Tropic_of_CapricornForecast 1/11 The Capricorn New Moon traditionally symbolizes a good time to jumpstart your business, either directly or through mental housecleaning. It occurs around the start of the New Year, which encourages resolutions that are concrete and achievable (no pie-in-the-sky goals for this New Moon).

Jot down the things you plan to accomplish over the next several weeks, as well as a broader plan that requires more time. Make sure the latter is something that you can plant some seeds for at this time, which ensures its ultimate manifestation.

For each individual, this New Moon asks you to look at where you’ve suffered a defeat. Only from graceful acceptance, do you get to the place to rebuild.

A fierce Mars/Saturn picture indicates you can steer a single-minded engine to a specific goal; the fuel must be clear of regrets and soil from the past. There is an old phrase: “Don’t throw good money after bad”. The New Moon in Capricorn suggests you cut your losses and that a well-calculated “defeat” often shows more strength than a temporary victory.

capnewmoonThe horoscope set for Washington DC has Ceres Rising, which dovetails beautifully with the overall 2013 theme set for the U.S. about food/education/children. The challenging configuration of the New Moon with Saturn, emphasizes the conflict within our nation’s psyche of freedom vs responsibility.

I have received comments from readers about my recent blogs concerning firearm control. It is true that I have strong opinions about this, but it is also true that in symbolic interpretation I try to be objective, in spite of my personal lens.

Looking at this particular New Moon, I see an inherent condition with no simple solution. Balance is required.

koreaAs an aside, I met a woman who’d lived in South Korea for a time. She was struck with how easily people would congregate there and protest about any grievance: thousands in the street. She wondered why that doesn’t happen here… have our citizens really become so sheep-like?

Perhaps there is ennui in our nation, or have we allowed our gun industry’s interpretation of the 2nd amendment to curtail our right for free assembly?

Permits to assemble are required in our public spaces that limit numbers of attendees so that the right number of law enforcement can corral the group. This is to protect us because anyone might be armed. As a result, we have effectively limited our right to speak up.

In South Korea where they congregate at will, there is zero tolerance for firearms.

There is the point of view that “guns don’t kill, people do”- yet in metaphysics, there are no accidents. It is not happenstance that the Newtown Sorrow occurred on the same day as a knife attack in Guangshan, China.

How loud and clear do we need this message delivered? In China, if Min Yingjun wielded a Bushmaster rifle instead of a knife, his slaughter would have resulted in deaths, not injuries. Whereas in Newtown CT, if a legally owned arsenal was not available to a volatile young man, it is likely 20 children and their caretakers would be alive today.

Contemplate the Sabian Symbol** “A general accepting defeat gracefully”, yet do not expect the NRA or its supporters to simply roll over. The other face of the “general” is the American people who theoretically rule the U.S. but have been lulled to a sense of complacency or impotence. The “general” population must admit its flaws and only then can we begin to right the wrongs.

Demeter / Ceres

Demeter / Ceres

With Ceres Rising in Gemini, we must look to the children. As a nation, we are failing our children. Individual families strive to keep them safe but as a result limit their flexibility in the greater world. Our children are multi-cultural, differently-abled and alphabet-labeled. One standard and one size cannot fit all.

The U.S. is going through growing pains that older nations have moved beyond, and we are not accepting the changes gracefully- to date. Yet this New Moon presents the path, if we’re willing to step up to it.

It requires stepping up to responsibility in education and providing safe structures. In our reverence of freedom at all costs we seem to have forgotten that every privilege comes with a responsibility.

A strong positive note to this New Moon is the fixed star Sulaphat is in line with it. Sulaphat is said to bring harmony, poetry, music, a propensity for the arts and science…. it shines benevolently- a light within the dark of this New Moon.

The New Moon is exact at 2:44 p.m. ET, after which the moon becomes void-of-course (VOC)*.

*Moon VOC/Void-of-Course… in Capricorn, organizing and filing is like a well-oiled clock. You might also like to garden or finish up any loose ends from work.

** We are still in the process of understanding the Sabian symbols, which were channeled in 1925. The spiritualist astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, took Elsie Wheeler, a clairvoyant confined to a wheelchair to a San Diego park with a project. He put a symbol for each of the 360∞ of the zodiacal wheel on 360 cards. She proceeded to come up with visual phrases for each one of them. They were done in random order and they have a magic that is hard to decipher, yet feels totally right.


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