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 Eclipse In Leo on 2/10/2017, Impressions

 

Buckle up for this eclipse. I’m excited — are you?

We have a Leo-Aquarius polarity between the sun and the moon — the king and the fool standing on opposite sides of the court, the regal and revolutionary powers. Yet, with the moon in Leo, by rulership, this moon is happy to work with the sun. Politics are on everyone’s mind, so this amplifies the mood already at hand.

What’s interesting is that the Moon is fast approaching Regulus and there’s a good post that touches on what those fixed stars in that constellation of Leo means here. What is also prominent is that Regulus figures in Trump’s natal chart, so this eclipse might be ushering in truly unexpected changes in Trump’s character — or priming him for a fall. Either way, we little people outside the realm of influence in the political world of presidents and kings are dealing with our revolutionary troubles at home, at work, and in community. Lines are being drawn and people are being pushed in directions that heretofore were not prime issues in life. No one is allowed neutrality, anymore, and so this friction will likely bubble up during this eclipse.

In addition to the fixed star Regulus, we have a rather interesting conjunction of Jupiter at 23 degrees in Libra, sitting right on top of fixed star Spica. Jupiter, while often considered “benevolent” is really neither good nor bad, but a planet of expansion, which means it makes both the good and the bad bigger than they were before. Amplification does not always work in our favor, after all. However, rejoice, because Spica is a fixed star of wealth and good fortune joining forces with Jupiter!

Another aspect that leaps out from the chart is the arrangement of parallel and contra-parallel planets. The moon, Uranus, Sun, and Jupiter share in this arranged from their signs of Leo, Aries, Aquarius, and Libra. That’s quite a foursome of signs, criss-crossing their energies with regards to self-interests and community interests, between relationships and individuals.

Uranus in opposition to Jupiter in Libra is, as I’ve mentioned and will continue to, touching off those who were born with Pluto in Libra in the late ’70s, early ’80s. For them, these years will be defining points in their lives. Changes will be felt by all, but for this generation in the prime of life, what they do now will have severe consequences in the future, and those are, of course, political issues as well as personal ones. For those born outside of that time frame, things are no less heated, but the ramifications will be different. Everyone is being pushed into change by Uranus in Aries, but for the younger generation, there is still time yet to change course, refine purpose, and go beyond fixed fate. For the Pluto in Librans, age often closes windows of opportunity in our lives because we can’t suffer changes and surprises with the same fluidity as we could when we are young — and that’s hardly an astrological issue, but rather, one that is the evolving pattern of life. The clock is ticking. During this eclipse, choices will be determining the personal and collective future in a big way, and I’d be curious to know what executive orders, what bills, and what laws might be changed under its influence. Finance in our personal lives may also play a part, for while Spica is a fortunate star, the influence of Jupiter crossing over Pluto’s generational tracks may be revealing debts that need to be repaid, problems in spending, possessions being divided, or windfalls.

We also have a grand fire trine. I was born under a similar fire trine, so to say I’m supercharged and excited by this pattern is an understatement. Our trine comprises of Uranus in Aries, the Moon in Leo, and Saturn in Sagittarius. A strange arrangement of energies anchored in the moon and crossed over by the sun, Saturn in its detriment in Sagittarius plods away slowly though the 25th degree. His slow and steady gait will eventually over take electric Uranus in the sign of the Ram, while the moon in her swiftness dances around them all, but for now at their triangular points in fire signs should give us a sense of urgency in our individual tasks and matters, galvanizing us to meet challenges with extra vigor, even if the road is bumpy and our challenges unanticipated.

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