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Sagittarius New Moon, December 16, 2009

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Sagittarius New Moon, December 16, 2009

Winter Solstice, December 21, 2009

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But we do not have to think that human nature is perfect for us to still believe that the human condition can be perfected. We do not have to live in an idealized world to still reach for those ideals that will make it a better place. The non-violence practiced by men like Gandhi and King may not have been practical or possible in every circumstance, but the love that they preached their faith in human progress must always be the North Star that guides us on our journey.

President Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

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A very Sagittarian speech. Shoot for the Stars. Have Faith. Go on the Journey. Commit to the Quest. These are all aspects of the Sagittarian experience.

The Sagittarius New Moon occurs on Wednesday December 16, 2009 at 7:02 am EST and 4:02 am PST.

The sign of Sagittarius calls us to adventure, to expand our horizons, seek different perspectives and learn something new. It is about journeys, goals, philosophies, teaching and higher learning, as well as storytelling and cosmic law. After the re-birth out of the depths of Scorpio, Sagittarius offers us the possibilities of open vistas, penetrating insight and deep meaning in our lives.

Sagittarius and its ruling planet, Jupiter, offer us faith and hope in the Truth of the cosmic laws of Life. That's why Sagittarius also rules our religious beliefs, because the great religions of the world are meant to teach the eternal truths of the Spirit. It is up to each of us to look at ourselves and see if we are living those truths.

For the first time this year, all the planets have been moving in forward motion. These weeks before and after the Winter Solstice are full of positive energy which we can use to plant a new seed of consciousness at this New Moon. All New Moons are beginning times, and this New Moon highlights a new beginning for our beliefs.

At this time of year, we need to check-in with ourselves to see if our beliefs still serve our life's purpose. In this quiet time before the Solstice, as the darkness grows to its deepest depth, we need to take stock of our lives and our beliefs. Sometimes we forget that it is our values and dearest beliefs that give us the courage and will to live. During the Sun's journey through Sagittarius, we get to examine our beliefs and re-center ourselves around them.

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With the current economic fiasco affecting so many people's lives, it becomes imperative for us to look at our underlying beliefs and see which ones no longer serve us, either individually or collectively. It is when we feel that our life is falling apart around us that we especially need to know what we believe in. What we have faith in.

It appears we are all being called upon to go on a collective Hero's journey. The hero is called to the journey when something in the tribe or the kingdom is out of balance. The hero/ine is the only one who has the courage to answer the call, to make a change, to go into the Unknown to bring back what is missing, the thing that will restore health and viability to the collective.

Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, is concerned with myths and storytelling, because the myths contain the structure of cosmic law. We are being called to the Hero's Journey because the old king (patriarchal culture) is dying. With Pluto going through Capricorn, the Cosmic Story is letting us know the Old King needs to die!

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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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