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New Moon in Capricorn, January 11, 2013

Capricorn, the sea goat© Lynnette Shelley

No doubt about it, the New Moon at 21° 46′ Capricorn on 11 January 2013, 11:43 AM PST is Capricorn to the hilt. Not only are the Sun and Moon in Capricorn but so are Mercury, Venus and Pluto. Add Capricorn’s ruling planet, Saturn, as the leading planet in a Locomotive Pattern and a preponderance of cardinal earth. For those unfamiliar with Jones chart patterns, here is a description of the Locomotive:

Locomotive type, all planets within a 240° arc leaving an unoccupied 120° arc. This
shows a dynamic and practical capacity, especially characterized by the qualities of
the leading planet. Motivated, sometimes to the point of being overbearing
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Saturn as the leading planet puts the necessity of taking a no-nonsense, pragmatic approach to life very seriously.

Mercury conjoins the Sun and Moon creating a stand-alone stellium in Capricorn, and this emphasis suggests the need to review this very important and often misunderstood sign. For one thing, it is an earth sign, therefore feminine and receptive in nature. Like its opposing sign, Cancer, Capricorn is a cardinal sign and very good at getting the ball rolling. However, despite Capricorn’s interest in achievement it is rather shy and retiring, preferring to work quietly and tirelessly with little fanfare. Whilst Capricorn is traditionally associated with the father, it fits less well with today’s gender roles and families where both parents have careers. The Capricorn parent, regardless of sex, is the one who sets firm rules and teaches children the value of delayed gratification in pursuit of their goals. Nobody is better than Capricorn for knowing how to set achievable goals and then keep going until those are reached. Success reached by following Saturn’s rules has a solid foundation because no steps were neglected getting there.

Venus has just arrived in Capricorn and forms a lovely waning sextile to Neptune in Pisces (it was exact on 9 January). She also makes a waxing sextile to Chiron in Pisces, exact on 14 January. There is nothing frivolous about either of these aspects and expressions of love are likely to be tangible and practical . . . like giving your sweetheart a pair of rubber boots to keep his/her feet dry instead of flowers. Like the Mercury-Neptune sextile, these are both wonderful for creative endeavors of all flavors, a perfect blend of imagination and practicality. The Venus-Chiron sextile favors gentle handling of vulnerabilities.

A square from Venus to Uranus in Aries has the potential to create considerable discord and is definitely going to stir the relationship pot. Erratic, self-involved behaviors and the insistence on being free to do whatever, whenever could bring budding romances to an abrupt end. Even though she may hide her sensitivities better in Capricorn, Venus is still not about to forgive having her feelings walked on. Capricorn, like Libra, is also very aware of the need for behaving well in social settings. Standing her up for an important social engagement would be a very, VERY bad move.

The last planet in Capricorn is powerful Pluto and the sextile with Saturn in Scorpio is in full play on this New Moon. Whilst this is the perfect New Moon to launch new projects and enterprises, it is extremely important to make sure you are fully prepared. No flying by the seat of the pants allowed. Excuses of any kind are likely to fall on deaf ears . . . whether it’s in the classroom or the boardroom. If you have personal planets and/or Ascendant from 9° to 10° in earth and water signs, the Saturn-Pluto sextile will prove beneficial . . . in fixed Leo and Aquarius, not so much.

Keep in mind the square between Saturn in Scorpio and Mars in Aquarius is still in effect though now waning. The support Mars in Aquarius had recently from Jupiter in Gemini and Uranus in Aries is no longer there. I believe I may have mentioned consequences regarding Mars and those will arrive in full force by the New Moon.
Better luck next time!

The only support out there for fire and air signs is the sextile between retrograde Jupiter in Gemini and Uranus in Aries. This sextile will be gradually gaining strength over the next few weeks though it never does become exact. Still this is an upbeat pairing of inspiration and a willingness to look beyond the obvious solutions. Those who benefit the most are people with personal planets from 4° to 6° in fire and air signs.

As long as we behave with a modicum of maturity and treat others with respect, this could be the best New Moon all year for getting the basics in place for a successful 2013. Remember Saturn is also the Lord of Karma and ignore his strictures at your peril. Instant karma can be exquisitely painful.

