It's almost a new year! And with January comes a new moon in Capricorn and a full moon in Cancer.
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What is a New Moon?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic.
What is a Full Moon?
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). Full moons are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy.
New Moon in Capricorn: January 2nd 2022 (1:33PM ET/10:33AM PT)
The first new moon for 2022 hits is quickly, coming on the 2nd in Capricorn. Capricorn rules our goals and direction, so it's a perfect new moon to have right at the start of a new year! We're giving more attention to our resolutions, and want to at least try to get on the right path to having some success in 2022.
We may focus on opportunities that help us get on the right path, achieve some success quickly, and those who have already been working hard and smart toward their goals may see some progress made now. Some may feel they're hitting high points or hitting their stride in some way.
It's not all good though - this new moon comes with Venus retrograde in Capricorn, though it isn't actually conjunct (aligned with it), thankfully. Opportunities may be second chances, and we may prefer a do-over.
The new moon is trine (positive aspect, 4 signs away) Uranus in Taurus, so we may be feeling like stepping outside of our comfort zones just a tiny bit, finding different ways to do what's always been done, or finding new ways to improve discipline and focus.
The new moon occurs at 12 degrees 20 minutes Capricorn. The aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 10 degrees 20 minutes - 14 degrees 20 minutes Capricorn
Sextile: 10 degrees 20 minutes - 14 degrees 20 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Square: 10 degrees 20 minutes - 14 degrees 20 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 10 degrees 20 minutes - 14 degrees 20 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Opposition: 10 degrees 20 minutes - 14 degrees 20 minutes Cancer
Full Moon in Cancer: January 17th 2022 (6:49PM ET/3:49PM PT)
Our first full moon in 2022 comes to us in Cancer, the water sign that is naturally ruled by the Moon, so we can be much more in tune with what we're feeling and guided by emotions. Sometimes this can make us too subjective though, and we have to work harder to get outside of our own bubbles.
Cancer full moons usually make us more emotional, more sensitive, and we need a lot more comfort and support. We want to spend more time with the people we know best, stay in our comfort zones, and do the things that give us some emotional comfort. Be supportive and let yourself get support in return.
Cancer is the internal foundation, the very base and bottom, so we may need to work on improving internal foundations within ourselves, or with whatever projects or goals we may be working on. Strengthen the base, and you have a solid start.
This full moon is opposite transit Pluto in Capricorn, and it may kick up some fights over power and control, and energy can be intense at times. This comes in the middle of Venus retrograde starting December 2021 conjunct Pluto, and Mercury retrograde ending February 2022 conjunct Pluto. Pluto is getting activated, and this can be a strong period for transforming, taking control, and finding personal power if you can avoid getting sucked into the heavy drama. But, we do need to be a little cognizant of potential for extra violence in the world thanks to Pluto.
The full moon occurs at 27 degrees 51 minutes Cancer. The aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 25 degrees 51 minutes - 29 degrees 51 minutes Cancer
Sextile: 5 degrees 51 minutes - 29 degrees 51 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 5 degrees 51 minutes - 29 degrees 51 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 5 degrees 51 minutes - 29 degrees 51 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Opposition: 5 degrees 51 minutes - 29 degrees 51 minutes Capricorn
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations