2017 Capricorn Astrology:
22 December – 19 January
Loud and Clear
Aggressive Mars in Aquarius lights a fire in your 2nd house of personal finances and values as the year begins, giving you brilliant money making ideas and the energy you’ll need to put them into action. Of course, with Saturn in your 11th house of friends and associates squaring Mars during the first week, you might find that obligations to your peers keep you from acting freely. You may also find that some of your associates disagree with your priorities, but the truth is that it may be time to move past certain friendships that are no longer viable. Besides, you may be so busy with work that no time is left for socializing! You are a power player in everything you do as the New Moon in Capricorn on January 11th connects with transformative Pluto, communicative Mercury, and affectionate Venus in your 1st house of personality and appearance, making you practically irresistible. The closer your birthday is to the New Moon, the more likely this will be a banner year for you. One note of caution: With Uranus activating your 4th house of home and family, domestic matters will be unpredictable! Try to keep your sense of humor and remain flexible.
Wellness and Cheer
During the first half of the year, Jupiter in friendly Gemini and your 6th house of home and family promises increased wellness for you and good cheer in your work environment. The month of May is a great time to start a new job, join a health club, or even adopt a pet. Because Gemini is a dual sign, you might have two good things going at any given moment, so don’t be surprised if your blessings are doubled. One caveat: Jupiter in the 6th can make you more inclined to gain weight, so place reasonable limits on rich food and drink. After June 26th, expansive Jupiter enters emotional Cancer and activates your 7th house of significant others, bringing important opportunities to your mate, best friend, or partner. Relationships that begin now should benefit you greatly, and those of you planning to tie the knot should consider the last week of July for your nuptials! The remainder of the year should be positive for your closest relationships, just remember to honor the freedom of expression and individuality of your partner as much as you want your own to be respected.
Saturn moving through Scorpio and your 11th house of friends and associates may bring karmic connections into your life. New friendships that begin now have a serious, fated tone to them, while relationships that end do so because they no longer serve a valid purpose or have simply run their course. Heavy responsibilities related to the groups you belong to come up now, which may be an extension of your professional life. Several transits will trigger Saturn’s influence in your 11th house this year, including a Mercury Retrograde and a few lunations. Saturn in the 11th may set a more formal tone with your peers, especially if you are placed in a position of leadership. You have the opportunity to succeed greatly or fail spectacularly social, so make each move with care.
The year gets off to a quiet start with Venus in Sagittarius and your 12th house of secrets and solitude, urging you to slow down and reflect upon your relationships. Traditionally, this is a time of secret affairs and clandestine activity, but in modern times it often points to working in a selfless and charitable way. This interlude won’t last long as the Goddess of Love and Beauty enters your 1st house of personality and appearance on January 9th, and meets up with Pluto, Lord of Regeneration, on January 17th. This marks the beginning of a very important year for you, for better or for worse! Serious Caps aren’t much for superficial relationships and those who can’t handle your intensity will fall by the wayside.
Fortunately, there are plenty of others who will be more than happy to follow you as you move forward! Venus moves into humanitarian Aquarius and your 2nd house of personal values and finances on February 2nd, urging you to splurge on a late birthday gift for yourself. Go ahead, you are worth it!
Venus swims into compassionate Pisces and your 3rd house of siblings and neighbors on February 26th, bringing greater harmony to your community relationships. This could be an ideal time for you as mystical Neptune adds a spiritual tone to your daily comings and goings. Simple things, like making time for a cup of coffee with a neighbor, will be uplifting and restorative. Once Venus enters creative Aries and your 4th house of home and family on March 22nd, you’ll be reminded of all the joy there is to be found at home. Your family might not be perfect, but they are a source of great comfort and pride. This is a good time to beautify your surroundings and spend more time at home with your loved ones. There really is no place like home!
Venus saunters into sensual Taurus and your 5th house of pleasure and creativity on April 15th, urging your inner child to come out and play. This is the perfect time to fall in love for the first time or for the 100th time, and while most often it will be with a romantic interest, you could just as easily be enchanted with a newborn baby or an octogenarian. Artists and writers among you will enjoy renewed inspiration and athletes will find joy in their sports. Some of the most fortunate days of the year will begin on May 9th, when attractive Venus enters versatile Gemini and your 6th house of health and duty. This is a great time to improve working and living conditions for yourself and those around you. Give your wardrobe a little love, too… when was the last time you cleaned out your closet? Tidy up and then reward yourself with a lovely new outfit or the perfect pair of shoes. Pets bring happiness now, so if you are in the market for a furry friend, consider adopting a homeless pet.
