Every New Year, the Sun shines bright in the sign of Capricorn, stirring up thoughts and desires to do better than last year. Increasing this feeling of fresh starts and improvements is the first New Moon of 2024. As the Moon aligns with the Sun in steadfast Capricorn, it establishes a cosmic tone of focused determination, aiming to realistically define our ambitions. Through strategic planning and earnest efforts, we lay the groundwork for realizing our most meaningful goals.
Capricorn, an earth sign, is logical, self-sufficient and strives to build solid resources of value and lasting results. With a need for solitude, Capricorn’s concentration on work can result in burnout or emotional loneliness. Down time and self-care are invaluable to offset Capricorn’s concentration on work and achievement. Symbolized by the mythical sea-goat, with a forceful will and focus, nothing can stop this creature that masters two worlds; scaling the most perilous peaks and swimming the deepest and largest oceans.
Ruling this Moon phase is Saturn, the planet of self-discipline, requiring us to be actively responsible or deal with the consequences. Currently in the sign of Pisces, Saturn’s lesson is the importance of discipline to our spiritual life, intuition, creativity and compassion. In aspect to Jupiter in Taurus, Saturn offers the potential to realize a big dream or desire through monumental commitment and effort.
Adding potency to this lunar phase is Pluto in the last degree of Capricorn, intensifying our desire to bring forth the best of ourselves. In quiet reflection, recognize the inner authority, strength and resiliency you’ve developed over the years. With integrity and personal empowerment, set your sights on a path or goal that fills you with a sense of claiming your destiny.
Activating the potential for greater independence and courage, as well as stirring up karmic patterns around relationships, the energies of the North Node in Aries and the South Node in Libra during this New Moon challenge us. Yet, they provide an opportunity for compelling soul growth that, with awareness and effort, can integrate with our vision and intentions for our future.
Offering opportunities to bring new life to old routines, Uranus, the planet of individuality, is in the sign of Taurus, bringing a flow of supportive energy to this Moon. Inviting us to embrace change, Uranus awakens us to apply innovative concepts and methodologies in the pursuit of our most desired goals as well as assisting us in reinventing our ideas of stability and success.
With Pluto re-entering Aquarius on January 20th, we enter a year of powerful change as claiming our individuality becomes more compelling. If you desire to work with this New Moon, seek solitude and go deep within to carefully examine your emotions so that your desire for “great work” and self-mastery align with your deepest truths and values. Under the darkness of this New Moon, engage your intuition, listen to your heart, and feel into what you need to cultivate the seeds of your greatest potential. Allow any revelations that arise guide you towards happiness and personal fulfillment throughout the new year.