November’s New Moon in Sagittarius

by Heather B.

November 23, 2022

November 23rd, 2022

If lately, you have felt yourself feeling stagnant, lethargic and unclear with regards to your next moves forward, Sagittarius season will welcome you back into an energy of restored energy and vitality.

For many of us, life has felt extra heavy these last few months… The general fatigue has been REAL, the determination to stick to our regular routines (whether exercise, nutrition or selfcare related) has had us digging harder and deeper, and the motivation to execute has been harder to grasp. It’s left many of us feelings a little lost and uncertain of ourselves, and perhaps a bit disconnected from our family, friends… even from ourselves.

But take heart! Sagittarius is a lighthearted energy that thrives on connection! Read below for an excerpt from Lisa Stardust – Refinery:

“This particular new moon is the pure manifestation of Sagittarian energy—which as everyone knows can brighten anyone’s day because the archer is known for their optimistic energy. There are no other planets in relation to the sun and moon—but Mercury and Venus are still on a high after their conjunction in Sagittarius on November 21st. Therefore, we’ll be feeling the positive, pure, expressive, sensual, and combustible vibes from all the fiery energy in the sky.

Although new moons are known to block out our intuition, we’ll be receiving, seeing, and hearing about the truth coming to fruition because the lunation falls in the sign of the blunt and direct archer. The veil that has been hiding reality is dropping and exposing the heart of all matters. Prepare yourselves to understand things from a clearer perspective—after it’s revealed in the most unexpected and controversial ways. The shock factor will be high, extremely enlightening, and life affirming.”

Lisa Stardust – Refinery

Words of advice:

“Don’t use the scorching hot energy to pop off. Words can be extra harsh and mean, while our passions are ablaze. Think before speaking to say the right thing in the heat of the moment.”

So, keep that in mind while repairing relationships. Lean into a progressive mindset, plan your next adventure, stay present and leave your worries behind, and put your dancing shoes on as we celebrate this jovial new moon.

With Christmas right around the corner, the quality of our relationships are right at the forefront, as are our abilities to navigate these relationships with compassion, patience, love and tolerance. Do your best to think before you say and act.

Consider Pausing to Ask Yourself:

  • “What is my intention with what I am about to say or do?”
  • “Is it compassionate? Is it kind? Is it moving this relationship towards further growth or bridging us further apart?”
  • “Am I moving from a space of authenticity and alignment? Or am I working from a place of old resentments or aggregations?

Embrace the generous vibe of the fire sign and Jupiter by helping those in need by donating to the charity of your choice, expanding our minds with knowledge, and fighting for the rights of others (be sure to include yourself, too).

NEXT NEW MOON: DEC 23RD


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Heather it the owner of The Garden Holistic as well as Acupuncturist, Holistic Health & Reiki Practitioner. Specializing in mental health, women’s health & chakra-based Acupuncture and Reiki exploration.

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