When Saturn left Capricorn, I decided to reflect upon what I have learned from this year. Even as Saturn left on December 17th and entered Aquarius and Jupiter left on December 19th and entered Aquarius, we are going to have more Capricorn lessons as both Mercury (who entered Capricorn on December 20th) and the Sun, who enters Capricorn today for the Solstice, join Pluto, who is the last outer planet in Capricorn until January 2024 (it will enter Aquarius for only a few months in the Spring of 2023).
Life is a mystery and what we can see is a tiny fraction of the universe. There was a time where people thought you could fall off of the Earth. There was also a time where people thought the Sun revolved around the Earth. And there was a time where people thought Saturn was the outer limits of the Universe. But now we know there is so much beyond what we can see with the naked eye and even with our technology. According to space.com: “All the stars, planets and galaxies that can be seen today make up just 4 percent of the universe. The other 96 percent is made of stuff astronomers can’t see, detect or even comprehend.”
Life is impermanent and we are a part of the cycles of nature. Nothing material lasts forever, and that is perfectly natural. Some day, I am going to leave this body, other people are going to leave their bodies, fires will ravage forests and cities, floods can wipe things away in the blink of an eye, and decay will get everything sooner or later. Even the Pyramids of Egypt will eventually crumble and fall. Why should that bother me? It is this impermanence that gives me the drive to make the most of the moments that I do have, to appreciate the people in my life, the places, the things, because none of it is permanent. Life is evolution and change. Can you imagine a tree desperately trying to hold onto its leaves? Or the grass refusing to go dormant in the winter? We are the only species that fights the natural cycles of life even as we are hastily ensuring our collective demise by doing so.
We create our own safety and security through community. Relying on government to tell me what to do or to keep me safe and secure, or relying on corporations to maintain life-sustaining systems like the food supply or healthcare is giving my power away to institutions that don’t really give a damn about me. It is clear that profit comes before people and planet, and this is not acceptable to me any longer. How can I cultivate more collaboration, cooperation, and community in my life? How can I make my life more sustainable? How can I maintain my well-being and contribute to the well-being of those around me? These are questions I am seeking to answer now and moving into the future. By fostering collaboration, cooperation, and community, we create a network of support around us that can sustain us through challenging periods of life, which are inevitable, but don’t have to be devastating when we know we can count on those around us.
Inner authority, mastery, and discipline creates true feelings of peace, harmony, and sovereignty. I have experienced so much loss this year. I alternatively railed against it, cried about it, and felt sorry for myself. But nothing really helped until I leaned into it. I actually surrendered to the loss. I let the loss happen. And then I experienced a period of wtf?!? What’s next? But I leaned into that too. And I kept doing my spiritual practices. I wrote in my journal more, I made more of an effort to meditate, I made walking every morning a priority, I started doing energy exercises, I ate healthier, I threw myself into my passions more. I didn’t let the outer world dictate how I wanted to feel. If I want more joy, I do things that bring me joy. If it is love I am seeking, I treat myself and others more lovingly. If it is more freedom, I stop judging other people for not living life the way I “think” they should. How can I know what is best for another? The truth is I don’t. How can I know what the future will look like? I don’t know that either. This deep relationship I have cultivated with the unknown and uncertainty has really served me through the chaos of this year. Focusing on myself, dedicating myself to mastering my own energy and living my own life, doing the Great Work, has been the most rewarding work I have ever done.
Thank you Capricorn. What lessons have you learned from these planets transiting through Capricorn? What areas of your life have crumbled so that you can build something more aligned with who you are now and what you really want moving forward into the next decade and beyond?