May 26, 2021 – Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius

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We start the first eclipse season of 2021 with a lunar eclipse in Sagittarius. This full moon goes to eleven as it ushers in plot twists and surprise endings related to our understanding of the world around us, what we think we know and understand, and where we are completely clueless. Where we see these plot twists & endings depends on where the eclipse occurs in our natal chart.

In 2021, we will have eclipses in Gemini, Sagittarius, and Taurus:

May 26, 2021 – Lunar Eclipse at 5 degrees Sagittarius

June 10, 2021 – Solar Eclipse at 19 degrees Gemini

November 19, 2021 – Lunar Eclipse at 27 degrees Taurus

December 4, 2021 – Solar Eclipse at 12 degrees Sagittarius

During last year’s eclipse season, I wrote about themes for the eclipses:

For the Gemini-Sagittarius axis, the themes are about knowledge and how we use it: are we gathering lots of information for later study and reference (Gemini) or are we synthesizing all that we’ve learned to bring about change (Sagittarius)?

We’ve learned a lot since the December 14, 2020 Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius – but how much of that knowledge is beneficial for our growth? It’s graduation season for many in the USA; are we ready to graduate, armed with all the lessons we’ve learned?

Let’s take a look at the Gemini-Sagittarius opposition to understand how these signs relate to each other.

Gemini – Sagittarius: The Quest for Knowledge

My grandfather once told me, “There are two types of people in this world: those who paint with a big brush and those who paint with a little brush. I’m not saying one is better than the other, though. You need both kinds of people.” That’s an apt description for the Gemini-Sagittarius axis: Gemini is adding in all the details on a smaller canvas with its little brush, while Sagittarius is creating broad, sweeping strokes with its big brush. Who makes the better painting? Depends on who you ask, but the reality is we need both kinds of people, like Grandpa said.

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Both signs are thirsty for knowledge, often insatiably curious about people, life, the world. Gemini seeks out information from a wide variety of sources and may struggle to parse out what’s actually of value. Sagittarius gathers information from multiple sources as well, but has the experience to know what’s worthy of further study.

While traditional astrology links Gemini to “lower mind” and Sagittarius to “higher mind”, it’s not suggesting that Sagittarius is the more intelligent sign. I find it helpful to equate Gemini to a 4- or 5-year-old who’s constantly asking questions, observing the world around them and formulating beliefs based on those observations. Sagittarius is the college graduate who has gleaned enough knowledge to know that not everything they believed as a little kid is actually true.

As a Gemini rising with a stellium in Sagittarius (meaning 3 planets in a single sign), I love these two signs and find them incredibly fascinating for their versatility, breadth of knowledge & skills, and sense of humor. I could write about these opposing signs for days. But I digress – which is oh so very Gemini-Sagittarius!

Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius

With this lunar eclipse in Sagittarius, we have permission to step back from our masterpiece and assess our work. Did we paint with a little brush when we should have picked up the big brush? Or vice versa? Stepping away from the painting metaphor for a moment (is it obvious I really love this metaphor?!), can we review and synthesize all the information we’ve gathered?

If you have your Sun, Moon, or Rising in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces (especially those with placements between 1-10 degrees of those signs), these last few days may have been particularly challenging. The world is opening up again after more than a year of restrictions, and in that time we’ve learned a lot about ourselves, our communities, our deepest fears & insecurities – and our greatest hopes & dreams.

If you know your rising sign, here’s a rundown of where you may have been gathering information over the last 5-6 months, and where you need to synthesize the lessons you’ve learned.

      • Aries Rising – personal philosophy, spirituality and beliefs; higher education
      • Taurus Rising – regeneration, transformation, death
      • Gemini Rising – relationships and partnerships
      • Cancer Rising – work and work environment, service, health
      • Leo Rising – creativity & creative pursuits, children, where you find & seek pleasure
      • Virgo Rising – home, family life, your past, ancestors
      • Libra Rising – communication skills & tools for communicating with others, sibling relationships, short trips
      • Scorpio Rising – finances, material possessions, self-esteem
      • Sagittarius Rising – physical appearance, self-awareness
      • Capricorn Rising – subconscious thoughts & feelings, karmic debts
      • Aquarius Rising – friends and social groups, hopes, goals
      • Pisces Rising – career, fame, reputation

You can also read that list for your Sun sign, which would also be impacted, though maybe not as strongly. (Not sure about your rising sign? Visit https://chart.chaninicholas.com/ to generate your natal chart for free using whole sign houses.)

May this lunar eclipse provide you with some fascinating insights on the knowledge you’ve gathered and how to use that knowledge to drive you to become your best self.

