Since the beginning of January, Mercury has been in Capricorn and you’ve had a good chance to put your ideas to the test.
Now, with Mercury moving in Aquarius (where it remains until mid-February), you have the chance to cement those ideas into concrete plans and to position them correctly.
The key to making the best of this period is to ensure that your plans are both rational and organized. They should benefit not just yourself but others as well. Indeed, the more socially progressive your plans, the greater likelihood of their happy fruition.
Avoid, however, the impulse to push your agenda too hard. During this period, taking on board the constructive comments of others can only strengthen your cause.
By contrast, taking a rigid approach (i.e. my way or no way) will not help. Indeed, such an attitude could cause your plans to spin out of your control.
Myths express archetypal motifs that play out in human experience.
Myths exert tremendous influence (albeit unconsciously) in the choices we make each and every day.
Why not do yourself a favour and look in more depth at the myths closely related to your astrological sun sign? After all, your astrological (or natal) Sun is where you shine, where you play centre-stage.
Here’s a pertinent myth for those of you who were born under the sign of Aquarius.
What can you learn from it about you and what makes you tick?
Prometheus is an altruistic demigod with the gift of foresight. Seeing primitive man unable to keep warm or cook his meat, Prometheus went to Mount Olympus and stole holy fire from the gods to give to mankind.
Are you too, Aquarius, caught between your vision of how things should be versus what they are today?
Zeus, the king of the gods, was displeased with the initiative of Prometheus and punished him for his humanitarian acts. Not only did he make the visionary an outcast, but he also chained him to a rock where an eagle tears out his liver, anew, each and every day.
Are you, Aquarius, rarely thanked when you act as the catalyst for progressive change? Do you feel alien in a world into which you’d secretly love to fit? Can you accept that the life of a visionary will never be easy? How might you avoid taking too narrow and rigid a position in your zeal for reform?
Of late, there’s been a lot of hot, stale air around.
But a breath of fresh air comes on 21 January (5:13 AM GMT), with the fiery Full Moon Lunar (total) eclipse.
The Sun has just moved into Aquarius. That alone is enough to deliver a forward-thinking push. Add to it this lunar eclipse in Leo, and it’s a double whammy.
Ambition is rife. You’re all fired up for your future. Quite possibly you’re tempted to charge off in all directions at once. That, however, would be a grave mistake. During this period, it’s all too easy to take on more obligations that you can manage. Worse, it may take up to a year for you to even notice the damage this will have done.
Although eclipses are not exactly rare (most calendar years have four, two of which will be solar eclipses), they do tend to attract a good deal of attention. This is because they serve as a release for pent up energy so now is definitely the time to get moving again.
Just make sure that you can walk before you start to run.
Starting today (13 January), one of the major planetary aspects of 2019 gets underway when Jupiter and Neptune come together in an opportunistic square.
Because both planets are strong in their signs of rulership (Sagittarius and Pisces, respectively), you can expect this square, in the hands of someone both sensible and willing to do some good-old-fashioned hard work, to yield extraordinary results.
Jupiter is big picture, an inspired optimistic vision for the future. Combined with Neptune, which brings magic into your life, now is the time to catch your dreams and make them happen.
The trick, however, is not to go overboard.
Both Jupiter and Neptune share a taste for the boundless. Together, they are the signature of the dreamer/visionary with a foolhardy naivety. This is territory where usually, you’d be well advised not to tread but luckily, this time, there’s a mitigating factor, Saturn.
Saturn is all about accomplishment, duty, hard-work, and authority. Saturn grounds both you and your plans. Saturn gives you a unique opportunity to dig deeper, identity the your plan’s weak spots , as well as to learn from your prior mistakes.
If ever your dreams can manifest, it is during these next nine months.
The next two bites of this juicy Jupiter/Neptune apple comes 16 June and 21 September. Saturn is doing a slow burn the entire time.
On 6 January, Venus leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius where she will remain until the beginning of February.
If during the last couple of months, your relationships seemed too hot to handle, you can expect the heavy mood to lift.
Now is the time to have some fun – smiles, giggles, jokes, and flirtation.
Yet, if you’re thinking of running away with your fabulous new love, you may want to think again. Sagittarius is not known for staying power. Indeed, with Venus in Sagittarius the name of the game is when the going gets rough, lovers get going. Nothing personal. That’s just the way that it is.
The key to enjoying this period is to remember that just right now, commitment is definitely not the ‘done thing’.
That will come later when Venus moves in Capricorn.
With the New Moon in Capricorn (1:29 AM GMT on 6th January), you have an opportunity to begin anew to develop yourself physically.
Whatever your current level of fitness, you can always do more yet this is not to suggest that you should overtax yourself.
