The New Moon in Sagittarius occurs at 10:29 (UT) on the 11th December at 19°Sg03′. Sagittarius as a sign is bright and expansive. It’s the sign that says, ‘there’s a whole world out there’ and runs off excitedly to explore it. Deep down, Sagittarius wants to understand the meaning of life by embracing new experiences and unknown paths. After all the death of Scorpio, Sagittarius is drawn to look for life after death, with all the associated joyful exuberance that comes after travelling through the darkness. The archer aims his bow to the sky, ‘shoot for the stars‘, he seems to cry! But sometimes Sagittarius can try to shoot too many arrows at once or he gets careless about the target. Sometimes our enthusiastic adventurer can get in over his head and take on too much.
There’s a powerfully excitable edge to this New Moon as it plays right into the hands of the Mars-Uranus opposition that perfects on the same day. The Moon is sextile Mars showing that we are primed to act, to take charge, to lead. The trine to Uranus puts us firmly in forward thinking mode but there’s a danger that we could go charging ahead without looking to where we are leaping. A square from the New Moon to lunation ruler Jupiter exacerbates this tendency, bigging us up, making us feel brave and confident and sure that’s it’s all going to be OK.
And the truth is, these aren’t bad things and yes it probably will be OK. Bravery, forward thinking, optimism, what’s not to like? The problem comes when we don’t look where we are going, when we hurtle off after the next thrill and ignore where we are. Jupiter is in Virgo so details matter when it comes to planning a new goal or chasing a new dream. We need to know the risks, especially with Mars and Uranus involved, otherwise that square to Chiron may lead to being hurt.
New Moon in Sagittarius – Chart
This New Moon falls at the apex of a t-square with Jupiter and Chiron opposite each other. Perhaps this is about finding faith or recovering faith after something crashed you down. The caution is to be aware of what you are putting your faith into. With this chart, there is certainly the potential for divine inspiration, a feeling that you have regained what you lost, a sudden sense of possibility. But there’s also the potential for grabbing hold of something that looks like a good thing, only to be disappointed further down the line. If ever there was a chart that said don’t put all your eggs in one basket, it would be this one.
There is visionary quality to this New Moon and a strong feeling of re-capturing a zest for life. The only problem is that the energies are unpredictable. Mars and Uranus caution us to slow down. There is an opportunity to act but actions can be reckless or inspired; make sure you know which is which. The house position of the New Moon shows where you need to set seeds for expansion. Where Mars is travelling is where action is likely to take place. Uranus’s transiting position in your chart shows the area of life that is getting shaken up, freed up and awakened. I would recommend waiting for a couple of days to pass before starting a new path or making any life changing decisions, just to give it time for you to do your risk assessment (and allow Mars to move away from Uranus).
The Moon sits on the Sabian symbol :-
In An Old-Fashioned Northern Village Men Cut The Ice Of A Frozen Pond For Use During The Summer
This symbol expresses the idea that what we have now can benefit us in the future. There are ways of working with the present that will ensure success and stability later down the line. The work we do now is important and it may even be hard work (especially with Saturn transiting this sign) but these are foundations we need to lay for future exploits.
Essentially, this lunation is encouraging us to explore further afield, to shake of limitations and free our hearts and minds. This is fast moving stuff and life may well speed up. Stay aware of when you need to apply the brakes in order to navigate sharp bends and sudden oncoming events.
Also on the same day as the New Moon, Venus and Neptune perfect in a trine. Whilst the Moon doesn’t connect to either of these bodies, it’s there in the background whispering words of unconditional love. If you keep your heart open, that’s when a leap of faith can happen.