This month’s Solar Eclipse brings ambition, transformation, and a hint of magic to the cosmic forecast. A Capricorn stellium with a sextile from Neptune and opposing North Node in Cancer bestows a strong foundation for enterprise, with a reminder that love needs a part somewhere in your business plan. With the gift of imagination and empathy from Neptune, and the release of obligation from the South Node in Capricorn, this Earthy/Watery event reminds us that our tangible goals can use some love-centered inspiration and understanding to move us forward in our endeavors.
Date: January 5, 2019
Time of eclipse: 5:28 PM Pacific Time
Type: partial (weak in intensity)
Visible in: Northeast Asia and the North Pacific
At: 15º Capricorn
Nodal Orientation: the eclipsed Sun conjunct South Node creates a Releasing (not Initiating) nodal orientation
Shadow Agents: Pluto in Capricorn, Saturn in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces
Does It Affect You Personally?
If your birthday is on any of the following dates (in any year at all), you’re most likely to experience this eclipse:
December 31 to January 10
March 31 to April 10
July 3 to 13
October 3 to 13
Remember, not every eclipse touches everyone, but when it does, it’s usually noticeable. A solar eclipse is likely to be marked by an external, real-world event (unlike a lunar eclipse, which is likely to bring up strong emotions and to be experienced as a subjective event). You may notice events happening anytime within the week surrounding the eclipse (up to a few days before or after). The following script is just one possible way it could go.
You hear a knock at the door. You answer it. There stand the Sun, Moon, Saturn, and Pluto, behind an icy mist that has just spiraled its way through your door. The sight of four suited figures in the snow makes you shiver. Really? Matching black suits in the middle of a blizzard? You get the hint… they mean business. Maybe it’s the briefcases they’re holding. That, and their obvious imperviousness to extreme cold, intimidates you. They barge through your front door as if they had a warrant.
Saturn (sets down briefcase and pulls out measuring tape, inspects your living room): Hmm…this place is in better condition than I expected. A Victorian era house in pristine condition. (Turns to Sun) After the purchase we could possibly hold off on the demolition plan and consider restoration. (Continues inspecting your home.)
Pluto (finds the darkest corner and stands in it): Calm down old man. (gives an evil smirk) There are probably termites eating this place from the inside out. My demolition team will take over exactly as planned. Level this sucker and build something worthwhile. (Looks you straight in the eye with that same evil smirk.)
You: What the…?
Moon: Watch it Pluto, the Sun might be the face of our company but Saturn is the real one in charge here, considering he is the founder. Hey, where did South Node in Capricorn go?
Saturn: He must still be looking around outside. He must want to see the property considering he brought us here with such urgency. Must be for a good reason—South Node has been in this type of business for quite a long time and knows best.
Sun: Good evening, (slowly closes your door and looks around) I am the CEO of Summit Properties and these are my partners. This won’t take long. After we assess the inside of your house, we can complete your offer letter on the spot. (With a dismissive air, he walks right past you to look around.)
You: (look around in confusion) Wait… my home?… I’m not planning on selling… what are you talking about?! (Your eyes water in frustration.)
Moon: (looks at you with empathy but coldness quickly replaces it) Look… no need to get emotional… this is business. We are offering you a good price. (She pats your arm in a way that’s clearly meant to be reassuring but actually makes you more nervous.)
Pluto: Oh, believe me… it’s an offer you can’t refuse. (He laughs in an evil way.)
Sun: Look, your house will be the first one to go in our demolition plan scheduled for next month. Do yourself a favor and sign this paper right here. You will get more than enough back to buy yourself a nice place…where? I don’t care, as long as it’s not here. He hands you the paper. With arms folded and a threatening stare, Pluto, Saturn, and the Sun gather around you. They are uncomfortably close.
You: No! You can’t take my house! My family has built a life here with memories that span generations. This is my beloved home and I have no interest in moving!
North Node in Cancer arrives at the door.
North Node in Cancer: Hello! (Her warm voice fills the room) Sorry I had to barge in like this. I was just talking with your advisor outside, he happens to be a long time ummm… friend of mine. Sort of like a love-hate friendship that has lasted many lifetimes… Anyway, I brought a batch of hot cocoa. Here quick, everybody have some—it’s getting cold.
The Sun, Moon, Saturn, and Pluto all look uncomfortable at the friendly offer.
Sun: No, I don’t have time for hot cocoa. I’ve got business to do.
South Node in Capricorn finally enters the door and everything turns even colder. Everyone’s breath now condenses in the cold air. You want to go turn up the heat but you’re afraid to leave the room.
South Node: That’s right, we don’t have time to get comfortable. You all have work to do.
North Node: (ignores the Sun and South Node and hands out the now frozen cocoa to everyone else) Quick! Did you hear the TV? Neptune is making an appearance!
(She makes a gesture in the air and the TV, which you had been watching when all this started, increases its volume.)
