StarGarden MoonWatch for the New Moon, December 20th, 2006
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 20, 2006.
The lunar cycle this month begins in the sign of Sagittarius, the archer. In Sagittarius, we feel enthusiasm for the opportunity to explore the wide vistas of both the landscape and the higher mind. When the moon is in Sagittarius, our emotional lives take a philosophical bent, and we seek a wide and often generous perspective that includes our history, the joy of the present moment and our hopes for the future. The energy of both Sagittarius and its companion planet Jupiter, is informal, blunt and jovial. In fact, the word jovial derives from the word Jupiter, and refers to the kind of largesse and wealth a generous king or god might feel willing to share. Wealth and largesse can also take the form of excess, and often those with Sagittarius energy find themselves “burdened” with too much of a good thing, whether it is overindulgence at a holiday feast or excessive self-righteousness on a point of spiritual, legal or philosophical understanding. Both Sagittarius and Jupiter take a broad, sweeping hand, and their influence often describes a lack of attention to the finer subtleties of social grace or the small niggling details of a larger project. Sagittarius or Jupiter’s energy can shock or even insult those of us who value tact with it’s tendency to blurt out the blunt truth, yet the abiding sense of humor and generosity that comes with such candor often finds even the most taciturn among us forgiving such blunders in spite of ourselves.
At this new moon the planet Saturn forms an aspect from Leo with the sun, moon and Pluto that suggests the time is ripe for setting out on journeys that mark a return, a long awaited reunion, perhaps with an elder, a coming of age, or simply a time when undertaking and growing in emotional responsibility seems both natural and fitting. We may also find that we are able to feel content with less of the usual regalia that surrounds the holidays, instead preferring to go deep with what is really important: connecting in some way with those we have missed, or who may not be with us for much longer. Honoring the knowledge that we are all in transition and must work within the limits of our circumstances comes readily at this time, and can help us feel grateful for what is possible, while also being able to accept more gracefully what is not.
Greek poet C. P. Cavafy describes such journeys eloquently in his elegiac poem “Ithaca,” in which that city is recalled as the home Odysseus seeks in his long adventure back in Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. In the closing stanzas from “Ithaca,” Cavafy reminds us how the desire to return creates its own adventure along the way:
Always keep Ithaca fixed in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for long years;
and even to anchor at the isle when you are old,
rich with all that you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would never have taken the road.
But she has nothing more to give you,
And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not defrauded you.
With the great wisdom you have gained with so much experience,
you must surely have understood by then what Ithacas mean.
Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs for how to embark on a journey of return at this new moon:
Aries: You may wish to travel at this time of year to connect with elder relatives. Or your sense of responsibility to them, or to a child, may restructure your larger perspective. You feel generous and serious about showing it.
Taurus: A powerful yet generous legacy from your past journeys or partnerships may be very influential at this time. Part of you may feel alone, but another part of you may feel grateful for all you have received in the past.
Gemini: You or a partner could make a big shift legally, educationally or philosophically. You may also feel eager and optimistic to explore or travel, or to expand the parameters of your relationships through such ventures.
Cancer: The things that need to be done seem to keep multiplying themselves, and they are all important. Yet you also have this innate sense that there’s plenty of room for everything, even time to enjoy the season.
Leo: A creative project, romance or child could be all encompassing to you at this time. Or as you blaze a new trail self-expression, a new and vibrant philosophy of life may come from a new outlook on your personal history.
Virgo: You may revisit the past or your own home in a conscious attempt to see it in a more generous light. Female relatives could nurture you. Or you may take expanded responsibility for nurturing those closest to you.
Libra; Communicating about legal, historical or educational matters may be all encompassing right now. Or those who live far away may return to your immediate environment and broaden your perspective.
Scorpio: You may want to spend money on travel or adventure with a partner. Or your values may enlarge to include new philosophies or opportunities to learn. In either case, you feel generous and willing to take a chance.
Sagittarius: You may be setting out on a travel adventure, or taking some new action that broadens your horizon. At the same time, responsibilities to loved ones remain part of the picture. Things at home might change or shift.
Capricorn: You may embrace broad-minded beliefs that help you see the past in the most generous of lights. Your immediate environment could surprise you with innovative surprises in the midst of your remembrances.
Aquarius: A relationship or partner may require more sensitivity and more responsibility from you. Your association with groups and friends could widen your perspective and bring out the generosity needed to bring balance.
Pisces: Something you have been working on alone could suddenly expand it’s effect into a more public arena. This could have broad implications for your reputation at work or in some institutional setting. Trust the process.
In true Sagittarius fashion, the theme of returns is enlarged this new moon by the fact that it falls just one day before the Winter Solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Yet it is also celebrated as the return of the sun. From this point until the Summer Solstice, the arc of the sun’s path inches wider and higher each day, and each day grows longer minute by minute. Let us celebrate this slow return: it marks the seemingly invisible birth of a new year and a new cycle of seasons. The “solstice,” or “standing still sun,” brings in the cold that hardens up the seeds of next Spring’s new growth, and reminds us how deeply our very lives are connected to the literal turning of the earth. At this new moon, may all our journeys, inward or outward, show us each step of the way is an opportunity to shine our lights, shed some light, and keep it light!