by Robert Wilkinson
January features the Sun in Capricorn. In 2014 Mercury is also there through Jan 11-12, and Venus is in Capricorn retrograde the entire month. So the first 10 days of this month we’ve been organizing or reorganizing wherever we have Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio, and the review and re-valuing will continue to the end of January in our Taurus, Libra, and Scorpio sectors.
These Capricorn energies will hold sway until the Sun enters Aquarius January 19 at 7:51 pm PST, Jan 20 at 3:51 am GMT. In January as planets move through Capricorn, we get even more information about the patterns developing since Jupiter set Capricorn energies into motion in 2008. On a related note, February will give us more information about the Jupiter in Aquarius expansion energies from 2009, and March gives us insights and vitality into what was set into motion during Jupiter in Pisces in 2010.
As Saturn is the worldly ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius, this is the time of year where Saturn has a huge influence on all the affairs ruled by the inner planets. Right now, with Saturn in Scorpio, Mars in Libra and Venus in Capricorn, it forms a chain of dispositors making them both more powerful than usual. It also shows that there will be a definite Scorpio backdrop to all we go through for the next few weeks.
For the most part, we’ve all learned to conduct ourselves and all our interactions at a very high level of refinement, class, and style, with the first week of January focused on a “conflict between old and new perspectives,” and the second and third weeks focused on socializing our desire nature. The end of January will reveal “unexpected vital urges,” “great creative potential,” and a need for “self-maintenance.”
Now let's turn the spotlight to the sign of Capricorn!
Capricorn spotlights our ability to claim and exercise power in the public realm and our ability to assert our personal authority within some social structure or the world at large. This self-starting practical sign represents the power of initiating a form of self-interest, enlightened and otherwise. These are the energies we use in our lives to organize our time, energy, and resources with an eye to forms of personal fulfillment, and the ability to use time productively to achieve our intention.
Capricorn is the ultimate plodder, patiently persevering with an eye to the long-term payoff. Wherever it falls in a chart is where you may find and claim your power, authorship, mature experience and responsibility.
This sign inaugurates Winter, which began at the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2013, 9:11 am PST, 5:11 pm GMT. (Part 2 at this link.) In the Northern Hemisphere, the light force was at its yearly minimum, teaching us how to conserve energy and concentrate on what we need to learn. Down under in Oz and NeZ, they were enjoying the beach!
According to Rudhyar, the power of the collective grows in strength from the Summer Solstice until the Winter Solstice, after which it begins to wane. This is the situation for the Northern Hemisphere, and of course is reversed in the Southern Hemisphere. Up north we now see a time when individuality and free will begin to become stronger, and the days will gradually get longer, until the Summer Solstice on June 21, 2014 at 3:21 am PDT, 11:21 am Greenwich, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Capricorn is the dutiful mature executive. It is one of the "parent" signs, and very practical and pragmatic. Mythologically, this sign of the Sea-Goat is the Wisdom-Innocence of the Elder as they are instinctive, child-like, and self-interested, yet without thought of ulterior reward.
Capricorn, when freed of the chains of socialized expectations, limited value judgments, perceptual blocks, the desire to over-control things, and fear of being thought improper, show their world how to accept responsibility easily and naturally, being the administrator of some form of Divine service to their society. When their mighty determination and perseverance are leashed by their Higher Self, great works are created.
Think Rod Serling, whose compelling voice and profound writing abilities created the legendary “Twilight Zone,” changing television forever. Arguably the most famous Capricorn of all, Elvis Presley, electrified the world and opened a door that changed us all for all time. Other Capricorn superstars of their times were Isaac Newton, the mathematician-astrologer and one of the greatest scientists of the past 500 years along with Dr. Benjamin Franklin, the scientist, statesman, inventor, and genius whose features still grace our $100 dollar bill.
In the political realm where they most naturally rise to the top (and often have spectacular falls!), we have 4 very ruthless men who ruled their worlds with iron fists. We begin with Chairman Mao Zedong, the founder of Red China, and proceed to Richard Nixon, the felonious “unindicted co-conspirator” who resigned the Presidency in disgrace. Then there's Capricorn Josef Stalin, the Soviet premier who murdered 30 million of his people, finish the quartet with J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI chief with absolute power who violated the civil and human rights of tens of millions of American citizens.
