Ain’t no mountain high enough! December 21 marks the Winter Solstice and the Sun’s transition to ambitious Capricorn season, putting our biggest goals front and center until January 20. Capricorn is the star sign of structure, hard work and achievement.
Every 30 days or so, the Sun visits a new zodiac sign. During this “season” everyone feels the energy of this prevailing astrological energy, no matter what your Sun sign. Capricorn is the third of the zodiac’s three earth signs and part of the “cardinal” quality (or triplicity). Cardinal signs (the others are Aries, Cancer and Libra) are leadership-driven, discerning, and can even bit a bit entitled at times. Cardinal signs begin every season, so they are known as initiators and pioneers—but this also gives them an alpha-male or queen-bee air when taken too far. During Capricorn season, we work hard—but we also want the best!
As live-out-loud Sagittarius season comes to a close, our energy settles down and turns inward. Capricorn season always starts with the Winter Solstice—the shortest amount of daylight all year. Winter begins, and in the spirit of sensible Capricorn, we conserve our own “light” and energy.
Here are seven ways you can channel the gifts of Capricorn season spirit between now and January 19.
1. Focus on one goal at a time.
Capricorn is ruled by steady and structured Saturn, which governs linear time. Fun fact: In Greek mythology, Saturn is called Chronos, which literally means “time.” During Capricorn season, we thrive by doing things in—yup—chronological order. Break every big goal into individual steps and consider how long you’ll need. Reverse engineer your dreams: Start by picturing your ultimate destination, then work backward. How many days, weeks or months do you realistically require to pull this off? Write out any big milestones you’ll reach (and celebrate) along the way, then set them to a timeframe. Identify what kind of budget and people-power you might also need. Capricorn season’s plodding methodology can seem “boring.” But think of this sign as the zodiac’s architect, drafting the blueprints for a solid structure. You’ll decorate later—first, get the basics in place!
2. Don’t take all the spontaneity away.
During Capricorn season, it’s important to get things done. But don’t get SO serious that you zap all the joy out of your mission either. This cycle can make us all work, no play, so notice when you’re starting to get tunnel vision. Stop and go do something joyful—sing karaoke, dance, shop, or go to the gym. Your hard work deserves to be rewarded. Otherwise, what’s the point?
3. Align your spine.
Since Capricorn rules the spine and bone structure, make an effort to stand up proud and tall as you close your eyes and envision your grandest plans coming to fruition. After all, good posture cultivates the confidence needed to go after what we really want in life.You can harness the earthy energy of Capricorn season by rooting yourself in a grounded yoga pose like Tadasana (Mountain Pose) to align your structure.
Our Executive Editor & yoga teacher Andrea Rice instructs: “Simply stand up nice and tall, with your feet hips-width apart. Draw your shoulder blades together behind you as you spread your collarbones wide and lift your heart. Extend through the top of your head and feel one long line of energy running from your crown chakra all the way down through your feet. Engage your quadriceps and stand with a neutral spine by inviting a gentle C-shape curve into your lower back. Bring your hands to your heart and bow your chin to your chest as you set powerful intentions for your dreams.” (Bonus points if you live somewhere warm where you can dig your bare feet into the earth!
4. Remember: You don’t need a guru.
Capricorn is the sign of mastery, so mentors and experts fall under the Goat’s domain. This is a favorable time to seek the counsel of wise and experienced people. Just be careful not to elevate them to guru status. Whether it’s your boss, your doctor or your yoga teacher, nobody is all-knowing. Just because someone occupies a leadership role doesn’t mean you should hand them all your power. Be careful about falling under the spell of authority figures or getting too starry-eyed over status. Sure, people deserve respect for paying their dues and honing their craft. But remember, we are all only human.
5. Honor thy father figures…
Capricorn rules the zodiac’s tenth house of masculine energy, fathers and men. This can be an important time to connect to the guys in your life, especially a dad, brother or son. However, there could be a few Beyonce-style “daddy lessons” in store for us, especially since communication planet Mercury is retrograde in Capricorn until January 4. This season can help us sort out the valuable lessons we’ve learned from the father figures in our lives, and what we want to do differently. It’s also a time to get in touch with the “Divine Masculine” energy that exists within all of us, regardless of gender. Men in particular might check out the work of (Pisces) David Deida, author of The Way of the Superior Man, who teaches about sacred intimacy, masculinity and spirituality.
6. …but challenge the patriarchy.
Capricorn is the sign of the patriarchy. It rules governments, big businesses, old-school masculinity and hierarchies. We’ll be honest, as feminists and progressive people, that makes as shudder. This is especially palpable as neo-conservative forces rise throughout Europe and the U.S.—a return to a “law and order” world governed by xenophobia and fearmongering. Yes, Capricorn is the sign of history—but that doesn’t mean we have to turn back the clock to less progressive times.
Powermonger Pluto is about to enter the second half of its 16-year journey through Capricorn, which is polarizing masculine and feminine forces. As we watch the President-Elect fill his cabinet, there’s an opportunity for us to become allies across genders, working together to protect the rights of everyone, not just an elite population—regardless of our vote or political stance.
For inspiration, check out this TED Talk by Michael Kimmel, author of Angry White Men and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Men & Masculinities, on why gender equality is good for everyone—especially men. We love his explanation that “making gender visible to men is the first step in getting men to support gender equality.” Watch here:
7. Conserve natural resources.
Capricorn is an earth sign, and a conservationist by nature. During Capricorn season, look for ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Carpool, use less water, turn off the lights when you leave a room, shop local (BYO bags!) instead of having everything delivered (those trucks and planes emit fossil fuels). For a year-end tax writeoff, donate to an environmental cause if you feel so motivated. Check out CharityNavigator.org for a list of ideas, organized by issue. Since Capricorn is associated with mountains and the desert, take advantage if you’re near either. Go take in a view of some natural wonders!
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