Same Wintry Fever ~ New Moon in Capricorn – December 29th, 2016

The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower

“The force that through the green fuse drives the flower

Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees

Is my destroyer.

And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose

My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.

The force that drives the water through the rocks

Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams

Turns mine to wax.

And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins

How at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks…”

– Dylan Thomas

On Thursday, December 29th, 2016 there will be a New Moon in the sign of Capricorn. Considering the proximity of this event to New Year’s Eve, this New Moon represents the right time to set the tone and timbre for 2017.

New Moons are moments to refresh your creative energies!

Now, with this one right on the cusp of the New Year, it would be wise to lay down a foundation that is strong and stable enough to build upon for the next twelve months.

With a New Moon occurring at the end of the year, there will be a great deal of conflicting feelings that arise regarding the passage of time.

This is a moment where you will experience the paradox of life in death and death in life.

Yes, the freshness of the New Moon and the promise of the New Year will tantalize your imagination.

But you will also feel the weight of time dragging down upon you.

In his poem, The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower, Thomas beautifully expresses the bittersweetness of how joy/sadness and life/death are inextricably driven by the same force…devouring time.

The darling buds of springtime are frozen by the ice of wintertime, for whatever time gives, time also takes away.

Thankfully, a New Moon in Capricorn can inspire the necessary resilience to handle the truth about time. And this lunation cycle will also offer renewed ambition that will help you to summon greater levels of self-mastery and accomplishment.

The beauty of Capricorn’s vision is that it reaches the most climactic heights within the limitations the finite material world. So think of this New Moon as the time to envision your life as a sweeping epic, in full cinemascope and technicolor.

This New Moon in Capricorn will be conjunct Mercury retrograde, which will tinge all of your thoughts with a touch of noir.

There will also be a sextile between the New Moon and Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces, which will add a layer of mystery! Under this influence, your cup will overflow with inspiration and past, present and future will merge into a stream of consciousness.

The New Moon’s aspects to Mars, Neptune and Mercury retrograde will be somewhat intoxicating, more like the shuddering burn of gin than the light sparkle of champagne.

But, the brooding memories that swim to the surface will enliven your senses and life will feel like a fabled tale of triumph over adversity.

The hand that whirls the water in the pool

Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind

In order to forge ahead into the New Year with a healthy mindset, it is important to allow yourself some musings, fantasies and maybe even a few vanities.

Allow the New Moon and Mercury retrograde to stir the quicksand and reroute negative thought-patterns. Acknowledge the power of the word and honor that power by keeping your word.

The strength of your magic is relative to the integrity of your word, thus you should only make promises that you can keep.

Saturn, planetary ruler of Capricorn, condenses chaos into matter, developing the breath of life underneath the weight of death. It is Saturn that catalyzes adaptation to heat and pressure and it is Saturn that inspires us to appreciate the miraculous transformations that hard work and dedication can provide.

Capricorn is the sign that embodies evolutionary thrust! The sea-goat can survive in any environment.

The force that drives the water through the rocks.

On this night, Saturn in Sagittarius will be trining Uranus in Aries. This represents a rarified embrace between conservatism and radicalism that will enable you to channel an explosion of liberating energy into an elegant plan.

You will feel stable, but not stagnant. You will feel innovative, but not foolishly so.

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower

Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees

When a chapter of life begins to draw to a close, time can begin to be felt as devouring and aggressive! Like Dylan Thomas, you will feel time as the “force that through the green fuse drives the flower”. 

So at the end of 2016, if you feel an urgency to grow, to create, or to improve yourself, you may respond with the liberating strength that Saturn and Uranus will provide.

At this moment, hold yourself to the highest standard you can possibly conceive of!

Despite all the potential for liberation and the promise of brighter days to come, if you feel melancholy, you are not alone. This melancholy is an honest emotional reaction to the quiet observation of time’s passage.

Just as Dylan Thomas illuminates in his deeply personal poem, every blossoming, flourishing and exultant moment in life brings us one step closer to the end. There is no avoiding the fact that every step towards joy is a step towards death.

    And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose

My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Time destroys all and the year 2016 is almost finished.

It is true that Capricorn approaches the pain of death with frankness and honesty, but this is so that the very most can be made out of life!

In life, suffering is unavoidable, but at this New Moon in Capricorn you can seed the intention to be strong enough to handle this fact.

In 2017, ask for the strength to overcome whatever it is that heavily challenges you. Look back upon your life with great reverence for the pain you have endured and find it within yourself to begin 2017 with great integrity and expanded imagination.

Do not resist time and gravity and death. Instead, use your awareness of limitation to live with a sense of great purpose!

Happy New Year!