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The most striking thing to me, once again in recent Lunar events, is how few aspects are made, with those that are close also for the most part being minor–or, the aspect is to a minor body, as it is with the eclipse Moon-Earth approaching conjunction to Sedna. Long-time Readers know I see asteroids and other minor bodies as facets of the umbrella larger energy represented by the major planets–so the emphasis this eclipse on smaller entities emphasizes their particular nature, their ‘attitudes’.
This is a partial Lunar eclipse, meaning the Earth, as it lines up on the ecliptic with and comes between the Sun and the Moon, won’t create a shadow that entirely blocks the reflected light of the Moon. In symbolic terms this suggests a ‘mild’ eclipse effect (if that’s even possible!) so that, considering the minor aspect-minor body angle, what we might see are surrounding events that cast a more modest shadow on circumstances than we might expect. Changes, rather than devastation, as we might anticipate with a total eclipse or with strong contact to our own charts (see the previous post for one such example).
The eclipse occurs at 12:57 AM PST of the 19th at 27 Taurus 14, close to conjoining Sedna, suggesting that something might ‘click’ soon after the eclipse: we may realize what we ‘know but don’t know’, what has been sublimated, or only instinctively known, up until now. An eclipse is like an eraser run across the blackboard of life: It can wipe things away, sometimes even bringing a literal ‘clean slate’, but we’ll still see the remnants of what was, the ghost images of what was written before–and with this eclipse, we see that with the separating square from Jupiter and the separating trine of Pluto. Both imply these things are past, but recently enough that they figure into, even shape, the eclipse events. The Moon-Earth combo moving away from a square to Jupiter in Aquarius speaks of difficult material and emotional impacts of having acquired new knowledge or understanding, or of some social injustice or unrest–it may also hint that in some instances, we may have exaggerated the importance of this. The same duo leaving a trine to Pluto says that change or destructive/ transformative influences snuck in easily; only with the eclipse may we begin to realize how much the ground beneath our feet (Pluto is in Capricorn, after all) may have shifted, given way, or heaved up right under us.
We also see two lesser, but in this case probably no less important, aspects: a just-separating quindecile to Mars, and a sesquiquadrate to Venus–which happens to place Venus and Mars in sextile to each other. What may look harmonious on the surface, a blending and cooperative effort of different but equal, or of complementary ‘parts’ or energies, will reveal its more challenging facets under the Lunar shadow. The eclipse aspect to Mars is one that calls out extreme reactions, the obsessive, the disruptive, the restless, and speaks of motivations–in this case, perhaps actions taken or choices made as to what must go, must be eliminated or altered, what steps must be taken, and all with the aim of either ridding ourselves of a negative element or getting to the Truth (Mars in Scorpio).
With the aspect to Venus, we see slightly less tension, and something akin to excessive irritation, the kind that lights a fire under us. Venus is in Capricorn, possibly speaking of dissatisfaction with the status quo, with rules and regs, with constraints, especially societal ones, and these irritations are delivered through tension in relationships or surrounding the financial or asset picture. It could arise from some upset with someone we love and feel safe with, who under the eclipse light suddenly threatens the tidy arrangement we have–or it could be that our own efforts, especially artistic creations or things created out of our own love for them, won’t be appreciated by the larger social order. In any case, these are disruptive and disturbing elements that arrive in our lives in what seems like a very personal form–and so we may not realize everyone is experiencing these effects in some form.
What we thought we had, what has made us comfortable, what we see as assets or talents, is likely to get scrutiny, and get a shake-up, either from us or from the outside world, should we not respond to the need for change. The Sabian for the Full Moon eclipse is, ‘A Woman, Past Her “Change Of Life”, Experiences A New Love’. In this image we have a receptive agent (a woman), specifically post-childbearing years, who finds a new love. That seems to me a lovely reminder of the worth of a human being beyond any socially designated biological role. It’s also an image of optimism, of hope: one doesn’t have a prime for Love–that can happen any time. It’s an invitation to live life to its fullest.
We always inspect the Sun’s Sabian for a Full Moon as well: ‘The King Of The Fairies Approaching His Domain’. What Kingdom do you rule? This speaks of territory, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, that you know is yours, that you have been aiming to completely master, occupy, or return to–you’re almost there, with the notation that the eclipse energy, no matter how it plays out, is meant to get you closer to this destination.
John Spirko said:
Greetings. Does the Mars (13°) opposition to Uranus (12°) factor into this eclipse very much? (I ask because the moon will have just transitted my Natal Mars (25°) and T-Uranus is in aspect to Natal Venus.) (All kinds of amazing/weird dreams this last few months). Hoping for clear skies here so I can watch it early Friday morning.
Hi John. Good question. Sounds like you’ve been buffeted pretty seriously by Martian-Uranian energies of late. I like to keep the Lunar picture as tidy as possible, because it’s easy to have concurrent aspects bleed into those caused by the eclipse/ Moon event, causing people to confuse the origins of the effects and so giving them unreal expectations for a similar event the next time. In this case, though Mars does aspect the eclipse, it’s also already more than one degree past that opposition to Uranus, with each body moving in opposite directions. So, it will likely feel as if that Mars-Uranus aspect is the source of at least some of the discord, but the reality is that Martian reactions to and actions spurred by Uranus (the unexpected, the unanticipatible, chaos, a sense of understanding, especially through Higher Mind) will be fading. We may be tempted to see Uranus in what is really Mars/ eclipse, because of the lingering influence of the Jupiter in Aquarius square just past. We may see as individual what’s really a broader social issue (probably around ‘the facts’ or some acquired knowledge, from exaggeration of the importance of ideas, or the inclinations of ‘the crowd’–Jupiter), and conversely, may see as a broader social matter something that’s actually deeply personal, that’s something only we can do something about. That means that if we keep in mind the way an eclipse sets a sort of tone for the next 6 months (through to the next eclipse set), we can see that our issues of Self-assertion, Will, and choice may be much more emotionally driven (Lunar eclipse) than we think, based possibly in issues around survival/ resources, comfort, and reliability (Taurus), rather than around social conditions (Jupiter) or the rebellion or erraticism of ourselves or others (Uranus).
John, considering that your natal Mars and Venus are activated by transit energies of both the eclipse and Uranus right now, it may be difficult (and perhaps irrelevant) to distinguish among the various parts. What happens at eclipse time will simply fold in those natal contacts–so for you, this eclipse effect may fall on the side of the highly personal that you may be inclined to attribute to the broader social climate. Look to the House where the eclipse falls for the emotional origins of things, and to the Houses Mars and Venus rule in your natal chart; that’s where at least some of the action that you need to take personally (that is, to act on as an individual) will show up most strongly.
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John Spirko said:
Thank you Julie. 👍👍👍 That all fits & it’s tangled, but much less so now. Able to get back into & focus on creativity. Mars in Taurus in the 2nd; Venus in Gemini in the 2nd along with the NN (plus a chain of aspects Mars->Mercury->Moon; plus a minor chain of aspects with NN->Venus->Uranus->Sun)
Ah, I see–out of chaos, creativity! An excellent formula, I think. Glad the whole thing’s a little less tangled for you 🙂
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Gabriella L. Garlock said:
Really nice! The Sabians in particular.
The lunar eclipse conjuncts my Jupiter (has been enjoying that trine with transit Pluto as well). 9th House. Yeh, my Jupiter actually precisely conjuncts Algol…!
Thank you, Gabriella! Wow–so for you it’s been change, and now with the eclipse, change again! I’ll address Algol in another comment/ question I’ve received on this post, but have to think you may be a ‘Go Big or Go Home’ kind of person, at least when it comes to the matters of the 9th, and of the House Jupiter rules for you natally, which, depending on the system you use, may be quincunx the House in which the eclipse falls. That screams ‘Adjustment!’–just don’t lose your head (Algol) when dealing with what comes up 🙂
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Curious how you feel about Algol’s presence here.
Hi, j. The Fixed Stars have a long, illustrious history of use, and were particularly important in pre-telescope Astrology, as they’re bright enough to be observed with the naked eye. That means that what we’re dealing with are definitions for these objects drawn from myth and observation–but we must keep in mind that ancient observations of the way placements and transits coincided with earthly events were drawn from the charts of the wealthy and powerful–which means those object meanings carry a lot of drama that is normally beyond our everyday experience–so their meanings can be limited, in terms of applicability to the everyday. Like every object, Algol can indicate a number of potentialities, one or another emphasized depending on what it contacts in the natal chart, but it’s most known for suggesting a violent death or illness, and specifically beheading! You can see how this would be important to an ancient King, for instance, to know if that possibility was written in his stars.
