscious “place.”
The classic Capricorn archetype is Rhea, the sister-wife of Cronus, (Roman: Saturn), namesake of the planet ruler of the sign. Rhea is an anagram of her “daughter” Hera, (Roman: Juno), who with her brother-husband, Zeus, (Greek: Jupiter), inherits the kingdom of heaven (Olympus) and the chiefdom of the gods. Fearing a prophecy he’d be overthrown, Cronus gobbled up five of his six kids, but when Rhea delivered her youngest, Zeus, she hid him away and swaddled up some stone for Saturn to swallow. In the form of a She-Goat (Amaltheia) Rhea nursed her child who grew up to fulfill the prophecy, with his newly regurgitated siblings by his side. And just as Capricorn man and women differently manifest the energy of their sign, if not being diametrically opposed, Cronus-Saturn is struck down, deposed and dissident, while Rhea rises up. Capricorn is the cardinal-earth sign, which translates to a mountain, and Rhea is an “ascending goddess” who takes to her mountain fortress (Mount Ida), her crown being turretted in shape to reflect the elevated spiritual stronghold she occupies. She is the mountain mother, the Matterhorn, the Grand (read: Great) Mother of the gods; but no shrinking violet is she. Sometimes called Cybele, from whom we get the term cymbals, (Roman: Ops, meaning plenty—optimism, optimal, opportunity, options), Rhea may have retired, but she created her own swinging retreat with rhythmic and rather loud revelry. When her grandson, the orgiastic Bacchus-Dionysus, youngest of the gods, comes on the scene, she bequeaths her entire estate to him, including her leapard-drawn chariot, and her entire retinue of party-goers (in leopard print), mainly women, who literally slay men, in ritual killings. There was always human and other sacrifices going on during this time of year. Rhea’s passing the torch to Dionysus is a mythic allegory of renunciation. Called Rhea-Cronus, it is where we get the word crone. Making peace with life’s ephemeral nature ironically allows Capricorn women to glimpse eternity and foster an enduring legacy.
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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