Neil Giles is a storyteller, astrologer and historian. He is a novelist and journalist and has written for theatre, radio and television, as well as many articles for Astrology on the Web.
His passion for mythology and the ancient traditions has led him on a journey through Astrology, Tarot, the Runes and the Celtic Ogham Script as a seeker and personal reader.
He is the author of a number of works on Celtic and Teutonic spirituality, including Odin's Runes and The Oracle of the Trees.
For Neil, the storyteller's path reminds us that while the wisdom of the past still lives, we can take wise action now and in the future. Always a traveller, Neil is currently sojourning on the north coast of New South Wales.
Capricorn, the Sea-Goat
Capricorn the Sea-Goat in the year 2003
New Possibilities and Perspectives
Revolutionary Uranus begins an eventful year for the Goat. On March 10th, he moves into Pisces and your solar third house of travel, education and communication. He remains there until September 15th when he moves back into Aquarius for a time. At the end of this year, the revolutionary one returns to Pisces where he will travel for the next seven years. Over these years there will be change for the Goat for Uranus brings drama, radical shifts and unexpected developments. He reverses conditions and alters the state of life, awakening the mind and heart to new possibilities and perspectives.
New ideas will come for some, and there will be new ways of communicating and new ways of thinking. Old or outmoded lines of thought will have to go. Attitudes and opinions may be radicalized or shifted dramatically as unexpected events shake you up. For some, new spiritual or creative connections and ideas will set this process in motion. Some of you may even take up a new form of creative expression. For others, loss or change may affect your thinking and bring to light a new view. For some, it will be a process of inner movement towards a new understanding that comes of its own momentum.
With Chiron the wounded healer and Mercury the messenger in your sign as the year begins, this is very much a year for communications and personal healing. You will need to work on yourself and improve the way you are and the way you go about things. This may come because of restriction or because you simply feel it is time for a change. The world of nature may hold great healing power for you this year and the more time you can spend in the open air, the more you will find renewed enthusiasm and purpose. Some of you will find renewal in the adoption of a cause or a crusade. Make sure you keep your ideals grounded through a realistic sense of what can be achieved.
Many of you will encounter new and unusual people in daily life. These people may have some influence over how you travel from that point. Some of you will find that you are now able to walk a new path that you have been preparing for. However, you may also find that it won't bring you exactly what you thought. Some of you may come into new opportunities for travel and movement while others will find that such doors will close and new ones will have to be opened. For some there will be changes in relationships with siblings, altering patterns established through family life. The 'early born' Goat will feel some or all of these most strongly at first, but all will follow down this road over the years.
In addition to the revolutions of Uranus, Saturn, measurer of effort, will bring about big change for you in 2003. On June 3rd, he moves into Cancer and your solar seventh house of partners and close associates, ushering in a new era with regard to partnership as an old era is shown the door. There will be endings for some while others will come into new responsibilities and attachments as Saturn conjures the magic of inevitable and 'long term' change. For those Goats born up until the end of the first week of January there may be extra responsibilities, tensions and even conflict with older people or people in authority. The coming two years may be testing ones and many of you could find yourselves revising your views of how much control or power you need to have in any situation. Saturn, your ruler, moves forward on February 22nd and turns retrograde again on October 25th. This is the best period to advance yourself and your goals.
Love and Money
With Venus the goddess and warrior Mars beginning the year in Scorpio and your solar eleventh house, there will be activities, social interaction and even new romance among your circle of friends. You might have an expanded social calendar, though you will have to watch that this does not become too costly in both effort and money. You will need to be especially careful about going into risky financial ventures with friends or groups. The higher the reward, the bigger the risk normally, but the big risk is not favoured this year. You may derive income from unusual sources or from suggestions or ideas from those with whom you would not normally associate.
The single Goat may be on a high this year with lots of opportunities for romance in the circle of friends. Surprising developments or unexpected additions to the circle may add spice to the already strong flavour. Watch you don't overdo it though. There may be more a stake than there seems to be on the surface. An ill-judged romance could prove costly in more ways than one. Be perceptive before you embark on a new voyage, but remember that there are still lots of interesting places to go.
Those of you in partnership may favour a stronger social calendar this year. You may embrace things together or develop separate interests that allow you a little breathing space. For those who choose the path together, you might learn to see a different side of one another through your interactions with others. For those who walk separately, the changes could change many things about how you see one another. Be prepared to revise your views as to what your relationship is and how it works.
