Saturn Return in Capricorn Part Two – Felice
Felice has one of the largest Capricorn stelliums in this Saturn return in Capricorn project. She has six planets in Capricorn and one more with the lunar North Node there as well. I spoke with Felice in February 2020 to catch up and learn more about her key experiences during her first Saturn return. At that time, we had not yet been required to quarantine in Washington state (she resides in California), but the alarms from officials were just beginning to sound for the unprecedented spread of the virus. Just a few weeks later there were swift demands for the lockdown and all non-essential retail stores and restaurants were closed. Those who made their living in retail and service businesses were struck with how to reach customers in a new way. Some services were banned. Felice, who had been steadily making progress with her independence at her work, needed to make changes quickly.
To understand Felice’s world in February and March 2020 and the challenges she would need to navigate, let’s review the milestones of her steadily improved work life and, simultaneously, the changes in her personal life. Only one year prior, in February 2019, Felice had advanced her astrology work with a significant moment. On February 5, 2019, she was invited to do astrology readings for the owners of the apothecary where she works. If she succeeded in meeting and exceeding their expectations, she would be approved for doing readings in their shop. She was successful in that endeavor and worked with the shop to perform her astrology readings, build her reputation, and gain clients and customers. The winter months are usually slower, so it took time to build this following. Saturn in Capricorn takes time to realize the fullest expression.
Aspects from transiting Venus, Saturn, Pluto, and the transiting south node in Capricorn in early 2019 highlighted Felice’s 10th house of career. When the transiting lunar nodes shifted into Capricorn/Cancer in November 2018 (mean node with Placidus – Steven Forrest, True node with Porphyry for JWG). Felice was immediately in a nodal opposition. When anyone is in their nodal opposition their soul’s evolutionary storyline is activated. This situation presents a unique opportunity for learning and for breakthroughs. When the lunar nodes are activated there are key lessons that we become aware of, perhaps re-experiencing themes that may contribute to our growth. For Felice, this lesson came in the form of pressure from her unique career choice to be an astrologer and healer, despite disagreement from her parents and the social norms of what a career should be. Felice is breaking old traditions of work by taking risks and setting milestones for herself to become an entrepreneur. Her Uranus in Capricorn is the rebel with a cause inside her Capricorn stellium.
Her career house is ruled by Jupiter, which is transiting Jupiter in Sagittarius (2019), was in a trine with her natal Jupiter in Leo, offering her an abundance of support to expand her astrology work. The symbolism of her 9th house of higher education was getting, as would be fitting, an extra emphasis that year. Neptune in Pisces in transit represents the surrender of her expectations, but she continued to follow her heart and dreamt of independence in her life. Transiting Mars in Aries at 24 degrees accentuated her house of career with fire (Sagittarius MC) and action-oriented energy encouraging her to earn an income that would support her. Her Midheaven at 26 degrees 53 minutes of Sagittarius received a jolt in the fire element from Uranus in Aries the day she passed an astrology test (the readings to the shop owners) and set her on the path of becoming more visible to the public with this chosen career direction.
Later in 2019, Felice added bodywork to her services, which included massage therapy, cranial-sacral therapy, and additional service offerings to grow her earning potential as an entrepreneur. On August 27, 2019, she expanded her career with these additional bodywork services. Uranus transiting through Felice’s 2nd house of income shows there may be instability with some efforts to launch these services while Uranus is in the earlier degrees of Taurus. By late summer 2024, Uranus will leave her 2nd house of income and enter her 3rd house, which can translate into her income stream stabilizing and finding a steady flow of her resources.
Adjustments in managing one’s business are necessary, based on the community and the overall economy, and Felice is set to learn this (Capricorn North Node) progressively over time. One example of fine-tuning her workflow is that she realized early that to hold office hours for astrology readings did not work well for the inconsistent nature of her client’s schedules, as she had intended. She quickly moved to schedule readings to optimize her time. 2019 was a challenging year for realizing growth, and she was simultaneously figuring out personal life milestones, too. Felice was breaking out of co-dependency (Cancer south node) by buying a car and establishing herself in her own apartment. Each maturing event came hard and fast for her. Her first paid readings started at the apothecary in March 2019 with astrology natal readings to shop customers and through word of mouth.
Prior to the newfound independence, she realized in 2020, Felice had a boyfriend of a few years living in a geodesic dome off the grid living on about two hundred dollars a month. She found herself quite isolated that year and was seeking a community that felt like her own. She spent a good amount of her time studying herbalism, working, and leading workshops on astrology. She shared that 2018 was a year in which she focused on workshops, and in 2019 she began the one-on-one client readings. Felice turned 29 on December 19, 2019.
