(Please note that I am a sidereal neo-Vedic astrologer and my calculations are based on the sidereal zodiac, Lahiri ayanamsa, not on the tropical seasonal calendar in use by most western astrologers.)
A total eclipse will occur in Antarctica on December 4, 2021, with the maximum eclipse occurring around 7:43 AM UTC (2:43 AM EST). Parts of southern Africa, including locations in South Africa and Namibia, will see a partial solar eclipse, weather permitting. During a total eclipse of the Sun, the Moon covers the entire disk of the Sun, whereas in the partial eclipse, the Moon will only cover part of the Sun. For more information and to find the time of the eclipse in your area, check out this article on Time and Date.
An eclipse, whether visible or not, affects the entire world, and may especially impact the health and/or life of people born with the Sun in the same sign and nakshatra of the eclipsed Sun, which in this case is sidereal Scorpio (those born from November 16 to December 16), and Jyestha nakshatra (which occurs from around December 2 to 16, from 16 degrees 40 minutes to 30 degrees of Scorpio).
Please keep in mind that spiritual practice can be particularly significant during the actual time of an eclipse, when the positive benefits will be magnified many times over. However, according to classical Muhurta (elective astrology), a full eclipse is one of the 21 mahadoshas, astrological detriments to be avoided in the selection of starting anything important, meaning something of worldly value that you want to create for long-term benefit, progress, success, profit, and happiness, such as a marriage, making a significant purchase, moving into a new home, starting a new course of study, or a business, engagement, etc.
The general rule is that you should not use the day of the eclipse, three days before, and 3-7 days afterward to set these sorts of things into motion, if you can avoid it. If you cannot avoid it, you should consult with a Jyotishi (Vedic astrologer) to help you find some workaround times. Additionally, in the northern hemisphere, this is also not a good time of year for starting anything new that you want to be of worldly value in the weeks leading up to the Uttarayana, and especially not the three days before and after, from Dec. 18-24 around the winter solstice.
A solar eclipse occurs at the New Moon (Sun-Moon conjunction), so both the Sun and Moon will be conjoined in Scorpio constellation and the asterism of Jyestha nakshatra. The Moon’s South Node (Ketu) is causing the eclipse. Mercury, which is the ruler of Jyestha nakshatra, is also eclipsed in conjunction with the Sun and Moon in this eclipse, adding more impact.
This astrocartography map above shows where the eclipse energies will be angular (strong, prominent) around the world, as with the eclipse lines falling close to the IC (homeland point) in western North America; and on the MC (upper meridian) in the Middle East, Central Asia, and parts of Russia; and rising in parts of Europe, Russian, East Africa, and south of South America; and setting in parts of Russia and Asia, and in New Zealand.
You can also see where the eclipse will actually occur as a total eclipse in Antarctica (see the red line in far right bottom corner), and partial eclipse in other areas. Note that the partial eclipse occurs in southern Africa which has been in the news in recent days due to an extreme global response and new travel ban over the announcement of yet another alleged “covid” mutation with a bizarre name called Omicron. Some of us wonder what the real issue is behind the ongoing tyrannization over new strains anyway, as flu viruses have always mutated like this.
I say “flu” and not “covid” based on what I first learned from the esteemed German doctor Wolfgang Wodarg almost two years ago in his video about this subject. He said that every year there are about 100 viruses that contribute to seasonal respiratory illnesses, and of those 5-14% are always coronaviruses (and they are all always mutating).
Yet, eclipses often represent fear mongering, obfuscation of facts, and inflated, overstated, and melodramatic events like this one which has been called a “storm in a teacup” by the chairwoman of the South African Medical Association, who is on record as saying, “We think it is a premature decision that has been taken; I think it is a hasty decision.”
An eclipse is like a spotlight shining on a certain area of the zodiac. If it aspects planets or other sensitive points in the astrological chart of an individual, country, or other entity, the matters relating to that planet will be highlighted for some period of time going backward and forward. Eclipses often point to revelations as well as dramatic changes occurring in our lives and in the world at large. As to the latter, eclipses are considered very important as markers for collective events in mundane (world) astrology.
Because the new Moon blocks the Sun’s light during a solar eclipse, a solar eclipse can activate a drop in vitality. Solar eclipses can also reveal hidden truths that allow us to see what is blocking us, and the months preceding and following a solar eclipse are a time for letting go of anything in our lives that hinders our growth by no longer benefiting our active solar vitality.
Eclipses occur in families that are designated by their “Saros Number.” This idea came from the ancient Babylonian astrologers who observed that eclipses occur in families that link together the eclipses that happen every 18+ years and which carry certain similar themes. These families evolve over cycles that last many centuries (10-15), comprising 80 eclipses in a series. Tracking these cycles is a very specific area of astrological research, but I personally have not done much research in this topic.
The December 4 eclipse is a member of Saros 152, which began with a partial solar eclipse in Antarctica on July 26, 1805, and will end at # 70 in a partial eclipse on August 20, 3049. On July 26, the day of the initial eclipse of Saros 152 in 1805, an earthquake killed close to 6000 people in Southern Italy. The last time we had a Saros 152 eclipse was in November 2003, around the time of two mass-casualty terror events in Turkey. So this family of eclipses may carry the theme of some precariousness within it.
