The last month of the year comes with a challenged New Moon in fiery Sagittarius and an emotional Full Moon in Cancer to close the year. Let's cover what these will do for us.
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What is a New Moon?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic.
What is a Full Moon?
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). Full moons are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy.
New Moon in Sagittarius: December 12th 2023 (6:32PM ET/3:32PM PT)
Sagittarius is the happy sign, the sign of opportunity and expansion, and wants to get out into the world and have new experiences. This means Sagittarius New Moons are excellent for pursuing big new opportunities, getting out there, traveling, learning, teaching, writing, speaking, promoting, marketing, and mentoring.
Sagittarius doesn't want to be serious, and New Moons are enthusiastic and excited, so combined, we tend to look at the bright side and not want to deal with anything heavy. We can work on enjoying ourselves and being open to the new.
Sagittarius rules space, so we may push to get more space to do what we want. We can crave more freedom and independence. We can also be invested in our beliefs, passionate about where we stand, and can defend. This can be good for not being a doormat, however we need to be more mindful of listening to others instead of preaching.
There is a challenge though: Mercury retrograde begins the day after this New Moon, so we can struggle with communication and clear expression. We might be second-guessing something, rethinking out plans, and unsure of what we should be doing.
It can be a good time to pick back up an old idea, an old big plan, or to reconnect with the big picture in ways we have before. This can be a good time to redo and revise.
Mercury retrograde starts in Capricorn but moves to Sagittarius on December 23rd. So, try to use the New Moon to set yourself up for Mercury going back to Sagittarius. It's an excellent time for a second chance, but may not be great for anything brand new. There can be issues with travel, learning, or the law around this time.
The new moon occurs at 20 degrees 40 minutes Sagittarius. The aspects to the new moon are:
Conjunction: 18 degrees 40 minutes - 22 degrees 40 minutes Sagittarius
Sextile: 18 degrees 40 minutes - 22 degrees 40 minutes Libra or Aquarius
Square: 18 degrees 40 minutes - 22 degrees 40 minutes Virgo or Pisces
Trine: 18 degrees 40 minutes - 22 degrees 40 minutes Aries or Leo
Opposition: 18 degrees 40 minutes - 22 degrees 40 minutes Gemini
Full Moon in Cancer: December 26th 2023 (7:34PM ET/4:34PM PT)
The Cancer Full Moon brings out lots of emotions since Cancer is the sign ruling emotions and Full Moons tend to be quite emotional. With Cancer being ruled by the Moon, we're far more in tune with what we're feeling, the ebb and flow of life, and what we need to feel more secure. This is a good time to work on our emotional needs, and get and give emotional support.
This can be helpful with Mercury retrograde at this time, and we can feel a bit off. Taking care of emotional needs and turning inward can be a good thing and make us feel more in control.
We can give more attention to our home lives, our support system, our families, and those we think of as family. We may want to stick to what we know best, and not venture too far into unknown territory. We can be quite subjective, and may need to work on being more open-minded.
This Full Moon is sextile, which is a beneficial aspect, transit or moving Jupiter in Taurus, and trine, which is also a beneficial aspect, transit Saturn in Pisces. The sextile to Jupiter can help to make us more optimistic, so hopefully we don't get lost in emotions and instead work on having more hope. The trine to Saturn helps with discipline, so we can work to make good use of our emotions, and can focus on strengthening the foundation of something to be more solid and secure.
The full moon occurs at 4 degrees 58 minutes Cancer. Aspects to the full moon are:
Conjunction: 2 degrees 58 minutes - 6 degrees 58 minutes Cancer
Sextile: 2 degrees 58 minutes - 6 degrees 58 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 2 degrees 58 minutes - 6 degrees 58 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 2 degrees 58 minutes - 6 degrees 58 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Opposition: 2 degrees 58 minutes - 6 degrees 58 minutes Capricorn
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations by house and aspect