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    Click to read Ronni's bio Ronni Lynn has been studying and practising astrology for over 30 years. She is interested in the psychological and spiritual effects that planetary influences have on us. Ronni uses astrology as a tool to help others evolve and develop their higher selves.
    Each month, with the event of the New Moon, we are given a space to renew ourselves spiritually, take stock of our lives, and recharge our energies. It is a wonderful opportunity to set goals for the month, writing down our deepest desires and heart-felt wishes. The new moon column that she writes will help readers find inspiration and guidance.
    Ronni is also a graphic artist and a classical singer. Visit her at her own website:
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    New Moon Reflections
    the New Moon in Capricorn 2005

    This month's New Moon occurs in Capricorn, on January 10, 2005. Ronni Lynn, a Capricorn herself, tells us that Capricorn is the astrological sign that can easily see the "big picture", and because of this exceptional ability is able to stay focused on long-term goals. The Moon changes signs just a bit more than every two days. However, when the Moon is exactly conjunct the Sun (sharing its astrological degree), it is no longer visible in the sky and at this point in the lunar cycle it is called a "New Moon". This occurs once every month (in rare instances, twice) and marks the beginning of a new monthly astrological cycle. Ronni's monthly column explores some valuable ways to get the best out of every lunation.

    The new moon signifies a start of a new personal cycle each month. It's a time to renew or revise our goals, reach for what we wish for most and renew ourselves. When setting goals or aspiring towards our dreams and desires it is important to keep a few things in mind. First of all, our wishes can only involve ourselves. We cannot try to change others, only our attitudes towards those people, in hopes that they will respond favorably to us. Another important aspect of this process is to meditate on the qualities of the sign that the new moon is occurring in. These astrological qualities will give us powerful hints on what to strive for, and how to approach or strategize towards what we want to accomplish. It is a good idea to set approximately 10 goals or wishes each month. Jan Spiller in New Moon Astrology also suggests that you do not combine several wishes into one wish! Keep your thoughts clear and separate, and write them down each month. I recommend a special notebook or journal exclusively used for this purpose.

    Visualize Your Wishes

    It is often best not to include a wish unless you can clearly visualize it coming into fruition within your imagination. If not, there may be preliminary steps you need to take first, so instead, try visualizing these. Trust your feelings and intuition in this process- you will know instinctively what feels right. Some wishes become realized soon after the new moon. Others are more resistant and can take many months. Keep repeating wishes each month until they begin coming true as long as you continue to believe that they are right for you. When things in your life such as people, events, and your own attitudes begin to "shift", welcome this new change as evidence that your life is changing as a result of your positive intentions. Each month I will share my reflections on the new moon based on the sign it moves into to help you in your own process. Using the New Moon in such a way is what I call Astrology in action!

    Climbing the Mountain

    On January 10, 2005 the new moon will be in the sign of Capricorn. This will happen at exactly 7:04 am eastern standard time.

    Capricorn is one of the four cardinal zodiac signs, the others being Aries, Cancer and Libra. I think of the cardinal signs as a kind of cosmic "skeleton", providing an essential spiritual structure to each person's chart. Like a real skeleton each of these signs form an anchor within a person's life. The first cardinal sign, Aries, starts with the sense of affirming the ego or life force within us; of one's right to exist and be oneself. Cancer, natural ruler of the fourth house, deals with a person's emotional security and feelings of being nurtured and safe. Libra, which is the natural ruler of the seventh house explores a person's ability to establish and maintain balanced yet meaningful relationships with others, and Capricorn, the natural ruler of the mid-heaven or tenth house, with the ability to interact with and find a place within the world or society at large. Capricorn has a pretty major task to play as an influence in each of our charts, and at the time of it's new moon we have a wonderful opportunity to learn about how to set and reach realistic goals for ourselves, goals which describe how we envision our interaction within the world. With this in mind I feel inspired to discuss with my readers a little bit about the process of setting goals.

    The Big Picture

    Capricorn is the astrological sign that can easily see the "big picture", and because of this exceptional ability is able to stay focused on long-term goals.

