New Moon in Capricorn, Jan 9, 2016 at 5:30 pm PST
The New Moon on January 9th at 20 degrees of Capricorn is very powerful. The Sun and Moon are conjunct Pluto and square Uranus in Aries. This New Moon brings chaos, change and transformation. Pluto in Capricorn is calling for a transformation in personal and political power. We are called upon to stand in our personal power as the deeply flawed economic, political and religious structures that we have created are crumbling, though not without a fight. Uranus is rebellion and revolution. People are rising up everywhere saying they are not going to accept the status quo any longer.
Capricorn calls for inner strength, respect, integrity, resourcefulness, practicality and maturity. Capricorn is the sign of the elder and the wisdom that comes from living. When we speak of Elder Wisdom it is strongly related to indigenous wisdom. We are in a time right now when those who carry the wisdom of how to care for Mother Earth is much needed. Respect for our Elders is something we have lost in our youth centered culture. To bring our world back into balance respect for those who have come before and the wisdom they share is vital. The Kogi, an indigenous people of Columbia, say that with each generation a portion of the original wisdom has been lost. It is important to listen to those who still have some of the ancient wisdom. They are our primary guides in these challenging times as Mother Earth is speaking to us so loudly.
Capricorn is the archetype of the grandparent who is firm but kind as s/ he teaches us what is acceptable behavior and to be responsible for our actions. As we become accountable for our actions, we can then see their impact. We are being asked to look at our impact on our world and change our actions as necessary. We are being given an opportunity to connect with our own inner strength and to stand in our power for what is in alignment with our integrity and inner truth.
As we find our inner strength we are also called upon to look at the shadow of Capricorn for that is our biggest obstacle to self-empowerment. That shadow is judgement. The symbol for Capricorn is the mountain goat who is focused on getting to the top of the mountain. As we focus on how far we have to go it is always important to look back and see how far we have come. There may be a tendency to judge the ourselves harshly and see it as a personal failure if we not have accomplished the very strenuous tasks we have set before ourselves. As we judge ourselves we also judge others as a reflection of ourselves. This is a time to break that old pattern; it is destructive and the primary tool of separation. Forgiveness is the key to releasing and healing this old pattern. Forgiveness for ourselves and others is an act of love.
We are unlearning thousands of years of conditioning. Whenever we feel triggered by a situation or a person, look within for there lies the problem and the opportunity for healing and growth. Instead of the old reaction step out of the drama and see it from the place of the witness, not the actor in the drama. The situation may be showing us something about ourselves or just giving us an opportunity to respond differently, creating a new pathway in our brain and heart. When we can step out of the narrative and into the heart, we can respond with more authenticity, kindness and love.
Mercury is retrograde and later in the month will pass over the degrees of the New Moon and Pluto. We will be given the opportunity to reassess our old patterns and ways of being. We have an opportunity to change our perspective and in so doing change our world.
Here is an example of a simple prayer that we all can put in motion when we change our perspective. “She felt like doing her part to change the world, so she started by giving thanks for all the blessings in her life, rather than bemoaning all that was missing from it. Then she complimented her reflection in the mirror, instead of criticizing it as she usually did. Next she walked into her neighborhood and offered her smile to everyone she passed, whether or not they offered theirs to her. Each day she did these things and soon they became a habit. Each day she lived with more gratitude, more acceptance, more kindness. And sure enough, the world around her began to change. Because she had decided so, she was single-handedly doing her part to change it.” Scott Stabile
As Dorothy Day said, “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?” We are pioneers in creating a new world and begins in the heart of each of us. Much of what we have known is breaking down and falling into chaos. The old structures have to break down so the new structures can be built in the shell of the old. It is time to stand in our power for what is truly important such as love, kindness, respect, integrity and gratitude. As we are planting the seeds of love in the consciousness of our world, remember all new beginnings arise out of chaos.
“Look deeper through the telescope and do not be afraid when the stars collide towards the darkness, because sometimes the most beautiful things begin in chaos.” ― Robert M. Drake