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New Moon in Sagittarius 2014

Chart for the New Moon in Sagittarius
Chart for the New Moon in Sagittarius

Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible.
It's learning how to control your fear,
and how to be free from it.
~ Veronica Roth, Divergent

Nov.22 – NEW MOON in SAGITTARIUS (00:07 of Sagittarius)


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"What's a New Moon?"

Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.

Read more about how you experience SAGITTARIUS energy in your life.

Dearest Readers: Due to the passing of a member of my family, I am continuing to take a bit of a break, although I hope to be back soon. The Lunar Forecast for the New Moon in Sagittarius is again written by awesome guest writer and fellow Toronto astrologer, Aerin Fogel. You can find more from Aerin on her website.

With Sagittarius comes the theme of belief, standing in opposition to the rational and investigation of its opposite, Gemini.

And so today, we suspend rational and investigation.

We quiet the curious mind and surrender to what is beyond the mind.

It is interesting to note the Sagittarius season that falls at this time of year in the Northern hemisphere. The cold has set in, the plants have long since died, and we are spiraling into the darkest day of the year.

There is a level of acceptance that happens during the Sagittarius season that emerges from the rupturing change of Scorpio season. The deep wells have been stirred, death and the underworld have been embraced, and now we can find comfort at the bottom of those deep wells.

And it is here that we learn to believe.

From the deepest and the darkest place, an experience void of birth and light, we find our higher vision. This is the beautiful paradox and cycle of universal law.

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
~ Audrey Hepburn

The Moon meets the Sun at zero degrees of Sagittarius, the second in a series of three New Moons in a row that occur at zero degrees of the new sign (last month the New Moon was zero degrees of Scorpio, and next month it will be zero degrees of Capricorn). All New Moons are opportunities to set intentions for change, as the darkness of the Moon offers us a dark and empty bowl that is waiting for us to fill it with choice and possibility.

Similarly, the first degree of a sign bears the strongest mark of newness because it is the first expression of that archetype. It has the most cardinal energy, to be able to shift away from the sign that is ending. So a New Moon that occurs at zero degrees leaves a portal wide open to create real change in that area of your life.

Still further, three of these Moons are occurring in a row, and we are now at the heart of them. This is truly an auspicious time. If you know where zero degrees of Sagittarius falls in your chart, this is an opportunity to choose how you would like that area to unfold in the next year of your life. If you don’t know where this degree is in your chart, think about what you believe in and your vision for the future of how things could be.

With this Moon approaching Venus, some of us may find that it is love and beauty we most believe in. After all, there is nothing in this vast entropic universe if not love. But Venus is not just about love and beauty. She can leave us gutted with burning desire, can struggle with the endless needs of the ego, and can expose the corrupt underbelly of our social sphere. She exists in relationship. And what we are learning from this season is that there is no vision if not from the bottom darkness of the well; in relationship, in love, in society exist all these many seemingly disparate qualities together.

The Moon, Sun, and Venus are also all squaring Neptune on this New Moon. Many of us will struggle to discern what we think, feel, hope, want, need, and aspire to separate from the people around us or society as a whole. Many of us may not even know the answer to the question "What do you believe in?" let alone having the space to implement change in the world through these beliefs.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
~ Marilyn Monroe

Be aware of the temptation to get lost in someone else’s convincing perspective, to pull the wool over your eyes and shy away from speaking up. Be aware of the fears that are surfacing around even letting yourself dream about how things could be, from the simple pain of acknowledging how things actually are. For it will be very hard to trust that things can, in fact, be different, when you are only just starting to realize how difficult they are.

Some of us may still hold aversion to admitting our own pain, suffering, and sensitivity. We may spend a lot of time and effort blocking it out and trying to create barriers. Or some of us may spend a lot of time and effort trying to save the world and every tiny organism in it, causing more suffering to ourselves from overextension and altruism.

Neither of these approaches are sustainable. So you must hold the very real but very delicate balance between admitting and accepting that you are sensitive, and are therefore affected by everything that is difficult around you on both a personal and global scale.

It is also important that you trust your ability to do things differently, that the rest of the world is able to do things differently, and that if you keep holding that future-oriented vision in line with an understanding of what is, at some point they may meet. If you admit how you feel, it doesn’t mean you can never have what you want, though these may seemingly conflict.

If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.
~ Albert Einstein

In mythology, Sagittarius is the archer. Just like Chiron, this archetype has the lower body of a horse and the higher body of an archer. This is an important image to hold on the New Moon because we often sacrifice the animal body for the higher vision of the archer. Sagittarius cannot travel through the world of form without its animal body, for the vision would be just that; an idea, a concept, lost without the possibility of being brought down into sensual reality.

