It is a reflective time of the year, as we prepare to enter the gateway through the Winter Solstice on the 21st of December. This will be an especially significant Winter Solstice, for Saturn’s home coming in his own sign happens just before the start of Capricorn season. Saturn in his own sign for the next approximate 2 and a half years promises to be a time for getting down to the serious business of living our real life. It is a time for reality checks, lessons and rewards where we have been putting in the hard work, and ‘doing it right’.
Before the Winter Solstice is this New Moon, in the aspirational, forward looking sign of Sagittarius. The Moon, Sun, Saturn, Venus and Mercury, still in his retrograde phase in Sagittarius is significant, for we find this planetary line up clustered around the degree of the Galactic center, currently found at 27°3’ of Sagittarius.
The Galactic center is the beating heart of the Milky Way. Our Solar System orients us around the Sun. The Sun in our Astrological charts represent our innermost essence of being, the spark of life and divine force and radiance within us. Our Solar System in turn rotates around the Galactic Center. This mysterious Galactic center hints at a larger purpose and story, taking us beyond the confines of our ‘Sole/Solar’ perspective.
The significance and impact of the Galactic Center has been described by Astrologers as being a direct line to awakening, fuelling our evolution and zapping us with cosmic downloads of mystery and meaning.
Melanie Rhinehart, in an article about the Galactic Center writes, ‘When the last five degrees of Sagittarius are stimulated by transiting planets, a process of awakening is initiated… A time of accelerated spiritual development occurs, with its attendant life challenges which may include rapid change, separations, crisis, illness and stress as outmoded ideas are released.’
This message of accelerate spiritual development feels especially important at this New Moon. Attendant with this acceleration, we are witnessing both on the inner and outer levels, local and global levels the difficult challenges and changes taking place in our times. Saturn in Capricorn reinforces the discipline and responsibility necessary for us to take the next steps forward. We can step into the next level of personal mastery, claiming our inner authority by looking at where Capricorn falls in our natal charts. That is where the lessons, and work around our personal mastery and responsibility lie in the coming two and a half years.
Before Saturn in Capricorn is Saturn at the final 29th degree of Sagittarius, the final in the line up of planets at this New Moon clustered around the Galactic Center. The final message and gift of Saturn in Sagittarius here at this time of seeding may be for us to once and for all surrender our personal limiting stories and beliefs, and to allow ourselves to receive and to dream up our bigger, brighter life, the one that our hearts are longing to live. There is also something here about how daring to live the larger, more purposeful and true live impacting others around here, igniting a chain of inspiration that has a positive influence of all of live as we dream together the great dream. Saturn’s presence here also cements a sense of seriousness and urgency about getting it right, getting down to work. The cosmic download and direction is now made available at the New Moon for us to tune into. May we all hear and receive the instructions of our heart’s truth so that we may live true and well.
Happy New Moon and many blessings xox
Painting by Mark Warren Jacques http://mwj.gallery