Lunar Eclipse December 2010

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro Astrologer If you have a clear sky, you should be able to view the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse in its entirety, beginning at about 10 PM PST on the 20th, with its peak at 12:13 AM on the 21st. We begin a new cycle with this eclipse on the polarity of Gemini/Sagittarius. The last six out of seven eclipses have resided in the Cancer/Capricorn polarity, but this month’s Lunar Eclipse takes us into a new pair of signs. Lunar Eclipses occur on the Full Moon, and for this eclipse, the Sun is in the last degree of Sagittarius, while the Moon is in the last degree of Gemini. This Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse also occurs on the Winter Solstice, as the Sun is just about to enter 0 degrees Capricorn. The eclipse energy can be building for several days before the Full Moon.

Gemini is about investigation and discovery, while Sagittarius is the meaning-making process and the formation of random data into a philosophy or world-view. The Moon in Gemini points toward information that might be hidden or obscured from view, like something we see in the moonlight – all is not yet clear. This theme of obscured information is magnified by the continuing Mercury retrograde, opposing the Moon (Mercury rules Gemini).

The Sun in Sagittarius asks us to look at the information offered and endeavor to make meaning and sense of it for ourselves. It is time to look inside for meaning, rather than relying on external sources. The Sun at this time is conjunct (within 1 degree of) retrograde Mercury. The Mercurial archetype of the Trickster is prominent now, and we can not believe all that we read or hear. This is true on the broader world stage, but it is also something to remember in our individual lives right now.

The Sun at the critical degree of Sagittarius points toward a crisis of belief, of faith, of our very sense of the “meaning of life.” This Eclipse, together with the cyclical energy of the Winter Solstice, reminds us to turn inward for our compass, and not to get distracted by the constant stream of information that is always heading our way. Instead, we may need to seek comfort and joy in the things we know we can always rely on.


To learn more about how the lunar eclipse effects you personally Contact Dena.


Want to learn more?Judith Hill teaches about the meaning of eclipses in this recording available in the download store: {audio}store/audio/eclipseSample.mp3{/audio}