The New Moon on December 13 is at 21º Sagittarius and on Ras Alhague, the main star of the rejected 13th sign Ophuichus, the snake-charmer. I see this exiled constellation as representing the Lilith/Chiron archetype, the snake is Lilith and the charmer is Chiron, seeking to distil and tame the power of the serpent. It is the shaman and a constellation most feared because Ophuichus claimed to resurrect and heal the dead.
So there is a regenerating theme with this New Moon since it occurs a day before Mercury re-emerges from the Underworld (the retrograde shadow zone.) That’s not all, we have a shadowy Dark goddess theme also with Lilith conjunct Jupiter the apex of a Yod on Aldebaran. A holy war fought by women? To cap it all, this very dark New Moon is trine the warrior queen Eris by just 5 minutes! More militant females then.
I had already talked about the implications of this Yod in the Mercury Retrograde post. “The thinking is magical and symbolic however, so perfect for manifesting those dreams. Mercury trine Uranus is visionary and of course a Jupiter Yod has BIG dreams that Saturn can help crystallise.” This is one of those extra rich, dark cherry Moons where you can relish in being uber-gothic, melodramatic and melancholic. It’s all icy mists, haunted stone castles, long black velvet capes sweeping across cobbles and Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue”.
The New Moon is conjunct the asteroid Hylonome, she was female centaur beloved of centaur Cyllarus who committed suicide to join him in death when he was wounded in battle. This Moon will highlight then how much and what we will sacrifice for our dreams. Are we deferring too much for the future? Or is it worth being “Waity Katie” (Middleton) if the long-term rewards are so great. So yes with this New Moon we really will feel like we are in the bleak midwinter (symbolically if not actually) in terms of having to wait patiently before we can plant our seeds. This is the time to till and fertilise the soil. Just like the Mercury Retrograde was spent formulating the blueprint, this month will be spend planting seeds of thought in those around you, by talking and getting them excited about your plans. It generates an energy.
New Moon aspects
The New Moon trine Eris will work in a similar fashion to Sun trine Lilith “They will usually stand out from traditional society in some way by being outsiders or making unpopular decisions in their life. But although they may exhibit quite eccentric behaviour they still seem to be able to bewitch the public with their magical aura, gifted at making quite gruesome things palatable and acceptable.” I also think this aspect can give medium-ship ability since this Eris is comfortable with other realms. And Moon trine Lilith who “ can be particularly susceptible to being led astray by its libido, sometimes falling for the most unlikely and unsuitable partner they can drag out of the gutter. If they are not the villains themselves then they most certainly find themselves attracted to one. That someone will then play out their suppressed naughtiness for them.” Judging from the celebrities who have Sun or Moon trine Eris. I find she seems to be as above but with added Mars and Uranus. This outsider Moon will bring Dark Goddess energies to the collective and the bring out the activist, renegade, Kali side of Lilith.
New Moon on Ras Alhague
Ras Alhague has a rather dubious reputation, but as I found out when looking at those celebrities with the Sun and the Moon there it wasn’t all “mental depravity” and “perverted tastes”. But the Sun did fare better than the Moon, which suggests the more conscious this energy is, the better. The danger with this star is if the subject is made to feel ashamed of or repress its qualities. When Ras Alhague becomes the shadow, then we are in for trouble. The Yod seems to be saying, make this shadow conscious; look at you really riles you. Where it is pointing could be highlighting where you are most likely to experience your shadow and what they may look like. Of course the Lilith/Jupiter conjunction could be the counsellor/priestess who highlights this demon for you, pulling out the darkness from the Saturn sextile Pluto.
The Sabian symbol for this moon is “A Chinese Laundry”. This is a menial occupation, with many people working together in cramped conditions, on the lowest rung of the work ladder. Symbolically this is cleaning up for others. There can be snobbishness in looking down at the scum or the underclass. This is where the shadow can be projected, at the lowest of the low, the scavengers. But these cleansers perform a valuable service, without them industry would collapse. Just as in nature, we need parasites, flies, and worms to break down and recycle matter in order to transform. So this Moon is about having to start from the bottom, not being too proud to get down and dirrrty in the mud. It is about stripping down Pluto style and showing bare face butt cheek. Getting grass roots experience is important just like you need to have a strong enough root chakra to support the crown.
New Moon Keywords
Purifying, groundwork, grass roots, scraping the barrel, scavenging, shadow work, 50 shades, pointing the finger, scrubbing, scrubbers, harlots, underground, underbelly, root chakras, demon slaying, warrior queens, militant witches, inquisitions, scapegoats, exiled, untouchables, wildest dreams, mission impossible, rags to riches, Cinderella, enchantments, spells, making manifest, melodramas, melancholia, depravity, perversions, parasites, patience, self-sacrifice, suicide pacts, co-dependancy, dying to meet you, being led astray, falling for a crim, decadence, bit-of-rough, down and dirty.