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Eclipsed New Moon in Capricorn ~ January 4, 2011

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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, 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 require 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, 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 alert 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 :) Through Saturn's influence, we can create a solid foundation for whatever we may be creating/initiating; we can cut through the bs (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, 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 :)

How might this eclipsed new moon manifest in your life? Match the sign and degree to determine what house this eclipsed new moon falls in. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the sign Capricorn on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation on the New Moon transit in that house.

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If you don't have your birth chart, you may use your Sun sign and/or your Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising Signs below then click here for a brief explanation of the New Moon transit in those houses.
  • Aries or Aries Rising ~ 10th House
  • Taurus or Taurus Rising ~ 9th House
  • Gemini or Gemini-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Cancer or Cancer-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Leo or Leo-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Virgo or Virgo-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Libra or Libra-Rising ~ 4th House
  • Scorpio or Scorpio-Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Sagittarius or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Capricorn or Capricorn-Rising ~ 1st House
  • Aquarius or Aquarius-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Pisces or Pisces-Rising ~ 11th House
Unsure if you have natal planets/house angles on or around 14 degrees of cardinal signs or in the late degrees of mutable signs? Cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

For those doing the new moon wishes ritual, the moon will be new on 1:03 a.m. PST / 4:03 a. m. EST and will be void of course the following day at 4:15 a.m. PST / 7:15 a. m. EST. Click here for Jan Spiller's article, briefly explaining new moon wishes. (opens a new window)

I am also available for personal consultations. Are you celebrating a birthday? Or know someone who is? Schedule your session for a Solar Return (birthdays), 3-Chart Reading (detailed natal & overall outlook for the next 12 months) or an Eclipses Reading. Or maybe you'd like to give a love one the gift of insight.

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