Ain’t no mountain high enough! December 21 marks the Winter Solstice and the Sun’s transition to ambitious Capricorn, putting our biggest goals front and center until January 19. Capricorn is the star sign of structure, hard work and achievement, and it’s no wonder that Capricorn season coincides with New Year, when we set far-reaching goals and resolutions.
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.
Higher altitudes are certainly calling, so buckle into your climbing gear and take the first few steps up that trail. The day before Capricorn season begins on December 19, taskmaster Saturn will exit worldly Sagittarius and park into its home sign of structured Capricorn until December 17, 2020. Karmic Saturn in earthy Capricorn calls for the conservation of natural resources and may force us to comply with MUCH greener standards during this cycle. Cautious Saturn accomplishes its slow and steady ascent through the Sea Goat’s terrain over the next three years. As we level up, we also need to pause and acclimate between elevations to ensure that what we’re building has a firm foundation and structural integrity. Don’t just aim to move mountains—Saturn in Capricorn wants us to build legacies that provide for generations to come.
With the bold Sun joining Saturn in Capricorn and blazing through this goal-oriented sign until January 19, we can get a head start on our New Year’s resolutions now. Here are seven ways you can channel the gifts of the Capricorn season spirit.
1. Focus on one goal at a time.
Capricorn is ruled by steady and structured Saturn, which governs linear time and also recently made a major cosmic shift when it entered Capricorn on December 19, 2017. Fun fact: In Greek mythology, Saturn is called Chronos, which literally means “time.” During Capricorn season, we thrive by doing things in—yup—chrono-logical 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.
To do this, our Managing 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 Sea 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 also be a few Beyonce-style “daddy lessons” in store for us, since Saturn’s karmic energy is at the helm. 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. This is especially palpable as neo-conservative forces continue to rise throughout Europe and the U.S.—a return to a law-and-order world governed by xenophobia and fear-mongering. Yes, Capricorn is the sign of history—but that doesn’t mean we have to turn back the clock to less progressive times. Fortunately, more men have been feeling the call to educate themselves from the #MeToo movement and recent spate of sexual misconduct scandals. Though there’s still a long way to go, the signs of progress are also an indicator of what’s to come.
The need to question age-old rules and structures is more resonant than ever, because hierarchical Saturn (the ruler of Capricorn) just started a three-year stay in the sign of the Sea Goat on December 19, 2017. We’ll all be tasked with dismantling the systems that no longer serve the world’s highest good. Powermonger Pluto is in the second half of its 16-year journey through Capricorn, which has revealed how polarized masculine and feminine forces are. 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 political or religious beliefs.
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. Fun fact: Theodore Roosevelt, who was known as “the conservation president,” was POTUS during Saturn’s Capricorn visit in the early 1900s. After creating the Unites States Forest Service, he established 150 million national forests, created wildlife refuges and exponentially developed the National Parks Service. (Here’s hoping Saturn’s return to Capricorn will stop the decimation of his legacy that’s been underway over the past couple years!)
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 or an organization combatting the disastrous effects of climate change. 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—and bask in the privilege of enjoying Mother Earth during the season ruled by Father Time.
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