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Cosmically Yours: Astrology with Cara James
32 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
009 | Astrology Week of January 15, 2021
53 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
008 | Politics & Planets: The Week of January 10th, 2021
23 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
007 | Astrology Week of December 21, 2020
Happy Solstice and Jupiter-Saturn conjunction day! It’s a big day in the heavens. Let’s talk about darkness and light and the big shifts ahead.
29 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
006 | Astrology Week of December 6, 2020
By most accounts, 2020 has been a tough year. Join me this week to discuss various ways to work with the highs and lows of our charts, and the lessons the outer planets are here to teach us. We’ll look at the chart of Tony Hsieh, a tech innovator who passed away this week, and … 006 | Astrology Week of December 6, 2020 Read More »
29 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
005 | Astrology Week of November 29, 2020
It’s a big week! Eclipse season is upon us, starting with a Gemini Lunar Eclipse in the wee early hours of Monday, followed by a New Moon Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius on Dec 14th. Learn about the astronomy behind eclipses, and what this season may hold for you!
23 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
004 | Astrology Week of November 22, 2020
Tune in for the astrology for the week ahead. The Sun moves into Sagittarius, Venus sneaks into Scorpio, Neptune goes direct, and more!
19 minutes | May 7, 2020
003 | Life Purpose & Vocation in Astrology
Astrology is the most sophisticated resource we have to understand our life purpose, which is distinct from “call” or vocation. Learn about the various ways astrology can reveal what you’re here for! TRANSCRIPTMay 7th, 2020 Dear Listener,It’s so good to connect with you! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve written you in my mind these past few weeks, and how many times I winced at the deep chasm between audio letters. And yet, I know all things unfold according to divine timing, and trust these words find your ear at the exact moment you most need to hear them.I’ve been steeped in stars these past few weeks thanks to attending a professional astrologers retreat (by Zoom of course) where I learned to integrate some advanced predictive techniques into my practice. My head has been so in the clouds that I’m even dreaming of stars! I remember as a teenager I spent a summer with my grandparents in West Africa, and got to put my high school French to the test, and found myself dreaming in a language I barely knew. Years ago, when I was a nonprofit executive, Excel spreadsheets made their way into my unconscious in the wee morning hours. And now it’s stars and aspect patterns. I’m surprised it took this long actuallyHow have you been these past few weeks? When I wasn’t busy giving into resistance on writing you, I was having a lot of fun – playing new games in my neighborhood, like Chicken – where you and another walker approach one another and see who will jump six feet out of the way first. Or Pac Man, when the walkers behind you are too close and seem to follow you everywhere, and you try to get away. And lastly, an activity I created called House Bombing. Oh come on, it’s not as dangerous as it sounds! It’s when I walk a significant distance from my house and show up at yours unannounced and surprise you with a safe social distanced hello and then we wow each other with the rich and juicy details of our lives, like how long we stood in line at the store, or how we cooked rice that day, or the real biggie — whose kids are playing with whose! No, not the doctor’s kid? Sacrilege.I’ve seen all sorts of people at these House Bombings! And I love hearing about their lives from the perspective of their signs· My Taurus friend says life has finally slowed down to her pace.· My Virgo friend is ready to get back to her routines.· My Libra friend is trying to decide what to put in her Instacart.· And my Scorpio friend is suspicious that her family had the coronavirus long before it was ever reported in the state. We’re all so different aren’t we? That’s one of many beautiful things about astrology — which of course goes much deeper than just our Sun signs — we have a framework for understanding the various ways we look at the world.Long before I discovered astrology, I was fascinated by personality types. It started with Myers Briggs, which highlights 16 different personalities. I learned a lot from it but could never quite figure out which one I was. And believe me, I tried. And then there were the nine types of the Enneagram, which my Catholic friend in Malawi introduced me to, which has a wonderful emphasis on growth, and explains how we react differently under stress, and how our instinctual natures color our personalities. There was more nuance than in Myers Briggs, but I still couldn’t quite pin myself down. And don’t forget the StrengthsFinder, the Gallop study that urges us to play to our top five strengths in the workplace. And while I found some value in each of these systems and could see them alive in the people I knew, none of them really quite captured my unique essence, and certainly couldn’t help answer the one big question I had… It’s a question you’ve undoubtedly asked yourself