The individual placements in our chart characterize different parts of our wholeness. The Moon is emotion. Mars is the action principle. Mercury shows our mind, our senses, our attitudes. Venus provides motivation. The Sun draws it all together.
The Sun rules the fifth house – creativity, drama, pride. The Sun represents ego, a centering of identity and a concept of individuality. In Leo, the fifth house, the Sun… we act. We act our character, as in we embody our individuality.
Who speaks my mind. Who pursues my desires, my inclinations, my goals? Me. Who is me?
The Sun in Capricorn is joined by an unusual amount of activity this year. The current stellium includes Pluto, Venus, and Saturn. Late Wednesday, Mercury joins in.
Capricorn season solidifies identity, the annual return and reiteration of purpose. Monday and Tuesday we have the close conjunction of Mars and Jupiter making aspects of opportunity with the Sun, Venus, and Pluto. Venus and the Sun conjoin as they move over Pluto.
This takes place with Mercury, the senses and the mind, in active Sadge, coming off a trine to Uranus. We’ve just downloaded a lot of information. It’s still pinging around our sense organs.
Part of identity is an amalgam of traits and characteristics. How we characterize that amalgamation is a fine process of addition and subtraction: this, not that. In the movement of Mercury from Sadge to Capricorn, we begin the process of paring down the details. We trade bulk for quality. We introspect for enduring value: this, not that.
Mercury moves to Capricorn late Wednesday. By Friday it conjoins Saturn. Slow down and work on your bag of tricks. Get serious.
With the Sun and Venus moving over Pluto in sextile to Jupiter and Mars, we are carving out identity with confidence and a higher perception. This, not that. This is serious business and it’s hard work, but the opportunity to do this work is NOW.
We are dragging around a bag of masks and roles. We need to weed out the extra. Pare down and discard, distill and keep. Ultimately, Capricorn is about solidity, reputation, and mastery. This compression brings out our best.
In this second week between the full moon in Cancer and the new moon in latter Capricorn, we have the rebirth of the Sun in the act of exquisite refinement. We are pressured into refining ourselves. In another week, the Moon joins the Sun for a renewal and illumination of heart centered purpose. We solidify our goal of self-contained mastery at that time. This week we undertake the process to determine what that will be.
The Moon moves from Libra to Sagittarius, lighting up all these connections. Much of what comprises personal identity has roots below the surface. In order to sort, we have to be willing to dredge up much and turn over rocks. We have to be willing to look at what we find there, really look – no matter what we see. It’s part of us. And it’s important or it wouldn’t be there.
In other words, over time the masks we show the world tend to be only the ones with clean and smiling faces. Without our complex and full rootedness, we lose the power we need for mastery. We need some rooted, shadow dirt to get the job done. We need to get real about what is part of our whole self if we’re going to emobody the power we need to succeed fully. We need a realistic tally of this, not that which includes the tools we need for mastery. That means seeing things as they are, not prettied up for a sterile picture.
The right tools for the job include all the genuine parts of you that you may have dismissed as not pretty. Whatever is real about you is what you’re going to need. It’s time to figure that out.
It’s a good time to look to your own chart and the aspects of your Sun. Also, where is the stellium in Capricorn pressing your natal chart? It’s likely those houses and the two leading up to it will show the areas of your life where mastery is emerging, as well as where you hone your skills as an individual.