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    Click to read Ronni's bio Ronni Lynn has been studying and practising astrology for over 30 years. She is interested in the psychological and spiritual effects that planetary influences have on us. Ronni uses astrology as a tool to help others evolve and develop their higher selves.
    Each month, with the event of the New Moon, we are given a space to renew ourselves spiritually, take stock of our lives, and recharge our energies. It is a wonderful opportunity to set goals for the month, writing down our deepest desires and heart-felt wishes. The new moon column that she writes will help readers find inspiration and guidance.
    Ronni is also a graphic artist and a classical singer. Visit her at her own website Zodiac Art.

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    Winter Solstice, by Jessica GalbrethNew Moon Reflections
    the New Moon in Sagittarius 2004

    This month's New Moon occurs in Sagittarius, on December 11, 2004. Ronni Lynn tells us that Sagittarius is the sign that embraces honesty, focusing on adventure and personal growth. The Moon changes signs just a bit more than every two days. However, when the Moon is exactly conjunct the Sun (sharing its astrological degree), it is no longer visible in the sky and at this point in the lunar cycle it is called a "New Moon". This occurs once every month (in rare instances, twice) and marks the beginning of a new monthly astrological cycle. Ronni's monthly column explores some valuable ways to get the best out of every lunation.

    The new moon signifies a start of a new personal cycle each month. It's a time to renew or revise our goals, reach for what we wish for most and renew ourselves. When setting goals or aspiring towards our dreams and desires it is important to keep a few things in mind. First of all, our wishes can only involve ourselves. We cannot try to change others, only our attitudes towards those people, in hopes that they will respond favorably to us. Another important aspect of this process is to meditate on the qualities of the sign that the new moon is occurring in. These astrological qualities will give us powerful hints on what to strive for, and how to approach or strategize towards what we want to accomplish. It is a good idea to set approximately 10 goals or wishes each month. Jan Spiller in New Moon Astrology also suggests that you do not combine several wishes into one wish! Keep your thoughts clear and separate, and write them down each month. I recommend a special notebook or journal exclusively used for this purpose.

    Visualize Your Wishes

    It is often best not to include a wish unless you can clearly visualize it coming into fruition within your imagination. If not, there may be preliminary steps you need to take first, so instead, try visualizing these. Trust your feelings and intuition in this process- you will know instinctively what feels right. Some wishes become realized soon after the new moon. Others are more resistant and can take many months. Keep repeating wishes each month until they begin coming true as long as you continue to believe that they are right for you. When things in your life such as people, events, and your own attitudes begin to "shift", welcome this new change as evidence that your life is changing as a result of your positive intentions. Each month I will share my reflections on the new moon based on the sign it moves into to help you in your own process. Using the New Moon in such a way is what I call Astrology in action!

    New Moon in Sagittarius Focuses on Finding Inner Truth

    On December 11, 2004 the new moon will be in the sign of Sagittarius. This will happen at exactly at 8:30 PM eastern standard time.

    Sagittarius is the sign that encourages us to be honest with ourselves, expand our horizons as we strive to embrace the truth. Last month Scorpio's influence started this process when we began to see how we create our own patterns in our life. Self-mastery meant self-control and taking ownership of ourselves and responsibility for our actions. With this stirring up of our psyches (as Scorpio loves to do), we are now ready to see how our own patterns of behavior and ingrained beliefs can create our individual realities. If you can change some worn-out beliefs or ways of seeing the world, your ideas on what is "true" for you can begin to shift in ways that can bring you more hope and more abundance. Sagittarius gives us a fresh new, and hopeful outlook.

