“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
The New Moon in Capricorn on December 26th brings images of new beginnings to the fore, as we tread the liminal world between endings and new beginnings at the changing of the year. Changinges of location, and changes of circumstances are indicated, and with the aspects to this particular New Moon there is likely to be a “re-invention” of the past in some way,, a consideration of past situations that needs to be reviewed and perhaps re-invented in a new format, rather than being put aside altogether.
This decan is associated with the tarot card of The Two of Coins, and we see in this card the image of The Lion, devouring The Eagle, together with the emblems of The Sun & The Moon. This representation of unending change, the idea that night follows day, reminds us that nothing stays the same for ever, and that stagnation means death. The conjunction of the New Moon to Jupiter seems somewhat fortuitous, as Jupiter is considered to be the natural ruler of this decan, and perhaps deems it to be a well starred time for changes of employment or living situation. Purely financial considerations however, must not be solely relied upon for guidance, as any major changes undertaken should also be based on a soulful longing, an improvement in circumstances, perhaps together with a desire to heal an oft recurring situation that has had its day.
The six month cycle that begins at this New Moon, and which ends with the Full Moon in Cancer on July 5th deals with the challenge of making ones dreams a reality, and in order to do so, then laws must be carved and discipline enforced. Although ones aims may seem impossible, the goal is not without hope, and it is the knowledge of real possibility that is key. An ambitious imagination is not enough, and it is vital for any new beginnings now, for an honest appraisal of the situation. Along with the task ahead, health is also important now, and the next six months will provide a good opportunity to make changes in this realm, highly conducive to the usual desire for a “clean sweep” that happens at this time of year. With Chiron featuring in the New Moon as well as the subsequent Full Moon configuration in July next year, letting go of habits and situations that impede progress and tether us to unhealthy ways of behaviour will also be up for review, and it is likely to be a case of challenging some situation that is now stagnant and unchanging.
Whether there is the appetite to confront this head on, remains to be seen, but the invitation is present on this last New Moon of the year to welcome in the New Year less encumbered, and freer to pursue your dreams.
The Astrologers Diary
The New Moon every month offers an opportunity to sow new seeds, and as an Astrologer, I find it to be a useful exercise for myself and in working with others, to use the energy of each particular New Moon, according to the Sabian Symbol that it falls on, together with the position in which it falls in the Natal Chart. Such considerations can be invaluable in steering through ups and downs, and in becoming “easy” with the ebb and flow of what life brings.
This particular New Moon falls in the 5th degree of Capricorn, which Dane Rudhyar describes as follows:
PHASE 275 (CAPRICORN 5°): INDIANS ON THE WARPATH, WHILE SOME MEN ROW A WELL-FILLED CANOE, OTHERS IN IT PERFORM A WAR DANCE.
KEYNOTE: The mobilization of physical and emotional energies in a spirit of conquest.
This particular New Moon falls in my own 7th house, so the next six months the way I relate to others will be in some way, defined by the energy described by this particular New Moon.
The idea of being on the “warpath” might seem frightening, but I like the idea of a “well stocked canoe” and a “definite” objective, or “warpath”.
For any aims or projects that anyone may have at this time, this particular image suggests that you have the tools necessary to accomplish your aim, as long as the will to continue and the focus to prevent you from wandering off course is maintained. There will be strong currents and rapids a plenty in the next six months, but a resolute and steady approach will win out. Keep on paddling!!
A Blessed New Moon to you all, and may the Goddess watch over you. ❤
Knowing which house the New Moon falls in, and whether it is in close aspect with any planets in your chart can be an invaluable tool, along with the wider cycle of the Progressed Moon, for discovering the secret rhythms of your daily life.
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My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives for now in the South West of Ireland. Through my life, I have watched as Jupiter has brought me the desires of my deepest longings, and also suffered as Pluto has torn my life into shreds, and eaten the remains. I have answered the calls of Saturn, as he has brought me to new lands, hardship, and also to deep learning, and have also witnessed that he has never left my side. Uranus has ensured that I have not stayed in any one location for very long, whilst Mars & Venus have led me by the nose on far more occasions than I care to recall, but who have also brought their passionate creative spirit to the fore in my life. Neptune has beguiled and confused me, but also entranced and inspired, whilst Mercury has made certain that I have studied the reasons “why” for everything to the “nth” degree. The Moon, my eternal guide on this journey and the lady of my own chart, has given me my deep love of The Stars, steering me ever onwards along the path to seek The Sun.
At this stage in my life, it is time to give back….. and my long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice in offering guidance and empowerment, helping others to lead a more authentic, productive and magical life. You can read more about me here.