This week features the New Moon in Sagittarius on Dec. 17, 2017 at 10:31pm Pacific, which is preceded by a few days with potential for hot emotions or situations which have been close to boiling finally erupting. The Moon swings into Scorpio at 6am Pacific on Dec. 13, immediately encountering Mars who just entered that sign on Dec. 9. Scorpio is a fairly powerful position for Mars, bringing his passion, heat and aggressive qualities to bear on the otherwise fairly open-minded Sagittarian scene. The Moon’s conjunction with Mars may provide a “trigger” that sets off whatever transiting Mars is aspecting in your personal chart, or it may symbolize an unreflective expression of anger or other high-energy emotion. You may feel righteous in your angry or high-energy pursuits, and justified in meting out punishments or doing whatever it takes to achieve your goals—and there may be some truth in your actions, but don’t expect you won’t receive a reaction, pushback or a few of your own shortcomings called out in kind.
Not long after the Moon leaves the powerful depths of Scorpio on Dec. 15, the Sun will square Chiron and provide an opportunity to bring some healing through self-reflection on what role you may have played in the previous days’ fury—be it an interpersonal or merely an internal kerfuffle. Even if you were just a witness to something, you may feel a sense of responsibility for what went down. Avoid the temptation to take on more responsibility for a hurt or an unfortunate situation than is yours to take on. Free yourself from too-limited perspectives—whether it’s a perspective which says you are only a victim, or one that reduces you to a mere perpetrator.
New Moon in Sagittarius ritual
This New Moon has the special honor of conjoining Saturn as Saturn spends its last two days in the sign of Sagittarius, having entered Sagg on Sept. 17, 2015 for its 2 ½ year stay. Combined with the Mercury retrograde period underway, it would be a fitting and good use of this potential to prepare a ritual based on your reflections on the last 2 ½ years.
To harness the particular qualities of this New Moon, your reflections could focus on any or all of the following areas of your life: your destiny and the nature of your service to the flourishing of Earth Community; your relational sphere in terms of intimate or romantic relations, your economic arrangements, and the way in which you give and receive support; your source of optimism and faith in life, and your growth or your stagnation; and your relationship to your core wounding. Has your sense of destiny come into sharper focus, or do you need to continue deeper explorations? Do you feel connected to your much-needed offering to this world which is so hungry for your Soul-infused gifts? What will support that connection to Soul? How have you fostered harmony and tolerated the necessary discord and social disruption that can sometimes accompany becoming who you truly are? What has fueled your optimism and faith in life over these past 2 ½ years? What have been the actual consequences of that orientation? And be honest with yourself! You will suffer the most from too-grandiose notions. What has fueled or impeded your growth? And, finally, what is your relationship to your core wounding? A core wound is one around which our identity forms. What wounding has defined your life, and how does that fit into your philosophy of the way the world works? Does that orientation still serve you? If so, how? If not, what has changed?
Taking time to sort through how any or all of these life areas have changed, grown, fallen away or become more integrated and organized can then inform a ritual to plant seeds for Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn on Dec. 19. You could plant seeds of determination to carry forth these important lessons of Saturn in Sagittarius, to create new patterns to help embody what you have learned. Honor what has passed away during this time and witness how it served you up to this time. This will provide a good ground for integrating and continuing to receive benefit from those former ways of being in the world.
The final Mercury retrograde period of 2017
Nov. 14 Mercury enters its own shadow at 13° Sagittarius
Dec. 3 Mercury stations retrograde at 29° Sagittarius
Dec. 22 Mercury stations direct at 13° Sagittarius
Jan. 10 Mercury exits its own shadow at 29° Sagittarius