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For today's astrology...
It's dark moon time, and we're heading toward the winter solstice. It's a time to contemplate endings and beginnings all at once. Even though Sagittarius comes at the end of the fall season, in many ways the Centaur represents the culmination of a long journey and all the wisdom gained from our experiences. The Centaur pushes us toward what lies beyond the end of this cycle. The flaming arrow of the archer aims toward ever expanding horizons, new adventures, and renewed hopes and visions for the future.
At the same time, in many depictions of the constellation image, the Centaur is turned backward and firing behind him at the serpent on his heels. In this way, Sagittarius is also about the conquest or victory over what's come before or behind us. There is a competitive spirit in Sagittarius that wants to throw off anything hindering forward movement or progress, and in this way Sagittarius can become somewhat paranoid, domineering, and dismissive of anything that represents an impediment to expansion, speed, or positive accumulation. In our everyday lives, this points us to the difference between optimism and good faith, a "just keep on moving forward" attitude, and the kind of inflated optimism that is more indicative of aggression and selfish conquest.
For this reason holiday cheer is both an image of innocent celestial hope--the pole star pointing us towards true spiritual north--and rowdy or drunken stampeding (the drunk on Christmas eve, peeing on your car).
Meanwhile, Mars is almost exactly opposite Uranus, which means our new cycle will be getting started with a kind of confrontational, exciting, liberating, surge of energy. We should be extra careful of conflicts and the tendency to fight, accuse, or overly defend a position or point of view. The Mars/Uranus opposition can quickly unwind us into total martial defiance...so we should be especially careful of overly aggressive stances or reactions in our relationships. Mars/Uranus is also a little like a live wire. The dynamic can be explosively creative, invigorating, and transformative in positive ways. But the transit can also indicate the chaos of a mob or the rioting of the unconscious suddenly appearing out of nowhere.
With Venus moving into a trine of Neptune, there is also a kind of "dark romance" theme brewing in the backdrop of the Uranus/Mars opposition. I recently heard a naturalist and wolf expert say (paraphrased), "We kill what we love. It's very primitive, but it's still part of us. To want to kill animals because we are fascinated by them, or because we love whatever they symbolize..this hasn't left us as humans." Similarly, the conflicts we find ourselves in right now may involve some darker and more complicated emotional or erotic components. So staying aware of what emotions and desires are within our conflicts right now is important!
Again, for me, it's been about catching myself whenever I feel the need to get into something too intensely or reactively...from small things to big things! This too shall pass!
Prayer: Help us to drink from the year end glass of faith, hope, and optimism for the future. Thank you for what's been learned and what's behind, and for what's to come. May we enjoy the celebration of this time of year with as much peace as possible.