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dark moon and new moon blessings…
the new moon in sagittarius is exact on saturday, november 22nd at 4:32am PST. the sun/moon conjunction is at the very first degree (0’07 sagittarius) which makes this a significant lunation of new beginnings and new energies in-coming. what is particularly important about this new moon is that it heralds the movement of saturn into sagittarius which will be exact on december 23rd. so this new moon, although in a fiery, expansive, optimistic sign can give a preview of what saturn’s lessons and journey of mastery will be about for each of us personally as well as collectively.
the new moon always occurs when the sun is precisely conjunct the moon. with both bodies at 1st degree- we have an alpha/beginning/initiating energy to this new moon, more so than usual. new moons are always about new beginnings- but sometimes new moons are in the middle of a sign or at the end of a sign and they will have a different flavor as a result. yet this new moon is at the first (new) degree of sagittarius- so a huge influx of new energies/ideas/pathways/visions can be incoming!
there are two sabian symbols for this new moon and they both speak to war or the army. the first is ‘Retired Army Veterans Gather To Reawaken Old Memories’ and the second is ‘A Grand Army of the Republic campfire’. considering mars has just squared the nodal axis earlier in the week- i have to say i am not all that keen on the war vibe going on in these symbols. yet the positive side of this energy is taking action, initiative and perhaps addressing or going over the past with a new sense of maturity that comes with the passing of time (the retired army veterans likely view the past differently now that they are older!).
one of the shadow aspects to be aware of when we are talking about sagittarius is the tendency to be self-aggrandized, to think we have THE truth and that everyone else just doesn’t know any better. wars are fought on these premises- thinking that my religion/my political beliefs/my way of doing things is right and yours is wrong. the new moon in sadge can help us reach for new visions to inspire us! but we have to be aware of where we are being overly idealistic or perhaps self-important in thinking our way is the only way to live/be in the world.
i have to say elias lonsdale’s inside-degrees symbol for 1 sagittarius resonates more deeply for me: A woman, manacled in solid gold chains…
Vividly attached to your own personal limitations, idiosyncrasies, and karmic backlog, you are identified within the strict circle of familiar difficulties, dilemmas, issues, and problems. Habituated to a thick atmosphere of being surrounded and enveloped by all the places you have hung out forever. Immobilized in your will and truly feeling incapable of overthrowing the past. You feel chaotically fascinated by and deeply saturated in patterns, syndromes, and subconscious escapes. Yet in the fiery midst of this very enchantment, you can go free if you inwardly come to a place where all the old spells no longer work and your resurgent spirit simply refuses to confound itself any further.
with this meditation on 1 sadge i see the shadow side of sagittarius as well as the potential to become conscious of it and then integrate it into the Light of wholeness (wholeness for me is not Light or shadow but both- integrated). the highest expression of sagittarius is the resurgent Spirit that simply refuses to confound itself any further! so we all have the potential and possibility to access this state- but we may need to wade through some muck in order to get there ;)
this new moon is conjunct saturn in scorpio and square neptune in pisces- highlighting the split or polarity between 3d reality and transcendent reality, mundane experience and that which is sacred (it is interesting to note that the moon is parallel fixed star sirius- which is all about the mundane becoming sacred!). in late 2015 we will have the saturn/neptune square- so this new moon can be the beginning of an awareness of where there is a split in your life and what you need to do to deal with it (where transiting saturn in sadge and neptune in pisces are located in your natal chart will give more insight into what this is for you personally).
the new moon in sadge says BELIEVE! while saturn on the lunation says- prove it to me. neptune square both can bring in an element of magic or it can highlight the tendency to delusion, denial and deception of self or others. being able to see reality is a precursor to being able to anchor your dreams into reality. we cannot spiritually bypass saturn and the 3d world. we are spiritual beings having a human experience- not a disembodied, ungrounded one!
the ruler of this lunation is jupiter in leo and he is in fiery engagement with the new moon by square and he also quincunxes mars. this is a recipe for expansion, optimism and confidence but it can also be a recipe for impulsivity, restlessness, aggressiveness and feeling holier than thou. holy wars get fought based on these ideas/principles. we have to watch out and tone down our know-it-all-ness to make use of the Highest frequency of this lunation!
the wounded healer chiron is at a standstill in the new moon chart as he is set to go direct in 1 1/2 days. whenever a planet is a standstill their archetypal energy has the most powerful influence on the cosmos. with the wounded healer in focus we may find that some of our deepest wounds and pain around being loved, being seen and being accepted are up right now- but also opportunities for healing and releasing of the past can arise as well. chiron always comes with an offering or opening into something- he does not activate our deepest wounds simply to make us feel miserable! so doing some deep self-inquiry to understand what this offering or opening is and what we need to do to accept it or move through it is key (meditation, contemplation and dream work are recommended!).
so with the new moon in optimistic sadge square mystical neptune and conjunct grounded saturn- at BEST we can take our dreams and visions and do something with them in a manifestable form! with chiron in the background of the whole chart- whatever it is we do is best focused on healing ourselves and others. i would steer clear of inflicting wounds (on yourself or others) as that will come with karmic consequences.
one last point to make about the new moon chart is mean black moon lilith’s position at 29’24 leo. she is just about to move into the first degree of virgo where she will align with the royal fixed star regulus. right now there are women rising into power- publicly but also (and more importantly) on an inward level, meaning they are rising into themselves. powerful, magical, wise women (and men) who serve the Goddess/Divine Feminine/Mother Earth (however you label Her) are needed here on planet earth! with BML about to move into virgo we get a taste of what is to come when jupiter moves into virgo next summer. so pay attention to your journey of empowerment, healing, awakening and activism. take a stand for what you believe in and be willing to take a stand for Mother Earth as well. she needs our help just as much as we need her.
happy new moon in sadge to you!