The phases of the moon are among the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and deeply rich sources of thought and interpretation in Astrology. Among the 9 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, Waning Crescent, and Balsamic – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention.
This article will look at the current New Moon and suggest a “creation activity” associated with the sign of this New Moon, based on the work of the late astrologer Jan Spiller from her book, New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True.
New Moon – Let’s Start Something!
The Capricorn New Moon will occur on January 13th at 23 degrees and 13 minutes; in my Eastern Standard Time zone it will happen at 12:01 am.
It takes 29.5 days from one New Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. Just before the New Moon begins, the last period (3 days) of the previous moon phase (Waning Crescent) is known as the Balsamic Moon. That period is ideal for meditating, reflecting, and releasing; all in preparation for the New Moon.
The first 12 to 24 hours after the New Moon begins is an ideal time to initiate energy. We will explore, specifically, each New Moon in a sign using Jan Spiller’s suggested actions further down in this article to see how best to take advantage of this period of inspiration and inception.
New Moon energy is ideal for a first date, trying something you have not done before, going somewhere for the first time, or creating with art and words. Each month, if you keep track of the New Moon, you should endeavor to do something new or begin something by aligning with the “newness” of the Moon as the energy of “right timing”.
New Moon in Capricorn
Since Capricorn is earth energy, this New Moon is ideal for starting a new business, working on a budget, and anything related to goals and ambitions. Capricorn is the “I achieve” energy of the Zodiac. Who, or what situation, needs you to take the lead and get results? What kind of ambition do you need to pursue?
This New Moon will occur at 23d13m of Capricorn, making its Sabian symbol 24 Capricorn, “A woman entering a convent”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of the soul’s characteristic dependence on some deep-stirring challenge to its potentialities, and of the fact that life can have no satisfaction for the individual unless he is able to develop and maintain some enduring allegiance of an overall significance.” (The Sabian Symbols, 233). The keyword is CONSECRATION.
Known as the Forgotten One’s Moon, Raven Kaldera states, “The Capricorn New Moon begins with the Forgotten One, the child who no one notices. He or she may shy, or awkward, or slow to mature, but he or she is undervalued by most and underestimated by all,” requiring them to be more ambitious than any other New Moon in order to be successful (Moon Phase Astrology, 52). During this Moon, we need to make the greatest effort to take care of our duties and honor our commitments.
The Numbers of This New Moon
This New Moon will occur on 01/13/2021, so the number for this day is 10, which reduces to a 1. 1 is the number for identity, individuality, and initiation, so this New Moon encourages us to think about who we are, what we want, and how we need to initiate ourselves to go forward with a sense of responsibility and conscious intention.
The number for the day of this New Moon is 13. In his book Modern Numerology, Morris Goodman does not reduce the days of the month. Instead, he provides an interpretation for each day. The 13th day promotes “an infinite capacity for work. The keynote of your thinking is structure” (34-35).
New Moon Wishing (A Tribute to Jan Spiller’s Work)
I enjoy practical uses of astrology, and there are many. So, I was immensely pleased when I came across Spiller’s book: New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True.
Spiller writes, “Wishing is really a matter of deciding what we WANT to create and getting clear on our intention.” (New Moon Astrology, 2) This technique is an act of conscious responsibility, not a lazy entitlement. There is actual work to do. This work involves knowing the time of the New Moon in your time zone and preparing to act within the first 8 to 24 hours AFTER the New Moon has activated.
Once the New Moon is active, you need to get a notecard or a piece of paper to write your wishes down or invest in and use a nice leather-bound journal. I know we all have a notes option on our cell phones, but handwriting the wishes/intentions is part of the energy ritual.
Spiller recommends making up to 10 wishes, but no more because too many requests will disperse energy; I generally do around 5, sometimes less (3-4) or more (6-7) depending on which New Moon it is and what is going with my life at the time. One constraint that helps the wishing/intention process is making statements in line with the New Moon in the sign of the day you write your wishes/intentions.
Wishes/Intentions in Capricorn
Knowing your chart will help you understand which New Moons will be stronger while others may be weaker. I have no points in Capricorn, which rules my 3rd House of Communication. This New Moon will bring into focus my friendships, my ideas about how the world works, and the beliefs that inform my daily decisions and actions.
So, here’s the “nuts and bolts”. Sit down somewhere you can be comfortable, or where you exert energy to work, as the desk you might use at home to work on your monthly bills or the desk at your office. Get your favorite pen and prepare to write your wishes/intentions. Wording is very important, and Spiller suggests starting each sentence with, “I want …”.
Here’s what she says to wish for when the New Moon is in Capricorn: future security, handling responsibility, reaching goals, success/recognition, management skills, authority figures, and releasing controlling tendencies (New Moon Wishes, 112). And here are three examples of the types of wishes/intentions I will write about during the day of 01/13:
- I want to easily find myself pursuing my goals.
- I want to clearly see and embrace my path to financial security.
- I want to be able to effectively manage my responsibilities.
Once you have them written down, put them somewhere you can store them and go back and review them after time has passed. I have a nice leather journal that I use and keep in my office. A good place for a journal, or box, to put wishes in would be in your bedroom on a nightstand by your bed. Keep in mind that the quality of the paper, the pen, and the storage location all matter. Being intentional in all aspects of the process is important.
And lastly, consider getting Spiller’s book; this is just a primer article; if you want to find out how deep the well is and how fresh the source, then there is no substitute for reading all 312 pages of her book!
Happy New Moon Wishing!