Total Eclipse in Sagittarius--the Sign of Beliefs

What does this week's solar eclipse hold for you?

This Sunday, November 23, we will experience a total solar eclipse at the first degree of Sagittarius, the sign ruling religion, philosophy, law, ethics, morality, the higher mind, universities, long-range vision, distant travel, tall tales, literature, foreign countries and cultures, politics, publishing, journalism, media, and the search for truth and meaning in our lives.


Long winded, yes, but Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius is BIG.

It literally says: What's the big idea?

As the largest planet in our solar system, it has volumes to teach if we will just listen. It's no surprise that some of our greatest storytellers (Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson), singers (Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, Bette Midler), comics and satirists (Richard Pryor, Jon Stewart, Margaret Cho), and filmmakers (Steven Spielberg, Gillian Armstrong, and Woody Allen) are born under Sagittarius.

So what does this eclipse mean?

Eclipses follow a nineteen-year cyclic pattern. They occur twice a year: one solar and one lunar eclipse per season, with occasional exceptions. In ancient times, as well as in modern times, eclipses foretold of the birth or death of a Monarch (Prince William was born on one and his mother, Princess Diana, died on one), and the end or beginning of an era.


Powerful and magical, a solar eclipse literally and symbolically burns a hole in the sky while suggesting an: `Out with the old, in with the new' kind of energy in the sign in which it takes place. Its effects can impact us for several years.

Astrologically, it points to where, in your horoscope, a release and revitalization is due and depending on the exact degree of the eclipse, how powerful it will be in your horoscope.*

At first glance, the coming eclipse on Sunday in the free-wheeling, ride-`em cowboy sign of Sagittarius, seems to be easy and fun, a kind of no-brainer due to the joyful quality of Sagittarius. But a closer examination reveals much more, and the square from Mars to Pluto, opposing Jupiter demands that we define exactly on what philosophy we are basing our existence and why.

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Shelley L. Ackerman
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