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What perfect timing that the Capricorn season (December 21 – January 20) carries us into the New Year, especially with the New Moon in Capricorn on January 5th!
Now, if you have some serious, hardworking Capricorn friends (or maybe you’re one yourself), you may be wondering how that energy fits with the party-hardy holiday vibe.
So, step back a minute and think about the other big focus this time of year – looking back at what you’ve accomplished in the last 12 months and plotting your goals and intentions for the year ahead. And Capricorn is all about that.
Add to the mix the New Moon in Capricorn coming up on January 5th and you’ve got the perfect recipe for some powerful New Year’s goal-setting in all areas of your life and relationships. Plus, you get a double-dose of that cosmic energy since the Sun and Moon are in the same zodiac sign on the New Moon.
Let’s take a closer look at what Capricorn energy embodies.
Every zodiac sign has its positive traits and not-so-great ones.
While it’s true that one of the challenging aspects of Capricorn energy is to lean toward over-working and being super-serious, these traits can also show up as being disciplined and dedicated.
And even though the Capricorn tendency is be uber-careful, even plodding, on the path forward, they also possess a real love of tradition and deep urge to protect and provide for those they love.
I wouldn’t mind someone like that in my corner, would you?
Additionally, Capricorn’s symbol is the mountain goat which perfectly symbolizes their slow, steady, but determined and sure-footed climb to the top. That ambition can be a double-edged sword – on the one hand, it can result in a hyper-focus on achieving success at the expense of family and friends. On the other hand, though, those same loved ones will be well-taken care of when the mountain goat makes it to the top.
So, how can you use all that complex energy to conjure up some powerful Capricorn New Moon lunar love magic for yourself and your partner on January 5th?
The first step is to gather a toolkit full of items associated with Capricorn energy, including the following:
Elemental energy: Earth
Colors: strong neutral colors, greys and browns
Gemstones: amber, onyx
Flowers: carnation, cyclamen, geranium
Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, tea tree, chamomile, patchouli, sandalwood
Music: Chicago-style jazz (the “hurtin” kind); classical opera
Food/Drink: traditional, home-cooked food; bitter or solid full-bodied food/wine (dark chocolate, Manhattan cocktail)
If you really want to pack your toolkit to the brim, you can also research some Capricorn-themed movies, books, clothes, animals, and places in nature. The list is endless (thank goodness for Google), so focus on whatever you and your partner feel most drawn to explore.
In order to most powerfully capture the intention-setting, “planting seeds” energy of the New Moon itself, it’s best to activate it sometime within 3 days before or after the actual date of January 5th.
But remember the Sun is in Capricorn until January 20, so you can tap into it to a lesser degree any time before then as well.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if either you and/or your partner are a Capricorn by birth, or if your moon is in Capricorn, you’ll get a nice double whammy of Capricorn New Moon energy to help you along with whatever you decide to do!
Now that you’ve got some ideas about when and how to tap into January 2019’s New Moon love magic, here are 5 ideas for things to do as a couple to deepen your romantic relationship during Capricorn season.
1. Take a weekend ‘success” workshop together.
This may sound a little cerebral, but remember, Capricorn aspires to great things and loves concrete strategies to take you there. Besides, the emphasis is on making it a joint venture, and any personal growth and self-discovery work you each can do together can only enrich your relationship.
One of best known names in the “success business” is Tony Robbins, so you should definitely check out his 3½ day program, Unleash the Power Within. The only caveat is that his hyper-kinetic energy might be a bit overwhelming for this more grounded Capricorn New Moon time. Be sure to watch some of his videos beforehand and see if it feels like a fit for you and your partner.
Another option is Maria Nemeth’s Mastering Life’s Energies workshop which is a structured 4-day intensive that offers practical, values-based tools for personal transformation and change management… Capricorn loves all parts of that description and you get the opportunity to experience big personal breakthroughs with the support of your sweetie!
2. Volunteer for a community-enhancing project together.
Again, the key word here is “together” and at the same time, volunteer work like this reflects Capricorn’s need to do useful, worthwhile work in the world.
Then, highlighting very literally Capricorn’s penchant for structure and foundation-building, look into what projects Habitat for Humanity has going in your area. Habitat’s primary mission is to partner with people in local communities, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Doing that kind of meaningful, satisfying work with your partner is definitely a relationship-booster.
And by the way, singles, it can also be a great place to find someone with like-minded values! My brother and sister-in-law met at one such community project over 20 years ago and still enjoy doing that kind of volunteer work together.
3. Visit a favorite museum.
You have lots of choices here, but you probably don’t want to start with the Museum of Sex — save that for one of the more fire-y New Moons like Leo or Aires! Not that earthy Capricorn energy can’t be sexy, but it goes more in the direction of hunkering down in bed for a quiet weekend (more about that later).
Instead, use the New Moon in Capricorn to re-acquaint yourselves with the “Old Masters” in art history – da Vinci, Rembrandt, Raphael, and other seminal figures in Western art. At its core, Capricorn is conservative and loves tradition, and you’ll find these classic artists in every city, from the massive Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in New York City, to the beautiful, smaller Galleria Borghese in Rome.
And to satisfy Cap’s desire for order and structure, be sure to book a guided tour for whatever exhibit you choose, either with a docent of the museum or just a self-guided one. It may take a little longer to go through (in typical, careful Capricorn style), but you’ll savor these iconic works of art all the more for it.
4. Commit to working through a relationship book or two together.
With the Capricorn New Moon falling right at the beginning of the New Year on January 5th, you’ve got the perfect launching pad to create new intentions for working on your relationship over the next year.
There are many terrific books for couples and two of my favorites – classic themselves — are John Gottman’s “Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” and Harville Hendrix’s “Getting the Love You Want.” Both fit the Capricorn bill of having a structured program to work through which you can also do in one of their “live” couples’ workshops – check out their sites and see what resonates with the two of you.
And if you’re not sure you’ll have the discipline to keep working the program together after the Capricorn season has passed, consider finding a Couples Coach. Many of us have our own programs we take couples through, complete with workbooks and homework to do between sessions.
5. Escape to a romantic mountaintop resort.
Finally, you say… we’re getting to the juicy stuff! Well, as juicy as Capricorn gets.
In the spirit of Cap’s mountain goat, and embracing the earth-y energy it embodies, pick some place you can hike together. Mohonk Mountain House in New York’s Hudson Valley is a perfect place, or in sync with the season, maybe it’s a cozy ski resort nearby.
Whether you actually ski or hike or not, you still have the whole snuggle vibe happening, so be sure to bring a bunch of goodies from your Capricorn lunar love toolkit – some soft grey or brown candles, essential oils for massage, a full-bodied red wine and some strong dark chocolate to feed each other.
If you can find an intimate little restaurant with great homestyle cooking, hide away in a corner there. Or room service in bed is a cozy alternative, with a playlist of soulful jazz (maybe Otis Redding’s Try a Little Tenderness), or love songs that speak to devotion like “Faithfully” by Journey or Ben E. King’s classic, Stand by Me.
While it’s true that Capricorn’s rep is not the sexiest of all the zodiac signs, it is one of the most loyal and devoted, and that goes a long way in creating some powerful Capricorn New Moon love magic with your partner. Take advantage of the hibernating energy that this time of year invokes and find sweet, quiet ways to enjoy each other.
And singles, remember that all of these activities and suggestions are ones that you can use to nurture yourself during this Capricorn season, so you can be ready for new love to show up in your life!
This article was originally published at Spirited Living by Deborah Roth.