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The Cosmic Story: Sagittarius New Moon 2013

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As the Sun emerges from the turbulent waters of Scorpio, we step into the fires of Sagittarius.   Like the Egyptian Sun-god Ra, who battles demons as his solar boat traverses the Underworld and who emerges triumphant every morning at sunrise, a new day is dawning for us.   The lessons that haunted us in Scorpio must now be forged in the fires of Sagittarius into arrows that lead us to our future.   New knowledge needs new perspectives.   The knowledge Scorpio bestows on us reaches deep; if we've plumbed our own depths and acknowledged our real, secret feelings, we've begun to see a new truth about our lives.  

What have you learned about yourself in the past month?   How many people have you alienated by your projections?   How many people have you decided to trust?   Have you been humbled by the truth about yourself?   If we can't see ourselves clearly, the good and the bad, we've missed the Scorpio lesson.  

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Sagittarius is the flight of the phoenix that arises from the ashes of death in Scorpio.   Soaring so high, it sees life from a higher, objective viewpoint.   Renewed, our feeling life is inspired by Sagittarius' fire to send our passion out into the world in a strong, focused way.  


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Sagittarius is considered the sign of the seeker and the philosopher as well as of Cosmic Law.   Sagittarius focuses us on the important questions in life: Who am I?   Why am I here? Where am I going? It also gives us a sense of wonder and joy as we contemplate some force greater than ourselves that calls to us.  

Steven Forrest describes it this way .   "Gypsy. Student. Philosopher. " In each one, mind projects itself outward toward a new horizon, just like our flying arrow.   In each, we observe actions that expand awareness through the gathering of unfamiliar experience." (The Inner Sky, p.77.)  

To go where no one (at least us!) has gone before!   Whether we seek new experiences physically by travel, intellectually by studies, intuitively through philosophy or imaginally through our feelings, Sagittarius aims us toward where we need to go.   Sagittarius' goal, after all, is expansion.

Sagittarius is the sign of the quest, the quest for life's meaning.   That search for truth--cosmic truth--needs something from each of us.   We seem to be born with an urge to understand Life and our place in it.    To seek the answers to life's riddles, we need faith and a deep belief in our own values and principles.   We have to aim our arrows and let fly.   Belief is what powers them.


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But don't forget Scorpio's lessons.   It's easy to trick ourselves into thinking we're highly conscious and spiritual when we believe that is our purpose.   Over-enthusiasm and bad judgment occur when Sag's expansion ignores the darker urges of the soul.    See what kind of life experiences have been coming your way recently.   What part of you has called them into your life? What's been your answer to life?   Sag's purpose now is to help you understand and define that new perspective, that new action.   True belief comes from deep experiences.   That's the kind of faith Sagittarius engenders in us--a living belief in our goals and purpose.

Our beliefs are shaped by our families, our education and our culture very early in life, and so these beliefs are embedded in the unconscious. They have become our instinctive behavior.   They can limit our awareness of the truths of life and can stop us from stepping beyond our belief's boundaries.   When we go through the transformational waters of Scorpio, we get to renew our beliefs and consciously choose our perspective on the world as adults.   So open the doors of your perception!

Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, is moving retrograde in Cancer.   So our focus (along with any planetary aspects involved in your chart) is expanding our sense of the emotional body and its importance in our lives.   Patriarchy has taught us to ignore and revile our emotional bodies--women have been told we're emotional and hysterical, and men have been told to stop being a baby and man up.   Not the best way to train a psychological function that is part of every human being!   What would happen if we actually taught people the optimum way to live consciously in the body with their senses, their feelings, their intuitions and their imaginations?   

How big is your heart?   What defenses have you woven around your emotional body? How are you healing your emotional wounds? What do you need?   What nurtures you?   These are the questions Jupiter in Cancer might bring up for you to expand your awareness of what you really need to make your life flourish.  

Then you have to look to your beliefs (Sagittarius) to see if they support the healing of your emotional body.   The old beliefs of patriarchy have wounded many of us.   But what new beliefs do we need to imagine that will support us in living the life our soul desires us to live?

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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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