Capricorn (22 December – 19 January)
This month has a lot going for it as far as you’re concerned, although there will be times when you feel that life is working against you and occasions when you lose trust or start to doubt what next.
This is par for the course with some roller-coaster planetary activity all stacked in to one month of the year.
One thing to be aware of is the fact that communication planet Mercury is retrograde, i.e. in retreat in your fellow earth sign Virgo until the 22nd. Virgo rules the bigger picture in life, including travel and study, yet when Mercury is on go slow, plans can unravel or things don’t work out the way you want them to.
What’s always important when Mercury’s retrograde is to adopt a flexible attitude and have an open mind. If you’re travelling, check important documents and allow yourself plenty of time to get from A to B.
For you Mercury retrograde might coincide with a period when you’re studying ready to take exams. Often when Mercury is on go slow, your attention turns inward and you’re preparing yourself in readiness for the journey ahead.
This month is also eclipse month and this too can highlight the unexpected, sudden changes of plan. There’s a solar or New Moon eclipse on the 1st also in Virgo and a lunar or Full Moon eclipse on the 16th cutting across the Virgo/Pisces axis of the zodiac.
So these dates too will be important for travel and study matters and what next. Especially on the 1st and the 10th, you might be feeling stuck or fearful about your plans. Take care that you don’t let self doubt get in the way and stop you living the life you choose.
Eclipses throw up a hidden theme and the solar eclipse on the 1st links in to the Saturn-Neptune square which is exact on the 10th. This is important for you because Saturn is your ruling planet and this square aspect has been one of the major themes of 2016.
The first connection took place in November 2015 and again in June 2016. As Saturn is in your previous sign of Sagittarius, this is about you and what stops you, what gets in the way of you making progress. This might be linked to your health or well-being or your tendency to focus on what’s negative or slipping into impossibility.
If you know you have an inner critic, be aware that this might be more evident in the first 10 days of the month. Make plans to counteract this and if you feel disoriented or confused, explore why and what will help.
Talk to someone you trust, write down your feelings, decide whether you’re right to change direction or whether you’re better off waiting until you feel more sure of yourself, more confident.
This month’s astrology certainly does feel as if life is going to be calling you forth, asking you to step up and this might be another reason why you experience self doubt. The major move that’s significant is Jupiter, the biggest and best planet, which enters Libra and your career and vocation sector on the 9th.
This is important because Jupiter only changes signs approximately once every year and Jupiter is the planet of opportunity and growth. You might hear news of a job or position once Jupiter changes signs or perhaps you want to expand your own business or seek work elsewhere.
Jupiter is linked to foreign connections, gaining new qualifications, publishing and the media. It’s hard to play small when Jupiter is in this sector of your chart so for some, this will be a month when you’re taking on a prominent or more visible role.
It’s not just about your career. This can be about your status, being asked to lead a group of people, becoming a governor, adviser or coach.
Once Mercury turns direct on the 22nd, the energy starts to shift dramatically for you and after a month when you might experience the whole gamut of emotions, you’re back in the driving seat. Mercury turns direct in a positive trine aspect to Pluto in Capricorn and on the 26th Pluto turns direct in the heavens.
Add to this the fact that action planet Mars enters your sign of Capricorn on the 27th and you know that this is leading to something special. On the 26th, there’s also a Sun/Jupiter alliance in Libra and this is one of the best dates of the year. So it’s all go, you can’t stay hidden and not take advantage of the new opportunities coming your way. This is the start of a potentially successful and stunning year ahead.
When it comes to love, you’re most likely to meet someone new through your place of work. Love planet Venus is also in Libra until the 23rd so look out for people who can help you or who are attracted to you.
If you’re in a relationship or married, it’s an important time to be supportive of each other. Be encouraging, guide your partner forward, help them fulfil their dreams and ask for the same in return.
One of the best dates for love this month is the 7th when love planet Venus teams up with your ruling planet Saturn. Make time for love especially if one or both of you is busy.