new moonForecast 12/13 The Sagittarius New Moon occurs at 3:42 a.m. ET at 21°45”.

Ordinarily this New Moon heralds in a convivial holiday season, but this particular year screams with austerity. This is not all bad, but it does reign in unbridled enthusiasm.

With Jupiter still retrograde (the planet that symbolizes luck and good fortune), large institutions hold back. It’s easy to picture with the NY-NJ region still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, that excess spending and partying will be inappropriate. Alternatives to gifts like concentrating on charities dominate, which limits retail growth.

On the other hand, prudent planning can lead to big long-term yields. From a new moon perspective, decisions for new beginnings made at this time have great potential for slow growth. Because of the position of Saturn (discipline, fear) any endeavor worth taking must have a sweat equity component. This is not a time for ideas without a willingness to do what it takes.

laundryThe Sabian Symbol** for this degree is: “A Chinese Laundry”. I love this image for so many reasons: it reminds me of NYC and it smacks of industry and expansion, exactly the tension this new moon seems to imply.

Think of it, the Chinese immigrant comes and does a necessary service, in many cases suppressing knowledge s/he has from the native land, where a profession of greater status may have been the lifestyle. But for reasons of government shift, famine or religious persecution, the Chinese has created a busy and thriving enterprise. Part of the success in a Chinese laundry is the ability to deal with large quantities in a neat and methodical manner.

This New Moon reminds us, whatever the grand ambition, the details of day to day life must be dealt with in a mathematical and professional capacity. And there’s also that spark of risk-taking, that you too could set up a business in a totally foreign land, either figuritively or literally.

The other factor to take into account here is that Uranus (change, freedom) stations to direct motion at 7:02 a.m. This indicates a surprise or unexpected event or information; it all depends where it “hits” in your personal horoscope. In the Washington DC chart it looks relatively benign, but I expect an ongoing story about our education system, especially with internet options and how testing affects young children.

The moon goes void-of-course VOC* after the New Moon. This indicates that most of the day may have a nebulous quality to it, as though sitting in a waiting room. Finish up taks and draft out your plans for the next few weeks.

Practice active listening. What you hear may surprise you. At 4:43 p.m. the moon enters Capricorn, when an overall feeling of groundedness may increase focus and the desire to make decisions.

*Moon VOC/Void-of-Course… in Sagittarius you may want to explore but don’t expect to find anything… keep your eye on the gas tank if you go for a long ramble.

** We are still in the process of understanding the Sabian symbols, which were channeled in 1925. The spiritualist astrologer Marc Edmund Jones, took Elsie Wheeler, a clairvoyant confined to a wheelchair to a San Diego park with a project. He put a symbol for each of the 360∞ of the zodiacal wheel on 360 cards. She proceeded to come up with visual phrases for each one of them. They were done in random order and they have a magic that is hard to decipher, yet feels totally right.

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