too: What am I here for? What is this all about? What is my life purpose? Countless relatives and cheek-pinchers have asked you a similar question since you were knee-high to a grasshopper: What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a strange question really – because it confuses doing with being. Perhaps a better phrasing could be something like “What do you want to do,” or “Who do you want to be?” But even so, they’re big questions to put on a little tyke.And just as everything that comes out of our mouths is more a reflection of us than the person receiving our words, we have to look at where these questions reside in us. I hear them coming from our solar quest for accomplishment, and our lunar quest for meaning. Both heroes journeys in their own right, and both alive in each of us, despite society’s focus on the former.In the wake of the virus, it’s a perfect time to review these journeys. For many, the road to success (or what they perceived success to be) has narrowed with the shift in the economy, and the pathway to nurture our inner worlds, our relationships, and creativity has grown more broad. We can thank the powerful conjunctions in the success-oriented sign of Capricorn and the eclipses along the Capricorn/Cancer axis for some of that. And this is where astrology shines so much more brightly than any personality system – and why it so quickly captivated my energy and attention when I discovered it. Not only does astrology provide the most sophisticated understanding of the complexity of our character, as the hero or heroine of our stories, it also shows the road we walk on, the journey itself, with all of its trials and joys, and how to make the most of every step. Okay, great, Cara! So look at my chart and tell me: What’s my life purpose? Can you hear how the question itself suggests a singular answer. What is “it”? Your answer will only be as good as your question. Some people spend years of their lives feeling unfulfilled, like they’re missing out on an “it’ because they never sensed a strong “call” to do a very particular thing. Others feel like they know “the thing” but life circumstances have kept them from having the resources or opportunities to act on it. And similarly to those who believe they have one particular and elusive soulmate, it’s easy to be discouraged when you don’t find that one needle in the haystack that a select few seem to have found.It’s the latin root word “voc,” to vocalize or call, that we hear in the word vocation. We think of vocation as deeper than work, more than a 9-5. There’s even a spiritual or mystical component to it. If we’ve been called, something or someone is doing the calling. And as much as I love and support the idea of us having a vocation, that worthy work we do in the world (and enjoy helping people explore this), the concept is still limited to an “it,” a role that we wear and an activity that we do.I’ve had the great honor to read many charts over the years, and find it particularly fascinating to work with adults in their 70s and 80s, who’ve had so many years to explore life. They’ve often beyond work, beyond vocation, and yet are still living into their purpose.If you pick up an astrology book or google “life purpose astrology,” you’ll find many different ideas. Most will focus on the nodes of Fate, the north and south nodes of the Moon, to describe the karmic journey you’re on, with the North Node pointing toward your destiny. But that’s just part of the karmic story your chart tells. You may also be told to look to your Ascendant, the Zodiac sign that was on the horizon at the time of your birth (thus called your Rising Sign), and look to the Ruling Planet for that sign to understand a large part of your call. Others will point to your Midheaven, the sign and Ruling Planet at the very top of your chart, which has information about vocation. Others will focus on Saturn, a planet related to how you’ll claim your authority, or the asteroid Chiron to see how you can use your challenges to create healing and change in the world around you. And deeper still, you can get to know your Draconic Chart, which sheds light on what your soul was contemplating before you incarnated, and get even more layers of meaning from a wide variety of Harmonic Charts that go deeper into Karma. You can already see how challenging it could be to land on a singular life purpose with so many potential places to look! And the crazy thing is, they’re all right! All of these bits and pieces contribute to understanding who you are. And this is where working with a skilled astrologer, who can synthesize these complex messages, is particularly helpful, so you can more deeply understand your nature and your journey. Really though, what it all boils down to, is: your life purpose is you being you. Imagine that! It’s you expressing your unique gifts. It’s you wrestling with your inner demons. It’s you having to parent yourself when your mom couldn’t. It’s you learning to tune down your mind and connect to your heart. It’s you wrestling with the conundrum of pursing security or adventure. It’s you showing up in all your sparkling glory and you showing up with mud all over your face. It’s all of the information summed up in your life and in your chart. It’s you, as a soul, having a very human experience. Life purpose is not about accomplishment, it’s not about vocation, it’s a process of growing as