Other Noteworthy Aspects During the Solar Eclipse
Mercury in Sagittarius making a tight opposition to Black Moon Lilith in Gemini can open up some interesting cans of worms. Black Moon Lilith here in Gemini can bring up some hidden feelings to the surface. Words unsaid being said, this can weigh heavily, such as a confession of love or endearment between two friends. There can be matters that need to be discussed come to light, and the overarching feel could be “yes, but…” or “no, but that’s not a ‘never…'” Something like that.
Mercury is also making a very wide (but applying, or strengthening) square to Neptune in Pisces, which itself just turned direct a few days prior. There can be some uncertainty in our communications with others. We may have had a message sent to someone important, and there’s the feel that maybe there’s lingering questions, or something else needs to be said. Perhaps the meaning isn’t clear and we either need to clarify. Perhaps we don’t know how to effectively communicate what we’re trying to say. Faulty assumptions are likely now. Be clear as you can, or ask for clarification if you need it.
Venus – The Love Factor
This is another spot where things get interesting. Venus is in Capricorn, colored by Saturn’s energy, and our focus is on reputation, career matters, and status. We also have Venus conjunct Pluto here, which indicates some major shakeups in status, in our relationships, and of course, career. Also keep in mind that Venus is in its pre-retrograde shadow phase, so we’re already seeing themes of what to expect during the Venus retrograde period starting on December 19th.
We could be seeing some career changes occurring here. Perhaps transitioning from one job to another, or leaving a job to begin a new business for some. Investments are also highlighted, and with current events (such as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 starting to show up in multiple countries), we should expect some volatility here. Will it be catastrophic though?
Venus sextile Mars in Scorpio, and also sextile Neptune in Pisces, I’m going to have to say some of the volatility mentioned above could be mitigated with aggressive measures. Given that Mars also trines Neptune, we’ve got some clarity and perhaps some mitigation of the fear factor. We could find ourselves not giving in to the hysteria that gripped many with the rise of the previous variants as one example. We could also find ourselves more discerning and shedding off bad information or misgivings regarding a great many things here.
Another thing to consider is that, with the sextiles from Venus to Mars and Neptune, this is a wonderful time to embark on more creative projects if you haven’t been following through on those already. Perhaps there’s a screenplay or novel you started earlier that you’ve been itching to finish and get submitted to a publisher. If Mercury retrograde is a good time for review, perhaps this upcoming Venus retrograde following so soon after a Solar Eclipse could be the burst of inspiration needed to get things moving out the door.
There’s a great deal of counterintuitive potential here, and I’m feeling that some really good things are possible here. You need to make a choice as to whether you’re going to put yourself out there and make that dream happen, or if you want to play it safe and hold your heart close to your chest.
That said, it is Venus pre-retrograde shadow. There’s going to be a lot of work here and you might have to deal with something from the past to get this done. And some potential partners, if that’s what you’re looking at, might not have their minds made up yet. Or, perhaps their minds are made up, but something could develop that neither party expects. Don’t force anything, as it will likely detonate during the retrograde if you do.
Mars-Jupiter Square – Conflict in Ambitions
The Mars in Scorpio to Jupiter in Aquarius square warns us of some trouble ahead when it comes to our ambitions and our desire to change the world. Mars in Scorpio is in one of its domiciles in Scorpio (with Aries being the other). Hence, it is pretty well amplified here and gives a deeper drive to our ambitions.
Jupiter in Aquarius is colored by the energies of both Saturn and Uranus, so there’s a good deal of optimism and hope we would normally have here in terms of our hard work and effort paying off in changing the world in some way.
Mars square Jupiter, in this pattern, indicates some struggles as far as getting the drive together to make those changes to our world and in our own trendsetting ways. It could be the factor of someone else’s resources (or withholding thereof) getting in the way. Or, perhaps some trouble when it comes to more lusty or romantic passions getting in the way of our work. An example of this could be working to set up a business in hopes of the future, but your mind is continuously fixated on being with someone romantically. Such a scenario would be consuming brainpower that could be spent on building for the future constructively. There’s almost a Nessus/obsessive quality to this, when one thinks about it.
Another factor of this is, given Scorpio’s 8th house influences of the occult, sex, and possibly death, we could be facing the death of something. Forceful, unseen factors are also playing into this, so make sure you don’t overlook any critical fine print if setting up something legally.
Finally, we could be overestimating our abilities. There’s nothing wrong with keeping your eye on the prize. Ultimately we need to be realistic about our expectations, and this could manifest as crashing down to Earth when we invested so much hope in a cherished endeavor. Don’t take failures too much to heart now, but learn from them and build again to withstand the downfalls.
Jupiter-Pluto Semisextile – Changes Must Come
With the optimist of the cosmos in a triggering aspect to the bringer of death and rebirth, there’s both opportunity for gains and losses. For new life to bloom, old life tends to fade. With Jupiter in Aquarius semisextile Pluto in Capricorn, these changes are most likely to be felt in the realm of our reputation, career, links to friends, and plays on our hopes.
An example of this kind of energy could be leaving a stable job to begin a business of your own. Or, perhaps the job is ending already so you decide to try your hand at freelancing. This can also be influenced by wanting to embrace more freedom, and cast away the restrictive qualities of previous work. Things like setting your own hours, getting away from increasingly-oppressive workplace or remote work monitoring systems (some of which could be in a legal gray area!), and the desire to have a more open schedule so you can spend more time with family and loved ones.
Of course, the devil’s in the details with the semisextile. These changes during this Eclipse cycle can be pretty sudden, especially where Pluto is concerned. In the end, however, we may see that these changes are for the best.
Saturn – Further Destabilization of the Status Quo for the Better
Saturn in Aquarius is still working its authoritarian magic in its second home sign. One one hand, we’ve still got the Saturn to Uranus retrograde square. Things have not been very stable over the last several months for sure. The disciplinarian and the rebel continuing their square just won’t stop driving this home.
Uranus retrograde in Taurus is still tearing up our notions of stability and comfort, and we’re forced to make some hard choices to keep going, or build a new path (given the Pluto and Jupiter links mentioned earlier). Some leaner times are at hand for some of us. Others can make a key play via intelligent effort and perhaps come out much further ahead than before, which will take some serious sacrifices and leaps of faith.
This hard work and sacrifice is a key element of our healing, as Chiron in Aries is sextile Saturn at this point. We’ve had to look inward and see what we need to change to overcome a major wound in our core beings. We know what steps we need to do to better facilitate that healing now. Chiron will be ending its retrograde on the same day that Venus retrograde begins, which in itself is highly significant. Our relationships and our resources will be undergoing some major review as we know what we must do to move forward in other ways.
Given Saturn’s aspects here, we’ll be tested to determine if we’ve healed those holes in our hearts. I think many of us will have made some progress here, so if it seems slow going in this department, don’t despair. These shakeups may be just what we need to get us to where we need to go.