Venus will help you fuel your desire, and Neptune will support your vision, but you may tend to get lost in both of them, disconnected from reality, or too many steps ahead of yourself. Don’t lose sight of your animal body travelling the ground and the world in which you intend to bring these dreams.

Recall the image of sitting at the bottom of Scorpio’s expertly dug well and looking up to the dwindling light to find the vision of Sagittarius. Herein lies the exercise and the intention for this New Moon, to find your vision through the darkness of your own experience, rather than trying to lift yourself out of the darkness and to seek the solution elsewhere.

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In the struggle lies the solution. Otherwise, with Sagittarius, we can become fractured and disjointed. There is nothing to fear in your own sensitivity and depth of feeling. Rather, if you can ride the horse towards it rather than away from it, you will find your way into newness, into the expression of your own desires, into love.

Don’t leave your animal body hidden at the bottom of the well. Dive into it, dive deeper, and from that place of tenderness, emotion, and perhaps fear, look to the light and hold the vision.

In a month, Saturn will enter Sagittarius, and we will all have a chance to take more responsibility for these new ideas. We will be able to give structure, weight, and longevity to the vision. But for now it is enough to hold it. For now it is enough to know the mixture of our own beings.

Listen for your own voice amidst the din of the world, the sense of what is right or wrong, and the impositions of others. And let yourself run wild on the horse while the light is still fading, while we spiral deeper into the struggle for growth and enlightenment, and while we wait for that delicate moment when we have hoped so long and hard that it begins to eclipse all despair.

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
~ Gautama Buddha

Nov.22 – Mercury square Jupiter (22:13 of Scorpio/Leo)  (Nov.23 in AST, NST, UK, AU)

You may be seeing the weak links in your knowledge, understanding or beliefs right now. Your ideas and words might seem to fall short of what your mind envisions, or you might be unable to convince others of your point of view. As a result, it can be tempting to over-compensate with more self-confidence, faith or optimism than you actually have. Or, you might give out "too much information" by over-explaining or through nervous rambling. Alternatively, you might encounter someone else who does this and perhaps have a blaming or judgmental reaction to them. This is an opportunity to learn something about how you might jump to conclusions or blame, possibly triggered by a situation that challenges your beliefs, opinions or perspective. To learn more about this part of yourself, try taking some time to think about what is really bothering you or what you really need to say in that situation. There may be a higher truth to be found if you open your mind to something you're reluctant to acknowledge, rather than looking for a "final truth" around which to close it.

Nov.23 – Chiron Stationary Direct (13:05 of Pisces; until Jun.24.2015)  (Nov.24 in AU)  ("What's a Station?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Retrograde planets.)

For up to a week before and after this date, you may feel a bit like you're caught between worlds—the spiritual versus the physical, the mental versus the emotional, or the outer objective world versus your inner subjective experience. Chiron has been retrograde for the last 4˝ months, giving us time to assess the places in our lives that need healing and to discover the ways that we might be wounding ourselves or others. This includes physical health issues, emotional vulnerability and mental perspectives that create more problems than they solve. As Chiron turns direct, everything we have learned over the last five months becomes ready to be applied over the coming three months (while Chiron is still in the Shadow). Right now, you might find you reach a decision or turning point about issues you have wrestled with since May concerning goals, career, expectations or authority. If these issues have been stressful, this might come out now in the form of health problems, so it's a good idea to be gentle yet disciplined with yourself in this area. It could be a time of ambiguity, feeling like you're caught in a whirlpool that mixes up possibilities with limitations. Or, you might experience some clarity, as the paradoxical coexistence of realities and potentials on the path before you come into clearer focus. Either way, it is a time that can be magical because of its ability to bridge the gap between what is and what might be.

Nov.25 – Mercury conjunct Saturn (26:50 of Scorpio)  (Nov.26 in UK, AU)

It's time to take a serious look at the circumstances and situations in your life. This transit may not exactly be "party time" but it's a great transit to have when you need to take a dispassionate, objective, clear view of life. You may be called upon to make a decision about something. For example, you might need to commit yourself to a particular plan of action, or start developing plans toward a particular goal. In either case, it may be necessary to limit or let go of other options. You might come to the conclusion that something has run its course and it's time to leave it behind – like an opinion or project or mindset. It's a time when your perception, thoughts and words may not be exciting, imaginative or entertaining, but you're probably more able to be clear, grounded decisive and hard working.

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Nov.26 – Venus trine Uranus (12:49 of Sagittarius/Aries)  (Nov.27 in AU)

Spontaneity and liberation burst into your relationships, finances, resources and pleasures. You might feel compelled to try something completely different that shakes up the "same-old-same-old" routines you're used to. The upside is that you have the opportunity to break free of some old habits and breathe some fresh air into your life. But the downside could come in the form of impulse spending beyond your budget, or recklessness in your interactions and relationships. Strive to break free of what holds you back from being your true self, without destroying the structure of order in your life.

