The New Moon, which is also OOB, will occur at 12°20’ Capricorn (antiscion 17°40’ Sagittarius). This is the 3rd consecutive New Moon at 12° of the relative signs.

    Capricorn is a Cardinal, Earth sign, so persons with planets or angles of the natal chart at 09-15° of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra will be particularly affected by this lunation.

    This is the first new Moon of the year and new Moons are notoriously the best moment to set fresh intentions for the month ahead, the OOB status could lend to over-the-top intentions too. With Capricorn involved, this needs to be done in a very serious, responsible fashion with the aim of making your intentions real.

    The lunation chart has a heavy Earth emphasis with only one planet in the Fire element (Mars) showing practicality with little intuition. The Modalities are well-balanced and the chart shape is a bowl pattern with a Mars-Uranus R rim. The lead planet of the bowl is Uranus R showing there may be disruption of plans (or set intentions) due to unforeseen new conditions in the environment.

    Presently there are four planets in Capricorn (Moon, Sun, Venus and Pluto) so the moment is ripe for taking action (Cardinal sign) and following up on our decisions as we make them real and solid. The Lunation is separating from a trine aspect to Uranus retrograde in Taurus (I think we’re all craving “freedom” heart and soul!) and is also semi-sextile to its dispositor Saturn (the world is actually presenting us with difficulties and challenges). Saturn is also separating from a square aspect to Uranus retrograde and a sextile aspect from Mars in Sagittarius (let’s hope that crusader Mars will imbue us with the necessary hope and will to overthrow all the obstacles that sudden changes may bring into our lives).

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

    According to astrologer Alice Bailey, (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.

    Author Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” describes this as the “Forgotten 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 13° Capricorn: “A fine worshipper meditates on the ultimate realities of existence.” Indicating the subjective quest for ultimates beyond the interplay of life and death processes.

    For the antiscion at 18° Sagittarius: “Children playing on the beach, their heads protected by sunbonnets.” Indicating the protection society affords to as yet immature individuals as they begin to deal with the powerful energies of their unconscious nature.


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    What are your intentions for this New Moon?


    Bailey A. Esoteric Astrology (Capricorn pp. 153-174), available from amazon.com

    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 220, 237, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA