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During the last few weeks, there has been a growing Sagittarian
flavour in the air. Sagittarius is a fire sign and full of
movement. Ruled by Jupiter, it expresses our growth and expansion
on all levels, although, being fiery, it emphasises the imagination,
and therefore abstract and philosophical thinking as well.
On this level, all things are possible – Sagittarian
enthusiasm tends to create an inflated expectation of what
can be achieved in the moment on the practical level. However,
expansive thinking does tend to bring about changes, and whether
we feel jubilant or apprehensive about that is up to our individual
reaction patterns, and how we like life to be. But however
you feel, there has been a growing sense of change in the
air, what seemed solid is starting to shift, and you may have
found yourself re-thinking those areas of your life which
had seemed stuck.
Opening our minds
December 13-15 could have been particularly awkward for communication
and movement (Mercury squared Uranus) – you
may have experienced leaving things behind, forgetting what
you had meant to do, misunderstandings or sudden cut-offs
in communication. On the positive side, you may have had sudden
realisations, gaps in the fog of daily life, where you understood
perfectly what was true for you. Our thought processes were
receiving a jolt (there was also a particularly earth-directed
solar flare) loosening our habitual focus, and waking
us into consciousness of what we are routinely saying and
doing. This creates openings in our relationships for more
truth to be communicated. There may even be separations (Venus
sextile Uranus), but sharing our truth, and accepting
the truth of another, is ultimately an opportunity to be closer.
The New Moon on 20 December reflects the intense dynamism
that creates real transformation.
(This New Moon, towards the end of Sagittarius, is just
two degrees past Pluto, the planet representing that plunge
into the unknown that brings everything out-of-date to the
surface for clearing.) Transformation requires inner
death of something that seemed very much alive – a situation,
a relationship, an arrangement or commitment, or a belief
we have. Whatever it is, if its day is over, something will
rise to the surface that shows it to be untenable in the future.
Through Sagittarius, transformation is not so much about the
loss of actual things or people, but rather the death of how
we ourselves related to them - it is our beliefs that are
likely to be rearranged.
Many people will feel excited by the changes, and more alive.
But some will be shocked and pained, and some will feel insecure
and afraid. Those who are afraid to let go will very likely
be obsessive in their attempts to maintain their beliefs,
but their words will sound hollow to anyone who can hear,
and their power will slip into the past.
As we recognise our true up-to-date feelings, the people
we are involved with feel the change and are themselves changed
by it, and so the transformation ripples out. In the end,
the opportunity is there for every one to feel freed from
past tethers, and therefore capable of fulfilling more of
High expectation leads to confusion
Some of the great changes that were on the cards last month
have already happened, or at least the plans have been made.
Even relatively small changes will be having greater impacts
than you would have imagined. You may have been considering
far more projects than you can possibly complete - it almost
feels as though anything is possible. The results of this
sense of freedom can be a confusion of ‘stuff’
– ideas, emotions, and physical possessions, all going
every which way and cluttering our actual movement!
The virtue of this huge range of possibilities that is that
it un-sticks us in those areas we had thought unchangeable.
In the midst of the ensuing confusion about what is best to
do, the ‘true’ way for us can reveal itself –
as long as we allow that we don’t have to do it all,
at least not all at once! (Mercury sextile Neptune, but
square the Moon’s Nodes)
Manifestation requires central integration and patience
The first week after this New Moon brings gradual realisation
of how to be with the changes we are contemplating (Mercury
moves towards Pluto, trining Saturn). The magic of manifestation
has to do with integrating our divergent desires, so that
our energy all pulls towards one clear aim, instead of pulling
us in different directions. For instance: I enjoy my work
and may want more of it, and also want more time to enjoy
other activities, spend time with my family and friends, and
I want to travel more, and yet I want to stay at home peaceful
and hidden, and so on . . . conflicting desires, each one
attracting a relevant experience, the whole thing manifesting
confusion and eventually overload. Some of them even sabotage
In choosing one clear aim for our desires, the first important
thing is that it must be in tune with who we really are (Saturn
in Leo), with what will support us to unfold our potential.
So the first half of this New Moon month is about sifting
through all the possibilities, and only giving room to those
that bring a sense of aliveness to our central self. When
we have located the ‘right’ direction, it’s
easier for the personality desires to fall in around it, because
it also takes them into consideration.
We can recognise which desires are ‘true’ for
us by a sense of commitment that includes patience. When something
we plan feels ‘right,’ we know inside that the
timing of its manifestation is crucial, and that
it will be best if our spirit is in charge of the process.
By choosing a ‘right’ direction, we take control
of our lives, and at the same time surrender to the guidance
of our Greater Selves.
If you find yourself impatient to achieve the goals that
attract you, it is a sign that your desire for them is more
about your little personality than your greater being. (My
Aries personality gets very irritable when this is pointed
out to me, and says: Are you sure this is true? But my greater
being laughs even to hear the question – of course it’s
true! Impatience is a mental attitude stemming from a sense
of separation, and tends to keep the desired thing at bay.)
Look before you leap
This New Moon chart contains a warning (Mars squares
Uranus in Pisces on December 22). The more excited we
feel about any action we think of taking, the more likely
we are to take it without consideration for the survival of
ourselves or those around us. There are times when that is
the correct attitude, but this is not one of those times.
It is the ideas that can be entertained – discovering
new ways, talking with people about them to learn more, considering
how we might accomplish them. We need to be aware that the
actions we take may have effects beyond what we expect (Mars
in Sagittarius – shooting the arrow into the unknown),
and therefore we need also to be prepared to take care of
the repercussions in the people around us.
Sagittarius is the adventurer and explorer, and there’s
a tendency to forget to take responsibility for the results
of our actions. At the moment, if we act impulsively from
desire alone, we are likely to run ourselves out of energy,
and not be able to follow through. Sudden impulses may not
bring the result we meant to achieve, and we could end up
struggling and drained, not even remembering why we did whatever-it-was!
On the other hand, if we relax and allow our greater self
to guide our actions, we will have plenty of energy left to
take care of everything.
Not responsibility for others, but kindness
We are, of course, not responsible for how others react
to what we need to do, but we can do it kindly, rather than
thoughtlessly, and to be kind we need to be aware of others.
After all, we are all going through this time together, changes
happening whether people want them or not. This time is about
sharing our thoughts and desires, sharing our beliefs so that
we expand our thinking and understanding. It’s a time
for sharing our pains and discovering the joy of being together.
Being kind to others is part of being kind to oneself, and
is always uplifting.
Capricorn will come next
The Capricorn energy encourages responsible action, competently
expressed in the world, and it is coming inexorably. (Venus
is already in Capricorn from December 11 to January 4. Sun
goes into Capricorn on December 22, Mercury in late December,
and Mars in mid-January 07.) So let’s make the
most of this time of exploration, fun and change, so that
what we do in 2007 is based on the widest knowledge, and the
most far-seeing principles, possible.