Create some New Moon magic to kick off your holidays

Are you ready to partay? Then you’re going to love the New Moon in Sagittarius coming up on November 26th!

Just in time for the holidays, the Sag New Moon will infuse you with a sense of joy, freedom and optimism – a perfect recipe for gathering with friends and family to just have a good time.

New Moon energy is always super-charged during the three days before and after the actual date and this year, the New Moon in Sagittarius falls just two days before Thanksgiving. What a nice bonus to be able to tap into Sag’s playfulness during that sometimes-dicey family time.

Then you can carry it through until December 21st when the Sun moves into Capricorn on the Winter Solstice – that covers a lot of holiday parties!

Yet for all Sag’s fun-loving energy, there’s a deeper side to the zodiac sign, too.

The same urge to “live large” also shows up as a thirst for experiences beyond your everyday life – to travel to new places, explore other cultures and philosophies, and to generally expand your horizons spiritually and intellectually.

In astrology, Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion and influence. He was also the King of the Gods in Roman mythology, known as their protector and guardian.

When you translate all that powerful energy to us mere mortals, it means we’ll be surrounded by a lovely cloud of support during this Sagittarius season.

So how can you tap into both the upbeat and deeper sides of the New Moon in Sagittarius to create a truly magical holiday season?

  1. Plan a dinner party with a theme.

In fact, you could even start with your Thanksgiving meal. Yes, it’s definitely a time to stuff yourself with lots of fabulous food with family and friends (Sag is the king of over-indulging!) but think about taking it a step farther.

In her wonderful book, The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker offers innovative, even edge-y, ideas to transform the ways we connect with people, whether it’s a business meeting or an intimate family dinner.

Of course, you could invite everyone to do the standard “share what you’re most grateful for this year”. But if you really want to bring it to a deeper level, try something like “what was a pivotal moment in your life?” or “what was your hardest lesson learned this year?”

You’ll be right in tune with Sag’s yearning for more meaningful conversations, but more importantly, you open up the possibility of creating stronger connections with the people in your life.

  1. Take a mini-spiritual retreat.

The New Moon in Sagittarius is the perfect time to reflect on where you are on your spiritual journey… or to re-commit to one if you’ve fallen off the path. And to honor Sag’s love of travel, don’t just hole up in your bedroom – find a beautiful spot to escape to, even just an hour’s drive or train ride away.

Likewise, Sag’s gregarious nature would probably be happier if you picked a place with other people around vs. a solitary retreat — Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA offers wonderful packages and feeds you well, too!

Once there, pull out your journal and ponder on the “big” questions of life – Parker’s book could come in handy there, or check out the many lists of self-reflection questions online.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s early in December – or maybe even Thanksgiving weekend – so you can create a strong, well-nurtured foundation for the sometimes-frenetic holiday season ahead.

  1. Set off on an adventure!

You could tack this one on to your spiritual retreat, but the key here is to get outside and embrace the wild side of Sag’s energy! The symbol associated with this zodiac sign is the centaur, the mythological half man/half horse who carries a bow and arrow.

You can take that literally and go horseback riding or practice archery somewhere, but even just getting out in nature to camp and hike is a great way to embody Sag’s free-spirited energy.

Or, you could get really creative and combine the spiritual and equine themes and visit an “equine experience” farm like the Equine Tranquility Wellness Center in New Jersey or Equine Experience in California, to name a few. They offer individual hands-on horse exercises, self-exploratory coaching and play.

I participated in an equine program several years ago and I can tell you that, whether you’re a horse person or not (I’m not), it really is a powerful encounter.

  1. Offer some holiday cheer at a soup kitchen or senior center.

Channel your inner Jupiter’s generosity and benevolence by volunteering for some local community program – everyone benefits from this interaction.

That might mean serving meals or spending time with lonely elders in a nursing home, but you can also share a special talent of yours. Maybe lead a Christmas carol sing-a-long or commit to a little menorah lighting ceremony during the eight nights of Chanukah starting on December 22nd.

Or, to really tap into Sag’s playful nature, volunteer to go into your kid’s classroom to create a seasonal treat, whether it’s making gingerbread cookies or cutting out paper snowflakes

Just be careful to stick with whatever you commit to, especially if it’s an ongoing gig. The Sag energy whirling around right now can cause you to feel restless and get bored easily. Just think of this as an adventure in deeper holiday relating!

  1. Learn about holiday traditions from around the world

You may not be able to take any exotic trips around the New Moon in Sagittarius, but you can certainly do a little armchair traveling!

Most of us have heard of the “big three” holiday celebrations that happen this time of year – Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanza. But do you know about the Roman Festival of Lux Mundi (Light of the World) honoring the Goddess of Liberty that was celebrated on December 10th? A perfect Sag holiday with its theme of freedom.

Another beautiful festival of light, St. Lucia’s Day, is still celebrated in Scandinavian countries on December 13th with a procession of girls in white dresses wearing lighted wreathes on their heads. It’s meant to bring hope and light during the darkest days before the Solstice, also perfectly in alignment with Sag’s optimism.

One of my personal favorites is the ancient Germanic festival of Modreniht (Night of the Mothers) which falls on December 24th. Though technically outside of the Sagittarius season which ends on December 21st, I still love the idea of honoring all of the special mothers in my life on that day – sisters, daughters, and grandmothers –along with the traditional Christmas Eve festivities.

As you move past the New Moon in Sagittarius, consider all the ways that you can embrace its open-hearted, joyful energy to sustain you through the flurry of activity in the weeks ahead. Likewise, tapping into it’s yearning for meaning may also help you re-capture some of the magic of the season as well.

Hi, I’m Deborah Roth, a Life and Relationship Coach, and also a Counseling Astrologer and Interfaith Minister. My Master’s thesis was on the power of transformative ritual and I love designing creative, meaningful rituals for individuals and couples to re-energize mind, body and spirit, and enhance their relationships.You can learn more about my work HERE or email me at Deborah@SpiritedLiving.com to schedule an introductory coaching session.

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