If you dig in your heels too deep you could break your leg
The New Moon will occur at 23°16’ Aquarius (antiscion 6°44’ Scorpio) joining the 5 planets already in that sign making this lunation one of the most important of the year for its singular focus on the signs of the Fixed modality.
New Moons are excellent moments to do a reality check, asking ourselves where we are at the present moment in time and where we would like to go, particularly regarding the matters of the house where the New Moon falls in your chart and thus set our relative intentions for the month ahead.
The New Moon falls on the 11th-5th house axis in traditional astrology; participating in groups vs individual creations, democrats vs autocrats, scientists vs artists etc.
As per the Capricorn New Moon in early January this lunation chart has all the planets on the Eastern side of the chart (which in astrology corresponds to the left-hand side) all enclosed by the nodal axis. Eastern chart emphasis hints at leadership and being in charge of one’s own destiny.
As previously mentioned above the lunation chart is very heavy in Fixed modality with 8 planets out of 10 in these signs. Only Pluto in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces are the exceptions. Likewise, the chart is heavy in the Air element (6 planets) with 3 in Earth and only 1 in Water. Lots of determination and plans for the future.
Aquarius is a rational, cool headed, humanitarian sign but rather opiniated. Mercury, peregrine and retrograde also in the sign and backing away from a recent square to Mars shows that opinions might already have been expressed during a temper tantrum and that future communications and plans might not work out as planned or get off at all with the Moon being Void of Course for several hours after the lunation and unlikely to be able to satisfy its potential.
Saturn, traditional dispositor of the New Moon is also in Aquarius and very close to an almost exact square to Uranus (modern co-ruler of Aquarius) in Taurus indicating a precarious stability and a desire to break free from restrictions which could present itself suddenly and unexpectedly.
A close Venus-Jupiter conjunction also about to meet up with retrograde Mercury will do its best to sugar-coat communications with optimism and nice words.
Whilst this New Moon might be used to release emotional attachments that restrict our freedom in some way it also reminds us that we are not alone and that by involving ourselves with others we can change our world. Another point to consider during this Moon phase might be how to strengthen your network of friends (11th house) as you reflect on your own unique talents (5th house).
Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” calls this the Father’s Son Moon. He suggests that all New Moon archetypes are children and youths and, as such, that there is a youthful quality to their emotional natures. Thus, the Father’s Son represents the Golden Boy, being the father’s heir and hope. On this New Moon, Kaldera suggests that we examine our feelings about our own personal father (or mother if she was career-minded or externally-oriented instead of concentrating on the home). Or, we could look at our attitudes concerning the “Fathers of Society” and how “their” rules and regulations have or have not any value for us at this present time. However, if we are at unease with these guidelines, we might ask ourselves whether we have had or have the courage to openly disclaim them or if it pays us in some way (and which way) to follow them blindly.
The Sabian symbol for 24° Aquarius: “A man, having overcome his passions, teaches deep wisdom in terms of his experience.” Indicating the constructive use to which difficult past experiences can be put as examples for those who are still striving to overcome their passions.
For the antiscion at 7° Scorpio: “Deep sea divers.” Indicating the will to explore the hidden depths of all experiences and to search for primordial causes.
“Static people love to compensate for their inability to change themselves by always trying to change the world.” Criss Jami, Healology
Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 55-58, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. pp 195, 264, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA