December 18, 2017: Sagittarius New Moon
New Moons are auspicious 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—or 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.
Breaking-patterns Uranus connects in to this New Moon, making a harmonious trine to both the Sun and Moon. Reflecting this, it seems like a stellar strategy to be open to a unique path forward, seeing how road-less-traveled viewpoints and innovative solutions may inform your perspective and goal-setting pursuits.
Also, quite significant during this New Moon is the role of Saturn, given that not only does it connect with the Sun and Moon but it is in its last days of its current residence in Sagittarius (it charges into Capricorn late on December 19, and won’t return to Sagittarius again until 2044). To see how Saturn may play a role in this New Moon, think back to the beginning of 2015, reflecting upon all you’ve learned since then about your belief systems, what is true to you, and how you orient from truth and those beliefs. What goals have you set, and what greater level of understanding have you amassed (even that may have come through hard-won lesson)? Take all of what comes to you and help that seed your intentions for this New Moon, setting the tone for what you want to take forward as you enter into this next new chapter of life, not just for this monthly lunar cycle, but also as you embark upon the new year that is just about to begin.
This month’s New Moon falls at 27 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, Brussels sprouts, 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.
* The New Moon is exact at 1:30 am EST
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