The week begins with a hard aspect between Mercury (commerce and communications) and Saturn (slowdown and restriction). Usually this aspect lasts for a day or two, but since Mercury is going retrograde at week’s end on December 2 and 3, this aspect is be in play for a long time. During this time, fleet footed Mercury goes back to conjunct Saturn- again- on December 6, more delays. It is direct December 22, 2017 at 13° Sagittarius. By that time Saturn will have already left Sagittarius and entered conservative Capricorn, so Mercury lines up with Saturn again around January 13 and 14 in 2018.
I realize that many of my readers don’t understand some of my Astro language at times, but let’s just simplify this last paragraph. Since Mercury takes about 88 days to cycle the Sun, but Saturn takes 2 1/2 years to go through a sign, this means that over the course of the next two or so years, Mercury, the faster planet, which has everything to do with communications, commerce, deal making, writing, learning, contracts and travel, lines up with Saturn several times during Saturn’s duration. This happens in January 2018, then again in January 2019 and then again in January 2020! Wherever Capricorn falls in your personal natal chart is where there is a call to up your life ante. Quality is what Saturn is about. It is not about quantity. What do you really need to know to become an expert? Are you working towards a degree in a field that you love, but which requires lots of sacrifice and work? Are you willing to focus your mind to achieve something? Saturn asks that you address these issues in order to provide a strong and solid foundation in the area of your life in which Saturn and Mercury are traveling for the next 2 ½ years. This sets the tone for the next 29 ½ years of your life and the cycle is just beginning.
You always have a choice. You don’t have to do it. None of us have to do anything, but Saturn is the planet of karma. It asks that we put duty before pleasure. If we want something, it says we have to work for it. It asks us to take responsibility in the area of the chart in which it falls. Again, we have choices. Sometimes life comes along and forces our hands because of responsibilities we are unable to avoid.
This combo begins its journey THIS WEEK. It asks you to begin thinking about where you want to go and how to get there. Where can you conserve, preserve, reorganize or mentally focus? In the natural zodiac, Capricorn falls in the tenth house of public image, career, bosses, parents and authority figures. In general, these areas may be challenged, but looking at your individual chart can tell you even more.