The last month of 2020 is coming! December brings the last eclipse, a solar eclipse in Sagittarius, and closes out with a full moon in Cancer.
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What is a solar eclipse?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic. Solar eclipses occur with new moons.
What is a full moon?
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). Full moons are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy.
Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius: December 14th 2020 (11:17AM ET/ 8:17AM PT)
Our final eclipse, finally! 2020 came with 6 eclipses, which is an unusually high amount. 4 were lunar eclipses though, so they just added on to the intense energy of this year. We cap the year eclipse-wise with a solar eclipse in Sagittarius, and this is a much more optimistic, positive, forward-thinking eclipse. We can look at things with a brighter view, and believe in what's possible.
There may be more opportunities to pursue, bigger ideas to work on, and we want to expand, explore, and have new experiences. We can focus on being free to do what we want, when we want, and break out from something that has boxed us in for too long. We can get excited and focus on what we really believe in.
This eclipse comes just a few days before both Jupiter and Saturn move into changeable Aquarius, so this is big energy for mid-December! It's all about the future, what's possible, and what new ventures we can embark on. There may be a big hurdle to jump just beforehand thanks to Jupiter and Saturn being anaretic first (oy for that), but we're moving forward with greater enthusiasm and optimism.
The solar eclipse is conjunct (aligned with) Mercury in Sagittarius, trine (positive aspect, four signs away) Mars in Aries, and widely square (hard aspect, three signs away) Neptune in Pisces. Mercury brings out lots of ideas, and we can chat about all of the things we want to do. We can work on plans, and try to get things started quickly in the short-term. Mars gives us extra energy and drive, and after being stalled out thanks to Mars retrograde, we can pick back up and get moving. Neptune might bring out some rose-colored glasses though, so we do need to make sure we're being realistic about everything. Don't want to ruin the new opportunities by being totally out of touch!
The solar eclipse occurs at 23 degrees 8 minutes Sagittarius. Aspects to the solar eclipse are:
Conjunction: 18 degrees 8 minutes - 28 degrees 8 minutes Sagittarius
Semisextile: 21 degrees 8 minutes - 25 degrees 8 minutes Scorpio or Capricorn
Sextile: 18 degrees 8 minutes - 28 degrees 8 minutes Libra or Aquarius
Square: 18 degrees 8 minutes - 28 degrees 8 minutes Virgo or Pisces
Trine: 18 degrees 8 minutes - 28 degrees 8 minutes Aries or Leo
Quincunx: 21 degrees 8 minutes - 25 degrees 8 minutes Taurus or Cancer
Opposition: 18 degrees 8 minutes - 28 degrees 8 minutes Gemini
Full Moon in Cancer: December 29th 2020 (10:29PM ET/7:29PM PT)
We close out 2020 with a full moon in Cancer, the sign of emotions. We may be more in tune with what we're feeling, and want to soothe ourselves. We may stick to what we know best, and give ourselves comfort and support. We can be more supportive of others, and sensitive to emotional needs.
Cancer rules the home and family, so we may be focused on matters at home or with family. We can work to settle issues with our relatives, grow closer emotionally to those we think of as family, or cut off those who aren't supportive and positive for us. We can work to make our home lives more supportive, and a place to get away from the wonky world.
Cancer is the bottom of the Zodiac, so we may have to get to the core of something, work to strengthen the foundation of something, or see something important hit bottom.
This full moon is just sextile (positive aspect, two signs away) Uranus in Taurus. Uranus is change, so our emotions may motivate us to make changes in our lives and think about the future. This is perfect as we end a year and start a new one. I think most of us are looking toward 2021 with hope that it *must* be better than 2020!
The full moon occurs at 8 degrees 53 minutes Cancer. Aspects to the full moon are:
Conjunction: 6 degrees 53 minutes - 10 degrees 53 minutes Cancer
Sextile: 6 degrees 53 minutes - 10 degrees 53 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 6 degrees 53 minutes - 10 degrees 53 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 6 degrees 53 minutes - 10 degrees 53 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Opposition: 6 degrees 53 minutes - 10 degrees 53 minutes Capricorn
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations by house & aspect
Aquarius is the sign of the unconventional. This sign doesn't like the traditional, the way things have always been - this sign needs things to be different!
This means that wherever you have Aquarius in your natal chart, that area is one where YOU need things to be different. You're not totally normal with whatever it rules. You're totally out of this world!
