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New Moon in Capricorn, Jan. 13, 2021

Chart for the New Moon in Capricorn
Chart for the New Moon in Capricorn ~ 13 January, 2021

New Moon in Capricorn
Rebirth Pangs of Transformation

When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.
~ Dean Jackson

Jan. 13 ~ NEW MOON IN CAPRICORN (23:13 Capricorn)

Happy New Moon!

As I announced in my last update, I am taking a very much-needed break. The day-to-day transits of the Low-Down on the Far-Out will be posted in time for the New and Full Moons, as always, as well as the daily Sun Sign Horoscopes and Lunar Forecasts. However, there might not be a full article with every update.

In this current update, I have highlighted some of the important upcoming transits that feature strongly in the New Moon chart. The interpretations can be found below. Thank you for understanding! :-)

~ Wendy

Important transits to watch for, which are discussed in detail below:

New Moon in Capricorn is tightly conjunct Pluto.

Jupiter and Saturn are still conjunct, although separating. Mercury in Aquarius is also conjunct them, after making his exact pass in the last few days.

Mars is closely conjunct Uranus in Taurus, and will reach exact on Jan. 20 (the day of the US presidential inauguration).

Uranus is stationary at the time of the New Moon, officially turning direct the day after. This makes Uranus very strong in the chart.

Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn are in a tense square aspect to Mars and Uranus, with the closest orb being the Mars-Saturn square (very heated, stop-and-go energy).

With the New Moon tightly conjunct Pluto, and a Stellium in Aquarius which itself is square Mars and Uranus, and they are themselves closely conjunct – it looks like the coming 4-week lunar cycle is bound to be unusually lively, intense, potentially explosive and full of conflict, especially between old versus new traditions, norms, goals and visions of the future.

Add Neptune square the Lunar Nodes, which becomes exact on Jan. 26, and things could be kind of confusing and murky. You might find you're longing for the old days when problems and struggles were just plain annoying and challenging, whereas now it seems like your compass needle just spins in all directions.

Whatever happens, stay safe. Stay sane. Stay awesome. The world needs you.

Day to Day Transits for the Next 2 Weeks

Jan. 13 ~ Mars square Saturn (03:04 Taurus/Aquarius)

The impulsive forward action of Mars meets the serious structure of Saturn. The resulting friction can often generate considerable heat in the form of frustration, argument, conflict and stress – but also productivity and results for hard work. Your efforts may seem thwarted and your actions blocked at every turn. Your sensitivity to problems with authority figures can be especially high, as well as your sensitivity to others not cooperating with your own role as an authority figure. The youthful, free spirit in you is somehow required to deal with the serious, responsible, cautious side of you, and a power struggle between the two energies can easily result. If one side wins out over the other, either depression and guilt or rebellion and obsession may result. However, you are not without power or ability! This friction can also be put to use in very productive ways. Your energy, desire and goals can be made manifest and concrete – even if possibly forced by circumstance. Obstacles can strengthen us, if we work with them instead of just fighting against them. To minimise interpersonal problems, remember that assertiveness is important, but aggression or rigidity will usually only get the other person's back up. You may find yourself in a situation where you must defend or assert your personal boundaries. Or, you might find it difficult to comply with someone else's boundaries. If the heat from this transit starts to overwhelm you, take some time out, find a safe (perhaps creative?) outlet to vent your feelings, and then find a new way to approach the problem.

Jan. 13 ~ Moon comes In-Bounds (00:01 Aquarius)  (Jan. 14 in AEDT)

The Moon comes back In-Bounds (In-B) today. It's been Out of Bounds since Jan. 10, 2021. When the Moon is Out of Bounds (OOB) your emotional state may be a bit erratic, detached or isolated. This could be either a welcome change or a difficult energy for you to deal with. When the Moon comes In-Bounds, you typically return to whatever your "normal" is. If your OOB journey was stressful or intense, you may find some relief now that the Moon is back In-B and/or you are in a position to integrate into your life whatever you learned from your experience. If your OOB journey felt like a welcome reprieve from the everyday stress or "noise" of the world around you, coming back In-B will hopefully give you a fresh start, like coming back from a brief vacation. The Moon will go OOB next in about 2 weeks, give or take a couple/few days.

