The New Moon in Sagittarius
occurs on December 2, 2013 at 4:22pm PST/ 7:22pm EST
and December 3, 2013 at 12:22am GMT.
An optimistic New Moon in Sagittarius may renew your faith in love on Monday.
In particular, we’re talking about the kind of love that takes you on a magic carpet ride, opening you up to a whole new world.
Set your sights on the exotic vacation you and your sweetheart never had the opportunity to take, and make it happen if possible.
The itch to travel will be strong — especially after Wednesday when Mercury enters Sagittarius.
The real headline news in love this week, however, has more to do with Mars.
The planet of assertive drive will enter relationship-oriented Libra on Saturday, where he’ll settle in for an unusually long visit — until July 2014!
Think all is fair in love and war? Not so fast…
* Swift and Spirited:
The luminaries (Sun and Moon) are in fiery, mutable Sagittarius for this fresh start. Seeing as it falls at 11 degrees Sagittarius, the pair form a radiant trine to the spontaneous charge of Uranus in cardinal fire Aries. It’s a cosmic energy drink, and highly flammable holiday cocktail — the spirit and swiftness of Sagittarius, paired with the sudden rush of the new with Uranus (Aries).
If you’ve felt overwhelmed with inertia, this could be the spark to act on what’s naturally emerging. Aries is all about courage and new beginnings, and Uranus adds excitement, and the element of surprise.
It’s a fire sign New Moon for spending time with the Muse, and having wakeful dream-adventures. Or you might want to be creatively hands-on with your visioning, and make a collage.
The set-up hints at expecting the unexpected like wild shock waves that come out of the blue. Your attention is your aim, or energetic arrow — what is drawing your questing eye?
Fire has a way of burning off dead wood, and Neptunian fog. If you’re one of the many who have been wading in your own emotional-psychic swamps, let a natural wildfire catch on, and bust open dormant seeds of possibility.
How? By being present in the moment. The dark of the Moon is time to engage directly with life, instead of with an intermediary. I like this from Rumi, passed on from Jamie Walters of Sophia’s Children.
Stand still and be quiet. You’re drunk and standing at the edge of the roof.”
Uranus, the awakener, can serve up a wake-up call, like a splash of cold water after a long sleep.
Be encouraged at the New Moon, and breathe in the spirit of Sagittarius — let it revive your weary soul, and bring the twinkle back to your eyes.
The enspiriting themes of the Archer are freedom, highest aspiration, wisdom, questing, travel, a global worldview, enlightened minds, kindred spirits, friend to all, holding truth above petty loyalty, gregarious friendships and togetherness (without being stifling.)
It’s time to seek out an inspired vision, one that is ignited by others also catching fire with ideas and enthusiasm. You become part of something bigger than yourself, while also sensing your unique mission, gifts to share.
Sagittarius is about fusion without necessarily knowing how it happens. Dots get connected, and what you’re aware of fuses into a focused intention. And it’s about being loyal to your own sense of what’s true. You won’t want to miss anything the muse and spirit send your way!
* As the Sun emerges from the turbulent waters of Scorpio, we step into the fires of Sagittarius. Like the Egyptian Sun-god Ra, who battles demons as his solar boat traverses the Underworld and who emerges triumphant every morning at sunrise, a new day is dawning for us. The lessons that haunted us in Scorpio must now be forged in the fires of Sagittarius into arrows that lead us to our future. New knowledge needs new perspectives. The knowledge Scorpio bestows on us reaches deep; if we’ve plumbed our own depths and acknowledged our real, secret feelings, we’ve begun to see a new truth about our lives.
What have you learned about yourself in the past month? How many people have you alienated by your projections? How many people have you decided to trust? Have you been humbled by the truth about yourself? If we can’t see ourselves clearly, the good and the bad, we’ve missed the Scorpio lesson.
Sagittarius is the flight of the phoenix that arises from the ashes of death in Scorpio. Soaring so high, it sees life from a higher, objective viewpoint. Renewed, our feeling life is inspired by Sagittarius’ fire to send our passion out into the world in a strong, focused way.
Sagittarius is considered the sign of the seeker and the philosopher as well as of Cosmic Law. Sagittarius focuses us on the important questions in life: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? It also gives us a sense of wonder and joy as we contemplate some force greater than ourselves that calls to us.
