For a long time there have been talks about the 2020 Summer Solstice Annular Solar Eclipse, given its critical placement on the sensitive 1st degree of Cardinal Cancer. In mundane astrology, charts are often set for each time the Sun enters one of the four Cardinal signs each year. These snapshots of the upcoming seasons are quite indicative of the “feeling” which will rule the months to come. If a Cardinal Ingress of the Sun is accompanied by the Moon in conjunction, it means that a New Moon occurs on one of those critical degrees. If the Lunar Nodes happen to be in close alignment with the Sun-Moon conjunction, therefore determining a further alignment in declination, a significantly important Solar Eclipse occurs. In the past, eclipses were traditionally regarded as ominous, but the truth is actually way more complex. The upcoming eclipse in Cancer is an annular one; the Moon will be at apogee on June 15th, and will still be fairly distant from Earth at the time it aligns in longitude and declination with the Sun on the 21st. The further the Moon occurs to be at the time of an Annular Solar Eclipse, the stronger the force of the corona which surrounds it. If the Moon is close enough to our planet, the eclipse will be Total, and no rim will appear around the Moon at the time of maximum eclipse along the shadow path. The spectacular vision of a Solar Eclipse is unquestionable, but it must be said that these astronomical events are not rare at all. There are eclipse seasons every six months, with each one of them bringing at least one Solar and Lunar eclipse. Depending on where it stands along its own Saros series, each eclipse will fall closer or further in longitude from the Nodal axis. The closer it falls to the axis, the lower the latitudes at which the shadow path will hit. If the Shadow path hits the Earth’s surface, the eclipse will be perceived as Total somewhere around the globe, otherwise it will just appear as a tiny, partial eclipse of the Sun at either Polar region. Partial Solar Eclipses mark the beginning and end of each Saros series.
Therefore, the peculiarity of the upcoming Cancer eclipse is represented by its astrological placement, together with its longitudinal closeness to the North Node, which determines the annular connotation. When a Solar Eclipse occurs on the first degree of one of the four Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), the meaning of the Solar Ingress for that season is greatly emphasized by the accompanying lunation.
The term energy does not refer to a “factual” connection between celestial and terrestrial events, but to a synchronicity between the realms of “above and below”. In other words, the dynamism which is often unleashed around the occurrence of major eclipses is intrinsic to the terrestrial realm, and does not “derive” from an energetic connection with the skies. The underlying reality seems to be that different layers of existence evolve according to some mysterious laws which are “interconnected by synchronicity“. Any scientific attempt at deterministically investigating the nature of such interconnection fails its purpose, because the harmonization of the universe works on a level of “meaning” rather than “form”. This important consideration proves to be quite helpful when we try to decode the peculiar, and apparent, irrationality of eclipses.
The eclipse in question will form a quincunx (150 degrees) with Saturn; coincidentally, the ongoing Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn will be forming a sextile (60 degrees) to the still-within-orb Mars-Neptune conjunction in Pisces. The first aspect enhances the need to reassess and realign two very different trends which are currently going on: the widespread need to protect the “national clan“, as opposed to the urge to take egalitarian responsibility in the midst of a social crisis. This might refer to a growing feeling of national protectiveness which doesn’t quite match the egalitarian, iconoclastic, yet ephemeral, regression of Saturn in early Aquarius. Tensions may continue to brew amidst the lack of practical, clear-cut solutions around the world. The complex sextile mentioned above provides a better picture instead. Sextiles are generally considered to bring opportunity for growth, yet this effect may not be readily appreciable during these weeks, given the nature of the planets involved. It is likely that there is increased understanding around the ongoing issues which have accompanied the ongoing Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, with Mars providing some hope and enhanced force to fight, as society goes through difficult times. Despite the harmonic nature of this aspect, the self-sacrificial essence of the Mars-Neptune conjunction will remain evident, if not even exasperated. This may become perceivable as a deepening of social discontentment and fear, during the crucial part of a year which is radically changing the world we inhabit.
Uranus will be rising over Washington DC at the moment of the exact Soli-Lunar conjunction, whereas the Pluto-Jupiter-Saturn configuration will be close to the local Midheaven, in the 10th House. It seems that the high degree of social disillusionment, and the consequent repression carried out, may not be satisfied for a while. Instead, it may well be expanding around the globe because, as mentioned already, eclipses tend to occur at times of widespread developments. The USA are approaching an important turning point in their history, entering the first Pluto return and second Neptune opposition, which will be exact in the year to come. A profound transformation is just starting in the States, at a moment in history when the population and institutions are faced with the urge to find a renewed balance.
