The idea that January 1st is the new year has never made much sense to me energetically. January is such a dreary month and I prefer celebrating winter solstice as a new beginning. But 2014 is different because the first new moon of the year falls on new year’s day! Since I try to honor the natural cycles of season, moon, earth, intuition, spirit and goddess, I recognize that there is something incredibly auspicious about this line up. And it is not just any new moon! It is Capricorn, the queen, the initiator, the earth element in it’s most powerful and challenging form.
So what does this all mean for us?
For one thing, the Capricorn new moon is a great day to start foundational work. This is the sign of resolutions, making plans, and mapping the course. As so many already use Jan 1st as the day of new beginnings, having the strength of Capricorn behind it will only help those intentions to manifest AND since Saturn rules Capricorn (and Saturn is big daddy planet, the strict father figure of astrology) we will feel that we are held more accountable than usual to follow through with those intentions.
This new moon is a great opportunity to decide what your true goals are for the year to come. This is not the year to write down those resolutions you just write because you always do (make a million dollars, get married, lose 50 lbs) unless you truly intend to get to work!! Saturn and Capricorn are listening this time and you don’t want to to tell them something you don’t mean! No seriously… don’t mess around. Be clear about your intention setting on Jan 1st! Be honest. Be real.
What’s the best way to spend January 1st? I recommend really getting into your physical body and then getting out on the earth. Join me at 12noon for a very special Yoga Class and then walk to the park, or better, climb a hill or mountain. Sit or stand with feet or sit bones firmly on the ground, connecting you to her strength. Consider your physical world, (Capricorn is best for goals around the physical and material) What do you really want? What is your long term dream, the top of the mountain, so to speak? What actions can you take to get there? What do you really need to live the life you want? Write it down. Meditate. Try to stay off your phone and online connections as much as possible. Be deeply with yourself on this day. Believe in yourself. Believe you have the ability and support to achieve your goals this year. Tell the earth and the moon that you are ready and willing to do what needs to be done. If you are clear and diligent in your intentions, Capricorn and Saturn are two of the best allies you could ever want and 2014 will really be your year!
Deepen and clarify your intentions with me on Retreat January 10-12 as we usher in the full moon that grows from this super potent new moon Jan 1st. Sign up soon! Registration closes on January 3rd for this retreat.
I wish you and all beings everywhere, a prosperous auspicious new moon and new year.