We are having a New Moon in Sagittarius on December 18 at 6:30am Universal Time which will work out to be late night of the 17th for those in the Americas. New Moons are the start of a new new lunar cycle bringing in a new wave of energy for the coming month.
Mercury is finishing up its retrograde this week which is also occurring in Sagittarius. It began on the Full Moon on December 3rd and will end on December 22nd/23rd. Mercury Retrograde periods are a time of making shifts and adjustments in certain areas of our lives. It is an opportunity to see things in a different way and gain some new awareness around something. It could be about taking a different approach to things that have already been put in place or attempted prior to this period.
It is important to pay attention to what the Universe has been trying to show through both triumphs and complications so that you can proceed forward in a recalibrated way. When the retrograde ends, and in the days following, we may experience increased clarity and a more defined approach to how we need to handle whatever area of our life this period has been influencing. Much of this will be connected to Sagittarius themes which will be explained below.
New Moon In Sagittarius Conjunct Saturn At The Galactic Center
This New Moon along with Mercury’s retrograde can be about working with Sagittarius energy in new ways and making changes to old approaches that don’t serve us anymore. It can be connected to our beliefs, philosophies, aspirations, travel, education, teaching, and the way we accumulate wisdom and experience.
The shadow expressions of Sagittarius in its shadow can also be opinionated, self-righteous, preachy, and behaving like a ‘know it all’ even when we may have a very limited perspective on a subject. This sign can also overdo, overextend, and take a fearless approach even when there are valid reasons to be cautious.
Both this New Moon and the beginning of Mercury’s retrograde have a conjunction with Saturn which could be about needing to be more realistic, disciplined, focused, cautious, conservative, and structured in how we express Sagittarian energies mentioned above. There could be a theme of ‘redefining’ how we work with areas associated with this sign and for some people this period could be about reworking Sagittarius aspects in career which can be related to marketing, publishing, sales, or any of the other areas already mentioned.
Another way this can manifest is that some people may have to take a serious look and consideration around what is their truth. If we have been dancing with different ‘truths or if we haven’t been living up to our truth, this can be a period in which re-align ourselves with where we truly stand.
Both this New Moon, Mercury retrograde, and Saturn are in contact with the Galactic Center, which is a part of the sky associated with higher consciousness. This can be about aligning ourselves with our highest truth and our connection to source.
Saturn Going Into Capricorn For Three Years
Saturn has been in Sagittarius for roughly the past three years and much of what this edition of Mercury retrograde is about is connected to what Saturn has been doing since then. Therefore, many of the themes written above (and in my Mercury retrograde article) have actually been playing out for a longer term, except now they are being highlighted very strongly as Mercury has been activating Saturn’s ‘last hurrah’ in this sign.
Less than 2 days after this New Moon, Saturn will enter Capricorn where it will stay until late 2020. It is the planetary the ruler of this sign and therefore it is like it is coming home. Capricorn is the sign of career, ambitions, business, social status, banking, and mastery. Along with Saturn, it is also associated with structures, responsibilities, caution, practicality, discipline, and consolidation.
Saturn travelling through this sign will be a period of ultimately redefining many of these things. In that process, it will disregard what is no longer working and put in place or solidify different approaches that are more sustainable in the long term.
The last time Saturn was in Capricorn was from February 1988 until February 1991. Similar themes of that period will be present during this period, except in different ways. Also, this edition of Saturn in Capricorn has the potential to have much more profound and deeper changes as Pluto is also travelling in this sign and has been there since 2008. In a previous article, I wrote about what Pluto in Capricorn could mean for the world and with Saturn joining in now, much of what I wrote about will be more apparent over the next three years.
Those who were born the last time Saturn was in Capricorn, specifically between February 14th 1988 and June 10th 1988, as well as between November 13th 1988 and February 6 1991, will be going through their first ‘Saturn Return’ over the next three years. This is something that everyone experiences in their late 20’s which is ultimately about reaching a new level of maturity.
For those born in those periods, these next three years are a time of increased responsibility, commitment, needing to be more disciplined and getting more real about life and life choices. This can happen through both challenging and restrictive circumstances, or in some cases in can also manifest as a result of our own choices that require us to apply ourselves in those ways.
