January 12: A Capricorn New Moon
Mercury is square Uranus retrograde at 7:00 a.m.
In the morning, Mercury in Aquarius squares off with Uranus retrograde in Taurus, delivering disruptive or troubling news. While our thinking is sharp and astute, our intuition is somewhat short-circuited now, and no amount of mental juggling can compensate for shifting circumstances. Rescheduling derailed plans only serves to create more frustration, and acting out-of-character sparks further unrest by provoking others’ anxieties. Be mindful of your tone and delivery when speaking, as we could now be so concerned with getting a point across that we don’t care who we upset in the process.
Venus is square Chiron at 1:04 p.m.
Venus in Capricorn forms a square to Chiron in Aries in the afternoon, exacerbating wounded feelings in relationships. Arguments from earlier in the morning may have proved too triggering for those we love, causing them to distance themselves from us. When we fight over differences in opinion, the underlying idea is that by getting others to align their beliefs with our own, our point of view is legitimized, and we can feel safe in our own heads.
Yet, unsurprisingly, seeking to create an ecosystem where we are correct all the time won’t provide the validation we need. We alienate people when we fail to listen to them, and their subsequent rejection only leaves us feeling lonely. At this moment, “it’s not you, it’s me,” is a valid sentiment. We require an attitude adjustment if we are to repair hurt feelings.
The moon is conjunct the sun at 9:00 p.m.
Come nightfall, the new moon suggests we set intentions for manifesting the life we want to live. This is the first new moon of the new year, offering a dose of classic Capricorn motivation to set us up for success in 2021. Are your goals business-oriented? Perhaps financial ambitions that will allow for greater independence? Or maybe relationship objectives, envisioning others who show up for you in the same way you show up for them?
The Capricorn new moon illustrates that acting with integrity is of paramount importance. Although varying economic or interpersonal factors may thwart our accomplishment, our mind tends to be the most challenging obstacle to overcome. We gatekeep our own success by doubting our abilities. During this transit, we might meditate on the idea that we are not only capable, but worthy of achieving what we desire; if not merely surviving, but thriving.
The moon is conjunct Pluto at 11:22 p.m., and moon void of course begins
Before midnight, the moon aligns with Pluto, providing emotional resiliency. All the self-limiting beliefs that would have us stay small and easy to control rise from the depths to challenge us now. When it comes to fear, the only way out is through facing the shadow. And indeed, something has to be sacrificed, but it’s not our material security, financial resources, or physical safety—it’s our comfort level with stasis.
All the aspects mentioned are calculated in Standard Pacific Time, for greater accuracy please adjust to your own location.