While I was reading about the New Moon in Capricorn in the Mountain Astrologer, I couldn't help but feel identified with the following paragraph:
"This New Moon encourages us to examine our traditions and fundamental way of life. Capricorn is symbolized by the mountain goat, and one of our primary challenges is to find and climb the right mountain, that is, to discover and keep moving toward our soul aspirations. We are conditioned from birth; our parents, education, culture, religion, country, and mass media all program us to see reality within certain bounds. Who we think we are and what we believe determine what we can do in the world. Capricorn and its ruling planet, Saturn, challenge us to become our own authority, our own judge of what is real, what is right and what are our true responsibilities." (by Sephanie Austin)
The question is what the right mountain in our lives is. It is so easy to get sidetracked and lose sight of our real purpose, our real goals, our real vision. We get bombarded with ads in television telling us what our goals should be, what we should aspire to acquire, what we should have to be happy but in reality, those are just visions from a marketing team whose main job is to sell you a product. We live in a world that is filled with data 24/7 and we are losing our connection with our spirit. We wake up in the mornings to get a cup of coffee and read our email or watch the news on television or read the newspaper. We live in a constant information overload that prevents us to listen to our soul and what its needs are. If we are not bombarded with should's and have to's from television or media, we always have our parents and society to reminds us how we should be, what we should have, how we should live. Our lives become a long list of conditionings that don't come from us, don't come from our vision, they come from other people's vision of reality. It is up to us to challenge those visions and create our own personal plan, our own personal list of attributes and things we need to accomplish to feel like we are climbing the right mountain and not somebody else's.
This week, in the Northern Hemisphere, we celebrated the Winter Solstice. This day is the day when the light is the shortest and the darkness reaches its peak moment. Since the Summer Solstice in June, we have been walking in the darkness, going within and seeing what things we needed to let go of to create space for the new seeds that need to be planted. What do you want to manifest in the next cycle? What are your goals? What are your expectations? Did you face your shadow and let go of some unhealthy patterns that prevent you from growing and evolving? During the Winter Solstice we end the dark half part of the year and we move into the light part of the year. From that moment on, the days start getting longer and we start planning our goals.
These two events during this week allow us to sit down and draft the plan for the next six months o longer. It is time to determine what the right mountain for you is, what do you want to climb this next year and how that mountain relates to your soul purpose instead of the conditioning you have been living under all your life. It's time to go away for a little time and see clearly because in that clarity we will be able to create the life that we are meant to be living and not one that is put in front of us to live.