New Moon, New Year 2014

At last, after a few years of tying up loose ends, we have arrived at a new year that truly begins us anew, with a New Moon at 10 degrees of Capricorn on January 1st – the one and only day of each year represented by the King of Spades. What a fortunate month we have to both begin and end with a New Moon…the second on January 30th will be in the sign of Aquarius.

This New Moon puts us in touch with the elements of the earth we live upon. After the parties and frivolities associated with the holidays here is where we buckle down and get serious. What are we doing, where are he heading, how do we intend to reach our goals? The focus is on personal mastery, good old fashioned work requiring “elbow grease”, heeding or becoming an authority and doing whatever it takes to match up to the associated ideals of that particular authority. The King of Spades means business, and a New Moon that falls on a day with his attributes is no small occasion.

kingspadeProper discrimination is what will help make wiser choices in all areas of life, and a certain level of detachment and quietude will assist in reaching reasonable goals easier and swifter than if we continued to mingle with unmotivated people in inappropriate settings. There is really no more room, no more time to spare…there are no more excuses, no more alibis, as Old Father Time, Capricorn’s ruler Saturn would put it in practical terms we simply need to “be the change we wish to see in the world”.

The New Moon is conjoined with Pluto and Mercury, indicating that which will not be suppressed without a fierce battle or ginormous shift of energy, either to be inwardly or outwardly experienced depending on outlook and circumstances. Hidden truths are erupting from the collective consciousness like a volcano, causing some people to burn and cry, while others dance and rejoice.

The ongoing Grand Square, currently involving the New Moon cluster in Capricorn, Mars in Libra, Jupiter in Cancer, and Uranus is not letting us get away with not doing the work that must be done. This is both inner and outer work that has been neglected or that some may have been unable to accomplish previously. Now, the urgency that these powerful planets in cardinal signs reflect to us indicate we must act with conviction, or risk being acted upon. More can be read about this in the forecast for 2014 – Year of the Chariot

There is a magic to Capricorn that is less spoken of in astrology circles…

For those in touch or who would like to be more with the more sensual sides of life, the Capricorn New Moon and season is very much one that enables us to tune into our senses in deeper ways. Pan, the goat god is a major archetype associated with Capricorn, having a great influence on nature itself, the sexual impulse, and the beings of nature known as faeries and elves. The asteroid Pan has been conjunct with Uranus in the freedom loving sign of Aries since early December, taking part in Grand Squares’ stirring up of raucousness, heathenism, and individuality. Certainly he has made his dynamic presence known in fiery, passionate, and unpredictable ways.

Speaking of Faeries, I very much look forward to interviewing the world renowned mystic Almine on my radio show this month on the subject of them (stay tuned through my Facebook and Twitter announcements).

What occurs on the first day of the year sets the tone for the year, and we have some great tools at our disposal to work with to build, create, and make tangible our dreams and ideals. Some of this work may not be easy for us, but this is truly a year that we will have the chances to make things happen, get things “done” and move forward in ways than we may not even have imagined were possible.

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