StarGarden MoonWatch for the New Moon, December 30th, 2005

Hello Everyone,

I'm Maria Theresa Maggi, intuitive astrologer here on KRFP in Moscow, Idaho, and you're listening to the StarGarden MoonWatch for the new moon of December 30, 2005.

The lunar calendar overlaps with our conventional calendar this month in a way that gives us one more new beginning before the year of 2005 ends. This "last" new beginning seems fitting as the new moon joins the sun in Capricorn, the earthy sign that describes our relationship with the passage of time and with the authority of structure to manifest what is most useful to us in the material world. Capricorn and its ruling planet Saturn demand that we make the long, arduous journey of mastering responsibility for our own authority in the world, despite, or perhaps even because, at every turn there are those who would claim authority over us. On this journey to mastery what is most often asked of us is to learn the lessons of discipline and limitation. It may seem odd that Capricorn, often associated with executive power, would bring us this lesson, since in our current system the executives, whether political or economic, are most often those who amass unbridled power or wealth that excludes or seeks to control most of us. Yet this new moon might be a time when we restart processes to limit or offset that excess. The term executive is derived from the word execution, which can mean either an effective or a destructive action, empowering someone to carry out a judgment, the act or mode or result of a performance, or putting to death as a legal penalty. This could be a time when reforms to end the more barbarous meanings of execution, whether as part of war, free trade, or capital punishment, are given new energy, discipline and determination.

Saturn, the world card in the tarot, speaks to the deep integration required to build a structure that works for all of humanity, and to the laws of karma, which, simply put, remind us that "what goes around comes around." The Capricorn sun and moon make an aspect to Saturn in Leo that requires conscious adjustments be made. Those of us who want to withhold might find ourselves between a rock and a hard place. Those of us who are willing to be responsible for the time and energy we give may find an opportunity for mastering compassionate action has fallen right into our laps.

Usefulness is a key concept for the sign of Capricorn. All too often this term becomes synonymous with exploitation. But its true spirit is one of responsible, continuous, and conscious engagement or contact, shaped by those who use the needed tool and then pass it down, whether that tool is literal or figurative, or both, as these excerpts from Gary Snyder's famous poem "Ax Handles" remind us:

A broken-off handle behind the door

is long enough for a hatchet.

We cut it to length and take it

With the hatchet head

And working hatchet, to the wood block.

There I begin to shape the old handle

With the hatchet. . .

I say to Kai. . ."Look: we'll shape the handle

By checking the handle

Of the axe we cut with—"

and he sees. . ."

". . .in making the handle

Of an axe

By cutting wood with an axe

The model is indeed near at hand."

My teacher. . .

Translated that and taught it years ago

And I see: Pound was an axe

Chen was an axe, I am an axe

And my son a handle, soon

To be shaping again, model

And tool, craft of culture,

How we go on.

Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs for how to honor the gift of continuity that allows us to pass on what is genuinely useful to others:

Aries: You may feel responsible or serious in a love affair, with a child, or about an organized effort to assist those less fortunate than yourself. You want to do more with less.

Taurus: A group or friend you care about needs more structured support at home or in a public venue. If you're willing, you have the strength to help initiate the needed change.

Gemini: You understand something about the limits of a situation that allows you to achieve some surprising reform within it. Your belief in sticking with basics helps.

Cancer: A practical "less is more" approach to the future also brings a self-containment that balances your traditional function in marriage and family partnerships.

Leo: Some alone time might help you understand a friend or partner more deeply. You can also offer the gift of routine or practical work that benefits or surprises the recipient.

Virgo: You may feel responsible for shaping how something having to do with your reputation or your work gets expressed; remember to be thankful for the unexpected.

Libra: You may feel like withdrawing from the public in order to free yourself up for serious reflection or time with friends. A change in routine helps you regroup for the long haul.

Scorpio: You want to understand yourself more deeply, but also maintain a status quo. Try new ways to express what puzzles you about yourself to others.

Sagittarius: You may be thinking a lot about how to be truthful in your artistic or self expression while also respecting the values of someone older than you. Trust the history.

Capricorn: You may continue to form a more autonomous approach to your emotional needs, which, at the same time, can also attract interest or support from friends or groups.

Aquarius: An intuitive understanding of structure could reshape values or resources and set the stage for a new and innovative action in your immediate environment.

Pisces: It's necessary to find a balance between the structure others want you to assume, and what you know is necessary in your heart. Compassionate reform sets you free.

The easy communication of the moon with Jupiter, Mars, and Uranus suggests that innovation and generosity is possible, even as we adjust to the challenging model presented by real limitations (of time and resources). This new moon we can't bank on reputation or image or sound bytes to start a project or make something happen; we have to give where it shows, or make a mark that endures. There is actually nothing more beautiful than the patina of a wooden tool or chair worn with use, or even the way the stone floor at Chartres cathedral is literally worn by the droves of pilgrims who knelt or walked the rose labyrinth that once graced its floor. Those humble grooves from human use reach as deeply into the heart as the steeples reach into the sky. Capricorn shares an affinity with the knees in the physical body; without our knees we can't bend to plant a seed, tie a child's shoe, or kneel in prayer, meditation or adoration. So at this new moon, let us bend ourselves to the humble path of usefulness, in which we become one with the intstrument we play, with the work we do, with the torch we pass on to the next person, as we learn the most useful way to shine our lights, shed some light, and keep it light!

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