Sagittarius: The Archer
The Sign of Sagittarius
Sagittarius, ruled by the planet Jupiter, is a mutable sign associated with abstract intelligence and higher learning. A fire sign with a focus on adventure, idealism, and spiritual growth, the emphasis is on learning, exploration, social activities, humor, and an appreciation of the great outdoors. The liver, hips, sciatic nerve, and thighs are associated with the sign Sagittarius.
The key phrase for Sagittarius is “I Seek”.
The sign Sagittarius correlates to Strength, the third step on the Western pathway of Sun Bear’s Medicine Wheel. Strength is the ability to firmly maintain a position. The knowledge gained from introspection during the last cycle will give you the strength to stand in your power.
Chart for the Sagittarius New Moon on December 17/18, 2017:
Sabian Symbol for 27º Sagittarius
“A sculptor at his work.”
This degree depicts the ability to project one’s vision into form with whatever raw materials are at hand.
— from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases© 1973 Dane Rudhyar.
Highlights of the New Moon Chart at 26º Sagittarius 31′
This Sagittarius lunation cycle begins amid the celebration of several religious holidays focusing on the optimism inherent in the season (Saturn quintile Neptune). The imprint of the New Moon fuels intentions with passion and, if associated with a cause, can take on an aggressive life of their own (Sun & Moon septile Mars). The ability to embrace and respond to the needs of the collective becomes associated with destiny (Neptune tri-septile the Moon’s North Node). All of which opens the way for some intense philosophical discussion (Mercury semi-sextile Jupiter). Charisma and courage combine creatively with a powerful drive for success (Mars quintile Pluto).
Our advice for this cycle:
Apply the knowledge gained from introspection during the last cycle to seek a better understanding of yourself. There is always more to know. Explore your self-identity, self-expression, and your current state of self-realization. Reassess your aspirations. It’s likely they need updating.
Enjoy the enthusiasm available to promote or publicize your activities by sharing what you’ve learned this last year. Proclaim your gratitude for those who have served as your teachers or guides.
Burn excess energy this cycle with vigorous exercise. Firing up your body will spark your motivation to act. The passion and persistence available to you now are best expressed through compassionate action or your personal creative expression. Build your strength by exercising your thigh muscles, eating a diet to support your liver function, and getting as much fresh air as possible.
Questions you might explore for personal insight include:
- What are your long-range plans?
- Who or what has influenced your belief system, inspired you, or mentored you?
- How do you motivate and inspire others?
- When do you feel most adventurous?
- What does self-realization mean to you?
- What subject would you choose to study or what country would you visit if there were no obstacles?
- Where and with whom would life be easier if you were a little less self-righteous or a little more restrained?
Affirm: I see the big picture.
Quote for this cycle:
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
~ John F Kennedy (1917-1963) American statesman and 35th President of the United States
Attune to the qualities of Sagittarius with a 3-minute tarot meditation on Temperance.
Temperance is the messenger of a simple spiritual truth – moderation is virtuous. It teaches that one is strengthened by self-restraint. It represents the act of tempering where substances are combined to form a new whole. Temperance conditions the quest for higher knowledge, offering concentration, creative energy, flexibility and adaptability as aids to direction.
Confer with Temperance to focus on a goal or to journey within to bring self-knowledge to consciousness.
A Mandala is a powerful device for creating and focusing on sacred intentions. We encourage you to create and color your own mandala or print out and color our 2017 Sagittarius New Moon Mandala.
You are invited to send your mandalas to us for placement in our Mandala Gallery.
Please check out Lynn Keefer’s Mandala Journal, where Lynn shares the mandala she colors every month, along with her meditative process.
The Zodiac Arts Moon Phase Journal, which usually posts at each phase with tips on working with the current cosmic and lunar energies, is currently on hiatus and the posts are sporadic.
Sandra shares her personal moon phase journal, Sunny’s Days. We invite you to join her walk through the year. Declare your intentions – start your own moon phase journal. Share your images, words, colors, and goals for this lunation cycle in the comments below the posts.
Artist, author, educator, and dear friend, Donna Iona Drozda uses solar, lunar and numerological cycles as a blueprint for living the life of a “Heartist.” Keep up with her Lifecycle offerings and updates on her Lifecycle Blog, and be sure to subscribe to her email newsletter while there.
CJ Wright at Auntie Moon offers daily insights and other good lunar tidings at her website, plus she has monthly lunation cycle workbooks. She also has an excellent video: Moon Phases and New Moon Intentions.
Margaret Koolman’s New Moon insights can be found at her website, SoulAstrology.com. Margaret writes beautifully and offers excellent counsel.
Jessica Shepherd is always a good read at Moonkissd.com.
Elaine Kalantarian at Blue Moon Astrology uses astrology to describe archetypal processes at the New and Full Moons.
April Elliott Kent at Big Sky Astrology is adept at putting the current cosmic conditions into personally identifiable terms.
Nadia Gilchrist always has our attention at Ruby Slipper Astrology, where she writes about the lunations and other cosmic events.
Stephanie Gailing, another of our favorites, offers her insights and apothecary suggestions on her web site. Her book, Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness, has tips on health-supporting foods, spa and wellness therapies, relaxation practices, yoga poses, aromatherapy, natural remedies, and flower essences customized for each Zodiac sign.
Lynda Hill takes a thorough look at the Sabian Symbols active this cycle.
Christina Rodenbeck at The Oxford Astrologer generously writes and posts excellent articles on current transits, world events and the arts. Her monthly horoscopes are well worth a small subscription fee.
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