The New Moon falls in the 3rd House over Washington; this is an element which suggests enhanced focus will be directed onto trade and finance. The presence of Mercury in the same sign and house, in close conjunction with the national Sun provides a further indication that important developments in the global trade may be initiated because of major Governmental declarations.
The June 21st eclipse will be visible across Eastern Africa, Pakistan, northern India, China and Taiwan. This seems to be a powerful statement which reminds us of the ongoing destabilization which is affecting the Asian continent and its relationship with the rest of the world.
The chart of the Indian Independence Proclamation (August 15th 1947) shows Mars at 0Cancer34, just 13 minutes of arc away from the tropical zodiacal position of the June 2020 Solar Eclipse. The lunation will in fact activate India’s national Mars. Coincidentally, it will fall a few degrees away from the position Uranus held at the time of the Chinese National proclamation on October 1st 1949. The Taiwanese Governmental relocation to Taipei of December 7th 1949 occurred while the Moon was forming a conjunction with Uranus in the same area of the zodiac, and a quincunx to an ideologically charged Venus-Jupiter conjunction in early Aquarius – an aspect between two areas of the zodiac which will be simultaneously activated at the time of the upcoming eclipse in a powerful manner. This suggests that India, China and the island of Taiwan may be in the news quite powerfully in the weeks, months or even years to come. New dynamics related to their social development are presently getting established, and a long process of re-balancing is initiating this year around the Asian continent. To make things more dramatic, the New Moon and North Node fall close to the local Midheaven across the Indian territory, and especially along the disputed border with China. Important political, if not military, developments may occur in the already ignited area, but such may even lead to a reorganization of the forces at play. Hopefully, the eclipse will contribute in shedding the light of reason, rather than raising the winds of warfare in what seems to be an increasingly prominent Asian dispute.
Eclipses tend to sensitize those degrees of the zodiac on which they fall. Consequently, when the Sun or other planets happen to form hard alignments with those very degrees, the issues uncovered by the eclipse’s configuration generally become visible again, and humanity is offered the possibility to bring more understanding into the whole situation. On June 28th Mars will make its ingress into Aries, squaring the degree of the Cancer solar eclipse, at the first quarter of the ongoing lunar cycle. This coincidence may bring some significant developments all around the globe. This is likely to relate to an unprecedented time of dynamic interaction and defensive policies, considering the ongoing rhetorical escalation. Mars, whose relative motion through the zodiac is gradually slowing down, will in fact engage in its biennial retrogradation between September and November this year, and it won’t leave Aries until next year.
The issues which emerge this summer will probably resurface several times as the Sun and planets will align with the cardinal 0 degrees in the years to come.
It has to be remembered that each eclipse represents a huge question mark, when it comes to its physical manifestation within personal life and collective development; however, it is possible to identify the main focus points, both geographically and ideologically, for each of these extraordinarily spectacular gifts of nature.
The last time a solar eclipse occurred in the same position of the zodiac was in 2001, a year which marked an important turning point in the understanding of social security and international relations. Though the way to an effective reestablishment of global equilibrium seems to be long, this year will hopefully bring in a much more constructive fashion all the elements needed at this stage of our evolutionary journey.
Cover Image: On January 4th 2011, the Hinode satellite captured this breathtaking image of an annular solar eclipse – Wikimedia Commons, source: NASA
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The months of June and July hold extraordinary power for unlocking situations which have been stuck globally. Three important eclipses are due to occur within the next weeks, and they will set the stage for the six months to come. There is evidence that eclipses, being peculiar lunations, generally reflect massive shifts in the global scenery.
The Lunar Nodes have recently shifted to the Gemini/Sagittarius polarity; they spend around 1.5 years in each sign. With the Nodes hovering within the first degree of Cancer/Capricorn, ready to jump into the neighboring signs, there has been major turmoil and widespread dynamism. Traditionally, those degrees are regarded as majorly influential for the global equilibrium, and the concomitant Mercury-North Node conjunction at 0Cancer28 on May 28th proved significantly noisy, as the USA officially pulled out from the WHO, and widespread protests began ravaging the North American streets. The Nodal influence over society is said to carry a “karmic significance”, however – without sounding too spiritualistic – I would say it relates to the relationship of individuals and the collective with both past and future. Key moments in the Nodes’ journey through the zodiac generally correspond with massive releases of suppressed energy, and this may be either a constructive or destructive process.
