StarGarden MoonWatch for the New Moon, December 1st, 2005
I'm Maria Theresa Maggi, intuitive astrologer here on KRFP in Moscow, Idaho, and you're listening to the StarGarden MoonWatch for the new moon of December 1, 2005
The new moon this month joins the sun to begin a new cycle in Sagittarius, the archer, who pulls back the bow to send an arrow as far as it needs to go to arrive at the truth. When we hunt with the purpose of Sagittarius, we are asked to sense and to roam the whole forest as part of tracking our game, instead of staking out a place behind one individual tree. In fact, with Sagittarius, the hunt is just as much about the discovery of whatever happens along the way as it is about whether the hunter comes home with anything. When the archer goes hunting, the story of what was learned and seen and shared and understood is just as valuable as the catch. In fact, Sag often teaches us that the journey, in some very fundamental way, defines the destination, since the desire for the destination is what brings us the gift of the journey, and along with it, the opportunity to grow from the choices we make as we go the distance.
Sagittarius also rules the law, and this new moon we may find that we begin with investigations or actions to petition authority to rethink, reverse, or redirect harmful policies or mismanagement of funds. The moon's easy relationship with Saturn in Leo promotes seeking from our elected officials the application of legal powers, practices or rules that create a truly compassionate justice rather than strict adherence to the letter of the law. One powerful example of such an effort is the current petition asking California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the gang member and founder of the Crips, who, after years in prison, has become one of the most effective educators and advocates of young people seeking to find their way out of the trap of gang violence. Despite the effectiveness of his books for young people and his nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, he is currently scheduled to be executed on December 13. While the petition, which can be read and signed on the web site savetookie.org, acknowledges that racial bias, circumstantial evidence and incentives for witnesses to lie taint his conviction, in true Sagittarius fashion, it also enlarges the philosophical source of the argument by going beyond evaluating the fairness of the trial to making the case for a life that now embodies the potential for "redemption, rehabilitation and hope. . ." The petition argues that the case is now fundamentally about a man] "who found purpose while facing death by execution. . . .[and]the positive impact one man can have on the lives of others, even from death row." Such a disciplined, unselfish sacrifice from the heart, especially where the education of our children is concerned, is a powerful example of the potential for growth at this new moon.
Mars, continuing retrograde in Taurus, still has us backtracking to stop corporate greed or greed to gobble up public lands, as we continue to try to stop those who want to get around, erode, or do away with laws already in place to protect public interests. Luckily—and Sagittarius and its companion planet Jupiter are known as the gift-bringers of such luck—we will also be blessed with the optimism a broad and knowledgeable perspective can bring, and so will feel up to the largeness of these tasks, and even welcome them. As long as we keep our sense of humor, also a gift of Sagittarius, and allow for the element of surprise the moon's square to Uranus will make, we will feel ready for just about anything.
In order to find that true aim, Sag often widens the view by moving back through history in order to see the whole pattern or story more clearly. "What or who is the source?" is a question we may feel very curious to explore, whether it is the historical source of an attitude or a belief, or a literal source, as in a person or persons who provide information setting processes that reveal or conceal truth into motion:
Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs about how to find the wide view that allows us to get to the source of the truth:
Aries: Travel, study, or talking things over with a wise woman may provide an opportunity to surrender to a deeper understanding of how you learn and love.
Taurus: Your understanding of your sexuality and its power is expanding beyond a strict history. It's important to feel that you are responsible for these changes.
Gemini: Your relationships might be making you reflect on the past, perhaps with a gratitude that helps rebalance pain you have not been able to let go of until now.
Cancer: You see the wealth of your life from a perspective that goes beyond material security for the future. This could bring deep creative insight or deepen your love.
Leo: A child or a lover could bring emotional change into your life that brings a more expansive or active understanding of how you are responsible for your feelings.
Virgo: You may be feeling that women who understand your emotional way of approaching the future have something new to teach you that helps truth hit home.
Libra: You might want to spend money that a partner would prefer to hold onto. A new solution can be reached by discussing how this difference between you began.
Scorpio: You may want to move forward with plans for more study, travel or media activity while a partner or a child may remind you that healthy change cannot be rushed.
Sagittarius: You could be ready to move forward into a new part of your life that requires you take on more responsibility for what you create. Intuitive understanding frees you.
Capricorn: Hidden or painful feelings about history or your past can be freed by speaking of them with understanding groups or friends. Going back can feel like beginning again.
Aquarius: You may be working with a partner on a domestic or financial project that requires deep strategy. Or your optimistic view helps friends and brightens future plans.
Pisces: A vision you've had for a future project could take on deeper meaning in terms of how it rearranges both your own starting point and your responsibility to a child.
In the first chapter of his People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn reminds us of the similarity and the distinction between the flattening and distortion required of map-makers and the flattening and distortion chosen by historians, both the domain of Sagittarius. He writes: "My argument cannot be against selection, simplification, [or] emphasis, which are inevitable for both cartographers and historians. But the mapmaker's distortion is a technical necessity for a common purpose shared by all people who need maps. The historian's distortion is more than technical. It is ideological; it is released into a world of contending interests, where any chosen emphasis supports (whether the historian means to or not) some kind of interest, whether economic or political or racial or national or sexual." At this new moon, it is important to review such ideological choices, and to renew our commitment to seek the truth of the larger and more generous view. Whether we win or lose any particular battle, Sagittarius brings us the invaluable gift of the life-changing journey we begin whenever we take aim with the arrow of truth. With help from its companion planet Jupiter, now in Scorpio, this Sag moon brings us the hope and generosity we need, even in matters of life and death, to shine our lights, shed some light, and keep it light!