Nov 22 – Dec 21 (Winter Solstice), 2018
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.
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Sagittarius crackles into view. Weary traveler, turn toward this new horizon, this fiery half-bowman, half-centaur spiraling like a rainbow comet out into space. Prepare for more of everything – mutable energy moves rapidly, and in the case of Sagittarius, we will gather mass and momentum along the way. Even the smallest of pauses will bring on boredom – let adventure take precedence.
Sagittarian reality is very sparkly and full of ponies. A very fantastical place. Meditating on Sagittarius is a wonderful gateway to the upper chakras. The centaur’s greatest challenge: slowing down long enough to breathe, consider the details and make a decision. Sagittarius is a beast of light and bliss with patent charm and enthusiasm – hard not to love. However, it is difficult for the centaur to acknowledge heavier aspects of life. Life is heavy on our planet. Look to the stars and remember that we are 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 makes a mockery of our quest to be more thoughtful and inclusive.
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? Can we embrace the certainty of uncertainty? Sagittarius, deliver us, elevate the earth.
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.
The first day of Sagittarius (Nov 22) coincides with a full moon. It also coincides with Thanksgiving here in the US. Fuck Thanksgiving – because this holiday does not help white people understand the true history or relationship between white people and natives, it glosses over that history with turkey dinners and football games and consumerism. However, the archetype of Sagittarius is all about generosity. So the word “thanksgiving” is very appropriate for this time of year.
Be in a radical state of gratitude this Thanksgiving. Do not forget what happened here on this land. We are guests both on this land and on this earth. It is our radical duty to protect the earth and protect one another. Take care of the water, take care of the soil, take care of your neighbor, take care of your body.
Mercury will be retrograde for the first couple weeks of this cycle, bummer news. But one of the best days of this cycle comes early on Nov 25 – the sun will be conjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius! Yay! On Nov 27, Mercury joins the party for a triple conjunction – this is perhaps the only day that won’t feel like Mercury Retrograde, so if you need to do Mercury things (sign papers, travel, have an important conversation) – do it on this day.
Dec 2 looks like a challenging day. Venus moves back into Scorpio and the Sagittarian sun squares Mars in Pisces. A very similar encounter on Dec 5 – the sun will square Neptune in Pisces. However, the new moon of Dec 6 looks very promising as it coincides with the last day of Mercury Retrograde, plus the new moon will be conjunct Jupiter.
By Dec 12, life should be feeling much more copacetic – this is when Mercury reenters Sagittarius. We end this cycle on a very spicy note – sun trine Uranus Retrograde in Aries. Usually I say “expect the unexpected” with Uranus involved, and I still think this is true, but really it is more accurate to say “expect some loud social gatherings to materialize.” Uranian influence makes us want to connect and party.
Sagittarius takes us right to the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year. Remember Jupiter, the massive gas giant in our solar system who actually gives off more light than he receives from the sun? He glows, and so do you! Get together with other people, light some candles. Warm up in front of a fire. This cycle is all about generosity and thanksgiving and buoyancy. In meditation, focus on the crown chakra. Give big hugs. Breathe. Breathe life into yourself, your goals. Breathe and EXPAND. The great spirit is laughing with you. Light up the night with Sagittarius Yoga.
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