New Moon in Capricorn 2018

Hopefully, you are as seriously ready to get down to business as this New Moon in Capricorn is, featuring a stellium of Sun, Moon, Venus, and Pluto in Capricorn.  Saturn, the ruler of this New Moon, makes ANOTHER Capricorn stellium with Mercury and Black Moon Lilith.  Yes, this moon is serious, and yet, the aspects of Sun/Moon to Pluto and Saturn/Mercury to Lilith, says it’s a slow, deeply thoughtful and feeling-based, patient, step by step move forward. 

Capricorn is the sign of the mountain goat who climbs to the top of the mountain to get perspective on things, so as to plan a great life’s work and purpose that will yield something that can be left behind to nourish the future generations.  Capricorn is focused and tenacious. Whereas Sagittarius has to do with laws of nature and the universe, Capricorn is human-made law and institution, organized government, banks, corporations, and other overarching structures—the bones of our civilization.  On a personal level, it is our capacity to be the wise, objective elder in our lives, putting our personal needs aside, stepping into the most effective role to create order.  Capricorn is about personal responsibility, accountability, and duty.  At this New Moon juncture, we find ourselves more conscious of the work we need to put forth to build our new realitites. 

If you’ve felt that 2018 is off to a strange and slow start, you’ve felt accurately.  The first of the year was the emotionally-oriented Full Moon in Cancer, and this past Sagittarian lunar cycle began with Mercury still in retrograde, making the last month incredibly reflective, and slow to make or execute plans.  Also, the last few weeks of Venus conjunct the Sun AND Pluto have been asking us to die to ourselves, and birth a new version of our inner selves: our values, self worth, relationships.  Venus made an exact exterior conjunction to the Sun within hours of Venus and the Sun conjuncting with Pluto, god of the underworld, in Capricorn on January 9th.  These three cycles ending and beginning on the same day have given long outdated values and relations to our personal power, life purpose, and authority a chance to die and be birthed anew.

The New Moon in Capricorn gives us a bold invitiation on the other side of this intensity to make manifest what we want, and really ground our purpose into action.  In its purity, Capricorn wants to build something that will last, and that can be offered to the future generations.  Capricorn is associated with old ancestral wisdom, plants and plant consciousness, and a structural application of Virgo, it’s preceding earth sign’s sense of divine order and right relationship.  Many earth-based spiritual practices and indigenous peoples’ traditions have kept this wisdom alive, and organizations like the Counsel of the 13 Grandmothers make it publically accessible.  Can you identify life’s work and a higher purpose that is important to you while benefiting humanity as you express your innate gifts? 

With transformational, metamophosizing Pluto conjunct this New Moon, we are in for a Capricorn lunar cycle that asks old paradigm, and patriarchal manifestations of Capricorn to die.  Pluto continues to expose all the corruption in our patriarchal constructs of civilization: whether government, jails, banks, medical systems, foreign policy, or human rights.  On a personal level, this can be about our unwillingness to go into the emotional body, becoming so cold, hyper-focused and calculated that we forget the sweetness of life and desires of our inner child that likely inspired our purpose in the first place.  Pluto, ruler of Scorpio, sees through anything false in order to get us down to the essential of what any archetype/zodiac sign it touches is about in its purest form. It’s time to give a deeper authority to the earth herself, and connect to a purpose that is balanced with the divine feminine aspects of life.  The ultimate authority is mother nature herself, without whom there is no life for us.  Evolved, conscious Capricorn energy calls us to put new plans into action that support an interdependent reality and a multitude of ecosystems. 

Mercury has joined Saturn and Lilith in early Capricorn, and is ready to send the emails and text messages, set up appointments, make the phone calls, put plans into concrete action, and generally get to work!  With Lilith sharing the same degree of Capricorn as the messenger god of communication, we’d better get ready to claim and assert our inner authority, listen to what the earth wants from us, and give authority to feminine feeling.  Lack of consciousness of our own personal sovereignty can bring power struggles with exsting authorities if we aren’t grounded in our own intuitive wisdom.

Mars and Jupiter are still conjunct in Scorpio, which seeks death of the ego to birth a transpersonal awareness through merging. These Scorpio planets make a harmonious sextile aspect to this New Moon, giving us plenty of fortitude, tenacity, and high energy to make things really happen.  Because Jupiter is still square the North and South Nodes of the mood, we have a sense this lunar cycle of needing this merging, transformational energy in order to bring our creations into the world.   Chiron, the wounded healer, in Pisces, is also sextiling this New Moon, so it’s important to think of plans we make as supporting a deeper spiritual healing. 

To shake things up a bit, the New Moon stellium is making a square to Uranus, the planet of unexpected changes and awakenings.  As the Capricorn cluster tries to ground and make a lot of things manifest, Uranus could potentially rearrange things in unexpected ways, asking us to remember to keep counscious of our individual Arian needs to keep waking up, challenging status quo, and to remain in a progressive mindset as we move forward. 

Commit to the long term health of yourself, your work, and your life this New Moon.  Now is the time to put those new years resolutions into decisive action, coming from a wholeness and fullness of consciousness with all parts of yourself and how you really feel.  New Moon blessings to all! 

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Full Moon in Cancer / Happy New Year 2018

The first day of 2018 beckons us into the waters of our personal feelings with the Full Moon in Cancer.  Cancer is signified by the crab: the side-stepping, ocean floor-dwelling, slightly defensive creature with a hard shell, and sharp pincers, fiercely protecting a soft, squishy, nostalgic, empathic, and psychically sensitive inner world.  Cancer is the only sign of the zodiac ruled by the Moon, so a Cancer Full Moon turns up the volume on personal feelings and emotions significantly—our relationship to our personal past, our family of origin, and our deepest emotional roots and experiences.  Cancer is about emotional memory, from our  development inside our mothers’ wombs to our reality growing up with or without nurturing parents.  Cancer is the emotional security we crave, and how our experiences in childhood shape recurring relational experiences in adulthood.

