Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! Don’t Resolve; Review Your Relationship with Saturn

© 2018 by Joyce Mason

In our Gregorian calendar, every New Year starts in Capricorn, one of the four Cardinal signs of the zodiac.  The Cardinals represent turning points and are the beginnings of each new season. January 1st marks not just a New Year. With every New Year starting in the sign of the Goat, new years activate the Capricorn principles of hard work, responsibility, endurance and self-sacrifice that morph easily into those dogged resolutions.

2018 starts out with four planets in Cap: Saturn itself in its home court where it’s comfiest, Mercury Sun and Pluto. That’s quite a herd of four-legged mountain climbers. It’s enough to make two-leggers feel like they might not be fully equipped for this Everest of potential achievement. That’s with a backdrop of other goings-on, Mars in Scorpio with its power and might square the nodes and Uranus still square Pluto before it shifts into Taurus. Chiron is on the cusp Aries. Venus and Mars will be retrograde with an opportunity to review and revise relationships. That’s just a sampler. For most people I know, 2017 was a very difficult year. By making Saturn an ally rather than a mean taskmaster, 2018 is bound to improve. And don’t forget Saturn’s purview over certain body parts: knees, bones, teeth and skin.

This year I challenge you to have some guiding principles you’d like to live by and review them often. Instead of driving yourself to death at the gym or going skeletal on a Spartan diet, consider reviewing your relationship with Saturn’s principles. It may work out for you far better than difficult-to-keep and often unrealistic resolutions. This exercise will help you use this planetary energy for its better possibilities. Saturn’s charms are rarely touted for its less likable principles of seriousness, control, authority, severity, restraint and rigidity. But don’t forget these:

 Some Key Words for Saturn at Its Best 
  • Wisdom
  • Good timing
  • Down-to-earthiness
  • Being grounded
  • Good foundations or structures
  • Being dependable
  • Being efficient
  • Ability to control yourself when the situation calls for it
  • Success in politics or government
  • “Adult spirituality” rather than dogma
  • Getting better as you get older

You don’t have to have trines and sextiles between Saturn and your other planets or your Capricorn/Saturn-ruled planets to get on his brighter side. My Cap Moon squares four planets. My life’s work has been learning to overcome anxiety to let in the Saturn and Cap positive principles. The choices are (1) fight tooth and nail against what you’re “supposed” to do, beat your head against brick walls, get nowhere and be miserable, or (2) find how to integrate the best of Saturn into your life with minimal bodily and psychological injury.

Who couldn’t use things like grounding, earthiness and efficiency? And for a bonus, people with a lot of planets in Cap or aspects to Saturn have what I call a Capricornball sense of humor. Because of the tendency to be uptight and proper, when they cut loose, the most ultra conservatives among them blast open their stuffed shirts; and they are hilarious. One of the guiding principles of comedy is the unexpected. You don’t expect the otherwise loyal, buttoned-up office secretary to blurt out a pointed joke about the boss out of his earshot to most of the staff. The prohibitory nature of the conspiracy is what makes it so funny, along with its unlikely source.

Don’t belittle yourself. Be-big yourself.”   Sister Corita Kent, Artist

The Inside Out Method to Get to Saturn Light

This is both the easiest and most difficult exercise to improve your relationship with Saturn. Stop judging yourself and others. If you want to experience Saturn Light, be Saturn Light.

For most of us, starting with others might be the easier jumping-off point. Go a whole day without thinking negative thoughts or judging others with Saturnian authority or austerity. Be the best father they ever or never had. After one day, go for two … then more.

When you’re got your courage up, do this for yourself. Not a thought or a negative word. I live with someone who curses himself on a regular basis. It used to spin me into a knot of judgment about what he was doing to his self-esteem. I finally gave up my lectures that fell mostly on deaf ears. Now when he damns himself I bless him in my mind. If everything starts with energy, maybe I’ve at least canceled out the worst effects of shoulding on himself. Besides, his growth rate is none of my business.

Other Saturn Resources

The have been a number of articles on Saturn on The Radical Virgo. Here are some that might help you become that loving dad to yourself.

