Overview of this New Moon chart
There is a sense of inevitability in this chart. Although
times are strange and, for many people, very hard, there is
no outright conflict about that. But depending where we are
focussing in the world, there is a difference in attitude.
In each Time Zone around the world the New Moon moment happens
at a different time of day, so there is a different Zodiac
Sign rising in the east, and different Sign on the meridian
overhead. This indicates local, or national, differences in
reactions and events, something that is true in every cosmic
National difference, and the timing of events, is an entire
area of astrological enquiry called Mundane Astrology. I haven’t
studied it, but I bear it in mind when watching the news from
different parts of the world. The feel of the time worldwide
may be acceptance, but behaviour in every country may not
reflect that in the way you might expect.
This month we have the New Moon in Capricorn accompanied
by four planets in this same sign. Pluto and Mars are at the
beginning, very close to the Sun/Moon. Jupiter, which is towards
the end of Capricorn, will enter Aquarius on 5 January. And
Mercury in Capricorn will enter Aquarius on 1 January, only
to move retrograde on 11th backing into Capricorn on 21st
for a further 25 days. This is a tremendous emphasis on the
qualities and concerns of Capricorn in our daily lives.
It is an opportunity to take a fresh look at the way things
are in the practical world, and in our personal lives, and
decide what changes would be most useful and personally do-able
– because Capricorn takes note of our personal resources
as well as the circumstances we need to respond to. Those
resources we need to check out include our financial needs,
our health and strength, our emotional support system, our
understanding of the situation we are responding to. Capricorn
chooses carefully, and acts with deliberation and awareness,
which usually succeeds.
The push to transform versus resistance
With Mars lending its energy to Pluto’s intensity,
any transformative efforts we make should go even further
than we envisaged. And, as is always the case, when you make
a push to change something, you meet the inertia of what was
there before, in our own habits, and in those people around
us who do not want to change in the same direction we do.
This resistance can be frustrating, but where there has been
an accepted way of being, any change feels unsafe. There is
usually something of the past that can be used as ground,
so that change can at least begin. But with Pluto in Capricorn,
we are asked to let everything go.
Trust in the birth process
We need a sense of safety to relax and allow movement. What
creates a feeling of enough safety? Perhaps it is trust in
the natural process of birth. At present, it is as though
we have been in a womb that has been our world, and the moment
of birth has arrived. We are being squeezed in the birth canal
and it can be alarming.
When in the birth canal, we don’t know how long it
is, or what we will be when we are out at last. We are taking
our umbilical chord (our support system) with us, sure that
life is impossible without it. Check to see what you have
assumed is necessary for your life to be OK. Do you rely on
a belief in the financial system, on the welfare state, or
your savings or your family?
We don’t know where we are going, but birth is a natural
process, and we will come through this into a new way. It
may seem as though everything is falling apart, but after
this kind of change, we will find that some of what we thought
was gone has returned, better and more alive than before.
It is best to allow that anything may have to go - what we
find is that all we need is there when the birth is over.
We have all be born before!
Steady effort works better than force
With Mars on Pluto, the push may be too forceful to manage
smoothly, creating frustration, anger, or even rage. So if
you notice any of this in your space, whether yours or someone
else’s, remember to ease up on the pushing, and breathe
for a bit – there may be a better way, or a better time,
to continue the change. Some people will be using this energy
to hold the past firmly in place – not generally a good
idea when change is what’s happening. If this is you,
remember Capricorn moves steadily and firmly with due caution,
and generally succeeds because of this, so movement can be
quite safe as long as sufficient aware consideration is given
as you adopt each shift.
Taking time to choose our words
Mercury has just passed a trine to Saturn, so plans, carefully
made, are being communicated, but there is still more time
for discussion, as Mercury retrogrades from 11 January to
the end of the month. Saturn will retrograde from 31 December
for the next four and a half months, bringing the potential
wisdom of history - it’s not as if birth is a new phenomenon!
Checking back, we have survived transformations before in
our lives – this is meant personally, as well as globally
- and we are responsible for the bits of history we choose
Opportunities for loving community
Venus is already in Aquarius, the brilliant Evening Star
calmly presiding over fiery sunsets. In the New Moon chart,
she occupies exactly the same degree as Neptune. Friends connect
across the world, a network of like minds trusting in, and
thereby attracting, spiritual harmony. On 5 January, Jupiter
also moves into Aquarius, for the rest of 09, encouraging
collaboration on humanitarian projects, making it clear that
the principles of equality and respect are more important
than material gain.
The person to respect first is one’s own self. Without
self-respect, it takes the ego’s pride to hold up our
heads, and from there we look either up or down at others.
Self-respect tends to reflect in respect for others, which
brings a sense of humility into our relationships. Self-respect
includes an acceptance of all our gifts and limitations, without
judgement. When we respect ourselves, we listen to our inner
responses and needs from a place of equality with others.
We stand up for ourselves calmly, so that there is no need
to fight for what we want, because we attract respect from