Somehow, we’ve made our way to the final months of 2020. Although the unprecedented circumstances will surely trickle into the new calendar year (we’ve made it perfectly clear that we’re over the global pandemic, but the virus itself isn’t taking the hint!), 2021 seems—perhaps even metaphorically—like the light at the end of the tunnel.
But before you get too excited, we still have a few intense weeks to get through this year, and they will—undoubtedly—be some of the most intense yet. The pressure has been building and now, the final eclipses of 2020 will occur on November 30 and December 14. If you’re wondering what this means, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Below, everything you need to know about the last two 2020 eclipses. Let’s get into it!
Wtf is an eclipse?
Among all the planets and celestial bodies we track in astrology, the Sun and Moon (collectively referred to as the “luminaries”) are certainly the most visible. In astrology, the Sun is associated with ego, identity, and external realities, while the Moon is associated with our emotional inner world. Like our feels, the Moon is complex, intense, and constantly evolving.
We know the Earth moves around the Sun, and the Moon moves around the Earth, following its own ecliptic. Like a spinning top, the Moon's orbit twirls on a slight pivot—which means that the Moon occasionally reaches the upper and lower boundaries (referred to as the “lunar nodes”) of its rotation. When the Moon hits these lunar nodes, it aligns perfectly with the Sun and Earth, resulting in solar and lunar eclipses.
Eclipses always travel in pairs. Solar eclipses correspond with the New Moon. They occur when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth and—from our POV on Earth—temporarily obstructs the Sun. Lunar eclipses occur during the Full Moon. They occur when the Earth wedges itself between the Sun and Moon, casting a dark, tawny red shadow (known as the “umbra”) over the Moon. This is why lunar eclipses are often referred to as “Blood Moons.” Spooky!
What do eclipses even do?
The Moon’s lunar nodes are embedded with deep mythology. Referred to as the South and North Nodes, these points are associated with destiny, purpose, and even past lives. The Nodes are always directly opposite each other, forming an electrical connection between where you’ve been (South Node) and where you’re going (North Node). Eclipses occur on these lunar nodes, launching major transformation in virtually every aspect of life. You know, casual stuff!
So, it should come as no surprise that eclipses are quite…dramatic. They often correspond with major, abrupt changes. Whatever you were putting off tomorrow (whether it’s professing your true feelings to your crush, quitting your job, or moving out) will be suddenly expedited in a major way. Eclipses definitely raise the stakes, but it’s important to remember that eclipses speed up the inevitable. Anything that happens during an eclipse would have happened eventually—eclipses simply accelerate the timeline.
Against the backdrop of so many unanticipated shifts, it may feel like the eclipses are wreaking havoc on your life, but they’re simply pushing you towards your destiny. They are working in your favor! Any endings (whether professional, romantic, interpersonal, or even emotional) that occur during eclipse season are helping clear space for exciting new opportunities. See, it’s not so scary…(*gulp*) right?
What's the deal with these eclipses?
There’s no doubt that this Christmas season is already different. The eclipses will certainly be dialing up the drama, serving up a lunar eclipse in Gemini on November 30 followed by a solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 14.
Eclipses are part of ongoing narratives, so these eclipses correspond with the lunar eclipse in Sagittarius that occurred on June 5. Think back to what was going on in your life in June: What were you doing? How were you experiencing it? And, most importantly, what have you learned since then? Gemini is all about social details, while Sagittarius is defined through philosophical expansion—so don’t be surprised if there are major changes with the way you absorb and disseminate information in these next few weeks.
If you feel like you’re not exactly where you need to be, don’t fret! The Gemini-Sagittarius eclipse series is still in its early days. This narrative will continue to unfold until the end of 2021 (future eclipses on this axis are May 26, 2021; June 10, 2021; and December 4, 2021). There’s still plenty more to go!
Will I be affected? What should I do to prepare?
Your personal astrology is a 360-degree wheel that contains the entire sky, including Gemini and Sagittarius. So even if you don’t have any personal planets or placements on this axis, these eclipses will still activate your birth chart. Translation: Everyone will be affected by these powerful lunations!
Since the Gemini-Sagittarius eclipse story is still just starting out, I suggest dedicating a journal specifically to your cosmic growth. If you haven’t started already, be sure to carve out time to reflect on the Sagittarius lunar eclipse that occurred on June 5. Next, you can explore November and December's eclipses in real time, noting what’s really going on in your life as well as how you feel about these situations. Be sure to also include your future hopes, dreams, and wishes. Although it’s not advisable to do any manifestation during eclipses (the cosmic energy is far too volatile), this is an excellent time to track your personal development. That way by the time this cycle ends in December 2021, you can appreciate your growth.
Although eclipses may make things extra extra, don’t forget that when it comes to astrology, growth is a beautiful thing. Yes, everything will be flipped on its head, but that’s alright! Embrace the shift in perspective. You got this!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.