In the Stars December 13-20, 2020...shining light on the astrology of the week: Solar Eclipse

Several significant planetary events make for a powerful week ahead. A Solar Eclipse occurs on Monday, December 14th at 23:08 degrees of Sagittarius at 8:16 a.m. Pacific Time. Mercury, the messenger, is tightly tied in with this eclipse. December 14th is the day of the Electoral College vote. Eclipse days are super-charged with energy, so go mindfully and keep things simple.

The Sun is in Sagittarius tropically for its final week, shining its festive, buoyant light on the holiday season. The Winter Solstice is December 21st when the Sun ingresses into Capricorn. This is the darkest day of the year, when we turn toward greater light.

Both Saturn and Jupiter make profound shifts out of Capricorn and into Aquarius, on Wednesday and Saturday respectively, moving to an exact conjunction on the Solstice. Aquarius symbolizes discovery and innovation, community and collaboration, and humanitarian concerns. These areas will receive tremendous focus in the coming year. A new era is upon us. Expect to see many new inventions, a new government, and a greater focus on the concerns of immigrants and people of color.

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Sunday’s Mercury-Neptune square may foster a deeper sleep and more dreams, and a slow and foggy start to the day. However, the Sag Moon beckons us for a hike. Yet, we want to stay close to home and draw inward, as the Moon is dark and intense just before tomorrow’s morning’s eclipse.

The Total Solar Eclipse, at 23:08 Sagittarius, is the highlight of Monday, which is the day the electoral college meets to vote on the next president. Mercury is conjunct the South Node, Sun, and Moon, nearly at the Galactic Center. Current political issues and the changing political and cultural landscape are highlighted by this eclipse. Eclipse energies may be in effect for several months before or after the actual eclipse. Venus and Jupiter make a benefic aspect, bestowing their blessings. Saturn is at the 29th degree, the critical degree of a sign, and extra strong. Saturn at the very end of Capricorn symbolizes endings and finality. One example is the expected confirmation of a new president and the ending of the reign of the current president. The can symbolize completion of something in your own life, to be followed by a new way of living. Jupiter, dispositor of the Sun and Moon, stands hemmed in between Saturn and Pluto. All to say, this is an extremely potent eclipse. Keep things simple on this high energy day.

Both freedom and commitment are contrasting themes on Tuesday. A benefic Venus-Saturn sextile fosters commitment to loved ones, and working out issues in a graceful manner. This aspect is also good for addressing financial matters that need to be handled before the year ends. The Capricorn Moon encourages hard work. Venus moves into Sagittarius and fans the flames of freedom and more light-heartedness in relationships. A Moon-Uranus trine may move us out of our routines into a surprising detour.

The big news Wednesday is Saturn’s shift into Aquarius. Saturn will be joined in Aquarius by Jupiter on Saturday, and they will exactly conjunct on Monday the 21st. This change of signs for Jupiter, Saturn, and Pallas Athena moves us into greater innovation and collaboration for the next couple of years. The Capricorn Moon squares Mars in the early morning, pushing us toward a productive and perhaps challenging day. Then the Capricorn Moon conjuncts Pluto, Jupiter, Pallas Athena, and Saturn. This day can be extremely productive, so lean into it.

The Moon is in Aquarius on Thursday and Friday, symbolizing friendship, community, and societal concerns. The Moon makes an edgy square to Uranus Thursday mid-day which may result in us veering off course, but the Aquarius Moon loves a little chaos, and something surprising may come from it.

Friday is a relatively light, easy day, sporting a couple of opportune alignments. This is a day to connect with friends—even if limited to phone or Zoom.

Saturday’s big news is that Jupiter moves into Aquarius tropically. Jupiter is two days away from its exact conjunction with Saturn on Monday. Jupiter, the biggest planet, symbolizes expansion, and should function more freely in Aquarius, leaving its sign of debilitation, Capricorn. Jupiter will reside in Aquarius, the sign of innovation and community, for the next year, dipping into Pisces briefly during its retrograde period next summer. The Moon is in dreamy Pisces for the rest of the weekend, suggesting that it is time to relax, watch movies, and listen to music. A discomforting Moon-Venus square may call your attention to matters of love and money that need attention.

Sunday’s Moon-Neptune conjunction in Pisces heightens our intuition and imagination. If we can let go of any guilt or victimization, we are free to raise our vibration for the good of ourselves and humanity. This alignment opposes the asteroid Vesta, inviting us to let go of commitments and work patterns that do not support our higher calling. Mercury enters Capricorn, bringing focus and discernment to the day and the weeks ahead.

The Winter Solstice is the big cosmic event on Monday, and what a special Solstice it is! The Sun enters Capricorn tropically, marking the first day of Winter. Jupiter and Saturn align at 0:29 degrees of Aquarius, symbolizing a new beginning, a welcome energy given the past year of turbulence that we have experienced. After a void of course period from 2:24 a.m. to 2:32 p.m. the Moon moves into Aries, and aligns well with the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius. This is a day to envision your future and seed a new plan for 2022.

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Sleep in and catch your dreams. Draw inward, as the Moon is dark.