New Moon, a Solar Eclipse, and The End of 2020

Before I talk about the Eclipse, let me just say that I think the reason people get so hung up on New Year’s resolutions isn’t because of the calendar so much as the Sagittarius New Moon. The energy of Sagittarius is always looking ahead. New Moon are about setting intentions. It all makes sense! Ok, maybe the calendar thing is part of it, but there’s a good argument for the astrology of it.

I have been making the argument all year (the December 2019 newsletter, this forecast, and this one, and then this series) that 2020 (and 2021, and maybe 2022) is a paradigm shift. So, as we we ease into 2021, while we’re not out of the woods yet, we should look forward. Too many of us have been looking back and lamenting what we’ve lost.

    My recommendation to you is to assess your year.
    • What did you gain?
    • What did you lose?
    • What do you regret?
    • What are you grateful for?

That last one is key, by the way.

    As you look forward, consider
    • What do you want your life to feel like?
    • Which are the values you want to carry forward, and which can you leave in the past?
    • What are your core values and how can you radiate those out into the world?
    • What does standing in your integrity look like? Feel like?

More about the Astrology

Simone Butler, in her Mooncircles article, says

Honoring nature and staying calm are good things to do at the Sagittarius total solar eclipse on Dec. 14 at 8:16 a.m. PST (which is visible in parts of South America and Southwest Africa). Eclipses reveal what has been hidden in the shadows. Although it happens at a New Moon, this is actually a South Node eclipse – signifying that something old is dying so that something new can be born. When the Sun gets eclipsed by the Moon, instinctive feelings and heightened sensitivity tend to override logic and reason. And since both lights square Neptune, facts can easily get blurred and distorted.

A week later, the long-awaited Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius arrives at the Winter Solstice, bringing a ray of hope for the future. The last time our two largest planets joined in Aquarius was in 1405, the dawn of the Renaissance! We can anticipate a similar flowering of consciousness and creativity as happened at that time. Although Jupiter and Saturn join every 20 years, shifting society’s focus, they’re not usually as visible – and thus influential – as they will be this time. That’s because their merger happens far enough away from the Sun’s glare for us to witness it. As you’ve probably already heard, the last time Jupiter and Saturn were so close together and easy to see was in 1226 – almost 800 years ago. Adding to its significance, this Great Conjunction marks a 200-year shift from earth to air signs, quickening our minds and accelerating technological breakthroughs to help usher in the long-awaited Aquarian Age (which won’t become fully activated until transformational Pluto enters Aquarius in 2024).

It’s natural to refer to this Great Conjunction as a Christmas Star, since it happens so close to that holiday. And many believe that a similar planetary meetup created the legendary Star of Bethlehem that led the three wise men to the Christ child. But the actual day of Jesus’ birth is unknown (it was probably not on Christmas Day). This Great Conjunction does herald a special birth, however – one which happens within. Each of us is the promised savior; we all must do our part to help birth the new world. The part of your chart where zero degrees Aquarius is located represents where your new paradigm happens. And the parts that contain 23 degrees of mutable signs (especially Gemini and Sagittarius) are getting a wake-up call to let go of the past so you can move ahead.

Eclipses are a portal. As I mentioned at the Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon (although possibly not here, it may have been exclusive to my Goddess Ritual group), more shall be revealed at an Eclipse. This go around, the Pull energy stands in front of the Push energy – now is the time to consciously choose what to pull into your life, instead of just taking what is handed to you. Set the intention for your new life. Be empowered! Own how powerful you actually are!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
-Marianne Williamson, “A Return To Love”

As much as people have opinions about her as a politician, I would argue that Ms Williamson is an amazing spiritual writer, and this quote absolutely applies to our current situation. Be powerful. Stop hiding it.

What is to be Done?
Illegitimi non carborundum

You can buy into the negativity that has been generated by the warring factions of people insisting on instant gratification and people resentful that their humanity is keeping them from instant gratification, or you can stand on an entirely different playing field and find your power.

    • List at least 3 gifts this pandemic has brought you.
    • Name at least 2 new understandings you have acquired in the last 9 months.
    • Call out to the Universe who You Really Are

It is time. Time to step into your Divine Self and take more responsibility for your world. Look at what you don’t like about it and acknowledge that, currently, it is so. It may be unfair or unacceptable, or distasteful, but look it in the eye. Until you do that, you can’t change it. Meditate every day, allowing the Divine energies to show you how to start to effect change. It may be small at first, because baby steps are important, and they do add up. Follow through. Stand in your integrity. Don’t let people make you into who you are not. There is strength in being Who You Are. Talk about the new world you are envisioning, and let others join in your vision if that is something they want to do.

You are a Divine being. Own that shit.

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