On a personal note: Interestingly, this New Moon is exactly sextile the midpoint between my natal Mercury-Mars in Scorpio . . . and Saturn in Scorpio exactly conjoins my twelfth house Part of Fortune. One of the time to mind my P’s & Q’s I guess. Venus and Pluto are still in my second house though the New Moon conjoins the cusp of my third, using Koch Houses. Does appear to favor being able to communicate effectively . . . good news for this blogger!

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28 comments to New Moon in Capricorn, January 11, 2013

  • Kaz

    New Moon close to my ascendant very grounding indeed. It feels like a ‘complete’ new beginning from the path I have trodden through saturn in my 9th house since this time last year, and ongoing, with all the retro back stepping we and old saturn have done. I feel all my beliefs have done a 180 over the last year and I am very much looking forward to the newness of my new choices and intentions..capeche? :)

    • Diane L

      Hey Kaz!

      New Moon close to my ascendant very grounding indeed.

      Heh . . . that’s for sure! Time to dust off the way your public “face” and polish it up some. Good time to get others to take you more seriously too. :D Truly the start of the new year for you. Bon voyage!! LOL

      xoxoxo diane~

  • Linda

    At the time of this new moon, this stellium of planets will be in my second house. Could this be a belated Christmas gift or do I work with it in the taskmaster Saturn direction and hope for the best?

  • Eme Kah

    This new moon falls in my 7th house. Yayay! I hope it helps me get good clients. I am putting the finishing touches on my copywriting website. Also, there’s a couple of business partnerships that would be terrific to finally close. Since there’s no love interest on the horizon, I expect that any change I see will be in the business arena.

    • Diane L

      Hi Eme Kah!
      This new moon falls in my 7th house. Yayay! I hope it helps me get good clients. I am putting the finishing touches on my copywriting website. Also, there’s a couple of business partnerships that would be terrific to finally close.

      This sounds like you are making progress & I can’t help but see the New Moon in your 7th as anything but a big plus. *fingers crossed* all goes well for you!

      xoxoxoxoxxoxo diane~

  • Linda

    Forgot to mention, this new moon will be opposing my natal Uranus in the 8th house.

  • Sunflower

    I am very excited :) – that is all.

    XOXOXO

  • Rekha

    This new moon falls in my first house. I think it is a good omen… a new start and a new way to present myself feels right :)I am ready to make some internal as well as external changes…I have been on this path of reinventing myself for a couple of months and I think this new moon will offer new energy and impetus. Looking forward to it!

    • Diane L

      Hi Rekha!

      This new moon falls in my first house. I think it is a good omen… a new start and a new way to present myself feels right :) I am ready to make some internal as well as external changes…I have been on this path of reinventing myself for a couple of months and I think this new moon will offer new energy and impetus.

      I agree! Nothing like a New Moon in the 1st to get things going . . . it is the Aries House after all! :)

      Good luck!
      xoxoxoxoxo diane~

  • Gilly

    This is very close to my 8th house Sun. Natally, I have 5 planets in Capricorn, my asc is 4 Cancer. My solar return for this year certainly looks… interesting. In a Chinese proverbial way. :)

    My first visit here, btw. Very nice site. I look forward to many more visits.

    • Diane L

      Welcome Gilly!

      My solar return for this year certainly looks… interesting. In a Chinese proverbial way. :)

      Those who have birthdays this week have all that Capricorn plus the Mars-Saturn square (it’s within orb until 12 Jan). Should be a good year to take a proactive stance though I do believe you are correct about “interesting times”. LOL

      xoxoxo diane~

      • Gilly

        Thank you Diane! My birthday’s on the 14th so I think I miss the exact Mars-Saturn square (though at 10 and 14 degrees, it’s still a sort of square I think). With Moon conjunct Mars for my return, and Pluto conj Venus on the MC, my Progressed MC is exactly conjunct my Solar AC, progressed moon is right on my Solar IC and now this new moon right on my Sun … I think I have enough to be thinking about, thanks all the same. :D

        • Diane L

          Hi Gilly!

          Yes, there is plenty else to think about! Good thing you also have a Sun-Mercury conj in your Solar Return. :D And Uranus sq Venus . . . that one is inherently unpredictable.

