Planetary Change: New Moon and Eclipse

The New Moon appears on Monday, December 14 at 11:16 am, and it’s accompanied by a solar eclipse that begins at 11:38 am ET. Eclipses bring change along with a feeling of a “reset”; it’s helpful to meditate before an eclipse and think about positive events and a place of higher consciousness. (Also, it’s okay to feel out of balance for a day or two after the eclipse. It can take time to readjust.)

The New Moon marks the beginning of a new cycle of energy, making it a good time for inner contemplation. The chart focuses on aspirations, dreams, and manifestations, but there is a significant emphasis on moving through illusion (Neptune) and finding the inner strength to move through karma (Saturn.) Many of the planets are placed in fire, which can bring spiritual inspiration or a flare of emotion. Sun, Moon, and Mercury sit in Sagittarius, a fire sign that symbolizes the “quest”, courage, frankness, and impatience. Sagittarius is a mutable sign and can move into many—sometimes too many—directions at once.

The challenge of the New Moon chart lies in remaining optimistic while seeing the truth about others and life. On a larger scale, we may love people or our country—for example—but it’s necessary to look at problems while finding solutions.  These are not easy solutions; these are the type of answers that come from soul searching and inner work—and are rooted in personal growth.

The Galactic Center, which is believed to be the source of light and love in our universe, is on Sagittarius 28, and Sun (life), Moon (emotions), and Mercury (communications) are conjunct (close) to this point, amplifying the love and light that we feel on a daily basis—and particularly during the period of the New Moon. (We receive this gift of light every year around the time of the winter solstice.)

Sun (life), Moon (emotions), and Mercury (thought/communications) are conjunct (close) in Sagittarius, a fire sign symbolized by the archer. The sign of Sagittarius tends to expand optimism, desire for adventure and the quest, and give focus with the spiritual quest. With Sun and Moon conjunct Mercury (thought), clear expression and communication are heightened. (It’s a wonderful time to say how we feel and express deeper thoughts.)

Sun (life), Moon (emotions), and Mercury (thought) trine (harmonious) Mars (overall energy in life) The trine increases our focus, intent, and ability to work through tasks, exercise, and improve our lives.  (Mars was in retrograde for 2 ½ months. We are now feeling its direct motion, which is energizing on many levels.)

Sun (outer life), Moon (inner life) and Mercury (thought, communication) square Neptune (illusion, mysticism). Squares cause tension between two sets of thoughts and inclinations; they are not comfortable. This square demands a different kind of spirituality, which is not related to personal adherence to the role of light worker. It demands “real” work and sifting through illusion to find universal truth.

Venus (love, feminine) sextiles Jupiter (expansion) and Saturn (limitation, karma). Venus sextile Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) is a lovely combination of good fortune and love, bringing pleasant feelings creativity, positive energy and self-expression. Venus sextile Saturn increases the desire for companionship and feelings of love, particularly serious and long-term relationships. Venus trine Chiron (wounded healer) bestows the opportunity to heal wounds associated with love and the perception of love.

Mars (male, energy) squares Jupiter (expansion), Saturn (limitation), and Pluto (underworld, transformation, collective energy), which is responsible for much of anger and tension in the past few months. (It will alter its position in mid-January.) Squares with Mars create a frustrated warrior who doesn’t know where to swing his sword or hold his shield—so he turns in circles without releasing the building energy, which leads to frustration and anger. (Everyone feels these energies, and it’s necessary to deal with them for another 4-5 weeks.)


The Great Conjunction

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) conjuncts (close) Saturn (limitation, karma) in Capricorn; both planets will move into Aquarius on December 21, heralding a period of change. It’s an aspect, which has not occurred for 800 years. Jupiter conjunct Saturn brings a positive period of time and growth, particularly if our desires to grow and experience more of life are aligned with practical sense and long-term efforts. It’s a positive time to make changes in life. (There is also the possibility of creating a new structure for the needs of many.)

The sign of Aquarius is about humanitarian values, equality, and humanitarian efforts. This aspect will be present throughout 2021 as well as the square with Uranus, which make life changeable and somewhat unstable. However, it also opens our consciousness to the quantum field.

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) and Saturn (limitation and karma) square Uranus (sudden change, quantum field).  Jupiter square Uranus can lead to original ideas, new perspectives, visionary ability, and humanitarian reforms. Patience, dedication, and discipline are necessary to put new ideas into form. It can also favor new forms of healing through light, sound, and other innovative methods.

Saturn rules restrictions, limitation, control, government obligations, and economy. We may feel or see conflict in accepting Aquarian ideals and/or making changes on a larger level. Overall, it is a limiting force, which may affect stocks and investments. (As Aquarius rules the group and the individual within the group, it’s wise for light workers to envision a more positive, stable world with harmonious change to offset the Saturn/Uranus influence.)

Jupiter (expansion) and Saturn (limitation) remain conjunct Pluto (subconscious, collective, transformation), and the limiting aspects of the past year stay in place for another month or two.


  • For a positive change, there is optimism, energy, and light in the forecast. While it’s lovely, it’s also important to remain intent about our spiritual work and personal quests.
  • Eclipses can feel unsettling. Use the energy to focus on what you want to create in your life.
  • Sun, Moon, Mercury square Neptune (illusion, mysticism). This aspect may cause feelings of tiredness or laziness, but we’re also receiving inspiration from the Divine. It’s a personal decision to give into the desire to relax and dream—or use the planetary energy to move into deeper meditation and the realization of our spiritual quest. Aspects with Neptune expand our intuition ability and perception of the unseen world if we tune into the energy.
  • Venus has beautiful aspects, making it easier to express and receive love. Her trine with Chiron (wounded healer) can help in realizing limited beliefs, which are associated with love.
  • Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Aquarius is obviously important as it’s visible on the winter solstice, and we’ll feel its influence throughout the year. (This aspect last occurred in 1200, and the planets are in a different placement.


Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.

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