A Choir Singing
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A Choir Singing
I’m on the record as being a big fan of New Year’s rituals and resolutions. I spend the better part of each Capricorn season (late December-late January) filling out a big wall calendar, a small desk planner, and a bigger desk scheduler – not because I actually need all of those systems, but because I find it fun.
Just because I’m ready to plan these things, though, doesn’t guarantee I’m actually ready to begin implementing them. That’s where the Capricorn First Quarter Moon (Oct.12, 21, 8:25 pm PDT) comes in. It arrives a week after each Libra New Moon, when, with 9 months of deliberation under my belt, I find myself finally ready to implement some New Years resolutions.
And speaking of the Sun in Libra, that’s a sign that reminds us how much more we can accomplish when we partner with others. The Sabian symbol for this First Quarter Moon is 20 Capricorn, A hidden choir singing.Those who support us behind the scenes – family, friends, co-workers – make our individual song sound richer, fuller, and more beautiful.
Loving Venus, Embracing Saturn
When I’m asked what I do for fun, I usually reply, “…I work?” I’m not that good at relaxing and enjoying myself, and it seems the minute I adopt a creative hobby, I find a way to turn it into a business.
Come to think of it, I suppose what I really enjoy is business. And yes, I’m lucky to have found a way to make my living doing something I truly love, but I won’t lie – it’s taken a lot of Saturn to make it work.
Venus is the symbol of what we enjoy. Right now, it’s moving through Sagittarius, and Venus in this sign tends to love nature, books, learning, and freedom. As Venus meets up with Saturn this week in an opportunity-oriented sextile aspect (Oct. 13, 2021, 12:26 pm PDT), an invitation or idea may come across the transom and lead you to wonder: Could you combine what you love with your occupation? Maybe you’ve got a book inside you that needs only Saturn’s discipline to find its way out. Or perhaps you meet someone who works remotely, on the road in an RV, free to enjoy some of the world’s greatest natural spaces as their office, and you think to yourself, “Well, as a matter of fact…”
Can you make a living doing what you love, where you love to do it? Loving Venus is easy. Much depends on whether or not you can love and embrace Saturn as well.
Declare yourself with pride
The Sun shines on Jupiter this week, in one of the lovelier trines of the solar year (Oct. 15, 2021, 4:46 am PDT). It’s on a Sabian symbol I love: 23 Libra, A chanticleer. The chanticleer crows loud, long, and without apology. And Jupiter is on a similarly demonstrative symbol, 23 Aquarius, A big bear sitting down and waving its paws.
The Sun in Libra doesn’t always love calling attention to itself, but if we’re to get everything that we can from this quite promising aspect with Jupiter -which is possible as soon as Oct. 17, when Jupiter stations direct – it will require us to stand up (or, perhaps, sit down and wave our paws) and declare ourselves to the world with pride. And it wouldn’t hurt to throw some of the spotlight in another’s direction, as well. The Sun in Libra shines brightest when it’s holding the flashlight with someone else.
It’s just after sunrise and you’re beginning the day in a moldy-smelling laundromat, waiting for your sheets to dry. Your mind wanders back to a fateful decision, and an opportunity that subsequently slipped through your hands. Passing on an opportunity because the timing isn’t right, or because your plate is too full with things you love, is one thing; but letting self-doubt derail you is something else entirely. The Sun’s square to Pluto (Oct. 17, 2021, 5:12 am PDT) gives you an opportunity to face that decision squarely; why did you really say no?
It’s a sobering inner dialogue. But by evening’s end, Jupiter turns direct (Oct. 17, 2021, 10:30 pm PDT) and the sky brightens. All the detours you’ve taken along your path, all the different interests and classes and projects that seemed like distractions, have led you all at once to something remarkable. All the paths converge and lead toward a joyful, wide-open future. You’ve passed through the slough of despond; you fall asleep on freshly washed sheets, dreaming of a wild blue yonder.
Writing and images © 2020-2021 by April Elliott Kent
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