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,
Having rulership over the Higher Mind and the Superconscious Self, Jupiter is the link that bridges the personal (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars) and the transpersonal (outer planets) consciousness in Astrology. As a planet, it’s the fifth one from the Sun and the largest by far, a solemn gas giant which completes its orbit every 11.86 years. On a more metaphysical level, Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, naturally operating on a large scale.
As a deity, Jupiter/Zeus has roots in the Indoeuropean background of Greek and Roman civilizations, late Roman Jupiter being the equivalent of the Greek Zeus. Greeks were Indoeuropeans, thus the names and traits of their gods owe to Indoeuropean models. Jupiter/Zeus thus originates as a sky deity (Di̯ēus) in the Indoeuropean world, inherited by the Vedic (Indian) pantheon in guise of Dyauṣpitṛ or Dyaus Pitar.
Whether as a planet or as a deity, Mars represents the principle of objective manifestation. It rules Aries and Scorpio, and it’s exalted in Capricorn. As a planet, it orbits the Sun in 687 days, spending an average of 57 days in each sign, and its soil is rich of iron, much as the hemoglobin of human blood – hence the “red planet” epithet. As a deity, it’s Ares, the Greek God of War, and the eponymous Roman God – which is the only non-human figure to play a significant role in the foundation myths of Rome, whose population was famously proud in war.
Martian energy is raw and masculine, and all of the three aforementioned zodiac signs amplify a different side to it: Mars is impetuous and uncontrolled in Aries, strategic and intense in Scorpio, focused and determined in Capricorn.