The Deep Desire For Change
On January 10th 2016 at 10:01am GMT, a New Moon occurs at 19° degrees Capricorn and is part of the first Mercury Retrograde of 2016. The New Moon in Capricorn underpins the long term effects of Mercury’s rather introspective Journey back to Hades, by personalising the experience and locking into your aspirations for the future. In Mythology, the New Moon is attributed to the goddess Persephone, who is kidnapped by Hades (Pluto) from her mother Demeter, and taken into the murky depths of the underworld by Hades where her innocence is taken from her. During this New Moon, Persephone does meet Hades (aka Pluto) as both the Sun and Moon are together at the same degree in Capricorn and in very close quarters to Pluto (aka Hades). During this time, Uranus in Aries challenges the New Moon and Pluto by creating friction from a 90° angle. This New Moon is the seeding process of adjustment and transformation. There may be a sudden shift in priorities, a realisation that something must change accompanied by the ‘knowing’ that these adjustments will up-root your stable foundations and require a complete reinvention of structure, boundaries and the traditions that you may have grown familiar, and comfortable with. Capricorn is not adverse to change and can manoeuvre the most arduous terrains. The difficulty with the change described in this New Moon is the need to strip down to the bare bones of what is essential to the evolution of the Sea Goat, and experience something that forces maturation. It may not appear immediately obvious, it may also not seem to be such an enormous overhaul, but the full extent of this New Moon’s implications will become more apparent as the light of the moon waxes up to full.
Persephone enjoyed her time in the underworld with Hades and decided that she would spend half the year with him and half the year with her mother. The joy and freedom she experienced when away from her mother kept her coming back for more, tying up with my recent post about Mercury Retrograde and toxic frienships. The early part of 2016 may be a trigger for the shedding of certain toxic relationships, granting the opportunity to grow.
The New Moon in Capricorn is a great time to introduce a new discipline and establish personal and emotional boundaries. Ambitions and personal aspirations can be assessed at this point and it may be a time when considering undergoing therapy, taking out health care plans or organising a pension. It’s about sensible fun – true relaxation for Capricorn comes from knowing there is nothing left to organise, and when standing within such close proximity to Hades, mortal limitations are far more pronounced.
Planet of opportunity and faith, Jupiter is often seen as the antithesis of Saturn, ruler of Capricorn. Jupiter adds buoyancy and fun, creating a trusting attitude where we are less likely to ‘sweat the small stuff’. Seeing the bigger picture and understanding the importance of letting go and allowing these processes to occur can be understood and handed over faithfully in the knowledge that everything will be OK. When making a harmonious contact to the New Moon, Jupiter enables a larger perspective for these events to fit in to and a sensibility that gives these events meaning.
The Technical Stuff:
When: 10 January 2016 at 10.01am GMT
Where: 19°13′ Capricorn
How: In reality, through the body, through work, through the respect of your associates/colleagues/family
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Uranus in Aries (Square)
Mercury in Capricorn (Conjunction)
Jupiter in Virgo (Trine)
Pluto in Capricorn (Conjunction)
New Moon: Persephone
Feel it on an introspective level
Throw caution to the wind
Break tradition and strive for an ideal
Demolish and discard to make way for a truer expression
Recognise the lesson and talk to your friends