This particular New Moon is a perfect time to set some concrete goals for the year ahead as well as creating new structures for ourselves and shifting out of any habits or patterns which no longer reflect who we are becoming. There is a great emphasis on the energy of Capricorn during this New Moon, for there are five planets in this realistic, disciplined and goal-oriented sign, not just the Sun and Moon. Disciplined and ambitious Capricorn does seem very appropriate sign for the first New Moon of the year, when it is time to get back to business and think about what we want to achieve for the year ahead! New Moons signify the moment when the Sun and Moon join forces, melding together in the same degree of the same sign, symbolising a perfect time for planting seeds and setting intentions for what we want to create for ourselves. Intentions are different to resolutions, as they are merely guidelines for what it is we would like to bring in rather than putting undue pressure on ourselves to achieve a specific objective. This particular New Moon is a perfect time to sit down and have a good think about what we are doing and why, what we truly want for ourselves and how we plan to bring it about. Capricorn is the sign who has the tenacity to make our dreams into reality, through sheer hard work and determination! We just have to make sure those dreams fit within the realms of reality!
Capricorn is the sign of responsibility, discipline, authority, hard work and commitment; a cardinal sign which likes to set goals and is not afraid to follow through on them. Much like the sure footed mountain goat, he sets his sights on the peak of the mountain and climbs slowly but surely until he reaches the top, overcoming any obstacles he might find in his way through his firm resolve and commitment to his goal. Thus, Capricorn represents self-mastery, our ambitions and goals, and the peak of the mountain is our highest achievement and the integrity that comes with knowing that we are doing what we are supposed to be doing. Capricorn asks us to be honest about our limitations, realistic about what we are capable of and willing to follow through and put in the hard work necessary to fulfil our dreams. The simple act of committing to a goal or objective can set an energetic ball rolling, and this New Moon is an ideal time to do just that; to think about what we want for ourselves and not be afraid to commit to it. We just have to make sure that it is within the realms of possibility and a true reflection of who we are. We shouldn't have to force it; it should come naturally.
As well and the Sun and Moon, Mercury, Venus and Pluto are all in Capricorn, adding to the cautious, pragmatic and goal-oriented energy of this New Moon. Mercury, the planet of the mind and communication, is sitting right next to the Sun and Moon, which makes me think that this is a good time to think about our goals and plan out strategies for the year ahead. Mercury in Capricorn favours logic and reason and is not a fan of pie in the sky fantasy and wishful thinking! The ruler of Capricorn is Saturn, the Lord of Karma, who acts as a teacher, guide and task-master, helping us take responsibility for our lives and showing us where we need to put in some work in order to evolve and grow. Saturn is forming a challenging aspect to Mars, the planet of vitality, enthusiasm, motivation, drive and desire for experience. While Mars wants to push forward and put plans into action, the limiting energy of Saturn puts on the brakes, asking us to think twice about what we are doing and why we might be doing it. Saturn is the great teacher, so it is important to take note if we feel any resistance to our thoughts or plans, either internally or externally, and if we do we might want to question the validity of our desires. Mars/Saturn aspects have a tendency to squish our enthusiasm and curb our motivation, and as such can be a wee bit frustrating! This Moon seems to be more of a time for thinking, organising and planning, rather than charging full steam ahead!
While this New Moon does have quite a grounded, realistic tone to it there is also some magic involved as unpredictable Uranus, the planet of sudden change, forms a harmonious aspect to bountiful and benevolent Jupiter! When these two planets get together they bring forth a nice dose of optimism, excitement, inspiration and the possibility of changes of fortune, beneficial surprises and opportunities that seem to come out of the blue. Together they give us the faith that somehow everything is going to fall into place, exactly as it is supposed to, and that ultimately it is going to be just fine. Uranus is also forming a tense aspect to Venus, so there could be some upsets or surprises in the realm of relationships, money and values, as Uranus's energy shakes things up and makes us feel a bit restless. Aside from Mercury, Jupiter is the only planet forming an aspect to the Sun and Moon themselves, and this could cause us to become a bit scattered as we come up with so many possibilities that we can't make up our mind exactly what we want, so I think it is important that we hone it down to two or three concrete, realistic goals or intentions for ourselves. It is all well and good to get excited over the abundant possibilities of the future, but for this particular Moon it seems that some focus is in order!
This New Moon truly is a wonderful opportunity for thinking about what we might want to manifest for ourselves during the year ahead! There is some hope and optimism in the air combined with the recognition that in order to achieve our goals they must be realistic in the first place, and that a certain degree of commitment and responsibility must be involved. We are currently being asked to step into our power; our true power that comes from within, and to be the best that we can possibly be. This is the time to contemplate what exactly we want to find at the top of the mountain and how to go about making it happen. Are we ready to commit to whatever that may be? Are we ready to take on the responsibility that goes with it? To shift out of any habits or patterns that are holding us back from realising our full potential? I have heard that the act of writing down your goals and intentions endows them with more power to manifest, as it makes them more concrete than mere thoughts. It makes sense to me, as “committing” my thoughts to paper has always made them feel more real. As such, I think that writing down two or three concrete intentions for the year ahead is a good idea, and from what I can tell, Saturday is a better day to actually set the intentions than Friday, as they have more chance of manifesting. We can use this Moon to narrow down what it is we really want for ourselves, and then make a solid commitment to it. Phew.
“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson