Although January’s shorter, darker days often feel best suited to hibernation, the first month of the new year can’t help but inspire us to set ambitious goals and take bold steps toward achieving them. If you haven’t gotten clear on exactly what you want to achieve, the first new moon of the year is a beautiful opportunity to home in on a powerful intention.
On Thursday, January 11 at 6:57 a.m. ET/3:57 a.m. PT, this down-to-earth, industrious lunar event falls in Capricorn, the cardinal earth sign ruled by Saturn, the taskmaster planet that oversees commitment, limits and hard work. This new moon can motivate you to set boundaries and focus on practical game plans, which can actually turn out to be more liberating than you might initially realize. In fact, because the new moon harmonizes with rebellious Uranus, the planet of electrifying change, this astrological event can also lead to stunning breakthroughs. Read on to learn more about how the new moon in Capricorn will affect you!
What is a new moon?
New moon occurs once — less frequently, twice — a month when the moon and the sun pair up at the very same spot in the zodiac. Because the two celestial bodies are so close, the sun’s brilliant light isn’t able to reflect off of the moon, and the night sky appears entirely dark. And in that sense, you can think of it as a blank canvas on which you can write your most heartfelt intentions. And you can take advantage of new moon energy by getting clear on and setting those goals for four days before and after the event occurs.
In astrology, the moon speaks to your emotions, intuition, nurturing style, and when it’s new, you could feel a heightened sense of possibility, hopefulness and connection to your feelings. New moons also present a chance to plant seeds that you can watch grow over the following two weeks (up until the next full moon) and the following six months (when we’ll experience the corresponding full moon).
What is the new moon in Capricorn?
January’s new moon in Capricorn is tailor-made for getting grounded, centered, steady and crystal clear on your big picture vision. Associated with the tenth house of career, which involves reputation and public image, this is a lunar event that’s wired to fuel a fresh start related to your professional path or how you’d like to make your mark in the world.
New moon in Capricorn 2024 can help you express yourself
The new moon occurs at 20 degrees of Capricorn, while Uranus, the planet of sudden change, revolution and innovation, sits at 19 degrees of fellow earth sign Taurus, meaning that the two connect in a harmonizing trine. Given that the moon rules emotions and Uranus is known for championing what makes us different and unique, you may feel more comfortable expressing what’s in your heart without hesitation and showcasing your distinctive point of view. This can also be a brilliant moment for welcoming surprising change into your life. Even if you’re not quite sure what that looks like just yet, remaining open could lay the groundwork for a thrilling twist of fate.
New moon in Capricorn 2024 can amplify your success
At the time of the new moon, Mars, the planet of action, in Capricorn will be forming a positive angle to Jupiter, the planet of abundance and luck, in Taurus, which can translate to feeling especially fired-up, enthusiastic and driven. And because Jupiter oversees fortune, the syncing-up of these planets increases the likelihood that you’ll be successful in achieving whatever aspiration you’ve chosen to zero in on. The key could very well be to lean into the pragmatic nature of both Capricorn and Taurus and take measured, practical steps toward your desired result.
How the new moon in Capricorn 2024 will affect *your* sign
Here, how the Capricorn new moon will affect you based on your sign. (Be sure to read both your sun and your rising sign if you know it. If you don’t, you can find it in your birth chart or by using this CafeAstrology calculator.)
Aries (Mar. 21–Apr. 19)
Falling in your career and public image zone, this new moon motivates you to pinpoint a big picture goal that requires you to step into the spotlight or a leadership position. With action-oriented Mars connecting with Jupiter in your money zone at the same time, the stage is set for a win.
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Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
This new moon activates your adventure sector, inspiring you to break free of your everyday routine and to dive into uncharted terrain. This can not only feel empowering and confidence-bolstering but potentially lead to personal growth.
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Gemini (May 21–June 20)
The new moon in your emotional bonds zone presents you with a lovely opportunity to wear your heart on your sleeve with someone special, setting a heartfelt new tone for your relationship. Tapping into deep-rooted feelings then trusting your loved one with them brings you even closer.
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Cancer (June 21–July 22)
With the new moon falling in your partnership sector, you’ll see a clear new path for hitting a shared goal alongside a dear friend, loved one or co-worker. With go-getter Mars there, as well, now, harmonizing with lucky Jupiter in your networking zone, emphasizing collaboration is the key to feeling connected and accomplished.
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Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)
With the new moon in your wellness zone, you’ll find it easy to identify and kick off an exciting new everyday routine that can boost your well-being and vitality. Thanks to the moon’s sync up with electrifying Uranus in your career sector, embracing a major change related to how you’re pursuing big picture aspirations could have you feeling centered.
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Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 22)
Consider hitting pause on work in order to be more spontaneous, playful and lighthearted — especially alongside loved ones — because the new moon is in your romance and self-expression zone. You could also be inspired to dive into a creative or horizon-broadening undertaking, thanks to lucky Jupiter in your adventure zone. Either way, this moment was made for listening to and following your heart.
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Libra (Sept. 23–Oct. 22)
This new moon falls in your home zone, shining the spotlight on cozy quality time with loved ones. Heart-to-hearts about your past and present but particularly what you want to achieve in the future could lay the groundwork for bolstered mutual understanding. And you’ll feel like you can build momentum together, thanks to go-getter Mars in your home zone syncing with lucky Jupiter in your emotional bonds sector.
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Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)
With the new moon in your third house of communication, your social life is particularly active, and your curiosity soars. Soaking up new information alongside friends can be fulfilling. And with action-oriented Mars in your communication sector harmonizing with abundant Jupiter in your partnership zone, spending time one-on-one with someone special magnifies your joy and productivity.
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Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)
The new moon falls in your money zone, which means this is one of the best times of the year to highlight an income-related aspiration — then kick off a sensible, grounded game plan for making it a reality. Thinking of ways to stay on track of your goal on a day-to-day basis — thanks to lucky Jupiter in your routine zone — can magnify your prosperity.
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Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)
The new moon in your sign is your annual opportunity to meditate on an ambitious vision that truly resonates with your heart. You might be particularly drawn to a goal related to how you’re presenting yourself out in the world, like refreshing your wardrobe or pursuing a passion project. With go-getter Mars in your sign connecting with fortunate Jupiter in your self-expression zone, owning and celebrating your unique perspective is a must.
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Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)
The new moon falls in your spirituality sector, making this an especially meditative moment during which you might crave time to rest and care for your emotional well-being. Stepping back from your usual hustle can create space for enhancing your self-awareness and peace of mind — both of which will serve you well once the sun moves into your sign on January 20.
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Pisces (Feb. 19–Mar. 20)
With the new moon falling in your networking sector, you’ll gain a great deal of joy from initiating a team effort and bringing your skill set to the table. Thanks to action-oriented Mars in your networking zone linking up with lucky Jupiter in your communication sector, lively, enthusiastic conversations with friends and co-workers allow you to move the ball forward on your shared dreams.
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