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Mercury, flexible enough to get by in most situations, considers Scorpio neutral territory; Mercury will also be relatively left to his own devices to research, organize, shop, write poetry, lesson plans or whatever his current hobby. This may reflect in our lives as perhaps being more efficient alone than with a team this month as the holiday glamour swirls in the marketplace.
Mars, as co-ruler of Scorpio is literally in the marketplace, the sign of Libra, until December 25, suggesting that we may all thrive more during the nearly unavoidable melee of the holiday season by applying our energy through efficient channels. On December 25, Mercury will move through the gandanta zone between Scorpio and Sagittarius, joining Jupiter, Ketu, Sun and Saturn for the grand finale leading into New Year's This is within the nakshatra Mrigashira, lorded by Mars, and spanning the transition between Taurus' bull and Gemini's twins.
This is a powerful and positive nakshatra that supports creative actions, enjoyment and fulfillment. This is a clear, still point that calls for us to pause and enjoy the beauty around us, including the earth itself, the relationships we foster, the foods we enjoy and the creative methods we have for aesthetically enhancing our lives.
2020 Moon Phases
After the Moon begins to wane, it enters into Gemini, encountering Rahu, where things may become confused or obfuscated. Within the fortnight leading up to the Christmas solar eclipse, Venus moves to Capricorn, the Sun and Mercury join Saturn, Ketu and Jupiter in Sagittarius and Mars slips into Scorpio, creating a very interesting set up for the solar eclipse on December All of this shifting about as the Moon is waning may be challenging in the sense of keeping up the efficiency suggestions of Mars.
Therefore, it may be wise to use the clear, strong energy of the waxing Moon combined with high-powered Mercury in Scorpio during the first third of December to both wrap up and organize the projects, reassess future directions and goals, and make initial decisions for directions. After mid-December, we may all be pulled toward the events pulling us into the heart of the matter shown by the many planets gathering in Sagittarius. Venus is leading the charge, passing through the cluster of planets occupying Sagittarius and moving on to Saturn's earth sign, Capricorn on December 15 for a quick transit.
Looks like the planet who rules relationships and connections is heading to the hills for a nice winter retreat. Capricorn is an interesting place to be at this moment, with the planets gathering on the battlefield of Sagittarius in late December. Venus is a friend of Saturn, who rules the territory of Capricorn and can perhaps be the cool voice of diplomacy and restraint in what could be described as a planetary pressure cooker.
This position of Venus certainly implies a short season of distance, space or evaluation when it comes to Venus related matters such as creativity, business, contracts, partnerships or relationships.
The Saturn-ruled environment expresses the need for diligence, patience and attention to all details, but is certainly supporting the creative process, even though it may slow things down temporarily. The Sun bravely crosses into Sagittarius on December 16, joining with both friends and enemies in Jupiter's fiery domain. Sagittarius is one of the four "dual" signs of the zodiac, of which Jupiter rules two and Mercury rules the other two.
These dual signs are the places of change, transition, movement, education, continuance and growth. These five planets will remain grouped in Sagittarius through January 13, when Mercury moves out into Capricorn. Fast moving Mercury will overtake the Sun on January 10 and jump ahead toward his friend Venus.
Mercury Transits Scorpio December 4 - 25
We can think of the Sun as the king, as the government, as a symbol for leaders of any kind. The planetary arch enemy of the Sun is Saturn, who symbolizes the subjects, the vulnerable, the weak or infirm. If it weren't for the people in need, how much simpler would the job of the governing bodies be?
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These two planets do create a balance challenge for each human being surrounding the concept of "self" that we also call the individual ego. This plays out on an individual basis as we journey through life on a quest for a healthy ego that allows us to define our unique individual imprint while averting us from the disaster of an overblown sense of self-importance or, in some cases, self-debasement.
This year, the annual meeting of Saturn and Sun occurs with much more spice. The path of destruction that was wrought by the gouging plow action of the Saturn-Ketu conjunction through the summer months has become the trench in which we will see this year's meeting of Saturn and Sun, which occurs exactly as the Sun exits Sagittarius on January The addition of Ketu, Jupiter and Mercury to this mix, especially in Jupiter's territory, could signal a time of reckoning in the realm of personal responsibility.
The weakness, corruption and decay revealed throughout the summer is begging to be broken apart, cleansed and transmuted; if that has not already begun after possibly painful breakups, disappointments or other means of creating separation, be ready for things to move, ready or not.
We are coming to a time where the desires of the individual will need to be balanced and integrated with the needs of the collective. Some will gain and some will lose, but a new point of balance is in the works.
