Can you feel the intensity? We’re smack in the middle of eclipse season, the time of pre-destined occurrences, sudden plot twists, and life-altering decisions. On Dec. 14, a solar eclipse will ratchet up the cosmic energy even further, inspiring acts of courage and radical transformations.
This powerful eclipse, which occurs from 5:33 a.m. to 10:53 a.m. PT, will fall in the area of the sky known as Jyestha, the eldest queen. Jyestha is a star in the heart of the constellation of Scorpio, where the oldest and wisest shakti, or divine feminine energy, resides. Jyestha asks us to stand up for ourselves, exercise our personal freedom, and make choices that honor our highest selves.
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Ketu, the shadowy tail of the eclipse snake, conjoins the sun and moon to create this solar eclipse. A symbol of endings, past lives, and inner spiritual resources, Ketu can expedite closures, cut unhealthy cords, and clear the path for something new and more supportive to emerge. If you’re frustrated with some aspect of your life, or craving significant change, now is the time to let go of the past and embrace the future, no matter how uncertain it may feel.
After the solar eclipse takes place, a rare alignment of Jupiter and Saturn will reach its climax. Known as the Great Conjunction, this planetary alignment is visible now, just after sunset toward the west. The last time such a close pairing of these two planets was observable to the naked eye was in 1226.
Jupiter and Saturn are the two power planets of dharma and karma, and since 2020 began, they have been on a slow and relentless collision course. Restrictive Saturn’s iron grip on Jupiter has, not uncoincidentally, coincided with mass lockdowns due to the pandemic, while fostering a tough new attitude toward food, travel, and public health — all issues of Jupiter.
The Great Conjunction will peak on the winter solstice, Dec. 21, an auspicious day of hope, rebirth, and new beginnings. In ancient times, the winter solstice was celebrated as the New Year. Being the longest night of the year, it marks the rebirth of sunlight in the northern hemisphere, as the days that follow will soon lengthen and grow brighter.
Before things lighten up, however, Jupiter and Saturn will be in a tense alignment for the last half of December. From Dec. 12-Dec. 30, the two planets will be within just one degree of each other, a cosmic alignment known as graha yuddha. This will take place right as the pressures of heightened quarantine measures, economic strain, and stressful political dynamics are sure to reach a boiling point in the final weeks of 2020. As we move into the new year, however, the gradual separation of Jupiter and Saturn should bring some relief, particularly as Jupiter moves into Aquarius by April, 2021.
This harrowing year will go out with a bang, just as it began, but a time of change and transformation is upon us. On this solar eclipse in Jyestha, tap into your deepest wells of courage and take whatever steps you may need in order to live at your highest potential. With risk comes reward, and if you’re willing to let go of the past and envision a different future, you will find all the support you need in 2021.
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