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Sagittarius New Moon 2022: Insights & Ritual

The New Moon in SAGITTARIUS will grace the sky on November 23rd reaching peak illumination at 5:57pm EST.

This blog post covers all you need to know about the New Moon in Sagittarius along with a simple ritual for you to deepen your nature spirituality practice.

In this blog post you will find:

  1. Introduction: Moon 101

  2. Sagittarius Insights

  3. New Moon Energy

  4. What you need to know about Sagittarius

  5. Mutable Cross

  6. Element: Fire

  7. Constellation

  8. Sagittarius Ritual Elements

  9. New Moon Ritual

  10. What You'll Need

  11. Important Considerations & Prep

  12. Altar Creation

  13. Eco-Somatic Practice: Fire Scrying

  14. Journal Reflections

Introduction: Moon 101

The sun and moon are in a cyclical relationship as they weave through the seasons of the zodiac. This celestial dance provides us with an intuitive road map to explore our own inner/outer journey as we too make our way through the ebb and flow of nature's seasons and come into new and ever-changing dimensions of our lives.

While the sun is ruler of the day and influences our "outer" expression in the world, it is to no surprise that as ruler of the tides and queen of the night the moon is also ruler of our emotions and "inner" felt experience. Our emotions have long been associated with representations of water and the sea: fluid, ever-changing, ebbing and flowing. As the moon pulls at the tides, we also experience this influencing force on our emotions, desires, shadow realms, fears/worries, psyche, and dreams.

Self-knowledge arises through a process of uncovering hidden layers of self through revelation and integration. This process is mirrored in the ebb and flow of the moon which is why it's something we learn to observe and track. As the light of the moon waxes, more of what lies hidden becomes revealed - our deeper motivations, mechanisms, and feelings. As the light of the moon wanes, we are given time to integrate these new learnings and discoveries.

This New Moon falls within the sign of Sagittarius. Keep reading to learn how you can use this moon portal to explore new dimensions of self seeking expression in the world.


Symbol: Archer holding a bow and arrow

The SAGITTARIUS NEW MOON supports you to create space to nurture who you are becoming in relationship to life and the journey of embodying your true authentic power. The essential task of Sagittarius is to learn about the world, find inner freedom and understand yourself in relation to the larger whole.

As a visionary, Sagittarius is all about taking in a wider perspective. This means taking a step back and creating space to receive the visions that are available to you now. It's a time to practice mental discipline through activities that strengthen concentration and focus so that you can live free from the chaos of an undisciplined mind.

The New Moon is a time to balance elemental fire energy and do shadow work for the virtues and vices of Sagittarius.

  • VIRTUES: jovial , optimistic, faithful, straight forward, intelligent, philosophical, freedom-loving

  • VICES: self-righteous, dogmatic, grandiose, inability to commit, restless, irresponsible, foolish

We can also look to nature for deeper insights and invitations. In the the cycle of the seasons Sagittarius companions us into the dark of winter, bringing us to the eve of Winter Solstice. During Sagittarius season, the landscape of the north calls us to slow down and create space for restful introspection, stillness and inner quiet. It might seem counter intuitive to this firey sign, but without discipline and listening for right timing the flame of Sagittarius can become chaotic and unbalanced. It takes discipline and self restraint to pause and recalibrate.

New Moon Energy

Since the moon is the closest "planet" to Earth, this satellite zips around the zodiac very quickly, completing its round in less than a month. Actually, the entire trip takes 29.53 days, to be exact, and is measured from one “New Moon” to the next. We call this a lunation or lunar cycle.

So, this New Moon in Scorpio marks the beginning of another lunar cycle. During a New Moon, the moon is sitting between the Earth and the Sun, hence the Sun is shining on the side of the moon we never see. Both the Moon and Sun are in the same Zodiac sign during a New Moon forming a conjunction, which means that the influencing energies are united and enhance the other. In this case, both the sun and moon are conjunct in the sign of Scorpio.

You can think of the New Moon phase as the point of beginning again or returning to the conception stage of the lunar cycle. The darkness of the new moon represents fertile ground. New moon energy is a time for introspection, heightened intuition, surrendering to the unknown, releasing what no longer serves you, opening to magic and conjuring visions. At this time, you can plant your dream seeds or set intentions by consciously focusing on the "feeling' of your hearts' desires.

What you need to know about Sagittarius




Anticipation, movement, change, adaptability, flexibility

This Mutable Cross (highlight in blue) is one of the three zodiacal crosses. Following the determined stable forces of the Fixed Cross comes the changing nature of life in its mutable form. The purpose of this cross defines the shifting adaptable natural forces of the elements.

