This cycle begins with the Sun and new Moon at 0° Capricorn 07′ and comes to fruition with the full Moon at 14° Cancer 31′ in 2015; it coincides with the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer Solstice in the Southern. Astrologers call this solstice the Winter Ingress.
Not only does the Northern Hemisphere's Winter Solstice mark the shortest day of the year and the official beginning of winter, but it also marks the begining of the astrological year. Patterns seen at the Ingress are considered by a number of astrologers as predictive of trends for the following year. However, the chart must be applied to a specific place to be useful for prediction.
Each new Moon indicates the start of a new cycle with promise of new opportunities. It's a time to begin planning activities launching new or different directions. For Capricorn people this means putting things in order, and planning ahead.
Two most notable features of the Ingress chart are a locomotive pattern (Marc Edmund Jones, The Guide to Horoscope Interpretation, 1974) and a stellium in Capricorn containing Sun, Moon, Mercury, Vesta, Pluto, and Venus. About the locomotive--the cutting planet/asteroid is Juno, which is conjunct Jupiter (shades of mythology--Juno, aka Hera, was Jupiter's wife) and trine Uranus. Since Juno indicates marriage and long-term alliances, we may be seeing some kind of alliance act in a powerful way or come to center stage during the year. Much of the cutting body's power comes from a sense of lack, in this case what may be seen as lacking is intellectual power, or intelligent, in the sense of creative and potent, expression. With Uranus closing the vacant area, upset or unexpected fortune may be an element of this pattern. As for the stellium, Capricorn is a serving sign. Defining the solstice is the Sun crossing 0° Capricorn; that the Moon joins the Sun there adds a both a personal dimension and makes the degree critical, meaning there is some kind of urgency about this year and that the Moon's influence is increased. It's important to note here that the concept of critical degress is very old, and much of the insight into it has been lost. In addition, traditional astrologers spoke in terms of malefics and prophecying doom, while more modern ones recognize that what may seem at present to be a bad thing, may result in something more desirable. For an interesting review of astrological thought, check out Robert Hand's "Towards a Post-Modern Astrology."