Eclipses: Harbingers of change

Eclipses: Harbingers of change

by Celeste Brooks

The Sun symbolizes our outward expression and the Moon our subconscious needs. The Sun emits light and the Moon reflects it. Each month, our luminaries embrace in a different sign at the New Moon. The sky is dark as they whisper secrets to each other. Our conscious and unconscious minds have an opportunity to harmonize on their mutual desires. The light grows during the waxing phases and we begin to take action, make choices and drive to fulfill the aspirations set in motion.  At the Full Moon, they oppose each other at the maximum distance apart. We gain perspective, celebrate wins and release what no longer serves us.  As the light wanes we course correct and begin to seek new experiences. The conversation evolves as the zodiac signs change and the lights excite the different houses of our natal chart. 

Eclipses are intensified New and Full Moons. When these lunations activate our natal charts especially when near planets or angles, unexpected beginnings and surprise endings occur.  We feel an internal push that leads to life changing decisions or are impacted by the choices of others. 

The lunar nodes are two invisible points where the paths of the Sun and Moon around the Earth intersect. They are always at the same degree in opposing signs and represent our soul’s journey. These points travel through the zodiac in reverse and change signs every 18 months.  The collective will experience events that highlight the characteristics of the signs. We fare best when we learn and implement the positive traits of north node’s sign.  The shadow side of the south node’s sign is what we need to leave behind.  Eclipses happen when lunations are near these destiny points. Fated world events are often set into motion.

Since May 4, 2020 and until January 18, 2022, the north node transits fact gathering Gemini and the south, philisophical Sagittarius. We are all called to cultivate a beginner mindset, educate ourselves and take in new data. For success, releasing outdated and entrenched dogma is required.  

Sagittarius rules the law, police, and ideology. Racism, vigilantism, and police brutality are shadows. George Floyd’s murder by a police officer and the chaotic events that followed coincided with the first eclipse of this nodal transit.  During the final eclipse season, the US will deal with the verdict’s from two highly publicized and racially charged murder trials. Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen who traveled to BLM protests and killed two people in Wisconsin will learn his fate soon. As will the two men who hunted down and killed unarmed Ahmaud Arbery, a black man they suspected of theft.

Eclipse season occurs twice a year and lasts for 31 – 37 days. During this time emotions can run high. Get enough sleep, eat healthfully, exercise and practice grounding activities to manage the energy. Most importantly, stay present with what you and society are experiencing.

When the New Moon is within 18º of the north or south node, we have a Solar Eclipse. In this alignment, the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth. In essence the Sun’s light is eclipsed and cut off from us.  When the transmission returns, something has changed and what was before is no longer. There are typically 2 and up to 5 solar eclipses annually. The next one is at 12º Sagittarius is on December 3rd at 11:42pm PT.

Lunar eclipses

happen when the opposing luminaries are each within 12º of a node during a full moon.  The Earth lines up between them, blocks the Sun’s light and casts a shadow on the Moon.  There are usually 1 to 3 in a year. The next on is at 27º Taurus on November 19th at 12:57am PT. 

Check your natal chart for the house locations of 12º Sagittarius and 27º Taurus.

You may make decisions or experience unexpected events related to the topics of the relevant houses. Some people will receive marriage proposals, pregnancy news, find a new house, land that ideal job or move across country.  Others will undergo jarring losses.

Whether they impact your life like a drizzly day, bring the pot at the end of the rainbow or an upending tsunami, we are all called to consider the karmic push of the lunar nodes. What have you learned about the Gemini/ Sagittarius axis of information during the last year and a half? How has the experience of these themes enriched your life?

Celeste Brooks is the Founder and Principal Astrologer at Astrology by Celeste LLC. Before transitioning into astrology full-time, she had a successful sales and marketing career at Fortune 500 companies spanning over 25 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley and an M.B.A. from St. Mary’s College.

Understanding her celestial design unlocked the mysteries of her personality, deepened her relationships with others, and provided a beacon for her life’s purpose. Since living in sync with the celestial cycles, she is happier, healthier, and manifested early retirement from her corporate career. 

Celeste feels a calling to guide others on their paths. Her offerings include personal readings, cosmic business coaching, group events, and classes. Follow her on Instagram and YouTube @astrologybyceleste.  Her website is

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