"Mutable signs are represented by sattva in the Hindu system. Geometrically, they are expressed by a spiral, which combines the inwardness of a circle and the thrust of a straight line." - Vicki Noble, Motherpeace

Sagittarius is the mutable Fire sign (circled in the diagram here), opposing it is the mutable Air sign of Gemini which creates one axis of the Fixed Cross. The two feminine elements (Water and Earth) always create an axis and the two masculine elements (Air and Fire) create the other axis. Each cross contains each of the four elements. In this case the mutable signs are represented by: Sagittarius (fire), Gemini (air), Virgo (earth), and Pisces (water).




Fire is the element of transformation, death and rebirth, destruction and creation, purification, passion and life force energy.

"Fire is also associated with light, as it often serves as a beacon in the darkness. Fire only exists in the destruction of other materials; therefore it is known as both a creator and destroyer. We often use phrases such as the ‘spark of an idea’ or the ‘flame of desire’, because fire is connected to the vitality of our life force. And when that flame is ignited within us, it gives us fuel to move forward." - Kayla White

Fire signs feel at home in the creative zone of action and initiation as well as the realm of community leadership. They are highly adaptive and flexible in social environments that require team work and problem solving. As strong visionaries they are natural leaders and inspire others toward action.


Qualities: abundance, expansion, optimism, good fortune, faith, philosophy, ritual, creativity

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. To give you perspective, Jupiter is 1,300 times larger than earth and twice the size of all the planets in our solar system combined. Rightly so, Jupiter is a natural figure of authority who demonstrates power with instead of power over. Jupiter is considered the Great Benefactor. The great fortune that Jupiter attracts is rooted in the energy of expansion and abundance that gives freely what it receives. Jupiter supports the flow of resources to move freely among all beings, for nothing is ours for the taking. For this reason, Jupiter is deeply relational and considered a wise planet. Everything related to growth and prosperity is under the domain of this loving giant.


The constellations Sagittarius is commonly represented as a centaur pulling back a bow.

The centaur is a creature of Greek mythology who has the upper torso of a human and the lower body of a horse.

The constellation of Sagittarius is located in the Southern celestial hemisphere so if you live south enough, you may be able to glimpse this Archer constellation on an August or September evening. It lies between Scorpius to the west and Capricornus to the east. Unfortunately if you live in the north you won't be so lucky because it never climbs high in the sky.

Sagittarius is associated with the ancient Greek myth of Chiron the centaur; half human, half horse, who taught Achilles, Greek hero of the Trojan Wars, all there was to know about archery.

Sagittarius Ritual Elements

Sagittarius New Moon Ritual

What You'll Need

1. Elements for your altar. Drawing on the Sagittarius Ritual Elements above, consider what you might want to bring to your altar. Start simple. There is absolutely no need to go out and "buy" altar items. This is something that we encourage you to unlearn. Everything we need is within us and can be found around us. A simple candle will do, or a yellow flower for example.

2. Candle & lighter for the eco-somatic practice

3. Journal & something to write with for the journaling portion.

Important Considerations & Prep

1. RIGHT RELATIONSHIP: being in right relationship with your spiritual practice means approaching each aspect with humility, curiosity and reverence. This includes checking yourself on the nature of how you relate to "objects" as things and the process itself.

  • For example, if you feel called to stones as part of your ritual, consider WHY first. Then contemplate the impact of whatever action comes next. For example, instead of mindlessly purchasing cheap precious stones from somewhere like amazon (which have more than likely been harmfully mined/extracted and then shipped across the world as part of the consumer machine that's destroying our planet), perhaps part of your spiritual practice is to resist such a prompting and instead take the time to go for a mindful walk in your backyard, or a nearby stream and see if the right stone presents itself to you.

2. CLEANSE & PURIFY YOUR SPACE: Cleansing, also known as purification, is the practice of clearing out and releasing negative energy from your space, as well as energy that’s just old, stale, stagnant, or no longer serving you. Here are a few different methods:

  • Physical cleaning: dusting, vacuuming, opening windows for fresh air

  • Salt: a common element used for purification and protection in many different cultures. To use, simply sprinkle salt along doorways and windowsills to protect them from negative energy entering or just keep a small bowl of salt on your altar or nearby surface.

  • Smoke cleansing: light incense or burn a bundle of dried herbs such as rosemary, cedar, or mugwort. Choose plants that you have grown yourself or that grow abundantly wild nearby, plants that you have ancestral tied to or just those that have been grown and harvested ethically.

