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You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere. – Ursula K. Le Guin
Aries and Aries Rising
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. – Ursula K. Le Guin
We don’t have to wake up every morning and speak in tongues, divinely inspired prose or recite religious texts to live a spiritual life. However, what we do need is the willingness to observe, acknowledge and celebrate the connectivity of our lives. The sacred dwells in the profane, neither is more worthy of the other but both are tied together. The new moon in Sagittarius is occurring in your ninth house that is traditionally connected to “God” — whatever that word may point to for you personally. New moons mark the beginning of something, and anyone that has ever begun anything is, at the end of the journey, acutely aware of how little they understood at the inception of the trek. Know that you are at least partially blind in the beginning of this week and as the days grow, so does your awareness about whatever spiritual or peak experience you are seeking. This moon aims to shake up what you think you know, what you tend to expect and what you try to understand about life. This is one of those times where it’s best to suspend your knowledge and pretend that you don’t know anything, but that you are eager, willing and excited to learn. Mars enters Libra this Saturday where it will stay until late summer, for you this means a lot of extra action in your relationships. However that ends up manifesting in your life, this is one thing that I know for sure: if you feel unloved, unwanted and alone it’s your responsibility to do something about it! Be of service to others, volunteer, be kind, stop asking for love and start giving it without even a glimmer of hope that you will get something in return. Talk about a spiritual experience…
Taurus and Taurus Rising
People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within. – Ursula K. Le Guin
The nature of spiritual experience is to die. To experience The Ultimate Creative Force is to experience a death, for we are never the same again. Left rattled, broken, exposed and vulnerable we have to find a way to move through a life that just keeps marching on unaware that we have just been altered forever. I don’t think that we can truly mature until we have been broken by something, for it’s only then that we realize we aren’t that important. Life doesn’t wait for us to get everything all neat and tidy before it comes barreling in, it just arrives unapologetically. If we are lucky, we realize that it isn’t personal, this whole “life” deal. We all lose, we all gain, we all fall and the sun shines on us all with equal warmth. Monday’s new moon in Sagittarius is happening in your eighth house of death and inheritance- what’s left over when we go. It’s a funny thing to be the walking embodiment of what was our ancestors, but that’s all we really have of them, or any loved one. We have what they gave us, but more than that, we have what we have done with what they gave us. Cut your loses and celebrate your inheritances.
Gemini and Gemini Rising
Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. -Ursula K. Le Guin
The funny thing is that most of us recover fully from every heartbreak we’ve ever had, but in the moment it feels like the end of the world. Mostly I can look back with a tremendous amount of adoration for all of my lovers and partners and be really grateful for the lesson they brought me. I feel complete in the transaction now, but it wasn’t like that in the beginning of the relationship. Generally, in the beginning I am seized by the projection that they are all that. This is of course just a lack of perspective on my part, but a hefty one to deal with none-the-less. This is what it is to be in the darkness of the moon and Monday’s new moon brings very little perspective for you in this area. No light means very little conscious awareness. When two things merge (in this case the sun and the moon) there is only oneness, which can often feel more like blindness than unity as we’ve temporarily lost our sight. You’ve probably guessed that Monday’s new moon in Sagittarius is happening in your 7th house of partnerships, marriage and open enemies, which may mean that you will begin some such partnership (romantic or otherwise) but more likely is that the issues regarding perspective or lack there of in such unions will be present for you. Fear not! This is simply an opportunity to remake the love that you have for others, especially if you feel like it has died down or been a little lack-luster lately.
Cancer and Cancer Rising
Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books. – Ursula K. Le Guin
What remains easy to see are the issues that you have with others. However, what you think others are doing “wrong” is most likely some part of yourself that you are rejecting. This is a toxic lens to view relationships through because it can only ruin a potential ally ship, leaving you less connected and therefore more vulnerable to life’s tricks but much worse is that it stalls your spiritual growth. Anything and everything that is showing up externally is something that your spirit is calling you to face and it’s a gift of the highest order. This weeks new moon in Sagittarius is occurring in your 6th house which means you’ve got some work to do, specifically in exorcising some less than sweet spirits from your soul. The first step to any kind of ghost busting is to do your due diligence; get out your hazmat suit, you know, the one that can protect your from the kind of self-harm you are known to inflict on yourself when you come across an aspect of your psyche that isn’t pleasant. You need to clear out the clutter of your past relationships: the regrets, the sorrows, the fantasies, the burdens, the lies and the endless stories you have made up by compiling facts and making meaning out of them. If you are having issues with others you can be sure that it’s about you in some way or another. This may sound like bad news, but it’s a blessing to know your part in the whole thing because then you can actually do something to change your current circumstance. Wish everyone who drives you up the wall, well and wish them well all day long. The next time you see them I promise that you’ll like them more and it’s high-time that you learn to be the bigger person in these petty circumstances. The other important piece to consider when having a new moon in your 6th house is about organizing your time so that you can look towards the next year with an idea of what you want to do and time structured so that you can do it.