Making Intentions And Things To Consider
What have your experiences and circumstances been trying to show you over the recent weeks? How can you apply yourself in a way that is more aligned with new realizations, beliefs, and perspectives you have been considering? Which of your previous perspectives were inaccurate or no longer serving you? What do you need to do or manifest to help you make your visions and aspirations a reality? What is your truth?
These are just some examples of what your intentions can be oriented around, but they don’t need to be limited to them. The exact time of this New Moon will be at 6:30am Universal Time on December 18th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone. It is best to make your intentions as close to the New Moon as possible and even up a half hour prior to when it occurs. If that is not possible, they can even be done within the first 24 hours following.
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Ask Yourself: Would Would You Do If Money Didn’t Matter? What Would You Do If It Didn’t Exist?
- The Facts:
Alan Watts delivers a speech that puts into question the idea of money and what we are all doing here on planet Earth.
- Reflect On:
Do we have enough resources and technology to provide everybody on Earth with abundance? If we do, and if we did, what would human beings do? Would we return to our natural state and start exploring and advancing?
You probably hear this now-cliché question all the time: “If money was no object, what would you be doing with your life?” But hearing a question multiple times doesn’t make it any less valid. There is a profound truth underlying these words which it seems many of us have come to belittle or outright ignore, and yet the implications of truly internalizing their meaning are huge.
You may be a young, excited individual coming into the workforce or you may be part of an older generation who has been in the workforce for a while, wondering, “How did I get here?” Or perhaps you are someone who already loves what you do. In any case, I truly think that regularly asking yourself what it is you would love to do with your time if money was no longer an object can be a powerful tool. So why don’t we go ahead and do some self-analysis? But first, let’s listen to what Alan Watts has to say about the topic, as I think it will really get us into the right mindset for this task.
This exercise is a pretty simple one, just like the question it addresses. When answering these questions, it is important to go beyond some of the things we are kinda taught are the things to strive for. For example, letting go of our ideas about ‘success,’ money, material goods, fame, etc. and instead looking at it like Alan says – if money didn’t matter and I could do anything right now… what would it be?
Don’t worry about the whole career or job thing right now, just begin with what you like. Then think about what you feel you can contribute to the world, whether it be to just one person or a whole community (or the entire globe!). Educating others, contribution to a project, and bringing joy to others are all examples of ways you could contribute to the world.
Then grab a piece of paper and write:
“What do I enjoy doing? What makes me tick or gets me excited?”
“What would my ideal day look like if I could do what I wanted to do?”
“What is my ideal job? What does it look like?”
“What are my favorite hobbies or things to do?”
Once you start answering some of these more basic questions, we dive into things like:
“Why do I like these things I enjoy doing?”
“What about them are interesting to me?”
What this does is gets you thinking about yourself and the things that you enjoy. More importantly, it gets you thinking about why you enjoy them. This is key, because it helps you to isolate the elements of those activities that are important to you. You can then use that knowledge to find or incorporate those things into many different tasks or jobs. Because sometimes you really should ‘sweat the small stuff.’ Sometimes it’s those little details which make a job really great, or really awful.
In the end it’s all about participating in activities that bring you joy and ignite your passion, even if it’s only for a few hours a week. The key is trying not to get too stressed about the process either. Worrying that you can’t find your passion or your purpose is not going to help you find it. Have fun and be playful with it. The answer may also change a year from now or 5 years from now. It is human nature to change and to grow, and our passions and interests may change as we do.
New Moon In Pisces: Seeing Things In A Different Way
We are having a New Moon in Pisces on February 23rd and in the early hours of the 24th in the countries furthest East. This is initiating a new 29.5-day lunar cycle and a new wave of energy for the coming month. However, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the coming two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Virgo on March 9th/10th.
This New Moon is occurring a week into Mercury Retrograde which is also in Pisces for most of its duration. You can read more about that here. Generally speaking, this is a period of re-orientation around how we incorporate Piscean energies in our lives and this New Moon kicks this into gear even more so.
Pisces is the last of 12 signs and is associated with spirit and oneness as a reflection of its place in the zodiacal evolution. As a result, it is the least compatible with the physical-material and mundane world.
