Nov 21 – Dec 21, 2017 (Winter Solstice)
Happy birthday centaurs!
The Sun sign is a much-celebrated astrological element, usually given more significance than it deserves. Remember – the Sun is just one planet in your star-soup.
Weary traveler, turn toward this new horizon. Sagittarius the Grandiose crackles into view. Sagittarius is a winter bonfire; a comet; noise and color spiraling forever out into space. Prepare for more activity – mutable energy moves rapidly. Even the smallest of pauses will bring on boredom, so don’t pause, and let adventure take precedence.
Sagittarius lives in light and bliss. He has patent charm and enthusiasm – hard not to love. But it is difficult for him to acknowledge heavier aspects of life. The archer’s greatest challenge: slowing down long enough to breathe, take care of the details, or make a decision.
Life is heavy on our planet. There are seeds that can be found in the murky folds of astrology. Even so, I feel numb, as many do. I look to the stars like a child and remember that I am not the first to harbor such sadness. In all times and places, power has been delegated to shameless men. They do not represent us. Their greed is a mockery of the Great Spirit.
The purpose of the Sagittarius cycle is illumination of Truth. Can we deny that this is a new horizon? Can we put all our faith into the fact that we know nothing? Speculation strangles the mind. Unhook these claws and embrace the certainty of the unknown.
We will not steal from the collective to support one individual path. Sagittarius teaches unity in the name of hope, of goodness. We will not say or do whatever for personal gain. Sagittarius teaches the consequences of such selfishness. We will not be aloof in the face of injustice. We will not exclude. We will not succumb. Sagittarius, deliver us, elevate this earth so lost and weeping.
The centaur cycle comes on the heels of the New Moon in Scorpio. This means that we begin our next cycle in the middle of an existing lunar cycle. For example, if the new moon had come instead on the very first day of Sagittarius, then the lunar cycle would sync with the sun in the constellation of Sagittarius. However, since the new moon comes before, the first few weeks of Sagittarius are instead colored by the archetype of Scorpio. This means we will continue working on the lessons of Scorpio, but now through the lens of Sagittarius. Sounds complicated, but in essence this just translates to an expansive, joyful perspective (Sagittarius) on issues of emotional weight, issues connected to sexuality and all matters of deep healing (Scorpio).
On the second day of the Sagittarius cycle, something lovely is happening: Neptune, the planet of dreams and delusion, will stop spinning in retrograde and begin to move once more in “direct motion.” Neptune has been retrograde since June 16. November 22 marks the end of an annual 5-month period of relative confusion. The effects of retrograde periods in outer planets (Jupiter through Pluto) are very subtle, but real nonetheless. With Neptune turning direct now, the Sagittarius cycle should feel markedly clearheaded.
Neptune’s presence will not fade right away, as the first weekend of the Sagittarius cycle delivers a quarter moon in Pisces, the constellation ruled by Neptune. Sagittarius and Pisces are cousins in the zodiac (all solar-lunar relationships – that is, all moon phases – fall in constellations with fixed, unchanging relationships to one another). When Sagittarius and Pisces mingle, idealism and naïveté gush uncontrollably from the skies. Once the quarter moon passes, we will come back down to earth somewhat. You have been warned, however, that Sagittarius, despite embodying the light of Truth, can be an adamant denier of reality…!
Venus enters Sagittarius on December 1, bringing the heart and home (Venus) into alignment with the sun, representing manifestation/central consciousness. One day later on December 2, we have yet another meeting between the archetypes of Sagittarius and Pisces. Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, will form a harmonious trine to Neptune. This is a pleasant alternative rendition of the quarter moon in Pisces. During quarter moons, a 90 degree right angle is formed between the sun, moon and earth. Right angles are considered challenging, yet fruitful, in astrology. This next aspect between Jupiter and Neptune is a more melodious version of the Sagittarius-Pisces combination. We must be very vigilant still about getting whisked away on a rainbow road of fantasy. Together Sagittarius and Pisces are a wonderful gateway to the upper chakras, but they are the worst friends to ask if you need to solve a difficult problem on the fly. They dance with their heads firmly in the clouds!
By this time – really, even before the Sagittarius cycle starts – we will sense Mercury Retrograde looming. The cycle starts the day after this meeting between Jupiter and Neptune on December 3, coinciding with a supermoon in Gemini. Mercury Retrograde lasts through the duration of the Sagittarius cycle, carrying us through Mars’ transit to Scorpio, another quarter moon and new moon, and finally Saturn’s transit to Capricorn.
Breathe into your pain. Breathe life into pain’s lessons. Breathe life into the way pain clears the mind like a searing knife. In the mystical commingling of tears and laughter, purple and white stars coalesce…
Light your fire with Sagittarius Yoga.
Mantra: I aim