Nov.26 – Sun square Neptune (04:49 of Sagittarius/Pisces)  (Nov.27 in AST, NST, UK, AU)

Your ideals, hopes and wishful thinking may loom a little too large during this time, making you prone to disappointment and disillusionment. You might want a fantasy or dream to come true so much that you disconnect from the reality that seems to be in the way – only to find that the obstacle was serving a positive purpose after all. Your imagination may be very active now, but not easy to control or balance with reality. However, it can be a very creative time if you're able to harness that imagination for productive use. Unconscious urges and longings may be especially close to the surface, so you have an opportunity to learn more about the hidden forces that drive you (and perhaps distort your view of the world around you). Spiritually, you might discover that your yearning for enlightenment is not the straightforward path you had hoped for, but it can be just as valuable (although disappointing) to discover what is *not* your best path. Emotionally you may feel a bit overwhelmed, discouraged or confused. On the plus side, you have an opportunity to observe a deeper part of you, which is usually camouflaged against the distracting background of day-to-day life. There is tremendous creative, spiritual and healing potential to be found by listening to and working with the inner voices from those depths.

Nov.27 – Venus square Chiron (13:06 of Sagittarius/Pisces)   (Nov.26 in HAST, AKST, PST, MST, CST)

You may be forced to make adjustments to relationships and/or finances now, as you face situations in these areas that just don't want to balance out the way you want them to. You may feel a bit like you're in a catch-22 (no-win situation), where the more you try to find balance and harmony, the more you feel like you're chasing your own tail around in circles. This is a time when healing in relationships and financial problems may be difficult to obtain. Harmony in these areas can seem impossible or blocked, yet it is still necessary to keep trying. By trying anyway, it may be possible to find a solution that meets your needs, even if it may not be what you wanted, hoped for or expected. Strive to find a creative solution that draws on your best side.

Nov.27 – Mercury enters Sagittarius (until Dec.16)  (Nov.28 in UK, AU)

Communication, ideas, thoughts and perceptual "spark" become expanded in Sagittarius. Your mental focus tends toward a philosophical and spiritual outlook that seeks the highest truth in the broadest context. However, it's not always easy for the conscious mind to assimilate and digest such a vast territory of knowledge, or to find the higher meaning in mountains of raw information. You might feel a bit overwhelmed by trying to take in such a panoramic view of your world, but the gifts from doing so are abundant and inspiring! To get the most out of this transit, try learning something new that expands your horizon. Or pick a situation in your life and imagine that you're looking at it from a mountaintop – what do you see from way up there that you can't see when you're closer to the ground? Just remember that whatever visions and insights you get from doing this, these are SOME of the truths to be found, but not necessarily the only truth. Leave room in your new understanding to remember that every mountaintop shows a slightly different view and that this doesn't make one mountain right and the others wrong.

Nov.30 – Mercury square Neptune (04:51 of Sagittarius/Pisces)  (Dec.01 in AST, NST, UK, AU)

Your mental focus may be a bit clouded, confused or lethargic right now, as your conscious mind struggles to grasp the formless, limitless expanse of the Universe and the unconscious. You may experience some disillusionment or disappointment, in your observations or communication with others. However, what is flowing under the surface of events right now is the need to dissolve away the crust of old expectations that blocks your view from seeing a greater Truth. If you're feeling off-balance, try to listen more than you talk, so that you can be receptive to your inner sensitivity. Left-brain analysis might be difficult to work with right now unless you balance it with a lot of right-brain intuition. You may have to let go of a rigid mindset, or give up what you think you understand about a situation in your life, in order to open yourself to a new perspective that is difficult to define but is ultimately in the best interest of your spiritual growth.

Dec.01 – Mars sextile Saturn (27:31 of Capricorn/Scorpio)  (Dec.02 in AU)

There is an opportunity to harness the energy of willpower using practical discipline. Your physical and mental energy are likely to be stable and enduring, or else they can become this way more easily than usual by applying a sustained focus of effort. This is a great transit if you need to be productive or to make progress in a goal that you are working toward. The thing to watch out for is a tendency to be over-cautious to the point where you get stuck in the planning stage and don't get much done. Or, you might try to rush into the production phase before your plans are fully formed. This transit works best when these areas are brought into balance.

