NEW MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – A lightening of the energy, but a big change is coming on December 2 (November 26, 2019)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 7:05 a.m. on Tuesday, November 26.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 5° of Sagittarius.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 5° of Sagittarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence. 

New Moons always provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts and setting new intentions in the areas associated with the sign.  The higher expression of Sagittarius’s energy is being straightforward, generous, enthusiastic, adventurous, and ethical.  Sag also loves to have FUN and go on exciting adventures.  The lower expression, though, is important to keep in mind.  Sag can be blunt and even pushy when it comes to what it believes to be the truth (from its perspective).  The problem is that everyone has his or her own unique view of “the truth,” and we all need to keep in mind that this viewpoint may not always match ours.  Sag is also not the best at details.  It wants to go explore and leave the details to someone else.  Additionally, Sag also isn’t usually interested in going into anything in depth.  It enjoys skimming the surface, learning about a lot of different topics, and being a “jack of all trades, master of none.” 

Although we still have Mercury and Mars in passionate, intense Scorpio, having the Sun and Moon in Sag will definitely lighten things up.  After all, Sag is all about optimism.  This Sag New Moon is perfectly timed in the United States given it occurs right around the traditional Thanksgiving holiday.  Although there may still be a felt need to think and act in an emotional way due to watery Scorpio’s influence, the Sagittarian influence will likely increase the possibility that any interactions with others will be effective and possibly even fun! 

However, we do need to remember that Sag is known for being blunt and “telling it like it is.”  Therefore, we need to be a bit more cautious than usual for the next few weeks while the Sun is moving through the sign of the centaur.  Also, given Mercury (communication) is still in emotional Scorpio, we should take a deep breath before speaking our mind.  This warning is partly because many of us may be feeling a bit more vulnerable than usual.  The New Moon is trining (120°) the wounded healer, Chiron.  Trines provide a beautiful flow of energy, so any emotional sensitivity that Chiron brings to the table may be soothed by the higher expression of Sag’s optimism and joyful energy.  Luckily, this trine may also provide increased confidence and a desire to learn, heal, and grow. 

This lightening of the energy that Sagittarius brings will supplement the shift that occurred on Wednesday, November 20, when Mercury ended its retrograde phase and began moving direct again.  I cannot tell you how many people I have spoken with who struggled with this retrograde time period.  Having Mercury retrograde in Scorpio meant many of us explored some deep, dark tunnels of our psyches to do some major healing.  We may not even have been aware of what was going on because it was happening at a subconscious level.  However, we were aware of the mental spaciness, forgetfulness, and sometimes even some mental confusion.  I personally began to wonder if I needed to start looking into Alzheimer’s treatment centers!  But that is behind us now, and I’m loving this shift in energy!  This New Moon will help all of us come up to the surface again where we be able to see the stars, and whatever healing was subconsciously being worked on will become clearer over the next few days and weeks. 

During the time of New Moon, Mars will be in opposition (180°) to Uranus.  This could bring us some very unexpected surprises, so we need to be as fluid and flexible as possible.  We may feel restless and impatient, which could veer into an felt need for rebellion, especially if we feel our freedom is being hampered in some way.  Any desire to act impulsively should be tempered as much as possible because it could be a “knee-jerk reaction.”  But whatever issues these unexpected events bring up will likely lead to us to questioning our goals or actions.  If we don’t act too rashly, we may find ourselves being freed from something that has been holding us back.  The good news is that Mars provides the courage to make changes to even long-held routines or habits. 

The New Moon is also in a very close inconjunct (150°) to Uranus.  This could cause some of us to sense that something isn’t working anymore or to understand that we’ve been in denial about or ignoring something that is important.  This could lead some of us to feel out of control or unclear about what direction we should take in our lives.  It will help if we can reframe any of those Uranus-related unexpected events as “rerouting opportunities” to help us see more clearly where we truly want to go and where our true sustenance lies. 

