On the very first day of the Year, we have a highly significant New Moon in Capricorn and then a second one on the 30th January in Aquarius. Two new moons in one month is relatively uncommon, although this year it happens in March as well. New moons always mark new beginnings and are a powerful opportunity every month to set intentions, send them out into the Universe and start new endeavours. The house where 10 or 11 degrees Capricorn falls is the area of your life where you’re likely to make a new start this year.
This particular new moon is a whopper, with 5 planets in Capricorn (including transformative Pluto), all activating a Cardinal Grand Cross with three other planets. This is an unusual, challenging but potentially incredibly powerful planetary formation, which has been happening in fits and starts for a while now and will continue for months to come. It’s intensified radically this new moon and sets the scene for 2014.
Let’s try and understand it better, so we can work with it and harness its energy. Cardinal signs (Capricorn, Cancer, Libra and Aries) have a pioneering, brave, initiating, “take no prisoners” type energy and we have 8 (out of ten planets) in Cardinal signs this new Moon. If you have any of your personal planets in Cardinal signs, it will be especially powerful for you.
The bunch of planets in Capricorn – (lets call them our little herd of mountain goats) – are standing by, beckoning us to journey with them up the mountain, utilising their resourceful guidance, disciplined, mature, tenacious energy to introduce order and structure into our lives and make solid plans. First of all though, we need to identify which mountain we want to set our sights on and start the clamber, one step at a time. Somewhere along the journey, the chances are we may have to take a calculated risk and leap across a crevasse to get to another place in our lives or our consciousness.
And this is where the other planets involved in the Grand Cross come into play this year. First let’s look at what a Grand Cross formation is – it basically occurs when 4 planets or groups of planets are in a square (or challenging) aspect to each other, normally depicted by red lines.
The best way I can describe this energy is as a red box. Imagine yourself for a moment, inside this box, with no view out…. scurrying from corner to corner and back again, not able to see anything other than red. How does that make you feel… stuck, heavy, energised, tired, agitated, irritable, emotional, panicky, or maybe even a tad aggressive? Wanna get the hell outta there? That’s the energy of the Grand Cross. What to do? Walk slowly and gently towards the middle of the box, gathering your energy into a core centre line. Connect with the stillness of the present moment, in the centre of your heart, lift yourself up… and “transcend” out of the “chaos” – one Goat step at a time. From there, you become the observer, with a birds eye view of what’s going on, the patterns that are being triggered and whether action is required or not.
Other than our little bunch of mountain goats, the other planetary gifts in our red box are Jupiter, Uranus and Mars, describing the landscape for the rest of the year. Jupiter in Cancer calls upon us to connect with what we’re feeling… in fact, without reacting, to let those feelings to grow, rather than push them away. To allow them to be present so as to assist us in expanding our consciousness in a nurturing way.
Using our feelings as our compass, we’re then encouraged to journey a little deeper beneath the surface and unearth whatever has been stashed there, which is potentially the source of our greatest transformation. This is where Pluto comes in (which is positioned in the midst of all the mountain goats), encouraging us to investigate and question everything …our beliefs, the roles we play, whether we’re being honest with ourselves and others, where we break our promises, whether we’re living authentically and maturely or expecting someone else to take the lead in our lives.
Mars in Libra invites us to discover whether our inner masculine or feminine is running the show and asks us to balance them by placing ourselves in the centre of our internal scale, thereby embracing the qualities of temperance, tolerance and balance.
And lastly Uranus in Aries encourages us to be active revolutionary agents of change in our own lives and on the planet; to leap out of our comfort zones, speak our truth and to really be the change we want to see in the world. This really is a make or break year people, where we have the potential of raising our consciousness to another dimension… or not. It all depends on whether we’re prepared to commit ourselves to making deep inner change. If so, the forces are with us. If not, I’m afraid we’re going to feel more stuck in our little red boxes than ever before.
Before or on Old Years Eve, do yourself a favour and quietly contemplate or journal the past year, sifting out the lessons and the awakenings. And then let go symbolically or ritually of whatever you don’t want to carry into 2014. Reflect on the changes you’d like to make in the New Year and what you’re prepared to commit to with your whole heart.
Then on New Years day, just start one thing you’ve committed to and stick to it for 21 days. Why not speak your intentions out loud to the supportive people in your life, or write a mission statement for yourself and put it somewhere you can see it every day
Energetically the next two months are definitely the best time to clarify our visions and put them out there, so I’ll be running two VISION BOARD workshops – one on the 18TH January and the other on the 8th February. Quite a few people have told me that the visions they worked with in last year’s workshop have already manifested 🙂 – so its really important to keep them updated and fresh. For more info
Have a wonderful New Year everyone. I look forward to sharing it with you