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**This article was written by The Nephilim Rising’s Astrologer, Emily O’Keeffe.**
Welcome back to our Summer of Discontent 2020.
In my last post I talked about Pluto retrograde, which is still happening, and bringing up quite a bit of humanity’s more repulsive characteristics.
Since then a few other astrological things have happened as well.
Jupiter, Saturn and Venus have all gone retrograde and are in the Underworld with Pluto helping to shine light on our shadowy parts so we can illuminate and integrate them.
But, today I want to talk about eclipses.
Eclipse season is here folks.
There is a lot to talk about here so this will be in two parts. I also don’t want to overwhelm, we are all dealing with quite a bit already. Susan Miller, a veteran Astrologer, has a great article on her site Astrology Zone, on how to deal with eclipses. I highly recommend reading it, there are many good tips and she explains eclipses very well.
However, for this article, there are a couple of things you need to know.
The first thing I want to talk about it is how eclipses function. They are felt on both a personal level and also on a greater societal level.
Eclipses are the wild card of astrology, like The Tower card in tarot. Also like the Tower card, eclipse energy is energy that is outside of our personal control and energy that happens TO us. Because of that, it is really best to not to instigate any big changes or moves at eclipse time.
The reason being, you have to expect the unexpected.
Sometimes you do have to do things because you really don’t have another choice and then you just gotta do what you gotta do. But still expect the unexpected.
The second thing you need to know about eclipses is that some people will feel certain eclipses more than others.
One will feel it most if the eclipse hits certain sensitive points in one’s natal chart, like personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars) and angles (Ascendant/Descendant/IC/MC).
For instance, let’s say your Ascendant is at 15 degrees Sagittarius or within 5 degrees; this upcoming eclipse at 15 degrees Sagittarius will affect you pretty personally, as the Ascendant and the 1st house represent you. If it was on your Descendant, which is opposite your Ascendant and the beginning of the 7th house and represents “the other” and partnerships; something in your life regarding those life experiences will be affected. If it hits your personal planets, that aspect of your personality will be affected. The closer in degrees to the eclipse the more you will feel it.
Third, eclipses happen in families of signs. What do I mean by that you ask?
They are signs directly opposite of one another; for instance Aries and Libra.
They are opposite ends the energy spectrum.
Aries represents ‘I’ and Libra represents ‘We’.
Aries is a Fire sign and Libra is an Air sign, they compliment each other.
Fire (action) needs Air (ideas) to burn.
Air (ideas) without Fire (action) just floats around and never really manifests anything. The family of signs we have been experiencing eclipses in for the last couple of years is the Cancer/Capricorn axis.
Cancer is a Water sign and represents, home, family, and the inner emotional life and Capricorn is an Earth sign representing stability and achievement in the outer material world.
However, we are in the middle of an eclipse family change, we are moving into the Gemini/Sagittarius family. It’s not a completely abrupt change, it crosses over each other.
So, this eclipse season we will have 3 in a row, typically they happen in pairs.
The first will be a full Moon lunar eclipse at 15 degrees Sagittarius on June 5th, the second will be a new Moon solar eclipse at 0 degrees Cancer on June 21, and the third will be another full Moon lunar eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn on July 5th.
After the lunar eclipse in Capricorn, that family of eclipses will be done and we will move into the Gemini/Sagittarius family.
I want to talk mostly about the Gemini/Sagittarius family of eclipses. Especially since that is the energy and theme of the eclipses for the next couple of years.
It is the axis of reason vs intuition, knowledge vs wisdom, data vs the big picture, primary school vs higher learning, local vs foreign.
June 5th 2020, there will be a Full Moon lunar eclipse at 15 degrees Sagittarius.
Full Moons already tend to be emotional times. If you don’t believe in the chaotic power of the full Moon, you probably don’t have children or pets or work with the general pubic, otherwise you know what I’m talking about. Shit gets crazy at full Moons.
Full Moon eclipses, are like a full Moon on steroids!
It’s SUPER emotional and unpredictable and it has that energy all by itself.
But wait… There’s more.
We are going to add in a few more aspects of energy thanks to retrograde Venus conjunct the Sun in Gemini and Mars at 15 degrees Pisces, these all form what astrologers call a T-square.
I know you’re probably saying, “ok cool, now please tell us what all that means…”
We have the Sun energy and Venus energy fused together, but Venus is currently retrograde, meaning she is in her underworld right now and showing some darker sides of herself. One of those dark sides is that her famous diplomacy and charm ranges from not very strong to non-existent right now, and that makes for some very, ‘IDGAF-about-hurting-your-feelings’ kind of energy.
So, we have that energy and the full Moon eclipse energy in opposition of each other, and now let’s throw in Mars, the aggression, anger and war planet!
Mars will be 90 degrees to the Sun/Venus conjunction and full Moon eclipse. That’s where the square part comes in.
In astrology, a 90 degree angle is called a square aspect. The energy does not flow together well. It’s very uncomfortable, it causes irritation and friction.
But, they do make things happen. It’s an aspect of action because its super uncomfortable until you deal with it.
So, basically the emotional Moon is going to be on the opposite spectrum of the cranky ‘IDAF’ Sun/Venus and Mars is going to step in and go, “LET’S FIGHT!!!! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!”
**fists pumping in the air**
In fact, we are already seeing this energy in action right now in our larger society.
That’s another interesting thing about eclipses. The energy doesn’t just happen at the exact time of the mathematical eclipse. It functions more like seasons do.
Yes, there is a calendar date of the season change, but just because the calendar says its spring doesn’t mean that the weather will cooperate.
Astrology energy is the same, its ‘about time’ for this energy to be happening.
So, given that the eclipse is in a few days, yeah we are already seeing this energy in action. I would like to point out that the Mars instigator energy is in Pisces currently. Pisces is a very nebulous sign, things are never what they appear to be with Pisces. Keep that in mind when looking for the instigators of the current chaos in our world.
Don’t forget to watch for these themes in your personal life as well. This energy will be active for months afterward.
We will be having our eclipses in the Gemini/Sagittarius family for the next couple of years. It won’t be like it is right now for that whole time, so not to worry.
But, we will see these same themes of data vs big picture, reason vs intuition, etc. for the next few years in the form of eclipse season.
As for the other two eclipses that will follow the June 5th one, I will save that for another time.
We have enough on our plates to deal with for now.