The first lunation of 2016 is this exciting New Moon at 19° 13′ Capricorn on 9 January 2016, 05:30 PM PST. The luminaries are right in the thick of things this time around. The Sun and Moon conjoin Pluto, square Uranus in Aries and form a graceful trine to Jupiter in Virgo. What we choose to set in motion following this New Moon will have lasting consequences.
If we look at the aspects to the Sun and Moon to determine which ones are waxing (gaining influence) or waning (losing influence), it can help us decide where to focus our energy moving forward. The winning aspect is the waxing trine to Jupiter in Virgo in my opinion, even though the waning involvement with the Uranus-Pluto square may be louder in its demands. The Uranus-Pluto square is in the process of fading into history even though these two planets will remain within a degree of being exactly square until late February. Building from a positive foundation makes more sense than continuing to scream about wrongs done to us in the past. The next New Moon in Aquarius on February 8, 2016 has the luminaries sextile Uranus in Aries, clearly time to look ahead.
A great fire trine between Venus conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries is a wonderful vehicle for doing some creative planning for our futures. Uranus alleviates the usual stodginess of a Venus-Saturn conjunction and creates the perfect environment for an inventive but practical approach to flourish. You can’t beat this trine for making love and romance a very shiny prospect too. The Venus-Uranus trine will perfect on January 12 but it will be months before the Saturn-Uranus trine does. In fact, that will be our Christmas present in 2016.
It’s hard to bet the water trine between powerhouse Mars in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces for performing random acts of kindness or turning your dreams into reality. Mars in Scorpio has the strength of purpose and sheer willpower to overcome the usual lethargy of most Mars-Neptune aspects. Expressions of love will be tangible rather than verbal under this influence and very, very romantic.
There is one small detail we can’t overlook on this otherwise robust New Moon . . . Mercury in Capricorn is retrograde and won’t go direct until January 25 at 14° Capricorn conjunct Pluto. Prepare for delays and more delays, often due to simple logistics such as materials not arriving in a timely manner or someone’s boss being on vacation and not able to sign off on a project. Use the time between the New Moon and end of January to solidify plans and work out as many bugs as you can. Once Mercury goes direct and starts to pick up speed, things may come together in a hurry.
Finding a balance between respecting the traditional ways of doing things and wanting to embrace the most cutting edge possibilities out there is at the heart of this Capricorn New Moon. Given how many planets are in earth and water (seven) compared to those in fire (three) with nothing in air, it looks like there will be plenty of lessons in delayed gratification. Those who live close to nature and live in tune with her rhythms will have a much easier time of it than people who rush about in an urban environment where it feels like every minute counts. It’s time to start practicing patience as part of our daily routines. Peace and love to all. *༺★☾♑★༻*
Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.
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