by Robert Wilkinson
This Solar Eclipse will have a huge impact on everyone. All eclipses shut something down, taking away elements of our lives no longer true for us. Cancer is the sign of home, family, and intimate feelings. It is how Capricorn, the sign of personal authority, externalizes. So a form of our personal past or how we define our needs will end, with the void sure to attract new forms of expressing this energy.
This Total Solar Eclipse occurs at 7:35 pm PDT on July 21, which is 10:35 pm EDT and 3:35 am Greenwich on July 22, 2009. It puts 24 Sagittarius rising on Maui, 6 Capricorn rising in Vancouver, BC, 23 Capricorn rising in Santa Monica, and 17 Pisces on the Ascendant in Washington DC. We find 11 Cancer rising in London and 15 Cancer rising in Amsterdam putting the Eclipse in the first house. This is sure to be of major significance in shutting things down and opening things up in the UK and Western Europe!
Moving east around the world, Johannesburg has 25 Gemini rising, and Tallinn has 7 Leo on the Ascendant. Istanbul has 25 Cancer rising, putting the Eclipse almost exactly conjunct the Ascendant. Expect major developments in that part of the world as well!
Baghdad has 5 Leo rising. Trivandrum has 26 Leo on the Ascendant, New Delhi has 1 Virgo, and Bangkok has 20 Virgo rising. Perth has 7 Libra on the Ascendant, Tokyo has 24 Libra, and Melbourne, Australia has 21 Scorpio rising.
In eclipse lore, where the Eclipse is visible will be where the greatest effects can be expected, lasting the number of years that the eclipse is long in hours. This one is 3 hours 25 minutes, thus making it a player in the events of 2012.
From NASA, this total Eclipse of the Sun
... is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. After leaving mainland Asia, the path crosses Japan's Ryukyu Islands and curves southeast through the Pacific Ocean where the maximum duration of totality reaches 6 min 39 s. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean.
Besides the factor of where the shadow falls, Eclipses are said to be most powerful when they conjunct the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven of a chart. They always bring endings, but these can be of great benefit in clearing away old life factors that have no place in our future. As it was once sung, "something's lost and something's gained in living every day..."
In another example of how a loss can work to great benefit, if it conjuncts the Saturn in a birth chart, it can indicate the ending of old, lesser responsibilities, limitations, or fears, and open the being to a greater sense of purpose. If it conjuncts Jupiter, then it could show the ending of an old philosophy or belief system and open the gates to something far greater.
Given a Solar Eclipse is a New Moon, then like all lunations that work their influence over time, it's triggered by subsequent transits to those points. Thus we can assume we will see developments related to this Eclipse on August 25-26 when Venus transits 30 Cancer, and certainly major developments will be set into motion in mid-October, when Mars crosses 30 Cancer. We can also assume that "permanent changes" will be in play by the time Mars goes stationary direct at 1 Leo in March 2010, sitting for weeks within one degree of the Eclipse point.
This Eclipse is conjunct the South Node at 1 Leo, showing the focus to be on releasing or demonstrating what we know. The Moon, ruling the Eclipse, is particularly potent in focusing the energies. Thus domestic issues, family, security, supply, sources of nurture, and feelings in general will be the focus of this eclipse.
Build new lines of supply, new personality structures, new ways of securing safe conditions, and new ways of relating to family. Find a form of tradition that you can live with, and/or break free of old traditions that no longer serve your emotional needs.
The end of a sign is said to be the "spiritual area" of that sign. This eclipse falls in the last degree of Cancer. Cancer is the sign of foundations, of the roots that yield flowers in Capricorn. Thus this eclipse calls us to examine our roots, tending our foundations, focusing on our family, both literal and metaphoric. We will lose connections with elements of our past, but can also establish the foundations of future relationships with those who could become family to us.
This Eclipse will transform our intimate lives, our intimate feelings, and our intimate relations, both internal and external. This will help us end that which no longer nurtures us or what we need in order to uphold a standard we've relied on for however long. This can help us find support, or show support for others in our intimate circle. Of course, it will also end some previously intimate relationships that no longer accurately reflect our innermost needs and foundations.
This Eclipse is also notable in that it falls within the Cancer zone of the Grand Irrationality, indicating this Eclipse will show as major forks in the road of destiny for everyone it impacts. It is septile Mars and triseptile the Aquarius stellium of Jupiter, Chiron, and Neptune. It is closer to a semisquare to Saturn and quincunx to Pluto, even though these are biseptile.
