The Total Solar Eclipse of 14 December 2020 takes place at 23° Sagittarius 08′. The website timeanddate.com says that the total eclipse will be “visible from Chile and some parts of Argentina in the afternoon. Some regions in southern South America, south-west Africa, and Antarctica will see a partial solar eclipse if the weather permits.”
All dates given are for United States Central Standard Time (CST)
What is a Solar Eclipse?
Solar Eclipses occur at the time of a New Moon (when the Sun and Moon are conjunct, or at the same degree). When the Sun, Moon, and Earth are all in alignment at the time of a New Moon and the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth, a solar eclipse occurs.
New Moons are traditionally a time for sowing new seeds and are a good time for breaking old habits and taking up new routines.
A solar eclipse amplifies the power of the New Moon and may bring sudden change, or bring a situation to light. Solar eclipses tend to be associated with beginnings and with external events happening to you.
Unless you have natal or secondary progressed planets or angles at zodiac degrees in close aspect to the eclipse degree (23° Sagittarius 08′), you are unlikely to feel the impact of this eclipse too much, if at all.
When is the December 2020 Solar Eclipse happening?
- 8:16 am Monday, 14 December, 2020 in Los Angeles, California (PST)
- 9:16 am Monday, 14 December 2020 in Denver, Colorado (MST)
- 10:16 am Monday, 14 December 2020 in Chicago, Illinois (CST)
- 11:16 am Monday, 14 December 2020 in New York, New York (EST)
- 4:16 pm Monday, 14 December 2020 in London, UK (UT)
- 9:46 pm Monday, 14 December 2020 in New Delhi, India (IST)
- 2:16 am Tuesday, 15 December 2020 in Brisbane, Australia (AEST)
- 3:16 am Tuesday, 15 December 2020 in Sydney, Australia (AEDT)
- 5:16 am Tuesday, 15 December 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand (NZST)
Astrological conditions of the December 2020 Solar Eclipse
Jupiter rules the Solar Eclipse at 23° Sagittarius 08′. Jupiter is a planet associated with expansion, enthusiasm, generosity, and wisdom.
Jupiter is currently in Capricorn, a sign of its fall, and where it is unable to do all that it wishes. Jupiter will move into Aquarius on 19 December, and while it will not be in a particularly good position, at least it will escape being in fall.
Jupiter and Saturn are moving closer to their grand conjunction on 21 December, which is also the Summer or Winter Solstice (depending on which hemisphere you live in). Jupiter Saturn conjunctions occur approximately every 20 years. The last time we had a Jupiter Saturn conjunction in Aquarius was 16 January 1405.
As this once in a 20-year event (the Jupiter Saturn conjunction) occurs on the heels of a Total Solar Eclipse, which Jupiter rules, this is worth noting. Jupiter Saturn conjunctions tend to usher in a new era and set the tone for the next 20 years. As this conjunction is occurring in Aquarius, a sign ruled by Saturn and associated with the exile, the revolutionary, and the humanitarian, it will be interesting to see how it pans out.
At the time of the Solar Eclipse, we have Mercury very close to the eclipse degree. Complicating matters, Mercury will have not long ago passed its square to Neptune on 13 December. Mercury square Neptune can often lead to miscommunications and sometimes deceit. Mercury will be making a trine to Mars (action, energy) at the time of the Solar Eclipse. So some may be tempted to throw caution to the wind and take action, without fully knowing all that they should. As this is a trine, though, hopefully, this will not be too detrimental.
Meanwhile, Mercury is under the beams of the Sun at the time of the Solar Eclipse. As it is so close to the Sun, it cannot be seen, and therefore the qualities of Mercury (communications, learning, thinking) can be burned up or not be visible. This makes me wonder if there will be news that comes out at that time that isn’t recognized for what it truly is or is overlooked or eclipsed because too much else is going on.
What is interesting is that on 19 December, Mercury will have caught up to the Sun in an exact conjunction. When Mercury is extremely close to the Sun (either 1° or 16 minutes, depending on which texts you consult), it is said to be Cazimi, or in the heart of the Sun. This is associated with the planet being in an extremely good, but short-lived, position of influence. If there have been issues with information being ignored, overshadowed or unfairly dismissed earlier, this may remedy it hopefully.
This Solar Eclipse will be close to the South Node. All eclipses are close (within about 18° for a Solar Eclipse) to either the South or the North Node. Eclipses that are close to the North Node tend to be more positive than those close to the South Node. The North Node is often associated with increase, while the South Node is associated with decrease.
