Eclipses are dynamic cosmic occurrences that activate the lunar nodes. Simply put, the moon glides across an elliptical that is constantly rotating around the zodiac. The highest and lowest points of this orbit correspond with the lunar nodes, which appear in our birth charts as south and north nodes.
The south and north nodes, often referred to as the Nodes of Fate, symbolize our past and future — our karmic pathway. Accordingly, eclipses activate these nodes within our birth charts, illuminating our destiny. So, yeah, eclipses are a pretty big deal. In fact, each year, there are between three and seven eclipses and they often occur in clusters. The Cancer-Capricorn eclipses continue this summer with a solar eclipse in Cancer on July 2, and a partial lunar eclipse in Capricorn on July 16—17, The final eclipse on this axis will occur on July 5—6, , when a total lunar eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn concludes this two-year cycle.
There are two types of eclipses: solar and lunar. Solar eclipses occur during the new moon phase when the sun and moon are positioned at the exact same degree within the same zodiac sign. In this configuration, the moon passes between the sun and earth, temporarily obscuring the sun. Lunar eclipses, on the other hand, correspond with the full moon phase. According to Time and Date , eclipses will occur the following dates:. These dynamic lunar phenomena were feared by our ancient ancestors. Early human civilizations built their societies around season changes and annual movements of the sun, so when an eclipse occurred they believed that the natural order had been compromised.
To them, eclipses were a harbinger of danger — quite specifically, the apocalypse. Although we no longer connect these lunations to end days, astrologically speaking, eclipses are still a very big deal. Just as new moons are linked to beginnings and full moons are tied to culminations, eclipses serve as celestial checkpoints.
An eclipse is a high-octane lunation that helps illuminate our karmic path, but just as these cosmic events can be visually striking, eclipses can be a bit dramatic. Winter is the season of Saturn, Kronos the god of time, and this year Saturn is supercharged, resplendent in its own sign of Capricorn, and attended by Jupiter, Mercury, Sun and Moon with accompanying eclipses and spooky Pluto, all massed in one 30 degree segment of the degree celestial wheel.
Astrologically, this is powerful juju. Bad things happen all the time, of course, but they appear to happen with particular intensity when the dark gods of Saturn and Pluto meet, when to be forewarned is hopefully to be forearmed. For the Romans the god of time was a god of the fields, tied in with fertility — deck the halls! Midwinter day, when the Sun is reborn and the Son is born has forever been a sacred time, marking the return of the Light. Celebrate it in your own fashion. William Blake, Jane Austen, C. On December 2nd you bid sayonara to your ruling planet, Jupiter, for another dozen years but fret not, expansive Jupiter in Capricorn your cash zone should keep the wolf from the door through to next birthday — just as well, since the turbulence in the sign of the Goat this month and next suggests a similar churn in your personal finances.
Money can be a somewhat vulgar subject for the lofty Centaur but try to keep track of your spread sheet as you head through the holiday season.
Mercury in your skies — from 9th to 29th — should help you do so, as well as bring the inspiration you so value, and the gossip you pretend not to care for. Even without your governing planet December looks lively and rewarding with only the flicker of upset at the full Moon of the 12th, when reserve likely serves you better than exuberance depends on election results, obviously. The full Moon picks up an ongoing theme for some Sagittarians, especially birthdays close to the 12th; your domestic situation.
The shifting fogs of Neptune bring an indeterminate strand here; juggling with two homes, perhaps, a feeling that your present position is played out.
A pair of eclipses over the next six weeks suggest March as a possible target for any move. There is an element of reflection to be honoured this month mars in your 12th house fact fans but you look in capable form right now, Venus, moves onside from the 20th, to stir the pot socially and perhaps romantically, while another goddess, the asteroid Pallas Athene marches in tandem with your Sun, she being the goddess of capability and righteous warfare.
In late March, Mars makes a series of conjunctions to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in your career zone, suggesting that this is a key time for you, Aries. Jason says: Mar 9, Reply. All you have to do is shake your finances into good order, streamline your possessions ready for new arrivals over the festive tide , and clear your professional commitments. A Lunar Eclipse in late January may bring this to a head and when Mercury turns retrograde in July, these matters will have to be faced. It is Patriarchy against feminine spirituality and values.
The weeks preceding your birthday season are normally a mixed bag. With the mighty Sun in a reclusive spot in Sagittarius, it can be a waiting game before the mix of Happy Christmas and Happy Returns arrives a rather annoying fusion, gift wise, for December Goats.
The arrival of Jupiter in your skies on December 3 for the next year will simply sweep you along into what promises to be a memorable, perhaps pivotal birthday month. Jupiter is not alone. Venus is already with you until the 20th, urging a spot of retail therapy for yourself and shameless self-display.
Likewise, Mars, powerful in Scorpio in your networking zone. You may as well take every chance to mingle and self-promote because Capricorn birthdays come with a destiny-laden aura. First there is the solar eclipse accompanying the new Moon of December 26, then its partner, the lunar eclipse at the full Moon of January Though this is a primarily a cosmic event to be weighed in macro terms, along with those eclipses it represents a climactic moment in individual lives.
Walk into your birthday month with your eyes wide open and a readiness to do whatever is needed. The new Moon of the 26th is a cracker of an introduction to what lies down the line. Capricorn is often painted as a rapacious, ambitious loner, whereas you are frequently the one holding together not least materially for a substantial number of others. Be the good king or queen. S ocks and panties pulled up and best foot forward is the first order of the month.
Certain individuals may fit that frame. However, you, Ms or Mr Fixed sign, are no push-over, and things may not be as urgent as they seem.
There are modifying factors in play. The month of Sagittarius is socially obliging and there are few better places for you in December than hanging out with chums and strangers with a cup of good cheer in your hand. Your personal network appears to be in flux; some old sidekicks no longer cut it; new folks arrive to refresh your palate. Venus — more sociability with added romantic traction — arrives in the Urn Bearer on the 20th, sweetly timed for the festive season. Put yourself about in a charming way — what have you got to lose? Not much at this point in your astrological cycle. And if you are not thinking that way you have catch-up to do.
Once Saturn moves into your sign in March, taking responsibility for yourself, being in control, gets so much easier. Meanwhile, planets incoming in early ease your path. Right now, Venus makes you the good fairy atop the Christmas tree. Indeed, you look positioned to swim, duck, dive and negotiate your way through whatever tricky times arrive. Though you have been obliged this year to deal with The Man — i. Saturn in Cap — chances are you have come out evens. Right now, teamwork can prove profitable. Ironically, this comes at a time when the issue in question hardly seems to matter any more.
Or so you thought. Feeling tired? Take this week to nurture yourself. Find a spa and pamper. There are more urgent matters in your own back yard to attend to. Should a close friend or relative request help, offer support - but in a way that encourages them to become more independent.
Worrying about income makes no difference but it could attract dishonest individuals. There are plenty of sharks out there all-too-happy to feed on trusting Librans. Stay silent about your income and expenditure. Daily routine is happily abandoned when you fall into the company of exciting new friends. For singles, the cosmos conjures up someone especially interesting.
For those already coupled, passions reach boiling point - then settle to a steady simmer. With much of work on hold, discover more leisurely ways of spending the week ahead.