On Nov 21st the Sun moved into Sagittarius. Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, which means it burns inconsistently, flickering on and off like a candle flame in a breeze. It is ruled by the planet Jupiter, a gas giant that is 10 times the diameter of Earth and the largest planet in our solar system, which fits with Sagittarius’ associations with expansion and abundance. We kick off Sagittarius with Thanksgiving, a feast of abundance and excess that captures the magnitude of Jupiter and overwhelms our bellies. But the essence of the holiday is recognition of the bright fire of our limitless spirit and a collective expression of deep gratitude. These are the core values of faith and generosity that Jupiter is here to teach us.
In 12 step recovery, the roots of addiction lie in holding on to toxic feelings of resentment. The way to let go of this tendency is to learn to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. It’s amazing how simply focusing on gratitude can magnetize and bring forward the best in a situation. This is the magic of the planet Jupiter and Sagittarius. In Dr. Masura Emoto’s work studying how different vibrations created different water crystals, the words “Love” and “Gratitude” made some the most beautiful crystals. Even the essence of our mass shopping spree on “Black Friday” is really about putting our gratitude into manifestation on the earth plane by showering our loved ones with generosity and abundance. Ho-Ti, the laughing Buddha is a great example of this happy go lucky Sagittarian energy, as is our jolly Santa Claus, with his rosy cheeks and his big sack brimming with goodies. Faith is a hallmark of Sagittarius, and the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a classic of this Sagittarian season that exemplifies the mountain moving power of faith. When we can look at our lives through Jupiter’s eyes, we can find the silver linings and the bright side of whatever we are struggling with. In the chakras, Jupiter is the 3rd eye, which is where we can penetrate through the disturbing surface of things to the shimmering beautiful essence, the flickering flame of our spiritual nature.
Magical synchronicity is how this Jupitarian 3rd eye consciousness works in the world. When we follow the visions of our 3rd eye and let Jupiter run the show, things tend to fall into place with more grace and less effort. In one of Robert Moss’ many excellent books about dreamwork, the 3 Only Things, he delineates three critical 3rd eye guidance functions of our higher selves that are typically dismissed in Western culture to our detriment. We say it’s “only” a dream and “only a coincidence” and “only your imagination”. But when we pay attention to these 3 “only” things and follow their guidance system, our lives can glide to success on a Jupiterian magic carpet. In the midst of earthly challenges, surrounded by the energy of fear and limitation, we need to be reminded of our spiritual connection. We need to be shaken out of the old school materialist notions that we have been indoctrinated into so we can see that the space we were told was empty is actually brimming with limitless energy. We are swimming in a sea of benevolent, life giving energy, a cosmic soup that feeds us all and makes anything possible. Sagittarius is here to help us free ourselves from the shackles of materialism so we can tap into that limitless sea of spiritual energy.
November 29th– Going Deep: The Sun and Saturn are conjoined today in Sagittarius, giving a depth and seriousness to an otherwise lighthearted energy. Normally, Sagittarius’ weak point can be that it lacks the discipline and focus to follow through on all its great ideas. But Saturn is here today to turn Sagittarius’ fickle flame into a focused laser beam today. You can achieve great insight and awareness today by being still and meditating on your intuitive hits. Make time and space to go deep and connect with your spiritual center and you will make the most of this energy. We may feel more somber and serious than usual at this point in the holiday season. Tough practical challenges may cause us to feel less jovial and celebratory. Saturn and Jupiter are opposite energies and they are difficult to combine, but when they do come together like this, there is great wisdom and teaching that can emerge. Saturn often represents father figures and authority figures, so the key opportunity here is to find a way to bring love and gratitude to those figures. Those in power that are reacting to their fear and anger and trying to forcefully control things are in need of Sagittarius’ great faith right now. If they can get that spiritual message, there can be a positive shift away from old modes of conflict towards the institution of more loving structures.
December 5th- Emotional Conflict: There is an aspect pattern going on this month called a T-square, which is a tension filled pattern consisting of an opposition and a square. The opposition is between Mars in Libra and Uranus in Aries, which is an explosive and sometimes violent combination. When you add the square to Pluto in Capricorn it lends this a much darker and more sinister tone. This is most likely the energy behind the heightened threat of terrorism and escalating conflicts between governments and militaries. The square between Pluto and Uranus that is getting this boost from Mars this month has been going on since 2010. So the core energies at play are nothing new, this is just another moment of intensification in a long drawn out process of collective transformation. Uranus has been expanding the rights of individuals and bringing them greater freedom and equality while regressive and repressive elements like fundamentalists Christians and Islamists have been fighting tooth and nail to take away that human freedom and hold onto old, oppressive structures. But as the saying goes that Theodore Parker created and Martin Luther King Jr immortalized: “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” As we plant and nurture these first Uranian seeds of the coming Age of Aquarius, there is no doubt that they will eventually grow to be the foundational values of the next 2000 years. But during this transition they are still under threat by those who are still invested in the repression and inequality of the last 2000 years.
Dec 11st – New Hope: The New Moon in Sagittarius is softening that T-square energy that has been going on, making a trine to Mars in Libra and a sextile to Uranus in Aries. This positive ball of hope and optimism can help relax some of the tensions that have been going on in the world. The new moon is the beginning of a new cycle and the energies that we nurture now will come to fruition in two weeks at the next full moon. Focus on peace and love and spiritual unity and help dissolve the fear and anger and tension in to world. Share your intuition and vision with those who are struggling to connect with their souls and you will make the most out of this moment in the Sun.
Dec 21st- Black Whole Solstice- We are still in the midst of an approximately 20 year window when the Solstice Sun is aligned with the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. This alignment was part of the excitement behind the 2012 solstice, but it is really marking a period where we are in more intimate connection with the great mystery at the center of our galaxy. If we see the Sun as a focusing point for our consciousness, it has been enlightening us to the great universal cycles of death and rebirth and raising our awareness of the laws governing those cosmic processes. Physicist Nassim Haramein of the Resonance Project in Hawaii has an excellent documentary called Back Whole that summarizes his work on a unified field theory. In his theory, which is being more and more borne out by new discoveries, black holes are like great cosmic recycling centers and are present on every level of scale from galactic to atomic. They not only take in and compact energy, but they also emit and create energy as well, hence the term Black Whole. Venus in transformative Scorpio and the Moon in Taurus are making harmonious aspects to Pluto during this Solstice. So there is a possibility that the destruction and suffering of the T-square this month can transform now and feed a new positive radiation. Black holes create stars, and tragedies can lead to greater unification. Stay open and you may get a little glimpse into the mysteries of creation this solstice!