Sagittarius New Moon: Liberation!

Imagine you’d been caged for 50 years in a laboratory, with nary a glimpse of the sky. You knew there were others of your kind nearby, but you were unable to see or touch them and could only offer mute sympathy as each of you was tortured in the name of science.

Then suddenly one day, everything changed. You escaped out a window into a grassy expanse where you could climb trees, commune with one another and live the life you were meant to live.

This is what happened recently for over a hundred government-owned chimpanzees who were retired to Chimp Haven (watch this inspiring three-minute video to see the looks of wonder on their faces). This unprecedented release will hopefully be the first of many, as funds are raised to provide sanctuary for another thousand chimps still languishing in medical labs across the country.

Liberation is the theme this month, as the atmosphere lightens and the heaviness of the last few months begins to lift. A New Moon in optimistic, freedom-loving Sagittarius (Dec. 2, 4:22 p.m. PST) promises release for all who are willing to look beyond suffering and let their spirits soar. This New Moon trines liberating Uranus and squares sensitive Chiron, guiding us to transcend limiting beliefs that keep us identified with pain—to know ourselves as divine creators.

Uranus will turn direct at the Dec. 17 Full Moon, ending the retrograde it began in July as it invites us to throw off the shackles that bind. Between now and then, take inventory of where you’re at. What are you ready to release, internally or externally? The planets offer a supportive net as you dare to take the leap across that chasm into new territory.

Treasure maps are an excellent technique for transitioning into new terrain, and the Dec. 2 New Moon is an ideal time to make one. Check out this ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life, for inspiration on this fun and powerful activity.

Painting by Claudia Fernety. To see more of Claudia’s work, visit her website.

About Simone Butler

Simone Butler is an intuitive astrologer with more than 25 years of experience helping people engage with the mystery of their lives. In addition to having a consulting practice with clients throughout the world, Simone has taught many astrology classes and workshops, most recently at Vintage Religion in San Diego and the Golden Door Spa in Escondido. Simone's articles have been featured in The Mountain Astrologer, The L.A. Times and many other publications. She wrote the daily forecasts for the Starscroll for many years, as well as the lunar forecasts for Simone loves ritual and combining astrology with feng shui. She lives in San Diego, California, and can be contacted through her website.

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