November 22 – December 21
Expanding Your View
by Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer
Each month, Barry explains the sign for that month and then lists all 12 signs and how each interacts with this month’s sign. Look for your birth sign below. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, Ascendent and/or a number of planets in the sign.)
Sagittarius is the third fire sign in the journey through the zodiac. Having come through the crucible of egoic fear and surrender in Scorpio, we now have some conscious awareness of ourselves as spiritual beings, as souls. This new, sense of identity fuels our desire to explore and understand our expanded reality in spirit and invites a subconsciously driven idealism and hopefulness that reflects our true divine nature. Through travel and exploration, we are drawn to discover new horizons and unfamiliar environments which stretch our knowledge of people and life. In the opposite sign of Gemini, it was enough to exercise our Mercurial curiosity by simply taking in information and data within a rational, logical process of dualism. Now, Jupiter stirs our mind to search for context and meaning in ever larger paradigms through the study of philosophy, science, religion, and spirituality.
If we have come through this zodiac journey thus far with a healthy, positive ego and have awakened to our transcendent self, our spiritual searching will eventually lead us to metaphysical perceptions that see beyond the polarities and dualities of this illusive time-space dimension of physical form. Though human religions may play a role in our spiritual growth, we will sense their limits and be ever inviting of deeper and more expanded awareness, willing to trust our own unique soul connection (Christ Consciousness) to find truth that informs our own moral compass and leads, eventually, to mystical enlightenment.
However, if when the emotional and psychological traumas of Scorpio intimacy has indeed awakened some awareness of spiritual divinity in us, yet we nevertheless remain mostly within the limited perceptions of our ego, then our search for understanding in Sagittarius will be limited to these narrow perceptions. We will be attracted to religious or scientific belief systems that re-enforce duality and polarization, often dogmatic and with rigid rules of morality. Such philosophies and religions support our newfound hope of divine connection, but also continue to fuel the ego’s misunderstandings and fears that stem from the illusions of separation in the physical world. Yet, even within these more narrow-minded experiences, our Jupiter self is seeking out that which will lead to eventual greater consciousness.
Whether we travel the world of Sagittarius in wide-open and loving trust of our inner guidance or with the self-imposed blinders of religious or scientific caution, we are preparing ourselves for the next sign in the zodiac, Capricorn, where we will step into society with a new sense of self, meaning, possibility and mission. Then, our Sagittarian paradigm will color what we accomplish.
Aries (Mar 20 – Apr 20)
Fire meets fire here, Aries, so be aware at this time that your inspired enthusiasm and idealism is creating the adventures you need for your own growth and understanding. Books and “systems” may not suit you. Though you can be an inspirational leader, be ready to check any tendencies toward judgment and preaching. You are entitled to follow your own truth, and to go it alone if you must. Others may follow, but those who don’t are not your enemies. In your quest for truth, always ask “Who am I?”
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
Taurus, this is a good time of year for you check you priorities regarding material life and spiritual pursuits. It’s not that they are necessarily contradictory. Your natural tendencies toward material abundance and pleasurable comfort can be a fine avenue toward higher understanding if you are mindful to invite insights and wisdom around your human appetites. Once you set your mind toward higher consciousness, you can be steadfast, just avoid stubborn dogmatism. Some truths will change.
Gemini (May 20 – June 20)
Gemini is opposite Sagittarius in the zodiac. This is the time of year that most supports your integration of this polarity between rational thought and intuitive understanding. In fact, as a student of dualities, Gemini, this is a good time to apply your awareness of such to a search for meaning around them. Invite these insights through the books you read, the conversations you have, through writing, through travel and even academic studies. Your enthusiastic curiosity can also inspire others.
Cancer (Jun 20 – Jul 20)
Cancer, with your sentimental attachments to home and family, the Sagittarian call to explore the world might feel threatening. Just as travel can put physical distance between you and loved ones, so can inner explorations of truth and meaning create mental and emotional distance from your past. You cannot force loved ones to follow you, but you needn’t stop loving them. Kindly share what you can, but make your home your sanctuary of truth. Your “spiritual” family will always feel welcome there and affirm the love that binds beyond bloodlines.
