On January 2, 1:33 PM ET, we experience the first New Moon of the year at 12°20’ of the sign of Capricorn, an invitation to reflect on what we desire to manifest and a chance of rebuilding our reality. The last lunar cycle started with a Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius, the last Eclipse in the sign: we are now out of Eclipse season, and this Capricorn New Moon marks the start of a new journey.
On the same day, at 02:10 AM ET, a few hours before the exact Sun-Moon alignment, Mercury leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius. This shift invites out-of-the-box thinking and encourages us to question our habitual way of perceiving reality, as well as what we are told to blindly believe.
New Moon in Capricorn: Setting Practical Intentions
The Sun and the Moon meet in the sign of the Sea-Goat, bringing to our attention the need to build new systems and establish a new relationship with order, discipline, structure, with our inner authority and with the outer ones.
New Moons are new beginnings: they represent a wonderful time for intention setting, and they invite us to get clear on our visions and desires. We have a chance to start anew and receive fresh energy from the Cosmos: for the upcoming two weeks, spontaneous activity and action are encouraged, as the Universe invites us to be daring and learn from trial and error. A New Moon in Capricorn is a fantastic moment to set practical goals and intentions and establish a clear plan of action to move closer to our dreams.
On this New Moon, happening shortly after Mercury enters Aquarius, there is abundant emphasis on both the Capricorn archetype and the Aquarius archetype: this highlights the underlying influence of the Saturn-Uranus square, still very active.
New Moon in Capricorn: What Structures Do We Want to Build?
Capricorn is associated with time, with our maturation process, and with our journey of learning self-regulation and self-responsibility. This sign correlates with social systems, with traditional and established institutions, but also with our inner structures, such as the conditioning we received from our family, culture, and religion.
Since 2008, Pluto has been transiting the sign, deeply challenging and transforming the conditioned expression of this archetype: we can’t talk about Capricorn without mentioning this. Pluto will be here until 2023, when it will enter Aquarius: we are in the last phases of this long-term journey, which corresponds with the breakdown of existing obsolete structures and the ruthless exposure of what doesn’t work anymore, of what is decaying and needs to be eliminated.
Capricorn is connected with the discipline and hard work that allows us to make our dreams come true and manifest them in the material reality. The upcoming lunar cycle will invite us to reflect on the structures we desire to build and the sacrifices we are willing to make to manifest them, encouraging us to ponder on whether our successes and achievements in the external reality honor what is going on in our inner reality.
New Moon trine Uranus: Creative Opportunities
The Sun and the Moon in Capricorn trine Uranus in Taurus. Trines are harmonic alignments that reflect an easy exchange of energy and information between celestial bodies traveling through signs of the same element, in this case, Earth. Sun trine Uranus increases the potential for originality, creativity, and innovation: this aspect inspires us to walk unbeaten paths and gravitate toward a style of self-expression that doesn’t conform to current standards. The Moon trine Uranus indicates ease in adapting to changes and will help us see our emotions from an objective perspective.
Sun and Moon trine Uranus indicate a dislike for restrictions and limitations and a need to be free to express ourselves as we desire. Sudden new opportunities and unexpected possibilities for change could come out of the blue. During the following weeks, the influence of Uranus will support original, pioneering, and eccentric endeavors that help us get out of stagnation and build something in line with our personal purpose.
New Moon square Chiron: Expect Triggers
The Sun and the Moon are in a square aspect to Chiron in Aries. Squares are angles reflecting tension and friction, and they have the potential to force change by making us uncomfortable. Chiron is a planetoid commonly associated with the figure of the Wounded Healer: in Astrology, it is connected with deep wounds centered around feelings of rejection, abandonment, and isolation, as well as with our capacity to heal ourselves and others.
The activation of Chiron on this New Moon suggests the potential for these wounds being triggered during the upcoming lunar cycle. With the Sun square Chiron, we may feel held back in our self-expression and self-actualization by insecurities and fears around leadership, pioneering, and self-determination. The square between Moon and Chiron could make this more challenging on an emotional level, as it could correspond to a sense that our needs and desires aren’t valid or important enough to be addressed. In addition, the Moon in Capricorn is not very comfortable: here, the Moon typically has hard times expressing emotions or asking for nurturance and containment.