Steven Forrest describes it this way . “Gypsy. Student. Philosopher. ” In each one, mind projects itself outward toward a new horizon, just like our flying arrow. In each, we observe actions that expand awareness through the gathering of unfamiliar experience.” (The Inner Sky, p.77.)
To go where no one (at least us!) has gone before! Whether we seek new experiences physically by travel, intellectually by studies, intuitively through philosophy or imaginally through our feelings, Sagittarius aims us toward where we need to go. Sagittarius’ goal, after all, is expansion.
Sagittarius is the sign of the quest, the quest for life’s meaning. That search for truth–cosmic truth–needs something from each of us. We seem to be born with an urge to understand Life and our place in it. To seek the answers to life’s riddles, we need faith and a deep belief in our own values and principles. We have to aim our arrows and let fly. Belief is what powers them.
Sagittarius Archer by Cathy Pagano/Kepler
But don’t forget Scorpio’s lessons. It’s easy to trick ourselves into thinking we’re highly conscious and spiritual when we believe that is our purpose. Over-enthusiasm and bad judgment occur when Sag’s expansion ignores the darker urges of the soul. See what kind of life experiences have been coming your way recently. What part of you has called them into your life? What’s been your answer to life? Sag’s purpose now is to help you understand and define that new perspective, that new action. True belief comes from deep experiences. That’s the kind of faith Sagittarius engenders in us–a living belief in our goals and purpose.
Our beliefs are shaped by our families, our education and our culture very early in life, and so these beliefs are embedded in the unconscious. They have become our instinctive behavior. They can limit our awareness of the truths of life and can stop us from stepping beyond our belief’s boundaries. When we go through the transformational waters of Scorpio, we get to renew our beliefs and consciously choose our perspective on the world as adults. So open the doors of your perception!
Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, is moving retrograde in Cancer. So our focus (along with any planetary aspects involved in your chart) is expanding our sense of the emotional body and its importance in our lives. Patriarchy has taught us to ignore and revile our emotional bodies–women have been told we’re emotional and hysterical, and men have been told to stop being a baby and man up. Not the best way to train a psychological function that is part of every human being! What would happen if we actually taught people the optimum way to live consciously in the body with their senses, their feelings, their intuitions and their imaginations?
How big is your heart? What defenses have you woven around your emotional body? How are you healing your emotional wounds? What do you need? What nurtures you? These are the questions Jupiter in Cancer might bring up for you to expand your awareness of what you really need to make your life flourish.
Then you have to look to your beliefs (Sagittarius) to see if they support the healing of your emotional body. The old beliefs of patriarchy have wounded many of us. But what new beliefs do we need to imagine that will support us in living the life our soul desires us to live?
* The Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 11* Sagittarius is: In the left section of an archaic temple, a lamp burns in a container shaped like a human body. This symbol calls us to reclaim the “wisdom of the body’, the spiritual energy and purpose that being embodied entails. To do this, we have to integrate the (left) feminine dimensions of life–our right brain vision, our feeling imagination, our creative capacity to incarnate spirit. It is time to light the lamps of Lady Wisdom’s imagination and consciousness within oneself and in the world!
At this moment, our purpose here on Earth is to evolve and learn to work together to change how we live on Earth. Our cultural systems are breaking down because they don’t serve our needs. But we can’t wait for someone else (the Fathers, the government, our religions) to make those changes. It is up to us to change the world. And we can only do this if we believe strongly in another vision of life.
This New Moon calls us to plant the seeds of our renewed purpose. The Sagittarius Sun and Moon are challenged by Chiron in Pisces to open up to the Creative Imagination and find a new story that will encompass an expanded awareness of our place in creation. And Uranus in Aries supports our new awareness and awakens us once again to our archetypal identities.
Chiron was the centaur who taught heroes how to achieve their destinies. This mythic horseman is also associated with the centaur of Sagittarius, so perhaps this square is a reminder to use our imaginations/spiritual awareness (Pisces) to heal ourselves so we can plant our Sagittarian seeds this New Moon.
The Sabian symbol for Chiron at 10* Pisces is: An aviator pursues his journey, flying through ground-obscuring fog. This is a symbol of our ability to develop mental/spiritual skills for navigating the Neptunian realm of the Creative Imagination, which can be confusing at times. It helps to have a goal–to know you’re on a journey. The Collective Unconscious is the vast and ancient repository of human experience. The stories of the Collective Unconscious can guide us if we understand the laws governing the archetypes and know which ones call to us.
