Saturday, January 26, 2008

New Astrology Cycles in 2008

By Carol Pilkinton


January marks the start of a new year, but this particular January represents the beginning of many new cycles astrologically. Jupiter has entered the sign of Capricorn (Dec. 18, 2007) where it will be for the next year and with Mars slowing down to a halt (stationery direct)and will go direct (begin moving forward) at the end of the month.

Also, Pluto will be dipping its toe into Capricorn starting Dec. 25 2008, a stint that will last for sixteen years. There will be more to write on that in future months. With both Jupiter and Pluto moving from a fire sign (Sagittarius) to an earth sign (Capricorn) it will mean a more practical approach to dealing with life issues.

Most people are familiar with the term Mercury Retrograde which people attribute to computer breakdowns, mis-communications, etc. The meaning of a retrograde period is that a planet appears to be going in the reverse direction of the earth's rotation. While all the planets retrograde periodically, Mercury, Mars, Venus are faster moving planets than Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Therefore, we can feel the affects of Mercury, Mars, and Venus on a more personal level when they go retrograde.

Mars rules the principle of how we assert ourselves in the world and take action. With Mars retrograde it is like having one foot on the accelerator and the other foot on the brake and experiencing that stop-go motion. Or, worse it can be like spinning the wheels and going nowhere fast. The truth is retrograde periods are good for something. They are good for revisiting, revising, ending old cycles, and letting go of what hasn't been working while being open to new strategies and action steps (Mars). Each one of these cycles represents something different depending on the planet that is retrograding.

With New Years resolutions being made, everyone would like to hit the ground running. We are met with delays as Mars is only moving literally one minute per day before it stops and then moves forward again on January 30th.

So, if you still feel like your feet are nailed to the floor and it is too difficult to get moving, then don't push it. It means it is just not the right time. I've heard numerous stories of people attempting to negotiate and close deals, but for one reason or another they are not happening. One person was presented with a proposal for a job and was offered a lucrative commission. After much thought on what the job entailed, which included a great deal of travel and being away from the family, she accepted. She was beginning to prepare for the trip when the other party said they made a mistake in the amount offered and wanted the person to do the job for much less than they were originally quoted. After all was said and done they eventually rescinded the offer after this person had gone through the physical and emotional preparations for this job.

This is just one of many examples that represent the Mars retrograde. Just when you think the I's are dotted, the T's crossed and the deal is sealed, it can fall apart. If you are pushing for a deadline, try not to be so set on it. When we are stopped cold by situations like this, it could also mean that door has closed and another will open that will be the right door.

Once Mars goes direct, it will likely feel like the gun going off to start the race. However, patience might still be in order as it gains momentum through February. Regardless, there will be some who just can't sit still. Can't you smell the burning of the rubber already?!!

While Mars wants to just take action NOW, like the Nike commercials says "Just do it!", it doesn't want to ponder or think about anything....Jupiter is the planet of expansion, optimism, faith. It can also be where we over indulge and may be prone to excesses. However, it is in the sign of Capricorn ruled by Saturn the planet of constraint, concentration, reality, endurance, structure.

While Jupiter wants to be free and push the boundaries of social norms, it will be contained by Capricorn. With Jupiter in Capricorn it may either loosen or exaggerate the inhibitions (Saturn). Jupiter in Capricorn might serve to counter fears enough for one to have faith that all will work out and enable you to test those Saturnian limitations.

With the restraint of Capricorn, Jupiter will not easily leap before looking. Capricorn is practical and wants to make sure there is a sound and solid foundation. Much can be accomplished with this combination as it can be a time for constructive and focused growth.

Believe it or not, Jupiter in Capricorn can teach us how to channel our enthusiasm in such a way that when you look back on 2008 you might be amazed at how much you really got accomplished. At a deeper internal level, it can evoke and instill long lasting shifts and changes.

If you have planets in Capricorn, Libra or Cancer you will probably feel the affects of Jupiter making connections to those planets. You may experience challenges, tension, and it can bring issues to the surface that one has not been willing to look at before but must now pay attention.

In facing these challenges can be great accomplishments which can instill confidence to face the next lessons that are presented.

On your mark, get set.....Have a great year everyone!

Carol Pilkinton
Purposeful Astrology