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January 12, 2018

The Cosmic Story: Capricorn New Moon 2018

By Cathy Pagano

The New Feminine/Goddess has return to collective consciousness, after being exiled since the 80s. This is a consciousness of our own feminine gifts, rather than being judged by masculine measurements. This week's Capricorn New Moon is aligned with these energies. It's time to build a society with heart, where life is the central value rather than the economy.


Unraveling Saturn's Rings
Unraveling Saturn's Rings
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The Cosmic Story: Capricorn New Moon: Time to Build Our Vision.

Capricorn and Saturn

Capricorn's symbol is the Sea-Goat, a magical being that doesn't often fit with our modern understanding of Capricorn. We talk about Capricorn and it's ruling planet, Saturn, in terms of discipline, hard work, authority, responsibility; with the patriarchal structure of hierarchy and its fear-inducing dominator mindset. Saturn rules time and like Father Time, we often see him as a harsh taskmaster. And yet, there's much more to Capricorn and Saturn than we give them credit for.

Capricorn's energy starts at the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. It marks the death of the old year. But it also cradles the re-birth of the Light. So like Janus, the two-headed god of January, who looks backwards and forwards, Capricorn is a time to let go of the old and embrace the new.

Now about that Sea-Goat. The constellation Capricornus was represented as a hybrid of a goat and a fish about 6,000 years ago. It represented the ancient Sumerian god Enki, the god of water, intelligence, knowledge, crafts, magic, mischief and creation, who sent help to awaken the goddess Inanna from her death in Erishkegil's Underworld. He was the keeper of divine powers (the ME, the gifts of civilization), which he was later tricked into giving to Inanna.

So here we have two different energies combined in this mythical being. The fish tail symbolizes our watery depths, where we feel passion, open to our spirituality and connect to our soul. The goat symbolizes our intelligence, determination and ambition because goats are steady and can climb to the highest mountains -- step by step seeking higher ground. So we can see how this symbol shows us the power and depth of Capricorn: when we ground ourselves in our soul's purpose, we can fulfill our highest aspirations. To say it another way, it's when we truly believe that we are spiritual beings having a human experience that we prosper, not only for ourselves but for the world.

Another way we can approach Capricorn is to see that it is the sign of our dharma, when we live in accord with the cosmic laws of life, and our karma, the consequences of our choices and actions.

And as Shamanic astrologer Daniel Giamario sees it, Capricorn is the sign of the Council of Grandmothers. This beautiful image gives Capricorn another image of wisdom, the feminine wisdom of how to live in harmony with the Earth and each other.

With Saturn at home in Capricorn, it's time to get real. Saturn entered Capricorn on December 19th for the first time in 30 years (1988). The best way to work with Saturn here is to leave the past behind because we a re being given a new birth. With Saturn in Capricorn, we can begin to manifest the vision we've been working on while he was transiting through Sagittarius (2015-17) , the sign of belief, truth and cosmic laws. Saturn is about authority, and once we take back our own authority, we become the authors of our own story.

Saturn rules time, so take it slow. That's hard to do in our crazy, social media obsessed society. Turn off the computer and tune out for awhile. Saturn loves to hermitize. Take time to decide what you really want and b elieve in th at possibility. And then w ork on it every day.

Then these next few years can be a very fertile time if you hold to your vision and are willing to do the work. Both Saturn and Capricorn are master builders of form and structure. And now that Pluto has taken his wrecking ball to those Capricorn institutions of government and finance, there is room to grow a new society, a new civilization based on feminine principles of unity, peace and prosperity that have nothing to do with our present capitalistic economy.

Life should be at the center of our society with the economy, education, the Arts and Sciences as tools for a better life.

Saturn in Capricorn is all about slow and steady growth. We have to begin to live from the inside out, rather than just on the surface with lots of repressed energies bubbling away within us. It's time to face our fears (the negative energy of Saturn). This year is a good time to root out those fears while Jupiter transits through Scorpio. Looking your Shadows in the eye can transform them into new energy that you can use for creativity and growth.

