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The New Year is upon us, and with it comes the first new moon of 2019. Falling in the sign of Capricorn and coinciding with a partial solar eclipse, this is sure to be a time of personal growth and introspection, pushing us to answer some of life’s most difficult questions.

The first phase in the moon’s lunar cycle, the New Moon marks a fresh start or new beginning. This is the time when the moon calls on us to look to the future, setting our intentions for the days and weeks to come. What are you hoping to accomplish over the course of the next month? What are your goals, dreams, and desires? Remember, the world is in the palm of your hand. It all comes down to a question of what you want to accomplish, how badly you want it and whether you’re willing to do the hard work that your dreams would require.

With this full moon falling in the hard-working and logical sign of Capricorn, its influence will encourage you to make smart choices. This doesn’t mean you are setting the bar low or settling for less. You are aware of the hard work and dedication that these goals will require, allowing you to set realistic dreams with a solid plan of how you can make them a reality.

What sets this specific Capricorn New Moon apart from every other year is the additional energy of the partial solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes between the sun and the Earth, blocking the sun’s rays. Much like the new moon, a solar eclipse is sent into our lives to give us a fresh start, however, it’s often in a different way.

This is more than just a matter of setting intentions, it’s now time to take a look at your life, your efforts up to this point and the habits that you engage in on a regular basis. What is holding you back from achieving your goals and dreams? Are there aspects of your life that you need to address and change?

It’s time to take a step back and get real. This means taking off the kid gloves and being brutally honest with yourself. For example, are you financially responsible, or are you spending all of your money on things you don’t really need? Are you truly putting in the effort required to move forward in life or are you too busy partying and hanging out with friends? Is there a ‘you-sized’ indent on your couch from too many days spent lazily watching television? It’s not the easiest process, but it will be worth it when you finally make your goals a reality.

Here are 8 tips that will help you to not only survive but thrive during the coming Capricorn new moon and partial solar eclipse:

#1 – Give Yourself Down Time

One of the biggest misconceptions of this time is that you have to spend it working hard towards your goals every second of every day. This is only going to make you resent the process. Instead, make sure to free up some time for ‘play’, enjoying your life while also propelling yourself forward.

#2 – Trust the Process

There are going to be times throughout the journey that things may seem ‘off’ or not quite as you have planned. Trust that the path you travel to your goals may stray slightly from how you have pictured it, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t still take you where you want to go.

#3 – Embrace Change

Throughout this process, you are going to face a great deal of change – change in how you view the world, your actions, your daily habits and, most importantly, changes to yourself. Don’t fight it, that will only delay the process and hold you back from all that you have dreamed of. Instead, embrace the idea of change.

#4 – Don’t Forget to Rest

While your future is important, you also need to acknowledge your health and well-being here and now. Are you practicing adequate self-care? This includes taking time to rest and recuperate. If you burn yourself out, you won’t accomplish anything.

#5 – Fuel Appropriately

The food that you consume is the fuel that you provide your body, enabling you to accomplish great things. Take a look at your diet, are you fueling your body with nutritious, healthy food or with preservative-filled junk food?

#6 – Trust Your Gut

Your intuition is an incredibly powerful source, don’t deny yourself it’s guidance and advice simply because it isn’t ‘how you’ve always done it’. Like a muscle, the more you use your intuition, the stronger it will become. So, start today.

#7 – Spend Time With Nature

Spending time in the great outdoors has been found to bring us a number of positive benefits. Not only does it lower stress levels and help you to feel grounded and balanced, but it can also help you to re-center your mind, empowering you to see the world through fresh eyes.

#8 – Unplug

The digital world has opened many doors to us, but it has also brought additional stress and demands into our lives. During this time, make sure that you unplug, giving yourself a much-needed break from the online world.

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