At 10:31pm PST on December 17th, 2017 we are offered a New Moon in mutable fire sign, Sagittarius.

What is a New Moon?

A New Moon occurs when the Moon slides in-between the Sun and Earth and is casted in shadow, the Moon’s face hidden from view.

What does the New Moon represent?

The New Moon is the first phase in the Lunar Cycle. As this phase ushers in a new cycle, it also ushers in fresh energy for us to work through challenges old and new.

How can I work with the New Moon?

Acknowledging and honoring the darkness of the Moon as a time to clear out and re-asses better equips us to accept new opportunities with open arms. When we can acknowledge what needs to be changed or emptied we can refill according to what makes us feel whole. Our decisions then can become products of deep self-awareness instead of anxiety or fear.

What does this particular New Moon have to offer?

The New Moon in Sagittarius is the last moon of the year. It is visionary and potent and spirited.

This New Moon is also flanked on either side by Venus, planet of love and relationship and by Saturn, lord of discipline and duty. The culminating energy of this dynamic collection of cosmic bodies is representative of our need for balance. Sagittarius is a wanderer, a lover of culture, adventure and philosophy. To invest in these loves is to be able to balance relationship and connection with study and diligent dedication.

2017 has been an intense year. To finish it out with such a decisive and fiery New Moon is to pay homage to all we have fought for and won and to acknowledge and honor all that we have lost, collectively and personally.

This New Moon, carve out a space for solitude and reflection. Write about your year and all that you have learned about yourself and the world. With that knowledge, create a plan for the future the incorporates those lessons and invites space to learn new ones. And, most importantly, reflect on fear and its relationship to all of your success and downfall from 2017.

Sagittarius is often considered fearless and boundless but not for the obvious reasons. This reputation comes from this fire sign’s ability to accept and embrace fear as a factor of taking risk. It recognizes fear as our body’s fight response towards situations that are so important to us that our body becomes tricked into thinking our physical safety is threatened. In 2018, commit to acknowledging fear as a crucial part of the process of success. Learn to both face it and bring it with you on your journey as a measure of your fervor and bravery. Know that you have already won by making it this far and then commit to a new plot for your next victory.

Jaliessa Sipress is a life-path Astrologer, writer and artist dedicated to making Astrology an accessible tool for navigation and healing. You can find out more about her work or book a private session at