Astrological Weather for January 2010

January’s (and perhaps the entire year’s) energetic weather is dominated by planetary events occurring over three days.  On January 13, Saturn turns retrograde at 4° Libra, followed by a New Moon solar eclipse on January 15 at 25° Capricorn.  Fortunately, Venus conjuncts the eclipse point providing some comfort for those of us who are uncomfortable with hard edges. Then several hours after the eclipse, Mercury stations direct at 5° Capricorn.

Saturn rules all the planets in Capricorn and is exalted in Libra (see November 2009 – The Astrological Weather for more on this) so clearly, he’s the guy in charge these days. He’s the adult with a capital “A” — a combination of the Cosmic Architect, Auditor, Cop, Organizer, Disciplinarian, Timekeeper, and Parent.  Saturn is what makes us work for our rewards and then bestows them upon us when the time (in the karmic sense) is right. When we are in harmony with Saturn, work and success are synonymous.

The New Moon Eclipse signifies a time of new beginnings (see ECLIPSE MANIA! SOLAR ECLIPSE at 29 Cancer).  So wherever you have Capricorn in your horoscope is the arena where you will start a new cycle of incredibly hard work to manifest something,  where responsibility is the name of the game, and you will struggle to fulfill your commitments.  And if you have no goals, you will wake up to the fact that building something can be satisfying, even if it’s a little castle in the air and it takes a long time.

Which it will.  Whatever you start now will take time and effort to accomplish.  That is the nature of Saturn. Since the eclipse is happening at the time of its retrograde station, this function is moving away from externals.  You might think it’s not worth it, but you will find yourself doing it anyway and actually experiencing fulfillment there.  It is actually an act of faith that there is a future.

Shirking your responsibilities and/or acting childishly will not get you anywhere.  Mercury’s direct station will help you get moving again, but that slogging-through-the-mud feeling might be something you have to accept for the time being.

As mentioned above, Venus conjuncts the eclipse point which can provide some sweetness when we feel that all work and no play is making us dull.  If you’re stressed, counteract the tough, cold reality of Saturn with some Venusian comforts – get a massage, inpsire yourself with beautiful art, go to a concert, or splurge on a nice dinner with some friends.

Particularly affecting all the cardinal signs born 12 -19 of April, July, October, or January and those of us with planets in the last 7 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.  All of  us are affected to varying degrees. Look at your sun sign and ascendant if you know it.

Aries – You’re the only one that can get serious about your career, your partner, notwithstanding. If not now, when? Taurus – What’s it all about? Do some traveling either literally or in your armchair and get a bigger perspective. Or if you’ve always wanted to get that Masters degree, what’s stopping you? Gemini – It’s about the cosmic glue. Whether it’s sex, drugs, or the proverbial rock and roll, what is it that bonds you with others? And perhaps more important, how can you experience more of it? Cancer – As difficult as others can be, it’s becoming clear to you that you can’t do it alone. You need that irritation that allows an oyster to create a pearl. Others provide a mirror as well as that special ingredient that makes alchemy happen; Leo – Keep a good mental attitude while continuing to roll that rock up the hill at work. Neglecting your health is not an option; Virgo – Your children need to know that you’re the one who’s the parent. And if you have a screenplay or (something else) gathering dust in the closet, pull it out and get to work; Libra – Literally or figuratively, it’s time to build a new home.  Because it’s all about your family and your base of operation; Scorpio – Your siblings, relatives, neighbors and cousins need to hear from you.  In fact, everyone needs to hear from you these days.  Write, speak, broadcast.  It’s all about communication; Sagittarius – Take a cold, hard look at your bank account. Learn about money by making more of it and spending it on things you value while saving some for a rainy day; Capricorn – You are not the Biggest Loser, but you can be the Biggest Winner if you keep up your discipline. This is the time of your life. Don’t sleep through it; Aquarius –Spend time by yourself for a change without the company of your computer or television. Meditate and contemplate your divine place in this amazing world; Pisces –Take care of your friendships first. You achieve more fulfillment by making a firmer commitment to your dreams and goals by connecting with others around a common purpose.

November 2009 – The Astrological Weather



On October 29, 2009, Saturn moved into Libra ending 2 and half years in Virgo, the sign of work and health.   It will remain there through October 5, 2012 with the exception of a short retrograde into Virgo from April 7, 2010 through July 21, 2010. It’s a whole new ballgame for everyone with relationships moving front and center.   This is a potentially difficult transit since Saturn is also squaring Pluto in Capricorn on November 15, 2009 and on July 26, 2010 will oppose Uranus in Aries.   Whether you are firmly committed or looking for a companion, this transit will test your ability to relate to other human beings like nothing else can.

Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn is exalted in Libra.  That means that Saturn acts like the honored guest at the dinner party.  Very concerned with responsibilities and commitments, Saturn in Libra wants to be a peacemaker, a unifier, a reconciler but he’s always up for a fair fight if justice is a question.

I think of Saturn as the building inspector.  As he transits through the zodiac and around my natal chart, he has the annoying but necessary task of finding out exactly what I have been neglecting and reminding me that it’s time to take care of it.

Compound this with Pluto’s square from Capricorn, and we’re all dealing with major dilemmas and issues regarding our relationships.  Libra is an air sign and operates from an idealistic place.  Pluto in Capricorn is concerned with a major transformation of the social order. Imbalances in judgment trouble Saturn and lack of control sparks Pluto’s motivation to maintain power.

Saturn says, ” Sharon, you have a hole in the roof here and the rain has been coming in for God knows how long.  What are you going to do about it?” I groan, I want to bury myself under the covers, but can’t because I’ll get drenched if I don’t start working on it right now.  Yesterday would have been even better but whatever…the task always seems endless and the results are never immediate.

Pluto in Capricorn can be like a steamroller. It’s all about the evolution of the social order come hell or high water and some people seem to have experienced both.  Capricorn has to do with who’s in power, the mastery of the material plane, as well as our material resources.  We feel Pluto’s workings on our current economic situation, necessitating a major change in values in order to make our world sustainable on the most basic level.

Like an army of termites eating away at the foundation of whatever house it’s transiting, we live with our problems until Pluto creates a crisis.  All of a sudden, we feel the floor crumbling beneath us.  How did that happen? You pick up the pieces and like Humpty Dumpty, hope that you can put it back together again.  Or even better, you make a major move.  The universe has done for you what you were unable to do for yourself.

So wherever Saturn is transiting in your horoscope right now, the roof is leaking and wherever Pluto is, it feels like you’ve fallen into a hole. Sounds like fun, huh?

Coming to all cardinal sign natives born the 21 – 28 of March, June, September, or December, but the truth is, all of us are affected. Look at your sun sign and ascendant if you know it.

Aries – Your partner’s needs conflict with your career goals; Taurus – Daily work life and health get in the way of your desire to expand into the bigger world; Gemini – Is it possible to have both love and sex in the same experience? Cancer – Wanting (or having!) a live-in partner and domestic life and maintaining the peace without giving up your integrity; Leo – Keeping a good mental attitude while dealing with pressure at work; Virgo – Having enough money to pursue your creative goals; Libra – Taking yourself seriously while struggling with your emotions and the family dynamic; Scorpio – Letting go of guilt over past actions while clarifying your communication with siblings (and other relatives) and neighbors; Sagittarius – Formulating a new goal for your future while pursuing money right now; Capricorn – What else? It’s all about your career;   Aquarius – Contemplating the right thing to do without sabotaging yourself ; Pisces – Wondering…is it a sexual relationship I need or a good friendship?