Tuesday, Jan 16 at 6.18pm PST
The new moon in Capricorn rises dark and silent with a very clear message. On one hand, Capricorn represents patriarchal evils – outdated values and institutions so loathed by the spiritually conscious. But if we understand Capricorn only through this lens, we will never destroy old structures, never build anew. So remember that Capricorn is not just the man in the suit, but also the fresh-faced architect: the first assembler of the New Earth.
The Capricorn season is one of relaxation, rich foods, materialism and beloved rituals, but the sea goat is also known for his work ethic, so let’s summon that too. Capricorn’s mantra is I use. As such, he demonstrates application of wisdom. Capricorn asks us to implement more self-control, more self-discipline, more rigor.
New moons make us feel unusually tired, and this is especially true with Capricorn. Feel that solid, stagnant force in your bones? Earth is, by nature, heavy and drowsy. Sloth entrenched in the body’s matter, deep enough to make us hurt, pushes us to the point of surrender. In Capricorn the moon is strained. The moon is in her “detriment” in Capricorn, opposite the sign she rules, which would be Cancer. A planet is weakest in detriment and life therefore more challenging. Removed from her warm ocean, Luna is naked and vulnerable. Watch for mood swings and unusually low energy. Your inclination to stay home and meditate is perfectly natural.
There will be a grand total of six planets in Capricorn on the day of the new moon. Holy leaden goat energy. The moon will primarily interact with Venus in Capricorn in a harmonious conjunction, making this new moon especially warm and fuzzy in a domestic/interpersonal sense. The other influence is a hard square to Uranus – much less fortuitous. Any time a difficult angle is formed to Uranus, we must expect the unexpected. With Uranus we need to be mindful of the possibility of accidents, sudden unfortunate events or anything which comes “out of the blue.” Uranus lives to shock us. His lessons are designed to make us uncomfortable, to show us that we don’t really know what we think we know.
By Jan 17, Luna will be in Aquarius, the constellation ruled by Uranus, so we’ll get an even better feel of what this electric archetype is all about. Better yet, the Sun will cruise into Aquarius on Jan 19, marking the end of Capricorn season. On this same day, the moon moves ahead into Pisces, the sleepiest constellation of all, so don’t be afraid to spend lots of time resting and regenerating your spirit from Jan 19-21. We’ll feel a massive shift later on the evening of Jan 21 when the moon moves into Aries, signaling rebirth and a fresh wave of physical energy. Enjoy this fire until Jan 24, then get ready for the quarter moon in Taurus, the first moon phase of the Aquarian season.
Skeletons creak inexorably forward, ghostly hands tug from below. Yes, there is joy in seemingly endless self-work. Go outside and inhale low gray clouds. Though you may be tired, even depressed, do not forget that you are infinitely supported by the earth and she would love to see you. Visualize new sprouts popping, reaching for the sun. Connect to the earth with this image of lightness.
Mantra: I build