Capricorn New Moon

Each year when I write about the Capricorn New Moon I write a variation on the same theme – and mostly it’s to do with getting my goals in order. That’s partly because it’s that time of the year, but it’s also because I’m such an innate drifter at heart – hello, I’m uber-Pisces – that I need goals not just to achieve things, but to make sense and order where there otherwise is none. Goals create boundaries for me when my inner world is largely free of boundaries.

Being ruled by Jupiter and Neptune as I am, I also tend to exaggerate my goals and usually come in somewhere between 66%- 75% – which probably is where reality is. Given though, that I also only ever drink between up to ¾ of a cup of tea I suspect that if I set my goals at the point of reality I’d still only achieve between 66% and 75%.

This year I’ve decided against resolutions and against a word of the year. Having said that, I’m still setting goals and I’m still measuring progress, but I’m doing it differently.

I have some long-term goals that I’m working towards, with the main ones being:

  • Become financially independent and replace my corporate salary with the proceeds of my writing
  • Create a body of work that I’m proud of and a physical body that’s healthy, strong and fit for life

Those two over-reaching goals pretty much cover it all. Underneath are some more short-term intentions or habits that I’ll be setting each month that will tie in and support these. 

In so far as practising what I preach, these will be aligned each month to the New Moon.

You see, this year I’ve decided is more about continuous improvement than the whole new year new you thing. I’m actually ok with the old me, but there’s no reason why I can’t continue to move and progress. 

In trying to write something different about this Capricorn New Moon and approaching my goals in a different way, I’ve also been channelling my favourite Capricorn – well, other than my sister, of course, who incidentally has her Capricorn Sun at 15 Capricorn conjunct her Midheaven. Her solar return will be the eclipse chart… But she’s not the one I’m channelling – Nigella Lawson is. As an aside, Nigella’s sun is also at 15 Capricorn – and she will also be feeling the impact of this eclipse…but that’s an entirely different story.

I read a lot of Nigella’s writing, I cook a lot of her recipes, I’ve watched all her cooking shows and I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts. I’m not the type to have heroes per say, but I respect and admire Nigella a lot. And the more I read and listen to her, the more that grows. I suspect that if we were ever to meet I would go all fan-girly – and there are very few people on this earth that I’d do the fan-girl thing for.

At this New Moon, one of her “life lessons” is resonating quite loudly with me:

Confidence comes from competence.

Competence. It’s such a Capricorn word. Nigella adds another. She says that experience builds organically and your proficiency grows exponentially. Experience and proficiency – more Capricorn words.

In her fabulous “How To Eat” she talks about how recipes have foundations and bases and that it’s these foundations that you build on as a cook in order to become proficient. You cook something once, then again. Maybe the next time you become more confident and add some leftovers or substitute an ingredient, a herb, a spice. Through experience you become competent and through that competency your confidence and creativity grows.

That’s how I’m intending to approach 2019. I’ve drawn my line in the sand and analysed last year’s results (see this morning’s post on Mercury in Capricorn). This year – and beyond – I’ll continue to work on my craft, to enhance my creativity as my confidence and competency grows and to do it all through the building blocks and foundations of habits I’ll be building on and cementing in each month. 

Doing it for yourself…

You should, if you’ve been reading along, know how to find where the New Moon is happening in your chart. If you’re new to this site, duck across and check out this post before you go any further. Now, let’s set our intentions. Think about the area of life you’re focusing on and set small achievable targets. The types of targets you can solidify and build upon. The types of targets that will bring proficiency and through that creativity. The type of targets that will feed into and support your long-term goals. The types of targets that you can look back on this time next year and pat yourself on the back for. 

If you’re unsure where to start, check out this post.

  • How do the concerns of this house make you feel?
  • How would you like to feel about them?
  • What positive steps can you take over the next four weeks to minimise the gap between how you feel about this are and how you’d like to feel?

*****Write it down!!!!!!!!!!******

One more thing – this New Moon is also a solar eclipse. Check out to see if it’s aspecting any planet or point in your chart (keep the orb to about 2-3 degrees) and adjust your intentions accordingly.

For some tips, check out Big Sky Astrology’s guide. You’ll find it here. Don’t worry too much about the nature of the aspect – when it comes to eclipses it’s the contact that’s important. As an example, this eclipse is sextile my Ascendant and this is what April has to say about eclipses aspecting the Ascendant.

“Eclipses aspecting the Ascendant: There are places – some external, some internal – that hinge us to the world, and everything else is oriented from them. That’s the role of the Ascendant. When eclipses aspect this point, we are called to change that orientation, sometimes voluntarily – a change of appearance, of name, of home, of outlook – sometimes in response to something from outside us. All the other angles of the chart, but particularly the Descendant, reverberate from these changes.”

As for me?

Falling at 15 Capricorn (or thereabouts) this new moon falls in my 11thhouse (using whole house systems) and, as I’ve mentioned, sextile my Ascendant.

I like to think of 11thhouse new moons as your personal wish on a moon new moon, so I’ll be writing down my wishes.

Because it falls sextile my Ascendant, I’m also intending to set 3 mini-goals based on my vitality and appearance:

  • Build 30 minutes activity into every day
  • Have 2 alcohol-free days per week
  • Write every day

Over to you…

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, this New Moon falls in your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, this New Moon falls in your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, this New Moon falls in your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, this New Moon falls in your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, this New Moon falls in your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, this New Moon falls in your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Cancer, this New Moon falls in your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, this New Moon falls in your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, this New Moon falls in your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, this New Moon falls in your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, this New Moon falls in your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, this New Moon falls in your 2nd house.


If you haven’t been doing so, why not try journaling your lunar journey – you’ll be surprised how, in hindsight, more has been going on than you might have thought.