Aquarius is an air sign, along with Gemini and Libra. The air signs are the signs of the mind, and are intellectual in nature. They tend to be sociable and engaging. Aquarius is no exception, and actually rules large groups and your friends and acquaintances.
Aquarius is also a fixed sign, along with Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio, The fixed signs tend to stick to things, so this makes Aquarius a little different from the other two air signs in that it can stick to whatever it sets its mind to fairly easily.
Aquarius is governed by the planet Uranus. Uranus is the changemaker, the one who shakes things up and makes everything different. Uranus sees the future, and understands that in order for us to have what we hope for and dream about, change is required from us.
So, Aquarius is a sign that needs things to be different, and can get bored easily if it's not. It may have little patience for the conventional. The areas of life ruled by the house in your natal chart that falls in Aquarius get this energy. It's where you must be different!
Note that this can be triggered when transit (moving) planets are touring your natal Aquarius house. That's when the need to be different can become reeeally obvious :)
1st house: This house rules your outer self, so you can come across as someone different and unconventional in personality or appearance. You can present your quirks outwardly, and not care as much about fitting in. You just want to be you!
2nd house: This house rules your values, so you're someone who may have values that are different from what you'd consider "normal". You may also lack stability, or find stability in unusual ways. And this house rules money, so you can make money and handle money in different ways.
3rd house: This house rules the mind and communication, so you can have your own way of communicating and expressing yourself. You can come up with flashes of brilliant, innovative ideas. Your immediate environment may need to be unusual in some way, or you may be someone who lives in many neighborhoods/communities.
4th house: This house rules the home and family, so you likely have an unusual relationship with your family, or you treat your friends like your family. When it comes to your home, what feels like home for you can be different from what's conventional. You may be the odd one in your family.
5th house: This house rules love and creativity, so you can have unconventional hobbies and interests, and explore your creative side in unusual ways. In love, you can be attracted to unconventional people and unconventional courtship rituals. You need love to be different in some way.
6th house: This house rules your work and daily life, so you need to focus on unconventional work, and have a daily life that gives lots of room to do things differently. You may have your own way of making a schedule, and your routine may change constantly or be unusual in some way. This house also rules health, so you may go for unconventional or experimental approaches.
7th house: This house rules relationships and the people in your life, so you may need your close relationships to be with unusual people or have unusual setups. Traditional commitment may not be for you (unless Saturn is in play). You can appreciate the quirks in other people, and may admire eccentric people.
8th house: This house rules transformations, so you can approach transforming in your life in unconventional ways. You may find that transforming allows you to be true to yourself and more independent, and you can decide to make transformations quickly or on a whim at times.
9th house: This house rules your beliefs, so you may prefer unconventional beliefs (both religious and spiritual). You don't want to be boxed in when it comes to your beliefs. You can also be attracted to learning about unusual subjects with this house ruling higher learning, and gain life experience in unusual ways.
10th house: This house rules your goals and career, so you likely need a career that is unconventional, and focus on goals that are unusual. You can take your own approach, your own path, to achievement, and can think outside of the box with your plans. You may focus on goals or a career that you feel is true to your unique self.
11th house: This is the house that naturally connects to Aquarius, so you can feel more at ease. You may have unusual friends, unconventional friendships, work toward different causes, and can find your own approach to your dreams.
12th house: This is the house of spirituality and the hidden, so you may not be as open about what's different about you until you're behind closed doors or with those you know really well. Alone, you can let your quirks out fully. You may be attracted to unconventional spiritual practices and ideologies.
Suggested Reading: Pisces Houses: Where You Trust Your Gut
Jupiter is on the move! The planet of expansion is moving into air sign Aquarius on December 19th (8:07AM ET), and we're all done with the dreadful Capricorn stellium (joy!). Jupiter leaves Aquarius briefly in 2021, exiting May 13th (6:35PM ET) and returning to Aquarius on July 28th (8:42AM ET) before fully leaving on December 28th (11:09PM ET). So, what can we expect with Jupiter in Aquarius?
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How Jupiter in Aquarius 2020-2021 Impacts You
Jupiter in Aquarius opens us right up! Aquarius is the sign of change and the future, so we can set our sights squarely on the changes we need to make now in order to create the future we hope to have someday. We're more objective and willing to dig into whatever we need to in order to make things happen.
Aquarius rules our friends, groups, crowds, the masses - something that we've been stifled with in 2020 thanks to COVID-19! That came thanks to Saturn starting its tour in Aquarius earlier in the year; with Jupiter moving to this sign, we may start seeing the light at the end of that bacteria-laden tunnel. Hopefully, it signals improvements in approach, better medical care, and scientific breakthroughs! Aquarius actually is one of the science rulers (along with Scorpio), so Jupiter in Aquarius may be good for that.
