Full Moon Penumbral Eclipse July 5: Cancer-Capricorn Polarity

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Full Moon Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at 13 Capricorn, July 5, 2020 12:44 AM

This time around we find ourselves at the next Penumbral full moon lunar eclipse. Over and over again we find ourselves presented with challenges by the planets, but perhaps none so much as eclipse season. How are you progressing in your journey of this incredible and vital life?

This time, we experience the eclipse on July 5, in the early morning hours of 12:44 EST. The moon positioned at 13 degrees of Capricorn, opposing the sun at 13 degrees of Cancer. The Capricorn – Cancer polarity is the overriding theme of this lunation. These cardinal signs encompass some of the most important elements of our lives. Cancer is ruled by the moon, and so is at his detriment in the sign of Capricorn, forced to look upon the place where he is at his happiest. This makes for a very unsatisfying eclipse. 

Capricorn is the natural 10th house and is ruled by Saturn. Here, work and career is highlighted, rules and the status quo are of importance. We may have volatile emotions embedded in the career field now, nerves may fray, and the crossing of the moon through the 10th house may also, along with the power of the eclipse, usher in endings at the work place, or the endings of projects. 

Our personal life may become the subject of public events. How that manifests will come down to individual charts, but expect more break ups between lovers, severed relationships of people who may have formerly been living together, and also, for career positions to come to an end – either expected, or unexpected.

With the sun in Cancer, we will feel nostalgic, we may wish to hang on to the comforts of home and the home environment. Perhaps all the remote work some have experienced is wearing thin, or the opposite has happened — a deeper desire to dig in has taken hold. This lunation will transform our work space, and transform our home space — and in some cases, those places will be one and the same.

Mercury tags along close to the sun, but not too close to be tightly conjunct in Cancer, at 7 degrees. Still moving retrograde, this does mean Mercury and the sun will pass each other, suggesting that Mercury is not only in retrograde and causing his usual amount of frustration, but that additionally as he comes closer and reaches combustion with the sun, communications will be harder and harder. Mercury will have continuing problems communicating effectively. Take a deep breath and be patient with everyone at home, and check the telecommunications equipment.

Venus is striving through Gemini, where she has tread before, but this time, going forward. She has been gaining clarity about her situation, and in the sign of Gemini, the twins, it would not be surprising if she is facing a choice between two lovers, two friends, two investments. Now comes the weighing of value between them all, and this full moon lunar eclipse is ripe for making permanent choices about which path to choose.

Venus sextiles Mars, who is at 4 degrees of Aries where he will remain for the majority of the year. Here, Mars is in his full power, happy to be in the sign he rules. Mars rules over the military, soldiers, warriors, but notably, also the police. Mars has great force, and in its most benevolent aspect, this force is intended to protect the weak, to safeguard those who cannot safe guard themselves. Mars at his best is a hero’s energy — giving of his spirit. 

Mars forms a loose square to the sun and the moon. This harsh aspect will find force meets with frustration and that warrior energy will be tested, and it’s expression may not be so benevolent. However, this square is not exact; we may find that the real test is less an expression of violence, but more a transformation of warriors everywhere. Mars in Aries loves new beginnings, and pioneering. Mars is about to be taking down and reconsidering his old structures for new, since we have a retrograde on the horizon. Expect this moon to see a change in how aggression is dealt with. The resolution will accompany friction.

Saturn at 29 degrees of Capricorn and retrograde, is clustered with Pluto at 24 degrees, and Jupiter at 23 degrees. Saturn is coming back in to take care of unfinished business, and he will no doubt be reconfiguring the status quo to accommodate the huge generational changes that Pluto and Jupiter will usher in. Expect the law to be a recurring theme. Keep an eye on the Supreme Court Justices, for the landmark decisions they make during this period will echo for a generation to come. 

The uglier aspect of this full moon eclipse is the Jupiter and Pluto conjunction in Capricorn. Pluto destroys and transforms, while Jupiter expands. This is a potent combination, and Jupiter is not happy to be in the constraining house of Saturn. We hope this conjunction passes us by with as little damage as possible, but I would expect to see corporations suffer serious blows, more struggles with economic constraints brought by the coronavirus, and unfortunately, the possible expansion of infection of the virus. This may be further exacerbated by aspect to Neptune in Pisces, who sextiles Pluto, bringing in the moist environment that some of have speculated gave rise to the virus as well, as the origin was indeed, a “wet market”, and between Pisces and Cancer, we have quite a bit of water to contend with.

Uranus at 10 degrees of Taurus is trining the moon in Cancer. He is a third of the way through his journey in Uranus, and we can see by now that changes have been made to the landscape specifically in terms of resources and values. While there are many thoughts on what more can we expect from this aspect – imminent legalization of marijuana, disruption in currency or cryptocurrency — there can be no clearer picture than what is emerging right in front of us, with the monumental job losses suffered in the United States thus far. The issue of resources will be not only those of earth, those of money, but also, those of spiritual mettle and character, as we confront difficulties that will force us to find the inner “gold” of alchemy. 