Home and Family
There may be something of a division in your life, with matters of work and career coming in a separate stream somehow with matters of home and family. There may be feelings or events that you would simply prefer to keep in the home. You may need your home as a shelter from the outside world or the demands of work. For some there may be changes around the home that bring a measure of sadness or regret. You may take stock of your emotional and spiritual life because of your domestic situation and decide to make changes in the way that you live.
Work and Health
Saturn does you few favours this year. Until June, he will still be in Gemini and your solar sixth house of work and health. There may be health problems and you will need new ideas or new practices to deal with them. New and different information will illuminate any testing situation. You may find that an increased workload takes time from other daily routines that keep good health practices in place so you will need to make room in your schedule for proper exercise. Good information and a good regime will keep you in trim.
After June 3rd, Saturn moves into Cancer and your solar seventh house of partners and close associates. For the Goat born up until the end of the first week of January, this will bring the measurer into opposition with your Sun. Some of you may find you are taking more responsibility for those close to you while others may find obstruction or challenge coming from their nearest and dearest. Many of you will feel some tiredness or fatigue in the period from June 3rd until the end of the year. Most of you will certainly feel the weight of responsibility. Some may experience a separation from support while others will simply have to worker harder on behalf of those around them. The key to a good level of operation will be your ability to negotiate and also to delegate. Don't take the weight on your shoulders alone. Ask for help and support. This will take the pressure off testing health problems by taking the pressure off you.
After mid April, you may find that new contacts or connections will bring new ideas about where you are going in your life. You may find new friends and associates, but there are also contacts or connections that you will see through and need to shed. Study will be important up until the beginning of June, but then you may find that there will be a change in responsibilities. Some of you will come to take on a new workload while others may find that partnership obligations may slow down your work progress. Take these obligations seriously. It's only by working through what's asked of you that you will get what you want later on. Working with the wider community or through effort to a common purpose or towards common goals will be your way forward. You may be forced to put your shoulder to the wheel on behalf of others for there may be nowhere else left to go. This will bring you great satisfaction in the end.
On August 27th, Jupiter, monarch of the Heavens moves into Virgo and your solar ninth house of overseas travel, study and the higher mind. Higher education may call some of you while distant locations may claim the attention of others. There may be legal matters to be dealt with or dealings with people of other cultures or people of academic standing or high social status. You may really seek to expand the horizons of your mind this year. You could open to the wider view if you choose.
Mercury Retrograde |
Mercury moves into retrograde (reverse) motion three times a year for about three weeks each time. This phase heralds a time of confusion and misunderstandings that can affect arrangements, travel, transport, appliances, machinery and communications. The breakdowns that occur are a function of neglect, inattention, simple misunderstandings or component failure. They will often bring to the fore the very contingency we should have planned for and didn't. When the retrograde phase occurs, watch out for such possibilities as well as putting off major decision-making or the signing of crucial documents and agreements. We tend to miss things while Mercury is in reverse motion and then have to come back and do them again. A process of review in the retrograde phase can efficiently show where problems might lie and help us with damage control or the mending of things. Double check arrangements at these times! What you think you've said and what others have understood will often prove to be two different things.
Mercury's first retrograde cycle comes on January 2nd in your sign. This cycle runs until January 23rd. Personal communications will be troublesome and you may have to work hard to prevent misunderstandings or deal with their consequences. You may even need to review the way you communicate. You could be accident-prone at this time. You may experience delays with your plans or problems with partnership. Re-evaluate presentation and your self-image.
The messenger's second retrograde cycle comes in Taurus and your solar fifth house. This begins on April 26th and ends on May 20th. There could be problems or difficulties in dealing with children, especially if stubbornness or a strong will is involved. You might experience a setback or delay with a leisure or recreational activity. Watch for minor injuries at this time if you're involved in anything very physical. Take a break if you need it. Matters of money or communication may interfere with normal leisure time or practices. There may be delays or revision needed with a creative project.
Mercury's third retrograde cycle for the year comes in Virgo in your solar ninth house and runs from August 28th until September 20th. As Mars is also retrograde in your third house at the same time, this could be a tricky period for travel (local or international) and communications generally. You might experience high levels of tension in the simplest of exchanges and there could be conflict over attitudes, beliefs or simply nothing at all. Move warily! Explain things clearly and double-check any arrangements pertaining to travel and movement. Avoid buying into arguments as they may get out of hand for no apparent reason. Relationships with siblings could be tense at this time or there could be some kind of encounter that is long overdue.