With the Nodes shifting into Gemini/Sagittarius, the global focus will move towards issues of an international and intellectual type. Travel, trade and information will be the areas which undergo scrutiny during the next year and a half. The Nodes’ influence often remains quite subtle, especially when looking at individual lives, but their dance through the zodiac can be seen to synchronize with the overall trends of society at large, affecting finances, politics and science.
The first one to occur this season falls at 15Sagittarius34, in tight square to Mars in Pisces, and it is of the South Node type. It won’t be visible from the American continent, but Europe and most of Asia will be able to appreciate it.
Simplifying facts, we can say that because it occurs after the Nodal sign shift, this Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse comes at a time which strongly promotes the reassessment of foreign travel and trade issues. Being a Lunar Eclipse, and therefore a Full Moon, it relates to interactions between opposing realities, and possibly widespread confrontations. Accompanied by “nervous” Mars as well as retrograde Venus in Airy Gemini, there seems to be little diplomacy around these times. By looking at the global events, we can understand how foreign travel and trade have reached a critical point, severely affected by the ongoing wave of lock-downs which has practically halted, or at least reduced, many important activities. The eclipse in question is ruled by Jupiter, which at this time remains quite active in its retrograde trip together with Pluto in Capricorn. As specified in the previous article, the second Jupiter-Pluto conjunction is due to occur on June 30th, at a time which will probably see a full re-ignition of the recent issues connected with the global business.
Mars forms a tight square to the Sun-Moon opposition from 15 degrees Pisces, as it travels towards its upcoming conjunction with Neptune, which will occur on June 13th. This indicates how this eclipse inevitably carries enormous strength, anger and resentment. The unpredictability which often accompanies eclipses may ignite enormous shifts in the social equilibrium which, on the long run, will potentially prove to be positive. The feeling associated with this peculiar astrological configuration is one of breaking away from past restrictions, addressing issues of a sacrificial nature. The Mars-Neptune conjunction in Pisces will occur in opposition to the USA’s Neptune and square national Mars; not only is a hard aspect which is contained in the national chart repeated in the skies, but it will also reoccur in close alignment to the original planetary placements. This year’s Mars-Neptune conjunction carries a sacrificial feeling, as it speaks of self-immolation for the good of society at large. The anger that has been erupting all across the US is indicative of numerous underlying issues which are now being addressed powerfully, as the global community seeks answers for the never-ending pain of both the pandemic and social struggles. There is also potential for immense creativity and glamorous force in each Mars-Neptune square, and hopefully creative outlets will be found soon enough before the situation gets incredibly unstable.
It has to be said that, considering the enormous potential for “self-righteous fighting” which accompanies this eclipse, the risk of illusion is quite high. It is likely that the Mars-Neptune conjunction will powerfully and visibly reignite further interventions of the USA in foreign politics and even armed conflict in the near future. Mars-Neptune alignments can be extremely creative or destructive, with the latter being characterized by the emergence of utter blindness to our wounding ability. Sadly, unconstrained violence often erupts at times such as these, because the down side of this aspect reflects a potential for unconstrained eruptions of suppressed anger, which may also lead to harshly regrettable actions. The degree of uncertainty which accompanies these weeks is enormous and, despite its underlying creative potential, it may initially lead to very unpleasant outcomes.
High volatility may afflict the stock market during the coming weeks, due to the peculiar amount of intensely charged astrological configurations. The Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse may bring further destabilization to the global trade, with harsher developments to follow in the coming weeks, as two other major eclipses will come. It is not a secret that during eclipse seasons there is increased economic uncertainty, simply because the markets after all reflect the emotional ups and downs which regulate both individuals and society at large. The Nodal shift into trade and information-associated signs is likely to prove quite powerful, given the fact that is it accompanied by the arrival of such important lunations, as well as the Mars-Neptune conjunction in another Mutable sign.
Understandably, the global picture may look quite grim right now, but it is important to keep perspective in all this, never forgetting that MAJOR HISTORICAL changes are occurring around the world. Many are probably not aware of the irreversible evolutionary actions which are being taken by the global community right now, but all of this will become evident in the years to come. We should perhaps feel blessed to be living in times of great change, though painful it results to be when you become part of the process of social growth.
