The new moon is always our Earth's Moon making its monthly conjunction with the Sun (by longitude, as seen from Earth). This time it's part of a lineup of five planets in the sign Sagittarius, at 26° on December 18, 2017, 12:30 a.m. central time.
Sagittarius energy is enthusiastic, idealistic and philosophical, perfect for getting into the spirit of whatever holidays you observe. Do things that give you joy. Be generous in the things that give joy to others.
Saturn is sitting at the end of the stellium right up against the new moon. This is not a time to take on new responsibilities. No matter how guilty you might feel about all the things you think you should be doing, it is the time to keep things simple, at least until several days after Mercury goes direct on December 22.
Key technique for this new moon: Intensifying Your Happiness
As you go through your daily life or your holiday activities over the next two weeks, use as much conscious awareness as possible to be grateful and enjoy the good things around you.
If you're sitting in a comfortable chair, spend a minute to appreciate the chair's comfort and support. If you take a bite of chocolate or your favorite food, say "Mmmmmmm!" If you see someone you love, smile and feel the joy rising.
Whatever good emotions you have, put a little extra energy or attention into them. In this way you change your inner state from joy to greater joy.
Marcia Sacks is an astrologer in the Kriya Yoga tradition.