Dolly Parton, a Capricorn, once said: “The magic is inside of you. There ain’t no crystal ball.” Well, to tempt Fate, the Capricorn Gods, and Dolly, I had a psychic reading yesterday. The psychic told me she’d never seen an aura like mine, it was larger than normal (apparently the average aura is 7 inches and mine is 12) & its activity made her dizzy. She told me I wasn’t of this Earth, but from another planet — a planet of superior intelligence (which sounded like the planet Uranus to me). Now, if like I was you are thinking the psychic is attempting to flatter me, know this is nothing to brag about because apparently, for a person from the Planet of Superior Intelligence, life on Earth is extra difficult. It is like being handed a wrench and told to fix cars when you are so clearly not cut out to be a car mechanic.

Yes, it’s true. I have no earth in my birth chart. Except for my North Node (in Capricorn) –which my mentor Steven Forrest brilliantly describes as “a really good idea” because we have no experience here –and which, after using her methods to search for my purpose for being here on this planet, the psychic validated by freely offering that my soul’s decision to incarnate on Earth may’ve actually been nothing more than a good idea. Oh, irony of ironies.

Many astrologers and students have been known to exclaim, “I have no earth in my chart!” with a you-know-what-that-means-I-must-be-doomed look. Left to the imagination I see a disembodied person, unsuccessfully trying to balance a checkbook or find meaningful work let alone show up for the interview. Or maybe they’re unable to figure out how to fit their goals into those of the status quo or be the cog in the wheel, the happy worker bee. Flummoxed by the worldly security and bodily delights others appear to enjoy, definitely extra sensitive to both chemicals and worldly suffering, totally lacking the innate ability to comprehend the complex systems, the computers, money and math the world runs on today, they probably own lots of crystals and visit psychics –because they sure sound like they need them. They, err, We, the Taurus, Virgo –AND- Capricorn-less people.

As much I joke about and (kinda) see myself in the above description, earthy people likely do, too. After all, we are all spiritual beings living on planet Earth, in these dense bodies, learning both who & how to be here. Maybe earth-less people have to work harder at it. In my years of reading charts, those who have little or no earth in their chart work harder on translating their unique skills into an stable vocation, exercising discernment in the earthly realms: like establishing boundaries or understanding the psychology of managing physical space, and how to take care of the body. They also build hugely successful empires. Donald Trump’s birth chart has no earth.

Why all this talk about earth? It’s the wintry season of Capricorn. Capricorn is the sign of the Earth; with its penchant for physical consequences there may be no earthier sign than Capricorn. We make things with Capricorn; we build buildings, lives, businesses. Capricorn doesn’t dream the dream. It builds it. Ever practical and steadfast, to quote my Capricorn Rising husband, we must “endeavour to persevere”. We undertake goals, and then we make them a reality. To enter the realm of Capricorn is to enter the realm of karmic effect – we can truly experience the physical earthly consequences, the effects, of our actions and intentions.

Of course the effect gets better – far juicier and more rewarding- if we are guided by our spiritual instincts. We all have spiritual gifts and talents and often the task is to figure out how they translate, which, takes trial and error, failure & WORK. As one who is not a car mechanic, I know this isn’t easy work. Earth work is dense and slow. It takes oodles of patience and we will all experience both failure and success. We are all learning. As a writer friend of mine (who serendipitously called while I was writing this essay) quipped: Social media, computers? This is my first incarnation in 400 years! I skipped automobiles to arrive at computers. I have a lot to cover!

Earth or no earth in your birth chart, I can safely say we are all, each and everyone, in Earth school. Capricorn New Moon is the time to re-align our spiritual instincts with the earthly rules. After reviewing your deepest spiritual wishes for your brief time here, what earthly condition do you wish to master now, oh earthly one? Actions you undertake at this time won’t be easy; you must endeavor to persevere. Make sure you are fully aligned with what you undertake, because there will be results. Results are always guaranteed, courtesy of Capricorn.