Other notable political figures include Nobel Prize Laureate and martyred Middle East leader Anwar Sadat, banker and would-be kingmaker Alexander Hamilton, Presidents Millard Fillmore and Andrew Johnson, and such diverse figures as Benedict Arnold, Joan of Arc, George Marshall, Walter Mondale, Konrad Adenauer, and Barry Goldwater.
Others who made their mark in the political history of our world were Woodrow Wilson, who created the League of Nations only to have his Congress reject it, Robert E. Lee, the man who saved the United States from endless guerrilla warfare, Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of all time who chose the path of nonviolence and spirituality rather than war, and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Prophet who showed us how to “keep our eyes on the prize.”
A special nod goes out to two very special First Ladies. Lady Bird Johnson beautified America when she was here, and left a wildflower research center as her legacy that has impacted the whole world for decades. Michelle Obama is the first African-American First Lady, and looks to make a significant impact on America in her own way, given her intelligence and practical analytical skills.
Three great spiritual Capricorns who made a difference in their world were the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Transcendental Meditation; Vivekananda, the 19th century Indian force majure of the Counsel of World Religions and disciple of Ramakrishna, a spiritually realized being beyond our comprehension; and Paramahansa Yogananda, the Indian sage who gave the world a blend of the best of East and West, a master of Kriya Yoga (Yoga of Light) and author of many spiritual works including his famous “Autobiography of A Yogi,” a story for the ages of levitating masters, living saints, and the power of Yogic self-realization.
Legendary Capricorn musicial lights feature Cab Calloway, Scotty Moore, Marlena Dietrich, Bo Diddley, Odetta, Johnny Otis, Xavier Cugat, producers Sam Phillips, Bob Keane, and Phil Spector, Victor Borge, Oscar Levant, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Ray Price, Beach Boy Carl Wilson, Sophie Tucker, Gene Krupa, Frank Zappa, Ethel Merman, Phil Everly, Janis Joplin, Syd Barrett, Eartha Kitt, Del Shannon, Glenn Yarborough, John Denver, Roger Miller, Jack Jones, Grace Bumbry, Aaliyah, Alex Chilton, and Robert Palmer.
In modern times we have an array of true talent: Sir George Martin, Michael Nesmith, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, twins Maurice and Robin Gibb, Mick Taylor, Edgar Winter, Pat Benatar, Jeff Lynne, Donald Fagan, Robbie Krieger, Joan Baez, Noel Paul Stookey, Rod Stewart, Steven Stills, Annie Lenox, David Bowie, Country Joe McDonald, Dave Matthews, Mary Weiss, Anthony Glise, Dolly Parton, Chris Jefferson, Marianne Faithfull, Patti Smith, Kenny Loggins, George Thorogood, John Legend, Rob Zombie, Donna Summer, Shirley Bassey, Sade, Andy Summers, Van Dyke Parks, Mary J. Blige, Mick Jones, Davy Jones, Trevor Rabin, Bryan “Dexter” Holland, Michael Stipe, Eddie Vedder, Jimmy Buffett, Jonathan Davis, Caleb Followill, Jonathan Davis, Shane MacGowan, A.J. McLean, Samantha Mumba, Susy Bogguss, Melanie Jayne Chisholm, Marilyn Manson, Paul Revere, Ron Foos, Bobby Goldsboro, Dido, Barbara Mandrell, Crystal Gayle, Rob Bourdon, Joe McIntyre, Ricky Martin, Hayley Williams, Jared Leto, Alexa Ray Joel, Lars Ulrich, Charo, Kid Rock, and Paul Stanley.
In the world of film Capricorn has given us such legends as Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Ava Gardner, Hal Roach, Mack Sennett, Oliver Hardy, Lew Ayers, Sydney Greenstreet, Ray Bolger, Paul Henreid, Tex Ritter, Tom Mix, Gwen Virdon, William Bendix, Jane Wyman, Sterling Holloway, George Dolenz, Luise Rainer, Danny Kaye, Richard Widmark, Jose Ferrer, Ray Milland, Jose Greco, Butterfly McQueen, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Patricia Neal, Russ Tamblyn, Susannah York, Alan King, Yvette Mimieux, Margaret O'Brien, Constance Moore, and Federico Fellini.
