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“And most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you. ~ Baby, Dirty Dancing
On Thursday, December 29th, we will have a special new moon in Capricorn centered near New Year’s Eve—and what better way to ring in the New Year than in the arms of the one we love?
It’s been a year.
No, really—it’s been one for the record books.
We can play the skeptic and say that astrology is just for fun, yet for so many of us events seem to have followed similar paths this year.
It’s okay to say that it’s been a hard year. It’s okay to say that we are all hoping for 2017 to bless us with those things we’ve spent the last year chasing after—only to find that they weren’t meant for us.
Not every year ends in bliss; sometimes we need the in-between years to transition from one version of ourselves to another. True transformation is never easy, nor is it neat and pretty. It’s a raw dance—something like the cha-cha… only this year we were dancing over alligator-infested waters, where one wrong step could land us in chaos and pain.
Yet—we all endured.
We didn’t back down or stick to our old ways. We continued, even when we didn’t know where to. We felt a truth in our heart, and its brilliant beating kept us company when it seemed we were alone.
And most of all, we found love.
Perhaps it was the love within ourselves that had previously eluded us. Maybe we had children and fell in love with their small, sweet faces. Perhaps we met new friends and spent evenings together by the sea underneath skies full of stars.
Or, just maybe, we fell into the kind of love from which there is no return.
This new moon in Capricorn is the peak of the mountain we’ve been climbing this entire year—the summit of all the experiences we’ve gifted to ourselves—and now is the time to stop, take a look around and enjoy just how far we’ve all come.
The thing about Capricorns is that they are ambitious, sometimes quiet, but always working toward their goal—just like us this past year.
Yet, while we were all working diligently on our dreams and plans, we were also challenged by the divine to see if we were actually ready to receive what we said we wanted. It’s a lot easier to sit back and say we want something—but another matter entirely to be able to take that into our lives.
Because, what happens when we finally get what we’ve always said we wanted?
Many times it’s not in the wanting that we find the biggest struggle, but rather the act of the receiving. We spend so long waiting for something that we don’t know how to just enjoy it once it arrives.
The thing is, though, in order to get what we want, we actually have to know what that is.
This has been a year of finding out exactly what we want from life—and from others. It’s been a time of moving away from the ideals of those around us and instead working toward our own truth.
It’s been a year of growing up. It doesn’t matter if we are 18 or 58; something shifted this year.
Maybe some fairytales ended, and crushed us in the process, or perhaps we had our faith in love renewed when we realized that reality could be sweeter than any fantasy.
Not every love story lasts forever—but the great ones always do.
Whenever I talk with people about love, I say that there isn’t anything we can do to make the wrong one fall in love with us. Nothing. It doesn’t matter what we say or do, or how we act; if someone isn’t meant for us, we can’t do anything to make them love us.
But, here’s the really wonderful flip side of that: for the right person, there isn’t anything in the world that we can do to stop them from loving us. They won’t be scared off by our intensity, or by our oddities; they won’t be put off by difficult family situations.
They simply won’t be able to do anything but love us.
Not all love stories end. They may change or shift; perhaps they even shed their dead leaves like the trees in autumn, but they never really die.
It’s not always easy to believe in this great love—the one that we were all told exists yet seems to have escaped us all the same. Sometimes, though, we have no choice but to believe.
Capricorn is an earth sign, grounding us in practicality and the reality that may have existed around us for some time. This sign will move mountains for whatever it is they want, because once they become set on something, they work toward it until they achieve their goal.
So maybe this whole year was leading to this specific moment:
A time between endings and beginnings where life ceases to exist as we know it and the only thing we can hear is the sound of our heart begging us to finally listen to it.
The beautiful aspect about New Year’s Eve is that we simultaneously celebrate an ending and a beginning—one chapter closing, and another opening.
This is the time to look at what has ended within our own lives—and what hasn’t.
We can take the long way around and trip over ourselves, but in the end what’s meant to be will always simply.
Because not all love stories are meant to end.
We just have to figure out which ones are worth it.
“On New Year’s Eve I want you to kiss me. Kiss me at 11:59 and please do not finish that kiss until 12:01. Therefore, I have a perfect ending and definitely a perfect beginning.” ~ Unknown
Author: Kate Rose
Editor: Toby Israel