Capricorn New Moon January 8, 2008
“The time of the Winter Solstice has now come, opening the Gates of Capricorn. The days have decreased in length as much as they even will. . . .Death seems to rule supreme over the visible universe. And yet, somewhere and forever, a new Christ is born.. . .
What is this new life which men have symbolized in the beautiful Christ-story, whose roots go deeply into the soil of older mythologies? Who is the eternal Christos, whose significance remains everlastingly true and vital, whether or not people believe in the historical or religious Christ?
It is the “Day-force”; that aspect of the bi-polar life-force which, as a personalizing energy, tends to transform the scattered and disintegrated remains of a previous cycle into a new organic whole, integral because defined by limitations, creative because conscious. That new organic whole in the realm of humankind is what will grow in time into the fulfilled personality: that is, the human individual, conscious of his relative uniqueness, centered in the sense of his “I-am-ness,” in an ego.
The Christos is that power in the universe which leads people to “individuation.” It is the foundation upon which all concepts of equality and democracy, of the abstract value of the individual, of the dignity and intangibility of the human personality, are based. It is the foundation of the “self-evident truths” of the Declaration of Independence, the center of the “Rights of Man.”
Dane Rudhyar, “The Pulse of Life”
The daylight is now growing again, and so we begin to look ahead and set goals for our new year. The old is on its way out, the new is just a baby, a seed, a vague feeling of change in the air. Psychologist Jean Huston speaks of a galactic baby waiting to be born this year in humanity. And it will be women who lead the way, for we are the birthers of humanity. When men remember that their role is to protect and create, we will all create the world we've been waiting for.
2008 is numerically a 1-year, symbolizing a new beginning. In numerology, the number 1 symbolizes beginnings, the individual, independence, leadership, determination, strength of will, innovation and courage. Collectively, we are called to become empowered – each and every one of us. (Check for your personal numerology year by adding up your month + day + 2008. Then layer it on top of the collective 1 year.)
So, let us look at Capricorn, the old Goat of the Zodiac, and see how he can help us on our way. He usually gets bad press, since he rules society at large, government, politics, power plays and corporations. But as you can see from the above quote, Capricorn can become the energy that demands “Individuation.” Capricorn is where we are energized to grow up and live our life's purpose and add our creativity to the society we live in. It's hard for Americans to realize that the first step to consciousness is the need for maturity and responsibility. We too often use the excuse that we are a young nation to explain our immaturity. Astrologically, we are about to enter the 'midlife-crisis' of the '60's energy. Let's meet it with the power of maturity and vision.
In Capricorn, just as with the New Year, the new orientation to life is still uncertain, but it has the power to topple Caesar's empires as it grows stronger throughout the new year. Let's take this image to heart, and know that the challenges we face this year in America are really one challenge – to bring a strong new mature consciousness to birth in the collective political arena. And we have to do it, one individual at a time.
We will be helped immeasurably this year by the fact that Pluto, which has wreaked havoc for the past 12 years in the fields that Sagittarius rules – religion, government, education, foreign affairs – will now have a chance to take on the affairs of Capricorn when it enters Capricorn on January 26, 2008 until November 2024. (Yes, Pluto's erratic orbits changes the amount of time it stays in each sign. I guess we'll need the 17 years it moves through Capricorn to transform our world's civilization and make it truly HUMAN.)