Although this two-part series focuses on Saturn in Libra and its implications in relationships, the exercises will still be helpful to many people, especially if you have Saturn aspects to Venus … or just want to learn about the structure of your relationship history, which is often full of revelations.

On Saturn's Relationship to Time
A New Timepeace (11-Nov-09)

Happy 2018! “Friend” Saturn this year.


Photo Credits: Saturn cartoon - © corythoman; 2018 - © Iveta Angelova,

Saturday, December 30, 2017


A New Year’s Eve Poem

© 2014 - 2018 by Joyce Mason

 Winding down:
quiet as snow falling
Calendar switching
hushed as a church
before midnight
A patient lover
at the train station 
of tomorrow.

New Year’s cusp:
no party
Kissing only Change
at midnight
relishing the pure
white landscape
of infinite possibility.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Food for Funny: New Year’s Resolutions Around the Zodiac

© 2010-2017 by Joyce Mason

Resolutions: Do you do them? Aim to do them but never get around to it? Wish you had the discipline? Write them but are lucky to stick with one of them for the first few days of the New Year?

Your ultimate “out” of this annual exercise in futility also happens to be the truth. The real New Year, from an astrological perspective, is Spring Equinox—not one week past the cusp of winter. What could grow in that hardened soil with rain or snow pelting it to smithereens? Neither flowers, resolutions, nor good intentions. But if you still insist on living by a calendar out of sync with the stars and seasons—to remain bent on playing society’s silly game of writing resolutions off-cycle with the earth and sky, here’s how you might find yourself—or some of your friends.

Aries:  I will count to 10 before I blow up. (1…2…$^&**+$#_!!!)

Taurus: I resolve to finish my holiday candy and gingerbread, savoring each bite.

Gemini: I’m good at writing. Doorbell. Hi, Max! Oh, I have to TiVo my four programs that are on at the same time. What am I supposed to do again? My phone is ringing.

Cancer:  I have no time for this; I have children to take care of. It’s none of your business that they’re past their midlife transits.

Leo: I resolve to make more Me Time!

Virgo: Of course, I’m on it. I’ve been working on them since Autumn Equinox. I still have more editing to do.

Libra: I’ll get to it if my honey will do it with me.

Scorpio: They’re for me to know and for you not to find out.

Sagittarius:  I resolve to get more of everything!

Capricorn: I resolve to get more of everything and chair the corporation that gives it to me!

Aquarius: I resolve to do my part to make peace on earth, even if it involves protests.

Pisces: I’ve vaguely heard of them, but I just go with the flow. I think it’s something you’re supposed to stick to. What are they, again?


Photo Credit: Old and New Years © Dennis Cox |

Related Post:  New Year's Quotes for the Signs

Send some of your own zodiac sign resolutions in the Comments. Happy New Year from The Radical Virgo!

The Crystal Ball makes a perfect romp of a read, a page-turner as laugh-inducing as champagne bubbles. Set at a longevity association's New Year's Eve and 25th anniversary party, strange costumes, goings-on and a major mystery spice up the calendar turn for a group of do-gooders out to preserve themselves and the planet. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Radical Reprise: New Year’s Quotes for the Signs

Aries ~ New Year's Day is every man's birthday. ~Charles Lamb

Taurus ~ Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. ~Oscar Wilde

Gemini ~ May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions. ~Joey Adams

Cancer ~ It wouldn't be New Year's if I didn't have regrets. ~William Thomas

Leo ~ Every man regards his own life as the New Year's Eve of time. ~Jean Paul Richter

Virgo ~ People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. ~Author Unknown

Bonus for All Signs: A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

Libra ~ The only way to spend New Year's Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears. ~W.H. Auden

Scorpio ~ New Year's Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot. Unless, of course, those tests come back positive. ~Jay Leno

Sagittarius ~ New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. ~Mark Twain

Capricorn ~ Of all sound of all bells... most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year. ~Charles Lamb

Aquarius ~ Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey

Pisces ~ Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits. ~Author Unknown


Photo credit: AND I QUOTE © Zitramon, decked out for New Year’s by Joyce and her clip art.