Within Felice’s Solar Return there are additional insights on the planetary symbolism she would experience in 2020. The sun when it returns to the degree when she was born is at the top of her chart on her midheaven; however, for just three weeks after her birthday there was the big Saturn-Pluto conjunction at 22 degrees Capricorn. This transformation and restriction would take place within her career house. The transiting lunar south node in Capricorn at 8 degrees in her 2019 Solar Return was exactly conjunct her Uranus. There are multiple delineations for that symbolism, but as I write this in mid-November 2020, there is the benefit of having a reflection of the sudden restrictions placed in the community to try to stop the spread of the virus that was spreading across the world. With much of the working world moving to establish more business on the internet, Felice’s astrology work continued online. Her eventual vision to merge her astrology work with her cranial-sacral bodywork and herbalism would pause a bit with the quarantines this year. Her astrology work has continued to grow since there is more flexibility in giving readings online. However, the career impacts were not as challenging as were her personal life experiences in 2020.
Felice had her solar return Mars in Scorpio in 2019, which reached her natal Pluto in Scorpio in her 8th house. Mars in Scorpio was applying to a trine (water) to her Pisces Ascendant and recently trine to Neptune in Pisces. The Solar Return Mars carries a message of warning of the Scorpio 8th house themes she would have to navigate. The Ascendant of her 2019 solar return was 24 degrees, Aries, too, which will be a hot degree with Mars in Aries later in the year (fall 2020) with Mars going over that degree three times. The Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in November will be exactly square and the Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn conjunction will be square as well. No matter which way it is viewed, Mars symbolism is key for her throughout the year. Natal Mars for Felice will be activated because the solar return Mars will challenge her to be steadfast (Mars in Taurus) in whatever actions and decisions she makes. Mars will also be tied to the body, as Mars in Taurus is often connected with the body. However, there is a significant amount of water (planets in Cancer/Scorpio/Pisces) as well (SR Mars in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces, North Node in Cancer), so there will be emotional experiences, too. Oftentimes deeply personal matters are where we break open, and in those moments of raw vulnerability, we learn how to love ourselves in new ways. We find the pain that we may have forgotten buried within us but then also find new levels of healing.
In studying astrology you will find moments in your life (or in those whom you observe) where you are inspired to ask deep questions, measure your beliefs, and determine what you think in a new light. The outer planets are most likely involved in these transformational moments. As a student of astrology, you will increase your understanding of the human struggle to break free of old patterns. Venus at 29 degrees in her 2019 solar return in Capricorn, also known as the critical degree, is conjunct her North Node.
In mid-March, Saturn transited this exact degree before its ingress into Aquarius on March 22, 2020. Not surprisingly, at the eclipse on June 21, 2020, she met someone, and new love entered her life. There is resourcefulness in this Venus, like a stoic queen who is determined to make it work. She has allies, as her 7th house Libra symbolism reveals, that likely have been key to her maneuvering the landmines of 2020, not just in her professional life, but also in her personal life. Indeed, on my call with her in late November 2020, she shared that her boyfriend was incredibly supportive of her and helped her reconnect with her mother.
Moon in Libra is in a square to Jupiter in Capricorn in her solar return, which can potentially bring challenges into her relationships. Libra is a sign square with Capricorn, so she would feel a significant amount of tension between the responsibility of her career and her partner. But this would also be a year that would shed light on her co-dependency and fears aligned with all the events of the year. The Moon rules Cancer and highlights this opening for a breakthrough in this year as she moves toward greater independence. Chiron is conjunct her south node in Cancer in her 5th house, and in her 2019 solar return, it is within three-degrees in Aries to opposing her solar return moon in Libra. This might be experienced as some self-doubt about her decisions for greater independence. It is possible that there will also be a conflict with her parents with the moon in the 7th house of her solar return in a square to the 4th and 10th houses, which are the parental axis in the natal chart. Although the moon in Libra in the 7th house can be a new love interest, the symbolism ties back to her family or mother in some way. Moon in Libra also will have a desire for balance and the need to seek harmony and equilibrium.
