January 12/13, 2021 – New Moon in Capricorn

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The first New Moon of 2021 provides us with a fresh start, a chance to set intentions for the year ahead and begin the work involved in creating change. Where that work begins is on the inside, and where it needs to focus depends on your rising sign.

Moon in Capricorn

When the Moon is in Capricorn it is in the sign of its detriment. We know this because the Moon rules Cancer, and Cancer is the opposing sign for Capricorn. As I’ve written before, oppositions in astrology are like a see-saw: the signs on either end of the see-saw will take turns in prominence. For Cancer and Capricorn, they are seeking balance when it comes to matters of security: do we find that security in our home or in the world?

Capricorn is all about responsibility and doing the work. Ruled by Saturn, it embodies that spirit through being driven to succeed. It is unafraid to learn the rules and follow them. When the Moon is in Capricorn, emotional responsibility is the focus.

I’ve known quite a few Cappy Moon folks over the years – I was married to one when I was in my 20s! The stereotype is that they are cold or unfeeling, and for those of us with more extroverted, expressive Moon placements (*cough* Leo Moon in 3rd house *cough*), we may really believe this to be true. What I’ve personally discovered is that Moon in Capricorn is like a pond covered in ice: there is moving water under the surface, and there are going to be patches where the ice is particularly thin and, with the right amount of pressure, a hole will open up to the water below. If a Capricorn Moon blurts out their feelings on a subject or situation, you can be assured that it’s been on their mind for a long time, it’s a matter of great significance to them, and you need to listen and be empathetic. They are trusting you with their feelings, which they take immense responsibility for and don’t share them with just anyone.

When the Moon is New in Capricorn, the desire for control and responsibility dominates our emotional experience. This lunation encourages us to sit up straight, look our issues in the eye and deal with them -and that includes accepting our emotional response as truth, even if we don’t feel all that comfortable with the feelings that come up. Is it going to be hard? Yep. Will it be worth it? Absolutely.

If you know your rising sign, here’s a rundown of where the New Moon in Capricorn may affect your life, and where you should consider setting intentions and goals for the coming months:

  • Aries Rising – career, fame, reputation
  • Taurus Rising – personal philosophy, spirituality and beliefs; higher education
  • Gemini Rising – regeneration, transformation, death
  • Cancer Rising – relationships and partnerships
  • Leo Rising – work and work environment, service, health
  • Virgo Rising – creativity & creative pursuits, children, where you find & seek pleasure
  • Libra Rising – home, family life, your past, ancestors
  • Scorpio Rising – communication skills & tools for communicating with others, sibling relationships, short trips
  • Sagittarius Rising – finances, material possessions, self-esteem
  • Capricorn Rising – physical appearance, self-awareness
  • Aquarius Rising – subconscious thoughts & feelings, karmic debts
  • Pisces Rising – friends and social groups, hopes, goals

You can also read that list for your Sun sign, which will also be impacted, though maybe not as strongly. (Not sure about your rising sign? Visit https://chart.chaninicholas.com/ to generate your natal chart for free.)
Additional reading on the New Moon in Capricorn:
Leah Whitehorse
Chani Nicholas
Debra Silverman

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Paramahansa Yogananda & the Lake Shrine Gardens

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My copy of Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, on top of a pink cotton scarf – both purchased at the Lake Shrine Gardens gift shop several years ago.

 

Today is the birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda, the man responsible for bringing yoga to the West over 100 years ago. I found out about him more than 15 years ago when I lived in Southern California – and the Lake Shrine Gardens, which became part of his Self-Realization Fellowship in 1950, quickly became my favorite place to visit for reflection, meditation, prayer and guidance. It’s said that Yogananda meditated and prayed all over the grounds during the process of its development into what we see today. I can tell you from personal experience that a feeling of tranquility comes over me as soon as I step into the garden, and the meditation sessions I’ve had while visiting have been life changing.

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The Lake Shrine Gardens, Pacific Palisades, CA
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Gateway at the Windmill Chapel, Lake Shrine Gardens
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The Windmill Chapel at the Lake Shrine Gardens

One of the last times I visited the Lake Shrine Gardens, I purchased a copy of Autobiography of a Yogi, the book Yogananda wrote about his life and which was originally published in 1946. When I read this book for the first time in the early 2000s, I had vivid dreams at night about meeting gurus and great philosophers. In its pages I found guidance that allowed me to reconcile my Christian upbringing with my newfound spiritual beliefs and studies. I’m currently on my third or fourth reading of the book – it’s a wonderful way for me to wind down before going to sleep, and with each reading I gain new insights.

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This beautiful white dove came to greet me at one of my last visits to the Lake Shrine Gardens.

I don’t consider myself a devotee of Yogananda, but I am definitely a huge fan of his work. His words resonate with me and bring me peace and comfort when I read them. At the Lake Shrine Gardens, there is a small bas-relief near the entrance that says, “Many Paths, One Truth.” That one simple sentence has given me a foundation to show compassion to those who have different beliefs than I do. Because if they are choosing love – which is the truth that I try to live by – then we have something in common.

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Flower at the Lake Shrine Gardens

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Wednesday Wisdom: Acknowledge Your Creativity & Genius

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Once a week or so, I pull a card from my Power of Intention deck. This 50-card deck uses content from Wayne Dyer’s book, The Power of Intention, alongside vintage/retro drawings, to explore concepts that he discusses at length in the book. It’s a great companion to the book and has helped me considerably in my own personal growth and spiritual practice.

