Do You Know What You Don’t Know?
Tonight’s Capricorn New Moon @26-degrees 54-minutes in the sign of the goat calls us to get serious about both what we KNOW and what we have still to learn.
Capricorn, ruled by authoritative serious taskmaster Saturn, is never in it for the kicks. Rather, this is an archetypal energy that’s old and rigid when it’s born and slowly relaxes to become more flexible as it ages.
What does that mean?
It means that right now we find the ruler of this perigee (closer to Earth than most full moons), blue (two full moons in the same month) Capricorn Full Moon large, in charge, & relentless in its goal to make us wiser…
This is particularly true now not only because the Moon & Sun, but also Saturn, Mercury, Venus, & Pluto are in the same sign—hoo boy, that’s a lotta Cappyenergy! In addition, and at least until March 8 when Jupiter stations retrograde— all planets are in forward motion now.
Most astrologers liken Capricorn energy to serious, success-oriented, and goal-driven behaviors, and all of this is true. Capricorn energy possesses a propensity for hard work, organization, upward mobility, and maintaining a positive reputation in a particular field, specific industry, or the wider world in general.
Astrologer & Jungian analyst Liz Greene tells us in her book “Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil” that Saturn’s placement in our birth chart informs us where we came into this lifetime feeling inadequate. Likewise, any house (or houses) ruled by Saturn’s Capricorn are likely to be areas where our personal inadequacies rear their ugly heads.
Where Saturn resides in our chart (by house & sign), and the house or houses ruled by this mentor figure, tells us where we’re likely to feel frustrated, thwarted in our self-expression, and/or to meet with difficulties.
However, here’s the good news: We come in with a road map—where Saturn lives in our chart (and the house or houses ruled by him) is where we’re CONSCIOUS of our self-perceived inadequacies. For this reason, many of us spend a large part of our early lives feeling flawed, but aware of our feelings, which eventually allows us to change them.
And how do we do that?
Simple: we learn!
“The frustrating experiences connected with Saturn are obviously necessary, as they are educational in a practical, as well as psychological, sense,” Greene states.
At this Capricorn New Moon, we’re all being asked to discover what we DON’T know, and how to best learn it. Likewise, we’re called to own what we DO know—what we’ve studied or worked hard to learn, whether it’s on an intellectual, emotional, physical, or spiritual basis.
Live & Learn From Fools & From Sages
In this day and age, I doubt there’s much dispute that different people learn best in a variety of different ways. So, some of us may have been handed our lessons from the harsher more subjective school of hard knocks as opposed to an objective, factual, logical, empirical, classroom & book-learned setting.
Capricorn is, after all, a practical earth sign, and it’s possible our lessons were learned through physical or mental repetition, whether in a classroom or out on the streets.
You know, repeating the same thing over and over until you finally “get” it…
Any way you slice it, Saturn-ruled Capricorn is about coming into this lifetime with a perceived deficit, and turning it—through hard work, dedication, and a desire to be the BEST you possible—into your metaphorical treasure chest.
Saturn represents lead. In the middle ages, alchemists attempted to change lead into gold. Little did they know this is impossible, and that what they were really attempting was to find external physical “proof” of the internal intangible metaphysical notion of transformation.
Whether we start out life thinking we possess a physical, emotional, mental or intellectual deficit doesn’t really matter. What’s important is that when we look back we recognize the slow, steady, determined, progress we’ve made to overcome being saddled with, or hampered by, this “deficit.”
This Capricorn New Moon’s exact message depends on the stage of your individual Saturnian journey, or where you’re at in the transformation of lead—or your perceived short-comings–into metaphorical gold.
However, whether we’re still young and working on it, middle-aged and more accomplished, or post-second Saturn return, it’s time for self-validation and to admit to ourselves that we have learned a thing or two from our painful past experiences.
If these experiences hurt us deeply enough, they likely propelled us into some level of self-awareness. If so, then Saturn’s done his job. However, what you dowith this newfound self-awareness ultimately makes the difference between “real” success and its mere outer trappings.
Sometimes it’s discerning between these two that presents the most serious Saturnian challenge.
Our lessons can come from anywhere—a parent, family member, teacher, friend, cleric, cop, lawyer/judge, colleague, boss, etc. Hell, we might even occasionally hear words of wisdom from our car mechanic or that dude on the checkout line in the grocery store…
It’s not where you hear it, it’s whether or not it applies…
You Got To Lose To Know How To Win
Pain is the mightiest teacher, as Liz Greene states, and it can teach us to become bitter, cold, and non-caring, or kind, appreciative, loving, and compassionate. Most of all, it teaches us self-compassion, something many of us may believe is unnecessary.
This Capricorn New Moon calls us to realign our thinking on this matter. First of all, where are you in your Saturnian journey? Do you use your self-perceived deficit to beat yourself up mentally or emotionally by thinking you’re not good enough and never will be?
For some, it’s time to continue to learn things for the first time, and this Capricorn New Moon asks you to commit to overcoming any personally-perceived inadequacies by moving forward and not giving up.
Giving up is not usually part of Capricorn’s lexicon, although initially this energy is capable of dragging us down farther than it is of lifting us up.
