Forward we go. In the week ahead, we’ll have a sparkly, optimistic New Moon in Sagittarius – surrounded and enfolded by several big aspects that demand we make major life decisions.
Whatever we resolve on between Saturday, November 19th (when Neptune stationed) and the New Moon on Tuesday, November 29th will serve as a foundation for the next leg of our journey.
The Sabian image for the New Moon at 7 to 8 degrees Sagittarius is “Deep Within the Depths of the Earth, New Elements are Being Formed.” What new elements are crystallizing in your personality? What dreams and images are taking shape within your unconscious? Where are your “outsides” no longer in alignment with your “insides,” and how can you fix that (if you want to)?
As Jesus said, in the gnostic Gospel of Thomas: “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” Our mission in life – should we choose to accept it – is to bring forth our best and truest self, to give it some wonderful expression in the world.
This is complicated, of course, by the fact that the self is always changing. Your “insides” may have shifted dramatically within the last few weeks. As I discussed in a recent newsletter, Neptune (the subconscious, the dream) plunged into the South Node (loss, release) last Thursday, November 17th, then changed direction on Saturday, November 19th. The old dream died. Either it came true, and therefore is no longer a “dream” but is now reality . . . or else, something came along and put the kibosh on the old dream for good. In times like these, Neptune gets confused and overwhelmed; his symbol is the expansive, inchoate, emotional ocean.
So where do we focus our energies next?
Lucky for us, the Sun just shifted into Sagittarius, the Zodiac’s most hopeful and visionary sign, presided over by benefic Jupiter. Sagittarius rules philosophy, publishing, and higher education – the kindling of curiosity and the transmission of knowledge. Sagittarius’s symbol is the Archer; he looks out over a broad plane and selects his target decisively.
When the Sagittarius Sun meets up with the Sagittarius Moon on Tuesday, November 29th at 7:18 AM Eastern US time, the resulting New Moon challenges us to pinpoint our goals and take a stand for what we believe in.
In this New Moon chart, the Sun, the Moon, and the asteroid Juno are all conjunct on the World Axis – all squaring the Nodes of Fate on the World Axis – which suggests that this moment is fated. What you went through has been leading up to THIS.
And the Sun’s square to Neptune on the following day (Wednesday, November 30th) will help Neptune see where he’s going.
The other major story in the heavens right now is the square between Jupiter and Pluto. Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn had the first in a series of three showdowns yesterday (Thursday, November 24th) – and we’ll be feeling the aftershocks for the next week or so. Expansive, tolerant Jupiter is at odds with restrictive, controlling Pluto, and will be, off and on, till their last square perfects in August 2017.
These three squares represent the “closing square” portion of the current Jupiter-Pluto cycle, which began when they met at the last degree of Sadge on December 11th, 2007, and will end when they meet again in Cap on November 12th, 2020.
What stories were running through your life, towards the end of 2007 and beginning of 2008? Hint: they probably had to do with the Sagittarius and Capricorn Houses in your chart.
Think, too, of was going on then in the world at large. (For one thing, the subprime mortgage bubble began to burst in late 2007, triggering the global financial crisis of 2008 – and, at the same time, Bernie Madoff’s con was beginning to crumble. On the political front, Vladimir Putin was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.)
There are lessons here to be learned (Jupiter) about the true nature of authority (Pluto). How do you determine where and when to hand over your power, or let someone act on your behalf? In situations of conflict, how do you decide when to play nice (Libra) and when to demand that the rules be enforced (Capricorn)? How do you react (higher form, higher form!) if you find out you’ve been lied to or manipulated? These are some of the questions we’ll be grappling with over the next nine months.
This is such a wild, exciting time to be alive. As Sonia Choquette says, “When you breathe into fear, it becomes adventure.”
I am extremely grateful to have all of you here with me on this adventure.