New Moon: Capricorn's Magic

This new moon is at 26.54 Capricorn on Tuesday, January 16th at 9:17 PM (EST)

"Sea Goat" by Spirit-Fire on  Flickr

"Sea Goat" by Spirit-Fire on Flickr


Our Capricorn-laden January continues with a new moon in this sign, conjunct Venus and square Uranus in Aries.

Saturn, the ruler of this moon, is conjunct Mercury and Lilith. With the sun and Pluto occupying this sign as well, it’s a crowded place. We’re feeling more Capricorn energy than usual as we begin 2018. It’s a strong energy: high-achieving and wise.

Capricorns don’t get enough credit for their creativity and spiritual wisdom. Too often, Cap is represented by a Suit in an office, concerned exclusively with material success. But the list of famous Capricorns includes Patti Smith, David Bowie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Matisse, and Cezanne. The symbol for Capricorn isn’t a mountain goat. It’s a mythical animal called the sea-goat, half goat and half fish. While the front half of Capricorn is on solid land, making practical decisions to get ahead in life, the back half is swimming, dreaming, imagining and feeling. And those dreams become real. Because where there is water and earth, there is an extraordinary power to manifest. Saturnine discipline makes dreams come true.

In fact, Capricorn and Saturn were traditionally associated with witchcraft in western culture. In astrologer Marguerite Hafeman’s chart study of 30 magic workers, including Aleister Crowley, Sybil Leek, Jack Parsons, and Elsie Wheeler, she found patterns having to do with the sign of Capricorn and its ruling planet. Virtually all of the charts had “two or more of the following characteristics: at least two planets in Capricorn, Capricorn ruling on one of the angles or on the 6th, 8th, or 12th house cusps; Saturn located in one of these houses, Saturn angular; Saturn prominent by occult sign, e.g. Saturn in Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, or Pisces. All but two charts had Saturn involved in complex aspect patterns...there seems to be a correlation between the more “potent” practitioners and complex, hard aspect patterns involving Saturn.”

This association probably contributed to the labeling of Saturn as a malefic. Historically in western culture, witches have been feared for their power. Capricorn is the sign of authority, and working magic puts one in a position of authority, manipulating the energy of the universe to manifest one’s will. In this era of late stage capitalism and scientific materialism, we tend to think of “authority” as synonymous with business and government, hence the depiction of Capricorn as a paragon of material success. But there is so much more to Cap than that.

With a large stellium in Capricorn that includes Saturn, Lilith, and Pluto, this is a moon for creating. If January is when you want to start your new year, make your resolutions tonight. Set the intentions, do the ritual, or work the spell in the first three days following this moon. Be careful about the promises you make and the things you ask for. Saturn will hold you accountable. It’s the correlation of Capricorn and Saturn with achievement and reality that makes this potent. When Saturn says “so mote it be,” it must be. It’s worth remembering at the Capricorn moon cycles. Use the wisdom and power of this sign to your advantage tonight.

You can read more about which resolutions and intentions will be most powerful for you in the horoscopes for this week.

Saturn in Capricorn: December 19, 2017 - December 17, 2020


We have just one week before Saturn moves into Capricorn, the sign he rules. Saturn has been transiting Sagittarius since the end of 2014, putting structure and limitations in the part of our chart where we tend to prefer expansion. This Mercury retrograde, which began conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius, is reminding you of the themes that have come up during this three year transit. What have you restructured? What responsibilities have you taken on? What do you still need to whip into shape?

Most of our Sag friends haven’t been having much fun. The restrictions of Saturn are anathema to the jovial, Jupiter-ruled sign of Sagittarius. Saturn is much more effective in Capricorn. I say “effective” and not “comfortable” because this pairing is not about comfort. It’s the opposite. Saturn rules authority, discipline, responsibility, hard work, perseverance through difficulty, practicality, frugality, restriction, consequences, and loss. In Capricorn, this focus is undiluted. The Lord of Karma will be at full strength for the next three years.

There are ways to work with this energy for positive gain. Saturn teaches lasting lessons. Endure the adversity he throws at you, and you will grow wiser, stronger, and more resilient. The best way to do Saturn in Capricorn is to get practical and dedicate yourself to your goals. Read on to learn what we can expect from this shift.

