WED. DEC 28, 2016: Spend some time alone today mulling over where you are in life in order to align yourself with the New Moon in Capricorn, the New Year, and the resolutions that are knocking on your heart. The New Moon is exact Thursday morning, Dec 29, at 1:53 AM Eastern. And as the Moon becomes dark today, with no visible crescent… this is when we can tap into the fruitful, fertile darkness of our psyches. When we go into our internal darkness digging for rich, redolent emotional fodder with which to grow, we are often rewarded with evolutionary bounty that was previously locked in our unconsciousness. Be fearless and completely honest in this dark space of the unconquered Self. Now is absolutely the time for this kind of inner questing. It’s also the time to retreat away from others in order to reflect, restore, and rejuvenate.
Themes of this New Moon are Capricornian in nature – so ponder these words and phrases to help you capture the spirit of this Cosmic moment meant for regenerating your Self, renewing your emotional structure, and planning your new beginnings:
goals and goal setting
work and career
being or becoming supportive
This New Moon is more than simply about Capricorn however.
First, there’s a distinct emphasis on Mercury, and Mercury is Retrograde. To me this emphasizes the right timing to retreat, if only for short time, into alone-ness and into the unconscious, while using Mercury to delve into the ways of your mind… how do you process? How do you communicate? How do you “travel” through your life? Could your mental workings benefit from being more grounded, more serious, more pragmatic… or less so?
Then, there’s a connection to Neptune this new cycle that lends a less defined edge to this straight-laced Capricorn Moon. Neptune offers opportunities to deeply spiritualize this process, to open to grace, to seek the sublime. There’s the potential for a softer, more yielding sensation around this new emotional cycle than straight Capricorn energy would afford. There may be artistic possibilities – whether being artistic or appreciating art – to tap into that would enrich your New Moon experience. And while the Capricorn Moon may feel the need to retract away from emotionalism, its connection to Neptune and Pisces brings the need for connecting, for union – for communion. So try to make efforts to be alone for a period of time, but if you’re feeling the need to be with loved ones or to make deep connections, move gently into that space as well. It’s a very interesting combination of energies that wants to be both practical and dreamy simultaneously.
Mars is also in this mix of very different energies… Mars in Pisces, is also closely aligned with Neptune. Playing with the symbols we can come up with 1) taking action on dreams 2) the non-violent warrior 3) conquering through yielding 4) yearning for the Divine
5) striving for the boundless 6) love conquers all. There are certainly other possibilities that aren’t quite as positive… but we’re not going there right now.
By 7 pm Eastern the evening of the 29th, the Moon encounters Pluto… deepening and intensifying this New Moon moment. Again, there’s emphasis on diving deeply emotionally, and going into the dark. Pluto assures us that there, in that blue-black space, we can emerge with gold if we dare to see and experience totally, fearlessly, and without holding back. Extremes are probable. 🙂
And finally, this New Capricorn Moon connects with the North and South Nodes of the Moon, connecting us with the past and pushing us toward the future. It may be that emotions arise around things that happened some time ago. If that’s your experience, honor those emotions and see how you can distill something that can propel you forward – toward you purpose.
So, I’m wishing for you this New Moon and this New Year the experience of going deeply, profoundly into your being – going there with beauty and compassion, with imagination and with vision – and finding something concrete, some kernel of self-truth and integrity, that you can form a solid framework around. Something new that you can commit to, work hard toward and bring into manifestation… something that will grow stronger and better over time. I wish for you to do your best so that you achieve your best – not just for you, but for all of us who will receive the bounty of the gifts you provide to the world.
Happy New Moon. Happy New Year!
So much has previously been written about this New Year you probably know this by now, but just in case you missed it – this New Year’s Day coincided with a very intense New Moon in Capricorn and a dynamic Grand Cross involving the Sun, Moon, Pluto, Mercury, Mars and Uranus. This is great stuff! Not fluffy – but profound. And powerful. Yes, the New Moon is past, but the energy present at the New Year lays the foundation for the energy for the next 12 months.
A New Moon in Capricorn happens on New Year’s Day once every 19 years, and 2014 just happens to be one of those very special years. A New Moon signifies New Beginnings – exactly the same as a New Year.
