A Responsible New Moon in Capricorn Reading, January 5th, 2019

Welcome to the first New Moon of 2019! As usual, this first New Moon of the year occurs in the sign of Capricorn, lending us responsible energy to create plans and structures for the year ahead. This New Moon is super charged, too, as it also a solar eclipse along the Capricorn-Cancer axis of the sky. This astrological event gives an extra bump to the intentions you set now ton continue over the next six months, especially in the areas of career, achievements, accountability, and your public life out there in the world.

Capricorn is disciplined and practical so today holds a wonderful dose of get ‘er done focus. Take out your planner or just a sheet of paper and create a map for your year ahead. What do you want to accomplish? Try not to get too anxious about your long-term vision, just use what you know now. You can simply plan in times to check in on your vision and readjust your goals. Nothing is set in stone and being flexible and adapting to changing circumstances are the best ways to get you where you want to go anyway. The key now is just to start, to dream, to structure, to say to yourself that there is a way for your dreams to become reality. You can also organize your environment, decluttering and cleaning up, but especially getting rid of old things so you can make room for the things the new year brings you.

Here are a few questions you could ask the tarot now to help you with your intention setting and goal planning at this amazing New Moon in Capricorn:

  • What do I need to let go of so I can create room for the new in my life?
  • How can I take responsibility for my life and increase my ability to be accountable?
  • How can I commit to my success?
  • What does my body need from me at this time to feel cared for?
  • How can I make the world a better place for all future generations?

Now here is a reading for the collective at this time using the prompts above!

Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck

What do you need to let go of so you can create room for the new in your life?-
Knight of Swords
There is too much restless energy and hasty action in you now. You need to slow down! You need to stop writing more To Do Lists, seriously, put that list away right this minute! The Knight of Swords represents a whole lot of action, but not necessarily the values behind the frenzy. Take a step back and ask yourself why you are creating these to dos. Do they fit your life vision, do they make you happy, are they in balance with your personal belief system? There’s a real need to step back right now and stop acting for the sake of action itself. This life is not a race, this life is not a To Do list with lots of checked off items, we don’t exist to be busy all the time. Create more space for quiet, relaxation, and stillness.

How can I take responsibility for my life and increase my ability to be accountable?-
IX of Wands
You need to start following through on your plans, even when the going gets tough. So often, when we are met with challenges, especially multiple challenges to our goals, we just stop trying. It’s too hard. It’s not worth it. I can just be happy with what I’ve got. This attitude will not earn you any responsibility points with the Universe, though. When you give up on your dreams, the Universe responds by letting you sink back to your initial level, gives you a break, and then challenges you again when you next try to uplevel. It’s not easy to stay on track towards progress! If it were easy, everyone would be meeting goals left and right and becoming the best versions of themselves overnight. You need to find your courage. You need to be resilient. You need to be flexible on the how but not on the outcome. Persistence is the key, especially when your faith is tested and you feel like giving up. Hold yourself accountable by reminding yourself that only you can create your best life, and luckily you are a strong, brave warrior goddess who doesn’t give up EVER.

How can I commit to my success?- King of Swords reversed
The King of Swords reversed asks you to put away indecisiveness and pick a direction. Perhaps you are waiting for “things to make sense” or to gain some kind of amazing mental clarity which will tell you what to do. Maybe you’re even waiting for a super intelligent person to lay out your best path for you and push you in the right direction. It’s time to put those limited notions aside. Yes, it’s hard to make commitments without all the information. You’re worried that you will make the wrong decision and ruin the rest of your life. Delaying a decision and a path because you can’t predict the future is a sure way to stay stuck forever, though. It’s time to trust your intuition, to put logic aside and listen to the voice of your inner knowing. You’ll be surprised how much it has to say to you if you stop in to listen. Tell your divine essence that you acknowledge yourself and will no longer delay in committing to the life you want, no matter how many of your personal demons you will have to confront. The King of Swords has a mighty sword to confront his demons with, you are not powerless or impotent. You can meet your issues, you can solve your problems, you can get to the next layer of your soul. 

What does my body need from me at this time to feel cared for?- IV of Cups reversed
The IV of Cups reversed asks you to meet your body in your current state. There is a strong desire to look at your body as it was in your youth or at some point in the past when it became the way you see yourself today. The important thing to know is that your body is different now. You are aging overtime and you can’t revert to some previous version of your body that needed different things or felt a different way. This applies to whether you loved your body more in the past or if you have drastically improved the physical health of your body but still see yourself as the past unhealthy version of yourself. Women especially have a hard to really seeing what the mirror is reflecting back at them. Your body wants to be loved the way it is RIGHT NOW. Take a moment to look at your body and associate positive and grateful feelings for it. Now matter what state of health or appearance your body is in, it is ALIVE and slowly moving towards death. Isn’t it interesting to know that we all have that in common every single day?

How can I make the world a better place for all future generations?- VIII of Cups rx
We all need to sit down right now and acknowledge that the way we treat ourselves, the ways we treat each other, and the way we treat the Earth all create the world we are living in and will hand down to the next generation. We are all responsible for making this world the best place it can be, which I think we all agree can be a hold heck of a lot better than it is currently. We each need to commit to walking away from certain outmoded ways of living. We can’t continue to create as much waste just because it’s convenient to use disposable products. We can’t continue to eat foods that ruin our environment just because they are convenient and what we’ve always eaten. We can’t continue to other and marginalize people who aren’t like us just because our religious or political leaders are telling us that is the only way to be safe. We aren’t safe! The world is deteriorating into chaos, hate, violence, and pollution all around us. The best thing you can do is walk away from this world… and start walking in the world you want to live in in the future. Act as if what you are doing to create more love in the world is making a different, because it is!

