Capricorn new moon
plan from stable foundation
pursue what’s aligned
The start of the calendar year is aligning with the new moon in Capricorn. Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign — it initiates the season that began with the December solstice. This sign is known for its affinity for structure and planning, and for its persistence.
New moons bring us new beginnings.
This is the initiation point to take your vision and dreams and turn them into a plan.
And here’s the lesson that nature teaches us, which we learn from Capricorn:
To create a stable plan you must begin from a place of grounding.
It doesn’t matter what moon we are in or what the date is on the calendar. If you don’t have firm footing and clarity on what you want, it’s going to be hard to plan, harder to implement, and harder to sustain.
I’ve learned this lesson the hard way, many times over. Let me tell you that it sucks to put in so much work to achieve something only to feel completely unfulfilled.
Here are 3 tips for holistic planning that I’m reminding myself this year, to avoid the pain of achievement without fulfillment.
(1) Begin from a place of wholeness.
If you’re setting goals from a place of deficiency, or to make up for what you perceive as shortfalls from last year, your goals will leave you feeling empty.
You can’t fill your holes with achievements.
What would you desire if there was nothing wrong with you? If there was nothing to fix?
(2) Get clear on what you really want.
Persistence is powered by the personal.
If you’re chasing someone else’s dream — whether it’s your parents, mentors, friends, or the people you see on social media — you will eventually run out of gas. Or, you’ll reach your destination but feel miserable.
Discerning what you want versus what others want for you, or what others tell you you should want, requires radical honesty with yourself.
(3) Come into alignment.
Before you set out in pursuit of big lofty goals, it’s worth pausing to consider whether the process and the outcome are aligned with what fulfills you, with how you make meaning, and with how you work best.
If what you want is not aligned with what you need to do your best work, it doesn’t matter how great your plan is — the achievement will fall flat, if you even get there.
Take Time to Listen
New moons are a time of darkness; the moon is hidden as it renews itself under the sun’s cover.
This is our invitation to do the same.
Pause. Get still. Settle your nervous system. Listen to what is calling you. Plan from a place of grounding rather than from reaction to what’s going on around you or inside you.
Anything worth building will likely take a long time. Doesn’t it makes sense to ensure it’s what you really want?