What, is she crazy? This happened last Friday or Saturday depending where on this planet you are reading this. Ah, but I was off doing good Capricorn things like serving my community. The Capricorn New Moon coincided with the Cygnet Folk Festival. For 31 years the world has come to our little village for music and revelry. A little late for Saturnalia but having much the same effect on our town as that ancient celebration, where everything gets turned upside down for a period of time. All ages gather together and find the form of celebration that suits them.
Why wouldn’t I just miss the post? After all, there was a Balsamic Moon post just days before…. Structure; Capricorn is all about structure. Each cycle of posts start at the New Moon. The New Moon is the seed of the whole journey, no matter how much the terrain may change, as we travel through the passage of time. The Full Moon has no meaning without its beginning in the New Moon. This will be the first complete cycle for 2013 and that will leave an imprint on the whole year. Capricorn likes history, so it is apt that I have to work my memory to access the recent past and recognise this beginning.
The Balsamic Moon tends to foretell the next cycle and it is interesting that one of the major themes of that post was questioning the linearity of time. Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, is often known as Father Time. It is appropriate to observe the tricks that time is playing as Saturn is sextile Pluto in Capricorn, which is undermining what we thought of as reality.
In astrology, Capricorn is the culminating sign of the zodiac. We started our journey in Aries back in late March. Since then our hero has travelled from one Moon cycle to the next, following a spiralling path around the mountain which will reach its culmination at the peak on the Full Moon. At the top of the mountain we can survey the terrain and see where we have come from and where we are going. We are now at a confluence in time. We are beginning a calendar year and climbing the last rise to the peak of the zodiac mountain. It is worthwhile to reflect back to where you were and what you were beginning at the Aries New Moon of 2012. Reflect on the journey of the last year and how much you have changed.
I will reflect now on the recent past that covers the current cycle. The festival energy began on the Friday with Venus sextile Neptune, a perfect beginning full of charm, compassion and the enjoyment of beauty and music. The Moon was conjunct Pluto which is sextile Saturn. We were comfortable and looking forward to being transformed, knowing that festival energy can overthrow some old structures allowing ourselves to be transformed in preparation for our new year.
A theme of many of the tarots was relationships, though not the ‘when do I meet my man’ variety. These readings were about experiencing new territories. People were finding they had never experienced relationships this way before and were keen to explore fresh ground and create a new way of being with another person. Otherwise, they were experiencing the Saturn/Pluto energy with a determination to no longer allow the dominating behaviour of others to curb them from living their life to the full, with all its unique expression.
The anticipation of the first night was exhilarating. We had a ball, staying open until nearly midnight, the first time the gallery had opened after dark. The next morning the New Moon became exact and the energy became more focussed, determined and disciplined. It was very busy but the lightness of the night before seemed to dissipate. The predominant theme of readings became career decisions as people were embarking in exciting new directions and job changes. They were recreating themselves and stepping out on paths that more closely aligned with their ambitions. All day we laboured hard and this felt grounded and satisfying.
Buoyed by the experience of the night before we were keen to stay open again. The Moon moved into Aquarius and Venus was in an exact square to Uranus. The energy hyped up but in a more manic way. People were reporting feeling weird. Connections were being missed. Relationships and groups were beginning to feel a little strained and individuals were wondering who they felt at home with. Everyone was appearing vacant and a little lost. An irritated drunk come rampaging through the shop, picking up the artefacts and loudly criticising their value. He left and then we had one policewoman enter and browse, followed by another and then a third. All three uniformed and dominating the small space. They seemed somnambulant, doing a zombie walk around the gallery. People outside thought some incident was going down. This again was an example of things being out of time. Later that night, after closing, someone in a fit of frustration punched through a pane of glass. The police nearby were oblivious, their attention elsewhere.
The winds were whipping around and the partying was getting erratic. We decided that it was time to close and escape before things got crazier. I think that after a hard day of Capricorn work, tiredness was setting in and we were unable to contain the higher vibrations of the Aquarius/Uranian energy. I am sure the people attending concerts experienced a better transition using the uplifting music to carry them through. Apparently at 3am a crowd started impromptu drumming using whatever they could find to make their music. At this point the Moon in Aquarius was sextile Uranus which was still being squared by Venus. Although a rude awakening for anyone sleeping I expect it was a very healthy way to become comfortable with the erratic vibes. You have to love the excitement of festivals.
The festival energy went on for a couple more days but I will stop my story telling keeping it within the bounds of the New Moon.
Personally, every festival marks the opening of my year. My partner and I often comment that we get lifted off our feet at the beginning of November with my daughter’s birthday and get carried through the silly season that is Christmas and holidays. It isn’t until after the Folk Festival that we get placed back on the ground, ready to dust off and orient ourselves into the New Year. In fine Capricorn tradition the annual festival allows me to see how competent I have become over the previous year. The large amount of readings I get over a short space of time allows me to discover new ways I can work with people. ‘Tarot Reader’ is not a high status job. 🙂 It is ‘behind the scenes’ work that you will not find at career expos. This year I noticed how much I labour to ensure each person leaves with a potent insight they can use to pivot into the next year. A number of people actually expressed getting goosebumps. It was a pleasure to open my inbox after the festival and find e-mails prompted by the weekend. What I do is very satisfying and I have actually allowed myself to realise that it is also important and meaningful.
It is worthwhile to note over this Capricorn Moon cycle how you contribute to the world around you and how that service is expressed in a way that is fulfilling and integral to you. As we pull ourself upright at the top of the mountain we can stand in our integrity and have the shadow of our endeavours reach farther than ever before.
Image: The festival procession snakes its way through Cygnet by Matt Thompson