New Moon November 29th 2016 in Sagittarius

Stellarscapes by Oriol Angrill Jorda

November’s New Moon in Sagittarius occurs at 7:18 AM EST on Tuesday the 29th, and you have plenty of time to observe the New Moon in that sign, unlike October’s New Moon, which required a little planning. The Moon enters Sagittarius at 3:46 PM on Monday the 28th, and stays there until 11:08 PM on Wednesday the 30th, when it goes void of course. In simple terms, you have the nights of the 28th, 29th, and the early evening of the 30th to perform your New Moon ritual. Our busy schedules thank you.

Sagittarius is my rising sign and I definitely have some strong Sag traits (teacher, anyone?) so this is great energy to harness. I’m especially excited about this lunar cycle because December 1st is the last day of classes for the semester, which marks my first complete semester teaching college. It also marks the beginning of a month long chunk of time I plan on devoting to writing. I have big plans!

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.

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Full Moon November 14th 2016 in Taurus

Taurus Constellation

Monday, November 14th 2016 is the Full Moon in Taurus, which the Moon entered on Saturday evening. The Moon technically leaves Taurus at 8:52 AM EST on the 14th, so you may choose to do your Full Moon charging on the evening of the 13th (Sunday) for that bullish energy. That’s that I’m doing! On Monday night the moon then enters Gemini at 8:23 PM having spent the day in a state called “void-of-course,” so if you charge on Monday night, you’re not getting Taurus, you’re getting Gemini.

Until you get below the surface of astrology, you won’t hear the term “void-of-course,” marked “v/c” on astrologically-minded calendars. When the Moon is “void-of-course,” that means it has exited the last major aspect of the previous sign, but is not yet in the first solid aspect of the next sign. Sometimes the process takes minutes, other times it takes hours; in the case of the Moon moving from Taurus to Gemini it’s a 12 hour gap.

To put it simply, this energy is a bit wonky, so I highly recommend observing the Full Moon on the evening of November 13th. If you wait until the evening of the 14th, the Moon isn’t even in Taurus anymore, it’s in Gemini, so keep that in mind. If you want to work with the Full Moon in Taurus at it’s peak, you will be working with it on the 14th at 8:52 AM EST. That’s also the exact moment it goes void, so get everything done before that time, if you’re the early-morning-moon-ritual type.

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