Jan. 13 ~ Venus trine Uranus (06:43 Capricorn/Taurus)  (Jan. 14 in GMT, AEDT)

Spontaneity and liberation burst into your relationships, finances, resources and pleasures. You might feel compelled to try something completely different that shakes up the "same-old-same-old" routines you're used to. The upside is that you have the opportunity to break free of some old habits and breathe some fresh air into your life. But the downside could come in the form of impulse spending beyond your budget, or recklessness in your interactions and relationships. Strive to break free of what holds you back from being your true self, without destroying the structure of order in your life.

Jan. 14 ~ Uranus goes Direct (06:43 Taurus)  (Jan. 13 in HAST, AKST)

Uranus now turns direct, after being retrograde for the last 4 months. This often brings a turning point in situations involving spontaneity, freedom, breaking free of old patterns, rebellion and expressing your personal uniqueness. For up to a week before and after this date, it could feel a bit chaotic or erratic—or perhaps just spontaneous and exciting. However, Uranus' ultimate agenda is to clear the way for your true spirit to manifest in your life. You may experience unexpected changes, flashes of insight, or disruption of established situations that aren't working well (which might include computers, Internet, mass media, groups, friends or future plans). This can be the awakening of a new perspective, to be brought into a clearer focus through open-mindedness and being willing to try new things.

Jan. 14 ~ Sun conjunct Pluto (24:38 Capricorn)  (Jan. 15 in AEDT)

Your sense of purpose is potentially very strong right now, as you are able to tap into a deeper level of energy and determination. Your personality is likely to be more forceful now, which can be great if you need to make a strong impression but perhaps not so great in situations requiring delicacy, subtlety or diplomacy. You have increased ability to see below the surface of things, although it may not be as easy to articulate it in a way that is received comfortably by others. What you pick up from others can also become mixed up with your own personal issues, making it hard to tell where one stops and the other begins. Paranoia and suspicion can be strong. It is possible to unearth secrets or get at the core of unconscious patterns (yours and others'), but it is important to be prudent in how you respond to this awareness. You have the ability to wound as well as heal right now, so probe into the depths (yours and others') as you would into an egg shell that you don't want to break – gently, mindfully and respectfully.

Jan. 15 ~ Mercury enters the Shadow (11:01 Aquarius)  (Jan. 14 in HAST, AKST, PST)

Mercury is now "in the Shadow" – the area of Zodiac where it will later go retrograde in about 2½ weeks time. During its retrograde cycle, Mercury travels through the same span of the Zodiac three times (called the Shadow). The first time through, it is going in direct motion (moving forward), then retrograde (looks like it's going backwards), and then direct again. This means there is a more extensive process of development and change involved with things that Mercury influences—ideas, thoughts, frame of mind and mental focus. It also concerns the collection, exchange, analysis and organisation of information. All forms of communication are also affected. This includes not just talking, but also email and snail mail, the Internet, the media in general, books and magazines, as well as public transit (buses, trains, etc.) and neighbourhoods.

The situations developing over the next couple of weeks (leading up to when Mercury actually goes retrograde) will likely require further research, deeper consideration and adjustments to unexpected discoveries over the next couple of months. Expect changes in your plans, increasingly disrupted communication, and new information coming to light that may not fit conveniently into your plans. It's wise to leave lots of extra time to do things, to plan future projects and get to wherever you're going. Patience is a valuable quality during this time. If you must make important decisions during this time, try to build some flexibility into your plans to allow for later changes—or if possible, you may want to delay final or irrevocable decisions until well after Mercury goes direct.

Mercury makes 3 passes of the following transits during this retrograde cycle:

Here are the key dates of this Mercury cycle (for North American Eastern Time):

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Jan. 17 ~ Jupiter square Uranus (06:43 Aquarius/Taurus)  (Jan. 18 in AEDT)

