new moon 10 janThis probably the most important New Moon of the Year, so be sure to read this before Sunday 10th January.

Even though we started our calendar year on the 1st January, the moon has been in her waning cycle, which really isn’t all that good for setting intentions and getting those over-indulged Christmas-infused engines going. But … this Sunday we have the official start to the year, at least as far as I’m concerned, with a new moon in Capricorn.

It’s a pretty potent one too, being in a beautiful trine to beneficial, benevolent,  Jupiter and sitting cheek-to-cheek with intense and rather powerful, intense Pluto. Combined with that, Mars that’s just entered Scorpio, which gives us a further dose of intensity, commitment, focus…or drama, if drama is what we want!.

But, for the purpose of this newsletter, lets focus on our sturdy little Capricorn mountain goat. There she stands (Cap is a feminine sign) at the base of a rather large mountain, which she has carefully and thoughtfully selected. Her aim and ambition is simply to get to the top of this summit, no matter what the weather’s like, no matter how many rocks she may have to leap over and no matter how many times she might stumble and fall. She’s goal driven our little goatess and she needs to know that she’s getting somewhere and making progress.

Capricorn is a one of four Cardinal signs, along with Cancer, Aries and Libra and they are the pioneers, the leaders, the initiators of the zodiac. Out of all of them though, Capricorn is probably the most likely to actually get to the top of the mountain. Aries might get bored long the way and head off in another direction; Libra may be so busy worrying about everyone else that he might unbalance himself and topple over;  Cancer might miss home so much that she falls down in an emotional heap… but not our little goat. One step at a time…. up the mountain she trundles.

But she knows that before she sets out, she needs to check that she is  supported and has the right company for her journey. She can’t have too many tiresome old  goats giving her a hard time, or telling her she’s not going to make it, or  that she’s not good enough. So, she chooses her  travelling companions carefully and leaves the rest behind at base camp.

Step number one – review all your relationships – who do you want with you this year? What are you looking for in your partnerships?  What are you prepared to give? And is there anybody you need to leave behind?

Next… our little goatess will need to ensure that she’s equipped physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally for the trip.

Step number two – What supports do you need to put into place for your journey? Would you like to be fitter, healthier or more peaceful? How can you love yourself into that?  This is the time to set loving, supportive intentions towards those ends, not finger-wagging ones!

Our little goatess knows that  in order to succeed, she needs to stay focussed on the beacon at the top of the  mountain.

Step number three – Get a general idea of what you would (in an ideal world) like to achieve this year and then … and this is the important part …. Connect with how you would feel if you did achieve all your goals.If you lost the weight, or got a new job, or earned more money, how would you feel?

How would it feel in your body? How would you heart feel?  That feeling right there, is actually why you set all these goals in the first place. So, if you hold that as your main intention, as the  beacon at the top of the mountain, you don’t even have to achieve all your goals, because you’re already living in that feeling state every day! ! However, there’s a good chance you will succeed, because by focussing on your highest feeling, you  will more than likely attract what you want to.

The final step is to make a rock solid commitment to yourself to love yourself no matter what None of those  resolutions that are based on not being good enough. And no beating yourself if you miss a day or backslide a little. Just get up and keep trundling!

Commit to doing just one thing, simply because you value yourself and then repeat it every day until it becomes a habit.  It might be as seemingly small as changing your morning routine in the morning by getting up 10 minutes earlier, including  5 minutes of quiet time, or making and sipping a healthy smoothie, rather than rushing out of the door  in a flurry, clutching your cell phone and a dry piece of toast.  Really, Jupiter in Virgo has vision and expansion as well as practicality, grounding, pragmatism and routine, so he’s really there to help us with this. I have got to be the most non-routined person I know and its  even helping me, so there’s hope for everybody.

Take some time out on Sunday. Go OUTSIDE (Capricorn is an earth sign) Sit quietly. Connect with what your inner self really wants for the year and then start writing or looking for words, images, quotes, draw a mind map or start a vision board to help you to navigate you year. Remember, Capricorn likes some sort of a grand plan and so does Jupiter in  Virgo. Even if it changes along the way, the map and the beacon will keep you on course.

Just a heads-up – Mercury has gone retrograde (eeeuuuw) until about the 26th Jan, so be sure to check those communications and back your stuff up, if you haven’t already.

I’m running two Magic Mountain Vision Board workshops this month, on the 16th and the 30th to make sure we get those loving intentions out there at the right time.Advice from a mountain

I’m also available for one-on-one astrology and coaching sessions, to help you to set up, plan and navigate your year. Each year we have a new solar return which really is a wonderful map.

Meet you on the mountain…!