The New Moon in Sagittarius is exact at 10:31pm PST on Sunday December 17th at 27 degrees. Sagittarius relates to our beliefs and worldview, the ways in which we seek to expand the mind and consciousness through education, travel, adventure, philosophy. And as Mercury has been retrograde in Sag, there has been a focus on going back to things we’ve learned before, or picking up books or courses we already started, considering what we’ve learned in the past, going back to places we’ve been before, etc.
Not only are the Sun and Moon in Sagittarius, but so are Mercury, Venus, and for two last days, Saturn. It’s as if the planets are congregating in Sag to wish Saturn farewell. Saturn shifts signs two days after the New Moon, December 19th, where it will spend approximately the next three years. Then on the 21st, the Sun conjuncts Saturn, highlighting the planet even more. I’ll write here about Saturn in Sag, but I’ll write a whole separate post on Saturn’s coming 3-year transit through Capricorn. Saturn’s shift into a new sign means that people in their late 20s, late 50’s and late 80’s are beginning their Saturn returns. I’ll cover that in the post as well, and include dates so you can determine if you are among this group.
Yes, Saturn and Satan have the same etymology. But we shouldn’t fear Saturn. It’s when we fear its influence that it becomes our adversary and truly acts as a demon. When we resist the lessons of Saturn it can feel like the world is out to get us, things go wrong, we feel isolated, and sad or depressed. We can befriend Saturn by learning from what goes wrong, by taking responsibility for our lives, by becoming disciplined, by accepting certain structures and limitations, by identifying our own inner authority rather than submitting to or rebelling against external authorities. When we befriend Saturn, we are rewarded for hard work, for commitment and focus.
Mercury has been retrograding through Sag, which can also help us to consider what Saturn’s transit through Sag these past 3 years has meant. Saturn relates to limitations, rigidity, structure, discipline, responsibility. What have you learned about how beliefs structure our worlds? There have been important themes over the past few years regarding the narrowness of beliefs, dogmatic beliefs, or rigidly holding to certain beliefs, and the effects this can have.
It’s easy to point out the ways in which others hold to narrow beliefs. It’s more challenging and more important to consider the ways in which we all may be prone to this. Saturn can be divisive--there can be a tendency to assume that one has the correct politics, the true worldview, the compassionate, loving stance. Such assumptions are violent in their own way. It’s particularly pernicious when this relates to spiritual views, or what we consider to be right, loving, kind, compassionate. For when we are certain that our way is the most loving way, our loving thoughts and deeds can turn violent in excluding or even persecuting others who think or do differently. What we thought was love turns to hate.
The most difficult task that Saturn sets for us is to consider how WE, each of us, are prone, (perhaps in subtle ways), to such tendencies. Every belief system, every politics, every worldview, benefits by being questioned, by encountering alternative perspectives, by shifting and evolving. Calcified beliefs become dogma, no matter what the nature of those beliefs. In what ways do you sometimes hold onto certain beliefs perhaps too rigidly? In what ways could you use more structure, discipline, study, when it comes to your personal worldview? Accepting responsibility for ourselves, and doing the difficult work of questioning ourselves are ways that we can relate to Saturn in a mature way, so that Saturn works with us as wise teacher and guide, rather than as Satan (the guide who isn’t respected as such).
While there is a big Saturn influence at this time, which tends to feel heavy and serious, simultaneously, with all the planets in Sagittarius, there is also a fiery, uplifting energy. Sagittarius manages to stay optimistic even while being realistic. It’s as if the planets are daring us to see the world in a positive light while at the same time acknowledging all the trauma, terror, and atrocities. This is a time to consider what we are aiming for--where we will shoot our arrows of belief and intention. What do we wish for ourselves and the world in the new year?
The New Moon is also square to Chiron and trine to Uranus. The ruler of the New Moon, Jupiter is square to the North Node. If we do this work on our beliefs and worldview, if we accept Saturn’s challenge to really question ourselves, then there is an opportunity for healing (Chiron) and evolving (North Node). On the other hand, if we choose the lower road and continue to point fingers at others without taking responsibility for ourselves, then there is a possibility of wounding (Chiron) and failing to evolve (North Node).
We always have some degree of freedom. And we are free to choose to believe in Satan, an agency that merely wishes the worst for us, causes us trouble and difficulty (or similarly, that the world is chaotic and meaningless). Or we can chose to believe that everything is an opportunity to learn and evolve, that even when things go wrong, there are hidden blessings, that there is always hope no matter how things appear, and that we really do have the power to create worlds from our dreams.