See What the Cosmic Happenings Have in Store for YouWords by Courtney Kellar Words by Carolyn, the Anti-Bride and Astrogrrl
Photo courtesy of Anti-Bride
Happy New Year and Happy New Moon! I’ve been on a press trip for Destination I Do to Puerto Rico! Saw some epic spots, took a little time off from blogging and working, and wanted to start the year off right with my compatriot, Jan at Astrogrrl.com. All resolutions aside, it’s pretty cool that we have a brand new year, new moon and new eclipse. If you’re a Cap baby like me, you know that that today’s eclipse was in Capricorn. Not being an astrology expert (or even how it particularly affects those in our sign), I’ll leave it to Astrogrrl to do the ‘splainin. She’ll be showing up on a more regular basis, her readings are entertaining and fun (and make a great gift!). So far, a meteor has not hit our building and life is pretty good. I’m looking to Astrogrrl and the stars to keep up the good work! To 2011!
New Moons signify rebirth, beginnings, a clean slate, the start of a new cycle. This New Moon occurs on January 4 at 1:03 a.m. PST / 4:03 a. m. EST, is preceded by a partial Solar Eclipse at 12:50 a.m. PST / 3:50 a.m. EST, and highlights Capricorn qualities (ambitious, determined, disciplined, and conservative) and 10th house themes (professional pursuits, long term goals, public reputation).
Eclipses are powerfully charged full and new moons (Understanding Eclipses), extending the usual influence of approximately two weeks to a reach of up to six months. A downside to eclipses is the tension in the air as the energy builds up to the eclipse itself. The days approaching an eclipse bring unexpected events or issues that can be disruptive and have long-term effects. Dealing with these unexpected situations requires a sensitive touch and wisdom must be applied, even in the midst of chaos and/or uncertainty.
Capricorn is natively ruled by Saturn, who currently transits the relationship sign of Libra, giving us all a reality check when it comes to our relationships. In Capricorn, the Moon is goal-oriented, unemotional, practical, structured and organized.
This New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Capricorn (blending of heart & soul) squares (in conflict) Saturn (realities/restrictions). There may be tough times ahead, but it’s also a period where significant growth (personal, professional or developmental) can result from rising up to meet the challenges this experience may bring your way. Anything worthwhile requires work and commitment, may it be in our professional pursuits, personal life, our relationships or special projects. It’s Saturn’s job to lift the blinders and show us the reality of our situations, no matter how harsh the truth may be or how restrictive the position we find ourselves in. Saturn also equips us with the resilience, determination and tenacity necessary to get us through the most difficult of times.
Elsewhere in sky on this same day, Jupiter (ideals/opportunities) joins forces with Uranus (radical change/unconventionality), triggering their previous meeting on September 18, 2010 which first ignited on June 8, 2010. Their union now perfects a few hours after the eclipse, is their last conjunction for a long while and represents wishes being granted. Jupiter holds our ideals, dreams and aspirations while Uranus seeks to improve what’s become stale, no longer functioning as it should or not yielding the intended results.
Jupiter has a way of opening doors or cracking windows for us, while Uranus awakens us to the possibilities and hopefully, perks up our ears and alerts our eyes to recognizing when opportunities are being offered. They may not come in the package we expect or are used to so, we definitely need to keep our wits about us. Through Saturn’s influence, we can create a solid foundation for whatever we may be creating/initiating; we can cut through the crap (whether our own or someone else’s) and zero in on how things truly are; we can devise definitive plans and manageable action items to help achieve our goals; we can find the strength deep within us to keep the faith and do the work in order to receive the reward. The eclipse gives us the swift kick we need to get done whatever it is we need to get done, to shed light on what we may not even know or recognize yet, but is necessary in moving forward or to force us to deal with whatever we may avoiding (consciously or unknowingly).
Those celebrating a birthday during these first 4 days of the New Year could very well have an exciting, amazing year ahead! Those with natal planets/house angles in the last degrees of mutable signs (Jupiter-Uranus conjunction) and around 14 degrees of cardinal signs (New Moon/Solar Eclipse) may find the influence of these celestial energies undeniably powerful.
For me, this eclipse squares my natal Moon, opposes my natal Mars and trines my natal Saturn; it falls in my natal 4th house (home/family/parents) and as a Cancer-Sun, falls in my solar 7th house (partnerships). In the months ahead, I may not like what I must do or how I must conduct myself to get the job done and gain the results that I desire. I may want to fight it which will ultimately just make me learn things the harder way. With my natal Saturn triggered in addition to the solar eclipse squaring transiting Saturn, the practical approach might serve me well. My Aries-Moon isn’t always so pragmatic; my Cancer-Sun & Mars are used to moving intuitively; I must, then, lean more on my Virgo-rising to help carry me through the first few months of the New Year. It should be interesting what family or relationship-related issues arise. I shall keep you posted.
About: Jan aka Astrogrrl, is our marriage muse, our bride in the sky who can help you find the best time of year to tie the knot (or not). She’s got the 411 how astral haps affect our lives. Check in with Jan before you plan.
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