This month’s New Moon in Capricorn falls on 22 December, the solstice. In the northern hemisphere this marks the shortest day of the year and the point at which the Earth begins to wake from her wintery slumber. In the Southern hemisphere it is the longest day, the high point of the summer. The New Moon in Capricorn occurs only a couple of hours after the solstice making this a potent time for beginning new endeavours.
This is a special new moon for me as I was born on a New Moon in Capricorn. As this happens just once a year I expect it will be a time of personal reflection, a restful pause for integrating the lessons I’ve learned over the past year and setting new intentions for the year ahead. Capricorn is all about planning, organising and setting targets so it’s likely my personal projects will be getting the once over. New priorities will be set and unnecessary extras culled.
There’s lots going on in Capricorn this month. The Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus are all passing through. In fact Venus conjuncts Pluto on 20th December, enmeshing herself in the tense square-dance between Pluto and Uranus. You can read more about this important aspect in my article Uranus square Pluto: How it affects you. As the Sun, Moon and Mercury move through Capricorn they will all trigger this square, bringing their own unique insights and transformation into our lives. Mercury joins Pluto on 24 December so beware family fireworks at the Christmas table! The Sun transits on 3 January bringing tension and ultimate breakthrough in creative endeavours, self-confidence and our personal sense of purpose.
This New Moon in Capricorn also marks the point at which Uranus stations briefly before going direct. This means that the influence of Uranus square Pluto will now begin to manifest in a more external manner. While Uranus was retrograde, much of the action was going on internally, perhaps unseen. Now things will become a lot more obvious. This may be a relief if you’ve been waiting for things to shift. This has certainly been the case for me with this square! Lots of waiting for things to become clear so I can move forward! When Uranus goes direct expect some sudden shifts – surprises may very well be in store!
Uranus is the rebel, the revolutionary and he delights in messing with our carefully laid plans. Like the Tower card in the tarot he tears down what we have so carefully built so that something new can take its place. In square aspect to Pluto, who rules endings, we should be prepared to let go of something we may be very attached to. A plan, a person, a situation – nothing is sacred to these two change agents! But have no fear. You may need to surrender something you feel strongly about and this may not be easy, but something new will emerge in its place. This may not be what you want, but it may be what you need!
Astrologer Divine Harmony understands this when she writes, “When we honor the cycles of nature… we make peace with them. What is born must die, what starts must end. One thing gives way to another. Our entire lives are made up of cycles like this – and yet we so often fear one half of the spectrum in the form of endings, death and letting go. When we can learn to embrace this part of the cycle we can stop being reactionary to it and find the center of the wheel – which is where peace and conscious awareness lies.” If you’re interested in this perspective you can read the rest of her article on the New Moon in Capricorn.
This New Moon in Capricorn is about making way for the new
Shifting stagnant energy and clearing out the old to make room for the new are certainly strong themes during this New Moon in Capricorn. An afternoon spent deep-cleaning your closets or garage, getting rid of old junk and making everything fresh and new will probably do you the world of good. Organisation is a strong suit for Capricorn and while you’re clearing out your external environment you’ll probably find a corresponding decluttering process will be going on within you as well.
The industrious and persevering energy of the New Moon in Capricorn can help you bring new commitment and discipline into areas of your life that may have been lacking in structure. To gain insight into which areas of life will be most affected take a look at your natal chart and see in which house the first degree of Capricorn falls. This will help you understand where this organising and restructuring will be most helpful.
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