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“Capricorn is the sign of the goat which seeks sustenance in the rocky, arid places of the world. It is also the sign of the crocodile, connecting earth experience with the watery realms. At the spiritual level Capricorn is symbolized by the unicorn, the fighting and triumphant creature of myth and fantasy. The goat has two horns and the unicorn one. The single straight horn of the unicorn represents the penetrating spiritual vision of the brow chakra or third eye. The goat/unicorn imagery symbolizes the Capricorn journey from duality and worldly ambition to one-pointedness, vision and spiritual aspiration”.
~ Alice Bailey
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About Juliana: I want to thank all my readers and clients for your support, and I wish you all a very blessed 2010. I am feeling especially blessed to be home in Hawaii now, especially when I hear all the stories of cold and snowy weather on the mainland! The New Year always brings many requests for readings, so I am keeping quite busy with these as well as my nursing job and teaching work. Because of many time constraints, I have decided to send my newsletters quarterly instead of monthly. I may update my blog more frequently, so please stay tuned!
Over half the people who contact me for natal readings are in a state of uncertainty or transition. Usually, the astrological chart reveals major transits or a particularly intense or changing dasha sequence that’s happening at the time. A reading (Astral Tune-up) can offer some big picture insights about the process of inner and outer changes revealed by these astrological factors. Most importantly, healing remedies are prescribed to assist and support the changes at hand.
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Astral Waves Newsletter
“ The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days”
~ Lao Tzu
The Dalai Lama has said that even though humanity faces many difficulties and challenges, progress is always being made somewhere, and this is no less true in 2010. The year began on a lunar eclipse and will be followed by a solar eclipse on January 15. Because of this and other astrological aspects (such as an extended transit of Mars in its debilitation sign and a square between Saturn and Pluto), I believe there will be ongoing unrest and uncertainty in the coming year, but then, what’s new in the material world, right? There are also many positive forces at work in 2010, and I believe that the current eclipse cycle foretells a year of gradual improvement in many areas. For instance, the great benefic Jupiter has left its debilitation sign of sidereal Capricorn, which means that economic advancement is now more likely. Jupiter is transiting in Aquarius now, which always brings out the more positive qualities of hope, innovation, growth, adventure, luck and good will among humankind.
The current week has some intensity! Saturn will retrograde on January 13 (until May 31), conjunct the zenith (10th house cusp) of the United States equal house chart, possibly indicating stalled negotiations and a reappraisal of the government health care reform bill. Saturn square Pluto indicates that the government may have to face grave conditions, including war. On a personal level, when Saturn retrogrades, we may revisit certain choices that we have made in the past. These next months will also be a good time to get organized and work hard, and to focus on health. A long, cold winter and flu season and issues of high unemployment may also be indicated relative to Saturn’s retrograde motion and the eclipse in Capricorn (Saturn’s sign).
The Sun will enter sidereal Capricorn early in the morning of January 14. This ingress marks an annual astrological and spiritual festival in India called Makar Sankranti (Pongol), a sacred time of year when the solar force begins to expand to herald a new, positive direction to the world. This year, Makar Sankranti also marks the beginning of India’s Kumbh Mela, the largest religious pilgrimage in the world that will last until May, which brings auspicious energies to the entire planet due to the powerful focus of spirituality in this event.
A solar central annular eclipse occurs on January 15, 2010 at 2:06 AM in Washington, DC (see chart #1 below). During an annular solar eclipse, the moon’s disc covers the center part of the Sun, leaving only a “ring of fire” around the edge of the Sun. The path where the eclipse will be seen extends across parts of Africa, certain Indian Ocean islands, and the southern and south-eastern tips of India, Myanmar and parts of China (see chart map #2 below). This eclipse will be visible in parts of India starting around 12 PM and lasting three hours or so. The maximum time will be around 2 PM IT, when three-fourths of the Sun will be obscured. Though the eclipse will not be visible in other parts of the world, its powerful magnetic effects will have a global influence. Even so, the areas along the eclipse path will be more prone to disturbances and transitions in the coming year. During the time of the eclipse, it is recommended that we fast and perform spiritual practices which are enhanced by the powerful highly charged atmospheric eclipse energies.
