As 2017 wraps up and we approach the final new moon of the year—a new moon in Sagittarius—the cosmos throw down a hand full of fire.
With five planets in the sign of the archer—including Mercury in retrograde, and Saturn, which is about to exit Sagittarius to move into Capricorn—a high-level emphasis exists at the Galactic Center (the black hole at the center of the Milky Way). And since all of these planets align in a harmonious angle with Uranus (in fellow fire sign Aries), this new moon ignites possibility.
Shake Off the Past and Step Into the Future
This ain’t yo’ average new moon.
This potentially paradigm-shifting new moon may pull you closer to your life purpose and intrinsic values while simultaneously shining a light on the obstacles standing in your way. And while all new moons initiate new beginnings, this new moon asks you to wrap up issues from the past, too.
It’s just as much about closures as it is about commencements.
Saturn in Sagittarius: Your Karmic Quest
As we gear up for 2018, we don’t just gear up for a new year—we gear up for a new Saturn cycle, too. Saturn, the great disciplinarian who animates life lessons and offers soul direction, has traveled in Sagittarius since late December 2014. Since then, you’ve been asked to redefine the aspects of your life having to do with Sagittarius—the quest for freedom, the ability to be bold, blunt, and to speak the truth. (Caveat: Saturn retrograded back into Scorpio from June 14th until September 17th, 2015.)
Sagittarius correlates with democracy, international relationships, ideology, and religion. It represents athleticism and wanderlust. It represents the quest for knowledge and the attainment of wisdom.
Consider the dominant story that unfolded in your life since Saturn (the planet of lessons and karma) entered Sagittarius.
What have you needed to digest over the last couple of years?
(To simplify this, specifically look at what has occurred in your life since late September 2015.)
Try journaling on the following questions:
- What’s emerged and since restructured your life since then?
- If you had to tell the story of the last 2(ish) years, what would the theme be?
- What was the dominant lesson you learned?
- What vision for your future crystallized?
- What are you now committed to building in your life?
Give yourself a solid 20 minutes to free-write and see what arises. Remember where you’ve been and what you’ve learned. Name the hard lessons you’ve digested. Make peace with your past.
Also, since Saturn often leaves a gift when he changes signs, keep an eye out for what’s crystallizing now. Something is coming into form! It should be a positive solidification of your hard work over the last two to three years.
Saturn takes 29.5 years to circle the sun and will enter Capricorn on December 19th… So, before the solstice (which happens when the Sun moves into Capricorn on the 21st) we initiate a new Saturn cycle, too. Right after the solstice, Mercury stations direct (on December 22nd), emphasizing the need to decompress, digest, and integrate soul lessons that correlate with Sagittarius principles even further.
The New Moon in Sagittarius
The new moon, arriving on December 18th at 1:30 am ET (please convert to your time zone), comes with guns blazing. With the planets moving into earthy Capricorn soon, you’ll want to take advantage of the alchemical fire of this new moon. Use this new moon as a time to listen, dive deep and hear where you’ve been and solidify where you wish to head. Using the power of choice, you can concretely assert your intended desires, and influence the new path of potentiality opening before you. Where does wisdom want to lead you next? (Even the word wisdom is very Sagittarian in nature!)
Set Your Intentions
While a fancy ritual with crystals and sage is always lovely when it comes to a new moon, the most important thing you can do now is show up with your most refined consciousness. I promise—it’s the quality of your presence that counts most, everything else is just an accoutrement. Take the time to set clear intentions that serve your long-term goals.
Sagittarius Holds the Wisdom to Guide Your Vision
Take time to articulate your vision for where you wish to head next. Affirm what you are creating. Solicit divine guidance. Conjure support.
As 2017 quickly comes to a close (I know time feels like sand slipping through your fingers), instead of rushing around and spinning off center, I encourage you to pace yourself instead. Manage your energy—not your time—by focusing on really good self-care. Limit sugar. Do your best to get some cardio or other movement in. Get plenty of rest. Bend time by staying focused and in flow when it comes to your work. Repeat your new moon intentions to yourself and affirm that everything is getting done.
I’ll be writing again in the next few days to discuss the solstice, but now I’d love to hear from you. What are you conjuring this new moon? Leave me a comment.