December 26 to January 2, 2014 Visible Planets: Morning: Mars, Jupiter, Saturn Evening: Venus
“What are you ready to leave behind? What do you want to manifest now? A New Moon on New Year’s Day magnifies the potency of our intentions for 2014. Capricorn is concerned with dedication and maturity – to know our dharma, our place in the cosmic order, and to have the discipline and focus to fulfill our destiny. We create with our every thought, word and deed; our lives are the result of our choices.”
These are the words written in the first paragraph of Stephanie Austin’s article “Capricorn New Moon – January 1” in the December/January 2014 issue of The Mountain Astrologer – my favorite “go-to” magazine and website for all things astrological – and she is so correct!
As we wind our way through the last week of 2013, with the distant shadow of Thanksgiving and the more recent reflections of Christmas behind us, we can feel the subtle, but major, emanations of a new calendar year on the horizon. The Capricorn zodiac month, which begins on Winter Solstice and ends on January 19th, constellates a stark contrast to the excessive and over-the-top inclinations of its jolly, jubilant precursor Sagittarius. While Sagittarius is all about spiritual generosity and philanthropic giving, Capricorn comes back down to earth with its practical, pragmatic wisdom and tendency to put everything back in order. We feel a pull toward the realistic, sensible and stable. We want to be useful, effective and efficient, deal with actual facts and experiences rather than theories or hypotheses. At the end of the Capricorn day, it all comes down to balancing equations – with a strong emphasis on the physical and material – but as we all know, the bottom line of every equation is karma.
And Capricorn wants us to manage our karmic equations, recognize the value of self-discipline, accept responsibility for our actions, words and deeds, establish and maintain healthy boundaries, set realistic personal goals and go about working toward their manifestation – all in the spirit of step by step progress, daily practice and structured accomplishment. achievement and success. Ambition is not a dirty in the Capricorn dictionary. Nor is sacrifice, focus, achievement or success.
For all of us here on planet Earth, the time has come to begin another revolution around the Sun, together, flying through space on our magnificently beautiful, ever-present, living Mother Spaceship. Happy, healthy, prospero ano 2014. May we embrace the grace.
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) Capricorn is crunch time for the Ram. As we break in the New Year, you may find yourself in a highly visible position of authority or control, one that demands much of your time and energy. And with Pluto conjunct the Sun, it’s all about the correct use of will and power. Uranus explodes with themes of freedom and liberation. Seek balance via personal time outs.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Messages from a higher source, teacher, saint or guru weave their way into your consciousness, directing you to manifest higher-self living and being. Feelings of spiritual generosity fill your heart as you recognize the inherent gifts you have been blessed with. Good fortune opens doors to giving. Joy comes via helping those in need, especially when you see it helps.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) Christmas has passed and it’s time to ring in the New Year. Take a deep breath and count your blessings. Self-responsibility and self-reckoning are allies now; you’re in the mood to take charge of everything personal. Start by clearly defining boundaries in relation to others. Draw the line when it comes to over-helping. Be practical and realistic. Focus on the facts.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) With brightly shining Jupiter so prominent in the night sky as the New Year begins, don’t miss the opportunity to look up and see the light. This generous celestial benefactor is making its once-every-12-year transit through your sign, opening doors and presenting you with opportunities of good luck and great fortune. Just keep it simple and practice gratitude.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22) Remember service and cultivate gratitude as the New Year begins. Say thank you as much as possible and refrain from arrogant displays of self-righteous or ego-fueled behaviors. Health is wealth and words are both powerful tools and weapons. Focus on what you put in your mouth, as well as what comes out of it. This is a time of self-reckoning. Do your best.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) As the Sun and Moon come together in conscientious Capricorn, you may find yourself ready to start fresh in matters of the heart. Budding romance beckons and excites your senses. This time, stay grounded and take it easy, one day at a time. Virgos are great at either criticizing or idealizing. This time, be calm and keep fantasy in balance. Just be real.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) A new Moon on New Year’s Day translates as a powerful start out of the gate and puts you in a potentially winning place. Good news is that much of the running is done up close and personal, at home and inside your heart and soul. This is a race of grace, a competition of self, a time to face what and who lives within. Take time to slow down, be calm and follow the light.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Friends and fellowships shimmer and shine upon your path of life as a Capricorn new Moon christens the New Year with hopes, dreams and aspirations. Recognize the power of choice and the virtue of patience as you consider the options, identify desires and factor in values. Emotional detachment helps you see the forest for the trees, and how to get where you want to go.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) What are you ready to leave behind? What do you want to manifest now? A New Moon on New Year’s Day magnifies the potency of your intentions in 2014, so definitely consider the ramifications of what you think you want. Creation comes from thoughts, words and deeds. Our lives are a result of our choices. Embrace the karma of action and simply do it right.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The snap-crackle-pop New Year’s Day new Moon takes place in your sign, ramping up the impact you have on yourself and everyone else. What a concept, that you are totally in charge of how your life and love-life manifests. No more victim mentalities or blaming others for what goes wrong. Let go of what is old and make room for the new. Create space.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) The tight Capricorn conjunction of the Sun and Moon in the wee hours of the New Year impels us to eliminate or transform any outgrown or outworn structures in our lives. Evolutionary rays of light and shimmering shadows of doubt dance together in divine harmony, balancing fear with faith. Let go of ego and embrace your higher self.
Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) As the higher octave of Mars, Pluto symbolizes the desires of the higher self, which differs greatly from the ego. 2014 offers itself to you as an open canvas, an opportunity to create your opus Magnus. You are simply asked to co-create with the divine, recognize the power within and let it flow. Stay away from “shoulds” and “coulds”- simply follow your heart.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.
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