Always remember that not everyone is a gymnast anymore than everyone is a tennis star. Some benefit from lifting weights whilst others benefit from yoga. Although it’s difficult not to compare yourself to others, it’s easier to avoid this temptation when you keep in mind that when it comes to physical prowess, we each have our own needs and talents.
So, with this New Moon try something new in your exercise routine – see how you like it – and liking it is definitely more than half the battle.
Like the author and lecturer Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myths), I believe myths express archetypal motifs that play a significant role in human experience.
I also believe that we are in large part unconscious of the power that these myths exert in our lives. Thus I advocate making special efforts to understand those myths which are most personal to us.
An easy way to do this is to examine the myths closely related with your astrological sun sign.
For those of you with the sun sign in Capricorn, know that the steely god Saturn (or Chronos) is your astrological ruler. Here’s a myth of Greek origin about Saturn just for you.
Uranus, the King of the Gods, swallows his children at birth to ensure he is not overthrown by them as has been prophesied. Understandably, Uranus’ wife, Gaia, is not pleased with this, so she helps their son Chronos (Saturn) to castrate his father and usurp his throne. Unfortunately Chronos, like his father, swallows his own children and is eventually overthrown by his son Zeus (Jupiter) and so life goes on.
The old king must die so the new king can be born.
Capricorn’s job is to buck the ‘system’ in order to earn a place of respect for himself in the new order. Capricorns’ lot is one of fear, frustration, and mastery. Indeed it is by pushing against obstacles, that Capricorn builds the endurance and discipline to succeed. Reward comes from hard work and it is only with such hard work that Capricorn takes his position as the new king.
Capricorn is asked to make the rite of passage from being the son to the father.
How can you take more responsibility for what happens in your life?
How would you summarise your efforts so far?
When you’re ninety-five years old, what would make you most proud of you?
Chances are that during November and December 2018 you had any number of fantastic ideas.
With Mercury in Sagittarius it was, after all, a period of possibility and promise.
But now, Mercury is moving into Capricorn (5 – 24 January 2019) and it is time to put those ideas to the test with the dedication and discipline that they deserve.
Don’t be surprised when this proves more difficult than you’d imagined. The reality is that some of those ideas were never going to work and now you will be forced to severely modify or even abandon them.
In this regard, expect 12-13 January to be particularly challenging.
The good news is, however, that whilst Mercury is in Capricorn, you have the opportunity to gain valuable insight about what works and what doesn’t and most importantly, why.
Time for some tough talk with self and others:
If you could do this again, what would you do differently?
You already have a personal brand, whether or not you know it.
If you’ve not built it yourself, then others will have created it for you:
We can count on him to finish the job,
She makes a mess of everything she starts.
Your personal brand shows the world that which makes you unique, that which makes you stand out from the crowd. It not only defines who you are but also that which you value.
Personal branding has long been used by the likes of Oprah, Lady Gaga, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg.
Naturally, with time, both you and your brand will evolve. But you have to start someplace and the best place to start is with the essential qualities of your natal, or Sun sign. Even someone with the same sign as you will express those qualities differently. This is because each person’s Sun is positioned differently within his or her chart.
Mood boards, a collage containing a variety of images, text, and/or other objects to express feelings, values, and ideas, are often used by professional designers to help their business clients to develop their brand identity. You might use one to develop your own personal brand.
Look for images that convey what is important to convey the essence of you. For example, are you playful or serious, simple or sophisticated, feisty or calm? What do you want most in life? What motivates you to get up each morning and start a new day? When narrowing down your choices, stay focused on your message.. Each time you decide to include something, make sure it communicates an essential aspect of what it means for you to be the best that you, personally, can be.
Astrologically, this equates to your Sun, or Star sign – where you shine!
Your astrological sun is your essential focus, shining like a lighthouse beacon to keep you clear of the rocks and safe on your path.
With my Sun in Libra, my focus is on relating and at least to me, that implies a two-way street requiring listening as well as talking. I’ve conveyed my take on this in the mood board above.
If your Sun were in Aries, your focus would on breaking new ground whilst if in Taurus, it would be on establishing stability.
Gemini’s focus is to facilitate communication whilst Cancer gathers folks together in an intimate group.
The focus of Leo is to deliver good cheer to self and others whilst the focus of Virgo is to sift through that which has been harvested so as to extract all that which is of benefit.
Scorpio is meant to shine light on that which is other hidden so that it can be dealt with in a timely manner whilst Sagittarius shines light on that which is, as yet, a mere potentiality.
Capricorn shines his light on organisational systems so we understand how they work whilst the focus of Aquarius, a fragment of Capricorn’s light, is on showing up the cracks and crevices that require fixing.
Finally, Pisces is meant to refocus the light through a different lens so that dissolves boundaries.
Hopefully, that’s enough to get you started and have fun!
In the new year, I plan to offer coaching workshops or webinars on using astrology for personal branding so if you might be interested, please sign up for my blogs and newsletters and watch this space.