Leo and Leo Rising
The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pendants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. – Ursula K. Le Guin
Ok! That’s it, time to go outside and play! I know, for most of you reading this it’s kind of cold out and it would take so much effort to put on your scarf, mitts, muffs and snow-booties but sometimes getting out of the house and having some fun takes some effort on our part. Don’t just sit there, get your winter gear on and go get some friends together to go ice skating or hiking or something. You have spent enough time at home for the moment. You need to move about your community and get social, go see what the neighbors are up to, invite everyone over for a game night, start a book club or volunteer to read to kids in the library for story time. Whatever it is, make it move you to a silly, playful place where you can forget about grown-up things and abandon yourself to the honorable art of rejoicing. Monday’s new moon is happening in your 5th house of true love, play, recreation and total abandonment to joy and an unwavering commitment to expressing that joy. With this set up it’s always possible to start a romance, but more importantly, rekindle the romance with your life. Mars has just moved into your 3rd house of short distance travels, neighbors and siblings and it will be there for the next 8 months. Welcome this transit by getting to know someone in your hood you haven’t bothered to talk to until you read these words, the worst thing that can happen is that you’ll have built some community and connected to a few more fellow human beings.
Virgo and Virgo Rising
Truth is a matter of the imagination. – Ursula K. Le Guin
Time brings luxury by means of perspective, via distance from our past, and our parents. It becomes clearer that the ways in which we saw them was one assumption after another strung together to make a tale out the facts that we had access to. This activity doesn’t generally paint the most realistic picture of someone. This Monday’s new moon in Sagittarius has you doing some work with one or more parental figures. They don’t have to be within walking distance of you for your old material with them to be activated, nor does it even have to be an experience that you would define as triggering. The point is that we are willing to be open, and remain open to doing the work that needs to be done throughout our lifetime. The point is that we stay seekers of truth without being afraid of our childhood demons and terrorizing traumas. The point is that no matter what, we know that we will be OK, because we are old enough now to know what to do to take care of ourselves. One way to self-sooth with this astrology is to start some sort of project at home that will serve to ground you and make you feel more comfortable there. Something like color coding your library (it looks soooo cute, trust), cleaning your altar or polishing your Shabbat candle holders. Actively make space for your spirit.
Libra and Libra Rising
A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Storytellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, and deeper. -Ursula K. Le Guin
I think that there is a writer in all of us, but I’m a little biased. Since we could figure out how to use tools we have been recording a version of our story. We are constantly expressing our experience of being alive, we are storytellers who observe, recollect and ponder the meaning of our tale. How is life shaping our consciousness and how is our consciousness shaping our lives? If you have been feeling the desire to pick up a pen or if there is a deadline looming, Monday’s new moon in Sagittarius is your time to begin a writing project. If this isn’t in the cards, then this new moon is more about illustrating how you perceive this one, precious life. Take stalk of what is being perceived and translated in that powerful mind of yours. The other big news is that this week Mars moves into your sign and will stay there for the next 8 months, that’s more than a hot second, astrologically speaking. This means that you’ll be working in a way that is a little opposite to how you usually do, you may be tempted to go out and get what you need instead of magnetizing it to you, which would be your normal tendency. It may be an odd feeling or an uncomfortable start to the month; Mars is more aggressive and forthright then Libra is used to being. It’s not your usual style, but every transit we experience is just that, an experience to be experienced. You may feel the opposite of being driven as well; it all depends on how your natal chart is composed. Either way issues of drive, ambition, anger and aggression will be things you’ll be immersed in, on and off until the summer and with Jupiter in your 10th house of career until early summer, it looks like you are about to launch into a whole new stratosphere of awesome.
Scorpio and Scorpio Rising
For we each of us deserve everything, every luxury that was ever piled in the tombs of the dead kings, and we each of us deserve nothing, not a mouthful of bread in hunger. Have we not eaten while another starved? Will you punish us for that? Will you reward us for the virtue of starving while others ate? No man earns punishment, no man earns reward. Free your mind of the idea of deserving, the idea of earning, and you will begin to be able to think. – Ursula K. Le Guin
I want you to check for signs of being overly attached to the illusion that there is a concrete reality to adhere to. I also want you to keep one eye open for your sneaky, superior, rule mongering evil twin. If you notice yourself becoming overly attached to the way things “should” be you’ll know that you may very well be turning into your own version of Archie Bunker. And don’t buy into the material realm so much so that you forget about the mystical one, it’s the dimension that can shift the material plane around. Speaking of “goods”, Monday’s new moon will occur in your second house of finances and the stuff you own. Hopefully you are protesting the Black Friday hysteria and staying out of the red in your bank statements. This kind of new moon is a chance to redefine your relationship with money, are you letting it have more power over you than is necessary? In fact money should be relegated to its right size of having such minimal power over your life its like a fresh container of play dough; it’s fun, its entertaining, it’s amusing, it bends to your will and it’s in the palm of your hand. Money isn’t our point of power, our connection to our life and ourselves is. Money is just something that helps us learn about the illusion of separation; if we study hard it’s something that can be really amusing to play with. Very little attachment to the green stuff helps us do fun things with it-like spend it on others.
Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising
I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me. – Ursula K. Le Guin
To be honest is to risk ripping the fabric of our safety net. To bare our souls, to become completely vulnerable to public rejection and scrutiny is perhaps every humans greatest fear. I’ve met and witnessed a few people that were truly unafraid of losing social standing but more often than not we all tremble at the thought of being ostracized. Monday’s new moon is in Sagittarius, your official start to this next year and there are two very distinct energies that this moon is connected to. One energy (a trine to Uranus) is like a trusted friend who’s come to help you tell your truth, this is a supportive energy that is cheerleading for you-this energy encourages a beautiful revolution but it cannot occur without your total commitment. The other energy present (a Square to Chiron) feels more threatening to your security and may have you a little on the defensive, asking you to move in a new way. This is a healing crisis, but an external crisis only occurs when we have resisted the subtler versions of the lesson. Do yourself a favor and get on your knees daily, prostrate yourself fully, go into Child’s Pose regularly or any other physical shape that will bring about an emotional awareness that you are willing to give up control and you are officially asking for help. Then sit quietly for at least the length of a good song and listen to the tune that the universe is playing for you-follow this by going out and dancing the dance of the day. Repeat often.
Capricorn and Capricorn Rising
My soul is ten thousand miles wide and extremely invisibly deep. It is the same size as the sea, and you cannot, you cannot cram it into beer cans and fingernails and stake it out in lots and own it. It will drown you all and never even notice. – Ursula K. Le Guin
Over the next few months you will be pushed into new personal and professional domains via Mars storming through your 10th house of career. You’ll need to grapple with new aspects of yourself that might not always be so pleasing. Some aspects of your work will need to go to the wayside so that others can be activated and accomplished. You will be in the professional hot seat in both exciting and chaotic ways. To prepare for this, Monday’s new moon in Sagittarius would like you to spend some time reconnecting to whatever you consider to be your guiding force, and in order to re connect with this mystical field of potentiality, you need to pull away from the outside world some. This is all subjective-not all of you need to sit in a cave for the first few days of this week, but maybe a few of you will. The point is that I want you to do your version of being a monk for this new moon without judgment or comparison. It is a good time to go to that meditation group, class or teacher that you have been wondering about or to fire up a new or existing practice on your own-it will steady you through the upcoming storms of activity that are descending upon you in 5, 4, 3, 2…
Aquarius and Aquarius Rising
The law of evolution is that the strongest survives!’ ‘Yes, and the strongest, in the existence of any social species, are those who are most social. In human terms, most ethical…There is no strength to be gained from hurting one another. Only weakness. – Ursula K. Le Guin
It’s simply impossible to do it all by ourselves and it’s completely miserable to live under the belief that it’s our job alone to fix the whole mess. We are only as powerful as our willingness to build bridges with each other-and then walk across them. Monday’s new moon is occurring in your 11th house of groups, friends and collective dreams so I want you to pay special attention to what is getting fertilized in this area of your life. It’s also a time for you to test out how all of the things you have been working on are being received in your community. Is your work valuable to those that you wish to join forces with? Are you able to use your accomplishments at work to attract the kind of people that you need to in order to manifest your dreams? This show doesn’t go on forever you know and this is no time to be a wallflower, m’dear. It’s not only time to join the party but it’s time to throw the party. The other thing that is happening in your chart tells me that you are, or will start getting the feeling that you are a hamster on a wheel, this is a good thing because you need to know that you’re on a wheel in order to get off of it. There is a thirst for a new experience that is waking up in you and I’d like you to take it seriously. I’d also like you to let it take you on a new adventure. Follow the action.
Pisces and Pisces Rising
There’s a point, around age twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities. -Ursula K. Le Guin
Why not simply decide that you are completely perfect (with room for improvement), absolutely ready for life as you are and that you need not wait, hesitate or formulate the perfect reason to exist in the world. Why not show up in all your glowing goodness and bedazzle the surface of our sky so that we are left with nothing to do but gaze and the goodness you have bestowed upon us. You are set up right now to aggravate yourself just enough to be spurred into action. The Sagittarius new moon is occurring in your 10th house of public affairs and career, so it’s time to get very clear and specific about what it is you’d like to manifest in this area of your life. However, I want you to do some prep work first. Make sure that before and during the process of writing your list or creating your vision board that you are well aware of all the ways in which you still believe that you need to conform to some false notion of being acceptable. Before you do anything, wildly and without hesitation, wrap your heart around your entire being and love yourself like no one ever has, and like you always wish they would. Create your life from a place of feeling full of self-love; envision your life with the clear sight of self-acceptance and the unbeatable mood of celebration.