December 2016’s New Moon in Capricorn occurs at 1:53 AM EST on Thursday the 29th, and you can do your New Moon ritual in Capricorn on either the night of the 28th or the 29th. However, if you want until the 30th the Moon will be void-of-course until 8:29 PM when it enters Aquarius.
My guide, Witch’s Guide to New Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.
New Moon in Capricorn
This is the last New Moon of 2016, so it’s a great opportunity to write your New Year’s Resolution list. You can also wait until January’s New Moon (which is the Lunar New Year) or the ‘traditional’ date of December 31st. If I’m planning on champagne and watching the ball drop, I’m not going to be fixated on goals, so I usually put them on separate dates. Since New Moon’s also have an aspect of ‘letting go’ to them, this would also be a good time to list what you really want to leave in 2016. Looking back on my older Esbats from 2016 I must say, it’s taken time, but it has been working. I also have my 2016 goal list to review. That will be fun – and terrifying! – I have no idea what’s on it.
Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac; a cardinal and Earth sign associated with winter. It’s the zodiac’s hard worker, ambitious and anxious for a project. They are goal-oriented to the point of stubbornness, and ruled by surly Saturn. Capricorns want to be at the top of the mountain, and this can make them domineering or egotistical (but they’d say that’s just the price you pay for being the best!). They can be both patient, level-headed, fair dealing, and full of common sense. Yet they can occasionally be unforgiving, and crave recognition for their work. This is a down-to-Earth sign that isn’t afraid of a little hard work.
Because of these Capricorn traits, consider focusing your intentions on what goals you have for this six month lunar cycle, and discovering the practical steps toward achieving that goal. I’m very excited for this hard working energy, it feels like just the boost I need to overcome my (sweltering Florida) winter blues.
Suggested Tarot Spread: 2 Cards
Card #1: What type of project should I explore in the immediate Moon cycle?
Card #2: What can do I to get the most out of the Moon’s Capricorn energy?
For card #1, Wands (Fire) are generally associated with action/spirit, Cups (Water) emotions and relationships, Swords (Air) your mental state, and Pentacles (Earth) the material world and finances.
Alternate New Year’s Tarot Spread: 3 Cards
Card #1: What lesson does 2017 have in store for me?
Card #2: What strengths will contribute to learning that lesson?
Card #3: What temptations will lure me away from learning that lesson?
Note that the second reading should be reviewed at the end of 2017.
With your intentions set and advice in mind, now you can go into the new moon cycle and put your intentions to work with actions! The Full Moon on January 24th 2017 is a good time to check in and review your notes, then in July 2017 we’ll meet again to see how we’ve done. It’s pretty much impossible to remember something like a six month old intention, our lives are just so busy, so remember to write it all down. I think you’ll find that checking in with yourself in six month is surprisingly rewarding.
I hope you all found this guide helpful, I’ll be back at the next new moon and we can go through the steps together again. Please feel to share any (positive/constructive) thoughts that you have in the comments. Have a beautiful lunar cycle my friends!
Image by Oriol Angrill Jordà