This is a brand new column for me and I’ve decided to write about my favorite topic, the New Moon. I have been working with the New Moon for many years and have been setting intentions along the way. The New Moon is the dark time of the month and so it’s an appropriate time to plant our seeds of intent for the month ahead and watch them grow and bloom as the Moon waxes to Full.
This month’s New Moon is in the sign of Capricorn, a cardinal earth sign, meaning that Capricornian types like to be the boss, but in practical ways relating to the earth, our foundation, our structure and what brings value and meaning to a life lived amongst our fellow human beings. Some key words for Capricorn are: ambitious, status quo, self-discipline, common sense, logic, patience and self-sufficiency. I like to associate Capricorn with paternal figures, landlords, bosses and rules! The shadow side of Capricorn relates to workaholism, emotional constriction, sorrow, loneliness, and time-serving. Capricorn also relates to our bones, and especially our knees that can give out when we work too hard, haven’t you noticed?
So, on January 15th, 2010 when the New Moon enters Capricorn get ready to:
- Ground your intentions in right action in the material world.
- Strengthen your willpower and commitment to purpose.
- Channel your ambitions in accord with your duties.
- Get serious.
More About The Moon Phases
The Moon changes signs approximately every 2 ½ days, going through all twelve signs of the Zodiac every 29 ½ days. The sign that the Moon is in reflects qualities of your inner self and being-ness. Each month there is at least one New Moon that will rise at sunrise and set at sunset. Astrologically speaking this means that the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction.
Learning to work in concert with the phases of the Moon is an excellent way to add structure to your life.You are not only connecting with Mother Nature through the Moon’s reflection of the Sun and the Earth, but with human nature and especially with feminine nature who’s natural cycles resemble the Moon’s own.
More Capricorn Stuff
Capricorn – the seagoat
Time of Year – Winter Solstice
Quality – cardinal
Element – earth
Ruler – Saturn
Anatomy – knees and lower leg
Natural sign of – 10th house
Opposite sign – Cancer
Color – dark gray, black, brown, slate blue, rich winter earth colors
Gemstone – jet, onyx, quartz, turquoise
Tarot card – the devil
Goddesses – all crones, Kuan Yin, Tiamat, Dam-Kina, Anatu
Back To The New Moon in Capricorn, But With A Twist!
To add another level of importance (ahem, we are talking about Capricorn here!) to this New Moon I’m going to throw my own tarot card version of The Devil (from my Lefty Oracle deck) into the mix.
One way of working with The Devil card is by propping it up so that you can see it and then pretend that you are being grilled by this so-called Devil! You can start off by asking yourself what this image is saying to you by finding out how it makes you feel. I suggest that you grab some paper and pen or your trusty journal and take some notes along the way!
So here is what The Devil might sound like and keep in mind that this exercise is good practice for getting tuned up for the actual New Moon especially since these questions are going to help you kick start an entire year of intention work!
The Devil’s Questions:
It is time now to acknowledge the Capricorn side of your nature and yes, every one of you has Capricorn somewhere in your birth chart.
By resisting me you only make me stronger (and yes, you too, in the process). What things in your life are you resisting right now?
Why are you being so hard on yourself?
Can you accept yourself with all your faults and limitations?
Tell me about your purpose, your foundation, your favorite modes of being creative and what you’re working on right now.
What have you come here to accomplish?
What do you need help with?
Who can help you with these things?
Who is preventing you from accomplishing what you need to?
Who is keeping you on track? Take a moment or two to acknowledge these folks right now.
Okay, enough with The Devil, I think you get the picture! Now, when you’re ready to write out your New Moon intentions you’ll have some good, juicy material to work with. And remember, at the Full Moon you’ll be tracking how these intentions have come to fruition and at the Dark Moon (just before the New Moon) you can release all that is keeping you back from reaching your full potential. It’s time to acknowledge yourself as the unique, creative and special person that you are.
Sparkly Blessings to All!
Bio: Kathy V. Crabbe is a soul reader and artist who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Through online resources she is able to help other soul-seekers express their unique gifts and talents in empowering ways. She maintains two blogs and a website – http://KathyCrabbe.com - sharing her experiences with both the psychic, intuitive realms and the world of art making.
Kathy will be offering a course beginning February 1, 2010 at the Wise Woman University titled “Awaken the Divine Feminine”- A creative exploration designed to enhance your feminine powers of intuition and awaken your senses in alignment with the phases of the Moon and the Goddesses of the Zodiac.
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