The December Sagittarius New Moon Restores Our Optimism

Keep your head up! The Sagittarius new moon on December 12, 2023 (at 6:32 PM EST), reveals the silver lining again.

Have your hope, faith and optimism dwindled? We get it. After another contentious year on Earth, you’re certainly not alone. But the Sagittarius new moon on Tuesday, December 12, flips the lens and helps us to review life from a philosophical perspective.

Look in new directions for truth and inspiration as you redefine adventure for this challenging era.

True, it’s a lofty goal after the past several years have tested our emotional resilience and empathy. Sagittarius is the eternal seeker and student of the zodiac, however.

This new moon asks:
• What are we meant to learn from this?
• In what ways did we grow?
• Are there lessons still to apply? 

The answers may not be easy—nor are they likely to come from the usual sources! And we’ll help you find them. Join us live for a Sagittarius new moon manifestation ritual on Tuesday, December 12 at 7PM EST/4PM PST. It’s all happening on our new channel, The AstroTwins Network (powered by Fireside). Sign up here to be part of the 12-12 ritual experience. 


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Are you thinking big enough?

The year’s only new moon in visionary Sagittarius nudges you out of the safety zone. Get ready for a bold entry into uncharted terrain or to take a supersized leap of faith.

Got the urge to travel? Even if your journey happens next year, don’t shy away from pressing “book now” on a great bucket-list destination deal. With courageous Mars mashing up with la luna, you’re feeling especially bold and ready to risk big. Multiply your adventurous and horizon-expanding ideas by (at least) ten. But make sure you’ve got a backup plan, since you could be tempted to gamble.

Need some extra motivation? Think about the people you’ll help and inspire as a role model. As healing comet Chiron breezes by the new moon in a supportive trine, do it for the people who didn’t get a chance—or those who might believe they can when you lead by example. Just keep one toe planted on terra firma, as a square from dreamy Neptune doesn’t exactly scream “practical” when it comes to your exciting plans.

Love and the Sagittarius new moon

As if you needed one more prompt to open your mind, speak your truth or broaden your outlook on love, well, here you go. The annual Sagittarius new moon pushes you off the diving board and into adventurous romantic waters.

Challenge yourself to try a different approach to dating or the way you communicate in your relationships. Spice up your bond by signing up for a couples’ workshop or planning a trip. If you’ve been trapped in the couple bubble, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Give yourself (and your partner) a little more breathing room in the weeks ahead.

You’ll have so much to talk about when you’re each expanding your personal horizons. Plus, supporting each other’s passions can be inspiring and fun!

Your horoscope for the Sagittarius new moon

Below are horoscopes for every zodiac sign for the Sagittarius new moon on December 12, 2023 (at 6:32 PM ET). You can read for your Sun sign or your rising sign (ascendant). Visit our Cosmic Calculator section if you want to calculate your Rising sign or discover more about your personal astrology. And follow your daily horoscopes at to never miss a detail!

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Aries (March 21-April 19)

December 12’s new moon in Sagittarius—the only one of the year—powers up your liberated ninth house and issues a one-Ram hall pass to do you! If you’ve been stuck in a rut, this lunar lift can help you blast out of it. This is a perfect time to launch an entrepreneurial venture or get serious about planning your dream vacation—or how about a longer sabbatical, if you can swing it? And because this new moon lands alongside momentous Mars, whatever changes you start today are sure to have lasting consequences!  Read more Aries horoscopes.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Your grounded sign doesn’t have patience for players and egomaniacs who can’t (or won’t) walk their talk. On December 12, the year’s only Sagittarius new moon powers up your intense eighth house, helping you get clearer about the kinds of people and scenarios you’re willing to allow into your life. Because it falls alongside the fearless Mars, you can make some significant changes in these areas. Talk is cheap, Bull, but you’re all about action—and longevity. So if you’ve got even a tiny doubt, leave ’em out.  Read more Taurus horoscopes.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Drop the solo act and pair up for the win! As the sign of the Twins, you’re a people person by nature, and on December 12, when the year’s only Sagittarius new moon fires up your relationship realm, you’ll draw all kinds of kindred spirits into your orbit. Whether you’re single or spoken for, working on your own or with a partner, your dance card will be full. Just make sure you’re evaluating things with a grounded perspective. No union is without its challenges, but teaming up with a like-minded person can halve your workload.  Read more Gemini horoscopes.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Eager to get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions, Crab? You get cosmic support in that department starting December 12 as the only Sagittarius new moon of the year lands in your sixth house of self-care. For a change, your nurturing sign can put YOU first, whether you want to ramp up a new fitness regimen or kick a limiting habit.

This time of year is perfect for finding a great deal. Ideal would be a fitness center or yoga or Pilates studio that’s offering an end-of-year two-for-one special. Get a friend or your S.O. to sign up with you so you can keep each other motivated.  Read more Cancer horoscopes.