Cover Image: Olympus: Battle of the Titans (1764) – Wikimedia Commons
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This year has come with fears, uncertainty and sorrow. It is now possible to say that society as a whole, regardless of race and creed, has been involved in the ongoing turmoil which has been restricting those cherished – and perhaps given-for-granted – freedoms which had allowed the latest generations to thrive freely and constructively. One question rises spontaneously as we are all struggling under fearful change: are we looking at a negative milestone in history? Absolutely NOT…
This year’s unusual concentration of slow-moving planets within a small section of the zodiac is a detail of great importance. However, the time for the ripening and widespread application of these new social ideas hasn’t come yet. Does this mean that astrology has been proposing the idea that our lives are “dependent” on the cosmos? The answer is no, society is not “dependent” on anything. However, for millennia the astrological world has been aware of the unmistakable resonance which permeates different layers of existence. What emerges from the analysis of cosmos is not any “predictable event”, but the underlying pattern of social development. This pattern unfolds through a cyclic series of perturbation, dismantlement and rebuilding.
It is worth looking at the ongoing patterns which accompany and rule these important months. The astrological community has recently been trying to catch minute details among the often-confusing buzzing reality of the cosmos. Many have proposed the idea that one specific aspect, planet, or asteroid has been “responsible” for the pandemic. My idea is that heavy-weight, slow planetary dynamics should to be assessed first and foremost.
Three MAJORLY important cycles originate in 2020:
- January 12th, 22Capricorn46
- April 4th, 24Capricorn53
- June 30th, 24Capricorn06 (Retrograde conjunction)
- November 12th, 22Capricorn51
December 21st, 0Aquarius29
One does not need to be an astrologer to understand that society has not yet reached a point which even faintly represents the opportunity to move forward.
The last three Saturn-Pluto cycles have originated in 1914/15, 1947, 1982; this gives us an idea of the peculiarity of this cosmic encounter. It is not right to associate this cycle solely with wars, famines and pandemics, because its influence over humanity is not that simple and straightforward. As with all things in astrology, we have to look at the underlying psychological dynamics which accompany the onset of such major events of the skies. Saturn itself, in its 29-year cycle, describes a “growing pattern“. Saturn’s transit through the various sectors of a person’s natal chart describes the shifts along the progressive development life compels one’s inner realm to go through. Traditionally, studies have shown how Saturn entering a new astrological House or Sign just brings new “troubles”. To a certain extent that statement has its value, but it nonetheless constitutes a shamelessly limited vision over the more complex reality which supports Saturn’s astrological meaning. The influence of this planet, taskmaster-in-chief and timekeeper of the zodiac, is that of rebuilding structures and fostering responsibility. In other words, the arrival of Saturn into one’s specific area of life signals the time when one can overcome certain issues and obstacles; oftentimes such process turns out to be extremely painful and unfriendly, but it helps in building responsibility. Saturn’s alignments often cut ties with the past, surprisingly enough, given that its influence strongly relates to what “has been”. This occurs simply because through the experience of Saturn’s transits and progressions, there is a need to “re-structure and re-organize” our lives in realistic ways which are fully in tune with the current trends. It is possible that ongoing restrictions have to be acknowledged and accepted, or new blockages may be raised, but the final goal is that of achieving wisdom and stability. No wonder Saturn is often quite hard to welcome in our lives, but this definition, simple as it is, goes a long way from the simplistic denomination of it as a “malefic“.
Pluto is quite small and the scientific community kind of underrated it at the beginning of the new millennium. From a deterministic point of view, the planetoid is understandably “inferior” to the rest of the Solar System’s main participants but, from a purely astrological point of view, the story is quite different. Almost a century of study and observation has given astrologers the absolute right to say that Pluto’s cycle significantly drives the evolutionary trends of humanity, as it leads to profound, irreversible changes. One example which gives us an idea of this faraway planet’s energetic essence is the unrestrained global development of power which characterized the years following its discovery. Humanity became officially aware of its presence in 1930, at the beginning of a decade which saw the rise of unbelievably violent ideologies.
Oftentimes, Pluto is the “chief malefic” of the zodiac, but such restrictive consideration obviously fails to describe the importance of that little, faraway planet.
The cycle of Pluto corresponds with long-term developments which constitute the “rise and fall of societal dynamics and ideologies“. Every “death” constitutes the opportunity for “regeneration”. This is a symbolic fact, as it refers to the recurring shifts which bring individuals and society into new, fertile territories. Important points in its relative motion through the skies undoubtedly correspond with watershed moments in history.
Jupiter is a more uplifting planet, because its 12-year cycle is evidently indicative of a more ideological, philosophical, visionary trend. If Saturn and Pluto generally precipitate things into extreme seriousness, Jupiter tends to initially aggrandize and inflate. The indulgent qualities of this astrological fellow are oftentimes equally disturbing; if no awareness resides within the individual or the collective, things often get out of control. Jupiter’s realm is often masked by a veil of optimistic self-indulgence.
