Partial Solar Eclipse in Capricorn 5/6 January 2019 – take control of your ambitions


Happy New Year! Well January starts with the first eclipse season of the year, and in a new sign, with the New Moon and Partial Solar Eclipse falling at 15°25′ of the sign of Capricorn, on 6 January 2019 at 12:28 pm, Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time or AEDT (Sydney/Melbourne time). In other parts of the world, it falls on 5 January 2018 at 5:28 pm in Los Angeles, 5 January at 8:28 pm in New York, and on 6 January at 1:28 am in London.

A Solar Eclipse is an intensified New Moon and heralds a new personal, emotional cycle. It is a time of new opportunities and beginnings. Since this New Moon Eclipse takes place in the responsible, ambitious, serious, Earthy sign of Capricorn, it is timely to reassess what you really value in terms of material success, setting in place long-term, practical, realistic plans in a time-measured and controlled way. If you are not happy with current strategies in your professional life, take stock and ask what lessons you can learn from the situation. Set new objectives, and take steps toward committing to your priorities in order to make progress on your new path.

Eclipse conjunct Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn:

The eclipse is conjunct Capricorn’s ruling planet Saturn at 11°58′ and Pluto at 20°44′ of Capricorn. This is a powerful combination representing realism, rules, rigidity, convention, tradition and even pessimism (Saturn) and meeting the ‘shadow’ to uncover and excavate that which needs to be brought to light for potential elimination. Both Saturn and Pluto represent control both emotional (Pluto) and material (Saturn). Where do we need to take control of our lives, what areas of control do we need to let go of? Where do we need to set limits and boundaries on our time, learning our lessons in the process. This configuration is reinforced by the South Node point’s retrograde motion through Capricorn – releasing where we’ve been, and, at a global level, peeling off outworn organisations, corporations and government hierarchies, especially those having their ‘shadow’ side unearthed.

Where this partial Solar Eclipse falls in your chart by house (area of life) over the next 6 months will indicate the area where there may be a new beginning for you:

1st house: A new self-image and being more serious when reaching out into the world. Increased self-sufficiency and independence.

2nd house: Managing physical resources more conservatively, frugality when purchasing material items, spending money on things that are practical. Learning about our innate skills and talents, and what is of value to us.

3rd house: Being more reserved about our ideas, the way we think, our communication patterns. Taking a course which could lead to a career, changes in neighbourhood and more short trips due to work commitments, contraction in a sibling relationship.

4th house: Home – downsizing the home environment, renovations, need for tradition, and a secure place to belong.

5th house: Turning a hobby or area of creative self-expression into a career, becoming more responsible for children, teaching children, committing to taking courses in art, drama.

6th house: More responsibility in day-to-day work and routines, fewer colleagues in your team. Health – could be related to structures in our body – teeth, bones.

7th house: More commitment in relationships. If single, possibility of a new relationship with an older, more mature person.

8th house: Guardedness in emotional intimacy. Issues may arise around the areas of death, inheritances, wills, legal issues with joint property or other shared resources.

9th house: Travel or move overseas for career, higher learning (university, religion, philosophies) to improve status and position.

10th house: Promotion in career and social position, more authority and leadership, new career move, improved public standing, productivity in your vocation. Workplace may contract – closure of office branches for example.

11th house: Increased duties as part of a group or community. Friendships and your social circle may decrease in size, become more autocrat, controlled or ordered.

12th house: Structure connections with the inner self. Start a meditation routine, study tarot or the metaphysical realm. Resolve ancestral issues.

The next lunation is a Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo on 21 January 2019 – the last one for the series!

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