SAGITTARIUS NEW MOON - 29 November 2016
Exact at 12.18pm GMT, 7.18am EST.
Well, we are now out of Scorpio season, with all of the emotional intensity, letting go and purging that it brings! Sagittarius season is now upon us, bringing a bit more humour to the picture at least! One of the beautiful aspects of Sagittarius is the ability to see the positive potential for growth in every situation, no matter how painful or challenging. Scorpio season will have brought up issues of trust, intimacy, power, powerlessness, death/rebirth, transformation and vulnerability, all of which cause us to dig deep beneath the surface in order to understand ourselves, our loved ones and life itself. This is where we join forces and merge with others, experiencing a “death” of our separate self. Scorpio is where we literally experience energy, the pain of loss and the power of magic and things unseen and we start to question “Why?” This then leads us to Sagittarius, who takes it a step further so that we look for higher meaning in life and contemplate what we believe in, what our faith is and where we fit into this cosmos of ours. Sagittarius invites us to trust our gut, strengthen our intuition and develop our faith and connection to the Divine, Universe, God, Higher Self, or whatever we choose to call it!
As such, this New Moon could make us question our beliefs and our hunches. The Sun and Moon are forming a square to the Nodes of the Moon, which indicates that this is a very significant Moon on a deep, soul level. Squares to the Nodal axis represent skipped steps, so there is a sense that we have been here before and somehow messed up, so now we are back experiencing the same issue again in the hope that this time we can do it differently. Maybe this time we can step past our old, familiar patterns that don’t do us any favours and try something new on for size! With the Sun and Moon in Sagittarius and sitting smack, bang on top of Juno, the asteroid of marriage and partnership, the old patterns to overcome will most likely relate to our beliefs about ourselves, our relationships and life itself. These attitudes and beliefs are often so entrenched that it is quite difficult to change them, but this is our chance! These beliefs could range anywhere from “I’m not good enough” to “Everyone I love leaves me in the end” to “I’m not worth loving”, to “I can’t make a relationship work” and they will have all come from something that happened to us along the way, whether it be a parent leaving, or a relationship not working out, or even a throwaway comment made by someone we trusted and respected, such as a parent or school teacher.
The South Node of the Moon, representing the past patterns, attitudes and beliefs, is in Pisces, sitting right next to Neptune, Pisces’ Ruler. This is a double whammy of sensitive Pisces energy! We might want to examine how we keep ourselves small and in victim mode through our beliefs about ourselves. Victim mentality disempowers us, because it means that we blame something or someone outside of us for whatever is happening to us. As Richard Bach says, “If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.” All this does is keep us stuck in our own little pity party, preventing us from taking positive action and actually making changes. It is very important during this Moon to have a long hard look at how we might tend to disempower ourselves by believing that we have no control or are at the mercy of something or someone else, rather than taking responsibility for our part in whatever is happening. How are our beliefs about ourselves keeping us small and disempowered? How would a simple attitude adjustment make a difference? What if we do have the power to make a different decision?
The North Node in Virgo represents the potential for soul growth and is the resolution to the square from the Sun and Moon. Virgo is quite practical and no nonsense and likes making healthy routines that build skills and self-confidence. This can help balance the Pisces tendency to feel overwhelmed. VIrgo is practiced at the art of discernment, which can help us to separate truth from illusion or delusion. Pisces, in its negative state, is well versed in the art of self-deception and sabotage and it is so very easy to lie to ourselves and bury our heads in the sand. Virgo will have none of that and will help us to see where we are putting the blame outside of ourselves instead of taking a long hard look inside! Virgo can also help us discern whether we are experiencing the fear, paranoia and anxiety of the Pisces South Node experience or whether it is simply our Sagittarius “gut instinct” giving us valuable warning signs. Is it fear coming from old, outworn, sabotaging patterns or beliefs, or is it our intuition warning us that we are not obeying our higher self? Have we gone against our gut reactions in the past, to our detriment? Possibly we are now being invited to obey them and create a different story for ourselves.
Jupiter, the ruler of this Sagittarius Moon, is forming a challenging, square aspect to Pluto, the planet of soul and transformation. This aspect is still very strong but was exact on Thursday evening and coincided with Venus (relationships)and Pluto joining forces in Capricorn. Not only that, but Jupiter is in Libra, the sign of relationships. This has the capacity to bring deep transformation of our faith and beliefs. We may be forced to confront any beliefs about ourselves and the way we relate, as well as realising some very uncomfortable truths that are hard to hide from. We could also come up against other people’s deeply held convictions and beliefs, which could be a bit challenging, as they may express them with considerable force! We could have a crisis of faith. Ultimately Jupiter wants us to grow and expand, while Pluto can represent a big, cosmic kick up the bum if we are going against our truth and purpose. Put the two of them together and we might be forced to dive into the shadows and own up to whatever muck we find there! However hard it may be to face, there is always a hidden treasure when it comes to Pluto. We can be sure that this will bring enormous soul growth if we are willing to step out of south node victim and own our stuff. We are invited to step up and step beyond old patterns so that we can stand fully in our power.
There is more, of course, but I won’t go into it too much as I have already gone into detail in the last post on the Taurus Full Moon. The Chiron/Saturn square is still building, which could make everything feel a bit heavy but will bring great rewards if we are willing to actually acknowledge and own our limitations and vulnerabilities. The Uranus/Saturn trine is also building, helping us find new solutions to old problems and break out of old conditioning so that we are free to be exactly who we are. In terms of the world we live in, the old systems/structures are so obviously breaking down at this point that it is obvious that something new must take their place, so this trine can help us envision what that might be. If things aren’t working then we just have to find a new way of being! It is quite likely that it will come from the ground up. We are all responsible. There is also a sense of old beliefs being broken down, which is very much in keeping with this New Moon.
The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is “Within the depths of the earth new elements are being formed.” Dane Rudyar describes this as “The alchemical fire which both purifies and transforms the very substance of man’s inner life.” This New Moon certainly brings the potential for some profound changes and shifts within us that may not be obvious on surface level but could bring enormous growth on a soul level. Both personally and collectively, things are moving, shaking and rumbling from deep within! As with all New Moons, this is a time of endings and beginnings and this one gives us the chance to leave the old beliefs and patterns behind in the dark of the moon and set some positive intentions that involve walking down a different path, creating a different story for ourselves and not looking back! In some way, shape or form we have been here before. This time we do it differently.
Picture: Hale Mau Mau by Ogura Yonesuke Itoh
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