Eeek! As in ‘eeklips!’… as June holds the first two of three usually paired eclipses. If that confuses you, that means you are paying attention and ready to shake your eyes loose and dance your way free of the next layer of the outgrown, or simply no longer appropriate for this next phase of quickening. Did you enjoy your break before this? Didn’t get one? Oh. Oh well, do remember that you have the right to negotiate with the powers that be, and ask for one. Hey, sometimes it works!
Ok, back to the eclipses, which are about shaking up shedding whatever needs to change or go for the next phase of your evolution, as indicated by the sign and house the eclipse falls in, and whatever planets are hit in your chart. Eclipses usually happen with a solar eclipse paired with a lunar eclipse when the Sun is in or very near the sign the Moon’s nodes are currently in – right now, the south node is in Gemini, and so the north node is in the opposing sign of Sagittarius, the thinking/big-picture wisdom polarity. This month, we have a lunar eclipse on June 1st followed by a solar eclipse on June 15th – followed by another lunar eclipse on July 1st, which we will talk about next month. Thus three, instead of the more common pair.
So June starts off hitting the ground running with this eclipse, with a little drag and confusion added to the mix just to keep it interesting while we continue to shift, shed the past and evolve. The lunar eclipse on June 1st at 11 Gemini has the Sun and Moon in a tight stabilizing trine to old man Saturn, happy in Libra, sitting tightly on the local Denver ascendant. The Moon in airy Gemini tends to think – and talk – her feelings rather than feel her feelings. The recent stellium in Aries has mostly moved into down to earth, practical Taurus now, with Mars, Venus, Mercury, ‘dwarf planet’ Sedna, and uranian transneputnian (TNP) Admetos in the sign, adding a sensuous, stubborn edge that calls the quicksilver new Gemini Moon to slow down and go deeper. Only Jupiter and Uranus, and, ok, dwarf planet Eris and Black Moon Lilith remain in Aries, and Jupiter only until June 4th, when the expansive giant enters Taurus to remain until July 2012.
We can be grateful for these slowing influences, because as we’ve discussed for quite a while now, the veils between dimensions are thinner, so the potential for deeper awareness and confirming synchronicity intensify. This is heightened as this eclipse activates Uranus and potently forceful uranian transneptunian (TNP) Vulcanus on the 90 degree dial, as well as asteroids Bacchus (addiction, emotional denial or dishonesty, and – trees) and Ophelia (self-defeating emotional overreaction). Be prepared for some potentially explosive reactions as more comes to light, and take a deeper view to take advantage of the opportunity for spiritual awakening and evolution.
All this is lubricated by zippy Mercury flying into his own sign of agile, thinking Gemini just about 24 hours later on June 2, while watery, idealistic and often confusing Neptune turns retrograde on June 3rd at zero degrees of his own sign, Pisces, starting a slow trek that will take him back into Aquarius in early August, where he will remain until reentering Pisces next year to stay for over a decade. Neptune moves so slowly that the elusive planet has been stationary all week, and continues to remain stationary for almost another week, holding an underlying hazy feeling. Then, as mentioned above, Jupiter leaves Aries after zipping thru that fiery sign in five months to enter Taurus on June 4th, shifting the focus from initiation of desire and new potentiality into more concrete manifestation. The following week Jupiter makes a 60 degree sextile of opportunity to Neptune on the 8th – take the opportunity to dream, to meditate, to envision your Soul purpose. Then on the 9th, Venus enters agile Gemini and makes an activating square to Neptune, reminding us that beauty, love, and compassion are to be part of that spiritual vision. Then in a cosmic changing of the guards, just as Neptune begins to slowly retrograde after being stationary for almost two weeks, Saturn stations to turn direct in Libra, adding a slowing and deepening stabilizing energy to these transits.