The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge. (Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14)

With our collective Shadows running amok, we each need to face our personal Shadows and bring them into the Light. With Jupiter in Scorpio helping us dive deep, we need to see where we are afraid, where we fall back into old unconscious reactions and projections, and let them go. Once we understand how our Shadows keep us from our true Self, we can use our self-awareness to break free from these old patterns (Karma) and actually choose our life. We have been given free will, but it truly comes into play when we break free of our unconscious compulsions and choose our heart's hope.

What's your new dream? How do you get there?

Capricorn New Moon

With 6 planets in Capricorn, the cosmos is telling us to get our goat on. Are you preparing diligently for your next move? With Saturn in Capricorn for the next 3 years, we'll have time to prepare ourselves. Stay focused, disciplined and become the author(ity) of your own life.

The Capricorn New Moon occurs on January 16th - 17th, 2018 at 6:17pm PST/ 9:17pm EST/ 2:17am GMT.

Capricorn New Moon 2018
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The Sabian symbol for this New Moon at 27* Capricorn is: Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine. This symbol indicates that if we plant this New Moon seed with self-awareness, we can develop the mystical consciousness that can co-create reality. Like the Capricorn goat, we have to climb slowly and steadily, with determination and discipline.

Both Venus and Pluto bracket this New Moon. We have to evolve our understanding of the Sacred Feminine and Her Wisdom, and so this energy is part of the New Moon. That means we have to begin to listen to her gifts of Imagination, Emotional Intelligence and Vision.

The Sabian symbol for Pluto at 20* Capricorn is: A hidden choir is singing during a religious service. This image calls on us to participate in a community that is aligned with the music of the spheres. When we band together in this state of group harmony (which is sorely needed now), we are filled with the spirit of Life. And we see this happening. Groups of like-minded people are gathering on the internet and in our communities. We are stronger when we work with a group. Pluto want us to evolve out of the patriarchal belief of individualism, which has become selfishness, into a group of individuals that can help each other grow.

The Sabian symbol for Venus at 29* Capricorn is: A woman reading tea leaves. For too long, patriarchy has rejected the imaginative, intuitive wisdom of opening ourselves to Nature and the Anima Mundi. We have to reclaim our ability to see the hidden meaning in life. This is the power of the new Feminine.

For a moment, let's return to the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. The Sabian symbol for the eclipse degree, 29* Leo, is: A mermaid emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form.

Something new is emerging in our collective consciousness. It is a feminine vision of life. And we see this idea repeated by the conjunction of Venus, Sun and Pluto on January 8th -- 9th.

The New Feminine, birthed back in 1969, when we all first saw Earth from the surface of the Moon, has been in exile since the late 80's -- the last time Saturn was in Capricorn. Publishers stopped publishing books on the Goddess, we had reactions to the feminist movement and it seems the Goddess was exiled to the desert for awhile. But there She developed her Eagle wings and now She's ready to fly.

And this time, She is here to stay. It's synchronistic that Oprah gave her marvelous speech at the Golden Globes just before this conjunction. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.

This New Feminine spirit is different from the women's movement back in the 60s. Back then, women wanted outer e quality with men, which we never really achieved. We took on the masculine attitudes of rationality, hierarchy, competition, action and individualism. Now women are banding together to express our own power, different from men's power. But equal to it. It's time we reclaimed the feminine powers of emotional intelligence (not emotional overwhelm like Trump), intuition, introversion, compassion, vision, connection and wisdom. Which our intellect and individuality will support and nurture.

This Venus superior conjunction (out beyond the Sun) occurred with Pluto, taking this new evolutionary phase of the Sacred Feminine into a bigger arena. Adam Gainburg, in his book The Light of Venus, calls this phase of the Venus cycle before she emerges as the Evening Star of wisdom, the transmutation phase of the Venus cycle, when 'The Queen of Heaven dissolved into the very fabric of the kosmos and becomes re-conceived as the forthcoming Queen of Heaven & Earth.' It is a time of 'forging a foundation of open-hearted power and contributing it to a transformed society'. Adam says the 'transmutation is essentially a feminine mode of transformation', one that begins inside, forcing us to serve who we are becoming rather than who we've been.