It can also signify talent centered in the Arts, and/ or prosperity (when located with Jupiter), a tendency toward neck injury! and possibly pituitary malfunction, honor or preferential treatment in life if conjoined the Ascendant or Midheaven, and victory in war (even if that war is symbolic). So, I see Algol as an interesting minor note when it has a significant position within a natal chart, and certainly, in event/ mundane charts it may speak of danger, violence, or the supremacy of one side over the other. In the case of this eclipse, direct contact of the Moon-Earth to this Fixed Star suggests the possibility of feelings about material matters or the environment that trigger a case of ‘losing our heads’–the more casual interpretation of the Star’s impact in daily life. But wasn’t that potential already there, with fiery Mars in such difficult relationship to the eclipse? Yes, and with Venus also in harsh aspect to the eclipse, relationships or finances are prime areas of losing it for all of us. In my view the fact that the eclipse is conjoined this Star only reinforces the possibilities that are already there, shown by the major bodies via their tough aspects. Thanks for asking, j!
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Thanks for the Full Moon post, plus the added incite about Algol, I had noticed had been wondering myself, I had been thinking perhaps what ever fate confronts me I primarily need to ensure I keep it clean so it isnt my head that ends up on the chopping block hahaha, so yep, heads may well figuratively roll, hopefully not mine hahaha. I also noted the Seven sisters almost sitting like a crown below Algol, which has always prompted me to wonder if it represents a fallen halo..time will tell I guess 🙂
You’re welcome, Debbie. Yep, ‘heads rolling’ seems to be an Algol theme–so don’t let yours!!
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I found it interesting, sadly in a very macbre way, that the actress Jayne Mansfield was decapitated in a car accident, Chiron 26Taurus31…doo doo doo doo 😉
You might be interested to see what I wrote about her some time ago, here–
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That is truly fascinating & intriguing. Yes definitely an enigma of sorts, and a highly erotic glowing goddess expression and I guess for me describes how a person of high IQ often needs to learn to have common sense because they are more equipped for complex thinking and it can actually work against them. No judgment here, I have a 155 which pales in comparison to hers as the scale is most definitely exponential and until I learned how to have and implement a more common sense approach, I did keep making mistakes, found it to be more of a curse than a blessing, and also learned to meditate because its almost impossible to turn that thinking cap off any other way. Thanks for the good read Julie 🙂
Thank you, Debbie–glad you enjoyed it!
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Thank you for this post, Julie.
I love « an eclipse is like an eraser run across the blackboard of life », that’s very relevant and poetic, as well as the invitation to live life to its fullest – quite in keeping with what I feel right now, maybe because the Taurus Moon falls in my 9th house (enough of the Scorpio/8th house dramas).
With the Eclipse square natal Sun life may not be a bed of roses though !
Happy Eclipse !
Thank you, Katia! Oh, eclipse square the natal Sun might be tough, setting up 6 months of change around identity, especially as it relates to Taurean subjects. Check the House your Sun rules; that might be the area where the eclipse makes itself felt through issues that seem to come from outside yourself. Happy Eclipse to you, too!
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Eclipse conjuncts my Sun/Moon midpoint then realised my midpoint at 29 Taurus conjuncts Algol. On top of that and it being on a critical degree,I have a 7th house Saturn which most astrologers say is difficult. Is there a more positive way to look at this set up?
Hi Jennifer. I’m not comfortable commenting much on limited information, but I will say this: there’s no such thing as a ‘difficult’ placement. Saturn is no tougher in the 7th than anywhere else–it’s all about what you do with it. In the 7th, the big either/ or is often centered around projection vs. acceptance–that is, does the 7th House Saturn think others are oppressive, demanding unreasonable discipline or restrictions on the individual, or is the Self-control internalized so that one sees the world as a place where success comes from knowing the rules? And as I said previously, don’t read too much into Algol’s involvement in anything; our concepts about it are uber-dramatic, but the reality is there are many more mundane versions of the energy it represents, some of which, as I also noted, are positive (I believe that’s in some of the responses to other commenters).
Yes, i liked how you explained Saturn.