Aquarium Age

Aquarium Age: November 27 – December 3, 2019

By Ralfee Finn

By Thanksgiving Eve, the Moon once again joins the tightening grip of the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, which is exact on January 12, 2020. As the Moon illuminates the struggle between Saturn, which signifies reality and its fundamental structures—the order of our day-to-day life—and Pluto, ruler of the astrological underworld, which has swept us into a powerful current of chaos by its demands for truth within those structures, we are increasingly stunned by unrelenting individual and collective upheaval. I know that many of our fellow travelers are fatigued by this struggle, but this is not the moment to withdraw into passivity—rest maybe, but not apathy. The Saturn/Pluto conjunction signifies a shift in the world paradigm and this is not a shift you can avoid, for while it is happening collectively, it is also happening in our individual lives. This is one of the reasons so many of us are stymied or stuck making fundamental decisions about where we want to be, who we want to be with, and what we want to be doing. When the world is tilting its axis and the new direction is not yet known, it’s hard to figure out where and how the pieces of the puzzle fit together.

By Monday, December 2, Jupiter enters Capricorn, ending its transit of Sagittarius—it won’t be back in Sagittarius until 2030. Among many things, Sagittarius signifies the search for truth, and these past several days, as I watched the impeachment hearings, I was once again struck by the significance of our current historical moment, which can be categorized as a search for truth that is individual as well as collective. It’s through Jupiter and Sagittarius that we become aware of different belief systems, and often when confronted by a multiplicity of spiritual, religious, and philosophical systems, it’s easy to become cynical and dismiss them all as mere human constructs and therefore lacking any validity. Conversely, we can become adamant about one-way and one-way-only, which lays the foundation for fundamentalism of every denomination. But either of these extremes dodges the work it takes to understand the deeper truth underlying all the many ways there are to reach an expansive perspective that measures itself against a higher power, no matter what we name it. The Sagittarian search for truth is a spiritual search. Now, as Jupiter moves into Capricorn, we move from that metaphysical search for truth to a “stick to the facts” attitude that wants to delineate fact from fiction. This is the job of Capricorn and Saturn: to distill wisdom from experience and to know the false from the true.

All of this led me to contemplate the Egyptian goddess Maat—the goddess of truth, and the personification of the concepts of law, morality, justice, order and harmony. She was the goddess who regulated earthly life in accordance with celestial cycles—the repetitive motion of the stars and planets, the delineation of the seasons, the telling of time and the order that those patterns provided. Order is the antidote to chaos, and for the Egyptians chaos included violence, disharmony, and the potential to do harm or evil.

Maat is most famous for the Weighing of the Heart ritual, a ritual that took place in the afterlife in the Hall of Truth, where each soul would stand trial for the life it had lived. The Egyptians believed that each individual had personal responsibility for his or her life, and that the measure of the soul’s true integrity could be found in the Hall of Truth, as each heart was weighed on a scale against the white feather of Maat. If the heart was lighter than or equal to the feather, the soul would dwell in the starry realm. If the heart was heavier than Maat’s feather, the soul would be devoured by the goddess Ammit and thus doomed to live in Duat, the Egyptian underworld, for eternity. This is the Egyptian judgment day, with fate decreed not by an external judge, but by one’s own heart, which alone knows the truth of how we have lived. I can’t help but think that the zealots trumpeting the specious claims that Ukraine interfered with the 2016 election would find it hard to pass the Maat feather test.

This week’s column (# 1,196) is an anniversary column—I’ve been writing ithe Aquarium Age weekly for twenty-three years now, and it’s remarkable to me that each week I still find something to say. I often worry about repeating myself—and those worries are not unfounded; I’ve certainly written about Saturn/Pluto more times than I care to count. And Mercury Retrograde? Sheesh!

But this column continues to be a labor of love, and while I complain about it  sometimes (but only to close friends), I love writing it. I am deeply thankful for its success, a success that’s been dependent on its readers. So on this Thanksgiving, I give thanks for you and I pray that your day of gratitude brings you a deep and abiding appreciation of all we’ve been through these last many years and all we are going through now. You are my fellow travelers. We are in this together, and I am honored to walk beside you.