December 14, 2020 – Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius

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We close out the final eclipse season of 2020 with a solar eclipse in Sagittarius. This high-octane new moon ushers in big changes and new beginnings – in some cases, those changes may be quite dramatic. Where we see these changes & new beginnings depends on where the eclipse occurs in our natal chart.

In 2020, we had eclipses in Gemini and Sagittarius and in Cancer and Capricorn:

June 5, 2020 – Lunar Eclipse at 15 degrees Sagittarius
June 21, 2020 – Solar Eclipse at 0 degrees Cancer
July 5, 2020 – Lunar Eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn
November 30, 2020 – Lunar Eclipse at 8 degrees Gemini
December 14, 2020 – Solar Eclipse at 23 degrees Sagittarius

Along the Cancer-Capricorn axis, we see themes related to building solid foundations whether at home (Cancer) or in career (Capricorn). For the Gemini-Sagittarius axis, the themes are about knowledge and how we use it: are we gathering lots of information for later study and reference (Gemini) or are we synthesizing all that we’ve learned to bring about change (Sagittarius)?

With this solar eclipse in Sagittarius, we’re looking at the big picture and discovering the areas where we want to bring about change. We’re taking all that information we’ve gathered since the June 5 Lunar Eclipse and piecing it together, letting the Sagittarius Moon inspire our process.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, meaning that it exhibits the energetic, adventurous qualities found in the fire element, but is more changeable and unpredictable. Mutable signs rule the time of year when the seasons are shifting: when the Sun is in Sagittarius in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s not quite autumn anymore, but it’s not quite winter, either.

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It’s fitting, then, that the sign of Sagittarius is represented by the centaur: he’s half-man, half-horse. His interests & skills cover everything from studying philosophy and religion to going on adventures all over the world. He’s skilled in archery – hence the arrow glyph for the sign – yet also has a warm, generous side.

Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of luck and optimism, Sagittarius has a reputation of being a party sign. They dream big, think big, and play big. If you’ve ever known a Sagittarius, you’ve probably seen their expansive, gregarious nature at work. The Sagittarians I know personally are very intelligent people in search of big, deep truths – and also well-crafted cocktails.

Jeff Bridges is a Sagittarius and one of his best known roles was as The Dude in The Big Lebowski – the quintessential Sagittarian in his love of a white Russian cocktail and being at peace with everything in his life, even when things get tough.

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Miley Cyrus’s song “Midnight Sky” captures her own Sagittarian mindset: the desire for freedom and the need to aim high.

Moon in Sagittarius

When the Moon is in Sagittarius, it embraces a more ebullient nature: it’s cheerful and optimistic, and feels best when it’s going out and exploring the world. Because the Moon is influenced by the mutable energy of Sagittarius, it will adapt to whatever comes its way, but if it feels constricted or bound to routines, it will escape – whether literal or figurative.

If you have your Sun, Moon, or Rising in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, these last couple of days may have been particularly challenging, especially as many areas in the United States are enforcing new restrictions in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. But if we channel that adaptability of the Sagittarius Moon, we can find escape through studying something new (like astrology, world religions, or philosophy) or watching documentaries on topics we are passionate about: climate change, immigration reform, LGBTQ rights, dismantling systemic racism.

If you know your rising sign, here’s a rundown of what aspects of your life the Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius will be affecting:

    • Aries Rising – personal philosophy, spirituality and beliefs; higher education
    • Taurus Rising – regeneration, transformation, death
    • Gemini Rising – relationships and partnerships (romantic, business, platonic)
    • Cancer Rising – work and work environment, service, health
    • Leo Rising – creativity & creative pursuits, children, where you find & seek pleasure
    • Virgo Rising – home, family life, your past, ancestors
    • Libra Rising – communication skills & tools for communicating with others, sibling relationships, short trips
    • Scorpio Rising – finances, material possessions, self-esteem
    • Sagittarius Rising – physical appearance, self-awareness
    • Capricorn Rising – subconscious thoughts & feelings, karmic debts
    • Aquarius Rising – friends and social groups, hopes, goals
    • Pisces Rising – career, fame, reputation

You can also read that list for your Sun sign, which would also be impacted, though maybe not as strongly. (Not sure about your rising sign? Visit https://chart.chaninicholas.com/ to generate your natal chart for free.)
Some questions to consider over the next couple of days:

    • Where do I want to see changes in my life?
    • What changes do I want to see in my community? What can I do to help with that process?
    • How have I changed over the last 6 months?

You may find it helpful to journal about these questions, or perhaps use them as a starting point for a Tarot or oracle card reading. If you are considering some ritual work during the solar eclipse, this article has some very helpful suggestions.

Here’s to being open and adaptable during this solar eclipse, and to discovering how we can embrace change on personal and global levels.