Sagittarius Full Moon: Stairway to Heaven


This moon is full at 8.10 Sagittarius on May 29th at 10:20 am ET

Today’s full moon in Sagittarius is the halfway point of the lunar cycle we entered two weeks ago with the Threshold new moon in Taurus and the ingress of Uranus into Taurus on the same day. Uranus is at the highest point in the sky, mid-heaven, just as this moon reaches peak fullness. This week, we begin to take action on the intentions we set two weeks ago, and start to see the kind of fruit that Uranus in Taurus might bear for us.

Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, is a sign that loves expansion, exploration, and fun. Sag people are optimistic, and they do things in a Big way, from parties to vacations. So the moon in a such a generous, energetic fire sign invites us to look optimistically to the future. Expand the opportunities. Go big, because now that Uranus is in Taurus, there is no alternative. Luna makes a trine to the north node in Leo, suggesting that we are rewarded when we are true to ourselves and express ourselves fully. That trine is part of a mystic rectangle with the sun and south node (+Mars), an aspect of support and balance. Even though we are going through massive changes right now, we can be optimistic that good things are happening. The ruler of this moon, Jupiter, is still very much in a trine to Neptune, and beginning to make a grand water trine with Venus. This is big, dreamy aspect. Jupiter is known for protecting and removing obstacles. The Sabian Symbol for this full moon is “A Mother Leads her Small Child Step by Step up the Stairs.” With these aspects, a kind of fairytale Stairway to Heaven comes to mind. You are being led, guided by your intuition, to complete the steps that will bring you to the next level. Knowing that you are protected, this is a moon for taking another big step towards the unknown.

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow

Don't be alarmed now

It's just a spring clean for the May queen

Yes, there are two paths you can go by

But in the long run

There's still time to change the road you're on

If Uranus in Taurus has made a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed, ok, because it’s just a spring clean for the May Queen -- a good old Beltane shakeup to cleanse the old and make space for the new. This song is so enigmatic that Led Zeppelin fans have been wondering about it out loud ever since the band released it in 1971. You probably have your own interpretation, so I won’t over-interpret. There is something about this full moon that lends itself to belief, channeling, and allowing yourself to be guided to the path.

You’re over the threshold now. Where are you going from here?

Image credit: Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

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Sagittarius New Moon: Saturn's Bridge

This new moon is at 26.31 Sagittarius on Monday, December 18th at 1:30 AM EST.

 NASA's Great Observatories Examine the Galactic Center Region - The core of the Milky Way at a distance of some 26,000 light years from Earth. Source: Wikimedia Commons via the Smithsonian Institution.

NASA's Great Observatories Examine the Galactic Center Region - The core of the Milky Way at a distance of some 26,000 light years from Earth. Source: Wikimedia Commons via the Smithsonian Institution.

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.