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Venus On Fire: Full Moon Eclipse in Sagittarius At 15 degrees, June 5, 2020

Full Moon Penumbral Eclipse on June 5, 2020 at 3:12 PM EST, at 15 degrees Sagittarius

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The moon joins us at 15 degrees of Sagittarius on June 5th for a penumbral eclipse. This means the very edge of the shadow of the earth falls across the moon, and is far less noticeable than a full eclipse or a partial. A mere brushing of the onset of darkness occurs, and some may not notice it at all.

What does it mean for this lunar cycle and this full moon? While the moon rules over our emotion and private home lives, the sun rules over our public lives of career and social standing from his perch at Gemini, 15 degrees. The 15th degree is highlighted for this lunar cycle for these reasons, as the moon and the sun oppose each other as they do every full moon, and we are caught in the middle of these dual forces — between happy go lucky Sagitarrius who wants to expand our emotional selves or maybe even wants to find a new home base, to quick thinking Gemini who is demanding more of our attention at work as things are ramping up in the outer world, and so are the demands on our focus and ability to communicate. We may be traveling more than usual, which suits Sagittarius just fine, as he’s feeling a little cooped up from quarantine. With just enough Zoom meetings you may be able to keep him chained up at home.

Also at the 15th degree, notably, is Mars in Pisces, where he has been dodging confrontations and hedging bets. He doesn’t want to give anyone firm answers. He waffles between choices and is wringing his hands, a decidedly un-Mars thing to do. Mars is bottled up in Pisces and squaring the sun in Gemini and the moon in Sagittarius. When faced with uncomfortable information from Gemini and Sagittarius, Mars is going to fail to rise to the challenges presented and instead do what he prefers under the cover of darkness. This is a bad configuration for people who may need to make important decisions in the near future. Contracts which were agreed upon will not be broken, but bent and warped to fit someone’s unwillingness to own up to their actions. Get everything in writing and don’t rely on verbal promises.

Add into the mix our lovely Venus in retrograde, combust the sun in Gemini at 12 degrees. Not only is Venus having difficulty because she is in retrograde and our love affairs may be going backwards in terms of progress, our new romances during this period plagued by constant issues, and under the sign of Gemini, no doubt there is plenty of bickering and misfires in communication — but on top of this turbulent condition, Venus is also combust! Combust means a planet is too close to the sun, agitating the other planet so it cannot express well and becomes debilitated. The planet is in essence, swallowed up by the fire of the sun and cannot be made visible.

We’ve already established that Venus rules love affairs, particularly in the domestic role, dedicated romantic partners and women in particular. But it seems here we can wonder if Venus’s combust nature means she is being shoved aside for the sake of someone else’s career, or being ignored by a significant other. In this context, the meaning of being “burned” may become more meaningful than we realize. (Note too, the jump in people trying to escape their spouses during quarantine – from Neil Gaiman fleeing Amanda Palmer, to Megan Fox separating from Brian Austin Green, for a few.)

In addition to love, Venus also rules fortune. We may see loss of money during this period as unexpected expenses are incurred. It would be a good time to go over budgets and double check your resources to see that you have enough of everything, and don’t go spending a lot on all that glitters. You may discover later it wasn’t gold after all.

Mercury has powerful significance during this period as well, since he is the ruler of Gemini, and he is occupying 9 degrees of Cancer this time around. Just as the last new moon was filled with Mercury’s presence kick starting off our communications in the house of Gemini, this one is also exposing ways we can improve those communications and ways in which they have failed us. We are fixing minor issues and issuing corrections for things we said before, a point made strong by the penumbral eclipse. It is not a definitive ending, but a seeking for answers and better changes, of gently guiding our ship right after a slight wander off course.

Mercury’s presence in Cancer is also the house which rules the moon, which means we have the moon in Gemini, where Mercury rules, and Mercury in Cancer, where the moon rules. Mutual reception! Communication at home is going to flow well and swiftly. Use this chance to do everything from going over service contracts, renovations, buyer-seller contracts, real estate issues, marriage oriented plans or pre-nups, and everything in between. With many people still hesitating to wander outside, all text dates or Zoom-only conferences may still be the order of the day, and there couldn’t be a better time to do it.

Jupiter at 26 degrees of Capricorn is enjoying his own buddy comedy with gloomy Pluto at 24 degrees of Capricorn in the house of rules, restrictions, and status quo. Jupiter can’t wait to get away from buzzkill Pluto, but these two are still finishing their own sordid business together. Pluto still harks back to the unfinished business of consequences for actions taken, but since when has Jupiter been one to stick around and clean up after a party? Never. Jupiter tries to surge ahead but he’s tripping over the wreckage he has caused. This is the metaphor we are fighting with currently. Things we did in times of excess turned out to be short-sighted, and harmful in the long run. We see this a great deal with the expansion of commerce which made use of “just-in-time” inventory. Unfortunately, this has caused problems in the food supply when Pluto pinched things, and now there’s a bit of a mess to clean up and people are slowly considering what other options there may be in the house of rules and restriction. Will we come up with new laws and regulations to protect ourselves from this short sightedness again?

