– Ceres in Aquarius sesqui-quadrate NN in Virgo/semi-square SN in Pisces
– Venus in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces
– Pallas conjunct Pluto in Capricorn
– New Moon at 19:02 Sagittarius at 5:29 am EST
– Mars in Libra opposite Uranus in Rx in Aries and quincunx Chiron in Pisces
– Jupiter in Virgo quincunx Eris Rx in Aries
The ingresses of Mercury to Capricorn and Juno to Scorpio in the last couple of days have preceded the Sagittarius New Moon. Therefore, we enter this new lunation cycle with a shift in perception and in our interrelations that has turned our focus toward practical, realistic and materialistic concerns, especially in regard to shared values and common goals, which call for planning, organizing, managing and executing. Thus, on the forefront of our minds are work or duties, obligations and responsibilities as well as a sense of structure and order. We want to be prepared for the festive season or whatever provides us with a sense of celebration and achievement and make sure that everything goes according to our master plan. Moreover, time is of the essence, which means strategies have to be devised that allow us to accomplish what we set out to do and also to systematically gain control over our circumstances or to remain on top of our affairs. The latest twist or turn of events required from us to bridge a conflict of interests or intentions so that a long-standing or recurring problem could be resolved. In some instances that meant that new people were welcomed in our midst. In others, where ignorance and insensitivity became intolerable, ties were cut. For the most part though, sacrifices we made have paid off and expectations have been met. We are more involved in whatever great vision, dream or ideals we hold, show solidarity and engage with each other. As a consequence, our relationship principle can now be taken to the next level and evolve as relationship dynamics are becoming more complex and complicated and interactions or exchanges with others are getting more intense – either as a result of the deepening of our commitments and our feelings of unity or a darkening of our emotions, leading to hatred, extremes, violence and revenge.
The Sagittarius New Moon’s ruler, Jupiter, is in Virgo, forming a quincunx aspect to retrograde Eris in Aries, indicating that adjustments in this regard will be made depending on how ‘selectively’ we interpret the truth, seek justification or make sense of the social situation based on our ‘trained’ mentality (state of mind) and worldview, or in other words, the ‘fires of our beliefs and convictions’. Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign that has its place in the wheel of the year at the end of the fall season, the darkest time in the Northern Hemisphere. Yet, it is a jolly, merry time for many of us, because we’re getting in the spirit of Christmas, decorating our homes lavishly, buying gifts and lighting everything up. A sense of abundance, generosity and joy is in the air and it is contagious. Jupiter’s expansiveness is living through us. With Ceres in Aquarius in octile aspects to the nodal axis though, this is a critical time this year to work on our future prospects and improvement of our situation in general by drawing from our compassion and higher values, thus making progress in the way we support and nurture or take care of our causes – individual, collective or humanitarian.
The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 19:02 Sagittarius states:
“In an old-fashioned northern village men cut the ice of a frozen pond for use during the summer. Keynote: The foresighted use of natural resources to supply future human needs – ASSURING SUPPLY.”
(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 222)
Tarot card of the day is “The Hermit”, suggesting that we enter a stage of introspection, where we need to look for the answers within, thereby engaging in soul searching. It’s a solitary quest, because the truths we’re seeking do not lie in the external world, but within us. Therefore, we begin to re-evaluate our goals and might change our overall direction. In recognizing that each of our thoughts and actions is a brick we use to build our lives, we partake in the creation of our own reality. We have to find the light within and allow ourselves to be touched and illuminated by it as well as help to light the way for others. Alas, all the darkness that seems to surround us cannot blot out the light. Moreover, there is an emphasis on peace and patience as well as on accepting the limitations of time and age. The Hermit also symbolizes a taskmaster, who leads with purpose and wisdom gathered from years of experience. He furthermore represents completion. Thus, we may well be progress to a new stage of life, but need to remove any difficulties from a current situation in order to make progress.