Let’s Dance

by Norma Zelenko

grouse of canadaIt is customary to start the New Year with greetings to friends and family making a list of who’s naughty and nice – oh no, that’s Christmas. Okay, making a list of what we need to change. And that’s usually a list of how we really want other people to change and of course, if they change, that will guarantee a new way of walking for me.


I have always looked to the sky and to my crows for guidance and will continue to do so; however, I knew there was another message for this year and I went to my animal cards with uncustomary sadness. I have to report a new way of walking jumped right out in front of me and I must admit my feathers are more than a little ruffled.

I pulled Grouse.


I didn’t even know there was a card for Grouse. I haven’t seen a grouse since Daddy used to hunt them with my Grandpa Thompson when open fields still existed just north of Detroit. Grouse?

So maybe it is time for a reunion with a new creature of the sky. Fine, I’ll think about that later. Later came very soon. We hit one.

grouse sage maleI’ve never seen a grouse in Traverse City, but a grouse appeared in the grass on the side of the road, and when John swerved it took off and slammed into my side of the car. We both looked and it was gone. Gone.

Grouse has my full attention now and the message is clear. I had stopped dancing. I had become immobile by looking back at missed opportunities. Grouse tells me it’s time to stop running in circles and re-connect to Source with wild abandon and full trust in the rhythm of my Heart – doing the Sacred Spiral Dance to enter the Sacred Space within my Heart.

It doesn’t matter if I fall down laughing or ascend to the Stars, but a new way of walking this year will start with the Dance. Not just talking and writing about it, but giving myself over to real movement without intention and opening to the present opportunity of manifesting my true Heart’s desire. And with the dance, I can walk the good road without fear.

Fear robs of us everything. The past is the past.

Fling your arms wide and set your feet free.

Start today.

In peace and love for this year and always, Norma.


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Astrologer in Training – Capricorn

by Cindy Fadoir

Capricorn - courtesy of Anna Blanchard

Capricorn – courtesy of Anna Blanchard

Capricorn is the first Zodiac sign of the Winter Season. The sign of Capricorn has an earth element and is the most mature of all the earth signs. Capricorn has a cardinal quality and is ruled by Saturn, the planet of boundaries and limitations. The Capricorn glyph v symbolizes the mythical Sea Goat, similar to a mermaid, only the top is a goat body with a curly, fishlike tail. Capricorn also personifies the mountain goat, steady on its’ feet and always climbing to higher ground.

Our astrology training continues this month with the tenth zone of the Zodiac progression, Capricorn. Our Zodiac journey continues into the wise matriarchal or patriarchal head of family and business. Weary from past experiences through the Zodiac, this sage elder knows that true peace only comes from within. However, to ambitious, earthy Capricorn, peace comes from security, stability and family. Capricorn expresses an earned maturity, even during their own childhood, and value tradition and conservative approaches to life. They dutifully accept the role of leading and providing for their families, communities, even countries. This seriousness may mellow and soften with age.

Though Capricorn often expresses a tough, quiet or detached manner, this merely allows them to focus on their mountainous goals and objectives. They are the planners and organizers of the Zodiac. They have quick, analytical minds, remembering all the minute details, including times they’ve been wronged or encounter frivolity. Capricorn are sensitive, though would never express vulnerability or be vindictive, as Saturn restrains their emotional expressions. To cover up this weakness, Capricorn are the first to poke fun at themselves. They have a wonderful laugh, fast wit and dry sardonic humor.

The key phrase of sun sign Capricorn is “I use” as they express their sense of practicality and reliability. They respect authority, structure and organization. They face obstacles and challenges head on just to prove they can overcome. They are impressed with achievement of power but in a traditional, conservative way. They have the potential to achieve anything they set their minds to, if they can keep the Saturn pessimism from affecting their confidence. They are quite financially conscious, not ones to take risks, as feeling secure is very important to them. They are hard workers and thrifty with money, though they love owning the latest gadgets or status symbols. Romantically, Capricorn are emotionally constrained but silently quite sensual. The Capricorn trek is serious business and ultimately a solo climb up the mountain.

Physically, Capricorn’s body, face, hands and feet are long and lean, almost bony. They have an authoritative stance and an air of quiet dignity. They have great endurance, possessing both strength of body and character. They are prone to joint issues, especially knees, as Saturn rules the bones, teeth and skin. A Capricorn’s clothing, even casual wear, is immaculate. Their homes are clean, tidy and well organized.

Capricorn are also known to be driven, persistent, determined, efficient, patient, cold, economical, rigid, loyal, tactful, disciplined, builders, responsible, resourceful, narrow-minded, domineering, and prudent.

The Moon relates to how we express our emotions, needs, and what makes us feel secure. When the Moon appears in Capricorn, expressions of emotions may lack warmth but include wit. Structure, approval and respect is needed for emotional security.

Mercury influences how we think, study and communicate. When Mercury connects with Capricorn, communication is controlled and diplomatic, with a hint of wry humor. Concentration is focused, disciplined and organized, making study and retention easier.

Venus represents how we relate, what we value, how we handle finances, and our artistic nature. With Venus in Capricorn, loyalty, security and trustworthiness are highly valued. Financial caution is exercised. Relations may be mature and steadfast, sensual but outwardly reserved. Solid and traditional artwork is valued especially as an investment.

Mars relates to our physical stamina, sex drive, and how we use our energy. The Mars in Capricorn is assertively but cautiously expressed toward ambitious achievement. Sex drive is powerful though restrained. Stamina and endurance are impressive, no matter the pursuit.

Jupiter influences how we seek to expand, grow and how we express our intellect. Jupiter in Saturn-ruled Capricorn results in a tug of war between expansion and limitations, optimism and pessimism. Enthusiasm may be restrained by the rules of society or public opinion but only slows an ambitious stride toward superior, yet conservative positions in business or government.

Saturn is an expression of how we deal with authority and cope with serious issues personally, spiritually and societally. Saturn is at home in Saturn-ruled Capricorn, which amplifies the responsible and orthodox way of dealing with the world’s issues. Ambitions may be directed at the larger world stage. May take life too seriously and lack sensitivity, tolerance and sense of humor.

Uranus relates to how we manifest personal individuality and humanitarian issues, and where we experience change. Uranus in Capricorn expresses a rational, cool outlook but the opposing forces of Capricorn conservatism and Uranus’ unpredictability can cause inner turmoil. Traditional ways may be restructured in new, refreshing ways.

Neptune represents how we reveal our imagination and intuition, and where our illusionary blind spots exist. With Neptune in Saturn-ruled Capricorn, the generation born 1984 through 1998 wants to inspire without losing control or practicality. Emotional Neptune will hopefully lighten Capricorn’s rigidity while Capricorn’s stability and ambition may counteract Neptune’s escapism. One blind spot may be Capricorn’s tendency toward conservative traditionalism versus the Neptunian dreamy spirituality.

Pluto influences how we personally transform and regenerate. Pluto, which is currently in Saturn-ruled Capricorn, starting in 2008 until 2041, brings about the possibility of transformation and restructuring within government, big business, and society as a whole. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn, the USA was founded and the Declaration of Independence was signed, a powerful transformation indeed.

Next month, we advance to the second sign of the Winter Season by encountering the eccentric, Uranus-ruled world of Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Until then, may the stars gently guide you and the New Year bring great joy.


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