At this time, the Sun is in Capricorn with Venus, Black Moon Lilith, Saturn, and Pluto.  Capricorn, a trans-personal sign, asks us to stand up and be the elders of our lives and be willing to put our personal feelings aside to make an impact on the world around us that will benefit all of humanity.  Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, lord of karma, and has to do with cause and effect—we reap what we sow.  The work we put forth builds on itself.  Making a commitment and working towards a goal begets either success or failure, and either result is a learning experience if we can see it as such.  Thus, this massive and powerful Capricorn stellium asks us to find our person power and take responsibility for our sense of self worth and value.  With Lilith so intimately in the mix, it’s time for shadow work here—examining where we haven’t stepped up to claim our inner authority, and where we now must.

So not only must we be objective and clear about cause and effect, we must also understand that this Full Moon’s power is deeply rooted in our feelings.  We must be willing to dive deep into any and all emotional triggers that bring us into our sometimes treacherous inner waters to release what must be released so we can stand up and be the authorities and leaders we came here to be.  We must be clear with ourselves, and honest about what makes us feel safe, nurtured, and loved, as emotional security is a necessity, and a precursor to being able to stand with strength, integrity, and objectivity out in the world.

Like Capricorn, Cancer also has to do with cause and effect, but on an emotional level.  The nurturing and love we do or don’t receive as infants and small children teaches us the love we think we do or don’t feel we deserve, which we can sense even before we can walk or speak.  Emotional experiences build on themselves from these deep roots of early life, shaping our world view and self-perception.

This Full Moon isn’t just about releasing though, as it forms a grand trine in the water signs with Jupiter AND Mars In Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces.  This portends a time of inspiration and ambition, elevating our innermost wishes, hopes, feelings, and dreams of our inner child as we feel how we really feel and follow its lead as we expand forward this new year.  With Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio squaring the Moon’s North and South Nodes, action-oriented expansion in intimate relationships, personal desire, business mergers, and quests for deeper power and shadow work are of utmost importance at this time.  It’s time to get REAL and down to our emotional bottom lines—what we REALLY want and need—and make it happen for the sake of our North Node Leo creativity.

Finally, Uranus, the radical, unpredictable awakener, stations direct the day after the Full Moon; so expect things to shake up and change rapidly as our inner revelations of the last several months of his retrograde begin to manifest outwardly.

In conclusion, I urge you to ask yourself: how do I at this time balance my personal needs and feelings with the need to stand up with my integrity and personal authority in a good way?  How can my emotional clarity and sense of safety and balance inform and nourish my life purpose?  A clear, nurturing, and self-loving relationship with our inner world actually begets the wise, objective elder in us that can face the outer world, and allow us to put our childish fears and insecurities aside to achieve something great.  If we can strike this balance this full moon, that’s the sweet spot.  May you nourish the wisdom and needs of the child within to beget the elder without!  Happy Full Moon and Happy New Year!

New Moon Libra 2017

Fasten your seatbelts, and prepare for an unexpected adventure this lunar cycle.  The first New Moon of the Fall (in the Northern Hemisphere) is in Libra, conjunct mentally-adept Mercury AND  benific Jupiter (both newly in Scorpio), AND exactly opposite Uranus, the planet of awakening, radical change, and sudden, unexpected events. 

2017 has been a year of illumination, revelation, deep learning, perspective shifting, and dissolving illusions—and it got off to a slow start.  Finally, we have arrived at a New Moon that portends fast-paced action and new opportunities through relationship and being “out there” in the world in an expansive way.  We have learned a lot this year.  Collectively and individually we have been going through it—and with this New Moon it’s time to “come out” and show each other what we’ve learned. 

The Sun-Moon conjunction in Libra is about coming out of our intensely analytical, self-purifying Virgo cycle of the last month, and emerging into the societal world, cleansed, purified, clear, and ready to relate and build relationships, socializing our more integrated selves.  Mercury-Jupiter are conunct the new moon in early Scorpio, a sign that is intense, dynamic, passionate, deep, driven, and ready to make things happen.  Scorpio probes below the surface into deeper motivations and emotional bottom lines to get to the core.  Jupiter is about broader perspectives, belief systems, and expanding in this third-dimensional, greater societal reality.  Mercury wants to talk about it, engage in business ventures, and get the word out.  Put all this together, and we have a lot of intense energy ready to initiate relationships in whatever capacity most serves our desires right now.  This can be business, personal, romantic, social.  Libra is any other person outside of self.  Scoprio is about merging with something or someone to create something larger than yourself as the ego dies to create a larger, transpersonal awareness.  What kind of relationships do you want to manifest at this time?

Becasuse the New Moon is also opposite unpredictable Uranus, anything could happen.  The people that we meet and connect with at this time can really change our lives.  There’s also the need to be radically (as in down to the root of) who we really are in our individual identities, desires, and core energies, and not leave that out of the equation as we have a deeply relational-focused lunar cycle.

Normally, Mars in Virgo at the new moon time makes for busy focused, detail oriented work.  However, the square it is making to Saturn and Lilith, and the opposition to Chiron makes this a time for deep inquiry around HOW we are working in our lives, and WHY.  Is it work motivated by inner truth and wisdom and the guidance there, and the desire to heal our wounds of separation?  Or is our work and daily life disconnected from our spirit and the promptings of our intuition?  At this time, it is essential that we are driven towards work projects and health endeavors that encompass a deeper, spiritual-heart-opening and healing, and that we are following systems that our intuitive inner authority says yes to. 

So, as always, listen deeply, trust your heart, and intend for the expansion in all your relations that you most desire.