New Moon in Capricorn: The Climb
Moon conjunct Sun @ 8:16pm CST on 1-16-18
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting…so get on your way!” -Dr. Seuss, ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’
Welcome to the start of the Snow Moon phase, which (at its fullness on the 31st) will peak at the first of two Blue Moons this year. Because of the first full moons of this year being at the beginning and end of January and March, there will be no full moon in February…which is a rare occurrence (happening only once every 19 years: the last time was in 1999 and the next is in 2037). But we’ll get into the meaning behind two blue moons at the end of this month. Right now, let’s focus on the energies we’ll be working with at the beginning of this Snow Moon phase.
As you may know, all of the major planets are direct (as Uranus finished a retrograde on January 2nd and Jupiter’s next retrograde begins on March 8th)…so we have a lot of forward momentum pushing us outwardly in these first months of our year. In our Northern Hemisphere, this may seem a bit odd. The dead of winter is often more of a time to go inward…followed by breaking out of our shells into springtime. It’s the opposite this year…where the energy actually turns more inward as Spring comes along, and we have more work to be done on ourselves. The Southern Hemisphere, of course, enjoys a summertime of forward movement followed by the inward journey of autumn. So what do we do with this energy in the North? Spend this time, and throughout February, taking concrete actions toward your goals for this year. Then welcome more breaks in the Spring to recharge and really refine what you mean to do for the rest of the year. Jupiter’s Scorpio Retrograde in early March is the first of many retrograde opportunities for the rest of the year, and his energy shift will turn us toward inner growth and enlightenment as he illuminates and helps us to investigate our depths. We’ll be needing that in order to prepare for all that’s coming later.
Also, there is still a huge focus on Capricorn energy right now…and will be for a few years actually. This is the New Moon that can really key us into the Capricorn Mysteries that Pluto, Saturn, Venus, and Mercury are all currently travelling through. We’ll need this energy of sustainability and structure as we prepare for 2020’s Capricorn alignments.
Capricorn 27- A Mountain Pilgrimage
The Luminaries bring in this new phase on a degree that really highlights the upward climb to wisdom that Capricorn’s strong and sure-footed energy radiates. Saturn, Mercury, Pluto, Sun, Moon, and Venus are all in Capricorn now…and their energies can be seen as the parts in each of us that inspired us all to climb this mountain. Saturn makes the task necessary, Mercury wraps our collective mind around it, Pluto pushes for our transformation, Sun provides our fuel, Moon gives us the emotional need, and Venus shows us the value in the climb.
Each archetype can also be seen in their highest expression as the Council of Wisdom Keepers we will meet at the mountain peak. Saturn is the Keeper of Time who teaches, through Time’s limitations and restrictions, how to build a life of integrity and purpose. As Council Historian, Saturn keeps a record of our collective past and gives definition to the rights that must follow wrongs in our society and in ourselves. Mercury is the Keeper of Language who teaches how to communicate…not just with each other, but also between worlds. As Council Translator, Mercury connects us to each other through the collective mind and reconnects us with the ‘souls of thought’ which become the ideas we communicate into our world. Pluto is the Keeper of Occult Knowledge who teaches, through a deep dive below the surface of things, how transformation occurs beyond the veil of our human reality. As Council Shadow Worker, Pluto reveals the power hidden underneath our fears and rebirths it into our consciousness through a purification process that clarifies the soul’s intent. Sun is the Keeper of Light who teaches how we can shine in our individuation process. As Council Light Worker, Sun projects the vital energy that fuels and motivates our survival and self-understanding. Moon is the Keeper of Intuitive Knowledge who reflects that light of consciousness through our feeling nature. As Council Empath, Moon connects us with the cosmic womb and our ancestral lineage to provide us with emotional understanding and psychic development. Venus is the Keeper of Feminine Mysteries who teaches the Heroine’s Journey through the empowerment of our feminine nature. As Council Relational Guide, Venus connects us to each other through the magnetic force of the heart and harmonizes our embodied souls with the power of love.
And through Capricorn, all of these cosmic sages connect us with our responsibilities as humans on this planet. Each individual degree activated by these Wisdom Keepers alludes to lessons we are making this pilgrimage to learn. Saturn starts us off in the ‘a party entering a large canoe’ degree…focusing our energies on getting ‘on board’ with each other to start a journey that leads to the activation of our social responsibilities. Mercury’s lesson is symbolized by the degree of ‘an angel playing a harp’ which is all about attunement to the messages coming from celestial frequencies. Pluto is in the ‘a hidden choir singing’ degree which reveals what motivates us toward group transformation and harmony. The luminaries in this ‘mountain pilgrimage’ degree urge us to climb higher to connect with our own unique experience of the wisdom of our Earth. And Venus in the ‘a woman reading tea leaves’ degree teaches us the value and meaning behind symbols as they connect with heart-knowing…opening us up to “the relation of everything to everything else” (as Marc Jones once defined astrology).
Additional Energies from Water and Fire
This Circle of Wisdom Keepers who are gathered atop this Capricornian mountain are also being informed and supported by celestial energies in other signs. Of particular interest, because the aspects literally form a mountain-like triangle of relationship with its peak in Capricorn, is the influence of the celestial bodies in Scorpio and Pisces (water signs in harmonious 60 degree sextiles with some of our Capricorn sages).
