January New Moon in Capricorn: Earthly Anchors
New Moon in Capricorn
Tuesday, January 16
This new moon is in Capricorn, and the sun is in Capricorn as well. So is Saturn, Venus, Mercury, and Pluto! There is a lot of Earth energy in the skies right now. Capricorn, the Sea Goat, is a cardinal Earth sign. Capricorn energy can involve work. It can ask us to examine our worth, ask us to question what we put out into the world, and why.
This energy can be incredible for starting something tangible, and for building— whether it be your glittering empire, new relationships or collaborations, or simply a different way to exercise. This is an excellent time to tend to your physical temple. Pay attention to your body and what it is telling you about how much rest you need, what kinds of energy you need, and what kinds of food you need.
Reconnect with how much you love parts of your body by massaging yourself, admiring yourself, and allowing yourself to be a person, in a body, perfectly imperfect.
The new moon in January is a Micromoon, or an Apogee Moon. The opposite of a Supermoon, an Apogee Moon occurs when the moon is at the farthest point in orbit from Earth – also known as apogee.
This is an important new moon, as it is the first new moon of the year. And, this new moon sits squarely between two full moons as January is a Blue Moon month. It is a time for massive shifts, changes, and magic!
This new moon might bring us the freshness we all need to really jumpstart the year. It is time to get grounded.
Feet on the Earth, Reach for the Sky
This is a new moon for getting real. Really real. Earthly tangibility is the name of this new moon’s game. Ask yourself what you want, what you really, really want, on the 3-D plane. There’s no shame about getting serious about success and goals, so long as they are in alignment with your gifts and higher power. We are earthly creatures, after all—defining ourselves through what we create, through the things we buy, the people we touch, the items we see, or feel, or stand on.
At this time, take inventory of your own ground floor. Examine your base, your supporting structures, the skeleton of your life, the outlines of your legacy.
Do you need to make them sturdier?
Are your frameworks ready for a change?
Are your goals and dreams ready for an upgrade?
Are you still playing small?
How are your everyday actions pointing you towards your big goals?
This new moon would be a great time to hold yourself gently accountable and start living more in line with your long-term goals.
Consider the Devil: Capricorn in the Tarot
The Major Arcana tarot card associated with Capricorn is the Devil. This card is about a lot of things: addictions, the ways in which our subconscious tricks us into believing our patterns are real, the trappings of the material world, the limitations we impose upon ourselves. However, because this card is about entrapment, it is also about liberation. The first step to change is acknowledging and naming. Being mindful of our patterns begins the shift.
The Minor Arcana card associated with the sun in Capricorn is the Four of Pentacles. This is a card about earthly power, and how this can be both freeing, and alienating. This is a card about security, and how it both helps us and keeps us trapped. At this time, examine the potentially binding energies in these cards.
What are your contractions, and self-imposed constrictions telling you about where your freedom truly lies?
How will your own personal magic liberate you from old stories?
What makes you feel safe?
What are your earthly anchors?
How are they constructive and destructive?
NEW MOON MEDITATION
Playing it safe will not continue to get you what you want. Obeying your fears will not build your most effective altar.
Change is always possible. Choice is always available.
It starts with tangible, tiny steps. With each breath, a new alignment. It can start at this new moon.
Pull out the Devil card and meditate with it. You can ask yourself:
How can I get more free?
Now pull a card.
NEW MOON RITUAL
Take time this week to sit down and write all of the things you would like to transpire over the next few moon cycles. Now write down what the proof, on an earthly plane, of these desires would be. More time? More chances to shine, to share your gifts? More money in your bank account? More phone calls from friends and loved ones? Think about all the ways you would need to shift to welcome those changes in. Then at this new moon, make a pact to start doing one or two of them.
Create a ritual for yourself involving tangible items. Maybe it is a stack of dollar bills you charge with your intention and spend. Maybe you create a labyrinth outside using stones and pine cones that invoke new forms of self-love or motivation. Maybe it is a list of people you want to collaborate with. Perhaps you create a list of dream projects you want to finish this year.
After your ritual, bring the items and actions into your daily life. Make a list and tack up at your desk. Put them in a place where you can see them every day and are reminded of them.
Stones crystals talismans for this new moon
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