New Moon: Capricorn's Magic

This new moon is at 26.54 Capricorn on Tuesday, January 16th at 9:17 PM (EST)

"Sea Goat" by Spirit-Fire on  Flickr

"Sea Goat" by Spirit-Fire on Flickr


Our Capricorn-laden January continues with a new moon in this sign, conjunct Venus and square Uranus in Aries.

Saturn, the ruler of this moon, is conjunct Mercury and Lilith. With the sun and Pluto occupying this sign as well, it’s a crowded place. We’re feeling more Capricorn energy than usual as we begin 2018. It’s a strong energy: high-achieving and wise.

Capricorns don’t get enough credit for their creativity and spiritual wisdom. Too often, Cap is represented by a Suit in an office, concerned exclusively with material success. But the list of famous Capricorns includes Patti Smith, David Bowie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Matisse, and Cezanne. The symbol for Capricorn isn’t a mountain goat. It’s a mythical animal called the sea-goat, half goat and half fish. While the front half of Capricorn is on solid land, making practical decisions to get ahead in life, the back half is swimming, dreaming, imagining and feeling. And those dreams become real. Because where there is water and earth, there is an extraordinary power to manifest. Saturnine discipline makes dreams come true.

In fact, Capricorn and Saturn were traditionally associated with witchcraft in western culture. In astrologer Marguerite Hafeman’s chart study of 30 magic workers, including Aleister Crowley, Sybil Leek, Jack Parsons, and Elsie Wheeler, she found patterns having to do with the sign of Capricorn and its ruling planet. Virtually all of the charts had “two or more of the following characteristics: at least two planets in Capricorn, Capricorn ruling on one of the angles or on the 6th, 8th, or 12th house cusps; Saturn located in one of these houses, Saturn angular; Saturn prominent by occult sign, e.g. Saturn in Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, or Pisces. All but two charts had Saturn involved in complex aspect patterns...there seems to be a correlation between the more “potent” practitioners and complex, hard aspect patterns involving Saturn.”

This association probably contributed to the labeling of Saturn as a malefic. Historically in western culture, witches have been feared for their power. Capricorn is the sign of authority, and working magic puts one in a position of authority, manipulating the energy of the universe to manifest one’s will. In this era of late stage capitalism and scientific materialism, we tend to think of “authority” as synonymous with business and government, hence the depiction of Capricorn as a paragon of material success. But there is so much more to Cap than that.

With a large stellium in Capricorn that includes Saturn, Lilith, and Pluto, this is a moon for creating. If January is when you want to start your new year, make your resolutions tonight. Set the intentions, do the ritual, or work the spell in the first three days following this moon. Be careful about the promises you make and the things you ask for. Saturn will hold you accountable. It’s the correlation of Capricorn and Saturn with achievement and reality that makes this potent. When Saturn says “so mote it be,” it must be. It’s worth remembering at the Capricorn moon cycles. Use the wisdom and power of this sign to your advantage tonight.

You can read more about which resolutions and intentions will be most powerful for you in the horoscopes for this week.