While this is a South Node Solar Eclipse and may be somewhat difficult, I am hopeful that it may usher in some light at the end of the tunnel. The ruler of this Solar Eclipse, Jupiter, soon moves out of fall and into a more neutral sign. At the time of the Solar Eclipse, the South Node is extremely close to Mercury, perhaps decreasing the chances of communications and news being effectively spread or noticed.
However, Mercury will soon catch up to the Sun and start its own new cycle. Mercury being within the heart of the Sun will briefly give Mercury a substantial boost. As the Sun-Mercury conjunction will be in Sagittarius, a sign associated with wisdom, knowledge, and optimism this should hopefully bring good news or lift hopes in some way.
What the December 2020 Solar Eclipse means for you
When you know what zodiac sign and degree a Solar Eclipse is occurring in (23° Sagittarius 08′ for this one), you can look at which house in your natal chart that zodiac degree falls. When you know which house the degree is in, reading the relevant information for that natal house below will give you some indication of where you might have new beginnings, sudden changes, or situations brought into the light.
Not all eclipses are likely to strongly affect you. It usually requires that the eclipse degree is making some sort of significant aspect to a natal or secondary progressed planet or angle of yours for you to feel the full impact of a Solar Eclipse. See the section below on sensitive degrees for the December 2020 Solar Eclipse to see if you are likely to be strongly impacted.
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Sensitive degrees for December 2020 Solar Eclipse
Zodiac degrees conjunct, opposite & square the Solar Eclipse
Those that have natal or secondary progressed planets or angles at 22° to 24° of Sagittarius and Gemini are likely to feel the effects of this eclipse more than others as these degrees are conjunct (or conjoin) and oppose the eclipse degree.
Those with natal or secondary progressed planets or angles at 22° to 24° of Virgo and Pisces may feel the impact quite significantly too. These positions will be squaring the eclipse degree.
Conjunctions, squares, and oppositions are often thought to be difficult aspects. As Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces and Virgo are mutable signs, making the initial changes may not as difficult as it would be for those with fixed signs.
If the natal or secondary progressed planets being squared are Venus or Jupiter, the changes or what comes to light may be more positive, although they may not have a long life-span. Difficult aspects to Mars and Saturn may tend more towards disgrace, scandal, infamy, or ruin.
Zodiac degrees sextile and trine the Solar Eclipse
Those with natal or secondary progressed planets and angles at 22° to 24 of Aries, Leo, Libra and Aquarius may feel some impact of the eclipse, as these positions are sextile and trine the eclipse degree. Sextiles and trines are helpful and easy aspects so potentially any changes will be easier to cope with.
Zodiac degrees inconjunct the Solar Eclipse
Those with natal or secondary progressed planets or angles at 22° to 24° of Cancer and Taurus may also find that they feel some impact of the eclipse. These positions are inconjunct the eclipse degree and inconjuncts often ask us to make adjustments of some kind.
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The December 2020 Solar Eclipse through the natal houses
Solar Eclipse in the 1st house or Sagittarius Ascendant
The 1st house is associated with you, your body, your appearance, and how you appear to others. A Solar Eclipse in this natal house may have new beginnings, sudden changes, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.
Solar Eclipse in the 2nd house or Scorpio Ascendant
The 2nd house is associated with your income, finances, and possessions. A Solar Eclipse in this natal house may have new beginnings, sudden changes, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.
Solar Eclipse in the 3rd house or Libra Ascendant
The 3rd house is associated with siblings, early education, short educational courses, general communications, your local neighborhood, and day to day travel. A Solar Eclipse in this natal house may have new beginnings, sudden changes, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.
Solar Eclipse in the 4th house or Virgo Ascendant
The 4th house is associated with your family, particularly your parents, your home, and real estate in general. A Solar Eclipse in this natal house may have new beginnings, sudden changes, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.
Solar Eclipse in the 5th house or Leo Ascendant
The 5th house is associated with your children, creativity, romance, and what you do for fun. A Solar Eclipse in this natal house may have new beginnings, sudden changes, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.
Solar Eclipse in the 6th house or Cancer Ascendant
The 6th house is associated with your health and fitness, daily routines, pets, and work, especially in connection to those that you work with or work for you. A Solar Eclipse in this natal house may have new beginnings, sudden changes, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.
Solar Eclipse in the 7th house or Gemini Ascendant
The 7th house is associated with close one on one relationships, such as romantic or business partners, as well as close friends. A Solar Eclipse in this natal house may have new beginnings, sudden changes, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.
