The planets convene in Capricorn, sign of the patriarch: Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto all line up next to the New Moon, exact at 6:17pm PST, January 16th, at 27 degrees. Uranus, the trickster and activist are square to these, urging for a revolution to Capricornian energy. The new moon is closely conjunct Venus, bringing our values and relationships into play. And with Mercury, which rules the mind and communication, and Pluto, which digs deeps and triggers transformation, there is a potent focus on what and who we hold dear, and how to foster and sustain that through an immense and revolutionary transformation to the very structures of our lives and societies.
There is a heavy focus on Capricorn for this lunar month, but the focus will continue for the next few years, as Saturn makes its way through the sign, and meets up with Pluto in early 2020, when we are likely to experience the height of this transformation.
With all this emphasis on Capricorn, I’m writing several posts about the sign. Last week I wrote about the personal implications of Saturn in Capricorn and all of that is especially potent for this coming month, so if you haven’t yet read that post, you might read it now, and set your New Moon intentions around those themes (I also include a sign-by-sign listing of which area of your life this energy is most relevant to).
Today, I wish to focus on the societal implications of all this focus on and transformation to Capricornian energy. On a societal level, Capricorn relates to patriarchy, tradition, economic and financial systems, government, infrastructure, and corporations. Some of the more traditional associations of Saturn in Capricorn may be: governments cracking down (in all manner of ways), and enforcing regulations and borders. Cutbacks, tighter budgets, fewer social programs. The bolstering of military and police power. More conservative social policies.
On the other hand, it’s equally possible that the Saturnian energy could be applied to corporations and the mega rich, that the limitations and regulations be applied to create more just and healthy communities. We have the opportunity to own our own inner authority, and to recognize that we can direct this Saturnian energy just as much as “the powers that be”. If enough people step into their own Saturnian power and demand tighter regulations on corporations and government, and demand that people in positions of authority be held accountable, and that corporations take responsibility for their actions, then this transit could be used to the advantage of the people.
We can choose how and where to direct this energy. If we do not engage, then of course other people will determine for us where and how the energy will be directed. Capricorn relates to authority and responsibility, and we always have the choice, at least to some extent, to defer to external authority--to feel subject to or victim to the powers that be--or to become our own inner authority, and accept responsibility for our own lives.
While Capricorn is often associated with governance and business, it is also associated with the magician: the one who fully understands the extent to which they create their reality through their thoughts and desires, which turn into actions, which create the world. This is taking responsibility for oneself in the biggest way. Capricorn is the final Earth sign--the master of the physical realm--the one who marries spirit and matter, and who understands the secrets of manifestation.
The prototypical Capricornian businessperson creates material abundance and manifests in the physical world, but often does so through some combination of brute force, rigidity, logic, hard-headedness, hard work, outsourcing, social climbing, and playing the money game. The magician is capable of manifesting in the physical world and creating abundance if that’s what she desires, but does so through doing less, through contemplation, meditation, right action, cooperation, love, and desire, and the all important but often missed step: detachment. She creates without concern for the outcome--not because she doesn’t care, but because that’s how magic is made.
To say that we create our reality is certainly not to say that we are to blame when difficult or traumatic things happen, or that oppressed people are responsible for their oppression. The world is co-created by all of us. And as on a collective level we are only beginning to wake up to our power, it’s no wonder that we have thousands of years of patriarchal control and abuse to contend with. It will be through many people, working together, over time, to intentionally create our world that change will happen.
We have the opportunity now to reform our systems, including our economic, legal, and electoral systems, so that there is greater sustainability, accountability, and care. And to take the many important conversations around colonization, racism, sexism, and all manner of systemic oppression that are built into the structures of our society and to work toward changing that. Let’s not forget that the true meaning of the patriarch (Capricorn) is one who cares for others with integrity, in harmony with the matriarch. (Archetypes are detached from gender--we all have these energies within us.)
So, for example, as it stands, many of the major corporations offset their costs onto the people--in the form of the health costs of the toxic substances they use in their products, the environmental costs of pollution, the social costs of obscenely low-paying jobs. In other words, the people, and particularly the poorest people, end up subsidizing corporate earnings. Talk about lack of responsibility and accountability!
Luckily Saturn doles out consequences, cutting down those who haven’t earned their place, and rewarding those who are truly deserving. But the planets of course don’t operate on their own, they work through us. So if we wish for a true cost economics in which costs are not offset onto the people, and the producer is responsible for the full life of their product, then we must make it so.
Policies that support communities, that provide for all, that ensure that everyone has housing, health care, a living wage whether they are able to work or not--these are the kinds of policies that we would all benefit from because we are all embedded in our communities, and healthy communities create healthy individuals and vice versa.
These, of course, are just a couple crumbs of ideas regarding how we might reform our societies. Other people are much more qualified than I am to elaborate on the best path forward and the intricacies of sustainable and just systems. I just mean to offer some beginnings of the kinds of thinking that might be especially valuable this month, and into the next few years. Many people, of course, many activists, often marginalized, have been working tirelessly at this for a long time. We are at a moment now when there is a critical mass of interest, and an influx of energy to further this work that is already underway and to create real and lasting change. It won’t be easy, but I truly believe it’s possible.