Saturn in Capricorn in the 20th Century

1929 - 1932

March 15 - May 4, 1929

November 29, 1929 - February 23, 1932

August 13 - November 19, 1932


Outer planet transits during this period:

Saturn square Uranus in Aries

Saturn opposing Pluto in Cancer

Saturn trine Neptune in Virgo


1959 - 1962

January 5, 1959 - January 3, 1962


Outer planet transits during this period:

Saturn trine Pluto in Virgo

Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Capricorn

Uranus in Leo and Virgo


1988 - 1991

February 13 - June 9, 1988

November 11, 1988 - February 6, 1991


Outer planet transits during this period:

Saturn conjunct Neptune and Uranus in Capricorn

Saturn sextile Pluto in Scorpio

I’m choosing a few details that resonate through the last three times Saturn was in Capricorn, but these are historical themes painted in very broad strokes. Any one of these events could be a subject for a much longer article about the implications. Nevertheless, the last three times Saturn has been in Capricorn, we’ve seen restriction and restructuring in the areas of economics and government, and worldwide movements for civil rights.

The stock market crash of October 1929 happened when Saturn was at 26.49 degrees of Sagittarius, just before moving into Capricorn, and the Great Depression followed. The severe drought of the Dust Bowl began in 1930, with colossal dust storms beginning in 1931. In the USSR, under Stalin, millions starved in the Soviet Famine of 1932-1933.

Themes of capitalism vs. communism played out during some of the most tense years of the Cold War, from 1959 - 1962, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the United States’ entrance into the proxy war of Vietnam. 1988-1991 saw the end of the Cold War, and the rise of transnational corporations. In 1989, Time Inc. merged with Warner Communications to become the world’s largest media conglomerate. Moscow got its first McDonald's in 1990.

Incidentally, in a disheartening echo of both the 1929 crash and 80s trickle-down economics, Saturn was at 27-28 degrees of Sagittarius in the early morning of December 2nd, when the senate passed a tax plan that will overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy. The Galactic Center, a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is at 27 Sagittarius. Pluto was within a degree of the galactic center at the beginning of the Great Recession started in December 2007. Astrologers speculate on this point as a nexus of tremendous energy, but we don’t know much about it yet. Just...note it. And save your money.

The last three transits of Saturn through Capricorn have coincided with enormous civil rights movements. When Saturn was here in 1930, Gandhi led the movement for Indian independence from British rule. 1959 - 1962 included some pivotal moments for the Civil Rights movement in the U.S.: four black college students staged a sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960 into law, and the first Freedom Ride took place, to name a few. The Berlin Wall, which began construction when Saturn was in Capricorn in 1961, fell after his return to this sign in 1989.

Saturn’s 2017 - 2020 Transit

December 19, 2017 - March 21, 2020

July 1 - December 17, 2020


Outer planet transits during this period:

Saturn trine Uranus in Taurus

Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn

Jupiter conjunct Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn


Looking at historical themes from Saturn in Capricorn, I would expect shifts in economic policy, government structures, and civil rights. In fact, with Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn in 2019 - 2020, and Jupiter joining both of them in December 2019, it looks like a recipe for major transformation. Pluto has been restructuring Capricorn themes of business and government since 2008, and will continue to do so through 2024. Is a big transformation good or bad? It depends on where you sit, and it remains to be seen.

With Saturn trine Uranus in Taurus, the sign of money, starting in May 2018, we should see some economic developments. I think just in case it would be wise to prepare for Saturnine economic restrictions, or at least eventual restrictions as a consequence of irresponsibility. If the pattern follows history, the 1% do the spending, and the rest of us bear the consequences. With the exception of JFK, all of our 20th Century Saturn in Capricorn presidents have been Republican (Hoover, Eisenhower, Reagan, and George Bush Sr.) See my comments on Saturn’s position when the tax plan passed, above. It’s looking like a belt-tightening season for those who aren’t wealthy.

In the best case scenario, we can redistribute wealth and reform the class system. Millennials have been joining the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) in droves. Restructuring works both ways. The resistance is currently happening. Movements for civil rights—including Black Lives Matter, women’s rights, trans rights, and immigrant rights—will hopefully gain support from Saturn in Capricorn. Topics that resonate with previous Saturn in Capricorn periods include the War on Drugs, gun control laws, birth control, workers' rights, and taking responsibility for the environment.

This Saturn-Uranus trine could also bring some innovation around things like bitcoin, automation, and basic income. The last time Saturn was in Capricorn, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (1989). Themes of net neutrality, citizen privacy, and the social responsibilities of Facebook and Twitter are likely to be at the center of the discussion. Uranus in Taurus is also probably going to coincide with some innovations around food, which I’ll get into in a later post. With Saturn, this involves doing food the old-fashioned way: farming real food responsibly and eating for health.

Saturn in Capricorn can be the period when we build the Berlin Wall, or the period when it falls. How it plays out depends on who’s in power. History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does echo. Which parts of history do you want to echo for the next three years?

