As Venus crosses the North Node and we start to feel a hint of things to come, especially as regards art, love and money we are also pulled into the currents of the New Moon in Sagittarius and the quick fire communications that come as Mercury leaves his shadow, Uranus turns direct and the two perfect a trine with one another. The next couple of days are crucial in terms of news coming in that helps us get clear about where we are headed next. And indeed the chart for the New Moon triggers some important degrees and aspects which continue to work in our lives over the coming couple of years. This is not likely to be a a big ‘in your face’, earth-shattering event, it’s more like the tide turns and the messages we get just as it does so allow us to understand its significance for us.
Beginning with the New Moon which is at 21+ Sagittarius, this New Moon is packing quite an arty, Venusian vibe to complement Venus catching sight of her destiny through the North Node. First of all the New Moon is conjunct Aphrodite, the Greek version of Venus which reinforces the Venusian link. Secondly the New Moon is conjunct centaur Hylonome – who was renowned both for her beauty and for her dedication to her lover. Hylonome was married to Cyllarus who died in battle from the wound of a poison arrow – she was so heartbroken that she took the same poison arrow and killed herself with it so that she could be reunited with her beloved.
In astrology Hylonome links the orbits of Uranus and Neptune and can show how we are able to take the shocks that Uranus brings and use them to pursue the dreams and higher ideals of Neptune. Hylonome can indicate something for which we will give the ultimate sacrifice – something so important and central to our sense of being that life seems meaningless and worthless without it. It is such a thing – a person, a cause, an idea, ideal or dream that might come to us with the New Moon. Plus the New Moon is conjunct Trans Neptunian Cupido – a point in the solar system that unites the energies of Uranus and Neptune in ways that relate to community. This conjunction again reinforces the Venusian theme of the New Moon and links it also to Jupiter, the ruler of the New Moon as Cupido is thought to combine these two types of energy as they relate to our social worlds rather than our internal, personal worlds. So this New Moon has a message about our ideals becoming public and having more impact in the world around us – with friends and the communities we live within.
Finally, the New Moon is conjunct asteroid Desiderata or ‘desired things’ – which refers not so much to things that we want but rather to things that it is desirable to have. The sentiment is well expressed by Max Ehrmann in his poem:
Desiderata – Words for Life by Max Ehrmann
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Meanwhile the Sabian symbol for the New Moon is:
(SAGITTARIUS 22°): A CHINESE LAUNDRY.
KEYNOTE: Making use of one’s special racial-cultural background in order to survive and prosper in an alien environment.
There are many life situations in which because on one’s ancestral or personal background, or their special interests, and individual finds themselves separated from the people in the midst of whom they have to live. Yet they often can use this background a valuable foundation for smooth operation and acceptance by the alien environment, without losing their own natural character.
This second stage symbol stands in contrast to the one for the first stage. There is no longer a question of imitating the ways of a superior group, but instead of maintaining one’s own integrity in situations which neither give value for, not favour what one basically is. What is asked here is SELF-CONTAINMENT…and good humour!
So the overarching message of this New Moon is one of love, dedication, beauty and finding that something which allows you to be true to yourself at the same time as contributing to the wider good of society.
Following the New Moon and those seeds set for the future we get Mercury moving out of his shadow and trining Uranus, freshly turned direct. The connection of these two could well bring some surprising news relating to ideas or thoughts we have had over the past few days – since Mercury crossed the North Node in fact, and they will relate to how these things will take shape in the future, growing from the seeds sown at the New Moon.
For this trine the Sabian symbols are:
(SAGITTARIUS 5°): AN OLD OWL SITS ALONE ON THE BRANCH OF A LARGE TREE.
KEYNOTE: A poised and wise approach to existence based on a clear perception of unconscious factors and their operation.
The owl has always been a symbol of wisdom, and its hooting call has evoked a rise to mysterious and hidden elements in life. The owl functions lucidly in the night aspect of existence. His eyes see what men normally fail to perceive. He represents that consciousness which is active where the processes of life normally escape the attention of the personal ego and its intellect.
This is the last of the five symbols in the forty-ninth sequence. It suggests the possibility of developing a wisdom beyond tragedy, a peace and poise beyond conflict. One might speak here of TRANSLUCIDITY.
And for Uranus:
(ARIES 5°): A TRIANGLE WITH WINGS.
KEYNOTE: The capacity for self-transcending.
This is the symbol of the desire to reach a higher level of existence, of pure aspiration or devotion, of bhakti. What has emerged in the first phase of the process of differentiation is becoming aware of the possibility of further up-reachings. The principle of “levitation” is seen as one of the two essential factors in evolution. The emergent being glorifies and deifies it, but it is still only an ideal. At this stage, nevertheless, the whole being experiences a childlike longing for its eventual realization.
At this point the last and synthesizing stage of the first five-fold unit in the cyclic process is reached. A NEW DIMENSION of being is envisioned mobilizing creative endeavors.
(Read more Sabian symbols here)