• With 5 planets and the Lunar South Node now in Capricorn could this be the test-drive for the great Saturn-Pluto conjunction of 2020? Is this a celestial nudge for each of us to accept responsibility for our own actions or will we continue to play the blame-game until events spin completely out of our hands?

    On the 6th of January there will be a New Moon and partial Solar Eclipse at 15°25’ in the sign of Capricorn, this is the fourth in a series of seven New Moons in a row at 15° of the relative monthly sign. The series started on 9th October 2018 with the New Moon at 15° Libra and will end with the New Moon at 15° Aries on 5th April 2019. Capricorn is a Cardinal, Earth sign, so persons with planets or angles of the natal chart at 15° of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra will be particularly interested by this partial Solar Eclipse.

    This occurs the day before Uranus stations direct at 28°38’ Aries.

    New Moons are notoriously the best moment to set fresh intentions for the month ahead.

    The Eclipse is sandwiched between Saturn and Pluto with Mercury a new entry in Capricorn and South Nord closing this stellium of planets. That’s a lot of heavy energy to deal with under an umbrella of boundaries and strictness. A little respite is offered by the sextile to Neptune offering, if nothing else, an opportunity to dream of a less rigid world somewhere “out there”.

    Solar Eclipses usually repeat close to the same degree and sign every 19 years but not always and they often indicate major endings and new beginnings. The last Solar Eclipse at 14° Capricorn however took place in 2011, although it belonged to the Saros cycle 13 North* whilst the present eclipse belongs to the Saros cycle 2 South*, what was going on in your life back then? Also, what is in need of change now on the house axis where Capricorn-Cancer is to be found in your natal chart?

    Eclipses occur when the Moon is conjunct or near conjunction to its own Node. Solar Eclipses occur on New Moons and Lunar Eclipses occur on Full Moons.

    Eclipses are considered to be Uranian in their nature

    due to the unexpected events

    that often mark the period leading up to and during the event.

    A total dissolution or cleaning up of past approaches inherent to the matters of the house axis where the Eclipse falls in our chart may occur during an eclipse. Sometimes a crisis might arise that demands our complete attention and although this may be very upsetting at first it is a way of compelling us to release and let go of whatever is holding us on to past, no longer useful behaviour.

    Eclipses can also mark times of sudden insights

    and unexpected opportunities

    that wake us up to new possibilities.

    In traditional astrology Capricorn rules the 10th house so this New Moon and Eclipse falls on the 10th-4th house axis; public vs private, one parent vs the other parent, work vs home etc.

    According to the late Alice Bailey, a renowned English astrologer, (16th June 1880 –15th December 1949) the sign of Capricorn is represented by three stages and images: the more instinctual phase of development is represented by the crocodile, followed by a more mature phase envisaged by the mountain goat and finally the unicorn whose single horn represents the unified vision of the third eye.

    On a more modern note, author Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” describes this as the “Forgotton one’s Moon”. Likening this New Moon to the child who no-one notices. On this New Moon he posits that we should remember our early experiences of being “left out” and the feelings and fantasies that we used to carry around with us during that painful period. We now have the opportunity to re-examine those ambitions of ours that may have been stunted or set aside because of this early trauma. Therefore, according to him, this is an excellent time to sort out those areas in our life where we lose our power and what steps we might be able to take to change our status here.

    The Sabian symbol for 16° Capricorn: “School grounds filled with boys and girls in gymnasium suits.” Indicating the need for physical activity and play, especially in adolescence.

    For the antiscion point of 15° Sagittarius: “The ground hog looking for its shadow on Ground-Hog day, February 2nd.” Indicating the value of anticipating new turns of events and ascertaining future prospects.


    *Brady B (1999) “Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and The Lark”, chapter 5 Eclipses and Saros Cycle, pp 334-335, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, San Francisco CA USA

    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 52-54, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases” pp. 218, 239, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA


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    Image: Capricorn by Stefanie Pui-Mun Law