On Christmas Day, from 6:29 pm to 12:05 am on the 26th (PST), there will be a solar eclipse in the sign of Sagittarius, with the height of the eclipse being at 9:17 pm. In California, and the United States, it will not be visible, as it is night, but it will be seen from Saudi Arabia, India, the Philippines and some Pacific Islands. This eclipse is powerful in many ways. It is the Sun being eclipsed by the south Node of the Moon, Ketu. This marks an ending of some karmas, in an area of our life that has been getting worked for almost a year, with both Ketu and Saturn holding court here. Ketu has had us withdrawing or avoiding this area of our life and Saturn has had us committing to it out of fear. Sagittarius is the sign of our beliefs, our ideals and what inspires us. It is the place where we find faith and lose it, depending on our relationship with its ruler, Jupiter.
As of November, Jupiter moved into his own sign and joined Saturn and Ketu, and for this Solar Eclipse (meaning on the New Moon), we will see the Moon, Sun and Mercury joining for a veritable party. Couple this with being on Christmas Day (and during Hanukkah), when most people in the West will be gathering with their families and we can imagine the potential upsets that can occur. What Jupiter is showing us is how to be pure in our wisdom. How to find and use honest teachings and teachers to grow into better people. We must subscribe to ideologies that can hold water throughout time and that leave space for other people to differ from us. If they do not, then they are undoubtedly not pure teachings, and have been convoluted, manipulated or created by those who seek control and power. We must rise to the level of being strong in our beliefs, yet open to hearing that other's are coming from a different perspective. We must be able to find the uniting force behind these different systems and we must learn when to speak, when to listen and when to simply do neither and just let it be. Let this be that time. With Mercury here, we may be inclined to stand on our pulpit. Don't. Use that intellect to take some time off and listen to an uplifting podcast or read something or shut off the TV and play a game.
The only two planets, not in Sagittarius on Christmas Day will be Mars, just having entered his own sign of Scorpio, and offering us the courage and discipline we need to do the inner work. We may still feel the fire on the interpersonal emotional battles, but have a chance of reigning it in to a path of action. Venus, the planet of relationships is in Capricorn, giving us a one-pointed focus in our relationships. We may be a bit selfish at the moment, but also with our eye on the long-term goal. Now might not be the time of flowers and soft words, but it is a time for action and effort that can bring us much more than romance down the road. This also indicates, that unless you have your relationship planet (meaning the ruler of your 7th house) in Sagittarius, you are likely to have less uprooting in love right now than everywhere else, as Venus is keeping our Love and Happiness out of the whirlwind. Of course, its only Venus and Mars-ruled people that do not have their 7th lord there, and they also enjoy their ruling planet (ie; themselves) being free of this tornado.
This eclipse is taking place in the nakshatra Mula, one of the most challenging of the 27 Vedic stars. Here is where we literally uproot our belief systems, and possibly lives, in order to replant something that resonates better with the new frequency we are finding. The trouble is that uprooting is painful, and the large gaping holes left in its wake take time to fill in. We may be tempted to quickly fill them. We may also be feeling a bit wild and so untamed and free that we want to destroy other people's beliefs systems as well. Be careful. This is a storm for each of us to experience for ourselves. It is not your work to upheave someone else. Mula is ruled by Nirriti, the goddess of chaos and destruction. Often associated with Kali, she is a dark goddess that helps us clear karma in what can feel like a traumatic way. She is less nurturing than Kali can be, however and is where we can spin so far from order that we wind up in utter disorder. With our Sun, our source of Power and Light being eclipsed, especially so close to the Solstice where, in the Northern Hemisphere, we are on the path of growing in our light towards summer, we can see that there is a deep lesson for us to finally learn about that power, and our authority in this world. For many of us, I suspect it will be to stand in it more. For the powers that currently hold much of our world in its grasp, I suspect it will be a wake up call of what the collective strength of everyone else can yield. This last year was very much one that found us and leaders/governments being oppressive and fear-driven. With Jupiter now here to show us our light and Saturn moving on to his own sign of Capricorn in January, we are ready to release our fear to genuine hard work and humility. We are ready to accept better wisdom and teachings and to rise up to meet our inner light. It might be messy, painful even, to get there, but we are ready.
Namaste and Many Blessings to you in this new year!
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