After June 3rd, Venus slips into Cancer and your 7th house of marriage and partnerships. Love and affection are on tap for those who are partnered, while single Caps should get out and meet a new person or two. Jupiter will enter Cancer and your 7th house on June 26th, ensuring that your relationships will help expand your world. Venus roars into Leo and your 8th house of intimacy on June 27th, helping to renew tenderness and passion in your lovemaking. The 8th house also rules other people’s resources, making this an opportune time to ask for loans or other forms of assistance. The planet of love moves into earthy but intellectual Virgo and your 9th house of travel and adventure on July 22nd, inspiring you to expand your horizons. This is a wonderful time to set off on a journey, whether of the body, the mind, the spirit, or all three! Relationships with in-laws and other relatives at a distance will also warm up under this influence. Venus moves into lovely Libra and your 10th house of career and public standing after August 16th, placing you in the limelight. Your balanced, fair minded approach has won you many fans and now is the time to cash in on your popularity. The boss is very happy with you! Plan to spend more time with your friends when Venus moves into Scorpio and your 11th house of friends and associates on September 11th. Your ruler Saturn has been urging you to get more serious about who you hang out with and why, making this a good time to consider the groups you belong to and what they mean to you.
You’ll be ready to take a break from the social scene after Venus enters Sagittarius and your 12th house of secrets and solitude on October 7th, when you’ll get more pleasure from quietly helping others than from being in the spotlight. Expect a change of tempo when Venus enters Capricorn and your 1st house of personality on November 5th, bringing back issues that you may have experienced at the beginning of the year. Everything regarding this house will be experienced more intensely as Pluto leads you through personal transformation, forcing you to let go of old, outdated attitudes for a new way of being. In the case of the 1st house, you may be questioning who you are and who you want to be. You may also be experiencing a power play or growing pains in your most significant relationships that will require much soul searching on your part. Venus turns retrograde on December 21st, which means she will remain in your 1st house until March 2017, giving you months to consider how you present yourself and what role you play in your closest relationships.
Uranus remains in impulsive Aries and your 4th house of home and family this year, keeping you on your toes when it comes to domestic matters. You could experience the height of ecstasy and the depths of despair from one moment to the next, as Uranus makes no promises! On the positive side, this is a great time to update the technology you use in your home, and perhaps even revolutionize the way you run things. Some not so crazy things to try are: Growing your own vegetables (in a container garden on a patio, if necessary), recycling things you no longer use, or even starting your own progressive-minded business. Your family members may act somewhat erratically and if you are dealing with aging parents, this may be a time to give support to them. The month of October could bring a family issue to critical mass, and you may decide it’s time to set things right once and for all.
With Jupiter in your corner, your health should robust this year. In fact, the biggest problem you face is the potential weight gain that comes with expansive Jupiter’s visit! Physical activity will be very beneficial to you this year, and you may even find yourself seemingly aging in reverse, as Capricorn is often known to do. Gentle, weight bearing exercises will help strengthen and protect you from those skeletal and joint problems so common in the Saturn ruled. If you haven’t started practicing yoga for strength and flexibility, it’s never too late to start. This is also a fantastic time for those who are interested in working in the health and medical fields. Whether you want to be a physical therapist, acupuncturist, veterinarian, or heart surgeon, this is a good time to get started.
As mentioned earlier in this forecast, Jupiter moving through your 6th house may spark an interest in a career change or transition that involves the health fields. But for those of you who are perfectly happy with the status quo, the biggest factor related to your career and finances continues to be powerful Pluto in your sign. You want to make your mark on the world, or at least have some control over your little corner of it, but unfortunately the fates do not always work with you on your goals! This is a year for calmly and quietly moving forward, paying off debts and saving what you can, while carefully considering how to invest in the future. Avoid power struggles with significant others (including business partners) once Jupiter enters your opposite sign of Cancer in late June. Find a way to work together, because a tug of war will work against both your interests!
What does Mercury Retrograde hold for you this year? Mercury goes retrograde three times a year for about three weeks each time. During these retrogrades, you can expect miss communication, delays in travel, and breakdowns in machinery and appliances. Usually these breakdowns are due to neglect or lack of attention to detail and the retrograde period simply brings these problems to the surface. It’s often a good idea to hold off on making any important decisions, purchases, or signing contracts when Mercury is retrograde. Brides who are planning weddings should certainly consult an astrologer to avoid scheduling the Big Day during a retrograde! On the positive side, Mercury retrograde is excellent for research and investigation. It is a time to go over everything carefully, looking for loopholes, mistakes, and weaknesses. Here are this year’s Mercury retrogrades and how they are likely to impact you:
February 23rd-March 17th, Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, 3rd House
This Retrograde may feel like repeat of last year as Mercury went retrograde in your 3rd house about at almost the exact same time in 2017. Cars are more likely to break down and local travel beset with detours and delays, so keep your cell phone and sense of humor handy. In personal relationships, it’s time to check in with your neighbors and siblings, as they might need your assistance. Of course, with Neptune here you there may be some confusion when communicating, so perhaps use your intuition and empathy in understanding what’s really going on. Once Mercury turns direct you can sort everything out and move forward with needed action.
June 26th-July 20th, Mercury Retrograde in Cancer, 7th House
When Mercury turns retrograde in your 7th house of partnerships, you may have trouble communicating clearly with your mate, best friend, or partner. If you are planning a wedding or other big event, you can expect the usual comedy of errors to thwart you at every turn! Use this time to double check all plans and read the fine line on all contracts. This can also be a very psychically sensitive period and you may find yourself soaking up the moods and feelings of others. People are more likely to overreact and behave irrationally, making progress difficult. By the time Mercury turns direct on July 20th, everything will be in order and ready to go!
October 21st-November 10th, Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio, 11th House
Once again, here is another retrograde that reminds you of events in 2017 as Mercury revisits your 11th house of friends and associates. This time around Saturn is involved, making the transit more challenging. Miss communication with your peers and the groups you belong to could have serious repercussions, so document carefully to avoid the blame game later. You may have some hard choices to make related to your associates and group goals, but ultimately these decisions will help you move forward. By the time Mercury turns direct on November 10th, you’ll see the road ahead more clearly.
Your personal New Moon occurs on January 11th, signaling the dawn of your personal New Year. This is the best opportunity of the year for a new beginning, so don’t hesitate to create a fresh start where you need one. This year promises to be especially fortunate as Mercury, Venus, and Pluto are on board! The closer the New Moon is to your actual birthday, the more impact it will have, so make a wish for all you desire in the coming year. Like everyone else, you face many challenges, but this is your chance to set your intentions and goals for the coming days. Celebrate simply being yourself and every new opportunity you are given.
Your Full Moon happens on June 23rd and represents the culmination of what you started 6 months ago during your New Moon on January 11th. This tends to be a highly emotional time, as the Moon represents our feelings and responses. Decisions you made around your last birthday are now beginning to bear fruit, for better or for worse. Some of you may have encountered obstacles in your path and have had to change course. You will need your mate, best friend, or partner to be supportive and understanding as you move forward, so keep the lines of communication clear. Express yourself openly and honestly, and celebrate your progress while planning for what still lies ahead.
Eclipses indicate change in the area of life they impact, and are often felt for much longer than regular lunations. In cases where the eclipse makes a close aspect to planets or angles in your chart, they can be felt for up to a year. Here is what to look for during the eclipse cycle of 2017:
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio on April 25th may mean the ending of an established friendship or a decision on your part to leave a group you have participated in. It may be that a friend is moving or that you must move— and with unpredictable Uranus in your 4th house of home, that is always possible. This may be a difficult time for you and your associates, but with compassion and patience you should be able to emerge stronger and wiser.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Taurus on May 10th signals the beginning of a very romantic and creative time for you. This is a great time to fall in love and be inspired, as the possibilities seem endless. Children in your life have a special significance, and this is an important time for them. Find time to play with them, listen to them, and just be with them. Because New Moons signify beginnings, why not start a new, joyful tradition?