Why and how do you want to change or grow? Both Jupiter and Uranus are about growth and change, as well as freedom and idealism, but they have rather different agendas and styles of going about it. Jupiter is all about purpose and reaching for the moral high ground, whereas Uranus is more about liberation and allowing freedom to rule, even if that means chaos. These two agendas are at odds right now, pulling in different directions due to a conflict of interest. Jupiter says, "What good is freedom if it doesn't bring greater meaning into your life? Chaos is the absence of meaning." Uranus says, "You can't know what the moral high ground is, nor what it means, unless you allow for all possibilities, not just the ones you think are virtuous. Chaos can create room for true meaning to emerge." And how to you want this change to occur – through a gradual evolution that builds on what came before, or through an explosion of unprecedented, spontaneous, mind-blowing awakening? Do you hunger for fresh principles you can believe in and apply to your life, or would you rather wipe the slate clean and start fresh? Both the Uranus and Jupiter sides of this argument are within you. You may, however, need to choose which has the higher priority in your life, or which one feels more compelling and attractive. You might see this discord playing out in your own life, or the world around you might be locked into a conflict like this in some way. The solution might not be for one to win out over the other, but rather to recognize that both sides have validity in their own way and to find a way for them to coexist or compromise.

Dates for the current Jupiter-Uranus cycle:

Jan. 19 ~ Sun enters Aquarius (until 18-Feb-2021)  (Jan. 20 in AEDT)

Happy Solar Return to all Aquarians! While the Sun travels through Aquarius, we all have a chance to explore our rebellious, individualistic and futuristic Aquarian nature. This heralds a time to explore beyond the status quo and conventional reality, beckoning you to reach out to the lost threads of who you are. You may become more aware of your individual uniqueness and your part in the Great Collective – both your surrounding community and the Collective Unconscious. In order to fulfil the unique fingerprint of your life's purpose, it is sometimes necessary to be rebellious, spontaneous, and to be open to the unexpected. You might become aware of the need for these qualities under this transit. There is always a constant tension between the need to conform to society's formula of what works best versus the need to step off the main path to explore new experiences, and both are equally necessary to the health of both the individual and the greater community.

Archetypally, it is in Aquarius that we encounter our personal experience of the battle between "the needs of the many" versus "the needs of the few." During the Sun's adventure through Aquarius, be open to the ways that this dynamic operates in your life. What can trigger or inspire you into rebellion or going against the conventional flow of the world around you? What will motivate you into being a team player, when you apply your energies to support or defend "the needs of the many?" What visions of the future do you see when you are in either mode of being? This is a time when you may have the opportunity to observe and learn about both sides of yourself – the part that feels like it's "me against the world" and the part that feels like a part of that world.

Jan. 20 ~ Mars conjunct Uranus (06:44 Taurus)  (Jan. 21 in AEDT)

This can be a potent, exciting and/or explosive time! Your energy level may be a bit wonky with a lot of ups and downs. However, there is also likely to be a lot of energy to harness for whatever purpose you want to apply it to – just don't expect to always be able to draw on it predictably or consistently. If you have wanted to take action to break free of old habits or patterns, this is a great time to do that. Or, you might want to begin a new project that is unusual or experimental. This spurt of energy probably won't last, so you'll need to follow it up with some structure, discipline and realism if you want to continue whatever you've started. In the meantime, make the most of this upsurge of energy, motivation and drive, but remember that if you become reckless or destructive, you'll have to live with the consequences.

Jan. 20 ~ Mercury trine North Lunar Node (19:04 Aquarius/Gemini)  (Jan. 21 in AEDT)

Today, and up to a couple of days before and after, things can feel like they're starting to make sense. What you read, hear and observe may seem more obvious and your ability to put this into words could flow more easily. You might identify and figure out how to utilize the tools, skills, assets and ideas that could bring you further down the road toward whatever destination you're pointed toward. However, a reality check about how wise it might be to act on these ideas and benefits is still a good idea. Write down good ideas to follow up with later.

Jan. 23 ~ Mars square Jupiter (07:59 Taurus/Aquarius)  (Jan. 22 in HAST, AKST, PST)

Under this transit your energy is more accessible, but this could be more problematic than helpful. On one hand, you have more enthusiasm and motivation available to take bold steps toward your goals. However, you might be forced to do this out of a sense of moral coercion, rather than freely choosing it. Or, your actions could be triggered by exasperated impulse more than by a sense of what is right for that moment. Impulses are likely to become easily amplified, but also more difficult to control. This includes anger, sexuality, aggression and assertiveness. Confidence could come across as arrogance. Courage might become reckless or brazen. If you find it difficult to bring out these qualities in yourself, they may come spurting out in a way that might be frightening or intimidating. But once your energy has emerged, you are in a better position to learn how to harness it, use it, work with it and summon it at will.

