This new moon is at 26.31 Sagittarius on Monday, December 18th at 1:30 AM EST.
The new moon this month is conjunct Saturn at the last degree of Sagittarius, just before he transitions into Capricorn on Tuesday. It’s also on the Galactic Center (the center of the Milky Way and the site of a supermassive black hole). Retrograde Mercury is at 15 Sag, near a mysterious gravitational anomaly called the Great Attractor. Saturn was at 15 Sagittarius in February - March, May, and November 2016. As this Mercury retrograde began conjunct Saturn and has been tracing the degrees of our recent Saturn cycle, it’s bringing up themes from the past three years.
All this is to say that we’re beginning a liminal moon cycle, a bridge between Saturn in Sagittarius and Saturn in Capricorn. Themes of Saturn in Sagittarius are intensified. Collectively, I think we’ve experienced Saturn in Sagittarius as a lesson about education (we need a better system), knowledge (what we think we know may not be the whole of it), and truth (we need to be careful about distributing false information). Morals and philosophy are also important Sagittarian themes. Usually, when the hard Saturn lessons come, it’s a result of our irresponsibility. We are currently very concerned with the a/moral actions of people in power. More than a few have failed the ethics course. On the other side of the coin, religious values can be cited as a reason for pushing through censorship or denying others’ rights. Saturn in Sagittarius has been overwhelming, a mess of consequences. Saturn in Capricorn is like the teacher coming back after a day with the sub, your parents coming home to find you’ve thrown a party in their absence, the new boss coming in to straighten out a failing company. To use the word of the moment, it is a kind of reckoning. It’s time to get down to business.
On a personal note, how has your philosophy, your idea of the truth, changed, solidified, or become more serious since December of 2014? What hard lessons have you learned in the area of life signified by the house of your chart where you have Sagittarius? Where have you become more responsible, and where have you felt the consequences of irresponsibility?
Saturn moves very slowly, which means this shift will happen incrementally, not all at once. This is a moon cycle for bridging that shift. The Sabian Symbol for this new moon is that of the degree of the Galactic Center: “The Sculptor’s Vision is Slowly but Surely Taking Form.” What form do you want your vision to take? This is something to meditate on in this dark moon period, just before Mercury stations direct on December 22nd. Sort out the lessons. Find the vision you’ve created through this mess. This is what you can sculpt over the next three years.