On 14 December 2020, at 16:13UT, there will be a total solar eclipse, lasting 2 minutes and 10 seconds.
The Sun and the Moon will be conjunct in 23*07′ Sagittarius. The annular phase of this eclipse will be visible from from Chile and Argentina. It is also a partial solar eclipse in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
The eclipse is a part of Saros cycle 142 and the series started with partial solar eclipse on May 25, 1389. The 14 December 2020 solar eclipse was preceded by the solar eclipse of 4 December 2002 and will be followed by the solar eclipse of 26 December 2038.
The chart below, cast for London, shows the eclipse:
Before we will discuss any possible effects on the individual, we have a look at the mundane astrological implications of this eclipse. To be able to do this, we need to establish where the eclipse is likely to have its greatest effect. For this purpose we need to look at the countries or cities falling under the rulership of Sagittarius, the sign wherein the eclipsed Sun resides during the event. We also have to take into consideration that the eclipse’s visibility will greatly enhance its effect.
Looking through traditional source material, we find that Greece (Attica), Arabia, Hungary (Budapest), France (Avignon), Germany (Cologne, Judenburg, Meissen, Rottenburg, Stuttgart), Italy (Colonia, Volteras), Yugoslavia (Dalmatia), the Basque Region (Gascovia), Gaul (Celtica, Modena), Czechoslovakia (Moravia), Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria (around Sclavonia), and Spain (Toledo), are the locations traditionally thought to fall under the rulership of Sagittarius.
Below is a map, showing the eclipse’s lines of angularity (ASC and MC):
With the eclipse point rising through Canada, being close to the MC in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil, and setting through Ireland, France and Spain, we should take note that eclipse themed events could take place after up to 12 months.
As France and Spain are highlighted in the list of countries ruled by Sagittarius and are on the path of angularity, it is highly likely that these countries will see an effect of the eclipse, if only after about 12 months.
What stands out immediately is the fact that the eclipsed Sun will be conjunct two fixed stars which will have an impact on the events to unfold. Firstly, the Sun will be conjunct fixed star Lesath in Scorpius, which is the “sting” in the tail of the scorpion. This points to accidents, danger, catastrophes or operations (This is according to the German astrologer Elsbeth Ebertin, who ‘modernised’ this from the old idea that under the influence of Lesath, people were running the risk of being torn to pieces by wild animals, being butchered, or being quartered as a form of punishment). Of course, due to the conjunction of Sun and Moon, this means that the Moon will also be conjunct fixed star Lesath. Astrologer Vivian Robson knows that this suggests additional danger, desperation, immorality, and malevolence, and that there is a connection with acid poisons.
Secondly, the eclipsed Sun will be conjunct fixed star Ras Alhague in Ophiuchus, which is “the head of the serpent charmer”. It is associated with perversion and depravity. Elsbeth Ebertin writes that Moon conjunct Ras Alhague is associated with infections or even pandemics.
Although the eclipse point is located in Sagittarius, and therefore we have to give parts of the rulership of this eclipse to Jupiter, it has to be stressed that the eclipsed Sun is in Sagittarius’ third Decanate, which is ruled by Saturn, the Greater Malefic. We can also see from the eclipse chart, that Saturn has term rulership, which adds to the strength of his influence. Also, Jupiter and Saturn are still in the last degree of Capricorn, which means that Jupiter is in his fall and Saturn is in his own sign. There will, of course, be a subtle change in the balance of force between the two planets once Saturn and Jupiter will have moved into Aquarius and perfected their conjunction, which will take place on 21 December (for a more in-depth analysis, read my article regarding the upcoming Great Conjunction, here).
For the impact of this eclipse on a personal level, all of the above doesn’t make pleasant reading. It may be useful to know though, that the last time a solar eclipse occurred in Sagittarius was in December 2002. It will therefore be of merit to expect and prepare for a repeat of some of the personal experiences that occurred back in 2002/2003. Although an eclipse usually affects only a small number of people, it may be beneficial to try to remember if any problems occurred during this year. If so, but also to generally establish the possibility of any effect that could take place, the birth chart should be scrutinised for any of the following:
- Sun or Moon are in or around 23* Sagittarius
- Sun or Moon are in or around 23* Gemini (opposition)
- 23* Sagittarius is culminating in the birth chart (conjunct Midheaven)
- 23* Sagittarius is ascending in the birth chart (conjunct Ascendant)
Should it be the case that one or even more of these factors apply, an in-depth reading of the birth chart and an investigation of the current solar revolution chart may be necessary to find out if, how and to what extent the native could be affected.