The New Moon in Sagittarius, exact at 4:18am Tuesday, presents an opportunity to expand our understanding of what's possible through our exposure to, incorporation of, and encounter with the new. The Moon Guides are available now (and free to subscribers!) with guidance for each of the twelve signs as well as a fresh new ritual I'm hoping you'll join in with me over the next few months.
Talking about Sagittarius immediately plants us in the realm of the mythic. The archetypal. The call to adventure. The seeker.
But there's another level here that has less to do with these collective archetypal myths, and more to do with the way we create mythologies of our own lives through the stories we tell ourselves about our experiences. One way to uncover some of the powerful myths operating behind the scenes in your life? Start by looking over the following sentences, and, without overthinking it, fill in the blanks with whatever comes first to your mind: I seem fated to __________________. I feel like a failure when I __________________. I have to be ___________________________ in order to be deserving of love. Successful people always ______________________. Life is __________________________. It's best not to ________________________________.
(It's important to note here that by no means are personal myths necessarily negative, as in many of the examples above, they're just a bit easier to spot intuitively right off the bat.)
Our personal mythologies, whether or not we are conscious of them, determine how we measure, reflect on, and make sense of our lives. In Scorpio, we butt up against the limits of our inner mythic framework. We learn that the old myths have outgrown their use, and the pain we experience derives directly from the lack of a new mythology to take their place.
In other words? We must die to the old before being reborn to the new. We must adapt to fresh circumstances, which means we must release our grasp on what came before, how we thought things were going to be, before turning inward to re-connect with what brings our lives a sense of purpose and meaning.
The good news for us is that, with the Sun's entrance into Sagittarius on November 21st, the death of the old way is behind us: we have already faced the inner crisis between what we feel should be real, and what, in fact, is real. In Sagittarius, we learn to accept the death of the original myth, and return again to the external world with fresh eyes to seek out new forms to contain and understand our experience.
The moment for mourning is over, and the time for openness, for a new story, has come. What lies ahead is a larger, more encompassing wholeness than we may dare to dream.
The New Moon in Sagittarius is an opportunity to develop new mythologies that will guide our course through the next 12 months. What we have now, each of us, individually, to decide is:
where will we go from here? How will we constellate meaning from the real, rather than the wished-for? And how will that meaning inspire action?
On a collective level, Saturn in Sagittarius grounds us in an understanding that finding purpose and meaning takes work, discipline, and dedication — but it also reminds us that accepting the call to live our lives with greater presence and awareness can provide us the necessary foundation to sustain our efforts over the long haul.
While our collective guiding myths are disintegrating all around us at an astonishing pace, our greatest hope for future harmony is the development and reinforcement of our own individual myths. We must take responsibility for the meaning we make from our life experiences, our relationships, and our place in the cosmos as a whole — and it's up to us, each, as individuals, to create for ourselves our own personal code, to become again the heroes in our own mythic journey, and embark on a fresh exploration.
If you're interested in using astrology to enhance your own myth-making capacity, you might find The Saturn Sessions consult is the perfect place to start. Consults close December 5th.