Closing the Eclipse portal, we welcome the New Moon in Sagittarius on November 23rd at 5:57 pm EST.
The Eclipse season, as it does, brings forward endings and changes. The endings that occur during an eclipse portal often prove to be very final in nature. A proverbial death.
This New Moon is Sagittarius brings with it the elemental of fire and a burst of light from its glyph’s arrow as we enter this dark season. The directed light clears the view for what we’d like to create for ourselves moving forward - after we come out of the winter chrysalis.
Scorpio, by its nature, is a very releasing time. We welcome the dark and learn to let go of what is no longer needed for our next chapter’s growth. As we arrive now in the dark of winter, we are given the time to reassess and dream about what is to come.
Sagittarius is the last Fire sign of the Zodiac, it is connected to exploration, travel, deep study, inspiration, and creativity. Ruled by the giant that is Jupiter, it is also connected to expansion and luck, making this new moon a great time to connect to where we wish to grow. The symbol for Sagittarius is the archer, representing focused attention toward a specific goal. The archer never shoots blindly, she always knows where the arrow needs to go and so we too, need to know where we want our energy to be directed if we wish to create.
In celebration of this New Moon in Sagittarius, here are a few practices and rituals:
Create an alternate vision board, but crafting it with nature elements. Allow each nature element to bring forward an intention. Consider even creating it as a mandala somewhere outside, or from collected elements and place it in your home.
Since we are moving through winter's introspective months, taking time to reflect on what you've done this past year, what you wish for more of, and what were the most potent lessons learned.
A Few journaling questions you can ask yourself:
Tratak, or trataka, also known as fire gazing, is greatly used in many lineages to help with focused attention, visioning, banishing, and improving vision.
To do tratak, simply sit in a comfortable seat and set yourself up with a candle flame at eye level. Create an intention around what you wish to focus on or clarify.
When ready sit in front of your candle and stare into the flame. Try not to blink, and allow the eyes to water. Sit with your candle between 5-15 minutes and see what comes up during this time.
When completed, close your eyes and watch the flame dance in the darkness of your own inner vision.
The new moon is a time of stillness and introspection. With shorter winter days, take a short walk outside in the dark. Find a space where you don’t have city lights around you, maybe you find a tree to connect with. From this place, close your eyes and sit with your breath. Notice how you feel.
Enjoy this New Moon transition!
If you’d like to join in for our last ceremony this year you can Join us for the Yule & New Moon Ceremony on December 21st.