Tonight’s New Moon in Capricorn is in close conjunction to retrograde Mercury, and while the new moon is always a signifier of new beginnings, this time around it feels more like a second chance at a fresh start in the Capricorn area of our charts and lives. For those of us who are eager to set in motion new plans, ideas and insights gleaned during the first half of this Mercury retrograde, it may be best to hold off at least until after January 8th, when Mercury stations direct. From that point on, we will be in a powerful portal with all planets visible in the sky and moving direct— a very rare treat indeed! This will be a time of incredible forward momentum that can jumpstart new projects and catapult us forward in regards to plans that have been revised and perfected over the course of Mercury Rx. While the current energy is not quite ripe for new endeavors, if you’ve been hoping for a second chance to jump on a missed opportunity, or you’ve been dying to correct some sort of mistake from the past, this coming week is the time to make your move.
The new moon is always a time of solitude and reflection that pulls us within, and this time around we're being pulled even further inward by retrograde Mercury. Many of us are feeling inclined to take time alone for rest and reflection this week and those who are ignoring this impulse are paying for it through their exhaustion. Mercury's energy is strong in the sky right now and we can easily get caught up with plans and to-do lists for the New Year. The retrograde motion, however; requires us to think twice about everything we do before moving forward. It requires us to negate the chaotic rumination of the analytical mind to connect with something deeper. If we are able to strike this balance and to dig deep, many blessings may be had as a result.
In Capricorn, this new moon highlights the need to take responsibility for our actions and own up to the cold hard truth, showing us that whatever mess we may be in right now was likely of our own doing. This lunar energy highlights the need for restructuring in the Capricorn area of our charts and lives and, for now, the best way to get there is through surrender.
If we honor our intuition and take the time to rest, reflect and turn inward— this New Moon in sextile with Mars in Pisces supports us in taking right actions. It helps to show us how to better act out of love and compassion and helps us to actively release that which no longer serves our path. Self-compassion is particularly important and we’re all being asked to become more loving and patient with ourselves during this highly receptive and intuitive time.
Between all of the action in Capricorn and Pisces, boundary issues are coming up big time right now. This new moon supports and triggers the Neptune/South Node conjunction as well as the upcoming conjunction between Mars and Neptune, exact on the night of New Years Eve. Surrendering attachments that no longer serve in order to create better boundaries and a more realistic, practical view of our path moving forward— that's what the year and a half long nodal transit through the Pisces/Virgo axis has been all about and in a lot of ways this has been a theme for 2016. This energy continues through May of 2017 and we only have a handful of trigger points left to help amp up the potential for resolution. Now is an excellent time for recognizing where we’ve fallen prey to escapism, illusion and delusion and to act from a place from greater intuitive clarity. Taking off the rose colored glasses and recognizing where we’ve been taking on too much of the burden of others is a theme that takes on greater importance during this lunation. By becoming real with ourselves, we can create more appropriate structure and boundaries moving forward which will inevitably help us to be more successful in reaching our highest potential.
New Moon in Capricorn Influence by Sign
The following is best read for your Rising Sign first, and then your Sun Sign.
With this New Moon you'll receive a second chance at a fresh start in dealing with your career and your relationship with authority. This is a wonderful time to re-vise your career goals and to take time to edit important work-related projects. Now is an excellent time to re-think and revise the responsibilities you've taken on in your career as doing so can bring the potential for greater success later on down the line. Focusing on this area of life supports you in releasing deeply held patterns and issues from the past that have been holding you back. Pay close attention to those who may working behind the scenes and plotting against you with Mars transiting your 12th house of hidden enemies.
Now is the time to rethink your deeply held beliefs about your place in the Universe and take responsibility for your own education and expansion. Planning new adventures is advisable so long as you don't jump the gun and take off too quickly. You hold yourself to a high standard of integrity when it comes to honoring your morals, ethics and values, and revising some of the rules you've created for yourself can assist you in ridding yourself of toxic, vampire-like friendships. This allows you more room to act with greater love and compassion when it comes to the friends who truly have your back.
Money troubles and power struggles are up for you big time right now. This New Moon highlights where you've lost sight of your responsibilities and gives you a second chance to do things right. Revising the rules and standards you've held yourself to in regards to your sex life can be very empowering for you at this time. Consciously engaging with 8th house themes of sex, death and debt will support you in actively letting go of boundary issues and unconscious self-sabotage in your career sector.
This New Moon and Mercury retrograde is revealing a lot that must be revised in terms of your romantic relationships and other close partnerships. Maybe you need to loosen up a bit and share yourself more freely with your partner, or maybe the opposite is true. If there is a past relationship you've been wanting to revisit, now may be the time to do so. Cleaning up and re-structuring your love life may assist you in letting surrendering maladaptive, deeply held beliefs about God and your place in the Universe. If martyrdom = righteousness in your world, now may be the time to let go of that preconception in order to recognize that self-care is key.
