The Sun stands still; the Moon is hidden: This turning of the year comes with deeper dark and a longer held breath than usual. Solstice and New Moon together pull us into a still point.
Close your eyes a moment. OK, yes, I know you have to read this first; then close your eyes. Imagine yourself in a place of stone. Massive shaped boulders around you, wall and corbelled vault. Dark so complete if you did open your eyes, you could see nothing, not even your hand in front of your face.
There is no sense of doom here, no danger of collapse. You are held; you are safe. Breathe.
That profound sense of peace in darkness and quiet is where we are in this Solstice New Moon. Four personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus) in Capricorn. One outer planet (Pluto), one asteroid (Vesta), also Capricorn. That’s a lot of earth, a lot of stone, a lot of bone.
We’ve been waiting in the darkness of this stone place a long while––all night, in fact. It feels good, yet even though it’s just as dark as before, we feel a shift. Maybe our skin senses a change in temperature, or a small movement of air.
Oh! Then! The light! Light walks into the darkness. Bold, bright, golden light. Suddenly, everything changes, everything shifts.
The light, the shift––this is Uranus in Aries, the awakener, the revolutionary. This is Jupiter in Leo, the philosopher king. They are here at this Solstice New Moon to turn the corner and wake us up. If your eyes are still closed, open them now.
What has changed? What feels different? Feel your way into the shift (there will be one, even if it seems small at the moment.) Which direction is the light shining? What is being illuminated? Look here for your New Moon Wishes!
Every New Moon offers a time to plant seeds to bear fruit at the Full Moon. This time, we’re standing on the threshold of a powerful doorway opening into the coming year, and, with the Pluto–Uranus square, the rest of our lives. Capricorn is strong, responsible, committed, hard working––send those energies to support goals you are ready to put your energy into but know will take blood, sweat and (possibly) tears.
With Mercury involved, mental discipline and practical thinking are available. With Venus involved, relationships get a reality check, we can see where giving and receiving are unbalanced, and we’re ready for change. With Pluto, well, everything’s on the table. Transformation is underway.
The New Moon arrives this evening, a few hours after the Solstice, at about 8:30 pm Eastern. Throughout today, we’ll approach the doorway, walking in the dark, yet knowing in our bones we are supported by ancestors and allies who wish us well and have walked this path before.
This is not a frightening time. It is a trustful time. When the good dark comes, we see with inner light. We have access to recesses of soul hidden at other times. With Capricorn so strong, the ruler of this New Moon (and ruler of every Solstice) is Saturn, lord of boundaries. He also stands still today, hanging at the Scorpio threshold, the intense anaretic final degree of Pluto’s sign of deep transformation.
We are invited to welcome the dark today, knowing with utter certainty the light will come. Close your eyes.