New Moon in Capricorn 12/29/2016; the Surreal and Sublime Mars-Neptune Meet-Up

Light a candle; make a list; say a prayer. The New Moon in Capricorn begins at 1:53 AM ET.

A New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Around January 5th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on January 12th, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on the 19th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on January 27th.

Capricorn is an earthy, enterprising, social-climbing energy which means business like no other sign in the zodiac. Capricorn knows how to use resources (including people) to get what it needs, which is to make things happen and move things forward. This New Moon chart has two other planets in Capricorn: retrograde Mercury, recently fried-by-the-Sun and perhaps struggling to express an acutely-felt idealism of things and people passed. The other planet is Pluto, marching relentlessly through the back half in its quest to die with the most power, resources and other toys.

A curious harmony between Jupiter and Saturn suggests cooperation in matters of business, publishing, law and other collective belief systems.  I say “curious” because the harmony between them will not be exact until August. The two move away from each other  (in early February) — like two ships passing in the night? Who is flirting with whom?

Meanwhile, Mars and Neptune are coming together in Pisces (exact on Jan 1st). Mars is action; Neptune is vision and their meeting suggests — for better or for worse —  pixie-dust, scams, scandal, chemical warfare, sex appeal, faith-based actions and spiritual warriors.

With rebel Uranus turning direct just a few hours later than today’s New Moon, more shake-ups and/or flashes of insight may be store. In your own personal world, Uranus turning direct suggests that genius insights and notions of freedom can now be applied outward. Surely you’ve been feeling an intense buzz about making a break, especially if you have a planet or angle around 20-24 degrees — two thirds of the way through —  Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, yes?

Last but not least, this New Moon features Venus in Aquarius, doing its best to stay friends.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon seems joyful:  “birds in the house singing happily.” Although Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee notes that birds are normally flying freely in the wild, not “cheerfully domesticated.” He also notes that birds “primp and preen,” actions often associated with “to pride or congratulate oneself.” We are advised to be aware of “boastful displays, domesticated sensibilities; doing the best with what one has, within realistic limits; adapting to social realities.” In the U.S., Inauguration Day happens during this lunar cycle. How interesting.

You are likely feeling the spiritual awareness of  this New Moon more personally if you were born around the 28th of March, June, September or December…or if you have an angle or planet around 7 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.  This includes Capricorns Denzel Washington, Tiger Woods and Jon Voight.

On Thursday (today) at 7:11PM ET, Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto, followed by another hard contact with rebel Uranus at 2:19AM ET on FRIDAY. That’s a window for potential power plays, upsets and emotional catharses.

The Moon will be void between 3:07AM ET and 8:29PM ET on FRIDAY. After the Moon enters Aquarius on Friday night, there will be no exact aspects among the planets until that potentially wiggy Mars-Neptune meet-up at 1:53AM ET on New Year’s.  Stick to routine and chill. A spiritual retreat — with retrograde Mercury — could be a fine way to ring in 2017. Other celebrations will be more dazzling…and preferably colored rose.

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And now, the news.

I told you there would be more shocks this week.

Volcanoes in Peru.

Carrie Fisher. I can’t even. May the force be with her.

Sun in Libra; Moon in Taurus; Capricorn Ascendant. The latter explains the cheekbones, the self-deprecating wit and the fact that of course she would ditch the “princess” title and become General  Leia. I’ve been meaning to get to her horoscope, ever since her latest book, The Princess Diarist, was published.

Debbie Reynolds. Carrie Fisher’s mother, in case you did not know.

Sun in Aries; Moon in Aquarius; Libra Ascendant. The former explains this movie’s tagline and the word “unsinkable.” The latter explains why of course she would be seen as “America’s (people-pleasing) Sweetheart.”

RIP and stop it already, 2016.

No other words.

Thank you for reading this forecast.