EYE ON THE SKY: SUN IN SAGITTARIUS–TIS THE SEASON FOR JOY
The bright spot of the Christmas transits is the Sun moved into Jupiter’s sign of Sagittarius late on Thursday, Dec. 15th bringing expansive joy for righteous action. One can think of the Salvation Army ringing its bells every Christmas to save the world. Sun’s positive qualities are coming out with this transit in Sag. which include positive energy, fairness, impartiality, devotion to high ideals and causes, friendliness and joyfulness, fun, and sincerity. Sun and Jupiter are good friends and have a 5/9 relationship between Sag. and Leo so there is a deep spiritual relationship that emerges at Christmas and an optimism that expands life with holiday cheer. It is badly needed. Leos and Aries rising do best with the transit but also Sagittarius rising if its ego does not get in the way. Taurus, Capricorn, and Geminis probably have more problems with this transit as it is an 8th, 12th, and 7th house from its sign. It is mixed for others.
If you are Sagittarius rising or Sun or moon, then you will tend to have major lessons around belief, dogma, or religion and it is no wonder that so much religious conflict in the world arises from the sign which is the only sign of the zodiac with a weapon: the archer. There is good luck in this sign due to its connection to Jupiter if you follow your dharma. If Jupiter is afflicted in your chart, we normally think of the challenges of this rising sign being connected to being too religious, fanatical, pushy, greedy, having problems taking orders, and being too quick-tempered. Mercury, owning the 7th house for this rising sign has trouble with relationships and difficulty listening since Sag. is often so stuck in wanting to be right and wanting to preach rather than discuss or communicate.
This year, there is no malefic influence on Sagittarius but it does have its enemies Mercury and Venus transit it bringing relationship problems with Mercury going retrograde in Sagittarius on Dec. 29th-Jan. 18th and not leaving the sign until Feb. 5th. Venus exits on Dec. 29th. Venus and Jupiter’s associations tend to increase extravagance so watch that Christmas feast and stay away from that extra peace of cheesecake and check your credit card balances before you overindulge beyond your budget.
The first part of the Sun’s journey is in the asterism of Mula which we have discussed before. The first 3 degrees of this star are a vulnerable area Dec. 15-17, but the Sun is still exalted in the D-9, Divisional chart here and can handle the transformation that it requires of the soul here. Mula, (Moo’la), occupies Sagittarius (0-13.20) (Dec. 15-28) and means a bundle of roots. As Charlotte Benson, notes, the purpose of this star is to remain rooted in the physical world, while having high aspirations to achieve liberation. The goddess of this constellation is the challenging, Niritti, the demon goddess of negation and transformation. Her painful influence provokes humanity to radically change its essential nature. This constellation is ruled by Ketu and who is not happy with the business sign of Libra.
Still, a time for holiday joy but not without some needed spiritual transformation. Good time to get your meditation and yoga in and stay rested and balanced to ward off the angry snapping and seething anger that may progress by the New Year as Mars throws a sneak 8th house aspect from Taurus to the Sun on Dec. 30th.
Stay rested and keep your immune system with Vitamin C and D and Zinc and stay strong as the long nights and cold weather always bring out those nasty bugs. Stay well rested and do things ahead of time so you do not burn out too much before the holidays.
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