Leo (Jul 20 – Aug 20)
As a fellow fire sign, Leo, this month of Sagittarius affords you a chance to bring deeper meaning to your natural passionate flare and creativity. If you are an artist, invoke high ideals as your muse. If you like children, invite their wisdom to teach you. If you enjoy competition and play, seek to expand your experience of intuition and love. The truths that you are gaining during this time relate to the purpose of having a strong ego and who is served. Ego or soul?
Virgo (Aug 20 – Sep 20)
This month may feel a bit scattered, Virgo, as you alternate between leaping into daily chores with enthusiasm, and departing from routine as you chase adventure. It’s best to acknowledge your need for exploration that requires a break from your routines, and design a schedule of travel or spiritual studies that appeals to your need for order and practicality. Just don’t shoot for perfection, as it will stifle the spontaneity needed for expansive insights and awesome surprises. Remember, most deeper truths do not come through analysis, but through open-minded and open-hearted awareness.
Libra (Sep 20 – Oct 20)
Libra, if you consider your life as a journey toward spiritual consciousness, ask yourself, “Am I traveling alone?” Whether partnered or single, you may be feeling more sensitive to your longing for spiritual companionship and the enthusiasm and fun that comes with it. A compatible relationship between ego personalities is not the same as spiritual partners and at some point falls flat. If you are partnered, this is a good time to introduce mutual intentions for meaningful adventures through travel or studies. If necessary, claim the freedom to explore on your own. Without a life partner who can share the journey, conscious friends will serve the purpose.
Scorpio (Oct 20 – Nov 20)
When it comes to higher understanding, Scorpio, what is important for you is to relate it to the deep inner world of intimate emotions and psychology. Your “research” into meaning and truth is carried out within your own realms of sexual encounters, joint enterprises, shared resources and the like, where you can dig into the hidden undersides of power struggles, fears and intimacies. This strengthens your capacity to return more consistently to the surrender of your ego to your soul and grow a framework of cosmic awareness. Watch for judgmental and moralistic attitude as a key to the ego’s slipping backward into unconsciousness.
Sagittarius (Nov 20 – Dec 20)
This is your month, Sagittarius, so let yourself be free to follow your intuition and quest for expanded living. Whether it’s travel, study, philosophy, metaphysics, teaching or anything else that inspires you, you know it’s about learning about and understanding the world and the nature of reality. Now, more than ever, is a good time for you to question any over-reliance on limited logical thinking. Invite your soul’s guidance to strengthen your intuitive ways of knowing and your ability to channel wisdom to others.
Capricorn (Dec 20 – Jan 20)
As one who creates order and manifests achievements, Capricorn, this is a good time to consider just how much your “career” is reflecting your beliefs and adding to the meaning of your life. As you mature in spiritual consciousness, your sense of responsibility changes, aligning more with your soul’s perspective of divine order. This can lighten your ego’s sense of heavy personal burdens even as it can step up the challenges your ego is willing to accept in service to the world. Recognition comes without being sought after.
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 20)
Your spiritual understanding comes most easily within friendships and groups of kindred spirits. If you’ve longed to travel or study with a group, this is the time. The synergy you create with others is a primary subject of higher understanding for you. Fellowship, so to speak, is the path you travel to ground spiritual wisdom into full bodied mysticism. Invite your intuitive guides to surprise you in fun and innovative ways during this time of Sagittarius.
Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20)
Pisces often experience states of confusion in this physical world because you are attuned, if only subliminally, more than most of us, to the larger reality of divine existence. The confusion is typically for lack of ability in your human mind to be able to make sense of your experiences. Thus, as Pisces meets Sagittarius, it is a good time to commit yourself to applying your rational mind to explore metaphysical principles which will give your mind useful frameworks for sorting out the confusions. You will be delighted each time you are reminded that others have travelled your watery path and have created language to share it. Your centered peace, confidence and gifts will grow.
Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 36 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at Barry@ChooseConsciousLiving.com. Call Barry at 608-345-2470.