The Capricorn New Moon occurs on January 1, 2014 at 4:14 am MST at 10 degrees Capricorn 57 minutes. Here’s the chart: CapricornNewMoon2014. Because this New Moon occurs on the first day of the year, the planetary positions in the New Moon chart are nearly identical to the planetary positions in the New Year chart for 2014. Both of these charts are remarkable due to one of astrology’s most dynamic and powerful planetary configurations: a Grand Cardinal Cross!
Before I explain the energy of the Grand Cross, let me begin with an explanation of the archetype of Capricorn. Capricorn is the sign of authority, maturity and responsibility. It also rules structures, forms and boundaries. Perhaps the most important structure Capricorn correlates to is the structural nature of human consciousness. Quantum scientists have recently discovered that human consciousness influences reality. Metaphysicians and spiritual avatars have long known and taught that indeed human consciousness CREATES reality. This is one of the reasons serious spiritual study always includes meditation techniques and practices that help us achieve mastery over our mind and the quality of our thoughts.
So if the quality of our consciousness influences the reality we experience, the highest expression or manifestation of Capricorn energy is the responsible management of the mind. As Pluto, the planet of evolution and metamorphosis, transits Capricorn from 2008 to 2024, we have an opportunity to achieve a quantum leap forward in the transformation of human consciousness. We can learn to change our reality by changing our minds — literally. As more and more people wake up and realize this truth, more and more of our individual and collective realities will be CONSCIOUSLY created. As human consciousness evolves and changes, so too will the realities it creates. Social, political, economic and cultural realities are already changing all across the globe.
Looking back, one of the first of these changes occurred shortly after Pluto entered Capricorn in January of 2008. Just nine months later, in September 2008, one of our most important social structures began a dramatic metamorphosis as Lehman Brothers, a Wall Street behemoth, went belly up triggering a near collapse in U.S. financial markets that threatened the entire global economy. Social and cultural paradigms the world over have begun to change as evidenced by events like the Arab Spring and the international ‘Occupy’ movements.
In both the Capricorn New Moon and the 2014 New Year charts the Sun and Moon are joined by Pluto, Mercury and retrograde Venus. There’s an enormous emphasis of Capricorn energy this year as these Capricorn planets form an ‘anchor point’ in the Grand Cardinal Cross.
Grand Crosses are an astrological configuration comprised of at least four planets in four signs that share the same modality. There are three astrological modalities: CARDINAL (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), FIXED (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) and MUTABLE (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). Grand Crosses consist of square aspects (90 degrees) and opposition aspects (180 degrees). Squares and oppositions are the most dynamic and energetic of all the aspects which represent angular relationships between planets. Squares force choices and decisions; oppositions bring things to culmination or completion often manifesting as endings or separation. Grand Crosses ENFORCE CHANGE when change is needed in order for evolution to continue — whether we like it or not and whether we resist or not. To say that 2014 is a time for big changes is an epic understatement!
Crosses manifest the energy inherent in the modality represented by the cross. The Grand CARDINAL Cross instinctively initiates actions that change the status quo and begin new cycles of evolution that move us in new directions that bring new experiences. Grand Cardinal Crosses are intense and powerful astrological configurations. However, as instinctive actions are initiated and bring about changes, we become insecure as we find ourselves in brand new territories. Retreat to the old and familiar to restore security often characterizes cardinal energy in a dance of ‘two steps forward; one step back.’ Eventually, feedback and knowledge gained from all the actions taken help us sort out which ones are worth continued effort, pursuit or commitment.
Pluto in Capricorn just reached the midway point in a series of seven square aspects to Uranus in Aries that are unfolding between 2012 and 2015. Interesting, while Pluto is the planet of evolution, Uranus is the planet of revolution. Uranus entered Aries, the sign of new beginnings in 2010. Together, Uranus and Pluto are waking us up and shaking us up to new realities and new social paradigms. Additionally, this Grand Cardinal Cross is completed by Jupiter in Cancer (June 2013 to June 2014) and Mars in Libra (December 2013 to July 2014). This Cross will continue until mid-summer of 2014 promising many more r-evolutionary global changes.
Pluto in Capricorn demands complete self-responsibility and personal accountability especially among leaders. It also reflects the need to release what’s old, outworn and limited. Uranus in Aries is associated with surprising new scientific and technological breakthroughs, inventions and discoveries. Jupiter in Cancer is urging us to expand our emotional understanding or ’emotional intelligence’ and to establish a greater sense of community and family in order to find and nurture the emotional well-being that we all need to feel safe and secure. Mars in Libra is forcing us to face, head-on, issues of social inequality and injustice that have long undermined harmonious relationships, world peace and shared global prosperity.
In short, this Grand Cardinal Cross is urging us towards greater cooperation with and respect for one another. In short, this Grand Cardinal Cross is teaching us to grow up, take greater responsibility and learn to take much better care of ourselves, each other and the planet. In short, this Grand Cardinal Cross is reminding us that we’re all in this together and that we all do better — TOGETHER!
Venus in Capricorn is currently retrograde (December 21 to January 31). Venus retrograde encourages a review of essential needs, resources and relationships. People and financial issues from the past will re-surface to remind us of what worked and what didn’t. We all need food, clothing and shelter to sustain us physically. But we also need to find personal meaning in life that feeds us emotionally, intellectually and/or spiritually. Venus rules what we value and what we value determines what will have personal meaning in our lives. What do you value? What makes your heart sing and your Soul rejoice? What do you need to survive? What do you need to thrive?! Are you taking complete responsibility for getting your own needs met???
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn which has been transiting Scorpio for over a year. Saturn’s only aspect now is a trine (120 degrees) to retrograde Jupiter in Cancer. This planetary pair has a twenty year cycle that began in May 2000 in Taurus – the sign of resources and values! Together, they’re helping us to mature and expand emotionally. Cultures in the West notoriously dismiss, deny, suppress and ignore emotions while glorifying intellect. Its time to restore balance between the two. This Saturn/Jupiter cycle is also teaching us how to better use and share earth’s limited resources. A wise indigenous saying reminds us that when all the air, soil and water that sustain life are polluted, we can’t eat money!
It’s time to wake up and grow up and to take greater responsibility for what we co-create and how we co-exist. It’s time to let go of the past and to boldly choose anew whether it be new relationships, new careers, new homes, new creativity, new friends or a new sense of self. Be brave. Be responsible. Be fair. Perhaps another old saying is more timely than ever now: BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD!
This article is a brief summary of my live presentation/analysis of the New Moon chart in an approximate hour-long audio recording that includes dates/descriptions of significant upcoming astrological aspects for the month. The audio recording is available on CD or mp3 file formats for $15. Contact meif you wish to purchase the audio recording.
The Aquarius New Moon is on Thursday, January 30th at 2:38 pm MST.
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