SAGITTARIUS NEW MOON - 23 November 2022
Well, this is a much lighter, jollier and less complicated Moon than we have had in recent times, and it feels like we have earned it! We have now passed out the other end of Scorpio Eclipse season, and the emphasis is now well and truly on Sagittarius, an optimistic, enthusiastic, philosophical and forward-thinking sign. Scorpio helped us to face our shadows and look at whatever we might have swept under the carpet, even if it was uncomfortable, revealing and exposing. While Scorpio is the part of us that asks “Why?”, probing beneath the surface to find what might be hidden there, Sagittarius is the part of us that simply has faith in a higher power and seeks to understand the meaning of life. Scorpio seeks proof, while Sagittarius has no doubt.
We now have the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus all sitting in Sagittarius, which is quite a relief and will hopefully bring a respite from the emotional intensity of the past month or so. Scorpio helped expose our tender underbellies, forcing us to confront some uncomfortable material, both personally and collectively. Sagittarius is the part of us that seeks and speaks the truth. It is quite possible that there will be a lot of truths coming out into the light during this time, not to mention many people voicing their opinions and expressing their beliefs. However, it is important to listen to other points of view rather than trying to convince and convert each other to our viewpoint. Just because we believe it to be so doesn’t necessarily make it true.
Sagittarius invites us to look forward, keeping the faith that we are being guided in the right direction and that whatever is happening is for some higher reason that will be revealed in the fullness of time. The Sagittarius part of us that isn’t afraid to shoot for the stars, opening ourselves up to whatever might be waiting for us out there. This enthusiastic and optimistic sign is always looking for the next adventure and needs the freedom to expand and grow. This New Moon could be a really good time to contemplate how we can expand our horizons, contemplating what star we are going for and then aiming and shooting! Sagittarius helps us to have faith in a positive outcome.
Not only do we have all this planetary energy in Sagittarius, but Jupiter, the planetary ruler of Sagittarius is also forming a supportive trine aspect to the Sun and Moon, albeit out of sign. Jupiter has briefly moved back into sensitive and compassionate Pisces, imbuing us with a greater sense of faith, hope and trust in the flow of life. This can help us to find a sense of gratitude for the gifts that life has bestowed upon us, rather than focusing on whatever might be lacking or going wrong. Combined with Neptune in Pisces, Jupiter can help us to connect to our intuitive inner knowing and allow it to guide us in the right direction.
We are reminded to make time for our inner world, as Jupiter in Pisces can bring great rewards when we turn inward and focus on our connection with the divine. It helps us to believe in people’s inherent goodness, developing a greater trust that we are guided, protected and in flow. We tend to get what we focus on, and this Moon could certainly help us to get our priorities straight and look forward, trusting that ultimately everything is going work out the way it is supposed to. Jupiter and Sagittarius remind us that no matter how dark things may seem, there is some higher plan at work and that everything that happen to us provides an opportunity for growth and expansion. They also remind us to maintain a sense of humour and not take ourselves too seriously.
Mercury, the planet of the mind and communication, and Venus, the planet of love, beauty and relating, are sitting right next to each other in Sagittarius. This can help us to see the bigger picture, allowing some room to breathe within our relationships and giving us an opportunity to talk things through in a loving, kind, truthful and philosophical manner. Possibly we will be able to understand the higher purpose of our relationships rather than getting bogged down in petty details. While Scorpio may have forced us to confront some uncomfortable material and face our shadows, Sagittarius asks us to be completely honest with ourselves and our loved ones. The truth may hurt, but it can also set us free. And Sagittarius does like its freedom!
Chiron the Wounded Healer, who is currently in brave and forthright Aries, is forming a supportive trine to Venus and Mercury, which could help us to have some very honest, open, and direct conversations that could greatly help and heal our relationships. With Mars currently retrograde in Gemini, helping us to air our grievances and get hidden resentments out into the open, we have an opportunity for some direct, open, candid conversations that can properly clear the air. This combination brings a nice blend of kindness, truth and the capacity to see the bigger picture that could be very healing and cleansing indeed.
Uranus is once again coming very close to the North Node of the Moon in Taurus, continuing the work of this last Eclipse on 8 November. It will come closest to the Node at the beginning of December, helping us to have some profound realisations and insight into what might need to change in our lives. Sometimes it feels easier to just keep things as they are, even if we know deep down that it isn’t serving us anymore. Uranus has the potential to shift us out of our comfortable ruts, however, liberating us from situations or relationships that are limiting us or holding us back from growth. At the very least we will have woken up to whatever needs to change, and once we know it is hard to “un-know”!
Change can feel scary and may take some effort, but whatever awaits us on the other side, while we can’t see it yet, will very likely be more in alignment with who we really are. Uranus encourages us to be true to ourselves, even if the process may feel inconvenient or uncomfortable. We all know, deep down inside, what needs to change in our lives. This Sagittarius could force us to see the truth of the matter and give us the courage to make that leap of faith, trusting that it is for the highest good of all.
The Sabian symbol for this Moon, at 2° Sagittarius, is very powerful: “White capped waves display the power of wind over sea”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “The mobilisation of unconscious energies under the pressure of superpersonal motives. Wind and sea are in constant interplay, and the results of that interplay are inspiring and beautiful. In symbolism, the wind (pneuma is the early Greek word for “spirit) is associated with spiritual dynamism; the stirring of deep energies this dynamism produces obeys cosmic or superpersonal rhythms, the power of which is irresistible. We have a picture, which contrasts the powerful but beautiful storms of nature with the often gory and hysterical crises of a civilisation, which progresses through war. The picture presented speaks of SUBTILISATION THROUGH RHYTHMIC INTENSITY.”
Sagittarius is a Fire sign, with an enthusiasm that can easily whip things up into a frenzy, much like the wind on the waves in this symbol. It has the capacity to inspire us and make us feel as if anything is possible, which could be such a tonic given all that we are currently facing in the world. It is quite possible that some truths will be brought out into the light during this time, with people feeling driven to stand up and share what they know. The greatest of Sagittarius’s superpowers is faith that there is purpose behind all that happens and gratitude for all we have. It is very important to harness these superpowers during these times and also to remember, no matter what is thrown at us, to maintain a sense of humour!
Picture: Girl Forever Reaching by To-be-with-the-stars on Deviant Art
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