The phases of the moon are among the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and deeply rich sources of thought and interpretation in Astrology. Among the 8 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, and Waning Crescent – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention.
This article will look at the current New Moon and suggest a “creation activity” associated with the sign of this New Moon, based on the work of the late astrologer Jan Spiller from her book, New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True.
New Moon – Let’s Start Something!
The Sagittarius New Moon will occur on November 26th at 4 degrees and 03 minutes; in my Eastern Standard Time zone, it will happen at 10:06 am. It takes 29.5 days from one New Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. Just before the New Moon begins, the last period (3 days) of the previous moon phase (Waning Crescent) is known as the Balsamic Moon. That period is ideal for meditating, reflecting, and releasing; all in preparation for the New Moon.
The first 12 to 24 hours after the New Moon begins is an ideal time to initiate energy. We will explore, specifically, each New Moon in a sign using Jan Spiller’s concepts and suggested actions later in this article to see how best to take advantage of this period of inspiration and inception.
New Moon energy is ideal for a first date, trying something you have not done before, going somewhere for the first time, or creating with art and words. Each month, if you keep track of the New Moon, you should endeavor to do something new or begin something by aligning with the “newness” of the Moon as energy of “right timing”.
New Moon in Sagittarius
Since Sagittarius is fire energy, ruled by Jupiter, this New Moon is ideal for going on an adventure and exploring with your heart; it can be a good new moon under which to start a trip, learn a language, or begin the study of a religion or philosophy. Sagittarius is the “I master” energy of the Zodiac. What is something you need to initiate to bring you to a higher level of authority or a greater level of understanding about the world around you?
This New Moon will occur between the 4th and 5th degree of Sagittarius, making its Sabian symbol 5 Sagittarius, “an old owl up in a tree”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of the necessary element of steadiness in human affairs, and of the extent to which the demonstrated and widely accepted values of life must have their full and functioning part in the immediate reality with which an individual may be seeking to come to terms.” (The Sabian Symbols, 215). The keyword is NORMALITY.
New Moon Wishing (A Tribute to Jan Spiller’s Work)
I enjoy practical uses of astrology, and there are many. So, I was immensely pleased when I came across Spiller’s book: New Moon Astrology: The Secret of Astrological Timing to Make All Your Dreams Come True. In it, she details the process for “making wishes”, which is what I like to call a “grabby phrase” to get non-astrology people to peer inside her book. More seriously, it is the Law of Attraction intention setting using astrological timing in the high energy just after the New Moon.
Spiller says, “Wishing is really a matter of deciding what we WANT to create and getting clear on our intention.” (New Moon Astrology, 2) This technique is an act of conscious responsibility, not a lazy entitlement. There is actual work to do. This work involves knowing the time of the New Moon in your time zone and preparing to act within the first 8 to 24 hours AFTER the New Moon has activated.
Once the New Moon is active, you need to get a notecard or a piece of paper to write your wishes down or invest in and use a nice leather-bound journal. I know we all have a notes option on our cell phones, but handwriting the wishes/intentions is part of the energy ritual.
Spiller recommends making up to 10 wishes, but no more, because too many requests will disperse energy; I generally do around 5, sometimes less (3-4) or more (6-7) depending on which New Moon it is and what is going with my life at the time. One constraint that helps the wishing/intention process is making statements in line with the New Moon in the sign of the day you write your wishes/intentions.
Wishes/Intentions in Sagittarius
Knowing your chart will actually help you understand which New Moons will be stronger while others may be weaker. I have no points in Sagittarius in my 2nd House of Resources, so this will be a weaker New Moon for me. It will, however, be stronger for all of us because Jupiter is in Sagittarius and the New Moon will align with Jupiter in the first 24 hours after it occurs. We all may feel an extremely strong urge to get out; like a massive surge of global “cabin fever”!
So, here’s the “nuts and bolts”. Sit down somewhere you can be comfortable, or where you exert energy to work, like the desk you might use at home to do your monthly bills or the desk at your work. Get your favorite pen and prepare to write your wishes/intentions. The wording is very important, and Spiller suggests starting each sentence with, “I want …”.
Here’s what she says to wish for when the New Moon is in Sagittarius: quest for truth, peace of mind, travel/freedom/adventure, legal issues, faith/optimism, finding solutions, and overcoming excess (New Moon Wishes, 105). And here are three examples of the types of wishes/intentions I will write about the during the day of 11/26:
- I want peace of mind regarding the biggest decisions I have made in my life.
- I want the ability to travel without concern for my safety or financial strain.
- I want to find the solutions that will best help my family with any of their struggles.
Once you have them written down, put them somewhere you can store them and go back and review them after time has passed. I have a nice leather journal that I use and keep in my office. A good place for a journal, or box, to put wishes in would be in your bedroom in a nightstand by your bed. Keep in mind that the quality of the paper, the pen, and the storage location all matter. Being intentional in all aspects of the process is important.
And lastly, consider getting Spiller’s book; this is just a primer article; if you want to find out how deep the well is and how fresh the source, then there is no substitute for reading all 312 pages of her book!
Happy New Moon Wishing!