Mercury begins one final reverse motion cycle on December 17th, but this does not conclude until January 2004. Once again, personal communications and presentation might be areas of challenge and you will have to revise your approach and review how you operate. You may experience delays or setbacks with your activity cycle. There could be difficulties in communications with your partner or a close associate. Be clear! Ride things out and all will be well in the New Year.
There are two New Moons in your sign this year. The first one comes on January 2nd, just as Mercury the messenger begins his retrograde cycle. There could be a little unease or confusion around this time and relations with co-workers or associates generally may be strained. You might be more responsible for this than it seems so review the way you communicate and conduct yourself. This could be a good time to create a new self-image by working outwards from within. Home or domestic matters could be troubling and will need considered attention.
Your Full Moon comes on July 13th, revealing a welter of activity in your solar seventh house of partners and close associates. Your nearest and dearest or those close to you will need attention. There could be strong emotional concerns. You might find partnership responsibilities or demands wearing at this time. The best thing to do is to let difficulties come to the surface and then sort them through slowly and carefully. Your partner may really need to be heard. You may come to a new understanding of what's wrong and what is needed in your primary relationship.
Your second New Moon for the year comes on December 23rd, once again while Mercury the messenger is retrograde. There's also tension here with warrior Mars in your solar fourth house of home, family and emotion. Arguments at home or with close emotional ties may arise over the coming days. You might need to let the air clear before you try to work out a solution. You may have to make a new start domestically because of an eruptive event of some kind. Try to send things down a new track rather than staying with the tried and true. New perceptions can create new perspectives if you wade through the welter of feeling.
Eclipses of both the Sun and the Moon often indicate the end of a cycle or a significant change in the direction or pattern of the affairs governed by the house in which the eclipse falls. Eclipses of the Sun may affect work, direction and relations with people in authority. Eclipses of the Moon may affect matters of home, family and emotions as well as relations with women and children. Both may affect your health.
A Lunar Eclipse comes on May 16th in Scorpio and your solar eleventh house. There may be changes in your group of friends. You may find yourself out of a certain network or society of which you have been a part. You may experience a change or shift in your hopes and wishes, perhaps because of blockage or an inability to move forward.
A Solar Eclipse comes on May 31st in Gemini and your solar sixth house of work and health. Work routines or daily practices may be interrupted or changed. There could be problems or a blockage in relations with co-workers. Be careful of work-related illness or accident. There could be a setback with health in the days following the eclipse.
A Lunar Eclipse comes on November 9th in Taurus and your solar fifth house. Leisure or recreational activities may have to be put on hold as other responsibilities call. There could be problems or change in dealings with a child, especially a strong-willed one. A romantic plan or liaison may go awry because of the influence of a woman. You might find that a creative project has to be put on hold or has nowhere to go.
A Solar Eclipse comes on November 23rd in Sagittarius and your solar twelfth house. You might become the object of hostility from someone else, especially a loose-tongued woman. Hidden circumstances or unexpected developments could delay your progress or affect your health. You may go through something of a shift in your spiritual beliefs and have to somehow fill a void. Financial disruption could force you to change your plans or alter your domestic situation. This may come suddenly or unexpectedly. Think on your feet if you can no longer rely on something that has been a familiar support.
Warrior Mars moves into a retrograde cycle in Pisces and your solar third house from July 29th until September 27th. This could be a tricky period for communications, short distance travel and relationships with siblings. Watch that communication difficulties don't end in argument because of tension or a forceful approach. This could be a predominant influence for some in their dealings with brothers or sisters.
Be careful when you're moving at speed or making a lot of short journeys. The accident risk may be high, mostly due to haste, impatience or unexpected events. A loss of concentration could be costly. You may feel an urgent need to take action but you may not be able to do so. Don't give into frustration. Go with the flow but still find a way to get things done. You may need to adjust your style of action. For some, doing things that you are somehow forced to do will be a great teacher if you learn patience and understanding. Focus on creative influences and the spiritual nature of your actions.
Overall, this could be a time of frustration and conflict so don't let tension or irritation overcome your good judgement.