In the previous article, we talked about the last Lunar Eclipse in Taurus. We saw how the feminine archetypes, through the forces of the Moon and Venus, are trying to hinder the conflict represented by the Saturn-Uranus Square. On the contrary, the masculine archetypes don’t seem to want to stop. Especially because the perfection of the Square is expected for late December—right on Christmas’ Eve.
How is this second and last eclipse of the season going to affect the overall situation? What’s the specific impulse brought by it? In this article we are going to tackle the phenomenon by looking at the planets involved. In particular we are going to focus on Jupiter, lord of the Eclipse, and its relationship with Mars.
This is going to be a Total Solar Eclipse, taking place at 12° 22′ Sagittarius on December 4. As always we are going to analyze it by looking at all its different aspects. Is it a South or North Node Eclipse? What’s the relationship between the planets? What’s the meaning of a Solar Eclipse from a spiritual perspective?
A South Node Eclipse
As we’ve done with the previous eclipse, let’s try to understand it from a spiritual perspective. A Solar Eclipse always happens on a New Moon. This because on a New Moon the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are aligned just that way.
According to Rudolf Steiner, when the Sun is eclipsed by the Moon, forces of hindrance dwelling on Earth are released out in the cosmos. In other words, they have the opportunity to enter the astral world through the lunar node involved, which acts like a sort of portal.
Those forces accumulates and are expelled out of the Earth sphere, affecting in particular the human Willing (understood as one of the three members of the Soul, together with Thinking and Feeling). The lunar node involved tells us how those forces are going to manifest.
The North Node, Caput Draconis, has a constructive effect similar to “a little Jupiter”. The South Node, Cauda Draconis, a destructive nature similar to “a little Saturn”. As always, eclipses make things happen suddenly and unpredictably.
This is going to be a South Node Eclipse, meaning that forces of destruction are at play. As you can already imagine the Saturn-Uranus Square is part of the process, too. This because it’s the main event of 2021, and it’s been on the background throughout the entire year.
However, as we are going to see this eclipse is going to focus more on a specific battle of this major war in the Sky: the Jupiter-Mars Square.
Masculine Forces fueling the Conflict
We’ve seen how the feminine forces of the previous eclipse are trying to calm down the conflict, in the name of stability and growth. On the contrary, the masculine archetypes of the current eclipse are ready to fire it up. Let’s take a look at Jupiter in Aquarius.
Jupiter has a very important role here. Being the ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter is in fact the lord of the Eclipse. Hence, we really need to look at this planet to better understand the outcome of the destructive forces released.
Jupiter is in Aquarius, a sign well known for its revolutionary tendencies. Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. In the name of the ideals, Jupiter expands everything it touches, leading it towards a bright new future. All Truths are revealed, light prevails on darkness, and humanity is projected towards a renewed world where justice can thrive. Or at least in theory.
In fact we should ask ourselves: does humanity really want the Truth? Are the people ready to support it? Or should they hide it, or manage it for the good of the community? This is Mars in Scorpio talking, the planet that’s challenging Jupiter about this issue. In the chart, Mars is making an applying square with Jupiter in Aquarius (see the red line connecting the two, below).
Mars in Scorpio is the courage required to face the unpleasant, unwanted Truth. But beyond a Jupiterean idealism, are we ready to handle it? And more importantly, are we ready to deal with the consequences that comes from it? Do people want that responsibility?
We saw that the feminine archetypes activated during the last eclipse are tempted to use manipulation to stop the conflict. This Mars instead fights for the Truth. However, this planet is also very aware that the Truth is not for everyone, but only for those who are ready to deal with it. In Scorpio, we certainly find a form of “knowledge elitism” that requires a brave heart to confront the shadows. Do we have it?
The Eclipse in your Natal Chart
Let’s see now what’s the main challenge of this eclipse. Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of wisdom, higher knowledge and outward expansion in the name of ideals. These ideals are aquarian ideals. Revolution, Freedom, Equality, Fraternity.
The main challenge consists in understanding the shadow side of it, confronting Mars in Scorpio. We can ask ourselves:
- What am I hiding behind my ideals?
- Am I ready to face the Truth about this matter? Are they?
- Are we all truly equal in this situation?
- What are the destructive forces caused by a lack of awareness about this scenario?
But what matter? What Situation? What scenario? As always this answer can be given by the astrological house involved. Just check 12° 22′ Sagittarius in your Natal Chart.
The effect depends not only by the astrological house the eclipse falls into, but also by the natal planets that it possibly hits. The Solar Eclipse brings sudden events in those area of life, triggered by the dynamics we just described. The areas of life involved are represented by both the astrological house of the eclipse, and by the houses that the hit planet rules.
For example, if the seventh (marriage), fourth (family) or eleventh (friends) houses are involved, we are going to see this challenge showing up in our social relationships. If the eclipse fall in the sixth and tenth, we might experience it at work. And so on.
Most Affected Locations
As you may know, I usually use Astrocartography and the eclipse path to determine where the eclipse is going to be stronger. Astrocartography can show us where in the world the event is going to take place on one of the angles: Ascendant (red line), Descendant (yellow line), Midheaven (green line) and Imum Coeli (light blue line). In an astrological chart these spots are the most powerful.
Then, we are going to combine these information with the actual path of the eclipse, that is where the event is going to be visible. Here’s the path as provided by TimeAndDate.com:
As you can see, the last solar eclipses occur at the poles—in this case at the South pole. It’s going to be partially visible from South Africa only, considering that Antarctica isn’t very populated.
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I consider myself a free researcher in western spiritual disciplines, in particular Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy and the Neoplatonic Hermetic tradition. I have a three-year training in Astrology at the CIDA delegation of Trieste, the Italian Center for Astrological Disciplines. I graduated in Computer Engineering from the University of Trieste.