Sagittarius - expand the view!
This month’s New Moon chart has a closely linked pattern,
most of the planets joining in with the New Moon itself. So
the focus is clearly dealing with Sagittarius issues: learning
and sharing knowledge; a bigger philosophical picture and
global involvement; religious ideologies and spiritual wisdom;
moral judgements and open minded love. Each of these issues
will be pointed up over the next month, and we will each come
up against those issues nearest to our own life situations
There is also likely to be a huge pull towards practical
considerations which may have nothing to do with all the above!
(Mercury unaspected in Capricorn) This could be a
distraction, but also it may be a way of grounding and balancing
the various pulls of different factions globally, and also
bringing us down to earth in our own personal lives. As you
know, we can only effect any degree of real change on the
outside, by doing the work innerly; so let’s look at
the different energies involved.
Home in with harmonising help
Primarily, this energy pattern is about considering the
broadest picture we can muster from which to recognise where
you stand (Sun/Moon trine Uranus in Aries). Having
chosen our highest stand point, we need to use our view to
find and support the most harmonising action in the situation
(Sun/Moon sextile Mars in Libra). The most unhelpful
thing to do would be to judge others’ actions from a
high moral ground (Sun/Moon square Jupiter in Virgo)
while not doing anything helpful at all. The better use of
this energetic pattern is asking for as much information as
possible to facilitate win/win solutions.
Accepting the facts is the starting point for change
Another pitfall would be to give up entirely because the
pain we are witnessing is too much to understand, and we want
to blame the powers that be, or look away because we can’t
handle the pain of being human (Sun/Moon square Chiron
in Pisces). It’s important to remember that, in
the totality of life, nothing can be rejected out of Oneness
because there’s nowhere to reject it to! Everything
that is done, said, felt, has to be included in life as it
is: that is not to say approved of, just that we need to accept
the facts as the starting point. Human nature contains an
entire spectrum, and is as capable of the darkest atrocities,
as it is of the widest compassion and greatest joy and peace.
Our job is to keep edging towards our souls’ highest
yearnings (Venus in Scorpio trine Neptune), not to
allow ourselves the indulgence of resentment over an emotional
upset, or mentally ranting about a troublesome neighbour or
the latest budget (Saturn in Sag squaring Neptune).
Notice how your body feels when you allow yourself to function
from this ‘heavy’ level, and how much lighter
you feel when you aim higher. This is not rejecting our instinctive
reactions however negative we may feel them to be, but it
might help to think of them as coming from the reptilian stage
of our human evolution, definitely more engaged with survival
than humanitarian relationships! We can choose which aspect
of our nature we act on.
Do whatever you do as your contribution to world
Two solution points show up in the chart: one is the healing
intention to do what helps the whole situation, or, putting
it another way, doing what you enjoy that most helps others
(Mars quincunx Chiron). I think that the entire energy
of this month is working towards just this, because that is
what will enable the major evolutionary changes to unroll
(Chiron sextiling Pluto). These acts of kindness
could be every now and then, maybe something you do without
drawing attention to it (Mars opposite Uranus). You
may find that you’ve attracted opposition from people
or circumstances, which requires that you hold your ground
- not the same as being aggressive! Following through, you
could find others inspired to join with you (Sun/Moon
in Sagittarius trine Uranus).
The other potentially helpful condition this month is the
practical focus of communicative energy (Mercury in Capricorn).
This could be a tendency to bury our heads in the sand by
thinking only about the next job around the house, or how
to re-organise some aspect of our daily living (Mercury
makes no strong connections to the other planets). But
if we remember, and keep in mind, that everything we do can
add to the smooth flow and harmonious balance of life generally,
this could be our contribution to the well being of the whole.
In any case, we can be mindful of the physical effects of
mental and emotional efforting, and perhaps find ways to earth
our good ideas.
Full Moon 25 December - feed yourself/feed the world
Let’s not forget another of the positive characteristics
of Sagittarius: playful fun and joyful sharing. We head towards
the Solstice, where the Sun enters Capricorn on 21 December,
and find the next Full Moon on 25 December at 11:11 Universal
Time. All that careful organisation and practical arrangements
come to wonderful fruition - perhaps it’s winter soup-kitchens
for the homeless, perhaps it’s giving life’s necessities
to refugees, singing with the local children or asking elderly
neighbours round for a meal (Full Moon in Cancer).
Whatever you do in this frame of mind and heart will join
the natural flow of loving energy, and that is what helps
humanity’s present evolution most (Mercury sextiles
Venus, and trines Jupiter on the North Node). Whatever
our contribution, let it be given with love, and the purpose
of life is served.