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Capricorn Solar Eclipse, January 14-15, 2010: Planting the Vision of a People's New World Order

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New beginnings in the midst of snowy winter. New seeds to be planted in the frozen soil. Are we up to the task?

As we do each New Year, we look backward and forward, like the Roman god, Janus, who has two faces. We look back on a year of breakdown, but we can look forward based on where we are now as well as where we want to be. It is time for each of us to envision and set the intention for the people's new world order, with the help of the Aquarian visions of Neptune, Jupiter and Chiron. We have to keep the faith that we can move mountains.

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On January 14 (11:12pm PST) and January 15, 2010 (2:12am EST/ 7:12am GMT) there will be a solar eclipse at this new Moon in Capricorn, the 10th sign of the Zodiac the sign most concerned with the structures of our collective life. But it is also the sign of the re-birth of the Christos the Christ consciousness that is our spiritual heritage which is meant to bond with our earthly nature.

The image associated with Capricorn is that of a sea-goat, a mountain goat with a fish's tail. Capricorn, through the discipline and focused intention of its ruler Saturn, offers us the initiation of mastering both the heights and the depths. With its standpoint in the waters of the collective unconscious, this goat can scale the highest mountain. That's the initiation this Capricorn New Moon Solar Eclipse wants to offer us.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are in alignment with the North Node of the Moon, our collective destiny. As the Moon "swallows' the Sun, our normal perceptions of life are overshadowed by the collective unconscious needs. What has been ignored and rejected is now in full view.

Capricorn is the sign concerned with government, society and our economic institutions, the social structures that bind us together. And as we all know, with Pluto just beginning its reformation of these Capricornian concerns, we have our work cut out for us. Every day brings us another example of the Capricorn shadow the will to dominate, out-of-control materialism, sexual shame, inappropriate ambition, slick opportunism and calculating manipulation.

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But we can't change our society if we do not first change ourselves. Capricorn is also the sign of our dharma, our willingness to conduct ourselves in alignment with our spiritual, archetypal nature. Capricorn is therefore the sign where we find a social role that fits our inner being, the place where we step forward, take up our inner spiritual authority and contribute our energy, knowledge and wisdom to form a "more perfect union' with others.

Capricorn demands integrity, discipline and responsibility to accomplish this. Yeah, it's time to grow up! So if you're planning to do a vision board for this important new Moon, please skip the big new house, the Bentley and the million-dollar prosperity bonus. It's time to reorder your priorities! (That vision board might wait until the Taurus new Moon.)

This solar eclipse calls us to envision a new society, and since conspicuous consumption is part of the old world order, it's inappropriate now. It is time, however, to come up with new ideas about why we're here on Earth at this momentous time in our history.

What new ideas would you like to share with the group? How would you run the show if you were in charge? Just because you don't have an "official' title doesn't mean you can't step up and be the adult in your workplace, your community or your country.

Like a character in one of my favorite movies "Sneakers" you might want to demand from our government world peace. Easier said than done! So you need to dig deeper (yes, I know the ground is frozen so it takes more effort) and come up with your own idea about how to achieve world peace. That's the intention you need to plant and then nurture in this coming year.

Since Pluto in Capricorn energizes the transformation of what is dead and outgrown in our society, perhaps we need to look at the foundational beliefs of our social structures and see if they still hold true for the future we are facing.

Of the many philosophical ideas that underpin our western capitalist democracy, these are two of many that I feel need transformation. Please feel free to document any others.

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The first is the Protestant work ethic, the Calvinist belief that hard work is an essential proponent of a person's calling and worldly success is a sign of personal salvation. Basically God loves you if you work hard and get rich, while you are considered a sinner if you're poor or don't work. Hopefully we've seen the hypocrisy of that belief!

This mostly unconscious belief contributes to both the greed and hypocrisy of our corporations and the powerful, as well as the shame and despair that fill people when they lose their jobs. And it's just not true!

What if instead we believed that people naturally want to do the work we are each best suited for. Instead of believing money is salvation and the epitome of the "pursuit of happiness', what if our creative contribution to society is the real object of the "pursuit of happiness'.

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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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