The gift of this Capricorn New Moon is to be conscious during it: see what comes up for you or what presents itself. Plan carefully and with eyes wide open. The more capably you coast with the unanticipated moments, the more effective the outcome. The planet Jupiter in the sign of Cancer is a part of the picture and whenever Jupiter is involved, there is an expectation of a bigger impact. 2014 opens with a bang, not necessarily “the shot heard around the world” but with an energetic surge that promotes action, fresh starts and consciousness evolution.
Regardless of your faith, the opening lines of Niebuhr’s famous prayer may be a useful anchor. I found this prayer on a laminated card in the woods behind my house when I was a child. I kept it for years as a bookmark and it seemed to crop up when I needed it. The card itself has been gone for decades and my guess is it ended up in a book I gave to someone who needed it more:
“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.”
The Sabian Symbol** for the degree of this Capricorn New Moon is “A large group of pheasants”. I have never seen a large group of pheasants, rather just a cluster or loner darting through the woods. Like many species to America, they are immigrants and for a long time defied domestication, probably because they were trapped. They are not as docile as chickens; they love to run and will take flight. Pheasants are polygamous and known for the flash of the male’s feathers.
My favorite story about pheasants is from the East: the Chinese pheasant represents light, virtue, prosperity and good fortune. A Burmese hunter found a beautiful stone in the gizzard of his kill. He tracked the rooster’s haunts and discovered an emerald mine.
The image is provocative as we consider the new beginnings urged this first day of 2014. As we consider the changes encouraged at this time: a more sustainable world and a better balance of wealth, the picture of a group of beautiful birds remind us that to snare only works with an allowance of freedom. Since the symbol refers to “a large group” it paints an image that must allow room to roam. If you’ve created a frame to work within, it may have become untenable.
What will allow you to run free and spread your wings when the impulse comes over you? What is your New Year’s responsibility to yourself that it is time to meet?
** 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.