The First New Moon of the Year Is Also a Solar Eclipse

January 3, 2019

At 5:28 p.m. PST on January 5, 2019, the new moon will be in Capricorn—and will be accompanied by a total solar eclipse.

When you’ve got something to accomplish in the short-term (say, the next thirty days), starting at the new moon is always your best bet.

Fortunately, if you’re feeling really ambitious—we’re talking one-year, five-year, even ten-year plans—the new moon in Capricorn is your moment!

What Does the New Moon in Capricorn Mean?

As this new moon arrives at the height of New Year’s season of resolutions, we find ourselves looking at the big picture and thinking long-term. On an energetic level, you could even say this new moon is the real start of the New Year. Add a solar eclipse into the mix, and the potential for growth and transformation is compounded—making the start of this year the ideal astrological atmosphere for pointed goals with major staying power.

Still, the only way to reach the mountaintop is one step at a time. And fortunately, Capricorn is as methodical and organized as it is ambitious! No matter how monumental a task may seem, it can always be broken up into smaller, more manageable pieces—and this new moon helps us implement step-by-step processes to set ourselves up for success.

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We know what you’re thinking: That sounds like a lot of work! But don’t worry—with taskmaster Saturn calling the shots at this new moon, we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get down to business.

Just remember what they say about “all work and no play”—Capricorn is notorious for its workaholic ways. And at this new moon, we’re a lot more likely to strive in solitude than to be a team player. It’s easy to develop tunnel vision, becoming so focused on our objectives that everyone and everything else is left out in the cold.

Yes, this new moon brings out the overachiever in all of us. But success is a marathon, not a sprint—so try to pace yourself. Keep taking one small step at a time, and there’s no limit to what you can achieve!

Horoscopes for the January 2019 New Moon in Capricorn


New Year’s resolutions are for amateurs—for you, Capricorn, self-improvement is business as usual. Still, there’s nothing like a new moon in your sign to push you to the next level, so you’ll definitely want to capitalize on this one! You’ve made a lot of progress in the past year—but where do you see yourself a year from now?


The spiritual journey isn’t just love and light, Aquarius; it’s also a lot of work. After all, if you really want to achieve enlightenment, you’ve got to know yourself—and sometimes that means taking a good, hard look at stuff you’d rather not see. This new moon is about holding yourself accountable and taking responsibility for your own growth.


Earth to Pisces! We know you’re happy in your own little world—but at this new moon, it’s time to rejoin the human race. With your head so often in the clouds, getting involved with a group or a cause can be a great way to keep your feet on the ground. Remember: teamwork makes the dream work.


We know you’ve got what it takes, Aries, but are you ready to do what it takes? Confidence and ambition are just the beginning—if you really want to succeed, you’ve got to be willing to work for it. This new moon challenges you to back up your bravado with diligence and discipline. It’s time to bring your A-game!


Doing the right thing just makes sense, Taurus. But figuring out the right thing to do isn’t always so simple—it helps to have some kind of code to live by. Fortunately, a few hard-earned life lessons have put you on solid moral and ethical ground. And this new moon supports you in continuing to take the high road.


It’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses, Gemini—and honestly, we’re not sure it’s worth the effort. True, a little friendly competition can be a powerful motivator. But if you’re constantly comparing yourself to others who seem to have it all, you’re not doing yourself any favors. At this new moon, the only one you have to compete with is yourself.


Who’s afraid of commitment? Not you, Cancer! You thrive on the safety, security, and structure a solid relationship can provide. Still, striking the right balance of strength and sensitivity can be a challenge—for you and your significant other.  It may take some time, but at this new moon in your opposite sign, you’re ready to work it out.


Like a boss, Leo: Wherever you are on the corporate ladder, that’s how you act at work. And hey—when you’re the best at what you do, who can blame you for walking around like you own the place? Still, at this new moon, it may be time for an attitude adjustment. After all, there’s always room for improvement. Try to stay humble.


Fun is no laughing matter, Virgo—for you, it’s serious business. So what better way to kick back and relax than by making a useful craft or mastering a cool new skill? This new moon is the perfect time to take up a new hobby (or two). Who knows? You might even turn it into a successful side hustle!


You make it look so easy, Libra. But the reality is, being everyone’s BFF takes a lot of work! And at the end of the day, you’ve got to have boundaries—no matter how nice you are. If yours aren’t being respected, this new moon challenges you to get more comfortable saying no…and really meaning it.


It’s not all black and white, Scorpio—no matter how much you’d like it to be. True, generalizations can be useful sometimes. But more often than not, they just get in the way of understanding and meaningful communication. You’ve got a good head on your shoulders; this new moon reminds you to use it responsibly.
Money isn’t everything, Sag. But for better or worse, it’s a fact of life—one that even idealists like you have to deal with. We know there’s a million things you’d rather do than balance your checkbook, but think of it this way: getting your finances in order at this new moon sets you up for future financial freedom!

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