Happy New Moon Energy & Solar Eclipse. Wow.
I remember when I was young, my grandmother would always plant the seeds and the new plants during the New Moon. Some may not believe in the moon energies but the farmers and earth healers have always used this for their crops.
We can also use this for planting our own Seeds of Light into the world. New projects, ideas, health plans and the such… all New Beginnings as we move into the New Year 2022.
The NEW MOON/SOLAR ECLIPSE occurs on Saturday, December 4th, 2021, at 2:43 AM EST.
Early Saturday, a total Solar Eclipse New Moon occurs in the sign of Sagittarius. It’s the final eclipse to fall along the Gemini-Sagittarius axis since the first in June 2020.
Eclipses have the power to set up themes for the coming six months. In the Jupiter-ruled sign of Sagittarius, matters related to faith, optimism, belief systems, philosophy, sharing ideas, and our sense of adventure become a strong focus on a personal level. This eclipse is about new beginnings regarding all of these matters.
Occurring in Sagittarius, we are called upon to:
- increase our understanding and awareness of the world around us;
- muster up the courage to expand our horizons and branch out into new ways of thinking
- gain more confidence and optimism by focusing on the “big picture”
- transcend the details of mundane existence
- work on positive thinking as a way of life
- take an exam, apply for or begin a new higher learning course, or travel
- nurture faith, hope, and vision being careful to moderate our expectations.
We can too easily get lost in the details of mundane existence. With this potent Sagittarius energy, we might discover ways to transcend these details of day-to-day life and nurture our faith, hope, and vision. Because Sagittarius thinks in big terms, we may have a tendency to overdo our expectations or to assert ourselves too blindly, although its trine to Mars helps us assert ourselves with enthusiasm. It’s time to be a little more adventurous, and to set the stage for reaping the rewards from our braveries, as little or big as they may be.
We should try to avoid jumping to conclusions and asserting ourselves without considering others’ feelings and reactions. There is a big difference between asserting ourselves from a place of healthy confidence, and asserting ourselves brashly and blindly which can give us a false sense of confidence or bravery when doing so respectfully is best.
With this potent Sagittarius energy, we have the chance to make important changes in our lives that will benefit us well beyond this Moon cycle. For some of us, circumstances are such that we need to pay more attention to these matters. It’s a time when we can focus on some of the constructive traits of the sign of the Archer–optimistic, enthusiastic, adventurous, honest, outspoken, independent–and consider how to positively incorporate these qualities into our lives.
Flaws in an important system in our lives are revealed around the time of the eclipse, prompting us to redo or to start fresh. Something ends in order for something else to start anew. We may be called to give up something in order to move forward into a new chapter in our lives. Although the “new” may be unrecognizable, it is important to allow the necessary surrender to the unknown.
An eclipse occurs close to the nodal axis, and this eclipse is closer to the South Node of the Moon. Eclipses closer to the South Node tend to “feel” a little more challenging than those conjunct or closer to the North Node, as we can concentrate too much on the idea that we might have to let something go. Those of us with planets and points strongly stimulated by this eclipse can feel especially drained and tired, both physically and emotionally. There is a need to let go, forgive, cleanse, and release.
Major developments in the personal areas ruled by Sagittarius in our charts are likely to occur over the course of the next 3-6 months. This is the final eclipse in a series falling along the Gemini-Sagittarius axis.
- Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse June 5th, 2020 at 15:12:15 at 15° Sagittarius 34′
- Penumbral LUNAR Eclipse November 30th, 2020 at 4:29:32 at 8° Gemini 38′
- Total SOLAR Eclipse December 14th, 2020 at 11:16:26 at 23° Sagittarius 08′
- Total LUNAR Eclipse May 26th, 2021 at 7:13:43 at 5° Sagittarius 26′
- Annular SOLAR Eclipse June 10th, 2021 at 6:52:29 at 19° Gemini 47′
- Total SOLAR Eclipse December 4th, 2021 at 2:42:51 at 12° Sagittarius 22′
Not everyone will feel the effect of the eclipse with the same intensity. Those whose personal planets are activated by the degree of the eclipse will most feel its effects on a personal level.
Solar eclipses occurred at approximately the same degree as this December 2021 eclipse on December 4, 1964, December 4, 1983, and December 4, 2002. It might help to think back to these periods and consider the themes that surrounded your life at those times (the period, not the precise date) in order to get a better understanding of what the current eclipse series might mean for you, if applicable. You might also think about issues that emerged in the previous year and a half, which can now re-emerge or continue to need attention.
The last time we had a set of Gemini-Sagittarius eclipses was December 2010 to May 2013, and this can also give clues as to life departments and themes that may have emerged or that will appear through this set of Gemini-Sagittarius eclipses.
Aligned with Mercury and sextile Saturn, our ideas are solid, and we might take them forward with us , applying them with success. We need to make changes in our thought patterns, particularly in terms of ridding ourselves of old habits.