Newer film luminaries of this tribe include Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, Ben Kingsley, Sarah Miles, Anthony Hopkins, James Earl Jones, Diane Keaton, Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Voight, Dyan Cannon, Sissy Spacek, Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Jude Law, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jim Carrey, Kevin Costner, Orlando Bloom, Bipasha Basu, Barbara Carrera, Joan Chen, Tim Matheson, Kiefer Sutherland, Verne Troyer, Kate Bosworth, Maggie Smith, Frank Langella, Joey Lauren Adams, Jane Horrocks, Kristin Kreuk, Tia Carrere, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jack Noseworthy, Corey Haim, Joan Chen, Haley Bennett, Jeremy Renner, Ami Dolenz, Alex Linz, and David Lynch.
Legendary televison Capricorns include George Burns, Steve Allen, Bob Denver, Barbara Billingsley, Mary Tyler Moore, Shari Lewis, Robert Stack, Loretta Young, Danny Thomas, Cliff Arquette, Jesse White, Lloyd Bridges, Dorothy Provine, Shelley Fabares, original Star Trekkers DeForest Kelley and Nichelle Nichols, Bert Parks, Betty White, Jack Lord, Guy Madison, Andy Kaufman, Dabney Coleman, Larry Storch, Arte Johnson, and George Reeves.
More contemporary stars feature Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), Jean Stapleton, Ted Danson, Tracey Ullman, Vic Tayback, Harry Shearer, John Amos, John Walsh, Matt Frewer (voice of Max Headroom), Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Susan Lucci, Pamela Sue Martin, Patrick Dempsey, Don Novello, Richard Moll, Victoria Principal, Shawn Wayans, Bill Maher, David Caruso, Bebe Neuwirth, January Jones, Concetta Tomei, Alan Beckwith, Amanda Peet, Kim Coles, Jason Bateman, Paul McCrane, Rainn Wilson, Taye Diggs, Gabrielle Carteris, Danica McKellar, Bonnie Hellman, Yvonne Zima, Kim Coles, Pamela Sue Martin, and Mason Gamble.
A special nod goes out to four female television journalists and/or personalities of this tribe, Diane Sawyer, Cokie Roberts, Katie Couric, and Meredith Vieira, along with one of the all time legends of journalism, Andy Rooney.
In the literary world we find Daniel Webster, Charles Perrault, Rudyard Kipling, Carl Sandburg, Jack London, Edgar Allen Poe, Carlos Castaneda, Kahlil Gibran, JRR Tolkien, AA Milne, Anne Bronte, Henry Miller, JD Salinger, Horatio Alger, Maurice Sendak, Mary Higgins Clark, Sam Levenson, Isaac Asimov, Susan Perabo, William Blatty, and Stephen Hawking, while in the art world we find Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, and legendary illustrators Johnny Gruelle and Charles Addams.
Other famous Capricorns who rose to the top of their game were pioneering astronomer Johannes Kepler, Louis Pasteur, Albert Schweitzer, Louis Braille, inventors Charles Babbage and Charles Goodyear, Howard Hughes, Ari Onassis, Simon Wiesenthal, Betsy Ross, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Madame C.J. Walker, Vidal Sassoon, Diane von Furstenburg, Clara Barton, Robert Ripley, Kit Carson, Paul Revere (the original!), Jeff Bezos, John Tsacrios, and Conrad Hilton. We also find two of the most infamous figures in history, Al Capone and Rasputin.
Notable sports figures include Connie Mack, Tiger Woods, Sandy Koufax, Dizzy Dean, Rickey Henderson, Ozzie Smith, A.J. Foyt, Andre Michelin, and George Foreman, as well as stage entertainers Sally Rand, Gypsy Rose Lee, Galina Ulanova, Alvin Alley, Debbie Allen, the Amazing Kreskin, and radio personality Howard Stern.
Finally, happy birthday to the states of Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah, and the nations of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania, India, Thrace, the Vatican, and the Orkney Islands.
Happy B as well to the cities of Huntsville and Mobile, Prescott, New London, Tallahassee, Key West, Atlanta, Savannah, most cities in Iowa, Detroit, New York City, Fargo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, Tulsa, Chattanooga, Austin, Arlington, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Seattle, along with Brandenburg, Brussels, Port Said, and the areas of Punjab, Saxony, and Hesse.
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson