Overall this New Moon has some quite hopeful, pleasant and harmonious energy surrounding it, although there is also some sticky energy to contend with. The Sun has now moved into optimistic, adventurous, truth seeking Sagittarius and Mercury is now moving direct in Scorpio. Although Sagittarius season has begun, which is always quite welcome after the intensity of Scorpio season, there is still a fair amount of Scorpio energy around as Mercury and Mars are in this penetrating, emotionally intense sign. With Mars now in Scorpio, we may find ourselves really wanting to get to the bottom of things and being less inclined to simply sweep things under the carpet or avoid issues that are important, as uncomfortable as that may be. Mars is a very brave and assertive energy, and while it is in Scorpio we may find ourselves delving into places we might usually prefer to avoid, plunging into the murky depths of our own psyches and also eking out other people’s secrets and more shadowy sides.
However, this New Moon is in Sagittarius, which helps lighten things up somewhat with a healthy dose of faith, optimism and the capacity to see the bigger picture. Sagittarius is the part of us that is able to see the funny side of things, no matter how bleak things get. With the two luminaries in this expansive and forward looking sign we are more likely to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and have the faith that whatever is happening will ultimately help us to grow and learn more about ourselves. Mercury retrograde in Scorpio took some of us to some rather dark places and Scorpio season always tends to bring up some quite heavy material as we are encouraged to delve deep within and not shy away from whatever we find there. Scorpio is the sign of transformation and encourages us to purge any emotional patterns that aren’t serving us, which often involves having to be really honest on an emotional level. Scorpio cuts through any pretences and gets to the heart of the matter! Sagittarius is the truth seeker and truthsayer, and so this combination of Scorpio and Sagittarius energy could mean that certain truths, agendas, hidden motivations and secrets are brought to light and justice is served somehow.
The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon, at 5° Sagittarius, is: “An old owl sits alone on the branch of a large tree”, which Dane Rudyar describes as “A poised and wise approach to existence based on a clear perception of unconscious factors and their operation. The owl functions lucidly in the night aspect of existence. His eyes see what men normally fail to perceive. He represents that consciousness which is active where the processes of life normally escape the attention of the personal ego and its intellect. This symbol suggests the possibility of developing wisdom beyond tragedy, a peace and poise beyond conflict.” We are encouraged to sit quietly and step back from whatever we are facing, really paying attention so that we are really able to see what is lurking in the shadows and recognise what might hitherto have been hidden or obscured. This symbol is interesting, because it involves the wisdom of Sagittarius and the shadowy darkness of Scorpio, which is exactly what we have with this New Moon. We are asked to find a way to rise above whatever we are facing and see everything a bit more clearly. What have we missed? What is waiting to be revealed?
While the previous few Full Moons have activated and triggered the impending Saturn/Pluto conjunction, the New Moons are triggering Uranus in Taurus and Chiron in Aries. Uranus is the Great Awakener, the harbinger of change, the rebel-revolutionary that seeks freedom and helps release us from the past and our conditioned state of being. It is currently in Taurus, the sign of material security, earthly possessions, our values, self-worth, capacity to survive in the world and Mother Earth herself. With rebellious, revolutionary and erratic Uranus in this very stable, earthbound sign, there is a sense that nothing is quite safe or secure at the moment. Uranus is the planet of change, while Taurus is that part of us that resists change and likes things to stay the same, even if it is no longer healthy or good for us. As such, on both a personal and collective level, our values are being challenged and our sense of security threatened as nothing quite feels as stable as it did before. We are being asked to look at our old conditioning around our values and financial security. The old way isn’t working anymore. Greed is destroying our planet, and this has never been quite so evident as it is now. There must be another way.