More Quotes for the Signs. Quotes for the Signs #1, Quotes #2, Quotes #3, Quotes #4, and Holiday Quotes for the Signs.

The Crystal Ball makes a perfect romp of a read, a page-turner as laugh-inducing as champagne bubbles. Set at a longevity association's New Year's Eve and 25th anniversary party, strange costumes, goings-on and a major mystery spice up the calendar turn for a group of do-gooders out to preserve themselves and the planet.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Holiday Quotes for the Signs - 2009 Reprised

© 2009 - 2017
by Joyce Mason
All Rights Reserved

These gems apply, regardless of reference, to Christmas, Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa—whatever you celebrate.

~ “Joyce Noël” from The Radical Virgo!

Aries: Don't celebrate a holiday before it arrives. ~ Author Unknown

Taurus: Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. ~ Dave Berry

Gemini: Even as an adult I find it difficult to sleep on Christmas Eve. Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, no matter your age. ~Carrie Latet

Cancer: No self-respecting mother would run out of intimidations on the eve of a major holiday. ~ Erma Bombeck

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Leo: There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. ~ Erma Bombeck

Virgo: If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important. ~ Bertrand Russell

Libra: Love the giver more than the gift. ~ Brigham Young

Scorpio: Come to me. I want to plow you like a Calgary driveway at Christmas. ~ John Cleese, "Monty Python"
Bonus for All Signs: The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin. ~ Jay Leno
Sagittarius: The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to. ~ P.J. O’Rourke

Capricorn: When you like your work, every day’s a holiday. ~ Frank Tyger

Aquarius:  Peace on Earth--You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. ~ Malcolm X

Pisces: Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie

Photo credit:
AND I QUOTE © Zitramon |, decked out for the holidays by Joyce and her clip art.

Need more holiday inspiration? Have an epiphany on Hot Flashbacks, Cool Insights

More Quotes for the Signs. Quotes for the Signs #1, Quotes #2, Quotes #3, and Quotes #4.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Quotes for the Signs ~ 2011 Reprised

Happy Yule and Merry
Whatever You Celebrate!

Here are some winter holiday season quotes for the each of the signs with a few inspirations for all of us, sprinkled in-between.

ARIES: Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. 

~Victor Hugo

TAURUS: Christmas brings enormous electric bills.  Candles are used for Hanukkah.  Not only are we spared enormous electric bills, but we get to feel good about not contributing to the energy crisis.
~KOACH Humor, "Holiday Distinctions Finally Explained" (KOACH College Outreach is a project of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism)

GEMINI:  One kind word can warm three winter months. ~Japanese proverb

CANCER:  Christmas is a time when you get homesick--even when you're home.  

~Carol Nelson

"Put on your yarmulke,
Here comes Hanukkah!
So much funukah,
To celebrate Hanukkah!
Hanukkah is the festival of lights.
Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights."

~ Adam Sandler

LEO: I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.  
~ Charles Dickens

VIRGO: One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day.  Don't clean it up too quickly.  

~Andy Rooney

"I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays."

~Henry Youngman

LIBRA: Remember this December that love weighs more than gold!

~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

SCORPIO: I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. 

~Og Mandino

SAGITTARIUS: Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.  

~Author Unknown

CAPRICORN: Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year. 

~P.J. O'Rourke

AQUARIUS: Yuletide excitement is a potent caffeine, no matter your age. 

~Terri Guillemets

PISCES:  A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.

~Garrison Keillor


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Monday, December 11, 2017

Winter Wonderland


A Winter Solstice Poem

© 2017 by Joyce Mason

They are quiet places,
Beauty and Awe,
retreats from the cyclone of modern life,
invisible churches:
Temples where wonder enters softly
with each in-spiration,
 the power of breath
the power of creation.

Snowflakes fall, children smile, it's palpable:
the eternal warmth of love and family
actual, chosen or imagined.
Seasonal symbols prime the inner song that sings you
into the light of every day.
O, Holy Night.

At this time where countless candles flicker,
we revisit our Light Source,
reborn in Wonder
in tune with our heartsong
and the joining of all hearts beating together:

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