November 24, 2011  10:06 PM  PST

The Sun and Moon are once again in union with the aspiration of Sagitarius.  The New Moon can feel like a very dark place this time of year and force us inside our homes and inside our body temples.  After all the intense, transformative energies of Scorpio played out in very mysterious ways…the energy seems to be shifting toward goodwill and kindness. These Holy Days are celebrated in a mosaic of faith and worship of the Light in all of its radiance. Mercury (Communication/Thinking) goes retrograde at this time until December 13, 2011. So before you start making big plans such as the signing of important documents, purchases of equipment related to telecommunication, or a long distance travel plan remember to expect delays or malfunctions with our devices. It is an opportune time to review, revive, restore, return, any unfinished matters. Often an old friend will make an appearance from our past during this period. Venus (Attraction/Love/Harmony) is also flirting with the Wise Sign of Sagitarius the Sage. Remember when communicating on any level with others that it is easier to let our thoughts rush ahead of us and to speak words that we may later regret. We seek value and meaning in the season of peace, love and joy.  This holyday season open up your heart because it is the greatest gift that anyone can give or receive.

There is a wonderful story called The Gift Of The Magi  about two lovers who do not have the finances to purchase extravagant gifts for one another. In an ironic twist they make sacrifices to obtain the desired gifts but the gifts are rendered useless. It is a great story to remind ourselves of the magi-c within us and to follow our own shining star to the place wherein dwells our own divinity.

Sagitarius wants to express its restless energy and propel the wheel of evolution into a more expansive, multi-cultural society of inter-faith with optimism.  It is a time of learning new ways to grow in personal and interpersonal ways. Now is the time to sow the seeds of our faith in ourselves and in others.  It is a time to remember the Teacher within. A time to remember the many mentors in our lives.

Sagitarius is also affiliated with the planet Jupiter which is the largest in our Solar System. Due to its size, it has been associated with joy, opportunity, expansiveness, abundance and luck. It had the potential to be another Sun in our galaxy. It is also associated with faith. When the Sun is in Sagitarius, a lot of people celebrate the Season of the Light Bringers of Faith in December. Astronomically and Astrologically we are reminded of that faith when the light of the Sun is reborn at Winter’s Solstice. The Sun appears to standstill as it sets on the southwest horizon marking the shortest day of the year while the Earth’s axis begins it journey toward longer days of warmth and light.

Express your enthusiasm with the gratitude of the abundance that we may receive…and remember to share your blessings…whether as a Random Act of Kindness…an encouraging word…a gentle touch…a warm embrace…just aim from the heart  and shoot for the stars!

(c) Richard Barrett 2011