sagittarius“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts

Eclipse season started on November 10, and as we approach Thursday’s Solar Eclipse (10:21 pm PST), the pressure is high, emotions are intense, and everything is speeding up.

A Solar Eclipse, when the Moon’s shadow blocks out the light of the Sun, is a very precise and therefore uber-potent New Moon. Seeds planted and intentions set will develop over the next six months and even the next 19 years.

The Solar Eclipse is in Sagittarius — trust, expansion, adventure and risk-taking — and evokes a feeling of restlessness (and possibly recklessness). Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign that inspires the urge to break free and take a leap of faith. Use this cosmic power time to get in touch with your personal Truth, the instinctual wisdom of the body, and from this place of inner knowing commit to your highest vision for the future.

Fueling the fires of change and facilitating forward momentum, the Eclipse forms a supportive trine (120-degree angle) to Uranus the Great Awakener, planet of revolution, acceleration, innovation, reversals and chaos. Uranus’s motto is “expect the unexpected” and as circumstances shift in surprising ways, Sagittarian mutability is key — adaptability, flexibility, movement and adjustment.

Sagittarius rules The Law, the higher law of our own integrity and ethics, and the laws of society and the legal system. On the collective stage, we’re seeing the escalation of state brutality against Occupyers everywhere — an attempt, it seems, either to scare people off the streets, or incite riots as a pretext to enact martial law. Eclipses are punctuation points in the bigger story of now — humanity reclaiming its power (Uranus in Aries) and the fall of corrupt, unsustainable social systems (Pluto in Capricorn).

To get more specific about what this Eclipse means for you, find 2 degrees of Sagittarius in your birth chart. The house animated by this Eclipse reveals the areas of life where you are being called to: take the risk of acting on your instincts; renew your enthusiasm, faith and inspiration; break free from past limitations; speak and stand in your truth; and enter unfamiliar territory.

Healing the Past and Creating the Future

The Eclipse squares Chiron in Pisces, stirring up old pain that may be getting in the way of connecting with, trusting and acting on your intuition. Wounds to our instinctual, animal natures inflicted by patriarchal, religious conditioning; the implantation of disempowering belief systems; “standardized” education that aimed to civilize the wild self.

Chiron’s healing method is to simply feel, without judgment. Prayer, meditation, spending time in the wilderness — whatever helps you connect with higher consciousness and open up to a broader perspective — can bring a healing insight into these wounded places and support you in moving forward more easily.

marsMars — action, assertion, passion and desire — opposes Chiron and squares the Eclipse, challenging us to do the work to heal ourselves and bring our ideals into reality. Mars is in Virgo (November 10 – July 3), calling for focus, precision and discernment in our actions, and a one-small-step-at-a-time approach.

We’re already under the influence of Mars Retrograde, which officially begins January 23 (to April 13), turning attention to the past and suggesting that we’ve got some cleaning up and completions to take care of before moving forward. Mars Retro in Virgo wants us to pare down, simplify, improve our self-care routines and daily habits, and perfect our skills so we can be of greater service.

While the World Management Team goes all out with shadow Mars — violence, brutality, aggression, war — those of us who would prefer to channel this energy more consciously have a great opportunity. Mars is forming a Grand Trine with Jupiter in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn — three powerful planets cooperating in the pragmatic Earth signs and inspiring manifestation magic.

Small, dedicated action to the big story” is how Caroline Casey describes Mars’s trine to Jupiter. Jupiter, as the ruler of Sagittarius, is particularly potent right now, and in Taurus, we access that power by getting grounded in our bodies, living our values, and honoring the Earth. Get clear about what you want, purify your intentions, release the “stuff” (physical or otherwise) that’s in the way, and take the next practical step forward, and then the next.

mercuryMeanwhile, Mercury the Messenger — planet of communication, perception and travel — is getting ready to turn Retrograde tonight (Wednesday, 11:19 pm PST). Mercury Retro is famous for miscommunications, travel delays and technical glitches, so patience and a sense of humor can be helpful if you’re making a big Thanksgiving trek (and of course double-checking the details of your plans).

Mercury is in Sagittarius, and the higher purpose behind this Retrograde, which lasts until December 13, is to rethink your vision for the future, reconsider the bigger picture of your life, and reconnect with your inner guidance, instincts and personal Truth. Chad Woodward of Kosmic Mind writes: “If you’ve acquired a new vision or idea over the past few weeks of Mercury’s shadow, this is the perfect time to revise it, adjust it, and go deeper with it to and see how you can make it work.

Mercury turning Retrograde just before the Solar Eclipse signifies that, as we plant seeds for a powerful new beginning, we are advised to take our time clarifying what we want to grow. Even if you’re not sure right now of the exact form or shape of your vision, you can set your New Moon/Solar Eclipse intentions for how you want to FEEL, the kind of energy you want to embody. Sagittarius specifically supports gratitude, freedom, trust and generosity. The most potent times for New Moon magic are just after the Eclipse on Thursday night (10:21 pm PST) or all day Friday.

– Emily Trinkaus