your fondest Christmas wish? A new car? A new widescreen TV? Or something
less materialistic, like world peace or a cure for AIDS? This Christmas,
Santa may grant your wish. There's something special happening this
December 25—a solar eclipse in the sign of Capricorn.
eclipse occurs when the Moon in its orbit passes between the Sun and
the Earth, temporarily blocking out the light of the Sun. An eclipse
is basically a New Moon—the start of a new monthly cycle. The fact that
the Moon is in position to block out the Sun makes an eclipse a particularly
significant New Moon, and indicates the beginning of an important new
wrote in Astrology for the Millions that the Sun "determines
what urges and motives dominate your life as it meets the naked eye,
the sign position of the Moon tells the desires of your heart that may
or may not be expressed or realized in your life." During an eclipse,
when the Moon moves in front of the Sun, the needs of the Moon become
paramount, and we may suddenly become aware of our heart's desire.
We Forsaken Our Heart's Desire?
we think with our heads and make most decisions on a logical basis,
we often ignore our deeper emotional needs. The adult part of our personality,
represented by the Sun, knows that compromises have to be made in life,
and the needs of our inner child, the Moon, are often ignored or suppressed.
During an eclipse, however, the inner child takes center stage, overshadowing
our adult self temporarily.
be a time when we have "thoughts that do often lie too deep for
tears," because we suddenly realize that we may have until now
forsaken our heart's desire, or a time when we finally see clearly what
we should do to achieve emotional fulfillment.
Is for Children
hear the expression, "Christmas is for children." It seems
to be a way adults have of dealing with the emotional issues surrounding
the holidays. We fulfill our holiday obligations almost as a duty because,
as adults, that's what's expected of us. But what about our own inner
child, our Moon?
us have forgotten how Christmas feels to children—the great excitement
and anticipation of waking up Christmas morning to find our hopes and
wishes fulfilled under a shining Christmas tree!
wonderful movie A Christmas Story, which is shown on TV
every Christmas Eve, is a marvelous depiction of a child's view of Christmas.
Young Ralphie wants a "Red Ryder 200-shot air rifle with a compass
in the stock." Everyone, even Santa Claus, tries to discourage
him, but as only a child can, he doggedly pursues his dream despite
Ralphie, many of us don't know what we really desire. Our inner child
has been stifled for so long, his or her voice can barely be heard.
The Christmas day eclipse will provide an excellent opportunity for
all of us to listen to our inner child and find out what he or she really
is our inner child likely to send through the Christmas eclipse? The
key to this question lies in the sign in which the eclipse will occur.
The signs represent reservoirs of energy. The planets, including the
Sun and Moon, dip into this energy reservoir to stimulate certain issues
in our lives and to provide the energy to make things happen.
in Capricorn brings wishes related to that sign. Capricorn is the energy
we use to accomplish things. It's the drive toward success, the achievement
of position and power. In our horoscopes it provides the energy we need
to excel in our chosen careers. Capricorn believes in the work ethic
and takes a serious approach to all things.
If we have
been expressing the all-work-and-no-play side of Capricorn, our inner
child may let us know about it. We may need to find more room for play
in our lives.
you wish for yourself in your career? Is your job satisfactory, or do
you feel you are following the wrong path career-wise? What kind of
position do you see yourself in when you daydream about "the ideal
job?" Christmas day, focus on that image. Consider what you may
need to do to make it happen.
is ruled by Saturn, the planet of reality. Saturn is known as the planet
of truth, and Capricorns at their best are authentic people. They "tell
it like it is" and possess an uncompromising integrity.
an authentic person? Are your actions and words in harmony with your
real thoughts and feelings or do you continually compromise your inner
truth? What can you do to express more of your real self during the
on a Global Scale
On a larger
scale, the Christmas eclipse may bring emotional issues related to Capricorn
up for review in the mass consciousness. There may be some event in
the news that will give everyone pause to reconsider our ideas in the
areas ruled by Capricorn.
U.S., bitter political wrangling escalated to the level of legal warfare
in the courtrooms, as two ambitious leaders battled for the top job
in the nation—a Capricornian drama played out every night on our television
screens. Antagonisms and anger were mounting as both sides claimed the
other was "stealing the election."
on Christmas as the eclipse occurs, we should take a moment to consider
what "power" and "position" are really worth. If
the cycle of ambitious striving can be broken for just a moment, perhaps
we can see a better, more compassionate way.
nations are drawing lines in the sand, forming boundaries and barriers—all
Capricorn manifestations. The Mideast, North and South Korea, Serbs
and Croatians, India and Pakistan stand against each other. As the eclipse
takes place on Christmas, try to imagine that the boundaries disappear,
that there are no countries, and as John
Lennon sang, "nothing to live or die for."
end of A Christmas Story, Ralphie’s parents are sitting
side by side in the darkened living room, listening to Christmas carols,
looking past the lighted Christmas tree at the snow falling outside
the window. Ralphie is asleep in his bed dreaming peacefully of future
adventures with his trusty air rifle. For one night, all seems "right
with the world."
may the eclipse bring you your heart's desire, peace on Earth and good
will toward men.