On Wednesday evening, December 28th at 8:54 pm here in Hawaii, the Moon and Sun will join together in sidereal Sagittarius. The majority of the Amavasya tithi (New Moon phase) will take place in the nakshatra (star) of Mula, with the final percentage falling in the nakshatra Purva Ashada. Mula is the root, literally, the place where we must uproot the philosophies that have not been playing out well in the sign before, Scorpio and replace them with new philosophies, which we nurture in Purva Ashada. The seeds that we plant must be carefully selected, watered and given enough sun to grow. Purva Ashada is often depicted as a winnowing basket, allowing us to discern between the healthy grain and the shell. This star is ruled over by the deity Apas, the god of the sacred waters without which we would perish. The sign of Sagittarius is a fiery one, indicating our need to find balance between the emotional and nourishing waters and our fiery drive and determination, allowing our philosophies and the following actions that stem from our beliefs to come from the heart.
Sagittarius is the sign of the forward moving inspiration. It is where we aim high and try to follow our highest aspirations and beliefs in action. We are entering a period of great potential, and must look out for getting caught up in the dogma of whatever it is we believe and maintain the purity of the seeds we have planted. It is a blessing, perhaps to have this New Moon joined with a Retrograde Mercury, allowing us to think before we speak and really reflect on whether or not we are aligned with what we are wanting to grow and share with others. Mercury will be just 1 degree away from the Sun and Moon here, creating a very powerful intellect, due to it being both extremely Combust (close to the Sun) and Retrograde. Here with the planet so close to the Earth, it is our discrimination indeed that will be most powerful, giving us the power and potential of an inspired Sagittarius Moon cycle with the necessary buddhi to maintain integrity in our words and deeds in the outside world. Mercury will end it's Retrograde motion and begin to go Direct late the night of January 7th here in Hawaii.
Mercury is also in a powerful exchange of signs with the ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter. While neither planet does particularly well in the other's signs, we find that here they are lending each other some of what the other might be missing...Jupiter offering more hope and inspiration to Mercury and Mercury offering more intelligence and non-biased integration of ideas. After an intense Scorpio cycle, which ended with an exact conjunction of Mars and the South node Ketu and the Moon in Debilitation and then joined Saturn, it will do us all well to pull our heads out of our inner sandpit and rise up to meet our highest Self.
Venus has just joined Mars and Ketu in Aquarius for this New Moon, offering a softer and gentler feeling here. We may have felt a strong cutting feeling, removing ourselves from others and embracing a harsher sense of action, especially in the realm of the larger global community this past holiday weekend and whatever area of life Aquarius rules (the house in your Vedic chart) will likely feel a bit more connective and sweet in the days and weeks to come as Venus moves deeper in to this humanitarian sign. While Venus will soften Mars and Ketu, they will bring a harsher edge to our sense of beauty and happiness, as well as our relationships. We might find ourselves becoming more heated sexually as Venus nears Mars, but the two will never get close enough in Aquarius to bring this energy to full fruition. Careful to not pull away from the sweet and loving energy of Venus in favor of simply gratifying intense sexual drive, as Ketu and Venus will join in exact degrees on the 8th of January, causing us to avoid or pull away from relationships and beauty while still having that drive and push pull with Mars 10 degrees away.
There is still an exchange of signs between Mars and Saturn as well, now with Mars in Saturn's other, airier sign. This exchange between Fear and Fire is likely to keep us moving, maybe the one year we follow through with those resolutions? Maybe, as Mars is now moving away from the South Node, we are more inclined to move forward on the physical plane.
As always, some time to one's self, especially spent in mediation or meditative activities is the best New Moon activity. As we bring in this New Year, perhaps finding yourself immersed in some of Nature's sacred waters will bring you in touch with the energy of Apas and your own inner waters, opening the channels for your heart to flow through to your mind and your feet! Blessings on this New Moon and the New Year. Aum Shanti
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