• On the 16-17th January 2018 (depending in which part of the world you live in) there will be a New Moon at 26°54’ in the sign of Capricorn.

    Capricorn is a Cardinal, Earth sign, so persons with planets or angles of the natal chart at 24-29° of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra will be particularly affected by this lunation as well as its antiscion point of 3°06’ Sagittarius.

    New Moons are notoriously the best moment to set fresh intentions for the month ahead and with Capricorn involved, this needs to be done in a very serious, responsible fashion with the aim of making your intentions real.

    Presently there are six planets in Capricorn (Saturn, Mercury, Pluto, Moon, Sun and Venus) so the moment is ripe for taking action (Cardinal sign) and following up on our decisions as we make them real and solid. The Moon and Sun are tightly conjunct Venus which adds a hint of gentleness to this naturally austere sign. Mars, at home in Scorpio, seems to lend a helping hand with a separating sextile to the lunation, reminding us that achievements must be fuelled by passion and not only by ambition, similarly the square to disruptive Uranus also suggests that we can’t control everything and we must leave space for the unexpected which many believe to be the spice of life!

    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.

    On a more modern note, 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 27° Capricorn: “Pilgrims climbing the steep steps leading to a mountain shrine.” Indicating the ascent of the individualised consciousness to the highest realisations reached by the spiritual leaders of its culture.


    “Your path is beautiful and just how it should be.” Createasfolk.com

    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”. p 246, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

    Image: Capricorn by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law