Dec 21 (Winter Solstice) – Jan 19, 2017
Disclaimer: the Sun sign is a much-celebrated yet oversimplified astrological element, usually given more significance than it deserves. Remember – you are a whole soup of planets!
Happy birthday little goats! We’re in the upper echelon of the zodiac, next stop Capricorn. Rest your bones awhile.As the last earth sign of the zodiac, Capricorn means resolute culmination.
Hate to say it BUT the Capricorn season often feels like one long groan. The goat moves slowly…sometimes too slowly. If you, like me, have heavy earth energy in your chart, this cycle signals hibernation. When the Sun moves into Capricorn, I hit the sheets bear-human style. Overcoming inertia: not impossible, but pretty damn close.
Ruled by Saturn, Uncle Hard-ass of the solar system, Capricorn is one to believe that everything must be done a certain way. More precisely, the conventional way. People you meet now may be very intent on this.
Alas, t’is the season for criticism. Capricorn has ridiculously high standards. We need empathy and compassion too. Embrace structure and discipline as worthy organizational and directional tools, but don’t ignore everything else. The greatest challenge will be remembering to smile. Keep it light, moon-dwellers.
I like to visualize Capricorn as an axis, a foundation, the face of a clock – that which is. Capricorn is a realist. The sea goat enjoys deep conversation as long as the subject material is not too intangible. What could be does not interest the goat. There is certain comfort in knowing what to expect and planning accordingly, but you can see why the goat has a reputation. Cap is emotionally stiff, repressed. He will party with you – but then secretly feel undue guilt.
Some things that are important to do: sleep. Go to bed early and wake up early. This is really imperative, otherwise you will sleep through this entire cycle. Eat lightly and not too late at night. Exercise as soon as you wake up, or after meditation/pranayama if you are a good little yogi. Spend time in the sun…if there is any to be found. Schedule work into your day and then make sure to show up and do it. This is also crucial lest you go back to bed and do nothing. Get out, leave your house as much as possible. Outings don’t have to be social in nature – move, catch some sun, freshen your mind. If you are feeling overwhelmed or depressed, do not go back to bed! Try incorporating citrus, cinnamon, hot chilies or other pitta-inducing foods into your diet. These will help keep your energy levels elevated. Take hot baths but don’t stay in for too long or you will get tired again. Stay away from screens, movies, TV, etc. Pick up a book instead or play a (solitary) game. All creative work encouraged per usual but I’m not prescribing it because I know how hard it is to create when you’re not feeling inspired…!
But whatever it is, I know you can DO IT – no second thoughts. Welcome discipline and people who display the positive qualities of the sea goat into your life. Of course this is also Christmastime for many humans around the world. What better way to honor the sea goat’s love of tradition and ritual than by enacting our own, year after year? The best recipe is surrender through laughter. We’re all here, trying to figure this shit out together :)
Lube your joints with Capricorn Yoga.
Mantra: I am purposeful