January 2017: Saturn, Capricorn And Current Transits

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The Sun moved into Capricorn on Dec. 21.
Saturn is the planet that rules Capricorn and channels the energy of Cap through us. Saturn represents that part of each of us that agreed, as spirit, to come into physical form as a human. Why? To learn all about how the physical realm works so as to bring our light into this dense plane of existence more effectively, becoming conscious of our roles as co-creators of this world. Ultimately, in full consciousness, it is about more beauty, love, joy and fun within a physical form!

But getting there involves many lessons. Thus, Saturn becomes the enforcer of rules, limits, consequences, discipline, and often, pain. Jupiter, our inner magical child of infinite and unlimited spirit, doesn’t like this, at least at first.

With time, however, Jupiter learns to appreciate Saturn. Like a loving father who has had to let us learn “the hard way,” Saturn is always right there to lend a helping hand and teach us as soon as we take accountability for our choices and actions, learn our lesson and try anew. And optimistic Jupiter always wants to try anew.

Saturn takes about 29 years to circle the zodiac. Each seven years or so, as it either squares or opposes its original position in your birth chart, you experience a time for making choices, letting go of attachments and taking responsibility. Each of these passages helps define you. Inner promptings and outward events challenge you to let go of past errors of habit and make choices and commitments. Your level of consciousness and self-awareness determines the story you tell yourself, which determines your will to resist or embrace what is needed, which determines your emotional experience.


To achieve anything in this physical world, to manifest an intention, requires committing to a choice and conforming to the principles of time and space. Sure, it’s not the same in spirit world, but here on/in earth, we’ve agreed to play by these rules. Doing so is rewarded with a sense of fulfillment and peace.

So, as the Sun moves through Capricorn this month, your inner Saturn is calling you to stay more conscious that you are a soul having a human experience, and you are here to bring your infinite source of light and love into manifesting the world you are co-creating for your self and together, collectively, with humanity.

Current Transits
When the Sun moves into Capricorn, astrologers look to the sky for insights into what the new year may portend. This is the beginning of a new cycle of gestation, birth and growth, not only for nature, but also for the human spirit.

Baked into this “new year” chart there remains the waning, yet still powerful Uranus/Aries square to Pluto/Capricorn, an aspect that began over five years ago. Collectively, we’ve seen a struggle between the plutocratic bulldozer version of transformation from the top and humanity’s need for authentic, revolutionary and systemic change that allows for individual human rights. This will persist for another four years.

Uranus went retrograde last July. At the end of December, it went direct, and now the confusion from the recent election results will begin to clear and a new wave of populist uprising will press for further changes.

Currently, Jupiter in Libra joins this dynamic by opposing Uranus and will continue to do so until next November. Jupiter’s drive for expanded understanding will at times inspire us to relate to others with hope and generosity, yet at other times our enthusiasm may spill over as impatience and provocative bluster. Jupiter’s square to Pluto indicates we will be challenged to renew our confidence and optimism in the face of continued blows to our hopes. Our strategy to sustain through these challenging times will be to bring our best to each and every relationship we have, being conscious to intend unity and oneness, even with perceived enemies who we may have never met in person. Jupiter’s sextile with Saturn and trine to Venus, thankfully lend a balancing sensibility and social ease to our good intentions. In coming years, as the Uranus-Pluto aspect weakens, this personal approach to relationships will pay off, individually and collectively.

Also in this “new year” chart, the Sun trines the North Node, indicating that all of us will feel drawn to step outside the comfort and safety of our home and family in order to lend our individual voice to the public forum. The Sun’s sextile to Mars enhances our willingness to be assertive. However, with Mars conjoining Neptune in Pisces and both opposing the North Node, there is also a strong temptation to escape the awareness of the suffering around us by turning to addictions of entertainment, food, sports, etc. If we allow ourselves to remain aware of the pain around us, while applying our spiritual wisdom to self-care, we will more likely intuit the words and actions we need to stay engaged in the collective process around us in a way that does not diminish us or others. Creativity, artistic expression and spiritual maturity are needed here in ways that provide practical service to each other.

For those who desire to engage in these challenging times in ways that remain spiritually conscious, one source of empowerment is to practice staying aware of your body wisdom. The first three chakras are ruled by Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. These planets reflect our ego/personality expression through these chakras. However, these three chakras are also ruled by Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These outer planets represent our connections to our soul awareness. By bringing our spiritually conscious intentions to our ego’s commitment to survive, engage and take action, we can count on our soul to intuitively inform our choices in ways that contribute to the highest and best good, collectively. We stayed connected to the grid of higher consciousness that is creatively driving spiritual evolution and transformation. I will expand on this in coming months.

Another aspect for this yearly forecast is the Sun squaring the Moon. The Sun and Moon, among other things, represents the father and mother principles, or masculine and feminine principles. Collectively, humanity is coming to terms with the ways we have infused our societies institutions with our limited understanding of those principles and how the resulting shadow energies that have emerged. If humanity were a “family,” this square aspect challenges us to question both “Dad” and “Mom” in how they may have contributed to or enabled abuse and neglect in our human “family.” Perhaps we are ready to resolve that polarity to a new level of consciousness and thus a new collective paradigm. There are planetary aspects on the horizon that point to great potential for breakthroughs in consciousness and better times ahead.

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

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