Ready or not, the Sagittarius New Moon on Dec. 11 may require you to reinvent yourself. Integration is required to balance your need for focused action with going with the flow.

Each month at New Moon, there’s an opportunity to embody the essence of the Zodiac sign in which the lunation begins. Sagittarius is the sign of optimism, and usually sets the merry tone for the holidays. But challenging aspects occurring at this time may have you feeling less than jolly. Read on to figure out what you can do to lift your spirits.

Beware the Season’s Excess

(New Moon in Sagittarius)

It’s party season! Do you have a budget for your holiday shopping? Be careful not to overdo it, either with your expenses or your commitments. Sagittarius is one of the fire signs, so the Sun and Moon in this sign fuels impulse shopping.

Plus, Sagittarius’ ruling planet is Jupiter. Since Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, there’s a tendency for excess and over-the-top activity. Keep an eye on your wallet and your waistline so you have no regrets.

And The Holiday Blues

(New Moon in Sagittarius with Saturn)

The holidays may bring a deep sense of wonder, but can also feel overwhelming. Are you feeling that life’s little details are too much for you these days?  Boundary-setting Saturn will squelch Sagittarius’ natural enthusiasm from now through the end of 2017. If you need it, take time out, reflect and review.  Saturn, the lord of time supports slowing down so you can maintain your center.

Consider writing your New Year’s resolutions early this year. The New Moon is a perfect time to set clear intentions on what you are willing – or unwilling — to do. Sagittarius promotes truth-telling, so you may need speak to up and speak your truth, even if it feels like there might be a cost.

The symbol or glyph for Sagittarius is an arrow; this is a reminder to maintain focus on what’s essential to you. Don’t let your beliefs be diluted or swayed by others. Saturn suggests you let go of distractions and release limiting thought patterns, possessions or people in your life who are holding you back. Let go and let G-d, but keep your eye on your goals.

Find Healing Opportunities

(T-square Jupiter in Virgo, Chiron in Pisces, New Moon in Sagittarius)

The New Moon forms a tense T-Square with perfectly poised Jupiter in Virgo and the healing point Chiron in Pisces.

When these two team up, there is added potential to dissolve boundaries or take your current experience to a higher octave. (Do these song lyrics sound familiar: I am you, and you are me and we are one, we are all together!)

Many things may feel magnified emotionally this month since Jupiter expands whatever it touches. However, if you can align with the power of prayer, you may ignite a spontaneous enlightenment! Current planet patterns suggest discernment and clarity are your greatest allies for the rest of this year and the coming months into 2016.

Even When Energies are Stressful

(T square Mars in Libra, Uranus in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn)

Motivated Mars is in loving Libra this month, so there’s some dynamic tension in the realm of relationships. Mars the aggressor has a deep need to individuate. As he faces off with unpredictable Uranus and gets edgy with potent Pluto, take a look at your current relationship situation and see what needs to be reviewed. Perhaps you ready for an upgrade, or maybe it’s time to make a clean break. Whatever you choose, action with empowerment is your ally.

Who Will Feel it Most Personally 

This New Moon occurs at 20 degrees Sagittarius. The lunar spotlight is on you if your birthday falls between the 6th and 16th in the months of September, December, March or June. There are non-negotiable changes coming your way, now and into 2016!

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Last Moon Phase: Full Moon in Gemini, Nov. 25, 2015

Next Moon Phase: Full Moon in Cancer, Dec. 25, 2015