Solar Eclipse New Moon in Sagittarius, December 14th, 2020 | the Astrology of December 2020 | part II - a new quest, starting from an older/wiser position, the king is dead/long live the king, karmic good fortune, healing the U.S. myth of exceptionalism



On Monday, December 14th, 2020 at 11:16AM EST the Sagittarius Moon meets the Sagittarius Sun giving us this month's New Moon - our first total Solar Eclipse in eighteen months.


At 23 degrees Sag, this is the first of four New Moons happening at 23 degrees (!). A fire New Moon, then earth (Cappy), then air (Aqua) and finally water (Pisces) before the new lunar year begins in April (Aries) and we return to that transformed 22 degrees. 


What's with all the 23's?? Yes, that's what I want to know! The number 23 is a prime number composed of an even and an odd number. It reduces to the number 5 through addition. In numerology, five is a number of change/freedom/sometimes chaos; a very Aquarian number (2 divided by 3 is .666 and 23 has history with secret societies and people like occultist Aleister Crowley). 23 is the number of female/male chromosomes in a human cell, the number on Michael Jordan's winning jersey, the number of obsession in a strange Jim Carrey movie, the most well-known/beloved Psalm (the Lord is my shepherd..) and it seems the number 23 is connected to the Goddess Eris


And, what do you know, dwarf planet Eris is at 23 degrees Aries (retrograde) for the next four New Moons (!) and then in April when the New Moon kicks off the New Lunar Year at 22 degrees (Aries), Eris is back to 22 degrees Aries, too! What celestial magic is this! I am going to have to do more research into this - right now I am connecting Eris to chaos/disorder/the discontent that stirs change/sometimes trouble. She catalyzes shocks to our system via our troublemaker/whistle blower/terrorist energies, but it seems she is actually more the potential for a new kind of solution than the actual cause of the trouble - which is just what she exposes. 

We were all born with Eris in Aries. 


We don't know what Aries would feel like/be without Eris! Or what Eris will be like/feel like without Aries!


She seems to represent a space in our chart/life where we can easily get caught up in strife and discord - that "go it alone" Aries house, where Chiron is currently working his magic.


Eris was the Goddess whose toss of the golden apple was blamed for the start of the Trojan War that ultimately destroyed the relationship of men and their Gods. More research is needed. I suspect she connects back to the primordial chaos that was the universe before order, so much bigger than the apple story (yes, another female tale of blame and destruction via an apple - what's up with that?!). We will get back to this. 

For now, we have a HUGE New Moon Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius. 


The Moon and Sun are conjunct the South Node and exactly trining Eris and semi-sextile Pluto. They are conjunct Mercury who is exactly trining Mars and conjunct Eris. The Moon/Sun are squaring Neptune. The ruler of this lunation, Jupiter, is in his detriment in Capricorn, sandwiched between Pluto and Saturn. He is exactly sextiling Venus. It's all hands on deck! 

Let's unpack the chart.

The Moon/Sun are together at 23 degrees Sagittarius. This will represent a different area of life for different people, depending on what house holds 23 degrees Sagittarius in your natal/progressed charts. Collectively, Sagittarius rules our 9th house and mundane things like - travel, higher education, weddings, politics, legal issues, the media, publishing, foreigners, everything outside our comfort zone, exploration, our beliefs and higher thinking. It is our highest use of fire/boldly going where no woman or man has gone before - THE QUEST.

Happening on the South Node of the Moon makes this a Solar Eclipse (karmic event tied to the past), happening so near to the South Node (19 degrees) makes this a Total Solar Eclipse. Eclipses are part of cycles called Saros Cycles and repeat every 18 years - this particular Eclipse is the 23rd (!) Eclipse in Saros Cycle 142. In ancient times, Solar Eclipses were said to speak of the 'death of the king'. In the United States we have the Electoral College meeting and casting their votes (which legally determine last month's election outcome) during the actual Eclipse - although Eclipse events often play out before/after the actual Eclipse. This Eclipse and its aftermath is impacting Queen Elizabeth II quite strongly, whose natal chart is composed of an amazing number of 20-24 degree energies including her 21 degree Cappy Ascendant/South Node conjunction. What a chart she has!