So much newness! So much potential. So much anticipation!
My best advice for this portal into 2014? Maintain the excitement if you can (there’s definitely that kind of energy to tap)… but more importantly, hunker down and get to work. Intensify your efforts. Use your mind to its deepest capacity and express your depths. Look internally to find your compass for the future and then plan your goals meticulously – but expect the unexpected. Ride that initial high energy wave with pointed self-direction and resolve – but also with an open mind and an open heart. Instead of giving your temper the lead, harness that rebellious energy to make the changes that you’ve needed to make for a long time. This is that year. It’s about harnessing the excitement and giving it a realistic platform upon which to thrive.
This particular New Moon pulls in the energy not only of both the Sun and Moon in Capricorn (ruled by the authoritative, ambitious, pragmatic high achiever Saturn), but also that of Mercury and Pluto (also in Capricorn), Uranus (in Aries) and Mars (in Libra), and a Retrograde Jupiter (in Cancer). All Cardinal signs (in other words initiating, intrepid, get things done signs!) Via a Grand Cross (lots of game-changing tension between all those energies.) Just… wow! There is an incredible amount of dynamic tension here propelling you to think about your core desires, your deepest needs, and then to set goals based on them. All this, while you’re feeling tense pulls to push forward and do something out of the box and beyond your comfort zone – but strive to balance those needs with deliberation and practicality – and intensity of feeling. You’re meant to find your path from the inside out (Jupiter Retrograde) and find the middle ground within all of these creative and powerful drives, and actually achieve what you start. Resolve to create and to achieve your resolutions. Once again, this is that year.
Go deep, use your brain, make a plan, work hard, express yourself, keep your energy up however you can, expect to be surprised, go for it and… achieve!
For a little insight, look back to the New Year of 1995 – that’s the last time there was a New Moon on New Year’s day in Capricorn. Can you remember anything about how you created your life that year? Let those memories inform your actions this year… either on how you did it well 19 years ago, or not so much. 🙂
Most recent New Years with New Moons in Capricorn are just below. Click on the links to see what happened in the news in those years – truly fascinating!
1995 (Oklahoma City Bombing)
1976 (Steve Jobs created Apple! US Supreme Court rules the death penalty is not cruel or unusual and is acceptable punishment.)
1957 (Russia launches Sputnik – the Space Age begins!)
1938 (Hitler marches into Austria. Up to 30,00 sent to concentration camps. Orson Welles broadcasts War of the Worlds wreaking havoc.)
1919 (1919’s New Moon missed being on Jan. 1 by just over 2 hours, occurring instead on Jan. 2 at 2:24 AM ET)
It’s extremely helpful to know WHERE the New Moon and this New Year’s Grand Cross involving all the planets listed above impact your birthchart. The houses that are involved tell you what areas of your life are being most heavily impacted. The aspects (geometric distance) that they make to the locations of the planets in your birthchart give us deep and meaningful information on how you can use these energies – or conversely, if you aren’t conscious – how they can use you.
For the astrology buffs among us:
THE KEY PLAYERS IN THIS PHENOMENAL NEW YEAR’S ALIGNMENT ARE:
SATURN (Ruler of Capricorn)
Saturn is included here because he is the Ruler of the 5 planets in Capricorn at the New Moon – and because of the trine (120° distance apart) he makes to Jupiter who is opposing ALL the Capricorn stuff and is also part of the Grand Cross (at least 4 planets in square and opposition to each other creating a “cross” alignment signifying enormous dynamic tension that necessitates the need for breakthroughs and change.)
Keywords: resolve, persistence, self-discipline, pragmatism, achievement, integrity, authority, goals, commitment, work, career, more work – did I mention work? – time, karma, boundaries, obstacles
10°57′ Capricorn in exact conjunction (0° distance apart) with the Moon
Keywords: heart, Self, the Golden Child, who you’re becoming, where you want to shine, you core, your purpose
10°57′ Capricorn in exact conjunction (0° distance apart) with the Sun
Keywords: emotional self, instincts, immediate response to life, mother, nurture, home, tradition, the past, women, family, Soul needs
11°16′ Capricorn, in very close conjunction (0° distance apart) with the New Moon.
