Yesterday morning, you could see the Moon like a great grey coin in the dawn sky, reflecting just a tiny sliver of light. Today she is already in the sign of the centaur, Sagittarius, where she will be utterly obscured at around 7.30 am (UT) on December 18 (tomorrow) when she is in conjunction with the Sun.
Five hours later (around 2.10pm), the Moon meets Saturn, staggering to the end of his tour in Sagittarius. Less than half an hour later, Lady Luna steps into Capricorn, her fall.
So the energy of the Moon in Sagittarius is here now — we are in the “Dark Moon” phase. This is the final Dark Moon before Saturn’s departure on the very edge of this sign. It’s part of the stately dance discussed in the previous post about Mercury Retrograde.
This Moon is about endings. It is the darkest hour, and a crucial opportunity for burying or burning or deleting things that are no longer useful, necessary or fruitful in your life.
I feel that we ought to refer to the conjunction as the “Dark Moon”, since before the age of exactitude, the New Moon was officially when you could see the tiny sliver of light. But I would be pushing against the tide there. The point is that it’s more accurate to think of this moment as a darkening of the light and an ending, and the sliver of light in a few days, as the very first stirrings of a beginning.
The “New Moon”, or conjunction of the Sun and Moon, takes place at 26°31 Sagittarius, so if you have any points or planets close to here in any of the mutable signs — Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius — it’s important. And if you have anything here in Leo or Aries also, you may feel it directly too, but this is an easier shift. In general, take a look at the house in which this New Moon falls.
The Dark Moon draws in themes from other spheres too. Today, the Moon will square Chiron and trine Uranus before meeting the Sun tomorrow morning. Yesterday, the Sun made those same aspects. Remember, both Chiron and Uranus are changing signs in 2018, so there are endings here too.
This Lunation is part of a major shift in the collective, and possibly in your life. The Moon can trigger the heavier planets.
On December 21, with the Solstice, we are at the very, very beginnings of a new chapter. Between the New Moon and then, perhaps we are at the first intake of breath before the first word.
This is from the archives and a useful reminder of what Chiron in Pisces means. Uranus in Aries has, of course, been revolutionary beginnings…