Wheel of Fortune…: Capricorn New Moon & Happy New Year

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“If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you aren’t afraid of dying,
there is nothing you can’t achieve.

Trying to control the future
is like trying to take the the master carpenter’s place.
When you handle the master carpenter’s tools,
there are chances you will cut your hand.”

— Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching


Happy New Year everyone…

I bought a copy of the Tao Te Ching a few weeks ago. And the first three times I opened the book – it landed on this verse I posted in my previous Blog. Today I meditated on a message for this New Year for us all and the above is what I received.

It’s been a busy holiday season. This is usually the time of the year when I am deeply hibernating lost in the horoscopes for the coming year. But this was my first time home for the holidays in over a decade and my brother and best friend were visiting, so it was a lot more hectic and fun than I had planned.

But the new year is upon us and it’s been back to business now. As I look into the coming year, 2013 promises to usher in great wave of change.  But it will be up to us to catch the tide and make the most of the opportunities as they arise. And where one dares to make conscious changes the rewards will be felt tangibly.

We are now entering a very fertile Dark of the Moon. The Moon is in Capricorn moving towards a New Moon at 21+ degrees on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM EDT in the US and just after midnight on Jan. 12, 2013 at 1:13 AM INT here in India.

Capricorn is the third earth sign, representing material or physical energy in it’s most evolved state. It is the sign that represents tradition, wealth, social status, business and corporations, government, society or what is defined as “success.” Global political and economic developments are very much likely to be in the news.

But with Pluto in Capricorn as we begin this new cycle, , especially on an individual level, we are being asked to break through the mold and conditioning of the past to discover true integrity and inner strength. Something that is clearly illustrated in the Sabian Symbol for the degree of the lunation.

Here is an interpretation taken from Dane Rudhyar’s book An Astrological Mandala:



KEYNOTE: The realization that one may grow through defeat as well as, and perhaps more than, through success.

While the preceding symbol referred to the drive toward success in culturally organized collective endeavors, this one presents us with the possibility of turning apparent external defeat into an inner spiritual achievement. We have recently seen how totally vanquished nations (Germany and Japan) have leaped forward and achieved great economic success. Much depends on the quality of the will and the inner integrity of the person.

At this second stage we find what seems to be a paradox, but the spiritual life is always paradoxical. The great sinner can become the most renowned saint, and a medieval Pope a criminal. What matters most always is INNER STRENGTH.


Where ever you feel you may have failed, or whatever you feel you’ve touched reached rock bottom with, consider this a golden opportunity to make spiritual progress. The New Moon is always a suggestion of a new cycle and aspects suggest there are more surprises around the corner. Only when we have accepted “defeat” can we grow in wisdom and spiritual strength which are the roots and seed of success.

Venus is now in Capricorn in a tight square to Uranus in Aries at the time of the lunation, exact on Jan. 13, 2013 seeding the energy with great potential for progress within financial situations and with relationships.

There could be important breakthroughs if we are willing to push boundaries to discover what we are capable of achieving if we try. And whether one fails or succeeds does not matter. What matters is finding the courage to live true to your integrity and passion. The aspect is pushing boundaries of trust, asking us to acknowledge what we value in a situation rather than live up to superficial standards of society or material attachments.

** [I added this paragraph later] After I wrote this Blog, I was thinking of an appropriate title and “Wheel of Fortune” came to mind. Because the energy of this New Moon and the Venus-Uranus aspect deeply resonated with the Wheel of Fortune card from the Tarot. Later I realized it is also the 10th card of the Major Arcana and Capricorn is the 10th sign. So understanding the energy of the Wheel of Fortune might also be helpful at this time.

Jan from Angel Paths Tarot writes about the Fortune card:

Good fortune comes from the still centre which contains the very heart of ourselves. The seasons will continue to wheel, the sun will rise and set, the planets will move in their allotted courses – with or without us. If we struggle against the flow of life, we become those struggling to ascend the Wheel, or even one of those crushed beneath it. However, if we realise our own power to create a beneficial future and then trust in that vision, we shall become the still figure, master of our own universe.”

Also Sarah Taylor, who is a Tarot reader that I learn a great deal from and truly admire for her depth of insight, wrote in an article about this card:

“To use the metaphor of the wheel: we can cling to the outside of the wheel, where we run the risk of meeting any of the three figures and getting thwarted. Or we can move to the center, away from obstacles, and where the movement is minimised. In other words, we can cling to the outside world, to what is familiar and what we don’t want to relinquish. Or we can surrender the notion of clinging, and move to our own center. Individuation is about identifying and excavating the core that lies in each of us that cannot be shifted or thwarted by external circumstances. When we are in touch with our center, we are in touch with the Self: timeless and unperturbed by the whims of fortune. It is from this point of balance that we can then move out into the world, once the movement has stopped, with a renewed sense of the true source of our empowerment.”

In relationships as well, there may be a sense of breaking social norms. Where one has been in denial, this is likely bringing an awakening to reality. Asking us to wiping the slate clean so we can move forward with an awareness of what is precious. Although Venus in Capricorn likes and can represent the finer things in life, luxury and material pleasure, love and relationships aren’t just about candlelight dinners and romance. Successful relationships that last, take hard-work, commitment and only get richer and rewarding as time goes on.

As you enter this cycle be inventive, innovative, creative and willing to push the limit. Capricorn is about setting goals and then staying the path as one manifests them.

As any Capricorn or successful person will tell you, there are no short cuts to success. It takes hard work and dedication; knowing when to cut your losses and knowing when to persevere determinedly, and knowing that neither success nor failure defines the measure of your humanity. The seeds we are planting now may take time to come to fruition, but the intangible spiritual rewards will far outweigh the tangible benefits.

Once again I wish you a very Happy and prosperous New Year and New Moon! And thank you for stopping by this page. I am aware that there are millions of websites on the internet and you being here is more than simply a coincidence. I am grateful for your faith and for the chance to be a part of your journey.

I’ll be back with more astrology as the time permits. In the meanwhile I’ll be here, behind the scenes, working on your 2013 Annual Horoscopes. If you haven’t yet purchased yours you can pre-order them now at this link. (You can also read the previous years horoscopes for free at the link above.)

With love,



Ruler of Capricorn Saturn is now in Scorpio, making this Capricorn New Moon an opportune time to learn Saturn’s lessons. To understand what part of your life is being affected by this transit you can schedule a special Saturn in Scorpio Consultation at this link.



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