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New Moon in Capricorn ~ January 2024

Intentions, wishes or goals set under a Capricorn New Moon hold the promise of longevity... so what is it your heart most desires for your future?

The Capricorn New Moon occurs at 9.57pm AEST on Thursday the 11th January for those of us in QLD, Australia. The ideal time to do this New Moon ritual is within 8 hours following the New Moon, so if you're a night owl you may choose to do it late in the evening of the 11th or perhaps you'd prefer to do it the following morning on Friday 12th. But don't worry if that doesn't suit your schedule... anytime in the following 3 days after is okay for harnessing the New Moon energy.

With so much cosmic activity currently, you may feel called to go on a deep dive... in which case I highly recommend checking out the articles that Moon Omens have published recently. Having a greater awareness of what may have been influencing your life recently can be helpful as you drop into the introspective space of your New Moon ritual.

But if you're short on time I've provided a brief summary for you below...

Sanctuary's Cosmic Summary:

This first New Moon of the calendar offers an invitation to look forward and plan ahead, whilst simultaneously looking back thanks to the active Pluto energy. And with this looking back comes an inevitable look deep within, a chance to acknowledge how we have transformed, and how our goals, desires and visions for our future have similarly transformed along the way. 

The Capricorn New Moon asks us to get clear on what we aim to build and what we’re genuinely willing to commit to in that aim. It invites us to plant seeds and set practical intentions in order to head towards our long term goals & desires.

But whilst this first New Moon of the year brings fresh new energy, Pluto hovering at the powerful 29th degree of Capricorn carries the energy of endings, bringing a sense of closure.

You may feel a sense of relief as Pluto transits from Capricorn to Aquarius, a process it began back in March 2023 with some shifting back and forth between these signs since then, but essentially, the Pluto in Capricorn energy we’ve experienced since 2008 is now coming to a close. Pluto will shift into Aquarius on the 20th January until September 1st, then we’ll experience a brief final retrograde in Capricorn before Pluto settles into Aquarius from the 19th November 2024 and remains there until March 8th 2043! (That's 19 years!).

So over this past 16 years with Pluto, ruler of the underworld, journeying through Capricorn, take a moment to look back... did you experience confrontation with something from your own underworld? Has there been death and rebirth in your life? Has your stability and security been disrupted? Have you been forced to work through the deepest layers of your soul, forced to transform and to recognise your own power through the process? I certainly know I have!

Pluto energy reminds us of the transient nature of all things, that nothing can last forever. At the same time it reminds us that for every release, fading or falling away, it provides space & opportunity for something new to emerge.

Perhaps you’re experiencing a rebirth following some big transformations? You might be shedding some final layers now, allowing you to step forward, renewed as the truest version of yourself, standing taller after traversing this Pluto in Capricorn energy for over a decade and a half.

So whilst this New Moon certainly sets the stage for 2024 and looking ahead with the strong planning energy that Capricorn brings, it is also an opportune time to honour our past and the transformations we’ve experienced. It’s the perfect moment to acknowledge what rose from the depths of our underworld and appreciate how that may have fuelled our unique death and rebirth journeys.

Take this moment to pay homage to your past, to honour the road you have travelled, honour all the versions of yourself that you became along each stage of the journey. Perhaps you can take this moment to thank each past version of yourself for their efforts along the way, through every death and rebirth, as you gradually transformed to become this current version of you.

Standing tall, having acknowledged your own courage and strength through your transformation/s, this potent New Moon provides the perfect time to harness the grounded earth energy of Capricorn. Allow it to inspire the creation of structure in your daily routine, to take agency and responsibility for all that needs to be done to step further forward on your path. Ride the wave of ambitious energy, allow your determination & motivation to rise up within you.

Intentions, wishes or goals set under a Capricorn New Moon hold the promise of longevity ~ so with that in mind, where is it that you are wanting to head? What does your heart truly desire for you in the long term? Are you willing to truly commit to this desire? What action will you take that maintains a steady course towards your dreams?

So if you’re ready to accept this Capricorn New Moon's invitation; now is the time to look back, look within and then look forward with greater clarity. 

