Uranus, planet of change, revolution and freedom, has been retrograde since last July, and we have been pushed into a weird space, an un-comfort zone where our impulse towards transformation and renewal has been restrained, blurring out of focus. And yet, this is also the zone where important changes have been brewing beneath the surface, giving us a vague, indistinct glimpse of what’s to come. With this rebellious planet going direct and regaining its sharp power on December 21st, this scorching magma of shocks and surprises will powerfully erupt.
After her passage through mutable, fleeing Sagittarius, Venus – planet of Love, artistic talents, partnership – in Capricorn will bring willingness to put experience and ideas into practice. Becoming Cardinal, and serious-minded, about standards, ideals and goals in the sentimental department, will become a prominent trend from December the 10th, 2014, up to January 3rd, 2015, when Venus will leave Capricorn for Aquarius.
Capricorn is known for being the sign of hard work, ambition, perseverance, responsibility, elderly age. Its ruler is Saturn, principle of restriction and concreteness. They’re both associated with structure, and bones and teeth are the parts that fall under their rulership in the human body. Capricorn is a stripped-down sign: it represents the underlying structure or pattern beneath the visible. Infused with the sober, dry essence of Saturn, it’s earthy and reality-based. It symbolizes all that is essential and load-bearing. With Venus’ passage through Capricorn, the superficial layers will be peeled off from the skeletal structure of our bonds, leaving us with the tangible account of the elementary patterns that sustain our relationships.
Since July 16, when planet of growth, expansion, luck, expectations and optimism Jupiter entered Leo, and after the blunt trauma experienced under the Cardinal Grand Cross, most of us have embarked on a journey back to the Self, in order to rebuild the trust, the strength, the integrity that was taken away. But, as we’re discovering while we work through our grief, the Path to such a destination is winding and tortuous. It doesn’t lack in unexpected turns, and bumps in the road; at times we’re presented with delays. There also comes a time when it’s necessary to take a step back, over old ground, to reconsider some of the recent happenings in a more detached, introspective perspective.
This moment is right around the next bend: Jupiter is going Stationary Retrograde on December 8, at 22 degrees Leo, continuing backwards until April 8, 2015,
The Astrological configuration captured in your Birth Chart is a cosmic “barcode” that stays with you forever, but planets do continue their journey in the sky after you have drawn your first breath. Therefore, they’re bound to enter new relationships with the planetary positions displayed in your Chart; and, even though this means they’re technically always “in transit”, an actual transit (when it comes to you and your Birth Chart) happens when one or more planets make an aspect to one or more planets, asteroids or angles of your Birth Chart (although it can also be said that a certain planet is “transiting” a house in your Chart, too). Interpreting transits is quite possibly the most important forecasting method in Astrology, as it can point out future trends, developments and themes that are likely to become relevant at a given time. As such it’s an incredibly powerful tool, if used correctly. In order to do so, it’s important to understand differences and characteristics of each planetary transit.