And, of course, every ending ushers in a NEW beginning which is what New Moons are all about. What was happening in your life 18 years ago? Where were you in 2002? You might see a connection to what is happening now. 


So, we get a cosmic reset, much like a computer being turned off and back on and the program that uploads at restart is a little bit (or quite a lot) different than the one we ran on before. Eclipses change us, and we (vibrating differently) change our circumstances by attracting or repelling what our new self lines up with. 

Eclipses can eclipse something out or bring something to light or alternately cover it up and then the New Moon seeding will activate the promise of any slow moving transit currently present in our life.


The Moon/Sun are conjunct Mercury (in Sag) - bringing good news/information - this is waning, so has likely already happened. This is a reason for greater optimism. Hope. Maybe the greener pastures come within view. Mercury is trining Mars, so this is REQUIRING ACTION on our part. This is not a time to be waiting. We are the one we have been waiting for! The actions/whatever actions we take will create the scenario where things start to fall into place. 


Mars is conjunct the U.S. natal (Sibley chart) Chiron (wounded healer). December 14th is also the date the United States will start vaccinations. Mars on the U.S. natal Chiron speaks of this, as well as this healing very deep/old woundings - remember the "event" that stoked this whole fire (the mid-January meeting of Saturn and Pluto at 22 degrees Cappy) happened on the U.S. natal asteroid Narcissus. Healings related to our collective narcissism, through Trump/through Covid. As well as the learning, which may come now and over time, that there will be some things we are going to need to just learn to live with - Chiron.

The ruler of this lunation is Jupiter, constricted in Cappy and surrounded by enemies. BUT, we know Jupiter is leaving Capricorn in just 6 days (!). Trust me, Jupiter likes Aquarius much better, so this is the strongest indication in this chart that through Eclipse events THINGS WILL IMPROVE.

We also have Jupiter (ruler of Sagittarius/this Eclipse) sextiling beneficial Venus - one of the best aspects in astrology happening right on a New Moon Solar Eclipse. THIS IS MORE GOOD NEWS. Plus the New Moon makes this stronger/longer lasting than just a regular Jupiter/Venus sextile PLUS the Solar Eclipse makes this stronger/longer lasting than a regular New Moon.


What does Venus rule in your natal chart? This speaks of opportunity. Deep in Scorpio this speaks of truth/getting to the bottom of things. Relationships/finances expand. Feel good/feel better. Things are mutually beneficial.

The Moon/Sun are exactly trining volatile Eris who BRINGS OUT WHAT IS HIDDEN IN THE SYSTEM - these changes/discord/strife bringing us into this new quest/new energy. And alternately the new quest/new energy creating change/discord in our lives. Keep in mind trines are smooth aspects - things fall into place. The brakes are off. The train cannot be stopped. We are going to be working this story for the next few months. Here we go!

The most challenging aspect in the chart is that waning square to Neptune - no small thing, since Neptune squares can bring some dilution to the 'good' stuff. They bring confusion/delusion. Am I even reading this chart correctly? People with strong Neptunian energies might be feeling this most of all. It can also make us tired/not feeling up to the challenges ahead. Keep in mind this aspect is in the past,  IN OUR REAR-VIEW MIRROR. We will still keep one foot on the ground at all times though, because, well, even in our rear-view mirror Neptune is Neptune, but by the time of the New Moon, the inflated grandeur of something will be wearing off. This is something we are moving through/dealing with. Reality coming through. It's not all popsicles and puppies (or dragons and landmines) - we know this or we should/will.


This is an extremely powerful event for our Sagittarius planets/energies. Karmic. Fated. Collectively, in the United States we are working through "the great humbling" by releasing the old myth of American 'exceptionalism' which cannot be taken with us into the new Aquarian humanity that is beginning. We are all - everyone on this planet - exceptional and unique. We don't have to fight for that. We don't have to earn that/prove that. Attempts to try to control life/people/situations to win or to get 'our share' or best someone else will only keep us stuck in the ordinary now. The new energies will not support it. We are collectively and personally being pushed/pulled/dragged - kicking and screaming - into a relationship with collective energies that are GREATER/bigger than ourselves. 


The paradox - we can only find out how truly exceptional we are when we stop needing/trying to be so freakin' exceptional ... go figure.

Part III next as Jupiter meets Saturn in Aquarius and the world turns back on ...

xo all

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