New Moon 12/04/2021 Unexpected Setbacks

The Sagittarius new moon on December 4 2021, is a total solar eclipse. A difficult aspect to Uranus suggests the spiritual meaning of the new moon December 2021 astrology is adjusting to change using open mindedness and flexibility.

Saturn square Uranus is another important influence on solar eclipse December 2021. Together with aggressive and destructive fixed stars, it indicates a crisis caused by unexpected setbacks and restrictive change. Thankfully, you can draw on common sense, patience, and a cautious attitude to plan your way through the potentially difficult months ahead.


The December 4 solar eclipse at 12°12′ Sagittarius makes aspects to Mercury, Saturn, and Uranus as shown below. The green quincunx is the strongest aspect that makes this a challenging eclipse. Saturn square Uranus is also important because it is a long-term influence and getting stronger.

New Moon December 2021 Astrology


A solar eclipse is just like a regular new moon where the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. However, a solar eclipse is more powerful because the Moon darkens the Sun. The strongest and most important aspect of astrology is Sun conjunct Moon. It gives an invigorating burst of energy and initiative.

But it also brings emotional balance, not irrationally emotional, and not too cold and calculating. It means all possibilities are on the table and you can rightly put yourself at the forefront of new plans for the future. So this is an excellent time for making a fresh start, turning over a new leaf, or starting a new project. You can also question old habits, behaviors, and beliefs as you search for new and inventive ways to make progress.


New Moon conjunct Mercury (2°51′) puts the focus on your thinking, communications, and short-distance travel. It brings mental alertness, quick thinking, adaptability, and curiosity. Expect an increase in personal interaction in your neighborhood, with siblings, schools, and over the internet.

So this will be a busy eclipse phase with lots of appointments, correspondence, meetings, social activity, new information to process, and decisions to make. This is a good eclipse for sharing ideas, making plans, buying and selling, negotiating, and meeting new people.

New Moon quincunx Uranus (0°43′) can make you nervous, tense and anxious. You might find it hard to relax as your intuition senses change or some drama is on the way. A buildup of electric energy in your body can feel exciting but also a little scary.

Pressure to change can come from someone with some power over you. Something unexpected may force you to change your routine, behavior or plans. An adjustment is needed whether you are forced to make changes or you experiment and find a different way forward yourself. So be flexible and very cautious, especially about taking risks.

New Moon sextile Saturn (3°07′) has a grounding influence on the solar eclipse December 2021 astrology which reduces the unsettling effect of Uranus. It gives caution, patience, perseverance, and a strong work ethic. So this is an excellent eclipse to meet your goals and to complete serious or difficult tasks. You will be determined to get practical results and make no mistakes.

You can earn the trust and respect of others, especially those in authority such as parents, teachers or bosses. Advancement and recognition are also possible, especially in your professional life. Basically, this is a time for hard work because you will feel like you are wasting time if relaxing or partying.

Saturn square Uranus (2°24′) climaxing on December 24 brings unexpected setbacks and restrictive change. It can bring change that you don’t want. It also makes it harder to make the kind of changes you do want. This can be a very frustrating and tense time. But if you stay open-minded, patient, and flexible, what at first seem like challenges, can be turned into opportunities to rid yourself of negative, restrictive, and limiting things in your life.


The three-colored aspect pattern highlighted in the eclipse horoscope is called a large learning triangle. [1] It consists of a blue sextile, red square, and green quincunx aspect. This configuration represents a crisis mechanism that results in learning or development. Once this three-phase crisis mechanism is completed, new ground is broken and a state of harmony is achieved. More than one cycle may need to be completed, especially if a new problem arises.

conflict → striving for solution → harmonization

Saturn square Uranus → Eclipse quincunx Uranus → Eclipse sextile Saturn

The large learning triangle is a development spiral that aims to get another point of view with every complete transition. Every passage through the three phases and each one of the crises contains the possibility of finding solutions that previously did not exist, i.e. breaking new ground.

Whether that is successful or not depends on your attitude towards the crisis process. If you inwardly recognize the opportunities, then development is likely. If you treat the crisis as a mere disruption, the development process will be blocked.

The new moon quincunx Uranus is the tightest aspect in this configuration. It represents communication and the provision of information that usually leads to new experiences. This makes you experiment, and the newly acquired discoveries lead you to try to establish a new, harmonious state in a still unsure and unstable position that meets the requirement of the initial problem.


The new moon December 2021 solar eclipse in the Sign of Sagittarius is actually located in the Constellation of Scorpio. This discrepancy is due to the precession of the equinoxes which has moved the Sun Signs almost a whole Sign out of alignment with the Constellations from which they were named over 2000 years ago.