Leo (July 23-August 22) 

You won’t be able to hide your light on December 12, Leo—but why would your camera-ready sign even want to? The only Sagittarius new moon of the year electrifies your fifth house of amour, glamour and fame: Wherever you go, so goes the spotlight. If you’ve been putting off a work (or romantic) move, waiting for “the perfect time,” this is it! You’ll be in your element—confident and dramatic—so dress to the nines, spend a little extra time on your hair and makeup, making sure the outer you reflects your inner glow. Flash that broad smile, make unwavering eye contact, and you’ll be simply irresistible!  Read more Leo horoscopes.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

The only Sagittarius new moon of the year powers up your domestic fourth house on December 12, urging you to slow down and pay more attention to your loved ones. If you’ve been dashing around at speeds that could induce whiplash (and when AREN’T you?), this is your annual invitation to downshift! Over the coming two weeks, under the influence of this homey new moon, say no to non-essential invites and work events and spend the time enjoying soulful convos and interactions with your tribe. If Chateau Virgo could use some nest-feathering, this is an ideal time. Read more Virgo horoscopes.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Hello, superconnector! Your social-butterfly skills will be on display for all to see—and relish! With the year’s only Sagittarius new moon on December 12 galvanizing your outgoing third house, you can’t get enough of your friends, relatives, colleagues and even neighbors. Have you been wanting to hang out closer to home? This third-house lunar lift can point the way to exciting shops, restaurants and venues you’ve probably walked past a million times without popping into. Think in terms of community-building: It won’t take much effort to bring together like-minded folks for work or play—or some romantic rendezvous.  Read more Libra horoscopes.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Perfect timing! Just before the holidays, the only Sagittarius new moon of the year electrifies your second house of finances on December 12. If you’ve been shopping without a budget—or going out every night and racking up a hefty credit card balance—this lunar light can refocus you on the all-important subjects of work and money. New moons bring opportunities for fresh starts, so wherever you are with your holiday shopping, stop and do a reality check. Forego all the wasteful (if adorable) stocking stuffers and just buy one perfect present that everyone on your list can actually use.  Read more Scorpio horoscopes.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Happy celestial New Year, Archer! December 12 is an extra powerful day for you, as the year’s only Sagittarius new moon lands in your first house of self-identity and ego. Have you felt stuck around a big idea or passion project? This lunar lift will kick off a productive six-month cycle during which you can bust through a plateau and find the appropriate ways and means to move forward and cast off anything that’s been holding you back. Grab the reins and gallop toward your wildest, most unbridled dreams.

With hasty Mars close to the new moon, don’t leave the corral without a plan in place—and all the provisions you need to make the ride a pleasurable one.  Read more Sagittarius horoscopes.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

You could wake up with the clarity you’ve been waiting for, as the year’s only Sagittarius new moon lands in your twelfth house of intuition, introspection and closure on December 12. You’re famous for your ability to see things through to completion, no matter how long it takes. But sometimes your diligent sign needs to be reminded that not every initiative is worth sticking out. Today, you may realize that a certain project (or relationship) has reached the point of diminishing returns and it’s actually smarter to cut your losses. This isn’t quitting; it’s smart time management.  Read more Capricorn horoscopes.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) 

Your collaborative nature gets supercharged by December 12’s Sagittarius new moon, the only one of the year, and it just happens to land in your eleventh house of group activity. This realm is associated with your people-loving sign, so you’ll be in your element over the next few weeks, possibly getting tapped to head up an innovative collaboration. You know that teamwork makes the dream work, but under the influence of this new moon, you’ll learn how to motivate the troops to get the best possible performances out of everyone!  Read more Aquarius horoscopes.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Rise and shine! December 12 is a powerful day for Pisces, as the year’s only Sagittarius new moon powers up your tenth house of professional ambition and success. Over the coming few weeks, you won’t be willing to settle for “good enough.” Your lofty goals are coming into sharper focus, and you’re ready to do whatever it takes to reach them. The clearer you can be about exactly what these objectives are—from how you’ll know you’re there to how it feels—the more likely you are to manifest them!  Read more Pisces horoscopes.

When is the next new moon?

The December 12 Sagittarius new moon is the last new moon of 2023! The first new moon of 2024 is on January 11 in Capricorn. Learn all about 2024 new moons here.

When is the next new moon and full moon in Sagittarius?

• The next new moon in Sagittarius is on December 1, 2024

• The next full moon in Sagittarius is on May 23, 2024

Read even more about new moons

New moons reset the monthly lunar cycle. Astrologers treat these occurrences as ultra-powerful moments to set intentions, start fresh and begin projects anew. Learn more about new moons in astrology here and moon signs here.

Check out your entire December 2023 Horoscope forecast, too!


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