On Nov 21st, the Sun moves into Sagittarius. Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, which means that it is always changing, flickering like a soft candle flame. It is not as bold and bright as the fire of Leo or Aries, but it still burns with a desire to express itself. It is ruled by the planet Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system. So Sagittarius likes to do things on a grand scale. Jupiter’s giant gassy mass is 10 times the diameter of Earth, which fits with its astrological associations of expansion and abundance. Collectively, we kick off Sagittarius with Thanksgiving, a feast of abundance and excess that also embodies the highest octave of Sagittarius flame, that spirit of deep gratitude and gratefulness. In 12 step recovery, the roots of addiction lie in resentment. The magical antidote to this is learning to have an attitude of gratitude. It’s amazing how simply focusing on gratitude can magnetize and bring forward the best in every situation. In Dr. Masura Emoto’s work studying how different vibrations create 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 action 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. Spiritual faith is a characteristic 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 associated with the 3rd eye, the center of higher vision that can penetrate through the disturbing surface of things to reveal their beautiful shimmering essence, the flickering candle flame of Spirit.
Magic and synchronicity are the ways that this Jupitarian 3rd eye consciousness works in the world. When we open our 3rd eye and let Jupiter run the show, things tend to fall into place easily and effortlessly. In one of Robert Moss’ many excellent books about dreaming, 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. People say it’s “only” a dream or “only a coincidence” or “only your imagination”. But when we pay attention to these 3 “only” things and follow their guidance, our lives can glide to success on Jupiterian auto pilot. In the midst of these economic hard times, surrounded by the energy of lack and limitation, we need to be constantly reminded that what we see as empty space is actually brimming with limitless energy. Abundance is right there in the palm of our hands if we can just let go of the trance of limitation and master the power of our imagination.
Sagittarius culminates with the Solstice, the time of the greatest extremes of darkness and light in our solar cycle. One of the things that makes this particular solstice special is that we are in the middle of a window of about 30 years where the solstices line up closely with the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Sagittarius brings divine communication, and what could be more divinely enlightening than having this window insight into the mysterious singularity at the center of our galaxy? One of the archetypes for Sagittarius is the yogi in the cave, so this is a great time for meditation. Take some quiet time to tap into your divine mind and you can receive great guidance! After the emotional intensity and destruction of Scorpio, now we can find that still small voice within that will help us rebuild our world in greater alignment with Spirit. Sagittarius’ one pointed arrows of fire will always hit the bull’s eye, as they are guided by our Higher Mind. We need only learn to trust our inner knowing and fire away!
November 21st – There’s a Leonard Cohen lyric that is apt for the aspect pattern at this beginning of Sagittarius: “There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” There is still a lot of intense and dark emotional energy present now. Mercury and Saturn are conjoined in Scorpio and trine to the Moon and Jupiter which are also conjoined in Cancer. But as the Sun edges into Sagittarius today, there is a crack in the emotional onslaught that may offer us some insight into the benefits of all the purging of the last month. If you did your emotional house cleaning and liberated yourself from old resentments, you should feel a lightness of being starting to grow today. With all the earth and water that’s been going on, it has been easy to be attached to the world of form and feeling grief at the losses we experience on that level. But there is a light at the end of that tunnel today, as we are reminded to look up to the eternal world of spirit, where everything we are missing exists in limitless abundance.
November 25th – That little light is fighting to grow stronger today, like the fragile match up against the wind and cold in Jack London’s “To Light a Fire” The Sun’s little glimmer of Sagittarian faith and hope is going up against a cold wall of doubt and drama as the sun squares off with the Moon in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces. Hold on to that simple flame of positive thought and protect it from the wind of critics and skeptics, and you can get that that life sustaining campfire of Sagittarian hope lit in your soul and avoid a tragic ending. There is still a Wedge aspect between Jupiter in Cancer, Venus in Capricorn, and Mercury and Saturn in Scorpio that is giving us a tool to dig ourselves out of old pessimistic and limiting thinking. If we can do that deep digging we will have a nice space cleared out for that campfire to grow and glow and warm our souls.
December 2nd – With the New Moon in Sagittarius today, that spirit fire should finally be shining brightly and inspiring all sorts of positive activity. Regardless of your particular religious or non-religious proclivities, it will be hard right now to not get caught up in the spirit of generous giving that is reaching full steam. Even the Grinchiest Saturn people may find their hearts growing a size a two under this expansive energy. Physical gifts will be flying, but those non material gifts of positive thought and energy are the essence of this opportunity, so everyone can participate and benefit from this wave of generosity. All that is required is to lend some of your attentions and intentions to making the world a better place. So tune into your inner Jupiter and let your enthusiasm and passion and gratitude loose today! This New Moon is making a close trine to Uranus in Aries so we should also see some positive progress towards a New Age of individual (Aries) freedom and empowerment (Uranus). This is an opportunity to free ourselves from old ill-fitting systems that are still causing suffering in the world. Step outside of your restrictive boxes, let loose your creative pioneering spirit, and do something to make the world a happier place today!
December 20th – New Age T-Square: This soul filled solstice features the narrowing of an approaching aspect where Mars in Libra is moving towards opposition with Uranus in Aries to make the close square between Uranus and Pluto into a T-square for a few weeks. Mars is an activating energy and the combination of Mars and Uranus can be an erratic and explosive energy. In general, oppositions tend to work out through relationships and the game of projection and mirroring. With the addition of Pluto to the mix that can make for some nasty battling, but at least Mars is in the sign of Libra which can soften its edge a bit and offer the possibility of compromise and progress. Look for heavy rhetoric on all sides of the usual deadlocked dichotomies between Democrats and Republicans as we hurtle towards yet another debt ceiling deadline with the threat of government shutdown and endless demagoguery again looming. With Mars there to prod the posturing along, hopefully we can come together and find some constructive solutions that all parties can reluctantly agree on. Mars is all about taking action, and like it or not, the Galactic Black Whole is what we are moving towards, a New Age where unity is more prevalent than divisiveness. Hallelujah!
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