Gabriela Herstik
Updated Jan 16, 2018 @ 1:16 pm
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We’re here for the expansive, dark, fresh energy of the new moon — especially the first of the year, when we get to plant seeds and set our sights on all the adventures we want to have during the year ahead. The Capricorn new moon on January 16th specifically wants you to find your footing and dig your heels into the dirt, so you can bloom to become your most grounded self. This is the sign of the goat, after all, and what’s more goat-like than surviving any terrain with a burst of energy?

This month, we have an extra special treat that coincides with the first new moon of the year. On January 1st, we witnessed a supermoon (when the moon appears bigger and brighter than normal). And on January 31st, we have the second and final supermoon of 2018 — which is also a lunar eclipse. This means we have a new moon sandwiched between two particularly powerful full moons. Since new moons are for new beginnings, this one’s sure to help us manifest our desires while we shed anything we don’t need along the way this new year.

New moon, who dis?

The new moon is when we focus on manifesting and growing.

When the moon’s light is darkened (as it is in the new phase), we focus on our depths, on our shadows, on our needs. We see what’s no longer serving us and we shed it like a snake sheds its skin. We then focus on what is serving us, and what we need more of in the coming month. A new moon is the beginning of a cycle, one which we are connected to through our bodies, both physically and emotionally. As the moon’s light grows, we focus on what we want to grow — and on the new moon, we plant these seeds. What would your best year look like? What are the things you hope to carry with you in this new year? What do you plan on leaving behind? Take some time to sit and contemplate what your best 2018 will look like, writing down any messages or feelings that come up.

We talked to astrologer extraordinaire and horoscope queen for Coveteur, Amelia Quint, about the Capricorn new moon, asking what we need to know to make the most of it. She reminds us:

Capricorn is asking us to find our footing, to go slow and steady, and to believe in our journey.

The grounded energy of the goat is asking us to take the easiest, most sustainable route as we envision where we want to end up. This isn’t the time to start five new projects, or sign up for five new classes. It’s the time to pick one class or project to focus on, to start on a new journey that we can maintain throughout the year. These two full supermoons that we have bookending our new moon are like jet fuel; we’re getting a turbo start to 2018, but it’s up to us to make sure we can use this fuel the rest of the year.

There’s no point in burning out, especially so early in the year. Instead, focus on how you can use the adaptable and dependable energy of the Capricorn New Moon to carry you through all of life’s twists and turns this year. Amelia adds,

The tarot card for Capricorn is The Devil, but it’s not as scary as it sounds.

The card for Capricorn is the Devil, which shows a woman and man bound in chain standing before the Greek god Pan. The thing is, these chains aren’t actually constricting or binding them; these people have the opportunity to remove the shackles and leave. The Devil is a reminder that it’s okay to indulge and treat yourself, but not to the point when you become trapped or it becomes an addiction. The Devil reminds us that we always have sovereignty over our own lives, and that it’s up to us to know when a situation isn’t serving our destiny.

Work with Garnet and Clear Quartz to help you embrace the energy of the new moon.

If you want to work with the new moon energy in a more physical way, you can try meditating with Garnet and Clear Quartz, keeping them on your person or simply keeping them in your space. Garnet is a revitalizing and energizing stone that also helps us find grounding. Garnet helps open us up to love, and brings forth hope and courage during trying situations. Clear Quartz, on the other hand, is an energetic magnifier and will intensify the energy of other stones, as well as our own energy. You can work with these stones to help you move into the new year with stamina and an open heart.

This new moon, don’t be surprised if some people come into your life while others leave.

This moon in particular is all about who is allowing us to grow as our fullest selves. It’s also about recognizing who is not. The Capricorn New Moon, according to Amelia,

Spend time honoring every aspect of yourself this new moon, so you can enter the rest of the year with your feet rooted firmly in the earth. Know those who are meant to be in your life will be. Trust in your process, in karma and the universe, and know she’s always working in your highest favor.

Here’s to more love, adventure, and abundance in 2018!