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As we approach the first lunar cycle of 2024, there’s no better time to reflect on your intentions for the future. This is especially significant to consider with the sun journeying through hard-working Capricorn, a sign that has everything to do with one’s sense of authority. Governed by taskmaster Saturn—Lord of Karma and planet of boundaries, discipline, and structure—this cardinal earth sign is depicted by the mythical sea goat (half-human, half-goat), which symbolizes its ability to navigate both the physical and spiritual plane.
The irony of this is that despite its unwavering focus and determination, not to mention its profound connection to the universe, Capricorn remains deeply fixated on the concept of time. It is, after all, ruled by Saturn, also known as Father Time. That being said, when considering the fact that the sun is our greatest source of energy, it’s no wonder this “timeliness” and “pragmatism” is reflected in our collective and individual reality. What do your long-term goals look like?
It’s no secret that the first few weeks of the year are all about getting down to business, but the first new moon of 2024 comes just in time to get the ball rolling for the year ahead. A symbol of fertility and our potential, the moon will renew itself via 20 degrees of Capricorn on January 11, at exactly 6:57 a.m. EST. Where does this cardinal earth sign come to life in your birth chart? What are you hoping to accomplish in 2024?
Take a moment to look back at the Saturn-Pluto conjunction that took place in January 2020. This notorious transit—leading up to the COVID 19 pandemic—activated 22 degrees of this cardinal earth sign, which means that it’s close proximity to this new moon. Not to worry, I’m not referencing the return of the Corona virus. I am simply encouraging you to reflect on how far you’ve come when considering your life's personal and professional structures. What have you built? What have you released?
Although it’s been four years, you shouldn’t underestimate what you’ve discovered, especially when regarding your personal power and resilience. On that note, consider this an opportunity to commit to a solid plan of action and hunker down on your future visions. Reconsider your current time management skills and explore new ways to cultivate your productivity levels. This lunation feels like a gift from the cosmos and for more reasons than one. So grab your journal, and start reflecting on your Capricorn-y manifestations.
The sun and moon will be in harmony with Uranus in Taurus (before going direct on January 27), serving as a celestial support system for your newfound trajectory, as well as the radical changes you’re in the process of implementing. This could also inspire the desire to experiment and/or explore new avenues in your professional life, if not with regard to your financial stability. Mars will also form a steady trine with lucky Jupiter, which can be equally inspiring as it is expansive, and there’s more as the red planet will also harmonize with Saturn. Are you ready to commit to something for the long haul?
In the meantime, be sure to read on for your new moon in Capricorn horoscope and affirmation:
Embrace your assertiveness and take a stand, Aries. With the moon renewing itself in Capricorn and your 10th house of tradition, notoriety, and destiny in the world, it’s clear that you’re more conscious of your sense of authority, and how you’ve left and continue to leave your mark on the world. When looking back at the past four years, consider how you've evolved and how your actions have contributed to your legacy. What’s next? Channel this newfound awareness when crafting a solid plan of action for the future, ensuring that your ambitions align with your long-term goals. New Moon Affirmation: With clarity, I will forge a plan for the future, and leave a lasting legacy in the world.
As the new year unfolds, consider new goals, Taurus. After all, with the moon renewing itself in Capricorn and influencing your ninth house of expansion, education, and self-discovery, now is the time to seize the opportunity to plan ahead, and approach the future with a fresh perspective. In addition to having lucky Jupiter in your sign, the Greater Benefic will form a steady trine to Mars, offering both inspiration and energy for your future endeavors. Your celestial ruler, Venus, is currently transiting your eighth house of intimate affairs, so themes surrounding your joint ventures and shared resources are also of focus. New Moon Affirmation: I am inspired and energized; I attract abundance and success with every step I take.
The foundation of your intimate unions is up for evaluation during January’s new moon in Capricorn. With the moon renewing itself in Capricorn—bringing fertility and renewal to your eighth house of death, transformation, and other sources of income—consider what restructuring is needed in your investments for stability and growth. If you’re working on a project behind the scenes, the influence of Mars trine Jupiter encourages slow and steady progress moving forward. Whether personally or professionally, consider the bigger picture when planning ahead. New Moon Affirmation: I have the power to create a solid foundation for my investments and unions, ensuring stability and growth in both aspects of my life.
With a new year in session, there’s no better time to plant new seeds of intention. Cultivating these intentions will foster personal and professional developments, creating a foundation for success and meaningful connections. This is is especially true when considering January’s new moon in Capricorn, as it will ignite your your relationship sector, and harmonize with change-maker Uranus via your 11th house of community. Whether via social media or in your professional life, consider this an opportunity for growth and renewal. What are you committed to achieving, and what is your plan? New Moon Affirmation: I am a magnet for positive and meaningful connections. With authenticity, I can build strong and fulfilling relationships that enrich my life.