Keywords: death, transformation, rebirth, intensity, emotional depth, alchemy, magic, Soul healing, purging, rejuvenation after collapse, destruction, taboo subjects, sex, the dark, fear, extremes
12°50′ Capricorn in very close conjunction (0° distance apart) with the New Moon
Keywords: the mind, processing information, expressing knowledge, talking, thinking, connecting, technology
11°51′ Libra in a square aspect (90° distance apart) to the New Moon, Pluto, and Mercury, and in opposition (180° distance apart) to Uranus
Keywords: assertion, testosterone, taking affirmative action, aggression, self-oriented, desire nature, daring, the Hero, will power, risk, anger, rage, the Destroyer
8°41′ Aries in a square aspect (90° distance apart) to the New Moon, Pluto, and Mercury, and in opposition (180° distance apart) to Mars
Keywords: sudden unexpected change, revolution, independence, rebellion, breaking down the status quo, erratic energy, electricity, brilliance, genious, ah ha moments, technology and science, the New Age, enlightenment, unique, outside accepted mores, catalyst
16°03′ Cancer in opposition (180° distance apart) to the New Moon, Pluto, Mercury and Venus; and square to (90° distance apart) Mars and Uranus
Keywords: future, vision, wisdom, seeking, teaching, optimism, trust in life, quest for meaning, gypsy mentality, morality, religious fervor, self-righteousness, belief system
A great way to learn how to bring the meanings of all the different energies that collide when several different planets align is to play with the keywords. Spend some time creating sentences and phrases with different keywords from the different planets… it’s fun to see what you come up with and can really broaden your perspective on the kinds of energies that are available for you to tap into!
(By the way, VENUS is also in the sign of Capricorn and Retrograde at 26°42′. She’s not technically part of the New Moon conjunction or the Grand Cross – but she’s there in the same sign, in the mix, and important to the New Year energies, especially through her wide square to the North and South Nodes of the Moon. Fodder for another discussion…)
Welcome to the New Year!! 2012… hard to believe we’re here already! And welcome to Astrology with Michelle Gregg! I hope you’ll join me often this year in a journey toward discovery. Discovery of the energies that this year, as the weeks and months go by, will offer to each one of us, propelling us to growth, evolution and change.
Astrology is an eloquent and intricate map of the energies that are available in every moment of life. Each sign, planet, house and planetary alignment bring us such amazing information about the energetic tools that we can harness and use for our own development on every level: emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical.
If you haven’t ever considered astrology as a part of your health system – something to compliment and advance your work with your doctor, psychologist, chiropractor, herbalist, homeopath, naturopath, or any healer that you visit – I hope you’ll begin to now.
Just for you in the new year through the month of January I’m offering Individual consultations for only $95 – which is $55 off, and Relationship Consultations for $130, which is also $55 less than usual.
I’m also offering fantastic rates to those of you who want to do regular sessions. If your New Year’s Resolution is to really do some deep healing work on yourself, or if you can’t seem to unstick yourself from a particular habitual problem spot – you’ll be interested in a package of either 3, 6, or 12 pre-paid sessions, which give you fantastic savings over paying for one session at a time. I’d love to hear from you about how to get these pre-paid sessions started.. .
And thanks for taking this ride with me! Can’t wait to see where it leads…
Until next time, BE WELL!
Intensity of Spirit, Purpose and Emotion welcome us in the first moments of 2012… There’s plenty of fiery enthusiasm and exuberant communication in the air in this New Year and the necessity to balance practicality, strong resolve, perseverance and commitment with high spirits, new ideas, unexpected change and polarized perspectives. Soul healing is possible if you watch for the opportunities… Happy 2012 Everyone!!