NOTE: If you do not have meaningful/authentic relationships to Indigenous culture and customs, "smudging" with white sage cultural appropriation and is dishonoring to Indigenous nations across Turtle island. It is important to understand that smudging is not just about burning sage to purify the negative energy from your space but is a sacred ritual that is culturally specific to tribes such as the Lakota Sioux, Comanche, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Navajo. If you have been gifted sage by an Indigenous friend, use to your discretion in how to engage with this medicine. This sacred plant is being abused, exploited and mass-harvested for commercial and consumer use which perpetuates the violence of white supremacy and settler colonialism. Take some time to locate yourself within a settler-colonial context interwoven with the land you currently occupy. Check out Native Land to learn the name and more about the territories you occupy.


  • Take a shower our bath; visualize any negative energy that has accumulated in your auric field to be washed away as the water goes down the drain.

  • Meditate, center and take some time to ground in stillness and embodied presence.

  • Write or speak your intentions for your ritual out loud


Altar Creation

Creating an altar is optional. Altar tending is a beautiful practice, especially if you have a designated area in your home that you can tend to over the course of each moon and seasonal cycle.

Tending to an altar is an intentional practice that supports your exploration of nature spirituality and carries the potential to deepen your relationship to the energetic archetypes of the unfolding seasonal & moon cycles.

To set up your altar, simply play with any number of the ritual elements offered above in the chart by using symbols, colors, precious gemstones, symbolism, etc.

There is no right or wrong way to go about creating, tending or being with your altar, however we do not condone cultural appropriation or theft of any kind.

Eco-Somatic Practice: Fire Scrying

For this eco-somatic practice we will be drawing upon the element of FIRE since this new moon falls within the sign of SAGITTARIUS.


Scrying is a form of divination that taps into your psychic senses and powers of intuition. It is about revealing the unseen through the use of your in-born second sight. Second sight is your capacity to see things that can’t usually be perceived through your five senses. Scrying helps you to get in touch with your unconscious mind: the realm of soul.

Fire scrying is perhaps one of the most ancient form of scrying. This type of scrying involves gazing into fiery flames for visions. As such, it can be used as a powerful form of self-understanding. If you’re struggling to find direction, meaning or purpose in life, scrying could be a wonderful way to get in touch with your core needs, dreams and goals.


  • match or lighter

  • candle (preferably one that is visible like a tea light)

  • journal and writing utensil



  • Determine where you want to be. When you are there set up your space in a way so that you candle is placed in front of you without straining your body or neck.


  • Find a comfortable sitting posture. Take 5 minutes to breathe and connect with the aliveness of the present moment.

  • Orient to the space around you. Sense the air or atmosphere. Notice any sounds and aromas. Look around and observe movement, color, light and shadow.

  • Stay connected to breath as you do this, sensing the rise and fall of your belly or chest.

  • Sense your connection earth as you make contact with the ground, settling into gravity's embrace. Allow your face muscles to soften.

  • Sense your current mood noting any sensations or feelings that are present for you.


  • When you are ready light your candle and softly gaze into the candle flame in silence.

  • Ask the flame a question related to the theme of this new moon, or ask to receive a vision.

  • Gazing into the flame, allow your breath to be even. As you inhale and exhale, notice the rise and fall of your breath as the candle flame gently moves in accordance with the atmosphere. Notice how you move with your breath simultaneously.

  • When you feel relaxed and in a trance-like state, focus your vision on the center of the dancing flame. Don’t worry about staring too hard, just rest your eyesight wherever is the most comfortable.

  • Draw the energy of the flame toward you, allowing yourself to feel its power. It can heal or harm, create or destroy. Fire is associated with a strong will power and transformation.

  • Notice what you hear, see and smell. If anything stands out to you, jot it down.

  • Thoughts and ideas may pop into your head, seemingly unrelated to anything you see or hear. Be sure to use your journal so you can write these things down for future exploration.

  • Spend as much time as you like watching the fire — once you start to get uncomfortable or fidgety, it’s time to wrap things up.

  • When you feel complete, blow out your candle.


  • Allow your gaze to shift to the darkness of night or close your eyes. You might still see the silhouette of the flame even as your eyes are closed.

  • Simply breathe and be here until you are ready to move into journaling.


What came up for you during the eco-somatic practice? Take some time to reflect on anything you'd like to hold onto.

Further self-reflection:

  • What is my relationship to quiet and stillness?

  • How can slowing down bring greater clarity to my inner vision?

  • What dreams do I carry for the world?

  • How can I nurture those dreams over the next month?

  • What practices might support me to sharpen my inner vision?

Finish the following sentences:

  • A habits of thought or behavior that I am releasing is....

  • A new practice that I would like to incorporate into my routine is...

  • Something that I am letting go of is...

  • Something I am welcoming in is...

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