The January 15 solar eclipse will be the longest eclipse of the 21st century, which indicates that it may have profound, far-reaching consequences. What kinds of consequences might that indicate? Well, in general, eclipses are known as cosmic regulators that bring change, for good or bad. During eclipse cycles, we are often provoked by external circumstances to confront and bring to light our psychological issues, the shadowy parts of our unconscious that we have repressed or denied. We do this work by facing and healing our inner demons, withdrawing our projections from others and accepting responsibility for our own thoughts and actions.
Solar eclipses are super-charged New Moons that can reflect temporary disruptions and breakthroughs as well as new possibilities. The three days leading up to and following the eclipse are not a good time to make major decisions, and this is especially true if the eclipse triggers your natal chart. When an eclipse touches a planet in the chart, that planet’s potential may be activated, but only after a period of destabilization. What is set into motion by the eclipse may come to fruition in the next six months or even beyond that. The house and sign position of the eclipse in the natal chart often indicates where the new beginnings will occur. All of these matters are very personal and can only be judged by a careful astrological reading of your chart.
The eclipse is in Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn (currently transiting in Virgo, the sign of health), and this may be yet another indication of the continuing accent on health care reform. Capricorn also shines a spotlight on practical matters in general; building and construction; agriculture; the economy; big business; government and politics; mines and minerals; and earth changing events (like earthquakes, global warming, volcanoes and avalanches). The eclipse itself takes place in the fourth house of the Washington, DC eclipse chart, opposite a debilitated Mars, revealing the likelihood of more turmoil in real estate and financial markets as well as the automobile industry. Record home foreclosures may continue for a while, but we may be surprised to hear about some new, innovative programs designed to address the problem, since the Sun and Moon in the eclipse chart are flanked by benefic planets Mercury and Venus, and Rahu (the north node of the Moon) is in Jupiter’s sign of Sagittarius.
With Rahu's transit in sidereal Sagittarius, we see the eclipse cycle of the past 18 months transitioning away from the Cancer-Capricorn axis, the area of the zodiac that deals with emotional and material security. The presence of the transiting lunar nodes and eclipses in this axis for the past 18 months has magnified our collective insecurity. Now, this dynamic of fear can shift in a more positive direction, as the nodes are now in Sagittarius and Gemini, where they bring a more expansive focus on commerce; communication; religion and philosophy; beliefs and ideals; technological innovation; and education. Mercury has been retrograde for the past three weeks, and will station and move forward about nine hours after the eclipse on January 15, which may bring a rush of new energy. If you feel you have been “chasing your tail” a bit lately, this may begin to shift and you may begin to feel less muddled and more productive.
THE SKY THIS MONTH
Stargazers will enjoy seeing the red planet Mars as the brightest planet in the sky in January. Mars will rise in the east-northeast as early as 7 P.M. local time. By 2 A.M., Mars will be at its highest due south. It will make its closest approach to Earth on January 27 (when it will be the brightest). In a small telescope, you will be able to clearly see the disc and some surface markings of Mars. Jupiter in Aquarius will twinkle at twilight in the southwest sky, but will continue sinking until it will set 8 P.M. On January 16, you will be able to see a silver crescent Moon low in the west-southwest, to the lower right of Jupiter. Saturn in Virgo will rise in the east around 11 P.M. and will move highest to the south before daybreak. Mercury can be viewed in the southeast around a half-hour before dawn during the second half of January. Venus is at superior conjunction (hidden behind the sun) and will re-emerge later in February as the “evening star.”
“The One Minute Astronomer” http://www.oneminuteastronomer.com/2010/01/02/skymonth-january-2010/
“Sky and Telescope”
For some excellent and specific 2010 astrological predictions, I recommend the following Vedic astrology Web sites:
1. ACVA’s Newsletter (Christina’s Planetary Tips):
2.Galactic Center with Joni Patry: www.galacticcenter.org/world-predictions/world-predictions/
3. Komilla Sutton:
4. Dr. David Goldstein:
5. Astrologer Sam Geppi (Sadasiva) has some interesting things to say about 2012 and also about the current transit of the lunar nodes: