Stefanie Weiss is SanaVita’s new resident astrologer. Starting on January 1st, 2014, Stefanie, along with Arul Goldman and Gabriel Hoffman, Directors of SanaVita, will guide people through SanaVita’s new 28-day Cleanse, coinciding with the cycles of the moon.

Every month we’re treated to the guiding light of both the New and Full Moon — beacons for our growth and progress. Because these powerful “lunations” are bi-weekly, they’re perfect for charting the course of your life and setting intentions.

“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.”

— Marianne Williamson

If you’re the type that makes superficial New Year’s resolutions, or doesn’t bother with them at all, this year’s countdown to midnight might just change your mind. The changeover between 2013 and 2014 brings some of the most powerful, transformative astrology we’ve experienced in years: Don’t waste it.

This year, New Year’s Day is also the annual New Moon in Capricorn, the hardest working lunation in the star-charting business. This rather rare confluence between the astrological and modern calendar presents us with an amazing gift – telling us to get right down to the business of real, deep, lasting resolutions.

But before we start whipping out pens and making lists, let’s talk about why the last week of December has been so damn difficult. First, some necessary history about how we got here. Since 2012, the world has been rocked, rolled, and generally upended by an intense aspect called the Uranus-Pluto square. This world-changing, ongoing astrological event lasts through 2015, and we’re dead in the middle of it now.

Pluto is the planet of karmic transformation, the kind that can take years – you’ll never be the same again once it starts slowly rolling over you like a tank. Pluto has been in Capricorn, the sign of infrastructure and the will to power, since 2008 (the beginning of the global financial meltdown).

Uranus (the planet of shock and surprise) moved into Aries (the sign of fiery initiation) in 2011. If you want to understand the nature of this incendiary energy, recall the day of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. It was March 11th, the exact day that Uranus went into Aries, making it clear that we were in for a series of out-of-the-blue events that would force us to wake up and pay attention.

The Uranus-Pluto square pits the influence of these two mighty planets against each other, bringing us the revolution and upheaval of the last few years. Whether you’ve been paying attention to the news (the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Superstorm Sandy, etc.) or just noticing the escalating intensity in your personal life, you’re well acquainted with the evolutionary energy we’re working through.

This past week, it’s all come to a head as a series of planets have set off the square, bringing turmoil, chaos, and violence to the world stage – and much angst to the personal theaters of our lives. It’s as if everything you’ve ever done (in this and all your past lives) is coming up for an end-of-year review. It can be an exhausting endeavor, but the holidays often force us to contemplate the darkness of our history and examine our karma. It’s not just an exercise in existential despair – it’s an opportunity for healing and repair. This year the work of reviewing and rebuilding cannot be avoided.

Where do my resolutions come in, you’re wondering? Well, it is precisely because you’ve been in a major cosmic crucible that you’ll now be able to make the most of the powerful New Moon in Capricorn on New Year’s Day. The changes you need to make are clear to you now – you want to shift the negativity, learn to grow, to stop those old, damaging patterns dead in their tracks.

This New Moon offers all the good stuff that Capricorn always bestows: The power to build foundations, healthy discipline, strength, authority, the clarity of your convictions – but it comes with even more this year. Because this lunation is close to Pluto and Mercury, touches off Mars, and opposes Jupiter, it’s bursting with transformational power.

If you’ve been following this series, you may have done the ritual we offered at the last Full Moon in Gemini. Begin the New Moon in Capricorn releasing ritual by opening and reading your letter within 24-hours of January 1st. If you’re joining us at our New Year’s Day workshop (4 pm @ SanaVita) please bring your letter, because you’ll have a chance to share it with the group.

If you’re just following along online or live in New York City, but can’t join us in person, try to find some focused time for REAL resolution-making on or close to January 1st. Even if you’re hung-over, make an effort to get grounded in the powerful New Moon in Capricorn energy, because you won’t get another chance until 2015.

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