During the upcoming weeks, we could experience emotional pain and frustration linked to feeling misunderstood, unseen, and invalidated. Nonetheless, becoming aware of the triggers reflected by this configuration has the potential to help us detach from limiting beliefs, thinking patterns, and self-sabotaging tendencies linked to expectations of failure, feelings of insignificance, and low self-worth.
The Saturn-Uranus square is still active
Saturn is the planetary ruler of Capricorn, hence it represents an important player on this New Moon. Saturn is transiting through Aquarius and is still in a tight square aspect to retrograde Uranus in Taurus. Their alignment has characterized the entire 2021, bringing up friction between the past and the future, the familiar and the unfamiliar, the desire to preserve tradition and the desire to bring forth innovation, the need to feel in control, and the urge to break free from control.
The Saturn-Uranus square reflects the ongoing polarization that has been emerging within the collective, and the conflict between the seemingly irreconcilable visions many of us have for the future of society. It can be considered an invitation to explore how to implement change on a small, personal, local scale. During the upcoming weeks and months, we have an opportunity to find out how we can experience a sense of inner freedom within the limiting conditions we are experiencing, and how we can experience discipline as something that frees us rather than restricts us.
Mercury enters Aquarius: Invitation to Think Out of the Box
A few hours before the New Moon, Mercury entered the sign of the Water Bearer, increasing the emphasis on the archetype. Mercury in Aquarius is a transit that indicates a strong capacity for innovative thinking and creative problem solving: sudden downloads and out-of-the-box ideas are likely to emerge. Incredibly futuristic and intelligently attuned to technological advancements, Mercury here has the potential to help us find new solutions to the issues we have been struggling with.
On January 14, Mercury will station retrograde and it will come back to Capricorn on January 25, inspiring a deep reassessment of social, familial, cultural, and religious conditioning that we have internalized and that still affects our thoughts and perceptions. While Mercury in Aquarius increases our mental energy, our fantasy, and our capacity to dream and envision the future, Mercury coming back to Capricorn and the Mercury-Saturn conjunction of March 2 will help us bring our ideas down to earth and materialize them in the 3D reality.
To help you harness this energy New Moon in Capricorn brings we have created New Moon in Capricorn printable channeled “Rebuilding Reality” journal and guided meditation audio. We invite you to use these New Moon in Capricorn Ritual tools: printable journal and join New Moon guide meditation audio together with Moon Omens Soul Family. Tap here to learn more and gain access to ritual tools.
New Moon in Capricorn: Unpacking our Conditioning
Meanwhile, retrograde Venus is still conjunct with Pluto, also in the sign of the Sea-Goat, an aspect that intensifies our experience of relationships and our drive to deeply analyze what takes place within ourselves and in our connections. The Venus-Pluto alignment has been active since December 10, and it is promoting a profound transformation of our values, of our way to manage finances, of our way to be in connection with others, and of our relationship with the social structure at large.
Capricorn has to do with the social, familial, cultural, and religious conditioning we have internalized as children. As a result, it is associated with the temptation or the habit to conform to socially accepted standards of conduct and behavior in order to avoid others’ judgment, condemnation, and ultimately isolation.
This New Moon, together with the Venus retrograde cycle, could inspire new reflections about what’s behind these kinds of tendencies, helping us witness aspects of ourselves and our behavior we weren’t conscious of. During the upcoming weeks, we have a chance to reach a deeper awareness of our relationship with social systems, norms, regulations, and institutions. Working on our relationship with the external authorities could help us feel more grounded in our inner authority and firmer in our decisions, even when they don’t align with mainstream expectations.
Comment below with what resonated with you the most and tap on the heart if you enjoyed this article!
P.S. for deeper personalized guidance for the month of January we invite you to get our January Horoscope.