The last New Moon of 2016 falls either late Wednesday night on December 28th or in the wee hours of Thursday, December 29th (0:53 AM Central Standard Time). The New Moon will be at 7 degrees Capricorn, tightly conjunct Mercury retrograde at 6 degrees Capricorn. The New Moon will sextile a close conjunction of Mars at 7 degrees Pisces and Neptune at 9 degrees Pisces. The New Moon is nine degrees away from a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn, an orb too wide to typically be used. However, when Mercury stationed retrograde on December 19th, it did so in tight conjunction to Pluto; this Capricorn New Moon is tightly conjunct Mercury retrograde so I’d expect some Plutonic news coming through at this lunation.
The conjunction to Mercury retrograde and the whiff of Pluto accompanying it will be a big story here. From a previous post:
“In Roman mythology, Mercury was known as a psychopomp, or an entity that was responsible for escorting the recently departed souls to the afterlife. Mercury… does show mediumship ability… though not in the silly “I see dead people” way most people think of when they hear the word medium. It’s nothing more than acting as a conduit for something to pass through, and more often than not it is incredibly subtle. A synchronicity here, a signal there.”
The New Moon in cardinal (initiating) Capricorn conjunct Mercury retrograde will be initiating movement and change based on what this carefully considered Mercury retrograde is telling us. Be warned that there may be an element of anxiety or fear associated with this New Moon. For starters, the Moon is in detriment in Capricorn, meaning the natural emotional rhythms associated with the Moon are just a bit more uncomfortable, harder to fathom. Moon in Capricorn is a worried, anxious Moon. Under the right circumstances, this can be productive and motivating. The watery, Neptune-ruled sign of Pisces doesn’t provide either of those qualities; Pisces is amorphous and indirect. The conjunction of Mars and Neptune in Pisces in harmonious aspect to an uncomfortable and sobering New Moon looks to me like a possible sucker punch.
I’m sure there’s other astrologers who’d interpret this lunation as being a relatively easy one due to those sextiles. I’m telling you, many people are going to be caught off guard by something at this New Moon. Sextiles are nice but can also lull folks into a false sense of security. The sucker punches most likely will come from substantial information (Mercury retrograde) that inspires us into wanting to act (Mars/Moon in cardinal sign) but without clear direction or recourse (Pisces).
My advice, should you be hit from out of nowhere, would be to do what Capricorn Moons do best: control your emotions. Let the dominoes fall where they will and analyze it from as unemotional a vantage point as you can muster.
The recent Gemini Full Moon seen so many of my readers (and myself) experiencing drama with our mama’s. Hate to say this, but if that was something you dealt with then, most likely you’re going to deal with it again here. New Moon in Capricorn conjunct Mercury retrograde: dealing with uneasy conversations involving mothers, family, lack of emotional support and learning where we need to suck it up and go it alone. The blessing here at this particular New Moon is the sextiles to Mars-Neptune conjunct in Pisces: avoiding certain frictional issues might not be a bad thing! Controlling your emotions enough to go with the flow rather than getting sucker under by it is a strength of this New Moon. (Oh, and our dreams will be lit up as well. Pay attention!)
As always, look to the house of your natal chart that this New Moon in Capricorn and Mercury retrograde fall in for further information about how it will affect you personally. Read here for easy instructions if you don’t know how to find it.