Solar Eclipse December 2021 [Stellarium]
  • 10♐03 – α Scorpii, Antares
  • 12♐14 – β Draconis, Alwaid
  • 12♐22 – New Moon December 2021
  • 15♐13 – Mercury

Fixed star Alwaid gives loss of property, violence, criminal inclinations and accidents. It is of the nature of Saturn and Mars (bold, cruel, heartless, adulterous, criminal, liar, loss of estates, poverty, few friends.) [2]

Constellation Draco the Dragon gives an artistic and emotional but somber nature, a penetrating and analytical mind, much travel and many friends but danger of robbery and of accidental poisoning. [2] The constellation is especially hurtful to mineral resources and presages the pollution of rivers and the air. [3]

Fixed star Antares causes malevolence, destructiveness, liberality, broad-mindedness, evil presages and danger of fatality and makes its natives rash, ravenous, headstrong, and destructive to themselves by their own obstinacy. Antares is of the nature of Mars and Jupiter (great pride, grandly liberal, commanding, cosmopolitan views.) [2]

Antares makes people tough, belligerent and pugnacious. This is an important star for military personnel and is said to convey mental alertness, strategic ability, and courage and to make daredevils, especially if tied up with the Sun. [4]

With Sun (2°18′): Pretended religion, insincere, honor and riches ending in disgrace and ruin, military preferment, the danger of treachery, violence committed or suffered, fevers and sickness, injuries to the right eye, violent death. [2]

With Moon: Popular, broad-minded, interested in philosophy, science and metaphysics, liable to change religious opinions, influential friends, favorable for business and domestic matters, active in local affairs, great power, honor and wealth but benefits may not prove lasting, the danger of violence, sickness, drowning or assassination. [2]

The suggested maximum orb for Antares is 2°40′ and this eclipse falls 2°18′ past this star. So although Antares is one of the most important and strongest of the fixed stars, it only has a mild astrological influence here.

Fixed star Alwaid is much dimmer than Antares with a suggested orb of 1°40′. But is the stronger stellar influence because Alwaid is only 0°08′ from the eclipse. Anyway, these two stars both have a Mars-like aggressive and destructive nature.

New Moon December 2021 Summary

The December 4 new moon is more powerful and longer-lasting than a regular new moon because it is also a total solar eclipse. The strongest planetary influence on the solar eclipse is a challenging quincunx aspect to Uranus that brings unexpected changes. Tension can anxiety can be reduced by adapting to changing conditions with an open mind and flexibility.

The need to make changes is in response to longer-term unexpected setbacks and difficult changes due to Saturn square Uranus. But there is light at the end of the tunnel with Mercury sextile Saturn. It helps you sensibly plan your way through this difficult eclipse phase with caution and perseverance.

The eclipse, Saturn, and Uranus form an aspect pattern that represents a crisis mechanism. Repeating cycles of conflict, striving for a solution, and harmonization result in learning or development. If you view the crisis as an opportunity, you can successfully find a solution to the problems and reach a state of balance.

The influence of the fixed stars Alwaid and Antares is not so helpful due to their aggressive and destructive nature. They bring the risk of violence, crime, and sickness. Their Martian nature also increases the risk of terrorism and war. But Antares in particular also gives the courage and daring to turn opportunity into success.

The December 4 solar eclipse and the November 19 lunar eclipse form an eclipse phase that lasts until the solar eclipse on April 30, 2022. The lunar eclipse also has a destructive influence, causing misfortune, violence, and sickness. This is not a good omen for the coronavirus pandemic.

So the coming months are likely to be very challenging, especially with Saturn square Uranus climaxing on December 24. Remember to use Mercury sextile Saturn common sense and patience with Uranus higher awareness and flexibility to plan your way through the unexpected and restrictive changes ahead.

Solar Eclipse December 2021 Visibility

The total solar eclipse on December 4 will last for a relatively short 114 seconds and only be visible in West Antarctica. Parts of southern Africa will see a partial solar eclipse. [5]

If the new moon December 2021 astrology directly impacts your horoscope decan you can read about its effect in your monthly horoscope. For more detail about how it affects your natal chart see New Moon Transits.

  • Previous Moon Phase: Lunar Eclipse November 19, 2021
  • Next Moon Phase: Full Moon December 18, 2021
  • 2021 Moon Phases Calendar

New Moon June 2021 Times and Dates

  • Los Angeles – December 3, 11:43 pm
  • New York – December 4, 2:43 am
  • London – December 4, 7:43 am
  • Delhi – December 4, 1:43 pm
  • Sydney – December 4, 6:43 pm

**By Jamie Partridge