New Moon in Capricorn and the Winter Solstice: New Rules

The December 21st New Moon (at 0 degrees Capricorn) happens on the same day as the Winter Solstice. It's fitting that a New Moon falls on the shortest day/longest night, because New Moons are dark. Absolute beginnings with no illumination for the way forward (yet). The energy is newborn, and Winter Solstice is traditionally the time of the Sun's rebirth.

Also on December 21st, Uranus stations direct (at 12 degrees Aries). It's coming off the peak of the Uranus/Pluto square, suggesting that forward is the only way to go now. You may not know exactly what the new plan is, but the old plan has been torn down. Now you move ahead, perhaps hesitantly, but you still move ahead.

Venus in Capricorn will conjunct Pluto and square Uranus Rx from December 18th to 20th, making the disruption and transformation of rules around relationships/values/resources an important theme. The square to Uranus will shake up preconceptions/possessiveness, while the conjunction to Pluto will create confrontations around what/whom you want to possess. Pluto wants to merge, and Uranus wants liberation. You'll find out who has the power, or how you use (or misuse) your power. Remember that Venus is about all relationships (not just romance) as well as the dynamics of attraction, self-esteem, personal values, money and material goods.

The Venus in Capricorn shake up will lead directly into the New Moon.

Capricorn is the sign of rules and tradition, but everything before this New Moon will be about breaking those rules and bucking tradition. To me, this says the New Moon will be a time to create new rules for yourself. A new foundation that's designed to support the tougher, wiser you. It's ok if you're not sure exactly how everything will unfold; you're not supposed to.

There are some harmonious aspects (in supporting roles) to give you a hand during this transition period. On December 20th, Mercury in Capricorn sextiles Neptune (at 5 degrees Pisces) blending the best of both worlds as planning/logic is graced with broader, creative vision. Mars (at 12 degrees Aquarius) also sextiles Uranus Rx in Aries on the same day. Heightened by their mutual reception, this aspect will enable actions that create reverberating change. One slight push can propel you further and faster than expected.

On December 21st, Venus in Capricorn sextiles Chiron (at 13 degrees Pisces) which is hopeful energy to go along with your New Moon beginnings. Whatever Uranus and Pluto revealed, Chiron will be there to offer healing. Whether you feel stung, strung out, excited, nervous or insecure, the sextile to Chiron says you'll have the tools (the metaphorical bandages, crutches or whatever you need) to help yourself.

Venus in Capricorn does not sit on the sidelines because she's bruised or insecure.

If you have natal/progressed planets, angles or Nodes from:

  • 0 to 4 degrees of the Cardinal signs, you'll feel the New Moon
  • 10 to 14 degrees of the Cardinal signs, you'll feel the Venus/Pluto/Uranus square
  • 4 to 6 degrees Pisces or Capricorn, you'll feel the Mercury/Neptune sextile
  • 12 to 14 degrees Pisces or Capricorn, you'll feel the Venus/Chiron sextile
  • 11 to 13 degrees Aquarius or Aries, you'll feel the Mars/Uranus sextile

Check out this week's horoscopes to see how this New Moon will apply to your sign.