NEW MOON IN CAPRICORN – It may be time to change course (December 24, 2011)

This month’s New Moon, which is at its peak on Saturday, December 24, finds both the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 3° of Capricorn.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 3° of Capricorn in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be the most affected by this New Moon’s presence.

Many ancient cultures celebrated the time around the Winter Solstice as one of rebirth and renewal.  This is also true in modern times (e.g., Christianity, Judaism, the celebration of Kwanzaa).  It is often a time of feasts, gifts, and candle lighting as a way to ritualize the rekindling of our faith and connectedness.  The Winter Solstice occurs when the Sun moves into Capricorn, and this year it occurs at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21 (PST).  The Sun’s presence in Capricorn inspires ambition and the discipline to execute long-range plans.  A potential downside of this transit is stoically bearing burdens without inviting help from others.  Self-reliance is admirable, but climbing to the top alone can be extremely challenging.

The New Moon in Capricorn occurs on Saturday, December 24.  Capricorn is symbolized by the mountain goat, and one of our primary challenges is to find and then climb the right mountain.  We need to discover and then keep moving toward the expression of our soul’s purpose and aspirations.  We are being asked to explore who we think we are and what we believe we wanted to accomplish during this lifetime.  When the Moon is in Capricorn, we are being challenged to become our own authority . . . our own judge of what is real, what is important, and what our true responsibilities are.

New Moons in Capricorn are powerful because they often lay the foundation for the year ahead.  However, at the time of this New Moon, all of the outer most planets in our solar system are in aspect (geometric relationship) to the Sun and Moon.  This emphasizes our readiness to take a big step forward on our path, but it could also mean we are in for a wild ride!

  • Uranus is square (90°) the New Moon, which can feel unsettling.  Uranus is the planet often referred to as “The Great Awakener.”  It can really shake things up to make room for the new.  The key phrase for Uranus is “change or be changed.”  So your goal is to recognize where change is needed and not fight the changes.  Because Uranus represents individualism, its presence will help us detach from outer pressures and reconnect with our inner truth rather than being deceived or detoured by what other people think.  We may have strong reactions to being “ruled” by others, but it is always better to use Uranus’s  energy to free ourselves by breaking self-limiting habits or beliefs.  It galvanizes us to question, experiment, and remember that we each have something unique to offer.
  • Neptune forms a wide sextile (60°) to the New Moon.  This can provide us with a deep sense of peace in the midst of the changes we will be going through.  If we can tap into this serenity, it will facilitate creative problem solving.  Follow your hunches because you intuition is enhanced during this time.
  • Pluto is conjunct (0°) this New Moon, which intensifies the ongoing cosmic message to radically transform whatever is not in the best interests of all concerned.  Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008, and this is pushing many of us to face our shadow side in order to move into our leadership roles.  Pluto demands that we all confront what has been suppressed within us individually or collectively.  Pluto in Capricorn teaches us that we create with every thought, word, and deed, that our life reflects our choices, and that whatever is falling away is making space for something new.  The Sun will be exactly conjunct (0°) Pluto on Wednesday, December 28; and during the days before and after this joining, what must change will likely become unmistakably clear.

Additionally, Jupiter is trine (120°) the Sun, Moon, and Pluto.  This harmonious aspect promotes generosity and tolerance, as well as new perspectives and reforms.  Jupiter’s optimistic and exploratory energy is heightened on Sunday, December 25, when Jupiter ends its 4-month retrograde period and begins moving forward again.  This gives a green light to what has been under renovation and re-visioning.  It offers us the discipline and skillful planning needed to advance toward long-term plans.  It may also provide us with what we need to equip big dreams with the material resources we need to achieve them.  And due to other astrological aspects to Jupiter in the coming days, we may find it easier to collaborate with allies.

Finally, several other interesting aspects are present before and after the New Moon in Capricorn:

  • On Sunday, December 18, a square (90°) between Venus and Saturn could make that weekend and the next few days a time when doubt is cast on the viability of an existing partnership.  We may also find that it is more difficult to maintain our sense of self-worth if we don’t honor our inner truth, take responsibility for our desires, and address imbalances in our relationships.
  • On Monday, December 19, the Sun is sextile (60°) Saturn, which provides us with a realistic framework for setting goals and working toward them.  The self-trust provided by this favorable aspect allows us to act as more effective leaders and to respect the leadership of others.
  • Several powerful aspects on Wednesday, December 28, encourage us to establish priorities, reduce distractions, center our energy, and focus on being as flexible and adaptable as possible.

This New Moon in Capricorn emphasizes that something new is ready to be born.  The presence of Uranus squaring this New Moon means that radical shifts will be unavoidable for many of us, but reasonable minds can work toward viable solutions.  Be sure to use the energy of the conjunct with Pluto in a positive way by recognizing our powerful feelings and bringing them up into the light rather than keeping them hidden in the darkness of denial.  And be sure to use the sweet energy of the trine to Jupiter to make real advances with respect to our environment and our use of our resources.  Finally, when Jupiter turns direct in Taurus, we are all being gifted with common sense and simplicity that can provide us with an island of calm.  And to quote Oprah, “If things go wrong, you hit a dead end, as you will, it’s just life’s way of saying time to change course.”


  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.


  • New Moon at 3° of Capricorn
  • Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:07 a.m. PDT
  • Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 1:07 p.m. EST
  • Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 6:07 p.m. GMT


  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources
  • Anne’s interpretations