Okay, that’s our New Moon Reading for Capricorn on this January 5th, 2019. I hope you find some time to do a personal New Moon reading for yourself using these prompts. Let me know if you do! If you’re interested in getting a reading from me, just order one up and I’d be more than happy to offer you the insight and empowerment that the tarot has for you at this time. Happy New Moon!  


Capricorn New Moon Reading for January 9, 2016

The year starts out, as per usual, with a New Moon in Capricorn. Capricorn is associated with ambition, determination, and practicality. These are the perfect characteristics for goal-setting and planning at the beginning of a new lunar cycle, and more importantly- a NEW YEAR!  (My excitement about 2016 has not worn off just yet!!) We humans seem to love making resolutions at the beginning of the year, but we don’t tend to love following through on them. I know I’ve made a million resolutions and am already a bit nervous about how my follow through is going. Why is that? Maybe it’s because we don’t make those resolutions any fun! Well, I think the tarot makes everything more fun, so I’m going to use the Wild Unknown Tarot deck to ask for some guidance for all of us at this turning point in the year. Let’s see what advice we receive for making our goals more achievable and joyful this time around!


The Wild Unknown Tarot deck

What will help me effectively plan my creations for the year?- VII of Cups reversed
It’s time to break down illusions. Whatever fantasies or pipe dreams you are holding onto from the past, now is the time to let them go in order to plan for the future. Perhaps you are sad that you will never be a ballerina or an astronaut, but you know what, you are something else right now. Focus on the person you are who actually exists now, instead of lamenting the person you thought you were going to be. What do you like about yourself? What do you want to improve? If you absolutely must be a ballerina, start taking classes now! Make some specific and achievable steps that will get you moving in the right direction.

The VII of Pentacles reversed also asks you to make sure you aren’t latching on to day dreams that serve only to distract you. Yes, it may be fun to imagine your trip around the world in a hot air balloon, but that kind of escapism can be detrimental if you never get around to making concrete goals in reality. Know that many of your fantasies would not actually make you happy or be that fun and life fulfilling. That hot air balloon trip?- miserable.  As it turns out you have a fear of heights, small spaces, and peeing in a jar. Distinguish between things that are fun to imagine and things you actually want to do in the real world. Put aside the fantasies for a little bit now to do some goal setting.

How can I commit fully to my intentions this year?- III of Swords reversed
It’s time to leave sorrow behind. Your past hurts, regrets, and pain do not define you as a person. You are so much more than all the bad things that have come to pass in your life. Those circumstances need to be released so that you can create room inside of you for new experiences, new growth, new thoughts and feelings. If you are using up all your mental capacity on remembering your woes, you leave no room for contemplating your happiness. It’s time to devise ways to work through and release your pain. Some ideas are: go to therapy, talk to friends, journal, meditate, do a hypnosis session, etc.

Just as the VII of Pentacles reversed ask you to distinguish between fantasies and goals, the III of Swords reversed wants you to distinguish between unhealing wounds and mere slights. Deep sorrow from the past may change you forever, but it doesn’t make you incapable of moving on and finding gratitude and appreciation in everything that comes after it. You may never be the same after the death of a loved one, for example, but that does not mean you are incapable of experiencing joy and success every again. Less traumatizing past experiences can also be released and forgotten. That guy who stepped on your foot on the bus? Stop replaying in your head all the nasty things you could have said to him to make him feel bad. Your foot is fine! Don’t let you mind feed on a vicious cycle of negative. Try replacing those mean-spirited conversations in your head with positive affirmations and encouragement.

What can ground me in the joy of my responsibilities and goals?-
VII of Pentacles reversed
Try not to hold onto one vision of success. If you are obsessively focused on a fixed outcome, you lose the opportunity for spontaneity, for serendipity, to let your path unfold as you go. If there is only one acceptable outcome in your future, you create lots of pain and misery when you end up achieving something else, no matter how awesome that something else may be. Set your goals, but also allow the future to remain a mysterious place of varied outcomes. It is more important to be present and joyful in the moment, than to slave away toward a future that ultimately is unknowable. Not all means to an end are worth the goal. Don’t ruin the world now in an effort to create something to save it later, that just doesn’t make sense.

Remember to check in on your progress towards you goals often. Do you even want the same thing you started out to achieve now that you are working on it? Recognize all of the peripheral effects your striving has produced and check in on how you feel about these consequences. Just don’t grind along blindly towards your goals without giving them regular updates and attention. You may find that you have veered off course, and you may even like where you are headed more than your original goal! Otherwise, regular check ins will help you get back on track before you totally derail.

Well, there you go!  Another New Moon reading from The Willow Path Tarot, and the first on for 2016. I hope this reading gives you some mental clarity and encouragement for setting your goals for the coming year. If you would like to get a personalized reading for the new year, I am offering one for a short period, until the end of January. Get in touch! with me at thewillowpathtarot@gmail.com  I’m always excited to work with you!