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Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius: Farewells and a New Philosophy

The final eclipse season of 2020 continues, this time with a total solar eclipse in Sagittarius occurring on December 14th.

As a recap, eclipse seasons occur twice per year during the period in which the Sun is within 18 degrees of either the North or South nodes. Nodes switch signs every 18 months, meaning it takes 18 years for a full revolution of the nodes through the zodiac.

Solar eclipses align with the new moon phase, when the Moon blocks the Sun's light to the Earth. New moons begin new lunar phases and are therefore symbolic of new beginnings (on a small scale). They represent opportunities for growth as the moon waxes and gains light with each passing day. However, eclipses are like new moons or full moons magnified by ten. Much like the roots and fruits of what we plant and cultivate during an eclipse, their effects can often last from one eclipse season to the next.

That’s not the only reason I’m excited about this solar eclipse, however. This particular eclipse season marks a shift into the Gemini-Sagittarius (air-fire) axis from the previous Cancer-Capricorn (water-earth) axis in which eclipses have been occurring for the past 18 months. In the collective, the Gemini-Sagittarius axis can represent the tension between our thoughts, communications and facts with our philosophy, beliefs and truth.

However, this particular eclipse will trigger the south node. North nodes tend to be about looking forward while south nodes ask us to reflect and look back at where we were. Endings are tied into the influence of eclipses activating the south node.

So why focus on beginnings, then, if the south node activation this eclipse season asks us to look backwards rather than forwards?

I like to think of this eclipse as a turning point or an ending, forcing us to reflect on the hard lessons of the past year, acknowledging the seismic shifts that have transpired, promising to remember lessons hard learned, but also learning to say farewell or letting go. We can and should take this time to grieve our personal and collective losses. This finality makes way for something new to emerge.

This particular new moon phase will also bear witness to yet more rather dramatic shifts - and the last ones of 2020. On December 17 at 12:04 am EST, Saturn ingresses into Aquarius…. finally leaving Capricorn where it is ruler but less comfortable into Aquarius, which it traditionally also rules but is a bit more productive operating within. Then on December 19th, Jupiter will also enter Aquarius, leaving Capricorn, the sign of its fall, where it has struggled this year and only served to amplify the worst tendencies of Saturn in Capricorn. Just two days later, we will have the Great Saturn-Jupiter Conjunction of 2020 (more on that later!).

As if that wasn’t enough, the last of the three Mars-Pluto squares occurs on December 23 and then we finally say goodbye to 2020 for good.

In the darkness, there is light. Aquarius is depicted in the tarot through the Star card. The same Star which the Hermit carries as a beacon through the night, guiding us to wisdom. Hope exists; we must not abandon it.

As we enter this era of endings, new beginnings and (hopefully) fewer restrictions, I ask you what this solar eclipse asks of you:

What do you believe?

What is your truth?

To what do you bid farewell this eclipse season?

And what do you want to grow over the next six months?

In peace & love,


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