Where the Sun travels, light comes into dark corners and the pests that hide in the cracks will be forced out of their comfort zones. While the Sun and Saturn are going head-to-head, Jupiter presides as the judge, Mercury is present to witness and record while Ketu perennially is present to break apart the illusion of material entrapment. However this plays out on a collective level or on an individual basis, we may be forced to accept responsibility for how we have contributed to the corruption that so readily repulses us.
As Mercury moves out of Scorpio on December 25, Mars moves in, which creates a very interesting shape in the South Indian chart style. This shape holds through mid-January and you can see it in the graphic below that depicts the annular solar eclipse on Christmas. The shape reminds me of an arrow, in which the planet Rahu is the fletching, the grouping of planets in Sagittarius is the arrow's tip and Venus and Mars flanking either side of the grouping of planets are the barbs of the arrows.
While there may not be ancient astrological meaning to this configuration per se, the visual does pull into mind the symbol of Sagittarius, which is an arrow, a symbol that is also associated with a few of the nakshatras. Mars in Scorpio is acting as a backup energy or support system for the planets gathered under the spotlight in Sagittarius, just as Venus in Capricorn is creating a supportive energy on the other side.
The pressure cooker environment caused by the combination of planets therein at the moment is being managed by Mars on one side and Venus on the other; both are well placed and could be the saving grace for the current times.
Even after the critical moment passes, Mars will be remaining in his own sign of Scorpio through the first week of February. This may be an indication of a period of focused effort, reorganization or accounting of resources while bravely facing problems that require us to dig deep and stand strong. Depending upon your whereabouts this annular solar eclipse will either occur on December 25 or 26 and it will either be visible or not.
In US Mountain time zone, the eclipse happens at around pm, which means that we couldn't see the eclipse of the Sun as it is below the horizon. The path of eclipse visibility runs through Saudi Arabia, South India and Indonesia, but eclipses tend to make a mark even on regions that may not be witnessing the eclipse. In this case we are having a solar eclipse, which happens during a new Moon, when the Moon passes in front of the Sun from the Earth's perspective, temporarily obscuring the sunlight.
These three planets make up the group of the light-giving, positive, sattwic planets. They are also sitting in the nakshatra Mula, lorded by the planet Ketu and the goddess of destruction, Nirriti. And they are surrounded! Ketu's energy is known to block or obstruct materially but to liberate spiritually, so depending upon one's desires, this could be favorable or utterly frustrating. In the early degrees of Sagittarius is energetic Mercury, our source of exchanges, communication, learning, markets, somewhat outside the orb of the eclipse shadow but close enough to be included in the equation.
In the late degrees of Sagittarius sits Saturn, causing pressure and urging detachment, preparing to shift signs. The idea behind eclipses is that a shadow descends upon that which we count on to light our way. This obstruction forces us inward, to draw upon our inner resources to calm and guide us through darkness and difficulty. It will be profound to witness the temporary loss of the comfort and warmth of the Sun's light, the Moon's compassion and Jupiter's guidance.
This shocking experience when channelled toward an expanded understanding helps us to gain perspective about how to manage our minds and spirits as they move through the material world. For when the light returns and the shadow recedes, we have a newfound understanding of our purpose due to the struggle of maintaining perspective when the lights go away. This eclipse seems to mark a turning point for many as we surrender to circumstances, root down into our anchor points and fully let go of that which is actually begging to become free.
The chart below shows the planets configured in the sky at the moment of eclipse. Rahu is in the upper right corner Gemini with the grouping of six planets in Sagittarius in the lower left corner. The signs on either side of Sagittarius are holding Venus and Mars. The arrow is drawn back in the bow. The eclipse is that moment where all stops as we focus on our targets. Read more about Venus Retrograde cycles. What is Mars Retrograde? Occasionally, Mars appears to be moving backward in the sky.
When Mars is in its retrograde cycle, we are forced to re-assess our current projects, our approach to getting what we want, and our desire nature.
Rather than directly asserting our desires, we tend towards introspection. We can be hesitant about taking action, second-guessing our instincts or our natural impulses rather than acting upon them. Jupiter is retrograde in from May 14 to September 12, , in the sign of Capricorn. Saturn is retrograde in from May 10th to September 28th, , in the sign of Capricorn. Note: Uranus completes its retrograde cycle that began on August 11, , on January 10th, , and will retrograde again in August Uranus is retrograde from August 15th, , until January 14th, , in the sign of Taurus.
Neptune is retrograde in from June 22nd to November 28th, , in the sign of Pisces. Pluto is retrograde in from April 25th to October 4th, , in the sign of Capricorn.
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