The full moon in Sagittarius on May 29, 2018 provides wild, uninhibited energy to explore your passions and expand your consciousness. Sagittarius is fiery, wild, and at the same time focused on what it loves: learning new ways of thinking, believing, and being. Whether it is travel of the mind and spirit, or physically traveling to far flung destinations, Sagittarius never stops seeking new experiences. This month, we are encouraged to plot a course toward a new destination…within the mind, body, or the soul.
This full moon energy should lead you toward an exciting landscape. If you choose to venture to that landscape by boarding a plane, do it. If you seek adventure in the pages of a book, find it. If you want to open your mind by participating in religious or spiritual rituals, go for it. And, if you are interested in diversifying your thoughts and beliefs by studying other cultures, mythologies, or spiritual practices, then there is no better time than now.
In fact, the influence of this full moon on our psyche encourages us to move past old fears and rehabilitate old wounds and stagnant beliefs. Chiron (the wise healer and mentor) is in the mix smoothly supporting deep transformation, and nudging us toward what is uncomfortable. Perhaps this is the most exciting landscape of all! When we move within and do our shadow work, the inner landscape reveals new treasures we could never have imagined.
But, imagine you will. The Sagittarius full moon keeps you bright and engaged on your task, as you swiftly move through the fires of transformation to let go all that keeps you small and disconnected. As the great archer, let Sagittarius’ aim be true and send you toward what will set your heart and soul free.
Alchemical Ritual for the Sagittarius Full Moon
As a fire sign, Sagittarius has a lot of energy, and vivacity. This energy is both bright and engaging, but is also overwhelming if not reigned in. Sagittarius, applauds higher thinking and philosophy, and religion often intrigues the archer. This full moon ritual for Sagittarius draws out the high side of Sag and illuminates the spiritual connection within the religious function of our psyche, so we feel less adrift and know we are not alone.
Sagittarius’ ruler is Jupiter, the great centaur who aims true for the target. Our work here is to shoot for the source—the heart—of connection. This is the ultimate target, and the ultimate goal of any philosophical, religious or spiritual pursuit. Gather a blue stone such as topaz, amethyst or turquoise. Clear quartz crystal is effective in this ritual, too. Simple flowers such as daisies or carnations are pleasing to Jupiter, and enhance ritual. If you have clove or anise spice, sprinkle it into a bowl and place it in your ritual space. Clove and anise essential oil may be used to anoint your third eye, and your hips (Sagittarius rules the hips) before and after the ceremony. Use sage, sweet grass or palo santo to cleanse yourself and the space by casting the smoke over yourself and encircling your own body three times. Light a few candles and dim the lights. Locate a religious item, or one that holds profound philosophical properties for you (an icon, a book, a statue, etc.). Place this item in the center of the ceremonial circle. Step inside, sit down, and close the eyes. Place your mental focus on the object and its meaning. Visualize it in your mind’s eye. Say the following invocation out loud:
Sagittarius and Jupiter, connect me to the source within, even as I express that connection on the outside.
Spend a few moments in quiet contemplation. Clear the mind of thoughts completely. See the object you’ve brought with you into the circle and silently ask it to give you a message. Religion is most powerful when we make it personal, commune with it, and allow it to speak to us. Wait patiently, and allow the message to arise. It may be a simple image, one word, or a feeling. Accept all things that come. Do not anticipate or second guess the message, simply allow it to arise on its own. Once it does, take three deep breaths and feel the message in your body, as you slowly open your eyes and see the external embodiment of the message in the item before you.
When complete, chant Om three times, and snuff the candles. Place the sacred item in prominent view and allow it to be a touchstone of the message you received in this ritual. This is an outer representation of the inner connection you have to spirit. This ritual is the beginning of building a personal mythology—one where you find your own way through the outer trappings of religion and philosophy to connect with yourself. In doing so, rather than looking for meaning in your life, you bring meaning to it.