The Jan 15, 2010 Solar Eclipse on Friday naturally has a Sun Cap/Moon Cap blend of energies which has this 'Image for Integration':
'A hoary old grandfather sits in his chair with his grandson on his knee. He gives him a gift for his seventh birthday -- a first edition of Pilgrim's Progress.' (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, by Charles & Suzi Harvey.)
Now there are several Capricorn/Saturn references within the Image: old, Grandfather (old man, senex), knee, and an appreciation of lasting values such as we find in Pilgrim's Progress, first published in 1678, and written, they say, while John Bunyan was imprisoned by Saturnian walls. The establishment (Saturn) church was none too pleased with Mr. Bunyan in his day.
Also, the mention of 'seventh birthday' alerts us to a persona's first Saturn square to natal position which occurs on or around age 7, when our permanent teeth (Saturn) are usually in place. This undergirds the partnership '7 year itch' as well if relationship responsibilities are not honored or are avoided.
But I'm actually signed on here to mention the Sabian Symbol for Mercury's Direct Station 5Cap33 which occurs (first minute) on Jan 15, 2010 @ 11:52 am est. I'm looking at its chart set for Washington, DC, and Mercury (which won't revisit Pluto 3Cap50 again this go-round) sits in 9th house.
Moon, past her Solar Eclipse degree 25Cap01 of Jan 15, 2010, is at a critical 29th degree: 29Cap48 ('30Cap' = "A Secret Business Conference" - but Washington has so many of them, who can keep count?); this marks the last of the above Sun/Moon combo of energies, for soon Luna will move into AQ and I imagine she's quite anxious (29 degr) to do so, don't you? A Cappy Moon can be an ambitious, though perhaps cold-hearted, placement!
Therefore, America will soon experience another Lunar Return (AQ), its time depending on which US natal chart you use. Lately I've been experimenting again using the Barry Lynes version @ 4:47 LMT with 7Sag37 Rising in 'nuclear degree' and you know the date and location of America's Declaration of Independence. Important events for the US have happened with planets at this ASC degree. (To be discussed when time permits.)
Also at critical or crisis 29th degree is moneybags Jupiter 29AQ28, guru, professor, and banker, and significator of the Republican Party, here poised to move into his own sign of Pisces. Lovely, as noted astrologer Julie Demboski mentions in her post
Thoughts on the Verge of Mercury Direct. Please check out Julie's article for she has a clear way of explaining astrological principles, a fact which you've probably glommed on to by now!
Direct Station Mercury's '6Cap' = "A Dark Archway and Ten Logs at the Bottom" -- keyword: THOROUGHNESS...
positive expression: high competence in the interpretation of life's purposes or unusual persistence in employing its ramifying potentials effectively;
neg/unconscious/shadow side: fear of experience and bondage to mystery. (MEJ.)
Now you may know that the symbol's 'Dark Archway' reference reminds me of Masonic arches and Sacred Geometry, but I'll not digress into that subject just now.
In Mercury's (negotiations, announcements, treaties, speeches, thinking processes, commerce, trade, young people, etc) Station Direct chart, the Messenger rules three houses: two with Gemini cusps: 2nd and 3rd, and 6th house cusp 17Vir15, with Saturn exalted in Libra in 6th house of Health, Work, Service, and Military and Police Forces.
Saturn and Moon are applying (4A51) to a helpful trine so perhaps with Mercury now turning to direct motion (though being squared by Saturn here which may also indicate hard work to overcome blockages), things will soon proceed legislatively in the health insurance reform process - at least once Mercury leaves its shadow degree (21Cap45 Rx Station on Dec 25, 2009) on or about Feb 4, 2010.
Now Dec 25, 2009 is a date to remember - for the Senate vote the previous day and for the 'underwear bomber' incident which will continue to be in the news as reporting Mercury moves along his/her merry, quicksilver way.
At Ic (Foundation of the Matter) is 19Can24, the degree of the
July 11, 2010 Solar Eclipse that I'm feeling quite wary over for America's sake.
And surely the Direct Station of Mars (on or about March 10, 00Leo17) will rev things up in the legislative process as well, while hopefully not bringing us oppressive police or military actions in the homeland.