I know. I’ve been away a long time (3 months exactly) and I really don’t want to explain, but suffice to say that it wasn’t because I didn’t want to be here. Sometimes things get in the way, sometimes the path diverges unexpectedly, and sometimes I really need to be more than one person to fulfill my personal expectations…but I think I’m back and I have something for you…
(If you want to have a printed copy of this but are doing your part for the planet and don’t want to use even more paper, pick up a copy of the January issue of Aquarius magazine. In February you can use it to build a bonfire for Carnival…)
“Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.” ~Khalil Gibran
The portal into 2010 is a profound New Year’s Eve Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse! That’s a mouthful and indeed 2010 opens with serious emotionalism leaving you with a lot to chew on over the coming weeks. Be aware that the effects of an Eclipse are felt long after the event, and this Full Moon in Cancer on New Year’s Eve demands a change of course in terms of your family, close ties, your history/tradition and the way you nurture and need nurturing. With Pluto and Saturn involved in the Eclipse your fears and limitations may try to get in your way over the next 6 months. Instead of falling to that dark side, tap the positive energy of Pluto/Saturn as the year begins: voluntarily purge what’s no longer useful in your life, particularly in the areas of family/tradition, career, and relationships. Willingly envision practical steps you can take for a more effective, more efficiently run life. Then take on the responsibility of actually accomplishing those necessary steps. Patience and perseverance will be required as well as a good dose of deep, soulful, self-reflection. Tightening the money belt may also be necessary, and there may be financial loss – learn to do more with less. Remember when being Eco Friendly was called being frugal and was the territory of common sense? Your depression era parents and grandparents can teach you all about that. Spend some time with them and learn the beauty of using only what you need, and saving for a rainy day. The era of boundless waste and thoughtless immediate gratification without consequences is over. With Mars Retrograde in Leo, Saturn turning Retrograde in Libra on Jan. 13, and Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn until Jan. 15, don’t expect your new course to simply fall into place with your first effort. Persistence, diligence, and perseverance, 3 positive traits belonging to Saturn and Capricorn, will likely be required. January is more about charting the course than acting on it – get clear, get real, plot the map. Previously beloved projects may lose their shine and your interest may be projected elsewhere – it’s okay to let go IF you practice the proper rumination and use realistic judgment. Letting go may be a part of your changing course! On Jan. 15 we are released from Mercury Retrograde and the communication, transportation, and technological glitches that come with it, and we are gifted with another moment to chart a new course with the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn. This Eclipse puts emphasis on your outer place in the world and your ability to perform with responsibility and dedication. The purpose of this moment is to offer the potential to balance the home/family/nurture energy of the Lunar Eclipse that began the New Year. The completion of duties is necessary to achieve goals and accomplish dreams that are dear. This is not the time to take off the yoke – but to ponder how you will throw your weight and strength into the practical, earthy furrow before you, despite the rocks and roots in your path. In what new way can you go about these responsibilities and tasks? If the way you’ve been at it has gotten you nowhere, this New Moon Eclipse brings the opportunity to go about bringing your dreams to fruition in a new, better, way – one that leads to fulfillment. You need only do the work, while maintaining focus and integrity. Jupiter moves into Pisces on Jan. 17, Venus moves into Aquarius on the 18th and the Sun moves into Aquarius on the 19th. These new positions will offer a lighter feel, a softening toward those who suffer, perhaps a bit of rebellion against the work that is now required, and some new innovation and new ideas to put toward achieving the goals began at the Solar Eclipse. Jan. 30 offers the Full Moon in Leo, the grand, high energy moment that is the culmination of the month, letting us know that despite limits and intensity, life is worth living, particularly when shared in relationship. Open your heart, watch for drama, and give love. And try to balance “yourself in the moment” with “altruism and the big, future picture”. The last day of the month is the second exact square between Saturn and Pluto – the first occurred Nov. 15, 2009; the third will occur on Aug. 21, 2010 heralding the demise of this nine-month Saturn/Pluto era. This second square is the time that we start to understand what we’re supposed to learn from this chafing combination of energies: limits, boundaries, time and tradition from Saturn; and purging, intensity, transformation and rebirth from Pluto. The rub creates the friction necessary to motivate a huge change…what will yours be? It’s not a warm and fuzzy start to 2010, but it can be one that gifts you with the practical reality of taking control of your own life and becoming authentic – live from your true core. Be willing to steadily pass through any crisis and wholly experience the resulting transformation. Carry this Saturn/Pluto spirit with you throughout 2010.