The Sun strides into the third decan of Capricorn on January 10th, and settles down, as if upon a throne. Yet, a throne is not merely a chair, but a representation of a whole land, a world unto itself. Here we look over our portion of the real, which is both our burden and our seat of power.
To administer properly to this realm, we must see, and so the Sun, lord of vision, is considered to be the ruler of this decan in one system. In order to manage it, we must also speak and be heard, and so Mercury is also treated as a ruler of this portion of the zodiac.
The third decan of Capricorn is thus a place of beholding the state of things in order to manage them. The power hidden here is the ability to command and decree. Yet the wording of any edict or law is crucial. While it is a great delight to remember that the ability to rule ourselves and our lives is a natural consequence of our inborn sovereignty, it is not without risk. We can just as easily impoverish our kingdom and make ourselves miserable with the laws we enact in our world. Our laws must be smart and fair, or we ourselves will rebel, making a mockery of our own authority.
It is perhaps helpful, then, that Mercury enters pragmatic Capricorn on the 10th, the same day that the Sun enters the third decan of Capricorn. While amongst the Goat’s stony hills, the Messenger slows down cogitations and conversations, and favors those who take the time to understand systems in their entirety before spouting opinions. Mercury in Capricorn prefers
pragmatic designs to fanciful ruminations and exerts a consistent gravity on the thinking process. Mercury is thus in an excellent position to help us word the laws we would hold ourselves to.
Only a few days after entering Capricorn, on the 12th, Mercury conjoins Saturn. Saturn fixates volatile Mercury, slowing the quicksilver Messenger down enough to contemplate things thoroughly. Although Mercury-Saturn conjunctions are not particularly good for revelry, this one provides the perfect opportunity to consider the wording of your edicts, the structure of the laws you would hand down to yourself this year. If you have already made promises to yourself and broken them, then it is a good time to review the structure of your oaths and enact adjustments.
Not long afterward, on the night of the 16th, the New Moon in Capricorn arrives. The Sun and Moon conjoin in the third decan of Capricorn, convening in that place of authority and responsibility. It is a right and proper time to look over your world, your ambitions for it, and the rules set in place to ensue that it prospers.
This New Moon in Capricorn, and the matter of thrones which it highlights, has a curious connection to events occuring later this year. Mars, at the end of a tumultuous retrograde in August, will return to this very decanic throne at 28 Capricon come his direct station.
Executive power is thus a topic the planets plan to belabor in 2018. This year has decided to promote one and all, to appoint us to positions of higher authority than we have previously held. Saturn in Capricorn’s gift, and curse, is to give us power, and more importantly — to hold us responsible for its usage.
It has thus come time to walk the path of the wise ruler, the capable and patient minister. The challenge is to balance ambition with compassion, to learn to rule yourself as a loving parent rules their child. Firmly, but always in order to facilitate growth and the fulfillment of potential.
Authority is author-ship — the capacity to structure, order and create in a given sector of manifestation. Yet the author is responsible for the worlds they give rise to. You must be willing to be accountable for your choices, and the inevitable glories and failures that result. There will never be one without the other. Heavy is the butt that sits the throne. Though abdication might spare you some headaches, it has a price as well. As Nietszche pointed out, those who cannot command themselves are instead commanded by others.
So as the Sun and Moon come together to witness your promotion, consider what edicts you will issue for 2018. What laws will you hand down to yourself? What great works will you break ground on? Consider your proclamations carefully, sigilize them, and then send them out to the four corners of your world.
The planets have conspired to name you Minister of Public Works. It will be your job to ensure that your kingdom is happy and productive, and also to decide what works, great and small, you will invest your world’s resources in. It will be a burden at times, as you will have to personally lead these projects, and also ensure that they create value not only for your own kingdom, but like the 7 Great Wonders, are a source of inspiration beyond your sovereign bounds. Like the Wonders, some of these projects may take years to complete. Nonetheless, it is your duty and power to decide what to break ground on. The Edict of Magnificent Construction is yours to issue.
