July 1, 2011 Partial Solar
Eclipse in Cancer/ New Moon
The astrological sign of Cancer is given the element of water, describing
what type energy it is, and the cardinal modality, describing how it operates.
Cancer, like water, flows into any shape of container. It surrounds and
absorbs. It is inherently adaptive. Water energy is sensitive to all energy.
Cancer acts like a sponge and soaks up its environment, but also surrounds and
saturates. It can be protective and shielding, or weak and yielding.
Cancer traditionally represents the Mother Archetype and rules the
private life of house and home.
Now, I’d like to talk about the Cancer/Capricorn polarity. The signs oppose
one another on the zodiacal wheel, but the energy really represents to
two-sides of same coin and are thus complementary. Cancer is Elemental: that
which is raw, unformed, flowing. Cancer is Archetypal: the sign of the mother,
the instinctive, the nurturer. Capricorn is elemental: physical and material;
it represents body, thought-form (principle), think of the way lava cools and
hardens after it freely releases--that is the way of nature. Capricorn is
traditionally Archetypal: the sign of the father, authoritarian,
Making our way (the moon's nodes) from shallow footsteps, to deep
grooves, to ruts… habit builds structure, some call it karma.
We can look to psychological astrology and see our childhood experiences,
how we relate to them, the deep impressions that imprinted into memories during
our childhoods, and our personal past usually has a story, how it was perceived
by us at that time. Cancer, in the astrological chart, points to the
subconscious, the underground of the mind. It is where our stories flow like a
river, without our awareness. When our subconscious emerges because of the
build-up of inner pressures, (for various reasons, sometimes never known); and,
we get the signal of emotion, we can look for a story. Get to know it
first. Then, decide to drop the old story. This takes practice. Over time our
tendencies, habits, stories form into beliefs, and that feeds back into a loop,
shaping how we see today's reality, and ultimately our future.
So, the ‘shaping’ process of life—the way experiences mold us into our
character is through the Cancer to Capricorn polarity. Capricorn, the
crystallization of the trodden path into an absolute paved road has been laid
via repeated actions into habits. Often astrologers talk about the planet
Saturn (Capricorn’s ruler) as being the karmic planet. We can see why, its
placement is a description of our own personal rulebook, or that which we
project outward into the world as our authority. Nevertheless, what was once a
rough sketch of possibility before we repeated it over and over again, became
“written in stone” and therefore a fact about ourselves. When all along, it was
really just our belief forming into reality, caught up in a feedback loop. We
all have beliefs, even those to don't feel comfortable with things like
"belief," who prefer what they call facts. If we operate in that way
(we really have no choice about that part) we get back exactly what we put in,
and face limitation during difficult Saturn transits. Here rather than be
rewarded for our past efforts (whatever past it may be, this life or another).
I know that the whole concept of past and future lives is a bit to stomach
all at once but take a small bite and consider how BIG and LONG these cycles
really are in the universe. We are the universe, we are nature. That's a belief
to work with!
Fresh footprints in the sand (as light markings of a once-over walk) can be
blown away by the wind, but after several passes over the same spot, our way
can become so deepened and hardened that these walkways become absolute ruts
(albeit much easier to stay in) with high walls that we cannot even see
over--so deep that it’s starting to look like a maze, and you wish you had a
map because you are so stuck in the narrowness of where you were (the past)
going over and over it again, that you can't see anything beyond the wall of
that vision. We sometimes like to call these karmic moments, when we simply
realize that it’s time to work a little less on the old path, and consider
starting a new path where we have more vision.
I think you get my point. If you don’t that’s okay, let these pictures and
thoughts sit with you for a little while and let them sink in.
Eclipse aspect pattern
I’m going to pause on archetypal expressions of the signs for this post, and
begin to shift to the aspect pattern of this particular eclipse, which
incidentally starts a whole new family of eclipses, so it’s new-new.
Each series typically lasts 12 to 15 centuries and contains 70 or more lunar
eclipses. Also, this eclipse will affect you from 2 weeks prior to July 1, to 2
weeks after with the greatest intensity. Those most affected have personal
planets in the Cardinal signs of (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn). What
you learn from the astronomical event/astrological energies is your gift, if
you so choose to see it that way, providing you with skills to work with the
ricochet of lessons that pulsate out into the future, consisting of similar
Sun conjunct Moon in
Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn, Retrograde—
Major transformation of consciousness and largely due to the emerging
awareness of the shadow-side (Pluto). Sometimes indicates endings, but since
it’s a New Moon, Solar Eclipse, it’s kind of more like
A fixed star, Gienah,
is conjunct Saturn, and it’s kinda a dark star, described by some as
used in the past for anti-nice magikal purposes.
Saturn is squaring the
eclipse, meaning both North and South nodes of the moon-
If you feel like there is rain coming down on your parade, this is the
saturnine quality of Saturn, sobering you up and sometimes making reality feel
pesky and heavy. (Neptune the planet of dreams is retrograding back into
Aquarius and then will come back into Pisces in February for perma-stay till
2025, so you get can back into generating your dream life (that is,
transcending ordinary reality), don’t let the pesky Saturn get you down, just
listen to the planetary message of Saturn and work with its energies like a
good student of life, you will be rewarded by what you learn.) See if some new
technologies pop up from August to February… your likely to see tons regardless
since it’s the way of things, but keep your eye out for a Neptunian Goodbye to
the sign of Aquarius before going back to the sign it rules, Pisces, for more
alter-reality, fantasy creations, and further reduction on the line separating
reality from fantasy.
Keys to this Eclipse
Patience: the bridge between old and new is built without you. (with Pluto
in opposition, it’s powers beyond your control). Release as much of the past as
you can, by acknowledging what principles are out-dated and not as useful in
your present-life context. Decide which principles (Capricorn) serve your
future direction, and after you listen to your emotions, by fully allowing the
flow (Cancer) of their expression, let go of that story that informs them, and
start anew. Emotions are just emotions, neither good nor bad. It’s the
interpretation, actions, and behaviors that make emotions deemed appropriate or
inappropriate in terms of their expression. That's why we have the tendency to
repress, stifle, or limit them (Capricorn) before we discover them through the
sign of Cancer.
General comments about this summer’s eclipses
This is the last eclipse in the 3-Eclipse series of June 1 (Solar), June 15
(Lunar), and July 1 (Solar). Thus lays the foundation for summer and the 6
months till November with the next series of eclipses. Each eclipse also has
its own eclipse family called a Saros Series, where an eclipse is given a
number for how it appears in the Saros Cycle, spanning approximately 18 years.
Overall, this family of eclipses or Saros Cycle will last 12-15 centuries. In
astrology the nodes project the qualities of the past and future based on their
natal sign and house placement in the birth chart as well as other aspecting
bodies (planets, asteroids, fixed stars) and other mathematical points given
interpretive value such as Arabic parts.
I hope you enjoyed what is still just a brief write-up of everything
astrological + more!
With love and appreciation for all that shines and reflects, from the
apparent darkness of space,