In late November a few years ago, my partner and I left the ice-laden trees of Oregon and drove south for the vacation we’d planned months before. A friend had loaned us the use of her ocean home while she was out of town. I was in a gloomy mood. My father was dying of cancer. My mother was losing her home. I was worried my son wouldn’t get into college. My dog was ill. Yet, when I stepped across the threshold of our friend’s cozy villa, I was instantly transported.
Here was the spirit of Sagittarius! The sun was shining brightly through her many windows, casting rainbows through the hanging crystal prisms and stained glass designs. There were Buddhas, Shivas, Ganeshas, Kwan Yins, and a host of angels suspended from the ceiling and mounted on walls. Fine statues smiled at us from the bookshelves and exquisitely carved tables. Piles of inspirational books beckoned from every room. For days I sat reading uplifting thoughts while listening to the sounds of wind chimes and a water fountain coming through the patio doors. After our visit, I was healed, renewed and transformed. The visit had been just the Sagittarian pick-me-up I needed to face the challenging weeks ahead.
Sagittarius inserts itself between what many consider two of the most difficult signs in the zodiac. Scorpio transforms through loss. Capricorn demands hard work. Sagittarius strengthens optimism and restores enthusiasm. This archetype bolsters our spirits. It sings, “Yes, you can!” My wish is that you can find a way to create your own Sagittarian villa at this New Moon. May you nurture yourself with positive friends, ideas and experiences that will replenish your spirit. Feed yourself with affirmations of prosperity and joyful action.
Solstice arrives within five days of the Sag New Moon. It’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Feeling optimistic and cheerful isn’t a given—it’s a radical act. You’re asked to find something to believe in just as the natural world withdraws color and hope from the landscape. Locate the fire inside. This will sustain you. Fire burns up doubt and fear. It brings a growing lightness of being. Feeling positive about your future is not about being giddy or foolish, but confident in the higher forces of this world. This is how to enter the Saturn-in-Capricorn years ahead. This is how you’ll remain productive and strong. Keep stoking the inner fire that makes the world seem big and beautiful again.
This is what Solstice has always been about. It is the promise of returning light. It coincides with pagan and Christian celebrations of a divine birth. The Christian manger symbolizes how something awe-inspiring can arrive in the lowliest of circumstances. Such a turn can come with the Sagittarius New Moon.
Strengthen your Sagittarian fire with this month’s New Moon playbook!
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