SAGITTARIUS NEW MOON - 18 December 2017
Exact at 6.30am GMT, 1.30am EST
This is a very Sagittarian Moon indeed, with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Saturn all in this forward looking and optimistic sign! New Moons are the perfect time to set positive intentions for ourselves and this one in particular offers hope for the future, faith in a positive outcome and the opportunity to contemplate what might help us to grow and expand moving forward. Sagittarius is a very enthusiastic and adventurous sign who seeks to understand our connection to the universe from a metaphysical, cosmological or philosophical point of view. This is the part of us that seeks the truth of our existence and loves to travel far and wide to discover other cultures and their beliefs and to go on pilgrimages of various kinds. Sagittarius is like a gypsy and needs the freedom to roam and to have any experiences necessary to be able to follow any intuitive hunches that might lead him in the direction of the truth. However, one thing to be aware is that Mercury is also retrograde in Sagittarius, so misunderstandings can easily happen as people may be very opinionated, blunt and all too eager to spout their version of the truth!
One of the most beautiful strengths of this sign is the gift of faith and the ability to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sagittarius is that part of us that knows that even the darkest of times have gifts to offer because they help us to grow and become wiser. He also has a very good sense of humour and helps us to laugh at the absurdity of life, even when the chips are down! This is the sign that teaches us to learn from our mistakes and to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start over again. With Sagittarius we learn to trust our intuition, which simply knows what it knows without quite knowing how it knows it. This New Moon encourages us to have the courage of our convictions and to trust our intuitive hunches. This truly is a time to look forward and have the faith that no matter what is going on, we are always learning and growing. The intentions we set for ourselves now can be optimistic, expansive and adventurous!
Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, is currently in Scorpio, which could temper the enthusiastic, jolly, hopeful feeling that Sagittarius generally brings. When Saturn was in Scorpio from late 2011 until early 2014, all sorts of uncomfortable information came to the surface that had hitherto been buried under the carpet, including the Jimmy Saville scandal, to use a powerful example. Now we have Jupiter going through Scorpio from October 10 2017 until November 8 2018, and now the biggest planet is definitely bringing more out from under the proverbial carpet for all to see. The first thing that happened as Jupiter went into Scorpio was the “Me too” phenomena on Facebook, whereby women came out and talked of their experience as women being harassed or abused. It was a powerful and healing eye-opener! Scorpio rules power/powerlessness, sexuality, death/rebirth, emotional honesty, intimacy, trust, loss, abandonment and betrayal, and Jupiter will be magnifying and exaggerating these issues during this transit. What an amazing opportunity to purge old patterns and plunge into the depths of our psyches so that we can confront those parts of ourselves that we would usually be blind to or deny the existence of! We can really benefit from doing some shadow work during this moon, and indeed for the whole of Jupiter’s stay in Scorpio.
Even though the Saturn Chiron Square has already peaked, it seems to be lingering on until the end of the year because it has been triggered by the recent full moon and is now a big part of this moon. This energy isn’t exactly jolly-making either! It does, however, bring the potential for us to face our biggest blocks and obstacles and do some deep healing around them. We could feel quite triggered and vulnerable, however, as our oldest, deepest, most entrenched wounds come up to the surface for us to look at. This, of course, can be quite painful and potentially depressing. This is quite a heavy energy and could make things feel a bit bleak, but we must use the Sagittarian energy to remind ourselves that there is so much potential for growth if we are willing and able to look into the darkness with compassion, acceptance and forgiveness for ourselves and those who may have hurt or wounded us. It is time to let go, once and for all.
We are likely to experience a shift of energy as Saturn leaves Sagittarius on the 19th, the day after the New Moon, and moves into its own sign of Capricorn. It will be in Capricorn until March 2020. When Saturn moves into a sign it casts a critical eye over the themes and issues of the sign in question. In the case of Capricorn, Saturn will be shining the harsh light of reality on the structures of our lives, including those that rule us such as governments and corporations. Not only that, but issues such as ageism, elitism, reputation, status, control, judgement, authority and class structure will all be up for interrogation under Saturn’s stern gaze. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008, exposing the rot within the power structures, and now Saturn is joining in, so the next couple of years could be interesting indeed! While Pluto tears the structures down, making us fully aware of what isn’t working, Saturn has the capacity to restore order and come up with a long term plan that has integrity and will stand the test of time. Saturn and Pluto will literally come together in Capricorn in January 2020, which could be a time of reckoning both personally and collectively.
Saturn in Capricorn doesn’t believe in shortcuts and asks us to have the utmost integrity in all that we do. We may become very aware of our limitations but sometimes they are necessary, and failure can actually be a greater teacher than success. We could be prompted to consider whether what we are doing as a career is truly our life purpose, and if it isn’t then this is a good time to set the wheels in motion for a change of course that allows greater integrity and fulfilment. This combination brings the potential for resilience, perseverance, patience, the ability to truly commit to something, the capacity to take responsibility for our actions, authenticity, discipline, order and the ability to work slowly but surely towards whatever goal we set ourselves. This is a really good time to seek the counsel of our elders or those who are an authority on something, heeding their advice and honouring their knowledge and life experience. There is a sense that we can build something of lasting value during this transit. It is important not to rush, but rather to take our time and not be short sighted.
Interestingly enough, the Sabian symbol for this New Moon is quite similar to the energy of Saturn in Capricorn. The Sun and Moon are in 27° Sagittarius: “A sculptor’s vision is slowly taking form”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “the ability to project one’s vision upon and to give form to materials.” This symbol reminds us that sometimes it takes time and effort to work towards something that is truly worthwhile and of lasting value and integrity. This is perfect for the New Moon, as it gives the sense that whatever vision we have and whatever intentions we set will have staying power and the potential for manifesting in concrete reality. We must be mindful of what seeds we plant right now, and make sure that they are a true reflection of who we are and what we want to be. They need to have integrity and we might also need to be patient, slowly but surely “moulding” the desired outcome. It is important, during this time, to use some of Sagittarius’s greatest gifts and trust our gut, keep the faith and keep an eye on the bigger picture!
Wishing you all a beautiful holiday season!
Artwork: Light At End Of Tunnel by Olga Zavgorodnya