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A New Moon in Capricorn

Posted by Lauren on January 11, 2018 at 7:05 PM

January 12th ~ 19th

Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine. ~ (Sabian Symbol for 27 Capricorn)

On the day of the New Moon this week (Tuesday/Wednesday) there will be a total of 6 planets in the sign of Capricorn. That’s a lot of Capricorn! The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the New Moon is a glorious image of Capricorn in its highest expression: a line of traditions and teachers stretching back through limitless time, passing from teacher to disciple, treading a well-worn path, ever reaching higher and higher, and showing the way for others also to reach the highest expression of human consciousness.

The path of Capricorn requires stamina, determination, faith, and deep strength in order to reach its goal and destination. This is not a path for the weak of heart.

New Moons are opportunities to set intentions. And Capricorn is about maturity, stability, leadership, management, making practical decisions and achieving goals. It is also about taking responsibility, keeping commitments, achieving respect and looking forward to the future. And it’s about understanding the ultimate consequences and results of our actions. The New Moon in Capricorn is a Moon of Resolutions, occurring near the New Year. There is a sense of looking back from where we’ve come, and then looking forward towards all that we still need to achieve.

Due to a square to Uranus, this New Moon can literally shake us up, and challenge previously held conceptions. Uranus can come at us like a lightning bolt from out of the blue: sudden changes; revelations; and changes of plans can alter the outcome of events. The New Moon is not only square Uranus, but closely conjunct Venus (widely conjunct Pluto, the lord of transformation, death, and rebirth); and at the heart of a deeply healing and purifying Mars/Chiron trine. The New Moon also coincides with an exact Jupiter/Pluto sextile just the day before. There is a lot going on here! A few twists and turns, a realistic assessment of the people we know we can trust and rely on, using our energy in positive ways, thru self-improvement and acceptance.

Capricorn gives us the strength to be grounded and focused on those things that are most important to us. It also brings us the determination and confidence to pursue those goals. Some positive intentions that would work with this Moon might be:

  • May I find strength in acceptance.
  • May I be relieved from any fears about change, and what the future may bring.
  • May I be able to discriminate between those things that I cannot change, and the courage to change the things I can.
  • May I approach maturity and aging with pride and a sense of accomplishment
  • May I be filled with the confidence and discipline to successfully reach my goals, but may I also be relieved from the anxiety associated with success.

Even before we get to the New Moon, Mercury having recently entered Capricorn on Thursday will be conjunct Capricorn-Lord, Saturn, over the weekend. Mercury in Capricorn is prone to serious thought any way. There is this prevailing sense of needing to get down to business; take things more seriously; be more organized. This is all the more so when Mercury passes by Saturn. Saturn removes the rose-colored glasses from our eyes, and asks us to see things exactly as they are: no excuses, no pretense, no denial.

The issue with all of this serious weather, is a tendency to worry and ruminate. We often can become aware of a problem or obstacle when Mercury is close to Saturn, but the key is in paying attention to whether or not you can do anything about it. Focus on the things that you do have control over, rather than the things that you don’t have control over. Then go and organize a closet. Mercury/Saturn needs a project. It works best when you are focused, and concentrating, or organizing something. The more intricate and technical the better! It is great weather for detail work and getting specific tasks done.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. ~ Corrie ten Boom

The above image is of the Tiger Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang), a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan.

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