This morning’s Power of Intention card is Acknowledge Your Creativity and Genius. “The qualities of creativity and genius are within you, awaiting your decision to match up with the power of intention. Genius is a characteristic of the creative force that allows all of material creation to come into form. It is an expression of the divine.”

Once again I laughed at the results of my card pull, as it’s definitely what I needed to see today. A couple months ago, I began shifting my focus for this 16-year-old blog toward more spiritual and personal growth content, and it’s brought me a lot of creative fulfillment and joy to write more content that aligns with this new focus. That said, there are a few key tasks that I have yet to complete, and I’ve had a long list of excuses as to why those tasks haven’t been done – the latest of which is ongoing pain in my right shoulder. (Watch your body alignment while doing yoga, folks! Especially if you are over 40!)

But the truth is that I am working through some deep-seated fear related to my self-worth, and a long-standing desire for outside validation. These things manifest in indecisiveness and procrastination when it comes to matching up with the power of intention. And I believe it’s also manifested as pain in my shoulder.

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There’s a quote by Calvin Coolidge that I’ve loved ever since I first read it:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

This quote has been a powerful motivator – and yet that motivation does nothing if that initial decision isn’t made to align with intention.

Once we acknowledge and address the fears and beliefs that keep us blocked, we get the power boost necessary to match up with intention and it sets us off on our journey toward self-awareness and spiritual growth. By allowing our creativity and genius to travel alongside persistence and determination, using intention as our compass, we will reach our destination.

Casting into the Waters: Symbolism, Spiritual Practice and Tashlich

Judaism has interested me for many years, probably due in large part to the fact that I was raised Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) and there’s a correlation between SDAs and Jews in how they observe the Sabbath (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) and their dietary restrictions (SDAs encourage and promote vegetarianism, but those who do eat meat will typically shun pork and shellfish). When you grow up in a religious tradition that is a bit outside of the box, even among other evangelical Christian groups, it’s nice to feel understood in some small part by another religious group without having to go into long explanations. This is particularly handy when you talk to fellow Gen X’ers about why you are completely unfamiliar with Friday night TV shows and Saturday morning cartoons during the pre-VCR years.

The Chosen, Chaim Potok I also had an English teacher at my SDA high school who was part Jewish and he had us read The Chosen by Chaim Potok, explaining to us about Jewish traditions and holidays. Momcat and I ended up reading all of Potok’s novels and she, too, was very interested in Judaism. Pops had a colleague whose father had been a rabbi, so she would ask him a bunch of questions about what services were like, the reasons for certain traditions (she particularly liked the use of stones on graves as a remembrance).

I think it’s all these things combined that make me very aware when the Jewish high holidays start. Tonight marks the first night of Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish new year. I spent this morning reading about Rosh Hashanah traditions: the blowing of the shofar, eating round challah with honey, eating apples with honey, eating part of a fish or ram’s head. Not sure I would be up for that last one, but I do like the symbolism behind it.

It’s the symbolism behind many Jewish traditions that I find the most fascinating. I don’t recall feeling like it was okay to use or wear symbols of my faith or spirituality while growing up SDA. There were baby dedications in church, and full immersion baptism once you’d studied with your pastor, but iconography and talismans weren’t used or encouraged. I don’t remember any other symbolic gestures or rituals, and in hindsight I think I needed those to help me connect to a higher power.

During this morning’s research on Rosh Hashanah, I learned about Tashlich. The basic premise, as I understand it, is to cast your sins into a body of water. After the Tashlich prayer is recited, you shake your clothes as if to shake off the sins.

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Tashlich prayers (Image courtesy Chabad.org)

But here’s what really spoke to me about this tradition (taken from Chabad.org):

The goal of Tashlich is to cast both our sins and the Heavenly prosecutor (a.k.a. the Satan) into the Heavenly sea. And when we shake our clothes after the Tashlich prayer, this is a tangible act to achieve the spiritual goal of shaking sins from our soul.

Needless to say, the physical motions near the water and fish of Tashlich are not what grant us atonement. But if we pay attention to the symbolism and apply the sincere desire to heal our relationship with G‑d as portrayed in the physical demonstrations of Tashlich, then it serves as a crucial part in the process of repenting and returning to G‑d in purity.

When I lived in Southern California, I often went to the beach to look out at the ocean and have a talk with the universe about what was bothering me. Seeing dark, deep water stretched out in front of me, with no land in sight, was symbolic to me of how vast the soul is, how there is so much going on beneath the surface that I cannot even begin to fathom, but that as I dive down into the depths of my being I can find those parts of myself that need healing, bring them to the surface, then release them back into the water. Going to the beach to process was a huge part of my spiritual growth.

What’s clear to me in this moment is that what I was doing was a form of Tashlich: casting my troubles into the deep sea, letting a higher power help me release them from my soul. I found the symbols I needed and in so doing, I found the spiritual connection and inner peace I craved. And now, every time I go to the ocean, whether the Atlantic or Pacific, I know I can find it again.

Sunset Beach, CA – my favorite place to chat with the universe. (Image courtesy californiasbestbeaches.com)

Shanah Tovah to my Jewish friends, followers and readers.