Total Solar Eclipse of August 1, 2008 in Novosibirsk, RussiaPhoto by Aaron Scott Willeke via Wikimedia Commons
THE BIG PICTURE
The month of July brings us eclipse season. As you may recall, twice a month the moon intersects the Earth’s orbital plane at points referred to as the nodes. When the moon travels south to north, that point is called the ascending node (or North Node). Conversely, when the moon travels north to south that point is the descending node (or South Node). These are the events of the New Moon and Full Moon, and when they are close to these nodes, eclipses will occur.
The interpretation of the significance of eclipses in the practice of astrology has evolved over time. In centuries past, eclipses were seen as harbingers of emotionally turbulent times that often coincided with catastrophic events. In modern times, astrologers may be less extreme in their interpretations, but practitioners acknowledge that eclipses can signal powerful events associated with change. Because eclipses have been known to “shed light” on issues in our lives, the reality of factors concerning these situations become clearer. Our ability to see truths is what has the potential to catalyze change. This will be particularly true for collective bodies or individuals whose natal charts are affected by the degree placements and aspects to the nodes. Thus, when we are most strongly affected by these eclipses, we experience releases from relationships or situations and opportunities for new beginnings.
The first in the pair of eclipses is the New Moon Total Solar Eclipse on Tuesday, July 2 at 10°37′ Cancer. The themes related to the sign of Cancer are highlighted at this eclipse. Ruled by the Moon, Cancer is a water sign that is concerned with the maternal, as well as issues related to nurturing and care giving. This sign of the crab is generally concerned with the home and domestic issues. Because this eclipse occurs at the North Node, we can achieve greater wholeness by embracing more Cancerian qualities.
If you or your significant others have planets in your natal chart at this eclipse degree or an adjoining degree of this zodiacal sign, it is likely that changes will come your away. Additionally, those with planets at or near 10° of other cardinal signs (Aires, Libra, and Capricorn) might be impacted as well by change.
As I write the narrative for this blog post, the issue of the abuse and neglect of Central American migrant children in U.S. detention camps has once again surfaced. Last July we also had a pair of eclipses, and the issue of migrant children in U.S. jails became a salient issue during the month of Cancer. Clearly, not much has changed since that time because of limited action by the powerful, but the light still shines on this behemoth problem.
The degree of this month’s Solar Eclipse is less than three degrees from the natal Sun (13°19′Cancer) of the U.S. natal chart, calculated for July 4, 1776¸ the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. For whom was this independence meant for in 1776? At that time, independence was not for women of any color because they could not vote, and it certainly didn’t pertain to African-American slaves or to Native Americans, groups who were maligned and had no or limited rights. Each year at the Solar Return, we have the opportunity to meditate on the topic of what are American values and how are they applied in this country. This year, because of the proximity of this solar eclipse to the natal Cancer Sun, we might ask what needs to CHANGE in the treatment of mothers and their children. We citizens must face the truth that the U.S. is one of only three countries (along with Somalia and South Sudan) that did not sign the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, an international treaty passed in 1989 by 190 countries. Perhaps this is the time to revisit that failure and to correct it.
We have the second eclipse at the Full Buck Moon on July 16 at 24°04′ Capricorn, which is a Lunar Eclipse. Interestingly enough, the natal U.S. Pluto (27°33′) is involved in this eclipse, since it falls three degrees within this event. On the day of the eclipse, transiting Pluto in retrograde motion, will be at 21°50′ Capricorn. As you know, Saturn is the ruler of the sign of Capricorn. Thus, Pluto and Capricorn themes are very pronounced at this time. Additionally, transiting Pluto and Capricorn are presently 5° apart but will be exactly conjunct next January 12. Consequently, this eclipse symbolism is focusing on unfinished business of the past (South Node lunar symbolism) that involve power and regeneration (Pluto) and structures (Saturn). Capricorn is often associated with those in authority and responsibility. Because this is a time of releasing (a South Node function), this eclipse is urging us to let go of that which has decayed (Pluto) and concrete forms (Saturn) that are no longer functional.