a soul. In your soul’s growth, you may accomplish a great deal, and society may praise you for it. It may be important for your soul to do work that puts you in the spotlight in some way. You may start a Fortune 500 company. You may invent a software or technology that promotes health. You may command a stage with tens of thousands in the audience. It’s not necessarily about the thing you create or precisely what you do, but what you learn and experience in the process of leveraging your gifts and challenges. Perhaps these accomplishments serve to put you in touch with individuating yourself after learning in past lives to make sacrifices for a group. Perhaps you saw many people suffer in a past life, and desire all to access health and healing. Perhaps your voice was stifled, and now you’re compelled to let it ring out. But it’s just as likely that your soul seeks a quieter journey, one of contemplation and connection. Perhaps you’ve had your time on the societal stage and are now learning how rich it is to connect with the land and your roots. Perhaps in a past life you’ve spent years isolated in a monastery up in the mountains, and now desire to create community and share your wisdom in real and tangible ways with those around you. Your soul may have a deep desire to serve others in ways that won’t ever make the news but mean the world to those who receive your gentleness and kindness. And these life paths are just as important, just as valid, as the ones that get more attention. I saw a client recently who said, “Cara, you’re so lucky! You know your life purpose. You’re an astrologer and get to use your gifts to help people heal.” Yes, I’m an astrologer. That’s my vocation. That’s the worthy work I do in the world. To understand vocation in the chart, we often look to the part of the sky we call the 10th house. In my chart, we find the sign of Aquarius ruling it, meaning Aquarian professions could provide meaningful work for me. Aquarius rules astrology, so yes, this is a great vocation for me, especially when I take my full chart into account. But before being an astrologer, I was a nonprofit founder and director. I raised a lot of money for humanitarian causes. Aquarius also rules philanthropy. So that was another great vocation for me. When I shifted from one job to another, my vocation changed, but my life purpose didn’t. I just found a different (more fun) vehicle through which to explore my talents and life lessons. And one of my life lessons, one aspect to my multi-faceted purpose, is about living a passionate life. And this is where I love how various esoteric tools come together. Did you know your astrology chart is essentially engraved into the palms of your hands? A friend of mine does hand analysis, and when she read my palms she said my purpose was to live my passions. In the Lifeprints system by Richard Unger, I’m a “Master at Living Your Passions.” My astrology chart agrees. Living a passionate life is important to my path. What my hand may or may not have shown is that it’s a lot of work for my soul to live those passions. I can see that loud and clear in my chart. My passions don’t fit with my family of origin. They don’t fit in mainstream society – not yet. They don’t fit with how I desire other people to view me, as an intelligent person. In case you didn’t know, some people think astrology is woo (laughs) – not the cosmic science that has captured the brilliant minds of scientists, philosophers, physicians, and inventors for hundreds and even thousands of years. Yes, you heard that right. Pythagorus, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, Hippocrates, Jung and so many others practiced astrology. Living my passions requires me to confront the status quo. And because life likes to throw in twists, I incarnated as a sweet little Cancer Sun Sign & Aquarius Moon who cares a lot about fitting in and belonging. For you, living your passions may be a piece of cake! But doing so may not be part of your growth experiences. While I love talking about purpose and the twists and turns of your soul throughout lifetimes, most people desire the stability and comfort of having a fulfilling vocation. I did too! It’s how we spend a lot of our time. And as humans, we’re naturally drawn to create form – be that a meal, a shelter, a baby, or a social role. So looking at the dissonance in my own chart between security and passion, I decided to play with those themes. Years ago, I wrote out on index cards all of the different jobs that I ever wanted. Naturopathic doctor, writer, teacher, graphic designer, and I allowed myself to include some “weird” ones like energy healer and astrologer. And I rearranged and grouped the cards in different ways to see patterns and themes emerge, and analyzed away. And then I stepped back and asked myself a question that was important based on MY chart, “Which of these would be most fun?” The wild ones rose to the top. Then I asked, “Which job holds so much joy and excitement for me that I would gladly do it for free? Which of these wouldn’t feel like work at all?” And astrology raised its hand and said, “me!” I share this with you as an example of how we can work with themes in our charts. We can see our skills and talents, we can see our natural propensities, we can see how our energy gets stuck and where it wants to flow. And we can also see how the planets and signs of our charts can evolve