          Have a great year ahead. :D

          xoxoxo diane~

  • Brex

    I have Sun, Mercury and Venus natally in Capricorn. During the New Moon Mercury is close to my natal Venus and Venus herself is right on my natal Sun! (3.12 Cap) That must be a nice thing. All of the action is taking place in my natal 12th house (well okay maybe in orb with my natal Venus on 15.50 Cap, I don’t know what the orb is with new moons)so actually I really don’t know what to expect! Pluto just stepped into the twelfth house, but makes an exact square with natal Pluto. But I guess that’s an other, bigger process, I don’t know if this New Moon has anything to do with it. But Pluto probably must have his part on this twelfth house stage…?! Thanks Diane, still reading and really appreciating your explanations and stories!

    • Diane L

      Hi Brex!

      During the New Moon Mercury is close to my natal Venus and Venus herself is right on my natal Sun! (3.12 Cap) That must be a nice thing. All of the action is taking place in my natal 12th house (well okay maybe in orb with my natal Venus on 15.50 Cap, I don’t know what the orb is with new moons)so actually I really don’t know what to expect!

      Yes, the Venus connections are usually positive & I do see the New Moon being within orb to your Venus. I give the Luminaries more “reach” as it were. :D

      The Pluto sq Pluto is one of those life cycle transits and unless one of your personal planets is part of the action, i.e., Pluto conj Sun, Moon, etc. you likely won’t notice this one up close & personal.

      xoxoxo diane~

  • Brex

    @ Sunflower… you make me curious :-)

  • Diane L

    I did respond to everyone’s comments but those got lost in the internet ethers when my webhost switched servers this morning. drat. I’ll be back to do those over . . . :P

    xoxoxo diane~

  • Pixie

    well, life as we know it has pretty much changed for good around these parts, so excuse me if I am not about in the future. Two bombs of major cancer diagnosis in one month, mother in law (aggressive blood) and sister in law (breast – waiting on the how bad as I type), is hitting my husband hard (understandably) so I am keeping the home ship as calm and quiet as possible.

    Be well and catch you when I come out of my shell, whenever that may be xo

    • Diane L

      {{{{{Pixie}}}}}
      Grim news for your family to deal with. :( Have you access to good counselors to help you all come to terms with what’s happening? It is a lot to deal with, having two loved ones being diagnosed in such a short time span. Please take care of yourself too . . .

      xoxoxoxo diane~

      • Pixie

        It’s a bit intense to say the least. Yes, there are excellent counseling services available, but as you know, trying to encourage some men to use these services is quite a challenge. I have only met his family a handful of times, living in another state and all, so it isn’t affecting me as directly as it could be for most families. Just feeling it for the husband, poor things.

        Thanks for the well wishes and xoxoxoxo *wave*

  • Brex

    Thanks for your reply Diane, it is nice to know that new moon orbs are not that tight! But I forgot something… (12th house?!) The new moon and my natal Venus are opposite my natal Saturn (hey, also the ruler of the new moon) in the sixth house. Still problems with my coworkers, making me upset and want to quit. Saturns wins. I cannot accomplish a better structure (Saturn) in the group I am working with, it seems an endless battle. I cannot find (yet… new moon is still to come of course) any Venus-thing in the atmosphere, my mind or my heart. It’s just Venus in the twelfth house all over again: no recognition, want to be alone because the people around me (Saturn in sixth) are deeply dissapointing me (ruler of new moon, Saturn in Scorpio). It hurts! And I don’t know what to do except for keeping the status quo and wait for the new moon to change something, I mean, it is the móón, so it should be about change! Patience is the word I guess… Saturn wins!

    • Diane L

      Patience is the word I guess… Saturn wins!

      Sometimes Saturn in the 6th encourages a strong sense of responsibility towards your work, leading to working long hours. Do you feel you are more dedicated to doing a good job than your coworkers? You may also want to keep in mind it’s better to work to live, than live to work . . . especially for one’s health & well being.

      xoxoxo diane~

  • Diane L

    Hey everyone! If you are interested in reading about the New Moon in Cappy thru the Houses, cj wright has the perfect post:

    New Moon in Capricorn in the Houses

    xoxo diane~