New Moon 2° 32′ Capricorn – Dec 24, 2011

Capricorn is the embodiment of maturity and common sense; of hard work, plain speaking, self-discipline, and taking responsibility. The prudent and cautious side of the Capricorn nature can be taken to extremes, so it’s best to maintain another good trait of Capricorn… a sense of humor.

New Moon with Capricorn Glypth24 December 2011, at 12:06 PM Central Daylight Time

Use the steady strength of Capricorn to turn towards the concept of freedom within a stable framework.

This is not to say that there won’t be obstacles, or that the way is easy or direct.  Just look at the Capricorn glyph.  It falls, it dips, it goes over and around obstacles, but it does keep going.  This is about climbing mountains, step-by-step, over rocky and sometimes uncertain terrain.

Start with realistic expectations, so when roadblocks come, you can adapt.

Responsibility

This is where we  find an important and much needed Capricorn trait: responsibility. You may think, well, I’m a Gemini or Scorpio.  But each and every one of us has a Saturn in our  charts, we all have Capricorn as well – those two ask us for one thing: to be responsible for our actions, for our speech, and even our thoughts as well.

With the New Moon in Capricorn, we can draw on those steadying aspects. Think of the positive traits of the sign of Capricorn, the Goat: disciplined, wise, ambitious, prudent, constant, tenacious and resourceful.
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True Will

It is time to figure out the difference between will and whim.  When you know and follow your True Will, your Highest Calling, you can climb mountains or do whatever it is you are meant to do.  Following whims or fads will just get you going… here, there and everywhere.

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Element: Earth

Modality: Cardinal

Ruler: Saturn

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Prepare for the future with what you have at hand. Don’t wait for someone else to make things  better or easier or give you a break. In this new moon do yourself a favor, don’t wait for anyone else to lead you, take responsibility over your own life.

Ask Yourself These Four Things

What no longer serves me? Release it, let it go.

What have I been avoiding? Face it, take at least one action step.

What really matters most?  Make the time for it.

Image source: Library of Congress

What would Grandma or Grandpa do in my situation? Okay, maybe your Grandma was a Burlesque star in the 1920’s, and Grandad ran a Speakeasy, but I bet they learned a thing or two along the way about stick-to-itiveness.  Perhaps it’s just me, but I feel like earlier generations didn’t just wait for someone else to give them a sign or a leg up or anything.

They had a dream, made a plan,  and went at it.

They learned from the school of hard knocks.

They walked 3 miles to school through snow drifts.

Uphill.

Both ways!

How Capricorn is that?

Or pick another role model of mature experience to guide you. Just pick someone you can readily identify with rather than Mother Teresa or the Dalai Lama.

What would they do in your situation?  How would they rework their life?

Focus on practical and attainable long-term goals, work on developing maturity and common sense, prepare for the future, make commitments and recognize responsibilities, and nurture your dreams in a realistic manner.

Mountain Goat Image

If he can do it... why can't we?

These qualities are often cast as boring, but the best mountaineers sweat the details, the mundane. Climbers do all they can to ensure their survival, they start small and learn the right  techniques, but they don’t stop with learning or practice. They climb, each step taking them closer to their goal.

Burlesque stars do the same thing.

Or fine jewelry makers, or great bosses, or brilliant students, yoga teachers, parents, friends or lovers.

Now is the Time

The Capricorn New Moon is aspected by Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto emphasizing our readiness for taking a giant step forward on our path. Setting goals for ourselves allows us to focus on what really matters. With this potent Capricorn energy, we have the chance to make important, and lasting, changes in our lives.

Pluto is conjunct the Capricorn New Moon. He will draw things up to the surface from the bottom of your subconscious. Whether it’s an issue you need to deal with, or some dream you had forgotten, make sure you take the time to listen to what your True Will tells you and take responsibility.

Suggestions For Your Altar

Candles

Success Affirmation Candle

Click on image to view Success Affirmation

  • Success Blessed Herbal Affirmation Candle
    Use for success and victory through self-mastery. Determination, courage, wisdom, vitality and a little luck combine to clear the way towards Victory.Triumph over what is blocking you – external conflicts, inner struggles, bad habits or financial/personal success.
  • Success Blessed Herbal Votive Kit
    A Triad of Emotional Balance, Vision Quest and Stability. Success is measured with the level of happiness experienced while creating and living your dreams. Let this triad of candles help you identify, love and manifest your dreams and goals.
  • Healing Moon Candle for Wholeness, Mastery and Recovery.  Master your well-being by tuning into your personal needs and fulfilling them. So light the Healing Moon Candle at any time of the lunar cycle or wheel of the year when you seek mental, spiritual or physical renewal; tap into centuries of wisdom for recovery; and fill your life with the Magic and Mysticism of Mother Moon.

