Partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer: at the Nexus of Power and Empathy

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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.

 

As always, more specific information about how this eclipse affects each sign is available in the horoscopes. Email info@rebelastrology.net to request a free trial.

 

Image credit: Susanna Majuri, Raven

Gemini New Moon: Chiron in Aries Checks In

This new moon is at 22.44 Gemini on June 13 at 3:43 pm ET

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The ruler of this Gemini new moon, Mercury, moved into Cancer yesterday, where he immediately began to make a challenging aspect to the fresh, bloody wound of Chiron in Aries. If Cancer’s sign represents the ocean and saltwater, then cleansing with salt water can heal a wound, but the salt stings. Words--the purview of Gemini and Mercury alike--may sting at this new moon. Cleansing, yes. But, ouch! This new moon is also square Neptune in Pisces, signifying that we may be thinking our way through some confusion or delusion.

Chiron in Aries, remember, is showing us how to be authentic. Where are you hiding and how can you find the courage to be yourself in that part of your life? We are healing the wounds of toxic masculinity, anger, war, destruction, and self-abnegation. We are healing the wounds of perfectionism that hold us back from an authentic life.

I’m beginning this lunar cycle by gathering insights from a profoundly useful consultation with Ivy over at Circle Thrice. Ivy is a project manager, witch, and tarot reader combining these three skills to help people plan strategic goals and navigate projects to success. When I work with a business consultant like this, I have to be vulnerable. I have to show this other person all of the numbers behind my business, and tell them about my problems. If I hide the problems and pretend it’s all going perfectly, she can’t help me solve anything. It’s scary for most of us to show another human being how imperfect we are, and ask that person to tell us about the mistakes we’re making. It can feel like a risk to ask for help.

Ivy’s assessment of my business hiccups and advice for solving them was excellent. She helped me see my return on investment in various projects from a different angle, which in turn clarified some of my goals. A consultation with her showed me how I need to reorganize my time in order to get where I want to go. Her words didn’t sting me, mind you--she’s very professional and supportive of her clients. But having to look at the rational side of things when I may have been ignoring or obfuscating the details for myself stung a little, privately. It means I can’t ignore reality. Ultimately, though, doing this kind of practical problem solving is healing, helping me to do my authentic work a little better every day. A lot of things are going well in my career--most of it, actually--and now I can move anything that is out of alignment with my goals back into alignment, thanks to Ivy’s advice.

The words that come to you at this new moon may come through someone else or your own inner voice. Though they may sting a bit, consider their healing potential. It’s a Chiron-in-Aries check-in, saying: are you being true to yourself? Are you practicing self-love? Are you taking risks, even though they make you vulnerable?

Gather the insights without judgment and start acting on them in a day or two, during the waxing moon. Today is a good day for just thinking about it, and maybe setting an intention for what you want to do with these insights. It’s a good day for reviewing Chiron’s transit through Aries. If you want to know what this Chiron transit means for you, check out your monthly horoscope for April in the members’ archives. And if you want advice for this new moon, this week’s horoscopes will help.

Image Credit: Illustration from Old French Fairytales by Virginia Frances Sterrett

Taurus New Moon: Threshold

This new moon is at 24.36 Taurus on May 15th at 7:48 am ET

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This new moon arrives just in time to ready the threshold for Uranus' ingress into Taurus at 10:48 am on May 15th. We are beginning an era of radical growth, rewilding ourselves and the earth after stepping off the high-octane rocket ship that was Uranus in Aries. Uranus in Taurus is more like a futuristic eco-home: ingenious and unconventional, but attached to the ground. This new moon is trine Lilith and Pluto in Capricorn, an aspect that bids you to access your power. Lilith in Pluto is strong. She's been through hell and she's not afraid of it -- she'll be your tour guide. That's the kind of tough, unafraid womanhood you want when the Taurus moon beckons Lilith-Pluto over three hours before Uranus rises up from the earth like a goddamn mountain forming. Things are about to change in the next eight years. Use it to your advantage. Think wild feminism, a new sexual revolution, biophilia and tree songs and octopuses from space. Reality is only getting weirder, but you can make it your kind of weird. Set an intention for the wildness you want.

Image Credit: Future Earth by Jochi