Its eclipse season again! This most recent round started off with the full moon lunar eclipse that peaked at approximately 3:15am EST on Tuesday, December 21. Now the follow up to this initial eclipse is the new moon solar eclipse which peaks at approximately 4:03am EST on Tuesday, January 4.
Eclipses usually occur two weeks apart from each other twice per year. Each series typically includes a lunar eclipse followed by a solar eclipse or vice versa. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is partially blocking the moon from the sun during a full moon. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the sun from the Earth during a new moon. Full moons and new moons represent astrologically potent time periods anyway, but the eclipses just add some amplification and usually a little dose of the unexpected!
Astrologically speaking, new moons are generally a time of sowing seeds while full moons are a time of reaping what we sow. Where a new moon falls in our personal natal chart represents a time of new beginnings and laying new foundations in the parts of our lives represented by the astrological house that is highlighted. Where a full moon falls in our personal natal chart represents a time of sudden awareness, revelation, culmination and completion in the parts of our lives represented by the astrological house that is highlighted. Eclipses just add some spice and surprise to these time periods.
Ancient astrologers saw eclipse seasons as especially potent time periods with regards to wars and the fate of nations. I personally prefer to look at eclipses relative to the lives and relationships of individuals. In this regard, eclipse seasons are often potent times for unexpected change in terms of surprise new beginnings and to final culminations of things which have been building for some time.
This particular solar eclipse occurs at 14° Capricorn and will be in a difficult square aspect to Saturn at 17° Libra. It will also be in a wide conjunction with both Mars and Pluto in Capricorn. Depending on where this lands in your own personal natal chart, this eclipse is likely to lead to the start of some type of new initiative that requires an inner transformation in order to move forward. With Saturn in a close square to this eclipse, any new endeavors will start slowly but with proper adjustment can lead to eventual success. Most of the required adjustments are of an inner nature as it is our own sense of disempowerment that must be dealt with before we can move forward.
The experiences of this nature would be felt within the domain of the astrological house that encompasses the location of this eclipse at 14° Capricorn. You would need to consult your own natal chart to find out where this position falls for you. For example, this point falls in my natal 4th house which is the house covering home, family, emotions, and our ‘bottom line’. For me (and everyone else who has 14° Capricorn in their 4th house) this could mark a new beginning related to a place of residence or to a new sense of inner fortitude. The square to Saturn, in this case, is from the 4th house to the 1st house of self, image, and personality. For me this could be a time where I am faced with some moral dilemmas and other difficult decisions possibly related to where I live but also, more importantly, related to how I live. I will be challenged to set some boundaries and stick to them while also releasing old boundaries that no longer serve their purpose. Sounds like fun.
In general, this eclipse also falls at the midpoint of the Venus/Neptune square which perfects within minutes of the eclipse itself. In fact, a Jupiter/Uranus conjunction, a Venus/Jupiter trine, and a Venus/Uranus trine all perfect within a few hours of the eclipse as well! There’s lots of planetary activity occurring early on the morning of January 4th! These energies add some dynamics to the eclipse and promise that the growth we can experience now make the required patience worth it as long as we are realistic. This eclipse will have a way of ushering in the realities that we have refused to face up to this point.
The combination of the house location of the eclipse, its aspects to other current planets, and its aspects to the personal natal planets yields a very unique interpretation for each individual. For the best results in this case, find out where this solar eclipse and the other planets involved fall in your natal chart. Then find any planets or personal points in your natal chart that are also aspected by these configurations.
Location of Current Solar Eclipse Configurations
Solar Eclipse – Sun/Moon @ 14° Capricorn
Saturn – 17° Libra
Mars – 21° Capricorn
Pluto – 5° Capricorn
The effects of this eclipse may ripple out as long as a few months with initial conditions starting at or near the eclipse date (January 4, 2011).
New developments and endeavors can happen now but we need to be realistic about how we go about them. We also need to grow beyond our own inner sense of disempowerment if we are to experience our full empowerment and head toward our goals. Strength and courage are indicated so we are more likely to take a chance on things even if we know it will hurt.
To find out where all of this is happening in your own personal natal chart and for a look at other configurations currently showing up in your chart schedule a personal consultation with me today!
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