Incense

Both of these exquisite Japanese Incense blends by Shoyeido include Benzoin as one of the ingredients. Benzoin is known for its ability to “melt away” blockages. Used in ancient times to drive away evil spirits.

Sapphire Devotion Incense by Shoyeido

Sapphire Devotion Incense

Stones

  • Citrine is a gemstone famous for its positive energy, promoting success in business and relationships.
  • Yellow Jasper
  • Sunstone

Ritual tips for the New Moon:

This is the time for starting plans, projects or relationships. With new moon in Capricorn, it is especially helpful for long-term planning, think practical, taking responsibility, stepping up and dealing with authority or business.

Don’t try to do everything on the day of the New Moon.  That’s when you work on your plan – From new to first trine-about 2 1/2 days after first quarter is best for planning. Then, do ritual.  Two and a-half to three days after New moon is one of thee most powerful times to work ritual or otherwise work energetically on a new goal or venture.

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Looking up and looking forward:

  • Dec 24, 2011 12:06 PM New Moon
  • Dec 25, 2011 Jupiter Direct
  • Jan 1, 2012 12:15 AM First Quarter Moon
  • Jan 9, 2012 1:30 AM Cancer Full Moon
  • Jan 16, 2012 3:08 AM Last Quarter Moon
  • Jan 23, 2012 1:39 AM New Moon

Mars retrograde January 23, — April 13, 2012[/box]

Full Cold Moon in Gemini

10 December at 8:36 AM Central Standard Time.  Yes, we love to celebrate the full moon, but this time there’s so much more going on in the sky. Leading up to the Full Moon, Uranus goes Direct and we get a Lunar Eclipse all while Mercury is still in retrograde!  This energy is transformational and even shocking.  So hang on…

Cold Moon; Long Nights Moon; Moon before Yule

It’s December, the month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest, and days are the shortest. Midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun, with the longest night of the year on the 21st, as this moon wanes.

These long nights and this full moon in the shadow of an eclipse provides a perfect time to work on awareness and inner-knowing rather than outer-showing. Lunar eclipses can be times when your paradigm shifts and you come to life-changing realizations, and with Uranus going direct, we thought we’d provide a timeline of what’s going to happen in those we hours of the Friday Night leading up to Full Moon.

Uranus Planet and Astrological Symbols

Uranus Image (NASA) with Symbols overlay

Uranus Direct 1:05 AM Dec 10th

Uranus, which went retrograde on July 9th, turns direct late Friday night/ Saturday morning. So, on Saturday leading up to Full Moon, the energy from Uranus opens us up to sudden change and freedom, and this just hours before the intensity of a total lunar eclipse.

Uranus is the rebel planet of shocks, surprises, and revolutions.  While in it was in retrograde it inhibited our urges to express dramatic thoughts and ideas. Now this period of relative quiet is coming to an end, right during mercury retrograde, full moon and lunar eclipse, and anything that was welling under the surface may want to erupt. Not all transformation is slow, and it can be a bit shocking.

If you begin anything new on a day when Uranus turns direct, whatever you start will have a Uranian quality to it–change, technology, sudden happenings, etc. Transformations will come. It’s best to be grounded, centered, balanced and prepared.

Lunar Eclipse Animation from wikipedia

Miami FL 12-21-10 Lunar Eclipse wikipedia article

Lunar Eclipse begins 5:30 AM Dec 10th

Moon set is 07:11 CST, so look toward the horizon. Unfortunately for us, it sets as it undergoes a total lunar eclipse. The Twin Cities will scarcely notice the faint shading of the Earth’s outer shadow (the penumbra) on the setting moon, but in general, points farther west and north will see a later stage of the eclipse at moonset.

This lunar eclipse is an excellent time to meditate on the shape of your life and envision how that might be able to change. You might want to do some meditation for inner guidance, book some time with one of our readers, or both. To get into an intuitive state of mind, we recommend spending some time in meditation at your altar. We have suggestions below.

Full Moon in Gemini

Full Moon in Gemini

Full Moon in Gemini 8:36 AM Dec 10th

The Moon in Gemini generally favors the following activities: Mental and communicative actions, and more than one activity at once. Reading, learning, letters and emails, errands, writing, teaching, making connections, short trips.