First Week (July 1-6)
This is the week of the Total Solar Eclipse, which occurs on Tuesday. Some individuals might become aware of issues that are revealed in their personal lives or at their work. Additionally, we might hear some interesting revelations at the societal level.
The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is: A clown caricaturing well known personalities. For some, a way to achieve some lightness around profound issues is to mimic the powerful. This has been done for centuries by those with less power. It has become part of our standard entertainment to watch comedians spoof political figures or other high profile personalities. Although we might undertake measures to support our position, sometimes things do not go our way and we must make lemons out of lemonade by adding some humor to the situation. Humor too can be powerful because it imparts a message that might not be heard by a sector of society that does not follow serious subject matter through other mediums.This is the week to appreciate the likes of Jimmy Dore, Michael Moore, Stephen Colbert and others.
On the very same day as the Solar Eclipse, the planet Mars shifts into creative Leo, a sign that loves the light shone on its natives. Mars, a doer sign, wants lots of recognition while it’s in this sign and it wants to feel special. This is the time when we might want to assume leadership in some endeavor. Hopefully, there is not a call for military invention, but if it is, it might be done on a grand scale. Whatever the case, it’s a time for risk-taking and gambling.
Meanwhile, Venus, the planet of relationships and resources leaves chatty Gemini and moves into Cancer on July 4. We might gravitate to projects within the home or that center on our children. This would be a great time for making domestic changes and undertaking home improvements.
Second Week (July 7-13)
This week appears to be one where there is a lot of activity. We might be busy “doing” or being self-reflective.
Mercury retrograde begins on Sunday, July 7. When retrogrades occur, the planet involved is in its closest proximity to earth. Consequently, the qualities of the planet in retrograde motion will be magnified to those of us on earth. This is why we often sense during a Mercury retrograde period that we are perceiving the outer world in a different way. Additionally, our communication with others might be misunderstood or not clear. Because of the confusion surrounding the “amping up” of the communication function, we need to be aware of the pitfalls at this time in order to keep things on track.
Venus is that part of us that seeks cooperation and love. For most of the month, Venus is playing Domestic Goddess as she transits home-oriented Cancer. But on Monday, July 8 she contemplates an electrifying opportunity of some sort or perhaps a flirtation with an unusual person with whom she senses a magnetic attraction (Venus sextile Uranus). While she is usually the commitment type, she has a strong urge for freedom. No matter how serious or casual we are, it’s time to talk and show romance (Mercury and Mars in Leo in a conjunction).
Saturn and the North Node are in exact opposition on July 9. Because the North Node represents our potential for growth, we need to understand how Saturn energy might affect us at this time. We know that Saturn is concerned with contraction, with setting limits, and with earned rewards. Therefore, at this time, we might be getting some messages that in order to obtain our goals, we might need to be more focused and conserve our energies for what matters. Also, a little extra grit might result in us seeing the fruits of our labor in a shorter timeframe.
This week you make plans to get your domestic environment together. Then you have lunch with a friend and he tells you about his awesome vacay in the Amazon. Suddenly, your quest for adventure conflicts with your plans to spend the next three weekends cleaning out the garage. Hey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start reading about the destination of your dreams. On second thought, you realize that a streamlined home will free you up to tackle other responsibilities. (Sun quincunx Jupiter; Sun opposition Saturn; Sun conjunct the North Node).
On Thursday and Friday, you sense an inner compatibility between your maverick side and your need for delving into the more imaginative and creative side of life. You might find satisfaction in teaching or mentoring others at work or in your private life. Be aware at the end of the workweek of an unexpected situation that could be contentious.(Sun quintile Uranus; Sun trine Neptune; Mars trine Chiron; Mars square Uranus).
Third Week (July 14-20)
Venus is a focus of much of the week’s astrological activities. Therefore, you can expect issues around relationships, cooperation, financial resources, and values.
