The next Full Moon Lunar eclipse is at 16° Capricorn on the 7th July at 9:22am GMT and the next New Moon Solar eclipse is at 30° Cancer on the 22nd July at 2:36am GMT
July has two eclipses: a penumbral (partial) Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon on 7th and a Total Solar Eclipse at the New Moon on 22nd July. The total solar eclipse is the longest total solar eclipse that will occur in the twenty-first century, lasting about 7 minutes, and will not be seen again until June 13, 2132.
A Lunar Eclipse generally affects us on a personal or inner level whilst the Solar Eclipse will be expressed more openly in the social/political arena. This Lunar Eclipse will be hardly visible and also passes mostly over the Pacific Ocean so its overall affect will be fairly insignificant. The more visible an eclipse is, the more powerful its effects. The July event has a broad pathway that will be visible to allow millions of people in Asia and the Pacific making it of particular significance. During the total eclipse, the path of the Moon’s dark umbral shadow moves over India, China, several Japanese islands and the South Pacific Ocean, whilst 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. It won’t be visible to us in Northern Europe. When Solar eclipses pass over populated areas they appear to have significant disruptive effects (economic or political crises, civil unrest) on those people and nations. Afghanistan, Pakistan, North India, and East Asia are particular potential flashpoints. Historically, eclipses have been seen as omens and harbingers of huge collective shifts by these cultures. Severe weather patterns, storms and earthquakes often occur in the affected areas following a Solar Eclipse. This is the first Solar Eclipse along the Cancer-Capricorn axis in many years and echoes the themes of Pluto in Capricorn, sweeping changes occur as old systems fall short and focussed effort to bring about positive social and political reforms is needed to replace them. Uranus trines the eclipse point adding to the unpredictability and uncertainty about how we all feel about the great changes ahead. On a personal level an eclipse will have its affect depending on where it falls in your chart. This one on the 22nd occurs in the last degree of Cancer and anyone who has that as their Birthday can expect some influence to be felt. It is a time of endings and beginnings, a rise to glory or and end of an era. The final degree of a zodiac sign traditionally signifies an end, completion or some karmic debt paid off. Anyone who has major personal planets aspected by the Sun or Moon on that day can also expect some changes. Any blocks or resistance could be forced to give way. Those affected will need to think of new ways of handling the issues raised. It can often take several months for the full effect of an eclipse to play out and specific events are often triggered when a transiting planet passes over the same zodiac degree in the following weeks to come.
This Month the Full Moon lies in Aries opposite the Sun in Libra. This Sun Moon opposition occurs progressively through the zodiac signs each month. The theme for October highlights the polarity between the individual who is always looking for the challenge to their assertiveness (Mars rules Aries-conflict) and the shared human desire for social co-operation and meaningful relationships (Venus rules Libra-harmony). The emphasis this Full Moon though, is on taking the dynamic beyond the personal as selfless and compassionate Neptune in altruistic Aquarius makes a positive and nearly exact angle to both Sun and Moon. This suggests the opportunity to employ our courageous and determined warrior archetype to push for desirable situations which bring us together with others in a way that is beneficial to all.
The turn of the month marks the great fire festival of Samhain (Oíche Shamhna) or Halloween which signifies the end of summer and begins a new year. Astrologically the New Moon in Scorpio reflects this theme of a new phase as we enter the dark days of winter. On the 31st October fiery Mars makes a favourable aspect to both Saturn which represents the old established order, and Uranus signifying things new, liberated and definitely not conventional. These latter two planets come into exact opposition for the first time since 1965 on 4th November. Interesting to notice that this is the day scheduled for the presidential election in the USA and the two candidates clearly personify the old traditionalist (Saturn) vs the new progressive (Uranus). With Mars involved in this planetary opposition the dynamic is being tested, but in a positive way. Venus in Sagittarius desires the opportunity to move on to bigger, better and happier times and she makes a challenging square angle to both Saturn and Uranus on 3rd November. This forceful position can often indicate a point at which “a corner is turned” in a demanding situation. Whatever the exact outcomes of global affairs in the approaching weeks we can be assured that change is coming, but it may be a while before we can see a benevolent order emerging out of the chaos.
The New Moon phase is the appropriate time to make plans, refine details and set things in motion. Aries is a doer, has courage (though some describe it as foolhardiness) and certainly doesn’t like to be held back by self doubt or minor technical details. This month we see Venus move into Aries on the 6th April just a couple of hours after New Moon. This gives the extra push to go for what we desire, perhaps taking up a challenge without our usual level headed approach, but that’s not always a bad thing. What’s important this month is to be certain we are not claiming something as ours at the expense of others. There is no room for selfish motives right now and if we are putting our own needs or desires above the rest then we will surely come unstuck as Venus makes a difficult angle to Pluto on the 8th. This month also highlights a phase which continues into 2024. Though Pluto was downgraded to the status of “dwarf planet” it has certainly not been diminished in its effects. Its transits are exceedingly potent and signify massive, long-term changes in life. Anyone undergoing a transit of Pluto to a personal planet can vouch for this. At 1 degree Capricorn, Pluto turns retrograde on 2nd April to head back into Sagittarius for a final uncovering of important power issues both on a personal and global level. Expect a great deal of intensity and forced transformation during this period which continues until the end of 2008. This will be particularly intense for those born 19th -23rd December, March, June or September or have planets in late degrees of the mutable signs (Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini) or early degrees of the cardinal signs (Capricorn, Cancer, Aries Libra). As Pluto moves again from Sagittarius into Capricorn later this year we begin a new global power structure. Pluto in Sagittarius has been about fundamental idealism, theories, concepts, expansion and growth. Capricorn, on the other hand, is about reality, practicality and firm foundations. It’s about the systems, structures and the resources life itself actually depends on: the food chain, social systems, national infrastructures, commerce and government. Whilst Pluto makes its short return visit into Sagittarius we should take time to review our plans for the future and ensure that we have made a commitment to building something that will endure and that we have started to make our changes voluntarily rather than wait until we are pushed.
The next New Moon is at 17° Aries on the 6th April at 04:56am