We are having a New Moon in Sagittarius on December 18 at 6:30am Universal Time which will work out to be late night of the 17th for those in the Americas. New Moons are the start of a new new lunar cycle bringing in a new wave of energy for the coming month.
Mercury is finishing up its retrograde this week which is also occurring in Sagittarius. It began on the Full Moon on December 3rd and will end on December 22nd/23rd. Mercury Retrograde periods are a time of making shifts and adjustments in certain areas of our lives. It is an opportunity to see things in a different way and gain some new awareness around something. It could be about taking a different approach to things that have already been put in place or attempted prior to this period.
It is important to pay attention to what the Universe has been trying to show through both triumphs and complications so that you can proceed forward in a recalibrated way. When the retrograde ends, and in the days following, we may experience increased clarity and a more defined approach to how we need to handle whatever area of our life this period has been influencing. Much of this will be connected to Sagittarius themes which will be explained below.
New Moon In Sagittarius Conjunct Saturn At The Galactic Center
This New Moon along with Mercury’s retrograde can be about working with Sagittarius energy in new ways and making changes to old approaches that don’t serve us anymore. It can be connected to our beliefs, philosophies, aspirations, travel, education, teaching, and the way we accumulate wisdom and experience.
The shadow expressions of Sagittarius in its shadow can also be opinionated, self-righteous, preachy, and behaving like a ‘know it all’ even when we may have a very limited perspective on a subject. This sign can also overdo, overextend, and take a fearless approach even when there are valid reasons to be cautious.
Both this New Moon and the beginning of Mercury’s retrograde have a conjunction with Saturn which could be about needing to be more realistic, disciplined, focused, cautious, conservative, and structured in how we express Sagittarian energies mentioned above. There could be a theme of ‘redefining’ how we work with areas associated with this sign and for some people this period could be about reworking Sagittarius aspects in career which can be related to marketing, publishing, sales, or any of the other areas already mentioned.
Another way this can manifest is that some people may have to take a serious look and consideration around what is their truth. If we have been dancing with different ‘truths or if we haven’t been living up to our truth, this can be a period in which re-align ourselves with where we truly stand.
Both this New Moon, Mercury retrograde, and Saturn are in contact with the Galactic Center, which is a part of the sky associated with higher consciousness. This can be about aligning ourselves with our highest truth and our connection to source.
Saturn Going Into Capricorn For Three Years
Saturn has been in Sagittarius for roughly the past three years and much of what this edition of Mercury retrograde is about is connected to what Saturn has been doing since then. Therefore, many of the themes written above (and in my Mercury retrograde article) have actually been playing out for a longer term, except now they are being highlighted very strongly as Mercury has been activating Saturn’s ‘last hurrah’ in this sign.
Less than 2 days after this New Moon, Saturn will enter Capricorn where it will stay until late 2020. It is the planetary the ruler of this sign and therefore it is like it is coming home. Capricorn is the sign of career, ambitions, business, social status, banking, and mastery. Along with Saturn, it is also associated with structures, responsibilities, caution, practicality, discipline, and consolidation.
Saturn travelling through this sign will be a period of ultimately redefining many of these things. In that process, it will disregard what is no longer working and put in place or solidify different approaches that are more sustainable in the long term.
The last time Saturn was in Capricorn was from February 1988 until February 1991. Similar themes of that period will be present during this period, except in different ways. Also, this edition of Saturn in Capricorn has the potential to have much more profound and deeper changes as Pluto is also travelling in this sign and has been there since 2008. In a previous article, I wrote about what Pluto in Capricorn could mean for the world and with Saturn joining in now, much of what I wrote about will be more apparent over the next three years.
Those who were born the last time Saturn was in Capricorn, specifically between February 14th 1988 and June 10th 1988, as well as between November 13th 1988 and February 6 1991, will be going through their first ‘Saturn Return’ over the next three years. This is something that everyone experiences in their late 20’s which is ultimately about reaching a new level of maturity.
For those born in those periods, these next three years are a time of increased responsibility, commitment, needing to be more disciplined and getting more real about life and life choices. This can happen through both challenging and restrictive circumstances, or in some cases in can also manifest as a result of our own choices that require us to apply ourselves in those ways.
Making Intentions And Things To Consider
What have your experiences and circumstances been trying to show you over the recent weeks? How can you apply yourself in a way that is more aligned with new realizations, beliefs, and perspectives you have been considering? Which of your previous perspectives were inaccurate or no longer serving you? What do you need to do or manifest to help you make your visions and aspirations a reality? What is your truth?
These are just some examples of what your intentions can be oriented around, but they don’t need to be limited to them. The exact time of this New Moon will be at 6:30am Universal Time on December 18th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone. It is best to make your intentions as close to the New Moon as possible and even up a half hour prior to when it occurs. If that is not possible, they can even be done within the first 24 hours following.
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