the meaning of the New Moon in Capricorn | January 2, 2022 - a fresh start, new ideas, new choices, starting from the future and coming back to the present, what do you want to build

On Sunday, January 2, 2022, at 1:33PM EST, the Capricorn Moon meets the Capricorn Sun at 12 degrees, giving us this month's New Moon - our annual New Moon in Capricorn. 

I don't want to jinx 2022, but - it looks like a good one to me! 


Let's dive right in. Let's unpack the chart.

The Moon meets the Sun at 12 degrees Cappy. The Moon is semi-sextile Saturn EXACT by degree and is trining Uranus and squaring Chiron - both these aspects are separating. The ruler of this lunation is Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) sitting all comfy/cozy at 12 degrees Aquarius - is Saturn ever comfy/cozy? he's pretty straight-laced and buttoned-up, so maybe not. As the ancient ruler of Aqua he is strong and stabilizing here. Saturn is squaring Uranus and sextiling Chiron - also both separating. He is sextiling (opportunity) Mars, who is conjunct the Great Attractor - this aspect is applying/building/stronger. We have a boatload of planets in Cappy right now, but Mercury has just made his exit - TODAY, moving into innovative Aquarius (he will be back in Cappy in a couple weeks during his retrograde).

The Moon's tightest aspect is her semi-sextile to ruler Saturn. A semi-sextile is a 30 degree aspect we often overlook, but being exact here, let's not. With Saturn ruling this lunation and the Saturn/Uranus square (2021's biggest aspect) still in play AND with the semi-sextile playing out through Cappy (Saturn) and Aquarius (Uranus) - this feels like a repeating energetic which is something we always want to be paying attention to. Cappy/Aquarius. Saturn/Uranus. Similar to the square we've been dealing with - that old vs new, rules vs liberation dynamic, but without the "vs" part- something more straightforward than the square, or maybe I should say, in addition to the square, at play here.


An innovative fresh start grounded in reality or maybe with something connected to the past anchoring it and/or Saturn speaking of the required commitment/patience.


With the Moon trining Uranus and that semi-sextile, instead of Saturn's usual process of presenting us with a reality check/bringing us down to Earth through practical considerations/responsibilities, maybe here we are starting with our feet planted on the ground first and as we lean into the future we find, instead of Saturn's usual obstacles, the wind at our back. 

Is there still such a thing?! Yes, I think there might be!

TAKE ACTION and things fall in line folks!

Something to keep in mind now is Venus is retrograde in Cappy and Mercury will be making his own retrograde in a couple weeks, so both will be re-walking the degrees they occupy at this New Moon - indications that some things will have to be re-worked, re-viewed, re-thought, etc, as we proceed.


Mercury has just moved into Aquarius today and is trining the North Node in Gemini which he/she rules. New ideas/conversations/information/facts - maybe more than one - will get things moving/point us in the right direction. There could be a choice/an answer. Maybe we now know and can start to move forward. 

This trine is one of the final aspects of the North Node in Gemini we have been working for the last 18 months, so what have we learned?! Keep in mind the North Node is an area whose exploration will BENEFIT us and the trine removes brakes/obstacles. 

Also keep in mind we get the trine through Mercury being in individualistic, innovative, future-focused AQUARIUS, not Cappy, but Mercury (as us) is going to move back into Cappy in the weeks ahead so we can re-think/re-work whatever this is now and see what sticks. 

At this New Moon we are sort of STARTING FROM THE FUTURE. From an older/wiser/more detached position - as if we already have what we want or are somehow past the struggle for it. We will go back and struggle for it later, ie figure out how to make it work, struggle not being a bad thing here, but see how this kind of thinking can free us up to innovate/change?!

Saturn is sextiling Mars - always a good thing, and another GREEN light - Aquarius/Sagittarius. Our responsibilities to the future/the group/our independence creating opportunities through action. With Mars in Sag, think - QUEST. We want to be bringing our "A" game, what we have learned, our courage/confidence/optimism to the task at hand. Mars conjunct the Great Attractor is another indicator of the 'newness' of what is starting - note, it is through Aquarius and Sagittarius we get to this mind-blowing/time-bending download.


Between now and the middle of February when the Cappy retrogrades are finally finished we will be starting/re-working this new chapter. Cappy isn't fast moving energy, but that trine to Uranus and Mars sextile could encourage speed. The Mercury/North Node will bring in - NOW and over the next two weeks as this New Moon storyline plays out - fresh information/ideas and choices.

Some things to keep in mind - with Venus retrograde in Cappy, ALOT of people are re-thinking their careers/their money/their values, the ways we feel we need to earn our relationships or over-work or the way we keep relationships at a distance by wanting something unrealistic. This re-examining is exactly where we should be. Having our Capricorn house all figured out in the middle of multiple retrogrades is unlikely/premature/ASKING FOR TROUBLE. 


With Mercury's upcoming retrograde taking us from Aquarius (new ideas) back to Capricorn (what will work/what will last), this won't be a straight path from A that takes us to Z. We are going to need to zig and we are going to need to zag.

BUT right now, with this New Moon, we want to be getting some seeds into the ground. 


Make a space for what you need to find you. Something as simple as re-arranging the furniture can create big energetic shifts. We are dealing with an Earth sign - so make whatever you do something you can see, touch, taste or smell.

This is a new Moon in Cappy with a stellium in Cappy. Capricorn is restrained/serious energy. New Moon stuff is happening in the dark so we have to trust that there is stuff going on, good stuff, we can't see yet - we just have to line up our energy with this field by doing the work - getting some seeds into the ground. 

Don't clutter up your life with loose ends now. The North Node is soon to move into Taurus and we will want things to be more simple and less complicated. Take care of your physical body. 


The Moon and Saturn interacting with hurting/healing Chiron speak of the fact that much of what is starting will likely have its feet in some old wounds/vulnerabilities, maybe fears about being able to take care of ourselves or masculine injuries. This could be what is motivating us now to get started and that is OK. 

Saturn is more of a stick guy than a carrot coaxer anyway.


Some Capricorn New Moon affirmation ideas to think about: security, time, self-discipline, your brand and image, career, ambition, opportunity, goals, delegation, releasing control, father figures, reputation, your bones, knees, skin and joints, your natal Cappy house theme

Get grounded - we're in an earth sign now, so this should be easier. Meditate. Take your shoes off and walk around outdoors. Work in a clean, quiet space. Always make affirmations from a  positive place (positive meaning both happy and certain) - write your affirmations down by hand in cursive. We want the letters all connecting and flowing together. Speak them out loud. Consider speaking/texting, etc less on New Moon days to give your words added oomph.


I used to write my affirmations on strips of paper and put them into a bowl of rice so I could mix them around every now and then with my fingers if things got stagnant - do what feels right to you.

Then release your attention knowing your intention is know. 


Know these things are already yours.

xo all


(if you have planets/points in your own chart near 12 degrees Virgo you are starting the calendar year with a powerful Grand Earth Trine, so you REALLY want to be starting something. Is there a better aspect? There might not be!)

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