Solar Eclipse in the 8th house or Taurus Ascendant
The 8th house is associated with shared finances and possessions. This can include shared finances with a partner, inheritances, taxation, insurances, and loans from institutions. A solar Eclipse in this natal house may have new beginnings, sudden changes, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.
Solar Eclipse in the 9th house or Aries Ascendant
The 9th house is associated with expanding your horizons through such matters as long-distance travel, foreigners, other cultures, higher education, religion, philosophy, publishing, esoteric subjects and the law. A Solar Eclipse in this natal house may have new beginnings, sudden changes, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.
Solar Eclipse in the 10th house or Pisces Ascendant
The 10th house is associated with your career and public reputation, honors and infamy. A Solar Eclipse in this natal house may have new beginnings, sudden changes, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.
Solar Eclipse in the 11th house or Aquarius Ascendant
The 11th house is associated with groups, friends, organizations, and your hopes and dreams. A Solar Eclipse in this natal house may have new beginnings, sudden changes, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.
Solar Eclipse in the 12th house or Capricorn Ascendant
The 12th house is associated with hidden and secret matters as well as places of confinement and seclusion. This can also relate to addictions, our undoing, or illnesses. A Solar Eclipse in this natal house may have new beginnings, sudden changes, or matters related to these topics suddenly coming to light.
Sabian Symbol for the December 2020 Solar Eclipse
Sometimes it can be interesting to look at the Sabian Symbols for the Solar Eclipse.
The Sabian Symbol for this Solar Eclipse degree is 24° Sagittarius – “A bluebird standing at the door of the house”
You can read more about Sabian Symbols and this particular Sabian Degree at the Sabian Mysteries website.
Links to past Solar Eclipses
Thousands of years ago, the ancient Babylonians discovered that solar eclipses all belonged to individual groups called Saros Cycles (also called Saros Series). There are between 71 to 73 eclipses in each Saros Series and they run for approximately 1280 years.
This eclipse is part of Saros Series 4 South and the dates shown in the section below may also factor into events happening at the time of this Solar Eclipse. The previous solar eclipse in Saros Series 4 South was a Total Solar Eclipse on 4 December 2002 at 11° Sagittarius 58′.
This eclipse at 23 Sagittarius 08′ is very close to the same zodiac degree as the 14 December 2001 Annular Solar Eclipse at 22° Sagittarius 56′. That solar eclipse was part of Saros Series 3 South, as was the Annular Solar Eclipse of 26 December 2019 at 4° Capricorn 06′.
Therefore, there may be a linking of what is happening at the time of this Solar Eclipse to events that occurred in December of 2002. There may also possibly be a link to events from December 2001 and 2019.
Saros Series for the December 2020 Solar Eclipse
This solar eclipse belongs to Saros Series 4 South and is also known as Saros 142. This Saros Series started in 1624 and will run until 2904. Below is the astrology chart for the original solar eclipse in the 4 South Saros Series.
Astrology chart for the original eclipse of Saros 142
Some Eclipses in 4 South (with the Sabian Symbol) include:
1912, Oct 10 at 16° Libra 52′ – “A retired sea captain.“
1930, Oct 21 at 27° Libra 46′ – “A man in the midst of brightening influences.”
1948, Nov 1 at 08° Scorpio 43′ – “Dental work.”
1966, Nov 12 at 19° Scorpio 45′ – “Woman drawing two dark curtains aside.”
1984, Nov 22 at 00° Sagittarius 49′ – “A Grand Army of the Republic campfire.”
2002, Dec 4 at 11° Sagittarius 58′ – “A flag that turns into an eagle that crows.”
2020, Dec 14 at 23° Sagittarius 08′ – “A bluebird standing at the door of the house.”
2038, Dec 26 at 04° Capricorn 19′ – “Indians rowing a canoe and dancing a war dance.”
Possible trigger dates for the December 2020 Solar Eclipse
News or events related to the eclipse effect may reach you in the week leading up to or after the eclipse date (7 to 21 December 2020). One month before or after the eclipse date may also give some indication of the eclipses intentions (14 November 2020 to 14 January 2021).
If you have a natal planet at 22° to 24° of any sign, the times that that planet crosses over your angles (Ascendant, Descendant, IC, or MidHeaven) may bring significant news or events in relation to this eclipse.
Transiting Mars dates
Mars opposes the exact eclipse degree on 11 April 2021.
Mars squares the exact eclipse degree on 4 September 2021.
Mars conjoins the exact eclipse degree on 14 January 2022.
Transiting Saturn dates
Saturn squares the exact eclipse degree on 20 March 2025.
Saturn opposes the exact eclipse degree on 21 May 2032.