    Sagittarius' Influence Helps Us See Past Our Limitations

    Sagittarius' bold and positive influence can help us find new adventures in life and new avenues to explore. As we open up our minds, seeing past our own limitations, we start to realize how abundant the universe actually is. Often we limit ourselves in the present by bringing to it fears from past painful experiences. This is the time when we can begin to explore how letting go of some of our defense mechanisms can lift the blockage to a fuller and more fulfilling life. Defense mechanisms are only useful at the time of a traumatic event. Unfortunately, they tend to persist on a subconscious level long aver the threatening event took place. Defenses often become part of our personalities and act as a filter for the way we perceive life's events. They block out the truth. These are blockages that are so habitual that they actually feel "normal". However "habitual" is often a far cry from "optimal".

    I came across a wonderful example of this on the web. I was very inspired by a story that a writer named Beth Levine wrote on Beliefnet In her article about working in a woman's shelter when encountering a rather unsavory, scary looking young woman and overcoming her fears about her, she writes, "How wide is the world when we choose to let it in". She was able to find out that this person wasn't scary, but frightened and vulnerable herself. Within this experience the author allowed herself the ability to look past her own fears, pre-conceived notions, and defenses to see the humanity in others. With an experience like this, of going a little past our own comfort zones and beliefs, so much more abundance becomes possible in her life. This possibility exists for all of us.

    A Filter Which Blocks Out the Light

    Defense mechanisms are a filter through which we view the world. They can block out the objective truth. They are usually merely a habit based on fear. Just trying to let one go can be very liberating. It's like letting light into your life. Light is what makes it possible for our eyes to see. Once you realize how defenses shut out possibilities for you it's a wonderful challenge to try to find a new, more open way to respond to things- especially if there's a stale pattern in your life that you'd like to change. In Sagittarius we learn how many of our problems are created by patterns or defenses that are no longer useful to us, and actually limit our expression. You let go a bit, and then Sagittarius' energy comes in to expand your possibilities. Life might become a little more unpredictable, but also more exciting and expansive. The theme this month then is to stop getting in your own way, to trust and open up to a higher power in the universe.

    Perhaps Truth is the Sum of All Parts

    Sagittarius is the sign that embraces honesty. If we can make ourselves willing to listen to others we can begin to get a fresh perspective on life. Sagittarius offers us the freedom to think and evaluate. We also have the freedom to offer other people space to think the way they want to and the freedom we give to ourselves and others to change our minds, if necessary. We can make decisions but they do not necessarily have to be "carved in stone"! The balancing act this month then, is the ability to find answers and our own truths without becoming close-minded about them. Perhaps there is more than one path, one answer, or one truth. Maybe truth is the sum of all parts. Perhaps each of us can only see a small part of the whole. Paradoxically, without each of our individual truths, the "whole" as we know it would not exist.

    This is a good time to expand your thinking, your beliefs and your horizons. Whether it involves planning a trip to foreign places, or learning about them—Sagittarius is all for it! It is a good time to learn about other cultures or even to begin study of a foreign language. It is a good time to ask for and get frank and straightforward advice or feedback from someone whose opinion you respect.

    Seeking a Higher Power

    Sagittarius rules optimism and adventure. Wishes this month could involve breaking out of a worn out routine and finding some adventure in your life. Be careful not to throw caution to the wind, however. If you are involved in a legal dispute this is a good time to resolve these issues, seeking truth and justice.

    This is a time to seek a higher power in our lives. Whether this takes the form of religious worship, or the enlisting of spirit guides, the goal is to find ourselves reaching for our highest self, exploring the possibilities, with inspiration and direction from a higher, pure source.

    The next new moon will be in the sign of Capricorn on January 10, 2005 at 7:03 am eastern standard time. Check back with me then, or a few days before for more New Moon Reflections.

    Abundant Best Wishes,

    Ronni is also a graphic artist, creating designs that reflect astrological influences in the quest for beauty, harmony and balance. Her web site Zodiac Art features 25 designs for "Artistic Astrological Charts", unique gifts, birth announcements, and greeting card designs for each sign of the zodiac.

    In addition she loves all kinds of music and is a classically trained singer. She gives voice lessons and workshops.

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