Pisces is oriented around emotion, compassion, energy, spirituality, imagination, and dreams. It is highly intuitive and even psychic, sometimes unknowingly. Pisces can be divinely inspired, idealistic, healing, tranquil, mystical, empathic, and highly creative. It is forgiving and self-effacing.
Negative qualities of Pisces can be delusion, deception, confusion, escapism, addiction, intoxication, flakiness, evasiveness, and having issues with boundaries. It can lack rationality and mental acuity. The line between reality and fantasy can be blurred.
New Moon Sextile Uranus & Mars Near South Node
In the days leading up to the New Moon, Mars in Capricorn has been in a trine with Uranus which are both in a sextile to this Lunation and get carried into the Lunar cycle. This can be good for taking a different approach towards something or asserting yourself in an area of life in a new way. It can also reflect action that is unusual, innovative, progressive, metaphysical, experimental, liberating, rebellious, or independent.
However, Mars is also moving towards the South Node which is strongest from February 24th-26th. This can reflect some sort of purging or releasing and/or things from the past may come up that need to be changed. Perhaps something may come up that can get in the way of our growth. For some people this can be a period of needing to let go of negative expressions of Mars that can be holding us back. If so, it can be connected to anger, aggression, force, competitiveness, or aspects of sexual behavior or relationships.
Mercury Inferior Conjunction
This Mars aspect is happening during the most significant part of Mercury’s retrograde which is when it joins the Sun, known as the ‘Inferior Conjunction’. Mercury will also be in a direct sextile with Mars and the South Node which makes it more significant. This can be a period of increased insights, and the themes or circumstances pertaining to how this retrograde is affecting you may come up more during this period.
Complications and frustrations can also be stronger at this time depending on your circumstances or how you are applying yourself. This may also be a period of ridding yourself of certain thoughts, ideas, perceptions, old interests, expectations, or other things that are not serving you while the potential for new ones may be seeded.
Jupiter Sextile Neptune
Jupiter is making its first of three sextiles to Neptune that are happening in 2020. This one is strongest from February 14th-26th. Considering that Neptune is associated with Pisces (also currently in that sign) and Jupiter having a broadening effect on it, this energy accentuates all the Pisces energy that is already occurring at this time.
It can be expansive, explorative, educational, philosophical, and ambitious in a creative, artistic, spiritual, mystical, or compassionate way. With Jupiter being in the Earth sign of Capricorn, many people can experience this around ambitions, career, business, or practical matters. This energy can also be good for visual media efforts. Capricorn can help bring groundedness, practicality, and realism to this idealistic combination of planets.
Venus Square Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn
Venus in Aries is in an exact square with Jupiter at the time of this New Moon. This energy can be excessive and impulsive when it comes to spending money, fun, pleasure, love, or anything sensual. However, it can also reflect growth or learning around relationships, values, art, or perhaps connected to aesthetics.
Venus then builds up towards a square with Pluto which will be strongest from February 27th-29th. At best this can reflect depth, regeneration, passion, or some sort of empowerment in our relations with others. This can also play out as power struggles, possessiveness, intensity, manipulation, or changes within friendships, in social situations, or amongst lovers. Fears or suspicions around these areas can come up or hidden matters may surface considering that Mercury is also retrograde.
Following this, Venus is in a square with Saturn which is strongest from March 2nd-4th. This can reflect difficulties, obstacles, delays, seriousness, dullness or restrictions either socially, financially, or aesthetically. We may need to be realistic, cautious, or more responsible in these areas.
Making Intentions and Things To Consider
What can you be doing to help you become more spiritually activated and bring more magic into your life? Do you have any self-sabotaging or escapist tendencies that could be traded in for creative, spiritual, or inspiring practices, efforts, or projects? Do you need to develop your intuition? Should you be meditating more often? How can you be integrating your visions, imagination, inspiration, creativity, or even visual media into your career or any projects that you are doing? Do you need to be more compassionate?
These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 3:32pm Universal Time on February 23rd. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.
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32 Thoughts That Can Help You Achieve Anything
9 years ago I made a choice, that choice changed the rest of my life. What I realize today is that same choice is one that many face and are very afraid to consider. I want to help shift that today.
