New Moon in Sagittarius: Firecrackers of Faith

New Moon in Sagittarius: Firecrackers of Faith

The New Moon in Sagittarius occurs the 29th of November, 2016 at 7°43’’ of Sagittarius.

Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Sagittarius, as well as Pisces, or the house where your natal Jupiter is found for more insight.

If you are new or new-ish to astrology, this post is a good place to start for generating your birth chart and checking out which part of your chart is being touched by this lunation.

You can also find out more about New Moons here.

New Moon in Sagittarius

When an archer is shooting for nothing, he has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle, he is already nervous. 
If he shoots for a prize of gold, he goes blind or sees two targets — 
He is out of his mind! 
His skill has not changed. But the prize divides him. 
He cares. He thinks more of winning than of shooting– 
And the need to win drains him of power.

 – Chuang Tzu 

Eyes on a Divided Prize

Sagittarius goes far and wide, fast.

Not even wild horses, pun intended, can keep a Sagittarian from pursuing a dream, ideology, or potential mate to its most infinite potential. And just as an arrow launches forth after being released from the pressure of its bow, Sagittarians are at their happiest searching for the ‘big’ answers in complete freedom on a never-ending adventure.

And yet, even the best of marksmen can find their arrow has gone awry.

Sometimes, we can go a great distance while missing the target entirely.

This is where we may find ourselves at this New Moon in Sagittarius, contemplating a new vision of where to head and what to aim for after a disappointing misalignment between our expectations and reality.

The Sagittarians, however, are worried not: for them missing the target is not what matters; the journey is the thing.

A favourite much-used metaphor for Sagittarius which I often employ, usually to the delight of the Sagittarian on the receiving end, is: if Aries is the spark of flame that initiates a fire (Cardinal Fire), and if Leo is the steady, humming warmth of the hearth (Fixed Fire), then Sagittarius is the technicolour firecracker projectile that explodes into the evening sky…until it fizzles out and gets lost in the backyard somewhere (Mutable Fire).

Besides getting lost in their own backyards, there are other perils Sagittarius faces on the infinite quest for knowledge. Firstly, there can be problems calculating the balance of power required between the steering wheel and gas pedal: with too much speed and too little direction, we can end up like the arrow and miss our target, or else, we can clumsily crash into some inconvenient realities along the way.

The second danger is assuming that after returning from our quest we have found the unassailable truth and we alone know the way. Sagittarius is the sign of the spiritual teacher, and like the shadow side of the guru archetype (see here, should you need an example), our four-footed friends can slip into dogmatic, rigid thinking if they are not careful – more shambolic, than actual Shaman.

This New Moon is a time to accept, perhaps, that there is not really any one true answer and that a missed target is not a terminal diagnosis. We must make like the Centaur-archers, famous for their resilience, and find a way to bounce back and move forward – but not at the risk of zealotry or the burning desire to be ‘right.’

Like the archer in our parable, the desire to win can be the wound that undoes us and keeps us disconnected from our aims.

Those who seek to divide us know all too well that an archer with divided attentions rarely hits the bullseye. The pressures of fear and loss are powerful; they drain us of our stability and create competition where there might otherwise be companionship.

To combat these effects, we can borrow more from Sagittarius than just their resilience or energy. Now is a good time to co-opt a heavy dose of their ineffable optimism, too.

And while I’m not saying you should indulge in the shadier types of reckless abandon that the average Sagittarian might do, being that they always count on their personal deus-ex-machina Jupiter to redeem them, I am suggesting that all is not lost. The darkness of the New Moon is a time to release that which isn’t, so you can plant the seed for what may be.

Focus your intentions.

Take aim, have faith.

The journey is the thing.

Current Events + Other Bits

There are so many active aspects in this lunation, particularly from the lunation ruler, Jupiter, that I could write, and write, and write about this chart and never be done. And maybe there’s something in that alone – realizing that our work is never really done, that there is always more to be understood.

In any case, Jupiter is building towards a Uranus opposition (shocking outcomes/breaks), sextiles Saturn (a stabilizing aspect that provides both vision and know-how), trines Mars (HUGE drive and optimism), squares Pluto (brutal uses of power; zealotry), and squares Venus (a softer aspect that can make us overindulgent, even lazy).

Brother Zeus ain’t playing around this week, folks.

In a way, I look at this chart and see the rays flying from Jupiter as the many different routes our ‘arrows’ could take – which way are we headed? Do we want to shock, organize, charge forth, win it all, or sit back and let it all unfold? Two aspect patterns in the chart, a mutable T-square between the Nodes and Sun/Moon/Juno, alongside a cardinal T-Square between Jupiter/Pluto & Venus/Uranus & Ceres, suggest there might be a seesaw between lots of dissemination but no determination (mutable) and lots of energy but little stamina (cardinal).

In a sense, this reading is a continuation from the last lunation, when we started to sense the collision of internal forces within ourselves. Nothing right now is one-sided or simple, and with asteroid Juno nestled into the Sun and Moon, I wonder if we’re being encouraged towards wholeness, both internally and externally. It’s time to accept that which is within and without – no delusions this time.

Neptune’s influence casts a hazy confusion over the entire chart; with Neptune on the South Node (a draining of energies; karmic stuff), there could be painful pricks from the stems of what we thought were beautiful roses. We’re in Sagittarius so there is still optimism here, it just comes with a dash of Neptunian disillusionment.

More poignancy comes through the asteroids that are placed next to Jupiter and Pluto. Jupiter is conjunct Hercules, the brawny demi-God who had to fight through 12 different challenges set upon him by a spiteful God; Pluto is conjunct Dice, the Greek Goddess of Justice.

I’d love to think this could beget a breakthrough for our people at Standing Rock, the modern-day Dice’s, or even clarity in the brouhaha that is fermenting around this Russia-interfering-into-the-election business.

Until then, and beyond, stand strong.

We may all be fighting Herculean battles the next 4 years.


November 29th, 2016, Sagittarius 7°43”

New Moon in Sagittarius November 2016