The last new moon of 2019 is an annular solar eclipse in Capricorn on December 26. These two ritual ideas help you usher in the new year and a new decade with a fresh round of inspiration.
The last new moon of the year brings a galvanizing burst of energy, a challenge to level up. And with this new moon being a solar eclipse in ambitious Capricorn, even more so!
The zodiac’s Sea Goat is always on the climb, seeking greater status and building a legacy for generations to come. But here’s what we often forget about this zodiac sign: Capricorn has the head of a tenacious goat and the tail of a mermaid. A resolution without heart, soul and yes, magic, will struggle to make it to the finish line. Solar eclipses are also known for bringing in an element of surprise and hidden opportunity. Be open to unforeseen possibilities that appear for a short time after you try a Capricorn new moon solar eclipse ritual.
This is the second time in 2019 that we are sharing this ritual with you because 2019 happens to be bookended by Capricorn solar eclipses. That’s super rare and super exciting! If you made a list during the first Capricorn solar eclipse on January 5, 2019, pull it out and take a look at it. There may be some gold written there, perhaps a couple big ideas that got back-burnered due to life’s practical demands. Since the December eclipse is a “ring of fire” or annular eclipse, maybe that’s your cue to get January’s ideas cooking again!
Ritual: A “Resolution Revolution” for the Capricorn new moon solar eclipse
Set your intentions
Rather than allow your inner taskmaster to create a punishing (and unrealistic) list, set intentions for the year ahead that warm your heart and light you up with joy and excitement.
For this Capricorn new moon and solar eclipse ritual, you’ll need a few blank sheets of paper—and each resolution will need its own page. We don’t recommend tackling more than three per quarter. For some people, one is enough!
Write down your first goal at the top of a blank page. Make sure to state it as a positive instead of a negative— and be specific. For example, “Find A Job I Love” (positive) instead of “Leave the Job I Despise” (negative). Or “Get Back to My Yoga Practice” (specific) instead of “Start Working Out Again” (vague).
Then, answer the following questions:
- Where am I now?
- What lights me up about this goal?
- When I achieve this goal, how do I imagine I will feel?
- How can I make the process fun and enjoyable?
- Who in my life can support/inspire/encourage me with achieving this goal?
- What can I give them in return?
- What is the first small step I can take towards this goal?
- After that, what step can I take?
- I know I will have achieved this goal when (list three measurable results)
After you finish answering these questions, close your eyes and visualize yourself already having achieved the goals. Let whatever feelings and sensations that arise come up without judging them. You might even feel a little scared; fear is natural when you’re stepping out of your comfort zone.
That said, if you can’t access any other feelings like excitement, inspiration or joy, this might not be your resolution for 2020. Set it aside and repeat the exercise until you have up to three resolutions that light you up.
When you’re done, we recommend tacking your resolutions on a wall where you can see them regularly. You might first place them under a crystal to give them an extra metaphysical charge until after the next full moon.
Ritual: A “Salt Bath Release” for the Capricorn new moon solar eclipse
- 6 parts coarse sea salt
- 3 parts epsom salt
- 1 part baking soda
- several drops of essential oil, like bergamot (to release anxiety, anger, loneliness and resentment), frankincense, jasmine or orange (to soothe your emotions while also awakening your inspiration)
Make your release list
Then burn it! (Carefully!)
- Create a circle of stones, crystals, driftwood or any “found” objects from nature
- Place your release list in a metal bowl, mini cauldron or fire pit in the middle of the ring
- Thank whatever is on your list for the lessons then say aloud or silently, “Thank you for your service. I release you now.”
- Burn, baby, burn!
Other ideas to try at the new moon and solar eclipse in Capricorn
- Organize 3-4 friends into a mastermind group or a support squad. Set up a weekly (or daily) call where you share setbacks and triumphs and hold each other accountable in an inspiring way.
- Sign up for a session with a coach, master teacher or consultant who can help you take your vision even higher.
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