The New Moon/ Solar eclipse of the 10th falls at 19 Gemini 47, poised for the next day’s Inferior Conjunction of retrograde Mercury and the Sun. That makes a kind of double energy of ‘new beginnings’, of germination, in both the realm of ideas and that of the matters of the natal House where this eclipse falls for you. The seminal nature of things means we might not immediately know what is getting its start–but in Gemini, it almost certainly will cause a shift in the mentality, a shift in attention.
The eclipse forms a novile with Mars, already unhappy in Cancer and sitting at the 29th degree, desperate to do, to take action, to make ‘it’ happen–always a bad thing, when we feel pushed to do because we care, or worse, to prove we care, or perhaps pushed by others who care (or pushed by others to care, about something that doesn’t move us)–but if you can connect the passion Mars carries to the feeling nature without conflict or pressure, propelled by ideas, by thoughts we truly want to act on, something may be initiated that can help define your current, personal Zeitgeist and inform thinking and the mentality in a ‘fresh’ way. If you can apply the need for action to what you care about you can expect thought-innovation concerning something that really matters to you, ideas and the energy to put them in motion, as well as knowing who or what contacts will change thought into matter.
The eclipse trines Zeus, and forms a wide square to Neptune and wide opposition to Juno. These contacts suggest that ambition and desire fulfillment is the essence of what occurs at the eclipse–and that this may not agree with what we imagine fulfillment will look like. It also suggests that we may find what starts, at least in the beginning, disempowering–but it’s more likely disorienting, asking us to see things in a new light, one that can work out much better than if things unfolded as we would orchestrate them.
Muddy-ing the mix is a wide square to Vesta in Virgo, perhaps suggesting nothing so much as the potential for stiff-necked and judgmental ‘principles’ to get in the way of what needs to be initiated at this time. With that 29 degree Mars we know something must be done, and if we keep our emotional head on straight, and refuse to succumb to emotional pressures, we can start something big, new, fresh, necessary–so though we need considered judgment, an agreement between head and heart, we don’t need a hyper-critical take on what we want to do.
The Sabian for the eclipse is, ‘A Modern Cafeteria Displays An Abundance Of Food, Products Of Various Regions’. That’s an image of choice–a watchword of Mars, which we know is instrumental to what goes down. Note too that it’s a ‘modern’ image, one that provides options we might not have had at other points in time, or even in history–important as it emphasizes the wide reach we now enjoy, the variety at our fingertips, and the wide impact of our own choices, an effect we might not anticipate as we act, but which we should be cognizant of.
Find balance between the head and the heart, and be willing to act–what’s promised is something you’ve long wanted, though be warned, it may not be precisely what you’ve envisioned, it will fulfill the ambitions, the desire nature, the craving you’ve carried–and like so many things in life, surprise us with the form it takes, with what it brings, with discovery about the true nature of what we’ve drawn to us.
Bonus: if you have a natal placement in the 18-21 degree range of Aquarius, you may find this period initiates a new front with a worked-for ambition or aim, likely bringing a workable approach that leads to realization, as your natal placement fills in an Air Grand Trine with the eclipse and Zeus. Congrats!
Thank you for this post, Julie.
With the Eclipse conjunct my natal Moon/MC and square natal Venus/Desc, it’s not an easy one, so your advice to balance between the head and the heart, and to be willing to act has been very useful.
We’ll see the results after the Superior Conjunction and when Mercury becomes direct…
I hope everything goes well for you
Hi Katia! You’re welcome. It does sound like a challenging time for you, and since eclipses can ‘echo’ forward, it could last for a while. With the Inferior Conjunction under our belts all we can do is wait, as you say–I don’t know how it is for you, but I feel as if what started is still hazy at best–can’t wait to see it clearly! I hope everything is going well for you, too–
Thanks for this insight. I have it conjunct my n.Venus at 21 degs and wonder how that can play out especially when my SR Ascendant in 2 weeks will be 21 Gem? Any steer from you would be so much appreciated.
I’m not sure I’ve got a clear picture–your natal Venus is at 21 Gemini, and soon your Solar Return ASC will have progress to 21 Gemini, yes? Are you wondering if the eclipse affects this in some way? If this is the case, this is what I’d offer (though I’m uneasy, as always, with such an abbreviated scenario): the eclipse will ‘light up’ Venus, involving Venusian subjects, subjects of the House where the eclipse falls, and/ or the subjects of the Houses in the natal chart that Venus rules, in the new start energy. Your SR ASC progressing to that point may suggest this energy becomes part of the way you meet the world, at least for a while. But, consistency in the way you read a chart is THE most important thing–and when we’re talking about the effects of transits, events like an eclipse, or progressions of any kind, we do best to refer them back to the natal chart, simply because it’s the one sure constant describing the fundamental make-up of the individual–so that’s where we get our best core info, and where we most clearly see shifts in character, methodologies, and responses. Good luck, Jennifer, with your eclipse ‘new You’!
Yes that was what I was asking. Really appreciate your clear way of explaining. Thanks greatly for the steer and your great work your share with us.
You’re welcome, Jennifer, and thank you–glad I was able to help a bit 🙂
FYI, your appended responses no longer show up as italicized and haven’t the last few times I’ve checked your page, jd. Makes the comments a little confusing.
Hi Zack, I know, it hasn’t worked for awhile now. Nothing I can do but wait for WordPress to fix the function.
Some days after the eclipse now but I am finding it revealing a lot of things about myself that are difficult to examine. It occurred right on my natal Saturn at 19 Gemini which occupies my first house/Asc, so it would follow that revelations to my sense of self are to be expected. It seems I don’t know who I am anymore, and the eclipse probably brought this to the forefront. In addition, the Sabian Symbol is sublimely apropos, for I have so many options before me that I am deer-in-the-headlights all the time now, it seems. So, to find balance between head and heart… what a task, esp. when it concerns who I am now.
Hi Kieron. Glad to hear that you’re consciously approaching what the eclipse has revealed to (and about) yourself–that’s certainly the best way to go. I would suggest that the eclipse occurring right on your natal Saturn freed up whatever you may have been suppressing–but it also may manifest in solid terms (surroundings, physical and material circumstances, tangible matters) things you need to see and know about the world, in order for you to make the best choices possible. There’s even the possibility that the eclipse shifts the emphasis, so that you suppress another set of factors entirely, in order to get through coming challenges. It all says to me you should watch the outer as much as the inner–for they will be very apt reflections of each other, through to the next set of eclipses in six months. Look also to the House(s) Saturn rules in the natal chart, for areas where a ‘wipe out’ or serious reorganization/ restructuring may occur. Many good wishes in your quest to balance the head and the heart, and thanks for stopping by!