alongside us, and take on different layers of meaning as we age. And with our chart as our guide, we can step more boldly into the places that scare us, which is where life really begins. Another client told me that she knew her life purpose, and she had been working at it for years and was meeting closed door after closed door. She really felt helpless, like there was just one thing she was here to do, and it was no longer available to her. It’s true, cosmic doors open and close. Perhaps that dream didn’t have the energy it once had, or the Divine had another plan. Please don’t limit yourself to doing one thing in this world. You are an infinite being. And don’t limit yourself to “doing” either. It’s okay to be. In all my studies I’ve found astrology to be the most sophisticated tool to understand ourselves, but it may never be a Myers Briggs or StrengthsFinder. You can’t necessarily take a 15 minute astrology quiz that will tell you your life purpose is to be a veterinarian or a grain merchant. (My brother got that one on an aptitude test in high school, believe it or not). And you might not have that tangible of a takeaway after a 60 minute session (though you might, Grain Merchant you!) But for those who are spiritually and intellectually curious, those who are drawn to the mysteries of life, those who desire to make a meaningful existence – astrology is indeed the best resource to understand ourselves and to draw out those big questions we must ask as conscious creators of our life experience. Remember, your life path is so very unique to you. An amalgam of doing and being. Vocation and purpose. Light and dark. Up and down. Solar and Lunar. Yin and yang. And all that’s required is that you show up as you. How refreshing. And I’ve read enough charts to know the Cosmos will see to it that you just the experiences you need right when you need them. If you’re feeling a little lost, don’t worry. Nothing ever stays the same. So don’t look to the left or to the right, at other’s journeys. It’s fair to look behind, for a time. Know where you’ve been. Where you come from. And use that knowledge and experience to propel yourself forward on your infinite journey of becoming. Travel well, my friend. Cosmically Yours,Cara James P.S. I invite you to head over to my website carajames.com and sign up for my weekly email newsletters to stay even more deeply connected to the Cosmos. And if you’d like to explore your life purpose, vocation, or any other manner making meaning on this rock we call Earth, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Take good care!
23 minutes | Apr 4, 2020
002 | The Unfolding Astrology of 2020
Cara explains the astrology behind the powerful cosmic season we’re in, and explores what Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter have to say about COVID-19. TRANSCRIPT: Saturday, April 4, 2020 Dear Listener, Greetings, from surprisingly semi-sunny Southeast Portland! I hope this Saturday finds you well. So a client who attended a webinar of mine late last year recently asked me, “Cara, when you said 2020 would be challenging, is THIS what you had in mind?” I jokingly told her my vision was a little less virusy. And while, yes, I knew 2020 would be a tough year astrologically, nothing prepared me for the experience I had earlier this week, when I found myself on the threshold of a small neighborhood grocery store. For the first time in weeks. I had been assured by social media that face masks were now “the thing.” I saw photos of friends sporting cute ones with flowers. I watched a Japanese tutorial on how to fold one with hair ties and cloth. And so, I stood before a set of shiny sliding glass doors my face bound with a blob of bright blue bandana. My glasses fogging up from their awkward placement atop my newfound Western wear. Looking more like a misfit mobster than a mom, but feeling proud, like an astronaut setting forth on a dangerous mission to help humanity. And so, I boldly stepped into the shop, Only to find face masks were NOT the thing. (Not yet.) Only to find 20 bald faces staring back at mine, mouths open in what appeared to be a blend of shock and stifled laughter. Only to instantly replay every embarrassing moment of my childhood simultaneously in my head. (And there were a lot.) But I held my head high, put my shoulders back. And the humiliation was all worth it – not just because I was keeping myself and my neighbors safe, but because, as you know from my last letter, I was out of chips! I’m curious – what surprises and smiles this week held for you? And I invite you to join me in being fashion-forward. But back to that question I received about the planets — and more importantly, what can we learn from the cosmos? Is COVID-19 what I expected from the planets? In form, no. But in energy, yes. You see, 2020 kicked off several very significant cycles astrologically. It’s helpful to think of them as seasons. Many of these cosmic seasons are much longer than our summers and falls, so the average person might not recognize them. But fortunately astrologers have been tracking them for millennia. And they are as constant and predictable as any season mother nature brings. Some of these seasons may just get your face wet, while others sweep in like hurricanes and knock your proverbial house down. The planets farthest out in the solar system especially bring significant change to the landscape. Your own