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on May 25th activates your 12th house of subconscious matters and may bring strange dreams and odd feelings to the surface. Pay attention to dreams and premonitions that you have, as they are more likely to be meaningful. Trips to the hospital (for yourself or others) are not out of the question, but hopefully this is not the case for you! The Full Moon represents a culmination, and you may finally find yourself getting to the bottom of things that previously eluded you. If you have been doing research, your eureka moment is on the horizon.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Aries on October 18th may be the most unpredictable of the year, as it combines with erratic Uranus in your 4th house of home and family. Whatever has been brewing under your roof is likely to boil over now, but hopefully you have seen this coming for some time. You may have to be like the willow… able to bend and not break, which isn’t necessarily your strong suit. Put your ego aside and be as patient as possible. When it all blows over, you will be in the driver’s seat once again.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on November 3rd activates your 11th house of friends and associates and is a preview to events that could occur during the Full Moon in Taurus on November 17th. Because Mercury is also retrograde now, you are best served by speaking less and listening more… in fact, what goes unsaid may be even more important that what is actually spoken! Any group projects you begin now may get off to a rough start, but should get on track once Mercury turns direct. You may meet someone who will be very instrumental to your goals in the future, but for now it is time to wait, watch, and listen.
Capricorn, the Sea Goat – Description and Personality
The Sun glowed in Capricorn, the Sea-Goat, a feminine sign on your birthday. The Sun in
astrology stands for our inner nature, revealing the mark of our true character. The tenth
sign of the zodiac, Capricorn is ruled by powerful Saturn, the planet of structure and
responsibility, but it is the exaltation of Mars, the planet of action and desire! A
cardinal (creative and original) sign, Capricorn governs public life and organisation,
combined with personal ambition and will to succeed. An earth sign, Capricorn is a loyal
associate and faithful friend – although the Goat can be quite possessive and even rather
Saturn, the lord of karma and emblem of structure, is strong. Tenacious, logical and
endowed with the capacity to work hard and long, you rarely hesitate to grasp
opportunities for advancement or promotion. You are quite well-grounded, especially later
in life (over 40), once you have learnt to overcome those early insecurities. More
ambitious than you appear on the surface and a natural executive or manager, you set out
to accomplish and are determined to succeed one way or another. Pragmatic and
goal-oriented, you soon learn how to get things done, for you aspire to positions of power
and authority and admire others who attain such positions.
Initiative and willingness to accept responsibilities are keys to your success, but a
false pride makes it hard for you to admit when you are wrong, or to ask others for help.
Though you compete aggressively for what you want, you harbour an inner lack of confidence
which can make you defensive. Viewing insecurity and fear as weakness, you attempt to hide
such feelings, making it hard for others to get close to you.
Hard-nosed Capricorn reacts by assessing the possible worth of any given situation. The
goat is a sure-footed, methodical climber. You are heading for the top of the rock, so
you’ll gladly work long and hard if it means getting what (or who) you want. The energy
and randiness of the goat is proverbial, but you can be very lazy if you see no sense in
working, or if you can achieve the same high goals in a less strenuous manner.
Your sense of humour is generally impeccable, although you fail to see the point of
personal jokes at your expense. You hold grudges and will take revenge for perceived
slights. The ancient emblem of Capricorn was the sea-goat, half goat and half fish. This
symbolised the death of the lower mind and the birth of the spiritual. The goat was a
popular sacrificial animal in days gone by.
Saturn, structure and reality, teaches an understanding of limits in all areas of life.
You respond to traditional values, rules and regulations, and proper thought and behaviour
at an early age, even if you reject these things later. Without a coherent structure to
guide you toward your goals, you risk losing your way. Ambition and enthusiasm fade
without such a structure on which to hang them. Once the reality of something is
understood, it is much easier to handle and manipulate. You can be a good builder,
engineer, politician, lawyer, or business executive.
Lean Capricorn develops good eating habits early, which stand you in good stead as an
adult. An innate spirit of competition makes you keen on sports, although you can be so
aggressively determined to win, you can be less than gracious when you lose. Jogging,
running (especially cross-country), golf, skating, hunting, wrestling, boxing, martial
arts, and body-building are favorite activities. Although you probably looked older or
more mature when you were young, you seem to defy the aging process, and retain a
remarkably youthful appearance from your middle years well into old age.
Capricorn rules the bones and joints (especially the knees), teeth, and skin. Sensitive
skin, allergies, and broken bones are problems, while worrying too much can also result in
physical disorders. You suffer from insecurity and anxiety in your youth, but blossom
under Saturn in your later years.
Your colours are chocolate brown, royal and navy blue, dark green, charcoal grey and red. Capricorn rules metallic lead, while the red garnet is your birthstone, which protects against accidents and falls. In some ancient societies, garnets were worn only by royalty. Capricorn flowers include the camellia, orange blossom, carnation (red), baby’s breath, and magnolia.