January 2, 2022 at 12:34pm CT—Two years ago, when the Moon joined the Sun in Capricorn on Christmas Day, we had no idea our lives were about to dramatically change. At the time, Saturn was inching towards Pluto. Their conjunction on January 20th, 2020, catalyzed the decay and breakdown of personal and societal structures.
As Covid spread and doors closed, we began to rethink those parts of our everyday that were no longer essential to our immediate well-being. As we pared down our lives, we discovered what was truly meaningful.
We also found the shadowy bits that had formerly survived in routine, habit and excess. As these parts of our lives disintegrated, they formed a valuable compost bed where new dreams—more aligned with who we were becoming—could begin to take root in the liminal space that was 2021. Saturn square Uranus assisted our nascent urges by architecting boundaries we could find our freedom in.
In 2020, I described the Saturn-Pluto conjunction as “a shit show studded with imaginal cells”. If Pluto gave us decay and breakdown of familiar, long-standing structures, it will also give us regeneration. Starting with the New Moon in Capricorn, 2022 feels like the year our imaginal cells begin taking recognizable forms in the newly available space around us.
Sunday’s New Moon in Capricorn on January 2, 2022, powerfully jumpstarts our goals. Its harmonious trine to Uranus ushers in a feeling of insightful breakthrough as we seek to stabilize into our new normal. With ruler Saturn in Aquarius square to Uranus in Taurus and sextile to Mars in Sag, our dedication has visionary power now. There’s a start-up energy available here and the enthusiasm to plug into a dream beginning to take form. We may not know where we’re going, but we can feel the itch of our newborn wings wanting to take flight.
The Three of Pentacles
The New Moon in Capricorn is not unlike an invigorating brain-storming session with a group of idealists. Why not throw out every idea no matter how far-fetched it might be? We can start with an ideal mental image and then build the scaffold and structure to support what it organically wants to become over time. The end result may or may not be what we initially envisioned—and that’s alright. We’re encouraged to begin now.
The tarot card associated with this decan is the Three of Pentacles. In the card, we see three people looking over building plans. When this card arises, the querent is advised to find their dream team. A group of people that will whole-heartedly welcome their unique skills and talents. The African proverb comes to mind: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The Three of Pentacles speaks to finding your proper role within a values-driven community to create a great work of lasting influence.
Austin Coppock calls this decan “A pyramid”. Just like it took many people unified in a single vision while applying dedication and discipline over many years to construct the pyramids, the message we find here is the calling to go beyond ourselves to build long-lasting structures that will inspire and care for those who come behind us.