personal landscape, and that of society around you. And when the planet Pluto is involved, as he is this year, you can guarantee that when the season ends, the world will never be the same. Pluto demands transformation And while the transformation may not feel as sweet and soft as that Anais Nin quote makes it seem. You know the one, about how the day came when “the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom,” the idea is the same. Like the force of nature upon the rose, the pressures of the planet Pluto become so great on a person or a society, that there are only two ways to move. And both ways involve death. We can choose to stagnate and die on the vine. Or we can choose the path of liberation, and die to our old form. To step into the discomfort, the unknown, the great mystery, our own unfolding. And with Pluto there is no other choice. Upon pain of death, you must make a decision. You may recall a time when you found yourself in a similar place. Perhaps you find yourself there now. Most of us can agree that this cosmic season feels like what we know of winter. A time when life goes still, when growth stalls, when we turn inward, and stay inside. You may feel like you’re wintering in Des Moines, but notice your friend seems to be wintering in Palm Springs. Perhaps their income hasn’t been impacted as much, or they have a partner to help them get through the tough times, when you don’t. The degree to which you’re experiencing these times depends on where and how this planetary energy shows up in your personal natal chart, that map of the sky at the unique time and place you were born. No matter where the planets fall in your personal chart, we all started the year with the intense and forceful Pluto beginning a great cosmic season with the planet Saturn. Both of these are planets that you can feel – in your body, bones, and soul. And depending on your age, and life path, you have likely felt their energies at pivotal times in your life. Pluto feels like an intense pressure, often from the outside in, like you may implode or combust. And Saturn can feel like overwhelming depression and sadness, and cause things in your life to fall apart. If you noticed a heaviness in the air late last year starting in October or so, and growing in intensity and depth into January and beyond, you were sensing the meetup of Saturn and Pluto, both planets that represent and bring about death in their own way. You may have even noticed that time seemed to stand still? That was Pluto causing the death of Saturn, otherwise known as Father Time. And so they met on January 12th, 2020 in what we call a conjunction – this is when two planets meet in the same sign and degree of the Zodiac, And from our limited view on earth, they line up and appear to join as one planet. Thus we say they are conjoining, or making a conjunction. Saturn and Pluto come together like this once every 30-36 years or so, depending on retrogrades, when their orbits appear to change temporarily. So to understand this season, I looked back throughout history and shared these findings with the folks on my webinars last December. Historically, and unsurprisingly, based on what you know about Pluto and what you may recall of Saturn from my last letter, Saturn-Pluto conjunction years bring massive societal change in the decades that follow – revolution even – often a mix of pain and progress. I’ll use a few highlights from United States history – though admit this was not my best subject in school! In 1851, a Saturn-Pluto conjunction year, we had an agricultural revolution based upon great progress technologically, that increased harvests. Not ironically, the conjunction was in the earthy, land-oriented sign of Taurus. In 1883, we saw major infrastructure achievements, such as the completion of the Northern Pacific Railway from coast to coast. We had the first manned, controlled flight of a heavier-than-air machine in history – making room for the Wright brothers a good 10 years later. We also saw standardization of time zones, which made it easier to coordinate transportation and commerce. In 1914, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction took place in the sign of Cancer, which relates to our home and family, and desire to protect and nurture them, and we saw the start of WWI that year – a time when our very roots and foundations were on the line. In 1947, we were in the age of McCarthyism and the beginnings of the cold war. We saw institutions like the CIA and International Monetary Fund become established. We made progress in technology with the first mobile phone, instant camera, and transistor. We broke barriers like sound, and racial barriers when Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play major league baseball. In fact, there were plenty of changes around entertainment and sports with this conjunction happening in the fire sign of Leo. And this quick tour through history takes us up to 1982, our last Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Not only did the US experience a major recession that year, and proceed to focus highly on capitalism in the years to follow, we also made huge leaps in technology. The Computer was Times Man of the Year. Each subsequent year gadgets got smaller and cheaper. Genetic engineering was just beginning. And the conjunction in 1982 occurred in Libra, a sign that speaks to relationships. Technology was