Photo: A summer’s midnight in northern Denmark on July 3, 2018
(photo by Ruslan Merzlyakov, RMS Photography, posted on apod.nasa.gov)
Aspects of Note this Week
MON: Mercury square Jupiter, Venus enters Virgo
TUE: Saturn trine Ceres,Jupiter goes direct, Pluto sesquiquadrate Ceres
WED: Venus trine Uranus, Saturn trine Juno, Venus quincunx Chiron
THU: Mercury quicunx Neptune, Sun opposite Pluto, Solar Eclipse/New Moon 7:47pm PDT (2:47am GMT on Friday)
FRI: Mercury sesquiquadrate Chiron, Venus trine Saturn
SAT: Venus sesquiquadrate Pluto
SUN: Mars quincunx Ceres, Uranus square Pallas Athene, Mercury sesquiquadrate Saturn
ECLIPSE SEASON officially begins this week — although in truth, many have already been feeling and working with the potent energies. The Solar Eclipse/New Moon on Thursday is especially transformational, due to the close opposition between the Sun/Moon in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn.
Anytime Pluto is involved in a major astrological event, we can expect profound shifts. In sharp contrast to its diminutive size, the dwarf planet usually packs a punch. Reactivity is increased, secrets are exposed, motivations are revealed, and power struggles are engaged under Pluto’s heightened influence.
THIS IS ALSO the first eclipse of a new eclipse series. Eclipses occur in a pair of opposing signs for about 18 months, and then move on to the next zodiac polarity. We had our first eclipse in Leo-Aquarius in early 2017, and this week’s Solar Eclipse is our first foray into the Cancer-Capricorn series, which fully takes over in 2019.
This means that new evolutionary imperatives are being established with this week’s eclipse. Watch for signs of new themes emerging, especially in the realms ruled by Cancer: children and motherhood, women’s issues, home and domestic concerns, emotional and psychic sensitivity, protectionism, and vulnerability.
WE ARE LIKELY to feel deeply sensitive and moody around the time of the eclipse. Emotions may swell up from deep inner levels, breaking through the surface of an otherwise calm sea. We can feel a profound nostalgia or longing, especially if our lives are not currently providing the kind of nurturing and support we need to thrive.
If this happens, it is an opportunity for us to check in and ask why we are not making choices that allow greater satisfaction. We can look to Pluto in Capricorn for some clues as to the answer to that question. Are we giving away our power to our career or other responsibilities, forgetting to take time for self-nurturing? Are we trying to live up to the demands of authority figures in our lives, in ways that undermine our self-care? Or are we giving away our power in some other way, and feeling emotionally depleted as a result?
THE OMEGA/CHANDRA symbolic system for the 360 degrees of the zodiac was channeled by John Sandbach in 2005. The Chandra symbol for the location of Thursday’s Solar Eclipse is “High up on a mountain, an eagle’s nest.” And the Omega symbol reads “A man milking a poisonous snake of its venom so that he can make an antidote.”
Interestingly, Mr. Sandback explains that both of these symbols actually represent spiritually healthy ways to protect ourselves when we feel threatened. The eagle protects itself not by withdrawing, but by choosing to “view life from a higher place, seeing the whole picture more clearly, and staying above the chaos, confusion, and negativity.” And the man milking venom from the snake protects by “turning negative into positive and finding benefit in places usually thought of as offering none whatsoever.”
Perhaps this eclipse is designed to help us become aware of one very specific way many of us give away our power — by getting overwhelmed by what we perceive as bad news and allowing it to eat away at our energy and faith.
I POSTED some words of wisdom from Molly Sheehan of Green Hope Farm on my Facebook page this week. It relates directly to this theme of “turning negative into positive,” so I am drawn to repeat it here:
“Just as walking in on someone in the middle of a surgery would not give us an indication of where the person is in the healing process or how things are going to turn out, the degree to which things look profoundly messy right now is not an indication that the situation is hopeless. It is a sign that we are deep into the healing, deep into the surgery.”
JUPITER GOES DIRECT on Tuesday, after traveling in reverse since March 8. Jupiter is associated with optimism and expansion, so its forward motion should help us begin to re-invigorate our belief in the future.
But, since Jupiter is in Scorpio, its shift into drive may also take us more deeply into dark landscapes where we first ventured earlier this year. Our headlights have already shone light into Scorpio’s shadowy realms of harassment and the misuse of power. And while we can conjecture about what might next be revealed once Jupiter starts moving forward, we may get more clues very soon with Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio, so strongly involved in Thursday’s eclipse.
A VERY SUPPORTIVE earth grand trine occurs this week, and is a strong factor in the Solar Eclipse chart. This configuration forms a harmonious triangle between Saturn in Capricorn, Uranus and Juno in Taurus, and Venus and Ceres in Virgo.
Earth signs are very grounding, and this grand trine is a true gift during this eclipse season! The stabilizing force it provides can help us maintain our centerpoint, making it more possible for us to ride the energy wave of the eclipse without losing our balance. With relationship-oriented Venus, Juno, and Ceres involved, the grand trine can also bring forward opportunities to develop and maintain mutually supportive connections with others.
We’ll need to intentionally focus on this steadying influence, though, since the prevalent influence of this week’s Solar Eclipse is otherwise unstable. Trines do not demand anything of us in exchange for their gifts, but they do require that we consciously choose to align with their energy. If and when we do, we can take advantage of the grand trine’s increased resourcefulness, insight, and inspiration, combined with a practicality that can help us start to build new, more ideal forms.
FOUR DAYS AND COUNTING! The live broadcast of my webinar/teleclass covering the next six months is this Thursday, July 12 — the same day as our first eclipse!
Thanks to everyone who has already registered! If you still need to buy your ticket, here’s the link:
Remember that you don’t need to be present for the live presentation — everyone who registers will receive a link to the replay after the class airs.
We recorded a short BeLive this morning to talk about the class — here’s the link:
A full description of the class is in the right-hand column on this page. Hope to see you there!
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You are moving through a time of deep personal change that is transforming many areas of your life. Whether you are in the beginning stages of this process or are nearing the finish line, know that you have all the power you need within you. You are on a hero’s journey, and the strength you gain along the way will energize and support you in the years to come. Take advantage of every opportunity to release the past, as this will enable you to reinvent yourself and your life in new form.
Copyright NorthPoint Astrology 2018. All rights reserved.