Another Eclipse from the cold, Sagittarius 02, November 25, 2011

'The Water Babies' North Pole Fairy, 1916, by Jessie Willcox Smith

We are entering another Eclipse season, the last of 2011. Two Eclipses are on the cards: a Partial Solar, at the Sagittarius New Moon, November 25, and a Total Lunar, at the Gemini Full Moon, December 10/11, depending where you are in the world.

At the Solar Eclipse, today, the Sun and Moon are aligned to the North Node, while the Lunar Eclipse will be aligned to the South Node (much closer alignment then the previous one, hence the totality of this future event).

The Solar Eclipse, the one I am discussing here, will be visible only partially from some places in New Zealand, Tasmania and South Africa and nearly in its entirety across Western Antarctica. The series to which this Eclipse belongs started near the North Pole in 1074 and will end at the South Pole in 2084, a relatively close date (considering Eclipses’ long cycles) . This means that the cycle of these particular series of Eclipses (Saros n.123) is closing, after nearly a thousand years running.

The Sun and Moon, conjunct at Eclipse time, will be on the second degree of Tropical Sagittarius. In direct line of contact with this Eclipse will be, by conjunction, Sagittarius (born November 24 to 26 ); by opposition, Gemini (born May 22 to 24); by square, Virgo (born August 24 to 26) and Pisces (born February 21 to 23); by trine,  Aries (born Marc 21 to 23) and Leo (born July 24 to 26).  Also anyone with Moon, any Birth Chart’s angles or planets between the first and third degrees of the same Signs.

Here is the Horoscope for this event, calculated for the local coordinates of Wollumbin (Mount Warning), Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia.

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A new page is opening in your book of life, a new road worth taking. The Sun and Moon at Eclipse are conjunct the North Node of Future Destiny, the point where our choices create our future, where we are supposed to be going in order to evolve in the right direction.

The fact that the Eclipse coincides with the Station and Retrogradation of Mercury also in Sagittarius (20 degrees) shows how the general trend is for going inward or, alternatively, revisiting the past, rather than straight away beginning a new journey. It seems to me that these cosmic events may just provide the inner prompting for some meaningful changes to occur in the future, while a gestation period will be necessary to bring this new impulse to fruition (to view a post on the present Retrogradation of Mercury, please click HERE).

Solar Eclipses do not usually manifest as dramatic events (only sometimes), but rather as the memorable feeling of being onto something, an unconscious longing so compelling it might guide us, if we let it, toward a significant unfolding of consciousness and/or a life changing experience. Nothing much may change in our external circumstance, but becoming conscious of something we didn’t know, or having a glimpse of some longed for future potential/talent can open many doors, in particular those doors in our heart that have been close shut for a long time.

The Sagittarius’ emphasis of this Eclipse speaks of adventure, the desire to know, to experience the wide world, to travel, to learn, to share wisdom. The sky is truly the limit with Sagittarius. In fact a word of caution is always appropriate when this Sign is highlighted: ground your dreams, do not let them outdo what it’s really possible, or you may end up disappointed.

The Eclipse degree is forming aspects with Uranus in Aries (trine 120 degrees angle), Mars in Virgo, Chiron in Pisces and Neptune in Aquarius (squares, 90 degrees angles), and also Jupiter (quincunx,150 degrees angle).

The trine to Uranus is very close therefore more powerful. This aspect too represents a strong urge for change and the desire to abandon the security of what we know well for the excitement of what we can discover and are tempted to try for the first time.

The Sun and Moon happen to be in square aspect to both Neptune in late Aquarius and Mars in early Virgo, in effect occupying a midpoint between those two, themselves just separating from an opposition. Here it seems to be enacted the chasm between the lofty dreams of Neptune in Airy Aquarius and the need for hard work in order to attain them, embodied by Mars in Earthy Virgo. The fact that Mars has just began an unusually long transit through Virgo shows me that the road ahead demands a spirit of sacrifice and real commitment if we want to manifest the best of the present planetary picture (click HERE for more on the transits of Mars in Virgo, November 11, 2011, to July 3, 2012, including Mars’ Retrogradation).

The contact with Jupiter in Taurus stands for the struggle to evolve and grow out of old patterns of thinking, beliefs that hinder our need for mental expansion and freedom of thought. It will take courage and faith to begin living according to the dictates of our own conscience rather than those we have been conditioned to follow.

Another striking feature of this Chart is a Grand Trine (equilateral triangle), active since mid-November, involving the three Earth Signs, with Mars in Virgo, Jupiter in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn. This configuration could provide the grounding the lofty Sagittarius Eclipse needs  to bear its fruits of enthusiasm and freedom on the Earth plane. Mars in Virgo will help with the hard work needed, Jupiter in Taurus with a steady intent and devotion to the cause, and Pluto in Capricorn with the courage to eradicate from our lives those habits, occupations and relationships that no longer serve our soul purpose.

Happy Eclipse season to everyone.