    Before setting long-term goals, it's good to try and see the big picture of your life. There is no sense setting totally unrealistic personal goals. It is also a good idea not to have too many goals at once. What we want is the possibility of achieving something that is meaningful as well as achievable for us. Try to take stock of what your abilities and interests are as well as any realistic constraints that you may face. Also take stock of your greater potential, and weaknesses that can be overcome. Overcoming a weakness can become a goal within itself.

    Your Dreams are a Starting Point

    If you do have lofty goals or wonderfully inspiring dreams (which may or may not be unrealistic), see these as an inspiration that you are giving to yourself. These dreams may provide you with useful information about yourself and they serve as a starting point. Your dreams, though perhaps far-fetched, can serve the purpose of pointing you in a wonderful new direction! Don't be afraid to dream when thinking of the big picture. For example, you may dream of becoming the President of the United States, but may instead actually run for local political office... or president of the school board. Some people benefit from remembering dreams they had about themselves when they were a child. See your dreams as the beginning step in your goal-setting journey.

    Under the influence of the past new moon in Sagittarius, we had a good taste of this. Let your imagination and your feelings give you suggestions on which direction your soul is calling you to fulfill. This can apply to your personal as well as career ambitions. Once you have a direction (or even a few directions) start to formulate some long-term goals that are achievable. These goals, while resonating strongly with your dreams, are at the same time "do-able!

    Each Goal Is A Mountain Top

    I like to think (in Capricornian terms) of each long-term goal as a personal mountain that each of us decides to climb. Capricorn is symbolized as the Mountain Goat. This creature very carefully climbs up the mountain until he or she reaches it's summit. This goat knows where it's headed (in this case the mountain top) and never takes it's eyes off of the goal. Capricorn doesn't run uphill in blind enthusiasm (that's OK for Aries). This creature doesn't stay still and find a comfortable niche nestled in the hills and stop climbing, as would Taurus. This creature doesn't jump playfully from mountain to mountain (leave that trick to Gemini). Our goat doesn't even stop on the mountainside to count all the little blades of grass (leave that detailed task to Virgo)! Capricorn takes slow and steady steps up the mountain until his or her goal is achieved. There may be all kinds of setbacks along the way, but Capricorn wins it's objective of climbing to the mountain-top out of sheer hard work, patience, unwavering focus, and persistence. Capricorn wins every race among all the astrological signs even though it's the slowest (and least understood) one.

    Breaking Down Goals Into Steps Helps You Stay On Track

    For me the hardest part about setting long-term goals is breaking them down into small steps, or short-term goals. Sometimes it's helpful to make lists. The first list may consist of a few long-term goals, ones that can take several years to accomplish. What could follow this are the short-term goals or the smaller steps needed, all of which reflect back to the original long-term goals. Breaking things down in this way can really help you to stay on track, but it takes some work on your part. The other very challenging part is figuring out what you need to know about your goal in order to set effective short-term goals. It may be important to seek out mentors or information to help you understand all angles and possibilities of a possible new direction in your life that you want to explore. Only when you have specific information can you really establish goals that you can focus on.

    Saturn—The Reality Tester

    Consider the ruler of Capricorn—Saturn. Saturn is considered a tough taskmaster to many, but actually this planet is only a reality tester. Saturn requires that your actions and plans endure the test of actually trying them out in the real world. These plans or actions may take a long time to achieve, but once they do, your success will be greater than you ever imagined and your results will endure! These results come about through a commitment to hard work and practical application of your efforts. Even very lofty goals can be achieved this way, through slow but steady progress, proceeding one step at a time. The main idea is to decide on a goal and stick to it (that's often the difficult part), and each day perform at least one constructive action towards that goal. Believe it or not, without the influence of Capricorn nothing would ever be accomplished in this world!

    The next new moon will be in the sign of Aquarius on February 8, 2005 at 5:29 pm eastern standard time. Check back with me then, or a few days before for more New Moon Reflections.

    Abundant Best Wishes,

    Ronni is also a graphic artist, creating designs that reflect astrological influences in the quest for beauty, harmony and balance. Her web site Zodiac Art features 25 designs for "Artistic Astrological Charts", unique gifts, birth announcements, and greeting card designs for each sign of the zodiac.

    In addition she loves all kinds of music and is a classically trained singer. She gives voice lessons and workshops.

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