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Episode 158 | Capricorn New Moon and Solstice: Rising Toward the Light!

Episode 158 | Capricorn New Moon and Solstice: Rising Toward the Light!

Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa! – and a good old Happy Holidays to one and all this joyous season! In the skies this week: Jupiter re-enters Aries and brings an uncharacteristically jovian spirit to the Capricorn Solstice and the Capricorn New Moon. The Capricorn Venus trines Uranus shakes us up and freshens our outlook, and Mercury sextile Neptune melds imagination and reality. And April answers a listener’s question about the out-of-bounds Moon.

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[1:23] Jupiter re-enters Aries (Dec. 20 at 6:32 AM PST). Jupiter was in Aries from May 10 – October 27, 2022 before slipping back into Pisces by retrograde.  It will be in Aries until May 16th which is when it will enter Taurus for the first time in about twelve years. Jupiter in Aries asks us to take impulsive, pioneering risks of all kinds.

[4:05] The Sun enters Capricorn (Dec. 21, 1:48 pm PST), marking the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.

[5:22] This particular Capricorn Solstice is energized quite a bit by the Sun’s square to Jupiter in Aries (Dec. 21, 4:51 PM PST at 00°07’ of both signs). None of us is getting any younger, but it’s never too late for a fresh start.

[6:45] On Dec. 22 (1:48 PM PST), Venus trines Uranus at 15°21’ Capricorn and Taurus.  Welcome an unexpected adventure in flavoring your oatmeal!

[9:56] Moon Report!  The New Moon at 1°32’ Capricorn will occur on Dec. 23 (2:17 AM PST.) The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is 2 Capricorn, Three stained glass windows, one broken. This lunation also squares Jupiter in Aries. Don’t be afraid to break things open and move in a new direction.

[11:09] This New Moon initiates a new Lunar Phase Family. The First Quarter Moon of this Lunar Phase Family occurs on September 22, 2023 (29°32’ Sagittarius). The Full Moon of this series is on June 21, 2024 (1°7’ Capricorn), and the Last Quarter Moon occurs on March 22, 2025 (2°5’ Capricorn). Check out this video to see where in your life you are planting seeds that will grow throughout this Lunar Phase cycle.

[15:54] Void-of-Course Moon (VOC) periods for this week. On Dec. 20, the Moon 27°19’ Scorpio sextiles Pluto (Capricorn 27°19’) at 6:45 PM PST.  It’s VOC for about four and a half hours before it enters Sagittarius on 11:13 PM PST. Be like Elsa and “Let it Go.”

[17:54] The Moon at 22°44’ Sagittarius squares Neptune at the same degree in Pisces on Dec. 22nd at 12:16 PM PST. It will be VOC for just about eleven and a half hours (!!!) before the Moon enters Capricorn at 11:49 PM PST. Nostalgia is in the air.

[19:43] On Dec. 24 (7:11 PM PST) the Moon conjoins Pluto at 27°26’ Capricorn.  The Moon will be VOC for about four hours before it goes into Aquarius at 11:14 PM PST.  Get cuddly with a hot chocolate, a fireplace ambience video and feel all the feels.

[21:52] Mercury makes a sextile to Neptune on Dec. 24 (5:17 PM PST), at 22°46’ of Capricorn and Pisces. This is an excellent opportunity to blend the pragmatism of Mercury in Capricorn with our imaginative selves.

[23:26] Listener Robin asks about an Out-of-Bounds Moon.  Here is the link to Steven Forrest’s article on the topic.

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