Solar Eclipse
December 2019
Iranian Attack

The year starts with Mercury, Jupiter, South Node of the Moon, Sun, Ceres, Saturn, and Pluto all in Capricorn. It is extremely unusual to have so many planetary positions so close together, and extreme alignments usually portend extreme conditions.

Right now, we are between eclipses. The solar eclipse occurred on December 26, 2019. The lunar eclipse will occur on January 10, 2020. 

While many considered the December 26 eclipse favorable as it occurred conjunct Jupiter, it also conjoined the fixed star Polis, which according to Vivian Robson combines the nature of Mars and Jupiter. That gives the planetary configuration more war-like tendencies. 

This chart also has an exact conjunction between North Node and Hades in Cancer, which conjoins the Washington, DC Midheaven and opposes the Capricorn planets. Hades, like Pluto, has a dark connotation and is associated with breakdown and loss.

The effect of eclipses can occur before the actual eclipse takes place and extend afterward. The impeachment proceedings fit with this eclipse, as does the increase in violence and anti-Semitic attacks worldwide, but particularly in New York City. 

Ceres (which I look at as Mother Earth) in this eclipse and the upcoming one also portends damage to the earth, as can currently be seen by the fires in Australia.

The next lunar eclipse occurs on January 10, 2020. The Moon will appear larger than normal in the sky because the eclipse occurs close to the Moon’s perigee (its closest point to the Earth). This is also likely to enhance its effect.

Planets involved in this eclipse include a stellium in Capricorn, including Jupiter, the Sun, Mercury, Ceres, Saturn, and Pluto, opposite the Moon in Cancer, which form squares to the recently discovered planet Eris. Eris is described as the planet of strife and the trouble maker of the Zodiac. (She is credited with having a hand in starting the Trojan War.) Mars in Sagittarius also forms a semi-square to the eclipse, adding to its volatility.            

Saturn and Pluto conjoin exactly on January 12, but are certainly close enough now to dramatically affect world events. That this conjunction occurs on the heliocentric nodal axis of Saturn makes it even more powerful. (The opposition of Saturn and Pluto in 2001 coincided with the attack of the World Trade Center.)

The attack by Iranian forces on the US Embassy in Baghdad, and the US response, an airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad, certainly fits with the current planetary environment. Adding fuel to the fire, heliocentrically, Mars at 5 Scorpio was opposite Uranus at 5 Taurus, and Saturn and Pluto were conjoined at 22 Capricorn when the attack occurred.

Unfortunately, given the planetary configurations coming up, we can expect similar occurrences to continue.


Joyce Levine of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is professional astrologer with 30+ years [of] experience. She works with individuals, couples, families, and businesses. She characterizes her work as helping her clients “overcome astro/psychological obstacles so that they can achieve their full potential.” Publications include Breakthrough Astrology, Transform Yourself and Your World, A Beginner’s Guide to Astrological Interpretation. Meditation CDs: Self Help: Chakra Meditation, Creative Visualization, Healing Anger and Resentment, Contacting Your Guardian Angel. Astrology Series: Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter. Joyce is the former Chair of NCGR and President of its Boston Chapter. She served on the UAC Committees of 2002 and 2018, and was the Regulus Award winner for Community Service at UAC 2012. She holds professional certification from NCGR-PAA and AFA. See


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