With Saturn and Pluto bringing to light the flaws and corruption in the system and our governing bodies and breaking it all down, this obviously brings about a certain amount of uncertainty and insecurity on a material level, not to mention that we are being called to question our values and question what is fundamentally more important to us. Uranus in Taurus has the potential to bring about a revolution in the way we approach our finances and the concept of material security, breaking down our personal and collective conditioning. As the old order crumbles, something new will have to take its place. Wherever we are stuck in a rut, or resisting necessary change for the sake of so called “security” then Uranus will surely wreak havoc! We are also experiencing some massive Uranian wake-up calls when it comes to the condition of Mother Earth. People are rising up in rebellion in order to wake everyone up to the situation that our planet faces and force those in power to address the problem. Uranus in Taurus has the potential, in the next few years, to help us come up with some ingenious and visionary solutions to the problems we face, both in terms of the environment and our financial systems.
With the New Moons triggering Uranus over and over again it is making the collective energy much more personal. The Full Moons are making the Saturn/Pluto energy very personal, while the New moons bring Uranus and Chiron into focus so that we simply can’t avoid it. Revolution is in the air! We have no choice but to wake up! There is simply no avoiding it! Our attitude to the planet, our finances and what holds meaning is in the process of being overhauled as more and more people wake up. Uranus is challenging this New Moon, forming a crisis aspect that could throw some kind of curve ball our way, bringing some kind of wake-up call that might not be very comfortable and could threaten our beliefs and value systems. This energy will be especially acute for anyone who has personal planets in the first few degrees of the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. Uranus is also opposing Mars in Scorpio, which could bring sudden acts of aggression and conflict and may uncover anger or resentments that have been lurking in the shadows.
Chiron in Aries is also prevalent during this New Moon, which has the capacity to be very healing and also to bring up some wounds and insecurities. Chiron is currently bringing up all things Aries to be identified and healed. Aries in the sign of “I am” and represents our right to exist, our identity, our capacity to assert ourselves and meet our own needs, our anger and independence. It is also the sign that represents war. With Chiron in this forthright, pioneering and reactionary sign, these are the themes that could come to the forefront of our consciousness as we see the pain that they can cause and find some way of healing the wounding around our anger, our reactions, our very existence and war. Chiron in Aries asks us to be very honest about our core wounds, finding the courage to really face them and move beyond them. Chiron is forming a harmonious aspect to the Sun and Moon, bringing some important healing energy to the picture. It is also challenging Venus, which could bring some painful material up around our relationships in order for us to heal it. Anyone with personal planets in the first few degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will be feeling the energy of Chiron most acutely at the moment.
Speaking of relationships, Jupiter, the ruler of this Sagittarius New Moon, is joining forces with Venus on Sunday 24 November in Sagittarius. This is a very expansive, bountiful and positive combination, as the planet of growth and expansion meets the planet of love and beauty in Sagittarius, the sign of faith, truth and wisdom. It could help smooth over any difficulties in our relationships, helping us to see the bigger picture and gain a higher understanding of ourselves and our loved ones and also helps to bring about feelings of abundance and goodwill. Venus will then move into reserved, serious and pragmatic Capricorn, where she will be for this New Moon and the next few weeks. Venus in Capricorn could cause us to take a long hard look at our relationships and make judgements on them, as we can more easily see where they come up short. Capricorn may help us to make a deeper commitment to our relationships but could also cause us to withdraw slightly and feel more need for time alone. Capricorn is the sign of the hermit, after all!
As with all New Moons, this is a time when we have the potential to leave anything behind in the dark of the Moon that isn’t serving us so that we can start fresh with the lunar new cycle. It is a time of endings and beginnings, of death and rebirth; a time to plants seeds and set intentions for the month ahead. In the couple of days before the Moon is exact it is a good time for turning within and having some quiet, reflective, sleepy time. Like the wise old owl in the tree, we are encouraged to take a step back and open our perceptions, watching and waiting for the truth to unveil itself. This Moon brings to potential for rising above the darkness and recognising the light. With Uranus also involved, we certainly have the potential for some “aha” moments to occur, as that which was hitherto shrouded in darkness is uncovered. All is not what it seems, and with Sagittarius and Scorpio on the case during this Moon we have the opportunity for the truth to be revealed to us. Then we will know what to do.
Picture: Owl in the Shadow by Juanita Figueroa