Happy New Year! The new moon solar eclipse in Capricorn, happening at 15 degrees of the goat on January 5th at 8:28 pm ET, is our first new moon and the first eclipse of the year. After the intense energy of 2018, most of us were more than ready for an extended holiday break. I know I was. In fact, I spent the holiday break literally learning how to breathe better underwater while on a scuba diving expedition with my husband. Totally immersed in a soundless, ocean cocoon, watching technicolor clouds of sea life swim by—a sorely needed reboot.
Yet, this Little Cayman scuba diving adventure challenged me like crazy, too. Not having dove for a few years, I had trouble equalizing the pressure in my ears at first. So much so, I had to abort my first dive completely. Once I finally descended though, my mind blew open.
Diving the Bloody Bay Wall taught me the importance of patience in an acclimation process, as opposed to running from resistance. After all, breathing 80 feet underwater while swimming beside turtles, fish—and yes, even sharks—takes a bit of getting used to. But OMG—such a cool experience! Definitely worth the process of moving through resistance and learning how to get comfortable while being uncomfortable all over again.
New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn: A Dynamic Strength
I’m back home now, albeit embodying a rocking sensation from being on the water for so many days in a row. And synchronistically, the beginning of 2019 calls in similar dynamic energy. On January 5th at 8:28 pm ET, we’ll welcome our first solar eclipse of the year in the sign of Capricorn, a harbinger of institutions, leadership, and tradition.
Positioned at 15 degrees and conjunct Saturn (who represents discipline), as well as Pluto (who unearths shadows), this new moon solar eclipse ushers in a serious—but not stifling—vibe. A helpful aspect to dreamy Neptune offers a bit of nuance to this Capricorn eclipse, encouraging you to put some hustle behind your daydreams. This is an excellent new moon to plant the seeds for your year-long business plan, especially with Jupiter in entrepreneurial Sagittarius for most of the year. Whether you are an entrepreneur, or not, this eclipse encourages you to concretely commit to your ambitions and dreams.
Eclipses: The Cosmic WildcardEclipses are unpredictable in nature. They punctuate time with crescendo like lunar events that simultaneously commence and end longer cycles at play. Eclipses can be measured via two different types of cycles. Metonic cycles relate to a to 19-year cycle of the moon’s nodes (235 lunar months). Saros cycles sync up exactly every 18 years, 11 days and 8 hours.
This particular eclipse—a partial solar eclipse at 15 degrees of Capricorn—belongs to Saros Cycle 122. The last time we had a solar eclipse in Saros Cycle 122 was December 25, 2000, at 4 degrees of Capricorn.
Can you remember back to the end of 2000? Where were you? What were you up to?
In my own life, I had just moved to Lake Tahoe and started my job at Squaw Valley teaching ski lessons. While I might’ve never been more broke than when I taught ski lessons for a living in Lake Tahoe, my experience there felt like one of the richest times of my life. It was then that I learned how to live in sync with the phases of the moon. I met some of the closest lifelong friends I’ve made to date. And I really began my healing journey in all earnest.
As we commence another iteration of Saros Cycle 122, I am humbled to think of how much my life changed since I made the decision to live in the mountains way back when.
Eclipses are the wildcards in astrology. They initiate new beginnings and bring older stories full circle.
They are potent harbingers of change, often lacking the clear understanding of how they will impact you in advance. (I had no idea how moving to Lake Tahoe on a wing and a prayer just in time for winter solstice in 2000 would change my life forever!)
And similar to my story then, of digging my heels (or the edges of my skis) into the life I most wanted—a life that exploded with joy and excitement—we are all faced with that same opportunity now. To actively choose what we most want!
With the new year just kicking off, we come face-to-face with a year that will most definitely bring challenges. But thankfully, this year will also serve as a softer year of integration. Especially compared to the intensity of 2016-2018 and what 2020 potentially has to offer, too.
Given this, now’s the time to unequivocally make some decisions about who you are, what you want, and where you are ready to draw a line (or two) in the sand.
I mean, life just keeps marching on. Deliberately choosing where you want to go from here will support you immensely.
In 2019 we’ll have five eclipses in total:
- Partial Solar Eclipse in Capricorn on January 5, 2019
- Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo on January 21, 2019
- Total Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 2, 2019
- Partial Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn July 16, 2019
- Annular Solar Eclipse in Capricorn December 26, 2019
So, shortly after this new moon eclipse, we have a total supermoon lunar eclipse in Leo. However, the good news is that Uranus, who currently travels at 27 degrees of Aries, will station direct on Sunday, too. When he does, there will be no major planets in retrograde motion. None.
2019 takes off—and the question is: How do you want to harness this potential?
Capricorn Season: Get Ready To Make Moves In 2019
While 2019 won’t be as intense as last year (phew!), you can still expect the kind of energy that will ask us to expand. It will stretch you beyond self-imposed limitations, toxic relationships, and anything not in alignment with your highest good. All in the name of putting your best self forward to do your part on this planet.
Solar eclipses, like the one we are having now, invite you to initiate new beginnings. With five planets in Capricorn (the sun, moon, Mercury, Pluto, and Saturn), this new moon offers some significant power. Couple it with the start of the new year and Uranus going direct, and the days that follow this new moon present an open road for you take off in the direction of your most aligned life.
Are you ready to live cosmically aligned in 2019? In the comments below, let me know what major change you intend to create in your life. What are you doing to align the trajectory of your life with your most desired outcome?
Remember solar eclipses initiate 18-19 year cycles. Actions taken, intentions set, and decisions made now, potentially have a long-term impact! Choose wisely and sincerely.