Luckily, Uranus is in supportive trines (120°) to both Venus and Jupiter, the two beneficent planets.  This will help us stay positive and optimistic, approach activities in an ethical way, and be willing to try something new.  Experimentation is favored, but it is probably advisable to wait for a few days before making a full commitment to anything new and different.  It could be the right choice, but there are other aspects right now that could make things a bit foggy at times.  But given a sweet sextile (60°) between Venus and Mars, relationships are again favored to go smoothly during this time.  Financial issues are also positively aspected, especially with Venus now in responsible, realistic Capricorn through December 21. 

All of this emphasis on change is meant to bring more meaning into our lives.  This is emphasized by a square (90°) between Jupiter and Chiron.  Squares represent turning points.  They indicate that something needs to change in order for growth to occur.  Therefore, this is a time when we want to understand and even develop a personal belief system that more accurately reflects who we have become.  Some may be ready for this change, while others may experience a crisis of faith or a “dark night of the soul” as part of their journey toward a new understanding of their personal world.  And given all the Uranus energy that is present around the time of the New Moon, we may be challenged by unexpected events that force us to take a look at our beliefs and core values.  Even our goals for the future might come under scrutiny.  It’s important not to blame ourselves if our choices in the past now seem unwise.  We were doing the best we could with what we knew at that time.  But today, we can make new choices and build new bridges that serve our current sense of purpose. 

On Wednesday, November 27, Neptune ends its annual retrograde period and begins moving direct again.  It’s been in retrograde since mid-June.  Because Neptune is a slow-moving planet, its impact is subtle.  When Neptune goes retrograde each year, it actually is a time when the fog lifts and we are able to see things more clearly.  Now that it is moving direct again, we may do better trusting our intuition rather than our logic.  However, over the next few weeks, we may find that we are ready to dream new dreams, all of which are meant to, once again, help us live a more meaningful life. 

We have a big change coming up.  Jupiter takes about one year to transit through each sign, and on Monday, December 2, Jupiter will leave Sagittarius and enter Capricorn.  Because Jupiter has been in its home sign of Sag, it’s been extra powerful and has provided us with a general feeling of optimism, generosity, expansion, and enthusiasm.  We also have been pulled toward the future and haven’t thought too much about the specifics regarding how we will get there . . . we just want to get there!  That is about to change when Jupiter enters Capricorn.  It’s not a bad change.  After all, Jupiter is the “happy-happy” planet, so it’s rarely a negative thing when Jupiter is being discussed.  However, once in Cap, our good fortune will come through being organized, direct, ethical, determined, consistent, mature, and responsible.  We will also become much more strategic in our expansion efforts, including taking a step-by-step approach that is very likely disciplined and committed.  We will shift our focus to the past as a way to show us what to avoid in the future.  It may also be that someone who is older than we are or someone from our past comes into our life to help us.  We will have a willingness to work hard and patiently toward our goals, which are goals that may have come into our lives over the past year while Jupiter was in Sag.  It’s time to get to work and make them a reality! 

Overall, this New Moon in Sagittarius is ushering in new energy that crackles with possibilities.  We may even feel ready for the start of a new adventure in our lives.  However, the strong influence of Uranus means we need to remain flexible and see any changes as opportunities and not challenges.  The planet of change may help us suddenly “see the light” or “see things differently,” and this is a time when many of us will be more open than usual to trying something new.  However, for those who have been resisting change, this could be a time period that shakes our foundation and leaves us feeling pretty lost.  Again, it will help immensely if we can reframe unexpected events that are designed to help us see new possibilities and potentials.  And of course, whenever Sag is involved (and especially because Mercury and Mars are still in often testy Scorpio), we do need to “watch our tongues” and think we before we speak.  Jupiter is also strongly influencing us, now so as long as we don’t “go too far” with anything (including our finances), we should benefit from all the Sag/Jupiter energy. 


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New Moon at 5° of Sagittarius

  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 7:05 a.m. PST
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 10:05 a.m. EST
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 3:05 p.m. GMT

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