Over the river and through the woods,
To grandmother's house we go;
The Moon will meet up with the Sun today in the sign of Sagittarius. At 7 degrees Sagittarius, these two luminaries will converge and the Moon will not be visible to us as it is occluded by the Sun. In this New Moon phase, we have the birthing of a new cycle for the Moon. Under the archetype of Sagittarius, we find the Philosopher, Explorer, Teacher, and the Gypsy. The sign is compelled by the quest for truth with the belief that the meaning of life lies just around the next corner, just past the next mountain range, just ‘over the river and through the woods.’ Known for a sense of optimism and enthusiasm, the Sagittarian seems primed to take on the adventure wherever it may lead.
On November 28, 1964, the Mariner 4 spacecraft launched its mission to Mars. It was our first exploration of the Red Planet, and the images produced seemed to indicate Mars was a lot like the Moon. The images taken by NASA were blurry and pixelated by today’s standards in photography, but for the time they were quite monumental and influential. The photos showed a heavily cratered surface. From what we could see, we made observations. In the spirit of understanding, scientists believed there was no life on Mars.
In 1971, the Mariner 9 produced images that revealed a varied surface more Earth-like- with canyons, valleys, and even the potential for water. The assumption that there was no life on Mars now proved inconclusive.
In our lives, we form our world view based on our experience. The Sagittarian, when optimally guided, resists the temptation to ‘jump to conclusions’. If the energy is well exercised, this fiery sign keeps seeking, and does not rest. For the journey of life is seen as a continuous adventure, each experience leading one closer and closer to the truth of it all. Yet, the idea is to never settle, never stop the foraging, as the continued influence of life takes us to places we cannot yet even imagine.
Under this New Moon, the Sun and Moon are ‘squaring’ the lunar nodes. In evolutionary astrology, we would view this as a ‘skipped step’ in the life. A ‘skipped step’ is a something that gets in our way, we cannot see past it, it can blindside us as we may want to ‘skip’ over it or pretend it is not there. It is a problem for us. Unfortunately, avoiding it or going around it does not work and we must integrate that part of us that may seem at cross-purposes to our aims. With a South Node in Pisces, we may a tendency in our collective to want to live ‘checked out’. We may resist concrete reality or want to see life through rose colored glasses- enchanted by the illusions and imagination, or we could become depressed. We can find ourselves taking on the role of the victim, martyr, or savior as we try to navigate this realm of interconnected feeling with everything. The totality can lead to confusion, delusion, and a desire to isolate.
We are advised the future lies in moving towards the North Node in Virgo. Virgo is a practical sign rooted in the Earth, who is most happy when using its discernment to make improvements and be of service. Our aim is to take all the lessons learned under the Piscean landscape and bring it into form. But first, we must work through our ‘skipped step’.
What could we be blind to in our lives? Are we viewing our world with limits? Have we forgotten the ways that life unfolds in sometimes unexpected and surprising ways? Have we stopped exploring and seeking truth? Can we allow ourselves to operate from a place of not knowing what lies around the next bend? For we know that in the spirit of potential and optimism, great feats of man have been accomplished. Dreams that are believed, can come true. It is this fire within that we want to keep ignited, allowing ourselves to ‘keep the faith’ that something good, something insightful and expansive lies just beyond the horizon.
We need this faith now, even though at times, we take all that we ‘know’ and believe we already ‘know it all’. History and human experience have shown, life is journey with twists and turns we could not plot on a map ahead of time but need to engage the quest in its unfolding. And in Sagittarius wisdom, we are encouraged to BELIEVE. Believe in all possibility, whether rational or not. Like the early pictures of Mars, we recognize that the reality we know today is based on what we can observe, and what we can observe now may be different tomorrow.
So plant seeds on this New Moon, to be open to more. To be blessed by experiences that expand your world view, and stimulate the adventurer in you to keep seeking. To keep believing.