December 21st, 2014 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Capricorn

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Lady of the Night Illustration by Don Blanding, c. 1935

 

The darkest day of the year goes even deeper into shadow than usual this year–tonight is a New Moon in Capricorn AND the Winter Solstice!  As the wheel of the year turns toward the growing light, we are each now given an opportunity for a new beginning in some part of life. As Capricorn the goat is usually climbing his way up the mountain, we are now to think about ascending to something bigger and better than where we presently are–where is it that you want to go?  What do you want to create in the New Year?  As Mary Oliver queried, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

We are called to step into our personal power and authority, as the creators of our own lives.  We now move forward unafraid of the shadows–the collective ones and the ones we harbor personally–into owning and allowing them, no matter what they look like.  No matter how painful, how ugly, how shameful, we just need to acknowledge these things and accept them as part of what makes us human. Scorpio has been helping us dive into those waters, and it’s time to take what we’ve learned with us as we act.  Paradoxically, accepting and embracing our shadows will empower us and allow our inner lights to bloom and shine brighter out into the world!

The new moon is supporting us in taking charge of our lives–warts and all–to be bold and courageous in taking action and no longer allowing ourselves to remain stuck in daydreaming or planning.  The time to move, to act, has come!  As with any big action, this may not look to an observer like a big move, but we just need to take that first little bitty baby step.  We are each setting a new foundation for the next twelve months, so imagine and create what you would like that new cosmic story to be!

Be sure to ground yourself through mindful breathing and awareness as you take whatever your action is.  The energy of this movement is intense and exciting and can throw you off kilter if you don’t pay attention.  Particularly when things get emotional, take a moment, step back, and breathe deeply.  Remember that all things must pass, and connect again with the earth and the thought of where it is you want to go and who you want to be.  Can you act with love and integrity in this moment, releasing your grip on expectation? This question applies to your expectations of others, and also of yourself.  Even when things seem to be going wonderfully, do be mindful not to lose track of your feet.   Don’t be afraid to move slowly, as long as you are moving.

 

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