If you wish to receive a FREE New Moon oracle reading from me then use this time to look back through your photos of yourself in search of your true essence and send me 3 to 5 pictures that you feel represent your true essence, from any era of time, and email them to with subject: “New Moon Oracle Reading please."

With so much cosmic energy shifting lately it can be difficult to move forward with clarity and confidence. So whilst this turbulent energy rages around us, our inner world can become our sanctuary, and if we’re able to go within, be still, present and deeply connect with ourselves and the wealth of wisdom living within us, our inner world can become our compass.

This new moon ritual encourages this journey inward, to reconnect to our inner wisdom/higher self/devine self, or whatever you wish to name it. This ritual offers us the opportunity to get clear on what it is we truly want in life, and harness the manifesting power of the new moon to make wishes, set powerful intentions and make commitments in order to manifest the life we dream of.

What you will need for this Ritual

  • Journal & pen

  • Cleansing herbs/flowers/essential oils ~ this will depend on your chosen method of energy body/auric field cleansing

  • Objects of meaning to create a ritual altar It is recommended to have an object to represent each of the earthly elements:

1. Air ~ this could be incense, sage or diffused essential oils or perhaps gentle music.

2. Water ~ A glass of water

3. Fire ~ Candle flame

4. Earth ~ a plant, leaf, flower, a crystal or stone.

If you want to keep it simple, using a candle can actually cover all four elements (solid wax is earth, air flickers the flame, melted wax is water, and the fire is self-explanatory).

Optional extras:

  • Face oil & gua sha or face roller

  • Ceremonial Cacao or Chai or Tea

  • Tarot cards (if you don't have a deck then send through your essence images via email as mentioned above).


Capricorn New Moon Ritual

The ideal time to perform this ritual is within 8 hours following the New Moon on Thursday 11th January at 9.57pm AEST, so if you're a night owl you may choose to do it late that evening or perhaps you'd prefer the following morning on Friday 12th. But don't worry if neither suits, anytime in the following 3 days after is okay for harnessing the New Moon energy.


When it comes to energy cleansing, intention is everything. You don’t need fancy tools, just the intention.

If you’ve chosen to have a cleansing bath then do this prior to beginning the ritual.

If you have a face oil and gua sha or face roller you may choose to incorporate the use of these in your ritual cleanse.

If you’re choosing to smudge yourself along with your space then you can begin by lighting your sage or palo santo or other herbs, stating out loud your intention.

🎤 eg. “With this smoke I cleanse myself and my space” and go ahead and allow the smoke to move around your whole body and your space. If you cannot tolerate smoke then simply open a door or a window to allow the fresh air to cleanse the space around you stating your intention out loud 🎤 eg. “I welcome this fresh air to cleanse my space.

🕯Once you have cleansed yourself and your space, light your candle/s, and take a moment to appreciate the warm light it brings, illuminating you and all that you’re currently carrying, as you initiate this ritual.

✨ Draw an imaginary circle around yourself with a golden protective light. This circle represents the fifth element; Aether, tonight this circle is your portal between the cosmos and the terrestrial world. It is emptiness and vastness all at once and within this circle you have drawn you will be able to connect with the omnipresence of Aether as you reconnect with yourself in this present moment.

You might like to use this guided visualisation recording to help you ground yourself.

Before we dive in ~ Just a little note about New Moon Manifesting

It's up to you whether you choose to make wishes, set intentions or make commitments.

You might feel called to do a little of each, and the below ritual will guide you through the process. Just ensure that they all come from the heart.

Try to think about what you DO want, not what you don't want (Try not to give ANY attention to the things you don't want in your life).

You can wish for anything you want and as long as you believe you can have it, it can be yours.

If manifesting is new for you then it might be a good idea to start small and take baby steps. We are limited by what we believe is possible, so if you wish for something you dont believe you can have, then you’ll be right and it will not manifest.

So by starting small with wishes that are believable to both your conscious and subconscious mind you'll work your way up to manifesting those bigger dreams soon enough.

It is important to believe that you are worthy of your wishes.

The trick to manifesting is all about energy, frequency and emotion (energy in motion). So it's not enough to simply speak aloud or write down your wish, you need to feel the feeling of the wish/intention/commitment already fulfilled, feel the emotion you would feel as if these things have already happened for you.