Jupiter in Scorpio sextiles Pluto, providing an opportunity for enlightenment beyond the veil. With the Sabian Symbol of ‘a woman draws two dark curtains aside’, Jupiter invites us into the Pluto Mysteries that are often shrouded by fears or other means of obscuring the truth. Daunting as it often is to shine a light into darkness, Jupiter’s Scorpio gift is to encourage us to face our fears and move past them.
Mars in Scorpio is in a 120 degree trine with Chiron in Pisces…which forms the two sextiles to the Capricorn Stellium of Sun-Moon-Venus and makes the ‘mountain’ configuration previously mentioned. Mars’s symbol is ‘an x-ray photograph’ and Chiron’s symbol is ‘a new moon that divides its influence’…both energies providing the emotional (water sign) foundation that draws us to the peak experience of ‘a mountain pilgrimage’. Mars in Scorpio provides a penetrative look into the structural knowledge of the Capricorn Mysteries (which, in medical astrology rules the bones, among other things)…finding any weak spots that call for reparative action. This, of course, goes beyond bodily structures and can also be seen in the structures of society that are in need of repair. Mars provides the desire to pinpoint what needs to be strengthened. Chiron in Pisces reminds us that this ‘Mountain Pilgrimage’ New Moon is not a one size fits all kind of energy, even though we embark on this pilgrimage together. The healing journey is an individual experience…and each of us has the opportunity to tap into this New Moon energy to reveal new insights into our own unique experiences. My piece of the cosmic download may look very different from yours. And yours may look very different than your loved one’s. And so on. But Chiron’s energy in this mix lets us know that this is both a teachable moment as well as a necessary pilgrimage along our individual healing path. In Pisces, Chiron teaches us to surrender to the holistic experience of this moon phase…a phase that leads up to a rare Blue Moon Total Eclipse at the end of this month.
Also in Pisces, Neptune sextiles Mercury in Capricorn…an opportunistic aspect that will be building in intensity throughout this New Moon week. Neptune is making a third pass now through Pisces 13…which I covered toward the end of my post on Full Moon in Pisces from September of last year.
Neptune was conjunct that Full Moon during its retrograde pass through this degree. That was a tumultuous time of post-eclipse integration last year, you may remember. Neptune’s waters were certainly flooding our awareness, and our cities, at that time. Neptune has made a slow trek back through this degree now and builds to a beneficial connection with Mercury in Capricorn to connect the symbols from our collective unconscious to our conscious minds so that we may regain access to the bigger picture. The Sabian Symbol for Pisces 13 is ‘an ancient sword, used in many battles, is displayed in a museum’. Neptune is guiding us now to integrate what we learned about this degree last year…through the powers of resolution and attunement Mercury communicates from the ‘harp’ degree. Neptune here showcases the dynamic ancestral power we carry within our modern walls and display cases. Similar to the structural power within our physical bodies and societies that Mars examines in Scorpio with ‘x-ray’ vision…we also carry our ancestral power within our physical bodies and societal structures. Both energies are homing in on the kind of healing needed to re-establish integrity in humanity’s contribution to our world.
Another energy of note comes from the square to our luminaries activated by the Aries Stellium of Eris-Uranus-Pallas. This wild card ‘triple-threat’ is still in full effect this month, which I covered in more detail in my New Moon in Sagittarius post last month.
In December, the energy was connected to the New Moon by a flowing and harmonious trine. This time, the Aries Stellium connects to the New Moon with a dynamic and activating square. The rebellious, revolutionary warrior/warrioress nature of this stellium pushes against the mountain of Capricorn energy to remind us that, even as we’re receiving great downloads of wisdom about sustainability and structure…it is necessary to take purposeful action in the immediate future as another earth-shaking surprise from left field could happen at any time. An inconjunct aspect is almost at its peak here between Uranus in Aries and Mars in Scorpio…agitating the incompatible energies to settle for a compromise if they can. Fortunately, Pallas Athene is a clever strategist and will be in on the negotiations.
From a global view, any manner of what Antero Alli calls ‘outside shocks’ that occur when transpersonal forces are activated can happen. These experiences, he writes, are “beyond the control and comprehension of the ego” and “trigger growth spurts, inciting new possibilities where previous crystallizations and limitations thwarted our further development”. With Uranus, such shocks often begin with some form of oppression and lead to freedom. Mars is zeroing in to find weaknesses in our structural integrity right now so that we will know where to take action before a problem gets fully exacerbated. And with the weaknesses in our socio-political structures popping up left and right into our awareness, our will to correct things is at a keen focus. But with these two forces at an inconjunct, we may find that there are blind spots in our collective awareness. What this might mean on the individual level is that there may be a bit of a shock to our own physical structures in some way this week…and we’ll have to take some necessary action to alleviate the issue. Go easy on those bones as you climb the mountain. And maybe…don’t look down until you’re on the return path. Also, the advice from the Aries Stellium still holds true: If nothing is going right…go left.
Love and Gratitude,
Felina Lune Kavi