Capricorn – Characteristics & Personality Traits
Winter may not be so easy after all. The shelter is by now smudged with smoke. It’s been awhile since things were aired and cleaned. We are either obsessive about cleaning or flagrant about having counted it impossible, or both.
We may be restless with cabin fever, but in the dark of winter going abroad is forbidding.
We long for solitude and find it difficult to achieve. So we find ways of distancing ourselves from others, though they be nearby, making ourselves inscrutable. Some days our Sagittarian confidence gives way and we don’t seem up to the task of persevering. Humor (with a cutting edge) may be one way to distance ourselves, crankiness another, apparent indifference another.
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When people are too many and too close for too long there must be rules of conduct to keep the peace. We know the rules and insist upon them, for others at least. Wastefulness cannot be tolerated. Complaining is not to be endured.
In life, child rearing is ending; for women, Capricorn is menopause. We’re less and less interested in spending ourselves for others; we expect others to be self-sufficient. There’s a self-absorption now, an imperative to discover and be utterly true to our authentic nature, irrespective of what others want or expect. There are mood swings as one changes focus from other-nurture to self-focus.
There are hot flashes and flashes of divine inspiration. We cultivate wisdom from our own deepest sources; wisdom which defies easy communication to others. We learn the value of silence.
In maturity, we believe we’ve merited respect and deference. Respect now means that others don’t pretend to know what’s good for us, that they don’t probe too deeply, or strive to change us, or expect us to do for them what they can do themselves. We’re virtually immune to being manipulated by guilt.
What a luxury it is in this season to find a task that engages us, into which we can fling ourselves and forget our ills. It must be some calling arising from within, not imposed. When inspiration strikes, we are capable of incredibly focused concentration.
Capricorn’s coming to maturity is different from adolescence, which strives to present itself to the world and carve a place in it. Capricorn appears to under-achieve. But this is not so; the primary relation now is between self and self or self and the divine. There is something in-here to which we must matter, to whom we must be true. Until we discover what that is, we may be cranky, but only if others expect from us what we cannot give.
The Capricorn phase of a process is its symbolic death. It is release, letting go. Chiefly what we detach from, and with difficulty, are the expectations and judgments of others. Freedom is the reward. It cannot be granted, only seized and claimed.
To successfully meet Capricorn’s challenge, we need laughter, from the belly. While immersed in the unknown and wrestling with peril, we discover humor to be divine truth, perhaps the ultimate divine truth.
Aquarius – Characteristics & Personality Traits
Oh, this is a chaotic month. We are weary of winter, but there are promises of spring. The Sun has begun migrating northward. We live day to day, euphorically hopeful when pre-spring warmth surprises us and despairing when a blizzard follows. This is a time of chaos. Resources are meager, and there seems little opportunity for gaining more just now. Our well-being seems entirely subject to the caprice of nature and circumstance. Will seems mostly ineffectual. The challenge here, some days, is surrender.
Surrender isn’t easy; generally it occurs after all other strategies have been exhausted. Upon letting go, Aquarius can appear reckless, even mad. The season seems to exempt us from consensual standards of behavior. Aquarius finds it easier to ask for forgiveness than request permission. Polite forms seem (and in this context are) trivial. Invention is born in this season, though it is likely accidental, a result of behaving as if there’s little to lose.
Any life circumstance which pushes us past the boundaries of the known, even past where we lose sight of our reference points, is frightening. A moment comes when we are forced to acknowledge that no, we’re not in control, and we let go to what is. If fate is kind, we count our survival miraculous. We’re quickened, charged with new life, keenly aware of the miracle of awareness.
In life Aquarius is the season of old age. We’ve lived through hardship; we’ve left the seriousness of ordinary human dramas and their intrigues behind us. We’ve weathered storms. Even the hormone storms have ended. We’ve achieved a freedom from obligation; others should not expect too much from us. We expect a great deal from others. In some moments, we become children again.
If we’ve lived well and taken our lumps with magnanimity, if we’ve learned to let go blaming self and others, we become wise now and compassionate, not confusing compassion with pity. We expect to be listened to, when we do choose to speak, and we expect to be believed.
Perhaps we have some divine insight others don’t share, free as we are from the tyranny of consistency and reason. This is a time of detachment and idealization. We look at the life cycle as if from a far distance. Ivan Karamazov, who loved humanity but did not love people, had an Aquarian outlook.
We anticipate the next cycle hoping for secret knowledge. We may consult oracles, throw the bones, seek out the spirits. Now is the time of necessity, and we reach not for craft, not not for art, but for invention. We experiment without specific goal.
Unreality can overtake us unless there’s something to push against. People with Aquarian outlooks, indeed many elderly people, welcome a good set-to, a heated debate. If nothing else, debate is entertaining and warming, and disagreement gives us something to chew on. Criticism doesn’t wound; instead it makes us feel alive in this cold season. Aquarius loves feedback, loves to matter, even if negatively.
The Aquarius phase of a cycle is a loosening to chaos, a making way for a new dream.
Pisces – Characteristics & Personality Traits
Thawing begins now. The plant world quickens to life. Fetuses stir in wombs. Bears grow fitful in their dens. Awareness dawns that we have survived. Pisces is the season of one eye open.
In the day cycle, Pisces is the hour before dawn, the darkest hour, the hour in which dreaming is most intense. It is also the hour of first awakening. There’s a desire to return to sleep, a floating time between sleeping and waking.
Pisces spans death of the old and birth of the new. There is at once grief over what’s lost and hope for what’s to come, deep sorrow and poignant joy. Indeed, it is Pisces’ province to dream the next cycle, to summon intention and seed impulse. Pisces appears not quite of this world, because it is not quite of this world. It has important and invisible work to do.
The season is dangerous. Ice is not reliable, nor is it yet gone. Capricious weather can overtake us. There’s a need for canniness now, for feeling one’s way, for relying on more than reason.
Nothing is more important that what’s coming. It’s worth every sacrifice. Mainly what needs to be sacrificed is our grief. We must shake off the shroud of the old, wake ourselves, rub the very real sorrow from our eyes and find our way to joy.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no more fierce or determined a time than Pisces. It insists on life and overcomes anything impeding its intention.
Pisces, in any cycle, is the struggle to forget what has gone before and awaken to a new hope, birth a new dream.