The Sagittarius New Moon occurs on Tuesday, November 29th at 5:18 am at 7 degrees Sagittarius 42 minutes. Here’s the chart: sagittariusnewmoon2016.
The Centaur Archer is the symbol for Sagittarius. Half man and half horse, the Centaur shoots his arrows into the heavens where he knows truth resides.
This is the sign of truth seekers. Sagittarius travels the globe in search of higher understanding. Ultimately Sagittarius learns that truth exists in and of itself and requires no interpretation.
Truth is always reflected in natural laws. Natural laws are the physical laws that underpin the manifest creation or what we call the natural world or nature. Natural laws facilitate the Soul’s spiritual path of evolution.
Sagittarius also rules religions which are the result of man’s interpretation of the creation or man-made laws. Religions are based upon man-made moralistic judgments about what’s ‘right’ and what’s ‘wrong.’
If you wish to know if something is really true, look to see if it exists in the natural world. For example, the principle of reincarnation is reflected in nature through the death and rebirth of plants and animals correlating with the repeating cycle of the seasons. On the other hand, judgments, right and wrong, sin and guilt do not exist in nature.
Man-made religions have distorted the natural meaning of the symbol of Sagittarius, the Centaur, who is half-man and half-beast. They teach that the Centaur represents man’s desire to overcome his carnal ‘animal nature’ or what they call the ‘temptations of the flesh.’
Man-made religions would have us believe that there’s an inherent conflict between Spirit (masculine) and flesh (feminine) and that sex is a sin. This false teaching is a primary causal factor for guilt, consciously and unconsciously, related to sexual experiences. This distortion of truth has also underpinned the doctrine of male dominance that has denied and suppressed all things feminine, and justified the destruction of the natural world for millennia.
From the point of view of natural law, the Centaur represents the fusion of man and nature. Half man and half horse, the Centaur reflects the natural law truth that humans and the natural world are one – not separate from each other or intrinsically in conflict with one another. In nature, sex is natural – not sinful.
Anything that’s natural that is denied, suppressed, repressed or oppressed, ultimately manifests in a twisted, destructive and distorted way. We should not be surprised then that sexual addiction is the predominant addiction in Western cultures, whose values and expectations relative to standards of right/wrong conduct come from man-made religions that believe sex is a taboo. Given their expectation of celibacy, it’s also not surprising that the crisis of pedophilia afflicts so many man-made religious institutions.
It’s crucially important to understand these distortions of truth in order to recognize and integrate the evolutionary intentions being ‘seeded’ in this Sagittarius New Moon.
From an evolutionary perspective, the greatest lesson Sag teaches is that TRUTH IS RELATIVE. In other words, there are many, many truths – not just one truth. As the saying goes, “There are MANY paths to the top of the mountain.”
Sag also teaches that there are different levels of truth. Personal truth is unique to each individual. What’s true for you may not be true for me. Universal truths however reflect that which is true for all of us, regardless of personal differences.
Each zodiac sign has deep security needs. Sagittarius’ security comes from believing there’s only ONE TRUE TRUTH and all the other truths are wrong. Sag also finds security through believing that it has FOUND THE ONE TRUE TRUTH!
This need for security is the psychological motivation for religious proselytizing, missionary work and evangelism.
Sadly, throughout human history, beliefs rooted in the need for security have been the cause of countless wars as people have tried to convert others who believe differently to their own version of the truth through dominance and the use of force. Perhaps the epitome of a distortion of truth is to use it to justify killing, especially killing ‘in the name of God.’
This Sagittarius New Moon is reflecting the need to SEEK TRUTH. It is encouraging us to reach for a higher understanding of truth, on all levels, including personal, collective and universal.
The Sagittarius New Moon is making several aspects. These include a conjunction (0 degrees) with the asteroid Juno. It also squares (90 degrees) both Neptune in Pisces, and the Moon’s Nodes – North Node in Virgo and South Node in Pisces.
Juno was the Roman Goddess of partnership commitments and presided over all arrangements and rites of marriage. The month of June was sacred to her and even today, many brides choose a June date for their wedding day based upon this ancient tradition.
Juno was also revered for her beauty, loyalty and fidelity. In Greek mythology, Juno was known as Hera, Zeus’ wife. Of course Zeus was notorious for his philandering ways and serial infidelities. As a result, Juno has also come to symbolize jealousy and rage resulting from betrayals of trust through broken commitments. Astrologically, Juno describes the ways in which we face issues of trust, compatibility, jealousy, possessiveness, sharing and power struggles in relationships.
