Highlights for Dec. 2-8, 2019: Falstaff in a Three-Piece Suit

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are. Taking our dreams seriously

A

fter a full year in its own sign, Sagittarius, Jupiter
enters Capricorn
this week (Dec.
2, 10:20 am
, through Dec. 19, 2020). In the past year, as
Jupiter moved through Sagittarius, I hope you took some chances.
Traveled, maybe. Undertook an advanced degree or a new direction in
your career. Got married. They’re all grand adventures, and
that’s what both Jupiter and Sagittarius love best.

But when Jupiter enters Capricorn, the sign of its “fall,”
the buoyancy of our dreams and adventures is tempered by the hard
work of bringing them to fruition – in short, the honeymoon is
over. If we’ve been less than serious in the past year, this is
our signal to sober up and roll up our sleeves.

Shakespeare’s Falstaff, the comic, hard-partying playmate to
Prince Hal before he became Henry V, is a terrific example of
Jupiter’s natural exuberance. At the end of Henry IV, young Hal
ascends the throne of England and renounces his old friend along
with his own wild ways. It’s cruel, but pragmatic. When Jupiter
leaves Sagittarius for the heavy responsibilities of Capricorn,
even Falstaff is expected to put on a three-piece suit and get to
work.

If our Jupiter in Sagittarius dreams were built on a shaky
foundation – if the objective behind them isn’t pure – then
Jupiter entering Capricorn will topple them. Jupiter previously
entered Capricorn on Dec. 18, 2007. Two months later, my first book
was published. It was not well-received; to this day, it hasn’t
sold out its first, small printing. Coming on the heels of the
excitement and optimism I felt with Jupiter in Sagittarius in the
year leading up to publication, the fall to earth was painful. But
while I had tried hard to write a good book, I wrote it for the
wrong reasons, and I was naive about the publishing world. The
result disappointed readers familiar with my earlier work, left
some colleagues cold because of the simple, sun-sign format, and
resulted in a sadder but wiser author. But I learned from
Capricorn. My next book was a lot truer to my own voice and goals,
and it was a lot more successful.

When Jupiter moves from Sagittarius to Capricorn, dreams meet
reality. If your dreams were born of what’s true about
you, this year should bring success.
But if you haven’t
taken your real dreams seriously enough, if you doubt your
authentic self to carry you to victory, this year will correct your
course – by denying success to your false self, and to the wrong
dreams.

Let your heart decide

A

t the New Moon, we sowed seeds of intention in the dark; a week
later, at the First Quarter Moon, we might just see a few tiny buds
breaking through the surface. We’ll sort through them, evaluate
the most viable candidates, maybe pull a few out to make more room
for them to grow.

At the Pisces First Quarter Moon (Dec.
3, 10:58 pm
), this process is colored by irrational
considerations. What’s “viable,” anyway? How about just
saving a few tiny shoots just because they’re growing in a
delightful, whimsical shape?

Years ago, on our tenth wedding anniversary, we checked out of
the luxury hotel where we spent the night and drove straight to the
county animal shelter. We’d adopted a year-old girl tabby a month
earlier, and we felt she needed a little brother. We looked at
quite a few, and then we spotted a baby tabby, a bit blurred around
the edges, his hair bedraggled and pointing straight up. “Let’s
look at that spiky one,” Jonny said. He was a mess, that kitten,
recovering from parasites and mange, rescued from a box on the
street. So of course, we chose him. And naturally, we called him
Spike.

What’s the right choice? Which seed is viable? At the Pisces
First Quarter Moon, let your heart decide.

Blurred around the edges

T

he combination of the Sun with Neptune in a chart
is sometimes interpreted as a sign of weakness, insecurity, and
even physical frailty. But under the surface is a deep need to
figure out who we are and what we’re trying to become.

I suppose, at the end of the day, we’re all trying to figure
that out. I mean, if you’re the reflective sort, you’ve
certainly wondered from time to time exactly what you’re about.
You might look at a strong, unequivocal kind of person, one who
isn’t plagued with such doubts, and wish with all your might that
you were more like that yourself.

Those of us born with this combination have to make a lot of
mistakes, do all the things that aren’t really us, in order to
figure out what is us. And it makes us a little more understanding,
maybe, a little more compassionate toward the drifting souls in our
orbit who don’t have it all together.

As the Sun squares Neptune (Dec.
8, 1 am PST
), welcome to the world of doubt, where the only
thing for certain is that we’re not completely sure of anything.
For a few days this week, even that unequivocal kind of person who
isn’t normally plagued with self-doubt will probably end up a
little bit blurred around the edges.

© 2019 by April Elliott Kent

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