Horns at attention, folks, it’s Capricorn season and the dawn of a brand new decade. A cardinal earth sign, Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet of discipline, acquisition and boundaries. As the middle child between swaggering Sagittarius and cult leader Aquarius, Capricorn sometimes gets the bad rap of being boring. Yet, what the sign lacks in joie de vivre it makes up for in get-shit-done grindstoning and emotional grounding. Capricorns are striving and hard-scrabble, dissatisfied with low levels or ground views. They’re not so much selfish as self-interested, moves are made with a successful ascent in mind.
The symbol for Capricorn is the sea goat. In myth, the children of the immortal sea goat Pricus left water for land, climbing out of the waves to sun themselves on the sand. Eventually, their land loving forced evolution; their fish tails became hind legs and they lost the ability to speak. How does this story and the influence of Capricorn affect us as we close and begin a new decade? It asks us to consider what direction we are we moving towards, what adaptations we need and what is lost and gained by the personal evolutions we seek.
March 21 – April 19
An Aries friend of mine keeps a gas can in his backseat. Its purpose is both practical and personal; he might run out of fuel or be struck by the desire to light something on fire. I urge you to apply a similar approach to your life in the weeks ahead. Keep your modes of momentum and ignition close at hand.
Notable Aries: Ram Dass / April 6, 1931
April 20 – May 20
Fortune favors the bold, and in 2020, the bull. I am not suggesting you pursue a path of reckless abandon, but rather strategic risk-taking. Your imminent success is dependent on your ability to charge courageously towards it.
Notable Taurus: Liberace / May 16, 1919
May 21 – June 20
Gemini poet Walt Whitman wrote “I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”
I hope you greet the New Year with your own wild yawp, a hearty howling of self-knowing that will set the tone for the decade ahead.
Notable Gemini: Marquis de Sade / June 2, 1740
June 21- July 22
By ancient design, most crabs walk sideways, a shuffle that allows them to move quickly on land or sea. As the symbol of your sign, I ask you to meditate on the ways in which a sideways approach to a challenge may help you meet, or defeat it, most efficiently.
Notable Cancer: Missy Elliott / July 1, 1971
July 23 to August 22
Many a spiritual guidance counselor would tell you that all choices are essentially a decision between love and fear. In the weeks ahead, your career trajectory will be determined by which force you follow. Hint, don’t be a scaredy-cat.
Notable Leo: Benito Mussolini / July 29, 1883
August 23 to September 22
Every single day, the human heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. I offer this fact to you, Virgo, and ask you to consider the direction of your own cardiac velocity. Who or what are you driving towards and how fast are you trying to get there?
Notable Virgo: Otis Redding / Sept. 9, 1941
September 23 to October 22
Late, great, local Libra Shel Silverstein wrote, “All the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.” I suspect new shades and shadows may now be emerging in you. As this rainbow develops, don’t shy away from sharing what you are becoming.
Notable Libra: Brigitte Bardot / Sept. 28, 1934
October 23 to November 21
Consider diverting the obsessive attention you usually pay to romantic partners towards yourself. Rather than digging deep into someone else, search your own soil. You are more than worthy of investigation, adoration and relentless pursuit. Be the object of your own affections.
Notable Scorpio: Sam Shepard / Nov. 5, 1943
November 22 to December 21
Mars, the planet of war, and Pluto, the planet of rebirth, are connecting in the days ahead. For archers this combination can lead to creative breakthroughs and necessary breakdowns. Rest assured, whatever you lose, you no longer need.
Notable Sagittarius: Little Richard / Dec. 5, 1932
December 22 to January 19
Happy return of the sun to you, sea goat. Your work ethic is the stuff of legend and at long last you are due to collect on your efforts. Do yourself a birthday solid by pausing to appreciate and celebrate what you’ve done before you dive into what still needs doing.
Notable Capricorn: Kiki Smith / Jan. 18, 1954
January 20 to February 18
Fellow water bearer Neal Cassady mused, “Each day I lacerated myself thinking on her, but I didn’t go back.” I suspect this spiritual flagellation might resonate with you, Aquarius. Take it from Neal, no matter who or what from your past calls to you, the harm lies not in remembering, but in returning.
Notable Aquarius: Ayn Rand / Feb. 2, 1905
February 19 to March 20
Visionaries need armies and advisers. As you dream your next dream and scheme your next scheme, Pisces, enlist the foot soldiers you need to build it and the sage generals you trust to guide it.
Notable Pisces: Johnny Cash / Feb. 26, 1932