We are in a time of accelerated change. We have never been here before and will never be here again. It took courage for us to incarnate into a period this intense. The Mayan Calendar and Sanskrit scriptures have singled it out as a crossroads in human and planetary evolution.
A New Moon on New Year’s Day signals a powerful opportunity to review our commitments and set new intentions. It welcomes us to a new year, possibly a new era and a new way of life. Will we choose wisely, knowing that we are laying the foundation for the year ahead, indeed for the New Age of Aquarius? This New Moon in Capricorn, urges us to understand our place in the greater social and universal order and the contribution we wish to make toward the evolution of humanity. It is a celestial nudge to redefine our aims and move forward toward our true mission in this lifetime. This involves setting realistic limits and boundaries and allowing others to learn from, and take full responsibility for, their own choices.
Cardinal earth Capricorn operates within the physical constraints of time and space, calling our attention to how we are managing our responsibilities. It is the zodiacal archetype concerned with becoming a fully mature and productive member of society. While savvy Sagittarius gives the vision and ideals to theoretically improve the human condition, earthy Capricorn provides the practical know-how to manifest those worthy social goals. Capricorn is the quality within us that wants to work toward building a strong society based upon spiritual principles and collective values. At its highest expression our Capricorn energy feels the need to impact the greater whole and contribute to it, in the spirit of service, in some way.
“You are called to do certain work….but do remember that whatever your work is, you are making a spiritual contribution.”White Eagle
We all have Capricorn in our charts. When expressed positively, our Capricorn energy helps us develop an inner sense of authority, integrity, discipline and responsibility. Have we successfully navigated the previous sign Sagittarius? Are our ideals and belief systems firmly based upon spiritual principles and values so that we can successfully fulfill our soul mission, our dharma? Are we shining our light or casting shadows with our fears? Our lives change remarkably when we make our choices from love rather than from fear.
One of the symbols of Capricorn is the Mountain Goat, representing our potential to rise to the mountain heights of human experience through self-discipline, determination and hard work. The Sea-Goat, higher symbol of Capricorn, knows that his source of strength lies beyond the personal ego. He rises out of the sea of collective unconscious onto the earth, to find ways to serve humanity. Our primary objective at this time is to see with our spiritual eyes, to follow our soul’s aspirations in order to climb the appropriate mountain to fulfill our role of service.
“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”Winston Churchill
Where the New Moon at 11 degrees Capricorn falls in our charts we are discovering what aspirations are worthy of our time and resources. This involves reordering our priorities in order to fulfill our responsibilities and accomplish our true work of service. In this area of life we are learning that we are spirit in a body, accepting our physical limitations in order to learn, grow and evolve. Do we measure ourselves by outer success or by our internal spiritual compass? Here we are challenged to work from the authority of our spirit within in order to fulfill our destiny.
“A good chief gives, he does not take.”Mohawk Indian proverb
This New Moon, conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, intensifies the ongoing Grand Cross (see Gemini Full Moon), increasing the imperative for radical change. Cleaning up the past is paramount to being able to create a brighter future. Bringing fears into the light of consciousness is essential in the process of healing and transformation, personally and collectively. This is a time when each one of us is responsible (Capricorn) for reshaping (Pluto) the world. Working in harmony with these powerful energies we are possibly more capable than ever before of doing just that. Are we using our resources to help others in the spirit of stewardship, rather than for personal satisfaction and gain? If so, we can live through these difficult times gracefully, accepting thankfully the mysteries of the soul, spirit, karma, or whatever invisible hand tilts life in one direction or another. Embracing the challenges that inevitably come our way, as necessary for our evolution, we grow spiritually. We are the co-creators of all our experiences. We each compose our individual symphony within the Grand Web of Life. The Sabian symbol for this New Moon at 11 degrees Capricorn: “A large group of pheasant on a private estate.” This symbol warns against following or being influenced by the superficial values of others, displays of wealth and power and outmoded social conventions. It involves developing and practicing integrity by expressing from the authority (Capricorn) of our spirit within. We are reminded that: “It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.”Aesop The ground beneath our feet may shake with uncertainty. Fear and self-doubt may try to set in (negative Capricorn), yet if we are focused upon our inner source of strength and power we can work through any challenges we may be facing. “In this world the unseen has power.” Apache Indian proverb
Heather Threlfall – December 2013 – email@example.com