New Moon in Capricorn December 2019 - the Art of Cocooning
Happy New Moon, sister! We're honored to have Astrologer Katya Weiss-Andersson here on the GoddessCeremony Team sharing her astrology insights for this New Moon in Capricorn!
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I used to fervently hate this time of year. I’d start dreading its arrival as early as mid-July, and I’d be mentally kicking and screaming by November. We’d get past the frenzy of the Winter holidays and then still have so much Winter left ahead of us, which would drag on for what felt like forever. I resented the dark and the cold. Winter became my teacher when I learned that this was the perfect time to slow down, settle in and do all the planning, processing, incubating and quiet cultivating that didn’t seem to fit as well into the warmer seasons of the year. There’s a unique level of groundedness waiting for us under these Capricorn-heavy skies.
The new moon in Capricorn reminds me of a Scandinavian tundra at dusk- stark, bleak, cold and quiet. It used to feel miserably desolate to me- now it feels sacred and perfectly in its place. Capricorn energy is serious, practical, driven, stable, independent and ambitious. It can be stoic and struggle with emotional expression and it can be old-fashioned and cling to outdated systems and paradigms, but cultivating emotional fluency and embracing change and innovation are vital to the work of this time of year, which is all about moving forward.
On the 21st, the Winter Solstice commemorated the shortest, darkest day of the year and the coming of the light. The lesson of the solstice lies both in embracing the darkness and introverted hunker-down energy (which is emphasized by the energy of a new moon) as well as taking small, consistent steps forward to usher in the light (which is emphasized by the disciplined nature of Capricorn.) This can look like sitting down to take inventory of your emotional landscape, developing a daily meditation practice or morning routine, outlining goals and plans for the coming months, and/or reflecting on lessons learned and lessons still to be integrated, so that we may emerge with the sunshine as our most majestic selves. This is all such beautiful, sacred work to do, and doing it with a sense of intention and ritual can feel lusciously cozy. The cold and darkness give us the perfect setting for this magic to be undertaken. For me personally, my body still doesn’t handle the cold well, but that creates more room and necessity for nurturing self-care.
This week’s solar eclipse is here to facilitate shaking things up and breaking free of what we’re not meant to carry into 2020; this is where the work of expanding past Capricorn’s resistant-to-change nature comes in. We have to scan ourselves for ways we were socialized to be that are not in line with who we authentically are or what is healthy for us. For example, people socialized as female are taught to take up less space, be perennially pleasant and pretty and accommodating, and apologize for the space we do take up. Do you need to make it a practice to stop apologizing so much, to dismantle your internal shame and hatred for the space your body takes up, to get braver in taking up space with your voice and ideas and boundaries, to prioritize what you need above accommodating and pleasing others? Whatever it is you need to dismantle, this is the time to name it and maintain mindfulness around it.
Of course, one pitfall to be aware of here is seasonal depression, and there are many ways to nurture ourselves around this. Finding a balance between hunkering down indoors and socializing/getting out into the sunshine can be crucial. Leaning into the sacredness and ritual and growth that make this season meaningful is wonderful, and so is being mindful of your gut health and nutrition to send some love to your serotonin levels. There are herbal allies like lemon balm that can be very helpful to work with (shameless plug, I have a potent Winter Blues tincture available to folks who contact me about it), but there is no shame in seeking any form of mental healthcare that you need. Therapy is no less sacred and holistic than herbs or astrology.
This moon in Capricorn emphasizes that leaning into your commitment to growth is what will bring us the up-leveling we seek in the coming year. Can we not just set goals, but also cultivate habits so solidly now that they can be sustained? Can we embrace the darkness for bringing our inner light into our central focus?
Three ways to celebrate the Capricorn new moon:
1) Set some 2020 goals. Get ambitious about it. For the goals that make you feel the most lit up and electric inside, break down small, practical, actionable steps to start mobilizing yourself. Get support to set goals that empower you in 2020 with Activated Goddess here
2) Target specific habits you want to carry into the new year, and figure out what you need to do to sustain them so that they don’t drop off after the new-year-new-me hype fades away
3) In commemoration of the eclipse, reflect on any subconscious patterns that were socialized into you that you’re ready to break free from. Don’t be afraid to shine light on traditions and passed-down ways of being that don’t serve you- you don’t owe it to anyone to keep carrying those with you
Happy New Moon and take care of yourself this holiday season. You are so loved.
Katya Weiss-Andersson -GoddessCeremony Astrologer-
About the Astrologer
Katya Weiss-Andersson offers resources for holistic wellness through multiple modalities. As a plant-based chef, she caters retreats and events across the United States. As a RYT-200 yoga teacher and kirtan artist, she teaches yoga asana and
Bhakti music. She works with astrology, plants, movement, sound and intersectional queer theory as tools for healing on the individual and community level. Her writing on food and wellness has been published on GoddessCeremony, Greatist and others and her website is katyaweissandersson.com. She is the proud mom of one plant and one queer kickball league in Durham, NC.