by Robert Wilkinson
Unlike last year's extremely powerful Total Solar Eclipse in Cancer, this year's fairly weak Partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer could be termed "what if they gave an Eclipse and no one saw it?" That's right - this Eclipse most likely will be seen by no one on Earth.
Because this Eclipse lasts only 1 hour 29 minutes from start to finish, and it's of a very low magnitude, it will have only a slight impact on everyone for about 18 months. That should be a relief for many of us, since we're already experiencing the increasing effects of past Solar and Lunar Eclipses that are still powerful influences in our lives. I'll post the link to the June 2011 Eclipses at the bottom of this article.
All eclipses shut something down, taking away elements of our lives no longer true for us. Cancer is the sign of feeling, caring, securing, and protecting of home and family, as well as whatever tradition is at one's "root of being." It is how Capricorn, the sign of personal power and expertise, externalizes in forms of social responsibilities, duties, and authority.
So as with the themes of the June 2011 Solar and Lunar Eclipses, this one will help us end old feelings and sentimentalities, as well as things we no longer care about or nurture us, with the void sure to attract new forms of these. Look to the house where this Lunation falls to see what area of your life will be impacted, just as the house where the June 1, 2011 Solar Eclipse fell has already begun to shut down obsolete patterns.
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). The Lunation finds 6 Taurus rising in Santa Monica, 10 Taurus in Vancouver, 27 Gemini in Washington DC, 29 Gemini in Rio, 4 Virgo in London, 8 Virgo in Amsterdam, 14 Virgo in Berlin, 17 Virgo in Johannesburg, 19 Virgo in Sofia, 23 Virgo in Tallinn, 24 Virgo in Istanbul, and 25 Virgo in Cairo.
Moving into Asia and Oceana, we find the Ascendants are 30 Libra in Abbottabad, 5 Scorpio in New Delhi, 10 Scorpio in Trivandrum, 1 Sagittarius in Bangkok, 9 Sagittarius in Hong Kong, 25 Sagittarius in Tokyo, 4 Capricorn in Perth, 2 Aquarius in Melbourne, 4 Aquarius in Brisbane, 27 Aquarius in Wellington, and 13 Pisces rising on Maui (late Jun 30).
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth. The moon blocks the light from the Sun and casts a shadow on Earth. 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.
The 2009 Solar Eclipse at 30 Cancer was one of the longest of the 21st century, so its effects will be powerful through 2012 and beyond. The Solar Eclipses of 2010 will also be powerful for a number of years. There's more in the archives, so please take a new look. The Solar Eclipse of January 2011 lasted 4 hours and 20 minutes, which also makes it a player in the events of 2012-2013, since it'll be active for 4 years and 4 months. This one is a mere 1 hour 29 minutes, and so its influence will last just under 18 months.
As I've mentioned in previous articles, we're experiencing 4 Solar Eclipses this year, which is a very rare occurrence. The January 2011 Eclipse was visible in Europe and the major cities of the Middle East. Perhaps that Eclipse had some correlations with the "Arab Spring" revolutions spreading throughout that region.
As noted, this partial solar eclipse will be visible only from the Antarctic sea just off the continent south of the southern tip of Africa. From the NASA bulletin (where you can find more than you could ever want to know about Solar Eclipses!)
Just one lunation after the previous one, the third solar eclipse of the year takes place at the Moon's descending node in western Gemini. This Southern Hemisphere event is visible from a D-shaped region in the Antarctic Ocean south of Africa. Such a remote and isolated path means that it may very well turn out to be the solar eclipse that nobody sees. At greatest eclipse (08:38:23 UT), the magnitude is just 0.097.
So since no one will see it, and its shadow is only over the sea north of Antarctica across from South Africa, I expect few if any events of major significance to shut things down and open things up in that part of the world where the Eclipse shadow falls.
Besides the factor of where the shadow falls, in Astrology Eclipses are said to be most powerful when they conjunct the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven of a birth chart. When this happens it always brings endings related to the planets and sectors involved, 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..."
On a somewhat related note relative to where this Eclipse occurs, on a line from Halifax to Rio, the Eclipse is rising, since Cancer is on the Ascendant. The Eclipse falls near the Midheaven in the Middle East, and it sets in Western Australia where Capricorn is on the Ascendant. It's on the Nadir (IC) in Anchorage, Vancouver, San Francisco, and coastal Southern California. These places will all see developments related to this Eclipse over the next 18 months.
Though this is not a very powerful Eclipse, it will still trigger effects from other recent Eclipses due to several factors. This Eclipse Mars at 8 Gemini is almost exactly conjunct the Mars of the July 2009 30 Cancer Eclipse, thus triggering that one in a big way!
This Eclipse is also conjunct the Lunar degree of the Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse of Dec 31, 2009, and the Pluto of this Eclipse conjuncts the Venus of that one while Uranus of this one opposes the Saturn of that one. While the Dec 31 2009 Lunar Eclipse effects only lasted for a few months into 2010, I have no doubt this Solar Eclipse will have effects directly related to what ended and began during those months.
We also see that the Jan 2010 Solar Eclipse Mercury is the current Pluto position, and its Saturn is also exactly opposed by the Uranus of this one. For a final connection, the June 2010 Lunar Eclipse Moon in Capricorn is the Pluto in this one. Students may want to go back and check out what I said about all these named Eclipses to get a better understanding of what this one will trigger of those energies.
Of course, besides these past echoes and the usual general effects, the Eclipse will also bring losses and endings where it falls in our individual birth charts. In an 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 in the 2nd week of July 2011, the 3rd week of August 2011, the end of August and beginning of September 2011, the second week of September 2011, the last week of September and first week of October 2011, and the end of November and beginning of December 2011.
Of special note is that this Eclipse will be in full force during all of 2012, due to Pluto opposing the Eclipse the entire year. That means the charts for all celestial events, including the 2012 Eclipses and the Solstice and Equinox charts will have this in motion.
Summer 2012 will be particularly powerful in demonstrating these current Eclipse energies, due to all of the conjunctions made by the inner planets to the Lunation square Saturn in this one. Everyone with planets around 6-12 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn will see major effects in their lives related directly to what this 2011 Cancer Solar Eclipse promises.
In the next part of the series, we'll explore how this Eclipse will manifest and its astrological components, including which signs will be most affected over the next 18 months.
To learn more about the recent 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