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Jan. 23 ~ Venus sextile Neptune (19:01 Capricorn/Pisces)  (Jan. 24 in AEDT)

Artistry, romance, creativity and faith have the potential to flow freely now. Your creative Muse is whispering in your ear, although it will still take your own elbow grease to turn it into something real. Socially and romantically, things could run smoothly and even a bit magically, so be sure you are clear in yourself about what you really want. This can be a time of blessings and abundance (in all areas of life) ...but there is also the risk of overspending and being overly optimistic in your assumptions about money and relationships. Your natural beauty and warmth can be brought out by this transit, but don't just waste it on creating a façade of outer glamour and charm. Let the essence of your inner beauty and pure spirit shine through your appearance and mannerisms!

Jan. 23 ~ Sun conjunct Saturn (04:20 Aquarius)  (Jan. 24 in GMT, AEDT)

For a few days before and after this date, you may feel serious, studious, stuck, blocked, committed and/or hard working. It could be a good time to manifest well prepared plans, or you might have to get real and deal with difficult realities in new ways. You may have business with authority figures, or you might be called upon to act in a leadership role. It can also be a time to own your own authority – that is, to BE the authority figure, either to someone else or just to yourself. It might be a time of decision, when you have to choose one path or option over another. This can feel like an ending, as much as it is a new beginning, because selecting one possibility means you must let go of the other possibilities (at least for now). This is a necessary part of the process of manifestation and maturity. Doing closure on the people and situations that are passing out of your life will help to complete the process of growth and learning they have brought into your life, and can help clear the space for something new to begin growing in their place.

Jan. 24 ~ Mercury Max Elongation (23:01 Aquarius)

This is a wakeup call! You are asked to open your mind so that you can see something about your life, yourself or your situation that has eluded you until now. It might be a shocking revelation that changes your whole perspective...or it might also be a delightful surprise that adds a new dimension you hadn't thought of. However it manifests, you are in a position to see your situation more clearly and objectively – although this can also make it seem like this energy is outside of you and happening TO you. However, if you look closely inside yourself, you may see thoughts, perceptions and impressions that correspond to the external events and participate in the interchange. Emails, Internet chats, and interaction with technology may be part of this transit as well. Communication may be a bit erratic or unpredictable, so be careful not to speak thoughtlessly or carelessly. However, you may find that words and perceptions come to you intuitively and spontaneously.

Mercury makes 3 passes of the following transits during this retrograde cycle:

Here are the key dates of this Mercury cycle (for North American Eastern Time):

Jan. 24 ~ Moon goes Out of Bounds (21:53 Gemini)  (Jan. 25 in GMT, AEDT)

The Moon goes Out of Bounds (OOB) by Declination, during which time your feelings and emotions may move in a different kind of rhythm. One possible effect is that you might feel more disconnected from the world around you; perhaps a bit alone, lonely or isolated. Or, this could be a welcome change where you can let the stresses of the world roll off your back more easily. Or, your emotions could be a bit erratic, extreme or harder to contain. The common thread through these diverse experiences is that your feeling state may reach beyond your usual range of feelings. If you're an artist, musician, writer or other creative person, this can be a very inspiring time as your creativity and imagination could more easily flow into unusual ideas, whims and impulses.

A planet goes OOB when its declination is greater than 23:26 (23 degrees and 26 minutes), which is the maximum declination of the Sun, and the Sun defines the "Bounds." The Moon goes OOB twice a month for about 8-9 years at a time (and remains In-Bounds for about 8-9 years in between). Currently the Moon's declination is able to go beyond 23:26 from March 2020 to January 2030, peaking at a maximum declination of 28:42 in September 2025 (called the Maximum Lunar Standstill).

So for now, as the maximum declination of the Moon increases from month to month, so will the strength of the OOB effects. Watch to see how you respond to these times. You can work on finding ways to channel this energy into positive, productive, creative experiences, or use it as an opportunity to take another step in your emotional healing.

