Eclipse season is usually a very turbulent time, where we experience major turning points (often manifested as drastic endings in our lives) that become a new reality for us later on. As they say, when a door closes, another one opens. However, that does not mean we are always ready to close that door, or that finding acceptance should be easy or painless just because we cannot change the past.
A NEW HOPE
DATE NOV 23rd
TIME 5:57 PM EST | 10:57 PM BST
aspirations, hope, discovery, optimism
“I am welcoming more hope and optimism in my life. Everything happens for a reason. I do not worry about the future, as I trust the Universe is guiding me at all times.”
Sagittarius season and the New Moon in Sagittarius are here. The Moon will reach its peak at 1º of the sign and this is by far one of the best lunations we have had in 2022. While I am not surprised since Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion and good luck, this New Moon offers more than just a fresh start – it is the catalyst for a new hope. The horizon leans forward revealing a new place for us to take the steps towards change. The archetype of the archer, Sagittarius, teaches us an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards.
Sagittarius is personally my most favourite zodiac sign. Sagittarius people are characterised for their charisma, optimism, and their never-ending thirst for knowledge. It is their idealism and their ability to transform their mindset that makes those born under this sign true alchemists at heart. So while the colder months are approaching or leaving (depending on whether you are based in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere), we can appreciate when the warmth of the sun kisses our skin. There is a quote I love that will always remind me to the sign of Sagittarius, it is by Albert Camus and it reads as so “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer”.
This New Moon in Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter, and on the same day, Jupiter in Pisces will turn direct. We are now down for the last weeks of Jupiter being at its traditional domicile in Pisces before it enters Aries and stays there for the majority of 2023. The current Sagittarius stellium (Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus) also known as cluster of planets sits far away from the oppositions to Mars, allowing us to find momentum as we explore new realms or rediscover ourselves.
Let’s be honest – I would be surprised if this Eclipse season did not manifest as a significant or major change in your life. Personally, from consultations I have had with clients, conversations with friends and other astrologers, as well as the events I have experienced myself, I know for a fact this Eclipse season has been one of the most tangible ones we have had alongside with the eclipse season happening back in 2018. Now, change does not always have to feel challenging or scary, it can be exciting and inspiring. One thing is for sure though, there is always a period of adaptation that follows a period of change. Whether that means rediscovering yourself, unlearning patterns or letting go of self beliefs that do not represent us anymore. We need to (re)learn this new reality presented to us.
I think this New Moon in Sagittarius is an invitation to rediscover who we are, to welcome more curiosity into our lives, to explore new realms, to take a leap of faith and jump into the unknown without fear holding us back. There is a world of possibilities ahead of you – do you prefer to remain in the familiar anchored to the past or would you rather walk towards an uncertain but also exciting new future? This does not mean there will not be challenges along the way, but we need to switch our mindset and understand the past can be used as a reference but never as a guide for what the future holds. There is a 50-50 rule where 50% can be ruled uncertainty regarding our future and 50% what we choose to create based on our current habits and mindset.
What makes this New Moon in Sagittarius so special is the simplicity of it. It feels like starting a new page on your dairy. And there are subtle details that add beauty to this blank canvas. The New Moon not only happens on the same day its ruler Jupiter goes direct, but it is also unaflicted from the squares from Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces and the opposition from Mars in Gemini, while Venus and Mercury sit closely next to the Fixed Star Sarain found in the heart of the constellation of Hercules and exchange wide trines with Chiron in Aries (also known as the 'wounded healer', an archetype connected to the sign of Sagittarius) – an invitation to seek liberation from what is causing us pain or discomfort. To regain ownership in our lives. To never settle for less than we deserve.
Speaking about Fixed Stars, while the New Moon does not fall close to one this time around, Mercury and Venus are in a close conjunction to Sarain. I think when it comes to Fixed Stars, this is a very symbolic one since many people know about the myth of Hercules. However, I am going to add a bit more information about this topic for those who are curious:
The fixed star Sarin is a reminder of your inner strength and abilities, and the divinity that lies within yourself.
Influences: According to Ptolemy it is like Mercury. It is said to give strength of character, tenacity and fixity of purpose, an ardent nature and dangerous passions. By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Daleth and the fourth Tarot Trump "The Emperor". [Robson, p.47.]
This constellation is said to represent the Roman Hercules, Greek Herakles, who was the greatest of the Greek heroes and famous for his twelve labors. As an infant Hercules strangled two serpents sent by Juno to kill him as he lay asleep in his cradle. It is suggested that the two serpents represent the the Lunar Nodes. The name Hercules is from a Latin translation of Greek Herakles. Herakles’ name is translated ‘the glory of Hera’ or ‘the fame of Hera’, the prefix of his name relates to Hera, wife of Zeus, the suffix is from Greek -kles, related to Latin cluere, variously translated; ‘to listen’, ‘to hear oneself called’, ‘to be spoken of’, ‘called upon’. The second element in Hercules’ name comes from the Indo-European root *kleu ‘To hear’. [Pokorny 1. kleu– 605. Watkins]
The myth tells how this constellation is a reminder of the labors of Hercules and tells the story of how he, despite being born as a demi-god with incredible strength and stamina, suffered from many setbacks, disappointments and tragedies. As humans we tend to think that the reason as to why we feel pain is our existence, but by understanding that the essence of the divine is within every single one of us and everything around us, we realise that through perseverance, faith, and devotion we find true fulfilment and satisfaction. To say it with Hemingway’s words, “a man may be destroyed, but not defeated.”
(Extract from the Ethereal Orbs Deck)
It is also important to note the New Moon in Sagittarius falls in the XIX Mansion, ruled by the last degrees of Scorpio and the early degrees of Sagittarius. A gentle reminder to appreciate the divinity that lives within us and other beings. An invitation to cherish the gift that is to be alive and to share that divine essence with others.
I hope you enjoyed this astroreport for the New Moon in Sagittarius and that you use this time to free your mind from what is not helping you grow, so you can welcome a new sense of hope in your life
With love, Maria xx
Journaling prompts for the New Moon in Sagittarius:
✦ What is holding me back from becoming the best version of myself?
✦ What does healing mean for me?
✦ What have I learned recently?
✦ What have I (re)discovered about myself?
✦ What makes me feel alive?
✦ Use three (positive) words to describe yourself. Describe why you chose those words.
✦ Write a short letter to your future self. (If you are having a hard time thinking where to start, you could begin by naming something you have done recently you feel proud of, something you have been doing lately that has inspired you or explaining what your hopes for your future self version are)