beginning to alter the way we would relate to one other over the subsequent decades – think social media, and all the platforms built on the technology that started this cycle. And our governmental and societal response to the recession, set in motion economic systems and structures that would further divide people. You can start to see how each cycle builds on the last. In each of these instances, the shifts and changes were already underway long before Saturn and Pluto met up, being built behind the scenes, below the surface, and the Saturn-Pluto meet-ups were the change points — the catalytic sparks — when the themes were fully birthed or unearthed. And our ways of eating, traveling, consuming, earning, being, and relating, were forever changed. And so I entered 2020, with eyes wide open to the societal changes afoot. And since the conjunction (and some other planetary action) was happening in the sign of Capricorn, I expected to see changes in earthy, physical, Capricorn themes: things like wealth, commerce, authority, our governments, leaders and other institutions, and also the earth and her resources. With Pluto’s involvement I thought we’d see power and its abuse increase and ultimately be exposed to the light of day. With Uranus plowing through Taurus, like it did during the Great Depression, that was another indicator of the potential instability of our wealth, health, and resources. And because 2020 started another important conjunction cycle, involving Jupiter and Pluto (their conjunction is exact today, meaning in the same sign and degree) I forecast that we’d see greater injustices at our international borders, an increase in xenophobia, and ultimately a societal focus on healing, a higher vibration of Pluto. As I said before, I could see the energy, but the form was not yet clear. But every day, more is being seen. We entered 2020 with deep political divides, deep equality divides, deep resource divides.We all knew this. Or could, if we were paying attention. Or cared. No surprises there. But as Pluto does, he’s exposing the truth behind what we’ve been unable or unwilling to face, those dark places, the cracks. Like the volcanic goddess Pele, he’s revealing what’s been seething deep below. He’s exploding upon the scene in a surprising eruption, violently changing our landscape. And remember, with Pluto, things can never go back. Something new will form, but things will never be the same. I’m not saying you can never go back outside. I’m just saying you and I and the world around us are changing in ways that we are only beginning to fathom. From what I can tell, the coronavirus has very little to do with health.That’s not to minimize the 60,000 people who have already perished as of the date of this letter, and the over 1 million more who are sick or will become so. It’s just that health is the great equalizer. COVID-19 doesn’t care if you’re the Pope or a plumber.The president or the postal carrier. This virus is here to reveal, to test, and to transform. We don’t have to look farther than the headlines to see the planets at work. At least I don’t. As an astrologer, I hear things in terms of signs and planets. Whether I meet you at a networking event or as a client, I hear your life and stories in cosmic terms. When you tell me relationship woes, I start picturing your 7th house of partnership. I can’t help it! So when the NYT wrote the headline yesterday, “Half of Humanity Under Lockdown Orders,” I heard Saturn in Aquarius (the sign Saturn recently moved into), or the isolation of humanity. When I heard how South Korea’s use of surveillance was threatening privacy, or how the Philippine President had authorized their military to kill civilians who defy lockdown orders , I heard Saturn and Jupiter conjunct Pluto, or the potential for misplaced or overblown power. When I saw the graph in the papers that showed jobless claims were at 6.6 million people, ten times what they were when they peaked at 695,000 in 1982, the last time we had a Saturn-Pluto conjunction, I saw the planets at work. When comparisons were drawn between these times and WW2, 9/11, and the financial crisis of 2008, I heard periods in history when Saturn and Pluto formed other tense relationships with one another, or seasons within their season. And when I see our schools struggling to provide access to all remotely, our churches singing together on screens, our travel industry down on its knees, our journalists and media running after the truth, our healthcare system buckling under its own weight, I hear Jupiter conjunct Pluto. The Plutonic death and transformation of our learning systems, wisdom traditions, cross-cultural connections, and scientific institutions – all areas that are ruled by the planet Jupiter and his corresponding 9th house. And as we watch the events unfold on the world stage, we’re left with the very Capricorn question – what have we as a society been building? And who have we been building it for? The planet Saturn dismantles that which does not serve. If what we as a society had built was serving our people, it would not be crashing down. If we had an integral foundation, we would not feel the shaking of the storm. For so long, the health and wealth of the people have been in the hands of the powerful. But now, the health and wealth of the powerful are in the hands of the people. Of all people. We are all responsible for each other. In