by Robert Wilkinson
While many of you have already read some of what's posted today (due to the recent Solar Eclipse in Gemini), I figured I should offer it again since we do in fact have another Solar Eclipse on the way this week. It's always good to remember that no eclipse of itself is "bad," nor do we have anything to fear.
There is a lot of superstition about Eclipses, mostly focusing on "dreadful" or difficult elements that often seem to accompany them. However, while all eclipses take something away and/or shut something down, an Eclipse can have beneficial effects if we just know "when to hold 'em, when to fold 'em, when to walk away, and when to run."
This Partial Solar Eclipse happens on July 1, 2011, 1:54 am PDT, 4:54 am EDT, 9:54 am Greenwich (late June 30 in Hawaii). Today we'll discuss a lot about eclipses in general and a little about this one. In following articles I'll elaborate on the symbols, aspects, patterns, and what we can expect from this Eclipse at 10 Cancer.
I've composed quite a few articles on past eclipses in the archives that bear re-visiting, since the Solar Eclipses of of 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 are still manifesting results, if traditional Eclipse lore is to be believed. Core material about the timeline of Eclipse effects can be found in the article, The Solar Eclipse - What It Means and Its Effect On Our Life, as well as many other elements of what we can expect from these recurring celestial events.
Also, here's another important article explaining even more about what effects we can expect to result from Lunar and Solar Eclipses. For your reconsideration, The Solar and Lunar Eclipse - Is Any Eclipse Destined to Have Bad Effects?
To whet your appetites, here is a bit from the article:
There is a lot of fear and trepidation connected to Eclipses, an unfortunate leftover from previous centuries when Eclipses were believed to augur the fall of empires, dynasties, and powerful people anywhere the Eclipse shadow fell. While Eclipses do tend to shut down some elements in the area of life (house) in which they fall, this is not necessarily a bad thing, since we must bring some things to an end if we are to embrace newer, better ways of doing our Being. While the future effects of an Eclipse may be powerful, in that they last over a long period, they are not necessarily bad.
No Astrological event need be "bad," or have "evil" effects, regardless of whether we're using Vedic, Chinese, Western, or any other approach to defining "All-That-Is" within a precise system of space-time factors. Though a circumstance may seem to have "bad" omens for the future, we can always transcend any negativity and turn the future to beneficent possibilities. No matter where an Eclipse falls, we can turn it to good.
Here it is important to remember Astrology is NOT a "predictive" art, in the usual way this is understood. The craft is less deterministic than most believe, including we professional Astrologers who seem to be able to "hit the mark" regarding future manifestations.
Pattern is everything, and time is a continuity. By knowing the past and present, we can often extrapolate the future. But we can never know how a being will respond to any given life challenge, whether pleasant or painful. Each has their ability to respond as they choose in the moment.
This directly related to the concept that each planet has a duality of function. It is up to us to determine whether the Moon, Sun, Mercury or any other planet involved in eclipses, "bad" aspects, configurations and other phenomena manifests productively or non-productively.
To remind you, a square can be more productive than a trine, and an opposition can produce awareness. Polarization is only a problem on the ego level. Seen from a higher angle, oppositions are necessary for us to acquire objectivity and the ability to encompass duality within a higher view.
By all means, check out the entire article, since I explained how past eclipses affected my chart, and gave examples of the good that can come after an eclipse removes old patterns. This Partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer over time will show us how to find different ways to feel things, especially how we have been or are being trained to manifest a social ideal, or something of social value, as well as find a form of spiritual fulfillment and "actualization of potentialities."
Given that Saturn is biseptiled by Venus and triseptiled by Jupiter, and the close square from the Lights to Saturn releasing its power, expect the period influenced by this Solar Eclipse to bring very important choices and changes moving us toward our destiny in multifaceted directions even as old layers of our lives are peeled off. Add Mercury exactly septile Mars, and you can bet everyone's ego will hit a big fork in the road!
The Lunar and Solar Eclipses of January 2011 brought blessings upon us. We've simply been challenged to let go of old life patterns that no longer serve the emergent Archetypes we've been living this past year. Due to such things as the Grand Irrationality and the various Cardinal T-squares and Crosses, we're all going through major changes that will affect our lives for many years. It may be a wild ride, but power and new potentials can result from our choices.
Those who have prepared, learned, and allowed themselves to be moved into new ways of relating to others will find they have activated a concrete higher power or value they can trust. Those who have not shown kindness and understanding at critical junctures in the past 10 months will reap the consequences. Our ability to become an elegant and balanced Spiritual Warrior has been put to the test in diverse ways, and in the past 6 months have yielded consequences for seeking what we have sought.
In the Solar Eclipse at 10 degrees of Cancer, besides the septile series aspects to Venus and Jupiter, we find an exact quintile from Mercury and a trine from Mars. The first will bring some unique gifts and circumstances related to our ability to weigh alternatives as we stand at the threshold of a new cycle of experience, or possibly find new wisdom from old experiences. The Mars trine Saturn shows we can find a new inspiration and plan solidly and thoughtfully based in the patterns we're seeing now that "pre-form" things to come.
2011 is one of those rare years that offer us 6 Eclipses in one year, 4 Solar and 2 Lunar. We had the first Partial Solar Eclipse in January, we had the second one June 1-2, there's this one on July 1, and a final one November 24-25! The 2 Lunar Eclipses this year are also Total Eclipses, following what we saw in December 2010. The 4 Solar Eclipses this year will affect us for years to come, so take a look at the January 2011 and June 2011 Eclipse articles while you're waiting for the ones related to this Eclipse.
Though there are always endings associated with any Eclipse, these open the space we need to align with Spirit in natural and productive ways. Take a new look to see what really matters and what you do and do not want to bring with you into the new world you're already living. We've all blasted off into new realms in the past 4 months, and now are letting go of the gravity of the past and old patterns we've struggled with up to now. This Eclipse continues the discarding of the past while feeling how to express our "civilized self."
See you soon with more on this July 2011 Cancer Solar Eclipse!
To check out the June 2011 Solar and Lunar Eclipses and their influences, here's Important Cosmic Influences Happening in late June and July 2011. The January eclipses can be found in the corresponding archives.
© Copyright 2011 Robert Wilkinson