7 Rituals To Shatter Your Limitations + Manifest Happiness Under Tonight's Sagittarius New Moon
"There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." —Bruce Lee, Sagittarius
Where do YOUR limits lie? On Tuesday, November 29, the new moon in Sagittarius could send those walls a-tumbling down. A new devotion—or mere attention—to diversity will be in the air. Make a point of reaching across any self-imposed blocks or boundaries and mingle multiculturally this holiday season, especially while Sagittarius season is in effect through December 21.
The new moon in global Sagittarius could be eye-opening, especially since la luna will form a challenging square to probing Neptune. But don't be stopped by your own internal resistance. Even if it feels awkward to bridge the "divide" initially, waiting around for someone else to make the first gesture is no guarantee of progress. Be courageous and spark up a conversation; or, if you already have unity in your community, draw new people into the fold who might not be as experienced with swimming in the melting pot.
The Sagittarius new moon could also set travel plans into motion. Book tickets to a new corner of the world for a trip you'll take by the corresponding full moon in Sagittarius on June 9, 2017. And no matter where you find yourself near this new moon, this truth will be self-evident: People are people.
Hope, faith and optimism, anyone? The Sagittarius new moon douses us in pre-holiday cheer and reminds us to look on the bright side of life. With all the uncertainty in the world, a few of the Archer’s sunny, golden-tipped arrows might not be the worst thing to strike. It’s time to put our faith in love and focus on what’s working, instead of letting our egos dominate what we can’t stand about people, circumstances, or even the current political climate. The Sagittarius new moon reminds us that staying optimistic will take some effort and patience, so it's time to get crackin’ now!
Remember too that new moons are a time for planting seeds, which you can harvest six months from now. For some great new and full moon manifesting ideas, check out our tips.
Here are seven ways to break free from your limitations and hit the happiness mark under the lunar spell of the Sagittarius new moon:
1. Start planning your next big adventure.
So maybe you’ve drained your Fiji fund, or the rent on your swanky apartment doesn’t leave much left for your expansive jet-setting dreams. But where there’s a will, there’s a way—something the zodiac’s "never say die" Archer firmly believes in. Sagittarius is the zodiac's global explorer and this new moon reminds us of the fact that there’s a great big world waiting out there.
Is there an area of the planet that is calling your name? Price out plane tickets, read independent travel blogs, and set up a special savings account to contribute to each week—and before you know it, you’ll be covered for six nights and seven days! If funds are already available, the temptation to hit the "Reserve Now" button may be too hard to resist. At the very least, make sure your passport is up to date. You’ll want to have it handy should opportunity strike in the days ahead. You might even check out services like homeexchange.com that facilitates you swapping pads with someone living in the place you want to visit (and vice versa). The Holiday ringing a bell, anyone?
2. Begin your own "Happiness Project."
Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project (and the subsequent Happier At Home and Better Than Before) chronicle her path to joy based on simple shifts in attitudes and daily practices. Rubin (who is a Sagittarius herself) offers quizzes, worksheets and tips on her site. These can be timely guides as we look toward the looming New Year; the Sagittarius new moon loves having a bright future to look forward to!
3. Self-publish your big ideas.
In case you didn’t get the memo, we are living in the Information Age, a time when it is blessedly easy to share your thoughts and ideas across the digital universe. Sagittarius happens to be the sign that rules publishing, and this new moon calls the slumbering media-makers out of hiding. (Interesting tidbit: transformational Pluto was in Sagittarius from 1995-2008, a potent timespan for the publishing industry, when the Internet swiftly grew from a dial-up binary "dinosaur" to a lightning fast outlet for self-publishing.)
Nowadays, we don’t have to wait for a major publishing house to offer us a book deal to get our novels or manifestos in print. Print-on-demand is all the rage with services like Lulu.com or Amazon’s CreateSpace (we used it ourselves for our own 2017 Planetary Planners this year!). This new moon is big for bloggers; anyone wishing to join the blogosphere should harness the lunar power of this new moon to get started on Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress, SquareSpace or any outlet for getting your message to the masses. Got a niche? Start talking to the select few who share your offbeat passion. But look out: planting an idea under this new moon could start a sweeping new trend by early next summer, when the Sagittarius full moon rolls around.
4. Move and shake those hips.
Sagittarius rules the hips and thighs and this energizing new moon may send us straight to the dance floor to shake a tail-feather like it was going out of style. Since most of us spend our days seated at desks, stiff hips are an epidemic in our sedentary culture. Here are some hip-opening exercises to bring back your sway and swagger.
5. Know the difference between wisdom and ego.
When you’re passionate about something, be it yoga, an incredible book or something that changed your life, it’s normal to wish everyone knew about it, too. However, under the Sagittarius new moon's fervent zeal, you can come across as a preachy proselytizer instead of a resourceful friend. So, share generously—that’s what Sag is all about—but do it with an open heart and with non-attachment. In other words, ditch the know-it-all attitude and speak from a place of compassion and wisdom. You can lead a horse (or a Centaur) to water, but you can’t make him drink!
6. Find a dose of Zen in unlikely places.
Sagittarius rules international travel, cross-cultural connections, higher education and philosophy. Go ahead and explore obscure philosophies, study the way indigenous tribes live, or add more communal touches to your lifestyle. Suspend judgment and take it all in. The Sagittarius new moon reminds us that the homeless dude you step over might just be a quantum physicist fallen on hard times, or an angelic messenger whose "crazy" rants somehow are exactly what you were supposed to hear. Find your gurus both in and out of the ashram, temple—or wherever it is you go looking. See the light of consciousness in every human. Better yet, be your own guru.
7. Be expansive.
Sagittarius is ruled by abundant Jupiter, the largest and most jovial planet in our solar system. It’s got its own moons twirling around it, a fitting picture for the larger-than-life energy of Sagittarius. Sagittarius urges us to shed our self-consciousness and make utter fools of ourselves. The REAL party is not with the stiff, starched and socially-graced tightwads nibbling holiday hors d’oeuvres. Nope. It’s over there with the lady in wild patterns who leaps onto the empty dance floor and boogies to her own beat.
A wise teacher once gave us some public speaking advice. We were nervous about coming on too strong and being "too much" for people. She advised this: Go ahead and BE too much. When you’re fully self-expressed, it creates a gap between you and other people, giving them something to rise up to. Sure, they might laugh or be shocked at first, but they’ll soon be inspired by your courage and authenticity. And they’ll feel permission to be themselves freely, too.
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