The New & Full Moon Forecast: New Moon in Capricorn December 21st, 2014
For moon watchers, this full moon is especially lovely, for it is
visible above the horizon a long time as it makes its high, majestic arc
across the heavens. Yet, it is also the Full Cold Moon, reminding us
that we are deep in winter and all that winter implies. Summer’s
excitements and fall’s rich colors are rapidly fading memories as the
days grow short, the nights long.
December 21st, 2014: New Moon in Capricorn
Deeply Empowered As We Trek the Onward
With a new year on the horizon, the exquisite paring of the New Moon and Winter Solstice brings to my imagination a great scroll of wisdom, bearing secret doctrines, a kind of sacred instruction guide, for the year 2015. As we lean toward higher guidance and the voice of future promptings, we may surrender to the restful pause indicative of such luminous advice. Marvelous images of sugarplums dancing and evocative dreaming enchant mindful awakenings yet to arrive upon our doorstep. Let’s take a look at the themes that invoke our attention in the coming year.
This new moon in Capricorn offers opportunity. It is a mentoring new moon. Imagine the goddesses and gods putting in your hands a scroll on which your former deeds and future options are written. You are the bridge between them. What summing up will you accomplish? What people, situations, patterns and attitudes will you let go of? How will you open yourself to receive the help you need, and who will you choose to be?
Capricorn is the sign that rules time, authority and integrity. Capricorn reminds us that “time is of the essence,” as the world rocks and rolls it’s way upward, toward wide trekking territory. Yes, trekking. Capricorn calls us to the mountaintop, the high peak of excellence where our stamina accompanies a bird’s eye view of life’s accomplishments, and shows us the starry potential of our renderings. We must continue on…
Let us consider this appropriate Sabian Symbol from Dane Rudyar’s, An Astrological Mandala at 0+ Capricorn:
An Indian Chief Claims Power From The Assembled Tribe
Keynote:The power and responsibility implied in any claim for leadership.
The symbolism here implies the readiness we must accept as we assert our empowerment toward global initiatives. We don’t play with kid gloves here. We take the stand of action, accept our task to play a vital role within our community, and thrive with eagerness to fulfill the task of servitude with a fervent humility and courage. The keynote in this symbol is to found in the following statement:
“This symbol refers to the capacity latent in every individual to claim and assume AUTHORITY in a vital group situation.”
In a sense, the ‘individual’ is key in determining success with this endeavor as the planet Uranus will move direct on the very day of the New Moon. Uranus will gain the momentum needed to reclaim authority over the humble masses, heralding us forward in grand Aries style, to pioneer the efforts of radical awakening. It’s nothing less that radical and provocative.
In three days, on the 24th, mighty Saturn enters Sagittarius, reinforcing your bridge-building process. Saturn is freighted with upheaval, with change. How you make sense of the contents of the scroll you’ve been given will determine your spiritual and worldly path.
Consider Persephone, Demeter’s daughter, whose scroll required her to give up her Arcadian life of endless gambols among wildflowers and pure streams to make peace with a new existence in which she appeases the lord of the Underworld for six months, then returns to earth to spark blossoming and renewal. Without the shadow life, there is no blooming of life. Persephone becomes the bridge between light and no light, death and life. Her fate is heroic, as is yours if you choose to embrace it with wide-awake awareness and fearlessness. So ponder the information on your personal scroll. Edit, discard, rearrange, reclaim and reorder the details of your life; seek out mentors, listen, learn and move on. Saturn’s energy and the new moon’s light are your allies. Be trusting, be open, be generous and grateful.
On December 22nd, when the sun moves into Capricorn, the moon will be positioned at 0 degrees Capricorn at the precise moment of the New Moon. In the tarot, the zero, The Fool, is ruled by the planet Uranus. On this day, as Uranus goes direct, the power of zero, the magical primordial egg, contains everything and nothing. It governs the spaciousness of time, the containment of now, and the circle of life’s continuum.
On the threshold of 2015, seek everything, attach to nothing, and ponder the instructional scroll that guides direction. The instructions of the New Year are written in the stars, in your very own dreaming, wishing, and empowered work in the world. May you remain sure footed and agile as the New Moon places seeds of brightness into the depth of your heart.
Here is a beautiful Winter Solstice poem written by Robert McDowell
Wind howls off the mountain,
Turning our thoughts to snow.
What are you feeling, love?
Snow. Snow in my hair, ice on my eyelids,
Blood freezing in my veins, snow
In my solitude of snow. Who or what
Are you looking for? You, just you,
A snowy hand in a hand of snow,
A pomegranate cracked open in the snow,
And six luscious seeds thawing my tongue.
What then, my love, what then?
Going forward, forming the words
‘I am’ and ‘I love you’
From a burning core inside the snow.