As an air sign, Aquarius is intelligent and social, and this sign rules causes. We may be more charitable, more considerate of the collective, and more focused on how we can make improvements not just for now, but for generations to come.
Aquarius is independent, innovative, inventive, and an individual, so we may embrace these traits a lot more. We want to be free to be ourselves, and proudly show off all of our quirks and eccentricities. We can help others to feel this way too, and create a better environment for what's different to be accepted. Aquarius is highly unconventional, so adios social norms for a little while! Aquarius is an original - be original ;)
On a personal level, you can experience any or all of this in the areas of life ruled by the house(s) in your natal chart Jupiter tours while in Aquarius.
How Jupiter in Aquarius Differs from Jupiter in Capricorn
Oh, Jupiter in Aquarius versus Jupiter in Capricorn is a HUGE difference! Jupiter hasn't been a happy camper while in Capricorn. Capricorn is restrictive while Jupiter is the planet of expansion, so they don't go very well together. Then add in the fact Saturn and Pluto have also been in Capricorn, giving us the big whopper of a stellium, and it's not a big surprise 2020 turned out to be a year for the record books!
Jupiter gets to breathe much, much better while in Aquarius. Aquarius energy jives pretty well with Jupiter too, since both are independent and love freedom and free-thinking. Jupiter is able to express its expansive, optimistic energy more easily in Aquarius than in Capricorn.
Special Periods During Jupiter in Aquarius
Right off of the bat, Saturn also moves into Aquarius just 2 days before Jupiter does! They both rode through Capricorn in 2020 but didn't link up, and officially do conjunct (align) on December 21st 2020 at 0 degrees Aquarius, just after both have entered this sign. Saturn is in Aquarius until 2023, so Jupiter is hanging out with Saturn for a while longer. With them in Aquarius and hooking up right at the start of the sign, this feels like a time when we're really making plans and taking action that has long-term implications. We're not just focused on the here and now, but on what is going to come way down the line, even when we're gone. There can be huge, important changes to happen, or a new perspective to take up. So much of life got flipped around in 2020 that perhaps this leads to not just the realization that we need to do things differently, but actual action.
Mercury is going to retrograde in Aquarius January 30th to February 20th 2021, and does link up with Jupiter on February 14th at 13 degrees (on Valentine's Day!). The Sun and Venus will be in Aquarius as well (so with Saturn, 5 planets will be in Aquarius!). Jupiter is the planet of expansion, for good or for bad, so challenges with the retrograde may be expanded on and made worse, or positive opportunities can be pursued, especially for a second chance or do-over.
Aside of conjuncting Saturn, Jupiter in Aquarius only makes one other major aspect to the other big planets, and that's a square (hard aspect, three signs away) to Uranus in Taurus. This is only exact once on January 17th 2021 (Saturn also squares Uranus but for basically all of 2021). Uranus is the natural ruler of Aquarius, so there can be some challenges with the square. Jupiter square Uranus can make a huge push for change, and we want to break down what has been to make room for what could be. There's likely to be very little patience, no time to waste waiting for change. We gotta make it happen! But we have to be careful we're not being TOO impulsive, impatient, and erratic. It's best for breaking out in areas where you've already researched.
Jupiter in Aquarius Conjunct the Outer Planets in Your Natal Chart
A good portion of Generation Z has Uranus and/or Neptune in Aquarius (hence them being so unabashedly unconventional), so transit Jupiter in Aquarius will conjunct them. With Uranus in Aquarius, this can bring out your independent side in a big way, and you can push to make a big change, or be more individualistic, or to have a greater impact on the world at large.
With Neptune in Aquarius, this may bring out more of your charitable side, and you can try to have a positive impact on others. You can focus on your beliefs, and spread a greater message of hope and unity.
Final Notes on Jupiter in Aquarius
So, Jupiter in Aquarius seems to be a lot easier than Jupiter in Capricorn, but definitely shows a period of major change that can last for many years to come. We will have to be wise with that!
Also note that Saturn is in Aquarius as well but until March 2023, and then Pluto enters Aquarius that very same month for many years after that, so this is just the start of this Aquarius energy. What we do with it now truly has a lasting impact. What will YOU do?
Suggested Reading: The Transit Jupiter page for general interpretations of Jupiter in the houses and aspects