This week we have Mercury turning retrograde in Leo and the 2nd eclipse, a Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius. Last week we had the Solar Eclipse in Cancer and we saw the Russians indicted in the hacking of the US 2016 election. The US is a Cancerian country and an eclipse in Cancer was bound to bring something out onto the table. After all, that is the job of eclipses – to enlighten us for the next chapter. The US president was born under a lunar eclipse, so I expect that he will be somehow affected by the upcoming lunar eclipse on the 27th. If nothing else, he – and anyone else born on a lunar eclipse – will feel the powerful energy. It can be very restless for all of us as well.
Mercury stations retrograde at 23° Leo on July 26th in the wee hours of the morning EDT. It will remain retrograde in Leo until August 19th and turn direct at 11° Leo. Mercury retro in Leo reminds us to go back to what we do that makes us shine, where we can be freely creative and love life. With the South Node and Mars traveling in the opposite sign of Aquarius, we may find ourselves pulled into old patterns that we have outgrown. Places where we may be overly analytical, obstinate, contrary. It’s easier as a defense to act from a place of being stubborn, but what we really need to do now is open our hearts. That’s what Leo is about, being loving and supportive. Aquarius is about friendship, community and honoring our independence and unique qualities. Since the eclipse is at the South Node, we will release these old patterns, where we clutch on to the past. No one ever wants to let go of the familiar and that is the test of the South Node, to get out of the comfort zone. This is one of those cases where we truly need to trust life and not fall into old habits. We shall find balance by owning and being proud of our uniqueness while remaining sincere and committed to our heart’s journey.
There’s a lot of excitement around this eclipse because it makes a challenge to Uranus, the planet of genius, surprises, epiphanies and breakthroughs. If you are longing for a breakthrough in some part of your life, this may be the moment. It’s a good time to push the envelope in whatever you are working on – stretch your abilities and have confidence in what you can do. Creativity is abundant with this aspect and it’s perfect for thinking outside the box and turning ideas upside down to see them from a different vantage point.
And that’s exactly what we need to do this week – turn ideas upside down. I have to say I have seen a lot of doom and gloom around the internet about this eclipse and it disappoints me. There are many ways to handle energies like this and to get frazzled in advance is not a good choice. For many people who are utterly unaware of astrology, they will just think it’s another Friday in their lives with stuff to deal with. Maybe busier than usual. But my point is – don’t buy into this hysteria. Remember Y2K? Did anything happen? Not really. Instead of focusing on the anxiety of this, focus on the newness that is waiting on the other side and the plans you make for this new time. Look at it from a different vantage point, your own unique vantage point and how these energies pertain to your life, not what everyone else is telling you.
So, don’t react if you start getting hot under the collar. Go for a walk instead. Stay calm, breathe, do something sweet for yourself and for someone else. Stay by the side of those who need you. Open your friendship to someone who may need it. And most importantly, trust love.
Jupiter has stationed direct at 13° of Scorpio, meaning that its retrograde period is over and it is now stopped in the sky. When a planet has stopped, it has a lot of strength, we feel its presence more strongly in those days. Jupiter has been in apparent backwards motion since March 9th and has now reached the point where it was early December 2017. What were you doing then? Anything meaningful? Have memories of that time revisited you today?
Jupiter is the planet of abundance and expansion. Whatever it touches in our lives, wherever it lands in our chart, it asks us to open the door to possibility, opportunity and thinking on a grander scale. When Jupiter moves forward after a period of retrograde, we look at how far we have traveled in these months, what the journey has been about, where it is important to move forward. Scorpio is an internal, private water sign, so it’s likely that we have something internal and far reaching within us that comes forward to be looked at now. Sometimes when a planet goes direct, all the unconscious drives in our way that have been festering come forward to be discarded. This time is no exception, as Scorpio involves the very dark recesses of our minds and Jupiter has gone through there doing a big housekeeping. You may feel a great shift as this planet moves forward and for the next few days as the dust settles. Confidence is also a Jupiterian trait, as Jupiter asks us to have faith in ourselves and the courage to take a leap in the area of our chart it is visiting.
The partial Solar Eclipse happens only two days after Jupiter turns direct on Thursday, July 12th. They are essentially happening at the same time, so their energies are interwoven. The eclipse occurs at 20° of Cancer and is a since it is a Solar Eclipse, this means it is New Moon, hence the Sun and Moon are in the same place in the sky.
The eclipse occurs opposite Pluto at 20° of Capricorn, so this is no ordinary eclipse. New Moon/Solar Eclipses usually indicate a new beginning of some sort. But since this one is entangled with the planet of transformation, we begin something anew that is going to transform our lives. The opposition indicates that it will naturally involve others in what could be a deep emotional experience. It can also be a power struggle with another person as they are a projection of something unconscious we have going on within ourselves. Pluto often indicates working through our own darkness and shining a light on it so it no longer has power over us. Jupiter is in Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, again connecting the direct station of Jupiter with the eclipse. Jupiter’s presence in Pluto’s sign while the eclipse opposes Pluto connects the theme of transformation with Jupiter’s hope and expansion. And Jupiter’s normally optimistic energy gets tempered by Pluto’s depth and intensity. The Sun and Moon will still be in range of a Grand Water Trine with Jupiter and Neptune. This will help the transformation occurring and give us support where it’s needed.
If you know anything about crabs (the crustacean) if you get near them, they will scoot away and hide. The astrological crab is not so different. So, instead of hiding, we want to embrace our strength. I believe the theme of this week is faith, as shown by Jupiter’s moving forward, its connection to the other planet of faith – Neptune – and their smooth relationship to the eclipse. Yes, we will want to use Pluto’s transformative energy to the best of our ability, using Pluto’s power for good in our lives. The idea here is to understand where we need to transform that sense of powerless-ness that Pluto can sometimes bring. There may be moments where we feel our security (Cancer) is at stake, but we need to transcend that fear, tap into our personal power and overcome the trappings of the subconscious mind. Get past our own darkness and embrace our light!