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The Cosmic Story: Capricorn New Moon, 2013

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The Cosmic Story: Capricorn New Moon 2013

Let My Country Awake

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection:
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is lead forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action -
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

~ Rabindranath Tagore ~


   I missed writing the Cosmic Story for the Cancer Full Moon on December 28, 2012 because I was busy playing with my 10-month-old nephew.   Very appropriate for the Cancer Full Moon!   I remembered what it was like to be the mom of a newly incarnated soul.   It was delightful and oh so much fun!   So before I discuss this week's Capricorn New Moon, I'd like to go back to the Cancer Full Moon for a moment. 

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Cancer is the Moon-ruled sign that sets the tone of our emotional intelligence.   Although there are twelve different Moon-signs, they all relate back to the Cancer archetype of the watery Mother Womb, the place where we grow our emotional bodies.   Capricorn, the Saturn-ruled sign that builds societies and all their various institutions, is supposed to be the material receptacle that creates a world in harmony with that all-important emotional body--the soul.

   Unfortunately, our patriarchal society does just the opposite.   The patriarchal Capricorn rules shape our emotional bodies to its ongoing drive for power, wealth and control, rejecting the notion of soul and its needs.   Perhaps that's why our society is so dysfunctional--nobody is happy with it.   But now that Pluto is moving through Capricorn and finally pulling down the rotten structures and exposing the decay, perhaps we can free up our emotional bodies so that we connect to our soul's real emotions and thoughts.   That's the secret to changing society: we need to feel what we want out of life (and our society as the collective manifestation of life) and create institutions that support more balanced types of work, real equality between the sexes, closer communities, more in-depth relationships and more fulfilling avenues for personal expression that fit the adult expectations of freedom and creativity, and most importantly, love.

   With this in mind, this Capricorn New Moon gives us a chance to plant the seeds of a new vision for our society, one that definitely embraces a more feminine viewpoint.   We are going to be in the energy of the Pluto in Capricorn/ Uranus in Aries square for the next few years, so it's not going to happen overnight, but each time we plant a new seed of change, vision and hope in our own lives, we become responsible for sharing it with our world.   And that change ripples out into our environment.

Capricorn New Moon 2013  

The Capricorn New Moon arrives on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:44am PST/ 2:44pm EST/ 7:44pm GMT.  

The Sabian symbol for the Sun and the Moon at 22* Capricorn is: By accepting defeat gracefully, a general reveals nobility of character.    The leader we see in this image is very specifically a warrior, so the defeat he suffers is not a personal defeat but a national defeat.   He represents the nation and its soldiers. Maybe it's time to re-think how we view our military.   Do we really need such a big war machine?   Who are we fighting if not ourselves?   So this general also shows us that inner strength and spiritual awareness can come from accepting defeat and learning the appropriate lessons.   It seems our congressional representatives have no idea about this kind of honor.   But we do if we realize that winning isn't as important as how we play the game.

Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, which means its goal is to move us forward in a very concrete way.   Capricorn is concerned with our physical existence and how we band together to form a more perfect union.   It deals with responsibility and resources.   It is the sign that deals with how each person contributes to her or his society.   Are we conscientious citizens--do we follow the rules or try to create a meaningful role for ourselves that contributes to the whole?   Capricorn is concerned with all these issues, as well as with the structures we enliven for government, finance, education, health, commerce and collective well-being.   The next 10 + years are a time to align our society with what we say our beliefs are.   Wanting the Good means working for the Good.

This Capricorn New Moon says many things about what kind of seeds we need to plant.   The New Moon is joined in Capricorn by Mercury, Pluto, Juno and Venus.   As Pluto continues to dig up the rot and push for the evolution of our collective welfare, he aligns himself with the principles of Love, the Mind and true partnership.   Juno, the Greek Hera, was a goddess of the Full Moon, called the Perfect One.   Her partner was supposed to perfect her insights and new awareness.   Patriarchy refused to follow this natural law and so in mythology she became the jealous wife of the Greek god Zeus/Jupiter.   During this New Moon, Jupiter in Gemini inconjuncts Juno, stressing the need for us to find new categories for our relationships, new ways of truly partnering each other without the need to manipulate, betray or dominate each other.   With Pluto backing up Juno, her viewpoint will not be ignored.   She wants women to have more say in partnerships and government.   This year's American Congress has more women senators and representatives than ever before.

Jupiter in Gemini is aligned with Vesta, the asteroid symbolizing focus and commitment to our own inner integrity as well as the integrity of our society.   Vesta, or the Greek Hestia, was the goddess of the central Hearth Fire.   Vesta in Gemini wants to help Jupiter hone in on the pursuit of truth and knowledge and then talk about what they've discovered to clarify the issues.   How we think about an issue is more important than having the facts, since our thinking and communicating shape our world-view.   We need to sharpen our minds and focus on what is true and eternal as the old world slips away.

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Cathy Pagano is a spiritual advisor and Jungian psychotherapist, storyteller, author and teacher. She is the author of a book on the return of the Goddess, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. (more...)

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