Try and wish for a feeling rather than things, and this will help you feel into the emotional energy and help to manifest easier.

ie. Rather than wishing to "be healed" try "I wish to feel effortlessly healthy and vibrant"

ie. Rather than wishing to "win the lottery" try "I wish to feel financially secure"

It's important to get clear enough with yourself to enable you to express your wishes effectively which makes manifesting more powerful. One simple way to do this is to meditate, but if you struggle to meditate then perhaps movement or drumming or some sort of mindful activity might help you connect in with your devine or higher self.

Release attachment to your wishes/intentions and allow the universe to provide you your wishes or something better for your highest good. Trust that the best thing for you will happen.

Now before we get to making wishes, setting intentions and making commitments, we need to get clear on what we desire, and that means honestly exploring ourselves a little deeper.

The following journal prompts relate to the Capricorn & Pluto activated energies of this new moon, you might like to journal on each topic or just choose the ones that feel most relevant for you to explore.

1). What part/s of my shadow have I been forced to confront?

✍🏽 You may have been confronted by more than one of your shadow aspects during this time of Pluto in Capricorn… consider whether you’ve been able to integrate your shadow aspects or whether there is still some work to do? 

2). What transformations have happened in my life?

✍🏽 Take a moment to consider your personal transformation, or transformation of your dreams, plans, goals, values, beliefs…. 

3). What power and strength came from my transformational journey?

✍🏽 Alongside your power and strength, you might like to make a list of all the other positive attributes/knowledge/skills etc that have emerged as a result of your challenges throughout this journey.

4). What layers am I still yet to shed in order to stand tall as the truest version of myself?

✍🏽 Take a moment to consider whether there is more that you’re needing to let go of? Perhaps some fears, self limiting beliefs, past conditioning? Perhaps it’s time to let go of the version of yourself you became in order to survive, so that now you can become the version who thrives…

5). What does my dream life look like? What am I aiming to build for my future?

✍🏽 Try and bring it to life as much as possible… how does it FEEL to live your dream life? How does it feel in your body? How does it feel emotionally?

6). What am I willing to commit to, so that I can move towards my dream life?

✍🏽 Capricorn energy is all about planning… so take this moment to consider how you might plan to achieve your dream life.. What structure and routine do you need to implement? What steps would you need to take? If you’re unsure… then consider what steps you could take to gain more clarity….

7). How have I been showing up in my relationships?

✍🏽 Consider whether you have been kind to others? Have you been kind to yourself? Have you been controlling or unbending? Would your life and those in it benefit from you ceding control a little and introducing some more more fluidity? Have you told the people in your life that you’re grateful for them? Or is it time to speak some more words of affirmation?

Physically release stagnant energy from your body

Now that you've had this time of stillness and introspection, it's time to shift any stagnant energy from within your body. If your journalling made you aware of any patterns and habits you are wanting to release then you might like to imagine that these are being released from your body now as you move.

Feel free to explore and move your body in any way that feels good to you. This could be putting on some gentle music and swaying slowly as you sit or stand, you may like to also hum on each exhale for an extra release.

You may feel to put on some more energising music and get moving, perhaps dancing more vigorously. Or perhaps you’d like to shake or do Emotional Freedom Tapping or any other energy shifting exercises that you feel called to do in this moment.

Capricorn New Moon Wishes, Intentions & Commitments

Now that you've released stagnant energy through movement and gained greater self awareness through your journalling, it's time to look ahead and set your intentions and make your wishes and commitments for the future.

Don't forget that manifesting requires your belief that you can have it, a belief in your worthiness to receive it, clarity about what it is you want and your ability to feel the energy and emotion behind what you're wanting. (you may wish to revisit the "before we dive in" notes from earlier in the blog).

Gratitude energy

So let's begin with a focus on your energy and emotion; it's time to get gratitude energy buzzing to help boost your manifesting abilities.

Doing this allows you to raise your vibration (gratitude vibrates at a similar energy level as love ~ above 500MHz) empowering you to feel happier and healthier which helps to call in the things you desire.

✍🏽 To begin this gratitude practice, write a list of all the people, things, events, feelings etc. that you’re truly grateful for in your life.

Now try and really FEEL into your gratitude. To help you with this, here is a guided gratitude meditation.

