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  • ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE 25-26th DECEMBER 2019

  • The New Moon at 4° 07’ Capricorn is the 3rd of a series of 6 on this degree of the various signs and also the last Solar Eclipse of this decade (antiscion 25°53’ Sagittarius).

    The eclipse path will cover the Saudi Arabian Peninsula, southern India, Sumatra, Borneo, Philippines and Guam. … It will also cover small parts of Eastern Europe, much of Asia, North/West Australia, East Africa, the Pacific and Indian Oceans (1).

    According to Bernadette Brady this eclipse belongs to the Saros series “3 South” and concerns “sudden endings of associations with an emotional component and traumatic transformation through news received or short journeys undertaken.”

    The last time there was a Solar Eclipse at 4° Capricorn was on 25th December 2000 but of a different Saros series which Brady associates to “an individual’s involvement with unusual groups”.

    This eclipse will mostly concern people with planets or angles at 3-6° of the Cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, BUT eclipses have wild-card characteristics and sometimes, even if your natal chart is involved, they do not manifest in your life through noticeable events.

    The eclipse will apply a close conjunction to Jupiter, the truth seeker, and in this chart, Jupiter is antiscia Mercury, the fact-finder, so Jupiter and Mercury both affect this eclipse. Furthermore, Mercury is OOB (out-of-bounds) since December 23rd so unlikely to be behaving in his best manner.

    Jupiter expands, but being in Capricorn, it tends to do so in a more responsible or planned way, Mercury in Sagittarius tends to be sloppy as information becomes scattered and unfocussed. I also see it as a “foot in the mouth” position, Sagittarius loves the truth and Mercury here often blurts it out in a very tactless fashion and the connection to Jupiter may only add exaggeration to the event. Mercury is also prone to preaching in this sign but it’s also an excellent placement for travelling and intellectual discourse, it’s OOB position will only highlight these traits.

    So, on a more global level, I see this eclipse as a time when secrets or sensational truths may be blurted out or “bomb-shelled” on the spur of the moment due to emotions running too high and these facts may have a devastating effect on the audience that hears them. Or there could be some real out-of-the-box thinking which might completely turn around information that we have already elaborated and archived as factual and real. With Mercury involved it might also have to do with vehicles and travelling so these too may be at the forefront in the global news.

    Mercury is a cold, dry planet in a hot, dry sign and Jupiter is hot and moist in a cold, dry sign and with Jupiter being in a Saturn-ruled sign which usually signifies extreme cold I think that very strong blizzards may also make the international news.

    It is said that the eclipse point can be activated again when a planet transits it. Interestingly, Mercury is the first planet to transit 4° Capricorn and will do on the 31st December. Since Mercury is so involved with the eclipse itself and OOB this could precipitate the downpour that might have been hinted at during the eclipse itself and that needs us to discern truth from the information we’re being fed, or, Mercury in a Saturn sign could also see white lies definitely turning into black ones. So, if your chart is interested in this Solar Eclipse here a few dates to keep in mind:

    Other planets transiting the eclipse degree:

    Mars conjunct on 22nd February 2020

    Uranus trine on 11th March 2020

    Sun square on 24th March 2020

    Brady has classified the eclipses in the Saros cycle into precise characteristics according to the planetary configurations present as the moment the eclipse was born (for those interested in learning more about her theory please consult her book which I’ve included in the reference section).

    According to her, the effects of solar eclipses are more external and deal with events that surround the person, that is, they bring in events that we ourselves have not precipitated. Eclipses are spotlights that shine on our life-path, they catch you in mid-action illuminating that area of your life (house) in which they occur. Whatever has been shoved aside or ignored will turn up for your attention and this could be experienced as dramatic and emotional whilst at the same time giving you the opportunity to deal with it, or not, it depends entirely on you.

    Author Raven Kaldera in his book “Moon Phase Astrology” describes this as the “Forgotten one’s Moon”. Likening this New Moon to the child who no-one notices. On this New Moon he posits that we should remember our early experiences of being “left out” and the feelings and fantasies that we used to carry around with us during that painful period. We now have the opportunity to re-examine those ambitions of ours that may have been stunted or set aside because of this early trauma. Therefore, according to him, this is an excellent time to sort out those areas in our life where we lose our power and what steps we might be able to take to change our status here.

    The Sabian symbol for the eclipse at 5° Capricorn “Indians on the warpath, while some men row a well-filled canoe, others in it perform a war dance.” Indicating the mobilization of physical and emotional energies in a spirit of conquest.

    For the antiscion at 26° Sagittarius: “A flag bearer in a battle”. Indicating the nobly accepted subservience of the individual to collective values and goals.

    “True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.” Winston Churchill

     

    Bibliography

    (1)https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Solar_eclipse_of_December_26,_2019

    Brady B. (1999), Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and the Lark, 5. Eclipses and the Saros Cycle, pp 207-236, Red Wheel/Weiser LLC, San Francisco USA

    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 225-232, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 234, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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