Dear moon babies,


Tonight is the new moon in Sagittarius, and a very special moment in time. I'm sure you have all had, at some point or other, the incredible experience of looking up in the sky and seeing the milky way shining pale in the dark night. At the heart of the milky way is the galactic centre, the place from where the universe emerged (as best as we understand currently), and where there is now considered to be a black hole. 

The galactic centre carries such strong electromagnetic energy that even static heard through early telephones was traced back to it. I think of it as the universal womb - the place from which all matter and all life emerged. 


The new moon tonight sits in the heart of the galactic centre. That is to say, from the perspective of planet earth (and astrology is entirely built around our perspective), the sun and moon are sitting right in the middle of this place in the sky right now, if you look up to gaze at them. The galactic centre is in the latter part of the Sagittarius constellation, and so we have a new moon in Sagittarius. 



Meanwhile, Mercury recently went retrograde very close to this place, and Saturn appeared to change direction at this place back in the spring. Saturn is now at the very last degree of Sagittarius, poised to move on into Capricorn just after the new moon, but in the meantime still carrying this thread. 


This is all to say it is an interesting moment to see what's being built in your life right now. The new moon is always a wonderful time to set new intentions for your life, and the placement in the heart of the galactic centre gives this one an extra edge of creative power. Meanwhile, Mercury retrograde (and Saturn still in the last degree of Capricorn) say, it's not time to act just yet. See what's really going on here before you take the next steps. 


Every year during Sagittarius season I think about hope - hope that gets us out of bed in the morning when we otherwise can't, hope that gives people the incredible power to persevere through life with resilience when the world seems to fail them. Hope that says, there will be another day, and it might be a little better. But hope casts a long shadow too around all that light. I think about the hope that is needed in the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere, and how it is just enough to get us to the winter solstice (this Thursday) when the light starts to return. 


Where was hope born for you this year? Do you have any left? Do you have so much that it blinds you to the shadows it casts? Can you borrow some from a friend until you have enough for yourself? And, most interestingly to me, what does hope change? Does it have any bearing on our circumstance, or does the earth keep turning whether we feel this way or that?


Wishing you all a moment of stillness in this new moon, this moment of quiet, this time to build something, to birth something, and soon to take action and make our hopeful visions a reality. 

Many blessings during the winter solstice to you.


With love,



AuthorAerin Fogel


Dear Moon Babies,


Today is the new moon in Libra, and a perfect moment it seems, to consider our ways of relating. Even for those who do not use social media much it is hard to miss the recent and still-blossoming conversation bravely sparked by many abuse victims. 


During Libra season I consider the fact that Libra is the only zodiac sign represented by something human-made. All the other signs are represented by something natural, and yet the scales are a socially constructed symbol, intended to steady the balance of justice. But balance is not a fixed and permanent state, it is something that we hold as an ideal, something that we constantly work towards and from a place of great need. Our lives change and unfold and swing in all directions, and if we can focus and sustain our intention long enough, we sometimes have those beautiful and elusive moments where everything seems perfectly still and balanced, at least for a moment, before it all changes once more. 



So perhaps if balance is impermanent, it's the same for justice. Maybe it is something we constantly work towards, adapting our understanding of it and adjusting the greater perspective, but which we find only in rare passing moments where everything aligns to bring us justice in both in small steps and huge hurdles where we triumph. 


The scales are balanced when they are on level with one another. And the brave surge of conversation emerging now is one that points to where we are not on level. Where some have held power over others, where justice is absent, where the precious balance of our lives has been abused or misused. 


So how can we adjust the bigger picture? How can we each strive to bring greater justice to the world, greater balance to our relationships, and greater peace to our communities? My intention for this new moon is to consider how I may do this in my own life and put that to action and lived experience. Not just to leave it as a concept.  


The challenge with Libra has always been what lurks in the shadows, as with any air sign, it can lose sight of what happens below the surface of our rational, cognitive brain. So let us remember as we set our relational intentions for greater justice in the world that most of our actions stem from an unconscious place. And let us have the courage to look deeper and account for what we haven't yet seen within ourselves. Let there be greater balance between our conscious and unconscious worlds as well. 


Wishing you all a moment of peace on this new moon, and wishing for a world with loving justice in action. 



AuthorAerin Fogel