Jan. 25 ~ Sun sextile Chiron (05:40 Aquarius/Aries)

This is a time when you have an opportunity to mend and heal the chronic struggles in your life. You may find new inspiration, motivation or confidence that can help rejuvenate waning enthusiasm or reconcile persistent problems, although you'll still have to apply effort to bring it all together. You might get the chance to demonstrate your ability to walk your own path in a new way. Or, you might get a peek inside the hidden shadow of your worries and discouragement, giving you new insight into how you might be unconsciously sabotaging your conscious efforts. You may have to face a bit of your own fear of failure or low self-esteem before you can get beyond these feelings and tap into the benefits of this transit – not because you are failing but because these concerns may arise in response to the new potential now available to you. By tapping into this potential for creative problem solving, you can bring some healing to whatever your situation is.

Jan. 26 ~ Sun square Uranus (06:47 Aquarius/Taurus)

Your world may experience a bit of a shake-up right now, as the Universe decides it's time to make things "interesting." This is a wake-up call, designed to loosen you up from the ways you have become too habitual, stuck or inhibited. The "radical rascal" in you may be itching to come out and stir up trouble, which on one hand might be necessary but also very disruptive and possibly even destructive. Be alert to new insights and opportunities disguised as accidents or crises. Your usual sense of self and purpose may become somewhat unsettled right now, but a space is likely being cleared to make room for new growth and possibilities. If you're looking to break old habits or break free of old restrictions, this may be the time – but it could create a mess that you'll have to clean up later. Resist the urge to rebel just for the sake of doing something different, and aim instead to break free of old forms of self-expression and ideals that don’t work for you anymore. Expect the unexpected and then surf the shock-wave.

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Jan. 26 ~ Neptune square North Lunar Node (19:06 Pisces/Gemini)  (Jan. 27 in AEDT)

This might be a difficult transit, where you have a chance to reach for something that is very special or sublime, but it turns out to be a disappointment in some way. It might not mean there's anything wrong with the special sublime vision you're pursuing, but perhaps you were expecting it to solve certain problems or shortcomings in your life and it simply isn't able to do that. There may be two different experiences you get with this transit. Disillusionment is one of them, where you need to face the idea that the reality of what you'd hoped for doesn't quite live up to the vision of what you had imagined.

The other side, however, is that you can also become very inspired by a vision of reaching beyond your current circumstances to touch something that can bring new meaning and fulfilment into your life. This could be in the form of something artistic, musical, poetic or creative in other ways. Activities that can put you into a meditative or go-with-the-flow mindset can be good for this—provided you don't let that become a way of avoiding the facts or realities of your life. Another down side of this transit is the temptation to overindulge in the experience of the sublime, becoming hooked on escapism, avoidance and "blissing out." There needs to be a middle point between excessive escapism and dragging yourself through the gravel of harsh reality. Finding a balance of less-than-extreme versions of both is a better solution.

Jan. 27 ~ Moon comes In-Bounds (29:59 Cancer)  (Jan. 28 in GMT, AEDT)

The Moon comes back In-Bounds (In-B) today. When the Moon is Out of Bounds (OOB) your emotional state may be a bit erratic, detached or isolated. This could be either a welcome change or a difficult energy for you to deal with. When the Moon comes In-Bounds, you typically return to whatever your "normal" is. If your OOB journey was stressful or intense, you may find some relief now that the Moon is back In-B and/or you are in a position to integrate into your life whatever you learned from your experience. If your OOB journey felt like a welcome reprieve from the everyday stress or "noise" of the world around you, coming back In-B will hopefully give you a fresh start, like coming back from a brief vacation. The Moon will go OOB next in about 2 weeks, give or take a couple/few days.

Jan. 28 ~ Venus conjunct Pluto (25:06 Capricorn)  (Jan. 29 in AEDT)

Intensity in love and close relationships can occur under this transit, as well as a compelling need to get more control over your finances and assets. This could manifest as power dynamics emerging in your interactions with others, in which you engage in a negotiation for a better balance of power that is more in your favour. Or, you might become somewhat obsessed with the pursuit of pleasure and beauty, possibly trying to compensate for a low sense of self-worth. Or, there can be a valuable opportunity to develop a deeper connection with those close to you. You might find it necessary to negotiate with others for financial support. You may have to dig deeper than usual to extract needed resources from hidden places (or to deposit them there, out of reach from others who want a piece of your hoard). Keep your integrity high and dry by being honest with yourself about the ethics of your actions.

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