The septile series aspects taken together imply that there are cooperative collective enterprises coming that involve managing energies that are unfamiliar, but which open extra strengths that help us come out of reflexive knee-jerk reactivity. Our willingness to approach solving problems from different angles can help us release power through disciplined feelings, showing us a new capacity to deliver forms of spiritual power.
The Eclipse semisquare Saturn will surely put many at an inner crisis in areas where we must set aside old limitations, fears, and responsibilities and embrace a cooperative friendly competition to maximize group efforts. This will impact many relationships, as Venus is square to Saturn. Many will move, physically or psychically, reorienting on the basis of whatever wisdom form is revealed from our "Master."
The Lunation is quincunx Pluto, showing hard adjustments that will break many free from their past, or corrosive elements that need reorganizing because they've resisted core changes before now. This will force changes in what we're faithful to, and help us release things in dramatic ways or through dramatic developments.
Mars is a very strong influence in this Eclipse due to it being in the Gemini zone of the Grand Irrationality triseptile Pluto and biseptile Saturn. It's on a degree of cultivating faith while doing what is simple and natural to find hidden nourishment. Spiritualizing influences include Venus novile the Eclipse and Mercury novile Saturn while septile Venus.
When we include the very harmonious and stabilizing trines of the Eclipse to Uranus and Venus to the Aquarius stellium, we can see that much benefit will come through our ability to achieve closure on old lesser habits to open ways of managing our feelings within a larger context. Also that many fortunate meetings will come that open us to seed knowledge that could be the foundation for future spiritual breakthroughs.
Because of the trines, anyone with planets in the later degrees of any sign should do fairly well, though people with planets or sensitive points around 17-21 of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces may experience disruptions in their relationships, values, or possessions. This Eclipse will certainly precipitate major changes in these areas, as well as those with dysfunctional Taurus, Libra, Capricorn, or Aquarius sectors. The solution would be to stop behaviors indicative of dysfunctional Venus-Saturn approaches while embracing harmonious Gemini-Aquarius energy forms.
As with all celestial events at present, Saturn opposition Uranus is still showing major polarizations between past and future, the old and the new, fear and freedom, the established and the innovative, and restrictive limitations opposed to Divine Law. This opposition in all our charts have yielded both realizations and polarizations in the houses in which they fall.
Saturn is direct, showing us lessons we've finished and skills to practice within this larger Virgo-Pisces oppositional phase that began August 2008. These types of lessons persist through May of 2010, when the energies shift into long term Libra and Aries oppositions lasting until June 2011.
In general, this opposition symbolizes the larger conflict between the forces of practical service and willful deception on a global level, polarizing progressive dreamers and those who would enslave the future in an avalanche of details, worries, fears, and criticisms.
Since things always exteriorize through their opposing signs, we can use Saturn to express the Uranus in Pisces energies of rebirth within a collective setup. Saturn shows we are being educated in a social context to be discriminating as to how, when, and where we accept responsibility while dissolving old ambivalences and ghosts that brought us sorrow.
We are learning about core values we will uphold for years to come as expressions of forms of hope and learning how to be touched in different ways than we've known before. You can find out more about the Saturn opposition Uranus in this article. Given that Saturn is now triseptile the Aquarius stellium and biseptile Mars and Pluto you can also find more from recent articles on the Grand Irrationality.
The Grand Irrationality is an influence to be reckoned with as we navigate the Eclipse effects these next 3+ years. More forks in the road for all of us, individually and collectively. More radical choices and changes, more confronting obsessive-compulsive behaviors in self and others, more widespread strangeness as we move into unknown zones of a higher future destiny than we've known up to now. It's certainly a major fork in the road for all of humanity!
I'll be writing more in the near future about this important Solar Eclipse and its effect on each individual sign, since it will impact all of us for years to come. For now, you may want to go back and re-read some past eclipse articles to get a sense of the larger forces at work the past few years. You'll find a lot of information at The Solar Eclipse of August 1, 2008 - Long Range Transfiguration, Tears of Joy. Also please revisit the very important article on How The January 2009 Aquarius Solar Eclipse Affects Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. That was an extremely significant eclipse that will show effects for years!
In both articles, besides commenting on the eclipses, there are links to other past eclipses that are still in full effect in all our lives in a big way. It may explain why some areas of our lives have been shut down the past few years and will continue to be over the next few years. In the article "The Solar and Lunar Eclipses of August and September 2007" you'll find links to earlier eclipses that still impact us.
© Copyright 2009 Robert Wilkinson