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Sagittarius Thanksgiving New Moon 2008

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I've been thinking of a client of mine lately. She emailed me and I wrote her back. She wrote me again, asking why I didn't write back. I emailed her again, assuring her that I was indeed writing back! (Of course, I couldn't find her phone number.) Finally she wrote back to tell me that she assumed that since she hadn't heard from me that I was mad at her!

My hit is there was a computer glitch – probably my emails were suddenly going into the spam file. But my client probably never thought of that; she could only believe that I didn't want to talk with her. She didn't call me to find out. There was no outer reason to think this – it has to do with her life experiences. And so we lost touch, and I can't do anything about her getting wounded again by someone she trusted. Even though that isn't the truth of the situation.

There are choices we make about how we see life – the old glass half full or half empty complex. How much pain we cause ourselves by our beliefs!

Welcome to Sagittarius! The sign that rules our beliefs. The heavenly Centaur says, “Don't ever doubt that what you believe about yourself and life influences how your life turns out.”

When the Sun comes to its yearly visit to Sagittarius, life deepens. The days get shorter. The darkness brings the cold. We naturally turn within. Add to that the beauty of the early December twilight sky, a soft, velvety teal blue. The long night skies of Sagittarius can fill us with wonder. And so our thoughts turn to Spirit. The Catholics call this time Advent, meaning 'coming'; this is the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christmas, the Birth of the Light of the World. How else should we celebrate this time than contemplating our life and purpose?

The Centaur Archer points his arrow at the Galactic Center, which is located in Sagittarius. In many mystical traditions, the Galactic Center of the Milky Way Galaxy is called the Womb of the Universe. The belief is that our spiritual and evolutionary instructions emerge from that dark womb. Scientists have discovered that the Galactic Center is a giant black hole, emitting tremendous amounts of energy that spread throughout the galaxy. No wonder we pause during this time of year to contemplate the inner, spiritual truths of life. It prepares us for the Winter Solstice and the re-birth of the New Sun. And this year is special, because Pluto enters Capricorn just in time to celebrate it.

This year, we get to experience a deeper renewal of our beliefs, since Pluto will conjoin the Sun on Winter Solstice, December 21st. This only happens once every 248 years, a whole Pluto cycle. Since the first day of Capricorn represents the birth of the Divine Spirit (the Divine Child, the Light, the Winter Solstice Sun), let's remember the benign, loving Mother who gives birth to this Light. She is the guide and protector of the divine within each of us.

Perhaps as the banking system fails, She can show us that money isn't everything. She might help re-direct our attention to the most important things in life. Wouldn't it be a relief not to have to think and worry about money? Especially during the holidays. Can you do it for a day? With money off center stage, where does your attention go? What do you really want out of life? And how can you give yourself to the people in your life – instead of a store-bought present? Just how much more stuff do we really need? We have been complaining about the commercialism of Christmas for years now. So why not go out and do something fun, be with people joyously, and stop worrying this Christmas.

If you want to try this, do it on Winter Solstice – the Force will be strong that night with Pluto as part of the mix. Pay attention to your dreams!

But back to the Sagittarius New Moon. As you all know, new Moons are beginning times. The seed time. So this new Moon is a time to plant the seeds of belief in your soul. What kind of seed will you plant? Let's see what the planets tell us about this new Moon.

Sagittarius urges us to explore the meaning of life. And he points his arrow at the Galactic Center, indicating that our spiritual evolution holds that meaning. In Greek mythology, Chiron was the wise teacher who helped many heroes find their destiny. Half man and half horse, he was wounded by Hercules with a poisoned arrow, and being immortal (the half-brother of Zeus) he could not die. And so he suffered. And he asked the gods to let him exchanged places with Prometheus, the Titan who was punished for giving humans fire. Afterwards, he was placed in the heavens as the constellation Sagittarius, the exemplar of a wise teacher and healer.

Chiron is now in Aquarius, close to the North Node of Destiny and Neptune, the planet of spirituality. Chiron is pointing the way to our spiritual destiny – uniting us all as Children of Earth. Chiron orbits between the planets Saturn and Uranus, forming a bridge between Saturn, our conventional reality and Uranus, the archetypes that form our consciousness. Chiron opens us to our collective wounds and then offers insight into their meaning, which brings us healing. Chiron teaches us how to best incarnate Uranus' revelations into Saturn's concrete reality

Coincidentally, Uranus in Pisces is still in opposition to Saturn in Virgo (exact on Election Day). So our experience of that day colors this new Moon. Where you happy and sure the world was about to turn around? Or were you sure we are headed for destruction? Saturn in Virgo is still disciplining us to take care of our health, and get our collective acts together. Perhaps next year we'll get universal health care off the ground.

Uranus in Pisces is opening us to revelations from other dimensions about ourselves and our world. Since Uranus is slowed down and turning to direct motion the day after the new Moon, it carries an extra punch to it. The Force is really with us this time!

On Friday, November 21st, the Sun entered Sagittarius, followed the next day by Mercury. So Mars, Sun and Mercury will conjoin the Moon, making this new Moon extra dynamic and mentally active. It's time to expand your consciousness beyond your everyday perceptions and open yourself to a greater awareness of the Cosmos. Then you must choose what vision of the future you believe in.

All the planets are visiting in each other's houses this new Moon. The ruler of Sagittarius is Jupiter. You can see it in the western sky just above Venus, which is lower and brilliant. Both are considered beneficial energies, and usually bring luck. Both are in Capricorn on the new Moon, along with Pluto. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, right now in Virgo, which is ruled by Mercury. So these planets are visiting each other's houses and are in harmony, for Capricorn and Virgo are both earth signs. Things you do now can manifest if you make an effort.

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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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