North Node: (Whispers to Moon) I heard everything outside. I know you sense that your partners are wrong…do something about it. What does your heart say? Where is love in all of this? There’s a lot of power in this room but where is love?
Moon: You’re right, but what can I do?
North Node: (still whispering) It’s time for you to show the Sun his shadow side. It’s time to eclipse him! (Looks at the TV) Oh there she is!
A glowing misty light from the TV brightens up the whole room.
Neptune: Hey there Sun, just who I was looking for!
Sun: Is she speaking to me through the TV?
The Sun looks amazed and for once a hint of a smile appears on his face.
Saturn: If Neptune can transcend reality, she can definitely manage the small task of communicating through a TV. She’s always doing weird stuff like that…
Sun: Wow, a pro at what she does… impressive.
In the TV, Neptune starts changing form and the vibrant colors turn black and white. A child appears where Neptune was standing.
Sun: (Looks astonished) Hey… how did she do that?
Pluto: Who’s that dorky-looking kid?
Sun: That’s me… or was me…
In the TV, a woman appears and grabs the child’s hand.
Mother: Hurry son, we need to be out of this place by noon. Pack up your things. I found a place where we can stay for a while until we find somewhere else to live.
The child opens his suitcase and with urgency starts packing, something he knows all too well. When they finish, they bolt out the door. Right before the door shuts, the child stops.
Child: I forgot something…
Mother: Well, hurry up!
She takes her suitcase with frustration as the child runs back through the hallway to a ragged teddy bear sitting almost forgotten in an empty room.
The child quickly returns. The mother’s look of frustration changes to a look of understanding. The sight of a child as stoic as he is, dragging his tattered bear reminds the mother that he is just that… a child. The mother kneels down, and her shadow covers the child as she embraces him in a hug. The scene fades away and Neptune returns to the screen.
Sun: I still have that bear… I keep it in the first house I bought for us. I worked hard so we wouldn’t have to go through that again.
Pluto: Yeah, that’s why you’re a jerk now, we get it. Thanks Neptune, but I could have told him that. (Nasty laugh.)
North Node: (to the Sun) You transformed your life and look at everything you have accomplished. You’ve built yourself up from nothing. So what brings a toughened business tycoon like you here? (Looks around at your small, cozy house, hinting that she already knows the answer, then looks to the Moon)
Moon: He’s so caught up in success that he no longer cares who he has to step on to get there. (Turns to Sun) You have turned cold from the harshness in this world. You want status, money, and admiration, when what you really seek is the warmth and security of unconditional love.
Sun: Its true. I have neglected those things. Material gain feels empty without a connection to something, without truly caring about something or someone, without feeling cared for.
North Node: And that can start with letting love into your heart. Life can be hard at times, but what gives us hope is love, and that can come in many forms.
The room is still bright from the glowing television. Everything falls silent as the Moon gently moves in front of the Sun. Her shadow covers the Sun in darkness as she embraces him. For a moment, time stops as the North Node repeats the gesture of love and acceptance the Sun got from his mother when he was a boy. You blink because you could have sworn you just saw the Sun as a child again, embraced by his mother in a harsh world he had grown accustomed to, through no fault of his own.
Saturn and Pluto: (Awkwardly attempt to sip their frozen hot cocoa, then look to South Node)
South Node in Capricorn: True…it doesn’t make sense to be so cold all the time. It’s time for a release. (With one sweep of a hand, the room’s temperature warms and everyone’s cocoa thaws into steaming liquid form)
North Node: There, there…(pats Sun on the back) Here, now have some hot cocoa.
Sun finally accepts, and with each gulp the room grows warmer.
Neptune: Ok, who’s next?
Everyone jumps and is startled because all forgot Neptune was still there in the TV. Saturn and Pluto look at each other.
Saturn: (Looks at his watch) It’s time to go.
South Node: I completely agree. (Leads the way out the door)
Sun: Mmm… This cocoa is actually pretty good.
The Sun sips in pure delight and begins to glow again in his usual way as the shadow of the eclipse passes. Saturn and Pluto grab their briefcases, even the Sun’s too. They rush for the door dragging the Sun who is still sipping his cocoa and the Moon follows.
Sun: You should market this! I have connections in the beverages industry. We could make a huge profit!
The Moon rolls her eyes as she pushes him toward the door.
Sun: (reluctantly moves closer to the door) I think this could be the start of a lucrative business endeavor…(with his head peeking through one last time) I could see it now “Liquid Comfort: World’s Best-Selling Hot Cocoa.”
The Moon nudges the Sun out the door and looks to the North Node. The North Node looks back with a reassuring smile.
Moon: Some things never change…
Out go the rest of them. You shut the door and lock it.
You: That’s enough for tonight.
You turn off the lights, plop onto the couch, and watch Neptune shapeshift on TV until you fall into a wonderful dreamy slumber, in the home you suddenly feel very thankful for.