January 19th brings us t he Full Moon in Cancer. I am not an astrologer, but I do understand that having the Full Moon at 29 degrees of Cancer, at the same time that the Sun is 29 degrees of Capricorn, is significant. Not so much because of the signs, but because of the degrees -29 degrees of any sign is associated with endings and completion. I certainly hope so, because I want this to be a whole new year for me! (And for those of you going “Duh! Go do something about it then!” – I am taking concrete actions to do so.)
Watery, emotional Cancer wants us to join the Hierophant within. I am so much better at looking at myself logically than emotionally. Having said that – Cancer is my rising sign, so I am probably going to get my butt kicked here! The good thing is that I will be required to really take a look at my inner landscape, and release that which no longer serves me well. A little house cleaning, as it were. Bring it on!
I am coming to see the need to create a balance between work and nurturing myself. (Sun/Moon Cappie – there is no play involved in life! 😉 ) I am finding that what nurtures me is defining my work, and putting limits on it. As I have a bible for each of my books, I will have a bible for my life. The Capricorn New Moon, and this Cancer Full Moon, are playing to my strengths. I can see myself clearly, and see where the changes need to be made.
Expect this Full Moon to be highly emotionally charged. Think before you speak! (Darn – What fun is that?) Issues around home, family (and those that we consider to be family) and nurturing (self and others) will be prevalent.
(c) January 2011 Bonnie Cehovet
January 4th brings us a New Moon in Capricorn, as well as a partial Solar Eclipse (the partner to the Lunar Eclipse that occurred during December’s Gemini Full Moon) in Capricorn. In her Northpoint Astrology Journal, astrologer Pam Younghans notes that this solar eclipse is the final eclipse the Capricorn-Cancer series that started on July 7th, 2009. These two eclipses act as bookends around an 18 month period, focusing on the learning and karmic resolution of many lifetimes.
The New Moon in Capricorn focuses on discipline, responsibility, structure, and authority. We are beginning the new year in a very strong fashion – paying attention to the structures in our lives- especially the financial and material structures – defining where we are and where we are going.
It is time to look at what we want to accomplish in 2011,and define the steps that we need to take to get there. It certainly doesn’t hurt that 2011 is a number four year – the Year of the Emperor, a foundation year. Capricorn gives us the patience to take our time in reviewing our goals, to think about the structure of our lives, and to use our innate skills and abilities to manifest the life that we want. This is especially important when we view our goals within the lens of the external changes going on around us on both the community and global levels.
If we use our skills and abilities wisely, recognizing our limitations, we can soar into the stratosphere!
© January 2011 Bonnie Cehovet
I like to use both the Full Moon and the New Moon for ritual and journey purposes. I use them both in very much the same way – to work on whatever I am working on, rather than limiting the New Moon to beginning endeavors and the Full Moon to bringing things to a close and/or releasing them.
January is the first month of my personal year, as well as the first month of the calendar year. This is a number eight personal year for me, over which I note the energy of the Empress, as 2010 carries the energy of the Empress, and her attention to detail and nurturing skills.
My chart carries five planets in Capricorn – including my Sun and Moon. So a Capricorn moon is a special time for me. I went into the evening thinking that I would do ritual and then journey at 11 pm. (I prefer to do this between 11 pm and MN.) For personal reasons, I never felt the time was right until 3 am – and then things went swimmingly well!
I ended up placing 11 Tarot cards around my alter (which I had not planned to do), and used all four elemental incenses (from Leisa ReFalo – tarotconnection.net). The deck that I used is one that I seldom read from, but that called to me – the “Margarete Peterson Tarot”.
My journey produced some interesting results – including a crying baby that I was told was my Inner Child, along with a way to heal that Inner Child (along the path that I am already on).
As for many people, this year will be one of immense change for me. The New Moon ritual and journey (I almost always do them together) was informative and healing at the same time. I was reassured that I was moving in the right direction … and to keep on moving!
© January 2010 Bonnie Cehovet