Welcome to a double dose of fiery enthusiasm this morning! The Sun left the Fixed Water sign of Scorpio and entered the Mutable Fire Sign/Sagittarius, at 4:38 am, followed just 3 hours later by the New Moon coming together at 00 degrees, 7 minutes of Sag. That's a whole lot of excitement to wake up to. There are some cautionary notes here as well, but first the good news...
Feelings are lifted, expectations are high and faith in moving toward some of our goals is restored as the power of the Sun in this third Fire sign helps us adapt to situations. The sign of the Centaur is represented by aiming his arrow high to go in the direction of his aspirations with complete faith in the outcome. Although the path the arrow takes may not be assured, the outcome will be in keeping with providence. It is uncommon that the Sun and Moon both enter a sign so quickly at the same time. Adding to the adventurous spirit of both Lights setting off on their quest hand-in-hand, so to speak, is the fact that the New Moon takes place in the first degree of Sagittarius, giving us a really full month of exploration!
The inspiration of Sagittarius is akin to the faith of the Fool, combined with the strength of the Lion and the knowledge of the Hermit. These are all attributes necessary to set out on one's journey toward self exploration, for while we may think we are going out into the world to seek fame, fortune or honors, it is self-mastery that we gain when following our highest path and being true to ourselves. Relationships can be understood and rough patches made smooth if we but recognize that our path includes others and realize that there is enough of whatever we need to go around for all involved.
Additionally, the chart of the New Moon shows Jupiter squaring off with Saturn, which is a reminder to work hard for yourself and not for recognition from others. This is one of the cautionary notes I mentioned earlier. Due to the expansive nature of Jupiter (aka Cosmic Santa Claus), the tendency is to get very optimistic and overly eager while pursuing our dreams. Cautious optimism is the rule of thumb when infused with an abundance of Jupiterian energy, such as is presented at this New Moon. All the positive attributes of Sag's ruler Jupiter, like optimism, expansion, inclusiveness and possibility, become dangerous when growth is unchecked and untimely. Like a balloon overfilled with air, your dreams can burst if overdone.
The other thing to be aware of at the start of this New Moon cycle is that Mercury, the communicator and planet of agreements and interactions, is in a very stressful relationship to Jupiter. Be especially careful in biting off more than you can chew, particularly when it relates to commitments and negotiations. Remember Mercury is still in Scorpio and our financial and deeply personal partnerships can be very productive if everyone is on the same page, or they can be entanglements we wish we weren't caught up in. Mercury squaring off with ebullient, over-the-top Jupiter can increase your debts or provide you with the opportunity to dig deeper into mutually beneficial contracts, projects, etc.
As you aim high, remember that while you're keeping your head in the stars, your feet need to be firmly planted on the ground!