artist unknown – if you know who created this please let me know. The first eclipse of the summer (there are two this month) occurs July 2nd at the New Moon in Cancer. In a solar eclipse, which is always at a New Moon, the light of the Sun is obscured by the Moon. The Sun’s light is typically stronger than that of the Moon; the Sun represents consciousness and the awakened Self, whereas the Moon is connected with our inner light – our emotions and instincts which tend to be more hidden. So when the Moon obscures the Sun, the abundant energies of our inner world are unleashed.
An eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are near the lunar nodes – the points where the lunar and solar orbits intersect. There is a sense of fate with these points, which gives eclipses a somewhat fated quality. Your destiny is calling, and we must pay attention.
This eclipse is in Cancer, the sign of the Moon which amplifies that lunar effect of revealing our innermost longings and feelings. There is a sense at this eclipse that our old emotional wounds – feelings of abandonment, of unworthiness – will be triggered due to a challenging square from Chiron, the planet whose job it is to expose these old wounds so that they can be healed, just as a wound to the skin is healed when exposed to the air rather than covered in a bandage.
Cancer’s focus is on family, in all its forms. A sense of tribal belonging. Perhaps that has nothing to do with our family of origin, but takes place in our communities or are friendship groups. Or perhaps we live alone with five cats and THAT […]