In today’s world, most seem to be chasing success, wealth, an opportunity, fame or something of that sort. And I can’t blame anyone. We live in a world where ‘things’ are flashy, fun, and exciting. Where money holds us back from being able to have basic experiences.
Of course people want to have access to the world! But in many cases to get that access means we may need to work hard. We may need to work through challenges.
Now I think we can go on talking about how much of the time we get caught up in looking for material wealth to make us ‘happy’. But today I’m going to pull focus away from that and simply look at what can inspire us to achieve our deepest desires, passions, and the things we feel we’ve been put on earth to do.
Not everything comes easy but if we have the right mindset approach with ourselves and take action, I believe we can achieve anything. I proved this to myself 9 years ago when I made my choice to drop out of school for good and pursue my passion. I’m still doing it and there is much I learned along the way.
Words have power. The story we tell ourselves and the power of the mind comes into play everyday in our lives. Audit your current story, how much do you doubt yourself? Talk poorly about yourself? Talk down to yourself? What about when you are talking to others about yourself?
Here are some thoughts and phrases to really reflect on and internalize to help you achieve anything.
1. You are in control of your life, at a deep level!
2. Take your dreams seriously. Others will tell you they are not possible, but they are. Always.
3. What does your ideal day look like? Start creating it!
4. “If you don’t have room to fail, you don’t have room to grow. — Jonathan Mildenhall
5. If someone asks you why you do what you do, you better have a good reason.
6. If you are doing what everyone else is doing, there is a good chance you will end up where they are too.
7. What you do and who you are is unique and no one else in the world will do it like you. For that reason alone you must do it.
8. There is no such thing as failure, it’s simply a learning lesson you were brave enough to reach.
9. You already have all it takes to create anything! It all comes from within you, it’s about what you choose and expose yourself to.
10. Change for yourself, not for others.
11. Change starts within. Don’t look outside yourself to get things started. Look inward.
12. There is so much to be said about DOING. You can’t achieve anything if you don’t DO.
13. A setback is a setup for a comeback” – Dr. Willie Jolley
14. Be genuine! Your true self and true story holds much more power than a fabricated game.
15. Connect back with your initial passion and desire weekly. Getting lost in the chase is highly detrimental.
16. Surround yourself with others who support you. Limit time spent with those bringing you down.
17. Don’t completely shut out the nay sayers, they bring feedback you often won’t get otherwise.
18. There is no positive and negative when you see things for what they are. This allows you to stop fantasizing about outcomes.
19. Visualize! Each day you can benefit greatly from visualizing what you want to achieve. Seeing yourself doing it.
20. Be grateful for where you are no matter what. Check in with yourself to refuel the realization of gratefulness.
21. “Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem.” — Anonymous
22. Don’t subject yourself to other’s idea of how things ‘have to be done’. If your way works, do it!
23. On that note, learning from your mistakes is great but learning from others is even better. Use your FEELING to determine which path to take.
24. It’s not about the destination as much as it is about the journey, enjoy every step of the way and don’t judge it.
25. Pay attention to YOUR dream and not the dreams of others. Audit yourself, who’s dreams are you really after? Yours? Your parents? Societies?
26. Give a damn. Care. What you put in is often what you get out.
27. “The most important thing to remember is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” — W. E. B. Du Bois
28. And on that note, who are you? Truly? Do you know? Spend time getting to know you!
29. Do or Do Not. There is no Try — Yoda.
30. What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.
31. We often start off terrible at things, no problem. Mastery comes in continuing.
32. No great person simply picked something up and was the best. Everyone put in time, energy, hours and in fact, 10,000 of them. Be gentle with yourself, but remember to work for what you want.
Many of these thoughts, wise words and quotes have been huge themes in my life in following a passion. Climbing a mountain most thought I couldn’t climb. But the key after all these years is not to judge others, ‘prove’ anything to them or revel in accomplishments. It’s realizing that this was my path. This was my journey. I chose this.
Stay present, stay humble, stay in line with your passion and your ego will stay quiet. Connect to your heart.
Photo credit Tim Bogdanov.
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