January 10-16 — Keeping a Distance

By Christopher Renstrom

I have a tendency to keep everyone at a safe distance. In 2010 does it look as if I will learn to value myself enough to let go of that fear and allow the flow of life to lead me in service to myself and others towards whatever greatness awaits? My birthday is 12/26/67.

As a Capricorn you know that we are all born into a world where nothing lasts forever. People age, things fall apart, and the value of a dollar is never what it’s supposed to be. This is why you will focus on making the most of your material resources. You’ll get the job that makes the money that puts the roof over your head and food on the table. Your assessment of situations are based on their faults not their merits. This allows you to keep an eye on all the things that could go wrong so that you’re never caught by surprise when disaster strikes. Capricorns are no strangers to tough times. You graduated magnum cum laude from the school of hard knocks. Driven to become a high achiever, you see yourself as the person who makes the world safe for loved ones and friends.

But you can become too good at what you do. You’re the problem solver who never stops looking for the next problem or you’re the hard worker who will always take on more work. When fear is the motivating factor in life then you never know when to stop. You become like Sisyphus in the Underworld pushing his heavy stone uphill. He was told that once he accomplished this that he would be freed yet whenever he reached the top something inevitably caused him to lose his grip and the stone would go rolling back down to the bottom of the hill– forcing Sisyphus to start again. Fear—unchecked—can keep you hooked on an exercise in futility.

Thankfully this gets turned around in May and June when Uranus and Jupiter enter Aries. Uranus is the planet of revolution and change and Jupiter is the planet of higher purpose. Their entrance into that part of your horoscope that relates to business-as-usual shows that you will be experiencing some dramatic changes. Don’t be surprised if you develop a zero tolerance toward the obligations that you feel hold you back. In fact this feeling that life is passing you by will reach a fever pitch in late August and/or early September. Oftentimes it’s dissatisfaction—not courage– that spurs us on to forge a new path. This could result in you seeking new pursuits and fraternizing with a different group of friends by the fall. This may leave the old crowd scratching their heads about what’s gotten into you, but it begs the question as to whether you keep people at a safe distance because you feel like they don’t get you. We all go through times when we confuse who we are for the role that we play in others’ lives which is why shake-ups like the sort that Uranus and Jupiter bring are a good thing. It’s the Stars’ way of showing you that there’s life beyond the grindstone.

This article was originally published on January 11, 2010.