The Affirmation of 2019

We begin the first lunar cycle of 2019 with the New Moon in Capricorn on Saturday night at 8:28 EST, signaling a sort of “new foot forward” feeling in the atmosphere. This is an opportune moment to reconnect with those resolutions that seemed foolish or a waste of time on New Year’s Eve, when the Moon was in darkness, ending its waning cycle. Trying to set new intentions during the waning phase is a challenge because the lunar light is fading. But after the New Moon, when the Moon has been renewed in the dynamic energy of the Sun in Capricorn—our intentions are infused with a sense of mission and commitment to ourselves, geared to prove discipline and competence.

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Today’s Sun (and Moon, invisible in the light) rising over Salisbury Beach.

There’s a growing need to improve on our feeling of accomplishment.  That’s the key this new year, and this new lunar phase. To strengthen where we think we may be underachieving or failing, and to apply patience and maturity in dealing with something that we think is hard. As the Waxing Crescent Moon moves into the First Quarter Moon, the Sun and Mercury meet up with power-hungry Pluto, raising serious concerns about security, which can confuse us into thinking material satisfaction will comfort our fears.

Be aware of Capricorn’s shadow area of being Scrooge-like and callous. In order for our ambitions to be sustainable in this atmosphere, we need to pay some attention to what would genuinely be worthwhile, rather than cutting corners to make things easy in the short-term. This blueprint for 2019 needs to address any weak points, so that we can look forward into our future with more realism and empowerment. Capricorn is the adult of the zodiac, and it’s calling us to grow up and take the reins.

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Just before dawn.

Venus is about to join Jupiter in Sagittarius, increasing the high-spirited and impulsive energy in the environment. These planets are hopeful, passionate about life, and prone to risk-taking, which makes this result-oriented Capricorn pressure a little more volatile. Clearly there’s a tension here, as these clashing forces of Capricorn realism and Sagittarius optimism fuel our experiences. Going too far out on a limb for what we want can be a danger here, clouding the line between external, materialistic gratification and authentic feelings of self-assurance and worth.

But that doesn’t mean to harden to the daily grind either, where all we focus on is our own strategy and mission. We have a long winter ahead, and all of 2019 stretched before us. The message in this astrology is self-respect fueled by self-love, in the hope that we can build a year to be proud of.

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places– and there are so many– where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.

Howard Zinn

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