New Moon Astrology: Profound Meaning from Your Most Challenging Life Situations

Profound Meaning from Your Most Challenging Life Situations

  • Article Window: Nov 22 to Dec 21
  • The New Moon is Saturday, Nov 22, 4:32 AM PST
  • The Full Moon is Thursday, Dec 6, 4:27 AM PST
  • Sun is 1° Sagittarius, Moon is 1° Sagittarius
  • Current New Moon Theme (thru Dec 21): The Power of Reflection
  • Next New Moon Dec 21.

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a wave of new potential and sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month, allow the energy of this New Moon theme to guide you and help you adjust to changing circumstances. Each week of this month’s Lunar Cycle will offer new tools and momentum for energizing your life purpose.

Winter Moon November 2014

Astrology Article: Profound Meaning from Your Most Challenging Life Situations

There comes a time when struggle is part of the fabric of life. Throughout this past month, with the Sun moving through Scorpio, many of you have experienced difficulty. Ultimately you can take heart, knowing that difficult times aid in providing a new level of wisdom.

Struggle comes in different forms, and encompasses different challenges, but the one common denominator found in all types of struggle is your ability to reflect after the fact. This New Moon releases a new wave of energy capable of transforming your efforts during current challenges and struggle into a deeper understanding.

Last month you had the opportunity to widen your experience and take a big step forward in your life. This month’s Sagittarius New Moon gives you another big opportunity. This one is centered on discovering a more profound meaning to your most challenging life situations.

The Art of Reflection

Reflection, the art of remembering and re-awakening past struggles or efforts, can be a powerful key capable of unlocking new meaning, and along with it, a deeper understanding of its positive benefit.

An important theme within Sagittarius is the ability to understand or comprehend how your beliefs and values can shape what your truth is and what feels right to you.

In Sagittarius there’s a need to live by principles born of understanding through meaningful relationships and a greater good. This month the New Moon falls on the very first degree of Sagittarius. The quality of understanding associated with 1° Sagittarius implies that it’s through reflection and contemplation that new perspective is gained.

What’s important during the this Lunar month is your ability to see the deeper meaning of life’s struggles so that moving forward is with the reassurance that no effort is truly ever lost. This first degree of Sagittarius emphasizes that your effort, sacrifice, and struggle is never in vain. However, this is true only if you have the courage to revisit challenging past events and remember them in a new light, born from maturity.

A memory that has been re-awakened has the chance to be transformed. The key for success when challenging memories are re-wakened is to acknowledge that your past efforts are always connected to something greater.

This something greater will vary from person to person. A warrior may reflect on sacrifice made for the great good of a nation. A healer might contemplate how their own vitality serves the lives of everyone they contact. A hero might see their efforts being a testament to a greater destiny. A mystic might ponder how the struggle releases the karma to build a more encompassing “tomorrow”.

As a child, I heard my father say that “good comes from everything.” As a philosophy for life, Astrology would say, “Live by principles of understanding and meaningful relationship, and the greater good will always be embraced.”

As our Sun moves into Sagittarius, there is still a significant energy remaining in Scorpio with Saturn and Mercury. This remnant of Scorpio’s energy will be difficult for some people. Struggle can come both from our inner life or through relationships. The positive aspect of Scorpio’s struggle is hidden in the symbol of the phoenix rising from the ashes with new understanding of the greater good. Our Sagittarius New Moon is providing momentum for the rising phoenix, in the subtle form of wisdom and understanding, and from the knowledge that no situation has the power to destroy.

The key for success this month is in the art of reflection.   In the process, what is being reflected back to your consciousness is not pain, or fear, or feelings of demise. What’s being reflected is that you were able to rise to the realization and the wisdom that you are greater because of your struggle. This is the deeper understanding, and with it a new perspective.

Astrology Pattern

November New Moon Chart 2014One of the spectacular patterns that stands out in this New Moon chart is the grouping of five planets in the end of Scorpio and the beginning of Sagittarius. (The Sun and Moon are included as planets.)This grouping presents an interesting dynamic between the changing energies of Scorpio into Sagittarius. As the Sun moves from Scorpio to the 1st degree of Sagittarius, there is still power being generated in Scorpio, especially with Saturn and Mercury, that must be combined with the distributing energy of Sagittarius. To be successful that Scorpio energy must go into forming new meaning (Sagittarius).

Saturn conjunct Mercury in a balsamic (approaching) position represents the necessity to reflect (Mercury) on the foundational beliefs (Saturn) in order to fully release the New Moon potential. On the other hand, Venus is in a new phase position and separating from the Sun. In this case, Venus signifies the value you place on a past event. In other words, it’s the end result of a situation which is the determining factor whether it becomes framed as either positive or negative. Therefore, Venus plays a big role in determining how you move forward in life.

Jupiter and Uranus are working together to create additional momentum to break free from the status quo. This is exactly the most beneficial type of energy possible. It provides a great deal of integrative power (Jupiter in Leo) that aids Uranus in breaking free from old patterns and the remnant, or ghost, of previous cycles (Aries).

The first degree of Sagittarius is also quite fascinating in that it holds a visual picture of the art of reflection.


The retired warrior is giving himself the opportunity for a new perspective and understanding. Old memories are only painful until they are transformed into principles and values capable of inspiring a new perspective. This suggests you must use your will to reaffirm the value of all struggle, knowing that you are not alone, as all of humanity is connected in bringing forward the “greater good”.


Our New Moon astrology has additional energies focused from a powerful grouping of planets with extra help from Jupiter and Uranus. This combination provides a powerful opportunity to re-frame and transform past efforts and struggles through the use of reflection. The result is a re-beginning based on the wisdom and understanding of the purpose or meaning of past difficulties.

It is my deepest privilege to share these thoughts with you.

Have a wonderful month,

The Lunar Journal

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