It’s time to get down to business, and create a plan that is both practical and productive in your everyday life, Leo. The moon is renewing itself in Capricorn, bringing emphasis and fertility to your sixth house of health, due diligence, and daily devotions, highlighting new potentials and opportunities that are available to you in this area of life. Harness this lunar energy to cultivate positive habits, improve your well-being, and unlock the full potential of your day-to-day endeavors. Lucky Jupiter is bringing luck, expansion and abundance to your career sector, so don’t be afraid to test your luck, and commit to a longterm goal. New Moon Affirmation: I welcome luck, expansion, and abundance into my professional journey, and daily life.
Put your accomplishments on display, Virgo. Otherwise, consider this an opportunity to commit to a new creative path, or a passion project that inspires you. January’s new moon is touching down on your fifth house of self-expression, and the astrology that surrounds this lunation is chef’s kiss. In addition to harmonizing with freedom-loving Uranus—liberating you from stagnacy and conventionality—Mars will form a steady trine to Jupiter, which is both inspiring and energizing. This provides you with the momentum needed to make significant strides, whether in your personal or professional life. New Moon Affirmation: I am infused with inspiration; I am committed to moving towards bold, innovative endeavors that contribute to my personal growth.
Reflect on your perception of home, Libra. This is especially significant with the moon renewing itself in Capricorn via your fourth house of home, family and emotional foundations, as you are being presented with the opportunity to build towards a newfound sense of stability fostering a harmonious and secure environment for yourself and your loved ones. This could also include restructuring your day-to-day routines and health habits. Mars will be activating your fourth house of home as well, and all while forming a fruitful trine to Jupiter. New Moon Affirmation: I embrace the opportunity to construct a newfound sense of stability, where I can cultivate a secure environment for myself & loved ones.
Your conversations and thought processes are under the influence of January’s new moon, Scorpio. Luna will renew itself via the Saturn-ruled sign of Capricorn which, in turn, brings forth a brand-new perspective for your longterm goals, and recent accomplishments. The sun and moon will be in close proximity to your modern ruler, Pluto, adding a layer of passion and transformation to this new chapter of life. Mars is also activating this area of your chart, and forming a steady trine to Jupiter. This hints at promising developments, particularly in professional partnerships. New Moon Affirmation: I embrace the positive developments occurring in my professional life; I trust that each opportunity aligns with my highest good.
Reflect on your longterm goals, specifically when regarding your financial stability. The moon is renewing itself in Capricorn, bringing emphasis to your second house of security and sustenance, but all while its ruler (Saturn) transits your fourth house of home, family and emotional foundations. What brings you comfort when considering this area of life? What are you hoping to accomplish in 2024? Set clear intentions and outline practical steps to manifest your financial dreams. The auspicious presence of Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, further enhances this period by activating your sixth house of daily devotions and your current place of employment. New Moon Affirmation: My financial goals are within reach, and I trust in my ability to manifest the wealth and success I desire.
In addition to celebrating your solar season, the moon is renewing itself in your sign which, in turn, presents you with a clean slate that’s swirling with opportunity, and potential, Capricorn. When considering your personal branding and professional endeavors, what are you hoping to accomplish within the next six months? You have the support of the sun, moon, and Mars in your sign, and the best part? Mars will harmonize with lucky Jupiter, bringing expansion and abundance to matters of the heart. Having said that, reflect on whether you’re truly committed to your passion projects. If so, how can you take things to the next level? New Moon Affirmation: My work is a manifestation of my creativity and purpose; I embrace new beginnings and breakthroughs.
The year 2024 will be pivotal for you, Aquarius. With the moon renewing itself in Capricorn—via your 12th house of closure, dreams, inhibitions, and unconscious patterns—many of you may be revisiting matters of the past that could have been subliminally blocking your progress moving forward. Whether personally or professionally, this lunation is offering you the chance to flip the script, and rewrite your story. As you embark on this transformative journey, let the new moon in Capricorn serve as a catalyst for a year filled with personal growth, and self-discovery. New Moon Affirmation: I am the author of my story, and with each breath, I let go of old chapters, allowing the healing light to illuminate my path.
Reach for the stars, Pisces. The moon rules your fifth house of authenticity and recognition, and it’s renewing itself in Capricorn, via your 11th house of associations, community affairs, and individual freedom. Your perception of teamwork and camaraderie is, therefore, under the influence of this lunation, and your sense of belonging in the world is no exception. Fortunately, with the support of positive celestial alignments—including Mars sextile Saturn in your sign—you’re being enlightened and inspired with new visions and opportunities for the future. New Moon Affirmation: I am committed to my aspirations and aligned with my goals. Each step I take is a purposeful stride towards my dreams.
Valerie is an astrologer, writer & visual storyteller. She writes horoscopes for PopSugar, StyleCaster, Elite Daily and more. For more of her work, check out valeriemesa.com or follow her on Instagram @valeriemesa.