The eclipses have been occurring in Scorpio since late 2020, after the lunar nodes transited into the Taurus-Scorpio axis in September 2020. We had another solar eclipse in Jyestha nakshatra last December 14, 2020.
The lunar nodes will move away from Taurus-Scorpio and into Aries-Libra next April 2022, so that the next set of eclipses will occur as follows: On April 30, 2022, there will be a solar partial eclipse with Rahu, Sun, and Moon in Aries; and on May 15-16, a total lunar eclipse will occur, with the Moon at 1 degree of sidereal Scorpio and Ketu at 28 degree of Libra. For the next year-and-a-half afterward, the eclipses will occur in the constellations of Aries and Libra.
The current Scorpio-Jyestha nakshatra eclipse is very similar to the one we had last December 14, 2020, but this current one occurs earlier in longitudinal degrees than last year’s. A Scorpio/Jyestha eclipse can trigger hidden attacks and political battles. It also can activate our desire for freedom, and awakens our need to rise above danger and confront dark forces. Jyestha’s shakti is the “sense of arriving,” which refers to competition, fair play, justice, and the balancing of karma. Ruled by the great warrior Lord Indra, Jyestha nakshatra can entail schemes, plots, and power plays enacted through totalitarian control.
Jyestha is the nakshatra of secrets and mysteries as well as fear and illusion. Mercury as the ruler of Jyestha will also be eclipsed with the Sun and Moon, and this suggests sensationalism, deception, and misuse of power by authoritarian forces which comprise governmental leaders and organizations as well as mainstream media propaganda outlets. In the US, much of this will play out through ongoing information warfare being waged against the people, as the current eclipse occurs in the 3rd house of the actual Washington DC eclipse chart, which represents public relations, news and social media, and disinformation campaigns.
The time before when we had an eclipse very similar to the 2020 and 2021 Scorpio eclipses was on December 4, 2002. The Sun and Moon were at the same degree as in the current eclipse, and Mercury was also involved in conjunction, and it was a Ketu eclipse, as well.
Ketu solar eclipses, especially in Scorpio, often point to collective karmic events that involve mass hysteria, turmoil, and delusion.The energy is exhausting for some of us who feel pushed to the brink and forced to sift through and understand what is true and what is not true. Our identity, both individually and collectively, is going through a huge transformative process, especially with eclipses in Scorpio, the sign that represents the darkest underbelly of life, power struggles and the battles we have to go through, and the process of death and rebirth.
Not only that, but this current eclipse and the one in December 2002 occur with the luminaries (Sun-Moon) conjoined the fixed star Antares, a flaming red binary star located in the heart of the Scorpion. Antares is the 15th brightest star in the sky, with a diameter 700 times the size of our Sun. Its longitude is at 15 degrees and 54 minutes sidereal Scorpio, so it is within an effective 2-degree orb of the eclipsed degree in Scorpio at around 18 degrees.
Antares means the “Rival of Mars,” and its nature is like that of Mars: impulsive, volatile, aggressive, and noxious, especially when it is eclipsed by Ketu, the Moon’s South Node, which also acts like both Mars and Antares, so in this eclipse, it’s a bit of a “triple threat.” The first-century Roman astrologer Manilius described this energy quite succinctly: “By virtue of its tail armed with its powerful sting, the Scorpion creates natures ardent for war…which rejoice in plenteous bloodshed and in carnage more than in plunder.” Yes, Antares can indicate poison, aggression, passion, pride, revenge, and eruptions of violence, but in its higher expression can also represent great strength and strategic success.
The Antares eclipse triggers fear of epidemic infectious diseases; as well as rebellious and destructive forces battling against authority. It is also associated with issues of personal as well as national and international security; terror attacks; economic upheaval, political uprisings, and assassinations; and disasters, including air disasters, major floods, seismic events, mining disasters, and storms. As transiting Mars crosses the eclipse points throughout the month of December, potentially activating dangerous or troubling events, we really do need to be extra cautious and spiritually mindful.
Some of the events that occurred around the similar December 2002 Antares eclipse include:
- Establishment of the Homeland Security Act, the largest government reorganization since the National Security Act in 1947
- Establishment of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act
- Mombasa terror attacks
- United Airlines bankruptcy filing
- Israeli-Palestinian conflict
- Venezuela uprising
- A major snowstorm in Utah; a typhoon in Guam; cyclone in the SW Pacific; ice storm in North Carolina; extreme cold wave in North India and Bangladesh; several air disasters; wildfires in Australia; and a coal mining disaster in China, and so on
Eclipses can awaken profound new insights, and bring certain truths to light, but also may suggest upheaval and reversals, and on a personal level some of us may be feeling very insecure at this time, so our spiritual practices are especially important now and in the coming weeks. In my experience, mantras recited to the fierce feminine deities like Kali, Durga, Dhumavati, or Baglamukhi are particularly helpful to appease these very intense eclipse energies…or just simply, mantra and prayer to Sri Durga Mata: Om Dum Durgayei Swaha!