Saturn is happily digging into Aquarius at 1 degree. Aquarius was traditionally the house of Saturn before Uranus grew up and castrated his dear father, so in this sense, there is a happy reunion to nostalgia. It’s not Saturn’s home, but the place he grew up. He is, by rulership, lending a bit of his energy to Uranus, who is transiting Taurus at 8 degrees where big changes are afoot. This may mean that Saturn is in the mood to relax some rules regarding the earth where he was once a little more somber in Capricorn — there have already been interesting moves in the stock markets regarding biotech companies and marijuana stocks, something which would very much be under the concerns of Taurus right now, but stocks regard public issues and rules, which Saturn can play a hand in.

Full Moon 11° Leo Reckless Love, Expanding Intensity – 1-31-2018

01-31-2018 Full Moon

When –
January 31st, 2018 ~ 08:27 am EST / January 31st, 2018 ~ 01:27 pm UST

Corollary to New Moon at 0° of Leo
July 23, 2017 ~ 05:47 am EST / July 23, 2017 ~ 09:47 am UST

You can read about this corollary lunation on the post at my website for free, here:
https://stars-by-design.com/2017/07/24/leo-new-moon-0-degrees-lionheart/

This full moon brings interesting aspects with Venus, the benefic which rules love and money. And, in addition, this is a lunar eclipse! And as with any eclipse, expect changes and shake-ups, endings and beginnings, closure and initiations.

Venus in 16° Aquarius aligns with the sun in 11° of Aquarius. Under this full moon, women will be initiating and taking action, and under the influence of quirky, innovative, dreamy Aquarius, she will be in a moon to express herself in unexpected way; with the sun present as Leo’s natural ruler. Venus will find favor in her guises, especially since the moon occupies Leo, which by rulership is owned by the sun. The luminaries will grant support to these Venusian endeavors and in Aquarian spirit, female actions are bound to be irreverent and reckless.

The North Node in Leo at 15° also opposes this Venus/Sun conjunction, which lets us know that as positive or seemingly good one might feel, or about gifts we might receive as a result of Venus’s blessings – earnings that satisfy our needs or a new found romance, they may not be in our best interests in terms of the big picture. It’s not a matter of whether it is lasting or temporary – only whether it is propelling us in the direction of our life’s purpose and it may be leading us astray from our North Node future. Take note and consider what comes to us easily and makes us comfortable and satisfies our pleasures might be not enough.

Jupiter at 21° Scorpio also squares Venus in 16° Aquarius which reinforces the presence of this goddess in our lives. Jupiter expanding the 8th house of Pluto, sex, death, taxes and other people’s money may open the door to the unexpected – not as a frothy clash of energy, but as an attraction of opposites. Jupiter expands the seductive power of Scorpio, and Venus empowered by the sun and emboldened to let her hair down in Aquarius let’s Jupiter make the first move. In terms of money, this might indicate friction in regards to earnings, or extravagant gifts – perhaps too extravagant. Jupiter could miss the mark and scare Venus away.

Saturn at 4° Capricorn is conjunct Black Moon Lilith, hammering home the power of female sexuality with all this feminine power highlighted under this full moon.

Capricorn is Saturn’s natural ruler and this makes Lilith his guest – or his prisoner. Consider the old fairy tale of Bluebeard and his wives. This union of reserved older man (Saturn) and volatile, magnetic and sexually liberated Lilith is a potent one, for it can be both fractious but mutually beneficial. The risk here is that an authority figure, or father, or older person inadvertently quashes Lilith’s intensity and sexual expression – as a Bluebeard, keeping her under threat and held down with fear. At best, the fiery Lilith can get the old man to open up – and learn a few tricks from each other.

The hardest part of this full moon will be the spate of semi-squares to the outer planets. Notably, Neptune at 12° Pisces semi-square Mercury at 29° Capricorn, indicating a significant ending, but this ending may be drawn out and hampered by Neptune. Consider an elder person with serious health problems who relies on a hospital machine to sustain life. The time to pull the plug has come, but the paper work requires more certification or care (Mercury in Capricorn), laws must be adhered to, and though everyone has said goodbye, the Neptune fogginess and indecision sends things into a stall point.

Also Pluto at 19° Capricorn is semi-square Mars at 3° Sagittarius suggests the link of power and control in deep politics struggling to strike a deal with a foreign force. There might be significant negotiations between governments and powers at this time in foreign lands, bu tall attempt to forward progress come to naught.

~11TH MANSION OF THE MOON – AL ZUBRAH~

The Mane. Good for voyages, gain by merchandise, redemption of captives. With moon here, plant, marry, but do not navigate.
– Vivian Robson


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Lunations 2018