December New Moon—Fanning the Flames
“Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we end up with nothing, life itself reveals again and again the opposite: that letting go is the path to real freedom.” ~The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
If we have the courage to let go we may find also, all that we have that we never realized is there. When we let go of less essential things, automatically some of our beliefs and old habits begin to slip away, those that are limiting us from embracing the Self, others and all of life on a more intimate level.
“Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.” ~Dogen
As we have just celebrated Thanksgiving and have experienced the powerful energy exuded upon this day of love, compassion and gratitude we are ready to fully embrace our next leap forward! It is a leap because we enter territory that asks for attention to a level of ‘existence’ with which we are not entirely familiar. And these days the doors to that are flying open! The universe beckons us deeper and we cannot help but be lured so hungry are we to touch the untouchable.
“I sail with you on the ocean of my dreams, to a far away distant Place of great beauty and tranquility, where suffering and pain do not exist, where we give praises for our joy and happiness, where our Love intertwines with Love for all things.” ~Rumi
Brave souls we are that wander sometimes aimlessly or sometimes with great sense of purpose bringing light and warmth to many around us. The vast majority of souls look for the light and live in circumstances that challenge, moved by a knowing that has no origin and no end. And each of us in our own poetic way speaks the beauty of what lies just beyond the mundane experience.
These days, that reflect the rapid rise of collective consciousness are an expression of this beauty and the continuing bold determination of Earth’s citizens to let go and venture forth. As we approach the end of another year we naturally consider all that has transpired in the last 11 months and how we may wish to best utilize our abilities moving forward. To recognize that we are being called to a new level of performance and how best to serve this calling.
As always we are guided by more than the power of our minds. During this New Moon on December 3 (PT) at 12 degrees of Sagittarius we also experience a solar eclipse. The eclipse will not be seen in North America as it occurs in the Antarctic and partially in the southern most tips of S. Africa, S. America, Australia and New Zealand.
Feels as though symbolically, the shadow crossing the underside of the planet, will encourage the exposure of dark secrets and hidden agendas; those plans long in place attempt to rise further out of the shadow to control and limit. Saturn in Aquarius square to Uranus in Taurus—restriction and change, rules and regulations and the unpredictable. Saturn is establishment and Uranus is rebellion. Saturn rules structure and Uranus is the abolishment of same.
Uranus is at the helm of the New Moon ship right now having aspected the Sun/Moon conjunction for the past few months. (Discussed in last month’s article) This time Uranus is inconjunct* (150 degree aspect) the pair, less than 1 degree of separation. We are continuing to be urged to make adjustments in order to ‘go with the flow’ and to be open minded and flexible.
As the effect of a solar eclipse is months long we can expect that we are heading into some challenging times. Consider that the fixed star Rastaban/Alwaid at 11 degrees 58 minutes is conjunct the New Moon. This star is the eye of the dragon in constellation Draco. I like the following explanation for its influence at this time from the astrologyking.com.
“Rastaban, the Dragon’s Head: (beta star in constellation Draco), is another Saturn-Venus star to keep up the healing theme of Serpens and Ophiucus. The implication is that: Open up this head full of knowledge, and we really do have the key to our ills and the healing of them.”
We are on a powerful trajectory to heal what ails us and Sagittarius shows us the way. The symbol of the archer with bow raised to the sky tells us that the journey is reaching for that which lies beyond our immediate grasp. Sagittarius seeks Truth and is determined to risk all in order to achieve the goal. Sagittarius is bold, determined, confident and optimistic. All characteristics that can serve to fan the flames that already leap about us on route to the purification that is inevitable. We burn away the dross to expose the Reality beneath.
Courage is Mars and confidence is Jupiter. These two square each other bringing to this current new Moon a mix of bold enthusiasm and aggression and impulsiveness. It is a highly energetic combination that again fans these flames.
Our task at this time is to keep our heads about us; to remain cool under pressure. To remember stillness as the source of everything and to feel the harmony within the conflict. Our thoughts create our reality. What is it that I create in any moment? Let it be derived from the ocean of peace. May we all move into the New Year with single embrace.
*The significance of an inconjunct is that the energies expressed by the planets involved (in this case Sun/Moon and Uranus) are not obvious to us from a mundane perspective. We will be frustrated if we attempt to harmonize the energy using conventional methods. We must look deeper to spiritual truth to follow the energy without stress; with peace.