The planets have decided to appoint you Minister of Religious Affairs. It will be your responsibility, until such a time as you are relieved of your post, to structure the spiritual life of your kingdom. You will have the power to decree what holy days will be celebrated, and what standard of conduct you will hold yourself to as exemplar of the chosen path. Ultimately, your job is to give your world meaning, and to ensure that there is an ongoing and fruitful congress between the visible and invisible, heaven and earth.
Gemini, the heavens mandate your new position as Minister of Trade. It will be your job to manage the exchanges of time, money and energy between your own world and those which you have trade relations with. You will be empowered to make any agreements you so wish, and to break any, as well, though you will, of course, be held accountable for just how prosperous your world becomes under such terms. Take your official stamp in hand, and issue the Edict of Just Exchange.
The planets have conspired to appoint you Minister of Diplomatic Relations. You will be empowered to break any existing alliances and to forge any new ones you so choose. So turn your eye to the other sovereignties you share borders with, review your notes on the royal personages which rule them, and consider the terms of your agreements and the status of your boundaries. Great and lasting alliances wait to be made, so take the imperial seal in hand, and issue the Edict of Perfected Relations.
The heavens have decided to appoint you Minister of Labor. You will be responsible for managing the productivity of the kingdom. Though you may be tempted to push your workers to increase their yields, know that you, too, must work alongside them, keeping pace. Your job will thus be to balance health and productivity. What mandates will you issue to ensure that this equilibrium is struck and maintained?
The heavens appoint you Minister of the Arts. It will be your responsibility to ensure that your kingdom is stocked with works of beauty and profundity. You will also be responsible for the planning of feasts and spectacles. Having the Mandate of Heaven, you can also choose to apportion some of the budget to fund your own projects. Take up your seal, and issue the Edict of Beautification.
You are, by decree of the heavens, elevated to the office of Minister of Land Management. With this appointment comes both responsibility for and power over the space which you occupy. How could you make better use of the resources at your disposal? What crops might grow here, what gems hide in its depths? If you find your space unfruitful, then you will be responsible for arranging relocation to a more generous land. Do not shy away from this responsibility, but take up your official seal and issue the Edit of Prosperous Settlement.
The planets conspire to appoint you Minister of Time. Royal seal in hand, set your eyes on the schedules. It is now your responsibility to make sure the trains run on time, and that the feast days and celebrations are honored appropriately. Though with responsibility comes power.
The skies have decided to appoint you Minister of the Treasury. With your new official seal, turn your eyes upon the contents of your vaults, and review the expenditures and income of your kingdom. Muse over the books, and consider what financial edicts you would like to issue.
You are hereby appointed Divine Sovereign of your life, the seal signed and witnessed by Sun and Moon. You are issued complete authority over yourself, and to change whatsoever displeases you within your world. Any and all edicts may be issued, but their enactment will not be instant. You will have to remain firm in your position, as it will take time for the law of your word to sink into the land. Yet if you decree and stand behind it and commit the proper resources to make it so, your kingdom will be the envy of sovereigns everywhere. It may take a while to learn to properly sit your throne, but as you settle in, you’ll wonder if there’s a bottom anywhere that fits it so well.
You are, by decree of the heavens, hereby appointed the Minister of Psyche. Your responsibility will be the richly-adorned, haunted halls of the ruined temples which dot the periphery of your land. What gods, demons and memories have stirred there, and how might you manage this growing ghostly menagerie? Forgotten faces of the divine will emerge so that might give them form and love. So, too will phantoms of old tragedies, so that they might be given rest. This is to be your office, and this is your territory to manage, so consider your policy positions, and then issue your Edict of Soul Governance.
The heavens hereby appoint you the Minister of Foreign Affairs. You will find your role requires you to meet with a variety of visiting dignitaries and ambassadors, and to evaluate them as to their trustworthiness. Among them you will find some fast friends, which will lead inevitably to rich cultural exchanges and mutually beneficial trade agreements. Yet you will also discover deceptions, and that some neighboring sovereignties are simply not worth relating to. The web of alliance and accord is yours to weave.