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The First New Moon and Ritual of 2024

Updated: Jan 10

On 1/11/24 at 3:57 AM PST we have our first New Moon of the Year! It is stationed at 20 degrees Capricorn 44 minutes. We have a lot to look forward to if we play our cards right.

Capricorn is the last Cardinal sign of the Solar Year, as it began Winter on the Solstice. This Earth sign is all about achievement, career, and who we came here to be. It is a sign of plotting our way on the Earth plane, dreaming up our best version and taking it to the world. This sign is committed to shining like a jewel, dedicating energies to an elevated purpose of our own making. Capricorn is the master manifestor. The key words for Capricorn are “I Use”, and this resourcefulness is their key to success. The Goat is the symbol for Capricorn as it climbs up steep passages to find sustenance and what it needs to survive.

This is the perfect New Moon to start our year by taking a moment to write down our goals and plans for our new year ahead. This sign supports our worldly version, from what we do to make ends meet to what we envision our future can become. We have been through the rock tumbler of life in the last years, learning things we didn’t even know existed before, as we trusted what we were told. It is a time to formulate our own truth through investigating all sides of the issues presented to us. With this comes personal power.

So what have you been creating that maybe didn’t work out? Dreams of making it big as an artist, musician, actor, politician....that hasn’t come to fruition? Or maybe just a simple goal such as not struggling every day? We are at a turning point on this planet. Things are changing. When I was young trying to get ahead as a singer, you had to get a label behind you to make it. Now, we have recording studios in our homes, with the ability to record full albums. Technology is moving at lightning speed, so the dreamer has a new canvas to paint on. Looking at what is available to create upon currently can only improve with time. Consider this when creating your list of hopes, wishes and dreams.

The Sun and Moon share the same degree of Capricorn which trines Uranus at 19 degrees Taurus. The unusual and unorthodox will appeal to you now; craving freedom, adventure, excitement, and discovery. Uranus is the planet that rattles our cage if we are limited. You’ll feel uninhibited and spontaneous and may do something unexpected or humorous in order to loosen people up and get them out of their ruts. When planets and luminaries support change it’s much easier to “go with the flow” than at other times, so be fearless.

These luminaries also sextile Neptune at 25 degrees Pisces. Neptune in its home sign brings spirituality and creativity to the mix. You can dream into reality your aspirations and your ideal life. Again, New Moons are the time of setting new goals, and in Capricorn you can ground it in a higher frequency with Neptune’s help. So rather than look behind you at what you’ve tried to accomplish, look forward with a fresh take on the world as it is, and what you can do to add your magic. This is a good time for writing, contemplating and investigating different approaches to make your dreams a reality.

If you find yourself up in the wee hours, a good way to bring in this energy is with a healing bath, as Capricorn rules the skin on our bodies. Light some candles, surround yourself with peace through fragrance, music; whatever brings you joy. Then reconsider your list of plans with harmony and a calm spirit, believing you deserve every bit of it. Because you do.

So grateful Judy! Thank you for sending us your magic!

Judy Crescenz


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RITUAL: 🌙♑️🌙

Aligning your new moon ritual with the astrological and energetic influences of the Capricorn new moon, and connecting it with the root chakra, can be a powerful way to ground your intentions and initiate practical changes. Capricorn is associated with ambition, discipline, and structure, while the root chakra governs your sense of security and stability. Here's a ritual tailored for the Capricorn new moon connected to the root chakra:

Materials Needed:

  1. Red or Black Candle: These colors are associated with the root chakra and can enhance grounding energy.

  2. Paper and Pen: For writing down your intentions.

  3. Crystals: Choose crystals that resonate with both Capricorn energy (such as garnet or onyx) and the root chakra (like red jasper or hematite).

  4. Salt or Earth: Symbolizing grounding and stability.

  5. Quiet Space: Find a comfortable and quiet space for your ritual.


  1. Cleanse Your Space: Begin by cleansing your space using salt or earth, and consider smudging with sage or incense to clear the energy.

  2. Set Up Your Altar: Arrange your candle, crystals, and paper on your altar. Consider placing the crystals in a triangle shape, representing the earth element and stability.

  3. Light the Candle: Light the red or black candle, focusing on the flame and visualizing grounding energy flowing into your space.

  4. Connect with Your Root Chakra: Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Visualize a red light at the base of your spine, connecting you to the earth. Feel this energy grounding you and providing a sense of security.

  5. Write Your Intentions: On the piece of paper, write down practical and ambitious intentions related to your career, finances, and long-term goals. Use strong, affirmative language.

  6. Charge Your Intentions: Hold the paper in your hands and visualize the red or black candle's flame infusing your intentions with stability, discipline, and determination.

  7. Meditate: Sit quietly and meditate on your intentions. Picture yourself achieving your goals and feeling secure in your endeavors. Allow the energy of the root chakra to flow through you.

  8. Express Gratitude: Express gratitude for the stable foundation in your life and the opportunities ahead. Acknowledge the support you receive from the earth and the universe.

  9. Close the Ritual: Blow out the candle, symbolizing the completion of your ritual. Trust that your intentions are set and that you are grounded in your path.

  10. Keep the Paper: Place the paper with your intentions in a secure location. You can revisit it during the lunar cycle to track your progress and reinforce your commitment.

Remember, rituals are personal, so feel free to adapt this one to resonate with your energy and intentions.

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