Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
“Little by little, the old world crumbled, and not once did the king imagine that some of the pieces might fall on him.” -Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
Effective Date: December 28th, 2016
We are all waking up new people right now, with new bodies we almost don’t recognize. It seems that after this Tower Year gave us the opportunity to erode old roles in our life. When you see something vastly painful – a great shadow manifesting in your life, be aware that this is because there is an equally large illumination happening at the same time. Those of you who investigated the pain you were dealt instead of running from it realized that shadows are hallow. Oh yes, the monstrous shadows this year had to feel crushing and all encompassing for us. If they didn’t crush us, they couldn’t have brought us to our foundations. Don’t you know what you really need now, Heretics? Necessity, Heretics. Capricorn teaches us about necessity. And yes, this means the necessity of pain in our lives. Capricorn is use to dishing out tough love and getting zero gratitude for it. She is use to others feeling enraged by her lessons. They are necessary, Heretics, or we wouldn’t be strong enough to “make it through the winter.” The pain has stripped us to our raw forms. There is no going back now, so it’s time to choose; will you hide your “exposed” self with a newly crafted mask or will you finally stand firm in your identity?
The Sun (9 of Wands), Moon (King of Pentacles), Mercury (9 of Cups), Mars (Queen of Pentacles), and Neptune (8 of Swords)- Pick yourselves the fuck up, Heretics because 2017 is going to be fucking weird. You’ve got to get some solid ground underneath you, or you’re going to be like an astronaut lost in space. Yeah, this means getting some sort of god damn plan in order for once (and ugh, during Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn as well – it’s going to get nitpicky but necessary). You’re going to need to look deep inside and think about the things that you really need and transform your life to fit those plans. Illusions will be spun to bring you back
If you go back, you’re going to get another blow similar to the karma that effected you in 2016. Trust me, you cannot withstand another blow like that – especially if you have cowardice in your heart. And yes, you must have cowardice in your heart to seek comforts when you know what you must do. There is a push and pull to Capricorn and her opposite, Cancer. One sign knows that there must be comforts and nourishment in order to learn and grow, and the other knows that tough love is necessary for some lessons. They are meant to balance each other, like a sea saw, unable to function without their opposite force. Solidity and structure will be necessary for our emotional comfort at this time. We need to know who will be there for us, what is expected of us, and where we are deciding to go from here. While we go about trying to gain control of our lives, greater forces will attempt to gain control of us as well. There is a looming danger in the air telling us to prepare (Mars as Queen of Pentacles). With Mars in Pisces and the Queen of Pentacles, I sense a sort of “preparation for the revolution.” The schematics for a new renaissance are being drawn somewhere, and there could very well be echoes of the plan in your own life. As above, so below.
9 of Cups is known as the “wish card.” So make a wish, Heretics, because whatever you decide to work on during this period is what you are going to see come into fruition. I guess this also means I should warn you with the typical “be careful what you wish for.” Yes, of course there will be setbacks to your plans, but this is just a test to your patience and dedication. Capricorn needs to know that your intentions are true – that you are real. If you are not approaching the coming year standing with integrity, then you will very swiftly fall into old karmic circles. 2017 is the year of the Star, yes, but numerologically it is also the year of The Wheel. We are facing our karma head on – things we thought were long dead and gone – and the only way out of the wheel is to not play the game the same way this time around.
Venus (10 of Cups), Saturn (The Chariot), Jupiter (The Fool), Uranus (10 of Pentacles), and Pluto (2 of Swords)- Mmm, now that we got the “get to work” part out of the way, it’s time for the fun. Uranus + Eris + Ceres (opposite Jupiter, and Trine Saturn and Juno) are making a final conjunction on New Years Eve, only 2 days away from this New Moon in Capricorn. You must know what the rules are before you can break them. Your own personal rebellion in your life is a mirror of the greater rebellion that is beginning to take shape in your city, in your country, in our world. It is easy for us to grow comfortable with authoritarian rule in our lives. We may allow our past traumas the honor of sitting on the throne, or perhaps we give too much of our dignity to a viscous boss or abusive partner. This moon will challenge you to take back your authority and break the chains that bind you. This means you must let go of your self doubt. You wont be able to climb a mountain with dead weight, and you can’t rule a kingdom if you don’t believe in you are worthy of your role. Uranus is demanding we rise to our station – rise to our true role in life. He wants nothing less from us, and Jupiter in opposition as The Fool is telling us the only way to do this is radical change. This is rebel with a cause energy.
Pluto is telling me we are being given a choice to evolve or devolve, and we must find stillness in order to see where we must go. This stillness will be found if we ground in the reality of our situation and fully acknowledge it. Stop placing guilt on yourself. Look at your lessons soberly, and decide to move forward with what you have learned – or the pain was for nothing. This, in itself, will be an act of rebellion. This awareness of the established rules will become very important for you once you decide how you are going to break free of other people’s control over your destiny. They will attempt to woo you into their idea of what this reality is, but please keep in mind what we have learned all year; all towers must fall. You are the ruler of your own reality. Once you know how others have built your “reality” around you, it is very simple to figure out where you must plant the dynamite. Uranus is asking you to take a stand against the monstrosity that has been built while you chose to sit back and disengage with life (our current political climate is a direct shadow of our collective disengagement from life). This moon will make us see just where this exploitation is taking place, and with Uranus in the mix, for once we wont just sit back and take it. This time we may just actually stand up for ourselves.