truth, we always were. How interesting that those who have built up wealth, have nowhere to spend it. Those who have yachts and jets and have nowhere to go. And our very survival is dependent upon those people who work by the hour. Back to building – our Cosmic dismantler and builder, Saturn, moved into the sign of Aquarius on March 21st. And Mars joined him on March 30th. There’s some new energy in motion. And to understand Aquarius, I’d like to introduce you to my father-in-law, Wesley. He’s an outstanding Aquarian Sun sign, with a sturdy Capricorn Moon. Wesley is 86 years old and lives in the Midwest. He’s long since retired from his days as a traveling salesman and enjoys the soft tones of whistling birds and smooth Jazz every Sunday morning, after eating his world famous atomic omelet. And he enjoys them alone. Wesley has no more than four spoons in his drawer and all of his coffee mugs appear to be from the 1970s. He has the resources to buy more but would rather use his funds to fuel his philanthropic gifts to help people struggling to survive in Yemen and elsewhere around the world. He is a prolific coupon clipper, and has been known to ask supermarket clerks for rain checks when they’re out of spaghetti. That said, the man buys only what he needs each day because he doesn’t know how many he has left and doesn’t want to be wasteful in the unfortunate case of his demise. When his son and I called to make sure he was stocking up on food and maintaining social distance, he claimed he bought an extra can of garbanzo beans and should be just fine. Wes’s simple and somewhat austere lifestyle (besides his nightly brandy) is so very Aquarian with a strong dose of Capricorn. His focus on self-sufficiency and taking only what he needs is too. His love of his fellow man and concern for their well-being exemplify some of the Water Bearer’s best traits. To weather this storm, we look to Aquarius. And while Aquarius is indeed a humanitarian sign, it does not care about YOU. I’m sorry to say. At least not personally. Aquarius cares about you in general – about the tribe, the network, the group. It wants to see all survive and thrive together. Like Wes, the sign can make personal sacrifice for the benefit of the global family. In fact, you’ll often hear Aquarians talk about being citizens of the Universe. So with heavy Saturn’s recent move into Aquarius, we feel the weight of social distancing more strongly. We sense the gravity of the situation humanity finds itself in. There’s a stronger call to take our personal responsibility seriously, as our actions have great impact. And given Saturn’s role as the Lord of Karma, we as a society are being called to account for how well we’ve met the needs of the collective. Fortunately, we also have Saturn’s strong work ethic and now energetic Mars to power genius Aquarian solutions to this increasingly complex pandemic. We just get a taste of Saturn in Aquarius before he retrogrades back into Capricorn in May, but these themes have been set in motion and will be punctuated in December with a Saturn-Jupiter conjunction at zero degrees Aquarius. There’s more at work behind the scenes. Chiron, an asteroid associated with healing is in a tense relationship, a square, with the nodes of the Moon, just as it was during the 1918 Spanish Flu. We feel its strong tension as we seek to balance our home and family life with our need to provide for them, exactly what you’d expect with the nodes being in the signs of Cancer and Capricorn. Clearly there’s a lot going on in the Cosmos! And as I briefly mentioned, today is an important day – the day when Jupiter and Pluto get together at 24 degrees of Capricorn. We’ve already felt their presence as they’ve been near each other for the last month or so, but today their energy is at its peak. And yes, we can see how Jupiter is expanding illness and death, and exposing the truths of our society. We can understand why people have been so fearful, when we look to this conjunction. But the biggest takeaway these planets have for you and for me, is to have faith. Jupiter himself is expansive and optimistic. He’s asking us to trust this process. To know that despite our inability to see around the bend, there is light at the end. And so I encourage you to take heart, wherever you’re wintering, with whatever face covering you’re wearing, whether you have one can of garbanzos or eight, know that you are part of a great unfolding, a huge ask of humanity to look deeply at its intent and integrity as its very essence is laid bare. And while it may take time, know that something will grow again in this lava dirt. I remain, Cosmically Yours, Cara James P.S. I invite you to pop over to my website carajames.com and sign up for my newsletters, to get even more cosmic thoughts. You can also find me on Instagram @carajamesastrologer. Let me know what you thought of the show and maybe catch a glimpse of me as a bandit shortly. And lastly, you can now find my cosmic letters on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and others, so please subscribe and leave a star rating of the show so others can tune in with confidence. Take care!
9 minutes | Mar 28, 2020
001 | Worth the Wait
In her first “letter” to listeners, Cara shares encouragement in these tough cosmic times, with examples from her experience of adopting her son internationally.
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