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New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn: Stone, Bone, ...

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn: Stone, Bone, and Diamond

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In cultivating astrological self-awareness, one cannot help but encounter the fact, again and again, that energy is cyclical. Phases of life emerge, crest, and break like waves, and as we ride them we feel those resultant low troughs, the peaks of joy or bewilderment, and repeat in perpetuity. 

January 5th, 2019 brings us the first New Moon of the year, the New Moon in Capricorn. This New Moon is highly significant as it is accompanied by a solar eclipse, one which initiates a new cycle of Cancer/Capricorns eclipses that last for the next year and a half. The end of the month will conclude the Leo/Aquarius eclipse cycle that we’ve been working through since August 18th, 2016. This is truly a moment of closing one book and opening another, and with purposeful Capricorn leading the way, I have no doubt this will be a period of deep learning, discovery, and manifestation. 

Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign ruled by Saturn. Saturn has a reputation for being tough, heavy, dark. The word “saturnine” brings to mind a grim gloom, something leaden and tough to deal with. In spite of, or even because of this, Saturn has become one of my favorite planets to think about; the darkness Saturn brings is very real, but pushing deeper into the mantle, we find gorgeous opportunity, power, and exaltation. Saturn work requires brutal honesty, clarity, and discipline. In a world where we are all scattered and distracted, this planet seems to me to be a compelling antidote to our frenzy, one that can lead us up and out of our tunnel vision and remind us to act with precision and focus. To formulate plans and follow through. I’ll swallow a bitter tonic from Saturn’s apothecary if it means a pathway to expansion and self-mastery. 

Remember that Capricorn is symbolized by a goat with a fish’s tail, a mer-goat, if you will. The sign combines earth and water, practicality and intuition, a focus on the mundane as well as access to the imaginative space, the astral plane. There is as much water in Capricorn as there is earth. Though the sign is known for dominating to-do lists and working efficiently to meet deadlines, there is immense creative capability here. Capricorn reminds us to look within and without, to keep track of time (Saturn’s domain) as much as we keep in touch with our dreams. 

January 5th’s astrology is intense, and we will all be feeling the cosmic pressure. The Sun and Moon will be conjunct at 15° Capricorn. When the Sun and Moon blend energies, we are given an opportunity to align mind, heart, and ego. To regain our sense of focus and composure. To begin to put ourselves on a new path forward. 

Along with the Sun and Moon in Capricorn, Mercury, Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node are all also in Capricorn. This is called a stellium, which is a word for a group of three or more planets occupying one sign. Our solar eclipse / New Moon is conjunct Pluto, lord of the underworld, and this conjunction allows us to bring our deep psychic sensibilities up from the darkness and put them to use. Pluto is a planet of revolution and transformation, and as this eclipse rests alongside Pluto there is no doubt in my mind that we are being given an opportunity to shed some psychic weight. 

Pluto will be conjunct the South Node, which is a mathematical point that symbolizes past life energies, amongst other things. The Sun/Moon/Pluto conjunction with the South Node symbolizes that this is truly a time of powerful release. If you have been dancing around the process of banishing bad influences or habits, January 5th empowers you to finally release. Habits mental and emotional, as well as habits related to abuse of power and toxic power dynamics you’re involved in can all be released. It’s the astrological equivalent of dumping noxious substances down the drain—let all that you are holding on to leave your energetic space tomorrow. Write down what you want to remove with purposeful intention and burn the page. 

This eclipse is also empowering in terms of manifestation, a word that appears around Capricorn pretty regularly due to the sign’s ability to get things done with exceeding competence. Saturn will be conjunct the eclipse, and as such we will be able to translate our deep desires into tangible plans. After you’re done burning what you’d like to banish, make a fresh list of things you’d like to manifest over the coming six months, as the energy of the eclipse will be potent for that duration of time. 

Capricorn, half-goat half-fish, is able to take emotions, intuitions, and visions from the dream-self and translate them into concrete, tangible situations in life. The January 5th eclipse lends us a little extra manifestation magic, it heightens our ability to focus on the future and get to work bringing your dream into this very reality. 

Over the course of the next year or so, we will experience seven more eclipses in either Cancer or Capricorn. Themes related to the balance we strike between the personal, private, domestic self, and the public, career oriented, worldly self, will come up over and over again for reappraisal. The next year brings huge growth for us as we take steps forward on the path to our own versions of fame and renown. Now is the time to begin asking yourself questions about where you want to be and how you are going to get there. Remembering that we do need a home/work balance will be crucial. I know you have big dreams, my dear. Remember that your private self needs as much attention as your public self, and retaining this connection as we move forward will be key to your health and overall success. 

At the end of the month, January 21st, we will experience our last Full Moon Lunar eclipse in Leo, and with this lunation we wrap up a narrative we’ve been working our way through since 2016. Certain kinds of “endings” are being settled, astrologically. As the cycle ebbs and flows, as certain things come to and end, remember that the end is also the beginning, and we cannot avoid dipping down into the trough before we ascend. 

With goat horns, a mermaid,

Celestial Hermit 

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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.
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Occultist, poet, translator, Neptunian lamentress. Christina Farella operates Eighth House Astrology, where she creates astrological portraits for Seekers. She imagines our natal charts as lush celestial embroidery hovering over our shoulders. Fondness for descent into the underworld. She hangs myrtle above her bed.

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