Tonight's Capricorn New Moon Is 2016's Last. Here's How To Make The Most Of Its Ambitious Energy

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Ready, set, #goals! The Capricorn new moon on December 29 fixes our eyes to the proverbial prize. It’s time to think big…and bigger still.

Early Thursday morning, the Capricorn new moon gives us a head start on our resolution making. Capricorn is the star sign of outsized ambition—the zodiac’s motivator who gets the job done right. New moons are powerful for planting potent seeds of intention, which we harvest under the light of the corresponding full moon six months later.

The Capricorn lunation puts progress and productivity high on our agendas. But ask yourself: Are those goals really ambitious enough? The Capricorn new moon wants us to challenge ourselves and raise the bar. That's what keeps the mission interesting, right? And it's not just about winning the shiny gold star here, either. With alchemical Pluto and Mercury retrograde also in Capricorn, we need to set some serious soul goals—ones that satisfy our deepest desires while bringing material rewards.

Meantime, radical Uranus snaps out of a five-month retrograde on this very same day, encouraging us to dream outside of the box. What new techniques—and technologies—can be embraced to bring our 2017 visions to life? And can we embroider any conscious directives into our grand plans? Retrogrades are when planets appear to go backward, and everything under their jurisdiction can get delayed, scrambled or mired in red tape. There may be a few do-overs required, but with Uranus powering forward in direct motion now, we have cosmic permission to weave future-forward and radical thinking into our projects and plans.

Capricorn is the eldest of the three earth signs, so the influence of the new moon nudges us to conserve natural resources and adopt environmentally-friendly processes as we build our empires. We may KNOW what we want, but it could take a couple extra weeks (or months) to properly execute those missions. Even as we create our master plans, we'll likely need to tweak them a few times to make sure our #goals are established on terra firma.

Don't get frustrated if your big ventures don't immediately launch into the stratosphere. Instead of pacing anxiously or obsessing, use the extra time to tighten up your game, and even to explore other avenues or options. (For tips on creating new moon rituals, click here.)

Here are few tips for tapping into the ambitious energy of the Capricorn new moon:

1. If at first you don't succeed...

You can dust it off and try again! Capricorn is symbolized by the patient and sturdy Mountain Goat climbing the rocky trail—stumbling, getting up again, forging ahead. Persistence is this sign's specialty. And let’s face it: it DOES take persistence to get through the pressures of Capricorn season for some. Family dynamics, the holidays, traveling...it CAN take a lot out of you. The Capricorn new moon urges you to remain calm and conserve your energy. Make “don’t sweat the small stuff” your mantra this season. If you're wrapping up a big goal, keep your eye on the finish line—and don't forget to reward yourself for all that hard work.

2. Harness the power of healing crystals.

Earth sign Capricorn rules the mountains, and we always associated it with gemstones, archaeology and crystals. Our earth is the ultimate mother, and its treasures contains healing and nurturing properties. Learn more about healing gemstones from our resident crystal guru Age of Eleven, or try one of the gemstone and crystal essence sprays from ShantiKai, an amazing Hawaiian company.

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3. Go green in 2017.

Speaking of the earth, the Capricorn new moon urges you to do your part to protect it after a holiday season of excess and waste. (The U.S. alone sends $1.9 billion on holiday cards each year!) If you want to go deeper, the Capricorn new moons encourages it: read up on climate change and hydraulic fracking to develop an informed opinion on the topic. Be proactive: buy a state park pass, make a tax-deductible donation to a conservation charity, treat yourself to a bike for urban commuting or leisurely path rides. Start a window box herb garden in your kitchen.

4. Visualize yourself a year from now.

Capricorn is the strategist of our star system—the marathon runner, not the sprinter. Taking the long view is highly encouraged at this Capricorn new moon, especially if you've been stressing over the little things. Imagine where you’d like to be this time next year. (Don’t worry, you can go back to living in the moment in a sec!) Working backward, start jotting down the simple, practical steps you’ll need to take to achieve this vision. Appoint yourself the CEO of your life and begin crafting a master plan.

5. Don't leave the past behind you.

Although Capricorn plans for the future, this sign also honors time-tested legacies and traditions. Capricorn is the guardian of history, so find a way to honor your personal or family lineage, too. Which cherished practices have survived the generations in your clan? If you can't find anything like this in your own family tree, you could read or watch the biography of an interesting trailblazing figure—someone who literally made history. It will inspire you to ponder the legacy you might leave behind, too.

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6. Honor thy father figure.

Capricorn rules the zodiac’s tenth house of fathers, men, masculinity and authority figures. Whoa, that sounds a little foreboding, doesn’t it? Today, pay tribute to the half of the population that sports a Y chromosome, and listen to the late, great George Michael's "Father Figure" too, while you're at it. Is there a man in your life who you could personally thank? Make an effort to connect to the "masculine" or "yang" energy that lives within all of us, regardless of gender or sex. Can you find a way to appreciate your dad, even if it’s just for giving you life? If you’re not on good terms with your father, perhaps you do a small “forgiveness and release” ritual—to free both of you from any karmic pain or bitterness. New moon, new year, new focus!

7. Climb every mountain.

Since Capricorn is the zodiac’s Mountain Goat, tirelessly ascending until s/he reaches the top, the physical act of climbing forces us to push beyond our resting state. We are capable of much more than we often give ourselves credit for and Capricorn’s lunar influence reminds us to stretch beyond our boundaries and limitations. Capricorn loves adventure sports, too. Still looking for a winter activity to help you stay active? Consider snowboarding lessons, whizzing down the black diamond (if you’re a seasoned skier), or just a nice fireside weekend at a lodge. One lift ticket, please!

Want more Capricorn insight? Check out your Capricorn love horoscope to learn more about yourself in relationships (and learn how compatible your sign is with others through our love horoscope hub).

2017 is upon us, and we have guidance for every sign—life, love, money, career, health and more in The Astrotwins’ 2017 Planetary Planner.

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