On Sunday, July 14, a few drinks in celebration of Bastille Day might loosen us up to bring up a matter that we feel needs to be exposed. Since we are in eclipse season, it is a fitting time to dig up and shed light on a matter that concerns us. (Sun in opposition to Pluto).
On July 16 we have a Full Buck Moon and Lunar Eclipse at 24°04′ Capricorn. Every Full Moon is a time that marks the highpoint in the lunar cycle. It is a time to exhibit an outcome of the intentions we set at the New Moon two weeks before.
The Sabian symbol for this Full Moon is: A Store Filled with Precious Oriental Rugs. Certainly, oriental rugs represent a cultural tradition. They eventually became works of art and useful objects to affluent individuals outside of the Persian culture. Perhaps when psychic Elsie Wheeler interpreted zodiac degrees in the form of symbolism, oriental rugs were items of great value. However, I read in a 2018 issue of the New York Times that the market value is down for oriental rugs because they are not coveted by the rich as they were in the past. Yet because this is an old symbol, I see this as representing something precious and accessible to relatively few people, shall we call them the “one percent.” The fact that transiting Pluto is near this degree suggests that we are in an era of transforming the definition of what we value. Additionally, there are tensions between the U.S. and Iran, the latter being the original producer of these fine rugs. There appears to be a synchronicity here with our times and the issues that are prominent in our country and on the international front.
Our experience with relationships might evolve during the week. Early on astrological aspects indicate that our conservative approach in relating doesn’t mesh with any influences that want to take a risky and indulgent approach. (Venus quincunx Jupiter). We might be in a holding pattern with relationships (Venus in opposition to Saturn). As the week advances, we find the sensitivity we need in this area, particularly if we take an unconventional perspective. Ultimately, we are able to find satisfaction by tapping into the spiritual realm (Venus conjunct the North Node; Venus quintile Uranus; and Venus trine Neptune)
On July 18, Mercury retrograde moves from Leo to Cancer where it will remain all month. Communication will be influenced by the changes of the Moon, since that is the ruler of Cancer.
Fourth Week (July 21-27)
Sunday could be a day for assessing whether we are being too obsessive in the realms of money or love, or perhaps both. We are in a place where we are able to get some perspective on these matters, because someone else is pointing out our behaviors or if we ourselves have come to that realization. This process could be quite beneficial to our personal growth(Venus in opposition to the North Node). This self-assessment is enhanced by our capacity for tender communication. We just need to be cognizant that the other parties involved might be very sensitive during this time when Cancer energy is strong. (Sun conjunct Mercury).
Midweek is a time when discussions about relationships, cooperative agreements, international diplomacy, and things of value are highlighted. Because Mercury is retrograde, make sure to clarify if you understood others correctly (Mercury conjunct Venus).
On the other hand, Thursday and Friday are days when we want to get things done. On Thursday, we might go overboard in whatever we undertake, but we may just have luck on our side (Mars trine Jupiter). On Friday, we might encounter some barriers in whatever project we had tried to accomplish. It could yet happen if we make the needed adjustments (Mars quincunx Saturn).
Fifth Week (July 28-31)
On Sunday, our energy might be on the low side as the Moon is balsamic, the last phase in the lunar cycle. Consequently, it might be best to tie up loose ends on existing projects.
Monday brings a shift in the way we experience the realm of Venus (relationships, values, resources) as this planet moves from Cancer into Leo. We might notice that we begin craving fun experiences and we need attention too!
Our energy begins to build once again when we have the second New Moon of the month on July 31. This occurs at 8°36′ Leo. The Sabian symbol for this degree is: Glass Blowers Shape Beautiful Vases With Their Controlled Breathing. This suggests a time when we gain satisfaction and a lovely outcome when we meld our fiery spirituality with our creative energy. Of course, we can apply this concept of giving something form in a number of endeavors.
This is a very Leonine day, as we have the Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mars in Leo. Yes, I know it’s a work day for many, but why not make it a point to have a little fun today!
MAY YOU HAVE A GREAT MONTH OF JULY NURTURING OTHERS AND YOURSELF!