New Moon in Sagittarius, December 17, 2017

This New Moon at 26° 31′ Sagittarius on 17 December 2017, 10:30 PM PST is the last big hurrah of fiery energy this year and for some time to come. The Sun and Moon create a stellium in late Sagittarius with Saturn and Venus, and those four trine Uranus in fiery Aries. Retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius isn’t quite close enough to be within orb but it adds a sixth planet in fire. At this moment in time we may believe the sky’s the limit but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. By Christmas Eve the Sun, Venus and Saturn are all going to have rolled over into earthy Capricorn, bringing the Sagittarius party to an end.

One thing we can do to take advantage of this exciting New Moon is use this energy to develop a wide variety of plans for the future, all the while being aware those will need to be heavily revised before implementing. The Sagittarius Stellium trine brilliant Uranus in Aries is the perfect vehicle for generating creative theories because that combo sees no limits. Once Mercury stations direct on December 22 at 13° 00′ Sagittarius we can SLOWLY begin the re-evaluation process to determine what is workable and what is not.

Sagittarius’s ruler, Jupiter in Scorpio, is active on this lunation too. Jupiter is semi-sextile retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius, is making a waxing sextile to Pluto in Capricorn and a waning trine to Neptune in Pisces.

The Jupiter-Mercury aspect may not be all that helpful because insignificant facts could be blown all out of proportion, while truly important information might be ignored. Whenever Mercury is retrograde, the possibility of having to re-think matters after it goes direct is high.

The waxing sextile between Jupiter and Pluto is heartening. Not much gets by either Jupiter in eagle eyed Scorpio or Pluto in careful Capricorn, and working together they can aid us in building a solid foundation for future endeavors. The waning Jupiter-Neptune trine still adds a sympathetic overlay if we’re willing to tune into it.

At this time, Mars in Scorpio is playing his cards close to his chest. He makes no aspects and is therefore free to follow his own path.

If there is a slight aura of desperation to the party atmosphere of this New Moon in Sagittarius, it’s probably due to Saturn at 29° Sagittarius. At some level many of us are aware a phase in our lives is coming to a close and we are in the process of accepting that reality. Why not go ahead and embrace this last rush of conviviality . . . there is nothing wrong with enjoying some R&R before we have buckle down and get back into work mode. Enjoy!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.


Observations on Saturn in Capricorn

Now that the day Saturn leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn is almost upon us, I’m going to add my two cents on the subject. Probably the key to understanding the impact of Saturn in Capricorn is Capricorn is Saturn’s home sign. It is more comfortable there by far than it was in fiery Sagittarius. Saturn finds Capricorn’s penchant for rules and boundaries to its taste, and we need to realize those could be reinforced more rigorously than usual. I suspect we’ll see more examples of “instant karma” hitting those who deliberately choose to ignore the rules.

A fact that seems to be overlooked when it comes to Capricorn is it is an earth sign, and earth and water signs are aligned with the feminine rather than the masculine. Of course, Capricorn reflects the crone stage, when the lessons learned as a maiden and mother has been assimilated. Saturn in Capricorn personifies the stern but deeply compassionate elder who has lived through all the trials life has thrown at her and come out whole. Her hard-earned wisdom is there for the asking but we do have to ask because she’ll happily let us learn our lessons the hard way too.

During Saturn’s stay in Capricorn, we all will benefit from the fact this Saturn works well with Jupiter in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn. Since Uranus will be leaving Aries for earthy Taurus, Saturn in Capricorn will not be clashing with Uranus either. Earth and water signs are going to be in charge of the Outer Planets for the next couple of years, and it would be a good idea to get used to putting the practicalities first.

Two of my favorite posts so far on Saturn in Capricorn include Steven Forrest’s post, Saturn Enters Capricorn, and one from Astrologer Jo Tracey, Saturn in Capricorn. I believe we will be able to navigate the Saturn in Capricorn years with few problems as long as we treat other people’s rules respectfully, behave responsibly on the job and at home. Remember Saturn’s rewards can be slow in coming but they are worth the wait.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.