What The December New Moon Means For Your New Year's Resolutions

A new moon is approaching ... which is big news for undercover werewolves and us crystal girls. Achieving your New Year's resolutions is hard enough without being served an astrological curveball, so you'll want to make sure that you're in tune and on trend while crafting your goals. New moons are also a great time to practice a few moon rituals!

As reported by Space.com, December's new moon is set to occur on December 23 — sandwiched perfectly between the Winter Solstice and Christmas. As the inverse of a full moon, new moons set off an entirely fresh moon cycle and are cast entirely in shadow. Tragically, Santa's sleigh won't have much light to be guided by this year. Hopefully, Rudolph is in town.

Beyond the aesthetics, the timing of this new moon places it in Capricorn, which can help you know what to expect in the coming months. As we approach 2023, it's important to know what the new moon means for your new beginnings.

Capricorn will rule your emotions in late December

You might have your "big three" memorized (your sun, moon, and ascendant planets), but are you keeping up with the ever-shifting placement of the planets? Just as the moon's position on the date of your birth indicates your day-to-day style of handling emotions, the moon's position at any given moment can add an additional twist to life. The New York Post reports that the moon's astrological placement is indicative of the affection we received in childhood and how we treat the needs of our own inner-children.

On December 23, the new moon will be in Capricorn. This means that we'll collectively take on some of Capricorn's traits. While this won't override your original chart, it's certainly a layer to look out for. As Co-Star outlines, Capricorns tend to be highly responsible and motivated for success. Astro Seek goes further in noting that, when applied to the moon's position, we'll likely find safety in a feeling of usefulness. They advise not seeking validation from external sources, but instead placing deep trust in ourselves. So what does this mean for our resolutions?

How to align your goals with the stars

If you're looking to get organized and find success in the New Year, Capricorn is on your side. Tarot.com explains that the new moon in Capricorn is a perfect time to conquer a new project or set your sights on new goals. The website also notes that Capricorn traits come with the motivation you need to actually achieve them.

Of course, you'll also want to strive for balance. Astro Seek reveals that, as motivation and a drive for success enters your consciousness, you may start to miss your sense of fun and light-heartedness. As you welcome in motivation, don't cut out the hobbies and habits that refill your battery and keep you grounded. Don't neglect your O.G. big three.

While Capricorn is on your side, consider making career and organizational goals. Use your newfound visions for success to map out actionable steps for achievement. Then, even as the year gets busy and the stars start shifting, you'll have your road map to follow.