January 16/17th (depending on where you are in the world) the Sun and Moon conjunct, and we have the first New Moon of the year – and the first New Moon since its strict ruler, Saturn, returned to its home sign – in the earthy sign of Capricorn.
2017 was, as most know, a year of new beginnings, and even though that means we should all be well into the energy of fresh starts at this point, many may have felt the new beginnings being a bit slow up until now. But don’t worry. 2017 was simply the starting line to new beginnings, and heading towards the Chinese New Year as well as another eclipse season kicking off at the end of the month, the Universe finally promises the cosmic shift that leaves those old energies behind. Not to mention, with taskmaster Saturn back in his home sign for the next couple of years, an energy of determination to climb our mountain is present, and even more so under this Capricorn New Moon.
Besides, as is always the case; with the New Moon comes new beginnings, and with this New Moon being the first New Moon of 2018, the energy of new beginnings, is even more powerful than usual. And, with Sun and Moon conjunct in the ambitious and determined sign of go-getter Capricorn this New Moon is truly encouraging you to get your intentions clear, and turn your focus to your long-term goals. Nothing is impossible for this ambitious sign!
With a soft aspect to one of the heavens beneficiaries, Venus, the goddess of love and money, any goals that enriches your life in these areas are welcomed. In other words, if your goals have anything to do with love or money this is the perfect moon to manifest exactly that. And remember that this harmonious planet favors all kinds of relationships – not only romantic ones – so this is a great time to reset and renew any relationship trouble, from our SO to your boss or business partner!
Be aware of the trickster of the zodiac, wildcard Uranus, though. This planet of unexpected changes forms a square to this New Moon, bringing with it an energy of uncertainty. However, with Uranus currently transiting Aries, the sign of initiation and new beginnings, it should be possible to draw on Uranus’ wild energy to propel forward towards a beginning out of the ordinary. Use it wisely! Also, with a more positive aspect to go getter Mars, you have an opportunity to bring passion and drive to any aspect of your life that are in need of it.
There is a thin line between love and anger though, so be careful. With mindfulness, you can let these planetary aspects work in your favor. Draw on the energies you need, and see if you can leave the rest. Embrace the discipline and commitment of the wise sea- goat, and ground your highest dreams into the physical plane. Make some solid plans, not air castles, and really dig into this powerful Capricorn energy. What does your heart long for? What does your soul need? Dream it. Visualize it. Climb the mountain and go for it! This is a time to think big, and to plant fertile seeds for your biggest visions to come into fruition. Remember to give it time though. Be patient. Rome was not built in one day.
If climbing your mountain seems impossible at this time, don’t despair. Trust the timing of your life – you will move when you’re meant to. If your life feels like a never-ending series of lessons, bringing you one step forward and three steps back, the darkness and introspective energies surrounding every New Moon brings the perfect space to stop, pause and just breathe.
Do a bit of personal inventory. Look back. What do you see? What have you learned? Trust that life is always trying to teach you something, and if patterns keep repeating themselves in your life, you’ve simply not learned your lesson yet. Whatever resides in your shadow, find the courage to face it, so you don’t have to drag along this sluggish energy into 2018. Then give yourself permission to move on. No matter what hardships you’re facing; don’t let life make you hard. Soften the walls around your heart. Rather let your challenges make you stronger, wiser, and more loving towards yourself and others. After all, you are here for the story – to learn to live from your heart and soul – not to impress anyone through false perfection. And remember, more often than not, it’s just a change in perspective that is needed to create a positive shift, so start with your thoughts and the way you think about things.
Remind yourself that the best is yet to come and get ready to rise, shine and truly welcome in the New Moon, this brand-new year and most of all the new you. The first two weeks after the New Moon, is the best time for manifesting, so this is indeed a time for breakthroughs! Shake off your old fears and beliefs and don’t be afraid to truly embrace that uniqueness that is you. And keep in mind that it doesn’t matter if the people around you don’t always understand your need for change or a new beginning. Don’t belittle yourself for anyone. This is your life and your journey, and even though it through times of transformation and change will sometimes feel lonely, know that when you start to believe in yourself, become a leader in your own life, and start to embrace that uniqueness that is YOU, opportunities will starts to blossom as the Universe delivers her magic to you! Brave hearts are always rewarded . Now, go out and do you!