Dec.04 – Venus trine Jupiter (22:36 of Sagittarius/Leo)  (Dec.05 in AU)

Your luck and opportunity to attract money, love, resources and self-esteem are high right now. The flow of attraction (whether that is magnetizing people, things or opportunities) is riding a strong current right now. You could find it easier than usual to get the resources and abundance for whatever you need right now. On the other hand, "your eyes may be bigger than your stomach" (as mother used to say), meaning your desire may magnify your sense of need beyond what is wise. You may be tempted to spend, flirt or bluff your way through situations, preferring to ignore or avoid hardship, boundaries or drudgery. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but be careful you don't get your hopes up so high that you set yourself up for disappointment or make promises you can't keep. It's probably wise to balance this easy flowing energy with some discretion and good judgement.

Dec.04 – Sun trine Uranus (12:41 of Sagittarius/Aries)  (Dec.05 in AU)

You are more open than usual to spontaneity, surprises and "flying by the seat of your pants!" Your sense of humour and fun are let loose during this transit, as is your ability to break out of old outworn habits. You may get a flash of insight, a burst of courage or a surge of inspiration under this transit. The spirit of who you are can become released now, possibly leading to you behaving a bit "out of character." It's a great time to try new things and experiment with something that's out of character for you. In fact, it may be surprising how easy it is to break out of your usual much so, that it's good to be careful not to be too reckless under this transit. If your self-confidence, self-expression or self-esteem have been stifled or dampened lately, these could come flying out rather erratically, carelessly or chaotically. Strive to have fun pushing the envelope without ripping it. ;-)

Dec.04 – Mars enters Aquarius (until Jan.12.2015)  (Dec.05 in AU)

This is a freedom quest! The assertive, forceful energy of Mars can be at its most rebellious, defiant and eccentric while in Aquarius. We may feel especially independent. Or perhaps more accurately, "counter-dependent" – whatever is perceived to be dependent or restrictive may trigger an automatic reaction in the opposite direction. On the other hand, you may be inclined to jump to liberate someone else who is in a dependent position – perhaps an "underdog" or a noble cause. Taking a leadership role to champion an unconventional cause may make you a lot more noticeable...which may or may not be to your advantage (depends whether you want to continue in that role). It can be a good time to invest your energy in activities involving groups, friends, community or Humanity as a whole. Motives, behaviour and energy can be a mixed bag of unstable, spontaneous, unpredictable, liberating, obstinate and/or humanitarian. Have fun with it, but it may be wise to keep a lifeline to something realistic and grounding.

Dec.05 – Sun square Chiron (03:09 of Sagittarius/Pisces)   (Dec.04 in HAST)

Your self-confidence and patience may be a bit strained right now, stretched by the urge to break free of chronic constraints. Motivation and self-esteem may seem to sag and suffer from old problems that you thought were resolved. This is probably because you are seeing "the flaws in the system" that are preventing you from getting the results you want. It will help to take a fresh approach to your situation. You may need to let go of what you think the results "should be" or how they should come to you. Be open to getting what you want in a different form than you were expecting. You may have to work extra hard for results now, especially if it means having to find a different route to success. If it seems like a door of opportunity has closed, look for an unexpected advantage or hidden alternative. This could allow you to tap into other opportunities that wouldn't have been possible otherwise.

Dec.05 – Mercury trine Uranus (12:40 of Sagittarius/Aries)   (Dec.06 in NST, UK, AU)

Unusual ideas, flashes of insight and seeing unexpected possibilities are all part of this transit. You may find it easier to be open-minded right now, especially about insights that have eluded you. Your ability to see beyond your usual horizon of perception can bring visionary brainwaves, as well as a fun sense of humour. You might be inspired to experiment with something new or do something out of character. You might have an impulse to break free of old habits or constraints. This can be a very liberating transit that opens your mind to new possibilities and ideas. However, be careful that you don't become so liberated and spontaneous that you become erratic, hyper or reckless. Words may come tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to consider their wisdom, or you might find yourself talking non-stop and interrupting, creating a bit of awkwardness in those around you. On the other hand, you might also find the clarity and vision that gives you the words to speak your truth with new conviction. It's a great time to do some writing or other form of self-expression, especially if it's spontaneous or involving technology.

Dec.06 – Mercury square Chiron (13:10 of Sagittarius/Pisces0)

Your mental focus and perceptions may feel a bit strained right now. You could find yourself locked in a struggle of indecision that stems from a "glass half empty" versus "glass half full" dilemma. It may be difficult to stay objective and evenly balanced in your perspective, but by working with this you could also find a new mental focus that gives you increased clarity. It might be tempting to sink into cynicism as a way to deal with what seems like a no-win situation. On the other hand, this transit could bring your mental perspective to a kind of "healing crisis" that forces you to get a better grip on the ideas, communication and frame of mind that have been problematic for you. Instead of reaching for extremes (hoping this will clarify the path in front of you), it will help more if you can take a few steps back to allow all the conflicting and out-of-sync elements to coexist together – creative paradox. If you have been in denial about something, this could be a turning point that allows you to grapple with the complex reality of your situation.

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