Solar Eclipse of December 14, 2020

There is one last Solar Eclipse of 2020, which will happen on December 14. This eclipse will only be visible in South America and will be a Total Eclipse.

This will be the last major astrological event before the Great Conjunction of 2020.

In general, eclipses represent matters on the world stage. Even though this is a Total Eclipse, compared to what we have seen in 2020, the impact of this Eclipse should be rather mild, at least in most of the world.

Total Eclipses have a delayed impact in the places that they are visible. This delay is a year for every minute of totality. The Solar Eclipse of December 14, 2020 will be total for 2 minutes, 10 seconds, meaning that the full impact will be felt around February of 2023.

Let us look at what we can expect from this Solar Eclipse.

Solar Saros Series 142

Every eclipse is part of a family of eclipses known as a Saros Series. These are a series of eclipses that have a similar visibility pattern. Eclipses within Saros Series take place approximately every 18 years. They have an average life span of around 1200 years.

Solar Saros Series start at one of the Poles and work their way to the other Pole. The Pole that they start at is determined by the Node that it is tied to. Solar Saros 142 is tied to the South Node, so it began near the South Pole. This means that it will end near the North Pole.

For a more detailed description of how Saros Series work, see:

Eclipse Seasons and Saros Cycles, The Solar Eclipse of August 11, 2018

Solar Saros Series 142 is a relatively young series. It began on April 17, 1624. Below is the chart of the first Solar Eclipse in the series.

One of the interesting things about this chart is just how fiery it is. Five out of seven of the traditional planets are in Fire Signs. Yet, this does not look like a fire that is out of control. There is actually a lovely trine between the planets in Aries and the planets in Leo.

Mars is in the Air Sign of Gemini. This seems to suggest that the fire in this chart is being fueled by ideas.

Eclipses in a Saros Series tend to have a theme that can be found in examining the historical record surrounding them. Of particular importance are the Total Eclipses. This is because of their delayed impact.

Solar Saros Series 142 started producing Total Eclipses quite early in its life cycle. The first one on July 25, 1786 occurred when the series was less than 150 years old. This eclipse was visible at the tip of South Africa, and it seems to have been related to activities of the Dutch East India Co. there.

As this series is still rather young, it has not moved very far north. The historical Total Eclipses have occurred in Australia, South Africa, and South America. This series seems to be related to both colonization and movements towards independence.

There was a Total Eclipse in 1948 in South Africa that had an impact until 1950, which may be associated with the official imposition of Apartheid.

Chart Analysis for the Solar Eclipse of December 14, 2020

Like the chart of the original Solar Eclipse in this series, the chart for December 14, 2020 is also quite fiery. Four out of seven Traditional Planets are in Fire Signs, including Mars in Aries. There is a trine between Mercury and Mars that is almost exact. The Sun and Moon are separating from a trine as well.

One of the more concerning features of this chart is that Mars is moving into a square with Pluto. She is also moving into a square with Jupiter and Saturn but will not perfect these squares until she leaves the sign of Aries for Taurus.

My theory with respect to Outer Planet transits is that they can have an impact, but they do not have to. You can learn more about that theory here.

This Solar Eclipse will be occurring on the same day that the Electoral College will be casting its votes in the United States. Because the eclipse will not be visible in the U.S., I think that its impact on the Electoral College will be minimal.

I also do not think that this eclipse will have much impact with respect to the current crisis with Covid-19, even in the places where it is visible. This Saros Series does not seem to be involved in epidemics or diseases from what I can see.

The most likely impact of this eclipse will be on the political structures of South America, where it is visible. This impact will not be fully manifest until February of 2023.

Transits December 14 through December 28

Saturn will move into Aquarius on December 16, and Jupiter will move into this sign on December 19. The Sun will move into Capricorn on December 21, and the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction discussed above will occur later that day. Two days later, on December 12 the square between Mars and Pluto will be exact. Mercury will trine Uranus on December 25 and the Sun will trine Uranus on December 27. Eclipse Season will end on December 28.

This is likely to be a very active few weeks. The good news is that these are the changes that we have been preparing for all year, moving us towards a new cycle. The time for tearing down will be over, and the time is coming to build anew.

Conclusion and recommendations

As always, if you are in the path of the Solar Eclipse, I recommend that you do not look at it, for the reasons that I discuss here.

Other than that, I really do not think that this particular Solar Eclipse is one to worry too much about. After what we have been through in 2020, I do not think that it will cause that much disruption, at least not for most individual people.

The chart is quite fiery, but it is a controlled fire that is related to politics and ideas.

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