So that is the dynamic shifting setup to the lunar eclipse on June 15th at 24 degrees of Sagittarius. This long, slow eclipse is a powerful one because at over an hour and a half in duration, the effects will also be deeper and more long-lived. But also, it’s conjunct the galactic center, and as such will resonate on a broad, universal level. Lunar eclipses tend to resonate more on the personal, emotional level. This one resonates and ripples out in a few widening and deepening circles and levels, as evidenced by its 90 degree dial activation. The eclipse makes direct hits to Poseidon, TNP relating to spirituality, light, psychic imagery; to deep and spiritual Dark Moon Lilith; and to new Kuiper belt football-shaped dwarf planet Haumea, named after a Hawaiian goddess. I don’t know enough about this new planetary being yet to say much, except I’m thrilled we’ve finally moved beyond Greek and Roman gods and goddesses to finally become more cross-cultural, with more instinctual cultures with far greater harmony to nature.
This eclipse beckons us into new, uncharted potentiality with some real juice to it. Activated midpoints are also loaded with new beings and TNPs – Mars/Poseidon, Eris/Admetos, Vulcanus/Sedna, Juno/Hades, Cupido/Hades. There are also the very personal asteroids of Bacchus again (addiction, emotional dishonesty, trees), and Eros (sexual energy, cardio and hormones) At the same time, the local ascendant for this lunar eclipse is just a degree from that of the solar eclipse on June 1st, and still has stabilizing and sometimes limiting Saturn perched on it. If this eclipse is dominant and activated in your chart, be ready to drop what is indicated that no longer serves you and leap into unknown potentiality. Eclipses can ‘burn’ things out of our lives dramatically and fast. Sometimes what is burned out are obstacles and blockages. Do note that while sometimes the impact is drastically obvious on the day of the eclipse, they can manifest early, or for months afterward when there are other transits that trigger the eclipse degree.
There are more movements of the cosmic chess board the following days with Mercury entering emotional Cancer on the 16th, indicting an ability to feel rather than think thoughts, then squaring dynamic Uranus on the 18th, great for intuition and awareness, but also the risk of accidents, so be careful on the road. Then on the 19th, Mercury stands off in opposition to Pluto, with potential power struggles, secrets, mental obsessions, or, better, profound insights and deepened awareness. Then on June 20th, Mars enters quick thinking and acting Gemini, and tends to be happy and well placed in that sign, as the last significant repositioning to ready the skies for the summer solstice on June 21st. Whew!
Solstices are always important, as they are by definition direct solar activation of the Aries axis, and so impact the collective universal level as well as set the tone for the following three or six months. The summer solstice, or Cancer ingress is the time to get centered, to express gratitude (ok, it’s always time for that!) and to assess where you are, what commitments you want to make, how you wish to move forward.
This summer solstice is notable for the Sun being mere minutes from TNP Hades, so we can expect much that has been hidden to be disclosed, much to disintegrate and fall away, and a call to core level authenticity. On the collective level, more will come to light about leaders, who will be challenged if they are not in integrity, and more about the sick, the poor, and disenfranchised, the homeless. There will be errors made. We may see more focus on food safety and production, and more about the dangers of GMO crops. There will be power struggles, and those who can rise above them in skillful awareness. There is quite an intense cardinal grand square in this chart, with powerful Pluto in Capricorn opposing Mercury and TNP Kronos (leaders) in Cancer, squaring disruptive Uranus in Aries opposing Saturn and organized but potentially explosive TNP Zeus. Here is where we see the power struggles, and some tendency to worry, but also to build new pathways and innovative solutions. With bridge-making Chiron nearly on the Aries axis at the midpoint of Moon and Neptune, all in Pisces, there is great vision but also illusion possible. Watch your dreams, meditate, maintain clarity of intent and focus on your spiritual evolution, and while it could be quite a ride, it can be powerful and great, indeed. We continue to be flooded with light and illumination. Willingly let go of that which falls away, and take heart. Deepen in radiant joy, gratitude, compassion, patient acceptance. As always, many blessings to all…