Whew! It’s here! The first New Moon of 2019 and it’s a partial solar eclipse if you live in parts of east Russia and Asia, and some western parts of Alaska. While most of the world won’t be able to see the eclipse, it’s energy can still be felt and used to clear away any last dregs of what you wish to release from 2018 and to supercharge your motivation when setting goals and intentions with the Capricorn New Moon!
For those of you following along with the Book of My Shadows book or PDF, you might have started a new journal to write down your responses to the prompts. I got my journal weeks ago after literally thinking about it since I started writing the book last June. I’ve thought about what it should look like. How pretty it should be. I bought a book on how to doodle so I could make it look lively and exciting. Then I got very overwhelmed (which, honestly, isn’t that hard for me to feel). I put a lot of pressure on myself to make this journal, that probably no one will ever see, ever, Instagram worthy at any moment. Which made me not want to do anything at all! I have a Capricorn rising and Libra Venus, so I have high expectations of myself and lofty ideals. But I have also started this project to share all the knowledge I’ve gained over the years about emotional regulation, exploring and embracing the shadow aspects of ourselves, and learning and gathering the courage to step into our truest selves that I had to make a conscious decision to focus on delivering something to you all instead of getting down on myself because something isn’t as good as I want it to be or when comparing it something someone else has done. I am committed to share something with you all each New and Full Moon here, and information on retrogrades if you subscribe to my emails. The things I do will never be perfect, and I am okay with that. They will be the best job I can do with the energy that I have at the time!
I love using crystals and plants to help support me while I work, play, sleep, travel, live life, etc. For this Capricorn New Moon Aragonite and Cypress stood out as allies to support us doing the necessary reflection that the prompts call for us to do.
Aragonite is a stabilizing and grounding crystal. It’s calming and centering, so great for helping to connect yourself to the Earth so you are in a safe and stable place for doing some hard work. But my favorite thing about Aragonite is its ability to help you release blockages and attachments. This is why I made an Aragonite elixir for the Capricorn New Moon. I’ll start adding a few drops of the elixir to my beverages today and throughout the weekend to make sure the last of my blockages from 2018 are released so I’m prepared for this new year ahead.
Cypress is a great woodsy scent that I especially love this time of year. It helps with grounding and focus and can help bring back your mind from the past or future to the present moment. It’s a great ally to have at the start of the year as we look at our goals and intentions for the life we want to live. It will help give us strength as we face the changes we want to make to make to learn and grow. In many cultures, Cypress is associated with the Underworld, death, and mourning which, to me, only further demonstrates its ability to help clear blockages, help with exploring our shadow parts of ourselves, and transition to the life we want to live!
I wish you the best of luck for the year ahead. Remember to rest, eat healthy food, and drink lots of water. Listen to yourself first and foremost and learn what your boundaries and what it takes to uphold them. I recommend practicing some mindfulness at least once a day, and to help you with that I’ll post a daily activity on Instagram for you to try out. I’ll also ask for 3 things that you are grateful for that day because a daily practice of gratitude has some amazing health benefits. I look forward to our journey through 2019! Cheers!