This partial solar eclipse is at 20.41 Cancer on July 12 at 10:47 pm ET
It’s eclipse season again. We're currently in the middle of a Leo-Aquarius eclipse cycle that will continue with the July 27th total lunar eclipse on Mars retrograde in Aquarius. This week’s partial solar eclipse, though, begins the next cycle: Cancer-Capricorn.
The north node will move into Cancer on November 15th this year, accompanied by the south node’s move into Capricorn. The nodal cycle lasts for about 1.5 years and always coincides with eclipses in the same signs (because an eclipse always happens near the north or south node of the moon.) The cycles overlap. After our July 27th Aquarius eclipse, we will still have two more in Leo: August 11th and January 21, 2019. After that, it’s all about the Cancer-Capricorn cycle. Here’s a schedule of upcoming eclipses:
July 27, 2018: Aquarius Total Lunar Eclipse
August 11, 2018: Leo Partial Solar Eclipse
January 5, 2019: Capricorn Partial Solar Eclipse
January 21, 2019: Leo Total Lunar Eclipse
July 2, 2019: Cancer Total Solar Eclipse
July 16, 2019: Capricorn Partial Lunar Eclipse
December 26, 2019: Capricorn Annular Solar Eclipse
January 10, 2020: Cancer Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
June 5, 2020: Sagittarius Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
June 21, 2020: Cancer Annular Solar Eclipse
July 5, 2020: Capricorn Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
The Cancer-Capricorn axis is about integrating emotions with ambition, trust with control, love with power, sensitivity with difficult choices, creativity with sensibility, the mystical with the practical. The north node in Cancer is about letting go of a need for order and recognition, and focusing our attention on caring for others. People with this placement excel when they put their talent for leadership to use for the welfare of children. These themes will play out on a global scale when the nodes shift into Cancer and Capricorn on November 15th. For now, we get a taste of what’s ahead.
The July 12th partial eclipse is directly opposite Pluto in Capricorn, transit of crumbling power structures. Since 2008, Pluto has been destroying old orders and systems. This eclipse, then, has something to do with transformation, and along the Cancer-Capricorn axis, it’s the transformation of power. An emotional, intuitive Cancer new moon sits across from cold, ambitious Pluto in Cap. Where is the intersection of power and empathy? How can we transform to be more emotional, more nurturing, to let go of some control and adherence to older, more rigid structures, in the service of love? On a personal level, this is a powerful new moon for transformation, letting go of some control, and floating on the cosmic ocean of insight. Cancer operates in spirals of families, ancestors, generations. If you have a choice to make or an intention to set, think about what will matter in several generations’ time.
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