The New Moon in your 6th house highlights your health habits as well as the ways you show up in service through your work. Now may be a particularly busy time for you, and you may feel forced to work extra hard in order to make a great impression on those around you. Be sure not to move too fast or work too hard, or the very mistakes you're worried about making may come to fruition. This would be an ideal time to re-think and re-vise your daily routines in order to improve both your health and your work life. Doing so will assist you in letting go of that which no longer serves you in the debt/sex/death sector of your chart and will help to empower you to move into a space of creating your own value and enhancing your material wealth.
The Capricorn moon in the 5th house gives you a second chance at a fresh start in pursuit of your deepest passions. This is a great time to re-vive an old romance or to begin restructuring your play time in order to make room for someone new. If you're a business owner, now is an excellent time to re-vamp your business plan to start fresh for the new year! Engaging with your hobbies, passions, and romantic side will assist you in removing the rose colored glasses and letting go of past relationships that have been holding you back from focusing on yourself and your own needs.
The New Moon in your home and family sector gives you a second chance at creating a better structure for yourself and for your loved ones. Now is the time to re-think family dynamics and to consider letting go of overly rigid and ultra structured approaches to running your home. Redecorating and home renovation projects may help clear some energy and give you and your family a much needed fresh start for the new year. Engaging with 4th house themes may assist you in dealing with boundary issues involving your work routines and your overall health. You may find yourself getting clear on the cause to a mysterious or chronic illness, or you may realize that you've been playing the martyr and taking on the burdens of others in your work. Letting go in this area frees up energy to focus on your inner world and gives you some much needed time for quiet and contemplation.
The New Moon in your 3rd house has you re-thinking your communication style. If you're working in the communications sector or own your own business, now is an excellent time to re-think your marketing strategy for the coming year. Mercury retrograde in the third house can feel especially retro-grady as Mercury is the ruler-by-proxy of the third house. It can be easy to get hung up on the details of day-to-day communications and to become overstimulated mentally at this time. Be sure to spend time in solitude to go within and fully connect to your own divine guidance and intuition. In this space you can find greater clarity and the energy to make it all happen in the new year.
Money is on your mind during this Mercury retrograde and this New Moon is highlighting where you've taken on too much responsibility as well as where you've fallen short. Maybe you've been too rigid in your spending, missing important investment opportunities or sacrificing your own material needs and desires to save money, or maybe you've been to lax and are now paying the price. Either way now is the time to revise your work-ethic and take responsibility for whatever is going on with your finances. You have an opportunity for a fresh start for the new year in this area, so plan accordingly. Doing so can help you to act with greater love and compassion toward your loved ones and create better boundaries in your home and family life.
This New Moon in Capricorn is all about you! And with Mercury retrograde in the mix now is an excellent time to re-vamp your image and to get a second chance at making a first impression out in the world. Maybe you feel that others see you as being far too rigid and responsible, and you'd like to be perceived as more light-hearted and fun. On the other hand, maybe you've been a bit of a pushover, needlessly taking on the burden of responsibility for others to the detriment of your own self-interest. Either way, now is a time when you can become clear on who you are and what you want to project into the world. Taking responsibility for your own needs supports you in creating better boundaries and communicating more clearly and effectively with those around you.
This New Moon already runs quite deep and for you in particular this is amplified by it's placement in your 12th house. This is not an active time for you. Right now you could really use some space and some alone time to connect deeply to your thoughts and intuition. Mediation, introspection, dreamwork, or simply taking some time to disconnect and get away from it all can benefit you greatly right now. This is a very powerful time for surrender, and if used wisely this lunation also supports you in letting go of unnecessary material attachments which hold you down and no longer serve a purpose in your life. Engaging with this process may feel confusing or overwhelming, but doing so can make space for even greater gifts.
With the New Moon in your 11th house, now is a time to re-vamp your social scene. Restructuring your current friendships and creating better boundaries in your social sector can bring about many rewards and gifts, financial or otherwise, after Mercury goes direct. Old forgotten friendships may re-appear in your mental space or may even show up in the physical world. If this is the case, you don't necessarily need to keep them hanging around but be sure to take time to reflect on any unresolved issues with this person or group. Revising old friendships may help you in shedding less-than-helpful ego attachments and shows you where it is necessary to create better boundaries and a stronger presence as you interface with the physical realm. This aspect can help you in separating yourself from the emotions of others and differentiating between your own feelings and the feeling of those around you.