Full Moon in Sagittarius: Sacred Limits

Full Moon in Sagittarius: Sacred Limits

The Full Moon in Sagittarius occurs the 9th of June 2017 at 18°53’ of Sagittarius.

Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Sagittarius 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 find out more about how to work with full moons here.


Full Moon in Sagittarius, June 2017

“Three paces in the moonlight’s glow I stand,
And here within the twilight beats my heart.
I’m not asking you to finish,
But—to start.

— Djuna Barnes, “Serenade” 


Sacred Limits

Sometimes, Jupiter has the final word; the Full Moon in Sagittarius is one of those moments.

Most of the time, Saturn is the one that holds dominion over finality: in his spare time, Saturn prints out termination letters, divorce decrees, and other versions of ‘thou shalt not pass go.’ Saturn enjoys saying no; his business is to deny us our pleasures and make us work hard for our accomplishments.

With Saturn, we reap what we sow, until we do not: and then, we are fired, abandoned, bereft. We experience the world via what cannot be, and we rebuild again, aware of our limits, painfully cognizant of our failings. To err is human, is it not?

Jupiter is different. If Saturn describes the boundary we cannot cross, Jupiter acts like a neon sign pointing towards a greater, wider future we could never have imagined.

Jupiter’s version of the final word is to dissolve entirely what we previously considered final and to establish a new limit. His domain is the eternal sunshine of the sacred mind, the realization that what incites all explorations, whether of our souls or the world, is a latent, hopeful wish for something more – the discovery of something sacred.

This is the kind of optimistic world that Sagittarius operates happily within; somewhere between the exploring and the risk-taking, Sagittarius gets its kicks and its wisdom, too. Sagittarius’ desire to travel is a part of their inherent understanding that home isn’t the body, and it surely isn’t one’s place of birth: it’s that big place in the sky where all things end and begin.

And while it’s true that Sagittarius is a sign of expansion – sometimes, too much for its own good – it’s also a sign that sometimes needs to risk it all and hit a wall. Sagittarius hates a limit and abhors a restraint, but ultimately, this is how Sagittarius comes to know itself, by experimenting with its growth (Jupiter) and reacting to its restraints (Saturn).

The Full Moon in Sagittarius is a balancing act between these polarities: the Sun and the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn, the boundary and the vision beyond it, the sacred and the profane. 

So, what can we glean from all of these stark contrasts?

Similar to the last lunation, the New Moon in Gemini, the Sun & Moon are keeping quiet and don’t have much to tell us, save for a few lines from the asteroid Goddess, Ceres (nurturing, self-worth), which we will come to later.

With the luminaries silent, we turn to the lunation ruler, Jupiter, for guidance.

Jupiter is standing auspiciously still as he prepares to turn direct and move forward for the first time since February. Anytime a planet is still in our skies, it begs for our attention.

Jupiter here may be telling us about the limits of the sacred, that all the expansion we seek can lead to unrealistic expectations instead of soul growth. We can become invested in the illusory instead of the very real persons and opportunities standing in front of us; we can seethe with frustration as life continuously fails to meet our standards (Jupiter square Juno).

The solution and the problem lie in what or who we consider sacred. What we deem to be perfect, ideal, or divine can soon become the knife that comes to rest in us, as we hang all of our hopes on a structure that simply can’t bear the weight.

To err is human, indeed; the full quote, of course, is that ‘to err is human, to forgive is divine.’ Now is a fine time to forgive ourselves for our illusions and the world for its imperfections.

Instead of being bigger, better, more divine, maybe we can try at simply being more human; maybe we need more of the profane and less of the sacred than we think.

Maybe everything we have to offer is already within us, we only just need to share it (Ceres conjunct the Sun).

Maybe being profoundly profane is the sacred gift.

Maybe the stuff that is truly sacred is always limited, too.

(I’m talking about you)

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Asteroids + Other Bits

“Servius remarks quite rightly that ‘sacer’ can mean at the same time accursed and holy. Eustathius notes the same double meaning with ‘hagios’, which can express at once the notion ‘pure’ and the notion ‘polluted’.

This was the quote that got me thinking about this post: the sacred and the profane, and how language (and etymology) is a clear indicator that these two concepts are not really separate, but two sides of a single coin. Like joy and pain or love and hate, the sacred and profane teeter on a hairline boundary, leaning up against one another for support.

In the words of Ted Mack: Round and round and round they go, where they’ll stop, no one knows.  

I’m certain that’s a feeling many of can relate to right now. After attacks in Manchester, and then London, and now Qatar put on lockdown from the rest of the GCC….

Where we’ll stop, no one knows.

Only last year at this time, we had the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting right before the Full Moon in Sagittarius, and here we are again, with another terror incident just before the Full Moon in Sagittarius.

To be clear, I’m not at all suggesting that every Full Moon in Saggitarius portends violence. However, it’s uncanny that the shadow side of Sagittarius seems to become fully illuminated in the light of the waxing Moon. Sagittarius when well-expressed is the spiritual sojourner, but when he’s up to no good, he becomes dogmatic and rigid. In a word: fanatical.

The charts of the London Bridge attacks and the Pulse nightclub shooting hold similarities: both have Sun in Gemini, Moon in Virgo; both have Mars square Moon (harm to the ‘common folk’, an old-school signification of the Moon); and involve hard Pluto transits to a luminary (Sun opposite Pluto in the USA; Pluto opposite Moon in the UK).

The two transits are different, however, and describe the types of excoriating process each country must undergo, like it or not. The UK’s Pluto transit is potentially more dangerous, as Hades shoots a tidy, acidic line towards the common people of the UK: think NHS nurses lining up at food banks and the most vulnerable among us living in desperate, inhumane conditions.

The USA’s Pluto transit is nothing more than a battle for its soul: will it be saved? Can hope continue to spring eternal? The USA’s Cancer Sun suggests a long-reaching, elephantine memory, but also one that sentimentalizes when instead it should sever ties. Some things are better left in the past.

This is our new normal, balanced between the sacred and the profane.

…Where we’ll stop, no one knows.


June 9th, 2017, Sagittarius 18°53′

full moon in sagittarius june 2017

The lunation ruler and the planets in aspect to it are in green (in this case: Jupiter, which is separating from a sextile to Vesta and is applying to a square with asteroid goddess Juno).