The final embers of Divine Fire continue to burn intensely this week, and as they do, the veils of consciousness continue to become increasingly transparent, allowing penetrating insight into sticky, repetitive patterns — the oh-I-know-I-shouldn’t-but-I-just-can’t-help-myself-habits and attitudes — that always seem to evade an intervention or rehabilitation. But what’s valuable about the cosmic heat is its capacity to ignite the transformation. Those red threads of persistent karmic themes can be transformed into golden strands of understanding through a renewed commitment to integrating awareness into action. Put simply, if you walk your talk, you’ll experience a profound internal, as well as external shift.
The source of the Divine Fire continues to be the Jupiter/Pluto conjunction — with two slight alterations. First, the conjunction is separating, which means rather than anticipating its impact, we’re in the midst of its effect. Second, Jupiter moved into Capricorn (see the individual Signs, below) on December 18, which means even though Jupiter is in close proximity to Pluto, Jupiter has moved out of the Fire of Sagittarius and into the Earth of Capricorn, a move that dials down the intensity. But only a tad — Mercury and the Sun are still in Sagittarius, stoking enough heat to illuminate yet one more Sagittarian shadow — religious fundamentalism.
Fundamentalism, with its insistence on a one-way and one-way-only perspective, is the anti-matter to the Sagittarian celebration of diversity. Sagittarius symbolizes the universal quest for meaning and holds within its vast reach as many belief systems as there are people searching to make “sense” of the human condition. Often what drives that search is a need for certainty — a reasonable need in a transitory world. But the need to be sure can become a fanatical adherence to doctrine that excludes rather than includes and frightens rather than soothes. Pluto’s transit through Sagittarius challenged us to confront fundamentalism, personally and collectively. It asked us to probe what we believe in and why. And it has made us painfully aware of the devastating consequences of a closed system that cannot or will not tolerate differences. Faith should provide shelter from the storm — not create even greater gales of turmoil.
This week, as we celebrate the winter solstice, and all the other holy days honoring the power of the sun’s light, contemplate why the lengthening days might have been so important to our ancestors. Did the solstice renew their faith in another cycle of life? And now that we understand the mechanics of the solstice, is it still spiritually significant? Perhaps the seasonal rites and rituals are the sacred arrows of the Sagittarian Archer, aimed high at the heavens in the hope of touching a universal force beyond the particulars of earthly belief systems? An eternal Presence we hope will help us to make sense of the human condition.
I believe that Presence is an endless current of love streaming through everyone and everything, as brilliant and constant as the sun and as deep and mysterious as the sky. A current each of us rides no matter what our religion, race, gender, or politics, and no matter how broken some of us may be by the struggle to survive. And just like the sun, love’s power sustains life. So during this season of solar festivals, celebrate the power of love. Let it light your way and inspire true good will toward all sentient beings.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Jupiter, the planet of great good fortune, just entered your solar house of career, inviting you to reassess your goals. Make the most of this new cycle by visualizing your success down to the tiniest details.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Jupiter’s move into your solar house of belief systems jump-starts a personal journey into issues of faith. While this is also a current collective theme, that doesn’t diminish its significance for you.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Jupiter’s shift into Capricorn signals a new cycle of personal transformation. I’m not suggesting miracles, but used with skill, this phase could turn several areas, including finances, in a positive direction.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Jupiter brings its expansive attitude into your solar house of partnership. So even if you’re feeling a bit overexposed, don’t refuse this planetary invitation to invigorate your attitude.
Leo July 23-August 22
Jupiter initiates a new work cycle that has the potential to improve your finances. There’s no need to hurry this positive process — your success will unfold in its own time.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Jupiter’s entrance into your solar house of creativity stimulates a new creative cycle. Even if you feel overwhelmed, try not to resist this invitation — it might be a lot of fun.
Libra September 23-October 22
Jupiter triggers home improvement — inside and out — so don’t be surprised if you feel like renovating. Just remember, the need for “new” will last for a year.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Jupiter bestows the gift of gab, but even though its influence is benign, it would still be wise to exercise restraint. Saying too much can often cause more harm than good.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
As Jupiter leaves your Sign it moves into your solar house of finance, and initiates a new prosperity cycle. Welcome this good fortune, but don’t spend what you don’t have.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Jupiter moves into your Sign and stimulates an enthusiastic approach, especially toward personal “rehabilitation.” You are in a positive identity crisis — use it to your advantage.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Jupiter stimulates dreams — waking and sleeping — that deliver powerful messages. Pay attention: these missives have the potential to sustain a positive, optimistic mind-set.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Jupiter moves you out into the world through community participation. Rather than resist, embrace this process — your days will be richer than you can imagine.