Vedic Astrology Report for December: Deep Transformation and a Desire to Serve Humanity


vedic astrology May 2015

By Debra Infante

December promises to be a very powerful month, full of extraordinary astrological events as we anticipate a new collective future, and begin a new 20 year cycle. An intense total solar eclipse occurs on December 14, 2020. The Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars will all transit gandanta degrees as they move from water signs to fire signs, signaling deep transformation this month. Jupiter will transit its exact degree of debility while traveling next to Saturn.  And the very significant and history-making 20 year conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter occurs December 21, 2020 which is the winter solstice.

On December 14, 2020 we experience a total solar eclipse at almost 29 degrees Scorpio in the nakshatra of Jyeshtha at 9:17 AM (MST).  The deity of Jyeshta nakshatra is Indra, King of the Gods, and this nakshatra is the “chief star” so leadership is a theme. Also Jyeshtha means “the eldest sister” and so carries a wise woman or crone energy too. We are asked to be still and listen more intently to our own “wise” inner voice for truth and guidance. Learn from you past experiences, connect to your heart, and act with courage. As this eclipse occurs in Scorpio, where the Moon is debilitated, this eclipse affects us deeply on a personal level, as emotions and thoughts may be highly charged and quite sensitive.

This solar eclipse occurs so very close to 29 degrees Scorpio, the most challenging gandanta degree, between Scorpio and Sagittarius. Gandanta degrees are the critical junctures between water and fires signs that can open us to new perspectives, transformation, and healing. Especially during this eclipse, we are asked to make the leap to connect to our true spiritual self. Our identity and beliefs are shifting. There is a greater opportunity at this time for deeper soul growth, but first we must release old, ancient wounds and habitual patterns that stop us from moving forward. The key with gandanta points is to act with grace, forgiveness and no resistance, so we rise to a new level of awareness and understanding.

Remember that in Vedic culture, eclipses are days of spiritual initiation, as they are not considered good days for mundane activities. Take time out to stabilize the mind with meditation, yoga, mantra, or prayer, and be in a peaceful, natural environment.  It is important not to fear eclipses, but note that they can bring significant changes or circumstances into one’s life. They are points of change, and things “hidden” can be brought into the light, giving us greater insight.

Mercury, planet of communications and travel, transits 29 degrees Scorpio and 0 degrees Sagittarius from December 16 to 17, 2020, as it crosses over the degree of the solar eclipse on December 14. So a time to be more discerning and clear with your words, what you put in writing, and with travel plans.

The major planetary alignment involving Jupiter and Saturn, sometimes called the Great Conjunction, occurs every 20 years when expansive Jupiter conjuncts restrained Saturn. This influential connection of Jupiter/Saturn signals a new world order or perspective, which may involve social, political, judicial and financial issues. Jupiter brings expansion of ideas, while Saturn is the planet that works hard to bring things into physical reality. This period signals a big shift in world consciousness.

Saturn and Jupiter will travel together from 5 to 6 degrees of Capricorn starting on December 15 through December 24, 2020. The exact conjunction will be at 6 degrees and 19 minutes Capricorn on December 21, 2020, the winter solstice, a very sacred day. December 21 is the longest night and shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere. The solstice can be a magical and contemplative time, as we celebrate renewal, hope, and spiritual rebirth. Offer respect and gratitude for the coming light and all you have been given this past year.  It is a powerful day for meditation, self-examination, and setting new intentions, as we welcome the start of a new cycle.

What makes this Jupiter/Saturn conjunction more interesting is that when Jupiter transits 5 degrees Capricorn, from December 15 to 19, 2020, it is at its degree of total debility, meaning it is at its lowest or weakest point and will be right next to Saturn. There will be some reversal of the debility as Jupiter is with Saturn, lord of Capricorn. Jupiter is still a benefic planet, so even though it is moving through a more restricted sign and is conjunct Saturn, there are still some good things that can manifest.

Jupiter is the main planet that represents prosperity, spirituality, and purpose, but in December may be less expansive as it moves through its more challenging degree. Slow down and be more present with your life. So time to get back to basics, and be realistic and practical with finances. Put more effort and discipline into your spiritual practices, and keep your faith in humanity. This is a time to be patient, generous, giving, and humble.

Mars, planet of action and energy, leaves Pisces and enters its own sign of Aries, from the evening of December 23, 2020 until February 21, 2021. Mars will travel through the gandanta degrees of 29 Pisces to 0 Aries from December 21 to December 25, 2020. Mars in Aries is extra strong, and it also aspect Scorpio, another sign it rules, at the same time.  Use this strong Mars to move forward now as there is more energy to accomplish your goals with focus, great enthusiasm, and determination. But watch for increased impatience, anger, and conflict with others if things don’t go your way.  Use this potent time to be an advocate, find causes you resonate with, and donate your time are very positive remedies.

We end December with the conjunction of Venus, planet of love and compassion, with exalted Ketu (south node of the Moon) on December 30, 2020 at 25 degrees Scorpio. Ketu is the planet of enlightenment and moksha, and Venus symbolizes Bhakti Yoga, so together can bring forth a love of higher spiritual realms and desire to service to humanity.

Debra Infante is a practicing Vedic astrologer and teacher. She began her studies of Vedic astrology in 1995, and was certified by The American College of Vedic Astrology as an approved teacher (Level I) in September 1999. She has taught Vedic astrology to the students in the yoga teacher trainings at 7 Centers Yoga in Sedona, AZ from 2002 to 2020. Debra can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or for astrological consultations by phone or in person. Or contact her to receive her monthly Vedic astrology article. You can also find her at

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