This phase of the Moon occurs at 12 degrees and 22 minutes of Sagittarius, affecting people with personal planets and points at approximately 7 to 17 degrees of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) most significantly.
The same chart with additional points:
Total Solar Eclipse
This powerful, total solar eclipse occurring as it does on the south node of the Moon, conjunct Mercury, and opposite Black Moon Lilith, will set the tone for not only this lunar month but the next six months until the next eclipse season. Reading the eclipse chart as a natal chart for this month can offer us insights into the energies that will be activated in the weeks and months ahead.
In addition to the new Moon aspects, we can see the Venus/Pluto conjunction, which will continue through much of the month (with Mercury joining them). At the same time, Saturn finishes his year-long square to Uranus, and Mars squares Jupiter before heading off into Sagittarius.
For you personally, the house and aspects of this solar eclipse will point to the area(s) of your life most subject to change and transformation. Coupled with anything occupying the later degrees of cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn), you’ll be able to get a good idea of what’s in store concerning your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health, relationships, employment, finances, and plans. Both individually and collectively, we can see a big emphasis being placed on honest communication, sound judgment, and faith in ourselves, our intuition, and our ability to create an abundant future.
The Sabian symbol for this eclipse is “A widow’s past is brought to light,” with the keynote being “The karma of past actions as it affects opportunities presented by a new cycle.”
As the south node of the Moon is also associated with past karma while a new Moon is the beginning of a new cycle, we see the double signature of our past thoughts, words, and deeds impacting what would otherwise be a fresh new start. It appears that this is a time when unconscious, unspoken, secret, or hidden truths and underlying motivations will be revealed and have an impact on our current and future goals and plans, and relationships.
Put this together with the holiday season, which serves to bring up past family issues and present relationship pressure, the Covid scare and its dampening effect on our spirits, the cost of living increasing daily, unpredictable governmental interventions impacting our private lives, and we have a challenge ahead of us no doubt. Let’s not pretend, fool ourselves, ignore or deny existing 3D reality lest this new cycle starts out like a vacation where you run out of gas before leaving town, and you forget your wallet and phone! The signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn, where the weight of these transits lies, have to do with proper judgment, which is found through reflecting upon the reality of the present circumstances in time and space.
Once again, astrology serves to show us what’s going on and helps us see what to do about it. First and foremost, the south node in Sag and Black Moon Lilith opposing it in Gemini tells us we are not being given the truth openly, and that part of our evolutionary growth through this period involves strengthening our intuition, trusting our “gut,” and “calling a spade a spade,” as the old saying goes. We need to address the elephant in the room within our most intimate relationships, families, businesses, and society. Even the third quarter square of Mars to Jupiter calls us forward to break out of complacency, question “authority,” liberate ourselves from the consensus and challenge the status quo. All this becomes the necessary starting point, so this cycle gets “off on the right foot.”
At the beginning of any new cycle, there is a new impulse, need, or desire seeking manifestation. The very act of being willing to break from the past resulting from trusting our inner promptings will serve to get the creative juices flowing. These will be our best tools to work with the ongoing alchemical transformation signified by Venus transiting through Capricorn and stationing/retrograde conjunct Pluto for virtually the rest of the year. Venus is the planet of love, receptivity, attraction, value, money, and relationship. We can expect these areas of our lives to change radically through the next four months as she “saunters” through Capricorn, reflecting on all the crystalized forms and structures we’ve built around these facets of our lives that are now holding us back.
Venus/Pluto contacts always herald a necessary evolutionary shift in our understanding of love, our ability to love and value ourselves, what we have, and who we are with—knowing that no one can truly love or support us until we first love and support ourselves.
The transformation we are going through on both a personal and collective level is the process of individuation. As an archetype, Capricorn seeks to both structure and restructure consciousness (and social norms) to accommodate ever-expanding concepts, capacities, ideals, and individuals. It does this by sometimes painfully showing us where existing laws, rules, regulations, judgments, and institutions limit, restrict, stifle, suppress, and inhibit our natural, creative self-expression.
Like a flower growing up through a crack in the concrete, Life may be slowed, distorted, delayed, and even harmed, but creation will never cease to recreate itself in ever more diverse forms that both adapt to and have an impact upon their surroundings. As Venus transits Capricorn, the key to nourishing the flower is soft, slow, steady, continuous, care, concern, patience, and love. We may need to resist our urge(s) to strike out, break free, rebel and revolt, passionately shouting our needs, fears, and desires out to a world seemingly deaf and uncaring. Rather, with maturity (the father of wisdom), objectivity, cool and calm persistence, shepherd “the other” with a blend of warmth, intelligence, and foresight. There will be enough explosive activity without the need for us to feed the fire.
Instead, as elders who know and feel the needs of future generations (and our inner child), we vigilantly guard and protect their freedom that they may trust, feel secure, relax, and soften, all of which are prerequisites for healthy, balanced, lives.
So Much Love,