Having been born in this phase of Venus, I can say that it is a path of great interior growth and consciousness, often accompanied by great loss and loneliness, but which results in a new paradigm of feminine power. It's gift to me was my book, Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World.

This Capricorn New Moon, seeded in the dark and cold of winter, is cradled in the watery arms of Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. Jupiter in Scorpio can accelerate the recognition, acceptance and integration of our Shadows. Mars supports the New Feminine being birthed, just as men as supporting this new women's movement. Neptune in Pisces opens us to the collective unconscious, the realm of the Anima Mundi -- The World Soul. It is here that we connect to the creative imagination or the quantum field. Out of these cosmic waters,we can water this New Moon seed and create our vision, if our imagination is strong enough and our love and passion powerful enough.

All new life needs a spark of divine fire to quicken its life and the seeds of this powerful Capricorn New Moon get that from its square to Uranus in Aries, re-animating the ongoing Uranus in Aries/Pluto in Capricorn waxing square of 2012-2015. So stay open to unexpected insights and happenings. Hopefully, we've connected to our archetypal purpose during Uranus' transit of Aries, especially since Uranus moves into Taurus this May for a few months until it decides to stay there in 2019.

Look at your dream and see what might be blocking you from co-creating it. If it's fear, set yourself free of it. Otherwise, Uranus will blow it up. Follow your heart's hope. Release what keeps you from the bigger vision.

We need to know who we are (Aries) before we can build what we came here to build (Taurus). Remember The Field of Dreams: If you build it, they will come.

The energies of 2018 are aligned with the Divine Feminine. When Uranus goes into Taurus in late May, all the outer planets will be in Earth and Water signs. (Uranus in Taurus, Jupiter in Scorpio, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces). The cosmos is ready to help us. The world is ready to accept our abilities and skills. But we need the sacred Feminine as our foundation, so our sacred Masculine energy can build our vision.

It's time to face your reality. Be honest with yourself and evaluate your life. Do you make the most of your life and your time? Are you concentrating on the old patriarchal fears of lack and loss? This can be a year where you make quantum leaps in your spiritual maturity if you let your inner life of the soul come out to play.

It's time and past time to acknowledge your own Light and let it shine out into the world. What you radiate will come back to you -- so open your heart and let your love shine out!

Walk in beauty, love and wisdom,


Finding the world in the smallness of a grain of sand
And holding infinities in the palm of your hand
And Heaven's realms in the seedlings of this tiny flower
And eternities in the space of a single hour

Send your love into the future
Send your love into the distant dawn

Inside your mind is a relay station
A mission probe into the unknowing
We send a seed to a distant future
Then we can watch the galaxies growing

This ain't no time for doubting your power
This ain't no time for hiding your care
You're climbing down from an ivory tower
You've got a stake in the world we ought to share

You see the stars are moving so slowly
But still the earth is moving so fast
Can't you see the moon is so lonely
She's still trapped in the pain of the past

This is the time of the worlds colliding
This is the time of kingdoms falling
This is the time of the worlds dividing
Time to heed your call

Send your love into the future
Send your precious love into some distant time
And fix that wounded planet with the love of your healing
Send your love
Send your love

There's no religion but sex and music
There's no religion but sound and dancing
There's no religion but line and color
There's no religion but sacred trance

There's no religion but the endless ocean
There's no religion but the moon and stars
There's no religion but time and motion
There's no religion, just tribal scars

Throw a pebble in and watch the ocean
See the ripples vanish in the distance
It's just the same with all the emotions
It's just the same in every instance

There's no religion but the joys of rhythm
There's no religion but the rites of Spring
There's no religion in the path of hate
No prayer but the one I sing

Send your love into the future
Send your precious love into some distant time
And fix that wounded planet with the love of your healing
Send your love
Send your love

There's no religion but sex and music
There's no religion that's right or winning
There's no religion in the path of hatred
Ain't no prayer but the one I'm singing

Send your love
Send your love


(Article changed on January 13, 2018 at 22:02)

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Authors Bio:

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. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and is a certified Life Coach.

As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars. From The Bard's Grove, she writes about emerging archetypal themes in movies and books.

Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.