Today the Moon enters Capricorn on its way to meet up with the Sun creating New Moon tomorrow. Capricorn is the hard-worker, the 3rd and last Earth sign of the Zodiac. As the progression from Taurus “oh, I have a body!” to Virgo “look at all the skills I can perfect”, we find Capricorn “now look at what I can master and bring forth from the wisdom I have gained”. Capricorn is affiliated with the Archetypes of the Wise Elder, the Sage, and the Hermit. Rather than performing in the world for the praise and admiration of others, it can be self-directed and satiated by its own voracity towards achievement. Through catalyzing the grounded, ancient wisdom achieved through patient, steadfast commitment, the Capricorn becomes very stable, sturdy and noble. Like a weathered penny, that may show some signs of wear, it harnesses this exposure to the passing of time and reflects a quality not gleaned when shiny and new. For we just cannot know certain things without experience, it is the maturation process and no other sign knows this better than Capricorn. This awareness of perspective and being able to wait and plod along on what may seem to be insurmountable goals is possible through this foresight. If Capricorn veers from its internal compass and proceeds aimlessly, seeking validation in the world like a child, it will feel lackluster. The goal is to build and become their own source of integrity. As the Moon moves into Capricorn this morning, we may feel a sense of rooted necessity. We may feel we want to review the goals we made at New Years, the year ahead, and why we are getting up in the morning. We can harness this industrious energy to get our feet moving in the direction of our resolutions. Mars is stimulating this effort as he recently moved into Scorpio which is one of the signs ruling Scorpio. Mars, the will, the drive, feels at home here, but is not keen to be superficial or frivolous, for it is time to get to the heart of the matter and push forth with some intensity. As the Sun in Capricorn is visiting with Pluto, we find a further emphasis of this theme of “getting serious” and “getting real”. With Mercury’s recent movement backwards or “retrograde”, there can be a sense of mental confusion or things just not flowing along in our daily lives as we expect from traffic jams to computer glitches. This is a time to go inward, tap in to what may be trying to get your attention internally. With Mercury in Aquarius today, we have an opportunity to see the overall perspective or the “big picture” if we can calm ourselves and listen. Tomorrow Mercury will move into Capricorn stabilizing some of the mental chatter. We may find we have to deal with some of that which we don’t want to look at, but with the steady force of Capricorn, if we stay the course and keep putting one foot in front of the other with the knowledge that “Rome was not built in a day”, we can move beyond our insecurities and fears, and build our masterpiece.