NEW MOON IN SAGITTARIUS and SOLAR ECLIPSE – Opening new frontiers but 1 caution (Nov 24-25, 2011)

This month’s New Moon, which is at its peak on Thursday/Friday, November 24/25, finds both the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 3° of Sagittarius.  To further clarify how this New Moon in Sagittarius will impact you on a personal level, locate 3° of Sagittarius in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be the most affected by this New Moon’s presence.

This New Moon is also a partial Solar Eclipse.  Solar Eclipses are a time when the Moon blocks the stream of energy coming from the Sun, which breaks the electromagnetic current streaming toward us on Earth.  Eclipses offer the opportunity for a major upgrade in consciousness, if you are receptive to it.  Individually and as a species, we have come to the completion of a major life lesson and we are ready to graduate to the next level.  We are being encouraged to re-examine our beliefs in light of current capabilities.  Old aspirations may turn out to be impractical, but this New Moon Eclipse can also spawn fresh, realistic ideas about the future.

This is also the final of six SuperMoons occurring during 2011.  This is when the Moon is both at perigee (its closest approach to the Earth) and syzygy (in line with the Sun and Earth).  Much like Eclipses, SuperMoons intensify gravitational pulls on the tides, tectonic plates, and also on our psyches and our emotions.  During SuperMoons, we can see shifts in the electromagnetic fields of the Earth as well as shifts in our awareness.  Old pathways dissolve and new matrices emerge as we expand.

This New Moon is in the sign of Sagittarius; however, in addition to the Sun and Moon, we also have Mercury, Venus, and the North Node in Sagittarius.  Sag is the sign of ethics, morals, honesty, adventure, the future, optimism, and the expansion of consciousness.  All of this Sag energy is encouraging us to raise our sights.  The symbol for Sagittarius is the centaur, which is half human and half horse . . . half mortal and half divine.  This symbolizes the inseparability of Heaven and Earth.  Due to all this Sagittarian energy, we are being urged to not be so competitive, be more compassionate, and focus on the Big Picture.  During this time, you may be asking yourself how you fit into the bigger picture of humanity and what role will you play in its evolution.

On Wednesday, November 23, there is a trine (120°) between the Sun and Uranus, which will add an air of innovation and independence to our activities and thoughts.  It’s likely that you will find yourself being drawn to break new ground rather than follow a well-worn path.  And on that same day, a trine (120°) between Mars and Pluto will give you the energy you need to move through almost any obstacle.

However, just hours later Mercury begins its final retrograde period of 2011, which extends from Wednesday, November 23 through Tuesday, December 13.  This doubles Mercury’s usual stay in Sagittarius, further encouraging us to enlarge our understanding of reality.  We are being shown where we need to “think differently” and let go of outdated beliefs.  By the end of 2011, many of us may find that “what we live for” may look very different.

But as with any Mercury retrograde period, it is important to temper any Sagittarian leaps of faith with careful preparation by double checking all details in order to avoid careless errors.  Because our minds are turned inward during a Mercury retrograde period, none of us are as “aware” of externals; therefore, errors are more likely.  Feelings can also be hurt by those who speak without thinking, which is one of the hallmarks of Sagittarian energy.  Although the fiery energy of Sagittarius says “Go, go, go,” Mercury retrograde says, “Slow down” in order to double-check written and oral communication of all kinds in order to avoid regrets.

On Saturday, November 26, Venus moves into the sign of Capricorn, which will reward discipline, maturity, and being responsible.  It can also make sloppiness more costly, so the warnings associated with Mercury retrograde should be heeded.  Later that same day, Venus squares (90°) Uranus, which can lead to impulsive social behavior, but it can also enliven dull partnerships, encourages discovery, and help us find excitement in the unconventional.

Overall, this New Moon, Solar Eclipse, SuperMoon, and the Mercury retrograde period all support our need to carefully consider our next move and act with forethought.  It brings to light life-changing truths and even new frontiers and possibilities.  However, to fully reap the benefits of this New Moon, remember the one caution to think, speak, and act only after giving your words and actions careful consideration in order to avoid regrets.  If you do that, then you can enjoy the beauty of this New Moon, which reminds us that, “The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is . . . that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves, and to each other” (Joanna Macy).


  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.


  • New Moon at 3° of Sagittarius
  • Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 10:10 p.m. PDT
  • Friday, November 25, 2011 at 1:10 a.m. EST
  • Friday, November 25, 2011 at 6:10 a.m. GMT


  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources
  • Anne’s interpretations