When we are called or energized by an archetypal power, we have to play out our part in its story. We have to journey through the archetypal path to get to the mastery this symbol implies.
Uranus is at 9* Aries supporting this New Moon. The Sabian symbol is one we’ve seen before. A crystal gazer. This symbolizes the ability to see more and deeper into the workings of life. It allows us to see our wholeness. And since I believe Uranus in Aries is calling us to find our archetypal soul purpose, I want to tell you a story that might help you find your own way.
Guy Gavriel Kay: The Fionavar Tapestry
We are living at the end of an age, the end of patriarchal dominance over humanity. We are the leading edge of a possible humanity which will choose peace over war, sharing over greed, love over hate, life over death, self-awareness over illusion and unconsciousness. It seems we’ve come to our own moment of choosing to stand up for the Light or follow paths carved out by unconsciousness and evil.
Guy Gavriel Kay has written a trilogy called The Fionavar Tapestry which deals with the ending of an age and the defeat of evil. And while the story takes place in a mythic world, five of the main characters are people of our world and time. It’s a wonderful story guide in that it shows that when we take up our archetypal “identity’, it isn’t all fun and games. It’s serious and there are sacrifices to be made.
There are three men and two women who are taken to Fionavar, the first of all worlds, for a seemingly magical stay to celebrate the 50-year reign of King Ailell of the Kingdom of Brennin. They end up being major players in a life and death struggle against the power of an evil god.
One of these man is already fighting his own demons when he gets to Fionavar, which is going through an unusual killing drought. The king is supposed to sacrifice himself for the land and for his people, but Ailell is old and afraid. So this stranger volunteers to take his place on the Summer Tree of the great god Mornir, as a sacrifice to bring back the rain. But his experience on the Tree forces him to deal with his own pain and through the intervention of the Goddess, he finds release. And his tears bring on the rains. He dies and is reborn as the Twiceborn, Arrow of the God. His work in the battle between good and evil is not to fight, but to mediate between the powers. His gifts are thought and memory.
One man is an up and coming, brilliant lawyer–kind and loving, a charmer and “lady’s man’ in our world. He feels useless in a world at war, until he discovers that in accepting who he has always been, his sacrifice deals a great blow to the Dark in the name of the Light. Even in war, the power of desire is important.
* The third man is a loner and very angry, estranged from his family. He gets separated from the other four and ends up living and fighting with a group of native people who accept him as part of their tribe. In finding acceptance and brotherhood with them, he discovers that he is willing to die fighting to save them.
One woman, a medical student, is given the hardest task for a healer. She becomes a Seer, a dreamer who must call others, even the dead, to war. Her heart breaks each time her visions call someone else to the war, but it is her task and burden and she has to learn to accept both the pain and the power.
The second woman embodies the archetype of all women who have been loved and cherished and who have been ravished so often that they feel they must live without love. Her story is part of the saddest story of all.
All five of these university students suffer and sacrifice; all five take up the burden of their purpose. And they are joined by a group of amazing people from Fionavar itself. Mages and princes, giants and dwarves, princesses and priestesses who stand against those powers who would control or annihilate them utterly. They all take their stand, with love and loss, against great evil.
And that’s what we all have to do now too. While patriarchy isn’t the supreme evil, it certainly isn’t acting for the good of us all. All over the world, governments are trying to stifle protests, intent on continuing their destructive course. The question becomes how we can be creative and find ways to stop the madness of zombie-patriarchy.
So if you’re going to suit up and stand up for change, do yourself a favor and get this fabulous trilogy (The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire & The Darkest Road) for the holidays and find yourself a vision where you too take a stand against the unconsciousness of our times.
On December 7, Mars goes into Libra, where it will stay for about 6 months instead of its usual 6 weeks in a sign. Mars goes retrograde on March 1, 2014 in Libra. This will set up a powerful grand cardinal cross along with Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn for next Winter and Spring. Mars, the energy of desire, will and action, will activate the 5th of 7 squares between Pluto and Uranus. More about this in future newsletters.
Venus goes retrograde in Capricorn on December 21st, Winter Solstice. More in my next newsletter!
Uranus goes direct in Aries on December 17th.