No matter how strong the downward pull toward negative thinking or depression becomes, it pays to remember that there’s another meaning to this energy. While negative past experiences may have hurt us deeply—partners leave, jobs end, possessions and/or money disappear—the message is often a deeply Saturnian one.
Initially, these painful losses most likely strengthened our conviction that we suck big time at something or other in life.
However, the truth is that those people, circumstances, or things are/were not instrumental to our future growth and that to achieve our highest goals we’re better off without them.
In fact, over time, you may understand how it was these external people or circumstances that dragged you down in the first place…
In fact, some of us may too often fast forward to feeling another’s pain, but lack the ability to acknowledge our own pain and learn self-sympathy as a result. This can seriously trip us up as we’re faced with learning life’s lessons.
It pays to remember there’s an alchemical process at work here.
This Capricorn New Moon may depress us, slow us down, or make us exceptionally cautious; however, it teaches us also that slow and steady wins the race.
While some of us may feel inert, depressed, or as if the world has turned an even darker shade of black at this time, we can remind ourselves that we’re in the middle of a transformative process…
Perhaps we can conceive that our thoughts have a grander purpose–one that can assist us to find a raison d’etre in the microcosm or macrocosm of our life at any given point, or help us recognize our true path forward…
…one that’s meant to lead us to our internal metaphorical gold.
We metaphysicians call this “soul growth.”
For others, the impetus behind self-improvement initiatives resulted in the feeling that you’ve “arrived.” You’ve learned what there is to know in any particular area of life and now you’re ready to become a mentor.
Helping us out at this Capricorn New Moon, regardless of which pattern fits your life right now, is Jupiter in Scorpio’s sextile to Pluto in Capricorn providing us the opportunity to expand our own consciousness through self-empowerment.
Remember that Pluto, the slowest moving planet in our galaxy, set the Capricorn backbeat in 2008 when he first moved into this sign I like to call “business as usual.” At that time, we experienced here in the U.S. a great recession, as housing prices tumbled and many home owners fell into debt.
We’ve come back from that now, but Pluto’s journey through Capricorn has a few more years still to go. Last December he was joined by Saturn moving into its own sign, which strengthens this Capricorn theme even more for at least the next three years.
The other planets in Cap at this Capricorn New Moon are a definite statement that our chickens have come home to roost and that the piper must be paid…no longer can we run from our perceived inadequacies by sweeping them under the rug or pretending they don’t bother us.
Now is the time to plant seeds that will grow into greater self-empowerment, not despite our perceived inadequacies or flaws, but because of them!
Insecurity is insecurity whether you let it drag you down into the quicksand or you turn it inside out and mask it behind a facade of superiority. Either way, you’re burdened by not being true to yourself…
“If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in ife, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, cliches, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of very great story. Teh whole trick is keeping the trugh up front in daily consciousness.“ ~ David Foster Wallace
Outside The Box Structure
At this Capricorn New Moon, we also have Mars quincunx Uranus, the planet of unexpected change, reminding us not to move too carelessly or too fast.
Aquarius energy, when deemed to be ruled by Uranus, is conceived of as revelatory and revolutionary. When we consider Saturn to be the ruler of Aquarius, we find a recipe for building or rebuilding new structure from within.
A Capricorn New Moon would not call for revolution, even when followed so closely by the Sun’s ingress into Aquarius, the sign of humanity.
Rather, the signs seem to point–as Mars moves into a trine to wounded healer Chiron, that we use our own willpower to shift around some of our internal energies. If we bring them into greater alignment little by little, we can face our future boldly and without fear.
When Venus moves into Aquarius on January 17, our relationships become a bit more daring and less conventional. The Sun follows Venus into the sign of the water bearer on January 19, and it’s then we’ll be called to take this Capricorn New Moon’s commitment to build a stronger sense of internal security to heart.
Through knowing that if we’re ever left totally on our own WE WILL SURVIVE!
And that, if the foundation under our feet crumbles away unexpectedly, we’ll soldier on, and rebuild it stronger and better than it was originally. It’s this kind of knowledge that helps us become a little less fearful day by day…
Remember the Capricorn backbeat–all else springs from, reverberates around, and resonates to this bass line. When we attribute Saturn’s rulership to forward-thinking, ahead of its time Aquarius, we can rest assured we’ll download how to rebuild or restructure any system by tapping into something greater than ourselves…
Steven Tyler‘s song/video Dream On seems to have the perfect lyrics to capture this Capricorn New Moon energy’s message that as time goes by, we live and we learn…
“Every time when I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
It went by, like dusk to dawn
Isn’t that the way
Everybody’s got the dues in life to pay
I know nobody knows
Where it comes and where it goes
I know it’s everybody sin
You got to lose to know how to win
Half my life’s in books, written pages
Live and learn from fools and from sages
You know it’s true, oh
All the things come back to you
Sing with me, sing for a year
Sing for the laughter, and sing for my tear
Sing with me, if it’s just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, and sing for the tear
Sing it with me, if it’s just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Dream on, Dream on, Dream on
Dream until the dream comes true…”
~ Steven Tyler