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.
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.