The significance of the Solar Eclipse at the June Solstice

art by Robin Mead

I posted a portion of this article on my Facebook page. 

Summer may begin on June 21st in the northern latitudes, and winter for my friends down under, but the June Solstice occurs when the Sun enters Cancer in the tropical zodiac.  This year’s June solstice occurs on June 20, 2020 at 5:43 pm EDT and will be followed shortly thereafter, at 2:41 am EDT on June 21st, by a solar eclipse at the New Moon in Cancer.  For thousands of years, humans have celebrated these solar events, as well as the equinox balance points, as major turning points of the year.  The solstices mark the extremes of the positioning of the Sun relative to the Earth and serve as a portal for the energies of solar conscious to penetrate through the mist of human illusion.

The symbolism of an eclipse is connected to the Nodes of the Moon – points in the sky where the path of the Moon crosses the path of the Sun.  Because the lunar nodes are connected to fate and destiny, eclipses do often have a fated quality and a sense that something in the life is being exposed or released.  At the solar eclipse, the conscious intentional energy of the Sun is blocked by the lunar instincts and deep feelings.  Because the Sun and Moon are both in the emotional sign of Cancer, this focus on feelings and instinctive reactions is heightened even more.  And with Mercury (mind and communication) also in Cancer, our thoughts (Mercury) are flavored with feeling and less objective and rational than we may be comfortable with.

All New Moons, whether an eclipse or not, are a time […]

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By |2020-06-20T11:45:35-04:00June 20th, 2020|Moon|3 Comments

This week’s Sagittarius lunar eclipse is a potent mix of energies

photo by Didier-Schreinder

The first eclipse of the summer occurs on June 5th – a lunar eclipse in Sagittarius.  The fear surrounding eclipses has largely abated over time – because an eclipse occurs near the lunar nodes, the points which are associated with fate and destiny, there is a sense with an eclipse that something important is about to happen.  In today’s modern world we have more choices, and are more easily able to create our own destiny rather than fear it.  But there is no doubt that an eclipse is a portal for an awakening of some kind to occur.

Lunar eclipses occur at the Full Moon, when the instincts and emotions prevail over the conscious mind.  In this week’s eclipse, the South Node of the past conjoins the Moon.  In many ways the South Node and the Moon are related – both are tied to events which are familiar and comfortable, and when the Moon is eclipsed our comfort zone begins to shrink as we are pushed by fate into a more solar position of conscious awareness and choice.

Eclipses have long been associated with weather and seismic events, and a lunar eclipse can bring on emotional events of seismic proportions.  Many of us (myself included) meander through our days without being very conscious of how we feel or what is going on in the subconscious.  An eclipse can open up a crack in this veneer of day to day sleepwalking and wake us up to an important realization.  They can be portals of change, but they can also unlock the creatures of the night from their place of hiding and force a realization which may be unpleasant, but which ultimately is important […]

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By |2020-06-04T06:10:44-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Moon|3 Comments

A sparkling Gemini cluster at the Gemini New Moon, May 22 2020

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Currently we have a stellium, or cluster, of planets in Gemini including Mercury, Venus, and the Sun.  The North Node just moved into Gemini, accentuating this sign even more and accentuating the importance of the positive traits of Gemini which include curiosity, flexibility, adaptability.  When the Moon moves into Gemini as well and aligns with the Sun on May 22nd, the New Moon will generate a burst of energy to facilitate a new beginning that is based upon new ideas and an openness to seeing a variety of options without prejudgment. The Gemini New Moon is the perfect time to set aside our prejudices and look at our world through new eyes.  What can we learn about the ideas of others; what changes can we make in our lives to give us more flexibility and make it easier to adapt to change?  These are good questions to ask now, especially since the world is changing and will never be the same again.

Gemini can be easily distracted with too many ideas and brilliant awakenings, but at the New Moon the Sun and Moon will be in a nearly exact trine to Saturn in Aquarius, helping to ground and stabilize these new ideas into form.  Saturn (tests and challenges) is in Aquarius right now where it is less concerned with building stable structures as it was in Capricorn, and more interested in building new structures to support a new reality.  The fact that Pallas, the asteroid of Divine Intelligence, is partnered in a conjunction with Saturn right now and harmonized in a trine to the New Moon is an even greater gift of reason and virtually ensures an awakening to a new […]

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By |2020-05-21T08:52:04-04:00May 21st, 2020|Moon|2 Comments

Passion and adjustment: Scorpio Full Moon May 7, 2020

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At any Full Moon we are dealing with two opposite signs with opposing polarities, each one needing what the other one possesses in order to become truly whole.  This can serve to bring out our inner contradictions, and heighten the intense emotionality for which the Full Moon is well known.  The Scorpio Full Moon features an opposition to the Taurus Sun: the intensity and passion of Scorpio needs to find balance against the need for serenity and peacefulness of Taurus.  Both are fixed signs: stubborn and powerful, with a tendency towards rigidity and difficulty letting go.  Scorpio, though, is intensely emotional and dramatic where Taurus is, or at least wants to be, placid but still powerful – very like the bull for which it is named.

This Full Moon reminds us that we can become our best selves when we find balance between these two dynamics:  the power of emotions and the power of stillness.  The potency of this time is echoed in the fact that the astrological Beltane, a fire festival honoring the god Belenos (the shining one), occurs at the midway point between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice, at 15 degrees Taurus.  The Vesak festival honoring not only the birth of Buddha, but also his enlightenment and death,  is a festival of lights which takes place each year at the Scorpio Full Moon.  Scorpio is ruled for its passionate potency, and the Scorpio Full Moon has the potential to create a powerful force of Will which can be used to create and manifest.  The Scorpio Full Moon calls on us to explore the deep realms of the unconscious and our own passionate natures and come to terms with our own inner […]

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By |2020-05-05T08:41:44-04:00May 5th, 2020|Moon|10 Comments

The Taurus New Moon April 22, 2020 offers a hint of what’s to come next year

The New Moon in Taurus arrives on April 22 at 22:25 Eastern time, and early in the morning April 23rd in Europe. Moon in Taurus is an opportunity to find your grounding space, to connect with the earth and the pleasures that are available to humans in a physical body.  In the midst of the stress of our current times, the Taurus New Moon can offer a welcome respite to the worry and anxiety that we find all around us.  New Moons are usually excellent times to begin new projects; in Taurus these new projects will want to satisfy the Taurean longing for beauty in life as well as in possessions and property. The Taurus New Moon centers our focus on abundance and prosperity – fertility and fecundity are emphasized now.  Fortunately, Taurus instills a desire to bloom where we are planted which is helpful since we can’t go anywhere right now!

The New Moon chart includes a conjunction of both the Sun and Moon to Uranus, the transformational outer planet which inspires us to break out of our ruts and routines and create innovation and independence from the past.  The peaceful solidity of Taurus isn’t that comfortable with the electrical insistence on Uranus for a radical change that turns our lives upside down, so this could be a bit problematic as we learn how to find comfort in stillness (Taurus) while facing the need for a radical shift in our lives (Uranus).  Making this more difficult is a challenging square from Saturn, planet of restriction and planning.  Uranus is sending out a call for a radical change, but Saturn is tying us up in lockdown and requiring that we build new structures before we explode […]

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By |2020-04-21T19:09:33-04:00April 21st, 2020|Moon|5 Comments