Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius: Envision New Possibilities
At 43 minutes past midnight (MST) tonight Saturday, December 4th, a Solar Eclipse is taking place at 12 degrees of Sagittarius. Solar Eclipses, which always take place at the New Moon, are symbolically seen as creating new beginnings. Sometimes, we tend to forget that new beginnings arrive in the midst of the ending of something else. They are transitional spaces.
This is the last eclipse in either Gemini or Sagittarius until 2029 and as such this one in particular offers an energetic gateway to begin truly re-envisioning your own life. In lively Sagittarius we are urged to look within and ask what beliefs do we have that no longer serve us? And conversely what dreams and yearnings inside have been waiting to be born? Where would we like to travel either literally or metaphorically. Now is the time to begin to breathe life into these yearnings. To fire up your inspiration, harness the brave optimistic journeying quality of the Archer, muster up the courage to expand your horizon and take a leap of faith that has been beckoning.
Eclipses always take place near the nodal axis (for more information about the nodes and in particular the nodes in Gemini/Sagittarius, here is a link to a previous blog) and this is the last of this cycle. After this, for the next year and a half we will be in a Taurus/Scorpio cycle (More about that in January) This eclipse aligns with the South Node indicating the need to release in order to make room something else to start anew. Essentially you are being asked to clear space and enter a new chapter in our lives. It is important to allow the necessary surrender to the unknown to make space bravely move forward towards new frontiers whose vistas may have been beckoning for some time.
I have been studying the stars, aka astrology, for well over 35 years now and it still has the ability to take my breath away on a daily basis. For example this cycle literally began as the transiting nodes exited Cancer/Capricorn and entered Gemini/Sagittarius in early May of 2020. Gemini and Sagittarius are both connected with travel and movement and no matter where you live we have essentially been restricted in one manner or another. Gemini is connected with social media and information (or conversely misinformation) and so very much has emerged about how Facebook literally even manipulated its algorithms such that a post received more visibility if someone hit the angry button in response. Sagittarius rules our belief systems and we have all chosen our corners so to speak where the vaccine is concerned.
Where this eclipse falls in your own natal chart may be particularly revealing. It falls right on the cusp of my 8th and 9th house which are connected to inheritances and long distance travel specifically and today as I was writing this I realized that tomorrow, Saturday the 4th, with 8 hours of the actual eclipse I will be climbing into my car and driving cross country to a house I just inherited from my mother. In my class today we found equally specific profound connections within my students charts. As Hellenistic Greek philosopher Plotinus said “Everything breathes together” and to me the way that I see this reflected in the world around me is breathtaking.
So as we move through the weekend and the end of 2021 let us consciously breathe together. Drawn in a deep breath and be kind. To ourselves, to each other, both those who are near and dear to us and those we don’t know. The dark side of Sagittarius is becoming righteous about your point of view. Becoming fanatical. Actor Charlie Sheen has the South Node in Sagittarius.and we all remember his breakdown and claims of having tiger blood. And I can certainly see these traits in myself when I get on my high horse. Not only towards others but also towards myself when I have not lived up to some inner idealized version of myself that I am trying to match.
The universe revealed through the symbolism of astrology moves together in what I view as a glorious intricate dance. It is no accident that we are being asked to release beliefs both conscious and unconscious that no longer serve us as we head into a Venus retrograde two weeks later which I believe asks us to get clear about what is at the core of our desires. We are being guided along our path, we always have been. We simply have to be willing to listen.
Meditation Ritual for the Sagittarius Eclipse
Find a comfortable position and close your eyes. Become aware of your breath. There is no need to alter the rhythm of your breath, simply notice it moving in and out a living connection to the world around you. Gradually bring your awareness to your body, feeling your connection to the earth. Envision your self as rooted and receiving nourishment from her loving presence. Imagine her energy embracing you, offering you a sense of being safe, secure, rooted and belonging. Let any anxiety or stress simply melt away as you take in her nurturing energy that is the essence of love. Notice any thoughts or judgments that arise and imagine them transforming into blooming flowers through the power of the nourishment that they are receiving from the earth.
As you settle in breathe deeply and imagine the energy of the Sun and the moon pouring themselves into you filling you with visionary energy of Sagittarius. Let the energy cascade into you as you envision that you begin to glow with a golden light that fills you with warmth. Then ask yourself from this aware, sacred space what new possibilities can I imagine? Listen deeply with out judgement. Remain curious and open. Hold a friendly heart towards the possibilities that arises. Allow yourself to be inspired.
And when you are ready come back into your body and take a moment to journal capturing your experience and bringing it into this world by putting pen to paper.