Its eclipse season again! This most recent round started off with a partial solar eclipse that peaked at approximately 5:03pm EDT on Wednesday, June 1. This eclipse is now followed by a total lunar eclipse which peaks at approximately 4:13pm EDT on Wednesday, June 15 and another partial solar eclipse that peaks at approximately 4:54am EDT on Friday, July 1.
Eclipses usually occur two weeks apart from each other twice per year. Each series typically includes a lunar eclipse followed by a solar eclipse or vice versa. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is partially blocking the moon from the sun during a full moon. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the sun from the Earth during a new moon. Full moons and new moons represent astrologically potent time periods anyway, but the eclipses just add some amplification and usually a little dose of the unexpected!
Astrologically speaking, new moons are generally a time of sowing seeds while full moons are a time of reaping what we sow. Where a new moon falls in our personal natal chart represents a time of new beginnings and laying new foundations in the parts of our lives represented by the astrological house that is highlighted. Where a full moon falls in our personal natal chart represents a time of sudden awareness, revelation, culmination and completion in the parts of our lives represented by the astrological house that is highlighted. Eclipses just add some spice and surprise to these time periods.
Ancient astrologers saw eclipse seasons as especially potent time periods with regards to wars and the fate of nations. I personally prefer to look at eclipses relative to the lives and relationships of individuals. In this regard, eclipse seasons are often potent times for unexpected change in terms of surprise new beginnings and to final culminations of things which have been building for some time.
This current lunar eclipse will peak at approximately 24° Sagittarius and it will be opposing Mercury while forming a minor aspect to Mars and a wide trine to Jupiter. This represents a time of culmination, opening, soul, and emotional energy with regards to opening new horizons. When we are open and flexible in the face of change, this can be a rewarding time where we experience the culmination of past efforts. If we have been creating against our best interests or if we have been keeping things under the surface, this may mark a stressful time of culmination with regards to the release of our secrets or the results of our less than stellar creations. The experiences of this nature would be felt within the domain of the astrological house that encompasses the location of this eclipse at 24° Sagittarius. You would need to consult your own natal chart to find out where this position falls for you.
For example, this point falls in my natal 4th house which is the house covering home, emotions, family, and the past. For me (and everyone else who has 24° Sagittarius in their 4th house) this could mark a culmination and opening related to my home base or deeply buried emotions. This eclipse includes challenging aspects to Mars in my 9th house and a flowing aspect to Jupiter in my 8th house. This may mark a time in my life where my comfort zone is rapidly expanded and where I find myself supported in ways I never would have espoused. But I need to be open to allowing ‘foreign’ opportunities into my life for this to be possible. Trusting the process of expansion and welcoming assistance will be a key element of this experience for me.
My natal Sun, Moon, AC, MC, Neptune, and lunar nodes are all aspected heavily by this eclipse. The fact that I was born during a lunar eclipse increases its importance for me even further. Yes, this one could be pretty intense for me (also true for anyone born around the 15th of March, June, September & December)!
In general, this eclipse includes challenging aspects to Mars in Taurus and a flowing aspect to Jupiter in Taurus. Whatever this leads to for you, it may feel like a massive opening and realization. In some cases, difficult adjustments may have to be accommodated relative to what rapidly develops and transpires.
The combination of the house location of the eclipse, its aspects to other current planets, and its aspects to the personal natal planets yields a very unique interpretation for each individual. For the best results in this case, find out where this lunar eclipse and the other planets involved fall in your natal chart. Then find any planets or personal points in your natal chart that are also aspected by these configurations.
Location of Current Lunar Eclipse Configurations
Lunar Eclipse à Moon @ 24° Sagittarius, Sun @ 24° Gemini
Mars - 26° Taurus
Jupiter - 2° Taurus
The effects of this eclipse may ripple out as long as a few months with initial conditions starting at or near the eclipse date (June 15, 2011). The ‘trigger point’ for this energy occurs when Mars hits 24° Gemini in late July (~ the 26th +/-). Keep your eyes open at that time in terms of these themes coming to fruition in your life.
New developments are likely to rapidly develop and require some difficult adjustments in our typical approach to the situation. A willingness to compromise and grow from these new experiences is what is called for here.
To find out where all of this is happening in your own personal natal chart and for a look at other configurations currently showing up in your chart schedule a personal consultation with me today!
Happy Eclipse Season!