The New Moon will be at 04°03’ Sagittarius, it will be the second of six new Moon’s at the same degree of their respective signs (antiscion 25°57’ Capricorn). So look for planets and angles between 2-7° of the Mutable signs of Gemini-Virgo-Sagittarius-Pisces. On New Moons we set our intentions for the month ahead and this one in particular offers the Sagittarian perspective on our destiny and our relationship with the universe.
The dispositor of the lunation is Jupiter at the last degrees of Sagittarius as it prepares to give an all-or-nothing version of itself (grandiose and expansive) before it gallops into the restrictive and much more responsible sign of Capricorn, where it is in its fall, in early December. The planet of width will have to breathe in tightly to squeeze itself into the sign of containment as optimism runs the risk of turning into gloom.
The New Moon is quincunx Uranus, retrograde in Taurus, this is a frictional aspect and since Uranus’s impulsiveness ill fits the practical and stable sign of Taurus it could add a certain nervousness to this intuitive but perhaps a little foolhardy lunation. A game change in the flow of events may appear suddenly and at the last moment taking us completely by surprise. The easy applying trine between Venus, just inside Capricorn, and Uranus should however give a more pleasant hue to the process.
The New Moon is on the 9th-3rd (Sagittarius-Gemini) axis of the traditional zodiac and involves such matters as; seeing the whole picture vs only having scattered information, intuition vs reason, long vs short journeys, morality vs amorality, wisdom vs knowledge etc.
Sagittarius is a Fire sign and Gemini is an Air sign yet they both belong to the Mutable modality in which flexibility is the key word. Sagittarius deals with more intuitive and abstract thought processes whilst Gemini has a more analytical and concrete view of the world. Both houses are involved with learning and teaching but from different perspectives.
In his book “Moon Phase Astrology” author Raven Kaldera calls this Moon “the Gypsy’s Moon”. On this Moon he invites us to go out and experience new cultures and ideas, with the aim of stretching our abilities to accept all things foreign in order to challenge ourselves and our own prejudices. What better way to do this than travelling which can provide excellent points of view upon which to reflect when the journey is over. Rather than just reading about new places it would be better to experience these in person on your own skin to as to say.
The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 5° Sagittarius: “An old owl sits alone on the branch of a large tree.” Indicating a poised and wise approach to existence based on a clear perception of unconscious factors and their operation.
For the antiscion at 26° Capricorn: “A nature spirit dancing in the iridescent mist of a waterfall.” Indicating the ability to perceive the hidden and creative spirit of natural phenomena.
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Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 49-51, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 212, 245, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA