Deb McBride
Astrologer

December, 2018

Did you say eclipse?

December 23, 2018
The Full Moon on December 22, 2018 from Escazu, Costa Rica. Pretty good shot, huh?

Happy Solstice! It is not only the annual time when the Sun enters Capricorn, but it is also a Full Moon. This Full Moon occurs with the Moon at 0° Cancer and the Sun and 0° Capricorn, these degrees of the zodiac are what we call the Cardinal Axis or the World Axis. This means they are at a point where that relates to the world at large – celebrities, global issues, popular culture. If you were born with planets in this area of the zodiac, you may find yourself in a world where you are regularly put in the limelight, work with people or have friends who are on the world stage. Therefore I expect that there will be events in the news that will grab everyone’s attention and indeed there already are. Capricorn rules the patriarchy, the government, the banking systems and corporations. It represents our relationship with authority, how we feel about having public status and how ambitious we are. 

Since this Full Moon is in Cancer, we may find ourselves to be unusually sensitive, especially around family matters. Holiday time always brings this to the table and this lunation just puts an extra stamp on it. During this time, we also have Mars in Pisces sitting between Neptune and Chiron. These are planets of inner journeys, and this is not a comfortable place for Mars, which is a planet of initiation and movement out in the world. The best actions to take now are ones of soul work and emotional healing, which is a true blending and excellent use of this energy. Once we embark on something inner, we won’t feel so uncomfortable as any discomfort comes from our resistance and desire to put our ego into the world. 

This is not just any Full Moon, but one that opens the new eclipse period. Yes, that’s right, eclipses again. I know, I know, I feel like we just had them too. That’s because we had 3 in the summer and they were intense. Now that the Sun is embarking on a new astrological month in Capricorn, it will be joining Saturn and Pluto there, shining a light into the darker realms of our subconscious. When we have the first eclipse on January 5th, 2019, it will be a Solar Eclipse, therefore a New Moon. This lunar event will occur at 15° Capricorn, while Saturn will be at 11° and Pluto at 20° which means the eclipse is wedged in between Saturn and Pluto. 

Let me just say that this does not happen often at all. Firstly, the last time Saturn and Pluto got close together in the same sign was back in 1983. Then making a sandwich of the eclipse, that is extremely rare. This is quite a powerful event and we will discuss it further in the next few weeks. I speak of it now because it is a great aspect to start a new venture, especially if it’s going to be a business, due to the line up of planets in Capricorn. So, if you are starting something new in your business life, take this opportunity and use this eclipse energy to initiate the process. This is a highly ambitious planetary lineup and if you are wanting to jump in and produce a big splash, then this is your aspect. 

I also believe that this is a turning point in each of our lives. Saturn and Pluto are a resilient duo when together like this and we will watch them get closer over the next two years. Depending upon where the eclipse falls in your chart, you will see a turning point in that area of your life because of its powerful connection to these two planets on either side of the eclipse. It’s time to renovate that area and most likely you’ve already started the process.

I can already feel the energy picking up, because the last few days have been wildly non-stop. Running from one errand to an appointment, to chores, to another appointment. It seems unusually busy, especially since little of this had anything to do with the holidays. But I recognize the pace, the dynamism, the flow of this. It feels like eclipse energy. Since fortunate Jupiter is auspiciously in his favorite sign of Sagittarius, we are able to manage situations in a positive way and navigate them to a positive outcome. 

More on the eclipses – yes, there’s two – as we get closer. For now, have a beautiful holiday season! 

Friday’s New Moon was in the sign of Sagittarius, one of abundance, expansion and jumping right into something new with gusto. Additionally, Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius is also in its own sign making this a great time to start something new, make a wish and set some new intentions. The monthly New Moon is always a perfect time to initiate and ask yourself what you would like to manifest. This time we are blessed with Jupiter’s presence and if we are very focused on what we are wishing for, then chances are very good we can manifest it. 

It continues to be a positive flow of aspects as there is the Mars Neptune conjunction in Pisces. This is part of the wish making process as well, because it opens our eyes to what our dreams are, what we would like to manifest, how we can magically make anything happen with a vision and some focus. Remember, the connection of these two planets doesn’t require all sorts of strenuous effort in co-creating your dream with the Universe, if you can see it, you can have it. Mars and Neptune only get together once every 2 years, so initiating something you desire at this time is powerful. Mars is the warrior planet of taking action and Neptune is about intuition, magic, creativity, spirituality and foresight. They can be a strange pair together as their energies are so different. So the best way to take action now is not to charge in and make a direct hit. It’s better to intuit your next right action and slowly move through the back door. Let the energetic flow guide you. It may feel like you are doing nothing, but actually in this case all you need to do is be clear on what you want. 

Mercury has stationed direct at 27 Scorpio and we can say goodbye to the retrogrades for a while! The inner planets have been busy with retrogrades since June and we are finally taking all we’ve learned and using it to move forward. It really has been a backwards time and it’s been hard to come out of the whirlwind and feel like you actually are moving forward. As it stands now, we have Mercury moving through the end of Scorpio until December 12th when it moves back to Sagittarius. Meanwhile, Venus has also moved forward into Scorpio again after retrograding back into Libra last month. The planet of the goddess will remain in Scorpio until January 7th, 2019. With these two inner planets re-visiting the sign of the underworld, we are encouraged to connect with our deepest mysteries, walk through the darker corners of our consciousness and come out with some answers and keys to our own transformation. I feel like this is an easier journey than the last few months, mainly because we now have Jupiter in its own sign of Sagittarius, opening our minds, helping us to feel safe in our journey and supporting our desire to raise our consciousness.

Where do you feel some unanswered questions remain? What part of your life requires some further digging to get those answers? All of these aspects I am describing are interconnected. There is a journey we have been on this year that required us to review and go within to understand a very hidden part of ourselves. Now we can grasp the depth of this journey, what information we found there and where it has been leading us. These next few days are good to soothe the soul and make it easier to recognize how far we’ve come, before we continue on our path. Remember to dream big right now and focus on all you wish for so that you may manifest it!

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