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By: Amy's Astrology

Sunday 2 January, exact at 6.33pm UK time (GMT)

We now have the first New Moon of the new year and it is somewhat appropriate that it falls in Capricorn, a sign known for discipline, commitment, structure and responsibility! New Moons are a perfect time to set positive intentions for the month ahead and to contemplate what patterns and habits we might like to leave behind in the dark of the Moon. This Capricorn New Moon can help us to lay down the foundation for the year ahead, think about what we might want to change and what healthy habits, goals and patterns we might wish to commit to as we move forward. Capricorn helps us to be truly accountable and to take full responsibility for ourselves and our actions, which is quite handy for the first New Moon of the year!

Capricorn is also a rather serious, pragmatic sign that can cause us to be quite hard on ourselves, judging and condemning ourselves unnecessarily and feeling like we have to somehow atone for any excesses and over-indulgences during Sagittarius season! Capricorn is the part of us that can tend to set limitations, to hold ourselves back and to control our actions and reactions. It can help us to develop the self-discipline and commitment needed to attain any goals or projects we set ourselves. Like a mountain goat, we set our sights on the goal and slowly but surely make our way to the top of the mountain, determinedly side stepping any obstacles or difficulties in our path. Things can seem a bit heavy and even grim in January, after all of the festivities are over and reality sets in, but it is also a really good time to knuckle down and get things done.

Saturn, the ruler of the Capricorn New Moon, is currently in Aquarius, where it has been, off and on, since March 2020. With the planet of authority, limitation, reality and control in the sign of the group, the community, freedom, technology and rebellion, we have experienced a curbing of our freedom and rights, a limitation of the capacity to gather in groups, laws being passed that affect people’s right to protest and more and more censorship, authoritarian control and limitation through the use of technology. If Aquarius is the part of ourselves that questions the status quo and challenges authority and any rules we deem unfair, unreasonable, damaging or ridiculous, then controlling and authoritarian Saturn in this sign can make it increasingly difficult to do so. The Planet that makes the rules is currently in the sign that breaks the rules and this is not a particularly comfortable fit!