December 7, 2018: 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 and gaining a wider angle vista 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 provides ways to spark new beginnings in our personal quest to understand what is possible in life.
Not only does this lunation period also feature a Mars/Neptune conjunction in Pisces but both planets square the Sun and the Moon of this New Moon. Mars/Neptune in Pisces calls upon us to go with the flow in terms of the direction in which we’re moving. It inspires us to trust and have faith that we deeply know how to use our energy to move ourselves towards pursuits that are soul-fulfilling. This alignment reminds us that sometimes we need to let our egos go if we are to more effortlessly and gracefully soldier on in our lives. It’s a highlighted time for healing, for compassion, for artistry, and for turning to our dreams for inspiration.
Yet, Mars/Neptune in Pisces can also sometimes be experienced as a dissolution of energy, as if we’re experiencing a slow leak in our fuel tank, notably with its connection to the Sun and Moon. With both Pisces and Neptune inviting in a sense of unity, it could also have us orienting with thinner boundaries which could cause us to be more permeable to other people’s energy fields; so be empathic and compassionate while also holding a sense of your own space so that you don’t find yourself depleted physically and/or emotionally.
Also be on the lookout for who and/or what sabotages your ability to feel a sense of nourishment and radiance. Perhaps it’s a person in your life, a way that you orient to perceived challenges, or even a part of you that cuts yourself down and subverts your ability to readily achieve the goals that you deep down know you want to achieve.
It seems like a great time to be on alert to identify our inner saboteur, if we have one. Look especially to see if it’s constellated by any deep feelings of unworthiness that stem from not matching up to idealized notions of how you—and life—should be and/or the way in which you play victim, or even martyr. And if you do discover any traces of this part of yourself, turn to the strong Pisces and Neptune energetics and wrap yourself in compassion. By embracing yourself, forgiving yourself and streaming yourself with love, you can take steps towards another aspect that this lunation, with its Mars/Neptune tie-in, offers us—the great possibility for healing.
Also, remember that Mercury has just stationed direct, ending its current retrograde cycle. And with that we may find ourselves connecting to a swirl of information and movement. It’s another reason to go slow and go with the flow, taking things at a more luxurious pace, allowing the waves of insights and inspiration to evolve naturally.
This month’s New falls at 16 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.
The New Moon is exact at 2:20 EST