Through its exact connection to Juno in Sagittarius, this New Moon focuses attention on the search for truth in, of, by and through all kinds of relationship dynamics, including but not limited to, marriage partners. Of course some relationships reflect shared or similar beliefs and philosophies or understanding of ‘truth’ between partners and others do not. In the coming weeks, all kinds of partnerships will provide the necessary experiences to facilitate our evolution. They will further our ongoing search for truth through how we relate to one another and through shared and dissimilar beliefs.
The search for truth through relationships is FURTHER emphasized by the fact that Jupiter (truths and beliefs), the ruler of Sagittarius and therefore the ruler of the Sagittarius New Moon, is currently traveling through the sign of Libra. Libra is associated with a diversity of relationships with others. Libra teaches the need for balance and equality in relationships achieved through fairness, peace, harmony and justice. Dominance or the exertion of ‘power over’ others reflects inequality and imbalance in relationships.
Jupiter in Libra just squared both Venus (rules relationships) and Pluto in Capricorn. This square energy is central in the New Moon chart pattern and symbolizes extreme inequality and abuses of power in relationships. Jupiter will square Pluto two more times in the coming year (March 30th and August 4th). Jupiter is also moving into an opposition with retrograde Uranus in Aries (December 26th) which will no doubt bring even more shocking and surprising events through issues associated with justice, fairness and equality, war and peace, and the balance of power within relationships. Uranus rules and fuels revolutions! So expect LOTS of changes in relationships!
Jupiter’s squares to Pluto and oppositions to Uranus will create a cardinal T-Square for the remainder of 2016 and most of 2017. This T-Square will re-activate the decade-long square aspect between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn (2008 through 2020) that symbolizes the ongoing r-evolutionary changes, worldwide, of old outworn economic, political, environmental and cultural social structures. CHANGE will accelerate over the coming weeks and months, manifesting through the famous ‘two steps forward, one step back dance’ of cardinal sign energy.
Waning square aspects are always associated with a crisis in consciousness. In other words, a crisis relative to the question, “WHAT TO BELIEVE?!” Given the prevalence of relationship energy in play now, perhaps the better question is, “WHO TO BELIEVE!?”
Waning squares always reflect the evolutionary need to throw off outer, consensus or ‘mainstream’ values, beliefs, opinions, expectations and ‘social norms.’ For evolution to proceed beyond the point of this waning square, UNIVERSAL values, principles and truths must be pursued and embraced.
These connections between Jupiter, Venus and Pluto are encouraging us to reach for higher, universal levels of truth. This means moving beyond material and temporal possessions and experiences.
So who should you believe? Should you believe your intuition or your logical mind’s rationalizations? Should you believe and follow your own truth or the advice of family, friends or others who expect you to listen to them? Should you trust your own gut or conform to socially accepted rules and norms? Should you listen to and trust ‘news’ sources or ‘online sources’ or do your own research? The answer to this last question should be easy given the fact that we just learned last week that FaceBook was a platform throughout the election for ‘fake news’ that was shared millions of times!
How might your relationships with significant others change, or remain the same, based upon what you believe to be true? How will those beliefs influence choices you make now and in the coming weeks and months? What choices would reflect your own personal truth? What choices might you make based upon your understanding of universal truths?
Pluto in Capricorn is the defacto astrological symbol of the Plutocracy. It represents the political ‘powers that be’ in national capitals, as well as the corporate ‘elites’ in boardrooms, all over the world.
Clearly, Jupiter in Libra just chose to throw off old social and political power structures (Pluto in Capricorn) that have not served or respected the interests of working class people. Jupiter in Libra just thumbed its nose at those in power it feels betrayed by and frankly is furious with. Jupiter in Libra square Venus and Pluto in Capricorn is already manifesting changes in the status quo of many personal, political and economic relationships.
Of course it is yet to be seen what choices a President Trump may make regarding his voter’s expectations. Time will tell if he chooses to follow through on his many campaign promises to reform what he calls a ‘rigged system.’
The New Moon is also square Neptune in Pisces and the Nodes of the Moon – North Node in Virgo and South Node in Pisces. These squares ALL reflect the need to make healthier choices. These necessary choices are intended to promote healing – of ourselves, our planet and our relationships with others, especially our committed partnerships.
The right choices are symbolized by the North Node in Virgo, the sign that represents reality, health and well-being, humility, service and the environment. Right’ choices will support individual and collective well-being. ‘Right’ choices will be squarely rooted in REALITY, not delusions, illusions, deceptions or wishful thinking.
Virgo also rules everyday work routines so for many, choices made may also play out through self-improvement plans or personal health concerns, or their everyday job or work routine.
The wrong choices are symbolized by the South Node and Neptune in Pisces. They caution us against succumbing to false, delusional and unrealistic thoughts, beliefs, needs and desires that will almost certainly lead to the re-imprinting of old wounds rooted in betrayals that occurred as a result of misapplications of trust. So be very mindful that doubts and confusion will likely try to dilute and obfuscate the truth.
