On Friday, December 11th the last new moon of 2015 will be in the sign of Sagittarius and it will be daring us to leave the past behind, once and for all.
In numerology, 11 is one of two master numbers—and it is the sign of new beginnings. But before we can have a new beginning—we have to make the choice to say goodbye. Ever since the Uranus Pluto square, in March, we have seen the breakdown of our previously known lives.
This lunation represents a new beginning. It's a time when we can focus on some of the constructive traits of the sign of the Archer - optimistic, enthusiastic, adventurous, honest, outspoken, independent - and consider how to positively incorporate these qualities into our lives.
Now, we can focus on goals that will increase our understanding and awareness, give us courage to expand our horizons, and gain confidence and optimism through a broader perspective. We can too easily get lost in the details of mundane existence.With this potent Sagittarius energy, we can find ways to transcend these details of day-to-day life and nurture our faith, hope, and vision.
Because Sagittarius thinks in big terms, we may have a tendency to overdo our expectations - something to watch for, particularly with the New Moon in a square relationship with Jupiter in Virgo. The lunation's trine to Uranus suggests an openness to, and benefit from, making progressive changes. It's time to be a little more adventurous, and to set the stage for reaping the rewards from our braveries, as little or big as they may be, in approximately two weeks' time after the Full Moon occurs. The square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces is still at work in our lives whether we can see anything happening or not. Saturn takes his job of keeping it real very seriously but it is an uphill battle when it comes to Neptune. Disciplined expressions of compassion are possible under this influence, and being of service to others in a genuine manner is very pleasing to Neptune in Pisces as well as Saturn. What seemed like a guarantee in the spring, now seems to be nothing but a stepping stone to the present moment. The relationships, friendships and careers that were not serving our highest evolution, have since crumbled and disappeared into past.To say that it has been a difficult year is an understatement. We’ve been pushed and pulled, even if we have tried to firmly plant our feet and refuse to go with the flow. But there are still lingering questions and situations that keep begging for our attention and this moon is going to be daring us to take them on, once and for all. Sagittarius is one of the most freedom loving signs and on this new moon we will all be feeling the pull toward the things that liberate us from the dire confinement of other’s expectations. We may even find ourselves saying, “f*ck it—why not?” This is the power Sagittarius has over us. Unlike other signs, Sagittarius has no problem making a decision and if they realize it was a wrong one, they also have no problem in correcting their course immediately. We are all being given a triple-dog-dare from the universe to leave behind our past, once and for all, and to finally step into the future, that has been waiting for us all along.
Forthright Sagittarius is ever eager to explore new places and be exposed to different ways of thinking and being. Mars in Libra helps propel us out the door while Uranus in Aries encourages us to try something we’ve never done before. Jupiter in Virgo squaring the New Moon is somewhat trickier because we could go too far too fast and end up in the ditch.
The exact opposition between Mars in Libra and Uranus in Aries is an “I dare you” set up where we can end up in very risky situations because someone close to us eggs us on. This is complicated by Pluto in Capricorn recreating the cardinal T-Square of recent years. What motivates us may be far more complex with roots deep in the past. It is our one-on-one relationships most likely to suffer from the surfacing of buried resentments and deep anger. Be careful and ask for a time out if necessary.
Helping with the kiss and make up side of things is a lovely trine between Venus in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. Venus in Scorpio can put more into a long, smoldering look than anyone else. She has the whole “come hither” thing down to an art. Venus-Neptune trines add just the right amount of subtle glamour and hints of delightful fantasies to be played out in private. Have fun with this one!
Mercury arrives in Capricorn a couple of days before the New Moon and is essentially unaspected on this lunation. We can all benefit from this Mercury’s clear, logical approach to problem solving. It excels at setting priorities and following through with those. Put it work in your life.
Using the New Moon in Sagittarius to forge ahead is a natural response to the bold, enthusiastic energy swirling around in the atmosphere. As long as we don’t trample others on our way out the door, we’ll be good. Failure to other people’s wishes and dreams into account can come back to haunt us in the future because nothing breeds resentment like feeling used and discarded. Working hand in hand with like minded people on behalf of the community is a far better plan.
We had our first glimpse of what 2016 may hold for us on November 27th when the Saturn Neptune square was in the signs of Pisces and Sagittarius—the proverbial boat was not only rocked, but capsized. This square was about showing us that the things we once thought impossible are actually real, and that if we are brave enough to take a chance, the universe will be gifting us a hefty reward. Anything that had been building came to a head at that time, but it was only the beginning of what is to come. This is one influence of December’s new moon. On December 5th Venus, the planet of love, entered Scorpio, the sign of passion and desire, which will be turning up the flames for all of us, just in time for 2015’s last new moon. This aspect with Venus, will be in play until the end of the month, which will be fueling any inner desires that may have been squashed or ignored. It is the ultimate come hither look, but with Saturn and Neptune together, it’s not just making promises, but delivering. This isn’t only about the fantasy—but about the beauty in the freedom to design our own reality. We may also feel a throwback to what was happening in our lives during the fall of 2012. Situations are about to start making sense, but only if we are finally ready to absorb the lessons that have been trying to write a new storyline for each of us. There have been many ups and downs over the course of the last three years, numerous times of coming together and falling apart—because sometimes the road we need to travel isn’t the easiest one. And so, we find ourselves here at a crossroads—deciding whether to do what we always have or taking the chance to do things differently.
This is about forgiving ourselves and whatever choices we had to make over the course of the last year. It’s about knowing that sometimes we have to hurt those we love the most, so that we can learn to love ourselves. It’s understanding that timing makes all the difference and that certain situations just need to brew a little longer before they are ready. This new moon is not promising to be an easy one. It’s going to be challenging, life changing and upsetting the status quo. There will be passion, desire, forgiveness, possibly even rage from those who are left behind as we step forward. But, it is all necessary. We can’t live a life that others approve of if it leaves us feeling empty.
Be sure to set your renewed intentions for the rest of this year and start laying some wonderful new groundwork for what you want 2016 to bring you. I wish all of you a beautiful New Moon!
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