by christina rai
Capricorn New Moon: December 29, 2016
Here we are at the last New Moon of 2016. New Moons are traditionally a time to turn inward and reboot the operating system. At this point in the cycle of the year, this is especially so. The Capricorn New Moon gives us a great opportunity to do both a review and a reset since technically, we are very near to the beginning of the turning of the wheel, cosmically. Solstice was merely a week or so ago. This has given us a few days to settle into the energy of the upcoming year, a tasting period. Now, we can take a few moments and review how we feel, both about all that has been done or undone and all that can yet be done or undone. How are you feeling?
Let’s take a cue from the event chart for this New Moon. In the central time zone we have the pleasure of operating from the Libra perspective. Life is, after all, ALL ABOUT THE BALANCE that exists between the polarities of reality. With the ascendant energy located at 11* Libra, the Sabian Symbol is A PROFESSOR PEERING OVER HIS GLASSES. If you took the time to reflect on the limits of your own inner authority at the Solstice—the scope of your power; how you use it; how you might abuse it—then you have now come to a point in that reflection when you can pause and really feel whether you are honestly facing who you are and how you present that self to others. We all have a measure of expertise, a tad of ability, even a spoonful of wisdom. What are you doing with that expertise, ability and wisdom? That’s the question. You answer it. Be open to potential illuminations and insights in regards to this meditation. This is a season of unpredictability, friends!
The Sabian Symbol for the degree of this New Moon is BIRDS IN THE HOUSE SINGING HAPPILY. What a hopeful and optimistic set of circumstances. This gives us the sense that our actions can result in happy outcomes, that there is something to look forward to and that doom and gloom should be relegated to the back room and only opened at a later date. I like that. You have to MAKE good things happen because if you don’t, the bad things will FIND you all on their own. Remember, there is no such thing as a MISTAKE. All situations are OPPORTUNITIES for growth and improvement, even if, at the outset things seems impossible and dreadful. The mind is a powerful thing and it can definitely colour the fiber of your life so stay watchful of what you think, how you think and who you share those thoughts with. Choose companions who will build you up rather than break you down!
A couple of things about this lunation. Mercury is recently retrograde and this retrograde period of his will hang around us until almost the end of January when you factor in the ‘shadow’ period. With Mercury being so closely aligned to this Sun/Moon conjunction—the NEW MOON—we are reminded to pause, to reconsider, to review all of our plans and intentions. Capricorn is the energy of structure and CONSTRUCTION. Build, says the old goat, build, build, build. This energy is never happier than when involved in projects that bring growth, increase, stability and order. Meditate on what, in your life, needs this down to earth, common sense approach. What can you restructure and improve? What needs some foundation work? What about clean-up? Whatever is begun in the detail oriented energy of Virgo, can absolutely be perfected in the assertive energy of Capricorn. And, for us, here in the midst of winter weather, it’s a great time to do all those things that require indoor activity! On a more personal level, retrograde Mercury in Cap asks us to reconsider the essential, fundamental structures of our lives—what we think (3rd house), what we believe (9th house) and how we can shift anything that we no longer find useful in those areas (Pluto in Capricorn is also proximal to this lunation and aligned to the event chart’s IC/MC). It’s the time for facing reality—Capricorn/ruler Saturn in Sag and then allowing truth to prevail—Pluto in Capricorn/ruler Saturn in Sag. Let’s be uncompromising with ourselves—well, let’s at least try!
The other stand-out about the energy at this time is the station of Uranus, basically exactly opposed to Jupiter in Libra and both squaring Pluto in Capricorn. These are, for the most part, pretty subtle energies and we will not necessarily recognize the operation of those energies immediately or even ever for some folks. These are the big boys of the horoscope. Often, we can more easily recognize their co-relationship in the communal energies of the times in which we live. However, on a personal level, they demonstrate all that is going on in the pillar posts of your life. You might suddenly ‘see’ a situation that you are in in a ‘new’ way. Your own attitude to aspects of your life may suddenly undergo a shift of perspective. You might even come up with some new strategies to address long standing issues that have been bothering you or even holding you back. The key is to surrender, do not overthink, and relinquish control just enough to get the benefit of evolution. Digging in one’s heels when one is in a losing proposition usually does not result in a positive outcome. Learn to ‘negotiate’ your way through sticky situations rather than just pulling out your uzi and trying to hold your ground. If that ground is suddenly shifting, move with it and get outta there! There is absolutely nothing wrong with making deals. It’s the best survival mechanism out there.
So, use this next few days to do some soul searching about just what you want to accomplish over the next few months. Be open to inspiration and invention. Be willing to try new approaches. Be resolute and above all walk in LOVE.
Happy Mundane New Year, everyone!