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.”
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!