It’s a HUGE day today! A New Moon at zero degrees Capricorn brings our writing hopes down to earth and makes them real. Uranus stations before turning direct, charging its batteries for a coming jolt of energy that will allow us to leap any remaining hurdles. Add to that the solstice, and Saturn in the last degree of Scorpio, and it’s like a birth just before the waters break. This is the beginning of a whole new era in your writing life. This is the real New Year. So celebrate!
The optimism from yesterday is still growing, but it’s an optimism tempered by reality. Ceres in Sagittarius trine Jupiter in Leo allows us to nurture our dramatic expressions. The long retrograde of Jupiter until early April gives us the time and space to go over old material or old projects and polish them until they shine. We can get inklings today of ideas from out of the blue that just seem to fit and enhance our work. Tonight we’ll feel extremely motivated and ready to get down to some real, enjoyable writing as the stellium moves into Capricorn through January.
As the Moon approaches conjunction with Pallas and Saturn, we get a real sense of direction. Optimism about our writing builds throughout the day. These are the last few days of Saturn in Scorpio, so the intensity of the last two years will lighten up by Tuesday. Saturn has forced us to look at the deep structure of our writing, such as plotting and outlining and character development and online marketing systems. It has been a hard taskmaster. Soon, we will be able to go free again, and write from our hearts. Yet, now we know we have a firm foundation beneath our feet from which we can leap into flights of fancy without missing the mark.
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This morning will be a process of digging up last minute notes or adding additional details to what you’ve been writing. It’s not editing and cutting, it’s adding and enhancing. Because the Moon is in Scorpio, these should be details that deepen the work on an emotional level. Look at any interpersonal exchanges between your characters, especially the intense ones, and see if you can improve those by adding something. For example, maybe you just need to add a symbolic gesture during an intense conversation. This should all be done by late afternoon. Then it’s full speed ahead again as you work to finish the piece you’ve been working on.
If you remember dreams, write them down this morning. You’ll have done work on your art form during the night. Mercury enters Capricorn bringing your thoughts down to earth, so you can actually capture those dreams in concrete form. It’s amazing how much writing you can get done before breakfast. You may even compose some work in your head before you even get out of bed. This afternoon is good for writing about balancing the yin/yang, masculine/feminine dynamics in relationships. With Moon quintile Jupiter, you could write that coming out story or stories where hidden emotions are exposed.
Mercury in the last degrees of Sagittarius is a great big wake-up call where we identify a pattern we haven’t seen before. All of a sudden, we see exactly where we are going with our writing, and how to get there. The secret is in the characters, and in making a commitment to finding out what THEY want, as opposed to making them say and do what YOU want them to. This is that moment when the characters come alive and get a mind of their own. You just need to start typing and follow them wherever they lead. If you’ve done the prep work on your outline, they won’t be able to destroy your plot. They will just enhance it.
Writing flows easily very early this morning, but commitments to others arise a little later. Loud annoyances can mess with our zen around lunch time. This afternoon is good for writing about the environment, farming or food production. This evening you could be speculating about idealistic or futuristic ways of feeding people around the world. Mars semi-square Sun gives a bit of frustration around seeing the vision and being able to implement it. Fantasy and sci-fi writers can do some good world-building work today.