New Moon in Sagittarius | Dec. 6, 2018
15 degrees | 11:20pm PST
“KAY: I think that world peace is when two people start a conflict, and if it turns into a war then one day the war will finish, and after the war finishes, one of them will agree with the other and then it will be peaceful for a while until the next conflict.
EMMA: So, we have peace, and then conflict. Is that what you are saying? Is there some reason for that?
KAY: I think we have conflict, because without conflict our world would be no wrong answers and then everyone would agree and you wouldn’t need an education and stuff, because there is only one answer.
EMMA: What would one answer be like? What if there was just one answer?
KAY: No choice.”
-Interview with Kay, a 10-year-old from China, included in The Divine Child by Dr. Emma Farr Rawlings
“That which we do not bring to consciousness appears in our lives as fate.” - Carl Jung
During the Renaissance, when mythology reigned in the imaginations of authoritative culture-makers, the dictionary definition of the word jovial was: “under the influence of the planet Jupiter.” What the word means, like the planet’s archetype signifies, is those of “good humor” and “good nature.” Thursday night’s New Moon takes place in Sagittarius, just a short distance from Jupiter himself. It is a jovial moon. It asks us to bring forth the best within our natures.
Jupiter has plenty of pleasant associations, among them blessings, luck, courage, expansion, fertility, optimism, exuberance, abundance. The list goes on. But one feature we don’t always bring into the conversation about Jupiter, who was traditionally the “king of the gods,” is that in his hands laid fate. The words Jupiter and fate were synonymous in Virgil’s Aeneid. This god decided the outcome of our hero’s lives.
The question of fate is a hard one, but let us suffice to say here that free will does exist since we definitely experience it. Of course in reality, shit happens, much out of our control. The space between the way things go and the way we choose to take action in the world is the space in which our fate resides.
We might conceive of magnanimous Jupiter’s hands as holding that space. If you want to choose the shape of your fate in your own hero’s journey, you can work with the stars by appealing to Jupiter, especially since the luminaries are currently in such incredibly good graces with him at this time. The strongest approach you can take toward Jupiter is to model yourself after this archetype. Recognize where you can be generous and where you can appeal to the generosity of others. Share your insight, your time, and whatever resources you feel safe to share and let others share theirs with you. Framing your mind and actions around positive Jupiter experiences like abundance, expansion, spaciousness, togetherness, etc. is particularly likely to take now, and alter your reality in a long-term way.
Since the conversation between the Sun and the Moon this month begins from a place where perspective is available, just be sure to get some. It will come easily. Sagittarius is the sign that houses wisdom, perspective, far-and-wide horizons, and education. It allows you to find your bird’s eye view. Journal or have conversations with trusted friends or counselors. Educate yourself on what matters to you. Look for an elevated view so that you can consider all aspects of yourself. Your happiness, your sanity, your health, your inner and your outer lives. Once you can see the complex map that brings all of these facets of your Self together, you will see the topographical reality of what you’re dealing with. It’s from here that you should begin making choices.
As you look at yourself, don’t be afraid of Mystery. This Moon is squared by an exact Mars-Neptune conjunction in Pisces, which is quite intense. This is about the body re-learning to house and defend the spiritual nature of the human reality, which acknowledges and then quests for the unknown. Stress most certainly has a place in this picture: the Unknown is not the most logical bedfellow to sanity and safety. While our inner children might feel increasing delight, our inner parents may feel concern for just how complex this map really is.
We will need to be careful of this tension because with Mars in the land of Mystery, the prevailing mood surrounding the Unknown could go one of two ways. Either we fear and fight against Mystery because it shows us where we’re vulnerable, or we fight for the liberty to be in right relationship with Mystery. At all costs now, do not numb out. Witness yourself with your own personal mysteries included, as Mystery will always have a very important place on your map, and that is under the X that marks the spot. It’s the buried treasure, and who knows what treasure actually lies under there? From here, it doesn’t matter. You’ll have much to explore on your map, but as Sagittarius knows best, you have got to have that little X upon which you look fondly and with some awe. Without this, your map becomes boring, and let’s recall that a wise person once said, “There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering —a hell of boredom” (Victor Hugo).
This is a perfect Moon for boldly setting long-term intentions, whether or not you perceive challenges. So place your X, and remember to put it on the spot to which you feel the most magical, mysterious, magnetic attraction. No matter what. You absolutely do not have to see all about how to approach that X yet. The future is never meant to be crystal clear, only the present. So when you mark your compassionately determined X, just be committed to adopting whatever strategies reveal themselves to you to get there. The strategies may be surprising, and reveal themselves through chaos. Your job is to cultivate the strength of courage and free will to respond to them, and go ahead and let this magical, moonlit Sagittarius part of yourself shoot its arrow into the misty distance.
Mercury stations direct hours before the New Moon is exact. This event favors our project of getting messages out to the gods of bounty. Whether your wishes are outlandish or not is unimportant. Maybe your mysterious wish is to see the Northern Lights, maybe it’s to see your own inner truth. But just remember that you need to stay in your present to get there. If all you’ve got now is a wish, then sit with the wish. If you’ve got a wish and an able body, start moving. A wish and a pen, start writing. A wish and an Internet, start scrying.
One thing we all have with which we can empower our wishes is our own experience of the world. Our own perspectives, whether or not they are always from a bird’s eye view. So honor that. Jupiter-like, share it. Your perspective is part of the mysterious magic of the collective dream. By sharing yours and witnessing others’ perspectives, you honor collective integrity and create a more connected existence. This kind of connection is part of the Mystery we’re all moving toward. Stay true to your ever-shifting perspective and a jovial sense of humor, and you’ll go sure-footed the entire way into the Unknown.
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