The New Moon on December 18, 2017, falls on 26º Sagittarius Decan 3. This is an extremely spooky-woods zone of the zodiac which comprises constellations Ophiuchus (The Lilith constellation), Draco and the stinger section of Scorpio. At night it teems with slithering serpents, dragons and scorpions stingers. The Moon here makes it quite a treacherous labyrinth to navigate, and one where you will have to be good at feeling your way through the dark! 26º Sagittarius also happens to be the co-ordinates for Galactic Centre which makes this a very special pre-Christmas and winter solstice New Moon!
What it really comes down to is being able to trust the universe enough to hope it takes you to where you need to be. In some ways, it can actually be an advantage not to be able to see the scary creatures dangling between the dimensions, but not at a full moon! All those ugly trolls are under the spotlight… Urgh! Generally, this zone carries two extremes. Sometimes we can see too much and are driven mad by the true nature of reality while other times we find the unknown fascinating and will enjoy the challenge.
New Moon December 2017 Astrology
If we are going to enter the labyrinth (to get to galactic center’s gold.) just make sure you have a very strong psychic shield. Even so, at certain stages during these next two weeks, those touched by this New Moon will need to have the sense to pause in their journey. The successful ones will develop enough patience to wait until they feel more in tune with their path. Another possibility is the habit of summoning up the monsters that no one wants to face (Nigel Farage has his Moon here, as does Donald Trump which is interesting..)
These folk will then have ‘evilness’ projected onto them. Naivete and idealism combine to make some sail through anything, so that the lurking demons lose their power over them. The mud won’t be able to stick. Saturn ruling this decan can make people addicted to a kind of ‘I’ll prove the public (Moon) wrong’ attitude. Each challenge faced and superseded, only makes them crave yet another one. Those affected by this Full Moon can easily burn themselves out during this period if they are not careful. Try to pace yourselves!
New Moon December Fixed Star & Aspects
Etamin in Draco the dragon and Shaula in the Scorpion are listed as the major stars near to the New Moon so they add to the scary labyrinth influence. However, the New Moon is actually most closely aligned to fixed star Kelb Arail in the right shoulder of Ophiuchus the snake charmer. There are no special interpretations for this star but I see this constellation resonating very strongly with the energy of Eris. “When Ophiuchus, encircled by the serpent’s great coils, rises he renders the forms of snakes innocuous to those born under him. They will receive snakes into the folds of their flowing robes, and will exchange kisses with these poisonous monsters and suffer no harm”  While Robson says “It gives misfortune through women, perverted tastes, and mental depravity.” As with all stars and constellations related to occult wisdom, this one has got an extremely bad rap. But the Ebertins give us a clue to Ophiuchus’s higher vibrations “Connected with these are Neptunian tendencies, making the native especially prone to infectious contamination caused by toxins.”
To offset all this prime ‘evilness’ we have the Galactic Centre. Zane Stein has some great links explaining what this amazing point could signify. He quotes Philip Sedgewick “The Galactic Center acts like a satellite dish, directing divinely inspired information straight to the potentially receptive grey matter of our brains. If you believe in God, this might be the voice you hear. Regardless, within this connection, you have the ability to pull down wild information which you would otherwise have no way of knowing.” Zane goes on to say “In his book, Phil writes that when an individual ignores this transpersonal link he can experience stress and confusion, but when the link is consciously utilized the individual can grasp information that they may seem to have no outward way of knowing.” The stress and confusion could explain why Sagittarian decan 3 experiences negative projections and demonization. A person with this energy strong in their chart needs, more than most, to have this vital connection with spirit.
New Moon December 2017 ~ Horoscope
December New Moon conjunct Saturn is functional and critical. It is not the most adventurous or playful New Moon, but it will be your rock and anchor. It this time it is extremely tempting to let authority figures take complete control of your life, but if you do surrender to their efficiency drive, prepare for their command to be 100%. They provide protection and security like no other. This is a good New Moon for building backbone if you choose to be self-sufficient.
December New Moon trine Uranus brings an abundance of radical and innovative energy through an individual into the public eye. At this time we will witness self-assured rebels who don’t give a fig about conforming to the status quo. The trine brings to fruition personal freedom, revolution and electric genius that has been refined over many lifetimes. The more outlandish this individual behaves the more the public seems to lap it up. Having such strong courage of one’s convictions will often provoke criticism, fear and even envy from the conformists.
New Moon December 2017 ~ Summary
This New Moon highlights many of the themes that I brought up in the Mercury Retrograde post.
“Sagittarius 2 and 3 are also two of the most shamanic and otherworldly decans in the whole zodiac. Therefore this is a fantastic time for probing the deepest mysteries of our evolution. Of course this is ‘Conspiracy Theory’ heaven too, but the problem with that phrase is that it lumps in genuine revelations with really bonkers misinformation. However, all enlightened truth started off as a crazy, conspiracy theory at some point.”
Currently, I’m most interested in the development of the counter-cultural movement in the 1960’s and how this connects to the Beatles. Although it seems the silliest conspiracy theory, I’d put Paul McCartney’s possible death in 1966 as right up there with J.F.K and 9/11. As a Beatles fan, when you fall down that particular rabbit hole it opens up a whole can of worms is very hard to stomach.
So yes at this December New Moon it will be very easy to get extremely obsessed with any one ‘conspiracy’. But there is also the danger of re-writing history so that any genuine grass roots activism in the 1960’s is dismissed as ‘social engineering’ by groups such as the Tavistock Institute. (Yes this group is still going). At a very base level, this New moon could highlight jealous behavior and spiteful revenge. But there is also the option to transcend this poisonous energy and use the spit from the viper as anti-venom. At this December New Moon you might find you actually become immune to criticism, and are able to carry on so deep down Pluto’s mine that you actually hit the gold. This takes a lot of determination and focus, which is just what this New Moon was made for.
The two New Moon aspects really support research and concentration also. If you are studying for an exam (especially one that is medicine/healing related) the discipline of Moon conjunct Saturn is perfect, while Moon trine Uranus gives an innovative approach to problem-solving. In terms of romance, if you have no work focus then you could be easily distracted by the forbidden fruit of a taboo lover. One bite and you could become quite obsessed with that person, dead or alive! Inter-dimensional relationships are quite possible at this time..