Take the first step in faith.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase,
just take the first step.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Solar Eclipse at 12 Sagittarius on December 4, 2021 magnifies that small still voice inside that helps us navigate the slings and arrows, the opportunities and potentialities. Faith in ourself and the direction of our life is renewed. Our ability to effectively respond to what emerges is strengthened.
The Last Two Weeks – Preparation for the Solar Eclipse
A Lunar Eclipse occurred on the Full Moon, November 19 at 27 degrees Taurus. Opposing this earthy, practical Moon, were three planets in Scorpio (The Sun, Mercury and Mars). Scorpio, a water sign, is fluid, malleable, its course directed desire. The Taurus Moon Eclipse invited the transformational energies (Scorpio) to be contained and give way to a shape. Earth holds water and the eclipse encouraged us to embody who we have become, and release all we no longer are.
My Father's journey this past month exemplifies the spirit and power of this eclipse season. On the November 19 eclipse, I was traveling with my 93-year old father across the country after a week of packing his belongings and loading them on a pallet to be freighted across the country. The eclipse was big for my Taurean Father as he said goodbye to 70 years of living within yards of the Pacific Ocean.
He let go of the life he had built and loved that no longer was a match for his current needs and desires. In the wake of the Lunar Eclipse, he has opened himself to the form his life wants to take that will be best suited to him now. On the day of the Solar Eclipse on December 4, the moment of new beginnings, he will move into his new home, an assisted living facility near me in the mountains of North Carolina. We can be inspired by his eclipse journey and similarly look at what we have been called to let go of - which perhaps at one time meant everything to us, and even shaped our identity - so we can embrace and embody a way of living that is a match for who we are now and for who we are becoming.
The New Beginning is Rooted in Earned Wisdom
Solar Eclipses are about beginnings, where something becomes possible that wasn’t available previously. The December 4 eclipse is the final eclipse in Sagittarius and Gemini over the last 18 months as the north node (the potential future) has been traveling through Gemini. We have been prompted to re-examine our beliefs about life, ourselves, what we want and where we are going and to allow new information and experiences to reshape our beliefs. We have been encountering deeper truths about life and these truths have served to reshape our outlook, priorities and life,. If we hold on to beliefs that once guided us, but now no longer serve us, we will inevitably experience mounting agitation; standing in and for an outworn belief will feel more and more like standing on shaky ground.
Sagittarius is the fire sign that occurs at the end of the fire cycle. When we build a bonfire, the initial lighting of the fire produces flames that rage high and strong. This is the Aries fire: bold and daring. Then, as the evening wears on, we tend the fire so that the fire is sustained. This is Leo. At the close of the evening, the light and flames of the fire may be low, but it is now producing the most heat. The embers glow red. Aries is the Warrior, Leo is the King and Sagittarius is the Sage.
Sagittarius is the wisdom that has been gleaned from life experience and reflection. More than knowledge, it is the quickening of our inner knowing. It is the truth that emerges having proven the test of time. Sagittarius has a thirst for learning and for sharing what was learned. Similarly, at this New Moon eclipse in Sagittarius, there is a newfound wisdom, a newfound strength in our ability to trust ourselves and our inner guidance system as we seek new experiences and embark on a new life adventure.
We are Divine enough
to ask and we are important
enough to receive.
by Wayne Dyer
The Next First Step
Some way of life or way of relating has come to completion. We stand at the doorway to some new adventure. We are to trust ourselves and the impulse to move towards what we want. The eclipse signifies something emerging that we are to welcome and embrace that is a departure from how we have operated. Note what inspires and motivates us at this time and feed it. It is a powerful time to write an affirmation of what we want to manifest in the year ahead, and to take an initial action to making it a reality.
We are to remain flexible and open-minded. We cannot easily discern the details of how things will go, but are invited to simply trust our inner guidance system to respond to what is unfolding as we take a step in the direction we wish to head. (Mercury conjoined the Solar Eclipse)
This new beginning as a good chance of being grounded and stabilized (Saturn sextile the Solar Eclipse).
Our intuitive sense of something changing can have us feeling excited, but also nervous or anxious. It may be difficult to relax. We may feel on alert. Something unexpected may occur to catapult the change that we are needing. It can be a change in our routine, in a relationship, or with some plan. Again, we are to trust the change and our ability to navigate it wisely (Uranus quincunx the Solar Eclipse).
We feel the urge to move forward, undaunted by circumstance. Mars is just behind the eclipse in the sky, fueling a dogged determination and spirited perseverance. We recognize that there is no going back, so it is time to press on (Mars in Scorpio).
Our thoughts, desires and the frequency we broadcast will be amplified (the eclipse conjunct with the Great Attractor, a gravity anomaly in intergalactic space that is as dense as thousands of Milky Ways). With the alignment to the Great Attractor, our ability to manifest is magnified and so it benefits us to be intentional with our thoughts and actions at this time.
For insight around where we are each discovering a newfound self-trust and readiness to embark on a new course of activity or endeavor, we can look to the activities of the house where 12 Sagittarius resides in our natal chart. For those of us with planets at 12 degrees of a mutable sign (Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini, Virgo), this can be a time of big change. Scheduling a Transit/Progression Reading can illuminate how the eclipse, year-end energies, and 2022 dynamics will illuminate and stimulate your life.
Jupiter, Ruler of The Eclipse – A Vision of Our Future Self
For the last year, Jupiter has been traveling through Aquarius, the sign of freedom, independence and far-reaching vision. As the planet of expansion and growth, we have had visions of our future self. Having distinction at this eclipse, Jupiter's presence amplifies what is unique about us and emboldens us to walk the path that only we can walk to fulfill our soul purpose. Our life has been especially designed just for us and we have been developing the eyes to see its purpose more clearly.