Eclipse time! July brings with in the second round of eclipses for 2018 (and there will be a third eclipse in August, so it's a trio this time). It starts with a solar eclipse in water sign Cancer on July 12th at 10:48PM ET. Cancer is the sign of the home, family, country, so we can be extra focused on matters of the home, family, and country. We can focus on making improvements at home/in the homeland, and work on connecting as family.
Cancer rules emotion, comfort and support, and we can be more in tune with what we're feeling, identify more strongly with our emotions, and can be driven by them to take action. We may want to stick to what we know best though, not wanting to push outside of comfort zones too much, and we can crave more support, and have to give more support to loved ones. We need to be emotionally considerate of all.
Cancer also rules foundations as it's the sign at the bottom of the Zodiac Wheel, so we may want to work on strengthening the foundations of ourselves, our lives, our countries, the world. We need solid foundations that help us feel more secure and stable.
The eclipse closely opposes Pluto in Capricorn, and this can really ramp up energy. There can be some extra rage, hostility, violence, or threats, and we may be focusing on the darker side of life a little bit. Emotions can swing between extremes, and we have to work on not being so subjective. Something or someone important may fall (and it ain't pretty!). We have to work on transforming for the better and not trying to dominate. Struggles over power and control can bring out the worst in us. Don't go to that bad place!
The eclipse also trines (positive aspect, 4 signs away) Neptune in Pisces, and this can help with emotional understanding, increase compassion, and hopefully mitigate some of the Pluto opposition hard energy. Try to be sweet and sensitive!
This is the outlier eclipse for the year as it's the only one not in Aquarius or Leo. We'll shift focus to eclipses in Cancer and Capricorn next year, so we may start thinking about the themes that will come up with those eclipse now, getting a little glimpse of things to come.
The solar eclipse occurs at 20 degrees 41 minutes Cancer. The aspects to this eclipse are:
Conjunction: 15 degrees 41 minutes - 25 degrees 41 minutes Cancer
Semisextile: 18 degrees 41 minutes - 22 degrees 41 minutes Gemini or Leo
Sextile: 15 degrees 41 minutes - 25 degrees 41 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Square: 15 degrees 41 minutes - 25 degrees 41 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 15 degrees 41 minutes - 25 degrees 41 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Quincunx: 18 degrees 41 minutes - 22 degrees 41 minutes Sagittarius or Aquarius
Opposition: 15 degrees 41 minutes - 25 degrees 41 minutes Capricorn
Then we have the lunar eclipse in Aquarius on July 27th at 4:21PM ET. Lunar eclipses tend to be super heightened emotional energy, but Aquarius is one of the least emotional signs of all. It's very emotionally detached, living in the mind. So we may focus on being more analytical emotionally, and try to process everything through our heads. We want to think through emotions, which can help keep us calmer at times.
Aquarius rules our friends, groups, and the world at large, so we may want to come together on something, some sort of issue, and there can be more focus on causes, more protesting, and more wanting to take a stand with something. The inner rebel can come out collectively.
Aquarius also rules our hopes and dreams for the future, so we may feel more invested in the future, in what we hope for, and in what we dream about. We can focus on trying to make progress with the dreams we have that we're passionate about, and may walk away from dreams we don't care as much about or don't feel are realistically possible.
Aquarius is one of the tech rulers, ruling the internet, so all that drama that's we've had the last couple years with online privacy and hacking and fraud and terrorism and the like, can get some extra focus. Some may worsen, some may end, some may come to a head, and some may be exposed.
This eclipse comes with some wonky energy as it'll be conjunct (aligned with) retrograde Mars in Aquarius (in fact, Mars retrograde triggers the eclipse a few days before on the 24th) and square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) Uranus in Taurus. The eclipse also occurs the day after we start a new Mercury retrograde round in Leo. Super wonky! This eclipse really riles up the fixed grand cross we'll have cooking this summer, and we may feel way crazy stubborn and stuck and immovable. Though with this eclipse bang on Mars retrograde, that may trigger some sort of event (and watch for violence! some rebellion for sure, perhaps a mini uprising, something with a large group, and oh yeah, watch for some more major tech/online warfare). As stuck as we may be, we can be super frustrated by it, and the emotional energy of the lunar eclipse coupled with the Mars retrograde might make something/someone snap. Or we might get so entrenched that we don't see any way out. Yeah, this energy is NOT great! On a personal level, we all need to make sure we don't get stuck like that. Keep yourself moving, even the tiniest baby steps. And find a healthy outlet for frustrated energy. That one is always a good idea!
The eclipse is also semisextile (positive aspect, one sign away) Saturn in Capricorn, so the one bright spot to this eclipse, albeit a very small one! Saturn helps us try to get focused, get disciplined, and make some progress along our path, trying to steer us in the right direction while everything else is trying to blow us off track!
The lunar eclipse occurs at 4 degrees 44 minutes Aquarius. The aspects to this eclipse are:
Conjunction: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 9 degrees 44 minutes Aquarius
Semisextile: 2 degrees 44 minutes - 6 degrees 44 minutes Capricorn or Pisces
Sextile: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 9 degrees 44 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 9 degrees 44 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 9 degrees 44 minutes Gemini or Libra
Quincunx: 2 degrees 44 minutes - 6 degrees 44 minutes Cancer or Virgo
Opposition: 0 degrees 0 minutes - 9 degrees 44 minutes Leo
*Note that since the lunar eclipse is early in sign and the orb for major eclipse aspects is 5 degrees, some may also feel the major aspects at 29 degrees; however, since it would have to be 29 degrees 44 minutes or later (the tail end of a sign), there may only be a very subtle impact for a conjunction (at 29 degrees Capricorn) or opposition (at 29 degrees Cancer), and even then it may not be much since it'd be at the widest part of the orb and out-of-sign.
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations
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