Obviously, to make the right choices that are healthier choices, we must be able to determine what’s true and what’s not true! Thankfully, Sagittarius also rules our right brain which is the seat of INTUITION! We ALL have intuitive faculties; it’s a ‘hard-wired’ survival mechanism intrinsic to human beings as a species. In addition to ensuring our survival, personal intuition has two more equally important purposes.
First, intuition ALWAYS leads us to the precise and specific information, knowledge and understanding we each need in order to achieve our Soul’s evolutionary growth intentions in each life. Said another way, personal intuition leads each of us to our ‘personal truth’ which is it’s second purpose.
We can always trust our intuition to help us accurately discern what’s true and what’s false.
Learn to pay attention, listen and TRUST YOUR INTUITION! Indeed, the greatest tool we’ll have to sort through lies and detect distortions in the coming weeks is our INTUITION!
Mercury and Saturn are also in Sagittarius now. And they’re square retrograde Chiron in Pisces and trine (120 degrees) retrograde Uranus in Aries. Mercury and Saturn represent the need to take complete responsibility for ALL our choices and decisions. This includes how we think and what we believe, as well as how we feel and what we say and do. Moving through Sagittarius, these two planets are saying, “stand in your truth” and “walk your talk.”
Chiron is quite powerful now since it is literally ‘stationary’ or appearing to stand still in the heavens from our point of view here on planet Earth. Planets become stationary when they’re ready to change directions; to either go retrograde or to resume forward or direct motion. Chiron will station direct December 1st at 20 degrees Pisces.
Stationary Chiron in Pisces cautions us to be very, VERY mindful to not retreat into a state of consciousness that identifies with being a victim. Chiron’s square to Mercury and Saturn in Sagittarius can reflect false or distorted thoughts and beliefs that contribute to the co-creation of realities that are dissatisfying that can lead to even more wounding experiences.
NOTHING CAN HEAL FROM A CONSCIOUSNESS ROOTED IN VICTIMIZATION!
This is because victims always blame external sources instead of taking responsibility for co-creating their experiences. Without taking responsibility, there’s no ownership regarding the co-creation of those experiences. Without ownership, the likelihood of making the necessary changes required to co-create different experiences or realities in the future is slim to none.
Unfortunately, those operating with a victim consciousness are rarely doing so consciously! All this Pisces energy also gives us the opportunity to bring to conscious awareness thoughts and beliefs that are operating unconsciously or just below the surface of our conscious awareness. Often, unconscious beliefs are revealed through common or repetitive themes that play out in our dreams.
Although many people report they never remember their dreams, we all dream each and every night. Pisces rules dreams. With Neptune, the South Node of the Moon and retrograde Chiron ALL activating Piscean energy now, dreams are likely to be more frequent, urgent and memorable. Set an intention for yourself that you will indeed remember your dreams, particularly the ones associated with unconscious beliefs that need to be released in order to achieve greater health and well-being.
On the more positive side, Pisces rules philanthropy and spirituality. For those who practice meditation or prayer, the coming weeks will be powerfully supportive of any and all endeavors that seek closer connection with the divine or sacred elements of life. Spend time in nature communing with nature spirits and your own Higher Self to promote personal well-being. Pisces also rules art, music and film so this holiday season will also be the perfect time to visit an art gallery, attend a concert, or just go to the movies.
This planetary pattern portends surprising and unexpected events like discoveries and breakthroughs.
Pay attention to all the information coming your way over the next month, particularly those bits and pieces of insight and guidance coming from your intuition!
For some this may play out through a change in travel plans or a sudden decision to further their education. Others may have revelatory AHA moments that bring new ways of seeing old things, completely changing personal awareness. And still others who are engaged in legal affairs may experience unusual or unexpected twists and turns in those proceedings.
AHA moments are also likely when Mercury stations retrograde in mid-Capricorn on December 19th and direct in late Sagittarius on January 8th.
Perhaps one of those unexpected and shocking surprises will have to do with the certification of the election process by the states and Congress. They’ll meet to do so on December 19th and January 6th! Wonder when the vote recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan will be complete?!
The bottom line to ALL of this Sagittarius New Moon energy is the need to discern truth vs. lies. Sagittarius always compels us to expand our understanding of higher and higher levels of truth. We must realize that truth is relative and while we all have our own personal truths, there’s a higher, universal level of truths. These truths are based upon the natural laws that underpin all creation and reflect what’s true for all of us.
They’ve found that at the deepest levels of reality, at the subnuclear level, there is a fundamental truth of UNITY.
Truly, at both the deepest and the highest levels of universal truth, YOU AND I ARE LITERALLY ONE.
The Capricorn New Moon is on December 28th at 11:53 pm MST!
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