What to Expect for Your Personal Saturn Transit

Saturn will bring themes of adversity, responsibility, discipline, and consequences to the sector of your chart where you have Capricorn. If you have Capricorn in your second house, for example, you will need to manage your money with a great deal of responsibility, as you may be working hard for it and even experiencing some restriction around income. The idea of “consequences” may make you squirm, but if you work hard, the consequence of your action is a reward. A penny saved is a penny earned, in other words. Saturn transiting your tenth house can bring adversity in your career, and you will need to put a lot of hours in to reap the rewards you seek. You may face issues with authority figures, and/or take on responsibility as a boss yourself.

How intense your Saturn transit is depends on your natal chart. If you have moon in Capricorn, you’re in the middle of what Vedic astrologers call Sade-Sati, a challenging period where you may experience suffering that ultimately brings you more compassion for others. If you have Saturn in Capricorn natally (i.e. you were born during one of the last periods, 1988-91 or 1959-62), you’re facing your Saturn Return. This is a rite of passage for everyone around the age of 30, one where you are challenged to become a true adult. It's a great time to have a personal consultation about Saturn's role in your natal chart.

How We Can All Work with Saturn in Capricorn

Saturn is tough, but fair. Here are some strategies for managing Saturn in Capricorn:

  • Set ambitious goals and work towards them slowly. Saturn is a fan of the slow, hard climb to the top.

  • Refuse to give up. Just keep moving forward.

  • Lose the rose-colored glasses. It’s more easily said than done with Neptune in Pisces, but your best bet from now through 2020 is to stay realistic.

  • Set boundaries and rules. Structure your days to serve your max potential. No distractions from your personal mission. Be the Boss of your own life.

Aries Full Moon: Warrior Queen

This full moon is at 12.42 Aries at 2:40 PM on October 5th

Here we are at the high energy moon in Aries. It's an active energy, a warrior energy. Aries is traditionally thought of as a masculine sign. But this full moon's ruler, Mars, is paired with feminine Venus in the sign of Virgo, the maiden. So I began researching female warriors and I landed on Queen Boudica.

Queen Boudica in John Opie's painting  Boadicea Haranguing the Britons

Queen Boudica in John Opie's painting Boadicea Haranguing the Britons

Boudica (also spelled Boadicea, Boadaceia, and other ways) was a queen of the Celtic Briton Iceni tribe in the region of modern day Norfolk when Britain was ruled by the Roman Empire. Her husband, Prasutagus, left his kingdom jointly to his two daughters and the Roman Emperor in his will when he died. Prasutagus had ruled as a more or less independent ally of the Empire, but after his death the Romans ignored the will and annexed the kingdom. According to the Roman historian Tacitus, soldiers flogged Boudica and raped her two young daughters in front of her.

In AD 60 or 61, Queen Boudica led the Iceni and other tribes in a massive uprising against Rome. Tacitus records that she addressed her army with the words, "It is not as a woman descended from noble ancestry, but as one of the people that I am avenging lost freedom, my scourged body, the outraged chastity of my daughters." Her troops destroyed the Roman settlement of Camulodunum (modern day Colchester), forced the Romans to evacuate Londinium (modern day London), and then burned both Londinium and Verulamium (modern day St. Albans). Boudica's rebellion made Nero consider withdrawing from Britain. Eventually, though, the Romans defeated the Britons, and Boudica either killed herself to avoid capture or died of illness.

Boadicea and Her Daughters, Sculpture by Thomas Thornycroft, 1902

Boadicea and Her Daughters, Sculpture by Thomas Thornycroft, 1902

There is a sculpture of Boadicea and Her Daughters leading the charge to battle in their chariot at the Westminster Bridge in London. Judy Chicago made a place setting for Boadicea in her installation The Dinner Party. Boudica has remained a popular folk hero, inspiring novels and at least one movie. She is often cited as a famous warrior queen. So maybe you've heard of her, especially if you're British. But until yesterday, despite taking four years of Latin that included some fairly comprehensive Roman history, I hadn't.

Boadaceia place setting, The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago, 1974-79

Boadaceia place setting, The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago, 1974-79

I suspect others haven't either. We often tell the stories of famous warriors. For example (in no particular order): Napoleon, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Richard the Lionheart, Attila the Hun, Spartacus. The queens and the warrior women are less well known. At this full moon, I invite you to embrace that energy of courage, leadership, and righteous aggression. Not that you're going to burn down any cities. But there is power in unearthing a history of women's sovereignty. There is power in welcoming the assertive energy of your own Mars. There is power, when necessary, in allowing your warrior energy to flow through you.

Where is Mars in your chart? This tells you something about your own way of asserting yourself. Mars reveals what drives you and what pisses you off. When you read about your Mars position by sign or house, do you loathe that part of yourself or celebrate it? Somewhere in your chart, there is the potential for a warrior queen. I encourage you to find her.

Thoughts? Questions? Feel free to comment below.