🌬🌬🌬An offering to the air 🌬🌬🌬

🌬 This gratitude list becomes your first offering to the elements. Once you have written your gratitude list you can offer it to the air by 🎤 speaking it aloud, and as you do, imagine that your grateful energy travels to find the person or item or situation that you are grateful for.

🎤 You may wish at the end to state “I know that I am blessed and I live my life within that knowing

🌱🌱🌱An offering to the earth🌱🌱🌱

This is where you can set your intention/s or make your wish/es and then plant them as though a seed in the ground to grow.

✍🏽 You may wish to begin by journalling freely about the way you want your life to be, but more importantly how you want to FEEL in that life.

Once you're clear go ahead and write down your intentions or wishes.

Then for each one turn it into an affirmation, as if it has already happened;

ie. "I wish to feel effortlessly healthy and vibrant" could become an affirmation such as

"I feel effortlessly healthy and vibrant"

At the bottom of your list write "Om Namo Narayani" which translates to “I surrender to the devine” in sanskrit, thus releasing attachment to your wishes and intentions, allowing the universe to provide you your wishes or something better for your highest good. Trust that the best thing for you will happen.

🎤 You may also wish to speak this aloud (pronounced Om Na-moe Na-RYEannee)

🌱 When complete you can take this list, fold it up and plant it for your intentions/wishes to be nourished by the earth and grow in the coming weeks.

(Before you plant it you may wish to photograph your affirmations or write them on your fridge or mirror or somewhere you can see them regularly and read aloud each day to help manifest your dreams).

🔥🔥🔥An offering to the flames 🔥🔥🔥

To ignite your passion for your life to be the way you desire, it's time to make an offering to the flames as you commit to actions you will take.

✍🏽 You may like to journal about all the things you could do to help your dreams become your reality, and once you become clearer on how much power you have to make your dreams come true, go ahead and write down 3 to 5 commitments you will make.

These might be actions you will take. Or perhaps alterations to habits and patterns. They can be small things or large things, but just make sure you believe they are achievable and you feel you can truly make each commitment.

🔥 Once you have your commitment list you may roll it up and burn it. *Please ensure you do this safely, perhaps outside with some water nearby to extinguish the flame if need be, try not to burn your fingers either!*

(Before you burn it you may wish to photograph your list of commitments or note them down on your fridge or mirror alongside your affirmations).

🌊🌊🌊An offering to the water 🌊🌊🌊

And for your last offering, this is about ensuring you are in the energy of receiving and worthiness. It's time to make a toast to the amazing human you are!

💧Holding your glass of water 🎤 speak aloud a toast to yourself, allowing the energy of your words to make their way into the water you hold. Speak of your strengths, your character, your achievements, your virtues, your positive actions... just go ahead and speak well of yourself.

At the end you may like to include something along the lines of "I am worthy of a wonderful life" and when done, go ahead and drink your water, allowing that positive energy to flow into your body.

Closing your ritual

And now as you close the ritual, return your attention to the fifth element, Aether, returning to your golden protective circle of light that you drew around yourself at the beginning. Close your eyes and picture yourself with that beautiful golden glow encircling you. Take a few big deep breaths and allow yourself to just sit for a moment feeling your elevated emotions, your positive energy, your self love, your worthiness, your commitments, your wishes, your intentions... Just allow all of it to be held safely within your circle of protective light for a moment.

  • To finish your ritual you may like to again move your body through dance, yoga, shaking, EFT tapping, Qigong or any other way that your body feels called to move.

  • You may also like to connect with your body through gentle massage all over your body and using your gua sha or face roller.

  • You may like to stand barefoot outside, connecting with the energy of the earth. Perhaps stating a mantra, intention or affirmation that arose from your journalling.

  • You may like to finish with a cup of chamomile tea or ceremonial cacao (as long as it wont keep you up all night of course!)

There is no right or wrong way to end your ritual, just follow your intuition and do whatever you feel called to do. But after you're finished, I do recommend doing some sort of calming meditation before bed.

I hope you've enjoyed this ritual. I'd love to hear any feedback you may have about what you loved or what you think could be improved upon. So please get in touch!

💜✨Love & light✨💜


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