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Capricorn Solar Eclipse

December 26, 2019


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Solar Eclipse
in: Capricorn 4°
December 26, 2019 @ 5:14 a.m. GMT
December 25, 2019 @ 9:14 p.m. PST -8
Sun is Capricorn, 4° 07'
Moon is Capricorn, 4° 07'

This last new moon of the year is actually a solar eclipse, making it that much more significant than the average new moon. The Eclipse is happening over the Indian Ocean and will swing east over the Pacific Ocean. From land, the eclipse will be visible from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Arabian Sea, India, the Bay of Bengal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam. This is a "ring of fire" eclipse, also known as an annular eclipse. The moon will not totally obscure the Sun because it will be farther from the earth than would be necessary to totally block the light. But it is still like a total eclipse as it will move right over the center of the Sun. If you are in an area that will experience the solar eclipse, please do not look directly at it without the correct eye protection designed specifically for these types of events. Sun glasses are not protective enough.

This eclipse belongs to Saros Series 132, that originated on August 13, 1208. But with the new calendar system, it shifts to August 20, 1208. As you can see from the chart below, this eclipse originated in the sign of Leo, along with Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto. As Rose Lineman points out, this original eclipse is like the natal chart for all subsequent eclipses of the series, and the nature of Leo will flow through over all the 132 solar eclipses, including this one. The 132 saros eclipse belongs to the third nodal family, and originated from the southern hemisphere. The Sun and Moon at 27 degrees Leo tends to be confident and assertive with a strong verbal component from Mercury's sub-rulership of the 11th duad. There's a bit of irony that during this eclipse, the Sun and Moon in Capricorn have also joined with Jupiter and Pluto in the same sign. However, Mercury hasn't quite caught back up with the Sun, and is lagging behind in Sagittarius.

In this current version of the eclipse, the Sun and Moon join up in Capricorn and will also form a conjunction with Jupiter while trine to Uranus retrograde in Taurus. Similar to the solstice chart (posted on the home page) this influences our social reputation, our career concerns and matters pertaining to authority. This has the potential to be an auspicious day with Jupiter involved, but if there are difficult aspects to your natal chart from this eclipse, you may not be feeling so lucky. Jupiter has a way of expanding on bad luck too. The trine to Uranus may bring sudden change in our situations, again, depending on multiple factors, these could be either productive, or not so. How we adapt is the key to thriving with the influences from this solar eclipse.

Mercury is transiting out of bounds, and this always has the potential to add stress to our lives. Mercury is finishing up its Sagittarius transit. Learning from our adventures and our mistakes, is a common Mercury trademark in Sagittarius.

Venus has moved into Aquarius. This tends to be a fun and personable transit, especially if we are extroverts at heart. Introverts may not love this influence all that well, but if we use it to help boost our income by networking, that's another way to benefit. Venus is forming a square to Uranus retrograde in Taurus. This is a nice trade-off of energy, even with a difficult aspect Venus rules Taurus, while Uranus rules Aquarius. The merging of the two transits could open up some doors of opportunity while closing others. This could be unsettling at first, until we realize the potentials within the new opportunities.

Mars in Scorpio, is forming a sextile to Saturn and Pluto's conjunction in Capricorn. Events may be forceful and jarring, even though there is supposed to be some pleasantries with the interactions here. Our overconfidence is likely to offend someone, even though we may be having the time of our life with someone important this week. Take it in stride but don't gloat about it.

Overall, this eclipse will highlight the nurturing side of life. There is a "defender" spirit within the nature of Capricorn that values tradition and honesty. We may have a hard time explaining our actions if we push for too much change. It's not that change won't happen. We need to be prepared to adapt, if needed, but just don't appear to be too happy for the change; at least not right away, as this is the nature of Capricorn with its concepts of structure and consistency as the backbone of conservation. This chart is low in the element of Air and if you don't count Chiron, is also low in Fire. Earth is the predominant sign of placements of the planets, encouraging us to stay true to our core values while steeped in caring for Mother Earth.

Meditation for the December 26th Solar Eclipse
The most rigid trees are the first to be snapped in the wind.

© J. McCaul - Lunar Living Astrology, 2019 (All Rights Reserved)

1) Goldschneider, G.  1994, The secret language of birthdays, New York, NY; London, Engl.: Victoria, Austr.: Auckland, NZ., Penguin Studio Books.

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Chart for December 26, 2019
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