New Moon is the secret time of the Moon's cycle when the new seed wanting to blossom within us sparks into life. A Capricorn new Moon sparks a new vision of our society as well as a new vision of how we want to live our lives. We attend to our personal dharma or responsibility to our society and to our standing in our community. What do we want to contribute to the whole? Saturn rules Capricorn, asking us to take up our social responsibility and our personal authority, and do what is right. This is the theme for this coming year. These are the seed ideas that will take us through this pivotal year of 2012.
Since Pluto has already gone over this degree in Capricorn, this new Moon occurs in newly fertile ground. Think back to what you were going through when Pluto went over 3* Capricorn from early 2009 through late 2010. Is it coming to fruition now? And transiting Pluto at 8* Capricorn is part of the new Moon energy, so watch what things slip away from your life this Moon cycle. Ask yourself what aspects of society no longer serve our collective life.
The Sabian Symbol for 3* Capricorn is: A human soul, in its eagerness for new experiences, seeks embodiment. Here is the image of the Child of Light born in the midst of great darkness. Not only is the Earth and our physicality full of spirit, our soul is our unique spark of Spirit that wants to experience life here on Earth. We all have a powerful yearning to increase the depth of our contacts with others, for it is "soulful' connections that bring us happiness. Since this image comes in the sign of Capricorn, we have to suppose that this soul incarnates in a certain social structure to experience what humans can do as a group to make life enjoyable and fulfilling. And when that social structure needs renovating, it is up to each of us to help leave it in better and stronger shape than we found it in.
Capricorn New Moon
The Capricorn new Moon occurs on Christmas Eve at 10:06am Pacific/ 11:06am Mountain/ 12:06pm Central/ 1:06pm Eastern/ 6:06pm GMT.
As I mentioned, the Sun and Moon are joined by Pluto in Capricorn, deepening our need to birth a new life and a new society. Capricorn's ruler Saturn, in the last degrees of Libra, is testing our ability to compromise with others and stand for fairness and justice in all our relationships. (You can see the flip side of this energy -- it is NOT working in the US Congress. Saturn in Libra tests our balance, our ability to be just and fair to others.) Saturn will go to 30* Libra before turning retrograde in early February. As Saturn sweeps through the end of Libra, we need to get our thoughts in order and understand what we need to do to achieve balance in our lives and in our society.
The conjunction of the new Moon and Pluto can also draw on the energy of Jupiter in Taurus, taking to heart the need to share resources and new perspectives for stewarding the Earth. What kind of life do we really want? What makes life worth living? Jupiter turns direct on Christmas Day at 1*Taurus: A clear mountain stream. This is an image of pure, uncontaminated nature, flowing from the source. It is an image of our original nature -- not sinful, but pure and uncontaminated before society re-structures it. It's time "to get back to the Garden' -- only this time, do it consciously and conscientiously.
Venus, ruler of both Taurus and Libra, moves into Aquarius on December 20th, asking us to learn Philia (ÏÎ¹Î»Î¯Î± philÃa ), a dispassionate virtuous love, a love that includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality, and familiarity. Philia is practical; everyone benefits from the relationship. It is an idealistic love. Venus will be a very prominent energy this next year. It is important to learn her lesson of philia -- an unselfish love for all the world.