With the full moon in Gemini, you may think this is the perfect time to state your case. Your intuition and subconscious are in high gear. But be careful, with the lunar eclipse, what comes out your mouth may come more from your subconscious or shadow self. Now is the time when the energy of the cosmos does more than nudge, it demands expression.

Remember, Mercury is still Retrograde during this ‘must tell all’ explosively energy time and will be until December 13, 2011. So be warned! Hold off on communications and focus on the shape of things to come. Can you say Freudian slip? So before you say what you ‘know’ is the whole truth and nothing but, take a deep breath and question whether you really want to use your outside voice. Maybe it’s better just to smile knowingly.

Suggestions For your Altar:

Any of these might help with Uranus going Direct:

  • Snowflake Obsidian Tumbled Stone – A form of volcanic glass used to show us patterns in our behavior and emotions. It helps be more aware of our surroundings and observant of changes. Snowflake Obsidian aids in perception of patterns and the flow of the cosmos.
  • Lavender Herb or Lavender True Essential Oil – Lavender is primarily a superb balancing herb, which accounts for its vast and occasionally contradictory array of magickal uses: Both fertility and chastity, both calm and power. Lavender often used for cleansing and sanctification.
  • Inner Balance Blessed Herbal Candle – When your unconscious wants to overflow, this will bring the conscious mind out to create a new unity and clarity. Great for planning your next steps in full awareness
    or Water/Emotional Balance Blessed Herbal Candle – Awakening, inner vision, getting with the flow and letting any negativity flow out so goodness can flow in.
  • Eye of Newt Candle or Eye of Newt Oil – If you need to break a bond or negative pattern, clear your space or item of residual negativity and raise vibrations to break negative spells.

Any of these might help with any Mercury Retrograde or Lunar Eclipse challenges, and turning inward for wisdom:

Dec 13th: Mercury Direct 7:43 PM (Yay!)

Some of what you intuit may be unclear to your conscious mind with so much energy going into the unconscious. Pay attention over the next two weeks following the full moon, and you will understand what it means.

When Mercury becomes direct after December 14th you can begin to test these new ideas and get ready to put the good ones into action when the time is right. For now, we can’t sit on our feelings. We need to express them … carefully. It may just be best to wait an listen and give others a little extra leeway and forgiveness, especially at this time of year.

Please comment and let us know what you think!

New Moon 3° Scorpio – Oct 26, 2011

Scorpio teaches us that desire is worth considering.  New Moon is traditionally a time to dive deep into the unconscious, discover your secret desires, and tap into the emotional energy you need to manifest as the moon waxes.

New Moon in Scorpio

New Moon in Scorpio

26 October 2011 at 2:56 p.m. Central Daylight Time.
New Moon in Scorpio gives voice to Desire and calls us to take a deeper look and release what has been holding us back, or those things which we have held back or tamped down. We confront our fears here, so this isn’t just about naughty pleasure. This is where we touch the subconscious and either reveal hidden treasure or fall into darkness until we open our inner eye to see what we’ve avoided.

There is a good deal of energy available to use as fuel, if we accept our whole selves, strip away false doubts and limiting beliefs imposed from outside to reveal truth and use wisdom instead of whim to guide our paths. Thus, Scorpio is the sign of transformation, generation and sex or fertility.

Use journaling, meditation and set your intention for change and growth. Sure, you can do this at any time, but it’s even better when you can align with the moon and the rhythms of the universe.

Just a few days after New Moon, Samhain and the Celtic New Year arrive. This is the time when tradition teaches us that the veils are thin and our ancestors and other spirits come close. This bodes well for tremendously deep delvings in divination or meditative work, as well as an opportunity to let go of old patterns and create new ones.

We also get bonus energy points under this new moon: Venus and Mars are also in Scorpio so it’s a great time to plant seeds, ideas, anything which can bring out abundance of any shape or form. In fact, Jupiter is trine Pluto, and investments of energy, words or just about anything will have added influence and ripple affects. Use your words wisely and drop blessings abundantly!

New Moon MeditationNew Moon Meditation October 27th (Thursday) 7–8pm at Eye of Horus Metaphysical

Thraicie Hawkner, Eye of Horus founder, Intuitive and High Priestess, will lead a guided meditation during this time for reflection and inner wisdom, capitalizing on the time of the earth’s shadow on the moon. Join the circle of shadow-workers. Bring Notebook and Pen. Cost: $5 to cover expenses (or what you can afford) Please arrive on time, so we can close the door for privacy, and create sacred space.