The December 2017 New Moon in Sagittarius occurs at 1:30 AM EST on Monday, December 18th. The Moon then goes void-of-course at 8:10 AM on the same day, so even though the New Moon is technically on the 18th, you will almost certainly observe it before (unless you’re a night owl). The Moon then enters Capricorn at 8:33 AM that same day. The good news is that the Moon is in Sagittarius all day December 16th and 17th, and it enters Sagittarius at 8:07 PM on Friday December 15th, so it will essentially be in Sagittarius for two full days. This gives us plenty of time to work with this New Moon. This information is also detailed in my December 2017 Cosmic Concerns and is listed below.
New Moon December 2017 Timing
- December 15th, Friday: Moon enters Sagittarius 8:07 PM
- December 16th, Saturday: Moon is in Sagittarius all day
- December 17th, Sunday: Moon is in Sagittarius all day
- December 18th, Monday: New Moon at 1:30 AM; Moon void-of-course 8:10 AM, enters Capricorn 8:33 AM
Practically speaking, all this means you can do your New Moon ritual after 8:07 PM on the 15th, or any time on the 16th or 17th (recommended). Remember that this New Moon is also during a Mercury Retrograde, so tread lightly when it comes to putting big plans into action.
The two week manifestation point for this New Moon is on Monday, January 1st with the Full Moon in Cancer. The six month manifestation point is on Monday, April 30th 2018 with the Full Moon in Sagittarius.
My guide, Witch’s Guide to New Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.
New Moon in Sagittarius
Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the Zodiac, a Mutable sign, Fire sign, and is ruled by Jupiter. Sagittarius is an optimistic, idealistic sign, though they are occasionally quite blunt. Sagittarius is the philosopher of the zodiac, the truth seeker, and the traveler.
They are also often athletes, and are symbolized by the archer and centaur. Natural intellectuals, a Sagittarius wants to learn and have a depth of knowledge, and they like to wander while doing so, both in the literal sense, and by learning about many topics. It’s a friendly and social sign that’s lucky and charming because it’s ruled by Jupiter (which is current in Scorpio).
A Sagittarius looks at the big picture, but can also be distracted and not go into depth with projects due to their Mutable nature. A tendency toward fast talking and risk-taking can land them in hot water when a Sagittarius speaks (or acts) before they think.
Last year, I suggested focusing your intentions on what you want to learn during the Sagittarius lunar cycle. Sagittarius is the sign of the scholar, so dedicating yourself to learning more about your religion, philosophy, or spiritual path is very appropriate for this New Moon. Because of its placement near the end of the year, the almost-annual Sagittarius New Moon is a great time to set New Year’s Goals or to plan a trip (or trips) for the following year. Use the archer’s energy to help you aim at your plans for next year.
Remember that this cycle ends in late April 2018, so you can look ahead, or focus on something you can complete before the Full Moon in two weeks. Sagittarius is a Mutable sign, and we are in the midst of a Mercury retrograde, so don’t book your flight just yet, because you may just change your mind. Instead, start brainstorming now, but make reservations (especially the non-refundable kind) later.
There are two suggested spreads to choose from: Tarot and Lenormand. Choose whichever you feel comfortable with or try out both and see which one works best for you.
Suggested Tarot Spread: 3 Cards
Since Sagittarius is the sign associated with aim, this tarot spread is built around getting guidance for the new solar year. For this reading I would disregard reversed cards.
Card #1: What area of my life should I focus on next year (2018)?
Card #2: How do I best direct my energy in this area in 2018?
Card #3: What will the outcome be by the end of 2018 if I direct my energy in this way?
For Card #1, if you get a Major Arcana card this is a ‘big ticket’ item. For the Minor Arcana, Pentacles would indicate finances, career, and money; Cups would indicate feelings, creativity, and relationships; Sword cards indicate intellect and power; and Wands indicate spirituality. For Card #2, once you know the general area, you can rephrase this question to be more specific. For example, if you get a pentacle card, you may choose to ask “How should I direct my energy toward my career in 2018?” This will allow you to refine the area that your guidance covers as you go.
Instead of this spread, you can always ask how best to use the energy of Sagittarius season, or what will help your meet the goals that you set as intentions.
Suggested Lenormand Spread: 3 Cards
Lenormand, unlike tarot, gives more concrete answers that deal with the ‘real world,’ as opposed to tarot dealing the the emotions surrounding events. For this three-card Lenormand spread, ask your question while shuffling, and then find The Rider card, which is the card that most resembles Sagittarius, and which indicates a positive change. Set down The Rider, and then set down the next two cards in the stack. Then read the cards as a sentence “In 2018 The Rider will bring …” and interpret the two cards as what will manifest in your life during the six month Sagittarius lunar cycle. If you would like short-term advice change the phrasing to “Before the Full Moon, The Rider will bring …” and interpret accordingly.
With your intentions set and advice in mind, now you can go into the New Moon cycle and put your intentions to work with actions! The Full Moon in January is a good time to check in and review your notes, then in April 2018 we’ll meet again to see how we’ve done.
I hope you all found this guide helpful, I’ll be back at the next Moon and we can go through the steps together again. Please feel to share any (positive/constructive) thoughts that you have in the comments. Have a beautiful lunar cycle my friends, and blessed be!
“Sagittarius,” Plate 24 from Urania’s Mirror, Sidney Hall, 1825, restored by Adam Cuerden