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New Moon in Capricorn December 24, 2011

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The flavor of the New Moon at 2° 34′ Capricorn on 24 December 2011, 10:07 AM PST is decidedly cardinal earth – controlled, traditional and determined. The fire and flourish of Sagittarius is put firmly behind us under this lunation with only Mercury remaining in the previous sign.

This is a good time to take another look at Capricorn and remember it is a receptive/feminine earth sign whose natural inclination is to be responsive. In the northern hemisphere this is the time of year when nature is resting and the landscape appears serene. However there is plenty going on beneath the snow and ice in the fertile soil where nutrients are being broken down to prepare for the spring growth spurt. The god Pan is associated with Capricorn and he rules the deep forests and mountains where we can easily lose our way if we don’t stay calm and focused. Traditions can be useful guides as we forge ahead.

The Capricorn New Moon is an excellent time to sit down and look inward to lay the groundwork for the coming year. The trine from Jupiter in fertile Taurus is still in effect and will get a boost on Christmas Day when it stations direct. Taurus strongly favors putting together a solid, consistent plan before taking the first step – something Capricorn favors too. I realize not everyone will be able to ignore that electrifying square to the New Moon from Uranus in Aries, so just do your best to incorporate the driving energy without going overboard. Please keep in mind jumping into a new situation too quickly is not a good idea at this time because you could end up jumping back out just as fast . . . a huge waste of time and resources, something Capricorn frowns on.

There are a couple of semi-sextiles of interest: Sun-Moon in Capricorn semi-sextile Venus in Aquarius and Mercury in Sagittarius semi-sextile Pluto in Capricorn. When it comes to love and romance, Capricorn prefers to take it slow and, at least in public, behave with decorum. Aquarius likes open relationships with plenty of opportunities to experiment. I recommend following Capricorn’s rules in public and Aquarius’s urges in private. :D

Anytime Mercury brushes up against Pluto it can mean obsession time. Sagittarius is fond of being right and Pluto in Capricorn is willing to take this waaaay too far. If you want to still be on speaking terms with your friends and family after the holidays, squelch the need to be right for now. Good time to practice your active listening skills?

Read my take on the Solstice to learn about the wonderful Saturn in Libra trine to Neptune in Aquarius!

Even though Mars in Virgo is unaspected, it is still the “handle” planet of a Bucket Pattern and consequently gains a great deal of influence. Thankfully Virgo’s willingness to handle all the important details without much fanfare feeds nicely into the planning mode of this New Moon in earthy Capricorn.

Slow down, relax and breathe in the possibilities, always present on the New Moon. Take time to enjoy celebrating with friends and family and hold off on making big changes for now. This is a perfect time to feed your unconscious and let it do its work. Have a fantastic Christmas!

On a personal note: The New Moon falls in my second house semi-sextile my natal Venus in Sagittarius, making it even more important to reflect on what I truly value. Jupiter is poised once more on the cusp of my sixth house, so the trine between the New Moon and Jupiter links two of my earth houses. With a little luck and some careful planning I may start to see improving income in the months ahead.

Chiron in Pisces in my third house of communications is sextile both the New Moon and Jupiter . . . reminding me to take care in my writing to uplift rather than tear down.

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12 comments to New Moon in Capricorn December 24, 2011

  • Mandy

    Don’t I know Pan is connected to Capricorn. Have been talking about my Peter Pan Syndrome for years – always go for the lost boys who don’t want to grow up and take responsibility for their crap. They always come with a jealous Tinkerbell too.
    That story is going into the trash can – been there, done that.
    Have a wonderful Christmas Diane! You have been so very helpful during this very tricky, intense year – one of the Winds Beneath My Wings.
    Love to you and your family.

    • Diane L

      Hey Mandy!! :D

      Have a wonderful Christmas Diane! You have been so very helpful during this very tricky, intense year – one of the Winds Beneath My Wings.

      Thank you very, very much, Mandy! Always appreciate feedback letting me know I’m on the right track . . . as I sit here typing away by myself! LOL

      May your Christmas be merry and bright and your family & friends all behave beautifully. :D

      xoxoxo diane~

  • Les

    Well, I’m getting hitting my Sun square Saturn through next week. It’s all I can do to get through the work week, and will have to maintain decorum next week as well as I have to work. (sigh) Will do my best to work on the foundations for change, hopefully over the coming months. Meanwhile, the New Moon is in a nice trine to my natal Venus/Pluto, so I’ll enjoy that one! Happy Solstice to you and yours!

    • Les

      Whoops, that’s I’m getting Mars hitting my Sun square Saturn.

    • Les

      Just found this in your archives: Mars conjuncting the Sun is usually a nice energy boost but if the Sun is part of a T-square, Mars will be squaring both the planets that square the Sun and the nice little energy boost could turn into a screaming temper tantrum! If we are aware of this tendency ahead of time, we can go with the energy rather than resisting it and adding to the heat. Trying very hard to work with the energy, but it ain’t easy!

    • Diane L

      Hi Les!! :D

      Meanwhile, the New Moon is in a nice trine to my natal Venus/Pluto, so I’ll enjoy that one!

      That is a sweet Christmas gift for you. :) Especially since you are having to navigate Mars conj Sun. Pluto is now sitting exactly trine your MC and the New Moon will give that a boost too. I still like Jupiter in Taurus for giving you a hand in January & February! :D

      Enjoy your Christmas!

      xoxoxo diane~

  • Debbie

    My rising sign is Capricorn. :-) Interesting what you say about family. I must have some mother transit going on as I cannot shake my resentment and anger toward her the last several months. I guess I will work on those active listening skills! :)

    • Diane L

      {{{Debbie}}} There is nothing as tough as dealing with parental issues . . . and Christmas, our biggest Capricorn family holiday, usually brings all those to the surface. Both my Aries & I are very relieved his mother lives in far, far away and doesn’t show up at our door this time of year. It could get pretty hellish when she did. :(

      BTW, maybe the reason I enjoy Turkey Day so much more is because it’s our Sagittarius holiday – all about good food & watching sporting events! :D

      xoxoxo diane~

  • Deirdre

    Dear Diane,

    I’m looking forward to this new moon after a turbulent year. I want to re-iterate Mandy’s words above and say a heartfelt thank you to you for your knowledge, guidance and thoughtful support this year. You most certainly have been my beacon of light.

    Sincere thanks and very warm wishes to you and yours this Season.

    Deirdre

    • Diane L

      Thank you very, very much, Deirdre! :D

      May all the blessings & joys of this Season show up on your door step!

      xoxoxoxo diane~

  • Diane L

    Steve Judd has some interesting thoughts about the next couple of days: the veils are thinning

    xoxo diane~

  • Dina

    “Slow down, relax and breathe in the possibilities, always present on the New Moon. Take time to enjoy celebrating with friends and family and hold off on making big changes for now. This is a perfect time to feed your unconscious and let it do its work.”

    The New Moon is in my 12th house so I wasn’t entirely sure what to intend or think over. But I think I can figure it out as it comes. And when things apply to the 12th house, I usually like to ruminate on it rather than talk about it. I’ve kind of exaggerated the Saturn in Libra drive to grow up and get a job/be a real woman and partner… mainly too close to each other because these are two different tasks.