November 29, 2016: Sagittarius New Moon
New Moons are monthly celestial events that usher in fresh cycles of creation. This Sagittarius New Moon marks an auspicious time to undertake a new project that can help us forge a greater understanding of the world around us. Expanding our horizons to embrace a different philosophical perspective—even just trying it on for size temporarily—can be incredibly valuable and uplifting.
Around the Sagittarius New Moon we may find ourselves starting sentences with the word Why. These may be questions that help us garner understanding or declarative statements with which we share our knowledgeable perspective with others.
Relatedly, it’s a good time to give homage to those who have been our teachers or guides, who have lit the path for us so that we can travel it with more enlightenment. From this reflection we may also gain unexpected insights into how we have served as preceptors for others.
Travel is oftentimes on our minds as we desire to expand our vantage point and have experiences that stretch the definition of who we are and what we understand. Even if actual travel itself is not possible, exploring other cultures through magazines, the Internet, a foreign film, or even enjoying an ethnic meal provide ways to spark new beginnings in our personal quest to understand what is possible in life.
This year's Sagittarius Moon connects with poetic Neptune and the Lunar Nodes. And with this, we can turn to our dreams and imagination to get more insight into what path want to carve, what journey we want to embark upon. As we get glimpses of our destination, we also see the arc upon which we have traveled, and what it is that we may need to surrender in order to fully arrive at what feels like our destined destination.
Sagittarius has us orient towards the notion of truth and Neptune can have a blurring quality. During this time, our relationship with discerning truth may be heightened, a topic that may be even more top of mind right now. It may take us more effort to stay diligent when it comes to verifying whether something has veracity or not.
Even being in the questioning of what's real and what's not, rather than just allowing information to stream in and be accepted as is, is a way to be vigilant against giving up resistance and then having confusion just overtake us. A conscious acknowledgement and acceptance that a situation is confusing (and complex), rather than feeling depleted by the confusion and wanting to rush to find a simple explanation, may be a path itself to connecting to more inner knowledge, one that helps us to fortify our inner truth compass so that we can stand in greater understanding.
It may be a time when we feel we are floating here and floating there, in which we feel pulled by the currents of our emotions, of if we're highly sensitive perhaps those of other individuals, or the collective consciousness. Open to compassion while also ensuring that your boundaries are clear enough so that your resources and energy reserves aren't drained.
This month’s New falls at 8 degrees of Sagittarius (Sun and Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of a New Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Sagittarius or the other mutable signs—Gemini, Virgo, and Pisces—it may impact you more intensely.
Sagittarius New Moon Apothecary Suggestions
Sagittarius is associated with the liver, hips, buttocks, thighs, and sciatic nerve. Pay attention to these parts of the body and areas of health around the time of this New Moon.
Vervain flower essence: The Sagittarius New Moon can have us expanding our worlds with the heightened desire to share our ideals and philosophies. This can be wonderful in terms of invoking passionate enthusiasm yet if unchecked it can also lead to the nervous agitation that comes from being zealously attached to one’s one beliefs. If you want to stay inspired and yet nurture some detachment and perspective, consider Vervain flower essence. [Flower essences are vibrational elixirs that you can find in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.]
Liver-supporting foods: As Sagittarius is the sign related to the liver, focusing on this important organ—vital for detoxification—is a great thing to do around the time of this New Moon. As New Moon signify beginnings, consider making changes in your diet today that will be of benefit in the future. Some liver-supporting foods to add include the Brassica vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, et al.), which feature sulfur-containing phytonutrients that ramp up detoxification enzymes. Also, limiting the amount of alcohol and additive-containing processed foods can be a boon for hepatic health as can incorporating more organic foods since these don’t contain the liver-challenging chemical residues that conventionally raised foods do.
* This New Moon is exact at 4:18 am PST