The Whole of the Moon

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We are not far away from the Sagittarius New Moon, and a partial Solar Eclipse.

Eclipses, as we know, are extremely potent New Moons and usually herald change of some type. And the thing about change is that we can’t control it. The other thing about change is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be bad- even though it may often seem to be so- it just has to be different. It is the perspective that counts. Glass half full, glass half empty.

I was grounded
While you filled the skies
I was dumbfounded by truth
You cut through lies
I saw the rain dirty valley
You saw “Brigadoon”
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon

The change that occurs with eclipse is often the type that you feel building, like a pressure cooker, so that when it blows, it is sort of expected in an entirely unexpected way…if that makes any sort of weird Mercury retrograded sense.

The New Moon is Sagittarius is always about hope, spontaneity and adventure. Sagittarius is a sign that doesn’t mind a flutter and taking a risk or two to follow your dreams- whatever they happen to be. Add in an independence seeking trine from Uranus and your dream might very well be that of freedom, or at the very least, the freedom to follow your own path- however wide that may be.

The other thing with the New Moon in Sagittarius is that you aren’t afraid to look up and out, to take that leap. Maybe you feel you have outgrown your present situation? Maybe it’s time to take the reins into your hands and gallop off into the sunset. Maybe it’s time to be honest with yourself and those around you. Maybe it’s time to reach for the Moon. There is no limit to the possibilities.

I spoke about wings
You just flew
I wondered, I guessed and I tried
You just knew
I sighed
And you swooned
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon

At the risk of sounding like an infomercial site, if you haven’t invested in this already, April Elliott Kent offers a great 3 year guide to eclipses against your natal chart. Check it out at her website. I refer to mine each time one of these comes around- actually that reminds me to contact her for a refresh.

As an example, this one falls in my 9th house square Mercury and represents a crisis of consciousness. Her words:

Having made decisions about your life’s purpose (and having made the break with the past necessary to move forward) while eclipses were in the tenth and fourth houses, it’s now time to embark upon your quest. Probably, you won’t feel up to the challenge; you’ll doubt that you have the skills, intellect, or preparation to move forward on your journey.

Being square Mercury, it also represents a crisis of identity:

Eclipses aspecting Mercury describe a time of being “between identities.” Often you’ve taken on a new title –“wife,” “doctor of philosophy,” “chairman of the board”– but don’t know how to reconcile this title with your own ideas about who you are. Or, you may have relinquished an old identity (a corporate executive, for instance, retires from his job of thirty years), leaving you unsure about what to call yourself.

This is a time to tell yourself new stories about what you want to be and how you’ve gotten to the place where you are. It is a cycle for mastering new skills and language for coping with your new path. It is a time when you might reach crisis in your relationships with siblings, neighbors, and coworkers – the people against which you most often evaluate and define yourself.

Given the endings that are presently occurring in the partition job and the beginnings that are around the corner, this eclipse (and the next) will be defining indeed. The change is hard and has (lately) involved a few too many tears, with more yet to come (hey, I’m a triple Pisces- what do you expect), but ultimately what is ahead is pure possibility and dissolving boundaries. And to someone influenced as much by Jupiter and Neptune as I am, there is nothing that is more exciting (or flipping petrifying) than that.

What about you? Do you have planets or chart points between 0-7 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces? In particular personal planets or the Ascendant/Descendant or Midheaven/IC? Naturally, the tighter the orb, the more likely you will feel this one.

If you haven’t done so already, the New Moon energy will be with us for about 12 hours after the New Moon itself. Use it wisely to set your intentions or wishes.

The golden rule with New Moon wishing, or indeed any type of intention setting, is to dream of anything as long as:

  • It doesn’t impede any one else’s free will
  • It doesn’t hurt anyone else

Hmmm….that certainly takes at least two things off my list! Bugger, back to the drawing board…

Oh, and a song…it has to be Waterboys Whole of the Moonshows the absolute wonderous promise of Sagittarius. The lyrics are amazing. As always, all copyright to the artists.