Capricorn, the sea-goat, is depicted as a watery, spiritual creature of the sea transitioning to an earthbound, mountain climbing goat. Capricorn, associated with the feminine wisdom of the grandmothers, spurs us to make concrete the desires of the soul. It’s highest expression is manifesting spirit into form.
As a cardinal sign, Capricorn marks the beginning of a new season; in this case, it is winter. Closely aligned with the beginning of our calendar year, the Capricorn New Moon comes as the days begin to grow noticeably longer. We’ve spent the past few months deepening into the darkness of the end of the solar year, culminating in the winter solstice as the Sun crossed into the tropical zodiac sign of Capricorn.
The foregoing sign of Sagittarius offered us expansiveness and exploration by the light of our inner divinity. That fiery, masculine energy now cools and contracts with the feminine archetype of Earth. We pull in, crystallizing our energy around what is worth committing and dedicating ourselves to, both qualities of Capricorn.
As an earth sign, the sea-goat is grounded, concrete, practical. Combine the cardinal expression with this solid, stable element and Capricorn shows us the way to lay the foundation for the new growing season to come.
The Shamanic Astrology Mystery School describes the Capricorn archetype as that of the indigenous wisdom of the Council of Grandmothers. As the last of the Earth signs, Capricorn invites us to deepen into our connection with nature as the source of our wisdom, as did our ancestors in the times before we lost our sense of belonging to the natural world.
This year, 2018, in particular these themes are greatly amplified by the plethora of planets in the sign: Pluto, Goddess of the underworld, death and rebirth; Venus, Goddess of love, beauty, relationship; Mercury, messenger of the Gods, planet of perception and communication; and for the first time since 1991, Saturn in its home sign of Capricorn.
The ringed planet represents the archetype of the teacher, master, authority. As with both the Capricorn sign and the associated 10th house, the goal of Saturn is to show us how to claim the wisdom and authority gained from our experience on the planet and bring it into the world. Saturn and Capricorn are both associated with manifestation – bringing into form – and support us in crystallizing our soul’s desires into a goal to which we can be utterly dedicated, and therefore achieve.
Life force follows focus; this is the season to focus our life force on what we really want to achieve.
With Pluto in the mix, there is added power through destruction and transformation. Creation comes out of destruction; birth out of death. Perhaps we need to destroy (Pluto) an old structure (Capricorn) in order to build something new. Venus points to relationships, beauty and money as areas of life ready for renewal.
The planet Uranus, known as the Great Awakener, squares the New Moon, bringing in the forces of lightning bolts and revolutions. Changes may be sudden and unexpected.
At this New Moon,
Clarify your deepest aspiration;
Commit your life force to bringing your soul’s desires into form;
Remember yourself as the integral, inter-related part of the natural world that you are.