Sun Bursts:  If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.

Aries March 21-April 19
Jupiter moves into your Solar House of career and recognition so be prepared to be thinking about what it is you would like to accomplish in this new year-long cycle. Your goals don’t have to be complex, although it’s fine if they are. What’s most important is that you think about what would bring you joy as well as personal satisfaction.

Taurus April 20-May 20.
Jupiter enters your Solar House of belief systems, which means for the next year you’ll be exploring a lot of new territory, physically or philosophically. It could also mean that you’ll be off on excellent adventures, seeing the world and expanding your perspective about different cultures and their spiritual practices.

Gemini May 21-June 21
Jupiter’s entry into your Solar House of transformation could translate into endless loops of “ch…ch…ch…ch…changes.” Jupiter tends to stir things up and coupled with your innate curiosity, the next twelve years could turn into an in-depth exploration of a wide range of transformation techniques. Have at it, but always remember to ask the question: How does this improve my life?

Cancer June 22-July 22
Jupiter moves into your Solar House of partnership, expanding your interactions with significant others of all denominations. The best way to prepare for this new phase is to embrace it by being open to all kinds of new relationships even as you deepen your existing ones. As part of this phase, partnerships that have run their course could disappear—but don’t worry; the new ones are more fun.

Leo July 23-August 22
Jupiter moves into your Solar House of health and service, renewing your interest in self-care as well as your interest in caring for others. What’s more, its expansive presence also intensifies work—whether it  job-related tasks or increased activity where you volunteer. Stay open to Jupiter’s many-faceted manifestations and it’s guaranteed you won’t be bored.

Virgo August 23-September 22
Jupiter’s entry into your Solar House of creativity stimulates a new cycle of self-expression as well as a deep desire for romance. However you choose to spend the currency of its presence, be sure to make fun and pleasure a top priority. Also keep in mind that life is the most creative activity of all—assume that every day is a fresh canvas and you’ll deepen an awareness of how to live.

Libra September 23-October 22
Jupiter moves into your Solar House of belonging, amplifying the need to feel at home, inside and out. Be patient with this process—let it reveal what you need to feel connected to yourself and others. Contemplate what’s needed to feel safe and secure. Yes, I’m using the word need a lot because this transit is about acknowledging your needs and taking positive actions to meet them.

Scorpio October 23-November 21
Jupiter’s entry into your Solar House of communication has you talking—a lot—to anyone who will listen. While Jupiter loves the chitchat, Capricorn tends to be more serious than most other Signs, so you can expect the conversations you engage in to have more than a modicum of depth. Pace yourself or you’ll quickly get overwhelmed.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Jupiter moves into you Solar House of personal finance, starting an entirely new financial cycle. Although Jupiter is benevolent and expansive, I wouldn’t buy an expensive new car just yet. Give Jupiter a chance to generate opportunities to increase your income before you become overly optimistic about how its presence might play out.

Capricorn December 22-January 19
Jupiter is in your Solar House of personality, along with Saturn and Pluto, so there’s no escaping this astral invitation to renovate your persona. Don’t worry; there’s nothing wrong. This is simply the perfect opportunity to refine any rough edges in need of attention. Venus is leading the way—also in your Sign—so seize the moment and at the very least, treat yourself to a new haircut.

Aquarius January 20-February 18
Jupiter enters your Solar House of psychology and its benign presence is certain to lift your mood. Make the most of this transit by paying special attention to your dreams, increasing your daily meditation, or keeping a journal to remind yourself of your growth process. I’m not predicting a miracle cure for depression, but I am suggesting a better attitude to help you manage the days.

Pisces February 19-March 20
Jupiter’s entry into your Solar House of community inspires you to stretch your boundaries and reach out to others so you can experience the benefits of like-minded people who share your values. This is not the time to be shy—this is the moment to commit to expanding your world so you can feel a renewed sense of belonging through active participation in shared endeavors.

This article was originally published on November 27, 2019.