Retrograde Uranus in her solar return in Taurus brings the jolt of a breakthrough to Jupiter in Capricorn just after her birthday in 2019 and in the early part of 2020. This specific aspect of her solar return was the unexpected events that have occurred this year, although it can also be symbolic of body experiences that come out of the blue. Separating from the boyfriend she had in 2018, she learned more about her co-dependency and grew to start working towards a greater sense of herself. Felice has had to increase her resourcefulness in 2020, but she has also come to know that her health is important. There is stability coming from her working with groups to her 3rd house natal Mars, so her environment will have that stability to support her efforts. Felice has the tenacity to endure the biggest of obstacles when she keeps her focus on one milestone at a time. This year has been a game-changer for many people. For Felice, it is highlighting what she values and what may come through unexpected events (solar return Uranus 2nd house).
The summer and fall of 2020 will be noticeably more challenging for Felice as Saturn is retrograde and then stationing direct on September 28th at 25 degrees Capricorn. Her 8th house experiences aligned with the stationing of Saturn (25 degrees Capricorn) and the retrograde of transiting Mars in Aries (28 degrees). Felice and her new love left California as the fires seemed never-ending. They found some respite in beautiful northern Idaho and connected with her boyfriend’s extended family, meeting two uncles in the area. She noted that seeing family was challenging for her boyfriend because his mother recently died. They considered making Idaho their new home and stayed for a few months, but life would change their path once again, this time to somewhere with warmer days and nights.
In October Felice had unexpected health issues that were the hardest part of her year, “quite the 8th house type of Scorpio experience,” to paraphrase her. Understandably, three planets in addition to her Saturn return are key for considering this year’s intensity for Felice. First, her ruling planet Jupiter, which rules her Ascendant Pisces and her Sun in Sagittarius. She navigated challenges connected to Saturn’s sign, Capricorn, when Jupiter conjoined Saturn and Pluto in 2020. Second, Jupiter had multiple conjunctions with Pluto this year that would be challenging all on its own. And third, Mars transits relative to her natal chart were undoubtedly difficult, and Mars transits through her 8th house and 12th house show the greatest challenges she faced directly. However, at various times all these planets in Capricorn were transiting in a square with Mars in its extended time in Aries this fall (and winter) of 2020. Noteworthy as well is the Capricorn planets in transit also highlighted by opposition to her Chiron in Cancer and her South Node.
Transiting Neptune is inching closer to her Pisces ascendant at 24 degrees. When Neptune conjoins her ascendant on September 10, 2022, there is a significant opening and transformation with her career and her spirituality, and the moon will be conjoined with Neptune at that moment. Will this be an emotional surrendering to life? There are many possibilities, but it will be a moment that changes her identity and how she thinks about herself, her family, her mother, children, her creativity, and more. Saturn by transit will be retrograde and square with her natal Pluto in Scorpio. Perhaps Felice’s stories and where she has gained insight into the human condition will be the practical wisdom she brings to others (11th). There is an increased potential in her feeling nature and a desire to spread her wisdom in her work through inspired messages to others. These inspired messages may speak to women’s issues and align with her Capricorn stellium and the Cancer Chiron, South Node, and Leo Jupiter in her 5th house.
Jupiter’s entry into Pisces and into her first house will also enlarge her career and public persona. This will start in May 2021 when Jupiter first enters Pisces, although it will extend into 2022 as there is a return to Aquarius in its retrograde. Her work may take her to other countries or spread through the medium of video. It will be increasingly important for Felice to have most of her systems in place (Capricorn) and to know who her best partners are (Mercury rules Virgo her 7th house, natally it is in Capricorn stellium) to manage the increased work and visibility (10th house Mercury). The symbolism with a Mercury-ruled 7th house is the visibility of her partner relationships. It is possible that Felice may work together with a partner, however, she will need to be keen on the fact that their relationship is interdependent so that she is aligned with her North Node intentions. It will be important that she retains the role of the visible leader if she were to set up a working partnership.
Whatever life decisions come Felice will do it her own way, practical and uniquely defined by her own wisdom through her hard-earned experiences. The moon symbolism is one of her biggest spiritual teachers in this life. Whatever Felice has decided to focus on this year will be the proving ground for her own sense of self-identity. Over time this focus will bear fruit because, per Saturn in Capricorn, it takes time. One piece of wisdom she may write down is from the philosopher Confucius: “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” While it may seem like she is taking the long road to the top, she is true to Saturn in Capricorn. This is a road that is stretched out across time and space to create something that she may leave behind as her legacy. Felice is the heroine of her journey up the mountain and although she may stumble here and there, she is birthed to find her firm footing, as it is her journey to strive. This journey is the focus of her line of destiny, in balance with allowing herself pleasures and creative time that feeds her soul not just her high career pursuits.