Whew. We’ve finally made it to the last month in a truly challenging year. And just like the fireworks we’ll watch on New Year’s Eve (at home or socially distanced with masks on), the planets can’t help but to go out with a bang. November 30 brought us a full moon eclipse (the Moon appears to disappear) in Gemini, the sign of the mercurial thinker; December 14 will give us a total solar eclipse (the Moon covers the Sun) in the sign of fiery and adventurous Sagittarius. Think of eclipses like a big jolt of energy, a cosmic shot of espresso that forces us into necessary change. While eclipses aren’t always comfortable, they do immediately clear out the old and usher in the new.
As the eclipses shake us up, we welcome lively Sagittarius season. Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of luck, Sagittarius is a complex fire sign. Symbolically represented by the archer, Sagittarians can be optimistic, enthusiastic, intellectually engaging, and witty. They can be happy glamping outdoors or sitting next to a fireplace discussing Kierkegaard. Maybe this is why they are also symbolized by the centaur, or Chiron, from Greek mythology. This half-man, half-horse works well as a metaphor for Sagittarians because they harness an animal-like drive and clever curiosity at the same time. Sagittarians can be verbally blunt to a painful point and impatient as hell, but as friends they’re loyal to the end. Last but not least, they love being on the go! This month’s book selection salutes this restless spirit.