At the beginning of each astrological cycle there is usually a certain degree of obliviousness, which accounts for the initial upset which accompanies every planetary ingress or conjunction, including each Soli-Lunar cycle. At each significant New Moon the energy is quite primitive and it fosters novelty. Though a feeling that something new is coming may exist, no one seems to be ready to act yet. The conscious emergence of new challenges is often fully evident around the first square, whereas the “fruits” of each cycle are generally harvested at the opposition. At the waning square the existing structures start to crumble under the need for change.
The Jupiter-Pluto interaction principally brings us face-to-face with the ongoing currents of thought, addressing the needs to revolutionize any outdated trends. This cycle lasts around one and a half decade, but this year’s significant start gives it a very different flavor. This year brings a wave of change which “glorifies” the immensely regenerating power of Pluto.
Capricorn represents the 10th evolutionary phase of the zodiacal circle; in cyclical terms, its symbolism relates to the peak experience of organization and power; however, it also reminds us of the crucial dismemberment of preexisting structures. Such is a necessary dynamic which allows humanity to reach new horizons. Together with Aquarius and Pisces, Capricorn represents the third quarter of the zodiac, which addresses “collective dynamics“. Capricorn is traditionally associated with structures and boundaries; this primarily refers to the immaterial world of “discipline and authority“. Obvious manifestations of Capricornian qualities in our world are governments and conservative realities. The incumbent Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto interaction in Capricorn aims at “reassessing and shifting” the present equilibrium of those structures. It also has to be acknowledged that Saturn will retrograde back into Capricorn on July 2nd and it will not leave the sign until December 17th, four days before the Aquarian cycle starts.
Quite likely, over the next few years many powerfully structured organizations will either shift their ideologies, evolving into different social realities, or disintegrate violently under the force of growing awareness.
The next Jupiter-Saturn cycle begins in early Aquarius in December this year, on the day of the Northern Winter Solstice. In astrological terms, that day offers the Solar Ingress into Capricorn. There is widespread optimism around this upcoming conjunction in the astrological community, an idea which definitely has its value. In fact, the shift of planetary influence towards Airy Aquarius is not going to be insignificant at all. It will undoubtedly represent an important “de-ballasting moment” after a year of tribulation, heaviness, sorrow and fear. However, it is not quite right to readily bestow the upcoming conjunction with qualities of an utterly redeeming type. It is way too common, at times of widespread upheaval, to try and identify a “savior”!
Let’s stick to the fact that each planetary conjunction, as specified already, coincides with a moment of oblivion. A new cycle is born, but its meaning and form are not yet easily visible and appreciable. There are strong indications of an important shift occurring towards the late part of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. However, its full meaning won’t be readily evident to humanity. Society may feel that a certain ‘psychological weight’ has been somehow transmuted into a widespread need for “freedom and knowledge“. This will enormously help the community recover from the ongoing situation. It does not necessarily mean that the world will easily go back to its recent business; by that time something will have irrevocably shifted. Year 2021 will bring a series of Saturn-Uranus squares in Fixed signs, which will activate some important mundane astrological charts. This revolutionary trend with be especially strong when acting across mid-Aquarius to mid-Taurus. It is likely that tensions will escalate, as mankind struggles to reach the accept a ‘new normality’. This explains how the upcoming Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, though liberating, will be an initially destabilizing leap into uncharted territory. It seems that 2020’s destabilizing effect will evoke the need to address matters of a humanitarian nature. All that is so dear to Aquarius has in fact been negated, because of the widespread social restrictions. This trend of widespread fear is likely to come again in waves, as the next two Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions occur.
However, such ideas will take many years, along the Jupiter-Saturn 2-decade cycle, to unfold and become real. The upcoming conjunction in groundbreaking Aquarius will open a window to the future; a peak experience will occur at the beginning of the next decade. The 2030s will in fact represent the blossoming phase of the current wave of social dismantling and regeneration.
The middle part of this year will most likely see a “repeated intensification of restrictions“, as the world might feel that many issues still have to be reassessed and dealt with. In fact, the current uncertainty which dominates the global market, as well as any governmental institution, is also related to the quantity of retrograde planets. Stacked on one quarter of the zodiac, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto turn retrograde as the Sun gets separated from them.
Amidst the ongoing confusion and despair, the mid-part of this year is a phase of reassessment, and hopefully “understanding“.
Cover Image: Dante and Vergil in Hell by Delacroix, 1823 – Wikimedia Commons
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