The first new moon of 2016 occurs on January 9th at 8:31PM ET at 19 degrees 13 minutes in Capricorn. This new moon in Capricorn is a fitting way to start since we'll be 9 days into a new year and focused on new year goals. Which sign rules our goals? Capricorn, of course! So this new moon really helps us to focus on our plans for the year, and try to be practical about what we're capable of. We're also focused on our direction, wanting to be on the right path, and what we want to achieve and strive for.
We can spend more time with our elders, getting advice we need, and we can feel like we're hitting a high point with something, getting rewards. At the same time, we can get kicked back down if we haven't been doing things the right way, so we need to do the right thing.
Getting kicked down can be a lot more likely with Mercury retrograde at the same time in Capricorn, the sign of the new moon, (it'll be fresh in this sign and at a sensitive point). Mercury retrograde loves to mess with us and create all sorts of issues, like some life-wrecking gremlin. He's not mean, he's just scatteredly mischievous, and full of misunderstandings. Since this is happening with the new moon, we need to be careful about doing the right thing. We may not want to, but we need to.
As for our goals, retrogrades rule doing things over again, so starting brand new goals may not be wise right now. Instead, give yourself a second chance with a goal. That's the best way to make use of this new moon. Find the house location in your chart for this new moon, and get ideas of what you can try over again.
Capricorn also rules our governments and politicians, so they can be in the spotlight (for good or bad, anyone's guess!).
The aspects to this new moon are as follows:
Conjunction: 17 degree 13 minutes -21 degrees 13 minutes Capricorn
Sextile: 17 degree 13 minutes -21 degrees 13 minutes of Scorpio or Pisces
Square: 17 degree 13 minutes -21 degrees 13 minutes of Aries or Libra
Trine: 17 degree 13 minutes -21 degrees 13 minutes of Taurus or Virgo
Opposition: 17 degree 13 minutes - 21 degrees 13 minutes Cancer
On January 23rd, a full moon occurs at 8:46PM ET at 3 degrees 29 minutes of Leo, and this full moon occurs in the sign of fun. Fitting since we're not having much fun with the retrograde wonkiness in January! By the time this full moon occurs, the Mercury retrograde ends a couple days later, and we're desperately seeking some fun times.
Make time to do the things you love and be with the people you love and in the places you love. The more you channel your heart, the better you feel about everything. If you try to deny yourself, you'll just be extra grumpy, irritable, and dramatic Leo does rule drama, and can be quite theatrical, throwing a child-like fit when things don't go the way it wants things to. Avoid that by making sure you're paying attention to your heart, feeding it as much as you can, and sharing the love you feel.
Leo rules creativity, and with a full moon in this sign, creativity can be heightened as our emotions are stronger and we're more inspired by what we're feeling. We can take what we feel and turn it into a masterpiece if we're willing to channel it into a creative pursuit. Find a creative outlet for your feelings, and make something positive out of it.
Speaking of positive, that's another Leo attribute (really, all of the fire signs are quite positive). We try to be more positive about what's happening with this full moon, and we want to not only help ourselves to feel better, but also help others to feel better too. This is why you should share the love you feel - it makes you feel even better to help others feel better. We can all be more generous.
Leo also rules our children, our hearts and backs, courage, and showmanship, all of which can be heightened, focused on more, or infused with more emotion.
The aspects to this full moon are as follows:
Conjunction: 1 degree 29 minutes - 5 degrees 29 minutes Leo
Sextile: 1 degree 29 minutes - 5 degrees 29 minutes of Gemini or Libra
Square: 1 degree 29 minutes - 5 degrees 29 minutes of Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 1 degree 29 minutes - 5 degrees 29 minutes of Aries or Sagittarius
Opposition: 1 degree 29 minutes - 5 degrees 29 minutes Aquarius
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations