A New Beginning Sparks within the Solar Eclipse
at 4 degrees Capricorn on December 26 at 12:12 am EST
There comes a day when
you realize turning the page
Is the best feeling in the world.
Because you realize there is
so much more to the book
Than the page you were stuck on
A spark ignites in the dark of the year with the promise and potential for the coming year. Traditionally, the Winter Solstice is recognized as the beginning point when the Sun enters Capricorn. Christianity celebrates this at Christmas with the birth of Jesus as the new light. In western culture, we celebrate the new beginning at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.
This year, astrologically a potent beginning ignites within the dark time of the December Capricorn New Moon that features a Solar Eclipse and an impressive lineup of planets in Capricorn. In addition to the Sun, Moon and nodal axis: Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are in Capricorn. Embedded in this Eclipse are the themes of 2020 which will be defined by Capricorn and the story that will be told of the Pluto/Jupiter/Saturn conjunction that dominates the astrological landscape.
It is opportune to find some time away from activity, from festivity, and from loved ones to come present with the silence and stillness found within the darkest time, to feel the movement of the universal divine impulse and what is being sparked within ourselves and for our planet. In this, we will be connected to something greater than what we already know and receive true insight.
Let the water settle
And you will see
the Moon and the stars
Mirrored in your own being
Capricorn is the densest of the earth signs as the frozen earth of winter. It yields little, appears lifeless and yet, beneath the surface life is germinating that will reveal itself in springtime. Also beneath the hardened surface are molten rumblings and the pressure between Teutonic plates. Capricorn provides the womb for new forms of life hidden from view that will break surface to change the visible landscape. Capricorn is the crystallization of spirit embodied in matter and the shape of reality shaped by dreams, thoughts, actions, and divine will.
The Solar Eclipse in Capricorn heralds a year that invites and may even thrust us into the reshaping of manifest reality and the structures and customs that define it both at home and on the world stage, as what has been trapped within, breaks surface. For too long humanity has exercised excessive control over what will manifest, and we can each look to how we have held off or not worked with the divine in actualizing our soul potential.
All planets are currently moving forward and with speed. There is a lot of cardinal energy propelling us to take initiative, make bold declarations, and set our course. A clear intention creates a worthy rudder to navigate what will come.
The potency and thrust of 2020 dynamics may occur like a wind beneath our sails giving us the ability to give shape to our dreams as never before. The dynamics can also feel like a head wind that inspires inner fortitude, or they may have a hurricane strength that requires flexibility and non-attachment to what has been, having us open to what will emerge in its wake. However we experience the winds of 2020, it will be a year that inspires discipline, tenacity, and a willingness to get the work done. Set an intention now and set a course for how we want to instigate and engage in the transformational energies that are afoot.
It is no use going back to yesterday
Because I was a different person then.
Alice in Wonderland
Planetary dynamics are declaring that it is time to face the music and make changes, for leaders to be accountable, and for systems to crumble that lack integrity or are outworn, and for increased momentum towards a culture that lives in harmony with the natural world. The Western way of life, of capitalism and consumption of resources is not sustainable. We are seeing glaring red flags of its demise. Holding on to things staying the way they are is a bet against time. We may find ourselves directly effected by the changes or provided opportunities for leadership in 2020, especially if we have planets between 22 and 25 degrees of a Cardinal sign (Capricorn, Aries, Libra, Cancer). At the very least, we will be present as changes happen around us.
You are immortal.
You have existed for billions of years
In different manifestations,
Because you are life,
And life cannot die.
You are in the trees,
The butterflies, the fish, the air,
The moon, the sun. Wherever
You go, you are there
Waiting for yourself.
Don Miguel Ruiz
With four of the five outer planets in earth signs, our collective attention is focused on the earth beneath our feet, metaphorically and literally speaking, and will inevitably be drawn to the nuts and bolts of the mundane and activities that will either stabilize what we have or lay new ground. Within this, our focus can easily narrow. We can forget that all we have and all that is to come emerges from the creational energies that make all possible. We may forget that we are living during a brief moment in the life cycle of humanity and of earth, and instead become overly identified with something temporal and fleeting.
The cosmos is within us.
We are made of star stuff.
We are a way for the cosmos
To know itself.
At this Solar Eclipse, let us open our awareness to the reality that we are part of something beyond our imagining, intimately interwoven in the grand cosmic dance of creation that has been unfolding for billions of years, and part of a universe so vast that our small planet is but a dust speck. And as miraculous as it may seem, the whole universe lives within each of us.
There are as many atoms
In a single molecule of your DNA
As there are stars in the galaxy.
We are, each of us,
A little universe
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
In the darkness of this New Moon there is a hush quiet, a deep stillness. It occurs as nothing and yet if we quiet ourselves, we can feel this Nothing teeming and simmering with untold potential. We can be curious about what the universe wishes to usher into our lives and less about instructing the universe to deliver what we want.
Some things in life are hard to see
Because they take up the whole sky
Or because they happen every day
Or because you thought
You knew them already
Six planets in Capricorn naturally brings our focus to the structures and commitments that define our life. It compels us to role up our sleeves, to stablilize what we have, to go over our finances, to take responsibility for what has been created and what we are creating. Capricorn is interested in the shaping, management and upholding of all that has form. It may seem antithetical to bring our attention to the formless. Yet where does form emerge from and where does it return to? What is it infused with? Including this in our awareness will support right action.
The infusion of Capricorn energy will inevitably have us focusing on deconstructing, restructuring, and reformulating the forms and the reality of how we experience our days. To appreciate the changes that are needing to be made, it is beneficial to feel the energetic currents teeming deep within the heart of creation during this remarkable Solar Eclipse.
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